“Currently Coveting – All things blush!”

Hi guys!  I wanted to start a new series of things that I’m “currently coveting” on my blog!  Right now, I am obsessed with anything blush!  From shoes to bags, I just can’t get enough of this color.  Definitely my favorite hue this season!  Check out my current faves below:

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I now own a couple of these items.  Can you guess which ones?  Happy browsing! ❤

 

 

 

“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

“#CoachSpring2016 Campaign”

Hey guys!  I feel like it’s been a while since my last blog post.  I’ve been on duty and on the go lately so it’s been a challenge trying to keep up!  I’m finally blogging about my Instagram project/collaboration with Coach for their #CoachSpring2016 campaign.  I am honored (and thrilled!) to be a part of such a fun project!  I spent the day in San Francisco with the help of my sister, Gladys (photographer extraordinaire) and much-needed assistance from my good friend, Andrea.  This shoot wouldn’t have been possible without you two, so thank you!

We shot two looks throughout the city featuring The Coach Swagger 20 mini bag and the C101 Low Top Sneaker.  Hope you guys like it!

Look #1:

Let me tell you about the cutest little bag: The Coach Swagger 20.  This pretty little thing matches my petite frame, but still makes room for my daily essentials.  It also comes with a strap if you’re a hands-free type of gal.  Perfect for roaming around in the city when you’re always on the go like me!

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Look #2:

The white sneaker is the most coveted pair of shoes that are in every fashionista’s closet lately.  They’re cute, comfortable, and will go with just about everything.  The pink stitching on my Coach C101 Low Tops brings a nice feminine touch!  What’s not to love about these?  Heart emojis all the way!

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Hope you guys liked my long and overdue post!  I apologize that it took so long to share!  I also wanted to take the time to thank you all for your continuous support of my blog!  I reached 10.5 K followers on my Instagram page recently and I am beyond grateful for each and single one of you!  My appreciation is boundless. ❤

“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

“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

“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

Feature “Get Me Bodied” Dress
Boyfriend Blazer //
Converse High-tops // Superga Sneakers
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Alexis Russell Nameplate Necklace

“Walking billboard”

Hi guys!  I hope you didn’t miss me too much since my last post.  I’ve been quite a busy bee the past few weeks and now I am back and ready to roll!  I can’t wait to update you all with new and exciting things that are happening with My Style and Grace, but first I still would like to let you know that your patience is appreciated.  Thank you! 🙂

I am a walking billboard on today’s blog post wearing a tee from the Le Motto collection.  Le Motto’s purpose is to spread and promote positivity with words.  Not only do they share good messages with their tees, but they also donate some of the profits from the purchases to causes that help children who are suffering from unfortunate and violent circumstances.  Vaiana, the beautiful person behind Le Motto was kind enough and gifted me a shirt from their collection.  Please take the time to read her story here.

I picked the “Keep up. Don’t give up.” tee because never giving up has taught me the value of perseverance.  Today, I would like to remind you not to give up at the first sign of struggle but instead, pick yourself back up and keep standing.  You only fail when you stop trying, so don’t give up! ❤

I styled their tee with a pair of black skorts from Feature Clothing, a men’s camo jacket that I scored from ASOS a while back, and kept it classic with a pair of good ol’ Chuck Taylor’s.

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Photos by Gladys Jem

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

Le Motto tee
Asos Camo jacket // F21 Utility Camo jacket
Converse sneakers
Feature Clothing skort
Rayban Original Aviators // Maui Jim Mavericks

“Street Chic”

Stylish sneakers everywhere have made it into people’s everyday looks and I am not mad about it!  Sneakers are known for its laid-back reputation, but this sporty staple are front and center in my wardrobe!  They are versatile, comfortable, and easy to wear.  They are not just made for the gym anymore, but rather a chic and low-key addition to any style outfit.  The way I style my sneakers is to look less “done” but screams “street chic” and not sloppy.  I styled my New Balance sneakers (can you see the gingham detail on the back? SUPER CUTE!) with my comfortable leather leggings.  I also wanted to add more color for contrast, so I chose this olive-colored, oversized silk blouse.  And my bag?  It is vintage Gucci which also doubles as a clutch.  Talk about functional!

The weekend is almost here!  Give your feet a break, kick off those heels and slip on a pair of sneakers today.  They are casual, cool and with a pop of color, it will make your outfit youthful and fun. ❤

 

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Photos : Gladys Jem

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

Helmut Lang Pull On leggings // Zara leather skinny trousers / H&M Biker pants
Madewell Silk Courier shirt // Topshop Double Pocket silk shirt
New Balance 420 sneakers // Saucony x Madewell Shadow sneakers
Vintage Gucci clutch // Loeffler Randall Lock Clutch crossbody bag