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For starters, Carrie admits that when she's not strutting her stuff for the camera she can be found in sweatpants and a t-shirt. "I don't want to spend my days off getting ready for life, so when getting ready, the quicker, the better!" the Oklahoma native tells the magazine. "I try to get a good night's sleep, work out, shower, throw some quick makeup on, take a quick curling iron to my hair, and off we go!"
It's also important to keep a clear mind, which can be difficult with a bustling career. "My life can get pretty crazy at times. I try to make sure I get a little 'me time' on a daily basis," Carrie explains. "Whether it's that hour in the morning when I get to work out, getting a pedicure, or just getting to spend some alone time with my husband, every day should have a time that's just for me."
When it does come time for her to put on her fashionista hat, the 'Good Girl' singer has two women she looks to for guidance. "My style icons are people like Charlize Theron and Reese Witherspoon," she admits. "They are beautiful, but in a natural way. They look like they take care of themselves but don't do anything too crazy. They always look and act classy. I always just try to choose clothes that I feel good in. I really don't focus on what the reviews will be, whether they are rave or not. I just want to feel good about myself."
Another way to do that is by keeping in shape, something that the 'American Idol' winner stays on top of. However, there is one aspect of her figure she thinks needs work. "I do my best to eat healthy and work out. I am a vegan, so that certainly helps. It's hard to be vegan and not stay pretty lean," she says. "As far as posture goes, I could certainly work on that. It's easy to stand up straight when I know the camera is pointed at me, but I will see pictures of myself when I'm caught off-guard and realize how slumped over I am. My mother used to remind me to stand up straight ... I need her here now to keep reminding me!"
As for being a vegan, what kinds of snacks can Carrie have? "I eat almonds, apples, dried fruit (with no added sugar ... [I] don't understand why they add sugar to fruit), raw fruit and nut bars, maybe a few squares of super dark chocolate, and veggies and hummus," she lists. "I am such a label reader and always take my food with me everywhere. Eating out is a definite diet sabotage and most of the time, it's hard for me to find quick food to eat, so I always make my own food ahead of time and take it with me. That way, I know exactly what's in it and I can still stay healthy and satisfied when I'm working."
Speaking of work, Carrie's latest single, 'Good Girl' is out Feb. 23, with her new album slated for a May 1 release.