OMG! I’M ON A COVER OF A MAGAZINE! AHH!

I know that I am way late on this, but better late than never, right?

I will never forget the moment when I opened an email from Redbook Magazine with “REAL WOMEN STYLE AWARDS” in the subject line.  The first two lines read:

Grace,

Congratulations—you are a REAL WOMEN STYLE AWARDS winner!

I freaked out and immediately started crying uncontrollably.  The first person that came to mind was my late father.  I lost my dad last year from cardiac arrest and I’ve decided to honor him in one of my outfit posts by styling one of his shirts.  And guess what?  THAT shirt got me the golden ticket to grace the cover of Redbook Magazine’s September issue.  I honestly didn’t believe in miracles until this happened.  The forces were way too strong on this one.  There’s no way that it was a coincidence.  It was way more than that.  It’s a message from my dad letting me know that he is always with me and to keep going…

A huge and heartfelt thank you to Editor in Chief, Meredith Rollins and the Redbook Magazine team for the amazing experience.  The amount of gratitude I have is immeasurable and I will forever be thankful for this once in a lifetime oppurtunity.  THANK YOU!

To my fellow cover girls: Kelly, Rebecca, ChiChi, Beth, and Camille–You guys are the coolest bunch and I would do this all over again with all of you.

To the best support system I have: my family and friends.  Thank you for everything that you have done for me and most of all, for pushing me pursue my dreams.

To my readers and followers:  None of this would be possible if it weren’t for you guys!  Thank you for your continuous love and support.  You guys rock!

Last but not the least, my father:

Dad, thank for this wonderful blessing. Thank you for this final gift that you left behind.  I hope I made you proud.

-Kuulei

 

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Here are some BTS (behind the scenes) shots I took during the shoot in New York!  Ahh!  (yes, still freaking out.)


HERE IT IS!!!  Read about the cover story here.

DREAMS DO COME TRUE ❤️








Meet Fame and Partners – the anti fast fashion shop

Happy Memorial Day!  I must confess that I have a love/hate relationship with three-day weekends.  It’s nice to have an extra day off, but it’s never enough and I think we can all agree!  Haha!  Ok, but the silver lining here is that we have a shorter week so let’s get back to business, shall we?

Today’s post is about Fame & Partners.  You guys, I seriously love this shop!  Not only I am a fan of their unique and versatile pieces: everything is made to order based on your measurements and color customization.  It’s like having your own personal tailor!  Also, it gets better:  $5 from every sale gets funded to one of their partner charities that help empower women worldwide.  I support anything for a good cause and I appreciate them for giving back to the female community. How amazing is that?

Lastly, I’d like to acknowledge Fame & Partners for helping me become a conscious consumer by shopping ethically!  I salute you for not mass producing but making ethical and sustainable clothing because it’s better for Mother Earth.  To learn more about this anti fast-fashion shop and their empowerment initiatives, read here.

Hope you guys enjoy the rest of your week!  ❤️

 

Photos by Arabela Espinoza

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

The Camille Pant // The Fernando Pant / MissGuided Black Pleated Pants
Asos Black Sleeveless Top // MissGuided Lace Insert Top / Nicholas Top
Madewell Beaded Party Earrings  // Beaded Statement Earrings
Rebecca Minkoff Susie Studded Slides // Dolce Vita Slides

 

“The one outfit that you need when the temps go up…”

Happy Friday!  At last, a blog post.  I’ve been traveling here and there and been sick for almost 5 weeks total (off and on, guys.  nothing crazy aside from getting the shingles!).  But really, it’s been a crazy month and I’ve been nutty as a fruitcake.  Haha!  I STILL haven’t posted images from my Hawaii trip, but that’s coming up next, promise!

So back to what I was saying about the one outfit that you need this summer; an all white two piece ensemble.  There’s something about a coordinating white outfit.  Whenever I throw it on, I get the most compliments from people.  I just love how undeniably fresh and crisp it looks.  The Liesl two piece by Fame and Partners is my go-to outfit this summer.  It’s cute worn together or even separately!  The thing that I love about matching sets is the versatility.  I’ve worn the skirt alone with a vintage rock tee and the top with destructed denim.  Oh, the possibilities make me feel like a winner!

It’s a breath of fresh air when I come up with a weather appropriate outfit that doesn’t involve my trusty Levi’s cutoffs.  I say that because that pretty much sums up my summer uniform.  I bought my first all white summer outfit last year and became obsessed!   I’m going to elevate my wardrobe this time around with more sets…maybe more in white!

