Monday, September 15, 2014

Endless Summer

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dress/F21 (similar), shoes/Sam Edelman via Nordstrom Rack (also here)

So, it's official. I've fallen off the face of the earth. I'm sorry! I keep guilting myself over not posting lately, but between taking classes (oh yeah, did I mention I'm taking classes?! Another thing to check off this list!), and work (and driving the million miles between them), I've basically had no time to like. Live. Or breathe. Or sleep, for that matter. So the fact that I'm posting right now should make you feel really proud of meee!

All that aside, not much else has changed. Being so busy, and it (STILL) being in the triple digits here in good ol' AZ, I am basically living in easy Summer dresses & jorts. I've started to buy a few "Fall" items here and there, but let's be honest...I still won't be able to use them for at least two months. Womp.

So yeah, that's about my life. OH, and Daniel and I have started watching The Office. Jim & Pam! I'm geeking out. I know, we're so 2000 and late. What's been going on with you guys?! Did anyone else just start back up with school? Busyness aside, I've actually really been enjoying myself...maybe I'll post some of the projects I've been working on in the future! It feels so good to be learning again...makes me excited!

What's something that you're excited for this week?

xo, grace - @thegracemattei

Monday, August 25, 2014

Summer Mextures

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Mixing patterns and textures (or Mextures, as my post is aptly called), can be one of my favorite things to do in fashion. I thought that the textures in this outfit were a fun combination, and perfect for the end of Summer. Seriously guys, it's still Summer. Everyone is trying to bust out all the Fall fashions, and I'm over here is still 110 degrees outside. Can we calm down? 

Having lived in Arizona for the past year, and south Florida for 5 years prior to that, I barely even have any Fall or Winter clothes at this point-I need to make an essentials list of cool weather staples (Daniel doesn't agree). 

Do any of you have a staple item that you can't live without for Fall? I'd love to get your suggestions in the comments below!

xo, grace - @thegracemattei

top/Francesca's (matching shorts here!), shorts/UO (old), necklace/Anthro (old), bag/Kate Spade (old), shoes/Jeffrey Campbell via Nordstrom Rack

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Think Pink!

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^My absolutely FAVORITE pink hair. From the Late Afternoon Blog.^
^Fun and whimsical pink! From Mermaidens.^
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Surprise! My hair is pink now. That was actually my original intent in getting blonde put in my hair, but I just figured that if I was gonna bother to go blonde then I might as well keep it for a while. However, plans change-it just wasn't working for me, and I was antsy to mimic all of these gorgeous pastel locks that have been sweeping everyone's blogs and Pinterest boards lately. 

Speaking of, I put a couple of my favorite pink looks above! My absolute favorite is Liz's hair from Late Afternoon Blog. The way that the pink is blended into the brown is just effortless, and that's the same look that I decided to go for. Clearly pink, obviously fun, but soft, pastel, feminine, and still with a (spunky) professional edge. I like it. Plus I had to stay somewhat grounded with some brown in my hair anyway...I didn't want to end up looking like 14 year old me with an entire head of hot magenta hair (yes, that happened). 

Anyway, I know this is all trendy for Summer, but who cares. I'm definitely planning on keeping it for a while. Helllll...I may even (aka definitely will) go all crazy and lavender for Winter. Who knows!

Which is your favorite pink look? Would you ever dye your hair a fun color?

xo, grace - @thegracemattei

p.s. - Another thing I can check off my list! Also, who votes that I put some pink in Coussie's mane (with Vegan pet-friendly Manic Panic, of course)?!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Mean Girls Statement Tee

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When I found this shirt at Marshalls the other day I knew that I had to have it prettyyy much asap. I never really used to be an advocate for graphic tees, but now every once in a while some trashy shirt will speak to me and the snarky side of me authoritatively yells "YOU NEED THAT!" This was one of those instances. Also, the fact that it was 7 bucks definitely helped it's case.

Anyway, I love it because it's just a simple t-shirt, but it's also (quite literally) a statement piece-so I thought it deserved to be styled as such. And besides, who DOESN'T love a good Mean Girls reference? It's basically a classic at this point. Also, speaking of Mean Girls...has anyone seen the actress who played Gretchen Weiners in anything lately? No? Oh, well why don't you just feast your eyes on this cringe-worthy Christian Mingle MOVIE trailer that she's in? Yes, it is a real thing. Yes, this does in fact exist. You are welcome, and happy Monday to you!

ANYWAY, Christian Mingle aside, what does your favorite graphic tee say? Let me know in the comments below!

xo, grace - @thegracemattei

PS - Can we just talk about how amazing this warehouse is that we took pictures in? Some construction workers were kind enough to let us take pictures in it while they were working-anything for a good picture, right?

Friday, August 15, 2014

keep it simple

Sometimes, ya just gotta throw on jeans and a white shirt. It's a classic...and after all, a classic never dies, right? Besides, I think the pleated shirt adds an extra element of sass (or class), and sometimes simple combinations like this can be a great transitioning outfit for Fall. 

Everyone keeps talking about how Summer is ending, and I'd like to pretend that I can relate, but let's be honest-in Phoenix, it's going to be Summer until Nov/Dec. In other's hot as hell, always. So forgive me for the perpetual Summer outfits that I'll probably be bombarding you with once you all start piling on the sweaters and coats; it's simultaneously a blessing and a curse. (Just to clarify-I'm not exactly wishing cold weather on myself, but I would like to have a reason to wear this freaking coat I've been dying for ever since I saw it in this post. Ughhhhh. #dead)

Are you all looking forward to Fall? Or wishing that Summer was longer?

xo, grace - @thegracemattei

top/F21 (similar), jeans/UO, shoes/UO (similar here & here), bag/Botkier via Nordstrom (similar