Hey Beautiful! My name is Aly. Welcome to my lifestyle blog, Branded by Grace!

 

I started blogging just last year when I “opened up shop” and launched my very first blog, Peppered Pretty.  As a girl who simply lacks that tech savvy touch, I fumbled my way through the basics with plenty of IT help and managed to spit out a handful of posts.  During just those few short months of experiencing the blogging world, I read my fair share of advice, asked plenty of questions, and took countless pictures.  And through it all, I learned.

Though it had only been a few short months, I decided to start fresh.  I wasn’t quite thrilled with my name (Peppered Pretty) that I had previously spent WEEKS brainstorming.  And, with my newfound information, I wanted to take it up a notch and set myself up to blog more seriously.  So, I dropped Peppered Pretty and picked up with Branded by Grace.

As a decorator at heart, an avid fashionista, a writer (or more like someone who enjoys writing), and an aspiring photographer, I love that I get to do what I am passionate about and then share it with you.  I have learned that the best part of a blog is the perfect imperfection of it all.  As I have admired other bloggers, I realized that behind even the best, most Instagram worthy pictures, there is a disaster feet away from the shot.  That it took them try after try after try to get that one oh so lovely photo.  The fact that some days they are not put together, but spend all day in pjs and with very little makeup.  And this is what I hope to share with you (maybe minus the dark circles under the eyes).

When you come here, yes, I want to share great, beautiful, easy, and lighthearted ideas.  But one of my goals is to share with you the raw simplicity of life so that every time you stop by you expect nothing less than candid day to day living.  So take off your coat, grab a cup of coffee, and stay a while.

 

 

 

 

style

I crave that country feel, even though I have never lived anywhere other than northeast Ohio, home sweet home.  I love the clean crispness of neutrals, but am not shy to color.  I’m a supporter of simplicity, sparkles, and maybe even a bit of classy sophistication. My decorating style is open, airy, and not too modern.

 

happy place

Starbucks. All the way. And Target-which usually has a Starbucks.

 

loves

Family and friends. My puppies.  Pineapples, beaches, pickup trucks, pink & gold, country tunes, a clean bathroom, singing, chalking, Hershey syrup (straight from the bottle), and hanging out with my wonderful momma, Target, and planners (obsessed).

Oh. And Starbucks.

 

love, eh, not so much

Bananas, Sunday afternoons at the park, sleeping the day away, scary movies, brunch and Reddi Wip.