Tuesday, November 21, 2017

College Skin Care Routine

Skin care has always been something that's important to me and since moving into college, it's been an essential part of my daily routines. I always feel more confident when I have a clear complexion so  I'm very adamant about my skin care routine and make sure that I never skip a day or any step in my routine. 

I try to use as little products as necessary because I don't like to have a lot of different products each with different formula's going on my skin. A little goes a long way and this is definitely true when it comes to my skin care routine. 

My skin care routine differs slightly between the morning & at night; at night I do a bit of a deeper clean and I also put on my acne medicine that my dermatologist has me using.


Morning Routine

Pretty much as soon as I wake up I head straight over to the skin (perks of having one in our room!) and begin my skin care routine. I wash my face with CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser and usually will put one pump of this soap into my hands and then wash my face. I don't use my Clarisonic in the mornings because I don't have any makeup that I'm trying to remove since it had been removed the night before. After I wash my face, I pat my face dry and then apply my Neutrogena Hydro-Boost moisturizer all over my face. 

moisturizer

Night Routine

Before I shower at night I use my Neutrogena Makeup Remover wipes to take off all of my makeup. Most days I don't wear a full face of makeup which is nice because it doesn't take me super long to do this. After I remove my makeup, I use my Clarisonic Mia 2 to wash my face. I use one pump of the same soap that I use in the morning and pump this right onto my Clarisonic and then proceed to wash my face. Once my Clarisonic is done, I will pat my face dry and typically will jump in the shower. Then later in the night, right before I go to bed I apply my acne medicine that my dermatologist has me using all over my face and hop in bed!

clarisonic

What does your skin care routine look like?

xoxo,

Friday, November 17, 2017

My College Daily Routines

Happy Monday! I'm super excited to share today's post with y'all as it's something I really enjoying reading on other blogs, too. I've been in college for 3 months and think I've finally established my daily routines. Obviously these routines will change next semester with a new set of classes but for now, I've got my routines that work with my current class schedule. 

Unlike high school, in college your routine is likely going to be different each day of the week. The only two days that I have the same routine for are Tuesday's & Thursday's. Monday's & Wednesday's are pretty similar however I have Chapter meetings every Monday night and each Wednesday afternoon I have a small section meeting of my history class. I have three classes on Monday's & Wednesday's, two classes on Tuesday's & Thursday's and two classes on Friday's. 

As someone who functions better with a set routine, settling into college life was difficult for me but I've finally come to terms that each day is going to be different. Being involved in Greek life also has lots of various meetings, workshops and functions that pop up through the weeks too so sometimes I have additional things to do that aren't listed on the routines below. I also don't always follow these routines exactly, cough cough, like today when I woke up at 9:40am and realized I had a 10:05 that was cross-campus that I literally had to run to make it to in time. Don't worry, I made it, but moral of the story here is 1) Don't hit snooze and 2) Routines aren't always followed.




What do your daily routines look like?

xoxo,

Thursday, November 16, 2017

My Current Playlist

If you've been reading Northern Prepster for a while, than you probably know how much I love my Spotify. I was gifted Spotify Premium for Christmas last year and it was hands down one of my favorite, and most used, Christmas gifts of the year.

I am constantly making new playlists and almost always have Spotify playing in our dorm room (seriously, ask my roommate). I always have a playlist filled with my current favorite songs which is constantly changing with songs being added or taken off the playlist. I'm also super excited to make my Christmas playlist but I think I need to wait a bit longer before I do that. I've linked my current favorite playlist below for y'all to listen to! You can also browse my other playlist if your curious as to what else I listen to!



What's on your current playlist?

xoxo,

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Sorority Photo Update

As I'm sure many of y'all know by now, I went through sorority recruitment here at Carolina back in August and ended up receiving a bid from Delta Zeta! From the moment I stepped inside the ΔΖ house I knew that it was a place that I could see myself and it just so ended up that ΔΖ became my new home away from home!

My mom was a Delta Zeta when she was in college and while I had always thought that it would be cool to be sisters with my mom, I told herself that I wasn't going to let my mom's affiliation to the chapter affect or influence my decisions during recruitment. When I received my shirt on bid day and read the words "Delta Zeta" I cried and ran home to my new sisters and once I was settled into the crowd with all my other ΔΖ sisters I remember texting my mom and saying "Hi sister!"

Recruitment was a long and extremely tiring process but it was so worth it! I'll likely write more about the recruitment process over the summer as we grow nearer to recruitment so if you're curious about that definitely let me know! I have a ton of photos from my first months as a Delta Zeta so today I'm going to be sharing some with y'all because I know that I always love to see photos from other people's sororities!


