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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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Victoria Larson Shares her Famous Closet with YOU!

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Victoria Larson

💖 What I love about Curtsy: I love that Curtsy is a sustainable way to find and sell new clothes! I love the environment and take climate change very seriously. Curtsy is my favorite way to find new clothing without buying into fast fashion.  It’s also super easy to sell on, which is perfect for a goddess like me ✨
🔥 Pro Tips: I love selling memorable clothing items, like outfits I wore on TV. Unique clothing items are eye-catching and help your profile stand out!
PS: I wore this For Love and Lemons dress on Matt James’ season 💃🏻 Check out my closet for other famous looks!

Shop some of my most unforgettable of looks from my closet on Friday, August 13th. 20% of proceeds will go directly to Remake to support ethical fashion. Curtsy is also matching 20% of all proceeds donated.

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Tammy Ly on Why She LOVES Curtsy

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Tammy Ly

💖 What I love about Curtsy: I can always find trendy clothing that I actually *want* 😍 It takes so much time and effort to find pieces I like on other resale clothing apps, but Curtsy makes it super quick and easy to find all kinds of stylish clothes. I could spend hours looking at cute clothes on the popular page!
🔥 Pro tips: Don’t be afraid to style the clothes you’re selling into actual outfits! I’ve found that they sell best when you can really visualize how each piece could be worn 💃🏻
PS: My favorite brand to shop on Curtsy is Zara. There’s always an amazing selection (and sometimes even sold out items)!
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This is how I styled my black Showpo dress! Make sure to check it out in my Curtsy closet. It’s one of my favorites and super versatile!

You can shop some of my favorite looks straight from my closet on Monday, August 9th. 25% of proceeds will go directly to Remake to support ethical fashion. Curtsy is also matching 20% of all proceeds donated.

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Anna Redman’s 5 Favorite Curtsy Finds✨

Let’s be honest, we’ve all bought an outfit just for the pic. Pose, *click*, and post, then it’s hung up in the graveyard section of our closets. But constantly feeding into the unsustainable nature of the fashion industry just to keep up with what’s #trending on social media left me feeling… well… broke and bitter.

*Enters Curtsy*

When my friend introduced me to the Curtsy app, I felt as if the tug-of-war game between my want for fun clothes and my moral obligation to be environmentally conscious suddenly stopped.

From closet staples to fads, to this season’s “must-haves,” Curtsy allowed me to participate in the latest trends, knowing the clothes I was buying had more than a one-picture lifecycle. 

To this day, I’ve sold over 187 items, saved over $1.3k, and made over $3k. 

Here’s some proof that you can not only have the best of both worlds, but with Curtsy, both worlds can be fabulous. 

A round-up of my 5 favorite Curtsy finds 🤩: 

5. Abercrombie ’90s Ultra High Rise Straight Jeans 

I had my eye on these jeans forever! But not a close enough one, because every time they were restocked, they sold out before I even had the chance to log onto the Abercrombie website. My roommate found these and DM’ed them to me and I IMMEDIATELY added them to my cart. Such a good find, and now my favorite pair of jeans!

4. Vintage Prada Purse This purse is the ultimate “Hot Girl Purse.”

She’s short and chunky—fitting perfectly on my shoulder, a little dirty—because she’s been loved, and has the stitching that screams, “this purse was made for a 90’s night club.” 

3. Hot Pink Meshki Dress 

This dress is the *chef’s kiss* of all dresses. Corseted across the back, cinching in the waist to make you look snatched ⏳, but leaving room around the gut (which is essential). I’ve worn this dress a handful of times, including my 25th Birthday, and every time people are astonished that it is technically thrifted.

2. Green Superdown Two-Piece

This was an “I want it, I got it” moment, minus the crippling my credit card part. I found this Revolve party set right before I flew out to Miami just knowing she would be a moment. And guess what, she was. 😘

1. Vintage Chanel Pearl Necklace

Does it need an explanation? No. Hands-down best purchase.

