What’s Inside My Latest FabFitFun Box

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Hey y’all, so I’m sorry it’s been a little bit since I’ve posted, but ever since I got back from LA, I’ve been sick on and off. I’m soooo over it. But nonetheless, I recently got a new FabFitFun box in and I’m obsessed with a ton of the items, so I figured I’d give you guys a run down of what’s all inside.

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Side note: If you’ve been wanting to try out FabFitFun, just follow this link and you can use the promo code “FIRSTBOX” to get $10 off! 🙂

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Ok, so the first item I pulled out and just HAD to put on was the 8 OTHER REASONS Nine Lives Choker. Depending on what they sent you, you either got rose gold or silver. I’m definitely more of a rose gold kind of girl, but I’m still super excited about this accessory, because I need to expand on my silver jewelry collection.

Also… just in case you were wondering:

Top | Pajama Shorts (Similar) | Bracelet

 

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Ok next, was this AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream. Y’all this stuff seriously feels like butter and with the weather being so cold lately, this lotion (which has all kinds of goodness like Dead Sea Minerals, witch hazel and allantoin) has worked wonders for my dry skin.

 

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I’m a sucker for a comfy pair of socks, so these I was really excited about. They are aloe infused cozy socks from Pointe Studio and cozy is an understatement.

 

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I don’t know if I’ve ever talked to y’all about this before, but ever since I was little, I’ve had a hard time falling asleep. I swear I have an overactive mind or something and it just seems to go into overdrive as soon as my head hits the pillow. When I saw this Deep Sleep Pillow Spray from This Works in the box, I was kind of skeptical. I’ve tried sleepy time teas, lavender pillow sprays, etc. without much luck in the past. Then, on top of that, when I first sprayed it, I wasn’t in love with the smell… BUT (big but here) the first night I tried it, I slept like a baby. I figured it was a coincidence, but after over a week of using it, I now don’t want to go to bed without it. Legit, This Works, lol.

 

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I posted on my Insta stories earlier this week about these Grace & Stella Anti-Wrinkle Energizing Eye Masks. They help to get rid of dark circles under your eyes and to give you a more youthful look. I’ve only used them once and am already seeing a difference and they come with several packs, so I’m excited to see how they look after I use them a few more times. My box also came with this Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment. It is full of yummy papaya, pumpkin and pineapple enzymes and it helps to brighten your skin, reduce wrinkles (amen to that!) and improve the look of your skin and pores.

 

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Next is the DOUCCE Freematic Eyeshadow Pro Palette in Smokey. I generally use more natural eyeshadow palettes because I’m no makeup guru and doing my own smokey eye makes me nervous – butttt I’ve been watching some Youtube videos and I’m excited to try out a sexier look!

 

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Ok, so this is a silly picture, but I felt like sitting down didn’t do this BB Dakota Poncho in Charcoal justice. Super comfy and I’ve already worn it to work and just around the house.

 

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Last, but not least, my new favorite I love you a latte ceramic mug from the Homemade by Ayesha Curry collection.

Basically, I got a ton of goodies (this month’s box had a value of $393 — say what?!) and I’m getting to try out all kinds of products I never would have known about.

Disclaimer: I am a Fab Fit Fun partner, but only because I love it a lot! 

I received a ton of questions about the under eye masks the other day, so if you have any questions about any of these other products, just let me know!

 

anna freeman life and lattes

 

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Top 5 Blog Posts of 2017

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It’s been another great year blogging for you guys! Readers have more than doubled over last year, fashion played a bigger role in my content for y’all and a much needed face lift is almost complete. Every year, I like to give you guys a recap of the top blog posts for the year. (Click here to check out 2016’s top posts!) For one, because I just think it’s fun to see what y’all enjoyed most, but for two, if you missed out on one of these amazing posts, I want to be sure to give you one more chance to read them before I come out with a whole slew of new posts for 2018. (Oh my gosh, I can’t believe it’s 2018… anyone else feel like last year and the holidays went by SO fast?!) Nonetheless, here’s Life & Lattes’ top posts of 2017.

