Monday, July 27, 2015

Ready, Jet Set.... Go!

I just finished wrapping up my portfolio for my graphic design class this summer twenty minutes ago.  I may have shown you a lot of it on Snapchat, for those following along. HA.
The reason why I mention this is because the theme I opted for my portfolio was traveling. I included a few of my Instagram snapshots (see above) and really had a fun time piecing all of this together. 
... which brings me to my next point.
I know I've been teasing in my posts and social networks about traveling somewhere this week. I'm jetting off early tomorrow morning to my home state. ;)
Make sure to follow along on Instagram and Snapchat (bygracelee) to see where I'll be headed and what I'll be up to this week!
P.S. If you're interested in seeing more spreads of my portfolio, please feel free to email me! I'd love to share!
Thanks for stopping by!
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Friday, July 24, 2015

Summer Trend: Denim Skirt

All this denim talk from yesterday's post really made me want to whip out my new denim skirt (ONLY $12!) for a little road trip to Raleigh. So that's exactly what happened yesterday. 
I went with gold pieces to compliment the gold buttons on this denim skirt. I'm also loving this fringe bib necklace that is unfortunately sold out, but I linked a couple of similar ones below! 

You may have already caught a glimpse of this outfit on Snapchat yesterday, for those who are following along ;) 
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P.S. I'm heading somewhere exciting next week and I cannot wait to tell you all about it soon!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wearing: top: ℅ Ro & De (sold out) similar here | denim skirt: ℅ SheIn (only $12!) | bag: Prada (also here) | necklace: Helen's Jewels (sold out) but loving this one here | earrings: ℅ InPink (similar here) | shorter gold bar necklace: Jesse & Co.  of Lilee | sunglasses: old, similar here | lipgloss: Chanel's '156' (not available) but '4' is similar |  watch:  Timex | barred bracelet: ℅ Lydell NYC |


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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Denim Diaries: 3 Ways!

With August just around the corner, and September to come shortly after that... it's time to talk denim.
There's nothing like having an extensive wardrobe with all the staple denim pieces needed for Fall. Today, I'm rounding up the staple items you need in your closet that you can wear differently throughout the cooler temps to come! 

Let me know which look is your favorite!
[ more flare jeans here ]

Flare jeans are back. I love letting the denim do the talking with this look. I kept it simple with a classic denim button-down tucked in with a leather jacket over the shoulders. I would opt for booties with a heel or wedge, in order to make your legs look slimmer and longer. 
P.S. seriously obsessing over those Karen Walker sunnies... 

[ more ankle legging jeans here ]

For starters, ankle leggings jeans are a must. Especially in the Fall and winter. They provide the perfect amount of crop at the ankles in order to show off those booties.

[ more boyfriend shorts here ]

Don't put away those boyfriend shorts just yet!
I love wearing shorts with sweaters and long-sleeve tees in the Fall. Cooler temps doesn't necessarily mean trading summer shorts for jeans. It's all about finding that balance (and still adjusting to the weather, of course). Pair your boyfriend shorts with sneakers, a white tee or a stripe tee (which are basic staples to have in your wardrobe for ANY season!), and either a baseball cap or a black hat.

What's your favorite outfit??

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

All Tied Up

For those who have been following my blog for quite some time now, you'll notice how my style varies. A LOT. 
Some posts, you'll catch me in a very sporty / fratty attire, something very comfy-casual, something ladylike, or I might just come and surprise you with a more feminine pop of blush attire. This has always been something I have valued about my looks. My style is always interchanging, and mixing it up definitely keeps things interesting.

Flat shoes are usually a no-go for me, but I couldn't resist having a pair of gladiator sandals (finally!) to wear for the summer. My favorite part about these sandals are the cute tassel laces. They can be easily paired with summer dresses or even shorts and a simple graphic tee. 
One thing's for sure: I can't wait to find more ways to style these beauties. #ivegotallsummer ;)

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Wearing: dress: sold out, similar here + here + here | sandals: Schutz | bucket bag: Madewell | necklace: ℅ Happiness Boutique (LOVE this!) similar here | watch: ℅ Daniel Wellington | sunglasses: old, similar here | lipgloss: Chanel's '156' (not available) but '4' is similar | 

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Monday, July 20, 2015

A Little Reminder...

I spent the better half of my Sunday afternoon reading through old blog posts. 
I came across this one and it really hit me hard. 
If you scroll past the first few photos, you'll know what I'm talking about (the quote). I usually keep a lot of things to myself, the introvert that I am, but on Saturday morning, I woke up and felt this huge burden on my shoulders. It had been bothering me for quite some time now, and I feel like I reached the tipping point with it. I won't get into detail about it, but since you guys have enjoyed following along with my life, I wanted you all to know my current thoughts / mood. I basically spent my entire afternoon sitting in a coffee shop with a neverending playlist and some time to sit and think. 

I'm hoping for things to get better this week, but if not, I guess it's a lesson worth remembering.

What are you some simple reminders to help you get back on track?
I'd love to read them. If you also want to shoot me an email to show some love or even share anything about you and your lives, I love receiving feedback from all of you. 

P.S. I've really been into wearing bandanas as neck scarves. Love switching things up!

Wearing: button-down shirt: bought in Korea (similar here + loving this scallop collar one here) | shorts: old, similar here +here | stripe blazer: ℅ Whimsy Boutique (sold out) similar here + herelast worn here | pin: vintage Chanel | watch:  Timex | sunglasses: Karen Walker | earrings: old, identical here | lipstick: Revlon's 'Fire & Ice' | bag: old, very similar here, also here in black | shoes: old, similar here (different colors!) |


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Friday, July 17, 2015

Black and Gold - Two Ways!

[ more white graphic tees here | more Frame jeans here | more black earrings here | black bags here | more Sonix phone cases here | more Schutz heels here }

If you saw my recent YouTube video or follow me on social media, then you probably know my 'night out' color of choice: black and gold.
It amazes me that I never run out of ideas when pairing these two colors together. Black and gold combos are endless, to say the least, and today I wanted to put together some outfit inspirations for the summer.

Outfit #1: pair a graphic tee with white distressed denim and finish with a pair of statement heels.
Outfit #2: pair a simple shirtdress with gladiator sandals and finish with a gold bag.

[ more gold bags here | more shirtdresses here | more gladiator sandals here

Which look is your favorite?

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