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May 28, 2010

Winner of the Flower Power Giveaway!


On Wedding Wednesday of this week, we announced our latest giveaway - this adorable, handmade hydrangea inspired pillow. Everyone who entered answered the question, "What color would you pair with orange for a wedding?" No surprisingly, there was a lot of lavenders and purples. We sure do love our Tigers. But there were also some other color combination suggestions - pinks, greens, yellows, etc.

So now it's the moment you've all been waiting for - after a random drawing of all the entries, the winner is............

Linda Towery!!

Her color suggestion...

"I would use white\ivory or purple!"

Congrats Linda! Email us to claim your pillow prize!

Thanks to everyone who entered!

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May 26, 2010

Wedding Wednesdays: Part II - Flower Power Giveaway

To continue with our 'orange flowers' theme today, we are giving away this adorable, handmade orange hydrangea pillow to a lucky Clemson Girl reader!

The pillow is made from white linen with 100% wool felt. This would add a great punch of color to your couch, chair, or bed... OR it could easily be used as a ring pillow for a wedding (just sew on a ribbon in the center). It measures 14" x 14" and comes stuffed in clump free cluster stuffing. This pillow sells for $56.

To enter the giveaway, all you need to do is comment on this post with your first name and last (or just your last initial) and then answer the question "What color or colors would you pair with orange for a wedding?"

**Mention if you're a Clemson Girl official blog follower (see followers in right column) and you'll get an extra entry!

The time to enter is now...You have until noon on Friday, May 28th to enter. We will randomly draw from the list of entries and announce the winner on the blog Friday afternoon.

Good luck ladies!!

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Wedding Wednesdays: Part I - Flower Power

I love, love, love orange flowers - and not simply because I have a bias towards orange (Go Clemson!) but also because orange flowers are bright, festive, and would work for a wedding year round - no matter which season your wedding is in.

From the bridal bouquet to the entire wedding party - I love solid orange bouquets, orange with a pop of another color, other colors with a pop of orange, or an all out explosion of color.

Orange is such a great accent color and I love how bright it looks against the bride's white dress.


And while we're mixing oranges with other lovely colors - why not purple? It seems an obvious choice, right? :)


Or go a less traditional route and try the latest trend of non-flower flowers - like this crafty felt bouquet.

Finally...don't forget your groom and his groomsmen - loving the orange tie matched with the oh-so-pretty...er...ahem...handsome orange flowers.


Do you like orange flowers in weddings? What did your wedding bouquet look like?

Stay tuned to the blog for Part II of Wedding Wednesdays - we don't have a wedding to share with you today, but we have an AMAZING giveaway...so make sure you come back for a chance at winning a great prize!

Do you have a wedding idea you would like to share? Do you have photos from your wedding you would like us to feature on a future Wedding Wednesday? Email us!

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May 24, 2010

Clemson dresses are so sweet

One of our readers sent us this photo a while back as a tailgate idea - how cute (and yummy) is this adorable dress cookie? Not only would I eat this, but if it was a real dress, I would totally wear it on gameday! :)

Just bake sugar cookies as usual - and form the dough into a bell or dress-like shape, bake and decorate. This would be a fun activity to get your little Clemson Girls involved in. I'm envisioning an entire cookie wardrobe of gameday dresses. :) Incorporate orange and purple icing, sprinkles, candies, etc. Yum!

Do you have a tailgate recipe or idea? Submit it to us so we can share it with everyone! Email us!

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May 21, 2010

Casual Friday

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May 19, 2010

Wedding Wednesdays: Part II - Real Clemson Girl wedding

I am so excited to share this real Clemson Girl wedding with you today. The Clemson Girl reader (and bride) Robyn Lee really represented her Clemson spirit well throughout her wedding.

Robyn and her husband, Burton (class of 1998), are huge Clemson fans. The wedding took place at the historic Woodfield Inn in Flat Rock, NC. They rented the entire inn for the weekend so their friends and families could all stay together and celebrate all weekend long.

