Southern Belle in Training

Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle Blog || Est. 2012 || Charlottesville, VA

November 18, 2019

GIFT GUIDE: Best Etsy Shops to Buy From.

     Kicking off this year's gift guides series with one that I'm especially excited about! Etsy is of course a great place to find really unique gifts that you wouldn't find in typical retailers, and it's a win-win as you're also supporting a small business in the process! However, Etsy can sometimes be kind of hit or miss with the customer service policies of a specific shop. Especially if it's a newer shop or one without a lot of reviews yet, you might not know what to expect!

    For my first gift guide of 2019, I'm sharing some fun Etsy shop items that I personally own, or have gifted to others for holidays past! 


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November 14, 2019

How Jazzercise is Helping Me Staying Fit When Traveling.

     Today's blog post is sponsored by Jazzercise. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Southern Belle in Training!     

Over the past year, I've enjoyed developing a fitness routine and prioritizing it in my weekly schedule. The one area that I was struggling with though was staying motivated with working out when I travel. I'm a huge enthusiast of weekend trips- so I'm usually out of town about one weekend a month (sometimes more!). Thanks to Jazzercise On Demand, it's now much easier for me to keep up with fitness when I'm on the go, and I can't wait to share more about it with you today!

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November 13, 2019

Midweek Ramblings.



{Got my hair done this week at Rituals Salon and Spa! Virginia friends: you can use code Annaliese20 for $20 salon or spa services here! Follow me on Instagram @miss_alk}
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November 12, 2019

Virginia Winery Review: 12 Ridges Vineyard.

     12 Ridges is a brand new Virginia vineyard that opened less than three months ago! It is one of the most unique ones that I've yet to visit, and I am already dreaming about my next visit back. I'm excited to share more about the perfect fall afternoon I had at 12 Ridges today!

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November 11, 2019

Why I Don't Use Instagram on Sundays.

     Confession time: I've been taking a weekly break from Instagram for the last year and a half or so, and it's been one of the best decisions I've ever made! 

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November 7, 2019

You Need This Chinoiserie Dress!

      Ever since I got this dress in the mail a few weeks ago, I have been dying to share it with y'all on the blog! The price point on it is amazing, and I am obsessed with the print of the fabric. Blue and white always makes for a classic outfit!

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November 6, 2019

Midweek Ramblings.



{Hiking at Hanging Rock State Park in North Carolina this past weekend with my friend Liane! Follow me on Instagram @miss_alk}
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November 4, 2019

Indoor Activities I Love in Fall/Winter.

     This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TeaProudly #CollectiveBias #FallForBenefitsTea

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October 31, 2019

The Purrfect Couples Costume... For You and Your Cat!

Happy Halloween!! I've been anxiously awaiting share my costume for this year with y'all... because it features my cat Delilah! Truly the purrfect couples costume, right? 

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October 29, 2019

What I Wore to Work: October 2019.

     It's already nearing the end of October, which means time to share this month's work outfits! This was an interesting month for what I wore M-F. First and foremost because the Virginia weather is so unpredictable at this time of year. We had about a solid week earlier in the month of record breaking heat in the mid-90s, but then it has seriously cooled down as the month went on. I re-wore some favorite summer outfits one last time, and also began wearing more fall clothes!

     All of these outfits are linked individually on my LiketoKnow.It page! Thanks for reading!

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October 28, 2019

Midi Skirt with Sneakers: The 2019 Trend I'm On Board With.

     The older I get, I feel like the less likely I am to try certain trends. In high school and college, I was all about it. I knew that I loved wearing bright colors and fun prints, but I didn't have much of a sense of my personal style yet aside from that.  Now I'm pretty selective about trying new trends- I don't feel pressured anymore to try ones that aren't something I'd wear if they weren't "in." Today's post though features one big 2019 trend that I'm glad I have finally come around and embraced: midi skirts with sneakers!


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October 24, 2019

I Tried Beautycounter: My Unbiased and Honest Review!

     If you've been hearing a lot of buzz about a skincare and makeup brand called Beautycounter, and are curious what the hype is, today's blog post will break down everything for you! I'm not a Beautycounter consultant myself, nor am I being paid to share positive reviews (I was gifted these products but this isn't a sponsored collaboration!). I just wanted to test out these products that have been getting a lot of hype, and after testing them write a truly honest blog post review- which is exactly what's here in today's blog post!

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October 23, 2019

Midweek Ramblings.


{Went to my first UVA football game on Saturday! Follow me on social media @miss_alk}
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October 21, 2019

Signs It Might Be Time to Leave Your Job.

