SUNDAY BEST

Trendy Chic Sunday Best #OOTD + 10 stylish ways to layer up in winter!

November 15, 2018

Happy Thursday! Hope everyone is staying warm because it’s freezing out! Today on the gram I saw so many beautiful places getting their first snow of the season and it was so beautiful! So far Sewanee has just seen colder weather but I’m holding out for a good snow after Thanksgiving because it’s always so beautiful! Winter is actually my favorite season! I love being cozy and winter style is always so chic!

If you haven’t already checked out my blog post with Skirt Society from Wednesday check it out here! It’s about finding beauty in brokenness and it’s a read I think everyone will benefit from!

So let’s jump right into today’s annual weekly blog post! I’m sharing all the details from last Sunday’s fall look and some of my favorite ways to stay chic in the winter months! I’m all about layering and below I’ll share my favorite ways to do it!

This Sunday best look was very trendy and I loved incorporating a tube top into it! It’s a fun way to spice up something you’ve already got in your closet, create a nice waistline and keep it fresh! I can’t wait to put it over a dress shirt next! I’m also loving this style of skirt this season because it really elevates a look + is a little bit warmer!

Trendy Chic Sunday Best 

Skirt: Forever 21 (similar style here) |  Black Tube Top: Target  | Tissue Turtleneck: JCREW (similar style here) |Pointed Black Midi Boots: Dillard’s (similar style here) | Double-buckle belt: Amazon Fashion

Also obligatory shoutout to my roommate for taking all of my instagram pictures and blog pictures! 1998miss.com wouldn’t be the same without you!!! All in favor of her starting her blog say I!!!!!! (That should be everyone because she is the cutest!)

10 Stylish ways to layer this season!

  1. Add a cozy hat to your look!! Big knit is so in right now!
  2. Add a nice scarf that accents your gloves and hat!
  3. Colored tights are so in this season and are a great way to stay warm in dresses!
  4. Fun pantyhose! I’m all about the heart pattern, fishnet, floral and more! I just pulled all of mine out last week!
  5. Knee high boots! I’m actually loving these thigh high UGG’s here!
  6. Knee socks are such a cute way to stay warm with a skirt!
  7. Go monochromatic with lots of layers!
  8. Don’t be afraid to rock multiple layers of all black!
  9. Turtlenecks are classic by themselves or paired under a dress!
  10. Big cozy sweaters over dresses!!!

Just a reminder I post daily on Instagram, Thursday’s here on 1998miss.com and Tuesday’s on my youtube channel! You can click the link here to subscribe to my channel to get notified when I post!

XOXO,

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

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Pre-Med Monday Posts

NEW SERIES: PRE-MED MONDAY | #1

November 12, 2018

Pre-Med Monday #1

If you’re new here welcome to 1998miss.com a place filled with faith, fun, college-life and modest fashion. I am Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley and I am 1998miss! I’m so happy you’ve stopped by my blog and that you’re interested in my new series called Pre-Med Monday.

Welcome to it’s launch and the first official post in the series! YAY!

I hope to continue this series throughout the next two years as a place I can share my experiences as a pre-med student at Sewanee: The University of The South. I am an unconventional pre-med student because I didn’t decide I wanted to be pre-med until my sophomore year at Sewanee. When I finally made the decision I dropped my pre-nursing track and started organic chemistry to get me to where I am today. I am a junior psychology major on a pre-med track with hopefully a Chinese minor if we get one. I am a modest fashion blogger, Instagrammer, and Youtuber. I love pink, to sing at the top of my lungs and to travel. I am unconventional. I want to be a doctor.

Since this series is new it might be a little rocky at the beginning but just give it time because I think it is a wonderful opportunity to share with Y’all!

I had this idea last year but sadly never got around to it and quite frankly was a little apprehensive about starting. I was worried some people would share their negative opinions about my different and unique path to being pre-med. BUT nonetheless, I decided that there have to be other future doctors out there who might have a different pre-med journey than the traditional biochemistry major. Don’t get me wrong if you’re studying biochemistry YOU are amazing but as a social science major, it can sometimes be a little tough to balance the two different course schedules!

Today I wanted to talk a little bit about my experience this Saturday in Sewanee taking my first practice MCAT ever!

So WOW what an experience it was! I am so thankful to our amazing pre-med department here at Sewanee for providing all students interested in taking the exam an opportunity to do it for free! They even provided snacks for us on breaks! I finally got a real idea about what the MCAT was like and all the horror stories were gone! I did it. I decided I would spend my Saturday testing and I did it! I am so glad I did because I was able to really get an idea of what the test was like and how I should really start preparing asap! As a junior, I feel a little bit behind just now taking my first practice MCAT but again everyone is different. I plan to have a gap year between medical school and Sewanee so in that case, I am on track! I finally have a score to base off of and get to creating a study plan! I know exactly what testing day will be like and I even learned that the MCAT is taken on a computer, not on paper. Up until this point, I believed it would be on paper just like the ACT and SAT! How silly I felt before but how prepared I will feel now. The more I think about it the better I feel about taking this step towards my future no matter how small it may seem.

Honestly, the test was hard and there are a lot of pre-med courses I haven’t taken yet but I am quite sure that I can do my best on the test if I keep getting out there and trying! So if you’re a freshman and you are pre-med I highly recommend you get out there and take a practice test asap! It will put you at ease and so far ahead of the game! While I can not talk about what was on the test I can tell you that you should value every single one of your pre-med classes because you will need them!

Always remember the road may be long and tough but the destination is worth it. It is a beautiful career to be a doctor and to have the opportunity to help others. When it gets tough to remember the day you decided you wanted this and of all the different lives you will impact through medicine.

Just a reminder I post daily on Instagram, Thursday’s here on 1998miss.com and Tuesday’s on my youtube channel! You can click the link here to subscribe to my channel to get notified when I post!

XOXO,

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

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Sewanee Homecoming #OOTD Details + How I Manage My Time!

November 8, 2018

Happy Thursday! Welcome back to 1998miss.com.

Today is a good day because it’s the eve before Friday so you can say HELLO to the weekend BEFORE YOU KNOW IT! I don’t know if you plan to get cozy with a book, do laundry, watch Netflix or sleep in but whatever it is it’s almost time!

Weekends in Sewanee are my favorite because I’m taking six classes this semester and I get to slow down a little on the weekends to do some things I enjoy. Of course, there is the obligatory laundry day but I’m a pro now! I usually am the most leisurely on Friday nights because I work out, have dance practice and then try to unwind a little after a crazy busy week. I do my independent study Friday afternoon and while I work I listen to music which kind of kicks off the relaxing spirit. Saturday I usually get up early and do something fun with my roommate or sleep in and work on homework for the rest of the day. Hey, it’s the real deal being a pre-med student! Saturday nights I write up blog posts for the week, edit a youtube video, create graphics, pick out my church outfit and then get to bed around 2 am! Sunday I wake up and go to church!!! Then I come back to campus and work on homework/prep for the week!

