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February 7, 2019

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Hey! Hi! Howdy! Welcome to 1998miss.com & my weekly blog post which happens every Thursday! If you’re new here I’m Alexa & I’m a modest fashion, lifestyle and travel blogger from Missouri.

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

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

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

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

ABOUT THE DIET: rookie level

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

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

Most Common Keto Questions I get asked: 

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

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

Example of a typical day of keto eating:

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

11 am: latte with half and half NOTHING ELSE

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

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

8 pm: 2 tablespoons of peanut butter

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

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

 

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

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The Bridgette Brianna Overall Dress

January 30, 2019

Hi friends! Happy Thursday and welcome to this weeks blog post! I am so happy for today’s post because I have been dying to share these pictures and this dress with Y’all! I am working with a beautiful new modesty brand called Sexy Modest by Bridgette Brianna @modestshoppin.

Sexy Modest is a great brand based out of Utah providing gals all over modern modest options. When the opportunity arose to collaborate with this brand I was thrilled because there are SO many beautiful clothes. I debated for FIVE EVER trying to decide on what I would feature on 1998miss.com and add to my closet! I finally decided it had to be the stunning Bridgette Brianna Overall Dress because it’s girly, classic and it comes in every color! I felt like the ruffles add a super girly touch and the V in the back is very slimming. I almost ordered it in pink because I thought it would make the PERFECT valentines day look but then I went with black because I thought I would wear it more! I always pick black because I am always looking for the most slimming look but the pink was also SUPER cute! If you’re trying to decide on what you will wear for Valentine’s day with your love or Galentine’s day with your gal pals this dress would be GREAT!

The dress fits true to size and has is made of a stretchy material which is super great because it’s also super comfortable! It looks great on and feels great too! One last thing I really like about this dress is the fact that you can easily dress it up or down! It would be great for a day of classes (that’s what I’ll wear it for because I have an exam on VDAY) or for a date night with your love. It will transition easily from day to night! P.S. The Bridgette Brianna Dress HAS POCKETS!

Shoutout to my best friend for being the best photographer ever! Seriously love you BOO!

As you can see here I styled this dress up for a girly Valentines Day inspired look with the pink button down underneath the Bridgette Brianna Dress but you could easily do a grey turtleneck or a sheer blouse! I put some Chinese inspired booties from Sam Edelman with the look for a fun element and finished off my hair with a beautiful embellished J Crew Bow.

Dress: Sexy Modest |  Pink Button Down: Ralph Lauren (Similar Style on Sale Here) | Embellished Hair Bow: J Crew | Booties: Sam Edelman | Little Red Bag: No Brand (Similar Style Here)

Thank you again to Bridgette Brianna and the gals at Sexy Modest for this dress! I look forward to working with y’all again in the future.

And remember gals you don’t have to compromise to look and feel stylish while staying modest!

Just a reminder I post daily on Instagram, Thursday’s here on 1998miss.com and Friday’s on my youtube channel! You can click the link here to subscribe to my channel to get notified when I post!

XOXO,

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

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January Favorites

January 25, 2019

Hey!! Welcome back to 1998miss.com! I am so happy you’re here! It’s been a little bit since my last post and I apologize. Since then I’ve come back to college started my classes and have been insanely busy. I have been working on getting back into the swing of things and determining what the best schedule is for 1998miss.com this semester!

I’m moving my weekly blog posts to Thursday’s and my weekly vlogs to Friday! This way I can really focus on my schoolwork early in the week and get new content ready to share by the end of the week! I am also still continuing my weekly blog posts with Skirt Society writing a new post every Wednesday! You can read Yesterday’s here!

Also if you haven’t yet please check out my last three blog posts on 1998miss.com here, here and here! Now let’s jump right into the blog!

Today I’m sharing my January Favorites which includes products I’ve had my eye on, have been using or just really want for the month! I always enjoy reading these style of blog posts so I’m excited to share my own with Y’all.

The first is something I’ve had my eye on since I first heard about it but the downside is that it is SO expensive so I haven’t gotten to give it a whirl yet. I have watched many tutorials of bloggers using it and loving it so it’s on my wishlist for one day!

So the next goodie is a GOODIE! I bought my mom and friend each one of the fabulous candles from Saks just this week! I’m dying to have my own but they are quite expensive and I can’t have any lighted candles in my room so I’ll just have to wait until Summer. ALL the gals I follow love these and I get why because they look and smell beautiful!

