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Oh hi 2015 (plus a giveaway)

January 6, 2015

WillardsonFamily-86Photo cred: KNW Photography

Ah, the new year. A time of new beginnings,. Truth be told, I’m not really one for resolutions. I used to be, and then I said ‘da heck wit diss!’ when I realized that setting resolutions mostly made me feel like a fatty fat francis failure approximately 5 minutes after setting them. Besides – where’s the logic in resolving once a year to make a bunch of changes or improvements? Nah – not my style. For me, the logic seems to lie in setting goals year round, attempting to stay motivated year round, and recommitting as often as needed. And ya know what my favorite part is? That recommitment part. I love knowing that as often as needed, we can recommit ourselves – to whatever - to striving to reach our goals, to being a certain kind of person, to doing things we said we wanted to do and to not doing things we said we didn’t want to do. “Failures” (if they must be called such) will surely come, but the chance to recommit and reboot and get re-motivated is always waiting right there, whenever we need it. And we don’t have to wait for a new year or a new week or even a new day to do it. Not even a new hour! It can be right then – in the moment. And I love that. As soon as that clicked for me, things changed. Suddenly, most of my goals felt far more attainable.

One thing I will say though – I do love the inherent energy that always seems to accompany the new year. It’s the energy that attaches itself to new beginnings, and it seems to naturally lend to self-reflection and analysis. How am I doing? What am I doing well? What could I be doing better? How do I want to proceed, and what’s my purpose? Are my actions and my use of time consistent with who I really want to be? I love re-reading this book (seriously a must-read) and listening to this talk periodically throughout the year. Gems I tell you. This one was a game changer for me as well. And of course, nothing compares to the time I spend with these on a daily basis.

I probably should be writing about what an amazing year 2014 was (and it was), or about how grateful I am for everything that happened (and I am, beyond what I can even begin to express), or posting a compilation of my favorite outfits from the year (snooze). But all I really wanted to do was keep it real with you guys and think out loud for a second, as if we were old friends sitting in the living room together, venting our faces off and talking about our feels. Hope you’re not mad about that?

For the record, I have set some goals. Not fancy ones, not real big ones – just doable ones, I hope. And GBO is a part of that. I hope you’ll see some real good things on the blog this year – some of them changes, some of them the same old-same old. To that point, the opinions I really care about as it relates to the blog are YOURS. Yours, yours, yours and yours! So if it’s alright with you, some time this week I may be conducting a little survey/poll thingy to get your opinions on stuff. I’d really, really, really love to hear from you. Pleeeeeeeease? It would mean so much!

Finally, for anyone still reading (crickets), here’s the most important thing: THANK YOU! Thank you for stopping by here and for following along. I’m less than a drop of water in an ocean of blogs and vlogs and frogs (k, not frogs), and so the fact that you choose to come here, even if it’s only sporadically, means oh so much. Ok guys? Do you know? I hope you know. I am so thankful for all of you.

Now enough with the cheese and sap and uncharacteristically high volume of text (woof. sorry) – let’s get our giveaway on! If you’re a GBO follower, you KNOW that I love me some Stella and Dot, and what better way to ring in the New Year than with new jewelry, no? One very special Stella and Dot consultant, Ms. Naomi (the best) and I have teamed up to giveaway a classic, no-fail bracelet that you must have in your repertoire: the Renegade Cluster! Enter below and on Instagram. Giveaway ends one week from today. US only. Good luck!

Oh, and I have to ask: what are YOUR goal setting strategies? Do you set New Year’s resolutions? Is there anything you’ve found that really helps in actually achieving the goals you set? Fill us in!

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The Ultimate Gifting Destination

December 1, 2014

Photos by Tiffany Tong

Ok – soooooo remember how yesterday it was Halloween and then all of a sudden you were eating Thanksgiving dinner and then all of a sudden you realized that tomorrow is Christmas? Does the holiday season feel like that to anyone else? Goodness this time of year just flies by! Amiright? I don’t know about you, but seeing December 1st on my calendar was a little alarming. I gotta get serious about my holiday shopping! That’s why I’ve teamed up with Zappos today to share with you why it’s one of my ultimate gifting destinations.

