Grace Smith

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Title: Commerce Writer
Education: Washington and Lee University

Grace Smith is a writer, editor, and creative consultant who got her start on a book review blog she launched in the 7th grade — and still runs. Now, she writes commerce and affiliate content across Real Simple, Southern Living, and Better Homes & Gardens at Dotdash Meredith and moonlights at other publications. Since her first byline in Summer 2021, she’s been published in Cosmopolitan, PEOPLE, Well+Good, and more.

Grace covers commerce, travel, style, books, and lifestyle to start, and is interested in anything strongly rooted in aesthetics. In Fall 2022, she founded a travel and lifestyle newsletter called Place & Placebo; she’s lived in Virginia, Hawai’i, Florida, and more, and is always asking where’s next.


  • Founded a book blog in the 7th grade that she's run for over 11 years.
  • Writes through the lens of psychology and aesthetics.
  • Creative Swiss Army knife providing freelance writing, editing, creative direction, consulting, etc,.
  • Notable clients have included Sofia Vergara, DockATot, PopSockets, Pat McGrath Labs, and more.


Grace is especially interested in elevated direct-to-consumer products with a strong aesthetic and functionality. If a brand makes her sleep better or improves her fitness routine, she'll champion it forever. She's written for Cosmopolitan, PEOPLE, Well+Good, and more.


  • Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Gold Key for Portfolio
  • George A. Mahan Award for Creative Writing, Poetry
  • Emerging Leader of the Year


Graduated in 2020 from Washington and Lee University — B.A. European History, Studio Art Minor.

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