April 30, 2015

Summer Mood

Summer is in 2 months! So to get y'all excited for those sun tans, late nights, swimming, friends, country music, no worries, concert filled days, I thought I would share some collages of summer colors!

Summer Coral

Teal Love

Summer Pineapple

Summer Pineapple by graceaquinas

What are you excited about for Summer?

Award Time!

Greetings! I received an email yesterday informing me that I've been nominated for the Liebster Award. I was nominated by the lovely Lauren who blogs at The Arizona Prepster. Thanks girl! The Liebster Award is presented to bloggers with less than 200 followers as a way to welcome them into the blogging community and to help there blog get known.

 Here are the rules:

1. Link back to the blogger that nominated you- ( The Arizona Prepster)

2. Answer the 11 new questions

3. Nominate 11 other bloggers (with less than 200 followers)

4. Create 11 new questions

5. Notify the new nominees of their award

1. What is/was your dream college?
I never had a dream college growing up and I actually wasn't even planning on attending college, but God had others plans for me. For that reason I would answer the question this way: I will be attending the college God had dreamed up for me way before I even knew it. Coming August 2015 I will become a full fledged Benedictine Raven. I couldn't picture myself anywhere else, so I guess you could say benedictine College is my dream school. 
2. Coke or Pepsi?
The only soda I really drink is Sprite, but if I had to choose between these two I would chose Coke.
3. What is an interesting fact about your hometown?
Vancouver is home to Washington’s oldest apple tree. Planted in 1826, this tree is considered the “great grandfather” of the Washington State apple industry. The tree has its own festival every October.

 4. What is your favorite Starbucks drink?
Carmel Macchiato 

5. What do you enjoy outside of blogging?
Photography, reading Karen Kingsbury books, going on adventures with friends, and eating Colombian food. 
6. What is your favorite home cooked meal?
Colombian rice and beans with plantains and yucca. 
7. Do you have any family traditions?
One Christmas Eve we make Empanadas and on New Years Eve we make Tamales.
On birthday's we decorate a tablecloth with pictures of the birthday person along with special notes to them. 
8. Why did you start blogging?
I actually started my first blog in the 8th grade, but took that one down after I decided to change the direction my blog was going. Graciela was started in 2014 to share my love for my faith, fashion, and authentic femininity. It is a place where I can encourage young woman to stay true to their morals while still embracing the world of today.

9. Where is your favorite place to shop?
J.Crew, Target, Forever21, H&M, and Old Navy

10. What is your favorite article of clothing?
Hmm...well I love both pencil and maxi skirts and colored jeans. 
11. If you could give one piece of advice to new bloggers, what would it be? 
Stay true to yourself. The only way you and your blog are going to stand out is if you stay authentic with who you are. Don't be afraid to be creative with your content and also don't be intimated to ask for help. I think that was more than one piece of advice, oops. ;)

Thank you so much Lauren for the nomination! I always enjoy answering the questions!

Here are my questions:
  1. What are your Spring/Summer wardrobe staples?
  2. Which social media site is your favorite?
  3. Who is your fashion+style icon?
  4. If you had to change your name, what would you change it to?
  5. What is the thing you are most excited for in 2015?
  6. What is your favorite Starbucks drink?
  7. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  8. What is your favorite Instagram account?
  9. Any favorite TV shows?
  10. Favorite ice cream?
  11. Where does your blog inspiration come from?
I nominate:  

April 27, 2015

How To Style Keds for the Summer

Their are some clothes & shoes that are just so versatile and can be worn with anything! And Keds are definitely one of them. Keds can be worn with SO many outfits from dresses with statement necklaces to rolled up jeans with a plain t-shirt. As we rapidly approach the summer months I wanted to share a few of my favorite ways to style Keds, and hopefully you will be inspired to try some of these looks for summer. :)
Lace Keds

Keds n' Monograms

Keds & Aviators

Mint Keds

Mint Keds by graceaquinas featuring a floral mini dress

Which look was your favorite? Do you have any tips for styling Keds?

April 25, 2015

How To Avoid Breakouts

I know I've mentioned Lauren Conrad's beauty & fashion books before, so today I though I would share some insights that she gives in her beauty book. I thought Face Mapping was an interesting concept when I read about it. Basically by Face Mapping you can know what causes certain areas of your face to break out. Cool, right!?

Here are what your breakouts are telling you in 5 different areas of your face:

1. Forehead. Breakouts across your forehead are most often triggered by little sleep or stress. Getting at least 7 hours of sleep will help clear this up.

2. Above the brow. The immune system affects the above the brow area so if you are breaking out in this area it may be because a recent cold or flu.

3. Between the brows. Breakouts may be caused here from too much unhealthy food intake. By cutting back on sugar, dairy and rich food it will help clear up the brow area.

4. Cheeks. Cheeks are linked to your respiratory system. Breathing polluted air or smoking can cause breakouts here. LC said when she was in India she experienced breakouts because of the poor air quality.

5. Side of chin. Interestingly enough the sides of your chin are affected by hormones, so breakouts tend to happen in this are during your period. Depending on which ovary is ovulating that month, one side of your chin may be broken out than the other.

Do you have any tips to help with clear skin?

April 24, 2015

What Fashionista Inspires Me || Alexandrea Garza

Welcome once again to What Fashionista Inspires Me. Today's fashionista is a Licensed Cosmetologist & Makeup Artist as well as a successful Youtuber. She is also busy with planning her upcoming wedding in June 2015. So without further ado, lets welcome my fashion + beauty  inspiration Alexandrea Garza!

I would definitely say that Alex's style is what I aspire to be. Classy, preppy, and sophisticated. I admire how she is able to wear enough Lilly to be "preppy" but still wear other styles to create her own classy.

Her warmer weather style is absolutely perfect! I mean just look at that Lilly P. romper! 

I love white jeans for warmer weather and Alex definitely wears white well.

One aspect of Alex's style that I love is how she's not afraid to wear brighter colors in both the summer and winter. Adding a pop of color with either whites or neutrals really pulls an outfit together.

There is SO much preppiness in this picture I can't even handle it!!! Seriously, this whole outfit needs to be in my closet!

Alex's makeup routine is on point! I love the soft glowy look to it. It make a statement without being overly dramatic.

And of course I have to include a pic of the happy couple!!
Connect with Alex on her media platforms:
YouTube // https://www.youtube.com/user/TheAlexandreaGarza/
Twitter // https://twitter.com/AlexandreaGarza
Facebook // https://www.facebook.com/BeautybyAlexGarza
Instagram // http://instagram.com/alexandreagarza

April 15, 2015

Currently // April

watching // Season 1 of Hart of Dixie. I just started watching HOD this month and so far I'm loving it. It kinda makes me want to visit Alabama. ;)

reading // Just finished books 1 & 2 of the Bailey Flanigan series and oh my goodness I can't get enough of them!

listening // Storyline album by Hunter Hayes

feeling // Like I'm getting over a cold :(

wanting // A hair cut, maybe getting some side swept bangs...

loving // S P R I N G weather