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






September 15, 2017

Friday Favorites

Does anyone else feel like this week absolutely flew by? It seems like it was just Monday and somehow we have already made it to the weekend! My third week here at college has once again been a busy one; I attended my first club meetings, heard from a guest speaker, tried a Barre class for the first time, and managed to do all my work and get some sleep. I am excited to have some down time this weekend and relax. 

One: Dove Dry Shampoo Line
I was so excited to get a package from Dove this week. They sent me a bunch of samples from their new Dry Shampoo line which I know will be very practical for keeping my hair looking fresh even on my busiest days when I don't have time to wash my hair. Look out for an in depth review post next week! 

Two: Ice Chai Tea Lattes
These are amazing. For some reason I never thought to try a chai tea latte before coming to college and now I can't get enough! I always start my morning off with a latte in my dorm that I make with my Nespresso, but these have become my go to afternoon drink. We have lots of coffee shops here on campus and they all make great iced chais. I think they are the perfect fall drink if you're like me and don't enjoy pumpkin spice drinks. 

Three: Study Spots
Now that I am officially in school routine, I have figured out where I am most productive...aka not my dorm room. This room is one of my favorite places on campus, the leather couches, oriental rugs, huge fireplace, and jazz music playing in the background feel so home-y. Its the perfect place for me to sit down and get to work. 

xoxo,
Catherine

Preppy by the Sea 

September 11, 2017

Freshman Year Dorm









Happy Monday! I am so excited to finally be sharing my freshman year dorm tour. Before coming to school I was expecting to live in a shoebox and was pleasantly surprised by a much more spacious room when I arrived on move in day. I am living in the historic neighborhood at Elon University and our dorm was just renovated over the summer, so it is a bit nicer than some of the other dorms in the area. My roommate and I did not coordinate our bedding or a color scheme, however I think that the room looks very cohesive and super home-y. 

When living in a small space, organization is very key. I tried to keep in mind the practicality of pieces when I was decided what to purchase for my dorm. Having the 6 cube organizer (under $35!) to store our food, Tupperware, and dishes in has been an absolute life saver. The cubes maximize space that we would not have otherwise used above the micro-fridge and still looks cute. Additionally, I have found that having the 3 plastic drawers in my closet has provided me with the perfect amount of space for workout clothes, and fits perfectly in my closet. 

Room Details: sheets (so soft!) | duvet | elephant pillow | floral pillow | coordinates pillow (custom) 

xoxo,
Catherine

Preppy by the Sea