Southern Belle in Training

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

November 24, 2023

Black Friday Sales 2023 + What I Plan to Buy

     Happy Black Friday!! Historically, this is one of my favorite days of the entire year. I went shopping at the mall every single year from 2007-2021 without fail. By 2021 I started to realize that I think my days of getting up early and braving the crowds were coming to an end, but I still really look forward to Black Friday shopping online of course! (As well as Small Business Saturday!) 

      Here's a list of all the deals from my favorite stores! I also am including a small business section too sine I have really grown to love Small Business Saturday. Stay tuned at the bottom too for what I am planning to purchase or have already purchased. 

     As always- I can't thank you enough for shopping through these affiliate links in my blog post! It means the world to have blog readers support my website simply by using my affiliate links.


November 21, 2023

We are ENGAGED!!!!!

       I cannot believe I get to share the most happy news of my life with you on the blog today! It did not feel real typing out the title for this blog post. (Yes, five exclamation points in the title were 100% necessary!)



November 15, 2023

Travel Diary: 48 Hours in St. Pete, FL

      Last weekend, I made a quick trip to Florida! It had been close to five years since I last saw my good friend from blogging, Gentry from Girl Meets Bow. Gentry is a Florida native, and I was excited to visit her home city of St. Pete, FL for the first time. 48 hours isn't nearly enough time to do everything that St. Pete has to offer, but Gentry did show me many of the local highlights! 


November 6, 2023

HOTEL GUIDE: Kimpton The Forum Hotel in Charlottesville, VA

      I recently got the chance to stay at Charlottesville's newest boutique hotel, Kimpton The Forum Hotel, located on the property of the University of Virginia. It's always great to be back in my former home city for a weekend, and I love keeping tabs on what's new in the area. The Forum has guest rooms with an air of modern luxury, and one of the best and most unique locations of any hotel in Charlottesville. The hotel was quite busy the weekend that I visited, and there was such a diverse clientele of guests. I saw business travelers, young families with children, older folks and lots of 20-30-something friend groups who looked like they were in town for weddings or UVA events. 

      I spent a fall weekend at The Forum with my good friend and fellow influencer Caroline Coleburn. Fun fact: Caroline and I met in Charlottesville almost five years ago when I was living and working there as a morning radio host, and she was a morning reporter for a local TV news station! I'm now doing radio in Virginia Beach, and Caroline is on TV in Richmond. It was extra special to visit my former city for a weekend with a special friend like Caroline who I met during my time there.


November 1, 2023

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