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


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


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? 


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!  


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. 


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


Readers Favorite: FASTer Way to Fat Loss: My Experience

My Favorite: What We Learned in Year Two of Marriage


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!


Best Shot – Jimmie Allen


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?


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


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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  1. Heather wrote:

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

    Posted 2.1.19 Reply
  2. 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

    Posted 2.1.19 Reply
    • 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

      Posted 2.1.19 Reply
  3. Lisa Autumn wrote:

    Oh this sounds like such a lovely trip 🙂

    x Lisa | lisaautumn.com

    Posted 2.1.19 Reply
  4. Morgan wrote:

    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!

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

    Posted 2.1.19 Reply
  5. Katie wrote:

    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!

    Posted 2.2.19 Reply
  6. Lee wrote:

    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!

    Posted 2.4.19 Reply
    • 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

      Posted 2.4.19 Reply
  7. Well this made my day! Thank you so much for sharing my post!!

    xo, Hillary | hillheady.com

    Posted 2.4.19 Reply
  8. Greta wrote:

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

    Posted 2.4.19 Reply
  9. Stephanie wrote:

    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!

    Posted 2.4.19 Reply
  10. 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!

    Posted 2.5.19 Reply
    • 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

      Posted 2.5.19 Reply
  11. I love when you do end of the month recaps! It’s different and I love all the fun finds that you found! That recipe sounds delicious!

    Posted 2.5.19 Reply
  12. January was a long month indeed. Looks like you made the most of it though.

    ❥ tanvii.com

    Posted 2.5.19 Reply
  13. Anna English wrote:

    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!

    Posted 2.5.19 Reply
  14. Lyddiegal wrote:

    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

    Posted 2.5.19 Reply
  15. Jessica Camerata wrote:

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

    xo Jessica
    My Style Vita

    Posted 2.5.19 Reply
  16. Kelsey wrote:

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

    Posted 2.6.19 Reply
  17. Deanie wrote:

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

    Posted 2.6.19 Reply