 

#1: The Struggles of Being a Girl with a Big Nose

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For the third year in a row, this post is #1. On one hand, it makes me really sad, because it means that SO many girls out there struggle with the insecurities and sadness that come along with having a big nose, but on the other hand, it makes me really happy, because at least they know they’re not alone and that this girl right here, feels your pain!! 🙂

 

#2: Things to Do During a Weekend Getaway in Chattanooga, Tennessee

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I had no idea how many people were interested in traveling to Chattanooga, Tennessee and were looking for things to do there, but this post has had even more readers than last year! If you’re ever looking for a fun weekend trip, this post is a good read!

 

#3: An Inside Look at a College Football Inspired, Elegant Southern Wedding

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This one’s a no brainer! My brother and sister-in-law are the cutest and their wedding was to die for. If you haven’t checked out this post, you’re missing out!

 

#4: Where to Find Cute Bathing Suits Now that Victoria’s Secret No Longer Sells Them

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I think Vicky’s Secret choosing to discontinue their swimwear line was a punch in the gut to us all, so this post came at a much needed time!

 

#5: 15 Quotes for the Girl Boss You Know You Can Be

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I’d like to call this the year of the woman… although I’m sure that would be better suited for 1920 or 1963, but women really brought it this year in pop culture, stood up for what they believed in on the political front and also, sexual harassment in the workplace is starting to get the attention it deserves. There’s a little girl boss deep down inside of each of us, sometimes you just need some motivational quotes to help you let her out!

So there you go – the top 5 posts read by you guys in 2017! I hope y’all enjoyed them all, but I can’t wait to show you what all is to come this year on the blog!! Hope you love it!

 

anna freeman life and lattes

 

 

 

 

 

A Recap of all of the Wonderfully Amazing Things that Happened in 2017

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2017 has been a really great year. It’s not one of those years that I’m ready to see go… although I am excited to see what lies ahead in 2018. This year though, a lot of awesome things have happened both in my life and in the world as a whole. So, as we wave goodbye to 2017, here’s a recap of all of the amazing things that have happened this year.

I more than doubled my blog traffic – meaning there’s more of you amazing people reading what I write every day and I could not be more honored! Thanks to all 50K of you!!

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I became a homeowner.

A group of beachgoers in Panama City saved a family from drowning by creating a human chain.

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I celebrated my one year anniversary with the hubs and took an anniversary trip that was one for the books!

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Price Harry and Meghan Markle got engaged! We’re going to have an American princess y’all!

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My sister and I took a birthday trip to Washington, D.C.! The sites, the food, the city… all amazing!

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I took my first solo flight.

The University of Georgia football program had the best season I’ve seen in a while.

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My sister and I walked in our first Susan G. Komen 3-Day in San Diego, CA.

The Wonder Woman movie came out and not only was it spectacular, but it was a huge step for women as well. Anyone else as obsessed with Gal Gadot as I am?!

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My sister and I visited the West Coast for the first time.

Starbucks came out with the Unicorn Frappucino.

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My brother and sister-in-law got married.

Beyonce had twins!!

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Bryan and I were blessed with a sweet, baby nephew.

Taylor Swift dropped a new album… that I’m obsessed with!

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I got my eyebrows microbladed – life changer.

The first total solar eclipse since 1979 occurred.

A million other amazing things! Although I know our country saw a lot of heartbreak this year between shootings and hurricanes and fires and more, I’m so glad to see us all showing a little more love and taking life a little less for granted.

So, here’s one last cheers to 2017 and I wish you all a very happy new year!

