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The biggest news ever…

June 16, 2022
Yes! My love and forever best friend.

I‘m getting M A R R I E D ! ! ! !

Literally from a fairy tale movie.
My sweet darling planned the most romantic proposal of my dreams.

While this news is no longer fresh off the press I still wanted to share it on as I am over the moon! To all of my Instagram family you’ve known for a while but for my faithful readers of where it all began, I’m here to give you the inside scoop of 4.3.22 “the day all my prayers came true”. But before I do just that I do want to promise I’m going to give you the low down on me because it’s been like a zillion years since I’ve written. I’ll be linking that post here when it’s ready.

So where do I begin? The day we met or the moment I knew he was my future husband…

On August 3rd, 2019 on the last night of North American Youth Congress following the service I was waltzing across the crosswalk to go to dinner in my custom red cape dress that I wore to the first show of Dubai Modest Fashion Week (I should probably also mention I was with another fella) when we had our moment. My Matt was wearing a custom chalk stripe suit he designed—well just Matt at the time was also crossing the street and I caught him stealing glances at me from up ahead. It was noticeable enough because he nearly did it 10 times, I thought to myself “surely he’s not looking at me”, “he can not be looking at me” “is he looking at me” and finally “who is he”?! We all managed to make it to the parking garage where my ride went up to retrieve the car leaving me waiting with my party by the bottom. That’s when he spoke to me—right beside the elevator he looks at me with a sly and the most handsome smile saying “the elevator is taking too long so we uh we’re going to take the stairs” and… THAT WAS IT. He came down in the car with his friends, rolled the window down, and gave me a wave with a wink. I did indeed feel electricity responding all coy with a smile. I couldn’t get him out of my head all evening… who was he?! I was devastated that it would probably be just a one-time thing but the next day at around 2 pm he sent me a DM on Instagram! I squealed as soon as saw it realizing it was the GUY FROM THE NIGHT BEFORE!!!! I was actually squealing in the shoe section of Neimans. I held my fire and waited a whole five seconds before responding. That was the beginning of one month of Instagram messages and just when I was ready to “put all my eggs in one basket” so to speak, he asked me for my number to call me! I was elated because the night before I prayed for him to make the next move if it was the one God had for me… I gave him my number saying “you can call me absolutely ANY TIME” well I didn’t realize he would do it immediately. I gathered myself enough to answer to hear a British accent on the other side of the line—it was all I could do to keep Boo from laughing. After a thirty-minute call where he eventually dropped the accent, he asked to call me again tomorrow. I of course said yes and the next night we spent nearly 3 hours on the phone ending the call in prayer. That was the beginning of our prayer life together and I wasn’t even his girlfriend. After a bit of time, he asked if I would be coming to San Diego to attend Val’s (My MOH’s) Vacanne fashion show and I was delighted to answer YES. He requested that I let him take me out on a date while I was there. I was absolutely elated and when the show was postponed I was so sad—cut to him flying me out for my fall break where he took me on the dreamest first date and asked me to be his “girl”. Later that night when he took me home to Val’s we prayed and he told me one day he was going to marry me… I thought to myself “this is finally what it feels like…love” and I knew one day he really would marry me.

On our first date in San Diego, he picked me up from the airport with this stunning bouquet of Roses.
What I wore on our first date…
Our first “official” post on the gram. “Boyfriend” is what I shared.

Cut to April 3rd, 2022 on our 900th day together and the biggest surprise of my life. My boss had requested that I meet a missionary flying into Tulsa on that same day and take them out to dinner + do a solar kit drop. I was happy to do it because I love my boss and he’s always doing me solids. I had an exam on Monday in biology but still agreed because I figured I could study after dinner. The couple “John & June” is a real couple and my boss managed to pull off the biggest secret with Matt’s help. I mean this when I say I didn’t suspect a thing. He sent me in the company car, and with the company card, and even told me to dress “sharp” which saved me because I almost wore a comfy ensemble. I tried to recruit my mom to come because John and June wanted to stop at a museum before dinner and my mom had always wanted to go to that museum. That museum is “The Philbrook” and I had no idea what I was getting myself into—after church due to Tom’s text to dress smart I wore what I had put on for church that morning. A navy dress with a sweet collar and my hair down and curly because I had tried out my new curling iron the night before. Upon arriving at the museum they were running late so I sat in my car studying and ended up driving to the back entrance to meet them per their request. That’s when I began to think these people are some fancy people because this museum is super nice. I got out of the car to find my mom and dad at the gate which lead to the gardens and that’s when I knew. A look washed over my mom’s face and I felt a rush of emotions. I walked into the garden and saw my brother and walked up the steps to see my darling Matthew Viloria at the top of the garden in a seersucker suit with a little black box in his hand while the violin serenaded us.

