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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

@1998miss on instagram

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

@1998miss

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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.
@1998miss
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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MY BBG EXPERIENCE (WEEK ONE)

March 4, 2018

BBG

Bikini Body Guide 

WEEK ONE

 

Why I started the program: I honestly can’t give you one solid reason as to why I chose to start this fitness program because there are just so many. I’m a blogger, an insta fanatic and I have seen this program EVERYWHERE. I literally have seen all my favorite gals joining and LOVING IT. I was skeptical because it is another monthly cost, an additional time commitment and I wondered would it actually work? I went back and fourth with myself for weeks and I finally decided to go for it. I have been eating healthy for two months, consistently drinking half my body weight in OZ of water and I have lost a total of ten lbs. I set a birthday goal and decided I needed to pick up exercising to really get things moving! Previously I did an intensive lifestyle change losing fifty pounds by cutting carbs, drinking water and exercising! The results I saw were insane-so I figured exercise is what was missing this time around. In 2018 I set a goal to live my best life and getting healthy/fit was a major part of reaching that goal. So here I am one week into BBG and already loving it. The community is amazing, the workouts are intensive and I feel empowered. I FEEL A DIFFERENCE!

 

Is it hard? I mean I hate working out and I’m like a baby when it comes to knowing stuff! Can I still do it?: YES, it is physically hard but the HOW to do it isn’t. Kayla breaks the workouts down to the basics and I feel confident in saying anyone can do it/figure out the app. I worked out a lot in high school so I have a lot of background knowledge about many of the exercises but the app has very simple directions if you are not familiar with exercise what so ever.

 

BBG What does that mean? Bikini Body Guide by Kayla Itsines

 

Wait what even is this?  This is a weekly consecutive work out program teaching gals all over how to live healthy, eat healthily and exercise!

 

How was week one?  Week 1 was so empowering but also Y’all it was also challenging. I really had to push myself to get through those basic beginner workouts!!! I remember day three it got a little easier because I finally had the mentality that if I wanted this and I mean really wanted this I was going to have to WORK for it. So I made it through workout after workout going to bed sore, waking up sore and absolutely loving it. I also loved tracking my progress in the app with how much water I was drinking, checking off my goals and basically ruling the world! They don’t call us Kayla’s Army for nothing! It was so much fun and I feel 100% excited to start week two tomorrow!

 

Do I see/feel results yet? YES, I DO! I know that it seems crazy and I didn’t until the very end of this week! I felt the soreness every day but I didn’t really see results until I went to put on my dress this morning for church-I noticed how much better it fit! My stomach wasn’t taking over the world and I didn’t feel uncomfortable! I felt results after just one week of BBG!!!!

 

So how do I get this/what are the things you post on your insta stories?  I downloaded the SWEAT app on the app store and signed up for the exercise program/eating plan! After that, I paid, created a profile and literally got started! (I explored it a little before I kicked off the first resistance training) It was so cool and I was a little overwhelmed! I talked with my mom who actually started the program a little before me and she told me I had to do the reading provided because it was so informative! I’m loving that we are doing it together and that there is a community of strong women empowering each other! The stories I post are my trophies for completing the weekly/daily goals and I LOVE THEM! Being the social media guru I am…I love sharing these! It encourages me to keep at it even when I don’t see the results immediately.

 

Should I get it? Will it also work on me? Honestly, this is a question I can’t give a definite answer on….everyone has a different body and a different story. I believe everyone will feel a difference but not everyone will see results at the same pace. I think it that this aspect varies person to person but I do believe that you will feel better as soon as you start. If you get it we can work out together by joining the BBG gals all over! You can challenge your friends and have that accountability partner really helps!

 

I’ve linked here how to start & the IG account of Kayla Itsines here!

 

Sorry, it took me a while to get this post up…I’m in midterm season and I just haven’t had the time! I have really enjoyed all of the encouraging messages, questions and comments on social media about starting BBG-I hope this post helped answer some of those questions! Please continue to reach out if you still have more thoughts or questions! I love this program already and would love to see y’all join too!

