Apartment Bedroom Inspiration

Thursday, June 27, 2019

One of my favorite parts of each summer is designing my room for the upcoming school year. I absolutely love decorating and hunting down the perfect pieces for my space! This year is especially exciting as rather than just a small dorm room, I'll get to decorate an entire house as I'll be living off campus this year (so stay tuned for the inspiration for our living room as well). My freshman year, I lived in an all-girls dorm with hall style bathroom (check out my room tour here) and last year, I lived on my sorority hall which also had hall style bathrooms (check out my room tour here). This year, I'll have my own bedroom AND bathroom, which honestly sounds like such a luxury at this point.

For my freshman year and sophomore year rooms, I put together an inspiration board to share with y'all (freshman year, sophomore year) and honestly it's so helpful to have that vision for the space before it comes to life in August when I move in. For my room this year, I've decided to go with navy and white for a classic and crisp look that I know I won't get tired of, which is a good thing as I plan on using these pieces for the next two years in college and after college as well!

headboard ⎜So I haven't decided on the exact headboard I want but I know I definitely want one as it makes your room seem so much more home-y! I have one in my room at home and then had one in both of my dorms (from this website which I adore) so I want something similar in terms of being white & tufted but not sure of the exact look quite yet!

duvet cover ⎜I wanted a fairly simple duvet cover as since I plan on using this bedding for the rest of college and post grad as well, I wanted something that would look good even if I switched things up throw pillow wise! I love that the stripes add a bit of texture but are still neutral. Even though my bed at school is a full, I purchased the Queen size so it will fit the mattress I'll use post-grad!

gingham sheets ⎜Pottery Barn (where the duvet is from as well) was having a sale a few weeks back so once I found these sheets, I had to get them (especially since they were on sale). Y'all know that I love my gingham and the set came with a fitted sheet, a top sheet, and 2 pillowcases!

throw pillows (scalloped & gingham) ⎜This is another aspect of my room that I'm a bit undecided about. I know that I want the scalloped euro shams (I mean how could I not) but am trying to decide what other throw pillows to add in. I'm thinking of the two gingham pillows and then maybe a monogram pillow in the front but we'll see!

mirrored chest ⎜Right when you walk into my room, I have a small wall right next to my closet so I'm thinking of putting some sort of dresser there (and potentially a TV?). I really like the look of this one but think it may be too small to use as a dresser as most of the reviews mention using it as a nightstand.

desk + memo board ⎜I decided to bring my desk, chair, and memo board from my room at home (which y'all can see here) so thankfully that is something I have already and don't have to purchase!

nightstand ⎜I purchased this nightstand from Ikea and then added a drawer knob from Anthropologie to make it a bit more unique! I needed something smaller to fit in my space and also wanted something with a drawer and a shelf so this fits the bill perfectly!

For all of my college girls, how are you planning on decorating your room this year? Let me know in the comments!

The Epitome of Chic in Carolina

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Yay for a new outfit post here on Chic in Carolina! And I think there's no better place to start than with this outfit as I feel that it's pretty on brand for Chic in Carolina if I do say so myself as this dress makes me feel pretty chic and who doesn't love some Carolina blue?

I bought this dress prior to my trip to Italy (which you can read about here) as I wanted something I could wear on school visits as well as for the weekend trips we went on. This dress was absolutely perfect as it is a longer length (appropriate for school!) and light-weight for warmer days. I know I will wear it for field placements when I'm back at school!

Dress: Tuckernuck Sandals: Jack Rogers (on sale) Tote: The Leather Market in Florence (similar) Sunglasses: Tory Burch (similar) Monogram Necklace: Local Boutique (similar) Apple Watch Bracelets: David Yurman & All Inspired (similar)

Photos by Amy of The Daily Amy

My Favorites Lately

Monday, June 24, 2019

Happy Tuesday y'all! If you're a long time reader of CiC, you know that at the start of each month I share my favorites with y'all (catch up on older editions here)! The last favorites post I shared with y'all was back in January for my 2018 Favorites post so let's just say this post is a bit overdue. I try to share some of my favorite products and items with y'all each month ranging from beauty to fashion to snacks to random other things that I have been loving!

Before formal this year (which you can read about here), I wanted to buy some self tanner as I felt I looked pretty pale in all of my freshman year formal pictures. I decided to buy the St. Tropez and love how easy it is to use! Just rub it on using the mitt, wait for it to dry, wait a few hours, and then shower it off. I was worried it would be orangey but it is a color that looks natural on your skin- just tanner!

Last semester, I definitely noticed the effects of too much screen time on my eyes! They felt pretty strained and my eyes would twitch. Blue light glasses had been a topic of conversation amongst my friends and I had a J. Crew reward so I purchased a pair from J. Crew Factory! I absolutely love them as I feel like they diffuse the blue light from my laptop and make it easier on my eyes. I use them whenever I'm on my laptop for an extended period of time (so like during class or studying in the lib).

Portable Charger (similar)
I'm not sure if my phone is dying faster or if I'm on it more but a portable charger came in handy while I was abroad! Mine holds about a full battery charge and a half for my phone, which was so nice to have on hand for long days where I didn't have access to a plug!

