Grace & Lace


Do you ever wish you had a little extra length at the bottom of a top or a dress like we sometimes do?  Well, we now have the perfect product for you! Grace & Lace products are fabulous and beautiful but this company has a little something else: a truly humbling and inspiring story.

Owner Melissa had always loved sewing and was brought up with DIY roots, and this craftiness and can-do attitude grew with her into adulthood. In the spring of 2010, she was eagerly awaiting the arrival of a little bundle of joy. At five months pregnant, she found out that her precious baby girl was trying to come early. Melissa was put on strict bedrest in the hospital. Not even allowed to sit up, this DIY mom decided that she had to do something with her hands! Melissa began knitting a blanket for her little girl.

Sadly, after two weeks the doctors could no longer stop the labor. Melissa’s little girl was born, but was almost immediately called back home to Heaven.

But Melissa found that she had rekindled her love of sewing through knitting her little girl’s blanket, so she began knitting boot socks. Having received an endless stream of compliments, Melissa decided to put her boot socks up for sale online. After an overwhelming reception, Grace & Lace was born! After still more success, Melissa and her husband went on the hit ABC show “Shark Tank” in 2013. They were bought by Barbara Corcoran for $175,000! Melissa and her husband now have three beautiful, healthy children and are based in Austin, TX. Melissa herself says, “I truly believe that out of this great tragedy has come our greatest victory.”

Grace & Lace is women’s apparel line, featuring beautiful tops, sweaters, and of course the boot socks that started it all! Additionally, a portion of each sale is donated to organizations that build orphanages  and safe places for children in India, which removes them from the child-trafficking trade. What’s better than fabulous clothes for a good cause?!

Here at Inspire Me! Boutique, we have sold Grace & Lace like crazy! Our customers love their tank extenders and beautiful tops so much that we continuously have had to re-order! We love to put them under any top that we’d like to make a little longer, or just to add that little pop of lacey elegance under any button-up top. Also, coming soon are the Scalloped Lace Top Extenders–perfect for any top that you’d like to leave unbuttoned at the bottom to let the lacey double hem peek out–and the Chiffon High Low Extenders, which will get you that flawless, on-trend hi-lo look no matter what top you pair it with! We could not be more excited to be getting more Grace & Lace–all of their lace extenders add that little extra something to any outfit, dressy OR casual!

We hope the story of this amazing company that was “made with HIS grace and a little lace” has inspired you to spread love, grace, creativity, and joy!


Inspire Me

written by Kelsea King




“Johnny Was Here”


As many of you know, I have been in business for 20 years and I have accumulated a lot of things in the basement of the store.  Antiques, metal clothing racks, doilies, silk flowers, vases, holiday decorations galore and mannequins seem to keep taking over even when things seem to be pretty organized.  We had fun with the chaos last week, when the rain stopped our plan to go outside to do the photo shoot.


In this setting, we chose this antique corner cabinet and 2 antique folding screens and hung 2 small chandeliers to give the bohemian feel of the clothing that Johnny Was portrays. Emily is wearing one of their beautiful embroidered ivory tunic dresses and a silk floral scarf as a headscarf.


I was able to find soft willow branches in my menagerie of flowers.


These beautiful gold triple hooped earrings by Mashka were the perfect compliment to this outfit.


Our gorgeous model is Emily Sroda.


Our photographer Brooke, chose all of the settings in the basement.  She is truly amazing at what she does!  Here she took metal clothing racks and layered them around and then laid Emily among them here.  Emily is wearing a Johnny Was peasant embroidered top and embroidered cutout pants.  She is also wearing multi colored chain jewelry by Lee Angel.


Here you see a male and a female mannequin.  We used to carry Men’s clothes a few years ago.  We still have the mannequins so…… you never know, we may again.  Emily is wearing a sheer lace top by Johnny Was and white ruffled shorts.



This is what we call ALOT of hangers!  Emily looking incredibly gorgeous in this blue and white striped embroidered blouse by Johnny Was and jeans by David Kahn and turquoise hoop earrings.

I hope that we inspired you!!



A Special THANK YOU to Brooke from Ashley Beige Photography and our beautiful model Emily Sroda for their amazing spontaneity this week!! Magic happens if you just relax and let it be and we had a blast!

“Dream of Spring”


We are all just waiting for glimpses of Spring outside right now, but we know it is just around the corner.  And soon the flowers will begin to bloom, the birds will start chirping away and the butterflies will start soaring through the air.


We decided to bring a little of that Spring thought indoors last week with a play with butterflies.  You can’t help but smile and dance while dreaming of Spring!


Our simply ADORABLE model is Lyra Tirotta of  Salon Rouge.

She is wearing shimmering pink earrings and ring from the Contessa Collection of Brighton.


Lyra is also wearing a sheer polka dot top by Comfy USA, a tube top underneath by Free People, a black swing skirt by Only Hearts and thigh high socks by Plush.

Be playful and Smile!

I hope that we inspired you!



Photography:  Brooke from Ashley Beige Photography

Model/Hair/Makeup:  Lyra Tirotta from Salon Rouge

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