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September 27, 2018

Fall inspiration.

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

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

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

 

 Traditional ways to celebrate fall:

Order a warm Starbucks drink and post about it.

Visit a pumpkin patch.

Carve a pumpkin.

Do a cute fall photo shoot with the leaves.

Wear cute fall clothes.

Corn Maze it up.

Light a fall candle.

 

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

 

More unconventional ways to celebrate fall:

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

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

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

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

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

Eat a fall breakfast.

Go on a weekend getaway and document it.

Start running.

Get up earlier to use all of the daylight.

Volunteer at a soup kitchen.

Paint a pumpkin instead of carving it.

Don’t order a PSL but order something unconventional.

Start a novel.

Write a poem.

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

Make Halloween Pancakes – Check out Pinterest.

VISIT SEWANEE.

 

My favorite fall quotes:

“Pumpkin kisses and harvest wishes.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Trick or Treat yo’self”

 

My favorite fall words:

(WARNING COULD TRIGGER EAGERNESS FOR FALL TO ARRIVE)

PSL

Pumpkin

Sweater Weather

Falling Leaves

Crisp Fall Air

Hot Apple Cider

Trick or Treat

October

Bondfire

Scarves

Corn Mazes

Halloween

Cuddling under blankets

Thanksgiving

My favorite fall candle scents:

Autumn Leaves -Yankee Candle

Pumpkin French Toast -B&BW

Marshmallow Fireside -B&BW

Apple Cinnamon-ALL OF THEM

Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin

Sweater Weather

Salted Carmel -Yankee Candle

My favorite fall movies:

Hocus Pocus

It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

Halloween Town

Monsters Inc.

Matilda

Scooby Doo

Hotel Translyvania

The Goonies

Gossip Girl

Fall Fashion Inspiration:

 

 

An account you HAVE TO FOLLOW:

Courtney Toliver.

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

 

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

 

XOXO,

Bless others & Be blessed!

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

@1998miss

 

 

 

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Being the single bridesmaid and three things to remember.

September 20, 2018

Hahahha~ hey y’all! Happy Thursday I’m so happy you’ve stopped in at 1998miss.com.

Today I’m talking about the beauty of weddings and being a single bridesmaid.

It’s such an exciting topic and it’s one I have wanted to write about for a little while!

So today’s the day!

First of all congrats to my friends the Keller family, the Pulliam family  and the Vaught family! I love you all so much and want to thank you for including me in your wedding. Each wedding was special, beautiful and uniquely specific to your love stories. I love y’all and I will never forget standing beside you beautiful brides!

 

Cheers to the beautiful brides I call friend!

 

The Keller Wedding

 

Abbie Keller, you were stunning and I literally cried so much when you walked down the aisle. You have been a very special friend in my life- you’ve been my oldest friend and you know everything about me. I trust you with the deepest things and I just want to say thank you for being a friend of seventeen years. I loved your wedding because of many reasons but my favorites were where you said “I do” (her grandparents a place I can remember spending many days there laughing with you), your unity ceremony (foot washing), your photography and your flower crown (it was so you)! Running around on the morning of your wedding is something I will never forget and our conversation the night before, I think it might be my fondest memory with you. I love you so much and I am so happy you have found a forever love with Jordan. You both love Christ and it is evident in your relationship. I pray God will continue to bless your marriage.

Oh and super cool thing about this friendship is that it started in pre-school and one day at a Christmas performance my great-grandma Virgina (a very special lady) was taking my picture with little Abbie bumping into Abbie’s dad when he exclaimed “Mrs. Payton!”. Yes my great grandmother Virgina was my pre-school best friends first grade teacher along with his twin brother and younger sister. My grandma was a very precious lady- she influenced so many lives including my own and the fact that she had been a teacher for most of Abbie’s family was a wonderful, unique and just so special. You see I believe God ordained my friendship with Abbie and I believe that is why it has lasted for so long. Thank you Jesus for your unique and beautiful works!

 

Abbie and I growing up!

Abbie and I on her wedding day!

Abbie on her wedding day!

Abbie and Jordan Keller on their wedding day!

