Friday, January 23, 2015

Blog Takeover: McKenzie Sanders

Today, I'm letting my bestie McKenzie Sanders take over my blog. I was literally swooning over this look when she came to pick me up for a girls weekend out and thought it would be fun to let her take the reins on this one! Ha. 

Hi y’all! 
I’m McKenzie! I'm Grace’s bestie, a Tar-Heel, lover of anything sparkly, and the girl usually behind the camera. Having a best friend who is a fashion blogger is pretty hard sometimes… in the way that she. Always. Looks. Good. While I am usually sporting some yoga pants and a t-shirt, ha.

This past weekend we decided to get together for a girl's night out aka shopping at Southpoint Mall in Durham. Guys, I had seen a ton of these photo-shoots before with Grace and was still so lost on how to pose, walk, and not ugly-laugh for the camera. I FINALLY got coached on how to “swing my purse more,” lift my chin, and position my sunglasses jusssst the right way! We had a blast the rest of the night jamming to Grace’s new iTunes playlist, stuffing our faces with Auntie Anne’s pretzel bites, and getting asked by random strangers “Are you two models?” Isn't a dressed up girl's night just what we all need sometimes?

By the way how do you feel about this over-the-knee sock trend? I LOVE IT! Be sure to try it out as it looks good on everyone, aka referring to my “fun-sized” best friend and my long-legged “how’s the weather up there” self! ;)

Wearing: hat: Forever 21 (old) very similar here (and it's ON SALE!) + here | pearl necklace: LOFT (old) but similar here | sweater: LOFT (sold out) similar here - ON SALE! | jacket: American Eagle | skirt: Forever 21 (old) similar here + hereknee-high socks: Forever 21 | booties: Steve Madden | bag: Kate Spade (sold out) similar here |


post signature

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


My blog post title is 'Ghost,' so you're probably thinking that there has to be some reason behind it, right? Well I assure you, there is.

You know that feeling when you download new music to your iPod or iPhone and you're just so excited that you spend countless hours listening to your new playlist? On repeat?
There's no shame in saying that that was me all weekend long.  I never talk about music that I like... but since we're on the topic, I've been jammin' to 'Ghost' by Ella Henderson lately. Seriously, the gal can singggggg! It's been on constant repeat. That and 'Masterpiece' by Jessie J. 

Just thought I'd shoot you guys a few recommendations if your playlist has been lacking as of late, ha!

What are some of your favorite songs that you can't get enough of? I'd love to hear your faves - feel free to share them with me in the comments below!

And don't forget to link-up with us below for #WhatIWoreWednesday!

Wearing: denim jacket: ℅ Blush Boutique | button-down shirt: bought in Korea (similar here + loving this scallop collar one here | boyfriend jeans℅ East & Lo | bag: Louis Vuitton (love this one here + here) | sunglasses: ℅ Ray Bans | earrings:  Eula Ferns (ONLY $9!) | nail polish: 'Merino Cool' by Essie | booties: Bluetique Cheap Chic c/o (old) similar here | lipgloss: Chanel's '156' (not available) but '4' is similar | gold bar necklace: Jesse & Co.  of Lilee | 

Congrats to our two features this week:
|| blog look: Jacy from Love, Lenore || blog look: Lauren from Lauren McBride Blog ||

Instagram Link-Up Requirements:
1. We ask that you please follow the hosts on Instagram: @bygracelee | @elizabetheuna | chicstreetstyle | and use the hashtag #wiwwlinkup when posting on Instagram.

2. We will pick ONE blog from the link-up and ONE Instagram post from #wiwwlinkup to feature on the link-up every week, so be sure to let your friends know! We will also contact you if you are featured!

Gracefullee Made

Thanks for linking up with us!


post signature

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Boho Braid Hair Tutorial (VIDEO)

Okay, heyyyy guys! So I've gotten a couple of requests on this braid that I rock on my blog a lot
here + here + here ]
I'm back with another video on my channel today. I'm actually getting the hang of this... making videos, ha. Who knew?!

What I forgot to mention in the video was... if you do try this hairstyle, I'd LOVE to see it!! You can either email it to me at or tweet me or even upload it on Instagram (tag me @bygracelee) and I'll be sure to check it out and comment ;)

[ don't forget to subscribe... ]

What other hair tutorials would you like me to try?

