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April 18, 2018

Midweek Ramblings + Recent Purchases + Current Wishlist.

{My first "taste" of Central Virginia's wineries! Peep the photobomber in the background too. Follow me on social media @miss_alk} 

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  • Winery weekend: My 4th weekend in Virginia was another for the books. (Seriously... each weekend keeps getting better since I moved!) Alicia from Alicia Tenise was in town, and I spent my Saturday with Alicia, her boyfriend, and also got to meet some of their friends. We visited four different wineries, and I kind of fell in love with the Virginia wine scene! What a fun, fun weekend. Charlottesville and the surrounding counties in Central Virginia are known for the beautiful wineries, and I can't wait to discover more of them this spring and summer, and in years to come! It was also so fun to finally get to hang out with Alicia after reading her blog for years now.
  • #PigeonWatch2k18: If you watch my Instagram Stories, you will know that I have a new resident out on the deck of my apartment! A mama pigeon built her nest there over the weekend, and has laid two eggs in it. It is the cutest thing to watch mama bird protecting the eggs... I can't wait to see the baby birds soon! According to Google it takes about two and a half weeks for pigeon eggs to hatch- we'll see if that's accurate! 
  • New library card: Something exciting from last week was that I finally got my new library card!! I didn't really have time to read for fun during the last month with moving, so it was so fun to check out one of the new libraries here in Charlottesville and take a few books home with me. One of my goals for 2018 was to read 30 books so I have some catching up to do! I absolutely adore libraries- when I was growing up I was in book clubs at my local library back in Maine for several years! 

Purchases: No fun purchases this week (moving expenses are still hitting my credit card.... it is no joke financially to move out of state!), but my mom is visiting this weekend and I'm already excited to do some shopping with her this weekend! Both to get things for my apartment and also things for me of course, haha! 

  • I saw this gorgeous romper featured on another blogger's Instagram last week and I am OBSESSED!! If I had an occasion or vacation to wear this to coming up soon I'd order this in a heartbeat. 
  • Such a cute pair of bedazzled sandals- a fun way to add some sparkle to everyday summer looks. 
  • Not surprising at all but Lilly's new arrivals have DONE IT AGAIN!!! This dress is everything!
  • What a chic shirtdress!! As of the time I'm writing this blog post, it's on sale! 
  • Y'all know that I've been loving the Sugarfix by Baublebar jewelry at Target. These earrings just launched and they're so fun!

Recipe of the week: Thai Peanut Chicken Noodles from Damn Delicious. I made these on Monday night and posted it to my Instagram Stories, and so many of you DM'd me for the recipe!! They were pretty good and I definitely think I'll try this recipe again. I didn't put any cabbage in (I'm not a big cabbage fan) and I also just used regular Stir Fry Rice Noodles from the Thai Kitchen brand instead of Yaki-Soba noodles as the recipe requested (the grocery store I went to didn't sell those), but those were the only changes I made! I think next time I'll try and find the correct noodle type though. 

Song of the week: What a Feeling by Irene Cara. Do y'all ever have a week where you hear a really old song and forget how good it is? I heard this song from Irene Cara on one of the Classic Hits stations here in Charlottesville last week, and forgot how fun of a song it is! Added it to a Spotify playlist and BOOM! On repeat for days- ha! 

On the blog this week:

     Happy Wednesday!! Thanks as always for reading.

     God Bless,

     xoxo Annaliese



  1. Thanks for posting the recipe! I’m excited to try it!

  2. Your wine tasting weekend sounds like so much fun, and I can’t wait for the baby pigeons. So cute!!!

  3. I love a good library trip and now with digital libraries I am never without a book! That recipe looks great and I really need to make a trip up to Charlottesville for all the wineries. Jess at Just Jess

  4. Your hair looks so good in that pic! Aaaaaand now I have "What a Feeling" stuck in my head hahaha

  5. Loved seeing your wine weekend on Instagram!

  6. That photobomb is great, haha. A wine weekend sounds fab!

  7. wowowww those noodles look so good! And that's so awesome that you got to meet up with Alicia- I'm trying to plan a blogger meetup myself right now!

  8. ohhh a wine weekend sounds so fun!!! sounds like you had a great time, and wow you must be one of the last people using public libraries haha but kudos to you to want to read that much!!! :) i should check out my nearby library... :)

  9. We've had morning doves on our balcony the past couple of years! Isn't it so much fun? Until they start pooping everywhere. That's not fun.

  10. How fun you got to hang out with Alicia! I love her blog!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  11. I'm in love with your outfit in the picture! Cute shorts! Alsom that recipe sounds amazing!

  12. Love the outfit, you look so cute!


  13. awww I would love to watch the baby bird cycle - how darn cute!!

  14. i've always wanted to go to a wine tasting, sounds like so much fun!

  15. The shirtdress is so cute! It would be lovely with the statement earrings you shared.


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