Monday, January 16, 2017

5 Things You Should Do Every Morning

Happy Monday y'all! I have the day off of school today for the MLK day holiday but with exams starting tomorrow (yikes!), my day isn't going to be the most relaxing as I'll be nannying this morning and then spending the afternoon studying for my AP Psych test tomorrow morning. But I will definitely be watching the Bachelor as a reward for all that studying ;)

Today, I'm sharing a post with y'all that I've wanted to share for a while: 5 Things You Should Do Every Morning. With school, mornings are always so busy and sometimes that hecticness really messes up the rest of my day. Even though you can't always give yourself a later start time in the morning or a few extra minutes to get a head start on your to-do list, here are 5 things that are fairly easy to accomplish that will start your day off on a good note.

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1. Make your Bed
I used to totally be team never make my bed but ever since re-doing my room, it has become a part of my routine. It helps my room look more put together and organized and when I get home later in the day, it is less messy.

2. Check your Email
One of the first things I do in the morning after brushing my teeth and that sort of thing is checking my email. If you read my How to Be More Organized in 2017 post, you know that I like to keep my email at 0 (or as close to that as possible) so checking it first things helps make that happens as I clean out any emails that came in overnight that I don't really need and so I don't miss anything.

3. Wash your Face
This one seems obvious but also is something you should do that sometimes gets sacrificed for the sake of time. Washing your face helps wake you up by splashing water on your face and also helps keep your face clean (and helps combats breakouts!)

4. Make sure you have what you need for the day
It's always the worst when you get to school and realize oh my gosh, I left _____ at home.... whether it's your laptop, lunch, phone, or textbook you need for class. To prevent this, always check over the must haves before you leave home- double check you have the books you need for the class, or the paper that's due today, or even just your phone and water bottle. This will make your day a lot less hectic once you get to school as you know you have everything you need for the day.

5. Eat breakfast!
I'm out the door fairly early for school but I always make sure that I eat breakfast before I go because if I don't, I will be super hungry and cranky. For weekday mornings, it's usually fairly simple with toaster waffles but it tides me over until I eat a granola bar in my free period. I also always bring a coffee for the road and my first few classes

What are essentials of your morning? Let me know in the comments!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

My Chic Week: January 6-12

Happy Weekend y'all! With a snow storm last weekend and 2 hours delays on both Monday and Tuesday, this week has been a bit crazy and I know it will be even crazier with midterm exams next week. This weekend is pretty much going to be studying (with a few barre classes thrown in there haha) but we do have the day off on Monday for MLK Day, which is exciting!

Last Friday was a fairly normal and busy school day, nothing much to report on haha. All of the weather reports were saying that it was going to start snowing around 7 PM but around 3:30/4 ish it started to hail and just be gross out, so I wound up not nannying that night. My entire family and I were a bit eager for the snow to start falling and it was nice to have the night off and not do anything.

I woke up on Saturday to a solid five-ish/six-ish inches of snow on the ground. It only snows once or twice a winter here in North Carolina so when it does snow, it's a big deal haha! My Pure Barre class was canceled and I wound up not being able to nanny due to the road conditions so it was nice to go outside and spend time with my family. We went sledding and also took both Kona and Cassie out in the snow, which was so much fun.

I went back inside around lunchtime and warmed up with a cup of hot chocolate, which is such a must for snow days!

Since I didn't have too much homework to do, I wound up making my favorite brownies ever. These are seriously so good and it was nice to bake something since I had the time to!

I didn't too much on Sunday other than organize and blog, which was really nice especially with exams around the corner.

Monday we had a delayed opening, which was nice as I was able to sleep in a bit. Classes were fairly short, which made the day fly by and my Faith Formation class was canceled due to the weather so I was able to finish my homework at a decent time and go to Pure Barre as well.

Tuesday was another delayed opening and my day was on the busy side as I had a test in one my classes and also had a meeting during lunch. I unexpectedly had the afternoon of off work so I was able to go to a Pure Barre class in the afternoon.

Wednesday was a bit rough after being able to sleep in for four days straight but wasn't too bad haha. My classes have been focused on wrapping up the semester and reviewing for exams so some of my classes have been super busy while others have been a bit easier (especially the two classes that end today).

After school, I worked on my Calc study guide and then went off to nanny. I had to stop at the gas station beforehand and then after nannying, I finished my Calc study guide and studied for a Spanish test that was yesterday.