Bid Day

Bid day, best day, am I right? Bid day at Carolina is so, so much fun and I would definitely go back and do it all over again. Bid day happens in our basketball arena and a couple of groups of PNM's are taken inside at a time and we all stand in a circle with our backs towards each other and we put our hands behind our backs and our pi chi's go around and put the shirt of our future chapter's in our hands. Once everyone has a shirt, they count down from 10 and then everyone gets to unwrap their shirt, throw it on and run home to their new sisters! 

I don't think I have been as nervous as I was when I had that shirt in my hands. When I saw that my shirt said Delta Zeta I cried and it turned out that one of my good friends in my pi chi group also went ΔΖ so we ran home together! Once we found ΔΖ in the arena our chapter president ran out and gave us a huge hug and helped us find our bid day buddies!

After everyone is with their new chapter each sorority heads back to their house and takes pictures and then each chapter has a different bid day party which is super fun. 

My roommate Sophie received a bid from Alpha Gamma Delta and once we finally made it home that night we took the photo below and it's probably one of our favorite photos we've taken together!



Throw what you know in Asheville, North Carolina

When hurricane Irma was predicted to hit Columbia, classes got cancelled for an upcoming Monday and since one of my suite mates lives up in Asheville, North Carolina, we headed up there for the weekend because Columbia was supposed to get hit pretty hard. Turns out that all Columbia really had was a bit of wind and lots of rain but it was still nice to take a weekend road trip someplace new!

In Asheville we drove up the Blue Ridge Parkway which was super pretty and we also stopped to hike up Frying Pan Tower which was definitely worth it for the views but since I'm not a fan of heights by any means, being on a metal tower up this high definitely freaked me out. My suite mate Peyton snapped this photo of me "throwing what I know" once we got to the top of the tower and I love it! 


Fall Band: 70's Themed

Most sororities here at Carolina have Fall Band as their function. Fall Band for us this year was 70's themed which was fun but it was definitely a struggle trying to pull together some 70's styled clothing pieces. I took my roommate Sophie as my date and we had a lot of fun. Our function was at Music Farm which is a super cool venue in the Vista here in Columbia. 



ΔΖ Christmas

The way that Delta Zeta does big/little reveal here at Carolina is that we have 2 nights of gifts (ΔΖ Christmas) and then we have reveal. My big definitely spoiled me but I am very appreciative for all the sweet canvases and t-shirts and other goodies that she got me! I'm already super excited to take a little next year and have already started thinking of gift ideas!



Big Little Reveal

Aside from bid day, big little reveal is definitely another fun day for sororities! The way big little reveal works for us is that you typically will get your reveal costume on the second night of ΔΖ Christmas and then once you get to the house on reveal night you'll pick up a piece of wrapping paper that will match the giant box that your big is hiding in. Once everyone has their paper scrap everyone runs out back and finds the box that matches their wrapping paper and your big will pop out!

I love my family so, so much. I'm a twin which is so fun! On the second night of gifts my twin and I were both told to pick-up our gifts at the same time because our big had set them up next to each other with a sign that said "Riley & Lynn, surprise you're twins!"

My twin, Lynn and I get along extremely well and actually live about an hour and half apart in Ohio so road trips over Christmas and summer break are definitely in our futures.  My big, Meghan is the sweetest and I love her to pieces. You'll definitely be seeing lots of pictures of my fam throughout the years so get excited about that!


Parent's Weekend

Parent's Weekend was super fun because my dad was able to rearrange his work schedule so that he could come down and spend the weekend with me! Delta Zeta has an open house on Friday afternoon so my dad was able to go on a tour of the house which was super fun and I'm glad he got to learn more about my chapter! ΔΖ also hosted a low country boil Friday night which was fun because my dad got to meet some of my friends as well as my twin and my big! Of course I made him take a picture with me by the banner because it was too cute not to!


Second Function: You Are What You Netflix

Our second function was on Friday October 13th and the theme was you are what your Netflix which basically meant dress up as your favorite Netflix show characters. My best friend Katie's fall break happened to fall this weekend so she was able to stop by Columbia and be the Serena to my Blair at my function! It was so much fun getting to spend some time with Katie and being able to introduce her to my friends and show her the ΔΖ house!



Initiation

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, my mom was a Delta Zeta which meant that she was allowed to come to initiation and take part in my initiation process. I'm so glad that my mom got to take part in this and it was nice to get to spend the weekend with her and introduce her to my twin & my big, too! I shared this photo below on my personal Instagram and captioned it "walked into the house as her daughter, walked out of the house as her daughter AND her sister." 


