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#ClubCurtsy #GirlBoss Guide College Lifestyle Guest Post

A Letter to Incoming Freshman 💌…

Freshmen,

It’s September 1st 2018, two full weeks into my freshman year at The Ohio State University and…. I want to transfer.

The day I received my acceptance letter into my dream college, I jumped out of bed screaming and jumping up and down like the main character of one of those predictable teen movies. Never did I ever think I would be sitting here on the phone with my mom asking her if it was possible to call Arizona State back telling them, I changed my mind and I’d like to move in ASAP.

“Give it a semester,” my mom would argue.

I didn’t want to hear that. I didn’t like my college. I didn’t get along with my roommates, my only friends were the quad of boys at the end of my hall, I was too anxious to eat, I missed my friends, I was already failing math, and above all else – I wanted to go home. 

It’s now August 17th 2021, exactly one week away from starting my senior year at The Ohio State University and…. I don’t want to graduate.

As shocking as it may be, your mom does know a thing or two.

I could sit here and preach to you about “making friends on your floor” or “joining some clubs on campus” but I’m sure your university’s orientation leader has already done that. 

The truth is, college is just another part of your life, and in life, things don’t always go as planned. You may not be best friends with your roommate, you may not know how to navigate your way home your first night out, you might fail your first math course, or you could be sitting in your dorm asking yourself if you made the right college decision. And you know what? It happens.

And you know what else? You are going to be just fine.

Because, let me give you the tea ☕️. If I packed it all up and booked a one-way ticket home, I wouldn’t have met my five best friends and current roommates. I wouldn’t have realized I didn’t want to be a lawyer, I wanted to run public relations at a fashion company. I wouldn’t have met my soulmate. I wouldn’t have gotten the offer for Campus Representative for Victoria’s Secret PINK. I wouldn’t have met my giant group of guy friends at my sorority’s paired block event. I wouldn’t have spent countless Tuesday nights at my favorite bar with all my friends. I wouldn’t have realized that walk home was actually just a straight shot. I wouldn’t have raised that first semester GPA from a 2.7 to a 3.8.

I wouldn’t be sitting here, at my year-long internship, located in a 21-floor high rise building, in my own personal cubicle, writing this letter to all of you.

So, before you pack your bags and make that call to your mom, before you think you’re the only one who can’t quite seem to figure this whole college thing out – give it time.

For some, college is everything and more from the time they first step onto that huge campus. For others (like me), college babe, we are gonna need a little work.

Your college experience is your own mini personal journey. It’s that time period in your life where you have responsibilities, but not “mortgage payment responsibilities.” Soak up the freedom, test your adulting skills, take some risks, and most importantly enjoy the ride (maybe buckle up if your roommate decides she likes to sing opera songs in the shower). 

One day you’ll wake up and wonder where all the time went but – smile knowing all that time was put to good use shaping the person you have become. 

About The Author
About The Author

My name is Nichole and I am a 2021 Summer Curtsy Stylist! I attend The Ohio State University and study Communications, Fashion Retail, and Social Work. I will be taking on my senior year at the end of this month where you can find me applying to my post-grad dream jobs while composing my last iconic football block looks! I joined Curtsy in 2020 and I’m loving my “online thrifting” experience!



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Thrifting & Other Sustainability Tips from Club Curtsy💚

It’s obvious here at Curtsy we support a circular economy and believe thrifting is a major player in shopping and selling sustainably. But how can you help out our earth in other aspects of your life? 🌎 We’ve got you!

Meet a few ✨awesome Stylists✨ from Club Curtsy’s Summer 2021 class below. 👇

Pro tip:We’re always sharing sustainability tips on our Instagram & TikTok. ♻️

<strong>Caroline Booth</strong>
Caroline Booth

🪴 Why I Love Thrifting: I love thrifting and shopping second hand because it’s better for the environment and cheaper as well! Additionally, with things like denim more wear is good because they’re more comfortable!
♻️ Sustainability Tip:
My favorite sustainability tip is to find clothing brands that align with your own values and goals (such as sustainable brands etc). I also like to reuse packaging like jars!

<strong>Madison Crain</strong>
Madison Crain

🪴 Why I Love Thrifting:
I love shopping with curtsy and thrift stores in general because not only are the clothes cheaper, it is helping the environment! Not to mention, it is super easy to post the clothes you don’t want anymore on curtsy!
♻️ Sustainability Tip:
One of my sustainability tips is to try to use reusable bags when going to the store, wether that be the grocery store or shopping out and about! You can also use metal straws instead of plastic straws so you aren’t wasting any plastic, you can even buy the reusable Starbucks cups!

