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The 5 healthy snacks I can’t live without!!!

July 27, 2018

I love junk food just like the next gal (no shame) but generally when I try to keep what I’m eating healthy these are my go to’s!

1.Sweet Tooth

Halo Top Ice Cream | This Ice Cream will rock your world and keep your calorie count low! You can guilt free finish an entire pint and stay on track to loose weight as long as you’ve kept everything else in check! My favorite flavors are Cinnamon Roll, Cookies & Cream, & Cookie Dough! I literally keep a pint or two stored in the freezer in case I get a sudden sweet tooth!!!! I’ve done the leg work on testing flavors and these are the best-trust me! This ice cream is available at all grocery’s and I found it the other day at Casey’s!!! More information here! P.S. Some of the flavors are dairy free!!!!

2. Carbonation Fix

La Croix Sparkling Water | First attempt to like La Croix was a major bust-I actually hated it and refused to drink the container of Coconut I bought! I was testing it with my friend Hannah and she hated it too! I had heard it was all the rage and was bummed when I couldn’t jump on the train! Fast forward to a few weeks later on a study break I bought a can and thought this isn’t that bad…. Now I’m in love with La Croix!!! It’s so fresh and leaves me feeling lighter than Diet Cola!!! There are so many different flavors that I’m always trying a new one! 10/10 suggest sticking with it until you can love this beverage! It’s the greatest alternative to soda!!! My favorite flavor is Passionfruit or Berry! I tend to stay away from lime but it honestly isn’t horrible! I usually buy it at Sams or Cosco to get a good deal! More information here! 

3. Snack Fix

Skinny Pop | I love Skinny Pop and eat it all the time for a snack! A travel size bag of skinny pop and a pink lady even sometimes double as a great lunch. The flavor is light and airy yet so tasty! If you regularly love popcorn then give Skinny Pop a try!!!! More information here! 

4. Protein

Beef Jerkey | As I sit here writing this blog post I am craving beef jerkey-cause this girl loves her some!!! YUM! It’s a great snack to get in some protein yet keep carb count low! In the past loosing fifty pounds I did a low carb diet and lived on this + chicken! It’s a little bit expensive so I reccomend buying the biggest bag! Portion control is important!!! My favorite kind is linked here!

5. Weight Loss Supplement

Skinny Stix | I absolutely LOVE Skinny Stix! I have been using these bad boys since high school! I used to mix them with low calorie lemonade and ice in our magic bullet for a daily morning refresher! I now just add them to water with ice because I don’t have time to make the refresher but I still love it just as much! I used to be able to buy these in Walgreens but they discontinued them so Amazon.com is the only option! I use one a day and it curbs my appetite and gives me more energy! I supplement it for soda or coffee!! I never exceed more than one stix a day and am usually missing them when I don’t have them! These are a great investment and the berry flavor is so tasty!!!! Linked here! 

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A Southern Travel Guide | My Spring Break 2017

July 25, 2018

A guide to all my favorite places in the south!! We had a fabulous time visiting during my Freshman year spring break from Sewanee! I’m sharing everywhere we went, where we stayed and what I reccomend!

P.S. if you’re reading this it’s probably because you’re planning a trip South-if you are please feel free to comment below or DM me on Instagram for more information!


Ashville, North Carolina

Where to Stay:

Luxury | Stay at Biltmore -We stayed one night at The Inn on Biltmore Estate & absolutely LOVED it! Very memorable and very easy access to Biltmore for touring the next day. The hotel had activities for our family and a very chic place to dine! If you plan to stay here book your room and dinner reservation well in advance or you’ll miss out! They also have a fabulous SPA at the Inn! Check out Biltmore’s additional two hotel if the Inn doesn’t suit your fancy!  Click the link here to know more!

Economy | Holiday Inn and Suites, Cambria Hotel & Suites, The Country Inn & Suites! Click the link here to know more!

What to do:

Visit Biltmore | This is the number one place to visit in Ashville, North Carolina! The history and beauty of the Biltmore estate will wow you! The grounds are beautiful for shooting photos or taking leisurely stroles! Just taking in the history alone is enough to bring you back a couple of times! We even got a season pass!!! I reccomend wearing your best to the mansion for the full experience + looking back at my visit I am so delighted I choose to dress to the nines! My photos turned out very chic and I felt Biltmore’s originators the Vanderbilts would be delighted. If you’re interested in dining they have several fabulous places on the grounds just a hop and skip away from The Biltmore Mansion! Be sure to take time to cruise around in the car to view the pristine and scenic grounds! Click the link here to know more! P.S. it does have a fare cost to get into the estate so be mindful when planning your visit-it’s well worth it!