I will be doing a separate post about modest workout attire very soon as it has been very requested!! I can’t wait to share how I bring my daily commitment to dressing modestly into the gym! You will recognize you don’t have to compromise to be comfy, cute and active! I love being the gal in the skirt in the gym as it makes me feel feminine and covered!!! Look for that soon!

I’ll be posting my progress pictures on next week’s BBG post as Y’all have requested I do weekly updates!!!!

All my love,

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

Be blessed and bless others!

@1998miss

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My 5 Favorite Beauty Products Right Now.

February 20, 2018

Y’all it has been a hot minute since I have been on the blog!! Sorryyyy!

Last week I actually had 4 exams and that alone made it a crazy busy week. Being busy is a great reminder of how blessed I am to have the opportunity to study at Sewanee.

I did a poll on Instagram a few days back asking what kind of posts y’all would like to see more of! It was beauty and college-surprisingly it was really close and I even got a few messages suggesting I do some of both! (if you don’t follow me it’s @1998miss)

So basically I’m gonna be kicking that off! I have done some critical work on the college part and that is coming soon. Literally, I CAN NOT WAIT TO SHARE but today I am going to be doing a post about beauty!!!

This is an area I am very interested in and so I look forward to talking more about it.

I thought I would start with a pretty basic post sharing my five favorite beauty things right now! This was actually an idea I came up with for my youtube channel but decided I would make it a blog post instead!

Essentially I will create a page on 1998miss.com dedicated to beauty and here is the mini launch!

MY FIVE FAVORITE BEAUTY PRODUCTS RIGHT NOW.

My #1 A1 DAY 1 BEAUTY PRODUCT: Chanel Le Tient Ultra Tenue Flawless Foundation 

I love this product because it provides a natural look with great coverage. Literally, this + a little rose vaseline for your lips and you’re golden! It is absolutely an investment foundation and I can attest to its high quality. It’s important to buy good foundation if you wear it because it is for the health of your skin! I have used BB creme, Clinique, Laura Mercier, Dior, and Chanel is currently my favorite (although the others are great options too)!

Get it here!

#2: Living Proof Hair Products

Okay, Y’all this is something I can not live without! I highly recommend purchasing Living Proof hair care as it is a staple in my everyday life. There isn’t a product that they sell that I don’t like. I have tried almost everything they have available and it is literally LIVING PROOF IT WORKS. I shared a post this summer talking about my journey with hair growth and living proof was apart of the story. You can read that post here!! I used to use very inexpensive shampoo and conditioner not knowing how it was damaging my hair. Y’all know how important my hair is to me so this was a big revelation! My mom introduced (surprise-she always knows the good stuff) Living Proof Fizz products into my life my freshman year of college and I had immediate hair growth results. Among hair growth, I had healthy hair again and was able to style it without heat! Literally, I’d air dry after washing and it was golden for a FEW days! Living proof is available at Target, on Amazon, and on the Living Proof website. 100% you need this in your life.

Get it here!!

#3: DOVE dry shampoo!

Self-explanatory because I am the queen of dry shampoo. I love this dry shampoo just a little more than I should-being in college it’s a lifesaver. Literally, I wear it on the daily because honestly, I like the smell and the volume boost! Ask my gal pals and they will say it’s a necessity in my life. The great thing about this product is that it is long lasting, has different options and is only $4! I’m not joking it is the most affordable hair care product ever + it’s available literally everywhere. I have used all the different options and my favorite is the volume boost! My hair is naturally a little flat and a little spray of this and it always does the trick! If your spending more than you should on Dry Shampoo and are looking for a switch this one get’s my gold star. (I have done the leg work-trust me on this one) It’s just as good as a 38$ bottle of Fredrick Fekkai dry shampoo but better!

Get it absolutely anywhere like here!

