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October 24, 2018

Midweek Ramblings.

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  • Obligatory weather complaint: When I lived in Vermont last year, I tried really hard not to complain about the cold weather. (That all went by the wayside last December when temperatures stayed below 0 for over a week... but other then that I did pretty well!) However, I will not be abiding by the same rules here in Virginia! I can't believe what's happened with the weather in the past week. It was 80 degrees less than two weeks ago... on Monday morning of this week I woke up to 32 degree weather!! 32- in the South in October!! I had to get the frost off my car with my ice scraper before driving to work. No thanks. It has been pretty sunny lately, but unfortunately it's going to rain all weekend, which won't help my weekend plans. 😥What happened to the beautiful 60-70 degree autumns that I remember from my years in Charlotte? Is that not a thing in Virginia?
  • Manifest:  Is anyone else watching the new NBC show Manifest? I'm really enjoying it! TV critics are saying this could be the biggest success in its genre since Lost ended several years ago. I though this article about the show and why it's succeeding was fascinating.
  • Sears video: I mentioned in last week's Midweek Ramblings post that lately I've been obsessed with this Youtube channel called The Company Man. (As you can probably guess by the channel name, this guy makes videos about America's largest brands and companies.) I wrote in last week's post that I was really hoping he'd do a video about Sears/Kmart declaring Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Sure enough- he did! Here it is if you'd like to watch. 

Weekend recaps:
  • Last weekend: My dad was here in Charlottesville visiting! I feel so lucky that both my parents got to come visit Virginia this month. On Saturday, my dad and I went to explore Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive. I have one blog post up about that adventure already, and another to come! It was so fun this weekend to introduce my dad to Delilah (my new pet cat) as well.
  • This weekend: I am so excited for this weekend! My dear friend Anna, who I met in Vermont, is coming to visit me in Virginia! Anna and I attended the same church in Vermont, and she was such a blessing to me during that hard season of life. I am a bit bummed as the weather is supposed to be terrible this weekend, but hoping we will still have fun.

Purchases: I'm in the middle of a four week shopping fast for the month of October!

  • Loft is having their Friends & Family sale, which means even the new arrivals are on sale! I love this beautiful blue skirt
  • With the holiday season approaching, this polka dot top would make a great closet addition.
  • This is a beautiful and ladylike wrap dress that could be worn with tights and heels for fall and winter.
  • The gold details on this miniskirt make it unique and adorable. 
  • My pajama drawer is in need of a serious overhaul. (Goodbye ratty sweatpants and ripped college tshirts!) This pair of pajamas is so classic and cute, I might ask for them for Christmas. 

Recipe of the week: Scalloped Potatoes from America's Test Kitchen. My best friend Julia gave me an America's Test Kitchen cookbook for Christmas last year, and my mom gave me a different cookbook by them when she came to visit! This recipe comes out of the book I just got. It's a slightly lighter but still delicious take on scalloped potatoes. I served them with turkey burgers and salad. 

Song of the week: ...Baby One More Time by Britney Spears. Had to throw it back to one of my all-time favs, 1) because the song turns 20 this month, and 2) because my Halloween costume is inspired by the music video! 

On the blog this week: 

     God Bless,

     xoxo Annaliese 



  1. 32 degrees!! Wow! It's been pretty crisp here in Seattle. We're having a beautiful fall that I'm thankful for before it gets rainy. I'm not too keen on the loss of sunlight, though! I've been wanting to watch Manifest, I might binge it when the season is over.

  2. Here in Illinois it is about 50 degrees! I'm glad we haven't hit the 30's yet! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I was just in Alaska and it was already super cold there!!!! back home its still around 50 which is nice!

  4. oh manifest has been on my to watch list! I need to get on it asap!

  5. I love the items on your wishlist! That polka dot top is so cute and you're right that it'd be great for the holidays!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  6. 20 years old?! I remember watching the video and being shocked haha.

  7. I'm so with you on needing to overhaul my PJs! I actually need to get rid of a lot of old stuff in my closet all together, haha. Good thing Black Friday sales are coming up!

  8. That's so funny - I JUST bought pajamas because mine were so ratty and old haha. It felt so good to give a much-forgotten part of my wardrobe a little zhuzh.

  9. That sounds like an awesome weekend you'll be having! And those potatoes look SO good! Yum!

  10. These are some of my fav posts from you! I’m obsessed with manifest because it’s such an amazing show! I also I’m so mad at Virginia! This weather is super sad!

  11. I hope you are having the best time with Anna this weekend! I am also in need of a major PJ overhaul. Target had some really cute sets when I was there earlier this week :)


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