Southern Belle in Training

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

September 24, 2020

Family Photos 2020.

      Last month, my parents and I did something together that was very overdue. We had professional family photos taken for the first time since... wait for it...2007! We just got the final photos back this week, so sadly they weren't ready yet when I wrote my recap blog post for this trip home. But that just means they needed their own blog post, which you're getting today! 😊


September 23, 2020

Midweek Ramblings.


{A snap from a fun Instagram campaign a few weeks ago! Follow me on Instagram @miss_alk}


September 22, 2020

Travel Diary: Maine's Prettiest Views at Quill Hill.

     This summer, I found what I'm pretty certain is the most stunning mountain view in my home state of Maine. I'm going to go so far as to even say this might be the prettiest view in the whole state- mountains or not! And that's coming from someone who is in love with the gorgeous beaches and ocean coastline in Maine. Please allow me to introduce you to the heaven on earth that is Quill Hill! 


September 21, 2020

Lessons From A Birthday Identity Crisis.

     Let's start this week off with a confession: I woke up on my birthday a few weeks ago having a full blown identity crisis. It was unexpected in the moment for sure! But I'm thankful for the reflections that it's lead me to have since- and I wanted to share a few with you today. 


September 17, 2020

Lilly Pulitzer Work From Home Outfit.

     Let's chat about bright and cozy outfits for working from home! Before getting too far into today's post, let me say I'm fully aware that I'm a weird exception in that I haven't worked at home for my day job at all this year.  (Yes- even in the height of shutdowns back in March and April, I was still going to the radio station M-F!)  But despite the fact that I haven't actually worked at home, I have spent a ton more time at home this year! And I now do all of my blog work from home (since coffee shops and the library still aren't an option again), so I guess I am 100% WFH for the blog. 😊I'm excited to team up with some of my blogger friends today as we all share Lilly Pulitzer inspired casual work from home outfits!


September 16, 2020

Midweek Ramblings.

{Views from Barboursville Vineyard this weekend! Follow me on Instagram @miss_alk}

September 14, 2020


      The Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale kicks off today! Below you'll find a list of my favorite sale picks in various categories, and I'm also sharing what I purchased this time around. 😊


September 12, 2020

LILLY PULITZER AFTER PARTY SALE: Fall 2020 Sale Info + This Year's Top Lilly Posts

     The wait is almost over! The Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale is kicking off on Monday- what a great way to conclude the summer season. Today I'm sharing all the details, the items I'll be looking for in this sale, and rounding up favorite Lilly blog posts from this past year. 


September 11, 2020

101 in 1001: 1 Year Update

     I can't believe it's been a full year since I shared my first 101 in 1001 bucket list on the blog! (I started last September on my 25th birthday.) If you're unfamiliar with the 101 in 1001 concept, it was made popular by blogger Mackenzie of Design Darling! You make a bucket list with 101 items in different categories, and try to accomplish as many as you can in 1001 days. I've decided to do updates every six months- you can check out my March 2020 update (published right before COVID) in this blog post


September 9, 2020

September 7, 2020

8 Life Lessons From 8 Years of Blogging.

     Yesterday marked eight years of blogging here at Southern Belle in Training! Eight years... this is a weird analogy but that means if my blog was a child, it would be a third grader this year. Insane! I still can't believe that something I started as a hobby as a college freshman is still such a big part of my life today. 


September 4, 2020

Summer 2020 Maine Travel Diary.

     It was the highlight of my summer to get to spend a week home to Maine a few weeks ago. After the crazy and uncertain year that is 2020, I will never take trips back to my hometown for granted, ever again. I don't have a full Travel Guide to share today... just a personal Travel Diary with some photos from a special week, and a few thoughts and memories!


September 3, 2020

Golden Goose Dupe Sneakers (That I CAN'T Stop Wearing!)

     Another plot twist of 2020? It's the year I fell back in love with wearing sneakers- for non-athletic purposes that is! For the past several years, wearing sneakers solely for fashion hasn't really been my thing. If I wasn't working out or doing something with a lot of walking, I wouldn't have been wearing them. I definitely think it's the rise in popularity for Golden Goose sneakers over the past year that's had me reconsidering wearing sneakers more often again. 
    I'm not sure if you've ever looked into buying Golden Goose sneakers, but they aren't cheap. (I'm honestly not sure there's a more overpriced shoe currently out there- I mean that!) The good news? I've found the most affordable pair of white star sneakers that are so great they deserved their own blog post today! Dare I say I think these are even cuter than Golden Goose? Plus they're on sale right now!!


September 2, 2020

Midweek Ramblings.

{Delilah showing off her new leash outside this weekend! Follow me on Instagram @miss_alk}

August 31, 2020

What I Wore to Work: August 2020.

