Southern Belle in Training

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

September 20, 2017

Midweek Ramblings + Recent Purchases + Current Wishlist.

{Throwback to a favorite fall shoot from last year with Deeana Kourtney Photography! Follow me on social media @miss_alk!}

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  • Weekend recap: It has been such a blessing to have my work hours recently switch from Mondays off to instead working half days Saturday and then having Sundays off! I finally feel like I am able to enjoy weekends, and also make plans with new friends, which is helping me to feel a little more settled in Vermont. This weekend was filled the perfect balance of relaxation and fun, and also lots of sunshine. The weather was a whopping 80 degrees and sunny both days (which was warmer than it was for a lot of the summer!), and I tried my best to enjoy it! I stopped by a local apple orchard after work on Saturday to pick up fresh apples from the farm store, and baked apple muffins with them for breakfast on Sunday. I also went to the movies to see the new Reese Witherspoon movie (which was SO cute!), and enjoyed time at the lake with some people in my bible study on Sunday afternoon. Bible study starts back up this week after a two month break, and I'm really looking forward to that.
  • Back to reading: Reading is one of my favorite pastimes, and after moving to Vermont I started reading for fun again a lot more! With an unexpectedly busy month at work in August, reading and some of my other favorite home hobbies had to be put on the back burner, as most nights that I was getting home I was too tired to do anything (and too busy to make library trips!). Luckily this month, I've been able to start reading again! Not quite at the ferocious pace that I was reading at earlier this summer, but I've been reading a couple chapters of something every night before bed, and it's a wonderful way to relax. I think this will be a permanent addition to my bedtime routine on weeknights! 
  • Ultimate One Hit Wonders list: One of my musical guilty pleasures are 90s and early 2000s one hit wonders. This list from Buzzfeed is quite the round-up of them- some musical gems on here!! Take a listen to some of these songs if you need a little #tbt action this week! 

  • No fun purchases again this week, minus getting my nails done! However I do have some packages arriving soon for October's fashion collaborations on the blog which I'm so excited to receive! And I just saw today that my After Party Sale purchases have finally charged to my card- so they should be shipping soon. I swear I've never had to wait this many weeks to receive an APS package before! 

  • These block heels are in such a fun and unexpected color that would pop against fall outfits!
  • How funny is this travel mug? Would be perfect for those rough mornings at work- ha!
  • Some very chic over-the-knee boots that come in three colors, and are under $100!!
  • Y'all know I'm not the biggest fan of rompers but HOW CUTE is this one? (FYI it's an online exclusive!) I love the pattern and it looks pretty modest as far as rompers go!
  • One thing that I want to keep adding to my closet to survive winter in Vermont are brightly colored sweaters! I love color in my wardrobe and don't want to lose sight of that during the long winter. This cute sweater comes in several colors (I love the hot pink!)

On the blog this week:

     Hope you're having a wonderful Wednesday! I'm extra excited about tomorrow's blog post- I'm diving into one of my favorite things here on the blog!

     God Bless,

     xoxo Annaliese (aka Charlotte XO on-air!)


  1. At least you got to get your nails done! That's always fun : ) Winters in Vermont call for tons of fun colored sweaters! Can't wait to see which ones you get!

  2. Your booties are so cute!! I love the fringe

  3. Sometimes it is good to have a month without any fun purchases - I know it has been good for me recently!

  4. It sounds like you had such a nice relaxing weekend to help you recharge.

  5. I can't believe you still haven't gotten your APS purchases yet?! I guess I was one of the lucky few that got hers the week after-I can't wait to see you style your new pieces!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern and Style

  6. I am so impatient when it comes to waiting for packages. I hope it arrives soon for you.

  7. I bet those muffins were delicious!

  8. I love this scarf girl! So cute :)

    -xo, Azanique |

  9. Oh my goodness one hit wonders from the 90s and 2000s are my JAM!

  10. I love your outfit and so glad to hear your are feeling settling in Vermont!! And I loooove 90's and early 2000's one hit wonders too!

  11. Sounds like you had a fun weekend and yes to a good mani!

  12. Love those fringed booties, they're so on-trend right now!


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