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August 19, 2015

Midweek Ramblings + Recent Purchases.

     Time again for my new favorite weekly series! So glad that y'all seem to be enjoying these posts- I love writing them!


  • Less than ONE WEEK until Charlotte: I leave Maine for my senior year of college next Tuesday! Every year, my dad and I pack up Lucy (my car :-) ) to the brim, and road trip down to Charlotte. We do the same drive each May to bring me home for the summer, but as I'm planning to be living full-time in Charlotte next year (or interning in another city), this will probably be the last time we do the drive. This is a little bittersweet for me! These road trips with my dad have become some of my fondest memories with him. We aren't the type of people who like to drive overnight or over-do it, so we always break up the drive into a few days and spend nights along the road in various states and cities along the way. (A few months ago on the drive up to Maine, we even spent an evening in NYC!
  • Leaving my job: With going back to school and the thought that I probably won't ever be a full-time Maine resident again (knock on wood.... haha), this week means that it's not only my last week at my summer job for this summer, but also for good! I have worked in retail at the same little store for three years now, and overall really enjoyed it! My favorite part of my job is my coworkers. They're all such incredible women, and because of them I am excited to come back to work every summer and Christmas break. So this is a little bittersweet for me, but exciting at the same time to start dreaming about what next summer will bring for me. (And I could absolutely dedicate several blog posts just to some of the strange customer interactions that I've had over the past few years!)
  • About that new Macbook: As I mentioned in last week's Midweek Ramblings + Recent Purchases post, my 21st birthday gift from my parents came a little early, and in the form of a new Macbook! But here's the catch, I have yet to even touch that brand new computer since I brought it home a week ago! After bringing it home, it kind of hit me how much is on my old laptop- pretty much my whole life! I've had it since high school... and I spent a good deal of time online! Nothing has been transferred to the new one yet, and honestly that just seems like a lot of work to me during a week when I'm finishing up my job and starting to pack for school. So I think it will continue to sit in the box for a few more days (as my old computer continues to be slow and freeze on me, ha!). 
  • No make-up: In the photo above that I shared from my Instagram account, I am 100% make-up free! Y'all know that I'm a huge make-up lover. I can spend easily a couple hours everyday on my hair and make-up if I let myself! But over the past few weeks, I've found myself each day wearing less and less make-up (and not heat treating my hair so often). Finally today I just went make-up free to work. Make-up is a wonderful thing, but it's also so important to remember to be confident and feel pretty in your own skin! I also think it's good that I'm letting my skin breath a little now before heading back to school school soon. 


  • Not super exciting for my bank account but I got my textbooks for the upcoming semester last weekend! If the textbooks that I need are available for rent, I always rent them. This year I rented most of them through Chegg and then bought a couple on Amazon
  • I just ordered this gorgeous cover for my new Macbook! Maybe once it arrives I will be more motivated to use my new computer! ;-) 
  • My favorite purchase of the week was finally finding the perfect wine glass to take with me on my upcoming beach trip for my 21st birthday! Hint hint: it's Lilly Pulitzer! (I didn't shop Lilly's After Party Sale this past week since I just bought textbooks and had some other expenses, so this was like my little tribute Lilly purchase!) See which adorable glass I bought here! 

     Soon I will be sharing my last post recapping my summer study abroad experience in France! It will be all about my favorite day trip that I took while abroad, so I can't wait to share that. And hopefully I will have some time to shoot some outfits this week in between finishing work and packing! :-)

     Thanks for reading!

     xoxo Miss ALK



  1. Ahh so exciting – senior year is really the best year and it goes by so fast! I love that you and your dad road trip every year down to NC!

    xo Jen
    Skirt The Rules

  2. That is so exciting that you'll be in Charlotte! I actually am a junior going to college in Charlotte so I know you'll have a great time down here!

    Love your blog by the way!

