Thursday, February 14, 2019

25 Fun Facts About Me

After taking a few breaks here and there over here on Chic in Carolina, I decided it would probably be a good idea to re-introduce myself over here! So I'm Katie and I'm the face behind Chic in Carolina (lol). I'm a sophomore at Clemson University studying Elementary Education from Charlotte, North Carolina.

I decided to share some random (some really random) fun facts about me so I hope this helps y'all get to know me a bit better and maybe we have a few things in common!


1. I'm not the best at makeup so I tend to keep it very simple and easy!

2. My mom and I share the same middle name (after my grandmother) and monogram

3. I have a hard time making decisions but when I do I'm very decisive about it and won't go back

4. I am definitely a neat freak. My friends make fun of my excess vacuuming and how many times I clean a week

5. I always shower at night

6. I love personality tests like the Enneagram and the Myers Briggs (I'm a Type 1 on the Enneagram and a ESFJ on the Myers Briggs)

7. I've wanted to be a teacher since elementary school and now I'm studying Elementary Ed!

8. I absolutely love caffeine but more so for the ritual of making it and enjoying it in the morning than actually being energized by it (because it doesn't give me that much energy)

9. I am literally the worst when it comes to listening to music because I'll listen to the same five songs on repeat until I get sick of them

10. I'm kinda a picky eater. And by kinda I mean I am a picky eater haha

11. My favorite month of year is definitely April as it's my birthday month and who doesn't love spring weather?

12. I always have to double check that I set my alarm before going to bed or I can't sleep

13. Something my friends hate: I'd rather be cold than hot so I literally keep my car as cold as it goes all year round and like my room to be cold

14. I'm 5'7, which always surprises people as they don't think I'm that tall but I am haha

15. I am definitely a creature of habit and would say I'm pretty predictable as a person

16. I played soccer from ages 7 to 17, which always comes off as a shocker as I am not the most sporty

17. My favorite milkshake at cookout is Oreo

18. Ever since I was little, I have made a weird noise when I concentrate on something. I only do it when I'm alone but my friend who lives next to me was so concerned about it haha!

19. I've never left the country but that's going to change this summer as I'm studying abroad in Italy!!

20. I keep all of the tags from Lilly pieces that I have bought- I haven't done anything with them but let me know any crafty ideas for them

21. Speaking of crafty, I am not crafty at all. Making all of my sorority's little's crafts was a time haha

22. The first time I toured Clemson, I was convinced I was going to hate it...funny how life turns out!

23. I absolutely love a beach trip

24. I love getting dressed up but I always find myself wearing leggings and a t-shirt...so comfy!

25. And lastly my go-to fun fact for class, my dog and I share the same birthday!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Prom & Formal Dresses

It's almost that time of the year again: time for high school proms and sorority formals! My formal is in just a few weeks and I am so excited about it. Besides the actual event, I always love picking out a dress for big events like these (because let's be real a formal dress is a lot more dressed up than my usual leggings and a t-shirt look I sport around campus). Even though I already have my dress picked out (it's in the graphic, any guesses on which one it is?), it was so fun to look through all the dresses to pull this post together! I made sure to include some more budget friendly options as well as a few if you want to splurge!

Last year, I wore a fun hot pink dress from Lilly Pulitzer and shared more of my formal pictures in this blog post!


If you're going to a prom or formal dress this year, have you gotten your dress yet? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Life Lately

Hi friends! I feel horrible for starting yet another blog post with "omg it's been a while" but it's true so here we go again? My semester has been nonstop so far but last night after studying, I had the time to blog and plan and oh boy, it's good to be back (and seriously there's posts scheduled for the rest of the week so yay!!).

Before we get into new content, I wanted to sort of catch up with y'all on what has been going on in my life lately (be warned a lot of schoolwork lol!).

start of the semester // At the start of January, I headed back to Clem to kick off semester 2 of sophomore year, which is crazy! I'm planning on sharing a "a day in my life" post soon!

death valley one night after walking back from my car!

national championship parade // In case you haven't heard, the Clemson Tigers are Natty Champs!!! The Saturday after the game, they held a parade, which was so much fun (even if it was hailing!).

weekend in raleigh // I feel like I've told y'all this before but one weekend in January, a few of my friends and I road tripped to my roommate Rachel's house in Raleigh, which was so fun! We got to enjoy some yummy homemade food, go to an away Clemson basketball game, and see a bit of Rach's hometown!

sweet kona!

two days at home // The week after we went to Raleigh, I wound up heading home for two nights as my parents were out of town on a work trip and I stayed with my two younger siblings. I had to get my car inspection done (always a fun time y'all) and it was fun to spend some time at home with my siblings and puppies (and go to a barre class too!)

