My Chic Week: September 15-21

Friday, September 22, 2017

Who else is so excited that it's Friday? Even though I only had one test this week, it still was just a crazy and hectic week with everything. It was definitely "one of those weeks" if you know what I mean haha! Thankfully, it's the weekend and I have an exciting few weeks coming up with big/little reveal next week and my first Theta semi-formal!

I had a test in one of my classes Friday morning but thankfully that was the hardest part of my day. I grabbed lunch with a few girls in my math class and then had my education class.

One of my sweet hall mates and I hung out Friday afternoon as usual and wound up ordering Tigers to Go (pretty much Uber Eats for Clemson) for dinner. We didn't read all of the menu though and our sandwiches came with a lot more stuff on them than expected so we wound up going to the dining hall for dinner instead and then watching a movie.

Clemson had an away game last weekend so I went out to brunch with Ashley of A Little Ashley, who is actually one of my sorority sisters! It was so fun to have brunch as we briefly met on Bid Day but we were able to talk all about recruitment as she was a Pi Chi (recruitment counselor) this year and then about blogging of course!

After brunch, I worked on homework for a bit before a few of my hall mates and I had dinner at Moe's. We wound up watching the game in my hallmates's room, which was so much fun!

Sunday morning, I slept in before going to Church and then a meeting for Theta. Our meetings take up most of Saturday afternoon as we have our new member meeting and then chapter so after I had dinner with one of the girls in my pledge class. I always like to call home on Sunday afternoons so I did that before finishing up some homework and getting to bed early.

Monday morning was fairly routine with classes and spending time in the library and then I did my laundry and worked on some homework in the afternoon. My sorority has a Bible Study at one of the coffee shops in Clemson so that was fun and a great way to get to know other people in my sorority.

My dress for semi-formal came on Monday and to say I'm obsessed is an understatement

Tuesday was a fairly normal day too but my sociology class ended early since we had a test Thursday, which was unexpected but nice. I actually wound up catching up with Riley over the phone, which is always a great way to make your day!

Wednesday was my craziest day this week as I had my usual classes and then my lab for my Biology class started. I also was studying every chance I could in between haha!

What we did for part of my lab: #JustElementaryEdThings

Thankfully, we had our first Theta mixer that night so it was a great way to have fun after a crazy day! Our theme was Dream Jobs or "What you would be without your degree" so I was a baker after finding a hat and apron at the Dollar Store haha!

I had a test on Thursday so most of my day was spent studying for that in between classes. I had my first class at 11 and one of the girls in my class invited me out to lunch, which was a great little study break. I then spent some more time in the library and then took my test, which hopefully went well.

I had a meeting for one of the organizations I'm looking to get involved and then a PAL date for Theta before getting some homework done.

On my Radar:

1.  FAMILY WEEKEND! My family comes into town this afternoon and I am so excited! I haven't seen them since move-in over a month ago so I'm excited for them to visit so I can show them more of Tiger Town and for their first Clemson football game in Death Valley!

2. Vineyard Vines just redesigned their Shep Shirts so I think I may need to test one out!

3. Obsessed with how Cara styled this outfit

4. I found this article about 50 Royal Baby Traditions so interesting

5. Loved reading about Dorothy's Sunday Routine

Happy Friday!

Organization Tips for the New School Year

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Even though we're about a month into school, I still feel like we're at the start of the new school year. Most of my classes are starting to have their first tests, making college feel a bit more "real" than before.

I have always loved organization and I always feel like the new school year is the perfect time to get it together and get organized. I've always been pretty organized (my friends in high school said I was the "organized one") so I figured I would share some of my go-to tips to help your school year get off on an organized note (even if school started a month ago like mine haha!)

image via my Instagram

Use an Agenda
My agenda is definitely my holy grail when it comes to being organized. It sounds a bit dramatic but I don't know if I could survive without it. It keeps track of everything and anything: tests that are coming up, meetings, my to-do list, the list goes on and on. I will be sharing a bit more about my agenda on the blog soon but I use the Day Designer and love it!

