Pasta in the Microwave (NOT easy mac)

Ok biddies, listen up-

If you didn’t already know this, you can make pasta in your dorm very easily. Tay and I know this because a) we love pasta b) who doesn’t love pasta and c) sometimes we are lazy and need to eat dinner in bed.

How, you might ask? Here are the directions (and also this fun, sort of pasta-related website for you to enjoy while your pasta is in the microwave. you’re welcome.):

Ingredients/Supplies:
Pasta (preferably something that fits in a bowl whole- penne, rotini, rigatoni, etc.)
Small colander (or just use the plate)
Salt (steal packets from the dining hall)
Whatever toppings you might want (I recommend keeping parmesan around because it stays good for a long time, plus some olive oil and a jar of pasta sauce. All good things to have around in a pinch)
Microwaveable plate + bowl

How to:
Pour desired amount of pasta into your bowl. Fill bowl with water so that all the pasta is covered plus a little extra, then add a pinch or two of salt and stir. Place the bowl on top of the plate (some of the water will boil over) and microwave in 4 minute intervals, stirring in between, until tender. This should take 3-4 minutes longer than the usual cook time, but just try the pasta since it depends on preference. Drain in a colander if you have one or just hold the plate over the bowl so you can drain water without the pasta spilling out. Add sauce, cheese, etc. and microwave for another 30 seconds or so. Enjoy!

xoxo,
Kate “I may have done this for breakfast on more than one occasion”

Carolina Cup: Or, a weekend of Lilly, Pearls, & Floppy Hats

Well hey, y’all!

If you haven’t already picked up on this, Tay and I go to school in the South. This means there are a number of traditions that are totally accepted as normal at our school but seem bizarre to anyone else. Tailgating is practically a religion and involves a LOT of sundresses, bowties, and cowboy boots. We shag in the Spring (which, as it turns out, is a type of dance), spend months painting coolers for our formal dates, and spend one glorious day each year in Camden, South Carolina watching horses dancing on elevated surfaces in floppy hats and pastel florals.

Why? The Carolina Cup, or a massive tailgate attended by every big school in the Carolinas, Virginia, and even Florida. I’m told it’s also a horse race.

My Saturday started at 5 am when I had to get up to do hair, put on my pearls, and board the bus for the 4 hour drive to SC. I’m still exhausted, but it was so much fun. Without further adieu, here is a glimpse of the Carolina Cup:

my little my little

my little my little

shoutout to lambda for providing a killer throwback playlist

shoutout to lambda & this guy for providing a killer throwback playlist

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hehe here I am in all my lilly pulitzer-clad, pearl-wearing, sweater-tied-over-shoulders glory

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AND MY BEST FRIEND FROM HOME CAME TO VISIT!!!

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and then there was this kid whose tie matched my dress

If you ever get the chance to participate in something like this, do it- it’s one of those events that you’ll remember forever, even if it seems insane. I’ll be hitting starbucks approximately 70 times today and plan on taking a nap right after this, but this weekend was totally worth it.

xoxo,
Kate “all I ate on saturday was biscuits from bojangles and chipotle”

Sunday Movie Review: It Follows

Today, Kate and I went to see the new horror film It FollowsWe are typically not the people who go to the movies to see a horror film, but given our love of American Horror Story and It Follows being one of the best reviewed horror films in decades, we thought we would give it a shot, and we’re glad we did.

What it’s about: 

Following a strange sexual encounter, a teenager (Maika Monroe) has disturbing visions and the inescapable feeling that someone — or something — is after her.

Taylor’s’ Review:

It Follows is one of those movies that keeps you on the edge of your seat till the very end, and leaves you with many questions and thoughts once it’s over. The originality is undeniable, which kept the element of surprise very real. The concepts are ones I have never seen on screen before.The music was just as ominous, loud, and great as you would expect it to be (think classic horror films). The characters were well-balanced, interesting, and real. The acting was phenomenal (super job by Maika Monroe). It was actually scary, and not in a stupid or cheesy way. It was very well-done by director David Robert Mitchell and the cinematography was excellent. Overall, it left me wanting more (ahhh so many questions!). I wasn’t ready for it to end because I just wanted to keep watching and see what was going to happen. It is definitely worth seeing if you’re in the mood for a little suspense, fear, and good storytelling. I give it 4/5 stars.

