July 22, 2016

Summer Fun at Craft City Social!

    I have two new favorite Charlotte hot spots for this summer season, and luckily for me, I also have had the honor of working with both of them through Southern Belle in Training! Le Meridien and the Sheraton Charlotte are two neighboring hotels in Uptown Charlotte, and this summer each of the hotels opened up a fun new venue to both hotel guests and the general public. Le Meridien launched City Lights, a modern new rooftop bar concept for Charlotte, and the Sheraton launched Craft City Social, Uptown's first public pool and day club! Some of you might remember that I attended the grand opening festivities for both of these venues earlier in the summer.

     Last weekend, I was thrilled to be invited to Craft City Social to attend their first DIVE IN movie night event of the summer! A little bit more about Craft City Social: the highlight of the venue is the brand new pool and beautiful cabanas surrounding it, which have a nice view of Uptown behind it! The bar and day club portion of Craft City opens beautifully to the pool as everything is open air. Inside there is a large bar, many comfortable couches and chairs that make the perfect hang-out space, and even some fun games like foosball! While Craft City is known more as a day club due to the pool, they are open well into the evenings as well, and continue serving there food and drink menus.

     DIVE IN movie nights are a chance to cozy up on beach chairs or in the cabanas and to watch a movie under the stars! It's essentially a drive-in movie experience, but at a swanky pool club and in the heart of the city. For the inaugural summer of DIVE IN nights, Craft City has chosen to air retro and/or musical movies. The movie that was selected for the first event was Grease. Surprisingly I had actually never seen this classic film, so I was very excited to finally get to see the tale of Sandy and Danny played out on the big screen!

     My "date" for the evening's festivities was my suitemate from senior year of college, Caroline. She's been on my blog before, and she actually took most of my blog photos in my final semester of school! We haven't seen a lot of each other this summer due to new schedules and travel plans, so it was so nice to have a girls' night out at the movies together. :-)

     Caroline and I enjoyed some delicious strawberry basil margaritas on the house from Craft City, and then settled in to enjoy the movie! The weather began to get questionable right before it was supposed to begin, so the DIVE IN movie night was moved inside near the bar. But this ended up working to our advantage I think, as we got to relax on the comfiest of couches, and we ended up being closer to the gourmet popcorn bar that was set up for guests to enjoy (and complimentary!).

     Sorry that my iPhone picture quality isn't the best, but this just shows you a little taste of all of the incredible popcorn toppings that were offered! I enjoyed hot pepper flakes and parmesan cheese on my popcorn and it was delicious.

     Caroline and I had a wonderful time watching Grease at the first DIVE IN movie night, and as always I can't wait for more fun memories to be made at Craft City Social!

     For all of you who are in the Charlotte area and interested in visiting Craft City, now is the time to do so because they are launching a special contest! One of Craft City's signature trademarks are their large and bright yellow rubber ducks that float around in the pool. In honor of a few of the rubber ducks that went missing in recent weeks, Craft City Social Club is hosting a Dirty Dozen Ducks contest! They have created 12 special ducks (which have been decorated by local artists), and these ducks are waiting to be "adopted" by Craft City guests. Craft City Social Club is encouraging those who take a special duck home to post 10 Instagram photos with their duck in various locations (tagging @craftcitysocialclub and #whattheduckclt in each post), and at the conclusion of the contest each duck owner will be entered in a contest to win three nights' lodging at Starwood Hotel properties (which own the Sheraton Hotel that Craft City is located in). How fun is this?!

     The Dirty Ducks will be available for pick up on the Craft City Social Sunday Splash Bash Pool Parties on July 24th and 31st. (Those wondering what a Splash Bash Pool Party is like can check out my recap blog post of the 4th of July Splash Bash here!)

     To my Charlotte readers: have you visited Craft City Social and/or City Lights yet? For non-Charlotte reader friends: is there anything comparable to this in your town or city? :-)

    xoxo Miss ALK

     P.S. Happy public access opening of the Nordstrom sale today! Check out my favorite picks in Wednesday's post, or in the widget on the top of my blog's homepage!

      Craft City Social Club provided me and my guest with free admission to their event. All opinions are honest and my own. Thank-you for supporting the brands that support Southern Belle in Training! 

July 20, 2016

2016 #NSale: My Favorites + What I Purchased.

Shop this collage:

     The opening date of the 2016 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (aka Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined of the blogging world) was last Thursday for Nordstrom card holders. I just became a credit card holder this year so that I could shop the sale during the early access period. I knew that I wanted a certain item and didn't want to risk it selling out, plus I am also trying to continue to build up my credit right now, so becoming a card holder was a win-win for me. But I do know that many of my readers are not Nordstrom card holders and don't intend to become ones during this year's sale. That's one of the reasons why I postponed this post until closer to when the sale opens to the public! 

