Southern Belle in Training

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

April 20, 2015

Spring Business Casual.

Dress: Old {Marshall's maybe? It used to be my mom's! Similar here} || Blazer (in picture below): Forever 21 || Shoes: Rack Room Shoes || Sunglasses: LOFT || Purse: Michael Kors || Necklace: Charlotte Russe || Bracelet: {Local boutique} || Lips: Chanel Rouge Allure Lip Gloss in Sensuel

     Can I start by saying that on the day that these pictures were taken, I think that I was having an exceptionally good hair day?! Goodness I love those days. :-) I am so happy that my hair is finally getting long again, it's so much fun to curl and style now!

     This dress is one of my all-time favorites for any type of situation that I have to wear business casual attire for. I've had it for a couple years now- it used to be my mom's actually! If you've been reading my blog for awhile then you know that quite often I wear things that were formally my mom's. She has great taste in dressier clothing but she herself doesn't dress up that often, so gives me a lot of the dressy pieces that she has. This is probably one of my favorite things ever that she's passed on to me! I think that it was from Marshall's, but it is a few years old so I'm not entirely sure. The cut of this dress is just so flattering though... I wish that I knew for sure where it was from so that I could buy another in different pattern!

     A funny outtake from this little photoshoot:

     "Good friends take your blog posts, best friends photobomb them!"

     Hahaha. That hottie in pajamas in the background is my sweet friend Soo Jin, who has quickly become one of my besties at school this year!! We have the funniest friendship story- we met during spring semester last year (2014), and had a class together (we're both Comm majors and in the same track!). We sat next to each other in class and would say hi to each other every day, but literally never spoke beyond that. And then this past fall we had a class together again, and sat next to each other again... but suddenly started talking! And became besties. :-) I'm actually currently writing this blog post from her apartment!

     Anyways, the reason that I was dressed up so much in the first place on this afternoon was because my internship took the day off from our normal interning duties that day, and instead all of the Ryan Seacrest Studios interns for this semester and our boss went on a tour of some of Charlotte's top radio stations! We got to meet a lot of the DJs and station executives. It was a lot of fun and also a great networking opportunity!

     I am so grateful to have an internship that allows me the opportunities to meet experienced professionals in my field while I am still in college. One of the main keys to getting a job after school is networking, so I love being able to get a head start on that now!

      How was everyone's weekend? Did those of you who were shopping Lilly for Target do well? I'll be sharing more about my experience with that during the #LillyforTargetLinkUp that my friend Michaela and I are hosting next week, but in the meantime you can see a preview of the dresses that I got on my Instagram (@miss_alk)!

     I also know that I told y'all a little bit about my college's Student Life Awards in my post on Friday (the awards show was last night!), and how I got to help host the Pre-Show this year. It was so much fun, and I'm happy to announce that my sorority won Campus Greek Chapter of the Year, and the student radio club that I have an executive position in won three awards! Such a great night. And I got to wear one of my new Lilly for Target dresses for my emcee duties!

P.S. Since my dress from today's post is older, I have linked some similar ones below!

     xoxo Miss ALK


  1. I absolutely love this! Um.. yes to the great hair day! Your hair looks amazing! You're so pretty and I love that outfit for business casual. Also, love the friendship story. :) I hope you had a beautiful weekend!!
    Lauren Ashley

  2. I love that you have fashion, but also add insight about your life on your blog! So nice to get to know you. You look great in that dress and your hair does, too!! Have a wonderful Monday!!
    xo, claudia

  3. I have a major obsession with chunky link bracelets, yours is too cute! I am also beyond jealous of how perfect your hair looks, I'm lucky to get one good hair day a month- Yay for Texas humidity!


  4. Love your hair in this post Annaliese!


  5. Love that dress on you!
    I can't wait to participate in the Linkup next week and show off my Lilly for Target goodies1

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  6. You look so cute! and that bag is perfect. Total bag envy :)

  7. I'm loving the outfit, it's so fresh yet chic. It's also great to see a girl from my alma mater blogging! I'm so glad to see that the Comm program has grown and changed so much, even in the short time since I was on campus. You have so many great opportunities!

    Southern Belle Secrets

  8. You rock this dress girl! So chic :)

  9. You look GORGEOUS! Loving that dress... and that handbag :) Hope your week is off to a great start!

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

  10. Your hair looks amazing and that dress is so pretty. I can't wait to see what everyone got from the Lily P for Target line and omg how amazing is your internship :) Good luck with the rest of the semester

  11. Annaliese how on earth has your hair grown so quickly!? It looks gorgeous! Another lovely post from you :)

    Jess x


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