Southern Belle in Training

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

June 14, 2017

Midweek Ramblings + Recent Purchases + Current Wishlist.

{This cute shirtdress will be on the blog soon! Keep up with me on social media @miss_alk}

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  • Katy vs. Taylor: One of my Instagram friends, Jaclyn, sent me a DM this past weekend asking me to do an Instagram story talking about my views on the Katy Perry vs. Taylor Swift drama that's been going on leading up to Katy's new album release (since I work in radio). Jaclyn's message really had me thinking (in a good way)!! For work I spend a lot of time each day reading entertainment news stories, but I find that I actually keep pretty neutral views on a lot of them. Until getting this message I honestly hadn't thought that much into Katy vs. Taylor... despite reading about it daily and talking about it on-air. But since my radio DJ views on the subject were requested- here they are! I'm definitely not a huge fan of Katy Perry as a person by any means (I think she has some catchy songs, but I wouldn't call her as a person one of my role models), but for some reason I'm leaning more on her side in this one. I do think it is a little odd that Taylor Swift suddenly made a grand return to music streaming websites like Spotify, after a nearly three year absence from them, on the same night that Katy was releasing her new album. But at the same time- Taylor has been very absent from social media in 2017, so without saying anything since Katy has begun bringing up their old falling out, it's hard to say what is true without hearing a recent version of both sides of the story. So I guess this concludes- I guess I'm slightly leaning towards Katy Perry in this one but not strongly? (This article is a great timeline of their whole feud.) Overall though I do hope we start hearing more from Taylor Swift this year! I personally think her next album should be a return to country music. 
  • Lots of blog inspo: One pro since I have moved to Vermont that I don't think I've mentioned too much before here is that in the past two months, I have felt more inspired for the blog then possibly I ever have before! Blog post ideas- both fashion related and also lifestyle/personal, seem to hit me now at all hours of the day. I've been really making an effort to write different types of weekly content, and also to make my regular posts each week more exciting and interesting for y'all to read. A few post ideas that I'm hoping to write this summer include            
           Ultimate Guide to Moving Out of State,            
           My Views on Alcohol and Nightlife as Christian Young Woman
           A Guide to Charlotte NC's Best Nightlife (after writing the previous blog post!)
           New-To-Me Charlotte Restaurants I Tried Before Moving
           Burlington VT Summer Travel Guide
           Having A Full-Time Job And Maintaining A Fashion Blog
.... and even more posts than these!            Let me know in the comments if these blog posts interest you! 😊

  • I've been working to finish the final touches on settling into my new apartment, and this week I bought one of the last big things that I needed- a rug for my living room! I found literally the ideal rug at Home Goods- it has a fun pattern but it isn't too colorful or distracting to take away from some of the bold furniture and wall art that I have. It is also very plush and comfy, and I know I'll appreciate that especially this winter. My exact one isn't online since it's from Home Goods, but this one is sort of similar

  • This little co-ord set has a really fun pattern and screams tropical vacation! I would probably snatch that up if I was headed somewhere more exotic than New England this summer haha.
  • Okay fellow bloggers- this is the cutest and funniest magnet for yourself of your blogger bestie!! #Need!
  • Pretty summery dress pants- perfect for those of you who work in a business casual environment! 
  • These workout leggings have such a cool pattern that kind of reminds me of marble!
  • I love a sexy one piece bathing suit... cue the flame emojis for this one!

On the blog this week:

     Happy Wednesday! Thanks as always for reading. I'd love it if you left me a comment letting me know what you think of my upcoming blog post ideas!

      God Bless,

      xoxo Annaliese (or Charlotte XO on-air!)


  1. Those dress pants are amazing! I can't wait to see your HomeGoods rug, I just love that store! It's the best, you can seriously find anything!

  2. I LOVE HomeGoods, but I don't think I've ever checked out their rug section! Was it a good price? We need rugs all over our house, but I just can't find any that I absolutely love for a good price!

  3. I love your post about a full time job and being a blogger!! Hey girl... my life xx I am a full time teacher and this is my side jam. It is A LOT OF WORK. So... I would love to read all about your experience!

  4. Can't wait for your upcoming post ideas - they all sound like good reads :) Love your wishlist picks too.

  5. I love the bathing suit you shared! It's sexy but still covers everything!

  6. I heard Katy now changed the lyrics to swish swish after her media blitz last week - I was all for Katy because as much as I love T.Swift, she totally seems like a mean girl - but Katy's media blitz has moved from endearing to uncomfortable IMO

  7. I don't really have an opinion on the Katy vs. Taylor feud. I do enjoy listening to both of them, but I'm always team Taylor :)

  8. I need some good workout leggings and those are so cute! I'm kinda over the Katy and Taylor feud haha.

  9. I really loved all you blog posts this week! I also love shopping for home decor and furniture!

  10. That dress is the cutest! Congrats on feeling more inspired! That's such an awesome feeling!

  11. The whole Katy vs Taylor thing is to much! Honestly the feud is a little to much of me.

  12. I agree 100% on your T Swift wish -- I need more country music! I've never really paid attention to their "feud" and I honestly think it's kinda stupid. I'll be super interested to read your post regarding nightlife and drinking; you are a role model to me as far as your faith so I can't wait to hear how you balance this!

  13. Ugh I'm not a fan of Katy OR Taylor. I think they're both just dying for attention. Especially Katy at this point her new album is not good lol. I'm excited for your new posts coming up!

    Kayla |

  14. You should do a room tour or house tour when you're all settled in! I would love to see how you decorate your home! I'm obsessed with home decor.

    xo, Makaela

  15. The Katy v. Taylor feud is just so petty to me! Love hearing about your opinions about it — nice to hear someone who works in radio weigh in!

    Tori || Victori Media


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