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#iwillrockthis | featured contributor | gorjana

June 7, 2012

I can’t believe that we’re in the final push of the #iwillrockthis weight loss challenge!  We’re about 3 1/2 weeks out until the final weigh-ins on Sunday, July 1st.  Let me tell you, it might be a fight to the finish!  I only wish I was a contender!  It’s been the same three girls duking it out  week after week for first place.  I certainly wouldn’t count out those gals hanging in 4th, 5th, and 6th place.  Any one of them could easily sneak into first in the next three weeks.  I’ll tell you though, whomever wins will win some awesome prizes!

With that, I’m excited to feature a company I adore but respect even more – gorjana.

gorjana-and-griffin-foundationI was introduced to the gorjana brand several years ago before I actually knew about the jewelry.  I had my daughter in a weekly mommy-and-me gymnastics class in Laguna Beach and on this particular day I was sitting out front on the cement steps when another mom and son walked up.  I just wanted to run and hide.  I wasn’t feeling particularly beautiful because though my hair had started growing in since finishing chemo, it was still in a very awkward and unattractive stage.  And up walks this tall and gorgeous mom who looked so easily put together.  I would have given anything to be her at that moment.

Last year a friend got a job with a contemporary jeweler in Laguna Beach and she told me that the same beautiful mom from gymnastics was also her new boss.  That woman is designer Gorjana Reidel and she heads up the gorjana brand.

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Gorjana Reidel

Gorjana launched her jewelry collection back in 2004.  It has since been featured in Lucky, People, SHAPE, and In Style magazines and has been spotted on celebrities like Cindy Crawford, Kim Kardashian, Sienna Miller, and Sophia Bush.  gorjana can be found in over 600 fine retailers worldwide, including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus’ CUSP and shopbop.com.  The jewelry and handbags are not only gorgeous, they are “delightfully” priced!

The thing I absolutely love, love, love about gorjana is their commitment to community and charity!  Last winter, I gladly volunteered for “Team Hunger” – an annual holiday food drive to benefit homeless shelters in Orange County – organized by the gorjana team.  And last month, I attended gorjana’s first annual Laguna Beach Food Truck Festival benefiting CHOC Hospital.  Additionally, Gorjana has designed some absolutely beautiful pieces where a portion of proceeds are donated to various charities including the Jamie Oliver Foundation, The Michael J. Fox Foundation, RAINN, and the Global Fund for Women – to name a few.

gorjana has graciously donated one of their best sellers – the Graham Leather Studded Wrap in metallic plum (retail value $52) and it’s lovely – to the winner of the #iwillrockthis weight loss challenge!

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Graham Leather Bracelet

You can also find gorjana is on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

gorjana
3275 Laguna Canyon Rd, R-1
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
949-715-0723
info@gorjana.com

 

This is a non-sponsored post.  gorjana has generously donated a bracelet to the winner of the #iwillrockthis weight loss challenge.  Wendy Will Blog does not endorse any products mentioned.  This post appears in exchange for the product donated.  All opinions are of my own.


 

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Ann Odle June 7, 2012 at 3:13 pm

I wish I was in contention too; that is a gorgeous bracelet!

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Wendy June 10, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Ann! Anything is possible! Don’t count yourself out!! Three more weeks! It can be done!

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Nicole June 7, 2012 at 3:14 pm

I want one of these SO BADLY!!! Obsessed.

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Wendy June 10, 2012 at 5:11 pm

I’d love to hook The Trend Tribe up with gorjana. Let me know if you’re interested!

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Beth June 7, 2012 at 3:54 pm

OMG I want. Need!!! And how beautiful is she? And nice? Can we hate her? JUST KIDDING. :)

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Wendy June 10, 2012 at 5:10 pm

She’s drop dead gorgeous, right? Sucks to be beautiful and talented!

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Megan June 7, 2012 at 4:07 pm

That is a beautiful bracelet!

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Wendy June 10, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Wow! I love all the love from everyone about the gorjana bracelet! Maybe I’ll have to do a gorjana giveaway during the holidays!

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Amanda ~ sunny vegan June 7, 2012 at 4:24 pm

So pretty and I love their commitment to the community as well =)

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Wendy June 10, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Isn’t that a plus? It’s so easy to support companies who support charity and community. Love it!

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Jessica June 7, 2012 at 7:45 pm

I would really like to have that bracelet. It’s gorgeous.

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Wendy June 10, 2012 at 5:08 pm

It’s cute! I kind love the neon ones she’s making right now too!

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Stacey June 7, 2012 at 8:23 pm

So beautiful, I love the commitment to community and charity. Don’t count me out as a contender yet, started exercising this week :)

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Wendy June 10, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Oh, I’m certainly not counting anyone out yet! Like I told Natalie…Anything is possible!

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Natalie June 7, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Now hang on a second there- just because I was in 15th place today doesn’t mean I can’t knock it out of the park in the next 3 weeks, right? 😉 Just kidding. But dang- that bracelet is gorgeous!

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Wendy June 10, 2012 at 5:07 pm

ANYTHING is possible my sweet friend!

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Laural Out Loud June 7, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Man, I really should’ve done this challenge! This is jewelry that I’d feel so comfortable wearing.

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Wendy June 10, 2012 at 5:07 pm

I wish you would have too!!
Yes, I love what gorjana makes. Everything is totally wearable!

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Katy June 8, 2012 at 2:14 am

Gorgeous bracelet!

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Wendy June 10, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Isn’t it, Katy? Thanks for stopping by!!

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Ashley @ It's Fitting June 9, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Wow, I wish I were in this challenge because I LOVE that piece! So jealous of the lucky winner!!

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Wendy June 10, 2012 at 5:00 pm

It’s cute, huh?
Thanks girlie!

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