 

anna freeman life and lattes

 

 

The Perfect Wine to Take to Your Holiday Party

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This holiday season, I’ve partnered up with one of my favorite stores for party supplies aka dranksss to help you guys pick out the best wines to take to your holiday parties! Toast Wine & Beverage is the best for one, because they’ve been voted #1 in our area for like 10 years, for two, because they have a ton of selection and for three, because it’s super cute inside and doesn’t seem like some sketchy, run down liquor store, lol.

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Also, they so sweetly donated an amazing bottle of bourbon to my Susan G. Komen 3-Day Giveaway to help me raise money to fight breast cancer. #blessyall

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Nonetheless, now to the goods. I spent some time shopping with the staff to find the perfect wines to take to your holiday parties. They’ve given me three really delicious options depending on what type of wine you like best. Each of these three bottles is really reasonably price and also is sure to be a crowd pleaser at your Christmas or New Year’s get-togethers!

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Ferrari-Carano Siena

This medium-bodied, Sangiovese-blend red wine is a bit of a chameleon, as it changes ever so slightly year-to-year because of Mother Nature and the grapes themselves. With one sip of this SIENA, you’ll instantly feel like you’ve been transported to the hills of Tuscany.

Lamarca Prosecco

In the heart of Italy’s lush Prosecco region, the La Marca Trevigiana zone grows the revered glera grapes they use to make a delicately flavored wine. With delicate, golden straw color and lively effervescence, this Prosecco is one of the best with aromas of fresh citrus, honey and white flowers. The palate is fresh and clean, with flavors of ripe lemon, green apple and grapefruit framed by mineral undertones.

Doña Paula Estate Black Edition

Intense black purple color. On the nose, its aromas of plum, spices and red pepper stand out while delicate notes of mint can also be perceived. In the mouth, it is a very harmonious and balanced wine, with round tannins and a long finish.

I hope this makes all of y’all’s holiday preparations just a little bit easier!

 

anna freeman life and lattes

 

New Year’s Eve Outfit Ideas

 

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Yeeeee! I can’t believe Christmas is on Monday y’all! Part of me is so excited because it’s Christmas, but part of me is also a little sad because that means come Tuesday all of the lights and Christmas movies and festivities will be coming to an end. Luckily, New Year’s Eve is right around the corner, so we still have A LOT to be excited about!

So, if you’re looking for the perfect NYE outfit, I’ve got a few ideas for you! Be sure to order any of these items you’re loving soon because Christmas can make shipping times so wonky and I don’t want any of you feeling anything less than spectacular come December 31st!!

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Dress | Jacket | Shoes (Similar) | Necklace

Get 10% off this jacket at Piace Boutique with my promo code “ANNAF”! 🙂

 

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Dress | Earrings | Shoes | Bracelets | Clutch

 

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Dress | Clutch | Shoes | Watch | Earrings

 

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Jumpsuit (Similar) | Jacket | Clutch (Similar) | Shoes

 

anna freeman life and lattes

 

 

 

A Tour of This Year’s Christmas Decor

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I am the queen of changing out my Christmas decor. It’s like just when I think I’ve found something that I’ll like for at least 3 years and buy butt loads of it, I change my mind. AKA the all lime green and red Christmas fest that I ADORED last year, but that I felt didn’t fit my taste or my new home at all this year. Also, when I told the hubs my change of plans for our Christmas decorations this year I got a mixed reaction… 1. Where are we going to fit even more Christmas decorations?! 2. Thank God, our decorations last year looked like Hooville! Say what?! You can imagine my response, haha.

Nonetheless, this year, I decided to go with silver, gold and white decor or as I’m calling it, my Winter Wonderland. I’m so excited to give you guys an inside look! Hopefully, I’ll still like these items next year, so I can continue to build on my collection and have even more to show y’all then!

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Last year was the first time in my life that I had a real Christmas tree! I’m sure y’all can remember how excited I was. But this year was our first year getting a real, flocked tree and I couldn’t be more obsessed. It really just gives our tree a little something extra and since we never have a white Christmas here in the South, I love that it at least gives us a little bit of that feeling.

