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Chivalry is not dead…

September 25, 2019

Hello gals and for my guy readers out there Hi! I’m so happy that you are visiting 1998miss.com! Today I wanted to do a blog post in a format I haven’t exactly done in a while. I’ve been doing a lot of collaborations with brands (a total blessing/thank you Jesus) but today I want to take a minute to write from the heart!

Chivalry is not dead. I know what you’re thinking…OKAY, right she’s totally going to talk about Princesses and Princes, holding doors open and… yadayada. Well sort of but also not exactly so. For a while now I have wanted to talk about the topic of dating. I want to elaborate on something that has been weighing on my heart about the value of being pursued.

Chivalry is defined as showing courtesy or attentiveness. I believe this is so important to understand because in today’s society it is often lost in the movements of feminism. While I definitely support women getting equal opportunities and pay I realize women are NOT LIKE MEN! That is what makes us unique! God made both sexes different and we should celebrate that. All that being said I believe that men should be gentlemen and women should be ladies. No, I’m not referring to a 1950’s sexist mentality. What I am talking about is just a general sense of respect for how God made YOU. I think that although society is pushing for women to seek out the relationships they want to have and I still believe that there is beauty in the way God designed it. Being pursued by a gentleman has a little magic to it. I know first hand that this can be a challenge but I also know when it is done the right way it’s worth it.

I want to elaborate a little more about what I mean because trust me I’ve been in the very same scenario you may be in now. You want to be with so and so because they are so cute and yadadada. They may be frequently messaging you, snaping you, dming you… but yet you are just not sure if they like you. …. Let me be clear, if a guy wants to be with you he will be very intentional about interacting with you. For gals, it’s the same way. A girl will be intentional in just about everything. There won’t be all the games of waiting the three hours to reply etc. When a relationship is really of quality you will know. Your conversation will be exceptional and it will feel right. Also, side note: guys like to pursue girls that don’t put it all out there. So the girls who are open to being pursued not being all annoying. You save that for your bro’s or your gals. Y’all know what I mean…we’ve all been there. We have all been in that situation where so and so isn’t taking a hint. So think of that the next time you want to act fast.

Also, taking girls out to dinner or for an evening on the town is still a thing. Boys, you can still call a girl up and ask if she will go out with you. Girls, you can still be patient and wait for milestones in the relationship. Sometimes because of social media, I think we skip the part of taking things slowly. We forget to be intentional. We forget about the “courting” process. I’m writing to say Chivalry is not dead. You are worth FAR MORE THAN RUBIES SISTA!!! They wouldn’t just leave you out in the open to grab. There would be a safety box with a code. It’s okay to keep your heart on lockdown. You don’t want to give it to someone who isn’t worthy of it. Same for you guys!! Don’t get a girl who doesn’t appreciate you. You are a son of the king!

Girls, it is okay to expect effort from the guy you like. Boys, it’s okay to expect effort from the girl you like. It’s still cool to send girls flowers (even ones you find on the side of the road because honestly its the thought that counts.)Casual dating may be what is hip but it isn’t what sticks. Being intentional about who you pursue is worth it.

I have found that when it’s the right one you will know. I am all about intentional dating because when you are deciding who you want to spend your forever with you have to be intentional. It’s okay to be picky but more importantly, it’s important to be picky. I have seen it far too many times when relationships are not intentional and people end up marrying the wrong one. God made you and he made a partner for you. My mom always tells me “if he made an Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley, then he made a spouse for you too”.

Finally, are they chasing Jesus first and then chasing you? Is God their number one? Chivalry isn’t only from fairytales but it’s biblical. KEEP IT INTENTIONAL. This matters.

I have felt this in my own life and on my heart so I wanted to take the time to share. I do love sharing fashion but every once in awhile it’s good to break it up. Just because you don’t have someone doesn’t mean you should settle. The right one will come along and when they do you want to be available.

Love, Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

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1998miss Twist on The Bridgette Brianna Swing Dress

September 24, 2019

Hello friends! I’m so happy you’re popping in for today’s blog post! This post is in collaboration with Brigitte Brianna at Sexy Modest. I worked with her brand previously (check that post out here: https://1998miss.com/the-bridgette-brianna-overall-dress/ ) and had such a great experience we decided to do it again. Although I love working with brands I want to be clear I do not advertise or do work with anyone if I genuinely do not like the label. It’s obvious that I really like this company because they have so many chic options. They are really offering some unique options in the area of Modest Fashion!!