Literally straight out of a movie. My fairytale.

He walked down to meet me and I was in tears meeting his embrace with a big hug—it had been four months since I’d seen him and I was overwhelmed. He took my hand and led me to the center where he looked me in the eyes while holding my hands to make his vow to love and take care of me forever. I was a sobbing mess by the time he finally got the words out “will you marry me?”!!! I, of course, said “yes” to which she replied jumping “she said yes” and it was all captured on video by my sweet friend Courtney from Soul Collective Photography and her husband G at Roa Creative.

Really and truly I was not expecting it…
My love!

Following the engagement and photos, my dad took us out to a private dinner at the Cheesecake factory where we took it all in! It was so special to have all of my loved ones there including my baby brother who drove up and back from St. Louis twice in one day so he didn’t miss it. His tears were the sweetest moment and I was so glad Matt had all of my family there. He is the most romantic fella renting out the entire Philbrook gardens for the proposal like WHAT A MAN. It’s been a little over two months of that and we are getting super close to the wedding in about three months. We quickly set our date because I have school in the fall and we have been dating for almost three years. We will Vow Viloria on August 22nd at 8:22 pm in Tulsa, Oklahoma with our closest family in friends. It will be an intimate event celebrating our multicultural love and the promise of God. There will be no shortage of fabulous with my momma as the event designer and my passion for fashion. I am elated— you can follow more of our wedding by visiting

Photos of 4.3.22

Stay tuned and for more frequent updates follow me on Instagram at @1998miss here!

For our full proposal video:

Lots of love,

Alexa soon to be Viloria.

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The after graduation update.

October 12, 2020

Hey everyone! I am so happy you’re here, it’s been a bit since I last checked in. (It seems that’s my new blogging routine––will I ever return to regular programming? Most Likely not.) But when I did, I mentioned that I had been applying for jobs and that there was one, in particular, that had my heart. I’m here to talk about that-because I GOT THE JOB. I GOT THE JOB AMIST CORONA-VIRUS, THE SLIM JOB MARKET, THE COMPETITIVE JOB MARKET, IN A FIELD I DIDN’T GET MY DEGREE IN, and so on. Thank you, Jesus!! ALL GLORY AND HONOR BELONGS TO YOU.

I’m now serving as the CREATIVE CONTENT DESIGNER for GNPI. We are missions non-profit that create media to share Jesus. I get to do what I love, in the field I was called to, all before medical school + in an environment that is all about Jesus! It is a drastic difference from my life in Sewanee––that’s a whole different post for a whole separate day. For now, I am working on social media, marketing, and missions! While I am not actually IN the foreign mission field…I am working in foreign missions! My God is so faithful. Also––In the meantime, I am studying for my MCAT and working hard to get my bills paid off. I moved back home with the goal of getting all my finances squared away as much as I can before medical school. REAL TALK tho…because it’s hard to save and it isn’t the most fun. I know it will all be worth it when that day comes. I anticipated one gap year but it turns out I may be taking two. I will be applying to Medical School when the applications open in 2021 which means I have to wait a whole entire year before I find out if I got in. So roughly if everything goes according to plan I will start classes in the fall of 2022 but I know sometimes my plan isn’t what God has. This is allowing me to just trust his timing more than ever before and work my butt off in the meantime. Furthermore getting this experience is such a blessing. I am learning so many things that are going to help me in my own personal business with 1998miss X Modest Fashion + in ministry. The craziest part is that I never imagined moving back home to MO and working in the creative field––but somehow I find myself here. I am happy and I am always excited for more crazy blessings. I am treasuring these last moments living at home with my family because I know they will be over before I know it.

I get asked this regularly so I will include it here: My bachelor’s degree is a bachelor of science in psychology with a minor in Asian studies on the pre-med track. While my first job after graduation is not in this exact field I do still value college and believe that my education was an essential component in getting this job/being able to do it well!

Are we still working on the reno? Yes, but progress is incredibly slow. My father runs a business full time and the house my parents bought is a massive project. It will be a bit of time before I show more progress on our blessing.

