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Fourth of July Outfit Inspiration

June 24, 2019

Hello, my dears.

I hope this day finds you well and thank you for stopping in to visit 1998miss.com! I’m getting back into the swing of regular content sharing and setting new goals for my blog. Things started to slip a while back with the business of school and when I was guest writing for another blog! I’m so happy to say we are on the mend and I have an entire page with blog post topics ready to roll. If you haven’t already be sure to check out my first Uganda update blog post-here-if you didn’t already know I’m working as an intern in Uganda this summer. I am having such a life changing experience and I can not believe it has already been a month! Only one month left and I will be back home in the USA. This prompts me to go ahead and jump right into today’s topic, which, is one of my all time favorites…

The  F o u r t h  of  J U L Y!

AMERICA’S BIRTHDAY

A complete guide to celebrating and dressing for America’s favorite holiday. 

If you’re not a reader from the USA here is a basic rundown about America’s Independence Day.

America’s Independence Day is a federal holiday celebrated in the United States of America recognizing and celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration of Independence was a document signed on July 4th, 1776 by all the committee of five. It submitted that the thirteen original colonies were no longer bound to the monarch of Britain, thus they were free and independent states. The Declaration of Independence still stands today as the governing rules of American’s freedoms and laws. On this day every year, Americans gather to eat hot dogs, barbecue, light fireworks and to celebrate with family. This day reflects on the freedoms of America, the recognition of the many who sacrificed their lives for this freedom and the goodness of God. Basically, it serves as a time to really and truly celebrate being the greatest country in the world. (I may be biased but I love my good country.) On this day people will generally wear colors of the American flag, these colors are: red, white and blue. Songs sung in the celebration are the national anthem (the star spangled banner), God bless America, etc. There is honestly no greater day to be an American than on the Fourth of  July as I believe all across the nation we stand in unity to appreciate the sacrifices made for our freedom. 

O U T F I T   INSPO

It’s a tad bit tricky, isn’t it? You want to wear your red, white and blue classily. You don’t want to look like a clown yet you also want to capture the essence of America!  

When dressing for the Fourth of July one should be certain about a few different things. You need to be aware of the formality of the celebration you are going to be attending, which, will get you on the right track to selecting your best festive look. If attending a family function like a BBQ you can almost count on being able to wear a more casual look. If you will be at a dinner party/boat ride you may need to select something a little bit more dressy. But not to worry either way I’ve got you covered!!!

THE GOLDEN RULE: WEAR SOMETHING AMERICAN
SECRET TIP: YOU CAN NOT GET MUCH MORE AMERICAN THAN RED, WHITE & BLUE. + DENIM IS THE MOST AMERICAN. 

Don’t be caught out on the Fourth of July in a purple dress (well it is a free country so do as you please but really?)! Wear something that signifies you are proud to be an American-red, white or blue! It’s honestly a very simple way to celebrate our great country. You don’t have to be decked out to the nines but even a classic Old Navy Fourth shirt with some denim does the trick!!! Below I will share some of my past looks on the fourth of July (or just looks that are “American themed”!) and I will pull some of my favorites from Pinterest. So you’ll be photo ready for sure!!!!

The Big Lookbook.

The MINI Lookbook.

PINSPO

Here are just a few of my favorite outfit ideas from Pinterest! I love using Pinterest to get inspired for a look! I would encourage you to do your own search too! 

SHOP THIS LOOK

DRESS: BUY HERE.

RED NECK SCARF: BUY HERE

WHITE KNIT MULES: BUY HERE

TO KEEP IT MODEST-IF THAT IS YOUR VIBE LIKE ME.

1. ADD A JEAN JACKET

POLO SPORT JEAN JACKET: BUY HERE

Image result for asos polo flag jean jacket

2. Add a Cardigan.

WHITE CARDIGAN: BUY HERE

3. PUT A FITTED WHITE BLOUSE UNDERNEATH

FITTED WHITE BLOUSE: BUY IT HERE 

HOME INSPO

To conclude here is a little home inspo! My mom always does an exceptional job decorating for the Fourth of July! Here is last year’s arrangement.  

