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February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day! Here Are My Favorite Relationship Posts...

     Happy Valentine's Day, friends! Whether you're single, dating, engaged, married, or even getting over a recent heartbreak... I still hope that today is a great day for you. Eat something sweet, and wear something pink and red and/or with hearts!! Tell someone that you love them- even if that's a friend or family member!

     I feel really lucky that 2018 (shortly after moving to Virginia) was around the time that I got into the most positive mindset of my life about being single. I stopped playing the comparison game against friends who were dating, engaged, or married, and have instead tried to make a genuine effort to have a heart of thankfulness for my current state of life each and every day. With that said- that hasn't not always been the case for me! In college, I struggled so much with being single, and I had a few rough Valentine's Days in those years. In college (I think especially if you live on campus like I did), it sometimes feels like a world of its own, and it can start to seem like everyone around you is doing something that you're not. For me,  it always seemed like everyone else on my small campus had a Valentine or was in a relationship. (Obviously this wasn't the case- but I'd throw these giant pity parties where it would seem that way!) Basically, I really struggled with contentment in singleness in my college years, and I so wish that 24 year old me could have said something to 18 or 19 year old me about finding joy during that season of life, even without a boyfriend!

     Anyways- here on the blog I enjoy writing about dating and singleness with my ongoing Relationship Monday blog series. I don't have a certain Monday of each month that I post these... I just kind of share them when I feel inspired! I wasn't able to get up any new relationship content for today on the blog, so I thought that instead I'd share a round-up of five of my favorite relationship related blog posts from years past!!

     1. Relationship Monday: How I Fell in Love With... Being Single! (August 2018) This past summer was really around the time that I started to find confidence and contentment in being a single woman, and this was the first time that I really shared a lot about that on the blog!

     2. Relationship Monday: An Open Letter to the Boy Who Broke My Heart (May 2017) One of my highest trafficked posts for that year- I was so glad that y'all enjoyed something so dear to my heart. ALSO an update about this: when I wrote this post, I was very careful not to give too much away about the guy that this post was written about (not really into calling people out by specific name on the internet- haha!). He wasn't in my life anymore at the time I wrote this, so I never thought he'd see it, I just assumed he didn't read my blog anymore.
     Little did I know- he was actually still reading my blog during the year we didn't talk! He did indeed read this post at the time it published and knew it was about him. 😂 He and I got back in touch (just as friends) after I moved to Virginia, and he mentioned that he'd read this. Boy was that an awkward moment! Thankfully- he didn't hate the post, and said if anything it made him realize that he hadn't handled things with me very well! So long story short- I'm still glad I published this!

     3. Relationship Monday: Finding Joy in Singleness During Engagement Season (December 2017) One of my absolute favorite posts that I've written about singleness. I wrote this one 100% for me, but it was great to see that many of you were encouraged by it as well! I feel like as the years ago by, this might be one that I re-read to myself at the holidays.

     4. Relationship Monday: Valentine's Prayers for my Future Husband (February 2018) Another favorite! I've been praying daily for my future husband for at least 10 years now, and I shared a bit more about my thought process behind that last year for Valentine's. I hope to tell a special guy someday that I've been praying about him for years!

     5. While I'm Waiting (February 2013) This blog post is now six (!!!) years old- mainly sharing it because it feels nostalgic. 😊 Freshman year of college, when this was written, was definitely a time when I was struggling with singleness and comparing myself to friends in relationships. I wrote this post to try and encourage myself to be thankful for the blessings I did have in my life, and stay busy with school! It's like I was trying to teach myself the mindset about singleness that I wouldn't actually believe until I was 23/24, haha- if only I'd listened to myself then!

     I'd love to know if you have any other blog posts (not just from my blog!) or anything else- whether books, podcasts, etc, that have encouraged you as a single on Valentine's Day! Feel free to share anything in the comments.

     I'll talk to you Monday- and I'll be diving into FASHION WEEK content!

     God Bless,

     xoxo Annaliese



February 13, 2019

Midweek Ramblings.

{Airport picture before heading off to NYFW last week! Follow me on Instagram at miss_alk!}

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     (Other than the above photo, I'm not talking a lot about NYFW in today's post!! Pretty much the rest of my blog content for February is dedicated to Fashion Week- so today will be a little break from that for those of you not as interested in NYFW 😆)

