The Return of Fave 5 Friday

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a great week and now it’s finally the weekend! I thought that in honor of putting a new post up on a Friday (it hasn’t happened in quite a while) I’d bring back Fave Five Friday!

1. 2012 National Figure Skating Championships!

(That’s last year’s gold-medalist, Alissa Czisny!)

Tomorrow my mom and I are going to the National Figure Skating Championships which just so happen to be held in San Jose this year! We got tickets about a year ago and have been looking forward to it ever since! We get to see the Championship Free Dance, Ladies Free Skate, Pair’s Free Skate, Men’s Free Skate and watch it all conclude with something called the Skating Spectacular! It’s going to be so much fun and since I have been so busy lately, I’m so excited to spend this time with my mom (and Daddy Jeff who’s coming for the last event) and catch up.

2. Pinterest!

Ok, so I’m a little late to the game, but I’ve finally jointed Pinterest! I never really understood the attraction before I joined but now I want to make boards of everything and pin all day long! I feel like it is also a blogger heaven as I keep discovering great quotes, fashion, recipes and workouts!

3. Blender Bottle!

I have the purple one :)

I’ve had my blender bottle for a few months now, but forgot about it in the back of my cabinet. The other night when searching for something edible (no, I still haven’t gone grocery shopping) I found it and thought I’d give it a try. Since I don’t have a blender at work (nor would my coworkers appreciate the noise pollution) I figured a blended faux-smoothie would be a great lunch option and the perfect way to use my new tool. My favorite combo so far is: vanilla protein powder, cold coffee, vanilla almond milk and reduced fat, unsweetened coconut. It tastes like a non-icy, healthy frappuccino and is pretty amazing!

4. Dine About Town in SF!

We sat at the long red table!

On Wednesday night I went with some sorority sisters to celebrate San Francisco’s Dine About Town– a time when pricier restaurants create an affordable, multi-course, prix fix menu. Given that we had a large group, Cupola Pizzeria created a feast for us that consisted of an antipasta, salad, cheese course, prawns, 3 different pastas, 3 different pizzas and a sampling of all dessert. Oh yes, and multiple wine carafes. Needless to say, I was a bad blogger and didn’t take any pictures but let’s face it, I was too busy chatting and eating!

5. The Daily Puppy!

My dream dog!

The other day I discovered a new-to-me website, The Daily Puppy. To be honest, I don’t understand the point of the website, other than to highlight adorable puppies. Get ready for your new time suck as they feature a different breed every day and each one is more adorable than the last.

Questions:

-Do you ever watch ice-skating?

-Are you on Pinterest?

-What’s your favorite type of dog?

Fave 5 Friday: Weekend Edition

Hi lovelies! Happy, happy Friday! After a very rainy Thursday (and commutes in SF rain are no joke) I am keeping my fingers crossed for a sunny weekend. Instead of doing my usual Take 5 Friday style, I’m so excited about this weekend that I’ve decided to devote the whole post to it!

1. The Ides of March comes out!

I have been excited for this movie for a while and the reason is pretty self-explainatory: George Clooney + Ryan Gosling. Need I say more?

2. Fleet Week!

Ask anyone about living in San Francisco and they will undoubtably tell you about their favorite weekend events with Fleet Week being a definite favorite! This will be my first time in the city for fleet week and I’m so excited. I watched the ships start sailing in on Wednesday and heard the Blue Angels flying over my work all day Thursday. But this weekend, I can finally enjoy them at a rooftop party with a mimosa in hand… does it get any better than that?

3. My Best Friend is visiting!

At the Tiffany Ice Skating Rink in London

If you’ve been around GGG for a while, then you know how important I think that girls nights are for our health. Well this weekend, my health will be perfect because my best friend B is visiting! The last time I saw her was in LA for her birthday in June, so I am very excited to be reunited with her this weekend!! We have so much to catch up on and g-chat just isn’t cutting it, so I can’t wait to spend some quality time together!

4. Going to High Tea!

I have been going to high tea with my mom since before I can remember and certainly before I actually ate any cucumber sandwiches or drank tea. It’s a tradition that I love to have with my mom and something that B and I have began as well. We went to high tea in London, had a very avant guard tea in LA and now will be going to one of my favorite tea places in San Francisco that is pictured above! Review to follow :)

5. Big Eat 7×7 List!

If you live in SF, you probably know about the 7×7 list of 100 things to eat before you die. This list has some of the most amazing dishes from so many places in the city and I am always excited when I can cross one off the list. This weekend, I hope to take B to breakfast at a place we can both cross a breakfast item off the list- the morning bun from Tartine Bakery. This morning bun is a legend and I am so excited to finally see what everyone is talking about this weekend!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!

