Menswear Monday!

July 22, 2013



Happy Monday peeps! Happy Menswear Monday, that is. Remember how I’m secretly so sad to even have to say the word MONDAY to you right meow? I do. I remember that. My parental units came to visit over the weekend, and mostly I have the most wonderful parentals in all the land so it was glorious (which isn’t making the Monday-back-to-the-grind thing any easier). We showed them all around San Francisco, which is our current home. (Well, it’s kinda our current home. Technically we live in the Walnut Creek/Concord area, but SF is just a hop-skip-anda-jump away, so we grandfather ourselves in. Cuz we’re shameless like that. And we wanna be cool.)  We also stuffed ourselves with delicious foods until I could have delivered three-count-em-three full term food babies: one for each day that the parents were here. But do I curr? No – having to work off the extra girth I added to the spare tire region was worth it, cuz we had the BEST TIME EVA! And I already miss them like whoa.

I took these pics of my dreamboat husband right before we walked across the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time! Can we talk about how butt-cold it was? Note to self (and to everyone): summer in San Francisco ain’t summer at all! You know the old Mark Twain quote, right? ‘The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco’, said he. Turns out Mark wasn’t even fibbing. We froze our faces right off. But again – it was worth it. Good thing we picked up this adorbs linen-blend military jacket for husband the day before. I spotted it at Old Navy and it was ON SALE, so I had to get it for him. What are wives good for if not to purchase things for their husbands that they wouldn’t be willing to spend money on so as to ensure that they look adorable? Duh.

Hope you had a great weekend and hope you have a great week!

Oh, and GBO to this simple little menswear ensemble?

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Menswear-Monday-Old-Navy-Utility-Jacket-4Utility Jacket: Old Navy {buy here on sale!} {p.s. runs big. Husband is usually a Large. We bought him a medium in this} | Thermal long-sleeve shirt: Gap {similar} | Jeans: Gap | Shoes: Sperry’s Top Sider {love these classics that can be worn with anything} | Watch: Tag Heur {similar} {this one sexy as death}

Have a Magic Mountain of Menswear Monday!

Thanks so much for reading, you sexy beasts.

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JEWELMINT Giveaway! {closed}

July 18, 2013




And the winner is…

Christine Presto!

Congrats Christine! Email me for instructions on how to get your gift! And thanks to all who entered!


My excitement level is of the ‘freak out’ caliber today. JEWELMINT and GBO Fashion have teamed up for a Giveaway! One lucky winner will win one piece of JewelMint jewelry of their choosing. JewelMint is a free, members only site that gives you personalized jewelry recommendations based on your personal style. And the best part – each piece is only $29.99. Ay-Oh! I rocked a JewelMint necklace in this post and have spent an embarrassing amount of time coveting all the other delicious things on their website.

To Enter:

1) Must be a follower of GBO Fashion (Become a follower here)
2) Become a member of JewelMint, if not already a member! (Become a member here)
3) Leave a comment about what your favorite piece is

JewelMint is also offering ALL GBO Fashion readers two pieces of jewelry for the price of one! (must be a first time purchase/member).
Click the link below to get your hands on THAT deal.

200x100 JewelMint

I’ll be picking the winner next Friday, July 26! Open to US and Canada only. Good luck!

Jewel-Mint-Bracelet-3 Jewel-Mint-Bracelet-4Top: H&M | Skirt: Target | Heels: Steve Madden | Handbag: Top Shop | Black Tie Bracelet: JewelMint, c/o | Edinburgh Jet Bracelet: Tryst Jewelry {buy here} | Other bracelets: Forever 21 | Necklaces: Forever21 and DownEast Basics

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Style Crush: Style Elixir!

July 17, 2013

It’s been awhile since we’ve had a Style Crush on the blog. I’m happy to be bringin’ it back, cuz by golly there’s just SO much good style out there in the big, bad blogosphere. Today’s Style Crush is a favorite of mine. Lauren and I worked on this cool Giveaway together (there will be more where that came from!) and immediately became blogging buddies. She’s lovely inside and out, and of course – she got killer fashion sense. Which is why Lauren of ‘Style Elixir‘ is today’s…

Style Crush!

Read on for her best fashion and blogging tips!

p.s. Be sure to come on back tomorrow for a Giveaway with JEWELMINT!

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1. How would you describe your style?

I would say it’s feminine and polished, but with an edge. I truly believe the devil’s in the detail… so I adore little touches, a sparkle here or there, a bow, an unexpected pop of color.

2. Who are your fashion icons? 

I adore Olivia Palermo, Giuliana Rancic and Lauren Conrad.  Their style is gorgeous, but it’s also fun and accessible – the kind of things we can wear in our everyday lives.

3. Where do you go for fashion inspiration? 

I love reading other blogs, but as strange as it may sound, I actually get a lot of inspiration from tv.  I must confess, I do watch my share of Giuliana & Bill, Real Housewives and Kardashians, so I’m always noticing cute shoes or tops! 

4. What are the top three places you shop?  

It’s hard to narrow it down to only three!  I’m sure I had a mild addiction to Shopbop at one stage, but also love Nordstrom, J.Crew and Piperlime.

5. What’s your ‘Go-To’ outfit for when you need to get ready in a flash? 

I seem to reach for skinny jeans, a white top, statement necklace or my favorite leopard print scarf, a tailored blazer and patent black almond toe pumps.

