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    Summer Destinations Every Sister Will Love!

    Summer Destinations Every Sister Will Love!

    We know you are counting down the days until you get to be reunited with your sister back on campus, but why wait until fall to see your girls? It's time to fire up the sister group text and start planning your next vacation because we've compiled a list of some of our girls trip picks for summer 2021. 

    Boulder, Colorado - For all our outdoorsy sisters, Boulder is the perfect destination for your summer reunion. It is located just a few hours drive from the Denver International Airport, making it an ideal destination for sisters all spread throughout the country since it is centrally located. The hiking crew will be able to access more than 150 trails open to the public that are FREE! It makes for a perfect destination to unplug and spend some quality time with your sisters before the fall semester starts back up.

    • Places to stay: 
      • Embassy Suites Boulder - this hotel has a touch of local flair since it is decorated with local artist’s pieces. 
      • Hotel Boulderado - It has existed for around 100 years and is located in the heart of boulder. 
      • Boulder Adventure Lodge:  Located on seven acres of mountain terrain it is right in the middle of most of the city's outdoor activities. 
      • Basecamp Boulder - a great location for the group who wants to be close to the outdoors but also close to town. 
    • Things to do: 
      • Get a Facial at Alchemy Face Bar -  Throw in a little bit of self care into your wilderness getaway. The perfect place for a quick little pampering with your sisters after a day of hiking! 
      • Checkout the shopping at Pearl Street Mall
      • Take a tea tour at Celestial Seasoning - The tea brand comes from Boulder! So if you are looking for another break from the outdoors, check out Celestial’s headquarters. 
      • Eldorado Canyon State Park: This natural treasure is the paradise for any outdoor lover and has something for everyone in the group!
      • Fiske Planetarium - The perfect place to stargaze with your sisters and take in a different variety of their exhibits. 

    Charleston, South Carolina - No destination screams “girls trip” more than Charleston with it's vibrant historic homes just waiting for you to post on Instagram! This quaint destination can provide you the Instagram aesthetic you are looking for but also let you dive into culture. 

    • Places to stay: 
      • The Beach Club - A stunning waterfront resort located in Mt. Pleasant  just across the bridge from downtown Charleston. 
      • The Vendue - This stunning hotel blends old world elegance with southern charm. Located in the French Quarter, it surely won’t disappoint with the marble hallways and breathtaking chandeliers. 
      • Zero George Street - a boutique hotel that gives you a glimpse of the genteel history and contemporary charm the city has to offer. 
    • Things to do: 
      • Take in the culture at Gibbes Museum of Art 
      • Take a stroll through the Unitarian Church Cemetery
      • Set off on a sailboat ride with Schooner Pride, you can opt for a dolphin or sunset sail, neither will disappoint. 
      • Checkout the national historic landmark, Middleton Place! With the oldest landscaped garden in America, museums, educational tours, restaurant, and a working stable yard there is something for everyone. 

    Tulum, Mexico - Tulum is perfect for a small or large group making it a great option for a sister reunion. Tulum makes for the perfect location because it will cater to the sisters who prefer to do yoga, eating healthy, and laying by the beach, but can also cater to the sisters who like to indulge in all the foodie experiences and spend their evenings dancing. 

    • Places to stay: 
      • Be Tulum - this is for the group wanting to treat themselves. A luxurious hotel nestled in the most happening strip or town. 
      • Papaya Playa Project - The beach hotel is known for its dancing and would be ideal for the most social of sisters!
      • The Tulum Treehouse - Steps away from the beach this location offers the perfect place for a group. 
    • Things to do: 
      • Yaan Wellness Spa - the best place for you all to recharge before heading back stateside
      • Don’t forget to checkout the Mayan Ruins while in Tulum

    Brooklyn, New York - This is for all my hipster sisters who want to experience New York but don’t want to pay the Manhattan price tag. Consider meeting the girls a short walk over the bridge in the vibrant borough of Brooklyn. There will be something for everyone in the group; farmers markets, flea markets, and all the pizza your heart could desire. This location we are sure will give you countless opportunities to try out your street style and snap insta worthy photos at every corner. 

