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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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    A Pinch of Soft Pop

    Grace writer of The Gracest fashion blog wearing a soft pop peplum top with black ripped jeans in a downtown Phoenix setting.

    Grace writer of The Gracest fashion blog wearing a soft pop peplum top with black ripped jeans in a downtown Phoenix setting.Grace writer of The Gracest fashion blog wearing a soft pop peplum top with black ripped jeans in a downtown Phoenix setting.

    Hello, hello! Happy Monday everyone – another new week is upon us. I can’t believe we’re almost through September! Everyone is talking about sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes, but we’ve yet to feel any sort of crisp sweater weather here in the desert (although I did go out and buy a bunch of Fall candles last night…gotta find some way to distinguish between seasons! Bless you, autumn wreath candle 😛 ). Read more

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    Mexico Pt III

    Grace writer of The Gracest fashion blog wearing a white v-neck tank top with frayed bottom jeans and a red floral scarf in a waterfront Mexico setting.

    I know, I know, another Mexico post – but I swear this is the last one! I’m actually feeling pretty behind as of late, being that I actually just got back from 2 weeks in NYC + Jersey (hence my lack of posting last week…woops!), but I’m still writing about Mexico. When will I finally be caught up with life?! Probably never, right? 😛

    Daniel and I took these pictures on our last night in Mexico, right before taking in a beautiful sunset and dinner on the water. This trip was actually pretty short, but so so special and honestly one of our favorites to date. I mean, what’s not to love about eating your weight in shrimp ceviche and piña coladas on the beach everyday?

    Grace writer of The Gracest fashion blog wearing a white v-neck tank top with frayed bottom jeans and a red floral scarf in a waterfront Mexico setting.

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    Mexico Pt II

    Grace writer of The Gracest fashion blog wearing leggings, a light flow pink beach top, and panama hat in front of the beautiful blue Mexican ocean.

    Grace writer of The Gracest fashion blog wearing leggings, a light flow pink beach top, and panama hat in front of the beautiful blue Mexican ocean. Grace writer of The Gracest fashion blog wearing leggings, a light flow pink beach top, and panama hat in front of the beautiful blue Mexican ocean.

    Hi everyone! It’s hard to believe the month of August is almost over, and that Summer is on it’s last legs (well…maybe not so much in AZ). Where has the time gone?! I’ll be keeping today’s post short and sweet since this morning I am catching an early flight to NYC, but right here and now on the blog it’s still all about Mexico! When we booked this trip it was really last minute, so we were super fortunate to be able to snag an oceanfront room and get to see this beautiful blue water first thing every morning. Now I don’t know about you, but I could definitely get used to it. 😉

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    Mexico Pt 1

    Grace writer of The Gracest fashion blog wearing a sage romper and hat with colorful scarf in tropical Mexico setting.

    Grace writer of The Gracest fashion blog wearing a sage romper and hat with colorful scarf in tropical Mexico setting.

    ¡Viva la Mexico! Last month, Daniel (the huz) and I decided to take a little last minute getaway trip to Puerto Peñasco, Mexico to celebrate my birthday. It’s only about a 3.5 hour drive from Phoenix, but for some reason we had never bothered to go before – even though it’s significantly closer than Cali, it just seemed like more of a commitment. You need your passport, driving there can be stressful, you have to make sure you turn your travel pass on for your phone…the list goes on. Whatever! Now that we’ve been, I’m seriously kicking myself for not going sooner. The beaches in Mexico are SO BEAUTIFUL, and remind me so much of our time living in West Palm Beach (which we’re going to be re-visiting very soon! But more on that later 🙂 ).

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    Brilliant Bodysuit

    Y’all, the heat in Phoenix is no joke. I mean, I may look like I’m just casually chilling outside in these photos, but the fact of the matter is that taking pictures while trying to look cute (and not like a hot mess) in the Summer is. A. Commitment. As in, the reality is that while taking these pics, I was sweating from….well, basically everywhere.

    SO, all that to say – sometimes my strategy to combat this oppressive heat is to just basically wear as little as possible. Makes sense right? Enter, the bodysuit.

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