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March 20, 2019

Midweek Ramblings.

{I had a great time attending the Hometown Charlottesville Grand Gala this weekend! Follow me on Instagram @miss_alk}

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  • Blue light glasses: I got my first pair (these)! I had been researching them for awhile, and was planning to buy some soon as I've started getting migraines again. I think it's due to the fact that my new radio studio has an extra computer monitor (from three to four), and looking at screens that early in the morning makes me prone to more migraines. I ended up getting contacted by DIFF to do a sponsored Instagram Story for a big sale that they're having this week, and one of the glasses that I was able to select was a blue light glasses style! That's what I went with, and I've been wearing them for computer work since Monday. I don't feel like two days is long enough to make a decision on if I like them or not, but I'm hoping for the best!! I did do some research about them and saw that scientifically, blue light glasses don't really "protect" your eyes, but a lot of people who wear them regularly for computer work say they have less of a chance of getting migraines while wearing them (which is why I got them). Let me know if y'all would like me to do a blog post review on these once it's been a little while! 
  • Borrowing a bridesmaids dress: As pictured above, I went to a Black Tie charity gala with some of my coworkers this weekend. I had originally bought a dress for the event, but after showing pictures of it to my mom and some friends, I decided against wearing it. Ideally I wanted to just return that one and not spend money on another dress- and that's exactly what I was able to do! I borrowed a bridesmaid dress from my friend Eden, and it ended up being perfect. It got me thinking that should I have more formal occasions this year, I'm going to ask more friends if they have bridesmaid dresses I can wear. What a cheap and great way to get more use out of something that's probably just sitting in a girl's closet! 
  • Delilah goes to the vet: Last Thursday, I had to take Delilah to the vet. She was diagnosed with a UTI. 😢 Fortunately it was caught at a good time- the vet thinks it'll be treated easily with medicine. But it was so tough to see her at the vet. They had to draw her blood as well as give her a shot- I think watching it I was doing worse than she was. I have no idea how parents can do okay when they bring sick children to the doctor, I was almost a wreck and she's just my cat!

Weekend Recaps:
  • Last weekend: I went to barre class Saturday morning, and then headed to the library to get some blog work done! Saturday evening was the Hometown Charlottesville Grand Gala, which benefitted The Center (Charlottesville's senior center). My company was a media sponsor, so I attended with coworkers! (My friend Alicia was my plus one.) On Sunday, I went to church, shot photos for a fun campaign that will be on the blog soon, and ended the day with my friend Amy's baby shower! Her sister Emily planned it, and did a wonderful job! 
  • This weekend: Headed to Nashville, TN with my parents! It is my first time visiting- send any last minute recommendations my way. 😊

Purchases: Anyone else feel like they had a ton of birthdays and showers to buy gifts for this month? No fun shopping for me this week- just gifts for those with occasions to celebrate. Hoping to do some shopping in Nashville though!

  • This little ruffled dress is adorable, and comes in both baby pink and black!
  • Kate from Lonestar Southern shared this darling pink dress on her blog last week- it's so cute! I don't currently have an occasion to wear this for, but I'm still tempted to get it.
  • Is it bad to share a third dress in a row? Haha! I love the beautiful blue color and pretty pattern on this one.
  • This is such a cute peplum striped shirt! 
  • If you're looking for a comfortable but cute spring sandal, this would be it! This brand makes the comfiest sandals (I wore them exclusively when I used to work in retail). 

Recipe of the week: The Best Burger Recipe from Our Savory Life. I had a craving for burgers a few days ago (which I don't often make at home). I used this recipe to season the ground beef! I did omit the Worcestershire sauce because I'm not crazy about the taste of that in meat, but I used the seasonings and butter as this recipe directs! They were so tasty that I ate them just as patties- no bun or cheese needed.

Song of the week: Dancing With a Stranger by Sam Smith ft. Normani. Get this- I'm not really a fan of other music by Sam Smith or Fifth Harmony/Normani. But this song? LOVE! These two sound great together. 

Favorite blog posts this week:
  • Diary of a Debutante - Love these tips from Stephanie to have a more relaxing bath time experience!
  • A Mix of Min - Mindy shared a heartfelt blog post about how she developed her interest in running- I loved reading!
  • I'm Fixin to Blog - Meghan shared her ultimate North Carolina bucket list! I enjoyed reminiscing on some of these things that I've done, and look forward to hopefully doing more someday.
On the blog this week:

    God Bless,

     xoxo Annaliese 



  1. I loveee using blue blight blocker glasses! Aren't they the best! And that is genius wearing a bridesmaid dress to a black tie event. The dress looks incredible on you!

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  2. omg friend how amazing are you at that gala- i love love love that dress! i have a few i might be able to do the same thing bc its PERFECT for an event like that too! great idea!

  3. Blue light blocking glasses are a game changer! I stare at screens all day and they really help. I also like wearing them in buildings with fluorescent lights. It really cuts down on the headaches!
    Great idea borrowing a bridesmaid's dress! I know we all have some in the closet.

  4. Love the wishlist in this post, so many goodies!

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  5. This dress is so pretty, worked out great for the gala! I hope your kitty gets to feeling better soon.

  6. You look beautiful in that dress! I've actually worn a bridesmaid dress to an event again. I love when brides pick pretty dresses. I need to get a pair of blue light glasses. I look at a computer all day. Also, that hot pink dress on your wish list is fabulous. I wish I had a place to wear it to.

  7. I'm also obsessed with Dancing With A Stranger at the moment! I just listened to it earlier, haha. Such a great song. But I love anything to do with Fifth Harmony!

  8. Love that dress on your friend! SO pretty!! :) This was such a fun post to read! Thank you for sharing friend! :)

  9. That dress is so beautiful and looks wonderful on it! I can't believe that it's a bridemaid's dress too! I would be wearing it everyday!

  10. I SWEAR by my blue-light glasses, they're such a game changer! I'm in need of a new pair, so have to check those out! Also, I love that dress and would have never guessed it was a bridesmaid's dress! You look beautiful!


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