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A List of 12 Things I Love Right Now | COFFEE DATE

July 20, 2018

I am inspired to do this blog post on 1998miss.com because one of my all time favorite bloggers Olivia Rink just did this post and I loved it! She’s darling so go follow her on Instagram and check out her blog! She’s the perfect little blonde barbie doll raised in KY but based out of Chicago….her pictures are insane-ALWAYS!


A TREND I LOVE:

I lalalalalaLOVE the trend of wearing sneakers with dresses/buisness casual clothes! It’s just so fun and comfy! It’s a spicy way to give that NEW YORK quick commute trend a home in your closet! I love to wear a blazar with a jean skirt and some sneakers. While this trend may be to spicy for some it never hurts to get out of your box and give it a try. While in China I picked up some Louis Vuitton labeless sneaker dupes from TAOBAO (on online store for under $30) and paired them with a relaxed yet dressy look!! Here are a few of my favorite ways to wear this trend!

THIS INSTAGRAM EDIT:

I have fallen in love with using TEZZA’S PRESETS TO EDIT MY IG PHOTOS! It is literally becoming a way of life for me now! I seriously love the filter Vintage and I can edit quickly through her app available by clicking here. I have stopped using any other filter and honestly get excited to see what each photo will look like through her presets! She also only has a few on the app which helps it not be so overwhelming! I hope to eventually create my own presets or buy a more pricey set of presets through another blogger I love….but for now this is perfect!

I lalalalalallalove her presets and I love having a set filter for all of my instagram pictures. It’s nice having a similar edit/asthetic going which a major tip from all bloggers-keep the same filter people enjoy seeing presets.

It’s $1.99 per month or $19.99 per year. I am currently just paying monthly but see it as an investment to purchase it for an entire year very soon! P.S. It’s cooler than VSCO!

THIS NAIL POLISH:

SAMOAN SAND by O.P.I. and it’s under $12!!! It’s the perfect nude and since it’s nude you almost can never tell when it’s chipping away! I keep it in my purse and touch up whenever I notice a situation! It has saved me so much money to do my own manicure and in the summer it’s honestly great! Also I have searched for the perfect nude my whole entire nail polish painting existence and this is pretty much it.

 

THIS BOOK:

How to Be a Hepburn in a Kardashian World: The Art of Living with Style, Class, and Grace by Jordan Christy! It was  given to me by my friend Hannah Katt! We’re both reading the book and are discussing it together! Love it-has advice on every chapter of life and is easy to stay interested in! Seriously I finished in like 3 days. Get it here  for under $20! A great gift for any gal in your life!

 

THIS INSTAGRAM POST:

This post literally brings me such Joy and I can not wait for y’all to read it!

Click this link here to see this insane story on instagram told by a Muslim Woman Activist I met at Sewanee months ago through my good friend Zahnib Kalsoom! SERIOUSLY GO READ IT RIGHT NOW ANS COME BACK TO 1998miss.com BECAUSE IT IS SO GOOD!

THIS SONG:

I am obsessed with this song called Help Us To Love by Tori Kelly featuring the HamilTones! It’s Tori Kelly’s gospel song and I mean to tell you it’s on repeat all day long! It’s such an uplifting song and I love to sing along-soulful for sure! Thanks Hannah Katt for showing it to me…I know TK is your girl!

Listen here: Help Us to Love by Tori Kelly featuring the HamilTones! 

POSTING ONCE EVERY WEEK ON YOUTUBE:

Do y’all love following youtubers with new content every week? ME TOO! I seriously love knowing who’s going to post on what days so I can look forward to watching and countdown! I’m trying to jump into this mode and I’ve been successful thus far! I have a lot of cool content so go subscribe by clicking here!

THIS MESSAGE SERIES:

Always love my church The Pentecostals of North West Arkansas and Elevation Church (Steven Furtick)!

THIS TO REDUCE YOUR STRESS:

Listen to this song, pray and just give it to God. Way Maker covered at BOTT conference.

Click here to listen.

 

THIS QUOTE:

 

GUILTY PLEASURE:

Y’all recently I’m always dying for a splenda sweetened iced tea and an order of cheddar peppers from Sonic! I’m literally always craving them-thanks mom!

A SCENT I LOVE:

I love Coco Mademoiselle so much, it’s my everyday scent! I apply it once in the morning and it lasts all day and all day long I get questions about what I’m wearing!!! I’m thinking about making it my signature scent!


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NEXT BLOG POST: REVIEWING MY SPRING BREAK TRIP IN 2017

I visited all the great places like Savannah, Georgia|  Charleston, North Carolina| The Biltmore Estate |Ashville, North Carolina| Tibi Island|  Hilton Head Island (The Sonesta Resort)|Kiawah Island, South Carolina| Macon, Georgia|

So don’t miss this post! COMING SOON!

All my love,

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

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My current favorite Instagram accounts!