Hope this helps! 

XOXO, 

1998miss

P.S. This year I will be celebrating the Fourth of July in Uganda!!

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I’m officially in Uganda.

June 24, 2019
Hello, my friends. 
It's been a bit since we last checked in! I'm offically in UGANDA!!! 

I had a very long post all ready to post but I decided I would save it for another day. I wish to share it separately than my Uganda update because I choose to talk about some of the tough things I have experienced. I wish to address in that post, political profiling, social media, bullying, and negativity. Within that, I must share that this update is for my blog readers only the ones who choose to follow this very personal platform. That means if you do not know who I am as a person, my calling and my style of sharing please do not be negative about this post. I am not welcoming anything other than positivity. Many times in my life my kindness has been mistaken for weakness. I’m not weak.

I ONLY aim to spread love, positivity, and joy. I am not trying to do anything other than celebrate the beautiful things happening around me and the beautiful people I’m meeting here. I love Uganda and I want the many people who do not have the opportunity to travel to be able to live through my experience. Not everyone is called to missions, not everyone desires to travel to Uganda but they may wish to understand what my experience has been here.

Today my effort is to show that as my life is being impacted, while, here. I am learning so so so much and I love the staff and students at FOCAGIFO. They have taught me so many different things!! One of my favorite things to do is to visit with the students in fashion design!! They are so talented. Aside from that I’m learning about the youth in UGANDA in my everyday interactions with them. It’s amazing!!!

  BUT I’m not out here trying to save the world! What I am trying to do is love this experience and share it will my followers. I fully believe that Jesus is the only savior.  I am just his vessel. 

Unfortunately due to a series of events I have to make this clear but most of you who know me already know all of this.

Upon arriving in Uganda I fell in love. I truly fell in love with Hope Institute and it’s students. It is a vocational training school doing amazing things. It focuses on helping students who have in some capacity been affected by HIV/AIDS an opportunity to learn vocational skills. It gives them an opportunity to succeed and escape the negative effects that come with HIV.  The different departments in the school are: catering & hotel management, electrical engineering, mechanics, construction, early childhood education, hair & cosmetology, and fashion & design.  The students are also learning other basic foundations such as business, life skills, community health, computer, leadership, etc. I am assisting in these courses as well as learning so much! I love helping in the leadership class & the health class! It’s where my passions lie!!! The students are 16-25 years old and we are really enjoying each others company! This is a huge blessing to be able to interact with youth my own age!! God is so good. It is also such a blessing that I am able to even be here this summer interning!

Fun stuff: The students have already braided my hair at least 100 times and it’s actual art. I appreciate the hard work that goes into braiding & I think it’s beautiful. The students and I also really enjoy worshiping together. This might be my favorite part because connecting through Christ is beautiful.  I love that all the way in Uganda a love for Jesus remains constant and we are able to come together within our different cultures to just glorify God. As an apostolic Pentecostal my worship is similar to what I have experienced with the students! I have also really enjoyed eating local foods as well as enjoying the students from catering and hotel management cuisine. They are so talented at cooking!!! I have loved sharing starbursts, water packets, beef sticks and caramel candy with the students and staff. It’s fun to see if they enjoy them or not. They also love to share their favorite treats with me.  It’s amazing that we are both learning about each other’s cultures together! One of my duties as an intern is to plan a celebration for the fourth of July and I am so excited. On the first day, we had a meeting where I learned that I would be selecting an American song to teach the students and planning a party. I love that we can celebrate America’s independence all the way in Uganda. It is amazing because Sewanee’s relationship with FOCAGIFO is very special. Every single summer Sewanee selects two interns to send to Uganda!!! It’s also special because it’s giving the students & the interns an opportunity to have a cross-cultural learning experience.

