Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Pink Peplum + Navy Stripes

Today, I'm sharing the last of my New York trip photos with y'all, which is crazy! It seems like I was just up there a few days ago when in reality, an entire month has gone by! You can read about my trip here, here, and here and check out my other outfits from the trip here, here, and here. I can't wait to share with y'all some more fun outfit posts in the next few weeks though!

One of our big family traditions is to have a lobster dinner while my entire family is up in New York. My uncle who lives in Boston brings up fresh lobsters and we cook them outside after a lake day! I'm not a seafood fan but Lobster Fest (our name for the dinner) is always so fun!

Since a plethora of pictures are taken during Lobster Fest, I decided to wear this fun Lilly Pulitzer top that I bought during my trip to New York City over Spring Break (that you can read about here, here, and here). Unfortunately, it's no longer available but I linked another cute Lilly top below!










Top- Lilly Pulitzer (similar linked) Shorts- Vineyard Vines (old, similar linked) Sandals- Jack Rogers Totebag- Longchamp Watch- Kate Spade Bracelets- David Yurman (similar linked)

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Senior Year Bucket List

I'm honestly in disbelief that I'm a senior in high school...for quite a while it seemed like the day would never come but now it has! Senior year is already busy and a whirlwind and I know the rest of the year is going to be the same way!

In order to keep myself a bit accountable, I put together a bucket list of all the things I want to do this year before graduating in the spring (don't know if graduation will be in May or June yet haha). Renee, Frannie, Caroline, and Nicole all posted their bucket lists for their freshman years of college, giving me the inspiration for this post! Some are actual things I want to do while some are academic focused, here's to hoping I'll be able to cross all of them off of my list.


Make straight A's- I have definitely come super close to doing this (like having an 89 in one class while the rest are A's) but this year, I definitely want to do this! It will definitely be a challenge as I'm taking two AP classes again this year but hopefully it will happen

Go to a corn maze with friends- My friends and I did this our sophomore year and it was definitely one of my favorite high school memories so far! I definitely want to go back this fall!

Attend more sports events at my school- One thing I haven't been the best about is going to sports events at my high school. Sure, I've been to a couple but I definitely want to go to more this year, especially now that my school has a football team!

Finish college applications- Sounds like a given but definitely something I need to do before the year is over! I submitted my first application this past week but still have quite a few more to do!

Go to the Farmer's Market- The town one over from mine has a super cute Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings and somehow, I've never been! I've heard so many good things so I want to go soon.

Have a lake day with a friend- I live super close to a lake and my family has a boat so I definitely want to have at least one lake day with a friend this summer (what's left of it haha) or next summer. This summer, I was either away on vacation or couldn't get my schedules to work with my friends so unfortunately, I didn't get in any lake days with friends this summer!

Try new restaurants in Charlotte- Charlotte has so many incredible restaurants and I honestly haven't been to a ton of them. I'm hoping to check out a bunch of new restaurants, Charlotte girls- any I can't miss?

Spend quality time with my family- I honestly can't believe this is my last full year of living at home (my sister is already saying that she wants to turn my room into a living room for her...that's not going to happen) and I definitely want to spend more time with my family as I will be at least a few hours away this time next year!

Take a weekend trip- I love to travel and would definitely love to take a weekend trip this year. I have been dying to visit Charleston again (read about my last visit here) but would also love to visit Nashville. I also have two last college visits coming up this fall that I'm super excited about!

Host a brunch- It seems that I can't go on Instagram (follow me here) on the weekends without seeing a million brunch photos. One weekend this year, I would love to have my friends over for a fun brunch!

Decide on a college- Another given but a pretty big part of senior year! I can't wait to take y'all along with me during the application process and talk about admissions later on in senior year,

Are you a senior this year? What is on your bucket list? Let me know in the comments!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Off-the-Shoulder + Gingham

Happy Monday y'all! I'm honestly in disbelief that this week is the last week of August (almost wrote July haha) and that it's almost September and fall! This month flew by and I have been so busy!

A few weeks ago, I met up with one of my blogger friends, Amy of Pastel n Pink, for lunch. We originally met through the InfluenceHer Network as the North Carolina group often has meetups, which are often held in the Charlotte area. I've attended two meetups so far, when we went to the outlet mall in Charlotte and to a botanical garden.

