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    Arizona Desert Boho Elopement Wedding Shoot

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    Hi guys! Today’s post is a little different than usual, but one that I’m really excited to share with you all! As some of you probably already know, Daniel and I recently celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary (hi, we’re officially old) on February 3rd. (Yes, the Super Bowl. We actually got married on the Super Bowl too…what are sports? 😂 ) Anyway, as you can imagine, a lot can change in 6 years! So we decided to get all dressed up in our wedding best again and have ourselves a fun little wedding do-over shoot! An Arizona desert boho elopement wedding style shoot to be exact. 😏 Wedding trends come and go (clearly – peep some photos from our actual wedding here), but the one thing I’d never change is my groom. Or our sweet little ring bearer – look at that tiny pink noseeee!

    I’ll spare you all the details of me telling you about how much I love Daniel, and just let the photos do the talking instead. I hope you guys enjoy them, find inspiration in them for all you engaged couples, and let them remind you that you’re never too old to dress up and have fun with the one you love. 🙂 Also if you love this style, I made sure to link all the products that I could below for you guys so you can rock this style too! And special thanks to Lulu’s for sending me this lovely dress to skip through the desert in. 🙂

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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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    A Christmas Tradition: His + Her Pajamas

    A Christmas Tradition: His + Her PJs. Grace and Daniel Mattei, husband and wife duo behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, enjoy coffee and croissants in their PJs with their pup in their Christmas decorated living room.

    A Christmas Tradition: His + Her PJs. Grace and Daniel Mattei, husband and wife duo behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, enjoy coffee and croissants in their PJs with their pup in their Christmas decorated living room.A Christmas Tradition: His + Her PJs. Grace and Daniel Mattei, husband and wife duo behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, enjoy coffee and croissants in their PJs with their pup in their Christmas decorated living room.

    You know how growing up you have holiday traditions that your family does, and you kind of assume that those same traditions are just what everyone does? Like “oh, this is what’s normal. Everyone does this.” Maybe it was just me who naively thought like that, but once Daniel and I got married, I realized that everyone’s family has different traditions and backgrounds, and I was excited to get to create our own as a couple. Read more

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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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