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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

High-Waisted Pants & Pinstripe Puff

Fall is almost over and it's supposed to be Winter very soon but the weather here in LA is still kind of odd. I had hoped that everyday I can leave the house wearing knits and sweaters but that has not been the case, especially during the daytime.
I actually don't like the hot nor the cold, but the reason I complain about this weather is because I don't like how I have to lug around extra layers of clothing on those days I'm out and about all day long because the early morning and late night temperatures are super cold compared to the daytime temperatures. It's literally one of the best ways for me to end up getting sick as well... so that sucks.
These pants are officially my first pair of high-waisted pants, and I am in love.
My love for them and the ability to wear them and rock them definitely has to do with the me losing some weight and gaining some confidence, along with the fact that I am just a bit more comfortable with my own body from knowing that I am a work in progress with goals that will be reached.
High-waisted pants have been popular for a while now, but I was unable to attempt wearing them because they do have a tendency to make your butt look longer/bigger, and I already had a big enough glute and huge thighs that I really did not like. And I am in no way anywhere close to where I want to be in terms of how my body is shaped, but I am seeing myself progressing through my journey and I know that I will definitely get there with continuous effort.
To kind of bring it back to the fashion part of this talk, it has become a little easier for me to actually wear crop tops and just shirts that are slightly short without exposing my belly as well, thanks to these pants.
You are probably thinking, dang this girl looks like a sport referee. That is literally what everyone said to me when I wore this. And yes, it's a unique shirt, with different materials for the body and for the sleeves, with unique floral designs on the sleeves. I like this top because 1) it's unique but not ugly, 2) my mom picked it out for me, and 3) its baggy sleeves give my arms a good amount of space to breathe. I do have a few unique items like this in my closet, and what can I say? I just like them.
I decided on a full on black and white outfit and slipped on a pair of black pointy stiletto heels that I actually don't wear very often. I've had these shoes for quite a number of years now, and I feel like I only wear them about once or twice a year if not less. It was almost an impulse purchase I made years ago, not taking into consideration the pain that my feet will go through because it was such a bold yet feminine pair of heels that is all black which is a classic pair of heels to have as a girl. Not only that, I was at an age where I thought I was so grown up (obviously was not because I was some years younger than I am now and I still have a long way to go haha) and so ready for a pair like this.
It definitely has the height boost that I need as a girl that is only 5 feet tall, but I will most likely look for a new pair of black pointy heels to add to my closet and maybe even say goodbye to these once I find the right ones.
If you're looking to purchase heels, just make sure they are comfortable enough for you so that you can actually wear them.
Shirt - Zara (www.zara.com)
Pants - Zara (www.zara.com)
Shoes - Guess (www.guess.com)
Fun fact: the slits on these pants are actually supposed to be right where the knees are but for me, they land right below my knees. #shortpeopleproblems
I am just glad they are right under the knees rather than in the middle of my calves, and who knows. Maybe one day I will be able to find a pair where the cuts will actually land where they are supposed to land.
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I find so much joy in wearing clothes and rocking them, just like my friend here.
Even though she no longer runs a blog page, go check her out on Instagram: @christineee127 and stay tuned for her new fashion vlogs coming soon.
Until next time,

Grace Yourself.
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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Chic Leather

