Thursday, January 17, 2013

Agenda Addiction

CONFESSION:  I have a mild addiction to organization -- more specifically, planners!  I typically go through two or three planners a semester.  Some I use simultaneously; others I use in isolation.  While going through storage I stumbled upon six different planners... yes, that's right: SIX.  All of which were used at some point during my college career.

Maybe I'm alone on this, but I always love seeing how people organize their lives.  I'm toying with the idea of dedicating a special segment of this blog to organization.  Today's post is a mini test run...  So without further ado, I would like to introduce three perpetual planners.  (P.S. a perpetual planner is one that allows you to fill in the dates as you go)


 This first planner comes to us from a place familiar to most.  That's right, Target.  Although they don't carry this particular style it anymore, you can purchase similar ones from the Russel and Hazel website.  It is a daily agenda that I used last year as a supplement to a monthly calendar.  Every morning I would transfer events to map out the day ahead.  I love being able to dedicate a whole page to one day!  I was devastated when a water bottle leaked in my pocketbook, damaging the bottom half of the pages.


I bought this second planner from the co-op at my school.  I typically don't believe in love at first sight, but this planner was the exception.  It is extremely versatile -- you can use it for anything you could ever imagine.  Whether you are in high school or uni, working a full time job or a staying at home, this calendar is for everyone.  You can easily tailor it to your own needs - whatever they may be!  Since I switch planners so often,  I love being able fill in the dates as I go.  The other great thing about this particular model is its size.  It is small enough to fit carry with you at all times.  They have lots of great options on the Uncalendar website


I loved the second planner so much that I decided to invest in the large one for my junior year!  I didn't think it was possible, but this agenda gives even more options for organization.  I used it to keep track of resolutions, assignments, and to-do lists.  I only included photos of the weekly view, but it also includes pages for monthly and yearly views.  On top of that, it provides spaces to doodle, and set/track goals!  Again, you can find this planner on the Uncalendar website.

How do you organize your activities?  Should I continue with posts like this? Yay or nay?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Bathroom {AFTER}

I'm so excited to share the pictures of the new and improved bathroom!  After a long day of painting and lots of trips to Target, Home Goods and TJ Maxx, I am proud to say: it is finally finished least for now.  There is still some work that needs to be done -- i.e. replace the showers, sink and toilet-- but I'll cross that bridge another time.  Considering the time frame and budget, I would consider it a huge improvement from the old bathroom.  But why listen to me, take a look at the results and decide for yourself :)


  • Painted the trim white and the walls a light blue/gray (Valspar's Ghost Ship).
  • Replaced the medicine cabinet and old vanity lights with a new mirror and brushed nickel lights.
  • Replaced the wood and gold towel bar, towel ring, and toilet paper holder with modern brushed nickel ones.
  • Installed an old cabinet we had laying around to go over the toilet for extra storage
  • Decorated/accented with brushed nickel toiletries, a new shower curtain, white towels, and simple artwork
  • Replaced the mini-blinds with a valence curtain and shutter window treatments







Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Bathroom {BEFORE}

Whenever I come home for break, I always complain about how dreary the upstairs bathroom is.  Between the outdated medicine cabinet, poor lighting and wood moulding, it is the only room in the house that constantly gives me the heeby-jee-vies.  Whenever I go in there I am convinced that something out of a horror movie will jump out at any moment and attack me from behind the water-stained shower curtain -- not exactly the feeling you want while taking care of business, if you know what I mean.

When my mom gave me the green light to make some changes this winter break, I ran with it.  Unfortunately, limited resources (mainly money and time) means that I have to keep all the old fixtures and appliances for now.  Here are a couple BEFORE pictures.  By "before" I mean after we took out the medicine cabinet, lights, and shower curtain... but you get the general idea.  Just moving everything out makes it look brighter!  Be sure to check back tomorrow for the AFTER photos!

Monday, January 14, 2013

The Liebster Award

I'm excited to make today's post all about the Liebster Awards.  It is a fun way to help your blog get noticed and share a little bit more about me.  A big thank you to  Jenna from The Bechtholts for nominating my blog!!!


