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A Weekend in Chicago, A Travel Guide

January 11, 2019

Happy New Year! Cheers to 2019 it’s God’s year to do what he desires! I am so excited about the many wonderful things that are to come in this new year! With this being my first blog post of the new year I just wanted to take a moment and tell y’all thank you. I pay attention to each and everyone who likes, reads and gives feedback to my content. Your support means everything and I deeply appreciate it. When I started 1998miss.com almost 31/2 years ago I had every hope that it would grow but honestly didn’t know if it would! I am so happy to celebrate the over 4K of Y’all who have taken an interest in my life. I would also like to say thank you to the over 6K of you who have taken an interest in my blog and have visited 1998miss.com. I am beyond blessed and want to say that every good thing I have comes from God. Y’all might even be surprised to know that this outlet and my blog is something that I pray about almost every day. I want Jesus to be in every detail of the content I put out and if you’re getting into starting a blog I would highly suggest doing the same. God wants to bless you in all your endeavors but you can not hesitate to let him be in complete control. I would be absolutely nothing without Jesus. I give him all the glory and honor.

Now to kick off MY FIRST OFFICAL BLOG POST OF 2019!

My weekend in Chicago, a travel guide!

I have always longed to visit the second city because it is where my papa Mike grew up and I’ve heard my mom talk about the many fun times she had visiting as a child. I can remember learning about the Chicago fire in the school and I soon put it on my list of travel destinations! I am delighted that it served as my first travel destination of 2019! My mom, brother, my best friend and I spend a few days together seeing the Windy City. My best friend Miranda told me time and time again she thought I would love Chicago because I love New York City! She spent the last summer studying at Chicago Booth a business school and since then fell in love with the city. After visiting I know exactly why!! New York City is extremely fast paced but it feels like Chicago is a little bit slower. It feels cleaner and just completely different! I, of course, love both New York City and Chicago but currently, I’m in a debate at which one I like more. After this little visit, I decided it’s on my list for medical school-something I never thought I would say! I, of course, will only go if it’s God’s will but I am now open to it because I am finding I am quite the city girl. I love the idea of continuing the dynamic duo of Boo and me in Chicago! Living with my best friend the last three years has been so much fun so why not continue it into our business and medical school years?! We shall see!!! P.S. If anyon e is asking I LOVED the campus there and could totally see myself studying medicine there!

Here are a few of my favorite shots in Chicago!

Anyways to get to the travel guide! I’m breaking down where we stayed and what we did but just like any great city a few days isn’t enough to see the entire city! So here’s my weekend recommendations with an updated travel guide soon to come after more visits to Chicago! Next time we hope to visit during St. Patricks Day!

SITES TO SEE

So first and foremost you must see the

MAGNIFICENT MILE which is Michigan Ave.

It is by far the most iconic spot to visit in Chicago. What isn’t more blissful than walking down Michigan Ave. picking up some goodies along the way! If you’re feeling like some major shopping stop at the beautiful Water Tower Place for some upscale shopping!

Next, I would suggest a few pictures!

Visit Millenium Park

Which has so many different unique architectural pieces! While you’re there visit the iconic Chicago bean! We had so much fun taking pictures there! You should also be sure to stop and watch the skaters in Millennium Park or join them! We had a great time watching them from above and taking in the beautiful Chicago architecture.

You’d be amiss to leave Chicago without visiting this Iconic spot!

The Art Institute!

Be prepared for a $25 admission fee which is well worth it! While we where there they had a Christmas exhibit celebrating and exploring the different way people around the world do Christmas!

You should also watch one of the many different shows available to the public!

Mary Poppins is a great choice!

While it was in our plans we didn’t actually make it to the show but plan to hit it for sure next time!

For another iconic destination, you must take a walk along the water!

Do so at the NAVY PIER!

You’ll get a beautiful view of the water and the Chicago skyline! It’s even fun in the winter! Next time I hope I’ll see my sailor and take a river cruise!

You can’t leave Chicago without visiting and take photos of the skyline!

