Southern Belle in Training

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January 4, 2017

Midweek Ramblings + Recent Purchases + Current Wishlist.

{A snap from the radio studios at my broadcasting school campus, in honor of my radio internship starting this week!}

     I started these Midweek Ramblings + Recent Purchases posts quite awhile ago now, and wasn't as consistent with them through the end of last year. But y'all seem to love them, and always ask me where they are if I miss a few weeks! To mix things up for the new year, I'm adding on a "current wishlist" category now as well. 


  • New year, new internship: Yesterday I began a radio show internship! To graduate from my program at broadcasting school, all students have to complete an off-campus internship in their field of choice. I've known that I've wanted to work in radio for many years (really since I began college!), but it was being in broadcasting school over that last several months that has solidified it for me, and made me realize that it's 100% radio that I want to do, and not TV or production work. Anyways- I'm having a very good first week at my new internship. I am interning for  morning show, so the 3:30 AM wakeup time will still be an adjustment this month. But so far I am really enjoying being in the radio station, and I love the fast-paced work environment. It isn't an on-air internship, but getting to do a lot of work behind-the-scenes right now will only prepare me for the future! 
  • Getting back to fitness: Something that I really fell away from for the better part of 2016 was working out. I did pretty well with fitness throughout college, but after graduation I was focussing mainly on adjusting to broadcasting school and my new post-grad schedule, and fitness kept getting pushed to the back burner. It's my main New Year's resolution for 2017 to make working out a priority again, and I'm trying to hold myself very accountable! I have my radio internship three mornings a week, and I'm still waking up early on the other two mornings and using those as gym days. It's a win-win: I'm able to get a workout in, and still stick to my new weekday schedule! I'm currently very rusty as I get back into running, but I hope to be able to run a 5k distance later this year.
  • A new/old music favorite: If you like dance-pop music with an amazing beat, you should check out Romanian singer Inna. I first discovered her music in high school, but I rediscovered my love for her about a month ago, thanks to Spotify.  She's released a lot of new music in the last couple of years, and it's all so fun and upbeat! Great workout music especially (or motivating music for long days at work). 
  • Ain't no party like the AFTER PARTY: Talking more about this in the new "current wishlist" section of this post- but there is a big sale happening tomorrow! Read my last recap blog post of the Summer 2016 After Party Sale here

Recent Purchases:
  • I exchanged a couple of Christmas gifts while I was home, and ended up getting my very first cashmere scarf instead! The exact scarf that I picked isn't online, but this one is from the same retailer and has a similar pattern/colors. 
  • This sweater just arrived to me (c/o) and I can't wait to style it for the blog soon! It's my first off-the-shoulder sweater- I was intrigued that this trend stuck around for the winter months, but it's grown on me.
  • I received one of the main items on my Christmas list this year!! I haven't gotten a chance to use it yet, but I can't wait to soon. 

Current Wishlist:
  • My current wishlist is looking a little pink and green.... because if you haven't heard the "spilled juice" (in true Lilly terms), the winter After Party Sale kicks off TOMORROW!! 8 AM EST - be there or be square. Now is the time to update your shipping and billing information on Lilly's website, if you've shopped an After Party Sale before, then you know that the website will be utter madness tomorrow. 
  • In the last two After Party Sales, I've purchased an Elsa top. I love Elsas, but they are a bit on the costly side at full price. You can get AMAZING deals on them in After Party Sales- but you need to be able to shop right when the sale goes live! These are often the first items to go. I currently have my eye on this one and this one- hoping that these might be in the sale!
  • I wore Lilly for my college graduation in May, and I wouldn't have had it any other way. To me, a Lilly dress is the epitome of Southern spring style. Fortunately for me, I have another graduation coming up this May! I finish my broadcasting school program about exactly a year after I graduated college. I plan to wear Lilly again for my next graduation. I'm thinking that I'm on the hunt for a Lilly dress that would look something like this bright shift or this colorful embroidered one.

     My weekly question for you: are you planning to shop the After Party Sale tomorrow? If so, which pieces are you hoping to score? 

    xoxo Annaliese 


  1. Broadcasting school sounds awesome. I'd love to hear more about it, it sounds like something I might need to consider in the future!!


  2. What a fun internship! Congrats! I really want to start running more in 2017! So hopefully we can both get back into our fitness routines!

    xx, Jamie

  3. okay LOVE the sweater you just got, totally looking forward to seeing it styled!!!! I am also excited for the Lilly sale!! x, kenz

  4. That seem like such a fun internship! Congrats! I'm also starting an internship next week, so I'm pretty excited! Also, waking up at 3AM?! That's definitely not my thing! I don't know how you do it, haha.

  5. So many great things in this week's ramblings. I am so excited for the Lilly sale. I'm hoping to score my first Elsa top, but I'm not sure what size I should get.

  6. Ooh, internships are so exciting! I hope you have so much fun and learn loads!
    -Anna |

  7. I love all of the Lilly items you have your eye on! I love the embroidered dress!

    Greta |

  8. Congrats on your internship! And yes I will be shopping the After Party sale! I can't wait!

  9. Congrats on landing an internship!! Having experience prior to graduation is always a plus!

  10. Congrats on your internship! I am not planning on shopping the After Party sale! While I love Lilly, their stuff rarely fits me well! Which is super frustrating!

    Rachel | The Confused Millennial

  11. Busy busy busy lady! I've been trying to get back on my fitness track too! I am kind of kicking myself in the butt for slacking so much during this past semester, but hopefully both of us can get back on our grind!
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  12. Congrats on the internship!! This looks so cool:)

    xoxo, Hannah

  13. Ouch, a 3:30am wake up would be rough! I'm glad you're enjoying it though :)


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