How are things going with my boyfriend Matt Viloria? We have been together over a year this coming Friday, October 16th and I never thought I would be a girl who is saying that. I never had a serious––serious love before him and sometimes I doubted that I would. Our love story is sweet and he makes me so happy. I can’t imagine my life without him––he is my best friend. We plan to eventually get married (no one is surprised) but contrary to most opinions we are waiting a bit longer before we get engaged. We have a lot of big dreams and plans so we are letting that serve as the goal. Marriage is such a big commitment and an incredibly beautiful thing––we want to go into with all the tender loving care that one can have. I am so blessed to have a partner who supports my goals and that with me makes a dynamic team. I love sharing our love story and will be posting an IGTV video + youtube video soon talking about it more per request.

How is boo? She’s doing good. She’s living in Madison with her boyfriend post-grad and is applying for jobs + grad school. I am so proud of her and miss her so much! We hope to see each other very soon. I am thankful for our four years at Sewanee together and I am so thrilled to see how our friendship grows through this new season. But I’ll stop right there because that’s a whole separate blog post for another day. (hopefully a day soon).

Thanks for checking in with me and I hope to see you again soon. For more regular updates (like daily) follow me on Instagram @1998miss. You’ll almost never miss a thing there. P.S. I heard Instagram was making a blog component so maybe will move there soon? I don’t know––I kind of love my own website.


Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

Vowing Viloria

A Gift Guide for Him

December 10, 2019

I hope that this will help steer you in the right direction if you are struggling to find something to give! These are just bases for what you can do and depending on your budget you can go up or down! Basically think of it as cologne, a phone case, photo of y’all, beanie, clothes etc. Of course the best gifts are those that come from the heart and there is nothing like the gift of time spent together. It is always great to scratch the gifts and experience something fun together like a road trip or an adventure where you’ll be focused on the blessing that you are to each other.

  1. Airpods:
  2. Airpods Leather Case:
  3. Leather Phone Case:
  4. Bleu De Chanel:
  5. Tom Ford Men’s Spray:×1051689243&m_sc=sem&m_sb=Google&m_tp=PLA&m_ac=Google_Beauty_PLA&m_ag=TomFord&m_cn=G_PLA_Beauty_-_Tom_Ford&m_pi=go_cmp-740217574_adg-36299605342_ad-173466468374_pla-545524644621_dev-c_ext-_prd-888066030212USA&gclid=CjwKCAiAob3vBRAUEiwAIbs5Th6zWzStMDLQFsTsYeiIGULd6kLwnsrI2lLOGjQ9-gU96h-catAbrxoCqXMQAvD_BwE
  6. Sneakers:
  7. Photo Frame with a picture of both of you (slip a cute love note in the back):
  8. Men’s Cashmere Scarf:
  9. Luxury Beanie:
  10. Tshirt from a brand they love:
  11. Neutral Pull Over:
  12. Men’s Turtle Neck (TRUST ON THIS ONE):
  13. Solid Tee:

All the best to you this holiday season! I am so excited about what is in store for 2020! Look for more content soon and lots of updates! I plan to do a coffee date soon!!! Also follow me on Instagram for daily updates/posts @1998miss.


Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley
Vowing Viloria

Fourth of July Outfit Inspiration

June 24, 2019

Hello, my dears.

I hope this day finds you well and thank you for stopping in to visit! I’m getting back into the swing of regular content sharing and setting new goals for my blog. Things started to slip a while back with the business of school and when I was guest writing for another blog! I’m so happy to say we are on the mend and I have an entire page with blog post topics ready to roll. If you haven’t already be sure to check out my first Uganda update blog post-here-if you didn’t already know I’m working as an intern in Uganda this summer. I am having such a life changing experience and I can not believe it has already been a month! Only one month left and I will be back home in the USA. This prompts me to go ahead and jump right into today’s topic, which, is one of my all time favorites…

The  F o u r t h  of  J U L Y!


A complete guide to celebrating and dressing for America’s favorite holiday. 

If you’re not a reader from the USA here is a basic rundown about America’s Independence Day.

