Friday, July 22, 2016

Her Conference - NYC


FRI-NALLY FRIDAY.

I have a lot going on this weekend. 
For starters, I'm so excited to be attending as a correspondent for the Her Conference here in New York City. I always feel like my schedule coincides with all the blogger conferences that come up, and I'm thrilled that I will be able to attend one. Finally.

Not only that, but one of my best friends McKenzie is staying with me this weekend and I'm going to show her my favorite spots in the City. Not to mention, we have tons of girls nights planned and lots of catching up to do!

As for Saturday's plans... here's a little information about the Her Conference. It's a two-day event that focuses primarily on media, journalism, and marketing. There's tons of keynotes, panels, workshops, contests, and giveaways involved. This year's sponsors are Ulta Beauty, Vera Bradley, Juicy Couture, and Amtrak. I'm honestly so excited about the goodies we'll be receiving at the events... not to mention, I heard the breakfast is catered by Chobani and I pretty much start my mornings off with a Chobani greek yogurt. So good.

The speakers are amazing this year, and I cannot wait to share more of the conference with you all. 
Make sure you follow along on snapchat (bygracelee), Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to see all the behind-the-scenes and a peek at the conference this weekend.

Anyone else attending the conference?! If so, I'll see you there!

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This is a sponsored post in partnership with Ulta Beauty, Vera Bradley, Juicy Couture, Amtrak and Her Campus Media. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Breakdown Of My Favorite NYC Parks


I have this thing for parks. 
It's funny actually, that I find myself wandering to a new one every other day or weekend here in the City. 
For those of you who have only been to Central Park, I wanted to share a few more that you'd like based on my observations (scroll down for my list!). Of all the parks I've been to... (Central Park, almost Gramercy Park, Washington Square Park, Madison Square Park, Stuyvesant Square Park, Union Square Park, and Bryant Park), Bryant Park has to be one of my top favorites. I recently went last weekend when my girl Casey Fallin was in town, and we were able to get some photos among the hustle and bustle. 

This $22 dress is yet another tassel dress, but it's definitely fun and eye-catching for the summer. It does run a bit big for me and I'm wearing a size small. I would go down one size!

The breakdown (below) is randomly listed and not in order based on preference.

1. Bryant Park - very scenic and has a beautiful view of the city. Also here. It's located between 5th and 6th Avenues and between 40th and 42nd Streets in Midtown Manhattan. 

2. Central Park - a classic. It's obviously the most visited and located in middle-upper Manhattan. It's great for walking around, biking, playing, shooting, eating, and even running. There's always something fun going on in the Park and lots of films and shows are filmed there. 

3. Gramercy Park - I've seen this Park in several photos on Instagram, but I wish someone would've told me that you need to have a key in order to get into the Park. It's guarded with tight security and a key is required in order to get in and out. The only way to get a key is if you're a resident or live in the area. It's located in Gramercy, but you can still see inside the Park from the gated fence. 

4. Washington Square Park - I always stumble across this Park when I'm on my weekly runs. It's located in Greenwich Village and has a beautiful arch with a fountain. A lot of people play in the fountain, and you sometimes stumble across beautiful chalk art in front of the arch, and I must say... flowers. Flowers everywhere. 

5. Madison Square Park - I work near the Flatiron Building and pass by this Park every other day. I always see it in the afternoon when it's most crowded, but there is a Shake Shack and tons of kids playing around the Park. It's not my absolute favorite because it's so crowded, but still a great park. You can also see it here. It's located at the intersection of 5th Avenue and Broadway at 23rd Street. 

6. Stuyvesant Square Park - this Park isn't as special as the others and is pretty small, but I really like it. I go there mainly to read a book on the weekends. It's quiet and pretty close to where I live. It's located at 15th Street, 17th Street, Rutherford Place, and Nathan D. Perlman Place.

7. Union Square Park - two words: always crowded. It's located in Union Square on 14th Street on the south, but there's always the Union Square Market which has tons and tons of food vendors and trucks that are packed with people. It's a great place to socialize and eat.


Wearing: dress: ℅ SheIn | earrings: ℅ Zaful | sunglasses: Karen Walker | booties: old, similar here
rings:  7 Charming Sisters | watch: Marc Jacobs | lipgloss: Gypsetter's 'Bohemian Glow' | 

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Thank you to SheIn for partnering on this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Just Winging It


One item that I wear year round is leather. 
Leather can come off as a more fall or winter item, but when paired right, it can be worn in the summer as well. This leather ball cap, for instance. I've worn it countless times this summer and in various ways too. Remember this post here and here?

Hope you all had a great weekend! As always, I spent this past one prepping for this upcoming weekend because I have a few exciting things planned out. One of the perks of planning ahead is always having something to look forward to. :) #isittheweekendyet?

Thanks for stopping by!


Wearing: top: via The Art of Style | leather skirt: old, similar here | bag: Gigi New York via Bevello | lipstick: Revlon's 'Black Cherry' | ball cap: ℅ Windsor Store | necklace + earrings: via Bailey's | shoes: via Bevello | watch: Tory Burch via Bailey's | sunglasses: Prada

[ the items marked with 'via' can be found in the Cameron Village shopping center located in Raleigh, NC ]
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This is a partnership with Cameron Village Shopping Center. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Friday, July 15, 2016

4 Secrets For Layering Jewelry

For those who follow me on social media and my blog, you've probably seen my best friend McKenzie Sanders one way or another. I'm so excited to share her second debut (her first one was here) on my blog. Since I'm up in New York City, I asked McKenzie to style a few looks with my Cameron Village collaboration. 

Layering jewelry can either feel like you're wearing too much or mixing with the wrong necklaces, which is why I wanted to talk about some key tips for layering jewelry. Scroll down for each tip!

Tip #1: I almost always opt for a shorter necklace paired with a longer one. If I'm going for a statement necklace, I try to keep the earrings simple, so there's not too much going on. If the set matches, win-win.

Tip #2: If you're going to pair a statement (chunkier) necklace, opt for a delicate or dainty chain. 

Tip #3: Some abide by the gold or silver only rule, but I don't. Mixing metals make things fun and I like that personal style is however you choose to make it. This Rebecca Minkoff clutch is actually silver, and it really makes the ring pop against the gold pieces.

Tip #4: I personally prefer statement necklaces on tops or dresses that have a simple neckline, or even something with a V-neck, so the necklaces are the key component.


Wearing: dress: Lilly Pulitzer via Palm Avenue | bracelet, earrings, ring + necklaces: via Bailey's | shoes: Charles by Charles David via Bevello | clutch: Rebecca Minkoff via Bevello |
[the items marked with 'via' can be found in the Cameron Village shopping center located in Raleigh, NC ]

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This is a partnership with Cameron Village Shopping Center. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Girl On The Go


When I mentioned that this was probably going to be my summer uniform on Twitter, I wasn't kidding.
For someone who is always on the go, I'm all about comfort. And this look is my definition of comfort.

Don't be fooled by these heels. They're comfier than they look because of the chunky heel. 
The offices I work at are sometimes cold, so I like to carry this light anorak jacket with me.
 
What's your ideal on-the-go look?


Wearing: top: ℅ Jarrett Bay | jacket: ℅ Lilla P (old) similar here - NOW 33% OFF | tote: ℅ Henri Bendel (sold out) similar here | skinny boyfriend jeans: Bluetique (old) similar here + here | booties: ℅ American Eagle (old) similar here + herewatch: Marc Jacobs | earrings: Lydell NYC (old) similar here | lipstick: Revlon's 'Iced Amethyst' | sunglasses: Ray Bans | ball cap: ℅ Windsor Store

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