Southern Belle in Training

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June 26, 2017

One Maxi Dress Two Ways: Breezy Daytime Look.

Photography by Melissa Lynn Studios 

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     How beautiful is this amazing watercolor maxi dress? I knew as soon as I saw it online that I had to have it. The way that the purples and blues blend together in the fabric is even prettier in person than on the website! 😊 These photos were taken when I was out for a mid-morning stroll in Burlington's Waterfront Park. This is a public park that runs all along the part of Lake Champlain that borders the downtown, and it's a lovely place to hangout at in the spring and summer! 

     Last fall, I wrote two fashion posts where I styled an off-the-shoulder top two different ways: one for a casual daytime look, and one outfit perfect for a girls' night out on the town. Since I love this beautiful dress so much, I wanted to try doing that again! A dressier look #2 with this maxi dress will be on the blog next Monday, but today's look is the more casual one. I wore it without the waist tie that it comes with, and paired it with these flat sandals, a bold clutch, and some fun statement earrings, and let my hair go free! This look would be great for lots of summer activities- dinner outside, errands, a casual party, or of course a stroll by the lake like I'm doing! I can't wait to show y'all how I made this dress look completely different and quite fancy in next Monday's post. 

     Getting real for a second... last week was a bit of a rough one for me. I truly LOVE my day job and the radio industry- for the most part since I started my job in April every week has felt like "fun" and not work. Last week was the first week that I had a rough week at work, and it actually started to feel like work. Fortunately it wasn't anything to do with the radio aspects of my job (which is 90% of what I do!) - I still love that. 😉 Just some of the other parts of having a job... the things that quite honestly everyone deals with no matter what industry! It was a rough week, but I am thankful it's now DONE and a new week is here. And a special treat came my way this weekend- I was able to get a surprise last minute visit here in Burlington from one of my sorority sisters! My ADPi sister Hannah moved to Boston almost a year ago to attend grad school, and this weekend happened to be free in her schedule for her to head up north to visit me. This was such a lovely thing to look forward to after a harder week! Today is my day off, so you can see what adventures we're up to on my IG stories (and Snapchat too!) @miss_alk. 

     Hoping your week is off to a good start!

     God Bless,

      xoxo Annaliese (or Charlotte XO on the radio!)


  1. This dress is stunning on you, Annaliese! Love the colors of it. Hope you had fun with your friend this weekend!

  2. This watercolor maxi dress is so perfect! And I need those earrings!

  3. I love the way the colors blend together in this dress and I'm loving the clutch!

    -Sabine |

  4. wow, that is crazy breezy!!! totally love the pictures <3 you look so happy :)

  5. You must have the MOST fun taking blog pictures! You always look so happy and adorable. Love it and love this dress!

  6. This dress looks beautiful and very light weight! I hope this week is better!

  7. That watercolor print is so fun! You look so happy in these photos!

  8. I love that maxi!! you look so stunning.

  9. This dress is amazing! I'm so excited to see how you dress it up. I'm sorry you had a rough week, but that's so good that your friend/sister was able to come along and cheer you up. I hope this week is better for you!

  10. Ah these photos make me so happy. You look like a princess!

  11. ahh love all the movement in these photos! Pretty dress!

  12. I love surprises! Friends who do that are ones you should never let go xx & that dress is everything!

  13. This dress was made for you! You look absolutely gorgeous. Hoping that this week is better for you, sweet friend :) Always here for ya!

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

  14. The colors in this dress are gorgeous! And here's to a better week!

  15. Wow! I love how this dress moves in the wind. So light and airy!

    Jennifer Ashley //

  16. You look so gorgeous! I love how flowy the dress is, and all the colors are so pretty!!



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