I thought it would be fun to give you a little breakdown of what my weekends look like because all the time people ask me how I balance my blog/youtube and how I spend my free time is a major part of that. I honestly enjoy using my little bit of downtime to be productive because the end results are so rewarding. The reality isn’t so glamorous but I feel so blessed to be attending college for Pre-Med while still pursuing my creative passions. 🙂

Now for today’s blog post!

Today I’m sharing my #OOTD from Homecoming at Sewanee.

This look was so fun because I was finally able to fully embrace fall! I pulled out the heart tights that I’ve been saving since last summer and put them with a darling jumper! I’ll be linking this jumper below because the wash is perfect and it’s knee length! Although the tights and jumper were fun the hat was my favorite part of the look! I have wanted to have a nice western-fall chic hat since the beginning of the season and when I found this little gem at target it was a must buy!

Homecoming at Sewanee is a very fun time to be on the mountain and I always look forward to the big football game! This year it was a great delight to take my precious friend Yadi to the game because she’s never been to a football game EVER! She’s so smart and caught on really quickly-before we knew it we were both the loudest fans in the stands!

Shoutout to Yadi for being my photographer for the weekend and just an all-around amazing friend! I love ya girly! Follow her on Instagram here!


Jumper: Target | Turtleneck Sweater: Similar at the Banana Republic | Double Buckle Belt: Similar on Amazon | Darling Tights: Similar on Amazon | Fringe Booties: Similar at Noracora | Western Chic Hat: Target 

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

Just a reminder I post daily on Instagram, Thursday’s here on 1998miss.com and Tuesday’s on my youtube channel! You can click the link here to subscribe to my channel to get notified when I post!

XOXO,

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

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Coffee Date #3 | 1998miss.com

November 1, 2018

Coffee Date #3

Happy November 1st!

Also quick Happy Birthday shoutout to my sweet friend Abigail Vogelsang!!!!! 

Hey, Y’all welcome back to 1998miss.com I’m so excited you’re here and can’t wait for you to check out today’s blog post! Coffee Dates are sort of my favorite blog posts because I can share a little bit of everything I’m loving with y’all + I get a chance to be really personal with my readers! Unlike most of my posts, these are not just about fashion!

This is my third official coffee date on 1998miss.com so you haven’t missed many if you’re just now visiting for the first time! You can check out Coffee Date #1 and Coffee Date #2 here!

Grab your favorite cup of Joe and get cozy because here we go!

 

So I first off should say so much has happened since my last coffee date back in July but to kind of give you a brief update I’m currently back at Sewanee completing my Junior year as a Pre-Med, Psychology Major and hopefully a Chinese minor if the University will establish one. I just got back from fall break and finished my midterms getting 4 A’s out of the 6 classes I’m taking. This is a huge accomplishment for me since being in college because I really had to reteach myself how to study since I got to Sewanee! I’m so proud of myself for making such amazing improvements!! Thank you JESUS! I work out 3X a week and run which has been a great change in my life this semester! I am also being very intentional about what I’m eating and people are finally starting to notice my hair growth!!! Read this blog post to know why I’m excited about that! Also, I’m overloading this semester and couldn’t be busier! Between weekly blogging & youtubing, classes, studying, work study, leading worship at CRU, acapella, PMO, Sewanee Angels and Church I have almost zero time! But not to complain because I like it that way because I think I perform my best when I’m busy! I now blog every single week and sometimes twice a week with a guest blogger either a woman of faith or a Sewanee Featured Gal! This is so exciting because after 3 years of running 1998miss.com I finally have a schedule I LOVE! It has been so nice to feel organized and really get to choose in advance what I want each blog post to be about and each month on 1998miss.com to look like! On a very personal side note -my family has been going through something really difficult and midterms were really busy so I just took a break from blogging! I rejoined Instagram and the blog just last week with a new blog post talking about my two new skirt society skirts and how to style them each several completely different ways! You can read that post here! Skirt Society is one of my first few companies to sponsor me and I’m so excited to have the opportunity to work with such an awesome company! It’s exciting to have grown enough where I’m getting to feature beautiful clothes I love for free!

Before we move on to more fun things I would like to ask for prayer about a personal matter since we’re being real here and chatting over coffee. Just say a little prayer for me and my family :).

OKAY so here’s the lowdown on what I’m obsessed with recently!

THIS SONG:

I am so obsessed with Lauren Daigle’s song Rescue because it has literally lifted my spirits in the darkest moments these last few weeks! The lyrics couldn’t speak to my heart any more than they have and I’m so thankful I have had this song to listen to during this time. I literally love it more than anything else right now. She’s an incredible artist with a voice similar to Adele and singing for the glory of God! I honestly love her whole entire album so you should check it out here to listen!

 

THIS MESSAGE:

Surprise, Surprise I have been needing Jesus a whole lot more than usual so I’m filling my head, heart, and ears with his word! In addition to listening to Lauren Daigle ALL the time, I’m also listening to a message on youtube every single day. I love listening to Pastor Steven Furtick on Youtube and when I was listening to this week I found the best sermon. I’m not kidding Y’all it hit the hammer on the head to help me with what I’m going through. It was such a moving message, and it touched my heart. I highly recommend listening to all of his messages but especially this one! It’s called You Must Be Important and you can listen to it here.

 

THIS QUOTE:

THIS NAIL POLISH:

I still love the polish I shared on the last coffee date post but have been using this color a lot! It’s a little bit different and it’s chip resistant! So quick and easy to use + I’m saving so much money by not going to a salon. Get this great shade at CVS or similar stores-It’s called Chai on Life | Shade 180 for Sally Hansen’s Color Therapy line! Also available here!

 

THIS BLOG POST ON LONESTARSOUTHERN.COM:

So I’m just thrilled for a blogger I love named Kate from over at Lonestarsouthern.com because she just got engaged!!!!! I have been following her blog for a while now and I feel like I know her as a close friend lol-but I know this is a precious blessing from God that she’s marrying Andrew! She’s a beautiful gal who you NEED to follow! She’s always sharing uplifting content and actually started her blog in college! This is one of the reasons I love her so much as a current blogger at Sewanee! So check out this heartwarming post here and follow Kate on Instagram here! P.S. I’m hoping one day I’ll find my other half just like Kate and have faith that it doesn’t have to happen at the same time as my best friends or in college!!!! <3

 

THIS YOUTUBE VIDEO:

I recently found Tess Christine on YouTube and love her New York City series!!!! She’s seriously so pretty and does an amazing job putting together this series! Check out her Video NYC GUIDE: Top Instagram Photo Locations!

