Southern Belle in Training

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

June 1, 2016

Midweek Ramblings + Recent Purchases.

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  • Homeward bound: I have a plane ticket booked to visit Maine later during the month of June! For awhile it was up in the air if I would go home this summer, but now that it is official I am looking forward to my brief trip. I'm only going home for a weekend, but it will be nice to see a couple of friends, and to pack up some things from my old room to bring down to my apartment! Oh- did I mention that my flight is one-way and that I'm driving back to NC?! I thought that my days of doing the long drive were over after college... but apparently not. :-)
  • Welcome home: Speaking of "home," now that Charlotte is what I consider to be my home, my roommate and I have decided to throw a housewarming party to celebrate our new apartment! It will be held the weekend before I go home to Maine. I am so excited! I've had very few friends over so far to see the new place, so this will be a good excuse to both entertain, and finally finish decorating our apartment! If any of you have hosted successful housewarmings before, please send any links to Pinterest boards or pins that might be helpful my way!
  • Reading for fun: The first thing that I did after getting my North Carolina license was to finally get a Charlotte library card! This has been such a treat. I adore reading, but it's something that I barely had time to do for pleasure during my college years. My current nannying job allows me time in the afternoons to read while the girls that I watch are at swim team practice, so I have been reading multiple books a week, and it is glorious! The first thing that I did was to check out several books that I hadn't previously read from Karen Kingsbury, my favorite Christian fiction author. I was obsessed with her books in high school (and I even got the chance to meet her during my freshman year of college!). During my next trip to the library I plan to visit some of the other book sections- the library near me is huge and has so much else to offer! 
  • Uptown event: Be sure that you're following me on Snapchat @miss_alk - tonight I have the privilege of attending a super fun event taking place right in Uptown Charlotte on behalf of my blog! I am bringing fellow Charlotte blogger and my new friend Amy from Pastel n Pink along with me as my guest. It should be an awesome evening! I will try and do a recap post soon here on the blog.

  • Going to be totally honest in this category for this week, this was just one of those weeks where "adulting" expenses took the majority of my paycheck, and I didn't really get to spend money on myself (unless you count eating out a few times... okay maybe more than a few times... ha!). My roommate and I made a much needed trip to IKEA on Monday evening, and I purchased some of the last few furniture and kitchen items that we needed for the time being. We also have rent and utility bills coming due this week. I have always wanted Southern Belle in Training to be a blog based around affordable fashion, but sometimes a love of fashion, even when done affordably, has to come second to more important expenses. I always strive to be honest with y'all in each stage of my life! It's something that I wish more bloggers would do. 

     Hope that everyone is having a great (four day) week!

     xoxo Miss ALK


  1. Have fun in Maine with your family and good luck with that long drive back!
    -Anna |

  2. "Adulting" expenses get to me also! Have fun in Maine!

    Alix |

  3. I hope you and Amy have a good time at the event tonight! It sounds super fun :)

    xoxo, Jenny

  4. I definitely have weeks that adult expenses need to come before fashion, it isn't fun but it is the mature thing to do! Your housewarming party is going to be such a blast, you have to share photos on the blog! Have you thought about what you are going to wear yet? (:

  5. I need to check our Karen Kingsbury! I love Christian fiction books! Have you read the "Left Behind" series?

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  6. Isn't it great having time for pleasure reading?! Have fun going back home!

    Stephanie |

  7. Last night was so much fun! Also, always love how honest and real you are with your posts. Having a electricity > new dress!
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  8. ugh dont you hate when you have to be an adult and pay bills and stuff like that?! haha, it sucks! x, kenz

  9. Love this post! I think it's great when bloggers keep it real.

  10. Ikea trips are always fun. So many great things for making your space cozy.

  11. Love that clutch – so perfect for summer! I have a love/hate relationship with IKEA; I've spent a few weeks now assembling and installing IKEA kitchen cabinets, so I've about had enough. Haha

  12. Isn't reading for fun the best?! It took me so long to actually be interested in reading again after graduation. Now I put my library card to good use ;)

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

  13. What a fun clutch! I was going to order a small shelf from Ikea until I realized the delivery fee was $200!!! haha

  14. love the clutch and such a cute post!

    xo - Laura Bustelo

  15. I'm sure the memories from the road trip with your mom will stay with you forever!

  16. It's been so fun seeing updates from you about your new apartment! I hope your housewarming party went well!



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