Southern Belle in Training

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

January 25, 2017

Midweek Ramblings + Recent Purchases + Current Wishlist.

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  • Best inauguration memes: While I have no problem discussing faith on my blog, politics is something that I don't enjoy writing about (or even discussing that much to be quite honest). I think a person's political views is a very personal matter, and I'm happy to say that I have friends and family whose views fall on all ends of the political spectrum. The inauguration last week was a day for some Americans to celebrate and some to mourn. HOWEVER: something that we all should be able to rejoice over, no matter our political affiliations, is this round-up of the most hilarious inauguration day memes! I'm always down for a good meme, and you have to admit that all of the election/inauguration ones were pretty spectacular. 
  • My photographer: Last May, I started working with the fabulous Deeana Kourtney Photography for my photo needs on Southern Belle in Training. Deeana has been an absolute joy to work with, and many of our photoshoots were some of my highlights of 2016. She has her own photography blog as apart of her website, and yesterday she wrote the sweetest post all about how she began wanting to photograph bloggers. Check it out, and you'll also get to see some images from the very first shoot we did together! 
  • Once a sister, always a sister: This past weekend, I went back to my alma mater for the day and attended an alumni social event for my sorority! Despite being very involved in Greek life in college, ADPi is something that I've taken a bit of a break from since graduation college (for various reasons in my life). But I was indeed reminded this weekend that sisterhood isn't just a college commitment, but instead truly a lifetime bond! It was really nice to see some of my sisters and catch up, and also fun to be back on my college campus for a bit. Despite still living in Charlotte, I can count on one hand the number of times that I've been back to my university since graduation.

Recent Purchases:

  • This retailer is having free shipping all week, so I couldn't resist the chance to pick up these pretty earrings! I've had my eye on these for months, my preference just goes back and forth between different colors. I eventually settled on black- partly because it will match so much of my winter wardrobe during the rest of this month and next, and partly because it coordinates well with a dress that I'm wearing to a rehearsal dinner this spring. Win-win! 

Current Wishlist: 
  • I went to the mall this week to try on something that I saw online (this dress!) - but I'm glad that I did as it ended up not fitting as well on me in person as I thought. ANYWAYS- while in store, I fell in love with these heels. They're so simple but so chic, and really a closet staple! (The color I want isn't currently on sale but I think I'm going to buy them as soon as they are.)
  • I think this pretty set would be so cute for attending a bridal shower, tea party, Galentine's celebration, or other upcoming spring events! And you can't beat the fact that it's currently on sale for under $40. 
  • This chic blouse would go from work to weekend outfits so effortlessly. 
  • I love warm weather so much that I always start browsing swimwear online as soon as the holidays are over. Even though I don't have any warm weather vacation plans coming up, I'm crushing on this bikini hardcore!

     I hope that y'all are having a great week! No special question for y'all this week... but thanks as always for reading. 

     xoxo Annaliese 


  1. The memes have me dying! Have you seen all the Joe Biden ones?! Too funny.

    Top Knots & Sweatpants

  2. Your alumni event sounds so much fun! I hope you had a great time!!! I cannot believe summer is already coming up so soon - Target has their swimsuits out already too!

  3. Loved going to alumni events! I miss attending sorority functions sometimes haha.

  4. I've only gone back to my college once for an alumni tailgate, but it was such a blast! It seriously made me miss college, ha.

    I cannot believe Bauble Bar is having free shipping, I have been eyeing a pair of earrings so I definitely need to hop on that!

    xx, Jamie

  5. You look so sweet and darling! Love this outfit on you - those boots complete the outfit!

  6. I'm definitely going to have to look at those memes! Your alumni event sounds like fun!
    -Anna |

  7. Oh my gosh I totally bought they br pink dress, though i still haven't worn it yet. I feel like Elle Woods in it! Yay for political memes I think they're great!

  8. The inauguration memes were so funny! I could not stop giggling all day!

  9. Those earrings are adorable! I seriously want all the colors lol.

    Alix |

  10. All of the items on your wishlist are so cute! Love the top!

  11. Love those earrings! Also I totally agree with the sorority sentiment, I just realized recently how far my sorority life in college has reached into my post-grad life!

  12. Deeana has beautiful photos! I'm definitely hoping to find a photographer for myself!

  13. Yay for spending some time with your sisters from your sorority!

  14. I'm craving warmth too! I'm already shopping swimware, etc! I can't help it haha!


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