Southern Belle in Training

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

September 7, 2015

She Leaves a Little Sparkle Wherever She Goes.

      Thank-you to everyone who wished me a happy birthday (and blogiversary) yesterday! My 21st birthday weekend in Myrtle Beach has been truly wonderful: a little wild but mostly pretty mellow and filled with lots of sunbathing and girl time with two of my best friends! I will definitely be sharing some of my outfits from the trip soon, as well as more about the trip itself. 

     Today though is a post that I've been waiting anxiously to share for the past few weeks! My much awaited birthday/blogiversary photoshoot with Emily Sacra Photography! I knew that I wanted to have a special photoshoot to commemorate both my 21st birthday and third blogiversary for Southern Belle in Training, and Emily was able to capture everything that I wanted (and more!). I feel like these photos encompass my true spirit, style and personality. The pictures with the balloons literally made me feel like I was living in a Kate Spade ad- hence the post title!

      I have been online friends with Emily from Emily Sacra photography for quite some time now! We actually both used to read each other's blogs several years ago, back when I had my old blog in high school. We became Facebook friends a few years later and have kept up with each other throug there. Emily is from a part of Western Virginia that my dad and I always pass through on our drives to Charlotte, so I've always wanted to try and meet up with her! It has never worked out in the past, but I'm so happy that it finally did this time. She's such a talented photographer and also a wonderful person!! It's always so fun to meet online friends. Emily is a fantastic wedding and portrait photographer, so definitely check out her website!!

    Here's to another year of blogging (and leaving the beach to go back to reality and my busy schedule at school!)!!

    P.S.- the giveaway that I posted about last week ends tomorrow! Be sure to enter!

    xox Miss ALK



  1. These pictures are so adorable! I hope you had a fabulous 21st birthday Annaliese!


  2. You just look so happy and beautiful in all of these photos Annaliese! I'm glad you had such a wonderful birthday, you deserve it. I've had a the pleasure of reading your blog since the beginning and it's been a joy. Thank you for being YOU and bringing so much positivity and laughter to the blogging world!

    Jessica Grace

  3. I LOVE these photos!
    You look so radiant and genuinely happy :)

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  4. Sounds like you had an amazing birthday! These photos are absolutely adorable as well.
    Courtney//As We Stumble Along

  5. Yayyy, happy belated birthday (and blogiversary!), I hope you had a blast in Myrtle! Emily did an amaaaazing job with these photos, you look stunning!!

    xo, Alicia | Alicia Tenise

  6. You are SO fab in pink! Serious hair envy over here!

  7. These photos are seriously AMAZING! She is an absolute amazing photographer and you look so so stunning! Finally 21! I hope you had an amazing birthday, sweet girl!!!!

    The Fashionista's Diary

  8. These photos are ADORABLE! Glad you had so much fun! Happy 21st! XO

  9. LOVE these pictures!! I love the dress and the balloons. Hope you had the best birthday weekend!!

  10. This is just about the cutest thing I've seen! You are adorable! Happy 21st, sweet girl!!

    xo Ashley

  11. I AM OBSESSED WITH THESE PHOTOS! You look gorgeous, as always, A! These photos are absolutely perfect. Happy belated birthday & blogiversary :) I can't wait to hear more about your trip!

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

  12. I love the photos. They are so colourful. Happy belated birthday wishes and belated blogiversay!!!!! You are fabulous

  13. You're so BEAUTIFUL inside and out! You look amazing! Happy Blogiversary & belated birthday!!

  14. Happy 21st and happy blogiversary! Your photos are stunning, you are stunning! Love this! :)

  15. Congratulations and Happy Birthday again!! Seriously you could not be more stunning in these photos - here's to another great year!

    Pick Your Beau

  16. Love these pictures, and your dress makes everything pop! Love it! Just fab!

  17. I absolutely LOVE these photos. You are radiating! Love the balloons, love the pink, love your smile. Lovelovelove.

    Coming Up Roses

  18. So cute! Happy belated birthday btw. That color is absolutely gorgeous on you! xo


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