What to Wear Wednesday: LBD

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all are having a wonderful week so far. It’s finally warming up in San Francisco which is a nice change. I couldn’t be more ready for wedges and sandals and flirty dresses and skirts. I’ve been trying to “shop my closet” but of course I ultimately am also craving new things. But I’ll have to do a separate post on that! Today let’s talk about the lbd- or little black dress. It’s classic and timeless and something everyone should have at least one of in your closet. As Karl Lagerfeld said “One is never overdressed or underdressed with a little black dress.” It truly is a fashion staple and works for every occasion  I think it’s important to actually have a few little black dresses in your closet- something you can grab and you know it will work.

The dress below is one such dress. I’ve had it for years but despite it’s age, it still works. It’s a great thick material that hangs just right, is fun and flirty while still being understated and demure which is why I knew it would be perfect for my Grandma’s 88th birthday celebration that you saw a sneak peek of earlier. To accent my dress I kept my accessories and shoes simple and went for a dark lip and a bright nail for a little pop.

Dress: Banana Republic, Shoes: Nine West, Bracelet: Forever 21

Dress: Banana Republic, Shoes: Nine West, Bracelet: Forever 21

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Dress: Mango // French Connection

 

Questions:

-Do you have the perfect LBD in your closet?

What to Wear Wednesday: Neon and Neutrals

Hi lovelies! I hope that you are all having a lovely week so far! I woke up this morning and swore it was Thursday so I’m having a bit of a difficult time adjusting. Hopefully as the day goes on I’ll get more acquainted with the right day of the week ;) Of course I’m already looking forward to the weekend where I plan to do a little shopping! With my brother’s wedding right around the corner, I need to get shoes to go with bridesmaids dress and a dress for the rehearsal dinner! Finding the perfect dress for the rehearsal is proving slightly difficult as it needs to be conservative enough to wear in the church but still fun and cocktail appropriate! If anyone has suggestions, I’m all ears!

In the meantime though, I thought I’d fill you in on the details of the dress I wore to the most recent bridal shower. In addition to celebrating my brother’s beautiful bride-to-be, I have loved finding the perfect feminine dresses for the bridal showers. For this one, I turned to LOFT who never lets me down. I spotted this dress online actually and was immediately lusting after it but when I saw it in person, I knew it had to be mine. To make matters even better, they were having a 40% off sale that day (LOFT always has amazing sales) so the dress was in my hot little hands immediately after entering the store. What I loved so much about the dress is that it combines neutrals with the neon pink for an unexpected pop. In fact, I love this combo so much that I foresee creating it in future outfits as well!

Dress: LOFT, Shoes: Nine West, Bracelet: Forever 21, Ring: David Yurman

Dress: LOFT, Shoes: Nine West, Bracelet: Forever 21, Ring: David Yurman

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Dress: LOFT

Shoes: Nine West // House of Harlow

Bracelet: Forever 21 // Betsey Johnson

 

Questions: 

-What are some of your favorite color combos?

What to Wear Wednesday: Selfie Snaps

Hi lovelies! Happy Wednesday! I hope that your week is going well and that the lucky few of you who are on spring break right now are enjoying it to the fullest! Although I’ve been acting like spring is in the air, it’s actually been quite cold in SF the past few days and now I’ve found myself back in tights and boots…ugh. But hopefully this is the last of it because I have too many pastels and dresses just waiting to be worn! For my What to Wear Wednesday posts I try and make them look more fashion-blogger by doing little photo shoots so the picture looks nice. But let’s face it, I’m not a full time blogger so many days outfit posts just don’t happen. When that’s the case, I sometimes have a slightly embarrassing habit of taking pictures in the mirror. Sometimes I’ll send them to friends to show them what I’m wearing to an event or on a date and sometimes, I have them just for me. They are a great way to see how an outfit photographs and for me to remember what I’m wearing. So I thought it would be fun today to show you some of the outfits you haven’t seen before that I’ve been wearing! This is also proof that I don’t always have my hair down and straight!

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Dress: BCBGeneration, Shoes: Target, Necklace: Juicy Couture

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Shirt: H&M, Skirt: Target, Necklace: LOFT, Shoes: Nine West

 

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Sweater: LOFT, Tank: Heritage 1981, Pants: LOFT, Shoes: Target

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Dress: Target, Heels: Nine West, Bracelet: LOFT

Shirt: Gap, Jeans: LOFT, Boots: Coach

Shirt: Gap, Jeans: LOFT, Boots: Coach

Questions:

-Do you ever take “selfie” shots?

What to Wear Wednesday: Joie SF Opening

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all are having a fantastic week so far. Mine has been extra busy and I’ve packed so much into the past two days that I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around that it’s only Wednesday. It definitely feels like it should be Thursday by now! I’m also really excited for the weekend because I will be attending the Gluten and Allergy Free Expo! There is going to be a huge vendor fair with all gluten-free vendors (and many that are free of the top 8 allergens) and lifestyle and cooking classes! It’s going to be great! Obviously expect a full recap post on it!

Thank you all for your wonderful comments and tweets regarding my More Than a Number post the other day! I sometimes shy away from posting topics that are more serious in nature (I try to keep it fun and light on GGG) but I always feel so rewarded for opening up about the tough topics. I think being in the blogging world, we do have somewhat of a responsibility to address important issues like this, and hopefully these conversations can start to change the selective viewpoint that all women should be a certain size.

