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The Thanksgiving Scent

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
I actually hope everyone isn't on the Internet viewing blogs today, but in case you are... (insert winking emoji here) I've rounded up a few of my favorite holiday scented candles for today's post. The post below is shop-able, meaning that you can click on the collage and purchase the candles directly! B O O M. 

A little update of my Thanksgiving day: my extended family from Atlanta, GA and Washington, D.C. are all here in Fayetteville, NC with my family and me to celebrate a Thanksgiving brunch. I hope everyone has the best indulging feast and another slice of pumpkin pie today! Because math: two is better than one. Am I right?

Holiday scented candles are the bees knees.

Also, Bath & Body Works may not be associated with rewardStyle, but I'm going to be real and say that I'm more obsessed with their holiday scented candles than any other brand. Check them out here

P.S. something that I really am thankful for is all of you readers. You guys are the reason why I continue doing what I love every day on my blog. Without your feedback, none of this would have been possible. I wouldn't have made it this far. Thank you all for making my 4th blogging year so incredible for me. It touches my heart that I inspire so many of you. So thank you!!

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." - John F. Kennedy

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I wore this midi skirt religiously over the summer. 
But I'm a firm believer that the midi skirts trend can be still carried on over to fall and winter, if you wear it right. Instead of styling it with a sleeveless ruffle tank (like I did here), I paired it with an old sequin-collared blouse that I usually pull out this time of year for the holiday season. It goes without saying, but navy is a color fit for the holidays. It goes perfectly paired with white, ivory, red... and one of my favorite combos: emerald green. 

I would definitely wear this "casual" holiday glam for a daytime soirée for any events coming up.
What's your ideal "casual" holiday glam attire?

P.S. can you believe tomorrow is Thankgiving?! Eek! What are your Thanksgiving plans?? 

AND... it's What I Wore Wednesday! Be sure to link-up with us today :)

Wearing: midi skirt:  eShakti (similar here + here) | sequin collar blouse: Forever 21 (old) similar here |  sunglasses:  Calico | rings: Francesca's | gold brooch: vintage Chanel | heels: TJ Maxx (old) similar here | lipgloss: Chanel's '156' (not available) but '4' is similar | 

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How to Take Good Instagram Photos (Gracefullee Made Version)

If you haven't caught on by now, I've been taking a different course with my blog lately.
I've gotten a couple of requests on my Instagram photos and thought I'd share some tips when posting on Instagram, which... by the way, is my favorite social network. Hands down. Are you following along? { @bygracelee }

P.S. don't forget to enter the two giveaways for the holidays (umm, $500 VISA gift card?! + a Rakani designer watch + Ray Ban sunglasses giveaway in THIS POST!)

1. Lighting
I couldn't stress it enough: lighting is everything. 
Even for selfies. Try to stand in front of the light so the lighting hits your face. Side note: car selfies are the best!

2. Opt for a scenic background. Or something that stands out. In this case, I picked my sequin skirt for my backdrop - HA!

For this shot, I wanted the focus to be on the customized coffee mug, but I couldn't help but include the iconic Old Well out of focus in the background.

I could've just taken a snap of the city view of Seoul, but instead I decided to get a little creative and snapped the city view through my Karen Walker sunnies. 
Just get creative with your photos!

3. Colored walls are your best friends.
I'm telling ya. 

4. I love walking shots. Especially because it shows your entire outfit without looking posed. And this city view was kinda killer. Am I right? 

5. Clear, clear, clear shots. I'm serious. No one likes blurry pictures. I always make sure to tap the screen before snapping a pic!

6. Maybe it's a blogger thing, but I love detail shots. If I'm wearing an arm party or a set of rings I really like (99.9% of the time), then I take an obligatory #armparty shot.

7. I love me some #onblurpose shots. I tend to get a little cray with this effect during Christmas time because of the Christmas lights bokeh effect. Here are a few example shots and a little tutorial on how I take my #onblurpose snaps

8. Take advantage of the seasons. It's Fall. So take advantage of those pretty colorful leaves and trees! 

9. You can never go wrong with a shoe shot. Also, a tip for shoe shots: focus on color. See how the pink background complements the yellow Hunter boots?

10. I came across someone talking about my drink shots on Instagram and I loved how they referred to them as 'drinkstagrams.' I also dedicated an entire drinkstagram collage here

Here are my 'drinkstagram' picture tips:
- I usually opt for a bird's eye view for drink pics (meaning shot from above looking down)
Fun Fact: this was a snapchat shot my friends took of me. Typical.

- keep the drink in focus and allow the camera to slightly blur. The turnout is really great, I promise. Side note: how amazing is that view?!

- when my black coffee is a little too plain, I add a few things like my sunnies + lipstick + my arm party. Just make sure not to go too overboard with accessories!

11. For a mani shot, I usually either opt for a plain and simple background and add bokeh lights to prettify (is that a word?) my photos. Or if the nails already make a statement, I leave it be and let the nails do the talking (or in this case, statement-making).

12. And last but not least, I always make sure to take more photos than needed so I have options to choose from. It's always better to have more than none in order to get the perfect shot.

Here are a few behind-the-scenes of me taking certain Instagram shots:
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{ BTS shot - thankfully my friends think it's funny how I take my pictures and always snapchat me these - haha! }

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Hope you enjoyed my tips + secrets for that perfect Instagram shot! Hope this helped!
And like always, if there's any more questions, feel free to leave a comment below (I read them all!) or shoot me an email at and I'll be sure to answer them.

Thanks for stopping by!
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