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TEN YEARS OF BLOGGING (+ an epic giveaway)

I’ve been writing this post in my head, as I do for most of my long-form posts, for the better part of the year. Of course, now that I’m sitting down to actually write it, my mind is drawing a blank. In a way, I think it’s because I know there’s no way any post will be able to sum up what my life has been like over the past ten years. I’m a little disappointed in myself because as I read and re-read it, it just doesn’t even come close to accurately describing everything I feel.

On this day, ten years ago, I sat down during Christmas break of my freshman year at Georgetown University to write a blog post. 

I could never have guessed I’d still be here ten years later. I was a teenager when I started and I sit here tying nearing 30. Social media wasn’t social media back in 2008 and I got very lucky with the timing of starting my blog. Whenever I talk to high schools or colleges, I try to explain just how much has changed in ten years. When I started my blog, I had a Blackberry and BBM was the way to communicate. No one was tweeting, or pinning, or gramming. Facebook was around, but you couldn’t “like” a page just yet. I still carried a small digital camera with me for photos. (Slightly unrelated, but if you really want to know how blogs were described back then, you have to read this article about Meghan McCain’s blog that she had while her dad was running for office.)

The truth is that I was just coming out of my lowest point when I started to blog. It’s hard to tell from the exclamation points and excited attitude of the writing, but I was struggling big time. That first semester at college was as rough as it could have gone. I was having a hard time adapting to college life and when I started to fall behind, I started to spiral because I had never really faced failure before. Of course, looking back now, I’m so glad I experienced it then because it made me realize that the world doesn’t stop spinning if you fail. My blog was started because I was desperate for a creative outlet– something to distract me from the things that were causing me stress. I felt out of control of so much of my life and this was one space where I could write what I wanted and do whatever I wanted without being graded by a teacher or critiqued by a coach.

I didn’t start it for anyone to read it– I just felt, deep down, that I had to do it. I craved that freedom from judgment and felt like I was in the driver’s seat for the first time– maybe ever– in my life up until that point.

It’s hard to think or even talk about, but this little blog of mine probably saved my life. When I say I was in a bad place, it really was quite dark. This blog gave me something to look forward to every day, regardless of what was going on in the rest of my life. Even if nothing ever came of my blog or if at some point down the road I move on, I will always, ALWAYS be forever grateful for this space because it was my lifeline out of that dark place.

Of course, we now know that social media was about to blow up. I joined sites as they popped up and started to incorporate more content on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, then Pinterest and Instagram. (Then much later Snapchat and now Instagram Stories.) I was lucky to have started a blog before all of that really took off because it let me get my foot in the door, I was able to find my voice, and figure out what I wanted to say…. and how. Even with every platform that’s popular right now, my blog will always remain my bread and butter: the sun, if you will, in a social media solar system. At the end of the day, it’s the ONE place where I have true ownership…. if Instagram shut down tomorrow, you’d still know where to find me.

So much of my life over the past decade has been documented here, for better or for worse. It’s a little bit of a gift (if I ever forget something, I can usually Google it and quickly find it haha) and a curse (because there have been some moments that I’m not the proudest of). But that’s also life and I’m happy to say that I think I’ve done a pretty good job of sharing the good and the bad, and everything in between. Life isn’t all about perfectly curated moments and that’s where I think platforms like Instagram fall short. There’s something about a blog where you can really document and share and connect beyond just a staged photo and a heart shaped like button.

Because of my blog, I’ve been able to meet so many of my best friends. I’m forever grateful for that as well. I can’t believe the amazing people who are in my life because of my blog. I can’t imagine how our lives could have crossed any other way. These friendships are something that I’ll truly treasure forever. I’ve also connected with so many readers and it’s an unbelievably humbling experience every time it happens. There’s a group of girls who I feel like I’ve watched grow up as they started reading my blog when they were in middle school and I’ve met almost every single one of them at this point– at least once! I also know that there’s a huge group of you who have grown up with me and we’ve shared all kinds of milestones together, like graduations, big moves, falling in love and going through breakups, and building careers.

Speaking of which, my blog also turned into my job. As crazy as it is to think about blogging for ten years, it’s even wilder that I’ve been doing it as my full-time job for over half of that. Five years of my dream job and I couldn’t be prouder of that. It’s a different experience when you’re doing it for fun versus when you’re doing it for a job, but I try my best to have the same mindset today as I did when I was just starting out.

As I’ve seen other blogs grow, I’ve seen major changes in how they’re run and handled. Obviously, everyone needs to do what makes the most sense for them. But I’m really proud that every word you read here is written by me. Every DM is actually sent from me. I respond to all non-partnership emails myself. All tweets are my own. I’ve chosen to work with a manager to help alleviate stress on my inbox and a photographer who handles all the photo editing, so I can still make time for the reader-facing things. It’s extremely important to me and something that I want to continue to do as long as I’m blogging. Yes, it’s a business. But I’m still a person and I want that interaction to still feel as personal as possible.

Through this job, I’ve had firsthand experience with all kinds of facets of the industry. (It’s crazy that it’s even an “industry” now because it certainly wasn’t back in 2008!) I’ve been able to practice so many skills as a blogger and I have a greater understanding of where my strengths lie because I’ve been required to do so many different things over the years. Because I wear so many hats, I know there’s not really a limit to what I could do if I really had to. But, I’ve honed in on the things that truly excite me and I know that even without the blog, I could always apply those things in other ways.

I’m not sure when, but at some point, I always thought, when I get to ten years of blogging, I’d let myself walk away if I wanted to. This past year I wanted to quit at two different points as I tried to figure out if the negatives of this industry were even worth it anymore to me. If I hadn’t set that ten-year goal, I think I would have just walked away without so much as a Tweet. And now? I’m not sure what’s next. The bottom line is that I still love doing this. I think it’s only natural to have moments of feeling burnt out when you’ve been doing something for ten years straight. I don’t want to walk away and give all this up. I’m proud of this blog and everything that it means to me. I love you all. I feel honored that you choose to take five minutes out of your day to read what I write. There is SO much out there that you can read and watch and the fact that you choose my blog means the world to me.

Some fun milestones:

December 2008: Sat down and wrote my first blog post as “The College Prepster” for an offensively fluorescent pink and green website I called “College Prep.”

November 2010: While waiting to board a flight, I was “recognized” by a reader for the first time ever. It was such a bizarre feeling. The girl actually went to college just down the road at GW and we became friends after grabbing cupcakes at Baked and Wired in Georgetown (hi Gabbi!).

November 2011: Downloaded Instagram– fun fact, I didn’t have an iPhone so I could only Instagram from my iPad.

January 2012: My first experience with viral content: my Instagram Photo Strips Tutorial! I used to keep the Google Analytics Real-Time up on my computer all the time and one night, it went from 100 users…. to 200 users…. to 15,000 users at any given moment in like an hour. It was insane. (My Intense Study Tips and How to Roll Your Sleeves Like J. Crew posts have also been a steady source of traffic.)

May 2012: My first big collaboration was with Kate Spade for my college graduation dress. I can’t explain how HUGE of a deal this was for me and, looking back, it couldn’t have been more perfect or fitting. PS This is how Julia and I first “met” because I was the east coast blogger and she was the west coat blogger!

September 2013: I officially quit my job and gave myself three months to “test” what it would be like to blog full time… I never turned back!

November 2013: I was tapped for the Teen Vogue Insta-List. Teen Vogue had always been a favorite magazine of mine and it was such an honor to work with them.

September 2014: I signed with my first manager. We eventually stopped working together (although I’m still friends with her to this day!), but it was the best decision I ever made.

July 2016: After years of blogging on a free platform, I switched to WordPress for more creative control and, most importantly, complete ownership of my site. It was a big task to undertake, but so worth it in the end.

October 2017: Reluctantly rebranded to Carly the Prepster. I’m glad I did it in the end, but I still find myself saying The College Prepster 😉

December 2018: Celebrated the ten year anniversary!

[CLOSED, Congratulations Alexa K.] To really celebrate in style, I partnered with ten of my favorite brands for an EPIC giveaway. [CLOSED]

Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules & White Tea Fragrance

Neely & Chloe Zip Wallet

Kate Spade Large Margaux in Tuxedo Blue

Gal Meets Glam Dress (of your choice)

J. Crew Factory $150 Gift Card

Barbour Beadnell from Tuckernuck

Margaux Ballet Flats (of your choice)

Draper James $100 Gift Card

Lilly Pulitzer $300 Gift Card

J. Crew Gift Card

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2,885 Comments

Stephanie Yoon

Carly! I’m so proud of your 10-year achievement! I’ve been following you since I was in 5th grade while in a desperate search to organize my desk and found your “Organize, Please” series. Since then, I’ve read your posts daily and you have served as my fashion icon, my work ethic model, and someone who I value for her honesty and relatability. Thank you and I can’t wait for the amazing things you’ll do for the years to come!!

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TMER

I’ve been an avid blog reader for close to 10 years now. There are times in my life when I don’t have time to be caught up with all the blogs, but yours is one I have to read every post. I love your approach to life, and because of you I truly understand the meaning of influencer… I really do buy a lot of the stuff you recommend. Congratulations and please keep it up!

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mia

I remember finding you when I was just starting high school! Now as a college senior, I still read every post (and love your midnight postings, the perfect study break). So excited to continue following your journey!

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Cassandra Cyphers

Congratulations on such a milestone! I have followed your blog for a few years now and have been so impressed with how much you have grown and expanded this space and brand. It is so inspiring to see how the blog began as a creative outlet and refuge for you on a personal level, and now has become a real powerhouse. I look up to you so much! Thank you for creating such a lovely space on the Internet.

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Sydney Paulsen

Oh my gosh, Carly!!! I’m so happy!! Your blog has been such a blessing to me the last two years and I am SO thankful I found you. You’re amazing, and I’m so incredibly grateful to you for sharing yourself with us for the last 10 years!!

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Alicia Fortier

Carly – I love reading your blog and have made it a part of my daily routine for years now. I first found it when I was fresh out of college, looking for a job and had plenty of time on my hands. I would binge read old posts and watch through all of your youtube videos. Now I enjoy reading and following along with your instagram stories! Thanks for all that you do, I hope you continue for years to come. Cheers to 10 years!!

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Brodi

Congratulations on ten years of running a blog! It’s no small accomplishment and you should be very proud of what you have created. May it continue to bring you joy as it does to your readers.

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Ashley C

Congrats on 10 years!!! What a huge accomplishment! I’ve been a daily reader for at least 6 years, and your blog has always been a bright spot in my day. Here’s to 10 more years!

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Sblon25

I have been following since the beginning, you were the first blog I found and I don’t even remember how. But, we have similar style and graduated the same year so it fit. Congrats!

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Delacy Carpenter

It’s so crazy to think that it’s been ten years since you started blogging! I think I started reading my sophomore year of college (but maybe sooner?), so 2009! I don’t really comment on anything, but I love having your blog as a part of my day. I distinctly remember your graduation post with Kate Spade, because I graduated that year as well! It feels like we’ve grown up together and like we’re friends even though we’ve never met-congratulations on 10 years, Carly!

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Caroline

I cherish the time I spend in the mornings reading your daily blog posts! My favorite post in the past was your recap of Headspace/Meditation. You inspired me to start meditating daily and it has truly turned my life around.

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Delacy Carpenter

I can’t believe it’s been ten years! I’ve been reading since my sophomore year of college at least, and maybe before that-so 2009! I don’t comment regularly or frequently, but I love having your blog as a part of my daily routine. It feels like we’ve grown up together and we’re friends even though we’ve never met-I remember your graduation post with Kate Spade because I was graduating at the same time! Congrats on 10 years, and here’s to whatever comes next!

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Caroline

Wow, ten years! That’s an incredible milestone, especially during this decade of life when so many things change. Congrats and I look forward to seeing what you do next!

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Bridget

We are the same age, and I found your blog around when I graduated college — I was likely looking for style ideas for my new “adult” wardrobe! (Ps fun fact: I have friends who sort-of know you from both Tampa and Georgetown! Lol)

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Lori Guyer

Found your blog on Horse Country Chic. I’ve been following your blog daily ever since.

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Lauren W.

Thanks for all the style tips and honesty over the years — love checking this out each and every day!

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Caroline

Congrats on 10 years!! I’ve been following your blog since my freshman year of high school, and now I’m a sophomore in college. Crazy to think how much your blog has grown in those 5 years. So excited about this giveaway!

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Leslie Perez

Hi Carly! I’ve beeb following for a few years now. I’m obsessed with home decor so I would haceto say my favorite content of yours would be about your home.

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Leslie S

Carly –
I just want to say thank you for starting this blog and continuing it. You’ve been a true light. Reading your blog every day is one of the best parts of my day. I’m pretty sure that I’ve referred to posts as “my friend Carly suggested this…” on multiple occasions because that’s how it feels. Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us all. You’ve helped me navigate high school, college in DC (AU!) and now being a young adult in a big city. Congratulations on 10 years!!!

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Hillary

Happy 10 years!!! I’ve only been reading for a couple years or so, but your blog is one I still enjoy engaging with daily. It’s nice to still have an authentic voice online these days. I especially love your “On My Radar” posts!

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Elizabeth

Congrats on your anniversary, Carly! What an incredible milestone. I found your blog through my sister— who’s essentially followed your blog for the better part of the past 10 years. She said you were her ‘go-to’ for preppy style (we needed a source since it wasn’t a strong trend from where we were in Canada— more West Coast in style). I’ve loved all of your travel posts ❤️ I live vicariously through your travels. I follow your Instagram as well! Elizabeth.Anne44 😊 Congrats again! And here’s to another 10 years

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Sarah Bielejeski

Your blog was one of the first I discovered, years ago, in my childhood bedroom, after I moved back home after college. Your ten year mark makes me feel old! Congratulations!

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Helen

Carly,
I don’t remember how I found your blog but I always look forward to reading your daily posts. Thank you for being so raw and honest about your journey. Congratulations on 10 years and best wishes for whatever is to come!

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Gaby Taylor

Carly!!! Congratulations!!! This is incredibly exciting. I’m graduating college this year, but I’ve been following for about 7 years. I think I found you randomly on Pinterest, but you are absolutely my favorite blogger. I am so inspired by how real you are. Again, congratulations on 10 years!!

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Kim H

I found your blog 7 years ago when living abroad and missing American styles. Have been reading it since! Happy anniversary.

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Abigail Mattern

My favorite posts are your yearly favorites, and I loved the post about things that bring you joy! I found your blog on pinterest!

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emgmurphy

I started reading your blog maybe six or seven years ago. I had just moved abroad for work and was feeling so lonely and homesick. Reading your blog every day helped me feel a little closer to home and I actually found a friend when we realized we both read your blog! Since then, I’ve moved to a new country again (twice, actually…), gotten married, and had a baby. I went through some dark days after giving birth and while on maternity leave, but taking five minutes for myself to read your blog each day helped me stay grounded and sane. Thanks for all of your hard work over the years x

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Kate S.

I’ve been reading this blog since I was in college, and it’s been so fun to follow your journey as we’ve gone through many of the same things. Congrats on 10 years!

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Elena Itameri

I was introduced to your blog when I was a freshman at Georgetown. A friend linked it to me because she thought my style was similar to yours, and because I also grew up in Florida 🙂 Still a daily reader 4 years later!

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Michele

Happy 10 year anniversary! I started reading your blog, oddly enough also in my freshmen year of college (at a VERY dark point in my life). I too, never looked back, and 6 years later I still continue to reach for your content everyday. Thank you, Carly for giving me something to always look forward to reading 💓

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Bridgette Mack

Carly! I am so happy for you in and your 10 year achievement! I started reading your blog in the summer of 2011! It was the summer going into my last year of highschool, and i think I read every single one of your post that summer! I have read every post since! I have loved following along on your blogger journey and you even inspired me to make my own blog! Keep up the great work and please keep blogging! You are hands down my favorite blog to read and you create so much inspiration for others!

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Leah H.

Happy 10 year anniversary, Carly! I believe I found your blog in 2011–the summer before my third year in law school. I remember thinking it was really cool that you loved Lilly Pulitzer (so do I) and went to Georgetown because I did a summer program there in high school and loved that experience!

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Alyce

So excited to see you hit such a huge milestone! I’ve been following for probably 8 years! There have just been too many posts to choose a favorite. Congrats on 10 years 🙂

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Kristen from Pugs & Pearls

Congratulations Carly!! Ten years is such a milestone. Especially when you think about how different things were. I think I’ve been following since 2012 or 2013! This was the very first blog I started reading and I never missed a post! You inspired me to start my own blog. I’m so glad you’ve stuck with it and I can’t wait to keep following along!

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Taylor Whitaker

I found your blog as a college sophomore, in 2012, through Pinterest! I was attending the Kentucky Derby and used your Lilly Pulitzer dress as inspiration! I’ve been following along ever since!

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Regan

Congratulations Carly on 10 years!

I love coming to your blog everyday. I don’t remember what post first brought me to your website, but I remember thinking, ‘where has this blog been in my life.’ I’m a pretty avid blog reader and yours is in my daily rotation. I think I still have it bookmarked as The College Prepster.

Cheers to many more years of memories!

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Emily Anne

Congrats on the big 1-0! Back in the tumblr days, my favorite posts were your college and postgrad OOTDs – I used to go there first if I was ever stumped on what to wear.

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Coralys Melendez

Carly it’s so awesome that you made it to the ten year mark. Reading your blog has been an amazing experience. I love all your tips and you have become a fashion icon for me. I first found your blog a couple years ago while browsing on google and now I read daily. Thank you for being you and keeping it real. Here’s to another ten years.

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Lindsey Martin

Oh my goodness, I was in high school when I started reading your blog. Then, my senior year I started blogging, too! I ended up blogging all through college and finally picked it back up again now that I’ve settled into my career as a teacher a little bit! This is so cool that you’ve been blogging for so long! Congratulations!
Xx,
Lindsey
http://www.lindseyemartin.com

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Elle Dooley

Congrats Carly on your 10 years! You were the first blogger that I followed around Jan 2012! I’ll never forget the first collaboration with Kate Spade later that May! Keep up the great work! xo elle

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Michelle O

I read every morning with my coffee before I get ready for work. This place has become a little part of my morning routine, it’s been delightful.

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Rebecca Mackey

Congratulations on 10 years! I’m almost 29 and have been reading your blog since I was 19! Having a cup of coffee and reading your blog is my favorite way to start my day. Keep up the good work!

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Carolyn S

Congrats! I’ve been a reader forever (at least 8 years??), not even sure how or when I found your blog! I’ve always loved your gift guides!

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Susan

Carly, congratulations on 10 years! That’s a huge milestone! I’ve been reading your blog for about 5 years and I believe I found you through Mackenzie Horan’s weekly links—now I am a daily reader! Some of my favorite posts are most definitely your style (it’s perfectly feminine and classic!) but also your wellness posts! I love your perspectives as well as your friend Maxie’s. Your writing is fun and upbeat and such a joy to follow!

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Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

I started blogging in late 2014 and your blog was one of the first blogs I followed. I was part of a Tumblr network of microbloggers-turned-bloggers, and we were all learning the ropes together; I think someone recommended your blog for reference and for inspiration! // It’s hard for me to say what my FAVOURITE blog post of yours is because there are just too many, but one nostalgic one for me is “Ask A Blogger: Aren’t You Cold?” which I identified with and found hilarious. I just looked back on that post and saw an old comment that I had left on it in December 2014 haha. I also loved reading about your rebrand and your blogging journey, and I loved the outfit featured in “Oui, Oui!” as well! // Congratulations on 10 years!!! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

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Victoria S

Hi Carly,
I started reading your blog when I was a freshman in college in 2011/2012. It is the only blog I have ever consistently read every morning when I wake up. I think back when I was in college, I was drawn to your blog first by the clothing (I’ve always been somewhat of a prepster – I think I found your blog by typing “preppy blogger” into google haha) and secondly by your honesty with everything in your life. It’s so easy to think everyone’s life is perfect when looking at the highlight real that is Instagram, which makes me have so much respect for your blog where you show both the highlights (traveling, clothes, friends) along with the not so glam parts (breakups, anxiety, stress).
Your blog has been one of the most consistent parts of my day from when I was in college through now as a working adult, and I hope you continue to share your life with us for years to come!

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Janice Stern

Congratulations! What an achievement! Looking forward to seeing what’s next for you (including or not including the blog of course).

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Hilary Gugig

Congratulations on 10 years! I’ve been reading your blog for upwards of six years, and I am fairly confident I found you through your “How to Roll Your Sleeves Like J. Crew” post! I usually don’t have time to check all the blogs I follow every morning before work, but I always make a point to check yours. Congratulations again, and thank you for everything you do to inspire women young and old, because you definitely do so much!

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Abigail Macaluso

Congrats! I’m so glad you still love this because I couldn’t imagine my mornings without your posts!

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Dana Hove

What a huge milestone! Congratulations. I found you on Instagram about a year ago. You are one of my favorites to follow as I appreciate your authentic voice.

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Shayne Harris

I love love your blog and I have been following since about 2011! I am not sure how I found you, but I know I was sitting in my dorm room in Baltimore :-)! My favorite posts are the ones about “real” life. Sometimes it helps to know other people have ups and downs, but make it work! Thank you, Carly!

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Kate

Congratulations! I only started following your blog within the last few years, but am so glad I found it.

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Cori

I’ve been reading your blog for ~8 years and have always had a lot of fun checking your content everyday. Congrats on ten years!

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Rachel Stocki

Congratulations, Carly! I’ve loved following your journey. I love your style and personal posts.

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Lisa Parker

I’ve been following along since 2009! I moved to DC in 2007, and your blog was one of the first “dc blogs” I followed. I’ve loved watching your platform evolve, but you’ve always kept your voice. Favorite memory? Your first trip to Paris.

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Julie U

Congratulations Carly on your 10th anniversary! It’s been fun to read your posts and follow your blog. I don’t remember when I actually started following college prepster, but it’s been a long time! A favorite memory was when I introduced myself to you at Create & Cultivate in NYC, you were very sweet!

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Gwen Saxby

Congratulations on this milestone!!! Started reading your blog when my daughter told me about you – been reading almost 10 years!

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Aleda

Since it’s baking and winter season i would say the cookie recipe and how to tie the bean boots are my current favorites! I have been watching your video how to tie a silk scarf too! I found your blog through instagram. I just immigrated here in 2011, didn’t know anyone and just got a new iPhone. It was a lot of adjustment and free time. Also i was trying to know what my sense of style was and found that i really liked yours! I was a girl coming from a tropical country with zero idea how to dress in a fall weather. I especially love your fall outfits. My special memory of you is… i came to try and meet you in Chicago! I briefly saw you because i came late and you were heading out but i sent my husband first at vineyard vines and he has a pic to prove it! Up to this day my friends who follows you too and i cant believe he went up introduced himself and got a picture!