 

THIS GAL:

Y’all talk about a blessing in my life! Literally, Michelle Horton is a blessing! She has literally touched my heart this last month with reaching out to me on Instagram and giving me the opportunity to feature her clothes on 1998miss.com! She has a beautiful heart and wants to help young women succeed! Her store has so many beautiful pieces and I featured two of them here! Go follow Michelle by clicking here!

 

THIS BLESSING:

I am going to be writing a featured blog post for Michelle at Skirt Society weekly!! EEEK EEEK EEK! GOD IS SO GOOD Y’ALL! I am getting paid to do what I love writing!! I am going to get to share an exclusive inspirational post on her website every Wednesday! Just a little tease of what they will be about: positivity, fashion, and faith!! These posts will be for women of all ages and will serve to inspire and cultivate an environment celebrating women!

Well, I’m all out of coffee so let’s catch up again soon! It was so good to see you and thanks for stopping by! Even in the middle of complete craziness, God is working in my life! I love Y’all!!

 

XOXO,

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

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After The Songs Over

October 28, 2018

HELLO YOU! My name is Reneé Douglas! Excessive coffee drinker here from Little Rock, Arkansas! I probably didn’t brush my hair today, and I’ve spent too much time on Pinterest, but hey, relatable, right? So honored and excited to share a little bit that’s been on my heart with you guys!!

But Y’all. 2018 is almost over. It’s mind-boggling to think how fast time is going by. As I get older, the decisions I make become more important and harder to make. Been there before? Or maybe that’s where you’re at? Well, I’ve realized there’s a famous question going around that everybody and their momma has to ask me… “what’s your college plans look like?” Or “what’s next Reneé?” & 9 out of 10 times, I don’t have a solid answer for them. But guess what. That’s okay. I’ve had to convince and tell myself, that it is okay if I don’t have it all planned out, in fact, there’s just something about the season of stillness that is so monumental. A season of stillness is what I want to touch on.

It feels like God is standing up in heaven holding a boombox. One of those big vintage ones, propped on his shoulder. And he’s blasting Taylor Swift (to get my attention (carnal, I know haha). He knows I’ll sing every word. And then in the silence when the song ends, like a loud promise, He tells me to remain. To remain who and how I am in a world that wishes so desperately I wouldn’t. That this is enough. That’s a hard cookie to swallow am I right?

Could there ever be a more bold promise? I’m convinced there couldn’t be.

I, myself, am strange. But so are you dude. But even though we are loud, we are brilliant. And we are broken beyond articulation. When God created mankind, He created us, trained us how to move, how to go & how to do so naturally we think we are doing something wrong when we aren’t moving, when we aren’t racking up enough footage for our Instagram page. I’m guilty as charged. We become humiliated. Maybe because we don’t feel like we have enough small talk material to fill a conversation, maybe because we don’t feel interesting enough, ambitious enough. We talk to each other in bullet point victories, we skip right to the big moments while barely scratching the surface of everything that HAD to happen for us to get there. Paul says not to boast in our victories but in our weaknesses. Because this is what’s gonna set you apart from the person sitting next to you.

We’re always looking for the loopholes to becoming something more, to reaching somewhere new. But what if we just listened to the bold promise that where we are is enough. What if we had one moment of insane bravery and we remained who we are. Right now. Because the person you want to be isn’t going to become that person by skipping over the person you are right now.

God is a brilliant poet. In each season, He writes the lines of our lives so artfully, so abstractly, that we cannot know the meaning until the season comes to a close. We can’t interpret his rhymes until we’ve learned to listen to our own. He takes things away and leaves us with nothing but what we are right in that very moment to grab onto.

Then He turns up the boombox volume to the max and hopes we’ll still be dancing when the song ends. I hope you will be.


ABOUT THE WRITER: Reneé Douglas

Reneé Douglas is a “woman of faith” from the great state of ARKANSAS. She is currently finishing up her Senior year in high school. She loves all things photos, capturing moments, Jesus, and of course is obsessed with coffee. She loves to travel and has been on an AYC trip! Just check out her instagram to see the moste beautiful pictures! If you ever get a chance to meet Renee you’ll feel so bright because she has the sweetest spirit. She loves others and always looks so CUTE!!!!

Go follow the BEAUTIFUL Reneé on Instagram @reneedouglas_

Thank you, Reneé, for taking the time to share your heart with 1998miss.com’s women of faith!

 

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

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SUNDAY BEST Wardrobe

How to style 2 Skirt Society skirts completely different: a brand review + fashion inspiration!

October 25, 2018

Hey y’all! So happy to be back on 1998miss.com!

It has been a long two weeks off of the web but it was very much needed as I was going through a lot personally + the grind of school! I successfully got through all of my midterms before fall break which just happened to be 5 midterms (exams), 2 quizzes and a paper! I am so proud of myself for choosing to put a hold on my blogging/youtube channel for a second to take time for another passion of mine which is studying to become a doctor. If you didn’t already know this about me-I’m a pre-med student at Sewanee and my dream is to become a doctor who works in the United States to fund ventures outside of the United States to help the less fortunate. I love people and I have a specific burden on my heart for China so I would like to work there + if you didn’t already know I spent my summer in China working in a hospital. I also improved my Chinese language skills greatly-another side note if you didn’t already know I love studying the Chinese language and actually hope to get a minor in it at Sewanee. Wow, so that felt like a lot but honestly isn’t even the half of my story/testimony! I’ll def. have to plan on doing an entirely separate post/video on that because I can see I have a lot to say about the topic + it is very near and dear to my heart. I wouldn’t be Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley without the journey to where I am now.

I also just wanted to ask that Y’all would be in prayer over a personal matter for my family. Lot’s of love!! Y’all are the best and I just wanted to say I appreciate every single message, Insta DM and email I got from Y’all after I posted about needing some time. Thank you so much you have no idea how much that means to me and how much it lifted my spirits in a very dark time. Thank you for also being patient with me!!

SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADO….LET’S GET THIS BLOG PARTY STARTED!

Today I’ll be sharing 2 different skirts and how I styled them each in different ways! I seriously love doing posts like this because honestly who doesn’t want to know how to rock a look in more than one way! I love buying statement pieces and versatile pieces then styling them totally different!

I also just want to take time to thank Skirt Society for sending me two darling skirts-which I absolutely love!!! I literally can not stop wearing them! Between the two I have had so much SPICE added to my closet! If you’re familiar with Atlantic Pacific you’ll see a similar skirt in her new collection with Nordstrom to the Harriet Tulle Skirt from Skirt Society. But Skirt Society has a much more affordable option and it’s a skirt ALL fashionista’s need in their closet.