July 18, 2018

Hey y’all I have been wanting to do this blog post for a while now because Instagram is one of my favorite social media outlets. I love connecting over instagram and getting to follow people’s highlight reels who live across the world or right next door! I get inspiration for outfits, my instagram account, for taking photos, my home and basically my whole life just from scrolling through instagram. I feel empowered to see other media entrepreneurs especially women who are successful! It inspires me to keep working at my blog and doing the things I love + how cool is it that people can always see what your up to just by sharing a glimpse!

 

Instagram is fun & I love these accounts!

Follow them if you’re looking for positivity, fashion, beauty, faith and connectedness!

Also remember these accounts are highlight reels and no one is perfect! People only share what is their best days so don’t get to caught up in it-if you’re not inspired then DON’T FOLLOW! If you’re starting to compare yourself then unplug!

I heard a quote that says “almost everything will work again if you unplug it, including you”….take that to heart.

 

In no particular order.

Faith Accounts 

Writer + Blogger | Apostolic Influencer | Nicole Arnold | @n.m.arnold

Beautiful Soul + Instagram | Apostolic, Missions | Madison Gaddy | @madisongaddison

Soul Sister + Prayer Warrior + Writer | Aposolic, Inside Out | Hannah Katt |@hannahkatt

Blog + Instagram |Apostolic Girl Ministries | @apostolicgirl.insta

Blog + Instagram | Dainty Jewells Blog | @daintyjewellsblog

Youtuber, Realtionship Goals | Kristin Johns | @Kristinjohns

 

BEAUTY

Youtuber + Instagram | Couple Goals | Beautiful Testimony | Sazan Hendrix | @sazan

 

Fitness

Killer Fitness Routine | Brooke Davidson | @bcdavidson

 

FASHION ACCOUNTS

Blogger + Instagram | Modest Fashion + Skincare | Courtney Toliver Guthrie | @courtneytoliver

 Instagram | Modest Fashion, California based | Veronica  | @Veronicaslook

Blogger + Instagram | Fashion, Dressy | Blair Eadie | @blaireadiebee

Blogger + Instagram + Dress Designer | Julia Engel | Gal Meets Glam | @Juliahengel 

Instagram | Modest Fashion | The Grid | @hijabiofthegrid

Instagram + The MODEST | “Just for Fun” Modest Fashion | Maria Alia | @mariaalia

Instagram + Modest Fashion Blog | Modest Fashion, California Based | Mariah Amador | @_mariahbrianne`

Blogger + Instagram | Cool Style | Cool pictures | Favorite account RN! | Jessica Wang | @notjessfashion

These are just a few of the really great accounts on instagram that I keep up with! I have many more favorites and hope to feature their accounts in another post later! These are my most recent favorites so stay tuned for the updated version. I also thought about doing a more condensed version like top 5….I’m still thinking it over! I really enjoyed doing FOLLOW FRIDAY on instagram during the school year and might transition that onto the blog! I also have several Youtube gals I love and want to share so subscribe to my newsletter, give me a follow on instagram @1998miss and subscribe to my youtube channel |Alexa Dudley|

All my love,

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

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@1998miss

 

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Church Camp Clothing Haul 2018!!

July 12, 2018

     ARCAMPS18

Hey y’all it’s camp season & you bet I’ve got a couple of looks to share! This year was bittersweet being a worker in Redfield, Arkansas. It was such a blessing to be a part of camp and see God work in so many young lives. God is good y’all!!! It was also totally not the same without my best friend Hannah Katt there. Literally, I missed her so much. 🙁

Here’s what I wore + a few pictures from camp! I’ll be linking all the looks at the bottom if you are interested in styling the same pieces. Also yes the black dress was my favorite look & yes it was under $40. P.S. Sorry about all the iphone pictures…It has just been more convenient to use since I don’t have BOO with me this summer!

THE PERFECT LITTLE BLACK DRESS

A few similar little black dress options: also from Banana Republic  (My dress is currently sold out!!!) | Dupe to the Black Chanel Bag: ALDO |Nude Classic Pumps: Christian Louboutin

THE RUFFLED GET UP

Similar black elbow-length sleeved blouse: Target |Striped Poplin Ruffled Wrap Skirt: Steinmart |Leather belt with Double G buckle: Gucci | Similar Black + Canvas LV Bag: Louis Vuitton | Similar Black Pumps: Guess (ON SALE RIGHT NOW!!!)

Stripe & Floral Button Front Maxi Dress & THE BOBBY PIN TREND

Stripe & Floral Button Front Maxi Dress: Steinmart | Similar Black + Canvas LV Bag: Louis Vuitton | Olisa Ankle Strap Sandal: Sam Edelman 

The Classic

Similar Little Blue Blouse: Bedford Blair | Similar Classic Black Skirt: Antonio Melani | Black Classic Belt: Hermes |Similar Black + Canvas LV Bag: Louis Vuitton | Olisa Ankle Strap Sandal: Sam Edelman 

The Business Casual Summer Day 

 Striped Button Front Shirt Dress: Steinmart | Similar Colorful Sandals: also Kate Spade | Similar Labeless Birkin Dupe: Amazon | Similar Lace Slip Extender: Ebay|Heart Shaped Sunnies (Saint Laurent Dupe):Amazon

P.S. Be sure to click the links at the bottom of each look…you’ll be able to buy them directly!

