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.!


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