The Harriet Tulle Skirt 

I was honestly so in love with this skirt when I saw it on the website because as I said before it is a staple in so many fashionista’s closets. It’s so fun to make it super dressy or to dress it down and pair it with a baseball cap + sneaks! I have worn this skirt 3 different ways and to 3 very different events!

The first way I styled it was for a Sewanee Angel Dinner at The Macfie’s house. I simply added a very structured formal top (could also consider it a jacket) with some daytime heels! I didn’t want something too over the top but also really wanted to look put together for the event. I finished off my look with a daring middle part and slicked back!!!!


Next, I styled this skirt totally different by putting it under a shorter dress for a very formal vibe. I wore this styled look to an Honorary Degree Dinner in Sewanee where I worked as a Sewanee Angel. This basically means I serve as a student who represents the face of the University and interacts with guest speakers (sometimes those getting honorary degrees), the board of regents, the board of trustees and the faculty as well as the Vice Chancellor of the college. It is a wonderful opportunity for engagement on Sewanee’s campus and I am so thrilled I have been involved in the organization since my freshman year. I also was the first member initiated from my class which is such an honor!!! I love being a Sewanee Angel and I highly recommend it to all students who are at Sewanee or are considering attending our university. For this event, I had the privilege of working alongside my new friend Jenna Land to welcome and correspond with S. Waite Rawls III The President of The American Civil War Museum Foundation in Richmond, Virginia while he was in Sewanee. He received an honorary degree at and it was such a delight to spend time with him while he was on campus. This event was a black tie event so I was very dressed up! P.S. I always get lots of questions about where I got this beautiful dress with an oriental flavor-it was a very special gift from my Khala. She got it in Pakistan and it was custom/handmade. It is my favorite piece in my closet and I love pairing this skirt with it to give it an elevated look.


Finally, I styled this skirt with sneaks, a black top and then a baseball cap for my classes at Sewanee. I wanted a fun yet not too over the top look for class and have always loved the style of sneakers with skirts. I like the contrast of super dressy with sporty/casual-I think if you are bold enough to wear this style you are bold enough to pull it off! I love doing white sneakers with this skirt because of its cream color and I searched high and low for the perfect sneakers after visiting China this summer and was so happy when they worked with this look! They are from Saks Off 5th and while they were originally around $500 I got this for just over $100! How amazing!!! I love a good deal and I love that I can now rock the trend I loved so much in China in the United States with my Harriet Tulle Skirt!

I also wanted y’all to see a similar skirt to this one which is selling for a way more than double at Nordstrom!

The Halogen x Atlantic-Pacific Tiered Tulle Midi Skirt  $100

 

You can check out more of this equally beautiful yet more expensive line here! 

 

Skirt Society does an awesome job at providing beautiful, high quality and very current pieces to their customers. You have to check out my new friend Michelle’s website and see for yourself. I will link it down below with the Harriet Tulle Skirt which is currently on sale for $29.99- normally $40!

The Skirt Society Harriet Tulle Skirt  $29.99

You can get THE HARRIET TULLE SKIRT  here!

The Maribel Leopard Pleated Skirt

So this skirt was a must for me because LEOPARD is so in this FALL SEASON! Literally, all of my favorite fashionistas, bloggers, and magazines are claiming leopard to be one of the biggest trends this season. It’s a bit more bold for me than my usual picks because I’m more of a classic girl but I loved the Maribel Leopard Skirt! It is so fun and so comfy! I literally wore it all day in Nashville and to a church event over fall break-feeling very comfy yet stylish. I love the pleats and I just think the size of the leopard print is so perfect! I think it is so fun to pair any type of skirt like this with a big belt so that’s what I did! You can see here how I styled it two completely different ways!

First off I wore this skirt as a statement look and with more trendy vibes! I seriously loved trying it with a graphic tee + a very loud pink Birkin inspired bag for my trip to Nashville. I did a lot of pink with it but can also see red being a great way to style it next. I highly recommend this style to any bloggers or bold gals out there!

 

Next, I styled this skirt completely different going for a very dressy look! I wore it to a church function and went for a more classic feel. I did black and somewhat edgy with my pointed heels! I ended up matching my momma and saw so many beautiful girls rocking leopard at this event- but I’m not sure they all got theirs for a steal of a deal at only $36.99!!!!!!

You can get the Maribel leopard skirt from Skirt Society here! 

I also wanted to share this awesome post written by  at Harpers Bazaar. It is so well written and shares so many different cute ways to incorporate leopard in your looks this season. If you look you’ll also see a skirt very similar the one I’m wearing above but for triple the cost of Skirt Society! Another reason why you should shop Skirt Society from here on out! Click the link here to read it!

P.S. I did a dorm room tour exclusive to Instagram and it’s available on my highlights so if you’re interested in knowing how my mom and I decorated a Sewanee dorm room click here! 

To follow the beautiful Michelle Ramos Mendez on Instagram click here!

To follow Skirt Society on Instagram click here!

Just a reminder I post daily on Instagram, Thursday’s here on 1998miss.com and Tuesday’s on my youtube channel! You can click the link here to subscribe to my channel to get notified when I post!

Thank you again to Michelle for being so amazing and for these two beautiful skirts!

P.S. Oh and for the exciting news I mentioned on one of my latest Instagram posts…….I will be writing a blog post exclusive for Skirt Society weekly! I’m so excited to be sharing positivity, fashion, and faith on their page! These posts will be for women of all ages and will serve to inspire and cultivate an environment celebrating women! More about this will be coming to Instagram soon as we work out the schedule and kinks BUT It is happening! YAY!

XOXO,

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

1998miss.com

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Sewanee Featured Sewanee Interviews

A Sewanee Feature: Jillian Miller

October 5, 2018

Happy Friday! Hope everyone is having a blessed day! WOOOHOOO WE MADE IT TO THE WEEKEND!

I’m celebrating with my gal Jillian Miller and the second annual Sewanee Featured post on 1998miss.com! My first feature was the fabulous, Tessa Fox who is a graduate from Sewanee who works in fashion in New York City! You can read her interview here!

 I’m so happy that I will be bringing you this series twice every month! I’ll be sharing Sewanee Featured posts the 1st and the 3rd Friday of every single month! I won’t tell you who these featured gals are until the Friday of the post unless you’re subscribed to my Modest Mail! If you are subscribed you’ll get an inside scoop about who will be interviewed each month + what kinds of posts you’ll be seeing during that month. It’s basically going to be a little newsletter of sorts!

So if you’re a Sewanee student be on the lookout for this series because it’s so much fun to get to know new gals on campus!

Let’s get this thing going!

