Saturday, April 21, 2018

Weekend Reading

Happy Saturday y'all! It's crazy to think that after this weekend, I only have one more weekend in Tigertown before heading back home for the summer! I have a sorority function tonight and then a sorority sisterhood retreat tomorrow so I'll definitely be staying busy, but it's crazy to see how quickly the school year is ending!

image via a trip to Dean & Deluca last summer- can't wait to take lots of lunch trips there this summer!

1. The makers of Nantucket vs. The Hamptons just started a new Instagram, which highlights the difference between Charleston and Myrtle Beach and any Southerner will get a kick out of it!

2. Have you seen Julia of Gal Meets Glam's new dress line? Everything is so pretty!

3. This Lululemon post definitely makes me want to try out foam rolling

4. The Kentucky Derby is right around the corner and this Town & Country article shares some fun facts you probably didn't know about the Derby!

5. So excited for my Theta sister Ashley as she starts her next chapter after graduation!

6. Have you heard that Target will not be releasing the tall Hunter boots as part of their Target x Hunter capsule collection?

7. The Newsette is one of my favorite email subscriptions as they round up everything going on in pop culture and send it to your inbox each morning! They shared a post on what a visual merchandiser does at work, which I found so interesting!

9. Kate shared her makeup routine on her blog the other day and I love how classic and elegant it is!

10. Tory Burch has such a good sale going on right now- I have my eye on this shift dress and this purse!

Have a good weekend!

Friday, April 20, 2018

My Chic Week: April 13-19

Happy Friday y'all! After a crazy busy week, I am so glad that it is the weekend! Next week is my last week of class, which is so crazy to think about as it will be summer before I know it!

My first class of the day on Friday was cancelled, which is always a great way to start off the day as I was able to get dressed and then head to Starbucks for breakfast before class. I then had my only class of the day and then headed back to my dorm for a bit.

Madison of The Classic Madison and I had lunch and took outfit pictures in Greenville Friday afternoon, which was too much fun! I picked her up at Furman and then we went to Tupelo Honey for lunch, which was amazing! We then both took outfit pictures (which y'all saw on Wednesday and will see more of next week!) and we actually ran into my Pi Chi from sorority recruitment in the fall so it was fun to see her! I then headed back to Clemson and then had dinner with one of my friends before going to get ice cream at an ice cream shop in downtown Clemson.

Saturday was my birthday and my family was so sweet and came into town to celebrate! We went to lunch with some of my friends here at Clemson and enjoyed some yummy barbecue and then cupcakes from my favorite spot at home that my family brought with them! We headed back to campus and then I opened presents with my family before they had to head back to Charlotte.

Saturday was also Clemson's Spring Football game, which was so much fun! It was so nice to be back in Death Valley and cheer on the Tigers, even though I got a not-so-lovely sunburn haha! Afterwards, my big and I ordered a pizza and hung out in her room as the game totally wiped us out!

outfit details: tassel earrings ⎢orange top (from last summer but styled in this post!) ⎢skortsandals (which y'all can see in most of these pictures haha!) ⎢similar sunglasses

I slept in on Sunday morning before heading to the library with one of my friends. This week was definitely a crazy one (thank goodness it's over!) so I was able to get somewhat of a head start. One of my besties from home also Facetimed me so it was fun catching up on life with her before we can do it in person in a few short weeks!

I then had my sorority's chapter meeting and then a quick meeting for living on our sorority hall before quickly changing, eating dinner, and heading back to the library. I had a group project to work on and a math test to study for so it was a busy night!

outfit details: dress (old but styled in this post) ⎢rain boots

On Monday, I had my first two classes with a test in my math class. I also had class registration on Monday afternoon, which is always so hectic. I thankfully have most of my classes straightened out but the whole process can be pretty overwhelming!

I then had my Spanish class and grabbed dinner at a restaurant downtown with a friend as there was a proceeds night for the Circle of Sisterhood. We then went to our student center to study before going to an extra credit event for Spanish.

Tuesday morning, I had class followed by a presentation in my lab right afterwards. I grabbed lunch with a friend before getting some stuff done in the afternoon. I then met up with some friends to work on homework together in the library and wound up staying there to get more work done!

My roomie for next year and I realized we were both in the lib so we had a quick catch up in the stairway (no joke!), which was such a great way to take a break. It's Circle of Sisterhood Week to raise funds for the trek to Malawi next spring break (which you can read about here) and we had a speaker Tuesday night so I grabbed dinner with a friend before going to that. After the speaker, I did some blog work, worked on a presentation, and studied for a quiz I had the next day!

I had my two classes on Wednesday and then went back to my dorm to eat and practice a presentation that I gave in my Spanish class later that afternoon. One of my friends and I went to our Geography professor's office hours to ask a few questions and then I stopped at Starbucks before my next class. I had a big presentation in Spanish so I'm relieved to have that done and I think it went fairly well.

I then headed to the library to study for a test that I had the next morning. I grabbed Chick-fil-a with one of my friends for dinner before we went to the lib to study some more!

