Southern Belle in Training

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July 31, 2019

Midweek Ramblings.

{Views from flying out Boston over the weekend! Follow me on Instagram @miss_alk}

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  • Instagram without likes: I'm sure you've heard about this, but in April Instagram announced they were testing the ability for likes on a photo to not be made public anymore. They were trying this out on accounts located in certain countries. When I first heard this was happening, I was all for it! Like a lot of other bloggers, my Instagram likes have fluctuated a lot this year especially, and are currently a lot lower than they were a year or two ago. Making like counts not public anymore sounded like a great solution to this frustration! However, this study from #paid about the results of accounts this feature was tested on was super interesting to read. I might be reconsidering being in support of this now.
  • Billboard chart record: With working in radio, I kind of nerd out over certain types of music news, especially anything related to the successes (or failures) of certain songs on the Billboard charts. This article summarizes the massive success of the three songs that have ever tied for the #1 spot on the Hot 100 for 16 straight weeks (One Sweet Day, Despacito and Old Town Road). If you're also fascinated with how big of a deal Old Town Road is, this is a must read!
  • Purity culture perspective: Loved this article that Christianity Today published this week! The author shared her honest thoughts and stories from her college years about feeling caught between the purity culture movement of the church and the hook-up culture from her peers. I related to this a lot- I might share a Relationship Monday post with more thoughts on this soon.

Weekend Recaps:
  • Last weekend: At my cousin's wedding in Maine on Saturday! I did her and the bridesmaids' makeup that morning which ended up being really fun. I had a morning flight back to Virginia on Sunday, and spent the afternoon grocery shopping and unpacking from the week away.
  • This weekend: Picking up the keys on Saturday to my new apartment! (Moving Day won't be until Labor Day Weekend, but I'm happy to have a few weeks of flexibility to move things like decor, clothing and other boxes at my leisure.) Other then that it should be a mellow weekend, but that will be good and needed after being out of town! 

  • Found a cute black tank top while I was home! (The exact one I got isn't online but this is super similar) I had tried to order the NSale version of this type of tank top, but my order was cancelled before it arrived to me. It all worked out though because the one I did get was a lot cheaper than the NSale version!
  • Bought some new rings and hair accessories from my favorite local jewelry boutique at home, The Best of Everything! I'll share more about what I got there on Instagram this week.

  • What a cute high-low floral dress! Would be great to transition this to fall by pairing it with booties.
  • This cute dress popped up as an ad on Facebook for me a few days ago, and I love it! I am thinking about ordering it to wear to a concert I'm going to this fall. 
  • You know that I can't resist something hot pink- and this cute skirt is office appropriate! 
  • One thing that I want to splurge on for my new apartment is a colorful rug! I've only ever bought one rug prior in my life (and it was white), so shopping for a statement rug is new to me. I've had fun browsing online though- love this one!

Currently reading: Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris by Sarah Turnbull

Recipe of the week: Quick and Easy Steak Marinade from AllRecipes. I don't often cook steak myself at home, but there was a sale on it at the grocery store this weekend. I made this marinade for it and it turned out delicious!

Song of the week: Love Me Less by Max. I wasn't sure if Max would be a one hit wonder or not after Lights Down Low... but this song solidifies he definitely won't be! Such a different sound but I love it.

Favorite blog posts of the week:
  • Southern Curls and Pearls - Caitlin shared her current makeup routine! Anyone else super surprised she shared that she doesn't wear eyeshadow or eyeliner? Her makeup always looks flawless!
  • Monica Dutia - Loved Monica's review and honest thoughts about the historic Omni Homestead resort here in Virginia! This is only a couple hours away from me, so I've thought about visiting in the future.
  • Heather Bien - Probably one of my favorite travel blog posts I've read in awhile! Heather wrote this travel guide to Disney World for the non-Disney person. As a non-Disney person myself, I could relate to this completely and I felt like she was taking the words right out of my brain, haha!

On the blog this week: 

     God Bless,

     xoxo Annaliese 



  1. Welcome back friend! I hope your move goes smoothly this weekend- can't wait to see your new place!

  2. I hope your first week back was amazing! Ahh I have such mixed feelings about not showing likes.


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