America’s Independence Day is a federal holiday celebrated in the United States of America recognizing and celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration of Independence was a document signed on July 4th, 1776 by all the committee of five. It submitted that the thirteen original colonies were no longer bound to the monarch of Britain, thus they were free and independent states. The Declaration of Independence still stands today as the governing rules of American’s freedoms and laws. On this day every year, Americans gather to eat hot dogs, barbecue, light fireworks and to celebrate with family. This day reflects on the freedoms of America, the recognition of the many who sacrificed their lives for this freedom and the goodness of God. Basically, it serves as a time to really and truly celebrate being the greatest country in the world. (I may be biased but I love my good country.) On this day people will generally wear colors of the American flag, these colors are: red, white and blue. Songs sung in the celebration are the national anthem (the star spangled banner), God bless America, etc. There is honestly no greater day to be an American than on the Fourth of  July as I believe all across the nation we stand in unity to appreciate the sacrifices made for our freedom. 


It’s a tad bit tricky, isn’t it? You want to wear your red, white and blue classily. You don’t want to look like a clown yet you also want to capture the essence of America!  

When dressing for the Fourth of July one should be certain about a few different things. You need to be aware of the formality of the celebration you are going to be attending, which, will get you on the right track to selecting your best festive look. If attending a family function like a BBQ you can almost count on being able to wear a more casual look. If you will be at a dinner party/boat ride you may need to select something a little bit more dressy. But not to worry either way I’ve got you covered!!!


Don’t be caught out on the Fourth of July in a purple dress (well it is a free country so do as you please but really?)! Wear something that signifies you are proud to be an American-red, white or blue! It’s honestly a very simple way to celebrate our great country. You don’t have to be decked out to the nines but even a classic Old Navy Fourth shirt with some denim does the trick!!! Below I will share some of my past looks on the fourth of July (or just looks that are “American themed”!) and I will pull some of my favorites from Pinterest. So you’ll be photo ready for sure!!!!

The Big Lookbook.

The MINI Lookbook.


Here are just a few of my favorite outfit ideas from Pinterest! I love using Pinterest to get inspired for a look! I would encourage you to do your own search too! 








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2. Add a Cardigan.





To conclude here is a little home inspo! My mom always does an exceptional job decorating for the Fourth of July! Here is last year’s arrangement.  

Hope this helps! 



P.S. This year I will be celebrating the Fourth of July in Uganda!!

Vowing Viloria

I’m officially in Uganda.

June 24, 2019
Hello, my friends. 
It's been a bit since we last checked in! I'm offically in UGANDA!!! 

I had a very long post all ready to post but I decided I would save it for another day. I wish to share it separately than my Uganda update because I choose to talk about some of the tough things I have experienced. I wish to address in that post, political profiling, social media, bullying, and negativity. Within that, I must share that this update is for my blog readers only the ones who choose to follow this very personal platform. That means if you do not know who I am as a person, my calling and my style of sharing please do not be negative about this post. I am not welcoming anything other than positivity. Many times in my life my kindness has been mistaken for weakness. I’m not weak.

I ONLY aim to spread love, positivity, and joy. I am not trying to do anything other than celebrate the beautiful things happening around me and the beautiful people I’m meeting here. I love Uganda and I want the many people who do not have the opportunity to travel to be able to live through my experience. Not everyone is called to missions, not everyone desires to travel to Uganda but they may wish to understand what my experience has been here.

Today my effort is to show that as my life is being impacted, while, here. I am learning so so so much and I love the staff and students at FOCAGIFO. They have taught me so many different things!! One of my favorite things to do is to visit with the students in fashion design!! They are so talented. Aside from that I’m learning about the youth in UGANDA in my everyday interactions with them. It’s amazing!!!

  BUT I’m not out here trying to save the world! What I am trying to do is love this experience and share it will my followers. I fully believe that Jesus is the only savior.  I am just his vessel. 

Unfortunately due to a series of events I have to make this clear but most of you who know me already know all of this.

Upon arriving in Uganda I fell in love. I truly fell in love with Hope Institute and it’s students. It is a vocational training school doing amazing things. It focuses on helping students who have in some capacity been affected by HIV/AIDS an opportunity to learn vocational skills. It gives them an opportunity to succeed and escape the negative effects that come with HIV.  The different departments in the school are: catering & hotel management, electrical engineering, mechanics, construction, early childhood education, hair & cosmetology, and fashion & design.  The students are also learning other basic foundations such as business, life skills, community health, computer, leadership, etc. I am assisting in these courses as well as learning so much! I love helping in the leadership class & the health class! It’s where my passions lie!!! The students are 16-25 years old and we are really enjoying each others company! This is a huge blessing to be able to interact with youth my own age!! God is so good. It is also such a blessing that I am able to even be here this summer interning!