  • list 11 facts about yourself
  • answer the 11 questions given to you
  • create 11 new questions for the bloggers you nominate for the award
  • choose 11 bloggers with 200 or less followers to nominate
  • go to each bloggers page and let them know about the award
  • thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog :)


  1. I never have my camera at the most opportune times.  I wish my eyes could take pictures!
  2. I am absolutely petrified of all types of vents and drains
  3. I can't fall asleep before 2 o' clock in the morning, but Ill never sleep past 10am
  4. I go through phases of extreme perfectionism.  It's actually a huge problem
  5. I am a Libra and I read my horoscope religiously
  6. I love dessert!  I'll usually have ice-cream for breakfast on the weekends
  7. I enjoy sarcasm and have an appreciation for anyone that can engage in witty banter
  8. I spent a semester studying abroad at the University of Melbourne in Australia
  9. The verified Britney Spears was my first follower on Twitter
  10. I've lived in New England my whole life (Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island)
  11. I hate introductions and sharing interesting facts because I never know what to say


  1. What is your favorite color to wear? Black! Especially when I'm feeling plump
  2. What is a hobbie that you wish you had? I wish I could speak different languages (is that considered a hobby?)
  3. Best part of your day? Having a lucid dream right before I wake up, wasting an afternoon in sweats while catching up on my DVR recordings, pouring that first cup of coffee in the morning, spending with my friends and family... There are so many great parts of every day, I can't pick just one!
  4. Favorite beverage? Coffee in the a.m., Moscato in the p.m., and Diet Coke in between
  5. What is your favorite season & why? Fall. Everything about it is so whimsical!  The weather, bright leaves, spiked cider, carving pumpkins, the cozy yet fashionable clothes. Plus Halloween is my favorite should-be-a-no-school-holiday.  Oh, and my birthday is in October so I may be slightly bias ;)
  6. Do you have a hidden talent that most people don't know about? Ummm...
  7. What is your go-to junk food? ICE CREAM!!! All kinds of ice-cream but especially Ben Jerry's Half Baked
  8. Favorite vacation spot or memory? Australia a.k.a. the most amazing five months of my life
  9. What does your ideal saturday night look like?  Depends on my mood.  Either a crazy girls' night out at the bar or sometimes I prefer a cozy night in watching movies, sipping wine, and painting nails.
  10. What is a guilty pleasure of yours? Online shopping! Or I guess it'would technically be considered online window shopping since most of the time I don't actually buy the stuff. I just add it to my virtual shopping cart
  11. Are you a morning or night person? Both! I don't sleep well. I'll be lucky if I can get 5 hours in a night.... I'm guess I'm not an afternoon person.


  1. What is your favorite holiday?
  2. Thoughts on tattoos & piercings?
  3. What was your last tweet or status update?
  4. How long have you been blogging?
  5. What does your name mean?
  6. If you could spend 24 hours with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? Why?
  7. What's your favorite thing about yourself?
  8. How would you describe your style?
  9. What does your last text message say?
  10. Favorite store?
  11. PC or Mac?


  1. Jess at Blonde Meets World
  2. McKenna at The Modern Prep
  3. Alexa at Apstonee
  4. eTm at The Everyday Musings of eTm
  5. Nat at An Odd Girl
  6. Elle at Wishin Good Luck
  7. Stacey at Life on Cephei
  8. Chloe at The Preppy Diaries
  9. Brittany at Blissfully Britt
  10. Mary Claire at Les Cuisiners
  11. Emily from Life's a Beach
Happy Blogging Everyone!!!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Where the Wild Things Are

Happy Sunday!  I'm moving into my new apartment all this week which means everything's a little crazy at the moment.  I'm not sure how much time I'll have to post, but I'll try my best to get in a few words by 11am every morning.  Anyway, today's quote was inspired by the book/movie Where the Wild Things Are.  I still haven't seen the movie, but I've always loved the book.  Sometimes we all need a reminder that it's okay to be a little wild :D

Has anyone seen the movie?  Is it worth the 101 minutes?

Saturday, January 12, 2013

New Year Cheer Sale

 My shipment from the Lilly New Year Cheer Sale just arrived this morning!  I am absolutely in love with my new Theta bag, bikini bottoms and monthly calendar... The fact that they were wicked discounted doesn't hurt either!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Kate Middleton's Portrait

Everyone's favorite princess made headlines when her first official portrait was released by London's National Portrait Gallery.  While the artist, Paul Emsley, is undoubtedly talented, Kate Middleton is looking a little... worn out, to say the least.  Apparently Kate worked very closely with Emsley to create a "natural look."  Don't get me wrong: I love Kate Middleton as much as the next person, but this portrait doesn't do her proper justice.

What are your thoughts on the painting?

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Weekly To Do List

1. Update my resume
2. Create an "About Me" section for this blog
3. Find an apartment for spring semester
4. Take a cute picture for LinkedIn
5. Donate clothes to Salvation Army

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Les Miserables

Yesterday I went to see Les Miserables after work... and all I can say is WOW! I am absolutely OBSESSED. I didn't realize I could like a movie that was essentially entirely singing.  Lots of great songs and such an all-star cast!  Highly recommended...

Any other good movies out right now?

