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October 31, 2012

HaPpY hAlLoWeEn!!




October 30, 2012

Guest Blog: Clemson Manicure Tutorial

Hey, y'all!  I'm Bethany from Pitter and Glink.
 
 
I'm a wife, English teacher, blogger, lover of all things sparkly, want-to-be decorator, word-addict, and Clemson fan!  Today, I want to share my DIY Clemson manicure with y'all.
 
 
I started the process by buying these nail polishes.
 
From left to right:
Milani's Nail Art in Black Sketch
Wet n Wild's Fast Dry in Orange
Wet n Wild's Wild Shine in Sunny Side Up
Revlon's Nail Enamel in Impulsive
Sally Hansen's Insta-Dry Anti-Chip Top Coat
 
First, I painted all my nails except for my ring finger nails with the purple color.  (I must mention that the Revlon polish was definitely not my favorite.  It seemed to take a long time to dry without smudging.)
 
 
Next, I painted my ring finger nails with Sunny Side Up.
 
 
I painted over the orange with the glittery Wet n Wild orange polish.  Then I used the black nail art polish to create tiger stripes.  To create the stripes, get a little polish on the brush.  Starting on the edge of your nail, apply pressure and slide the brush while releasing the pressure.  This will create the thicker bottom and thinner top of the stripes.  (If you still aren't sure how to create the stripes with the nail art polish, you can search YouTube to find a video tutorial for zebra stripes.)
 
 
You can paint as many stripes as you want in any pattern you want.  Then wait two minutes and paint all your nails with the top coat.  (I never use any remover to clean up the edges of my nails unless I am leaving to go somewhere immediately after I paint them.   When I get in a hot shower, I'm always able to simply peel the paint off my skin.)
 
 
It is then mandatory that you cheer the Tigers on to victory by clapping and doing the motions to "Tiger Rag" with your freshly manicured nails!
 
 
If you like my DIY manicure, I'd love for you to stop by my blog and check out my other Clemson projects.  

 
If you'd like to follow along with all my crafty endeavors, you can find me on Facebook and Twitter.  I also have an Etsy shoppewhere I sell handmade signs and the occasional vintage item.  I had fun hanging out with y'all today!  
Go Tigers!

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October 26, 2012

Twelve Saturdays Clemson Scarf Giveaway

How bout them Tigers Clemson Girls?!?!

What a game last night! It only seems fitting that we celebrate Clemson Girl style with a giveaway of a fabulous Clemson prize!

Meet Twelve Saturdays - one of the newest online gameday boutiques, specializing in gameday dresses, apparel and accessories.

Twelve Saturdays has Clemson Girls covered -- their site is always updating with new arrivals. We love these two dresses - perfect for a Clemson gameday.

And our absolute fave is this orange crossbody bag with monogram detail in purple! Swoon! This will definitely be on my Christmas list this year.

Twelve Saturdays has generously offered to give one very lucky Clemson Girl one of their Howard's Rock scarves! How cute is this scarf? Such a unique gameday accessory. This 100% wool scarf would be a great stocking stuffer for any Clemson Girl.

Use the widget below to enter...

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Deadline for all entries is midnight EST on Sunday, Oct. 28. So you have the entire weekend to get all of those entries in. We will draw a winner at random on Monday and contact the winner by email. The winner will have 48 hours to reply to our email or we will draw a new winner.

We want to give Twelve Saturdays a big Clemson Girl thank you for sponsoring today's giveaway! Go Tigers!!


October 25, 2012

Game Prediction - Clemson vs. Wake Forest

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CLEMSON – Clemson fans have gone from the agony of the open week and 14 days in between games to this week’s Thursday night game in Winston-Salem against Wake Forest, a span of just five short days since the Tigers beat Virginia Tech last Saturday.

Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe is just 3-8 all-time against Clemson, but all three of those wins have come at home at Groves Stadium. The Tigers have won three in a row in the series, but the last win by the Demon Deacons over the Tigers was on – you guessed it – a Thursday night four years ago when Wake beat Clemson 12-7 and ended the tenure of then-head coach Tommy Bowden.

The Demon Deacons are actually 2-0 in home Thursday night games, and 3-1 overall, so they have a bit of a mental advantage in this one.

What will happen? Let’s take a look.

WHY CLEMSON MIGHT WIN
The Clemson offense scuffled at times last week against the Hokies, and there was plenty of blame to go around – the offensive line struggled in both the running game and pass protection, wide receivers dropped the ball and quarterback Tajh Boyd looked out of synch from the first play of the game. Despite the offensive woes, the Tigers still scored 31 points on offense – seven points were scored on a pick-six – and Sammy Watkins had eight catches as offensive coordinator Chad Morris tries to get the Tigers’ All-American back into the flow of the offense.