Fun stuff: The students have already braided my hair at least 100 times and it’s actual art. I appreciate the hard work that goes into braiding & I think it’s beautiful. The students and I also really enjoy worshiping together. This might be my favorite part because connecting through Christ is beautiful.  I love that all the way in Uganda a love for Jesus remains constant and we are able to come together within our different cultures to just glorify God. As an apostolic Pentecostal my worship is similar to what I have experienced with the students! I have also really enjoyed eating local foods as well as enjoying the students from catering and hotel management cuisine. They are so talented at cooking!!! I have loved sharing starbursts, water packets, beef sticks and caramel candy with the students and staff. It’s fun to see if they enjoy them or not. They also love to share their favorite treats with me.  It’s amazing that we are both learning about each other’s cultures together! One of my duties as an intern is to plan a celebration for the fourth of July and I am so excited. On the first day, we had a meeting where I learned that I would be selecting an American song to teach the students and planning a party. I love that we can celebrate America’s independence all the way in Uganda. It is amazing because Sewanee’s relationship with FOCAGIFO is very special. Every single summer Sewanee selects two interns to send to Uganda!!! It’s also special because it’s giving the students & the interns an opportunity to have a cross-cultural learning experience.

So in addition to having the time of my life making so many friends and learning so much about UGANDA… I am also seeing God do so many things. I feel I have become stronger as a Christian and as a future missionary. I have seen my calling be questioned. I have experienced working in a secular setting and a church environment. I am encouraged because I see without a shadow of a doubt this is my purpose. Regardless of what anyone may suggest about missions I am called. At 13 years old God told me & I ran from it until I was 17. Here I am at 21 not apologizing and not denying that it is where I am supposed to be. Big hearted me ready to GO where God desires. China & Africa he told me. I didn’t believe it but I’m 21 years old and I been both places. God is preparing me in the now. Regardless of the negative comments that comes from those who are against missions I stand firm knowing JESUS is the one who has the final say. He is the one I am going to trust & he is the one who called me. He is the only thing that matters so forgive me if I dismiss your negativity.

Finally, I am so thankful for all the things I take for granted in the United States. It would be beyond ridiculous for me to write this post without being honest about that. We are a blessed nation and I personally take so many things for granted. Living here in Uganda in beautiful Africa I have to recognize in myself that I can do better. I can be better & I can remember to thank Jesus for the little things.

I have seen the true beauty is in the people you call your friends. People are more valuable than materials could ever be. We are so consumed with stuff. The Bible does talk about this and sometimes we forget. No this doesn’t mean we should criticize every single person from the United States but it does mean we should look within ourselves. Remember God is the judge, he is just. 💛


Love others, Love Jesus. It’s the only way to be. Respect others. Not everyone was raised the same as you. Not everyone has the same education as you. Not everyone will agree with you. Get used to it.

PHOTOS FROM    U    G    A    N     D    A 

PLEASE NOTE: All photos are mine and are being shared with special permission. Thank you for your concern!  

For more frequent updates and photos follow me on Instagram @1998miss

Also, weekly posts are here to stay! God has opened the door for me to return to regular programming on the blog!!!

God Bless!!!!


Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

Vowing Viloria

Restoration Hardware in Nashville, TN: Celebrating 21 & TWENTYFUN!

April 18, 2019



Wow, it’s been almost a month since the last blog post on

I would first off like to say SORRY, Y’ALL!!! I have been overwhelmed with school and work. Basically every single day I am WORKING MY booty off to get my school work done, study, be present at all of my extracurriculars and absolutely kill my grades!!! The end of the semester is always the hardest but I talk a little bit more about that here in my skirt society blog post!! It’s about keeping the hustle and that all things are possible with GOD! (Click the link to check it out)

So now that I’m officially back and back for good with blog posts on Thursday’s (I’ve honestly missed it so much and I love the consistent content of scheduled/expected posting) I’d like to start out with my 21st birthday celebration and the amazing experience I had at Restoration Hardware. This isn’t just any Restoration Hardware…the Restoration Hardware cafe, which, was recently opened in Nashville, TN.

