Southern Belle in Training

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

March 23, 2016

Midweek Ramblings + Recent Purchases.

{Photo credit: Morgan from How 2 Wear It. Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Snapchat @miss_alk!}

  • Blogger meet-up fun: The picture above shows how much fun I had this past Saturday at the March meet-up for North Carolina's region of the InfluenceHer Blogger Network (formally known as the Her Campus Blogger Network)! I am the regional chair for IHC North Carolina, so I get to plan meet-ups every couple of months for the wonderful bloggers in my area! This month we met at the Charlotte Premium Outlets, which is a fairly new outlet shopping center on the outskirts of the city. I had actually never been over to the outlets before, and I was amazed at how nice they were! But the best part of the afternoon was definitely getting to be in the company of some other great bloggers. Despite being a wide array of ages, everyone got along perfectly, and we enjoyed talking all about blogging collaborations, photoshoot fails, and of course sharing lots of stories about the strange emails that we receive from time to time as bloggers! If you are a Charlotte or NC blogger and would like to join the InfluenceHer Blogger Network and be included in my future meet-up plans, click here to apply to join IHC, and then send me an email at
  • Apartment life: I mentioned in a recent MR + RP post that my friend Ciera and I (she is my roommate for post-grade life) found our apartment recently! The apartment hunting process went more smoothly then we thought it would, and we love our new place. We were offered a great rent special for the weeks before I graduate, and since Ciera graduated college in December, she has already moved in! I went over the visit last night and to see how she is settling in. I am getting SO excited to get to officially move in after I graduate, it really couldn't come sooner! I'm trying to make the most of my last six weeks of college... but with all of the work and commitments that I have, it's hard to enjoy everything! Also: if y'all have any great apartment design Pinterest boards, please leave a comment with the link!!
  • Orlando vacation recap: Be sure to check out this post from last week if you haven't yet! It's a full recap of my last Spring Break, which was spent in Orlando and Disney! I want to start bringing more travel content to this blog in the months and years to come, so I hope that y'all enjoyed the format of this post. :-) 
  • Two giveaways: Just a reminder that I have two giveaways going on right now! One is in yesterday's blog post, and one is running on my Instagram through tonight! 
  • Dancing groomsmen: Here's my funny web find of the week: do any of you remember the viral wedding dance video that the internet went crazy over several years ago? (I think it was when I was in 9th or 10th grade maybe?) It featured a couple and their bridal party dancing down the aisle to Forever by Chris Brown. I used to be obsessed with that video back in the day! Anyways, this fun wedding reception dance video has recently gone viral, and it features some groomsmen that definitely have moves! I love when they break out into the *NSYNC dance. 

  • I did very well at the LOFT outlet when I visited the Charlotte Premium Outlets on Saturday! I actually prefer LOFT outlets to their regular mall stores. I always find the best deals at their outlets! The first thing that I purchased was the most darling white blouse. I have a patterned and very bright summer skirt that I've been needing a simple top to style with, and thanks to LOFT I finally found the right type of top! The exact top that I purchased isn't online, but this one is super similar, and I think it's actually prettier than the one that I took home, haha! (And this one is on sale online right now too! Win!)
  • I also found a super cute fitted dress jacket at LOFT. Not only is is a perfect business casual piece, but it is made of the comfiest fabric. And in-store it was on sale for under $40! Sadly again this piece isn't online, but this very similar jacket is online here!

       Hope that everyone is having a great week!

      xoxo Miss ALK



  1. You found some great things at the Loft Outlet! Wishing I would've snagged a blazer too!

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  2. I had such a fun time seeing you again at the Outlets! Can't wait to see how you style the pieces you snagged!


  3. I love the LOFT outlets as well...and of course J.Crew Factory.
    I am glad you had fun at the blogger event.

    xoxo, Jenny

  4. Sounds like you had a great week! The blogger meet-up looks like it was really fun!
    -Anna |

  5. The blogger meetup sounds like such a blast. So excited for your postgrad apartment life! Soak up the last bit of college and enjoy the transition into the post grad world <3

  6. The blogger meet up sounds like it was a lot of fun! I can't wait to attend my first blogger meet up sometime soon!

  7. That meet up sounds like so much fun!:)
    xo, Syd

  8. Your picture is so cute! What a fun meet up!

  9. I love meeting up with other bloggers! That meet up sounds like a lot of fun! I hope they have one in Atlanta sometime this summer.


  10. I absolutely love Loft! So good that you got some stuff from there :) I need to go!


  11. Looks like you had fun and found some great stuff. The blogger meet up looks fun :) I love events like this :) xx

  12. I wish I had an outlet store closer to here. It is so fun meeting up with other bloggers!

  13. Congratulations on finding an apartment, I can't wait to see what you do with decorating! I love Loft but I haven;t been to one of their outlets I really need to find one!

    La Belle Sirene

  14. I love that you had a blogger meet up! I am dying to have one in Nashville to meet other like minded ladies! Also, I just happened upon the loft and I want EVERYTHING!!!

    Nicole // Chronicling Home

  15. Love a good outlet store!


  16. What a cool way to meet other bloggers! Congrats on the apartment, I can't wait to get mine in a month!

  17. Ooh girl, every time I go to the LOFT outlet, it's terrible!

    Congrats on the new place – I bet you're so excited about decorating a new place!

    XO, Oksana |

  18. SO sad I couldn't make it to the meetup :(( Hopefully I can get off work for the May one!


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