February 27, 2017

Easy and Chic Workwear Outfit.

All items in this outfit are restyled from my closet, similar picks linked for all:

     Another request that I received in my reader survey was to start sharing more workwear and business casual outfits. (Again y'all- just gonna say, if you're a blogger and haven't done a reader survey, do one ASAP! I learned SO much from it!) Anyways, I thought that this was a great suggestion, and here is a workwear inspired outfit today! 

      I'm at a very exciting place in life where I'm about to finish my education (for good!) and begin my career, so I'm beginning to think a lot about building my professional wardrobe. With that said, it can be costly to start building one! Definitely something that is easier to do over time than all at once. To help out my fellow new graduates who are also on a budget and just starting to build a work wardrobe, I wanted to show you that it's totally possible to create some work appropriate outfits with things that you already have. 

     The white and black striped top that I'm wearing is a closet staple for me! I wear it year round, styled many different ways (see it worn casually in this blog post!). I realized how easy it was for me to pair it with a red blazer and pencil skirt to dress it up. This skirt is also an item that I wear lots... you might recognize it from one of the more exciting outfits that I've worn on the blog- what I wore when I had the chance to attend a NYFW show last September! I challenge you to take a look in your closet and see what items you already own, and how you can pair things differently to make work outfits!

      I apologize that things have been a little quieter than usual on my blog and social media (although I have been trying my best to keep up with Instagram!). Those of you who are my real life friends/Facebook friends know the big news already... 😉 I'm still waiting a little bit longer to share what all is going on here on the blog. It's a BIG announcement, and I want to make sure that I'm able to announce it in the best way! There's also a lot going on behind-the-scenes with it.... so for the next month, blogging might not get to be my #1 priority. And in addition to that BIG thing, my mom and I are going on a super huge and very last minute international vacation! So much craziness happening right now. Anyways- I hope to be able to share everything soon! 

     xoxo Annaliese 

February 22, 2017

Midweek Ramblings + Recent Purchases + Current Wishlist.

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  • Big things coming soon! That's all I can say for right now.... but God is GOOD and BIG CHANGES are happening for me. ☺️ I'll share more as soon as I can!
  • In this week's weird news... I read a lot of entertainment and weird news headlines early on weekdays mornings as apart of the prep work I do for my morning radio internship. This week, one of the weirdest stories that I've read yet while interning came across my computer screen! This Nevada man says that he runs his own mini nation... say what? Read all about it here- this story fascinated me and I had to stop reading it so I could finish my work for the day, haha! 
  • Workshop! This weekend I have the really cool opportunity to teach a Social Media 101 workshop for other students (and even a few staff members) at my broadcasting school! I by no means call myself an expert in blogging or social media and I'm always looking to learn more about these platforms, but as many of my classmates are just beginning their journeys into the social media world, I am so excited to share with them some of the skills that I have picked up over the past few years with running my blog! If you have any links to articles or blog posts with great advice or tips with anything relate to social media, please leave them in a comment on this post or send them my way! I'd love to include a resource list for everyone coming to the workshop. I never thought that I'd have this type of opportunity in broadcasting school, so I'm really excited for it! 


  • The bridesmaids in the wedding that I'm in later this spring have to wear nude pumps with our dresses, and I figured it was time to upgrade to a fresh pair! My previous nude pumps are a few years old, and a shoe like this is such a wardrobe staple. These are the ones I went with- I found them in a department store on sale for 30% off! 
  • My lips have been exceptionally chapped this winter. I deal with chapped lips on the regular, but what I've been experiencing lately is pretty unreal. I've tried just about every variety of Chapstick and a lot of other drugstore lip products, but nothing was helping. While on a Target run, I spotted this lip product in a pharmacy aisle which I hadn't seen before, and I decided to give it a try. Y'ALL. GAME CHANGER. I haven't had chapped lips at all since I started using it a couple weeks ago! It's under $5 and I don't think I'll ever go without it again. 


  • Ugh y'all. Lots on my wishlist right now. This darling dress under $35 and absolutely the prettiest for spring. I might be ordering this ASAP.
  • These pretty floral heels have me dreaming about all of my favorite things about spring (and under $30!)
  • I'm rarely a fan of pleats in clothing pieces but this skirt might be changing my mind about that!
  • This jacket is on sale and I LOVE the green color.