Throw what you know in Columbia, South Carolina

The same weekend that Katie came to my function, we also ventured downtown to Soda City (which you can read all about HERE) and on our way home we stopped at the State House to take some pictures. Katie snapped this photo of me throwing what I know and I'm really happy with how it turned out!


With semi-formal coming up and various other events, definitely be on the lookout for another photo update in the near future!

xoxo,

Monday, November 13, 2017

Your Guide to: Fall Shoes

As much as I love my Jack Rogers, I also have a love for my riding boots, my booties & my cute pairs of flats. I've always loved the fall, everything from the weather turning colder to the cute and cozy outfits. I love being able to throw on a pair of jeans, a flannel with a vest & my riding boots and being in South Carolina, I've had to wait a bit for the weather to allow me to do that. 

With it finally starting to cool down here in Columbia, you can bet that my boots will be making their debut across campus here in the next several weeks as well as at home over Thanksgiving Break. I have my heeled booties and my brown riding boots down here at school with me and after Thanksgiving Break I'll be bringing down my over the knee boots as well. 

I know that shopping for boots and just fall shoes in general can be stressful, or maybe it's just me, but I went ahead and gathered up my favorite picks for this season. I linked 3 pairs of riding boots, 3 pairs of booties and 3 pairs of over the knee boots in the first photo and then in the second picture I've linked 6 pairs of flats and 3 pairs of slip-on sneakers. Y'all if you don't own a pair of slip-on sneakers do yourself a favor and purchase yourself a pair because not only are they super cute but they are so comfortable. Definitely worth the investment if you ask me!



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What are your favorite shoes to wearing during the fall?

xoxo,

Friday, November 10, 2017

Saturday's in South Carolina

Having grown up in the shadows of The Ohio State University, up until I moved to Carolina, the only football I've ever experienced is Big Ten football. When I was looking at colleges, one thing I knew I wanted was an SEC school because I wanted to experience football Saturday's differently than I had growing up. 

Saturday's in South Carolina are definitely not like Saturday's back home in Ohio. Rather than throwing on jeans and an Ohio State t-shirt, I find myself wearing sundresses and Jack Rogers to football games which I know might not be for some people but for me, I love getting dressed up for game days. During the week you can almost always find me in running shorts and an oversized ΔΖ shirt so it's fun to get dressed up on the weekends. There is definitely no shortage of photos taken on game days and today I'm sharing some photos from game days from earlier in the season.










Have you ever been to an SEC football game?

xoxo,

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Weekend Road Trips

This past weekend I spent the weekend in Clemson & Greenville, South Carolina with Katie from Chic in Carolina which was much needed and so fun! Clemson is two and half hours away and even though I don't have my car with me down here at Carolina, Katie was super sweet and came over to pick me up Friday after her classes finished. We made it back to Clemson around 9pm and then we spent most of the night walking around campus and chatting with her big who is the absolute sweetest! 

Saturday morning we woke up around 9am and got ready and then headed up to Greenville, South Carolina to spend the day shopping and taking pictures! We stopped in Travelers Rest, South Carolina where we grabbed brunch at Tandem which had the yummiest crepes and the most photogenic lattes!



After brunch we drove into Greenville and spent a couple hours walking downtown and shopping as well as taking some pictures that you'll see on my blog later next week! We stopped into Lululemon, The Pink Bee, Anthropologie and a couple of other stores. I picked up THIS active wear jacket from Vineyard Vines at The Pink Bee and wow I'm obsessed! 





After we finished up shopping we grabbed some cupcakes and I also got an iced coffee from The Chocolate Moose Bakery & Cafe which was the perfect afternoon treat! After this we shoot some outfit pictures and then ventured back to Clemson. We spent the rest of the night shooting a couple of more outfits and then we walked into downtown Clemson where we had pizza for dinner and then we grabbed some ice cream before heading back to Katie's dorm where we just hung out for the rest of the night!





Have you ever been to Greenville?

xoxo,

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Blue Jeans & Sleeve Ruffles

A couple of weeks ago my bestie Katie came to visit me here at Carolina and while she was in town we were able to shoot some outfit pictures which I what I'm sharing with y'all today!

On this day Katie and I went down to the Soda City Market, which you can read about HERE. The weather this day was super nice, it wasn't too hot and it wasn't super chilly either so I opted to wear some jeans and this fun ruffle top from J.Crew. The top is a bit older so I'll include a link to a similar style top at the end of this post. I paired this outfit with gold accessories which my gold watch, gold Jack Rogers, and my Kendra Scott necklace. 











similar top // jeans // jack rogers // purse // similar watch // earrings // similar ring // necklace

How do you feel about the ruffle fashion trend?

xoxo,