Now accepting sponsors!

January 25th, 2011 § 3 comments §

Academichic Sponsorship version 2
We are excited to announce that academichic will now be accepting sponsors! If you are a small business or fashion company who might be of interest to our readers, contact us for advertising opportunities. We’re looking for like-minded businesses who represent style, creativity, ethical practices, and quality products. Contact us now for February rates or for our special introductory bundle package!

~ The Chics

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28 June 2010

June 29th, 2010 § 22 comments §

28 June 2010, originally uploaded by academichic.


  • Tank: Target
  • Belt: Gap Outlet
  • Skirt:, lengthened by me
  • Sandals: Jeffrey Campbell, gift from MIL via Rue La La

End Notes:

I’m sure it comes as little surprise to any of you that I am in love with light gray as my summer neutral of choice. Pairing light gray with a more acid yellow and white stripes, I’m all passing summer storms and rippling heat rolled into one. Or, at least, that’s how I felt.

When I wore this skirt earlier, I had some concerns over the length-to-fullness ratio. It seemed a bit too short to be so full, resulting in a silhouette that bordered on feeling too “young” for me and was absolutely useless in the wind. Since I live in the Midwest and ride a bicycle, the latter became kind of a big deal.

So, during my week of “vacation” when I refashioned that dress into a skirt, I also set about lengthening this skirt to a more flattering length. Using extra fabric from my self-made tank dress, I took advantage of the gray skirt’s stitched edge detail and used those existing lines of stitching to hide my own seam, attaching a faux layer of floral fabric. The result fits the skirt’s somewhat romantic aesthetic better than attaching a clean band to the very bottom edge. (Plus, since I seem to be of the opinion that yellow is a foundational slice of the color wheel, I’m not too worried about limiting my color combination options.)

Lengthened Skirt, originally uploaded by academichic.

Finally, three cheers for my new sandals, found on super sale at Rue La La and graciously gifted by my always-tasteful mother-in-law. I predict that you’ll be seeing a lot of these cut-out mini-wedges in the weeks to come!

Jeffrey Campbell Sandals, originally uploaded by academichic.

28 June 2010, originally uploaded by academichic.

Category: Color Combinations, Grants, Office Hours, Proportionally, Reaching New Heights, Research Casual, Skirting the Issue
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And the Winners are…

May 18th, 2010 § 1 comment §

Last Friday, we hosted two giveaways to end our Dress Your Best week. Thank you for all your wonderful comments on the entries and for all your overwhelming support of Dress Your Best as a project. Based on your feedback, we definitely agree to make it an annual feature! (And you may even have twisted our arms into making it a biannual event, let’s just see…).

So without any further ado, here are our giveaway winners:

The winner of this gorgeous embellished clutch from Beadle Bop’s etsy shop is Liz Rosas, comment #54. Congratulations, Liz!

And the winner of the beautiful sterling silver and Periodot ring from the fabulous jewelery site La La B is Prajakta, comment #75. Congratulations, Prajakta!

To both our winners, please send us your name and address and we will send these items out to you as soon as possible! Thanks for entering and stay tuned for more giveaways in the future.

Category: Grants

Friday Giveaway: La La B Ring

May 14th, 2010 § 141 comments §

As promised, to celebrate a fabulous week of Dressing Your Best, we are doing a second Friday giveaway!

This beautiful sterling silver and  Periodot ring comes from the fabulous jewelery site La La B, the sister company of TDM Designs, whose scarves we so often rave about.  So for a chance to win, head over to La La B Jewelry and check out all the gorgeous rings, bracelets, earrings and necklaces and then leave us a comment letting us know which piece you like most.

For a second chance to win leave a separate comment pointing us to your favorite DYB post out there form this week. Thanks again to everyone who participated this week!

Category: Academichic Product Review, Grants
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Friday Give Away: Embellished Clutch from Beadle Bop

May 14th, 2010 § 141 comments §

To thank everyone for their participation in Dress Your Best week, we have not one but two give aways this Friday. The first is a gorgeous embellished clutch from Beadle Bop’s etsy shop. Jamie creates eclectic accessories with materials ranging from floaty chiffon to upcycled textiles to butterfly wings. After a week of dressing your best, you deserve a night out to celebrate, and what better way to tote around your essentials than in a sophisticated clutch?

To enter, visit Beadle Bop and then leave us a comment telling us what your favorite item is in the shop or what variation on an item you’d like to see Jamie create next. For a second chance to win, leave a separate comment telling us if you’d like to see Dress Your Best week become an annual fixture at academichic.

Contest is open until 11:59 p.m. CST, Sunday, May 16, 2010. The winner will be randomly selected and announced on Monday, May 17, 2010. Good luck, and check back later today for another give away!

Category: Grants

Tom Bihn Winners

April 16th, 2010 § 2 comments §

The winner of the Tom Bihn Passport Pouch is Tara (commenter 27).

Tara’s favorite Tom Bihn accessory: “probably the shop bag (though the knitting bags are awesome and would probably get me to pull my needles back out after a long knitting hiatus!). I like the passport case above…for a passport and travel documents, it makes lots of sense.”

And her ideal trip: “Spain. For the 6th time. I can’t get enough.”

The winner of the Tom Bihn 3D Clear Organizer Cube is Marjorie (commenter 267).

Marjorie’s favorite Tom Bihn accessory: “the large packing cube.”

And her ideal trip: “I would love to travel to Greece, Italy or Spain. I’ve never been to that side of the world.”

Congratulations Tara and Marjorie!

Be sure to check back later today for yet another great Friday giveaway!!

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Tom Bihn Giveaways!