Find your own favorite looks to rock by shopping mine and other’s closets on Curtsy!

Shop my closet on Wednesday, July 28th! 💥 20% of proceeds will go directly to @Remakeourworld to support ethical fashion.


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Comeback Queens 👑: Coach

💭 I can clearly remember my FIRST designer bag because let’s be honest, it makes you feel so cool to whip it out before you are about to leave the house! You carry your chapstick, maybe a wallet and your phone and anything else you can fit inside. 👛 For some, their first bag will be from different places, but mine was most certainly from Coach. It was a cute little wristlet that fit a few things that I needed in high school – so not much if we are being honest!

Coach really disappeared off the radar for years but it is making a comeback so time to pull out your old bags, shoes and other accessories with the famous C on them. The comeback has made its way into malls, online and on social media, so it must really be something to talk about! Let’s take a closer look at the rise, fall and bigger rise of Coach overtime so you are fully ready for it! 

Coach History 

In 1940s Manhattan, the first Coach bags were inspired by the design of a baseball glove with tan, high-quality leather, stitched together with perfection. In 1962, Bonnie Cashin was hired and the whole brand got a major upgrade. Cashin’s motto was to “make things as lightweight as possible, as simple as possible, as punchy as possible, and as inexpensive as possible which led Coach to become the place to find affordable luxury. As Lew Frankfort became the CEO in 1979, a new era was welcomed where Coach was a household name brand. 

Coach in 2000s

While Coach had an issue with being considered luxurious and affordable at the same time, it did leave room for a new branding to be added to the bags. The known “C” that is on so many of the Coach pieces makes the brand easily distinguishable from just any bag but it led to tons of knock offs being created to mimic the brand. The thing that makes a designer bag wanted by the public is a feeling of exclusivity – Coach lost that.

This coupled with the fact that Coach began to focus so much on sales so they opened stores EVERYWHERE, malls, side stores, outlets and more, it just became so accessible that it was always on sale too. This impacted the quality of the bags negatively as well. There were other affordable luxury brands gaining popularity as well in Tory Burch, Michael Kors and Kate Spade to name a few. 

Coach’s Rebrand

In the end of 2020 and into this new year, Coach scaled back on stores, stopped continuous sales and started working to bring back the quality and exclusivity of the brand. A new demographic has been focused on too, in hopes that sales will begin to rise again in their bags. The focus originally being on Suburban moms proved to not be as valuable as a younger customer with more disposable income. Hopefully these new changes will result in a new amount of growth for this brand!

There is a new push in sustainably creating their products from upcycled leather and recycled plastic as well as new bags, shoes, and other beauty and accessory products to fit the new generation! If you’d like to get your hands on this brand comeback, this week’s sale on Curtsy is on Coach! We hope to see you on the app!

Source: https://fridayscoop.com/brief-history-of-coach/

Last month we highlighted comeback kid Abercrombie. Stay tuned to see what other trends we uncover 🕵🏽‍♀️ …

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Also, for this week only, 15% off all Coach on Curtsy.
Sale valid 6/13-6/19/21

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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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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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Alli’s 6 Reasons To Invest In Your Closet

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If you aren’t going to invest in your clothes, who is going to invest in you? #GirlBoss Alli Bridgers gives us 6 tips to help our closets transition into this thing called “adulthood.” 


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The Voices In Our Head That Tell Us We’re Not Skinny Enough

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Ole Miss Junior Alexis Smith

Some mornings I look in the mirror and the first thing that comes to mind is: oh my God, I don’t even have kids yet.

What follows is always different: sometimes it’s directed toward my cellulite, other times at my love handles, occasionally at the stress pimple on my cheek. It’s always some sentiment of self-hate: maybe I could be skinnier, tanner, a little less me and a little more cool girl.

 

You know what’s shitty? My experiences in front of the mirror aren’t special or unique.