Southern Belle in Training

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

December 12, 2018

Midweek Ramblings.

{Here's my apartment complex covered in snow on Sunday night! Follow me on social media @miss_alk}

  • snOw-MG: Wow y'all- I was not expecting the insane storm that Central Virginia was hit with on Sunday! There were only snow flurries when I got out of church, so I continued on with the rest of my plans. I went to brunch (for a fun Instagram collaboration with a restaurant!), and then afterwards the snow still didn't seem that bad, so I headed to get groceries. After leaving the grocery store, the roads were treacherous! The snow was falling so fast that it was visibility on the road was almost nothing. It took me almost an hour to get across town to near where I live. When I was just about a mile from home, I lost control of my vehicle and unfortunately had a car accident. Thankfully, I am okay and my car is okay (the other vehicle did have damage, but the other driver was fine too). That night after I got home, I took an evening walk around my apartment complex to see the snow. We ended up getting NINE inches!! NINE!!!! I didn't think there was going to be more than an inch. This experience was a huge lesson for me and I'm going to take snow in the South really seriously from now on.
  • Great neighbors: My accident ordeal on Sunday left me very thankful for the fact that I have the most WONDERFUL neighbors here in Virginia!! My neighbor Leslie and her husband picked me up from where the car accident happened (it was snowing too much for me to keep driving my car the rest of the way home), and my friend Amy's husband kindly gave me a ride back to my car the next morning. When I lived in Vermont last year, I didn't know a single neighbor that lived in my apartment complex. All of my friends and coworkers didn't live very close to where I did. Had I ever had an emergency up there, it could've been hard to get ahold of someone that I knew close by to help! 
  • Grammy's 2019: My favorite awards show of the year is the Grammy's! A few days ago the nominations for the 2019 awards were released. Something that I was excited about was to see Kelsea Ballerini nominated in a country category! On the other hand, I was a little bit surprised that Ariana Grande was left out of the major awards categories for this year's show. Either way- it should be an exciting year for the Grammy's. Have you seen the nominations yet

Weekend Recaps:
  • Last weekend: I had a work event on Saturday, and also caught up with a couple friends that evening. Sunday brought the snow storm craziness and was topped off with my fender bender- ugh!!
  •  This weekend: Another miscellaneous weekend of fun! I'm really excited to be going to see the Dave Matthews Band concert on Friday night. The band was founded here in Charlottesville, so to see them perform in their home city should be amazing! My friend Lindsey kindly invited me to that show. Saturday will be a mix of different plans with friends, and I'm teaching Sunday School on Sunday morning. 

Purchases: No purchases for myself this week, but I'm very on track with Christmas! 90% of my Christmas cards have been mailed, and this week I also mailed gifts to out-of-state friends who I won't be seeing in person this season.

  • These first two things I'm sharing today aren't fashion wishlist items, but two things I'm thinking of buying. As I'm starting to plan out travel for next year I'm realizing that I would really love a pair of noise cancelling headphones! If you have a favorite pair, leave me a comment letting me know!
  • I'm also desperately in need of a good screen cleaner for my laptop! It's gotten awfully dirty and I know I should use a proper cleaner for it. If you have a good brand of tech cleaner or screen wipes to recommend, let me know in the comments of this post. 
  • Pretty sure I NEED this for decorating for Christmas 2019!
  • I saw this chic bodysuit featured in an Instagram try-on haul last week and I can't get it out of my head! So cute for winter nights out. 
  • You can never have too many pairs of stud earrings, and these would be a great stocking stuffer. 

Recipe of the week: Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Cookies from Southern Living. The recipe for these was in the December issue of Southern Living, and I knew I had to try them. They take a little longer to make than a basic sugar cookie, but overall they're still quite easy. And SO good!! 

Song of the week: Bad Boys by Inna. Spotify just gave me my top songs of the year playlist, and this song was my most listened to track of the year. I am a huge fan of Romanian artist Inna, I got to see her in concert in DC this fall which was amazing! 

On the blog this week:

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     God Bless,

     xoxo Annaliese 



  1. Oh, no! Driving in the snow is seriously the worst; good to hear the fender bender wasn't too bad and that you're okay!

    Noise cancelling headphones are on my wishlist this year, too! I've heard really great things about Bose!

  2. AH I'm sorry to hear about your accident but I'm glad that everyone was okay. Snow scares me a bit, luckily we don't get much where I live so I don't have to worry about it. I still need to finish my Christmas shopping - time is flying!

  3. omg I'm glad you're ok after an accident - snow is NO joke!! My laptop screen is dirty too now that I think about it - I could also use some wipes lol.

  4. Everyone makes fun of southerners for being crazy about snow, and sometimes we deserve it (when it's hyped up and we get 1/4"), but sometimes we're right, haha! So glad you're okay and hope you got to enjoy it! East of Raleigh in NC we only got a dusting and a ton of rain!

  5. Oh no! I'm sorry about your accident! I'm glad you're okay though! Stay safe in the snow!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  6. Oh wow - what gorgeous snow, Annaliese! Looks like you may have a white Christmas!!! We don't get any snow in Florida...if we did, it would probably be a state wide emergency LOL.

  7. Oh man! I'm glad you're okay now! Our town was predicted to get 8 inches of snow and we got absolutely nothing haha.


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