As you'll see in the amazing photos below, Robyn and Burton made sure Clemson was an important part of their wedding day. They even had their wedding band play a 1940's version of Tiger Rag as they and their wedding party entered the reception.

And now for the best part...the pictures!! However, you'll notice one traditional Clemson photo is missing - the Clemson alumni guests and the Clemson flag. Robyn admits she had every intention of taking such a photo at her reception and didn't even realize they had forgotten until her and Burton were well on their honeymoon. "Everyone was having too much fun dancing," she told us.

All of the bridesmaid bouquets were orange and I love the color paired with the brown. So pretty.

The groomsmen also sported orange - with their vests. Here is a photo of Robyn and Burton with the groom's parents... the father was the Best Man, wearing his orange vest, while the mother wore purple. Definitely a Clemson family.

Check out the table top decor...just a hint of orange. This decor looks so elegant.

And of course, every couple needs their Clemson cake topper - and why not a tiger bride and groom cake topper? I've never seen this one before. Love it!

And remember earlier today I gave you a hint about today's real wedding post? I mentioned that the Tiger was really cold at this wedding... well that's because the Tiger is on ice... and is ice... literally! How amazing is this tiger ice sculpture? What a way to make an impression at your wedding... Wow!


And finally...the bride's favorite photo (and my favorite) from her wedding...here is a picture of the bride's father looking at one of her bridal portraits taken inside of Death Valley.

What a lovely wedding with perfect Clemson touches throughout to really showcase the couple's love of Clemson. Thank you Robyn and Burton for sharing your beautiful wedding with all of our readers. Much love to you from all of us!

Would you like to share your wedding and your Clemson touches with our readers? Email us stories and photos to clemsongirlblog@gmail.com. We will feature you in a future Wedding Wednesdays post!

Sigh...I LOVE Wedding Wednesdays! Definitely puts a smile on my face...

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Wedding Wednesdays: Part I - What's under your dress?

Some of you don't want a full fledged Clemson wedding, orange bridesmaids and all. However, you do want touches of Clemson included in your ceremony...so why not keep your Clemson spirit close to you during your ceremony...very close....with a Clemson garter!

I've seen a lot of brides use Clemson garters for their weddings. I love this idea. Looking around online, you can find some really pretty and unique Clemson garters. Check out a few of the Clemson garters I found. You could pick a dolled up garter with ribbons, bows, charms or a very simple and basic one. I think I would need two - one for the groom to throw at the reception, and one for me to keep! These are too pretty and fun to give away! Some of these actually come in pairs so you can do just that.

I think my favorites are the handmade ones from Etsy.com - and if you're feeling crafty and want to save money, create your own Clemson garter and make it even more unique to you.

Click on the images to visit the Web sites where you can purchase these lovelies..







Which one is your favorite? Did you wear a Clemson garter on your wedding day? Do you still have it?

Stay tuned to the blog today for Part II of our Wedding Wednesdays when we will be sharing a real wedding from a Clemson Girl reader! Here's your hint - the Clemson Tiger was very cold at this wedding... visit the blog later today to see why!

Would you like to share a Clemson wedding idea or your wedding with us to share on a future Wedding Wednesday? Please email us!

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May 18, 2010

Orange braids

Love this!! How great is this orange top from Anthropologie with the braided detail? And at only $58.00, this is considered a steal for an anthro top! Perfect for a Clemson gameday...


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May 17, 2010

Bored on a Monday

Are you having the Monday afternoon lulls today like I am? Then why not distract yourself more and check out these two great blog reads from fellow Clemson Girls!

Endurance Girl
It's bathing suit season - so why not get motivated and follow our fellow Clemson Girl Christina Van Slambrook's blog Endurance Girl. She blogs about anything and everything, but mainly her quest to get fit and run her first half-marathon.
Where in Life is Kerbehr?
Check out the blog by Clemson Girl Kerri Kilbourne - Where in Life is Kerbehr? Kerri blogs frequently about lots of different topics - Clemson included - with a focus on social media. I love her perspective, and I love her Follow Friday posts which feature interesting people to follow on Twitter.

