Southern Belle in Training

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February 10, 2016

Midweek Ramblings + Recent Purchases.

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  • Lent: I'm really excited to be giving up something for Lent this year! Every year of college, I have wanted to participate in Lent fasting. Even though I am not Catholic, I think that all people of Christian faith can still celebrate this special season. Yet each year the Mardi Gras holiday happens before I can even catch my breath, and then Easter is here already before I know it! But I made sure that didn't happen this year. For my Lent fast, I am not giving up a food item, but instead something a bit more untraditional. Starting today (and until Easter), I am giving up social media after 10:30 pm. With my blog (and honestly just with being a Communication major!), I cannot give up social media entirely as it's something that I both use for the business of blogging and need for some academic purposes. But I do realize that it can become a bit addictive for me, and many of my favorite websites and apps keep me up way past bedtime each night. By cutting my social media off early during Lent, I'm hoping to use this extra time each night for homework, spending time with the Lord through devotionals and bible readings, and also just going to bed earlier! (I will still be working on blog posts later at night, and using Facebook for blogging groups later at night if needed. But all of my other apps and websites like Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat will be daytime and evening only until Easter!) I am making an exception to this fast during the days that I will be traveling for Spring Break next month- as I know my schedule will be different during that time! Are any of you participating in Lent this year? 
  • About yesterday's post: In yesterday's blog post, I had the opportunity to review an app that helps with organization for online dating. If you use dating apps, then definitely check out the post! I do want to share though that despite having some interesting adventures with both Tinder and Bumble at different points in this school year, I have decided not to pursue dating any further until graduation. My life is too crazy right now- before I factor someone else into my equation, I need to be figuring out my post-grad plans, finishing school on a strong note, and also taking time just for enjoying the last couple months of college! I might get back on Bumble after graduation (definitely prefer this to Tinder!), but we will see. God has given me lots of peace in having the next few months as a single girl, and I'm ready to enjoy that! 
  • New music: I am OBSESSED with this new song by Mike Posner! Do y'all remember him? He had a big hit during the summer between my sophomore and junior years of high school some years back called Cooler Than Me. (That song will forever make me think of my high school friend Tim- he was the first of my friends to get a license and car, and that whole summer we would listen to Cooler Than Me on trips in Tim's car to the beach! Haha.) Anyways, this song seems to be a totally different sound for Mike Posner, but I love love love it! I wish this song didn't drop an F bomb in it, as I prefer clean music generally. But other then that I can't stop listening! 

  • I had a very stressful Monday this week, and after getting out of a long afternoon meeting I did a little bit of online shopping! I ordered this top and I can't wait for it to come in so that I can style it on the blog- I'll also be bringing it to Florida next month! 
  • You might have seen on my Instagram account last week that I had the chance to test out some products from one of my favorite affordable cosmetic lines, Essence! I was sent so many wonderful goodies that I haven't had a chance to try everything yet, but so far a couple of my favorite items are this liquid lipstick and this concealer stick. Two new favorite Essence products that I will probably repurchase! (And under $10 for both!)
  • The tassel necklace featured in the photo in this post can be found here- isn't it fun?! 

      I hope that y'all are having wonderful weeks so far! Mine has been very busy, and today I have a lot of homework to do before night class, but here's to a hopefully productive day!

     xoxo Miss ALK



  1. I think it's a great idea to cut down on social media at night! Also, I'm right there with you on the whole staying single thing. Relationships take up way too much time!
    -Anna /

  2. that top that you ordered online is SO cute! x, kenz

  3. I love the idea of shutting off social media at night. I think I'm going to join you! I spend too much time scrolling through Instagram in bed...

  4. I love that even though you aren't Catholic, you are celebrating Lent! I think any time is as good as any to refocus on Christ and grow closer to him through sacrifice, prayer, and reflection! :)


  5. What a great thing to give up for Lent, A!
    I should probably follow suit with your whole no social media after 10:30 thing, maybe I will.

    xoxo, Jenny

  6. What a great idea to give up social media after 10:30. I would probably die. You need to let me know how it goes!
    The Fashionista's Diary

  7. Good luck with your social media fast! I haven't heard that Mike Posner song yet so I'm getting on that now!

    Kayla |

  8. That tassel necklace is so fun! Also, good luck in your social media "fasting" — I'm not sure I could do it!
    Kayla || Keynotes from Kay

  9. Are those the Panthers Macaroons from Amelies?! Yummm!! (:
    Also, even though I'm not Christian myself, but I've always had a facination with lent as well. Good luck on giving up social media and hope you have a great day!

    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  10. I get so excited when you share your recent purchases haha! I might have to get that's so cute and I can't wait to see how you style it!

    xo Ashley

  11. I don't normally give things up for lent, but I decided to give up week-night drinking in order to spend more time volunteering and reading instead of going to happy hour with friends and watching Netflix while drinking wine! Also that liquid lipstick is SO GREAT! I love it!


  12. Love reading what you're giving up for Lent, I am Catholic so I have participated every year. This year, I am giving up sweets and bread, definitely will be hard!


  13. I'm right there with you - it was a crazy week for me too. Hope you're enjoying your weekend so far!

    Pick Your Beau

  14. I hope your week ended on a good note and that you are enjoying your weekend! Also, that top is too cute! SheIn has so many cute items for SO cheap. Would you recommend purchasing from their site?


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