 

The Pulliam Wedding

Mariah Pulliam, you were a beautiful bride with the most perfect dress. I also cried like a baby when you walked down the aisle to marry your best friend. I cried because you have been through so much yet you have stayed faithful to God. I am so proud of the woman you have become and of the life you have made for yourself. Your honor and comittment to Christ is so beautiful-it’s inspiring. Thank you for choosing me as your bridesmaid and thanks for throwing me your flowers (It seems like I’m gonna need them LOL). You have also been a very special friend in my life, we’ve been friends since we were 4 or 5 years old. Another beautiful friendship that has remained strong. Thank you for that and for loving my crazy uniqueness. You’re always laughing at something I’m doing and I love that! You and Nathan are precious together-literally God made you for each other. My favorite things about your wedding were the bridesmaid look (we got a color and were able to pick our own dress + we got to wear our hair however we felt most confident-a major bonus for the pictures), your dress (modest & BEAUTIFUL ON YOU), your music (it made me cry it was so perfect) and the fact that you did it all. You were so calm and you planned the perfect day something I hope to be just like when I get married. You and Nathan make a beautiful couple and I pray God will use you in mighty ways. I’m thankful for my new found friend in Nathan and the fact that you found your happily ever after. I love y’all and lookout I’m coming for ya St. Louis. 🙂

 

Mariah and I growing up.

Mariah and I on her wedding day!

Mariah on her wedding day!

Mariah and Nathan Pulliam on their wedding day!

 

The Vaught Wedding

 

Regan Vaught, GIRLLLL you were a gorgeous bride and you guessed I cried when you walked down the aisle (I guess I just do that-I love weddings). You had such a beautiful wedding and it was so unique to you. I loved that about it-every detail was you. You have been a very special friend in my life because we were not friends until we went to Madagascar, Africa together on a trip that changed both of our lives. Although we both came from good ole Arkansas it wasn’t until we were under a starry Madagascar sky that we became best amigos. (Cue the tears) Our friendship is special because of that and the memories we made on that trip are ones I will never forget. Also side note THANK YOU FOR BEING MY PHOTOGRAPHER LOL. We’ve been friends for 3 years now and they are some special years. They are the years where I fully accepted my call to missions and grew closer to God. You were a constant prayer partner in those times and that is one of my favorite things about you. Your journey to find Ethan was special and I am so happy that God brought you to together. Your ministry as a couple is beautiful and just plain GOALZ (like Jesus I’m taking notes ;)) I am so excited to see where God takes you as a couple and I’m excited I have found a new friend in Ethan. My favorite part of your wedding was that it was so y’all (the venue and the PB&J unity ceremony), your bridesmaids (I got to make a bunch of new friends who I love!!! Shoutout to having the best bridal weekend and for having stellar girlfriends), your VINTAGE DRESS and the fact that Ethan is your soulmate.

P.S. Thanks for having me a few weeks ago! Y’all are the sweetest and cutest friends. Love your house and the time that we spent together! XO

Regan and I over the last few years.

Regan and I on her wedding day!

Regan on her wedding day!

Regan and Ethan on their wedding day!

ALSO I VLOGGED THEIR WEDDING DAY AND SO AT SOME POINT I’M GOING TO SHARE THAT.

Being the single bridesmaid.

So in one summer I was a bridesmaid three times and I loved it. I got to stand by my friends and watch them start their forevers. I believe love is the most beautiful thing on this planet and I am certain that each one of my precious friends have found forever love.  Seeing my friends say “I do” makes me excited for the future, excited to graduate from Sewanee and find my forever. I believe everyone has their own journey and God has the perfect timing for every love story. While that is easy to write, it sometimes can be hard to swallow when you’re still single as a pringle. You will sometimes feel lonely, insecure and have doubt about where you are in your life in comparison to those around you. Those are normal feelings but we must do our best to avoid feeling that way because the bible advises us against it. If we truly trust God we will never doubt, if we truly love Christ we will know we are perfect just as we are, if we truly want the best life we can have in Christ we won’t compare ourselves with others because God has a different plan unique to each person. We can not truly have our best life in Christ if we are focused on someone elses best life in Christ.  🙂

Oh, and your twenty’s are a weird time… some of your friends are in college, some are getting married, some are working, some might be having a baby and some might just be chilling.