Find your "system"
Whether it's a binder for every class or a notebook with a folder, finding what works best for you is so helpful in making sure you stick with it. I've found that binders work best for me so I like to have a binder for each one of my classes and then add my notes and everything else into it!

Add all of your key dates at the start of the semester
Usually professors will include all the dates of assignments and tests in your syllabus, which is great as you know when everything will be at the start of the semester. One thing I did that I found really helpful was to put all of these dates into my agenda and calendar (I use both!) so that way I can see what is coming up and not forget about anything.

Keep your downloads folder clean
I believe this only applies to anyone who has a Mac computer or laptop but I know my downloads folder fills up quickly and simply becomes messy. I try to stay on top of this by putting the item into a folder on my desktop that works or by putting it into the trash can (and then clearing the trash to free up space on my computer)

Never go to bed with a messy space
This makes me sound somewhat crazy but I hate going to bed with a messy room as the mess tends to pile up and I never want to clean it up (haha). Making sure the mess is put away makes sure that the mess doesn't get bigger and who doesn't love to wake up to a clean room?

Make a big to-do list for each day
Each morning (usually in the library after my first class of the day), I like to make a big list of everything I want to accomplish in the day from homework to doing my laundry to various items for the blog. This helps me manage my time better as I know what I want/need to get done. Obviously, you can't always do everything, so letting some items go over to the next day's list is totally okay!

Find time to tidy up your notes/binders/notebooks each day
I know sometimes I'll receive a handout during class that needs to be hole punched or need to restock a binder with loose leaf for the next day. Tidying your binders/notebooks/folders/etc. every day helps you be prepared for class the next day and makes sure everything you need is in one place (rather than your test being crumpled up at the bottom of your backpack or whatever it may be).

Be aware of what is in your backpack
I know backpacks tend to pile up with messes and become disaster zones before you even know it. Stay on top of this by tidying at the end of each day to make sure that it doesn't become overwhelming and full of clutter.

Keep your inbox at 0
My email inbox can get crazy quick and keeping it at zero emails helps me keep it under control. This helps me respond to emails somewhat more quickly and I love how much cleaner my inbox feels without a million and one emails in it.

What are your go-to organization tips? Let me know in the comments!

College Tour Essentials

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tour groups are in full swing here at Clemson, something I've noticed walking to class or around campus. It feels like just yesterday that I was touring colleges and trying to figure out where to go yet also like that I have been a Clemson student forever.

Anyways, I figured I would share some of the items that I found while I was touring colleges. My high school did college tours for us each spring so I had a lot of experience touring school (I wound up touring like 25 before making my decision). I know fall is a time where you start thinking of doing various college tours as seniors are applying to various colleges and juniors feel like college is a lot closer in their future.

Comfortable Shoes- At most schools, you'll do a lot of walking (just prepping y'all for college haha) and comfortable shoes make this so much easier. After all, you don't want to remember a school from blisters from your shoes or how uncomfortable it was walking around campus.

A Pen- Whether you want to jot down some notes or fill out an information card for the admissions office, it's super helpful to keep a pen in your bag. Definitely something small but so helpful!

A Tote Bag- I've always loved bigger bags as I'm Type A and they give me room to bring everything I could possibly need with me but they are especially helpful for college tours as you can fit all the items you need for the day as well as any items the college may give you. I know Clemson gives you a folder with a few flyers so it's nice to be able to put that into your bag and not have to carry it around the whole tour.

A Water Bottle- Like I said earlier, you're probably going to be doing a lot of walking so you'll want to bring a water bottle for your tour (especially if it's still hot out). Plus, a lot of schools have water bottle fillers to use throughout campus.

Sunglasses- Definitely not something you need, but something that will help your tour go a lot more smoothly. I usually don't leave the house without my sunglasses but I definitely recommend bringing them along on a college tour.

