Southern Belle in Training

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April 25, 2018

Midweek Ramblings + Recent Purchases + Current Wishlist.

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  • Sightseeing weekend: My mom arrived in Virginia on Friday night to visit me! We had a very busy weekend of sightseeing and running errands for my apartment. We spent Saturday in Richmond, and I fell in love with that city!! Some of the neighborhoods reminded me so much of Charlotte. I can't wait to go back. On Sunday afternoon we visited Monticello in Charlottesville, which is Thomas Jefferson's home. I had to work for the earlier part of Saturday and very early Saturday morning all of my DMV stuff was finally resolved (!!), so it was a really busy weekend!
  • Jane the Virgin season finale: This aired on Friday night while I was getting my mom at the airport, so I didn't catch up until Sunday evening. OH MY GOODNESS. Do any of you also watch Jane? I continue to fall more in love with this show with each season.... and THIS SEASON FINALE. AHHHHHH. How are they going to leave me waiting on that cliffhanger until the fall?! Oh my gosh. (If you also watch you know what I'm talking about!) If you don't watch Jane- the first few seasons are on Netflix and I highly recommend it, although I didn't really love the show until the end of the first season. Anyways, this Buzzfeed article has some crazy theories about the finale and I found it so interesting!
  • Where am I from? So this is kind of random... but since moving to Virginia I have had a hard time telling people where I am from when they ask. Usually I end up telling people a short version of my whole life story about being from Maine, living in NC for five years for college and one year post-grad, moving to Vermont for my first job, and now being here, but it always seems like such a long answer. Maine is my actual home state (my parents still live there too) but I haven't actually lived there as a resident in years now. I consider NC to be my adopted home, and it's the state where I have the most friends/important people in my life. Vermont is not a place that I'll ever consider my home- but the facts stand that it's where I just moved from! So- my question to you is how would YOU answer the question if you were me, and someone asked "Where are you from?" Should I just continue to list all three states? Haha! 

  • One stop that my mom and I made while in Richmond this weekend was to my very favorite store ever, At Home! I hadn't been to an At Home since I lived in Charlotte and I missed it so much. We bought some new wall art for my apartment, and a couple other things I needed as well. I'm really enjoying settling into my new place in Charlottesville! 

  • I keep seriously crushing on dress shorts for spring! This pair is very affordable and comes in such a pretty color. 
  • How beautiful are the Gal Meets Glam dresses in Julia's new collection? It was so fun to see all of the designs when they launched last week. I haven't purchased any myself (yet!), but I think this style is my favorite!! 
  • Everything about this dress screams "Annaliese" - I would love to wear this for work all spring long! 
  • I love the look of brightly colored heels for summer- these come in a few colors and all of them are just gorgeous. 
  • How cute and preppy are these Lilly Pulitzer inspired sandals? They're also the bargain of the week at just $25- such a steal!

Recipe of the week: Potsticker Stir-Fry from Woman's Day magazine. This recipe was so easy to make, and tasty too! I'm trying to cook more weeknight dinners that include more vegetables, and this stir fry was a yummy way to do that. I used pork instead of vegetable potstickers, but you could easily make this a vegetarian recipe by using veggie potstickers. 

Song of the week: No Tears Left to Cry by Ariana Grande. Ariana is BACK y'all, and sounding amazing!! I have had her new song on repeat constantly since it dropped on Friday- I am obsessed. This song coming out was actually the first time since I started my new job that I've been sad that I don't work in CHR (Top 40) radio anymore, because sadly this song isn't country so I'll never get to play it on my new station, haha! The music video is great as well.

On the blog this week:

     Enjoy the rest of your week! Thank you so much for reading!

     God Bless,

     xoxo Annaliese



  1. If I wrew you I would say originally from Maine. Lots of people move around a lot and your home state doesn't eearea change. I've moved a bunch mostly around Virginia so I say Virginia but when people ask where specifically I'm like all over Virginia.

  2. Sounds like you're starting to settle in! And that potsticker stir fry sounds AMAZING.

  3. I feel you on the "where are you from" question. I was born in California, but I spent most of my childhood in the UK, Germany, and Spain. Then I moved to DC, Maryland, and then DC again so I never know what to say either. But sometimes when I'm asked that question, what they're really asking is what my ethnicity is (which is so annoying because while my family is Korean, I'm not FROM there so asking where I'm from wouldn't give you the answer to your real question).

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  4. The Jane the Virgin finale!!!!! OMG! I'm still not over it and I hate we have to wait all summer for the answers we need!

  5. Great roundup Annaliese! I love your "where am I from" discussion :) We're military, so moved ALL OVER. I never know how to answer the "Where are you from?" they mean where I was born? Where I lived last? Where I went to school? Where my family lives now? I can be so confusing! Thanks for sharing!

  6. this post is so great! i agree with your story about where you're from... as someone who considers multiple places as home, it's hard for me too xD when i say one place it feels wrong not to say the other... xD

  7. The Potsticker fry sounds so good! Need to try that soon.

  8. Julia's collection is amazing, I'm dreaming of all her dresses! xx

  9. I love the Gal meets Glam collection too, and love the dress you chose as your favorite as well. I ordered one of her sundresses and I’m hoping it arrives soon! I’m glad you had a fun weekend with your Mom!

  10. I just got my GMG collection dress! It's gorgeous. The one you posted is on my wishlist.

  11. I feel you on the "Where am I from?!" question. Well I'm from Kentucky but we're stuck in Iowa. (My college listed our town in Iowa as my hometown when they released the dean's list info to the media and I LOST IT.) Andy is thoroughly confused on where to say he's from since he moved every 2-3 years as a kid.

  12. I have no idea where to say you were from haha- I'm thankful mine is easy as I'm from North Carolina but currently live in South Carolina for college! Have a great weekend girlie!


  13. I love jane the virgin my mom and I watch it!!! its the best

  14. ah I used to watch Jane the Virgin ages ago- I should get back into it since everyone's talking about the crazy finale!


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