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November 28, 2018

Midweek Ramblings.

{My mom and I last week! She came to visit me in Virginia a few days before Thanksgiving, and then kindly watched Delilah while I went out of town! Follow me on social media @miss_alk}

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  • "Half week": This is kind of a weird half-week for me with work. I took Monday off to extend my Thanksgiving weekend trip, and Friday right after work I'll be leaving to go out of town for another weekend getaway (this one is a travel collaboration for the blog!). Lately I've been catching up on stuff around my apartment and blog work on the weekends, but since I've been gone for two in a row I have a lot to do during the weekdays this week! 
  • Thanksgiving travel stats: Is anyone else fascinated by stuff like this? This article is a report by AAA that estimated the amount of people traveling for Thanksgiving this year- both by car and air. The numbers in this blew my mind! I can't believe I was just one of those millions. 
  • Worst movie ever? So truth be told, I don't watch much Netflix. I think I have yet to watch one of their original shows! Anyways, I did watch their movie The Princess Switch over Thanksgiving break- it's been getting a lot of buzz lately since Vanessa Hudgens stars in it. Let me confess that I do love corny Lifetime and Hallmark movies- I'm all about that stuff. But The Princess Switch? MAN this was another level of corny! I loved the princess outfits that character Lady Margaret wears, but the plot itself was just terrible! Have you seen it? 

Weekend recaps:
  • Last weekend: I was enjoying my Thanksgiving vacation in Texas! Since this trip was solely holiday vacation and visiting my friend Ciera, I won't be doing a blog "travel guide" per say. But next week I am planning to share more of a vacation recap blog post, and some photos of everything we did! I love sharing both my blog travels and personal travels with y'all. 🙂
  • This weekend:  Headed out on a fun blogging collaboration trip! It's in a new-to-me part of Virginia. I love how blogging has allowed me to explore my new home state! My friend Caroline will be joining me for this adventure and I can't wait to see her!

Purchases: Sharing all of my Black Fridays buys in tomorrow's blog post! While I didn't get a ton of stuff for myself this year (#CarryOnLuggageProbs), I do love the things I got. I also finished a lot of Christmas shopping!

Wishlist: I wasn't able to do a Small Business Saturday blog post this year since I was traveling, so I thought instead of sharing my wishlist today, I'd share five Etsy shops that I love.
  • DecemberCaravan - My blogging friend Rebecca, who I met in Vermont, runs this darling shop! She specializes in making the most *beautiful* handmade journals. 
  • OhioDesign - My laptop case is from here- they have so many gorgeous styles of tech cases to choose from!
  • YouNameItMonogram - I am so excited that I have a fun giveaway coming up on my Instagram with this shop. They carry all sorts of fun monogrammed clothing pieces, including a lot of cute Christmas shirts and personalized shirts for Disney trips!
  • LingoSignWorks - This store features beautiful customized wooden cutting boards. One of my college friends got married this summer, and something from this shop made a great wedding gift. These cutting boards would also be great for a couple's first Christmas!
  • JRyanJewelry - I discovered this jewelry designer at a craft fair type event in Charlottesville this fall. This shop is Richmond, VA based, and the designs are all so chic and Southern! I'd love a pair of earrings from here.

Recipe of the week: Chrissy Teigen's mac n cheese from Cravings. Two years ago for Christmas, I was given the Chrissy Teigen's Cravings cookbook. I've enjoyed cooking many of the delicious recipes, but my favorite is her mac n cheese! It's so much better than any other homemade one that I've tried. My friend Ciera also loves it, and it's become our tradition to make it together. This year that was our Thanksgiving lunch!

Song of the week: Sicko Mode by Travis Scott ft. Drake. A very basic pick for this week, but this song was on repeat all weekend on a lot of Houston radio stations! I got hyped every single time it came on. 

On the blog this week:

     God Bless,

     xoxo Annaliese 



  1. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I took Monday off as well! My husband and I went to NYC the day after Thanksgiving to celebrate our anniversary!

  2. I made Jordan watch The Princess Switch the other night with me and we both were cracking up the entire time because it was so poorly acted and completely cheesy. Now we both keep joking with each other that we are "so lucky to have watched that movie before all the Oscar hype". Have so much fun on your trip this weekend!

  3. Sounds like y'all had so much fun! You and your mom look so much alike - both gorgeous! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

  4. Ayy glad you made it down to texas for the holidays, that where i am based! hope you loved it!

  5. So I didn't mind the plot of the christmas switch - I mean it's played out and done often - but there was somethign that fell so short for me in it! I don't understand how or why because i love the guy who played the prince but i just thought it was poorly written. the same with the calendar one netflix just put out. it's like they rushed to get out too many new christmas movies for this year after the princess one last year did so well that they sacrificed that magic in the making!

  6. Oh I LOVE Chrissy Teigen's cookbook! It's my favorite!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  7. I need to make that mac and cheese! My secret santa sent me her cookbook YESTERDAY!! I can't wait to dive in and make some yummy dishes. I also live for Hallmark Christmas movies!

  8. I'm always interested in the graphics they make with travel stats for holidays, so cool! It sounds like you had so much fun and can't wait to see what you bought!

  9. Yay for Thanksgiving in TX that song has been on repeat with me also.

  10. I'll have to check out some of the smaller retailers you're eying. I love shopping small during the holiday season.

  11. I have to check out those Etsy shops! Also I love that Sicko Mode song, I also get pumped every time it comes on, haha!

    The Classic Brunette

  12. Glad to hear you had a nice Thanksgiving! And hooray for more travel! I did some Black Friday + Cyber Monday shopping too but unfortunately wasn't able to get in much on Small Biz Saturday which is always my fave!

  13. As a mac n cheese fanatic, Chrissy Teigen's recipe is also one of my all-time faves! I make it all the time :)


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