Chanel Flats Paired With Beautiful Words


I already have expressed just how much I love the fashion illustrations by Megan Hess, but that isn’t why this one in particular stood out to me.  The Chanel Flats are beautiful, but the message is too.

Recently, Selena Gomez said on Instagram that she felt unauthentic and unconnected to herself.  It struck a cord with me because authenticity and connection was what I first thought about upon seeing this picture.  I’m almost finished reading Pretty Happy by Kate Hudson, and in her book she emphasizes how important it is to stay connected to yourself.  I say, read, and speak positive affirmations daily to try to remain authentic, present, and connected.  But, I’m beginning to feel like authenticity and connection goes deeper than that.  In fact, it could effect more than just our wellbeing….

Graceful Glass Slipper is something I have been wanting to start for years now.  I love talking about fashion and skincare, taking pictures, writing, and gathering everything that I find inspiring and beautiful.  It is my dream for this to someday be my full time job, but that isn’t why I started Graceful Glass Slipper.

I started Graceful Glass Slipper so I would have a place to express my creativity and share both what I am passionate about and what inspires me.  In high school, the fashion, beauty, and lifestyle blogs I look up to were always a bright spot in my day when I was flooded with quizzes, worksheets, and math problems.  I remember reading in Treasure Yourself by Miranda Kerr that to learn what your passions are, think about what you would do everyday for free.  Like every kid, I’ve said I’ve wanted to be so many things when I grow up.  In eighth grade, when I fell in love with the fashion world, I began saying that I wanted to do something with fashion and writing.  I didn’t even know what blogs were, but I didn’t worry about it.  The first time I read a blog, I remember thinking how amazing it would be to do that someday.  At the time, I didn’t believe that I was capable of writing and taking pictures for my own blog.  I didn’t know what I would write about or what I would wear, and I didn’t know what I would call it.  Even now, I still struggle with believing in myself and accepting my own uniqueness.  To me, inner connectedness plays a role in how honest we are with ourselves.  I know that for me, sometimes fear can cloud this honesty.

Staying true to my authentic self is an every day practice, a practice that I am not always successful at.  But by remembering the joy of beginning something, something that I’m passionate about, it melts away some of the current doubts and fears.  Remembering how it felt the first time I hit the “publish” button (even though I had only written a small paragraph) makes me smile and then I cannot wait to begin another post.  If I lost that feeling, I am not sure that I would continue blogging.

Something that stands out to me is my first trip to New York City.  It was a sixteenth birthday present from my mom, and I remember seeing and experiencing so many things that I wanted to blog about.   Today, I want to share with all of you a few of my favorite photos from our trip.

My mom and I, getting ready to board the plane to N.Y.C.
The view from our hotel lounge.  We stayed at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square.
Visiting The History of Lingerie exhibit at FIT.
The Chanel store was like a dream.
Getting ready to see Wicked on Broadway!
Another picture from the Gershwin Theatre.  I felt so inspired by the show.
The most amazing dessert from Candle 79.

These are only a few details from our trip to N.Y.C., but some of my favorite little moments.  Little moments of inspiration seem to really bring out creativity and uniqueness, which I feel is intertwined with our inner connectedness.

Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you all have a beautiful day!

xo, Carly

P.S. How amazing are the Classic Chanel Ballet Flats? 🙂


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