Mason Pearson Hairbrush Review.

Mason Pearson Hairbrush

Okay, so if you ever told me that I would be gushing about, let alone reviewing a $200 hairbrush on my blog, I would have straight up laughed at you. But do you remember Blair Eadie’s episode on our podcast? A listener asked her how she got her signature low bun and she professed her love for this hairbrush. And just as I blame Blair, she blamed our other friend Helena (check out Helena’s low bun tutorial here!).

And so it began. I needed to know about the magical brush so I ordered my own. RESEARCH, right!? And you guys… I love it. (I mean for that price I better love it right?!) I’ll warn you that once you try this brush there is no turning back BUT the good thing is that it will last forever if you take proper care of it. So there’s that.

Finding a good hairbrush is of course, very important. I have naturally wavy, dry hair and didn’t own a hairbrush (except my Wetbrush which I have in the shower and also take to the beach) until I bought this. I love mine so much and the main benefit for me is that the brush is so wonderful at distributing your natural oils down the shaft of the hair, helping to encourage healthy, shiny hair.

Mason Pearson Hairbrush Review

I can confirm that this is indeed, a magical hairbrush. All Mason Pearson brushes are hand made in England (they have been since 1885) and have a one year warranty. They also come with a nylon cleansing brush to help you take good care of your brush. If you take good care of it, you will have it forever. It should be the last hairbrush you ever buy. Mine is a mixture of nylon and boar bristles which is gentle on your hair and scalp. I will say that I bought it because I wanted to have an easier time getting my hair into a perfect pony or low bun. But what I love most about it is what it’s done for the health of my scalp and hair.

Here are some of my favorite things about the brush.

It allows for precision.

I am a bit of a beauty idiot and have very thick, unruly hair. Whenever I’d try to do a low bun or even a ponytail, wind up with tons of bumps. So I just kinda gave up, opting for looser styles or a purposely messy bun. This brush allows you to get your hair into a low bun that is perfectly smooth with no bumps or snags.

Mason Pearson Hairbrush Review

It is (really) good for your scalp.

I wasn’t prepared for how good brushing my hair with the Mason Pearson boar bristled brush. It feels amazing and also helps to massage and exfoliate your scalp. I have a dry scalp and with regular use I am seeing far fewer flakes. While gently exfoliating it also stimulates the circulation of the hair follicles.

It makes your hair shinier and softer.

Not only does the brush stimulate those natural oils in your scalp; it also spreads them evenly over hair strands. My hair is so much shinier and smoother than it was before I started using it.

It makes hair more manageable.

Since using this brush every day (I give it a good brushing pretty much every day now unless I’m wearing it wavy) my hair is so much softer and more manageable!

Grace is brushing her hair

Where To Buy The Mason Pearson Hairbrush

I bought mine at Amazon – I bought this exact brush, which is, as I mentioned, a combination of nylon and boar bristles. I decided to buy this one because it had the best reviews, it’s what my friends have, and it seemed like the best brush for my hair type (long and coarse, to use their words). Not a particularly scientific approach, but I’m really happy with this one. I’ve had it for three months now and really, really love it.

You can also buy it at Nordstrom, goop, Bloomingdale’s, and Net-a-Porter!

Mason Pearson Hairbrush review.

photography by Carter Fish.

Classic Style + Changing Things Up.

classic style outfit
jacket // tee // jeans // heels

How was your weekend?

Mine was really nice. I got a lot of me-time which was really wonderful; it’s been one of those months where I’ve had back to back plans on plans on plans which is really fun but can also be draining! So it was nice to stay in and hunker down a bit but also be a little social too (I had friends over yesterday for an afternoon of tequila and tacos!)

Changing Things Up

I have been thinking a lot about blog content and talked about this on Instagram stories over the weekend. In late May/June when we are doing all our live shows I am going to go down to 5 posts a week vs. 6 (moving Weekend Reading to Fridays). I asked you guys what content you’d like to see LESS of and the resounding answer was outfit posts.

Honestly, I thought that was really interesting. I think, at least from your comments, etc, that most of you look to Instagram for fashion and want something different on the blog (skincare, books, life/advice-y stuff). Which totally makes sense. So you are going to see a little bit of a shift in content here (keep in mind I shoot WAYYYYY in advance so there will still be quite a few professionally shot outfits for the next few weeks), but I’m ultimately going to move to more of a roundup format; with everything I wore in a week and maaaaybe one professionally shot outfit. So we will see how that goes!

A lot of you also mentioned (and truly – I LOVE the honesty) being a bit over the “Day in Her Life” feature. I’d love to hear if this is the case for you! I really like the feature but may cut it if a lot of people agree – I love doing them but if I’m posting less, I want to make sure that every post is something that really resonates. Maybe we’ll make that one just a monthly feature.