    • Places to stay: 
      • Box House Hotel - gives you the authentic Brooklyn experience
      • Hotel RL Brooklyn - a modern minimalist boutique hotel created with relaxation in mind.
      • 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge - Located on the waterfront of the Brooklyn Bridge Park, offering you views of the New York City Skyline 
    • Things to do: 
      • Snap a few insta worthy photos on the Brooklyn Bridge and then checkout all the iconic sites the Brooklyn Bridge Promenade has to offer. 
      • Take in the beautiful Brooklyn Botanic Garden
      • Checkout Williamsburg if you want something a little more trendy or head over to Park Slope for a more chill neighborhood.
      • Tom’s Coney Island is a must while in Brooklyn

    Sedona, Arizona - This destination gives you adventure and pamper all in one place. This is perfect for the group who has a mix of interests. You can hop on a trail in the morning and get a massage by dinner. Of course Red Rocks is at the top of the list for any girls trip because it gives everyone a little bit of what they love! 

    • Places to stay: 
      • Sedona Real Inn & Suites - all about relaxation, adventure and all that is in between. 
    • Things to do: 
      • Consider signing up for the  Pink Jeep Tours, I mean honestly what could be more fun than taking in Famous Red Rock from the seat of the Pink Jeep? 
      • Shop at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village 
      • Hike;  Broken Arrow, Cathedral Rock, Devil’s Bridge, or Centennial trail. 

    San Juan, Puerto Rico: Do you and the girls want to spend your nights salsa dancing until your feet hurt? Then Puerto Rico is calling your name! This destination offers a walkable downtown, rich foodie experience, and amazing culture. What more could you want from reunion with your sisters? 

    • Places to stay:
      • Ocean Park - right in the middle between the airport and all that San Juan has to offer. This makes for the best centrally located place to stay.
    • Things to do: 
      •  Snorkeling day cruise out to the islands of Cayo Icaco or Culebra. 
      • Explore Old San Juan 
      • Make sure to hike at El Yunque a tropical rainforest just 40 minutes east of San Juan. 

    Savannah, Georgia - The perfect destination if you are looking for a low key girls trip! Savannah has 22 iconic parks and squares throughout town and along river street. You will also be able to find numerous group activities for you and the girls. Savannah has charming architecture, simplicity of getting around, and an amazing southern food scene, making it ideal for a girls trip especially if you all only have a quick weekend to getaway.

    • Places to stay: 
      • The Kimpton Brice - fun design a bit more modern 
      • Olde Harbour Inn - along river walk, a little more historical  
      • Andaz Savannah - centrally located 
    • Things to do: 
      • The Grey - once an old bus terminal now turned into an elegant restaurant.
      • Collins Quarter - the best brunch spot with your sisters
      • Trolley Tours
      • Ghost Tours - (one of the most haunted cities in America).

    Oaxaca, Mexico -  This is for the girls who want to get away from the typical Mexico destination and aren’t scared to get off the beaten path. This destination isn’t as popular as Tulum or Cancun but is one of the safest places in Mexico to visit.

    • Places to stay:
      • Quinta real Oaxaca - A historic property built in the 16th century as a convent then later turned into a hotel in the 70’s. It is centrally located to all the city has to offer. 
      • Hotel Con Corazon - a more budget friendly option with a hotel that focuses on social impact. 
      • Hotel Escondido - the best place if you are wanting to be near the beach
    • Things to do: 
      • Explore the local markets; these markets are overflowing with a variety of goods from woven bags, leather sandals, hats, and everything in between. 
      • Take a fully guided tour of Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzmán; this is arguably one of the most famous sites in Oaxaca City. Formerly a monastery and breathtaking example of Baroque architecture. 
      • Gallery hopping: simply take in the expansive options of galleries around the main square. 
      • Discover the ancient Mitla Ruins 
      • Hiking through natural landscape and pools at Hierve el Agua. 

    No matter which destination you choose, reuniting with your sister is what is most important. Here’s to adventuring this summer with your favorite sister! Let us know which location you and your sisters are checking off your travel bucket list. 





