8.17.2009

Born to Fit Party + GAP 1969 Giveaway!


Welcome to the party! (Oh, and scroll to the bottom of this post if you want to get to the really good stuff... the giveaway!)

Last Wednesday, I had the pleasure of hosting a cocktail party for my girlfriends in honor of the launch of Gap's 1969 Premium Jeans. As I mentioned in a previous post, I was approached by a marketing firm called Brand About Town to be a Brand Enthusiast for Gap. To this, obviously, I happily agreed! And I felt even better about taking on this role after trying on the jeans, because I can honestly say that they are great, combining excellent fit with a very reasonable price point. As most of you know my style is super girly, with lots of dresses and the like - but I can honestly say that these jeans have opened up a new world for me. The Always Skinny in particular are very sexy and fit like a glove, and provide the perfect base for a floaty top and some super high stilettos! 

Anyway, my main obligation as a BE was to host a party for my girlfriends. Brand About Town provided lots of goodies that allowed me to throw a top-notch soiree, the best of which was a ton of denim...


They sent me a full run of sizes in three of the most popular styles - Always Skinny, Real Straight, and Sexy Boot - and each girl was allowed to try them on and then pick out a pair to take home. What an awesome party favor! Tote bags were also provided so they could all carry their jeans home in style. Not to mention I was provided with a slew of Gap gift cards, in case any the girls were unable to find the perfect size or fit.





A party is no good without yummy food and drink, or without a lovely place to stage it. My dear friend Ingrid was kind enough to loan her fabulous brownstone apartment, which offered a large living room for mingling and a connected bedroom that served as a "shop"/dressing area. We created a cocktail buffet on her antique farm table and set it with our combined collection of white pedestal dishes. Some of the tasty treats included spicy ahi tuna tartare, crostini with prosciutto, mozzarella and basil, and watermelon salad with mint... all washed down with rose cava and raspberry lemonade. Oh, and I can't forget the amazing chocolate and raspberry pavlova, made by my sister-in-law to be!




I also had a great time creating custom signage that reflected the theme of the event. Using super-inexpensive picture frames from Ikea, I filled each with a piece of cut-to-measure wrapping paper in a fun, slightly mod red and blue floral print. Then I printed my text using a color printer and cut it all out with a pair of scalloped scissors. Scalloped edges makes everything look cuter!


Some pretty pink dahlias...

It truly was a fantastic party, thanks to the fifteen lovely ladies who attended and to Ingrid who so graciously co-hosted. And of course to Gap for providing us all with an opportunity to try out and take home their awesome new line of jeans.

And now, it's your turn to try them out for yourselves! I'm offering a giveaway to my loyal readers: 5 lucky readers will receive a pair of Gap 1969 Premium jeans... and another one of you will receive a $50 Gap gift card! Simply comment on this post and tell me what you are looking forward to wearing your new denim with this fall, such as sexy heels or a boyfriend blazer or your favorite team's jersey. I'll be selecting 6 names at random on Monday, August 24, so please get in your comments by then. Good luck, everyone!

(P.S. A special thanks to Lauren of Bloggerific Tales for acting as party photographer and for contributing many of the photos seen above)

91 comments:

Erin said...

OOOh how fab! I saw the new jeans at the store and they are so cute! I'd love to pair them with a long cardigan and flats.

MeggyD said...

Wow! Awesome party! I bet your friends were stoked!!!

I'd be SO very excited to be one of your giveaway winners. I've been meaning to get to Gap to try on all their denim.

I want to try the Skinny ones with great heels. :)

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Pop Culture Casualty said...

Ms. Peacock Feathers! Thank goodness that Lauren's photos turned out so well. Mine were all blurry! This post is a wonderful tribute to the super fun party you threw. Thank you to the Gap for all the goodies. Thank YOU for collecting such a wonderful group of people.

Jackie said...

Fun party! Lucky you to be a Gap brand enthusiast. I am looking forward to wearing some dark skinny jeans with brown cowboy boots over them this fall, after seeing a pic of Hilary Duff in a similar look. Def going to go check out these in my local Gap!

Piper Jacquelyn said...

Your party looks like it was fantastic - I love the spread & the food sounds delish! I'd have to say I'm pretty excited about pairing denim with various blazers - esp. the boyfriend style {so glad it's popular this season!}.

Whitney said...

I'm looking forward to fall jeans and a cute tunic!

CC. said...

i love love love wearing gap skinnys with my tall brown boots with a heel and my jcrew grey blazer (with those leather elbow things) and a yummy light blue paisley scarf....or on weekends this long knit cozy sweater with my converse and jeans :)

ur party looks terrific and very ironic cause i made a watermelon/mint and cilantro salad this weekend!