You can read more about what Amy and I did in this post but we had to take outfit pictures of course! I wore this fun off-the-shoulder dress that Sammydress sent me and y'all, I got so many compliments on it! The material isn't the best but it's a trendy piece with an awesome price! It runs pretty small as I'm typically a 4 or a S in most brands and wear a medium in this dress!






Dress- Sammydress c/o Wedges- J. Crew Factory Totebag- Longchamp Watch- Kate Spade Bracelet- David Yurman (similar linked) Bangle- Lilly Pulitzer (old, 2015 Lunch at Lilly Gift with Purchase)

Disclaimer: Sammydress provided me free clothing samples in exchange for this post but all thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own!

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

My Chic Week: August 19-25

What a week y'all...I got back from the beach Monday afternoon (which I'll talk about very shortly), had one last day at home, and then jumped right back into school on Wednesday. Senior year has been off to a very busy start to say the least (thus why this post is going up later than usual) but so far so good!


If y'all follow me on Instagram, you know that I spent last weekend in Bald Head Island, which is near Wilmington, North Carolina. The family I nanny for spent the whole week at the beach and they asked me to come for the weekend and help them out. So on Friday morning, I drove out to the island (my longest solo drive so far). Bald Head Island actually doesn't have any cars on it (except for construction vehicles and emergency vehicles I think) and golf carts are the main mode of transportation so you have to take the ferry over.

After my ferry arrived on the island, the family I work for picked me up and we headed out to the pool at one of the country clubs on the island. After spending a few hours at the pool, we went back to the house and ordered some pizza!


On Saturday, we went to the beach in the morning and early afternoon, which is always a good thing in my book.




After spending some time at the beach, we went to go climb the lighthouse on the island, Old Baldly. It's actually the oldest lighthouse in North Carolina and had incredible views from the top, which was so fun to see!





We grabbed ice cream after climbing the lighthouse and then had dinner at the house. The little boy I nanny really wanted to go see the sunset so we went back to the beach after dinner. The sunset was incredible and the beach in Bald Head is so gorgeous.



On Sunday, we went to the conservancy on the island where we saw some turtles and then went to the little market. Right next to the market (which is the island's grocery store) is an adorable store called Bald Head Blues, where I got this adorable t-shirt that is super comfortable!


We then grabbed lunch at the casual pool restaurant at the club and then had another pool afternoon.

Monday morning, I woke up somewhat early to get ready for the day as well as to pack up the rest of my stuff. I helped the family I nanny for pack everything up and then also got in line for the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale. I got into the sale right as we were leaving the house and was able to finish my order before we got on the ferry, which I was so excited about.

We took the ferry from the island back to the main land and then we picked up our luggage. Then I was off to drive back home! The drive is about 4 and a half hours so I got home around 2ish. I then spent the afternoon unpacking, blogging, and getting some stuff for school done.


Tuesday was my last day of summer and I started the day off by going to a Pure Barre class. Afterwards, I ran home and got ready to go to the mall with a friend. I actually first stopped at the Verizon store to see if they could fix my cracked phone (the glass protector I have on top of the actual screen cracked because I dropped it...oops!) but unfortunately, I have to wait to receive the new protector in the mail.

After that, it was off to the mall to shop the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale and to get some essentials for back to school. I have never shopped the Lilly sale in stores before but really enjoyed it as you can try the items on and they are returnable as well. I shopped the second day so there wasn't as much inventory but there was still a lot of amazing pieces available! I wound up buying the Essie dress in Barefoot Princess, a phone case that was on sale, as well as this dress from the fall line!




After Lilly, we went into J. Crew as I wanted to try on the pixi pants since I can wear those to school. The pixi pants looked awful on me so I'm still on the hunt for a pair of navy pants that aren't jeans! If you have any suggestions, please let me know in the comments, tweet me, or email me at chicincarolina@gmail.com! Even though the pixi pants didn't work, I was still able to find a few pieces that I loved: this top, this dress (can't wait to wear it with riding boots this fall), and these chino shorts.