When selecting the piece I wanted to collaborate on I was immediately drawn to the swing dress. I loved it because I knew it would be such a staple piece! I choose Royal Blue because it’s a color that I’m told brings out my eyes!

To make this post a little more exciting I styled this dress not one but three different ways! I love to do this because I think it’s important to show you can spice up any look for any event.

#1 IPHONE DIARIES

So it was not actually my intention to include this iPhone shot but it shows how I styled this look for lunch at RESTORATION HARDWARE! + It’s the way I styled this dress for class!

#2 Modest Chic/Keeping it Dressy

I was in love with the idea of wearing my blue tie shoes with this dress because I think a monochromatic look is so chic! I paired my Danielle tutu from Skirt Society under the Swing Dress because I think it adds a “high fashion” vibe! I added my Gucci esc belt and a black clutch to complete the look. I think this is a great look for church!

#3 Classy for Brunch!!!

This may be my favorite version of the dress because I think the pop of print and the red bag really tie the look together nicely. I also am obsessed with this belt! BTW a wide belt always looks great and adds a WAIST! This was the first version I had in mind when I opened the dress and I honestly think it’s the style that looks the most flattering!

These photos were taken by my good friend Slice! We had such a fun day chilling in Nashville and I’m working on editing the vlog from the day! A huge thank you for being so sweet Sarah! I love you!!!!

Finally, thank you so much to Sexy Modest Boutique for this beautiful blue dress. I can’t wait to transition it into fall!

Y’all can shop this dress and many other darling options here:https://www.sexymodest.com/collections/brigitte-brianna-modest-clothing/products/brigitte-swing-dress!

If you haven’t shopped The Brigitte Brianna you’re missing out! XO, I’ll see you Friday on my youtube channel and again next Tuesday! XO.

Love, Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

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The “ALEXA DRESS” with MODEST POPPY!!! 1, 2 or 3?

September 10, 2019

Good afternoon, evening, morning or whatever time you’re reading this! I am so happy that you’ve taken the time out of your day to visit 1998miss.com. This is the first blog post back in the game after taking a considerable amount of time off-intentionally. I chose to do this because of some negative experiences I encountered this summer. BUT I’m BACK & IT’S WITH SOMETHING REALLY GOOD.

Today I’ll be sharing the beautiful “ALEXA DRESS” from Modest Poppy! You heard right, there is actually a dress named after me!! HOW BLESSED/COOL/FANTASTIC IS THAT! Forgive me as I publically freak out!!! I’m just so happy that I’ve made it to that point in my blogging career, it’s been a journey! Thank you Modest Poppy for creating this beautiful moment. I am so ecstatic that I had the opportunity to work with you. Oh, if you want to shop Modest Poppy you can do so here: https://themodestpoppy.com/ (which you totally should because the ALEXA DRESS IS THERE AND THIS SO CUTE TULLE SKIRT THAT THEY JUST RELEASED!!!)

In an effort to show the greatness of the Alexa Dress (that’s just never gonna get old LOL) I styled it three different ways! I’ve styled it for a comfy day out with sneakers, for a dressy brunch or morning service at church and finally for whatever fancy plans you may have! Of all three styles my favorite is number three but I’ll leave it up to you! Let me know, which, you like best!!! I’d also love to see how you spice it up!!!

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#2

#3

Anyways thanks for stopping by! A big thank you to Modest Poppy for this collaboration and for giving me the honor of having a dress named after ME! I am honestly so in love with the modest options you offer! They are so chic and so unique! If you haven’t shopped Modest Poppy you’re missing out! XO, I’ll see you Friday on my youtube channel and again next Tuesday! XO.

Shop the “Alexa Dress”: https://themodestpoppy.com/products/alexa-floral-dress-s-l?_pos=1&_sid=b9f67c704&_ss=r


Love, Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

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What to do when you feel down/low.

July 18, 2019

Hey, my gals! 1998miss here and sharing something major today. It’s been a while since I slowed it down and did a post like this but it’s really heavy on my heart. Recently like in the last two months since I’ve been in Uganda (but before throughout all of University) I have experienced a lot of hurts. Many of my experiences were just life but the majority of them were from people who didn’t like my stance. My stance as a conservative, apostolic girl on social media and on campus. I have experienced bullying and it saddens me to say on multiple occasions political profiling. I’m not writing today to get into all the details but I decided I would take a positive approach to try to lessen the pain from the blows with a blog post. In this blog post, I simply want to talk about some of the things I do to counteract sadness, depression, hurt, oppression and negativity. I have to be honest and say yes, I have experienced all of these things. My goal is to encourage you and help you get control in these situations because chances are you might have experienced one of these hurts too.

