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September 12, 2019

25th Birthday Recap!

    Last Friday, I turned 25! This year was my favorite birthday since turning 21- but I guess in full honesty, turning 21 will always be hard to top. πŸ˜‰ 25 is one of my lucky numbers so I've been excited for this birthday for a long time. Anyways, I normally share weekly recaps in my Midweek Ramblings posts on Wednesdays, but so much fun stuff happened with my birthday this year that I wanted to share it all in a separate recap blog post!


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September 11, 2019

Midweek Ramblings.


{One of my purchases in-store for the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale! Follow me on social media @miss_alk}

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September 10, 2019

LILLY PULITZER AFTER PARTY SALE: Great Picks Still Available + What I Bought!

    Hi and happy Tuesday! I never do blog posts this late in the day- I always preschedule mine for 5am EST- and normally if I can't get it ready the night before I'll just do it later in the week. ANYWAYS- for the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale I make exceptions and say bring it on to afternoon posts! I was so excited to see today that a lot of the items I tried on during the in-store preview this weekend are now on the website! I wanted to highlight new items that were just added to the sale today, as well as share my purchases (so far)! So sorry that I couldn't get this up earlier in the day, but hopefully better late than never.

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September 9, 2019

LILLY PULITZER AFTER PARTY SALE: My 5 All-Time Favorite Lilly Looks!

     Happy First Day of the Summer 2019 After Party Sale to my fellow Lilly Pulitzer lovers!! In honor of the sale starting today, my sweet Lilly loving blogger friend Gentry from Girl Meets Bow and I wanted to do a fun collaboration. We're each sharing five of our favorite Lilly looks from years past on our blogs to celebrate our love of this brand! One of the looks I'm sharing goes all the way back to my first six months of blogging years and years ago... πŸ’—I can't wait to share!


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September 8, 2019

LILLY PULITZER AFTER PARTY SALE: Summer 2019 Sizing Guide + What I Bought!

     I don't usually do blog posts on Sundays, but the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale is definitely a worthwhile reason to do one! πŸ˜‰This weekend is the in-store preview event for the sale, and I was lucky to be the first person in line at the Charlottesville store to shop it yesterday morning!! Today I'll be sharing all the items I tried on and their sizing information, general thoughts on the in-store preview, and what I'm hoping to purchase in the online sale. I was so excited that the in-store preview fell on my birthday weekend this year!

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September 6, 2019

My 25th Birthday Gift to Myself: My {First-Ever} 101 in 1001!

    What better day to start my first-ever 101 in 1001 bucket list than my 25th birthday?! 😊

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September 5, 2019

7 Year Blogiversary: 25 Ways Blogging Has Changed in the Last 7 Years.

     SEVEN YEARS!!! Southern Belle in Training turns seven years old tomorrow, and I have so many feelings! I started this blog as a hobby on my 18th birthday my freshman year of college- I thought it would be fun to document the outfits that I wore to college classes and on weekends, and I also wanted a place to write and share about my experiences of moving far from home for school. If you had told me on September 6th, 2012 where my blog would be seven years later... I wouldn't have believed you! Honestly, I probably wouldn't have even believed that I'd still be blogging, haha!

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September 4, 2019

Midweek Ramblings.



{Last picture in my old apartment yesterday before turning over the keys! Follow me on social media @miss_alk}

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August 29, 2019

What I Wore to Work: August 2019

    I was feeling in a bit of workwear rut at the end of July- maybe due to the fact that I was coming back from a week off for vacation? πŸ˜‰Maybe also because I'm starting to feel ready for fall fashion, but the August Virginia weather was way too hot to pull any of that out of my closet. Anyways, I wanted to challenge myself to still have fun with my work outfits this month- so I made a challenge of only wearing my favorite summer skirts and dresses! I wanted everything to get one more wear before Labor Day. Challenge accomplished!

