Wednesday, June 20, 2018

A Day in my Life: Summer 2018

One of my favorite blog posts to both read on other blogs and to share with y'all here on Chic in Carolina are daily routine posts. I think they are so interesting and that it is fun to peek into other bloggers's day-to-day lives. I've shared several different "A Day in my Life" posts with y'all before (including last summer, my freshman year fall semester, and then my freshman year spring semester) so I wanted to share this summer's. I'll also be sharing snaps of what my daily routine looks like over on my Instagram stories so be sure to check that out as well! 

I'm nannying for the same family as I did last summer so even though my days are definitely busy, I love my job. I wake up pretty early to get to work in the morning but I get the middle of the day off as the boys are in preschool and then work again in the afternoon. I'm definitely the type of person who operates best on a set schedule and I know if I wasn't nannying, I would definitely get bored during the summer haha!

What does a typical day look like for you? Let me know in the comments!

Friday, June 15, 2018

My Chic Week: June 8-14

Happy FriYAY y'all! I hope y'all had a great week and even if it wasn't the best, it's officially the weekend!

Every Friday here on Chic in Carolina, I share a recap of my week in a "My Chic Week" post so let's catch up!

I worked a little later in the day last Friday so I slept in a bit before heading to go nanny. I nannied for a few hours and then headed back home. I had a pretty relaxed afternoon and then headed to a Pure Barre class.

Saturday morning, I slept in before heading to a Pure Empower class, which totally kicked my butt! I then headed home to shower before heading down to the Drybar for a blowout. The Drybar just opened up a location in Charlotte, which I am too excited about! I've been to a few other Drybar locations and have been dying for them to open a location in Charlotte so I'm so excited that it's actually open!

They were doing a custom sunhat painting event at the Lilly store in Charlotte so I just had to stop by the mall for that. I, of course, ordered a sunhat and also bought this adorable top! All of the Lilly summer pieces are too cute!

left: dress
right: topskirt

left: topskort
right: romper

After leaving the mall, I headed home and then my family and I went over to our family friends's house for dinner, which was a lot of fun!

One of my favorite things about weekends is sleeping in so I love that I was able to that on Sunday too. One of our family friends graduated from high school this week and had a graduation party on Sunday so my family went to that in the afternoon!

I worked in the afternoon on Monday so I was able to sleep in and get a few things done before going to a Pure Barre class.

Tuesday was a busy day as the little boy I nanny came over to my house to come play. We had such a busy and fun-filled day as we baked cookies, swam in the pool, painted. went out for frozen yogurt, and watched a movie! We then headed back to the family I nanny for's house and picked up his little brother from school.

Wednesday was an early morning to go nanny and also my first day of my juice cleanse. I'm planning on sharing a full post on that soon but Wednesday was definitely rough getting used to drinking juice instead of food haha! I nannied in the morning and afternoon with a barre class in the afternoon!

Thursday was a pretty typical day as I nannied in the morning and the afternoon and also went to barre- nothing too crazy to report!

On the Blog:

Happy Friday! 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Summer Wishlist

With a few summer trips on the horizon over the next month, shopping for summer has been on my radar lately. I think that it is always so fun to go shopping for clothes for a new season and summer, in my opinion, can't be beat as there is so many fun options. I mean who doesn't love a new swimsuit or two and some fun Lilly pieces!

Every once in a while, I share a "wishlist" post with y'all and figured it would be fun to share what is on my summer wishlist as it's perfect if you have some fun trips planned or just want to jazz up your summer wardrobe!

What is on your wishlist for summer? Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

How to Get Your 10,000 Steps In Everyday

Ever since getting my first Fitbit a few years ago, the goal of reaching 10,000 steps has always been at the back of mind. They say 10,000 steps is the optimal number of steps to take daily and it can definitely be tricky to reach some days!

I'm always looking for easy ways to help reach 10,000 steps everyday so I wanted to share some of my favorite tricks with y'all!

Take the stairs
I try to take the stairs as often as possible as it helps you get some more steps in. My freshman year dorm building had the world's slowest elevator so even though taking several flights of stairs up to my dorm wasn't the most fun activity, it was often faster than waiting for the elevator and also helped me get more steps in throughout the day.

Park farther away
This is such an easy habit to incorporate into your day-to-day routine that can definitely add up. Whenever I'm parking whether it's at the grocery store or the parking lot of my barre studio, I park a little farther away to get some extra steps in. Even though it may not seem like a lot, it definitely adds up and can make a difference (plus, usually there's more parking farther away!).

If you can, walk instead of drive
Obviously you can't walk to your destination every time but if you're close enough to walk, it's definitely a great way to get your steps in as well as some exercise. Whether it is walking to a friend's house that is nearby or to a local store, this is a great way to be more active throughout the day.

Incorporate walks into your daily routine
Having two dogs makes this a bit easier but getting up and just walking obviously helps you get your steps in as well as be more active. This is a great way to keep up a healthy lifestyle as you can walk and talk with a friend or even catch up with a friend on the phone while doing so!

