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Shopbop Sale Alert!

March 4, 2015

Shopbop Sale


K guys – if you ever have moments where you think to yourself ‘Man, I sure would love a pair of Hunter Boots, but $148?!’ or ‘Someday I’ll own a Tory Burch bag‘ or ‘That leopard Clare V. clutch that every blogger on the planet has tho… if only!’ then I am here with pee-your-pants-exciting news: it’s SALE time at ShopBop! And what does that mean? It means that NOW is the time to pull the trigger on the higher-priced items your little heart has been pining away for all these weeks/months/years. Through March 7, get 15% off orders of $250+, 20% off orders of $500+, and 25% off $1000+. May not sound like much of a discount, but even just 15% off on these higher ticket items can make a pretty nice difference. Below are some of my faves. I’m pritttttty sure I’ll be buying this Rebecca Minkoff handbag (something *I’ve* been coveting for many many moons) and possibly this killer denim (under $100!). Happy Shopping!


Tory Burch

Rebecca Minkoff

Clare V.

Kate, Michael, Marc



Hunter Boots







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Organizing Your Jewelry

February 19, 2015

Ok guys! You asked, I’m finally delivering: Creative ways to organize your jewelry, without breaking the bank. This post has been LONG in coming… don’t worry that I literally took these photos a couple weeks before Jack was born. Before Jack was BORN you guys. He’s ten months old. K so now you know something about the current state of my life. Don’t even ask me how many unanswered emails I have stacked up since he was born (Hundreds. The answer is literally hundreds. Heaven help me).

But back to the point: am I the only person who has walked into The Container Store and salivated over all the beautiful options they have for organizing every single thing you can think of? And then you check the price tags on these gems and immediately poop your pants? Yeah. Me too. I mean, I’m all for being organized, but I don’t want to spend the amount of a couple of my mortgage payments to achieve it. (For the record, I don’t have a mortgage. We live in a cheap, crappy apartment. I just thought it sounded cool to say that.)  Anyone else with me? So to avoid breaking your bank (and pooping your pants), here are a few creative, effective and cheap ways to store your jewelry. And btw, I found all these ideas on trusty Pinterest (natch). If you’re not following me on Pinterest, ya should be. Just gonna say it. (am I getting annoying? K I’ll stop.)


For Bracelets

  • Paper towel rod: stack those suckers on there like it ain’t no thang. The one downer with this storage method – you have to take them all off to access the bracelets. Kind of annoying, but my solution: I only put the bracelets I don’t wear very often on there. The way I store my faves is like this…
  • A cute bowl or vase: this is where I store my bracelets that I want to be more easily accessible. Great for holding sunglasses too!
  • Perfume bottles: this one might be obvious (everyone does this, right?), but I love stacking bracelets around the tops of my perfume bottles. They bottles themselves are pretty – now they’re pretty and smart.



For Watches

  • A pretty plate: this one may seem kind of random and like it’s not exactly qualifying as ‘storage’, but I’ll tell you what – it looks real real cute. Bonus points if the plate matches the paper towel rod (which ours does. Boom baby!).



For Statement Necklaces

  • Free standing toilet paper holder: Yep! Ya heard me right. I said toilet paper holder. Honestly guys this has probs been my favorite jewelry organization hack out of them all. I just put my favorite statement necklaces on the toilet paper holder and voila – good to go. Just don’t over-pack it with necklaces or that thang will topple right over.
  • Over-the-door hooks: This is another life-changing hack, in my opinion. For the necklaces I don’t wear quite as often, I hang them on these over-the-door hooks and call it a day. Boom baby.






For Earrings, Rings, and Delicate Necklaces

  • Ice cube trays: This, by far, is my favorite jewelry organization/storage method. It has worked like a dream. I keep all my delicate necklaces in an ice cube tray on one side of the drawer, and on the other side, I store my earrings and my rings. Each has its own little ice cube compartment so there’s no fear of losing them, or getting them tangled up with someone else’s…



So there have it! Just some nice little hacks for storing and organizing all you jewelry. What do you think guys? Could any of these ideas work for you too? What the H are YOU doing to store your jewels? Fill us in!

Have a Thank goodness this week is almost over Thursday!