So I first met Jillian when I was a freshman on campus! We’re both from the class of 2020 and she was good friends with my suitemate! We eventually served together as Sewanee Angels and became more aquainted! She’s a true beauty with big goals which is why I like her! I love seeing women pursing their dreams and I love gals who aiming to work in fields primarily dominated by men!

 

With that all being said let’s go ahead and let y’all meet Miss. Jillian Miller of Tullahoma, TN!

 

Question: What is your signature scent?

Miss Jillian Miller: “I love Viva La Juicy by Juicy Couture and Brazilian Bum Bum Creme! I wear them both daily!” 

 

Question: What is your GO TO handbag?

Miss Jillian Miller: “My black Kate Spade tote with a scarf tied on it!”

 

Question: What is your FAVORITE show to watch?

Miss Jillian Miller: “I love watching so many shoes but it would probably have to be New Girl on Netflix! I love Jess so much and I relate to her character so much!”

 

Question: Who do you look to for inspiration?

Miss Jillian Miller: “I love Sophia Bush from One Tree Hill her travel posts are amazing and so inspirational! I also really enjoy how informed she is on social issues!” Follow her social media here! “I also love beauty gurus Jaqueline Hill and Tati Westbrook!” Check out Jaqueline here and Tati here!

 

Question: Jillian is in’t Jillian without __________?

Miss Jillian Miller: “Makeup! I love Makeup and I think of it as an artistic expression. I don’t think of makeup as covering but as the painting of a canvas!”

 

Question: Do you listen to any podcasts and if so what are they?

Miss Jillian Miller: “I only listen to New York Times. I love their daily updates and keep informed.”

 

Question: How do stay up to date with fashion/what is your style?

Miss Jillian Miller: “I’m always trying different things. I have a preppy side and a slighty hippie side to my style. I love thrifting and shopping at places like Target, Francescas, DSW and Nordstrom Rack! I also love Dazey LA!!!! I love prints and I’m always incoperating them into what I’m wearing. I have an obsession for table cloth clothes-that’s what I call gingham!!!”

 

Question: What is your favorite music artist?

Miss Jillian Miller: “I love Demi L., Regina S. and Cardi B..”

 

Question: What are you pursuing/plans after Sewanee?

Miss Jillian Miller: “I am planning on being a cooperate lawyer! My father is a lawyer and has always been an inspiration. He’s great at soliving detailed problems, arguments and I love that! Since I was old enough to know what I wanted to do I knew I wanted to be a lawyer! People used to always tell me through high school that I was going to be a lawyer. I love public speaking and my brain works in sort of black and white. I’m very definitive on what is right and what is wrong so I believe there is a place for me in law.”

 

Question: Why Cooperate Law?

Miss Jillian Miller: “Well I’m the kind of girl who likes to prove people wrong! I’m pursing this field because there are few gals who will! I’m always top of my class in economics at Sewanee which has really encouraged me. In addition to my father being a laywer, he and my grandfather own a business. This is where my love for economics comes in-they’re always watching the stock market so I guess I just kind of started being interested!”

 

Question: What’s your plan for Law School?

Miss Jillian Miller: “I really love Vanderbuilt but am also interested in going somewhere with a bigger sports division! I love watching foootball!”

 

Question: What would you say to students coming to Sewanee who plan to pursue law?

Miss Jillian Miller: “Do not immediately decide that you will be a politics major because I’m an English major and have learned so much that will help me pursue law. I am also an economics major which makes me stand out in the pool of applicants! Remember law schools are looking for people with a passion so don’t be confined to a pre-law mold!”

 

Jillian Miller in Sewanee

 

Question: Did you go greek? How was rush?

Miss Jillian Miller: “I did!!! I’m the Vice President of Operations for Kappa Delta and I LOVE IT! So before rushing, I was set on another sorority-like dead set on it! But during rush, I started to get the feeling that maybe it wasn’t for me and when I attended a Kappa Delta’s house event I met Danielle Watts. making an instant connection! I felt like oh my gosh I really like this girl. In a sorority, I was looking for community service, friends, a sisterhood and I’ve found all of that with Kappa Delta! I love that I also have sisters who are both liberal and conservative! It is so nice to get both sides of the coin and it really teaches you so many things!”

 

Question: What are you involved in on campus?

Miss Jillian Miller: “I’m Kappa Delta’s Vice President of Opperations, a member of SWEEC (Sewanee women engaging and empowering community), a Head Sewanee Angel and a Junior Representative for the Honor Council!”

 

Question: What is your favorite thing to do in Sewanee?

Miss Jillian Miller: “I love hanging out with my friends Mimi and Bailey at Stirlings!”

 

Question: What is your go-to drink from Stirlings?

Miss Jillian Miller: “I love a Dirty Chai or a M. Mocha if I want something caffinated. If I want something without caffine I’ll get a Daffodill drink!”

 

Question: What is your go-to food order from Stirlings?

Miss Jillian Miller: “Vegan Chicken Salad.”

 

Question: What is your favorite Sewanee gear?

Miss Jillian Miller: “My gown!!! My brothers both wore it when they went to Sewanee! I also really love my Head Sewanee Angel gown!”

 

Question: What is your major?

Miss Jillian Miller: “I’m an Econ and English double major!”

 

Question: Who is your favorite Sewanee professor?

Miss Jillian Miller: “My advisor Dr. MacFie!”

 

Question: Did you do FYP or PRE and did you like it?

Miss Jillian Miller: “I did FYP and I loved it! I actually started to be an FYP mentor and have loved doing that too. You make so many great connections! It might be my favorite thing I do on campus.”

 

Question: What is your favorite Sewanee thing? Like if you go to Sewanee you might have these!

Miss Jillian Miller: “MY BUNDSTONES! I LITERALLY LOVE THEM! I wear them all the time and they are so comfy!”

 

Question: What is your favorite course you’ve taken in Sewanee?

Miss Jillian Miller: “Representative Masterpieces with Dr. Macfie.”

 

Question: What is something you were not prepared for when you came to Sewanee?

Miss Jillian Miller: “The stigma that comes from living in this area and living in Sewanee. I love Sewanee and I’m always defense towards those who are down on the surrounding area!”

 

A Jillian Miller Collection

Jillian at The Sewanee Inn being interviewed for 1998miss.com

Jillian during The Sewanne Featured interview at The Sewanee Inn and looking lovely!

Jillian as seen on Instagram “Well one of us is going to have to change.”

Jillian as seen on Instagram on Sewanee’s Shake Day! She’s a Kappa Delta girl!
Jillian as seen on Instagram strolling in New York! She’s a doll!Jillian as seen on Instagram at Goat Yoga. Available to all Sewanee students!

