Southern Belle in Training

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July 25, 2017

Black Athleisure Look + My Summer Schedule.

      I make it pretty well known on the blog that I'm a big fan of discount online retailer Shein. However- one thing that I had never tried from Shein prior to now were any type of pants or leggings. The under $15 price on these worried me a little bit, but I was pleasantly surprised in how much I loved them! I'm styling them today in this athleisure look, and sharing a bit about what my summer routine outside of work has looked like.


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      This is the perfect example of an outfit that I'd wear both to work, and then later to the gym. I love being able to wear athleisure outfits to work on days that I want to workout after! (The only difference is I would probably throw on a sweatshirt for work... no matter how casual your workplace is spaghetti straps in the office probably aren't a good idea- haha!) I still can't believe that these leggings from Shein are under $15. What a fantastic deal!

      Now to talk a little bit about my summer schedule... or perhaps I should say lack-thereof? Life-wise, everything for me was turned completely upside-down when I moved to Vermont in April to begin my post-grad career! I've struggled with time management throughout the past, and with having such a demanding work schedule I knew that I had to do something to organize my time outside of work. I read a great older blog post from one of my favorite bloggers, Katey from Chronicles of Frivolity, who said that after she graduated college and first lived on her own, something that helped her to organize her time was to designate each weekday for some sort of task or activity (outside of work hours). For example, some days for fitness classes, one day a week for errands/boring adult tasks, one day for appointments, one day for seeing girlfriends after work, etc. I thought this was such a great idea and initially I tried to implement this into my new life in Vermont. 

      Although it worked well at first, it fell apart kind of quickly for me. I talk more about this in my bi-monthly post-move updates, but I haven't really had much of a social life since I moved here, and when I do it's usual very infrequent and last minute plans. Something else that's been going on this summer too is that I've had a lot of company visiting. This has been a lot of fun and has helped to keep my spirits up, but as I don't get time off from work right now, squeezing in multiple visitors around my insane work schedule has proved to be a bit stressful. 

      All that goes to say- the little out-of-work schedule that I've made for myself has completely gone out the window! Including other things that I was enjoying doing after work, like cooking regular dinners and going to the gym a few times a week. Part of it is that work has really picked up- summer is the busiest time of the year for radio events. This week I work close to 60 hours! I've been feeling a bit burnt out between working so much and running my blog, that when I am home, I've been very unproductive and usually just mindlessly playing on my phone or sleeping. You know that you're burnt out when you don't even have the attention span some nights for Netflix- haha! Another thing is that on days when I do have energy after work, I've been trying to enjoy time by Lake Champlain outside. Vermont has such a short summer and I'm very much a hot weather person, so I feel like I'll have seriously guilt feelings to spend extra time indoors that I don't have to in these short warm weeks.

    So after all of that- my question to all of you is: how do you stay productive and on-track in your personal life in the summer months? Do you take a "summer vacation" from some things like cooking, apartment tasks, and the gym? Or do you still hold yourself accountable to your normal routine, even with a super busy work schedule (or two super busy work schedules in my case) and warm weather? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments! Doing this whole adulting thing is new to me, and I think we can all learn from each other! 

     After taking last week off, Midweek Ramblings + Recent Purchases + Current Wishlist will be back for tomorrow's Wednesday blog post! 

     God Bless,

     xoxo Annaliese (or Charlotte XO on the radio!)




  1. Love this look! The only schedule I stick to is cooking dinner M-F, it gives me something to do & I enjoy planning/cooking meals!


  2. I love the leggings! Si great to be comfortable when exercising!

    Ash //

  3. I definitely feel guilty when I don't get outside in the summer too. It's so nice you can wear workout clothes to work and hit the gym right after, that is really convenient and a big time saver. Personally I hold myself accountable to getting to the gym in the summer but only 3 days a week (instead of 5) because I spend more time moving outside anyways!

  4. I love those leggings! I'm glad to know SheIn leggings are goof quality <3

    Felly |

  5. I am always looking for good leggings! And you can't beat the price

  6. Love the layered strappy bra look! I need to invest in some new workout clothes. Probably something that isn't black since it's 100+ degrees here in the summer!

  7. Cute workout clothes sure motivate me! I haven't gotten to the gym in awhile because life has been pretty hectic but that's okay.

  8. Those leggings look awesome - and you can't beat that price!

  9. still hold myself accountable to a normal routine! and all i could think about while reading this was that i had those sneakers but lost one :-( and i want them back haha

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  11. Ahh this is such a cute workout outfit! I work in a really formal setting so I probably couldn't get away with wearing leggings to work but I am in LOVE with them!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  12. Girl, I don't know how you fit it all in!! You get so much done in one week xx

  13. I can't believe those leggings are under $15- what a great deal. I'm super impressed by how much you manage to do!

  14. What a totally adorable look! I love the criss cross of your sports bra!

  15. Hey, thanks a lot for sharing your summer schedule of your work outs. I am highly impressed with this post. Actually I too have the goals to shed weight and will be starting the work out sessions soon. The deals on the Carbon 38 workout clothes and Nike shoes are quite nice so thinking to buy their stuff so that can save some money too.


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