#4: Neutrogena Wipes

If you are a gal out there you need these. I promise they will rock your world and you will be wishing you had them a long time ago! I am a HUGE advocate of getting the Neutrogena brand as I have tested others and they don’t provide the same satisfactory results/quality. I know the other brands might offer a $2 less price but you won’t love them as much! These are handy dandy, quick and easy wipes you’ll love. They provide refreshing wash to your skin and are SO SPEEDY when you are tired-I know Y’all know what I am talking about. Those nights that you just don’t wanna wash your face and you just barely got into your PJ’s before crashing. This is the trick to keeping beautiful skin while getting to bed early after a late night. Also, I love using them to help get off a messy facemask without getting the mask in my hairline! (that’s a pro tip) The greatest thing is these little wipes are also available everywhere, are so transportable, never messy and NEVER SPILL! They are under $8 and will make you happy! So go for it and invest in your skin, sleep and happiness with Neutrogena. I promise you won’t regret it and if you do you’re just crazy! LOL.

Get them absolutely anywhere like here!

#5: Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Treatment Cream 

For the gals who get a little acne here or there and just can’t deal. Almost once every two weeks I get a little something unfriendly on my face and this cream does the trick. It’s rapid action and I see results overnight! I know I can put a dab on my area of concern and it will be considerably better before I know it. I always have it on hand so I am worry free! I want to let y’all in on a little secret even without this product on how to reduce acne considerably! It’s really simple and Y’all have heard it time and again. DRINK YO WATER FAM! It’s so good and it’s so good for you! I know as I used to be an avid Coke Zero addict what that sounds like but I promise it is! I stopped drinking Coke Zero and started drinking half of my body weight in oz of water…I have seen considerable results. I didn’t ever have a severe acne issue but I would still get a little acne here or there and it would drive me nuts! Switching from soda to water has increased my energy, given me, overall healthy skin, made me feel better, decreased my appetite and kick started my diet with losing 5lbs immediately. So get this cream but for pro, results drink some water too! I promise it starts out hard but after two months I can’t live without my 1.5-liter water bottle! I have had this particular bottle of Clearasil since my freshman year and I am going to be finished with my sophomore year in two months. IT IS LONG LASTING! I promise Y’all will love this medicated cream and it’s under $10!

Get it here!

Alrighty y’all those are my top 5 go to things right now! It was so hard to narrow it down to just 5 so be ready for more of these posts! Hope you liked my first real beauty post!

I’ll be posting more soon! Hope that you have a great week and a happy Tuesday!

 Bless others and be blessed!

XOXO,

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

@1998miss

P.S. I have a really exciting feature coming soon to 1998miss.com so stay tuned!!!!

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Coffee Date February

February 5, 2018

Coffee Date #1

Hey, friends hope everyone has had a delightful Monday and a great start to the week!

Today I am going to be doing a little coffee date with Y’all! This is something that a few of my favorite bloggers do on their blogs and youtube channels! I think the idea is cute, fun and something I want to introduce on 1998miss.com!

Basically, I’ll just give you a little life update, some of my favorite things in my wardrobe, purse or routine, my favorite bible verse of the week, song, movie, book, drink…..you get the picture. I also might be sharing a high and a low of the week! It is something I am still considering. So without further ado let’s get this thing going.

TBH if we were actually getting coffee I would be most likely be drinking a skinny vanilla latte or a large ice water! I also really enjoy Chi Tea but cut it out my life because of the high sugar content!

So this weekend what did I do?

The first weekend of February was a fun one because I did a photoshoot I have been wanting to do for a while now! It’s in a little blue high low ballgown from Dillard’s! I originally ordered it for an event where I was a guardian angel for Toni-Leslie James (PAUSE FOR SUPER DRAMATIC REACTION) but ended up wearing an Adriana Papell sparkle floor length gown instead. I have to tell you that this might be one of my favorite experiences at Sewanee thus far! Mrs. James is an award-winning costume designer and I was given the privilege of showing her around Sewanee! I also got to attend a black tie honorary degree dinner to honor Sewanee’s special guests! HOW FUN! So anyways the blue dress was beautiful but just ended up being the wrong gown for that particular event! I still put it to good use shooting a photoshoot in our beautiful DuPont library in Sewanee! I was able to get many fabulous shots with a cascading blue ball gown between bookshelves! I work in DuPont and it was such a delight to finally do some photos there! Shoutout for my roommate for taking them….Miranda you rock! There will be a full blog post coming soon all about this beautiful BLUE DRESS!

