July 28, 2010

Latest & Greatest Clemson Handmade Finds

Here are some great Clemson Etsy finds to get you ready for football season...

Sometimes an orange or purple necklace just won't work with your gameday outfit - I love the subtlety of this silver necklace, and you could use the pendant on a bracelet chain too.
Ready to Roar Necklace - Etsy seller SparklingSoul, $20

This would be so pretty hanging in your kitchen window above the sink, or better yet, hanging from the top of your tailgate tent casting beautiful orange and purple sunshine onto your tailgate.
Tiger Paw Stained Glass - Etsy seller SLSstainedglass, $110

I thought this was such a cute idea for a bib - not only is the saying on the bib totally cute, but it is totally practical...terry cloth? Genius! Perfect for tailgates using lots of ketchup, sauces, etc. I think I want one to wear to soak up my sweat! :)
Terry Cloth Pullover Spirit Bib - Etsy seller TheEnchantedFrog, $14

I love this idea for a koozie - I've never seen a crocheted koozie before. Definitely a unique and fun way to decorate and keep your beverage cool on gameday.
Clemson Can Cozy - Etsy seller kristycustomcrochet, $6

Perfect for the lady of the tailgate - look adorable in this purple and orange apron (love the contrasting patterns and adorable buttons) and keep messes off of your gameday outfit.
Orange and purple apron - Etsy seller HappyCampers12345, $42

This would be perfect for a Clemson dorm room or a home office. I would love to have this even at work hanging above my desk. I could stick notes, reminders, bills and photos on this thing.
16 x 20 Memory Board - Etsy seller tmomotwins22, $16.99

This little outfit is so adorable! I wish I had a little girl to dress up in this... It's so cute and girlie, yet functional for running around the tailgate and sitting in the stands. Cute, cute, cute!
Football Helmet Appliqued Shirt w/ Ruffle Pants or Capris - Etsy seller theuptownbaby, $35

The Esso bar and grill has become a landmark to Clemson, and some of you may remember spending quite some time there during your Clemson years. I love the idea of using this patch for your own handmade Clemson craft...any ideas?
Esso Patch - Etsy seller MomentofZen, $5

Do you bring your furry friends to the Clemson games? It's only fair that they have their own cute gameday outfit as well - and hey, it's got pockets so your dogs can help carry items from the car to the tailgate.
Large Dog Breed Orange and Purple Saddle Wags w/ Collar - Etsy seller TreeParlor, $70

I love, love, love the photograph letter prints, and I would love, love, love a Clemson one... The really neat thing about these photos is that they were taken on Clemson's campus and have a description on the back of each photo of where on campus it's from. I should have asked for this when I graduated...what a great gift this would make.
Clemson Framed Art - Etsy seller shopcorduroy, $165

And here's another fun one for your furry Clemson fans - a carpeted pet tent. The cool thing about this tent is it easily folds for travel - so what a perfect, and spirited, way to keep your pets cool and in the shade at your tailgate!
Large Clemson Tigers Pup or Cat Tent - Etsy seller sharonbooksnpetbeds, $27


July 25, 2010

2010 Dabo Swinny Ladies Clinic

My friends and I arrived to Littlejohn yesterday at around 8 a.m. - not really sure what to expect from Dabo Swinney's ladies clinic, but excited about the day. We were given our name tags and goody bags - which included a Dabo 'All In' poker chip, a koozie and two.. not one...but two t-shirts! A pink one and an orange one. Sweet!

While we waited for the day to start, we were able to walk around and get all of the coaches to sign our tiger rags - which I had my very own tiger rag from www.clemsontigerrags.com. It said 'Clemson Girl's Tiger Rag' monogrammed on the top! We also got the Tiger's signature and watched Dabo take photos with all of the other participants. The line for Dabo was super long - kudos to you ladies who waited in it.

The ladies clinic officially kicked off at 9 a.m. and was packed full of fun events. From shopping to Q & A with the coaches wives to learning about football and recruiting...to quite the show in the weight room from some of the more confident players. Lol...

My favorite part of the day - which it's hard to think of one favorite part - was the CU Idol session. A few of the Clemson football players came out and performed songs live in front of all of us. I loved the Justin Bieber "Baby" rendition with the surprise vocal from Tajh Boyd.

The day ended with a group picture on the hill and the traditional running down the hill by all the participants.

I really enjoyed meeting a bunch of other female Clemson fanatics, and I loved all of your different t-shirt designs! I also met and spoke with Dabo's wife Kathleen who is the most genuine and sweetest lady. The entire day she was interacting with all of the women, while also being a mother - one of her boys spilled some coke in the gym and she didn't even hesitate to get down and start wiping up the mess...while wearing white pants.

The clinic far exceeded my expectations - my friends and I agreed we will DEFINITELY be back for next year's clinic. If you've been on the fence about going, I highly recommend you go. Get a group of girlfriends together and sign up - it's so much fun and it's for a worthy cause.

One of the most memorable moments of the day was when Dabo asked all the ladies who have survived breast cancer, who have the breast cancer gene in their family, or are currently battling breast cancer to come stand down in front as him and his wife presented the check for the money raised by the clinic.