    Lauren |

  3. My car's name is Lucy too! I don't have to move at ALL until December & I couldn't be happier. Anything to do with packing is generally horrible for me and I hate it. Good luck with moving, I can't wait to see you last study abroad post!

  4. This was an all around great post - I totally relate to the bittersweet feeling of starting senior year and having to face so many unknowns! I also LOVE your new MacBook cover :)

  5. Sounds like you've had a crazy week! Good luck with your first semester of senior year and ENJOY IT!! Enjoy your new MacBook as well -- I just got the Air for graduation after using a SUPER old laptop. I'm in love with it!

  6. Oh my gosh, I need that MB cover.
    I am hopefully getting a new one soon since I've had this one since 2010 and that is the cover I have been coveting.
    Have so much fun senior year -- it truly flies by!

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  7. Might seriously be buying that same macbook cover - it's too cute!! Can you believe it's already time for senior year to start?! Everyone heading back to school is giving me such a weird feeling, still so not real that I won't be starting with y'all next week. Hope your road trip goes well!!

    Pick Your Beau

  8. OMG I can't wait for my blogger bestie to get back! Like I have told you, I am really enjoying this series .. already looking forward to next weeks ramblings! Hehe

    How 2 Wear It []

  9. I'm sure you are LOVING that MacBook gf. Happy belated! x Nicole |

  10. WOW! You have so many fun things going on!! An evening in NYC fun!! Good luck in Charlotte this year!!

    Nicole // Chronicling Home

  11. Yay for heading back to school! It must feel so strange saying goodbye to Maine since you plan on living in Charlotte full time after graduating. You look GORGEOUS without makeup girl, you are a natural beauty!

  12. I've started saving for another Macbook, and I'm glad you're loving yours!! I can't wait to get a new one :)

  13. I totally feel you on the new Macbook thing! My husband purchased me one for my birthday and I have used it a little, but mostly for surfing facebook and watching youtube videos! Hopefully we'll both be motivated to use the new ones soon :)

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

  14. No way, you're a college senior?! Never would have guessed! Good luck on your last year, hope it goes well!

    As We Stumble Along

  15. I would totally recommend buying an external hard drive for your computer as it helped me transition laptops! Almost everything old went onto the external drive expect essentials!

    Good luck with your road trip and your first week back!
    Annie // Annie N Belle

  16. Ummm you need to use that computer already! You're going to be in love! School starts so much later for you... lucky!
    The Fashionista's Diary

  17. I love this idea! Such a fun post! I'm with you on the transferring of much work, ugh! Get an external hard drive! It will make the transition much easier! Also, you look absolutely stunning in your photo without makeup! I've been spending a lot of time this summer without makeup. I actually makes me feel more confident! I love being able to be out and aboutt with a bare face!

    xo Ashley

  18. Well, girl, you clearly don't need makeup then. Looking gorgeous! Also, I got a Macbook for my birthday, too, and it was the BEST.PRESENT.EVER!

    Diary of a Debutante

  19. I love that Mac cover! I need a new one since mine cracked like a year ago!

  20. I only wear makeup a few times a week, so I definitely feel you on the no makeup front. It's super refreshing and awesome that you feel confident in your own skin cause you are stunning! Also, congrats on your new MacBook! I would definitely grab an external hard drive to help you transfer everything over!

    xo, Alicia | Alicia Tenise

  21. Great post! I love your writings. Good luck in Charlotte this year!!

  22. My macbook cover just came in the mail too! I had thought about getting the marble but I just decided to stick with classic black!
    xx, Mikkaela
    The Southwestern Prepster

  23. You still look amazing makeup-free! Love that dress too :)

    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

  24. Your MacBook cover is gorgeous and best of luck with your senior year!

  25. First off, you look gorgeous, makeup free and all! Second, YAY SENIOR YEAR! We'll have to exchange stories! Third, HOLLAH for a new computer! That's so exciting.

    Coming Up Roses

  26. Congratulations on going back to school! Have a great year!

  27. Awesome! UNCC? Queens? You're going to be right in my area!


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