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 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

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!