Jillian as seen on Instagram with her boyfriend Lewis. Too cute!Jillian and I at the Sewanee Inn the night of her interview for 1998miss.com!

Jillian and I as seen on my instagram after a successful Sewanee Angel Mission. Lessons and Carrols. 

Hope y’all enjoyed getting to know Miss Jillian Miller! She’s a sweet gal so if you see her around campus don’t be afraid to say hello!

Thank you Jillian for taking the time to be interviewed and for letting everyone get to know you!

You can follow Jillian on Instagram here!

XOXO,

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

1998miss.com

@1998miss

 

 

 

Wardrobe

The latest in Denim + A Skirted Fancy Review!

October 4, 2018

Hi friends!!! I am so happy you’ve stopped into 1998miss.com for today’s post!

This week I’m talking “denim” and let me just say it’s one of my favorite topics!

Do y’all ever have those moments where you think a piece of clothing is 100% you or your style? Well more than not when I put on a denim skirt I feel like I’ve found myself in clothing. So that’s one of the reasons I’m talking denim with you + denim is something that NEVER goes out of style! Just think, even in the 50’s gals were  rocking denim just like they are in 2018! Think about it- for sure your grandma must have had a classic pair of high waisted wranglers or maybe your mom has some amazing Joes Jeans! (P.S. If you can get your hands on those…do it because there is denim and then there is VINTAGE DENIM!!!!!!)

So while denim has been a constant in fashion since the beginging there are a few things changing. Some styles you might know and love like the

the boyfriend

the skinny jean

the high waisted

the low rise

the mom jean

the classic

the bootcut

the flared

the ripped

are still around but they might have just a little more spice than usual!

*THIS IS SOMETHING I ABSOLUTELY LOVE! HOW COOL IS IT TO TAKE A CLASSIC DENIM LOOK AND UPGRADE IT WITH YOUR CREATIVITY!

Let’s talk about some of these creative twists!!!!

 

5 WAYS TO SPICE UP YOUR DENIM

 

  1. Adding Patches of other shades of denim.
  2. Custom Embroidery
  3. Bleaching your denim
  4. Painting your denim
  5. Adding diamonds or pearls

These are some of my favorite ways you can spice up your denim but there are so many more out there! I’m looking forward to trying out these trends and putting my own spin on them! The great thing about these ideas is that they are not limited to jeans or skirts…you can also do this to a classic staple piece like your denim jacket!

Here are a few visuals to inspire you……

 

 

   

 

Looking at these unique designs inspires me and reminds me that while denim is a classic there are so many ways you can make it personal!!!

I can’t wait to try some of these great ideas!!!!

 

WHERE I FIND THE BEST DENIM!!!!!

 

So being a gal who wears only denim skirts I can help you out on a thing or two about where to acquire modest yet trendy. I can also let you in on where to get the best jeans if that’s your cup of tea!

Before I started wearing only skirts and dressing modestly I had a few favorite pairs of jeans! I actually ended sewing those favorites into skirts but am still certain that they were bomb jeans as well! (I’ll let you in on how to sew jeans in a little bit *stay tuned)

So here’s my top few!

GAP

DILLARDS

GOODWILL

NORDSTROM

FOREVER 21

H&M

So obviously price range is different depending on which of these stores you shop at so here’s my guide to buying your denim.

First of all denim is an investment because you can wear it with almost everything. Secondly think about how comfortable the denim is and if you feel like you will wear it 24/7 because that will tell you if the price is worth it. Also a good pair of jeans or jean skirt will last you a long time so don’t be afraid to spend a few dollars more for the higher quality!

So I’m a sale girl at heart but I also have expensive taste so more often or not I wait for a style to go on sale. For example when I wore jeans all the time I would wait and buy Rock Revival/Joes Jeans from Nordstrom/Dilllards when they were marked down. Thanks to my momma for teaching me how to shop!

I’ve gotten several jean jackets from GAP! I used to buy jeans from Gap but overall I always come out with a great jean jacket! I actually got one for $6 once!

Forever 21 has ocassinoally had some fast fashion denim! I love the ripped style so a lot of times I would get those jeans here! Now when I’m wanting a modest length ripped denim skirt I will still buy jeans here and sew them into a skirt!

H&M I can honestly find just good jean skirts from! They are usually modest and need no touch ups + AFFORDABLE

Finally for my high waist addiction I will always go to Goodwill to find my denim! I have sewn so many different skirts from denim that came from Goodwill! There is usually a lot of great quality denim here! I once got a pair of vintage Guess jeans and hello vintage Guess jean skirt!!! If you’re feeling the DIY spirit I would reccomend checking out Goodwill! You won’t regret it!

P.S. Don’t be afraid to buy a pair of pants you love and make it into a skirt! It just takes a little practice and you will love tailoring your own skirt!!!

 

HOW TO SEW A DENIM SKIRT OUT OF PANTS!!!!

 

So I’m not a pro when it comes to this but I am a person of experience! I have literally sewn so many different jean skirts from jeans this last summer in order to get the perfect skirt! I honestly have an addiction to denim skirts! So when I see a pair of jeans I like my first thought is always “oh my goodness that would make such a cute skirt”! Just ask my mom, the dinning room this last summer became a sewing room!!!! So I unfortunelty don’t have a tutorial for how to sew a skirt from pants available yet (thinking about doing one in the future) but I do have a link to what I used to guide me + a few skirts I sewed!!!!!

 

Click here to learn how to use a sewing machine!

Click here to learn how to make pants into a skirt!

 

Here are two skirts I sewed last summer! They started out as jeans and were both pretty expensive denim items I wanted to start wearing again! I really loved a ripped look so I searched for months about how to sew them into a skirt and how to make rips! They were a labor of love and the red one is for sure a spicy skirt! While they are not perfect I sure love them and I love that I made them!

The Black Below The Knee Modest Structured Super Distressed Denim Skirt

By Skirted Fancy

A REVIEW

Okay so we’ve gone through the denim basics and now I want to share with you an AMAZING DENIM SKIRT I WAS SENT FROM SKIRTED FANCY! Literally y’all I don’t collaborate with anyone who doesn’t have something I actually love. This skirt is something I am 198% in LOVE WITH!!!!! Melissa Zimmerman you did an amazing job designing this skirt! Thank you from all the modest gals out there!!!

SO collaborating with Melissa Zimmerman (Skirted Fancy) has been something I have wanted to do for such a long time and I was SO excited when it actually happened. I’ve had my eye on her skirts for a while now and love her Instagram/blog/shop! If you are not familiar with this gal you’ve got to get aquainted!

