Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas

I honestly cannot believe that Thanksgiving is only a little more than two weeks away! The last few months of the year are always my favorite as they are so festive and I absolutely love Thanksgiving as it is so cozy and who doesn't love eating enjoying food as well as reflecting on all they have to be thankful for?

Regardless of your plans for Thanksgiving, I have the perfect outfit for you that will be perfect for the festivities and comfortable enough for the nap on the couch after the big meal!


What are you planning on wearing for Thanksgiving? Let me know in the comments!

Monday, November 5, 2018

Life Lately

Hey friends! Long time, no blog post! I feel like just about every time I post I start off with that but honestly this semester has absolutely crazy! I have Fall Break this weekend (Clemson has it super late this year so it could include Election Day) and it has been so nice to be at home, take a break from homework for a bit, and hang out with my family.

It's been a while since my last "My Chic Week" post (you can read all of them here) so I wanted to do a quick recap of what's been going on lately and share lots of pictures!

A Weekend at Home
At the start of October, I decided to go home for the weekend as Clemson had an away football game. It was so nice to have a chill weekend at home and spend time with my family and puppies!

Day Trip to Greenville
A few weekends ago my roommate Rachel and I took a little trip into Greenville (about 45 minutes from Clemson to go to brunch and do some shopping. We went to Tandem in Traveler's Rest, which is one of my all-time favorite brunch spots and then went to Target and Trader Joe's. We then went to an outdoor shopping center to go to Clean Juice (one of my favorite places in Charlotte) and to Home Goods!

Fall Band
A few weeks ago, we had our first big function, Fall Band. I went with my friends plus some of our friends who are different sororities at Clemson and some who aren't involved in Greek life and we had such a fun time. We took pictures in front of Tillman before the sun set and then the venue of the function was too cute as it was at a barn not too far from campus! I wound up wearing a dress from Anthropologie borrowed from my mom with my cowboy boots and go-to hoops.

our finished float!

Homecoming + Family Visits
One of the biggest traditions at Clemson is Homecoming week. All of the fraternities and sororities work all week to pomp a float on Bowman Field and they all turn out incredibly. My parents wound up visiting for the game that weekend against NC State, which was so much fun! My parents arrived in Clemson around 11:30 so Rachel, Olivia, and I headed over to their tailgate. We hung out at our tailgate for a bit and then did some tailgate hopping with our family friends as well as stopping by Bowman to see all of the finished Homecoming floats before going into the game.

My little and I both had hill tickets for the game so we sat together and wound up staying until halftime. We headed back to the tailgate and hung out for a while with my family and a bunch of our family friends. My little wound up leaving to go to another tailgate and then my big stopped by and went out to dinner with us after the game. We went to a pizza place a little outside of the main part of Clemson, which was a lot of fun!

The next morning, my parents picked me up from my dorm fairly early so we could move my car and get breakfast before they had to drive back home to Charlotte!

My Halloween plans were pretty much nonexistent as I had an exam in my 8 AM class the next day so I spent all of Halloween studying (spooky am I right?). Earlier in the weekend, my sorority had a Halloween function, which was so much fun! A few of my friends and I did Toddlers & Tiaras by wearing tutus (a sorority essential) with sashes. It turned out super cute and we had such a fun time!

Clemson vs. Louisville
As I mentioned earlier, Clemson's Fall Break is this weekend but we had a home football game on Saturday. We played Louisville and it was a great win so I'm glad I stayed for that before heading home for the weekend.

And here's a few pictures of Tillman to round out this post- I am so so lucky to call Clemson home!

I hope y'all have a great Monday and I am so excited to get back to posting regularly around here!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Fall Wishlist

The weather has finally cooled down here in Clemson (it's in the 40s as I type this!), which means it is finally time for fall clothes! The south always takes forever to cool down and I swear that it was in the 90s just the other day but I am so excited to break out some of my favorite fall and winter pieces (hello riding boots!).

Even though I'm excited to bring out some of my old favorites, I can't help but look around online at all of the cute new pieces! I decided to round up some of my favorites for y'all in case you're looking for a piece or two to refresh your fall wardrobe!

Lilly Pulitzer Lace Dress- When you think Lilly, you typically don't think of darker, more neutral clothing but this dress is absolutely stunning! I love the thin straps and the lace is gorgeous- perfect for a formal event you may have coming up!

Off the Shoulder Top- Clearly I'm loving this deep emerald green this season and I love love love this top (and it's under $100!). I love a good off-the-shoulder top and this one is stunning!

Sweater Dress- Y'all the price of this dress is incredible for what you get! It looks so soft and comfortable yet would look so chic paired with riding boots and maybe a vest!

Cashmere Pullover- This pullover looks absolutely dreamy- my friends always make fun of me for my cashmere obsession in the fall and winter but this looks so soft and comfortable for everyday wear!