I already ordered this because I feel like I can’t live without it. Since I’m in college and don’t have access to great tasting water I order one of these bad boys! We have one at home and I just need one for school. I think that it will help keep me consistent with drinking water!

Next is something I ordered from Skirt Society and I think every gal needs it! It’s the cutest little asymmetrical denim skirt! Get yours before they sell out!

These I picked up last week at JCREW for a steal of a deal and Y’all they are beautiful! I’m always on the lookout for cute hair accessories!

I also LOVE THIS AND WANT IT SO BAD. IT is on my bday wishlist and life wishlist. The ultimate cute phone case!

My all-time favorite planner and organizer! Literally, the greatest planner known to man is the day designer! I LOVE IT!

So the next thing is one of my all-time favorite Louis Vuitton! It’s the speedy which my mom has both in monogrammed and then Louis monogrammed but recently I am in love with this baby version! I want one with my initials!

Okay so this is basically just like a January round up and I really just wanted to tell Y’all about the things I’m loving recently!  I hope this inspires you a little bit to make your own list of favorites for January because even if you’re not buying it you can still enjoy just imagining you are!!

All Glory to God!
Peace and Blessings,
1998miss

XOXO,
Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

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A Weekend in Chicago, A Travel Guide

January 11, 2019

Happy New Year! Cheers to 2019 it’s God’s year to do what he desires! I am so excited about the many wonderful things that are to come in this new year! With this being my first blog post of the new year I just wanted to take a moment and tell y’all thank you. I pay attention to each and everyone who likes, reads and gives feedback to my content. Your support means everything and I deeply appreciate it. When I started 1998miss.com almost 31/2 years ago I had every hope that it would grow but honestly didn’t know if it would! I am so happy to celebrate the over 4K of Y’all who have taken an interest in my life. I would also like to say thank you to the over 6K of you who have taken an interest in my blog and have visited 1998miss.com. I am beyond blessed and want to say that every good thing I have comes from God. Y’all might even be surprised to know that this outlet and my blog is something that I pray about almost every day. I want Jesus to be in every detail of the content I put out and if you’re getting into starting a blog I would highly suggest doing the same. God wants to bless you in all your endeavors but you can not hesitate to let him be in complete control. I would be absolutely nothing without Jesus. I give him all the glory and honor.

Now to kick off MY FIRST OFFICAL BLOG POST OF 2019!

My weekend in Chicago, a travel guide!

I have always longed to visit the second city because it is where my papa Mike grew up and I’ve heard my mom talk about the many fun times she had visiting as a child. I can remember learning about the Chicago fire in the school and I soon put it on my list of travel destinations! I am delighted that it served as my first travel destination of 2019! My mom, brother, my best friend and I spend a few days together seeing the Windy City. My best friend Miranda told me time and time again she thought I would love Chicago because I love New York City! She spent the last summer studying at Chicago Booth a business school and since then fell in love with the city. After visiting I know exactly why!! New York City is extremely fast paced but it feels like Chicago is a little bit slower. It feels cleaner and just completely different! I, of course, love both New York City and Chicago but currently, I’m in a debate at which one I like more. After this little visit, I decided it’s on my list for medical school-something I never thought I would say! I, of course, will only go if it’s God’s will but I am now open to it because I am finding I am quite the city girl. I love the idea of continuing the dynamic duo of Boo and me in Chicago! Living with my best friend the last three years has been so much fun so why not continue it into our business and medical school years?! We shall see!!! P.S. If anyon e is asking I LOVED the campus there and could totally see myself studying medicine there!

Here are a few of my favorite shots in Chicago!

Anyways to get to the travel guide! I’m breaking down where we stayed and what we did but just like any great city a few days isn’t enough to see the entire city! So here’s my weekend recommendations with an updated travel guide soon to come after more visits to Chicago! Next time we hope to visit during St. Patricks Day!

SITES TO SEE

So first and foremost you must see the

MAGNIFICENT MILE which is Michigan Ave.

It is by far the most iconic spot to visit in Chicago. What isn’t more blissful than walking down Michigan Ave. picking up some goodies along the way! If you’re feeling like some major shopping stop at the beautiful Water Tower Place for some upscale shopping!

Next, I would suggest a few pictures!

Visit Millenium Park

Which has so many different unique architectural pieces! While you’re there visit the iconic Chicago bean! We had so much fun taking pictures there! You should also be sure to stop and watch the skaters in Millennium Park or join them! We had a great time watching them from above and taking in the beautiful Chicago architecture.

