“Less is more.”

First blog post of the month!  Woohoo!  I’ve been quite a busy bee lately, but I hope you guys didn’t miss me too much!  I am currently working on an Instagram project with Coach, so stay tuned for that!  It’s not going to be until April/May, but I am very excited and can’t wait to share with you guys!

Anyways, back to business.  Let’s talk about dressing basic/minimal.  This style has taken over the world of social media and it’s been proven that it’s not such a bad thing. Clean lines and simple silhouettes – it’s a no brainer.  The key here is adding a statement to your outfit.  That can be texture, a little pattern or pop of color to help accentuate the “basics”.  It’s also nice to stick with neutral palettes and don’t be afraid to be playful! Instead of a basic white button down, I picked this one up with a slightly ruffled back and my pants tie in the front!  I kept my shoes and accessories simple: nude sandals, classic aviators and gold minimal jewelry.  When it comes to this pared-down and understated look, less is definitely more. ❤

DSC_0878

DSC_0824

DSC_0966

DSC_0850

 

DSC_0935

DSC_0957

DSC_0918

 

Photos by Mikhail Sehmenov

Here’s what I’m wearing // and other options

Maurie and Eve Somerset top //
Maurie and Eve Athena Wrap Pant (sold out) // Maurie and Eve Five To One Pant
Steve Madden Sandals // Steve Madden Stecy
Kenzo Wallet Chain // Cynthia Rowley Mini Bag
Rayban Aviators // Black Aviators

“Not so cold shoulders.”

It’s almost the weekend, guys!  The weather has been amazing here lately (we are so spoiled in California!) that I’ve been shedding off the unnecessary layers when it comes to my wardrobe.  I wanted to show off my sun kissed glow wearing this top from my favorite Aussie brand, Cmeo Collective.  I love the way it highlights my collarbones!  Off the shoulder tops are so effortless that you can wear it with almost ANY bottoms and it looks well put-together.  I don’t normally have red pieces in my closet, but I had to make an exception for this beauty!  Photos doesn’t even do it justice.  I love the heavy fabric and how structured the top is – subtle and sexy without trying too hard.  I have a feeling that this top and I are going to be inseparable all Spring and Summer!  I highly suggest baring those shoulders and collarbones this season, ladies! ❤
styleandgrace_027

styleandgrace_035

styleandgrace_034

styleandgrace_039

styleandgrace_033

 

Photos By Gladys Jem

What I’m wearing // Other options

C/MEO Collective Palisades Top Red (Sold Out) // Palisades Top Geo (on sale!)
Levi’s Wedgie Icon // Levi’s Wedgie Coyote Desert
Dior Abstract // Dior Abstract Tortoise
Senso Booties (Sold Out) // Senso Bailey III (on sale!)

“Neutrals are your friend.”

I’ve always been big on neutrals.  I love the subtleness and the flexibility on being able to interchange several pieces – it ALWAYS works.  It also looks luxurious without looking over the top.  With a simple grey tee from Kit & Ace to start with, (which by the way, the softest shirt I have ever owned. Thanks Kit & Ace!) I was able to build this look by piling more neutrals on top.  The best part is, you can add ANY color from a neutral palette and it simply works.  It’s definitely a no brainer!  If you want to stick with just one color, that’s ok too!  Tip: Just make sure you try mixing different textures and layers to break up the silhouette.  So easy, right?!  Neutrals for the win! ❤

styleandgrace_016

styleandgrace_023

styleandgrace_024

styleandgrace_018

styleandgrace_015

Photos by Gladys Jem

What I’m wearing // Other options

Kit and Ace tee // Kaye Crew
Zara Taupe Leather Jacket // Blank NYC Taupe Vegan Leather Jacket
Taupe skirt // Solid Knit Pencil Skirt / Ribbed Knit Skirt
Dior Abstract // Dior Abstract Mirrored 
Isabel Marant Bobby Suede  // Isabel Marant Bobby Taupe

“Happy Love Day!”

It’s Valentine’s day!  Do you have any plans for today/tonight?  In need of a last-minute going out/date outfit?  I’ve got you covered.  Something easy and not the usual cliché (cherry red!) that will make you arrive in style without looking like a Valentine’s day enthusiast!

