Southern Belle in Training

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

June 23, 2014

#BloggersTakeBoston Recap.

     Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Boston for the day with one of my best friends from home (who is also a blogging bestie!), Katie from Inkspot, for a blogging meet-up with some fellow members of the Her Campus Blogger Network! I've been a member of the HCBN for over  a year now, and it's a great blogging network for college aged girls to be apart of. One of my favorite HCBN bloggers is Ashliegh from The Darling Daily (formally The Darling Prepster). She contacted me a few weeks ago to let me know that she and some of her college friends would be on vacation in Boston in mid-June. Boston is under two hours away from my hometown in Maine, and I knew that I couldn't pass up the chance to meet my favorite Ohio blogger! Ashliegh was also able to arrange for another sweet HCBN blogger, Ingrid from Smilingrid, (who is a native Bostonian!) to come and join us.

     Despite the fact that I've lived in Charlotte for over a year and generally have no problems with driving there (and actually enjoy it some of the time- shocker!), driving in Boston is a whole different animal. Excuse my language, but Mainers refer to drivers from Massachusetts as "Massholes" for a reason. ;-) There was no way that Katie or I wanted to drive to the city or hastle with parking for the day, so we decided to drive to New Hampshire and then take a bus from there directly into the city! Another option for Mainers travelling to Boston is to take the Amtrak Downeaster train, but the times of the day that the bus arrived in the city worked better for us, and it ended up working out perfectly! \

     I will let my pictures tell the rest of the story of our fun day trip to the city for #BloggersTakeBoston! (My pictures are a combo of ones from my camera and Katie's smaller digital camera. She is currently working on editing my OOTD pictures that she took on her DSLR camera- that post will be up later this week!

Katie's first time ever riding the subway (or as they call it in Boston, the T)!

A huge costume jewelry store that we visited on Newbury Street, which is Boston's main shopping district! I wish I had bought something there, they had so mch cute stuff.

Being total tourists and taking pictures in front of the fancy Newbury Street Marshall's.

Boston Common!

Entrance to the Public Garden!

Because best friends of twelve and a half years take ugly pictures of each other when the other isn't looking simply out of love. ;-)

This picture was me testing out the light... I wanted this spot for OOTD pictures but as y'all can see it was a littl bright. :-(

Beautiful Public Garden!

L to R: Ashliegh's Little in her sorority, Brittney (a fitness blogger and real-life friend of Ashliegh's), Ashliegh, me and Katie!

Riding the swan boats with Ashliegh (and twinning with our sunglasses)!

View from our swan boat ride!

At the Cheesecake Factory where we had a delicious dinner!! We were joined by Ashliegh's boyfriend Christian, his friend, and fellow HCBN blogger Ingrid! 

My cheesecake! You can never go wrong at the Cheesecake Factory so I tried a new one- Mango Key Lime. 

Headed back to the bus station to catch our bus home!

All the bloggers: Katie, Ingrid, Me, Ashliegh and Brittney!

Love this picture that Ingrid captured!! Katie taking some OOTD pictures for me after dinner. She's a fabulous photographer :-)

     I absolutely love getting to "meet" bloggers online through their blogs, social media, and getting to know them more personally through e-mails and becoming Facebook friends. But nothing beats getting to finally meet blogging friends face-to-face! I would strongly encourage all of you to pursue taking your blogging friendships and turning them into real-life friendships if you can. (Or making your real-life friends start blogs and therefore making them blogging friends. ;-)) I had absolutely the best day with Ashliegh, Brittney, Ingrid and Ashliegh's other friends from college. It does seem crazy to me to tell people that I met them all "online," but then again I couldn't have pictured it happening any other way! 

    In Fall 2013 I had the opportunity to meet a lot of NC bloggers! Here are the links to a few of my blog posts about some of my favorite bloggers that I've met: 

     This past Spring I also got to meet Charlotte wedding and events blogger Kristin from Lilly and Lace! She is a sweetheart as well. :-)

     So bottom line- blogging friendships are AWESOME. This meet-up just makes me want to meet even more bloggers!

     Stay tuned later this week for the details of the outfit that I wore in Boston, as well as a fun giveaway for the sunglass straps that I wore that day! 

     xoxo Miss ALK




  1. Yay! It looks like you had a blast. I'd love to do more blogger meetup stuff in the future!

  2. So neat that you guys all got to meet up! I love this! I have only ever had really great experiences when I've had opportunities to meet blogger friends. So I'm glad you had a great time too! :)

  3. Ahhhh!!! Everything about this post makes me SO happy!!! I'm so excited that you all got to meet up and explore Boston. Boston looks so pretty--the swan boat ride and the park seem so beautiful and relaxing. It's also been forever since I've been to Cheesecake Factory, and I've been dying to go there recently haha. :) And after this post, I'm so excited to be a part of the HCBN now! Thanks for sharing all of the highlights and I can't wait for your next posts! xo, gina

  4. That looks like it was a lot of fun! If you ever come out to the West Coast again, stop by Southern California! I'd love to meet you :]

  5. What a fun outing! It makes me even more excited about moving to Boston. :D And I just adoreeee those Lilly pants you're wearing!
    xoxo Chloe | Wanderlust in the Midwest

  6. Love that picture that Ingrid captured of you and Katie!!! It was so wonderful meeting you and everyone and I can't wait for our next reunion! :]


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