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December 22, 2014

Favorite bloggers of 2014: Collegiate Bloggers.

     Welcome to part two (of four) of my favorite bloggers of 2014 series! (Be sure to check out my first post, my favorite Charlotte bloggers, if you haven't yet!) Today I am highlighting my favorite lifestyle and fashion bloggers who like myself are fellow collegiates. I know firsthand that it takes a lot to be able to maintain a blog full-time and to also be a college student with a major, minor(s), and to be involved in activities at school (plus possibly keeping a part-time job on the side!). So props to these ladies for being able to keep up amazing blogs at the same time as being students. You all inspire me, and I am consider myself blessed to have found all of you through the blogging world!

     Rachel from A Preppy State of Mind

      Rachel from A Preppy State of Mind has possibly been one of the biggest inspirations to me and my blog (out of the collegiate bloggers that I am featuring). I first found her blog in the middle of my freshman year of college, right around the time that I decided that I wanted to transfer. Rachel is a sister of mine as she is a member of Alpha Delta Pi, and when I first discovered her blog it was before I joined ADPi (as I wasn't Greek before I transferred colleges).  I absolutely loved reading Rachel's posts about sorority life and all things Alpha Delta Pi, and I knew after reading her blog that I had to rush at my new college! I was so excited too when I found out that my new school had a chapter of ADPi... and who knew that I would end up in that sorority and that Rachel and I would be sisters! :-)
      Rachel also has the most amazing preppy style! Her Lilly Pulizter collection is to die for- if you are a Lilly, Tory Burch or J. Crew fan, her blog is for you!

      Michaela from The Shore Life According to M  

     Out of all of the bloggers in this list, Michaela from The Shore Life According to M and I probably have the most in common! I found her blog around the same time that I found Rachel's blog during my freshman year of college. Both Michala and I are Northern girls who ended up transferring colleges after our first year. Both of us had a difficult time transitioning at first, but things turned out well in the end for each of us! We both went through sorority recruitment at the same time, and both of us ended up choosing Alpha Delta Pi! And lastly, both of us took on leadership positions in ADPi last year (Michaela as Membership Education Vice President of her chapter, and myself as chaplain). I am so proud of Michaela as this year she is serving as her sorority's president!! (Side note: I am chaplain of my chapter of ADPi again!) I am so lucky to have found someone in the blogging world who shared so many of the same things that I went through over the past couple of years. Michaela hasn't been blogging as much over the past semester because she has a schedule that's even busier than mine- but I miss her regular posts!

     Kriselle from Livin' and Lovin'


     Kriselle from Livin' and Lovin' is one of the most kind-hearted bloggers that I have had the privilege of getting to know! I have been featured on her sponsors page a couple times (most recently here!), and she always has the kindest things to say about me and my blog. Kriselle and I are also both active members in the Her Campus Blogging Network (she is actually a moderator for their Facebook group!).
      Kriselle is a fellow Christian, and I love how she is able to incorporate her faith so beautifully into her blog. Her blog isn't persay a "faith blog," but she isn't shy at all about sharing about her faith in the Lord and whenever she ties it into her posts it just fits so well! That is exactly what I try to do with sharing my faith through my fashion and lifestyle posts here on my blog, and I hope I'm able to do as good of a job as her. I also love how Kriselle has a nice mix of lifestyle and fashion posts- you just never know what she's going to post about on her blog and it keeps things interesting for readers!

     Michaela from The Monogrammed Midwesterner

     Michaela from The Monogrammed Midwesterner is the second Michaela in this list, haha! Anyways, can she and I just be best friends already?! I know that we would be absolutely perfect BFFs- it just makes me so sad that she is in the Midwest and I am in the South (hence our blog names...). Michaela's blog reminds me so much of my own! She shares a lot of outfit posts, with a few life updates and some fun recipe posts mixed in as well. She just started her blog this summer and I cannot believe how much it has already grown! We did a fashion collaboration post together back in October so be sure to check that out if you haven't yet!

     Grace from Gracefullee Made

     Grace from Gracefullee Made has the most amazing style of any college student I've ever seen. This girl can mix and match different things together that I would never even think to pair together and make them look amazing. I am convinced that chic is her middle name! Grace is definitely my favorite collegiate fashion blogger.
     Grace is a fellow North Carolina blogger (whooo NC bloggers!) and I hope that I get the chance to meet her at some point during my time in the Carolinas!

     Allyssa from Life with Lyss

      Allyssa from Life With Lyss is another fellow Her Campus Blogging Network member (like Kriselle!) and is just a total sweetheart! We have chatted a little bit back and forth and this girl is just one of the nicest bloggers ever (with a total heart of gold). And I just love her fashion blog! She puts together the cutest outfits with a girly style that is just so "her." (And look at how amazing her hair is!)

     Cara from Caralina Style

     Cara from Caralina Style is a blogger that I actually found through Instagram! Be sure to follow her adorable account @cara_194. She has an equally wonderful blog where she shares her school and internship OOTDs, and other life and style posts. I just love her cute and preppy style! Cara is the opposite of me in that she is a Southern girl going to college up North. She is always at home in NC when I am back home in Maine, but I hope that sometime soon our paths can cross so that we can finally get the chance to meet!

     Gina from Gina Alyse

     I love this girl! Gina is the closest thing that I have to a real life blog bestie (as in someone that I met through blogging and then became real life friends with). She is hands down one of the most genuine people that I have come across in the blogging world, and her faith in Jesus just shines through her blog! Gina is also a talented graphic designer who is starting to establish her blog design business (and she will be giving my blog a make-over soon- so excited for this!).
     Gina is a lifestyle blogger who blogs about everything from college life to faith to travel. She studied abroad in Europe last year and frequently writes about her amazing experiences there. Gina's writings help me to see the world around me in new ways, and that to me is the sign of a truly great blog!
     I have had the pleasure of getting to meet Gina in September 2013 when I visited her at her college for the day (which is about two hours from Charlotte). I can't wait until the next time that we can meet up again!

     So those are my eight favorite collegiate bloggers! Do you follow any of these wonderful ladies? Or do you have a favorite collegiate blogger that I'm not following? If so then please share the link to their blog in the comments!

     xoxo Miss ALK


  1. Aww, you are SO sweet, Annaliese! Thank you so, so much for featuring my blog! I love Kriselle's blog too and how all of us are part of HCBN! All of these ladies are so fun and I'm so glad you are featuring your favorite bloggers since I know we both read different ones! These fashion bloggers have such great styles! I hope you're having wonderful break so far, sweet friend! :)

  2. Thank you so much for including me in this list! I loved getting to know you this year and I hope we do lots of collaborations in the future! xo

    Giving away up to $50 dollars of monogrammed jewelry on the blog today! Don't forget to enter!

    Michaela || The Monogrammed Midwesterner

  3. Aww thank you for featuring me, Annaliese! You are such a sweetheart and I am so glad to have met you through the HCBN and that we've been able to cultivate a friendship through that. I hope that we're someday able to meet in person, whether here on the west coast or there if either of us get a chance to visit cross-country!

  4. This is too sweet, thank you so much for featuring me! <3


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