Also DON’T MISS MY NEWEST VLOGS ON YOUTUBE!!! CLICK HERE!!!

 

XOXO,

Bless others & Be blessed!

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

@1998miss

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China Update/Instagram Post/Testimony

June 14, 2018

My China Update/Instagram Post

Sometimes I wonder HOW & WHEN God will connect the puzzle pieces of my life. Sometimes I question the road I’m traveling or what the result would be if I did it my way. I think of studying something that comes naturally to me or something that wouldn’t require school for what feels like forever. Sometimes more than not I get mad at myself for not being the 4.0 student I was in High School. I think everyone has these moments in their own walks-But these moments/days we often don’t share because we are scared to say them out loud. If you know my testimony you’ll find Joy in knowing today a big puzzle piece was connected. Another puzzle piece was connected when I got into Sewanee, when I switched to Pre-Med from P.A. & N.P. (I recently found out the following positions don’t even exist in China), after my first semester of college because I felt God directing me towards the doctor route, when the Spanish department wouldn’t let me take Spanish & Chinese was the only language open, when I got my car, when my friends from college ended up being mostly from China, when I met the greatest Khala in Nashville, when I met my roommate @chinesedumpling_, when I got this short internship, when they allowed me to go into the O.R., when I met Dr. Lee who also speaks English & when I made it to China this summer for a steal of a deal. This isn’t even the half of the puzzle pieces that connected over the last few years. God never ceases to amaze me! 

 

So in short the answer to the question you might be wondering is “Yes, I loved being in the OR, yes I think I’m interested in being a surgeon & YES I LOVE CHINA”. 🇨🇳

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Huge ANNOUNCEMENT!

May 15, 2018

你好我的朋友!我在中国!🇨🇳

I have some big news to share! I recently posted on my Instagram story that I would be going abroad-today I’m sharing where!

 

I am am beyond excited to announce that I have traveled across the globe to China.

 

I AM IN CHINA!

I am here to visit some major cities, see some well known landmarks, get to know my roommates family & friends, see my other friends from Sewanee, practice my Chinese & see what God has for me! If you know me then you know this journey is a huge deal and that God is so faithful in my life. I can’t wait to share more posts of my adventure! I will hopefully be doing weekly outfit blogs and journals! I also have been vlogging the entire trip!!! WOOHOO! That means you’ll be able to come to China too! I hope to get up my first VLOG this week so go subscribe to my YouTube channel Alexa Dudley so you can know when I post!

 

Along with that that I will be instagramming and snapping!!! The time difference is pretty significant so that will make my posts at different times so I’ll work on a schedule! If you are familiar with China you’ll also know that many American social media platforms are blocked so I may have a little trouble staying on top of media!

 

There is so much more I am looking forward to sharing so please subscribe & stay tuned! I appreciate all your prayers and thoughts on this journey! I am sure that God is going to do big things!

 

P.S. I am delighted to let you know about an small internship I will be doing while I am in China soon!

 

All my love,

1998miss

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

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Bless others and be blessed!

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A Sewanee Feature: A tribute to Queen @tessaleefox

May 4, 2018

A Sewanee Feature 

A NEW SERIES ON 1998MISS.COM

A Sewanee Feature is a new series on 1998miss.com where I will be featuring some Sewanee favorites. I am so delighted to be including some of my University experience on my blog by sharing these exclusive interviews which will happen every few months! There are so many amazing people on my campus and I can not wait for you to meet them! I hope to continue this series throughout the rest of my Sewanee career!

A Q/A with the Queen @tessaleefox

To know Tessa Fox is to love Tessa Fox!

A Cadence sister, a beautiful blonde, a style icon, a kind soul, jet-setter, friend to all and a Queen in every right. 

 

I am so privileged to have had the opportunity to interview Miss Tessa Fox as my first EVER SEWANEE FEATURE!

I also should just go ahead and mention that Tessa works for Sam Edelman in New York, City!

LITERALLY, SHE’S EVERYTHING!!! A career in fashion! WOWZA & she is a Sewanee graduate!

 

Question: What is your signature scent?

Queen Tessa Fox: “Calypso St Barth’s scent.”

 

Question: What is your GO TO handbag?

Queen Tessa Fox: “Louis Vuitton The Alma BB!” (She was toting this fine bag during the interview!)

Inside Scoup: Tessa’s mom collects special edition handbags and Tessa will likely follow in her footsteps! Clearly already by loving the Alma BB!  Tessa purchased this high end luxury handbag from The Real Real an authenticated luxury consignment based out of NYC. Just like Queen Tessa you can shop The Real Real here!

