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

 

“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

“Birthday suit”

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Today marks the first day of summer and also my birthday.  To be honest, (let’s keep it real for a sec) I really wasn’t excited about my birthday this year, but I thought about being given another year is a privilege that is denied to many people.  I’ve decided that from here on, I’m going to just count my blessings and not my birthdays.  Today is definitely a gift. #blessed

Thank you all for the birthday wishes, texts, phone calls…also, thank you for being part of my blogging journey.  I don’t know where we are headed, but I am so grateful that along the way, you’ve been with ME.  Thanks for your continuous love and support, I appreciate all of it!  My heart sings with gratitude <3

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Photo by Gladys Jem

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

One piece suit // Plunge neck backless suit
Retro Super Future Sunglasses // Retro Super Future Lucia

“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 <3

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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. <3

“The must have sandal this season!”

Happy Friday, everyone!  With summer fast-approaching, I’ve spent many hours spring cleaning AKA my annual closet purge.  The hardest part was letting go of my favorite pieces, but let’s be honest here: less is more.  It’s really not the quantity in your closet, but it’s having well-chosen pieces that you love and serve you well.  I made lots of room in my closet this year and adding to my collection is the must have sandal this season: the chunky platform sandal.  Chunky trend is here to stay and will be everywhere this season.  The platforms give you the comfort of a flat with a little extra lift for added height!  I’m barely 5’2 tall, and these babies give me a little extra boost! These are perfect for trekking around the city and an upgrade from my trusted pair of Birkenstocks.  Also, they look good with pretty much anything from shorts to dresses! This is a trend that you want to be a part of, no matter what height.  So, are you in on the chunky sandal trend?

<3


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Photos by Gladys Jem

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

Sweater With Knot Front // Tibi Front Tie Shirt
Skirt With Slit // T By Alexander Wang Skirt
Flap Pocket Shirt // Topshop “Olivia” Shirt /
Dior Abstract // Dior Abstract Mirrored
Wedges With Crossover Straps // Via Spiga “Neza” / Topshop “Wave” Wedge

 

“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 <3
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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 <3
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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