Friday, October 17, 2014

Pumpkin Picking

My gal pal McKenzie and I spent last weekend driving around in search of a pumpkin patch.
Even though this little "pumpkin patch" was nothing more than a handful of pumpkins on a parking lot curb, we still made the most of it. We spent most of our time laughing and shamelessly posing with pumpkins bigger than our heads. Not only that, but a couple of people walking by made a few remarks at us asking if we were planning on using the pumpkins as basketballs - haha! 

Aren't days like these simply the best?

Have a great weekend!!
{ isn't she just the cuuutest?! }

Wearing: sweater: Forever 21 | sequin collar blouse: Forever 21 (old) similar here + here | vest: Old Navy (in a girl's size large) | skirt: Forever 21 (old) similar here | boots: TJ Maxx (old) loving these here | nail polish: Sally Hansen's 'Wine Not' | nautical bow: 9th & Elm c/o | nautical clip: PoppyClips c/o | sunglasses: Ray Bans c/o | crystal chain bracelet: Love Andrea's Closet c/o | watch: Timex c/o | ring: Gigglosophy (on SALE for $19!) | lipgloss: Chanel - Rouge Allure gloss '65' similar here | 


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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

White Out

I love a crisp, all-white look. There's something so appealing about pairing white on white.
And yes, even after Labor Day. (Who made up that rule anyways?) I was even featured in this article on 'How To Wear White After Labor Day' not too long ago, so I thought it was fitting to share.

On another note, it's finally FALL BREAK. I have been anticipating this day ever since the beginning of October! I am currently on my way back home to Fayetteville to spend a couple of days with my family before heading back up to Chapel Hill. It's midterm week for me when I come back and I'm hardly looking forward to these upcoming exams... #prayersplease!

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 Wearing: blazer: Bluetique Cheap Chic (old) similar here + here | top: boutique in Korea (similar here + here) | boyfriend jeans: (old) similar here + here + here | lipstick: Besame's 'Exotic Pink' c/o | necklace: The Forward Fashionista c/o | turquoise cuff: The Forward Fashionista c/o | sunglasses: Ray Bans c/o | watch: Timex c/o | booties: AmiClubWear c/o |

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014


 Fact: I'm a sucker for an #onblurpose shot.
You'll see me use it a copious amount of times on Instagram this winter - especially with Christmas lights. The photographer in me is always looking to capture the perfect bokeh lighting shot. Because let's be real: lighting is everything.

So enough talk about lighting. Today I'm sharing with you my #onblurpose secret. And you don't have to have a DSLR camera to make your pictures blurry. *gasp* You can make it happen with your iPhone. Are you ready?

1. Point your phone at what you want to take a picture of.
2. Now this is a trick that I always use: Place your hand in front of your iPhone camera - so it's not too close and not too far.
3. Tap on the screen so that the camera focuses on your hand.
4. Lastly, remove your hand in front of the camera slowly. The background should be blurry.

Thoughts? Questions? Try out the #onblurpose shot and let me know what you think!
If you even post one on Instagram, feel free to tag me (@bygracelee) so I can see it! :)

Here are a few of my #onblurpose snaps:
{ sparkly baubles }
{ Christmas time }
{ my favorite green smoothie + Christmas tree }
{ Bellagio Las Vegas hotel }
{ Las Vegas at night }
{ late night stroll in LA, California }
{ my all-time favorite #onblurpose shot - spent Christmas in a hotel & casino in Las Vegas }

P.S. ShopBop is having a THREE-DAY Friends and Family SALE starting today!
Head over to ShopBop (or shop my favorites below) with the code FAMILY25 for 25% off.

Thanks for stopping by!
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Monday, October 13, 2014

Navy Next Time

My family came to visit me two weekends ago in Chapel Hill. I hadn't seem them for a month, so we had our day already planned out. We went to the Streets at Southpoint and watched The Maze Runner (it's a great movie - totally recommend!) and then had a lunch break at Zin Burger, which is a wine & burger bar. I've heard their burgers were amazing, so we were pretty ecstatic to try them. (remember here?)

I love weekends like these. My family and I are pretty close, so it's always the best when we're able to squeeze in some time together. It's a good thing my Fall Break starts this Wednesday so I can finally head home to celebrate my sister's 22nd birthday and relax - even if it is just for a few days!

P.S. I'm so in LOVE with this asymmetrical skirt that Whitney of The Retail Therapist sent over. Navy + black combos have been my jam as of late. 

Are you a fan of the asymmetrical hem trend?

Wearing: top: H&M (old) similar here | skirt: The Retail Therapist c/o | knee socks: Forever 21 (really recommend them!) | booties: American Eagle c/o | necklace: Coralie & Company c/o | brooch: vintage Chanel | sunglasses: Karen Walker | clutch: vintage Chanel | turquoise cuff: The Forward Fashionista c/o (sold out) | lipstick: Revlon's 'Fire & Ice' | watch: Timex c/o | nailpolish: Essie's 'Butler Please' | bracelet: Armed & Readi c/o | renegade cluster bracelet: Stella & Dot c/o |


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