Saturday, February 17, 2018

Weekend Reading

Happy Saturday! Today is supposed to be fairly rainy here in Clemson so I decided that it's the perfect day to clean through my winter clothes and work on crossing items off of my to-do list for this weekend!

Grab a yummy breakfast/lunch/snack and let's talk about this week's weekend reading!

1. As y'all probably heard, Lilly Pulitzer brought back the swim line and it is gorgeous! I decided to buy this bikini top and these bottoms for spring break and I'm so excited for them to arrive in the mail

2. Riley shared a fun vlog of our trip to Charleston two weekends ago (which I recapped in this blog post) and it is too cute! The bloopers at the end seriously crack me up y'all

3. I'm saving this recipe for chocolate chunk paleo cookies for once lent ends- it sounds amazing!

4. My sweet friend Amy's Instagram feed has been making me wish that I was in sunny Florida! She's spending this spring in Disney for the Disney College Program and all of her pictures are so cute

5. We don't have sorority houses here at Clemson but this article of fabulous sorority houses made me slightly jealous of the sorority girls who get to live there!

6. Loved watching Dorothy's latest Q&A video on her blog

7. How fabulous is this dress from Tuckernuck?

8. Kate's Coffee Date blog posts are always so fun to read and her latest one is no exception!

9. We've been having some amazing spring-like weather here in Clemson so I've been so excited to break out my warm-weather outfits. In the meantime, feel free to follow my spring and summer clothes board on Pinterest as I'm getting so much inspiration from that lately!

10. I have been loving Cara's capsule wardrobe workwear series- all of the outfits are so cute!

Have a good weekend!

Friday, February 16, 2018

My Chic Week: February 9-15

Happy Friday y'all! I feel like this week has dragged on forever partly because of how many assignments I had due at the start of the week (I seriously had four different group projects to work on!). Thankfully, we made it to the weekend and I'm hoping to get some organizing done and also hang out with friends!

I only have two classes on Fridays, which is nice as I'm able to sleep in and finish fairly early as well! After class on Friday, I had a group meeting for a group project so that we could get on the same page for our ideas for the project.

I had dinner downtown with two of my friends and then we wound up watching the opening ceremony of the Olympics in the Theta chapter room.

Last Saturday, my big and I decided to go to brunch at Tandem, which was such a good idea as it was delicious as always. We did have to wait a bit in line but the delicious crepes and lattes were definitely worth it!

After brunch, we ran some errands, including going to Whole Foods and Target. At home, we have both of these a few minutes away so it's definitely different at Clemson with everything being farther away. I oddly love running errands so it was a fun way to get off campus for a little bit!

It was pretty dreary all day so I wound up just relaxing Saturday afternoon and then going to bed somewhat early!

I didn't have any plans for Sunday morning/afternoon so I slept in before getting a good chunk of my to-do list accomplished!

My sorority had badge attire chapter last weekend so I took it as an excuse to wear one of my favorite outfits from when I had to dress up in high school. It was a little springy for February but I loved it haha! After chapter, I had a cabinet meeting to go to as well for my officer position.

After that ended, I headed over to Starbucks to meet my group for a Spanish video project that was due earlier this week. Thankfully, we worked super well together and were super productive on Sunday.

Monday was a busy start to the week as I had my first two classes of the day and then met my Spanish group to film our video. We then had Spanish class and then met to finish up the video.

My sorority has Bible study on Monday nights so I ordered a delicious cinnamon roll and an iced latte, of course!

Tuesday started off on the early side as I had my 8 AM class followed by my lab. After lab, I am always starving so a friend and I wound up getting lunch after. We wound up doing a bit of studying together and then stopped at the ice cream shop in our student center to get ice cream to celebrate Fat Tuesday.

I volunteered Tuesday night to get some service hours for my sorority and my big and I grabbed Chick-fil-a for dinner on our way to go volunteer, which was so yummy! Once I got back onto campus, I met up with my group for my group speech to go over our speech.

Wednesday was a fairly normal day with class and everything! We were supposed to do our group speech Wednesday night but our professor gave us another week so we were let out of class early, which was useful as I was able to use that time to study for my physical science exam.

Thursday morning, I had my first physical science exam and then did my laundry before meeting friends to work on some homework. I then grabbed myself some lunch and did some more homework. I went to the gym and then spent the rest of the afternoon working on homework and the blog!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

How to Build a Preppy Wardrobe without Spending a Fortune

When you hear the word "preppy", you typically think of style that is timeless and classic. And yes, preppy style tends to be more expensive. Dresses at J. Crew or Lilly are going to be more expensive than dresses at Forever 21, for instance. To dress preppy, however, you do not necessarily have to break the bank to achieve the preppy look you want!

Shop sales
It may seem that the preppy pieces you love never go on sale but it just takes a bit more effort. J. Crew is pretty good about offering discount codes on their websites (usually during the weekends) and Lilly Pulitzer has their bi-annual After Party Sale, which is the perfect time to pick up some new Lilly on a budget! If you're shopping in-store, be sure to check out the sale rack as I've found some crazy good deals there before!

Use student discounts
If you're in college (or sometimes if you're a high school student, depends on the store!), use your student discount to save more money on your clothes. J. Crew offers a student discount if you present your student ID at checkout but it never hurts to ask if the store offers a student discount!

Utilize basic pieces
Preppy basics are easy to find at a variety of prices, making them easy to incorporate into your budget! One thing I love about the classic look is that it looks pulled together whether you spent $20 or $200 on that particular item so this an area where you can really save! J. Crew Factory, for example, offers the same style chino shorts that J. Crew does in the summer but at a fraction of the cost. Your closet staples also can be worn a variety of different ways so you can create so many different outfits out of just one piece of clothing.