Enjoy your new reads. If you're a blog follower like I am, add these blogs to your follow list and support your fellow web savvy Clemson Girls!

Happy Monday!

Do you have a blog or know of a blog you'd like to share with all the Clemson Girls? Email us!

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May 14, 2010

Have a WILD weekend!









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May 12, 2010

Wedding Wednesdays: Part II - Real Clemson Girl weddings

We love hearing stories and seeing pictures of your real-life weddings and how you incorporated Clemson tradition into your big day.

Meet Clemson alum Rachel Wolf. She got married way up north in New Jersey, but that didn't stop her from including Clemson in her wedding. Here are two photos she shared with us of her and her husband John with their tiger paw groom's cake and a picture of the Clemson alum wedding guests doing the traditional Clemson flag pose.


Thanks for sharing Rachel... you can read more about her on her blog Observations of a Token Yankee. She's the newest addition to my ever-growing list of blog reads - her blog is great!

And read this great story from reader (and 1987 Clemson alum) Carolina Kirkley Taylor from Greenville, SC...

"When my husband (a Univ. of Arizona Grad, and Marine Officer) and I married, we got married in my grandparents church in Central, I wore my mother's wedding dress, and had a lovely reception at the recently closed Liberty Hall Inn in Pendleton. After the reception, we did not want anyone to know that we were staying at Liberty Hall, so we needed to 'drive off' and waste a little time while everyone cleared out.. I decided we should head to where else, Tiger Town Tavern. We headed in , me in my wedding gown, and he in his white Marine Officer Dress uniform...and we had a great time, we danced , we were toasted and given a bottle of the best champagne TTT had...Ha! It was a special part of our wedding that has been a favorite story to tell. We celebrated 20 years this summer."

Tiger Town Tavern serves champagne?? Who would've thought! :) Congrats on 20 years Carolina!!

I see a trend in the two weddings we've shared today - Clemson Girls love a man in uniform. :)

Do you have wedding photos or stories you'd like to share? We would love to feature you in one of our upcoming Wedding Wednesday posts! Email us!!

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Wedding Wednesdays: Part I - Orange Bridesmaids

So you've decided to incorporate your alma mater (Clemson) into your wedding colors? I may be biased, but I think purple and orange go great together and would make for beautiful wedding colors for a spring or summer wedding. But you can always use one of the colors and pair it with a nice compliment color.

While it may be easy to convince your lovely bridesmaids to adorn purple dresses, you might have a harder time getting them excited about orange bridesmaid dresses. No doubt this is what they are envisioning when you mention orange to them...


Yikes! However, orange can actually be a really flattering color if it's the right tone and the right style... Check out the inspirations below I found. How beautiful are the brides' crisp white wedding dresses paired with the vibrant oranges? And check out the first one (my fave!) where the orange adorned bridesmaids are carrying gorgeous purple bouquets?





There are so many really pretty bridesmaid styles that come in shades of orange...here are a few of my favorites I found online.

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And if you're going all out for Clemson at your wedding and your colors are purple and orange - how about these gorgeous bridesmaid dresses that pair the two together!

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And lately I'm really into the print trend for bridesmaid dresses - Anthropologie is a great option for print bridesmaid dresses that are affordable considering what most typical bridesmaid dresses cost these days. I love this orange, multi-colored patterned dress - a little more casual, so perfect for a beach wedding!


What do you think of using orange for your bridesmaids? What color would you pair with orange for a wedding? Would you (or did you) use orange and purple as your wedding colors?

Stay tuned to the blog today for Part II of Wedding Wednesdays - we're going to share some reader submitted photos and stories of real weddings! Did you incorporate Clemson in your wedding? Do you have wedding photos or stories you'd like us to share on the blog for an upcoming Wedding Wednesday? Email us!

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