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Q&A: MY STYLE & GRACE

 
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I’m excited to bring you another Q&A with one of our favorite gals here in the Bay Area whom I have a special connection with. I met Grace Jeramie of My Style and Grace a few years back during a Content LAB event that involved sushi and style (Yum!) Since then, we’ve become this unstoppable duo. She styles herself and I photograph her looks.

You may have seen her on my personal Instagram or maybe you already follow her and her styling adventures. For those of you who don’t know who she is, Grace is a local influencer based in the South Bay. She has been documenting her personal style over the years while also working with some incredible brands including Amazon, Scotch & Soda, Supergoop, and Baldwin. I’m lucky to get to work with someone like Grace who trusts me and doesn’t mind being slightly rebellious in order to get the shot. That may or may not include trespassing. (Haha!) I’m happy to share this short and sweet interview with you all and hope you’re inspired by Grace as much as I am.

Tell us a little about who you are and how you started My Style & Grace.

Hello! I'm a local influencer from the South Bay. I launched my blog back in January 2015 in hopes to inspire the fashion-conscious lady/women of today with creativity and attitude. Ultimately, I wanted to cultivate an effortlessly chic aesthetic for my blog/Instagram so I asked my sister, Gladys Jem and her husband (my brother in law), Chris for help. It all just clicked one day and here we are now. I'm married to my best friend and a proud mama of two Maltipoo's. Oh, and I love matcha lattes.

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How do you balance between being a social media influencer and living in the present moment?

I was struggling with this for a while until I started limiting my usage, valuing real-life interactions, and by taking extended breaks. I will refrain from posting for days or sometimes even weeks because there's more to experience with life outside of social media. Social media can be stressful and draining so this has helped me tremendously. Self-care over everything.

Where do you go to find style inspiration?

I find style inspiration from other style bloggers. A few of my favorite accounts are: @linhniller @littleblackboots @jordanrisa I also enjoy looking through Japanese fashion magazines. :)

What has been your experience working with brands and how do you decide which brands to work with?

I've had both good and bad experiences. Some brands are really easy to work with and are willing to negotiate and some can be pushy and demanding. What I've learned in the past few years is to not just take on any projects/accept gifting from brands, but to only work with brands that you genuinely love.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced as you grow your audience?

To be honest, I haven't seen much growth in my Instagram in the past year. It's been tough with the Instagram algorithm lately, but I'm still gonna keep pushing through and create content for myself, no matter how low the numbers are.

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Any advice or useful tools you recommend for budding influencers?  

My advice to budding influencers is to stay consistent and only post content that you think is worth sharing. Engage! Engage! Engage! I try to engage with my followers as much as I can and it makes a difference.

Proudest moment?

My proudest moment would have to be my Redbook magazine September 2017 cover and appearing on the "Today Show" for the magazine cover reveal. This was back in summer 2017 and to this day, I still can't believe all of it happened! Ahhh.

What is one thing you want to accomplish before you die?

One thing I'd like to accomplish before I die is to have children and move to Maui. :)

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What is next for My Style and Grace?

Hmm. A YouTube channel! Does anybody want to help me with the editing? Haha.

If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?

"I Want It That Way' by the Backstreet Boys. BSB for life, baby!

Thank you Grace!

We hope you enjoyed our sixth Q&A. To learn more about Grace, check out her Instagram: @mystyleandgrace.

You can check out all of our past Q&A’s here.

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