Get your 250 steps every hour
Fitbits have the super handy feature of alerting you to take 250 steps every hour. This encourages you to get up and get moving every hour so you're not being immobile for too long. This adds up throughout the day and helps you get closer to your goal of 10,000 steps!

How do you get your steps in everyday? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Father's Day Gift Guide

I can hardly believe that it is almost Father's Day! It seems like the start of the summer is just flying by without a stop button haha! Last month I shared with y'all a gift guide for Mother's Day so I figured that it was only fitting to share one for Father's Day too!

I feel like dads can be pretty tough to shop for as you can't exactly get them a cute bracelet or something like that so I decided to round up some gifts that will be perfect for Father's Day at a variety of budgets- but if you're reading this Dad, your gift isn't on here!

vineyard vines tie (choose his favorite football team!) ⎢american flag spatularay bans
yeti tumblerfitbit (on sale!) ⎢socks

What are you planning on getting for your dad for Father's Day? Let me know in the comments!

Monday, June 11, 2018

My Chic Week: June 1-7

Happy Monday y'all! I hope y'all had a good weekend and are ready to take on this new week! Since I missed sharing this MCW post last Friday, I decided I would share it with y'all today so that way we get things back "on track" here on Chic in Carolina!

I had Friday off of work so I was able to sleep in, which was so nice! Friday was my 250th Pure Barre class (which I talked about in this post from last week but I messed up and Friday was actually my 250th), which was super exciting!

The rest of my day was actually pretty relaxed as I worked on a few canvases for my future sorority little and had dinner with my family on our back porch!

I was up bright and early on Saturday morning as I went to an early Pure Barre class to start off my day! After class ended, I filled my car up with gas and then headed back home to quickly change into "real clothes".

The little boy I nanny is turning 2 in a few weeks so they had his birthday party last weekend. I went to help everything run smoothly and of course hang out with the birthday boy!

After the birthday party ended, I headed back home to hang out for a little bit before babysitting that night!

Sunday morning, my family and I went to church and then had breakfast at one of our favorite restaurants afterwards. I got some work done for the blog/got my life together for the week ahead before going to a Pure Barre class in the afternoon. After barre, I did some more blog work and then had dinner with my family!

It was back into the swing of things on Monday with nannying in the morning, a barre class, and then nannying in the afternoon!

I nannied in the morning on Tuesday and wound up heading to the mall afterwards. My mom wanted me to run into Anthropologie to find something for her to wear to a grad party we had last weekend and we both loved this dress that I will definitely be borrowing. I then grabbed lunch at Chipotle and did a little window shopping around the mall.

dress (excuse my socks haha!)

Tuesday afternoon, I nannied again and we wound up doing a little painting, which was fun and crazy at the same time!

Wednesday was a pretty typical day as I nannied in the morning, came back to go to barre, and then nannied in the afternoon as well. We went to swim lessons and then after dinner for the boys, walked to get a popsicle as a treat!

I nannied on Thursday morning and the kids and I stopped for donuts on the way to school, which wound up being so much fun! I then came home to go to a barre class and afterwards, my family and I got milkshakes to celebrate my younger siblings's last day of school (really healthy to drink a milkshake after barre, right?). I then nannied in the afternoon as well!

On the Blog last Week:

May FavoritesCasual Summer OOTD

Happy Monday!

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Weekend Reading

Happy Saturday y'all! Sorry for a somewhat quiet week here on Chic in Carolina- I had a pretty busy week nannying so I unfortunately didn't have time to get new posts up for y'all. I'm planning on spending some time pre-scheduling content for next week for y'all this weekend so get excited but in the meantime, I'm back with another Weekend Reading post!

Each weekend here on Chic in Carolina, I love sharing some of my favorite links from around the internet with y'all! Grab a cup of coffee or a donut and let's get reading!

a snap from my trip to Kiawah last summer- really missing the beach right now!

1.  So sad to hear about the loss of Kate Spade- her work has brought joy to many people!

2. My new Day Designer agenda started at the start of this month and I have been loving it!

3. One of my friends on Twitter (follow me here) shared this article and it is such an interesting read!

4. Chick-fil-a is testing out their new Chicken Sliders here in Charlotte (and in Albuquerque, New Mexico) and they are so yummy! I tried them a few days after they came out and they are definitely worth the hype!

5. Shannon just released pre-orders for her new agendas and oh my goodness, they're gorgeous! If I didn't have my agenda already picked out, I would definitely be ordering one

6. Love this post from Carly about finding your own style

7. Who else is excited for Legally Blonde 3? *insert hand raising emoji*

8. I purchased these jeans while at the mall a few weeks ago and while they are pricy, I know I'll get so much use out of them- plus they are so comfortable!

9. Another shopping link but I ordered this pajama set and I'm so excited for them to come in! I have them in a long sleeve set and they're so comfy so I'm super excited for the more summer-appropriate short sleeve set!

10. I always love Grace's Reading List posts and her June reading list is making me want to check out  like all the books (perfect for reading on vacay in July!)

Have a good weekend!