Questions:

-Who’s your favorite leading male in Hollywood?

-Have you ever gone to high tea?

-Do you live in the same city as your best friends?

 

Fave 5 Friday

Hi lovelies! Happy, happy Friday! This has been a really busy week work wise so I’m definitely ready for a restful, fun weekend! I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend and take some time to relax and enjoy the company of your friends and family! And now it’s time for 5 things I’m loving this week!

1. Summer in San Francisco!

Even an iphone was able to capture this beauty!

The well known quote by Marc Twain goes, “the coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” Well, it’s true. San Francisco summers are notoriously cold which was a bit of a shock for me coming from LA and Sacramento. I used to walk around sans jacket in the city over the summer and soon realized that a light jacket is essential for San Francisco living. But now our time has finally come and we are experiencing some beautiful weather here! So while everyone in the blog world is talking about Pumpkin Spice Lattes, I’m finally ready for some iced coffee!

2. New Lady Antebellum cd!

I’ve mentioned before, my tendency to listen to the same music over and over again, which has happened to me again recently. But when I scrolled through iTunes, I found that Lady Antebellum had come out with a new cd! I love the sound of Lady A, but do not love the song that they are most known for- Need You Now, after it got way, way overplayed. Their new cd on the other hand is great and I’m excited to have some new music!

3. Fall TV is Back!

This year, I did get sucked into the Bachelor Pad, but let’s face it, usually summer shows are just not that good. But I love fall tv premier season when all my favorite shows come back! I’ll admit that I’m really excited about the return of Glee, Modern Family, The Good Wife and my CW guilty pleasures, Gossip Girl and 90210. I may also have gotten hooked on Pretty Little Liars on ABC Family. Don’t judge me, it’s addicting.

4. Stacked Heel Boots!

Though I’m loving summer, I can’t help but be excited about fall fashion! One of my fall must haves is a perfect pair of boots. While I can usually be found in a 5 inch stilleto, I am finding myself very attracted to thicker, stacked heels! I think if I can find the right pair, they will be perfect with pants, skirts and sweater dresses! I’m officially on the hunt now so when Piperlime sent out this email today, it was kismet!

5. Mother’s Frosted Circus Animal Cookies!

These were always my mom’s favorite cookies growing up and since they were appropriately girly, they quickly became mine. Last weekend they were brought back into my life when my Grandma put out a whole spread of these cookies and my favorite candy (peanut m&ms) for something to ‘munch’ on when I visited her house! Needless to say, she sent them home with me and I have been enjoying my favorite little cookies and feel like a kid again!

Questions:

-What Fall tv show are you glad is back? Or is there a new one you are excited about?

-What’s on your Fall shopping list?

-What was your favorite cookie or candy growing up/now?

Fave 5 Friday

Hi lovelies! Woohoo, it’s Friday! Although this has been a short week, it’s been a busy one, so I’m happy it’s officially the weekend. Today it’s time for another Fave 5 Friday post! If you are missing your dose of Take 5, head over to Nourish and Flourish to read about the amazing WeFeedBack program. And now for 5 things I’m loving this week…

1. My First Giants Game!

Tonight I am going to my very first Giants game! I’ve actually never been to a major league baseball game before so this will be a new experience for me. In the past, I’ve always looked at sporting events as an opportunity to socialize but now… well, let’s face it, that’s exactly what I’m looking at tonight as too. I am however, excited to take part in some SF pride, cheer on our home team and hopefully go out after to celebrate a victory!

2. Starbucks Iced Passion Tea!

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My mom got me started on the iced passion tea from Starbucks and I can officially say that I am hooked! I know these have been around for a while but I’m just now jumping on board because I’ve never been much a tea drinker. These however, were a game changer and remind me of how when I first tried tart yogurt I didn’t like it but the more I had it, the more I grew addicted to it! Same goes for the tea! My summer go-to drink is a venti iced unsweetened passion tea with 2 Splenda for the perfect sweet/tart combination!

3. Revlon Top Speed Nail Polish!

I know this looks awkward... it was my attempt at making the polishes look pretty?

I tend to paint my nails right after I finish blogging at around 12 am., that way, I can ensure that my nails will not be chipped by the next day. But sometimes, I fall asleep before they are completely dry and the dreaded sheet marks on the nails occurs. After a few too many times of waking up with smudged nails, I decided to branch out my polish choices and fell in love with Revlon Top speed polishes. Not only are they cheaper than most other brands (under $4) but they have fun colors and most importantly, dry quickly. I love the Sheer Cotton, a white-ish pink and Jaded, a seafoam green.

