Thursday, September 18, 2014

Back In Black


I'm a firm believer that every girl should own an LBD.
It's a staple that is fit for every occasion and quite possibly the most versatile piece you'll ever own. In other words, I could dedicate an entire 'LBD' wardrobe series for weeks and weeks on Gracefullee Made without getting tired of it. Well... you might be tired of it - seeing an LBD every week on my blog, that is. Haha! 

P.S. remember how I mentioned in this post about my favorite Fall combo? As you can see, I'm sporting it again here. I wasn't lying... I'm kinda obsessed.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wearing: dress: Forever 21 (old) similar here + here + herehat: Forever 21 (sold out) similar here + here | socks: Forever 21 | booties: Impressions Boutique c/o (sold out) but similar here + here | watch: Timex c/o | bow ring: Hello Fab c/o (similar here) | bracelet: Armed & Readi c/o | bracelet: Benevolent Jewels c/o (sold out) but shop the bracelet section here | lipstick: Revlon's 'Fire & Ice' | necklace: Sunset45 c/o | sunglasses: Karen Walker |

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Baby Got Blue





This past weekend (and Monday's) weather felt like Fall.
I experienced some breezy, cool weather and so I immediately dived into my closet and pulled out my new lightweight olive jacket and my J.Crew striped top. This combo is seriously the epitome of Fall and I cannot wait to share the complete look on the blog soon. #staytuned

While watching VIP from front row of the Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2015 fashion show (via MacBook Pro - LOL), I couldn't help but notice all the baby blue shades. 
I was seriously O-B-S-E-S-S-E-D!
{ see the full collection here }

Side note: you can hover over any of the items on this picture to shop the items!

P.S. if you could splurge on one designer bag, what would it be?
Here's my answer: 
http://bit.ly/1wl1TX5 }
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Swing Swing


I've always wanted a swing dress.
I've seen the best ones on ASOS for quite some time now (love how they have petite versions) and never really took the plunge... until I splurged this past summer.

I'm seriously swooning over the bright florals (and the pleats!) on this Marc Jacobs swing dress. Speaking of pleats, do you remember this post here

I've always been a petite short girl and never thought I could pull off the flowy, oversized-feel of a swing dress without looking too frumpy, because let's face it: nine times out of ten, you want to wear pieces that flatter your body shape. It's all about balancing the look to make it work. Opt for a pair of ankle booties instead of OTK or knee-high boots, so the dress doesn't swallow you entirely.
Side note: the ankle booties + black socks is a combo you'll be seeing me wear a LOT this Fall.

What are your thoughts on the swing dress?


Wearing: dress: Marc Jacobs (loving these swing dresses here + here + here) | bar necklace: 9thandelm c/o | hat: Forever 21 (sold out) similar here + here | socks: Forever 21 | booties: Impressions Boutique c/o (sold out) but similar here + herewatch: Timex c/o | sunglasses: Calico (sold out) | bow ring: Hello Fab c/o (similar here) | earrings: Benevolent Jewels c/o (loving these here) | pink lipstick: MAC 'Candy Yum Yum' |

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Chai Tea Latte - ONLY 30 Calories


This post is slightly different from all my outfit posts. Bear with me - I've gotten a few emails about my favorite drink for Fall and I thought it would be a great idea to share as a post.
Yes, I love PSLs (AKA pumpkin spice lattes, for those non-Starbucks people), but I'm more of a chai-kinda-gal.

My favorite hot drink besides coffee and green tea is a chai latte. I try to fix a hot one right before classes in the morning and afternoons so I have enough energy to walk.
More often than not, I will opt for a homemade version (which I'm sharing today) and the best part is... it's only 30 CALORIES.

Wait what? Yes, you read that right.
It's seriously amazing and totally guilt-free!

P.S. I've been trying some new things lately and I want to hear from you guys!
What do you guys want to see on Gracefullee Made
Any thoughts? Opinions? Should I only stick to outfits? I'd love to hear from you!

Youtube vids, recipes (unfortunately there won't be many of those since I cannot cook to save my life - LOL!), hair tutorials... you name 'em. 
Ingredients:
- unsweetened almond milk
- sugar-free oregon chai tea latte
- ground cinnamon
 1. Pour 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk into your mug.
2. Add 1/2 cup of chai over the milk and sprinkle 1/2 tsp of some cinnamon. P.S. I bought my sugar-free oregon chai tea latte mix from Target. You can also find these at Harris Teeter!
3. Make sure you mix it well!

4. Heat it up for 2 minutes.
5. Voilà! You're all done!



Enjoy!
If you try it, let me know what you think!

P.S. this 'Coffee Always' Board is one of my faves... 
{ here }

Favorite Drinks Round-Up:
(mostly via Instagram)

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hey Where's That From?

{ laced peplum + cut-out booties }

If you remember from this post, I talked about how I would be starting a new series called 'Hey Where's That From?' on my blog. It's basically a compilation of snaps from my social media (Twitter, FB page, Instagram, etc.) where people have asked me where the items I'm wearing are from. 

If you have any more questions or just want to stop by to say hiiii, feel free to shoot me an email! I'd love to hear from you :)
gracefulleemadeblog@gmail.com }

P.S. Thank you Style Spotter for featuring me in their latest "How To Wear White After Labor Day" post here

Happy (almost) Friday! 
heels }

{ boyfriend shorts - did you catch my latest post wearing them? }

{ mani }



{ iPhone case + blazer (old) similar here + boyfriend jeans (similar here) }

{ mani + lipstick }



{ sunnies + vintage Chanel }

{ heels }


be sure to follow along via Instagram to see more of my snaps!
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Trend Report: Boyfriend Shorts


If you've been following along on my blog + Instagram, you probably know just how much I'm obsessed with the boyfriend shorts + jeans trend. It's kinda bad. 

Today, I'm excited to announce that I'm teaming up with my blogger bestie Ashley of Polka Dots & Sailor Stripes to show you how we style our boyfriend shorts. The funny thing is that we both didn't know we had the exact pair until we communicated via texts! LOL. 

I paired mine with my favorite graphic tee (#heartthis and all of Luciana's tee collection: here) and this new leather jacket that I recently purchased. I love how Ashley styled hers with a (matching) black hat, a plaid button-down shirt and faux fur. hashtag can I please have that?!

It's true that blogging has been the best experience for me thus far. I've met this sweet gal on the blogosphere and social media and we instantly hit it off. Ashley always manages to look so perfect and chic and her style is just hands down, amazing. Now, I just really need to get on a plane and visit her IRL in California! #longdistanceprobs

See how Ashley styles her boyfriend shorts over on her blog { here } and be sure to show her some love!

Thanks for stopping by!
^ mirrored aviators are for selfies... right? 



Wearing: tee: By Luciana M c/o | boyfriend shorts: Forever 21 (also loving these here + here) | leather jacket: Forever 21 (also loving this one here) | sunglasses: Retro City Sunglasses (similar here + here) | bar necklace: 9thandelm c/o | hat: Forever 21 (sold out) similar here + herelipstick: Besame 'Exotic Pink' c/o Gloss48 | rainboots: Hunters (couldn't find them! Similar here (P.S. I mentioned before but I wear a size 6 in shoes so I ordered the Big Kids rain boots from Nordstrom. It's still pretty big and not as pricey as the women's rainboots!) | 

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