     Time for another month of summer work outfits! As I do with most summer months, I wore a good amount of Lilly Pulitzer to work. I always miss wearing my Lilly regularly in the winter, so I try to take advantage of the work-friendly pieces that I have as much as I can in the warmer months. As always- you can find the specific details for each of these work outfits on my LikeToKnow.It profile! Also- there's a few less outfits this month than last since I had a week off this month. 😊


August 30, 2020

My Experience Flying During COVID-19.

      Last week, I flew to and from Maine. Obviously a global pandemic isn't the ideal time to be racking up frequent flyer points, but when it comes to things like seeing family or important 2020 life events (like small weddings or funerals), flying might still be your best transportation option. I know that before I flew, I was really nervous and didn't quite know what to expect as far as the airport went. I wanted to share my recent experience with you today! Hopefully if you're flying soon this might help you feel a little more prepared, and even if you're not you might still be curious what things are like right now (like I was!). 


August 26, 2020

Midweek Ramblings.

{Snapshot from my last beach day in Maine last week! Follow me on Instagram @miss_alk}

August 25, 2020

When I've Been Behind the Camera.

     Normally I'm in front of the camera all the time for the photography on this blog, but let's mix it up today. Time to take a look at the opportunities over the years that I've been behind the camera! 


August 24, 2020

Red, White and Blue Outfit - Not Just For July 4th!

     Hello and happy Monday! I'm back in Virginia from visiting my parents in Maine- let's just say my 3:30am alarm for work felt extra early today. But it's good to get back in the swing of things! Let's kick off this week with a summer outfit post- I gotta share my last few summer outfits soon because fall will be here before we know it. 


August 20, 2020

Radio 101: Radio "Dictionary" for National Radio Day

     Today (August 20th) is National Radio Day! This day always manages to creep up on me for the past few years, and I've never managed to celebrate this properly on the blog before. That's changing today! I'm sharing a radio "dictionary" of sorts- I thought it would be fun to share common, everyday words that have a different meaning for those of us who work in radio.


August 17, 2020

Vera Bradley Backpacks Review: Which Style is Best?

      Vera Bradley has managed to do what I thought was impossible: they've made me a backpack fan! They kindly gifted me two of their post popular backpack styles for a social media campaign a couple months ago, and I've been enjoying using them so much that I wanted to share the photos here as well and a review of both styles.

August 13, 2020

Self Tanner for the Girl That Doesn't Tan: Isle of Paradise Tanning Drops Review.

     Before this summer, I was convinced that my skin would never hold a warm summer glow. I was pale as could be for about 11 months of the year, and usually fighting off some sort of red sunburn for a few weeks in the summertime. But I've officially found a holy grail self tanner, it worked on me exactly how I wanted it to, and I couldn't be more pleased! Today I'm sharing all about my newfound obsession with Isle of Paradise Tanning Drops.


August 12, 2020

Midweek Ramblings.

{Silly Delilah keeping me company at home this weekend. Follow me on Instagram @miss_alk!}

August 10, 2020

What to Wear To Work When There's No Dress Code.

      Workplace dress codes can vary so much from office to office and industry to industry. There's the flexible and ever-popular business casual, to the conservative and esteemed business formal. It's fairly easy to find resources with suggestions on building your work wardrobe for the various dress codes. But what about when your workplace doesn't have a dress code? How do you dress each day? How much do you take advantage of the flexibility? 

     The two full-time jobs I've had in my adult life have something big in common: no dress code for the studios at either of them! That's pretty common for on-air folks in the radio industry. Since I've had a few years of practice of setting my own dress code, I wanted to share my tips with you today. As well as one of my favorite casual looks from this summer that would be a great for a more casual workplace!


August 7, 2020

Future House / Apt. Dreams.

     With all the unexpected extra time spent staying safer at home this year, I've found myself spending a lot more time dreaming about possible future homes. If I could be staying home this year in my absolute dream living space, what would that look like? It's always fun to dream big, especially in a year where dreams seem to help me cope better with the everyday. 


August 5, 2020

Midweek Ramblings.

{Beautiful views on a walk near downtown Charlottesville last week! Follow me on Instagram @miss_alk}

August 3, 2020

Relationship Monday: Single in a Pandemic.

     The idea for this blog post has been on my heart for a few months now, but I was hesitant to write it until I felt ready. Let's get real about the thoughts and feelings behind being single during the COVID-19 pandemic. 


July 31, 2020

What I Wore to Work: July 2020

     I can't believe summer is about halfway over now! What even is this year? The day move by so slowly, but the months are quickly blending together. Hopefully I'm not the only one who feels that way?

