Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Some Holiday love for your Tuesday!

HOLY COW!  It's December!  We are in full Christmas swing at the Albertsons.  We finished putting up our tree over the weekend and it looks great.

Because the holidays are coming up I want to share with you (again) my video on tips for taking photos with your phone.  Lately, I'm taking more pics with my phone and less with my point and shoot.  For example ... the image above.

When you finish decorating and need to relax you may want to check out a movie that I LOVE. It's a documentary on Buck Brannaman .  He's the inspiration behind the movie, "The Horse Whisper".  From a visual standpoint it is gorgeous!  He has such an interesting and inspiring story that's perfect if you need a break from all the Christmas hub-bub (I don't know if that's even a word ... hub-bub).

You can watch it on Netflix or rent it from Amazon.  You won't regret it. Enjoy!

Peace and Love,
Anna Lee

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Some Tips For Your Holiday Gift Wrapping

Thankfully it's Christmas time!    A perfectly, wonderful time of year for cooking, decorating and wrapping.  As a woman who loves paper (in any shape or form)  the holidays are a time to get creative.  Here are a few ideas to consider when the gifts start piling up and you need to start wrapping.

Look for paper that is somewhat holiday neutral.
When you shop for holiday wrapping, always try to buy paper that can be used both at Christmas and year round.  Buying paper that can go many directions is a great strategy.Think of it as your LBD (little black dress).  Wrap it up and accessorize appropriately.

Holiday tape can add that special something to any package.

You guys know I love washi tape like nobody's business.  So here's another chance to pull out my colorful tape! You can make shapes, letters or designs.

Pass the tape please!

For years we have taped (another chance to use washi tape) money or gift cards to boxed candy.  I was at Target the other day and they had tons of holiday candy.  It makes it easy to wrap and the receiver is opening up more than an envelope. 

Danielle - Don't see your gift.  

Let the wrapping begin!!

Have a great week,

Anna Lee

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving Holiday Tips

Thanksgiving 2012 with one of my BFFs in Dallas, TX

This week is Thanksgiving and as we get ready to celebrate here are a few things to consider.  Check out the video below!

Here is a great article by Martha Beck titled, 5 Ways to Survive Your Next Family Gathering

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

For The Love of Silly Pictures!

Over the years I've developed a fondness for silly pictures.  In previous seasons of my life I would have resisted the request to have my silliness captured in a photo.  It wasn't until about five years ago that I asked myself why?  

The answer …  I was scared.  

The next logical question was  ... scared of what?  

The answer ... being vulnerable.  Ouch!  

At the time, I thought I was a brave and confident person but it turned out I wasn't.  

After having this conversation (with myself) I decided that the next time taking a silly picture was suggested I would not resist but cooperate.  To be honest the first few times I did resist internally but cooperated externally.  

Fast forward to present and almost every time I take a group pic we end with a crazy pose.   Some of my FAVORITE pictures (I've taken or had taken over the last five years) are silly pictures. Here are a few pictures I took in October.

Lookie there, a group of lovely ladies on a weekend getaway.  Very respectable!

This ain't our first rodeo!

What’s that?  You don’t go to Nashville, rent a house 
and take pictures in the tree out front? 

So, the next time you are taking pictures be sure to include a few silly ones.  They may become some of YOUR favorites too.

See ya next week,
Anna Lee

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

What's Up! ~ and Some Make Up Favs

Happy Tuesday!  Here are some links to the stuff I talk about in the video.

The Lexington Lab Band is a group of talented musicians from the Lexington area.  It was my privilege to help shoot the Billy Squier videos on their site.  The concert I went to last Thursday was AMAZING.  You may want to follow them on Twitter @lex_lab_band

Makeup Geek is my favorite beauty channel on YouTube.  I've been watching her for years and she is not only talented but a great teacher.

MakeupByAlli is another well done channel.  If you have more fair features you will probably appreciate her more.

It Cosmetics makes a gorgeous matte shadow palette that I love.  It's my go to that I use pretty much everyday.  Buy it from Ulta and use your 20% off coupon.

Stila makes a bunch of cream blushes that can be used on both the cheeks and lips.  I've been using these for years.  My first and favorite is the color Lillium.  Go and check them out - when I tested the link it came up a different color.  Be sure to select Lillium so you can see the color better.

E.L.F. Contour brush is a must have for your brush collection.  Next time you are at Target check it out and see what you think.

Anna Lee

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

You never know unless you ask …

I can't tell you how much I love this video!

This is exactly what I am trying to do more of in my life.  Take more chances.

My risks and yours are probably very different.  What I would consider risky could be nothing to you.  This is the beauty of the human experience, each with our own desires and gifts.  

Is there something you want to do but can’t seem to get up the nerve?  Come on - step out on the ledge and see what happens.  I’ll be out here too.  Cheering you on!