Career Chic Council: Meet Grace Lanuza

Grace

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!

See our stylist's picks on the next page.


Grace

  1. The Pocket Dress
    This chic dress is perfect for Grace to wear when she’s attending work events—it even has pockets for her to tuck must-haves in. If she’s feeling adventurous, she can wear pair it with colored or patterned tights.
    Swing dress, $49, available at asos.com.

  2. The Sneaker
    As Grace said, just because she’s a mom doesn’t mean she has to look blah! These playful, colorful tennis shoes are fashionable and fun.
    Keds for Kate Spade New York Kick sneakers, $75, available at katespade.com.

  3. The Silver Flat
    Make a statement with these silver flats. The color is festive yet versatile—Grace could pair them with just about any outfit she puts together.
    Silver tasseled moccasin, $50, available at zara.com.

  4. The White Blazer
    Winter white is a big trend this season. Before investing in a high-priced number, try a less-expensive version to see if it works for you. This is a great alternative to the typical black blazer.
    Natural white blazer, $35, available at hm.com.

  5.  The Slim Ankle Pant
    Grace can wear these jacquard pants to a big work meeting, then head out with the girls without changing a thing.
    Jacquard pants, $89.50, available at bananarepublic.com.

  6. The Bateau-Neck Top
    This simple yet stylish top goes with jeans or tailored pants, and the bateau neck line is universally flattering.
    Bateau Neck Box-Top in Organic Cotton, $119.00, available at eileenfisher.com.

  7. The Tortoiseshell Sunglasses
    Everyone should own tortoiseshell sunglasses; this style will frame Grace’s face beautifully. (When you buy from Warby Parker, they give a pair to people in need.)
    Everett sunglasses, $95 (non-prescription), available at warbyparker.com.

  8. The Double-Duty Necklace
    When I read Grace works for Stella and Dot, I couldn’t resist including one of their pieces. They offer a wide array of jewelry to suit everyone’s personality. This pendant necklace can be worn two ways—long or short. I love when you get two necklaces in one!
    Sanibel pendant necklace, $69, available at stelladot.com.

 

 

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