Southern Belle in Training

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

May 29, 2015

Southern Belle in the 'Bunk: Spring Glow.

     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, and Week One HERE! Xo

Dress: Lilly Pulitzer for Target {Sold out, Similar here} || Shoes: Nine West || Earrings: Talbots || Bracelet: c/o Stella & Dot || Lips: NYC Color Expert Last Lipstick in Forever Fuschia

     I am oh-so-excited about today's post! First off- I just cannot get over the amazing natural lighting in these photos! Lately I have been very inspired by the fashion blog Gal Meets Glam by blogger Julia Engel. If you aren't familiar with Gal Meets Glam, Julia's husband Thomas does all of her photography, and he always captures Julia in the most beautiful natural light! I guess this post was my attempt of being inspired by their photography. :-) This is also the second week of my summer series, Southern Belle in the 'Bunk. More on the location of this post later, but first for the outfit details!

    This was the second dress that I was able to score on Pink Sunday during the Lilly Pulitzer for Target launch! (I featured my other shift dress in the #LillyforTargetLinkUp that my blog bestie Michaela and I held a few weeks ago!) Despite being a self proclaimed girly-girl, I don't own that many clothing pieces that are this pink! So I was excited to score this Lilly dress at Target and bring a little bit more pink cheer into my closet. Like my other Lilly for Target dress, I was very impressed with the quality of these shifts for the price, and I thought that they fit well! 

     Since the dress is so bright and eye-catching, I paired it with a classic pair of nude pumps, delicate gold jewelry, a fun side pony hairstyle and fresh blooms from my Grandma's garden! For one last pop of color I used one of my favorite NYC Color lipsticks which perfectly matched the dress! I don't mind splurging on lip products in neutral or lighter pink/peach shades that I will wear all the time, but for very bright lip products, I always buy drugstore brands since I don't wear them as much. The Expert Last Lipsticks from NYC Color are $1.99 at the drugstore and have amazing pigmentation and last well throughout the day! They are a go-to for me when I need a bold lipstick in a specific vivid shade. (And no this post isn't sponsored at all- just me raving about a product that I love!)

     With the light and locations being so stunning in these photos, of course my photographer had to jump in a shot at the end!! This is my best friend of over 12 years, Katie! She has a passion for photography and takes a lot of my blog photos when I'm home in Maine (and this isn't the first time she's been on the blog!)

      The location:

     In the first week of Southern Belle in the 'Bunk, I did my blog shoot on the bridge over the Mousam River, one of two rivers in Kennebunk. When looking at a map of town, one can see that the Mousam River runs through the Southwestern part of town, and other river, the Kennebunk, is Northeastern of the Mousam (#geographynerd). Both rivers end up coming to meet the sea within just a few miles of each other though! 

     I thought that it would be fitting for this week's pictures to be taken where the Kennebunk River comes to meet the sea. I did them in two locations: one on a bridge similar to the bridge that I shot at on the Mousam River, and the later pictures in a small field with beautiful flowering trees near the banks of the river between Kennebunk and Kennebunkport. Katie took these pictures for me right at sunset, and I already said this, but the natural lighting was truly incredible! 

     I am luckly to be from a town that has not only ocean coastline and wonderful beaches, but also two beautiful rivers flowing through it! This might not be the last time I feature these two rivers for this post series...

P.S. Since my dress was sold out, I have linked instead some similar pink shift dresses from the regular Lilly website below!

     xoxo Miss ALK


  1. You are GORGEOUS and the river location is beautiful!! I absolutely love this series, my friend!! :)

  2. You are gorgeous. The dress is gorgeous. Your makeup is gorgeous. The location is gorgeous. I love this post!

  3. I have this dress and I love it! Also, Julia is one of my favorite bloggers. Love this post! xo

    Allyssa | Life with Lyss

  4. You seriously look so gorgeous!! I totally see the inspiration from Gal Meets Glam, it's one of my favorite blogs too!

    Pick Your Beau

  5. Can we just talk about how stinkin' LUCKY you are to have snagged a LP for Target dress??? And you're rocking it. You go girl!

  6. I love Gal Meets Glam!
    Also, the view is gorgeous and I am in love with the way the photos came out.
    You are way too pretty.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  7. Adorable Lilly dress! So lucky to have gotten it on sale, they were sold out so quickly!
    xoxo, Ivette
    Glamour State Of Mind

  8. How beautiful! I love your dress!

  9. You look absoloutely stunning in that shade of pink-like seriously it should be your signature color! I also am in love with the fact that your bestie takes your photos-I have my best friend take mine all the time too (:

  10. I'm loving this series so far! I know we've talked about it before, but its nice to see more of fashion blogger than just her outfits! PS - you and your bestie look like you're having the best time!!

    How 2 Wear It ... []

  11. Honestly. Just when I thought you couldn't get any prettier. I love you mucho! I'm so sorry - I'm so bad with my emails... call me this weekend and we'll talk instead of email!!

    Lauren Ashley

  12. You are so gorgeous! Love these photos of you & getting to experience the beautiful scenery where you live :)

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

  13. This dress is everything. I love all of the photos. You and Katie are too adorable!

  14. Gorgeous! This definitely reminds me of Gal Meets Glam!! So pretty! And that location is perfect!

    Anchors and Pearls

  15. You look lovely in that shade of pink! I'm also loving learning about your hometown, I know nothing about Maine so it's fun to learn about. Natural lighting in photography is hard to get, good photography is hard to get... You hit it out of the park with both! Have a great weekend!

    Southern Belle Secrets

  16. Such a pretty dress, and I love your pictures!! I haven't had a Lilly dress since I was little, but this one looks so good on you, I may have to get one again!
    xo, claudia

  17. That dress is definitely one of my all-time favs from Lilly! Such a cute design, and you look absolutely beautiful!

  18. I absolutely love the See Ya Later shift, it was one of two shifts that I was lucky enough to snag and I was so glad I did!

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista


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