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Happy Memorial Day!

I wanted to do a quick Charleston round-up from my trip last week.
I'll be sharing my looks from Day 1 and Day 2 sometime this week or next week, but I just wanted to go ahead and share the travel diary video as well as snaps that I took.

And for those who gave me Charleston recommendations, thank you!!

I had the pleasure of partnering with Toyota to experience the 2016 Toyota Prius for a couple of days. The moment I arrived at the Mark Jacobson Toyota dealership in Durham, NC, I spotted a beautiful, bright red car with my name in big letters on a sign and a big red bow on top. My friend who drove me to the dealership can tell you that I literally screamed. I was in total shock. AH!

My trainer showed me all the newest features of the 2016 Toyota Prius, and I have to say... wow. I felt like the car could basically drive itself and I just simply had to steer. Ha! I was very impressed with the various applications on the touchscreen. My trainer showed me how to download the Toyota app called Entune that allows you to connect with all the mobile applications on the car, which made it much easier for the roadtrip. Some of the options included Facebook check-ins, Pandora Radio, etc. My favorite part was when my friend texted me and because I was still synced with the car, the text message popped up on the touchscreen and even had the option to 'read' and 'ignore' the text. 

Not only that, but McKenzie and I both experienced the amazing blindspot sensors on the side mirrors of the car and how every time a car was in our blindspot, the sensors would light up. Not to mention, the car in general was very smooth. I mentioned several times to McKenzie while driving that it almost felt like we were just cruising because of how smooth the ride was.

As a travel enthusiast, I was counting down the days for this trip and was not entirely sure of what to expect, but the trip was worthwhile and it was the perfect little getaway before leaving for New York City in a few days. 

Thank you so much Toyota for the most amazing experience in the 2016 Toyota Prius. I could not be more grateful to have had this opportunity. 

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{ Made. It. }

{ bike ride outfit || Pura Vida Bracelets is graciously offering Gracefullee Made readers 20% OFF on their site with code GRACELEE20 at checkout! My anchor wrap bracelet is on SALE for $22! }

{ exploring Battery Park with AffordABike // here }

{ pool day // swimsuit here + hat here }

{ sharing this look soon on the blog // here }

{ bike riding through downtown Charleston with AffordABike || if you're in the Charleston area, AffordABike is also graciously offering Gracefullee Made followers $25 OFF any BILDA bike with code GRACELEE25 }

{ that sunset though... }

{ pulling items from Palm Avenue for a shoot }

{ shooting on King Street with McKenzie wearing Palm Avenue - a huge thank you to Palm Avenue Raleigh for making this possible! }

{ Charleston Place }

{ Rainbow Row }

{ morning dip // swimsuit here }

{ girls night out // top here }

{ brunch before heading home // berry granola quinoa + crab cakes }

{ last stop at the Pineapple Fountain }

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Life is Ruff(le) + Memorial Day Weekend Sales

Happy Friday, everyone!
I'm finally back from a fun girls trip getaway in Charleston, South Carolina. The past few days were nothing short of amazing, as my gal pal McKenzie and I strolled the streets of Charleston and rode bikes downtown through Rainbow Row and King Street. I'm considering doing a travel diary round-up preferably this weekend to show you all the amazing things we did and places we visited. I'm also working on a travel diary video for you guys, so be on the lookout for that. You can even subscribe to my channel to get the notification when I post!

As for today's look... I wanted to share an easy Memorial Day inspired look that you can easily recreate, just in time for the weekend. Instead of pairing fun ruffle tops with white denim shorts or jeans, try mixing it up and opt for a scallop skirt / skort. This skort from Palm Avenue located in Cameron Village, Raleigh, NC, is an item I would wear all summer. It's perfect to wear on any given day, let alone easy to wear for picnics or if you're on a boat because of the hidden shorts underneath. 

Speaking of Memorial Day weekend... what are your plans?!

P.S. I just wanted to go ahead and share these Memorial Day Weekend sales:

  • Ann Taylor // 50% OFF full-price purchase + extra 40% OFF sale styles - CODE: SUMMER50 - until 5/31 
  • Anthropologie // additional 30% OFF all sale items, in stores + online - until 5/30
  • ASOS // extra 20% OFF - CODE: HISUMMER - until 5/30
  • Banana Republic // extra 40% OFF - code: BRTAKE40 - until 5/30
  • Express // 15% OFF your purchase - code: 9492 (enter at checkout) - until 5/31
  • Free People // additional 25% OFF all sale items - until 5/30
  • J. Crew // 30% OFF your purchase - code: WEEKEND  - until 5/31
  • Moon & Lola // 20% OFF your full-priced order - code: RSCHARM20 - until 6/6
  • Nordstrom // up to 40% OFF - until 6/7
  • Old Navy // extra 50% OFF select styles - until 5/30
  • Sole Society // 50% OFF select styles online - until 5/30
  • Urban Outfitters // long weekend sale - 25% OFF shorts + 25% OFF graphic tees - until 5/30
Happy shopping!

 Photos by Nieto Photography

Wearing: skort: via Lilly Pulitzer via Palm Avenue | top: via Uniquities | earrings: Lisi Lerch | bag: vintage Chanel via Charlotte's | heels: LuLu*s (old) similar here + here | sunglasses: DITTO (use code GRACELEE for your first month free!) | bracelet: via Charlotte's |

[the items marked with 'via' can be found in the Cameron Village shopping center located in Raleigh, NC ]

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This is a partnership with Cameron Village Shopping Center. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Black Out

I'm the type of person who can go from wearing brights and color to an all-black look in one week.
My style is ever-changing and I love the concept of being able to pull off different styles versus sticking to "one category."

With summer in full swing, I wanted to show you how you can put together an all-black look for the summer. Even in hot temps, you can still find ways to make it work. For instance, this bodycon midi dress is a soft, stretchy material that's actually quite comfortable and thin. It even has a choker attached to the dress that gives it an edgy feel. Also, this vest is my favorite. I love the drapey look in the back and the material is actually sheer. You can kind of tell in the photos below. SWOON.

How would you style an all-black summer look?

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

Photos by Nieto Photography

Wearing: bodycon dress: via The Art of Style (make sure you follow along on their Instagram here!) | vest: via The Art of Style | bracelets: David Yurman via Bailey's | earrings: via Bailey's |  shoes: Sam Edelman via Bevello | sunglasses: DITTO (use code GRACELEE for your first month free!) | lipstick: Revlon's 'Black Cherry' | bag: Rebecca Minkoff via Bevello |

[the items marked with 'via' can be found in the Cameron Village shopping center located in Raleigh, NC ]

Congrats to our two features this week:
|| Courtney from The Dainty Darling || Sara Kate from Sara Kate Styling ||

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Thanks for linking up with us!

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