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Holiday Festivities at Grace

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Anyone else feeling a little extra magic in the air?  It can only mean one thing: the holidays are right around the corner, and with them come lots of exciting events at Grace!

Make sure to mark your calendars for the following fun events (and stay tuned as the fun continues!):

Annual Holiday Preview Party

Friday, November 21 • 6-9 p.m.

In addition to our signature cocktails & tasty treats (catered by Gourmet Galley), we’ll have 20% off all holiday décor through Sunday, November 23.  We’re also taking part in a special event called Annie Sloan Late, which includes a Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan demonstration at 7 p.m. and an Annie Sloan wax demonstration at 8 p.m.  Plus, you can’t forget about our fabulous giveaways!  First prize is a $300 gift card to Grace, second prize is an Annie Sloan starter kit (including one can of Chalk Paint®, one can of Annie Sloan wax, one Annie Sloan paintbrush and one Annie Sloan book), and third prize is a cozy cashmere poncho.

A Visit from Queen Elsa

Saturday, November 22 • 3-4 p.m.

As our holiday décor discount continues, come meet the “Frozen” heroine herself!  Elsa will be gracing us with her presence and joining our guests with songs, pictures, and autographs.

Black Friday

Friday, November 28 • 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

We’ll be opening early for Black Friday and welcoming our first 100 guests with free gifts with their purchases!  We will also have 15% off Alex and Ani (Friday only) and 20% off all other merchandise (which will continue through Monday, December 1 and is not applicable to Annie Sloan merchandise).

Niantic Holiday Stroll

Saturday, November 29 • 3-7 p.m.

As downtown Niantic lights up with the holiday spirit, we’ll be joining in the festivities with our continued 20% off discount and a special appearance by the Sugar Bakery Cupcake Truck (which will visit us from 12-7 p.m.)!  For more info about the Holiday Stroll, head over to Discover East Lyme.  (We’ll also be celebrating Small Business Saturday all day, starting at 10 a.m.!)

So – are you ready for things to get festive?  We can’t wait to see you at the store this season!  Happy Holidays!

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Video: An Afternoon at Gillette Castle

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: when it comes to coziness, there is just nothing like fall in Connecticut.  We recently set out to capture some of that autumn beauty and bring it back to all of you – check out our latest video below to soak up some seasonal inspiration!  It features some of our favorite fall styles and takes place at Gillette Castle in East Haddam (if you’ve never been, put it on your fall to-do list!).  Now, who’s ready to grab a comfy sweater and hit the road? :)

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Trend to Love: Temporary Tattoos

Some style choices are trends that are fun to try out for a little while; others require a bit (or a lot) more commitment.  Namely: tattoos.  And while lots of people rock them, they’re not necessarily for everyone!  If you’re one of those people who loves the body art look but feels a little daunted by the idea of permanently dyeing your skin, we have the answer you’ve been waiting for: temporary tattoos.

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That’s right: they’re not just for little kids’ birthday parties anymore!  They’re all grown up and oh so chic.  Here at Grace, we’re embracing the trend with tattoos by Tattly and Lulu DK, and let us just say: we’re in love.  And we’re not alone – they’ve been raved about everywhere from Lucky Magazine to Good Morning America.  Take a look at a few people who’ve rocked them recently:

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The fabulous Becki of Whippy Cake shows off her Lulu DK look.

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Miss Carrie Bradshaw (ahem, Sarah Jessica Parker) is a fan (see her left forearm).  Source: Facebook.

And the celebrity endorsement to end all celebrity endorsements: Queen B herself.

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Source: Instagram.

So, let’s hear it: who’s ready to get (temporarily) tatted up? :)

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What’s In Your Beach Bag?: Mom Edition

Summer just would not be the same without a good beach bag; nothing makes it easier to go from busy to beach babe in seconds flat.  In tribute to this most extraordinary summer accessory, we’re kicking off a new series of blog posts exploring our favorite beach bag must-haves.  Our first installment of “What’s In Your Beach Bag?” is dedicated to all you movin’, shakin’, multi-taskin’ moms.  Take a look at some of our picks (just click the image to expand it) and tell us in the comments below: what’s in your beach bag?

