November 14, 2017

Birthday Wish List


My birthday is November 27th (Cyber Monday!!) so I thought I would round up a few items on my wish list. The fact that it is almost Thanksgiving honestly blows my mind, I feel like this year the holiday season just came out of nowhere. This is the first time ever that I will not be at home for my birthday surrounded by my best friends and family, so it is definitely going to be a different experience. Nineteen is definitely a weird age, but never the less who doesn't like to celebrate their birthday?! The weather has just started to feel like fall here in North Carolina, so most of the items I have recently been lusting over are fall staples. Additionally, I will be doing a lot of traveling in the next month, so I think having a few new books would be great for all my upcoming flights! 

xoxo,
Catherine

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November 13, 2017

Life Update

Happy Monday! After quite the hiatus I am back again. My adjustment to college has definitely been a lot more difficult than I anticipated and that has effected my blog content. As the semester is starting to come to an end, I am now realizing how much I miss blogging and what a great creative outlet it is for me. Since I have not been posting on here for a while, I thought a quick life update would be a good way to get back into a blogging routine. 

+ Halloween // halloween was such a fun weekend here at school. I knew halloween was big at college, but I guess I never realized the extent to which it is celebrated. I dressed up as a devil for one night and then went as a mermaid for the second night. Thank god for Amazon as I was able to order this sparkly red dress and these mermaid pants at the last minute. I was definitely skeptical of the one size fits all, however they ended up working out great! 

+ Exploring Elon // before fall break I solely ate on campus, everything was new and I did not want to get into a habit of eating out all the time and spending a ton of money. However, like most colleges the food at Elon is nothing to get excited about and gets old quickly. Over the past few weeks, my roommate and I have gone out to dinner on the weekends to mix up our dining routine which has been a nice change of pace. Although there are not a ton of restaurants in downtown Elon, there are a few good spots! 

+ Scheduling for Second Semester // I pick my classes tomorrow for second semester and am definitely stressed about the whole process. I am nervous that I won't get any of the classes I want as my pick time is pretty late in the game, so fingers crossed it works out and I get at least a few of the classes I am interested in. 

+ Trip to Notre Dame // On Friday afternoon I am flying to Chicago to visit one of my best friends at Notre Dame and I seriously cannot contain my excitement. Like I said, getting adjusted to college has been difficult for me, especially because I am so close with my friends from high school. I have never been to the midwest, so I am excited to see Chicago and spend time at a totally different school! 

+ Thanksgiving Break // After classes on Friday I am officially on Thanksgiving break! Elon has a ten day break which is such a treat and I can't wait to spend time with my family and friends back home in Boston. 

xoxo,
Catherine 

October 13, 2017

Fall Break Bucket List

Happy Friday! As of today my first round of college midterms are behind me and I am heading back to Boston! It has been eight long weeks since seeing my best friends and being in my home town and I could not be more excited to go back. That being said, my fall break is on the shorter side (4 days) and I want to cram in as much as possible before going back to the dorm life. After being the the North Carolina humidity for quite some time now, I am so excited for crisp fall New England mornings and lots of beautiful foliage. What's on your agenda for fall break? 

xoxo,
Catherine

Preppy by the Sea 

September 28, 2017

My College Food Essentials

I'm back! Wow college is busy. I have been really inspired to blog recently and have been brainstorming new content ideas regularly. Unfortunately, my schedule has been go, go, go between doing homework, trying to meet new people, going to the gym, and actually getting some sleep. I am still trying to figure out a schedule for this year, but I am thinking that realistically that should be 2-3 posts a week. I love being able to publish new content as frequently as possible, but right now that just is not realistic. Hopefully I will have a more concrete blog plan to share soon, but in the mean time let's talk about food! 

Going to the grocery store is honestly one of my favorite things. It is not something the average eighteen year old girl enjoys, but going to Trader Joe's or Whole Foods is so much fun. I love checking out all of the products and buying food that I can get excited about. One of the downfalls of going to college in the middle of North Carolina is that Target is really the only place to buy food. Despite this, I have figured out what my staples are to keep in my dorm. I try to keep things in my room that are on the healthier side to avoid late night snacking on ice cream or chips... and the freshman fifteen. 

Dark Chocolate Pretzel Bark Thins // These have been my go-to dessert recently. There is nothing better than the classic sweet and salty combo and these really hit the spot. I like to keep a bag in the freezer (so good!) and have a few after a long night of studying. 

Peanut Butter Granola Bites // I had never had these before getting to school and they are amazing. I stumbled upon them in the cereal isle at target and they are the perfect mid-morning snack, or breakfast if you're someone who doesn't like to eat a lot in the morning. 

Natural Popcorn // Popcorn is one of my all time favorite snacks. I always have a bag of Skinny Pop on hand, but warm popcorn is such a nice treat if you have a little bit more time or want to have a movie night. 

Steel-Cut Oatmeal // I typically eat breakfast in the dining hall, however when I have my 8:30 class or if I get up early on the weekends before the dining hall opens this is my go to dorm breakfast. Just toss it in the microwave and add some berries and you're ready to go! 

Chia Seeds // I always add chia seeds to my oatmeal and I have also been making chia pudding in the dorm. They are a great thing to keep on hand and can add protein to lots of snacks. 

Almonds // Almonds are a great snack to keep in your dorm. On Tuesdays and Thursdays I have class from 12:00 to 4:00 and don't have time to eat a real lunch. I always bring a ziplock bag with almonds to class to keep me full. 

Seltzer Water // I am a seltzer addict, seriously it's the only thing I drink. I always have a stockpile of cases under my bed so that I don't run out. Unfortunately they don't have Polar here so La Croix (grapefruit is my favorite) is the next best option!

What food can you not live without in your dorm room?

xoxo,
Catherine

Preppy by the Sea 

September 20, 2017

Dove Dry Shampoo Line




Washing my hair every night has always been part of my routine because my hair tends to get greasy without a wash. Unfortunately, this practice is not good for your hair and sometimes simply does not fit into my busy college schedule. I tried dry shampoo for the first time last year and had only ever used the Batiste brand, so when Dove reached out see if I wanted to try their new line, I was all in! I have been using Dove products forever, and love their "Real Beauty" Campaign and company values. 

Over the past week I have been testing out the four different dry shampoos and can confidently tell you that they work wonders. When I wake up after not washing my hair, I spray the product and it almost instantly absorbs oils and leaves my hair looking fresh. Unlike the dry shampoos I have used in the past, it does not come out white and make my hair look powdery. My personal favorite is the Fresh and Floral scent, it smells great without being too overpowering, and works wonders. I also really like the Volume and Fullness dry shampoo, plus it comes in a travel size which is perfect for on the go! The new line is available at drugstores and online. Do you have a favorite dry shampoo? 

xoxo,
Catherine

Preppy by the Sea