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!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

October Favorites

Happy Thursday y'all! So sorry about the lack of posts this week- I had three tests earlier this week so unfortunately blogging was pushed to the back burner. Thankfully, I only have one more test and a paper due before Thanksgiving Break so you'll be seeing a lot more posts from me over here!

For those of y'all who are newer to Chic in Carolina (welcome!), I like to share some of my favorites from the month before at the start of each month. October truly seemed to fly by and I can't believe how far we've gotten into November- I blinked and there's less than two weeks till break (thank goodness haha).

Lilly Pulitzer Wrap Dress- This dress caught my eye when I was shopping at Lilly over Fall Break and it is absolutely stunning on. It is so flattering and I have already worn it a few too many times!

Kate Spade Flats- Now that it has gotten colder out, I have broken out all of my flats for my student teaching placement as well as sorority chapter meetings every week. I purchased this pair my junior year of high school and I have gotten so much use out of them lately that I had to share!

Bedtime Tea- I've been trying to get into the routine of drinking a cup of tea before bed to calm down and relax! This one is the best and is so soothing after a long day- especially now that it is colder outside!

Clarisonic (c/o)- I shared a skincare routine routine featuring my Clarisonic not too long along but I have been loving it so much that I wanted to share it in this post as well! It has made such a big difference in my skincare routine in making it more efficient but also beneficial for my skin as well!

Starbucks Lattes for Keurig- I have been seriously obsessed with this lately! Basically, you have a k-cup and a packet that you pour into your coffee cup. You then turn on your Keurig normally, stir once you're finished, and then you have a super delicious latte in the comfort of your own kitchen (or dorm room haha!). I've tried the Skinny Vanilla Latte and Pumpkin Spice as well as the Peppermint Mocha that my mom just sent me!

Anthropologie Top- Another clothing item I purchased over Fall Break that I have been loving lately! I have been loving looser tops from Anthro paired with leggings or jeans and this one fits the bill perfectly. Be on the lookout for it featured in an outfit post soon!

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

Friday, November 3, 2017

My Chic Week: October 27- November 2

Happy Friday! I am so excited for this weekend as my best friend, Riley, is coming to visit me here in Clemson! I can't wait to share more next week but in the meantime be sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter to stay up to date on our adventures this weekend!

Fridays always seem like busy days to me as I have three classes instead of just 2. Thankfully, they went by pretty quickly haha! Friday night, I hung out with a few friends and watched an episode of Criminal Minds (then switching it to some more pleasant shows haha!).

My family and our good family friends came into town on Saturday for the Clemson vs. Georgia Tech football game, which was so much fun. We tailgated all afternoon and it was honestly great to see my family and to of course show them a little more of Tiger Town.

By the time the game started, it was absolutely pouring. I sat with one of my sorority sisters and it was honestly so miserable that we only made it through the first quarter of the game before heading back to our dorms to shower.

Sunday was my mom's birthday so I met them in Greenville (where they were staying) for brunch at Tupelo Honey downtown, which was amazing.

After brunch, I said goodbye to my family and then headed back to Clemson to work on some homework and to go to my sorority's chapter meeting. I had a math test Monday and wound up studying and hanging out with a few of my friends in the class Sunday night.

Monday, I had my first class of the day and then tried to do some last minute studying for my Math test that morning.

After my math class, a group of us went to lunch at the dining hall and then watched a few episodes of Criminal Minds, which was a great way to decompress after a test haha! I did my laundry as well and then a friend and I went to the library to study and then to Chick-fil-a for dinner.

My sorority has a Bible Study Monday nights and this week, it was at a local ice cream shop, which was a great way to end my Monday.

Tuesday, I had my study teaching in the morning and then biology class. My sociology class got canceled so I was able to relax in the afternoon.

I had really laid back plans for Halloween as two of my friends and I grabbed dinner at a restaurant downtown and then hung out!

Wednesday, I had my first class of the day before picking up my computer and going to my second class of the day. I had lunch with a few friends and then spent the afternoon working on homework and getting stuff done as my lab was canceled.

My sorority had a Halloween themed mixer on Wednesday night so my friends and I did Mean Girls, which was too fun! Since it was Wednesday, we obviously all wore pink and couldn't help but take some "Mean Girls-esque" pictures haha.

Thursday morning, I was able to sleep in before heading to my Bio class. A friend and I grabbed lunch at Chick-fil-a then I had a break before my next class of the day.

I went to the gym after class ended and then caught up with Riley over the phone before working on the blog!

Due to my computer being repaired for a part of the week, I don't have many On my Radar links to share with y'all so I figured that I would just save them for next week!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

A Pulled Together Weekend Look

Happy Thursday! So so sorry for the lack of blog posts this week- I had a bit of an incident with my computer over the weekend that resulted in it being repaired this week. Thankfully, it wasn't too major and my computer is fixed but I did have to go a few days without it, which unfortuantely meant no blog posts to share with y'all!

A few weeks ago over Fall Break, Riley and I went to Soda City, which basically is a really cute farmer's market in downtown Columbia. I talked more about it in a recent My Chic Week post but wanted to share my outfit with y'all!

Unfortunately, most of my outfit is older pieces that aren't available anymore but I love how they tie together to make a really put together look! I also realized that these pictures before I got my hair cut on fall break haha!

Top: Kate Spade (similar) Jeans- Lucky Brand (similarScarf- Lilly Pulitzer (similar) Sandals- Jack Rogers Necklace- Kendra Scott (similar) Purse- Tory Burch (similar) Sunglasses- Kate Spade (similar) Fitbit

Always gotta throw what I know- even in Gamecock country ;)

Thanks for reading!