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    5 Reasons to Take a Staycation

    Why everyone should take a staycation - Grace Mattei, blogger behind lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, spending time at Hotel Palomar in downtown Phoenix, AZ.

    Right now you can use code INFLUENCER for 25% off a stay of your own and free valet parking at the Kimpton Hotel Palomar PHX!


    I don’t know about you guys, but traveling is one of my favorite things to do. Unfortunately, if you aren’t a full-time travel blogger, then there might not always be budget or enough vacation days for a big getaway! So, what do you do? Enter, the Staycation. Staycations are like the little sister of the vacation. They’re the perfect way to spend some time outside of the house, have some of the same relaxing perks of being on vacation, and get to know your own city! Kind of like traveling without any of the actual exhausting “travel” part involved. Daniel and I were fortunate enough to recently partner with Hotel Palomar right in downtown Phoenix for a little staycation of our own, and now I’m here to convince you why everyone (yes, including you!) should take a staycation at least once. 🙂

     

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    Fashion, France, Outfits, Travel

    The 15 Best Paris Instagram Spots

    Best Paris Instagram Spots - Street Vendor

    Bonjour! Long time, no post. Sorry y’all – life just somehow manages to get busier and busier lately! As most of you know, (or at least any of you who follow me on Instagram), Daniel and I recently took our first international trip together to Paris! And while I’m still drowning in photos edits from that trip (and probably will be for the foreseeable future…I’m not exactly known for being the fastest blogger around on my turnaround time, considering I still haven’t blogged our Cali trip 🙄), I thought I would bang out a couple of quick pics to write you guys a list of the 15 Best Paris Instagram Spots! So let’s hop to it, ya IG crazies.

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    Fashion, Florida, Lifestyle, Outfits, Travel

    Lunch at Lynora’s

    Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, wears a blue and white striped midi dress while having lunch at Lynora's in West Palm Beach, FL.

    Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, wears a blue and white striped midi dress while having Lunch at Lynora's in West Palm Beach, FL.Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, wears a blue and white striped midi dress while having Lunch at Lynora's in West Palm Beach, FL.

    You know the old saying “you can never go home again”? Well, I can’t decide if it’s true or not, but when we were planning to travel back to West Palm (where we lived for five years) for the first time since we moved, I was unsure of how to feel. I was excited, of course – but also fairly nervous. How could I not be? After all, Palm Beach was our home for a fair share of our lives – it only makes sense that there would be some element of pressure for us to find it the same perfect place that we used to. But what if we didn’t? We’ve changed, the city has changed – would we love it like we used to? What would it be like now? Would I even still know anyone who lived there? Would it feel completely foreign, or almost like we never left? Read more

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    Beach, Please

    Beach, Please! Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, wears a white scalloped bathing suit with a pink hair scarf and black and white striped drop earrings in Palm Beach.

    Beach, Please! Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, wears a white scalloped bathing suit with a pink hair scarf and black and white striped drop earrings in Palm Beach.Beach, Please! Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, wears a white scalloped bathing suit with a pink hair scarf and black and white striped drop earrings in Palm Beach.

    Beach, please. I know I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I like love the beach. Growing up in Jersey, we went down to the shore every Summer (I know, I know, Jersey Shore…#classic), and when I left for college, I ended up picking a school that was, you guessed it – at the beach.

    Living in Palm Beach was one of the best decisions I ever ended up making (got a husband out of it, hey!), so when Daniel and I had the chance to go back for the first time in four years for a wedding, I. Was. Pumped. Excited of course to see dear old friends and celebrate a new marriage, but also to return to my favorite former home. And what does a visit to your favorite former home merit? Some ultra Palm Beach outfits, obviously. 😉 Read more

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    Fashion, New York, Outfits, Travel

    Bright Lights, Big City

    Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, poses in front of NYC Manhattan skyline at night in floral Adidas shirt, Girlfriend Collective leggings, and studded TopShop booties.

    Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, poses in front of NYC Manhattan skyline at night in floral Adidas shirt, Girlfriend Collective leggings, and studded TopShop booties.Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, poses in front of NYC Manhattan skyline at night in floral Adidas shirt, Girlfriend Collective leggings, and studded TopShop booties.

    Happy Monday everyone! Another week, another outfit. And can we talk about the view that comes along with it? Honestly, I feel like I could be wearing a garbage bag in these photos and I would still love them. This was my last shoot of the day while I was in NYC, and I couldn’t think of a more perfect place to wrap things up than with this gorgeous view of the city skyline at sunset. Thanks New York, you make me look good. 😉

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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 a red 70's style floral jumpsuit.

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

    Alright guys – let’s talk about this floral jumpsuit. My extreme love for it comes with a bit of a backstory (with some good ol’ nostalgia thrown in!).

    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 - the outfit she fell in love with in a 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 - the outfit she fell in love with in a 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 - the outfit she fell in love with in a New York minute.

    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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