Monday, October 13, 2014

Everyday Jumpsuit

I love the crap out of this black jumpsuit (another TJ Maxx steal obviii, so dang cheap!), because it's a perfect staple and with the right pieces it can look great for almost any season. However, with the days getting shorter and there being less and less light when I get out of work (WAH, when do you all find time to take pictures now?!), I threw this ensemble together for some quick pics and then later realized that I would literally never wear this outfit. Huh. Something about the combination...just so not me. Butttt hey-we're all entitled to our off days right? Speaking of, it's Monday. Cheers to a new week, guys.

xo, grace - @thegracemattei

P.S. - I've missed you all! What's been happening? How would you style this jumpsuit? Find a similar one here.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Stripes + Florals

shirt/F21 (similar), pants/Anthro (similar), shoes/Sam Edelman, bag/Botkier (similar here & here)

Hey guys! I feel like I don't have much to report lately since I've so crazed with class, but let me tell you - I seriously can't wait for it to cool down here. If anything I just feel like it's getting hotter...I mean, do you know what it's like to take blog pictures in 110 degrees?! Sweaty, to say the least. I know I keep saying it, but I am just honestly so sick of Summer here. Somebody feel my pain! It's almost October...for the love of sweaters, can it please just cool down! Anyway, cut me some slack if my posting has been a bit infrequent...I am just waiiiiting for the day when I can wear a sweater in some pictures without feeling like I've instantly been transferred into Hell! Ha!

Also, I freaking love stripes lately. And my fake Birks. I have a feeling they'll stay with me all winter long (socks and birks what uppp! #shoobielife).

What has your latest fashion go-to been?

xo, grace - @thegracemattei

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)?!