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

April 12, 2018

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

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

 

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


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

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

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

Here’s a few more!

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

Get it here: Burlington

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

Get it here: Burlington

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

Get it here: Burlington


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

Get it here: Burlington

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

XOXO,

Bless others & Be blessed!

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

@1998miss

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

April 9, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Bless others & be blessed!

XOXO,

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley
@1998miss

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

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

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

 


Happy Birthday Friends!

SUNDAY BEST

Easter Sunday 2018

April 8, 2018

Happy Easter 2018!

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

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

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

Hoppy Easter Friends!




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

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

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

Bless others and be blessed!

XOXO,

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

@1998miss

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“I’m tired of waiting”

April 7, 2018

Waiting for something. 

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

 

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

TESSA FOX (MY FIRST SEWANEE FEATURE)

MODEST WORK OUTWEAR

COFFEE DATE

EASTER 2018

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

 

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

(wait·ing)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oh and if you’re in the hallway:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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