You’d be amiss to leave Chicago without visiting this Iconic spot!

The Art Institute!

Be prepared for a $25 admission fee which is well worth it! While we where there they had a Christmas exhibit celebrating and exploring the different way people around the world do Christmas!

You should also watch one of the many different shows available to the public!

Mary Poppins is a great choice!

While it was in our plans we didn’t actually make it to the show but plan to hit it for sure next time!

For another iconic destination, you must take a walk along the water!

Do so at the NAVY PIER!

You’ll get a beautiful view of the water and the Chicago skyline! It’s even fun in the winter! Next time I hope I’ll see my sailor and take a river cruise!

You can’t leave Chicago without visiting and take photos of the skyline!

Do this at The Sky Deck!

It is so much fun and you’d be sad to miss it! Just the experience alone is enough! We paid the $25 fee and spent about 4 hours up at the top! We only got 60 seconds in the glass popouts but it was so worth it! Pro tip: Go in the early morning hours so you can get more than 60 seconds in the glass case, don’t be afraid to go through the line twice! This was one of my favorite places!

WHERE TO EAT

WildBerry

WildBerry was recommended time and time again to me! It’s a fabulous brunch location on Michigan Ave right across from Millennium Park!

Trump Tower

This was quite fun because you get a great view of the city! If you’re dining there in the summer you can even eat on the roof just overlooking the beautiful Chicago architecture. Get the charcuterie board too! So YUMMY!

Protein Bar

This was the place we hit for a meal replacement shake daily! KETO FRIENDLY SHAKES! They are only available in Chicago, Washington and Denver so don’t miss out! If you visit the location on Huron street be prepared that it’s in a hospital because we didn’t know! It was a part of Northwestern’s medical school campus! So it ended up being a win-win for me but you might not be interested in seeing Northwestern! There are several different locations in the city so it’s always great to hit up during your day! I love the Beauty Blend so much!!! Pro Tip: If you download the Protein Bar app you get a free smoothie!!!

Shake Shack

Shake Shack is a no brainer because it’s so yummy! We ate keto friendly the entire trip so having a Shroom Burger was a tasty new switch from our regular order! Be prepared to pay to park in Chicago because it is expensive!!!

The MountainGoat

The MountainGoat is also super yummy for burgers plus you really get a fun Chicago feel! I would recommend eating here Keto too!

Lino’s

Chicago has so many different places to eat pizza and we enjoyed a keto pizza at Lino’s! It was so tasty but it was almost $40 for a medium so be prepared to lay down some bucks!

Room Service at Lowes hotel will not disappoint! My mom had there Cobb salad for dinner with Brussel sprouts-OH MY GOODNESS YUMMY! My brother and best friend both enjoyed breakfast from Bed! They had the Chicago breakfast and loved it! The experience of room service is honestly what makes it so much fun! During one of our days, we enjoyed laying in bed with a view of the beautiful lake with breakfast from our room! Lowes hotel is excellent! I did a room tour of our room which we booked through Priceline on my Instagram stories which I will be adding to my highlights very soon! I hope to update those a little bit soon!

WHERE TO STAY

Lowes Hotel

Lowes hotel was where we spend most of our nights while in Chicago! I would 12/10 recommend this hotel! Excellent staff and beautiful rooms! The large space is great for a big family and excellent for relaxing! Pro Tip: If you visit just after New Years you’ll be sure to get a better deal on any hotel you choose!

Trump Tower

I would also recommend Trump Tower if you’re looking for an extremely luxurious experience! We quite enjoyed dining on the 16th floor and relaxing in the beautiful lobby after!

NEXT TIME

We hope to visit The Drake hotel for tea and maybe stay there if we don’t stay at Lowes again!
See a show at one of the iconic Chicago theaters!
Take a river cruise or rent a yacht! (That sounds so fabulous to say even if it is something we do in the very far future!)
See more art at the Art Institute.
Take the L-Train.
Visit in the Summer!
WE MUST COME BACK ON ST. PATRICKS DAY! -IT IS IN THE PLANS!!! HOW MUCH FUN WOULD THAT BE!!!

Hope this guide is helpful in your travel planning! We loved Chicago and can’t wait to go back!!! If you have any questions about my recommendations please feel free to comment below or message me on Instagram!