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Mary R

My favorite posts are those where you open up about personal struggles. It’s reassuring to hear that some one else is going through some of the same things I am experiencing. I also love the posts where you share the backend of blogging. It’s so interesting to learn about how the industry works.
PS I am obsessed with Margaux shoes- I have a pair of the custom fit flats and they are a game changer!

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Kelly F.

Congratulations on 10 years! I’ve been following along for about two or so years now, and I find myself opening your blog page right up every morning to start my day! Thank you for your consistency, your voice, and your style!

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Beth Chappell

I first discovered your post showing your dorm room from 2009! It was 2010 and I was searching for ideas for my sophomore year dorm and a picture of your Pink & green dorm fell into my search and I loved it, I then read tons of your posts from the past and would check in for new posts every few weeks. 8 years later and I have Carly the Prepster pinned to my home screen and I read your post every morning while drinking my coffee before work. My favorite posts are on Fridays 🙂 Congrats Carly, 10 years is amazing!!

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Madison Smith

Carly,
I don’t remember how I found your site but for the past 3 years every day at some point I have read your posts. Being 20 years old you made me feel okay with the ups and downs of life and helped me with my own failures in college. Your blog is a space that feels safe in a world that feels like all bad news. Happy 10 years!! Congrats!

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Lizzie D

I don’t remember how I found your blog but i’ve been enjoying it for years. You always have great tips and have helped me find some items that I love. I know from your posts that it hasn’t been easy to have your life out there. Thank you for doing it. Favorite recent posts: Paris Trip and Gal Meets Glam dresses.

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Anne Caverly

I haven’t been a reader for 10 years. But it’s been at least 8. Your blog is the first thing I open in the morning. I’ve loved watching you grow and change. I still google the old posts to find ideas and memories. I’d love to see a post including all of your favorites over the last 10 years!

Congratulations on this monumental achievement!

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Heather Cook

Congratulations on 10 years! I started following around September 2010 and have been a daily reader ever since! I was in college during the time that you were as well, and your posts on study tips was so helpful! It’s awesome to have followed your blog for so many years, and watch how it has grown! Congratulations! <3

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Jen Cody

Congrats on ten years of blogging! It is crazy for me to think about the fact I have been reading every day for almost 6 years! I remember finding your Instagram account from one of those follow this blogger and then this blogger to enter a giveaway. I loved your Instagram account and later made me love your blog because you are so relatable and down to earth that I feel like you are one of my close friends. I talk about you all the time to my friends and they have to remind me that I don’t actually know you. Thank you and looking forward to another 10 amazing years to come!

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CammieM

This really is an epic giveaway!

I found your blog about a year ago through Julia’s Gal Meets Glam blog. I love how open and honest you are. Reading your posts is like reading a friend’s blog – not just another run of the mill fashion blog!

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Rebecca Pilipowskyj

Mazal tov, Carly on 10 years! It’s crazy to think that I have been with you since my freshman year of college! Cheers to many, many more!

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Katie

Congratulations!! I found “college prepster” in 2011 while trying to find a good planner for college. 7 years and multiple Lilly planners later you’re still part of my morning routine! Happy anniversary Carly, here’s to many more

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Romanholiday12

I came upon your blog during your levo days. I was at my first job then too and it was so comforting to know someone was moving at the same frantic pace. Thanks Carly!

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Elizabeth Hails

I followed your blog from college, to grad school, and now (almost its entire existence)! Congratulations on 10 years!

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Libbie

I’ve been following since I was a senior in high school and am now 25. Loved all your outfits of the days post when I was really trying to find my style

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Susan

Congratulations on 10 years! Your blog is the first blog I ever read. At the time I didn’t even know blogging was a thing. I’ve been hooked ever since. One of my favorites is the cake pop one with your mom. I could never get the cake pop thing right until I followed that video. Can’t wait to see what you’ll do in the future.

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Tracy

I found your blog when another blogger linked to it when you were moving out of the city, and I have been following along ever since!

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Amanda Silva

Congratulations!! I started reading your blog while at Georgetown (I graduated a couple of years before you though) and my mom now also reads regularly!

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Samantha VanInwegen

I found you when I was in high school and I’ve been reading you ever since! My mom and sister also love to read your blog.

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Kavita Gupta

1) Congratulations on 10 years, I haven’t been at a job for 10 years but I bet it is super gratifying especially when it’s one you created for yourself
2) Thank you for writing both sponsored content and real life. Your real life posts are my favorite and perhaps grautaying in 2013 myself, I feel like I resonate strongly with where you are at and how you respond to those situations
3) thank you for thinking of your readers and doing a give away on your major moment/milestone especially with high quality brands that are quintessential Carly! (#margaux)

I hope you had a great holiday with your family and I can’t wait to hear from you, Maxie, and Lou in the upcoming year.

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Rebecca

Congrats on 10 years! I originally started following because one of my college friends grew up in Tampa. You’ve provided a great way for me to see her hometown!

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Christina Swigart

Cannot believe I have been reading almost as long as you have been writing! I feel so lucky to have “grown up” with you – because I’m a couple years younger than you are, I always felt like I could come here for advice. While I’ve always loved the organization and home tours, I think your posts on anxiety and battling it are my most read. You were posting your experiences before people really became comfortable talking about mental health, and helped me recognize my own anxiety. Over time, Headspace, going to the gym regularly, self care — and therapy! — helped me set down some of the plates I felt responsibility for keeping spinning.

Biggest of congratulations to you – will keep reading as long as you are happy writing!

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Megan

Carly, I’ve been following your blog for several years now (thanks to my mom!). I mainly used your blog for outfit ideas, but through your blog I’ve been able to travel the world and experience NYC (I’ve never been!) with you. I’ve found myself identifying with you on a personal level. We’re about the same age and I also have struggled with anxiety (I personally know how dark those dark places can be). I’m so happy that you have been able to find a wonderful creative outlet through this blog! Can’t wait to join you for another 10 years 🙂

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Kathleen

You are my favorite blogger. I’ve been reading since high school, probably 5 or 6 years. I read your blog every day, it’s my favorite thing to do in the morning. Thank you for making the world a happier space!

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Marjie E

Can’t believe I’ve been following you for over 5 of those 10 years! I remember reading your posts every night in college at midnight as soon as they posted and now I read them first thing in the morning at work! PS I bought the Don’t Lose your Cool game for my family after seeing yours play it at Thanksgiving. It was the funniest thing ever, I was crying laughing.

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Nicki

I wish I could remember how I found your blog! All I know is that it was one of the first blogs I read, back when you were still in college. Congrats on 10 years!

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Juyoung Shin

I haven’t been reading your blog for ten years but ever since I started reading when I was in college, it’s been a daily read for me. I trust your judgment and admire your authenticity and consistency. I hope you keep blogging for a long time!

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Alexandra P.

Oh my goodness! What a sweet post and a wonderful story of your 10 years of blogging. I’m a long time follower but don’t comment very often – another way that blogs have changed over the years! It’s so much easier to “engage” on instagram than on blogs now. The things we used to consider commonplace (entering an email address and a name) now seem like too much of a hassle. It makes you wonder what will change in the next ten years, no? Thank you for all the hard work you’ve put in to this blog. I’ve so enjoyed reading it!

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VIRO

Congratulations on 10 years! I moved to New York for my first job a year before you did, and came across your blog when I was trying to find some calm and sanity in a crazy, hectic city. Even though I never would have considered myself “preppy”, I’ve always found your content to be the best balance of aspirational and authentic. I appreciate what you do, and thanks for helping me find a refuge in the whirlwind of NYC.

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Lauren G

Congratulations on 10 years, Carly! I found your blog way back in the day through a post on Classy Girls Wear Pearls. While I’m a few years older I feel like we’ve grown up together and while we are in very different lines of work I can identify with a lot of your triumphs and struggles. You have inspired more than a few outfits (including the dress I wore in my engagement photos!) and I continue to look to your blog as a reliable resource for classic style.

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Joyce

It’s been so long that I’m not positive, but I *think* it was through Mackenzie’s Design Darling blog.

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jordan @ dancing for donuts

just reading this made me want to cry happy tears for you, girl!! i’ve been reading your blog for SO long now – i started reading them back when i was a sophomore (i think we’re the same age!) and then started my own in 2011 just as an outlet when i moved across the country. it’s amazing to see how far you’ve come and i wish you all the best for the next 10 years with your business, blog and brand!! Happy Anniversary!

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Gabriella

Carly,
I have been an every day morning reader of yours for the better part of 4 years. You have become a part of my daily routine – get to the office, get coffee, and read your blog before answering emails. I want to say thank you. Thank you for giving me a morning outlet to focus on something but the daily stresses of life. Even the simplest posts make me smile and get me day dreaming about the next outfit I’ll wear or next vacation I’m going on. Thank you for making yourself so relatable. I actually went to college at the same time as your sister and had a lot of mutual friends with her, so it’s easy for me to feel like I “know” you and your family. But the biggest reason for that is because of how you present yourself to your readers. You have become our friend, and sometimes our mentor. Thank you for sharing your hardships and anxieties. I started Headspace because of you and my life is better because of it. I know it can’t be easy having so many people pry into your personal life and relationships, but you handle that with so much grace. Thank you for being our friend. Cheers to 10 years and hopefully many more.

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Joanna Mulvey

Happy Anniversary! I started reading back in 2013 (the summer after my freshman year of college), and I’ve stopped in every morning since. Thanks for putting your heart and soul on the line for your readers and followers day after day — we appreciate it!

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Annie

Hey Carly! I’ve only been reading for a couple of years now but your blog quickly became one of my very favorites. I love you consistency, transparency, and classy style! Congratulations on this huge accomplishment!

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Victoria

I’ve been following for a almost 8 years now. I definitely found you through the study tips while searching for some in college. My favorites posts though are the vacations posts and the family holiday posts! Thanks for bringing me daily inspiration and happiness through the blog. Can’t wait to see what’s next for you!

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Jill B

I cant believe its been 10 years! I started reading in 2009 when I went to college and haven’t stopped since! It has been amazing to see your style grow over time and your personality shine!

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Michaela

Wow! So thankful to have found you and walked alongside some of these big moments!! Congrats!!

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Katie W

Congrats on 10 years! I am so glad you stuck through the rough spots as I have loved reading your posts for the last few years. I think my favorites are your personal posts as you write them as if you are talking to a friend. Also, your book recs, keep them coming please 😊 Congrats again!

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Carmen

Congratulations on 10 years of blogging!!! I’m excited for the next 10! I don’t remember how I found your blog at this point, I’ve been reading for a very long time (since you were at Georgetown). There are so many posts that I have loved, and I couldn’t choose just one. A few that stand out off the top of my head are about your hair styling process (changed the way I blow dry my curly hair), your travel posts, all the fun things you do with your family (like the dive in theater), and your YouTube videos. I really appreciate how you have shared the good and the bad with such grace and poise—it’s not easy, I’m sure.

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Mkcville

Carly I’m so happy for you! It seems hard to believe it, but I’ve been following you for almost 5 years! I remember sitting in my own college dorm stumbling across your blog! I have always been impressed with your writing and posts. Unlike some bloggers, you seem so down to earth and I often feel like we are friends without even meeting you. Congrats!

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Sophie Kahler

Wow, 10 years!! I’ve been reading your blog since I was in seventh grade and I’m now a sophomore in college — it’s interesting to reflect on how much I’ve changed as well. Fun fact: my cousin met you in Charleston and got you to sign a graduation card for me and it was such a sweet gift that I’ve kept since then. Looking forward to what you do next!

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Katherine K

I found TCP when I was moving into Georgetown my freshman year. I had so much nervous energy in the hotel room the night before move-in that I just started googling Georgetown and found your blog (you had just announced you were moving to CT). I’ve been a loyal reader post-college and look forward to your posts. Congrats, Carly!

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Molly R.

Carly, I think one of the best parts about your blog is the fact that you describe your challenges and how you have dealt with them. I’m sure it’s been a source of light and strength for many readers over the years.

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Elizabeth S

This was such a beautifully written post, congratulations on ten years! I discovered your blog through a friend in middle school who knew I would share your affinity for all things classic and preppy, and boy am I glad she knew me so well! You and your blog have provided me with inspiration in countless situations over the course of my middle and high school careers, and now into my first year of college. Not only have I been able to carefully cultivate countless outfits that made me feel confidence I’ve never experienced before, but I’ve been inspired by your hard work, dedication to your readers, and love for your job. Your blog is the first thing I read every morning and it has become one of my favorite parts of the day. Thank you so much for this little corner of the internet!!

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Rachel S

Congrats on 10 years, you should be incredibly proud of your accomplishment. My favorite post was when you discussed how helpful meditation and Headspace had been for your anxiety. It inspired me to meditate.

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Jackie M

Congrats! I think I’ve been with you since your sophomore year! You are one blog that I pop on each day to check in. Much love!

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Alyssa

I cannot remember how I first found your blog, but I’ve been reading for a long (long!) time. I remember when you were in Teen Vogue and thought that was such an amazing accomplishment. Congrats on 10 years!

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Jen

I remember having a blog (briefly) back in college also and was always a big fan of your work. Congrats on your 10 year anniversary! Keep up the awesome work 🙂

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Sydney Smartt

Hi Carly! Congrats on hitting the 10 year mark! That’s a huge achievement and something to be so so proud of. I started reading your blog a couple years ago, after a friend mentioned following you. Now, every morning before work, I pull up you blog and read the newest post. But my favorite post of yours is the On My Radar ones. I love reading the things that caught your attention for the week, whether its a cute piece of clothing, or a funny video. Thank you for all you do and congrats Carly on this big achievement!!

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Ashley B

Congratulations Carly! This is so exciting! I started following you as a freshman in college, and have so enjoyed following you. I have used your advice on so many different areas of my life. You’ve helped me develop my own sense of style, and feel confident going out into the “real world”. Thank you so much for being honest and open. I can’t wait to see what the next decade brings!

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Akamaiblonde

Congratulations on the 10 years! I was so happy to find a blog by someone that also loves Lilly, Kate Spade, Subaru’s and dogs. Thank you for sharing with your audience. I always look forward to reading your blog with my first cup of coffee!
(I originally found your blog after searching for Lilly Pulitzer after party sale tips.)

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Merideth

Congrats on 10 years! You should be so proud of your blog and the community you’ve built through it. I stumbled across your blog while living in Asia about five years ago and attempting to blog myself. Ever since, Carly (College) the Prepster has been a daily read for me, and often the first thing I read once I get to work (sorry, work!). Congrats!

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Kamryn

Happy 10 years! I found your blog back in 9th grade when I was having a really rough time adjusting to a new school. Reading a new blog post was a highlight of my day! It was so nice finding a blogger with a similar sense of style/personality as me!

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Megan H.

Do you think you could ever have a “real job” again after all this time, and if so, what kind of job?

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Emily C

Hi Carly! Happy Anniversary! I started reading your blog sometime after you went full time with it. After reading your anniversary reflection the thing that stuck with me most is that because you came to blogging so early, your blog will always be there. Social media may come and go but Carly the Prepster will be there for you. Which makes me think of your blog like an old friend, referring back to it for fashion advice, a good story, a fun recipe, travel tips, you name it, it’s probably here. One of my favorite posts, was when you came back from Tampa after Christmas 2016. I remember it was a very difficult time in your life and through the darkness I felt like it was the start of something great for you, which it was as we learned throughout 2017 and 2018. I had just recently gone through a difficult decision as well as some other life transitions in 2016 that pretty much consumed my life from January to July. I was miserable and yet somehow that summer I turned a corner and really found a way to come out from all the hardships I faced earlier in the year. By time January 2017 came around, reading about you, I felt like I wasn’t alone having just gone through something myself. And as the year when on, I felt like I was constantly saying, “good for you!” or “that’s great, Carly!” as I read your blog in the morning because I was so happy to see you back and overcoming your obstacles. Additionally, I love all your Meesh posts. I love seeing the mother daughter dynamics and your similarities but also your differences. It makes your blog even more relatable. Basically I love all your posts where I’m able to say, “me too.” Thanks for all your memories and stories through the years! Now go open a bottle of bubbly!

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Olivia

Congratulations Carly! I’ve been following your blog since I was in college (8 years now) and feel like I’ve grown up with you. Such an amazing milestone!

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Mollie Moran

Hey Carly! I found your blog about six years ago when I was leaving for college. My favorite post is your “On My Radar” I still wake up a few minutes early for work and read it. Keep up the good work!
-Mollie

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Juli

Sitting here now I’m realizing that I started following you when we were both in college (has it really been that long?!). Congrats on making the 10 year mark!

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Becca Kuhn

I found your blog when I was in undergrad. I continued to follow through grad school and getting my first job. I’ve read other blogs but yours has always been my favorite and one that I read religiously.

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Liz C

Congratulations on 10 years!! I’ve been reading and following you since about 2009. I had moved to the East Coast for college and felt underdressed my entire freshman year. I found your blog when I was searching for guidance navigating the sartorial waters of east coast prep, and have been following you ever since. I think it might’ve been a post you did about bean boots. I’ve never commented before, but reading your blog is a part of my everyday morning routine.

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Liza

Congrats Carly!!! Love reading, and love your collabs with Julia! Off to read that sleeve roll post now ❤️

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Katie

Congratulations on 10 years! I am so glad I was introduced to your blog. I had been following Julia for a while (I think I first saw her on pinterest?!) and I believe at one point she had a list of bloggers she loved. I remember taking a quick look at each of them but when I got to yours I spent hours going through your past posts. I was hooked and have looked forward to reading your blog every day since!

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Zoe Jackson

Congratulations on ten years, Carly! From the study skills post (which is how I found you, of course) to now, reading your blog has been part of my everyday routine for the past 5 years. You’ve inspired me to get organized, travel more, and even start a blog of my own. Here’s to 10 years and hopefully 10 more!

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Maddie

Wow!! What journey you have had- I am so happy you took that step ten years ago- my days wouldn’t the the same without my little bit of Prep in the morning:)

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Georgia Payne

I have loved reading your blog for over 5 years! You have so much wisdom you’re willing to share! Thank you:)

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Jessica S.

You were one of the first blogs I discovered many years ago! I still fold my sleeves the “J.Crew way”. Congrats!

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Jenn

Happy 10 years! My favorite posts are probably the “real life” posts – those about breakups, moves, family. And Insta-stories with Meesh!

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Madeleine

Congratulations! This is a huge milestone. I’ve been following for years, but I became even more of an avid follower after you got Teddy (then Hamilton) because I have a dog almost exactly Teddy’s age and I loved reading your posts about him so I didn’t feel like my struggles with my own dog were that crazy. I can’t wait to see what the next ten years bring!

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Kelly Johnson

I’ve been reading your blog since 2012! I feel like I’ve grown up along with you and so appreciate everything you have shared here. Congrats on 10 years of blogging!

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Kate Zimmerman

I’ve been following along since college – we’re the same age and it’s been SO fun to grow up together. To go through the good and the bad and to know that I’m not alone!

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Kelly B

Congrats on 10 years! It’s so crazy how social media has changed so much. I started following you around 8 years ago – I saw you post something Tampa related on Tumblr and then I was hooked!

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Mali F.

Congratulations on 10 years, wow! I’ve been a long-time reader/lurker and have pulled much inspiration from your looks, gift ideas, and more.

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Caroline Forrest

Hi Carly!
I appreciate your blog and all of the thought and time you put into it, especially this 10-year reflection piece. I first discovered your blog on Pinterest, and it was with one of your college studying posts. (I’m addicted to reading studying/organizing blog posts!) While I read just about all of your content, my favorite post was “Goodbye Connecticut, Hello…” I like this one the most because it must’ve taken a great deal of faith, confidence, and determination to move. As a college senior in a committed relationship, I’ve thought about moving in with my S/O, and can only imagine the joys & challenges it brings you. Hopefully the same determination and trust will rub off on me! Stay true to you, and thank you for 10 years!

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Kyle H

Congrats on 10 years!!!! I found your blog in my quest to be all things preppy…needless to say, I’ve grown out of that! Thank you for being an example of hard work and vulnerability in an online space—I’m grateful to have grown up alongside you!

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Kelly Nugent

Congrats on your 10 year! How exciting! I was introduced to your blog by one of my friends. We met a couple of years ago in Bible Study. We just moved to a new city and didn’t know anyone. Now, she’s one of my best friends and we bond over your blog! Here’s to more years of your successful blog, the memories along the way and friendships! Thanks, Carly!

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Faith Schanck

So inspiring!!! I absolutely love reading your blogs because I find it so easy to related to you. You also talk about things people don’t talk about across social media which is what drew me to you in the first place. Keep doing what your doing and Happy 10!

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Merideth

Congrats on 10 years! You should be so proud of your blog and the community you’ve created with it. I stumbled across your blog about 5 years ago while living in Asia and attempting to create one myself. Ever since, Carly (College) the Prepster has been a daily read for me ever since. Congrats!

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Hannah S

Congrats, Carly! I found your blog while searching for style inspiration during my freshman year of college. 7 years later, still following!

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algiannirakis

Carly! Congrats on this milestone. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog since I was a freshman in college – 2011. Best of luck as you head into this next chapter.

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Caroline Forrest

Hi Carly!
While I originally discovered TCP via your college & organization posts on Pinterest, my favorite post so far was “Goodbye Connecticut, Hello…” because it must’ve taken a great deal of faith, confidence, and determination. As a college senior in a committed relationship, I’ve considered moving in with my S/O and I can only imagine the joys & challenges it must bring! Just like in this post, I appreciate all of your sincerity in everything you do. Stay true to you and congrats on 10 years!

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Julia :)

Congratulations on 10 years Carly!! I don’t remember exactly when I started reading your blog but I’m thinking it was sometime around 2010 when I started college! Now I’m long out of school but still check in almost daily! Thank you for being you and keeping it real in your writing! The posts I love the most are always the personal and lifestyle ones because I feel like we get to know you as a friend! Have a great new year!

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Marcella Martinez

So many feels! We are about the same age and I was introduced to you through Pinterest but don’t remember the post. I have followed you ever since and was so addicted that I went back to your very first post. I started following you in 2009/2010 (I think) and you have always reassured me that I’m on ‘the right path’ as our lives mirrored similar struggles/challenges around the same time. Congrats on 10 years!

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Ashley

I’ve been reading your blog for years. Your style posts have been a huge inspiration for trying to create a style for myself, especially as a working mom.

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Shelbi

I found your site while in college because I wasn’t sure I was happy there. Since then, our big life changes have lined up more than a few times and it’s like talking to a friend in a similar situation to read your posts!

