Southern Belle in Training

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

June 28, 2017

Midweek Ramblings + Recent Purchases + Current Wishlist.

{My second visit to the Ben and Jerry's factory in Vermont! Follow me on social media @miss_alk}

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  • More company! My dad was in Vermont last weekend for Father's Day, and this weekend I had a surprise last minute visit from my sorority sister Hannah, who now lives in Boston! The timing worked out perfectly for her to come up, and we had such a great time. I made my second trip back to the Ben and Jerry's factory (I have a feeling many more trips are in my future with more company to come....), and we also took some time to enjoy downtown Burlington. Since I've had some difficulty adjusting to life in Vermont since the move, it's been great to have visitors here! My next visitor will be my roommate from last year, Ciera, who comes in later next week! 
  • Morning show fill-in: I've never been so excited to set my alarm for 3:45 am as I am for this Friday! I am getting the chance to fill-in on the morning show for one of the radio stations that I work for, and I CANNOT WAIT! Some of you might remember that I interned for a morning show back in Charlotte right before accepting my job here in Vermont. While I was only on the air twice during my last internship, I fell in love with the concept of morning radio during my time working for the show, and honestly I think mornings might be something I'd like to do for my next job! I think Friday's experience will be so fun, and I love working for a company that lets me get to try new things. 


  • My preferences in retailers has definitely changed through the years- as to be expected! There are some stores that I really haven't shopped at since I was in high school. One such retailer happened though last week to be having an AMAZING online sale last week that a friend texted me about (FYI- the sale is happening again! More info in the Wishlist section of the post.). They were doing 50% off all online orders $40+, and 65% off all online orders $100+. Stop and read that again- can you believe that?! I couldn't either! Even though this store isn't my personal fav anymore, with deals like that I knew this would be the time to stock up on things I needed. I've been shopping around lately for a good pair of jean shorts- and I was able to scoop some up for under $20 with the sale! 
  • Something else that I picked up in that amazing online sale was this pair of winter boots. I know, I know... it's almost July! But winter in New England will be here before I know it, and boots are more of an investment purchase. With the great deals in that sale I was able to score these for UNDER $30! What an amazing deal. 
  • As I mentioned in Monday's post... I had a bit of a rough weekend at work. Since I also had company here for Sunday/Monday... it was the perfect excuse to do a little shopping at some of the boutiques in downtown Burlington! There is a boutique that sells some Lilly Pulitzer in Burlington, and they of course happened to be having a sidewalk sale! I am not usually an impulsive Lilly buyer, but I walked away with a pair of these pants and do not regret it at all! Since I work in such a casual environment for my day job I know I'll be wearing them tons this summer. 

  • A PSA before starting my wishlist- that AMAZING online sale that I took advantage of last week (50% off orders $40+ and 65% off orders $100+) is BACK until TONIGHT ONLY at the same retailer! Shop it now here - don't miss this one! 
  • A lot of my good friends have birthdays in the summer. This BFF sweatshirt duo would be such a funny and unique gift for your bestie's birthday!
  • Since I'm not a big coffee drinker, I drink hot tea year round. It's always fun to have a summery portable hot beverage mug in the warmer months, and this one is so cute and a good deal!
  • This really cute swing dress is in such a bold shade, but I think I kinda love it! It's an online exclusive FYI.
  • A gorgeous, simple one piece bathing suit in my favorite shade of bright pink! 

On the blog this week:

     Thanks so much for reading! Stay tuned for Friday's post- I know that y'all enjoy seeing the PR packages that I get from blogging, especially the beauty ones. I'll be sharing honest reviews of a lot of the products that I've received recently in my next blog post! 

     God Bless,

      xoxo Annaliese (or Charlotte XO on the radio!)


  1. Congrats on getting to fill-in on Friday! Sounds like an awesome experience!

    Carrie |

  2. Great job getting a head start on winter gear! I grew up in Massachusetts, so I know New England weather is no joke in the winter!

  3. I'm loving one piece bathing suits this season! I'm in complete summer mode so I've been shopping for them a lot!

  4. congrats on the morning show fill in! so exciting!

  5. Congrats on filling in for the morning show!! Also so exciting that you've had a lot of company!

  6. Having company is the best! Love the Lilly pants you got on a whim!

  7. Congrats on the morning show!!!! SO proud of you girl!!

  8. Friday morning is going to be so exciting for you! I bet they'll love having you on there! I absolutely adore that travel mug. I drink hot coffee or hot tea at home or at work, so I definitely need to grab a couple more mugs.

  9. Yay so exciting for you for Friday morning! Love the Lilly pants you got :)

  10. You drink hot tea year around?? even in the summer??? wow, good for you!!!

  11. I'm so excited for you about the fill in on the morning show! It's so awesome that you are doing something you love!

  12. That bright swimsuit is so cute! Also I love me some Ben & Jerry's.

  13. Do you have a recommendation for fall/winter boots that are southern climate appropriate? I received a pair of Bean boots for Christmas 2 years ago when I was living in Connecticut, but returned them when we found out my husband was accepted for a job in Raleigh, NC. Those boots would have been useful in the freezing temps & snow of New England, but I probably wouldn't get any use out of them down here.
    Did you have, or know of, any lightweight boots that look fall-y/winter-y but aren't actually designed for harsh winters?

    1. Hi Liza!! Feel free to email me:! I'd love to help you! xoxo

  14. Congrats on the Morning Show!

    I too am a hot tea drinker - love the beverage mug.

  15. A one piece swimsuit is also on my wishlist!

  16. Oh my gosh, the Ben and Jerry's factory, I definitely want to go there!!


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