Whole 30 — Day 04

It was a nice Sunday for my oldest, the pooches and I. We woke to the awesome smell of marinara that bubbled away most of the night. We both slept super late–we totally deserved it! Ha.

Our plans were pretty subdued–she needed new school pants, so we had a trip to the mall on our agenda. I believe this is the first time in recorded history I did not consume an Auntie Anne’s pretzel while on mall premises, but no biggie. Before we went to the mall, I had made sure to eat my lunch–chicken salad I made yesterday loaded into red pepper halves. There is something about the crunch of red pepper that makes me so happy. I honestly think I’d have a harder time giving up red peppers than I would Auntie Anne’s pretzels. I suppose that’s positive. In solidarity with me, my daughter went without her traditional pretzel too. She’s a good kid.

We decided to tread into foreign territory this evening and I finally made spaghetti squash. I’ve brought a couple home in squashthe past couple months, but I never took the plunge and made them.

I’m not sure what my problem was, but after making one tonight, I’m already looking forward to buying another and trying different prep.

I wish I had a fancy camera [well, I have one, but I don’t know how to use it properly!] and good lighting. If I did, you’d see the awesomeness that was this spaghetti squash and sauce. It looks like a ton of sauce from this angle, but it’s atop a mountain of spaghetti squash.

I’ve also been giving the SodaStream a workout today. That thing makes the fizziest water and I LOVE it.

I’ve also had some cherries today and a handful of frozen grapes. Again, I’m waiting to be super duper hungry, but I’m just not yet. I need to find my copy of It Starts With Food. I own it; I just cannot locate it. I’m thinking I put it in a safe place…so safe even I didn’t tell myself where it is hidden. I’m wondering if it would tell me that because I’m not eating so much fake stuff and empty calories through beverages, I’m just not hungry all the time.

In other news [because although the Whole 30 is consuming, it’s not 100% of my time, right?!], I am gearing up for a big fall/winter business-wise. The company swapped out 80% of the designs featured by Grace Adele and revamped the Screen shot 2013-08-04 at 7.08.29 PMwebsite to include a Look Book and other design options.

I am totally loving it and all the new bag designs and colors. I picked up a Heather bag in orange at Convention because I have a clutch in orange from the past catalog that goes perfectly with it.

I am so excited at our new looks. So fun!

I own a ton of black handbags, but this one totally needs to be mine. Immediately. Like sooner than immediately. Ha!

This new catalog combined with the 10% off the current Scentsy Fragrance catalog means I’m one busy girl. And I LOVE IT! Keeps my mind off grilled cheese.

 

 

Bag Scarves–How cute are these?!

Screen shot 2013-07-23 at 3.25.04 PMWhen I went to Indianapolis for the annual reunion of Scentsy Family Consultants, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Grace Adele.

Last year, in Las Vegas, this brand was launched and the excitement over it filled the room–it could also have been the free bag and accessories!

This year, we learned that 80% of our current line will be replaced with new bag shapes, colors and accessory collections.

Whoa! That’s major.

But, when I saw what was in store, I couldn’t wait to see a catalog in person! I’m especially fond of the bag scarves. Grace Adele will offer two styles and they are reversible, so those sporting them will be able to change their look really easily. The video they shared during the event is super cute and packs a ton of great eye candy into a few minutes. Enjoy!

Color Block Your Socks Off!

Summer is heating up and with it comes the idea that you might have time to try certain things you haven’t yet. For instance, maybe you’ll make a dent in that pile of books you’d like to read or finally take the road trip you’ve not made. For some, it will be as simple as sprucing up the wardrobe with a new handbag, some funky nail art or a new pair of shoes.

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One idea that has been thriving with my Grace Adele clients is color blocking. I had some run the other day pulling together images that accented the color blocking idea. How much do you love that manicure from a blog I love to look at called “Try My Hand?” The gallery on that site alone makes my head spin in a good way! The shoes made me happy because of the shiny red toes–who wouldn’t love to tap those under the desk all day? The bracelet is from the newer Lyra collection. So many gorgeous colors, but there is just something about red!

And, of course, the Grace Adele Sarah in Red handbag, Jane clutch in sand and various accessories would complete the look without effort.

I can’t believe it’s almost time for the list of discontinuing items to be published. On July 1, we’ll know what Grace Adele items won’t be carried into the new catalog and my clients will enjoy 10% off the current catalog. That’s ONE good thing about seeing favorites go. The other good thing is seeing room for new items to come into the collection! Cannot wait!

