About GBO

 The gal behind the blog

A San Francisco based fashion blogger. Works for a Silicon Valley tech company by day, blogs about fashion by night. Originally from the blessed utopia of Boise, Idaho. Married to the boy of her dreams. Guilty of not taking herself too seriously and occasionally speaking in third person. Things she's ashamed to admit to you: hates brushing her teeth, secretly wishes it were socially acceptable to only shower once a week, and sounds like an elephant when she blows her nose. Some redeeming qualities: she's Idaho-nice, fiercely loyal, and can quote the entire movie Dumb and Dumber verbatim. Cha-ching!

The story behind the blog

People are always wondering...

What does GBO stand for?

The short answer is this: GBO stands for 'Good, Bad, or Ok'.
As in 'Is this outfit G, B, or O?

The full answer comes with a story, and the story begins with these fine ladies...


Aren't they gorge? To tell ya the truth, we're all just a bunch of Vain Vanessas who probably care a little too much about our appearance. But as such, while we were growing up we'd always get each other's opinion on how we looked before going out. Sort of by accident, we came up with a quick & easy rating system - we'd simply look at each other and say GBO? Translation: Do I look Good, Bad or Ok?

Now, these gals seem sweet enough from the pics, but don't let em' fool ya - when it comes to rating a fellow sister, they were BRUTALLY honest. Here's a sampling of the kinds of answers we'd get: 'Well your outfit is G but your face is B. You need to go re-cover that naaasty zit on your chin!'  Yep! That's about how it went. Are you judging us right now for how ridick we were? Yeah, me too.

Eventually we all grew up & went our separate ways, but we still wanted to be able to get each other's opinions on our outfits & how we looked.  And we decided, why not get other people's opinions too! And so was birthed the idea of GBO Fashion - a style blog where you can RATE the outfits posted as either G, B, or O.  As I like to say, 'Be inspired by the G's and learn how to avoid the B's!'  It's fun! Right guys? Right? Bueller? Bueller?


About two and a half years ago, I married THIS dreamboat...

...who just so happens to be the love of my life. A few Aprils ago, we finished up school at Brigham Young University, then packed the moving van and headed to sunny San Francisco, where we are now living.

What else goes on here at GBO, you ask?
Oh just a little bit of thisssssssss...

The occasional home decor post! (more pics of our Provo, Utah home right HERE.)

And thisssssssssssss...

MENSWEAR MONDAY, every Monday! Cuz it turns out boys like to look cute too. Or is my husband usually the one who gets strong-armed into being my male model? Mmmyep. God bless him for the things he's willing to do for his annoying wife.

And thissssssssssssssssss....

We call that there a STYLE CRUSH: people whose style I genuinely admire & gain inspiration from. Often they are other fab bloggers. Occasionally they're celebs.  But let's be serious - those hot fashion bloggers are celebrity status in MY book.

Think you're Style Crush worthy? I bet you are too! Contact me if you're interested in being featured as a GBO Fashion Style Crush.

And thissssssssssss...

The occasional fitness post.

(K, can you try not to judge me for this puke-double-puke pic where I look half asleep? And really? Who posts pics of themselves in a sports bra on the internets? Guys trust me - I've judged myself enough for the whole of us. Ok maybe not. Judge away.)

And thissssssssss....

The Weekly WOOTS & WOOFS! Just a simple way we document the things that are going on in our lives, some of which are Woots! And some of which are Woofs (womp womp).

And LOTS of thisssssssssssssssss....

Straight up blooper pics. Cuz nobody likes making fun of me more than I like making fun of me. Plus, what kind of person would I be to withhold these from you? A selfish person. That's what.

 And that's about what you can expect from GBO!

Along with an unprecedented amount of ridiculousness and shenanigans.
But that's just a Duhhhhh.

FOLLOW ALONG if you'd like!
I wouldn't even be mad.

And thanks for stopping by!


31 Responses to About GBO

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  2. Meredith on May 4, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Hi Shannon,

    I just found your blog today and I have been reading for way too long! I love you style and just wanted to tell you how fun your blog is. Thanks for sharing :)




  3. Marlee Hernandez on May 9, 2012 at 1:48 pm


    Where do you do most of your thrifting? I have the hardest time with Utah thrift stores!
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    • Shannon Willardson on May 9, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      Hi Marlee! I do most of my thrifting at Plato's Closet. I don't know if I'm just not too picky or what, but I seriously find TONS almost every time I go there, if I'm willing to take the time to look. Last night as a matter of fact, I bought 4 shirts, a perfect pair of olive skinny jeans that had been evading me for MONTHS and i finally found some (for $10 no less!), and 4 pairs of shoes... for $54!!! It's wild. I go to the one in Orem most often... there's a bigger one in Draper, but I'm usually too lazy for that one and don't have as much luck. Trendy Xchange off of University Pkwy is fab as well. Hope that helps! xoxo!