Do this at The Sky Deck!

It is so much fun and you’d be sad to miss it! Just the experience alone is enough! We paid the $25 fee and spent about 4 hours up at the top! We only got 60 seconds in the glass popouts but it was so worth it! Pro tip: Go in the early morning hours so you can get more than 60 seconds in the glass case, don’t be afraid to go through the line twice! This was one of my favorite places!

WHERE TO EAT

WildBerry

WildBerry was recommended time and time again to me! It’s a fabulous brunch location on Michigan Ave right across from Millennium Park!

Trump Tower

This was quite fun because you get a great view of the city! If you’re dining there in the summer you can even eat on the roof just overlooking the beautiful Chicago architecture. Get the charcuterie board too! So YUMMY!

Protein Bar

This was the place we hit for a meal replacement shake daily! KETO FRIENDLY SHAKES! They are only available in Chicago, Washington and Denver so don’t miss out! If you visit the location on Huron street be prepared that it’s in a hospital because we didn’t know! It was a part of Northwestern’s medical school campus! So it ended up being a win-win for me but you might not be interested in seeing Northwestern! There are several different locations in the city so it’s always great to hit up during your day! I love the Beauty Blend so much!!! Pro Tip: If you download the Protein Bar app you get a free smoothie!!!

Shake Shack

Shake Shack is a no brainer because it’s so yummy! We ate keto friendly the entire trip so having a Shroom Burger was a tasty new switch from our regular order! Be prepared to pay to park in Chicago because it is expensive!!!

The MountainGoat

The MountainGoat is also super yummy for burgers plus you really get a fun Chicago feel! I would recommend eating here Keto too!

Lino’s

Chicago has so many different places to eat pizza and we enjoyed a keto pizza at Lino’s! It was so tasty but it was almost $40 for a medium so be prepared to lay down some bucks!

Room Service at Lowes hotel will not disappoint! My mom had there Cobb salad for dinner with Brussel sprouts-OH MY GOODNESS YUMMY! My brother and best friend both enjoyed breakfast from Bed! They had the Chicago breakfast and loved it! The experience of room service is honestly what makes it so much fun! During one of our days, we enjoyed laying in bed with a view of the beautiful lake with breakfast from our room! Lowes hotel is excellent! I did a room tour of our room which we booked through Priceline on my Instagram stories which I will be adding to my highlights very soon! I hope to update those a little bit soon!

WHERE TO STAY

Lowes Hotel

Lowes hotel was where we spend most of our nights while in Chicago! I would 12/10 recommend this hotel! Excellent staff and beautiful rooms! The large space is great for a big family and excellent for relaxing! Pro Tip: If you visit just after New Years you’ll be sure to get a better deal on any hotel you choose!

Trump Tower

I would also recommend Trump Tower if you’re looking for an extremely luxurious experience! We quite enjoyed dining on the 16th floor and relaxing in the beautiful lobby after!

NEXT TIME

We hope to visit The Drake hotel for tea and maybe stay there if we don’t stay at Lowes again!
See a show at one of the iconic Chicago theaters!
Take a river cruise or rent a yacht! (That sounds so fabulous to say even if it is something we do in the very far future!)
See more art at the Art Institute.
Take the L-Train.
Visit in the Summer!
WE MUST COME BACK ON ST. PATRICKS DAY! -IT IS IN THE PLANS!!! HOW MUCH FUN WOULD THAT BE!!!

Hope this guide is helpful in your travel planning! We loved Chicago and can’t wait to go back!!! If you have any questions about my recommendations please feel free to comment below or message me on Instagram!

Cheers to 2019!
XOXO,
1998miss
Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

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My Honest Thoughts on A Microdermabrasion Facial!

January 11, 2019

Hey, Y’all welcome back to 1998miss.com! I am Alexa Dudley and I am so glad you are here!

Today I am sharing my complete experience getting a microdermabrasion facial! This facial was actually the first facial I have ever had the privilege of getting! It was my “You’re getting gowned” treat from my momma. She’s a regular facial gal and it was so much fun to get my first facial right beside her. It was a great way to celebrate my academic distinction and Christmas break!