Style Made Easy

 

  I stumbled upon this two-and-a-half minute video showcasing the Grace Adele Style System and loved it! Demonstrates exactly why I love this product and why so many people have been visiting my consultant website to learn more. So looking forward to building my teams across all Scentsy Family brands in 2013. It is just too much fun!

Next Level Neutrals

Every few seasons,  you’ll hear “X is the new black” where X is the latest and greatest color that everyone clamors to don. I think we all know, however, that black never loses its top status as a go-to hue. Black makes a strong statement, but can be equally feminine. That’s one thing I love about the Grace Adele collection. By offering black as one of the signature colors, my clients have a chance to stick with something they know (because if you are fashion nervous at all, you have a TON of black in your closet) and take it in new directions.

The very first Grace Adele bag I owned was the Sarah bag in black. Consultants received that bag in Vegas at our annual convention. I soon added the Jane and Lou clutches. Individually, this trio would run $160, but by using the Fun & Fabulous Combine and Save option, you can choose a bag and two clutches for $130. I would never have thought of combining the Jane in sand clutch with this bag if it weren’t for the Build a Look function on the website. You can try and bag/clutch combo and see what it will look like put together BEFORE you buy. Brilliant!

Toss in a Daisy necklace in black (I have seen this necklace on everything from a black cocktail dress to a black t-shirt worn with jeans and it works) and some jewel drop earrings and you’re good to go.

The beauty part is when customers order through their Grace Adele consultants, they receive savings on the combo featured in this set. Not only would customers receive free shipping, but once they purchase the bag/clutch trio and the Daisy necklace, they can select the jewel drop earrings for FREE (because they have $16 in free credit) and one 1/2 priced item. I do so love a deal!

Why Let Winter Wear Be Boring?

I spent all Saturday and most of Sunday at an outdoor soccer tourney for my youngest. As I sat there in the whipping, biting wind being pelted by sleet and praying for even a glimpse of the sun, I reconsidered my answer to the proverbial, “Would you rather be hot or cold?” question. I always pick cold, but this was beyond cold. This was ridiculous.
This was the first time I hadn’t worn flip flops all year. Last year, I made it into November before I gave up ship on them. Thank goodness also took my entire 3-in-1 Columbia jacket, some blankets and a large cup of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee or I may still be on the sidelines as a permanent fixture until spring thaw.
It amazes me that it was 80 degrees this past week and they are talking about snow in the forecast for later this week. That’s Ohio for you, though, you just need to stand around for a few minutes and wait for the weather to change. At least we aren’t in the direct path of Hurricane Sandy.
Although I find the gray skies a little depressing after awhile, I think it’s good if we can take some inspiration for our wardrobe. Aside from the awesomeness that is teal & gray , you can’t beat purple/plum and gray.
Some of my dearest friends are fanatically devoted to purple–it can be worked into even the most professional of settings. With Grace Adele’s purple jewelry, bags and accessories, the colors are coordinated and matched without the need to compare swatches. LOVE taking the guesswork from looking amazing!
Grace Adele Plum & Gray

L K Bennett double breasted wool coat
$475 – lkbennett.com

Black pants
$155 – johnlewis.com

Nars cosmetic
narscosmetics.com

Opi nail polish
$26 – nelly.com

Fun and Fierce Spectator

I attend a ton of sporting events, not the least of which are my daughter’s soccer games. Many times, these game days start somewhere less ‘sporty’ or end in a restaurant for a post-game meal. It’s important to be comfortable, but also to put a best foot forward. Let’s not pretend that kids can’t be embarrassed by Mom’s cheering (I’ve been told). I like to think if Mom looks good doing it, though, it might embarrass little redheads a bit less.

Again, we come back to a denim jacket…love. A pair of comfortable, non-Mom jeans plus the staple item that is a white, long-sleeved t-shirt and you have the basics of your set. If I have to give up flip-flops (that time of the year is coming!), I will put Keds in the closet. All the colors and textures and fond memories of Keds–you can’t go wrong with a pair or four.

Once again, Grace Adele takes the ensemble to the next level. My favorite Mary bag, this time in red, anchor the accents. From the Daisy jewelry to the Jewel Drop earrings and the Zebra Print fringed scarf, it truly is style made easy. What I loathe about red in general, I love about Grace Adele’s red items. Because this company has signature colors and their items come in each of those feature colors, you can bet your red earrings will match your red necklace will match your red bag–without batting an eye. You can mix and match with confidence when you’re dealing with a company whose main concern is helping you pull together a look without expending effort.

