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The Keto Diet: Post 1

February 7, 2019

Keto Blog Post

Hey! Hi! Howdy! Welcome to 1998miss.com & my weekly blog post which happens every Thursday! If you’re new here I’m Alexa & I’m a modest fashion, lifestyle and travel blogger from Missouri.

Today’s blog post is one of the MOST requested ones I have had in a while! I’m going to give a little update about the keto diet!

 I’ve been doing the keto diet since January 1st, 2019 and it’s now February 6th, 2019. That means I’ve officially beat the New Year’s Resolution stereotype which says “most people will drop their New Years resolution at least two weeks into the new year”! I am so proud of myself for sticking to the Keto diet with only one small hiccup or two! I feel really good and get SO excited every time I get closer to my goal because if I’m being honest my weight is something I’ve always struggled with. It didn’t matter when I was 103 pounds or 151 pounds because either way, I’ve always been insecure about it.

My goal this year was to get to a place where I didn’t feel so insecure.

With that being said and putting it all out there the keto diet has been really great. I like that there is a set type of food I can eat and in the past, any sort of low carb diet is the ONLY one I can find success with. I have a REALLY poor metabolism and this style of eating is what works best for me. Now saying this doesn’t make me a nutritionist and you should always consult your doctor before doing a new diet if you’re also considering the keto diet. In my experience, this + a combination of intermittent fasting has been WONDERFUL. I have been seeing some results and I am really happy about it. It honestly feels really good that with every pound that comes off, I continue to get closer to my pre-college weight. That’s right y’all the freshman 15 is a real thing.

ABOUT THE DIET: rookie level

So this diet is basically a high fat (healthy fats) protein and low carb diet! You’re eating in a certain manner to kick your body into ketosis where it burns your stored fat! Eating this way was DEF an adjustment at first because you also cut out sugar which can be so hard! You also only use a certain artificial sweetener which makes it convenient to carry your own with you. After about a week into keto, I got the habit down and am now solid about what I can have. BUT it was rocky at first because with any new thing you have to learn-so believe me there was a learning curve.

I had lost almost 10 pounds and then came back to college mid-January. On the way back to school I stopped to get protein powder etc so that I could make shakes in my dorm…I was no longer going to be able to use the kind my mom had purchased at home. I ended up buying some after spending an hour trying to decide in the protein powder section of target. I selected a highly recommended powder called WHEY protein powder which tasted GREAT it actually tasted much better than the kind I had eaten at home. Well after a week of new tasty shakes with WHEY I got on the scale and had gained most of it back. Then a very sweet gal on Instagram asked me where I purchased vegan WHEY protein powder because WHEY contains milk. THEN I REALIZED I HAD CONFUSED MYSELF IN THE PURCHASE AND WAS USING A PROTEIN POWDER MADE WITH REG milk. Welp thanks to that sweet lady I’m no longer using WHEY. I also am not using cranberries in my salads anymore. SO YOU LIVE AND YOU LEARN.

Most Common Keto Questions I get asked: 

My most common question is always: is the keto diet hard? Yes, it is but all diets are hard because who likes to say no to tasty food-with that being said the pay off will be SO MUCH better than any brownie or loaf of bread.

The second most common question is always: do I feel low energy on keto…yes I did and sometimes I still do. I went through the keto flu and sometimes feel tired. When I do I drink more coffee and make a point to be getting at lead 8hrs or sleep.

Example of a typical day of keto eating:

9 am morning drink: keto powder, ice, almond milk, MCT oil.

11 am: latte with half and half NOTHING ELSE

1 pm: eat salad bowl with lettuce, pickled okra, tomatoes & drink water.

5-6pm: burger bunless with cheese or egg with chicken breast.

8 pm: 2 tablespoons of peanut butter

I drink a lot of carbonated water throughout the day and also sometimes have two more coffees with half and a half.

When I have time I make fat bombs where I will have a sweet treat which is keto approved. My favorite is the Tim Tebow peanut butter fat bombs.

 

That’s all I’m sharing for now! Thank you for taking the time to read such a long-winded post. If you have any more questions please let me know and I will be happy to answer them. Also, I know a lot of you want to know how many pounds I’ve lost but I feel like I want to wait to share that until I’m closer to my goal or around my goal weight. Thank you for your understanding and patience. ♥️♥️

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January Favorites

January 25, 2019

Hey!! Welcome back to 1998miss.com! I am so happy you’re here! It’s been a little bit since my last post and I apologize. Since then I’ve come back to college started my classes and have been insanely busy. I have been working on getting back into the swing of things and determining what the best schedule is for 1998miss.com this semester!

