Thursday, October 31, 2019

Happy Thursday and Happy Halloween y'all! I am so excited to be sharing today's post as it's been on my radar to share for quite a while. I asked some of these questions literally last year (blogger of the year award goes to me...clearly) and never got around to answering them. I also asked some questions more recently over on my Instagram so follow along to catch the next one!

I love reading more personal posts on other blogs that allow readers to truly get to know the person behind the computer! Hopefully this helps y'all get to know me a little bit better as well!

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Favorite fun places to visit in/around Charlotte?

I have so many so I think I may do a full post on this soon but for now the short list:

Restaurants: Bakersfield East Blvd, Ruru's, Bad Daddy's

Coffee Shops: Not Just Coffee, Waterbean, Joe & Nosh

Sweets: Amelies (a Charlotte classic!), Jeni's, Suarez Bakery, Duck Donuts

Shopping: Southpark Mall, Swoozies, Birkdale Village

To Do: Freedom Park, Walk around NoDa, Go out on Lake Norman, Visit Davidson

Do you have any pets?

Yes! My family and I have a golden retriever named Kona. We recently had to put down our sweet girl Cassie but I know she's running around in heaven :)

Are you still keeping an education major or do you think you'll change it? I know this is a time when a lot of people change their majors so I'm just curious!

Yes, I am still an Elementary Education major! I absolutely adore it, the classes I've been able to take, and am so excited to be a teacher. I did declare a Psychology minor my freshman spring but did decide to drop that!

How did you transition into college?

Keep yourself busy!! I started the process of going through sorority recruitment literally the day after I moved in freshman year and I am so glad I did as it helped with my transition to college life so much as instead of being in my room alone, I was out and about meeting new people!

If I had too much alone time freshman year, it did make me feel less adapted into college life as I would miss my friends or home while doing things whether it's studying in the lib or watching a movie with the girls on my hall, helped so much!

Favorite healthy meals?
Now that I have a kitchen of my own, I definitely want to learn how to cook as honestly I ate dining hall food my first two years of college and I eat whatever my mom makes at home. As for healthy meals, I think a grilled chicken (with a lemon dressing from Whole Foods) with a salad is one of my favs!

What's one of your favorite books?
I recently read "American Royals" by Katharine McGee and loved it! It was such a fun read and I'm excited for the sequel!

Favorite part about college? About Clemson?

I definitely love the independence of college and how other than your scheduled classes, you can decide how to spend your time! I love having the time to do fun things with my friends everyday.

As for Clemson, I could seriously talk about this all day! I absolutely love our campus but you cannot beat the people. Clemson students are seriously the friendliest and I absolutely love the friends I've made. People are so passionate about Clemson, which you can see when alums are still so excited about the school even years after graduating!

Favorite place you've ever visited?

Ok so I am a bit biased from my trip to Italy in May (which you can read about here!) but I absolutely loved Cinque Terre as well as Florence! 

In the United States, I loved my trip to Hawaii in high school and love beach trips to Kiawah Island in South Carolina!

If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go?

Oooh good question! Right now I would probably say London, Paris, or Bora Bora!

What made you start blogging?

At the start of high school, I started following a few different bloggers and loved the idea of blogging. I didn't have a lot of free time in high school as I was pretty involved, had a lot of schoolwork to do, and played soccer freshman/sophomore year and then nannied junior and senior years after school so I wanted a creative outlet! And here we are!

What's your favorite Lilly print?

Southern Charm and Let's Cha Cha

How do you keep yourself from getting overwhelmed?

When I'm feeling overwhelmed, I always sit down with my agenda and a notebook and write out everything and anything I need to do. Doing that gives me a better grasp of what I need to do and makes me feel less stressed.

To manage overwhelm, I try to give myself plenty of time to get things done and to also balance school work with time spent with friends!

Thanks for reading!

Weekend Reading

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Happy Saturday! I'm so excited as I finally have a new Weekend Reading post up for y'all. It has been a while since my last one (September...of last year, to be exact) but I'm so excited to get back into sharing them with y'all! Basically, each weekend I share various links that I have caught my eye during the week. Grab a cup of coffee and maybe a yummy treat and let's get reading!

a snap from Venice this summer (shared in this post)

1. My friend Annaliese shared an honest post on when it may be time to leave your job and I think it's a must read for anyone in college or just out of college!

2. I think this recipe may be a little above my abilities in the kitchen but sounds so so yummy!

3. This fall outfit looks so cute on Kate

4. Love this post on how to use Instagram to plan travel (will be keeping this in mind as my family is beginning to think about travel plans for this summer!)

5. Cara and Amy shared the cutest (and easy!) Halloween costume idea

6. I love being productive as much as the next girl (if not more haha) but I love these tips on how to avoid the productivity trap (perfect if you need work on relaxing like I do)

7. I've never been the biggest Youtube video watcher but I love Lindy's channel. All of her videos are so fun (especially her vlogs!) and they make me want to be friends with her in real life lol

8. I tried this dress on in Anthropologie last week and absolutely love it! I don't think I have any occasion coming up to wear it to as it is so fancy but I feel like it is very Gossip Girl

9. Love this look at Kate Middleton's best style moments

10. In love with these black over-the-knee boots from Tory Burch. They're definitely a splurge and I wish they were navy but I love love love the bow detail

Have a good weekend!

My Chic Week: October 18-24

Friday, October 25, 2019

Happy Friday friends! Who else is excited for the weekend? I'm excited to have a home football game (even if it will be a rainy one) and to see my parents as they're coming into town for the game. As always, I'll be sharing what I'm up to in next week's MCW post but for now, let's catch up on the past week!

