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Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sales Already?

November 13, 2018

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Is it already time for Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping already? If you couldn’t already tell, I have already done quite a bit of shopping already this Fall season. I’ve posted two clothing haul’s, and a haul that included items from Bath & Bodyworks, Ross, and Ulta. I also have another haul coming your way in the next week or so. It’s been a great season for shopping, and it will only get better from here.

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sales Already?

Oh yeah, there are some big stores already releasing their ads and top sales already, and there are more and more released each day. My usual favorites to go in person to is between JCPenney’s and Kohls. I don’t necessarily get much at Kohl’s anymore, as it is usually just kind of a tradition to go there year every year on Black Friday. Oh, and why do we even call it Black Friday anymore when all the stores open on Thursday at 6 p.m.? Okay, before I go on a long rant about that, let’s get to what is really important: What are the big sales?

Popular Sales

  • Bloomingdales – Up to 25% off sitewide (11/25-11/27)
    • Buy More, Save More – $25 off $150+, $75 off $350+, or $150 off $500+ (11/28-11/29)
  • Nordstrom – Up to 60% sales (11/21-11/26)
  • Macy’s – Up to 20% off Black Friday sales, code BLKFRI & Free Shipping over $49 (11/21 – 11/24)
  • Urban Outfitters – Buy one, Get one sitewide (11/21-11/23)
  • JCPenney – take extra 30% off $100+ or extra 25% under $100 (11/25-11/28)

Sales I’m Looking Forward To Most? Shoes!

These shoe sales are going to be in Kohl’s on Black Friday, and I always enjoy getting these boots every year.

All in the below widget will be $19.99 on Black Friday

All in the below widget will be $29.99 on Black Friday

JCPenney boots will be $19.99 on Black Friday

Links to extra direct ads for Black Friday (Not affiliate links)

Best Buy

Bath & Bodyworks

Victoria’s Secret

Target

(Will update if more stores post, but these are the most popular ones right now.)

Are you going shopping on Black Friday or for Cyber Monday this year? What are your go-to stores? Any sales I missed that are need to know? Tell me in the comments below, or find me on Instagram @annamaxwell018

Anna

11/9/18 Is It Too Early To Decorate For Christmas?

Plan With Me(PWM): Halloween 2018

10/15/18 My Weekend Fall Shopping Trip

Pink Lily Boutique – Fall Haul (part 2) 2018

10/5/18 Morning Coffee Chit Chat

Thank you all for reading. Be sure to link your own blog, Twitter, Instagram down below for me to get to know you.

@annamaxwell018 on snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter /// Blog twitter: @annaissblog /// Blog Insta: @littlebitpatchco

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Fashion

Pink Lily Boutique Haul – Fall 2018 (part 2)

October 10, 2018

This post is NOT sponsored by Pink Lily. This is my own opinion about my personal online shopping experience here. 

I know this is a little soon from my last Pink Lily Haul, but they had a big sale the other day and I couldn’t help myself. I actually had 2 separate orders. The first one was on the sale day, and I bought four things. The second order came the next day and was kind of an impulse buy. It was a mystery bag that was only $40, and it comes with three randomly selected articles of clothing.

The First Order

I got two shirts and two cardigans. I wanted to get some things that would work for Fall, and I’m kind of obsessed with the whole red and blue colors for Fall. I have to say that the chunky green sweater is extremely comfortable, and I can tell it’s going to keep me warm when we get some colder weather. The long sleeved red shirt is a different material than I’m used to, but it is still pretty comfortable and really pretty. The two cardigans are essentially the same item, but just different colors. They also have elbow patches which add a little cute touch to each cardigan.

The Second Impulse Order

I got an email the next morning talking about the Fall mystery bag, and after reading into it, I bought it pretty quickly. It’s only $40 with a $6 fixed shipping rate. You’re getting three items four $46, when they usually would be 30+ dollars a piece. The mystery factor is the only risky thing. You never know what you are going to get. You do know that it’ll be in your size, as you select that before purchasing the bundle. You could get Summer clothes even though it’s Fall now, or you can get pants or maxi-dresses which are pretty risky if you are a bit shorter.

I was pretty pleased with my mystery purchase. The two shirts are really comfortable, and they work relatively for Fall/Winter. The pants I am not quite sure about yet. They are high waisted which is nice, but they are a bit long on the legs. I’m only 5’2 so that wasn’t unexpected that they would be a little big on me. I might be able to hem them, or I might be able to wear them if I have the right heel. We’ll see what happens.

Overall, I am very much pleased with my purchases from Pink Lily. Online shopping can be a hit or miss, so far the few experiences I’ve had at Pink Lily have been great.

