April 2020 Recap

Sharing my April 2020 recap – including a few new purchases, a show you MUST watch, and a margarita recipe for cinco de mayo next week! 

Louella Reese April 2020 Recap | Spring Picnic, Spring Maxi Dress

puff sleeve maxi dress | wool hat | similar straw mini tote | c/o white leather sandals

April 2020 RECAP


polka dot midi dress
navy babydoll dress
denim joggers – these are from my girl friend’s online boutique – a great small business to support!
tequila graphic teeon sale for $10.49 for the next 24 hours


decorative bowlobsessed
media consolemakes such a difference in our living!
chattanooga print that still hasn’t arrived – very annoyed by this shop!
magnolia table cookbook volume twosoooo excited about this! plan on baking a recipe from it this weekend.
wood coat rack with shelfeither for office or beside back door.




1917 – This is said to be one of the most realistic war movies. In terms of how life was in the trenches. To be honest, it was a bit much for me at times but I also appreciated getting to see a very realistic view of what these men went through. The movie follows two British soldiers as they are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers. It is VERY intense at times and quite the amazing accomplishment. I will say it is very long so be ready for a commitment when you sit down to watch this. 


Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas 
Turkey Meatballs – Joshua made these 


Indaco – I have chatted about this restaurant before in a previous monthly recap. Joshua and I dined here once prior to the quarantine and absolutely loved it! Definitely became a new favorite of ours. So we decided to order some takeout a couple weekends ago and have a picnic with their Italian goodness! Joshua ordered their $30 deal which includes a salad, filet, side (lobster mac & cheese was his choice), and dessert (chocolate cake for us). A LOT of food for $30 – definitely worth it! I, of course, ordered a pizza. 

Cook-out – For some reason we were both totally craving cook-out last weekend. So we  indulged ourselves and relived our college days – burgers, a milkshake for me, and the biggest cheerwine for Joshua. It was all just as good as I remembered it to be!

The String Bean – One of our favorite local spots in the town next to us! Another spot I’ve mentioned here a few times. They have a great mix of items. Their duck fat fries are my favorite thing ever – and y’all were alllll about them when I posted them on my Instagram stories. Trust me – you haven’t had good fries until you’ve tried duck fat fries!


Readers Favorite: Affordable Spring Sandals for Women

My Favorite: How to Host the Ultimate Virtual Happy Hour


Faux Sconces in Our Bedroom – Hello Adams Family
Get Ready to Garden – Gal Meets Glam
Easy Props for Your Next Photoshoot – Hillheady
25 Ways to Add Joy to Your Day – Southern Curls & Pearls


Southpaw – Kip Moore


Still watching Riverdale and Dynasty. Riverdale finally seems to be picking up and becoming a little more interesting this season. Dynasty is still killing it! Absolutely love that show. We finished up Deputy and would definitely recommend it – a great one to watch an episode here and there. We quit Homeland after two episodes – really couldn’t get into it and didn’t like how the husband treated his wife. We started and FINISHED Outerbanks in one week. We were completely hooked and are both honestly itching for season two! It is a MUST watch! Especially if you liked shows like One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl, and the movie the Goonies. 


one fabulous silk-blend maxi dress
adorable watering can to water all your spring flowers
beautiful arch mirror under $40
sunscreen that protects you against sun, pollution, and blue light – use code LOUELLA15 for 15% off your order


Same, same on the FWTFL front – very strict on the low carb days, not so strict on the other days. Have continued to change up my workouts basically every day. I’ve repeated a couple of my favorites I’ve tried since the quarantine started. Otherwise finding new ones is keeping things exciting and definitely keeping my body in shape. Like many, we have been going on walks any chance we get. Sometimes two or three a day. 

Above Yoga Toes, Feet, Ankles, Lower Legs
Above Yoga Fun & Funky Legs
30-Minute No-Equipment Cardio Kickboxing Workout

Thanks for reading my April 2020 Recap. Take a look back a previous monthly recaps here


  1. Kaitlyn wrote:

    We tried turkey meatballs last week and they were delicious. I’ve made more since. 1917 was very realistic and sad at times. I can only imagine what so many of them experienced leaving their families at such young ages and vice versa, giving to send your son off to war. It breaks my heart.