Kate’s Review: 

I WOKE UP AT 2 AM CONVINCED IT WAS STANDING IN THE CORNER OF MY ROOM. #NEVERAGAIN

Xo, Tay “I probably won’t sleep for 3 days”

xoxo, Kate “WHO CAME UP WITH THIS SHIT I DEMAND AN APOLOGY”

What it’s like to be on your sorority’s exec board, in gifs

This one goes out to my fellow srat stars-

Whether you call it ‘E-Board’, ‘Exec’, or ‘ugh, them’, your chapter’s executive board is an important part of your sorority. I was lucky enough to get a position this year and can now definitively say that this is a highly accurate account of your exec’s term in office:

You’re elected to your position and everyone is excited for you:

And you go to your first exec meeting feeling so official:

Then you realize how much paperwork you have to do and how many emails you have to answer:

And you find yourself sitting in an e-board meeting that’s going on its 5th hour and you’re like:

Then REAL disaster strikes:


It’s probably over something really stupid, but things get blown out of proportion and you hear that one girl the whole chapter is mad at the your e-board and you’re like:

So you assemble for an emergency meeting. There’s one girl on exec who won’t take BS from anyone and is just like:

But the most of you are freaking out and are like:

And you just turn to your president and chapter advisor like:

And even they can only do so much. You feel like sort of like this:

But eventually you have some good, old-fashioned chapter bonding where you talk it out and push through:


Somehow you make it to the end of the semester without missing a nationals deadline:


And even though you’re emotionally and physically exhausted:

At the end of the day, your sisters make it all worthwhile:

xoxo,
Kate “About to send out my 7th email in 3 days asking for volunteers someone please help already I can’t do this on my own I am ONE PERSON”

Realistic OOTD

We can’t look put together everyday. In our lives it’s just impossible. In reality, we’re hitting snooze until we’re left to get ready, eat, and pack-up with 10 minutes to get to class.

So, without further ado, here are our OOTDs and a sneak peak of our personalities:

Taylor: t-shirt and jeans Kate: button -down and jeans

#arewecool

we can’t keep a straight face

This is just a reminder that you don’t have to look perfect everyday. For me, it’s all about comfort and feeling like myself. Just be you!

Xo, Taylor “I’ve worn this outfit 3 days in a row”

Treat Yo Self Tuesday

I woke up this morning exhausted and stressed. There are simply not enough hours in a day to finish everything I need to do, so how do I respond? Taking some personal time. It seems counterintuitive when you’re really busy, but I’m a big believer in mental health and taking time to take care of yourself.

Tay & I had to run some errands so we turned it into a little outing- went on a Target run, got Chipotle, went to Whole Foods- and it was GREAT.

Got myself some macarons feat. Tay

Macarons feat. Tay

Tay being my chauffeur.

Tay the Chauffeur

Opened my email to find out that I got into my study abroad program of choice (officially be spending next semester at the University of Salamanca in Spain), watched this INCREDIBLE video and some Mindy project with Tay, and got into bed with my cup of tea.

Kate also gave herself a facial and posed like this. This look= priceless. (You know I love you, xo Tay)

Kate’s facial face

Sadly, there is still homework to be done, so I’ll leave you with that, but don’t forget to treat yourself because you deserve it!

xo,
Kate + Tay

How do I make the best of my dining hall?

Yep, we’re back on this subject. It’s a problem older than the universe itself- no college has genuinely GOOD food. (Although occasionally cool alums from your school start food trucks and come back to campus and give you these- stop by swizzler if you’re in the DC area!):

But I digress- let’s get back to the real issue here. There are always those select few campus dining facilities that make pretty decent stuff and everyone is obsessed with them, but when you take ‘good’ college food and compare it to everything in the real world, it’s mediocre at best. That being said, you can make your food infinitely better with a little creativity. This weekend I created this MYO beauty for breakfast:

you're welcome.

you’re welcome.

Nacho average tater tots, huh? And they were so insanely good that I thought I’d share some of my favorite dining hall ‘recipes’ with you. Breakfast Nachos: Breakfast Potatoes Cheese (cheddar/pepper jack preferably) Olives, Black Beans, and Shredded Lettuce (these are usually at the salad bar) Jalapeños & Salsa (these are at the omelette station) Make your way over to the microwave (if your cafeteria has one) and melt the cheese over the potatoes for about 45 seconds. Layer the other ingredients on top, adding/omitting whatever you feel. Enjoy! Breakfast Bowl: Grits (which the cafeteria always has- we go to a southern school) Cheddar cheese Scallions Fried Egg (we have an egg/omelette station where you can get eggs any way) Pour the cheese and scallions over the grits, then get a fried to put on top. Toss on some crumbled bacon if you want to get really fancy, or maybe add some hot sauce. Enjoy! Greek Wrap: Tortilla (which I get from the sandwich bar) Hummus, Red Onions, Olives, Peppers, Lettuce (which I get from the salad station) Feta (which I get from the egg station) Oil/Vinegar Put all the ingredients in the wrap, drizzle with some oil and vinegar, wrap and enjoy! Waffle Sandwich: Literally put ANY sandwich ingredients between two waffles instead of bread. BAM. Open-Faced Breakfast Biscuit (the best weekend breakfast): Biscuit (again, southern school) 2 slices tomato 2 slices cheese 2 fried eggs Whatever breakfast meat you may want Oil, salt, pepper Split your biscuit into halves and drizzle with a little olive oil. Stack the cheese, tomato, and breakfast meat on. Get your two fried eggs and have them put on top of your sandwich instead of on the plate. Dole Whip (which I know you’ve had if you’ve ever been to Disneyland. SO. GOOD.): Pineapple Pineapple Juice Vanilla Soft Serve Get some pineapple and cut it into tiny pieces. Get a bowl with high sides or a cup and fill with as much vanilla soft serve as you want. Pour the pineapple juice over the soft serve and top with pineapple pieces. **You can also do this with other fruits/fruit juices/sodas and make it into a float. Do you have any favorite dining hall hacks to upgrade your typical college meal? Let us know in the comments! xoxo, Kate “Plz help we might have an ant infestation in our dorm”