I actually re-wore the Kate Spade leggings pictured above in this post as I have been loving them lately. They are a bit higher waisted, which makes them perfect for barre class or for casual wear.

Thursday was another day of exam studying during classes and also taking a test in Spanish. Even though it snowed last weekend, it was literally 70 degrees on Thursday (and it's January??). While nannying, I knew I wanted to take advantage of the unseasonably warm temperatures so the kiddos and I went to the park, which was so nice as it was warm haha!

On my Radar:

1. For Christmas, my parents gave me the Drybar 3-Day Bender Curling Iron (which I featured in my Christmas List post back in November) but I would love to know if any of y'all have it and have any tips or tricks for it as I'm trying to get the hang of it!

2. Even though it is totally not in my budget, I love Tory Burch's latest collection!

3. Caitlin is one of my favorite bloggers and I love her tips on growing your blog's following

4. The Lilly new arrivals are making me want to book a tropical vacay ASAP

This week's posts:

Happy Saturday y'all!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

How to be More Organized in 2017

Organization is one of those things that really helps your life in terms of having everything "together" and general stress. It, of course, takes quite a bit of work to maintain but is so worth it as it does really make your life easier.

The New Year definitely makes me want to re-organize everything and get my act back together. After a busy December, it is so nice to have a fresh, clean start and organization definitely helps with that.

I have always been fairly organized and high school has definitely exemplified that. Honestly, I don't know how I would of survived high school so far without being organized so today I'm sharing my favorite tips and tricks to stay organized especially in this new year.

Use an Agenda
My agenda is honestly my saving grace when it comes to organization and I talk about it in practically every organization themed post but it's that good. I use the Lilly Pulitzer Jumbo Agenda and write down everything going on: barre classes, my work schedule, homework, tests, quizzes, assignment deadlines, and everything in-between.

Keep only the essentials in your purse
Outside of school, I pretty much always have my purse with me and by the end of a busy week, it is pretty full and half of that is random items that I don't need to be bringing with me everywhere I go. Take the time to clear out your bag and only keep the essentials: wallet, sunglasses, lip balm/stick, bobby pins, etc.

Empty your downloads folder
This only applies to Mac users but this is such a big one for me. I download quite a few things throughout the week for school, leaving me with a downloads folder with a million and one items in it. Not only is this digitally "messy", it is also makes a bit harder when you're looking for the rubric for your history project so clearing your downloads by either putting the item in its proper folder (more on this below) or deleting it all together makes a big difference.

Sort through your papers
Whether it be your class notes or random papers in your desk, it is so helpful to come up with a system in stick to it. I have a binder for my morning classes, my afternoon classes, and then for my Calc class since we have so much paper in that class. Putting the date on each paper and hole punching everything makes it easier to find in my binder and has a lot less clutter. As for papers in my desk, I try to keep those in folders in a specific desk drawer.

Make a to-do list for the week as well as daily to-do lists
For particularly busy weeks, I find it really helpful to make a big to-do list of everything I need/want to do that week from various commitments (ex. meeting during lunch on Tuesday), deadlines (ex. essay due Thursday night), or random tasks you need to do (ex. go to Target). This really helps me make sure that I do everything I need to do and also that I can spread it out a little better. Once I make the big to do list, I'll make one for the day, which includes that day's commitments, homework, and other various assignments. If I don't finish it that day, it is moved to the next day's to do list.

Keep your inbox at 0
This may seem like a lot but definitely helps in actually seeing new emails and getting rid of emails that aren't so important. I put all of my emails into general folders (like Pure Barre or AP Psych) and then when I receive an email that belongs in that folder, that's where it goes. Occasionally, I'll keep an email out in my inbox if it's time sensitive (like a coupon code to a store) or if I haven't responded to it but other than that I keep it at 0, which makes it a lot more manageable and easier to find important emails.

Have a computer folder for each class and have an internal organization system for each class
On my desktop, I have a folder for each of my 7 classes and I also organize inside these folders a little differently depending on the class. Some classes, I have subfolders for the semester with subfolders for quarters with subfolders for chapters while I other I organize by in-class and out-of-class.

Keep clutter at bay
I'm not the biggest fan of clutter, it just adds extra "stuff" into your space and if you don't need it, you don't use it most times so it just wastes that space and makes things messy. Spend a few minutes and clean up the random extras around your room, whether it's a granola bar wrapper or mail. Make it a habit to do this everyday and that clutter will be long gone.

