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    The Ultimate Travel Backpack (for Fashion Girls!)

    The Ultimate Travel Backpack (for Fashion Girls!) - Grace Mattei, blogger behind lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, wears an Archer Brighton travel backpack around Downtown Phoenix, Arizona.

    Hey ya’ll! It’s been a minute. I’m not sure if it’s the weather getting warmer (or in the case of Phoenix, straight up HOT!), or the fact that I’ve just been a busy little bee, but time has been flying lately! However, time flying aside, I’m here now! Here, and ready to update y’all on life – and also tell you about my new ultimate travel backpack (for fashion girls, duh!).


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    My favorite Archer Brighton bags: Cordova Backpack | Jake Backpack c/o Archer Brighton | Cara Backpack

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    How To Get The Perfect Fit Every Time

    The Perfect Fit - Grace Mattei, blogger behind lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, wears an eShakti pajama style blouse in a laundromat in Phoenix, Arizona.

    The Perfect Fit - Grace Mattei, blogger behind lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, wears an eShakti pajama style blouse in a laundromat in Phoenix, Arizona.

    You know what’s the worst? Going shopping and finding something you absolutely love, only to find that it fits you…completely wrong. It’s like some sort of cruel joke. Whether your bust is too big (or in my case, too small 🙄 the worst!) for the the top that fits you otherwise perfectly, or the jeans that fit your thighs just right, but leave a gaping space between your butt and the back hem of the jeans because you aren’t a Kardashian, it’s an altogether frustrating scenario that happens wayyy too often. (Don’t lose heart just yet though – this post is gonna help you get the perfect fit!)

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    Our Five Year Fate – Perfect Timing with Jord

    Our Five Year Fate - Perfect Timing with Jord Watches. Grace Mattei, blogger behind lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, wears Jord wooden watches with her husband Daniel, surrounded by plants in a Phoenix greenhouse.

    Our Five Year Fate - Perfect Timing with Jord Watches. Grace Mattei, blogger behind lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, wears Jord wooden watches with her husband Daniel, surrounded by plants in a Phoenix greenhouse.Our Five Year Fate - Perfect Timing with Jord Watches. Grace Mattei, blogger behind lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, wears Jord wooden watches with her husband Daniel, surrounded by plants in a Phoenix greenhouse.You know how some things are just meant to be? From start to finish, it’s perfect timing, and there’s no doubt in your mind – it must be fate. Well, that’s exactly what happened with me and Jord Watches this past month. But first, let me back up a bit (so you can understand why)!

    PSST! There’s a sweet giveaway at the end of this post too – dont miss out!

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    Morning Coffee

    Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, wears a plaid blazer and black turtleneck while having her morning coffee at La Grande Orange in Phoenix, AZ.

    Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, wears a plaid blazer and black turtleneck while having her morning coffee at La Grande Orange in Phoenix, AZ.Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, wears a plaid blazer and black turtleneck while having her morning coffee at La Grande Orange in Phoenix, AZ.There’s something to be said for a morning ritual – an order in which you do things to get your day started on the right note. A favorite song to wake you up, a morning yoga routine to energize you, a cup of morning coffee. Honestly, my morning routine is something I desperately need to work on. You’d think I’d be better about having a peaceful morning ritual, especially as a freelancer who can make my own schedule – but I suppose that’s just something I’ll have to try and improve on this year! Anyway, while Daniel and I have gotten pretty lax about keeping to any sort of regular routine lately, there’s still one thing that we usually love to share in together to start our day off right – and that’s our cup of morning coffee.  Read more

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    Parisian Chic

    Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, wears a Parisian Chic tie front polka dot blouse, with dark jeans, pom pom mule slides, a beret, and a vintage dooney & bourke trunk bag.

    Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, wears a Parisian Chic tie front polka dot blouse, with dark jeans, pom pom mule slides, a beret, and a vintage dooney & bourke trunk bag.Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, wears a Parisian Chic tie front polka dot blouse, with dark jeans, pom pom mule slides, a beret, and a vintage dooney & bourke trunk bag.You know how some things just feel so inherently French? A plain turtleneck. Black and white stripes, or simple polka dots. Black ballet flats. A red lip. The ever classic French beret. So what happens when you throw a couple of these French staples together? Maybe you get something a little cliché…or just maybe you get an outfit that is trés chic – Parisian Chic, that is. 😉 Okay, okay, I’ll stop being corny. Let’s continue, shall we? Read more

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    5 Goals You can Actually Keep in the New Year

    5 Goals You can Actually Keep in the New Year. Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, wears NYE attire with her husband Daniel, as they celebrate the new year by throwing confetti.

    5 Goals You can Actually Keep in the New Year. Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, wears NYE attire with her husband Daniel, as they celebrate the new year by throwing confetti. 5 Goals You can Actually Keep in the New Year. Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, wears NYE attire with her husband Daniel, as they celebrate the new year by throwing confetti.I’ve never been the biggest fan of New Year’s resolutions – the whole concept seems just a teensy bit flighty, and most people tend to abandon them by the end of January, right? Instead, I’m more of a believer that you should constantly be making new goals and trying to improve upon yourself. I mean, sure – the start of a new year can be a motivating blank slate, all fresh, new, and ready for change. But I also feel like the new year can contain a lot of pressure to make it your “best year yet!” And while the reality is that I truly do hope this is one of the best years yet (for everyone), I know that there will undoubtedly be some challenges and hardships along the way.

    That being said, I decided to put together a small list of 5 goals you can actually keep in the new year – regardless of your age, sex, interests, etc. Basically, if you’re a human, I think you’ve got a pretty good chance at killing it with these 5 goals in the new year. 🙂

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    Christmas 2017

    Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, cozies up with her husband Daniel under the mistletoe in their home.

    Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, holds her pomeranian Cous Cous in front of their Christmas tree.I’m not sure if it’s some sort of age phenomenon, but the older I get, the faster the holiday season seems to fly by with every passing year! Maybe it’s because each year my to-do list seems to grow (leaving less time to fill my schedule with fun Christmasy activities!), or if in today’s bustling society it’s just become challenging to savor moments – but either way, the fact that Christmas has now come and gone is almost unbelievable to me.

    Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, decorates her Christmas table setting with pine cones, greenery, and gold flatware.Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, wraps Christmas gifts in Sugar Paper gift wrap.

    “Mindfulness” is something I feel like I’ve read about a lot lately – and I want to make sure that each year I’m taking the time to actually enjoy and remember the holiday season in the midst of the chaos, and not just “get through” with my endless to-do lists. I know (and fully understand) that the holidays can bring stress, busyness, and pressure – but Christmas, to me, is always one of the most joyful times of the year. I love sleeping in the living room on Christmas Eve with Daniel, and falling asleep to the soft glow of our Christmas tree. I love choosing which Christmas outfits to dress Coussie boy in (he’s racked up quite a collection by now!). I love getting in the car and hearing Christmas music on the radio. I love Christmas Eve service and singing Silent Night by candlelight at our church. I love reading the Christmas story together and reflecting on the true meaning of why we celebrate. I love it all. Read more

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