So in addition to having the time of my life making so many friends and learning so much about UGANDA… I am also seeing God do so many things. I feel I have become stronger as a Christian and as a future missionary. I have seen my calling be questioned. I have experienced working in a secular setting and a church environment. I am encouraged because I see without a shadow of a doubt this is my purpose. Regardless of what anyone may suggest about missions I am called. At 13 years old God told me & I ran from it until I was 17. Here I am at 21 not apologizing and not denying that it is where I am supposed to be. Big hearted me ready to GO where God desires. China & Africa he told me. I didn’t believe it but I’m 21 years old and I been both places. God is preparing me in the now. Regardless of the negative comments that comes from those who are against missions I stand firm knowing JESUS is the one who has the final say. He is the one I am going to trust & he is the one who called me. He is the only thing that matters so forgive me if I dismiss your negativity.

Finally, I am so thankful for all the things I take for granted in the United States. It would be beyond ridiculous for me to write this post without being honest about that. We are a blessed nation and I personally take so many things for granted. Living here in Uganda in beautiful Africa I have to recognize in myself that I can do better. I can be better & I can remember to thank Jesus for the little things.

I have seen the true beauty is in the people you call your friends. People are more valuable than materials could ever be. We are so consumed with stuff. The Bible does talk about this and sometimes we forget. No this doesn’t mean we should criticize every single person from the United States but it does mean we should look within ourselves. Remember God is the judge, he is just. 💛

 

Love others, Love Jesus. It’s the only way to be. Respect others. Not everyone was raised the same as you. Not everyone has the same education as you. Not everyone will agree with you. Get used to it.

PHOTOS FROM    U    G    A    N     D    A 

PLEASE NOTE: All photos are mine and are being shared with special permission. Thank you for your concern!  

For more frequent updates and photos follow me on Instagram @1998miss

Also, weekly posts are here to stay! God has opened the door for me to return to regular programming on the blog!!!

God Bless!!!!

XOXO,

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

SPONTANEOUSNESS

Let’s Catch Up! A Coffee Date!!

June 4, 2019

Hi y’all!

It’s time to grab a cup of your favorite coffee beverage and get comfy! It’s been since April that I last updated the blog. So here’s my apology and honestly, I’m sad about the lack of recent content! I’m so consistent with Instagram @1998miss but it’s challenging for me to commit to blogging consistently. It’s honestly way more work than you may think! I’m hoping to hop back on to consistent updates because it’s summer and I made a promise to myself. I also really love the platform I built on 1998miss.com-so here it goes.

Also, I’ve been quite busy since we last talked and I’m excited to fill you in through one of my favorite style blog posts: Coffee Dates! I got this idea of my favorite preppy blogger’s Kate Bowman at Lonestarsouthern.com It’s kind of a more personal blog post and really an opportunity to fill you in because Instagram and OOTD posts just give you surface! It’s so important to share the details because life is not only what you see on the gram!

Oh & if you’re wondering I’m enjoying a latte with the tastiest foam coming off the top!

What are you having?

Since we last chatted I have successfully finished my Junior year at Sewanee (PRAISE GOD) and I finished with the best grades I’ve ever had. I am so proud of the progress I have made and the outcome of this semester! I’ve raised my GPA over .50 since I started at Sewanee. Between life and Modest Fashion Week, I’m blown away I did as well as I did. Thank you, Jesus, because I could not have done it without you.

I stayed around Sewanee for a little bit to assist at Sewanee Graduation as a Sewanee Angel so I didn’t actually make it home until mid-May. Congratulations to the class of 2019! A special shoutout to Susie! I also got to stick around for Grad week with some school friends! Shoutout to Yuting, Eddie, Yadi, Emerson, Andrew, and Minju!! Y’all are the OG’s!

I then stopped in Memphis to visit with some of my dear friends the Vaught’s who are celebrating one year of marriage very soon! I love y’all. Thank you for a great visit, the dinner and our annual WAFFLE HOUSE VISIT.