Thursday morning, I had my 8 AM and we had an exam so I actually was able to leave earlier than the class usually gets out. I did my laundry and did a deep clean of my room, which felt so nice to get done!

I had a sorority meeting in the afternoon and then got some homework and blog work done. For Circle of Sisterhood week, there was a food truck event on Thursday night that my big and I went to, which was so much fun!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Dorm Room Groceries

One thing that I've definitely learned this year is how important it is to keep good food in your dorm room. Even though I have a meal plan on campus, sometimes you just want something easy and simple plus our dining hall isn't open on Saturdays so I like having something on hand so that way I don't necessarily have to eat fast food for all of my meals.

Since I obviously don't have a full-sized fridge or a pantry in my dorm, I keep things pretty simple as I only keep the essentials "in stock". I try to keep only healthy food in my dorm as if there's ice cream, I will eat it but it's college so I try to practice moderation haha!

Lime LaCroix- I am low-key obsessed with LaCroix and always keep on hand in my dorm. I don't drink soda so I love that LaCroix is refreshing and different than water while still not having any calories or artificial sweeteners!

Annie's Snack Mix- This stuff is so good y'all! Like Chex Mix but if you took out all the pieces that practically nobody likes. Slightly dangerous to keep on hand as I will eat it all!

Donut Shop K Cups- A Keurig is a college student's life saver as it provides you with caffeine without a $5 trip to Starbucks. I bought the Donut Shop brand at Costco and I love having a cup in the morning before heading to class!

SmartWater- I have a Brita Filter in my fridge but sometimes it's easier to just grab a water bottle and head off to class! We always have SmartWater in my pantry at home so I keep a few bottles in my dorm room here in Clemson.

Granola Bars- Granola bars are perfect for either a snack in between classes or even for a quick breakfast on-the-go! I seriously bought like a 100 pack of the Nature Valley ones at Costco last summer and have been chugging through those haha!

Yogurt- I typically don't go to the dining hall for breakfast but will have a yogurt instead! I really like both Dreamfields Organic yogurt (not pictured) and then Brown Cow yogurt. The Brown Cow yogurt, I have only found at Whole Foods but you can find the Dreamfields at Publix!

Turkey Sausage- Since I don't eat breakfast in the dining hall, I keep some turkey sausage links in my fridge so I can have some protein with my breakfast. I just heat them up in the microwave and then it's ready to eat!

Hummus- I really love hummus and it goes with some many things from pita chips to pretzels to carrots!

Bread- This sounds really weird but I keep a loaf of bread in my dorm! A peanut butter sandwich is such an easy meal and is perfect if I'm studying in my dorm or don't want to go to the dining hall (especially on Saturday's when it is closed).

Carrots + Apples (not pictured)- There isn't a large fruits and veggies section in our dining hall so I always like to keep some carrots and apples on hand to either have as a snack or alongside a meal. Plus the carrots can go with the hummus!

What groceries do you always keep on hand in your dorm room? Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Blush & Tassels

If there's been one piece that has been rotation in my wardrobe this spring, it is this definitely this blush tee from Free People. I purchased it a while back so I couldn't find it online, but this tee is similar! I have honestly gotten so much wear out of it, whether it's with jeans or white pants or a skirt! It is the softest material so it looks like your outfit is put together in class without lacking in any comfort at all!

I love how simple this outfit is yet it's so put together at the same time! I picked up these tassel earrings while in Charleston in February (which you can read about here) and I am obsessed! I wore this for lunch in Greenville with my friend Madison but can definitely see myself wearing this for more occasions this spring and summer whether it's birthday dinners for friends or a casual outfit!

T-Shirt: Free People (similar) Bralette: Free People Skort: Lilly Pulitzer Sandals: Tory Burch Purse: Louis Vuitton (less expensive herePendant Necklace: Kendra Scott Tassel Earrings: Moon & Lola Sunglasses: Kate Spade (similarFitbit

Photos by Madison of The Classic Madison

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

How to Know When You Need A Break

The end of the school year is so close for us college students yet so far at the same time. I only have a week and a half of class yet and you can tell that the professors are feeling the pressure too with all of the work they've been assigning lately!

One thing that is common when talking to my friends lately is how much we need a break right now. Obviously, we can't exactly take a week-long break or anything until finals are over but I wanted to talk about how to tell when you need a break!

And breaks don't have to be super long or anything crazy! A break to catch up with a friend over coffee or a relaxed night in of doing nothing can be super refreshing too!

image via my Instagram

You're Burnt Out
With school work, sometimes you get to a point where you're simply burnt out. Maybe it's been a crazy week with school work or you've been having drama with friends or you're simply not getting enough sleep. To me, burn out is definitely a sign that I need to take a step back and re-focus.

You Can't Get Anything Done
I sometimes get to a point that I have worked so hard and so long that I simply can't get anything else done. This can be pretty frustrating but one thing I've learned in college is that sometimes it is better to just go ahead and go to sleep (or maybe just take a break if it's not time for bed haha!) rather try to cram a little bit more info into your brain

You Lack Inspiration
I feel like this applies more towards blogging than school work but sometimes it's hard to get things done without inspiration to do so. Even in school, you sometimes loose sight of "the big picture", especially when you're caught up in gen ed requirements rather than courses that apply to your major specifically. Inspiration can be hard so when I'm feeling uninspired, I like to go on Pinterest (follow me here) or even just take a walk!