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Audrey

Congratulations Carly! I’ve followed various blogs over the years, but yours is hands down my tried and true favorite. I deeply appreciate your authenticity to your readers and your style is always so beautiful and classic – I love it! Some of my favorite posts have been your life update posts and recipes (Also I loved when you did vlogs on YouTube for a short time.)! I found your blog back in 2012 during outfit inspiration searches on Pinterest. Can’t wait to continue reading – Cheers!

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Jennifer Basom

Carly, How cool that you have been blogging for 10 years! I started following you around when you went full time and I read your blog daily. I think one of my favorite posts was the one about breakups. I think because it was so raw and relatable. I don’t remember how I found you but I am sure glad I did! Congrats on 10 years! Jennifer Basom
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Kimberly Pultz

I’ve followed your blog for a couple years now and I love your content, both stylized and real. I also genuinely enjoy when you and Mesh are on your Instagram stories together, lol. Keep up the great blogging!

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Nikki Rossetti

Carly! I’ve been following you since my 2010(ish). At different points, I’ve followed many different blogs, but yours is the only one that has been in the mix from the very beginning and remains a constant fixture. I am exactly the same age as you – well, one day older, to be exact – and it’s been so fun to grow up with you and reach a lot of the same milestones around the same time. Keep staying true to yourself. I love watching you grow and change.

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Julia P

Congratulations on 10 years Carly!! I don’t remember exactly when I first started reading your blog but I think it was sometime around 2010 when I started college! Now I am long out of school but still check in almost daily! Thanks for being you and keeping it real in your writing 🙂 my favorite posts are always the personal and lifestyle ones because I feel like we get to know you like a friend! Keep being amazing and have a great new year!

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Sofia M.

Congratulations Carly! I have followed you from Uruguay for a long time! It0s very inspiring how you have made a career out of doing what you most enjoy and keeping it real. Especially combining all the available platforms nowadays to make it more interesting and easy to keep in touch. Keep up the great work and here’s to many years more!

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Gillian Greco

I can’t remember how I found your big, but I’m so glad I did! I appreciate your honesty, fashion advice, and I’m loving your posts about your fitness journey. Congrats on 10 years!

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Courtney

Congrats Carly! I’ve been reading your blog for a few years now and it’s such a breathe of fresh air. Cheers to ten more!

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Jay B

I first found your blog when I was researching reviews on barbour coats in college! I started following because your style so closely resembles mine. I kept following when I moved to New York because you had moved to Hoboken and now I’m in law school I still find your beauty, reading, and style recs so useful. I also found some of my favorite brands through your blog, like gal meets glam and tuckernuck. Thanks Carly!

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Colleen

My favorite posts have been your posts about Nantucket. I cry whenever I watch the video you made from this summer!

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Lucy M.

Found the blog after moving to NYC and still reference it for classic style inspiration 7 years later! Congrats on a great run

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Sydney C

I started reading your blog a couple years ago when I started the college application process and I’m now a junior in college! Congratulations on ten years Carly!!

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Cassie Falat

Congratulations on 10 years! I honestly cannot remember the first post or reason I started reading years and years ago, but I never miss your posts. I have dropped off reading a lot of other bloggers in the last two years, but I always look forward to your posts in my inbox and your posts/stories on insta. Thank you for always being honest about yourself and for showing when times are tough. You are such an inspiration! I hope you do something for yourself today to celebrate!

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Emma Potter

I was getting really into outfit building on pinterest. One day, I saw a picture with someone with the cutest black plaid skirt on (you), so I repinned it. A few minutes later, I found another one and another one. I ended up pinning over ten of your outfits, and wanted to know who this person was. So i clicked the picture and found this blog. I followed you on instagram, pinterest, and signed up to get emails from the blog. Ever since Summer of ‘16, I’ve been reading!

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Alison Jones

Congrats Carly! I’ve been reading your blog for years. I started reading it when I got to AU in DC, and I related to a lot of your college posts, as well to the fact that I’m also from Florida. You have and continue to be one of the only blogs that I read regularly. I love your personal style, but I also appreciate your ability to be honest on your blog and share more personal aspects of your life (as you see fit). I’ve used your recommendations for travel, and for gifts and for everything in between. Can’t wait to see what comes next. Cheers!

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Tobili

Congrats on 10 year!! It’s crazy to think that I’ve been following you for about 8 of those years now. It’s crazy to see how much we’ve both grown and I’ve absolutely loved watching you grow and mature and find your voice through the process. You’ve introduced me to some of my favorite brands, helped style me for countless events and have overall been what I look forward to having in my mailbox every day. I think some of my favorite posts of yours have been the Holiday themed ones and the ones that involve Meesh! It’s nice to see you and the fam working together. Thanks for all that you do and I hope I can keep reading your content for the next 10 years to come!

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Darragh

I love following along with your blog and everything you have to offer! 10 years – wow!

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Heather Watts

Congratulations! 10 years is an awesome accomplishment. I always enjoy reading your post and appreciated your consistency and content. Thanks for all you do!
-Heather

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Lindsay C.

Loved following along the last ten years! I’m also a Georgetown grad (same year as you!) and have really enjoyed seeing your life on campus and how you have grown and progressed since then!

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Sarah

Hi! Just entered rhe giveaway. I found your blog through Julia’s blog who I found through Pinterest. I live about 20 min from NYC and I’m a mom to 3 boys. I love the outfits you post because I can wear them for work or weekend ( with children in tow!) Plus all the other features ( book reviews, things to do in the city) are life enhancing! Congrats on your 10 years!

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Aliina

I can’t believe it’s been ten years. Congrats!
I remember being in college when I found your blog, I had been looking for a way to keep all my cords in order. You had these binder clips with the cords through them. It was such a lifesaver back then

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Christina Larigan

I can’t remember how I found your blog, but I have been following you since almost the very beginning. I’ve always loved your content and your honest voice & point-of-view. And, after all this time your blog is the one blog that I still read – daily – and I look forward to 9 pm pst to read your latest post. Cheers to you and for many more years of success, whatever that may look like! 🙂

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Anna

Congrats on 10 years!I have been a follower for many of them and love your candid attitude toward life and your consistent recommendations on style, organization and so much more! Xo

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Allison

Congratulations! I found your blog when searching for information about the Lilly sale a few years ago, and reading it every day is one of my favorite morning rituals. I’m so happy you have decided to keep blogging for the foreseeable future.
Thank you for always providing such wonderful content,
Allison

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Lauren Miller

Congratulations on making it to this amazing milestone!! I have followed you and your journey for the better part of this 10 years. It has been amazing to read and watch along. I appreciate how you never leave a message unanswered and take the time to interact with your followers. One of your recommendations, The Smith, from years ago is still my favorite restaurant in NYC. I can’t wait to continue to follow along on all your adventures!!

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Lauren Gluck

OMG Carly, I am so proud of you! I have been following you for pretty much the entire time you have been blogging! I love how authentic you are, and how you don’t shy away from sharing the “real”parts of life. I am 29 as well and I love being able to navigate our life’s milestones together. Thank you for all of your posts, advice when I DM you, and for just being you!

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Haylee M

Love reading about your journey! I look forward to reading your blog every morning before I truly start working.

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Lauren Miller

Cheers on 10 years!! This is an amazing achievement, and I have loved following along for 8 years of it. Thank you for always responding to messages and being so kind to your readers!

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Rosa

Your blog was one of the first blogs I found when I moved to DC about 10 years ago. Congratulations

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Bailey Johnston

Congratulations on 10 years! I found your blog through Instagram one day and so glad I did! I love to reference your blog for closet staples and unique gift ideas – you have been able to make such different content that is so great to reference time and time again.

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Caitlin Honard

Congratulations!! I’ve been going back on forth with whether I should keep my blog (I’m feeling burnt out with it every 3 months, it feels like), but reading your story has kept me motivated. I don’t need to quit, I just need to shift. 🙂

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Meighan

Congrats! I found you maybe two years ago so I may be a new-ish reader. I found you after a recommendation from my friend, who sent me your way after your posts on meditation. I stayed for the classic style tips and real talk.

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Caitlyn Simmons Flory

I have loved following this blog to learn of classic twists to modern trends. It has also become a platform for my friends across the world to stay in touch. “Did you see the coat that Carly posted today? It would look great on you!” “Let’s do a girls trip to the resort Carly and her sister just went to-it looked fabulous!”

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Chloe Hubbard

Your blog has been such a joy for me to read over the years! I look forward to getting the email every morning and also love seeing your stories on Instagram. You’ve made everything seem more relatable. Thank you for a great 10! years!! My favorite post was the one about getting over a breakup. Your honestly in general in your posts has been beyond helpful.

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Erin H

Congratulations on 10 years! I found your blog some years ago, but only became a daily reader in the past two years. Your blog is a breath of fresh air and a wonderful resource. Thank you for continuing to write when it was hard. It takes real courage to put yourself out there the way you do.

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Libby

CONGRATULATIONS ON TEN YEARS, CARLY!!!!! I am so excited for you, and this big milestone. I remember searching something on Pinterest for outfit inspiration while in college. I found one of your pins, and completely fell in love with the outfit!!! I was new to Pinterest, and did not know that clicking on the pin would bring me somewhere else, like to your blog! I immediately starting reading your posts, and made it part of my everyday routine, it was like my version of reading the morning paper. Reading your blog made me feel more comfortable with myself, and my style. I have loved being on this journey with you!!

Thank you so so so much, Carly!!! Enjoy the rest of your holiday, and happy ten years!!

xoxo Libby
https://premedwearspearls.blogspot.com

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Antoinette

I still remember finding your blog when I was in 8th grade and amidst a very preppy phase. But one of the first posts I ever read was something like “Freshman 50 Jr.” and it had all these tips for high school. I was about to start school at Plant, and when I realized you had gone there I thought it was the coolest thing in the world like I had found this famous person from South Tampa too! Anyway, despite me not following through with my preppy phase, I still loved your blog and read it pretty much everyday and I’m in my second year of college now.

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McClamrock

this is incredible!! I remember meeting you earlier this year in ny for Maxie’s book tour and just in awe of the fact that you didn’t quit when being faced with such nasty people — to know that you pushed through to make it to the 10 year mark and let yourself think about it is really an incredible mindset. Thank you for sharing your life tips (and style of course) for the past 10 years! It’s meant so much to so many people 🙂

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Hannah Barnes

Carly! Congratulations on your 10 year anniversary! I originally found you through Instagram (I think via KJP). I told my friend I wanted to start dressing “Preppy” and she told me I needed to pick some people that embodied my fashion sense and you were one of my picks. After that I started a blog of my own to share my travels and outfits. Thank you for inspiring others through your journey!

xo,
Hannah Barnes

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Traci D.

Congratulations on 10 years! I’ve been reading for the past few years, but I kind of wish I had found your blog while I was in college because we’re around the same age (I just turned 30 over the summer, and I really struggled my freshman year as well). I look forward to reading your posts–from fashion to coping with anxiety–every single morning while I sip my coffee. 🙂 It was also particularly fun to read your blog while you lived in Stamford because I actually live there too, haha. Anyway, cheers to all you’ve done to make this blog what is over the years!

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E

Wow congratulations Carly! I think I found your blog sometime in 2015-2016 but I can’t actually remember 😉 but I do remember that I was bored over Christmas or summer break and I googled good blogs to read. Your’s came up with a few others and I have never looked back. I used to love that you had your own app!

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Sarah Kennedy

Congrats on 10 years! Can’t believe it’s been that long. I think I found your blog during year 2 and feel like I’ve grown up with you! Loved getting to “go through” life with you! Thanks for always being real and authentic. It’s easily one of my favorite parts of your blog!

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Carrie Christensen

Happy 10 years! I have been following along for about 6 years. I can’t remember how I found your blog – probably Instagram but I have really enjoyed following along. When I read your blog I feel I’m talking to a friend & everything feels so genuine. That is something I really appreciate about your writing. Hope you had a good holiday!

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Courtney

Carly! So proud of you! Ive been following you since i was in high school and now I’m about to apply for jobs and you feel like an older sister! Lots of love from NC!

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Reagan

My favorite post you have was from Dec. 22, 2017. It was an on my radar post and was the best Christmas post. I love skiing so the picture just brought me back to when I would ski with my family. Also, the on my radar recommendations were amazing too!

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Renata Kingsbury

Congrats on 10 years! It’s so crazy how so many things can change and still stay the same.

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Amy B.

Congratulations on 10 years, Carly! I’m a fairly new reader, finding you through Julia’s blog (if I remember correctly, a post about an apple picking trip a year or two ago?). I have always loved how relatable and down-to-earth you are on your blog and in social media. Although I’m a few years older, following your style over the last couple years has inspired me in so many ways, most importantly to clear out my closet and start investing in timeless, quality pieces that I love and make me feel more put together even when I’m just wearing jeans, a t-shirt, and ballet flats 😉

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Hannah Barnes

Carly, congratulations on your 10 year anniversary! I remember telling my friend that I wanted to start dressing in “preppy” style. I had found your Instagram (via KJP I believe) so when she told me I needed to pick a few people that were my style inspiration- you were 1 of my choices. One of my favorite posts is actually “Wardrobe Staples”… I still have the pictures as screen shots on my phone because I needed major help in transitioning my wardrobe.. haha. Anyway, you are one of the big inspirations behind the blog I started to share travels, style, and any other thoughts. So I just want to say thank you for inspiring others, like me, through your journey!

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Julia Marie

Congratulations on your ten-year anniversary! I remember finding your blog my junior year of high school, you really have been an inspiration. I admire your honesty, and the authentic voice that shines through everything you write. Best of luck with everything going forward!

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Olga

Congrats on 10 years, Carly! What an amazing accomplishment. I can’t remember how exactly I found your blog my one of the first posts I saw was when you did the outdoor movie! Since then I’ve read almost every one! Can’t wait to see what’s next for you in 2019!!

Olga

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Meg Finnegan

I have been following you since I graduated high school! That was 2012 and I still read your posts every day. I love how honest and inspiring you are with your readers. Congratulations on 10 years!

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Ashley Cecere

Carly, CONGRATULATIONS! You are one of the main inspirations for my blogging journey. I discovered your blog when I was in college…so about 2010. The most unforgettable moment for me was when you rebranded to the tortoiseshell color scheme and unveiled the new logo. It was the first time I had seen a rebranding and I LOVED it. SO HAPPY FOR YOU! Also…you got me obsessed with Tuckernuck.

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Tracy Bach

Carly – congratulations on hitting your 10 year mark! I loved reading all your posts about real life day-to-day stuff plus following along on your workout/fitness journey!! So happy to for you 🙂

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Aine

10 years is quite an achievement- it is hard to believe how much has changed in that time and how many bloggers I followed have since stopped!

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Emily Grabarkewitz

Carly, I can’t believe it, congratulations on 10 years! I have been reading your blog for the last 6 years. I started reading when I was a freshman in college struggling to find my place and dealing with a horrible roommate situation. Thank you for all your inspiration and honesty! You always post such authentic content and it is such a refreshing oasis in the world of social media!

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Abby R.

Carly, your blog is the first one I ever read, and I still come here daily for your posts! Congratulations on your milestone!

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Caroline

I found your blog while you were still in college (I was a few years out) and despite being older, I found myself relating to you and loving your style. Congrats on 10 years!

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Samantha Scott

Hi Carly! I have been a fan of yours for as long as I can remember. I found you through Instagram and loved your affinity for life. You’ve done a wonderful job at staying true to yourself and not making others feel “less than” in the process. I feel that is something a lot of other bloggers could learn from you. I also love Headspace per your recommendation! Keep it up girlie – we love you!

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Shana

I remember seeing the sleeve rolling on Pinterest long before I found your blog. Have been using it ever since.

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Erica W.

Congrats, Carly! I started reading your blog when I started my first internship — I had no clue what to wear, and I loved following your fashion advice as a guide. I’ve continued following you and always appreciate your clear point of view, your honest opinions, and your sense of humor. Thanks for making this blog into an outlet for so many!

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Elizabeth M

Congratulations! I discovered you via Instagram (I have a house on Nantucket) and pop in from time to time!

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Shana

I remember seeing the sleeve rolling on Pinterest long before finding your blog. Now I read it daily.

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Adrienne

Thanks so much for continuing to be here 10 years later! I’ve been a daily reader for around 7 years when I found your blog through a random Google search when I was going through the college hunting process. Something along the lines of “Georgetown student blog”. While I didn’t end up going to Georgetown, I have continued to read that blog I stumbled across every day since then! It’s been great having someone a few years older than me go through all the ups and downs of college, then jobs, and then adult life in general, and knowing somebody else has made it through to the other side.

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Kelsey

Wow! So many great classic-wardrobe building pieces have been found thanks to you!! Congrats on 10 years!

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Tara Farmer

I found your blog quite accidentally about 3 years ago, when I was looking for style ideas. I think I have read every blog post since! I love your sense of style and your insights on life in general. At 41 years old, I am older than your standard reader, but most things are still very relevant to me. That is an accomplishment! Bridging the age gap and making things relevant for all ages! I hope you keep blogging for many years to come! Thanks for sharing your passion and your insights with all of us! On a side note, I traveled to NYC earlier this month, and realized we were at Rockefeller center on the same day….it would’ve been so cool to meet you! I need to be more attentive next time! Haha!

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World Traveler

Hi Carly! As someone who loves traveling, I always love seeing what you’re up to and where you’re headed next. Thank you for including budget pieces in your posts and keeping things affordable to us normal folk. Congratulations on 10 years! A decade is huge!

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Rebecca Gartmann

Congratulations on 10 years! I found you when googling how to roll the JCrew sleeve and have followed ever since. Your blog has always been amazingly “real”and I have really appreciated all the post. By letting others in with the struggles and joys you have, as well attainable outfit styles- you been a very bright spot in my day. Thank you so much for all you share!

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Elizabeth Ingham

Congratulations on 10 years! I’ve followed you through this blog journey and it’s always a highlight of my day to read your posts. Thank you for sharing so honestly with us, can’t wait for the next 10 years

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Elizabeth B

Congratulations Carly!! I found your blog as an intern on the hill and you have since become one of the favorite parts of my day! Cheers to 10 more!

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Emily R

Thank you for providing awesome content for 10 years! I have always loved following along and know I can count on you to provide good recommendations or honest reviews of products/places, etc. Congratulations on this anniversary! Here is to the next 10!

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Christina Wabiszewski

What an amazing accomplishment! I have loved and followed your blog for years, and it’s the first site I visit when I sit down with coffee before work each day! Thanks for maintaining this bright little corner of the internet!

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Sara R Albinger

Congratulations on ten years! What a milestone, you have so much to be proud of. Here’s to ten more!

– Sara

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Elizabeth Waynick

Carly – regardless of the giveaway, I would have commented on this post. I found your blog very soon after you started. I’m two years older than you and feel like we have done a lot of growing up together. I remember posts like your election post, your breakup post, your anxiety post, your meditation post. The fashion is great, but I love the honesty you infuse into everything you write. It’s refreshing in a world that often seems fake. Best wishes to your next decade – wherever that takes you!

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Lila

Your blog is my favorite. I’m so happy you kept going. I love to read it every morning it’s become part of my routine.

Yep I also remember when blogs were considered a big joke. Nobody respected blogs or bloggers, then slowly blogs became big business.

I now see blogs as online magazines and I kinda see bloggers like accountants, graphic designers, stockbrokers, nurses, and doctors, etc.

This “industry” has attracted a lot of talented people to become bloggers. I think way too many bloggers get anxious about no longer being the only one in their niche.

The world is a big place and the internet is a big playground. 🙂

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McKenzie A.

Congratulations, Carly! I found this blog at a time when I most needed it in college and have been reading ever since. <3 Sending lots of love!

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Liora

Congratulations Carly! I’ve been following along and reading for years, thanks for taking us on this journey with you xx

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DVA

Congrats on 10 years of blogging! I’ve loved following along on your journey from college to NYC and beyond. I moved to NYC shortly after you did and your posts about the city were SO helpful in guiding me around. My favorite posts of yours were the ones about decorating your NYC apartment. I can def relate to living in small spaces but I know I can draw inspiration from you on how to organize and make a small living space look cozy and warm!

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Morgan Rose

I have loved your blog for at least 5 years and love how it changes and evolves with you! I look forward to checking it every morning!

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Tomissa

It has been such a blessing to read you since 2010 — when i first discovered your blog thanks to Pinterest.

I’m so happy you’re sticking with it and will continue to write for the next ten years!

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Alexis Teevens

Yours is one of my favorite blogs to come back to. I went through a phase where I read TONS of blogs, and now, I honestly only check on 2 or 3, and yours is one of them. Congratulations!!

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Victoria Gawel

Congrats Carly!! I still remember reading your blog in my college classes in 2012, I think I found your blog through Instagram or Pinterest! I had just joined a sorority, was introduced to Lilly Pulitzer and wanted to update my wardrobe. Your blog was a life saver! One of my fav memories was when I emailed you early this year about skiing, what I should bring and how I should keep up with some very talented skiers that make up my at the time very new boyfriend’s family. Well I survived that trip with some help from you and many others and now I’m moving from Philly to Alabama to close the distance with that guy! It’s been so fun following your blog and remembering where I was at that point in my life when I see old posts! So happy you let me and so many others be a part of your life! It’s been a fun time, can’t wait to see what the next 10 years bring.

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Holly Rigby

So happy to have found your blog so long ago! I do feel like my life and yours have been progressing together as we both approach 30! Your blog post on Mont Tremblant several years ago made me put the mountain on my travel list. I went with friends last year and it was one of my favorite experiences of 2018. Congrats on 10 years!

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Morgan Rose

Sorry if this is my 100th comment… It doesn’t look like it’s posting every time! But I love you and your blog and look forward to checking it every morning!

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AMM

Congratulations!! What an amazing accomplishment. I have followed your blog for years, and I love the variety of topics you cover. My favorite posts are yours that discuss movies, as we seem to have similar taste! Thanks for all you do and for making one corner of the internet a happy, positive place to visit.

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Lily

What an accomplishment! 10 years of creating and cultivating everything that sets your heart on fire. Congrats!

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Emily

Congratulations on 10 years, Carly!!! I found your blog by chance and have loved reading it every day for years. Here’s to many more years!!

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Tara F

I found your blog by accident about 4 years ago when I was looking for style ideas online. I was hooked! I’ve been following every post ever since! This is my favorite blog! I appreciate your sense of style and your wisdom! Thank you for sharing with us!

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Molly Voss

Hi! I discovered your blog when I was a junior in high school in 2010. I’ve been obsessed ever since! I loved “growing up” with you and seeing style change. Thank you for being part of my morning routine, showing me so many great products, and bringing us all along your fun adventures!!