Apple AirPods
I received my AirPods as a present before going abroad and I absolutely love them! They're definitely a bit extra haha but the sound quality is so good and I find them a lot more comfortable than the Apple earbuds. I was curious about how long the battery lasts and it honestly lasts such a long time- I had them on a good chunk of the flight to and from Italy and the battery was fine!

I am not the best at editing pictures but wanted to step up my game for my Italy pictures on my personal instagram. VSCO X gives you so many more filters to use and has helped me achieve a more cohesive look on my feed!

My New Car
My little sister turned 16 while I was in Italy and will be taking my old car so I recently got a new car! It is a newer version of my old car (a Ford Edge) and I love it so much!

Essie "Ballet Slippers"
I can never resist a trip down the nail polish aisle while in Target so this was a recent addition to my collection! I've been meaning to pick up a new light pink color as my other one is getting old and I love how chic Ballet Slippers is!

Leather Tote
I had been eyeing the Madewell Transport Tote for a while and when I was in Florence at the Leather Market, I spotted a similar tote that I negotiated down to only 20 euros! I used it all the time when I was abroad to hold all the essentials and it seriously fits everything I need for the day. I know it will come in handy for holding the essentials while nannying as well as running around campus in the fall. Unfortunately, I don't have a link to my exact tote but below are a few similar options

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

A Trend I Love: Silk Scarves

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

A trend that I have absolutely been loving lately is silk scarves. I love both the bigger ones (especially the Hermes-esque printed ones) as well as the smaller ones that you can tie around your neck or in your hair!

I bought a bigger silky scarf from Tuckernuck last summer and I love the pop of color it adds to any outfit as well as how versatile it is! When I was in Italy last month studying abroad (which you can read about here) was when I fell in love with the trend as I bought an adorable square scarf at the market in Reggio. My hair was not cooperating pretty much the entire trip but adding a scarf to a ponytail or a half-up/half-down look was my go-to (as well as several other girls on the trip!). They also sell hair ties with built-in ribbons on them for an easier version of this look!

Now that I am at home, I tied my scarf around my purse and love how that looks as well! 

and lastly how i styled my silk scarf for a wine tour in italy!

Have you jumped on the silk scarf trend? Let me know in the comments!

My Sorority Was Shut Down but Why I Still Recommend Going Greek

Monday, June 17, 2019

For most high school seniors, graduation has come and gone and now everyone is looking ahead to college. You've found your roommate and are planning out how to decorate that small shoe box you will soon call home. You may be looking into sorority recruitment and deciding if you will "Go Greek" this fall.

I've shared about my sorority experience in the past (read about what I wore for recruitment as a PNM, my freshman year bid day, when I got my big, freshman year formal, what I wore for recruitment on "the other side", bid day last year, when I got my little, and my sophomore formal) as it was a large part of my college experience the first two years. As I explained in this post, my chapter was shut down in November so my Greek experience ended at the end of my sophomore year.

As many of y'all know, I attend Clemson University in South Carolina (can I get a Go Tigers?), which has an undergraduate student population of about 16,000 students. Coming from a small high school out-of-state, I could literally count on one hand the amount of people I knew at Clemson and going through recruitment was a no-brainer for me as I had always wanted to be in a sorority (fun fact: my high school superlative was "Most Likely to Go Greek"). I signed up for recruitment and couldn't wait to go through the process the day after I moved in.

Recruitment at large southern schools can be pretty overwhelming: you're talking to people all day and it seems like everybody around you is more ahead of the game than you are. After a literally crazy and emotional week, I found my home in Theta. On Bid Day, I found out one of my friends in my Pi Chi group was now my sister and Ashley (she used to blog at A Little Ashley) who was a Pi Chi (recruitment counselor) the year I went through recruitment literally gave me the biggest hug before we ran down the hill to Theta (and that was literally the first time I met Ashley in person!).

A cliche piece of recruitment advice is to join the sorority where you can be 100% comfortable with the girls and you can see yourself with no makeup on and hair thrown into a messy bun and you're eating ice cream out of the pint in your pajamas. It sounds ridiculous as a PNM but the way you present yourself in recruitment is not what you'll be looking like everyday of college (I have yet to roll into a class with full hair and makeup with a dress and high heels on) and the goal is to find your people that you have genuine and real friendships with.

As a PNM, I knew that was Theta for me when I talked to our Recruitment Chair and the girl who would become two of my best friends' big about spilling coffee on our computers. It wasn't just a recruitment conversation where you want to make yourself sound perfect but it was just real and comfortable. Ever since the day my freshman year that I ran down the hill on Bid Day, my sorority experience has given me real, genuine friendships with people that I don't know I would have met without my chapter. I met my roommate at a new member meeting, I'm incredibly close with both my big and my little, this year I became close with one of my friends as she lived next door to me on the hall, and another one of my friends and I became friends as we had English together and would walk to class together.

Over the last semester, I've had conversations a few different times about if we could go back to freshman year, what would we do differently. Obviously having your sorority shut down while you're an active member is not ideal in the slightest and was not a fun experience at all but we all said we would do it exactly the same way as even though I may of lost the sorority undergrad experience, I didn't lose the friends I met from it.