I had the opportunity to take part in a little gift exchange with another blogger, using Zappos as our source for finding the perfect gift. We were sent a description of our giftee and then be tasked with finding an awesome gift for them on Zappos.com. Ummmm, jigga what? You want me to pick a gift out for someone I’ve never met? You guys – it was a daunting task. But ya know what? I am here to report that using Zappos as the gifting source made it so much easier. Here’s what I love about the site:

  • There are so many things to choose from! It makes me feel like I don’t really need to go anywhere else to find gifts for just about everyone on my list. Shoes, clothing, accessories – they’re all there.
  • Their filtering system is robust to say the least. That might be my favorite thing about the site. There are a million different options for how to narrow down your search, which is SO nice. It helped me not feel overwhelmed by the massive amounts of products listed on the site.
  • They have this very helpful Gift Guide for even more hand-holding through the gift-selecting process
  • Zappos has a 365-day return policy and super fast and free shipping.  Say what? For real. Bonus. Points. Way. To. Go. Zappos.

Conclusion: the gifting experience via Zappos was a total success. My collaborator sent me the killer Sam Edleman booties you see in the pic below (how did he know that I’d be coveting this exact pair for a hot minute? Trippy.) and a classic-can’t-go-wrong black faux fur vest, which I’m wearing in the pic above. I ended up getting my collaborator this rad jacket and slick little wallet. Not bad eh?

In short, if you’re looking for a super awesome, one-stop-shop type of holiday shopping experience, be sure to pay Zappos a visit. They’re basically crushing it.

p.s. Don’t forget to check out my list of the best Cyber Monday sales going on today. Woot!


 Have a Merry Monday!

Happy Cyber Monday shopping!

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Cyber Monday Sales EXTENDED!

December 1, 2014

Happy Day After Cyber Monday! LOTS of the sales I listed yesterday have been extended, so I’ve gone through and updated discount codes where appropriate and also added when the sales end. Hope that’s helpful! Most of these end TONIGHT, so get your sale-shop on while you still can!

You can also shop a lot of these via my Instagram account by creating an account on LikeToKnow.it, following me on Insta, then ‘liking’ the pics on my Insta account that talk about sales (here, here, herehere, and here). Links to the sale will be sent to your email, and you can shop them right from your phone if you want. Niiiiiice!  (Oh, and you’re probs gonna want to enter this Insta giveaway for $500 paypal cash. Duh).  Lemme know if you have questions cuz the LikeToKnow.it thing can be a bit confusing at first. I know I was. Durrrrf.

Happy shopping!

Ends 12/3 at 9 a.m. PT
25% off everything | Code CYBERMONDAY

Nasty Gal -EXTENDED!
Not sure when this one ends?
Select items up to 50% off | No code needed

Ends TONIGHT at 11:59 p.m. ET
20% off site-wide | Code CYBERMONDAY14

Not sure when this one ends?
30% off site-wide | Code HAPPY

Daily Look -EXTENDED!
Ends TONIGHT  at 11:59 p.m. PT
30% off site-wide + free shipping | Code TUESDAY14

Anthropologie -EXTENDED!
Not sure when this one ends?
20% off all sale items | Code EXTRAJOLLY

Nordstrom - UPDATED!
Not sure when it ends?
Up to 40% off Designer items (i.e. Tory Burch, Rag and Bone, Kate Spade, etc.) | No code needed

Ends 12/3 at 11:59 p.m. ET
Extra 30% off winter sale | Code HOLIDAYTREAT

J.Crew Factory - UPDATED!
Ends 12/3 at 11:59 p.m. ET
60% off site-wide | Prices as marked

Madewell - UPDATED!
Ends 12/4 11:59 p.m. ET

30% off holiday picks | Code HINTHINT

Piperlime - EXTENDED!
Ends TODAY at 3:00 p.m. ET

30% off site-wide + extra 40% off sale items | Code CYBERSALE

Bauble Bar - EXTENDED!
Ends TONIGHT 11:59 p.m. ET

20% off site-wide | Code CYBER 20
15% off 2 items | Code FRIDAY15
25% off 3 items | Code FRIDAY25
35% off 4 items | Code FRIDAY35

Ends TONIGHT at 11:59 p.m. PT
30% off site-wide + 50% off sale items | No code needed

Forever21 - EXTENDED!
20% off when you spend $60 | Code CYBER20
30% off when you spend $100 | Code CYBER30

Not sure when this one ends?
30% off when you spend $50 | Code SPEND50
35% off when you spend $100 | Code SPEND100
40% off when you spend $150 | Code SPEND150

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Black Friday Sales. They’re Here.

