Sunday, May 13, 2012

Way Delayed Post

Hi everyone!

I'm so sorry I have not posted anything in more than a month. Since The Smart Girls Group was launched, I've been super dedicated to that project and have been working on its growth and such. I am not one to really give up on anything, so not continuing with something I started was a challenge, but I wanted to see what was ideal at the same time. As I've said in my posts before, I'm all about balance and if I take on too much of one area, I loose that balance in my life and that isn't right either. I do enjoy doing The Wide World of E but The Smart Girls Group is much more rewarding because of the fact it is a community of girls, versus just me, you know? For that reason, I have decided to stop writing for The Wide World of E.

That was a super hard decision for me, but I know it is the right one. I really appreciate all of you who have supported my posts and guest posted, emailed, and shared my information with others. I still do plan to write posts like The Wide World of E posts on the upcoming blog for The Smart Girls Group, and I hope that you read them and enjoy them! Also, I started a personal Tumblr that will be a more casual blog about my life, with a focus on The Smart Girls Group. You can find that here. I decided on this over just writing less frequently because I can update that easily and it is more interactive, so if anyone would like to contact me, I can talk directly to them through that, versus through email. If you have a Tumblr, definitely follow me and we can keep in touch!

I am excited for the road ahead with The Smart Girls Group and I hope that you get involved as well. I have spoken to many of you through The Wide World of E and many of you seem like the type of girls who would love what we are doing. If you want to see what The Smart Girls Group is all about, please go to: thesmartgirlsgroup.com. If you want to connect with me through my new blog go to: emilyeraleigh.tumblr.com.

Thank you again for everything and I hope you have a great week!

Lots of love,
Emily :]

P.S. I decided on school as well! After lots of decisions, I've decided to go to Fordham University in New York City!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Wide World of Planner Organization

The planner is one of the greatest gifts I have ever been given, which is why my tip of the month for The Smart Girl's Guide is, "An agenda is a girl's best friend." When my planner and I are both on the same page (no pun intended), the amount of work I get done is incredible. However, it can be a lot of work to organize yourself when it comes to your planner. Here are some of my top tips!

Get a planner that works for you. Every one of us is different. We organize in different ways and our preferences are unique. Find a planner that works for you. Personally, the closest one to my liking is the Lilly Pulitzer planner. I am, though, always in search of a better one. 

Keep sticky notes near. These can be used as reminders! 

Write down your tasks using color coded pens. Look at the different categories of your life. Then, choose a color for each. For example, I have a different color for academics, health/sports, activities, college, and social life. This way, each area stands out so you can see what you have to do each day.

Keep as much information as you can in your planner. This way, if you need a phone number, a birthday, a reminder, a  business card, etc, it is all in one place. The less things you have on you, the better.

Highlight what is done, once done. I have been doing this since 5th grade and it has helped me immensely. By highlighting, you know that you have completed a task. It gives you a feeling of accomplishment and it keeps things that are not done visible. These are Jonathan Adler Highlighters!

Do you have a planner? Any tips?

Sending smiles,
 

Monday, April 2, 2012

The Wide World of College Prep Month

Since yesterday was the launch of Issue No. 1 of The Smart Girl's Guide, I decided today I would do the March Review. College Prep month was so much fun! I have a ways to go with getting ready for college, so I'm sure there will be more posts coming. 

I wrote about different types of riding boots for every budget, as they are a staple for cold winters on campus. 

I talked about how to plan your meals, to avoid packing on the extra pounds! 

There was a post on winter coats to keep warm!

I wrote about ways I plan on organizing my dorm room.

There was a post on being efficient through scheduling so that you can do as much as you want to in college without ever spreading yourself too thin.

We talked about mentally balancing everything because I'm trying to mentally prepare for college!

I picked my dorm color scheme and some ideas for the decor. I'm sure my mom will have better ideas, but until then, those are mine!

I made my list of casual shoes that would be ideal for running to class and going from one activity to the next.

There were some other jackets and coats that I added to my college wish list!

College Prep month was so much fun! Thank you again to all of the wonderful guest bloggers!
And now onto April...

ORGANIZATION MONTH!!!

With college coming, graduation even closer, and lots of things going on, I want to use this month to get ahead on everything. There will be posts on everything from how I organize my closet to how to organize your mind to be more efficient. I'm so excited! 

Happy April! If you haven't checked out The Smart Girl's Guide, be sure to! 

Sending smiles,
 

Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Wide World of The Smart Girl's Guide Release!!!

April 1st is finally here!!! The Smart Girl's Guide launches today! Please be sure to go on to TheSmartGirlsGroup.com and check it out! We are all so proud of it and we would love your feedback! Please spread the word to everyone you can. We want to be able to reach as many girls as we can.

Today, instead of doing a month in review (tomorrow!), I wanted to talk a bit about The Smart Girl's Guide April Issue!

Here are the topics:

The Tips of the Month. Every month, all Smarts Sharers, Smarts Shooters, Music Minds, and anyone else involved in the issue will give their own tip on anything that they would like!

The Smart Girl is...organized. This is written by the lovely Dorothy of Prep in Your Step and she talks about how to be efficient by first being organized. I have tried out her tips and let me tell you, she is one smart girl!

The Smart Girl is...aware. This is the much needed column for a monthly magazine for teenage girls. It can be hard to keep up on all of the news with so much going on, but this column will help with that! Each month Royar of Yong Southern Prep writes about current affairs that are important to know about. This month? She talks about Syria and the European Economic Crisis, plus she gives great tips on where to find good news resources!

The Smart Girl is...listening. I love this column. This is written by my sister, Sophie. She has laid out the perfect, diverse playlist to get you through your month. When trying to see who would be the best person to be our Music Mind, there was no other person that could do this job quite like Sophie. 

