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

July 27, 2018

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

1.Sweet Tooth

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

2. Carbonation Fix

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

3. Snack Fix

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

4. Protein

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

5. Weight Loss Supplement

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

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A Southern Travel Guide | My Spring Break 2017

July 25, 2018

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

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


Ashville, North Carolina

Where to Stay:

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

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

What to do:

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

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

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

Where to Dine:

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

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

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

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


Charleston, South Carolina

Where to Stay:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What to do:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where to Dine:

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

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

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


Savannah, Georgia

“a little Southern Delight”

Where to Stay:

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

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

Other great places to stay can be found here! 

What to Do:

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

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

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

Visit | Pulaski Square-more information here! 

Visit | River Street- more information here! 

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

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

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

Where to Dine:

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

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

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


Hilton Head, Island

“A favorite”

Where to Stay:

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

 

What to Do:

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

Where to Dine:

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

Fine Dinning | Sunset Grill- More information here! 

Fine Dinning | Old Fort Pub- More information here! 

 

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

All my love,

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

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

July 20, 2018

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


A TREND I LOVE:

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

THIS INSTAGRAM EDIT:

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

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

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

THIS NAIL POLISH:

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

 

THIS BOOK:

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

 

THIS INSTAGRAM POST:

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

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

THIS SONG:

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

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

POSTING ONCE EVERY WEEK ON YOUTUBE:

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

THIS MESSAGE SERIES:

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

THIS TO REDUCE YOUR STRESS:

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

Click here to listen.

 

THIS QUOTE:

 

GUILTY PLEASURE:

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

A SCENT I LOVE:

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


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NEXT BLOG POST: REVIEWING MY SPRING BREAK TRIP IN 2017

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

So don’t miss this post! COMING SOON!

All my love,

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

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My current favorite Instagram accounts!

July 18, 2018

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

 

Instagram is fun & I love these accounts!

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

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

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

 

In no particular order.

Faith Accounts 

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

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

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

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

Blog + Instagram | Dainty Jewells Blog | @daintyjewellsblog

Youtuber, Realtionship Goals | Kristin Johns | @Kristinjohns

 

BEAUTY

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

 

Fitness

Killer Fitness Routine | Brooke Davidson | @bcdavidson

 

FASHION ACCOUNTS

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

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

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

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

Instagram | Modest Fashion | The Grid | @hijabiofthegrid

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

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

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

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

All my love,

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

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Church Camp Clothing Haul 2018!!

July 12, 2018

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

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

THE PERFECT LITTLE BLACK DRESS

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

THE RUFFLED GET UP

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

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

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

The Classic

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

The Business Casual Summer Day 

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

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

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

 

XOXO,

Bless others & Be blessed!

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

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China Update/Instagram Post/Testimony

June 14, 2018

My China Update/Instagram Post

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

 

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

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Huge ANNOUNCEMENT!

May 15, 2018

你好我的朋友!我在中国!🇨🇳

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

 

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

 

I AM IN CHINA!

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

All my love,

1998miss

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

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Bless others and be blessed!

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

April 12, 2018

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

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

 

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


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

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

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

Here’s a few more!

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

Get it here: Burlington

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

Get it here: Burlington

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

Get it here: Burlington


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

Get it here: Burlington

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

XOXO,

Bless others & Be blessed!

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

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“I’m tired of waiting”

April 7, 2018

Waiting for something. 

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

 

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

TESSA FOX (MY FIRST SEWANEE FEATURE)

MODEST WORK OUTWEAR

COFFEE DATE

EASTER 2018

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

 

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

(wait·ing)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oh and if you’re in the hallway:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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20 things I’ve learned by 20!!!!

March 12, 2018

March 13, 2018

TWENTY THINGS I’VE LEARNED BY 20!

March 13, 1998 


Oh, My Goodness!! I have been so blessed to live this life for twenty years today! 

In celebration of my twentieth birthday I’m sharing 2o things I’ve learned by 20! I know this sounds like a cliche post but I thought it would be a good way to capatilize on the moment! Also yes I feel totally weird that I am a twenty year old gal and no longer a “teenager”! WHERE DID THE TIME GO Y’ALL!