So here’s 3 things to remember when you’re the single bridesmaid.

  1. Celebrate where YOU are in life!
  2. Be excited for your friends and remember your time will come.
  3. Trusting God with your future means trusting him completely.

While these rules might seem like common sense sometimes we need to be reminded & trust me girl I’m here to help.

P.S. Wherever you are my forever love I’m working hard for us. I just know we’re going to do great things together for Christ and when the time comes to say “I Do” I’ve got three gals who made excellent brides in mind for bridesmaids. (Wabbs, Riah & Regan) <3

I love you girls and I am thankful for y’all.

XOXO,

Bless others & Be blessed!

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

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Game Day Style

September 8, 2018

Hey y’all!!!! Hope everyone has had a delightful week! I’m so exicted because I just uploaded a new vlog to my youtube channel! It’s another China travel vlog and this time we are visiting the city of Chengdu! I think this might be my new favorite vlog! It is just so special to go back and watch my trip through China! I miss it so much!!!! If you’re not already subscribed to my channel you can do it here! I post a video once every week!

Also, I have offically stuck to the new posting schedule for two weeks! Yay! I will be sharing the next “Woman of Faith” article on Sunday September 16th! This featured writer is a sweet friend of mine from Arkansas. She’s speaking from the heart on a subject I believe you will enjoy. Find out on next weeks post who she is!

Oh and this month’s Sewanee feature is one I know you’ll love! I can’t wait for you to meet her! She’s darling and is doing big things on campus! -STAY TUNED 🙂

Sewanee Game Day Style

YSR. YSR. YSR.

Happy Day! It’s the first home football game! If you don’t already know I LOVE football! It’s my favorite sport to watch and it’s probably because I was a cheerleader 2nd grade- 12th grade! There’s just nothing like it! It makes me miss my days as a varsity cheerleader with my favorite gals (Carls and Pay)! We were the best of friends and always had the best times cheering. Sweet Carlie is actually still continuing her cheering carrer at Kansas State! I’m hoping I get to see her cheer just once before she graduates! LOVE YA CARLS!

Game Day at every school is a little different but here’s my go to tips for the perfect look!

It doesn’t matter if you’re in high school,  an alumni going to a college game, a football mom or a devoted fan……GAME DAY STYLE is important!!!
During my days as a high school cheerleader I wore my letterman sweater and my uniform to the game. These days I’m just a fan and so I enjoy putting together something from my closet! Here’s how I do it!

If there is a tshirt that everyone is wearing I will put it with a dressy skirt to give it some spice. This can be a tutu or a ripped denim skirt! Whatever you want just to spice it up! If you wear pants try pencil pants and some pointed heals!

If there’s not a tshirt I select something in the color family of the team I am rooting for. This is always the most fun because you’ll arrive at the game both classy and unique. Being unique is one of my favorite things about being alive! I love to put together a look I don’t think anyone else is doing. Being ordinary is well just plain. By using team colors you basically have the freedom to create the perfect look from scratch giving a dressy approach! You’ll be sure to stand out!

If it’s mid November i’ll add a cute little cardigan and some leggings. Warmth is important!!!!

I also love a good dress for a game! At Sewanee it’s a tradition to dress your best for every game! It’s the most fun on Homecoming to see what everyone is wearing. Every year as it approaches I anticipate what I’ll pick to wear and how I can incoperate Sewanee colors. The difference between Sewanee and most schools is that hardly anyone wears a tshirt and almost everyone wears whatever color they want! We just dress up! So this is always a challenge to imcooperate both!

My final tip and best tip is go out with confidence because whatever you wear you’re gonna rock it! BECAUSE YOU ARE YOU & THAT IS JUST HOW YOU ROLL!

Here’s what I wore to Saturday’s Game Day! Details linked below!

 Perfect Gingham Dress: Target *ON SALE $11 | Olisa Ankle Strap Sandal: Sam Edelman 




P.S. thanks boo for taking my photos!

