A Recent Favorite Outfit.

An outfit post! I know. Remember when blogs were mostly just outfit posts? These days I put my outfits on Instagram and keep the blog to more lifestyle stuff but today we’re changing things up a little because I really liked my outfit last week and wanted to break it down in a little more depth, as I think this makes for a great outfit formula when you aren’t sure what to wear and I have more to say about it than we can just accomplish via Instagram. And since a lot of what I am wearing is from previous seasons, I’ve found similar items for each of those.

First thing’s first: the coat! Sadly this coat came from Topshop either last year or the year before. It’s a good one. I will say that it’s not particularly warm, but it’s a perfect topper. I love a long lean menswear type of coat. I’ve made you a little widget with some good coat ideas below so definitely scroll through that but I would say this one from Reformation looks most similar, or this houndstooth one! This coat is more of a splurge but I love it. This coat is great too, though only available in a size L.

Also: while I cannot speak to the quality (I may order it just to see?) this Amazon coat looks pretty great.  Jacey wore it recently and I trust her recs. This one is very cute too.

Next you will need a good tunic sweater. Mine is from Eileen Fisher (from last year) and I swear by her tunics. Just size down a bunch… I am usually a small or XS in her pieces. Her tunic sweaters can be pricy (so worth it; her pieces are built to last) but right Nordstrom Rack and Off Fifth are great places to search. Love this one and this one. And for something that same pretty sable brown color I love this one from Vince.

And of course we need to talk about the Spanx faux leather leggings. I have a lot to say about these!

I have several pairs of these. I always buy a pair or two at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I often get asked if you should size up and I personally do not size up, but I am generally between a size small and medium so the medium is perfect. They are definitely tight but you want them to be tight, they’re leggings. I love these because they’re ultra long. They bunch up a little around the ankles, which I like. I am 5’8, though. If you are 5’4 or under or just have short legs I would say to get the petite version. They come in regular, petite, and plus sizes right this way. A wardrobe staple for sure.

fav face mask

The Night silk face mask is one of my favorites. This one is particularly great if you are finding yourself breaking out from wearing a mask. It’s also just really well designed and pretty!

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Two last little details. 

First, a mask! Because duh, of course we are all wearing masks right now. The Discover Night one is one of my favorites. It’s made from 100% Mulberry Silk and won’t break you out. It comes in a ton of pretty colors, and if you use our podcast code BOP20 you can take 20% off.

Second, my boots! I intentionally paired my black leggings with brown boots and loved the look. The ones I am wearing are Loeffler Randall. I love them so much and they are incredibly comfortable. For something less expensive I think this pair from Sam Edelman is very cute (I can’t personally speak to the quality or fit but have had a lot of luck with Sam Edelman over the years) and I love this pair too.

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photography by Carter Fish.

Who are your Fav Funny Women to Follow?

Last night I wasn’t certain what today’s blog post would be about and then I found myself in the bathtub, scrolling instagram, going down quite the instagram rabbithole. It started with @drunkauntoverseas (one of the amazing childfree accounts I started following a couple weeks ago). They reposted this video by Caitlin Reilly impersonating “the baby shower of the girl who bullied you in high school” and I just screamed laughing. It lead to me sitting in the tub for another thirty minutes, just watching all of her impersonation videos. I’ve never hit follow so quickly… she is hilarious (and so talented!) and whew – her impersonations are dead on!!!

Below I am sharing three recent fav funny female follows who I can’t get enough of… but more importantly, tell me yours in the comments! I feel like this is something we could all benefit from right now. I am all for the election coverage and vote vote vote content but our feeds need a little levity, too!

 

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Caitlin Reilly (mentioned above) is a GD genius. I think I’m most obsessed with her WASP Mom character, though her LA Mom is pretty great too.

 

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Mary-Alice Farina is too good. Her Miranda Priestly impersonation… wow. Scary scary good!

 

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Taylor Wolfe cracks me up, especially with her Influencer Lingo series. It’s so good.

OK go… tell me your funny favs!!!!

photo by Allie Provost.

Blair’s Final Nordstrom Collection!

Blairs Final Nordstrom Collection

Blair’s fifth and final collection for Nordstrom launched, and it’s (SUCH!) a good one. I have been watching all her previews on Instagram and her blog and there are so many things I love and want!

She sent me a few pieces ahead of time and I was so impressed by everything. I think this might be my favorite of all her collections. The faux leather pants she sent me are probably my favorite out of everything. (They’re kind of like a jogger/pants hybrid?) But the leopard jacquard dress is a close favorite. The colors, the pattern.. it’s so fun!

PS – I am 5’8 and wearing a size medium in everything.

Outfit Details: gifted Autumn Cashmere Top // gifted Atlantic-Pacific x Halogen Faux Leather Pants (in plus sizes here) // Sarah Flint Heels (take $50 off your first pair with code SARAHFLINT-GRACE50) // Amazon Sunglasses // Palmgrens Bag

Blairs Final Nordstrom Collection

Outfit Details: Atlantic-Pacific x Halogen Leopard Jacquard Dress (in plus sizes here) // Miuco Beaded Purse // Sarah Flint Heels (take $50 off your first pair with code SARAHFLINT-GRACE50) // Any Old Iron Sequin Face Mask

Blairs Final Nordstrom Collection

Outfit Details: gifted Atlantic-Pacific x Halogen Sweater // Madewell Jeans (on sale!) // Frame Belt // Amazon Sunglasses // Brinker & Eliza Showstopper Necklace

sequin mask faux leather pants striped cashmere top

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Photos by Carter Fish and Allie Provost.