Instead of wearing a red dress, I opted for darker colors: an oversized black blazer with a little peek of my bralette showing and a silver metallic pleated skirt with black pumps. If skirts don’t tickle your fancy, you can also do a leather pant or even denim and still look effortless!  For my flirty details, I added touches of pinks and blushes throughout. Not too much, but just enough to compliment the darks and for contrast.  Accessory tip:  statement earrings can easily add glam and polish such a simple look.  I wanted a fresh-faced look so I kept my makeup soft and finished it off with a cute little topknot!

Hope you guys like my no-fuss look for Valentine’s day.  It’s sweet without looking over the top!  Have fun celebrating love day. ❤

styleandgrace_002

styleandgrace_012

styleandgrace_008

styleandgrace_006

styleandgrace_011

styleandgrace_014

 

Photos by Gladys Jem

Elizabeth and James Oversized Blazer // Mango Blazer / Draped Jacket
Topshop Metallic Skirt // Free People Skirt
Rasa Bra Top // Fiore Bralette / Love Stories Racerback
BaubleBar Statement Earrings (sold out) // BaubleBar Angelic Drop Earrings
Coach bag // Coach Saddle Bag 23

“When you can’t decide between a skirt or shorts…”

It’s a sunny and warm Super Bowl Sunday and I couldn’t help but bare my legs today. Spring is slowly making its way back and so are my shorts/skirts this season.  On occasion, my preference of shorts or skirts are one and the same.  Then, I remembered that there’s a skirt and short hybrid called the skort.  The last time I wore a skort was probably back in the 4th grade, but I am making am exception now!  With its asymmetrical cut, how can you not love it?  I’m really not a big fan of short skirts because of the inconvenience (no flashing of undies for me), but with skorts, I feel like I can live care-free.  Dressed up or down, this closet favorite can be styled in so many ways.  With the weather transitioning to warmer temperatures, I ditched my jacket for this look but instead, I added over the knee socks and a beanie for warmth (just in case).

I hope you guys had a great weekend!  Off to tackle another week.  Here we go! ❤

mystyleandgrace-fall-looks071  mystyleandgrace-fall-looks069  mystyleandgrace-fall-looks068  mystyleandgrace-fall-looks067  mystyleandgrace-fall-looks072  mystyleandgrace-fall-looks070

 

Photos by Gladys Jem

Feature Clothing Skort // Vegan Leather Skort
Elizabeth and James button down // Elizabeth and James Emannuel shirt
Dior Technologic // Rayban Gold Aviator
Sam Edelman boots // Madewell Nico boots
Zara Clutch // Joanel Ostrich leather clutch

“Because pink can be edgy too.”

Oh, Pinks and blushes.  So pretty and delicate to look at.  It’s no wonder that Rose Quartz was picked as Pantone Color of the Year 2016 along with Serenity.  Yes, this color thing is an ACTUAL thing, guys.  The rose tone of my sweater looks so soft and feminine so I decided to add a little edge to it.  Want to know how to achieve this combo?  Here’s my equation: Pink + leather/camo = femme fatale.  I just love the contrast of edgy and soft for that sweet yet daring look.  Throw on some leather or even a military jacket and voila!  I love the way a good ol’ camo jacket looks against soft pinks.  I scored my camo jacket from Asos and guess what?  It’s actually a men’s jacket! Who would’ve guessed?  I love an oversized military jacket and this one goes with almost anything.  My closet would be nothing without this!

*Here’s a quick tip: don’t be afraid to browse the men’s section.  A lot of times, that’s where the goods are!  I love when its #borrowedfromtheboys *

To top it off, add some sunnies and studded boots to bring out your inner cool girl.

