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December 19, 2014

Favorite bloggers of 2014: Charlotte Bloggers.

      Welcome to the first post in my end-of-the-year four part series! Over the next couple of weeks, I will be sharing and highlighting several of my favorite bloggers. To make things easier, I have broken things down into four categories: Charlotte bloggers, collegiate bloggers, and general lifestyle and fashion bloggers. (The Charlotte and collegiate categories will combine both fashion and lifestyle bloggers.)

     I wanted to highlight all of my favorite bloggers for a few reasons! First and foremost, because I am amazed at the types of great friendships that can come out of meeting bloggers. It's crazy to tell people that I met some of my friends online, but it really is the truth! Bloggers are such incredible people, and I feel blessed to have gotten to meet so many of my favorite bloggers in the past couple of years. I hope to continue to get to meet many more bloggers in the next few years and to only strengthen the blogger friendships that I already have!

     Secondly, reading blogs has been perhaps an even bigger part of my life recently then it has been at other times during my blogging career. During this past semester I haven't had the time to blog as much as I wanted, or even comment on my favorite bloggers' posts as much as I wished, but I certainly read! Every weekday morning I set my alarm a few minutes earlier then needed so that I have time to grab my phone, climb back into bed, and read blogs on my Blog Lovin' app. It's a great way to help myself wake up in the morning, and nothing makes me happier then starting my day by reading all of my favorite blogs.

    I am starting things off by highlighting eight of my favorite Queens City bloggers today! There are numerous reasons why I love going to college in Charlotte, but one of them is definitely because Charlotte is perhaps one of the best cities in the country to be a blogger in! We have our own blogging network, The Charlotte Social (which hosts regular meet-ups and events), and there are so many great fashion and lifestyle bloggers based right in the Queens City. Here are my favorite QC bloggers:

     Caitlin from Southern Curls and Pearls

     If any of you have been in the blogging world for any length of time then I'm sure that you're no stranger to either Caitlin's fantastic blog or her swoon-worthy Instagram account (@cmcoving). This girl is pretty much both blog and Insta-famous- and well, well deserving in my opinion. The quality of Caitlin's blog posts and photos are absolutely superb. Her blog is an absolute inspiration to me, and I can only hope that my little corner of the internet will be something like Southern Curls and Pearls someday!
     But in addition to absolutely adoring Caitlin's blog- I want to add that she is an equally amazing person! I have gotten the chance to meet Cait at a few blogging events in Charlotte over the past year (like I said- Charlotte is the best city to be a blogger in!), and back in October we got to meet up for dinner one night. Caitlin is absolutely the sweetest and most down-to-earth person, and is exactly the type of 20-something city girl that I hope to be in a couple of years. If you aren't following her blog- stop what you're doing right now and get on that! :-)

     Melissa from Simply Sweet Melissa

     Melissa from Simply Sweet Melissa  is one of my favorite lifestyle bloggers in all of the blogging world- and it just so happens that she lives in Charlotte! I love Melissa's blog for so many reasons, but first and foremost because her writing style has a realness to it. There are a lot of bloggers in the blogging world that I feel often try to become something that they're not to gain followers or to attract a certain audience, but you never get that feeling with her posts. Melissa is always genuine on her blog, and I love the person that she is! She is as sweet and Southern as they come. And I think that a large part of that is from her faith! She's very open about her Christian faith on her blog and I love that and find it very inspiring!
     Melissa is engaged and I have been loving her wedding update posts over the past few months! Her relationship is the type of relationship that I hope to be blessed to be in someday. Speaking of relationships... she is also besties with Caitlin from Southern Curls and Pearls! They met through their blogs and I think that is just the cutest thing ever. :-) I have also gotten to meet Melissa at a couple of Charlotte blogging events. (But I would love to see more of both her and Caitlin in the New Year!)

     April from A. Liz Adventures

     April from A. Liz Adventures is another Charlotte  lifestyle blogger, and I just got into reading her blog a few months ago (and goodness I'm glad I did!). Have you ever found a blog that just makes you smile everytime you read it? That's April's blog for me!
     April describes her blog as being "A smidge of this, a smidge of that" and I think that's a perfect description. She truly blogs about everything: her favorite recipes, fashion items she's loving, travel, Charlotte happenings, and of course updates all about her sweet family! April and her husband welcomed their sweet baby girl earlier this year and she is the most precious thing ever. (If you need a babysitter... I'm in Charlotte.... ;-) ) I love the fact about how you just never know what her post of the day is going to be about, but everything that she writes about is enjoyable to read! I hope that my blog has the same postivity and fun in each post as April's blog!

