June 30, 2012

Merle Norman of Seneca Lilly Pulitzer Agenda Giveaway Winner

First, let us give a big thank you to Merle Norman of Seneca for sponsoring this fab Lilly Pulitzer giveaway and for being generous enough to give away two prizes to two winners! :)

If you live in the Upstate, please stop by and visit Merle Norman of Seneca and tell them Clemson Girl sent you! Students get 10% off with their id!

Two very lucky Clemson Girl readers will win their very own Lilly Pulitzer agendas - perfect for keeping a busy girl organized.

Congratulations to...

Amanda T. from Raleigh, NC


Kristen S. from Rock Hill, SC

Congrats ladies! Please email us at clemsongirlblog@gmail.com to claim your prizes!

We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. We've got more fun posts and more fun giveaways scheduled for next week.

Happy Summer!


June 29, 2012

TGIF! Lilly Pulitzer Agenda Giveaway from Merle Norman of Seneca

Good morning ladies! One thing we can all agree on is that us Clemson Girls like to stay busy - whether we're still students, professionals, mommies or enjoying retirement... tailgating becomes our vacation. :)

This is why I love, love, love the Lilly Pulitzer agendas. These adorable daily planners in a variety of cute patterns start with August of this year and run through 2013. They are great for keeping yourself (and your families) organized, and they easily fit in your handbag.

Merle Norman of Seneca now carries the Lilly Pulitzer agendas and they are going fast! You can snag them in their store (get a makeover while you're there!) or call and order over the phone.

Merle Norman of Seneca is generous enough to give away not one, but TWO Lilly Pulitzer agendas to two very lucky Clemson Girls.

How to Enter:
  1. Post a comment on this post with your first name, last initial, and where you are from (1 entry).
  2. 'Like' Merle Norman on Facebook, then post on this photo on their page, "Clemson Girl sent me!" (1 entry).
  3. Share this giveaway on Facebook, then post another comment on this post letting us know you shared (1 entry).
  4. Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter...include a link to the giveaway and copy @clemsongirl (1 entry).
  5. Email a link to this giveaway to two friends and copy us at clemsongirlblog@gmail.com (1 entry).

Deadline for all entries is tomorrow, Saturday, June 30 at Noon EST. We will randomly draw TWO winners and announce their names back on the blog Saturday afternoon. Make sure you come back to see if you've won to claim your prize! If we do not hear from a winner within 48 hours of announcing their name, we will draw a new winner.

Special thanks to Merle Norman of Seneca for sponsoring today's Lilly Pulitzer agenda giveaway!


June 27, 2012

Wedding Wednesday - Miscellaneous Etsy Finds

Etsy is a great place to find lots of handmade treasures -- and is a perfect site to find unique details for your wedding. We did some hunting and found a few treasures to share with you that would compliment any Clemson Girl's wedding...

Click on the photos to go to the item's Etsy shop...

How adorable would this wreath look on the church doors?
Or the entry to your reception?
The ringbearer in an orange polka dot bow tie? Adorable!

And don't forget your flower girls - these dresses are perfect!
Your rings will make it safely down the aisle with this gorgeous ring pillow.
Etsy is a great place to find beautifully designed
invitations for affordable prices.

We love this unique boutonniere that would be
great for an outdoor Fall wedding.
Toast to the special ladies in your life with these cute personalized flutes.
These would be cute for mimosas at your bridesmaid luncheon or on your big day.
Picking the right bridal jewelry can sometimes be daunting. Etsy is a great
place to find the perfect bridal accessories. These would be gorgeous on
your wedding day and perfect to reuse on gameday!
Guests love playing cornhole during cocktail hour or at the reception -
these personalized initial and date bean bags are perfect for your big day!
These would make great wedding gifts too - just don't forget
the cornhole board to go with it! :)

Every Clemson bride needs a Clemson garter. There are lots
of gorgeous, handmade Clemson garters on Etsy - this is one
of our favorites. We like the bling!
This polka dot approach is super cute and simple. Remember you
need two - one to keep and one for your groom to throw!
Combine traditional lace garters with Clemson purple and orange.
Love, love, love these! Beautiful!

Today was our last Wedding Wednesday for 2012 - thanks to everyone who shared their engagement photos, wedding photos, Clemson love stories and Clemson wedding ideas...


June 22, 2012

Quick Poll: Would you wear this head-to-toe orange outfit from JCrew?

This head-to-toe look is in JCrew's July catalog - it takes the phrase "solid orange" to a new level. Would you rock this look? Vote in the poll below!


June 20, 2012

Wedding Wednesday - Clemson Engagement Photos - Alexandra and Jeremy

Happy Wedding Wednesday ladies! Today we have the cutest, most fun Clemson-themed engagement photos to share with you.

Meet Alexandra and Jeremy. Both are Clemson alums - Alexandra a 2010 Nursing grad and Jeremy a 2010 Business Management grad. Both were also active in Clemson Athletics - Jeremy played football for Clemson and Alexandra was on the swim team.

