Southern Belle in Training

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

May 22, 2015

Southern Belle in the Bunk: Belle on the Bridge

     This is Week One for my Friday summer post series here on the blog, called Southern Belle in the Bunk. This blog series combines my love of fashion, beautiful scenic locations for fashion posts, and the fact that I'm spending this summer back in my hometown area of the Kennebunks region of Southern Maine! You can read more about the inspiration for this series in the intro post HERE! Xo

Dress: Landsend {Still online! Get it before it's gone!} || Cardigan: Forever 21 || Shoes: Jack Rogers || Hat: {Old} || Purse: Gift || Earrings: Kendra Scott {Custom designed in-store through the Color Bar} || Necklace: c/o The Collegiate Standard || Bracelets: Alex & Ani || Nails: {Gel acrylics}

     Oh- this dress! How I love this dress. First off- my mama picked out this dress for me and had it waiting for me when I got home from college a couple weeks ago! My clothing tastes have definitely started to evolve a lot since high school (aka when I last lived at home full-time last), but she absolutely hit the nail on the head with this dress- I adore it! I wore it to my recent internship in Kentucky, and featured it in my Instagram recap post that went more in depth about what I wore and packed for the trip.

     The bright colors and fun pattern of this dress just scream spring/summer to me!! I do love dresses that are perfect for all four seasons and can be styled for all weather, but dresses that are true warm weather attire also hold a special spot in my heart. I love how this dress was conservative enough to wear for my internship, but was also casual enough for me to wear this past week for dinner at one of my best friend's houses! 

     You can probably tell that is a total duplicate of an internship outfit of mine because of all of the fun little Greek life accessories- from my ADPi clutch to my sorority lavalier necklace. :-) I had to show off all my sorority pride when being an intern at the Fraternity Communications Association Conference of course!

   The location of the week:

     For the first week of Southern Belle in the Bunk, I picked a location to shoot at which is one of my favorite places in town to drive by (year-round!), but a place that I have never taken the time to stop to be a pedestrian at. This beautiful river is the Mousam River, and one of two rivers that runs through my town and ends up meeting the sea! (You can kind of see in the second picture after the houses where the river starts to meet the ocean.) This small bridge is off of Route 9 in my town, and runs right over the river. It's not a very large bridge, but has the most incredible views of nature and the river! As you can see from my pictures, there's a small sidewalk. Throughout the years I've often seen people fishing off of it, but I've never actually taken the time to walk on the bridge since parking is limited by it. I think I was missing out though!! 

     Water is something that there is a lot of both in Maine and in the Kennebunks. I am blessed to have grown up in a town that isn't only coastal by being on the ocean, but also has two beautiful and peaceful rivers flowing through it. There aren't any lakes in my town, but many amazing ones are within an easy driving distance! An adjustment for me when moving to Charlotte was getting used to the lack of natural water. The Greater Charlotte area does have the man-made Lake Norman, which is a beautiful and very large lake, but it's about 40 mins out of the city. 

     I hope that you all enjoyed the first segment of Southern Belle in the Bunk! I'm really excited with what's to come for this series! 

     xoxo Miss ALK


  1. Your mom has great taste! Love the outfit, especially with that backdrop *insert heart eyes emoji*

    How 2 Wear It ...

  2. I love your outfit! It has such a classy (but with a hint of modern) look to it!

  3. I love your outfit! And the cute little waterfront!

  4. I love the dress, your mama did a great job! Also loving the location it looks very peaceful and idyllic. Can't wait to learn more. Happy Friday!

    Southern Belle Secrets

  5. Love this look Annaliese! I'm jealous that you live by the ocean- I'm right near Lake Norman but sometimes I wish I was closer to the beach!


  6. I love this dress. your photos are so beautiful and the location seems so relaxing.

    xo, danielle

  7. I love living near water too-it's one of my favorite parts about Seattle (water everywhere). You look gorgeous in that dress (your Mom did a good job) and I can tell this series is going to make me want to hop on a plane and visit Maine!

  8. Cute cute cute! I really love that dress. Your location is beautiful and I'm excited to get to see more of Maine! It's very high on my to do list!


  9. Seriously a beautiful dress + the location is quite picture worthy. ;)

  10. Okay so 1. I love the earrings 2. I love you 3. I love this whole background 4. You look BEAUTIFUL!

    Lauren Ashley

  11. This is so cute! I love the outfit and the location! I LOVE the earrings! I actually just stumbled upon the kendra scott color bar feature the other day and now I really want to get some!

    Anchors and Pearls

  12. Great outfit, and such a beautiful location! I'm going to Maine this weekend and your blog is getting me all prepared for it :D

  13. This is the perfect sun dress! And your town is absolutely beautiful, I love this setting :)

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

  14. Adorable look! Need those Jack Rogers sandals!
    xoxo, Ivette
    Glamour State Of Mind

  15. These shots are awesome and the outfit is perfect!! Love that dress and the big floppy hat :)

    Annie N Belle

  16. So cute!! Loving the colors. Looks great. xo

  17. Adorable outfit and beautiful scenery!
    Such a fun series you have started :)

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  18. Oh my gosh I love this entire look! That sun hat is so adorable :)

    Kay | Fashionably Kay


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