Southern Belle in Training

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December 30, 2017

2017: Blogging Highlights + Favorite Outfits.

     It's time to share my blogging highlights and favorite outfits from each month of 2017, which means another year has come to a close. For the second year in a row, this is the last post on my blog of the year! I think it's so fun to end each year on the blog by looking back at my favorites and readers' favorites from that year in the Southern Belle in Training world. Let's get started!

Best Outfits of the Year

      Let's get started with my favorite outfits of the year!! It is always so hard for me to pick these. Some months I have several favorite outfits, and other months aren't my favorite in terms of what I wore on the blog. But I have still rounded up one final favorite from each month of the year! The original blog post the look was featured in is linked above each photo:

January: "The Cutest Bow Top" (Also can we all laugh together at the fact I was wearing this outfit OUTSIDE in JANUARY?! #RIPNorthCarolinaLiving)

February: "Trend Spin Link Up: Winter Accessories" (Featuring my favorite winter coat! I actually rarely wear it because I love it so much and am scared something will happen to it. #confession)

March: "The BEST Off-the-Shoulder Top for Spring!" (Two months in a row of wearing white jeans for my favorite outfits... weirdly I actually rarely wear white jeans IRL?)

April: It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. (Another confession: I liked the amazing location and the way my hair curled in these photos better than my outfit... lol!)

May: "A Love Letter to Charlotte NC" (One of my favorite personal posts of the year, but it also featured one of my favorite casual outfits of the year!)

June: "Italy's Hidden Gem: The Amazing Colors of Burano" (Not my favorite outfit I've ever worn on the blog- but definitely my FAVORITE LOCATION I've ever done blog photos in! This was a dream come true!)

July: "#IHaveThisThingWithPink" (True story: there was a typo in the title of this post and it said I Have Thing Thing With Pink.... for FIVE MONTHS!! Yes- up until I was writing this year in review blog post, I never caught the typo in the blog post title. Lol! But anyways- I do have a thing with pink. 😉) 

August: "Sunny Yellow Dress + Self-Care in Busy Weeks" (This outfit taught me that I have a new favorite summer color combo, yellow and turquoise!)

September: "The Ideal Work to Date Night Look" (This is the type of outfit that I wear to work on a day I have a meeting, aka the most formal I'd ever have to look for work. I have to say as much as I love dressing up, I have gotten kind of appreciative for working in a casual industry this year!)

October: "The Woman I Want to Be" (Another favorite personal post for the year, and this dress was a DREAM.)

November: "Fancy Thanksgiving Outfit Inspiration" (This was a random outfit that I put together for the blog but ended up becoming one of my favorites of the year! I love when that happens.)

December: "My Le Chateau Little Black Dress Story" (It was kind of a "pinch me" moment with blogging to get to work with an international brand that I'd loved for years on this post!) 

     Next, let's take a look back at the five most popular blog posts of 2017 with SBIT readers! In order of highest page views:

  1.      4 Places to Visit in Rome from The Lizzie McGuire Movie
  2.      I Tried LipSense - My Honest Review!
  3.      BIG NEWS: I Have a Radio Job + I'm Moving!!!
  4.      Midweek Ramblings + Recent Purchases + Current Wishlist (I have no idea why this random MR post was one of my top of the year... I write a few of these posts every month but this one got lots of traffic!)
  5.      Relationship Monday: An Open Letter to the Boy Who Broke My Heart.

     And lastly, I like to end my annual Blogging Highlights post by sharing a few of my blogging goals of the year and if I achieved them. My three main blogging goals for 2017 were to finally reach 10,000 followers on Instagram, go on my first press trip on behalf of my blog, and to do a collaboration with a formalwear company. I am so excited to announce that with hard work and dedication, all three of these goals were accomplished for the year!!! Of course, I had other goals for the year that are still in progress, or just weren't quite attainable. And that's okay too. It's important throughout the year to do goal check-ins and see what's working and what isn't. And it's also important to give yourself grace when you work hard for something but it just doesn't work out. BUT- what a great feeling to have my three top ones all be achieved this year! I have even bigger goals for 2018 and can't wait to get the ball rolling on the new year. 

     Thank you so much to each and every one of you who has read my blog or followed my social media this year! It's been my honor to connect with all of you and provide you with meaningful content. This has been a huge year of change in my personal life, and my blog was a steady constant that I'm so thankful for. 

     I'm currently taking a blogging break through New Year's while I'm traveling out-of-state visiting a high school friend, but I'll be back and ready to start 2018 off here on the blog this Wednesday, January 3rd! Talk to you then!!

      God Bless,

      xoxo Annaliese 



  1. That August dress is in my absolute favorite color! I love so many of the outfits in this post and I always love looking at year in review posts!

    xo Emily |

  2. I cannot believe you were wearing a mini skirt in January! *As I sit here in a winter advisory hahaha*

  3. So many of your favorite posts were my favorites as well-I really loved that formalwear post you did-you looked amazing & the actual post was beautifully written. I wish you all the best in 2018!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern and Style


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