January Recap + Valentine’s Day Giveaway

Sharing a January 2019 recap for what seemed like the longest month ever! Am I right? 

January 2019 Recap | Louella Reese | Top of Beech Mountain Resort, Beech Mountain NC

WHAT I BOUGHT 

Mustard Felt Wide Brim Hat
Anthropologie Hygge Cardigan
Anthropologie Juliette Turtleneck Sweater
Loft Striped Faux Fur Pom Hat
Anthropologie French Market Tote

FOR THE HOME

This month the only item purchased for our home was some beautiful hydrangeas from The Fresh Market. Which I put all over the house as I was really needing to feel just a touch of spring. Anyone with me on that? 

WHERE I WENT 

Beech Mountain, NC – Joshua and I had the opportunity to partner with Beech Mountain Resort and Beech Mountain TBD for an amazing skiing weekend earlier this month. We both hadn’t skied in a couple years and it was so nice to get back on the slopes! We lucked out with beautiful weather and even had a little snow! You can check out a snap of me at the top of Beech Mountain, enjoying the village at Beech Mountain, and taking in the slopes. I’ll be sharing another snap from our trip today, so stay tuned!  

MOVIES WATCHED

Mother and Child – A little weird and out there at times but overall a really good story. Definitely found myself invested in these characters. Wanting to know what was going to happen to them and rooting for them. The movie is about a woman who gave her child up for adoption at a very young age and it follows them about 30-40 years down the road. Where they are, what they’re doing, and what they’re thinking. 

Crazy Rich Asians – We finally watched it! And we absolutely loved it! Now we understand what all the hype is about and I’m pretty sure I’m going to start reading all of the books. 

RECIPES TRIED 

Cinnamon Apple Bread – new favorite! We are both completely obsessed with it!

FAVORITE BLOG POSTS ON LOUELLA REESE

Readers Favorite: FASTer Way to Fat Loss: My Experience

My Favorite: What We Learned in Year Two of Marriage

FAVORITE BLOG POSTS 

Chic Work Bags – Hillheadycannot get over Hillary in this look! and the backdrop is pure perfection! 
How I Fight Seasonal Affective Disorder – Southern Curls & Pearls – believe so many of us deal with this and I love that Caitlin brought attention to it and shared some fabulous tips. 
5 Healthy Mindsets to Adopt this Year – it’s no secret I absolutely adore Liz and truly love how real + honest she is. So it’s not surprise I loved this super real post from her and the tips she shared for getting right for the new year.
How to Keep Long Distance Friendships Close – My Style Vita – I think this is something we could all do better on. Definitely know I could!

FAVORITE SONG

Best Shot – Jimmie Allen

WHAT I WATCHED 

Finished Meet The Foster’s. I absolutely loved it and think they did an amazing job wrapping it up. Didn’t want it to end but did like how it ended. Also, watched all of season 5 of Grace & Frankie. Freaking obsessed with that show! So funny! I also watched season one and two of Friends from College while sick with the flu and loved that. Again, really funny and the characters are so dynamic. What are y’all watching during off season?

FAVORITE FINDS 

Corduroy Apron Dress
Corduroy Puff Sleeve Dress
Oversized Blue Knit Scarf
Cozy Fleece Pullover

FITNESS UPDATE

I am still doing FASTer Way to Fat Loss. It has now been almost two months and I am down three denim sizes and can notice a significant difference in my body. There is a lot more tone and definition. As well as loss of inches. I am truly obsessed with this program and could not recommend it enough. If you want to learn more about it you can read my post where I shared my experience. As well as another post I put together that compares BBG and FWTFL – talking about how they’re similar, different, and my overall thoughts on the two. 

Take a look back a previous monthly recaps here

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34 Comments

  1. February 1, 2019 / 10:32 am

    Love this recap gal and SO excited for this giveaway!!!

  2. February 1, 2019 / 12:04 pm

    Ah, this recap of the month is SUCH a great idea! I love how you mentioned a little bit of travel, fashion, and just all-around life updates.

    Also super pumped for this Valentine’s Day giveaway!
    xo Amanda | Affordable by Amanda

    • February 1, 2019 / 4:50 pm

      Aw thank you gal! I absolutely love doing it each month – such a fun post to put together and a great way to recap the month.

      xo Laura Leigh

  3. Lisa Autumn
    February 1, 2019 / 1:16 pm

    Oh this sounds like such a lovely trip 🙂

    x Lisa | lisaautumn.com

  4. February 1, 2019 / 2:12 pm

    We watched the movie this month too and I also want to start the series! Maybe we can read that on our flights next week!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

  5. February 2, 2019 / 3:31 pm

    I’m so glad I found your blog! I really like this post, glad you’re on Bloglovin’ so I can follow the rest of your posts <3 always fun to make new blogger friends!

  6. February 4, 2019 / 9:52 am

    Such a great recap girl! I loved the show the Foster’s as well, and definitely didnt want to see it end. Also, I love that you share other’s blog posts that you loved – I do that in my monthly recaps as well and it;s such a great way to get your readers to see other great bloggers!

    • February 4, 2019 / 10:25 am

      I was so sad it ended. Definitely want to watch Callie and Marianna’s spin-off series. Love that you do that as well gal! I completely agree with you.

      xo Laura Leigh

  7. February 4, 2019 / 10:19 am

    Well this made my day! Thank you so much for sharing my post!!

    xo, Hillary | hillheady.com

  8. February 4, 2019 / 2:20 pm

    You had quite the month girl! Your weekend getaway sounds so fun!

  9. Stephanie
    February 4, 2019 / 6:45 pm

    I think these wrap-up style posts are some of my favorites from you. There’s always so much goodness going on in your life and on the blog that I’m excited to keep up with!

  10. February 5, 2019 / 6:39 am

    I swear I was the only one who felt like January flew! That Cinnamon apple bread sounds delicious and I am so happy that you are having success with FWTFL!

    • February 5, 2019 / 8:12 am

      Haha I totally think you were gal! Thank you – you’ll have to make it! And thank you 🙂 that is so sweet of you!

      xo Laura Leigh

  11. Anna English
    February 5, 2019 / 11:00 am

    Love the Anthro French Market tote. I picked one up in black recently and carried it to the pool/ beach while I was in Cabo last weekend!

  12. February 5, 2019 / 4:06 pm

    Sounds like you had a pretty great january! I love Grace and Frankie and just finished up Friends from College. Time to find something new!
    Chic on the Cheap

  13. Jessica Camerata
    February 5, 2019 / 7:34 pm

    Thanks for including one of my posts! PS your hair is getting SO long already!

    xo Jessica
    My Style Vita

  14. Kelsey
    February 6, 2019 / 10:56 am

    Ah I can’t believe I still haven’t seen Crazy Rich Asians!! I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about that movie!!

  15. Deanie
    February 6, 2019 / 3:16 pm

    I always love reading monthly recap posts! And this is such a good giveaway!
    Xo, Deanie
    Deanie Michelle

    • February 6, 2019 / 4:59 pm

      Glad to hear that! I love putting them tomorrow. Thank you – good luck to you!

      xo Laura Leigh

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