if i’m being honest.

This was going to be another style post. And I guess it still is, sort of.

That’s mostly because…well, it’s “easy” content. Shoot some photos, say what I’m wearing, and boom there’s a blog post.

Gracie Gordon

But let’s be real – GML was never and will never be a fashion blog. I’m too dramatic/too much of a rambler to keep things that focused (ha). Not to mention I just don’t have that fashion-passion that so many (amazing) bloggers have.

So here’s that honesty part. Sometimes – a lot of times, lately – I struggle with GML. I don’t do it for the income (anymore), and I don’t fit perfectly into a niche. I love blogging about food and fitness and being silly and being serious and makeup and *takes breath* – that can get a little confusing, no?

Gracie Gordon

I also have this problem where sometimes I like to be open and transparent, and other times I desperately crave as much privacy as possible (which makes blogging + working in social media an interesting gig, to say the least).

I’ve gone through phases like this in the past, and I always get over them…so apologies if this isn’t the first tantrum you’ve seen me, have, ha!.

Gracie Gordon

I’m not quite sure where I’m going with this, other than to lean on that open/transparent side with you all. I never want to forget that my readers (you!) are actual people who have followed my journey for a while – some of you since way back in 2010 – and I never want to take that for granted. You’re truly like friends to me!

I can tell you that I’m not going anywhere, but I may just test the waters with some new things here and there. I’ve always hated when blogging started feeling more like a job, so perhaps less “official” content and more rambling is in order 😉

Gracie Gordon

On that note, I might as well still share this looksie – no?

kimono – Necessary Clothing
tank – Target
jean shorts – Top Shop
necklace – Speakable
sunglasses – Quay Australia

Photos by Sam Ruby

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p.s. For those of you who love the “day in the life” recaps, I document that stuff more regularly on Instagram (@girlmeetslife) and Snapchat (@alagracie)!

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What’s your favorite type of blog to follow (fashion, health, beauty, etc.)?

style: dress me up.

I don’t know about you, but I’m ecstatic to start bringing my spring wardrobe out of hibernation.

Going into this spring and summer, I’m finding that I’m all about dresses. While there will always be a special place in my heart for cut-offs and tank tops, there’s something about a great dress that brings out that feminine confidence in me. Not to mention dresses make putting together outfits so much easier – all you need are the right shoes + accessories, and you’re good to go!

Here’s a look I’m loving right now for spring.

white lace dress + neon bag

Quay Australia Sunglasses

Quay Australia sunglasses

white lace dress + neon bag

Gracie Gordon

gold accessories

gold accessories

white lace dress + neon bag

The whole look:

dress – Urban Outfitters
bag – Necessary Clothing
shoes – Steve Madden
sunglasses – Quay Australia
watch – Daniel Wellington
bracelet – Forever 21
rings – Top Shop
necklace – Speakable
nail polish – Red Carpet Manicure

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How often do you wear dresses? What trends/styles are you loving for this spring?

 

{photos by Sam Ruby}

beauty: my absolute favorite (can’t-live-without) hair products.

Isn’t it funny how as you get older, your value for certain things can completely change? Up until the past year or so, I barely thought twice about the products I used on my hair – it was often a matter of what was on sale at the drug store.

But lately, I’m finding myself becoming a bit of a hair snob. That’s mostly because after over 10 years of blonde-ifying myself, I can tell that my hair needs a bit more TLC than I’ve been giving it.

So here are my top favorite (can’t live without) hair products right now + why I love ’em!

Top Hair Products For Blondes

1) Oscar Blandi dry shampoo (powder). I think I may have shared how much I love this dry shampoo before, and it’s still my favorite (and I’ve tried just about all of them). I definitely prefer a dry shampoo POWDER over a spray – for me it absorbs any greasiness way better than the sprays do. I throw in a little sprinkle throughout the day (even if my hair isn’t necessarily dirty) because it adds an extra bump of volume, and it smells great too.

2) Kerastase Resistance Bain Force Architecte shampoo. This is my newest favorite, and I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to start using. It’s not the cheapest shampoo in the world, but it has done WONDERS for repairing my hair, which has been weakened from years and years of highlighting. I’ve heard from a handful of hair professionals that this is the best on the market for reconstructing damaged hair, and I definitely recommend it too.

3) SachaJuan silver conditioner. I’ve shared before how I use Shimmering Lights purple shampoo/conditioner, and I do still recommend those for maintaining a great shade of blonde, but this SachaJuan silver conditioner gives that same tone while being less harsh.

4) Oscar Blandi Dry Texture & Volume Spray. I fall into the “bigger the better” camp when it comes to hair, and since my hair is on the thinner/lighter side I can use all the help I can get. This OB Texture & Volume spray is great for adding some oomph throughout your hair from root to tip. I love adding it *after* I use my curling iron, but before finishing with hair spray. It’s another product that’s great to carry around with you if your hair tends to fall flat throughout the day.

5) Bumble and Bumble Invisible Oil Primer. Every so often I let my hair go au naturale, but – let’s be real – there will never be a day that I don’t use my beloved blow dryer + curling iron. To lessen the blow, I make sure to apply this primer to my hair before using heat tools. It adds protection and also makes my hair smoother and softer.

6) Oscar Blandi Jasmine Oil Serum. Simliar to the previous B&B primer, I apply this to my hair when it’s still wet (typically right after I get out of the shower, followed by combing it through). It’s just for that extra layer of protection + moisturization for my hair, and it adds a great shine.

7) Big Sexy Hair Powder Play. Once again, I’m all about the volume. I’ve mentioned before how much I love this product, and it’s still my favorite volumizing powder out there. It’s on the sticky/tackier side, so I typically only use it when I want a more dramatic bump of volume. All you need is a tiiiiiny bit applied to your roots, and it makes such a huge difference.

Please note I was not compensated for this post – these are all genuinely just my favorites!

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What are your favorite hair products?