     If you're new to my work outfit recaps, I share outfit details for all of these on my LiketoKnow.It page, instead of linking each photo here below. I also share my top fashion items from the month at the end of the post. 


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August 28, 2019

Midweek Ramblings.




{A fun sneak peek at the statement shelf I designed in my new apartment's living room! I'll be sharing a tutorial on how I put this together soon on the blog. Follow me on social media @miss_alk!}

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August 26, 2019

Cherry Print Dress + Unintentional Relationship Monday Thoughts.

     Happy Monday! Trying to get all of my last few summer outfits shared on the blog sooner rather than later. I love this fun printed dress for this time of year. I'm also sharing a few personal thoughts in today's post about a certain feeling I've been dealing with lately. It's something kind of new for me and I'm curious if any of you have dealt with this also.

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August 22, 2019

Southern Belle in Training "Best Of's"

     Happy Thursday! I had hoped to get another Maine Travel Guide post up for you today, but with being just over a week out from moving, I didn't have the time to put that together this week. Travel blog posts take me the longest to write, and I didn't want to rush through with everything I have going on and publish something that I'm not quite proud of. I'll try to get that up in early September after moving!


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August 21, 2019

Midweek Ramblings.



{Taking a break from moving and packing last weekend at Afton Mountain Vineyards. Follow me on social media @miss_alk!}

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August 19, 2019

Lilly Pulitzer Let's Cha Cha Skort (+ WHEN is the Next After Party Sale?)

     I'm wearing one of my very favorite Lilly Pulitzer pieces on the blog today- and I can't believe this is the first time this skort has gotten its own outfit post! I've had it for over five years, so better late than never I guess? I also wanted to chat about when the next After Party Sale might be- safe to say at this point it'll be within the next month, if not sooner!

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August 15, 2019

Monticello Wine Trail: King Family Vineyards

     Can't believe it's taken me this long to finally review my favorite winery that I've been to so far,  but better late than never! Time to take a virtual trip over to King Family Vineyards. I hope if you're local you've already had the chance to visit this incredible place. If you live outside of Virginia, enjoy this virtual tour!

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August 14, 2019

Midweek Ramblings.


{Out this weekend at Blue Hole, a swimming hole about 30 minutes from Charlottesville! Follow me on social media @miss_alk}

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August 12, 2019

What to Wear to a Daytime Wedding.

    Most of the weddings that I've attended so far have all been late afternoon or evening weddings. I feel like there is a different type of dress code standard for morning or early afternoon weddings! You still wanted to look dressy and nice as a wedding is a special occasion, but it's not quite the same type of formality as a wedding later in the day. I'm going to my first noontime wedding next month, and I wanted to share an outfit that I put together as inspiration (that I might actually end up wearing for this wedding!). 


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August 8, 2019

MAINE TRAVEL GUIDE: Visiting Peaks Island.

     Today I'm taking you on a virtual tour of one of my very favorite places in my home state- if not my absolute favorite! Let's set sail for Peaks Island! I'm hoping to convince you today that this gem is a must-visit if you're ever in Maine.


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August 7, 2019

Midweek Ramblings.


{First picture in my new apartment over the weekend! So excited to move in over Labor Day Weekend. Follow me on social media @miss_alk}

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August 5, 2019

The Most Gorgeous Gingham Dress.

     This might very well end up being my favorite outfit post of 2019! I purchased this stunning dress way back in March when I organized a girls' weekend trip to Charlotte with all of my Charlottesville friends. Unfortunately by the time I could get these blog photos, the dress had long since sold out, but I love it so much that I still wanted to share it with you! I'm hoping the brand might bring back a similar version for 2020.

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August 1, 2019

Charlottesville 2.0: Why I'm Moving Apartments Again.

     Happy Thursday Friends! Today isn't only the start of a new month, but it's the start of the next chapter of my story here in Charlottesville! I'm jokingly calling it Charlottesville 2.0. πŸ˜‚ Anyways- my lease on my new apartment begins today! I will be picking up the keys on Saturday! This is my first time ever moving apartments for a reason that isn't moving out of state / new job, and over on Instagram Stories y'all seemed interested to know more of the why and details behind my decision to move locally. So here we go with this fun life update!


