Southern Belle in Training

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

March 8, 2018

Midweek Ramblings + Recent Purchases + Current Purchases (on a Thursday!).

Spring 2018 Lilly Pulitzer Love

{A sneak peek of a fun spring project coming to the blog soon with Vermont's Lilly Pulitzer destination, Pink Colony! Follow me on social media @miss_alk!}

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  • The news is OUT: Thank you all so much for your kind comments and congratulatory messages the past two days since I shared my big news about my new job and upcoming move! It was seriously so hard for me to keep all of that quiet for the past couple weeks after everything was finalized. It is traditional in radio jobs not to announce your next move until you've finished on-air at your previous station, so I wanted to honor that. I am SO UNBELIEVABLY excited as y'all can probably imagine. If you didn't catch yesterday and Tuesday's blog posts... click here
  • Trip home fail: For the second time now I have failed at making a trip home to Maine! I wasn't able to get home for Christmas this year due to questionable weather over the holidays. I was planning to be home Wednesday-Saturday of this week as my last visit for many months before the move.... but just in time for that a big Nor'Easter storm decided to hit and bring lots of snow to New England! I'm staying put here in Vermont to be safe. I feel like now every time I say I'm going to Maine something weather-wise jinxes it- lol! 
  • Moving blog post: Since I'll have now done two big out-of-state moves in two years, I'll be writing a detailed blog post in April that will be a complete guide to moving out-of-state! My question for y'all: would it be most helpful as a resource for you if I broke this into a mini series of a few posts? I'm thinking one post about packing specifically, a post about non-packing related moving tasks (like address changes, booking a moving truck, switching utilities, etc), and lastly one about settling into your new home and city? Or would you prefer one BIG post with all the info? Please let me know! I'm excited to blog about all of this and share everything my parents and I have learned last year and this year with y'all.

Purchases: No fun purchases again this week with the move coming up (moving out-of-state is $$$$ y'all!), but I am so excited to soon be living in a city and state that has actual locations of all of my favorite stores again!! Charlottesville has some really great shopping options and my wallet isn't even ready....


  • For any spring or summer brides-to-be... wouldn't this be the most darling bridal shower dress? It could be your "something blue" and also has beautiful white lace! 
  • This is the cutest white top for spring which would easily transition from the office to happy hour!
  • Lately I have been wanting to add more wrap dresses to my closet with starting my new job soon- they are such a classy style and you can wear them for many occasions! This gorgeous wrap dress is an online exclusive and it's perfect for spring. It's more of an investment piece- but those are needed sometimes!
  • I am so excited to decorate my new apartment, and looking for a few pieces of decor that showcase Virginia pride to buy this spring. This cute wall print is under $10 and would be such a fun way to show state pride for my new home! 
  • My favorite type of sweatshirts to wear are crewnecks. I love to wear them for weekend shifts at work, or for running errands. This one is my favorite fit and has a unique tassel detail- perfect for weekend athleisure looks! 

Recipe of the week: My kitchen is already more than 50% packed up and I'm hoping that number will be 100% but this time next week, so I won't be doing any cooking for a bit! Over the next few weeks of Midweek Ramblings, I'll be sharing throwbacks to some favorite recipes from my Pinterest boards that I have made often in Vermont and Charlotte. This week's is Garlic Honey Glazed Salmon from Sally's Baking Addiction. I actually never made this in Vermont but this was one of my favorites when I lived in Charlotte- I need to make this again soon after I move! It's the easiest salmon recipe and definitely a go-to recipe if I had company coming for dinner.

Song of the week: Dearly Departed by Aaron Carter. Fun fact: Aaron Carter released a comeback album around this time last year! It didn't really receive much chart success or radio airplay, but despite that there were some surprisingly great songs on the album. Aaron has a completely different sound than he did with his childhood music- he has kind of Justin Beiber vibes now. Anyways, I rediscovered his newer album on Spotify this past week and have been listening to the song Dearly Departed a lot, it's so catchy! 

On the blog this week:

     Enjoy the rest of your week! Stay tuned tomorrow for a special Friday post - it's another collaboration with my friends at Pink Colony

     God Bless,

     xoxo Annaliese



  1. I was looking at that same wrap dress yesterday. At least it is 40% off right now but I figured I would wait for another sale considering it is 32 degrees here in NC today.

  2. Love all of the bright Spring colors you always wear! Congratulations, I have nominated you for the Mystery Blogger Award because of your exclusive and lovely content! This is an award for bloggers who captivate their audiences and have a passion for it. ❤ Please go to the following blog link to read the rules and participate in the fun:

    XOXO, Hub City Girl

  3. Ahh, I haven't thought about Aaron Carter in forever! I'll have to check out his new album!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  4. sucks that you couldn't go home again because of the snow!!!!! :( hopefully you can make another plan again before you move to virginia! :)

  5. The weather kept me away from home too :( Cannot belive there is snow in March!

  6. 2 out of state moves?! Wow!! I thought just moving 10-15 min down the road was a big haul, haha. Sorry to hear about the bad weather preventing you from getting home too! I flew into Boston last night but was SO delayed from the delays earlier in the day from the storm. Ugh!

  7. I didn't see exactly where it was you were moving to, but I'm excited for your new experience nonetheless!

  8. I popped over to your post on your new job and moving to Virginia. Congratulations! I can't wait to read posts about the big move and the next chapter in your life.

  9. So looking forward to your post/guide about moving out of state! I'm planning to do the same thing later this year.

  10. So much going on in your life! I've made that salmon recipe! So good

  11. I adore that bridal shower dress! So gorgeous :)

    -xo, Azanique |

  12. I would love a big moving out of state post! Would be super handy for me for the upcoming months!! Also going to go give that Aaron Carter album a listen, I loved his music!

    The Classic Brunette

  13. Definitely do a mini series for moving!! That way you don't have to feel like you need to condense anything and can go into as much detail as you like!


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