1.R E F L E C T & BE ALONE FOR A MINUTE

Number one is simple and it’s how I always start to recover from a hurt. I take time to just digest what occurred by myself. I try to understand where something came from and why something went the way it did. I always try to take another perspective and understand a different point of view…sometimes I see it but sometimes I don’t. (THAT IS OKAY & I HAVE TO START TO ACTUALLY verbalize because I take things very personally) After I do this (usually takes me longer than a couple of minutes) I proceed to number 2.

2. T A L K to your mom or someone you love.

Sounds basic but it’s what works for me. I’m so blessed to have a great mom who listens to me and helps me with whatever I’m going through. When I’m feeling down this always helps me because my mom guides me and she helps me figure out how to start the healing process. I am always completely honest with her because she has many years on me and she has a different understanding. After I talk to my mom I start to feel a lot better but I’m not done. My mom tells me how to move forward and always asks me if I have prayed about something…if I have already then I do it again but if I haven’t then I do. That leads me to number 3.

3. P R A Y & THEN PRAY SOME MORE

Yeah, so this should probably be number one because it’s really the only way true and complete healing can happen. As much as the world would like to tell you that wholeness is achievable through its contents I am here to tell you = wrong. Spending time with Jesus in private is where healing occurs. When you began to tell him how you’re feeling and what happened he can help you. He will heal you. Christianity is about a relationship, not a religion and prayer is where you talk to God just like you would talk to a friend. You tell Jesus exactly where it hurts so he can fix it. You can feel temporarily better when you eat something good, buy a nice thing, go shopping, watch a movie, cry it out but for long term healing, it comes from Jesus. To follow up you should do number four and maybe a couple of times.

4. P L A Y worship music & then play it some more.

I would recommend starting out with Lauren Daigle YOU SAY & RESCUE. I can not tell you how much they have been of help during times where I’ve felt low. The lyrics speak to your heart when you feel like you’re desperate. By listening to worship music you surround yourself with a shield, you create a space for the Holy Spirit to fill and you start releasing some of the pain you are feeling. I promise your mood will start returning to J O Y as soon as you do this.

5. S E L F CARE BABY

For me, this is how I get my body physically ready to be back to happy. I will usually shower, wash my hair do a facemask, pick out a fresh outfit, work out (like sometimes full-on cardio/ other times just a walk) and then like pull myself together (hair, face)! After this, I instantly feel at least 17% better… okay maybe more like 43% better. Anyways just as long as I am feeling somewhat better. P.S. the whole exercise makes you feel better is true because endorphins are released!!!!

6. ORGANIZE S O M E T H I N G

That’s right to keep yourself busy use this time to get something good done. I find organizing therapeutic, which, means jumping into a mess in my purse/closet/drawer or car helps!!!!! You’ll start to feel order and that’s what you want when you’re feeling down. If you’re feeling really upset do a big project-let your hurt be your motivation.

7. Go to see a T H E R A P I S T

That’s right Apostolic Alexa recommending you go see a therapist because mental health is important. Yes God is great enough to heal but he also encourages you to seak resources. If you are seriously struggling you need to get licensed and trained help in combination with God. I have seen a therapist throughout my life on a couple of different occasions and I hope to do it regularly when I can afford it. You are not weak for getting help you are strong.

8. A C C E P T what you can not change.

You can not pretend like something that hurt didn’t actually happen because if you do you will never recover. Basically, it’s all up there in the title ACCEPT what happened and understand you can’t change it but you can control the future. Take the time you need, get the support you need, trust in Jesus and realize it’s all going to be alright.

I love you all and I hope this post encourages you. It was inspired with some recent hurts and Olivia Rink who posted a blog post addressing this issue as well. Check her post out here: http://oliviarink.com/advice-thoughts/8-ways-to-turn-a-bad-day-around/#comment-75204

Before I sign off I want to leave you with two scriptures a sweet follower left me during my recent sorrows. Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Phillippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Thank you for these Cindy!!!

See you next Tuesday back here and tomorrow on my youtube channel! I have a fun new video going up!!! XO!

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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,
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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. ♥️♥️