Interview with a High-End Fashion Designer

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Yuri owns “Simply Me by Grace” a high-end clothing collection made in Italy. Her clothes are made from quality and are up to trend. Already interested in learning more? Check out her website and give her a follow on Facebook @simplymebygrace

So, with out further ado.. the interview!

What sparked your interest in being in the fashion industry?

I’ve always known that I wanted to work in a clothing store. I started my first job at forever 21 when I was 18. After my first job I loved it.

What has been your inspiration?

Everything I do is for God. He is who I look up to and I am where I am today with my business because of him. This is why my business has Grace in the name; it is by his Grace this company came to pass. He has guided me every step of the way. “For I know the plans I have for you…” Jeremiah 29:11. That’s how it all began for me.

What’s a Fun Fact About you?

I like to go to worship concerts, and jump like a little girl. (Lol. I love it!)

What advice can you give someone who would like to join the fashion industry?

Follow your heart and figure out what your true passion is and give it your 110%. Always be a leader! Always stand out no matter what you do. Be the person that sets a trend. Don’t be the one that follows it. Always go against the wind, that’s how great designers are born!

Thank you Yuri for sharing your advice and inspiration. 



9 Questions to Ask When Creating a Style


I used to make a huge effort to keep up with the latest trends. I didn’t particularly like the clothes, but I bought them so it seemed like I was up to date with fashion. I would shop almost every single weekend. Then, I would wear the clothes for a few weeks and they would never leave my closet again.

My life changed when I was listening to an interview with Ralph Lauren, who was talking about simple and timeless looks. I had an a-ha moment and thought to some people I knew who’ve had the same style for years. It just works for them. Have you ever met someone like that?

Even though, yes, once in a while I want some inexpensive, fun thing to go out in, realistically I’m spending the same if not more buying cheap and quick trending clothes than I would be buying well-made clothes that I would enjoy for a long time.

Another hard part for me was realizing what looks good on someone else may not look good on me. And that’s okay! I used to see other girls wearing cute things and would try to find similar things regardless of how they looked on me. What a waste. If I didn’t like how it looked in the fitting room but just liked the style, how can I expect to wear it out of the fitting room? I guess they looked good in my closet.

So to the questions- but before that, I highly suggest you look through your closet first, organize your clothes into categories, and then take inventory what you already have.

Then ask yourself this-

How would I describe the style of my clothing right now?

What Celebrities do I admire?

What colors do I feel best in?

What types of clothing compliment my body the best?

What colors compliment my skin tones?

What outfits do I feel most confident in?

What clothes do I have that stood the test of time?

How would I want someone to describe my style? (in 5 or less words)

What are my favorite materials?

What do you guys think? If all fails- find ideas on interests! Never underestimate the power of Pinterest boards.

Anyways, have a happy & marvelous Thursday 🙂

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Everything You Should Know Before Getting Eyelash Extensions



I remember when I first heard about eyelash extensions- it was about three years ago when I worked at an overnight summer camp. I was on Pinterest looking at makeup inspiration (which I hadn’t worn any all summer) and I saw one girl who had amazing lashes. I showed my English coworkers, at the time, and said something along the lines of “I wish my eyelashes looked like that- I cannot put on fake eyelashes for my life”. Then one of them asked me, “have you heard of eyelash extensions?”

From there, all I thought about was booking my appointment for right when I got back home from camp. I couldn’t wait to have glamorous lashes with no effort. I began to look at prices- at this time no one really did eyelash extensions in the states and the only salon I could find near my house charged 300 dollars!! When I told my coworkers this, they said that was absurd. In England, they only charge 30. No fairrrrr. I thought. I should just take a trip to England to get my eyelashes done. 

Since my discovery of lash extensions, I’ve gone to three different ladies to do them for me. Through these experiences, I’ve learned that not all lashes are equal! or I should say- not all lash products.

Prices range a good amount and different people carry different lash products. I would say the more expensive lashes are usually worth it. They look more realistic, usually last longer, and don’t tangle as much as cheap ones do. I guess it comes down to preference- and people get lashes for different reasons.

I would recommend you look at the work that the person you are going to has done before going. I think a lot of people do tacky jobs (my opinion!!).

The woman I go to now lets you pick a variety of options- which I like. She offers different lash arrangements and you can pick between gorgeous, cute, and sexy lash looks. She also has different dimensions for lashes. So the picture you see above is from when I got the 2-D lashes. MY FAVORITE. I just love when they are thicker. Lol.

Anyways, that’s my experience with lashes and I want to share some pros and cons of having lashes:


– spending less time doing makeup

– confidence boost

– don’t have to apply fake lashes anymore

– looking more photogenic

– wearing less makeup

– compliments



– maintenance (go in every 2-3 weeks)

– having to be more conscious of rubbing your eyes

– no oil based makeup removers (if you want the lashes to last a while)

– limited time in saunas and in water

– losing your real lashes overtime

– fallout and gaps in lashes look funny


Let me know if you have any question about lashes! I would be happy to answer them 🙂

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