October 28, 2016

What to Wear For Apple Picking.

     Last weekend, I enjoyed an afternoon at an apple orchard with fellow Charlotte bloggers! Apple picking is a fall tradition that I've enjoyed since I was little. Back home in Maine, there are lots of apple orchards that you can visit in the fall. There's one orchard that I grew up visiting with my family, and another one that I remember going to with my middle school youth group and various friends growing up. Both were great places to visit, and I have so many fond memories from home of all trips to pick apples. 

     Dressing for an afternoon at the apple orchard is the perfect time to where all of your favorite casual fall fashions! Blanket scarves, floppy hats, cozy sweaters, fall colors.... you name it, break it out! It was fairly warm out on the day that we went, so I paired my sweater and blanket scarf combo with my favorite suede skirt

     Last Sunday's day trip was my first time visiting an orchard here in the South, and I'll admit that I was a little underwhelmed! The girls and I went to visit Windy Hill Orchard in York, SC (just under an hour from Charlotte). The orchard did have the cutest little food and drink bar area where you could purchase donuts and cider- and the donuts were delicious! But I was under the impression that all apple orchard were U-Pick, since that's the type that I grew up with in Maine. We learned after we arrived that this orchard finished the U-Pick season in September, so visitors could only "look" at the apple trees... a little bit of a let down! But all of us still managed to take blog photos by the apple trees. ;-) And as always, it was a great time to get together with some of the Charlotte bloggers! I've said this before- but I'm so lucky to live in a city where there is such a great blogging community. 

     Hope that y'all are having a great start to the weekend! Last year I went all out and enjoyed a more typical college "Halloweekend," but this year I'm ready for a busy and productive weekend filled mostly with work! #adulting I am excited to wear my costume for this year to broadcasting school on Monday though!

      xoxo Miss ALK

October 26, 2016

Midweek Ramblings + Recent Purchases.

{My outfit: Shirt // Jeans // Shoes // Follow me on Instagram + Snapchat @miss_alk!}

  • We're back! My apologies that my midweek update posts disappeared for the past few weeks! I genuinely to enjoy writing them for y'all. But my question to all of you: do you like reading them each week? Or is this something that you would prefer to read more on a monthly basis instead? Let me know in the comments!
  • A "Delightful" afternoon: Last Friday, I was in Columbia, SC for the day. I had the chance to meet-up for a late lunch with blogger Rachel from Something Delightful (formally A Preppy State of Mind)! I have been following Rachel's blog since my freshman year of college. Back when I was a freshman and considering transferring schools, I especially loved Rachel's posts about her sorority- Alpha Delta Pi. Reading about her experiences definitely was a factor for me wanting to go Greek when I transferred colleges. (And then I ended up choosing Alpha Delta Pi during my sophomore year! :-) ) Anyways - I have stayed a loyal reader to Rachel's blog through the years. She has an absolutely incredible story. It was so great to finally meet her in person and get to share more of our stories over lunch! It is always so amazing to connect with blogging friends on a deeper level in person. And I also got to meet Rachel's precious little girl, Madeline! 
  • State Fair Fun: After lunch with Rachel, I had my first Southern state fair experience! I went to the South Carolina State Fair with my sorority sister Perrin and her fiancee. It's been on my bucket list since my freshman year of college to attend either the NC or SC State Fair. It truly was a very Southern experience! I ate everything from fried cookie dough and Oreos. And another highlight was seeing livestock and animals of all shapes and sizes. I also thought it was really cool that this fair had different types of competitions like crafting and baking - I sure am jealous of whoever got to taste test the award-winning desserts!
  • On my Netflix: I am probably about five years behind schedule on this- but my latest Netflix obsessed is The Office! I just finished watching Parks and Rec this summer, so it's been fun to start another similar comedy. My parents were big Office fans when I was in high school and I used to watch occasional episodes with them, but I'm really enjoying starting the show from the beginning. Tell me- am I really the last one to the party on this?!

  • How pretty is this necklace?! My parents and I did a little bit of shopping when they visited a couple of weeks ago, and this was one thing they bought me. I've been wearing it nonstop! And the best part is it's on sale right now. :-)
  • I also recently purchased this sweater in tan (that specific color isn't online- but other pretty colors are!), and I've been wearing it all the time! It'll be styled in Friday's post. 

     xoxo Miss ALK

October 24, 2016

My Favorite J. Crew Purchase.

    Two years ago, I purchased my J. Crew Factory Wool Sidewalk Skirt. Hands down one of the most versatile and best purchases that I've ever made! I wear this skirt with everything. Each fall, I look forward to styling it different ways!! It's a classic and preppy wardrobe staple piece. 

    This time around I'm pairing it with this cute flannel shirt! YMI Jeans was one of the sponsoring brands at The Blog Societies Conference this past summer, and I received this shirt from them. I have a few different flannel shirts and love wearing them in the cooler months. If I'm just lounging around, I'll wear my flannels just with jeans or leggings and top it all off with a messy bun or ponytail. But it's totally possible to dress flannel up as well, which is shown here! I've found an almost identical flannel shirt to the one I'm wearing, and it's under $15!! 

     I hope that y'all had a great weekend! Mine was pretty quiet, but still wonderful. Do y'all ever have a weekend where sometimes the smaller moments are the highlights? That was mine! The highlight of my weekend was getting the chance to pour out my heart and life story over coffee (my very first-ever Pumpkin Spice Latte- to be exact!)  on Saturday afternoon... I think few things in life are more wonderful than being able to be totally vulnerable and honest and just to share your story with someone! :-) I truly treasure those types of conversations and moments. 

     Other weekend highlights included two separate day trips to South Carolina- I'll be sharing more about both of those in this week's Midweek Ramblings + Recent Purchases! I've been bad about getting those posts up for the past few weeks, but I promise it will be back this week.

     xoxo Miss ALK