Something to take Notes with- Whether this is your phone, your agenda, or a notebook, you'll want to take notes during or after your tour. At a lot of schools, you'll go to an information session before your tour and it's helpful to write down a few key points (GPA/SAT/ACT requirements, deadlines for admissions, acceptance rate, etc.). I would also write down any questions and email those to your admissions counselor later.

After your tour, I recommend writing notes on what you liked or didn't liked about your tour or the campus. I found this really helpful early on in the early search process as it helped me decide what I wanted (and didn't want) in my future college.

An Outfit with Layers- Right now in South Carolina, it will be chilly in the morning but roasting in the afternoon. Layers are so important as you'll be able to adjust your outfit to what the weather is like throughout the day. My go-to was a dress with a cardigan and sandals or jeans and a top with a cardigan (like in the picture above, which was taken January of my junior year).

An Umbrella- As much as we would all love every college tour to be perfectly sunny, it does rain so it's helpful to be prepared for that. I usually keep an umbrella in my car so if you're heading out on a college tour, throw one into your car just in case!

If you're looking for more blog posts related to the college application process, be sure to read the following posts: College Tours: The Questions to Ask (one of my most popular blog posts to this day!) ⎢Tips for Starting the College Search Process ⎢The Big Announcement! ⎢My College Application Experience ⎢Things to Do Before School Begins to Prepare for the College Application Process

What are some of your college tour essentials? Let me know in the comments!

10 Things You Don't Know About Me

Monday, September 18, 2017

Every once and a while, I love sharing a "getting to know me" type of a blog post. Maybe it's just me being nosey and loving this kind of a post on other blogs but I think they're so fun.

In the first few weeks of college, I've been asked to share a fun fact so many times whether in the first week of classes or in Welcome Week activities. While these aren't exactly fun facts, they are still kind of fun things you probably don't know about me, even if you've been reading the blog for a while.

1. My dog and I share the same birthday.
We were both born on April 14 and it's so fun but random!

2. I've always wanted to be a teacher.
I'm currently majoring in Elementary Education here at Clemson and would love to teach in an elementary school after graduation. I've wanted to be a teacher since elementary school (I actually wanted to be a teacher by day/fashion designer by night?) but decided it was the perfect fit for me in high school.

3. I was obsessed with every TLC show regarding weddings when I was younger.
Say Yes to the Dress, Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta, Four Weddings, I seriously watched them all. I love weddings and still love to pin wedding related everything over on my Pinterest.

4. My mom and I have the same monogram
We both have the monogram kMa and actually have the same middle name (Alyssa). I love sharing this with my mom and would love to share my monogram with my daughter someday.

5. I am seriously the world's slowest Netflix-er.
My friends from high school love to make fun of me for this one but I take like 3x the time of a normal person to watch a show. It took me a year to watch Gossip Girl and like a year and a half to watch One Tree Hill. I'm currently watching Grey's and I'm only on season 3- I sometimes just forget to watch!

6. I can't do a cartwheel
I did gymnastics for like a year in elementary school (good thing that didn't work out as I'm 5'7...) and figured it out then but have since lost the ability to do a cartwheel.

7. Or snap
Fun fact: we had to snap in our Kindergarten "graduation" ceremony for one of our songs and I couldn't figure it. I wound up faking it and have been faking it ever since (especially an issue being in a sorority)

8. I am a weirdly picky eater.
I'm pretty particular about what I will eat as I don't like a lot of food on top of each other. Like I don't like fruit on top of my pancakes or anything on my hamburger (except honey mustard!). I like my food to be simple as weird as that sounds and always make sure to clarify that whenever I eat out!

9. I'm the oldest of three siblings. And the oldest of the grandchildren on both sides of my family.
I have a younger brother and a younger sister and then six younger cousins. So I've always been the oldest! 

10. My favorite place is Kiawah Island, South Carolina.
I say all the time that I would love to get married and own a second home there as it is seriously the most gorgeous and dreamy place ever!

Do we share any of these fun facts? Let me know in the comments!

