Southern Belle in Training

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

May 17, 2017

Midweek Ramblings + Recent Purchases + Current Wishlist.

{I took this picture of these beautiful flowers outside my old apartment in Charlotte last spring! Vermont definitely has a LATE spring so I'm already anxious to see blooming trees up here! Follow me on social media @miss_alk}

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  • Happy Graduation! On Friday, I will be a graduate again! My class from broadcasting school graduates from our program this Friday evening. I have a bit of a unique situation since I moved to New England last month to begin my new job, so I will be getting to participate in my graduation via the marvels of modern technology! It is a little bit bittersweet- my class at broadcasting school was very small and close knit, and I was close with many of the instructors as well. But the goal of the program is to get a job in the business and that's exactly what I did so I really have nothing to complain about! On Friday in honor of Graduation Day, I'll be publishing a special blog post sharing all about what exactly broadcasting school is, who should look into or do broadcasting school, and why I'm glad decided to do my program!
  • Blogging legalities: I've been blogging for several years and am at a point where I make a regular side income from it now, I'm starting to look into educating myself with some of the more legal aspects of blogging. One of the things I've been looking into is at what point in blogging it's appropriate to make things "legal" and become either an S-Corp or an LLC (and also what the differences are between the two!). This is a podcast that breaks it down for bloggers and other creatives- and I listened to it this past week and found it very helpful as I'm starting to think about these things!
  • New music girl crush: Since I work in Top 40 radio, I actually have been listening to a lot more other types of music when I'm at my desk after getting off-air or outside of work. Don't get me wrong- I love Top 40!! Just after having to listen to it for several hours a day while at work, I need to clear my head outside of the radio studio. Country music is something that I've been getting more into lately, especially since the weather is warming up. I think that I have a total music girl crush on country singer Kelsea Ballerini! I've been listening to her album a lot on Spotify, and her hit song Peter Pan I feel especially relates to something that happened in my life earlier this year. Love her voice and hope I get the chance to see her in concert someday! 

  • As I shared in Thursday's blog post, I'm in progress with a four week shopping fast! Read this post to learn more about what this is and why I'm doing it! 


  • So Vermont fashion is definitely different than Southern style.... actually saying it's different is probably the understatement of the century haha!! It would take a whole blog post, or a blog post series, to appropriately dive into that. Along those lines, my workplace is extremely casual, but as y'all know I'm a girly girl at heart who  loves to dress up! Anyways, I'm trying to figure out ways to bring my fancy and girly side into the work place without looking too overdone. I think that for summer I'll need to invest in some more casual dresses. A lot of my dresses are very bright and patterned, but if I want to try out some Vermont style this summer I'll have to experiment with "toning it down" a bit. Anyways- this dress caught my eye! It feels very "Vermont" to me but is still quite chic, and I could also definitely wear it to work.
  • This necklace is such a fun alternative to wearing a traditional monogram necklace! I like the modern feel. And can we talk about how it's under $20?!
  • Is it just me, or is this elegant cold shoulder top classy enough to pass a business casual dress code?
  • I like this style of heeled shoes but most of the ones that I've seen are really high. These have a low heel so they'd be great for work or weekday wear! 
  • This favorite jewelry brand of mine hasn't really hit popularity status up in Vermont yet... such a shame! But I'm still loving these pretty earrings from their new arrivals. 

    Hoping that it's a great Wednesday for you! I'm so happy- after a couple weeks of a lot of rainy and cold weather, today it is FINALLY warm and sunny here in Burlington! I'm looking forward to getting outdoors after work today.

     God Bless,

      xoxo Annaliese (or Charlotte XO on the radio!) 



  1. I think your post on broadcasting school is going to be really interesting. You're the only person I know who has ever gone to broadcasting school so I am excited to read about your experience. Isn't it interesting how much fashion varies from region to region? Seattle style is definitely different than Northern California style (where i am visiting right now) and while I wouldn't say my style fits in the Seattle "box" I definitely notice the differences on other people. Love that Leith body con you picked!

  2. That podcast is a great one! I heard of it a while ago and it was awesome. COngrats on graduating!

  3. I never realize how much legal work is associated with blogging... thanks for sharing and congratulations on graduating <3

  4. I love all the items on your wishlist!

  5. I was so excited when I got my job because before this I was working as a waitress/barista/bartender, so even when I wasn't required to wear a uniform (I was for waitress but not the others) I still had to wear pants and close toed/no heeled shoes. I was PSYCHED to be able to dress up and wear more of what I wanted to wear... but since I have to be here at 6am and have a 30 minute commute that doesn't really happen a whole lot. Occasionally I'll wear a dress because it's easy and all one piece, but there have been weeks that I've worn the same pair of jeans and a hoodie every day.

  6. I'll have to check out that podcast! I have mine set up as an LLC but still always good to learn!

  7. I LOVE the cold shoulder top on your wishlist! I love it in the yellow also!

  8. Everything on your wishlist is gorgeous! Have a great rest of the week!


  9. I'm excited to read your broadcasting school post! I've been curious about it ever since you started!

  10. I can't wait to read the broadcasting post!! I also can't wait to see your style picks!

  11. I think I need a shopping fast too...haha!

    Coming Up Roses

  12. So many fun updates! Can't wait to hear more about your experience broadcasting so far!!

    Diary of a Debutante


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