Southern Belle in Training

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

August 31, 2015

Instagram Lately.

     Happy Monday! Today is my first day of classes for my senior year- I can't even believe it! It's still crazy to me to think that I was still at home in Maine at this time last week. I am definitely excited for this semester to get rolling though- it will be busy but busy is good!

      It's been a long time since I've done an Instagram recap here on the blog, so I thought that would be a nice way to start off the week! :-)

Dress: Lilly Pulitzer for Target {Sold out- similar here!}

     On my last day of work at my summer job, both of my parents came to see me during my dinner break and treated me to dinner at a local pizza place! The treats then continued with a trip to Ben and Jerry's for my favorite item on their menu: the Cookie Cookie sundae. If you've never had one, you need to try one next time you're in a Ben and Jerry's Scoop Shop! There's a Ben and Jerry's within walking distance of the store I work at back home in Maine, and the first summer that I worked there that proved to be very dangerous for me (Cookie Cookie sundaes had become a weekly occurrence...). 

     Please excuse the fact that neither of us are wearing make-up (both of us had long days before this photo was taken!), but I'm so happy that I got to meet my blogging bestie Caroline from The Caro Diaries on my drive to school last week! She goes to college in Connecticut, which just so happens to be one of the many states that my dad and I drive through on the way back to NC. We planned a short rest stop at her college, and finally getting to meet her in person was such a delight! In case you didn't know, Caroline and I co-founded a blogging network together earlier this year called the Millennial Blogging Network! Check it out here! 

     Another favorite part about my drive back to school... finally being reunited with Chick Fil A (and especially their French Vanilla Iced Coffee!). There aren't very many Chick Fil A's in New England, and Maine isn't lucky enough to be one of the states to have any. It was a long summer without it! #eatmorechikin
     And as far as my shirt that I'm wearing here... while packing for school I re-discovered my oversized concert t-shirt from when I saw Selena Gomez in 2011 on her We Own the Night tour. What an amazing concert! I just love her so much and have no shame about it. This shirt definitely will be worn at school this year!

     My most favorite part of all of the drive South each year is when we cross back into my favorite state! Last year I did a jumping picture with the state sign (at the Virginia/North Carolina rest-stop), and this year I was determined to jump even higher. I think I made my goal!

     Some of you might recognize Caroline, who is one of my best friends from school! I've featured her in some of my outfit posts before (since she has a lovely sense of style!), and she was also in my Who Takes My Blog Photos? post. It was Caroline's 21st birthday last week, so I thought it would be appropriate to Instagram a photo of us from when we attended a semi-formal at school last year that was Vegas themed. If we can't actually be in Sin City on our 21sts, why not pretend right?! My birthday is coming up next week, so I can't wait to celebrate together!

Top: {Old sorority tank} // Jeans: American Eagle Outfitters // Shoes: Rack Room Shoes // Cardigan: LOFT // Sunglasses: TJ Maxx 

     A casual outfit that I wore for my first day back in Charlotte this weekend! I'm obsessed with these sunglasses- only $10 from TJ Maxx!

     Hope that y'all are having a great start to your week! Stay tuned for many more posts this week and next!

     xoxo Miss ALK


  1. Um that cookie sundae looks to die for. Also, I love chik fila too and suffer all summer because we don't have it in Portland! Loved this glimpse into your life, girl!

  2. That cookie sundae looks to die for! Also I love Chick Fil A and I'm so happy you and Caroline finally met!
    Enjoy your first week back to school.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  3. Such cute pictures! You made me want to eat some ice cream now with that sundae picture! I'm so glad you're back in the land of Chick fil A.. I don't know how you lived without it all summer!

    Kayla |

  4. Welcome back to NC! :) I love Instagram round ups and think that this is such a cute post idea because it allows you to give more of a story behind the photos you post.

  5. I don't have a Chick Fil A near me, as the closest one is about a 45 minute drive away, but this winter one is opening up across from the Ulta Beauty that I work at. Me and my co-workers are so happy to finally have one at our mall. :D

  6. Your semi formal photo is gorgeous and I love your jumping photos on insta!

  7. I love your Instagram shots, these are no exception! Thanks for sharing the cute stories behind each! :)

  8. I think we only have one Ben and Jerry's in the Dallas metroplex, which is crazy! I'm going to have to make a special trip over there to try out your dessert recommendation! I ALWAYS take a picture after traveling when crossing back in to Texas! It's so much fun to commemorate the trip!

  9. That sounds like such a fun and productive road trip!

  10. I hope you are having the best time back at school. I always love following your instagram-it is so cute and bright and lively!

  11. I can't stop drooling over that cookie/ice cream combo! & I love that picture of you with the Vegas sign. x Nicole |

  12. I hope you had a great first day back! So jealous that you got to meet Caro :) Have a blast on your birthday trip next weekend!

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

  13. It looks like you'v been having a lot of fun lately! I'm going to follow you on Insta!

  14. So cute, your jump was pretty high...I love that you take the trip every year and are able to think about the differences as you drive through year after year...goodluck with your new school year.

  15. OMG that cookie sunday! Yum!

  16. Your pictures are so gorgeous! I love them very much :) Thanks for sharing!

    Nicole // Chronicling Home

  17. Such cute pictures! That cookie sunday looks delicious! And I'm in love with Chick-Fil-A as well ;)

    Courtney// As We Stumble Along

  18. So cute! I love instagram round-ups! That cookie sundae looks delicious!

    xo Ashley

  19. I love all these pictures especially that your jump picture and your jump was pretty high..!!!

  20. So fun! Your road trip from Maine looked like a blast, and that's awesome that you and Caroline finally got to meet! I love meeting my blogger friends IRL :)

    xo, Alicia | Alicia Tenise

  21. I love that Lilly for Target dress! It gets a lot of wear for me!

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  23. You are just too adorable!! Instagram recaps are my fave.:)

    xo //

  24. Great snaps! Welcome back to good ol' North Carolina!


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