6.  Do you follow trends?  If so, what trends excite you at the moment?  

Yes and no.  I do like to see what’s trending, but I don’t follow it explicitly.   I think it’s great to be inspired by trends, but it’s important to make them your own and know what suits your body.  At the moment, I love the bright colors and metallics that are popping up everywhere. I’ve also developed an obsession with peplum, although unfortunately I think that trend is coming to an end, but I do adore it.

7.  Why is the way you look/dress important to you?  

Yes, I have to say it is.  But not because I am really conscious of impressing others or keeping up with the latest styles, it’s more about feeling confident, feminine and put together for myself.  Even if I’m at home alone, I like to put on a cute pair of matching pajamas just because it makes me feel good!

8.  What fashion or styling tips would you give to women who want to improve their sense of style?  

The best advice I’d give is… take the time to really understand what works for you.  As mentioned before, I don’t often follow the latest trends to a tee, I know what does and doesn’t suit my shape and I adapt to work with that.  Also, get to know which colors are best for you.  Believe it or not, I used to be quite a light blonde and since going darker, I’ve had to change the colors I wear. It makes a big difference!

And finally, when you’re trying on clothes, go with your gut.  You know when you put something on and it instantly feels perfect?  Well, that’s when you buy.  Don’t talk yourself into it – and don’t buy something thinking you’ll loose a couple pounds… I’ve done that before and I’m pretty sure the tag’s still on it! Oh and one more… always do a full 360 before leaving the house, people see you from the back too – so make sure everything’s as it should be!

9.  What made you want to start Style Elixir?

It actually all started through reading one of my favorite blogs and having a light bulb moment that “this is what I truly want to do!”  I am so passionate about it and love having the opportunity to create a real community.  I’ve absolutely adored meeting so many new people – and not just that, I’ve also made some wonderful friends.  I can’t imagine having not done this and met the people I have.  I think when you start blogging, you have no idea where it will lead or the impact it can have on your life. I continue to be amazed every day by the people and opportunities presented – I’m so grateful.

10.  What are the top three tips you’d give to bloggers wanting to build their following?  

It really is all about people, so get to know your fellow bloggers!  Make an effort to take a genuine interest in others and build connections.  It makes blogging so much more enjoyable!  Find your “voice”, this takes time but it’s such an important part.  I know it can be hard when you read other blogs and feel like they are so stylish, clever and funny (Shannon, I’m looking at you!), but it’s important not to compare yourself and remain true to who you are, what you love and your views.  Everyone has something unique to contribute, so just be yourself – people will love and appreciate you for it!  And finally, be consistent.  It’s hard juggling life and everything that comes with blogging, but readers adore knowing when they come to your site there will be new content they can soak up and enjoy.

Style-Crush-Style-Elixir-7 Style-Crush-Style-Elixir-2Isn’t she fab? Be sure to check out her amaze-balls blog Style Elixir!

Thanks Lauren for letting me crush on you!

Have a Wonder Years Wednesday…

Thanks for stopping by!


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A Maxi for a Mini

July 16, 2013



A mini person, that is. And turns out I’m referring to myself here peeps. Tis’ true – I be just a hair and a wink over midget status (a hair and a wink? Jigga what?). At 5’3″, this former-gymnast-who-stunted-her-growth-in-those-important-pubescent-years-when-I-might-have-grown-at-least-1-inch-taller thought that maxi skirts or dresses were out of the question for her. She figured they’d gobble her right up!

(that time when we all wished she’d stop speaking in third person)

And THEN… in walked this maxi dress from Urban Attic Boutique. I put it on and instantly fell head over heels. It was like when I went and saw World War Z, and was fully expecting for it to suck (cuz really? this movie is about the world being at war with zombies? Really, Brad? After all your experience that’s the best you’re gonna come up with? And you’re gonna spend $400 mil doing it?), and then suprisingly, it shocks the poop right outta ya, because it doesn’t even suck at all! It’s actually like pretty dang good – like you’d maybe see it again because it was that entertaining. (Um, rambling tangent much? Can we please get back to the point?)

The point is: I was not expecting to have love for the maxi. And as it turns out, I DO! Me and all of my 5 foot 3 inched frame have a big fat crush on the maxi. Particularly THIS maxi – so comfy, so versatile, so forgiving, so… everything that’s right in the world.

p.s. there may or may not be a killer Giveaway comin’ down the pipe this week from one of the designers I’m wearing in this outfit. You’ll have to make sure you come back Thursday so you don’t miss it!

What do YOU guys think? Can short ladies rock the maxi? Are YOU wearing maxis?


maxi-dress-Ring maxi-dress-2 maxi-dress-6 maxi-dress-3 maxi-dress-5Jean Jacket: Forever 21 | Maxi Dress: Urban Attic Boutique, c/o {buy here} | Wedges: Thrifted | Cross-body bag: H&M | Necklace: JewelMint, c/o {buy here} | Ring: Tryst Jewelry, c/o {buy here} | Love bracelet: Nest Boutique, c/o {buy here} | Renegade Cluster bracelet: Stella & Dot, c/o {buy here} | Gold filigree cut bracelet: Olive Lane Shop, c/o {buy here} | Bangles: Posh Locket, c/o {buy here & here}

Aaaaaand sometimes that happens…

maxi-dress-BlooperIn case you were dying to see my tonsils.

Have a Tonsillitis Tuesday!


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