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

Shop the Look

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: A Nod to Mod

Hi lovelies! I hope that you are all having a great week so far! Despite working late, I had a wonderful night last night because I got to see my best friend who was in town! Chelsea and I have been best friends since we were 3 (photographic evidence here) and we have maintained our friendship despite always going to separate schools and for the past few years, living in different places. But last night we were reunited and it was fabulous. We had so much to chat about that we tried to fit in and there is something so wonderful about having so much shared history with someone. Not only do they get you, but they know all the reasons why you are that way. She is a fabulous best friend and I am so very lucky. Thankfully, this small dose of time won’t have to hold us over for as long as usual as I’ll get to see her again later in the month. Yay!

Since I knew we were doing dinner, I wanted to wear something a little fun yesterday. I picked this dress up at LOFT a month or so ago when it was on sale and finally decided to wear it. When I saw it on the hanger, I was about to pass right by it but I lingered because I loved the color. Yet it was the opposite of the dresses I usually wear- I never go for drop waist, shift dresses and usually favor a more fitted sheath style. But I decided what the heck and tried it on. I was shocked by how much I loved it and knew that I needed to get it for the very fact that I don’t own anything like it! I was able to get this dress on super sale because it technically is a sleeveless summer dress. However, I knew when I tried it on that it would look great with tights. This dress is also a petite, which I usually don’t wear but I appreciated that it made the dress slightly more fitted and a little shorter. Moral of the story? Don’t be afraid to try something on even if it isn’t your usual style or size- you might end up loving it!

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Dress: LOFT, Necklace: LOFT, Shoes: Target

Styling this I knew it would need a statement necklace and I chose my favorite gold one as a point of interest with the high neckline. I hadn’t originally intended to wear my hair up when I chose my outfit, but I think it totally works here and gives it a little Audrey Hepburn feel. I paired it with my tallest black wedges for a sleek line to dress it up but I also think it would be great with a pair of knee-high flat boots for a more casual look.

Shop the Look:

Dress: Laundry by Shelli Segal // Asos (on sale!)

Necklace: Marc by Marc Jacobs // Bauble Bar

Shoes: Kate Spade // Aldo

Question:

What  fashion item do you usually shy away from?

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!

Trafalgar Square on a lovely sunny day

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!

 

What to Wear Wednesday: Leather and Leopard

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a great Tuesday and went out and VOTED!! The political science major in me gets very excited for elections and exercising this amazing privilege we have as Americans. Rather than discuss the results of the election (though you’ve probably seen my opinions on twitter) I wanted to share with you an amazing story I heard about. Yesterday, a 108-yr-old woman, voted for the first time. She can’t read or write but she watched the debate and for the first time in her life wanted to vote in them. When I voted yesterday I saw lots of elderly people at the polls too and it felt so inspiring that these people who have seen so many changes in this country, are devoted to exercising their right and making a difference. I just hope that my generation will start following their lead!

Now, enough about the election- let’s talk about fashion ;) From the sound of this post title it seems like my outfit might be a little racy, but as you’ll see below combining leather and leopard does not have to be racy. Instead, I wore this outfit to work one day. Like planning an outfit around a sock bun before, this outfit revolved around a top knot. I knew that this messy hair required an outfit that was a little edgy so the first piece I picked out was my black blazer with leather details and strong shoulders. I actually bought this blazer for an interview years ago (I work in a creative industry) and had no idea how leather would catch on! To keep the look casual I paired it with dark denim and to spice it up, I added my favorite new leopard shoes.

Blazer: Express (old), Tank: LOFT, Jeans: LOFT, Necklace: LOFT, Heels: Target

As a new feature, I thought it’d be helpful to link you to items to “shop” my look! I figured if I can’t find my exact piece than I’d give you both higher and more affordable options.

Blazer: Elizabeth and James // Forever 21

Tank: LOFT (I have 3 of these exact tanks at home- but it’s something that I always grab for!)

Jeans: LOFT (similar)

Heels: Steve Madden // Target (similar)

 

Questions:

-What are some of your statement pieces?

-How do you remix traditional business clothes?

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?

 

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!

Test shot ;)

Shopping for flowers

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!