“My everyday (foolproof) outfit formula”

Hey all!  I’m back with a new outfit post!  I’ve suffered from really bad migraines lately, so it’s been a little difficult to write new content.  I’m pleased to say that I’m feeling okay today and hoping not to relapse.  Migraines are no fun!

On a lighter note, it’s Father’s day today!  Many of you are probably going out to brunch this morning and could use an outfit inspiration.  I love a simple and casual “brunch” outfit without looking overdone.  I have an outfit formula that (and I swear by this) is easy and efficient.

Here is the foolproof equation:

  • One basic – Basics to me are closet staples: plain tees, jeans or a skirt, slip dresses etc.  In this outfit, the slip dress is the basic piece.
  • One interest/statement piece – Anything that has color, textures or patterns.  The slip dress also falls in this category because of the metallic, shimmery material.
  • One completer – This could be a jacket or sweater.  My jean jacket and I go hand in hand per usual and instead of wearing it, I tied it around my waist for added depth.  Since it’s warm now (hello summer!), you could do a statement accessory like a scarf, hat, belt.
  • Accessories – These are pieces that you don’t normally leave the house without.  I”m talking, purses, jewelry, shoes and sunglasses.  My backpack and shoes anchor the outfit and of course, sunglasses.  If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know that no My Style and Grace outfit isn’t complete without my sunnies!

I hope you will use this formula to create outfits that are fun and interesting!  If you do, please feel free to share and tag me!  Happy Sunday ❤

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Photos by Mikhail Sehmenov

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

Shimmer Thread Dress  // ASOS slip dress
Levi’s Trucker jacket // Boyfriend denim jacket
Retro Super sunnies // TOMS cat eye sunglasses
Daniel Wellington Rose Gold watch // Daniel Wellington Bristol 
Nike Ultra 1 (sold out) // Nike Air Max Thea

“Shoe game strong.”

Hi all!  I hope everybody had a wonderful Easter last weekend!  I celebrated Easter Sunday as well as my sister’s birthday up in Tahoe with our closest friends and we had a blast!  We played in the snow (brrr…), hung out by the lake, did a little hike…it was the perfect weekend!  Now it’s back to reality, folks.  It’s the first of the month (Hello, April!) and it’s the weekend once more.  Time sure flies.

Anyways, let’s get down to business, shall we?  Are you looking to boost your shoe game up?  Do you ever get bored wearing the same ‘ol boring shoes over and over? Undeniably a yes for me, until I discovered sheer socks.  This is an offbeat shoe-styling trick that for sure stepped up my shoe game ultimately.  If you’re a little unsure, play it safe and stick with neutrals.  As for me, I love print so I went with sheer polka dots!  So fun!  I’m wearing a little slip dress here (subtle, but sexy!) with a structured blazer. My metallic oxfords are rather flashy and I feel that the black blazer along with the matching black socks sets the tone down a bit.   Chic and cool AF!  Give it a try if you’re feeling fashionably adventurous!

Have a great weekend, everyone!  XO ❤
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Photos by Gladys Jem

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

Tularosa Slip Dress (sold out, I also cut the sheer lining to make it shorter) // Asos Slip Dress
Dead Ivy Blazer (sold out) // Mango Structured Blazer
Sheer Socks // Sheer Patterned Sock / Lace Socks
Rayban Original Aviator // Tom Ford Aviator
Opening Ceremony Wynn Oxford // Calvin Klein Camella Oxford

 

 

“Olive you so much.”

There’s one color that I can’t get enough of:  Olive green.  This shade looks good on everybody and looks good in pretty much everything.  Instead of the popular olive bomber jacket we’ve seen everywhere, I opted for something lightweight to tackle Spring temperatures and can be used in the Summer as well:  an olive-green chambray button down.  I’ve gone through a few of these over the years and have worn them over maxi dresses, denim, shorts…you name it.  All you have to do is throw it on to anchor an outfit.  I did a little pop of color with an orange cami because it goes with khaki tones so well.  Since the pieces I have on are a bit on the baggy side, I decided to wear heels for added height (balance is key, ladies!).  And as far as my accessories go, leopard and stripes go hand in hand here (yes, you can mix patterns as long as the colors match!).  Lastly, can’t have a My Style and Grace outfit without sunglasses and these mirrored lovelies are everything.  To my go to shirt this season: Olive you so much ❤
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Photos by Mikhail Sehmenov

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

Flap Pocket Shirt // Banana Republic Military Shirt
Brooke Rod Cami // Orange Braided Y Back Cami
Zara Striped Trousers (sold out!) // Armani Exchange Trousers
Dior Technologic // Metal Frame Mirrored Sunglasses
Steve Madden Bayyside Sandals // Steve Madden Stecy

“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! ❤

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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

“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!
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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

“Playful prints for that girl on the go!”

