Friday, April 18, 2014

HAUTE FRIDAY!

Last Night @ Jimmy Choo's "Lady Von Scholarship" event with Lola, Jessica & Lacey (L to R)
This week zoomed right on by and although I love the weekends I wish my Monday-Friday would slow down a little. Of course the social calendar was full of events this week but I wasn't able to make everything except the Jimmy Choo "Lady Von Scholarship" shopping event for some much needed champagne and networking with some new/old friends. With Easter Weekend upon us, I'm looking forward to a fun filled weekend with family and friends. I'm volunteering at the White House Easter Egg Roll with my mom on Monday so I'm excited I have an extended weekend of fun on the menu. I hope everyone is enjoying their GOOD FRIDAY & I wish you a very Happy Easter!

*bows out gracefully* 

COACHELLA STYLE RECAP: WEEKEND 1

Last weekend I was super jelly of everyone in Palm Springs, CA at the Coachella Music Festival. I've been wanting to go to Coachella for about two years now, I mean how could you not want to hear live music all day/night and enjoy the beautiful weather with friends? Next year, I plan to be there but until then I will keep stalking all my favorite sites to watch live performances and see what people are wearing. I spotted a few of my favorite celebrities rocking some funky looks over the weekend, check out my style recap from Weekend 1 of Coachella below:
 
 
Julianne Hough always hits the mark with me! I'm obsessed with her fringe bag..I WANT!

 
Looking all angelic in white was none other than, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

 
Boho Chic model, Alessandra Ambrosio looked amazing last weekend. SWOON!

 
The Jenner sisters Kendall & Kylie looked tres chic as they showed off their very gothic style.

 
Kate Bosworth is the queen of EFFORTLESS!


Selena Gomez is that you?! I'm totally digging the long white overlay and boho hat. Kendall is werking those cowboy boots too! Very cute and age appropriate for the two friends.
 

 
Alessandra Ambrosio strikes again and this time it's bandanna style!

Model fab indeed, I'm obsessed with the heart sunglasses and the fringe movement!  

 
Amber Rose came out to play and she's looking very fabulous! Gorge Award!

 
Beyoncé made a fashionable and musical cameo. Hello hair, hi boots and heyyy short shorts!

 
The Carters were in full effect as they graced Coachella with their musical talent and of course fashion. Jay stayed true to his Brooklyn style and wore his camos and timberlands for the occasion while his wife, Beyoncé kept it Boho fab as always. I love this "Vacation" hair on her!

 Is that Mama Tina werking it like that? LOVEEE. Hi Solange, that orange is POPPIN'
 
 
This weekend will be part 2 to the Musical Festival, I look forward to see more style of course...STAY TUNED to my full recap next week!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

WHAT I WORE: Sunday Bests

 
It was beyond beautiful last weekend and I had the opportunity to spend most of my weekend outdoors enjoying the weather that I miss right now (it's pouring outside!). My Saturday was filled with shopping, lunching with my bestfriend and attending my first day party of Spring/Summer. When it came time for Sunday, I made my way to church as it had been wayyy to long since my last visit and then I hung out with my two best friends for brunch and some rooftop fun in the city. Honestly, I had the best Sunday ever and I look forward for even more days like that...  

WHAT I WORE: Leather crop bustier top from BCBG/ Cream vintage skirt/Black & Gold heels from ZARA (old)/
 
Did I tell you guys I found my graduation shoes?! Well I did and I can't wait to wear it....all I need to find now is my dress. I hope everyone has a great week! xo
 
 
*bows out gracefully*

FASHION NEWS: Alexander Wang x H&M Collection [11-06-14]


Over the weekend Stylista's got the best news of their life (well at least I did) when H&M announced the next designer collaboration. During the Coachella Music Festival last weekend (I'm so mad that I missed it, next year I'm there!!), famed designer Alexander Wang revealed his collaboration with H&M at an exclusive party. Wang is now the first American designer to partner with H&M and the timing couldn't be even more perfect as the Swedish retailer celebrated their 10th anniversary of designer collaborations. Although deets on the collection have been sealed tight, we hear that there will be some "never have been done before" moments and collection for both men/women released on November 6th, 2014! MARK YOUR CALENDARS for WANG X H&M!