I also have to mention my favorite song/album of the week….All Creation (LIVE) by Indiana Bible College. My best friend Hannah Katt is the one who pointed out this album to me and I love it! Y’all have to listen if you like praise music or just good music! It’s available on itunes just click here!

My favorite wardrobe/clothing item of the week is my ugg boots from the New Year’s Day sale at Dillard’s. I opened them in an unboxing video on my youtube channel. You can watch that here! They are just a delight to wear because they are SOOOO warm! They are also pretty trendy with the slight heal and fur on the outside! 12/10 recommend. LOVE!

My favorite food this week is the same as always…a specially made salad from McClurg my dining hall. It has all sorts of greens with blue cheese, tomatoes, crunchies, cranberries and a dash of balsamic vinaigrette! SO TASTY! I love to find little ways to spice up the dining hall and keep it healthy!

My favorite routine item of the week is something my friend Hannah also introduced me to and I have been doing it since she told me back in January! It’s podcasts by Elevation Church!! They are so uplifting and I really enjoy listening to them while I get ready for class and during my shifts at the library! Keeps me feeling positive! Thanks, Hannah!!!

HIGH OF THE WEEK!!!! My travel bff, another prayer sister, and just great gal Regan Hampton got engaged!! PAUSE FOR SCREAM! I am so so so happy she is going to marry her prince charming and I get to share in their big day! I will be a bridesmaid for my beautiful friend who I traveled to TN, Africa, NYC and more with! Such a God-ordained friendship and I am so blessed it has lasted! We have shared so many special memories together and she never ceases to amaze me! She’s a spiritual encouragement and true friend! Love you, Regan Elizabeth Hampton! Thank you for including me!

I will actually be a bridesmaid in three weddings in 2018! Crazy right??!!! 3 of my very good friends are all engaged to be married! My childhood best friends Abbie Oglesby and Mariah Bridgewater! I am so delighted to be sharing in these huge moments! I am so blessed I have always had really good friends and I am so thankful for that. I also can’t believe my friends are getting married! It feels so crazy! I am about to turn 20 years old and am finally seeing my little girl dreams coming true. I can remember countless sleepovers talking about our dream weddings and future lives! SO FUN TO SEE IT HAPPENING NOW!

LOW OF THE WEEK!!! I have a molecular biology 233 exams this week and I feel incredibly stressed about it! So keep me in your prayers this week and if you know any super great study tips for cell bio send them my way!

My favorite bible verse of the week was one I actually shared in my IT HAD TO HAPPEN post linked here!! It’s Psalms 27:14  Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! Sometimes in life, we just have to wait and trust the Lord because his timing is always perfect! It’s been a great word of encouragement for me these past few weeks!

The book I am currently reading is actually a gift from my aunt Stacy. It’s one of her favorite books and she sent it to me. I have really enjoyed it as it offers many different perspectives and beautiful stories of helping the less fortunate. While it doesn’t entirely embody my ideals and values it is still a great read with many valuable lessons. We should always take time to educate ourselves about different ideals, beliefs, and values than our own. If we do this we can better understand the people around us while still respecting their values even if they differ from our own. Being a student at Sewanee has really shown me this! While we must give respect to others we must also have the expectation to be respected. Your values are not wrong just because they are not the popular opinion. I am thankful for a diverse experience at Sewanee as it has made me a better person and has shown me a thing or two about character. The book is called The Blue Sweater by Jacqueline Novogratz. You can get it here!!

Thank you for thinking of me aunt Stacy.

Well, friends, I believe that’s all we have time for this week! I really enjoyed this and would love to do it again! Please take the time to let me know what you are up to this week as reading your comments is one of my greatest delights. XOXO!

Bless others and be blessed!
XOXO,

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley 

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IT HAD TO HAPPEN.

February 2, 2018

IT HAD TO HAPPEN. 

