Follow Along on Pinterest!

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I’ve had some free time on my hands this weekend so I’ve been pinning up a storm! I also have developed a passion for interiors and have created dream boards for my future home, and for my apartment next year as well. I am so excited to be able to decorate a space that is not confined to a dorm or sorority house. One of the things I’m most looking forward to in my apartment is being able to cook! I have so many recipes I want to try out but currently don’t have the kitchen space to do so. I would love to have you follow along on Pinterest here as I share more about yummy eats, cute clothes and interior spaces!

 

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Post-Grad Thoughts + Feelings

Holy smokes it’s almost March! I am sooo ready for spring weather even though I live in LA, which means summer weather almost every day of the year ;). It has been SO cold in SoCal over the past two weeks and I am 100% over it! I’m a sunshine-loving gal through and through.

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As the quarter almost draws to a close, post-grad life is becoming more and more clear. I’ve said it a couple times on the blog but I decided last year to graduate a little early and to get a jumpstart on post-grad life! I want to travel for a few months before starting a job and I am so glad 20 year-old-me made that decision not too long ago. I am already starting to look at airfares to Australia, Bali and Singapore (I’m an adventurous gal!) and I can’t wait to explore the next chapter of my life following college.

Buttttt, with the end of college also comes a lot of bittersweet feelings. I have LOVED college thus far and will be so sad to leave my college campus, which has quickly become a second home to me. I go to school in a beautiful area and have been lucky enough to make amazing friends along the way. Friends have become family and a house has become a home to me in my sorority experience. I have discovered a passion for communication and public outreach, and have continued to explore my love for arts. College has been a DREAM and it will be so hard to let it go, but I am nothing short of excited to see where post-grad life takes me.

What I’m learning now that I only have a few months left as a student is to really just soak it all in. There is so much beauty around me and I just want to absorb all of the positive energy I am receiving from those around me – friends, family, classmates, mentors and professors. College is unlike any other experience I will ever have. It has been challenging and tested me so much in all aspects of my life. It has shown me what friendship is, what love is and how strong I truly am. I love my school with something fierce and know that who I am has SO much been shaped by my school and all of the opportunities it has given me.

Although this post is definitely more personal, I hope to do more of this on the blog in the future! I see Ms. Catherine Eve as my own little corner of the internet where I can pour my heart into words and share my love of life with you all. Let’s keep chugging away together, yeah? 🙂

xoxo, 

Catherine 

Soul-Filling Sundays

Happy, happy Sunday loves! I have been having a great weekend at home, which started on Friday with a girl’s day in Laguna with one of my besties and is ending back at home in my pj’s drinking coffee and planning out my week ahead. I used to dread Sunday’s because it meant that Monday was so close on the horizon, but I have learned to actually really enjoy Sunday’s. Today I’m planning on cranking out some work in the morning while drinking my favorite non-dairy cold brew, and then grabbing a late lunch with my sister and mom this afternoon. Tonight I’m heading back up to school with a pep in my step and a smile on my face knowing that I’ll be back home in just a few short days for President’s Weekend!

Last Sunday one of my best friends picked me up from school and then we set out for Trader Joe’s to buy some ingredients for a picnic. We ended up purchasing sunflowers, sparking lemonade, a baguette and cheeses as well as a giant bag of sweetheart candies (couldn’t resist!) We found a local park and just hung out for a few hours. You guys, it was so nice. The weather was beautiful and me and my friend Bella just had the best time laughing and eating. This is what I like about Sunday’s. Not thinking about the week ahead but instead savoring the time that I have for rest. I think Sunday’s and I are going to get along just fine. 🙂

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Weekend Reads

Happy February! I can’t believe how fast 2018 is already moving and the fact that February has already begun. Starting school again after a lengthy winter break was pretty difficult but I’m happy to say that I have finally gotten back into the swing of things. I have to say, though, the sunshine and high temps. we have had in LA over the past week are sure giving me a boost! Without further ado, here are some articles/musings/brands that caught my eye this week:

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  1. The Ordinary. If you haven’t already heard about the new skincare brand called “The Ordinary”, then let me give you the dish. The Ordinary is a 100% plant-based skincare brand that has grown from a line of just a few products to over 100! What is unique about The Ordinary is the list of ingredients. Each product is identified by its scientific name, which can make it difficult to decipher what you’re actually buying. I have heard great things about the line and was excited to try out a few of their products because they are so. dang. affordable. and do no testing on animals. I ended up purchasing 3 different products so I’ll go ahead and do a review once I’ve had the opportunity to test them. This article on the Everygirl was a great reference to help narrow down what I should order.
  2. Dana Kofsky’s Home Tour on IBT. I adored this home tour over on Inspired By This because of all of the natural + organic elements. It only makes sense that as a wellness expert, Kofsky, would emanate a clean + cozy vibe in her home.
  3. Guide to Coffee-Making: I’m an avid reader of LaurenConrad.com and I loved one of their most recent posts about the guide to coffee-making. I’m living in an apartment next year (!) and am starting to think about what kind of coffee maker I want to get. I’ve always been excited about the possibility of a Keurig (so simple + straightforward) but I hate how much waste the pods produce (they’re non-recyclable – what’s up with that?!). I have also considered getting a French Press b/c my parents own and love theirs, but it’s more a matter of if I’ll have time every morning to make that kind of coffee. Thoughts?! No matter what, I know that next year I’ll be referencing this LC article!
  4. New Target Finds: Anyone else here follow @targetdoesitagain on Insta?! I recently started following them and I would say that it’s an addiction at this point. I love Target, but I didn’t know just how much until they released the Universal Threads brand. I went to my local store yesterday and tried on so many things from the brand and loved EVERYTHING. I stepped away with 3 items that I know will get a lot of wear. The line launches tomorrow online and in stores! The aesthetic is very similar to Madewell but wayyy more affordable (!).

