Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Lately... (Part 5)

Every once in a while, I love to share these "lately" posts with y'all where I talk to y'all about some of the things that I have been loving in the past few weeks (read all of my "lately" posts here). I feel like I've definitely settled back into a routine after being up in New York and I have been trying to get ready for move-in day at Clemson, which has been quickly approaching!



Eating... 

Since coming home from New York, I've been trying to focus on eating healthier and so far I've been pretty successful! Let me know if y'all would want to see a "what I eat in a day" blog post!

Drinking...

Califia Farms's Mocha Cold Brew Coffee with Almond Milk. This was a random find from Whole Foods and it's so yummy! It's lower in calories than other pre-made iced coffees I've tried and it's a bit sweeter so you don't have to drink as much of it either.



Listening... 


to lots of country music! I have Sirius XM in my car so I love listening to their country station, the Highway, on my way to work or when I'm driving around town! They play current country hits as well as songs from up-and-coming country singers, which I love!

Wearing... 

this top! I will be styling it on the blog sometime in the next week or two but it is so cute! I wore it with white pants and sandals for dinner out with friends last week and I know I will get so much wear out of it as it looks cute with shorts, with white pants/jeans, and with jeans.

Loving... 

Pure Barre Platform! I've been taking Pure Barre classes since last June (read about my first class experience and then when I reached 100 classes) and love them. Pure Barre also offers a higher intensity class called Platform and I've been trying to get into the routine of going once a week. It is definitely harder than the usual class but it's good to switch things up!

Reading... 

I bought Rich People Problems for my trip to Upstate New York earlier this month (which you can read about here and here) and loved it! To be honest, I love books that are a bit dramatic and it's fun to read about characters who have so much money they couldn't possibly spend it all. I'm looking for another book to read before heading to Clemson in a few weeks so let me know if you have any suggestions!

Watching... 

Grey's Anatomy! After hearing my friends rave about for years (no joke y'all), I decided to start watching on my way to Kiawah Island last month and I'm loving it so far! I am definitely not a fan of anything too gory but really love Grey's so far (currently at the end of season two!).

Needing... 

to run a bunch of errands to get ready for college! I would say that I have a good portion of what I need but there's lots of little things I need to cross off of my list! I am hoping to get a chunk of these errands done this week and then next week as well!

Excited... 

to move into my dorm into a few weeks! My roommate and I have a few more items we need to get and I need to do some serious packing but I'm so excited to finally move into Clemson. Once I move in, sorority recruitment will start the next day so it will definitely be busy but I'm so excited for it!

Wanting... 

this Tuckernuck top (so cute!), this Lauren James dress (perfect for game day), these Lilly shorts (I think I may get these for sorority recruitment), this J. Crew Factory top, this Lilly skort, and this shirt dress



What have y'all been up to lately? Let me know in the comments!

Monday, July 24, 2017

A Favorite Lilly Top & Orange Chinos

If you've been following along for a while (if so, thank you!), you've probably seen this top before. It was one of my first Lilly pieces that I bought at full price back during my sophomore year and it's still one of my favorites. I've styled it for both winter and for summer on the blog already but I can't help but share it again ;)

The reason why this top is still a staple in my wardrobe (two and half years later!) is it truly goes with everything. It looks adorable with shorts and sandals in the summer, I wore it with a skirt and flats for school last year, and it works for winter when you add a cashmere cardigan, jeans, and riding boots.

I snagged these J. Crew chinos for a steal last month and knew I had to have them as they're Clemson orange (the orange in my closet has grown significantly since committing to Clemson). My friend Renee was super sweet and gave me a J. Crew gift card so I was able to use it to buy these shorts.












Top: Lilly Pulitzer (similar) Chino Shorts: J. Crew Sandals: Jack Rogers Purse: Tory Burch (similar) Sunglasses: Kate Spade (similar) Bracelets: Lilly Pulitzer (a Gift with Purchase) and David Yurman (similar)

While my mom and I were shooting these pictures, another lady came by and insisted on taking our pictures (and offered us some photography tips haha). I thought it would be cute to include it!


Thanks for reading and I hope y'all have a great Monday!

Friday, July 21, 2017

My Chic Week: July 14-20

Happy Friday y'all! After getting back from vacation on Saturday, this week has been getting back into the routine of things. Even though I don't have crazy plans, I'm excited for the weekend (isn't everyone?).