November 28, 2014

33%-50% off select items | No code needed

30% off site-wide | Code HOLIDAY

J.Crew Factory
50% off site-wide | Code THANKS

25% off site-wide | Code GIFTON

30% off sale items + LOTS of deals | No code needed

Tory Burch
Up to 30% off site-wide | Code LUCKY

25% off site-wide | Code GOBIG14

25% off site-wide | Code IHEARTNYC

Kate Spade
75% off on Surprise Sale | No code needed

Bauble Bar
35% off site-wide | Code EARLYBIRD35

30% off site-wide | Code BLKFRDY

Banana Republic
50% off one full-priced item | Code BRFIFTY
40% off rest of your purchase | Code BRFORTY

20% off site-wide | Code CYBERWKND20

Happy craziest shopping day of the year! I’ve pulled together some of the top Black Friday sales from my fave places to shop and included some of my fave items from each place. With Christmas right around the corner, this is the perfect time to do your holiday shopping (and maybe pick up a little somethin’ somethin’ for yourself while you’re at it.). I’ll have another roundup for Cyber Monday as well. But in the meantime, take advantage of these great sales. Happy Shopping!


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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 27, 2014

babyjack-39-APhoto compliments of KNW Photography

Happy Thanksgiving friends! To be perfectly honest, I’ve always struggled to find words that adequately express gratitude - particularly for those things I feel most grateful for. I had no idea how hard it would become once I had a family of my own. How do you say how grateful you are for a ‘literally the man of my dreams’ husband? Or how you feel about the opportunity to be a mama? I can’t do it. I can’t find the words. So I’ll just say this: I. Am. Thankful. So so thankful. So so so so so so so thankful. So thankful.

Can’t fail to mention the thing I am most thankful for: my Savior and my Heavenly Father. It’s my faith in them that defines who I am, who I want to be, where I’ve been and where I pray I’m always going. Don’t be mad that I’m saying that, ok? It’s just the truth. I’m a Jesus Lover, and I want everyone to know it. (#insertsmileyfaceemojicon)

Finally, I’d be remiss to not express my gratitude and say thank you to all of YOU! Let’s not kid ourselves – this here blog is such a wee, tiny, insignificant blip in the grand blogosphere and the never endingly vast internets. And chances are that’s all it’s ever gonna be. But all of that just makes me even more thankful that out of everywhere you could be, you choose to spend some time here. Thank you.

Hope you have the most wonderful holiday with those you care for most!


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$500 Visa Gift Card Giveaway!

November 24, 2014
Happy Monday peeps! I am stoked to start the week by collaborating with Kiss Me Darling, Style Elixir and other fabulous bloggers, to bring you the chance to win a $500 Visa Gift Card! So perfect just in time for the holidays, no? What would you buy?

To enter, simply complete the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway is open until 11:59pm EST next Monday (December 1st, 2014) and remember, the more entries you complete, the more chances you have to win! For fashion lovers around the globe, this giveaway is open internationally. Oh and be sure to go say a big hello to all the fabulous people involved. Good luck!

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Lilly Style | Twenties Girl Style | Love me Dani Marie | Money Can Buy Lipstick | For the Love of Leopard

Cupcake Mag | Chioma’s Evolution of Style | Wild One Forever | Gracefullee Made | Raspberry Glow |

Looks For Lovelies | Emma Cristy

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Halloween Sales!

