Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Grace Adele review

A good friend of mine who is a Scentsy consultant started selling Grace Adele. To be perfectly honest, when she first told me about it, I was lukewarm at best about the idea. When she asked me to do a product review, I was tempted to say no but decided to check out the website first, just in case. I'm so glad I did.

In case you did not already know, Grace Adele is a brand in the Scentsy family that focuses on handbags and accessories. Each Grace Adele handbag comes with a slip pocket on the front that you can put one of their coordinating clutches into to give it a pop of color. For the evenings, you can take the clutch out and use it on its own. There are also coordinating accessories and jewelry in the line. Now I will be perfectly honest and upfront with you here- plenty of pieces in the collection are not my style at all. And then there are pearls. Pretty pearls. Lots and lots of pearls. Yes please.

As soon as I saw these gorgeous earrings it was love at first sight. I love pearls and wear at least one piece of pearl jewelry pretty much every single day. They looked a bit dressier than just my standard pair of studs.
how cute would these be for bridesmaids?
I mean how lovely are they? And the best part? They are just $15! The earrings are available in either cream or black pearl and I chose cream. They came in a pretty black and grey floral patterned gift box that looked like it would be perfect for a quick and easy gift.
The earrings themselves are lightweight and very comfortable. They are a bit brighter/whiter than my every day studs and are a bit larger, but not large enough to be a nuisance. They are not heavy at all so after wearing them for a long time, your earlobes still feel fine. (I've worn large earrings that I have had to take off halfway through the night because they just irritated me so much. Not a problem here.)

For size comparison sake- the Grace Adele earrings are on the left and my every day studs are on the right.
After wearing these earrings for about a week, I loved them so much that I decided to visit Caryn's Grace Adele page again and see what other items they offered. I ended up purchasing this necklace.
Pearl Cluster Necklace $55
A few years ago, I received a pearl cluster necklace for Hannukah from a friend of mine that was my go-to necklace for parties, weddings, etc. Really any time I wanted a funner necklace than just a plain strand. I loved it to death. Literally. After it wound up in that great jewelry box in the sky, I searched for months for a similar replacement that did not cost an arm and a leg. When I saw this one, I knew I had a winner on my hands. I wore it with my black J. Crew ponte pants, boots, and black Lilly Pulitzer Fancy Fest Elsa for a date night out in Brussels. It was perfect.

Grace Adele has several pearl pieces out now in their collection. All of the pearl items are available in either cream or black. I'm thinking of getting the studs in black also. After I get this pearl cluster bracelet to match my necklace of course. 
Pearl Cluster Bracelet- $45
I also love this Shay clutch in pink. Perfect for nights out!
Shay Clutch- $40

Be sure to check out Grace Adele for some great gift options for yourself or someone you love! If you are interested in getting any Grace Adele items, Caryn has set up a party for me under PGMW. I'm doing a giveaway with it and any order that is placed through my party gives you one entry to win the pearl stud earrings in your choice of cream or black.

***Disclaimer: I received the earrings to review and did not receive any financial compensation. I purchased the necklace for myself using my own money.***

Monday, March 4, 2013

These are my confessions

*I have never seen Schindler's List or any of the James Bond or Star Wars movies.
*I can't stand tattoos. Sorry if you have one. Plenty of my friends do but it is just not for me. I am also freakishly terrified of needles which doesn't help. In college when all of my friends were getting tattoos and invited me to tag along, I was so thankful that I was able to say "it's against my religion" and leave it at that.
*Like I said- hate needles. Hate them. My fear of them is so bad that I have a little stuffed Steiff monkey keychain that I bring with me to doctor's appointments so I can squeeze him in case of blood tests.
*I am horrible at public speaking and tend to shake and babble incoherently if I try to. My best friend is getting married this October and the thought of giving a speech at her wedding terrifies me. The thought of not being able to do so does to.
*I have more Snoopy t shirts than any sane person should. I'm wearing a grey t shirt with Woodstocks on it that says "Angry Birds" as I type this.
*If I'm awake, I'm wearing pearls. I have several different pairs of pearl studs. My dream item is a stud and strand set from Mikimoto.
*I take my coffee white- 1 gallon of milk, 2 pounds of sugar. Whatever room is left in the cup, you can go ahead and put coffee in that.
*I love potted plants but have inherited my mother's black thumb. I cannot keep a plant alive to save my life. Every time someone gives me a plant and says "this will last longer than flowers would," I get an expression that's half horrified and half terrified. I know that plant will be dead within the week.
*I can't swim, rollerblade, or ride a bike.
*I hate Anne Burrell more than I ever thought it possible to hate a tv personality.
*I can never seem to keep flour, sugar, butter, and eggs in the house for longer than a few days.
*My fridge is never without wine or vodka.
*I can't stand sweet tea. (Yes, I did just hear the collective gasp that came from all of the Southerners reading this.)
*In third grade, I learned that New York City is not the capital of New York State (or you know, the world), and I protested to the school librarian how unfair that is and then I went home and cried for the rest of the day.
*I can't stand Pinterest and every time someone says "oh you should look on Pinterest for ideas for ______," I groan a little inside. I am not crafty or ├╝ber-talented in the "make food look pretty" department and I know I will never make what they suggest.
*I can't stand those bare belly bump updates and constant ultrasound picture updates on Facebook. The rest of your friends may claim that your baby has his daddy's nose, but really, he just looks like a grey and white blob.
*I hate running but still want to run any marathon in which the medal is a Tiffany necklace. That will never happen.
*I have never donated blood for several reasons (health issues and my ginormous fear of needles) but I am hoping to conquer that and be well enough to donate this year.
*I know that when I die I want to be an organ donor.
*I think that if it weren't for the facts that I am not photogenic, hate running, can't drive, and don't eat weird mystery gross stuff because I keep kosher style, I would make a really awesome contestant on the Amazing Race. As it stands, if I were to ever get on the show, I would be on the very first team that was eliminated.
*I have watched so many seasons of that show that I now not-so-secretly want a Travelocity Roaming Gnome.
*I know a lot of people hate those plastic lawn flamingoes, but I've always had a soft spot for them. Should we ever move into a house with a yard, I fear we will be those people with that yard on the street.
*In January, I may have cheated a bit on that whole being a good Jew thing. We were out for dinner in NY with our friends at The Modern, a Michelin star rated restaurant, and the kitchen sent us a complimentary plate of scallops. Scallops are not kosher but I have always been curious how they would taste and I figured if I was to try them anywhere, it really should be in a Michelin starred restaurant. So I did. It was delicious and I did not get struck down by lightning. Even still, I couldn't get over the feeling of doing something bad and wrong. Would I get them again? Probably not.


What about you? Anything you'd like to share with the class?
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