April Recap

Sharing everything we did, ate, visited, watched, and more in an April 2019 recap! 

Louella Reese April 2019 Recap | Charlotte Restaurants, Spring Travels, Spring Wish List

c/o everlane french terry shrunken hoodie | c/o everlane wide leg crop pant | c/o naturalizer white espadrille wedges | brixton joanna straw hat


J.Crew apron sundress
Aerie navy floral bandeau top 
Aerie navy floral bikini bottoms
Aerie navy floral high-rise bottoms
Aerie yellow floral underwire bikini top
Aerie yellow floral high-rise bottoms


The prettiest sunflowers and two candles c/o The Candle Bar Co.



Charleston, SC – I chatted all about this trip on Monday – you’ll find a review of Hotel Bella Grace, a travel diary, and answers to the questions ya’ll sent me via Instagram about Hotel Bella Grace and Charleston. 

Wrightsville, NC – We spent Easter weekend in Wrightsville with my in-laws. Including my sister in-law and soon to be brother in-law. We all chatted about the fact that we hadn’t been to Wrightsville in YEARS (ten years or more for all of us). Which we all agreed was crazy as it is such a cute beach town! We spent three days on the beach soaking up the sun while also indulging is so many of the wonderful local joints. Including Trolly Stop – an absolute must when visiting Wrightsville. 


The Mule – Clint Eastwood still has it! I can’t he is still producing, acting, and killing the game. You can definitely tell he’s getting up there but he brings it! This movie keeps you on the the edge of your seat at times, pulls at your heart strings, and keeps you entertained. A great movie to watch with your guy or your dad (we watched with my dad). Will warn you, there’s one sex scene that’s a little awkward.

The Perfect Date – Nowhere, I repeat NOWHERE near as good as To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. To be honest, Noah didn’t bring it in this movie. He’s cheesy and trying to hard in my opinion. A good movie to watch while we’re doing something else but otherwise kind of a waste of time. Sorry Noah, still love ya! 

Instant Family – Favorite movie we watched this month. This movie had us rolling with laughter and also totally made me cry. It’s a feel good movie that’ll leave you with a smile. Great movie to watch with family or for date night. 


Made the yummiest high fat cookies for low carb/high fat days. Going to work on getting the nutrition down and will be sharing soon! FWTFL people, trust me, you want to check back for this one! 

Brownie Fat Bombs – so yummy! Highly recommend!


Hickory Tavern – we dined here for a media dinner one Friday night and had the best experience! We were at the Ballantyne location and the service was spot on. Not to mention the dishes we tried – pow pow shrimp, 9th street steak & cheese flatbread, and BBQ chicken flat bread. YUM! 

Whitewater Center – this was our date spot for the month of April! Each month we make a point to plan one date night/day in advance. April was a day date at the Whitewater Center – one of our favorite spots! We ate lunch at the restaurant, walked around the center, and then set up an eno hammock and took a nice nap together. Honestly, day dates are my favorite! 

SouthBound – went here on girls night with three of my best pals! We went all out with guacamole, tacos, and margaritas and/or beer. Mexican really is the best for girls nights! Service wasn’t great but the food was spot on. Definitely will be back for chips + margaritas and their carne asada taco! 


Readers Favorite: Spring Trends to Try with Versona

My Favorite: Rosé Inspired & Filled Spring Brunch AND Ten Spring Date Ideas: Five From Him, Five From Her 


All About the Boobs – Hello Adams Family
Mom Life Lookbook – Chronicles of Frivolity – I know, I know, I’m not a mom but I absolutely loved every look within Katey’s cookbook and just adored this post!
Why I Chose to Refresh My Style Vita + 5 Questions to Answer When Defining Your Brand – My Style Vita
How Weight Training Has Made My Fitness Goals Happen – Hello Adams Family


Kip Moore – My Kind


Finished both seasons of Riverdale. Still completely obsessed with Jughead and absolutely dying for season three to be added to Netflix. Hoping it arrives sooner rather than later. Missing my daily Jughead fix! Also, just really need to know what is happening! Joshua and I are also still watching Designated Survivor. We’re now on season two. Still completely hooked and loving it. 