Shopping | Downtown Ashville has many wonderful places to both shop and to window shop! It was delightful to preview the cute little boutiques and pick a few little goodies of my own! I purchased a blue tutu skirt from JCREW while I was in town to wear to Biltmore and I will never forget it! It’s the most darling little skirt from their party collection and it was just perfect for my visit + SALE!!!

Here’s a few more places to check out: Biltmore Village, Biltmore Park, Black Moutain, Downtown Ashville, River Arts District & The Ashville Outlets! Click the link here! 

Where to Dine:

Afternoon Tea “A MUST DO”- by reservation | “Join us for afternoon tea, complete with traditional English finger sandwiches, scones, fruit breads, and tea pastries. Served daily from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. by reservation. Collared shirts and slacks suggested for men; dresses, skirts, or dress pants for women. Reservations are strongly encouraged.” This was one of my favorite activities during our stay it was just so southern!! I will always remember having tea with my mother at Biltmore Estate! Click here to make a reservation!!!!

Good Eats | We dinned at our hotel at the INN on Biltmore for dinner and it was fabulous! I 10/10 suggest taking the time to sit down, get dressed up and have dinner here!

BUT…. if you’re interested in something less expensive, formal and just a bit more local click the link here for more information!

P.S. During our late night cravings one night we hit up The Big M and it was suprisingly even a bit more chic in Ashville so bottom line is you can’t go wrong.


Charleston, South Carolina

Where to Stay:

Luxury | Wentworth Mansion is Charleston’s most popular hotel’s! Click here to know more! I hope during my next visit to stay at this beautiful hotel! I believe it will be a 12/10 experience!!! In Lou of staying we did dine at this fabulous mansion during our visit to Charleston and found it to be utterly delightful! Read more in dinning!

If you stay here a exclusive must do for guests only is enjoy the full Southern Breakfast at Circa 1886!!! Read more below-

“Our guests enjoy one experience no other visitor or Charlestonian can – the chance to start their day with a full Southern breakfast at Circa 1886. Of course, it wouldn’t be fair to keep all the goodness to ourselves. At dinner, Chef Marc Collins’ stellar cuisine is enjoyed by all who long for a lighter, brighter take on classic Lowcountry fare – in a setting that’s considered one of most romantic in the world.”

Luxury | Zero George Street is another deligtful place to stay during your visit to Charleston! It has quick access to all the major sites and is quite quaint! I highly recommend just checking out the hotel even if you don’t plan on staying there because the sweet southern vibes are all the rage here!! Click the link here to get the scoop! I PROMISE YOU WILL LOVE THIS HOTEL!!!

Where we stayed | Belmond Charleston Plazza- “an icon of Southern Style”! It’s a delightful time when staying at the Plazza and I highly reccomend booking a stay here even if it’s just for a night! When we stayed we had the most wonderful time and quite enjoyed being so closely located to everything!

Where we stayed | The Double Tree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Charleston-Historic District – We snagged a great rate on a room here and ended up getting a special suite which had two floors! It was quite exciting for my brother in me as we had never stayed in a hotel with two floors! We enjoyed having the kitchen, dinning, living area downstairs and the sleeping quarters upstairs! The best part of our stay here was the warm cookies we enjoyed as soonn as we checked in! It’s a lovely hotel and I would highly suggest staying here! + It’s got a great view!

We usually stay a few different places during our travels so if you’re looking into trying a few of Charleston’s finest add these to your list!

If you’re interested in knowing a few more hotels in Charleston click the link here! 

What to do:

“you won’t have time to do all of Charleston in one visit but that’s okay it’s a city you’ll wanna visit time & time again!”

Visit | The Pineapple Fountain-so darling and great for photos!!! This photo shoot was one of my favorites from Charleston!  More information here! 

Visit | Rainbow Row-won’t dissapoint and will leave your instagram feeling CUUUTTEEE!!! Seriously how lucky are the people who live on Rainbow Row!!! It’s the funnest little place to live and how beautiful the town houses look! Don’t leave Charleston without stopping here! More information here! 

Visit | Riley Waterfront Park for all of your pier vibes! It is so beautiful and cool at Riley Waterfront Park! You again can get the most darling Charleston Photos here and you will love how cool the temp feels! More information here! 

Visit | Mount Pleasant Pier for a breathtaking view!! More information here! 

Visit | Drayton Hall Plantation- LOVE THIS!!!! A MUST DO IF YOU LOVE HISTORY! More information here!