Hey friends! I am already off schedule on blog posts this week but still plan on getting out three. This one took a bit because it is truly from the heart.

Sometimes life happens and we just don’t understand. We wonder why things in our life aren’t going as planned, we question ourselves way past what’s allowed, we blame others and sometimes we even turn from God.  These are the moments, the moments that shake us to our very core, the ones that leave us broken, lonesome and even morose.  These are the moments which define who we are as people and who we are in Christ.

Then comes the why???????

The why me?

The why is this happening?

and even the unfortunate why God?

We question our creator. We question the beginning and the end. We question the lion and the lamb. We question the alpha and the omega. We question the one who died on the cross for us knowing we might not love him back. We question Jesus. 

Why? 

 Why do we do this? Why do we get angry at God when something doesn’t go our way? Why do we pray for God’s perfect will for our lives but then turn away from God when it isn’t all rainbows and butterflies.

We do this because we are human. We do this because life throws some pretty hard stuff at us- we just have to get back up and throw it right back…..just kidding. We should NOT throw back because there is so much value that comes from our trials.

We MUST learn to trust God. We must walk with him far more than ever before because these moments we are being prepared for something greater. God wants to bless you, help you and give you the very desires of your heart. But sometimes we miss this  because we don’t get to see the full picture we just get a little glimpse of the now BUT we know the artist.

Think of it this way…when you were a child you may have really wanted something and I mean really wanted it. You might have wanted it so badly that you would have done absolutely anything to get it. You may have wanted to hang out with someone your parents thought were a bad influence. You may have even just not wanted to do the dishes, go to school or eat your dinner. These are perfect examples to look on and think about. Your parents or authority didn’t want you to miss out but they did want to help you. They might have wanted to protect you, teach you a lesson or train you.

When something doesn’t go our way it isn’t because God doesn’t want us to be happy. It isn’t because he wants us to suffer or be sad. It is simply because he might be doing the same….protecting us, teaching us, or training us. It is during these times that we must pay close attention to our creator. WE MUST SAY LORD I TRUST YOU. WE MUST SAY THANK YOU JESUS FOR KEEPING ME FROM SOMETHING I THOUGHT WAS GOOD FOR ME OR I THOUGHT I WANTED. LORD YOUR PLAN IS GREATER FOR MY LIFE THAN ANYTHING I COULD IMAGINE FOR MYSELF.

As a nineteen year old young lady I have learned something. I have learned that there is nothing better in this life than what God has for me. I have also found that there is beauty in trusting him just as there is freedom in trusting him. If my life went according to my plans and desires I wouldn’t be in Sewanee studying Pre-Med, blogging modest fashion, studying Chinese or going to China this summer.

Literally as soon as I completely gave my life to Jesus and surrendered everything to him I saw great big changes. I was given opporunities, blessings, miracles and direction for my life. I was amazed and completely astounded by his love.

The same thinking goes with a relationship and how we should pursue dating as young people in Christ. It’s so hard when you finally find someone you “like” to pray the prayer of literally SHUT THIS DOWN GOD IF IT IS NOT YOUR WILL. Lol and this is actually the words I say….if we don’t pray about relationships how can we continue to walk in Christ.

Dating shouldn’t be casual but should be intentional.

God has the perfect someone out there for you and if you don’t trust the Lord you could limit your future. HEAR ME WHEN I SAY I KNOW THIS IS NOT EASY BUT GOD HAS THE RIGHT PERSON, RIGHT TIMING AND PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE.

If you have prayed for your future husband you might know the agony of loosing someone you thought could be that person. By loosing I mean breaking up or even just when you stop “talking”. You may feel a number of ways but if you pray God will carry you through. I always pray when I meet someone and just on the daily “let my desires align with your will for my life Jesus, let your will be done in my life and God protect my heart”. I pray for God to literally end a relationship that isn’t his will for my life becuase it has to happen if we wish to live for Jesus with all of our being.

It had to happen so you could learn to trust God, learn something new, experience a season, wait for his timing and realize God knows the desires of your heart.