We stopped in Nordstrom as I needed a new pair of Jacks as my white pair broke while I was in New York. I also tried on my dream coat by Burberry and I need it, although the price is super steep haha. I've literally have loved it since freshmen year and think I may have to ask for it for Christmas because it's gorgeous!

Can't decide if I love the jacket in navy or red more! Don't  you  also love this outfit of a summer dress (styled here) with a quilted jacket) ;)
We stopped in a few more stores and then I was off to go nanny for the afternoon. After nannying, I had some items on my to-do list to accomplish and then it was time to get some sleep before the first day!

Wednesday was my first day of school and it was crazy to say the least. We met in our advisories, went to all of our classes (each class was 15 minutes), had lunch, and then had some games and activities. It was definitely go, go, go all day! Senior year didn't wait to start as I already had some homework to do that night and I nannied as well.


Thursday was my busiest day all week and started off pretty early as I went to a 6 AM Pure Barre class. I started going to barre this summer (read my first class experience post here) but because of school and work schedule, the 6 AM is the one class time that works for me most days. Although the wake up time was tough, it was a great way to start my day!


The mess homework creates in my room haha!
After Pure Barre, I drove home, quickly got dressed and ready for the day, ate breakfast, and then drove to school. Thursday was my first full day of classes as we had short classes on Wednesday and I had a meeting during lunch as well. I nannied that afternoon and was up pretty late working on homework and studying, nothing too exciting!

On my Radar this Week:

1. First week of senior year- as I mentioned before, I started my senior year on Wednesday and it's already been crazy! I have a lot going on in the organizations I'm involved in, I submitted my first application the other day, and my classes are pretty crazy already!

2. Town & Country posted this article on their Twitter the other day and if you're Type A like me, you'll love it!

3. This outfit from Annaliese is so cute and is actually shot at one of my favorite restaurants here in Charlotte (noticed it in the background of her pictures haha)

4. I've been trying to post a lot of Instagram Stories for y'all, so be sure to follow me so you can see them! While I was at the beach, I also hit 1,000 followers on Instagram so thanks y'all so much for that! It's crazy to think how much my blog has grown since March 2015!

5. Kate is one of my favorite bloggers and posted another edition of her coffee talks posts this week. She always concludes her coffee talk posts with a little reflection which is often faith based and her reflection was definitely what I needed to read this week!

Be sure to catch up on this week's blog posts:


Happy Saturday y'all!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

A Letter to Juniors

Happy Thursday! I'm back with another edition of my tips for high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors (check out the posts for freshmen and for sophomores) as I'm sharing my tips for juniors today!

Junior year is definitely a roller coaster as it's full of amazing ups and not-so-amazing downs. For me, junior year brought a lot of unexpected change and definitely allowed me to become a better student. I put together my best tips for all of y'all juniors so helpfully it makes this big year a bit easier!


Make sure to sleep. Sometimes during junior year, it will seem like you have to much to do not enough time to do it. But don't sacrifice your sleep! If it comes down to studying an extra 30 minutes when I have the gist of the material or sleeping, you can guess what I'll choose. Plus, sleep helps you retain what you learn so definitely don't slack off on sleep!

Start touring colleges in the fall. If you are like me, you probably have a decent size list of schools you're interested by junior year. The best way to better "know" these colleges is to go tour. I talked about this in my post of tips for the early part of the college admissions process (which you should definitely check out) but touring a school has allowed me to see that I actually love a school I thought I wouldn't or didn't really like a school that I thought I would. Get a head start and go tour some schools in the fall so you don't feel like you have to cram all of your visits in during summer. Also, if you tour during the fall, classes will be in sessions and you can have a better feel of what campus life is like at that school.

Meet with your college counselor. I am so fortunate to have an amazing college counselor at my school to help me with everything college related as it has made the process that much smoother. Be sure to start meeting with your counselor fairly frequently as they are a great resource in the college process.

Coffee, coffee, coffee. Honestly, I wasn't much of a regular coffee drinker until junior year. Sure I would have an occasional iced coffee or a latte at Starbucks but I wasn't a bring your mug full of coffee to school girl. Well, junior year definitely changed that and I don't think I could survive in the morning without (I had Pre Calc first period too last year so I definitely needed the caffeine).

