Monday, July 29, 2013

Sheer Happiness!

Shirt: ZOA, Shorts: A&F, Necklace: The Limited, Bangles: JCPenney

How adorable is this top?? I love the intricate threading details and how it gives this sheer top an extra dose of classy! I paired it with some white shorts and it is the perfect outfit for a night out on the town! Ready for the exciting news?!?! Thanks to my friends at ZOA they are giving one lucky Graceful Glamour Girl reader a shirt just like this!!! How awesome is that? I'm so excited!
Giveaway will run till Sunday, August 4th at 7pm, winner will be announced Monday, August 5th. 
Thanks for reading and GOOD LUCK!
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Monday, July 22, 2013

An Unexpected Curveball!

I'm sure some of you are wondering why I have suddenly stopped posting new outfits! This post is a bit more personal than I normally get, however I feel the need to share my story. Back in May I was faced with a tough decision on whether to have knee surgery or not.  I have had bad knees ever since I can remember and continually injured them while playing sports.  I never knew the real damage I was doing until I went to see a specialist up in Stanford.  I decided to go ahead with the surgery and sadly the last 7 weeks have been everything but blissful.  

I had to have a bone moved, a ligament replaced, another ligament released and reconstruction done to the knee cap.  Trust me people, TAKE CARE OF YOUR KNEES! I feel very blessed that I was able to see such an incredible doctor and could not be more happy with the job he did.  However recovery is where it gets tricky. Along with a 6 month recovery time and the first 6 weeks require NO WALKING, I have been faced with a whole new type of wardrobe change.  From heels to Nike's I have been relentlessly trying to walk and as of 3 days ago I did! I am feeling so blessed to have had such amazing support of my family and a few friends, they made this beyond depressing experience much more bearable.  Now on to the point of this post.

I did not write this post for sympathy or to complain, in fact quite the opposite.  I want to make you all aware of a part of society that I really didn't know that much about.  I never truly realized how difficult it is to be handicapped until I became handicapped.  I have been in a horrid knee brace from my hip to my ankle for 7 weeks now and on crutches for 6 of them.  That being said, there are a lot of people who get annoyed with people like me.  I have encountered more rude, unsympathetic, careless people in the last 7 weeks than I thought possible.  When walking through aisles at a store people would purposely cut me off to get past me so I wouldn't hold them up, however while cutting me off they almost took out my crutches which were my only lifeline for walking.  People came close to stepping on my toes and would slam doors in my face thinking I could just magically pull out my third arm and open it myself.  I couldn't believe it.

Let this post be a reminder to do something selfless each day and be someones crutch when they are stuck without assistance.  Be the person to let a handicapped person cross the road in front of your car so you insure they get across safely.  Be the person with manners and treat them like an equal when you see them out shopping, just because they have a disability does not make them any less of a person.  Be the person to get a pickle jar off the top shelf at the grocery store for the person in the wheelchair.  (Trust me, I tried to do it and simply could not! ITS HARD!!!) Let this be a reminder that God gave you two legs and two arms to use them, not just for yourself but for others.  

Now on to some fashion stuff! I have a really awesome giveaway coming up and some new posts headed your way and I can not wait! Stay tuned and God bless! Thanks for your support of Graceful Glamour Girl, I appreciate you all so much!