Weekend Reading

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Happy Saturday y'all! I have this surprise weekend blog post going up for y'all as I had two My Chic Week posts go up this week- I wanted to keep y'all updated on what Ive been up to but didn't want yesterday's MCW to be a million years long. I decided to share my On my Radar section of my MCW posts in a Weekend Reading so hopefully that works for y'all.

As for this weekend, I'm grabbing brunch at one of Clemson's favorite spots that I haven't been to yet and have sorority meetings tomorrow. And probably doing some homework at some point too! If you have any fun plans, I would love to hear so let me know in the comments!

1. Did you hear the news? Kate and Will are expecting Baby #3! My roomie and I had a poll going on the white board on whether it's going to a boy or a girl and boy won (although I think it will be a girl!).

2. I think that I definitely need to try Grace's Summer Beauty Reset soon!

3. This outfit looks so chic on Kate

4. I have my first Theta semi-formal in less than two weeks so I ordered this dress from Tuckernuck and I'm so excited for it to arrive

5. Samantha's dorm room is gorgeous and absolutely looks like something outside of a magazine

6. My friend Annaliese (who has the coolest job as a radio personality) shared a post all about why you hear certain songs on the radio, which I think is so interesting! My family actually talked about this when Annaliese visited our lake house in New York over the summer so it was fun to read in a blog post

7. Is it weird how much I love Caitlin's pantry! Organization goals there y'all

8. J. Crew has been killing it with their sweaters so far this season! My favorites are this ruffle cashmere sweater, this lavender sweater with drawstring sleeves, this cashmere v-neck, and this sweater with striped detailing

9. I love the Everygirl for articles all about wellness and this one about 20 easy things you can to improve your life is definitely a good one!

10. Since I just participated in sorority recruitment here at Clemson, I thought this article on Town & Country about sorority rush consultants was so interesting

What do y'all have planned for the weekend? Let me know in the comments!

My Chic Week: September 8-14

Friday, September 15, 2017

Happy Friday! This week was felt super long and short at the same time (which totally makes sense...) as we had two days off because of the hurricane. Thankfully, Clemson wasn't impacted as much as other areas of the country (praying for those it did affect!).

Fridays are usually a busy day for me as I have class from 9 to 2:15 (with breaks in between). After class ended, I wound up hanging out with a bunch of the girls on my hall and then my roomie and I went out to dinner in downtown Clemson for a low-key Friday night.

Saturday was another home football game but the game wasn't till 7 PM so I was able to sleep in and get breakfast with my roomie before tailgating and going to the game.

The National Championship Trophy and I!

We played Auburn and it was such a fun game. I wound up sitting next to one of my sorority sisters (who was in my Pi Chi group too!) and then one of the girls on my hall!

Sunday morning, I went to Church with my roommate and a friend and then we went to Publix afterwards. We have our new member meetings and then chapter for Theta on Sundays so that took up a good chunk of my afternoon.

After chapter, I went to dinner with a friend and then sat on the porch of my residence hall to call my family, which is always a good part of my day!

They let us know Sunday night that we weren't going to have class on Monday so a bunch of the girls on my floor hung out in my next-door neighbor's dorm, which was so much fun.

This was the sunset from my friend's room on Sunday- I mean how gorgeous is that?

We didn't have class on Monday for the hurricane so I was able to sleep in super late, which I will never complain about. I cleaned my room, did some homework, and then did some work for the blog as well- nothing too crazy.

I got up earlier than usual on Tuesday to do my laundry and then they emailed us saying class was canceled again. Two of the girls on my hall and I went to Walmart to get costumes for a few sorority functions we have coming up as well as other random items. We then went to the mail room only to realize they weren't open for packages due to campus being closed so we grabbed lunch before heading back to our dorms.

I had a math test on Wednesday so I spent some time studying for that Tuesday afternoon.

Wednesday was getting back into the swing of things after a 4-day weekend. My lab was canceled for Wednesday afternoon, which was nice as my classes for the day ended at 12:15. I did have a math test  but thankfully that's done haha!

