Mint Standard

Kelley Wendelborn, y’all. Probably one of the most rockstar mompreneurs I’ve ever known.
Now she’s gone and blown me away again by launching her Mint Standard Clothing line. “Mint for work. Mint for play.” – I mean come on?! How adorable and clever is that line, alone?!?! So catchy. Well if you haven’t heard about Mint Standard yet, glad you’re here. This is only the very beginning of an amazing line with all the potential and quality to turn into something absolutely HUGE. I foresee Shark Tank, stores, branching out to different states, literally. Maybe she doesn’t, but I totally do.

These dresses and shorties are top notch. And the best part about all of this? She worked her behind off to get it right. Full time working mom with 2 small girls, she did this on the side- and STILL managed to use her full ass in all areas of her life. She spent nights on her kitchen floor measuring out her favorite shirts and dresses. She used a light sand paper and rubbed hundreds of fabric samples to pick the one that was least likely to pill. The material she ultimately chose? Yeah about that… She was turned down by several manufacturers because “dresses aren’t made from this material. Only sportswear.” πŸ™„ (who’s laughing now!) Once getting what she truly set out for, she wore her sample for one full day every week from February to June to make sure it washed well and the quality was up to par.

When talking about her reasoning behind starting this journey, Kelley says: “Work expected me to not look homeless. The girls expected me to carry 34,738 acorns in my pockets. I, personally, wanted to live in pajamas. The struggle was real.” Gosh if that isn’t the truth πŸ™ŒπŸΌ Kelley wants a line that can be worn for everything. Never miss out on a moment because we’re dressed inappropriately. She finished by saying: “As women, we are expected to do so much and be so much, and it’s time we have clothes that can do life with us.” SO GOOD! #goals!

Daughters Emma (18m) & Olivia (3)

Now let’s show off the clothes….  

The Cinch in Navy/White Stripe

 

The Original in Black

I have one of each dress. They are both *SO* comfortable and flattering. The shorties are perfect- my flab isn’t lava-lamping around down there. You can rest easy knowing everything will stay put. πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ

She shared her treasures with Colleen & Eugene…

Watch the full video here πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Mint Standard on Charlotte Today

Adorable ladies showing off their MSC looks

Sizing is simple, but I know we all get squirrelly about our crazy figures and what will look best. I chose a medium in both dresses because I have thicker arms. They are so annoying, but that’s for another post… here is the size chart if you need help:

Dresses
Shorties
 

So, buy away… seriously. Buy one in every color in each style and stock up on the shorties, and cheers to a happier life doing it with Mint Standard.  
Oh, and before I forget…

You are seeing this correctly… winner gets to pick out the dress of their choice. Holla! To enter to win, comment on this post and tell us your favorite alcoholic beverage (this one’s for Kelley) πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ If you’re a sober Sally like me, what’s your favorite beverage? He he he. I will be announcing the winner on *SuNdAy FuNdAy* and you will contact Kells for your dress! So fun! Have fun my Lucky Loves!

Until next time…. πŸ’šAnna


Leela & Lee Designs

I’m so excited to share this local business with my Lucky Life family. I’m going to go out on a limb and say this is one of the most special posts I’ll ever do… I know, I’m one month old. But I’m declaring it. πŸ˜‰ With rapid growth, Leela & Lee’s stunning jewelry is quickly becoming a Charlotte staple. Once you learn this beautiful jewelry and the and heart and soul behind it- you’ll recognize it anywhere. 

Mary Ann with husband Christian, Lee & Evelyn Ann – Nov 2014
 

Let me first tell you how I heard about Leela & Lee. As you all know, I’m a CLT Find-aholic. I’ve been buying necklaces, my girlfriend got me one for my birthday, and I was so impressed by the style and detail put into these pieces. Fast forward a month later, I found a mama on M2M (non locals- M2M is my online mom group) and she shared a short piece of information about herself that had a massive impact on my heart. The post she commented on was about a family that lost their little boy in Atlanta due to a total, freak accident. Major tragedy that had our whole little tribe shook to the core. Thats where I saw the comment from Mary Ann Ciciarelli saying that she lost her 5 year old son in 2015. She sent her condolences and offered a helping hand if the family needed someone to talk to. My heart dropped into my stomach as I clicked on Mary Ann’s profile and began stalking away. I see this happy family with their two little baby angels, a boy and girl that are around the same ages as Liam and Palmer. Then I learned that she owns Leela & Lee. So not only am I sitting over here bawling about such a tragic yet incredible story…. I’m wearing her jewelry. Pretty sure I reached out to her after just to tell her she was a rockstar. We’ve stayed in touch since and I’m so blessed to call her a friend of mine. 