Outfit Details: 

Michael Kors Trench (inclusive option here) // Hanes xKarla Tee (my favorite t-shirt in the world – runs very small though and only available up to a size XL – I took a medium here but also have a large for a slightly more relaxed fit. For larger sizes I would recommend trying out the men’s one – available up to an XXL OR since you know how much I’m loving all things Universal Standard right now, this tee!)// Levis Jeans (from last year but this pair is very similar and here is a cute plus option.) // J.Crew Leopard Belt (about 10 years old, try this!) // Sarah Flint Heels // Chanel Purse // Celine Sunglasses (my exact pair)

Outfit Details: Michael Kors Trench

I reaaalllly love getting all of your feedback, both positive and negative.

I want this blog to be the best it can possibly be and realize I need to change with the times and also experiment a little bit!!! So please always be honest with me – I want to know what you like, but also what you don’t like!

At the end of the day, the analytics are what drive my decisions – I am always looking at my traffic numbers and seeing which posts get the most clicks, what keeps you on the site the longest, and which products you guys are clicking on and purchasing the most. Still, that more anecdotal feedback is really helpful. And I hear you loud and clear – fewer outfit posts and maybe a weekly round-up of everything I actually wore. (But again, just keep in mind that I shoot very far in advance so you probably won’t notice much of a difference for three weeks or so!)

Levis Jeans featured

I always get questions about my rings.

The diamond band I always wear is Suzanne Kalan, and the pinky signet ring is Estee Lalonde for Daisy Jewellery.

Grace Atwood is featuring a classic style outfit Outfit Details: Michael Kors Trench // Hanes xKarla Tee // Levis Jeans / J.Crew Leopard Belt // Sarah Flint Heels // Chanel Purse // Celine Sunglasses classic style outfit Celine Sunglasses featured Outfit Details: Michael Kors Trench // Hanes xKarla Tee // Levis Jeans / J.Crew Leopard Belt // Chanel Purse // Celine Sunglasses Chanel Purse Sarah Flint Heels

photography by Carter Fish.

Weekend Reading | 5.11.19.

Weekend Reading | 5.11.19.

happy weekend. I have a pretty busy one. Today is going to be a sad day – I have a memorial service today for my friend who passed away this winter. At the opposite end of the spectrum, tomorrow I’m having a party for no reason other than wanting to eat tacos and drink tequila with my favorite people. I really love entertaining and am making it a goal to have at least one spontaneous party a month this summer! This week was pretty busy. My friend Jackie was visiting from San Francisco so there was quite a bit of eating and drinking. Add to that a few more dinners and a black tie birthday party and the week flew by! Whatever you’re up to, I hope it’s great. Let’s hope for some sunshine (and eesh – so nervous for that second to last episode of Game of Thrones!!!)

Weekend Reading | 5.11.19

From last weekend: my home tour on NBC Open House is now live on Youtube.

Love these simple strappy slides!

How to ask for what you want.

Ten rules for being a creative.

Adore this simple button front dress (plus version here).

The trailer for Where’d You go Bernadette looks SO cute. Very excited about this one.

I’ve been wanting a pair of wooden hoop earrings and love this pair.

How do we feel about Reformation’s new shoe collection?

In hard hitting news: aperol spritz drama! (Read this and then this!)

This woven belt is fantastic – such a good way to update all my older summer dresses.

How your birth order may affect where you want to live. (I love this stuff!)

How did I not know about Margaux’s new sandals!? (Their shoes are like a soft hug for your feet – I have the leopard heels and Carly was raving about the sandals at brunch yesterday.)

What happens to your brain when you eat junk food.

On embracing aging.

The sweetest yellow sundress (comes in white too!)

Loved Jess’s white jeans tips.

This jumpsuit is so chic, only $55, and truly inclusive (comes in size XXS – 4X!)

This article got shared in our secret Facebook group and I loved it – makes you really think twice about all those impulse purchases.

A thorough list of safe sunscreens.

Love this fruit striped button down (plus version here)

Loved this meal prep inspiration.

My go-to for tired, dehydrated skin.

Definitely making this healthy chopped salad – it looks so good!

This head to toe body treatment sounds really interesting!

What advice would you give your younger self? Love this question.

Obsessed with the giant bow on this top. It’s somehow both practical and a little crazy.

Gorgeous brunch inspiration.

How to quiet your mind when your brain won’t stop going.

Completely, utterly, OBSESSED with this glow serum. (More to come on the blog this week.)

Fun under $100 shopping finds.

Found my ideal beach bag (love the sunny color and that it’s neoprene!!!)

