Southern Belle in Training

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July 17, 2015

Southern Belle in the Bunk: Strawberries & the Sea.

     This is Week Four 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 HEREWeek One HEREWeek Two HERE, Week Three HERE and Week Four HERE! Xo

Top: TJ Maxx {Old, Similar here} // Jeans: American Eagle Outfitters // Shoes: Banana Republic // Sunglasses: Le Chateau {Canadian store} || Purse: Vintage Chanel {Similar here} // Earrings: {Old, Similar here} // Bracelets: c/o Swell Caroline, c/o Urban Peach Boutique, {Local boutique} // Lips: L'Oreal Colour Riche Lilly Pulitzer Collection in Rose Melody  {Sold out, Similar here}

     My oh my does it feel good to be back to fashion blogging again! I had an unexpected break during my last two weeks abroad in France, and then during my first few days home I experienced severe jet lag, as well as feeling not so great due to some bug bites that I returned home with... which were later in the week diagnosed by my doctor officially as bed bug bites. :/ So dealing with that hasn't been the greatest. Honestly the highlight of my week has just been getting into somewhat of a routine again and going back to my usual eight hour shifts at work! Haha. 

     Fashion blogging is another part of my regular routine that I am so happy to be getting back to! In honor of the fact that I was making the switch from living in 90+ degree temperatures (and extreme humidity) in Nice to cool and breezy temperatures in the low 70s back in Maine, this outfit seemed like the perfect fit for my first post to re-kick off my summer Friday post series, Southern Belle in the 'Bunk! It feels amazing to be in weather again that is cool enough that I can actually where jeans and other pants, and with all of the bug bites and scabs on my legs this week (sorry if that's TMI but it's true!), I wanted to wear pants especially in the earlier part of the week. 

     I rediscovered my love for this fun applique top upon my arrival back home! I have had this shirt since high school, and it always seems to resurface now and again in my closet. It is the perfect way to dress up a pair of skinny jeans, but I have also paired it before with a mini skirt and heels! Tops like this are so easy because you really only need minimal accessories with them. I chose to go with a fun little bracelet stack and my favorite purse, my vintage Chanel!! Some of you on my Instagram were asking about it- it was originally my grandma's, who gave it to my mom, and she gave it to me last year. :-) 

The location:

Can you tell that I'm throwing a rock in these pictures? Haha!


     For this week's edition of Southern Belle in the 'Bunk, I wanted to do something beach themed (especially since I had just been away from home for a month in the middle of summer!). But since I frequently shoot my blog photos at two of my favorite beaches in town, and the whole point of this post series was for me to reach outside my comfort zone of my favorite OOTD locations here at home, I decided instead to think outside the box a little bit and remember another favorite ocean spot of mine that is a little bit more off the beaten path. 

     Strawberry Island is the name of the area that these photos were taken in! It's not exactly an island... more just like a clump of rocks that can or can't be accessed depending on the tides. I think that at one point there was more of a tiny island that you could walk out to after the rocks, and that there were some bushes growing on the island, including some strawberry plants. At least that's how I think it got its name! Anyways, this little area is just under a mile away from one of the local beaches. You can even see some of the beach houses in the background of the pictures! It's found on a dead-end road, so it's a very quiet little area. The perfect spot for pictures (or watching the sunset) when it's low tide! My mom took these pictures of me right at sunset, and the light was very interesting on this day, as you can see reflected in the photos! They have a nice soft summer glow to them.

     xoxo Miss ALK


  1. What a lovely outfit, and the bun is on point! ;)

    Ane | Basque Prep

  2. Love this scenery!! It's absolutely gorgeous. This series is such a fun idea.

    Mikayla | A Seersucker State of Mind.

  3. I'm actually really jealous of the 70 degree weather in Maine! I know we have discussed this before, but fall is by far my favorite season and I am so looking forward to cool weather here in the Carolina's! I'm happy to hear you are back in your routine and back to blogging!!

    How 2 Wear It[]

  4. How cute are you? What a beautiful spot to shoot an outfit post! I love your bangles and your bag!

    Looking forward to being on the east coast this weekend!

  5. I'm loving that bracelet stack and the bun! They're both perfect for summer! x Nicole |

  6. First, please teach me how you did your hair. That's gorgeous and perfect for hot summer days! Second, that vintage Chanel is to die for. You're so lucky that was passed down to you! It's a beautiful bag and I'm so glad you appreciate it! :)

    xx. Brittany | Southern Soul

  7. This bun looks so cute on you!
    Whenever I try to rock the high bun, I end up looking like an idiot.
    This is such a gorgeous location, btw.
    I am so obsessed with this series.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  8. Bed bugs are the literal worst! My roommate had them during my final semester when I was in college, so we all had to do laundry and live through a whole nightmare. Bed bugs aside, your bun is so on point and I love that top! Strawberry island looks like a gorgeous and serene place to be!

    Alessandra |

  9. Love your vintage Chanel! And the scenery is beautiful!

  10. Love this series!! Also can I just say I so want to steal your top knot and your vintage Chanel! I hope your bites are getting better and you haven't found any at home - so glad y'all took precautions!

    Pick Your Beau

  11. That vintage Chanel is so gorgeous! Love how you styled it!

    xo Ashley

  12. I love this outfit! I wish I could get my bun that good looking! It looks like you're having a lot of fun!

    Ally |

  13. OH this outfit is so classic and I absolutely love that Chanel bag! You look gorgeous!!!

    The Fashionista's Diary

  14. These are so beautiful! I'm loving your top in this outfit! :)

  15. Love this look! I think this idea is so cool, we get to see a little bit more of your hometown as well as your outfit choices!

    Kayla |

  16. What an absolutely gorgeous look - so timeless! I love the location too, anywhere near the water is always beautiful :)

    xx | Steph @ The Lovely Essentials & Jenssen's Designs

  17. Beautiful location, beautiful girl, beautiful outfit! Totally blown away by these photos!

  18. What a beautiful location! And your vintage Chanel is to die for... love that it was passed down from your grandma to your mom and now you!

  19. I love the outfit and the scenery is jaw dropping. Anywhere near water is my ideal location.

    xoxo, Danielle

  20. You look adorable! And that location...SO much better than my typical shoot locations at my apartment or my parent's house! LOL!

    Coming Up Roses

  21. You are STUNNING! You look so elegant in these photos. The first one reminds me of Audrey Hepburn so much :) Will you teach me how to do my hair like this?!

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

  22. I love your outfit and the scenery. Your Chanel bag is gorgeous. P.S. I agree with Dana please do a hair tutorial :)

  23. This outfit is gorgeous! I love how that vintage Chanel bag has been passed down through generations-that's the best thing about buying quality, one day your daughter will treasure that piece!

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

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