December 4, 2018

Terlato Kitchen


Christmas is quickly approaching! Buying gifts is not my favorite thing to do and I tend to do my shopping last minute, which can make it even more stressful! For the past few years, I've decided to start purchasing gifts around the same theme. For example, one year I'll shop for clothing, the next accessories, the next books, etc. This year, I'm giving the gift of food!

Food is what brings friends and family around the table together. Because who doesn't love food? Especially delicious food? I recently learned about Terlato Kitchen, a family-owned company that really cares about the quality of their food. They use the finest ingredients to create healthy, all-natural products.

Terlato Kitchen makes gifting super easy by offering gift boxes! I'm planning to get some pancake mixes perfect for brunch lovers and pasta boxes perfect for your noodle lovers. I'm also eyeing the coffee break box for my coffee lovers.

Of course, before I gift, I like to try the products to ensure my gift receivers will find joy in their gifts. And to be honest, the pasta sauces are not good. They're incredible! Out-of-this-world delicious! Terlato Kitchen is known for their Pomodoro sauce, but I could have their Vodka sauce every day.  I feel like I'm being transported to Italy with their authentic family recipes! It's no surprise that these sauces are made with extra love in small batches.

But as a brunch lover, I am always on the search for fluffy pancakes. And the Buttermilk pancake mix definitely delivers that! And topped with their Strawberry preserves and Cashew Banana granola, my day is made. I'm definitely making these pancakes for my family on Christmas morning!







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Food Products: c/o Terlato Kitchen
Plate: Anthropologie (sold out) {Similar | Similar}
Apron: Anthropologie (old) {Similar}
Faux sheep skin throw: Anthropologie (sold out) {Similar}
Tree skirt: Hearth & Home (old) {Similar}

November 8, 2018

Grace in Style x Elegantees Winter 2018


Friends, I am beyond excited to be sharing my biggest and proudest work yet as a lifestyle blogger!!

If you have been following me over the past few years, you have likely heard about Elegantees, a brand I love and am always proud to collaborate with. Not only does the brand create beautifully-made clothing, but the mission behind the brand is incredible!

Elegantees hires women in Nepal rescued from human-trafficking so they can make a self-sustainable life for themselves and their families. And they also pay them fair wages compared to the many factories in Nepal. I love that by purchasing their products, we can directly provide hope to these women! You can read more about their mission here.

And GUESS WHAT? I was the given the incredible opportunity to design their Winter 2018 line and I am so proud of it. This has been a beautiful dream come true!

Just to give you some background, my love for fashion came from my late maternal grandmother. She was always up to date with the latest fashion and Audrey Hepburn was her fashion icon. Growing up, I would sketch outfits and make outfits for my dolls out of my mom's scarves. Designing a line of clothing has always been a far-fetched dream. Around this time last year, I was telling a friend of mine about this crazy dream I've never shared with anyone else because I just never thought it was possible.

But then a few months later, I received an email from Katie, the owner of Elegantees, asking me if I was interested in designing the Winter 2018 line. I can't even put into words the excitement that rushed through me at that question. Was I dreaming? Nope! It was real and I am so excited to share the line with you!

I learned so much from the entire design process. My favorite part was probably the editing and problem-solving when Katie and I got to see the first batch of samples. And then getting to try on the final pieces was so much fun!

This line was inspired by my love of details that can make a statement and feminine lines that flatter different body types! You'll find boatneck necklines to ruffles to bow accents to buttons! But my FAVORITE detail are the pockets! All the dresses and skirts have pockets!!

Naming the pieces was also really special. I already knew I wanted to name three pieces after the 3 most influential women in my life. The Jane dress is named after my grandmother, the Julia top is named after my mom, and the Jessica dress is named after my sister. I would not be who I am without their influence and I'm always inspired and encouraged by their love for God and the way they have lived out that love in everything they do.

Without further ado, I present to you the Elegantees Chicago Edition! I hope you love it as much as I have loved the design process! Please let me know your thoughts!

AND if you decide to support Elegantees and purchase any of the pieces, be sure to use the code graceinstyle to get 15% OFF your purchase!!

Special thanks to my talented friend & photographer, Mike Fan Photo, for capturing the essence of this line so beautifully! See some of his photos below when I styled a few pieces from the line in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago.

P.S. I hope this encourages you all to dream big! There is no such thing as the impossible!

P.P.S. Men, there's a line for you too! Check out the brand new Elegantees men's line, F.P.R.!











PHOTOGRAPHY: Mike Fan Photo

November 4, 2018

WINTER COATS


As the leaves are quickly falling, I feel Winter approaching as well.

While I typically shudder at the idea of Winter, I do love the idea of Winter coats!

When I shop for coats, I tend to go for versatile coats that can take me from everyday casual wear, to work and to formal events. Also, coats are like an investment that I hope will take me through many seasons without going out of style. So I also look for more classic cuts and prints.

I found two coats from SheIn that I am currently loving and so excited to wear more as the weather cools more. One is a pretty white coat with pearl-button details that is so feminine but can easily be dressed up or down. The other is a classic red plaid coat that would be perfect for the Holidays but also every-day wear! The best part is that they're both under $40 & look much more expensive! Win-win!

But WAIT! An even better win is a special discount code just for my followers! Get 20% OFF your orders between now and January 1, 2019 with code Gracein20. So what are you waiting for? Go get shopping!!

What are you looking forward to this Winter?










Photography: Cranberry Tantrums

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White coat: c/o SheIn
Red coat: c/o SheIn
Top: JCrew (old) {Similar | Similar}
Necklace: 31Bits {Similar | Similar}
Skirt: Loft (old) {Similar | Similar}
Boots: DSW (old) {Similar | Similar}

October 3, 2018

JOY FALL


Fall has come.