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Michele Innis

Congrats on your 10 year anniversary. I started reading your blog about a year ago, and I read it most mornings while drinking coffee before I start my work day. Reading blogs like yours are something I look forward to in order to relax before starting a stressful day. Thank you!

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Caitlin Donahue

Congratulations on 10 years! I’ve been reading your blog for years and love your posts- keep it up!

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Katie T.

It’s hard to believe how long I’ve been reading your blog!! I don’t remember how I found you, but I *loved* the outfit mirror selfies you used to post when you still worked at Levo. Those stacked pearl & gold bracelets were to die for.

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Lauren Goldstein

At this point I genuinely can’t remember when I started following you but I know for sure that you’re the reason I thought I could start my own blog! I used your Photoshop tutorials and articles about blogging to get started. Yours is still one of the only blogs I read daily!

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Elise Steimle

I’ve been following your blog since I was 18 and a freshman in college (I’m now 26 and 4 years out of college and into my career!) I feel like I’ve truly grown up with you — through the ups and downs of college and adulthood — all just by reading your posts and following you on Instagram. I’ve followed lots of different people along the way but you’re the one person’s posts I’ve truly connected with and consistently followed throughout the entire time this social media/blogging bubble has blown up, and I think it’s because of how real and genuine you are. The kind of person you are really shines through, and for me, that differentiates you from everyone else out there who’s doing this same thing now. Thank you for sharing your journey through life with us over the last ten years!! You are amazing!!!

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BekaK

Congratulations Carly!! This is amazing and while I didn’t find your blog at the beginning I definitely have been an avid reader for 4 years. You have shared moments that really connected for me as someone who deals with the ebbs and flows of life. While I haven’t started my website yet- you pushed me to continue my love of baking and start in the New Year recording it as I learn!

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Ali Koch

Carly! So glad you’ve kept this up for 10 years! I’ve been reading for about 7. My first post read was intense study tips, and I fell into your blog with a frenzy. You gave me that kind of motivation/inspiration on par with Rory Gilmore. Frankly, I’ve never been too much of a prepster, but still, year after year, I’ve been coming back because of your honest writing, your funny stories, your family [lol I know that sounds weird but still true!], and your determined personality. I feel lucky to read your blog, and can’t wait to see what comes in your future <3 You rock

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Grace M

Congratulations!! Your blog is one of the things I think about as I decide to go freelance or not (as a success story!) So happy you’ll continue to be in this space. Celebrate yourself today — you’ve absolutely earned it!!

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jess

I’ve been following your blog since college (2012 grad) and most enjoyed your travel posts.

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Caitlin Pond

This post makes my heart swell! I found your blog in college while I was trying to learn to study. Your study tips were great, but reading through your blog and learning that I wasn’t alone in struggling emotionally through college meant more than you can imagine. That was 2012, and I’ve often been a midnight or first thing in the AM reader since. I’ve looked up to you through the years at so many milestones. I’m never great at leaving comments, but know I’m here and I appreciate you. Happy anniversary!

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Kaitlin Lowery

Congratulations on 10 years!! I have been following for the last eight years and always enjoy your posts!

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Danielle B

Hi Carly, this is probably very random but wanted to share anyway. I loved your perspective on the Nordstrom anniversary sale this year. I was disgusted with the amount of product some bloggers were pushing. We live in an age where we are constantly being marketed to and it honestly gets incredibly overwhelming. You begin to not be able to differentiate between products you think are nice and products you actually want. Thanks for keeping it real and providing authentic content centered on products (among other things!) you truly believe in. Happy 10 years!

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Alexandra Streifel

I found the College Prepster 4 years ago while looking for preppy outfit inspiration, and I’ve been checking daily as part of my routine ever since! It’s been exciting to grow alongside you, Carly!!

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Shannon W

Hi Carly!! Long time reader here. Yours is the very first blog I ever started reading- I didn’t even know blogs existed until I found yours! I remember the pink and green background, so nostalgic. I think I found you by googling “preppy college style” or something like that and I have been reading ever since 🙂

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Dina

Congratulations Carly! I’ve been reading your blog since 2014! It’s so amazing to see how much you’ve done. Keep doing what you’re doing! Love reading your blog!

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Maisy Claudio

Proud reader since 2012! I wish you could fully understand the positive impact you’ve had on me!

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Tatum Connell

I found “The College Prepster” through Pinterest. One day I was scrolling through it when a picture of a very preppy girl popped up and I absolutely loved the style! I began to follow her on Instagram as well where I have constantly loved looking through each cute outfit and each beautiful location.

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Rachel M

Hi Carly,

First time commenter, but daily reader since 2010. One of my friends showed me your blog in a high school study hall, and I haven’t stopped reading since.

I’ve changed a lot since 2010 (went to college, got my first job, moved to DC, got another job, moved to NYC, etc.), but your blog has remained a constant in my life. You’re just a couple of years older than me, so reading your blog has always felt like getting advice form the best older sister. I’ve always truly appreciated your candor, your willingness to share knowledge, and your perspective.

Congratulations on this huge achievement, and thank you so much for sharing yourself with us for the last 10 years.

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Carley

Congrats on your 10 years! I’ve been an avid follower for almost 10 years and you’re the only blogger who’s opinion I can count on! Can’t wait for the next 10 years!

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Chloe

Congratulations on 10 years! I have been reading your blog since college – maybe 8 years? I graduated in 2012 🙂 What an amazing accomplishment!

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Melanie Meleney

Congrats, Carly! I’ve been following your blog since I graduated from Lafayette College in 2012. I was feeling really lost, I had no idea where I wanted to take my career after school but reading about your blog gave me a great escape. I loved your style then and still do now! It’s been really fun to watch your style evolve as we’ve both grown older (and closer to 30…eep!) Good luck with everything!

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Claudia Gelles

Congratulations Carly!! I love your style so much!! You are so pretty! You kept coming up in my instagram suggested section so I decided to follow you. I hope that you keep blogging, and don’t let negative comments bring you down!

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Jordan Peterson

I really feel like I’ve grown up with you, I was a year behind you in school but overall I feel like we’ve gone through similar struggles at similar times. I appreciate your vulnerability and honesty, keep being 100% you!!

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Katie05

I found your blog in college (a few years after you started) and it was the perfect time for me personally since all your early posts seemed to describe exactly what I was going through at the time. I remember you were the first blogger/person I didn’t know that I followed on Instagram! I feel like I have grown up with you and your blog and I am so glad to see it reach 10 years!

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Natalie Riendeau

Carly, this is such a momentous occasion and I am so thrilled for you! Admittedly, I haven’t been following you since The College Prepster’s inception, but I’ve certainly been following for a few years (always love your content!). I hope that you always overcome that feeling to “give up” because I truly look forward to your posts. ♥️ Congratulations on 10 Years!!!

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Madison Leonard

Been following along almost daily since college and all throughout law school. Thanks for all the inspiration and advice 🙂

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Jane W.

Carly,

Congratulations on 10 years of blogging! You are AMAZING! I remember reading your blog “The College Prepster” when I attended The University of Oklahoma (2009-2013). Your blog has been very inspirational and love reading your columns about Lifestyle. Everything from recipes to fashion to relevant books to travel and more… All of your advice has been inspirational! Please keep it up, would love to see what the future holds for you 🙂

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Jamie Bergstein

Congrats on 10 years! I’ve been following for a long time and I’m thrilled for your success.

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Ashlee Korlach

Congrats Carly! I can’t remember exactly when I started reading your blog regularly, but I definitely started following your Instagram when I was in high school — and I’m a senior in college now! I followed for your style but stayed for your honesty. Best of luck for whatever the next 10 bring you!

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Emily Tebo

I found your blog somewhere around 2009 when my roommate told me about you! She had read your blog every morning up until that point, and we’d always have habit of saying something like, “Did you see Carly’s dress today?!” Six years removed from college and no longer sharing our tiny room, we still keep in touch and text about your posts regularly! Congratulations, Carly!

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Lauren Brousseau

I found your blog several years ago when I fell in LOVE with the preppy style. I was a sophomore or junior in high school and was already longing to go to college even though I still had a few years ahead of me. I found your blog to be an inspiration and even started my own. I have grown past that blog now but now that I have gotten into the groove in my college life, I want to start blogging again. Thank you for being such an inspiration and a complete #GIRLBOSS

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Sarah

Congratulations on 10 years of amazing content! I truly value your insight into style and especially life! I particularly love your book, podcast and travel recommendations!

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Cady

First of all, CONGRATS on 10 AMAZING WONDERFUL YEARS of blogging!! I’ve been reading your blog, sporadically at first, and then daily for mhmmm 7 years now! I feel like I started out reading your blog for the preppiness, but I stayed because of how real and down-to-earth you are. I have enjoyed watching you learn and grow and achieve so much these past 10 years and I can’t wait to see what the next 10 have in store for you! Cheers!

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Laura H

congratulations on the anniversary! you were one of the first blogs I started following and i can’t believe it’s been ten years!

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Julie from Austin

I don’t remember how I found you but I started following in 2012. Have really appreciated your honest posts on anxiety, meditating, and am so looking forward to that book ;). Also love the randomness of what’s on my radar – probably my favorite.

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Laura G.

I’ve been a constant reader of you for the past three(ish?) years. Your blog was the first blog I actually started reading regularly for its content, and I still enjoy it to this day. I’ve noticed that an increasing amount of “bloggers” have (imho) slacked off on creating consistent content for their blogs and seem to devote more time to instagram, but I think that blog posts are much more engaging and personal, and I really enjoy seeing new content on them. That being said, I know to expect new and consistent content from you, and that is really nice 🙂 Thanks for what you do!

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Megan C

Carly, congratulations on 10 years! I have enjoyed following your content for about 7 years now. I first heard of the College Prepster from a friend in Tampa and I have been hooked ever since! Thank you for being such a wonderful rolemodel for girls everywhere. It has been so fun to watch your evolvement over the years on various social media platforms. With the more recent Instagram stories, I feel like there’s even more of a personal connection. Thank you for your wit, humor, and smiling face! Here’s to another 10 years!

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Maureen

I am someone you recently found you. Recently as in the last year. What a great achievement to be here 10 yrs later and enjoying the relationship you have with your readers. Thank you for putting yourself out there and allowing others to be part of your life.

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Mary Kane

Pretty sure I found you on Pinterest 6-7 years ago – have loved following along since then!

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Alyssa

Congratulations Carly! I’ve been reading your blog every morning during my coffee/breakfast since I started college in 2013! I’m so excited for your milestone and can’t wait to see what you do next! Xo

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Stephanie A-P

I love your blog so much Carly! While I definitely love your style posts, my favorites are always posts like these when you share your feelings behind the scenes of blogging. I can only imagine the stress of having such a public life(open to commentary), but I really hope you keep blogging!! <3

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Megan C

Carly, Congratulations on 10 years! You have been such a wonderful role model for girls everywhere. I first started following you about 7 years ago after a recommendation from a friend from Tampa. I have been hooked ever since! It has been so fun watching your evolvement on social media over the years. Thank you for your wit, humor, and smiling face. Here’s to another 10 years! – Megan C

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Catherine Hannum

Congratulations, Carly! I’ve enjoyed following your journey since my sophomore year of college (2010), and have checked in at least weekly if not daily since then. It’s been really fun to see how you’ve changed and to learn more about you through the years. You’ve been a great check in point for things ranging from style, to jobs, to dealing with stress, etc. Congratulations again! xxoo

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Taylor Gwin

Carly, reading this I will admit, I got choked up once or twice. I also felt my heart swelling with pride for all you’ve accomplished! Like many of your readers, I tune in each day to start my day on a positive not. Because of this, I truly feel as if we are friends. I celebrated your wins alongside you, and am always amazed by the grace with which you handle low points. I started reading when I was early in my undergrad experience, because my best friend recommend your blog. (Fun fact: She and I attended UF, so when I was introduced to the College Prepster it was “This is the sister of a girl her at UF! Her name is Stacy, can you believe that?! What a small world!” 😂)
I followed you through the years, from your New York days, to your Connecticut days, and back to Hoboken. My favorite part of your content, writing, and posts this past year to year-and-a-half, is that you have been GLOWING. I can really tell as a long time reader that you have grown into your own in the past few years. You seem more confident, capable, happy, and strong than ever before. Even your style has evolved to being so wonderfully mature and simplistic, and I love it. You have become such a role model for me in the women I hope to become as I evolve through my 20s. Your love for yourself, you family, and your friends is inspiring. Thank you for continuing this journey and allowing each of us into your life. Congratulations on this milestone and I can’t wait to follow along as we find out what 2019 has in store!

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tracy b

Congratulations Carly! 10 years is quite an accomplishment in this ever changing world of social media. At this point there are very few blogs I still read, but I check yours daily. Thanks for the inspiration and best wishes for continued success.

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Bailey Sullivan

I have followed your blog for several years and love it! As a college student, it is so helpful to follow someone who is several “steps ahead in life” – you are an inspiration!! Thank you for your creative content and fresh ideas!!

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Tobi

It has been such a pleasure to follow your blog for the last 6 years! I started following when I was in college and found you through Pinterest with your intense study tips post. Now that I’m out of college, I love following along your daily posts as I drink my morning coffee! Congratulations on this incredible milestone!

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Natasha

Carly, congrats on 10 years! I’ve been reading your blog since high school and still enjoy it every day post college. I never comment but I’m always here! Congrats again and happy holidays.

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Megan Hollander

Congrats on 10 years! What an accomplishment! I always enjoy reading your outfit posts, they give me a lot of inspiration!

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Grace K.

I started reading when I was in high school! In college, reading your blog became part of my morning routine and I read religiously. I still read all your posts and know that I can count on your blog and instagram as a bright spot in my day! Thank you for sticking with it and keeping it personal! Congratulations

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Zahraa Ansari

Carly, I feel like I grew up with you. I’m younger than you by just a year. I think “our moment” together was when you were going through your breakup and I was going through mine as well. That breakup post meant everything to me -it got me through so many days. Thank you!

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Winifred Gibbons

Congratulations! I started reading in around 2010 or so when I was in college and your posts are still the ones I most look forward to reading!

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Meredith R

Congratulations, Carly! I’ve enjoyed ready for the past several years and look forward to many more!

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Alexa Marsh

Carly! Congratulations on 10 years of blogging that is absolutely amazing! I’ve only had my blog for a little under two years, but I love going back to my old posts to see what I was thinking and feeling at that time. It must be so amazing to be able to look back on your posts that you created ten years ago! I hope you had a very merry Christmas and have a very happy New Year. 🙂

https://alexagmarsh.blogspot.com

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Adrianna

Carly, it’s been so fun to read this blog over the last 10 years, its always been a source of knowledge when I found myself at similar crossroads over the years.

Thank you for being such a great role model !! And congratulations!!

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Sarah Shaneyfelt

Congrats on 10 years!! I can’t remember how or when I found your blog but it’s been a few years ago. I was thrilled to finally find a blogger with whose fashion I actually loved and wore! I also loved (and still do!) that you wrote “real” content instead of just fashion-related.

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Kelsey Brown

I’ve been following your blog since 2010/2011 and you’re what inspired me to create my own blog! Thank you for everything Carly! Without finding your blog, I would have never had the courage to start blogging.

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Erica M

I loved the post(s) where you started owning your workouts & gym routine, especially when you lived back in CT. It was clear how much the routine, physicality, new friends, etc. boosted your life and filled you with pride. As someone who loves working out and gets those same workout “highs” it was so fun to see you build a routine and upgrade that part of your life!

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Allison

Wow congratulations on ten years Carly! I can’t even remember when I first found your blog, but when I first started reading, I went back and read all the previous posts. My favorite posts have been when you talk about anxiety because I can relate, and also trip recaps because they’re so fun to read. Thank you so much for doing this giveaway!

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Allison Owings

The post that sticks out to me most over the past couple of years that I have been following was the post when you announced the switch to Carly the Prepster! I loved the new name and the story of how it just happened, like it was always supposed to be Carly the Prepster!

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Molly O'Connor

I have been reading your blog for SO LONG I don’t even remember how I found it! I do remember meeting you at NYC Create & Cultivate though 🙂 I also LOVE that you are still the one posting to instagram, writing your posts and answering those emails. That means a lot and says a ton about your character and passion! You’re such an inspiration!!

http://www.mollyonthemoveblog.com

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Renata Williams

Carly, you’re awesome! Love reading the weekly On My Radar posts, and you’ve definitely inspired my desire to go to Nantucket! Your clothing choices, camera filters…everything…are so carefully curated. Keep it up!

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Bailey Carver

I found you through Pinterest. The Intense Study Tips post really set me up for success in college and more importantly it got me excited for my freshman year!

Thanks for being such an inspiration.

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Jordyn

Congratulations on 10 years of blogging Carly. I discovered your blog when you first moved to NYC (so maybe 4 or 5 years in?) and went back and reread all of your posts from day one in the span of just a few weeks. You were the first blogger I started following and the inspiration for my own blog that I am still writing 6 years later. I look forward to your posts on a daily basis!

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HarpoM

I discovered your blog as I was preparing to go off to college and have been an avid follower since! The variety of places you visit and topics you discuss makes your blog really special and a constant surprise. Thank you, and congratulations on achieving ten years with your blog!

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Amanda J

Congratulations! I’ve followed your blog for a few years now and what I’ve always loved is your authenticity. It is refreshing and unique! Your content is some of my favorite in blogland!

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JRB

This was like a walk down memory lane. Not that I followed you from the beginning, but just to read about how much society and social media have come. I had a techy bf at thr time and joined Facebook basically when it first started and it’s so strange to think about the changes since then.

Congrats on 10 years!

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Claire Barnes

Congratulations on an incredible milestone! Your blog has been a huge source of inspiration, encouragement, and entertainment for me for a while now, and I wholeheartedly admire your creativity and honesty. It’s amazing to see how your words and experiences resonate with so many other amazing women as well!

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Bri Stasiak

I started following in 2014 when you came to Buffalo to visit Tony Walker. Your blog was the first blog I started reading every day, and still is the one I keep up with! I don’t think I have missed a post since I started following (how crazy!). I can relate to so many posts and love finding new clothing pieces to save up for! You are my style icon! Effortlessly classy. Can’t wait to keep reading for the years to come (and can’t wait to see where social media takes the world). Happy 2019 🙂

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Julia

Congrats! I’ve been reading for YEARS! I’ve always loved your gift guides, I somehow end up buying gifts for myself instead of for my family and friends!

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Effie

10 years is NUTS! Congratulations! I’ve been a follower for most of that time. Everything I know about crew, I learned from reading your blog 🙂 You’ve also introduced me to so many products and lifestyle habits that I’ve loved. I don’t follow many bloggers and, if I do, it’s only for a few months at a time until I find someone else to follow. You’re the only blogger I’ve consistently stuck with and it’s definitely because of your awesome content and how real you are with your readers!

Congrats, again!

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Nicole H

Congratulations on this milestone! I’ve been reading for at least 6 years, and I first found you on Pinterest (your “Intense Study Tips” post!).

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Rachel R

Congratulations Carly! I am a huge fan of your blog and have been reading for close to 6 years. I love waking up and reading your posts. My all time favorite is your first post about Paris. My mom and I used your recommendations and had the best time! Thank you!

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Diana Pearl

Massive congratulations, Carly! I’ve been reading your blog since the fall of 2011, and you’re always the first one I click on in Feedly (and previously, Google Reader! RIP, haha.) My memory isn’t specific, but when I started following you in 2011, I was a sophomore in college who was DYING to move to NYC after graduation. Not long after I started reading your blog, you graduated and moved to NYC. Seeing someone like you (who, like me, wasn’t from the New York area) make the NYC dream happen showed me it was possible. And in a practical sense, you taught me a lot about living in New York, like the best stores, restaurants (I definitely think you tipped me off to the Smith!) and neighborhoods (I ended up in Midtown East, but looked for an apartment on the UES!). What’s crazy is that now I’ve been living in New York for almost five years! So many bloggers had lives that didn’t feel applicable to mine, whether that was because they were constantly traveling and sitting front row at fashion week, or because they were just in a completely different life stage (married and living in the suburbs). It’s always been so nice to have a space like yours that I really felt like I saw myself in. Thank you for the past 10 years—I can’t wait to see what’s still to come!

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Caroline

Huge congratulations to you!! I have no idea how I found you, but I know that I’ve been following for *at least* the last 6 years (the beginning of college), which seems crazy. Your blog is the first thing I come to every morning. One of my favorite memories was sitting a couple tables over from you and Maxie at Maison Kayser. I didn’t say anything, it was just too crazy seeing you in the flesh! 😂 Congratulations, Carly. You’re a standout.

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KAnn

I started following just last year, and yours is the only blog I read consistently. Thank you for always being real and relatable with your readers. Congratulations on ten years, and I hope you are able to enjoy many more years of success!

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Laura Rockwell

Really enjoy your blog, and I’m a newer reader. I don’t have a ton of time to spend reading blogs, but I found yours through @kellyinthecity and happy to say I read yours and hers daily!

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Leslie Grant

I love reading your blog. You give me so much inspiration. It’s encouraging to know someone is going through the same things I struggle with. Thank you for sharing.

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Annette

Congratulations! What an accomplishment (I don’t think I’ve done anything for 10 years except remain sleep-deprived.) I wish you many more successful years of blogging.

I don’t know how I found you, but have been following for many years.

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Mariely V.

I’ve been reading for so long and I am so happy for you! All the moves, season and great posts. Here’s to 10 more!

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Mary Cate

Congrats, Carly! I remember the first time I found your blog when I was a freshman in college and not having the easiest time adjusting. You helped me feel not alone when it came to having anxiety, adjusting to college, and even not having my first kiss since I was 18! Reading your blog has been the highlight of a lot of my days and I can’t wait to see the amazing things you do next!

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Aimee

I’ve been following for a while now, but never commented before. I couldn’t explain why I keep coming back, but your blog is bookmarked and I check it every day!

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Kate

Carly, Congrats on 10 years! It’s crazy reading about all the changes since you started blogging. I’ve read your blog every morning for the past 3 years and I love starting my day that way. From Maxie Mondays, book recommendations, and your mediation tips I enjoy your blog so much. I would love to meet in you person one day or watch you speak (book soon? please lol) Congrats! Hope you are able to take some time to really enjoy this moment. Happy Holidays!

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Emm

I think this is the very first blog I followed, and it’s been fun to see how your style has developed and influenced my own. Congrats on the milestone!

