Friday, February 5, 2016

Valentine's Day Gift Guide with Vera Bradley

When Vera Bradley asked me to create my own Valentine's Day Gift Guide, I immediately thought of rounding up festive dresses that were affordable and chic. I then realized that was just about in every other Valentine's Day Gift Guide post, so I opted for a different approach. 

Instead, I rounded up items that were smaller, and sometimes overlooked. 
For starters, this travel brush and makeup case? I've been looking for a new travel bag to carry all my lipsticks and mascara and still have room for my other makeup essentials. Not only that, but a new phone case was mandatory for me. I like to switch up my cases every once in awhile, and I love how sturdy and chic my current one is. You can't really tell, but it even has glitter on the design. A win in my book.

This macaron pillow has been so popular on my Instagram. A lot of you have commented and asked where it was from, so I decided to include it in the gift guide. It makes for a fun photo prop, or even for the purpose of a (wait for it)... pillow. HA.

If you're not big on incorporating the pinks and reds this month, opt for a pink or red lipstick. If you want to make your color statement that way, go for it. I own Candy Yum-Yum, but I'm loving this shade of red too.

What are your favorites from the gift guide??
I'd love to hear in the comments below!

{ the collage is shop-able! To shop, click on the images to be taken to the direct link }

I recently received this lipstick clutch the other day, and I'll be styling it this weekend. How perfect is this for Valentine's Day?!
Stay tuned next week for more details!

makeup case: ℅ Vera Bradley | phone case: ℅ Vera Bradley | lipstick clutch: ℅ Choies | wine coaster: ℅ Swoozie's | 

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This is a sponsored post in partnership with Vera Bradley and Her Campus Media. All words and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

21 Days Until...

Anyone else feel like this week has been dragging out forever?
Maybe it has to do with the start of a new month. I always get the notion that a new month is equivalent to a fresh, clean slate, which is why I'm so excited it's already February. My favorite month. 
It still hasn't hit me that I'll be 21 in 21 days... to be exact. #butwhoscounting?

I've been wearing a lot of burgundy and bordeaux colors as of late, so it was only fitting that I added a burgundy pom pom to my newest handbag. It adds just enough POP of color and I love how perfectly the satchel complements this look. I'm very meticulous when it comes to details, so let it be known that the matching accessories were coordinated.

What are your thoughts on the pom pom trend? Yay or nay?

Don't forget to link-up with us below for #WIWWlinkup !

Wearing:  dress: old, similar here + here | scarf: sold out, similar here + here | jacket: old, similar here + here + here | bag: ℅ Henri Bendel | sunglasses: ℅ DITTO (use code GRACELEE for your first month free! also here | pom-pom: H&M (sold out), similar here + here | boots: old, similar here +here | earrings: ℅ Weekend Flair | lipstick: Revlon's 'Black Cherry' | hat: Forever 21 (love this one!) similar here |

Congrats to our two features this week:
|| Meagan from Meagan's Moda || Alyssa from She's Alyssa Renee ||

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Monday, February 1, 2016

GALentine's Day

Let's talk Valentine's Day.
Also known as Singles Awareness Day.
As if we all need the reminder.. right? *eyeroll emoji*

Which is why every year I call it Galentine's Day. I prefer to spend the holiday with my best gal pals and dress up in the most festive pink + reds. This year, I opted for a different color: plum.
I mean, who says you have to wear red on Valentine's Day?

I teamed up with LuLu*s and Swoozie's to show you ideas on what to wear and fun party ideas for your girlfriends on Galentine's / Valentine's Day.
What are your plans? I'd love to hear them!
P.S. The links for all the dresses are at the bottom :)

You can also view the Swoozie's Valentine's Day catalog for more cute decorations! 
{ here }
℅ arrow props℅ heart balloon kit }

A big thank you to Dillon Deaton Photography.

If you're in Chapel Hill and looking for a photographer, I highly recommend him. 
You can send Dillon an email at

Wearing (left to right):

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Thank you to Swoozie's and LuLu*s for partnering on this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

When You Have Negative People In Your Life...

This weekend was a roadblock for me.
I've come to terms that I value people's opinions. I think hearing what other people have to say is just as important as your own opinion. But I somehow let that become the only thing that mattered. 
As a young influencer still in college, I'm going to explain that it is difficult to maintain that status amongst other college students who "just don't get it." It might seem triumphant to be walking around campus with people recognizing you, but you're missing the full picture.
There are always those people. The negative ones, I mean.

They don't understand what I do, that's fine. They don't know what I do, that's fine. They don't care what I do, that's fine too. You know that saying? "You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there's still going to be somebody who hates peaches." Exactly.
But when you put a lot of hard work into something and get a sense of unappreciation, it's tough. I know it goes without saying that I'm supposed to develop a thick skin for these sorts of things, but I'm also allowed to have a bad day.

I realized that I started doing what I do... for me. Not for anyone else, not to please anyone else. I did it for me. So I started questioning myself: why am I going to let the people that don't appreciate what I do, care what I do, don't understand what I do and why I do it... get under my skin?
In all honesty, it doesn't matter.

Maybe down the road, they'll realize it. Maybe not.
But the point is, their opinion should not affect me in any way. Yes, it's good to know that there are haters. It means you're doing something right... right? If anything, I don't let negative people get to me because it motivates me to do better and be better. 
You're going to find someone who appreciates what you do. Period. It might be tomorrow, it might be in a couple of years. You don't know that. But no matter what, it's still worth the wait. 

Being humble in this situation is so important. Don't let people get to you, don't let it change your ego because oh, it will. It's about being strong enough to overcome the bad and find enough solace to 
let. them. go. 

If anyone else is in the same boat, by all means... shoot me an email. I'd love to hear from you!

Thanks for reading. I appreciate it!

P.S. below the link-up, there is a link for the $500 PAYPAL GIVEAWAY...

 Wearing: jacket: ℅ SheIn (only $23!) |  top: old, similar here | skirt: old, similar here + here | booties: ℅ Mari A. (love these!) | sunglasses: ℅ DITTO (use code GRACELEE for your first month free! also here | lipstick: Rimmel Lasting by Kate Moss '11' | earrings: ℅ Moon & Lola (sold out) available in different colors here + here + here

"You can't make somebody "get it".
Effort is a reflection of interest and you can't force them to see that you're worth it.

Be wise enough not to waste your time, patient enough not to settle, and strong enough not to force it. Whatever is meant to be will be."

 Congrats to our two features this week:
|| Sheree from Posh Classy Mom || Alma from The Style Cheapskate ||

 Don't forget to enter to win the $500 PayPal giveaway!

Gracefullee Made

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