That’s all for now! Have a great weekend ladies and gents 🙂 

5 Things I Learned After A Month in Hawaii

Today’s post is one that’s been brewing in my mind for a while. I just got back on Sunday from three amazing weeks in my absolute favorite place in the world – Kauai. I’ve been going to Kauai every year for Christmas since I was a baby and it never gets old. I had three weeks there this year and it was pure bliss. Coming back on Sunday night into LAX was quite the shocker…haha! I’ve been feeling kind of sluggish and under the weather the past few days because of what my family likes to call the “post-Kauai” depression – AKA how we all feel after spending a long time in the islands. Coming back to Los Angeles was quite the contrast to the small, peaceful island that I love so much. Although it is difficult to be back in the “grind” of school and work, having the ability to go on vacation really puts things into perspective for me. Since returning from my trip, I have been feeling extra grateful for so many things in my life. Without further ado, here are five lessons I learned while in Kauai for the holidays.

  1. Family is everything. You’ve heard it from me and you’ve heard it before…I am so close with my parents and sister. My parents and older sister are my best friends and I cherish all of the time that I get to spend with them. The older I get, the more I begin to realize how little free time I might have to go on vacation, etc. once I actually enter the real world. Also, spending time with cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents really taught me how much I value every single member of my family and how these people are my people. 
  2. “Checking out” is a beautiful thing. It was so nice to disconnect from everything for a few weeks while I was away. Although I still posted on Instagram and would chat with friends here and there, I began to understand how much I crave solitude. There were some days in Kauai where I would maybe talk to 2-3 people and I was perfectly content. Although I love social interactions and connecting with people, I really really value time to myself as well, especially without technology.
  3. There is so much beauty around us. Kauai is called the “Garden Isle” among the Hawaiian Islands and it is hands-down the most relaxing setting I’ve ever been in. I got into the habit of taking a morning walk every morning with my headphones in, absorbing everything that surrounded me. Looking back on my trip, this was one of my absolute favorite things. Spending time by myself in nature was so blissful. Every time I came across an orange butterfly or chirping bird I just had the biggest smile on my face! (it’s the little things!)
  4. Health = wealth. I ate really well and exercised often when I was in Kauai and it made such a huge impact on my emotional and mental well-being, I avoided almost all dairy and gluten while on my trip and it truly made such a huge difference in my attitude and comfort. I am hoping to continue this when back at home in LA!
  5. Kindess is contagious. If you’ve ever been to any of the Hawaiian Islands, the kindness and loving nature of so many of people who live there is absolutely contagious. I have many family friends who live in Kauai and who are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. A small hug or a passing smile to a stranger can uplift you in the most transformative ways.

Aloha!

I’m currently in Kauai and am having the best time so far – soaking up the sun and spending time with family. We come to Kauai every year for Christmas and New Year’s and this tradition never gets old. My sister gets in to the island on Sunday and my parents come in a week and I am so excited! I love exploring the island with my family but also enjoy having time to myself. On today’s agenda: workout, breakfast, reading, Christmas shopping and the beach! Doesn’t get much better that that. 🙂

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Just A Reminder…

Hello loves and happy Saturday! We just finished up fall classes at school and are now heading into finals week…crazy how quickly this quarter went by! I wanted to share some reminders that have been weighing on my heart heavily, especially heading into one of the most stressful weeks of the quarter. Winter vacation is so, so close! Keep your heads up!

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  1. GPA is NOT everything. This is starting to become more and more clear, especially as I am beginning to have interviews for potential internship opportunities. GPA is just a number and has no indication of who you are as a person or how smart you are.
  2. Studying for longer doesn’t mean you’re any more prepared. I’ve learned after spending a few years in an intense high school and college setting that studying for longer does not necessarily mean that you know the material any better. Studying is all about being smart with your time and being efficient. I like to take breaks every 45 minutes to an hour to make sure that I am letting myself breath a little bit.
  3. Eat well and fuel your body! I know that during this time of year it’s easy to fall into the habit of eating quick and oftentimes unhealthy meals. Of course, balance is everything, but I’ve found that the better I nourish my body during finals week the better I feel. It’s a domino effect; the better I feel the more productive I am.

Remember: five years from now (heck, one year from now) no one’s going to care what grades you got or what your GPA is. Cut yourself a break – you’re doing the best you can!