The Smart Girl is...stylish. We are writing for the teenage girl, of course we had to add a style column. No, it is not preppy. No, it is not trendy. No, it is not high end fashion. This column is for the girl who is smart in her style and smart with her budget. Written by the very stylish, Hannah from The Pink and Green Prep, this column emphasizes the importance of buying classic pieces so that you don't have to keep buying tons of clothes. Instead, you save and can use that extra money to buy statement pieces that will last a lifetime. 

The Smart Girl is...prepared. This one is written by me! I have witnessed first hand the stress of college prep and the dos and don'ts of the application process. This column is meant to give you a jump start on the college process, while helping you find a little more purpose in the things that you are passionate about!

The Smart Girl is...polished. Can I just tell you how much I love this column? Christina of Prep International writes about how every smart girl can be the best of herself. From behavior to presentation, she covers it all!

The Smart Girl is...healthy. The Smart Girl's Group is all about helping the smart girl be the real smart, the well rounded smart. Of course, health is a big aspect of being the real smart. So, for this column, the Base Brains of The Smart Girl's Group, Annie, talks about everything from exercise to living a healthy lifestyle to everything in between! She is my go to lady in this whole project and I couldn't be more grateful to have her. Did I mention she is my cousin? Yeah. We have been partners on every single project since we started a family American Girl Club when I was 6. 

The Smart Girl is...sporty. When I think of the smart girl, I think of a girl who can have a conversation about anything and learn something. The writer of this column, Hannah O, knows a thing or two about sports. As a triplet with two brothers living in a sports based family, she really knows her stuff. This month, as baseball season begins, she gets us in tune with baseball lingo. 

The Smart Girl is...secure. This was the first column that needed to be in the magazine. The Smart Girl is confident in who she is, but that can be so hard in today's society. Teenage girls have more pressure put on them than ever before. This column is a reality check and a confidence booster. Written by Hannah B (yes, there are 3 Hannah's on the team), this column is meant to get the smart girl in the right mindset. Hannah has grown up in the fashion industry, so she really knows her stuff. She is also the third member of our staff (along with Annie and myself) and she has it all going on for her! And she just got into University of Pennsylvania!!! We are all so excited for her!

The Smart Girl's Guide Organization of the Month. This is a column written by Gabbi from North Shore Prep, who I am so lucky to work with! Her column is about different organizations that have programs and involvement opportunities for girls to be a part of. We want to encourage girls to get involved and be a change in the world. After seeing how Operation Smile has impacted my life, I know that this column will be helpful to girls.

The Quote is our quote of the month that will be on the back of every issue. Each month, we will choose a new inspirational quote meant to inspire all of us!

Please check out the Guide and The Smart Girl's Group all together. If you have a blog or use any sort of social media and would like to share our website, please do! If you have a blog and would like to add our button to your page, grab the button from the side of mine! It would mean the world to us! 

Have a very smart day!
 

Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Wide World of Favorites of March

This has been one crazy month! And my favorites of March are...

My Operation Smile Mission. Words cannot possibly describe this experience but all I can say is, I am the most blessed girl in the universe. Thank you for all of your warm wishes!

The best guest bloggers ever! I had so much fun reading all of these posts and I cannot thank all of you bloggers enough for taking time out of your busy schedules to write a post for me! I learned so much and I hope everyone who read them did, too!

My iPhone was kind of my partner in crime this month. I used it in China to take videos and pictures of all of the beautiful patients. I used it to keep track of everything going on with The Smart Girls Group (The Guide goes live tomorrow! Get excited!!!). I used it to stay informed about what is going on in the news. I'm new to the iPhone, but I'm a big fan!

The Smart Girls Group. Of course this is a big deal this month! With our Guide going live tomorrow, there's a lot going on but we are all so excited! We hope that you join us in our movement to unite the smart girls. I'm so passionate about this and I hope that you like it as well! Be sure to check out:

College Prepping. I have had so much fun doing posts about preparing for college. I still have a great deal on my list, so I'm sure I'll be posting about them soon!

What are your favorites of the month?

Sending smiles,
 

Friday, March 30, 2012

The Wide World of Jackets and Coats

Because I have always worn a uniform, jackets and coats are a majority of my closet. I'm kind of set on those for college, but I wanted to do a post about them anyway, in case some of you need ideas for building your wardrobe!
This vest from J.Crew is so cute for chilly days when all you need is that over a sweater or rugby.
This light weight trench from Old Navy is a great spring/fall coat. The bright color is so cheery too, don't you think?
How cute is this Stow and Go Raincoat by Vineyard Vines? Vineyard Vines is probably my favorite company ever and this is definitely on my wish list!

Wow! There's a lot on my wish list for college!

Sending smiles,
 

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Wide World of Casual Shoes

One thing I need for college is lots of casual shoes for daily life. Here are some of my favorites!
These TOMS Canvas Classics in Red are perfect for running around campus. You could wear these with virtually any casual outfit. Personally, I picture these with white jean capris and a navy polo. Plus, with every pair of shoes you buy from TOMS, a pair goes to a child in need.
Sperry Top-Sider Boat Shoes are practically a staple to my wardrobe. These would top any outfit, but the one in my mind is rolled up boyfriend jeans and a basic white oxford.
Keds! What is cuter! I actually have these and I love wearing them with a basic white skirt and a polo when I'm on the run.
These Classic Leather Ballet Flats from J.Crew are beautiful and come in a multitude of colors. I'd put an outfit with this, but there are just too many to choose from!

Minnetonka deerskin moccasins are great comfy shoes that would look great with a pair of dark wash jeans and a rugby.

What other casual shoes do you have as your staples?

Sending smiles,