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Friday, January 5, 2018

Bye 2017, Hello 2018.

Happy New Year, everybody!
It's crazy how another year has passed, and how fast it passed.
I don't know about you, but 2017 was such a fast year for me.
Many things happened, both good and bad. I definitely feel that it was a year where I grew as a woman, as a person, and I am actually pretty excited for the new year and the kind of events, memories and relationships it will bring.
While a lot of bloggers and youtubers have already shared with their readers and viewers what their 2017 was like and what kind of resolutions they have for the new year, I don't think I'll be posting anything official for that. But you will definitely see even through my blog posts and also through my Instagram activity, all the new things that I will be pushing myself to do what I plan on doing in the new year.
I'm so excited!
While we are on the topic of the new year and all the excitement it holds, I am bringing you my New Year's Eve outfit of the day post as my first post of the new year.
You may say, "Isn't it a little too late to be posting your outfit from 2017?"
Well, I don't think so, it was definitely an outfit worth ending the old year and starting the new year with.
I absolutely loved, enjoyed and proudly rocked my NYE ootd because while it was chic, it was comfortable, warm and luxurous.
I wanted a pop of red in my outfit, but I realized I don't own any red shoes.
Funny story, I originally ordered these shoes thinking they were red.
Actually, I didn't think they were red. They were supposed to be red because the description of the color was straight up "red."
However, I got them in the mail only to find out they were more like a bright, hot orange kind of a color and was initially upset and disappointed.
I contemplated on whether to return them or to keep them, because even though it was not what I originally wanted, the color was growing on me the more I looked at them and wore them around the house. And like previously mentioned, I love pointed-toed shoes.
So I kept them. And since I didn't have a pair of red heels to give a holiday feel, I just put these on instead.
Shirt - A New Day from Target (www.target.com)
Pants - Zara (www.zara.com)
Jacket - unknown
Shoes - Zooshoo (www.zooshoo.com)
With the super poppy pair of heels, I of course paired it with an all black outfit.
I needed to pick out an outerwear, because it was a chilly day and knowing myself, I need to throw on either a coat or some sort of jacket to keep myself warm.
While going through my closet, this particular jacket really stood out.
It was warm and it added a luxurious look to a simple yet chic look layered underneath.
A lot of people told me that I looked like a sheep with that jacket... and someone asked me if I killed a sheep for this jacket. HAHA Do I really look like a sheep?!
I want to say a major thanks to both Christine and Jessica for shooting this look for me, and look, there's Christine in the background doing her thang. Hehe
With major thanks to my friends who willingly agreed to be featured on Grace Yourself in the past year and also for shooting amazing photos for me, thank you in advance for all that will be done on this blog in the new year with your guys' help!
Love you all, and Happy New Year once again. Until next time,

Grace Yourself.
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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Knits and Coats

It's finally starting to feel like Winter here in LA, which means I can walk out of the house wearing all my knits and coats. I love layering, and this is definitely the season to layer and layer all you want.
Sweater - Zara (www.zara.com)
Pants - Zara (www.zara.com)
Coat - Zara (www.zara.com)
Shoes - Banana Republic (www.bananarepublic.com)
I have been in love with the deep colors this season, including this kind of navy blue on the coat as well as the forest green on my knit sweater top. This coat isn't the most warm kind of thickness/material but I love the simple style and the fact that I can easily dress it up or down. There's only one button in the middle which is perfect for the simplicity of the coat, and I definitely love the pockets on the sides. Outerwear with pockets are always more convenient than ones without, so I love that about this coat.
*Just being silly in the middle of the shoot, mimicking my lovely friend Christine with the leg extension. Don't you just love my hair flip? Haha* 
One thing I love about this knit sweater top is the ribbon detailing on the back. With the sweater being a super simple one with no particular design on it, the ribbon adds a cute and feminine touch.
I love how it creates a little bit of an area that shows a bit of skin, especially because the whole sweater is very simple and doesn't show skin anywhere else.
These shoes are currently my favorite pair of heels in my entire shoe collection, and I'm quite sad that these shoes are getting almost too loose for me. It's still wearable because of the ribbon on the ankle holding down my feet from constantly slipping off my feet.
I love pairing these shoes with anything, whether it's a pair of pants like in this outfit or with a cute little dress like I wore to my friends' wedding reception recently. You can check out my Instagram page to see that outfit and how cute it looked with the dress. It's so versatile and beautiful, I love it!
I've also been in love with these high-waisted pants, because it makes wearing crop tops or just shorter tops in general easier. This sweater isn't exactly a crop top but it's definitely on the shorter side. For short people like myself, it is definitely more ideal to wear shorter tops rather than long ones that cover the butt because the longer the shirt, the shorter your legs tend to look. I struggled with this for quite some time because I felt like I just couldn't wear high-waisted pants and look good in them, let alone look decent in them. Having lost weight and gaining some confidence in myself, I am starting to love them and I can totally see why people are so into them!
This area was really dark in terms of lighting, but I just love how all the photos turned out so I had to add them into my post. Major shoutout and thanks to Jessica Jeon for her amazing and improved photography skills, capturing me in the best way possible. This was a fun shoot, and I look forward to shooting more with you. ;)
With Christmas coming in less than a week, I hope everyone has finished their Christmas shopping!
I did my shopping early this year and already had some gifts delivered to their owners.
It's always good to stay on top of this because last minute shenanigans are just too crazy.
If you haven't finished your shopping, you should definitely get on it ASAP.
And for those of you who are finished like myself, good job *pat on the back*!
Now we just need to sit back and enjoy this holiday season.
Happy Holidays!

Until next time,

Grace Yourself.
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