Monday, March 2, 2015

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

Monday, February 16, 2015

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

Monday, February 2, 2015

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

Monday, January 26, 2015

Buggin' Out

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shirt/H&M (sold out but found here), necklace/F21 (similar), jeans/UO, blazer/H&M (similar), shoes/Sole Society (similar), clutch/ASOS (similar)

I'm pretty much terrified of any and all kinds of bugs, but for some reason I'll wear them on my clothing. Funny huh? Found this moth shirt and bracelet in the same week and couldn't resist; it was clearly DESTINY.

In other news, it's already getting back to the early 80's here in Phoenix, and people are starting to dress for Summer. Did I miss something or is it not even February yet? Gosh. February is going to be a pretty busy month around here...Daniel and I will be celebrating 2 years of marriage (!!!), Valentine's Day, his 25th birthday, and my parents are coming to visit! Basically I'll be going broke. ;) 

What are you looking forward to in February? Can you believe the first month of 2015 is almost gone?!

xo, grace -@thegracemattei

Monday, January 12, 2015

Feelin' Fuzzy

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sweater/Nordstrom Rack (similar), shirt/TjMaxx (similar), jeans/UO, bag/Anthro (similar kiiiind of?), shoes/Nordstrom Rack (similar)

The past couple weeks we had a freak cold front in Phoenix, where it dropped down to like 32 degrees at night and stayed fairly chilly during the day. That being said, I took all these photos in cozy sweaters and whatnot, and now it's back to being in the seventies. I feel like a fake!

I know, not really much of a complaint right? Poor me, nice weather in the Winter. Don't get me wrong, I'll take it over freezing temps any day, but sometimes a girl just needs a reason to wear a fuzzy sweater, am I right?

In other news, my sisters are coming to visit me this week, and I can't waittt! Reunion! It's been over a year and a half since the last time that we were together, and it seriously can't come soon enough. Christmas was only a few weeks ago but I'm already in need of another vacation...go figure. ;)

What are you excited for this week?

xo, grace - @thegracemattei