Kind of feels a little bit sentimental!!! I am SO BLESSED!!!

I’m finishing up my sophomore year of college, have been blogging for almost three years and am officially official with my pre-med track. So thankful for all the wonderful people in my life and for the opportunities God has given me! Y’all don’t even know how blessed I am!

 

So to save the emotional spouts let’s just get started with the 20 things…. (read this with What a Wonderful World- Louis Armstrong playing)

 

  1. LOVE YOURSELF becuase you are beautiful, strong, wonderful, ambitious, intentional, lovely and worth it.
  2. LOVE OTHERS because people are the greatest gift in life and relationships are worth far more than gold.
  3. WORK HARD to accomplish your dreams because you are only given one life, so seize the moment.
  4. DON’T TELL PEOPLE YOUR DREAMS SHOW THEM because your dreams are precious pieces of who you are and people are always looking for someone to copy.
  5. DRESS UP because it makes you feel beautiful and because you always want be the best version of yourself.
  6. LAUGH AND DO IT A LOT because people who laugh are beautiful and are living life to the fullest.
  7. BE HONEST in every aspect of this life because honestly there are few people who are honest.
  8. DON’T COPY OTHERS because you are beautiful just the way you are and you are uniquely designed with something special. (Also it’s annoying when people copy you.)
  9. PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING even the little things like what should I wear to this interview or God help me to do my best on this test because God desires to be in every detail of your life.
  10. FALL IN LOVE because there is nothing more beautiful than love. Love is what life is all about and love is the most powerful thing on this planet.
  11. DRINK WATER because it seriously is so good for you and we are blessed to have access to clean water 24/7.
  12. TRUST GOD because as soon as did my life completely changed. His love is the most beautiful love of all and he LOVES YOU.
  13. BE THE FIRST TO SAY SORRY because regardless of how you feel it speaks volumes to your character and who you are as a person.
  14. MODESTY IS TRULY BEAUTIFUL and leaving a little something to the imagination is the ultimate beauty.
  15. TRAVELING IS THE BEST LIFE EXPERIENCE & LEARNING OPPORTUNITY so buy that ticket and go somewhere you’ve always dreamed of going. I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to visit Spain, Madrid, England, France, Africa, Canada and almost all of the United States before I turned twenty.
  16. DON’T LET PEOPLE MAKE YOU FEEL LESS THAN OR BAD FOR HAVING DIFFERENT VALUES/BELIEFS THAN WHAT IS THE POPULAR OPINION because you are not and because you are allowed to think differently, feel differently and believe differently than what society says.
  17. Society values education sometimes more than ability but that doesn’t make you any less of a person because remember you can do anything! Education is a wonderful thing but it isn’t greater than Jesus.
  18. HONOR YOUR PARENTS because it’s the only commandment with promise and because you will live a much happier life.
  19. THERE IS NOTHING GREATER THAN LIVING FOR JESUS and his love is the real deal, his plans for you are greater than anything you could even imagine for yourself, this world is not permanent, you are his child and you can not do this life without him. Faith is beautiful and in my journey with christ I have found freedom. Duet 6:4.
  20. JEALOUSY REALLY IS A GREEN MONSTER so stear clear of those who envy you, don’t celebrate you, belittle your dreams, accomplishments, values, ideas and make you feel less than. But also refrain from envying your neighbor because you are special and jealousy will kill. I have learned in twenty years that even people you love can be envious of you but don’t EVER dull your sparkle.

 I want my legacy to emulate that of a classy, ambitious, stylish and modest Christian young lady who loves people and Jesus more than anything else. As I turn twenty I will continue to strive for this on a daily because YES I REALLY WANNA BE LIVING MY BEST LIFE IN CHRIST.

 

Thank you to those who have wished me well today and everyday! YOU ARE A BLESSING!

I love y’all! Writing 1998miss.com has been such a wonderful experience and I am so proud of what is has become. Thank you for taking the time to read my posts! I never believed when I started this blog my senior year of high school that it would have become such a big part of my life.

 

Also, thank you mom for everything.

BLESS OTHERS AND BE BLESSED!

XO,

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

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