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November 28, 2017

"Hallmark Christmas Movie" Outfit + My Favorite Weekly Podcasts!

     Funny story about how this blog post title came about: I have to give credit for the title of today's blog post to Nicholle from Nicholle Sophia. We had dinner after work the same day that these photos were taken, and she said that I looked dressed straight out of a Hallmark Holiday movie (which I took as a big compliment 😉). So there you go- blog post title born! Read on to find out more about my new favorite holiday casual outfit (my cozy turtleneck sweater is under $30!), and in today's post I'm also sharing my 4 favorite weekly podcasts that I keep up with on the reg!

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      This cable knit turtleneck is seriously my new favorite sweater for this holiday season. The ways that you can wear it are endless- it's such as essential basic piece! I had fun dressing it up for this outfit with pumps and statement jewelry, but it could just as easily be dressed down with snow boots and leggings for a cold and casual winter day. It's under $30 and seriously a must-buy!! I know I'll be getting a lot more use out of it, and this is definitely not the last time you'll be seeing it on the blog!

      I'm also loving my gorgeous pink DIFF sunglasses! You might have seen on Instagram that I got to work with DIFF to promote their fantastic Cyber Monday sale which was yesterday. Unfortunately that specific sale is over now, but I think a pair of DIFF sunglasses would make a great Christmas gift for someone in your life (or for you!). These were actually the first pair of "nice" sunglasses that I've ever owned... for real, I've never had a pair worth over $20 before now!! I'm taking such good care of these though- I love them! 😊

      Now let's chat about something that I've gotten really into in 2017: podcasts!! In a blog post a few weeks ago, I shared three of my favorite shorter series ones (meaning that they're a full story told in under 10 episodes). I think a short series podcast would be especially perfect to listen to on holiday travels, and also a great introduction to podcasts if you're unfamiliar with them in general. Although I enjoy getting into a series podcasts from time to time, I also have a few weekly podcasts that I really look forward to hearing new episodes from each week. These aren't a specific series and don't tell a certain story, but each one is still on a certain theme or topic. Two of them I've been listening to since the very beginning, and two I pick and choose episodes from on certain weeks that interest me specifically. I personally usually listen to podcasts in the mornings before work, since I don't go into my day job until later in the day (read my morning schedule here). Let's get to it:

     1. Good Christian Fun: Instead of saving the best for last, let's jump into the best FIRST! Good Christian Fun is absolutely the best podcast that I've ever heard. Each episode leaves me with both a lot to think about in terms of faith and Christian pop culture, and also has me laughing to the point of tears (seriously- every episode!). This podcast is hosted by Kevin T. Porter and Caroline Ely, and in each episode they highlight, review and debate something different from (the weird world of) Christian pop culture: everything from albums to movies to books, etc. A lot of the things they review are throwback items to the 90s and early 2000s, and as someone who grew up in church and attending youth group, this podcast brings back SO many memories!! Another thing that I love about the podcast is that it's something that can be enjoyed both by those of the faith and also those not (a lot of the podcast guests actually aren't Christians!). Seriously- I don't think Kevin and Caroline know how grateful I am to them for the endless laughs and entertainment that they provide me with each week. I hope this podcast goes forever and ever!

     2. Help! I Suck At Dating with Dean Unglert: This is the other podcast that I listen to each and every week. Hosted by Dean Unglert of Rachel's season of The Bachlorette, this one as you probably guessed from the title is a dating and relationships based podcast! I really liked Dean on Rachel's season, however I don't watch Bachelor in Paradise so I didn't get a chance to see him on that show. From what I've gathered from entertainment news and also Dean's own take on the season on his podcast, he didn't act too great with a couple of the girls on Paradise, which is what inspired him to learn from his mistakes and start this podcast. Each week tackles a different topic related to dating, and some of them get very specific with issues related to dating in the 21st century (like dating apps, etc). Dean also has a variety of guests on each episode, everyone from other Bachelor/ette contestants, his ex-girlfriends, to love experts! While I don't agree with all of the topics and advice given out on this podcast (ahem... the sexting episode...), overall I think this podcast is quite fun, and seriously, props to Dean for trying to get better at dating!

