2012 Wrap Up

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a fantastic holiday season and had a wonderful time ringing in the New Year. I’m so excited to show you some pictures from both holidays and the fantastic gluten-free/dairy-free dishes I made for Christmas Eve, including one that my family declared is now an essential for every future holiday. But before we get to that, I thought it’d be fun to look back on some of the highlights of 2012. Sometimes reflecting on a year can be difficult but having a blog makes it easier!

Also, I wanted to draw your attention to two brand new pages on GGG that are on the top menu. I’ve added a Fashion page where you can find some of my past outfits and What to Wear Wednesday posts and a Parties page, devoted to some of the fun parties my friends in the city there- definitely a place to start when trying to think of your next party idea!

January Highlights:

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I started off the year with a bang when I flew to New York to model for Loft’s denim guide. I had an amazing time at the shoot and was lucky enough to spend the weekend with my best friend enjoying everything NY has to offer… including an amazing brunch at Sarabeths! I hope another NYC visit is in my future soon! Later in the month, I celebrated my mom’s birthday by attending the National Ice Skating championships which were absolutely amazing! I have so much respect for those talented athletes!

February Highlights:

In February, I started cooking things that weren’t already prepped by Trader Joes and realized how much I enjoyed it and that it was possible to cook healthy meals even when I got home from work late! I made Southwestern Quinoa Filled Zucchini and one of my all time favorites Sweet Potato Veggie Chili. Of course, sweets made an appearance as well when I made Slutty brownies for book club.

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March Highlights:

In March, I attended my mom’s best friend’s afternoon tea- it was a wonderful time to catch up with family and friends and everything was delicious! I also went to a fun fashion event with my girlfriends- the opening of the San Francisco Alice & Olivia store!

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April Highlights:

My April highlight is obvious- taking my Grandma to Las Vegas to celebrate her 87th birthday! It was a complete surprise and even after my parents and Grandma arrived in Vegas, she had no idea that my brother and I were joining in on the fun too! We went out to delicious meals, explored and my mom even took her to see Donny & Marie! It was a weekend full of memories I’ll always treasure. During this month, my mom, Grandma and I also did a photoshoot which was so much fun!

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May Highlights:

Looking back, I think May was one of my favorite months this year! I got to hold a baby pig, attend a fantastic Derby Day party (complete with a grilled cheese and mimosa bar) and the most exciting part- go to Indianapolis for the Indy 500! As a huge Indy fan, this was actually the first race I’d been to and it set the bar super high for all future races. It was such an exciting, fabulous time and I loved sharing it with my mom and Daddy Jeff.

June Highlights:

Much of June went undocumented because it was a big health-issues month for me consumed with lots of appointments trying to figure out what was going on with me. But there were still some highlights like attending the Bachelor Auction (see my friend Katie’s blog for a post on it!) and attending Grease the Sing-A-Long at the Castro theater with my girlfriends!

July Highlights:

After kind of a rough June, July was an awesome month. My brother got engaged and we had a surprise engagement party (the wedding is in May and I’m a bridesmaid!) Later in the month, I went to see the Jean Paul Gaultier museum exhibit, went wine tasting in Napa and attended a Bachelorette Finale party, Olympics party and book club brunch! It was a very social, fun month!

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August Highlights:

In August I had Jury Duty which I loved (but didn’t get to be picked as part of the jury-darn), created a recipe for healthy summer ratatouille, went to the Indy race in Sonoma, and did a little modeling at the SF store for LOFT and got a chance to preview their fall collection!

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September Highlights:

September (my birthday month) was full of lots of fun things! I went wine tasting in Napa again, went to San Francisco’s Fashion’s Night Out and a Giant’s game. The birthday celebrations took over the last two weeks of the month and I was showered with love at my Birthday Dinner Party, a family celebration at a favorite restaurant and the most amazing LA reunion trip with my college besties.

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October Highlights:

October brought fun social events like 7×7’s Hot 30 party, my friend’s Halloween party where we all dressed as Disney princesses, and an amazing trip to LA for the O! You conference with my mom as a birthday treat! I still owe you a post about that and this is a good reminder!