     Kristin from Gwen and Taylor

     I just love this girl! Kristin is a fellow collegiate fashion blogger living in Charlotte. She and her friend Janet co-run the fashion blog Gwen and Taylor and are doing an amazing job at it! (I love both of their styles and they always post such great outfits.) Kristin is one of the friendliest bloggers that I have ever met, and everytime that we have met up I always have a wonderful time. It's always so great to get to talk blogging with another girl who is the same age as me and has a blog of a similar size and focus. I am thankful for Kristin's friendship and hope that we can spend more time together next year!

     Morgan from How 2 Wear It 

     I first met Morgan at a blogging event back in September, and I'm so glad that we got to meet! Morgan has a fashion blog and has an awesome sense of style that is perfect for the working girl. Like many of the other bloggers that I've featured so far in this post, her blog definitely has a "realness" to it that I appreciate. Morgan also always leaves the sweetest comments on many of my blog posts, and that always makes my day! I wasn't able this semester to comment on as many blog posts as I would have liked, so it always made me smile when a blogger that I follow took the time anyways to leave a kind comment on a post of mine.

     Jaime from Sunflowers and Stilettos

      Jaime's fashion blog and style are simply fabulous. I love how she isn't afraid to try styles or looks that are very bold, girly or glam (things that I am not afraid to do!). And let me tell you- if you aren't following her on Instagram (@jaime_cittadino) then you are missing out on her pictures of her insane closet! Coming from a girl who technically doesn't even have a real closet in her dorm room this year (an "armoire" thing so doesn't count...) I always have major envy whenever I look at her amazing Instagram photos! And just like fellow Charlotte blogger April, Jaime also is a new mom and had a sweet little baby girl in 2014!
    I met Jaime very briefly last year at SouthPark mall in Charlotte, but I would love to meet-up with her again sometime. (Can you tell that basically I would love to spend more time with all of the bloggers that I feautured on this list?)

     Bri from Just Bri

     Bri is a fashion and lifestyle blogger at Just Bri, and she is also the founder of The Charlotte Social (Charlotte's blogging network), which I think is super cool! Bri came to Charlotte from out-of-state to attend college, and ended up staying in the city after school. I also came to Charlotte from out-of-state for school, and would love to stay there after college if I'm able to find work in my field, so I can relate to that a lot!
     Bri's fashion posts feature outfits perfect for casual wear and work attire, and I love her lifestyle posts as well. One of her posts from earlier this year, titled "The Man at Waffle House," was literally one of the most touching blog posts that I have ever read and it almost made me cry!

     Alyssa from Lessons with A

     Alyssa from Lessons With A is just the cutest thing ever! She works as a teacher, and she is definitely one of the most stylish teachers that I have ever seen! Her blog is a wonderful mix of fashion and lifestyle. She also just became a fur mom to an adorable little puppy! I believe that Alyssa is the only blogger in this post who I haven't met at a blogging event or elsewhere, but I would love to meet her.

     So those are my eight picks for my favorite Charlotte bloggers! Do you follow any of these wonderful ladies? Stay tuned next week for my favorite collegiate bloggers, and then my favorite other lifestyle and fashion bloggers!

     xoxo Miss ALK


  1. so many bloggers that I didn't know where here! Thanks!

  2. Wish I could give you a great big ole' hug right now! You made me smile so big and I loved this sweet post girl! So thankful for blogging and the friendships that have grown from it. Yours being one of them <3

  3. Ahh!! I can't wait to check out some more North Carolina bloggers!! Woo!! :)

  4. Thank you SO much! Can't wait to see you again too :) XO

  5. Thanks so much for the shootout! You are so sweet! I'm so glad we met and I am looking forward to seeing you again soon :)

  6. What a great list of local bloggers, I can't wait to follow and get to know them. (I need fashion tips) Perhaps I will be on your 2015 list but that's wishful thinking.

  7. WE MUST MEET SOON! You are too sweet for including me in this post!! Thank you so much! xoxo

  8. Such an awesome list of bloggers! I read most of these blogs and love them.

  9. Okayyy I am WAY late on reading this post ... the holidays threw such a kink into my regular blog reading -- but THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! You are seriously just way too sweet and your post made my day. Thanks and let's make it a priority to meet some time this year at a blogging event! Hugs!


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