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    Feelin’ Floral

    Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, poses in front of Brooklyn Heights brownstones, wearing red floral 70's style jumpsuit.

    Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, poses in front of Brooklyn Heights brownstones, wearing red floral 70's style jumpsuit.Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, poses in front of Brooklyn Heights brownstones, wearing red floral 70's style jumpsuit.

    When I was little (probably around 3 or 4), I went through this phase where all I wanted to wear was this little orange dress that I had. There are photos of me that probably span at least a year, where I’m literally always wearing this dress. At the beach. At home. On the playground. In the sandbox. It didn’t matter where I was or what I was doing – I just wanted to wear that orange dress. It’s funny, because around this same time period I actually claimed that my favorite color was red (despite my love for my orange dress) – so much so, that my parents bought me this book, all about this little girl Ann and how much she loved the color red.

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    New York Minute

    Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, poses in front of Brooklyn Heights brownstones, wearing black palazzo pants with gold buttons and a black floral embroidered top.

    Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, poses in front of Brooklyn Heights brownstones, wearing black palazzo pants with gold buttons and a black floral embroidered top.Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, poses in front of Brooklyn Heights brownstones, wearing black palazzo pants with gold buttons and a black floral embroidered top.

    Have you ever found a piece that you just KNEW you had to have at first glance? I mean, we’re talking some serious love at first sight here. A piece so downright you that you catch immediate inspiration for a complete outfit as soon as you see it? A piece that you fall in love with faster than a new york minute? 😉 To me, those are the best kinds of pieces – when something about them just feels inherently you. That’s exactly what happened to me when I first found these pants at Zara. I’m always down for a classic with a little bit of a twist, and these shiny gold buttons were weird enough in the best way for me to be all about them. I actually call them my Mickey Mouse pants because the buttons are so giant!

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    New York from my iPhone

    Grace Mattei on the Brooklyn Bridge | The Gracest - New York from my iPhone

    One of the things I love about New York is the fact that you never run out of new places to go or streets to explore. I decided to put together a list of some of my favorite places that I had the chance to visit this time around (I always try to find new places each time I visit somewhere unless I find something I love SO MUCH that I have to keep going every time!), so that anyone else who might be planning a trip to NYC now or in the future could take advantage of some fun suggestions. Also, I’m sorry for the quality of some of these photos – I didn’t have Daniel with me this trip to take a bunch of professional looking photos, and honestly sometimes you just don’t feel like lugging a heavy camera around with you anyway. After all, the best camera is the one that you have with you, right?

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    FEED – DUMBO

    Feed is a darling little coffeeshop and store right on the waterfront in Dumbo, Brooklyn. What I love about this place is not only their yummy snacks and beautiful aesthetic, but that everything available for purchase goes towards providing meals for people in need. I don’t know about you, but I always feel like I can justify the cost of things far easier knowing that part of that money is going towards something good. They even have a tally of how many meals they’ve provided to people so far, and they’re almost at 100 million meals, which is insane (in such a good way)!

    I personally really love their cultivate kindness tote, and they also make a super classic leather tote (that looks really similar to the Madewell tote, except it provides almost 200 meals to people in need!) – all of which you can find on their website, linked above.

    FEED, coffeeshop in DUMBO Brooklyn | The Gracest - New York from my iPhone

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    Streets of New York

    Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, poses in front of the iconic Manhattan Bridge overpass (located in Brooklyn, NYC) in a white and black striped maxi romper.Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, poses in front of the iconic Manhattan Bridge overpass (located in Brooklyn, NYC) in a white and black striped maxi romper.

    New York, New York. City that never sleeps, my favorite city in the world, and a place I hope to eventually call home one day. Growing up in rural (South) Jersey, I was close enough to the city that I could visit often enough, but I always wanted to live there as opposed to just visiting. In fact, growing up I would BEG my mom to. Just. Freaking. Move! Can we please get out of the suburbs?! I would go in and out of Philly all the time to get my city fix, but eventually I realized that New York was calling my name – so every time I get the chance to go back and visit, I jump on it. Thank goodness for good friends who let you crash with them for free!