 

Photos by Arabela Espinoza

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

Fame and Partners Liesl Two Piece // Asos Beach Co Ords
Levi’s Trucket Jean Jacket // F21 Oversized Jacket
Cult Gaia 90210 Turband // Asos Palm Headband
Birkenstock “Monterey” // Birkenstock “Arizona” (beach friendly)
Cult Gaia Ark (PRE ORDER!) // Cult Gaia Mother of Pearl Acrylic Ark
Argento Vivo Hoops // Open Circle Frontal Hoops

Happy Birthday, Dad.

Good morning everyone.  It was really hard for me to write this post. Life was so different this time last year.  It’s March 21 and it’s also my father’s birthday.  He would have been 63 years old today.  When grieving we can be going along and everything seems to be okay.  Then out of nowhere, grief hits you in full force.  The hardest part of healing after you’ve lost a loved one is to recover the “you” that went away with them too.  Its been almost several months since my dad entered the gates of Heaven and the pain still hasn’t gone away…I’m just learning to make room for it.

But then there’s a special kind of feeling when I think about my dad. The special memories, his jokes, his love for food.  He was caring and selfless.  I miss being able to get advice from him too…I often wonder what he would say now.

I wanted to honor my dad on his birthday by styling one of his dress shirts.  My dad had a thing for button ups.  Back in the day, I would help pick them out whenever we would go shopping.  He wasn’t afraid of color and loved stripes and plaid!  He was open to almost anything. Now you guys know where I get it from!  Fun fact: I tried to incorporate the roses somehow for this shoot because my dad liked roses. Growing up, my dad used to take my sister and I to the park on his days off.  Our pre-internet days, spent at the rose garden.  We even had photoshoots at the rose garden with my dad’s camera and everything! Oh what I would give to relive those moments again.

At times when I would get lonely, there’s always this comforting feeling that I get whenever I hold/wear my dad’s clothes.  It’s like  getting an invisible hug from him.  There will always be a place somewhere within my heart that only my father can own.

Oh, Dad.  There’s never a day that goes by that I don’t look at your picture and smile.  Or cry.  Or both.  Happy Birthday in heaven. 💛

 

Photos by Arabela Espinoza

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

My Dad’s shirt // Asos Relaxed Boyfriend Shirt
Zara Customized Jeans // Waven Aki Boyfriend Jeans
BaubleBar Piñata Tassel Drops // BaubleBar Artemis Tassell Drop Earrings Dolce Vita Howie Sandal (this color is sold out) // Dolce Vita Howie Sandal
Zara White Perforated Tote (sold out) // Urban Expressions Perforated Tote

 

Coffee and clothes

Hi.  My name is Grace and I’m addicted to coffee.  Oh, and clothes. Shocker.  Ok, maybe I’m not THAT addicted to coffee, but we’re just in a committed relationship.  Haha.

I’m always on a hunt for good coffee in my area and when my girlfriend/blogger bestie Monica of @livinginvogue introduced me to B2 Coffee, I’ve been coming back here ever since.

We shot this look in front of the coffee shop and it was also the perfect excuse to get coffee.  Before my “staged coffee run” (lol let’s be real), I was cleaning out my closet and trying to get it ready for the next season.  Spring temperatures are here and I am slowly transitioning my wardrobe.  I picked up this cotton/linen button down shirt from Topshop and I know for a fact that I will be wearing it throughout Spring and Summer.  It can still get a little chilly so I always carry a leather jacket with me (I keep one in my car too) just in case.  Why a leather jacket and not a sweater?  Because it makes any outfit look effortless.  Plus its cool!  It’s an instant “badassifier” if that’s even a thing.

I anchored this casual look with a pop of color which I don’t do often! Thanks to my friends over at Kava Shoes for these red beauties.  I will always be a sneaker girl and now I have red ones to add to my collection!  Thank you!

Brb.  Looks like it’s time for another caffeine pick me up (and yes, I’m that girl that drinks coffee in the evening so don’t judge me).

Happy Humpday! 💛

 

 

Photos by Arabela Espinoza 

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

Topshop Embroidered Shirt // Pinstripe Over The Shoulder 
Topshop Jamie Jeans // Free People Ripped Jeans
Zara Leather Jacket // BLANK NYC Easy Rider Moto Jacket (on sale!)
Dior Cat Eye Sunglasses (out of stock) // Hot Optic Cat Eye Sunglasses
Kavafornia Crimson (Red) Sneakers
Essex LA Clutch

 

Louis Vuitton X My Style and Grace #MakeAPromise Event

You guys!  My website is finally up and running again!  YAY!  I’m overly excited to be back in the blogging game (pardon me) after a brief hiatus.  My website has been down for quite sometime due to some hosting issues, but things are taken care of and the wheels are in motion.  The only bummer is that I lost a few of my older posts (insert sad face emoji) and my blog feels incomplete.  Eek!  It’s like I’m having to start over again.  Oh well.  Out with the old, in with the new.  I’m super late with this post, but hey, #betterlatethannever.