On a Saturday afternoon, after arriving back from Dubai Modest Fashion week my best Sewanee gals and I traveled to Nashville for a late lunch at Restoration Hardware. In many previous visits to Green Hills Mall in Nashville, I gleaned in excitement as I watched reno being done to open this cafe. I knew as soon as it finally opened in this year that I had to visit….but, I actually didn’t get the opportunity to go until just a few weeks ago. It was the perfect place to spend a Saturday afternoon with my gals to celebrate turning 21.

If you haven’t been following me for long you might now know I recently attended Dubai Modest Fashion Week as a Speaker and Influencer!!! By far the coolest thing I have ever done and the most amazing opportunity I have been given in my 20 years!!! On the way home from Dubai we had a layover in Rome, Italy where I essentially actually rung in 21 with my momma. We wandered around Italy together eating gelato, laughing and taking photos! Our hotel comped us some special treats and upgraded our room to celebrate the big birthday. It was very sweet and I would highly suggest staying at their establishment if you’re visiting Rome. In my travel guide (COMING SOON) I will link all the details about Italy & Hotel Rex. For dinner, my mom and I ate some AUTHENTIC ITALIAN FOOD!!! PASTA GALORE. TO THIS DAY I’M STILL DREAMING ABOUT THAT PASTA. It was just a restaurant we found as we were wondering around.

Back to RH. So my gals from Sewanee: Yadi, Daisy, Song, Boo & I were the celebratory crew. After a fun trip jamming in the car (Nashville is an hour and a half from Sewanee) we arrived at our destination. Beforehand I made a reservation for our table (YOU NEED TO DO THIS BECAUSE THEY ARE VERY BUSY) and noted that it was a bday celebration. When we arrived they were so friendly and we were actually awestruck by how beautiful it was! I honestly had no idea that it was going to be the level of fabulous that it was (I mean I thought it will be good but not this level….that was my fault for ever doubting Restoration Hardware)! We were put at a table in the back corner where we could overlook the entire venue but we could also be in a more private area. It was perfect! Thank you, RH!!

After a great meal with lot’s of laughter and fun, we took a break for some pictures and they turned out beautiful! The lighting in the restaurant is so nice and if you’re even in the slightest bit interested in aesthetic then this is the place for you. Photos to follow.


For the table: I ordered the most delicious Artisanal Prosciutto Board. It came with seasonal fruit and a warm baguette! YUM!

Entrees: I almost ordered the RH Burger because to be honest I love gourmet burgers but after talking to our hostess I went with the Lobster Roll! It was to die for! I got fries with it because it was my birthday and I was totally using the “I’m treating myself card”. Some of my gals got the side salad and I gave it a taste…it was AMAZING! So either way you’ll def be happy…fries or a salad.

Dessert: RH was the sweetest to send our table a plate of their homemade warm cookies with a candle + I ordered the banana split for the table.

It was truly such a special day and the best place to lunch with my gals.


I wore my new favorite style of dress from Skirt Society: The Milan in Ivory!!! Thank you Michelle for sending it over! I love it!!!! Linked below!

Dress: Skirt Society  | Belt: Gap; similar style available here| Nude Heel: Dillard’s; similar style available here | Bag: Chanel; similar style available here

P.S.: If you’re looking for the Amazon link for the pearl barrettes/clips its here!!! These are what looked to be the best option and I love my mine!!!  

XOXO My loves!!!

See you soon!



Vowing Viloria


March 29, 2019

Hey y’all!!!! WOOOOO HOOO! I’m so excited to officially announce that I will be returning to Africa to live and teach Health/Vocational Skills at Hope Insititute this summer. I will be in Kampala, City, Uganda.


Today I’m sharing the journey to getting this opportunity to go to Uganda, my personal story and some pictures from when I went to Africa in 2016.

Early this semester (spring of my junior year, that sounds crazy to say) in Sewanee I just like the many other juniors pondered my summer plans. Originally I planned to take physics this summer and study for the MCAT…plans always change when you let God be in control. LET ME TELL YA! BECAUSE THAT IS NO LONGER MY SUMMER PLAN.

I started to feel like maybe I should be doing an internship this summer too because all my friends were. I started thinking maybe I should apply for one even though the chances of me getting one is unlikely (Sewanee is SUPER COMPETITIVE JUST SO YA KNOW). I started to say “Hey, Jesus” “what should I do this summer?, which internship should I apply for, should I take physics?” and a series of those kinds of questions. After many moments in prayer I still wasn’t clear on the best thing to do (it’s funny how sometimes we are blind to what God is saying to us). My roommate and friends on campus kept telling me about an internship in Africa that they felt like I should apply for. I love Africa and going to Madagascar in 2016 on Apostolic Youth Core literally changed my life but I kept telling them “yeah that looks cool, but I’m taking physics this summer”. Then I kept seeing posters about it, emails about it and like literally not a day went by that someone didn’t mention it to me.

