{GBF Style | Blockhead}

Friday, June 27, 2014




photos by Kate Doherty taken at Mr. C Beverly Hills

top {unknown origins}
jumpsuit {bankfashion | similar}
clutch {BCBG | similar}
cuff {JustFab}

If you've been following me on Instagram and Twitter,  then you've surmised that I've been traveling quite a bit of late. My travels have been filled with moments of joy but living out of a suitcase takes its toll as I find myself mentally exhausted and unable to pen my thoughts adequately and acceptably. I have writer's block. Dun dun dun.

But the foolish never learn as I'm packing again and will be spending yet another weekend away from home. But who knows. Perhaps one more travel binge is what it will take to unblock my blocked head which is not to be confused with Blockheads, an absolutely ridiculously scrumptious shaved ice eatery.

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{GBF Spread Joy Road Trip | Saint John's Program For Real Change}

Thursday, June 26, 2014

After wrapping up in San Francisco, I drove to Sacramento to visit Saint John's Program for Real Change and brought along densely delicious lemon cake from Nothing Bundt Cake and boxes of blush, eyeliner, and lipstick from Physicians Formula. Although it was a blistering hot day, a gush of warmth greeted me as soon I stepped inside. 

Saint John's is a fifteen months recovery program that provides housing, day care, job skills, financial guidance and education preparedness for 30 mothers and their families. Employment rate is 95 percent upon completion of the program as the training is designed to help them rise and shine from crisis to self-sufficiency. Saint John's also operates Plates Cafe and Catering, a delicious social enterprise that provides the mothers of the recovery program with hands on culinary and service skills. 

Not only did I get a tour of the facilities, I got to crash their community hour and hang out with the fabulous ladies of Saint John's. The community hour is a time for open dialogue highlighting daily achievements while nurturing collective support. It's truly a community as the mothers help take care of each other's kids, do daily chores to keep the common areas meticulously clean, and work together to rebuild their lives. The positive energy was bouncing off the walls as I could see joy, gratitude, and hope in the smiles of each and every Saint John's woman. 

After the tour, I attended the monthly Guest Chef dinner at Plates Cafe where I got to try spicy and savory dishes inspired by chefs Gabriel Glaser and Kristel Flores's recent trip to Thailand. I couldn't have asked for a more amazing visit and drove back on the road feeling incredibly touched by the spirit and warmth radiating from the walls from Saint John's. 





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{GBF Spread Joy Road Trip | ModCloth}

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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Although I brought a bounty of outfits, I found myself wearing this one over and over again on my road trip as I love its feminine appeal, the pairing of prints and colors, and its endless versatility. Over the years, my natural curiosity and propensity for walking the path less traveled have guided me to trying some questionable albeit interesting styles and trends. But at the end of the road, I'm standing in a retro inspired dress. And that's why Modcloth is my kindred style spirit.

When I first discovered the site a few years ago, I literally screamed.  Accessibility to highly curated vintage inspired frocks without having to rummage through flea markets and vintage store piles? Yes, please. I was so excited to visit their SF office and would've asked their pun making fashion writers for an autograph if they'd been around. Along with a beautiful views of the city, the Modcloth office is peppered with cool perks like foosball tables, ping pong tables, and themed office parties. Mad Men was their last (duh!). The ever-expanding company is spreading joy one purchase at a time.

Meet Julianne my outfit photographer. She works in the marketing department at Modcloth, exudes steeze, and is the office social butterfly. P.S. I want her necklace.
top {Modcloth c/o}
skirt {ModCloth c/o}
jacket {Rachel Zoe | similar}
heels {ALDO "Cadaudda" c/o}
necklace {GS by Gemma Simone}

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