It's been a while since Sarah has been on Grace Yourself, and she's back with a chic office style look.
This is an outfit that you can easily wear as an office attire with a pop of edginess to it but also an outfit you can rock to church like Sarah did, or for events such as conferences or whatnot that may require a formal-ish look, or even when you have a girls' night out at a classy bar in town.
It's a look that can be rocked even when you just feel like looking chic and nice and just put together.
Instead of a blazer or a suit jacket to go with the slacks, Sarah chose to pair it with a leather jacket.
Leather jackets are hard to pull off in my opinion, although it's an item that can be easily dressed up or down. I love that her jacket is at the perfect length. I also love the zipper and metal hardware on the jacket, down even to the size of the zipper detail.
It's just the perfect style of leather jacket that I would want for myself, if it wasn't the price tag on this particular jacket.
Shirt - Zara (www.zara.com)
Jacket - All Saints (www.us.allsaints.com)
Pants - Zara (www.zara.com)
Shoes - Aldo (www.aldoshoes.com)
Bag - A-Land (www.a-land.co.kr)
I am a huge sucker for pointy-toed heels. I am naturally so drawn to that style that even in my own shoe closet, I have quite a number of heels that are pointy-toed. Even when I'm out and about shopping, I definitely feel a lot more drawn to pointy-toed shoes whether they are heels, flats, or even boots. I love the way they make my feet look and I absolutely love how it's a fierce but feminine kind of a feel. Totally my style.
Sarah started dancing in the middle of the photoshoot saying that she feels awkward and all, and then she got super shy all of a sudden. Hehe, she's so cute. A lot of my friends are cute, what can I say. ;)
Her clutch was the perfect little bag to carry with this chic outfit. It was a black faux leather clutch she picked up in Korea and the leather was a textured type of a material.
Because it was black, it went really well with the entirety of her outfit and really added to the chicness versus if she was to carry a purse or a different type of bag.
The size of the clutch is perfect to hold just the must haves such as wallet, phone, keys, and I loved the design of it with the flap and a little cut-out detail in the front.
Hope you all are having a wonderful last day of November, feeling ready and excited for December.
As always, I am excited to bring you more content as well as features of my lovely friends.
With the abrupt weather changes throughout the day, make sure to keep yourself from getting sick!
Until next time,

Grace Yourself.
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Friday, November 24, 2017

Ribbon It Up

It is ever so slowly transitioning into the colder weather, although there was a spike in the temperature this week. 
I'm finally able to wear long sleeve shirts, hoodies, crewnecks and even knits which is super exciting.
This particular crewneck sweater top I'm wearing is a new obsession.
It's like a combination of super comfortable and super casual, but with a detail on the wrists that make this top not so ordinary and a little pop of a feminine touch.
I love that it's unique but not just unique. It's cute.
And the color? Don't even get me started. It's that dusty, rosey pink. Love, love, love!
By the way, please excuse the hair situation going on. I was having a pretty bad hair day. The winds were really making it difficult for my stray hairs to stay put and not fly everywhere.
Every time I wash my hair, a ton of hair falls out. Even when I'm just going about my day, a ton of hair falls out. It's to the point I'm almost scared that I may actually be dealing with hair loss... let's hope that's not what it is. But because my hair falls out so much, there are also a ton of hair trying to grow back. Those are the bunch of stray hairs that really like to stick out and make me look funny. It seems like there isn't much I can do but just be patient and accept that my hair will be like this for some time.
It's also been a long time since I last brought out these booties that I wore literally all the time last year and the year before. They're super comfortable and can be dressed up or down. I have definitely paired them up with different types of outfits for multiple different occasions in the past and I'm excited to be able to wear them again this Fall/Winter season, and probably into the Spring season as well. They give me the height boost that I need, and they're super comfortable on the feet. They're super versatile and easy to rock with a lot of outfits.
Top - Target (www.target.com)
Pants - Hollister (www.hollisterco.com)
Shoes - BP from Nordstrom (www.nordstrom.com)
Bag - Fjallraven Kanken (www.fjallraven.us)
I don't know if you noticed something about this post, but it's my first time featuring a pair of pants that are not black or dark blue. I've been updating you on my journey here and there, and here's another quick update. These are my first pair of pants that are not the usual black, nor the blue jeans I've been wearing more frequently. On top of that, they are actually the smallest sized pants I have bought in years. I will have a more detailed update some time later in the future, but it's 2/3 whole sizes smaller than what I wore when I first began this journey. It definitely is a marker of my progress and a prized pair of pants that I will love until I can no longer fit into them anymore.
Lastly, my choice of bag with this outfit just had to be the cute little backpack that I own.
Not only was it perfect to pair with this semi casual outfit, it created a balance in the color coordination with the shoes. And sometimes, there are those days when you just don't want to worry too much about what you're lugging around. These are perfect for those days. They fit all your necessities from wallet, keys, make up and even my water bottle, which I try to carry with me everywhere to stay hydrated. 
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These guys really wanted to get in on my photoshoot.
Like always.
Yes, model that Fiji water. HAHA I have some funny friends :)
I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving Day with loved ones and Happy Black Friday!
Until next time,

Grace Yourself.
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