I don't know about you, but I usually love watching the leaves change from green to vibrant yellow, orange and red. It's magical and makes my heart sing. But for some reason, I've been really hesitant for the change this year. After sifting through the possible reasons why I feel that way, it hit me.

The past few months were full of many life changes. I graduated residency, left a hospital and patients I knew and loved like family for 7 years, my sister moved away, etc. While I understand that change is good and I can certainly embrace minor changes in life, I'm not a fan of a lot of life changes. So the thought of more change makes me apprehensive. I miss the coziness I felt with the known, the familiar, the expected.

One thing I love about journaling is that it allows me to look back at past seasons and see how God grew me and worked in amazing ways in my life. As I look back, I survived all the past seasons of change and thrived through it. I trust that there is so much more goodness ahead even if I can't see it. God has incredible ways of surprising me and providing in ways I never expected.

And it's when I embrace the change and choose joy instead of worry, that I can truly allow God's good plan to come to fruition. So I'm going to choose joy and let my Fall be joy-filled. I'm calling this season, Joy Fall.

One thing that definitely gives me joy is Fall clothes. I'm loving this perfect Fall frock. Pair it with booties or flats, add some simple jewelry and you're good to go! I even paired it with my new "choose joy" bracelet from 31 Bits as a reminder to choose joy this season (& every season). What is favorite thing about Fall?







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Dress: c/o SheIn
Shoes: Tommy Hilfiger (old) {Similar | Similar}
Bag: 31Bits
Bracelets: 31Bits
Rings: 31Bits | 31Bits
Earrings: 31Bits

October 1, 2018

FALL LAYERS


With any season change, I am constantly questioning what to wear outside. The weather is unpredictable. Will it be sunny with a high of 70? Cloudy with a high of 50? Raining? Snowing?? You never know and the weatherman is not always the most reliable.

So my answer is to layer. Always. It makes life easier and more comfortable knowing that you have options to keep you cool or warm. But then, there's the decision of what colors go with what and making sure your layers go together.

This is why I always have solid colors in my closet. But I make sure even the solid color pieces always have something interesting to say. A little ruffle or a little embellishment, it goes a long way to carry an outfit.

I love going to SheIn for my basics. You can't beat the price! I recently got a white top with side ruffles that is so great to pair with jeans or work pants. And I love burgundy in the Fall, so I also got a burgundy waterfall coat that is light and easy to layer.






SHOP MY LOOK:
Top: c/o SheIn
Jacket: c/o SheIn
Jeans: Loft {Similar | Similar}
Shoes: Tommy Hilfiger (old ) {Similar | Similar}
Bag: 31Bits
Necklace: 31Bits

September 28, 2018

FALLING FOR ANIMAL PRINT


The animal print trend is taking me back to my junior high days.

I remember a zebra print set that I had and wore all the time. Kind of embarrassing. I would not be able to pull it off nowadays. But I still love touches of animal print. It looks great in a cute pair of flats or pumps. And I love a cute animal print belt to add pizzazz to a basic casual look. Lately I've shied away from the head to toe animal print since it's not my style.

But I found the cutest shirtdress with a subtle leopard print and a gorgeous mix of fall colors! And you will never believe the price! It's a statement dress in itself, so I paired it with my go-to open-toed booties and a simple necklace. A simple outfit for dinner or brunch with the girls on the weekend!

What trend are you loving this Fall?






SHOP MY LOOK:
Dress: c/o SheIn
Booties: Tommy Hilfiger (old) {Similar | Similar}
Bag: 31Bits
Necklace: 31Bits {Similar | Similar}

August 21, 2018

STILL SUMMER


It's still Summer.

I saw a tree turning yellow a few weeks ago. But it's still Summer!

As long as I can still enjoy the outdoors and the sunshine comfortably, eat ice cream outdoors and wear shorts and sandals, it's still Summer.

When I wrote about Summer sunshine and enjoying my first real week of Summer a month or so ago, life seemed surreal and free. I had survived the grueling years of college, medical school and residency. It was the end of long work weeks, lack of sleep and endless stress. I had reached the light at the end of the tunnel and was "living the life". 

But as Summer went on, it was different than I expected. Life got busier than I had anticipated and my life was still scheduled to the seconds. It was filled with more dark valleys than sunny mountains.  I felt pressure from all directions of life. My future was still up in the air. It was unsettling and it spiraled into an anxiety in a world of feeling like I was not enough.

After struggling with this reality, I decided to set aside pockets of stillness in my nonstop days to allow myself to address the issues. As I look back at my journal this past month, there is a theme of letting go of my fears, trusting God and His good plans for me, and choosing thankfulness in all circumstances. Since embracing these lessons and intentionally applying them to my every day, I've had more sunny days and true joy.

There is still a lot of work to be done before these lessons become ingrained in my life like breathing. But God is so gracious and truly Jehovah-Jireh, my Provider. Praying that stillness becomes a habit.

One pocket of stillness was this past weekend. So thankful I got to spend a slow(ish) weekend with my family. (Read this Instagram post for the drama of how it all started.) It forced me to take the time to rest and limit my never-ending to-do lists. And I always cherish time with my family since we are now spread across the country. My sister and I visited a beautiful gardening shop since we love admiring pretty plants and flowers. I wore this beautiful floral maxi wrap dress & fit right in! It was a sweet pocket of stillness I got to share with her!

Here's to a still summer and a still life. How do you fit stillness in your life? 







SHOP MY LOOK:
Dress: c/o SheIn
Bag: 31Bits
Earrings: BaubleBar (sold out) {Similar}

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