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 then, CLICK HERE to check out my up-to-the-minute updates from milano!!

  • Nataly

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

  • Gorgeous Clara

    wow! love every single outfit here!

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

  • Amy Joy

    Perfection, love the dress movement!

  • 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!

  • 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

  • MONI
  • David Diaz

    The first photo is so perfect! 😀

    Have a Good Day!


  • 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.
    lifestyle and my outfits on the Belgian coast

  • Yuka

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

  • Giada

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


  • sew freak

    Your outfit is p p perfect!!

  • La Petite Olga

    Gorgeous pictures!

    xx Olga
    La Petite Olga

  • Mary Ann

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

  • Plami

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


  • Closet Fashionista

    Wow I LOVE all these outfits and photos! You look so amazing 😀

  • Joy

    Gorgeous outfits. They're perfect.

  • 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.

  • kaye

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

  • Try It On Me

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

  • Ana Laura chavez

    Gorgeous outfits!!! Love your blue dress.

  • Adrianna Traxler

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

  • Jill

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

  • 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?

  • Camille Beaudet

    beautiful pictures!


  • Eleanor

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

  • Mik

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

  • Camilla

    I love the 1st outfit so so much

    xo Camilla

    Into The Fold

  • 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

  • Inhale | Fashion and Beauty

    love all the looks especially the last one very classic xx
    twitter: @inhale_fandb


    what an excellent perk of blogging! Enjoy Italy.

  • Julia

    wow! Stunning! Amazing looks!

  • Michelle

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  • Michelle

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

  • Angel

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

  • Vasilieva

    love these looks, your dresses are super pretty

  • Diana

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

  • FashionFlirt

    Stunning photos and outfits! xxx

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  • Audrey

    Bon jour from Paris! These photos are truly stunning! I hope you are enjoying Milan as much as I am enjoying Paris! Xoxo.

  • 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

  • ..: Curvy & Petite :..

    Amazing Style girl 🙂

    Happy Sunday!

    Peace & Love.

    Jimely Rosas

  • Clara Turbay


  • Madann

    j'adore toi!

  • Sophie Loloi

    these looks are all so fabulous!


  • 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.

  • Gina Michele

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

    ♥ Gina Michele

  • Rizzi

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

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  • ♥Run With Fashion♥

    I loove the black sheer on the shoulder area to the back ♥ So beautiful!
    I also love your sunnies! 😀

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

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

    I love your sense of style!♥

    -Eliza 🙂

  • Vanessa Lu

    in love with the first look!

  • Sugar with Spikes

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

  • Francesca Felix

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

  • ADJ

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

  • Leonie

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

    Under My Umbrella

  • Raque

    Raque from

  • Cortnie Elizabeth

    Beautiful looks! Bravo and congrats!


  • Amanda G

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

  • The Fancy Teacup

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

    ♥, Jamie

  • Miss Monroe

    You look amazing!!!

  • hello, Friday

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

  • Aga

    You look amazing!

  • Rachel

    I totally love your first outfit!

  • 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!

  • Caitie

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


  • 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

  • Laura Kjems

    Beauty of the world!! Love the first outfit.

  • Emily A.

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

  • Cristiana Nunes

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

  • pinkmate

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


  • Snazzy Dollface

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

  • Life’s a shoe

    i really love your shoes!

  • 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!

  • Contact

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

  • 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

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  • The Fashion Twice

    love the photos, the outfit and your blog! I'm following 😉
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  • Cashmeera

    lovely outfits!!!

  • Cate

    Your description of grace is absolutely perfect.

  • Megan

    I adore the blue dress. And also you.
    Is this the same dress: ? FIngers crossed.
    Have a lovely day!

  • 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.


    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!


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