My dogs have two very different personalities, but they have one thing in common…anxiety. That includes thunderstorms, household renovations, travel, and even our children being loud at times. While Kainalu and Bella have different fears and ways of showing it, I wanted to give ThunderShirt a try.
ThunderShirt is a brand created by a dog owner who dealt with something many of us have been through – his dog shaking, barking, and being scared of thunderstorms and fireworks. ThunderShirts are a simple, drug-free solution that have a big impact.
There are a variety of styles available – sport, polo, and specialty sports team styles. The small Pink Polo ThunderShirt fit Bella, my chihuahua pomeranian mix who is approximately 15 lbs, and the medium Classic ThunderShirt (gray) fit my stockier mixed breed Kainalu who is somewhere between 25 and 30 lbs. Since the shirts are adjustable with velcro, you have a bit of leeway in case your dog’s weight fluctuates over time.
After using the shirts for about a month now, including the 4th of July and several thunderstorms, I am very impressed with how much they really do help. I had my doubts in the beginning but once we tried them, my doubts were erased. My dogs were much calmer during thunderstorms and hardly even seemed to bat an eye at hearing fireworks.
Now I can’t wait to check out their other products!
Last year I took the big leap from being a stay at home mom to a working mom. It was a tough transition to make but with family health concerns, the switch-around had to be done. While I miss being with my boys all day, I admit that I am enjoying the change of pace at work. I also love feeling like dressing up and wearing something other than yoga pants and t-shirts for once, but it is coming as a challenge since I have been out of the fashion loop for a few years. I have discovered the comfort and beauty of ballet flat style shoes and I am in love! It is a style that I can be comfortable in at home as well as at work. Recently I was introduced to Very Lovely Soles, a brand of high quality, hand-crafted flats. They have a variety of cute styles and colors to choose from and I had a hard time picking just one!
Orange and blue are the school mascot colors where I work so I decided to go with Orange West Palm for a pop of color. When they arrived, I was a bit surprised at how bright the color actually was compared to their online representation, but they will definitely work out! Orange is a perfect summer color for just about everyone.
The palm pattern is cute but not overbearing, and the colored toe cap definitely adds to the design. I feel casual yet dressed up when I wear mine. And you can definitely feel the quality of the materials – the shoes have substance and durability to them as opposed to many of the cheap flats. Being handcrafted in Italy, I would expect nothing less! The price tag is a bit of a shock at first but for a good shoe that has so much care put into it and will last, it is worth it.
Sizing can be tricky when ordering online, but from my experience, Very Lovely Soles’ sizing is very on point. I normally wear right between a size 7.5 and 8 and have a difficult time finding the exact right size, so I went ahead and ordered a 7.5 as that is usually my best bet. My flats are snug as I expected but they are already starting become much more comfortable as I wear them.
I loved the packaging for Very Lovely Soles – the shoes come in a cute box with a rope handle, and have plenty of space so they do not get squished and misshaped. Inside the box, tissue paper surrounds the shoes so they do not move around in their box and get damaged. They were among the cutest packaged shoes I’ve seen.
Very Lovely Soles is a brand you may not have heard of before or seen in stores, but I am happy to have discovered them and the honor to introduce them to you! You can find them in select boutiques or online at VeryLovelySoles.com.
Disclosure: We were provided a complimentary product in return for an honest review.