<strong><strong>Amanda Musumeci</strong></strong>
Amanda Musumeci

🪴 Why I Love Thrifting: I love thrifting because I get to rehome my clothes to someone who will appreciate them more than me. 
♻️ Sustainability Tip:
If I have one tip on staying sustainable its that anything that may seem old to you can be new to someone else! 

<strong><strong>Gia Maresca</strong></strong>
Gia Maresca

🪴 Why I Love Thrifting:
I’ve recently found a love for fashion- especially second hand. Thrifting/second hand shopping is such a great way to avoid buying fast fashion, which is unfortunately mistreating us, as well as our environment. Older pieces that I find to be my style are marked down significantly, so it’s easy to have a wardrobe full of what I WANT to wear! Thrifting is one of my favorite activities to do with my friends. Trying out new styles without breaking the bank is truly a fun and rewarding experience! 
♻️ Sustainability Tip:
My favorite sustainability tip is to purchase one or two reusable water bottles. I have two bottles that I switch between, and they’re great! Americans throw away 35 billion empty water bottles a year- and only 12% are recycled. Having a reusable bottle eliminates the waste, and I’ve also found that I’m excited to use it!

Interested in more tips on going green? Or if you just want to meet more from our community, look no further! 🔖


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How to Have a Hot Girl Summer ❤️‍🔥

By this point, we ALL have heard about having a Hot Girl Summer, ever since Megan the Stallion told us to live ours back in 2019. Having a Hot Girl Summer means so many things to different people, but at Curtsy we feel that living your best, Hot Girl Summer life, starts with loving yourself and living by the mantra that “every body is a bikini body!” So here’s some ways that you can live your best life in Summer 2021!

Loving Yourself Starts from Within 🕊

This Summer is all about finding out what makes YOU happy! That includes what you physically put into your body and how you treat yourself from the inside out. Give yourself a break and eat food that makes you feel good or refreshed and energized! Start journaling your feelings and thoughts to get them out of your head and into the universe. 

It is so good to release negativity and feel inner peace so that your mental, emotional and physical health can flourish! Drink your water, do your skincare routine and give yourself compliments because you gotta love yourself before anyone else can!

Find YOUR People 👯‍♀️

One of the best parts of the Summer is that we have time off to enjoy the simpler things in life, more sunlight into the evening and a chance to spend time with the ones who bring us joy! Whether it’s a significant other, your best friends or your family, take time to really do something with them! Go on a road trip to somewhere new, explore a new city or spend some downtime at the beach or pool making memories that will last a lifetime. You have all the time in the day to make the most of it so why not do it with the people that you love?!

Wear What Makes YOU Happy ❤️

During the Summer, the fashion of the season can be SO FUN, so why not use it to express yourself! Whether you try out a new aesthetic like the Coconut Girl or you still to your go-to summer faves, have fun with style! Always remember that you look beautiful when you feel beautiful so figure out what summer dresses, denim shorts, and swimsuits make you feel the most confident and strut your stuff all Summer long! If you have yet to find what pieces you really love, don’t forget to check out Curtsy to find your seasonal wardrobe!

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5 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Impact ♻️

Meet our Curtsy Stylists: Rachel, Ally, Grace, & Aaliyah
Meet our Curtsy Stylists: Rachel, Ally, Grace, & Aaliyah

Need some inspo on how to help reduce your carbon footprint and environmental impact? Read on!

  1. Shop & sell responsibly
    • 🛍️ Buy from:
      • Curtsy, duh — but really, the best way to keep up with fashion trends sustainably is to buy secondhand.
      • Facebook Marketplace — there are some GREAT finds out there for furniture. West Elm, Pottery Barn, vintage. Fun fact: our office furniture is all thrifted off of FB Marketplace thanks to our very own Clags!
      • Remake — a Curtsy partner, Remake has a brand directory where they rate brands you already know & love based on factors including: Human Rights, Climate, Water, and Waste. Discover new brands on there & shop them on Curtsy
    • ♻️ Give items a second, third, fourth, etc. life
      • Don’t waste any of your precious time in person at the thrift store. And do you really know where items you donate end up in? The majority end up in landfills. Instead, sell your items on a resale platform like Curtsy so you know they’re not going to end up in a landfill after you’re done with them.
  2. Rethink your beauty & kitchen tools
    • 💋 Beauty — Replace your disposable cotton swabs & pads with something reusable! I personally used to use those disposable make up wipes everyday but have since replaced them with reusable pads & a MakeUp Eraser
    • 🧋 Eat/drink — Try replacing your sandwich bags & saran wrap with beeswax wraps & silicone sandwich bags.Do you still drink your coffee & tea out of paper cups? Do you still buy plastic water bottles? Try reusable tumblers and mugs like these instead. There are SO many options out there.
  3. Watch these documentaries
    • 👗 The True Cost — an eyeopening deep dive into the fast fashion industry
    • 🌊 Seaspiracy — how our diets affect our ocean friends
  4. 🌎 David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet — our impact on nature