  4. Samantha on June 4, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Hi! Love your blog - Your 'about me' totally reeled me in! I can't wait to stalk the rest of your blog. :) You and your sisters are so lovely! I have to thank Gentri Lee for featuring you this week.. I may have never found you other wise!
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  5. CrazyTragicAlmostMagic on June 7, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Found your blog through Gentri today and it's adorable!! What is this Thrfited you speak of? I must visit it. I really need to start going to H&M. They have great stuff.
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  6. wendy howard on June 15, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    i love you! you are a guilty pleasure!

  7. Allie on June 29, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Oh wow, you are awesome. I love this. You have found a new blogger in me sistah.

    • Shannon Willardson on June 29, 2012 at 6:55 pm

      Thanks Allie! Right back atchya sista! Went and looked at your blog as well - Um, adorbs? Mmmmyeah. Consider ME a follower :) xo

  8. Melissa on July 27, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    I just saw your website via Michaela Noelle Designs and I love it! Oh and I love the GBO meaning. Your picture at the bottom of this post (green jacket, white pants, pink shoes is gorgeous! I want your wardrobe :0)

    • Shannon Willardson on July 27, 2012 at 5:51 pm

      Melissa - THANK YOU! Went and checked out your blog - You're adorable! Thanks for stopping by pretty lady! Keep in touch! xo

  9. Brittney on August 27, 2012 at 3:17 am

    I heart you.

  10. Deidre on September 6, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Hey Shannon!

    Okay. So. Iam completely addicted to your blog now. And I just realized you live in the same little place as me. Which made me so happy. Haha. Your style is fantastic and I love seeing how you dress. As well as all your photos. Thank you!

  11. Lynn on September 14, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    First time on your blog,loved it! Your style crush Corbynn from sisters in the city is adorable, and so are you!Looking forward to more fun. The hubby isn't bad either, and obviously a good sport!

    • Shannon Willardson on September 14, 2012 at 10:34 pm

      Thanks Lynn! I agree - my hubby is the BEST part of my blog, in MY opinion any way. But then I might be just a little bit biased :) . Thanks for stopping by! xoxo

  12. Angela on October 17, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Looove your blog! You have great style & are pretty darn funny, too. :)
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    • Shannon Willardson on October 19, 2012 at 11:27 am

      Thanks Miss Angela! Headed over to go check YOURS out right meow! :) Thanks for stopping by!

  13. Jenna DeSantis on December 6, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    This About Me is so awesome!! I love your blog!! Definitely following now :-) The awkward pictures are just perfect.

    XO Jenna

    • Shannon Willardson on December 21, 2012 at 1:19 am

      Thank you Jenna! So nice of you! On my way to go check out YOUR blog now! xoxo

  14. C on January 16, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Shan. I just want to see a post on your closet. Shoes. Jackets. Clothes. Jewlery. Etc.
    Do you keep it organizeely or is it a hot mess.
    Do tell.

    • Shannon Willardson on January 20, 2013 at 11:30 pm

      Haha - Carrie darling, this is a fair question. The truth is my closet IS color coded, believe it or not. I TRY to keep my shoes tidy, but I just straight up don't have room for them, so they're kind of a hot mess. Jewelry I'd say is an 'organized mess', if there is such a thing. :) xoxoxoxo

  15. amy on February 13, 2013 at 7:12 am
  16. Alex Kathlyn on April 18, 2013 at 7:26 am

    I must say, this is the best "About" page I have read so far. Candid, funny, and charming. Can't wait to come back for more!


  17. stylefried on May 1, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    I'm here via the Blog Challenge hop :) and I MUST say that I've fallen in love with your blog. I know I'm gonna keep coming back to see new updates from you.

    Good luck for the month ahead :)
    Much love

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  18. Beautystylegrowth on May 9, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Just found your blog through the $50 giveaway. Your blog was the last I followed and I'm glad I did. Hope I win. I've read through 8 pages of your blog but I need to go to bed and will continue tomorrow. You are so funny and love your weekly features and your outfit posts.
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  19. Kati Nickl on May 13, 2013 at 5:20 pm


    You are absolutely adorable. I love that you are just straight up honest about everything and hilarious! You truly just do what you love to do and don't care one bit about what others may think. We need more people in the world like you. Loving your blog and looking forward to your posts in the future!


    Glitz & Gold
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  20. Steph on May 14, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Hahaha those blooper pics are GREAT!

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  21. Claire on August 2, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I just came across your blog for the first time. First, it's adorbs. Second, you and your hubby are so cute! Third, I love that y'all are shameless.

    I'll be following you for sure!
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  22. Angela on April 24, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Shannon love your blog. :) Loved reading all about you and your hubby. You are too cute. I'm a fan. :)

  23. Morgan {california to carolina} on January 10, 2015 at 6:07 am

    Ok after reading this I'm soooo glad I found you. I was born in Boise! My mom and bros still live there. I love california and used to live there (hence my blog name) and I love home decor, fashion and fitness like you. Hope you'll follow back on bloglovin :) xo
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    • Shannon Willardson on January 10, 2015 at 8:58 pm

      Hey Morgan! Love meeting a fellow Idaho gal! We love California, but Boise will always have my heart. Gonna go check out your blog fo sho. Thanks for stopping by!

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