With the cooler temps making an appearance again, I have to say that one of the trends I have been loving lately is velvet. Perfect for fall and the holidays, this fabric can be so fun mixed in with just about any look. I have always been a fan of velvet for the holidays, but I have been loving it now for my everyday looks. This velvet duster for example is perfect both dressed down with ripped denim, or dressed up with a jumpsuit or dress. This is one of the many things I love about fashion. You can take so many mixtures of fabrics and patterns to create so many different looks! It really is endless!
In keeping with my apparent plaid theme this week, I had to share one of my favorite looks from Madewell. How cute is this plaid top??? The colors are literally my favorites and it goes perfectly with this blush skirt! A skirt in November you say? Well...welcome to Louisiana. While I love being able to break out my heavy coats for fall, it is just not realistic here in the bayou. So a look like this gives me a little bit of what I want for fall, without dripping in sweat. The colors are just right for the changing seasons and I love how this skirt pairs with my booties! I know I say I long for cold weather, but this isn't so bad!
How about we make today casual Wednesday? It has been cooler here in Louisiana this week (finally) so I have just wanted to be cozied up in bed all the time. I wish! I also started my workout plan again on Monday and I am SO SORE. Y'all, my body hurts. So whenever that happens, heels are the last thing I want to wear! No but seriously, I love those days when I can just be casual and not worry about what I am going to put on. My ripped denim and a ball cap is all I need to make it through the day!
Y'all, this week has been SO many things. Good things! But super busy. And don't get me wrong, I love being busy (as I have said before), but currently I am sitting on the couch in my sweat pants, with a glass of wine and I LOVE IT. I know I do this to myself and I tend to overcommit but I have always said I would rather be busy than bored. Well now, I think I would rather be bored than busy! It is just so nice to sit and relax. Can you really blame a girl?
Happy Wednesday!! Are you as ready for the weekend as I am? I feel like there has been a lot going on lately and I am ready for some time to rest. That is one thing I always have to remember is that no matter what, I need to make time for myself. I am so guilty of giving that time away to others (which can be great), but it can also be precious to me. So, if you saw my Instagram story last week, you saw that I made myself a new blogging planner (or the Gracefully Taylored Bible as I called it), which means I foresee some quality pajama time this weekend planning content and RESTING. But I guess we will see what really happens!
Do you ever get the itch to jump on a plane and go somewhere? This happens to me ALL THE TIME. As I was uploading the pictures for this post and thinking about New York, I started thinking that I wanted to go somewhere cold. Then I started thinking about snow. Then about skiing. Then I started thinking about weekends we have available so I could plan another trip. I swear I think it is an addiction because that took all of ten minutes! Now, I have found flights, a hotel and made a plan for another getaway...I guess I just need to convince Jon Luke. Wish me luck!
I have said it before, but I will say it again...I love a hand written letter. There really is just something about the idea of someone taking the time to write their thoughts down on paper and share them with me. It could be a long love letter, something fun to a pen pal, or a simple thank you note, but I believe that goes a long way. I have grown up as one who likes to transcribe my thoughts (hence the blog), and I truly love being able to share them.
Recently, I had the opportunity to design my own stationary with The Keeping Room (see the design process here) and y'all...these are BEAUTIFUL! I received my final product last week and I am dying. They are simple, but they are classic and most of all, they are me. I cannot wait to start using these beauties, sending my little personal touch to all of my loved ones!
One of the many reasons I love fall/winter is that I LOVE cozy sweaters. It is quite comical to look in my closet and see the amount of knitwear I have (considering where I live), but I just love them. The second reason I love fall/winter is that it means it is time for boots and booties. These Dee Keller booties are pretty much everything and I love been dying to wear them as often as I can! Thankfully, we have had some cooler temps the last two weeks and I tell you what, I am enjoying it. Being able to break out the sweaters/booties and cozy up by a fire is everything I want and more. I am just hoping these cooler days stay around!
While Darian and I were in New York, we decided to walk over to Brooklyn one day. Yep, we walked the entire bridge, and early morning too BUT it was so much fun! That morning light on the bridge was well worth the early wake up call (stay tuned for those pics soon!), and we were able to enjoy some time over in the Brooklyn/Dumbo area. Once we made it across, we had a pit stop at the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge and y'all, that place was beautiful! We grabbed a coffee (I changed clothes) and we were back at it! This view of the city was from the rooftop bar at the 1 Hotel and I was in love. But Brooklyn itself is such a gem and I loved seeing the city! And I have to say, I think one of my favorite things about this adventure was finally seeing (and riding!) Jane's Carousel!
During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, I was on the the hunt for a fun moto jacket. I wanted something different than my typical "black" jacket because I have way too many black leather jackets (yes guilty). Anyways, while on the hunt, I found this metallic option and I was so excited! It is such a fun color and it is literally perfect for fall. From the style, to the metallic shade, I LOVE how this jacket looks with just about everything I pair it with!
