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

 

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

 

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!

 

“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

-G

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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