Welcome to The Classy Academic


Hi! I’m Kelly, and welcome to my blog!

Novellus et Penicullus translates to “The Young and Stylish”, and my goal is to provide life, classy and preppy style, and travel tips and guides for the young professional.

I am currently a doctoral student at Florida State University pursuing my Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Sciences. I started this blog because I am surrounded by colleagues and future professionals in the college setting who love style or aren’t really sure how to style themselves in this day and age, and I wanted to provide insight, shed light, and start a conversation around how to dress classy and trendy for young professionals in the work environment.

I am happily married to my handsome husband, Mike who is finishing law school (it’s a race to the finish!). He may be a guy, but he does have a great sense of fashion, so I will also be sharing life and style posts for gentlemen, too!

When we are not busy with school, we share a wonderful life of adventures in the South with our absolutely crazy and loving German Shorthaired Pointer, Cotton (You’ll be reading about him quite frequently, I’m sure!). Cotton is more famous than I could ever hope to be, so I also have to manage his Instagram daily (@cotton_gsp). I also am co-owner of a dog accessory company, Prep on Point, that carries bows for the classy ladies and bow ties for the dapper gentlemen, be sure to check it out!

Not only am I busy with finishing school, teaching, being a wife, keeping up with Cotton, blogging, and running a small business, I absolutely love crafting, organizing, music, and traveling. I plan on sharing my projects and travels on my blog, too!

I am SO excited to start this new adventure with all of you!




Glitter Painted Pumpkin With Matching Bow Tutorial

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Fall is my favorite time of the year! And in the south, fall means football! Here is a tutorial of how I made this painted pumpkin with a glitter logo. I sort of forgot to take pictures the entire way through, but I will still provide a description of my process!

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DIY Fall Wreath


Our door has been needing a wreath and Fall is my favorite season of the year, so I decided to make a fall themed wreath! My roommate and I have different last names, so instead of using a letter for our initials, I just used our house number instead. Here is how I made it.

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