“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?

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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

“Less is more.”

First blog post of the month!  Woohoo!  I’ve been quite a busy bee lately, but I hope you guys didn’t miss me too much!  I am currently working on an Instagram project with Coach, so stay tuned for that!  It’s not going to be until April/May, but I am very excited and can’t wait to share with you guys!

Anyways, back to business.  Let’s talk about dressing basic/minimal.  This style has taken over the world of social media and it’s been proven that it’s not such a bad thing. Clean lines and simple silhouettes – it’s a no brainer.  The key here is adding a statement to your outfit.  That can be texture, a little pattern or pop of color to help accentuate the “basics”.  It’s also nice to stick with neutral palettes and don’t be afraid to be playful! Instead of a basic white button down, I picked this one up with a slightly ruffled back and my pants tie in the front!  I kept my shoes and accessories simple: nude sandals, classic aviators and gold minimal jewelry.  When it comes to this pared-down and understated look, less is definitely more. <3

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Photos by Mikhail Sehmenov

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

Maurie and Eve Somerset top //
Maurie and Eve Athena Wrap Pant (sold out) // Maurie and Eve Five To One Pant
Steve Madden Sandals // Steve Madden Stecy
Kenzo Wallet Chain // Cynthia Rowley Mini Bag
Rayban Aviators // Black Aviators

“Not so cold shoulders.”

It’s almost the weekend, guys!  The weather has been amazing here lately (we are so spoiled in California!) that I’ve been shedding off the unnecessary layers when it comes to my wardrobe.  I wanted to show off my sun kissed glow wearing this top from my favorite Aussie brand, Cmeo Collective.  I love the way it highlights my collarbones!  Off the shoulder tops are so effortless that you can wear it with almost ANY bottoms and it looks well put-together.  I don’t normally have red pieces in my closet, but I had to make an exception for this beauty!  Photos doesn’t even do it justice.  I love the heavy fabric and how structured the top is – subtle and sexy without trying too hard.  I have a feeling that this top and I are going to be inseparable all Spring and Summer!  I highly suggest baring those shoulders and collarbones this season, ladies! <3
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Photos By Gladys Jem

What I’m wearing // Other options

C/MEO Collective Palisades Top Red (Sold Out) // Palisades Top Geo (on sale!)
Levi’s Wedgie Icon // Levi’s Wedgie Coyote Desert
Dior Abstract // Dior Abstract Tortoise
Senso Booties (Sold Out) // Senso Bailey III (on sale!)

“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! <3

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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

“Happy Love Day!”

It’s Valentine’s day!  Do you have any plans for today/tonight?  In need of a last-minute going out/date outfit?  I’ve got you covered.  Something easy and not the usual cliché (cherry red!) that will make you arrive in style without looking like a Valentine’s day enthusiast!

Instead of wearing a red dress, I opted for darker colors: an oversized black blazer with a little peek of my bralette showing and a silver metallic pleated skirt with black pumps. If skirts don’t tickle your fancy, you can also do a leather pant or even denim and still look effortless!  For my flirty details, I added touches of pinks and blushes throughout. Not too much, but just enough to compliment the darks and for contrast.  Accessory tip:  statement earrings can easily add glam and polish such a simple look.  I wanted a fresh-faced look so I kept my makeup soft and finished it off with a cute little topknot!

Hope you guys like my no-fuss look for Valentine’s day.  It’s sweet without looking over the top!  Have fun celebrating love day. <3

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Photos by Gladys Jem

Elizabeth and James Oversized Blazer // Mango Blazer / Draped Jacket
Topshop Metallic Skirt // Free People Skirt
Rasa Bra Top // Fiore Bralette / Love Stories Racerback
BaubleBar Statement Earrings (sold out) // BaubleBar Angelic Drop Earrings
Coach bag // Coach Saddle Bag 23

“When you can’t decide between a skirt or shorts…”

It’s a sunny and warm Super Bowl Sunday and I couldn’t help but bare my legs today. Spring is slowly making its way back and so are my shorts/skirts this season.  On occasion, my preference of shorts or skirts are one and the same.  Then, I remembered that there’s a skirt and short hybrid called the skort.  The last time I wore a skort was probably back in the 4th grade, but I am making am exception now!  With its asymmetrical cut, how can you not love it?  I’m really not a big fan of short skirts because of the inconvenience (no flashing of undies for me), but with skorts, I feel like I can live care-free.  Dressed up or down, this closet favorite can be styled in so many ways.  With the weather transitioning to warmer temperatures, I ditched my jacket for this look but instead, I added over the knee socks and a beanie for warmth (just in case).

I hope you guys had a great weekend!  Off to tackle another week.  Here we go! <3

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Photos by Gladys Jem

Feature Clothing Skort // Vegan Leather Skort
Elizabeth and James button down // Elizabeth and James Emannuel shirt
Dior Technologic // Rayban Gold Aviator
Sam Edelman boots // Madewell Nico boots
Zara Clutch // Joanel Ostrich leather clutch

“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? <3

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

“HAPPY NEW YEAR! MY STYLE AND GRACE TURNS 1!”

HELLO 2016!  365 new days.  365 new chances.

Exactly a year ago, I launched My Style and Grace as my creative outlet in hopes to share my fashion tips and to motivate and help the fashionistas at heart.  I had no idea that my following would grow quite quickly given the fact that I had just started blogging.  My blog has opened a lot of opportunities for me and for that, I’m GRATEFUL for the new connections and friendships that I’ve made so far.  At first, blogging seemed impossible to break into knowing how competitive it is within the industry but with some planning and determination, it can be one of the most rewarding and creative careers around.  So here I am, about to tackle another 365 days of new challenges and goals.  I’m thrilled to see what 2016 has to offer!  I would like to express my gratitude to all of you for following along and for inspiring me to continue writing.  Also, I would like to thank my family, my friends, my boyfriend for their continued love and support throughout my journey.  I am nothing without you, guys!

A huge chunk of my thank you’s and appreciation goes to my sister, Gladys Jem <3 for snapping my beautiful blog photos.  I’m so thankful for your awe-inspiring talent and creative direction.  We make such a badass sister team!

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!  Here’s to happy new dreams.  Happy new desires.  Happy NEW YOU.  You know those things that you’ve always wanted to do? You should go do them. It is never too late to set another goal or to dream another dream, guys!  I hope you will find this post inspiring.  Have an AMAZING year!

2016, I am coming for you!

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Photo by Gladys Jem