Friday morning, we left New York and headed to my cousins's house in Virginia. We left in the mid-morning, which gave us sometime to pack up before leaving and then say goodbye to my grandparents. Friday was our longer drive so we arrived in Virginia around dinner time.

Thought the picture on the road of Kona was too funny- she chewed a hole in her crate and she kept on sticking her head out of it!


Once we got to my cousins's, we walked the dogs and then ate dinner. It was a pretty low-key evening, which was fine after a long drive that day.


Saturday morning, we got an early start and drove from Virginia to North Carolina. The day was pretty uneventful but if you follow me on Twitter (which you definitely should!), you heard my story about the beetle. We stopped at a rest stop for our last pit stop of the trip and the rest stop had all these beetles swarming. We got into the car and three hours later (after taking a selfie to send to a friend), I noticed that there was a bettle on my shirt. I screamed, flung it off of me, and then it got back onto me and I freaked out again. Weird story of the day right there y'all!


Once I got home, I ran to the grocery store to pick up a few essentials and then spent the rest of the afternoon unpacking.


Sunday was a fairly laid back day as I was trying to get back into the swing of things after being on vacation for two weeks. I worked on a bunch of things for the blog and then crossed a few other items off of my to-do list.


I went to a barre class Sunday afternoon, which was amazing after being gone for two weeks. I definitely needed to get back into my workout routine (even if the class felt 10x harder haha!). After class, I stopped at Whole Foods to pick up a few things for the week (which I shared with y'all on my Instagram Stories, be sure to follow me to stay up to date with everything I post).




Monday morning, I woke up a bit early so I could work on a few things on the blog and get ready for the day before going to my workout class. I went to Pure Barre Platform Monday morning, which is such a hard class but an amazing workout!


After class ended, I ran an errand and then picked up a juice from a juice bar before heading home. I worked on Tuesday's blog post before heading to go nanny.


I was up bright and early on Tuesday morning to nanny and the boys I nanny and I wound up taking a long walk to their school. I stayed in the city all day on Tuesday and managed to be super productive.


I camped out in Starbucks for a few hours and got a lot done for the blog and a few tasks related to sorority recruitment, with the help of a coffee of course!


I nannied again in the afternoon, which was a pretty low key afternoon as the boys I nanny and I played inside to beat the heat! 

I wound up only working in the morning on Wednesday, which was a nice little change in my schedule (I shared my summer daily routine Tuesday here on Chic in Carolina).


Once I got home, I did some blog work and then shared a few of my recent purchases with y'all on Instagram stories, which I loved! I will definitely be doing more of those in the future so be on the lookout for that! I also went to a barre class Wednesday afternoon, which is always a good thing.



On Wednesday, I went out to dinner with a bunch of my friends, which was so much fun as we hadn't seen each other in a while. One of my friends was visiting from Brazil as she studied abroad here the first semester of senior year so it was so fun to see her!


I nannied in the morning on Thursday and once I finished, I met my mom and siblings at Costco to do a Costco run. I then hung out at the family I nanny for's house for a while, which was good as I was able to be productive!


I walked to pick the boys up from school, with a stop for Starbucks on the way back. I nannied for a few hours before heading back home for dinner! My mom and I walked the dogs and then I finished up this blog post and cleaned my room (real life y'all!).


On my Radar this Week:

1. I just made a big purchase yesterday- a new camera! We bought my dad a DSLR for his birthday last year and he has let me use it for blog pictures over the past few months. Since I'm heading to Clemson next month, I wanted to have my own camera so I could continue to share outfit pictures with y'all and also to document college life (like sorority events or studying abroad). I decided to go with the same camera my dad has, the Nikon D3400, and I'm so excited to get to use it!

2. Lilly Pulitzer just realized new arrivals and they are, as always, gorgeous! My favorites are this dress, these shortsthis dress, this skortthese shorts, this tee, this dress, and this button up

3. Love my friend Amy's post on 5 reasons why you should start a blog! If you're not a blogger and haven't read it already, I definitely recommend checking it out!

4. Curious if those detox teas you always see on Instagram actually work? This article from The Everygirl talks more about this!

