Tuesday, July 31, 2018

What Clothes to Pack for College

A few weeks ago here on Chic in Carolina, I shared my complete college packing list, which is perfect for any of y'all heading off to college this fall. Since it's a complete other challenge, I decided to make what clothes to bring with you a post of its own so I wouldn't leave anything out and the post also would not be a million years long.

I'll be the first to admit that I love shopping so I definitely had a lot of clothes that I wanted to bring with me. However, it's pretty tricky to know what exactly you'll need without actually being a student at college as so much depends on your campus culture. At Clemson, we are pretty casual as most girls wear norts and an oversized tee when it's warm and then leggings and oversized tees with a sweatshirt/some sort of sweater over it in the winter. Not every campus is like ours obviously but I packed a lot of cute casual clothes thinking I would wear them to class!


I also overpacked because I would bring items for one specific occasion "I could wear this going on the lake" that may not happen or simply bring too much of one item. I had a field placement in a classroom last fall so I did wear more of my dresses but in the spring, I never wore all of the dresses I brought for chapter meetings or Church.

As I mentioned before, most days I do wear an oversized tee and shorts but I definitely recommend not bringing every t-shirt you own with you to college. If you join a sorority, you will find yourself with a giant collection of t-shirts (I seriously have over 50 shirts at this point) and those t-shirts from home will just take up space. Even if you don't go greek, you'll find yourself with a large collection of shirts as you get so many free ones during those first few weeks!


Any other tips for packing clothes? Let me know in the comments!

Monday, July 30, 2018

My Chic Week: July 20-26

Happy Monday from Upstate New York! Sorry for the brief lack of posts last week- I was in Bald Head Island with the family I nanny for last week, was home for a day, and then my family and I headed up to our lake house in Upstate New York on Friday so it's been pretty busy! I'm hoping to get all caught up over here on the blog so I figured I would start with a MCW post as I have lots of photos to share with y'all today!


Since I had the day off of work on Friday, I had a lot to do (evident by my to-do list below haha!). I got some stuff done at home before going to a barre class. After class, I grabbed a juice for lunch and then ran a few errands!


My family and I went out on the boat Friday afternoon, which was such a great way to soak in some summertime (I've been trying to soak it all in before heading back to school so soon!). On the way back home, we picked up some pizza for dinner!


Saturday was a pretty laid back day as I slept in before going to an Empower class at my Pure Barre studio. Once I got home, I showered and then worked on a few tasks I needed to get done (including packing). My family and I went to church before a yummy dinner at home!

similar tankskirt (on sale!) ⎢scarf (on sale!) ⎢earringsbracelet

I left the house around 9:30 on Sunday morning for the beach and had a fairly uneventful ride. One of the cool things about Bald Head is that there is no cars on the island (only golf carts!) so you park your car on the mainland and take the ferry over! I got in for the 2 PM ferry and then headed over to the house with the family I nanny for!



I unpacked and then we went over to the country club to swim and then pick up dinner to bring over to the beach. It was such a gorgeous night, making it perfect to be on the beach!


Monday started off with a golf cart ride to get an iced latte, which I will never complain about!


We went to the beach in the morning but it was unfortunately pretty cloudy in the afternoon. After dinner, we headed out to a little party held by the island, which resulted getting poured on in the golf cart haha! But nothing a little ice cream can't fix!


Tuesday was a pretty rainy day on the island so we went to the Nature Conservancy on the island, which was fun to visit. We had lunch at one of the restaurants at the Marina and then did a little shopping in the afternoon, which was so fun!


On Wednesday, we went to East Beach on the other side of the island, which was so gorgeous! It was such a perfect day to look for shells and play in the water! We then went to the club for lunch and to swim at the pool for a bit before grabbing ice cream!

right: my go-to one piece this summer


Since Wednesday was my last night (the family I nanny for stayed until Sunday!), we went to the club for dinner, which was so delicious and in a gorgeous setting! Once we got back from dinner, I did some laundry and packed up my stuff.

I left the beach house around 10 on Thursday to make the 10:30 ferry. I then loaded up my car and drove back to Charlotte. Once I got back to Charlotte, it was crunch time to get everything ready for my trip to NY the next day. I went to a barre class and got everything all packed up!