So guys, is it time to rethink pink? ❤

P.S. I just noticed that my purse isn’t closed in this photo.  Oops!  #nobodysperfect haha!
casual outfit (1)

casual outfit (4)

casual outfit (5)

casual outfit (17)

 

Photos by Nathalie Blize

Here’s what I’m wearing // and other options

Brandy Melville Sweater // Loose Pink Sweater / V Neck Pink Sweater
Free People Destroyed Ankle // Love 21 Frayed Jeans / Joe’s Jeans Frayed Ankle Jean
Topshop Studded Pointy Boots (on sale!) // Topshop Buddie / Jeffrey Campbell Maceo
Asos Camo Jacket // Camo Print Jacket / Atlanta Camo Jacket
Celine Havana Sunglasses // Celine Tortoise Havana
Coach Shadow Crossbody (on sale!) // Chloe Marcie / Forever 21 Crossbody

“HAPPY NEW YEAR! MY STYLE AND GRACE TURNS 1!”

HELLO 2016!  365 new days.  365 new chances.

Exactly a year ago, I launched My Style and Grace as my creative outlet in hopes to share my fashion tips and to motivate and help the fashionistas at heart.  I had no idea that my following would grow quite quickly given the fact that I had just started blogging.  My blog has opened a lot of opportunities for me and for that, I’m GRATEFUL for the new connections and friendships that I’ve made so far.  At first, blogging seemed impossible to break into knowing how competitive it is within the industry but with some planning and determination, it can be one of the most rewarding and creative careers around.  So here I am, about to tackle another 365 days of new challenges and goals.  I’m thrilled to see what 2016 has to offer!  I would like to express my gratitude to all of you for following along and for inspiring me to continue writing.  Also, I would like to thank my family, my friends, my boyfriend for their continued love and support throughout my journey.  I am nothing without you, guys!

A huge chunk of my thank you’s and appreciation goes to my sister, Gladys Jem ❤ for snapping my beautiful blog photos.  I’m so thankful for your awe-inspiring talent and creative direction.  We make such a badass sister team!

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!  Here’s to happy new dreams.  Happy new desires.  Happy NEW YOU.  You know those things that you’ve always wanted to do? You should go do them. It is never too late to set another goal or to dream another dream, guys!  I hope you will find this post inspiring.  Have an AMAZING year!

2016, I am coming for you!

3T6B3833

 

Photo by Gladys Jem

“Sparkling Holiday”

Hello everyone and Happy Holidays!  It’s been hectic around here, but amidst all the craziness, I am thankful that I have spent it with my loved ones and I hope that you did as well.  🙂

Now on to the next holiday – NYE.  Here’s a couple of NYE looks with a little help from my beautiful and fellow blogger, Monica from LivinginVogue.  Sparkles and sequins go hand in hand with NYE, so here we are in our party-ready ensembles!

This sequin mini skirt paired with a cozy turtleneck sweater is a perfect combination for a less than formal affair.  My love for a good ol’ denim jacket is undeniable so I decided to throw it on for a little casualness.  Yes, it is unexpected, but it works for a street-chic look which is my personal favorite.  For added interest, I wore over the knee socks with heels because I am currently obsessed with this cool combo lately!  Layer with a scarf or a beanie for extra warmth and voila!  NYE ready for those swanky parties.

It’s been a great year, but I’m ready to welcome 2016.  Who’s with me?!  Cheers to all and thank you for following along.  I appreciate you guys so much! ❤

 

holidays coffe (33)

holidays coffe (31)

holidays coffe (30)

holidays coffe (27)

holidays coffe (25)

holidays coffe (14)

holidays coffe (5)

 

Photos by Nathalie Bize

Here’s what I’m wearing // and other options

H&M Sequin Mini Skirt // Black Sequin Mini / Slim Fit Skirt
Gap Turtleneck Sweater // Side Slit Turtle Neck
Nine West Pointy Toe Pumps // Black Suede Ellipsis Pumps
Free People Over the knee socks // H&M over the knee socks
Essex LA clutch // Loeffler Randall Tassel Clutch

“Give thanks with a grateful heart.”

Happy Humpday, everyone!  Can you believe that tomorrow is Thanksgiving already? Seriously, where did the year go?!

I wanted to share a quick, little post before the Thanksgiving holiday starts.  I’m sure many of us are looking forward to the holiday weekend and spending time with our loved ones (that would be ME!).  This year, I have plenty of things to be thankful for. With all that’s happening in the world today,  I’ve learned to appreciate what I have and what God has blessed me with: the big things and the little things.  Growing up, my parents would always remind my sister and I that “there’s someone out there that is happy with less than what you have…” and it taught me how to be grateful.  Thanksgiving isn’t about the turkey and the Black Friday deals.  Spend this time with your loved ones, count your blessings, and be thankful with a grateful heart (everyday).