4. Fashion’s Night Out!

Last night I attended San Francisco’s Fashion’s Night Out with a few new girlfriends! This event was started by Vogue a few years back to boost the economy by getting people back to the stores to go shopping! It has now transformed into a fashion filled night with stores offering amazing perks and promotions. The girls and I hit a bunch of stores, sipped some free champagne and even got the chance to meet some fashion bloggers like Blair from Atlantic Pacific and Anh from 9 to 5 Chic. Both women were not only gorgeous and stylish but they were so sweet and fun to talk to. It was such a wonderful night and I had so much fun with my new friends!

5. Bloggers Enjoying Rest Days!

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This week alone, I talked about needing rest days and so did Clare and Brittany!  I think that sometimes our community gets a bad wrap when it comes to appropriate exercise levels so I think it’s wonderful to see so many bloggers speaking out to validate that rest days are good for your and important. Sometimes, no matter what you want to do, listening to your body is what you need to do and I’m proud of us all for making such good decisions!

Questions:

-What’s your favorite part of a sporting event?

-Did you attend FNO last night?

-What’s your favorite nail polish color?

Fave 5 Friday

Hi Lovelies! Happy, happy Friday! I hope that you all had a great week and have an amazing weekend planned! Fave Fridays are back this week, so here we go!

1. Live Like a Loft Girl Campaign

Remember when I went to New York a few weeks ago? I was actually there to shoot the Live Like a Loft Girl campaign! I’m so honored to be a Loft Girl and love representing such an incredible brand! The photo shoot was so much fun but I had no idea when the campaign was coming out, so you can imagine my surprise when I saw my picture in an email this morning and on the website! If you too love LOFT, you can enter to win to the live like a Loft girl contest!

2. New Shoes from Piperlime!

After exchanging tweets with the Girl In The Pink, we both decided to take the plunge on Piperlime sale and buy the clogs on the right. For both of these pairs of shoes, my grand total was under $40!! I was a little nervous about the fit since they were both final sale items, but turns out they both fit perfectly! I can’t wait to style them very soon!

3. Jamba Juice Cranberry Chocolate Trail Mix!

Last week when I went to see the movie One Day, I wanted something to snack on. Sometimes when I see a movie, I’ll treat myself to a junior popcorn, but that night I was in the mood for something sweet. After bypassing all of the candy and determining that there were no healthy options, I spotted Jamba Juice Cranberry Chocolate Antioxidant mix! I’ve never seen it before, but it’s a mix of cranberries, cashews, chocolate cranberries, dark chocolate bits, cherries, goji berries and pistachios with no artificial flavors or preservatives. It was the perfect sweet snack with some healthy fats for filling power. I will definitely be looking for this again!

4. Whole Foods Gift Card!

I’m sure you all have seen the Whole Foods parking lot video but it cracks me up every time! After I won a Whole Foods gift card giveaway from Julie at Peanut Butter Finger’s dentist, the card has been burning a hole in my pocket purse. I’ve been saving it for when I really needed some special items and now am excited to go exploring this weekend! I’ve now added coconut flour, goji berries (after loving them in that Jamba mix) and much, much more to my list of things to buy! I love Whole Foods, but since it can turn into Whole Paycheck fairly quickly, I usually try to stick with TJs for regular grocery shopping so this will be a special treat!

5. Big Top Cupcake!

This weekend, I’m going to make my first Big Top Cupcake! My parents are hosting a family member’s going away party this weekend, so I’m making dessert… in the form of a giant cupcake! I bought the cake mix tonight (hey, I’m a busy girl and don’t have time to make it from scratch) and am debating my frosting options. Literally, looking at the cans of frosting in the aisle made me salivate, just thinking about that sweet, creamy icing. Definitely a case of something so bad, being so, so good!

Questions:

-Do you have any recent purchases to share or any items that you have your eye on?

-What are your favorite items to get from Whole Foods?

-Have you ever made a giant cupcake cake? Any tips?? What foods make you salivate just thinking about them?

Fave 5 Friday

Hi lovelies! I hope that you have had a wonderful week! It is officially my favorite day… FRIDAY! I love Fridays because they feel like the day of the week with the most possibilities, I get excited thinking that I have the whole weekend in front of me! Since it’s been a few weeks since I did a Fave 5 Friday, let’s get to it!

1. New York, New York!

On Monday I am going on a trip to New York! I am so excited and this trip is going to be amazing!! New York is one of those incredible cities that just makes you feel so alive when you are in the midst of so much going on around you. From the beautiful city itself, to the food and the shopping… what’s not to love? (And speaking of shopping, I am so excited to visit Topshop, my absolute favorite store when I was in London!)