What is microdermabrasion facial?
According to Healthline “It is a minimally invasive procedure used to renew overall skin tone and texture. It can improve the appearance of sun damage, wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, acne scarring, melasma, and other skin-related concerns and conditions.”

So the first thing we have to address is the cost worth it?
This specific facial is quite expensive and the number question asked is always as to if the price is fair…
I would say the price is expensive (can be upwards of $100) but your skin is an investment! It is so good for you to take time to care for it! 20 years from now you will be so glad for all the time you took with the upkeep of your skin. I saw dramatic improvement after just one time which is why I know this to be true. Pro Tip: Check Groupon for a discount, buy a bulk facial pack to save $$$!

Did it hurt?
No! I may just have high pain tolerance but I found the sucking pressure to be relaxing! I loved laying there knowing that the esthetician was sucking out all the debris from my skin! The pressure felt nice and I found it to be a painless experience. Honestly, it shouldn’t hurt at all to be wary of this when getting the facial.

How long was the facial?
It was around an hour because I also did a collagen treatment!

What did it even do?
It cleaned my skin and looking at the gunk at the end I knew every dollar was worth it! I walked out with a beautiful natural glow!

What is it good for?
Many people do these facials to treat wrinkles and some of the side effects I mentioned previously. If you struggle with acne it can also be an effective method for treatment. I wanted to have brighter skin and target the wrinkle lines forming on my forehead so that’s why I did it!

Where did I hear about this facial?
Honestly, it’s being talked about everywhere and if you’re interested in the skin in the least bit you’ve probably heard of this facial! My mom has been getting them for years so I was so happy to finally join in with her!

Would I do it again?
YES, YES, YES! I loved the experience and if you check out the pictures below you’ll see why!

How long do results last?
If you take good care of your skin your treatment will last anywhere from 2-6 months!

Where can you get them done?
A quick google search will lead you in the direction of where you get this treatment done near you! If you are in my area I would suggest Premier Dermatology and if you’re on a budget check out local beauty colleges for a better deal! If you visit places like city point you can request a high-level student to get the same facial but at a lesser cost!

I am excited to have this treatment available to my own clients in the future as I continue pursuing medicine! I hope to work in a hospital as well as have a private practice focusing on helping women in areas like skin. I have a major interest in Dermatology and just this last semester focused on research examining Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa!

Some of my Photos!

As always check out my Instagram for more about what I’m doing and to see videos from this treatment in my highlights!

All Glory to God!
Peace and Blessings,
1998miss

XOXO,
Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

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2018, My Year in Review

January 11, 2019


2018, thank you for the lessons you taught me, the blessings you brought and the experiences you gave. In short, this was a year of growth and learning in my life.
I am thankful for each and every moment of this past year because each day was a profound gift from God. While it might be more fun to make this year in a review blog post all my glittery moments I simply can not sugar coat it all because while there were many beautiful days in 2018 there were also many hard days. There were days where I felt like I couldn’t make it through, where I felt my lowest of low when God picked me up and carried me. We can not forget those days as we take a look of review on this past year because it isn’t always the beautiful sparkly days that teach us the important lessons. Often it is the dark days where we have to call on the name of Jesus to get us through that will get something valuable. Sometimes God has to break us and get us into a place where we are able to listen to his voice and hear him clearly. He broke me many times in 2018 and I am so thankful for that. So while I share the many beautiful days, experiences, people and moments of 2018 you must understand that there were many moments that were not glamorous but were just real life days-those unfiltered/unshared/raw/real moments. The ones that I didn’t share to Instagram or 1998miss.com with you. The ones that shape me at my very core and make me the Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley I am. Those are the ones that give me my character and ability to find beauty in the ordinary. Even though life is often broken, mundane and hard we have the power with God to make each day as sparkly and as fun as we wish.

So to celebrate my two thousand and eighteen I am going to highlight my favorite moments/photos from 2018.