Here’s her links:

Instagram: @skirtedfancy

Blog: Skirtedfancy.com

Shop: Skirted Fancy & A Little Bit Fancy

Not only is she a beautiful, talented gal paving the way for modest gals everywhere she is also a wife and a very talented lawyer! That is one of the reasons I find her so inspiring! Sometimes studying to be a doctor can be challenging and I feel like I’m neglecting the other creative passions I have but when I see Melissa Zimmerman I see I can do both! I also see how much of a blessing Law has been in making her other dreams come true! You go gal! Thanks for being an inspiration!

 

So now let’s talk this skirt! So It is AMAZING as I previously said but here’s why

IT IS KNEE LENGTH

IT COVERS YOUR KNEES WHEN YOU SIT

IT IS HIGH WAISTED

IT FITS AT THE WAIST AND AT THE BOOTY

IT IS NOT TOO SNUG ON THE CURVES BUT GIVES YOU THE PERFECT SHAPE

THE DENIM FEELS VINTAGE ALMOST LIKE YOU’RE WEARING GUESS DENIM FROM THE 80s

THE MODEST FACTOR-THE SLIT IS VERY SMALL

THE STYLE IS TRENDY YET MODEST

YOU GET THE DISTRESSED LOOK BUT NO SKIN SHOWS THROUGH

YOU LOOK HIP

YOU FEEL BEAUTIFUL WEARING IT

THE SKIRT COMES IN BOTH BLACK AND LIGHT DENIM

IT IS A NEW STAPLE PIECE IN MY CLOSET

WHILE IT IS HIGH WAISTED IT KEEPS YOU SUCKED IN

YOU CAN DRESS IT UP AND DOWN

I literally love this skirt and can’t wait to style it up and down! I don’t think I can live without the light denim so lookout for it because chances are I’ll have to have it soon! It’s so cute! I got so many compliments when I wore the black to class on Tuesday! As a gal who wears mostly denim skirts I can 100% say if there was a denim skirt I couldn’t live without THIS WOULD BE IT.

TIPS WHEN ORDERING

It is a little bit of an investment but don’t worry about it because you’re gonna love it! I think you wear it so much that it’s worth the investment + let’s support a fellow modest advocate!

It ships so quickly so as soon as you order you’ll get it!

FINALLY BE SURE TO SIZE UP IF YOU GET THIS SKIRT! I ORDERED MY NORMAL SIZE AND IT WAS VERY SNUG! THE DENIM IS STIFF SO BE SURE TO SIZE UP FOR COMFORT! I ENDED UP EXCHANGING IT FOR A LARGER SIZE!

Melissa Zimmerman you are awesome! Thank you for making this modest necessity available for all the modest gals out there! Keep doing what you’re doing you are an inspiration! OH AND ENJOY YOUR TRIP!

 

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XOXO,

Bless others & Be blessed!

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

@1998miss

 

EVENING Home Wardrobe

My Fall Favorites: A list + fall inspiration.

September 27, 2018

Fall inspiration.

I love fall y’all! It is seriously one of my favorite seasons of all time. Fall to me means Thanksgiving, sweater weather, booties, warm coffee, beautiful leaves, pumpkins, fall candles, blankets and the crisp fall air.

I’m excited for this fall because I have special plans for fall break and Thanksgiving! I am working hard daily so I can enjoy and rest during these breaks spending time doing things I love.

My inspiration for fall comes from everywhere! I love searching fall on instagram, pinterest and of course in magazines! I’m always curious to see how people are celebrating fall in unique yet specific ways. Below you’ll find traditional ways to celebrate, unconventional ways, my favorite fall scents, movies, words and quotes.

 

 Traditional ways to celebrate fall:

Order a warm Starbucks drink and post about it.

Visit a pumpkin patch.

Carve a pumpkin.

Do a cute fall photo shoot with the leaves.

Wear cute fall clothes.

Corn Maze it up.

Light a fall candle.

 

So this blog post it to remind you of those wonderful and traditional methods of celebrating fall- also to inspire you to maybe do something unconventional.

 

More unconventional ways to celebrate fall:

Write a list of people you are thankful for and mail them a note (like actual mail not message but using cute fall stationary)

Legit go apple bobbing-like make it an actual event for your loved ones and either hang apples by string or do it in water!!!

Have a sleepover with all your best pals and talk about your favorite things about the season of life you are currently in.

Instead of watching new scary movies get all your pals together and watch some old frights because most likely they will leave you laughing.

Go to a football game with your loved one and drink hot chocolate.

Eat a fall breakfast.

Go on a weekend getaway and document it.

Start running.

Get up earlier to use all of the daylight.

Volunteer at a soup kitchen.

Paint a pumpkin instead of carving it.

Don’t order a PSL but order something unconventional.

Start a novel.

Write a poem.

Think about how blessed you are and do something to show your thankfulness.

Make Halloween Pancakes – Check out Pinterest.

VISIT SEWANEE.

 

My favorite fall quotes:

“Pumpkin kisses and harvest wishes.”

“Life starts all over again whe nit gets crisp in the fall” -F. Scott Fitzgerald

“The trees are about to show us how lovely it it is to let the dead things go.”

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers”- Anne of Gree Gables

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time whe everythig bursts with it’s last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”- Laure DeStefano

“The only thing getting lit this weekend are my fall scented candles.”

“There’s always something to be thankful for!”

“Trick or Treat yo’self”

 

My favorite fall words:

(WARNING COULD TRIGGER EAGERNESS FOR FALL TO ARRIVE)

PSL

Pumpkin

Sweater Weather

Falling Leaves

Crisp Fall Air

Hot Apple Cider

Trick or Treat

October

Bondfire

Scarves

Corn Mazes

Halloween

Cuddling under blankets

Thanksgiving

My favorite fall candle scents:

Autumn Leaves -Yankee Candle

Pumpkin French Toast -B&BW

Marshmallow Fireside -B&BW

Apple Cinnamon-ALL OF THEM

Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin

Sweater Weather

Salted Carmel -Yankee Candle

My favorite fall movies:

Hocus Pocus

It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

Halloween Town

Monsters Inc.

Matilda

Scooby Doo

Hotel Translyvania

The Goonies

Gossip Girl

Fall Fashion Inspiration:

 

 

An account you HAVE TO FOLLOW:

Courtney Toliver.

One of my favorite gals who is always providing the most darling modest fall outfits/home inspiration is Courtney Toliver. You can check out her blog here and her Instagram here!

 

Fall photos from a past photoshoot to inspire your fall photos!

 

XOXO,

Bless others & Be blessed!

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

@1998miss

 

 

 

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Being the single bridesmaid and three things to remember.

September 20, 2018

Hahahha~ hey y’all! Happy Thursday I’m so happy you’ve stopped in at 1998miss.com.

Today I’m talking about the beauty of weddings and being a single bridesmaid.

It’s such an exciting topic and it’s one I have wanted to write about for a little while!