I walked away from the day a little tired and a little sweaty...but more proud than ever to be an alumni of such a great university with an athletic program that cares about more than just football.

The entire day I noticed a theme from the program - it's about family and relationships - whether it's recruiting new players or the weekly family dinner the coaches and their families have together as a group. We also found out that when Dabo became coach, he let the coaches' wives and families come to away games with them for the first time. There were photos above each coach's office of that coach with his family. I love that. And the coaches' wives and kids were present and participating throughout the entire event. I think I even witnessed one of Dabo's sons convince a clinic participant to bet higher on one of the silent auction items. "Come on...it's tax deductible..I don't know what that means, but it's good." :)

Only disappointment for us was the lack of interaction with the football players (minus the weight room of course). I need more football player autographs on my Tiger Rag - including Kyle Parker's who was notably absent Saturday. Guess I need to go to Fan Appreciation Day on Aug. 22nd.

Check out all the photos we captured...

Most of the photos were taken with the group I was in, Group F...but we need other groups' photos! We would like to add your photos to this album as well - please email them to us so we can share them with everyone.

Were you at the clinic yesterday? Comment on this post and share your favorite moments of the day.


July 23, 2010

Ladies Clinic Chic

I'm loving the little Clemson bag that attaches to your belt loop - perfect for holding your Clemson Tiger Rag, license, keys, cash, some folded checks, a marker or pen, small thing of sunscreen and lip gloss. The Croc flip flops will keep your feet comfortable and breezy, and these fantastic khaki capris look super comfortable and light.

This look is Clemson spirited, cute, and functional for tomorrow's ladies clinic festivities.

Your shopping list:

What are you wearing tomorrow? Tell us!


July 19, 2010

Ladies Clinic is this Weekend

So who is going to Dabo Swinney's Ladies Clinic this weekend? I am, I am!

This Saturday, July 24th, is Dabo's 2nd annual Ladies Clinic. Check-in starts at 7:00am in Littlejohn Coliseum, and the clinic officially begins at 9:00am.

The day will include:
  • Sessions in the West End Zone facility including the Tiger weight room, locker room, team meeting room and Death Valley.
  • A Q&A session with the Clemson coach's wives.
  • Meet and Greet Photo w/ Coach Swinney.
  • Shopping with Clemson Tiger vendors (including many of our lovely sponsors, yay!).
  • Lunch provided by Chick-fil-A. (Yumm!!)
  • Silent and Live Auction items.
  • Meet and Greet w/ Clemson Legends
The clinic will end at 4:00pm.

I'm not positive, but you may still be able to register if you haven't already - you can register at www.daboswinneyfootballcamp.com or call (864) 656-1910 for more information. The registration fee is only $60, and $15 of it goes towards breast cancer research and prevention matched by Dabo's All-In Team Foundation. Last year they raised over $32,000!

Check out our photos from last year's clinic.

What to wear? I haven't decided yet - but dress for warm temperatures. The high on Saturday is going to be about 94 degrees! View the complete weekend's weather for Clemson.

I'm definitely excited about trying out this clinic for the first time. Have you been before? Any tips for us first timers? What to wear? What to bring? etc. Comment on this blog with your past ladies clinic experiences and any advice for the newbies.

See everyone this weekend! Go Tigers!! Go Dabo!


July 15, 2010

Happy Birthday to Clemson Girl!

We were super busy this week and almost forgot...our birthday! This week last year we officially launched ClemsonGirl.com. Clemson Girl is one years old! We can hardly believe it!

We are so happy this blog has been such a success so far, and we can't wait for all of the new and exciting things we have planned for our second year!

Of course we couldn't do it without you, our lovely readers! You're the reason we work so hard to keep this blog going. Continue to send us your ideas, photos, recipes, etc.

And special thanks to our lovely sponsors! They provide all the awesome products and services we get to share with you on this blog - make sure you give them some love and visit their sites! Let them know ClemsonGirl.com sent you... ----->

So looking back on the past year, here are a few of our favorite posts...

07/21/09: Top 5 things to pack in your purse for a hot game day - One of my faves...still very relevant and I love how we didn't hold anything back with #5.. lol.

08/18/09: Guest Blog: Cute Plus Size Clemson Gameday Options! - I love that the author of this post contacted us by email with this idea and offered to write the post - when we said "Please do!", she took the idea and ran with it.

09/13/09: Goodbye Summer - The photo in this post makes us glad there's still almost two months left to summer.

09/14/09: Clemson Girl Success Story - This reader emailed us and told us how one of our posts helped her find the perfect Clemson gameday dress - and she sent us photos to prove it. She looks so cute and it really validated for us that people actually read this blog.

10/12/09: Tailgate Breakfast Recipe: French Toast Casserole - Best tailgate recipe on the blog so far - submitted by a reader!

10/24/09: Tigers upset #10 Miami - Congrats Tigers! - Still remember the excitement of this game...

10.31.09: Clemson vs. Coastal Carolina - Homecoming gameday photos - This was the game we were unable to attend -- so three lovely Clemson Girl readers volunteered their time and their cameras to capture gameday for us. I'm still so in love with all of the photos - they were amazing...better than we could have ever imagined.

