Southern Belle in Training

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

May 20, 2016

A Twist on Chambray + May Blogger Meet-up Recap.

Top: {Old from Piperlime, very similar here} // Skirt: {Old from Red Dress Boutique, another fun summer skirt option here} // Shoes: The Walking Company {similar here} // Necklace: c/o Nava New York // Lips: Essence Liquid Lipstick in Show Off! 

     This is the outfit that I wore for the May meet-up for the North Carolina bloggers of the InfluenceHer (formally known as Her Campus) blogger network! I had originally planned to wear an even more summery-looking skirt outfit for the day of, but the weather ended up surprising us all and being a little chilly on the day of. With temperatures only peaking at about 70 in the afternoon, I knew that wearing long sleeves was a must. So I went through some of older clothes in my closet that I had recently re-discovered when moving, and put together this fun look. My top and skirt were originally featured in blog posts that I did a couple of years ago (found here and here).  

     For this month's blogging meet-up, we met at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont, NC! This is about a forty minute drive west of the city. I love botanical gardens and had always wanted to visit this one while I was in college, but I suppose it was worth the wait. :-)

     There were delightful and well-maintained outdoor gardens throughout the property, complete with fountains and other small attractions. An interesting feature of the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden are a series of small child sized houses that various artists have designed throughout the gardens and woods, which helps to add a sense of whimsy. A picture of our group exploring the "Mirrors" themed house is below!

     I think that everyone's favorite part of the day though was getting to explore the beautiful indoor greenhouse. This is where we got to see the best species of plants! 

     They even had one of the little houses in the greenhouse, this one in the form of a teepee!

     The icing on the cake to our day in the garden was that there were a few food trucks making their way around that afternoon! We all enjoyed some yummy snacks after exploring, and then finished the day with blog photos. (What else do you expect for a group of bloggers? ;-) )

     It was so great to see some of my favorite NC bloggers last weekend, and I'm already looking forward to planning our next meet-up! If you are an NC blogger and/or member of the IHC Blogger Network, please email me at so that I can keep you in the loop about our future events!

     xoxo Miss ALK


  1. Loveeee! Y'all all look so cute :)

    xoxo, Jenny

  2. Oh I love that picture of us!! And I agree, the green house was my favorite part!

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  3. What a fun meet up! I love meeting all my digital girls in person. Also - this chambray is adorbz!! Xoxo Mindy

  4. You all look so good! What a fun meet up!
    -Anna |

  5. Looks super fun!

    Alix |

  6. Okay this is seriously SO CUTE!! I love chambray and this skirt is adorable!

  7. awwww this meet up looked like SO much fun!!!! y'all all looked beautiful

  8. Loved the meet up, it was so fun to finally meet you and everyone else! Hope to attend the next one next month! (:
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  9. I'm in love with your skirt!
    XO Alyson |

  10. I loved meeting up with you again Annaliese! It was such a fun time and can't wait for our next meetup!


  11. What awesome place for a meetup and great outfit too! :)


  12. Gosh I wish I lived closer! I looks like it was a great day. :)

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  14. I love your skirt. It looks amazing with the denim blouse. Looks like you all enjoyed yourselves :)

  15. Morgan is amazing! We went to high school together (: Isn't she just the sweetest?!

  16. Aw that looks like it was a blast! I love your outfit too!
    XO Ellen from Ask Away Blog

  17. I love his outfit and that looks like such a fun weekend!

  18. What an amazing look! Love it.

  19. This looks like such a fun group of bloggers, one of my goals is to become more active with the bloggers in my area. So adorable!

  20. This looks like such a fun meetup! I wish I was in NC so I could come hang out with y'all. I love the outfit you chose, and I'm glad you had a lovely time.


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