Due to the shortage of the Yellow Fever Vaccination in the USA, I was detained in Memphis for a little longer than expected where I eventually got it at the shot nurse. PRAISE YOU JESUS! THIS WAS A MIRACLE because I was looking at driving to North Carolina.

After Memphis, I headed home just in time for my brother’s graduation from high school. So proud of you Matthew! Since then I’ve been busy visiting medical schools (Pre-Med Blog Post update coming soon I promise), preparing for UGANDA, helping with stuff at home and just trying to get myself together. (Anyone knows what I mean? Sometimes you just need a little time to get sorted out!)

Currently, I’m sitting in a coffee shop in Dubai writing this blog post preparing to embark on an amazing journey to Uganda. If you’re new around here or just want to know more about why I’m spending my summer in Uganda check out this blog post here!

Blog posts are probably going to be touch and go at first this month because I’m going to be getting acclimated in Uganda! It’s an internship and I’m working so I have to iron out the details later. My plan is to get it to one day a week like every Saturday a new post will go up- but if you’re subscribed to my newsletter you’ll already be in the know! Same with Instagram! Follow me here! 


Summer 2019

This summer I will be in Uganda for June & July. I will return home to head to NAYC. Then I will turn around and head to the beach to watch my precious friend Myka get married! After that, I hope to make one more quick trips to see a friend before starting MY SENIOR YEAR AT SEWANEE!!! I will also be touring a couple more medical schools, applying for post-grad stuff and getting ready for life!!! Busy just like I like it!

To wrap it up I’d like to fill you in with a few things I’m obsessed with at the moment!

WATER + FLAVOR PACKETS 

[ Totally loving adding these natural caffeine packets from Crystal Light to my water! + in Uganda it will be a real blessing! Linked here!  ]

YUMMY’S BY HEATHER

[ Ladies you will WANT TO CHECK THESE OUT! GAME CHANGERS! Check them out here! ]

MICRO BAGS! 

[ I’m obsessed. Like totally completely in LOVE! I’m still carrying my Chanel from March! I got it for my 21st birthday. I call it the lunch box bag and It’s great! I’m honestly not sure if I’m ever going to be able to go back to a large purse! Check out these other cuties here!

NEW CLINIQUE FOUNDATION  

[ This is a total game changer! All the time I get DMS asking what products I wear and this is it! Well since about April because that’s when I made the switch from Chanel! This honestly is so natural looking, hydrating and I AM OBSESSED. It’s under $30 too! You can get it almost anywhere! Also, yes I do wear makeup but I wear the bare minimum for a natural coverage! I would highly recommend this brand because it keeps it clean and affordable! ]

MOVIE: QUEEN OF KATWE

[ I was moved, enough said. It was so amazing! I was in tears on the plane! YOU MUST WATCH THIS. ALSO SHOUTOUT TO DISNEY FOR MAKING A MOVIE THAT IS REALISTIC & TEACHES CHILDREN REAL VALUABLE THINGS. Linked here! ]

BOOK SERIES: CRAZY RICH ASIANS

[ If you’re looking for a new book to read this series is a good place to start. Of course only if you’re interested in travel, extreme luxury, rich people problems, far fetched real-fiction, and Asian culture. My friends from China joke I have yellow fever already and that I did not need to get a vaccination because I’m clearly already obsessed! So check it out here! I’m finishing the last book! ]

INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT: @joy_dalynne_

[ Love this gal travel photos, style, and edits! + she’s a total sweetheart! I think you should check out her account!!! For all my apostolic peeps she goes to Urshan! She’s linked here! ]

Alrighty! It’s about time for me to get out of here to get ready for my flight! I’m so EXCITED! Thanks for stopping in and having coffee with me. In the comments is where you tell me what’s up with you! I really love to get to chat with y’all so please leave me some goodies in the comments!!!

P.S. Keep me in your thoughts and prayers! I need God’s protection and some extreme doors opened in UGANDA!

XOXO,

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

@1998miss