Friday, April 11, 2014

WHAT I WORE: California Sunshine

As you might recall me telling you guys last week that I was taking a few days off from blogging, I also took a few days off from the East Coast to celebrate my girlfriend's birthday (It was a total surprise!). The weather in the DMV has been so bipolar that it was actually refreshing to visit Los Angeles for a few days as it's always Spring/Summer. I got the chance to roam around the city with my girlfriends, dine at my favorite spots, see my bestfriend, drink champagne like a BOSS..and most importantly put on my swimsuit and go to the beach. I had such an amazing trip and couldn't be happier that Spring is finally making it's debut in Washington, DC. Check out a few pictures from my trip along with my "What I Wore" looks below:
 
 
WHAT I WORE: Yellow V-Neck Sweater by ZARA(old)/Yellow jeans from Target (old)/ Grey Mini Purse by Phillip Lim for Target/Nude Corneille Christian Louboutin  Pumps/    

My look was inspired by the 'FLAWLESS Jennifer Lopez' pink outfit I posted about two weeks ago. I'm over the black/white movement and ready to fully embrace the many color choices in my closet. I'll always love "black on black" and "white on white" but I definitely want to play around with more color this Spring/Summer especially pastel. Since Spring is finally here, I can finally and comfortably go through my closet and do some organizing to see what pieces I need to add to my closet. I could really use some more staples and a few stand out pieces, most importantly a new bag (CHANEL is calling my name)! Are you ready for a new Spring/Summer 14' wardrobe or is it just me?
 
WHAT I WORE: Knitted black crop top from ZARA(old)/ Crossover Skirt with Buttons from ZARA/ Metallic 'So Kate' Louboutins (sold out)/ Earrings by Belle Noel/ Bling cuff from H&M(old)
 
Me and the girls grabbed a bite to eat at the popular Sushi/Asian restaurant Katsuya in LA Live. I'm obsessed with my skirt, I wish we took more pictures so you can see all of it but I plan on wearing it again (in a few weeks lol) so I'l be sure to snap a few more pictures.   

WHAT I WORE: Off the Shoulder dress from H&M (sold out online but try similar here)/ Green 'Anouk' Jimmy Choo pumps/ Diamond earrings/ My own jewels
 
Saturday was so much fun, I went to Long Beach Museum of Art for a surprise birthday lunch for my dear friend. The theme of the luncheon was Hollywood so I decided to stick to something classic and appropriate, what do you think? I found this dress the day before I left DC (lucky me)!
 

 
The girls and I after a beautiful luncheon! #ElonGaveMeYou

WHAT I WORE: Denim shirt from H&M (old)/ White splattered paint high-wasited shorts from UO/ Flat sandals from ZARA
 
It's always fun to go sightseeing in LA especially in Hollyood on a sunny afternoon. After doing some walking, I got the chance to attend a memorial brunch for a friend of mine that passed away and link up with my bestfriend. It was a perfect way to begin my Sunday!
 
 
Of course the celebration wasn't over...we went over to Mastro's for cocktails and dessert!

 
The buttercream cake is to die for...this is one of my favorite desserts and restaurants in Beverly Hills. If you are ever in the area be sure to go to Mastro's, it's divine *mouth is watering*

WHAT I WORE: Yellow swimsuit and sunnies from H&M
Everyone kept asking me where I got my swimsuit from and I must say that I was super surprised to find this swimsuit in H&M while I was browsing for a dress for the luncheon which I scored big on too. I have a few trips coming up next month so I definitely lucked up on this swimsuit because it's been so hard to find a swimsuit/bikini under $50 that I like. In other news, Venice beach was super chill...exactly what the doctor ordered for a 'Happy Monday'.  
 

 
...You can keep that beach, cuz' that beach whatever
 
 
Kira & I in Hollywood after attending our first "Jam Session"...SO MUCH FUN!!
   
My last night in LA was pure bliss, I got the chance to listen to some live music, sip a few brews and smoke some hookah all while having some great conversation! I'm missing the West Coast alreadyyy...anyway it's back to business as usual and I'm excited for my next couple of weekends! Have a great weekend everyone, it's going be so beautiful outside :)
 
 
*bows out gracefully*




Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Happy 4th Anniversary to Ms. Style & Grace!

 
FLASHBACK to my 1 Year Anniversary for Ms. Style & Grace! Circa, April 2010
 
It gives me great honor and admiration to say Happy 4th Anniversary to Ms. Style & Grace (Well, to myself (lol)). Ms. Style & Grace is 4 years old today and I couldn't be prouder of my baby, she's seen so much and learned a great over the 4 years. I hope that my blog has inspired, motivated and/or made a positive impact in your life as much as it has made in my life. Ms. Style & Grace has allowed me to go confidently in the direction of my dreams and work harder than I ever imagined. I have been able to overcome heartbreak, start and complete my masters degree, invest into meaningful friendships and realize that the best is yet to come! I've said numerous times before that "blogging is my therapy" and that it has helped me overcome so much, today I stand true to that statement 4 years later as I watch my 4 year old baby receive over 100 hits daily. It always makes me feel special when someone tells me that they visited my blog or leaves a comment, I take what I do/write very seriously. The time and commitment to blogging is probably the longest relationship I've ever had and it has been a great pleasure to see the path it is taking. I couldn't be happier to see another year go by and I'm still giving my all to Ms. Style & Grace as I report on the latest fashion and beauty trends hitting the red carpets, streets and runways across the world!
 
