Southern Belle in Training

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

April 26, 2017

Midweek Ramblings + Recent Purchases + Current Wishlist.

{Two weeks as a "Vermonter" and already doing Vermont things! This will definitely not be my last visit to the Ben and Jerry's factory. Follow me on social media @miss_alk!}

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  • Successful first day off: My first full week at my job was not only huge success, but as was my first day off! I work weekends, so my "weekend" is on Mondays. (It is an odd schedule- but I love my job so I can't complain too much at all!) I spent my first day off getting my nails done, and then one of my new Burlington friends took me on a really fun day trip. We went to visit the Ben and Jerry's ice cream factory in in Waterbury, Vermont! I always knew Ben and Jerry's was from Vermont, but I didn't realize how much of the ice cream was still made right here in the state. It was so fun to see the factory and I think I'll definitely be going back when I have out-of-town visitors.  
  • Getting back in touch: This is a bit of personal note from my usual ramblings in these posts, but I wanted to share anyways! Back when I was a freshman at my first college, one of my best friends was a girl named Becca who was actually one of my very first friends there. We met during the first week of school at orientation activities! Becca and I drifted apart a bit after I transferred schools... not due to anything bad between us, life just kind of got in the way and it was harder to stay in touch being at different universities. But a few months ago we randomly got back in touch, and now we text or talk multiple times a day, every day! I seriously can't even remember at this point the years that we weren't as close. I'm sharing this because it just goes to show you that a truly good friendship will survive distance and time apart, and when it picks back up it will be like no time has passed. I hope this might inspire you to text an old friend this week and maybe get back in touch with a gal pal that you miss. 😀 
  • My fav blog post this week: Comes from Caitlin of Southern Curls and Pearls! She celebrated SIX years of blogging this week and wrote the sweetest recap post to celebrate her blogiversary. Caitlin has been one of my biggest role models in blogging, especially because she is from North Carolina so I love seeing NC girls killing it in the blogging world! I was able to meet Caitlin a few times over the years that I lived in Charlotte, and I can say 100% she is one of the kindest and most humble people that I've ever met. She's a true girl boss and I love following her successes! 

  • I did a fair amount of shopping this week! So you might remember a few weeks ago I bought the cutest iPhone case ever. Well- that case is still super cute, but unfortunately it really only protects the back of the iPhone and not the front at all. I tend to drop my phone face down a lot, and after replacing my third screen protector (and one full on iPhone screen replacement as well) in three months, I decided it was time to upgrade to a heavy duty iPhone case as well. This is the one I went with and it just arrived thanks to Amazon Prime!
  • Sticking with the theme of tech gear... after several months of debating which type to go with I finally bought a new Macbook case during my first weekend work shift this week! If you follow my Instagram stories than you might know the ones that I was debating on. A lot of you DMd me and asked me to link them all, so I will at the bottom of this post! This is the gorgeous one that I ended up purchasing though- can't wait for it to get here so my laptop can be both cute and protected!
  • I went to check out the shopping scene in downtown Burlington after work a few days ago, and I was happy to discover a LOFT store! (Shopping is kinda limited up here in Vermont so the more stores I find that I had in Charlotte the happier I am!) They happened to be having a 50% off sale the day I went in so of course I had to snatch up this wardrobe staple top! 
  • I also bought my mom's Mother's Day present... but since my mom is a SBIT reader I won't be sharing her gift right now. 😉 If it's still available after the holiday I'll definitely share it then with y'all! 

  • Vermont is sadly one of the least practical states for having the excuse to grow a Lilly Pulitzer collection... but I saw this new dress on Instagram this past week and I think it's one of my favorite Lilly numbers that I've ever seen! So hoping it'll be in an upcoming After Party Sale.
  • Had I been able to attend my broadcasting school graduation in person next month, I think I would've sported a bright and bold dress like this one
  • Since my workplace doesn't have a dress code for radio personalities, I'm taking full advantage of that during my weekend shifts and "Casual Fridays!" These adorable leggings are perfect for springtime (and they match the color on my nails right now!).

     And here are all of the Macbook cases that I shared on IG stories, as well as a couple extra cute ones: 

     God Bless,

     xoxo Annaliese (or Charlotte XO on the radio)



  1. I would be ALL OVER the Ben & Jerry's factory, it is my favorite! It's so great you're already making new friends in Vermont and connecting with old friends too!

  2. Glad to hear your first week and day off of work was great! Nothing better than absolutely loving what you are doing! Also I love the marble laptop cases! The one your purchased is so cute and so are the similars you linked!

  3. You had me at ben and jerrys, of my goodness that is like heaven!!

  4. I'm glad that work has been going well and you are settling into Vermont. Those leggings are adorable and you can never go wrong with an otterbox case! Jess at Just Jess

  5. I'm so glad to hear you're enjoying your new job! And um, that Ben and Jerry truck? YES PLEASE! Haha!

  6. glad you are liking your new job! and yay for being in the land of Ben & Jerry!! YUM

  7. Reconnecting with old friends is awesome! Also, I'm coming to visit you so we can go to Ben & Jerry's because yum.

  8. Omg... that's an interesting work schedule... so cool!!

  9. So happy you like your new job! Also that lost store wounds amazing! Can't wait to see what you do!

  10. Ben and Jerrys is SO yum!!!! I’m so jealous!!

  11. Um... love this post, but I LOVE your jacket!

  12. Glad to hear you've been enjoying Vermont so far! I would love to visit the Ben and Jerry's factory!

  13. love this post! I cannot believe you went to the B&J factory, that is on my bucket list! x,kenz

  14. Glad you're settling into life in VT! I would live at the B&J factory!

    Greta |

  15. Yay! I am so glad your first week went so well. Ummmm, I need to go to the ben and jerry's factory! They make my favorite ice cream.

    xo //

  16. So glad that your job is going well! Also love that phone case!


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