     3. The Reality Steve Podcast: For all my Bachelor and Bachelorette fans out there: you are missing out soooooo much if you don't follow Reality Steve and get into the spoilers of the show! Reality Steve (real name: Steve Carbone) is a full-time blogger who makes his living spoiling each season of The Bachelor and blogging about television news. I should add on that his website and social media posts are absolutely hilarious, and usually have me laughing out loud! I started watching The Bachelor shows with Brad's second season in 2010, and I learned about the spoilers I'm pretty sure in 2011 or 2012, so I've been a loyal RS fan for many years. I've tried to get so many of my friends and my mom as well on board with him, but so many people refuse to get into the spoilers. I tell you though- once you read them for one season you can't stop!! It is amazing what he does.
      Anyways, Steve's podcast doesn't so much cover spoilers of the upcoming Bachelor season, but instead he interviews past Bachelor/ette contestants, and sometimes even season leads! It is so cool to get such an insider perspective about what happens on the show. These podcast interviews are a lot like his writing, and each episode is hilarious to listen to. There have been some seasons that I haven't watched, so I don't listen to each week's episode (if it's with someone that I'm not familiar with from the show for example!). But if it is with a contestant that I knew and loved, I know it'll be a treat to tune in! A few of my favorite interviews include Courtney Robertson, Ben Flajnik, DeAnna Stagliano, Amanda Stanton and Sharleen Joynt.

     4. The Skinny Confidential Him and Her: This lifestyle podcast is hosted by blogger Lauryn Evarts of The Skinny Confidential blog, and her husband Michael Bosstick. I love how this husband/wife duo does a podcast together, and it's so fun to see Lauryn and Michael's chemistry and humor together on their podcast! The Skinny Confidential Him and Her podcast is a lot like Lauryn's blog; it covers a big variety of lifestyle topics, and different guests are brought on to assist with those topics. Kind of like with The Reality Steve podcast, I only listen to the episodes with guests or topics that interest me, but when I do tune in, I always love the episode!! A few of my favorite episodes include Lauryn and Michael's love story (which they recorded right before their wedding last year!), interview with actress Ashley Tisdale, and interview with fellow blogger Julie Solomon.

     Are there any podcasts that you listen to regularly? Have you heard any of these before?

     Hope that you're having a great week so far! Thanks for reading!

     God Bless,

     xoxo Annaliese



  1. I like Lauryn's podcast too, though like you I choose when to tune in and don't listen to every episode. I'm sure Dean's podcast is entertaining, I'll have to listen sometime! Your outfit is super adorable. I love your jacket and I am always game for a turtleneck in the winter!

  2. I love podcast too! Especially passing the time in traffic! That jacket is adorable and you do look like someone straight out of a Hallmark movie hehe!

  3. I lovveee podcasts! These are awesome! :) I will definitely check them out! Especially the Christian Fun one!

  4. I've been hearing the besttttt things about diff eyewear, I have to check 'em out! x, nicole //

  5. I actually listened to the first few episodes of both GCF and Dean's podcast! I tried out GCF because Kevin did the Gilmore Guys podcast I love so much, so I still want to support him!
    Also - that outfit is SO cute on you!!

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  7. My interest in podcasts is mainly true crime and woo woo, but I really do love listening to podcasts because I can multitask so easily. And your outfit is perfect! You really look straight out of a Hallmark Christmas movie.

  8. This outfit is so precious & totally Hallmark movie just where is your random prince that's supposed to show up out of nowhere and sweep you off your feet?!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern and Style

  9. You really do look like someone straight out of a Hallmark movie!! Also, I've been loving Dean's podcast as well!!

  10. Your outfit is the best! And I can't wait to check out the podcasts you recommended!

  11. Now we just need you to fall in love with a sweet man like in the movies!! You've definitely got the look down!

  12. I need this jacket girl! You look amazing.

    -xo, Azanique |

  13. You are totally a Hallmark movie character in that adorable coat! You look fabulous!

  14. WOW! This outfit is cute as can be! The coat is my favorite part.

  15. Gah, Dean on BiP was awful - I loved him in Rachel's season so it was so disappointing to see him being so wishy washy and leading people on in BiP. I may have to listen to his podcast though, sounds interesting!
    Also, I totally agree with your friend's assessment of your outfit - Straight out of a hallmark movie in the best possible way! You hair is also gorgeous!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

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