grazia

25th September, 2011
i’m currently writing to you from milan, where i am honored to be a guest of grazia magazine for fashion week. before coming over, they asked me to shoot a story and share a few words for their website on the topic of grace (‘grazia‘ is the italian word for this). it’s a trait i certainly aspire to exude, albeit one i don’t always achieve. anyway, in case you don’t speak italian (me neither!), i’ve included excerpts from the piece i wrote below:


{ karen walker sunnies, primary blouse and skirt, forever21 cropped cami, gifted corello bag, alexander wang shoes } GRACE. Grace is a virtue that’s far-too-infrequently celebrated these days.It’s not about stature or prominence or even glamour. Grace is elegance. It is deference and authority in equal measure. It is good manners, it is kindness and it is a sense of propriety.But grace is not stuffy. It is being comfortable in one’s own skin, while conscientiously allowing others to feel equally at ease around you. In fashion, this means dressing in a way that is appropriate to your lifestyle and surroundings. That is, embracing your age (at any age!) by combining femininity with a dose of mystery, plus a necessary nod to functionality.



{ nine west sunnies, club monaco jacket, kelly framel necklace, vintage dress (last seen HERE), corello belt, yves saint laurent shoes }

Happily, graceful is the perfect word to describe this season’s long-skirted look. Full and pleated, or languidly bias-cut, it matters not. Either way, the look is simultaneously timeless and contemporary. It harkens back to the silhouettes of Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, but can be paired just as easily with a utility jacket and wedges as a trench coat and pumps. Modern mid-length skirts can veer fairly formal or incredibly casual – this is not a 1950’s sort of femininity. It’s current in that it’s comfortable and it’s elegant because it works in nearly any situation. You’ll rarely feel under-dressed…



{juicy couture sunnies, halston heritage trench, meg dress, gifted corello clutch, lamb shoes }

please CLICK HERE to read the rest of the article and see many more pictures of these looks on grazia.it. then, CLICK HERE to check out my up-to-the-minute updates from milano!!

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11970880005872760300 Nataly

    You look great! Love your blue dress and the first one is great, too!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08290405972825331442 Gorgeous Clara

    wow! love every single outfit here!

    you are so lucky yo be in Milan. Have fun!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11185772252144093415 Amy Joy

    Perfection, love the dress movement!

  • http://jemappelleshen.wordpress.com/ jemappelleshen

    How amazing! Loved your words on grace and your interpretations of grace through style. The primary blouse and skirt is stunning…. like wise the Tory Burch love the classic styling with the funky little accessories!

    jemappelleshen.wordpress.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15157331294725300872 jas

    love all the outfits!
    great top and skirt combo – unusual but it works so well!
    love the vintage dress
    love the halston heritage coat and lamb shoes

    http://jas-tidbits.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10036195286626825176 MONI
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08123644460058416717 David Diaz

    The first photo is so perfect! :D

    Have a Good Day!

    David

    VirtuallyStunning.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08813269203887879585 TripsTreasures

    A very impressive post !
    Amazing outfits, so feminine and elegant. Love the flowerprint dress and the electric blue one.

    Definately agree with your defination of grace and it's true that it is undervalued nowadays.

    http://www.tripsandtreasures.blogspot.com
    lifestyle and my outfits on the Belgian coast

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15037990856185460889 Yuka

    Love the blouse & the skirt.
    you look so beautiful <3

    http://dontthinkjustfeel-yuka.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02743070799388126410 Giada

    I don't know which look I love the most: you are stunning!!

    Giada

    http://giadascarnival.blogspot.com

  • https://profiles.google.com/117756913616846137479 sew freak

    Your outfit is p p perfect!!

    http://www.sewfreak.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00922493231790791173 La Petite Olga

    Gorgeous pictures!

    xx Olga
    La Petite Olga

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05257885604287956397 Mary Ann

    Milan sounds fabulous – I've been to Italy twice, but never Milan. I love the muted colors of the first outfit.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09561570620769673869 Plami

    All three outfits are gorgeous! You're so lucky! I love Milan!