Tree Topper | Gold Filler Ornaments | Silver Filler Ornaments | Tree Wrapping Paper | Spotted Wrapping Paper

**I wish I had links for y’all to shop my gold garland and special ornaments, but those are just beautiful pieces I’ve found along the way, not online. :/

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I’m all about having stockings that coordinate, but aren’t all the same. I just think it adds a little something to your decor. Of course, we had to add a third one for our fur baby, Champ!

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Garland | Stockings | Sparkly Trees | Deer

 

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I always think it’s good to add a little Christmas spirit all throughout the house, not just in common areas. It doesn’t take much to turn a boring kitchen sink into a happy holiday space!

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These little Christmas trees were a steal!! They were in the dollar section at Target and I could not pass them up!! These hand towels are sold out on HobbyLobby.com 😦 but you may get lucky and find them in store and if not, Hallmark has a really cute similar one!!

 

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My dining room has always been one of my favorite spaces because my husband built this table for me as my wedding present! Don’t mind my Anthropologie project piece back there that has been a project for like 2 years… haha. When you get a $300 piece for like $30 at Final Cut, you grab that ish quick. What I’ve learned about myself though is that refinishing furniture is not my area of expertise!!

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It’s hard to see, but these napkin rings are engraved with our initial and were one of my favorite wedding presents!

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Add a simple centerpiece and your dining room feels cozy and ready for holiday guests!

Napkins | Napkin Rings | Salt & Pepper Shakers | Chargers

There you have it – a glimpse into my sparkly, winter wonderland! It’s such a shame that we only get to keep our Christmas decorations up for a month; they just make me oh so happy!

 

anna freeman life and lattes

 

Christmas Pictures with the Freemans

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Christmas Pictures 2016

Last year was the first year that Bryan and I had Christmas pictures made and sent out legitimate cards. We loved hearing from family members that received them in the mail or going over to a friend’s house and seeing them hung on the fridge.

For our pictures last year, we used a professional photographer and headed downtown with our pup to get some shots. They had a dressed up, city feel like that we really liked.

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The only thing about doing them downtown is that our dog, Champ, wanted to run and sniff everything… and with professional photographers doing small Christmas sessions, you don’t generally get that many pictures. So the only picture we got of him that was worth something was this photo where I’m cheesing extra hard (literally are my eyes even open?! lol)… so basically I had to send out a pic I didn’t love so Champ didn’t feel left out!

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Nonetheless, to save a little money and to make our lives easier this year, we decided to use a family friend to take our pictures and to do them from home. That way Champ wouldn’t get quite as excited and we could get a few more options to choose from. Plus, this is our first year living in our new home, so it worked out perfectly! Here are a few highlights from our shoot!

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Christmas Pictures 2017

Plus, I’m just a little obsessed with my Christmas decor this year!

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I love stealing kisses by the Christmas tree!

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And don’t worry, Champ made the cut again for this year’s Christmas card!

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Thank you Kallie for being so patient with Champ (and us) and snapping these shots that we’ll cherish forever!

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

anna freeman life and lattes

Stylish Eyewear for the Modern Girl

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I’m pretty sure that the last time I got my eyes checked was back in like the 4th grade… yikes, I know! Lately, I’ve been having a lot of headaches though and also been having a little bit of trouble seeing as well when I’m driving at night, so my doctor was like you need to go get an eye exam, stat! Confession: that was about 2 months ago, but I swear I’m going to make an appointment really soon.

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Honestly, it’s perfect timing though because I just found out about Warby Parker‘s Home Try On. I’ve been freaking out, just a little inside, because I’ve never worn glasses and I had no idea how they would look on. So, this was perfect for me. The way it works is that you go online and take a quiz about your face shape, head size, style of glasses you prefer, etc. It’s super simple and takes less than 5 minutes. Then, they allow you to pick out five pairs you want to try. And the best part… they send them to you, for free!!