Use an agenda. Y'all have heard me blab about my agenda countless times here at Chic in Carolina (I'm planning on showing y'all how I organize mine soon but check out how I organized my agenda last year for now!) but I definitely rely on mine way more than you think I would. Junior year is definitely busy and agendas are perfect for keeping track of all of your tests, quizzes, due dates, meetings, college tours, and outings with friends (and more!).

Things aren't always going to be the same way. This was a big struggle for me last year. Junior year brings a lot of change (which I share a bit more about in this reflection post). First semester, my classes were so different as I was taking harder classes so the workload was a lot bigger for me. Then second semester, I went through some stuff with friends that definitely made me realize that things aren't always going to be the same way. Not saying this to scare y'all but it's definitely worth knowing this going into the year.

Take the SAT and ACT seriously. Junior year is the most common time to take these standardized tests and you'll probably hear your friends and classmates talk about them a billion times before the year is over. These tests are a part of the admissions process for college so be sure to put your full effort into them and prepare for them by getting a tutor, asking for extra help at school, or doing some online studying (I know Kahn Academy partnered with College Board for the SAT).

Stay organized. I am a tad bit organization obsessed but staying organized is one of the best things you can do for yourself junior year. Having everything organized makes it easier for you to find things meaning less stress, which is always welcome!

Balance is key. Though school will keep you super busy, it's also important to have a life. Having things that aren't school related after school is a great way to stay sane. Schedule lunches with friends (on the weekends), have a job, get a volunteer position, etc. Also, during the school year, I always give myself one full day of the weekend to do whatever I want (if it's hanging out with friends or just hanging out at home relaxing) and not to stress about schoolwork. This definitely helps me to stay balanced as well and to give a me a bit of a break after a busy week.

"Me time" is key to sanity. You'll get super busy junior year but it's important to still take care of yourself. Go for a run, use a pretty bath bomb, go to a barre class, paint your nails, indulge in an episode of your favorite show on Netflix, use a face mask, whatever you love! Having me time is such a good stress reliever and gives you a bit of a break from the hustle and bustle of school!

Continue to be involved and work up to leadership roles. Notice a theme in these posts? Involvement is a super important part of high school and I think it's great to continue to stay involved in organizations every year. Junior year is a great time to adopt leadership roles in these organizations as well. Even if you don't become the President of your Student Council, becoming a leader in your school is never a bad thing and is good for your college applications (but don't be a leader in an organization for that reason alone).

Challenge yourself in classes but know when to ask for help. I have always been advised by my college counselor to gradually increase the rigor of your classes each year so by junior year, your classes will definitely be harder than the ones you took freshman year for instance. My junior year, I personally challenged myself by taking Honors Pre Calc and Honors Biology, which have always been harder classes for me as I'm not really a math/science girl. However, taking harder classes doesn't mean you're completely on your own to getting everything done! If you have questions about the test you got back/why you got the grade that you did, go see your teacher during a free period or during lunch. If you need a little help on your essay, email a friend and see if she'll (or he'll) edit it for you and maybe offer to edit her's/his in return. This will make your life so much easier, trust me!

Are you a junior this year? What tips do you have for juniors in high school? Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A Letter to Sophomores

It's Wednesday, which means it's my first day of school! I'm a senior so I'm excited for the new year as well as nervous. I can't believe summer is actually ending as it feels like I started my junior year yesterday!

Anyways, I am back today sharing my tips for high school sophomores. This post is part of a mini series on Chic in Carolina as I shared my tips for freshmen yesterday and will be sharing my tips for juniors tomorrow!


It's ok to do things on your own. Honestly, before sophomore year, I was not very comfortable going into something without a friend whether that be a club, a class, or whatever. I had quite a few classes sophomore year without any of my close friends in them and it definitely taught me that it's okay and actually good to do things on your own. Don't not sign up for something you're interesting in or don't take a class just because you don't have friends in it!