Anna

Journal: Morning Coffee Talk (10/5/18)

Bath & Bodyworks Fall Candle Haul

PWM: Goodbye Summer – Planner Stickers

Journal: It’s TV Show Season and New on Instagram (9/21/18)

Pink Lily Boutique Haul – Fall 2018

Thank you all for reading. Be sure to link your own blog, Twitter, Instagram down below for me to get to know you.

@annamaxwell018 on snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter /// Blog twitter: @annaissblog /// Blog Insta: @littlebitpatchco

All images were created or taken by me, unless stated otherwise.

 

Lifestyle

Bath & Bodyworks Fall Candle Haul

October 2, 2018

If you know anything about me, you know that I LOVE candles! Almost to the point of I love them too much. Let’s be honest, I own over 50 Bath & Bodyworks candles so I’m pretty sure I passed that point already.

Now I don’t just go into Bath & Bodyworks and buy 15 candles in one shopping trip. I might end up with 8 at the most per trip, but usually it’s between 4-6. Since I am living at my parents house as I am finishing up college, they also love the candles. Usually each shopping trip we split up the candles. I pay for half of them, and they pay for half of them. We also only buy candles when they are 50% off(which happens pretty often) and we have a 20% off coupon.

My Fall Collection

Over the past month and a half, my mom and I have gone to Bath & Bodyworks at least twice and bought probably 12 or so candles altogether. So we have got almost all of the Fall collection apart from a handful of ones we didn’t really like.

I think my favorites are the apple cinnamon cider, leaves, and autumn. Don’t get me wrong, I like all of them to a certain extent, but those are my go-to’s. I think the only ones I wouldn’t repurchase is bourbon maple and blueberry maple pancakes. They smell great, but the throw the candles give out is a little too strong. I can’t leave them burning for a long time, and usually I like to have a softer throw for candles. However, both bourbon maple and blueberry maple pancake are true scent wise. 

What candles have you bought from their Fall/Autumn candles? What is your favorite?

Anna

PWM: Goodbye Summer – Planner Stickers

Journal: It’s TV Show Season and New on Instagram (9/21/18)

Pink Lily Boutique Haul – Fall 2018

Journal: New Projects and Fall Fever 9/16/18

Planner Sticker Haul August 2018

Thank you all for reading. Be sure to link your own blog, Twitter, Instagram down below for me to get to know you.

@annamaxwell018 on snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter /// Blog twitter: @annaissblog /// Blog Insta: @littlebitpatchco

All images were created or taken by me, unless stated otherwise.

Lifestyle

New Instagram Theme for July

July 13, 2018
Changing My Instagram Theme

If you have been following me for a while(here or on Instagram), you know that I love working with my Instagram. I love making changes and see the new flow of a new theme change. I am also pretty passionate about photography, mine, and other peoples. With that in mind I decided that for the month of July, I will be trying out a new Instagram theme. Who knows, I might not like it and decide to change it again in August, or it could become a more permanent thing. I also want to note that this change is primarily going on my personal Instagram account, the blog Instagram account will be staying mostly the same. Although, I do plan on trying to make changes on that one once I build it up some more.

My New Instagram Theme

My new theme will be fairly simple, and hopefully easy to keep up with. I don’t know about you all, but one thing that I really don’t like is when it feels more like a struggle to post photos. I like to feel like I’m adding to a piece of art every day, and I want to “want” to post.

Over the past week, I did a trial run for my new theme to give you all an example of what my plan is. So far I am liking the changes, and I’m incorporating a lot of the landscape and nature photos from other sources(such as pexels.com), but I would love to incorporate photos from other photographers on Instagram.

I am playing off of using a diagonal type theme. One thread involves me, either selfies or full-length photos. Then I have two threads of landscape type photos that are on both sides of my selfie thread. Then the fourth thread is more random. The reason why I have the random thread is that I feel like sometimes I want to post something that isn’t just the same as the rest of the photos. I do however plan on sticking to a color theme that is green, white, black, and pink. However, I occasionally will post a pop of color here and there, as long as one of those colors is in the photo as well.

Want your photos to be featured on my Insta?

If you’d like for me to use one of your photos on my Instagram, let me know in the comments below or email me at annaissbusiness@gmail.com. I need the image you’d like me to use, and your Instagram handle. Mine, for example, would be @annamaxwell018 and I would attach the photo, and anything particular you’d like for me to say about your photo in the caption.

Anna

Did I Complete My June Photo Challenge?

