The Haute Enchilada

The Whole Enchilada

The Whole Enchilada

The Whole Enchilada

The Whole Enchilada

The Whole Enchilada

The Whole Enchilada

// Jeans: Hudson // Purse: Tory Burch // Shoes: Yellow Box Shoes (similar here) // Necklace: J. Crew (similar here) // Top: Can’t remember (similar here) //

This weekend I took a much needed relaxation day and went to the coast with my parents. It has been so hot in the valley and I for one and just about over it. We spent a day at an antique show in Moss Landing then went off to Monterey for some yummy seafood. I will admit I am not one for antiques and really only went for cooler weather and seafood. There were over 200 vendors on the main street in Moss Landing and felt like we were walking forever. We were slowly making our way back to the car when my mom noticed this adorable building off to the side called The Haute Enchilada. I fell in love with this building. No joke, the bright colors and the train car in the front yard was too cute. My mom had the great idea to snap a few photos in front of the building.

I was so excited to wear this outfit to the coast because it is long sleeve and is way too hot to wear in the valley. The weather was perfect and there was a cool breeze with a pretty cloud cover. I had originally bought this shirt to wear with leggings because it is over sized and long enough to cover my legs. I decided to tie up this shirt to make it more fitted and more decorative. I added my favorite pair of Hudson jeans and some adorable jeweled flip flops. Couldn’t forget my Tory Burch bag. I swear this bag matches every outfit.

Hope you guys have a great Tuesday! God Bless!

Michelle Signature

Eliza J Dress

Eliza J. Dress
Eliza J. Dress

Eliza J. Dress

Eliza J. Dress

Eliza J. Dress

Eliza J. Dress

Eliza J. Dress

Eliza J. Dress

// Dress: Eliza J via Nordstrom (it’s even on sale!!) // Clutch: My Sister (similar here) // Shoes: Steve Madden //

From the moment I found this Eliza J dress at Nordstrom I knew this was going to be a special post. I had no idea what I would write or what photos I would choose but I knew that a dress this beautiful HAD to be special. I put a lot of time and thought into what content would match the beauty of this dress and I finally came to a decision. The only thing that would match the beauty of this pink dress would be my grandmother, Gwen. I have talked about her on the blog before but there is just something about this dress that reminds me of her.

When I was a kid she would tell me about how when her and my grandpa got married, they had no money so she didn’t have funds to have a big wedding. No funds meant no bridal party and barely any decorations. She would tell me about the time they got married and even though they barely had a penny to their name, they were in love and happier than ever. She would tell me that had, they had the money she would have loved to have a wedding with accents of pale pink. From that moment on I knew when it came time for me to get married I would have the color pink heavily involved in my wedding.

Now clearly i’m not getting married and have no plans to do so in the near future. However when I saw this dress it reminded me so much of my grandma because of her love for pink. I went to Nordstrom with the intention of finding a dress for some pretty important work meetings and came out with a dress that not only makes me feel beautiful but reminds me of my wonderful grandma. I found these pale pink shoes and knew they were the ones. It took some convincing for my mom to agree seeing as how they are ridiculously high and I have a bad knee, but eventually she agreed.

This dress embodies everything my grandma was about. It’s classy, conservative, feminine and pink, all the things that remind me of her. I am so blessed to have had the time I did with her. I’m thankful for little reminders like this dress that remind me of the woman I want to be, classy, conservative, feminine and obsessed with all things pink! Luckily whenever I need encouragement I can always turn to my mom. She is so much like my grandmother. She inspires me to be a woman of God and a woman who knows what she wants and will work her butt off to get it.

This might just be a dress to you, but to me it is a dress that reminds me of a woman who helped shape me to the lady I am today. For that, I am forever grateful.

Have a blessed day! Hug someone a little tighter today. God bless!

Michelle Signature

Black & White Summer Dress

Black & White Summer Dress

Black & White Summer Dress

Black & White Summer Dress

Black & White Summer Dress

Black & White Summer Dress

Black & White Summer Dress

Black & White Summer Dress

Black & White Summer Dress

// Dress: Gwynnie Bee // Shoes: Nordstrom Rack // Clutch: My Sister lol (similar here) // Necklace: J. Crew (similar here) //

You know that moment when you walk into a store, find an adorable dress, feverishly look through all the sizes to find the one that will fit you and it’s not there? Not there, as in they don’t even carry or make the dress in the size you need? Yea, me too… So frustrating. Luckily I stumbled upon Gwynnie Bee. An online monthly rental service for clothes ranging from sizes 10-32.

Now lets talk about something I don’t know if I’ve really talked about on my blog before. My weight. I used to be 75 pounds sopping wet up until my junior year of high school. I was so skinny I could literally fit through a plastic coat hanger (Don’t ask how I figured that out please lol). I don’t think that was exactly healthy. I have put on some pounds over the last 10+ years and although some may see me as heavy or curvy, I see myself as healthy. I exercise regularly, eat pretty healthy and stay very active.

There have been so many judgments passed my way because of my weight over the years and the only time I tend to pay attention to them is when i’m shopping for clothes. I am not entirely sure why most clothing brands think that women’s bodies should fit into 10 and below. Honestly, I range from an 8 to a 14! Yes, that is shocking to read i’m sure. It’s shocking for me to say but it’s the truth. It is incredibly frustrating, even for a fashion blogger who has a voice in this body obsessed culture of ours. Luckily Gwynnie Bee contacted me with a collaboration opportunity and I jumped at it. The only interaction I had with this company before this was seeing their Facebook advertisements all over my news feed, kudos to their marketing team on that one!

I had always been curious about what they had to offer and let me tell you, I am very impressed and thrilled with what they have. They were more than kind enough to send me some samples to try out and I immediately fell in love with this summer dress.  Not only did it fit in all the right places but wasn’t overly baggy or mega tight. The perfect fit, which seems to be a struggle for my body with other clothing companies.  I had such a fun time playing dress up in all the outfits they sent my way but this was my favorite by far. I highly recommend you look into their monthly subscription if you struggle with finding the perfect fit like I do.

In other exciting news, Gwynnie Bee and People StyleWatch are holding a contest to win a free year subscription to Gwynnie Bee. Follow the link here to enter!

Hope you all have a great day and God bless!

Michelle Signature

** This post was in collaboration with People StyleWatch and Gwynnie Bee. Gwynnie Bee was gracious enough to send me this dress. Thoughts and opinions are my own and do not directly represent the views or opinions of People StyleWatch or Gwynnie Bee. Thanks for always supporting the brands and companies that support Graceful Glamour Girl.