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June 20, 2018

Midweek Ramblings + Recent Purchases + Current Wishlist.

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  • Waking up extra early: I had an early morning event for work on Monday, so to prepare for that I tried going to bed early and waking up a lot earlier than normal for a few days leading up. I was very prepared for Monday, and have ended up loving the new weekday schedule so much that I think I'm going to try and make it stick! Previously, I was waking up around 7:30-8 am (still pretty early considering I don't leave for work most days until 10:30 am!), but lately I've been waking up between 6-6:15. It's very early, but I end up having so much extra time in the mornings, and feel so energized throughout my day! And then I have less trouble falling asleep at night. All around a win- I'm hoping to keep up the early schedule, at least on weekdays.
  • "Bad Chiller" Recap Show: I shared in last week's Midweek Ramblings that while most summers I do watch The Bachelorette, this year I just haven't been keeping up. However, one thing Bachelor related that I do keep up with religiously is Nick Viall's "Bad Chiller" Bachelorette recap show on Youtube, which also stars Dean Unglert and Jared Haibon. It is hilarious! The three guys play all characters on The Bachelorette this season (Becca included!), and they recreated the highlight moments from each week's episode. I laugh until I cry at most of these- I hope they continue this for Bachelor in Paradise! 
  • Summer bible study: Something that I'm excited about is that I just joined a summer bible study (we call them community groups) at my church here in Charlottesville! I had joined a 20 something women's community group shortly after I moved here, but that group is on break through the summer. I thought these next couple months would be a great time to keep getting to know people at my new church, and maybe study some different types of topics in the bible. The summer group I'm in is co-ed, and is focusing on racial relations in the American Christian church (both past and present), which I think is an excellent topic given some of the issues happening in our culture right now. The first meeting was on Sunday evening, and I'm really looking forward to the rest of the summer. 


  • Lilly Pulitzer has brought back their S'well water bottle collaboration! I wasn't able to get one of these last time they did this, and I have all the heart eyes for the second edition of these. Truth be told- I don't even own a regular S'well bottle yet!
  • I'm always on the hunt for more cute summer tops that I can wear with jeans or skirts to work (my job is so casual that sometimes in the dead heat of summer, it does become hard to dress for!). This peplum striped tank is really fun!
  • A simple but chic striped summer sweater! This would also look great dressed up with a statement necklace. 
  • I have a pair of embroidered mules that I love and wear often, and I'd love another pair in a solid color! These metallic mules are so fun and come in many colors. 
  • This is SUCH a classy wrap top! Love the sleeve detailing and the color. 
  • My friend Nicole from What Nicole Wore shared these multicolored earrings and I absolutely love them!! They're so cute and fun, and I wish I had a pair to call mine too! 

Recipe of the week: Teriyaki Salmon from Damn Delicious. I've been trying to get better about trying more new recipes each week and falling out of "cooking ruts", and so far so good this week! I made this tasty salmon on Monday night- I don't cook fish for myself that often but this came out well! I omitted the Sriracha cream sauce and just did the teriyaki glaze. 

Song of the week: Bed by Nicki Minaj ft. Ariana Grande. Not the cleanest song or the best message... but it sure is catchy! This just dropped this week and it's been on repeat on my Spotify.  

On the blog this week:

     Thanks for reading!! Enjoy the rest of your week- summer is officially here as of tomorrow. And June 21st is also National Wear Your Lilly Day for Lilly Pulitzer fans... I'll have a special post up! 


     God Bless,

     xoxo Annaliese 


  1. I recently came out of a spending ban too and I'm so glad I did it because even though I know I can spend money on clothes and such, I don't really want to - it's almost like the momentum of not spending is continuing haha

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  2. Ah I totally forgot about Nordstrom's July sale.. I feel like they just had one! Serious danger zone, haha.

  3. Those earrings are too cool! I'm looking to up my jewelry game right now.

  4. Congrats on finding a bible study group! That's so awesome. I got to the weekly session my church has but haven't had a small group yet.

    -xo, Azanique |

  5. I tend to wake up early most days, I don't like sleeping in at all. Congrats on finding a good bible study!

  6. I've been waking up at like 6ish too!! So strange! But I get so much more done! And totally watching the nick viall recaps now! thanks for sharing!!

  7. oh yeah, thanks for the reminder, i also have to save up for the nordstrom anniversary sale xD

  8. that salmon sounds so good! i'll have to try it!

  9. I'm so excited for the S'well collab with Lilly! I wasn't able to get one last time either.

  10. Salmon is one of my favorite fish, and the recipe you shared sounds so freaking good! I'll definitely have to add it to my list of recipes to try. I've also been loving "Bed." At first listen, I was like, no, I don't like it. But I've listened to it a few more times since and have found myself singing it randomly.

  11. I also love my early mornings. I get so much done before work so I can relax when I get home.

  12. I just got a Lilly Swell bottle for summer travels and I'm so excited about it lol! Love that wrap top!

  13. oh I love the Bed song too! And I have to try out that salmon recipe!


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