Southern Belle in Training

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

May 26, 2023

Memorial Day Weekend Sales 2023 + Recent Purchases.

      For the past couple of years, I've been shopping a lot less regularly than I used to for clothes, shoes and accessories. Partly because I finally have a good grasp on my personal style in my late 20s and don't make as many impulse fashion purchases anymore. And also, for trying to be more financially smart in all areas of spending (and cutting down on unnecessary fashion purchases is any easy way to do that). 

      I have still added some new pieces to my wardrobe throughout this spring. But almost everything has either been marked down to a good sale price, from a retailer that I had a gift card to, or found secondhand at a local consignment store. Since Memorial Day Weekend is such a big time for sales, I wanted to share links to some of the purchases that I've made in the last few months, as well as some sales this weekend at some of my favorite retailers!


May 24, 2023

The *BEST* DIY Nail Product I've Tried: Dashing Diva Glaze.

       It's been four years since I became an enthusiast of DIY manicures and ditched my costly monthly visits to nail salons. And I've never looked back! I first discovered ImPRESS press-on nails in 2019 and became obsessed. I then started playing around with different brands of nail polish wraps in 2021, and enjoyed incorporating those into my manicure routines when I wasn't using ImPRESS. Even though I had definitely found a variety of nail products that I did enjoy using at home, I kept feeling like there still might be something better out there for truly long-lasting DIY nails. And I was right! In 2022 I discovered the Dashing Diva Glaze UV Gel Nail Polish Wraps, and they are without a doubt the best nail product I've ever used. This is the magical unicorn product that I was searching for when it comes to doing manicures myself! It's about time I gave them a full review here on the blog.


May 9, 2023

101 in 1001 List: 6 Month Update

      It's now been over six months since I kicked off my latest 101 in 1001 bucket list! I like doing check-ins a couple times a year to see how many goals I've managed to accomplish, and to plan which ones I'd like to tackle next. I am proud of how many I've knocked off in the first six months. Definitely a strong start I think!


May 4, 2023

May 1, 2023

Relationship Monday: Our First (Dating) Anniversary Recap.

       I've got a different type of Relationship Monday post for you today!! Ryan and I celebrated one year of dating on April 24th. I thought it would be fun to share a little recap of how we celebrated, as it involved a fun day trip that I hope we can make an annual tradition!

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