Southern Belle in Training

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

May 8, 2015

In a New York Minute.

      To preface, these are certainly not the best pictures to ever hit my blog, nor is this the best outfit that I've ever styled (in fact, I first wore this dress on the blog during my freshman year of college in this post!). But how could I resist blogging this outfit when these pictures were taken in NEW YORK CITY?! Stay tuned for the full story:

Dress: Lilly Pulitzer {My first Lilly dress ever :-) } || Cardigan: LOFT || Purse: Michael Kors ||
 Earrings: Burlington Coat Factory || Necklace: H&M || Bracelets: Alex & Ani || Ring: {Gift, Similar here} || Nails: {Acrylic nails done for my sorority formal!}

     Since this past Tuesday night my dad and I have been road-tripping North (in my very over-packed car!) to move me back home for the summer. We had already had some very fun rest stops, including getting to see my Virginia based photographer friend Meredith of Meredith Sledge Photography for a fun little photoshoot on Wednesday (see a preview of the shoot on Meredith's blog now!). 

     My dad is originally from Long Island, NY. When I was growing up, right through my high school years, we used to come to Long Island and/or NYC every year or every other year at least to visit his family that still resides there. Plus it is just a really fun place to visit! I have been to NYC from Maine in every mode of transportation possible: plane, train, bus, car, even rental car, haha! Anyways, once I left for college in NC in 2012 though the trips to NYC didn't happen often anymore. The last time that I was in the city was January 2013 (minus driving through the outskirts each year on our drives to and from school). 

     On this road trip, my dad wanted to stop in Brooklyn to visit his uncle (my great-uncle). This plans were all set to do that- until my uncle called us the day of the visit and casually mentioned that he was getting recognized that evening at the New York City Hall (right in the center of Manhattan, near the new World Trade Center) for an award for being a World War II veteran. My great uncle actually got to work for the US army in the concentration camps at the end of the war, and has amazing stories to tell from his time there! It literally just so happened that we would be passing through the NY area on the night of his awards ceremony, so of course my dad and I wanted to try and attend! 

     ...But the slight issue was getting to NYC. My car is currently stuffed at about 500% capacity (we only have visibility out of the side mirrors). Highway driving for the 16 hours between Charlotte to Maine is already pushing it... but driving in New York City? No thanks! So somehow my dad managed to execute an amazing plan. The plan entailed: 

  • Getting hotel just outside the Newark, NJ airport. 
  • Catching shuttle to the airport (which was great for me because this is weirdly the airport that I have a layover at next week on the way to my internship in Kentucky!).
  • Walk through airport ticketing and baggage claim areas to find bus.
  • Board bus that would take us all through the city of Newark, until we reached Newark's Penn Station, their main bus and train station.
  • Get off bus and board train bound for NYC.
  • Ride train and get off at the brand new train station at the new World Trade Center.
  • *Look at dad and exchange sight of relief that the crazy plan to get to NYC on time actually WORKED!*

The new World Trade Center building.

     The ceremony that we got to see my great uncle get honored at was incredible! So many amazing veterans were honored for their service. Hearing all of the speakers and seeing all of the veterans made me really take the time to be grateful for all of the freedoms in the US. I know that there was definitely a reason that God made it possible for my dad and I to attend that event! 

My great uncle is in the middle!

     Anyways, sorry to get off-topic from my outfit but I just had to share what I was doing in the city in the first place. :-) Now as far as this outfit- my dad and I were delayed in getting to our hotel in Newark because of some highway construction so we had literally half an hour to get ready!! About 98% of my wardrobe is currently packed away in my car right now, but I'm so happy that I had thrown this favorite Lilly dress of mine in my duffel bag for the road! I literally wear this dress all the time. It turned out to be perfect to wear for a ceremony such as this. 

     But since we were going into NYC, I jazzed up the dress a little bit with this fun H&M necklace that I bought last week. I am obsessed with this necklace! I think that it looks way more expensive than the $17.95 that I paid for it. When I get home I can't wait to find more ways to wear it!

     So that is the story of my very quick trip into the city! After a very busy last week in Charlotte of saying goodbye to friends, exams, moving out, then this busy road trip, I am very ready for a relaxing weekend at home in Maine before I leave for my next adventure on Tuesday!

     xoxo Miss ALK


  1. Love this dress! Funny how that "first Lilly" always holds a special place in a girl's heart! Congrats to your great-uncle!


  2. That's amazing! I love hearing stories from my older relatives! Your outfit is adorable by the way, I love that color purple!

  3. I absolutely love the dress and the colors- a perfect combination. Congratulations to your great-Uncle, what an amazing recognition he clearly is very deserving of! I'm glad y'all managed to be there for the event, I'm sure it's something you'll always remember!


    Southern Belle Secrets

  4. Aww, this is so cool.
    My grandpa was a WW2 vet.
    Love that Lilly dress!
    It's so pretty.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  5. I think your outfit looked completely adorable! I love the Lilly and the necklace is great. Congratulations to your Uncle, I think it is wonderful he was honored (:

  6. I would love to hear your uncle's stories. And so cool that he gets the honor he deserves.
    My granddad WALKED to Russia in WW II. He had to be part of Hitler's army. People back then had no choice. He never talked about what happened. His kids and grandkids asked so often. It pains me a lot, because the war and everything around it basically ruined his and his entire generations life. I wish someone would have honored him instead of the rest of the world just pointing the finger at them for being a part of the bad guys. But I know that he is with Jesus now, he doesn't suffer anymore ;)

  7. I loooove New York and want to go back so badly. Congrats to your uncle!

  8. Love your Lilly! You look absolutely gorgeous :) And what a sweet thing for you and your dad to be able to experience! Congrats to your great uncle!

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

  9. You look so beautiful! I LOVE that dress!

    Allyssa | Life with Lyss

  10. That sounds like such a fun adventure with your dad!! I'm so glad that it ended up working out! Love the dress.

    Marie H.
    Progression By Design

  11. I think you're wrong, this outfits is super cute!
    Looks like you had an amazing timer, how fun.
    A modest fashion blog:

  12. Your outfit is so cute! I wish I had your talent of putting together cute outfits!

  13. It sounds like you had such a great mini-trip! I'm loving that necklace, I may have to see if I can hunt down a similar one :)

    xoox, SS

    The Southern Stylista

  14. So fun!! And that is an amazing outfit, my friend! :) Getting around NYC is always an adventure. I would love to go back! Also, internship in KY?! Do tell!

  15. What an incredible dress and an even more incredible story. I'm a military child, and growing up going from base to base really made me appreciate the military and the amazing things they do for our country. Be sure to thank your great uncle for all he's done for us!


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