Happy Monday!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

What to Know Before Beginning Pure Barre

I've never been a huge workout person. I played soccer growing up so that kept me fairly in shape and even though I enjoyed actually playing, I didn't enjoy running during practice or anything like that haha. Let's be real, running is not my favorite and I would dread going on runs.

That was until I went to Pure Barre. I went to my first class in June 2016, just over two years ago, and honestly, I have loved it ever since! I've become that crazy person who loves working out and actually looks forward to the hour of my day dedicated to Pure Barre.

I feel like I am always talking about Pure Barre whether it's on my Instagram stories or in my "My Chic Week" posts so I wanted to share a post on what to know before your first Pure Barre class!


So what exactly is Pure Barre? Taken straight from the website, Pure Barre is "Utilizing the ballet barre to perform small isometric movements set to fantastic music, Pure Barre is a total body workout that lifts your seat, tones your thighs, abs, and arms, and burns fat in record- breaking time".

Each Pure Barre class is 50 minutes long (which honestly flies by) and starts with a warm-up, followed by arms, thighs, seat work (Pure Barre lingo for butt), abs, a stretch, and then you're out the door!

Do I need a dance background to do Pure Barre? Nope! I hadn't taken a dance class since I was a little girl and I absolutely love Pure Barre. PB is ballet inspired but isn't a dance class so to speak!

What time should I get there? The earlier the better! For new clients, my studio recommends 15 minutes before class starts but I honestly get there 10-15 minutes before class starts so I grab a spot, grab my equipment, and stretch before class begins!

What should I wear? Definitely wear leggings and then a workout top! I prefer to either wear a tank or a tee as it gets to warm during class for a long sleeve but that's a personal preference! I shared what I wear in this blog post- just add sticky socks!

Do I really need those sticky socks? I honestly went my first two weeks of class without them but they really do make the class easier as you aren't sliding all over the floor (especially during the plank).

How often do you go a week? I typically go 5-6 times a week whenever I am at home for an extended period of time (Clemson unfortunately doesn't have a studio!). I usually do a class or two over the weekend and go to the Empower class once a week.

What package do you have? I do the Student One Month Unlimited package, which is about $150 a month (the regular unlimited is ~$200 a month but there's a student discount)! If you are going more than 3 times a week, it can be cheaper to do the unlimited rather than paying by class (which is ~$21). In June of this year, for example, I went to Pure Barre 20 times, which made the price per class only $7!

What is the difference between Classic and Empower? Classic is a more slower paced class (yet still hard!) that focuses on slow isometric movements to shape your body. It is 50 minutes while Empower is 45 minutes. Empower is a lot faster paced and encorporates cardio as well as a platform and arm weights! I definitely recommend starting with Classic and once you get familiar with the lingo and the method, add Empower into your routine!

Have you ever taken a Pure Barre class before? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Hilton Head Island Travel Guide

As y'all probably noticed from both my Instagram and my recent "My Chic Week" posts, I spent the Fourth of July at Hilton Head Island with my family and our close family friends (who are basically my aunt and uncle). I grew up going to the Outer Banks in the summer but recently, we've gone to the beach at Kiawah Island in South Carolina. I've been to HHI for a weekend when I was younger but this was our first year renting a house there and staying a week!

I wanted to share with y'all more about our trip by sharing a travel guide (check out my travel guides for Kiawah, the Big Island of Hawaii, and New York City too!)


To Stay

We rented a house in Sea Pines, which we loved as we wanted to be close to the beach and also visit for an entire week! The house we stayed in was gorgeous but if you are looking for a shorter trip, there is several hotels on the island as well!

To Eat

The Salty Dog: We actually never ate at the Salty Dog but grabbed ice cream there several times during our trip! The Salty Dog is a famous bar and restaurant on Hilton Head so it's definitely fun to visit to get the experience (and a Comfort Colors t-shirt!)

Harbour Town: Harbour Town has several different restaurants to choose from (we ate at the Crazy Crab) and is such a cute area of Hilton Head! Just a warning, the waits will probably be long so go a hour or two before the time you want to eat!

To Do

Rent Bikes: We rented a bunch of bikes for the week and it was so fun riding them around the island to get ice cream or just for fun! Hilton Head is very bike-friendly so I recommend bringing a bike or renting a bike for the duration of your stay!

Sea Pines Beach Club: If you are staying in Sea Pines, you can go to the Beach Club, which is perfect if your house or condo is further from the beach or if you want to eat at the restaurant there! We admittedly didn't make it over there but I've heard so many good things!

Shop in Harbour Town: Not only does Harbour Town have restaurants but it also has a bunch of cute little shops! It's perfect for getting a soveniour for your trip or just window shopping (and perfect for killing time waiting for your table haha!)

Enjoy the Beach: A bit obvious but I always love spending time at the beach and HHI has such a gorgeous one!

Visit the Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store: Y'all know I love my Lilly and no trip to a new place is complete without a visit to their Lilly Pulitzer store! Hilton Head is home to a gorgeous signature store with the sweetest ladies working there (plus a large sale section!!)Y

Have you ever been to Hilton Head before? Let me know in the comments!

Monday, July 23, 2018

Sophomore Dorm Room Inspiration

How on Earth is it almost time for me to start my sophomore year of college? I am excited to get back to Tigertown and live super close to all of my friends! The past few weeks I have started to get everything ready to decorate my dorm room.

This year, I will be living on my sorority hall, which is super exciting! At Clemson, we don't have traditional sorority houses but each sorority has their own halls with kitchens, a chapter room (a living room and dining room), laundry, and a study room! I will be living with my friend Rachel (who y'all met in this post!) and we are so excited!

I will be reusing a lot of my stuff from last year's dorm room as let's be real, decorating a dorm can be pricy but have picked up some new pieces to refresh the look of my dorm so it's not a carbon copy of last year!

storage cubeheadboard (used in my dorm last year)
pillow (on sale!) ⎢pillow
art print (c/o) ⎢futon

Are you living in the dorms this year? If so, how are you planning to decorate? Let me know in the comments!

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Weekend Reading

Happy Saturday y'all! Today is my last Saturday at home this summer, which is absolutely crazy! I'm heading to the beach with the family I nanny for tomorrow for a few days and then my family and I are heading up to our lake house in Upstate New York for a week. Then I'm home for a few days before heading back to Clemson for sorority recruitment!


1. I shared this fun graphic from the Everygirl on my Instagram Stories the other day- I thought it was too cute not to share!

2. I've been thinking of getting a pair of slippers as my dorm room has tile floors and my mom shared with me that Ugg is having a major sale, including slippers- I'm thinking of buying this pair


4. My friend Renee is interning in NYC this summer and I love this outfit she shared earlier this week!


6. How cute would this Tuckernuck top be for Clemson games this fall?

7. Love this outfit on Madison and also the story behind her outfit!

8. Be sure to subscribe to my email list for more exclusive Chic in Carolina content

9. I've been pinning a lot more than usual on Pinterest this week so be sure that you're following along!

10. A few recent purchases: this basket from Target, this phone case (gotta love Prime Day), these earrings, my favorite lip balm, and this bracelet

Have a great weekend!

Friday, July 20, 2018

My Chic Week: July 13-19

Happy FriYAY y'all! I hope y'all are wrapping up your week and have some fun weekend plans ahead! Each Friday here on Chic in Carolina, I love sharing a recap of my week called "My Chic Week" with y'all- it's a fun way to keep y'all updated on my "real" life and also look back on each week!


I had Friday off of work so I slept in a little bit before getting ready for the day. I had a doctor's appointment and then my mom and I ran a few errands. I went to a Pure Barre class and then did some crafting in the afternoon. My night was pretty laid back as my family made some pizzas on the grill!


I slept in again on Saturday and then went to an Empower class at my Pure Barre studio. We had some family friends over in the afternoon, which was so much fun as we grilled some hamburgers and hot dogs and swam in the pool (plus the ice cream truck came by, which is always fun in the summer!). I also babysat that night!