    Kaitlyn @ Oh, the Places We’ll Go!

    Posted 5.1.20
    • We are planning to make more this week as well – we’re definitely hooked! Totally agree with you on 1917 – I cannot imagine what everyone went through – so terrifying and heartbreaking.

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 5.5.20
  2. Morgan wrote:

    I bet that media console looks fabulous in your space! Also, the new Magnolia Table cookbook sounds awesome .. there’s an oatmeal creme pie recipe in there I want to try!

    the HER chronicles [] http://theherchronicles.com

    Posted 5.1.20
    • It really does!!! I am seriously too happy/excited about it. Now just need to decorate it a bit. Oh girl it is so good – already made one of the recipes. Those oatmeal creme pies are at the top of my list as well.

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 5.5.20
  3. Lisa Autumn wrote:

    Oh I love these recaps… Happy May lovely!

    Lisa | lisaautumn.com

    Posted 5.3.20
  4. Rach wrote:

    Oo I’ll have to try the spicy grapefruit margarita recipe! And thanks for the heads up on 1917. For sure need to be in the right mindset before watching it!


    Posted 5.4.20
    • Yes you do – they are AMAZING! And yes – that is definitely necessary.

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 5.5.20
  5. Lizzie wrote:

    I love this update! I started watching Dynasty and then just completely forgot about it lol! I stopped watching Riverdale because it was a bit too slow but maybe I’ll pick it back up! I’ve also heard amazing things about Outerbanks! And 1917 is on our watch list (hubby’s watch list lol).


    Posted 5.4.20
    • Yay – thanks lady! Glad I’m not the only one feeling that about Riverdale – hoping it continues to pick back up a bit (or a lot haha). Oh Outerbanks is so good – so obsessed!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 5.5.20
  6. kileen wrote:

    I need to get back on the FWTFL train! loved reading this post!

    cute & little

    Posted 5.4.20
  7. You’ve had such a productive month even these times. I might check out Outerbanks one of these days.

    ❥ tanvii.com

    Posted 5.4.20
  8. rebecca wrote:

    i loved so many of your blog posts this one! def the Virtual Happy Hour. I need to get back to Riverdale and we loved Deputy too! Happy May gf.

    xx rebecca // http://www.thecrystalpress.com/blog/

    Posted 5.4.20
  9. Rachel wrote:

    Such a good month! Wasn’t Outerbanks so good?! Love your dress!


    Posted 5.4.20
  10. Stephanie wrote:

    I definitely need to get my hands on that polka dot midi dress. I love it in the blush/mauve color! And you’re making me want to give Outerbanks a try. I’ve been wary, but heard so many raves that it’s almost because of the hype that I’ve stayed away haha. I should give it a go anyways!

    Posted 5.4.20
    • Yes you do – it is such a sweet one. Yes do it – you will not be disappointed. It is such a great show!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 5.5.20
  11. This green dress is absolutely beautiful! Definitely ordering soon!

    Posted 5.5.20
  12. This dress is STUNNING! And that spicy grapefruit margarita sounds perfect as things warm-up!!

    Posted 5.5.20
    • Aw thank you gal!! They are seriously the best margaritas – you’ll have to make some for sure!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 5.5.20
  13. Jaimie wrote:

    I love your monthly recaps! Thank you for sharing content that is still interesting and relevant during the stay at home times.

    Posted 5.5.20
  14. I love the “where we went” being just home. That’s where we’ve all been, but you’ve had a lot of other things going on which doesn’t draw attention to home and being at home too much. I love this post idea, and it really gives you perspective about all the amazing things you’re doing!

    Posted 5.6.20
  15. We’ve had 1917 on our list for a while now so we’ll definitely have to watch it! I mean what else are we doing!

    Posted 5.6.20

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