You Can't Focus
Don't you love when you're trying to get something done and then you just can't focus on it for the life of you? This can be hard to overcome as your mind simply is elsewhere. Taking a break, no matter how short, is helpful as it helps you re-set and come back to your work refreshed!

You're Overly Stressed
Some levels of stress are good as if you didn't experience stress, you wouldn't feel the need to do anything. But it's not good to experience too much stress (my AP Psych class in high school talked about too much stress and too little sleep and honestly the impacts are scary) so take a step back and take a break.

You're Easily Annoyed
One thing I love about college is that all of my friends literally live within a 5 minute radius of me. Everybody needs a little space at times so if you find yourself getting easily annoyed whether with the people around you or even situations you can't control, give yourself a night of watching Netflix with a cup of tea or hot chocolate!

What do you do when you need a break? Let me know in the comments!

Monday, April 16, 2018

19 Fun Facts About Me

Happy Monday y'all! As I mentioned in Saturday's Weekend Reading blog post, Saturday was my 19th birthday! One thing my friends and I have agreed on is that 19 is definitely an overlooked birthday as when you turn 18, you're a legal adult then 20 starts a new decade then 21 is, of course, when you're legal (in the U.S.).

To celebrate here on Chic in Carolina, I wanted to share 19 (one for every year haha) fun facts about me that you probably don't know!

image via an outfit post coming to the blog later this week!

1. My hair is naturally wavy but I usually curl or straighten it as I'm not the biggest fan of it natural as it's more blah wavy than beachy, pretty wavy

2. My high school had chickens, a pig, and a duck! Whenever I tell someone here at Clemson this, they think it's so odd but I guess it was just something that made my high school unique haha!

3. I'm 5"7 and most people don't think that I'm that tall

4. I played soccer for ten years when I was younger and played on my high school's varsity team for two years

5. When I was younger, I told my parents that I wanted a jet ski instead of a car when I turned 16. They told me that I would feel differently when I was actually 16, which I did as even though jet skis are a lot of fun, they're not exactly the most practical.

6. I am not all! My siblings are both pretty artistic and I guess I didn't get that gene

7. My high school superlative was "Most Likely to Go Greek" and it happened as I joined Theta!

8. I've never been out of the country! My trip to Malawi, Africa next Spring Break will be my first time out of the U.S. and I'm so excited

9. I'm pretty sarcastic/sassy in real life

10. My friends joke that I will definitely be an organized mom that makes the other moms jealous of how she has it together (???), which I find hilarious 

11. I'd rather dress up than down

12. I can't snap. This isn't really that interesting but is usually my go-to for those "tell us a fun fact about you" for ice breakers as it's only slightly ironic for sorority events as we snap a lot during our chapter meetings. I faked it in a Kindergarten performance and have never been able to do it.

13. I function best on a lot of sleep- I love going to bed early but somewhat sleeping in too!

14. When I was in the fifth grade, I got the most horrendous bob haircut. I have pretty thick hair and the hairdresser didn't thin it out so it was so poofy, let's just say I'll never be repeating that one!

15. I can sing every word of the song Despacito thanks to my senior year Spanish class

16. My goal in life is to be able to get my hair blown out all the time as I absolutely despise doing my own hair

17. My Myers-Briggs Personality Type is an ESFJ- I think personality tests are so interesting and I love seeing what they say about my personality as well as my family and friends

18. I've been to exactly 3 concerts: the Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift (the Speak Now tour!) and then One Direction haha

19. I oddly love driving in the car by myself. I love driving to/from school as I get 2 hours to chill out and blast music haha! 

Do we have any of these in common? Let me know in the comments!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Weekend Reading

Happy Saturday y'all! Today is an exciting today as it's my 19th birthday! My family is coming into town today to celebrate and we're having lunch with some of my best friends here at Clemson before probably going to Clemson's spring football game.

For now, grab a cup of coffee as we have another exciting edition of my Weekend Reading series!

1. I've been a lot more active on Pinterest lately so be sure to head over there and follow me to see all of the fun things I pin!

2. Lilly Pulitzer just realized their new arrivals and they are gorgeous as always! My favorites are this shift dressthis topthis shift dressthis romperthese leggings, and this skort

3. All of Mackenzie's pictures from her trip to Savannah are stunning

4. So excited for Big Little Lies season 2!

5. Love this post on how to get out of a slump because let's be real, it happens to everyone

6. Obsessed with this graphic- perfect inspiration for the end of the school year!

7. If you're planning on moving out of state soon, Annaliese's post on a pre-move checklist is a must-read for you!

8. So many good tips in Dorothy's post on establishing a good nighttime routine

9. Love these tips from Town & Country on how to keep your space spotless!

10. Kate Spade is having their Friends and Family sale right now and there's 30% off of everything with code FAMILY

Have a good weekend!