But, not surprisingly I didn’t plan to apply-still even after all of that. Literally, after God put the answer right in front of my face, I was still walking around oblivious to the fact that God was calling me back to Africa. SIDE NOTE: If you didn’t already know I’m called to missions, I feel a calling to Africa and China specifically. (if you look at my life you’ll see how crazy things happened to make China evident in my everyday life, LITERALLY, IT IS INSANE Y’ALL!) I was called when I was just 13 years old but I didn’t surrender to the call until I was 17 years old. It was my junior/senior year of high school that I really dedicated my life to God and I was reminded of his plans for my life. It was in that time that I started my journey with Modest Fashion,, Sewanee and allowing God’s will to be the ONLY plan for my life.  CUE THE SONG: MY LIFE IS NOT MY OWN…TO YOU I BELONG…

That really is another long story and honestly, the most amazing story of my life.  I have come on an amazing journey, where, I literally have seen God do MIRACLES THAT WOULD BLOW YOUR MIND. It’s my testimony and I’m proud of it.

You see my life isn’t perfect, and it’s not always as Instagram may make it seem. I’m blessed but not because I come from a super wealthy family, have connections, or am super smart. I am blessed because my father is Jesus and he has given me EVERY SINGLE THING I HAVE. He has opened every door in my life, he got me into Sewanee, he got me to Madagascar and China, my car, my blog, being invited to attend Dubai Modest Fashion Week-LITERALLY THAT ISN’T EVEN THE HALF OF IT. I AM NOTHING WITHOUT JESUS.

But we will save that for another time because it’s a very long story and I want to give it the attention it deserves.

So anyways back to Uganda. I wasn’t seeing the signs and then my mom came to campus…during her visit she saw the poster about this internship 3 times and said: “Alexa, I think you should go to this information session about this internship”. I said back “Mom, I’m going to take physics this summer and I would never get that internship it’s competitive”. She again said, “Alexa, you should go”.

I argued with her a little more, it’s funny how we do that… MOM’S ALWAYS KNOW BEST. Eventually, I agreed that I would go to the information session about the internship.

Fast Forward: It was a busy day at school and I had to change my hours at work to go to the information session. I was tired and hungry but off to the information session I went. I was late, I walked in super awkward and found a seat at the door. I was surprised to see SO many kids in the room. I started to feel like…great, look there’s so and so, and wow I didn’t know she was going to apply, and yeah I’m def not going to get this internship.

But the more I listened, the more I felt like I should go to Uganda. So I left the internship session feeling like I knew I was supposed to apply but discouraged because I thought I would never get the opportunity to go. (Again, why wasn’t I trusting God this early in the game).

Fast forward again: I had been praying about Uganda and about, which, one of the Uganda internships I should apply for. It was time to apply and it was a busy Friday night in Sewanee. I said at my desk after an extremely long day and began to look at the application, which, was due at midnight. I decided I would apply to all three and keep my options open but as I worked on my application I realized how much effort it was to apply. I began to understand that I was only going to have time to apply to one of the programs and that I really needed to devote my time to that one. It was the first application I started working on so I put all of my energy in that one…the one at Hope Institute. It wasn’t even the one that was my top choice but I had already started it. Hours passed and I barely made the deadline to turn it in… When I pressed submit I prayed that God would be with my application because I was starting to really feel the call to go back to Africa.

A few days passed and I got an email from Dr. Amy Patterson saying: “We would like to offer you an interview for this position in Uganda this summer, please sign up for a time below”. I was like MIRANDA I GOT AN INTERVIEW!!!! I was so stinking excited but also so nervous now because it was getting real. I pondered over the scheduled times and selected the only time slot that would work with my schedule and I prayed that God would be my help in the process.

Interview day came and even though in the past I have always been strong at interviews I never seemed to get the things I applied for after the interview phase in Sewanee, so I was nervous. (Yep, I have had many failures…especially here) I selected my green skirt society dress and said okay God if this is not your will I DON’T WANT IT! It calmed my nerves and I went to the interview. It was really and truly how I felt because I literally KNOW after 21 years of life that God’s plans are always greater. 