After my math class, I grabbed lunch with a few girls in my math class and then went to get my mail and then wound up getting some work done in the Starbucks on campus.

Thursday morning got off to a productive start as I was able to accomplish a few errands around campus before my first class of the day. After class, I grabbed a quick lunch at the dining hall before getting my mail. I dropped my mail off at my room and then went to the library before my second class of the day.

After class on Thursday, I had a PAL date for Theta (basically hanging out with an older girl in Theta who potentially could be my big!) at Moe's, which was a lot of fun. I had a test in my World Religions test today so I then spent a good chunk of time studying in the library for that before showering and getting some sleep.

I also decided to do a Weekend Reading post tomorrow instead of an On my Radar as I had two MCW posts go up this week so be sure to check the blog again tomorrow!

This Week on the Blog:

Happy Friday!

How I Got Back Into Shape This Summer

Thursday, September 14, 2017

A while ago, I shared a poll on Twitter asking y'all if you would be interested in a blog post sharing how I got back into shape over the summer and the response was an overwhelmingly yes.

For a bit of background, I've always been fairly in shape and eat somewhat healthy. Of course, I'm human and don't eat perfectly all of the time but I would say my diet is balanced. But senior year, I wound up gaining a bit of weight and my clothes weren't fitting me the way I wanted them to. Definitely do not take this post as how to loose weight or anything like that as it's more important to have a well-balanced diet and lifestyle and focus on health.

So as I said I was working out regularly (I would go to around 4 barre classes a week at home) and eating fairly healthy so I was confused on how my clothes weren't fitting if I was "doing everything right". It took me really being honest with myself to realize what changes I need to make.

  • Snacking- Snacks don't seem like a lot but they really add up. As embarrassing as this sounds, I would eat a snack when I got home from school, eat a few crackers while I was running out the door to go to work, and then eat another snack with the kids I nanny.
  • Stressing Out Too Much/Getting too little Sleep- I'm pretty Type A so I've always been one to stress out about school. Combine that stress with a lot of homework and not enough sleep, it wasn't the best combination.
  • Sweets- I've always had such a sweet tooth. Dessert has always been my favorite but I definitely would overdo it. I don't need a treat every night after dinner, which was not something I kept in mind senior year.
I honestly sat down over the summer and made a checklist of healthy habits that I wanted to include in my day-to-day life. I've honestly relaxed a bit in these since coming to Clemson but writing this post for y'all reminded me how much better I feel when I prioritize these habits so I am going to re-emphasize these going forward.

  • 10,000 Fitbit steps every single day- This was more to ensure I was up and moving every single day. I've been a Fitbit fan for a few years now as they make it so easy to keep track of all of your stats.
  • At least 7 hours of sleep- Sleep is easy to overlook as you often think of health as food and fitness but sleep is so important. I had to wake up at 5:30 every morning for work over the summer so I made sure that I was in bed by 9:30 every night to get my 7 hours in (I know that's 8 hours- but it always takes me forever to fall asleep!). Now that I'm in college, I don't have to wake up quite as early but it's still so important to get a good amount of sleep each night.
  • No Sweets- I was fairly strict over the summer with this and it helped me so much. I tried to focus on no sweets at home but if I went out to dinner with friends, having something sweet after was totally fine. Now that I'm at school, I'm going to try to do one "sweet" a day (the ice cream in the dining hall is a killer).
  • No Snacking- This totally stunk the first few days but it definitely helped with the mindless eating and is such a good habit to get into as well.
  • Workout at least 4 times a week- My Pure Barre studio has a cardio class called Empower so I would do that once a week and regular class three times a week at the least. I found that this was a great way to be active and see results but my routine has switched up a bit since coming to Clemson.
  • 100 fl. oz. of water a day- I haven't had soda since my freshman year of high school so I pretty much drink water, coffee, sweet tea, and La Croix (haha!). Getting enough water is so important and even though they recommend half your body weight, I found 100 fluid ounces was a good amount for me (which is definitely way more than half my body weight haha!).