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November Highlights:

The month started off great with a visit from one of my best friends who now lives in DC! It was so fun to have her here and reminded me how much I missed her! I also absolutely loved cooking Thanksgiving dinner even though it was my first one being gluten-free and dairy-free. It was so much fun to try new recipes and make delicious foods for my family.

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December Highlights:

December was a very busy month but full of lots of fun activities like a visit from another best friend, going Oyster shucking in Tomales Bay, celebrating my friend Ashley’s birthday with a fun party, and of course Christmas and New Years Eve! Blog posts on much of the aforementioned soon!

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What didn’t make the blog

I mentioned here and there about my health struggles but the extent of which wasn’t ever covered and I’ll probably keep it semi-private. However, what you all do know is that I was finally diagnosed with celiac and am no longer in constant pain! I’m seeing an amazing doctor and am so thankful for my parents who stood by me tirelessly as I endured many a hospital visit and change of plans. I’m on the road to recovery and feeling very excited for what’s sure to be a wonderful 2013.

 

 

Eleven

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all are having a fabulous week so far. I know I speak for a lot of us when I say that it’s tough getting back in the swing of things but it’s getting easier as the week progresses. After such a wonderful Thanksgiving, I’m officially starting to switch into Christmas mode. I’ve been playing all of the Christmas classics… you know, Glee Christmas, Mariah Carey, *NSync. To me those songs make me feel all “holly jolly” about the holidays. But before I get too holiday crazy on you, I thought it’d be fun to do a little survey that’s been floating around the blogosphere!

Eleven Questions

1. If you got to choose ANY country to travel to, where would you go and why?

Oh my goodness, there are so many places I want to go! I absolutely love traveling so I feel like I have to break up the lists into two parts. Within the US: Hawaii, Nashville, Charleston, Portland, and DC- the latter of which because 2 of my best friends live there and some blogger friends too! ;) Outside the US: Portugal, Madrid, Ireland, South of France and of course England. I haven’t been back to London since I studied abroad there and I miss it so much! It truly is the most amazing city in the world!

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2. If you were a skittle, which would you be and why?

I’m really not a skittles person- I’d much prefer M&Ms but if I had to choose I think the little girl in me would say red… because it’s the closest color to pink.

3. What was the most difficult thing you ever tried?

To be honest, I’d say trying to face various serious health issues while maintaining a positive attitude and a normal life. I haven’t gone into it much on the blog, but I’ve been through a lot in the past few years and at times it’s been really challenging. But with the help and support of my family, I’ve been able to find the right doctors and help that my body needed and with my current issue, am on my way to feeling better!

4. If you could meet any celebrity, who and why?

Well I feel like this needs to be split into gender. For male, Ryan Gosling hands down. I mean, really, does he not seem like a genuinely nice guy who happens to also be ridiculously good looking? I rest my case. For female, I’d say Reese Witherspoon. This was a little harder for me to choose but I just think Reese seems so down-to-earth and I feel like we’d really get along!

5. If money was no object, what would you do every single day while you still could?

Oh goodness, there are so many things popping into my head. First and foremost, I’d want to spend as much time as possible with my friends and family and take them on special trips and such which leads me to TRAVEL. As you saw above there are lots of places I want to visit and I’d love to try the cuisine at each location.

6. What is your favorite weekend activity?

Brunch. There is nothing that screams weekend more than sleeping in (ideally until around 10:30), getting ready at a leisurely pace and then going to some fantastic restaurant for delicious carby items (still looking for some good GF brunch spots) a mimosa and piping hot black coffee. To see some of my favorite brunch reviews check out these posts: Sarabeths (NYC), Mama’s (SF) and Straw (SF).

7. If you could pursue anything professionally, what would you pursue?

I would love to be doing something that is making a difference in the lives of others. To wake up every day and know that I am making someone healthier, happier, safer, etc. I am so blessed and want to share that with others. Ghandi said “A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history  and I want to be part of that body to help others and mend the world.

8. Dream Job? We all have them!

See above!

