#iwillrockthis | featured contributor | gorjana

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.


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!


Graham Leather Bracelet

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

3275 Laguna Canyon Rd, R-1
Laguna Beach, CA 92651


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.


Laguna Beach Food Truck Festival | This Saturday!

Food trucks hardly ever disappoint, right?  The  First Annual Laguna Beach Food Truck Festival is this Saturday, May 12th from 11:30am – 3:00pm!  The event is presented by The Gorjana and Griffin Foundation and will benefit the CHOC Foundation.  Tickets are $35 which will get you FIVE tastings from any of the food trucks.  Have you tried the carnitas fries from The Lime Truck?  Holy deliciousness.

Don’t take my word for it though — Get your buns in the car and get to beautiful Laguna Beach this Saturday!  This is an event not to be missed!

This is a non-sponsored post.  I have not received any financial compensation to promote the Laguna Beach Food Truck Festival.  This post appears as a courtesy to my friends at Gorjana.  Plus, it’s for a good cause!

Laguna Beach Food Truck Festival | Gorjana

This event has been marked on my calendar for months now! If you need me on May 12th from 11:30 – 3:00pm I’ll be with the family down in Laguna Beach to support the Gorjana and Griffin Foundation as they host their First Annual Laguna Beach Food Truck Festival! The event will benefit CHOC Children’s Foundation which exists to generate community awareness and resources for CHOC Children’s Hospital of Orange County and CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital.

Who doesn’t love a food truck? A half-dozen of the very best will be in attendance serving up a special tasting menu for the day. Tickets cost $35 for five tastings from any truck.  Check out the official flyer for details!


Food, entertainment, and a ton of fabulous prizes are to be raffled off!  What more is there to ask for?  Mark your calendars now for the Laguna Beach Food Truck Festival on May 12th from 11:30am – 3:00pm in the Laguna Culinary Arts parking lot (adjacent to the Sawdust Festival grounds).  Tickets can be pre-purchased at LBFTF.com today!  I’ll definitely see you there!


I was not compensated to promote the Laguna Beach Food Truck Festival hosted by the Gorjana and Griffin Foundation.  This post appears as a courtesy to my friends at Gorjana.