Southern Belle in Training

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

July 26, 2017

Midweek Ramblings + Recent Purchases + Current Wishlist.

{A little sneak peak of shopping at my favorite jewelry and accessories store in my hometown- The Best of Everything! It was so nice to be home last weekend, even for such a short trip. Follow me on social media @miss_alk!}

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  • Free Magazine Bin: Something I recently discovered that has been a little delight in my week: the free magazine bin at my local library! The library in my hometown back in Maine had one of these too, and I used to love it when I was growing up. The free magazine bin is just as it sounds- a place for people to come to the library and drop off issues of magazines that they no longer want, so that others can enjoy them, for free! On my last trip to the library, I found some great issues of Family Circle and Good Housekeeping (#IAmOld) which had some tasty and easy new recipes in them, and I can't wait to try those soon. If your local library has a free magazine section, you should definitely check it out!
  • Adulting To-Do List Progress: In a blog post from a couple weeks ago, I shared my "adulting to-do list," which was a building list of chores and tasks in my personal life that I'd been putting off for weeks. I'm pleased to report that since sharing that list on my blog, I've made some dents in it! I've crossed off two items so far, scheduling appointments with a new doctor and dentist here in Vermont, and calling my credit card company's customer service number to get help understanding the monthly statement and. I'm telling y'all- writing down stuff on the blog holds me so much more accountable than just writing it on a post-it note or in my phone! 😉
  • Shopping in New Hampshire: One of things that I dislike the most about living in Vermont is the lack of shopping up here. It's forced me to become much more of an online shopping connoisseur in the last few months than I ever was before! As great as shopping online is, I still love the classic retail experience of being in a mall or your favorite store. I mean- I did work in retail for four years, so I guess it runs in my blood a little, ha! Anyways, on my drive back from Maine last weekend, I left home a little early so I could stop and do some retail damage in Manchester New Hampshire, which at just under three hours south is one of the nearest big shopping areas to Burlington. Another huge perk to shopping in New Hampshire is that the whole state is tax free, so it is to your advantage to shop there. They also have a HOBBY LOBBY- which is probably my favorite store in the world. Needless to say- it was an enjoyable way to spend my day off last week before a very busy work week!

  • While in New Hampshire, I got to stop at several stores that aren't in Vermont, one being ULTA!! (Yes- you're probably wondering how I've been surviving up here as a fashion blogger. By throwing myself into my career, that's how! Haha!) As a treat to myself for not being in an Ulta since Charlotte, I decided to splurge on this palette, which I've had my eye on for a few months now.
  • This week I picked up this top up (at a store that we actually do have here in Burlington- lol!). It's not my normal style, but it's something fun and different, and I think it'll be a good fall transition top!

  • These stylish black OTK boots from the Nordstrom Sale! 
  • This foundation, which I've been loving and am almost out of, was all sold out at the ULTA that I stopped at last week. Guess I'll have to order more online!
  • I love finding funny mugs online- how true does this one ring for fellow bloggers?!
  • I had to buy an Otterbox for my phone a few months ago after I shattered the screen (and it has been much needed!), but if I wasn't so clumsy with my phone I would buy this gorgeous iPhone case in a heartbeat, it's just beautiful!

On the blog this week:

     Thanks so much for reading, and hope that you've had a great first half of your week! Since last week's review post of LipSense was so popular, I'm sharing another type of review blog post tomorrow. This time I'll be reviewing a popular summer jewelry trend, and comparing different versions of it from a few different brands! 

     God Bless,

     xoxo Annaliese (or Charlotte XO on the radio!)


  1. I love the pinks in that hi lighter palette!

  2. Funny mugs are the best! I always get lost on Etsy searching through them.
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  3. free magazine bin!? that sounds right up my alley, especially since my boyf considers me a magazine hoarder. it's almost like I should start my own bin... x, nicole //

  4. yess!! all the libraries i go to have the free magazine rack and i love it!

  5. I'm glad you're doing so good with the adulting to do list!! and I'm also glad you shared what you got at the nsale!

  6. Looks like a good week! You must find it so hard with no good shopping! I have that problem here in Roanoke...and it has definitely helped to spend less on clothing and makeup...though Amazon has become my best friend!

  7. I just got a library card and I'm so excited to start using it!! They have a magazine bin which I love perusing :)


  8. I've never been to New Hampshire - it sounds SO fun, and all of the shopping! Those earrings are gorgeous!

  9. Glad to hear about your adulting list! And how's the palette?! I've heard so many good things!

  10. Love the idea for an "adulting" to do list, I seriously need to make one of those! Glad you made a decent dent in it :)

    Kristen |

  11. I almost bought those boots from the Nordstrom Sale! I do love them!

  12. I love the idea of a free magazine bin, I need to see if my local library has one so I can donate mine! I have a pretty good system in place currently, my mom gets Southern Living, Good Housekeeping, etc. and then passes them onto me ;)

    xoxo, SS

  13. Give me those earrings!!

    xo //



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