Southern Belle in Training

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

May 30, 2018

Midweek Ramblings + Recent Purchases + Current Wishlist.

Cute Yellow Romper - beach OOTD

{Enjoying a beach walk in my hometown during Memorial Day Weekend! Outfit details below. Follow me on Instagram @miss_alk}

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  • HQ Trivia: Okay I feel really late to get on board with this, but I've finally started playing HQ Trivia! Have y'all played? It's the live game show app that you can win real cash prizes on. A bunch of the girls in my community group at my new church are obsessed with it, so I was convinced to finally download it! You have to play when the game is live, and a lot of the times aren't very convenient for my schedule, but I have gotten to play a couple times and it's super fun! So far I have yet to make it past Question 5 though...
  • My trip home: I had such a nice visit home to Maine for the long weekend. The weather wasn't ideal, but the rain did hold off and Saturday it was warm enough to go for a nice beach walk with my parents! I spent a lot of time with them, got to see my grandma, aunt and uncle, and also met up with a few girlfriends. I probably won't be coming home again until Christmas, so I'm so happy it worked out to go to Maine for these couple days with my work schedule. Hoping to spend a more days there next summer so I can enjoy some real beach days!
  • Big closet clean-out: Over the past couple weeks I've done a large closet clean-out! I try and do this at the end of each season (I take the clothing and shoes that I don't want anymore to consignment shops or Goodwill), but since I recently moved and got to refresh myself on everything in my closet, I was able to do a bigger clean-out than normal. It feels so good! I love clothes obviously, but there's no sense in hanging onto things that don't fit well anymore, are  out of date styles, or are too worn. It always feels good to clean out my closet, but this time feels even better since so many things left! 

  • I picked up this adorable striped t-shirt during Memorial Day Sales. I love the colors in it- it's so summery and reminds me of rainbow sherbet! It runs very large though, I bought an XXS. 
  • My mom bought me these block heels which I am obsessed with! I'm planning to wear them for the wedding that I'm going to this summer. They are simple enough to match many outfits, but also very unique- I'd never seen heels quite like this before so I knew I needed them! 
  • Here's the romper that I'm wearing in the photo above! It is super cute... but on a TMI note, it is a bit see-through. (Nude colored underwear is a must to wear with it!)

  • I almost bought this striped mini skirt that I found while shopping the MDW sales! It was so cute on me- I held back from buying it only because I have a couple Lilly Pulitzer mini skirts already in similar summer colors that I don't wear that much. But this striped mini skirt was under $20 and sure was cute!!
  • I saw these heels while shopping this weekend as well, and thought they were so cute! These would be great everyday heels for summer- perfect for the office, church, and everything in between!
  • Gingham of course is still such a trending pattern for this summer, but I haven't seen too many gingham prints in purple or violet hues. This shirt is really cute!
  • Such a cute little swing dress that's perfect for hot summer nights or upcoming beach vacations!
  • This is the most darling pink purse that's seriously perfect for the warm months ahead. I have a pink wallet but no pink purses- I think this needs to change!

Recipe of the week: This week I'm asking y'all for a recipe recommendation! I have a party to go to on Saturday night and want to bake cookies as my food item to bring. Normally I do the Nestle Toll House cookie recipe as my go-to crowd pleasing cookie, but I'm looking to mix it up for this weekend! Do you have any good fairly easy cookie recipes that are a hit at parties? If so, let me know in the comments! 

Song of the week: Nice for What by Drake. This is one of Drake's newer songs, and this one took a good few weeks to grow on me! I didn't like it much at first, but our local urban station started playing it a lot, and now I think it's very catchy.

On the blog this week:

    Thanks so much for reading! I hope you're having a good week post-long weekend... we're more than halfway to the next weekend! 😊

     God Bless,

    xoxo Annaliese



  1. that stripe mini skirt is on my list too! I hope you had a great visit home to Kennebunk! The prettiest town in Maine ;-)

    Xo Mindy

  2. Love your romper! So cute :) I love these Easy Crackled Chocolate Cookies - here's the recipe: . They are so good and not too chocolate-y :) Have fun at the party!!!

  3. You should look up Boyfriend Cookies on Pinterest! I started making them several years ago and basically they're everything that's delicious-piled in one cookie. I take them to pretty much every get-together I go to and always come home with an empty platter :)

    xoxo, SS

    Southern and Style

  4. So glad you had a good weekend at home, Annaliese! A bunch of my sorority sisters are obsessed with HQ haha!


  5. That romper you're wearing is the cutest thing!!

  6. Love that you got to go home for the holiday weekend!

  7. Glad you bought that romper because it looks lovely on you!

  8. your trip home looked like so much fun! that romper is super cute! I can't believe you JUST got on board with HQ!!! I stopped playing a while ago because I think the furthest i ever got was question 7 and then they made it even harder lol

  9. That romper is too cute! I love the color on you!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  10. Girl, my sorority fam and I actually won HQ live a couple weeks ago! We guessed the whole time and it ended up happening. We only got 15 cents each, but it was still great. Winning is possible!

    Ashley |

  11. Loove that pink purse! I totally need to clean out my closet too haha.

  12. I also cleaned out my closet last weekend and now I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders! I'm also a big chocolate chip cookie fan, but I love love love these flourless chocolate cookies. I actually have no idea where the recipe came from, I just have it saved in my notes section so here it is

    * 3 cups powdered sugar
    * ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    * 1 tablespoon cornstarch
    * 1/4 tsp salt
    * 2 large egg whites
    * 1 large egg
    * 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    * ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
    * ½ cup dark chocolate chips

    * Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    * In a large mixing bowl whisk together powder sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, cornstarch and sea salt. Once well combined mix in egg whites, egg and vanilla until completely combined and batter is smooth. Fold in all of the chocolate chips but 2 tablespoon of the 60% cocoa chocolate chips.
    * Scoop onto baking sheet prepared with parchment paper; 6 large cookies or 8 regular cookies. If you are making large cookies, do 1 very generous scoop, then use your finger to make the dough into a perfect circle. If you are making regular cookies, just do 1 cookie dough scooper full and make sure to spread the cookie with your finger in a perfect circle.
    * Top 3-4 chocolate chip from the 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips set aside on top of each cookie.
    * Place in pre-heated oven and bake for 12-16 minutes, depending on your cookie size.
    12-14 minutes for normal sized cookies, makes 16 cookies
    16 minutes for generous sized cookies, makes 9 cookies
    * Remove from oven and cookie on cooling rack for 3-5 minutes.

  13. Your romper is adorable! I've never heard of HQ Trivia-- I'll have to check it out!

  14. Those block heels look so cute! I need to get some for summer

  15. HQ trivia is fun! Although lately I haven't been getting the questions. Apparently there's a glitch and it's affecting me.


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