Visit | South of Broad- you can’t go to Charleston without going on South of Broad!!! Take a walking tour and see Charleston’s beauty! P.S. INSTAGRAM

Visit | Fort Summer- We took an entire day to visit Fort Summer, it was a great learning experience and quite fun for all the history lovers out there! It is worth taking the time to visit and it’s complete with a boat ride! Another way to knock out two of Charleston’s must do’s!!! More information here!

Visit | Kiawah Island just a quick 45 minutes from Charleston for a wonderful time! We enjoyed a packed lunch on Kiawah’s beach + a photoshoot! It was a great experience and such a beautiful island! We just took time to drive through and look at the beautiful homes! The Southern Hospitality was enough to have you day dreaming of moving to Kiawah Island + the beach was unlike any packed Flordia beach! If you’re going to Charleston don’t miss Kiawah Island or you’ll regret it!

Where to Dine:

Top Knotch | Circa 1886 Restaurant-Reservations required! A delightful experience for all who love Southern Hospitality, fine dinning and chic clothes! Get dressed up and enjoy a dinner at The Circa 1886 Restaurant! We loved it! More information here!

Southern Favorite | Magnolia’s- an upscale Southern treat! We so enjoyed dinning at this local favorite! I can’t think of not going here when visiting Charleston! It’s fabulous and the food is to die for! I reccomend ordering the special because it was beyond amazing! Be sure to dress in your Southern best for dinning here! More information here! DON’T LEAVE WITHOUT DINNING HERE!

These were my two favorite dinning venues in Charleston but here are a few more linked!!! We ate so well during our visit to Charleston and you really can’t go wrong with good ole Southern Classics! Click here for more!


Savannah, Georgia

“a little Southern Delight”

Where to Stay:

Where we Stayed | Hamilton- Turner Inn- We stayed at this delightful inn for one night during our visit to GA! We loved it so much we plan to stay there again the next time we visit. It is more of a luxury hotel so make sure to book in advance and scan for a good rate! We were visiting at just the right time and snagged a great rate! More information here!  P.S. it’s a small hotel not great for small children!

Moderate | Homewood Suites by Hilton- Historic District, More information here! 

Other great places to stay can be found here! 

What to Do:

Pictures | Downtown- If you love Spanish Moss then you’ll wanna grab your camera because it’s everywhere! We love the beautiful scenes in Savannah so if you’re a instagram lover then make sure to wear something cute yet comfy for a day downtown!

Tour | Historic Hop on & Hop off tour- just like it sounds! It’s a great way to see charming Savannah! More information here! 

Visit | Bonaventure Cemetery-more beautiful Spanish Moss! A historical look at Savannah and well worth the visit! So beautiful!  More information here! 

Visit | Pulaski Square-more information here! 

Visit | River Street- more information here! 

Shopping | We loved checking out the sweet southern city’s shopping and picking up a few goodies! Of course visiting JCREW was at the top of the list in addition to some sweet little local shops! My mom is a huge fan of Emily McCarthy so visiting her shop was our first stop! It was just as my mom promised-darling beyond mention! I actually ordered two custom monogrammed gifts for some gal pals while stopping in! We met the most charming southern gal named Emily during our visit and are still connected on instagram! She was an ADPi just like me and happened to be extra sweet! We chatted and exchanged social media’s! We still chat today and now she’s married! It has been so cool to see her life and stay connected! You never know who you’ll meet if you don’t get out there! Savannah’s got some sweet gals so if you love to make friends get ready!!! Shopping is a must in this city!

Visit | Macon, GA- near by and so cute! We visited because it was where Alpha Delta Pi was founded! YAY!

Visit | Tybee Island- will melt your heart! It is the cutest little place ever! If you liked Kiawah island you’ll love Tybee!!! It’s the most darling beach with the most beautiful sunsets! Take a day trip to Tybee!!!!

Where to Dine:

Fine Dinning | Olde Pink House Restaurant- We loved eating here and getting a few pictures outside! IT WAS BEAUTIFUL!!! A must go place! More information here! 

Fine Dinning | Alligator Soul- Get dressed up for a night out and enjoy some tasty food at this fine venue! LOVE!!! More information here!

These are the two places we tried while in Savannah but here are a few more if you’re intersted! Click here! 


Hilton Head, Island

“A favorite”

Where to Stay:

Where we stayed | The Sonesta Resort- We couldn’t have loved a resort any more! This was the perfect location to rest and relax for the final leg of our trip! It was where we could “spring break”! We enjoyed dinner at the hotel, room service and the pool! The style of the hotel was modern and so chic! We found ourselves staying two extra nights at this resort because we loved it so much! Several of my favorite instagrammers who have visited Hilton Head have stayed at The Sonesta Resort and I was so shocked when I found out we’d stayed there too! We got an excellent rate and would give it a 12/10! In fact during our next trip to Hilton Head we hope to lodge at The Sonesta Resort! It’s a beach front resort and you’ll love it! More information here!

