Southern Belle in Training

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

July 13, 2016

Midweek Ramblings + Recent Purchases.

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  • The biggest rambling of all is that I started broadcasting school this week! In case you missed it, I shared in this post back in April that my plans after graduating college this spring were to stay in Charlotte for the following year (hopefully permanently!) to attend broadcasting school here in the city. This program will give me in-depth studio and voice training to prepare me for both the radio and television career market, and more experience than I was able to get in the college classroom and through my internships. Anyways, classes started this week and I had a wonderful first day of school! It gave me confidence in the decision to pursue further education after college (this is like the equivalent of "grad school" for my field.) 
  • In case anyone needs a laugh today... this is the funniest Buzzfeed article that I've seen in awhile!! Since Buzzfeed and similar websites have exploded in popularity and content, I think it's getting harder and harder to find the truly funny articles. But this one takes the cake and made my day!
  • Myself and three of my NC blogger friends: Cara, Morgan and Sarah, will be heading to Charleston in just a few weeks for the annual Blog Societies Conference! I cannot WAIT! This will not only be my first blog conference, but also my first visit to Charleston. We are starting to talk amongst ourselves about planning an agenda for the times that we don't have conference activities, so if you've been to Charleston before, please comment (or email me!) and share any restaurant or activity recommendations! 
  • Speaking of Morgan, she and I attended a really fun event in Charlotte' SouthPark Mall last night! It was the pre-opening event for the new Fabletics store, which sells adorable workout and athleisure attire. A big thank-you to the Charlotte Agenda for inviting us! After the event, we headed to Nordstrom to try and get a sneak peak at NSale merchandise. The store already had it all out, it was just behind big curtains- so dramatic! I snapchatted a bunch of what we saw, so be sure you're following me on there to see today before the snaps expire tonight!

  • How cute is this top which I recently purchased?! It is so lightweight and perfect for hot southern summers, and the color makes it an easy fall transition piece as well. 
  • Another reminder that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale begins TOMORROW for cardholders!! Be sure to check out my blog post from yesterday for more info about the sale if you haven't previously shopped in it. 
  • Okay so I haven't actually purchased this (yet...), but how freaking cute is this?! Like if I had a full time big-girl job and wasn't back in school, I would have walked out of the Lilly Pulitzer store with this, probably without trying it on. If I don't spend much in the NSale I can definitely pick it up soon, but at the same time I want new riding boots... #decisions. ;-)

     My weekly question for y'all: with the Nordstrom sale approaching and so much buzz about Nordstrom right now, I want to know, what is your favorite department store? Is it Nordstrom or somewhere else? Personally, I shop at Nordstrom for select items and retailers, but my favorite department store for general merchandise is probably Dillard's! I think they always have the cutest dresses. Belk is another favorite of mine (a Southern department store chain.) 

     xoxo Miss ALK


  1. I HIGHLY recommend the Hominy Grill for lunch in Charleston! It's so yummy & the tomato pudding sounds weird, but is an absolute must.

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style

  2. Nordstrom is definitely my favorite department store!

  3. So glad you had a good first day of school!! I think my favorite department store is JcPenney because the ones by my house have Sephoras in them!


  4. Had so much fun at the Fabletics event with you and "spying" on the #NSale goodies!! Good luck purchasing your boots tonight!!

    How 2 Wear It []

  5. See you at the TBS Conference in a few weeks! It's going to be so much fun!

    Greta |

  6. I love that top it is so cute! I hope you had a great first day back to school!! I can not wait for the Nordstrom sale!

  7. I love that print!!

    Sydney |

  8. Congratulations on starting broadcasting school his week, seriously SO exciting! Nordstrom is my favorite department store, mainly because I am from Seattle so we don't have Belk or Dillard's here. (:

  9. I love Nordstrom and Dillards but I think Nordstrom wins as my favorite dept store by far.

    xoxo, Jenny

  10. Your top is so cute! Where is it from?

    Shop & Get Inspired |

    1. Hi Hannah! The beach-coverup that I'm wearing in the photo in this post can be found here: It will be featured in an outfit post soon also!

      xoxo A

  11. Congrats on starting broadcasting school, so exciting! I'm so jealous of your Charleston trip and Nordstrom is definitely my favorite (probably doesn't help I always park by it when I go to the mall haha!).


  12. Nordstroms hands down haha. I needed that Buzzed article! So funny!

    Alix |

  13. Congrats on starting Broadcasting school! You'll do great!
    -Anna |

  14. Congrats on broadcasting school, so exciting!

  15. I hope you post about your experience at the TBS conference. It seems like such a great opportunity!


  16. Broadcasting school sounds like so much fun! I can't wait to read more about it!

    -Meagan | Love by Meagan

  17. I'm glad you are liking school! I love that peplum top. I'm with you in loving Belk but Nordstrom is in the top. I didn't know that Fabletics was starting to have stores! I love their workout gear. Jess at Just Jess

  18. So many exciting things going on! So excited for you to start your journey in broadcasting school!
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  19. I love that peplum top you purchased! I need one for football season, our colors are purple and gold!

  20. That buzzfeed article was hilarious! Congrats on starting broadcasting school!

    Yvanne |

  21. Lilly has really stepped up the cute factor with their crop top sets-love the print you linked to as well-so cheerful as is your blog!

  22. Congrats on graduating!!!!!

    Itunu x


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