fashion spotlight
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background?
Well first and foremost, I’m a mother of two and that’s my best job to date! I’ve always been a fashion addict, never had room for clothes in my closet no matter where I lived and I could never get rid of a piece no matter how old it was! I grew up in a family that all came here from Italy with clothing alterations as their trade, and I watched them grow their trade into booming businesses and boutiques. Needless to say, my aunts have always been my greatest inspiration. When I was 16 I competed in the miss Florida teen USA pageant, graduated high school that same year with honors, went on to college to get my degree in psychology and then went on to become a paramedic. However once I had my first baby, I couldn’t bring myself to leave them and decided that their upbringing was far more important than any other task I could’ve taken on. Becoming a stay at home mom wasn’t all I thought it would be at first, I quickly became stagnant and bored at home, always in my pajamas and with little to no adult interaction. I started going loopy with all the My Little Pony reruns so I took a hobby of mine which was making hair bows for my newborn daughter and turned it into a hobby business, and from there the fashion addict in me couldn’t help but be suppressed and it naturally evolved (with the help of Pinterest) into my fashion blog.

If you could sneak into anyone’s closet whose would you peek at?
Probably Jennifer Lopez. She never fails to impress, no matter what!

What style rule do you always follow?
You gotta feel good in it. It doesn’t matter what it is, it’s about how it makes you feel. Beauty comes from within, and as they say happy girls shine the brightest, so if something doesn’t make you stand up tall with your head held high, get rid of it.

What is your favorite quote?
“In one year from now, you’ll wish you would have started now.”
That’s always been a big motivator for me!

What inspired your blog?
My children, coupled with my love of dressing up, even if I had nowhere to go. I’ve always had tons of clothes but nowhere to wear them to, that’s why when I found out about the blogging world, I felt like it was calling my name. Finally, a place to share my love of clothing with like minded people, all while still being a book worm at home playing on the computer or reading the latest novel I’ve added to my book collection. After having kids I wanted to be the best example for them, especially my daughter whom I hope learns that confidence is the most important asset. The content of my blog comes from my love of fashion, and the name comes from them; my Sweet Pea (Giada) and Apple of My Eye (Marco).

Three things that are always in your purse?
My phone, my bronzer and my mascara.

Where do you find inspiration for blog posts?
That’s a tricky question because the answer varies with each post. I’m inspired by anything and everything, sometimes it’s just one word. And from that one word, a whole idea forms in my head, other times it’s from a song, a movie, a famous quote or even a book. I’m constantly drawing inspiration from the things around me, almost anything can inspire beautiful things and bring forth creativity, even the darkest of things.

Best style advice you’ve ever given or received?
Change your earrings. When you feel like cutting your hair off, just change up your accessories. It’s just as impactful and won’t leave you in tears the next morning when you realize what you’ve done.

What’s the one thing in your closet that you couldn’t live without?
My denim shorts. I’m a Floridian and we have one season: HOT. Our winters bottom out at around 60 degrees and that’s only for a few weeks, so I live in my shorts year round.

What’s the one thing in your closet that you couldn’t live without?
Passion. And that goes for anything, to be successful, you must first love what you do. Especially when it comes to blogging because as we all know, it is mostly a labor of love and will stay that way for a long time, success is the byproduct of sticking with what you love to do and following your dreams no matter how many times people tell you not to. 

To read more about Graziella visit her blog here!



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