    I have slightly less work outfits to share for July than I have for the past few months. Part of that was because of some time off that I recently had from work, and there were also a few days this month I forgot to snap pictures of my outfits. It's been a really hot month in Virginia so the AC at work has been even colder than normal, so you'll also notice I wore more jeans to work this month than the last couple! During the hottest months of the year I'm always the coldest at work- funny how that is!


July 29, 2020

Midweek Ramblings.

{A snapshot of the most beautiful apartment building in Richmond that I spotted this weekend! Follow me on Instagram @miss_alk}

July 28, 2020

How I've Been Working Out During the Pandemic.

     2018 is the year I rediscovered my passion for fitness, and working out several times a week was a main priority in my life from then until the pandemic began in March. Having my fitness studio close and workout options suddenly become very limited was definitely a challenge for me this spring, but I've been powering through. 


July 24, 2020

Columbia SC Travel Diary

    I can't believe it's already been two months since I headed to Columbia, SC for Memorial Day Weekend this year! I wanted to write this blog post before it got too far into the future. Columbia is a cool little city that's so conveniently located to other notable places in the Carolinas. This most recent trip was my third time visiting the area, and I'm sure I might have other trips in the future as well! I don't feel like I know Columbia quite well enough to do a full Travel Guide (especially since I've only stayed with friends and never in any hotels there), but I did want to share the few recommendations I did have as reference for anyone who might be visiting in the future! 

    (At the time that I was in Columbia in May 2020, COVID-19 cases were still pretty low in the area. They've since increased significantly, and I probably wouldn't have gone if my trip was this month! Before making any out-of-state travel this year, make sure to check case numbers and local regulations of the place you'd like to visit. 😊)


July 22, 2020

Midweek Ramblings.

{I spent a couple days this week exploring the towns of Chesapeake Beach and North Beach in Maryland! Follow me on Instagram @miss_alk}

July 20, 2020

Much Needed Summer Pick Me Ups with Babbleboxx!

     This post is sponsored by Babbleboxx. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Southern Belle in Training!

     I have a new Babbleboxx to review today, and the theme is Summer Pick Me Ups. That couldn't have come at a more perfect time, right?! I think in Summer 2020 we all need a little extra pick me up. πŸ˜‰ There are some amazing products I got to review that I've been so excited to share with you.


July 15, 2020

Midweek Ramblings.

{Enjoyed a drink last Friday evening on the large patio of Kardinal Hall in Charlottesville! Follow me on Instagram @miss_alk}


July 13, 2020

Blogging FAQ: How I Balance Blogging & Working Full Time

     Let's talk today about balancing blogging and a full-time job! It isn't always easy, but if you set your mind to it you can definitely accomplish both for the longterm. I'll have been blogging for 8 years come September. For the first four years I was a full-time student, for the fifth year I balanced broadcasting school and a few part time jobs along with blogging, and finally for the past three years I've blogged and worked full-time in radio. So blogging has never been my main focus, and I've been able to continue doing it and adapt it based on my jobs, daily schedules, and places I've lived! 


July 10, 2020

#Influenced: Things I've Bought From Bloggers

     I'm very adamant about the fact that I prefer to be called a blogger instead of an influencer, but the truth is that bloggers do have influence! When I discover something I like, I want you to try it and like it too. Whether that's a fashion item, beauty product, travel destination, book to read... etc! 

     But even as a blogger myself, I still find myself influenced by others. There are certain bloggers whose recommendations I really trust and have bought from over the years. Today I thought it would be fun to round-up all of my blogger inspired purchases from recent years!


July 8, 2020

Midweek Ramblings.

{Enjoying a beautiful beach on the Chesapeake Bay this weekend! Follow me on Instagram @miss_alk}

July 7, 2020

TRAVEL GUIDE: Mathews VA + The Middle Peninsula

     I spent the 4th of July weekend this year in Mathews, Virginia. Mathews is both the name of the county and the main town in the area. Mathews County is actually the second smallest county in the state, and the entire surrounding area has a quintessential small town slow pace of life. While this isn't a destination that would normally be on my summer radar, it was the perfect place to safely escape to for a few days during COVID-19. This county has had one of the lowest case counts in the entire state, and I felt extremely safe traveling and visiting there due to the natural social distancing that comes from being in a more rural place. 

    I wanted to get this Travel Guide up as quickly as possible, so that there's still a few more months of warm weather left for fellow Virginians (or those from neighboring states) to plan their own escape here to enjoy the relaxing pace of life and beautiful sights. Let's get to it! 


July 3, 2020

4th of July Weekend 2020 - Sales to Shop!

