Southern Belle in Training

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

March 31, 2014

State necklace giveaway!

     Who doesn't love starting off a week with a giveaway?! :-) I have such a treat for y'all today! A wonderful Etsy shop called Kelly and Pavel Design has not only sent me a gorgeous necklace to review and style, but they're also donating another necklace of the winner's choice that I'm giving away to y'all! Kelly and Pavel have so many cute things in their shop; monogrammed jewelry, key chains and ornaments! But since I have another product review coming up later this week featuring a monogram, I decided to pick one of Kelly and Pavel's adorable state necklaces!

     Kelly and Pavel offer these adorable state necklaces (with hometown hearts!) for all 50 states. Originally I was going to pick North Carolina and have the heart over Charlottte. But then I changed my mind, and decided to go with my true home, Maine, with the heart over my little coastal hometown.

Top: Sears || Cardigan: Kohl's || Bracelets: Alex & Ani || Lips: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Blushing Mauve
(Excuse my extremely pale winter skin)

     How darling is my little state of Maine?! I love how much it sparkles! I also love how geographically accurate the state is... my inner geography nerd is coming out. ;-)

     As I said earlier, Kelly and Pavel Designs is hosting a giveaway!! The winner can choose a necklace with the state of their choice, in any of the 19 colors offered! You also get to have the heart over your hometown or a special city of your choice, and choose between a gold or a silver chain. So many options! This giveaway will run until Sunday, April 6th, 2014.

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     On a different note, the pictures for this giveaway were taken by my sweet new blogging friend Kristin from Lilly and Lace! Kristin just moved to Charlotte a little over a month ago, and we met up for lunch on Sunday this past weekend. She is such a sweetheart and I can't wait to meet-up again in the future! Blogging friendships are the best.

     xoxo Miss ALK

March 28, 2014

Spring Break in the Dominican Republic.

Leaving Charlotte

First glimpse!

One of my favorite pictures from the trip.

Crepes on the beach were a daily occurence. 

Another crepe and an "adult beverage" (Which I was NOT a fan of)

Let me know if you want to see a full OOTD post on this look!

Seen from the snorkeling boat

     My Spring Break was spent on a daddy-daughter trip to the Dominican Republic. My mom and I went to Las Vegas last June, so my dad had also been wanting to do something with me, just the two of us.

     If these pictures didn't speak loudly enough, we had an amazing time. The only thing that went wrong over the course of the whole trip was that I had a huge seasickness outburst on our snorkeling trip... but seriously, the rest of the trip was perfect! The flights were on time, customs were a breeze, it was beautiful and sunny every single day, there was a creperie right on the beach that served unlimited crepes to guests... I can go on and on!

     We were supposed to stay at the Via Whyndam Dominicus resort, but when we arrived the hotel told us that some of the rooms had an air conditioning issue so they had to close off our room, and they sent us to the neighboring all-inclusive, which was the Catalonia. The Catalonia was a great hotel, and we still had a wonderful time!! The interesting thing was that the Catalonia attracted European tourists... in our six days at the hotel we only met two American families, and the hotel was almost fully booked! Most of the guests were Italian and most hotel staff only spoke Spanish, so we had an interesting time communicating while we were there, but it worked. :-)

     Our days were spent playing in the ocean and then sunbathing by the pool, sipping tons of virgin coconut smoothies from the bar, eating lots and lots of crepes, and the nights were spent watching re-runs of The Big Bang Theory on one of the only English channels that came in at the hotel. And that was an absolutely perfect Spring Break. When can I go back?!

     xoxo Miss ALK


March 27, 2014

Spring Blog Sale Link-up: Sperries edition!

     As I mentioned in yesterday's post, today I am taking part in a very fun link-up hosted by blogger Kate of Teal Vogue! Kate, myself, and many other bloggers who joined in on the fun will be using their posts today to sell items from their closets to all of you! I trust that these ladies who are joining in all have amazing taste, so definitely hop by the other blogs participating to see what they're selling as well!

     I will start by saying that as much as I would love to bring my whole wardrobe to college, that simply cannot happen (mainly due to the fact that my car wouldn't be able to drive down to NC with the weight of everything!). There are a lot of clothing and accessorries that I left at home this semester, which means that those weren't my "top picks" to wear anymore, and these things would have been perfect candidates for this blog sale! So sadly, I will only be selling one item today. But it is a beautiful item that is practically brand new, and something that I loved so much that I once wrote a whole blog post about it!

FOR SALE: One pair of women's sperries, size 9, in Angelfish linen/berry

     The above are pictures that I took right after I got the sperries last year. I still think these are the prettiest shoes!! But the truth is that no matter how hard I tried, they didn't feel good on my feet. :-( I tried breaking them in, wearing them with socks, without socks, with inserts... and they just didn't work for me. One of those things I guess! But that doesn't mean that they won't work for you! My feet are weird to begin with, I have extra large big toes and extremely high arches, so I have a hard foot to fit anyways.

     Here are some recent pictures of how they currently look! There is one tiny scuff mark on the right shoe, but it is barely noticeable. Other then that they are pretty much brand new.

Scuff mark up close

Scuff mark far away! You can barely see it. 

     I would love to send these beauties to a new home, and this blog sale seemed like the perfect time to advertise them!! Here's how it will work if you're interested in buying them: leave a comment on this post with your PayPal e-mail, and I will bill you promptly for them! Also send me an e-mail with your shipping address (my e-mail is found on the "Contact" page of this blog).

     I am charging $45 for the Sperries, and that includes all shipping costs! The money will be most likely either paying for a.) gas for my car or b.) textbooks for my summer classes. So if you want to help out a college girl with some not-so-fun expenses AND get a cute pair of Sperries, you're in luck!

     So please leave a comment on this post with your PayPal e-mail if you're interested in buying them! And also please check out the other blogs that are participating in the blog sale today!

     xoxo Miss ALK

     P.S. Below are some official details for the sale from Kate! I think I paraphrased most of what she said in my post, but it might be good to still read that anyways! ;-)

Welcome to the Spring Cleaning Blog Sale Link-Up, thank you for stopping by!  Several bloggers are linking up today.  Feel free to link up with a blog post if you are interested in selling some of your items!  Each of these items are final sale. Shipping costs and sizes will be listed with each item.

Please comment on the item number that you would like to purchase, as well as your PayPal email address, if you do not want to post your PayPal email address please email me as soon as possible.  I will be updating my blog throughout the next several days as items sell.   

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope you are able to find some great new pieces or accessories for your wardrobe!  

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