Southern Belle in Training

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

September 28, 2016

Midweek Ramblings + Recent Purchases.

{A couple weeks ago at the City Lights Rooftop x Diet Coke End of Summer Bash. Follow me on Instagram + Snapchat @miss_alk!} 

  • Free Pinterest e-course: Starting off this week's Ramblings by getting real for a sec... I've seen extremely low page views on the blog this month, which has been really discouraging to me. I'm not really sure why this is, as I've still been posting regularly here on the blog and social media. But I know that I definitely want to bring my numbers back up for the rest of the year! One area of social media that I can definitely improve on is Pinterest. I love using it for things like recipes or to save articles that I enjoy reading, but I haven't always been the best at using it for my own bloc content. That's going to change! This weekend I went through and cleaned out a lot of my irrelevant boards, and I made some behind-the-scenes HTML changes as well. All of this was inspired by the information that I learned from my friend Jenny's new FREE Pinterest e-course launch! Jenny (from Breakfast at Lilly's blog) wrote an awesome 5-day email course that will be sent to your inbox 100% free of charge. There is so much useful information in this course. Definitely sign up for it if your Pinterest is also in need of a revamp, and while you're at it support Jenny as she prepares to launch her social media business Confetti Social
  • A unique clothing line: My funniest online article find of the week would be this one. A Swedish ad agency recently developed a clothing line with designs that feature some of the most well known (and tackiest) stock photos. I was laughing so hard looking at these clothing options... you just have to see this!
  • Charlotte in the news: As many of you know, Charlotte has made national attention over the past week for violent riots (and some peaceful protests) that began after an African American man was shot and killed by police last week. Many friends of mine from out-of-state or other parts of NC reached me over the weekend to check in on my safety, of which I was very grateful for! I currently live in a part of Charlotte that wasn't near any of the protests, but it was still unnerving to just be living in the same city where it was happening. Thankfully, the protests seem to be calming down now. The bottom line is that this is all around an extremely tragic situation, without casting judgement for either side. I pray that the city will find peace and understanding in the weeks, months and years to come! 
  • Product reviews: In the past few weeks, I've received a few PR gift packages from different haircare and beauty companies. I have so many new goodies that I've been trying out. Bloggers frequently receive gifted items, but other then featuring them on social media occasionally, I feel that these gifts often don't get featured on actual blogs. Would y'all be interested in seeing a big review round-up post of some of the items that I've recently received? Let me know in the comments!

  • In New York City a couple of weeks ago, I picked up this gorgeous top!! I'm obsessed with both the cut of it and the pretty pattern. 
  • Possibly one of my best bargains of all-time... I found a Lilly Pulitzer skort in my size for $9.99 at a consignment shop here in Charlotte this week! The pattern in a couple years old, but this is the current equivalent
  • I also picked up these pretty heels while in NYC. 

     My question of the week for y'all: Since I shared the funny stock photo find above, what is the funniest thing that you've found online this week?

     xoxo Miss ALK


  1. I've also had really low numbers this month! I think it's a blog-wide thing, but it's still pretty frustrating!
    -Anna |

  2. I just love those shoes from Zara they are stunning! I can't wait to see how you style them!

  3. Aww thanks so much for mentioning my Pinterest course! I am so glad you enjoyed it. Let me know if you have any other Pinterest questions.

  4. I need to check out the Pinterest e-course. Great tip!

    Greta |

  5. Excited to sign up for Pinterest course! I have a cousin that was 5 blocks away from the riots in Charlotte and she said it was absolutely terrifying.

    Alix |

  6. I really liked Jenny's email Pinterest course too! I definitely went through my boards and revamped them a little.


  7. I have been working a lot on my Pinterest as well! I am loving Tailwind.

    Ciara |

  8. I love seeing blogger's recent purchases. Those heels are fabulous!

  9. I hadn't seen her free Pinterest course! I'll check it out. Thanks for sharing!

  10. I also love that top you ordered so cute!

  11. $10 Lilly shorts would have made my week for sure!! So glad to see Clt is calming down, so sad all around.

  12. I love your mid-week rambling posts! And I can't believe you got that skort for 9.99!!! What a steal! Also, I have had you in my mind and Charlotte on my heart with all that has been going on. Continuing to send prayers ❤️


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