 

What to Do:

Enjoy | Take the time to enjoy the all exclusive Sonesta Resort! There’s really no reason to leave! In fact the only time we did was to grab lunch one day, shop and get groceries!

Where to Dine:

The Sonesta Resort | The resort has a great in room dinning selection, breakfast is amazing and the downstairs lounge is excellent!

Fine Dinning | Sunset Grill- More information here! 

Fine Dinning | Old Fort Pub- More information here! 

 

For more information and photos check out my previous post all about my trip! Linked here! 

All my love,

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

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

July 20, 2018

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


A TREND I LOVE:

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

THIS INSTAGRAM EDIT:

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

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

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

THIS NAIL POLISH:

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

 

THIS BOOK:

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

 

THIS INSTAGRAM POST:

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

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

THIS SONG:

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

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

POSTING ONCE EVERY WEEK ON YOUTUBE:

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

THIS MESSAGE SERIES:

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

THIS TO REDUCE YOUR STRESS:

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

Click here to listen.

 

THIS QUOTE:

 

GUILTY PLEASURE:

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

A SCENT I LOVE:

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


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NEXT BLOG POST: REVIEWING MY SPRING BREAK TRIP IN 2017

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

So don’t miss this post! COMING SOON!

All my love,

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

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My current favorite Instagram accounts!

July 18, 2018

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

 

Instagram is fun & I love these accounts!

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

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

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

 

In no particular order.

Faith Accounts 

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

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

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

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

Blog + Instagram | Dainty Jewells Blog | @daintyjewellsblog

Youtuber, Realtionship Goals | Kristin Johns | @Kristinjohns

 

BEAUTY

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

 

Fitness

Killer Fitness Routine | Brooke Davidson | @bcdavidson

 

FASHION ACCOUNTS

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

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

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

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

Instagram | Modest Fashion | The Grid | @hijabiofthegrid

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

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

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

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

All my love,

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

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Church Camp Clothing Haul 2018!!

July 12, 2018

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

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

THE PERFECT LITTLE BLACK DRESS

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

THE RUFFLED GET UP

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

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

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

The Classic

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

The Business Casual Summer Day 

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

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

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

 

XOXO,

Bless others & Be blessed!

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

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China Update/Instagram Post/Testimony

June 14, 2018

My China Update/Instagram Post

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

 

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

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Huge ANNOUNCEMENT!

May 15, 2018

你好我的朋友!我在中国!🇨🇳

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

 

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

 

I AM IN CHINA!

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

All my love,

1998miss

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

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Bless others and be blessed!

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A Sewanee Feature: A tribute to Queen @tessaleefox

May 4, 2018

A Sewanee Feature 

A NEW SERIES ON 1998MISS.COM

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

A Q/A with the Queen @tessaleefox

To know Tessa Fox is to love Tessa Fox!

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

 

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

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

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

 

Question: What is your signature scent?

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

 

Question: What is your GO TO handbag?

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

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

 

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

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

 

Question: How would you define Fashion?

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

 

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

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

 

Question: What is your favorite magazine?

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

 

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

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

 

Question: What Podcasts do you listen to?

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

 

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

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

 

Question: Who’s your favorite clothing designer?

Queen Tessa Fox: “Balenciaga!”

 

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

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

 

Question: How do you spice up a look?

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

 

Question: What is your biggest dream Queen Tessa Fox?

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Question: What is your favorite artist?

Queen Tessa Fox: “I love Taylor Swift!”

 

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

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

HER SAM EDELMAN STORY

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

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

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

“I decided to just go for the gold!”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Queen Tessa Fox at SEWANEE!

Major: Philosophy 

Minor: Studio Art

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Go follow the Fox crew on instagram!!

@tessaleefox

@lilygeorgia8

@dfox97 

A tribute to Queen Tessa Fox! 

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

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

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

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

Just a few of Tessa’s favorites!

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

XOXO,

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

1998miss.com

@1998miss

CASUAL Home

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

April 12, 2018

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

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

 

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


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

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

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

Here’s a few more!

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

Get it here: Burlington

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

Get it here: Burlington

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

Get it here: Burlington


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

Get it here: Burlington

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

XOXO,

Bless others & Be blessed!

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

@1998miss

SPONTANEOUSNESS

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

April 9, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Bless others & be blessed!

XOXO,

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley
@1998miss

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

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

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

 


Happy Birthday Friends!