Quality over quantity
When I'm shopping, I like to look for clothing that is going to last and that I can wear for a long time after buying it. I'd rather have one really nice pair of jeans than five pairs of cheaper jeans that aren't exactly what I want. Of course, you can tailor this to your budget. Look for the highest quality your budget allows and don't buy a piece of clothing just to buy it.ii

Add to your closet slowly
The thing about preppy style is that it is timeless, meaning if you purchase a piece now, you'll still be able to wear it years from now. This gives you time to build up your wardrobe as you definitely don't have to rush out to the mall and buy everything brand new!

Think of cost per wear
Preppy clothing does tend to be more expensive but I like to think about it as cost per wear. If I spend $150 at Lilly on a new shift dress and get several years worth of wear out of it, the cost per wear will be lower than a cheaper dress that I wore once before getting rid of it. A higher initial investment in the beginning saves you more money in the long run as you aren't constantly rebuying that piece.

Save up for pieces that you absolutely love
Once you identify a piece that you "must" have, save up for it! I've found that taking more time before making a purchase helps me decide if I really need that piece (thus helping with curbing unnecessary spending). For instance, I saved up for months to buy my Louis Vuitton bag, which I had loved for years before buying it. Since I saved up for so long to buy it and since it's a classic style, I know that I be using it for years to come!

Any additional tips? Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

What I'm Doing for Lent

Happy Wednesday y'all! Sorry that this post is going up later than usual but this week has been crazy with group projects that have left me with little time to schedule new blog posts for y'all!

Not only today is Valentine's Day but it is also the first day of Lent! I talk about faith here on Chic in Carolina from time to time but I am definitely on including more faith related content here on Chic in Carolina in the coming months (but don't worry all of the content y'all already love with still be here!).

both of the things I'm giving up haha!

Each year for Lent, I usually give up sweets and then I tend to add another task or give up something else. I try to look past merely giving up something as adding something in your day-to-day life can be so beneficial.

This year, I decided to give up both sweets and coffee, which is definitely going to be a challenge. I do sweets every year but it is just as challenging each year that I do it! Coffee is a new one and definitely will be challenging but I'm excited to do it and see how I can grow in my faith during Lent this year!

If you practice Lent, what are you doing? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

My College Morning Routine

I am without a doubt a creature of routine. I strive off of routines and I love how much easier they make things. One weird thing about college is that each and every day looks different. Even though some things happen every day (I have class at this time), the in-between is always different.

Even though my mornings look different every day, I tend to stick to a routine even if they don't happen at the same time every day!

image via my Instagram

Wake up
This depends on the day but I tend to wake up at 7 for my 8 AM classes or at 8:30 when I have later classes. I try to get out of bed as soon as my alarm goes off but sometimes I just wait for my second alarm and stay in bed for a few more minutes haha!

Brush teeth & wash face
Right when I get out of bed, I'll get out of bed and then head down the hall so I can brush my teeth and then wash my face. Once I get back into my room, I'll put moisturizer on too.

Make bed
I would say that making my bed is one of the most important aspects of my day. I try to never leave my room without having my bed made and I feel like this simple task makes my entire room look organized. And hey, it gives you something to cross off the to-do list haha!

Do my Hair
I usually don't wear makeup around campus (except for when I have a presentation) but I usually like to do my hair so I don't seem like a total mess haha! 

Eat breakfast
I'm pretty simple when it comes to breakfast and have honestly been to the dining hall once this year- the first day of class! I typically have a yogurt that I keep on hand in my fridge and then a turkey sausage as well!

Catch up on my emails + do last minute homework
While I eat my breakfast, I typically go through any emails and respond to them if needed. I typically update my agenda and do some last minute tasks whether it's homework or work for the blog!

Get dressed + get my backpack ready
After I'll eat, I get dressed for the day (usually leggings and a t-shirt if I'm being honest) and also get everything I need for the day together to put into my backpack. I have my system planned out so I just have a binder for each class so I can throw the binder into my bag and go!

Take Emergen-C
It seems like the flu has hit Clemson with a vengeance so I have been taking Emergen-C each morning to hopefully avoid that! Some people say that it's a placebo but I'll take it haha!

Head out the door
Then I grab my backpack and head out the door to go to class!

What does your morning routine look like? Let me know in the comments!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Stripes by the Water

If there's one thing I love more than a fun Lilly print, it's stripes! I feel like y'all probably know this by now but my wardrobe definitely isn't lacking in stripes pieces but there's always room for more. While I was in Charleston a few weekends ago (which you can read about here), I wore this classic outfit for exploring the city and dinner and loved how it turned out as Riley heard me tell her a gazillion times that I felt like it was a very "Tuckernuck" outfit with the tassel earrings, Barbour, and stripes haha!

Top: Draper James Jeans: Lucky Brand (similar) Flats: Tory Burch (similar) Jacket: Barbour Sunglasses: Kate Spade (similar) Earrings: Moon & Lola Purse: Longchamp Watch: Kate Spade

Photos by Riley of Northern Prepster

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Spring Wishlist

I don't know about y'all but I am so ready for spring! The weather has been warming up a little here in South Carolina but knowing the Carolinas, it could be cold again in an instant. Every year, I feel that I'm ready for warmer temperatures (and it to not get so dark so early!) starting in February and this year is no exception.

Even though I can't do much about the temperature outside, retailers are bringing out cute new spring pieces, making it a perfect way to add some color for the season ahead! For more items currently on my wishlist, be sure to check out my "wishlist" Pinterest board!

What is on your Spring Wishlist? Let me know in the comments!