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. 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. 

Little Boy Bedroom

Well my son’s bedroom is finally complete. He just turned one a couple weeks ago and I am so in love with his room and so ecstatic that it is finished. Whether we had finished this up before he was born or a year into his life like we did, his room would have always had this end result. I knew early on that I didn’t want a “baby-ish” nursery for him. I wanted something that would be cute and fun but also that he could grow into as a little boy. One day, my mom and I were talking and starting discussing vintage National Park posters that one of us had seen. Thus, the theme for my son’s room was born.

Little Boy Bedroom

The basic colors are taupe, navy and chocolate. I gained inspiration from one of my favorite Instagram stores, Barn Owl Primitives for that sign. They had one like it, but I knew I wanted an orange one so I just freehanded it myself.

Little Boy Bedroom

The wood wall is Barn Shake Redwood that is super thin. We had already done crown and molding in this room and didn’t want the wood to stick out too far and make it look awkward. My husband combined a couple different stains to achieve this look.

Little Boy Bedroom

 

These are my posters that started it all. My husband and I both love to travel so it was important to use to use vintage themed National Park posters of parks we had actually been to together. Also, my husband BUILT those frames. I knew what I wanted and he delivered! I love how rustic they look and how they match my son’s wood wall.

Little Boy Bedroom

 

Little Boy Bedroom

Little Boy Bedroom

Posters for this little boy bedroom are all from AllPosters.com in case you are interested!