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A recent graduate of Georgetown University, Carly started her blog College Prep in 2008 as a distraction from her dreaded Accounting 101 class. Blogging as “The College Prepster” has allowed Carly to share her voice and story with countless other girls. Integrating her knack for business and passion for writing, she founded her company TCP Inc and...had to actually use what she learned from accounting! She is the author of The Freshman 50 and currently resides in New York City, where she spends her time writing and searching for the best pastries. Follow Carly on Instagram and Twitter

And more with Carly Heitlinger…

What do you love most about the holidays?

I love going home to Florida. I don’t get to see my family much during the year since I live in NYC, so I always cherish my time at home.

What is your most favorite holiday tradition?

I love baking with my mom during the holidays! She’s always baking up a storm and it’s the best quality time together. Plus, who doesn’t love sampling the final products?

What is your favorite holiday dessert recipe to bake?

My mom has one of the best sugar cookie recipes ever. It’s so fun to make the big batches, just like we did when we were kids. She also has a great collection of holiday sprinkles; it’s so much fun and they make great gifts, too.

Your best holiday shopping tip or piece of advice:

I’ve become the biggest fan of online shopping. It’s the best way to get the best deals and I love avoiding the lines in stores.

What do you love most about your work?

I love getting to meet my readers in person and being able to work with some of my favorite brands.

Favorite Instagram account to follow:

I most recently started following @buddyeditions; it’s my friend’s new company and she shares interesting facts about artists and works of art!

Your current Netflix addiction:

I’ve been binging on Gilmore Girls

Skincare product you can’t live without:

Fresh’s Soy Face Cleanser is great for sensitive skin. I use it in the morning to get my skin ready for makeup and at night to remove all my makeup!

Your favorite restaurant for brunch and your go-to order:

I go to Maison Kayser a few times a week. I always get the salmon tartine and a cappuccino!

Your go-to power outfit:

I feel the most confident when wearing my DVF wrap dress or a killer LBD.