Southern Belle in Training

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February 28, 2014

H&M Loves NC.

     My Spring Break has officially started, and it started off with a bang! My friend Shara arrived in Charlotte on Wednesday afternoon, and so far we've been having a lot of fun together! During our first day together I gave Shara a tour of the city, she had her first Bojangles experience, and she got to meet some of my friends here at school! But yesterday was when the fun really started:

     We started out the morning with a free breakfast at Chick Fil A! Charlotte-area Chick Fil A restaurants were having a promotion through the whole month of February where you could get a free breakfast biscut on Thursdays. Chick Fil A has the best breakfasts, so getting it for free was even better! And little did we know that was just the beginning of the free stuff!

     I found out earlier this week that one of my favorite North Carolina fashion bloggers, Emily from Life with Emily, was hosting the grand opening of Charlotte's second H&M store! H&M is fairly new to Charlotte, the first store in the Charlotte area opened just a few months ago. The opening that happened yesterday was located at the Carolina Place mall in Pineville. During the opening Emily and H&M were hosting a contest where if you tweeted a certain hashtag there was a chance that you could win a head-to-toe outfit from the new store, and get to shop before it opened to the public! When Shara and I go to the mall, we hopped on the end of a very long line for the store, and I tweeted the hashtag, not expecting that anything would happen. But it ended up being that Shara and I were two of the winners for the free head-to-toe outfits!! SO exciting!

     We got to be some the first shoppers in the Carolina Place H&M, and try on as many outfits as we wanted! The store looked amazing and everything looked so perfect and brand new. And it was also awesome to get to shop with one of my favorite fashion bloggers!! Ready to see pictures?

     I got to try on so many cute things, but below is a picture of the outfit that I ended up choosing!

     I got to get this pretty floral dress that is perfect for spring, a gorgeous new purse (I just love the pretty periwinkle blue color!) and my favorite item, this stunning coral coat!! I have always loved dressy coats, and this one is just perfect for those chilly spring days. I also got a gold necklace that isn't pictured. I am absolutely in love with all of my items, and I still can't believe that I got the whole outfit for free!! (The shoes were my own.)

     And here is what Shara got!! Two tops, a khaki pencil skirt, and she also picked out a pearl necklace as her final item.

Emily and I!

     I am so happy that I went to the H&M opening! Winning the free outfit was definitely the coolest contest or giveaway that I have ever won. And it was so nice to see Emily again- her blog and style inspires me so much!!

     The rest of my day was wonderful as well! I took Shara into my usual Thursday shift at my internship. And we later ended the day with a late dinner at the Mellow Mushroom, which is my favorite Charlotte pizza restaurant. Spring Break is off to a great start so far, and I can't wait to see what's to come later in the week!

     Be sure to follow more of my adventures this week on Instagram! I will be hashtagging all my Spring Break photos with #ALKbestspringbreakever. 

     xoxo Miss ALK

     xoxo Miss ALK


  1. Awww yayyyy! Free is even better ;) Looks good on you!

  2. I love the outfit you chose! I'm going to have to hit up my H&M soon! :D

  3. OMG how amazing! LOVE the outfit you picked out!!!!

  4. Love it! Timeless look for sure. Great pick!

  5. First off, I LOVE H&M! And this looks so excited and your outfit you purchased seems perfect for you! I love the coral color--how awesome for spring! And I'm so glad you're having a good time at your internship. :) And girlll, Mellow Mushroom is MY favorite too!

    Also, I have some family friends who just sold their house and they're moving to Charlotte!!

  6. How FUN! Love the outfit you ended up with :)

    and Mellow Mushroom is the best. I always thought it was a local restaurant when I lived in Chattanooga during college and then I started seeing them in other places. No idea it was a chain but so glad that it is! I love their red skin potato pizza

  7. That is SO awesome!!!! And Mellow Mushroom is so good!!


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