01/21/10: Clemson Ladies Dining - Still probably my fave tailgate photo of the 2009 football season. Love these ladies.

02/23/10: Clemson Girl Giveaway - You be the blogger! - We got a lot of great ideas submitted by YOU...love it!

03/17/10: Happy St. Patrick's Day! - I still want one of these t-shirts!

03/22/10: Spring is in the air... - These are some of my fave gameday looks that we have created - and it doesn't hurt that everything is so affordable.

Wednesdays in May & June: Wedding Wednesdays! - All of the Wedding Wednesday posts! We couldn't pick just one!

Did you have a favorite post? Is there a post you'd love to read that we haven't posted on the blog yet?

Here's to another year of great Clemson sports, great Clemson posts, great conversation, and the continued growth of building a community of female Clemson fans!


July 14, 2010

Tailgate Recipe: Unbelievably Good Fruit Dip

Only 7 weeks until the first Clemson home football game! The first game doesn't start until 3:30pm which leaves lots of time to tailgate beforehand - but also when it's typically the warmest.

One tailgate snack I love on the hot gamedays is fruit - especially fruit that's been left in a cold cooler all morning long. And I also love sweet and creamy dips to compliment the fruit.

Here's a yummy (and super easy) recipe to try, compliments of allrecipes.com:

Unbelievably Good Fruit Dip

Prep time: 5 min
Ready In: 3 hrs, 5 min.
Servings: 20 (about 2 cups)

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

  • In a medium bowl, blend cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk and lemon juice.
  • Cover and chill in the refrigerator at least 3 hours before serving (Clemson Girl: Or in your cooler on ice while you drive to Clemson!)

Do you have a tailgate recipe you'd like to share on the blog? Email it to us and we'll give you credit!


July 8, 2010

Quick Poll: Would you wear a romper to a Clemson football game?

The first football game is drawing near, and for me personally, I like to have my game day outfits planned way in advance... there's nothing wrong with that, right? The opening game always draws a big Clemson crowd in town - so I want to look my best, but it will also be early September and so I need an outfit that will be temperature appropriate as well.

I know the look isn't for everyone, but I'm seriously considering a romper for the first home game. It's easy and comfortable, and I won't have to cross my legs while sitting in the stands. :)

What do you think? Would a romper make for a great gameday look for the first Clemson football game? Would you wear one?


July 6, 2010

It's not too early to stock up on gameday outfits...

We wanted to let you know that one of our lovely sponsors, McAuley's Unique Boutique, is holding an amazing tent sale this weekend - Friday, July 9th through Sunday, July 11th. You can get up to 80% off merchandise from your favorite designers including Michael Stars, True Religion, Eva Franco, Citizens of Humanity, Nanette Lepore, & many more! And inside the store they are offering savings of up to 30% on brand NEW styles.

If you live in the area, you really can't miss out. They are going to provide refreshments and the tent will be AIR CONDITIONED!

If you're still not convinced, check out all of the specials going on during this sale...
  • All Spanx 30% off
  • All pants 15% off
  • All Michael Stars 10% off
  • Buy one accessory, get the other 30% off (excludes Spanx, Nubra & other undergarments)
  • Buy one dress, get one 15% off
  • Buy one pair of jeans, get any top 20% off
  • Buy 5 sale items, & get one regular priced item 30% off
(Offers may be combined, but may not be used in combination with other offers outside the event)

It's already July, and football season is right around the corner. McAuley's Unique Boutique has some amazing Clemson gameday apparel, so take advantage of this weekend's sale to stock up on your gameday outfits early.

Each purchase enters you in a chance to win a $250 McAuley's Unique Boutique shopping spree!

And if you're a Facebook fan of McAuley's, you'll get special offers Friday through Sunday to use each day at the sale.

If you live in the Upstate...do NOT miss out on this great sale. And don't worry if you don't live close enough to visit McAuley's Unique Boutique in person, because all of the tent sale items will also be marked down online - and if you purchase online, you'll still be entered in the drawing for the $250 shopping spree!

We can't wait to see your gameday outfits in the Fall... only 60 days until the first Clemson 2010 season football game! :)


July 2, 2010

Clemson coffee table book giveaway winner!

Wednesday we sadly said goodbye to Wedding Wednesdays for a while - and in honor of the two months worth of amazing posts, we decided to giveaway this beautiful Clemson coffee table book, "There's Something in These Hills".

We loved reading all of the entries and seeing the blog follower lovin' (yay). We randomly drew out of all the comments and extra entries and the winner is...........

Erica S. from Middleburg, Florida

She said:
"I loved how we were able to read the story of how each couple met, fell in love, and ultimately how each man proposed...took me back to my own life! I also loved the way that each couple took such cute pictures and had unique ways of planning their Clemson wedding! I have so many wonderful ideas now!"

Congrats Erica!! Please email us to claim your prize!

Thanks to everyone who entered and for all the lovely comments about Wedding Wednesdays...

We hope everyone has an amazing holiday weekend!


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