tandem aka my fav brunch place ever

a few trips to greenville // Greenville, South Carolina is about 45 minutes from Clemson and we've been taking full advantage of it being close by these past few weekends. Rachel and I joke that something always happens when we go to Greenville (we bopped around different restaurants and got lost one time and then I left my debit card at a restaurant another- no worries I got it back) but it's such a fun way to explore SC a bit more!


seventy-five degree days // last week, we had some amazingly weather and y'all it was seriously heaven. I busted out my running shorts and we sat outside soaking in the sun between classes. Now it's back to reality of 40 degree days but hopefully spring is right around the corner!

first set of exams // I always love the start of the semester as it feels like you're at summer camp with all of your friends. And then reality hits with that first week of exams. Which was last week for me. I have an exam today (wish me luck!) but have a bit of a break from exams, which is so nice!

philanthropy event planning // this semester, I am so honored to be serving my sorority as our Philanthropy Chair and being able to plan our last ever philanthropy event. Our event is in April, which seems crazy to me as I have so much planning to do them! I've been dedicating a lot of my time to the event and cannot wait to see it come to life!

I'm so excited to be back blogging and let me know what you have been up to lately in the comments below!

Thursday, January 31, 2019

The Cozy Sweater You Need this Winter

One of the things I love most about winter style is the simplicity of it. Throw on sweater, jeans, and a pair of riding boots and you're ready to take on whatever the day takes you and look super cute doing it.

I bought this adorable sweater at Anthropologie a few months ago and it is unfortunately no longer in stock but this one is fairly similar. I paired it with some other classics in my wardrobe as I know this is an outfit I will turn to season after season for a variety of occasions!

Even though I typically wear leggings and a t-shirt to class, I feel so much more *me* in a cute, put together outfit and who doesn't love that extra bit of confidence to take on their day?









Sweater: Anthropologie (similar) Jeans: Lucky Brand (similar) Riding Boots: Tory Burch (similarEarrings: Sheila Fajl Necklace: Kendra Scott Purse: Louis Vuitton (less expensive here) Watch: Kate Spade Bracelet: David Yurman

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

How to Stay Organized in College

Now that we're a few weeks into the semester, I feel like I'm finally starting to get settled into my routine and get into the grove of things. At the start of each semester, I usually feel more inspired to get my life together and be more organized (which my friends may laugh at as I'm pretty organized already!).

I feel everyone is always so busy in college so staying organized makes everything go a lot more smoother. The first few weeks are a bit easier in terms of the course load so you have a bit more time to get organized so I wanted to share with y'all how to stay organized in college so you can rock this semester!


use an agenda
If you take away one thing from this post, definitely make it be this one! My agenda is seriously such a life saver and honestly holds my life together on busy weeks. My favorite is the Day Designer but they have a more budget-friendly option at Target!

write everything down on your to-do list
In college, it is easy to get overwhelmed with everything you need to do or when things are due. Everyday, I sit down and write a to-do list that includes everything (and I mean everything) I need to do that day. This helps me feel a lot more on top of things as I do not forget anything or get overwhelmed in everything I need to do. I love my Day Designer as it has a spot for your to-do list, which is helpful as everything is in one place!

find a method for your notes that works for you
I am definitely a binder girl for note-taking. I like the simplicity of having everything I need for a class in one spot so using loose leaf paper and hole punching handouts works for me. Some of my friends absolutely despise binders and prefer a notebook and folder for each class. Find which one works for you and sticks for it because it doesn't matter how organized it looks if it doesn't help you be more productive.

keep your inbox at zero
I always feel like my email inbox fills up without me even realizing it! I try to keep it at zero (or at least the only essential, you should probably respond to me emails in it) as it definitely helps things feel more organized. Put the emails you need into a folder and delete the rest! Say bye to missing that important email that you need to respond to quickly!

make your bed every morning
Such a small thing that makes such a big difference. Even if the rest of your room is an absolute disaster, a freshly made bed makes things look neater. Plus, it makes crawling back into bed for a nap a tad bit harder!

go through your backpack, grab all those "floater" items, and put them in a makeup bag
I try to keep only the essentials in my backpack but I know that sometimes stuff gets shoved into your bag, whether it's headphones, lip balm, or pens or pencils. Take a few minutes, empty your bag, and grab all of those random items and put them in an extra makeup bag. Not only will this make things feel less cluttered, it will also help you find items faster in your bag when you need them.

empty your downloads folder
For anyone who uses a Mac computer, definitely be sure to clear out your downloads folder. I feel like mine becomes a modge podge of random items that piles up way too quickly. Not only does it add clutter, it also takes up space on your computer so sort through your downloads by deciding what you need and putting it in the folder it belongs to and deleting the rest!

