Southern Belle in Training

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

March 14, 2018

Midweek Ramblings + Recent Purchases + Current Wishlist.

NYC Skyline from Plane

{Flying over NYC a few weeks ago on my way to Virginia for my job interview trip! Follow me on social media @miss_alk}

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  • Vermont goodbyes: This past week and weekend I said goodbyes to my Vermont friends! Last weekend was my last Sunday at my church here, which was really bittersweet. I did truly love my church here, and it was one of the few places in Vermont that I felt at home. There aren't many bloggers in Vermont/Upstate NY, but I think I got to meet all of the ones there are!! Check out my girls Niki from Nicholle Sophia, Ronica from Relatably Roni and Rebecca from Caravan Sonnet- I will miss them all so much. The great part about blogging is it will be easy to keep up with them and read their blogs from Virginia. 😉
  • BEST new podcast: I finally got caught up on all of my favorite podcasts episodes while packing, and wanted something new to listen to this weekend. One of the hosts of my favorite weekly podcast, Good Christian Fun, recommended a new podcast from The Onion as a fun listen, and I'm so glad I gave it a try!! A Very Fatal Murder is a satirical podcast that spoofs popular true crime podcasts like Serial, S-Town and Up and Vanished. I don't want to spoil anything, but if you're a fan of the true crime genre this needs to be a MUST LISTEN for you. The episodes are short (under 15 minutes each) so you can listen to it in a whole afternoon. I was laughing so hard at some of them it was hard for me to focus on my packing! I listened to S-Town at this time last year when I was packing to move to Vermont, so it seemed even more perfect a year later to be essentially listening to a spoof of that one when I was packing again. 
  • Reminder that: I MOVE to Virginia this Friday!!!! (Provided that the weather stays okay of course.) It still doesn't feel real that I'll be calling the south my home again... ah! I can't wait I can't wait I can't wait! 

  • My friend Ronica and I went to the amazing Quartier Dix30 shopping center (check out this blog post about it) outside of Montreal on Monday- I had to make use of my enhanced license one more time before the move!! As expected, it was a great day of shopping. I was so excited to find a cheaper dupe of this classic white top! I was going to make the splurge buy the Nordstrom version, as it is a versatile piece and would match a lot of things in my closet. However- I'm ALWAYS up for a good dupe, and I found almost the same top for half the price at a Canadian store at Dix30! Win! 
  • I also bought some new distressed jeans at Zara. This year I discovered my love of Zara jeans (they are the BEST and under $100!), and I wanted to get another pair before moving! 
  • I've been loving the neck scarf trend for awhile, and finally wanted to get one for spring! The one I purchased looks similar to this

  • My friend Rachel wore this floral blouse on a try-on session on her Instagram Stories and I kind of fell in love with it- how bright and cute is it for spring! 
  • Nordstrom is price-matching some of the classic Jack Rogers styles right now up to almost 50% off!! (At least they were at the time I wrote this part of the blog post two days prior... I'll try and update it today if it's changed.
  • I'm going to try and write a blog post soon about the wishlist that I have for home decor and furniture pieces for my new apartment, but this is something I definitely need to get soon! I had to get rid of my old one of these because it was falling apart (I'd had it since college and it had survived a few moves), so it's time for a new and hopefully cuter one. 

Recipe of the week: No cooking for me again this week as my kitchen is all packed up, so here's another favorite throwback recipe of mine from my Pinterest boards! Try these Banana Cinnamon Muffins from Betty Crocker. I love homemade muffins and normally make them at least once a week, and this recipe is delicious if you like banana baked goods! 

Song of the week: All of the Stars by Kendrick Lamar ft. SZA. This song definitely makes the cut for the road trip Spotify playlist! It was just starting to get some radio airplay at my former radio station in Vermont, and I thought it was really catchy. I think this is my favorite song yet that SZA is a featured artist on. 

On the blog this week:

     Stay tuned tomorrow for the second part of my spring collaboration with Pink Colony- I'll be sharing some beautiful Lilly Pulitzer dresses, and there will be a giveaway on my Instagram! I'll then be taking a mini blogging break for the beginning part of next week while my dad and I drive to Virginia and move me into my new apartment- but I'll be back again next week with Midweek Ramblings! 🙂

      God Bless,

      xoxo Annaliese 


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