Former Tar Heel and fashion guru Grace Lee spent some time with us this week. She was awesome about explaining where she’s going, where she’s been and how she puts everything together! Please make sure to check out her site and Instagram – Grace is well worth the read and follow!
When did you launch Gracefullee Made and what made you decide to get into fashion blogging?
I launched Gracefullee Made in October 2010, during my sophomore year of high school. Blogging was not popular at the time, and many were not aware of what a blog even was. I decided to get into fashion blogging because I’ve always been infatuated with fashion, and would always get questions about where my clothes and accessories were from. I thought it was a great way to have all my outfits documented on my blog so friends and classmates could just find all the items linked there.
How would you describe your personal style?
I believe that style is what you make of it. I don’t have one set style. I like to mix it up and try new things. What’s most representative of my personal style is the ability to step out of my comfort zone and try new trends. Some days, I’ll keep it simple and minimalistic, and other days I’ll opt for statement pieces and something trendy. It all depends, but that’s what keeps it interesting.
How have you developed your style over time?
My blog has allowed me to experiment with new trends and has helped me develop what kind of styles I like and dislike.
How do you stay current with what’s new or in style at the moment?
I follow other bloggers, but also like to stay updated with what’s trending at fashion week shows. I also read Vogue articles that talk of what’s new that season, which always excites me because I like to know what’s up and coming.
Tell me about one item that you bought this year that you just can’t live without?
One item I’ve bought this year are my Celine sunglasses. I wear them all the time. They’re the perfect go-to black sunglasses and look flattering with everything I wear.
What’s most important to you in choosing an outfit for the day?
It’s all about the structure. I would rather pick a plain dress that fits me right and looks flattering than a gorgeous dress that doesn’t look as flattering and has no structure.
What is your favorite social platform and why?
My favorite social platform is Instagram because I’m a visual person. I love photography – whether it’s fashion, art, or just travel photos, I love being able to look at different photos and seeing the story each one holds.
What daily tools and platforms do you use in your blogging routine, for research, promotion, sharing and other?
I use Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest to promote my posts the day it goes live. I also have a subscription newsletter (here) for those who prefer getting notified via email. I also use Snapchat and Instagram to promote my posts.
What tips do you have for entrepreneurs looking to make their brand stand out?
Be yourself. That’s the number one key to standing out. And don’t overdo it. A lot of people think that standing out means overdoing the style or look in order to “be different.” Standing out means staying true to yourself, your style, and knowing your limits, but still pushing yourself to step out of your comfort zone. Also, being original is another aspect to that. There’s nothing worse than a copycat because not only does it humiliate you, but you’re deceiving yourself.
What is one thing you want readers to take away from this interview?
To know what you can and cannot handle. But at the same time, be open to new things. You learn from your mistakes, so don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and pick yourself up when you fall down. That’s the most important thing I want to stress. Times will get hard. You will go months and months, maybe even longer, without any growth. We’ve all been there, we’ve all done that. You’re going to wonder what you did wrong and why some people succeed faster than you. Don’t worry about them. Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.
What’s important is how you deal with your struggle and what you make out of it.