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Grace Atwood is one of those beautifully put-together women that fuels the Pinterest searches of thousands. As the founder of cult lifestyle blog The Stripe , Atwood’s day job is all about cataloging the style, people, and places that inspire her—from the beautiful beaches of Cape Cod, where she grew up to how to make the perfect Hot Toddy. As a clear arbiter of all things taste, Grace told us what’s making her tick these days.

Name: Grace Atwood

Age: 34

Occupation: Lifestyle Blogger at TheStripe.com

What you’d do if you weren’t doing your day job: Honestly, I’d be doing this! I feel so lucky in that I have my dream job. But if I weren’t blogging, I would love to have a healthy catering company or be a jewelry designer.

One food or drink you couldn’t live without: Lobster rolls

What do you have great taste in? Beaches. I grew up on Cape Cod and know all the best ones.

What do you have bad taste in? Movies. I am a terrible critic and always seem to like them all… even the cheesy rom-coms.

Who, to you, is an influential tastemaker, and why? Gwyneth Paltrow. Her taste is impeccable—and healthy!

How do you expand and refine your sense of Taste? I find inspiration everywhere. Living in New York is amazing as there is inspiration around every corner… at a new restaurant, the chic women on the street, or even just running along the Hudson River.

What is the best-tasting thing you’ve ever eaten? Oooh, that is so hard! I would have to say it’s the salted caramel sundae at ABC Kitchen.

What does taste mean to you? Taste is highly personal. It changes with age and is hard to define. I think having good taste means having an appreciation for the finer things in life.