It doesn't really matter when you get your driver's license. Most people turn 16 during their sophomore year and it depends on what state you live in but if your state is like mine, most people get their driver's license or are eligible to get their driver's license during their sophomore year. But at the end of the day it doesn't matter if you're the first or the last of your friend group to get your license! I actually failed the driving test the first time I took it and remember thinking that waiting a week was such a long time and that I was never going to get my license! Looking back at it, it was so silly to stress so much about it because it honestly doesn't matter!

Keep your grades up. Continue to study hard and put full effort into your school work! You'll definitely thank yourself later!

Talk to your parents about college. College seems so far during sophomore year but it's definitely never to early to think about it. Asking your parents some of the harder questions about college is so helpful so you know what to look for in colleges is important! Budget is definitely one of those questions and knowing your financial state (How much are your parents willing to pay?, Is it all on you?, Will you be applying for loans?, etc.) early is good for planning ahead for scholarships and making a smart decision down the road.

Be involved. Sense a trend yet? Involvement is such an important part of high school. During sophomore year, continue to participate in the organizations you joined last year and join one or two (or more depending on how busy you are) more!

It may not look like it now, but enjoy every moment of sophomore year. Right now, I would definitely say sophomore year was my favorite year of high school so far. Did I think that during sophomore year? Nope! I remember hearing upperclassmen say that sophomore year was their favorite year when I was a sophomore and just rolling my eyes but looking back at it, I totally agree! Even if your don't think this will be true, enjoy it!

What tips do you have for high school sophomores? Are you a rising sophomore? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A Letter to Freshmen

Happy Tuesday y'all! Today is my last day of summer, which I am so upset about as I am so not ready to return to the world of homework and projects and tests! It's also crazy to think that I am about to begin my last year of high school and this time next year I'll be heading off to college! Thankfully, I have a lot going on to distract me from school momentarily like the fact that the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale is still going on, which you can see my picks for here!

Anyways, today is the start of a mini series on Chic in Carolina: advice for high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. And as you have may have guessed, I will be starting off with my advice (a "letter") to freshmen today!


Get involved. I am so thankful that one of my teachers who is a family friend as well pulled me aside my freshman year and asked me to come to a meeting for the founding of the Service Committee at my school. I'm now the Vice President of the Committee and can't imagine how different things would be if I didn't attend that meeting. Even if your "call to action" is a bit more subtle, it's so important to get involved freshmen year. Most schools have a variety of organizations to chose from and it's an awesome way to meet new people or to get to know people you already know a bit better!

Expect change. For better or for worse, high school isn't going to be exactly like middle school and, honestly, it will be hard to expect that at times. I go to a small school and I went to middle (and elementary) school with the majority of my classmates so I wasn't really expecting things to be a lot different. The first semester was a bit of an adjustment period for me (I think that's fairly normal) but you definitely find "your place" second semester.

Take your classes seriously. Freshman year does matter! Even though your freshman year grades may not be looked at as much when it comes to college applications, having a solid foundation in your GPA is super important. Studying hard freshman year and developing these study habits (more on this a bit below) are especially helpful for just preparing for the years to come.

Ask for help. It's totally ok to ask for help whether that means sticking around a few minutes after school to have your teacher or an upperclassmen read your essay, submitting test corrections on a test you didn't do so hot on, or asking your advisor or homeroom teacher general questions about school. There's nothing wrong in doing this and it will actually help you out in the long run!

Be open to new friendships. As I mentioned, I've gone to school with the majority of my classmates for a while but that doesn't mean you can't meet new friends. Be nice to everyone and just know that people tend to grow from the person they were in middle school (thankfully) so don't let that stop you!

Don't be scared. TV shows make freshman year look so much scarier than it actually is. I promise you won't be shoved into a locker and your teachers aren't out to fail you (the opposite actually).

Find what study habits work for you. Going off of taking your classes seriously, freshman year is the time to figure out what works for you study wise! Are you better off taking notes on your computer or by hand? Are you a notecard person or do you prefer Quizlet? Figuring these out will help you so much in classes and establish that foundation for success!

What tips do you have for freshmen? Are you an incoming freshmen? Let me know in the comments!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale Picks

Today's the day y'all! The Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale! It started at 8 AM and I thought I would pop in and share with y'all my favorite items that are available in the sale. Before you start shopping, be sure to check out my size guide for items that should be included in the sale, my tips for the sale (1 & 2), and my tips for the morning of the sale!