tidy up every night before bed
Taking a few minutes before going to bed to tidy up is such a game changer in my opinion. I usually put away any binders that I was using, throw laundry in the basket, and put throw pillows back on the futon and it makes everything seem so much more organized. Plus, you wake up to a clean room in the morning, which is amazing!

color code your calendar
In addition to using my agenda, I also use iCal on my laptop as I can't always whip out my agenda in the middle of class whenever a due date is added or whatever happens. To keep things organized, I have a different color for each class as well as different activities. Pro tip- keep the color for each class the same both online and in your agenda!


How do you stay organized in college? Let me know in the comments!

Friday, January 25, 2019

Lately

Happy Friday! Now I know it's been a hot minute since my last blog post...to be honest, I feel like I have been in such a creative rut and lack of inspiration when it comes to putting out fun new posts for y'all and also posting on Instagram and social media. Getting back into the swing of things here at school definitely has made me feel like a chicken with its head cut off at times (especially with five classes in a row on Tuesdays and Thursdays!) but I have definitely missed blogging and I am so excited to get back into it.

To get back into the swing of things around here, I figured it would be fun to share a "lately" post (check out past editions here) to kind of catch up with y'all and what has been going on in my life these past few weeks!

image via my instagram

Drinking...

Coffee with Vanilla Almond Milk Creamer! I typically buy Coconut Milk coffee creamer as I try to not drink dairy in my coffee when I make it at home but they didn't have any at Target when I was there so I bought Almond Milk creamer instead and oh my gosh, it's so good! I already look forward to my cup of coffee in the morning and this just makes me even more excited for it!

Listening... 

to Halsey pretty much on repeat. I've been on this Halsey kick these past few months which is honestly kinda random but I guess we're here for it!

Wearing... 

these ballet flats for any occasion that I'm slightly dressed up (aka jeans and a sweater instead of leggings and a t-shirt). They are so comfortable and I love how chic they make any outfit look!

Loving...
my new Apple Watch! I received it as a Christmas gift and have gotten so much use out of it. I had a Fitbit for a few years and loved it but didn't see if there would be a difference between that and an Apple Watch. My mom has one and loves it so I decided to ask for one for Christmas and y'all, I am a convert! Would y'all be interested in a review post on it?

Reading... 

the Paper Princess series! After reading Grace's 2018 Reading Recap post, I decided to read the first book in the series and literally could not put it down. It definitely is a guilty pleasure book that was a little, dare I say, raunchy at times but I thought they were really fun to read.

Watching... 

A few different shows so I figured I would share all of them haha!

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel My grandparents got my family and I hooked on this while we were visiting them over break and we literally watched an episode or two every night while I was home! It is so funny and witty plus the costumes are gorgeous too!

The Bachelor This is definitely a guilty pleasure of mine and it's such a fun show to watch with friends! We always watch it in my room and I think this season has been a good one so far!!

You So I heard a ton of buzz about this on Twitter (follow me here!) as well as from a bunch of my friends so I decided to watch it. It's a bit creepier than the type of TV shows I tend to gravitate towards watching but I really liked it and it kept you on your toes! I was binge watching a few episodes the other night to finish the season and was literally gasping during the final episode!

Needing... 

to finalize my spring break plans! Hint hint it involves going somewhere warm and sunny but I just need to finalize the details + where we're staying!

Excited... 

to visit Raleigh this weekend! My roommate Rachel is from Raleigh and Clemson is playing NC State in basketball there this weekend so we and two of our friends decided to make the trip back to her house for the weekend. I'm super excited as I haven't been to Raleigh since a field trip in the fourth grade!


What have you been up to lately? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Pink Ruffles

For as long as I can remember, I have been a big fan of the color pink. From hot pink to blush to every shade in between, I love it (I mean my room was painted a hot pink for most of my childhood). A few months ago, I was shopping at the Lilly store in Charlotte and stumbled upon this gorgeous pink sweater! I obviously love the color and the ruffles add the perfect touch of girly glam to it.

The best part about this sweater? It's on sale until midnight in the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale! Be sure to check out my Lilly sale tips & fit guide as well as my January 2019 Lilly sale favorites and let me know what pieces you pick up in the sale!









Sweater: Lilly Pulitzer Jeans: Lucky Brand (similar) Riding Boots: Tory Burch (similar) Purse: Louis Vuitton (less expensive here) Earrings: Sheila Fajl Necklace: Kendra Scott Watch: Kate Spade Bracelet: David Yurman

Thanks for reading!