Dedicate a day to deep cleaning your closet
I typically do this once a season but cleaning (and I mean deep cleaning) makes such a difference. I try to pull everything out of my closet, evaluate each piece (sounds extreme but if you wouldn't want to be your last outfit ever, that's not a piece you want in your closet), decide whether you want to keep, sell, donate, or trash it, and then place it back in your closet. Choose a system that works for you whether that's by color or by length (tanks, short sleeve, long sleeve).

How do you stay organized? Is organization one of your New Year resolutions? Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Print Mixing & Pearls

It's been a week and a half since Christmas Break ended and I'm definitely getting back into my usual routine. Since I'm a senior, we have the privilege of dressing business casual instead of wearing our uniforms, which definitely has been more of a difficulty in the winter months. In the early fall and spring, I can just throw on a shift dress and sandals and be out the door but winter business casual definitely takes a bit more work.

This is an outfit I actually wore this week and thought I would share it with y'all! I've had most of these pieces for a while so they're some of my favorites! The J. Crew Factory City Mini is such a go to in my wardrobe- I have it in two colors (navy and black) and seriously wear it once or twice a week. On a side note, I apologize for my hair looking a little off in these pictures haha!

Button Up Shirt- J. Crew Factory (old, similar) Skirt- J. Crew Factory (same skirt, different color and on sale!) Vest- J. Crew (old, similar) Pearls- J. Crew Tights- Loft Flats- Tory Burch (similarWatch- Kate Spade Bracelets- David Yurman (similar) and local boutique

Happy Wednesday y'all!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

20 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Me

Something important to what I do as a blogger is having y'all "know me" without actually needing to meet me in real life. I love bloggers who open up a bit more on their blogs and I definitely don't want y'all seeing me as some perfect girl with a perfect life and perfect outfits. In order to accomplish this, today, I'm sharing 20 things you probably didn't know about me!

1. I love routines and having structure in my day-to-day life.

2. I would rather dress up than be in comfy clothes.

3. I can't work and be productive until my room is clean.

4. I cut my hair into a disastrous bob in the fifth grade and the trauma from that caused me to grow it out and it's been long(ish) ever since.

5. I prefer baked goods over candy.

6. One of my dogs, Cassie, and I share the same birthday (April 14).

7. I've always loved larger purses and bags.

8. I'm not the biggest breakfast fan but I love brunch!

9. I am an extrovert but sometimes I need my alone time.

10. I love personality tests.

11. I don't watch a lot of TV because of homework but when I do, it's probably HGTV or the Bachelor.

12. When I like a song, I listen to it an embarrassing amount of times until I start to not like it.

13. I can't wait to have my own home to decorate someday.

14. I haven't had any soda since January 2014.

15. I am definitely not a morning person.

16. Beach over mountains, any day of the week.

17. Going off of #16, I've been skiing once and I was so awful, I didn't leave the bunny hills and spent more time falling than skiing.

18. I low-key couldn't survive without my car.

19. Peonies and roses are my favorite flowers.

20. I'm always an overpacker trips whether it's for 2 days or 2 weeks.

Anything surprise you? Anything we share in common? Let me know in the comments!

Monday, January 9, 2017

December Favorites

Happy Monday y'all! After bringing y'all a bunch of new year themed content (be sure to see my favorite posts of 2016 and my 2017 goals) and Lilly Pulitzer sale info last week, it's time to share my December Favorites! If you're a newer Chic in Carolina reader (hey! be sure to read more about me here), I share my monthly favorites around the start of each month and it's so fun to see what products/items I loved in the past and to share with y'all products you may not of heard of or just give them a glowing review for y'all haha!

Lilly Pulitzer Callahan Pants- I featured these pants in an outfit post last week and I seriously got so much use out of them. One of my best friends owns them as well and we have shown up to school not once but twice wearing matching outfits, but these pants are so great that neither of us cares.

The Vacationers- Okay, I have to admit that I haven't finished The Vacationers yet but I had to include it because 1. it's been really interesting so far 2. the setting is a summer vacation to Spain, which provides a little bit of sunshine to dreary winter days

J. Crew Plaid Top (sold out but available in a classic black and white)- Plaid is always so perfect for the holidays and this fun top is no exception. I wore this to my family's Christmas party and I'm hoping that I can wear it a few more times before spring arrives

Lilly Pulitzer Striped Skipper Popover- Between barre class and nannying, I lived in popovers in December and was thrilled to see that the family I nanny for got me a popover from Lilly for Christmas. It is seriously so comfortable and I love the navy stripes with a pop of pink.