     I am so fortunate to currently have a job that I dreamed about as a little girl: being a radio host. That dream got a bit more specific once I entered broadcasting school after college, when I specifically wanted to be a morning radio host. At age 24, that dream came true! I've been a morning show co-host for almost a whole year, and my job is just as fun and enjoyable as I always hoped it would be.
     However, my start in the radio world was far from being my dream job. Things got so bad at my first full-time radio job that I actually considered quitting broadcasting altogether, and moving back home with my parents temporarily to figure out my life and find some other sort of full time job. Yikes!! I am so thankful that I gave radio another chance with a different station and company (and never had to move back home ๐Ÿ˜…), but I sure did come close to giving everything up, because I was in such a bad spot. My feelings of desperation were all due to the fact that my first job was such a miserable experience, for a variety of reasons. Today I'm going to share some observations and warnings from my first job that helped me make the decision to leave and find a new one! While the radio industry can be very specific and unique, a lot of the things I was dealing with could happen in a variety of jobs, so I hope this post will be applicable to those in all different industries!
     

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October 17, 2019

Life Changes I've Made for My Faith.

     Despite the fact that my Christian faith is one of the biggest parts of my life, I don't often write about faith topics in depth on the blog. I often let my insecurities get the best of me in this area of life, and tell myself that I'm unqualified to speak so publicly on Christian topics. I also know that a lot of you who read here don't share my religious views- and I always want Southern Belle in Training to be a place where all feel welcomed (and hopefully I can share my faith with you in a loving and not pushy way). Anyways, the idea to do this blog post has been on my heart for a good few months now, so I'm finally pushing through my nerves and just doing it! This is a pretty personal post but hopefully it'll make you think and maybe consider some things about your own faith journey.


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October 16, 2019

Midweek Ramblings.


{Had to grab a slice of my favorite cheesecake while in Richmond this weekend! Follow me on social media @miss_alk}
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October 15, 2019

Charleston SC Travel Diary - Part 2

     Last week I shared my own Travel Diary from my recent Charleston trip! Today I'm turning things over to my friend Priyanka, who was my travel companion. Since I was in Charleston for a friend's wedding, those festivities kept me pretty busy and I didn't get to explore as much as Priyanka did. Since she got to see more of Charleston than I did on this trip, I wanted her to be able to share her additional travel recommendations with y'all! In addition to some of the more popular touristy spots, Priyanka also discovered a lot that was off the beaten path. She kindly wrote up this awesome recap and also sent over some photos she took- so I'm sharing that as the second part of my Charleston Travel Diary today!

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October 14, 2019

FALL HAUL: Amazon + J. Crew Factory Try-On.

     Mondays are better with a little virtual shopping, right? The number one thing that I was requested to do more of on my blog from my last reader survey was to do more try-on hauls! To be perfectly honest- I don't always love watching when other bloggers share these on their Instagram Stories. I'd personally rather read a blog post seeing photos of an outfit all styled rather than dressing room like videos of it. That's just me though! ๐Ÿ˜ŠClearly y'all really do enjoy these. I'll never be the type of blogger who shares them weekly (or goodness forbid daily haha!), but my goal is to do some every couple months for y'all. 

     I've recently done a good bit of shopping at Amazon and J. Crew Factory (with one item from Walmart as well), so I wanted to share everything for y'all for easy fall shopping! I tried to make sure most of my purchases over the last month were versatile picks that could be styled many different ways for fall and winter. I think I did pretty well, and I think y'all will like these items too! 

    My sizing info: I am a size 4/6 (depends on clothing brand), 28 in jeans, and my height is 5'7. I normally wear a 9 in women's shoes but both pairs featured today I went down to an 8.5

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October 10, 2019

Wearing Lilly Pulitzer in Charleston.

     After Labor Day, I generally put away some of my warmest weather Lilly Pulitzer pieces. It often stays warm here in the South well into October, but I prefer to start wearing things that are in slightly more fall colors than a lot of my bright and neon colored Lilly. My recent trip to Charleston was a few weeks after Labor Day, but I broke my own rule and brought along one of my new shift dresses from the recent After Party Sale!

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October 8, 2019

Afternoon at Glenmore Country Club.

    I've lived in Charlottesville for a year and a half now, and I still feel like there are so many new-to-me places to be discovered. For a fairly small city, Charlottesville and Albemarle County sure have a lot to offer! I recently made my first visit to a local country club. My friend Tyler is the Events Manager for Glenmore Country Club, and she invited me out one afternoon a few weeks ago to take some blog photos at her favorite spots indoors and outdoors around the club! I'm finally sharing these photos with you today, and I especially love the dress I wore. 

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October 7, 2019

Charleston SC Travel Diary - Part 1.

