Southern Belle in Training

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July 27, 2016

Midweek Ramblings + Recent Purchases.

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  • Conference Preparation: I head to Charleston for the Blog Societies' annual conference in just one week from tomorrow! This will be both my first blog conference and my first time visiting Charleston. To say that I am bursting with excitement is an understatement. This week I am focussing on planning all of my conference outfits and making sure that I have my blogging necessities as well (like business cards, portable chargers for electronics, and print-outs of my media kit!). I know that this experience will be both a lot of fun, and also a time of growth for my business and brand!
  • Call Me Betty Crocker: I've been spending most of my weeknights lately by getting acquainted with my KitchenAid mixer! I have always loved baking up sweet treats and trying new recipes, but due to the fact that I never had a kitchen in my college residences, I haven't done very much cooking or baking in recent years, so I guess I have a lot to make up for (and my tastebuds aren't complaining!). One of my favorite recipes that I've baked lately were these tasty muffins
  • Becoming politically knowledgable: 2016 is a huge year as far as presidential elections go. The first year that I could vote was 2012, and I'll be the first to admit that I was not a well informed voter for that election. I don't want to let that happen again! I am still young, and still figuring out my political views. I have been trying to watch both conventions this week and last, and to keep my mind open while watching all of the speeches and reading commentary online. I will also admit that I don't love politics and talking about it often confuses me, but voting is a privilege and I want to make the right choice this year! I think that everyone should be making an effort to education themselves on both parties and candidates' platforms right now.
  • Coming up on the blog... As some of my long-term readers might know, my birthday and blogiversary fall on the same day (That was great editorial calendar planning almost four years ago... ha!). Anyways, coming up this September I will be celebrating my 22nd birthday and 4th blogiversary! This year I've seen a lot of bloggers do fun reader inspired Q&A posts to celebrate their birthdays or blogiversaries. I think this might be something fun to do so as of now I will be accepting any question request for this post!! You can tweet me questions to @rainbowflash94, or email them to me at (I respond to emails much better than I do blog comments!) 

  • I have been loving this NSale purchase lately... look for it in some outfit posts that will be coming up over the next couple of weeks!
  • I just bought the most darling dress to wear as one of my outfits for the Blog Societies conference! Unfortuntely the exact dress isn't online (but look for pictures of it next week!), but this equally cute and similar dress is by the same company. 

     And my question of the week: since I've been on such a baking kick lately, have you baked anything yummy lately? (Please send me Pinterest pins if you have!)

     xoxo Miss ALK


  1. I'm so jealous of your trip to Charleston, one of my favorite places! As for baking, I made these Vanilla Bean Cupcakes that were ah-mazing!


  2. I'm SO envious you got a KitchenAid mixer! Definitely on my wishlist!

    Kayla || Keynotes from Kay

  3. I would love to go to Charleston!!! It look so pretty there!! I loved watching your snap chat of you baking it was super cute!!

  4. Have so much fun at the Conference. I hope to go next year.

    xoxo, Jenny

  5. I want to visit Charleston, I've heard it is such an adorable city! You're going to have so much fun at the blog conference. I think it is great you are taking politics seriously and taking time to educate yourself on the issues (:

  6. Have so much fun at the conference!
    -Anna |

  7. I love my Kitchen Aid mixer almost as much as I love my food processor. One thing that I have made is a recipe that my boyfriend gave me for Black Bean Brownies. They are actually really good and you can't taste the beans at all.

  8. I love that you're widening your political spectrum! It is so important to be informed on the issues and form your own opinions. Plus, this election is an interesting one to start with! Haha!


  9. I love that your birthday and blog anniversary are the same day! My youtube channel started on my boyfriends birthday, ( not the best planning on my part) but hey he is such a big part of it!

  10. Love that dress! Hope you enjoy your conference!

  11. I love seeing all of your cooking snaps on Snapchat, they look SO yummy!! Also, how fun you're doing a Q&A for your blogiversary! I can't believe it's been 4 years!
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  12. 4 years! That's an amazing accomplishment. Can't wait to read your Q&A. Also a KitchenAid is on my wishlist big time.

  13. So jealous you're going to Charleston! That's where I'm from and where my family lives, and it's literally one of my favorite places in the world.

  14. I love KitchenAids with all my heart!

    -Meagan | Love by Meagan


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