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July 31, 2019

Midweek Ramblings.


{Views from flying out Boston over the weekend! Follow me on Instagram @miss_alk}

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July 30, 2019

What I Wore to Work: July 2019

      Here we go with another month of work outfits! Since July is the hottest part of summer here in Central Virginia, I wore lots of dresses and skirts this month, with a few summery jean outfits mixed in as well. There are a few less outfits this month that these posts usually have- that's due to the fact that I was on vacation all last week! πŸ˜‰ If you're new to my work outfit recaps, I share outfit details for all of these on my LiketoKnow.It page, instead of linking each photo here below. I also share my top fashion items from the month at the end of the post. 

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July 29, 2019

Summer PR Reviews.

     Hi Friends! It is so good to be back on the blog today! In case you missed it, I took a blog and blog related social media break from 7/19-7/28 (yesterday) while I was on vacation at home in Maine. This break was so needed and I'm back today feeling so refreshed and motivated to create content for the rest of the year! I'll also be sharing a few posts about Maine in August on the blog. But today we're jumping back into things with a big PR Reviews post! I'll be sharing and reviewing some of the fun gift packages I've received from different brands this summer. 

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July 26, 2019

GUEST POST by A Byers Guide: Deciphering Formal Dress Codes

     My vacation in Maine is nearing its end, but I still have one more fun guest post to share with you! Today's post is by Courtney of A Byers Guide- she's sharing how to decipher different dress codes, especially formal ones! What a useful skill. Thank you to Courtney and all the other wonderful bloggers who guest posted for me this week. Chat with you Monday! - xoxo Annaliese 

First off, I want to thank Annaliese for inviting me to do a guest post. What an honor! My name is Courtney Byers and I’m the content creator behind A Byers Guide Blog. I started my blog about two and a half years ago when my husband was in medical school. I desperately needed a creative outlet, and fashion has always been a huge part of my life. In fact, I even took a fashion design class in high school, and of course like many girls, I was always worried about what to wear to school. I have the need to create and this space has helped fulfill that. When people I know in real life find out about my blog, they’re never surprised. My blog was originally called Life of A Med School Wife, but I rebranded a year and a half ago to A Byers’ Guide. I wanted to do a play on words with my last name and buying, since I share a lot on fashion. My husband Jake and I just celebrated our 5th anniversary. We have a 15 pound Maine Coon kitty who is our baby (we don’t have a human baby yet). I blog mostly about affordable fashion, and I also share lifestyle posts as well as travel guides. You can read more about my blogging story here, follow my Instagram here, and like my Facebook page here.

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July 25, 2019

GUEST POST by Whismy in Her Wardrobe: Choosing a Designer Bag.

     Today's guest poster is Jordyn from Whimsy in Her Wardrobe! I've loved following Jordyn's blog for a few years and I'm so happy she is one of my guest posters this week while I'm away. She's chatting all about designer handbags- what a fun topic. Take it away, Jordyn! - xoxo Annaliese

Hello lovelies! As you may know Annaliese is on vacation in her home state of Maine. Like you guys probably do, I follow Annaliese on Instagram and love her daily stories (If you don't follow Annaliese on Insta, why not? Pop over and tell her you miss her).
 

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July 24, 2019

GUEST POST by What Nicole Wore: Weekend Guide to Louisville, KY

     Today's guest post is by Nicole of What Nicole Wore! She will be sharing a fun guide to her home city of Louisville, KY. I was lucky enough to visit Louisville back in 2015- and I hope to go back someday for the Kentucky Derby! Enjoy Nicole's recommendations. A new guest post from another blogger I love will be live tomorrow! - xoxo Annaliese 

Hi Southern Belle in Training readers! My name is Nicole & I blog at What Nicole Wore, an affordable fashion and lifestyle blog. I've been running What Nicole Wore for four years now where I share my favorite outfits, beauty products, and life tips. You can find me on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter as well.  Thank you to Annaliese for allowing me to take over today and share a weekend guide of what to do in my hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. This post may contain affiliate and/or referral links. I may receive a small commission, at no extra cost to you, if you complete a purchase through this post. Thank you for your support of What Nicole Wore.