Friday, January 4, 2013

Thank You Notes

It's that time of year again: Thank-you season!  Writing thank you notes used to give me such anxiety.  I remember being in elementary school and dreading the day after Christmas when my mom would sit me down with a pen and blank cards.  I never knew what to write and I always hated my handwriting.  Now that I'm older, sending handwritten thank you notes has (weirdly enough) become a source of enjoyment.  It's one of those meaningful gestures that don't take much time, but express significant appreciation.

After I pick out cute stationary & stamps, make a list of the gifts I received, and dig out my little black book of addresses, I am ready to start.  To be efficient with thank you note writing, I follow a simple formula that has just four steps!
  • ONE: Salutation
  • TWO: Describe the gift & how you will use it
  • THREE: Include a brief personal note
  • FOUR: Closing and signature

And in the spirit of appreciation, I would like to personally thank anyone who takes
the time to read and comment on this blog!  It really means a lot :)

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Introduction to Catch-21

Whoops, before I add anymore posts, I should probably introduce myself.  Where are my manners!?

I'm not a huge fan of introductions. Anytime someone starts with "I was born in..."  my eyes glaze over as I try not to yawn in their face.  I'll do my best to find a more interesting way to let you know I am a 21-year old college senior that was born and raised in New England. There, how was that? ;)


I'm new to the whole blogging thing so be patient with me.  Why did I start Catch-21?  As I enter one of the most overwhelming and decisive stages of my life, I figure the most logical way to handle the stress is to write all about it.  Backwards thinking?  Maybe.  Does that stop me?  Nah.

I don't have a "theme" per se.  I'm horribly indecisive -- or as I would say in a job interview: diplomatic.  However you phrase it, the point is: I can't decide on a distinct writing style or persona.  I am constantly wavering between the dichotomy of sarcastic versus sweet, serious versus funny, and intellectual versus conversational.  I am hoping that this blog will help me eventually develop my own, unique voice.

You can look forward to posts on everything from organizing (my favorite!) and DIY to reviews and recipes ... and lots of fun stuff in-between!

In a word (hyphenated as it may be), this is a self-discovery blog.  Don't worry, I'm not going to bore you with monotonous details of my day-to-day life or overload you with overly-emotional sob stories.  Instead, I'll post my trials and errors and as I maneuver my way through this crazy little thing called life!

Buckle up, and keep arms and legs inside the vehicle at all times... it's going to be a bumpy ride!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

2013 Resolutions


Everyone knows that resolutions don't officially start until the second day of the year.  January 1st is reserved for recuperating from New Years Eve festivities and mentally detoxing from the crazy holiday season.  By the time I wake up January 2nd I am refreshed, relaxed, and ready to go!

I've decided to make 2013 the year of "more."  I've also decided to make 2013 the year of "simplicity."  I know the two concepts appear counterintuitive at first, but stay with me on this one.  In this case "more" refers to value and "simplicity" refers to objects... so more value and less things.  You've probably heard this before.  Basically, it's a superfluous way of saying "quality over quantity."

They say a picture is worth a thousand words... so I tried my hand at Adobe Illustrator and drew a picture of my 2013 resolutions --the operative word being tried.  It didn't come out the way I imagined, but it's not bad for my first digital illustration.

what are your resolutions for 2013?

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year


Wow!  I can't believe it is already 2013!  Every year, December 31st manages to sneak up on me.  It seems like just yesterday I was on my way to Australia for a semester abroad.  Come to think of it, it seems like just yesterday I graduated high school!  Now here I am... with only one semester standing between me and the "real world."  *cue jaws music*


January 1st is the perfect day to reflect on the past 365 days.  My informal assessment includes the good, the bad, and the ugly.  Let's see how 2012 checks out...

JANUARY Rang in the New Year with lots of kisses and drinks at Pacha in NYC
FEBRUARY Got accepted to study abroad at the University of Melbourne for Fall 2012!
MARCH Spent Spring Break in Panama City Beach, Florida
APRIL Completed my junior year of college... Three years down, one to go
MAY  My last summer vacation before "the real world" and I spent it taking an online course
JUNE I got a taste of what it is like to have my own apartment and a full time job
JULY Moved to Melbourne, Australia for study abroad with Kelley, my bestie/roommate of 3 years
AUGUST Explored Australia with Beka, who came to visit for 10 days
SEPTEMBER Visited Eureka Sky deck, the highest point in the southern hemisphere
OCTOBER Finally turned 21! Spent my birthday weekend in Sydney, Australia
NOVEMBER Road Trip! Finally got to see a koala and pet a kangaroo
DECEMBER Home sweet home... survived the "end of the world" and prepared 2013!

How was your 2012?
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