This week, the Tigers get a Wake Forest defensive unit that has struggled at points this season. Let’s be honest – this Wake Forest team isn’t the same kind of team that beat Clemson four years ago. There is a reason that the Deacons have struggled to stay around .500 over the past few seasons, and the reason is they don’t have the players like Aaron Curry anymore.

The Tigers, however, have plenty of good players. The defense played better last week – getting more of a pass rush and setting the edge in the running game – and the special teams had maybe their best game of the year. If the offense finds just a little bit of a spark, it could get ugly quick.

WHY WAKE FOREST MIGHT WIN
Bad news came out of Clemson this week concerning the defensive secondary. An already reed-thin unit became even thinner when cornerback Darius Robinson fractured an ankle against Virginia Tech and had to have surgery on Tuesday. The other starting cornerback, Bashaud Breeland, suffered an abdominal strain against the Hokies and didn’t even make the trip to Winston-Salem. As a result, the Tigers will have Xavier Brewer at one corner spot [he started the season at safety], while Garry Peters will man the other side [he started the season on the bench]. The third corner will have to be redshirt freshman Cortez Davis, who has seen the majority of his time on special teams.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said earlier this week that wide receiver Adam Humphries may actually have to play on defense in an emergency situation. Wake already has the crowd on its side, and if they can get the running game going and can use the play-action pass against the inexperienced corners, this could be a long night for the Clemson defense. If the offense struggles again...

WHAT WILL HAPPEN
Wake Forest has a lot of emotion and history on its side in this game, and there is no doubt that this one might be closer than a lot of people think. However, Dabo Swinney has done an excellent job of changing the culture at Clemson and getting the players to realize the importance of each and every game. This one will be no different. The Deacons will come out swinging early and gain some momentum, but once the players settle in, it will be more about the Jimmies and the Joes than the x’s and the o’s – and Clemson’s Jimmies are just better than Wake’s Joes.

FINAL SCORE: CLEMSON 35, WAKE FOREST 20

Post written by Clemson Girl's Sports Bloggess, Nikki Steele.

October 24, 2012

Clemson Cornhole Boards & Bags

One of my favorite tailgate pasttimes - besides eating - is playing cornhole. Cornhole is a game with two boards with one hole in it, on an incline, about 10 ft apart from each other. Opposing teams throw beanbags at the boards and try to land the bags on the board or in the hole.

It looks and sounds so simple, right? But for some reason my bean bags always end up at someone else's tailgate past the board. I need more tailgating so I can get more practice.

One of the things I plan on putting on my Christmas list this year is a Clemson-themed cornhole set.

There are many pre-made Clemson options you can buy (they can get pricey!), and there are also several companies who make custom boards with Clemson themes and your family monogram or last name. Others either make their own boards and custom design them on their own.

NOTE: ClemsonGirl.com does not make or sell any of the items below. Click on the {via} links below each photo to visit the source site of the image. ClemsonGirl.com is not responsible for any of the following vendors selling unlicensed Clemson products. This post is intended to only show examples and photos of 'Clemson-themed' cornhole products.

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Want to custom create your own cornhole boards, but you aren't a crafty carpenter? Here's a prebuilt, natural wood set - ready for some painted tiger paws!

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Don't have room for cornhole boards in your car? Check out this cute little table top set... complete with mini-bags!

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Speaking of bean bags, you'll need to stock up on some Clemson-themed bean bags as well. Here are two we found and liked, but you can find A LOT of beanbags and cornhole decals on Ebay and even more on Etsy.

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And if you're not good at keeping score, you can buy 'scoreboard' tools online, including a koozie that keeps score!

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Or...make your own! Very clever!

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Night game? No worries... now they even make cornhole night lights!

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Do you own a Clemson cornhole set? Did you custom design it? Send us photos at clemsongirlblog@gmail.com to share!


October 23, 2012

Tailgate Recipe - Pumpkin Pie Dip

I keep catching myself forgetting that our game this week is on Thursday night. Having a Clemson football game on a Thursday night in the middle of the season is fun -- it makes the week so much easier to bear. Instead of waiting anxiously for Saturday, I only have to wait until Thursday!

How I will feel on Friday may be a different story. :)

Typically for Thursday night games, all of our friends gather at someone's house to watch the game together on tv. All of us bring snacks for everyone to munch on during the game.

Since Fall is {finally} in the air and Halloween is right around the corner, I really like the idea of this Pupmkin Pie inspired dip - something different from your typical salsa and vege dips. And it sounds delicious! I can't wait to try it.

Pumpkin Pie Dip


Ingredients
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 cup frozen whipped cream, thawed
Gingersnap cookies, apples, or cinnamon graham cracker sticks

Directions:
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth.
  • Add in pumpkin, sour cream, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and ginger. Mix well.
  • Fold in the thawed whipped cream.
  • Serve with green apples, graham cracker sticks, or gingersnaps.
  • Store in refrigerator.
Recipe source: tablespoon.com


October 22, 2012

Clemson Gameday Photos - Clemson vs. Virginia Tech

Military Appreciation Day always makes a Clemson home game so special. I still get chills during the military fly over. And watching Clemson walk on and military vet Daniel Rodriguez lead the team down the hill was such a great moment. And we lost count of how many times the student section chanted "U-S-A!".