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Cheers to 2019!
XOXO,
1998miss
Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

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My Honest Thoughts on A Microdermabrasion Facial!

January 11, 2019

Hey, Y’all welcome back to 1998miss.com! I am Alexa Dudley and I am so glad you are here!

Today I am sharing my complete experience getting a microdermabrasion facial! This facial was actually the first facial I have ever had the privilege of getting! It was my “You’re getting gowned” treat from my momma. She’s a regular facial gal and it was so much fun to get my first facial right beside her. It was a great way to celebrate my academic distinction and Christmas break!

What is microdermabrasion facial?
According to Healthline “It is a minimally invasive procedure used to renew overall skin tone and texture. It can improve the appearance of sun damage, wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, acne scarring, melasma, and other skin-related concerns and conditions.”

So the first thing we have to address is the cost worth it?
This specific facial is quite expensive and the number question asked is always as to if the price is fair…
I would say the price is expensive (can be upwards of $100) but your skin is an investment! It is so good for you to take time to care for it! 20 years from now you will be so glad for all the time you took with the upkeep of your skin. I saw dramatic improvement after just one time which is why I know this to be true. Pro Tip: Check Groupon for a discount, buy a bulk facial pack to save $$$!

Did it hurt?
No! I may just have high pain tolerance but I found the sucking pressure to be relaxing! I loved laying there knowing that the esthetician was sucking out all the debris from my skin! The pressure felt nice and I found it to be a painless experience. Honestly, it shouldn’t hurt at all to be wary of this when getting the facial.

How long was the facial?
It was around an hour because I also did a collagen treatment!

What did it even do?
It cleaned my skin and looking at the gunk at the end I knew every dollar was worth it! I walked out with a beautiful natural glow!

What is it good for?
Many people do these facials to treat wrinkles and some of the side effects I mentioned previously. If you struggle with acne it can also be an effective method for treatment. I wanted to have brighter skin and target the wrinkle lines forming on my forehead so that’s why I did it!

Where did I hear about this facial?
Honestly, it’s being talked about everywhere and if you’re interested in the skin in the least bit you’ve probably heard of this facial! My mom has been getting them for years so I was so happy to finally join in with her!

Would I do it again?
YES, YES, YES! I loved the experience and if you check out the pictures below you’ll see why!

How long do results last?
If you take good care of your skin your treatment will last anywhere from 2-6 months!

Where can you get them done?
A quick google search will lead you in the direction of where you get this treatment done near you! If you are in my area I would suggest Premier Dermatology and if you’re on a budget check out local beauty colleges for a better deal! If you visit places like city point you can request a high-level student to get the same facial but at a lesser cost!

I am excited to have this treatment available to my own clients in the future as I continue pursuing medicine! I hope to work in a hospital as well as have a private practice focusing on helping women in areas like skin. I have a major interest in Dermatology and just this last semester focused on research examining Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa!

Some of my Photos!

As always check out my Instagram for more about what I’m doing and to see videos from this treatment in my highlights!

All Glory to God!
Peace and Blessings,
1998miss

XOXO,
Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

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2018, My Year in Review

January 11, 2019


2018, thank you for the lessons you taught me, the blessings you brought and the experiences you gave. In short, this was a year of growth and learning in my life.
I am thankful for each and every moment of this past year because each day was a profound gift from God. While it might be more fun to make this year in a review blog post all my glittery moments I simply can not sugar coat it all because while there were many beautiful days in 2018 there were also many hard days. There were days where I felt like I couldn’t make it through, where I felt my lowest of low when God picked me up and carried me. We can not forget those days as we take a look of review on this past year because it isn’t always the beautiful sparkly days that teach us the important lessons. Often it is the dark days where we have to call on the name of Jesus to get us through that will get something valuable. Sometimes God has to break us and get us into a place where we are able to listen to his voice and hear him clearly. He broke me many times in 2018 and I am so thankful for that. So while I share the many beautiful days, experiences, people and moments of 2018 you must understand that there were many moments that were not glamorous but were just real life days-those unfiltered/unshared/raw/real moments. The ones that I didn’t share to Instagram or 1998miss.com with you. The ones that shape me at my very core and make me the Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley I am. Those are the ones that give me my character and ability to find beauty in the ordinary. Even though life is often broken, mundane and hard we have the power with God to make each day as sparkly and as fun as we wish.

So to celebrate my two thousand and eighteen I am going to highlight my favorite moments/photos from 2018.