 

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

@1998miss

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10 things you NEED for your college dorm!! | 1998miss.com UPDATE

August 30, 2018

Hey my friends! I’m offically kicking off the Sewanee school year with a back to school post + a schedule!

It’s been a little bit since I last posted but I’m ready to get back into the swing of things! I am planning to post one blog post per week and if things are going great I’ll try to squeeze in a second. I will be doing one Sewanee Featured interview per month and hope to get two “women of faith” articles in each month. In additon to all of this I will be posting one video on my youtube channel once a week!  Subscribe to my channel by clicking here!  

It is my hope to start an additional youtube channel dedicated to something really special soon…so stay tuned on that. I seriously am planning on implementing this in the next week or so. It will be a challenge to get it done but I am so excited!

 

Now that those announcements are out of the way let’s talk 10 things you NEED for your college dorm room!

1. A Dyson Fan & Heater!

| This is my favorite thing in my dorm room. I honestly thought that it was absurd to pay so much money for an item like this until I realized it’s value. It is truly AMAZING. Living in a dorm room without air conditioning poses its challenges but is comperable with this DYSON. While it does cost a pretty penny it does double as an excellent heater. It is tech savy so you can controll it from your phone even out of the room. I highly reccomend purchasing this because DYSON is so durable and you’ll be using it even after you graduate. |

Linked here!

2. A mini refrigerator.

|This one may seem like a no brainer but let me elaborate a little bit. A fridge is where you will store your healthy snacks which will keep you making good decisions + steer you away from the freshman fifteen = an investment. Another reason you wan to have your own mini fridge is so that you can offer your guests/visitors a refreshment when they stop in. This is so that your sure to be a popular host. Yes it’s another investment but when you’re finished with it you can sell it to an underclassmen and get a little money back. I’m linkinb a somewhat mini fridge below because it is beyond CUTE! My mini fridge on the other hand was much less expensive and wasn’t quite so luxury-still an investment and wonderful stainless steel option. |

Linked here! 

3. Bed Risers

| Bottom line is that your room will be tiny and making use of all the space is an optimal goal. If you’re lucky you’ll get one of those snazzy beds which adjust allowing yourself to have a super high bed in additon to bed risers. Do this and you’ll be in buisness! I speak from experience Bed Risers are a necessity. |

Linked here!

4. A mattress topper of some sort!

| Let me just be real for a second…the mattress in your dorm isn’t the one you’re accustomed to from home. Get yourself a matress topper and get quality rest. I promise you’ll need it. |

Linked here!  

5. A full length mirror

| Maybe it’s the fashion blogger in me or maybe it’s just a necessary. Purchase yourself a full length mirror to really be on top of your college style! Plus who else can’t stand to leave without making sure you’re tucked in and sucked in!!! ME!!! I searched for a more luxury leaning mirror but purchasing one from Target will also do!! |

Linked here!

6. A surge protector

| Need I say more?!! Protect yourself from a fire and a fine with this must have item. Inexpensive to ensure your safety + allow you to really plug it all in! |

Linked here!  

7. A good faux flower arrangement.

| I would reccomend this to any gal out there because it does so much for the eye! Literally seeing flowers brightens both my room and my day! Home Goods has the best!

Linked here!

8. A big lamp

| This isn’t a suggestion-woah just kidding. But seriously dorms are notorious for having less than lighting not giving you enough ambiance or an optimal study space. Take my reccomendation and check out Home Goods for a quality lamp to style all four years of college! |

Linked here! 

9. Curtains

| If you’re gonna have windows you’re gonna need curtains. Get yourself a pair of neutral curtains and style them again in the future! It’s comfort and privacy with curtains. I also want to suggest checking out my favorite decorating store Home Goods-again. |

Linked here! 

10. Dorm Slippers

| I’m telling ya as soon as you get back to your room you’re gonna wanna switch into something comfy and relax + who wants to relax with their shoes on? Get yourself a pair of stylish or just utilitarian slippers for the dorm. I wear a pair of rubbber CUTE sandals around the dorm and in the shower. They are perfect for running quick arrons outside too! I reccomend checking out UGGS! |

Linked here! 

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All my love,

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

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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”. 🇨🇳