Thanks for reading.

p.s. If you’re one of the dears who commented yesterday on this photo on Instagram, bless you for your kindness. 1-2-3 I’m over it! Here’s to the weekend almost being here!

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Bay Area Peeps: Come Party Tonight!

February 12, 2015

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Hey hey to all my Bay Area Babes! Tonight is the new store launch for one of my absolute favorite boutiques in San Francisco – TopShelf Style! I’ll be hosting alongside my girls Jillian from Sweet n’ Spark and Darah from Pacific Avenue. I’d absolutely love to meet you or see you again, so if you’re free this evening, COME STOP BY!

Here are the Event Deets:

Who:  TopShelf Style  - Women’s on-trend clothing and accessory boutique with an emphasis on “city gal” style.

What:  A launch party to celebrate a NEW, great store space!

When:  Thursday Feb. 12th from 6-9pm

Where: TopShelf Style – Crocker Galleria – 50 Post St., Level 1 in SF’s financial district

Why:  Because growth deserves celebration, and we just kinda want to throw a party! :)


Just to give you a taste of how good this shop really is, I’ve included a few pics from previous outfit posts where I wore TopShelf items. My favorite thing is knowing that if I get something from TopShelf, there won’t be 700 other girls and their dogs wearing it too. Everything in the shop is unique and dangerously chic.

Hope to see you tonight! 




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$400 Giveaway!

February 2, 2015

Happy Monday peeps! Hope you had a great weekend. What better way to kick off the week (my birthday week, btw… just throwin that out there) than with a big fat giveaway?! Right? We thought it was a pretty good idea. Enter below for your chance to win a $400 gift card to Nasty Gal! Good luck, and may the force be with you.  xoxo


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Sprout by HP

January 31, 2015

So – what’s cooler than a really cool computer? An even cooler computer – that’s what. And that cooler computer is the Sprout by HP. I had the opportunity to team up with HP to try out the Sprout – their newest desk top designed specifically for creatives. You guys – this thing is craaaaay. Straight cray I tell you! There are a ridiculous number of unique features, some of the standouts being the dual screen (one HD touchscreen and one interactive touch mat), a projector which allows you to scan stuff and capture hi-res 3D images, and my personal favorite: the Creativity Station – which is basically like a touchscreen version of a mini photoshop. Are you peeing your pants yet? You should be.

I’ve been trying out the Sprout for several different blog projects. The one I’m most excited about is a coffee table book I’m creating which will document in pictures the first year of my sweet little Jack’s life. The top image in this post is one of the pages I’ve put together so far. Needs a decent amount of tweaking still, but are you catching the vision? I’m so excited about this project you guys. Not only has it been a great way for me to play with the Sprout and figure out what it can do – the end product will be something I’ll absolutely treasure. I also used the Sprout to create the collage of Valentine’s Day gift ideas for your Man from this post. The biggest difference has been how much easier and time efficient it has been to pull these collages together. I’m resizing and rotating and relocating images with my fingers. It feels like magic. In short, there is one final verdict I have unequivocally come to: the Sprout truly aids the creative process in an unprecedented way – unlike any other machine or tool I’ve used.

Want to see a few more examples of what this bad boy can do? Take a look at the projects of some of my blogging buds - KathleenLeanne and my girl Merrick. All these babes did super cool things with the Sprout and made me feel excited to keep pushing the limits with this thing.

So what do you think? Does it sound cool? Something you’d try? I’ll keep you posted on how the book for Jack is coming. In the mean time, HAPPY WEEKEND!




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This lil’ family of mine

January 27, 2015

Right before Christmas, our friend and photographer Kirsten took our family pictures. And in true Shannon Willardson fashion, I am somehow just now getting around to posting them. Ooops. But if you’re also wondering why I posted 700 of them, it’s because I just can’t help myself. This family of mine has me all sorts of obsessed and enamored and every other hyperbolic love word. I just can’t get enough of them.

p.s. Is it wrong that I love baby Jack’s frownie face almost as much as his little grinning face? There’s just something so irresistibly cute about that little face when it’s angry.



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Have a Totes Awesome Tuesday!
Thanks for reading.


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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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