Clothed with Grace

Friday, November 10, 2017

Pretty Prints

Recently I got the change to try another dress from eshakti. I've gotten dresses from them in the past and love how everything is customizable. From the length to the style, to a custom fit-you can really build the perfect dress, just for you. I chose this Georgettee Dress because I adored the print! I've gotten rid of a lot of clothes from my closet and recently realized that of the dresses I still own, all but two are really only spring/summer dresses. Even though I don't wear dresses a ton once the temperatures  drop, I like to wear them occasionally. 

The fit on this dress is perfect! I didn't own a midi length dress, so I took a change and really like it here! I had meant to adjust the neckline, as the original style is too low for my taste, but accidentally didn't check the right box, so I styled it with a cami underneath and think that works fine. I wore my Franco Sarto heels, they are no longer available, but these heels from Old Navy are similar in style and have a great price point. I also kept it a bit casual with my denim jacket. I'd like to wear a tan cardigan with it too, but mine bit the dust and I haven't been able to find a replacement yet. Whomp, whomp.

Once again, by experience with eshakti has been great. I love the dress and am looking forward to getting a lot of use out of it!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Maple Holistics

I shared with you all last month some new products I'd gotten to try from Maple Holistics and they've sent me a few new things to try! First off, I tried this Opulence Under Eye Cream. Being I'm nearly 40 I've become a bit more aware of the aging around the eyes. I've used a few other creams, but was excited to give this one a try. It promises to reduce wrinkles and bags as well as brighten the eye area. I've used it for a few weeks and while I can't attest to it's impact on wrinkles, I do feel like my eyes look brighter and more awake. It's a light cream and doesn't take much, so I think this jar will last for a long time. I'm excited to see the long term results!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Fall Style

In the last few years I've made a major shift in closet from cheap, synthetic shoes to only wearing leather shoes and my feet have been so much happier. I recently got these loafers from 4EurSole. I've worked with them in the past and am excited to show you these loafers. I wore them for the first time last Saturday while I was out running around with the family and was super pleased with the first wear. No rubbing on my heels and they were really comfortable too. I love the classic style and they are the perfect in-between within my closet when I'm not in the mood for booties or ballet flats.

I also got this top and these ankle pants recently at Loft too. I'd like to get a burgundy cami for underneath, but don't mind the navy. These ankle pants are my favorite and I have a number of them, they wear super well, don't stretch, and the color hasn't faded on them either.

I feel like my closet has become a lot more classic in this past year, I've been keeping it pretty simple and am pretty happy about that. If you're looking for new shoes for the fall, I'd definitely recommend 4EurSole!

Use code 4ESOCQT2D for 15 % off your purchase too!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Maple Holistics Argon Oil Shampoo

I don't know about you, but sometimes it's worth documenting a good hair day and I'm feeling like I'm having a lot more of them since trying Maple HolisticsArgon Oil Shampoo and Conditioner. I first learned of Argon oil a number of years ago and began to use it after showers to tame my fly-aways. When my product ran out, I came to find out they weren't making it any more. Whomp, whomp. So, when Maple Holistics reached out and asked if I wanted to try a shampoo and conditioner and I saw they had an Argon Oil one, I was in.

I only wash my hair twice a week, I so I really need a product that doesn't leave residue and keeps my hair feeling fresh in-between washes. I've been really pleased with how this shampoo and conditioner is working for me. They have a great smell and leave my hair really feeling clean. It's also made right here in the USA, so that's really cool too.

Even though these are very reasonably priced, I know trying new products can sometimes be a gamble. Maple Holistics has thought of everything and you can even request a free sample, so you can try it be fore you buy it!

I'm looking forward to continuing to use this and if Argon Oil isn't your jam, they have a number of other really great option too! 

Monday, September 4, 2017

Fall Style

It's that time of year again when it's time to start transition our wardrobe to fall. Right now for me, that means still wearing my summery tops with pants or jeans and starting to switch from wearing sandals to boots. In the past few years I've gotten very serious about only wearing leather shoes with good support and my favorite go-to brand for this is Vionic hands-down. I now have six pair spanning the course of all season and I very end the day with my feet aching they way they used to.  These booties are no exception. The minute I put them on they felt so comfortable. I am so excited to get to wear these this fall. Dressed up or down they'll be perfect! If you haven't tried Vionic yet, you are missing out. They are worth the price and are long lasting too!

I got these jeans from Loft last spring and they are also amazing. They have a nice stretch, but don't stretch out during the day, which I love! I also am loving this top. It's currently on super sale and I sized down in it. It's already gotten a lot of use!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Smartick: Mathematics for Children

At the beginning of summer I was offered a complimentary family account for Grant try Smartick: Mathematics for Children. Being a teacher, I know that there is around a 30% retention loss for kids over summer break if they don't continue to practice skills they already know, or work on learning new skills. I had a pretty good plan for reading and writing, but other than leftover math worksheets that Grant hadn't completed in his math booklet from first grade, I wasn't sure what I'd do. There are a number of fun math apps. out there, but Smartick is definitely a step above the other apps we have.

Memberships vary for an individual or family, and you can choose how many months you want to sign up for too. So, whether you want to keep your kid ahead of the curve and get in continual math practice before school starts, or if your child is struggling and can use some more practice, this app will be great for your child!

When signing up we put in Grant's information, grade level, age, etc. Then he did a baseline assessment of his skills. What makes Smartick special is that it self-adjusts to the child's ability and grows with them.

I have Grant complete this fifteen minute (estimated) program Monday-Friday and he usually finishes in less than fifteen minutes. He usually does this independently after breakfast while I'm getting ready, but if he is stuck on something I'll help him clarify.

This program can be used on the computer, or there is an apple for both Google and Apple that can be downloaded for free too. When you sign in it looks like this:

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

San Diego

I know it's been quiet around here, honestly things have been super busy, I've had very little down time, and when I do, I just haven't wanted to spend the time blogging. I did however, want to share Brian and my trip to San Diego a few weeks back. 

Brian and I have literally not taken a trip, just the two of us since getting married nearly a decade ago. It was wonderful and we've decided it needs to be something we do each year for a few days. We are lucky that my mom was willing and able to come stay with the kids, otherwise, this trip couldn't have happened.

One of our first spots was Mission Beach, which is evidently super popular. We literally drove around for an hour and a half trying to find a parking spot, it was pretty crazy! Once we got a spot though we could see what all the fuss was about. The beach was beautiful and we ate a a super yummy sushi joint too.