 

Question: Do you watch Real Housewives and if so who is your favorite housewife?

Queen Tessa Fox: “Yes girl! Kyle Richards of course.” Check out Kyle’s instagram here!

 

Question: How would you define Fashion?

Queen Tessa Fox: “Individual irreverent: out of the ordinary, fun.”

 

Question: How do you stay up to date with fashion?

Queen Tessa Fox: “Vogue of course-especially Vouge online…I look at the archived runway shows from years back!! Also NET-A-PORTER, Bergdorf and Barney’s!”

 

Question: What is your favorite magazine?

Queen Tessa Fox: “Hmm. I think French Elle editorials are super cool and unique especially the layout!”

 

Question: What would you recommend to people pursuing a path in fashion/New York City?

Queen Tessa Fox: “You’ve got to connect with people, meet people everywhere and learn to be your own representative! Networking is everything + how you put yourself out there!”

 

Question: What Podcasts do you listen to?

Queen Tessa Fox:  “Vogue, Refinery and Bravo’s Club House!”

 

Question: What was it like being in New York City durin NYFW?

Queen Tessa Fox: “I work in Midtown across from radio city. Midtown has a lot of tourists but if you go downtown you would see a lot of the street style. Also checking out Bryant Park during NYFW!”

 

Question: Who’s your favorite clothing designer?

Queen Tessa Fox: “Balenciaga!”

 

Question: I’m just wondering as a fellow fan girl…will you ever start your own clothing line?

Queen Tessa Fox: “I WOULD LOVE TO DO THAT.”

 

Question: How do you spice up a look?

Queen Tessa Fox: “Good shoes, a fabulous handbag and statement earrings!”

 

Question: What is your biggest dream Queen Tessa Fox?

Queen Tessa Fox: “I want to eventually launch my own company-fashion related of course including woman! Women are a very important aspect of that dream!”

 

Question: What is something you love to do with your own style?

Queen Tessa Fox: “I’m super into customizing bags-even simple ones! It’s so fun! Also A good denim jacket with some spice!”

 

Question: Will you ever start a blog? Because I know you’d be fabulous!

Queen Tessa Fox: “I don’t know-hopefully….I’m still finding purpose.”

 

Question: What is your staple item? Like literally you can’t live without it-go to thing!

Queen Tessa Fox: “I love a good pair of sneakers…like these!” Tessa was wearing SUPER FUN white sneakers of course rocking them like there’s no tomorrow!

 

Question: What do you reccomend to those who travel to New York City? It has to be a the BEST because they are staying for 24hrs!

Queen Tessa Fox: “YOU HAVE TO GO TO Rubierosa IN SOHO! THEY HAVE THE APSOLUTE BEST PIZZA!”

 

Question: What is your favorite artist?

Queen Tessa Fox: “I love Taylor Swift!”

 

Question: Tell me a little more about yourself and where you find inspiration?

Queen Tessa Fox: “Art and fashion are a real passion of mine. My parents are a huge influence in my life and the steps I have taken throughout my life. My father owns a jewelry store which he built in the 80’s and that alone has been a huge inspiration to me. He designs custom jewelry When I was in 8th grade I went to Paris with him and tried on a beautiful necklace designed for Louis Vuitton. My mom has also been an inspiration for me as she worked for the Este Lauder and Clinique corporations while I was growing up actually for about 10 years. I also watched my mom designing the interior of our home! She has always pushed me as an empowered woman to be an empowered woman!  I love my parents.”

HER SAM EDELMAN STORY

Question: Okay, so I’m dying and all of Sewanee that knows you is dying-you work for Sam Edelman! OMG! Tell me more about what that’s like!!?

Queen Tessa Fox: “Okay, Alexa I KNOW IT’S CRAZY COOL RIGHT!” 

“After graduation (at Sewanee!)  I wanted to pursue design. I went to Parson during the summer and took a class and that was like the hardest thing I have ever done. There isn’t a thing like that here. I got good exposure and realized how challenging that field is. I realized I needed to either go to graduate school or work in fashion/design somewhere to see where that would take me.”

“I decided to just go for the gold!”

“I just really got out there and started looking! I was primarily interviewed by Women besides Sam Edelman himself during my journey. I looked into Archeticual Digest and publishing. I started with no connections-I realized I was going to have to get into this field on my own. Throughout the summer after graduation I would commute to NYC and interview with people-if they weren’t my connection they knew someone who was! It was really cool but also exhausting. My favorite part of this journey had to be meeting people-people are so inspiring.”

“On a particular coffee meeting with a connection through family/Sewanee, I met someone who was connected to the Sam Edelman brand. Long story short-I landed an interview with Sam Edelman himself. This was the big shots and after a long summer searching I was thrilled!”