Are you shopping the Lilly sale today? What have you bought so far? Let me know in the comments!

Friday, August 19, 2016

My Chic Week: August 12-18

What a week! Even though I had the week off from work, this week was still crazy! I head back to school next week so this week was a frenzy of meetings, college applications, hanging out with friends, petsitting, and Pure Barre classes. As y'all read this, I'll be en route to the beach for the weekend with the family I nanny for (best work trip ever am I right?) so thankfully I have one last trip before going back to school on Wednesday!


I worked in the afternoon on Friday, which was really nice because I had the chance to sleep in and then enjoy a relaxed morning blogging in bed.


I went to my usual Pure Barre class at noon and then met up with one of my best friends at Starbucks. We caught up for a bit and then wound up shopping for a bit (I bought this top from Lululemon and I've already worn it to Pure Barre twice this week. 


After shopping, I headed to work, where I pretty much built Legos for a few hours haha! Not a bad job at all and Legos can actually be pretty complicated! I then headed home for a pizza dinner with my family!

Saturday started off pretty early as I went over to the family that I petsat for this week's house (I typically babysit for them) to learn about their dog. I had a pretty calm morning/afternoon but my family and I did go over to my next door neighbor's new house for dinner. We've lived next to them for thirteen years so it has definitely been weird not having them next door but their new house is gorgeous!


My #ootn: Lilly Pulitzer Iona Top, Necklace, Chinos, Sandals, Watch


Sunday was a pretty relaxing day as I just petsat and blogged! Nothing too exciting!

Monday morning, I had a meeting at a local coffee shop to go over some service committee stuff with one of my friends. I'm the Vice President and she's the President so it's been a lot of fun so far working together to plan everything!

I spent the rest of the day at Pure Barre, petsitting, blogging, and working on some of the items on my  to-do list!

Tuesday morning, my mom and I let the dog I petsat this week outside and then ran a few errands. I had a Starbucks reward so while she went to the grocery store, I grabbed a coffee for me and a frappuccino for my younger sister!


I then met up with my friend Renee of Gimme Glamour for lunch on the lake. It was so fun catching up with her before she heads off to college in a few weeks!


Being bloggers, we had to walk around the restaurant's docks after we ate for some OOTD posts for Instagram (follow me here!).


After lunch, I headed back home before going to Pure Barre and doing some more petsitting! Tuesday night after dinner, my siblings and I did jump in the pool for a bit, which was a lot of fun! I've been so busy this summer so it was nice to just enjoy the pool for a bit!

Wednesday was a super busy and started off very early with dropping my brother off at Driver's Ed and then a dermatologist appointment.

I meet up with Amy of Pastel n Pink for lunch and oh my gosh y'all, it was so much fun! We took outfit pictures together and then did a bit of shopping as well! Afterwards, I had an eyebrow wax and then camped out in Starbucks for a bit to get some blogging done! I then went to a Pure Barre class and then went over to petsit!



Once I finally got home, my brother and I decided to go to Chick-fil-a for some dinner and then I spent the rest of the night working on my to-do list haha!

On Thursday, I had a meeting with my college counselor to go over application stuff at school, which was so weird being back during the summer months. Over the school year, we had little ducklings but I was shocked to see a big white duck walking around campus!


I went to my usual Pure Barre class for the last time this summer (actually pretty sad about it) and then headed back to school to work on a project for Service Committee with a friend. Then, I came back home to get all packed up for my beach trip!

On my Radar:

1. The Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale starts on Monday at 8 AM! I am so excited and already have my wishlist written out! Be sure to check out this post and this post for tips, this post for tips for the day of, and this post for a size guide of my favorites that probably will be included in the sale!

2. I love Carly's vlog of her doggie playdate with KJP and Sarah's pup, Bennie!

3. As mentioned before, I'm heading to the beach today so be sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter to stay up to date!

4. J. Crew just came out with new arrivals and they are gorgeous! Can't wait to see them in stores next week!

5. One of my favorite bloggers, Kelly of Kelly in the City, just had a baby girl who is the cutest thing!

Be sure to check out my posts from this past week:


Happy Friday!