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Dare to Flair

Thank you all for making my birthday so special yesterday. I enjoyed all the love via social networks. It was one of my best weekends to date.
Have you ever just decided on wearing a simple outfit, and then as you're looking in the mirror, you just start piling on accessories without thinking? Yeah. Story of my life. I added my own twist to this outfit and added something I like to call "double flair." I opted for a peplum top over a full skirt, and then belted the denim jacket to complete the look.

P.S. Since weekends are all about comfort, I wore my favorite sneaker wedges. Hello, weekend kicks.
{ sometimes, we all need a twirling picture }

Wearing: Forever 21 denim jacket, H&M flower pin (old), Revlon Lipstick #625 Iced Amethyst, Francesca's necklace (old) similar here, Forever 21 peplum top (worn here), Forever 21 skirt, UrbanOG sneaker wedges, ShopCalico sunglasses, Louis Vuitton bag, Forever 21 bow ring

Birthday Weekend


I think every birthday should involve balloons {last year}.
Last year's birthday was simply amazing. Read the post if you want to know why. This year, my birthday falls on a Sunday which...does has its downfalls. But that won't stop me from enjoying the weekend with friends, family, and gushing at my beautiful pink and orange balloons which are currently tied down in my bedroom. I already received my birthday present, which was the DSLR camera (a little too early) and as you can see, it's working quite magnificently. It even snowed (well, barely) for the first time in years!
Can't believe I'll be 18 in TWO days! 

My true birthday wish would be to know where I'm heading to college next year. I find out from colleges near the end of March. Fingers crossed.

Have a splendid weekend! I know I will.


Kate Spade NYFW Spring/Fall 2013

 { I've been a sucker for pink + orange lately // see for yourself }

After finally catching up on New York Fashion Week streaming videos over the past weekend, I have to say that Kate Spade's collection was my absolute favorite. Maybe I'm slightly biased since I'm attracted to bows, fun prints, bold colors, and anything that screams New York City-- which so happened to be the theme for this year's collection. Kate Spade never ceases to amaze me. I love all the vivid color pop, girly, punch colors displayed for the Fall 2013 collection. The New York City taxis and neon signs were a great touch, along with the color combinations that always keeps me inspired. This year's collection was all for the printed trousers to oversize bows to bold colored coats to even a pair of tuxedo bow tie-looking heels. I even spotted a pair of Taxi high heels that I found incredibly unique. I've always been a sucker for Kate Spade's darling clutches and I simply couldn't decide on a favorite.

I heart everything Kate Spade. That is all.

P.S. I also added last year's Kate Spade Spring 2013 collection for some spring inspiration that I've been lusting over. Have you seen my Spring Fever Pinterest Board?
{ As a girly girl, bows are my weakness }
{ I can't get enough of this bow striped dress }

FALL COLLECTION:
{ this top is just too sweet // #seewhatididthere }
{ snaps to Deborah Lloyd, the creative director for incorporating pink + red for Fall. #notjustforVDay }
{ feeling inspired to pair lilac tights + lilac heels and then adding pink }
{ can we please all just acknowledge the matchy-matchy bow heels and the clutch? // to die for }
{ I have this theory that the bigger the bow, the better }
{ Taxi clutch to match Taxi high heels. Genius }

What are your thoughts on the newest Kate Spade collection?

Looking Up


My weekend couldn't have been any better. I dropped everything that deemed of any importance to reunite with my older sister who came home from UNC-Chapel Hill for my birthday. My sister is my biggest motivation / inspiration / role model. We have the kind of relationship where we can simply talk about anything, and I love that. Whenever I'm stressing about school or life in general, I know exactly who to FaceTime. It's the greatest feeling when someone who has always been there all their life can bring out the best in you. Thanks for making my 18th birthday so special. Love you!

P.S. I'm a sucker for balloons. Always have been, always will. And with my newest DSLR camera, I couldn't wait to test it out. Though, transitioning from a digital camera to a DSLR is quite a challenge. There are things that I have yet to learn and yes, it can be frustrating that most of my shots turn out blurry. I''m still unsure of how to use the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens, so if anyone wants to teach me the basics, shoot me an email at gracefulleemadeblog@gmail.com. In all seriousness, I'd be delighted for any sort of assistance.

6 DAYS until my birthday. But hey. Who's counting?
{ Also, in the process of prepping for the photo-shoot, I curled her hair and pieced her accessories together. It made me realize just how much fun it would be to work behind the camera as a fashion stylist instead of being in front. Always good to keep my options open. }
{ braving the wind // I call it dedication }
{ Here's to brighter days }

I'm wearing: Rafaella blazer (old), Gap button-down shirt (similar here), Target earrings, ShopCalico sunglasses,  Ann Taylor LOFT black jeans, Forever 21 ankle booties (old)

Rebecca's wearing: Forever 21 white top, Forever 21 black LBD, TJ Maxx gold cap toe heels (similar here), Shop Calico cat-eye sunglasses

SubLIME



A few weekends ago, the weather was very warm. A little too strange in the month of February. But hey, nothing is very strange in Fayetteville when it comes to weather. I've basically lived here all my life. That's nothing new. I pulled out this Tahari green top {last seen here} and paired it with this darling collar necklace I last wore for Christmas. As the weather gets a little warmer, I tend to shift towards my favorite flair LBD that matches with just about everything.

A big thanks to one of my good friends who gave me this chevron monogrammed bag. It's the cutest thing!
Wearing: Tahari green top, Forever 21 LBD, TJ Maxx gold cap toe heels (similar here), gifted chevron bag, DIY bracelet, chevron rings c/o Charlotte Russe (similar here), collar necklace c/o Windsor StoreShopCalico cat-eye sunglasses, Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick #62 Monte Carlo
{ P.S. Have you heard seen on Instagram? I finally got a new DSLR camera for my 18th birthday present! Well. Scratch that. Early birthday present: 9 DAYS }