Go-To Beauty Products

My Summer 2018 Playlist

Pinterest Traffic Report: May 2018

30 Day Photo Challenge – June

Thank you all for reading. Be sure to link your own blog, Twitter, Instagram down below for me to get to know you.

@annamaxwell018 on snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter /// Blog twitter: @annaissblog /// Blog Insta: @littlebitpatchco

All images were created or taken by me, unless stated otherwise.

 

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Lifestyle

Did I Complete My June Photo Challenge?

July 10, 2018

I did it, I did it! I managed to complete all the photos for my June photo challenge. At the beginning of last month, I made the decision to start a June photo challenge, and I was to post a themed photo each day of the month. I have tried a photo challenge before, and it didn’t really go that well. I finally realized that if I really wanted to get one done, I should come up with the challenge myself, and see if that motivates me more.

What Happened During The Photo Challenge

The whole challenge went by without any major issues, but I did run into a snag here and there. I decided to do the photo challenge on my Insta stories instead of posting on my actual Instagram, and that worked relatively well. I saved each day to a highlight(which is still on my Insta profile if you want to go see it), and I occasionally forgot to save it to the highlight on a few days. Luckily my Instagram is set up to backup my photos and stories to my phone so I was able to add them, but if I do this again, I need a better reminder to do that.

I only missed posting on one day, but that was only because I purchased the game Jurassic World Evolution. I got addicted very quickly, and I played the game for about 10 hours straight that day. But I did make up for it, and I posted two photos the next day.

All 30 Photos

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Overall, I really enjoyed this photo challenge. I had something to look forward to everyday, and it was another way to express my love for capturing moments in my life. Yes, I’m most definitely not a professional photographer, but I still love all my photos.

I did have someone participate in the challenge with me this month, and I have to say I absolutely loved her photos. Her name is Chloe and her IG: @photographycnp She was so creative with each themed day, and really kept up with the challenge. I think everyone should go check out her Instagram page, and the rest of her photos from the challenge. Below, I have some of my favorites from her photos. It was hard to narrow down from her photos, but these five really caught my eye. 

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Would I do this again? Absolutely! My main focus for this upcoming month is going to be my Instagram theme, but I might do another photo challenge in August. If you have any suggestions on what challenge I should do, or you created a challenge and want me to try it, let me know in the comments below.

Anna

Go-To Beauty Products

My Summer 2018 Playlist

Pinterest Traffic Report: May 2018

30 Day Photo Challenge – June

Instagram Roundup: 3 Boss Lady Bloggers

My Georgia Travel Bucket List

St. Patrick’s Day 2018

Thank you all for reading. Be sure to link your own blog, Twitter, Instagram down below for me to get to know you.

@annamaxwell018 on snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter /// Blog twitter: @annaissblog /// Blog Insta: @littlebitpatchco

All images were created or taken by me, unless stated otherwise.

Beauty Lifestyle

My Go-To Beauty Products – June 2018

June 29, 2018

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While I try to spend my life letting my skin and hair have plenty of breaks from beauty and hair products, I do like to experiment with new beauty products regularly. So far this year, I’ve used to quite a bit of new products, and I finally narrowed down my go-to’s(we’re almost halfway through this year, where did the time go?). The list below has mostly beauty products, but I also have a couple hair and nail products in there.

I think I’ve transformed a lot this past year when it comes to what I’m using on my face for skincare or makeup, and I think it is important to try new things. I do want to say that if you plan on buying any of these products below, make sure you do your own research on what is compatible with your skin type or hair type. Sometimes products that work on oily skin have a completely different effect on those with dry skin. Now on with my favorites…

Favorite Scents

Favorites from Bath & Bodyworks

Lately, I have been obsessed with this rose and apple scent from Bath and Bodyworks. If you have been following me for a long time(here, Twitter, or Instagram), you know that I have a huge candle obsession. My 30+ candle collection all comes from Bath & Bodyworks, and my favorite time to buy is when they are on sale. Recently Bath & Bodyworks had their semi-annual, and I stocked up on everything. Including this lovely shower gel. I had already bought the body spray a couple months ago, and I was obsessed instantly. This is definitely a scent I recommend buying.

Mermaid Lagoon from Bath & Bodyworks

Mermaid Lagoon is one of my newer favorite scents from Bath & Bodyworks. It’s described as smelling like shimmering ocean water, tiare flowers, and sea mist. All fitting into the mermaid theme of the candle’s appearance. The one thing I like about this candle is that the scent is just right. It’s not too overpowering, but it’s not a weak smelling candle either.

