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October 31, 2018

Midweek Ramblings.

{Visiting my 9th Virginia winery while my friend Anna was in town this past weekend! Follow me on social media @miss_alk}

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  • Happy Halloween: Hope that today is a great one for you! Are you doing anything fun for it? Before work today I will be visiting my local Krispy Kreme- they will give you a free donut if you go on October 31st in costume! My work is having a costume contest and party during lunchtime today, so I am excited about that. And then finally, I am going to a Halloween party tonight! I shared an easy DIY costume on the blog last week, but today I'm actually going as something else for work. 
  • TV Talk: Now that fall TV shows have been on for several weeks, I've figured out which new shows I'm sticking with watching. I am really like the new ABC drama A Million Little Things. A lot of people are comparing it to NBC's hit show This Is Us... however, I tried to get into This Is Us a couple years ago and really didn't like it! I truly can't figure out why I like A Million Little Things but not This Is Us. Anyone else feel the same?
  • Christmas Giving: My cousin asked me to share this with y'all- please check it out if you feel inclined! Her friend's young son is doing something amazing to give back this holiday season- check out more on their GoFundMe

Weekend recaps:
  • Last weekend: Last Thursday night, my friend Anna (who I met in Vermont) arrived in Virginia for a visit! I took Friday off from work and made it a long weekend with her. We went to Richmond on Friday, and I finally got to shop at Short Pump (something that was on my summer bucket list). On Saturday we went to Pippin Hill Winery, and on Sunday I got to take Anna to my church here in Virginia. It was so great to see her! I'm not sure when the next time will be, but hopefully sometime in 2019. 😊
  • This weekend: I am dog-sitting for a neighbor on Saturday and Sunday, so that should be fun. On Sunday, I'm going to Richmond to see a friend from my freshman year of college who I haven't seen in a few years! 

Purchases: This was Week 4 of my month-long shopping fast! I almost made it.... I took Anna to Hobby Lobby last weekend, so naturally I had to buy something (...or many "somethings"). Hobby Lobby is forever my weakness!

Sale of the week: Adding in a new category to Midweek Ramblings today! This week's sale is the IT Cosmetics Friends & Family sale. I discovered IT Cosmetics a few years ago, and have been obsessed with many of their products ever since. You can save 25% on your favorites during this sale- a great deal! If you're looking to try something new, I love the Superhero Mascara and Confidence in a Compact foundation


Recipe of the week: Oh-So-Easy Caramel Sauce from AllRecipes. My friend Anna is a talented baker, and she helped me make some fancy cupcakes while she was visiting. We filled and topped one type of the cupcakes with this homemade caramel sauce- and oh my gosh. I think this sauce might've been better than the cupcakes themselves! 

Song of the week: Someone to Call My Lover by Janet Jackson. SUCH a throwback, but I heard this on Spotify this week and was reminded how much of a bop this song is. 

On the blog this week:

     God Bless,

     xoxo Annaliese



  1. I still have yet to try IT cosmetics but this sale might be the push I needed! What products are your favorite from them? I don't know where to start!

  2. A cashmere sweater is such a worthy splurge, they are just SO soft, it adds happiness to a cold and gloomy day! I also love the turtleneck sweater dress you featured, so cute! Have so much fun dog sitting this weekend and visiting with your college friend <3

  3. What beautiful scenery at the winery! I would love to visit some VA wineries this season :)

    -xo, Azanique |

  4. I love IT Cosmetics too! I use their concealer almost every day :)

  5. Omg how dare you!! This is Us is amaazzzzing!’ Hahha i cant even imagine my life without that show lol! I also watched a million little things and wasn’t a fan so that’s very interesting that yours is the opposite

  6. Oooh I need to watch A million little things because I LOVE This is us!!


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