I met Amy Patterson and Asiedu-Acquah for the interview. They asked me a series of questions and I answered with my beaming smile knowing God would work it out if it was his will! (I WAS SUPER NERVOUS ON THE INSIDE) Although, my favorite moment from the interview was when I was asked “Alexa, what do you do when you are feeling down or homesick because you’ll be in Africa for a long time if you get selected for this internship”, I replied honestly and very quickly with “I listen to Gospel music and sing because it always helps me to feel God. It helps me to get positive and know that I’m going to be okay whereever I am, whatever I’m going through”. Then I kind of laughed because I realized how funny that might make me seem but it was the truth!! 

Both of my interviewers smiled back at me saying “they would love you in Kampala and want to bring to church”. My hopes got up and I realized just how badly I wanted to be there, how badly I wanted the internship and how much God had planned for the summer and that I was limiting myself with physics and staying home.

A week or so passed and I got another email from Dr. Patterson, I was about to open it preparing myself that it was a rejection email and that I did my best (plus that it must not be God’s will). I opened it and OH MY LORD, IT WAS THE EXACT OPPOSITE!!! I HAD LANDED THE INTERNSHIP IN KAMPALA CITY, UGANDA!!! JESUS WAS FAITHFUL. HE WAS WITH ME. HE WENT BEFORE ME. IT WAS HIS WILL FOR ME TO GO BACK TO AFRICA.

A FEW WEEKS LATER I GOT ANOTHER EMAIL THAT MY FUNDING PROPOSAL FOR THE INTERNSHIP HAD BEEN SELECTED (that was another 20+ hours I spent writing, editing and working on…the proposal for funding to go to Kampala City. I literally stayed up until 6AM with NO SLEEP to finish the funding proposal and then went to class at 8AM) AND THEY WERE GOING TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE COSTS OF GOING TO UGANDA! IT WAS LITERALLY A MIRACLE FROM JESUS!  

It’s important to see the destination is not always easy to get to. I’m just keeping it real over here.

So while all of my costs are not covered God has already started providing for my journey back to Africa, the place that I left a piece of my heart in so long ago! I’m excited and I have faith that God will be with me every step of the way!



So while that may seem like the long version it is actually the shortened version. There is so much more to it but I’ll leave it at that.


Please join me in praying for my internship, travels, fundraising and the amazing journey that will be Kampala City, Uganda. 



Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley




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The Keto Diet : post 1

January 7, 2019

Keto Blog Post

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

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

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

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

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

ABOUT THE DIET: rookie level

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

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

Most Common Keto Questions I get asked: 

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

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

Example of a typical day of keto eating:

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

11 am: latte with half and half NOTHING ELSE

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

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

8 pm: 2 tablespoons of peanut butter

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

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


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

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10 things you NEED for your college dorm!! | 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! 

Posting Youtube Videos & Blog Posts everyweek!

All my love,

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley


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Trendy bell sleeves getting me through!!

November 15, 2017


My phone has been broken (still is actually) and I have had like zip time to blog! I have a lot of really exciting things happening this month and I am excited to share! You can look forward to seeing a lot more of me after Christmas break! I will be launching two new series on my blog with consistently uploaded content! Yay! I also will add my follow friday series to the blog in case you miss it on my instagram story!!! I would like to make a schedule for myself where I can have a routine time to get to because it’s been next to impossible this last month (if I am being really honest it’s been like that since school started)!

If you’re in college you feel me!! If you’re pre-med then you really feel me but what else would I be doing?!!!




As soon as I get a new cellular device and a spare sec (Thanksgiving Break) I will be giving more time to BTW: I’m going home for break so be sure to follow along on my ten hour journey via my instagram story (who even uses snapchat anymore)!!! FOLLOW ME @1998Miss by clicking here!

This post is basically just a baby tiny update of what’s up with me and my life right now! It’s also a OOTD post! What I’m wearing to class this fine Wednesday on the mountain!

Thanks for reading!!


Bell Sleeve Button Down: Banana Republic, Similar Style here!

Navy Skirt: Classic Piece, Similar Style here! (I actually like this one better & want to add it to my closet!)

Tory Burch Bag: Tory Burch, Similar Style here!

Sparkle Sweater: Gap, Similar Style here! (ON SALE)

Booties: Dillard’s, Similar Style here!

Preppy Salior Coat: J CREW, Similar Style here!

Blessings!!! XOXO


Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley