Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving y'all! Just popping in real quick- hope y'all's days are full of food and spending time with family. I share a version of this post every year but I love sharing a post to reflect on all of what I have to be thankful for, not just this time of year, but every day as well!

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I'm so thankful to be able to spend this holiday at home with my family, especially after a semester away at Clemson. I'm so thankful to be able to go such an amazing college and to have had made such great friends! I am truly blessed in the friendships I have formed in my sorority, on my hall, and in my classes and can't imagine spending my fall semester any other way!

After a semester away, I have definitely come to recognize how thankful I am for the little things at home- not having to walk 15 minutes to get to my car, having Target super close, seeing my puppies, being able to do laundry without it taking a crazy long time, a fridge full of food, and, of course, my family!

And of course, I am so grateful for blogging and all of the opportunities it has brought me so far! I am so blessed to have all of y'all who follow Chic in Carolina and who are so supportive!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

25 Little Things I Love

Happy Wednesday y'all! I was deciding on what blog post to write for today, I looked at my list of ideas for when I'm running out of ideas and decided to share 25 little things I love. Especially with Thanksgiving right around the corner (aka tomorrow!), this is a great way to think of all the little things I love that I may overlook on an everyday basis and also for y'all to get to know me a bit better!

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1. Having time to sit down with a cup of coffee

2. The smell of Christmas trees

3. Lime LaCroix

4. The feeling of a fresh hair cut

5. Retail therapy

6. Pure Barre classes

7. Getting a good parking spot in the Clemson parking lot (#collegeproblems)

8. Going to bed early

9. Not having to wake up with an alarm

10. Lilly dresses + Jack Rogers

11. Rewatching Gossip Girl for the millionth time

12. Getting out of class early

13. A well-placed monogram

14. Matching pajamas

15. A good Spotify playlist

16. Trips to Target

17. Having my bed made

18. A cozy cashmere cardigan in the winter

19. Freshly painted nails

20. Little kids

21. Beach days

22. A fully checked off to-do list

23. Seeing a puppy on campus

24. Or even better, seeing my puppies!

25. Macarons

So tell me, what are some little things you love?

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Ladylike in Vineyard Vines

When Riley and I went to Greenville a few weekends ago (which you can read about here), we stopped into the cutest boutique, The Pink Bee, that sells Lilly and Vineyard Vines plus a bunch of other preppy brands. I wound up absolutely loving this dress and knew I had to bring it home with me!

I've already worn it for an interview and my field placement and can think of a million other occasions to wear it for. When I tried it on, I told Riley that it totally reminded me of something that Kate Middleton would wear and if that's not motivation enough, I don't know what is!

Since the dress is so chic and ladylike, I decided to style it pretty simply with my Lilly wedges (I wore them for recruitment and they're the best) and simple jewelry!












Dress: Vineyard Vines Wedges: Lilly Pulitzer Sunglasses: Kate Spade (similar) Watch: Kate Spade

Pictures by Riley of Northern Prepster

Monday, November 20, 2017

My Chic Week: November 10-16

Happy Monday y'all! I am so excited for today as I'm heading home for Thanksgiving Break! Just need to make it through two classes and then I'm on the road.

I realized last Tuesday that the rest of last week was going to be busier than I expected it to be so that's why I haven't been posting- I'm planning on scheduling lots of content when I'm home though so get excited for that!


Friday was a fairly normal day of classes with grabbing lunch at the dining hall after my math class. After class on Friday, a few sorority sisters and I went to a tailgate that Clemson Panhellenic was hosting on the Greek Quad. Each sorority (we have 13!) set up a tent and you could go from tent to tent learning more about each sorority and getting food from each tent! It was a lot of fun and we then went in downtown Clemson to do a bit of shopping and eat an early dinner.

We played Florida State two weekends ago and it was a 3:30 game so I met up with my big to get food and then head over to the game as we had tickets in the same section of the stadium. It wound up being a bit of a nail biter at the end but thankfully Clemson pulled out a win!


After the game ended, I hung out on my sorority's hall for a bit and then went downtown to get pizza for dinner. We wound up going back to the hall afterwards, which was a lot of fun!

Sunday morning, I went to Church with a friend and then we stopped at Publix afterwards to do a grocery run. We both had to go to a speaker for our sorority afterwards, which wound up being really interesting! Since we only had a hour between the speaker and chapter, we just grabbed Starbucks.

After chapter, I had dinner with my sorority family and then worked on some homework!

Monday was a typical Monday for me with going to class, spending time in the library, doing my laundry, and then a meeting in the afternoon.


Tuesday morning, I had my field placement in the classroom and then headed to my Biology class afterwards. We wound up getting out of class earlier than usual so I went to Chick-fil-a with some friends in the class (we go a little too often haha!)


I stopped by my dorm to grab a few things and then did a few errands in downtown Clemson. I decided to camp out in a local coffee shop to get a few things done and couldn't resist a latte and a cookie while I was there.


I then had my Sociology class and headed to the gym afterwards. I had a math test on Wednesday so I spent some time studying for that.

Wednesday was spent doing some more studying for my test in between class and then also in Bio lab that afternoon! My small group for Church meets on Wednesday nights so that was a lot of fun.

Thursday morning, I was able to sleep in before my first class, which was amazing. I then had class, studied in the library, and then went to my second class of the day.


One of the girls on my hall had her birthday on Thursday so a group of us went out to dinner that night to celebrate, which was a lot of fun!

I decided that instead of sharing what's On my Radar both today and then on Friday, I will share a Weekend Reading post this Saturday so stay tuned for that!


