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Napa Valley Wine Train Tracks

Napa Hot Air Balloons on a golf course

Napa Hot Air Balloons in Yountville

Numbered Balloon

Yellow Balloon

Napa Hot Air Balloons in the sky

Balloons in the Rear View

Balloon in the sunrise

Napa Hot Air Balloons

I will openly admit that I have become one of those annoying early morning risers. Long gone are the days where I could sleep in till noon and not even care. Now days i’m happy if I sleep past 7. Although it has its downsides, it also has its serious benefits. The other day I slept in till 7 then got up and went on a little adventure. Every morning on the way to work I always want to stop and take pictures of the Napa hot air balloons. My mid driving snaps with me looking at the road and NOT at the camera, just aren’t cutting it. So I decided to actually get up and grab my nice DSLR camera and head out.

When I got there, one was just taking off and all the others were just getting inflated so it was perfect timing. I drove in circles for a good hour, just striving to capture the perfect shot. I took quite a few photos and these turned out to be my favorite. They were so beautiful and colorful. I couldn’t get over how incredible the sunrise looked behind these balloons. I know some people could care less, but when you’ve always wanted to see a hot air balloon up close and now live in a place like Napa, it will take a while to get tired of this sight. If I ever do, that is!

I was laughing to myself because the hot air balloon operators kept eye balling me and I moved into position. They probably thought I was crazy because I definitely looked like I was. But really, I just wanted the perfect angle. I highly recommend that if you are planning a trip to Napa Valley you wake up early and head to Yountville to see this!

They generally take off from the golf course off Highway 29 and the Marketplace parking lot in the town. Interested in booking a trip? Napa Valley Aloft, Napa Valley Balloons and Balloons Above the Valley, all offer rides!

Hope you all enjoy these images as much as I do!

Have a great day! God bless!

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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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Navy Blue Shorts From J.Crew

Napa Valley Meritage Resort

Napa Valley Paradise

Napa Valley Relaxation Weekend

Napa Valley Summer Outfit

Napa Valley Wine Tasting Outfit

Napa Valley Casual Outfit

// Jacket – Miss Me (similar here) // Shorts – J.Crew // Top – New York & Co. (similar here) // Shoes – Michael Kors (similar here) //

Did I mention how amazing the weather was the whole time I was in Napa? It was cloudy in the morning then gorgeous and sunny in the afternoons. Talk about perfect. It was so great to spend quality time with my family and get to relax. Living in California, I tend to forget how lucky we are that we have tons of vacation spots within hours of where I live. We have Napa Valley, Yosemite National Park, San Francisco and so many more. It is always nice to take extended weekend trips to see the sights that we often forget about.

There is just something about Napa that truly inspires me. Maybe it is the fact that this whole place has come to life because of grapes. That’s pretty inspiring right? I think so! I have been blessed to travel all over the country and see some pretty incredible places but truth be told, Napa will always be one of my favorites. There is an element of class here and that is what I love them most. I’ll take Napa over Vegas any day!

Now about the outfit. I found these navy blue shorts at the J.Crew Factory Store in the bay area a couple of weeks ago. I am OBSESSED with them. Their pattern is so distracting yet subtle. They are navy blue and white so they go with everything. I decided to wear this outfit into town the other day and it was perfect for walking the streets and shopping. It was so peaceful and beautiful.

Hope you all have a great weekend. God bless!

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