FLASHBACK to my 2 Year Anniversary Party with my Event Planner, Jessica! Circa, April 2011
 
What am I most proud of? I have to say that I'm most proud of the promise I made to myself 4 years ago when I vowed to staying true and positive in blogging. Ever since I was a little girl my parents have always instilled in me to stay positive and the classic "If you have nothing nice to say don't say it all" motto and that has been my philosophy with Ms. Style & Grace. I have maintained this vow to myself as I know there is so much negative reporting/criticizing in the world that I choose to focus on the positive and bring that energy to you guys. But, most importantly the question I keep getting is "What am I doing to celebrate?"...Well, recovering from my West Coast jetlag (I have tons of pictures to share with you guys later) and doing a fundraiser event in support of my 10 Year High School Reunion, but I look forward to celebrating a little this weekend...champs are needed! LAST, but certainly not least a very special and heart felt thank you to all my readers and followers for encouraging me to continue to blog and have a voice in a community where I belong without you, Ms. Style & Grace would not be who she is, and for that I THANK YOU!! *bows out gracefully*   
 
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521 comments + 800 views per week + 2,222 blog posts + 150 followers = One heck of a 4 Years!
Numbers don't lie...check the scoreboard!

Friday, March 28, 2014

EVENT RECAP: Money & Manicures Hosted by Dominique Broadway

 
Yesterday evening I had the pleasure of meeting and networking at the Award Winning Nival Salon & Spa for the "Money & Manicures" event hosted by the Financial Coach, Dominique Broadway. The event was filled with young professional women that were interested in saving a few dollars while staying beautified and of course Nival Salon & Spa was the perfect place to do it. While some ladies enjoyed specialty cocktails and food others got pampered by Manicurists all while being informed about ways they can save in the beauty department.
 
Between the raffle prizes and vendors, there was certainly enough of networking and socializing to go around. I was truly honored to be invited to this event as this week has been quite long, and it's always fun to just talk beauty and meet new people. I didn't get to snap as many pictures as I wanted to merely because I was talking so much (oops!) but check out "Money & Manicures" below:


The Tropical Rum Punch was my fav! I think it's the Island Girl in me... 


 
My fabulous friend and Co-Owner of Nival Salon & Spa, Emily talking about all the fantastic things they are doing! If you live in the DMV area you must check this salon and spa out, you won't be disappointed...I  pinky promise!

WHAT I WORE: Pink Blouse by ZARA/ Tuxedo pants from Victoria's Secret (old)/ Gold & Black Cap toe pumps by Saint Laurent/ Earrings from BEBE (old)/Bangles from my own collection/ 
 
My lovely friend and MUA, Lola joined me for evening! If you're looking for a super fabulous Make-Up Artist you must book my dear friend Lola's Beauty Mark! She's amazing, tell her I sent you :)

 
Book your next appointment here: www.nivalsalonspa.com 
 
 
 
Great times with some super fabulous ladies, oh and I won a free manicure too! Can't wait to attend more beauty and fashion events this Spring/Summer...I think I'm finally ready to come out of hiding. I hope everyone has a great weekend, I'm looking forward to a very relaxing weekend. Happy last weekend of March, April is almost upon us (hopefully that means warmer weather)! XO
 
*bows out gracefully*

Monday, March 24, 2014

Happy Monday!