Need to be somewhere quick, but have no clue on what to wear?  This is my dilemma all the time whenever I am running late.  Always in a panic, I find myself throwing on this “time saver but looks put together” item: The mini dress.  What’s not to love?  It’s September and we hit just a little bit under 100 degrees today.  When I’m in a rush and it’s hot, I prefer throwing on one pieces like rompers, jumpsuits, or a mini dress (my obsession lately).  I’m not such a huge fan of the skin-tight silhouettes so I usually opt for loose-fitting, swing dress type items.   I love the effortlessness and it’s just something easy for those warmer days.  All you have to do is throw it on and go about your day.  I’m 5’1 (shorty!) and I can get away with tunic tops worn as a dress.  For all you fun sized shorties out there, this is also a great alternative to a mini dress.  Just throw on some shorts underneath if you feel they are too short.

Dressed up or down, there’s really no wrong way to wear this striped number.  I’m a sneaker girl, so I had to go with my olive Isabel Marant Bobby sneakers with this look.  This outfit was made for the chick on the go, so I just grabbed my favorite leopard print clutch and hat and I was out the door!  Tip: ladies, don’t be afraid to mix patterns and prints together as long as the colors match!

I love this dress so much that I might do a dressed up version of this for the upcoming fall season.  Thoughts?

I hope you guys had a great Labor day weekend!  Bye for now because this girl’s gotta run but first, let me throw on a mini dress real quick! ❤

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Photos by Gladys Jem

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

Cooperative Matilda tunic (on sale now!) // Petit Bateau striped mini dress 
Isabel Marant Bobby sneakers // Superga X The Man Repeller sneakers
Biltmore and Madewell Panama hat // Bow band panama hat
Essex LA leopard clutch // Clare V leopard clutch

“Easy, breezy, and dreamy in the City.”

Hello there, San Francisco!  I love you even though you stay chilly most of the year. Still, I can’t get enough of your beauty and the lasting impressions you leave me with.  I heart you, SF!

Like any other day, I coordinate my outfits according to the weather.  Even with the sun shining, I knew it was going to be quite chilly in the city, but I couldn’t resist wearing my palazzo pants from Tobi!  I am such a huge fan of these wide-legged wonders that they have taken up a small (just a tad bit) fraction of my closet space.  Palazzo pants are so amazing because they’re so incredibly comfortable!  With the right styling, they can work for cold weather, but they’re ideal for warmer temperatures because they’re so light.  One thing to keep in mind though when choosing palazzo pants is to make sure you choose the one that suits your body shape.  I am 5’1 (yes, I am tiny!) and I like the ones that hit the heel of my shoe which creates a long leg line.  It makes me look inches taller without cutting me off.  Versatility is also why I love these so much because of the many ways it can be worn.  I usually wear crop tops with palazzo pants, but I opted for a tee this time (tuck in the front, it makes a difference) because it had more fabric for more coverage.  I threw on my favorite black jacket for added warmth and to make this dressed down combo more chic.  You wouldn’t expect something as tough and solid as a leather jacket to go with something flowy as these pants, but if it works, WEAR IT!

Rooftop hangs call for sunglasses too, to protect those eyes from the bright sun.  So necessary when looking at those killer views up there.  Fun fact: The Golden Gate bridge can be seen from my sister’s apartment rooftop.  Pretty cool if you ask me! ❤

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Photos by Gladys Jem

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

Tobi Gotcha Gaucha pants
Project Social tee
BLANKNYC jacket
Dior So Real sunnies
Target sandals // Ovye by Cristina Lucchi sandals

“Converse goes chic.”

I love wearing heels.  They give the illusion of mile-long legs and make your calves look better, but let’s be honest; when they say “beauty is pain” I feel it is completely unnecessary.  Sometimes, I would rather ditch my stilettos and be comfortable in my sneakers.

Fortunately, designers everywhere such as Isabel Marant, have fallen in love with sneakers.  From celebrities to style stars, everyone seems to be flipping for sneakers these days and have mastered the art of dressing them up.  Why? Because they are so easy to pair with anything.  Literally almost everything!

Here are some ways to rock the sneaker look when you don’t feel like putting on a pair of heels, but need to look presentable.

  • fancy outfit + fancy sneakers = Chanel’s Haute Couture Collection last year is the perfect example for this.  Your evening outfit can be paired with a fancier sneaker with leather, calf hair, or even lace!
  • pair it with something unexpected…how about that tulle skirt that is usually always paired with pumps?  Switch it up and give it a try!
  • turn a super feminine and ladylike look into sporty chic.  The slip-on sneakers go really well with this look.
  • pop of color with a pair of bright-colored sneakers.  Imagine wearing an “all white everything” with a cobalt blue pair.  Ooh.  So good.

