Southern Belle in Training

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

May 19, 2016

Midweek Ramblings + Recent Purchases (on a Thursday!).

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  • Blogger meet-up fun: In tomorrow's post I'm excited to share my outfit details and a recap of the latest meet-up for the North Carolina region of the InfluenceHer blogger network! As I have shared before, I am the regional chair for NC, so I get to plan fun meet-ups for other local bloggers. As always, this month's meet-up was a total blast! The above picture was taken with Cara from Caralina Style at the event. 
  • The BEST Crock Pot recipe EVER: With moving into my new apartment, I am so excited to finally have my own kitchen to cook in! I absolutely love cooking and baking, but I never had a place to do it while in college. Something that I realized very quickly though after the move is that kitchens are built over time! All of the necessary appliances and utensils necessary to make complicated recipes add up to being a lot of money, so my kitchen tools will grow with time. In the meantime, I have been adoring the Crock Pot that my roommate bought for us! (This is the one that we have for those interested!) I have already made a few Crock Pot recipes since it is such a simple method for cooking meals with, but y'all, this recipe right here... LIFE CHANGING. Possibly one of the best soups that I have ever tasted! I can't wait to make it again soon.
  • Post-grad friendships: Something that I have learned very quickly in the weeks since graduation is that your college friendships change quickly after the diplomas are received. I don't remember their being such a big transition with my high school friends immediately after graduation (things started to change more once I moved to NC for school). It has definitely been an adjustment for me not to be living on campus anymore and to be immersed in college life. As an extrovert, I loved having people around me 24/7, even if they weren't all my close friends! While I love my new apartment, life is much quieter here, and I have to go out of my way to find time to meet up with friends. Can anyone else relate to the weird friendship transition after college? 
  • Citizenship!!! Something very exciting that happened for me last week was finally becoming a citizen of North Carolina! I passed the (modified) version of the NC drivers' exam, and finally have a new license to call my own. Y'all- my Maine license was rough. I'm honestly not sure what was worse, the large moose decoration on the license, or my horrific picture! But luckily I have a beautiful new license on its way to me, and I'm finally a resident of the city and state that I adore so much. Next on the post-grad to-do list: get a library card!

  • One of my newfound fashion obsessions is the clothing brand Cece by Cynthia Steffe. Their pieces are always colorful and feminine, and they make the most unique styles! A couple of the department stores in Charlotte's SouthPark Mall carry Cece, and I always enjoy browsing at the latest styles. I picked up this beautiful dress  this past week, which I can't wait to style on the blog soon! 
  • I have been suffering from a lot of break-outs this week, which is unusual for me. I'm not really sure what it's due to, but I know that I want them gone ASAP! I picked up this new acne spot treatment yesterday and am currently testing it out- hoping for great results! 
  • These adorable shorts are on their way to me in the mail right now and I just can't wait for them to get here!! 

     xoxo Miss ALK



  1. My social life changed massively after transferring schools(when I left my sorority, moved to a new city and into an apartment) was honestly pretty difficult. I learned so much about myself and my friendships though!

  2. Thank you for introducing me to CeCe -- I love what I see so far! Can't wait to check out more :)

  3. I need to try that crock pot recipe!! Sounds so good!

    Xo, Alex

  4. Probably shouldn't have checked out that crock pot recipe while I was starving haha! :) Looks so yummy. At the blogger meet up sounded so fun!


  5. Oh my those shorts are adorable! Always love reading your weekly ramblings! Hope you have a wonderful rest of your day! (:

    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  6. I love using crock pots, they're such an easy hands-off way to approach cooking (especially for the busy woman!) Thanks for sharing!
    Kayla || Keynotes from Kay

  7. I love that Cece dress you bought, so cute! I can't wait to see it on the blog. Also I love making crockpot recipes. The one you linked looks soooo delicious.

    Kayla |

  8. Your recent purchases are SO cute! I also can't wait to try that crockpot recipe! I am obsessed with an easy chicken and dumplings recipe I made all winter's SO good!

    xo Ashley

  9. My crock pot has been by far the most important item in my entire kitchen. I love that I can set it, go to work, and come back to a fresh meal. Yesterday I made Mexican chicken – it is DELISH and is one of my all-time favorite recipes. Another favorite is Italian chicken – cream cheese, Italian dressing, cream of mushroom soup, fresh mushrooms over soft and buttery chicken breasts. Yummm!

  10. So fun! I have become obsessed with my Crockpot lately.

  11. I love that photo! I really want to get a Crockpot!

  12. I would love to go to a blogger meet up. I will have to look for some around here. The crockpot is a lifesaver!

  13. I think any kind of transition is hard on friendships!

  14. Such a good round up and so true. Maintaining existing friendships and finding new ones can be so difficult after graduation. It just takes a little time (and a lot more effort).

    Sara Kate Styling


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