2. Friends and Family Sales!

I’m definitely a girl that loves a good sale and this week I wanted to share them with you! In case you aren’t on their email lists, from now until August 7, Ann Taylor, LOFT and Gap are all having their Friends and Family Sales! With 30% full-price and sale items, this is a great time to stock up on fall essentials or summer clothes! The latter are especially perfect for SF since we’ll soon be able to wear summery clothes! If you need the invite send me an email (glitz glam granola at gmail dot com) and the online code for LOFT and Ann Taylor is “FRIENDS” and the Gap code is ” 30OFF”

3. The Help!

I’m currently reading The Help and am absolutely in love with this book! I had been a little slow to pick it up but found that whenever this book was brought up, people couldn’t stop raving about it! Now I’m totally into it and can hardly put it down! The story draws you in and Stockett creates characters that you find yourself invested in. I’ll put up a review when I finish it and then we’ll have to do a comparison of who liked the movie compared to the book!

4. New Hair!

Please excuse the awkward iphone photo!

This week I went in to my amazing hairstylist, armed with pictures of Kate Middleton in hand and told her to transform me! I’m still no Kate, but we do now have similar hair! I wanted a richer color and more body and that’s exactly what she gave me! I’m really happy with it and just hoping that I can come close to this look when I do it myself!

5. Dark Chocolate Macadamia Nuts!

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When my parents came back from Hawaii they brought me a box of Dark Chocolate Macadamia nuts. I already knew that I loved dark chocolate and nuts, but these are out of this world. I have been limiting myself to one a day and am devastated that I only have two left. If you ever see them, do yourself a favor and buy them! You won’t regret it!

Questions:

-Do you have any must-see, must-do, must-eat, must-shop NYC suggestions for me??

-Will you go shopping this weekend? Any items you’ve got your eye on?

-Who’s your hair inspiration?

Fave 5 Friday

Hi lovelies!

Happy Friday! I hope that you all had a great week and have a wonderful weekend planned! There are a lot of fun things going on this week/weekend and I had trouble deciding the things to highlight! But here are the best of the week…

1. Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

My favorite sale of the year!

Today marks the beginning of the Nordstrom Anniversary sale! This is the best sale of the year because all of their new fall merchandise goes on sale for two weeks and then prices go back to normal on August 1. Always a sucker for a sale, I will definitely be checking it out this weekend! I usually like to buy a new pair of winter boots at the sale because they rarely drop down to that price again until after the season is over! (Also, if you’re interested, I got an email from Piperlime about their “Pre-Fall sale” so there might be some good deals there too!

2. Veggie Burger from Hillstone!

So massive and delicious!

I’ll admit that I’m kind of picky about my veggie burgers. I like them to have the perfect texture and it cannot be bland. The first time I tried a veggie burger from Hillstone, I was blown away by how they did everything right. The toasted seseme bun, piled high with veggies are the perfect compliment for the burger and melted Jack cheese on top of the most delicious combination of brown rice, black beans and oat bran. As you can see, it’s huge, so it’s great to split or to eat for two meals. If you live near a Hillstone/Houston’s/Bandera and see this on the menu, order it! Trust me, you won’t be sorry!

3. Project 7 Water

Great products for a great cause!

I first saw Project 7 water when I was at the airport on my way to Dallas. I was initially intrigued by the bottle and had no idea what an amazing cause I was supporting. Basically, Project 7 doesn’t want you to buy more stuff, just to change the products you buy to help their goal of making a significant, measurable difference in the world. Each bottle of water goes to support a different cause and the 7 were chosen as ways to turn the 7 deadly sins upside down and focus on making positive change in areas of global need. Their main missions are to heal the sick, save the Earth, house the homeless, feed the hungry, quench the thirsty, teach them well and hope for peace. This is such an incredible company and I hope you check it out and find some great products!

4. Smoothie Bowls!

Not so pretty but it tastes amazing!

Lately, I have been obsessed with smoothie bowls! I used to see them all the time across the blogs but I just didn’t really see what all the hype was about. Well, that was all before I won a bag of Sunwarrior protein powder on Katie’s blog! Ever since then, smoothies have been rocking my world. I started eating them out of a bowl just because I liked using a spoon but now that I finally purchased some xanthan gum, they are thick enough to officially be considered bowl-worthy!

5. Movie in the park!

Dancing at the SF movie in the park

This weekend I’m going to see When Harry Met Sally in Union Square! I’ve never been to a “movie in the park” so I’m really looking forward to it! Plus, I’ve actually never seen When Harry Met Sally and think it is high time I change that. It also just so happens that The Wedding Planner was on tv last weekend and I somehow had forgotten that the movie was based in San Francisco AND that they danced in the park. So if anyone spots Matthew McConaughey lurking around, you can certainly send him my way!

Questions:

-What’s your favorite vegetarian option to order at a restaurant?

-Have blogs influenced your eating habits at all?

-What one item would you love to purchase at Nordstroms if money were no object?