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Emily A

Carly, this is the most exciting! Congratulations on everything you’ve achieved, small or large. All of the wins are big ones. I’ve been reading the blog since the beginning – I was a senior in high school! Trying to find my style- I loved opening up your posts to see what I had in my closet and what you were wearing. Trying to recreate it as much as I could. Everyday I look forward to reading and have read everyday since then. It really feels like we’ve grown up together, and I’m rooting for you for whichever paths you continue to go down. Here’s to so many more years!

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Emily

Congrats Carly!! I have been reading your blog every morning for years now and it’s the perfect way to start the day. I’m a junior in college and you’re the best role model. I love not just your style, but also what you stand for. Thank you for everything and keep up the amazing work!

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Joy Hodgson

I’m so happy I found your blog through Julia at Gal Meets Glam! One of my faves. 🙂

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Emily

Congratulations on 10 years Carly! My sister and I have been reading for over 7 years. We are so grateful for your preppy style that inspires so many of our purchases and outfits, but also for your kind and thoughtful perspective. Thank you!

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Christian

I’ve been a reader for several years now but I can’t remember how I found your blog!
I love your outfits but also the places you go. Last week I was visiting family in Florida and we went to the zoo in Tampa. I remembered you were from Tampa and since I’d always admired your pictures and posts of the Oxford Exchange, we went there for lunch. It was such a great place and I never would’ve found it myself but also, it made me feel a bit more like you by eating there. I admire you working to always better yourself and keep it together and so, by imitating you a bit, I feel like I’m getting there too.
Happy blogiversary!

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Samantha Walsh

My friend Heather and I found your blog via tumble while we were in college together (maybe 2011?). We’re over 5 years out of college and don’t live super close. Catching up every day to talk about your post is one of the many ways we stay in touch and so close. Thank you!

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Taylor B

I can NOT believe it’s been 10 years! Congratulations! I remember I started following you my sophomore year of college, also your sophomore year of college, and being able to relate to everything you were writing. I grew up in DC and loved following a blog from my home-city. I haven’t missed a post since! I am so proud of you and excited for your next journey.

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Camille Harakal

Hi Carly! Congratulations! I have been reading your blog since I was in high school… and I’m now an adult with a real job! While my personal style has changed, I always return to your blog for your thoughtful content and interesting ideas! Congratulations again!!!!

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Maggie Kelly

Carly! Congratulations on celebrating 1 decade of blogging!! Such an amazing achievement. I truly cannot remember when I started following you because I feel like it has truly been forever. Wishing you many more years of success! xoxo

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Virginia

Congrats on 10 years! I’ve been following you since 2012 and it’s hard to believe it’s been that long! I always credit you with making me brave enough to wear Lilly as a northerner!

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Rachel R

Congratulations Carly! I started reading your blog in high school and just finished my first semester of law school! Reading your daily posts have become a special part of my morning routine. So much of my style has been inspired by you and other bloggers I’ve found through your platforms. Ten years is an incredible milestone and certainly something to celebrate!!

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oodelallysarah

Carly! I cannot believe it has been 10 years! I remember finding your blog while looking for something to do during my (very boring) first big girl job. In between answering phones, I perused your posts and I feel like I’ve grown up right alongside you! Congratulations on your milestone! I can’t wait to see what else is in store for you!

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Hailey Willimas

Congratulations Carly! I’ve been a reader for about 5+ years now. I don’t comment regularly or frequently, but I love reading your blog every day. You are my style icon and I appreciate your honesty and how personable you are! Thank you for being you! 🙂

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Cecelia

I found your blog in the summer of 2016 during a lunch break at my lab intern job and reading your posts has become my favorite part of the day 🙂 your outfit posts have pushed me to try different things and enjoy putting outfits together. And your mental health chats pushed me to go to therapy for my anxiety. I’m so happy and proud of your 10 years of blogging!! Congrats!!

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Allison K

Congratulations on 10 years, Carly! I myself just turned 30. (30 is wonderful and feels great, don’t worry!) I found your blog when I was in college too. I was searching for needlepoint belts and your post (I think a guest post by Little V?) popped up. I was just hearing about blogging and so loved following a blog – I thought it was so cool! I have discovered so many brands and products by following you and was even inspired to join a gym for the first time. Thank you for sharing all of this with us!

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Laura Johnson

I’ve been following along for 7 years now and I love your blog- I appreciate your honesty and vulnerability the most. I’m so glad you found this blog to be your outlet and that it has turned into a job you love!

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Sarah Clark

I started following your blog in high school and I still continue to read it every day seven years later!

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Dee

I’ve been following you since 2013. I’m not sure what exactly linked me to you originally, but I stay for the American Girl doll references, links to gymnastics content, and our mutual love for Dance Moms.

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Sydney Keen

Congratulations!! Your blog has helped me through a lot of lonely points in my life, and I’m very grateful for you the past 10 years!! Been following since I was 16!!

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Jill Schuerman

What a huge accomplishment! congratulations! I cannot remember when or how I came to follow the blog but it has been a huge resource over the years. Cannot thank you enough for all the great content and the reader community on the facebook page!

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Madeline

Congratulations, Carly! What an incredible achievement! I’ve been following your blog since middle school, and now I’m in my sophomore year of college. Words cannot express how thankful I am to have had your blog in my life as I’ve grown up, discovered my personal style and sense of self, left home in Southern California to start college in the Northeast, and navigated life decisions big and small along the way. Your blog has been the most incredible source of advice, insight, and strength throughout the years, and I cannot thank you enough for that, Carly. You’re the older sister I never had but always wanted! I have absolutely loved following your journey so far, and I cannot wait to see what you accomplish in the future.

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Danielle Bowman

What a great giveaway! It’s been fun following you for a few years now – I found you on Instagram 🙂

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Lan Nguyen

Carly congrats on your 10 year anniversary, what a huge accomplishment. My favorite post was the announcement of you getting Teddy.

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Rachel

I found your blog around the time you left your job and started blogging full time. We live very different lives, but I have so much fun following your adventures and getting little tips and tricks from you. Congrats!

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ThatOneRedhead

Congratulations on your ten year anniversary! I hope the next ten years are just as exciting.

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Claire P

Congratulations on 10 years! I’ve loved seeing your life and style evolve over the years of reading 🙂

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Georgina Tompkins

Congrats on 10 years!!!! Have been reading this blog since the pink and green format days!!

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Nicolina DiVerde

Carly!! I have been reading your posts for about 5-6 years now and you are truly an inspiration. Congratulations on 10 years of blogging, what an achievement!! Reading your posts have been part of my daily routine. I typically don’t comment on anything but thank you SO much for everything that you do! xx.

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Kayla Emerson

You continue to inspire us. Thank you for your hard work and dedication. Seeing you go through some hard times but still enjoy what you are doing is rewarding.

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Ashley W

Congrats on 10 years Carly, it is so exciting!! I actually found you on Pinterest years ago and have been reading your blog since then. I absolutely love your post and can’t wait to see what the next 10 years that your blog brings!

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Katie L

Congratulations, Carly! I found your blog in 2010 and have loved following you since. I got to meet you in 2014 at the Southern Proper blogger day (I helped coordinate the event!) and still fan girl when the picture pops up on my memories each year ☺️ I’ve loved growing up “with” you as a reader. Here’s to 10 more!

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Hannah Denis

I discovered your blog on Instagram and have been an avid follower on both Instagram and the blog!!! Love your posts and have found so much fashion and life inspiration!

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Marisa B

Congratulations, Carly! I first started reading the blog when I was a senior in high school and have continued to read ever since. Your posts have always been inspirational to me and helped me out so much since post-grad. A few years ago, I worked up the courage to email you for advice ahead of moving to a new city for a summer internship and it meant so much to me that you personally responded and had authentic advice from experience. Although I rarely comment, I want you to know that I look forward to reading the blog everyday at midnight!

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Reebu

I started following you in college and I think I found it through a suggested Facebook link almost around the time you started! Congrats on the ten years!!

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Kate Korslund

My best friend showed me your blog during my freshman year of high school. Now I’m a junior in college and I still read your blog every day (sometimes in class haha).
I always look forward to your on my radar posts every Friday for a nice treat

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Molly

I won my first pair of Jack Rogers from you! Now on pair number ??? and am excited to buy my daughter (due in May) matching ones!

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Alyssa Barrett

Happy blogging anniversary! My favorite blog post is Pushing through fear. It’s very refreshing to know that you’re just like all of us. I found your blog via Instagram (I think, it was a really long time ago though so I could be wrong)! Thank you for creating your blog and being an inspiration to us all!

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Meg A

I found your blog back when I attended boarding school and started struggling with anxiety. There were lots of blogs that focused on preppy fashion and lifestyle, but there was something about yours that drew me in. It was completely random that I found your page, but quite a happy accident. I graduated from college two years ago and your blog has been a permanent tab open in my browser, like a long distance friend I check in with daily! I cannot say thank you enough for helping me and others like me with your real and raw honesty. Congratulations on ten years!

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Jessica Silvershein

Congrats on this huge milestone and looking forward to seeing where you take Carly the Prepster in the new year! XO

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Jennifer Rubin

Carly- congrats on 10 YEARS! I’ve been following along since almost the beginning and I’ve loved every post, comment, photo, etc. Can’t wait to see what you will share in the future!

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Ellie Durbin

OMG congratulations!!! This is so exciting!! I can’t figure out how or when I started following you, but I was definitely still in college and I definitely was using Google Reader to keep up haha. My favorite posts are always the honest, more personal ones, but I also know I can count on you for a go-to resource for anything classic!

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Madelyn

I can’t remember how I found your blog, but I’ve been reading since I was in about 8th grade and I’m a junior in college now! I, too, struggled with failure for the first time in college and found it comforting to go back and read some of your posts on the topic through the years. Thanks for being such an honest and genuine blogger; I definitely appreciate it in the current world of perfectly curated moments that everyone chooses to share. Congrats on 10 years!! 🥰

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Lila Shelton

AH girl this is so exciting! I remember stumbling upon your blog wayyy back when I was a freshmen in College and have been tunin in every day since. I love your sincerity, kindness, vulnerability, genuineness, positiveness, and creativity that you show though this space. You’re a real gem to this industry and its so awesome to see you succeed and hit this huge milestone! much love xx

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Maria

YAY! Way to go Carly! My favorite of your posts have always been any post with you and Julia, as you both are my favorite bloggers, or your Nantucket post from this past summer! I have always been such a fan of you. I am a college freshman and I actually started my blog YESTERDAY! You really inspired me to do so. I knew I should make a blog when I found myself tuning out during my lectures to check up on your blog. Best wishes for the next ten years! I will always follow along 🙂 Thanks being so real and fabulous!

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Lea

Congrats on 10 years! I’m so happy I came across your blog a few years ago and have had the chance to meet you a few times in Charleston. I have you to thank for my J. Crew addiction!

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Julie Hard

I’ve been following since 2012 from Seattle. When my daughter went to college in NYC, then Boston, I looked to you for advice. Thanks for all the help along the way.

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Beth Weisbach

Thank you for sharing your life with us for the past 10 years! I get so excited when I get the email notification that you posted! even though I’ve never met you, I feel like I have! I have loved following you for all these years!

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ashley m

congrats!!! also a plant high grad and have been reading since middle school (almost 10 years now). so proud of you for reaching this milestone and continuing to put out content! love that you highlight my favorite tampa spots and manage to remind me of home even after moving away. congrats on a great 10 years!!!

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Carly

Carly, I am so excited for you and the progression of your blog! I am a sophomore in college right now and I check your blog every morning while waiting for class to start. My mother and I love to talk about your new posts and insta stories! From one Carly to another, congratulations!!
P.S. Me and my mom are big Meesh fans!!

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Randi

Congratulations! There are many blogs that I enjoy reading but yours is one of the few that I read daily and I never miss a post. I love your honesty, the variety of your posts, your recommendations, relatability, and how you take the time to respond to your readers. Thank you for creating such a positive blog! Best wishes!

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Sara K.

Happy 10 years, Carly!! I started following along I think about 5 years ago and you’re still the first blog I check when I get the chance to sit down at my computer and look. I so appreciate that you keep everything authentic and real on your site! I’m about a year older than you, so in some ways I feel like I’ve grown up with you as well. Here’s to another 10! Cheers!!

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Devon

I’ve been following for years now and it’s been so fun to follow you as you have grown and changed (even though that means I have grown and changed as well). Here’s to as long as you want to continue!

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Mai Tran

Even though I’ve only been reading for two years, I make time to read your blog everyday! Congratulations on TEN years. I’m so happy that I found this blog. I hope to still be here at twenty years.

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Maitland Frilot

Wow it was really weird reading that timeline because I was able to figure out where I started reading and I can’t believe it’s been 6 years! I found your blog through pinterest and I love that of the other blogs I read I know you’re friends with most of them. And it’s your blog that’s lead me to a lot of others I enjoy as well. But I still likes yours best because I know there’s content I’ll love every day. I don’t specifically have a favorite post, but I love the ones where you open up about your anxiety. I have generalized anxiety disorder and seeing someone who is going through a similar struggle and is so successful gives me so much inspiration. I also love that we have a lot of similarities in style and in popular culture. Congratulations on hitting such a big milestone, and I look forward to the next ten years!

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Caroline

Congrats on 10 years! I began following your blog when I was a senior in HS back in 2011 and I’ve read almost every post since then! Thank you for being a fun and creative constant in my life! Good luck with the next steps!

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Jenni B

Congrats on 10 years! It’s been so interesting to watch how this industry has developed and evolved through following your blog. It was the first non-food blog I ever read & I still pop over regularly. Best wishes going forward!

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PK

I’ve always appreciated how open you are with your anxiety. I grew up with a “perfectionist” personality. I would get so upset over a grade or something in elementary and middle school that my mom would have to bring my breathing machine to school to calm me down lol. I’ve just always been able to relate to you, which I appreciate. Thanks!

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Claire Lee

I was in high school and tying to determine my style when I found your blog. Congrats on ten years!

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Monica

Congratulations on 10 years! I have loved following the way your blog has evolved over time.

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Jessie

I believe I started reading in late 2009/early 2010. I had just started my first post-college job, and I believe I found you while Googling for preppy business casual outfits. I ended up rereading all of your posts as an escape from my stressful first few months on the job, and I’ve been a daily reader ever since! Congratulations on 10 years, Carly!

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Kaitlin Cavell

Carly, I started reading your blog a few years ago when I began college. Thanks to my boyfriend’s sister, a blogger, I was introduced to your life, in which I see many comparisons. Have it be fashion or life I feel connected and thankful for what your blog has offered me. Thank you for the several year of inspiration and the countless years to come. Congratulations on 10 years!

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Gretchen LG

I started reading your blog my sophomore or Junior year in college, 2010-2011. (We are the same age!) I will never forget the outfit posts you used to do in your college dorm room and how much I loved your classic style. I remember your graduation.. because I was graduating too! I also remember the year you worked full time and worked on your blog at night. I was so happy when you chose to commit to your blog full time! I have enjoyed following you all these years! Thanks for being you!

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Taylor Smith

Congrats on a decade of writing!! I’ve followed you on Instagram for a while but I truly started reading your posts back in May/June 2017 when I was in Paris the same time as you. I love your realness on your blog and insta and I’m excited for the years to come to continue reading your blog!!

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Kat M.

I have been following your blog since just before I graduated from high school (January 2013). I used to look up to you as someone who had it all figured out, and now that I am at the age you were when I started following I still look to you as the cool older sister who has great fashion and life advice that I can learn from! I am so glad I read your blog everyday!

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Lindsay

Congrats on 10 years!!! I’ve only been with you for the past 2 years but I love your content and just wanted to say thank you for all the work you put in to making your brand 100% you!! Cheers to the next 10!

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Julie Manning

Happy ten years!! I originally found your blog through The Londoner, when you, Julia, and Rosie were in New England during the fall. I LOVED those photos and ended up finding yours and Julia’s blogs through them. A year or two later, I was also googling around to find real people/blogger reviews of different meditation apps and methods, and found your posts on Headspace. Thank you for sharing so openly!

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Steph Albrecht

You are truly an inspiration. Congratulations on 10 years, I can’t wait to see what the future brings for you and the blog! Thank you for always being honest, geniune, and for warming our hearts with your devotion to your readers. We love you!

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Hannah Thebeau

I have been following you since my junior year of high school and I currently am about to head into my last semester of college! I feel like I can relate to you so much with your love of books, closeness to your family, anxiety, and so much more. You have been like a friend to me these past few years and I can not wait for the years to come of reading your posts, watching whatever YouTube videos you decide to post, and watching your Instagram stories. Thank you for being there for me and can not wait to see what the future holds for you <3

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Gwyneth Farmer

My mom introduced me to your blog when I was going through college! I’ve been following along ever since, and I have a absolutely loved it! It’s been so helpful to me personally, and if I ever find myself going through something I need help with, I always search it on your blog first! You’re truly inspiring Carly! Thank you for sharing your life with us!

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Caitlyn Wessel

I am so proud of what you have done over these past 10 years. I have been following you for about 4 years now which I crazy to me. You have inspired me in so many ways and can’t wait to see what the next 10 years bring!!!

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Sarah T.

Congrats, Carly! I enjoy being “friends” through your blog and Instagram! I’ve loved following along on your travels and life adventures!

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Haley

Carly, congrats on 10 years — I can’t believe I’ve been following for almost as long!

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Kassandra F

Wow – 10 years!! I’ve been a reader for 7 of those years and I’ve loved seeing your journey! You are doing amazing things and I’m so happy for this milestone you’ve reached!

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Casey Holt

Carly – congrats on the big 10!!! I can’t wait to see where this next decade takes you!!

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Kaitlyn

Congratulations on 10 years! I have been following along since Fall 2012 when I stumbled upon a post on Pinterest while in college. I think it was one of your organize posts! While I work in the education field and cannot relate as much career wise, it has been nothing short of a pleasure to follow along and know that someone else out there is experiencing similar things in their 20s! We may not have always gone through things at the same times, but I have always known that if I needed some sound advice or inspiration, I could come here. Congratulations again!

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Isabel Friedman

Since discovering your blog a few years back, it’s become one of my favorite parts of my morning routine! Your authenticity and vulnerability truly set you apart and make me root for you–thank you for all that you do.

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Joslin

Congrats on this milestone and for creating such a positive and inspiring space! I found your blog in college but really started following it in law school when I was struggling with moving across the country. Thanks for sharing part of yourself with us all! xoxo

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Courtney Railing

I started following when I started college in 2010! I remember finding you because I was freaking out about packing and needed a really good packing list. I’ve been following ever since!

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Maya Barrett

Hi Carly! Congratulations on your 10-year anniversary! I found you first on instagram because if your unique handle (I was amazed how you secured it), and then fell in love with your organization tips. Since then, I have avidly followed your wardrobe and lifestyle advice! I especially felt connected to your blog as we share the same hometown and even English teacher. Once again, congratulations on everything! Here is to many more years of blogging 🙂

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Antonella Membreno

Congratulations! 10 years is a very long time and a great achievement. I found your blog when I was searching for preppy style inspiration. I have loved the variety of posts you’ve had. And of course, I love your style! Here’s to many more years!

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Holly

Congratulations on 10 years! I’d seen your posts on social media for year, but just started following last year. I had also just moved and trying to adjust to my new city – thank you for sharing your struggles – made me feel like I wasn’t alone!

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Kate Zubrod

Carly,

Congratulations on your TEN year anniversary! I remember seeing your pink sofa the first time I read one of your blog posts and thought, “YUP, I like this girl.” I bookmarked your site and have been following along ever since!

You should be so proud for making it ten years. Blogging is not for the faint of heart! Cheers to another ten! xo

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mary

congrats on such a huge accomplishment! been reading your blog for 5+ years now. love your collaborations with tuckernuck and following your moves (and adjustments to moves) through the nyc/ct/nj area.

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Catherine P.

Congratulations on 10 years! It’s crazy to think that you’ve been here on your little corner of the internet for so long. I’ve grown up reading your blog. Following along as you share the ups and downs of your life has been so inspiring to me. You’ve helped me navigate high school and college, and as I prepare to graduate this Spring, I’m so incredibly grateful. You’ve shown me that life doesn’t always go as planned and that’s okay. I wish you the best as you continue this journey and look forward to what’s to come.

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Rachel L

I have been reading your blog for so many years that I actually can’t remember how I discovered it! Congratulations on a big achievement!

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Kaitlin M

Carly! 10 years, that’s amazing! I found your blog my freshman year of college, when I was struggling myself. I remember being in my Introduction to Telecommunications lecture and I spent the entire hour going through page after page of your blog. Over 5 years later, I still read everyday and follow you on Instagram! You’ve introduced me to new products, brands, and ways of thinking. I’m so glad you created this blog, thank you!

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Bethany

Congratulations on 10 years! I’ve been reading since 2010 (never commented!). It’s been so fun getting to “know” you and see you grow as a person. Here’s to many more years!

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Heather B

I have been following you since 2012 when we were both seniors in college! I’ve enjoyed watching this blog grow over the years and it’s one of my favorite things to check each morning. My favorite posts are definitely the travel ones. Congrats!!

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Jessica

Congratulations on 10 years! This may seem strange, but i often google your post about rolling the sleeves like j crew does. So helpful!!

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Brittani K

Thank you so much for making my days brighter for the last 6 years that I have been reading! Your blog has helped me in more ways than one!! Out of all the life changes I have been through these last few years (breakups, going to college, graduating college, getting my first “big girl” job) reading your blog is always been a constant comfort to me and has provided me with so much advice and help! Thank you so so much and I am so proud of you!!!!!

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Jess

I’ve been following your blog since I was a freshman in college. I was really struggling, too, and was looking for advice online when your blog popped up. Seeing how things got better for you made me more optimistic, and as I’ve navigated post-grad life, seeing how you’ve handled these transitions gracefully and honestly made me feel more confident in myself. Thank you for sharing your life with us, and congrats on 10 years!

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Sarah S

Congrats on 10 years! We’re close in age and I’ve been following for many years. It has been so much fun to grow up together and hit so many of the same milestones at the same time.

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Robin Mann

Congratulations Carly! I found your blog in the fall of 2012 – in my first semester of college – I was in such a similar low, dark place for many of the same reasons you explained here. I think I stumbled across your study tips on pinterest and when on an archive deep dive. Carly, you helped give me the confidence I needed to speak up and say I wasn’t okay and to reach out and pull the people I needed closer to me. THANK YOU!

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Rachel Gallina

I found your blog by over Pinning all your outfits. 😂 I love how real you are with us. You’re the only blog I still read religiously.

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Sarah

Congrats on 10 years!! I’ve probaly been following you since my sophomore year in college & you were my first blogger I started following. I always love your posts & your Instagram stories!