So today’s the day!

First of all congrats to my friends the Keller family, the Pulliam family  and the Vaught family! I love you all so much and want to thank you for including me in your wedding. Each wedding was special, beautiful and uniquely specific to your love stories. I love y’all and I will never forget standing beside you beautiful brides!

 

Cheers to the beautiful brides I call friend!

 

The Keller Wedding

 

Abbie Keller, you were stunning and I literally cried so much when you walked down the aisle. You have been a very special friend in my life- you’ve been my oldest friend and you know everything about me. I trust you with the deepest things and I just want to say thank you for being a friend of seventeen years. I loved your wedding because of many reasons but my favorites were where you said “I do” (her grandparents a place I can remember spending many days there laughing with you), your unity ceremony (foot washing), your photography and your flower crown (it was so you)! Running around on the morning of your wedding is something I will never forget and our conversation the night before, I think it might be my fondest memory with you. I love you so much and I am so happy you have found a forever love with Jordan. You both love Christ and it is evident in your relationship. I pray God will continue to bless your marriage.

Oh and super cool thing about this friendship is that it started in pre-school and one day at a Christmas performance my great-grandma Virgina (a very special lady) was taking my picture with little Abbie bumping into Abbie’s dad when he exclaimed “Mrs. Payton!”. Yes my great grandmother Virgina was my pre-school best friends first grade teacher along with his twin brother and younger sister. My grandma was a very precious lady- she influenced so many lives including my own and the fact that she had been a teacher for most of Abbie’s family was a wonderful, unique and just so special. You see I believe God ordained my friendship with Abbie and I believe that is why it has lasted for so long. Thank you Jesus for your unique and beautiful works!

 

Abbie and I growing up!

Abbie and I on her wedding day!

Abbie on her wedding day!

Abbie and Jordan Keller on their wedding day!

 

The Pulliam Wedding

Mariah Pulliam, you were a beautiful bride with the most perfect dress. I also cried like a baby when you walked down the aisle to marry your best friend. I cried because you have been through so much yet you have stayed faithful to God. I am so proud of the woman you have become and of the life you have made for yourself. Your honor and comittment to Christ is so beautiful-it’s inspiring. Thank you for choosing me as your bridesmaid and thanks for throwing me your flowers (It seems like I’m gonna need them LOL). You have also been a very special friend in my life, we’ve been friends since we were 4 or 5 years old. Another beautiful friendship that has remained strong. Thank you for that and for loving my crazy uniqueness. You’re always laughing at something I’m doing and I love that! You and Nathan are precious together-literally God made you for each other. My favorite things about your wedding were the bridesmaid look (we got a color and were able to pick our own dress + we got to wear our hair however we felt most confident-a major bonus for the pictures), your dress (modest & BEAUTIFUL ON YOU), your music (it made me cry it was so perfect) and the fact that you did it all. You were so calm and you planned the perfect day something I hope to be just like when I get married. You and Nathan make a beautiful couple and I pray God will use you in mighty ways. I’m thankful for my new found friend in Nathan and the fact that you found your happily ever after. I love y’all and lookout I’m coming for ya St. Louis. 🙂

 

Mariah and I growing up.

Mariah and I on her wedding day!

Mariah on her wedding day!

Mariah and Nathan Pulliam on their wedding day!

 

The Vaught Wedding

 

Regan Vaught, GIRLLLL you were a gorgeous bride and you guessed I cried when you walked down the aisle (I guess I just do that-I love weddings). You had such a beautiful wedding and it was so unique to you. I loved that about it-every detail was you. You have been a very special friend in my life because we were not friends until we went to Madagascar, Africa together on a trip that changed both of our lives. Although we both came from good ole Arkansas it wasn’t until we were under a starry Madagascar sky that we became best amigos. (Cue the tears) Our friendship is special because of that and the memories we made on that trip are ones I will never forget. Also side note THANK YOU FOR BEING MY PHOTOGRAPHER LOL. We’ve been friends for 3 years now and they are some special years. They are the years where I fully accepted my call to missions and grew closer to God. You were a constant prayer partner in those times and that is one of my favorite things about you. Your journey to find Ethan was special and I am so happy that God brought you to together. Your ministry as a couple is beautiful and just plain GOALZ (like Jesus I’m taking notes ;)) I am so excited to see where God takes you as a couple and I’m excited I have found a new friend in Ethan. My favorite part of your wedding was that it was so y’all (the venue and the PB&J unity ceremony), your bridesmaids (I got to make a bunch of new friends who I love!!! Shoutout to having the best bridal weekend and for having stellar girlfriends), your VINTAGE DRESS and the fact that Ethan is your soulmate.

P.S. Thanks for having me a few weeks ago! Y’all are the sweetest and cutest friends. Love your house and the time that we spent together! XO

Regan and I over the last few years.

Regan and I on her wedding day!

Regan on her wedding day!

Regan and Ethan on their wedding day!

ALSO I VLOGGED THEIR WEDDING DAY AND SO AT SOME POINT I’M GOING TO SHARE THAT.

Being the single bridesmaid.

So in one summer I was a bridesmaid three times and I loved it. I got to stand by my friends and watch them start their forevers. I believe love is the most beautiful thing on this planet and I am certain that each one of my precious friends have found forever love.  Seeing my friends say “I do” makes me excited for the future, excited to graduate from Sewanee and find my forever. I believe everyone has their own journey and God has the perfect timing for every love story. While that is easy to write, it sometimes can be hard to swallow when you’re still single as a pringle. You will sometimes feel lonely, insecure and have doubt about where you are in your life in comparison to those around you. Those are normal feelings but we must do our best to avoid feeling that way because the bible advises us against it. If we truly trust God we will never doubt, if we truly love Christ we will know we are perfect just as we are, if we truly want the best life we can have in Christ we won’t compare ourselves with others because God has a different plan unique to each person. We can not truly have our best life in Christ if we are focused on someone elses best life in Christ.  🙂

Oh, and your twenty’s are a weird time… some of your friends are in college, some are getting married, some are working, some might be having a baby and some might just be chilling.

So here’s 3 things to remember when you’re the single bridesmaid.

  1. Celebrate where YOU are in life!
  2. Be excited for your friends and remember your time will come.
  3. Trusting God with your future means trusting him completely.

While these rules might seem like common sense sometimes we need to be reminded & trust me girl I’m here to help.

P.S. Wherever you are my forever love I’m working hard for us. I just know we’re going to do great things together for Christ and when the time comes to say “I Do” I’ve got three gals who made excellent brides in mind for bridesmaids. (Wabbs, Riah & Regan) <3

I love you girls and I am thankful for y’all.

XOXO,

Bless others & Be blessed!

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

@1998miss