Looking for your next road trip destination? Kentucky blogger, What Nicole Wore, shares why Louisville, Kentucky should be on your list. // lauren james dress, affordable fashion blogger, sorority recruitment outfit ideas

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July 22, 2019

GUEST POST by Heather Bien: Burying the Bourbon in Charlottesville.


      Happy Monday from Maine! I'm taking the week off from the blog and blog related social media while I enjoy my vacation at home, but I have some fabulous bloggers guest posting for me in my absence. First up is Heather! I absolutely adore her blog. Heather was married here in the Charlottesville area in December 2018, and will be re-sharing a post from her own blog about a Southern tradition she incorporated into her big day! Stay tuned later this week for more fun guest posts! - xoxo Annaliese

Hi! I'm Heather Bien and I'm so excited to kick off Annaliese's week of guests posts! I'm a lifestyle blogger and writer based in Washington, DC. You can find me on my blog, www.heatherbien.com, on Instagram, @hmbien. At the moment, if you follow along with me, you'll going to find lots of home content (my husband and I just bought a condo on the main level of an 1880 rowhouse on Capitol Hill in Washington!), travel covering everything from easy getaways in the mid-Atlantic to trips abroad, and lifestyle, including entertaining and all things career and blogging. You'll also catch me on sites, including The Everygirl, where I love sharing my thoughts on personal development, relationships, and more.


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July 19, 2019

On Going Home...

     After work this afternoon I'm headed to the airport, and I'll get to spend 10 days at home in Maine for my summer vacation. I have a few personal thoughts/ramblings to share about my trip home that I wanted to share today- I know that y'all usually enjoy my more personal blog posts.


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July 17, 2019

Midweek Ramblings.


{Delilah being so cute earlier this week! Follow me on social media @miss_alk!}

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July 15, 2019

Relationship Monday: 10 Great Things About Being Single in Your 20s.

     Last year was the year that I truly fell in love with life as a single 20-something woman! Loving my single life doesn't mean that I still don't desire to fall in love and get married in the future- but what it does mean is that I'm truly content in the season of life that I'm in, and excited about what's still to come while it's just me, myself and I! I wrote a blog post last year titled "How I Fell in Love with Being Single", and today's blog post is kind of the one year follow up to that!


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July 12, 2019

Things I've Bought Before in This Year's Nordstrom Sale + HONEST Sale Thoughts!

     I know you're probably already sick of hearing about the Nordstrom Sale before I even begin this post... but here we go! I have been shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (NSale) since 2014, when I purchased my first pair of Tory Burch riding boots, which was also my first-ever "big girl" designer purchase! That will still always be a special memory. 😊 I do think the Nordstrom Sale can be a great time to pull the trigger on a designer item that you might have been saving up for awhile on, or to get a few basic pieces for the upcoming fall season. However- do I think it's the greatest sale ever? NO! Do I think a lot of the items featured are very "basic" (especially in the 2019 sale)? YES! 

     You won't be seeing any massive NSale try-ons from me, or a giant haul of what I purchased- because a.) I only bought two things this year and b.) I didn't pay for two day shipping. What will you be seeing in this blog post? Well- I'll be sharing the two things I did get! And also highlighting items that are already in my closet from past years' NSales that I really liked and wear often, that are included in the sale again this year! I hope my perspective will be a little more authentic and unique than a lot of other bloggers are doing. 


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July 10, 2019

Midweek Ramblings.