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Amanda McDowell

Oh my goodness, congratulations! I found you in the beginnings of my Freshman year & INTENSE STUDY TIPS was my saving grace for 18-hour semesters. I’ve been following along ever since! Thank you for letting us share your journey & keeping this as an authentic space. Love seeing how far you come & can’t wait to see where you go! 🙂

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Taylor Krimowski

I found you on Instagram a few years ago and adore your style and genuine personality! Congrats on 10 years! May you have many more!

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Kailey

I randomly found you when we were sophomores in college . I went back read everything up to date and since then we’ve basically grown up together. I won a pair of Twisted Monkey (maybe? Red and white knot earrings) from you in probably 2011. It was the coolest thing to happen to me back then! Love your blog and you!

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Abby Smith

Hi Carly,

I’ve followed you since I’m not sure when… haha! I love your blog though because your character and personality show through in all you do. I LOVE that you show your real life and that it isn’t picture perfect! I wish more bloggers were like that. Thank you for sharing your life with us!

Wishing you the best of luck in the years to come!
Abby Smith

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Courtney J

Carly, I’ve been reading your blog since 2011 when I was a college freshman, similarly lost. I’ve loved the feeling of “growing up” with you and have always admired you. The way you’ve shared your struggles has helped me make it through tough times, and for that I thank you. If blogging is still a “thing” in 10 years, I suspect I’ll still be here. Thank you for everything you’ve done 💖

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Stephanie Michelle

Hey Carly! Congrats on 10 years!! I started reading your blog when I was a freshman in high school (way back in 2010… eek I can’t believe how fast eight years has gone by)! Through my high school years and then through my college years you and your blog have been there whenever I needed advice, inspiration, or anything in between! It’s crazy to think a “What’s in my tote?” post from 2009 is what got me hooked and I’ve been coming back ever since. I look forward to posts everyday and your blog has become the funnest part of my daily morning routine! Thank you SO MUCH for everything you do!! You are such an inspiration to your readers!
xoxo,
Stephanie

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Carolline H.

Congratulations on your 10 years, Carly! I first discovered your blog through Youtube (the video which you organized your closet, the Connecticut one) and have been obsessed ever since! Your style, humor, realness, the list goes on… are all things that make you relatable and an inspiration to many girls like me.

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Kindal Kreamer

Congratulations on 10 years!! I actually found your blog based on your post on how to roll your sleeves the J. Crew way. I started down the rabbit trail of reading all of your posts and have been an avid reader ever since. Thanks so much for staying true to yourself and sharing all of the ups and downs – not just the pretty parts of life!

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Ericka Pirozzi

Congratulations Carly! I’ve loved following you for a couple years because you’re so honest and real (especially your comments on the Nordstrom sale this year). I’m looking forward to seeing what you do in the future!

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lauren valentine

This is such an inspiring read, Carly! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done something without a reason behind it other than my own in-the-moment desire. It’s incredible what comes of your actions when you truly enjoy what you’re doing. Hope it always remains that way for you!

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Katherine Waters

This actually makes me feel kinda old, hahaha! I found your blog my freshman year of college and I’ve been reading since then. I always love reading your posts! They are so relatable and I definitely feel like we’d be friends in real life! Thanks so much for doing this blog – so many people love it!

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Ally

I loved reading this so much! I started following while doing my undergrad and reading about how you would take trips to NYC opportunity to live out your big-city dreams was such a source of inspiration — I also found myself wanting to move back to a quieter life around the same time you moved to Connecticut and it was such a relief to know someone else was feeling the same way! Wishing you every success and happiness.

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KL1188

Hi Carly! I’ve been following the blog for about 5 years. I like that your blog posts are genuine and your sense of style is similar to my own. Thanks for all the hard work you do to make the blog special!

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Tess H.

I’ve been reading your blog for such a long time I don’t even remember how I found it! I’m sure I googled something that brought me to your page, and I remember reading some posts as far back as 2013, while I was still in HS. I visited from time to time but it was actually after your Election 2016 post that I became a regular reader. I thought it was so well written and insightful, I just ended up reading more and more of your posts. Now I read your blog every day, and it’s the only blog I follow regularly! I am so thankful for you to share your life with us in such a way and I always find your honestly and vulnerability so empowering and important. Thank you for building this community for us!

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Rachel

Congrats on the milestone! I found you via Instagram, probably about 5 years into your blogging career!

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Karen

I’ve been reading your blog since my daughter started college. She loves everything you post (it makes choosing a gift for her so easy)! I also appreciate when you share your struggles- it is so beneficial to young women to see that you can work through the difficult times to get where you’re meant to be.

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Molly

I found your blog in 2012ish…I remember I stayed up late going through all of the archives! Thank you for sharing your life with us, looking forward to seeing what’s next!

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Lisa

Congratulations! 10 years is a huge accomplishment and you should be proud!! Can’t wait to see even more!

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Casey

I’ve loved reading your blog since almost the very beginning. A friend of mine recommended it to me and I remember sitting in my floral design class in college catching up on all your old posts waiting for class to start. I was almost sad when I had fully caught up. Haha. Being a year behind you in school (and now life), I’ve been able to relate with so many of your posts. I struggle with quite a bit of anxiety myself and it made me so much more comfortable to share my own struggles with friends and family after seeing you doing it on here. I’ve enjoyed following along through the years and plan to continue to for however long you continue to share. Thank you for being so open!

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Clair

Congratulations! I love following you because you’re so real and down to earth. You’re really different than all the other bloggers who are constantly posting the same content and Nordstrom outfits. I don’t remember how I started following you, but I’m so glad that I did!

I hope you enjoy this milestone and continue to reach all the goals you set!

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Kimberly Harrison

Congratulations on your 10 year blog anniversary! I found you through a blog giveaway contest page. I love your blog writing style. As well how you come across. So vibrant. Again, congratulations, and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

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AFisher

Congratulations on ten years, Carly! I still regret not stopping you to say hello when I saw you in Georgetown years ago – I guess I was star-struck! Thank you for sharing a piece of your life with us for all of these years!

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Hannah

CONGRATULATIONS CARLY!!! I love following you, both on your blog and on Insta! You are so down to earth and deserving of your success 🙂

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Morgan Leigh

Congratulations on 10 years Carly! It has been so fun to read along with you for at least the last five of them. Cheers to 10 more years!

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Lily Vo

Your blog has been one of the first I’ve followed. I’m not sure exactly how I found you but it must be over 5 years as I was in high school when I did. I love that over these years you have stuck to your classic style and have not been swayed by trends or fads. For that reason, your style has always resonated with me and will continue to. Always stay preppy, Carly! Much love!

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Rachel K

Congrats on your 10 year anniversary! I love coming to your blog for inspiration. Here’s to many more years.

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Margaret

Congratulations!! I really love when you talk about your days at Georgetown, as I’m a fellow Hoya!

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Sarah U

Congratulations Carly! I started following you when I discovered your post titled “Exam Grades” in high school. That post strongly correlated to my life because I have always been one to be extremely conscientious and strived for perfection in school. However, reading that post gave me a new perspective on testing that has tremendously impacted me and my study habits. That post helped me realize that grades are important, however one bad grade will not destroy your academic future. Now that I am in college, I have learned to enjoy these four short years even more by being creative and trying new things. I absolutely love reading your blog everyday and I will continue to be an avid reader for many years to come!

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Paige Plucker

I remember being TWELVE and reading about you becoming a blogger full time! Crazy to think that I am almost 18 now. It’s been so cool to grow up as you have gone through all these milestones yourself!

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Anna B

I started following your blog with my best friend after I moved across the country. We have read it together for almost 9 years now! My favorite post may have been when you featured my sister on 1 Girl, 5 Outfits! You’ll never know how much confidence that gave her! Thank you! And congrats on 10 years!

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Lexi Conger

Yours is a blog I love to read! I’ve had a few attempts at blogging that just didn’t go as I had hoped but I still love reading your blog and always makes me want to try for many of the reasons you listed loving it. My favorite post of yours was tying bean boots, it’s what addicted me to reading your page!

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Julia Callo

Carly what an accomplishment! I’ve been following your blog since I was in college and it has been such a great experience being able to learn from you. You are only two years older than me so I was able to gain life lessons through your lense. I love reading every week and I look forward to whats ahead!

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Hayden

Congrats on your 10 years! When I was in high school I started reading your blog after googling “preppy bloggers.” And you are part of the reason why I started my own site. I’ve loved watching you grow and change, plus I like seeing your Florida content as I’m a South Florida native as well (Goody, Goody is so good). One of my all time favorite posts is your Chevron Stripes Photoshop tutorial because it was so important in my life at the time. It helped me realize I could do Photoshop, it wasn’t as hard or as intimidating as it seemed. I no longer Photoshop chevron stripes but I will always site that post as a true lifesaver. Thank you for continuing to blog, I can’t wait to see what else you do!

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Hillary L

Congratulations! My favorite posts of yours have been about Headspace. You inspired me to start meditating and I am really grateful!

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Hannah Zak

Wow, time really flies! I’ve been reading your blog longer than almost any other one – I remember reading your post on your college graduation my freshman year of high school and thinking that day would never come, and here I am, getting ready to graduate in a couple months!

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April

Congratulations! I have so enjoyed reading your blog over the years and look forward to seeing where it goes in the years to come! Thanks for sharing your outfits, inspiration, and life with all of us 🙂

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McKenzie Palmer

Congratulations on your 10 year anniversary! You were one of the first blogs I followed and I’ve enjoyed growing up with you (we’re only a few months apart). Thank you for sharing a bit of your world with us. I’m sure you hear it all the time, but it’s such a comfort to know that the peaks and valleys that’s called life is shared by others – you’re not alone. Here’s to the next 10 years!

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Amy

Congrats on this milestone! I was introduced to your blog via Instagram (via another blog I follow) and have loved following along since!!

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Anna SD

So so proud and excited for you, Carly! I’ve been reading your blog since high school (I found you on Pinterest I believe) and have used it as a resource all through college and my transition into the working world after graduation. I admire your blog and your incredible career and confidence! Thank you for putting yourself out there and sharing so much about your life!

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Katie04

I’ve been reading your blog for almost 8 years now (but I’ve gone back and read every single post) and it’s been a constant for me throughout those past 8 years. So proud of all that you’ve accomplished – you deserve the best!

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Emily Fitz

I remember finding you blog back when I was in college (thanks to Instagram) because some of your post featured my home area of DC. I got hooked when we had similar life experiences aligning as I read. Congratulations on ten years and may your success (and adventures) continue!

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Samantha Findlay

Carly, I love all your Nantucket posts! It gives me such wanderlust! Look forward to reading your blog everyday!! ❤️❤️❤️

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Lucy Patterson

You are such an inspiration to young women everywhere! Congrats on 10 years — and here’s to many, many more!

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Emily Janicik

Hi Carly! I’ve been reading for about four years now and I’m so impressed your work! Your posts have helped me through so much, from college applications to style questions and so much more. I’m so glad that I stumbled across The College Prepster and I’m so excited to see what the future brings for you! Congratulations on ten years!!

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Anne Marie Shipley

Your winter coat guide! I’m grew up in California and am studying abroad in Paris this spring and that post helped me with cold weather shopping!

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Stefanie G

I really loved your Fall Classics (for Every Budget) post. It gave me tons of ideas on what to buy this winter. I even bought 2 of the coats.

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Sarah R.

I found you many years ago (9 to be exact) while sitting in my freshman college class and I’ve been following along ever since!!!! Congrats on 10 years!!!

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NAT517

Congrats! I loved your outfits of the day back in college taken in the mirror in your college dorm room. 🙂

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Nicole Picariello

Hi Carly! I cannot believe your blog is 10 years old. I remember scrolling through when I was an incoming freshman at UMass looking for all of your tips and tricks for surviving college. Now I love following along your journey as we grow in similar ways. Your style has always inspired me as well as your truly positive outlook on events young adults go through (breakups, moving, etc.) I feel like you’re a friend I can always turn to and always trust. Congratulations again!

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Adriana

Congratulations Carly! I started reading this blog during college and have since graduated, worked in DC, and now started law school in New York, so I feel like I’ve grown up alongside you. Your blog has been the best source of inspiration and motivation for me and since you post every day, I know I can always pop over here to my favorite corner of the internet. 10 years is so exciting and I can’t wait to see what the next 10 years will hold for you!

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Melanie

Congratulations on this huge milestone! I have been following along since I was a fellow college student in DC — your blog was the first I started to follow. I feel like we have grown up together! Can’t what to see what the next 10 years hold for you 🙂

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Christie C.

I’m so happy that you’re still blogging! I’ve been reading religiously since sophomore year of college (so… 2011? wow) and your blog really helped pull me through some rough spots. I can’t quite recall how I came across it, but yours is the first blog I ever really read, and I love it just as much as I did when I started reading! I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family, and give Teddy and Hamilton a snuggle for me! (seriously, they get cuter with every picture you post…)

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Lindsey Ferguson

Congratulations on this accomplishment! I went through a similar experience in college and really wish I had created an outlet for myself too. I think I discovered you on Tumblr, but now I love following along on Insta and visit your website daily! I have been inspired by your style, have discovered meditation, and even had the best honeymoon in Paris—thanks to your travel guide! Thanks for everything that you do!! 🙂

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Courtney Salinsky

Carly,
Congratulations! I look forward to your posts everyday!

Good luck with the next 10 years and more!

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Amy Miksch

Congrats on this HUGE milestone! You are one the first, and one of the only blogs I make a point to follow along with daily. Thanks for your accessibility and honesty that truly makes reading your blog feel like catching up with a friend.

All the best, and here’s to ten more years of growth and success with whatever you pursue!

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Katie Mahnken

I remember I found your blog my freshman year of high school! I googled preppy outfits for prep day of spirit week! I’ve been reading your blog ever since (I am now about to graduate from graduate school). Congratulations on 10 years! I look forward to many more!

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Martha Cebry

Carly,
Thank you for helping me to help my daughter navigate the waters in college and as a young woman. Since 2013 I have appreciated so much of your content. Y children are rowers as well; so, I have always loved those themed posts! You are a remarkably grounded young woman!
Martha

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Chelsea B.

10 years is an amazing achievement! I only started reading a few years ago (late, I know), but absolutely love your blog. I recently got a little Toy Poodle, so reading all of your posts about when you got Teddy and Ham has been super helpful in calming my anxiety!

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Kateryna Christian

I can’t remember the first post I read but I remember being jealous of your water color paintings back in the day. Thanks for bringing all of us with you these past 10 years…

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Liz W

Congrats on 10 years! I always love seeing how you incorporate different brands together into one outfit, often mixing higher and lower price points!

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Victoria D

I´ve loved reading your blog for the past 10 years! I remember starting to read you in high school and haven´t stopped since! You´ve helped me put together outfits, figure out how to prep for school, and transition into the working world. Your blog really has grown with its reader base! 🙂

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Mai

Congrats on 10 years! While there are blogs I have followed for years, and go in/and out of reading, you’ve remained one of my daily reads!

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Mia Lints

Happy 10 year Carly! I’ve been reading your words for years and I look forward to it every day. Thank you for sharing your life with us!

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ParisR

I love reading your blog Carly! I feel like your point of view is so positive and refreshing. Reading your blog is definitely part of my daily ritual. I really got hooked on your blog at the beginning of this year when you were posting about your goals for the New Year. You just seemed so positive and uplifting and I really feel like I learn something important every time I read your blog. Thank you so much for staying true to yourself and congrats on the huge milestone! I can’t wait to see what the next 10 years brings you!

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Danielle Duncan

Ahh!! Carly congratulations on 10 years!! I’ve been an avid reader for the last 8 and I have loved watching you grow as an influencer and a person.

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Sarah W.

Congratulations on 10 years! I have been following CTP/TCP for about 4 years now and look forward to your daily posts. My favorite post “family” you write is about the importance of friendships. There is a famous quote that supposes you’re the sum of the five people you spend the most time with. I believe you’ve used it somewhere (that I can’t find right now!), and that you strive to live it. Your candid posts about the ways in which you support and are supported by your friends are downright inspiring, and have helped me both look for and strive to become the kind of supportive person involved in ‘friendships of the good’ post-grad (I just graduated in May!).

I admire the life you’ve built for yourself, and am so thankful you choose to share it. I have never actually posted on here before, but rest assured you’re a household name between my sister, mother, and I. Wherever you choose to bring the blog, we’re rooting for you! Merry Christmas!

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Caitlin

It has been a joy to follow you, Carly! Congratulations on 10 years! I admire all you’ve done with your blog and love seeing all of your posts. My favorite post to date has been your Paris Travel Guide-which I used when I was planning my first trip to the city last summer. Thank you for all your inspiration! It’s been the best to read your posts each night at 10 pm (MST) when they’re published. So excited to see what the next ten years hold!
Caitlin
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Kat D

Congratulations on hitting this big milestone! I found your blog around 2009 as I was starting high school and feeling lost on how to navigate what my middle school self thought would be the “most important years” (lol). Over the years I’ve read every single blog post, and I really appreciated how put together and poised you were while remaining real, relatable, and authentic. I also don’t know any other blogger who posts every day, so props to you on that! I’m looking forward to seeing what you achieve next!

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Elizabeth

Carly! I am SO proud of you. I’ve been following since 2010 and have loved following your journey on the blog, interacting with you on Instagram and via email, etc. When I had a tough time in college – especially at the beginning – I knew that I wasn’t alone. Thanks for being a consistent, thoughtful voice for so many of us. You’re awesome.

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Megan Donald

Congrats on 10 years!! I’ve been reading for about 4 years now and look forward to your posts every morning. Can’t wait to see what the future brings!

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Namrata Kang

Congratulations! I just realized I have been reading your blog for 8ish years now. This is such a milestone.

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keepcalmandrowon

Congrats on 10 years Carly! You are fondly known as “TCP” in my friend group, and we usually start our morning (text/gchat) with a quick chat about your post. Like a bunch of people here I have been following since the beginning (the rowing/Tumblr community is SMALL). Here is to 10 more years of rowing throwbacks, Meesh, classic style, and puppy videos.

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Jessica Johnson

Congrats on 10 years! I found your blog in 2012 when I was a freshman in college. I found your study tips article via Pinterest and have read every day since! I have loved following your journey from working at Levo, so going on your own, to all your moves and adventures in between! I always look forward to your Friday On Your Radar posts to see what you’re enjoying and typically click on every link! Thank you for your constant inspiration and steady presence in my life!

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Katie M. Smith

Your blog was the first one I discovered in the “blogosphere” in my freshman year of high school (7 years ago). I love the genuinity of your content and consistency of your voice. My favorite posts are the ones that personally relate to your life living in New York, a dream I’ve had for a while. Still an avid follower and reader to this day!

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Kiley

Your blog is one of the only ones I read every day. I think my favorite post was when you did a video when you surprised your friend’s parents in Nantucket. It was just so sweet.

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Mary Kate

So exciting Carly! Congratulations. I’ve been following since 2011, and have loved getting a glimpse into your life. You’re one of the few bloggers I follow who is the same age as me (most are older) and I love how genuine and open you are about life.

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Devon Huntley

Carly – CONGRATS on 10 years of blogging! I remember finding your blog through the internet somehow while a college student up the hill from you at American. You had just started your junior year and I was starting as a sophomore, which would turn into the hardest year of college personally and academically. Having your blog, especially your candid posts about the ups and downs of school, was an outlet for me as much as starting this was for you! And the mirror-selfie outfit posts were pretty great, too! 🙂 Your blog then continued to connect me with real life friends – a coworker at a summer job in 2011 became a real friend to this day (and we still text each other about your posts)! I have found other bloggers I enjoy through you, but you will always be my favorite. Now that I’m in medical school, your blog is my escape – especially before exams. I take my mind off the content and enjoy a post or two before its time to begin. Your journey with headspace led me to get the app (which has really helped in school) and your relationship with fitness convinced me to get back in the gym, even if I was far from fit. Thank you for being you for the past 10 years, us readers couldn’t have asked for anything more. I’m usually a lurking reader in that I rarely post, but I’m always here and will continue to look forward to what you write in the future. Congrats and happy holidays!

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Laura Kathleen

Congrats on 10 years! Been reading since college and love seeing how someone my own age is living such a different but similar life to mine! Exciting to see where the next 10 years will take us!

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Kelsey S

Congratulations on 10 years! I found The College Prepster when we were both sophomores and have been following along ever since!

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Kristen B

I started following you in college (I’m 28 now), and I think my favorite posts are those in which you share your hardships, be it online bullying, breakups, struggles with motivation, etc. I always read those and find myself breathing a sigh of relief thinking, “Oh! She goes through this, too!” Congratulations and thank you for 10 great years!

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Stephanie Bevan

Carly, this is such a big deal! I don’t remember exactly when I started following you, but it was either my sophomore or junior year of college (I graduated from UNC in 2012 but Georgetown was initially my first choice, so I loved hearing little snippets about it!). You were one of the first bloggers I started following, and one of two that I still follow regularly (Kelly in the City is the other!). I love that I can read your blog for real and engaging content. Thanks for doing what you do!

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Adschw01

HI Carly! Congrats on 10 years! I found your blog in 2012. I was in grad school and my friend sent me a link saying you reminded her of me- similar style – I’ve followed every day since! My favorite memory is when you went to the tonys party and had all the gown options

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Sydney CS

I started following you when I started high school and am now a sophomore in college! Your posts are a staple in my morning routine, and most of my favorites are your gift guides, and now recipes since I have started cooking when home. My favorite of all your content, however, is hands-down all your Christmas adventures in New York-classic and magical. Congratulations and thank you, Carly!

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SBF

Hi Carly — My sister and I have enjoyed following your blog for the past 10 years. Thank you for always writing thoughtful, interesting posts and for introducing us to amazing brands (and adorable puppies!).

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Cheryl D. Foley

I loved your posts about your trip to Ireland. I have always wanted to go there, so your postings were the next best thing. Happy Anniversary!

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Sarah M.

I found you through the “How To Roll Your Sleeves Like J. Crew” post! Have been enjoying ever since!

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Christina Shelley

Yay! I’m so happy for you and your 10 years of hard work and success! I’ve loved your blog for years–your organization posts are my absolute favorite!

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Carley

I’ve been following for years and although I don’t read regularly I always find myself coming back.

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Ro

This is so awesome! I’ve been a reader of yours for a while and have always loved your content! It’s amazing that you’ve been blogging for that long. I remember finding you on Tumblr probably around the same time! Thank you for sharing your style and life with us!

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EP

Congrats on 10 years! It’s been so fun following your journey! I’ve been reading as you’ve moved to NYC to CT to NJ and enjoyed hearing about all the personal transitions!