Sometimes the timing of life is a little off, sometimes life happens and sometimes people, things, situations change but OUR GOD IS CONSTANT.

So while life is hard we can just know……

IT HAD TO HAPPEN. IT HAS TO HAPPEN. IT WILL HAPPEN IF YOU ARE TRUSTING IN KING JESUS.

All that I am and all that I will ever be I OWE to KING JESUS.

Psalms 37:4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Psalms 27:14  Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!

I hope you enjoyed this post- it’s been on my heart for a little while now.

Bless others and be blessed!

All my love sweet friends!

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My Easter Semester 2018 – Sewanee

January 19, 2018

EEEK! WELCOME BACK TO CAMPUS FRIENDS!

Also a big hello to all my pals who are not Sewanee readers! I hope everyone had a terrific break filled with unlimited coke zero, Netflix binges, mini road trips, family time, pizza, reading time, writing time & many of those special mornings where you can actually sleep past 8 am without feeling guilty! Cheers to those fantastic favs that come with Christmas Break!

Now that we’re back at you should be aware I have been to all of my classes and have already endured all of the anxiety-ridden syllabus talks. Including but not limited to ORGANIC CHEMISTRY AND BIOLOGY 233 (THE CELL). I am basically diving into the real deal PRE-MED classes this semester and there is no turning back. While that does sound scary and believe me it is scary….I am also excited. I am excited because these are the steps which are getting me closer to pursuing my dream and calling of medical missions. These are the days whether they are the hard, the stressful, the exhausting, the unnerving or the just plain horrible days which will take me to my next stop. So while it is scary and even though it is the big elephant in my dorm room I am ready to tackle this semester.

Why am I so hopeful and optimistic?

It’s simple I have Jesus the ultimate tool on the survival guide of life to make it through!

Here’s how I know:

Jerimiah 29:11

1 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

God has a plan for me and while it’s a long journey filled with many uphill battles (long restless nights, failed assignments, studying and still getting it wrong, or taking ten hours to do one assignment, the MCAT, Medical School admission, GPA, my self-worth, emotional struggles and just impending doom) I know God is with me. His plan is not to harm me but to help me and to give me a great future.

So while I didn’t choose the PRE-MED track (initially it picked me) I still believe it is possible. I simply want to follow God’s plan for my life and he has blessed me abundantly- I trust him. My testimony is enough to remind me when I feel like I am alone or it’s not possible that I CAN DO ANYTHING WITH GOD.

So while this semester I have to make some changes in an effort to get my grades where they need to be I will still be blogging and sharing with you. I can’t take this outlet out of my daily routine because it has become such a big part of who I am. I love sharing modest fashion, life tips and Jesus with you. With all that being said I will be setting a blog/vlog schedule which might be subject to a little change until I get into the swing of things this semester.

Here’s the deal:

VLOGGING

So while this is a new thing for me I hope to continue doing it in an effort to see new growth just as 1998miss.com has! I plan to share at least one video every week. This is looking like Thursday will be my vlog day. This might end up changing to Saturday but for now Thursday it is. This could be a simple weekly recap, how are you, what’s in my purse, I’m stressed, or just a plain vlog. This is in an effort to be consistent with my content and to set reminders for myself!

BLOGGING

While I want to schedule this it might not be as straightforward because I really like just writing from the heart. It is my plan to get at least three new blog posts up a week! I hope to introduce something Sewanee specific to 1998miss.com this year that will be annual. I also hope to start a new faith series maybe with a few guest bloggers!!! So big things happening on 1998miss.com! I would love to include a PRE-MED weekly post because it is such a big part of my life…so you could also be seeing that. Just stay tuned! Overall it is my hope to get something consistent going for maybe Monday, Thursday and Saturday of my week!

INSTAGRAM/SOCIAL MEDIA

So while this is one of my all-time favorite outlets I am cutting down on social media usage because I simply use it too much. I need to take more time to focus on my studies. This doesn’t mean I will stop sharing on Instagram but it does mean I won’t be surfing my news feed for hours on the daily. I intend to continue sharing a daily post but I won’t always be doing that. It might be every day one week or just 3 days a week if I have enough pre-loaded content. The main thing is I don’t want to spend my day scrolling through social media mindlessly.