Thanks for reading!

What I Wore for Sorority Recruitment at Clemson

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

After sharing all about Bid Day on the blog last week, I thought it would be fun to share with y'all what I wore for each day of sorority recruitment here on Chic in Carolina. I shared my outfits on my Instagram Stories each day of recruitment but figured this would be a fun post to write as y'all would be able to shop each day's outfit, see what each round was, as well as serve as a guide for girls going through recruitment next year.

Here at Clemson, sorority recruitment was the first two weekends that we are on campus and we have 13 sororities with over 1,000 girls rushing (Potential New Members or PNMs for short). The process can get pretty stressful and emotional at times but I loved picking out outfits for each round of recruitment.

Round 1: Open House Round
Right: skortsandals

The first round of recruitment here at Clemson is Open House Round where each potential new member visits all 13 chapters. Panhellenic gives us all t-shirts to wear for both days of Round 1 but you can choose whatever bottoms or shoes to wear. I wound up wearing Lilly bottoms for both days- my shorts that I wore for Day 1 are old but I'm obsessed with the skort I wore for Day 2. I also wore my go-to Tory Burch sandals as they were so comfortable for all the walking you do during the first round.

Round 2: Philantropy
Left: shortssandals
Right: skortsandals

Round 2 of recruitment is also two days long and Panhellenic gave us a shirt for this day as well. Round 2 is focused on Philanthropy so each sorority shares a bit more about their national and local philanthropies. Most share a video as well.

Round 2 is a bit fancier than Round 1 but nothing crazy. I switched my Tory Burch sandals for Jack Rogers but stuck to shorts or a skort for each day of Round 2.

Round 3: Sisterhood

Round 3 is even more dressy than Round 2 and you aren't required to wear the same t-shirt as everyone else for this round. Most PNMs wear a cute dress or a romper of some sorts but it's a good way to show a bit more of your personality.

I wore one of my favorite Lilly dresses for this round as it made me feel confident and comfortable, which is super important for your outfits throughout rush.

Round 4: Preference

Round 4 is the last day of recruitment and is the most serious as well. I wore a fun pink Kate Spade dress that I actually wore for Baccalaureate as well. One thing to note is that a lot of the sorority members will be wearing solid colors and a lot wear either black or navy or white. Not to say that you can't wear these colors but it's just something to keep in mind!

Have you gone through sorority recruitment before? If so, what did you wear? Let me know in the comments!

My Chic Week: September 1-7

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Happy Tuesday y'all! I'm so sorry for the delay in this post- I meant to have it go up on Friday and then yesterday but life got in the way (more on that on Friday). We had the day off yesterday for the hurricane and I was able to get a lot done- cleaning my room, catching up on homework, and catching up on blog work too, which I'm so excited about!

I actually have the most amount of classes on Fridays but thankfully they're all 50 minute classes so they go by fairly quickly. Fridays at Clemson are Solid Orange Fridays meaning everyone on campus wears orange. I picked up this Anthropologie top on sale a few weeks ago and it was perfect to pair with a pair of white pants. They only had a few sizes left so I wound up purchasing a large (I'm typically a small) and it has such a cute oversized fit.

Friday was the last day of Fraternity rush so Friday night, there was a ton of parties going on. I went out for a little bit with a few girls in Theta but nothing too crazy as game day was the next morning!

Saturday was Clemson's first home game of the season, which was so exciting! The game was a noon one so after sleeping in a bit, we headed to the dining hall for some food before going to the game.

My roomie, our next-door-neighbors on our hall, and I lucked out with our seats, which were amazing! The game was so fun and definitely a good start to Clemson's season.

After the game, we were all pretty exhausted so we had a chill night of ordering pizza and then just hanging out on the hall.

My roomie and I went to Church Sunday morning and then ran an errand before quickly grabbing some food at the dining hall. I had a meeting for Theta in the afternoon and then I worked on some homework and called home.

