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THE REAL SORORITY SISTERS OF PI BETA PHI

by Coral Silverberg

At the Pi Beta Phi house in Boulder, Colorado, you’ll never run short of sisters. Nestled between the majestic Flat Irons and artsy streets of the foothills, the Pi Beta Phi house only amplifies the beauty of its surroundings. On a white Janurary day the girls of Pi Phi lounge in the t.v. room with hot chocolate and nutella waffles that even a full stomach finds hard to resist. Known as the biggest house this side of the Mississippi, it’s hard not to feel the love of this old home, but with so many sisters and too many clothes, your things are sure to be shared . We all know keeping all that jewelry stuffed inside of your Lily Pulitzer makeup bag is a no. That’s why the girl’s of the Colorado Alpha have come up with ways to keep your room looking fresh and your jewelry never lost. If you hate tangles, here are just a few ways the girls at the Colorado Alpha Pi Beta Phi have organized their jewelry this season.

    

Knotted or Nice?

Skelly Saver

How we Organize our jewelry:

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While thumbtacks may be a great way to organize your necklaces, those tricky little rings are the ones you really have to keep track of! Since you’re bound to lose one or two here and there, the girls of Pi beta Phi have found this cute and simple way to keep all of your little things in one place. This small butter place is perfect for rings, and earrings, plus the cover helps keeps all of your valuables hidden from your roommate while you’re away! It’s a great way to keep all of your little things in one place, without going over your move-in budget!

Skelly Saver
My obsession with skulls is far from ordinary. I have everything skelly from my Dogeared Make a Wish Skull Necklace down to my very own skull night pillow. So of course when I found this beautiful glass skull for only $4.99 at Target I had to get it. With a desk full of homework piles and water bottles, it has turned out to be my lifesaver. Everything from single earrings to backings that I find trying to escape my dorm, go straight to as I call it, the “Lost and Found”. It’s great for finds on the go, and saves me a lot of hassle from trying to find that other earring when I’m getting ready to go out for the night with my sisters. Although your little coin vase doesn’t have to be a skelly, a cute little decoration like mine can save you and your little jewels from becoming a mess.

Knotted or Nice?
If you are really on a tight budget but hate to see your necklaces tangled, thumbtacks are the way to go. In the house or in your dorm, thumbtacks keep all of your necklaces tangle free without taking up all of your desk space. This cute and simple idea can keep you from looking for your necklaces when you’re in a rush to meet that boy you like at the dining hall. Pair your necklaces with some cute tumblr pictures by your bed, and turn your dorm and your jewels from tousled to tidy. Plus the empty tacks are an easy way to keep track of all those darling treasures you’re missing.

Lazy for Lace
Lastly, if you hate to have your jewelry all over the place, lace is for you. One or two simple strands of lace can keep all of your necklaces, earrings and bracelets in one place. Go to your nearest Micheal’s to find some old vintage lacings to decorate your room (you don’t need much, just a yard or two), pin two thumbtacks on either side, and add a frame for extra flair. The girls of Pi Beta Phi have come up with this easy and adorable way to keep all of your jewelry together, while keeping your room comfortably chic. For all of those long earrings we suggest poking them through the lace rather than hanging them to prevent them from falling.

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A Day on the Set of Ellen

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Most days, you stroll on into work, turn on your computer, check your emails, return phone calls and settle into your regular routine. Then there are days when work decides to shake things up a bit, and asks you to attend the taping of Ellen for their Earth Day episode because the company you happen to work for, Dogeared, just so happens to be doing an amazing audience giveaway. Work can be so demanding sometimes.

I was invited, along with Becky, our marketing manager, and Rachael, our social networking guru, to attend the Ellen show at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, where it would be revealed that Dogeared was not only planting a tree for every single audience member to benefit Earth Day, but would also be gifting the entire audience with a $150 gift certificate to shop at www.dogeared.com. It’s time like these that I need to pinch myself for being a part of a company that pretty much has “extremely generous” and “remarkably socially conscious” on lock.

The three of us arrived at the WB lot and proceeded through the security gates where one of Ellen’s staff members greeted us (I’m convinced the prerequisite to be hired at Ellen is that you have to be awesome, hilarious and completely down to earth). As we passed huge trucks loading and unloading props and sets for various sound stages, and studio regulars whizzing by on bicycles (the fastest way to travel on the lot), the history of Warner Bros. studios definitely wasn’t lost on this film buff. After all, these studio walls have seen everything from Casablanca to Gremlins to Argo being filmed here, so I may have been keeping a cool exterior, but the cinephile in me was definitely nerding out a bit.

We were escorted backstage and up to our very own Dogeared green room where I resisted the urge to immediately dive into the free food basket, and instead unpacked some surprise swag we brought for the staff. What can I say? We love to give, and one of the best parts of my job is seeing the reaction on folks’ faces when I hand them a piece of jewelry…just because. There we watched the live stream of the taping, and were elated to see the audience’s reactions to Dogeared’s contribution to the show.

As silly as it sounds, when you work with something day in and day out, you can momentarily forget how important something small, yet meaningful, can be to someone. Like a necklace that celebrates putting good karma back into the world, or a bracelet that reminds you (not to) worry.

After the show wrapped, our Ellen escort brought us down to the set to snap some pictures and introduced us to the dedicated crew that make the show such a well-oiled machine. Every single person we met personally thanked us for being a part of the show. It was refreshing to see a group of people (apart from Dogeared) who love getting up and going to work in the morning.

 

As Becky, Rachael and I made our way off the palm tree lined lot and back to reality (complimentary Ellen mug in hand), we were a giddy trio of schoolgirls happy to have been a part of something equal parts Hollywood glitz and philanthropic. All in all, it definitely wasn’t a bad way to spend the workday.

—Caitlin Donovan

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This week, Dogeared sponsored 40 girls in the Step Up program to visit a number of college campuses in California. For many of these teens, they have never seen or visited a college campus and will often be the first ever in their family to attend college. Many of them are facing difficult family situations and Step Up provides tools and resources to aid the development and potential of these young women to ignite them to their full potential. http://www.suwn.org

   

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