Southern Belle in Training

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

June 22, 2016

Midweek Ramblings + Recent Purchases.

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  • Parks and Recreation: I have a new Netflix love, Parks and Recreation! I am definitely late to the party on this show and I'll be the first to admit it. One of my college roommates was obsessed with the show when we lived together, but at the time I never understood the hype. She always encouraged me to give the show another try and to stick it out through the first season. I finally did that this summer, and now I can't get enough- it's just too funny! If you haven't watched it yet, definitely press on through Season One. 
  • Free tickets! Just something to be aware of that I read about online this week: entertainment giant Ticketmaster recently settled in a large lawsuit, and they are rewarding customers who purchased selected tickets for events between 1999-2013 with free vouchers to use for future events! You can sign in online to your Ticketmaster account and check to see if any events that you attended during those years are eligible for vouchers. None of the specific events that I had tickets for during that time sadly were included in the voucher promotion, but this is still totally legit! Read more about these vouchers in this article. Just spreadin' some hopefully good news to y'all! 
  • Millennial Blogger Network: The Facebook group Millennial Blogger Network, which is a home for Millennial aged bloggers to engage and interact with each other, (I'm an admin for the group!) has had so many new members this week! If you aren't yet familiar with our group, check it out here and see if your blog meets the guidelines for acceptance. We aren't super picky with the blogs that we accept- admins mainly check that bloggers who apply are posting regularly, and that content fits the Millennial Blogger demographic!
  • Road Trippin': I fly back up north tomorrow night for a brief but busy weekend at home in Maine! I'll then be returning to NC via road trip with my mom. I've done the Maine to NC and NC to Maine drives several times with my dad, but this is the first time doing it with my mom! She is already planning some interesting stops along the way. Be sure that you're following me on Snapchat @miss_alk to keep up with our road trip adventures!

  • This lace-up bathing suit is SUCH a steal!! I realized recently that I don't own too much in one of this summer's hottest trends, which is the lace-up look. I'm not crazy about a lot of the lace-up tops or dresses, but I do think that it can be cute in swimwear. I was amazed to find a deal this good on such a cute bathing suit, especially from the retailer that this came from! 
  • I've mentioned this on my Instagram a few times and in yesterday's blog post, but I recently joined Ditto, the subscription service for designer sunglasses! This is the first pair that I selected, and I love them! I can't wait to see what pairs I'll be wearing in future months. If you would like to sign up for Ditto, use my code MISSALK for a free month. 
  • One of the Kmart stores in Charlotte is going out of business soon, and everything in the store is on sale. Kmart isn't a store that I normally shop at, but I was in the area this week of the closing store, and figured I would pop in to see if they had any good deals. I was blown away! I spent just $40 and walked out with so many great things- with everything from laundry detergent to jewelry to greeting cards! Possibly the best steal of all was the most darling tassel scarf that I scored for just $5! Unfortunately the scarf I purchased isn't online in the color I have it in, but here it is in neutral shades. Definitely give your Kmart a visit soon- especially if it's closing! ;-)

     Lastly, I would like to start concluding all of my Midweek Ramblings + Recent Purchases posts with a question for y'all to answer! One of my favorite Charlotte bloggers, April from A. Liz Adventures, has recently started doing "Roll Call" type posts, where she posts a question and has her readers interact with it in comments on the post. I have been really enjoying these posts on April's blog, so I thought it would be fun to do a question each week for y'all in these posts!

     This week's question: What are you most looking forward to in the month of July?

      For me it is starting my new part-time job, and also beginning my main post-graduate plan: broadcasting school! So not a very "fun" month, but as someone who craves schedules and routines, I am excited to finally be back on one, and to start heavily pursuing my dreams of a career in broadcasting.

     xoxo Miss ALK


  1. Great roundup for the mid-week! I'm most looking forward to spending more days at the beach in July!


  2. Obsessed with that bathing suit! You always have such great taste!


  3. I'm looking forward to trying to get some traveling and relaxation time in before summer ends.


  4. In July, I'll be taking my boyfriend on a surprise weekend trip! He knows we are going somewhere, but he doesn't know where :) I'm just excited for a little getaway!


  5. Parks and Recreation is my all time favorite show!! I watched it again this year instead of studying for my finals... Oops!


  6. My sister in-law got 6 tickets from the ticketmaster deal, pretty awesome! Loving that bathing suit btw!

  7. Safe travels home, Annaliese! I'm most looking forward to lots of traveling in July- I'm going to Hawaii and then upstate New York!


  8. Enjoy your trip home! Love all of your picks :)

    xoxo, Jenny

  9. July is my vacation month! Love what you bought.

    Alix |

  10. Lots of traveling coming up in July. I loved most of your purchases. I love the great deals from the stores closing down.

  11. I love DITTO! So great for having new sunnies all the time!

  12. PARKS AND REC IS THE BEST! So glad you're watching it! I'm looking forward to going up to Boston for the Fourth of July with Ryan. We just booked our hotel last night!

    Kayla |

  13. In July, enjoying the 4th of July festivities, enjoying my lil sis & bro in-law going away party (he's in military & they will be overseas for 2 yrs!!), and my son's 12th Birthday! :)


  14. I'm loving forward to the 4th of July activities and my husband's birthday! Should be a fun month!

  15. I'm excited to go home, attend my cousins's wedding and to be done with summer classes! I hope you have a safe trip home!

    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  16. Just spent so much time stalking your blog, love it! The road trip from main to NC sounds like so much fun, covers so much beautiful country :)
    Danika ||

  17. What I'm looking forward to this month is seeing lots of family and friends! And of course July 4!

    Greta |

  18. That bikini is so cute!! I never hurts to add another to the collection ;)

    Class Meets Couture

  19. Parks and Rec always puts me in a good mood.


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