Southern Belle in Training

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

April 3, 2017

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year...

     I'm sure everyone is very familiar with the Christmas song "It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year." Despite the fact that I'm not a very big fan of about 95% of Christmas music (a blog post for another day!), this song is one of the few that I actually really like. However- I totally think it should have been written about early springtime instead! This really is the most magical, beautiful and wonderful time of the year, and I hope today's photos by these beautiful blooming trees really convey that! 😉

Photography by Deeana Kourtney Photography

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     This dress is definitely one of my best bargain finds in a long time! It's actually a gem that I found at Ross of all places, but this one linked here is almost identical and also at a great price. I bought it was my recent Italy travels in mind, but after seeing that the forecast there would be a bit colder than anticipated, I decided to save it for my last few weeks in Charlotte instead. The cold shoulder trend is so hot right now, and this is my first dress with this trend but I don't think it will be my last! 

     I always enjoy sharing the backstory behind some of my photoshoot locations- and today's is no exception! I was a nanny for all three years that I attended Queens University of Charlotte, and this year in broadcasting school I still worked twice a week for the one of the families that I had babysat for in college. While dropping the girls off at their tennis lessons last week, I spotted these unbelievable trees next to the courts that were perfectly in bloom! I texted a picture of them to Deeana, my photographer, and told her we needed to shoot there ASAP! My wish was able to come true and that's how these photos came to be. I'm always on the hunt for new locations for blog photos and I hope that will be the same in Vermont as well!

     Speaking of the move- today is my last Monday as a Charlotte resident. Cue ALL the feels!

     Sharing some of my other favorite cold shoulder dresses:

     God Bless,

     xoxo Annaliese 



  1. Blossoming trees make my heart skip a beat. Spring comes with so much excitement and hope!

  2. I love all the blooms that are coming out. Not nearly as pretty as Charlotte but still pretty. :)

  3. I love this style dress! These stripes are so cute!

  4. What a seriously stunning location!! Love the dress.

  5. This is so darling! I love this color combo!

  6. GOOD LUCK with your move...!! And this dress is the cutest.

    Coming Up Roses

  7. That dress is so cute! Perfect colors for spring!

  8. It looked like you were in DC for a sec with all the cherry blossoms! gorgeous shoot and good luck with the move girl x

  9. DYING over these photos!! This location is beautiful and love that dress!
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  10. This outfit is adorable and these photos are so stunning!! I love the location!

  11. These cherry blossoms are beautiful! Just discovered your blog, loving it! Will check back often!


  12. This is the cutest dress. Love the color! Hope your move is going well!


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