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Meet Grace

What to wear whether rubbing elbows or toting tykes

  • By Katie Karlson, plus tips from our expert stylist partner, Alicia Barone
  • December 04, 2013


By day, Grace is a talent acquisition manager for Mosaic, an experiential marketing agency. By night she’s a “bling slinger”—an independent stylist for Stella & Dot, and the social media director for One Asian Global. No wonder, then, that her style is fun and exuberant, and never short on personality.

What’s your daytime work style?
Being in the marketing industry and in employment branding, it’s important to have a balance look of trendy yet professional. I attend a lot of events—my favorite pieces include a poufy Joe Fresh skirt (I own it in black and navy) that have elastic (so I can eat!) and pockets. Pockets are so important when I’m at event. One carries my phone + lip gloss, while the other has business cards for networking. For fancier events, I pair these skirts with sparkly tops. I’m loving Sam Edelman taupe booties right now, too.

How do you take your look from office to evening?
It's all about versatility! Just add a sparkly statement piece and pop on some fun lip gloss. I love Chanel; it’s a little piece of luxury throughout the day. My go-to color right now is Rouge Allure Impertinence.

I have a pair of pants that can go from boardroom to drinks with the girls to the aquarium with my son. They’re Joe Fresh (a steal at $29). They’re basically tailored, thick black leggings with a zipper. They look a lot like J.Crew’s Pixie pants—but at a fraction of the price. I pair them with flats or heels, or tuck them into boots, then add a cobalt blazer for a pop of color.

What’s your weekend style?
On the weekend, I’m in total mom mode, but that doesn’t mean blah! I rock cute Tieks flats or Toms and a whole lot of Stella & Dot arm candy when taking my son to his swim class.

What’s your best piece of personal style advice?
Let the trends inspire you. I never thought I could wear polka dots, but I took the plunge. I have a button-up top from Patterson J. Kincaid that can be professional at work yet fun and trendy on weekends. However, always stay true to your original style. There’s only one you!

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