Southern Belle in Training

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

September 23, 2015

Midweek Ramblings + Recent Purchases.

{Via my Instagram @miss_alk}

  • RECRUITMENT WEEK!!! It's finally here! Formal Recruitment (for Panhellenic sororities) is this weekend at my school. My sorority, and the other Panhellenic sororities on campus, have all been practicing and preparing for this for almost a month! Last year I was pretty nervous to go through the "other side" of recruitment, aka going through on the sorority side. I thought that this year would be a breeze since I was used to how the other side went, but that couldn't be further from the truth! Without saying too much, all that I'll say is it can be very difficult when one of your closest friends decides to go through recruitment. One part of you is so, so, SO happy and proud of them, but another part of you is stressed about things you shouldn't even be stressing about 110% of the time. That is just a small glimpse into what my mind has been like for the past three weeks. Hopefully I can share more next week! 
  • #SuperSeniorSwag: The picture above is from an event at my school that was a couple of days ago! Each Fall, it is a tradition at my college for the senior class to put on their caps and gowns for Convocation (essentially an all-school assembly to honor the senior class). Even though I am not technically graduating until next December, it was really fun to have a little break in the beginning of my busy week to celebrate my senior class! 
  • Workin' on my fitness: I have been searching for lots of positive ways to channel the stress that recruitment season has brought into my life. The best one that I have been able to find is finally getting back into a regular fitness routine and going to the gym again! Out of the blue about a week ago I decided to go to the gym and run on the treadmill. (Have to stress how out of the blue this is- last year during the whole year I think I went to the gym a total of three times.) Since then, I have been almost everyday! My running distance has been steadily increasing, and I have also enjoyed trying out a power yoga class that is offered at my school's gym. My workouts have been helping to decrease my stress and also just in general are a great addition to my weekly routine. I'm hoping to continue them after recruitment ends! 
  • Belated birthday presents: Over the past couple of weeks, I've received some wonderfully sweet belated birthday gifts, both from friends in Maine and here at school. Each gift was so thoughtful, and honestly I think my most favorite part of each were the sweet cards from each friend! 
  • Fall Break: Another thing that is motivating me to power through Recruitment week is the promise of really fun Fall Break plans in just a few weeks! Hint: they may or may not involve a blog bestie. :-)


  • Honestly, with recruitment practices and my normal busy schedule I haven't had very much time to shop lately! (Heck- most days for school I haven't even been dressing up to my normal standards!) I have been babysitting a lot but have been trying to save my paychecks if possible during this month. However, I did finally make it to the mall to pick up a couple fun things this past weekend (including treating myself to a Five Guys burger and fries- yum!).
  • Before this month was over, I knew that I needed to use my birthday discount at this store! I spent it on this gorgeous and versatile necklace that is perfect for Fall!
  • While at the mall, I also stocked up on this holy grail beauty product of mine from Sephora! (And picked up my free birthday gift from Sephora while I was at it, too!) 

      Originally I was going to share a blog post this Friday with some more trip photos and stories from my birthday trip to Myrtle Beach, but I have decided to postpone this post until Monday!! I will be taking the rest of the week off from blogging due to Recruitment for my sorority. (Fellow sorority women- I'm sure that you completely understand the stress and time commitment of this busy time!) 

      Be sure to follow me on social media though if you aren't already! That is something that I will be updating for sure during this busy weekend. :-) Both my Instagram and Snapchat usernames are @miss_alk!

      Have a great rest of your week!

      xoxo Miss ALK


  1. Love your pics! Also, we're going through Recruitment too, it's so crazy! I can't believe it's my last one :( I need to get back on the workout wagon, I fell off a little bit!

  2. Best wishes with recruitment! I hope once you're able to be back to your normal schedule you can do a working out post for us-those are the best motivation for me!

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

  3. I'm actually really excited for formal recruitment on the other side at my school. Good luck!!



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