Hello, I’m Catherine Grace O’Connell, the woman behind the blog CatherineGraceO. This blog is dedicated to fashion and the many women who share my passion for beautiful design. To me, women of all ages are to be celebrated and cherished. I am particularly inspired by those women in their Second Act in life, who are deeply soul searching, reconnecting with themselves and finding their passion and their purpose. For me, fashion is deeply personal. It is my medium of creative self expression. I live to inspire others through my story, and my burning desire to leave the world a more beautiful place.
What does Lyme disease have to do with fashion?
It was just over a year ago that I almost lost my life to this disease. Life threatening illness has a way of changing a person at their very core. A critical turning point came during a conversation with my daughter in spring of 2015. By this time, I had spent an entire year bedridden with daily seizures. My daughter, Maddie, created beautiful mantra cards for me with inspiring pictures and affirmations. She asked me what I would do if I were well. I began creating a bucket list. With my love of fashion, this quickly morphed into the beginnings of a fashion blog. I began living in that space, dreaming, scheming and visualizing myself as healthy, happy, traveling and wearing beautiful clothes. And, more importantly, I began healing rapidly. My love of fashion was literally the key to saving my life. For me, fashion is about so much more than the clothes. Fashion is about a connection to who we are at our deepest levels and learning how to express that in a way that is unique to each and every one of us. There’s nothing more beautiful to me than seeing a woman expressing herself authentically, bringing attitude and confidence to the equation. Fashion is about feeling beautiful.
Thank you for joining me on my journey and I hope you enjoy the ride! I love hearing from you.
Catherine’s current collaboration include Maka Designs, Jewelry by Trisha Dunn, Paul Andrew, Ditto Eyewear, and Vellabox Candles. She has been featured on the pages of Beauty Mark by Byron Lars, Delman Shoes, Banana Republic, Anthropologie and Manhattan Denim. She currently resides in Los Angeles.