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Mandy M

Congrats on this huge milestone! I am a daily reader who found your blog via Instagram. Your style inspires me so much, and I especially look forward to your “On my Radar” posts. 🙂 Thank you for all of the work you put into this for us readers.

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Stacey Weigel

Carly, you are truly a shining light in the blog world! I first discovered your blog probably about 5 years ago and my favorite posts have been your travel posts! I loved Ireland and Alaska in particular! Congratulations on 10 years!!!

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Devin Shines

I started following your blog in 2013 as a college junior. It was so relatable, and honestly gave me some insight and inspiration from the point of view of someone just a little older than myself. Love that you’re still at it!

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Tiffany

At first, I was afraid I was too old for your blog…
But the fashion items you highlight are so perfect for my style and personality!! I love seeing what new clothing and make up items you find and trying them out. I absolutely LOVE the Girl Meets Glam line. Thanks for that introduction. Even though I’m a mom, I can wear a lot of the clothes you feature to work as an elementary school teacher. I enjoy getting comments from others about how “put together” I am, even though my life can sometimes feel out of control!

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Daniela Peña

I’ve been following you since my freshman year of college haha even went to your Apple store event!!!

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Amanda Kaitlin

Carly I have followed your blog for awhile and love it! I like that your posts are honest and relatable. I have learned a lot about preppy and classic fashion through your posts as well. Glad you have been doing something you love for 10 years!

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Caroline L.

Congratulations on 10 years! I think I started following you the summer after my sophomore or junior year of college and I saw a lot of my own story reflected in yours – a really tough freshman year, in particular. At the time you were living in NYC working at a startup, which I had always wanted to do – and so it seemed particularly fitting! Thank you for sharing your story with us for a decade!

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Elizabeth K

I found your blog as a fun place to scroll through when I needed study breaks during law school and have been following ever since! Thanks for providing fun and interesting posts all these years!

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Emily Sangkachand

Emily Sangkachand: My special memory was when I first found your page on Instagram, you introduced blogging to me and inspired and encouraged me to start my own blog called “Blog Of Joie” I remember thinking I want my blog to become as successful and amazing as yours and wanted to be just like you.

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Julie Frankenfield

Congratulations, Carly! I loved reading this post about how you grew with your blog and the highs and lows along the way. Your blog is only one of two that I faithfully read each post the day it comes out. I don’t even think my style of dress could necessarily be considered preppy, but I find your voice to be genuine and I think that you’re always honest about the brands you promote – which I love, especially when I’m re-investing on staple items. Probably my favorite post so far has been the sponsored one with your mom. So cute!

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Liz Pataki

I stared reading in college so back in 2010?? I think a friend of mine showed me your blog and I’ve been hooked ever since. You share things that are relatable and seem to hit at just the right time. Thank you for sharing and can’t wait to see what the next 10 years look like for you!!

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Morgan Doll

Carly, I remember first reading your blog in first period my freshman year of high school after discovering you on Instagram. I’ve read every post ever since that day and have even gone back in your archives to read posts about boys, college, anxiety, etc., when those topics were pertinent in my life. Now I am a freshman in college having just finished my first semester myself! Your blog is a part of my daily routine and it will continue to be as long as you continue writing! Thank you.

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Anne

I’ve loved reading your blog for probably 7 years. I keep coming back because I love the way you have evolved — I’m now 33, started reading while I was in grad school, but your content is still relevant to me, and you feel like a friend! Thanks for the many years!

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Monica

Congrats on the milestone achievement Carly! I’ve been following you for years and one of only two blogs that still read every single day. I look forward to many more years of this morning ritual (coffee and your post)!

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Marcella

I can’t believe it’s been 10 years! I remember when your blog was green and pink and reading your study tips post. You feel like a big sister to me since you’re a few years older and I like to refer to your older birthday posts and see how you were feeling the same age I am now (25). Thanks for always being authentic!! Some of the other blogs I’ve followed through the years just seem to be click-baity now and full of sponsored posts now which is annoying because I miss their true voice but your blog isn’t like that 😊 congrats!!!!

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Emily

Congratulations, Carly! I love reading all your tips, advice, and stories. Your style is impeccable!

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Katie B

My sister showed me your blog a few years ago and it’s been so fun following along ever since! Congrats!

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Kasey

I was a prospective transfer student into Georgetown and somehow stumbled onto your blog! I’ve been reading since you were living with Little V 🙂

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Laura Franco

Only now am I realizing how much time has passed since I first started reading your blog. It was my first year as a homeschooled freshman student. And I hated it. It was a complete change of environment from what I was used to, to say the least.
I can’t say exactly when it was that I stumbled onto your blog, but I assume having a flexible school time and a computer in my hands made it easier. I had read and seen other blogs but none of them really caught my attention. Yours did. Your blog had a mixture of everything, fashion, life advice, and everything in between. What really made me always come back were your words. You weren’t a fashion blogger just posting pictures of the trendiest (but also unrealistic/unattainable) fashions or a life coach just spouting advice. You were a real person. Your words were your own and what you wore was too. Despite me not knowing you, I knew that what you posted/showed to the world was authentic.
Although 10 years have passed by and much has changed ( the blog, you as a person, social media, I am know a sophomore in college!, and the list goes on) everything at its core has stayed the same. You are still continually authentic and genuine. It sounds cheesy and I’m slightly cringing, but it’s true.
So, Congratulations Carly!!! 🎉🎉🎉
You may not choose to continue to write on the blog for another 10 years but whatever it’s that you choose to do I will be cheering you on. Thank you so much for doing what you do with such honesty and letting us, the readers, get to know you throughout the years.❤️

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Claire Ko

Carly!!! Congrats on 10 years of blogging. You were the person that kicked off my obsession of reading blogs, as well as the person who inspired me to get back into fashion. I can’t wait to see what you’ll do in the coming years!

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Amanda Rosen

I’ve been reading for 4 years now, and it’s the only blog I come back to daily to read. We met at a Lilly event in NYC last fall, and it really was the highlight of my month- I couldn’t stop smiling! Thanks for being a great role model for me and introducing me to so many amazing things that have helped my life (headspace, bbg, fashion inspo, restuarant recs, etc) Keep the inspiration coming!!!

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Caterina

Carly, It has been so inspiring to follow you all over these years, and how much you have grown and your content that you provide! You have shown how hard work can make you accomplish great things and I can not wait to keeping ready for the next 10 + years to come!!

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Amanda Rosen

I’ve been reading for 4 years now, and it’s the only blog I come back to daily to read. We met at a Lilly event in NYC last fall, and it really was the highlight of my month- I couldn’t stop smiling! Thanks for being a great role model for me and introducing me to so many amazing things that have helped my life (headspace, bbg, fashion inspo, restuarant recs, etc) Keep the inspiration coming!

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Katie Wheeler

I’ve been following your blog for almost 10 years! I’m close to your age and have loved reading your thoughts and perspective on life experiences while also experiencing them myself- from graduating college to life as a young professional. Can’t wait to see where the next 10 years takes you!

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Sarah T.

I have been following along since 2010. I have loved watching your blog grow and change with you and appreciate your authenticity!

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Emily Yang

I’ve been reading your blog every day since high school and I just graduated from college! I love how genuine you are in your posts <3

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Emily Anderson

I love how you have relatable content,
you put yourself out there and I really appreciate reading about someone I can relate to!

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Jiwon

Congrats on 10 years – what a milestone! I found you while living in DC and it’s been fun following you since 🙂

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BeccaBullardLowe

I don’t remember exactly when I found this blog, but looking back on some of the milestones, it must have been a very long time! I find it very relatable as someone of the same age.

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Izzie

Carly, CONGRATS! This is an amazing milestone. I only discovered your blog about two years ago, but your sharing on this blog has made it something truly special. I originally came for the style inspiration, but I can tell you now that I’ve also gotten such a refreshing perspective on life from this! I’m graduating high school this year. The thought of college is both exciting and a bit daunting, but knowing that you and your blog will always be here is such a great encouragement. Thanks, and congrats!!

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Elizabeth Anderson

Your pursuit of your dream is very inspirational! I am getting my PhD, and I really appreciate how you started your blog as an avenue to release your stress from school!

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Madison Mcghee

My best friend recommended the blog to me over the summer and now I read it every morning before school. My favorite post are the ones you did about your trip to Paris. Congrats on 10 years! I hope you blog for years to come!!

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Christina Lee

Congratulations, Carly! Your blog posts emails are my favorites to click on when I see them in the morning. I think I found you on Tumblr way back when, and I’m so glad because your style and the brands you work with have proven to be reliable and timeless, just like your blog 🙂 Happy New Year!

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Emily G.

Hi Carly,

I’ve been reading your blog for about the past five years. You’ve inspired my style and encouraged me to try new classes at the gym. Some of my favorite posts of yours are the ones where you have discussed your anxiety and Headspace. I started using Headspace because of you, and it has helped me immensely with managing my anxiety.

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Ashleigh

Congratulations Carly! I don’t even remember how I found you! It’s probably been 7 or so years. I’ve been drawn to your authenticity and post content.

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Katie Trainor

Can’t believe it has been 10 years! I’ve been reading since almost the very beginning with my best friend, and it’s been wonderful to watch your journey! Thanks for always having stylish and real content that makes it feel like we know you!

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Jelecia S

I started following The College Prepster one day when I randomly searched “Note Taking” on google back in junior year of high school (I believe) and that was in 2011! Congratulations on 10 years Carly!

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Brandy Brown

I first found your blog while looking for tips on college and studying and I think you post about Lilly Pulitzer planners was the first I read (and then bought my own the next day). I started reading and haven’t stopped for almost 7 years now. Your blog has been inspiring, informative and entertaining. You inspired me to start my own blog as well. Congrats on 10 years!!!

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Jen Swets

Congrats Carly! This is an amazing accomplishment. You’ve turned something you love into a hugely successful career; this is something to be celebrated. Using your passion and talent to share stories of growth, challenge, and fun is an inspiration to others out there. Here’s to 10 more years of success, adventure and fabulousness!

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Emma S

I found your blog after a friend suggested I would like your Instagram, which I obviously did and have loved reading your blog ever since!

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Ava Brown

SO SO PROUD OF YOU CARLY! you’re such an inspiration and a vital part of my life 🙂

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Katie McWilliams

I can’t even remember when I found your blog but I’ve been following you for years. I lived in Connecticut and grew up near Stamford so all my favorite memories were when you went places I recognized from growing up there.

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Lhr

Have loved reading your blog through college and now as I’m navigating the real world. Thanks for always providing real and relatable content!

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Hannah Jane

Congratualtions Carly! Although I’m a relatively new reader (only two years or so) I feel life you have remained an honest voice. Many bloggers feel like they only exist to peddle me items but I feel like the things you promote are true to what you like and are reasonable. I love that you still write! Your writing is a joy to follow and you have an authentic voice.

I hope you’re celebrating this milestone with joy and pride!

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Georgia

I just started following you in the last year or so but I love all of your outfits and love how real you keep things – I always look forward to your posts and Instagram stories.

Congratulations on 10 years!

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Hailey P.

I found your blog while looking for inspiration around a year ago. I really wanted to be a fashion journalist or go into fashion marketing and I needed a writing role model for inspiration to help me make a portfolio. I found you and you were absolutely perfect. I’m still working on my very own blog and you’re such a great role model to help me through the process. You’re dm’s are always open and it’s great knowing that you communicate with your audience. Thank you so much!

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Ashlynn Stansberry

Congratulations on 10 years! I have always enjoyed reading your blog. You’ve always inspired me to try new things and showed me how much someone can influence the world just by starting a blog. You were one of the first blogs I started reading and I’m so happy that I stumbled across your blog one day.

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Claire Eckert

I found your blog a few summers ago when searching how to create sparkler pictures!! I remember dm you my creation and you responding! It made my night haha Now my mom knows when I say “Carly was wearing…” or “Carly went here..” she knows I’m talking about you 😂

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SP

Wow congrats! You got me through so many tough times. I’m the same age as you and through my senior year of college I followed along your blog to imagine a dream life in DC! I was going through a rough time and your blog let me escape! Now, I live in DC (moved from NJ!) and you hold such a sweet spot in my heart.

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Lydia Moit

Congratulations on 10 years! I’ve been reading since I graduated college and we are actually the same age so it’s been nice to have someone who relates to what I’m going through right along with me. Hope you continue to blog for several more years!

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Quinn

Carly, I found your blog through Julia’s Gal Meets Glam and I was immediately hooked by your honesty. You have such a perfect balance of realness and sponsored content – here’s to another 10 years (at least) for Carly the Prepster! Congratulations, love!

xx http://www.qustomquinns.com/blog

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Kayla Sarin

Carly, congratulations on this incredible accomplishment!! I have been following you for quite a few years now and am amazed at how you connect with your readers — I feel like we are best friends & am constantly having to remind myself that you don’t actually know me 🙂 Thank you for being an inspiration to young women and for never being afraid to be vulnerable with your readers!

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Andrea Terrones

I found your blog through my older sister and we both enjoy your posts! My favorite ones are the “On my Radar”.

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Amanda A.

Oh Carly, I’m so happy I found your blog so so so many years ago. We share so many similar interests it made me feel like I had a long distance bff. I’m so happy/proud of you and everything TCP has become! Here’s to 10 more years!! 🥂

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Lillian Kennedy

First, congrats Carly!!! I found your blog when I was in high school and my mom and I have become avid followers! I’ve continued to follow for six years now and your posts have helped me through so many of the ups and downs of college and helped me find my own style! Also I always love finding another rower out there!

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Andrea

Congrats on 10 years! Thanks for linking to the sleeve rolling post…very timely for me! 🙂

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Abigail Nowell

Congratulations on 10 years!!! I found your blog on Instagram about four years ago when I was in high school. As I’ve transitioned into college and almost post-grad now, I really understand what you mean about your blog being an escape, and that no teacher or coach can tell you it’s wrong. I applaud you on the balance you’ve created between showing us glimpses of your personal life, but still keeping some things to yourself. I wake up every morning excited to read your new post! I can’t wait to see where your future endeavors will take you.

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Emma Bradford

Congratulations on your 10 year anniversary! I love reading your blog and find it a constant inspiration.

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Amanda

I’ve been reading along happily since your college days. I love how much you interact with readers. You’ve responded to a few emails and messages from me over the years and are always lovey.

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Cashel Koski

I found your blog Fall 2016, my freshman year of college, through your vlogs on YouTube! At the time, I had just started a blog myself, and found myself reading almost all of your posts. Hearing how you felt about school, work and dealing with being a type-A-perfectionist who now loves to work out really resonated and continued to resonate with me. I find myself constantly inspired with how polite you are and how you carry yourself. Every word you post on this blog is so personal and has clicked with me in one way or another. I know for certain we would’ve been great friends if we had been in school at the same time. Reading your posts over the years has taught me a lot about growing up, too. I always thought that either in college and now after college, my anxieties would be gone and I’d have it all together, but now I know that this is not the case, and that’s normal! Reading about you going through the same things I am at two different points in our lives has really shown me that these are things we’re going to be dealing with forever in different ways and I think that was really important for me to see. Thank you for sharing your life and creativity with us. Seeing a post from you everyday is something I look forward to and I wish you all the best!

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Katie M

Carly,

I have been following your blog for many years now and never comment, but just wanted to finally say how much I enjoy reading your content and hearing you share real stories. I also love your style! Congrats on 10 years of blogging!

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Miss S

Ohmigosh Carly, I still remember following you on Pinterest after a college friend showed me your blog in her room because she thought I’d like your style, and I’ve been following your blog ever since! I was so proud of you for making the difficult choices to rebrand, to move, and to continue to share parts of your personal life with us can after everything that you’ve gone through. You’ve created such a unique, positive, gorgeous corner of the internet, and it has been such a joy to follow you. Congratulations on reaching the Ten Year mark 🎉😘💃!!!!!!!!! I hope that the comments of this post can serve as a reminder of how much good has come out of your decision to continue to blog whenever you feel like you need it, and I hope to keep looking forward to your posts for years to come. Congrats on everything, girl 🎉💖😭🙌!!!!!!!!!!

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Madison Walters

Wow! 10 years! I have been reading for probably 8 years. I remember being in college and I would look forward to starting my day reading my favorite blogs, yours included. Back then you did a giveaway every Friday (?) and I would always enter. One time I even won and I could not even believe it because I had never won anything before from a contest. I still have the monogrammed necklace to this day from the brand Personalized from Me to You.
I have also always enjoyed your book reviews and organizational tips.
I also ran into you this summer at the Skinny Dip boutique in Nantucket and I asked for a picture.
Your blog is something I always look forward to reading! It has been cool having a peek into your life over the years and hearing what you enjoy and like. I appreciate you writing your blog, I know it can’t always be easy to do.
Thank you! Congrats again!

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Jordyn P

I can’t believe it’s been 10 years of following along. I actually found your blog from hearing about it from a couple girls when I took an official visit to Georgetown for rowing! While I’m a few years younger, I’ve felt like I’ve grown up with your blog. Your study/organization tips seriously helped me get my life together as a floundering college freshman and have followed me from undergrad, through law school, and beyond.

Thanks for 10 great years! xoxo

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Coreilly

I’ve been reading this blog since the green and white background days. You’ve done such an amazing job with it! Congrats on 10 great years!

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Alayna Jackson

I can’t believe it’s ben TEN YEARS! I started following when I was 14 and wanted to look preppy sooo bad. Now I have a daughter and am finally starting to figure out my own style! Thank you!

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Julia B

I’ve been reading for about 4 years! I first found you when I was packing for freshman year of college – I still refer to your list every August 😂 I’ve loved watching your blog change and grow!

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ms. mary m. motta

it’s been easily 6-7 years since i started reading your blog. although i can’t recall how i first stumbled upon it, i do know that once i started reading, it became a frequent stop for me. although i have always been a passive reader, some of the content has really moved me. your courage to leave home helped me pull the trigger to move to new york. and while i lived there, your enthusiasm for a healthy lifestyle helped me get into yoga. i even attended a yoga class with you a couple of years ago in the city. because of you, i also tamed my anxiety and depression utilizing headspace. i’d never given much merit to meditation, but your posts got me thinking… i tried it and it’s helped immensely.

and you know what? i really love your passion for knowing who you are and sticking to it. while you’re discovering more all the time and bettering yourself, you know who that person is at the core. your brand is lovely because you are lovely inside. thank you for blogging.

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Alexis Vieira

Congrats on 10 years!!

I’ve been following since wayyyyy back in the day and you are an inspiration to me.

I love that you were able to grow when that wasn’t what it was all about!

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Giuliana Savini

Dear Carly,

I’ve been reading since I was a sophomore in high school (16), and I am now out of graduate school (23). I follow a handful of blogs, but yours is always the first one that I check every day–why is that, I asked myself? I think it is because you are reliable in your authenticity. Trends come and go, but your style is classic, which is why I return for quotidian fashion inspiration.

Best,
Giuliana

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Kait Ritchie

I started reading your blog when I found it through Pinterest! I was browsing for winter outfits and found your *iconic* Barbour and fair isle look. I’ve been reading every day since! I’m past my college days now and I enjoy that your “look” has evolved as well. Congrats on 10 years!! 🎉

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Anna Spencer

I remember finding you when I was in high school, again in undergrad, and refinding you as Carly the Prepster while in graduate school. I’ve enjoyed watching the blog change and grow over the years!

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Marissa

Carly! Can’t believe its been 10 years! I started reading your blog in 2013/2014, and it is amazing to see how much you have grown since then, while still remaining one of my favorite bloggers!

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jenncait

I always love love love your travel posts. They help me with my own packing and give me great ideas for both trip inspiration and outfit inspiration. Thank you for always being so uniquely you and for making us all feel like we are your girlfriends. You have been true to yourself since the beginning and that is what has been so amazing as a long time follower. Keep being you!

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Lee S.

It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years, I’ve been an avid reader for the last 7 or so. I’ve enjoyed seeing/reading about your travels, your career adventures, and love the way your style has evolved but has remained consistently classic.

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Leigh Dunaway

So thrilled for you (and for all of us reading) that you hit this incredible milestone! I found your blog through your posts on anxiety at a time in college when I needed the words you shared so desperately. Can’t thank you enough for sharing with us even though I know there are so many hard aspects!!

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BethB

I found your blog when I loved to DC and googled DC fashion and lifestyle blogs. I’m so glad that I found your blog!

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Kate Minkus

I remember finding you when I was in college and at a low point as well. I felt lost, lonely, anxious and disappointed by my college experience, being less than what I imagined. Your posts about struggling through college, provided me a sense of solace, especially when you discussed failing an exam freshman year! Congratulations on 10 years.

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Catherine Day

I can’t believe it’s been 10 years! I think I started following you in 2012 when I was in college and I stumbled upon one of your shoe roundups with duck boots in them! I’ve been following along ever since! Congrats, lady!

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Annalise G

I have been reading your blog for about 5 years since I was a sophomore in high school! I remember reading all of your old college posts when I was making that transition, and now find myself reading your graduation and post-grad posts as I approach that season. I’m also from Tampa and love seeing the posts when you come to visit your family, but I would have to say one of my favorite posts was from 2015 when you talked about the Awesome Etiquette podcast as it’s now one of my favorites and I would have discovered it otherwise. Thanks for writing such an amazing blog all of these years!!

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Ali Squellati

Carly – I’ve been reading your blog every morning since 2010. Thanks for letting us follow along on your journey!

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Sara S.

Aah, this is wonderful! So many congratulations…I’ve been reading since 2010 or 2011 and can’t believe that so much time has passed since we were both in college. You’re still one of my favorite bloggers…I feel like I’ve grown up alongside you. Lots of love!

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Jasmine Wu

Carly! I can’t believe it’s been 10 years! I am not exactly sure when I first discovered your blog, I believe it may have been through Levo or a Twitter giveaway. You are so inspiring and as a college student, I love your advice in the Freshman 50 book you wrote. I love your style and attitude towards things in life and will definitely keep following your blog, Youtube, Instagram stories, Twitter, and Facebook group for a very very long time!

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Christina L

Congrats on ten years of blogging, Carly!! My roommate at Georgetown (Hoya Saxa!) showed me your blog a few years ago and the rest is history. TCP/CTP has done SO much for my personal style- I’m so glad I found you!!

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Kyra Cotter

Congratulations, Carly! I’ve been following you for YEARS (since 2011) after I stumbled across a link on Pinterest. I have read your posts daily ever since. I love your content, but I still remember your “Organize This” posts. Thank you for everything you do!