Hair and Nail Products

Tresemme – [Affiliate]

I have been trying new things with my hair lately, some of which require heat, and this has been amazing for heat protection. Not only that, it helps smooth my hair out, and I definitely need that. My hair frizzes pretty easily, regardless of how hot it is outside. Just a little bit of heat causes my hair to go in all directions, and this has helped me manage my frizz a lot more.

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Essie Nail Polish, Spaghetti Strap and Peach Daiquiri – [Affiliate]

With Summer approaching, my goal was to start buying more bright and colorful nail polish, and these 2 colors caught my eye immediately. The pale pink is called Spaghetti Strap and the darker pink is Peach Daiquiri. They are both beautiful colors, but they also fit different moods. One is more bright and perfect for a pop of color, and the other is more simple but beautiful for any work or fancy occasion.

Beauty Products

These are my favorite items in my makeup collection. I L O V E my Stila mascara and eyeliner. These two are perfect on their own without eyeshadow, and they accompany eyeshadow perfectly. I am absolutely obsessed, and can’t believe I went this long in my life without using these two products. The mascara doesn’t clump, and the eyeliner is easy to apply. Something that is most important to me is eyeliner application. I don’t really have steady hands, and I can’t use a product that is difficult to apply on top of my shaky hands.

My Morphe palette is my typical go-to for eyeshadow. I have been not wearing as much eyeshadow lately to give my eyes a somewhat break, but when I do wear it, I always grab at least one color from this palette. On a regular day, I’m usually sticking to more earth/warm tones for my eyeshadow, and this palette is perfect to fit my eyeshadow needs. However, if this isn’t exactly your thing, Morphe has a ton of different types of palettes with all different colors. 

Last but not least, my Sun Bum sunscreen for face and lips. I absolutely love both the face sunscreen and the watermelon scented sunscreen chapstick. My pet peeve with sunscreens is usually the smell. I find that if the smell is too much like chemicals, I’m not as inclined to want to put it on. With how harsh the sun can actually be on our skin, it is very important to put sunscreen on every day, even when it’s cloudy. With these two products, I don’t think I’ll have any problem applying these every day.

I Take My Go-To’s Everywhere

My go-to’s are always in a bag, ready to go with me anywhere. Most are pretty inexpensive, and they get the job done. What’s in your go-to beauty bag? Let me know in the comments below, or comment on my Instagram photo for the blog 🙂

Anna

My Summer 2018 Playlist

Pinterest Traffic Report: May 2018

30 Day Photo Challenge – June

Instagram Roundup: 3 Boss Lady Bloggers

My Georgia Travel Bucket List

St. Patrick’s Day 2018

Thank you all for reading. Be sure to link your own blog, Twitter, Instagram down below for me to get to know you.

@annamaxwell018 on snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter /// Blog twitter: @annaissblog /// Blog Insta: @littlebitpatchco

All images were created or taken by me, unless stated otherwise.

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Lifestyle

My Summer 2018 Playlist

June 25, 2018

Now that it is officially Summer, I think it is time to share my Summer playlist for this year. One thing that I enjoy more than anything is listening to music. No matter what mood I am in, there is always some song out there that fits what I’m feeling. I guess that’s the beauty of living in a world where we have access to so many different types of music.

photo from pixabay.com

How I Created My Summer Playlist

We have music streaming sources such as Spotify, Apple Music, and Pandora that allows us to listen to whatever we want, and it’s crazy to think that just 10 years ago you were limited to what you bought CD’s of. I personally use Spotify(not sponsored or affiliate, that’s just genuinely what I use), and I find new music from multiple genres just by listening to their New Music Friday playlist every week. I feel like my appreciation for music grew over the past few years, as I was finally branching out and experience different genres of music.

Music also is a major way to help inspire me when I’m feeling lacking in the creativity department. I haven’t talked about this much on my blog yet, but I love to write. By “write” I mean writing stories. My dream since I was a little girl was to become an author. To this day, I am still in the work in progress stages, but it’s still a goal for me. I find when I have trouble writing a scene, I skim through some playlists of mine that I think might fit the mood, and all it takes is that one magical song to get rid of my writer’s block.

My thought process when creating this playlist is happy and uplifting songs. I hope you all find happiness through this music and enjoy the playlist!

When I think of Summer, I think of good times and adventures. I put in a mixture of songs that are more current, and a few of my favorites from the past few years. I hope you all enjoy the playlist, and let me know how you feel about in the comments below. Also, if you have any songs that you think are a must add to the playlist, let me know.

Anna

My Summer Goals / Bucket list 2018

Pinterest Traffic Report: May 2018

30 Day Photo Challenge – June

Instagram Roundup: 3 Boss Lady Bloggers

My Georgia Travel Bucket List

Thank you all for reading. Be sure to link your own blog, Twitter, Instagram down below for me to get to know you.