I definitely have a case on the Monday blues. I spent this past weekend at home in Dallas and it is always hard for me to leave home. Just being able to go back and see my family and friends, eat my favorite foods and relax...I just love it. BUT, I cannot stay forever (insert sad emoji) so I am back at it and ready for the work week ahead. I finally have a weekend where I do not have anything big planned so I can just chill and get caught up on everything. I will definitely be shooting and planning a lot of upcoming content so stay tuned! I hope your Monday has been great and that you have the best week!
So I am about to get real here for a second. I have a confession to make. This girl…struggles with self doubt A LOT. Yep. It’s weird right? I put myself out there on social media daily and I question it just about every time. Was it the right image? Was it the right time? Whatever it is, typically I am wondering whether or not it will be ‘liked’. And y’all…the struggle is real. When I doubt things on the blog, it carries into my day-to-day work life. When I doubt things at work, it carries into the blogging part of my life. Then I am stressed when I get home and it carries into my personal life. It is hard! Serious struggle. WELL, this week, I tried to kick that self doubt in the face. And I feel like I kind of succeeded. This week I took a chance on something that was a little bit out of my comfort zone. When I made this decision, the little self doubt troll was screaming in my ear and saying I was not good enough. They wouldn't like me. I should just stop trying. And you know what…I shut him down. (As best I could anyway.) I went forward with my task and now…I feel good about it. No matter what the outcome, I took the chance and believed in myself so with that, I say cheers to the weekend and to kicking that self doubt in the face.
Fall is definitely one of my favorite seasons but it is funny because I rarely get fall weather where I live. I love cozy sweaters and over-the-knee boots just as much as the next person, but you know...sometimes it is WAY to hot in Louisiana. This sweater though, I found it at Anthropologie before our New York trip and I had to have it. I love the off the shoulder look and the ruffle adds the perfect touch! The colors are classic and go with just about anything so I will be wearing this sweater a lot, no matter how cool in gets in Louisiana!
Right after I graduated, I started working a "big girl" job. I vividly remember thinking, "well...now I need appropriate work clothes," on the day I accepted that position. Thankfully, I did not work a big corporate job that required dressy business clothes all the time, BUT me being who I am, I wanted to look appropriate and respectful. It was right around this time that I purchased my first suit. I do still have it, and I do still wear it, but it is funny now because I have truly come to love suits. I wear my blazers ALL the time, and the perfect pencil skirt or trouser goes far at my current job. I have learned how to feel confident in different styles and love wearing them outside of the work place even! Lately, my eye has been drawn to the pant suit, and this one from Mango is absolutely perfect.
As I am sure you have seen me talk about, I am a very conflicted fan on game day. Living in Louisiana now, I always cheer for the LSU Tigers. BUT, I actually went to Auburn (so did Jon Luke) so I obviously want to cheer for my Alma Mater as well. Every year though, both of my teams have to go face-to-face and their SEC season game and its on this day that I am truly torn. So basically I wear neutral colors and just say I am cheering for the tigers (yep, they are both tigers!) to keep things easy!
It is no secret that I love to travel. I truly do just have a sense of adventure and my heart longs to be on the go. Learning about new cultures and seeing new places just gets me so excited and I long for this feeling. With all of that being said though, there really is no place like home. I love being cozied upon my couch, in a comfortable sweatshirt, a candle lit and a coffee in hand. It is one of my favorite feelings. SO, what that means is that when I am traveling, a cozy sweatshirt is one of the first things that goes in my suitcase. No matter where I am, I want to be able to come back to my hotel room, throw on my sweatshirt and relax, just as I would at home. Thankfully, The Home Thelped me do just that in New York.
As the fall weather approaches (hopefully soon for Louisiana), I am getting myself ready with an assortment of fall trends. There are several this season that have caught my eye, including plaid prints and retro hats to name a few. There is definitely a throwback feel and I love everything about it! This classic yet old school vibe has been fun to implement in to my wardrobe and will make a strong appearance during my trip to New York! BUT, in addition to lively prints and accessories from back in the day, I have to say that one of my favorite trends has been the excess of velvet. I absolutely love what this unique fabric brings to the party. It can be a print, or a solid color but the simple texture adds so much to a look!
Sometimes basic is the way to go. And by basic I mean, all black. Jon Luke calls it my "Johnny Cash" look. I really cannot help it but whenever I do not want to think about getting ready, I end up in all black. It looks slimming, it goes with everything, it does not show stains...the list goes on. Something I do love when wearing all black though, is adding accessories or shoes that pop. I mean, make a statement somewhere right?
As fall quickly approaches, I am realizing more and more that I am going to miss summertime. If you have not been able to tell yet, I LOVE being in the sunshine. Whether I am by the pool, or at the beach, I absolutely love relaxing and working on my tan. And you know what that means, I love me a good bathing suit.
Not long ago, I was introduced to Summersalt swimwear. Always open to trying new styles, I quickly fell in love with all Summersalt had to offer! They have so many styles to choose from that it really was hard for me to pick just one. WELL GOOD NEWS! With the addition of their new try on Discovery Pack you can try on multiple styles/sizes before you decide to commit to one! Yep, the pack is back and it is the best option for finding the perfect suit for you!