β€οΈπŸ’™Now, let me talk to you about Mary Ann’s son, Lee. Throughout you’ll see a plethora of collages because A- I couldn’t pick only a couple pictures and B- You can learn a lot about this sweet boy (and family) just through photos. This little superhero was born on Easter Monday, 4.5.2010. 

After some health issues in his first year of life, a Long QT 8 was ultimately found through an EKG which is otherwise known as the rare disorder, Timothy Syndrome. Lee was one when he received this diagnosis. Timothy Syndrome is rather new and considered to be a cardiac condition. After a risky heart surgery at such a young age, Lee began beating the odds.

As you can see, this ray of sunshine lived his life to the FULLEST. In November of 2015, Lee started having symptoms children commonly get with a cold… only with his fever, this meant a hypoglycemic seizure could come on. And it did. At one point he seized until his heart came to a complete stop. CPR was performed for 9 minutes and they were able to revive Lee, but the loss of oxygen made too severe of an impact on his fragile body. On November 24th, 2015, Mary Ann & Christian made the hardest decision of their lives. They chose to remove the breathing tubes as they sang their blessing song to the little love of their lives. 


Lee’s light continues to shine brightly through his family’s dedication to the Timothy Syndrome Alliance, co-founded by Mary Ann. His story brings outstanding awareness, and with Leela & Lee, Mary Ann is able to raise money toward TSA (10% of every purchase goes to TSA!) Also, very cool fact- Lee got his name “Super Lee” because just weeks before his passing, he had the whole family dress up as Superman for Halloween. What’s so crazy about this? Although I didn’t know the Ciciarelli’s yet, I too, chose to dress my little family up in Superman costumes. I truly believe it was not a coincidence, but a God thing. And there is a big reason that Mary Ann’s family was brought into my life! 

Also, Lee’s baby sister Evelyn Ann. Oh that sweet girl. She will forever be the proof of little Lee’s testimony- she looks so much like him and loves him as much as he does her from in Heaven. EA has brought so much beauty and joy to heavy times, and she will forever carry on her big brother’s legacy. 
Speaking of Evelyn Ann she ALSO rocks Leela & Lee jewelry because (drum roll please…..!) there is children’s jewelry available for purchase! You can find it at Argyle Alligator 😍 Obligatory modeling pics that are almost too cute to handle:

Evelyn Ann with her cousin, Amaya

You can order your goodies at leelaandleedesigns.com ~or~ find pieces at CLT Find (within 7th Street Market) & Moxie Mercantile (Plaza Midwood). And in case you have relatives or friends in Roanoke, Virginia- you can also find Leela & Lee at Magnolia Furnishings. 
Now, last but not least, the amazing GIVEAWAY! To enter to win: Comment below and tell me about someone that has/is struggling in your life and why they inspire you. You don’t have to use names, just share what you can. For a second entry, follow @leelaandlee & @luckylifeblog on Instagram! Winner will be announced Wednesday morning- our first preseason GAMEDAY!! Go Panthers! I will have it at your door ASAP so you can rock it for the game that evening! If you can’t already tell, I’m obsessed with mine…. 

Best of luck to my Lucky Life lovers that enter to win! I love you all, until next time….

πŸ’šAnna

Be Still

There are days where left and right, up and down- everything seems to be going horribly wrong. And sometimes I have legitimate reasons to feel that way, no doubt. However, through counseling and therapy I’m starting to be more aware of my feelings and I’m noticing some things about myself. Ha, with that said, half the time I’m going nuts, crying, accusing, feeling like I’m drowning in problems I’ll never overcome and it stems from…. nothing. Yep, nothing. Internally, it’s coming from many places. My thoughts. Thoughts that are uncontrollable and come and go. They’re just thoughts, yet I believe them. Externally? This is just life! Things happen. It’s nothing. Nothing externally caused this massive disturbance of my peace of mind. Prayer always helps me ignore and overcome negative thoughts, but when I’m in the middle of a meltdown I rarely think about praying until the worst of it is over, and the damage is done. So basically, when those negative thoughts are festered into negative feelings, the negative feelings are put into negative actions. And that is a horrible place to be. Yikes. 