Sunday was a pretty laid back day as I slept in and then spent the rest of the day working on the blog, doing some crafting, and then hanging out by the pool!


celebrating National Ice Cream Day!!

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

I nannied in the morning on Tuesday and then afterwards, my mom and I ran a few errands! I went to a Pure Barre class and then came back to my house for a bit before nannying again in the afternoon!

art print c/o

Wednesday was another typical day of barre and nannying- nothing too crazy to report!

Thursday was a busy day as I nannied in the morning and then after dropping off the older boy I nanny at school, the two year old I nanny and I went to a local children's museum, which was so much fun! We played there for a few hours and then went out to lunch!

I then headed over to the mall as I wanted to pick up something at the Container Store (aka organizational heaven) and I also splurged on a David Yurman bracelet that I had been eyeing forever.

Later in the afternoon, I met my friend Meredith (who y'all met in this post) for a coffee catch up and then had a pretty laid back night at home!


Happy Friday!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

All White in Harbour Town

Long time, no outfit post! Honestly, my daily outfits have been kind of boring lately- workout clothes for barre and then norts and a tee for nannying. One night while in Hilton Head (which you can read about here), I actually wore "real clothes" so I wanted to share with y'all!

I'm obsessed with this outfit as it incorporates so many of my favorite pieces from this summer! These jeans are my favorite purchase this summer as they are so comfortable and fit so well and this top is just too fun! I love a white on white look as it seems so crisp and classic to me- plus, it totally makes you feel like a guest star in the White Party episode of Gossip Girl!








Top: Lilly Pulitzer Jeans: AG Wedges: OTBT Sunglasses: Kate Spade (similar) Earrings: Moon & Lola Purse: Louis Vuitton (less expensive here)

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Babysitting/Nannying Activities

If you read my "My Chic Week" posts, you know that I've been nannying since my junior year of high school. I started babysitting when I started high school but started nannying the summer before my junior year of high school. In high school, I nannied three days a week after school as well as the summers but now that I'm in college, I nanny during the summer.

Since I've had a lot of experience babysitting, I wanted to share some of my favorite activities to do with kids that are fun and a perfect way to keep them busy! I know a lot of my friends nanny as a summer job so this time of year is perfect to be sharing with y'all!


Painting
Painting is such a fun activity for all ages and the kids always seem to enjoy this. Put some old newspaper on the table and make sure the paint is washable for a fun activity (that is fun for us babysitters too!).

Bring a "new to them" game to play
If you're babysitting a family for the first time, bringing a fun game for the kids to play is always a great way to help them warm up to you. It also makes having a babysitter come be exciting, especially if it's a game they don't have! Some of my favorites to play with kids are Life, Blokus (the best!!), Apples to Apples, and Uno!

Go out for a treat (ice cream, a cake pop at Starbucks, donuts, etc.)
Obviously not an everyday occurrence if you're nannying but going out for a treat is a great way to reward good behavior and make having a babysitter be special! Give the kids an option or two and let them pick!

Take a Walk/Ride Bikes
If you are watching a younger baby, taking a walk in the stroller is a great way to get out of the house and it gives the baby so much too look at. A bike ride is fun if the kids are older! You could also take a walk to get a treat if it's within walking distance

Bake
Kids always love to bake, whether it is cookies or anything else! If they are a bit older, they can help you bake the cookies, which is always fun! Another option is to bake sugar cookies before you go over to their house and have the kids decorate them! Having whatever you bake as a treat is also a great incentive to behave!

Take a "field trip" to your house
The little boys I nanny love coming over to play at my house. We still keep some of our old toys so they love playing with those, jumping on the trampoline, seeing my dogs, and playing in the pool. Obviously, ask both their parents and your parents before hand!

Go to children's museums or the zoo
Charlotte has a lot of fun activities for kids to do so it's always fun to check those out! Whether it's a museum, the zoo, or even a library, it adds something a little different to the kids's routine and is always fun!

If it's rainy, watch a movie
I don't like to have the kids I babysit and nanny have a lot of screen time when I'm there but if it's raining, a fun activity is to turn on a movie (especially if they haven't seen it before) and make some popcorn. I nannied all day a few summers ago so we would always watch a movie after lunch to get a little quiet time! You can also bring one of your childhood favorites over to watch!

