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October 17, 2018

Midweek Ramblings.

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  • Hilarious animal photos: This is the best link that I've clicked on all week! I had no idea that there was an annual Comedy Wildlife Photography contest, but I sure am glad I found out about it. It's a round-up of some really funny animal photos- it sure put a smile on my face to see these pictures! 
  • New favorite Youtube channel: I don't watch a ton of Youtube, but every now and then I find a new channel that I get obsessed with for awhile. The one I'm telling y'all about today has absolutely nothing to do with fashion or beauty- but I love it nonetheless. The Company Man makes videos about... you guessed it, companies! Specifically, informational videos about your favorite national brands and companies. He discusses everything from the history of your favorite companies, to why some of them fail. The Company Man videos are super informative and interesting, I love watching one while getting ready in the mornings. I'm curious if he'll do an updated one about Sears/Kmart since they just announced Chapter 11 bankruptcy this week!
  • Delilah update: If you follow me on Instagram and watch my Stories, you're well familiar that I have a new roommate- a sweet and fluffy cat named Delilah! Overall the first few weeks of being a cat owner have gone really well. The only thing that I'm really struggling with is having Delilah sleep through the night. During her first couple weeks home, I kept her in my living room at night, but she would cry so loudly all night that 1) I couldn't sleep and 2) it broke my heart! About a week ago I finally started letting her sleep in my room at night. Unfortunately, she's still been up all night! Whether she's trying to attack the window blinds, or lick my face for a few hours (seriously)- I haven't gotten much sleep since she came home. A few people on Instagram DMed me and suggested that I get a spray water bottle to keep and spray her with for bad behavior at night. I'm hoping she'll turn things around on her own so I don't have to do that, but we will see!
  • Charlottesville Travel Guide: Other than my winery reviews, I haven't shared much travel related content about Charlottesville on my blog yet. I wanted to wait until I lived here for a full year to do that! Anyways, in the meantime if you're thinking about visiting Central Virginia, you must check out Heather from Heather Bien's Charlottesville guide! She includes a few of my favorite places, and many that I haven't checked out yet. 

Weekend recaps:
  • Last weekend: Other than going to church on Sunday, I had zero plans, which has been very unusual for my weekends since I moved to Virginia! I ended up going to a workout class at the gym on Saturday, and then a nature walk later in the day. My big project of the weekend was deep cleaning my kitchen and bedroom, and I caught up on podcasts while doing that.
  • This weekend: My mom visited me earlier in the month, and this weekend my dad is coming. He hasn't been in Virginia since he helped me move back in March, but since we were so consumed with that he didn't get a chance to explore. We are hoping to check out the beautiful Shenandoah National Park while he's here- it should be just magical to visit in the fall!

Purchases: I'm currently doing a four week shopping fast for the month of October to save up for one of my favorite holidays... Black Friday!! 😊

FYI... I do have a discount code right now for Shein that I wanted to share with y'all! Use code HIMISSALK20 for 20% off any Shein order- and their prices are already amazing.

  • Lately I have been crossing my fingers that some of the Gal Meets Glam dresses will be marked down for Black Friday Sales! If you can't wait that long, this pretty one is 40% off right now. 
  • If I was headed somewhere warm in the next couple months, I would scoop up this pretty Lilly Pulitzer dress in an instant!
  • I have this same versatile sweater in black (I'll be styling it for an upcoming blog post!), but I just saw that the sweater also comes in a beautiful hot pink color. 
  • Since I recently joined a gym, I've been working out a lot more often. I want to purchase some more cute athletic attire, and you can't beat the price or style factor of these leggings!
  • I really want to buy this for Delilah- but since she's an indoor cat I'm not sure it makes sense to get it?

Recipe of the week: Apple Whoopie Pies from A Mix of Min. I'm finally out of my recipe and cooking rut! I tried three new recipes in the last week. This whoopie pie recipe is especially seasonal, which made me want to pick it for this week's recipe of the week! It's from fellow blogger Mindy from A Mix of Min, and it's perfect to make if you've recently visited an apple orchard. I brought some of these into work for my coworkers to enjoy, and they were gone by lunchtime!

Song of the week: Lost in Japan by Zedd ft. Shawn Mendes. Confession: I'm not really a fan of Shawn Mendes' other music- I think this is the first song of his that I can say I really truly like! But boy is this a catchy one. Makes me want to hop on a flight to Japan- ha!

On the blog this week:

     God Bless,

     xoxo Annaliese 


  1. those animal picture made me laugh so hard!! great share. Also so nice that you momma visited. I love when my mom comes to hang out!

  2. This is such an awesome collection of links and content! I LOVE all the clothes on your wishlist!

  3. Wow girl -Absolutely love this! Gorgeous and fall ready! <3
    Thanks for sharing!
    Will you check out my latest blog post and let me know what you think?


  4. awe welcome delilah! i think the first few weeks or month can be tough with any animal. It's a new environment for them and they're often anxious. I haven't had cat in years so i only have suggestions for #doglife but we have a crate that's his and would put a treat in there to get him to go in, initially letting him sleep in our room so he could see he wasn't missing anything, and then moving him to another room once he was settled.

  5. congrats on becoming a fur-mama! I love cats but my husband is more of a dog person. adjusting to life with a new pet can be difficult but it's such an amazing feeling to have a little fur-friend to come home to!

  6. Aww, congrats on the new kitty roommie! I'm sure she's a lot of fun!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  7. Sounds like it's been a busy week. Adding a pet to the mix can definitely be an interesting transition. Glad to hear it's going well!

  8. Okay that dog or cat collar is too cute! And that animal link is HILARIOUS!

  9. Thank you for that SheIn coupon code! I've had my cart filled up but I won't check out without a discount haha!

  10. Congrats on getting a cat! I've been going back and forth on getting a dog, I really want one, but not sure I can handle the commitment...
    Tori || Victori Media

  11. A new cat?! Excuse me while I go and stalk your Instagram stories! I'm such a cat lady, ha!

    Molly // Miss Molly Moon

  12. Delilah is SO cute! Just watched your Stories. Cats live sooo long haha so she'll be a best friend for many years to come <3


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