  5. Commute consciously — now there are plenty of ways to get around: carpool with friends, bike, scooter/moped, take public transportation, or get some fresh air and walk. 🚲🛴🛵

  6. Follow these sustainable influencers for more inspo:

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Still on the hunt for your graduation dress? 🎓

Congrats grad! 👏🏾 It’s graduation season so of course, the search for the perfect white dress is ON! Whether you want something more casual or a dress you’ll remember for years, there will be photos so it is a day you’ll want to look great for. We’re sharing some of our favorite picks from brands to help find a white dress for the day. These brands are all available on Curtsy too so keep a look out there for deals.

Free People is a long-time favorite of many but it is such a great place to find timeless, boho pieces like a great white dress for graduation! There are so many you can also find on Curtsy right now!

An Australian brand with some really cute and trendy white dresses! You’ll stand out in any Hello Molly piece and have a dress you can also wear again and again.

A great place to find affordable pieces for any occasion but especially for a good white dress! There are so many cute dresses uploaded to Curtsy from ASOS regularly too!

If you want a memorable dress that is super unique and show stopping, definitely take a look at For Love and Lemons. It is on the pricier side but it will last forever and so it is worth the investment.

LoveShackFancy is another shop that is on the pricier side but totally worth it! The dresses from here are a frilly, lacy, boho girls’ dream and they never disappoint. You can even check out Curtsy for their dresses too!

Other brands, we 🤍 for both graduation & everyday :

  • Petal + Pup | Another Australian brand that has the best dresses for any season or occasion. They have a huge selection of white dresses on their site and the quality is so amazing considering they are relatively affordable too.
  • Reformation | Reformation is a well known sustainable brand that creates truly gorgeous pieces. They have a huge amount of white dresses that will look amazing on your graduation day.
  • Revolve | There are hundreds of white dresses to find on the Revolve website and on the Curtsy app! Whether you are looking for something more well-known or a less known brand, it can be found on Revolve!
  • Show Me Your Mumu | Another staple for great dresses that you’ll love! Show Me Your Mumu has the cutest collection of dresses so you will find that white dress for the day!
  • Lulu’s | Lulu’s is the one stop shop to find the perfect dress for any occasion, so of course it would be great for graduations! There are SO MANY on the Curtsy App already so if you love this store, take a look there too.

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🖐🏽 Tips for Cleaning Out Your Closet

So we have all been there, standing in our closet – full of clothes – yet, we are thinking to ourselves… I have got NOTHING to wear! Whenever this happens I know it is time to sell some clothes on Curtsy to make some cash, and buy some new pieces that are fresh and exciting! I am going to give you five easy tips to help you decide when an item of clothing is ready to go!

It Doesn’t Fit

Our bodies are constantly changing and we often find ourselves holding on to pieces we “could fit again” in the future, but that is a sign to SELL! If you still love the item, and it is gently used, but you just don’t fit it anymore, it is time to let it go! Someone else will get a better use out of it! ♻️

Not Your Style Anymore

As I said before, trends are ALWAYS changing so if you don’t like an item anymore, there is no reason to hold on to it! We are constantly looking for something new to add to our wardrobe, and so the item that you found in the bottom drawer from your preppy phase in high school can be passed on to the Curtsy closet! 👡

You’ve Gotten Your Use Out of It

We purchase so many items because we need them for special occasions or we have outgrown it, but we hold on to it for a rainy day! If it’s served its purpose – it is time to LET IT GO and give it to the Curtsy Closet! ✌🏼

You Won’t Wear it Again

This tip goes hand in hand with the last one – if you know for a fact that you will never wear a certain trend, print or style ever again, there is absolutely no reason to still keep it in your drawers! You should sell it, get some cash for it and use that money to get an iced coffee, a new trend you love or something special you’ve been saving up for! 💖

It Doesn’t Bring You Joy

Like Marie Kondo said, “Does this spark joy?” If it does, keep it and if not – let it GO! We love to hold on and keep things just to have, but it is so nice when your collection is organized and you can sell what no longer serves a purpose in your wardrobe! So why not add it to your Curtsy closet for some $$$! 💸

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Curtsy recommended Gifts for Mom

What do you give to the #1 person in your life who has given you your entire life? Or is it a new addition in your life (mother-in-law)? And if Mother’s Day is not something you are regularly celebrating, then consider this the perfect opportunity to gift yourself something in the name of 🌼 self care🌼.

