August 2019 Recap

Sharing my August 2019 recap – including our new favorite restaurant, a must watch show, and lots more! 

August 2019 Recap - Louella Reese Lifestyle Blog

WHAT I BOUGHT 

Steve Madden Wood Platform Sandal
Lack of Color Teak Rancher Hat – Ivory
Sister Jane Tiered Maxi Dress in Ditsy Vintage Floral

FOR THE HOME

Dining In Cookbook
Date Night In Cookbook

WHERE I WENT 

Amelia Island, FL – What a trip!!! I won’t dive too far into this one as I shared a very lengthy travel diary + guide last week. However, I will say this was one of my favorite trips to date and I could not recommending adding Amelia Island to your travel bucket list more! 

MOVIES WATCHED

The Dressmaker – Okay, I loved and hated this movie at the same time. Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth were both amazing! Their acting was truly on point. However, the story was a little weird and towards the end of the movie you were just annoyed with the writers for not cutting Kate’s character a break!  Joshua and I both said “really” several times towards the end and couldn’t believe what was happening. Overall, I would recommend it but just go into knowing it’s a little unique! 

The Best of Enemies – a MUST WATCH in my opinion! I was truly blown away by this movie and the acting of both Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell. They kept you interested, entertained, and on your toes throughout the whole movie. I’m honestly incredibly shocked to see that critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie a 53% rating. However, audience gave it a 77% rating – which I still think is a little low. This is one I personally, would definitely recommend watching. 

RECIPES TRIED 

As mentioned last month, August was quite busy so I didn’t try any new recipes! But this month I plan to really get back into cooking and baking LOTS!

WHERE WE ATE

Table & Market – New favorite spot on our side of town! Oh my goodness is this place good! They have an incredible variety of dishes on their menu – a little something for everyone. Joshua had their Filet Tip Rice Bowl which includes rice, black bean and corn salad, shredded lettuce, tomato, fresh guacamole and grilled filet tips topped with sour cream, salsa and chipotle aioli. He absolutely loved it! While I went all out with their Italian Club Sub with smoked turkey, ham, pepperoni, and provolone cheese on toasted hoagie roll with lettuce, Mr. Bob’s tomatoes, onion, mayo and Italian dressing. Y’all I’m drooling thinking about it! The sub was phenomenal and SO BIG! Joshua had the other half for lunch the next day. We decided this is where we will be taking everyone that visits us. 

Monterray’s – This is where we use to go in college for good, authentic Mexican. And with UNC Charlotte having their first football game of the season last month, we decided it was necessary for us to go back! Monterray’s did not disappoint. The food was just as good as I remembered and their skinny margaritas are on point!! 

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FAVORITE SONG

One Man Band – Old Dominion 

WHAT I WATCHED 

We finished up Yellowstone and WOW! The show is incredibly intense every episode but again WOW the last three or four were absolutely insane! I was at the edge of my seat, holding my breath, and covering my eyes at times. By far my favorite show right now! The second season just wrapped – ready for 2020 haha. 

I also started watching Cable Girls on Netflix and am a huge fan. It started a little slow – the first episode or two – but then really picked up. The relationships between the characters pull you in and immediately have you feeling invested in them. I’m now on season three (yes already) and cannot wait to see what happens to the girls! 

FAVORITE FINDS 

 simple floor length mirror
A bowl you never knew you needed but totally do 
I was gifted some Tommy John pieces and this top + pant set are basically the only thing I wear now
The perfect neutral coffee table book

FITNESS UPDATE

Choose a gym! My foot is healed! I am back to full on working out for the first time since February and it is glorious. To be honest, it did take a bit of a backseat a couple of weeks in August due to a crazy schedule, trips, and events but I am all in now. Along with working out, I am still following FASTer Way to Fat Loss eating program through the week. The weekends I kind of just do what I want. I feel like I’m still staying within my macros for the most part or close to them since I now understand them so well. But if I don’t, I don’t feel bad about it – it’s the weekend! If you’re interested in finding out more about FWTFL you can read about my FWTFL experience, FWTFL vs. BBG, and low carb day tips/recommendations  – all on my health & fitness page

Thanks for reading my August 2019 Recap. Take a look back a previous monthly recaps here

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22 Comments

  1. Carrington wrote:

    These are great things, love this roundup! I’m gonna have to check out this floor length mirror you linked in here because I’ve been looking for a new one for my apartment. Thanks for sharing! Xx.

    Posted 9.5.19 Reply
    • Thanks gal! Glad you enjoyed the post. It is such a great one – definitely on my wish list!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 9.5.19 Reply
  2. Love your August recap! I’ve been looking for a new movie to watch and I think The Dressmaker may just be it!

    Posted 9.5.19 Reply
  3. Morgan wrote:

    I bet those Tommy John pieces are the comfiest ever!

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

    Posted 9.5.19 Reply
  4. Danielle wrote:

    Ah the Lack of Color rancher is my ride-or-die hat! So worth the investment, in my opinion!

    xo, Danielle

    Posted 9.5.19 Reply
  5. rebecca wrote:

    oooooh I have been hearing great things about Yellowstone – just need to get the husband on board! Sounds like August was a great month – Amelia Island is amazing.

    Happy September! xx

    Posted 9.5.19 Reply
  6. Stephanie wrote:

    Cheers to a great August. While busy, it sounds like you had a wonderful month! Now I have a few new things on my “to watch” list, and you’ve got me craving a good sub haha!

    Posted 9.5.19 Reply
    • Cheers girl friend! It was the busiest I have ever had for sure. Looking forward to a little calmer fall season. Yay – I think you’ll enjoy several of them – I know I have!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 9.6.19 Reply
  7. Kileen wrote:

    The post you did on Amelia Island had me wanting to book a trip out there asap! And I need to see The Best of Enemies now!!

    Kileen
    cute & little

    Posted 9.6.19 Reply
    • Aw yay!!! That makes me really happy 🙂 it is truly such a special place! Oh it is a great movie – you’ll have to let me know what you think!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 9.6.19 Reply
  8. Marlene wrote:

    My mom keeps telling me about that show! Sounds like I really need to give it a try

    Posted 9.7.19 Reply
  9. Maureen wrote:

    I can’t believe August has come and gone. It looks like you had a great one! I haven’t been to Amelia Island but now I can’t wait to visit! Sounds like a fantastic place to travel to. Kudos on getting back to the gym. After a break, it’s hard to get back on it so yay for getting back to it!

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

    Posted 9.9.19 Reply
    • Right? It absolutely flew by! Definitely was a great one – jammed packed for sure. Yayyy! I am positive you will love it – such a special little town. And thank you 🙂 I really appreciate that.

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 9.9.19 Reply
  10. Sarah Lennon wrote:

    We have been dying to go to Amelia Island! I will def have to bookmark your Amelia Island Guide post for later!

    Posted 9.9.19 Reply
  11. Lizzie wrote:

    It sounds like you had an amazing month! I need to check out those shows!

    Posted 9.9.19 Reply
    • Definitely was a good one – a jam packed one haha. Yes – they are so good – really recommend both!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 9.10.19 Reply