March 3, 2018

Brunch Notes: March 3

(throwback to when we had our own winter wonderland for a few days)

Happy best day, SATURDAY!! Grab a latte and let's spend our Saturday a.m. together.

If you haven't seen my previous Brunch Notes then here you go. Brunch Notes is a weekly Saturday morning post to bring you my favorite happenings & articles & just things from the past week that I would love to chat to you about if we were able to meet up for brunch IRL. #mimosasforsure
I totally understand you ladies are busy goal-getters. You barely have time to eat a proper breakfast at times, let alone spend the day surfing the web. Weekly Brunch Notes was inspired by YOU.

My health & wellness board has been my favorite thing on Pinterest this week for getting a bunch of healthy food inspo and just health in general. #summerbod
Love this article from Audrey on wearing confidence this Spring. 
CoverGirl feautured its first ever model with vitiligo in the #IAmWhatIMakeUp campaign and it's the best video you'll see today. 
Ok, this wasn't from this week but it was too good not to share. I totally related to Ester Ledeck√°, the Olympic alpine skier, and snowboarder from the Czech Republic, who won the Super-G competition when she gave her reason for wearing goggles during the press interviews!
AirBnB just announced the launch of 2 new luxury tier. Can someone say GIRLS TRIP!!! 
 This gal bought a week of healthy food from Trader Joe’s for under $50.
Since Danielle has PERFECT hair I think we can all agree we are so glad she posted a hair tutorial!! 
If you've always wanted some Hunter Boots but have never wanted to spend $150 for a pair, well now is your chance to score some for under $50!
Unless you've been living under a rock (jkjk) but seriously I'm sure you've heard about ice rolling. I've seen it going around a lot of beauty YouTubers and just blogs in general. So if you are curious has to what it is/benefits, Krista did an in-depth review of ice rolling. I kind of want to give it a try now ;)

Fav song of the week: Toss-up between "God's Plan" by Drake and "The Middle" by Zedd

Reading: Picked up Girl Code by Cara Alwill Leyba and Be Obsessed or Be Average by Grant Cardone. 

Happy weekend babes!! Any special plans?

March 1, 2018

Why Graciela | Brand Goals

Happy Thursday!!!

Today I want to do something a little different and just chat about this blog and why I started it. I am getting a lot more traffic on here and some new readers (welcome!) and since I actually haven't really done this type of post yet, I thought it's about time I do. Not only will reading the "why" behind this blog help you as readers when you are on here but every time I write out my brand mission + goals it always re-inspires and motivates me. It's a win-win. ;)


Why Graciela?

Well, first things first. The blog name. My name is Grace, not Graciela, but since I am part Latino I liked the idea of using a different variation of my name and Graciela is a Spanish variation of Grace. I love the elegant sound it has and it just sorta stuck.

I've always loved fashion and follow some fabulous fashion blogs, and have always wanted to start a clothing line and do some modeling (like for fashion campaigns). When coming up with the idea for this blog, I knew fashion would be apart of it somehow, and occasionally I will share some style tips or some of the latest trends, because come on, girls love fashion and just feeling confident in their style and most of the time we can instantly bond over shoes. :) For example, when I'm out and I see a girl with either some cute shoes or some to die for handbag, I always compliment her and ask where she found them. That sparks an instant connection between us that often leads to a full conversation, all because of fashion!!

When it comes to the blog I will at times talk fashion and what's on my fashion wishlist because more often than not fashion opens a door to more. Fashion is relatable and fun and I have found that it can be a bridge to lead to more conversations and real talk moments. Fashion can open the door.

Beyond fashion, my brand goal has always been to provide value. I always get asked either by real-life friends or followers what does it mean to be a girlboss or how can they because they are in college or work full time or that they are only 16. Many think that to be a girlboss you have to start a company or blog or be an entrepreneur or be 30 years old and that is totally not the case!

To me being a girlboss is learning to become the best version of yourself in all areas of life and going after your dream life. So if you are in college you can figure out what is important to you and give 110 %. If you are in a full-time job, you can figure out the areas of your life that are important to you and balance it out so that you are becoming your best self in all those areas. And if you are in high school, GIRL you have such a great opportunity being in that age group and pursuing a girlboss mindset. The world is waiting for your greatness.

If you are a superstar in school or work but don't give time for working out or personal development time or family/friends or faith (or whatever your non-negotiables are) then I personally think it's difficult to be my best in one area if I'm not giving the time of day to another. Make sense?

I'm not saying each of those areas has to be perfect and a finished project, but being a work in progress is better than nothing.

This is where I want to fill the gap of providing relatable content. If you have questions on fashion, being a girlboss, personal development, what I use for skin care, real-life talk, quick recipes for an on the go lifestyle, literally whatever you want to know that is where Graciela blog comes in. You have crazy busy lives as aspiring girlbosses so sometimes you don't have time to research the latest trends or see what the best podcasts are currently or maybe you don't know where to start when it comes to creating a morning routine. Girl, I got you. These are the things I want to chat about and just help you with on your girlboss journey.

The mission of Graciela is for the everyday girl. It's where women can come to be inspired to be the best version of themselves. My goal with every post is to inspire women to find the ladyboss within herself and win in all areas of her life. 

I am super excited to share all the March content I have planned especially related to Women's History month! Talk to you in the next post!

remember to always glam up, goal up and never give up!

January 5, 2018

How To Make A Vision Board | digital + print

Every successful person seems to agree on this one important factor: you need to visualize your future achievements not just in your mind, but on paper. Vision boards are one of the most powerful visualization tools to help you organize and embrace your goals.
January 1, 2018

3, 2, 1...Happy NY!!! | goals, dreams, & aspirations

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faux fur jacket (similar) (similar) | crossbody/clutch | velvet booties
Welcome to the first post of 2018!
I wish we could have had an NYE blogger party full of champagne boomerangs, glitzy glam dresses, and Insta worthy photo booths. How fun would that be!?
December 28, 2017

18 Ladyboss Books To Help Slay Your 2018

I'm sure like myself, many of you are beginning to or have already been compiling a to-read list for the new year. Here is a list of must-read motivational books for female entrepreneurs, many of whom are on my reading list this year.