Southern Belle in Training

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

August 10, 2016

Midweek Ramblings + Recent Puchases.

{A peak at the Moon and Lola Store in Charleston! Follow me on Instagram and Snapchat @miss_alk}

  • Birthday/Blogiversary Q&A: My birthday and blogiversary (which conveniently fall on the same day) is less than month away. To celebrate this year, I wanted to publish a special Q&A post with questions from reader friends! I've seen a lot of other bloggers do this throughout the year, and I think this is a really fun way to get to know the girl behind the blog. Feel free to send me questions this month by tweeting me @rainbowflash94, or emailing me at I'm happy to answer any blogging or personal questions (especially funny questions- love those!) Curious for the story behind my email address and Twitter handle? Check out this blog post!
  • The Mint Julep Conundrum: Here is random funny story from my trip to Charleston this weekend for The Blog Societies conference. So just over a year ago was my first professional conference experience, when I was an intern for the 2015 Fraternity Communications Conference in Louisville, KY. One of the many things that Kentucky is known for is bourbon. One of the FCA conference networking events actually centered around a bourbon tasting, however I couldn't try anything at the time as I was not of age yet. I also visited Churchill Downs twice during that trip, and I couldn't try the famous Mint Juleps due to not being 21. I've always wanted to try a Mint Julep ever since, and just automatically assumed that I would love the drink since it's the official drink of one of my favorite places. I finally got the chance to try one at a bar in Charleston... and goodness, they're actually are nasty!! I realized very quickly I am not a fan of bourbon, nor of Mint Juleps. I only drank about half of mine, and I felt so awful after that I had to leave the bar early and take an Uber back to the hotel before everyone else. My apologies if anyone reading this has a taste for Mint Juleps, but I can definitely say that was my first and last. I'll be sticking in the future with another minty drink of choice: mojitos! 
  • Fun Weekend Ahead: There's not post-blog conference depression for me.... I have another fun and blogging related weekend ahead! One of my blogger besties is coming to visit me in Charlotte. Hint: it's not someone that I went to the conference with! Any guesses as to who is coming? I can't wait to show her all around my favorite city, and enjoy some much needed catching up and girl time! 

  • I recently purchased this simple but chic LBD. I think a closet essential for every girl is a conservative LBD, and my previous dress was a bit on the older side and in need of replacing. This one was exactly what I was looking for! 
  • This necklace was the perfect finishing touch to one of my outfits that I wore at TBSCon! I'll be sharing a full post of the outfit soon.
  • I had to stock up on my two of my favorite mascaras for TBSCon! Fun fact: I actually use three mascaras daily. This one is my bottom layer, and this one is my middle layer. I'm all about lashes that WOW!
  • These aren't technically purchases... out of the all the gifts that bloggers received at TBSCon, some of my favorites were from Vera Bradley! I was a HUGE Vera Bradley fan in middle school and high school, but I honestly hadn't kept up much with the brand in recent years. At the conference I was generously gifted this tote, this wallet, and this umbrella. How cute are all of these?! Way to go Vera Bradley! I'll definitely be featuring all of these here on the blog soon. 

    I'll be sharing lots more from The Blog Societies conference in the weeks to come! In the meantime, stay tuned tomorrow for a very fun collaboration post.

     My weekly question for y'all: have you ever had an experience where you had an idea about something and thought that it would be amazing, and then actually experienced it, and it wasn't at all what you thought? (Like my story this week with the Mint Juleps in Charleston!)

    xoxo Miss ALK


  1. Thats so cool you started your blog on your birthday! I am so interested in what inspired it on that day!

    - Rachel |

  2. So cool that you have a blogger bestie coming to visit! I love hanging out with fellow bloggers :)

    Cristina /

  3. I prefer mojitos over mint juleps too! I can't wait to hear more about your blog conference experience, it sounds like it was so much fun!

  4. I cant wait to see your blog post about the conference, I went to one conference before but mines didn't look as fun as TBC did!!!

  5. Mojitos are wayyyy better than mint juleps! Hope you have fun with your blogger bestie!
    -Anna |

  6. Have fun this weekend. I am jealous of y'all!

    xoxo, Jenny

  7. Sounds like you had tons of fun at TBSCon! Want to go to a blogging conference one day.

    Alix |

  8. Aww! This is so interesting! Nice read.

  9. Sounds like a busy and fun summer! Have the best time with your blogger babe in Clt!!

  10. Mojitos are definitely my mint drink of choice, too. Then again, I've never had a mint julep so I might like them... but if it's not broken, why fix it? Hahaha


  11. I've never had a mint julep...what does it taste like? I haven't been to a blogger conference but I really would like to!

  12. That moon & lola store was THE CUTEST! I want that couch in my dream home cloffice! :)

    How 2 Wear It []

  13. Love hearing about your trip from your conference! Also need to visit that Moon & Lola store, looks so cute!
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  14. Those chairs! Yes, please! The store looks so cute.

  15. Your upcoming weekend sounds so fun! I don't know who the blogger is who's coming to visit you, but I hope that you have a great time and I'm excited to read about your adventures together!

  16. Aw, I hate that you didn't like the mint julep! Bourbon is definitely one of those acquired tastes I think!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style


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