J. Crew Pearls- These pearls are such a classic and I wear them so often year round. In December, they were constantly on rotation between my brother's Confirmation, school, and Christmas Eve.

Too Faced Born This Way Concealer- I recently ran out of concealer so while I was in Florida over Christmas Break, I picked up this one from Sephora. I really like Too Faced products and this one has been awesome so far!

Spilts59 Leggings- I bought these leggings in November as I had a coupon from completing a challenge and my Pure Barre studio and I have gotten so much use out of them since then. They're super flattering and I also love that they have a little bit of a sticky sock on the end, which adds a bit more support to my sticky socks during barre class.

What were your December Favorites? Let me know in the comments!

Friday, January 6, 2017

My Chic Week: December 30- January 5

Happy happy Friday y'all! Was it just me or was this the longest week ever? Even though we had Monday off from school, getting back into my usual routine after almost two weeks off was a little rough and I don't even want to think about exams being less than two weeks away haha.

Friday morning, my family and I were up bright and early to hit the road to drive back home after our trip to Florida last week. We hit quite a bit of traffic driving down so we wanted to leave early to hopefully avoid that. Thankfully we made good time on the trip and I spent the rest of the afternoon unpacking and also taking down all of our Christmas decorations.

On Saturday, I met up with Renee of Gimme Glamour for brunch at one of the cutest restaurants. We have met a few times before and it was so fun to catch up, especially since she is a freshman at Elon, one of the schools I applied to and was accepted to.

After brunch, Renee was super sweet and shot the pictures for Tuesday's outfit post, which honestly is such a staple in my wardrobe. I seriously wear these pants all the time (one of my friends has them and we've worn them to school on the same day a few too many times) and I'm currently obsessed with this cashmere tee!

In the afternoon, I switched between working on a few blog related items that I had to catch up on after my trip to Florida (aka emails and commenting on other blogs) and also baking some M&M cookies. M&M cookies are my family's favorite and they're so good- let me know if you want me to share the recipe with y'all! I also attempted to document it on my Instagram stories- something I'm trying to post more on so be sure to follow me!

My NYE plans were fairly relaxed this year as my family and I went over to our family friends's house- nothing too exciting. Before we left, I snapped this hilarious picture of Kona- it's been so fun seeing her little personality come out since we've spent so much time at home this break!

Sunday was definitely a laid-back day- I pretty much did nothing but walk the pups and watch the Harry Potter marathon on ABC Family (I refuse to call it freeform lol).

Monday was our last day of break and I used it to catch up on some blogging tasks and to also schedule all of this week's posts (which are conveniently linked at the bottom of this post for y'all to catch up on!).

I went to my favorite noon Pure Barre class and then met my family for lunch at one of our favorite restaurants. I'm pretty sure that eating a hamburger and then getting ice cream afterwards defeats the purpose of working out but hey it was the last day of break!

Tuesday was a long day, especially since it was the first time getting up at 6 AM in a while and my classes seemed particularly long haha. I had the night off of my nannying job so I was able to go to a barre class and also get all of my homework done at a reasonable hour. I also went to bed extremely early as I had to get up at 4:30 the next morning.

Wednesday started off on an early note as my brother and I went to go do a service project before school began. That ended at 6 and we went to Starbucks afterward to get some much-needed coffee. School was pretty usual and Wednesday was my first day back nannying after a week and a half break, which was so fun!

Thursday was a pretty hectic day, especially with the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale. I had my free period when the sale started so I was hoping I could shop then but the site crashed and I wasn't able to get in until later in the day.

After school, I nannied and we made a trip to Starbucks, which I will never complain about haha!

On my Radar:

1. SNOW! Charlotte is set, like much of the country, to receive some snow tonight/tomorrow! The weather is notoriously unpredictable in North Carolina, especially with snow forecasts, so this should be interesting!

2. My grandparents bought me these pajamas for Christmas and I have seriously worn them every night this week- they're so comfy!

3. Loved Caroline's post on how she met her best friends in college!

4. My girl Riley is celebrating 3 years of blogging!

5. As many of y'all probably know, the Lilly sale was yesterday and I'm so excited about the pieces I was able to snag! The virtual line was pretty much a mess and it took way longer than expected but thankfully, it turned out fine (both my mom and I were shopping haha). What did y'all snag?

Happy Friday!