This adorable, preppy pajama set
Floral raffia slidessame style as my new raffia high-heeled sandals I’ve been styling (spring day date, basic white tee + jeans)
The most perfect cinco de mayo dress ever
Neutral pointy toed espadrille wedges


I am still doing FASTer Way to Fat Loss and still have a little knee issue holding me back from doing the workouts 100%. I am back to walking and can do sprints once a week. However, I have yet to do a leg work out since the first week of February. Hoping to get back to that next week! Sticking to the eating/schedule basically 100%. Have definitely gone over macros several weekend days due to celebrations, vacations, and Easter. However, sticking with it through the week is keeping me at the same weight, so I am happy!  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

Take a look back a previous monthly recaps here


  1. dana mannarino wrote:

    You were a busy little gal this month!
    Also the CW app has all of the episodes for Season 3. Jug is my faaaaaav…and FP because he’s a hot dad lol

    Dana | The Champagne Edit

    Posted 5.1.19
  2. Anika wrote:

    Love recaps like this, so great to see what you got up to this month!

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

    Posted 5.1.19
  3. Morgan wrote:

    Oh Instant Family is the BEST!! I sobbed .. like a baby. Please tell me you ordered that adorable pj set?!

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

    Posted 5.1.19
  4. Laura wrote:

    Woah what a busy month!

    I hope you had a fantastic time on your trips to NC and SC!

    Those keto brownie bombs look so delicious – I’m so glad you mentioned them. I’ve been craving a yummy dessert for so long, I really want to try those now! 🙂

    – Laura.

    Posted 5.1.19
    • Definitely was! Even more so than I was excepting ha.

      Yay!!! You’re going to love them – they are so delicious!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 5.2.19
  5. Jessica Camerata wrote:

    Thanks for including my post in your recap! Also, I need those Everlane pants. I finally got some Aerie swimsuits this season too. Took only 3 orders before I finally figured out my cup size in the swim. But I’m OBSESSED! And they were all like $12/piece!

    xo Jessica
    My Style Vita

    Posted 5.2.19
    • Of course girl friend! Your posts are always some of my favorites. Yes, you totally do. They’d be amazing on you! Yay – can’t wait to see which ones you ended up with!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 5.2.19
  6. Love those espadrilles! Hope you had a great time!

    xoxo Sarah

    Posted 5.2.19
  7. Lisa Autumn wrote:

    Ahhh I love monthly recaps!
    x Lisa | lisaautumn.com

    Posted 5.2.19
  8. Liz wrote:

    I love this recap! I just love Clint Eastwood (and Jughead haha!) Riverdale is such a great show!

    Posted 5.2.19
    • Thank you Liz! hahaha yes – so glad you’re a fan of them both as well 🙂

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 5.2.19
  9. I don’t know how you keep track of the whole month …. but it is impressive. I lose the motivation in first 3 days 😀

    ❥ tanvii.com

    Posted 5.2.19
  10. Cathy wrote:

    This is such a great recap of April! I need to check out those movies, they sound so good!


    Posted 5.2.19
  11. Lydia wrote:

    Sounds like you had an amazing month! I love those raffia slides, they are adorable!
    Chic on the Cheap

    Posted 5.2.19
    • For sure! Very thankful for all the opportunities I had. Aren’t they? High on my wish list!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 5.3.19
  12. LOVE this post! Thanks for sharing the movies you watched. I will be adding them to my watch list. xo

    Posted 5.2.19
    • Yay I am so happy to hear that. Of course – thanks for reading – hope you enjoy the two recommended!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 5.3.19
  13. Kileen wrote:

    Love this post girl!! & I am totally swooning over those adorable, preppy pajama set!

    cute & little

    Posted 5.3.19
  14. I hope that your knee is starting to feel better! You were so busy this month, The Mule and Instant Family both have been high on my list of things to watch!

    Posted 5.3.19
    • Thank you so much gal! It is finally on the up and I am so incredibly thankful! Definitely a busy month. May is looking to be about the same so I will be looking forward to a calmer month come June!! Oh definitely recommend both movies – especially Instant Family!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 5.3.19
  15. I need to catch up on my Netflix Rom-Coms! I’ve been sucked into a Game of Thrones binge-watching vortex, ha! Looks like you had a busy month. Charleston looked absolutely amazing — I need to book a trip for next Spring.

    Xo Amanda || http://www.affordablebyamanda.com

    Posted 5.3.19
    • Yes you do! SO many fun ones out right now. Definitely watching Last Summer this week 🙂 was a great, busy month for sure. You absolutely should book a trip to Charleston next spring. It is the perfect time to visit!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 5.6.19
  16. Anabelle wrote:

    Looked like such an amazing month!!

    Posted 5.6.19
  17. Oh the Mule and Instant Family sound like great movies, I’ll have to see if I can find them! That Cinco de Mayo dress is super cute, April sounded like a great month.

    Posted 5.7.19
    • They definitely are! I think they’re both still at Redbox. Definitely was a good, busy one!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 5.7.19

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