5 Questions for Grace Atwood, Voice Behind Stripes & Sequins

I always love a good DIY site - especially one like Stripes & Sequins where the smart, witty and sparkle-obsessed lifestyle blogger, Grace Atwood, gets crafty with some of our favorite designers to learn how to make "homemade" versions of their high-priced creations.

Grace Atwood, photo by Lydia Hudgens

Grace Atwood, photo by Lydia Hudgens

Launched as a creative outlet in 2010, Grace uses Stripes & Sequins as a platform to showcase do-it-yourself projects and explore the worlds of fashion, beauty, travel and lifestyle.

A DIY project by Grace Atwood. Photo by Lydia Hudgens, courtesy of Stripes & Sequins

A DIY project by Grace Atwood. Photo by Lydia Hudgens, courtesy of Stripes & Sequins

As the queen of runway DIY and reigning head of social media for the popular jewelry site, BaubleBar, Grace has a lot on her accessories filled plate, but she was kind enough to take a few minutes to answer Five Questions for us:

1. Most recent discovery...

Vegan milkshakes at blossom in nyc - they're better than the real thing!

2. Happiest when...

By the water.

3. Best advice I ever received...

If you love something, buy it in multiples!

4. Success looks like...

Happiness

5. Something very few people know about me...

I'm really shy!

Click here to explore Grace Atwood's world of Stripes & Sequins

The Eye Has to Travel

A few days ago I received a text from one one my girlfriends telling me that I absolutely must see Diana Vreeland's, The Eye Has to Travel.

"It's so inspirational, she makes you feel okay for being different" - she said.

Diana Vreeland

Diana Vreeland

I remember reading articles about Vreeland and definitely thought about seeing the movie when it was released, but upon further introspection I realized that somehow I'd actually missed it.

So I decided to dedicate the following evening to The Eye Has to Travel. It was an incredible 1 hour and 26 minute glimpse into the world of fantasy and fiction that Vreeland magically spun together.

The New York Times review tells the story in a much better way than I could:

While you’re watching the dizzily enjoyable documentary “Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel” you may find yourself thinking with an increasing fervor that, yes, wearing violet velvet mittens with everything is a fantastic idea, and that you’re just mad about rouge. Vreeland, a doyenne of 20th-century fashion and a paradigmatic self-made woman, had a genius for the inspirational, the gnomic and the divinely quotable. Atwitter before Twitter, she was a fabulous wit who brings to mind Wilde and Warhol even while being inimitably Vreelandesque: “The best thing about London is Paris.” “Fashion is not the same thing as style.” “I loathe narcissism, but I approve of vanity.”

Click here to read the entire review of The Eye Has to Travel by The New York Times


You Never Forget Your First NYFW

With the opening of Fashion Week at Lincoln Center today, I'm reminded of the first time I ever experienced Fashion Week in New York...

I was fresh out of college and ready for anything when Vie Magazine invited me to travel with them and cover the shows. As someone who grew up pouring over the September issue of Vogue and setting up "runway shows" in the hallways of my family home,  I really can't tell you how exciting a prospect this was for me.

Outside Lincoln Center before attending a show.

Outside Lincoln Center before attending a show.

Curious what my younger self thought of her first NYFW experience, I did a little digging around and found this excerpt from my article for Vie Magazine:

Excerpt from Vie Magazine Article "The Couture Baby Inside of Us" by Whitney Williams

Excerpt from Vie Magazine Article "The Couture Baby Inside of Us" by Whitney Williams

To continue reading about what it was like to attend Fashion Week for the first time, click here: "The Couture Baby Inside of Us" by Whitney Williams