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September 27, 2017

Midweek Ramblings + Recent Purchases + Current Wishlist.

{The weather in Vermont has broken records this week! It was 91 on Monday! Follow me on social media @miss_alk} 

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  • Amazing weather: The picture above had to prepare y'all for this to be my first rambling this week! 😉 The state of Vermont gave me the best belated birthday gift ever this week, a week and a half of beautiful, sunny, and most importantly HOT weather! This past weekend and up until today the weather has literally broken records in the state- I believe I heard in the local news the record broken on Monday was last set in the 1800s! I am quite a warm weather girl and have already been getting nervous for my first Vermont winter, so this last burst of sunshine was such a gift after a cool, rainy summer. I bought the donut pool float that's pictured on sale in-store for just $6 over the weekend, and it was fun to use it on Monday morning before work on Lake Champlain! 
  • Air pumps are sold where...? On the note of the donut pool float that I just bought... I almost wasn't able to use it! I had the hardest time finding an air pump for the float! Growing up, my dad always kept a hand pump for air for inflatables in our garage, and I always assumed that was a normal item sold at most big box or hardware stores, but apparently not?! I tried Target and Super Walmart across the lake, and back in Vermont I tried our Walmart, Big Lots, Lowe's and a hardware store, and NONE of these places sold an air pump for inflatables or pool floats! The employee at the hardware store was nice enough to let me bring in the float and see if a bike pump would work with the float, but the nozzle on it was too small. Thankfully, my friend who I went to the lake with had an air pump for an inflatable kayak that she let me borrow, but if that hadn't happened I would have been out of luck! So question for all of you cute pool float lovers: where did you find your air pump? Was it from a store, or something special you had to order online? (I'm hoping Amazon has them for next season- ha!)
  • Fall TV premieres: This week most of my favorite fall TV shows returned! (Last week I actually wrote a detailed TV Guide style post all about fall shows- check it out here if you haven't!) The Big Bang Theory's season premiere was Monday night and it was SO good- we finally got the answer about Sheldon's proposal... as well as a HUGE bombshell with other characters that I wasn't expecting! Tonight is the season premiere of Star, one of my other favorite shows!
  • Work OOTD's: A couple weeks ago, I decided to start sharing my radio work OOTDs everyday  before leaving my apartment for the day on Insta-Stories. The feedback so far has been wonderful!! Doing this has also inspired me to dress up more for work than I was before, and get more creative in restyling things, so it's a win-win all around. I know that what I wear to work might not work for all professions (I feel like I dress the same as I did in college- dressed up some days and casual others!) but hopefully these outfits are still helpful to some! 😊 Be sure you're follow me @miss_alk to see them!

  • This weekend I made a trip across the lake (via ferry) to do some shopping in Plattsburgh, NY, at stores that aren't located in Vermont. Pleased to report that therapy of the retail variety was done! First and foremost, I was like a kid in a candy store in the new Hobby Lobby that just opened in Plattsburgh! Forget Nordstrom or other popular stores with bloggers.... Hobby Lobby will forever be my weakness!! I shared a haul of what I purchased on Insta-Stories a couple nights ago.
  • These gorgeous boots were an impulse purchase this weekend, but I fell in love with them and also realized how many things they would match in my fall and winter wardrobe (including one of my favorite winter coats!!). And they're under $50- which I can totally justify for cute trendy boots! 
  • Not a fashion purchase, but I always wanted to own this game while in Charlotte for game nights with friends, and I saw it at Target this weekend and had to scoop it up finally! Now I just need to host a game night so I can play at last! 
  • Of course- I also bought the donut float that's pictured above, it was marked down in-store at Target to $6!! 

  • One designer item that I've never owned is sunglasses. I don't think I've ever owned a pair that costs more than $20 because I always lose or break them! Lately though I've had my eyes lusting over pretty sunglasses like these.... maybe I'm finally grown up enough to buy these? Haha. 
  • Since cheap sunglasses are my jam... here's a super cute trendy pair for under $15! Eye protection is still so important in colder weather. 
  • Exactly the type of stylish top that I'd rock for work in the next couple months. #fallvibes
  • I never spend money on "going out clothes," and this top is under $20 so it would be perfect for fall nights on the town!! I like how the model styled it with a choker necklace, and it comes in a few colors. 
  • Okay this is just a cute and funny item for the single friend in your life!! I love saying this saying and have a pair of pajamas that say what's on this keychain as well. This would be an adorable birthday or Christmas gift for any independent lady! 

On the blog this week:

      Chillier, normal fall weather returns to Vermont tomorrow! I'm sad to kiss summer goodbye *for real* this time, but excited to work on more fall fashion content for the blog soon!

      God Bless,

     xoxo Annaliese (aka Charlotte XO on-air!)



  1. I thought the premier of BBT was so good!! The proposal was so Sheldon and I can't believe what's going on with Bernadette!

  2. Your new boots are so cute and I also love Cards Against humanity, it's so much fun to play with friends! Enjoy the Vermont sunshine!

  3. I am with you on the cheap sunglasses. I am notorious for breaking them. I love those boots from Target! Jess at Just Jess

  4. $6 for that float -- I would have picked it up too.
    Fall TV is the BEST TV.
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  5. That float is so cute! Love all your pics!

  6. I'm not sure exactly how (you can probably google it up!) but whenever we are on beach vacations, my dad always blew our floats up at the local gas stations using the air that you pay for with quarters and it always worked for us :) Also, I used to be a cheap sunglasses girl until I started wearing Costas. They are so, so nice and sturdy and I love them and their customer service is awesome as well :)

    xoxo, SS

    Southern and Style

  7. So weird how none of those places had air pumps!! Love seeing your work OOTDs on Insta!

  8. I've heard that the East Coast is having unseasonably warm weather! I'm really glad you're enjoying it!

  9. That keychain is cute! Love that winter coat also.

  10. Congrats on the hot weather for your birthday! I don't watch BBT but I have a few season premiers I'm looking forward to this fall!

  11. You look so cute and happy in this picture! I love the game cards against humanity. It makes for a fun and interesting game night.


  12. I love your wish list! That keychain is very pretty!

  13. The donut float is my favorite! I got a lot of use out of mine this summer!

  14. OMG that donut float is only $6?!? Need it asap!

    Jennifer Ashley |

  15. Haha I totally feel ya about not spending money on sunglasses. I always lose mine too! I had a really nice pair of Ray Bans and I lost them on vacation in Hawaii!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  16. That donut float is too cute! Need.


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