My biggest and greatest moment in 2018 would have to be traveling to China with my mom and best friend for my summer break. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would get to travel there before I graduated from Sewanee. Also if you’re new here I am called to China for missions and the Chinese people have a very special place in my heart.

So wow first off GOD DID A MIRACLE AND GOT ME THERE FOR UNDER $500 + my mom is stellar at finding good flights. Next, God helped me keep all of my expenses under 1,000 for an entire month and a half. Y’all God literally opened every single door. Then, God worked out an arrangement for me to spend an entire week interning at the top Chinese hospital in Xi’an, China. As if it wasn’t enough he also placed me in contact with the president of the hospital who okayed me spending an entire day in the OR. I should also mention here if you’re new that I am a PRE-MED student at the University of The South planning to do international medicine in China after graduation from medical school. The OR is the operating room and is the place where I watched my first surgery ever. It is the place where I discovered my passion for medicine and where I saw the potential to serve in the future. It was the place where all the hours and hours I spend studying in my dorm room found reason. God is faithful friends and in more ways than one God showed me that in 2018. HE IS GOOD.

The rest of my 2018 and my top favorite most beautiful moments.

Starting up and sticking with my YouTube Channel! Cheers to 137 subscribers!!!

Ringing in the new year in Viva Las Vegas with my favorite Uncle and shooting in the desert.

Seeing my first snow in Sewanee and wearing my beautiful NEW Burberry coat from my precious Uncle. It is my first ever Burberry PURCHASE!

Doing a photoshoot wearing my beautiful blue dress in my University’s library as where I work.

Celebrating Valentines Day in Sewanee!! STAYED SINGLE 😉 I get asked a lot why I don’t date and it’s because it is something I am very intentional about. I date to marry!

Celebrating turning 20 years old with a real and raw picture + 20 things I learned by 20 on 1998miss.com

Doing a photo shoot in The Fresh Market candy section.

Getting Corn Rows by my beautiful friend Mesgana!

Meeting Isra Cracker and hosting her for at Sewanee. It was such a joy to expose her to the Apostolic Pentecostal faith when she had never heard of it before. She is an awesome lady who advocates for so many different people! She is an inspiration.

Visiting The Beverly Hills Hotel for the first time ever, dinning in the polo lounge for Mothers Day and seeing Kieth Urban, Nicole Kidman and Tom from Magnum P.I.

My favorite China moments!

Visited Shanghai Disney in China!

Celebrated Boo’s 20th Birthday! I love my precious Best Friend!

Standing beside my precious friends as they said I do and started
forever!

Hit Viva Las Vegas Again to see my precious Uncle!

Enjoyed Sewanee’s first football game of the season where I shared my most popular photo on Instagram in 2018 wearing an $8 dress from target!

One of my favorite looks of the year wearing stuff I’ve had in my closet forever!!!

Got my first collaboration and partnership EVER!!!

Got another one!

Got offered a paid position to write for Skirt Society in JESUS NAME!!! (An answered prayer)

Celebrated Thanksgiving in New York City with my best friends.

Saw the strength of my precious friend Hannah Katt.

Rang in 2019 at NWA HYC!

GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME AND 2019 IS GOING TO BE EVEN BETTER THAN 2018! P.S. I couldn’t list all my favorite moments because there were just so many but these complied from my Instagram account- it’s a good way to see my highlights of the year so if ya want to give me a follow @1998miss on Instagram! XO!

I have so many goals and I can’t wait to see God work in my life. If you’re reading this thank you for celebrating 2018 with me and for every single follow, like and word of encouragement. God is faithful if you give your all to him. I am so blessed.

2019 isn’t just going to be my year because it’s also going to be your year! It’s the year that you find your strength and let God be the center of your life.

Lot’s of love in the new year. Look for a new schedule and resolution blog post soon. 🙂 EXCITED FOR WHAT IS COMING!

All Glory to God!
Peace and Blessings,
1998miss

XOXO,
Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

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

1998miss.com

@1998miss

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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

1998miss.com

@1998miss

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

@1998miss

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