Almost several months ago after I lost my father to a heart attack (August 2016),  I prayed to hopefully rebuild my life again while welcoming the new year ahead.  God must’ve listened and granted me this amazing, once in a lifetime endeavor.

So what is it?

Earlier this year, I was blessed with the opportunity to host the #MakeAPromise event with Louis Vuitton for UNICEF.  This so far, is the highlight of my blogging career.  I still pinch myself to this day.  Me? Louis Vuitton?  Get out of here.  Never in my life did I ever think I would collaborate with Louis Vuitton.  Aah!  And not only that, they have joined forces with UNICEF to launch a global initiative with the goal of raising funds that will benefit children in urgent need.  It was humbling to be a part of this great cause.  Thank you, Louis Vuitton.  I am forever grateful for this.

It’s been an emotional rollercoaster and I wanted to express my appreciation to you.  A wholehearted thanks for keeping up and growing with me in my blogging career.   Ok, here comes the tears so I’m going to stop right here.  But really guys, I continue to do what I do because of you.  Thank you for YOUR part in MY journey. 💛

 

 

Photos by Gladys Jem

 

Bittersweet Fall.

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Today marks the first day of the Fall Solstice.  It’s one of my favorite seasons, but this year feels bittersweet.  A month ago on August 22, my dad entered the gates of Heaven. The past few weeks have been heavy on my heart.  There are no words to explain the unbearable heartache, but because I am an extension of my father, I will try to live everyday through him and for him, honoring him in everything that he taught me in life. Living with just half of my heart now, but I choose to let light and God’s Grace in to help me live stronger with more love and compassion.

With that said, I’m going to keep blogging with even more passion and move forward from here on.  After all, my dad was my biggest fan and if he were still here today, he’d encourage me to keep going.

Thank you all for being understanding and sticking with me during this difficult time of my life.  I appreciate each one of you. <3

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All my love,

Grace

“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! <3

 

 

 

“How do I wear bralette crop tops? Come see!”

Hey guys!  I’m back with an outfit post finally!  Woo hoo!

Summer is here and the heat is on!  Crop tops have been a major summer staple for a while now.  If you have rocked this look, then you’re most likely going to like the bralette/crop top combo like the one I’m wearing here.  When I tried this top on, I fell in love with it, but didn’t have the guts to wear it by itself.  I just thought that it was a little too daring for me, so my denim jacket came to the rescue!  Problem solved. Layering it with any piece of outerwear will give your outfit a more relaxed, but subtle sexy look.  Balance plays a major role on how to wear a bralette crop top:  Opt for something high-waisted (pants, skirt, shorts) to make it look less risqué.  I like when a bit of skin is showing and most of the mid drift is covered.  Classy is key!

Many of you know about the Nordstrom anniversary sale that’s going on now. Guess what?  This top just went on sale!  Grab it while it’s hot!  Happy shopping <3

 

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Photos by Mikhail Semenov

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

Striped Knot Front Bralette (on sale!) // Diaz Tied Crop Top
Levi’s Trucker Jacket // Topshop Denim Jacket
Majestic Filatures Drawstring Pants // James Perse Cotton Trousers
Fendi Cat Eye sunglasses // RetroSuperFuture Lucia Sunglasses
Stuart Weitzman Sandals // Seychelles Sandal

“Confessions of a self-described introvert.”

“You can’t pour from an empty cup.  Take care of yourself first.”

 

Occasionally people will ask me “How do you keep up with the increasing pressure to communicate through social media as a blogger?”  Truth is, I get overwhelmed without a doubt by continuous conversations on multiple platforms.  The challenge in blogging for me is that you have to engage a lot.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my readers and being able to share my creativity through my blog…I wouldn’t be where I am now without YOU!  (LOVE YOU GUYS!)

Although some days, I just want to be a hermit.  Us introverts have this natural advantage in knowing how to disconnect.  It’s just our way to get our energy back.  I feel that it’s hard for extroverts to understand that even though we may have strong social skills/enjoy events and business meetings etc., we would much rather be at home in our pajamas.  To get our energy back from being socially drained, we just need quiet time to be back to ourselves.  I crave that space because it gives me a fresh perspective and energy to be able to interact with others again.  So when I’m quiet and MIA on social media, don’t take it personal!  I just have to getaway for a little to refill.  Thank you guys for allowing me to keep it real! <3

 

P.S. A new outfit post is coming up after I take a little mental break.  Stay tuned!