Going Greek honestly made my transition to college so much easier. A family friend of mine who was Greek in college told me that recruitment is crazy and stressful but once it's over you're not even homesick as you don't have time during recruitment to be homesick. My freshman year, we had our new member meetings on Sunday afternoons, which took up a big chunk of your day, and with football games on Saturdays, your whole weekend was busy, which definitely helped me adjust. Having a community of people to support you also helps so much as it makes a larger school like Clemson feel smaller.

Even back in high school, I knew I wanted to join a sorority and hold an officer position so being involved in my chapter helped so much. I held two different positions in my two years (Service Director as a freshman then Fundraising Director as a sophomore) and learned so much in both of them. Being Service Director helped me get to know different people in the chapter- partly because I had to get paper service hour forms from every chapter member haha!

I think holding the office of Fundraising Director was the most rewarding as honestly it was such a large job. I planned our last philanthropy event from scratch as it was a completely new event. It was stressful at times and some weeks when I was up to my eyeballs in Cookout for CASA to-dos, I had no idea how I was going to do it. I learned that you're never going to please everybody, sometimes you have to make hard decisions, how to deal with the unexpected (like the caterer showing up with no utensils and not enough rolls for the barbecue sandwiches), how to delegate, and that, at times, you just have to stick with your gut. In all honestly, I was a bit disappointed when I was slated as Fundraising Director as I was hoping for a different position but I am now so thankful that I had the opportunity to serve my sisters in that position as it taught me so much as a person. When I had alums that I've never met arrive at the event and immediately give me a hug as they recognized my name from my emails or when we announced how much we raised at our closing ceremony, it was so rewarding and made me realize that I didn't do the job for myself but rather to represent my chapter in serving our philanthropy.

Without my sorority, I wouldn't have been as involved on campus. I wouldn't have been encouraged to apply for positions outside of my chapter, even if you don't always get them. I wouldn't have had practice with public speaking by giving presentations at our chapter. I wouldn't have had the memories of watching away football games in my pajamas in the chapter room with a good portion of my pledge class. I wouldn't be as confident in myself as I am now.

Being Greek isn't just frat parties and functions and oversized t-shirts with Greek letters on them. Yes, those things are a portion of being involved in a sorority but to me, it was so much more than that. It's finding your "people" and growing as a person in a positive way. It's a connection with people you just met because you have the bond of ritual and similar values.

Even though my experience in a sorority as an active collegiate member was shorter than I anticipated, I wouldn't trade it in for the world. That's why I would still recommend Going Greek even if it didn't work out for me the way I expected it to.

Are you in a sorority? Let me know in the comments!

Study Abroad in Reggio Emilia, Italy

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

This May, I had the incredible opportunity to study abroad with the College of Education in Reggio Emilia, Italy! As an education major at Clemson, it's difficult to study abroad for an entire semester without graduating late due to field work and the way classes are structured so I am so glad that I was able to do a May-mester! I was there for nearly three weeks and had the incredible experience of visiting local preschools as well as shadowing in a third grade classroom.

In addition to shadowing in the schools, we learned a lot about the culture as well by taking Italian lessons, visiting a recycling center, and visiting a cheese factory! We also had free afternoons and weekends to visit different cities in Italy- we visited Modena, Florence, Parma, Cinque Terre, and Venice!

During our first week, we took a day trip to nearby Modena so the professors could show us how to ride the train. Modena was stunning and we had so much fun shopping, climbing up a tower to see the city, and, of course, getting gelato.

The program had a day trip to Florence planned for our first Saturday in Italy and since we had the afternoon before and the next day free, we decided to make a weekend out of it, which was so much fun! We had dinner in Florence on Friday and then walked around the Duomo, which is seriously stunning and you can't help but be amazed by it!

On Saturday, we grabbed breakfast before meeting up with the rest of the group for a tour of the city. Afterwards, we hit up the leather market and grabbed lunch before going on a wine tour. The wine tour was so much fun and we went to two different wineries with a stop at a stunning castle in between!

We went to the same breakfast spot Sunday morning and walked around for a bit before going to the Gucci Garden, which was such a cool museum. We then crossed the river and found a stunning rose garden with incredible views of Florence. We had truffle gnocchi for lunch, which was one of the best things I've ever eaten, and then did a cooking class where we learned how to make pizza and gelato before heading back home to Reggio!

We had the second weekend of the trip completely free so we went to Cinque Terre, which is one of the prettiest places I've ever been to! We stayed in La Spezia and took the train into the cities. We hiked, shopped around, had a beach afternoon, and took in all of the stunning sights!

During our last week, we took a day trip to Venice, which was absolutely stunning. We took a gondola ride around the city, took an elevator ride to the top of a building to see incredible views, and walked around and explored the city!

During our last full day in Reggio, we went to a parmesan cheese factory and it was so cool to see the process of how they make cheese! Plus, we got to sample some at the end of the tour!

We stayed with host families for the length of the trip and on our last day, my host sister took my roommates and I out for coffee and macaroons, which was such a fun way to end our time in Reggio!

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