April 13th, 2010 § 287 comments §

As promised, it’s time for another Tom Bihn giveaway! As you can tell from our various posts gushing over our Aeronauts and accessories, we love this company and their products!

We consider the Aeronaut a must-buy for academic and professional travels of all kinds – from the weekend conference to the year-long research trip, but it also makes for a great vacation bag whether your heading to visit in-laws for the weekend or to Europe for ten days.   In addition to this amazing carry-on bag, we are also huge fans of all of their travel accessories from packing-cubes to organizer-pouches.  These incredible little items will certainly enhance any  packing experience.

So, we are giving away two fabulous accessories…

The Tom Bihn 3D Clear Organizer Cube in purple, which is fantastic for small toiletries, jewelry, or plane snacks:

And, the Tom Bihn Passport Pouch in Solar.

For a chance to win, visit Tom Bihn and check out all the great accessories they have to offer, then leave us a comment letting us know which is your favorite and which giveaway item you prefer. For a second chance to win, leave us an additional comment telling us your ideal travel location.

This giveaway will be until midnight CST on Thursday, April 15th.  We will randomly select and announce two winners on Friday, April 16th.  Good Luck!

Category: Academichic Product Review, Grants, Sabbatical
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Travels with E. — Plus, Win a Tom Bihn “Kit”!

April 1st, 2010 § 185 comments §

We just arrived in Houston to spend Easter weekend with my in-laws. Husband N.’s grandmother is Russian Orthodox, so there will be much fancy egg decorating and braided bread making to be had. It’s a short trip to a warm climate, but we wanted to make sure that we had plenty of room to bring extra loaves of bread back home with us. The packing challenge, then, was using one of my well-loved Tom Bihn Aeronauts to hold half of Husband N.’s stuff plus all of mine and baby e.’s.

E.’s Packing, originally uploaded by academichic.

Thankfully, the kind folks at Tom Bihn graciously sent us some of their packing cubes, which made packing for 2.5 people in one bag much more manageable. I put all of baby e.’s clothes, plus his blanket and some burper cloths, in a small packing cube. His clothes are so tiny that they have tended to get lost in the dark corners of my Aeronaut on previous trips. This time, however, we’ll be able to simply lift out baby e.’s cube and have everything we need for him at our disposal. Baby e.’s cube and all of my clothes comprised the bottom layer of the Aeronaut’s main compartment.

Tom Bihn Aeronaut, originally uploaded by academichic.

The top layer was another packing cube, this time the large size. I stuffed all of N.’s and my underwear, socks, pajamas, swimsuits, workout clothes, and my layering camisoles into the large cube. Again, I’m looking forward to being able to easily find those bits of clothing that have a tendency to sneak off into suitcase corners. My running shoes and slippers and N.’s slippers went in one side compartment. Our bag of toiletries and my orange pumps went in the other side compartment. And voila! All that N. had to put in his own Aeronaut were his t-shirts and two pairs of shorts, leaving more than adequate space for Easter bread.

Tom Bihn Aeronaut, Fully Loaded, originally uploaded by academichic.

It’s hard to hold back gushing about Tom Bihn products. N. and I have owned our Aeronauts for 4 years now, and we can’t imagine traveling without them. They’re smart, well-engineered, and extremely durable. Also, I’m also pretty sure that the cubes are kind of magical in how they seemingly absorb mass amounts of rolled or loose clothes and transform them into neat packages. I might need a few more.

So, I’m tickled to be able to offer you a chance to win a Tom Bihn product of your very own: The Kit (in kiwi!). According to their website, the Kit:

The Kit holds whatever tools you use to create, style, maintain or fix: pens, drafting supplies, toiletries, make-up, small tools, art supplies, iSight and cables, or any other small items that you may have. Even more than that, the Kit is a hand-held piece of portable architecture.

The Kit specs:

  • 1050 denier ballistic nylon
  • #8 YKK “splash-proof” coil zipper
  • Exterior dimensions: 8.7″ x 4.7″ x 3″ / 220mm x 125mm x 80mm
  • Volume: 60 cu. in. / 1 liter

For directions on how to enter (and to see what I ended up packing for Houston) click through the jump!

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Category: Academichic Product Review, Grants, Taking Notes

Echo Scarf Giveaway

March 2nd, 2010 § 328 comments §


For our last scarf giveaway, we’re thrilled to be able to offer you this ‘Solid Pleated Wrapping‘ scarf in a bold pink from Echo Design. This gorgeous scarf has a similar crinkled look as the one S. wore recently, but is slightly longer at 80 x 22 inches. The longer size makes it perfect for wearing it over the shoulders in a pashmina style as well as in any number of knots around your neck.

To enter, visit Echo’s site and leave a comment tellings us which items from their Spring Line you’d most like to make your own. For a second chance to enter, leave a separate comment telling us how you would wear the pink crinkled scarf were you to win. Entries are open until Thursday, Midnight Central time, after which we’ll randomly choose a winner. Good luck!

Category: Grants

Scarf Giveaway #4: Infinity Scarf

February 26th, 2010 § 298 comments §

As sad as E. is to say goodbye, we’re thrilled to offer this infinity scarf from Kangaroo Knits for our fourth scarf month giveaway. The long, circular scarf is black acrylic yarn and has silver gray crocheted edges. It is double knitted, making it reversible, and it is approximately 8” wide and the circumference is approximately 88”.

To enter, leave us a comment telling us what’s your favorite way to wrap and wear the scarf (see examples here). For another chance to win, leave a separate comment with a suggestion for what color (or color combination) scarf you’d like to see Kangaroo Knits offer next. This giveaway is open until Sunday, Midnight Central time, after which we will randomly select a winner.

Category: Academichic Product Review, Grants