5. Renee shared about her trip to New Orleans, which looks amazing


Happy Friday!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Post-Vacation Detox

Whenever we are on vacation, my family and I always find ourselves focusing our days around eating and enjoying delicious food. I eat fairly healthy in my normal day-to-day life but I’m a bit more carefree when on vacation (pretty normal I would say haha).

After a long vacation, I’m typically ready to get back into eating healthy and working out more consistently. After my two-week long trip to New York, which was full of yummy food and lots of dessert (who can say no to soft serve ice cream?), I was definitely ready to detox a little bit and these are a few things that got me “back on track” and none of them are too crazy either!


Drink more Water
I think it's safe to say that we all know how important it is to drink water. I try to drink half my body weight in fluid ounces each day (so if you weigh 150 pounds, drink 75 fl. oz or if you weigh 120 pounds, drink 60 fl oz.). I fill up a big water bottle or tumbler each morning and make sure to bring it everywhere with me! If you're not a big water drinker, try adding a straw or some lemon juice as the straw will make you drink it faster and the lemon juice will add some flavor!

Amp up your Workouts
This is a perfect time to kick your workouts up a notch, whether that means going out of your comfort zone and trying a new workout class, going for a run 4 times a week instead of 3, or using the 3 pound weights in your barre class instead of two pound ones. Little changes can make a big difference!

No Dessert during the Week
A bit of a confession here for y'all: I love my desserts (may not be a confession if you read last week's My Chic Week post haha!). In my opinion, there's nothing better than a bowl of ice cream after dinner but, of course, that isn't always the healthiest choice haha! Balance is so important as obviously you can't cut out sweets forever so I focus on no desserts during the week and having a treat or two on the weekends! 

10,000 Steps every single Day
I bought my Fitbit back in February and it honestly helps so much in tracking everything health and fitness related. The primary feature of Fitbits is tracking your steps with the goal of reaching 10,000 steps per day. For me, this sometimes is a high number of steps to reach but making the extra effort to reach it each day, whether that means parking farther away in the Target parking lot or walking instead of driving, really helps make sure that you are being active each day.

Detox Tea
After vacations or just when we haven't been eating as healthy as usual (like the holidays), my mom and I like to do Jillian Michaels's detox tea. Obviously detox tea isn't a substitute for eating healthy but it really helps you drink more water every day.

Watch Serving Sizes
Have you ever opened a bag of chips and eaten exactly the serving size of 10 chips? Neither have I! Serving sizes are really important as even though the food you're eating may be healthy, you may be eating too much of it. A trick for this is to pre-package a bunch of snacks (whether it's chips or pretzels or whatever) and put only the serving in a plastic bag.

Get enough Sleep
During vacation, I tend to take advantage of sleeping in every day but it's also important to continue to get enough sleep even when you're not on vacation. Depending on what time you wake up, make your "bed time" and stick to it as it will help you be more alert during the day as well!


How do you get back on track after vacation? Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A Day in my Life: Summer 2017

A post that I always like to share with y'all is "A Day in my Life" or rather, my daily routine. I love to read them on other blogs and it's fun to get a little peak into someone's day to day life that you may not always see on their blog! Even though I share what I'm up to each week in my "My Chic Week" posts, it's fun to share these as I shared one from junior year, last summer, and then senior year.


This summer, I'm working as a part-time nanny for the family that I have nannied for the past year and a half so I spent a lot of time with the kiddos, which I love as they're so much fun. I work in the afternoon on Mondays, in both the morning and afternoon on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and then Friday is my day off! Tuesday through Thursday looks pretty similar to the schedule that I shared with y'all except some days I'll stay at the family I nanny for's house during the day (the kiddos go to school during the day).

Of course, my schedule doesn't always look exactly like this due to appointments or going out to dinner with friends but I would say this is pretty accurate of what I'm up to during the day!

What do your summer days typically look like? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Beach and Bae + My Go-To Chinos

Even though I love to dress up, most days you can find me wearing an outfit that looks something like this: a tank or tee, chino shorts, and sandals. You can find me wearing this while nannying, shopping, running errands around town, or grabbing coffee with friends as the combination is so versatile (not very revolutionary...but versatile).

While in New York, I paired this fun Lilly tee with my favorite chinos of the summer for a casual dinner at one of our favorite restaurants (I talked about this more in yesterday's My Chic Week post). We spent most of the day on the lake and I wanted to be comfortable but still look cute at the same time.

