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A brand new year comes with a brand new focus, a brand new to-do list and all the goals and visions of what is to come. However, I can’t begin a new year without reflecting on all things past and I use January to do just that. In my reflecting I have been thinking of ALL the things that I found to be extremely useful the past year and thought what better way to put it together in a blog post. So here it is, the Best Products of 2019 from Gracefulandfree!
2019 brought me some really sweet collaborations and one of my favorites of the year was having the chance to work with Birdies. I remember sitting in the airport at Boston checking my inbox to receive the notice that I landed a collaboration with Birdies and I felt so much joy. Love getting excited for things like that! Anyways, back to the Best Products of 2019 guide – Birdies are that good. The cutest flats that are actually comfortable AND fashionable! Absolutely worth the price, trust me!! You will feel good and look good, and your sweet feet will absolutely thank you!
Another “hot topic” most definitely are Spanx. I completely understand that they are constantly raved about, but FOR good reason! So comfy with a perfect fit AND this year they introduced the perfect work pant and let me tell you it’s absolutely perfect! Another fun collaboration of the year was getting to work with Spanx to try out and review their Perfect Black Work Pant and it is just as stated… Perfect! A black work pant that actually feels as if you are wearing pajamas! That soft and that good – and that actually qualify as work pants by LOOK and feel. Absolute worth a top 2 mention in my Best Products of 2019 review.
This may be the thing that you think to yourself, “Really, is on the list?” And YES, you are absolutely right! Because here is the thing. We ALL know and LOVE our relationship with Target. The store that speaks our love language, but puts our entire financials at risk! Yes, that is what Target means to me! So, in pursuit of all things Target, last year I feel like Target really stepped up their game. From their fashion clothes, to home decor, and everything in between Target has really made monumental strides. So in a weekly peruse of Target back last spring, I found the cutest Universal Thread backpack that quickly became a staple and accompanied me in trips literally all over the world this past year. And while this specific style is no longer in inventory, you can find confidence in knowing that the current line up is just as good! And I have pulled together a few favorites that you can shop directly right here!!
Essential oils have been apart of me for as long as this blog has existed. Gracefulandfree is all about living the intentional and simple lifestyle and my essential oils go hand in hand. So it would not be a Best Products of 2019 review without mention of my favorite and most loyal oil, Valor. Valor, otherwise known as liquid courage does exactly that. Pure magic in a bottle. Valor is a blend of pure goodness, considered by some to be “chiropractic in a bottle” my most ready defense for all kinds of stressful and overwhelming of days! And for those that know a thing or to about Young Living essential oils, the valor roll on is an absolute steal as you can get double the amount of oil for a REALLY good price! Here is the link to purchase your very own Valor Roll On! (trust me the absolute best, and definitely not just worthy of Best Products of 2019, but, best products of the decade!
My love affair with Papermate InkJoy Flair pens comes at no surprise! My work desk, home desk, purse, gym bag, and office bag are filled with them! In fact, I have to stop myself at Target from buying more packs every year! If you haven’t tried the PaperMate Ink Joy Flair pens yourself, well you probably should. Especially if you are into journaling, list making or just doodling in general! These are most definitely pens your hands and heart need to try. Sharing a link here for my favorite Papermate pens!
Most definitely a TOP favorite of 2019. A big YES to Beyond Yoga and their entire brand, but especially their leggings! I can’t believe I had not yet discovered them up until now, I guess that is what makes this a true Best Products of 2019. When you decide in the summer of 2019 to take your Pure Barre love to the next level of certified instructor, then you most definitely invest in comfy & cute leggings. And Beyond Yoga does just that!
Another more recent find, love everything Tula! I received the sweetest Tula package in December, full of all the face love. This sweet bundle, included the face masks, eye balm, toner, hydrating cream, and the BEST face wash. And yes, literally that GOOD! If you are wanting to start with something Tula to just try out for the first time, then I would definitely recommend beginning with the Purifying Face Wash. Or the refreshing eye balm. Or the sweet bundle of goodness. Definitely worth making it a new year goal to take your health and wellness to the next level, then Tula is the way to go!
And if you don’t know about Erin Condren and her life planners then you are missing out on the goodness of life! Erin Condren is my favorite! It makes all the organizing and planning and dreaming so much more fun and honestly way cuter! With all the design options, option to personalize with names and monograms, the Erin Condren life planner is a must have accessory for life and definitely worth a number eight spot in the Best Products of 2019.