Go to the Park
I've never met a kid who does not like going to the park so if the weather is nice, go to the park to play and get some of their energy out!

Make Jello
The boys I nanny love making jello and it's a fun activity that doesn't take up too much time either!

If you nanny or babysit, what are your favorite activities to do with the kids? Let me know in the comments!

Monday, July 16, 2018

My Chic Week: July 6-12

Happy Monday y'all! Even though I typically share MCW posts on Fridays, I want to get all caught here on Chic in Carolina so we will have two this week (one today to catch up and then back to our normal schedule on Friday!). Hope y'all are having a productive start to your week!


Friday was our last day at the beach so we pretty much spent all day on the beach by the water to soak up our last day! We made a few pizzas at the house for dinner and then got packed up!



We headed back to Charlotte on Saturday so it was an earlier morning to get out the door! We made a stop at Chick-fil-a for breakfast then drove back home. I don't have too much to report as once we got home I unpacked all my stuff, went with my mom to pick up our puppies from the kennel, and then hung out.


I did not have any major plans for Sunday, which was so nice as I was able to reset a bit and get ready for reality before Monday hit. I slept in, enjoyed a yummy breakfast, cleaned up my room, and then got dressed for the day. I've been trying to preschedule a lot of blog posts for y'all so I'm prepared for when I'm on vacation and during recruitment in August so I did a lot of blog work in the afternoon after lunch! I also made these chocolate chip cookie dough balls, which were so yummy! The rest of the day was pretty laid back as I had dinner with my family and then we watched Big Brother!


After a week of vacation, it was back to work on Monday. I missed the two little boys I nanny so it was fun to see them on Monday morning! I also got back into my routine of going to Pure Barre!

Tuesday was another typical day as I nannied in the morning and afternoon and went to a Pure Barre class in between!

I nannied in the morning as usual on Wednesday and then met one of my best friends from home for coffee afterwards. We have both been so busy this summer with our work schedules so it was so fun to finally catch up with each other!


I then went to a barre class and then nannied in the afternoon as well!

Thursday was a fun day as the five year old I nanny played hooky from school and came over to my house to play! We played with some of the toys we have at my house, went to Target, got lunch at Chick-fil-a, swam in my pool, and watched some a show before heading back to pick up his younger brother from school. I think it's safe to say we were both pretty worn out haha!


Happy Monday!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Weekend Reading

Happy Saturday y'all! Sorry for the lack in posting over the past few days- one of my posts didn't publish properly for some reason and paired with a crazy week, I didn't have the time to get them up for y'all! But check back in for lots of fun content in the weeks to come!


1. As an Elementary Education major, I loved Sally's post on how to survive and do well during student teaching!

2. My favorite LBD (which I styled here) now comes in a gorgeous light blue!

3. As y'all probably heard by now, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has open up to card holders this week. I usually don't buy a ton as I feel like the clothes aren't up to their usual quality but I do love stocking up on my beauty favorites during the sale! I'm not sure if I'll be sharing a full post yet but I wanted to share a few of my favorites with y'all!



4. Caitlin's wedding photos are absolutely stunning!

5. Did you hear that IHOP has gone back to being IHOP?

6. I had a coupon at my Pure Barre studio so I just purchased this DYI tank and I love it- it's really chic and white workout tanks are so versatile

7. The Everygirl is my favorite for "get your life together" inspiration and this post on how to prepare for your week on Sundays is so good!

8. So excited to hear that Krista got engaged!

9. I know it's kind of crazy to be talking about fall but I am obsessed with this Lilly dress that is perfect for any fancy event you have this fall!

10. This post from Cara on why she has been changing her blog content + her thoughts on Instagram pretty much sums up my thoughts on blogging right now

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

5 Unexpected Items You Need to Pack for College

Packing for college can be pretty weird if you think about it as you are preparing to move to a new place sometimes hours away yet you'll probably find yourself in the spring asking why you brought some items as you never used it. Unlike moving as an adult, you aren't bringing everything you own with you as you simply do not have the space in a dorm room, making it tricky to decide what you really need to bring with you.