    XoXo
    Plami

    http://www.fashionthrill.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17307750287416918321 Closet Fashionista

    Wow I LOVE all these outfits and photos! You look so amazing :D
    http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09749027762662012409 Joy

    Gorgeous outfits. They're perfect.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10674130495449821496 Frannie Pantz

    How cool is that to be part of something so great as to define grace? You have done a lovely job and as usual, you look amazing. I am in love with your gold dress.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11188731495401014352 kaye

    That first dress is just so stunning on you. Lovely colour!!

    http://ficklesense.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12856754365585885173 Try It On Me

    I LOVE that Meg dress- Gorgeous! Such a chic trip! xo

    http://tryitonmegirl.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12934921283573138399 Ana Laura chavez

    Gorgeous outfits!!! Love your blue dress.
    XOXO
    Ann

    http://hrhladyann11.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15292751794260341682 Adrianna Traxler

    Your outfits couldn't be more perfect. You stand out in such a classy way!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10158062070312010146 Jill

    Love, love, LOVE that first outfit! And the other two are pretty great also. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15955959778601151126 jennyjk

    i really really love your choice of colors. the first outfit is focused on all greens and i love how you paired that coat with a bright cobalt blue dress!
    what's your must have for this upcoming fall/winter?

    http://jennyjkim.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07617887318677859522 Camille Beaudet

    beautiful pictures!

    http://ingenuestyle.com

    Camille

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05195209947252107326 Eleanor

    The photos are just breathtaking and I have no words for how amazing that blue dress is!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17570908812537427540 Mik

    I already think you are one of the most graceful bloggers around.. really good story!

    meinmode.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03394947638036945392 Camilla

    I love the 1st outfit so so much

    xo Camilla

    Into The Fold

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17959593497210176334 Bin & Belle

    Out of the blogs I follow, I think I'd like to raid your shoe closet the most… you always have the best ones!

    xx from SF
    -Robin

    teashopsandportapots.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18234007927388076913 Inhale | Fashion and Beauty

    love all the looks especially the last one very classic xx

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16791713351680111332 AMELIA ALVAREZ

    what an excellent perk of blogging! Enjoy Italy.

    http://www.clotheshorsenyc.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17884576817722800970 Julia

    wow! Stunning! Amazing looks!

    http://cappuccinowithfashion.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02236026638447219394 Michelle

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02236026638447219394 Michelle

    Those Karen sunglasses are stunning. Very trendy and eye catching. You always look so graceful in your pics. ;)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13467229885816692285 Angel

    i swear you could be Jessica Stroup's twin sister from 90210 show! the resemblance is uncanny!!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01514627554329642237 Vasilieva

    love these looks, your dresses are super pretty

    http://www.vasilievablog.com/
    x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18234429821917572004 Diana

    so well said! congrats on the feature — well deserved xo

    http://dressedupallligators.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02641524108306861481 FashionFlirt

    Stunning photos and outfits! xxx

    Check out my blog if you like:

    http://fashionflirtblog.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09606827280456842787 Audrey

    Bon jour from Paris! These photos are truly stunning! I hope you are enjoying Milan as much as I am enjoying Paris! Xoxo. http://Www.casualglamorous.com

  • http://teresasglobaladventures.wordpress.com/ Teresa

    Wow your photos, as always, are amazing! Love that your wearing Karen Walker sunnies, I'm from New Zealand and she is definitely one of our best designers

    http://teresasglobaladventures.wordpress.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04363424670235224084 ..: Curvy & Petite :..

    Amazing Style girl :)

    Happy Sunday!

    Peace & Love.

    Jimely Rosas

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09853814408617902006 Clara Turbay

    Amazing!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11198679183862562902 Madann

    j'adore toi!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12228225170832818322 Sophie Loloi

    these looks are all so fabulous!

    xx

    http://theparallelmagazine.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02756585515065845268 Aubrey and Melissa

    That first outfit is really something special. The fabrication is incredible! Love everything about it. The article sounds fantastic, they were definitely right in choosing you to write about grace. Beautiful outfits as usual.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15376356878120105071 Gina Michele

    Love all these outfits! The first one if definitely my favorite. The movement on that skirt is amazing!!!

    ♥ Gina Michele
    CrochetClouds.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02122754734548742560 Rizzi

    I love your first outfit. Color palette is beautiful.
    xx
    Classy and Sassy

  • http://www.mauveandmoody.wordpress.com alex

    Hey everyone!
    I'd love for you to check out my blog.
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    I'm actually having a contest for a chance to win a $100 american express gift card.
    Check it out, comment, like, whatever and tell me what you think :)

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09113056625709563735 ♥Run With Fashion♥

    WOW, YOU'RE SOO BEAUTIFUL!! LOOOVE THE DRESS!!
    I loove the black sheer on the shoulder area to the back ♥ So beautiful!
    I also love your sunnies! :D

    Love the 2nd look, you look like an artsy person. :D
    I loove the floral dress the jacket, the cool necklace & of course those sunnies! :D

    Love the 3rd look as well! You're truely beautiful!!!♥
    Love the blue dress, the coat the belt, OMGOD EVERYTHING!! :D

    I love your sense of style!♥

    -Eliza :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10207630531286245129 Vanessa Lu

    in love with the first look!
    http://vanessalu91.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11273792815781471892 Sugar with Spikes
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05359487128946293599 SAMANTHA

    This is an incredible post , one of my favorites! I love all of these outfit and you definitely exude grace.

    http://www.dragonnfruit.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17294153223637475104 Francesca Felix

    oh my gosh this is stunning!!! love the blue
    francesca

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05137238505542889682 ADJ

    These looks are incredible. I really love the first look and the second is lovely. The pop of cobalt is amazing.

    http://www.greeneggsandglam.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10312408733555420268 Leonie

    You look stunning in these pictures! Especially the first outfit is incredible.