*Me: What did you wear! Already knowing it would be the perfect look!*

“I wore all black! A pair of tailored pants with a simple black blouse with darling cap sleeves-I wore my first pair of Sam Edelman shoes-The Loraine Loafers inspired a bit by Gucci! They were leopard so that was my fun pop! I was classic, put together and excited.  I actually cut my hair for my interview after reading an article in Vogue talking about the bob being back! I was sp inspired and just went for it! (BTW it is so darling!!) I wanted something exciting! I actually ended up mentioning this in my interview-How I follow the trend and I not only love it but live it! I talked about cutting my hair which really interested Sam.”

“Something I appreciate most about Sam Edelman is that he is so personal! He and his wife have a real success and they are so kind. They are also just the absolute coolest people ever-a small company feel but are actually very big!”

“It’s honestly so interesting Alexa, the difference in the fashion house companies. I learned all of this throughout my journey too!”

“So this was a huge year for Sam Edelman!!! We are the number one successful dress shoe brand at department stores in the united states. We are all about comfort! We don’t do anything unless it is comfortable and fabulous! Our customer is practical and I know you know that Alexa.”

“Sam Edelman is not fast fashion! We are intentional in our design and we put our own inspiration on every piece. Essentially every year the Sam Edelman team will go to Europe and go anywhere and everywhere buying what inspires them. It could be a feather-whatever it is gets grouped together and put in designing out shoes. We start wow and then shoe design trickles down into a wow yet practical.”

“Sam Edelman has it’s own identity! We are our own.”

P.S. Y’all I even got an inside scoop on next falls promotion design! That’s off the record of course! 😉

Queen Tessa Fox at SEWANEE!

Major: Philosophy 

Minor: Studio Art

Favorite Sewanee Professor: “Jim Peter’s my advisor!”

What’s your favorite Sewanee wear?: “I love Vintage Sewanee wear! I also like to just get inspiration from the bookstore!”

What’s your Stirlings order?: “I love the Chicken Salad sandwhich on a baguette with the salad dressing! Yum!” 

Did you do FYP or PRE?: “I actually did PRE and last year ended up being a PRE MOM! SO much FUN!” 

If you go to Sewanee you probably have what?: “A Barbour Jacket! I even have one! It’s so Sewanee.”

What is something you wished you knew about Sewanee earlier?: “The talks! I really started attending guest lectures when I was a senior! I can’t imagine how many amazing people I could have heard if I would have went earlier. You get to meet such cool people!”

Did you GO GREEK?: “YES! I’M A TKP! I literally made so many great friends and connections throughout my sorority! Love TKP!” 

I am so happy to have interviewed Queen Tessa Fox as my first EVER SEWANEE FEATURE! I met Tessa in Sewanee doing Cadence- we were Cadence sistas! She sings like an angel, always looked so stylish and was always the kindest gal in the room! She always made me feel welcome in the group and weekly I found inspiration in what she was wearing!

Goes to show ya Sewanee people! Get out there and don’t be afraid to meet people!

Also shoutout to Lily and David Fox! I remember when y’all called your sister at Wednesday Acapella practice when you got into Sewanee! You are the most precious twins in Sewanee and just like your sister are so kind! I am so happy to have Lily as a Cadence sista!

Go follow the Fox crew on instagram!!

@tessaleefox

@lilygeorgia8

@dfox97 

A tribute to Queen Tessa Fox! 

Tessa as seen on Instagram sipping her latte-like only the most fabulous do!Tessa as seen on instagram at local Sewanee conert! “Boy Named Banjo is her jam.”
Tessa as seen on instagram celebrating her twenty-first birthday like a movie star at The Sewanee Inn.

Tessa as seen on instagram looking so fun loving and beautiful! Celebrating a birthday-no doubt!

Tessa as seen on instagram with her beautiful mother! It’s no wonder where Tessa gets her beauty!

Tessa as seen on instaram with her foxy siblings! David and Lily are both following in their big sister’s footsteps attending Sewanee! Both class of 2021! A beautiful trio!Tessa as seen with @1998miss during 1998miss.com’s  A Sewanee Feature: an interview! 
 

Just a few of Tessa’s favorites!

Now go get yourself a pair of Sam Edelman shoes and thank you to Tessa for this beautiful pair! 

XOXO,

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

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MODEST SKIRTS YOU NEED IN YOUR CLOSET ALL UNDER $20!

April 12, 2018

Hey y’all so a few days ago I opened a package up on my insta story showing a bunch of skirts my mom picked up for me during her trip to Las Vegas to see my uncle. Today I will be linking my fav new high waisted denim skirt + a few others from that story.

Let me tell y’all about how fabulous this little light wash, star detailed, slightly frayed high waisted skirt is!!! It fits like a glove and is so fun. It is the most high rise skirt I own and it is knee length-YAY! That is one of my biggest challenges with high rise skirts but this one checks all the boxes!

 

If you’re in the market for the perfect little denim skirt to add to your collection this is the one.