    5 Summer Must Haves

    5 Summer Must Haves

    The first official day of summer has finally come and we couldn’t wait to talk about summer trends. We talked to some of our team here at Campus Classics and we each picked our top summer picks and trends we are currently loving. So let's dive into our team's 5 summer must-haves!

    Ali’s Pick: Comfort Color Colors USA Retriver Tee  

    Ali’s Why: It really does not get any more American and any more "frat" than red, white, blue, and a golden retriever. If you haven't figured it out yet, we love showcasing our office dog, Max, on as many shirts as possible and this is definitely my favorite of the bunch. 

    This shirt is the absolute embodiment of summer time in America with the fireworks in the background, the patriotic bandana, and the world's most perfect dog right there in the middle. You could easily wear this tee with a pair of jeans to dress it up a little or just some gym shorts for when you want to keep it casual. It also looks great paired with our maroon or our blue retro ball cap because why not add some more patriotic colors to your outfit?

    And a bonus, we also have this design for all of our sororities! Because, trust me, they love our retriever tees as much as the fraternities do!

    Ryan’s Pick: Comfort Colors Short Sleeve Jeep Tee 

    Ryan’s Why: I've picked the Comfort Colors Short Sleeve Jeep Tee as my summer must have item because it represents adventuring and exploring! As a Jeep owner myself, I love taking a drive to a new place and taking in all of the new sights and sounds during the summer while my Jeep is topless and doorless!

    Kyla’s Pick: Super Soft Tie Dye Tee 

    Kyla’s Why: The tie dye trend came in hot last year and is one I secretly hope doesn’t stop anytime soon. This tee is the perfect low key tie dye so it isn’t in your face and has a simple minimalist design. It is one of my favorite shirts that we launched this year and that we have on the site! 

    Not to mention this shirt is softer than anything you have felt! Think of the softest blanket you have in your room and I promise you that this shirt is softer. It is so soft you'll never want to take it off, you'll live in this shirt all summer long! The softness of this shirt is and the subtle tie dye is what made me fall in love with it. It it is the perfect lightweight tee, making it perfect tee for beach days, cookouts, or just hanging around with your friends. It would pair perfectly with one of our bucket hats that Becca loves so much! 

    I also love the sorority version that gives you all the retro vibes and  is honestly too cute not to have in your closet! 

    Becca’s Pick: White Title Bucket Hat 

    Becca’s Why: It’s the summer of the bucket hat, calling it now! This fun and carefree style just works for all your summer adventures, while also keeping the sun out of your eyes, like a good hat should. Each style we have is embroidered with beautiful detail and really makes the design pop. And while the title bucket hat with the arched names and bright pops of color is my favorite, each bucket hat design is so fun! Just find the vibe that works with your style.

    Besides, you always need a go to summer cap so give this guy a shot! Just picture beach days out in the sun, a relaxing night on the town, taking a quick walk around the neighborhood - this hat will be the perfect companion for it all. 

    Emily’s Pick: Life is Better at the Lake Tee 

    Emily’s Why: In the summertime, one of my favorite things to do is take a trip to the lake. Relaxing on the shore, swimming, cooking out and being with friends make it the perfect activity for a sunny day. And now that we’re starting to be able to gather again, I especially can’t wait for my first lake trip this summer! This Comfort Colors tee from our Adventure Apparel collection really says it all. It’s perfect for pairing with jeans and sandals, or, because of the relaxed fit of Comfort Colors, it could even be worn as a swimsuit coverup for lake days!

    I wish I could relax on the beach every day, but regardless, I can always wear this tee on a normal occasion to remind me of fun times and warm days. The combination of comfortable, casual and stylish makes it a summertime staple.

    No matter your summer style we have something for everyone, so it's time to stock up on your favorite! Don’t forget to let us know which summer must have is the one you’ll be adding to your closet in the comments. 

    Happy Shopping!

     

    Meet the Team: 
    Ali - Graphic Designer
    Ryan - Chief Marketing Officer 
    Kyla - Customer Service
    Becca - Graphic Designer
    Emily - Summer Intern 

     

    Happy Founders Day Sigma Chi

    Happy Founders Day Sigma Chi

    Sigma Chi began because good men chose to act. The seven founders recognized that a principle-fueled way of life should be a paramount in a man's journey to achieve progressive development and that the world needed influences whose core values were based on remarkable character. Let's take a look at some notable brothers who have joined the ranks. 