Ruffled Sleeve Sweater- This sweater is a bit of a splurge but those sleeves are stunning and would make a gorgeous statement! I think it would look so cute paired with jeans and booties with a fun necklace for a night out!

Lilly Blouse- I love a good Lilly blouse paired with jeans (or pants like these for student teaching) and riding boots and I love this print! The ruffle along the hemline is so cute and adds a little something to the top!

Free People Striped Tee- This Free People tee is so stinkin' cute! I love the ruffles along the hem and who can say no to stripes?

J. Crew Lace Dress- The color of this dress is stunning and would work for any fall/early winter event! I love the lace paired with the ruffled sleeves!

What's on your fall wishlist? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Productive Tasks to Get Done in 5, 15, 30, and 60 Minutes

If you're a long-time reader of Chic in Carolina (snaps to you!!), you probably know I'm very Type A and a big fan of productivity and organization. I always joke to my friends and family that I hate relaxing and doing nothing (although I do have my days!) as I'd rather being doing something!

I wanted to put together a list of tasks based off of the time it takes to get them done to help y'all be more productive in your day to day lives. Whether you have 5 minutes or 60, it is definitely enough to be more productive!

in 5 minutes

write a to-do list
As I'm sure y'all probably know by now, I love a good to-do list. If you have a few minutes to spare on a busy day, definitely sit down with your agenda and write down everything and anything you need to do (even if it seems somewhat pointless to write down, like showering or working out). I always feel so much more able to handle the day after writing it all out plus it ensures that you don't forget to do anything!

make your bed
If you only have time to do one thing to get your life together, definitely make it be making your bed. This is such a good habit to get into and honestly makes your room look so much cleaner even it's the only change you make. Plus, I know I'm less likely to want to get back into bed to take a nap if my bed is already made!

pick up the clothes off of the floor
This is a really quick and easy task that truly makes your life feel more put-together and productive. After a busy day, my room may be a little messy with some clothes on the floor and simply picking those up makes my room seem a lot cleaner in a short period of time.

clean your makeup brushes
I know this is one of those tasks that you should be doing often but don't always get to it. If I have a few minutes, I'll soak my brushes in soapy water and then come back to rinse them and dry them off on a towel. I'm sure there's better ways to clean brushes but this is pretty easy and gets the job done!

take out the trash/recycling
For living in such a small room (which y'all can peak inside in this blog post), trash can pile up fairly quickly. We try to take it out as often as possible but this is a great small task to be more productive as who wants to sit a room with a pile of trash bags and recycling in the corner?

respond to urgent emails
I'm pretty good about responding to emails promptly but when emails pile up in my inbox, I tend to prioritize certain ones if I'm in a time crunch or only have 5 minutes to make a dent in the pile. Definitely prioritize responding or sending those more important ones as it's still being productive given the amount of time you're working with.

in 15 minutes

update your agenda
If I have a little bit more time, I'll take out my agenda and completely update it with any new deadlines or days of important events. I keep my to-do list in my agenda as I use a day designer so it's convenient to keep everything in one place. Be sure to see how I organize it in this blog post.

delete items in your downloads folder
If you use a Mac, be sure to clean out your downloads folder. I feel like it's so easy to forget that the folder exists and is using up storage space on your computer. Take a few minutes and either delete any random or old items or move it into its "proper home" on your computer so you can easily find it later.

tidy up your room
I said that making your bed or picking up your clothes are great ways to tidy up your room in a short amount of time but with 15 minutes you have a bit more time to clean up. I wouldn't say this is exactly "cleaning" more putting everything back where it belongs and getting rid of random items lying around your room.

clean out your purse/backpack
I know on busy weeks it's so easy for your backpack or purse to become a disaster. After those busy weeks, take a few minutes and take everything out. Get rid of those old receipts lying at the bottom of your bag and remove anything you don't need for a more organized bag.

in 30 minutes

clean out your inbox
One of our 5 minute tasks was to respond to important emails but with some extra time, clean out the entirety of your inbox. Respond to those important ones, delete unnecessary ones, and file the rest away in a folder. I always try to get my inbox to 0 or as close to that as possible! As be sure to delete everything in your deleted folder as it takes up space!

organize one area
30 minutes may not be enough time to do a deep organization of your entire room but it definitely gives you enough time to focus on one area. Choose one area that has been giving you stress lately (the top of your desk, your bedside table, your t-shirt drawer, etc.) and focus on organizing just that. You'll feel so much more productive and organized without too much of a time commitment.

transfer photos from your phone to your computer
Between being a blogger and then a typical college girl who loves to take pictures, I have way too many pictures on my phone. Every once in a while, I take the time to plug my phone into my computer and export of all my pictures. This clears up a ton of space on my phone and I'm also able to better organize all of my photos in iPhoto.

in 60 minutes

run a load of laundry
Last year, laundry was such a pain as it was in the basement of my building and required a trip down the elevator or lots of stairs. This year, it's conveniently on my floor of the sorority hall so I do it a lot more often that I used to. If I have a bit more time, I'll throw my stuff in the washer so I have clean clothes or sheets!