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Heather

Carly, ten years is no small feat! So exciting to officially see what you’ve accomplished over an entire decade. I remember when I was a freshman in college in the fall of 2011 and first stumbled across your blog. I was having a tough time with my roommate and also trying to balance class and the handful of activities I wanted to participate in since the structure and schedule of high school was a thing of the past. I can’t remember what I had Googled that led me to your blog, but I must have spent two hours scrolling through your old posts and have been a loyal reader ever since. You are ultra authentic and come across like a long lost friend, I truly hope to meet you one day! Cheers to your anniversary and everything that is still to come!

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Madeeha Syed

Congratulations on 10 years Carly!!! I remember when I found your blog when I too was in a low point of my freshman year of college and was looking at schools closer to home to transfer to Georgetown was one and I stumbled on your blog. Ultimately made the decision to transfer to Georgetown and never regretted it! We’ve never met but I do remember seeing you walking around campus one day with Carter shooting but not being certain it was you. Lol
Again my best wishes on the 10 year! Can’t wait to see what’s to come!!!

Madeeha

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Dragana

Oh gosh I totally forgot about the instagram photo strips! I used to be so into those. Actually, thinking back, I think I joined instagram so I could make them. I remember I made them for all my friends back in the day.

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Katie Booth

My sophomore year of college, the president of a club I was in shared one of your blog posts about the importance of networking and I’ve followed ever since! Congratulations!

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Hayden Barry

I first “met” your blog when I was on a trip to Boston with my aunt. She saw my outfit when I landed at the airport and had the most speechless look on her face. I asked her why, and she pulled up your blog. I was twinning with your outfit from that day’s blog post without knowing who you are or what you do. After that she said that I was going to look just like her when I grow up. Since I have always looked up to her so much, I followed your blog religiously, checking for a post every day. When I need help with an outfit, motivation for school, etc., your blog has been the place I go. I hope you read this and realize how much you have helped me. Thank you!

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Jackie V

I’ve loved following the blog for many years! I have really enjoyed your birthday posts where you reflect on the year past and the year coming up!

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Mad

Congrats on 10 years! I read and re-read your Ireland posts so many times in preparation for a trip I took this past September. They were so helpful! I now read your blog almost daily!

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mHe

I’m the same age/year as you in school and found your blog soon after you started while I was in college as well. I went to school in Virginia while you were close to my family’s home so it was fun to follow your very relatable posts. I’ve been silently viewing since then and you are one of the few bloggers I’ve continued to follow. In a few of my lonelier years of grad school and the difficult transition to my first few working years, it was awesome to share your struggles and successes around the same time. I have always loved checking your blog for what to wear to a formal, present ideas, and how to calm the heck down for the big life stressors. Congratulations on such a major milestone, and thank you for continuing to share your journey with us!

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Carlie Riddle

I started following your blog in 2012 during my first year of college. We share the same name (though mine is spelled differently) and that alone was enough of a sign for me to dig deep into your blog for tips on college and style. Though I was almost done with my freshman year at the time, your “Survival Guide for College Freshman” was still useful as I finished out my first year. It has been fun ‘growing up’ with you and seeing where this journey has taken you. Your openness about your struggles with anxiety and your willingness to share the real parts of your life has been much appreciated. Congrats on 10 years!

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Danielle S

Congrats on 10 years! Some of my favorite
Purchases have come from your recommendations 🙂

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Mariel Edwards

Congrats on 10 years! I don’t remember how I started following you or when – but I read your blog religiously every morning and love following along on Instagram! Keep up the great work 🙂

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Meems

Amazing Achievement!! Congratulations! I enjoy your posts and appreciate all the time and energy that you put into delivering authentic content. You are a blogger who stays true to her word. I admire your transparency and resilience. Onward and Upward –

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Cynthia L

My favorite recent post of your was about your Paris trip. The pictures were gorgeous, your outfits were chic but still practical for travel and something that a nonblogger could wear on a trip, the activities and locations you shared were all great suggestions. I pinned that post to reference at a later date should I be so lucky to return to Paris!

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Erika S

I remember finding you from that intense study tips post. You saved me through so many midtersms and finals in high school and college! I still send it to people who ask me for study tips.

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Celeste

I have been following along since day one and I can not believe ten years have already flown by! It has been a joy to watch your blog grow!

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Jennifer

Found your blog my freshman year of college and been reading for 8 years now! You were the first blog I ever read and the first one I check every day, even after all this time. Congrats!!!

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Stacy Smith

How very exciting for you! I’m an older fan of your blog but I love your style nonetheless!

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Rachel G

Congratulations Carly! This is such an epic giveaway and have all of them items constantly on my dream list! I started following you about 4 years ago when I joined Instagram. I wasn’t huge into social media but completely fell in love with you style and am always looking to your blog for inspiration. Congrats again!

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Jennifer Frix

Happy 10 year anniversary! I have been following from the start – I am a few years younger than you so I have used your advice as I have navigated through high school, college, and now my young adult life. Thank you for being such a fun inspiration for all these years!

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Colleen Ray

Every single night at midnight since 7th grade, I have checked your website and had a glimpse into your world. Whether your blog served as a study break or a close to my Prom Night, I feel like you have been a piece of so many nights of my life! I feel so blessed to be able to know you through your honest and sweet words. During my freshman year of college, I struggled to adjust to college life and being away from home, just as you mentioned. However, because of your blog, I poured through different ways to make college great and worked to accept challenges and embrace failure. Nine years after finding your blog, I am almost the age you were when I found your blog- time is a crazy amazing thing! Your blog is such a constant part of my life, and starts my days in the best way! Thank you for giving so much and for being y o u! xoxo

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Miriam Rosenblatt

I have been following you for years and I can’t imagine starting my day without reading your posts! Congrats on 10 years and cheers to 10 more (only if you want it haha)!

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Lisa M

Congrats, Carly! In 2011, I interviewed you for a profile I was working on for a journalism class at AU, and I thought it was so cool you were willing to take some time out of your busy schedule to meet with me over coffee! I used that piece as a part of my portfolio for my first job, and ended up as a magazine editor for three years, focusing on profiles and features. Anyway, that’s a long-winded way of saying thank you! 🙂

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Clare

Congratulations, Carly! Your content is honest and real and I feel like I’ve grown to know you as a person over the years! As a college student I really appreciate the perspective you provide as someone who is ten years older. Keep up the good work!

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ChristianBree

Congratulations on hitting your ten year goal! I first found your blog back in 2009 when I was starting my senior year in high school. It became part of my routine to check your site every morning in my first period American History class. I can’t quite recall what the first post was that I clicked on but I remember being drawn to your blog because you were relatable and only a year or so older than I was. You we’re experiencing things that I was quickly approaching having to go through myself. Thank your for continuing to stay true yourself it shows in the content you produce. Personally this is the reason I return a few times a week to catch up on what I’ve missed.

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Rachel L.W.

I remember finding your blog in high school through all the preppy tumblrs haha. Thanks for your honesty and all the fun lifestyle stuff! <3

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Katie

10 years is such an accomplishment- congratulations!! My favorite post of yours is (extremely) honest review of what it’s like to be a new puppy owner. I loved, and continue to love, how you don’t just share the beautiful photos and fun times (in all aspects of life)… owning an animal is such a massive commitment and at times can be difficult. You didn’t just share the worlds most adorable dogs with us, you also shared the truth about their upbringing— thank you!

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Suze

Congrats on your 10 year anniversary! I started following you back in 2010 after a friend recommended your blog!

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Hadley Griffin

I found your blog when I was about to start high school. I thought and still feel that you are a very good role model to have !

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Kristen

I found this blog in the summer of 2014. I had just finished graduate school and was starting my first job as a teacher. I had no idea what to wear to work that was true to my preppy casual personal style while still being work appropriate. This blog gave me so many ideas for how to take casual pieces I had in my closet from J.Crew and dress them up for work. The school I work at now is much more laidback so I no longer need tips for dressing up, but I still come here for tips on what’s new at my favorite stores and how to put together cute outfits for fall, spring, the holidays, etc. Thank you so much for having great style tips for different price points! I hope you keep it up!

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Katie K. Mc.

Congratulations Carly! I am unsure how I stumbled across your blog (tying boot laces maybe?) but I can say that I look forward to all of your posts. I use Feedly and I love when I’m notified there’s a new post and I save it for my lunch break so I can fully enjoy it. I even went back through all your Tampa recs earlier this month for a trip there. Thank you so much for sharing with everyone!

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Emily Reynolds

Congrats Carly!! I’ve been following your blog since June 2014 and have been reading it daily ever since. I don’t really comment but I’ve loved your postings throughout the years…75% of wardrobe has been influenced by your posts lol and I am forever grateful for your travel guides. Especially the Nantucket one! Keep on blogging, I am incredibly thankful for all that you share with us.

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Kendra B

I’ve followed you blog from 2011 when I was looking to move to NYC for college. I loved your clothes and your personality. Plus all the wonderful tips about they city. In 2013 I made a huge jump and moved to Orlando and followed all your trip and adventure in ramps and even all over Florida. Thanks for being a breathe of fresh air and always staying true to yourself.

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Annie Jacobs

Congratulations on 10 years! I’ve been following along since 2010 and it has been so fun to “grow up” with you! My high school BFFs and I came to a meetup at Madewell in Georgetown in 2012- crazy to think how much has changed since then! 🙂

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Allie T

A friend in my first year of high school recommended the blog to me for style tips. I’m now a college graduate working a real job and still look to the blog for advice almost daily. It’s been a wonderful journey to follow for so many years now.

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Sara Cissel

Huge congratulations on 10 years!
I found you several years ago after searching for preppy fashion inspiration! I’m much older than you, but your style is absolutely timeless, and I’m so glad I found your blog! Thank you for writing!

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Margaret Cox

I found it in high school looking for a cookie in a mug recipe! I think I must have spent hours that first day reading your blog!

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Anne Holden

First off CONGRATULATIONS! What a huge milestone. I first started reading your blog when I was home for break from college. I was waiting to go into work one morning and I was thinking that I really wanted to start reading a blog that was authentic and fun to read. Needless to say I fell in love with your blog. The content, the layout, EVERYTHING! Your style mirrors mine and I love the way you create different looks with classic pieces of clothing! I honestly can’t remember when I started reading your blog because it’s been so long now but if I had to guess I would say the Spring of 2012. You have accomplished so much in your ten years on this blog and I am so happy for you. You deserve all the happiness in the world!! Congrats again!!!

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Emily Nicholson

Congrats on 10 years! I’ve been following along since the summer of 2009. I was off to college and wanted to be ready for my new adventure and googled “college prep”. I’ve been hooked ever since. Thanks for being you and sharing a slice of your life with us all.

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Virginia

Amazing accomplishment! This blog has been the highlight of my morning for the past 5 years — I found it when I was in high school, where I felt lonely most of the time, and your blog really got me through some difficult years! Thanks so much for always being genuine and authentic, it truly shows in every unique and well-thought out post. I love reading and am always so inspired and amazed! Keep up the good work and congrats on the 10 years. So amazing!!

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Megan M

Congratulations on your milestone! Your blog has been a part of my morning routine for 6 years!! You’re also my style inspiration and the one who “introduced” me to Lilly Pulitzer. Thank you!!

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DaRaDo

Your Alaska trip heavily influenced my itinerary (and decision to go in the first place!) when I visited a couple of years back, and we had the best time. Congratulations on hitting a decade!

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Liz C

I found your blog through the How to Roll Your Sleeves Like J. Crew post. It’s probably the most useful tip I’ve ever found on a blog!

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Katrina

Congrats on ten years, Carly! I stumbled on your blog in the early days of DC social media “scene” then later women’s empowerment and networking. I remember when you decided to do this full time, I couldn’t imagine it! I’ve been impressed (not that I’ve doubted) with how you’ve built this business while also balancing growing up and stretching yourself (and all the ups and downs). You write like you’re chatting with friends (and I can attest you’re just as warm in person). You’re a constant source for new finds, tips and tricks, on how to make it all less overwhelming. As your tastes have evolved, you’ve shared without snobbery or condescension. Congrats, and to the next ten years! The best it yet to come!

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Lily

I like all your on my radar posts. I sometimes read them right at midnight when I am up late studying. I’ve been reading since I was 14 and struggling with my own mental health at boarding school. I’m 21 now and it’s so crazy how both our lives have changed in the past 7 years. I still check in every day & love following along!

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TaraN

I think you bring a freshness and engaging personality to blogging, so congratulations on your 10-year anniversary! I started reading you because of the Margaux review (and would love to have a pair, hint hint!)

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Jennifer M

I’m so happy for you Carly! Congrats on all your successes. I’ve been reading for 6+ years now and I love following your journey. Can’t wait to see what the future brings 🙂

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Catherine

I have loved growing up with you (we’re about the same age) and I adore you on my radar lists each week!

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Samantha

First off, what an accomplishment Carly!! 10 years is so huge!!

Hands down, my favorite post of yours was about why you moved to Hoboken. It was truly life changing for my boyfriend and I as we were looking to get out of NYC (we are not city people) and were debating moving closer to my hometown in Stamford (maybe SoNo or Greenwich?), but were worried about the commute into the city. Your post about Hoboken being short enough that you can pop into NYC without having to make a whole day of it really hit it home for us. We are loving every bit of living just on the other side of the Hudson and popping in and out of the city as we please. Thank you for painting such a crystal clear picture for us because we are now happier than ever! xoxo

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Hillary Harshbarger

Love your blog! Have been following for years and love how close you and your parents are! I’m the same with mine!

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Amber D

Congratulations Carly! It’s been so much fun following you on this 10 year journey. We’re the same age and following your blog almost from the beginning was special just because it often felt like we were goin through the same things at similar times. I’m so grateful for your content and look forward to reading it each morning! Cheers to 10 more years!

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Kelly Marie

Congratulations! I found your blog through Sarah Vicker’s blog when I was a junior in high school. It came at a time when I was discovering my personal style, my college, and career aspirations. I have always been inspired and motivated by your work ethic and hustle. While I’m sure there have been huge business transitions over the years, you’ve made it look effortless. I’ve loved following your journey and wish you the best!

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Caroline

Congratulations on such an amazing achievement! Whenever I’m looking for style or life advice or ideas, your blog is the first place I check. Thank you for creating such an inspiring, relatable site that so many people trust!

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Catherine S

10 years, what an accomplishment! I’ve been reading since basically the beginning- I was at GW when you were at Georgetown.

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Kathleen Harrington

I love the J. crew roll, and have been using it weekly for years! Thanks, Carly!

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Meaghan Kenny

congratulations!! I’ve been reading for years and love your posts! Your breakup post helped me a lot as I went through a breakup at about the same time, you helped me realize everything would be ok!

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Liz R

Congratulations on your big milestone! I’ve been ready for many years! Back in the neon green and pink and mirror OOTD days! We are very close in age so I felt like I was living through college ups and downs with you. I always loved the organize, please posts, especially for school and study tips 🙂

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Rebecca

I was first aquainted with your blog through Tumblr and haven’t looked back since—congratulation, Carly!

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Skye

Congrats on 10 years, Carly! I found your blog back when I was a senior in high school looking for college packing advice. 7 years later, and I still look forward to reading your blog everyday. Thank you for all of your advice over the years!

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Elizabeth Storey

This is dumb, but one of my favorite posts of yours was a give away of your collaboration with Minnie and Emma, I won a free personalied phone case and used it for years! Got so many compliments and you were so great to work with. I also appreciated your candid post when you were going through a tough time mental health wise at Levo and took a weekend to recharge, are candy, read, went to the movies, etc. That post really rung with the importance of being busy as a cool thing really isn’t a ‘cool thing’ and taking care of yourself mentally is the ‘coolest’

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Meredith

Carly, I was introduced to your blog by my best friend, and have been hooked ever since (at least 3-4 Year’s). We participated in your college aged fan meet up and are in your Facebook group. I have loved following your life and fashion and am thrilled you didn’t let this past year and the haters keep you down!!! Pls keep doing you and owning who you are and know for every troll out there, there’s at least me and my bff to back you up.

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Catybarb

Happy Anniversary!!! What a great retrospective of the past ten years. I think I found you via the ‘how to roll your sleeves’ post – funny you mention it!
I love your content and love that you keep such a positive spin on everything. Keep up the great, inspiring work!

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Carolyn Mackenzie

Congrats on a decade of blogging! My older sister told me about your blog about 5 years ago, and I’ve been reading daily ever since. It’s been a fun sister-thing to bond over!

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Harper

I found your blog from following Julia! I love how you both collaborate and have an obvious genuine friendship!

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Emily V.

I honestly don’t remember how I found your blog, but I believe it was my freshman year of college, which means I’m now an 8 year reader (eeek! :)) I’ve always appreciated how thoughtful you are in your posts, and how you’ve protected your privacy while still giving us a glimpse into the ups and downs of your life. This really allowed me to feel connected to you in a way that I haven’t with other bloggers.

The one blog post that sticks out in my mind as the most impactful on me was the one where you decided to leave your full-time job for the blog. This post actually gave me the courage to leave a job that was very draining emotionally, and i’m not sure i would’ve if you hadn’t shared your experience.

I wish I could’ve met you in person when you came to Chicago in 2016, but I was going through chemo at the time, and had a treatment on that day. Even though we haven’t met in person, I still feel like I know you (as silly as that may seem), and I hope that one day we will.

No matter what you choose to do with your blog down the road, I will always be a support you.

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Zoe

Congrats Carly! What an amazing accomplishment! I found your blog my freshman year of college when looking for study tips (eek 2009) and graduated from grad school almost a year ago – I feel like I have grown up right alongside you! Can’t wait to see what the next year brings for you!

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Kiersten

I’ve been following your blog Carly since at least 2011! Feel like I know you in so many ways!🤔 I remember having to get on my iPad to see your Instagrams since i also didn’t have an iPhone!😂 I’d love to enter to win this amazing giveaway!💗

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Stephanie Heaney

I can’t remember how I found your blog, but I love following you day to day life with the puppies! I have two myself and they make my days so wonderful.

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Sydney Brodie

Congrats on such a big milestone! I’ve been reading for just over 6 years. Crazy it’s been that long! Thank you for being you and creating such great content.

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Ashley Carroll

How amazing! What an honor it’s been to read since 2012 when I started college! I think I started with the “intense study tips” during finals;)

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Alexa Katherine

10 years – Wild! I found your blog through GMG a few years ago and have been following since!

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Molly

Always love the organization and fashion posts – your classic style makes it easy to find good staples! Congrats on 10 years!

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Sally Abouchar

Congratulations on 10 years of blogging!!! It has been such a blast following your blog for the past few years – best of luck wherever 2019 takes you!

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T. House

I’ve been reading for about 9 years, starting when I was in high school, and I’ve always loved your family & Tampa posts! Also the new fitness content has been fun (and inspiring!) to follow.

Happy 10 years!

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Ann W

What a huge achievement! I enjoy reading each of your posts and appreciate the hard work you put into this blog. Congratulations!

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Nancy

Congratulations Carly! You are one of my favorite bloggers to follow! I love your style and how real you are. My favorite post has been you sharing your fitness journey. It motivated me to start my own journey!

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Gerrianna Cohen

Carly! I started following you when I was a sophomore in high school (2011) and look up to you for your fashion recommendations and great perspective on life. Your content is so relatable, and I love reading everything you put on the blog. (Also, your instagram stories are the best!)

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Rachel D.

Congrats on 10 years of blogging! I found yor blog when I moved to DC as a clueless Midwesterner and was furiously googling for tips on how to dress to impress in my new environment 🙂 I appreciate all of the work that you put in to your blog- THANK YOU 🙂

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Megan Zhang

Hi Carly! I’ve been reading since I was a junior in high school so 6 years ago! I found your blog because I was going through a “rebranding” moment and wanted to make myself preppier and you were my role model. I still revere your style and advice and if you’re passionate about something, I’m definitely going to give it a try. My favorite post of yours is “100 days of meditation” because you talked about how you’ve been able to help manage your stress and anxiety. I immediately started using headspace after your post and I can’t believe how much better I feel. I didn’t even know I was that incredibly anxious all the time (I thought it was just me being me) but after using it for months, I’ve felt this sense of calm I’ve never felt before and it actually lasts through my stressful moments like job searching or grad school apps. I really can’t thank you enough for that! P.S. I realllly love and miss your youtube videos. You became a part of my life when I got to see you and hear you speak and I always watched your videos during my morning routine. I would love if you brought that back! Love you and thank you and hope you have another incredible year!

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Payton Clark

I L O V E your blog! I started stumbled upon a few years ago, maybe from Instagram first, and I have loved following along ever since. I recently introduced it to my best friend, and we totally freak over you and Julia’s friendship (and of course Gal Meets Glam)! Congrats on 10 years, I can’t wait to see everything you accomplish in year 11!

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Stacie

Congratulations on hitting the ten year mark! I’ll never forget stumbling across your blog and reading your blog as a freshman in college. I used all of your study tips and organization tips and have always loved your style. I’ve followed you consistently now for about 7 years and it’s so cool to see all of the changes you’ve been through. Thank you for always being open and sharing your life with us! ❤️

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Kelli Johnson

Beautifully chronicled Carly. I’ve been reading your blog every day since my senior year of college.

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Emma

I have been reading your pieces since high school and have really been able to connect with them. I also had a bit of a rough adjustment to college, but reading your early content from Georgetown helped me to understand that I wasn’t the only one who struggled! It’s great that even today your content from years ago remains relatable!

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Lauren S

Congrats on 10 years of blogging! I think I originally found your blog through the photoshoot you did with Sarah Vickers around late 2012-early 2013. I’ve enjoyed getting to follow your journey over the years, and I’m excited to see where the next 10 years will take you!

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Virginia Hugo-Vidal

I got turned on to you when I was applying to Georgetown and my Mother mentioned a blogger she followed had gone there!

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Jaclyn V

I found your blog when I was a college freshman in 2011 (with the green damask!). I was instantly hooked and have read daily ever since, but my favorite post might’ve been when you talked about quitting your job to blog full time. It was really inspirational to me and what I needed to hear at that time. Thank you for what you do!

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Lillie

I found you by accident then realized you lived on my parents’ street. I showed up on your parents’ doorstep one day with my daughter who loves you. Today I stopped by and left you a fig cake with my nephew because Sophie is now 14 and embarrassed by my antics. I love so much about your blog, but my favorite recurring series is On My Radar.

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Abby Meister

Congrats on a decade, Carly! I’ve read your blog every day since I discovered it in 2011 (when I was a freshman in high school)! Now, as I’m getting ready to transition from college to the “real world,” I find solace in your older blog posts when you were at the same stage of life. After many years of wanting to do it, your YouTube video on blogging tips gave me the courage I needed to launch my own blog this-coming February. To sum it all up, thank you. Your blog has touched my life and I know the lives of so many others.

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