I shared my complete college packing list with y'all on the blog a few weeks ago but I wanted to share with y'all five items that you probably won't think of packing that you will definitely be needing in your freshman dorm!

Photo by Elizabeth of Elizabeth J

1. Power Strips (with a surge protector)
Odds are your dorm won't have as many outlets as your room at home and you will have a plethora of items that need to be plugged in from lamps to microfridges to Keurigs to your hair dryer to your chargers. Power strips maximize your outlets and definitely bring power strips instead of extension cords as extension cords are prohibited in some dorms as they can be a fire hazard!

2. Desktop Fan
I bought mine at Costco last summer and it came in handy because 1. the AC in your dorm can be pretty unpredictable so this will help you stay cool at night (especially at the start and end of the year when it is warmer) 2. it acts as a bit of a sound machine, which is useful if your hall is loud and busy and you want to get some sleep!

3. Weekender Bag
My weekender bag has come in handy so many times over the past year! You usually don't have a lot of space in a dorm room so a large suitcase isn't exactly ideal as it takes up a lot of space and you don't use it that often. A weekender bag, however, can be folded and takes up a lot less space, which is crucial when you don't have a lot of space to deal with. I used mine when visiting friends at other colleges, weekend trips, or heading home for breaks!

4. Portable Coffee Mug
You probably have your cute coffee mugs all ready to go but definitely invest in a travel one as you'll want it for 8 AM classes. I love Contigo ones as they keep your drink warm for such a long time! I always brought my coffee with me to my field placement last fall and then to my 8 AM class in the spring so it came in handy and I almost didn't bring it!

5. A Black Dress & A White Dress
If you are planning on joining a sorority, definitely go ahead and pack these as you'll definitely use them! Many sororities wear white dresses for events like initiation or new member pinning so it's easy to bring a white dress with you than to have to find one at the last minute (I brought my graduation dress along with me). Some sororities wear black dresses as well and they're so versatile so I would definitely go ahead and be prepared by bringing both!

Any other unexpected items that you relied on in college? Let me know in the comments!

Monday, July 9, 2018

My Favorite Things

Happy Monday y'all! Today is my first day back to work after a week-long vacation (which you can read about here) and I'm definitely ready to get back into a more regular routine although I will miss sleeping in every day!

Every once in a while, I love sharing a more "get to know me" style post here on Chic in Carolina. I always love learning more about other bloggers as it makes them seem more relatable than simply sharing some outfits and style links with y'all. It's also a great way to introduce myself to those of you who may be new around here (definitely check out my about me page!) or reintroduce myself again!

Today, I am sharing some of my favorite things from random categories, which I am so excited to share with y'all!


Starbucks Order: A Skinny Vanilla Latte- hot in the winter and iced in the summer

Colors: Pink and Blue

Store: Lilly Pulitzer

Ice Cream Flavor: Oreo/Cookies & Cream

Outfit: A Lilly shift dress- perfect for so many different occasions!

Perfume: Tory Burch

TV Show: My top 3 are Gossip Girl, Grey's Anatomy, and One Tree Hill

Drink: Lime La Croix and Sweet Tea

Sports Team: My family is big Pittsburgh Steelers fan and I obviously love Clemson!

Holiday: Christmas then Easter

Breakfast Food: Donuts!

Lilly Pulitzer Print: Let's Cha Cha is the print that initially drew me to Lilly and is still one of my favorites!

Shoes: Tory Burch Millers

Candy: Sour Patch Kids

Place: Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Dessert: Either ice cream or chocolate cake but I will never say no to dessert!

Movie: The Proposal

Guilty Pleasure: Eating ice cream out of the carton!

App: Instagram

Flower: Peonies and Hydrangeas

Book: The Great Gatsby

Fast-Food Restaurant: Chick-fil-a

Workout: Pure Barre (I'm sure y'all probably knew that!)

Time of Day: Afternoon

Food: Filet Mignon

What are some of your favorites? Let me know in the comments!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Weekend Reading

Happy Saturday y'all! After a week at the beach, I am currently heading back home to Charlotte today! Thankfully this isn't my last beach trip of the summer and who doesn't love sleeping in their own bed after time away?



