The Concrete Theory

Anthropologie's Extra 25% Off Sale - Here's What's in Our Cart

Anthropologie's Extra 25% Off Sale - Here's What's in Our Cart

If you're a fan of Old Grace Gathering Co., chances are you're also a big fan of Anthropologie. They just announced their sale items are all an extra 25% off! The sale doesn't say when it will end, just that it ends soon, so we raced over to their site to add some pretties to our cart.
Dressing the Part - Styling Surfaces

Dressing the Part - Styling Surfaces

Roam into any interior designer’s personal home and you will most certainly find yourself captivated by an array of mismatched treasures and perfectly posh collections. Why is it that the best spaces seem to have a touch of the unusual or fascinating?
Design Lessons From Architectural Details

Design Lessons From Architectural Details

Stroll through the fascinating mix of wayward cobbled streets and the perfectly cornered “squares” of Savannah, GA and you will quickly notice something that you can’t just find in any other brightly colored coastal town. Savannah brings something different to the Southern coast—something that only an old city charmed with artsy backpack-clad Savannah College of Art and Design students, locally owned coffee shops, a well-preserved Gullah culture and antique homes unscathed by General Sherman himself, can conjure.
Things I Learned in My Twenties

Things I Learned in My Twenties

Ah, the roaring Twenties - not the decade of bathtub hooch and Gatsby parties, but the decade of serial bad dates and alcohol that could be compared to bathtub hooch. The 10 years nestled between 19 and 30 are transformative, to say the least. There is a lot of take, and even more give. It’s a time of discovering and rediscovering yourself as a human and member of society. It’s a time to decide if you’ll sink or if you’ll swim.
Between a Rock and a Jarred Place

Between a Rock and a Jarred Place

Can I tell you something? You're not going to like it, but I think you really need to hear this. I want you to know because I think you deserve the truth.
You’re wasting your time and energy and it’s messing up your health. Imagine a mason jar (because we’re all obsessed with mason jars – thank you Pinterest). If you were going to fill the mason jar with either rocks or grains of sand, one by one, which would you rather use? Rocks, right? They take up more room and require less time and energy to fill the jar in the long run, even though rocks weigh more.
Bearing it All - The Beginner's Guide to Going Makeup-Free

Bearing it All - The Beginner's Guide to Going Makeup-Free

It's summertime and if you live anywhere where the sun beats down relentlessly, you know that the most fun time of the year also brings heaps of humidity, melted makeup, and worse- congested skin. To battle your skin woes, you pile on the makeup even more, only to have the dreaded black smudge of mascara underneath your eyes by noon and blemishes peeking their way through your now-spotty foundation. It doesn't matter if you have young acne riddled skin, finely lined mature skin, or the combination of both- the wrath of the bright shining sun shows no mercy on all who dare to step outside June-August.
So, how do you beat the heated woes of summer? Follow this guide and you'll be bearing it all at the beach in no time (and going makeup-free!)
The Quintessential Ingredients to Change Your Diet (and Your Life)

The Quintessential Ingredients to Change Your Diet (and Your Life)

I went from eating fried foods and burgers every day, to eating a paleo diet to save my life. I was a very picky child. No vegetables except green beans, corn or potatoes. No foods I wasn’t familiar with, and most definably- fried foods were my weapon of choice. I grew up below the Mason Dixon line and my great-grandmother’s biscuit would rock your world. My stepfather was also extremely picky, which made my sister picky also. My mother and grandmothers were the only ones who were adventurous eaters, but by no means did they eat healthy either. Our daily meals consisted of french fries, pastas, chicken nuggets, chili, anything with cheese, and lots and lots of bread.
Battling Body Dysmorphia

Battling Body Dysmorphia

Body dysmorphia is a mental condition in which a person believes a part, or parts, of his or her body is extremely flawed. I didn’t know there was a name for what I experienced, or that anyone else experienced it too, until just last year. As a teenager growing up with the lack of heavy-handed social media influence (from 2003 to 2010), I never really had a problem with my body. Of course like any human on this planet, there were things I liked and disliked about myself, but I didn’t think much about it. I knew I had a larger than average Italian nose, hips for days, was shorter than all my classmates at a whopping 5’ 1”, and that my skin wasn’t the best, but I still had confidence. I knew I was a good person and took care of myself, and that was enough for me.
Introduction

Introduction

Welcome to The Concrete Theory, the heart and soul of OGGC. This publication is a  curated collection of writings and essays that feature the voices of women just like you. Click to read more.