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!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Let's talk Christmas Cards

Throw back Tuesday?  Look it's a Chilean Miner and an Identity Crisis!  What can I say? Costumes aren't really my thing.  This was taken by a friend at a Halloween party in 2010.  I hope you and your family a fun and safe Halloween week.

Here is a video for you with some things to consider if you are planning to send out Christmas cards.  Enjoy!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Yes, It's Tuesday

Hey Guys – Unfortunately, I don’t have a video for you this Tuesday.  I’ve been working on other projects this last week and that has left me sans video.  So, I thought I would take this chance to share with you what I’ve been up to.  Over the weekend, I took family Christmas card photos for three families (one being my own).  It was really fun and I’m more than happy with the pics.  

This image from our Christmas card shoot ended up on the cutting room floor.
Though it did make me laugh!

Later this week I'm headed south for a long weekend with friends. Hooray! Getting together with friends is something I really love but it tends to be a lot of work getting things coordinated.  Can I get a witness?  If that wasn’t enough Avery is having her volleyball tournament this week.  When I planned my trip, volleyball was supposed to have ended by now.  I’m pretty disappointed that I'll be missing her final game of the year.  Dang it!

Anyway, I hope you take some time this week and enjoy the beauty of fall.  Maybe with an outdoor fire that includes s’mores.  Just an idea.

Until next week,

Anna Lee

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tips for Clothes Shopping

Hey Guys!  It's Tuesday and this week's video is about shopping.  I'm headed out in a few weeks on a shopping trip with friends and I'm in the process of going through all my winter clothes.  Thought these tips may help you as we change seasons.  Have a great week!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

3 Life Skills Snow Skiing Has Taught Me

Fall showed up where we live this last Saturday.  It was heavenly.  Most people know that I love cold weather.  Cooler weather means we’re getting closer to winter which equals SNOW. 

Soon we’ll be heading out west to ski.

Some ski bunnies in their natural habitat.
Alta, Utah ~ January 2014

Amy, Anna Lee (me), Avery and Sarabeth

Being out in the snow, on a ski lift is one of my favorite places to be.  That 3 to 4 minute ride is one of rest and excitement.  If I had a choice I’d choose a blue bird day.  That’s a day of fresh powder with tons of sunshine.   

Which leads me to the topic for this Tuesday...

3 Life Skills Snow Skiing Has Taught Me

Don’t stop – just go.  While this may seem totally obvious, when you’re standing at the top of a steep edge the temptation to freeze is pretty compelling (not that this has ever happened to me).  Waiting there and staring down hill can pretty much ruin your experience.  Fact is there is only one way down.  Contemplating turns is only putting off the inevitable.  Just go.  You may not look too graceful on the way down but at least you tried.  I’ve had my fair share of yard sales (aka - a wipe out where you lose all your gear as you slide down).  I’ve carried this over to my everyday life.When I try something new I allow myself some space to crash and burn.

Lately I’m learning a lot and taking more risks than ever.  Many times I’ve had to look myself in the mirror and say, “Don’t stop, keep going!’. 

Stay loose so when you fall it won’t hurt as bad.  Notice I said, “… when you fall” because you will fall.  If you aren’t falling then you need to be skiing harder terrain.  So whether you’re skiing powder or corduroy you need to be flexible.  If you aren’t, you will use more energy and be more prone to injury.  This is true of pretty much everything in life.  Let go of your expectations and surrender to what you can’t control. 

Loosening up is something I have really been trying to work on over the last few years, both physically and emotionally.  I believe I’m making progress.  Well sorta – I still have the tightest hamstrings on earth. 

Stay with your buddy when tree skiing.  This translates as relationships are important.  A couple of years ago, while skiing at Alta, I found myself straddling a small tree.  We love to ski in the trees but the thing about it is you need to look ahead.  This trip I was looking too far ahead and found myself front and center with a tree.  My skis sunk down into the tree hole and I was stuck.  I could not remove my skis or crawl out.  Luckily, Danny was there and after he stopped laughing he popped my boots out of my skis.  Then another friend pulled me out by grabbing me under my arms.  Literally, there was no way that I could get out of that hole without help.  

There are some moments and situation where we need others to do for us what we can’t do for ourselves.

Have a great week and I'll see you next Tuesday,

Anna Lee