I’m moving my weekly blog posts to Thursday’s and my weekly vlogs to Friday! This way I can really focus on my schoolwork early in the week and get new content ready to share by the end of the week! I am also still continuing my weekly blog posts with Skirt Society writing a new post every Wednesday! You can read Yesterday’s here!

Also if you haven’t yet please check out my last three blog posts on 1998miss.com here, here and here! Now let’s jump right into the blog!

Today I’m sharing my January Favorites which includes products I’ve had my eye on, have been using or just really want for the month! I always enjoy reading these style of blog posts so I’m excited to share my own with Y’all.

The first is something I’ve had my eye on since I first heard about it but the downside is that it is SO expensive so I haven’t gotten to give it a whirl yet. I have watched many tutorials of bloggers using it and loving it so it’s on my wishlist for one day!

So the next goodie is a GOODIE! I bought my mom and friend each one of the fabulous candles from Saks just this week! I’m dying to have my own but they are quite expensive and I can’t have any lighted candles in my room so I’ll just have to wait until Summer. ALL the gals I follow love these and I get why because they look and smell beautiful!

I already ordered this because I feel like I can’t live without it. Since I’m in college and don’t have access to great tasting water I order one of these bad boys! We have one at home and I just need one for school. I think that it will help keep me consistent with drinking water!

Next is something I ordered from Skirt Society and I think every gal needs it! It’s the cutest little asymmetrical denim skirt! Get yours before they sell out!

These I picked up last week at JCREW for a steal of a deal and Y’all they are beautiful! I’m always on the lookout for cute hair accessories!

I also LOVE THIS AND WANT IT SO BAD. IT is on my bday wishlist and life wishlist. The ultimate cute phone case!

My all-time favorite planner and organizer! Literally, the greatest planner known to man is the day designer! I LOVE IT!

So the next thing is one of my all-time favorite Louis Vuitton! It’s the speedy which my mom has both in monogrammed and then Louis monogrammed but recently I am in love with this baby version! I want one with my initials!

Okay so this is basically just like a January round up and I really just wanted to tell Y’all about the things I’m loving recently!  I hope this inspires you a little bit to make your own list of favorites for January because even if you’re not buying it you can still enjoy just imagining you are!!

All Glory to God!
Peace and Blessings,
1998miss

XOXO,
Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

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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!

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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

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The Keto Diet : post 1

January 7, 2019

Keto Blog Post

Hey! Hi! Howdy! Welcome to 1998miss.com & my weekly blog post which happens every Thursday! If you’re new here I’m Alexa & I’m a modest fashion, lifestyle and travel blogger from Missouri.

Today’s blog post is one of the MOST requested ones I have had in a while! I’m going to give a little update about the keto diet!

 I’ve been doing the keto diet since January 1st, 2019 and it’s now February 6th, 2019. That means I’ve officially beat the New Year’s Resolution stereotype which says “most people will drop their New Years resolution at least two weeks into the new year”! I am so proud of myself for sticking to the Keto diet with only one small hiccup or two! I feel really good and get SO excited every time I get closer to my goal because if I’m being honest my weight is something I’ve always struggled with. It didn’t matter when I was 103 pounds or 151 pounds because either way, I’ve always been insecure about it.

My goal this year was to get to a place where I didn’t feel so insecure.

With that being said and putting it all out there the keto diet has been really great. I like that there is a set type of food I can eat and in the past, any sort of low carb diet is the ONLY one I can find success with. I have a REALLY poor metabolism and this style of eating is what works best for me. Now saying this doesn’t make me a nutritionist and you should always consult your doctor before doing a new diet if you’re also considering the keto diet. In my experience, this + a combination of intermittent fasting has been WONDERFUL. I have been seeing some results and I am really happy about it. It honestly feels really good that with every pound that comes off, I continue to get closer to my pre-college weight. That’s right y’all the freshman 15 is a real thing.

ABOUT THE DIET: rookie level

So this diet is basically a high fat (healthy fats) protein and low carb diet! You’re eating in a certain manner to kick your body into ketosis where it burns your stored fat! Eating this way was DEF an adjustment at first because you also cut out sugar which can be so hard! You also only use a certain artificial sweetener which makes it convenient to carry your own with you. After about a week into keto, I got the habit down and am now solid about what I can have. BUT it was rocky at first because with any new thing you have to learn-so believe me there was a learning curve.