We are only a few days shy from December and I honestly can’t believe that it’s almost been a year since I started blogging.  Just wanted to let you guys know that I am thankful for all of you for reading my posts and for following along!  Love you guys!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones ❤

P.S. Wearing one sweater = two looks! Enjoy!

 

mystyleandgrace-fall-looks041

mystyleandgrace-fall-looks051

mystyleandgrace-fall-looks049

mystyleandgrace-fall-looks083

mystyleandgrace-fall-looks074

mystyleandgrace-fall-looks081

mystyleandgrace-fall-looks080

mystyleandgrace-fall-looks073

 

Photos by Gladys Jem

Here’s what I’m wearing // and other options

Feature Olive You So Much Sweater // Isabel Marant Etoile Sweater
Forever 21 Taupe Skirt  // Feature Skort
Sam Edelman Holt Bootie // Sloane Heel / Opening Ceremony Mules
Free People Over the Knee Socks // H&M Fine Knit Socks

“#CoachFall2015 event”

Happy FriYAY, everyone!  Here’s a little recap of the Coach soft opening that I hosted a week ago in conjunction with another event, Cocktails and Couture at Westfield Valley Fair Mall. This so far, is a pretty significant highlight of my blogging career!  I have only been blogging for less than a year, and to have been able to do such a thing for a designer brand is truly awe-inspiring.  I am beyond the bounds GRATEFUL for this opportunity and I would also like to thank everyone, especially the ones closest to my heart for making the night enjoyable! ❤

I wish I could’ve taken more photos!  I guess you could say I was having too much fun! Thank goodness my sister, Gladys was around to help me snap a few here and there. Coats, shoes, jewelry and bags galore in the bigger and better location.  Coach now has an edgier, more streetwise spin on their classic label thanks to their new creative director, Stuart Vevers.  Start googling his resume.  You’re welcome. 🙂 Their ready-to-wear collection for Fall 2015 is full of city-country vibes (leather meets sheepskin) and coats that are cozy + cool.  Can I please have one of everything?  Le sigh. #wishfulthinking

Processed with VSCOcam with n1 preset

Modern TrenchIcon Leather Trench

Processed with VSCOcam with n1 preset

Nolita Wristlet, Soft Wallet, Ace Satchel, Corner Zip Wallet

Processed with VSCOcam with n1 preset

Campus Pack, Basic Nappa Glove, 3-in1 Leather Glove, Cashmere Beanie

Processed with VSCOcam with n1 preset

Mount Plaid, Wild Beast Shawl, Coach x Baseman Buster Le Fauve

Processed with VSCOcam with n1 preset

Curly Sheep Vest, Biker Sheepskin Coat, Swagger 20 Bag, Glitter Wallet

Processed with VSCOcam with n1 preset

Prairie Satchel, Nolita Shearling, Knit Tech Glove, Cosmetic Case

Processed with VSCOcam with n1 preset

Leather Racer, Military Jacket, Sullivan Messenger, Blended Stripe Scarf

Processed with VSCOcam with n1 preset

Biker Sheepskin Vest, Stanton Carryall, Crosby Carryall

Processed with VSCOcam with n1 preset

Smith Pump, Lacey Heel, Smith Heel, Smith Rivets Pump

Processed with VSCOcam with n1 preset

Coach Swagger With Chain, Coach Swagger 20

Processed with VSCOcam with n1 preset

Champagne with friends!  I loved meeting new people that night!

Processed with VSCOcam with n1 preset

Posing in my favorite vest: Topshop Faux Fur Gilet

Thank you, Coach for the cutest bag that is never leaving my shoulder this season.  It is perfect!  Again, thank you guys for supporting what I love to do and I appreciate each and every one of you.  Love you guys! ❤

P.S. I’ve also picked out some of my personal faves below just in time for gifting season and they are all under $125!  Have a fabulous weekend and happy shopping!