    Brad Pitt: The American actor and film producer joined the ranks of Sigma Chi while studying at the University of Missouri. Two weeks before his time at the university was up, he wasn’t feeling settled so he decided to head to Los Angeles and pursue his acting career. He has received multiple awards including two Golden Globes, an Academy Award, and a Primetime Emmy award just to name a few. He has also had an active philanthropic heart including being involved in and founding the Make It Right Foundation that organized housing professionals in New Orleans after the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. He also helped found the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, which aids in humanitarian causes around the world such as Global Action for Children and Doctors Without Borders. 

    Brad Pitt

    David Letterman: The television host once said this about his time in Sigma Chi at Ball State University, When I became a Sigma Chi it was great, because they were the people I enjoyed being with and I was very proud of the association. It was kind of an instant confidence builder for me.“ The Hoosier state native was encouraged to move to Los Angeles by his then wife, Michelle, and several of his Sigma Chi brothers to pursue his comedy writing dreams in 1975. His style of comedy caught the attention of the scouts of “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” and he quickly became a regular guest on the show. Letterman credits Carson to be one of the most influential people in his career. 

    Drew Brees: The former NFL quarterback actively played for 20 seasons and most of his career was with the New Orleans Saints. Brees attended Purdue University where he set Big Ten Conference records for completions, attempts, & yards. Although he played in Indiana, Brees is a Texas native and that is where he spent his early years before college. 

    Drew Brees

     

    David Dillon: Dillon attended the University of Kansas where he was not only an active member of Sigma Chi but also the student body president. His family owned a self service grocery store that became a chain of restaurants. In 1982 Kroger bought out the Dillon Store. It wasn’t until 2003 that Dillon became the CEO of Kroger, he has also held the role of Vice President of Kroger. He retired from Kroger in 2014, and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Consumer Goods Forum. 

    Luke Bryan

    Luke Bryan: The country music singer and current judge on American Idol joined the fraternity while he studied business at Georgia Southern University. He first gained success in the music industry after moving to Nashville as a songwriter, but soon became a signed artist with his first hit “All My Friends Say”. Bryan is not only a dad to his two boys, but also has taken on the father influence role in his nephew and nieces lives after both his older siblings passed away. He's still active in philanthropic endeavors like City of Hope & Red Cross. His wife has also established Brett’s Barn in honor of the death of the couple's niece. He even wrote a song for his Spring Break...Here to Party Album titled "Sorority Girl" we are sure a nod to his fraternity days in college! 

    Willard Marriott, Jr.: The Executive Chairman of the well known hotel brand Marriott International grew up in Washington D.C. He started in the family hotel business at the age of 14 where he started stapling invoices for his dad and was later moved onto roles like washing the dishes and cooking burgers. He attended the University of Utah where he joined the brotherhood of Sigma Chi. While at university he met his wife, the daughter of one of his professors. He joined the Marriott Corporation in 1956 where he helped push his father to the expansion from the restaurant business to the hotel business. He has held many different roles within the company such as Executive Vice President, member of the Board of Directors, president of the company, chief executive officer, and chairman of the board. He is also known for introducing the concept of revenue management into the hotel industry. His current title within Marriott is Executive Chairman of Marriott International. 

    John Wayne: The actor, whose real name is Marion Mitchell Morrison but known professionally as John Wayne, joined the brotherhood while attending the University of Southern California. Most commonly recognized for his roles in western era films and shows, Wayne was among the top box office draws for three decades. He first applied to the Naval Academy but, after not being accepted, settled on USC where he studied pre-law. Not only joining Sigma Chi while at USC he also played on the football team, until a broken collarbone threw a hiccup in his athletic career, which is what started his pursuit to become the Hollywood icon that we all know and love today. 