My biggest and greatest moment in 2018 would have to be traveling to China with my mom and best friend for my summer break. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would get to travel there before I graduated from Sewanee. Also if you’re new here I am called to China for missions and the Chinese people have a very special place in my heart.

So wow first off GOD DID A MIRACLE AND GOT ME THERE FOR UNDER $500 + my mom is stellar at finding good flights. Next, God helped me keep all of my expenses under 1,000 for an entire month and a half. Y’all God literally opened every single door. Then, God worked out an arrangement for me to spend an entire week interning at the top Chinese hospital in Xi’an, China. As if it wasn’t enough he also placed me in contact with the president of the hospital who okayed me spending an entire day in the OR. I should also mention here if you’re new that I am a PRE-MED student at the University of The South planning to do international medicine in China after graduation from medical school. The OR is the operating room and is the place where I watched my first surgery ever. It is the place where I discovered my passion for medicine and where I saw the potential to serve in the future. It was the place where all the hours and hours I spend studying in my dorm room found reason. God is faithful friends and in more ways than one God showed me that in 2018. HE IS GOOD.

The rest of my 2018 and my top favorite most beautiful moments.

Starting up and sticking with my YouTube Channel! Cheers to 137 subscribers!!!

Ringing in the new year in Viva Las Vegas with my favorite Uncle and shooting in the desert.

Seeing my first snow in Sewanee and wearing my beautiful NEW Burberry coat from my precious Uncle. It is my first ever Burberry PURCHASE!

Doing a photoshoot wearing my beautiful blue dress in my University’s library as where I work.

Celebrating Valentines Day in Sewanee!! STAYED SINGLE 😉 I get asked a lot why I don’t date and it’s because it is something I am very intentional about. I date to marry!

Celebrating turning 20 years old with a real and raw picture + 20 things I learned by 20 on 1998miss.com

Doing a photo shoot in The Fresh Market candy section.

Getting Corn Rows by my beautiful friend Mesgana!

Meeting Isra Cracker and hosting her for at Sewanee. It was such a joy to expose her to the Apostolic Pentecostal faith when she had never heard of it before. She is an awesome lady who advocates for so many different people! She is an inspiration.

Visiting The Beverly Hills Hotel for the first time ever, dinning in the polo lounge for Mothers Day and seeing Kieth Urban, Nicole Kidman and Tom from Magnum P.I.

My favorite China moments!

Visited Shanghai Disney in China!

Celebrated Boo’s 20th Birthday! I love my precious Best Friend!

Standing beside my precious friends as they said I do and started
forever!

Hit Viva Las Vegas Again to see my precious Uncle!

Enjoyed Sewanee’s first football game of the season where I shared my most popular photo on Instagram in 2018 wearing an $8 dress from target!

One of my favorite looks of the year wearing stuff I’ve had in my closet forever!!!

Got my first collaboration and partnership EVER!!!

Got another one!

Got offered a paid position to write for Skirt Society in JESUS NAME!!! (An answered prayer)

Celebrated Thanksgiving in New York City with my best friends.

Saw the strength of my precious friend Hannah Katt.

Rang in 2019 at NWA HYC!

GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME AND 2019 IS GOING TO BE EVEN BETTER THAN 2018! P.S. I couldn’t list all my favorite moments because there were just so many but these complied from my Instagram account- it’s a good way to see my highlights of the year so if ya want to give me a follow @1998miss on Instagram! XO!

I have so many goals and I can’t wait to see God work in my life. If you’re reading this thank you for celebrating 2018 with me and for every single follow, like and word of encouragement. God is faithful if you give your all to him. I am so blessed.

2019 isn’t just going to be my year because it’s also going to be your year! It’s the year that you find your strength and let God be the center of your life.

Lot’s of love in the new year. Look for a new schedule and resolution blog post soon. 🙂 EXCITED FOR WHAT IS COMING!

All Glory to God!
Peace and Blessings,
1998miss

XOXO,
Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

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The Keto Diet : post 1

January 7, 2019

Keto Blog Post

Hey! Hi! Howdy! Welcome to 1998miss.com & my weekly blog post which happens every Thursday! If you’re new here I’m Alexa & I’m a modest fashion, lifestyle and travel blogger from Missouri.

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

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

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

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

ABOUT THE DIET: rookie level

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

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

Most Common Keto Questions I get asked: 

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

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

Example of a typical day of keto eating:

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

11 am: latte with half and half NOTHING ELSE

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

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

8 pm: 2 tablespoons of peanut butter

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

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

 

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

SUNDAY BEST

Trendy Chic Sunday Best #OOTD + 10 stylish ways to layer up in winter!

