About Annaliese + FAQ

Affordable Fashion // Attainable Travel // Authentic Living

     Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Annaliese, and this is my little corner of the internet. My day job is in radio broadcasting (which I'm very passionate about!), but I've been blogging here at Southern Belle in Training since 2012 and am equally in love with blogging! I primarily blog about affordable fashion and style, but I also enjoy writing about a variety of lifestyle topics including travel, faith, beauty, relationships and my radio career. 

      If you're new here, I've put together an FAQ below to help you get to know both myself and my blog a little bit better! If you still have a questions, feel free to email me at rainbowflash94@yahoo.com! (And yes- one of the questions answered below is why I'm still using my childhood email address!)

Annaliese - FAQs

     *Where do you live? I currently live in the wonderful city of Charlottesville, VA! I am new to Virginia, and moved here in March 2018. I am originally from a small tourist town in coastal Maine, but I like to pretend that I'm a native Southerner, as I went to college and broadcasting school in North Carolina. I've lived in Maine, North Carolina, Vermont, and now Virginia... North, South, North, and now SOUTH to stay! 

      *What is your full-time job? I am an on-air personality on the radio! 😊 It is my dream job and something that I worked very hard at through college and for a year after to finally achieve. I truly believe that I have the most fun and exciting day job in the world. I am currently work for a country station in the Charlottesville radio market. 

     *Where did you go to college? I originally moved to North Carolina to attend a private Christian school called Gardner-Webb University! I transferred after one year there to finish college at Queens University of Charlotte, which is right in Charlotte, NC. I graduated college from Queens in May 2016. I have no regrets about my freshman year at Gardner-Webb because even though I transferred, I still had some great experiences during that year and met friends for life! 
     I am so thankful that I blogged all through my college years because now I can look back on so many memories that I had during this time! You can read lots of blog posts that I wrote about college experiences including transferring schools, Greek life, dorm room tours, and lots more by clicking on the "College" post label on my blog's sidebar (or clicking right here)! 

      *What were you involved in during college? At Queens, I enjoyed two years of interning for the Charlotte location of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation to prepare me for a career in broadcast media. I was also involved at Greek life - after I transferred to Queens I went through sorority recruitment and became a sister of Alpha Delta Pi! You can read more about my sorority experiences by clicking on the "Sorority life" post label on my blog's sidebar (or clicking right here)!

      *Why do you blog about faith? My Christian faith is so important to me, and God has been my rock through many difficult situations in my life. I think having a fashion blog is a unique ministry outlet. There are lots of people (young women specifically) who might never choose to go to church, listen to Christian music, or seek out anything faith related, but they would read a fashion blog! If I can be a light for Christ to someone by speaking about my faith, morals and Christian lifestyle from time to time here on my blog, then by all means I will do it! 

     *What is your favorite bible verse? I have SO many- but my absolute favorites would be 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17. "Rejoice Always, Pray Continually"

     *What do you enjoy doing in your free time? I absolutely love cooking and baking! I frequently share pictures of new recipes that I'm trying on my Instagram Stories. I also enjoy reading, watching TV, going to Zumba classes, spending time outdoors, and nightlife with friends (in moderation 😉). And of course traveling! I am a HUGE travel fanatic.

     *Favorite place you've traveled to? SUCH a hard question! But for a brief answer: in the US: Las Vegas! Abroad: Italy!

     *Favorite TV shows? I am a HUGE TV junkie! Much more of a TV fan than into movies. A few of my favorites currently are Jane the Virgin, The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, STAR, and Younger!

Southern Belle in Training - FAQs

     *When did you start blogging? I actually started blogging in January 2011, when I was in high school! One of my best friends, Katie, had a blog for years that I enjoyed reading, and after reading hers for so long I was inspired to finally start my own. Katie's blog was more of a personal writing outlet/journal, and my original blog was the same. The name of my first blog was.... get ready for this.... "Confessions of a Maine Teenager." I cringe just writing that here now, haha! Anyways, writing there was my first taste of the blogging world. When I began college in Fall 2012, I knew that I wanted to launch a new blog and have it be fashion focused. So that's how SBIT was born! (And Confessions of a Maine Teenager is now a PRIVATE domain, to anyone who wanted to try and find that. 😉)

      *How did you come up with the name "Southern Belle in Training"? I had just moved from the small town in Maine where I grew up to North Carolina for college, so the name was directly inspired by the move that I had just made! For years before moving to the South, I had been fascinated with Southern culture. One day early in my freshman year of college, I just thought of the blog name "Southern Belle in Training," and it seemed perfect! If you're considering starting a blog, I promise- the perfect name will find you! 