     My question for y'all this week: what are you looking forward to in the month of March? And again- please share any links with me to your favorite social media resources! Have a great Wednesday!

     xoxo Annaliese

February 20, 2017

8 Best Affordable Lipsticks.

Photography by Deeana Kourtney Photography

     My love for makeup runs almost as deep as my passion for fashion- true story! It dawned on me recently though that beauty isn't a topic that I blog about very often at all, and I'm hoping to change that. I'm not really sure why it's something I don't blog about often... maybe because when I'm looking for information about beauty products or a certain type of makeup tutorial it is something I'll definitely seek out, but on an average day I would personally rather read about fashion or lifestyle on someone else's blog. But it doesn't mean that I don't still love it- if that makes sense?! Haha. So here's to adding in more beauty posts on my blog!

    I thought a good place to start with the beauty posts would be with sharing about my tried and true lipsticks. There are certain beauty products that I prefer to splurge on, but in all honestly lip products are not one of them. (I do have one beloved Chanel lip gloss which I feel very fancy every time that I wear, but that's about the exception. 😉) There are so many great drugstore cosmetic brands, and I think that lip products are one of the best makeup items to buy at a drugstore price point. Of course not every affordable cosmetic brand makes great lipsticks- some aren't well pigmented, and some can really dry out your lips. But there are also some true winners that are both great on the lips and great for the wallet! As you can probably tell from the pictures, my favorite shades for daily wear are variations of muted berries and pinks. I do wear nudes, reds and bright shades for blog photos or special events sometimes, but the lipsticks that I'm sharing today are my favorites for everyday. 

    Revlon is usually my go-to brand for lipsticks. I've never partnered with Revlon on my blog... just an honest fan of their lipsticks! These lipsticks are available at Ulta, Target/Walmart and drugstores nationwide, and they're always bringing new colors into the line, as well as continuing to produce the favorite colors. Most of my favorite Revlon lipsticks are from the Super Lustrous line. I used to be a fan of the Colorburst Lip Butters as well (and featured one of my favorite shades, Berry Smoothie, from those in this post), but sadly the Lip Butters have been recently discontinued. But here are my favorites from the Super Lustrous lipstick line:

     *Demure (683) - This was my signature lipstick shade just about all through college! It's a warm peachy-pink, and has very much of a "pearl" finish to it. I wear this lipstick more than any other in my blog posts, but here's just one look at it!

    *Blushing Mauve (460) - A gorgeous shade- I would describe it as a "moody pink" if that makes any sense! It's a great shade to wear in winter/early spring especially as it's slightly cool toned.  I wore it in this post! 

     *Rosewine (225) - This is the perfect hint of red for everyday wear, without being so bold that it feels overpowering! It's a very warm shade. I don't wear on blog very often (not really sure why), but I did wear it here

     *Temptress (680) - Just a really pretty bright pink for everyday wear. Gorgeous color without being "too much." Looks great with a liner under it as well! I'm wearing it here (old blog post but some of the close up photos show the color well). 

     *Pink Velvet (423) - This is a very versatile lipstick that looks great with outfits in all seasons, and can easily go from day to night looks! I've recommended this one to friends before as one of my ultimate go to shades. It's a nice blend of pink and red. It looks great worn in this blog post! 

     And my favorite from the sadly discontined Colorburst Lip Butter line from Revlon: 

     *Berry Smoothie - The perfect warm berry shade for everyday wear. I loved the Lip Butter line because these lipsticks literally went on like butter!! Hopefully I'll find a dupe product for this soon. If you can still find this anywhere, here's me wearing it in a blog post. 

     Two other non-Revlon favorites that I wanted to share:  

     *essence Long Lasting Lipstick in Blush My Lips (c/o) - essence is my favorite drugstore makeup brand. When I do want to wear a very bold pink for an everyday look, this is usually the lipstick I reach for! It's a gorgeous deep pink, and has amazing staying power. The best part is that it's under $5! I'm wearing it here

     *Aveda nourish-mint lipstick in Sheer (c/o) - I've received some awesome PR packages from Aveda over the past several months, and my favorite package of all contained this lipstick, as well as another from the nourish-mint line. This one specifically is the ideal nude shade!! It's truly a "your lips but better" color. I wore it in this post! 

     I'm linking the adorable makeup bag shown in the pictures below as well! (A Christmas gift from my sweet college roommate, Caroline!) 

     Now I want to know - what are your favorite everyday lipsticks? Is there a drugstore brand that you're loyal to for lip products? Share away!

      Stay tuned for Midweek Ramblings and Recent Purchases on Wednesday! Lots of exciting things to come soon... both for the blog and my personal life. Can't wait to share more soon!

     xoxo Annaliese