Just one more reason to add that denim jacket I’ve been coveting to my wardrobe!

Sassy Librarians Unite

I first worked in a library when I was in junior high. Volunteering at my school library led to a high school job at our local Carnegie Library. When I moved to Dayton, I ended up working in the Archives and behind the circulation desk at my university’s library. I also spent time working for a nearby local library plus worked at my law library during law school. I think it’s safe to say I love me some books! I also love the idea of the sexy, sassy librarian.

Being a librarian is like being a superhero for the bookish. Although librarians may shun wearing a cape (they flap too loudly as you walk through the stacks), you can always tell when you’re in the presence of this unlikely member of the Halls of Justice–it’s the glasses.

Regardless of whether she’s wearing a buttoned up suit or is headed downtown to shake off the difficulties of a long week, a sexy librarian will need her specs to clearly see the book list or the wine list. But, librarians don’t always think of themselves as fashionable or as having a “style.”

It’s easy enough to figure it all out, though, thanks to Grace Adele. From the Tess clutch in black to the unassuming scarf, to the Jewel three-strand bracelet and Bauble stud earrings, any librarian worth her salt would uncover the ease during her research. Thanks to my past in the library field, I know a good deal when I see one!

Sweater Lust

I spend downtime on Polyvore and Pinterest. Not that I have copious amounts of downtime, but those two places easily fit into a few minutes of downtime here and there. Apparently, as the weather turns cooler, my lust for sweaters increases. This year, it’s not just any sweater either. I seem to be drawn to sweaters with dramatic necklines. And, all my choices revolve around Grace Adele pieces I own or covet.

Sweaters and boots seem to be the way I picture myself going this fall and winter. I’d like to add a couple more pairs of boots to my closet for variety’s sake. The Mary Bag in Chocolate has become a staple already. I schlep that bag everywhere and routinely look good doing it.

I am also a huge fan of the Unchained Hoop Earrings from Grace Adele.

Normally, I am a diamond stud earring kind of girl. Occasionally, I mix it up with diamond hoop earrings my husband gave me as a law school graduation gift. If I’m feeling saucy, I may pull out some earrings from days gone by and wear them for the evening.

I purchased these earrings on a whim because I had some leftover hostess credit from a Grace Adele party and wanted to spend it wisely.

When these arrived, I didn’t know how I felt about them size-wise. But, once I put them in, they were light and didn’t weigh down my ears. They also caught the light and looked terrific with the outfit I’d chosen.

I think with big dramatic sweaters, my dainty diamond studs could be lost (note to self: look into larger studs for yourself!) and that’s a fashion foul, I’m sure. Having earrings like this in my arsenal provides versatility for not a lot of dough. I like that. Already inexpensive at $20, hostess credit took these to FREE for me. I’ve had some hostesses pick them as a half-priced item as well–that’s a definite perk!

The eye makeup colors of fall fit my face perfectly. The Caviar Palette from Bobbi Brown ($47.50) is pricey for me on the surface, but makes a case for itself by providing so many options. You can’t go wrong with the six neutral colors that could easily be dimmed for day and dialed up for night.

I don’t want to carry a 9-pound make-up bag, so products that are useful all day, every day make the cut. This particular palette is neutral, but with texture interest. Tons of my winter wardrobe relies on neutral make-up, so this particular product might make a great early stocking stuffer for yours truly.

Plus, if you’re a Mom with a teenage daughter who needs light make-up options, you can almost justify this purchase without even blinking on the off chance that your budding fashionista will want to use the lightest, neutral shades to adorn her wrinkle-less eyelids.

If snow must pile on the ground, at least we have all this fun layering to look forward to, right?

Fall Fashion Finally

Plenty of people I know prefer the fun and flirty fashion of summer. For me? I love the patterns, textures and palette of fall. Hands down fall is my favorite season and my favorite section in my closet. I am totally in love with the shape of the Mary bag from Grace Adele. I own the chocolate one already, but am thinking the teal will be worth adding to my collection especially given that I love gray and teal together.

Although I loathe ice and snow, I am looking forward to leaves crunching underneath my feet soon. Fall passes entirely too fast, so I’m going to try and enjoy it while it lasts!