     Happy 4th of July weekend! Yet another holiday coming and going during the pandemic... but we have no control over that. All we can do is celebrate America the best ways we know how this weekend (while being socially distanced from large groups and as safe as possible)! 

    It has been a tough first half of 2020 in the US, and not just because of COVID-19. There has been political turmoil for the election year, the horrific murder of George Floyd and the deserved outrage that followed, unemployment levels skyrocketing nationwide (I guess that one is due to COVID)... my point is things haven't been easy this year for a lot of reasons. There's still so much work for all of us to do going forward into the second half of the year! But with all that said, on this 4th of July weekend I am still so proud to be an American. We still have so many freedoms and rights here in this country that so many people in oppressive nations around the world would give their lives to have, and I don't ever want to take that for granted.

    I saw this mural when I was in Columbia, SC a few weeks ago, and I thought I would save the photo to post for this weekend. May God Bless America! πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ


July 1, 2020

Midweek Ramblings.

{Delilah's lazy summer is off to a great start! πŸ˜‚ Follow me on Instagram @miss_alk}


June 30, 2020

What I Wore to Work: June 2020 (+ Lilly Sale Picks!)

     Sharing all of June's work outfits today! LOTS of Lilly Pulitzer looks this month as National Wear Your Lilly Day was last week. 😊 Speaking of Lilly- sharing some picks for the sale that's still going on at the end of the post! 


June 29, 2020

Home Decor for Geography Lovers: Meet Honey + Hank.

     I am so excited to introduce you today to one of my new favorite small businesses: Honey + Hank! This brand is turning a love for American geography into the most gorgeous home decor items. 


June 26, 2020

Travel in the Time of Coronavirus.

     Travel content has been few and far between on my blog and Instagram since mid-March, because of an elephant in the room that starts with the letter C. I'm sure that a lot of you are in the same boat as me right now- itching for a change of scenery and a summer vacation outside of your city, but also a bit anxious and uncertain about what that could look like while being safe. The CDC guidelines and your state guidelines are an important place to start when it comes to travel plans, but what about day trips? In-state overnight trips at an Airbnb? Further road trips? Potentially flying? 

   I'm sharing thoughts on all things travel today: what trips I've had cancelled, the precautions I took for my Memorial Day Weekend trip, what trips I have coming up, and what I personally feel comfortable doing travel-wise for the rest of the year. 


June 24, 2020

Midweek Ramblings.

{Giving away a pair of these gorgeous earrings on my Instagram here- you have until Friday to enter! Follow me on Instagram @miss_alk}


June 22, 2020

National Wear Your Lilly Day 2020.

     Saturday was the first day of summer, and that also meant it was National Wear Your Lilly Day! COVID-19 might've cancelled a lot of things this year, but Lilly lovers coming together to wear their favorite brand wasn't one of them. πŸ˜‰


June 19, 2020

5 Reasons I Decided to Lease My New Car.

    Yesterday marked one month since I drove my new car home! My old car reached the end of its life last month- it got to the point where it was more expensive to fix it than the total value of the vehicle. After many conversations with my parents, coworkers and friends, a lot of Consumer Reports reading, several dealer visits and test drives... I officially became a lessee on May 18th, 2020. It's only been one month of leasing so far so I can't speak for how I'll feel about it in a year or two from now, but for the time being I've had a fantastic experience and believe this was 100% the right decision for where I am financially, my driving habits, and my general preferences on cars. If you're planning to get a new vehicle soon or in a bit of a pinch and getting one unexpectedly like I was, here's why I think you should consider a lease:


June 17, 2020

Midweek Ramblings.

{Enjoying Polo at King Family Vineyards with some extra precautions this weekend! Follow me on Instagram @miss_alk}

June 16, 2020

Blogging FAQ: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About + rewardStyle.

     You've seen it tagged in Instagram captions for years now, you've heard about the app and maybe even downloaded it yourself...but what exactly is! If you're not a blogger yourself or don't follow a ton of bloggers on Instagram, I can imagine that you might be kind of confused on what exactly is, how it works, and what it means for you as an Instagram follower or online shopper. I'm going to try to to break it all down and explain it as simply as I can.


June 12, 2020

5 Must-Watch Bollywood Movies for Americans.

     One thing you might not know about me? I'm a huge fan of Bollywood movies! Back in March and April when we were all staying home and running out of things to watch on TV, I first got the idea to do a blog post with some of my Bollywood recommendations. Time got away from me a bit and I'm publishing this a bit later than I thought I would, but better late than never right? Get ready to discover your new favorite film genre.


June 10, 2020

Midweek Ramblings.

{So glad to be back a winery with friends this weekend... first time in many months! Follow me on Instagram @miss_alk} 
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