Also, we know 2020 was rough for family celebrations. Hopefully 2021 will bring you more opportunities to travel & see your fam but in the meantime here at Curtsy, we’ve got you with our Mother’s Day 2021 gift guide…

🤩 Seeing your mom this Mother’s Day?

  1. Plan a fun picnic complete with rosé and a charcuterie board. Perfect excuse to eat snacks as a meal.
  2. You can never go wrong with a spa day. Facials, massage, mani pedi. Some quality rest & relaxation time.  
  3. Cook a meal (or 2) for her! With meal kits like Hello Fresh, Blue Apron, etc. you don’t need a culinary degree to whip up a 3 course meal.

✈️ Mom is 3,000 miles away? No problem!

  1. Unique, functional gifts. A few Curtsy HQ favs are Dagne Dover, Girlfriend Collective, and Airbnb (gift cards). 
  2. A subscription! Whether it’s for wine, jewelry, clothing — it’s the gift that keeps on giving.
  3. Perfect for last minute gifting… Curtsy gift cards! She can shop for unique finds like glasses/mask chains & iPhone cases

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3 Ways to Make Your Closet More Green 💚

The fashion industry is one of the most profitable industries in the world because it crosses global lines. 🌎 People use fashion to express themselves and to relate to different trends, pop culture references and friend groups so of course it produces a lot of waste!

The average person throws away 70 pounds of clothing per year which equals 13 million tons of waste just in the US! The rise of social media, influencer culture and  overconsumption has made way for new trends to come and go overnight. People’s closets are constantly growing and adding the newest piece to keep up with the times. The rise in clothing purchases has made the fashion industry a huge source of waste globally so we wanted to share our top 3 ways to make your closet more green!

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♻️ Thrifting

Thrifting is something that has always been done of course, but over the last few years, it has made its way to mainstream fashion in ways that no one would have expected! As more people become aware of the wasteful practices of the fashion industry, many teens and young adults have been starting to go thrift shopping to find ways to reduce clothing purchases. 

In New York City alone, 400 million pounds of thrifted clothing were tossed out in 2018 – now imagine that worldwide! There are so many perfectly, unused and gently used clothing items to be found by going thrifting so why not make a day of it with your friends! Trends always repeat themselves so you can always find some hidden gems at the thrift shops!

👗 Renting

We all love fashion but it is not possible for most people to purchase everything under the sun because it isn’t sustainable and we don’t have endless amounts of cash to get it all! Renting has been an amazing way to get some of the best brands and empty out your closet because you return the pieces when finished with them!

At places like Rent the Runway and Nuuly, you can rent designer pieces every month for under $100 and return them when you are finished! No need to purchase tons of clothes for special events, date nights or casual weekends when you can rent something and give it a long life by passing it on to someone else! And did you know that Curtsy started off as a renting app?

🛍 Shopping Second Hand on Curtsy

Of course we couldn’t talk about a green closet without mentioning secondhand shopping! Everything has become digital and so of course shopping has too. On Curtsy, you can find some of your favorite brands – with the tags still on!!! – at such a discounted price. There are weekly sales, you can get up to 70% off on some items, and you have a whole community on Curtsy where thrifting is made easy. The experience is super user friendly and the app is one big closet share! Happy Earth Month Curtsy gals! 🌎

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Tips to to sell your items faster

Improve the photos

Make sure you include a photo of someone wearing the item and a picture of the actual item you’re selling.

Make sure your photos are high quality, have good lighting, and clearly show the color, fabric or material, and detail of the item.

Lower your price

For items that are ‘trendy’ and purchased in the last few years, we recommend about 30%-40% of the retail cost and less if the items are older or have signs of wear.

Offer free shipping

Offering buyers free shipping will increase your chances of a sale by 30%.

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Rent Your NBD Formal Dress For $30

 We’re Curtsy: The app that lets you rent dresses, rompers & two pieces from other women.

 

How it works

1. Download Curtsy on the app store

2. Browse the app

3. Rent locally or via 2-day free shipping

4. Post your closet to make money

Shop the App

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