1. I purchased a pair of Tory Burch aviator sunglasses (these are super similar) earlier this week and I am obsessed!

2. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, as y'all probably know by now, is right around the corner and it has honestly become a polarizing topic here in the blogging world. I personally love stocking up on my beauty favorites during the sale but completely understand how it can be overbearing on social media. I wanted to know if y'all would be interested in any #NSale content so leave me a comment on what you think!

3. Cara always has the cutest workout clothes so I loved this post on workout wear from her!

4. Totally random, but I purchased this water pick on Amazon and I'm so excited to test it out. I know that totally makes me sound like an old lady haha!

5. The dress I wore to my sorority formal this spring (which you can read about here) is now available in a shorter version, which is too cute!

6. Kelly is one of my favorite bloggers and I loved reading her post about things you may not know about her!

7. Vineyard Vines is celebrating their 20th anniversary and released a collection of classic VV pieces that are too cute! My favorites are this dress, this tote, and these chino shorts! Plus, their sale is 30% off with code SUMMER18

8. It took me a while to get into it but I finally finished Eligible this week and really liked it (the beginning was rather slow in my opinion)! What should I read next?

9. Love this house that Town & Country did a feature on- absolutely stunning! The price tag isn't as amazing haha

10. After months of looking at it, I finally bought this adorable scarf! Tuckernuck was having a sale for the 4th that is sadly no longer going on but I think it will be super cute paired with white jeans and a top or a dress!

Have a great weekend!

Friday, July 6, 2018

My Chic Week: June 29- July 5

Happy FriYAY from sunny Hilton Head! My family and I have been at the beach this week for vacation and it has been such a great trip and way to celebrate the Fourth of July! I have lots of fun pictures to share with y'all today so grab an iced coffee and maybe a donut and let's catch up!


Last Friday I had the day off of work, which was nice as I was able to get a lot done before heading to the beach. I slept in, went to my usual Pure Barre class, got my eyebrows threaded (which was long overdue!), and then started to pack for my trip!

Saturday morning, I slept in before tidying up my room and finishing packing for the beach. We then loaded up the car and drove down to Hilton Head for the week. Once we arrived at the house, we unpacked and then made a yummy dinner. We rented some bikes for the week so we rode our bikes over to the Salty Dog to get some ice cream after dinner!


Sunday was our first full day at the beach so after breakfast, we headed down to the beach. We hung out on the beach all afternoon and then headed back up to the house to get ready for dinner.

We went out to dinner in Harbor Town on Sunday night and since there was a bit of a wait at the restaurant, we walked around the shops and then my mom and I shot blog pictures. We then had dinner and grabbed ice cream for dessert afterwards.


I went to the bathroom and my family thought I needed to have all three trays of hush puppies?


Monday was another beach day after sleeping in and eating breakfast! We then made dinner at home and caught up on Big Brother!

I purchased my sunhat at the Charlotte Lilly store a few weeks back when they had one of the paint artist come into the store so it is actually custom so I don't have a link to share! 

the house we're staying in is so cute like look at the sitting room!

Tuesday morning started off with donuts from Duck Donuts, which is always a great way to start off the day! The rest of the day was spent at the beach, which y'all might of guessed!


Wednesday was another morning of sleeping in and then a casual breakfast. Hilton Head has a Lilly Pulitzer signature store on the island so we ventured over there to find out that it was closed (makes sense as it was the Fourth after all).

Our Fourth was pretty laid back as we biked over to the Salty Dog for ice cream and t-shirts, hung out at the house, and then watched some fireworks!


I've gotten into the routine here at the beach of sleeping in and then enjoying a late breakfast before putting on my swimsuit and heading to the beach. Yesterday, we headed back to the Lilly store to do some shopping as the Lilly store here is too cute!

purse (for less here)

left: topshortssandals
right: dress (unfortunately not available online anymore)

left: shorts
right: dress

We then went back to the house for lunch and then headed down to the beach. We then hung out by our pool for a bit before dinner and watching Big Brother!


Happy Friday!