Weekend Reading.

weekend reading | 10.21.17 | the stripe blog

Happy weekend! This was a hectic work week, getting settled after being away for a week. I really don’t know how other bloggers do it… traveling for weeks on end, living out of a suitcase for that long. I’m a total disaster after even just a week away! That being said, I’m really proud of the travel vlog I filmed in London. I’m working on my video from the countryside next and feeling inspired to create more travel videos for you. I hope you’ll watch and let me know what you think if you have a free minute! This weekend will be a low key one which is always nice after a busy week away. There are lots of fun links for you… I hope you enjoy! xoxo

Really into this pared back vibe. It’s simple and chic and always classic.

I love the twist back on this cozy sweater.

A big congrats to Julia on her gorgeous rug collab with Lulu & Georgia – it’s so dreamy!

Space NK has a really, really good gift with purchase going on right now!

I am also currently crushing on berets. I have a big head so it’s probably going to be hard to find a good one but I’m determined!

Having always wanted to go, I loved Jacey’s photos from Dubai.

Congrats to BaubleBar on their new fine jewelry line! I’ve got my eye on this necklace and these hoops.

New to blogging or just getting started? Carly gave a great interview on growing your audience.

Another day, another tie-sleeve sweater. Loving this one!

A bunch of interior bloggers got together to do a “no makeup home tour.” It was fun seeing their homes without all the styling.

How to make your home feel clean in fifteen minutes or less.

The feathers on this $119 dress make it feel one of a kind.

Love Carly’s Fall uniform (probably because mine is identical!)

Really into tops with built in chokers and this sweater is so chic (and a great price.)

Mackenzie has a new 101 in 1001 days list! I love this idea.

What a cool way to display your favorite coffee table book!

I’ve been salivating over these diamond earrings since my trip with Monica Vinader.

I want to try this berry lip stain.

This dramatic dress is so fun! Now to decide… red, or blue!?

This butternut + apple soup sounds SO good!

I loved this cozy fall look on Blair. Her velvet bag is so good!

My fav twist hem tee now with long sleeves!

Julia looks so cute in this comfy Fall outfit. I have that sweater too (in cream) and can attest, it’s the best!

OMG. Epic rainbow sequin bag!

Jealous of Bradley’s little red bag. It’s perfect!

Helena shared her Fall wardrobe staples and I want them all!

The coziest looking chunky turtleneck.

I always love Liz’s beauty posts.

This faux shearling jacket is really chic and a fun shade of pink.

In love with this sweet hair bow DIY!

Well this is sort of the best thing ever – a Prosecco advent calendar!

An ultra affordable mini dress in my favorite color!

Habits that will put you in a better mood.

I’m on a never ending search for more cute tops. Love this pink blouse!

Love how Carrie matched her outfit to this rose mural.

Jenn’s photos from polo were pretty dreamy. Her dress is literally perfect for it!

The perfect Fall booties – at a great price.

Meg’s hot air balloon ride! So cool!

I ordered this sweater (in emerald green, my fav) this week.

I’m loving Kat’s suede trench! Such a great piece for Fall.

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The Prettiest T-Shirt Bras I’ve Found.

Bra shopping is sort of the worst. If it’s functional, it isn’t always pretty, and vice versa. Especially when it comes to a good t-shirt bra. Sadly, the functional, everyday bras that look the best under a t-shirt often end up leaving you feeling a bit frumpy.

Enter Thirdlove. When they reached out to partner on a post I did a scan of their website and was immediately impressed by how pretty everything was, especially their t-shirt bras! I took their fit survey and then chose two bras – their 24/7™ Classic T-Shirt Bra and their 24/7™ Lace T-Shirt Bra. I will get into fit but what really drew me in is that I loved the pretty details. The classic t-shirt bra has gold hardware and the most gorgeous pleated straps and the nude that I chose (naked-2) isn’t your typical boring beige… it’s a little bit richer in hue.  As for the lace t-shirt bra, I loved the quality of the lace and the pretty little cut-out at the center. (And if you’re like me and like to match your bra + underwear… I also love the lace bikini and the seamless thong.)

Pretty details aside, Thirdlove believes fit should come first. The fit finder survey is really helpful (and a great way to determine if you’re wearing the proper size) and they offer half-cup sizes to provide a more precise fit. They also have a special mobile sizing app which will allow you to measure yourself from home. Finally, their Try Before You Buy program allows you to try the bra for free, for 30 days and return it if you aren’t happy with the fit.

Created in partnership with Thirdlove + Shopstyle // Photography by Carter Fish.

Silver Trench Coat.

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trench // camisole // jeans // heels

A month or so ago, I was still in my binge-rewatching-Gossip Girl phase (For the record that’s now ended, now that all the Fall TV has come back up – I’m feeling much more political, watching Scandal, Designated Survivor, and The Blacklist). I saw this metallic trench and immediately thought of Serena van der Woodsen. I saw it and had to have it… and it was, essentially (way too early but whatever!) the start of my holiday wardrobe shopping. It’s so good. You can wear it now with a more simple ensemble, but how chic will it look with more festive attire? I love a good statement coat and this is such a good one (at a good price, too!)