9. When you are having a rough day what’s your go to method to perk yourself up again?

When I’m upset, I need to talk it out usually in order to feel better. Luckily, my mom is my best friend and sounding board and I love that I can tell her anything. After we talk, no matter the circumstances I always feel better. And if that’s not an option than a little retail therapy because new pretty clothes almost always make me feel happy!

10. What was the most exciting thing you’ve done in life so far?

I feel like there is a lot of pressure to pick the one exciting thing! But top 2 are traveling abroad in London for 6 months and shooting the LOFT campaigns- both opportunities I would never have expected that we so incredible.

11. How many times would you do that exciting thing over again?

Umm, as many times as possible, please!

 

Question:

Answer any of the above!

 

Fashion’s Night Out + Giveaway WINNER

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend. Mine was absolutely fantastic as some of my girlfriends had a Birthday dinner party for me! (My birthday is on Thursday!) It was so, SO much fun and I feel so blessed to have such wonderful friends. I’ll be sure to do a full post on it soon so you all can share in on the fun and you’ll want to get you “Pin it” button ready because the party was absolutely adorable!

A few weeks ago, I had pleasure of attending San Francisco’s Fashion’s Night Out celebration. Though it isn’t as large as the NYC one, it is a time when the fashionistas of San Francisco come together and put on some very fun parties, with shopping, music, oh and some free bubbly ;) I attended last year and had a fantastic time, so I knew it was going to be a great experience again. Plus, when my girlfriends are involved, how could it not be? Rather than tell you about it in words, this is the sort of event where pictures can tell a better story!

Top: Banana Republic, Printed Pants: LOFT, Shoes: Target, Bracelet: Thrifted, Earrings: Gift

My fashionable friends (left to right): Ashley, Biz, Brittany and Katie

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Modeling the most gorgeous Michael Kors jacket… now if only it wasn’t almost $3,000!

San Francisco magazine party at Marc Jacobs!

Ending the night at Macys before a trip to Burger Bar for a late dinner and drinks!

And for more fashion, it’s finally time to announce the winners of my LOFT Giveaway! Thank you to all those who entered! The winners are:

  • Julie @Spinach & Sprinkles
  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats

Ladies, please email me your addresses at glitz glam granola at gmail dot com and I will send you your LOFT prizes!

Question:

-Have you ever attended Fashion’s Night Out or a shopping party?

 

What to Wear Wednesday: LOFT Edition + GIVEAWAY

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all are having a great week and have some fun plans for the upcoming holiday weekend. I’m excited to spend some time with my friends and family and have another little wine trip planned. It is a little bittersweet though because it means the end to my office’s summer Fridays, where we work half-days! Since I haven’t taken a vacation, that has signified summer, so it will be missed. But hopefully, in San Francisco, summer is just beginning! Summers are always hard in the city because as everyone else is buying cute dresses and shorts, we are bundling in coats and boots, and now as everyone is looking towards fall clothes, we are finally ready to bust out our summer clothes. But despite this odd situation, I am very excited for fall clothes- in my opinion, the best season for style.

As I mentioned, as a LOFT girl, I had the opportunity to preview and style some items from the new collection on Saturday. We did a little mini photo shoot on the Embarcadero modeling their new bold pants. You can see the images on the LOFT Facebook page, but I thought I’d share a few others here as well!

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I also modeled another gorgeous outfit, but I’m waiting to share that one with you for a bit since I plan to wear the same pants for Fashion’s Night Out next week and hope to debut it then! (But if you check out the Facebook page you can get a sneak peek.) If you’d like to see some of my other picks for the season, check out LOFT’s Pinterest page.

And now onto the part you’re really interested in… my giveaway! Thanks to LOFT, I’m giving away the chance to live like a LOFT girl!

Each Winner Will Receive:

  • A 20% off full-price purchase card valid until the end of the year and reusable!
  • Five (5) $10 off $50 or more cards

How to Enter: (Leave a separate comment for each of the below)

1. Leave a comment telling me what is on your Fall shopping list.

2. Follow me on twitter and tweet “Hoping to win the @EmilyatGGG #giveaway and go shopping at @LOFT asap! http://wp.me/p1xugt-oJ”

3. “Like” me on Facebook!

This giveaway will be close Tuesday September 4th and I will pick 2 winners!