While these may seem kind of vague it is my rough draft of 1998miss.com in Easter semester 0f 2018!

Oh and these are the classes I am taking this semester!!!

❤️Adult Development and Aging (Psychology Major)❤️

❤️Intermediate Chinese (Language + I seriously just love learning Chinese)❤️

Organic Chemistry (PRE-MED & Jesus PLEASE take the wheel) P.S. I get to be cool and say ORGO now!!! 🙂

Molecular Biology 233 (PRE-MED & Jesus take the wheel)

So I’ll be needing your prayer this semester because I have a big load of intense classes! While it may seem overwhelming I know I can do it because JESUS is with me!

I heard someone say if” it’s his will it’s his bill”!! I believe this 100% and I know God will provide. He is my strength and he will help me get the bill of good grades this semester! Even just doing better is a step in the right direction.

I am so blessed and so thankful to have an opportunity like this at Sewanee.

I hope y’all enjoy this post and are excited about the new schedule for 1998miss.com! If you have anything specific you’d like to see please let me know soon!

XOXO,

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

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January 16, 2018

Hey friends.

I hope everyone is having a blessed new year filled with many marvelous wonderfuls (what I call something good).

I am currently sitting in my dorm room reading my bible and have kind of decided I want to start something new. I don’t know what exactly it is but I do know God is laying something big on my heart. I am going to be diving into Easter semester here at Sewanee and I want to do something big for the Lord. I want to step out in faith for a great semester with great grades but more importantly impactful actions.

How many times do we need something plain and simple in this life? How many times do need the Lord to just take over and refresh our hearts? I know I need good grades this semester, I know I have weight loss goals this semester and so often I look to Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, friends, the internet for motivation, tips, and just direction. I think to myself without even thinking that it’s all up to me to make these things happen. It’s 100% riding on my choices and decisions….it’s all you Alexa-but wait… what if we didn’t do that. What if just as we pray for strength, or peace, or healing we also take God that little day to day thing. He loves us so much that he aches when we don’t talk to him. He aches when we carry even little things, God desires for us to lean on him, to pray BIG prayers but also to pray small prayers.

So I’m stepping out in faith, saying God these are not just the big things I need but here are ALL the things I need. Here are my greatest dreams, fears, desires, plans, hopes and even secret fears (the ones you don’t even admit to your closest friends). Y’all know the secret fears I am talking about…the ones you keep hidden at the back of your mind. Let’s get rid of those by giving them to God and saying to him simply “God, here I am 101% yours fully captivated by your love”.

A love that is unlike any other… a love that is never tired, uncertain, weary, manipulative, but a love that is so wonderful, so big, and so REAL.

Lord you gave your life on the cross because you LOVE me so very much-even knowing I might not love you back. That’s true love. That’s the love that we should be working at and that is where we should be investing our time.

Simply taking the time to say, I love you, Jesus.

That is just a little something on my heart tonight. I know it’s totally not my usual style but I felt the Lord pressing into my heart tonight. I love all of you and I am so blessed to have an outlet like this.

Also if any of you are struggling this week here’s a verse I love to lift you up:

Deuteronomy 7:9  Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.

Also here is a worship song that literally makes my heart sing… Ocean’s Deep

Finally, I am so thankful for my best friend Hannah Katt  because God has given me a good, holy, beautiful, honest, accountable, and praying friend. It’s crazy when you have a friendship that starts out simple but grows into a friendship you couldn’t live without. Sometimes when we get older our friendship change around and people you thought of as your number one go to gal or just pal are no longer. Sometimes you decide you want to surround yourself with spiritual friends and sometimes you just grow up. Pals change, gals change, friends come and go but sisters are forever. So Hannah if you’re reading this…I love you and I am so very thankful you are in my life. Best friend but more so Prayer Sister.

Love y’all.

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

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Blessed & highly favored.