Southern Belle in Training

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

September 8, 2014

OOTD: Turning 20 in Lilly!

     Dress: Lilly Pulitzer || Cardigan: J.Crew Factory || Shoes: Aldo || Sunglasses: LOFT || Necklace: Silpada Designs {old} || Bracelet: c/o BStamped || Ring: c/o Soulful Ceramics || Lips: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Blushing Mauve

      Well y'all, I am officially 20 years old!! I still can't believe that my 20s have begun... I feel so old!  Haha! Anyways, my birthday was this past Saturday. I would have loved to wear my birthday dress earlier in the week and do these pictures earlier so I could have had this post up on my birthday, but I had the most insane week with school. :-( I did manage to not to do any homework on my actual birthday which was nice though! My birthday started out with a sorority recruitment practice in the morning (less than two weeks to go until Formal Recruitment begins!), and then in the afternoon some sweet friends from my former college came into Charlotte to have lunch with me in the city! My sweet roommate also joined us. I was so excited to finally wear this beautiful Lilly Pulitzer dress, which was an early birthday present from my parents this summer, and has a story that goes with it!

     So I first tried on this dress back in 2013 when I got to visit the Lilly Pulitzer at the King of Prussia mall in PA on my roadtrip home to Maine after my freshman year of college. I fell in love with this dress, but at the time it was barely marked down, maybe only 10-20% off, which wasn't very much for an expensive Lilly dress. I was just coming home for the summer so I didn't have any work money saved up yet, and my dad said absolutely no way. I did end up getting something from the Lilly store that day, but sadly it wasn't the dress of my dreams. Anyways, this print was already retired and I kind of lost all hope for ever getting this dress....

     Well this past July I stopped by my local Lilly Pulitzer signature store in Maine (also with my dad in tow haha) to get a 2014 agenda. Just for fun I decided to peak at their clearance racks... and what did I find? This beautiful dress, the exact dress I had fallen in love with over a year earlier (the print is called Tossing the Line by the way!), waiting on the clearance rack! There was only one left, it was my size, and it was 50% off!!! I couldn't believe my luck! I tried it on again and it looked even better then I remembered. The color blue of the dress is like my favorite color, and the cut and style of it made me feel like a cupcake (I mean that in a good way). :-) 

     My dad ended up getting it for me for my birthday present! It was so hard not to wear it for the rest of the summer, but I wanted to save it for my birthday to keep it special. I still can't believe exactly how it worked out for me to find the dress that I loved so much at a much better price... just a year later. Eeek! Do any of you have any similar amazing shopping stories like that??

     On a different note, be sure to take a peak at this beautiful ring that I am wearing (which also matched my birthday dress perfectly!). The ring is from Soulful Ceramics, which is the newest sidebar sponsor here on Southern Belle in Training, so y'all will be hearing more about them soon! 

     And lastly, my birthday is also the same day as my blogiversary! This means that Southern Belle in Training is officially two years old! Thank-you so much to all of you who read and follow my blog, and to all of you who have become more than just readers... those that have become friends. :-) Blogging truly has changed my life for the better and is such a blessing to me! I can't wait to see what this next year will bring for my little corner of the web!

     xoxo Miss ALK


  1. That dress is the perfect color for you... no wonder it's your favorite color! Happy (late) birthday!

  2. I have the same dress, it's ADPerfect for events! And of course, Happy Birthday sweet sister!

  3. Happy birthday gorgeous girl! I have the same dress - love it!

    Michaela || The Monogrammed Midwesterner

  4. Happy belated birthday! I just turned twenty the Saturday before, so that is too funny!! And love the dress - you look fabulous!

    Pick Your Beau

  5. Oh My! That ring is so so so pretty! And... wait a minute?! Is that an ad for the exact ring I just fell in love with right there in your sidebar? Brb, I've got some investigating to do that may or may not lead to an impulse purchase of said gorgeous blue ring.



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