How My Style Has Changed Since Beginning College

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

I am so excited to be sharing today's blog post as it's something that has been on my mind a lot lately in regards to the blog: how my style has changed since the start of college! One thing I love about blogging is that it kind of keeps a record of everything you love, what was important during that time in your life, and so on! I thought it would be fun to kind of chit chat with y'all about personal style and some of the changes I've noticed since starting college!

I started my blog five years ago and I was a fifteen year old high school sophomore. My high school had a uniform but other than that, my style was very preppy: lots of Lilly, chino shorts, Jack Rogers, statement necklaces! To clarify, my style is still pretty preppy and classic and I do still love (and wear) the pieces I styled on the blog "back in the day". My friends would tell you that I still dress preppy but I would definitely say my style has definitely relaxed a bit since the start of college.

Clemson definitely is very casual in terms of what students wear to class so that takes up a good chunk of my wardrobe and what I wear everyday. Oversized t-shirts are super popular and are worn with sweaters and leggings in the colder months then norts and tennis skirts in the warmer months. Since I'm an education major, I wear business casual when I'm in the schools but other than that it's pretty casual and pretty different from high school when I wore cute clothes all the time.

In addition to being more relaxed in what I wear (can't say I'll feature an outfit of leggings and a t-shirt on the blog), my style has definitely gotten trendier too. I love classic, preppy fashion and know I'll always wear that but it was also super trendy circa 2015. I won't say I'm the trendiest person ever but have found myself liking more trendy pieces from stores like Anthropologie and Free People. There's definitely pieces in those stores that are a little too much for me personally but I think developing your own personal style is so important. College is definitely a time for change and to grow so it makes sense to me that your style changes a bit too! So here's to new things here on the blog and maybe some outfit posts where I restyle old outfit posts to make them more up to date!

Did you notice a change in your personal style once you started college? Let me know in the comments!

On Perfectionism + Being Real

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

For as long as I remember, I've been a perfectionist. I like having things go the way I want them to, enjoy having control over the situation, and also, in some sense, like putting off the image that I'm able to do it "all" and make it look easy.

Definitely not the most perfect post I've shared on the blog but it fits the theme for today's post!

I think a lot of my struggle in creating content here on the blog is that I want it to be perfect. Blogging can be a strange world at times as it gives you this peek into someone else's life but the blogger chooses what to put out there. When my life isn't perfect (when is anyone's?), I feel like it's harder for me to blog as this isn't an online diary or space for me to just complain about problems but it's also hard for me to paint everything as sunshine and roses when it just isn't like that in real life.

Then I find myself not blogging and comparing myself to high school Katie who had time to get it done and create content. In all honestly, yes I was more consistent in high school. It may have seemed like I had it all together but quite honestly my high school years were pretty stressful. I would wake up at what felt like the crack of dawn for school (some days at 5:20 AM to squeeze in a Pure Barre class), go to school for 7 hours, go home and do homework, go nanny, then go home and do homework until it was time to go to bed. Don't get me wrong- I enjoyed high school. I'm so thankful for that time in my life and learned so much from it. But constantly pushing myself to be perfect, to do all the things, to maintain good grades while running a blog, being involved in multiple clubs, volunteering, working out, nannying was exhausting. My life seemed perfect from the outside but I was stressed, cried a little too much, and was overwhelmed.

Thankfully, college is a lot more balanced for me. I think the word balanced is pretty fitting as yes, I still care about school and my grades and being involved but in a much more healthier way. I love my education classes a lot more than high school classes like Calc since I can see how I will actually use them in life beyond graduation (which is approaching way faster than I would like it to). I'm getting enough sleep and leave room in my agenda for some sort of just for me activity everyday whether that's putting away my laptop to watch a movie with friends, being more spontaneous and saying yes more often to random, fun plans, or even letting myself go to bed early. In all honestly, I feel so lucky to be living my life and have found a really good balance between being a student and being a person. This past fall semester was definitely the most fun so far and I achieved one of my biggest academic goals so balance is definitely paying off.

