Wednesday, October 22, 2014

3 Stripes, You're Out

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When I can't decide what to wear on a Fall day, I stick to the classics.
A striped top + boyfriend shorts combo was my uniform a few weekends ago, along with a new addition to my wardrobe, all thanks to the lovely ladies over at Impressions Boutique for sending me this light olive jacket. I can already tell it's going to be a staple this Fall.

Sidenote: I was even featured for a Blogger Spotlight over on Impressions blog yesterday! I had a very stressful day yesterday, and it literally made me smile when I saw it. #blessed

Also, now that I'm done with exams, I've been thinking about my weekend plans. I want to attend the N.C. State Fair, shoot a YouTube vid, and take some blog pictures in this beautiful Fall weather.
Speaking of YouTube, what do you think my first vid should be?! Your opinions matter to me and I'd love to hear your thoughts! :)

One of my best friends has requested a little help from you gals! She's in the ADPi chapter at ECU and needs your help to win a competition on Instagram to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All of you have to do is "like" this photo!


Wearing: jacket: Impressions Boutique c/o (sold out) - alternate version + similar here |  stripe top: J.Crew (old) similar hereboyfriend shorts: Forever 21 (sold out!) but also loving this one here | | bag: Barrington tote bag c/o | booties: AmiClubWear c/o | lipstick: Besame's 'Exotic Pink' c/o | tassel necklace: Armed & Readi c/o | rings: Armed & Readi c/o | bracelet: Armed & Readi c/o | sunglasses: Karen Walker | watch: Timex c/o | bar necklace: 9thandelm c/o | 

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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

#OnBlurpose


 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.



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