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September 12, 2018

Midweek Ramblings.

{It's the last day of the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale! This shift dress was included in this sale. Follow me on social media @miss_alk!}

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  • Hurricane Florence: Please join me this week in praying for the coastal regions in the Carolinas and Virginia, as Hurricane Florence makes landfall. It has been scary earlier this week to read about all of the storm predictions. I am praying that it won't be as bad as expected, and that those who need to evacuate can do so safely and easily. Here in Central Virginia, we are expecting a lot of rain for this week and the weekend, and there could be flash flooding as well. 
  • Crazy Rich Asians Round 2: I loved this movie so much that I saw it a second time in theaters! That is the second time in my life that I've ever seen a movie twice on the big screen (pretty sure the only one I've ever done that with was Freaky Friday starring Lindsey Lohan- lol!). If you haven't seen it yet- GO SEE IT before it leaves theaters for good! I'm not a movie person at all... I normally see just a couple each year. But this is one of the best romantic comedies I've ever seen, and just a beautiful portrayal of Singapore!
  • Fall TV soon: This week I am furiously trying to finish seasons 2-3 of Superstore dn demand, and also season 1 of Dynasty on Netflix. Fall TV will be back before we know it, with some shows premiering in less than two weeks! Last year I wrote a whole post dedicated to Fall TV and my picks- I'm thinking of doing that again this year. (Lol at the fact that most of my new picks for last year were cancelled- hopefully I'll do better this year!)

Weekend recaps: 
  • Last weekend: On Friday evening, I had a very low-key birthday celebration with a few close friends here in Charlottesville. We went to Krispy Kreme for donuts, and then went to see Crazy Rich Asians (my second time!). I had a bunch of adulting things to take care of Saturday morning, and that ended up going into the later afternoon. I was feeling really sleepy by late Saturday afternoon/evening, so I actually took a surprise long nap! Sunday morning I went to church, and then headed off to the nearest Lilly Pulitzer store to shop the After Party Sale! A very mellow weekend.
  • This weekend: It's looking like we might get some heavy rain and bad weather this weekend after Hurricane Florence leaves the coast, so I don't have any big plans as of now! I got extra books at the library this weekend, so I think that will be occupying my time. 

  • Loved the Lilly After Party Sale this week/last weekend!! I shopped in-store this year instead of online. (The sale continues through 11:59 pm EST tonight!) I'm most excited about a beautiful new Elsa top that I scored!
  • I also bought these cute pool flip flops which will be great for next summer or Spring Break travel! 
  • I had to get another pair of Lilly's earbuds... my friend Niki gave them for me for Christmas and I love them! In case anything happens to my pair, I wanted a back up. 😉

  • This pretty top for under $50 is still available in the After Party Sale through tonight!! How cute. 
  • I've been thinking about this gorgeous dress since I saw it in-store in Charlotte a couple weekends ago. If I had a business casual dress code at my job, I'd snatch it up for sure!
  • I like the buttons and peplum detail on this cute little top! It's under $20 too.
  • I didn't go to NYFW this year, but if I did, I feel like this fun dress with a pair of white booties would be such a fierce look. 
  • Here's a basic but cute long sleeved-shirt for fall that could be dressed down for athleisure  looks. or dressed up and paired with a skirt!

Recipe of the week: Matzo Ball Soup from my blog. I love making different homemade soups, but I never feel like it in the summer months (especially since I moved back South). It was rainy and in the 60s here on Sunday, so I made my first soup of the fall season! It's my favorite Matzo Ball Soup- which I've shared my recipe for in this blog post! 

Song of the week: Drew Barrymore by Bryce Vine. I don't usually share super explicit songs for the Song of the week... but this one is just so catchy! Lol. Anyone else listening to this on repeat? I linked the radio edit version above. 

On the blog this week: 

      xoxo Annaliese  


  1. Love the Elsa top you scored! And the dress in the top photo. :-) Sounds like you had a productive week.

  2. I finally saw Crazy Rich Asians this weekend (I wanted to wait until I finished the book) and I agree, it was fantastic! I brought along a few people who aren't so into romantic comedies so I worried they wouldn't like it but all three left the theatre talking about how cute and funny the film was. Jordan and I are headed to Singapore in December which of course made watching the film all the more exciting.I hope you stay dry and safe this weekend! <3

  3. I've been wanting to see Crazy Rich Asians so badly, and knowing that you thought it was good enough to go see TWICE is only making me want to see it more! However, I'm torn as I usually always read the book first!

  4. I really want to see that movie! My friend was telling me how good it was too! Love that Lilly dress on you!

  5. I haven't seen that Crazy Rich Asians movie, although I've seen the previews on TV. It did look interesting! I like the dress in the opening photo- really pretty colors and simple design. My prayers are also with those in the path of the hurricane. We have friends and family members living in or near some of those areas.


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