I need to try all of these long lasting beauty products.

Krystal always discovers the best new brands.

The Best Trench // Some Networking Advice.

Grace Atwood is talking about networking
trench // sweater // jeans // heels

I can’t believe I am only just showing this trench on my blog as it is one of my most worn items right now. I love it. The fit, the fabric, everything. If you’re in the market for a great trench, I can’t recommend it enough. I wore this outfit to a day of meetings and everyone kept telling me how “ladylike” I looked. I’m into that! That’s my MO though these days… lots of neutrals, lots of comfortable fabrics (give me all of the Eileen Fisher), and pieces that can easily mix and match without a lot of thought.

Today though, we are going to chat about networking. I feel like since starting the podcast (especially with bringing on guests) I’ve learned a lot about this. I wanted to call the post “How to Network and not be an Assh0le” but held back, in the interest of being more ladylike. 😉

Outfit Details: 

Gifted Universal Standard Trench (wearing a size 2XS which is the same as a 6; also comes in black) // Eileen Fisher Sweater (it’s organic linen and so cozy!) // Good American Jeans // Talbots Heels (on sale) // Chanel Bag // Sonix Sunglasses (old, love these)

Grace Atwood is talking about networking | The Stripe

First of all, I despise the word “networking.” The whole thing feels so phony and greedy to me… like, “what can I get from this person!?!” So if you are going into something, thinking “what can I get from this person,” then stop yourself in your tracks right there. Don’t do it. I go into everything I do (personal + professional) with the mindset of trying to make a new friend. If someone seems to have an agenda or want something from me, I’m generally pretty turned off and find myself avoiding them. I’m not out to make “contacts,” I want new friends!

Network on your own terms.

I really hate big groups so I don’t tend to do well with large events. Other people really thrive in large groups, though. For me, the most success I have has been in asking women I admire to coffee/drinks/a workout class.

If a PR rep invites me to an event or party, I’ll often suggest coffee instead, and with fellow bloggers/influencers this has worked well too! I befriended Chinae, for example, by doing this. I sent her a nice note, told her why I admire her and why we we have things in common, and we made a date for salads and a workout. A few months later, she’s been on my podcast and a guest at our live show, I participated in her beauty sale and our friendship has transitioned from on the Internet to IRL. 😉

Don’t ask for anything.

So you’ve made a new friend and you want to collaborate with them. Great! And it’s totally fine to suggest doing something/collaborating, but if you are the one suggesting it, you do NOT ask them for something. For example, I’ll ask them to be on my podcast but I’d never ask to be on theirs.

One of my priorities has been to find other likeminded women who also have podcasts. It’s really nice to have a sounding board for all the technical details, ad stuff, live show negotiations… the whole thing. Most of my girlfriends in this space are bloggers/instagrammers – very few have podcasts, so up until more recently I didn’t have anyone to talk shop with. It was the best thing ever when the Girls Gotta Eat girls came over and after we recorded we talked about work stuff for a while afterward. Or being able to call Chinae to ask her for network advice.

Those are both examples of people who have become real friends and also I guess, a part of my professional network too! But I think of them as friends, first.

But would I ask them to go on their podcast? ABSOLUTELY NOT, NO NEVER. Honestly, I think it’s so important to know that everyone has their own priorities etc., and if they want to involve you, they will do that! I get a lot of emails from people I don’t know, asking to be a guest on my podcast. I guess it’s great to be bold, but a more effective strategy would be to get to try to get to know the person – meet for drinks or coffee, or have a phone call! If it’s a fit, they’ll ask you! Or, ask them if you can feature them in some way.

Grace Atwood is talking about networking | The Stripe

Know your strengths (and what value you can provide).

When I am networking, making new friends, or whatever you want to call it, I always think about what I can offer to the other person/how I can help them. If you go in with this mindset you’ll almost always be successful.

My strength is that I’m really great at connecting people. I really pride myself on having built a group of very smart, inspiring friends, and love connecting people within my network. The Tipping Point is one of my favorite books (I need to re-read it, actually!) and one of the key takeaways I got from it is that I am definitely a “connector.” Nothing makes me happier than making a new friend and having two or three people that they need to meet. I may not be the smartest or the most innovative person in the room but I will nine times out of ten know who the person should be talking to and happily make the connection.

Respect when someone is busy.

I am drowning with work right now with my blog and the podcast and I’ve more or less put a moratorium on meetings and plans with new friends until after our live shows in June.

It isn’t that I don’t want to, it’s that I’m actually on the brink of going crazy. I am an introvert and STRESS when I have too many plans, especially with new people, and especially with making multiple trips into the city to meet with someone. Nothing is more attractive in a new friend or PR person or whatever than when they offer to come to my neighborhood for coffee or are really understanding and offer to circle back in a couple months. And then we inevitably make the plans and have a great time. I’ve had people get pushy about making a plan or scheduling a meeting and that makes me want to run in the other direction.