Today I got upset over something so frustrating. I’ve been trying for months now to establish a new PCP. I waited for weeks to see a new doctor and literally when I walked into the office today I got an “OMG” look from the lady working front desk. “I’m so sorry, the nurse practitioner had an emergency and will not be back in office until the 14th.” I’ve had a lot of bad luck with doctors, I have a lot of weird stuff going on with my health, and so this was kind of like a tipping point. Normal Anna would rage, but then again, I am on the crazier side of the spectrum. 

I started to find myself falling into a destructive mindset, fast. I also (surprisingly) made myself aware, fast. And I decided to be still. I prayed. I asked myself: is this really worth losing my peace over? Is it the end of the world? Do I even have a reason to be feeling this way right now? The sooner I identified my feelings and what was happening in REAL life, not in my head, I was able to breathe. I only needed to be still. Once I calmed down, I did cry. After all, it’s a frustrating thing to happen. I planned my whole day around this 2pm appointment and it wasn’t a short drive, either. I waited 3 weeks for this appointment and looked forward to it. But I’m okay. Life is good… I’m alive and healthy enough to be driving my car, taking care of my kids, it’s all going to be okay. 

When someone cuts me off in traffic. Be still. So-and-so didn’t text back today, they obviously don’t care… be still. My kids are screaming and the top of their lungs and hitting each other, take a moment (a quick one πŸ˜‚) and be still. This too shall pass. And the calmer you become in situations that you normally get upset over, the quicker they pass. You realize you were usually overreacting. And your peace and joy become a lot harder to tamper with. 

Note to self and others: Rest easy mama, God is good and He is in you. These days are hard but they are good. And when they’re over, you never get it back. Don’t stop. Keep moving. There is nothing in this world you can worry over that would benefit the following day. It only wastes your precious time. Tomorrow comes and everything is fine. Joy comes in the morning, and we get a new morning every single day πŸ’š 

SML: Product Must Haves πŸ’‹

Shop my look! In advance let me say- these are all FAVES of mine. Not randos I slapped on and decided to market (minus the lipstick goodness I stole from my cuz, thanks Ames!) 

Not my “everyday” look as a ton of these products are bold for my taste, but for a GNO? Go wild πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ’‹

All products are listed in a random order of awesomeness except the FIRST and foremost: Stila Huge. Yes Lord! The results say it all… & don’t forget your favorite eyelash curler!! 

Anna without make up= no lashes (and my gorgeous friend Morgan)

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Matte Tilt (bright orange)


Urban Decay Naked Palette (I used Dark Horse & Half Baked)


Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter Pressed Highlighter in Opal

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in RisquΓ© (peachy nude)


Tarteist PRO Glow Highlight and Contour Palette 


IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream + SPF 50 in Light


bareMinerals Mineral Veil in Original 

L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24HR Lacquer Intense Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black


bareMinerals Loose Powder Eyeshadow in Queen Phyllis 


bareMinerals Bareskin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer in Fair 


Maybelline Lash Discovery Mascara in Very Black


NYX Professional Dewy Finish (OR Matte Finish) Make Up Setting Spray 


Benefit Cosmetics Precisely My Brown Pencil in No. 5

Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow Volumized Fiber Gel in No.5

Taking off: 

Garnier Skinactive Micellar Cleansing Water


Philosophy The Microdelivery Exfoliating Facial Wash


Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask 


Where to buy: Good ole Ulta Cosmetics has occasional 20% coupons for the entire store if you want to stock up- keep your eyes peeled! Don’t let hubby toss that postcard when it comes! Also you’ll gain points on your UltaMate Rewards card for every dollar you spend and it becomes money back toward any goodies in store! Walmart will most likely be the lowest prices on NYX, Maybelline & L’Oreal but again, Ulta deals come in handy! One of these brands are always on sale BOGO 50% off and when there’s a $3.50 coupon, you can apply it after discount. And bonus- you’re building points for $$ off! 

Maybe one day I’ll work up the courage to do a tutorial- until then, this is all I got πŸ˜‚

Stay gorgeous, gorgeous!

πŸ’šAnna