     I'm so excited to be sharing more about my recent long weekend trip to Charleston, South Carolina! Charleston is an extremely popular tourist destination- not only with the Southern states that are fairly close by, but with visitors from all over the US and the world! This historic and beautiful Southern city has a lot of unique attractions and world class food- and I was so excited to explore. The main reason for my trip was to attend my friend Eddrinia's wedding, but I still had a lot of fun seeing (and eating) my way through Charleston when I wasn't at the wedding events! Prior to this, I had been to Charleston once before for The Blog Societies conference in 2016, but I didn't get to explore much on that trip.

    I'm doing this post Travel Diary style instead of Travel Guide because a.) I feel like there are many bloggers or travel experts that are way more qualified to share in depth about Charleston than I am, and b.) it was mainly a personal vacation and not a blog content trip. But with that said I still wanted to share some of the photos I took and my favorite spots visited. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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October 3, 2019

The Most Awkward Situation I've Ever Had as a Blogger.

     I celebrated 7 years of blogging last month, and in that time-frame there have been so many incredible moments and memories that I've had. I've been lucky enough to partner with so many wonderful brands and companies over the years, and even formed long-lasting business relationships with a few. It's only natural though that there have also been some blog opportunities that didn't turn about to be as positive as I envisioned. A couple weeks ago I had to deal with an unexpected awkward situation with a blogging collaboration, so I wanted to share today how I handled it! And share one of my favorite outfits that I wore on my Charleston trip last week as well. 


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October 2, 2019

Midweek Ramblings.





{At Foxfield this past weekend! Follow me on Instagram @miss_alk}
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October 1, 2019

One Year of Being a Cat Mom!

    One year ago today, I adopted my cat Delilah, and got to bring her home! October 1st is her "Gotcha" day, and I figured a full year of cat ownership finally deserved a dedicated post all about Delilah and being a pet mom. Stay tuned as well for tons of adorable photos- I take so many cute photos of her each day that it was honestly hard to narrow it down to just favorites!


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September 30, 2019

What I Wore to Work: September 2019.

     It's the last day of September, so it's time yet again to share my work outfits from the month! September ended up being a very hot month in Virginia overall, so I was still re-wearing a lot of favorite summer work outfits. Also a disclaimer in advance that this month only has about half the amount of work OOTDs that I usually share! The first week of the month my mirror was still completely packed in bubble wrap from moving, and then I had a couple days off of work for my Charleston trip as well.

     If you're new to my workwear posts- instead of linking below each photo, I have all of these outfits shared on my LiketoKnow.it page! Just check that out if you're curious about anything. 


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September 29, 2019

Renter Friendly Apartment Decor: How I Added a Polka Dot Border Wall.

     Happy Sunday!! I asked on Instagram Stories yesterday if y'all would rather see this post today or at the end of next week (since I don't usually do blog posts on the weekends). The answer was overwhelmingly to post it today, so here we go! I'm so excited to be sharing a review and tutorial for using these renter-friendly wall decals, and more info about the Etsy shop that sells them!


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September 26, 2019

Colorful and Preppy Early Fall Look + Summer Bucket List Recap.

     It definitely doesn't feel like the first week of fall in Virginia this week- as the temperatures have been back in the mid-high 80s. A couple weeks ago we had a little taste of fall weather though- it got all the way down to the low 70s. Today I wanted to share this outfit that I wore during those cooler days, and I also wanted to recap my summer bucket list for this year- I was curious to see how many goals I accomplished!

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September 25, 2019

Midweek Ramblings.


{In Charleston this weekend with my friend Priyanka! Follow me on social media @miss_alk}
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September 24, 2019

SO... I Colored My Hair!

     Hello friends! I'm back after a mini blogging break during my trip to Charleston. Getting back into blogging this week by chatting HAIR! This year, I decided to give myself a birthday present! It's something that I have wanted to do for a long time, but was always too nervous to pull the trigger on or I didn't feel that I was at a place financially to invest in doing it well. But enough was enough, time to finally take the plunge on coloring my hair

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September 18, 2019

Midweek Ramblings.


{How cute is Delilah?! Can't believe I've had her for almost a year now. Follow me on social media @miss_alk!}

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September 17, 2019

Fall 2019 Travel Plans!

     I leave tomorrow afternoon for a fun long weekend trip, and I have a few more travel plans coming up in the next couple months. The last time I wrote a blog post like this about upcoming travels, it was pretty well received. So I wanted to fill y'all in today on where I'm headed throughout this fall!


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September 16, 2019

Lilly Pulitzer for Girl's Night Out.

    Happy Monday Friends! It has still been pretty warm outside most days in Virginia, so it feels appropriate to share one final summery outfit featuring a cute Lilly Pulitzer top. 

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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. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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... ๐Ÿ’—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! ๐Ÿ˜‰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?! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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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? ๐Ÿ˜‰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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