My Chic Week: August 5-11

Friday, August 12, 2016

Sorry for the delay in this post, I worked all day yesterday and when I got home I was exhausted. Thankfully, I'm working in the afternoon today so I have time this morning to write this post and catch up on some other blog stuff!

Since getting back from New York on Saturday, my week has been so busy. I've been nannying a lot, attended a leadership retreat for my school, and just have been trying to get everything done before school starts again in a few weeks (trying not to think about it haha!).

Friday was our last day in New York so my family and I ended our trip by just trying to soak up everything we love to do there- go tubing, boat rides, paddleboarding, and hanging out on the beach. Of course, we had to pack everything up which is never fun. Since we wanted to get on the road fairly early, we had a fairly early bedtime after watching the Olympic Opening Ceremony!

Saturday morning was our travel day and we drove the 13 to 14 hour (depending on traffic) drive from Upstate New York back home to North Carolina. It was definitely a long day but went by kind of quickly with the help of Netflix (I'm currently re-watching Gossip Girl) and Spotify!

One last picture of the lake before leaving!

We've made it kind of a tradition to stop at Chick-fil-a on our way home so we stopped there to grab some dinner. After two weeks of no Chick-fil-a, it definitely makes me not want to move out of the South haha!

Sunday was spent unpacking and working on some blog stuff as well as going to Target. Nothing too exciting!

Monday it was back to everyday life as I worked in the morning and had my first Pure Barre class in a while (I'm convinced the studio comes up with new moves every time I'm away). That afternoon I worked on some blog work and hung out with my family!

On Tuesday, I was invited to attend my school's leadership conference. Despite it being a very long day (it went from 7 AM to 5 PM), it was a good experience to help contribute ideas to help improve my school and we participated in some fun activities!

Wednesday morning, I nannied and then afterwards I went to Pure Barre. I came home to eat lunch and then I was determined to go outside and sit by the pool as I feel like I haven't done that all summer. But of course, it started to rain and I had to go and sit on our screened in porch instead although that wasn't that bad!

I was able to sleep in on Thursday morning, which honestly was heavenly! I went to work a bit later as I worked all day Thursday and the boy I nanny and I had a very busy day. We played at his house, picked up lunch, and then drove over to the Splash Park in Uptown Charlotte.

The park was right next to one of my favorite coffee shops, Not Just Coffee, so afterwards I knew I wanted to stop in and grab a coffee for me and a chocolate milk for the boy I nanny. My blogging friend Annaliese and I went to a different location of Not Just Coffee earlier this year (which you can read about in this post) but this was my first time visiting this location! And y'all it was so cute! They had a little sign that said "Wake Up" and it looked like the perfect place to bring your laptop and get some work done!

Afterwards, we headed out again to finish our day with a trip to the Lego Store at the mall. The Lego Store is right next to my favorite, Lilly Pulitzer, but obviously I didn't get to stay and look along long with the three year old boy that I nanny haha! We then headed back to the family I nanny for's house and then soon enough, I drove back home to eat dinner with my family and watch Big Brother!

On my Radar this week:

1. Last week, Instagram introduced a new feature that has the whole blogging world up in arms-Instagram Stories. I never have had snapchat (for either a personal one or a blog one) so I am personally loving this! Let me know what you're thinking about the new feature in the comments and be sure to follow me on Instagram so you can see my stories!

2. College Applications opened on August 1 sending me and every other rising senior in the country into a frenzy of getting their applications ready! I have quite a bit more work to do before I'll be ready to submit mine but I can't wait to share with y'all more about the college application process in the coming months!

3. After hearing about it for years, I finally signed up for theSkimm and I love it so far! Every day, they send you an email that updates you on all of the news in a way that makes anyone able to understand it! Not to mention it only takes under 5 minutes to read and you have a better knowledge of what's going on our world (let's be real before I was only getting news from occasionally watching the Today Show in the morning!)

4. After two weeks of terrible for you but delicious food in Upstate New York, I definitely need to get back on track with healthy eating! For me, the easiest way to do this is to cut out dessert (my weakness) and replace it with HaloTop Ice Cream. Hopefully, eating healthier as well as going to Pure Barre regularly again will help me fit back into my clothes which are a bit tight now haha!

5. Like everyone else, I have been watching the Olympics all week! I always love the Olympics and find it amazing all the things these athletes can do (makes me wish that I was a bit more athletic haha!).

Be sure to check out this week's posts:


  1. I am loving Instagram stories!! I will have to check yours out! Happy Friday!

  2. Oh goodness, a 14-hour drive sounds terrible. Personally not a fan of Insta stories, still sticking to Snapchat! XO

    1. It was definitely not my favorite, haha! Happy Friday!

  3. Where were you in New York? That's where I'm from! And I totally get how horrible the car ride from New York to North Carolina is. My family and I have to do it when we go to the Outer Banks

    1. We have a lake house in a small town in the Adirondacks!

  4. Lovely recap! sounds like you had a busy week!


    Tamara -

  5. Looks like you had such a great time, I love Instagram stories, they are super fun ill have to check yours out!

  6. Best of luck with your college applications! <3 Romare Beardon park would be such a fun place to take kids- I'll have to keep that in mind for future babysitting!

    xoxo A

    1. Thanks Annaliese! It was great- not crowded at all too!

  7. I like Snapchat for the funny filters! Love theSkimm.

    Alix |

  8. Great post, Insta stories are so addicting!!

  9. Yes! I'm obsessed with Instagram stories. I attempted to use snapchat but I didn't understand the appeal of it. The only thing IG Stories is missing are filters! I think that's the only thing I miss about Snapchat.

    Also, I could agree with you more, Chick-fil-a is one of the best things about the south!

     - Sierra Berry ♥ @itsberrystylish  

    1. That would be awesome if Insta got filters and gotta love Chick-fil-a!

  10. The Skimm is definitely an essential part of my morning!! Good luck applying to colleges, I'm definitely living through you!! I wish I could go back and do it all again!


  11. I haven't really got on the Insta stories train yet, but I love TheSkimm! It's a great way to get a bit of news in the morning!

  12. Sounds like you have a busy few weeks ahead of you! I'm still getting used to posting Instagram stories, although I love watching other bloggers'!

    Tori A. from Prep For A Day

    1. I've been loving it so far! Thanks for reading, Tori!

  13. Sounds like you had a busy but fun week! HaloTop ice cream is the best!!!
    Have a great weekend!

    Stephanie |

    1. Thanks Stephanie! Hope you have a great weekend as well!

  14. I want to go to the lake! I would love to be tuning!

  15. I need to visit Not Just Coffee!! I've heard so many good things about that place!!
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  16. You have had such a fun summer of traveling!

    How 2 Wear It []

  17. Good luck with college apps. For sure a stressful process but stay organized and don't procrastinate and you'll be fine. Feel free to reach out with any questions- happy to help if I can :) XO, Nicole //


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