Happy Monday!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Staying in Touch with Long Distance Friends

This post has been on my content calendar for a while as I think it's something a lot of college kids deal with as they transition to high school to college: keeping in touch with high school friends. For a bit of a reference, I went to a small high school where I went to elementary, middle, and high school with most of my grade and now go to Clemson University, which is a large public school in South Carolina.

My friends and I all wound up going to different high schools around the East Coast, the closest of my friends being at USC (which is still 2.5 hours from Clemson!). It's definitely an adjustment going from seeing all of your high school friends every day at school (well I didn't see Riley in high school so our friendship has always been long-distance haha!) but it is definitely possible to remain friendships, even if you go to different colleges that are far away, so I wanted to share some tricks and tips that have come in handy.


Utilize Social Media
Even if I haven't talked to one of my friends in a while, I love keeping up with what they're doing through social media. As much as we all have a love/hate relationship, it's great for long-distance friendships as you see what they've been up to without asking "what are you up" every day.

Remember the Little Things
Maybe it's seeing their favorite food in the dining hall and texting them about it. Or maybe sending them a congrats text for their sorority initiation. This is such an easy way to stay in touch and also helps your friend feel loved (and who doesn't love a fun message from a friend)

Make time to Check in (whether on FaceTime or a quick text message)
I love texting but sometimes talking on the phone is the best way to catch up. I feel like you're able to say a lot more than the typical "hey, what are you up" and have a real conversation, which is so important for staying in touch. Since college can get busy, I sometimes try to schedule a time to catch up or just send them a text message saying that I just got out of class and can catch up if they have time!

Remember Birthdays
I absolutely love celebrating my friends on their birthdays. I know that there is nothing better than receiving texts from friends on your birthday and it's such an easy way to stay in touch (or reconnect if you haven't talked in a while). Writing them a letter or sending them a package of a little gift or some of their favorite candy is also a great idea!

Don't be afraid to reach out
College is busy- you're suddenly overwhelmed with class, homework, projects, and tests as well as clubs and making new friends. It's easy to forget to text or call friends from home but putting in the extra mile is so so important. I know for me that nothing cheers up a crazy day like talking to a friend and catching up can help cure homesickness for both of y'all too!

Accept that your relationship will probably change
I'm not saying that your high school friends aren't your friends anymore but it's harder to develop a friendship when you're hundreds of miles apart, especially after years of seeing each other practically every day. Your everyday texts may get a bit more sparse and you will find your own friends in college but these things can help strengthen your friendship if you put the work into it.


How do you stay in touch with friends that live far away? Let me know in the comments!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Weekends in Greenville

When Riley came to visit a few weekends back (which you can read more about here), we went on a mini road trip to Greenville, South Carolina for the day. If you're not familiar with the area, Clemson is a pretty small town outside of the college, of course, but Greenville is the nearest city and is about 45 minutes away. It's small compared to Charlotte but is so so cute so I knew Riley and I had to make the trip and spend the day there!

It wound up being on the warmer side that weekend so I decided to wear this super cute Anthropologie top I got while I was home over fall break. Even though my style is still very preppy, this look is a bit more casual and I see how going to school at Clemson has influenced my style.








Top: Anthropologie Jeans: Lucky Brand (similar) Flats: Kate Spade Purse: Longchamp Sunglasses: Kate Spade (similar) Fitbit

Photos by Riley of Northern Prepster

Friday, November 10, 2017

My Chic Week: November 3-9

Happy Friday y'all! I can't believe it's already Friday but I'm definitely not complaining as we have another football game (can't believe it's the second to last home game) and I also have some big news to share that is in the On my Radar section!


Friday was a fairly normal day as I had three classes but thankfully since it was the end of the week, it was nothing super crazy!

After class ended on Friday, I drove over to Columbia to pick up Riley from USC. We then headed back to Clemson, with stops for Chick-fil-a and Cookout along the way!

Saturday morning, Riley and I went to an amazing brunch spot in Traveler's Rest called Tandem, which had amazing crepes and lattes.


We then drove into downtown Greenville to some shopping, walking around, and grabbing cupcakes at a delicious bakery (that I had visited in a previous trip to Greenville!).








We drove back to Clemson, hung out for a bit, shot some blog pictures, and then had dinner at one of my favorite spots in Clemson! We were able to catch the end of the Clemson game on TV and got to see the Tigers take home another win.


Sunday morning, we headed out fairly early as we both had sorority events in the afternoon but we didn't leave Clemson without a stop at Starbucks!


After dropping Riley off, I had chapter in the afternoon and studied for a test I had the next day.

old Loft dress ⎢old J. Crew wedges

Monday and Tuesday were so busy for me as I had tests in three of my five classes. Lots of studying happened and I had a few meetings sprinkled in there too!


Compared to Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday was a much more laid back day as I just had my classes and bio lab with not too much homework thankfully. I had small group for Church in the afternoon, which is always a fun time!

Thursday morning, I was able to sleep in before my first class, which was absolutely heavenly. After class, I had lunch at Chick-fil-a with a few friends in that class and then I worked on some homework for a bit.

I brought my big Starbucks before my second class and then went to the gym after that!


On my Radar:

1. I'm so excited to announce that I've accepted a officer position in my sorority! I was slated for the Service Director officer role and I am so so so excited about it!

2. This cashmere wrap looks heavenly

3. Shannon's Savannah apartment is amazing #goals

4. So excited to hear that Big Little Lies should be coming back!

5. Love this post on morning habits to boost your mood

This Week on Chic in Carolina:


Happy Friday!