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    A Farewell to Summer: The Baby Spice Remix

    Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, poses in downtown Phoenix, AZ in a white crop top, satin pink track shorts, and light pink adidas gazelles.

    Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, poses in downtown Phoenix, AZ in a white crop top, satin pink track shorts, and light pink adidas gazelles.

    (These have been my go-to earrings for the past few weeks – these exact ones are currently sold out, but I’ve linked to some super similar ones below at the bottom of the post. Keep an eye out for them in the next few weeks…you’ll definitely be seeing a lot more of them!)

    Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, poses in downtown Phoenix, AZ in a white crop top, satin pink track shorts, and light pink adidas gazelles.

    Hello again! I’ll be keeping today’s post short in the name of procrastination, considering the fact that it’s 11:00 the night before I’m posting this and I’m about 2 seconds from passing out. 😉 Whoops! Sometimes the week just gets away from you…can anyone else relate?!

    Now I know that everyone and their mother who writes a blog is posting all about sweater weather, over the knee boots, pumpkin spice lattes, and the like – but I’m wrapping up September over here with one more Summer worthy outfit. Although we finally did experience a weather shift here in Phoenix (and I couldn’t be more pleased…it’s actually not sweltering when I wake up!), it’s definitely still warm enough for some good old satin shorts.

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    La Vie En Rose

    Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, poses in downtown Phoenix, AZ in rose embroidered shorts and a white hippie top.

    Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, poses in downtown Phoenix, AZ in rose embroidered shorts and a white hippie top.Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, poses in downtown Phoenix, AZ in rose embroidered shorts and a white hippie top.

    Ah, la vie en rose. Who doesn’t know (and love) that old classic? I may or may not have listened to it the whole time I wrote this post (definitely did). I know that technically “la vie en rose” translates to life in pink, but we’re gonna take the “rose” portion a little more on the literal side today, because let me tell ya – the fact that embroidery has come back in a big way this year has got me pumped. I used to be the queen of all things floral when I worked at Anthro during my college days, and I’m pleased to say that this ever-growing embroidery trend has allowed to find my love for them once again. Embroidery is great because it’s such an easy way to add a special little pop to even the most simple of outfits like mine – and who doesn’t love a little extra something special?

    Exhibit A, below. You have what would otherwise be a pretty normal denim jacket – except now there’s a bunch of rose embroidery on it! Automatically cooler? Probably. It goes from a staple to a statement. Same goes for pretty much all of the products I’ve linked to directly below – they’re all pretty standard staple piece across the board, until you factor in the rose appliqué. Now they’re your new favorite go-to pieces to spice up an otherwise bland outfit – see how that works there? 😉

    La Vie En Rose product collage of rose embroidered product picks from the Gracest blog.

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    What 9 Years in (love) Looks Like

    Grace and Daniel Mattei of the lifestyle and fashion blog, the Gracest, pose in an intimate couples boudoir shoot in Phoenix Arizona. Pose 1Grace and Daniel Mattei of the lifestyle and fashion blog, the Gracest, pose in an intimate couples boudoir shoot in Phoenix Arizona. Pose 2 Grace and Daniel Mattei of the lifestyle and fashion blog, the Gracest, pose in an intimate couples boudoir shoot in Phoenix Arizona. Pose 3

    Happy Friday guys! Today’s post is more of a personal one – I hope you’re okay with it. 😉 Daniel and I recently had the chance to do a kind of spontaneous, impromptu lifestyle shoot with a local photographer here in Phoenix (her name is Chelsey Herrera, and she is amazing!), and we decided to jump on the opportunity. While we may not always be the most photogenic or model-esque in front of the camera, we realized it’s been almost 5 years since we actually had any sort of *nice* photos taken together, so we figured that it was kind of long overdue at this point. Seriously – the last time we had professional photos done together was at our wedding…time freakin’ FLIES you guys! Lucky for you, we were able to act like (semi) normal people long enough to document it. Ha!

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