Southern Belle in Training

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

April 4, 2018

Midweek Ramblings + Recent Purchases + Current Wishlist.

{Enjoying every minute of seeing the cherry blossoms in DC last weekend! More on that in tomorrow's blog post. Follow me on social media @miss_alk}

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  • In love with DC: As I shared on Instagram, I spent Easter Weekend in Washington DC. I mainly wanted to visit to see my friend who lived there, and also to cross seeing the cherry blossoms off my travel bucket list. What I was not expecting was how much I'd fall in love with DC as a city- oh my goodness!! I think it's definitely in my Top 3 favorite US cities to visit now, and I already cannot wait to go back. Not only is there so much to do in regards to culture and history, but the city is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! I could have spent at least a few days just wandering all of the cute neighborhoods and looking at the beautiful houses and town homes. There's also world class food and shopping. I am so excited that Charlottesville is just two hours away- it makes it very convenient for summer weekend trips to DC! 
  • Radiothon: Tomorrow and Friday at my job are going to be crazy busy but very important days at work! Both days are 12 hour long (6 am to 6 pm) live Radiothons to benefit a local children's hospital. Long time SBIT readers might remember that I spent two years in undergrad interning for the Ryan Seacrest Foundation at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte, so I love the fact that my new employer does something so great to support a local children's hospital. It definitely be two long days, but it should have an awesome end result, and I'm looking forward to the extra hours to get to know some of my new coworkers better! I'm so thankful that the new job has been going well. 😊
  • First blog shoot in Cville: I absolutely LOVE being here in Virginia (both working here and also living here), but I would be lying to say that I haven't felt a bit overwhelmed since my move. I started work just two days after moving, and it's been hard to find the time to really tackle the rest of my unpacking and "feel settled" between work, blogging, and going away this weekend! Anyways, yesterday morning I had my first blog photoshoot since moving to Charlottesville!! One of my new photographers is the incredible Meredith Sledge. Here's another SBIT #tbt moment- I did a couple of shoots with Meredith in 2014/15 (first when she visited Charlotte for a weekend!), she was actually the very first professional photographer I ever shot with on the blog! Meredith is from Charlottesville and I was SO excited that she lived in the area I'd be moving to. We had a blast yesterday morning, and it felt so good to get back into a blog routine with new content. I've been putting a lot of pressure on myself as I've only had time to post three times on the blog last week and this week... I know this photoshoot was motivation for me to get back on my regular grind! 
  • Unpacking deadline: Speaking of unpacking and feeling settled in to my new apartment, I've officially SET A DEADLINE for myself!!! I'm going to have all the boxes and bubble wrap out of the apartment and every suitcase unpacked by May 18th, two months after I moved in! I think that's a fair amount of time to be settled (given my work schedule). Now that I've written this on the blog, I have to hold myself accountable! PS- I'm starting a moving out-of-state blog post mini series next week! If you have any questions, send them my way.

  • On Monday, LOFT was having a surprise 50% off entire store sale. Charlottesville has a LOFT (Vermont's closed during the time I lived there) so I decided to pop in before work! I sure have missed getting to shop in-person at some of my favorite stores. I found the most darling printed faux-wrap dress! It will be great to wear for both work and weekends this spring. The dress I bought isn't on the website... I'm not sure if it's a brand new arrival or in-store only? But this one is a very similar style (just a solid color). 
  • Because I am a hardcore tourist I also bought ALL of the touristy things in DC this weekend as well. Keychain, magnet, postcards... does anyone else has a problem buying literally everything from souvenir shops when they travel? I am the worst in airports! 


Recipe of the week: Ugh- just when I thought I got back into the groove last week with starting to cook in the new apartment... I left to go away for the weekend and then return to Radiothon week at work! Hello week of frozen pizza. #health Anyways, here is a favorite recipe from my Pinterest boards. These Black Bean and Rice Burritos are one of the cheapest pantry meals that I love to make, and are also vegetarian! 

Song of the week: Trust Fund Baby by Why Don't We. I did a new Top 40 music segment called HOT or NOT at my former job in Vermont, and this was one of the last songs that I played for that. Why Don't We is a newer boyband, and this song has grown a lot on me as it's very catchy! 

On the blog this week: I'm hoping to be back to my regular four posts weekly (maybe even five!) by next week! 

     Enjoy the rest of your week, friends!! Thank you so much as always for stopping by my blog.

     God Bless,

     xoxo Annaliese 



  1. totally agree on those san Edelman pink shoes! xx

  2. DC in the spring is magical! We went for spring break once when I was a kid and I still remember seeing the cherry blossoms! I got to see the cherry blossoms in Japan a few years ago and they were so beautiful.

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  4. Yay! I 'm glad you like DC! We should meet up sometime if you're ever back here! :)

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  5. DC is so beautiful! I just visited in March and I totally agree with you, I could spend days wandering around. I'm glad you love your new home <3

  6. Ahh i love DC too! I loved seeing your posts on IG! And am so happy you seem so much happier since moving!!

  7. I haven't been to DC but I would loooove to one day! Those cherry blossoms are so gorgeous! Also love the idea of the Radiothon - such a great cause!

  8. This was so fun to read! I totally know what you mean by feeling overwhelmed having to work on day 2 of moving to a new place. I did that in DC several years ago. It would be weird not to feel that way!! I've heard great things about Charlottesville (I'm in Raleigh and have been meaning to check it out for a weekend)!

    x Sarah

  9. So glad you are settling in, I had to come and check out your blog after meeting on Insta :) xx

  10. I purchased a few things from LOFT too -- they should be coming in today! Yay!

  11. i love that you loved DC! it is such a gorgeous city <3 the museum collection there is amazing!!! and i love that you set yourself an unpacking deadline xD

  12. I think I’ll try out that black bean recipe!

    Ash |

  13. Ahh, I love DC. I actually used to live there when I was a lot younger and want to visit again. I'd love to visit Arlington too since it's so close!

  14. haha I love buying kitschy touristy things too! I collect cheesy souvenir magnets, I totally feel you on that

  15. Unpucking can be sooo hard! But it's great you set a deadline for that!

  16. LOFT sales get me every time! They have the cutest things! Those pumps are super cute too!

  17. You've been busy! Love that you're settling in and love the idea of setting a deadline for things that you don't really want to do lol


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