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November 21, 2018

Midweek Ramblings.

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  • Week three of morning radio: This is my third week filling in on my radio station's morning show! It was a very unexpected opportunity to get to do this, but I am so thankful for the chance. Being a morning show host is one of my biggest career goals, so the fact that I've gotten to have so much exposure to this job position lately has been a really fun blessing. I finally adjusting to the 4 am wake-up time... but with that said, I am excited to sleep in for a few days for Thanksgiving break this week! 😉
  • Family time: I will be traveling for Thanksgiving this year, and I wasn't sure what to do with Delilah. I am going to be boarding her for Christmas, but it didn't seem ideal to board her for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, since the two holidays are just a month apart. My mom decided to fly down and stay with Delilah while I am traveling this week, which is so kind of her! Delilah loves my mom, so I know they will have a great time together. It's also been fun to have my mom here this week, as she arrived Sunday night. Since I've had morning radio work hours, I have been out of work by noon most days. On Monday afternoon, we went out to lunch for Thai food and then took advantage of the pre-Black Friday sales! So much fun.
  • "Blow up the bathroom": Not sure if y'all have seen this news article that's been floating around, but if you need a good laugh today, THIS is it! I laughed until I cried reading it the first time, laughed until I cried again after sending it to some coworkers, and laughed until I cried a third time after showing it to my mom! 

Weekend recaps:
  • Last weekend: On Saturday, I woke up really early (to try and stick to this morning show fill-in schedule) and got all packed for my Thanksgiving trip! Normally I'm guilty of packing the night before, but I wanted to be prepared this time. On Saturday afternoon, my friend Abigail and I went to Diamonds Direct in Richmond for their holiday event (read about that here!). On Sunday morning I taught Sunday School at church, and then picked up my mom from the airport later in the day.
  • This weekend: I will be traveling to a new-to-me city for Thanksgiving!! I have been to this state once before, but I was just five years old, and I've never been to this specific part of the state. One of my closest friends from college and a former roommate of mine, Ciera, moved across the country for a job promotion this summer. I'm so excited to see her for Thanksgiving and explore her new home! I have a feeling I'm really going to like where she lives now!

Purchases: Remember last week's mantra of "I'm waiting to shop for myself until Black Friday?" HA! Well... that was all good and great until early Black Friday sales began. I did some serious retail damage this week- and all of the clothing shopping was surprisingly at a retailer that I've rarely shopped at in the last few years. I also made a Sephora trip for the VIB sale before that ended. I'll be adding all of the purchases below to a "What I Bought for Black Friday Sales" blog post that I'll share soon! 

  • I saw this palette in-store at Sephora and it is BEAUTIFUL. It's a lot of money to spend on eyeshadows... but I mean look at those stunning glitter shades!
  • I'm hoping these turtlenecks will be 50% off or more on Black Friday- such staple pieces. 
  • I love the gorgeous fuschia color on this under $20 sweater- use code HIMISSALK20 for an extra 20% off!
  • At $198, this LBD is definitely a splurge. But it is so flattering and the feminine classic styles makes it the type of dress that you could wear again and again for years!
  • I love the pretty blue hue of this sweater, and the sleeve style is gorgeous.

Recipe of the week: Light and Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup from A Spicy Perspective. Since I live by myself, normally when I make a soup I'm not able to finish all of it since most soups make such big portions, and I get tired of eating it for many days in a row! This delicious chicken tortellini soup is the exception to that rule! It's become one of my favorite winter soups to make, and I never get tired of eating it.

Song of the week: Despacito (cover) by Conor Maynard. I love Conor Maynard and I've been listening to his music a lot lately on Youtube. He's a UK artist that is popular in Europe, but many of his songs haven't gotten radio airplay in the US (sadly). This is the most beautiful cover of Despacito that I've ever heard!

On the blog this week:

     No blog post tomorrow for Thanksgiving, but I am scheduling my Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales post for midnight on Friday!! Have a great Thanksgiving tomorrow, and safe travels to those of you headed out of town.

     God Bless,

      xoxo Annaliese


  1. omg i just laughed so hard at your song for the week bc its been on repeat for me too! so glad we have the same idea haha! happy tgiving week!

  2. It sounds like you have had a really busy week! Filling in on the morning radio program sounds particularly exciting :-)

  3. Have so much fun traveling for Thanksgiving and be safe! We will be staying right here in town and doing a Turkey Trot :)

  4. Have such a great holiday week and enjoy the time with your family!

  5. I bought the Huda Beauty palette during the sale and can confirm it's totally worth it!! I keep getting complimented on my eyeshadow, lol. Safe travels for Thanksgiving!!

  6. Omg, you wake up at 4 am! That's crazy! But I'm so happy you are achieving your goals!

  7. omg the blow up the bathroom article had me DEAD. And that eyeshadow palette is a showstopper!

  8. I so admire you for doing radio! I'd be so nervous. I was on the news live once for a segment and omg I was terrified. My husband and I totally spent too much money before Black Friday, but it was all on Christmas decorations. However, come tomorrow and Friday... we are going to spend a little more. I can't resist the sales!!

  9. I love the fact that your mum offered to fly down to look after your cat! That is such a sweet thing to do.

  10. I love this picture! Definitely frame worthy. Hosting a morning radio show must be so fun! I’m up at 4:30 every morning. It’s so hard. Lol. Safe travels during Thanksgiving.

  11. That picture is adorable! I NEED to try that recipe, it sounds amazing!

  12. Oooh that palette is so pretty!! I kind of want it too haha!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  13. the radio hosting gig sounds like so much fun!

  14. I love that oatmeal cardigan! I'm totally adding to my cart :)

    -xo, Azanique |

  15. Your velvet top and shoes are cute! I want one. <3



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