The girl who created Chic in Carolina is definitely not the same one writing this post right now. I started Chic in Carolina when I was a 15 year old sophomore in high school who couldn't even drive by herself yet so it makes senses that I've grown since then (I would be worried if I hadn't!). I still love my agenda and organization but I've definitely grown up too. I'm planning on sharing a blog post on how my style has changed since coming to college but while I still love a good Lilly shift, more trendy and relaxed pieces have slipped into my closet too.

The crazy thing is I put all this pressure on myself to be perfect. No one except me cares if I show up to class in running shorts and a t-shirt or if I show up in a cute outfit with my hair and makeup done. That I have to push myself to eat better and workout more often not to be healthy but to fit into a pair of jeans from junior year of high school. Even though I love blogging, no one is forcing me to blog and post 5 times a week.

In my Digital Media class last semester we talked about the concept of digital storytelling and how through various social media platforms, we now have the ability to share with audiences much larger than we could without the platform. Before Instagram, I could print out pictures and share them with family and friends but now, you can share them with those people and more with the press of a button. While social media isn't horrible, it isn't always an accurate look into people's lives. I sometimes find myself looking through other Instagrams (both from my blog + personal accounts) and find myself jealous of how perfect that person's life seems. Then a quick look through my own Instagram tells me I do it too. My personal Instagram paints a perfectly rosy look into my life: fun football games, trips, curated Instagram stories that are "real" enough but have a pretty filter on top. We don't share pictures from the nights you sit in the library for six hours and are about to cry from thinking too much. Or from the days where you are arguing with a friend. Or when it seems like absolutely nothing is going the way you want it to.

The blog + Instagram make my life seem pretty great. Don't get me wrong- for most of the time it is. I have been blessed with the best family, amazing friends, the opportunity to go to college to study something I'm passionate about and to do it at one of my favorite places in the world. Am I guilty of sharing a more perfect image of myself online? Definitely.

This semester, I've had a few conversations with my roommate about different bloggers and Youtubers we follow on social media and how some used to be authentic and real but now come off as fake. As a college student, we know what a typical day looks like: going to class, studying, maybe going to a meeting for a club, getting lunch with a friend, etc. Everyday is different but it's not all fun and games as it can seem from some college bloggers/Youtubers/influencers. Trust me, I have fun in college. I do things with friends and think college is a million and one times more fun than high school was but my everyday life isn't always riveting or Instagram worthy so to speak.

I want to keep sharing with y'all here but I also want to be real and genuine in doing so. Thanks for sticking around here on CiC!

101 in 1001: Update #1

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Happy Tuesday y'all! I am so excited for today's post as I am sharing an update on my 101 in 1001 list. For those of y'all unfamiliar with the concept, it is where you come up with a list of 101 items to do in 1001 days (which is almost 3 years). Mackenzie Horan came up with it and I just started my second list back in August (check out my first 101 in 1001 here)! Since I am over six months into it, I thought it would be fun to share what I accomplished so far, what's in progress, and what I hope to accomplish in the next six months or so!


6. Receive my Clemson ring (November 2019)
26. Host a brunch (October 2019)
43. Go to a spin class (October 2019)
48. Throw a surprise party (August 2019- Mackenzie’s 21st)
50. Donate $100 to a charity I'm passionate about (September 2019- Circle of Sisterhood)
56. Go to a wedding (September 2019)
69. Earn a 4.0 one semester (Fall 2019)

In Progress

1. Try five new restaurants in Clemson or Greenville (2/5: Sidewall, Trio)
46. Read 25 books (1/25: American Royals)
52. Bake 20 new recipes (1/20- S’mores truffles)
62. Go to three concerts (2/3- Jonas Brothers, Scotty McCreery)

On my Radar

73. Decorate my college apartment and share it on the blog (October 2019)
74. Get involved and take on a leadership position (November 2019- USAB Communications Chair)
77. Join a new club or organization (October 2019- Omicron Delta Kappa)
4. Have a lake day on Lake Hartwell
5. Have a picnic on the dikes

11. Try five new restaurants in Charlotte
12. Share a Charlotte travel guide on the blog
22. Post on the blog everyday for a month
24. Post on Instagram everyday for a month
38. Catch up in-person with one of my college friends over the summer
55. Watch the sunrise
72. Go on a fun Spring Break trip with college friends
99. Visit two new beaches

Have you done a 101 in 1001 list before? Let me know in the comments!
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