Southern Belle in Training

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February 17, 2016

Midweek Ramblings + Recent Purchases.

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  • Lent Update: I shared in last week's MR+RP post what I'm giving up for lent this year: social media after 10:30 pm. My first week of this has gone so-so. On weeknights, I've been very good about shutting off social media when it gets late, and in fact my Lent resolution has only helped me to go to bed earlier on school nights! This past weekend I failed on a couple of nights though... (In my defense- Saturday night was an on-purpose fail. My dorm had a minor fire at 3 am on Valentine's Day, and I figured that my Snapchat friends would want a live update. ;-) ). I'm going to try and be better for the rest of Lent and say NO to Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Snapchat not only on late weeknights, but also weekends!
  • Bills, Bills, Bills: (Did anyone catch the Destiny's Child reference?) A couple of months ago in a different MR+RP post, I shared that I was starting the process to look for my first credit card. I compared many different companies and cards, and eventually decided to go with the DiscoverIT card. So far I have been very pleased with it! It had everything that I was looking for in a credit card (great rewards, no annual fee and no international fees), which are three things that are hard to find all together when you don't have existing credit. Because of these perks I would recommend this card for sure! I just paid my first large bill last week. So far I have been paying all of my bills before my statements are due- I can be very forgetful, so as soon as my charges post online I like to take care of them! I think overall I still prefer using my debit card though- less for me to remember!
  • Galentine's 2016: Since I've been single for every Valentine's Day in college, I try and plan something fun for Valentine's weekend every year to still have something to look forward to. This year I had some mellow but still fun Galentine's plans! I went to the movies with some girlfriends and my Big on Saturday night to see How to Be Single, and on Sunday night I went with another sorority sister to see The Choice. I am more of a comedy fan then a sappy movie girl, so I preferred How to Be Single out of the two movies, but it was still fun to get to go to the theatre twice in a weekend! I rarely go to the movies when I'm at school, and it made me realize how much I actually do enjoy it. 
  • Giving back: For my Senior Capstone class (which I need to complete this semester to graduate as a communication major from my school!), I have to do 20 hours of service work during the course of the semester. I have done some already in the past couple of weeks through my sorority and our wonderful philanthropy, which is the Ronald McDonald House charities.  I'm very excited though today to have volunteer orientation for the organization that I'll be doing most of my service work for my class! It sort of relates to my blog and interests, and I think that it will be a great fit for me. If I love it, I hope to continue serving after graduation! Do any of you volunteer your time and talents for local charities or non-profits? 

  • I didn't make many fun purchases this week because as I mentioned above, I had a large credit card bill last week, and on this week's agenda I need to make a payment towards interest on my school loan, as well as make a donation to my school's Senior Class Gift fund! Isn't becoming an adult oh so fun?! ;-) So instead of highlighting things that I've bought in the past week, I'll be sharing below some things that I already had but have been using a lot lately! 
  • It is almost getting to be past blanket scarf season now that spring is approaching, but I realized an excellent new use for my favorite blanket scarf over the weekend. They do actually make great blankets! I brought mine with me to the movies to cuddle up with, and it was the perfect size to tuck into my purse and then pull out when I got chilly. Here and here are two blanket scarves that I'm loving! 
  • For this past Christmas, my parents bought me this hair straightener (mine is just teal instead of pink) that I had been wanting for a long time. I absolutely love it! My previous hair straightener was years old, and it didn't do a very good job on my hair anymore, since it's getting so long! This new straightener on the other hand gets everything done in about ten minutes or less for me, which is incredible since my hair is so long and thick! I would definitely recommend it- I've been wearing my hair straight so much lately! 
  • I'm starting to look at swimwear for Spring Break since my upcoming travels are quickly approaching! I saw this gorgeous bathing suit top on my favorite Charlotte fashion blogger Caitlin's Instagram, and I can't get it out of my head now! I might need to head to the mall soon and see if I can find it, or something similar!

     xoxo Miss ALK


  1. I love the top to that bathing suit! Also I need more blanket scarves, they are so cute, I love the second one! Also I really miss volunteering with my sorority... I've already said I would help with events they needed more girls for while I'm still in the city! It's so great that they have you volunteer for your capstone!

  2. I honestly thought The Choice was horrible :( But I LOVED How to Be Single! David at the end and then what Alice does at the end made me cry. Oops.

  3. Girl it sounds like you have your S*** together! Good for you. I love rom-cons and really want to see How to Be Single. I have heard many people say that it was a great & funny movie.

  4. I love that bathing suit top as well!
    I have been dying to get my hands on some new spring arrivals -- and plan to very soon.

    xoxo, Jenny

  5. I love the whole "no social media after 10:30" sacrifice for Lent! I should really try that :)


  6. The no social media after 10:30 is a great goal although I am so not a night person so I usually fall asleep around 10:30 anyway (hehe). I want to go somewhere tropical so badly, if only so I have an excuse to splurge on a new bikini!

  7. Loved my Galentines! Good for you on making an effort to give back xo

  8. I swear bills are hitting me hard too! We did a galantine's day and it was so fun!

  9. Sometimes a chill Galentine's day is the best kind!
    -Anna |

  10. I love Nickolas Sparks movies but something about The Choice just doesn't feel right to me!!

  11. I am starting to look at swimwear, too. Can't wait for summer. Although I rarely get to the beach it seems. I don't have a credit card yet, but I do make good use of a visa debit that I use for online shopping. I need to take that plunge.

  12. My bills are absolutely terrifying me at this point. Oh and I love Galentines! I had a great time watching How To Be Single too.. it was SO funny!!
    The Fashionista's Diary

  13. AH. Don't even get me started on bills. Student loans are by far the WORST.

    xo Ashley

  14. Capstone was such a fun and challenging class in college! I love that your volunteering st Ronald McDonald. I used to volunteer there and I loved it so much. I'm dying to see How to Be Single!

  15. I love that swimsuit top! Where are you going for Spring break?

    Amanda ||

  16. I love the concept of this weekly post! I got a new straightener for Christmas as well and it's been a huge time saver!


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