Southern Belle in Training

Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle Blog || Est. 2012 || Virginia Beach, VA

November 27, 2018

The Preppy Blouse Your Closet Needs.

     Hello and Happy Tuesday! I hope that y'all had a great Thanksgiving weekend. Did you get any good deals for Small Business Saturday or Cyber Monday? I passed on both this year since I was traveling (and my suitcase was already filled to the brim with Black Friday purchases!), but it looked like the whole weekend was full of great deals. In December I'll have only three more Christmas gifts left to purchase- then I am doing my shopping! I think that's pretty good to be like 80-90% done after Black Friday.

     In today's blog post, I'm sharing what I think might be the top of my dreams, and also a bit about why the boutique that it's from is extra special to me!

Photography by Kate Greer 

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     So way back in 2012/2013, I started following Nicole from Nicole V. Cole (her blog used to be called Bloom back in the day). I started Southern Belle in Training in September 2012, and after my first few months of blogging I started looking for lots of other bloggers to follow! Nicole instantly became one of my favorites from the day that I found her blog. At the time she was engaged, and I remember anxiously following along with all of her wedding updates until her Big Day. Nicole's faith inspired me so much, and her posts on the bible or Christian lifestyle topics were such a blessing to me in my college years. 

     Fast forward to 2018! I've still been following Nicole all these years- she's now a mom of two adorable littles (one through adoption- her family has the sweetest story on that!). Earlier this year, Nicole and her younger sister Anna began an online women's boutique called Holly & Co. When Nicole reached out to me about styling a piece from their website on my blog, I was delighted! I just think it's so cool that all these years later, I'm not only still reading a blog that inspired me years ago, but also getting to collaborate with the blogger herself on her newest venture. 😊

     Nicole and Anna first got the idea to start Holly & Co. in 2017, and it came to life this past year! They wanted to create an online boutique with everyday girls in mind. (You know how some online boutiques carry a lot of clothing that's a little flashy, too trendy, or just too "out there"? You won't find any of that with Holly & Co.!) Modesty, comfort, and style are their priorities when they select items for their boutique. When I first took a look at the Holly & Co. website, I immediately thought to myself It's literally a boutique built off of my work wardrobe! At the radio company that I work for, there isn't a dress code for on-air staff. It would be pretty weird if I showed up to work in a suit and heels! But at the same time, event though it is a casual environment, I never want to look too laid back. I like looking casual yet stylish for work, and literally everything in their shop is something that I'd wear to work! Another perk? It's always free shipping at Holly & Co.! 

     For this blog post, there was no question that I'd style the Dark Rose Blouse! As soon as I saw this I knew that I had to have it. It's the most darling preppy blouse! I love the pussy bow combined with the layered pleats. Typically I don't actually love pleated clothing items, but I feel like it works perfectly on this top. The color of this blouse is ideal for fall and winter- it's not too bright, but still adds some color to your outfit. I'm wearing a size S and it fit perfectly. 

     I hope that you enjoyed learning more about Holly & Co. today! You can keep up with the boutique on Instagram here

     Tomorrow I'll be back with a new Midweek Ramblings post, and on Thursday I'll be doing a try-on blog post about all of my Black Friday purchases!

     God Bless,

      xoxo Annaliese 



  1. I think this top is so cute! I wonder if it comes in yellow (my favorite color!) xx

  2. I think this is one of my favorite looks of yours- you are gorgeous! And what a cool story about the company & Nicole. It's really neat how things come full circle in life!

  3. Love this top on you! Such a pretty color and love the girly detailing.

  4. I adore this top and I love all the details! I love love those boots too!

  5. What a gorgeous color and looks great on you. I'm looking for a couple cute, casual, but still can dress up tops and this would be perfect.

  6. i love hearing stories about how and why others started to blog, such a sweet story!

  7. I love how feminine that blouse is! So pretty! The color is so lovely!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  8. Love your blouse and your hat! I avoiding Black Friday Crowds and waited for Cyber Monday to shop. It's so much less stressful!!!

  9. This is so cute! I love the color and detail!

  10. Beautiful! Perfect with the boots and top!

  11. This top looks so cute on you, Annaliese! I love the way you styled it


  12. this is such a cute blouse and I absolutely love the color! especially goes gorgeous with your hair

  13. That is such a cute top, but more importantly, I'm obsessed with those boots! I love the story behind this collab. It's so awesome to keep those relationships you had when you first started out.

  14. I really like the colour!

    Although there are a little to many wavy things in this blouse to fit my taste.

  15. It's soo cute on you and I love how you styled it! Love, love, love!


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