Hight Waisted Denim Skirt: David Buffalo | Similar Black Half Sleeve Shirt: Chico’s | Pink Pink Slides: Free People |

Note: My skirt was purchased for under 20$ at Burlington but I couldn’t find direct link. It was purchased this week so should still be in stock. Also this skirt is sold at a few other places besides Burlington so I linked that above! This black shirt has been a staple of mine for a few years now and it came from Forever 21! The Pink Pink slides are from Free People and I scored them for $10 during the Dillards New Year Sale! The great news is that they are still available at Nordstrom but the sad news is they are full price-$100.

While this is my favorite skirt I got a few more that are also worth checking out especially because they don’t compromise comfort to be stylish! They are all skirts that would be great either for a daytime look or an evening look it’s all about how you style it! Today I am actually wearing the little navy strechy skirt and it has been so comfy + so chic for class! It is perfect for  Sewanee Class Dress and I am so delighted it has made an addition to my go to skirts!

Here’s a few more!

This skirt is the one I’m wearing today and it is so comfy!!! I got it in three colors: Light Pink, Navy & White! IT IS UNDER $14

Get it here: Burlington

This skirt has such cute detail and a great wash! It is under $20!

Get it here: Burlington

I love this darling pink skirt with a ruffled hem! The ruffle is the perfect extra detail but it is still simple and classy! It’s under $14!

Get it here: Burlington


This little navy skirt is perfect for a fun girly look! It’s under $14 and is so modest!

Get it here: Burlington

Hope y’all are able to get some of these super affordable and modest skirts! Burlington is one of my go to places when looking for modest skirts! It’s a stop we always make when we are in Las Vegas visiting my Uncle because they have a huge store! I actually visted Burlington for the first time ever during a visit a couple summers ago! I got some of my most wornn skirts for such great prices! Thank you mom and Uncle Ron! LOVE YOU!

XOXO,

Bless others & Be blessed!

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

@1998miss

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5 Instagramable Places to Celebrate your Birthday-NO CAKE REQUIRED!

April 9, 2018

5 Instagramable Places to Celebrate a Birthday-NO CAKE REQUIRED! 

Hey friends! I thought this post would be helpful to those searching for the perfect place to celebrate their birthday! While it’s hard to narrow it down because locations vary these are a few franchise options! (Although my favorite birthdays are at hole in the wall places! I love an adventure, being the first to try something and creating my own fun!)

Since I’m from NWA (North-West Arkansas) and Southern Tennessee the places I’m linking are found there!

Also PRO TIP: your birthday will be the most special if you are spending it with the ones you love and by documenting it with pictures! It doesn’t matter where you are it’s who you are with that counts! Also it’s easy to make a basic place cool/insta swag.

My number #1 when searching for a place is somewhere there is a cute dessert option or a free birthday treat! I can always get behind the restaurant songs too-LOL.  I actually celebrated my birthday by having brunch at my University’s fancy hotel! It’s a buffet with the most delicious food, beautiful flowers, and live music! UH, PERFECTNESS! So my first recommendation is simply that a local hotel in your area! My bday brunch was at The Sewanee Inn! If you are in TN YOU HAVE TO COME HERE!

My #2 is somewhere my family has gone to celebrate birthday’s for over 15 years! It’s been a long-standing tradditon in my family to go to Market Place Grill for a tasty meal, good bread, a fun vibe and the free chocolate mess! It’s literally the most tasty chocolate treat for the whole family to share! It’s free to those celebrating their birthday and is complete with a couple of spoons to share! It’s a $10 value and you’ll find yourself coming back regardless of your birthday!  I took my friend Myka for a chocolate mess for her 20th birthday and you can see it in the photo above!

My #3 is breakfast for your birthday! I love breakfast food and can always get behind a early morning celebration! I love to meet my girls for brunch and on my birthday-SCORE! Free pancakes at IHOP is a major win and hello instagramable moment!!!! A short stack with a candle is perfection! I literally can’t imagine anything cuter or more tasty! I learned to make pancakes by six years old and to this day it’s still a favorite of mine! If you’re in Nashville I highly recommend the The Pancake Pantry for your birthday or any ocassion. It’s a pancake lovers dream! It’s near the Vandy campus!!! I did a vlog in Nashville with my friends and we ate at the Pancake Pantry! You can watch it here! If you’re anywhere else ihop is a great option too!!

My #4 is any donut place! This is totally for the photo opp! Like instagram birthday cuteness can go down at any little donut place! Plus who doesn’t love a darling donut on your birthday!!! Stack em up for a fun style bday cake! You can also pre-order your name at a lot of places and y’all I am dying to do this regardless of a birthday! Many places like Krispy Kreme and Daylight Doughnuts offer a complementary bday donut!!! What’s better than that y’all!!!

My #5 is anywhere you can get ice cream! I happen to love  Cold Stone Creamery so I would reccomend that but if you have a local ice cream joint I would go there in a heart beat! LOCAL is always cooler than a franchise-that’s like a life memo! I would love to see y’all enjoying a tasty ice cream while celebrating you! I think it’s darling to have a tripple scoop ice cream in a waffle cone and photographing it is sure to be darling! I actually have taken a few different darling ice cream photos which have been super popular on insta!!! So go for the cute, fun, and classic birthday treat ice cream! I also wouldn’t be suprised if a few of places didn’t offer a complimentary bday treat!