{A beautiful summer day in Richmond a couple weekends ago! Follow me on social media @miss_alk}

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July 9, 2019

Easy Summer Lilly Dress.

     So excited to share this darling Lilly Pulitzer Margot dress with you today! This dress is simple but chic, and ideal for quickly throwing on during a hot and humid summer day. Also- be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post!! Only a few more days left to enter to win a great prize from myself and other bloggers (you get a free entry for following me on Instagram!).

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July 8, 2019

Relationship Monday: Things to Remember After a BAD First Date.

     Time for another Relationship Monday post! Thank you all for your kind comments and DMs after last Monday's post about using dating apps. It is so fun to hear y'all's thoughts whenever I share my own views and experiences on dating and singleness, and I'm so glad last week's post resonated with a lot of y'all! Today I'm chatting about something that can often happen when using dating apps (or not as well!) - having a bad first date, and things to do and remember after one.

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July 3, 2019

Making Your Summer Adventures Happen with Popchips!

Today's blog post is sponsored by Babbleboxx.com on behalf of Popchips. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Southern Belle in Training! 

     
     Want to know two things I love that both happen to start with the letter "S"? Snacks and summer! I know I can't be alone in loving both of those. 😊In today's blog post I'm excited to share more about my new favorite summer snacks, Popchips and Nutter Puffs, and I'm also chatting a bit about how I try to make the most of my summers since being a full-time working adult, and still accomplish goals during summer months! Suns out. Snacks out.

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July 2, 2019

All White Outfit for Summer + Giveaway!

    There are a few specific fashion items and trends that just scream summer. Flip flops, bright Lilly Pulitzer prints, and seersucker to name a few... but another thing that makes me think of the warmest months of the year is a chic all white outfit! Whether that's an LWD or white separates, there is something so summery about that type of outfit. I'm sharing my take on all white for summer today, as well as a fun giveaway with other bloggers!


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July 1, 2019

Relationship Monday: Why I'm Glad I Gave Dating Apps Another Try.

     Happy Monday and happy July! I've been sharing different monthly series blog posts on Tuesdays of each month this year, but for July the monthly series will be on Mondays- I'll be sharing a new Relationship Monday post each week this month! I've always enjoyed writing these in the past, and I haven't shared any in the last several months which means I have lots of post ideas now! I thought I would kick things off by taking a little dive into why my views on dating apps have shifted again in 2019. 


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June 28, 2019

What I Wore to Work: June 2019

     I feel like I blinked and the month of June flew by. Happy summer y'all! My work outfits are always more colorful and fun in the warmer months, so I'm excited to share mine from this month in today's post. National Wear Your Lilly Day fell on June 21st this year, and I wore Lilly for a whole week to work leading up to that. If you're new to my work outfit recaps, I share outfit details for all of these on my LiketoKnow.It page, instead of linking each photo here! I also share my top fashion items from the month at the end of the post. 


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June 27, 2019

Summer 2019 Q&A + Life Update.

    A couple times a year I enjoy sharing updated Q&A posts on the blog! You guys always send me such fun and creative questions to answer, and it's a fun way to share a little more about myself on here. As always, I loved the questions for my summer Q&A! I also got a lot of questions regarding a life update that I shared in this blog post, and I'll address all of those similar questions with a little update at the end of the post. So grab your glass of wine or a hot beverage of choice- and let's chat!


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June 26, 2019

Midweek Ramblings.


{A snapshot from weekend brunch at a new restaurant in Charlottesville! Follow me on social media @miss_alk}

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June 25, 2019

My 10 Summer Fashion Essentials.

     I did a poll on Instagram Stories last week to ask y'all's thoughts for upcoming blog post topics, and a post about sharing my summer fashion essentials was by far the most popular! I wear bright colors and bold patterns year round, but I can really kick it up a notch in the warm months. I love being able to wear sandals, dresses all the time (without tights!), and being able to pull out all of my cute "weekend" clothes like rompers and tank tops. While going through my closet recently, I realized that although I do own a ton of summer clothes, swimwear and accessories, there are certain things that I tend to really wear on repeat during this time of year. Some things that you've seen me wearing on the blog or Instagram often, and a couple things that I've probably never worn for blog photos! I wanted to round up these favorites for you today, in case your closet is still lacking anything for the warm months ahead! 