    Under My Umbrella

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05457368453857237893 Raque

    THE 3 DRESSES ARE BEUTIFUL!!!!!!
    Raque from

    ourfavoritestyle.blogspot.com

  • http://stylelustpages.com Cortnie Elizabeth

    Beautiful looks! Bravo and congrats!

    xo,Cortnie
    http://stylelustpages.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06433502343770909186 Amanda G

    I love that vintage flowered dress. It really does capture grace in an article of clothing.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14227790770455857624 The Fancy Teacup

    Such a fantastic feature, and you are emulate gracefulness in all the lady-like silhouettes of those dresses!

    ♥, Jamie
    http://www.TheFancyTeacup.com

  • Miss Monroe

    You look amazing!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14658315311257872809 hello, Friday

    Love the first outfit! It screams fall! LOVE! xoxo

    http://hellofridaybypaik.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.salonsens.pl/index.php Aga

    You look amazing!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13662807909223140699 Rachel

    I totally love your first outfit!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05896943075888739935 The Eye Behind the Detail

    These outfits are amazing. The blue dress is stunning especially with the gray jacket. The print on the second one is wonderfully autumn-like, pretty, and very girly, so I like the combination of the utility jacket. It balances the outfit out and makes it look amazing!
    The monochromatic look in the first pictures looks amazing on you, too!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04750934444442772717 Caitie

    I love every outfit in this…. you are so stylish! can't wait to hear more/see pics from milan!

    xxx
    http://www.ladyalamode.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09751227495638404186 Meredith Howard

    Great explanation of "grace". I am excited that the long skirts and more graceful style is "in". (And I love your Alexander Wang shoes!)

    - Meredith
    http://www.findingsoulbalance.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14839837075423190724 Laura Kjems

    Beauty of the world!! Love the first outfit.

  • http://www.emandersonphotography.com/blog Emily A.

    I ADORE every single one of these outfits!! Just beautiful! I also love what you had to say about grace. Beautifully written.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03429968469338580701 Cristiana Nunes

    I like all the dresses, specially the first one, which is perfectly paired with the grean bag and those shoes!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06681284541885288937 pinkmate

    all your outfits in this post is just fabulous! You look great!

    Vanessa

    http://thepinkmateproject.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02814977122831120258 Snazzy Dollface

    Your description of Grace is spot on and was expressed perfectly! btw, all your pics are gorgeous as always :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12277161930587845217 Life’s a shoe

    i really love your shoes!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10742697015152576035 Bravoe Runway

    Oh my Kelly…You look amazing in every photo! I love every outfit and those green shoes by LAMB are amazing in your last outfit. I'll definitely check out the rest of the looks on grazie!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03245585246728339165 Contact

    what a huge honor! i cant imagine, very exciting – congrats!

    http://heelsandinspiration.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01587343827316145898 Kaitlin Mattingly

    omg your blog is amazing, just found it. i love your style, seems so fresh and impeccable.
    look forward to more posts!

    With Blogging Love,
    xo Kaitlin
    KaitGirl.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06897755656337152456 Angie Rox

    THAT FIRST DRESS IS BAD AS HELL. I DIE.

    <3 ANGIE ROX FOR THE LINT

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01515948546187851726 The Fashion Twice

    love the photos, the outfit and your blog! I'm following ;)
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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17036807717966103019 Jen Umm
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05214477250685181602 Cashmeera

    lovely outfits!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09549888688112198255 Cate

    Your description of grace is absolutely perfect.

  • Megan

    I adore the blue dress. And also you.
    Is this the same dress: http://www.megshops.com/drop-waist-dress.html ? FIngers crossed.
    Have a lovely day!
    -Megan

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09271413275818301575 Annie_Vintage Diggs

    I just stumbled upon your blog, and I must say; you look so much like the actress who plays the character of Eric Silver on 90210. I had to do a double take. I absolutely LOVE your style! Gorgeous outfits.

    xoxo,
    annie

    I like this combination of snow bunny – meets hipster – meets lumberjack boots with heels! It's colorful and eclectic and totally works! I also love that the boots are VINTAGE, my fave!

    xoxo,
    annie

    http://vintagediggs.com/blog/

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