Alright, #9 of the Best Products of 2019, introducing the LoopyCase!! I was THRILLED when Loopy Case reached out to me! J and I were sitting in the airport at the Delta Lounge enjoying a preflight drink on a Friday night. To be honest, I cannot remember where we were going, last February through March we flew to three different cities three weekends in a row and it all kinda blurs together (in the best kind of way) anyways, I was thrilled to be sent a LoopyCase! Thanks team loopy!! Now, this is not an affiliate link, but just wanted to share a link to the case because it truly is that good!! Love my LoopyCase!
I love the idea of coffee! Truth be told. I love coffee, but more importantly the idea of making a cup of coffee, drinking a cup of coffee, that absolutely gets me! And this year I received a Mini-Keurig as a gift to bring into my classroom for refueling purposes and it has changed my school day! The Mini-Keurig is perfect for any work space or even kitchen counter as it allows you to make a single cup of coffee perfect for those work/office/home situations. Absolutely, most definitely worth a Best Products of 2019 number ten placeholder.
The Amazon Firestick is golden! We recently switched around the TVs in our house and moved a TV to our bedroom, and with the Amazon Firestick we were so easily able to make that TV a smart TV by incorporating so many Internet options. Hello to Amazon Prime, DisneyPlus and Netflix, allowing our binge watching of Criminal Minds to continue full speed.
I am so happy that 2019 introduced me to the lovely Rachel Allene. She is a true gem and has become a sweet Insta friend of mine that I love supporting. Her shop is my favorite and full of all the sweetest things your heart could ever want. From encouraging coffee mugs to everything you could ever want for all the seasons, love me Rachel Allene.
Another great favorite to include on the best of 2019 products guide – Stamped and Finch. I have included Stamped and Finch in quite a few blog posts and for good reason, the hand stamped jewelry is a necessary to wear daily. And her latest new arrivals ready for Valetine’s Day are sure to melt your heart!
One of my absolute favorite things about 2019 – JustFab. I had the amazing opportunity to work with them for their Fall boot campaign and I fell in love with their shop and all of there really, REALLY cute boots! (Also clothes as both the sweater and boots above are JustFab. Anyways, it’s in the same family as Fabletics and you sign up to receive your first pair of boots for just $10 and then can curate your monthly order each month tailored directly to your style OR you can skip the month! The clothes are top notch and of excellent design and quality. Trust me you and your closet both want this!
I know the blazer has always been a thing, but I feel like throughout 2019, it really emerged as a fashion staple. And as fall hit, not only did the blazer emerge in full force, but also repping all sorts of plaid and patterns, making this teacher heart so, SO happy! I found my favorite blazers at Target, H&M, and Old Navy, and of course found a DEAL at JustFab. And I have a strong feeling that the blazer isn’t going anywhere for the new year, so grab a new one and hit the wardrobe running for 2020.
It’s funny, when my students find out about my blog one of the first things they say is “Hey, aren’t you sponsored by Kombucha?” and it makes me laugh a lot! Yes, I worked a few campaigns earlier in the year with Health-Ade, but to be honest, I just LOVE Kombucha. I love how it makes me feel, the taste, and all the flavor options. Also, if you want to check out my first blog post ever, then you can see my love for Kombucha is as long as this blog space. Also, it’s hilarious to me to look back at my earlier blog posts to see what they look like, it is such a neat way to appreciate growth! While, I often feel like I haven’t grown in following since then, I feel like I have grown as a creator, writer, and photographer and it’s fun to look back on. (It also adds to my to-do list of blog posts to edit and make current, lol SEO problems!)
Anyways, back to the Best Products of 2019 guide… here we GO. Kombucha SO worth it. Try it. Do it. Personal fan of Health-Ade because I love the flavor combinations and overall taste. And if you are trying to do a cleanse, focus on purifying your gut or just trying to reset on some health goals, consider adding Kombucha to your list!
I feel like back in middle school when weekend shopping trips with your best friend and both your moms included the routine trip to Limited Too and Aeropostale to load up on the latest and greatest graphic tee designs. And now, here we are over a decade later and graphic tees have made their way back. Personally, I think this is a great thing as it is a complete expansion of the casual Friday work wardrobe and just takes casual wear to a whole another level of awesome. And currently Lucky Brand has some really cute graphic tees for additional savings!
Number 18 of the Best Products of 2019 are absolutely Cultivate What Matters Power Sheets! The absolute greatest way to plan ahead for all of your goals and conquer ALL of your dreams. And it is not to late to start your dreaming for the rest of January and 2020. Grab your Power Sheets today!
And finally #19 of the Best Products of 2019 are Teleties! The absolute best and greatest hair ties that absolutely dupe as accessories and bracelets. With so many colors, patterns, and different size options, Teleties allow the everyday girl conquer and slay every day from the gym to the office and back home! Team Teleties all the way!