In other news, last night I had the opportunity to attend the Joie store opening on Fillmore street in San Francisco. I love the Joie brand and if you aren’t familiar with it, they are known for their gorgeous flowy silk shirts and dresses. Everything is made impeccably and I found myself wanting absolutely everything in the store. I often find myself too preoccupied with chatting at these events to actually shop, but I couldn’t resist last night. I tried on a few items and absolutely fell in love with the most perfect black lace dress. Fingers crossed it will find a new home in my closet very soon. It was such a fun event and I had a wonderful time checking out the store with my very good friend Ashley. She happens to live close to the Joie store so I see more shopping dates in our future ;)

Ashley and me at the event

Ashley and me at the event. My outfit: Top- Gap, Skirt- Target, Tights: Target, Necklace: Loft

Shop the Look:

Skirt: Milly // Banana Republic

Shirt: Gap (This is the BEST long sleeve for a great price!)

Necklace: My Flat in London // Kenneth Cole
Question:

-What are your plans for the weekend?

-When you go to a new store do you browse or zero in on what you want?

More than a Number

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend. Mine was pretty busy as I spent the weekend helping my mom find the perfect dress for my brother’s wedding. We’re still on the hunt but made some definite progress. It’s funny how shopping with an event in mind is so much more stressful than just browsing but with the two of us, we can make anything fun. We’ve been shopping together for as long as I can remember and are so in tune with each other that we make quick decisions and know what one other will like and dislike without even asking. Although the perfect dress is still out there, I know that my Mommy will look gorgeous in whatever she chooses!

I was however, troubled with something I witnessed that I had to share.  Many of the stores we went to were bridal stores and most of them also have a prom dress store within. The prom counterparts were swarming with excited girls trying to find the perfect dress with their moms and their friends. It was fun thinking of all those years ago when I too went with my mom to find the perfect dress. I think in high school my friends and I talked about prom dresses for the months leading up to the prom.

Serious flashback... me before Sr. Ball circa '06

Serious flashback… me before Sr. Ball circa ’06

Part of me loved looking at these girls searching for their dream dresses for what they’ve heard will be the most magical night of their night. (And hey, it was really fun, but life only gets more magical.) But then I noticed something that I found really troubling. This particular store had all the dresses separated by their size and were in different areas around the circumference of the room. In the sizes 4, 6, and 8 sections there were about 15 dresses each. In the size 10 section, there were about 8 dresses and the sizes 12 and 14 there were less than 5 per size. I immediately thought that it was unfair that those girls wouldn’t be able to have more of a selection. And then I saw the walls of 0 and 00 sectionsThere were no less than 75 dresses in that section. I am so deeply troubled by this and what this is teaching our young girls today. The situation only got worse when I heard a conversation next to me. One girl was wearing a beautiful sparkly green gown and looked amazing in it. The sales person looked at her and said “it looked good for someone with a fuller figure.” I don’t think she was intentionally trying to hurt the girl (after all, she was trying to get her to buy it) but it was such a backhanded compliment that it hurt my heart for this girl. Not only is she in a store that truly only carries options in one size, but then the salespeople are further enforcing it.

Fast forward then to a different store in a different city today. I was chatting with a saleswoman who also worked at the prom store who was telling me how young girls will come in there and buy dresses that are way too small for them and vow to lose 50 pounds before prom. She told me how these girls will starve themselves to no end just so they can wear these dresses. Something is wrong with this type of behavior. It is one thing if a girl is naturally thin or is healthy in her food choices and working out to achieve that figure. But we are not all supposed to be the same size. Each of us is beautiful in our own ways and despite the fact that being a 0 or 00 is the “popular” size now, it doesn’t mean that is what everyone should strive for. These girls are developing such an unhealthy relationship with their weight at such an early age and I just wish there was something I could do to help. I wish they could know that their dates will think they look beautiful in whatever dress they choose, regardless of the size on the tag. That they have so much more to offer. They can be smart and funny and sweet and all of those things are ambitions to strive for, rather than fitting in a dress.

I get too that this is not just something that young girls struggle with but that most of us have struggled with at one time or another. But I also know that if you are healthy that is so much more important than any of the other stuff. I think all of you are beautiful out there just the way you are and being defined by a number is no way to live.

Questions:

-I’d love to hear your thoughts on this and what you think about society’s emphasis on clothing sizes.

What to Wear Wednesday: Bow Belt

Hi lovelies, happy Wednesday! I hope that you are all having a great week so far and are as happy as I am that we are one step closer to the weekend! I feel like everyone around me is sick lately and I’m doing my best not to get it and loading up on the Airborne these days, though to be honest, I’m not even sure that stuff works. But it can’t hurt, right? That plus plenty of water- the past few weeks I’ve been working on drinking at least 2 liters a day and so far, so good.

I’m so glad that you guys like the new Fashion and Parties pages. While putting my fashion page together, I realized something… I do the same pose in practically every picture. Apparently I have a signature pose that I showcase for you each and every week- but now that I’ve noticed it I’ll try to change it up a bit! My outfit below is a current favorite of mine. I got the dress one evening at a store I rarely shop at– H&M. I know some people have tons of luck there but for me it’s always a hit or miss. Luckily, it was a hit that night. What it’s  hard to see in the picture is that the dress actually has a zipper all the way down the front which spices it up a bit. I decided to add the bow belt in a coordinating slate shade for a little interest and to define my waist a bit. And because it’s definitely a busy dress, kept it simple and classic with jewelry.

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Dress: H&M, Belt: H&M, Tights: Unknown, Shoes: Target, Necklace: Gift to myself in Paris, Bracelet: Forever21

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Dress: Rebecca Taylor (not printed, but love this) // Asos

Belt: Tory Burch // Forever 21

Necklace: Ippolita // Kohls

Bangle: Vince Camuto // Style & Co

Questions:

-Would you wear a bow belt?

-What stores are hit or miss for you?

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

7×7 & Saks Fifth Avenue Party

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?