November 15, 2018

Happy Thursday! Hope everyone is staying warm because it’s freezing out! Today on the gram I saw so many beautiful places getting their first snow of the season and it was so beautiful! So far Sewanee has just seen colder weather but I’m holding out for a good snow after Thanksgiving because it’s always so beautiful! Winter is actually my favorite season! I love being cozy and winter style is always so chic!

If you haven’t already checked out my blog post with Skirt Society from Wednesday check it out here! It’s about finding beauty in brokenness and it’s a read I think everyone will benefit from!

So let’s jump right into today’s annual weekly blog post! I’m sharing all the details from last Sunday’s fall look and some of my favorite ways to stay chic in the winter months! I’m all about layering and below I’ll share my favorite ways to do it!

This Sunday best look was very trendy and I loved incorporating a tube top into it! It’s a fun way to spice up something you’ve already got in your closet, create a nice waistline and keep it fresh! I can’t wait to put it over a dress shirt next! I’m also loving this style of skirt this season because it really elevates a look + is a little bit warmer!

Trendy Chic Sunday Best 

Skirt: Forever 21 (similar style here) |  Black Tube Top: Target  | Tissue Turtleneck: JCREW (similar style here) |Pointed Black Midi Boots: Dillard’s (similar style here) | Double-buckle belt: Amazon Fashion

Also obligatory shoutout to my roommate for taking all of my instagram pictures and blog pictures! 1998miss.com wouldn’t be the same without you!!! All in favor of her starting her blog say I!!!!!! (That should be everyone because she is the cutest!)

10 Stylish ways to layer this season!

  1. Add a cozy hat to your look!! Big knit is so in right now!
  2. Add a nice scarf that accents your gloves and hat!
  3. Colored tights are so in this season and are a great way to stay warm in dresses!
  4. Fun pantyhose! I’m all about the heart pattern, fishnet, floral and more! I just pulled all of mine out last week!
  5. Knee high boots! I’m actually loving these thigh high UGG’s here!
  6. Knee socks are such a cute way to stay warm with a skirt!
  7. Go monochromatic with lots of layers!
  8. Don’t be afraid to rock multiple layers of all black!
  9. Turtlenecks are classic by themselves or paired under a dress!
  10. Big cozy sweaters over dresses!!!

Just a reminder I post daily on Instagram, Thursday’s here on 1998miss.com and Tuesday’s on my youtube channel! You can click the link here to subscribe to my channel to get notified when I post!

XOXO,

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

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Pre-Med Monday Posts

NEW SERIES: PRE-MED MONDAY | #1

November 12, 2018

Pre-Med Monday #1

If you’re new here welcome to 1998miss.com a place filled with faith, fun, college-life and modest fashion. I am Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley and I am 1998miss! I’m so happy you’ve stopped by my blog and that you’re interested in my new series called Pre-Med Monday.

Welcome to it’s launch and the first official post in the series! YAY!

I hope to continue this series throughout the next two years as a place I can share my experiences as a pre-med student at Sewanee: The University of The South. I am an unconventional pre-med student because I didn’t decide I wanted to be pre-med until my sophomore year at Sewanee. When I finally made the decision I dropped my pre-nursing track and started organic chemistry to get me to where I am today. I am a junior psychology major on a pre-med track with hopefully a Chinese minor if we get one. I am a modest fashion blogger, Instagrammer, and Youtuber. I love pink, to sing at the top of my lungs and to travel. I am unconventional. I want to be a doctor.

Since this series is new it might be a little rocky at the beginning but just give it time because I think it is a wonderful opportunity to share with Y’all!

I had this idea last year but sadly never got around to it and quite frankly was a little apprehensive about starting. I was worried some people would share their negative opinions about my different and unique path to being pre-med. BUT nonetheless, I decided that there have to be other future doctors out there who might have a different pre-med journey than the traditional biochemistry major. Don’t get me wrong if you’re studying biochemistry YOU are amazing but as a social science major, it can sometimes be a little tough to balance the two different course schedules!

Today I wanted to talk a little bit about my experience this Saturday in Sewanee taking my first practice MCAT ever!