P.S. OOPS - didn't realize my '&' necklace was backwards...

Wearing: monogrammed vest: ℅ Silver Gallery Int'l (last worn here) | '&' necklace: ℅ Carrie Grace Shop | lipgloss: Chanel's '156' (not available) but '4' is similar | nail polish: 'Merino Cool' by Essie | earrings:  Eula Ferns (ONLY $9!) | 

post signature

Monday, January 19, 2015

Current Wish List

I don't know what it is, but there have been a few items that I have been craving as of late. As someone who likes to stay organized at all times, I like to create lists or even "boards" of whatever's on my mind. I compiled them into a "shop-able" collage to make it convenient for you guys! All you have to do is click on the icon beside the image and it will take you directly to the website. 
  • Ever since Christmas break, I've been in a 'fuzzy sweater' phase. Comfort is key, especially in the winter, and I'm all for sweaters that keep me warm and fuzzy.
  • I'm crazy about distressed denim. I'm on the hunt for a pair of black distressed skinnies and I'm loving these options.
  • The YSL 'Babydoll' mascara is my absolute favorite mascara. I'm actually running low on it, so I need a replacement - STAT!
  • I've heard nothing but good things about the Stila eyeliner and I kind of want to give it a try. Have you guys tried it?! If so, I'd love to hear what you think of it!
  • Pastels are always IN for Spring, and I'm already (trying) to stay on top of the trend with that adorable clutch.
  • White sneaks. MUST. HAVE. I really want that pair.
  • Overalls... of course, are in for Spring as well. I need to snag a pair!
What's on your current wish list?

post signature

Friday, January 16, 2015

Check Up On It

In all honesty, I should caption this post as 'the boots that I wear just about on a daily basis.'
Because... seriously. 
I've worn these boots 3 out of 4 times this week. No shame, no shame. Most of my booties are wedges, so that is why I always resort back to these. Also, I like comfort because I'm a speed walker on campus. Sometimes, my friends like to joke about my fast-walking skills because I'm the shortest of all of them, so my legs work in double-time. HA!

I wore this look while touring houses with my best friends (and future housemates) for next year. The weather wasn't too bad (like it was this week - brrrr), so I opted for this asymmetrical skirt + OTK boots combo. We already signed the lease and I cannot wait to move into our new house starting in June!

P.S. Thank goodness for this three-day weekend! What's everyone's plans?!

Wearing: jacket:  Impressions Boutique (old) similar hereskirt: ℅ The Retail Therapist (last seen here) similar here | OTK boots: ℅ boohoo (sold out) similar here (ON SALE! Save 10% OFF with code: EXTRA10) + here (ON SALE!) + here | earrings:  LuLu*s (sold out) but love these here | bag: Express (OBSESSED) | sunglasses: Karen Walker | tartan gloves: Etsy (very old) | watch: ℅ Daniel Wellington | lipgloss: Chanel's '156' (not available) but '4' is similar | nail polish: 'On A Silver Platter' by Essie |


post signature

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Life Lately // via Instagram

Just thought I would put together an Instagram round-up since it's been awhile...

{ are you following along? @bygracelee }

[ fun fact: I drink at least 1-2 cups of green tea a day // sometimes 3 ]

[ weekend outings / quick run to Trader Joes ]

[ I swear by to-do lists every day. I love having my day all planned out ]

[ reading on a rainy Monday made easier with the cutest manatea (his name's Fred!) hanging with me. Literally. // print here ]

[ Guys. If your gal pal uses a self-timer with you IN PUBLIC. She's a keeper. HA. ]

[ mixing up textures: velvet + faux fur // from this post ]

[ desktop details + the best reminder ]

[ aaaamazing latte back home in fayetteville ]

[ sweet blogger friends who gift you with Starbucks gift cards - thanks Whitney! ]

[ roadtrippin' during a holiday detox (after this macaron, that is lol) ]

striped tray that I'm still obsessed with ]

[ lovin' my new '&' necklace from this post here ]

[ last day to use this 15% discount code: holiday-bygracelee for any  Daniel Wellington Watch ]

Thanks for stopping by!

post signature