     I also wanted to keep my round-up of NSale favorites short and sweet. Pretty much every other blogger out there has already shared their favorite picks, and as with most major sales, there are certain items that are definitely getting over-promoted right now. I'm all about cute fall items, but I personally don't want the same basic sweater that I know tons of other people will be wearing a few months from now, all because every other blogger was promoting it! But with that being said, I do think that there are some incredible buys to be found in this sale, and I did want to share just a few of them with y'all. 

     Y'all know about my obsession with my Tory Burch riding boots, so I treated myself to a belated graduation present and bought a second pair. (This was the hot ticket item that convinced me to pull the trigger on getting the card for Early Access!) This year's pair of riding boots are actually cheaper than the ones that I bought in the 2014 sale.... what what! And they come in two beautiful colors, both of which I have the links for above. Since my other pair is very dark, I went with the lighter shade this time.

    If you are considering buying Tory Burch riding boots when the sale goes public- set you alarm for 3 am EST (12 am PST) when the sale opens!!! These will sell out almost instantly as soon as the sale is fully open- mark my words! It's too good of a deal to beat.

     Although this was the only Tory item that I purchased this year, I shared a couple other items of note above as well- a cute cross-body purse and some classic neutral sandals. These items are very reduced as well!

     Cece by Cynthia Steffe is one of my favorite clothing lines- I absolutely love how girly and feminine all of the pieces are. I was so happy to see a few Cece pieces in the NSale! 

     Everything else that I have shared is pretty self explanatory... I think the Kate Spade watch is gorgeous and I probably would have purchased it had I not gotten the boots. The other item that I did get was the cute Kendra Scott bracelet- it'll be a perfect layering piece for arm parties!

      Have you shopped the NSale yet? What did you buy? Or if not, will you be shopping it soon?

      xoxo Miss ALK

July 19, 2016

Summer Workout Wear with Fabletics.

     Some of you might remember that I dealt with an unexpected concussion back in April. For most of my senior year of college, I had actually done very well with going to the gym and making fitness a priority in my schedule! But after having this happen to me at the end of the school year and not being cleared for physical fitness for several weeks following, it definitely got me out of whack with my gym routine. Even after I got cleared to work out again by a doctor, I was still scared about how my body (and especially head!) would react to physical activity. The good news is that I went the gym for the first time in a few months just last week, and it didn't trigger any concussion symptoms! The bad news however is that I am extremely out of shape... I definitely need to get back on my running game. (It sure was fun to pretend to run in 95+ degree weather for these photos... ;-) ). 

     Fabletics, the athletic wear brand that Kate Hudson helped to found, reached out to me for a collaboration at literally the perfect time! I am just starting to get back into regular workouts, and getting cute new workout clothes is always the perfect motivator to jump back into fitness. Fabletics just opened their first North Carolina store in Charlotte SouthPark Mall, and I was so delighted to attend a preview event on July 12th with one of my blogger besties, Morgan. We had so much fun getting to shop the store and beautiful summer collection before everything opened to the public - although the preview event did end up being way busier then I expected.

 I ended up finding two workout outfits that I loved at the event, and this purple sports bra, which coordinates with both! I'll be sharing the other outfit that I came home with soon. I wanted to share the outfit that I did in this post because I think it is ideal for working out in hot summer weather, especially for outdoor activities! I've been saying this a lot on the blog lately, but temperatures have insanely hot and humid here in Charlotte this summer. If you're going to be working out in the great outdoors, you need to be wearing very light clothing so that you don't overheat. The Neema tank is so breathable and flowing, and the Carrie shorts are the most lightweight workout shorts that I have ever worn- they even beat my favorite monogrammed Nike shorts!

     Here are a few photos from the preview event:

Look at all of the Fabletics fans waiting for the store to open!

     If you live in the Charlotte area, be sure to try and attend the Fabletics Official Grand Opening Celebration on July 23rd! You will also get the chance to shop the brand new collection in person, and there will be special discounts! Fabletics will also have champagne for all shoppers (21+), and a special performance by an acro yoga artist. Don't miss out on the fun if you're in the area!

    Lastly, at 9 am EST today, I'll be hosting a giveaway on my Instagram account for an $100 Fabletics gift card! You can use this to shop at your local Fabletics store, or online! Be sure to stop by my Instagram account @miss_alk to enter.

     And even better than one giveaway is three giveaways! Fellow Charlotte bloggers Morgan from How 2 Wear It and Chloe from A Queen City Girl are also partnering with Fabletics and giving away gift cards on their blogs/Instagrams - so be sure to follow them and support their posts! 

    xoxo Miss ALK

     Today's post was sponsored by Fabletics. All opinions are honest and my own. Thank-you for supporting the brands that support Southern Belle in Training!