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August 22, 2018

Midweek Ramblings.

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  • Youtube vs. IGTV: Which do you prefer to consume content on?? I'm really into watching Instagram Stories, but in all honesty I don't watch too many IGTV videos. Being super honest, I'm not huge into Youtube either, but I feel like I am more likely to watch Youtube than IGTV if I'm seeking out content from a specific influencer or about a certain topic. Anyways, I'm asking because I'm going on a travel blogging weekend trip this Friday-Sunday! In addition to writing travel guide blog posts, I'm hoping to make a short video from the weekend. I'd love to know which place you prefer to watch travel vlogs!! That would help me prep for how to film content this weekend. 😊
  • Reading the bible chronologically: This past week I started reading the bible from Genesis Chapter 1! I've enjoyed reading the bible and certain stories again and again since I became a Christian years ago in the 7th grade, but I've never read the entire bible chronologically. I saw online that if you read the bible in chronological order and read one chapter a day, it will take you just over three years. My goal is to read a minimum of one chapter a day, and more on some days that I feel up to it. I don't mind if it takes me a long time to complete- but either way I'm excited for this and hope I can stick with it! 
  • Crazy Rich Asians book vs. movie: In Monday's blog post, I shared how much I loved seeing Crazy Rich Asians in theaters on premiere night! I was also a huge fan of the book by Kevin Kwan, which I read this spring. While I was very impressed with the fact that the movie stayed pretty close to the storyline and details in the book, there were a few differences with the two, and this article breaks that down so well! 

Weekend Recaps:
  • Last weekend: I treated myself to an "Annaliese-date" on Saturday, and it was so needed and fun! I spent the day in Richmond, which is quickly becoming a favorite city of mine (see my Richmond Hotel Review blog post here!). I started the day meeting a friend from college for tea, and then spent most of the afternoon shopping- I found so many goodies for my apartment. I ended my day in Richmond by driving downtown and visiting the state capitol! On Sunday I had church in the morning, and then this weekend I hosted the weekly brunch and sermon discussion that the young adults at my church do each weekend. It was my first time hosting, and I had everyone out by my apartment pool! Sunday evening was my last meeting for my summer bible study group. I was sad to see that end, but also happy because it means my regular church community group will start meeting again soon in September!
  • This weekend: I'm heading on a travel blogging weekend adventure! I am really excited for this opportunity and can't wait to share more. This trip is extra special since my Charlotte blogger bestie Cara is accompanying me as my plus one and photographer! 


  • While shopping this weekend I saw a turquoise couch, and I think that's replaced a pink couch as my dream piece of furniture!
  • I got my first pearl embellished sweater last fall, and this one makes me want more of them!
  • Krista from Covering the Bases keeps raving about these low heels, and I might just have to try them for myself. 
  • This darling blouse is from one of my favorite clothing lines, and it's on sale right now! 
  • An under $20 dupe for a popular Nordstrom blouse that I have! Loving the bright green color.

Recipe of the week: Muffins from the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. I made these Sunday morning and they were a hit! This is a great recipe for a tasty muffin, and then you can add whatever you'd like to the recipe. I added in chocolate chips, and they turned out perfectly! 

Song of the week: Side Effects by The Chainsmokers ft. Emily Warren. So I wasn't a Chainsmokers fan at all when they first came out a few years ago. I did love their recent song Sick Boy, and now I'm really into this new song Side Effects! Maybe it just took awhile for them to grow on me? 

On the blog this week:

     I normally share new blog posts M-Th each week, but I'm taking tomorrow off! Talk to y'all on here Monday- but keep up with me on Instagram until then! 😊

      God Bless,

      xoxo Annaliese  


  1. I have to be honest, I don't even open the IGTV app. I prefer Youtube videos better. The fact that I have to go to another app or open another "window" makes it more complicated. I love stories and the videos on Instagram itself.

  2. I prefer youtube but I can definitely see IGTV taking over especially with beauty vloggers! I can't wait to see Crazy Rich Asians - but I want to read the book first.

  3. It was one of my goals this year to read through the Bible in a year. I find it's really easy to get bogged down in the Old Testament so I found the Daily Bible to be my best friend! Every day it gives you a passage from the Old Testament, a passage from the New Testament, a Psalm, and a Proverb. It takes only about 10-15 minutes to read and it will get you through the whole bible in a year!

  4. I LOVE Instagram stories, but I have NEVER opened the IGTV tab, ever. I did accidentally click on a notification once but that's it! Have fun on your travel blogger weekend trip!

  5. TBH I have tried using igtv and i didn't like it at all! I am a huge you tube fan for watching and just general use.

  6. I love shopping in Richmond! They have such interesting shops! I should go back and look at home decor to buy - my apartment is kind of bare haha

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  7. i'm not much of a youtuber or an igtv person - can't decide on either one!

  8. I've always wanted to start reading the bible chronologically!


  9. I personally haven't gotten into IGTV and don't pay much attention to it at all. Love your favorite picks this week - all those flamingos! Omg!

  10. Okay, I was looking forward to seeing a little more of Charlie in the movie than just a wordless scene and I knew the proposal wasn't right in the movie ha. That turquoise couch is so fun!

  11. Love your love for flamingos!!! So cute!
    xoxo SHANNON

  12. I have a difficult time controlling myself with home decor too, you found some really cute pieces! I also love that cute ruffle skirt, very practical!

  13. LOVE that flamingo doormat! I also need to get a vase for my apartment- I realized the other day when wanted to buy some flowers that I had nothing to put them in :((((

  14. I still need to see/read Crazy Rich Asians. I've heard nothing but good things about the movie and the book. Maybe I can read it and then see the movie when my busy schedule dies down a bit.

  15. I honestly don't really enjoy the IGTV part of Instagram-even though I love watching people's stories! I would much rather watch content, especially vlogs, on YouTube!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern and Style


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