  • Galentine's is coming: No romantic valentine for me this year (January was an... interesting month with dating. I'm planning to do a Relationship Monday post about that once my NYFW blog posts are done!), but as always I'm so excited for Galentine's! Technically Galentines Day is today (February 13th), but this year I'm celebrating a bit belated. On Sunday after church, I'll be headed to a winery with some of my favorite girlfriends. Of course I'll be wearing pink and red! (Last year I also had fun plans- check out this blog post here to read about the cookie swap I hosted!)
  • Hilarious Virginia satire: Obviously the state of Virginia hasn't been portrayed in the best light by the media in recent weeks due to all of the political turmoil (*sigh*), but here's something Virginia related that brought a smile to my face and gave me a much needed laugh! The Peedmont is a Virginia focused satire website, and they recently shared this piece, "Virginia's Major Interstates Ranked by Sexiness." OH MY GOSH- I don't think I've ever read such a funny satire article in my entire life!! This is a must read whether you're in VA or not.
  • Cutting a cable (box): I'm writing this out here on the blog so I can hold myself accountable. THIS WEEKEND it's happening... and by "it," I mean bringing one of my TV cable boxes back to the cable company! Yes, I'm one of those old fashioned people who still has cable (and uses it), but for the past few months I've been really fed up with the fact that I'm getting charged extra per month to have a second TV and cable box in my bedroom. Since my work schedule switched, I never use my bedroom TV anymore, so it seems like I'm paying more for absolutely nothing. This week I plan to put that TV away, and then bring the cable box back. Anything to save a few extra bucks a month!

Weekend recaps:
  • Last weekend: I was in New York City for NYFW!! I have a ton of blog content to share all about the trip over the next couple weeks, but in the meantime check out my vlog if you haven't seen it. 
  • This weekend: Looking forward to a very chill weekend! Nothing better than a relaxing Saturday and Sunday after a weekend being out-of-town. On Friday night I'm planning to catch up on all of the TV shows that I missed last week. I'm also looking forward to Saturday AM barre class, followed by brunch with some coworkers! On Sunday I'm teaching Sunday school, and then will be celebrating Galentines Day after. 

  • I love Michael Kors shoes- I think they're all such classic styles and that they last very well. I couldn't pass up the chance to snag some nude sandals for 75% off at Dillard's a couple weekends ago! What a deal. 
  • Found the cutest bralette for under $15 while in NYC! I think it looks similar to the much more expensive Free People ones. 
  • I desperately need some new pajamas for spring/summer, and I was super excited to find this adorable sleep romper for under $20!
  • These are some of the cutest hoop earrings I've ever seen (seriously) and I about died when I saw they were under $10!
  • I also made a big splurge purchase in NYC... some of you might remember my saga from last month of trying to track down Tory Burch Miller sandals at the Richmond Nordstrom (which was a fail). I ended up waiting to buy them at a Tory store in New York, and I'm so glad it worked out that way! Such a special purchase that I've waited for! (I bought these as a belated gift to myself for being promoted to morning show host.)

  • Kate Spade's new purses for spring are gorgeous. I saw this one in a store in NYC- if only it had been in my budget for an impulse buy! 
  • Absolutely dying over the new limited edition Lilly Pulitzer coffee table book! I checked it out in-person this weekend. I personally can't justify spending almost $100 for a book (😦) especially since I rarely read the coffee table books that I already own... but it sure is beautiful- I can dream!
  • Here's a super fun top for spring that's under $20!

Recipe of the week: Didn't try any new recipes last week as I was prepping for my trip, but I have two new ones to try this week- so I should have more to share in the next Midweek Ramblings post!

Song of the week: Lost in the Fire by Gesaffelstein ft. The Weeknd.  Heads up that the original version of this is very explicit- so I'm linking the clean version for you! With that said- I think (musically) this might be my favorite song from The Weeknd ever- I am obsessed with the beat. 

Favorite blog posts of the week:
  • Lauren Kay Sims - Lauren shared her tips for traveling/flying with a baby on her blog this week! While I am still years away from even considering having kids, I thought this was such an interesting read, and I saved this post on Blog Lovin' in case it'll ever help me in a far away someday, or maybe a friend of mine!
  • Emma's Edition - Emma's blog is a newer one that I've gotten into reading. I loved her round-up of the most Instagrammable spots in Seattle- I feel like it inspired me while in NYC to be more aware of photo-worthy spots!
  • Design Darling - Does anyone else love Mackenzie's weekly Friday Q&As? Makes me want to do them more on my own blog. 

On the blog this week:

     God Bless,

     xoxo Annaliese 

February 12, 2019

NYFW 2019: My New York Fashion Week VLOG!

     I'M BACK FROM NYFW!!! Caps lock totally needed, because what a weekend!

{Preview of a special blog collaboration with Pink Colony!! More to come soon} 

     Keeping today's blog post extremely short and sweet... because I'm sharing my Fashion Week vlog! I worked on this all weekend, and I'm so excited with how it came together. I'm definitely not a Youtuber by any means, and video editing isn't a strength of mine- this was all shot on my iPhone and put together in iMovie! But I really do enjoy making travel vlogs, and I think this is my favorite one that I've done yet. It gives a nice little preview of everything NYFW related and tourist fun related that Gentry and I did while in NYC.

     I have a lot more NYFW coverage coming to the blog in the next two weeks, but I'd love to hear specifically from you what you'd like to see! What content would you enjoy the most: recaps of what I wore, behind-the-scenes NYFW details for bloggers, show recaps,  NY travel guide things... a mix of all of that? Please let me know in the comments on this post! I'm planning to spend a good chunk of time this coming weekend getting NYFW blog posts ready.

     God Bless,

     xoxo Annaliese

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