Clemson actually had class on Labor Day, which was a bit of a bummer but it is what it is. I had class in the morning, grabbed lunch at the dining hall with a friend, and then had my roommate contract meeting with my roomie and RA.

Our gym has barre classes so I decided to try one of those Monday afternoon. I always did Pure Barre at home so I was a bit bummed to see how different it is than barre classes than I'm used to but it's always good to get a workout in.

Tuesday was a pretty normal day of classes and doing homework. After my afternoon class, I headed over to the Theta hall to meet up with a few girls to go out to a profit share dinner for one of our philanthropies.

My roommate is a Gamma Phi and I wound up going to her first mixer of the year with her. The theme was Galaxy, which wound up to be interesting as I don't own a lot of dark colored clothing. I wound up pairing an orange off-the-shoulder top with orange chinos to be the sun, which definitely stood out against everyone wearing galaxy print and black. Also, note that I made a headband out of two pairs of leftover eclipse glasses.

This week was the last Wednesday before my lab starts for my Bio class so I used the afternoon to be productive and actually get my laundry done. I had a small group for my Church after dinner, which I think will be a great way to meet new people and then I was able to get to bed relatively early too.

Thursday morning, I had my morning class and then I had one of my PAL dates for Theta. Basically a PAL date is a way for new members (aka me) to get to know some of the older girls who potentially could be my big (my big sister in Theta).

After my PAL date, I went back to the dorm, walked to get a package from the mail room, walked back to my room to drop off my package, and then went to my other class.

I had another PAL date after that class and I'm happy that both of them went well. I didn't have any plans for Thursday night, which was nice as I was able to finish up my homework and also catch up with Riley on the phone (and by catch up, I mean talk for nearly two hours).

Happy Tuesday!

August Favorites

Thursday, September 7, 2017

I definitely say this every month but I cannot believe we are already in September. It feels like yesterday that it was the start of the summer and now we only have 3 more months left in 2017 (???).

If you're new to Chic in Carolina, I share my favorites from the month before at the start of each month (as you probably guessed by the title of this post...) and it's a fun way to share with y'all what I have been loving lately. I always love reading these on other blogs so I hope y'all feel the same way.

August was definitely a big month for me as it was my last few weeks working as a nanny for the summer and being at home, moving into college, going through sorority recruitment and joining Theta, as well as getting adjusted to college life. I have a lot more favorites than usual because of that and I'm already excited to see what September's favorites will be, especially with the temperatures starting to cool down a bit.

Tory Burch Crossbody Bag (similar)- My siblings gave me this purse for my birthday this year and I've been using it so often here at Clemson. I'm typically a big purse type of a girl (I shared my purse collection in this blog post) but it's nice to have a smaller bag for going out to dinner or when I don't need a lot with me. Plus, it's small enough to bring in the stadium for game day!

Lime La Croix- I went to Publix a few weeks back to stock up on some essentials and this Lime La Croix is definitely a favorite. I know I'm definitely not sharing anything new here but this is such a good essential to keep in the dorm, especially if you're like me and don't drink soda!

Lululemon Running Shorts- I bought these shorts on a whim while shopping with one of my friends before we left for school and I can't tell y'all how often I wear them. They're so comfortable and are great for switching it up from my usual norts. They run a bit short so I wound up buying them in a tall to get a little more length (I'm 5'7).

My Pink & Green Garden Monogram Pillow (c/o)- Irene of My Pink & Green Garden sent me a few goodies for my dorm and I am obsessed with this pillow especially. I'm planning on sharing a dorm tour soon but I love the pop of print it adds to my dorm!

Ray Ban Aviators (similar)- These aren't exactly a new favorite but I have been loving them this month so I figured I would share. These were actually my mom's but she has uses other sunglasses so she gave them to me. They got super stretched out so I couldn't wear them but I finally got them fixed at the mall before heading to Clemson and I now wear them all the time. Definitely a staple in a preppy girl's wardrobe!

