This past Sunday, I had the wonderful honor and privilege to be a part of a Fall Fashion Blogger Bruncheon presented by The US Grant Hotel, Neiman Marcus Fashion Valley and J Public Relations. It was held at the beautiful and historic US Grant Hotel in Downtown San Diego at their Grant Grill, and began with a delicious waffle brunch and much mingling with my fellow bloggers. I immediately sat with my pals Jennifer of Malcriada and Vanessa of Fashion Mixtape, as it has been a little while since I had seen these lovely ladies. Also at our table was Paulina, Alessandra, Tuyaymya, all who have their own blogs, but also contribute to the San Diego Style Bloggers official blog. Rounding out our table was Mark Higginbotham, director of Sales & Marketing at The US Grant Hotel, and the ladies of J Public Relations. I was also excited to meet Laura Martell, who wrote Gentleman Norman: How To Be A Man. I remember seeing her on KUSI and it was fun to meet her in person. I was also very happy to finally meet Gretchen and Britt of Nubry. They are as beautiful in person as they are on their blog. And of course, it was great to see familiar faces of bloggers I’ve met, and to meet new blogger friends!
Brunch at The Grant Grill was one of the best I’ve had in San Diego. Other than the signature cocktail, the waffle bar was by far the best part of the meal, especially after Mark described all of the wonderful toppings. He convinced me to try the Muscovado sugar, explaining its the way sugar should be made and I have to agree! The sugar was raw and subtle, and gave just enough sweetness to my waffle without overpowering it. Thank you Mark!
The fall fashion preview, presented by Neiman Marcus of Fashion Valley, immediately followed and made me all the more anxious for cooler weather. Each collection was meticulously styled by Alex Yanez of Neiman Marcus, and featured selections from “The List for Her” of their Fall 2013 Trends. Although my heart adored the “Rocker Chic” collection, I really fell in love with everything from “Red, The New Neutral”. I’m definitely breaking out my biker jacket and pairing it with something fabulous in red, just to bring the two together in the way Alex did. Two of the most beautiful pieces of the collections (in my humble opinion) was the Alexander McQueen printed clutch from the “Red” collection, and the black dress from the “Lace Noir” collection. But I’ll let the fashions speak for themselves in the pictures below. There are quite a few photos to get through, but I’m sure you will agree that it’s all well worth it.
After the fashion preview, we all did as bloggers do: take pictures galore! It was so much fun, and I want to thank The US Grant Hotel, Neiman Marcus Fashion Valley and J Public Relations for a lovely event. Hope you had a great weekend!
The Grant Grill and the lobby of The US Grant Hotel, so elegant!
Have camera, will blog!
Paulina already doing her blogger duties!
Tuyaymya, Alessandra and Jess
Mark of The US Grant, Vanessa and Jennifer
The waffle bar. I couldn’t believe all of the toppings that were available!
This morning cocktail was quite delicious and refreshing!
Although I had some basics, I must bring special attention to my waffle creations. Waffle 1: Hershey & Kit Kat waffle with whipped Nutella. Waffle 2: Cinnamon, Pineapple & coconut waffle with citrus marscapone cream, topped with Muscovado sugar. Oh myyyyyy!
I would like everything on this table please!
Alex and the beautiful models.
Jade, Paulina, Jess, Alessandra and Tuyaymya
Lindsay & Kristen of J Public Relations, Tanya, Sara, and Bianca
With Jess and Alessandra
With Tuyaymya and Jennifer
My outfit for the brunch: Bar III dress; Mango jacket; White House/Black Market shoes; The Classic Cambridge Satchel in patented navy leather; Charming Charlie rhinestone bow necklace; Suki Bijoux rings; iSee glasses from GlassesUSA (photo taken by Jennifer)
We received lovely gifts at the end of the day. Gift 1: The Centennial Manhattan Cupcake, made exclusively for The US Grant by Yummy Cupcakes San Diego. SO. GOOD!
Gift 2: A gift certificate for The Grant Grill. I’m taking my hubby!
Gift 3: A tote filled with goodies from Neiman Marcus.
Hooray for #SDStyleBloggers: Alessandra of Alessandra Gonzalez; Laura Martella, author of Gentlemen Norman: How To Be A Man; Jess of A Glam Diary; Tanya of La Bella Tanchi; Jade of These Days; Jea of Dainty Jea; Sara of Sara’s Sweet Style; Paulina of Lil Bits of Chic; Amber of Face It Catalog; Your’s Truly; Vanessa of Fashion Mixtape; Bianca of The In-Between Girls; Gretchen and Britt of Nubry; Tuyaymya of White Tee Black Dress; Jennifer of Malcriada