    John Wayne



    Sigma Chi still to this day has the spirit of “Friendship among members, sharing a common belief in an ideal & possessing different temperaments, talents and convictions; and that genuine friendship can be maintained without surrendering the principle of individuality of sacrificing one’s personal judgment”. With this list of gentlemen who have all been part of the legacy that Sigma Chi has and continues to leave behind it is no wonder that so many go into their college years striving to be able to wear the Sigma Chi blue and gold. Here is to many more years of friendship, brotherhood, and philanthropy, from everyone at Campus Classics Happy Founders day Sigma Chi! 

    Fathers Day Gift Guide

    Fathers Day Gift Guide

    Fathers day is upon us, so don’t get caught without a gift for the favorite man in your life. We have you covered on all things dad with this complete gift guide. There is something for the golf loving dad, the dad-joke loving dad, and even the dad who still wears socks with his sandals. 


    Dad Bundle 

    Let's start with the gift that will have you winning father’s day over all your siblings! We have made it simple to get your dad supporting your fraternity and for you to painlessly shop for father’s day. Plus, this bundle comes with our favorite Dad cap! It’s  definitely the best bang for your buck. 


    Dad Cap

    This Dad Cap is for the no fuss dad who loves ball caps! This lets him show off his pride for you and your fraternity while keeping cool and comfortable. The best part is you can get this hat personalized to make it extra special for father’s day. 


    Heather Gray Dad Tee 

    Who doesn’t love a good classic t-shirt? Gift your dad this closet staple for any proud fraternity dad. It's perfect for any dad bod! 

    Classic Dad Crewneck 

    Just think of this crewneck as gifting your dad a hug from you every time he puts it on…I mean we basically just wrote the message for your father’s day card. This crew is perfect for any season and your dad won’t want to take it off! 


    Alumni Nike Dri Fit Performance Hat 

    For all the proud legacy dads, this hat is perfect. You can gift your dad with the Nike Alumni Dri-Fit hat and get yourself the matching hat. You two will certainly be the talk of the golf course with this perfect hat!


    Gift for fathers day have never been easier thanks to this no nonsense gift guide! 

    Finding Your Perfect Graduation Stole

    Finding Your Perfect Graduation Stole

    We all know that standard graduation apparel is your graduation cap & gown. However, you can also decide to wear a graduation stole that brings some of your personality out while walking in commencement. A stole is worn by graduates to demonstrate academic achievements, involvement in professional organizations, fraternities or sororities, or a student club while they were on campus. Being able to wear a graduation stole that represents your time spent on campus is a way to add a little bit of meaning to the traditional cap & gown worn during commencement. It is also a way to honor the last 4 years you’ve spent becoming part of the legacy of your fraternity or sorority on campus. Here at Campus Classics we know the importance of being able to proudly wear your letters while you walk in commencement, so let's talk about our 3 different graduation stoles and find the best fit for your upcoming graduation.  

    Pick your Own Colors Graduation Stole

    You have complete creative control with this stole! You are able to make graduation memorable by creating something one-of-a-kind.  This stole is decorated with your letters and able to be customized with your chapter, school, or even your favorite colors. With a  variety of options, you are bound to find something that helps you stand out from the crowd and you are proud to wear while you walk!



    Embroidered Crest Graduation Stole 

    This stole is an office favorite! With the traditional and classic design featuring your crest and colors, this stole adds a touch of class to any standard graduation cap or gown. We love the embroidered touches  that make it stand out from your standard Fraternity Stole. Our team with over 30 years of embroidery experience will make your stole at time of purchase ensuring nothing but quality and perfection for your final walk. 

    Fraternity Embroidered Crest Stole

     

    Fraternity Graduation Stole 

    This classic and timeless stole is one that will make graduation unforgettable. It is decorated with your Greek letters and colors while also marking the graduation year. You are able to show your fraternity pride to all that have come to celebrate your success over the last 4 years. This classic stole is one that will definitely fill you with pride as you embark on your last walk at commencement. 

    Fraternity Graduation Stole

    We know that no matter which of the 3 stoles you pick, you will certainly have nothing but pride while wearing our graduation stole. We do not take it lightly when creating these stoles, and are certain that they will forever be a part of your story. That is why we take quality and craftsmanship so seriously. We know that when you look at your stole years from now it will transport you back to the moment in time you received your diploma.