You will see lots of Clemson pride and pride in our country in our gameday photos this week. The football game started out a little sloppy, but the Tigers came back in full force with interceptions, great plays and...of course...touchdowns! Final score -- Clemson 38, Virginia Tech 17.

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You can view our gameday photos in the slideshow below or on our Flickr site. Do you have photos from Saturday's Clemson game you would like to share in this album? Email them to us at clemsongirlblog@gmail.com.


Special thanks as always to our volunteer gameday photographers - if you're interested in taking photos for ClemsonGirl.com at a future Clemson home game, email us at clemsongirlblog@gmail.com.


October 19, 2012

Game Prediction - Clemson vs. Virginia Tech

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Military Appreciation Day is always a special time at Clemson, and this year will be even better with Purple Heart recipient and football player Daniel Rodriguez leading the Tigers down The Hill.

Outside of Texas A&M and the military academies, there isn’t another school with richer military history than Clemson University.

The Tigers always do a great job honoring our veterans and active duty military, but this year will be even more special with the addition of Rodriguez.

With both schools rich in military tradition, Saturday sets up to be very special and a heavy-weight battle between two of the ACC’s top teams.

VIRGINIA TECH AT NO. 13 CLEMSON

WHY VA. TECH MIGHT WIN
The Hokies gained much-needed confidence last weekend with a win over Duke. Tech allowed Duke to score 20 quick points in the first quarter, but the Hokies finally settled down and allowed quarterback Logan Thomas to find his rhythm for the first time all season, scoring 41 unanswered points. Va. Tech has scored 34 or more points four times this season and is very capable of exploding on offense if not challenged. With a young offensive line, Thomas will need great pocket presence to avoid the pass rush- something the Tigers continue to improve. Virginia Tech has an experienced defense with returning starters on the defensive line and in the secondary. Even though the defense is allowing over 380 yards per game, they are plenty capable of making Clemson’s offense stagnate.

WHY CLEMSON MIGHT WIN
The Tigers come into this weekend with the 13th ranked offense and are ranked 11th in scoring offense in the country. They are led by quarterback Tajh Boyd and wide receiver Nuk Hopkins. Hopkins has been almost unstoppable this season, averaging over 129 receiving yards per game. Va. Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster has been dialing up a lot of man coverage this season. If the Hokies stick with that type of defensive scheme, their cornerbacks will have a difficult time staying with Hopkins and Sammy Watkins, who is poised for a breakout game.

As good as the Tigers’ passing game has been this season, the key to the game may be how well they can run the football because Tech is giving up over 170 yards per game on the ground. The numbers for Virginia Tech are even worse on the road as the Hokies are giving up over 36 points and 521 yards per game when they are way from Lane Stadium. Defensively, the key for the Tigers is getting pressure on Thomas, who is 6’6 and weighs 260-pounds and can be difficult to bring down, but if the Clemson defense can prevent him from running wild and force him into quick throws, Thomas proven to be anything but accurate.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN
Revenge is always a motivating factor and usually that is the Tigers’ favor; however that is not the case this Saturday. On the minds of all of Hokie Nation are the two losses to Clemson in 2011. The Hokies will come out with a chip on their shoulder looking to make a statement and prove to a national audience that they are indeed the class of the ACC.

The Tigers, however, still have a lot to play for in a chance to play for the ACC and possibly an at-large bid to a BCS bowl. The Hokies will do their best to slow down Clemson’s up-tempo offense, but they won’t be able to stop Boyd and company. The only question in this game is can the Clemson defense prevent the big play. This game will be close going into the second half, but depth-challenged Hokie defense will tire late in the game, which will allow the Tigers to pull away.


FINAL SCORE: CLEMSON 38- VA TECH 24

Post written by Clemson Girl's Sports Bloggess, Nikki Steele.

October 18, 2012

Best Clemson Tailgating Photos - People and all the extras

This week, in honor of Clemson winning Southern Living's first annual The South’s Best Tailgate competition, we are sharing our favorite Clemson tailgating photos from the past few years.

Tuesday was all about the kids and pets... yesterday was about tailgate set ups and transportation...and today it's about all the tailgate extras and...the best part of tailgates... the fans!

Do you have a favorite Clemson tailgate photo you would like to share? Email them to us (clemsongirlblog@gmail.com) and we will share them on our Facebook page!

Clemson vs North Carolina (55)

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Clemson- Florida State (15)

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Clemson vs. NC State

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Photography by LIME GREEN ROOM Photography

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