Southern Belle in Training

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

July 2, 2018

Blue Gingham Sundress + Carytown Adventures.

     Kicking of the week on the blog by sharing a very summery outfit, and one of my favorite murals that I've ever taken blog photos with! The images for this post were shot a couple weeks ago on my weekend adventure in the nearby city of Richmond. 

Richmond VA Fashion Blogger

Gingham Sundress

Gingham Summer Outfit

Richmond Virginia Murals

Carytown Richmond Mural

Southern Belle outfit

Photography by Deeana Kourtney

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     To me, this sundress radiates all things summer! The gingham pattern mixed with the black and white flowers are such a cute combination. This dress falls just below my knees (I'm almost 5'7 for heigh reference), and I love the slightly longer length! I actually ended up cutting off the little tie straps, as it fit me perfectly and stayed up fine as an off-the-shoulder dress. You know this dress is a keeper because it already sold out in the blue gingham! It is still available in black though, which is also very cute. 

     My mom bought me these cute heels when I was home in Maine last month! I thought they were a fun twist on the popular block heel trend. I got them with the wedding that I'm going to in a few weeks in mind... but I couldn't resist pulling them out for my weekend in Richmond and giving them a little test run.

     Deeana and I took these photos in Richmond's Carytown neighborhood during our weekend there a few weeks ago. Some of my coworkers had recommended that I spend some time exploring Carytown, and I'm so glad that we did! It was such a lively part of the city, filled with cool shopping options like distinctive boutiques and consignment shops, and lots of unique restaurants. We also found the beautiful mural that these photos were taken in front of. I'd definitely like to return to Carytown on future Richmond trips- I seriously can't get enough of the fact that Richmond is so accessible from Charlottesville for day trips. To read more about my recent Richmond weekend, check out this blog post

     Switching gears- I wanted to remind y'all that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale gift card giveaway that I'm hosting with other bloggers continues this week! The sale will be here before you know it- I'll have more info about that coming soon. 

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      God Bless,

      xoxo Annaliese 


  1. Oh my goodness. You look absolutely darling! The print on that dress is so cute and love how you paired the hat with it.

  2. You always look so good!! I love that dress. that town looks adorable

  3. Love your dress and hat, Annaliese!!! It just screams "SUMMER!"! I have never been to Carytown - it looks charming! Will have to add that to my Virginia travel list. Thanks so much for sharing and have an amazing 4th!!!

  4. Super cute gingham dress!! It is so perfect for summer! I'm close to your height and I agree, it is always fun to find a dress with a great length!
    Hub City Girl

  5. This dress is SO darling on you Annaliese!

  6. What a gorgeous dress! This sounds like a charming little town I need to visit when I come to VA :)

    -xo, Azanique |

  7. wow that dress is goooorgeous! and omg i loooove the pattern :D

  8. That dress is so cute and you look right in your element in Carytown! I loved visiting Richmond!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  9. That dress is adorable on you! It's so cute paired with that hat!

    Hope // Miss Hope Elizabeth

  10. That dress is super cute. Perfect summer outfit

  11. This gingham dress is cute and perfect for the summer! I love how you paired it with that adorable hat!

  12. This is such a cute dress! I love it!

  13. This dress is so cute!! And Carytown looks like the perfect place for blog pictures haha!

  14. This dress is so cute with the shoulder ties! I almost got a similar hat haha.

  15. Well I NEED this dress!! Soo freaking cute, I love how you styled it!

  16. Oh, so many likes for this look! In love with a wide-brim sunhat and cute dress in florals.The golden sandals are must haves!
    Pamela from

  17. Oh so cute!! I absolutely love the sun hat and want it for beach days!

    Carly |

  18. That dress is darling! I love the little cotton bloom motifs!


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