Monday, September 22, 2014

Let's Be Real

After reading this article on another blog, I couldn't help but take a little time off from my work to think. I started to wonder what people thought of when they came to visit my blog.
So, it's about to get real (no pun intended).
{ like seriously // here }

I  wanted to clarify something about my blog.
I want this blog to show the real representation of me. I do not buy my followers nor do I photoshop my pictures. I'm the type of person who yes, wants to show the best possible version of myself, but at the same time, I want it to be the real me while doing so.




And with that being said, I know how unlikely it is to drop nearly $400 on a skirt, which is why more often than not, I'll include similar items for a less expensive price. Not everyone can wear designer everything, which is another thing about this blog. I'm a firm believer that anyone can still be stylish and trendy while still maintaining a budget.
I'm loving these options here + here + here.

I love this bold color combo: orange + cobalt blue, as well as a two-tone lipstick look that I will probably try for an outfit post on my blog. Don't forget - you can shop the pics by clicking the items!
Side note: during these colder months, my leather jacket is a wardrobe staple. I wear it frequently. If you don't own a leather jacket, I highly suggest you invest in one now. It's a purchase you won't regret.

Here are just a few of my favorites:
{ you can click the photo for the link! }


Thanks for stopping by!

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Back In Black


I'm a firm believer that every girl should own an LBD.
It's a staple that is fit for every occasion and quite possibly the most versatile piece you'll ever own. In other words, I could dedicate an entire 'LBD' wardrobe series for weeks and weeks on Gracefullee Made without getting tired of it. Well... you might be tired of it - seeing an LBD every week on my blog, that is. Haha! 

P.S. remember how I mentioned in this post about my favorite Fall combo? As you can see, I'm sporting it again here. I wasn't lying... I'm kinda obsessed.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wearing: dress: Forever 21 (old) similar here + here + herehat: Forever 21 (sold out) similar here + here | socks: Forever 21 | booties: Impressions Boutique c/o (sold out) but similar here + here | watch: Timex c/o | bow ring: Hello Fab c/o (similar here) | bracelet: Armed & Readi c/o | bracelet: Benevolent Jewels c/o (sold out) but shop the bracelet section here | lipstick: Revlon's 'Fire & Ice' | necklace: Sunset45 c/o | sunglasses: Karen Walker |

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Baby Got Blue





This past weekend (and Monday's) weather felt like Fall.
I experienced some breezy, cool weather and so I immediately dived into my closet and pulled out my new lightweight olive jacket and my J.Crew striped top. This combo is seriously the epitome of Fall and I cannot wait to share the complete look on the blog soon. #staytuned

While watching VIP from front row of the Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2015 fashion show (via MacBook Pro - LOL), I couldn't help but notice all the baby blue shades. 
I was seriously O-B-S-E-S-S-E-D!
{ see the full collection here }

Side note: you can hover over any of the items on this picture to shop the items!

P.S. if you could splurge on one designer bag, what would it be?
Here's my answer: 
http://bit.ly/1wl1TX5 }
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Swing Swing


I've always wanted a swing dress.
I've seen the best ones on ASOS for quite some time now (love how they have petite versions) and never really took the plunge... until I splurged this past summer.

I'm seriously swooning over the bright florals (and the pleats!) on this Marc Jacobs swing dress. Speaking of pleats, do you remember this post here

I've always been a petite short girl and never thought I could pull off the flowy, oversized-feel of a swing dress without looking too frumpy, because let's face it: nine times out of ten, you want to wear pieces that flatter your body shape. It's all about balancing the look to make it work. Opt for a pair of ankle booties instead of OTK or knee-high boots, so the dress doesn't swallow you entirely.
Side note: the ankle booties + black socks is a combo you'll be seeing me wear a LOT this Fall.

What are your thoughts on the swing dress?


Wearing: dress: Marc Jacobs (loving these swing dresses here + here + here) | bar necklace: 9thandelm c/o | hat: Forever 21 (sold out) similar here + here | socks: Forever 21 | booties: Impressions Boutique c/o (sold out) but similar here + herewatch: Timex c/o | sunglasses: Calico (sold out) | bow ring: Hello Fab c/o (similar here) | earrings: Benevolent Jewels c/o (loving these here) | pink lipstick: MAC 'Candy Yum Yum' |

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Chai Tea Latte - ONLY 30 Calories


This post is slightly different from all my outfit posts. Bear with me - I've gotten a few emails about my favorite drink for Fall and I thought it would be a great idea to share as a post.
Yes, I love PSLs (AKA pumpkin spice lattes, for those non-Starbucks people), but I'm more of a chai-kinda-gal.

My favorite hot drink besides coffee and green tea is a chai latte. I try to fix a hot one right before classes in the morning and afternoons so I have enough energy to walk.
More often than not, I will opt for a homemade version (which I'm sharing today) and the best part is... it's only 30 CALORIES.

Wait what? Yes, you read that right.
It's seriously amazing and totally guilt-free!

P.S. I've been trying some new things lately and I want to hear from you guys!
What do you guys want to see on Gracefullee Made
Any thoughts? Opinions? Should I only stick to outfits? I'd love to hear from you!

Youtube vids, recipes (unfortunately there won't be many of those since I cannot cook to save my life - LOL!), hair tutorials... you name 'em. 
Ingredients:
- unsweetened almond milk
- sugar-free oregon chai tea latte
- ground cinnamon
 1. Pour 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk into your mug.
2. Add 1/2 cup of chai over the milk and sprinkle 1/2 tsp of some cinnamon. P.S. I bought my sugar-free oregon chai tea latte mix from Target. You can also find these at Harris Teeter!
3. Make sure you mix it well!

4. Heat it up for 2 minutes.
5. Voilà! You're all done!



Enjoy!
If you try it, let me know what you think!

P.S. this 'Coffee Always' Board is one of my faves... 
{ here }

Favorite Drinks Round-Up:
(mostly via Instagram)

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hey Where's That From?

{ laced peplum + cut-out booties }

If you remember from this post, I talked about how I would be starting a new series called 'Hey Where's That From?' on my blog. It's basically a compilation of snaps from my social media (Twitter, FB page, Instagram, etc.) where people have asked me where the items I'm wearing are from. 

If you have any more questions or just want to stop by to say hiiii, feel free to shoot me an email! I'd love to hear from you :)
gracefulleemadeblog@gmail.com }

P.S. Thank you Style Spotter for featuring me in their latest "How To Wear White After Labor Day" post here

Happy (almost) Friday! 
heels }

{ boyfriend shorts - did you catch my latest post wearing them? }

{ mani }



{ iPhone case + blazer (old) similar here + boyfriend jeans (similar here) }

{ mani + lipstick }



{ sunnies + vintage Chanel }

{ heels }


be sure to follow along via Instagram to see more of my snaps!
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