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June 24, 2019

Hot Pink Wedding Guest Dress.

     Mondays are better then they involve something hot pink, right?! I saw this fun hot pink peplum dress while browsing online last month, and I knew I wanted to style it as a wedding guest dress option for a fun summer wedding. I'm also sharing a few of my my favorite places to find semi-formal and formal dresses at, so that you'll be all set for dress shopping for any weddings or other events later this summer.

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June 21, 2019

National Wear Your Lilly Day 2019!

     Happy first day of summer, and more importantly happy National Wear Your Lilly Day to my fellow Lilly Pulitzer lovers! This is a holiday that I love to commemorate every year with a blog post, and I'm so excited to share this year's outfit with you. These pictures were taken by my photographer Kate in the vines at King Family Vineyards, which is my favorite local vineyard. It seemed very fitting to combine my love of Lilly Pulitzer with my love of Central Virginia Wineries!


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June 19, 2019

Midweek Ramblings.


{Enjoying an afternoon at Mount Ida Winery this past weekend! Follow me on social media @miss_alk}
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June 18, 2019

MY 10 ALL-TIME FAVORITE TV SHOWS.

   
     Time to talk one of my favorite subjects on the blog: favorite TV shows! For the past couple years, I've been writing a Fall TV Picks blog post at the beginning of the annual TV season. As much as I look forward writing that post each year, I realize that I've never done a post rounding up my absolute favorite TV shows. A few of these have been off the air for many years, so it's fun to have a place to round them all up together. All but one of these are available on popular streaming services, so if there's one you haven't seen it should be easy to find! Make sure you read to the end of the post- I'm also participating in a fun Rafflecopter giveaway with other bloggers today!


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June 17, 2019

Two Month Shopping Fast - Why I'm Doing It + Have I Stuck To It?

     Happy Monday Friends! I've mentioned in the past few Midweek Ramblings posts about how I am currently doing a two month shopping fast.  I wanted to give a little more explanation of that in today's blog post! I have done one month long shopping fasts a few times before and also blogged about that, but never one for two months.


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June 14, 2019

TRAVEL GUIDE: What to See & Do in Norfolk, VA

     I absolutely loved my weekend stay in the beautiful coastal city of Norfolk! After living in Charlottesville for over a year and barely hearing anyone talk about Norfolk, I'm convinced this is one of the most underrated cities in Virginia- possibly most underrated in  the South as a whole as well! I'm excited to recap everything that I got to experience in today's blog post- I already can't wait to go back again and discover even more. My friend Perrin accompanied me on this weekend trip to help capture the photographs featured in this post, and we both had nothing but good things to say about this beautiful city!

    Fun fact: I have been to Norfolk once before! My parents took me to Colonial Williamsburg for our family vacation in 2003. That was actually my very first trip to the South, and last trip until I went back in 2012 for college visits! We did a day trip to Norfolk during that vacation- and apparently the South clearly made enough of a good impression on me that I wanted to move there years later. πŸ˜‰I was really excited to come back to Norfolk as an adult!


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June 12, 2019

Midweek Ramblings.


{Saw these love locks on a bridge in Lynchburg this weekend! Follow me on social media @miss_alk}

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June 11, 2019

Why I Love Blue Light Glasses!

     Coming to you this Tuesday morning to chat about my favorite thing that I've discovered in 2019. It's not a yummy food item, it's not a new clothing designer, and it's not even a new favorite song that my radio station plays. It's...glasses! Blue light glasses to be specific. Friends- if you're unfamiliar with what blue light glasses are, let me gladly introduce you today!


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