  1. A local hotel!
  2. The Market Place Grill
  3. ihop / PANCAKES
  4.  Doughnuts
  5. Ice-Cream

 

My final advice is to color cordinate your pals on your bday it makes the pictures look so much better plus people like guidelines when dressing for an event-just don’t get to specific! I also reccomend picking up your own candles before any celebration because I happen to think the number candles are so much cuter! I also usually pick up a crown or some sparking cider to add to the bday vibe! It’s super easy to make your bday fun when your on a budget, stuck at home or just totally lacking inspo-using these few basic tips!

Also, if you are reading this chances are it is your birthday or someone you knows birthday-Happy Birthday! Hope your day is especially blessed!

Bless others & be blessed!

XOXO,

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley
@1998miss

P.S. Read how we celebrated my friend Myka’s birthday at Market Place Grill and The Fresh Market here!

You can also check out my vlog from that day on youtube very soon! My channel is Alexa Dudley!!

Finally, here are the most darling best gal photos with the delicious FREE chocolate mess I mentioned earlier! Holy cuteness right!

 


Happy Birthday Friends!

SUNDAY BEST

Easter Sunday 2018

April 8, 2018

Happy Easter 2018!

I hope everyone had a blessed day celebrating the resurection of our king JESUS!!! Easter is such a beautiful holiday and is of great significance to myself! In celebration of Easter while being a college student living ten hours from home my holiday is a little different! I still wear my Sunday best, attend church and celebrate Christ but I do it without my family! It’s a different feeling without your loved ones! I usually fill my car up with friends to attend service and make up for no special Easter dinner by dinning in the dinning hall on campus with lot’s of friends around! I have many friends who grew up in Asia who are not familiar with the significance of Easter and it’s been a great joy of mine to teach them about it! I felt so blessed to be the one taking them to their first american church service!

This year Easter fell a little earlier so there were not many beautiful flowers in bloom quite yet but I did find this darling little southern church in downtown Monteagle, TN where I shot my Easter pictures! Huge thank you to my good friend Zahnib for taking the time to do these photos!

This Easter look is inspired by the royal family and I actually just wore pieces I already had in my closet! I spiced up the outfit by pairing different things together! I polished my look with a darling little fascinnator from Dillard’s! It was under $50 and it will double as a great Kentucky Derby hat someday! I’m planning to attend the Kentucky Derby at least once during my last two years in TN studying at The University of The South! I choose black because it’s a timeless color that will be versitile in the future!

Hoppy Easter Friends!




Yellow Tweed Jacket: Zara! | Similar Navy Lace Dress: Dillard’s | Classic Nude Red Bottoms: Christian Louboutin | Similar Fascinator: Dillard’s | Similar Basket Bag: MarleyLilly

*I purchased my wicker basket bag a few years ago in a little boutique in Oxford Mississippi! It was a pretty penny but it has been a classic in my closet! I have had since I was a freshman in high school!! It usually makes an appearance on Easter and into the summer! It’s a false monogram but is still so darling! I love this simplicity of it and how small the monnogram is! Its classic colors are perfect for all of my looks! I also wanted to apologize-I couldn’t find the link to my fascinator! I bummed because I bought it at Dillard’s a few days before Easter! The jacket was a $10 sale find at Zara and I loved it! My school color is yellow and the style screams Chanel!

Hope you enjoyed this post! Follow me on instagram for more daily looks + outfit inspo! I’m always recycling clothes in my closet!

Bless others and be blessed!

XOXO,

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

@1998miss

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“I’m tired of waiting”

April 7, 2018

Waiting for something. 

Hey Y’all so happy to finally be posting something after a long UNPLANNED break from blogging-school has been crazy! Growing up I never thought I would pursue the doctor route and even more so learn the Chinese language! That being said I have my work cut out for me but I’m blessed to have the opportunity to study these things at Sewanee! God is good.

 

While I have a few long-awaited posts I want to upload soon:

TESSA FOX (MY FIRST SEWANEE FEATURE)

MODEST WORK OUTWEAR

COFFEE DATE

EASTER 2018

today’s post “waiting for something” is taking the front seat because this is weighing heavy on my heart.

 

This writing deep thought provoking posts is something I am new at and I am happy that I have grown more comfortable with doing so-it’s been a long journey. It’s so easy to share the outfits I love, the things I’m studying, places I wanna travel to (what I an comfortable with) but it’s challenging to write and publish the raw emotions I feel-my emotions. That being said I want to do this because I believe in these raw moments you can relate to others and in these moments true beauty is found. These are the moments in which God is teaching you something.

(wait·ing)

the action of staying where one is or delaying action until a particular time or until something else happens.

