Southern Belle in Training

Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle Blog || Est. 2012 || Virginia Beach, VA

June 17, 2013

A fashion post, a happy ending and a little blog business.

  • Dress: Marshall Rousso (June 2013)
  • Shoes: Raffini {Bought at the Walking Company} (June 2013)
  • Earrings: Gift from my new friend from India!
  • Bracelet: Francesca's (June 2013)
  • Nail Polish: Sephora by OPI in Already Famous
  • Lipstick: Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Lollipop

     Happy Monday y'all! Hope that your weekends were restful and wonderful. :-) I spent most of my Saturday at one of my summer jobs (the retail one), and Sunday was spent at church and then visiting one of my family's favorite Chinese restaurants with my dad for Father's Day! I had a bad headache Sunday afternoon so I rested for most of the afternoon and spent the evening taking a nice long bath and watching the Miss USA competition. I haven't watched beauty pagaents in the past but I was interested in watching this one since it's held in Las Vegas and I was literally just there! Many of the places that the contestants visited were places that my mom and I saw not even two weeks ago. 

     The above pictures were my Sunday outfit. My mom bought me this adorable dress in Vegas! I love the bright colors and the unique pattern, but what I love the most is that it was found at a store that was new to me. Marshall Rousso is a great women's clothing chain that can be found at resorts and casinos around the country. If you find yourself near one of these stores I'd highly reccomend stopping by! 
     You can't really tell from the angles of the pictures, but the shoes that I'm wearing actually have chunky heels, which are really in right now. They're also super comfortable, and I'll be wearing them a lot for my retail job this summer! The soles are so cushioned, and despite the heel they provide good support for being on my feet. And I love the warm brown color, they'll match so many things!
     My bracelet was found on clearance at Francesca's. Last week I was baby-sitting my mom's friend's daughter and I took her up to the mall with me. We both enjoyed browsing the sale items at Francesca's, and I was thrilled to find this bracelet! I'd been wanting a bow bangle for awhile. I love the ones that Kate Spade makes, but those are a little out of my budget at this time. ;-)
     Revlon's ColorBurst Lip Butters are my favorite lip products ever. You can't beat the drugstore prices and the beautiful colors, and I love the fact that they feel like chapstick going on and have the appearance of a lip gloss without all of the yucky stickiness! Since this color that I'm wearing was so bold, I decided to tone down my eye make-up a little bit. My nail polish is one of my favorite fall and winter colors, but I missed wearing it so I decided to do my nails in that color this week.

     Now, about my earrings, and the "happy ending" that I spoke of in the title of this post. A little over a week ago I blogged about how our first flight home from Vegas was cancelled and my mom and I were having to spend an extra night there. The original flight was cancelled after more than six hours in the aiport, boarding and un-boarding the plane two seperate times, and then waiting for over an hour in lines to speak to airport agents. Through all of this I was able to meet a young woman from India who was also on the cancelled flight and was travelling alone to the East Coast. We spent some time together on our extra night in Vegas and exchanged contact information. She was off to spend a week with her mom in Boston. Well, I had a few days off from work once we got home so my mom and I were able to spend the day in Boston visiting her and her mother! It was so nice to see our Indian friend again and to be able to meet her mom. They gave us some gifts from India including these gorgeous earrings! They also said that I'm welcomed to come and stay with them at their home in India someday... visiting India is on my bucket list and I've always been fascinated with the culture, so maybe (God-willing) I'll be able to make that happen eventually! ;-)
     Coincidentally my dad was in the Boston area for a conference last week, so after spending time with our Indian friends we were able to meet him for dinner. My parents had been to a Melting Pot restaurant a few years ago and had always wanted me to try one, so that's where we went! The fondue experience was very fun and delicious, and it was a nice ending to a day in the city.
     Thinking back on our whole cancelled flight experience and how it lead to a friendship is really just amazing. God truly blesses us in the smallest ways and when we're least expecting it! It's also a great reminder about how important kindness is in all situations, you never know when just a simple smile can lead to a friendship.

     Lastly, a tiny bit of blog business. You may have noticed today that there's a lot less blog buttons being displayed on my sidebar! After seeing how many other bloggers manage their buttons, and also seeing how "cluttered" my sidebar was becoming, I decided to make a new system for determining which buttons I display. It's quite simple actually: you display my button on your blog, and I'll display yours on mine! :-) So I went through all of the blog buttons that I had and the ladies whose buttons are still up have kindly offered to share my button as well. If you had a blog that I love but choose not to do button swaps, don't fear! I've expanded the link list of blogs that I love, so your blog will probably be included there. But if you'd still like your button shown on my blog, send me an e-mail and we can work something out! If I didn't say this already, button swaps are still free of charge and will continue to be so! 

     Expect many more posts this week including another giveaway, information about a summer blogging challenge that Elle and I are hosting and links to two guest posts that I've recently written for other bloggers! :-)

     xoxo Miss ALK



  1. SO FUN!!!! I love how God just worked out the details for you to meet a new friend! So sweet!

  2. Cute dress and love the earrings (and story). Hope you have a great week ahead!

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  4. You look great girl. Love the dress and ear rings.

  5. Such fun, bright colors in your dress!

  6. Another great post! That dress is lovely!

  7. Thank you friend for sharing this really good fashion post also at site. These accessories and the shoes pictures are pretty cute thanks for the good share.


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