December 10, 2017

Holidays at Elon






It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas here at Elon and I have absolutely no complaints! In going to college in North Carolina, I never thought I would see snow this time of year, but the flurries came just in time for the holidays. Despite being in the midst of exams, Elon has done such a good job of keeping students in the holiday spirit. On Wednesday, the President hosted his annual Christmas party at a country club near campus which was such fun change of pace from always being on campus. I happened to stand right behind Renee from Gimme Glamour in line for the shuttle to the party, so we were able to catch up and snap a few pictures at the party which was so fun! On thursday night, Elon had a lights festival where all the students gathered to drink hot chocolate and sing Christmas songs while they turned on all the Christmas lights on campus. I absolutely love walking around campus at night and seeing all the lights, its such a therapeutic way to destress after spending the day studying in the library. Just a few more days and I'll be finished with my first semester of college and home to really get into the Christmas spirit :)

xoxo,
Catherine

Preppy by the Sea

December 04, 2017

Gift Guide: College Student



Happy Monday! Now that we are officially into December, I am excited to be making lots of gift guides for the 2017 holiday season. Seeing as I am writing this post from my dorm, it only seems fitting to kick off these posts with my picks for college students. Although a lot of these items are catered towards girls, I think that most guys would be excited to receive a Patagonia pullover, yeti cup, slippers, a speaker, or new headphones. However, if none of these gifts seem like a good fit for the college student in your life, trust me, money is always appreciated by broke college kids :) 

xoxo,
Catherine

Preppy by the Sea 

December 01, 2017

Book Review: You Are a Badass


Over the past couple of year I have really gotten back into reading. As much as I love getting in bed and watching Netflix, there is something so much more relaxing about putting away your technology and cracking open a book. Unfortunately, I have been a little bit lazy on the book front since getting to college, however over Thanksgiving break I decided to start You Are a Basass by Jen Sincero. One of my friends had recommended this book to me over fall break, so I picked up a copy before break. Having to fly home from college can be somewhat of a pain, but it provides ample time to read.

Naturally, the flashy yellow cover and bold title makes this book catch your attention before reading a single chapter. You Are a Badass was the first "self-help" book I have ever read so I have nothing to compare it to, despite this I found it funny, motivating, and well written. In addition to being an author, Jen Sincero works as a success coach and speaker, so she has a great deal of experience with strategizing ways to identify goals and pursue them in successful ways to develop a life you love. She covers everything from combatting negativity, to identifying the roots of beliefs, both good and bad, to making money, and everything in-between. The book is a quick read that will leave you wanting to set goals and make changes to the way you live your life. I would highly recommend this book for any new college student, or frankly anyone going though a transitional period in life, along with anyone who feels they are just stuck in some sort of rut, unable to identify the root of their problems. I think everyone could take something away from You Are a Badass, so if you are looking for an easy Christmas gift this would be great! Although it is not in a genre I would typically go for,  I really enjoyed Sincero's book and think it was a great book to read on the road. Have you read You Are a Badass?

xoxo,
Catherine 

Preppy by the Sea

November 28, 2017

Thanksgiving Break Recap










Happy Tuesday! After a wonderful week off from school enjoying time with friends and family, I am excited to share a little photo recap of my break. I left Elon on Friday night and flew to Chicago to visit my friend Clare at Notre Dame. I met Julianna at the airport and we surprised Clare at a restaurant near campus which was such a great way to start break. Although it was cold and rainy in Indiana, I had so much fun going to the football game and getting to see her campus. On Sunday morning we said goodbye to the dorm and drove into Chicago. This was my first time visiting Chicago so we tried to cram in all the touristy stops. We made our way to the bean, a Christmas market, Michigan Avenue, and Lincoln Park all in one afternoon, so I would say the day was quite a success! On Monday I flew back to Boston to spend the rest of my vacation at home and on the Cape. I am so thankful for all the time I was able to spend with family and friends and now just two and a half weeks and a couple of exams before I'm back for Christmas break!

xoxo,
Catherine

Preppy by the Sea 

November 27, 2017

Cyber Monday Deals

Cyber Monday is the best of both worlds for Christmas shopping, you get all the deal without the crowds of Black Friday. This year Cyber Monday happened to fall on my birthday so I know I will be treating myself to some new clothes today, along with checking off some gifts foo make sure to check out all the sales before they're gone! I know most bloggers have a round up of today's deals, but its always nice to see them all in one place!

Anthroplogie- 20% off full priced items & additional 30% off sale items
Madewell- 25% off with code GOODMOOD
ASOS- 30% off everything with code EPIC30
Zara- 40% off select items
Gap- 50% off everything with code CYBER & additional 10% off with code TREAT
Old Navy- 50% off everything
Nordstrom- extra 20% off sale items
Loft- 50% off everything & free shipping with code CLICK

xoxo,
Catherine