I had lost almost 10 pounds and then came back to college mid-January. On the way back to school I stopped to get protein powder etc so that I could make shakes in my dorm…I was no longer going to be able to use the kind my mom had purchased at home. I ended up buying some after spending an hour trying to decide in the protein powder section of target. I selected a highly recommended powder called WHEY protein powder which tasted GREAT it actually tasted much better than the kind I had eaten at home. Well after a week of new tasty shakes with WHEY I got on the scale and had gained most of it back. Then a very sweet gal on Instagram asked me where I purchased vegan WHEY protein powder because WHEY contains milk. THEN I REALIZED I HAD CONFUSED MYSELF IN THE PURCHASE AND WAS USING A PROTEIN POWDER MADE WITH REG milk. Welp thanks to that sweet lady I’m no longer using WHEY. I also am not using cranberries in my salads anymore. SO YOU LIVE AND YOU LEARN.

Most Common Keto Questions I get asked: 

My most common question is always: is the keto diet hard? Yes, it is but all diets are hard because who likes to say no to tasty food-with that being said the pay off will be SO MUCH better than any brownie or loaf of bread.

The second most common question is always: do I feel low energy on keto…yes I did and sometimes I still do. I went through the keto flu and sometimes feel tired. When I do I drink more coffee and make a point to be getting at lead 8hrs or sleep.

Example of a typical day of keto eating:

9 am morning drink: keto powder, ice, almond milk, MCT oil.

11 am: latte with half and half NOTHING ELSE

1 pm: eat salad bowl with lettuce, pickled okra, tomatoes & drink water.

5-6pm: burger bunless with cheese or egg with chicken breast.

8 pm: 2 tablespoons of peanut butter

I drink a lot of carbonated water throughout the day and also sometimes have two more coffees with half and a half.

When I have time I make fat bombs where I will have a sweet treat which is keto approved. My favorite is the Tim Tebow peanut butter fat bombs.

 

That’s all I’m sharing for now! Thank you for taking the time to read such a long-winded post. If you have any more questions please let me know and I will be happy to answer them. Also, I know a lot of you want to know how many pounds I’ve lost but I feel like I want to wait to share that until I’m closer to my goal or around my goal weight. Thank you for your understanding and patience. ♥️♥️

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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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November 1, 2018

Coffee Date #3

Happy November 1st!

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

THIS SONG:

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

 

THIS MESSAGE:

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

 

THIS QUOTE:

THIS NAIL POLISH:

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

 

THIS BLOG POST ON LONESTARSOUTHERN.COM:

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

 

THIS YOUTUBE VIDEO:

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

 

THIS GAL:

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

 

THIS BLESSING:

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

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

 

XOXO,

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

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After The Songs Over

October 28, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ABOUT THE WRITER: Reneé Douglas

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

Go follow the BEAUTIFUL Reneé on Instagram @reneedouglas_

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

 

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

1998miss.com

@1998miss

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My Fall Favorites: A list + fall inspiration.

September 27, 2018

Fall inspiration.

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

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

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

 

 Traditional ways to celebrate fall:

Order a warm Starbucks drink and post about it.

Visit a pumpkin patch.

Carve a pumpkin.

Do a cute fall photo shoot with the leaves.

Wear cute fall clothes.

Corn Maze it up.

Light a fall candle.

 

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

 

More unconventional ways to celebrate fall:

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

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

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

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

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

Eat a fall breakfast.

Go on a weekend getaway and document it.

Start running.

Get up earlier to use all of the daylight.

Volunteer at a soup kitchen.

Paint a pumpkin instead of carving it.

Don’t order a PSL but order something unconventional.

Start a novel.

Write a poem.

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

Make Halloween Pancakes – Check out Pinterest.

VISIT SEWANEE.

 

My favorite fall quotes:

“Pumpkin kisses and harvest wishes.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Trick or Treat yo’self”

 

My favorite fall words:

(WARNING COULD TRIGGER EAGERNESS FOR FALL TO ARRIVE)

PSL

Pumpkin

Sweater Weather

Falling Leaves

Crisp Fall Air

Hot Apple Cider

Trick or Treat

October

Bondfire

Scarves

Corn Mazes

Halloween

Cuddling under blankets

Thanksgiving

My favorite fall candle scents:

Autumn Leaves -Yankee Candle

Pumpkin French Toast -B&BW

Marshmallow Fireside -B&BW

Apple Cinnamon-ALL OF THEM

Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin

Sweater Weather

Salted Carmel -Yankee Candle

My favorite fall movies:

Hocus Pocus

It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

Halloween Town

Monsters Inc.

Matilda

Scooby Doo

Hotel Translyvania

The Goonies

Gossip Girl

Fall Fashion Inspiration:

 

 

An account you HAVE TO FOLLOW:

Courtney Toliver.

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

 

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

 

XOXO,

Bless others & Be blessed!

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

@1998miss