Southern Belle in Training

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February 21, 2018

Midweek Ramblings + Recent Purchases + Current Wishlist.

Church Street Marketplace Vermont

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  • Finally watching Friends: I feel like I am always the last person ever to watch well-known TV shows. I didn't finish Gossip Girl until my junior year of college, I finally finished watching The Office consecutively around this time last year... and just a couple weeks ago I began watching Friends! I had seen episodes sporadically when I was growing up and it was airing live with my parents, but of course I don't remember that very well. I had tried to watch a little bit of the first season when it first went on Netflix, but I couldn't get into it then. I needed a new Netflix show to start a couple weeks ago (all of my current TV shows are on hiatus for the Olympics!!), so I decided to give Friends another go. So very glad I did- it's hilarious! I finally understand the hype! I'm a huge How I Met Your Mother fan and I also see now how there is a lot of Friends influence in HIMYM.
  • Warm in Vermont! This update probably isn't relevant to most of you reading but I am sure am happy about it. The high temperature here in Vermont today is SIXTY degrees and the snow is just about all melted!!! We had record-breaking cold temperatures around the holidays that were absolutely miserable to deal with, so having weather this warm and rare in late February is such a blessing. It will get cold again this weekend but as long as the snow doesn't return I'm happy!
  • Reader survey finished! I want to thank each one of you who took a few minutes out of your day last week to answer my blog's annual reader survey! I am looking forward to recapping those results and sharing some insights here on the blog next week or the week after. I received so much incredible feedback and I'm feeling very motivated for the rest of 2018 with blog content! Great things are to come all around. 😊

  • This week I purchased the cutest little vest! It has gold pineapple motifs all over it and reminds me so much of the South. It was from a boutique so I can't link it for y'all sadly, but it is really cute and will be a fun transition piece! 

  • These adorable hot pink sandals have me dreaming of summer days! I love their vibrant color.
  • I'm really liking these sunny yellow pants, they would add such a fun twist to spring business casual outfits. 
  • I think mugs always make the cutest gifts, so if you know a girlfriend with a spring birthday this mug is too cute!
  • Lilly Pulitzer released their much-awaited swimwear collection... it's all perfect but I'm dying over the style of this one-piece
  • This blouse would have been idea for Galentine's / Valentine's... but it'd still be cute to wear into spring! 

Recipe of the week: Oatmeal Maple Cookies from Genius Kitchen. When in Vermont you just have to bake some maple treats from time to time! These cookies were great and came out really soft and chewy- my favorite! I'm not a fan of citrus so I omitted the orange zest from the recipe, but if you like orange I'm sure that would be tasty in them.

Song of the week: Get to You by Michael Ray.  I've been listening to a lot of country music this week and this song is just so good. Can't get enough! That's really all there is to it on this one. 

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     Thanks for reading and have a fantastic rest of the week!

     God Bless,

     xoxo Annaliese 



  1. I just started watching Friends recently, too. I seriously regret not jumping on the Friends train years ago. Also love the yellow pants from Loft, so cute for spring!

    Felicity |

  2. I'm usually late with certain TV shows too. Part of it is never having cable so you only can pick from certain shows and then you have to share the TV.

  3. Those hot pink sandals are adorable! I need them too!
    Xo Mindy

  4. Oh my goodness you SO need that Lilly one piece and those fun yellow pants. I ALWAYS watch tv shows like 5-10 years after they are off the air. I don't know why but I am NEVER current with anything but the Bachelor/Bachelorette haha.

  5. I'm watching friends now too! I hadn't watched it fully ever before! Just a few episodes randomly over the years! I I loved HIMYM but just think friends is okay...#unpopularopinion haha

  6. omg sooo glad you joined the friends bandwagon!! let me know what your favorite one-liner from friends is when you go all the way through ;)

  7. Friends is so fun, my husband and I watched it together long distance in high school! Also this warm new england weather is EVERYTHING!

  8. I haven't seen Friends in full either and for some reason it's not my fav. I do love HIMYM though.

  9. I didn't watch friends until about two years ago! You're definitely not alone on that front. I'm jealous of your weather, ha! It's been freezing here.

  10. I was very late to the Friends bandwagon too, I only watched it about two years ago. Now I kind of want to rewatch it, it's so good! Also, those Oatmeal Maple Cookies look so good!!

  11. I just LOVE friends! My husband just agreed to watch it about a year ago and he fell in love with it as well!

  12. OK that all makes sense as to why there have been no new episodes of This is Us - the Olympics! I didn't even think about it. I love Friends. It's so quotable and is the perfect show for millennials. I hope you enjoy!

  13. Ahh that oatmeal maple cookies recipe sounds AMAZING!! I'm going to try it this weekend!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  14. There are definitely FRIENDS influences in HIMYM. That mug and the one piece is so cute!

  15. Love that mug- so chic! The hot pink sandals are cute too!!


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