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It gives you a really good chance to try them on and get a feel for what shapes, colors, materials, sizes, etc. you like on your face. Then, when you’re finished, you just box them up and send them back.

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I had a really hard time choosing my very favorites out of my Home Try On set. The two-tone pairs were super cute and I loved having a few different shapes to choose from. Overall though, I ended up falling in love with these Chamberlain Whiskey Tortoise frames.

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What’s even more exciting is that they just came out with a new Winter Core Collection that debuted five new styles with seven new color combinations, plus they added some top-notch hardware features… as if they weren’t already amazing enough!

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So basically, I’ve been putting off going to the eye doctor for nothing and just need to get my butt in there, haha! I actually loved how the Whiskey Tortoise color made my glasses an accessory to my olive top, beige skirt and booties, rather than something you just wear out of necessity. I’m really excited to order a couple new pairs and I hope you love their collection as much as I do! 🙂

C’est la vie,

Anna

My Favorite Lip Colors This Season

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When I was little, my grandma would always tell me that she was worried about me or thought I was sick because my lips were so pale. Back then, I didn’t think it was that big of a deal, but now I can’t help but notice days when my lips are basically blending in with my skin, haha! So although I love love love lip color all year long, I really adore it in the fall and winter months when I’m generally paler all over. I bought a few new shades this season that I’m absolutely in love with, so I wanted to share them with you guys! If you are looking for that new perfect, fall lip shade, look no further!

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour – Lady Be Good

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I’m obsessed with this lip color right now. I feel like it’s the perfect, everyday shade that can both go casual or a little dressier. Also, once you put this shade on, you’re good all day! I literally got out of the shower one night (after having it on all day and washing my face) and was shocked to see there was still a little tint to my lips from it. MAC’s matte liquid lip colors are definitely a makeup staple!!

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NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment – Save the Queen

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I seriously adore this dusty mauve lip color by NARS. I love wearing it on days when I’m feeling a little more girly or for a fun night out. I also wore a super thin layer of it during my Susan G. Komen 3-Day (yeah, judge me, I’m that girl that wore makeup while walking 60 miles, lol), just to keep my lips from looking non-existent. They call it lip pigment for a reason though, so be prepared if you get a little outside of your lips, that it will leave a little staining on your skin. It will come off easily with a makeup wipe, but that can be annoying once you’ve finished your entire face of makeup. Just be sure to outline your lips first and then fill them in, to make your life easier.

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Trestique Matte Color & Shiny Balm Lip Crayon – Florence Fig & Rose Balm

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So I’m super excited about this lip crayon, for one, because I had never heard of Trestique before now and I’m so glad I’ve been introduced, but for two just because it’s great. I love that it comes with both a matte lip color and a balm, so your lips never feel dry. Also, it has a magnetic top, with is ingenious. It closes super easy and when I have it in my purse, it finds all of my bobby pins that were floating around in the bottom!! Plus, it has a pointed tip which makes application really easy. It came in my most recent FabFitFun box and I can’t wait to see what they send me next. If you’ve wanted to try out FabFitFun (which is seriously my very favorite package I ever get in the mail), get $10 off the Editor’s Box with the promo code “TREAT”!

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L’Oréal Infallible Matte Lip Paints – Festival

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Ok, so there are SO many reasons to love this lip paint. For one, it’s so super affordable. Two, the color is gorgeous and three, even though it’s matte, it doesn’t really dry out your lips too much. This shade is called Festival, but I’m seriously thinking about buying this product in every shade.

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Got lip color envy yet?! I love ordering my makeup from Ulta because I rack up rewards points and I can always find a good promo code online! If you are looking to order a few new items, it can get expensive quick, so be sure to check out their coupon page on RetailMeNot to save some money and most likely also get some free samples – gotta love that!