Even though working out itself isn't exactly a productive task, I feel so much more productive on the days that I make it to the gym. Dedicating a hour or even less that can have such a big difference in your day (something I need to remember as it's been a while since I've hit the gym haha!).

deep clean your room
For some reason cleaning makes me feel really productive so I try to keep my room tidy and clean for the most part. I usually "deep clean" my room once a week and by that I mean vacuum, clean the sink in my room, windex the mirrors, dust, and then wipe everything down with a Clorox wipe. This usually takes way less than a hour but it definitely makes such a difference as your room is so much cleaner and ready for you to be productive in (I hate working in a messy space).

run an errand
60 minutes isn't a ton of time but it's usually enough to cross one errand off of your to-do list. Whether it's running to the grocery store or dropping a package off at the post office, this is a good use of your time as I know usually these are tasks you put off as they take longer.

What are some of your favorite ways to be productive in a short span of time? Let me know in the comments!

Monday, October 22, 2018

1001 Days Later: Final 101 in 1001 Update

Happy Monday y'all! I am so excited to be sharing today's blog post as it is a wrap up of my 101 in 1001 list. For all of y'all who may not be familiar with the concept, Mackenzie Horan of Design Darling came up with the idea a few years ago to make a list of 101 items to accomplish in 1001 days (roughly 2.5 years). I started my list on January 13, 2016 and finished on October 10, 2018. I was able to accomplish 50 out of 101 tasks (just under 50% completed!) and wanted to recap some of my favorites and some that will be on my next 101 in 1001 list!

Throughout my 1001 days, I have been updating y'all on my progress, which y'all can read here, here, here, and here. You can also find my original list here!

Here are some of my favorite items that I was able to complete along with some fun pictures:

10. Take a Pure Barre class

12. Write (and mail) a hundred hand-written notes

23. Go a month without shopping

We went to the ACC game in Charlotte last December and it was so fun to show off my hometown before the game started!

47. Explore uptown Charlotte with friends

53. Visit NYC

The Lilly store in Jacksonville, Florida, which I visited in this post

62. Visit five different Lilly Pulitzer stores
Amy, Annaliese, and I at a Blogger Meetup in May 2016 (can't believe how long ago this was!)

80. Meet five other bloggers in person

The day I decided I would go to Clemson!

85. Decide on a college!

a picture from Bid Day last year with Ashley and Elizabeth!

91. Rush a sorority

101. Make the Dean's List in college

Items that I didn't get to check off that will be on my next list!

4. Pay for the people behind me in Starbucks

8. Treat my parents to a nice dinner

18. Watch the sunrise

19. Have my grandmother teach me how to make one of her favorite recipes

36. Host a brunch

41. Vote in an election

42. Go a month without eating out

48. Try ten different restaurants in Charlotte

50. Visit a popular tourist destination in Charlotte that I haven't been to yet

57. Visit a new country

71. Professionally redesign my blog

72. Reach 5,000 followers on Instagram (help me out and follow me here!)

73. Reach 1,000 followers on Twitter (help me out and follow me here!)

74. Reach 1,000 followers on Pinterest (help me out and follow me here!)

75. Purchase an official URL for my blog

94. Introduce my college friends to my high school friends

97. Go on a fun Spring Break trip with college friends

Have you made an 101 in 1001 list before? Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Sophomore Year Dorm Room Tour

I am so excited to be sharing today's post with y'all...drumroll please...my sophomore year dorm room tour! My freshman year dorm tour was one of my favorite posts from my freshman year and I am so excited to be sharing this year's version!

I reused a lot of the pieces from last year's room as it is a bit impractical to throw things out after only a year of use but since my roommate Rachel and I's colors were a bit different (her dorm room last year was navy blue while mine was a light blue), we purchased some new pieces to tie everything together and we love the way it turned out!

I am a Kappa Alpha Theta here at Clemson University and since we do not have sorority houses here at Clemson, I am living on my sorority hall, which has been so fun as it's fun living under the same roof as most of the girls in my pledge class. Rach and I lucked out as our room has pretty high ceilings compared to the rest of the hall and we have good natural lighting, which definitely makes things feel a bit more homey!

We are actually living in my big's old room, which is so fun as I spent a-lot of time hanging out here last year and I now I live here!

bed: headboard bedding lilly pillow (c/o) theta pillow bedskirt
gallery wall: similar clemson print ⎢floral Evelyn Henson print ⎢brunch Evelyn Henson print (no longer available) ⎢"work hard so you can shop harder" (c/o)
keurig area: similar organizer ⎢keurig

Thanks for reading!