I really can’t believe it’s already Friday. This week just flew by. I will blame it on being back from my trip… the work week was a bit intense after being away for a bit. I’m really looking forward to a low key weekend. I started reading this book and am hooked… hoping to finish it and start a new one. Today will be a bit intense… work + shoots all morning and speaking on a panel this afternoon. My goal is to finish my work before my panel and meet up with my girlfriends afterward at The Whitney for a little art + red wine. We shall see if I can finish everything… fingers crossed! Hope you have a great weekend!!! xoxo

Outfit Details: Topshop Silver Trench Coat // Free People Velvet Camisole // Good American Jeans // Manolo Blahnik Heels // Celine Sunglasses // Chanel Purse

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photography by Carter Fish.

Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Aura Gloss.

victoria beckham x estée lauder aura gloss review | grace atwood, the stripe

During a routine browse of Net-a-Porter’s new arrivals (a dangerous, dangerous habit – but one that I can’t seem to quit, in the name of “work”), I happened upon something called aura gloss, from Victoria Beckham’s collaboration with Estée Lauder. I was immediately intrigued so I ordered one for myself and one for a girlfriend who was kindly letting me stay with her in Charleston. Now as a blogger I get sent so many things that I rarely buy beauty products (except maybe my top 10 beauty products). Something about this just looked so intriguing!

So what is aura gloss? It’s the prettiest (slightly sparkly – it’s infused with gold and pearl shimmer) golden gel-gloss that you can really use everywhere that you want to spotlight. It’s like a highlighter, except glossier. I honestly haven’t tried anything else like it! I like to apply it on my lips but also (over makeup) to my cheekbones for extra gleam and definition… it catches the light from every angle! I think it would also be really pretty on your eyelids… especially for Halloween, for an angelic, ethereal sort of look! Either way, I’m obsessed with this product and every time I use it I feel a little bit cooler!

I haven’t tried anything else from this collaboration… have you?

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photography by Carter Fish. This product is neither sponsored nor gifted.

Greatness, Found.

Last month, I introduced you to my partnership with the Poland Spring® Brand to do a quest for greatness in New York – highlighting local people, places, and things that are making a difference. This was one of my favorite brand partnerships to date. It gave me a chance to get a little creative, and when things in the world have felt so sour, a chance to highlight some people who are making a difference and doing great things!

If you read my previous post or follow me on Instagram, then you probably saw each of the individuals and organizations that I chose, beginning with the wonderful  Edna Mitchell. Today, we are rounding them up! It’s a longer post than usual but I hope you will stick around; and maybe take away a little inspiration from these amazing organizations + companies. I am so proud to have been a part of the Poland Spring® brand’s Greatness Springs from Here™ campaign – it’s really wonderful to see a brand commit itself to highlighting the good in the world… we need that right now!

The first person I chose to spotlight was my sister, Rebecca Atwood. Nepotism aside ;), my sister is doing great things with her business. She quit her day job four years ago to produce a line of organic, sustainably-made textiles. She started with pillows. I remember when she didn’t have office space and was dying the fabrics in her sink and storing the pillow inserts in her guest room. (Her husband is a saint!) Since then, she’s launched fabric by the yard and wallpaper, beautiful throw blankets, and even written her first book. Her second book is now in the works and she will launch bedding this Fall. Incredible.

We also filmed a short video together in honor of the collaboration, which you can see here!

The next organization I chose is 100cameras. I am on the advisory board for 100cameras and continue to be inspired by their mission and the work they do every day. I would describe it as a “Trifecta of Good…” fostering the arts, empowering kids in underprivileged communities, and then giving back to these communities. They start by going into these communities and teaching photography classes to the kids (and giving them cameras). The kids learn how to tell their stories via photography – thus empowering them and helping them to make a difference. 100cameras then gives them a platform to sell the photos as art. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the photos are then donated back to that community.

The third organization I chose to spotlight is an app called DEED. DEED solves a problem many of us have encountered when trying to volunteer – finding volunteer opportunities can be really challenging! Oftentimes you have to attend lengthy trainings or make long-term commitments; both of which can be tricky and even prohibitive for busy New Yorkers.

DEED makes finding volunteer opportunities a cinch – you simply download the app and immediately are connected with organizations that need help… signing up with a click of a button. It’s such a smart idea. Currently, DEED is only available in New York and LA but I’m hopeful they will eventually expand nationwide.

The last organization is something I wish had been around when I was a teen… Varcity Studios. Think of Varcity as Classpass for teens. It connects teens with New York’s premier boutique fitness studios; giving teens the opportunity to sign up for really cool classes (often at a VERY discounted rate). All of the classes are exclusively for teens (makes it less intimidating!) and held during after-school hours.

A few reasons why I love what Varcity is doing? Healthy teens develop healthy habits that guide them throughout life. Regular teen exercise and academic performance are highly connected, and, according to Varcity Studios, 82% of teens don’t get the recommended 60-minutes of daily physical activity.

Created in partnership with Poland Spring® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water.

photography by Trent Bailey & Carter Fish.