What are your fave lip colors right now? Send them my way – a girl can never have too many! 🙂

C’est la vie,

Anna

 

Walking 60 Miles in Just 3 Days to Find a Cure

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I don’t know if you guys remember, but back in May, I told y’all all about my itch to do something remarkable. It took me a lot of time and research to figure out just what it would be, but once I found the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, I knew it was just the thing!

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When I was younger, my Nana was diagnosed with breast cancer. Lucky for our family, she made it into remission and now is a healthy, long-living survivor. We are forever grateful. But, last year, we lost my Aunt Tricia to a long, hard battle with endometrial cancer. It hit our family like a ton of bricks and left me looking for some way to heal and a way to do something productive against this terrible disease.

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I’m also just at a point in my life where I want to make sure I live in a meaningful way and that I do all of the things I want to do… things like travel, challenge myself (physically and emotionally) and do good for others.

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So, from May – November, my sister and I threw events, sold t-shirts, put together giveaways and asked some really wonderful and generous people to support us on our campaigns and luckily, they did. So many businesses and individuals gave their hard-earned money to help us get one step closer to eradicating cancer.

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So a week and a half ago, we both hopped on a plane (from different destinations – this was my first solo flight, so I was a little scared!) and headed out to San Diego. We woke up Friday morning even more nervous… nervous that we wouldn’t be able to make it all 60 miles, nervous that we would let our donors down,  nervous that we didn’t know what we had gotten ourselves into. All of these fears didn’t subside, but were calmed the second the opening ceremonies began. It was raining that morning (despite a 0% chance of rain) and there was a double rainbow in the sky.

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Survivors, current cancer fighters and those that have lost loved ones graced the stage, telling their stories of how they have been impacted by cancer and I literally sobbed standing there in the middle of this crowd in the middle of the rain. It blows your mind to realize just how much each one of us is affected by cancer and the toll it has taken on our lives. I cried for their pain, but also because I really, really miss my aunt and finally because I knew those two rainbows were all of our loved ones looking down on us from above and giving us the support we needed to make it through.

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From that moment on, I didn’t stop smiling. I have never met so many thoughtful and kind people in my life… from the police men and women dressed in pink that provided us with music to keep us going, to the safety crew that kept us safe and got us from point A to point B each day, to the cheering crowds dressed in funny outfits, to all of our fellow walkers. It was seriously a magical experience that I can’t even explain in words.

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Then, on top of it all, my first trip to the west coast did not disappoint. Although I begrudged the miles spent climbing up hills, they sure were beautiful to look at. The cliffs, homes in the hillsides and gorgeous beaches literally left me in awe.

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So we walked and we walked and then we walked some more… through San Diego’s beaches, towns and parks. I can’t count how many times a stranger told me “thank you for walking”, but all I could think is “thank you for keeping me going”. I felt like an old lady because my hips were hurting so badly and I looked kinda funny the second half of the walk with my blistered, achy feet, but no aches and pains from the walk could compare to what cancer patients have to endure. So we pushed through it and on day 3 when we walked through the finish line, I literally couldn’t believe we had made it. I cried again (in case y’all haven’t realized I’m a crier, haha), but then we danced and sang with everyone to celebrate this huge victory. Together, our walk in San Diego raised $6.5 million for breast cancer research and treatment, which is so amazing!

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During the walk I kept thinking… this is one thing I’ll mark off of my bucket list, but I can never do it again! Little did I know, just a few hours later, my sister and I would be talking about signing up for the Atlanta walk again next fall!

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I want to say thank you again to everyone who took part in our campaigns and made this possible and I want to encourage anyone else who has a passion for fighting cancer to join us on our next walk. If you think you can’t do it, you’re wrong. And I’ll be happy to walk right alongside you the entire way! 🙂

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Want to know more about the Susan G. Komen 3-Day? Leave me a comment below or shoot me a message – I’d love to talk to you about it more!!

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C’est la vie,

Anna