Southern Belle in Training

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

April 12, 2017

Midweek Ramblings + Recent Purchases + Current Wishlist.

{A little sneak peak of my new home city- Burlington, Vermont! Follow me on social media @miss_alk}

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  • Welcome to Vermont! This is the first blog post that I've written from my new home state: Vermont! After spending the last two months planning for this move after accepting a job here, the time finally came this past week, and I packed up my apartment (and life!) in NC and drove it back up the East Coast. Although I moved several times from Maine to NC for college, this was by far the largest move I've ever done as it was 1. permanent, and 2. contained furniture! I'm planning a couple moving related blog posts over the next few weeks which I hope will be a resource to y'all! 
  • Ridin' Solo: Nope... not a reference to a certain Jason Derulo song... instead an accurate description of the fact that I drove up to Vermont all by myself! My dad always used to fly to NC and help me pack up my dorm room each year and drive back to Maine for the summers, so I always had a companion for the long trip. My dad still came back to help me move this time, but he had to drive the moving truck, so it was just me and my car stuffed with suitcases for the 15 hour drive! Previously the longest solo road trip that I'd ever taken was the four hour drive from Charlotte to Tennessee to visit my blogging bestie Dana. I was thinking it might be useful to write a post with some solo road trip tips in addition to my moving posts if y'all would like that? 
  • Girls' Weekend: The rest of my week will be filled with mainly unpacking with my parents and doing some really annoying adult tasks like a trip to the DMV and establishing a new bank account, BUT I do have some fun weekend plans to look forward to! My best friend from high school, Jules, is coming up to spend the weekend with me! Jules still lives in Maine, and we have barely gotten to spend time with each other during the last five years. Thankfully- we have done a good job staying in touch despite the long distance friendship, but we are in dire need of some quality in-person time, and I can't wait to have her here! My hometown is about four hours away from Vermont, so one perk of taking this job was being a drive away from my parents and Maine friends, instead of a plane ride! 

  • A major downside of moving to Vermont (I've already complained about this on Twitter...possibly more than once) is that it's the only state in the nation that doesn't have Target. I repeat: NO TARGET STORES. I had to be sure to get an extra fill of Target as a rest stop on my drive up here- and I couldn't resist picking up these sandals which are under $20!! All spring sandals are BOGO 50% off right now as well! 
  • Before leaving Charlotte, I browsed a few local discount stores by my old apartment to try and find last minute finds for my new apartment in Vermont. If you're getting the gist from my last paragraph... shopping is a little more limited up here! Anyways- I found the most darling lampshade at Burlington Coat Factory, which will go so well on my desk in my new place! This lampshade is similar!
  • Something else I purchased last week which was NOT fun but is #reallife is that my iPhone screen shattered in the weirdest way (Plot twist: I didn't drop my phone.... it got crushed by something in my purse!), so that had to be replaced last week, and I also had to buy a new screen protector. Definitely one of those expenses that you don't expect, but it goes to show the importance of an emergency fund yet again! 

  • I'm currently craving a rug for my new place! Moving anywhere is costly but moving across the country is especially EXPENSIVE so there are some things that I won't be able to purchase until a few paychecks in with my new job, and a rug was sadly placed on the "not an immediate purchase" list. This is one rug that I have my eye on for the hopeful future!\
  • I've seen a lot of bloggers styling these gorgeous totes- and I think one of them might make a great work bag for starting my job! I love all of the summer accent colors in the new collection! 
  • I love browsing Etsy for fun and unique finds sometimes... how amazing are these pendants? They're made with my favorite gemstone, and they're so different and cool! I think they'd make a great layering piece. 

     Thanks so much for reading, and have a great rest of your week!

      God Bless,

      xoxo Annaliese


  1. I love that rug! You should definitely get it in the future!

    xo, brooke

  2. I cant believe there is no target!!!!!

  3. Oooh that rug is such a great pop of color for your new apartment. Can't wait to hear more about your new hometown. Have a great weekend with your high school bestie, so fun!

  4. aha my phone screen would totally break that way! Have fun in VT!

    Alix |

  5. Oh my, I couldn't live without Target. haha Hope you get settled in soon!

  6. Ooh so exciting that you're finally in Vermont! Stay strong without a Target!!
    -Anna |

  7. Oh man, I don't think I could live without a Target close by... good luck!

  8. I just got a new rug but I love the one you have your eye on! Congrats on the move!

  9. I can't seem to open any of the links but welcome to the East! I'm sure you'll enjoy vermont :)

  10. I swear that having a case on and screen protector on has saved my phone!

  11. I can't wait to see more about your new life in Vermont. Such an exciting adventure!

    Carly |

  12. I don't know if you have a Target RedCard, but if you do then you can still shop Target online and get free shipping (& that 5% off too!) I know it's not the same as going through and wandering the miles of aisles, but it would help :)

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style

  13. No Target?! How is it possible?! Haha. I moved to the Netherlands in January and there's no Target (or Michaels, my one true love of a craft store) here either. But it sounds like you're taking on some great adventures and it will be worth it!

    Sara @ College Compass

  14. Can't believe there isn't a Target nearby! I swear I go to Target once a week at least!


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