I picked up these shorts last month at Lilly Pulitzer during a trip to the mall and I cannot tell y'all how much use I get out of them. They are so cute and since they're white, I can wear them with practically every top in my closet. I did size up for a looser fit but my usual size fit as well!








Top: Lilly Pulitzer Shorts: Lilly Pulitzer Sandals: Tory Burch Sunglasses: Kate Spade (similar) Watch: Kate Spade Bracelets: Lilly Pulitzer (a Gift with Purchase from last summer)

Thanks for reading and I hope y'all have a great Tuesday!

Monday, July 17, 2017

My Chic Week: July 7-13

Happy Monday y'all! I know that I typically share my "My Chic Week" posts on Fridays but we wound up leaving our lake house on Friday instead of Saturday and we ran out of wifi at our lake house so I was unable to get this post up in time for y'all. Last week was our second week up in Upstate New York (read about Week 1 of my family's trip here) and I have lots of pictures to share, so hopefully that makes up for this post going up later than usual!


On Friday, we headed into town to go to one of our favorite restaurants for lunch. My mom and I did a little shopping before lunch and also took pictures for an outfit post y'all will see on the blog soon! 


After lunch, my siblings and I decided to grab some ice cream, which is always a must whenever we're on vacation! Unfortunately, the weather turned a bit sour in the afternoon so we weren't able to get out onto the lake like we had planned but we spent the afternoon playing board games, which was a lot of fun!


Our family friends came into town on Saturday so we went out on the lake in the afternoon. After a few hours of tubing and hanging out at the beach, we came back for a casual dinner at home. I made S'mores Cookie Bars for dessert, which are seriously one of my favorite recipes ever (the whole pan was pretty much gone after dinner...).

We were also treated to an amazing sunset that night!

Not the best picture ever but they're so good, I don't care haha

Sunday was another lake day filled with lots of tubing, paddle boarding, and beach time. Sunday was a pretty laid back day but after dinner, we made s'mores, which was so much fun even though it was super buggy out.



Monday was an exciting day as my friend Annaliese of Southern Belle in Training came to visit for a lake day. She recently moved from Charlotte to Vermont so it was a lot of fun to see her as the last time we saw each other was back in April for her going away dinner! She was able to visit for the majority of the day and it was so fun (and I have so many funny tubing pictures that she would probably kill me if they went on the Internet haha!).



After Annaliese left, we wound up going to one of our favorite restaurants in town for dinner. The restaurant has amazing food and the desserts are even better so it was a great way to end my Monday (not like Monday's are too bad on vacation though!).



You may of guessed it but Tuesday was another lake day (I mean what else do you do at the lake?). Another family friend arrived Monday night so Tuesday was our first lake day with her (she's a bit younger than my little sister!) and it was a lot of fun. Our family friends came over for dinner on Tuesday night, which everyone always love even if it means me making everyone watch the Bachelorette (that I had taped) with me.

Since our lake house is very remote and our wifi plan is a bit interesting (we actually ran out of wifi earlier in the week), my parents, brother, and I went to a local coffee shop in town on Wednesday morning to connect to wifi and catch up on emails and other things like that.


My mom and I had a few errands to run in the afternoon on Wednesday so we did those before coming back to the lake house to make some yummy chocolate chip cookies!

Thursday was our last day in New York and, unfortunately for us, it was another rainy day. We got all of our things packed up in the morning and finished in the afternoon, with a break after lunch to our favorite ice cream place.


Can you believe this is a small ice cream cone??


Thursday night, we had dinner over at our family friends's house and it was a lot of fun to hang out with them and eat some pizza too!


On my Radar:

1. Obsessed with this Clemson orange, Lauren James dress! I think I need to order it for game day at Clemson this fall

2. I always find myself doing more baking while up in New York and this year is no exception. Last week, I made these Sugar Cookie Bars and this week, I made S'mores Cookie Bars that I made a few years ago (so so yummy!). Be sure to follow along with me on Pinterest as that is where I get most of my recipes from!

3. The Lauren Conrad team shared this fun quiz on how L.A. is your beauty routine and it was so fun to take (even if your style isn't exactly "L.A." like mine is)

4. This Tory Burch tunic is gorgeous

5. Carly hit the nail on its head with her blog post about our reliance on our phones (I'm so guilty of this haha) and how to overcome it

Last Week on Chic in Carolina:


Happy Monday!