Southern Belle in Training

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September 23, 2016

Fun and Affordable Business Casual Look.

Dress c/o {under $20!} // Blazer {old, similar here under $25} // Shoes {old, similar here} // Purse {newer style linked} // Pom Pom (on purse) // Watch // Nails // Lipstick //

     I've been attending broadcasting school since mid-July, and choosing to enroll in this program has been one of the best decisions that I've ever made. I'm having so many incredible experiences, and furthering my education so much in my chosen career field. In addition to being a student, I also began an internship working for my broadcasting school in August, so I spend a good deal of time there each week! The school enforces a business casual dress code amongst students and staff. I always enjoyed dressing up for class in college, but that was always at my leisure, and there were definitely some days when I would sometimes roll out of bed and head to class with bedhead and in a wrinkled sweatshirt. But in post-grad life, I don't have that luxury anymore! I've really had to build my business casual wardrobe in the last few months.

      While some investment pieces are necessary (such as some well-fitting dress pants, good pairs of heels, and a good work tote- like one that I'm carrying here!), I'm finding that you can also snatch up some more "fun" business casual pieces that both add flair to your workwear a little bit, and also don't break the bank.  

    This eye-catching floral dress is such a great way to mix up your business casual attire! The higher neckline and short sleeves give it a stylish modesty factor that make it office appropriate. And the stretchy fabric makes it comfortable and breathable for long days. And the best part of all is that it's UNDER $20

     This floral dress is another great buy from SheIn. While SheIn might typically be thought of as a shopping destination for trendy pieces or the perfect spot for weekend-wear, I've realized that there are actually some great picks to be found that could be great for work-wear also! Some people have asked me before on my thoughts about buying from SheIn- since their prices are insanely low, it can sometimes be hard to judge the quality of the items online and you can be left wondering if things will look the same when they arrive to you! So far, my experiences with SheIn have been only positive. My #1 tip is to order items from them that have been already purchased by other shoppers, and have pictures posted in the style gallery for the item (where real purchasers share how they wore the item, so you don't just see it on the models!). This is a great way to get a feel for if you would like an item or not. 

     My outfit details are below, and after that I'm also sharing some other great SheIn picks that I think would be perfect business casual attire for the upcoming fall months! 


     I hope that y'all have a great start to your weekends! Thank-you to everyone who has been keeping the city of Charlotte in your prayers this week in regards to the tensions and violent riots that have erupted throughout the city during this week. I feel very thankful that the area of the city that I live in is not near where any of these events have occurred, but it is still a very sad week to live in Charlotte. Praying that everything will be resolved soon and peace and love will cover the city!

  xoxo Miss ALK


  1. loving this floral dress - such a cute transitional outfit! x, nicole ≫

  2. What broadcast school do you go to? I love the dress!

  3. I would have never thought this dress came from SheIn! It's so pretty and it reminds me a little bit of Ted Baker! Great look!
    -Anna |

  4. Such a cute piece, I love how great it looks for the office! I just went from business to casual, and it's been a weird transition! Sometimes my blazer is a little too dressed up! I really need to look into Shein and try a couple of pieces!

  5. Such a cute busiensss casual look! I bet yours the cutest one in broadcasting school!!!

  6. Love anything floral! This is just the right amount of fun and seriousness.

    Alix |

  7. Yas this dress is so good! I think it's so perfect for any fall occasion especially work. Also, loving that pouf on your bag!

    xo //

  8. You're such a doll and that dress was made for you!!!

  9. I can't believe this dress is under $20!! This is the cutest business casual look I've seen!

    xo Ashley

  10. You look so stunning lovely lady. that dress is so cute

  11. SheIn has some really cute stuff! I love this dress on you!

    Kayla |

  12. Annaliese, I love this look on you! So gorgeous, my friend :) Also, I have so enjoyed seeing your snaps in broadcasting school! You definitely are a natural!

  13. This is so cute and professional! I had a bad experience buying jeans from Shein, but I will have to follow your advice next time I buy!

    Ciara |

  14. I've been trying to grow my business casual wardrobe! This dress is so cute and the perfect price point!
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  15. This look is adorable! I'm glad you're loving broadcasting school!

    The Blush Blonde


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