This Week’s Good Things, 10.19.20.

This Weeks Good Things 10.19.20

I figured I’d open today’s post with a photo of my handsome child because hey why not? He looks so angry here! His Monday face, I suppose?

How was your weekend? Mine was really really nice. I hadn’t seen my niece in two weeks so it was fun to hang out with her on Saturday and then I went over Becca’s for the most delicious dinner (Becca is an excellent cook!)… she made us short ribs and bacon-y brussels sprouts and gorgonzola mashed potatoes for Rachael’s birthday. YUM.

Yesterday I was so lazy and it was wonderful. I worked out and went for a walk but the best part of the day was deciding to take a mid-day bath and then curling up in my chair with You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria. This book is so cute, it’s our Bad on Paper book club pick and such a fun light read. If you haven’t already read it I highly recommend! I’m only about a third of a way through but am loving it so far.

This Week’s Good Things, 10.19.20

This Weeks Good Things 10.19.20

Equilibria Flash Sale!

If you watched my instagram stories last night, you know that Equilibria gave me a special code just for my audience (24 hours only). Use graceatwood25 to take 25% off your first purchase. Ends tonight at 8pm EST. I rave and rave about these products but just in case you are new: Equilibria makes my FAVORITE CBD… these products make such a big difference in my sleep, stress, and also period cramps! You can learn more via the CBD highlight of my instagram OR this blog post!

This Weeks Good Things 10.19.20

Big Macs & Burgundy: Wine Pairings for the Real World

Calling it now: this book is going to be in every single gift guide this holiday season, mine included! Such a clever idea: realistic wine pairings for everything from KFC to General Tso’s Chicken. Because we are all staying home a lot more than usual (and probably ordering a lot more takeout), so we might as well know what to drink with those things! Cheetos and Sancerre, anyone? I’m constantly trying to learn more about wine and this book (based on the Grub Street column) is such a fun, relatable, realistic take on wine pairings. (image source!)

This Weeks Good Things 10.19.20

Peter Williams’ George Floyd Triptych

I came across Peter Williams during a routine browsing of Artsy (a lot of you ask how I find new artists to feature / follow / obsess over… ARTSY: I love it because as you follow new artists, it then recommends new artists you might like and you can also purchase art from galleries and auctions though most is out of my price range) and was really moved by his George Floyd triptych. The first painting depicts his arrest; the second depicts his murder, the third depicts his burial. Really powerful and heartbreaking. You can learn more about Peter Williams here, on his website.

Brown Butter Beauty

Brown Butter Beauty

Gift guide season is coming soon and I have been in the throes of planning mine. I spent some time researching more small Black-owned businesses (I have a few good lists on my blog already here + here if you want to peruse) and came across Brown Butter Beauty. I ordered this rose & neroli body polish… it sounds divine! Will report back of course.

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Equilibria photo by Carter Fish, Tyrion pic photo by Allie Provost.

Weekend Reading, 10.17.20.

Weekend Reading 10.17.20

Hi! How was your week? Mine was great. Several deadlines, did some text banking… not much else to report! THANK YOU for all of the amazing comments on my post about not wanting kids. I am still spending a little time every day going through your comments and responding. The comments section is incredible, I am really enjoying reading all of your thoughts and experiences and appreciate your sharing and vulnerability.

In other news, I got realllllly into Love Life on HBO Max. It stars Anna Kendrick and every episode is a different romantic partner in her life, following her from being very young and new to New York through marriage, etc. I absolutely love it and cannot recommend it enough if you’re looking for a new show to watch. I feel like I haven’t really loved a new show in a long time. Whatever you’re up to, I hope it’s great. I’m planning on reading a lot (I got the new Lisa Jewel book!) and seeing my niece today but otherwise not much else. XO

Weekend Reading, 10.17.20

This post got linked to in the Facebook group and I love it – on looking at, collecting, and decorating with abstract art.

Bought these faded black jeans during the Shopbop sale and they’re perfection.

The Black women behind the Biden-Harris campaign.

Mark your calendars: Blair’s newest (and last!) Nordstrom collection launches on Monday.

Very into the looks of this easy lace blouse from Free People. I can’t decide between the black or the white.

Someday I will stay at this colorful new Parisian hotel…

Couldn’t love these slouchy socks more. Ordered a second set this week.

This is a little bit mean but made me LOL.

Spooky and scary books to read this Halloween.

How good is this kitchen remodel!?

Very into these galaxy face masks… they’re so fun.

Hallmark’s Christmas movie schedule is getting a bit more progressive.

I am absolutely watching this West Wing reunion!!!!

Very very into this colorful leopard lounge set…

Jenna Lyons’ beauty routine.

Another extremely cute $25 Target dress.

Great advice for planning your day during a pandemic…

Good days and bad days.

Excellent small talk advice.

A pretty update on the classic white (or black, or blush!) t-shirt.

Age 50 is looking pretty good.

Love this classic stripe tee.

Why social media makes you feel old.

After this week’s talk about not wanting kids, a reader sent me this piece from Self – I am so glad this is being talked about more and more.

Such pretty pearl earrings.

Why local elections matter.

What a dreamy London home.

Get the preppy Barbour quilted jacket look… for way less.

Soup season is here… here are 30 recipes to try!

Love a classic camel check scarf for fall; this one is a great price!

On Kamala Harris’ style.

How to make home fries.

Another great oversized sweater dress!

Lol: Cat taco costumes.

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photo by Allie Provost.