Grace Atwood is talking about networking

Some more random/tactical advice.

  • Always read something news-y, something business-y, and something pop-culture-y before an event or meeting so that you have something interesting to say.
  • Bring a friend. I am definitely more introverted so I try to bring a more extroverted friend with me when I go to a networking event etc. so that I have someone to talk to; ideally someone less shy than me who will strike up conversation with others! My extroverted friends bring out my more extroverted side.
  • Be curious and listen. People love to talk about themselves. This is a good thing to remember especially if you are shy and don’t love talking about yourself (me). I ask a lot of questions about the other person! Someone commented here once that they always lead with “how was your day!?” I have tried that and have had a lot of luck.
  • After a networking event, I always write down notes about the people I meet (I’m so forgetful – my memory is a legit sieve right now!) so that I’ll have things to ask them about when I see them next.
  • Always follow up! If you meet someone great, get their email/instagram handle, etc. and send a note the next day. And if you’re truly interested, take their info, don’t give them yours – you don’t know if they will reach out! It also helps to have a reason to follow up (i.e. here’s a link to the book I was talking about! here’s that article I referenced! here’s the XX product I was telling you to try!

I think that’s it! Would love to hear YOUR networking advice in the comments!

black chanel bag and red pumps Grace Atwood is talking about networking universal standard trench featured

photography by Carter Fish.

Five Fun Things..

Five Fun Things..

Today I just wanted to share a fun little list of things I love right now… it’s definitely a little random but everything included is just wonderful! 

Jennifer Amant //

My friend Kate turned me onto Seattle-based Jennifer Amant’s work as she has the magic hands print above hanging in her apartment! All of her prints are absolutely amazing – she’s been featured all over the place… Architectural Digest, Elle Decor… and she’s raised over $75,000 for the ACLU and immigrant rights. I’ve quickly become a BIG fan and plan on investing in one of her prints sooner rather than later.

SAKARA Discount //

SAKARA Discount //

You know that I love Sakara (read my account of it here!) The meals are so tasty, it makes eating clean really healthy, and it’s a good way to reset when you’ve been overindulging. I am an affiliate with them (usually my code for you is 15% off), but through the end of May they are offering my blog readers 25% off with code REF_Grace25. This is a really good deal; I’ve been working with them for a year and the only time they’ve offered 25% off was Black Friday! I like to do this for a week or two anytime I feel like I’ve had too many rich dinners/late nights/margaritas.

New Stemless Wine Glasses

New Stemless Wine Glasses //

I was VERY ready to upgrade my wine glasses. I have some nice ones with stems from West Elm (these!) but for everyday use, I like stemless (Honestly, I am a savage and keep breaking the ones with stems -it’s a sad glassware situation). After a lot of debating and back and forth I settled on these and I could not love them more. They are perfect. They were definitely more than I would usually spend on wine glasses but they’re real crystal and exactly what I was looking for. Perfection!

BaubleBar Sale! //

BaubleBar Sale! //

BaubleBar is doing their big summer stock-up; so if you buy 3 items you can save 30% off, which is huge! A few of my favorite things include these AMAZING rings, these raffia earrings (the neutral is even prettier than the rainbow), these lucite hoops (I have in green, clear, AND pink), and these pearl barrettes. They are doing SUCH a good job right now – tons of amazing new arrivals!

  • Save 20% off 1 item with code SUMMER20
  • Save 25% off 2+ items with code SUMMER25
  • Also, save 30% off 3+ items with code SUMMER30 

*Excludes Maya Brenner, existing sale, Off My Case iPhone cases, + gift cards.

Night Pillow

Night Pillow + discount //

Okay so Night Pillow is a sponsor of our podcast (for the record, I keep the blog and the pod totally separate with sponsorships as they’re separate businesses) BUT I wanted to talk about it here (completely unsponsored). I love mine so much. I got mine 3 years ago (and featured it in this post: 9 tips for a better night of sleep).

We’ve been working with them for the past month on some ads and I gush rather effusively but the truth is that this pillow has changed how I sleep. I’m a terrible sleeper and it makes such a difference and also helps my blowouts last longer. A win-win. It’s truly one of my most favorite things… so much so that I bought my mom one for Mother’s Day, and my dad one for his birthday! I recommend adding an extra silk pillowcase so that you have an extra while it’s in the wash. THE BEST, sponsor or no. If you use the podcast code, BOP20 you can get 20% off.

Tell me what’s on your radar right now!