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August 1, 2018

Midweek Ramblings + Recent Purchases + Current Wishlist.

{End result of the hair trim I had this past weekend! I rarely get my hair done... for the past few years I've gotten a healthy trim about once a year and that's it! Follow me on social media @miss_alk}

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  • Blog to follow: Do It On a Dime: My latest blog and Youtube obsession is Do It On a Dime! Have y'all heard of Kathryn before? Her blog is focused on easy DIYs and frugal living and shopping habits. I watched one of her videos about organization in a small apartment, and I was hooked! I noticed that she has a tutorial for a DIY SNS (dip) manicure- I'm hoping to try that out for myself soon. 
  • Thankful for friends: So... I dealt with something disappointing in my personal life last week. Things have truly been going really, really well for me since I moved to Virginia, but life is also life and will always have its ups and downs. I can't control every situation or have it end in the outcome I want, and anyways last week handed me something that I didn't have much control over that was hard to deal with. Anyways, going through that made me realize how truly blessed I am to have such wonderful friends in my life right now, both those I've made here in Charlottesville, and also friends around the country!  Life sometimes hands you annoying situations, but I sure am glad to be able to have the support of so many amazing friends in my life- it sure is a blessing! I struggled for a lot of my high school years to make good friendships, so thankful to have made some now in early adulthood. 
  • Mary Kay giveaway: I am excited about an Instagram giveaway that I'm hosting this evening! I'm partnering with the sweetest girl Megan Macdowall to host it. Megan is from Virginia, and in addition to being a full-time college student, she has a full-time business selling Mary Kay. Talk about a busy girl and boss babe! I met Megan a few weeks ago for a makeover and to learn more about Mary Kay. I had tried a few Mary Kay products over the years, but wasn't familiar with them as of lately. I was very impressed with some of the skincare and makeup product she showed me, and I'm excited that Megan is collaborating with me for a giveaway. There will be multiple winners- hope that you'll check it out this evening on my Instagram

Weekend Recaps:
  • Last weekend: Started off pretty rough- with a horrible migraine on Friday evening that started while I was still at work! I shared about it on IG Stories and a lot of you DMed me the sweetest suggestions and well wishes- thank y'all for that! I was in so much pain that I fell asleep at 6:30 pm (!!!) - I woke up briefly a few hours later to eat a little something, but then fell back asleep until Saturday morning. I ended up sleeping almost 12 hours! Thankfully- I slept the migraine away and the rest of my weekend was good. I had a very chill day Saturday- I did a lot of cleaning in my apartment, and caught up on some podcasts and TV shows. It dawned on me that I don't think I've had a single chill Saturday at home since I moved here... so different from my year in Vermont where every weekend it seemed like I was hanging out at home! Anyways, I also saw some friends this weekend, went to church Sunday, and did a volunteer opportunity with my church Sunday evening which was a great way to end the weekend. 
  • This weekend: Minus church, I don't have any plans set in stone yet!! Although I think a few girlfriends and I might be going out in downtown Charlottesville at some point this weekend, which should be a great time. So far since moving here I've only enjoyed local nightlife just once (#GrandmaStatus most weekends), but I'm excited to have some late night fun this weekend! 


  • I've had a soft spot in my heart for Boston Terriers for a few years- in college I nannied for a family that had one! This t-shirt with a cute Boston Terrier on it just makes my heart happy.
  • I need to invest in some new cardigans for work soon. I wear a cardigan just about everyday because the AC is always on full blast in my studio. These are some of my favorite cardigans and they come in lots of colors!
  • I already own a few casual Lilly Pulitzer dresses in styles similar to this- but this dress is just STUNNING!
  • This tote seems to repeatedly get great reviews from bloggers, and I love the colors that it's available in right now! This would be so cute for travel. 
  • These statement earrings are so unique and pretty! They are very big... bigger than I think any earrings I own. But I still really like them. 

Recipe of the week: Lemon Poppyseed Protein Bars from Eat Spin Run Repeat. I've been on the hunt lately for healthy and creative breakfast recipes. I decided to make this protein breakfast bars... I have mixed feelings about them. They were pretty easy to make and they were filling to eat! However, one of the main ingredients is vanilla protein powder- I don't think I used a very tasty type, and the bars had a strange after taste. Maybe they would be better with a different type of protein powder!

Song of the week: Write Your Story by Francesca Battistelli. I've been listening to a good amount of Christian music lately! I go through phases with Christian music... sometimes it's all I listen to for a few weeks, and then I don't listen to it again for six months. Anyways, this is an older song by Francesca Battistelli, but I've rediscovered it! It's such an uplifting and positive song- if you're having a rough day the message of the song might put you in a better mood. 

On the blog this week: 

     God Bless,

     xoxo Annaliese 


  1. Hey boo! I am so so sorry about your terrible migraine...I've only had one once and it was BAD. I'm so glad you're feeling better. I just checked out that tote you recommended,I'm traveling soon and it looks amazing!!! Thank you so much for gathering blogs we should look at, and all of your recent purchases, It's so fun to look at what other people are into!!! great post! xo

  2. I love that Lilly dress on your wishlist- TOO cute!


  3. Oh man, migraines are the worst! I'm also sorry about the disappointment in your personal life. I know personally now hard it is to move somewhere new and get situated socially — it almost feels like starting over. Wishing you strength!

  4. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I really want to try it! That Lilly dress is simply adorable!

  5. Aww, I'm glad you're feeling better from your migraine. I get really bad migraines too and it's awful!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  6. Girl I am with you on the Lilly! Wait until mid August! They have a big blow out sale every year!

  7. Dealing with disappointment is just the WORST especially when we think we have something figured out or moving in the right direction. I am so thankful that you have such a strong group of friends to support you and help you get through it! Thinking of you!

  8. Beautiful inside and out and such a great read.

  9. I'm sorry you went through a tough situation last week but happy you have friends to support you! Are you going to share about it more on your blog?

  10. oh sounds like you've had a busy and rough-ish week! i hope the rest of your picks up and good luck with the giveaway <3

  11. Now I've fell down the rabbit hole of Do it on a dime!! Currently watching a video- so good.

  12. It's so nice having people you know will support you in hard times! That recipe looks soo good, I need to try it!

  13. Yuck, migraines are the worst! I have a Boston Terrier, so I get the obsession. His name is Gatsby. Was the dog you knew high-strung and crazy? Gatsby is cute as a button, but he's so hyper. Lol. Also gonna check out your Chicwish dress list!

  14. I struggled a lot during my high school years too with friends, it only seems to get harder when you become an adult but I'm glad to hear you have a good group! If you're ever in Dallas, I'd love to grab some coffee with you!


  15. omg MARY KAY!! So good!! And that scalloped tote is so pretty and polished- I'm diggin' it.

  16. I’m so sorry to hear about your migraine! I’m hoping that this week goes so much better!

  17. Glad you are feeling better! And so proud of the way you handled the challenges life threw at you last week. Enjoy your chill weekend :)

  18. Ugh, I feel you girl, migraines are the absolute worst. Hope you feel better in all aspects, sending love and strength your way xX

  19. What a great recap! I hate migraines, I tend to get them often when I am too stressed out. Best thing to do is nap as much as you can!


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