 
The countdown to my Graduation has started and I couldn't be more excited to celebrate with my family and friends. There is so much I've learned over the past three years since beginning my Grad School journey that I couldn't be happier to say that I am now apart of the 2014 Graduating Class. Anytime, I needed to just re-focus or take sometime to understand that my "dreams are valid" I turned to family, friends and of course blogging to cope with juggling it all. I'm extremely grateful for the lessons learned and the education I've received thus far, I look forward to maximizing my greatest potential and leaving a fashionable mark in this beautiful world we live in. I have so much coming up this Spring/Summer that I will be taking a "blogging break" for a few days to get everything together Blogging will take a temporary backseat as well as my social media accounts as I get some planning done but I promise to be on Friday with a full recap of Money & Manicures and other fashion news! Until then, continue to chase your dreams and remember that with Style & Grace anything is possible! Happy Monday to you All! -XO
 
*bows out gracefully*

KIMYE NEWS: Kanye West & Kim Kardashian Cover VOGUE, April 2014

 
The moment we've all been waiting for, well definitely Kim & Kanye have been waiting for has finally arrived. The "World's Most Talked About Couple" covers the fashion bible, VOGUE April 2014 issue and dare I say I FREAKIN LOVE IT. After almost shattering the internet last Friday with the release of the cover they also released Behind-The-Scene footage of the happy couple and super cute Nori on set. With just less than 2 months away from their wedding in Paris the couple looks to be living the dream right now! Check out a few pictures from their photo-shoot & BTS below:
 





Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, April 2014

 
 


Get your VOGUE issue next week as they hit a newsstand near you! Can't wait!

EVENT ALERT: Money & Manicures


Finances De•mys•ti•fied will kickoff its new series, "Beauty on a Budget" (BoB). Developed by Finances De•mys•ti•fied founder, Dominique Broadway, in an effort to arm everyday women with best practices, tools and resources that will allow them to properly integrate their beauty needs in a recurring budget. The first installment of BoB is "Money and Manicures" which will take place at the upscale Nival Salon & Spa in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
 
Guests will enjoy mini manicures, raffles, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and more! 
 
"Money and Manicures" will also feature money-saving financial and beauty tips from Finances De•mys•ti•fied and Nival Salon & Spa. See you there!
 
Get your tickets HERE!

Friday, March 21, 2014

EVENT RECAP: Pink Tie Fundraiser Party-Cherry Blossom Kick Off!

Wow, what an incredible Thursday night!! First and foremost, Happy Spring everyone it's super beautiful in DC right now and I couldn't be happier. Last night I got the chance to dance my life away, meet some really amazing people, and play some fun games...it was very refreshing. After being invited by my friends at Jimmy Choo, I knew I had to find the perfect dress to match the "Pink Tie" Cherry Blossom Kick Off theme and as usual my last minute shopping brigade worked like a charm. The Pink Tie Fundraiser was held in the beautiful Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center from 7-11pm and it was lit to pink perfection!  
 
 
Guests had the opportunity to enjoy high-end fashion displays, games of chance, a silent auction, and delicious food and beverages (The 'Pink champagne' Lady was my favorite part of the night). In addition, there was mini-golfing, ring tossing, balloon darts, and the BUBBLES Penny Pitch bar to win prizes which kept people engaged and having fun. Since I'm a music lover, I have to say I really enjoyed the band and DJ for the evening...everyone was on the dance floor and the variety of music was absolutely perfect! See a few pictures from my very pink night out in honor of raising money for the Cherry Blossom Festival kicking off this weekend below:  
 
 
Flavored popcorn! I couldn't get enough of it...

 
I loved the necklace on this model (not the best picture), of course it's BVLGARI and I can't afford it but it was so nice to swoon over. Most of the models wore Jimmy Choo shoes through out the evening. The Collection at Chevy Chase, Maryland is amazing be sure to check it out! 

 
Pink Champagne + Pink Popcorn made me very happy!


 
Getting ready to try my hand at mini-golfing in my Jimmy Choo's..."I can't concentrate in flats"


 
....And just like that I'm obsessed! I have a new hobby guys! lol

 
Drinks were flowing at the open bar and was fully stocked with all my favorites of course! 

 
Seriously, I'm obsessed with this Pink Champagne Lady, who thought of this? Ummm, GENUIUS!

WHAT I WORE: 'Neoprene' Printed Dress by ZARA/ Blue suede Jimmy Choo Anouk Heels/ My own jewels

Lighting was a bit crazy and my iphone5 can only do but so much so here's my full Cherry Blossom inspired dress that I wore. Not bad for a last minute find? I was pleased with how it fit and it seems like everyone loved it as well :) PS-How beautiful was the décor? It was like a pink palace!
 

 
Well hello floral hat....Spring is in the air!!
 
 
Mini-desserts also had me losing my focus! *does crunches*
 

 
Tamara and I dancing on the dance floor! What a night...
 
 
Happy Friday everyone!! I'm so excited for this weekend because the Cherry Blossom Festival starts so that means back to running around the tidal basin Saturday mornings with my bestie and lots of outdoor activities. This week flew by and I couldn't be happier, totally ready for some relaxation.
 
*bows out gracefully*