An honest Monday for you, but something that has been on my mind lately is my inability to say 'no.' When I tell you I over-commit myself to things, I really do. And while I pride myself on this "being able to do it all" bit...I really can't (oh how it hurts to say it out loud). On the outside I look all find and dandy but really I get home to Jon Luke, complain about a headache and just want to get in bed. I am EXHAUSTED. It has taken time (and I am still guilty of not completely letting go of things) but I want to take a step back. I want to be able to take a break, be proud of the things I did accomplish and RELAX. And honestly...there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. It is okay to take stuff off your plate, because at the end of the day, there are still things you need to feed in order to feel refreshed. It may be dedicated time with Jon Luke, or just quiet time for myself, but either way I want to be able to fully invest in things, while still feeding myself.
So, I love a good maxi dress. For whatever reason, when I am shopping for dresses, I start with the maxi selection. It is funny though because I rarely commit to them. I feel like I have less opportunities to wear them I guess? I am not sure but I do always start there and end up with something else. With that being said, when we were prepping for our recent beach trip, I knew I wanted a good maxi to take with me. This was a weekend for JL and I to relax and have date nights, so I wanted to feel pretty...which meant starting with a maxi dress.
This day and age, technology has taken over. Trust me, I am 100% guilty of letting it take over my life as well so I am not throwing shade at all. Just making the statement that people tend to turn to their tech pieces before anything else. From texting, to the internet, to movies and even books, our phones have become that item that we cannot live without. With this new world of technology, one of the other things I feel has become a lost art is a handwritten letter. It is so easy to pick up your phone and shoot someone a text to say hi, ask a question, etc. Because it can be so instant, what is the purpose of sending a letter these days right? We want that instant gratification. We want the answer right now. Well, I am going to try to work on that "need" in my life (really working on my patience)...and it is going to start with a handwritten note.
Don't sleep on this overall trend. I have been loving the overall look but have been hesitant to commit to a pair. This linen pair from Free People though...they are pretty great. I love the loose, comfortable vibe and I love how they feel! I have worn them to travel, for casual days running errands and during our time at the beach! They are perfect for any occasional and are so easy to wear.
If you are an avid follower of 'Gracefully Taylored' then you have seen my recent beach excursions. We went down to Tampa in the end of June, then Jon Luke and I went to 30A for Labor Day weekend. I have to say, it is seriously my happy place. There is just something about having my toes in the sand, smelling that salty air...FAVORITE. Not sure if I have shared this before, but my dad's side of the family lives down in Tampa so I grew up taking vacations to see them regularly. I think that is how the love started. Not long after I was born, my mom and dad took me down there to see the grandparents...and the rest is history.
It is funny, but my friends say that 'blush' is my statement color. And I have never been much of a pink person, but I would say I have to agree. There is something about a subtle blush tone that I absolutely adore. From dresses to sweaters, I cannot get enough. Currently I am shopping for a trip to New York and I have yet to purchase one thing blush which is SHOCKING! (And I really think I need to change that!) Anyways, I do truly love wearing blush, especially at the beach. So for our recent trip to 30A, this dress was perfect.
Happy Monday everyone! I hope your weekend was perfect and you were able to get some rest. If you live in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, the Carolinas, etc...I hope you are staying safe! I cannot believe this storm and I am sending prayers your way for sure. But on a lighter note, I am trying my best to get back in to the swing of things here. Does anyone else find it difficult to get back into work mode after the weekend? I know for me personally, sometimes I just need a break from the weekend. I try my best to utilize my Sundays and relax but sometimes that turns in to my day to actually get things done. I know that is terrible, but I am trying!
There are some places in this world that I could get lost in forever. Obviously I am a huge fan of Greece and Italy, but I recently discovered a little area called 30A. Yes, I just visited this quiet little strip for the first time during our Labor Day holiday, but I fell in love. I cannot get over how cute each little town was, and am crazy about both Rosemary Beach and Alys Beach. The white buildings, quaint coffee shops and cobble stone like streets stole my heart in Alys Beach and I already want to go back!
Wow....I truly cannot believe that Gracefully Taylored is turning TWO today!! It seems like just yesterday I began this blogging adventure. I can still remember sitting on the couch with my sweet husband talking about this "dream" of mine. At the time (after about two years of wanting to start the blog) I was using the excuse that I did not have a name. I mean, that is extremely important and I wanted it to be right. But I wont lie, I was still scared of the commitment. It was a new relationship, first date jitters kind of thing. What if we didn't work out? What if it wasn't right? What if we didn't mix well? Then you have to bring the outside world in to it. What if people didn't like it? What if I fail? There were ONE MILLION questions going through my mind honestly. So many in fact that it was truly hard to focus on the potential good. But going back to that night on the couch, talking about the name...that is where it happened.
Well better late than never right?? I am FINALLY getting around to posting some of my favorite pictures from our trip to Florida back in June (insert the slap your face emoji). We took a day and decided to go sailing and it was SO much fun! I really is hard to disappoint me when there is sunshine and ocean air, but this really was a fun experience. Jon Luke and I have sailed before when we went to Greece last year, but this adventure in Florida was fun because we had the boat to ourselves and my dad was with us! Going back through these images definitely has me excited four our last beach rendezvous this weekend...I am just praying for good weather!