October 31, 2014



You guys, it would be wrong of me not to let you know about all the Halloween sales going on right now! Codes for the sales are below, as are links to each of the sales and a link to some of my fave items from each shop. Or you can click directly on the collage and shop the items that way. Huzzah! Trying to make this easy. Trying to share the sale love! After all, Christmas is right around the corner (yikes). Happy {shopping} Halloween!

J.Crew Factory | High-collar coat in color block

Piperlime | Clare V foldover clutch

Banana Republic | Popcorn stitch turtleneck

Delias | Restricted Chrissy boots

Old Navy | Plaid Flannel

Steve Madden | Skippur boots

Macy’s | Michael Kors quilted satchel

Forever21 | Shawl collar coat

JC Penney | Cross-body bucket bag

Gap | Cable knit sweater

BaubleBar | Crystal feather bib

Vince Camuto | Fabina boot


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Latest and Greatest

October 31, 2014

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Here’s what’s been going on with Team Willardson lately. You can get the real-time play by play by following along on Instagram!

Guys, it’s HALLOWEEN! What are your plans? I have to admit – I’ve never gotten super into Hallow’s Eve, but that changed a bit this year on account of one precious 6-month old who is going to make the most adorable little lion evuhhhhh! I can’t wait.

Hope you have a fun {and safe} holiday!

Thanks for reading!

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$500 Shopbop Giveaway!

October 24, 2014
Happy FRIDAY peeps! Today I am thrilled to be collaborating with Kiss Me Darling, Coffee Beans and Bobby Pins, and 30 other amazing bloggers, to bring you a $500 ShopBop gift card giveaway!

Yes, you read that right. One lucky reader will win a $500 ShopBop Gift Card to splurge on some amazing clothing, jewelry, and accessories. Ay-oh!

To enter, simply complete the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway is open until midnight on Monday, November 3rd and remember, the more entries you complete, the more chances you have to win! For fashion lovers around the globe, this giveaway is open internationally. Oh and be sure to visit and say a big hello to all the fabulous people involved. Good luck!

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Jimmy Choos and Tennis Shoes | For the Love of Fancy | Style Elixir | Sunshine and Stilettos | GBO Fashion
Missy Sue | A Southern Drawl | Girl in the Yellow Dress | Carrie Bradshaw Lied | Team Wiking
Lush to Blush | Little J Style | January Hart | Twenties Girl Style | The Red Closet Diary
Shar Style | The North East Girl | My Style Diaries | Wild One Forever | Polka Dots and Sailor Stripes
Money Can’t Buy Lipstick | Gracefullee Made | Living in Color Style | Makeup By Cottens |
Love Me, Dani Marie
 Looks for Lovelies | Kensington Way | Emma Cristy | Glittering Life | Hearts of Gold

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$500 Giveaway to Neiman Marcus!

September 22, 2014

Happy Monday peeps! Today I am thrilled to be collaborating with 25 amazing bloggers to bring you a $500 Neiman Marcus gift card giveaway. Ay-oh! Neiman Marcus is one of those places where I generally go to look, not buy, cuz let’s be serious – those price tags ain’t messin’ around. So winning $500 to spend there would be like a dream come true, amiright? Right! Well, one lucky reader will win a $500 Neiman Marcus Gift Card to splurge on whatever their little heart desires. Woot woot!

To enter, simply complete the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway is open until midnight on Wednesday, October 1st and remember, the more entries you complete, the more chances you have to win! For fashion lovers around the globe, this giveaway is open internationally. Oh and be sure to visit and say a big hello to all the fabulous people involved. Good luck!

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Kiss Me Darling

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Jimmy Choos and Tennis Shoes | For the Love of Fancy | The Freckled Fox | The Fashion Fuse | Style Elixir

The Crowley Party | Lovely Blonde Closet | Sunshine & Stilettos | GBO Fashion | Missy Sue Blog

A Southern Drawl | The Girl in the Yellow Dress | Carrie Bradshaw Lied | Life with Lyss | The Fashionistas Diary

Rarely Taken Seriously | Coffee Beans and Bobby Pins | Team Wiking | Upbeat Soles | Little J Style

Girl Meets Gold | My Style Diaries | Indigo Pier | Paige Arminta | The Fashion Canvas

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