     *Why did you used to sign your blog posts as "Miss ALK"? For the first few years of blogging on SBIT, I always signed my blog posts as "XOXO Miss ALK". This was a throwback to my days of blogging in high school on my first blog, Confessions of a Maine Teenager. My parents were really concerned about privacy in the online world when I was in high school, so I didn't put pictures of myself on that blog, and blogged under my initials "ALK." The first license plates on my car said "MISS ALK" as a little tribute to my blog, so that's how the Miss got added. Even though I did use pictures of myself and my real name on Southern Belle in Training, for the first couple years on here I would still sign my posts as Miss ALK as a tribute to the old blog!

     *Who takes your photos? Since May 2016, I've been working with photographers for the majority of my photo needs here on Southern Belle in Training! Fun fact: my mom is actually an artist who does a lot of artistic photography, so I grew up being exposed to a lot of really great photography. After having a few years of blogging under my belt, I decided it was time to make the investment and start working with a local photographer to take my photo quality from good to great! And it was the BEST decision. 100% one of the best investments I've ever made.
       When I lived in Charlotte, I worked with Deeana from Deeana Kourtney Photography. In Charlottesville, I've been working primarily with Meredith Sledge and Kate Greer. I've never been lucky enough to have a #BloggerBoyfriend and certainly no #InstagramHusband... I look forward to the day that might happen, but I'll probably still use a photographer anyways!

      *Will your blog always focus on affordable fashion? YES! I started my blog as a college freshman who was on a very limited budget. Although I'm in the working world now, I still have a limited budget, because let's be real, entry level salaries are pretty low! Even if I am at a different financial place someday, I don't want the focus of my blog to change. There are tons of bloggers out there who feature designer fashions on their blogs, or even outfits that might not be designer, but are still unrealistic for girls on budgets. No college girl that I know can afford to be spending $100 on a trendy top that will be out of style by next season or $300 on jeans! I definitely do splurge on select fashion items from time to time, but my promise to all of you is that my blog will always focus for the most part on truly affordable outfits. AND y'all know that I'm not afraid to restyle things either!

      *Why is "rainbowflash94@yahoo.com" your blog's email address? I actually wrote a whole blog post about that!! You can read that here!

      *I'm coming to visit Charlottesville! Do you have any travel recommendations for me? I decided to wait a full year after I moved here to publish any Charlottesville related travel guides on my blog (I wanted to really get to know my new city and state as best I could!), but even though I don't have any official local travel blog posts published yet, I'd still love to give you some recommendations for your trip!! Feel free to email me.

      Well- that about covers everything I think! Thanks so much for reading and following Southern Belle in Training!

     God Bless,

     xoxo Annaliese


  1. You have such a lovely blog! My monogram is aLk, my initals are AKL-- close! And I'll be going to school in North Carolina next year--Elon! Have a great day :)

    1. Aw thank-you so much!! Good decision you've made to come to school in NC! :-)

      xoxo Miss ALK

  2. I just saw your post on The Darling Prepster and thought I would come say hello! I also go to school in North Carolina, at Chapel Hill.

  3. Hi there! Thanks for stopping by my blog! After reading your about me I can already tell we have a lot in common. I am also a communication major, and love it! We also like the same TV shows. Can't beat 7th Heaven and Sister Sister! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm your newest follower by the way :)


  4. So glad I found your blog! It's actually scary how much we have in common! My 'About Me' Page needs some updating, but you'll see that I'm ALSO communications major! I'll be the marketing editor for our campus radio station this year, so I'm also considering becoming a DJ on a radio station. I ABSOLUTELY love music so much. I'm rarely caught on and off campus without my ipod headphones in.

    I can't wait to keep following you :)

    xoxo, Lizzy

  5. Your blog seems adorable! I just found you and I'm definitely going to follow you. I feel like just from reading your About Me Page that we have A LOT in common. I'm from New England as well (a little more southern then you) and I have dream of moving to the South, and I love fashion.


  6. It seems that all my bloggy friends have found you before me and now its my time! Just by looking at your blog we have SO much in common. I'm a comm major (PR), transferred twice already, 19, sophomore, and i love 7th heaven. and the lizzie Mcguire movie is my favorite. EVER. Can't wait to follow along!

  7. I'm a french minor as well! I'm also obsessed with Nashville! Glad I found your blog!

  8. I am so excited I found a blogger from Charlotte! I go to UNC-Charlotte, so Queens isn't far at all! I love your blog so much girl!


  9. awww, love the introduction! thanks for sharing~ I'm glad to find a faith-based fashion blogger :)

    XOXO Jo | opal + opal

  10. Great to come across your blog! I'm also from Charlotte.

  11. Love that I've found your adorable blog! Saying hi from Chapel Hill :)

  12. Hello! I love finding another faith-based fashion lover as myself!


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