Last but not the least, my fave…(drum roll please!)

  • high tops with that mini dress.  So simple and yet so sexy, pair that mini dress of yours with sneakers!  Ladies, trust.  I love this combination personally because a mini dress WITH heels is a little too sexy for me – I’m not that brave and I just can’t do it!  Haha!  Balance is key for me and if I feel that it’s showing a little too much, then I just add-on something to tame it down a little.

Speaking of high tops and that mini dress, here is how I styled this sexy Feature mini dress dressed down with my Converse high-tops.  Chances are you own a pair too (high-top or low) so you might want to try this out for a playful, boy-meets-girl contrast.  I just threw on a boyfriend blazer for layering and sunnies of course.  I just love this look! When Converse goes chic, I am all about it. ❤

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Photos by Gladys Jem

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

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Boyfriend Blazer //
Converse High-tops // Superga Sneakers
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Alexis Russell Nameplate Necklace

Create + Cultivate Los Angeles Conference

A week ago, I attended my first conference, Create + Cultivate with one of my girlfriends, Joanne  from Go fit Jo and also met up with my other blogger gal pal Chelsea from The Millenial Miss in L.A.  If you read one of my posts from this past month, I mentioned that I actually won the tickets to this conference!  Lucky me, right?!  From the vendors to the sponsors and attendees, the energy in the place was exciting and fun! The warehouse was packed with aspiring creatives who were eager to learn from a talented list of panelists, hosts and mentors.  It was a pretty long day, (8 AM – 8 PM) but it was informative and encouraging!

So, what did I learn?  Dreams don’t work unless YOU do. I learned that investing in myself and in my future requires hard work.  When I first started my blog, I didn’t realize the amount of work and time spent behind it.  I am still acquiring new things as I go! So far, it has been a little challenging trying to find balance between work and my personal life, but you know what? I am doing what I LOVE!  I also learned that building relationships and a strong community is valuable and should be mutually beneficial. They also talked about developing and creating a personal brand, but staying true and authentic to yourself at the same time.  This advice was beneficial for me because by staying true to myself, I am able to discover my purpose and capable of following through and reaching my goals with blogging. I left the conference feeling confident, ready to work and tackle on new challenges.  Today, I’d like to leave you with a positive reminder in hopes that you will utilize it one day : No matter what you do, keep it honest, simple, and most importantly, keep it YOU. ❤

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And of course, my looks from last weekend!

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

Zara White tank // Leith Racer back tank
Denim and Supply Boyfriend Jeans // Blank Destroyed Boyfriend Jeans
Senso Leopard booties // Kurt Geiger Leopard booties

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

Sezane x Madewell sweatshirt // Carven Molleton sweatshirt
Topshop Pleated skirt // Asos metallic pleated skirt
Marc by Marc Jacobs laptop sleeve // Rebecca Minkoff Iridescent clutch
Maison Valentino Rockstud kitten heel

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

For Love and Lemons bra // Silence + Noise strappy bra
For Love and Lemons Suede lace skirt (worn in S for longer style) // Karen Kane lace skirt
Rayban Original Aviators // Rogue Eyewear Aviators

“White is my new Black”

I have quite a confession to make: I own a lot of black.  Black tops, bottoms, shoes etc. You name it, I will mostly likely have it in black.  Haha!  Why black?  Because anything in black looks good until I realized that white is JUST AS GREAT!  As much as I love black’s simplicity and slimming effect, I am equally partial to any white ensemble. White is classic, crisp, and eye-catching.  I picked up this white blazer and I plan to wear it as much as possible.  There are so many ways to wear this season’s must-have.  It can easily take you from work (with a tailored pant and pumps) to a girls’ night out (with leather skinnies and a simple tank) to the weekend (with boyfriend jeans and flats or sneakers).  I wore my white blazer with a blue silk jumpsuit and paired it with metallic pumps.  I also added some gold details with my jewelry because I love how gold looks against white.  We all know how easily dirt can get on whites so I do recommend keeping Tide To Go Pens on hand just in case, but other than that, there’s no cooler way to dress!  White is oh so right! ❤

 

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Photos by Gladys Jem

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

Slouchy Boyfriend Blazer // Asos Blazer
Silk open back Jumpsuit // Capulet V Neck racerback jumpsuit
Coach metallic pumps // Club Monaco Jaime pumps / Manolo Blahnik Point-toe Metallic
Times New Bangle // Pave Gold bracelet
Nixon Time Teller // Nixon Kensington