Today was the first time I actually looked up the definition of waiting. My whole life I’ve had my own way to define waiting and that was simply not getting what I wanted when I wanted it. Plain and simple there it is human and selfish.

As humans we get angry about the little stuff like if we are in the drive-through line for more than five minutes because we want our food like ASAP. We demand instant gratification-we are obsessed with it. If we want something we can’t afford we can get a loan, a credit card or simply do lay away. The world caters to this “I want it right now” demand and it is so easy to put this same mentality into every aspect of our life. If we are not careful it can consume us. Things like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter can make this mentality worse. Have you have ever seen something on social media that you didn’t even know you wanted-we trick ourselves into wanting things we don’t actually want because someone else has it. This can be a great pair of shoes, to do something, to have something, to travel somewhere or the worst to be someone else. We see where someone else is in their life and want to fast forward ours. We want to be 16 already and be driving, we want to be graduated from high school and in college, we want to be working that fancy job, we want to be engaged, we want that puppy, we want to build our own house, we want to be in grad school already,  we want our blog to hurry up and grow, we want to be that successful on social media… We have to protect ourselves from this because it can make us deeply unhappy and blind us from seeing our own beauty, uniqueness and strength!

The tricky thing is when someone says wait they don’t always say how long. You could be waiting for something for five minutes or an hour. You could be waiting for an answer to a prayer for a few days or a few months. Here’s the big kicker you could even wait for a few years!!!! Wait how inconvenient of God right?… for like making us wait like doesn’t he know that we want what we want when we want it? Doesn’t he like want us to be happy and living our best lives? Wait like why doesn’t he just make it happen because we like NEED it to? He can do it like why won’t he? I like asked him for something like I prayed about it so….yeah why isn’t it happening?

We’ve all asked these questions or thought these things. Yes, me too. It’s okay!!!! EVERYONE feels this way at some point in life. NEWS FLASH WE ARE HUMAN. But it’s when we are asking these questions and when we are in these moments where we have the opportunity to learn to wait for a second and trust God. It took me a long time to learn that praying for what I wanted was a whole lot different than praying for God’s will and just talking to him about my life. When I learned to give God my hopes and desires saying here God you do with this what you want-I trust you…. my entire life changed. I mean like big changes, HUGE ONES LIKE MIRACLES. That doesn’t mean that I still don’t struggle with being impatient! The truth is I absolutely struggle with it but I have learned time and time again that God’s will for my life far exceeds my own. His timing is always right. I know this because I would never have dreamed for myself to be on the pre-med track, studying Chinese, writing a blog, meeting influential people, traveling all over the world and God giving me crazy insane blessings.

I am writing this because it’s so easy to get out of touch with God and get impatient. It’s easy to look at someone else and get frustrated and upset. It’s also easy to stop waiting and settle. This is the most dangerous thing we can do and I don’t mean like exciting dangerous I mean like devastatingly dangerous. We can not trust God and we can take action ourselves that might be good for a while even great but can take us places we might never have wanted to go. We can settle for less than what God has for us we can settle ourselves out of our blessing.

It’s dangerous to be impatient. It’s dangerous to settle.

I have been praying for something very specific for what seems like forever and in this new season of life, it is so easy for me to get impatient when waiting for the answer. It is so easy for me to get upset and start asking those questions I mentioned before. Honestly, sometimes I still do ask them but when I do I always come back to the real deal with Jesus. I eventually give it to him and pray for his will. This is beautiful because we learn to depend on God! There is beauty in the waiting period because while I see what I want and what is in front of me God sees my whole life and he has the perfect plan for every aspect. He knows exactly what we need.

 

Have you ever prayed for something got it and realized it wasn’t what you wanted?

Have you ever prayed for a door to open and an opportunity arrises but then the door shuts?

Have you ever met someone and then they turned out to be the complete opposite of what you expected?

Have you ever wanted something in the moment and later realized you were wrong?

Have you ever done something out of impatience and then felt huge regret?

Me too. But one door closes-another opens. Two doors close-I’m gonna praise him in the hallway. GOD’S GOT THIS. TRUST HIM!

I trust Jesus because he has never let me down. His way is always better. I want what he wants for me in his perfect timing. His love is never ending and he is always looking out for you. So trust him.

Oh and if you’re in the hallway:

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Isaiah 40:31
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Romans 12:12
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Proverbs 16:32
Better a patient person than a warrior,
one with self-control than one who takes a city.

2 Peter 3:8 | NIV |
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.

Psalm 27:14 | NIV |
Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

 

I’m waiting and I am sure you are waiting for something too. I hope that this encourages you because it has been heavy on my heart to share. We must be strong in the Lord and be patient because he’s got it all worked out.

I love y’all and thank you for taking the time to read this post! I’d love to hear any comments you might have or any stories about patience in your life!! Feel free to comment below, email me or DM me on Instagram.
@1998miss
Bless others and be blessed!
XOXOXO,
Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley