January Recap

A January recap, a little early! 

Charlotte Snow Day | Snow Day Outfit Inspo | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

original outfit post 

Clothing Purchased:
similar Plaid Pants {see here}
New York Sweatshirt
Rainbow Sweater
Ivory Open Cardigan
Pink & Blue Silk Neck Scarf
Gray Soft {the softest} pants
Ray-Ban Classic Clubmasters

Home Items Purchased:
Nada – which is blowing my mind! I’m sure February will not provide the same response.

Where I Went:
Raleigh – Another trip to Raleigh this month to visit family. Joshua and I hadn’t celebrated Christmas with my family that lives in Raleigh yet, so we went to exchange gifts and spend some time together. Always love getting to see family. Especially my niece and nephew. Kids are just the best!

The Ivey’s Hotel – Joshua and I did a little staycation again this month. This time, we stayed at The Ivey’s Hotel in uptown Charlotte. Y’all this boutique absolutely blew me away. There is no detail that was forgotten! Seriously, every little inch is decorated, every extra you could want in your room is there, and they pamper you so much! I highly, highly recommend planning a night or two there. See snaps from our trip here and here.

Movies Watched: 
American Made – This was on the must watch list for Joshua. Overall, we thought it was pretty good. Lots of action, excitement, and craziness! Tom Cruise did a pretty stellar job. Which is honestly a lot coming from me as I am definitely not his biggest fan ha.

Recipes Tried:
Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet – used vegan cheese as we’ve recently learned I’m lactose intolerant and it was AMAZING!
Dutch Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts – my in-laws gave me a dutch oven for Christmas and I’m having a blast trying new recipes with it.

Favorite Blog Posts of the Month on Louella Reese:
Reader Favorite: What You Should Binge Watch on Netflix this Weekend
My Favorite: Charlotte Snow Day

Favorite Blog Posts of the Month:
Some Thoughts About the State of Instagram – Covering the Bases
BBG Q&A and Week 4 Review – Covering the Bases
How I’ve Adapted to the Instagram Algorithm – The Champagne Edit
Escape to Ireland in the Winter – Gal Meets Glam

Favorite Song of the Month:
Beer Never Broke My Heart – Luke Combs

I am still reading 5 Minutes with Jesus: Peace for Today and still absolutely loving it! Again, highly recommend for a morning devotional.

TV Shows Watched/Watching:
We’re kind of watching a lot right now #whoops! This is Us, Lethal Weapon, and Nashville are all shows we watch together. I wasn’t too into Lethal Weapon until recently and now Joshua has me hooked. It’s a police show that followers partners that have quite the dynamic. Aka they’re hilarious. I’m also watching Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. Legit dying over Grey’s right now and what is happening to Jo. Very intense! Scandal is still not doing it for me this season {sorry}. Hoping that will change before it’s over!

Take a look back at my recaps from DecemberNovemberOctoberSeptemberAugustJulyJune, May, and April

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  1. Morgan wrote:

    Okay, trying both those recipes!! YUM!!

    And loving all the items you purchased this month!

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    Posted 1.26.18 Reply
    • You’re going to love them! Those Brussels sprouts are life! I actually did the same thing with carrots two nights ago and YUM! Thanks gal!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 1.26.18 Reply
  2. Emily Wilkinson wrote:

    Loving this recap girl! I’m incorporating a recap of sorts this year on my blog & this made me so much more excited about it now!

    Posted 1.26.18 Reply
    • Thanks Emily! Oh you’re going to have a blast putting them together. They’re some of my favorite posts to work on.

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 1.26.18 Reply
  3. Victoria wrote:

    I love this idea for a post! such a great recap and i’m watching the same shows! definitely checking out that post by champagne edit thanks for sharing!


    Posted 1.26.18 Reply
    • Aw thanks gal! It’s a fun one to put together for sure. Of course, thanks for reading and checking hers out as well.

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 1.26.18 Reply
  4. Cathy wrote:

    What a great recap! You were busy, I wish I had time for a trip. I need to check out those blog posts.


    Posted 1.26.18 Reply
  5. Kim wrote:

    That brussel sprout recipe looks delish! I’m going to have to try it out soon. Have a great weekend friend!


    Posted 1.26.18 Reply
  6. Shelby Back wrote:

    I love these monthly recaps girl! And I am trying that sweet potato skillet recipe asap!


    Posted 1.26.18 Reply
    • Thanks lady! Yes, I think y’all would love it. I’m excited to try some of those recipes you shared this week!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 1.26.18 Reply
  7. Liz wrote:

    What a cute post! I’ll have to check out those shows!


    Posted 1.26.18 Reply
  8. Annie wrote:

    Seems like it was a great month! i have heard amazing things about the Ivey’s Hotel!

    Posted 1.27.18 Reply
    • It definitely was! Excited for next month though. Oh it’s incredible! I couldn’t recommend it more.

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 1.28.18 Reply
  9. katie wrote:

    Sounds like you had an amazing month! To add to your movie list — you should definitely see the greatest showman. i think you would both *love* it!

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

    Posted 1.27.18 Reply
  10. Stephanie wrote:

    Oooh I want to do more posts like these! This was so fun to read!

    Posted 1.28.18 Reply
  11. maggie wrote:

    Loving these recaps!! So fun!

    Posted 1.28.18 Reply
  12. Kelsey wrote:

    I am LITERALLY watching american made as i am typing this haha! i have the same feelings about tom cruise as you do lol xo

    Posted 1.28.18 Reply
  13. Kristina wrote:

    The Ivey’s looks amazing- can’t wait to read a full review of your stay!

    xo, Kristina

    Posted 1.28.18 Reply
  14. Lyndi wrote:

    AH, I just started rewatching scandal too – so good!!
    Did you ever watch weeds? rewatching that too. ah January is a good time to catch up on series 🙂

    Those brussel sprouts sound delicious!
    Have a great start to february


    Posted 1.28.18 Reply
    • I haven’t ever watched Weeds. I’ll need to check that out. Oh, the Brussel sprouts were amazing. Definitely recommend trying.

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 1.29.18 Reply
  15. jane wrote:

    Looks like a great busy month,
    i am looking forward for more.

    Much Love, Jane | The Bandwagon Chic
    New Vlog Entry!

    Posted 1.29.18 Reply
  16. Jo Nguyen wrote:

    Lovely photography! Love the sweatshirt. 🙂


    Posted 1.29.18 Reply