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Nothing like the Holidays

Now with Thanksgiving out of the way, the only thing standing between 2013 and 2014 is my favorite holiday and my favorite time of year: C h r i s t m a s .
I live for this time of year. Blasting Christmas music, stocking up on holiday wear, picking out Christmas movies to watch, drinking hot chocolate / peppermint mochas, attending holiday soirées...
I'm a sucker for it all.

Because it's the last day of November, I thought I'd dedicate this post with a few facts about me.

1. I have a soft spot for fruit. 
2. Christmas is my favorite holiday. Festive holiday parties are my weakness -- count. me. in.
3. My macaron obsession is a little unreal.
4. I like to dress up on rainy days.
5. I'm obsessed with the Hunger Games trilogy (just like everyone else).
6. I love to run. I run just about every day. It definitely keeps the stress away / clears the mind.
I went a few days without running one time and it's simply the strangest feeling (for me, at least).
7. I like to overdo it sometimes. 
Such as... pairing brights and accessories all at once.
8. It's apparent that I emphasize my love for my school at least once a week.
But it's true. I love every bit of my school - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
g o  h e e l s !
9. This time of year brings out the worst of my sequin craze (it's a year-round thing).
My ideal "spending time around the tree" always involves something sparkly.
 10. I love plaids, gingham, sequins... but you probably already know that.
 11. Nine times out of ten, I'll start things but never really finish them, which is a habit that needs breaking.
Like this trilogy, for example.

Holiday Glam

Double the layers, double the sequins. #mytakeonholidayglam
Can you believe it's Thanksgiving already?! Where does the time go? But really. December is merely a few days away and that could only mean my favorite holiday will be here before I know it. 
Nonetheless, I've been on a sequin craze. But a gal can never have too many sequins, right? With a little holiday inspiration, I opted for a layer on layer look with a chiffon sequin-collared blouse and this peplum top that I've been dying to wear this time of year. It's brand new to Gracefullee Made but it's unfortunately not ( more like, sold out ) on Piperlime. But not to worry! Check out my picks down in the bottom for more sequin tops I've rounded up on the web.

Also, H a p p y  T h a n k s g i v i n g ! 
I love the idea of giving thanks on this special day. Sometimes, we should all take a step back from our busy lives to appreciate what we have. I'm thankful for too many things. My family, my friends. Each and every person that's helped me accomplish and pursue my goals.

Also, LuLu*s is simply killin' it with the sequins! Take a look at their 'sequins' page here. They don't disappoint. That's for sure.

Wearing: Tinley Road sequin peplum top - SOLD OUT (similar here + here + here) | Forever 21 chiffon sequin-collared top (old) similar here + here | Ann Taylor LOFT black denims | Karen Walker sunglasses | Kate Spade wristlet | Revlon lipstick | gifted glitter heels (LOVE this one here) | ASOS rings | ASOS rings | 

Blog Collab: Bordeaux Wine

Today I'm teaming up with Brenna from Chic Street Style to show you how we style the color bordeaux wine. For starters, I am absolutely in love with Brenna's style. Her personal style consists of a Parisian-chic-meets-trendy look that basically has me hooked (think Blair Waldorf in Paris -- Gossip Girl Season 4). When this glamorous lady asked to collaborate, who by the way... has already traveled to Paris, Italy, London, etc. I was more than thrilled!

I've had this wine-colored dress in my closet for years now and I pull it out this time of year to embrace the cold, winter months ahead with a pair of black boots. This wool felt hat is probably one of the best purchases I've made this season.
Brenna opted for a classic blazer with a pair of patent loafers and a bordeaux wine-colored hat to complete the style trend. I absolutely love that lip color she's sporting and her darling bow bracelet, which you can see if you head on over to her blog here to see more photos of her outfit! 

How do you style this hue for Fall?

I'm wearing: Banana Republic dress (old) similar here | Forever 21 hat (similar here) | Karen Walker sunglassesRevlon lipstick | Stella & Dot band rings | TJ Maxx boots (old) similar here | Express tights (similar here) |

Puffy Love

Surprising my sister with a red velvet cupcake + macarons from Sugarland and walking all the way across campus to deliver it by hand on her 21st birthday makes me the best sister ever. Right? Right.
Especially when I'm prone to devour any macarons I lay my eyes on. 
Also, I'm been obsessing over the initial rings over at Bevello and almost immediately made the purchase. Though, it was hard for me not to pick up the letter 'G' by "accident" instead of the "R". But tis' the season for giving. And birthdays.

P.S.  when you have the opportunity to have a little shoot with a red velvet cupcake, you take it. #duhr

Wearing: Forever 21 puffy vest (similar here) | New York & Co. button-down (old) similar here + here | Forever 21 skater skirt (old) similar here | Francesca's pearl necklace (old) similar hereKaren Walker sunglasses | BeMonogrammed necklace (similar here) | ASOS rings | Forever 21 hat (similar here) | Stella & Dot renegade cluster bracelet c/o | 

Brightest and Boldest

Heading into the weekend with bright, bold colors is a typical thing in the life of Grace Lee.
I've emphasized my love for color many, many (far too many) times in my blog posts and there's nothing like a pair of statement earrings that not only matches my necklace, but adds a pop to my leather jacket that I rock at least once a day.

Hope everyone has a fun-filled weekend! Can't believe Thanksgiving is less than a week away!
What are your plans?

Wearing: Wild Butterfly Boutique necklace c/o | Benevolent Jewels earrings c/o (sold out) but similar hereRay Ban aviators c/o | Forever 21 leather jacket (similar here) | J.Crew colorblock skirt (sold out) but same one in a different color here | Wet N' Wild lipstick | Forever 21 booties (old) similar here | H&M turtleneck top (similar here) | Stella & Dot band rings c/o | 

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