Southern Belle in Training

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

August 12, 2015

Midweek Ramblings + Recent Purchases.

     It's currently 2:30 a.m. as I'm writing this post. Normally I would never write a blog post for the next day if I was up so late, and I would just call it a night, but I am really starting to enjoy writing my little weekly Wednesday Midweek Ramblings posts, so I knew I would regret it later if I didn't get one out. ;-)

{Via my Instagram}


  • Lake Day: As pictured above, I spent a day this past weekend at a lake! Even though I grew up near the ocean in Maine, I've always had a soft spot in my heart for lakes. For the past several years, my parents and I have really enjoyed making day trips to a state park beach called Ellacoya State Park on New Hampshire's largest lake, Lake Winnipesaukee (Yes- that's really how it's spelled!). This state park beach boasts warm lake water, a sandy beach and beautiful mountain views! I wasn't able to make any trips to Lake Winnipesaukee last summer due to my work schedule, and I didn't think that I was going to be able to this year either. But I'm so happy that my parents and I were able to pull off a day! I didn't spend too much time in the water this year, but instead spent most of the day as pictured in the photo above. 
  • 100 Year Old Book: During my afternoon at the lake, I got to do something that I haven't done in far too long- I read a full novel in one sitting! Goodness did that feel good- I love reading for fun but it's something that I rarely have time for anymore between school, work and my blog! Here was the catch about the book that I read though- it was an original copy book published in 1915! I found it at a used bookstore that specialized in antique books during my trip to the Cape Ann region of Massachusetts back in May. It was such an interesting read- the main character of the book was a girl who was my age. Such a funny story though, the book started at the girl's birthday party, then she got kidnapped in her sleep (and survived!), and then the book ended with her caught in a situation with two of her guy friends both being in love with her and she couldn't make up her mind as to who she liked. And the book left you hanging!! Definitely a fun blast from the past. 
  • 21st BIRTHDAY BEACH TRIP: Caps lock necessary for this item on the Ramblings agenda! Earlier this week, I booked my first ever vacation on my own! Due to the late hour at which I am writing this post, that's all that I'll say for now, but I can't wait to share much more about the trip soon- it's less than a month away!
  • The mystery of the Jason Derulo videos: So I have quite a mystery on my hands. I have been working just about all night shifts at my job lately, and because of that I have been going to bed very late (which I am trying to turn around but failing miserably at). Anyways, I have been up lately most nights around 2 a.m.. My mom generally falls asleep with her TV on, and she always watches the ABC late night shows. For several nights now, and just about exactly 2 a.m. or a few minutes before, ABC will air a Jason Derulo music video. I've heard Want to Want Me twice, Talk Dirty, and another song that I can't think of at the moment. I'm getting super confused by this! I don't think that it's like a whole block of music videos, but I'm not really sure what it is exactly either. If any of you are night owls and enjoy ABC- do share if you know. :-) 


  • Lots and lots of these for my dorm room!! So exciting I know! But honestly- you need to buy 'em before they sell out and the other masses of college kids invade the local Targets and Wal-Marts! 
  • Since I splurged on a gorgeous new bag for my school books for senior year while in France... I decided that of course I needed to splurge on a fancy schmancy pencil case to go with it! I'm trying to go with a gold and/or sparkly theme for my school accessories this year, so of course I turned to Kate Spade for my fancy schmancy pencil case needs. This is the one that I ordered, and it arrived yesterday! 
  • This adorable graphic t-shirt! I first saw this when blogger Amanda from The Happy Arkansan posted a picture of it on Facebook, and I was literally like "OMG. NEED. NOW." and had ordered it within the end of the night- ha! So thank-you for sharing Amanda! The best part is that it's on super sale right now- even with shipping charges it was under $15! 
  • This wasn't something that I purchased myself... but last night my dad and I went to the mall to pick out my birthday gift from my parents- a new Macbook!! My old Macbook just turned five and is definitely showing signs of age- I will leave it at that. It's been a phenomenal computer but I'm not sure if it's prepared to survive another school year with me. I'm so excited for all of the blogging adventures to come with my new laptop! (Although still writing this post from my old computer- switching over will be a process!)

     xoxo Miss ALK



  1. Congrats on the new Macbook! Jason Derulo at 2 AM sounds so weird!


  2. omg! new macbook! how awesome <3 the pencil bag is super cute too! <3

  3. That pencil case is super cute! Love it!


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