Since the two are major Clemson fans (of course!), they decided to have some fun with their engagement pictures - the result turned out so cute! We love that Alexandra wore a Clemson jersey (one of his jerseys!) - so cute paired with jeans and boots.

Alexandra and Jeremy met at a mutual friend's party in Clemson their senior year and started hanging out as friends. The friendship continued to grow and soon turned into a relationship and the greatest friendship Alexandra could have ever asked for.

Now the two live in Tampa and are active in the Tampa Clemson Alumni Association.

They even had a Clemson alum, Michael Costa, as their engagement photographer.

The Proposal
The two got engaged while in New Orleans for another awesome Clemson wedding. Jeremy had planned a fancy dinner on Bourbon Street where he proposed. Alexandra says he was so nervous and that "it was too cute!". After Alexandra said "YES!", they got to go out and celebrate with all of their friends.

Here is Jeremy's version of the proposal from the couple's wedding website: “I started to get a mild case of the shakes that got progressively worse, beads of sweat dripped down my face, and I noticed I began to stutter very badly. Let me put this in perspective for you, I played Division I football in stadiums with close to 80,000 people packed in them… but I’ve never been more nervous and intimated than in that very moment. Before I realized it I was on a knee with the ring in my hand. I must have went over what I would say to her at least 20 times in my head, but in that moment the words that came out of my mouth will always be a mystery. I don’t know what I said or if I even said anything but what I do know is this…she said YES and now I’m happier than I have ever been!!
So cute!

The Wedding
The wedding will be in Clemson, September 1 of this year. Alexandra says, "Don't worry, the football game will be on during the reception!". And to continue the Clemson-theme, the wedding colors will be orange and purple!

He's wearing HER swim cap.... she's wearing HIS helmet. Lol! Cute!
Thanks so much to Alexandra and Jeremy for sharing their Clemson-themed engagement photos and their super sweet love story with us today. These two are such a cute couple (I'm pretty sure I've said 'cute' a hundred times in this post) and we wish them all the best with their wedding and marriage!


June 14, 2012

Ellis G Designs Headband & Bow Tie Giveaway Winner

Today's giveaway was sponsored by the super adorable Etsy shop, Ellis G Designs. If you're looking for great gift ideas, check them out!

A very lucky Clemson Girl reader is going to win an orange and purple gingham headband and matching bow tie! Perfect for a Clemson event or gameday!

After compiling all of your entries and drawing a random winner....

...congrats to....

Caroline F. from Franklin, TN

Hooray! Caroline, please contact us at clemsongirlblog@gmail.com to claim your fabulous prizes!

Thanks so much to Ellis G Designs for sponsoring today's giveaway!


Orange & Purple Gingham Headband and Bow Tie Giveaway

Happy Thursday! We are close to the weekend! Let's celebrate with a giveaway, shall we?

You are going to love today's giveaway from Ellis G Designs - an Etsy shop that sells the cutest headbands, bow ties, ties, dog collars and more. They come in the cutest seersucker or gingham fabrics, in a variety of colors. And...you can get them personalized with a monogram!

Ellis G Designs has recently launched a collegiate line and they want to celebrate by giving a very lucky Clemson Girl reader an orange and purple gingham headband and a matching orange and purple gingham bow tie! This would be so cute for you and your special someone on gameday - or for your little tiger fans on gameday.

How to Enter
  1. Post a comment on this post with your first name, last initial, and where you are from (1 entry)
  2. 'Like' Ellis G Designs on Facebook, then comment on this photo with "Clemson Girls love Ellis G headbands!" (1 entry)
  3. Share this giveaway on Facebook, then comment on this post and let us know you shared (1 entry)
  4. Follow Ellis G Designs on Twitter, then tweet about this giveaway... include a link to the post and copy @ellisgdesigns and @clemsongirl (1 entry)
  5. Email a link to this post to two friends and copy clemsongirlblog@gmail.com (1 entry)
Deadline for all entries is tonight, June 14 at 7pm EST. We will compile all of the entries, draw a winner, then announce the winner on the blog soon after the deadline. The winner has 48 hours after we post their name to contact us or we will draw a new winner.

Thanks so much to Ellis G Designs for sponsoring today's giveaway! Good luck ladies!


June 13, 2012

Wedding Wednesday - Real Clemson Girl Wedding - Lindsey & Lee

We love, love, love today's featured wedding. Lindsey has been a fan and awesome supporter of Clemson Girl for a long time. She's a big Clemson fan and represents Clemson Girls so well. Love her.

So when she emailed us recently and wanted to share her recent wedding, we were overjoyed! Her Clemson love story is so sweet.

Lindsey and Lee met their freshman year at Clemson. They were both in the same small major, Packaging Science. Their Packaging Science class became really close friends over the years studying together and pulling all-nighters at Cooper Library. It was Lindsey's and Lee's senior year when they decided to become more than just friends and started dating.

The two of them graduated in December 2007 right beside each other. Lee is actually in the background of Lindsey's graduation photo shaking President Barker's hand.