On Friday, I went to class and then came back to eat lunch. I had a bunch of laundry to do and tried to get some homework done. Since we were having friends over the next day, I made some Oreo balls (so easy and so good!) as well as prepped mini hot dogs!

My friends and I all went to Smokin Pig for dinner on Friday night. It's the yummiest barbecue restaurant right outside of Clemson and it was so good (as always). As we walked outside, we saw the prettiest sunset so we all stood there for a solid 10 minutes taking pictures.

My little, Nora, wound up coming over to hang out after dinner, which was so fun as I got her hooked on watching One Tree Hill (one of my favs!).

Clemson had an away game last weekend (at Louisville) so we decided to host our friends for a brunch and watch the game together on Saturday. I was able to sleep in before doing some last minute prep. Our friends brought a few dishes and we made pumpkin pancakes and waffles. It was such a fun day to have everyone together for the game!

After the game, we hung out for a while and then I had a chill night. I made a quick dinner, showered, then Rachel and I watched After on Netflix (which we both liked), before going to bed somewhat early.

I had no plans on Sunday, which was so nice as I was able to catch up on homework, cleaning, and blog work. I honestly love productive days and being able to get a ton done. Since we won our football game the day before, Papa Johns had half off pizza so Rachel and I picked that up for dinner and eating that and watching Zoey 101 was a great way to end the weekend!

Monday was back to classes and I had both of my M/W/F classes. Let's just say after a short week last week, I was thinking it was Wednesday all day, which was not fun! After class, I went to the gym and then showered before doing homework.

One of my friends turned 21 on Monday so a group of us went to a Mexican restaurant off campus to celebrate! It was so fun seeing everyone and eating way too many chips haha. After dinner, I swung by my house to grab my backpack before going to one of my friend's house to study for a test, we had later in the week!

On Tuesday, I had my first class of the day and then a long break as my second class canceled. I wound up staying on campus since I still had my 2 PM class so I hung out on campus for quite a while. I had my academic advising meeting before 2 PM class then met Rachel at Starbucks to do homework for a bit before going to a cycling class. I then went home to eat, shower, and do some studying!

Wednesday was not anything too exciting, just a lot of studying! I stayed on campus longer than usual after class to study with friends, studying by myself at home for a while, then went to study with friends for a bit!

Thursday was such a busy day but in a good way! My day started off with an exam in my PE methods class, which isn't really fun but it didn't take the whole class period so I was able to grab coffee so that was better than nothing. I then went to my next class of the day after hanging out in Starbucks for a bit.

I am the undergraduate student advisory board for the College of Education and we hosted a panel for high school seniors during my break, which was so much fun! They asked some great questions and I am always so happy to brag about my college.

After that ended, I had about an hour before my next class so I got a few things done in the education library before my last class of the day. I had my class then went to the gym before going home to have a relaxed night after a busy week!

Happy Friday!

Junior Year House Tour: My Bedroom

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Continuing my house tour with my bedroom! This year, I am living in a two bedroom house off-campus with my sophomore year roommate, Rachel (see our room on our sorority hall last year here) and we each have our own bedroom and bathroom on the second floor. When designing my space, I wanted a classic, clean look that I could use for years to come and I wouldn't get sick of. I decided to do navy and white as obviously it is very on brand and it is simple enough where I could add different accents if I wanted to!

My room is larger than I expected it to be and I love that I have a walk-in closet as well as my own bathroom (I share with my sister and home and then I shared with hall mates my first two years of college). I tried to incorporate pieces from previous spaces, such as my desk from my room at home (which I need to share another tour of as I've changed it a lot since that post) and pillows, curtains, and storage cubes from my dorm last year. I love that my room is relaxing and calm- I've been told it looks like a hotel, which is such a great compliment!

Bedroom Sources
Accent Dresser: Wayfair
TV: Amazon
Frames: Amazon
Art Prints: MapsByMel on Etsy (Kiawah print & North Carolina print)
Gingham Sheets: Pottery Barn
Duvet Cover: Pottery Barn
Euro Shams: Kate Spade
Accent Pillow: Anthropologie (old)
Headboard: Ikea
Nightstand: Ikea
Nightstand Knob: Anthropologie
Candle- Capri Blue "Volcano"
Books- "Chictionary", "A Simplified Life", and a book from an used book store in Italy
Lamp: Kate Spade (found at Home Goods)
Acrylic Tray: a boutique in my hometown
Gold Picture Frame: a graduation gift from Pier 1
Desk & Chair- from my room at home
Amazon Echo Dot
Magazine Holder- Target (similar)
Makeup Organizer- Pottery Barn Teen
Acrylic Letter Sorter- from Mackenzie Horan's old Boutique
Bracelet Holder- The Container Store
Memo Board- Home Goods
Basket- Target
Curtains- Target (held up with command hooks and a tension rod!)

Bathroom Sources
Rug- Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Gold Accessories- The Container Store (container & unfortunately the cup is no longer available online)
Italy Art Print- Birthday Gift from my little!
Basket- The Container Store (similar)
Shower Curtain- Bed, Bath, and Beyond (similar)

Thanks for reading!

Junior Year House Tour: Rachel's Bedroom

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Happy Wednesday and yay for the next installment in my house tour series (I shared our living area yesterday)! Today, I'm sharing my roommate Rachel's room and I am so excited for y'all to see it. Rachel and I have been roommates for two years now (she is a smarty pants and graduating early :( so we won't be living together next year) and I am sure y'all recognize her from other posts but here is a picture for context!

We both love decorating and I love the way her room turned out- very girly yet a bit Fixer Upper-esque with the light wood finishes. Her room is super calming and I love how she used the space as our rooms are slightly different layouts!

I hope y'all loved seeing Rachel's room and stayed tuned for mine tomorrow!!
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