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  1. Shoes to transition from the beach to the SUV to the grocery store.  Sandals, on sale for $33.75.
  2. A cute cup for your coffee (caffeine not included). Travel mug, $20.
  3. Accessorize your beach milkshake. Paper straws, $6.
  4. An all-purpose accessory for hair or body. Boho wrap, $12.
  5. A perfect scent to dab on after working up a sweat chasing kids. Solid perfume, $10.
  6. One of these is all it takes to make your whole beach bag smell fresh. Scented clothespins, $15.
  7. A true wear-anywhere staple of summer – perfect to layer over your swimsuit. Kurti, $36.
  8. Sit back and relax now – jot down reminders for later. Notepad, $3.95; pen, $7.95.
  9. Save those chips and snacks in style. Chip clips, $15.
  10. A portable charger – because chances are, someone’s something will die. Power Card battery, $35.
  11. Nothing like a bit of light, educational, hilarious reading. “Reasons My Kid Is Crying,” $15.
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Summer Movie Nights at Grace

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The warm breeze, the stars overhead, the friends all around… there’s something so magical about an outdoor movie night in the summer.  That’s why this year, we’re hosting four of them!  Join the fun at Grace on July 23, July 30, August 13, and August 20 at 8:30 p.m. as we kick back, enjoy some signature cocktails and treats, and watch the following fabulous movies:

July 23 – “Bridesmaids”
July 30 – “Frozen”
August 13 – “Jaws”
August 20 – “Grease”

All you have to do is bring a comfy chair!  Plus, we’re celebrating each movie night with some discounted store specials the day of (to be announced before each date).  Stay tuned on Facebook (facebook.com/gracestores) and Instagram (@gracestores) to find out more!  Now, who’s ready to have some fun?

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Kick off the fun at Grace’s Summer Launch Party 2014!

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Who’s ready for some fun in the sun?  We certainly are – and we’re thinking it’s time to celebrate!  Join us this Friday, May 23 from 6-9 p.m. for Grace’s annual Summer Launch Party!  We’ll have a signature cocktail, tasty treats from Brooklyn Taco and a yogurt bar, with great tunes by DJ Roman.

Ah – and have we mentioned the shopping?  You’re invited to peruse our new arrivals for spring & summer and enjoy 20% off your purchase*.  Plus, your purchase enters you to win our fabulous iPad Mini giveaway!  (Just make sure to stick around – the drawing takes place at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, and the selected entrant must be present to win!)

Friday we’ll also be kicking off our Vintage Outdoor Market behind the store, which will continue through Monday (pending weather).  We have two storage sheds full of vintage finds just waiting for you to discover them!  And if you’re in the mood to give an old piece a new look with Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan or Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint, you’re in luck – we’ll be hosting a paint demonstration at 11 a.m. on Saturday and a waxing demonstration at 2 p.m. that day.

And who could forget one of the truest signs of summer in Niantic – the Memorial Day Parade!  It passes right in front of Grace on Monday afternoon, so you can enjoy the festivities while shopping for your new summer look.  What’s not to love?

If you’re ready to celebrate summer (and at this point, who isn’t?), visit us to start the season in style!  We can’t wait to see you Friday!

*Note: Discount is not applicable to products by Alex and Ani or Annie Sloan, to items purchased from the Vintage Outdoor Market, or to previously purchased merchandise.
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COMING SOON: Grace’s 2013 Holiday Preview Party!

Some people know this time of year as “late fall,” or maybe “early winter.”  For us, it’s “Holiday Preview Party season.”  We always get so excited about our annual party, it’s like a holiday season in itself!  This annual event has become one of our very favorite Grace traditions – it’s the perfect time to kickstart your holiday shopping while indulging yourself a little and celebrating with friends.  Here’s what you need to know about this year’s party:

  • As always, the party marks the unveiling of our brand new holiday merchandise – and to celebrate, you’ll get 20% off all holiday décor.
  • Our entertainment for the evening will be provided by the internationally celebrated Nathan Hartono, whose unbelievable talent will blow you away.  Click here to see for yourself!  (Even as big Justin Timberlake fans, we have to say… Nathan’s giving JT a run for his money!)
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Nathan Hartono

  • We’ve got the party-planning geniuses behind Luxe by Lillie & Leckie to help us give this event the A-list treatment, so you’re in luck if you want to celebrate the holiday season like a star!
  • As is tradition, we’ll have a yummy signature cocktail and some delightful treats for you to enjoy as you peruse the store.
  • We’ll be announcing the winner of our “Name Our Bike” Facebook contest.  We asked our Facebook fans to submit their name suggestions for our favorite vintage bicycle, and we received nearly 800 ideas!  Especially if you submitted a name, you’ll definitely want to be there for the announcement – the winner gets $100 to spend at Grace!
  • The store will be closed during the day on Friday, and then we’ll open our doors for the big, magical reveal at 6 p.m. sharp!

And of course, if you’re finding it difficult to wait until the 22nd for the celebration, be sure to catch a glimpse of the festivities in our latest video:

We’re so excited, we can’t help but feel like little kids eagerly awaiting Christmas day!  Can’t wait to see you there!

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We can’t promise that there will be snow outside… but you can be sure it’ll be a cozy winter wonderland inside!