Donut Shop K Cups- My roommate got a Keurig for our dorm for Christmas last year so I stocked up on K Cups to use. I picked up these ones from Costco (I literally have 100 of them) and they are so good. Plus, you can't beat the convenience of a Keurig!

Victoria Secret Lotion- One of my friends actually gave me this for graduation (along with the coziest blanket) and I've gotten so much use out of it. The consistency is really thick and it makes your skin feel so soft.

Lilly Pulitzer Robe- This may be one of the most silly things I've spent money on but it makes me feel so glamorous. I needed a robe for college and decided to splurge on the Lilly robe as I have loved it since they were released last year. My roommate loves to (jokingly) make fun of me for it but it makes sitting around in your pajamas or getting ready for the day feel more fabulous and who wouldn't want that?

What were your August Favorites? Let me know in the comments!

My Chic Week: August 25-31

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

After sharing a bit of a life update on the blog yesterday, I figured it would be good to catch y'all up even more with a My Chic Week post. If you're a regular CiC reader (if not, hello!), you know that I typically like for these to go up on Fridays for y'all but I didn't want Friday's post to be crazy long and I also wanted to get my blog posts back on their usual schedule. So I will be recapping as usual and the "On my Radar" section will be in Friday's blog post.

It's been a bit of an adjustment balancing the blog with college and being social but hopefully I can figure things out as I have so many ideas for fun, new content that I cannot wait to share with y'all! As always, if you have any ideas on what you would love to see on Chic in Carolina, email me at, tweet me, leave a comment on this post, or DM me on Instagram!

Now let's get back into what I've been up to!

My first class on Friday is a 9:05 and after waking up super early for high school, my 7:30 alarm feels like sleeping in. I'm not sure that I'll still be thinking that in a few months but so far it's great! After my first class, I went to the library for a bit and then had my second class.

I had a few meetings on Friday after my last class on Friday so I grabbed Starbucks in between. We had a meeting for the College of Ed regarding field placements, which made me so excited for the semester. A few girls in my Pi Chi group (aka my sorority recruitment group) and I hung out and had dinner at the dining hall, which was a great way to kill some time before receiving our schedules later that night.

I didn't have recruitment until later in the afternoon on Saturday so I took the morning to run to Publix to grab a few necessities and then also do my laundry.

I then got ready for recruitment and had my parties for the day. Once I got home from rush, I realized that one of the girls on my hall and I both got out "early" so we went out to dinner (and by out to dinner, I mean we went to the dining hall haha!).

I'm planning on sharing a post all about what I wore for each round but for now, I'll just post the links to each piece of my outfit!

Sunday morning, we had an early meeting with our Pi Chis to view our schedule for the day and then I went back to my dorm to get ready.

After recruitment, I wound up going to Church as well, which was a great way to end a busy weekend.

Monday morning, I was up earlier than usual to shop the Lilly sale. As I mentioned in the post where I shared about all my favorites from the sale, I was able to find a bunch of cute pieces for my mom and I and I'm so excited for them to come in the mail.

The rest of my morning and afternoon was pretty normal- I went to class, did some work at the library, you get the idea haha!

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, Monday afternoon was Bid Day so I found out I was invited to join Theta and then we celebrated afterwards!

Throwing what we somewhat know?

My first class on Tuesday and Thursday isn't until 11 so it's really nice to be able to sleep in and get caught up on various things on those days. One of the girls in my bio class and I grabbed Chick-fil-a after class and then I worked on some homework until my other class later in the afternoon.

My lab on Wednesday hasn't started yet so I was done with classes by 12:30 last Wednesday. I grabbed lunch in the dining hall and then caught up on some chores in the afternoon (including going to the mail room to pick up my vacuum haha!). I also hung out with one of the girls on my hall for a while.

That night, I had a meeting to go to- nothing too exciting!

Thursday was another day of classes and then all the new members from each sorority here at Clemson had a presentation to go to, which was a lot more entertaining than I was expecting!

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Happy Wednesday!
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