Southern Belle in Training

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

July 25, 2018

Midweek Ramblings + Recent Purchases + Current Wishlist.

{My outfit for my college friend Michelle's wedding this past weekend! Follow me on Instagram @miss_alk}

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  • The funniest news article: This crazy article has been going around Facebook and social media for the past couple weeks, but every time I see the headline I start laughing out loud!! I'll just let the headline speak for itself: "Nude man at Planet Fitness: thought it was a 'judgement free zone' Police Say."  2018 is a TIME my friends!! Hahaha. You have to read it!! I promise it'll make your day with the absurdity.
  • Pigeon blog post: So I posted a poll on Instagram stories last week asking if y'all would enjoy seeing a full post here on Southern Belle in Training dedicated to pictures and stories about the pigeon family that live on my apartment balcony. I'm starting to work on that for either later this week or next week!! I can't believe how much I've grown to love these birds over the past three months. At the wedding I went to this weekend, I showed everyone at my dinner table pictures of them like they're my pets- lol! 
  • First movie premiere: So last week I had a first! I went to see Mama Mia 2 on premiere night. I'm honestly not a big movie person, and I had actually never seen a movie on premiere night before! It was so much fun though. I liked the original Mama Mia, but I think the second one is EVEN BETTER. Seeing it on the big screen was perfect- I definitely recommend going to see this in the theatre!

Weekend Recaps:
  • Last weekend: I had a whirlwind but wonderful 24 hour trip back to North Carolina for my college friend Michelle's wedding! She and her husband wed at a beautiful venue on a lake near Greensboro. It was all around a beautiful day, and it was so much fun seeing her and my other college friends! I met Michelle at Gardner-Webb, the school I went to freshman year, so some of the people I saw at the wedding I hadn't seen in five years since I transferred! 
  • This weekend: I have a TON of cleaning and organization to do around my apartment! It's not really dirty, just super cluttered right now. The weekend won't be all chores though- I have a date on Saturday and Sunday will be church! 

  • Fun fact about my discount shopping habits: I am a HUGE fan of discount store chain Ross. I got really into shopping there a few years ago in Charlotte. I think their prices are some of the lowest for discount store chains (much better than TJ Maxx / Marshall's)- and I've found some gems there over the years. Charlottesville doesn't have a Ross, but I stopped at one on the way back from the wedding I went to this weekend! I found all sorts of goodies for my apartment:
  • The softest blanket for my bed for under $20- similar to this one!
  • A new towel set! Mine has the cutest floral print (similar to these)- super girly and I love it. I really needed new bath towels.
  • A cute picture frame that kind of looks like this one.
  • New velvet hangers in a pretty aqua color- I exclusively use velvet hangers in my closet!

  • This dress has such pretty retro vibes!
  • If I were to make another purchase from the NSale- it would be these boots. So chic and able to be dressed up or down! 
  • Y'all know that I have a soft spot in my heart for cute pink dresses. This one is giving me all the heart eyes- it's selling out in a lot of sizes so go go go! 
  • Going off on the pink theme... this Tory Burch crossbody pink purse is on sale right now! It would be the cutest weekend bag.
  • These are such a fun twist on hoop earrings- still classic enough to wear with everything, but also different and fun.

Recipe of the week: Crispy Black Bean and Rice Burritos from Brunch Time Baker. This has been a favorite recipe of mine for awhile!! I love finding tasty vegetarian recipes- I'm definitely not a vegetarian, but meat-free things are much cheaper to cook. This burritos are DELICIOUS! And the recipe makes enough of the black bean and corn mixture to feed me for awhile. 

Song of the week: Answerphone by Banx & Ranx + Ella Eyre. Y'all know from past songs of the week that I have a soft spot in my heart for anything that sounds like European dance / club music. Banx & Ranx are actually a Canadian music duo, but their sound is very Europop. I am obsessed with this song and I've been listening to it when working out a lot!

On the blog this week: 

      God Bless,

      xoxo Annaliese 



  1. A date?! Hope it goes well, gf! Sounds like you had an amazing time last weekend even if it was a bit crazy getting there {and getting ready in the DD bathroom haha!}. Can't wait for the Pigeon Post!

  2. Weddings are so much fun! Especially when you get see people you haven't seen in so long. And good luck on your date!

  3. Love your green dress here- it looks so pretty on you! And I'm obsessed with Ross too- you never know what you'll find and they always have such great deals.

  4. Such a pretty color on you! and OMG i did not hear about the nude guy at Planet Fitness......LOLOLOL and I think I would love a pigeon family near my house!

  5. Those are amazing Ross finds - I love shopping for home stuff!

  6. ahhh so excited to see mama mia 2!! I can't believe you think it was even better! SO excited!

  7. OMG that black bean burrito recipe looks SO delicious! I'm trying it out this weekend!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  8. i don't mind shopping at ross when i'm feeling patient xD i used to work there and honestly their story is so crazy it stresses me out xD

  9. I love these green pleated dress! And speaking of Ross, I haven't been to a Ross since I lived in Texas, which was 4 years ago. I wish I had one near me.

  10. I should look into Ross...I'm going to try so hard to save money! I like the sound of this recipe and definitely will give it a try. Have a great week!

  11. I guess I'll have to come see the newest addition to the porch!

  12. I DIED at that headline too!!!! And I definitely have to try those burritos.

  13. I need to switch to those velvet hangers. Nice!

  14. I am totally obsessed with pink too! I end up buying everything in either black or blush pink lol.
    -Carly Delski


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