Classic Technical Problems 

Goodmorning! Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend so far. 

I spent many hours yesterday trying to get the video to upload (to multiple platforms) and things just kept going wrong. I’m hoping today I have better luck and can get it posted! 

Xo, Tay 

Ps: if anyone has any advice on the best way to get a video on here, please share 🙂 

Video Coming Soon to a Computer Near You: “How To Spend Your Night In”

Exciting news! Tomorrow we will be posting our very first video of the much needed spa night we had on Wednesday. We get so stressed out by school and life in general that a night in to pamper ourselves every once in awhile is very necessary. Our version of a spa night is very DIY style, and everything can be done in a dorm room. So, if you need a break from reality, come back tomorrow to watch our video and have yourself a relaxing night in! If you want to prepare for your night in in advance (or need to have your spa night like right NOW), here are a few products/items you can make sure you have ready.

1. An extra bed sheet (will be explained more tomorrow!)

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2. Facial in a Box by Bliss® (or any other mask)

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3. Your favorite hot drink (we love Tazo® tea)

tea-tazo-teabags-calm-tea-box4. Some funny questions to ask your friends OR some Buzzfeed quizzes to take if your night consists of some much needed alone time

5. A good movie & good music to relax yourself (you’ll see tomorrow what movie & music we picked)

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The rest you’ll have to wait and see! We hope you come back tomorrow to watch our fun and very silly video.

Xx, Taylor

PS: Facial in a Box really does give a nice post-facial glow. Aren’t we cute? 😉
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How do I make a quick & healthy dinner in my dorm?

Ah, the age old dilemma- college food sucks, but we’re too busy to cook for ourselves. We eat the unidentifiable food that really just tastes like salt, complain about it, and go on feeling like crap.

But are we too busy to cook? What if I told you there was a quick & easy dinner with minimal prep work and minimal clean up that you could make every night of the week as long as you had access to an oven, a knife, and some aluminum foil? GUESS WHAT? There is! Two words: roasted vegetables.

Roasted veggies are great because you can make them according to your preferences. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, carrots, green beans, chickpeas, beets, butternut squash, any vegetable you can imagine- you can roast them all. AAAND they’re so versatile!!! There are a million different ways to eat them- toss them on some greens with a little goat cheese for a salad, mix them with some quinoa or brown rice (which you can get pre-cooked), make them into tacos, or spoon some greek yogurt over the top. Look at all your options!

Roasted Veggies

**None of these pictures are ours- we are not claiming ownership over any of them!

Can you tell how obsessed I am with roasted vegetables??? Here is the easiest recipe in the world:

Ingredients:
Whatever veggies you want
Olive Oil (Trader Joe’s has a little bottle for <$4)
Salt & Pepper (steal packets from the cafeteria if you have to)
Spices if you want to get fancy (I like cumin, turmeric, curry powder, chili powder, and paprika- again, Trader Joe’s has spices for <$2 a bottle)

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 450. Cut up veggies into little cubes and toss with olive oil and spices. Fold the aluminum foil into a little boat shape and spread your veggies in a single layer (alternatively, get a cookie sheet for ~$5 at Target and use that). Roast for about 12 minutes, then flip. Roast for another 12-16 minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy!

Pro Tips:
– The kitchen in my dorm is in the common lounge area- I go downstairs and do homework while the veggies are roasting. Actually, my chickpeas and sweet potatoes w/ turmeric and curry powder are roasting as I type this.
– Cut your veggies into small cubes- they cook faster, which is ideal for busy people aka everyone.

Try making them and let us know how they turn out in the comments!

xoxo,
Kate