Life Update 2017

Napa Valley Welcome Sign

William Hill Winery

Let’s just call 2016 the year of silence on Michelle’s blog. I 100% admit that I failed miserably at keeping up with all my posts. I felt so bad every time I received an email, text or message from someone asking where my posts were. For those of you who were wondering, yes, I am still here. 2016 was a funny year. I celebrated so many things but also struggled with a few. It was the year of the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. But that’s life right? I am so grateful that God got me through it. I couldn’t have done it without my faith, family and friends. I’m thinking by now you all are assuming what I am going to say. Here’s a clue, it has to do with Napa Valley. 😉

Well for those of you not on my Instagram, yes, I moved to the beautiful wine country called Napa Valley. I can’t express how grateful I am to be here and feel so blessed that this opportunity presented itself. While everything transitioned very smoothly, it was not without struggle. I left a job that I felt very secure in. I left people that I not only considered as coworkers but as friends. I moved further away than I ever had before. All these insecurities would have been overwhelming had I not felt that God was tugging at my heart to make this change. He answered my prayers in a big way and I am grateful for a new adventure. I have always kept my job in the wine industry off this blog. Mainly because I have a lot of young readers and didn’t want them exposed to anything alcohol related. However, my readership demographic has changed a bit and just like my life, I am going to adapt and embrace it.

The wine industry is a big part of my life and i’m excited for a new chapter in the most beautiful place ever. I plan to share adventures, restaurants and experiences that I will get to enjoy! For the last 4 years I have let you all be apart of my life and this new move is quite a large part of my life now. Fashion is still a huge passion of mine and if you ask my parents how many clothes we had to move here, they would say its a borderline obsession. Just like everything else, my life has evolved into much more, just like this blog has. I’ve gone through relationships, friendships, travels, fitness journeys, new jobs, leadership opportunities and discovering a deeper faith that I never knew existed.

I hope you all find this new season of Graceful Glamour Girl exciting. I can’t express how happy I am that I get to experience this beautiful area and further my knowledge of wine. Please let me know if you have any recommendations of places I should see, eat at or shop at. I can’t wait to learn this valley inside and out.

Hope you have a happy Monday! God bless!

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What to Wear to a Fall Wedding

Fall Wedding Dress

Black and Floral Dress

Floral Wedding Dress

Black Target Wedges

Twirling Dress

| Dress: Taylor Dresses (similar here) | Shoes: Target (similar here) | Glasses: Bulova (similar here) |

What to Wear to a Fall Wedding

Yay for it finally feeling like fall. I am so ready for blanket scarves, knee high boots and hot chocolate drinks. There is finally a chill in the air and with quite a few exciting events coming up in the next couple of weeks, I just had to share one of my outfits. I have two very good friends getting married on the same weekend. The weddings will be completely different. One will be outside in the country and one will be at a hotel in Laguna Beach. I was a little stressed to figure out what I was going to wear to the one that will be outside.

I wasn’t sure what the weather would be like so I decided to have two outfits on hand, just in case. Well i’ve almost 100% decided to wear this dress to the one outside. Granted I understand it will cool off at night so I plan to wear a denim jacket over it to keep me warm. I think this dress is a great dress to wear for a fall wedding. The darker tones and colors in it will great against the green grass. Although I will be honest. I injured my knee a few weeks ago so I will be switching out these wedges for some adorable ballet flats.

I really love this dress. I found it at Nordstrom Rack a few weeks ago and couldn’t believe it was only $50. They have the best clearance racks and seem to always had a great selection of different dresses and in all different sizes. I am so grateful for stores like TJ Maxx and Nordstrom Rack. They have a large variety of great pieces, you just have to learn to put them together.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thursday and don’t forget to wear something fun today!

God bless!

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How to Style a Blue Gingham Dress

Blue Gingham Dress

Classy Blue Gingham Dress

Casual Blue Gingham Dress

Blue Gingham Dress with Pink Bag

Blue Gingham Dress Twirling

Short Sleeve Blue Gingham Dress

Dress: Eliza J (similar here) | Shoes: Aerosoles | Purse: Christina’s Fine Clothing (similar here) | Watch: Kate Spade

How To Style A Blue Gingham Dress

Now THIS, this is my kind of weather. High 70’s low 80’s. I think this is the kind of weather that all other 49 states think about when they talk about California sunshine. Now if only it could stay like this for a while without going back up again. Since I am honestly loving this weather, I thought it would be a great idea to showcase this dress today. Because everyone needs to know how to style a blue gingham dress. I bought it at Nordstrom Rack a few weeks ago. I definitely didn’t mind paying $36 for it either. I love snagging great deals. That is why Nordstrom Rack is one of my favorite places to shop.

I am an advocate for buying things that are of a high quality. That being said, I am also an advocate for buying things on sale. So when those two worlds collide, they almost always do so at Nordstrom Rack. If you haven’t shopped there before, I highly recommend it. This Eliza J dress is by far one of my favorites. I love that is has sleeves. I am not a huge fan of my arms so I tend to try to find ways to high them as much as possible. So when I tried this dress on and it fit, it was love.

I added these comfortable sandals in again, yes i’m aware i’ve worn them in the last three posts. They are just too comfortable to not showcase. I have to hand it to Aerosoles, they sure have stepped up their shoe game in the last few years. I used to hate buying their shoes because they didn’t really embody my personality, but now, they are hip, young and pretty darn cute! Don’t forget to grab a purse that offsets the color of the dress. Of course hot pink did the trick!

I hope you all have a wonderful Saturday and enjoy this cooler weather! God bless!

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