@annamaxwell018 on snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter /// Blog twitter: @annaissblog

All images were created or taken by me, unless stated otherwise.

Lifestyle

30-Day Photo Challenge – Littlebit and Patch

May 31, 2018

Hello everyone!

Another 30-day photo challenge, really? Yes, really. I love photo challenges! Whenever I feel like I need something new to look forward to, a photo challenge(or a writing one) always helps me gather new inspiration from my surroundings. Because I am in the process of creating a theme on my Instagram, I plan on completing this challenge on my Instagram story. I feel like that would be the best way for me to keep track of each day, and not interrupt my attempt to establish a theme on my Instagram feed. Which is currently a mixture of black and white and color(it’s a work in progress, okay?). Below I have a 30-day challenge, and I am using it for June, but you can apply it to other 30-day months if you want.

from pexels.com, CC0 License

from pexels.com, CC0 License

30-Day Photo Challenge

  1. Selfie
  2. Breakfast
  3. Skyview
  4. Color – Pink
  5. Outdoors
  6. OOTD
  7. Animal
  8. Dessert
  9. Color – Blue
  10. Drink
  11. Profile Selfie (side view)
  12. Words of Wisdom
  13. Green
  14. Bath
  15. Sunglasses
  16. Dinner
  17. Sunset
  18. Glass
  19. Favorite Hairstyle
  20. Color – Yellow
  21. #2 Animal
  22. Shoes
  23. Faceless Selfie
  24. Favorite Meal
  25. Books
  26. Color – Black & White
  27. Eyes
  28. Throwback – include the date on the photo
  29. Sunrise
  30. Selfie

I will be starting the challenge on the 1st of June, and I hope you will join me. If you do decide to participate in the challenge, be sure to let me know on Instagram, Twitter, or my Pinterest. I will give you a shoutout, on Instagram and Twitter for participating in the challenge, and I might just mention you on a special blog post if you complete all 30-days. If you decide to use this challenge for another month, still tag me on my social media or comment below, as I will still give shoutouts on social media. I hope everyone is ready for 30 days of new photos.

Anna

Instagram Roundup: 3 Boss Lady Bloggers

My Georgia Travel Bucket List

St. Patrick’s Day 2018

Say Hello To Littlebit and Patch

Thank you all for reading. Be sure to link your own blog, Twitter, Instagram down below for me to get to know you.

@annamaxwell018 on snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter /// Blog twitter: @annaissblog

All images were created or taken by me, unless stated otherwise.

pinterest friendly photo challenge

Pinterest Friendly

Lifestyle

St. Patrick’s Day 2018

March 21, 2018

Hello everyone!

I had a pretty busy St. Patrick’s Day this year, and I wanted to share with you some of my favorite moments. Starting with what my favorite treat was, and my favorite activity. Lately, I have been trying to eat healthy and exercise regularly, and so far, I’m doing a pretty good job.  However, I find that the best way for me to maintain a mostly healthy diet is to have some sort of cheat snack every once in a while. I say “snack” instead of “meal” because if I do cheat and splurge on something it’s usually a craving for something sugary or salty, and it doesn’t take much to satisfy that craving.

St. Patrick’s Day Dessert

I knew I wanted to do some sweet treat for St. Patrick’s day, and I thought donuts would be good because I could grab a donut for that cheat snack if I needed it. A good cup of coffee was just perfect for this sweet treat. Plus, I wanted to do something festive for the holiday. So this happened…

St. Patrick’s Day 5K

I have to say, I did end up eating more than just one donut, but I couldn’t help it. They were delicious! I didn’t feel too bad about it either because my mother and I did a 5k this morning. Notice, I specifically don’t say the word “run” because let’s be honest, I walked the entire time. It was the Shamrock Shuffle 5k at Marietta Square. My favorite part about this was the amazing scenery we got to see as we walked. Some of the houses around the area clearly have so much history and beauty.

The good news is that I hit my step goal of 10,000 for the day, the bad news is that I was sore after it. It wouldn’t have been so bad if I didn’t have to do all my grocery shopping that same day. I got a good night of sleep though, so I guess it was worth it.

Let me know in the comments below what you did for St. Patricks Day, and be sure to follow my Instagram for regular photos of my daily activities.

Anna

Say Hello To Littlebit and Patch

Thank you all for reading. Be sure to link your own blog, Twitter, Instagram down below for me to get to know you.

@annamaxwell018 on snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter /// Blog twitter: @annaissblog

All images were created or taken by me, unless stated otherwise.