So WOW what an experience it was! I am so thankful to our amazing pre-med department here at Sewanee for providing all students interested in taking the exam an opportunity to do it for free! They even provided snacks for us on breaks! I finally got a real idea about what the MCAT was like and all the horror stories were gone! I did it. I decided I would spend my Saturday testing and I did it! I am so glad I did because I was able to really get an idea of what the test was like and how I should really start preparing asap! As a junior, I feel a little bit behind just now taking my first practice MCAT but again everyone is different. I plan to have a gap year between medical school and Sewanee so in that case, I am on track! I finally have a score to base off of and get to creating a study plan! I know exactly what testing day will be like and I even learned that the MCAT is taken on a computer, not on paper. Up until this point, I believed it would be on paper just like the ACT and SAT! How silly I felt before but how prepared I will feel now. The more I think about it the better I feel about taking this step towards my future no matter how small it may seem.

Honestly, the test was hard and there are a lot of pre-med courses I haven’t taken yet but I am quite sure that I can do my best on the test if I keep getting out there and trying! So if you’re a freshman and you are pre-med I highly recommend you get out there and take a practice test asap! It will put you at ease and so far ahead of the game! While I can not talk about what was on the test I can tell you that you should value every single one of your pre-med classes because you will need them!

Always remember the road may be long and tough but the destination is worth it. It is a beautiful career to be a doctor and to have the opportunity to help others. When it gets tough to remember the day you decided you wanted this and of all the different lives you will impact through medicine.

Just a reminder I post daily on Instagram, Thursday’s here on 1998miss.com and Tuesday’s on my youtube channel! You can click the link here to subscribe to my channel to get notified when I post!

XOXO,

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

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Sewanee Homecoming #OOTD Details + How I Manage My Time!

November 8, 2018

Happy Thursday! Welcome back to 1998miss.com.

Today is a good day because it’s the eve before Friday so you can say HELLO to the weekend BEFORE YOU KNOW IT! I don’t know if you plan to get cozy with a book, do laundry, watch Netflix or sleep in but whatever it is it’s almost time!

Weekends in Sewanee are my favorite because I’m taking six classes this semester and I get to slow down a little on the weekends to do some things I enjoy. Of course, there is the obligatory laundry day but I’m a pro now! I usually am the most leisurely on Friday nights because I work out, have dance practice and then try to unwind a little after a crazy busy week. I do my independent study Friday afternoon and while I work I listen to music which kind of kicks off the relaxing spirit. Saturday I usually get up early and do something fun with my roommate or sleep in and work on homework for the rest of the day. Hey, it’s the real deal being a pre-med student! Saturday nights I write up blog posts for the week, edit a youtube video, create graphics, pick out my church outfit and then get to bed around 2 am! Sunday I wake up and go to church!!! Then I come back to campus and work on homework/prep for the week!

I thought it would be fun to give you a little breakdown of what my weekends look like because all the time people ask me how I balance my blog/youtube and how I spend my free time is a major part of that. I honestly enjoy using my little bit of downtime to be productive because the end results are so rewarding. The reality isn’t so glamorous but I feel so blessed to be attending college for Pre-Med while still pursuing my creative passions. 🙂

Now for today’s blog post!

Today I’m sharing my #OOTD from Homecoming at Sewanee.

This look was so fun because I was finally able to fully embrace fall! I pulled out the heart tights that I’ve been saving since last summer and put them with a darling jumper! I’ll be linking this jumper below because the wash is perfect and it’s knee length! Although the tights and jumper were fun the hat was my favorite part of the look! I have wanted to have a nice western-fall chic hat since the beginning of the season and when I found this little gem at target it was a must buy!

Homecoming at Sewanee is a very fun time to be on the mountain and I always look forward to the big football game! This year it was a great delight to take my precious friend Yadi to the game because she’s never been to a football game EVER! She’s so smart and caught on really quickly-before we knew it we were both the loudest fans in the stands!

Shoutout to Yadi for being my photographer for the weekend and just an all-around amazing friend! I love ya girly! Follow her on Instagram here!


Jumper: Target | Turtleneck Sweater: Similar at the Banana Republic | Double Buckle Belt: Similar on Amazon | Darling Tights: Similar on Amazon | Fringe Booties: Similar at Noracora | Western Chic Hat: Target 

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

Just a reminder I post daily on Instagram, Thursday’s here on 1998miss.com and Tuesday’s on my youtube channel! You can click the link here to subscribe to my channel to get notified when I post!

XOXO,

Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley

1998miss.com

@1998miss