September Recap

A September recap including MUST TRY pancakes and more!

September Recap | Blogger Favorites | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

c/o shirt | similar skirt | c/o handbag | loafers

Clothing Purchased:
Metallic Gold Pumps {under $100}  
Cropped Ivory Hoodie {on super sale
Nude Ballet Flats 
Brown Oxfords 

Home Items Purchased:
similar Wool plaid blanket 

Where I Went:
This month was a one and done in the travel department. Joshua and I travelled with family to Duck, NC from September 9th to the 16th. It’s the longest vacation we had taken since our honeymoon and the longest we had been together since then as well. We loved every minute of it! I also paused in the blogging department and stepped away from social media a bit. Which was really nice! An escape from work + social is definitely needed at times. I came back with batteries charged! You can read all about our trip here, see an Instagram recap here, and check out the only look I shot while there here

Movies Watched
Zodiac – This movie was outside of my typical movie wheelhouse but I actually really liked it! Typically, I’m all about rom-coms, comedies, or military movies so this thriller was a shocker for sure. I 100% say it’s worth the watch though! Jake Gyllenhaal gives an incredible performance {seriously he’s an amazing actor, blows me away with every movie}. As does, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr.. Downey’s character was pretty hilarious to me, also a bit sad. You’ll understand when you watch the movie. Although be prepared, it’s a longer movie.
The Big Sick – I’d say this one is a rom-com aka totally a rom-com. We picked this one after seeing it in Redbox and checking out the Rotten Tomato reviews. After seeing the movie received 98% from critics and 90% from audience, we couldn’t pass it up. A hilarious, yet heartfelt movie about a multicultural romance. I give it a thumbs up for sure! 

Recipes Tried:
Asparagus Sweet Potato Chicken Skillet – I used this recipe as the base but ended up switching ingredients up quite a bit. I switched out the sweet potatoes for regular potatoes and the asparagus for broccoli and black beans. Basically, because that’s what I had. The end result was quite tasty! As I believe the original recipe would be as well. 
Fluffy Greek Yogurt Pancakes – These might sound a little weird and you might be saying “Greek yogurt in pancakes, what?” BUT I promise you they’re amazing. Honestly, I don’t think you can say you’ve had pancakes until you’ve tried these. They were a real winner when I made them for family. Which reminds me, I need to make them again! 

Favorite Blog Posts of the Month on Louella Reese:
Readers Favorite – The Lodge at River Run // Banner Elk Travel Guide 
My Favorite – Let’s Talk Body Confidence

Favorite Blog Posts of the Month:
How to Support Your Favorite Blogger – Beauty with Lily 
Make This Your Next Tailgate and Thank Me Later – My Style Vita
Bellagio, Italy – Covering the Bases
A Week in the Life of a Fashion Merchandiser – Part 1 – Pink Champagne Problems
The Wide Leg Culotte – Gal Meets Glam

Favorite Song of the Month:
Every Little Thing – Carly Pearce

The Nest – Love, love, love! After finally finishing my last book, last month, I couldn’t wait to dive into a new one. I had my fingers crossed for a better outcome {wasn’t a fan of the last one, read why here}. The Nest did not disappoint. The novel was one of those books you can’t put down, you need to know what happens next. I started and finished the book within two weeks. Which is pretty great for me as the last one took over three months {eeek}! This book is the story of four siblings trying to figure out life, love, and money {the nest}. It’s entertaining, exciting, and relatable. With that said, I absolutely recommend this book! 

TV Shows Watched/Watching: I am still watching Parenthood via Netflix. This past weekend I kicked off season 5, meaning I only have two more seasons to watch. I am still loving it and feeling even more invested in the Bravemans then ever haha. Nashville and Suits are both on hiatus for a couple of months so right now, lame.  Grey’s Anatomy has started back and Scandal will soon, so at least I’ll have those two. What are y’all watching this fall season? 

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    • October 2, 2017 / 11:00 am

      Definitely did! Very nice to be home for a majority of it after being away every weekend in August. You should definitely give the dish a try. It is so delicious and easy!

      xo Laura Leigh

    • October 2, 2017 / 11:01 am

      Ah yay! I love that you are watching it as well. We will definitely have to chat about it. The chicken skillet is quite tasty, highly recommend.

      xo Laura Leigh

  1. October 2, 2017 / 2:00 pm

    You know my love for breakfast food! I want to try those pancakes!! You always have such new and fun recipes

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    • October 2, 2017 / 2:40 pm

      You will love them! They’re SO tasty and really filling. Thanks gal, I love trying out new recipes!

      xo Laura Leigh

  2. Ashley DTKAustin
    October 2, 2017 / 2:25 pm

    Zodiac was one of my favorite movies! Such a chilling film!

  3. October 2, 2017 / 5:20 pm

    I’ve got the nest on my list to read! I’m also a huge Grey’s and Scandal fan so bring on TGIT! Sounds like a great month and I can’t wait to see what October brings for you!


    • October 3, 2017 / 6:45 am

      Ah you are going to love it!! You’ll definitely have to share what you think of it! YAS!!! Bring on all the TGIT. I still need to catch up from last week but I am SO excited!

      xo Laura Leigh

  4. Kelssey Layton
    October 2, 2017 / 6:11 pm

    I love these types of posts! And I’ve added those metallic gold pumps to my wishlist! Adorable!

    • October 3, 2017 / 6:47 am

      Yay! So glad you love them. I really enjoy putting them together. YES, they’re so cute and incredibly comfortable. You will love them!

      xo Laura Leigh

  5. October 2, 2017 / 6:14 pm

    Sometimes you just need to get away from social media! Love that you Took a lIttlw break this montH. It can get so OVERWHELMING

  6. October 2, 2017 / 9:40 pm

    Love the sImplicity and Effortle style of thIs whole look! And thanks for sharing aboUt your month

    • October 3, 2017 / 6:48 am

      Thank you gal! The look kind of came together on a whim but I loved how it turned out. Of course, thank you for reading!

      xo Laura Leigh

  7. October 3, 2017 / 1:53 am

    You had a busy September girl! I just finished Parenthood and am so excited Grey’s is back!

    Megan |

    • October 3, 2017 / 6:49 am

      Yes, for sure! A little calmer than August though, so that was great! Ah, we need to chat about Parenthood. I am so loving it!

      xo Laura Leigh

  8. October 3, 2017 / 10:38 am

    Sounds like you had a week of fun in North Carolina! I just love the way you’ve styled that button front maxi! 🙂

    • October 3, 2017 / 5:08 pm

      Oh yes for sure! Absolutely loved it there! Aw thank you so much gal! The look came together on a whim and I really love how it turned out. I’ll be wearing it again in the spring for sure.

      xo Laura Leigh

  9. October 4, 2017 / 4:13 pm

    I really want to try those yogurt pancakes! I’ve heard they’re delicious! xo

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