The Proposal
Lee and Lindsey were heading out of town the Friday before the Clemson vs. Georgia Tech game back in October 2010. Lindsey was getting packed and ready, and the last thing she usually does before walking out the door is put on her Clemson class ring, which is in a special ring holder on her dresser.

When Lindsey went to put on her Clemson ring, it wasn't there. Instead, a different ring was in its place -- a gorgeous, shiny engagement ring! Lindsey hesitantly yelled "Lee?!?" She went into the family room and there was Lee, down on one knee holding flowers. Lindsey started crying and nodded her head before Lee could really get any words out. Lee was also playing Jagged Edge "Let's get Married Remix" in the background. Linsey suggests you look up the song on YouTube so you can get a better idea of what she was experiencing.

They went together to work that morning. Lee had it planned that they would leave for Clemson at lunch time. Their manager had a "Congratulations" cake and a bottle of champagne for them. They left for Clemson, met up with close college and high school friends, and Clemson ended up beating Georgia Tech...it was a perfect weekend!

The Wedding
Lindsey and her new husband Lee were married on April 21, 2012 in Beaufort, SC. Lindsey knew she wanted a Clemson-esque wedding since Clemson played a huge role in their relationship. They would have never met each other if it weren't for Clemson. The couple also share a huge passion for their alma mater, especially football. It is something they bond over whether or not they are at the game sitting in the stands, watching with their local alumni group, or glued to the TV in the comfort of their own home.

However, Lindsey didn't want the wedding to be too over the top Clemson because she didn't want their non-Clemson friends to feel left out or "make faces of displeasure during the wedding, ha ha". Instead of having orange and purple as the official wedding colors, they used electric blue and coral/peach. Lindsey felt these colors would be Clemson inspired without being too over the top.

Lindsey wanted a little purple and orange in the wedding though. All of the flowers, including bride and bridesmaids' bouquets, groomsmen boutineers, and reception decorations, included orange and purple flowers. The flowers were all done by family and family friends.

At the reception, the couple gave out party props to get the party started - fun hats, fun glasses and tiger tails! Somewhere in between the church and the reception, Lindsey lost her Clemson garter. She improvised and made a garter out of a tiger tail. That may be the first time that has ever been done at a wedding and is actualy a really cute idea!

They served "Tigertinis" as the signature wedding drink. It was an orangish concoction that Lindsey was introduced to by Firefly Vodka on Twitter. She "tweeted" them (@fireflyvodka) asking their advice on a tasty, orange colored drink. They responded with a recipe that was delicious. It was Peach Tea Firefly vodka mixed with orange juice and cranberry juice (we might have to feature this drink in a future Happy Hour post...Yum!).

The couple also had a surprise visitor come all the way down from Clemson to Beaufort, SC...the Tiger! He danced into the reception hall to Tiger Rag. All the Clemson alums chanted the Cadance Count and posed together for a picture with the Tiger. He stuck around and danced with the crowd and posed for more pictures. It was an unexpected, fun surprise.

One of Lindsey's favorite moments from the wedding (aside from marrying her best friend) was definitely the surprise of the tiger. But she also really enjoyed a game the DJ made the couple play that they weren't expecting. He put 2 chairs back to back and made them take off their shoes (at that point Lindsey was wearing her flip flops for all the dancing). Lindsey and Lee each had one of Lindsey's shoes and one of Lee's shoes. They sat back to back so they couldn't see each other, and the DJ asked the couple questions like "Who wears the pants in the relationship?" or "Whose family is the craziest?". They had to raise the shoe (Lindsey's or Lee's) for the answer. They ended up having all but two of their answers the same! Even when the DJ asked, "Who is going to wake up with a huge hangover in the morning?", the couple raised both shoes. What a fun idea! Hilarious! :)

We asked Lindsey to pass on advice to other brides-to-be. Here is what she said:
"I'm sure we have all heard the saying 'Don't sweat the little things, and don't pet the sweaty things.' Well...it's very true. If you let all the little things bother you, then you are in for a very, very long engagement and wedding planning.

Also, we were on somewhat of a budget and tried to save money where we could. Our biggest regret was not getting a videographer. Although we have gorgeous pictures that were captured on our special day, we won't ever be able to bring back the cheers and screams from when the Tiger came running in....or one of our groomsmen taking the microphone and singing 'Baby got Back'. Well...that was recorded on a cell phone and is now on YouTube, but we could have gotten an HD version with a videographer, ha ha.

Oh and one more thing...EAT! You spend all this time, effort, and money picking a menu so you deserve to eat the food! I didn't eat a thing and was so sad after it was over and people were telling me how good the food was."

All of Lindsey's wedding photos were taken by the talented Shane Clevenger Photography. He is a friend of the couples and a fellow Clemson fan.

Special thanks to Lindsey for sharing her special day with us. We love when Clemson brings together couples - we're such suckers for a great Clemson love story. All of the details and stories from their wedding make us wish we had been there - it sounds like it was so much fun.

Best wishes to Lindsey & Lee!


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