Southern Belle in Training

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

August 27, 2018

Blue + White Striped Dress... Before Summer Ends!

    I had a whole different type of fun blog post planned for today with these photos, where I was going to share some of the weird annual traditions that I have from blogging (like buying balloons every year for photos to celebrate my blogiversary). I have saved that entire blog post topic as a draft and I'll be sharing it another day- don't worry! Today instead I'm just sharing this late summer outfit, and about something that happened this weekend.

    Side note- Southern Belle in Training got a makeover a couple days ago! These are the first changes to my blog template that I've made in three and a half years. I did choose to keep my lovely blog and brand logo... my friend Gina designed it for me in 2015, and I'm just not ready to part with it yet, as I still love it a lot! As far as the new blog design, I will be tweaking it over the next couple weeks, so bear with me as I adjust everything until it's perfect!

Virginia Blogger Cute Outfit

Gorgeous Blue and White Dress

Best Shein Dress

Late Summer Outfit

Blue and White Sundress

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    As usual, fashion talk first! Isn't this blue and white striped dress just darling? I feel like the silhouette has a fun vintage feel to it- this style reminds me of summer dresses of the 1950s I think. Normally when I shop at Shein I order up (I'm generally a size S, but at Shein I always order a M.) I ordered an M in this dress, but it ended up being a bit big on me! I was able to tie the bow around the waist tight enough that you can't tell too much in the photos, but I definitely could've gotten away with a S in this style- just so you have that sizing info! 

     So a major blogging pet peeve of mine is when bloggers vaguely tease big news. Whenever I read a blog post like that... I'm like, "Just tell us!?" Well right now I'm about to be a massive hypocrite and do exactly that- please forgive me in advance! On Friday, I received some very unexpected and tough news in my personal life. This will 100% be news that I will share on the blog and with all of you as soon as I can (I wouldn't tease you and be vague right now if I couldn't share it in detail at some point soon!), but unfortunately I can't share more today, as I need more details to be solidified before I can say anything here.

     You might have seen this past weekend that I was on a travel blogging trip to the Blue Ridge area of Virginia (Roanoke). This trip had already been scheduled for weeks, and despite the fact that I received some life changing news earlier in the day on Friday, I still had to go and do my job as a travel blogger this weekend, and make everything look amazing on social media/Instagram. (Don't get me wrong, the trip was AWESOME and I really can't wait to share more with y'all soon about that.) My point of saying this.... this weekend and having to still do my blogging assignments and capture content while it felt like my heart was breaking into a thousand pieces and my head was in a totally different space.... it was weird. It really reminded me that social media and even blog posts aren't always an accurate depiction of what's going on in someone's life. This reminder was definitely one I needed.

    I will share more about this sudden surprise in my life as soon as I can- in the meantime I would ask for your prayers and thoughts this week. It would mean the world to me as I navigate some big life things coming up.

     God Bless,

      xoxo Annaliese



  1. Suchhh a cute look! Loving stripes right now! <3

  2. Absolutely LOVE this dress. So cute and you can dress this up or down.

  3. Very pretty and happy dress! You look beautiful!

  4. Obsessed with your blog design, Annaliese- it looks very classy and very you! I'll be keeping you in my prayers- hope everything is ok!


  5. This look is honestly so adorable! You styled it so well and it is perfect for pre-fall weather! In loveee!!!

    <3 Theresa Ann

  6. I love this dress! I also love how you styled it, the nude purse with the little bow is such a perfect compliment. I hope everything with you is ok. Those moments when life suddenly changes can be difficult but also strengthening.

  7. Sending love and positive vibes your way!

  8. Oh girl you always look so good! I love that dress. strips look so good on you! I for one don't look that good! I need to start dressing better this fall I have been living in yoga pants.

  9. Hope everything is OK, Annaliese! You're on my mind this week. You look lovely in this dress, and I love the new blog design!

  10. This dress is gorgeous! I I love the waist-tie :)

    -xo, Azanique |

  11. I need this dress for work! soooo cute! i'm melting! - Becky //

  12. First off, I love the new template - it looks much more streamlined!
    Secondly, that dress is absolutely perfect! I love the stripes and the colors!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  13. When I first clicked on your site I knew something was different! It looks great! Love this pretty dress.

  14. This dress is so simple and perfect for lots of different things! I just love it!

  15. This is so pretty! It's perfect for those final weeks of summer!

  16. Hey girl, I'll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers, hope everything is allright! Love the dress on you and how your new site design looks!

  17. Hoping everything will be alright with you Annaliese, always thinking of you! And this dress looks beautiful on you!

    The Classic Brunette


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