Windy White + How to Wear It

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shirt / Nordstrom (similar), jeans / Nordstrom (similar here + here), shoes / Sam Edelman, tote / Madewell

I've been really vibing on this "all white" look that's been popular for quite some time - so the other day I decided, why not? It's already bassssically Summer here in AZ, so I might as well try to look like I'm keeping cool (even if I'm sweating in 80 degree weather in MARCH).

Now I know that normally the key to keeping this look chic is adding in texture, but I figure that every rule is meant to be broken. Besides, I think there's always more than one way to do things, so here are a couple tips for pulling off all white:

1. Texture (duh, I just said that above!). Break up the color monotony with some interesting textures, whether it be lace, linen, or woven. Though I don't have any noticeable texture between my jeans + tee, my studded shoes add a little bit of interest to the ensemble.

2. Add a pop of color for balance. I chose to pair this all white outfit with my ever trusty black Madewell tote. Not only is this tote good for carrying anything and everything, but I feel like it also has this magical ability to instantly make any outfit look chic. If I had a white bag along with everrrrything else white, it would've looked weird. But hey, add some black in and suddenly it's fine.

3. Watch your shades. Although you'd think that black is black and white is white, we all know things aren't so black and white (heh heh). What I'm saying is, make sure you're shades are matching, and that you're not caught wearing a cool white shirt with some cream pants...because that would just look weird. Keep it all the same shade, grab your pop of color and some fun jewelry, and you're ready to go!

I love love love the all-white trend. Would you rock it?

xo, grace - @thegracemattei

The Yellow Wall

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Clutch / Nordstrom (similar), shirt / TjMaxx (similar), scarf / vintage (similar), jeans / UO, shoes / Louise Et Cie (similar)

Daniel and I recently stumbled across this gem of a garage wal in downtown Phoenix, and it has quickly become one of our favorite shoot locations to date. Needless to say, I could probably be wearing a trash bag in these photos, and still make it look cool (well, maybe). Thanks yellow wall. You complete me.

Where is your favorite place to shoot pics?

xo, grace - @thegracemattei

Pink Blazers + Consignment Shopping

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blazer/ J Crew (similar), shirt/Loft (similar), bag/vintage Dooney (similar), flats/Steve Madden, jeans/UO

So this blazer isn't something that I would normally pick out for myself, but I scored it at my local consignment shop on crazzzy clearance (with the tags still on it!). Originally a 250 dollar J Crew blazer, I was able to scoop it up for like 40 bucks - plus I had credit from trading clothes in, so I actually didn't spend a dime on it. Isn't that the best?

If you're on a tight budget, there's no better time like the present to clean some clothes out of your closet and resell them for some new (to you) items! Personally, it's made my budget (and closet) stretch a lot further, which is great when you're always on the hunt for fun blogging pieces!

What'e the best thrift/consignment find you've ever gotten? Leave a comment below; I'd love to hear!

xo, grace - @thegracemattei

Channeling Farrah

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So I know that while just about every other blogger was going nuts for Valentine's Day, I neglected to post any sort of tribute to it - but what can I say? It's been a busy couple weeks. Plus, I'm wearing pink here, so that has to count for something, right?

I've actually been wearing pink a lot lately. Straying from my usual black ensembles, I think the already 80 degree temps here in Phoenix have brought my playful side back. When I saw this retro roller derby/collegiate style top in Zara, it was love at first sight. Pair it with a pair of these bad boy palazzos (which are so comfy, they might as well be pajamas), and you've got a Farrah Fawcett-esque look that's too good to pass up. Also, for some reason this shirt kind of reminds me of Golden Girl era Bea Arthur...which only gives it extra points in my book. ;)

In completely other news, I've been struggling to find the time to post lately. Between work and trying to do graphic design on the side, I've had a lot of trouble keeping up with this blog. It's been pretty frustrating - I know I can't do everything, but it seems like it should be manageable. How about you guys - does anyone else have trouble managing their time?

Any tips on finding a better "life balance"? I'd love to hear!

xo, grace - @thegracemattei

Parisian Chic

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dress/Zara (similar), boots/Aldo (similar - on sale!), tote/Madewell, necklace/Etsy, jacket/TjMaxx (similar)

Sorry for the image overload on this post, but these are some of my favorite pics that Schmoo and I have taken so far. That, and I'm just a little *obsessed* with this fantastic Parisian inspired dress I recently picked up at Zara. Seriously, I feel like I belong in France when I wear it. I probably bought way more than I should have at Zara's semi-annual sale, but I justified it by buying only staple pieces that you can wear the crap out of (except for this necklace, which reminds me of candy and was too good to pass up.). Speaking of, you'll probably be seeing this dress a lot more get ready. ;)

What staple pieces do you have in your closet?

xo, grace - @thegracemattei