Southern Belle in Training

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

September 9, 2015

Midweek Ramblings + Recent Purchases.

{Via my Instagram @miss_alk}

     I'm really starting to look forward to writing these weekly recap posts! It's such a nice little breath of fresh air in the middle of my busy weeks!

  • Myrtle = perfect party town: As I've said for my last many posts, my 21st birthday was this past weekend, and I was lucky enough to get to spend it on a little girls' getaway trip with two of my besties! We headed to Myrtle Beach for the weekend, and honestly this couldn't have been in the more perfect location to turn 21 in. Lots of cheap food and entertainment options, great beaches (with warm water!), and awesome nightlife. I'm not sure if Myrtle is the type of place that I'd want to go for a long vacation, but it was the perfect holiday weekend destination! I definitely want to go back for another weekend in the future. More blog posts to come!
  • Mama is coming: My mom is going to come visit me for a weekend in here in Charlotte next month! It will have been two years since her last visit to see me at school. My dad comes down every Fall and Spring to help move me in/out of school, but other then that neither of my parents have been to visit me since the start of my sophomore year. They thought about coming to visit me last year, but I had such an insane junior year schedule during the months that I was at school! It was always easier for me last year to just fly home to Maine a couple times. But since so many new and exciting things have happened in my life since I was a sophomore, I'm really excited to have my mom come to visit soon! 
  • Coffee + blogging: Going back to school after a long weekend out-of-town is always a little rough, but my Tuesday morning motivation definitely came from the fact that I had a little coffee date here in Charlotte with one of my absolute favorite bloggers! I first met McKenna Bleu at an event that she co-hosted with Caitlin of Southern Curls and Pearls here in CLT around this time last year, and it was so wonderful to see her again, and to get some first-hand great blogging advice from her! If you aren't following her amazing blog, change that now!! It's seriously my favorite blog ever (and I read a LOT of blogs ;-) ). 
  • Second time's a charm: Another thing that I've also mentioned in recent blog posts is that I'm currently in the middle of sorority recruitment with my chapter of Alpha Delta Pi. This is my third year in the sorority, and my second time going through the side of recruitment with my chapter! Last year it was a little bit of a hard adjustment for me to get used to all of the recruitment practices and learning everything that goes into the sorority side of things, but I'm pleased to report that this year things are already going much more smoothly! Anyone reading this post who is or was a sorority member can probably relate- make the transition from going through recruitment to being apart of recruitment can be difficult! I look forward to sharing a Bid Day and recruitment recap at the end of the month! 

  • My friends and I made sure to take advantage of the Labor Day Weekend sales on our last afternoon in Myrtle Beach! One of my favorite purchases was this gorgeous necklace, which was on super sale in-store on Labor Day! Even though I have a ton of necklaces, I didn't previously own anything that looked like this. I love it so much that I already wore it this week! 
  • Another thing that I bought while out outlet shopping on Labor Day was a chic cape for Fall/Winter! (My exact one isn't online yet but this one is from the same store and similar.) A co-worker of mine at my retail job at home had a black cape last winter that I would always steal from her for long shifts when I was home last Christmas- capes are seriously so warm and cozy! So happy to have one of my own now, and I don't think this will be the last one that I'll get! 
  • I actually purchased this during my last week home in Maine, but this is one of my new favorite nail polishes! It's also my first nail polish that I've ever bought in this color. I wore it on both my nails and toes for Myrtle Beach. I found that it chipped pretty quickly on my nails, but has continued to last well on my toes.... a mystery that I will try and solve at a later date. :-)

     Happy Hump Day!

     xoxo Miss ALK


  1. Can't wait for your recruitment recap!
    Also, totally jealous you got coffee with McKenna.
    I love her blog.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  2. SO jealous you met McKenna - I love her blog! Also can't wait to hear about all the excitement going on, hope you are enjoying your last recruitment!

    Pick Your Beau

  3. Sounds like you've had such an exciting week! Jealous that you met McKenna!

  4. I love the color of that nail polish! Also, I'm really excited to see more posts about your birthday trip, it sounds like you had a blast :)

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

  5. YESSSS!! Capes are the most perfect winter time coat! I have a few and I love them all!

    Nicole // Chronicling Home

  6. You sound super crazy busy now that you are back at school but I love that you were able to make time for a coffee date with Mckenna. I love her blog too! I'm glad you had a wonderful birthday celebration, a beach weekend with the besties sounds heavenly <3

  7. Fun nail polish color! I've always wanted to try rocking a white nail polish color, but I still haven't gotten the nerve. :p

  8. I love turning blogging friends into IRL friends!

  9. I just fell in love with a couple of OPI colors from their Venice line. Opera-tunity and Prosecco are two words in the names, but I can't remember the full names. They're perfect, check them out!

  10. Your coffee w/ a fellow blogger reminds me how I need to start setting up little dates with other bloggers in my area. Thanks for sharing! x Nicole |

  11. Love catching up with what is going on in your life! Even with being away from the blog-world I still always kept up with you on Instagram. Hope you had the best birthday! Enjoy 21!!
    xoxo, claudia

  12. What an exciting week, getting to see your mom must be awesome....

  13. I have the same issue with nail polish! I only get a pedicure every other time that I get a manicure. I'm so glad that you had a good trip to Myrtle! I haven't been since high school.

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

  14. Sounds like an awesome week so far!! Good luck with your recruitment. :)

  15. What an exciting week so far!! I feel Jealous that you met McKenna!

  16. So excited you're 21!! We need to have a wine night soon! Also, meeting up with McKenna was probably SO fun! Can't wait to hear all about it!

    How 2 Wear It []

  17. You're so lucky you're close enough to Myrtle to just pop in for a weekend! It's such a fun town, but it's a 7 hour drive from me :( I'm glad you had fun on your 21st!

    xo, Alicia | Alicia Tenise

  18. What a great weekend! and Happy Belated Birthday! Good Luck on recruitment. #WLFEO #DeltaSigma

    xoxo Dani

  19. I always love meeting blog friends! Sounds like a great couple days... excited to hear how bid stuff goes!

    Diary of a Debutante

  20. I'm so excited to see your cape! And I love the color of that nail polish! You cannot go wrong with a neutral!

    Michaela || The Monogrammed Midwesterner

  21. I LOVE meeting blog friends! It reminds me why this is all worth it!

    The Fashionista's Diary

  22. I can never get enough of J.Crew necklaces! They're the epitome of fall layering!

  23. Yay for seeing your mom and doing some shopping and having a fab 21st! All great things. And I've gotta check out McKenna now...she sounds wonderful!

    Coming Up Roses

  24. I'm glad to hear you had a fun birthday in Myrtle Beach, and that's SO fun that your mama's coming to visit!! And I agree- McKenna Bleu is a crazy amazing blog!

  25. I love Myrtle Beach so much, but I haven't been for years! I'm glad you had a fun time celebrating your birthday there! All of your snaps and Instas looked so fun!

  26. Your purchases were so amazing and it looks like you had a blast on you 21st!! Happy birthday!


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