Southern Belle in Training

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

February 14, 2015

The New and Improved Southern Belle in Training!

     The big day is finally here! Today is not only Valentine's Day, but also the day that I am launching the re-brand of! My new blog design/vision for my blog has been in the works since mid-December. My blog designer was the incredible Gina Alyse, who is not only a talented graphic designer but is also one of my blogging besties (who I have also gotten the chance to hang out with in real life a couple of times!). Gina did a perfect job of capturing how my style and attitude towards blogging has changed since I had my former design done.... and she did this all so patiently and creatively! I would HIGHLY recommend working with Gina for any of your blog design needs- not just because she is super talented at what she does but because she is also a wonderful person!

      While the re-brand was in the works, I started brainstorming a lot about the direction that I want to take this blog in during the year 2015 and beyond! Southern Belle in Training has grown so much in the almost two and a half years and I have been writing here, and I have learned so much about blogging in the over four years that I have been doing this! (For those that don't know, I had a lifestyle and faith blog called Confessions of a Maine Teenager during my last two years of high school.)

     During the past year and a half my blog has become predominantly fashion focused. I have realized that fashion blogging is a true passion of mine, and such a great way to express the love of fashion and dressing up that I have always had. But I want to make my fashion blog different from the rest. There are tons upon tons of other fashion blogs out there, and while it's great to see so many other girls disocovering the same amazing hobby, many fashion blogs have a feel to them that is too similar. I never want the content on my blog to feel too "cookie-cutter" or impersonal. What I want to be doing is providing you all with a look at my own personal outfits that are affordable, classy and colorful (although ironically not colorful in the case of the outfit that I'm wearing in these photos ;-) ). Hopefully my outfits are especially inspiring to fellow college girls, but I would hope that anyone reading my blog would be encouraged by my posts and can see that you can look great while staying on a budget (and splurging occasionally as well!).

     I still plan to include some lifestyle content on the blog as well- hopefully about once a week! I always have enjoyed sharing recipes that I have enjoyed making or songs and playlists that I am loving listening too. One thing though that I am discontinuing is sharing monthly goals and beauty favorites. This is something that I kept up with for almost all of 2014, and it just got too stressful! I will now only be sharing these things if I ever feel it's needed. And lastly, I will absolutely still be blogging about my faith from time to time as well. My greatest hope is that someone, somewhere, might someday find my blog because of fashion and lifestyle content, but end up being encouraged or spoken to by the Lord after reading something faith related on here.

      So that is the plan! Are you on board?! :-) Of course to celebrate the new blog design I had to do a photoshoot in my favorite place to shoot in Charlotte!

Dress: Belk {purchased on sale for $7!} || Cardigan: TJ Maxx || Shoes: Rack Room Shoes || Sunglasses: Le Chateau || Earrings: Talbots || Watch: Aldo || Nails: Essie in Bottle Service || Lips: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Pink Velvet 

     xoxo Miss ALK


  1. The redesign is so cute! Props to Gina on an absolutely adorable design! I was just on your page recently and looking at your old "About Me" photo on your sidebar and thought "Annaliese has grown so much in the past few years!" This photo shoot is so cute and classy!

  2. Love it! Where were these pics taken? I must find this spot!

  3. I love the redesign! It's so cute and classy!

  4. I love your new design and keep it up.

  5. I love your new blog design, and this photo shoot is so adorable! <3


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