Ginger said...

I have been crazy about these jeans since I first heard about them! Since I have no chance of getting a pair anytime soon, I was so excited to see you were hosting this giveaway. Crossing my fingers and hoping to wear a pair with a cute pair of boots and a plaid top but it definitely wouldnt end there! The sky would be the limit on ways to dress up those incredible jeans!

Jessica F said...

So fun! I've been starting quite the collection of white serving pieces so your food station made me excited to host something soon!

This fall I'll pair my jeans (straight leg and skinny) with chunky shoes that lace-up or criss-cross the foot (like these: http://tinyurl.com/ll9q7f) or any slouchy booties. Add a sleek blazer or tuxedo jacket and I'm set!

Emily said...

I love my denim. I'm looking forward to finding new creative ways to wear my current closet with a new pair of jeans. No limits!

Logan said...

Whoa, I just stumbled upon your blog and feel like its my lucky day! What a cool thing to be able to post.

Amanda @ Bits & Pieces said...

I'm looking forward to pairing with cozy sweaters, scarves, and boots! There's nothing like a crisp, sunny fall day!

Sara M. said...

My fall obsession are lace-up oxfords, so I know I rocking them with skinny jeans all over town!

Its still hot where I live, but I managed to sneak them in Saturday night!

bopbopdesigns said...

Great party! I would love to be wearing my favorite denim this fall but it looks like it may have to wait until I push this baby out... so typically my favortie part of fall is Gap jeans and my favortie Frye boots. :)
Great giveaway!!!

Jen said...

Looks like a fun party! I'd pair the Real Straight jeans with a long cardigan and cute flat boots.

Bridget K. said...

What a great event! I am looking forward to wearing jeans with a fancy top and heels for a girls night out on the town this fall!

kimlewiscvt@yahoo.com said...

What a fabulous event! I'm looking forward to wearing my high heeled boots with my jeans, I'm instantly 2 inches taller!

Dottie said...

HI!
How fun! What a great event! I love jeans -- can't think of life without them.

ms. less is always more said...

You LUCKY, LUCKY gal! I have tried a couple of pairs on and LOVE them! I can't wait to get back into jeans and cozy sweaters for the fall!

Dana said...

I am such a GAP girl, and especially love their boot cut jeans in the fall with a cute, chunky wrap sweater! Perfect for a crispy fall day! :) Your party looks fabulous!

Jennifer said...

All the food looks great!

The sexy boot jeans would look fabulous with a new pair of hot pink heels I have eyeing up and this would be a good time to get them :-)

Katie Carpenter said...

We are a Gap family! And The sexy boot cut jeans will look fantastic on my new post baby bod with a fun and flowy top! I have a one month old new baby Gap girl!

Amy said...

Your party looked great! Love the signage!

I'm looking forward to wearing my favorite denim with a big, warm sweater and boots! My absolute favorite part of fall!

Bernadette said...

Wow, I want an invite to your parties! Looks fabulous!

I am so looking forward to fall so I can wear my jeans with a warm and cozy sweater and one of my favorite scarves....love the cold weather!

SamanthaHub said...

Your brand party looked adorable! And so fun with the yummy food and such a great brand to represent.

I'd be all over the Real Straight Gap jeans with a lightweight white J.Crew pullover sweater I just bought and a summer-fall transition scarf and a pair of flats by day! (Or heels by night haha).

Thanks for the opportunity to enter this great give-a-way!

Down Comforter said...

What an amzing party opputumity. I bet all your gal pals were thrilled to be invited!

Melissa said...

Cute party!

I absolutely look forward to wearing my jeans (after losing the rest of this baby weight!) with a silky tank top and cozy cardigan. I can't wait!

Stephanie said...

What a great party and giveaway!!! Thanks for the chance... I could certainly use some new jeans... or the gift card - heck I need a new wardrobe!

Kate said...

I wish I could got a party like yours - or host one - it looked like a fun time (the signs were adorable!)

As for what I'd do with the new jeans? I got a gorgeous cashmere sweater last Christmas & with a sick baby and toddler only got to wear it once! I would love to wear that with a brand new pair of jeans and great boots for a date night with my husband!

Peck Avenue said...

Such an awesome giveaway! I saw these in the store and have been dying to try them - Id choose the bootcut in a super dark wash to go with this amazing mustard yellow trench Ive been eyeing lately....*sigh* I love Autumn!

katie said...

Dark denim with deep purple ANYTHING is my fall vision! I cannot wait to try the new gap jeans I've been reading about everywhere!

Lauren said...

Hey Elizabeth! The post is great and thanks so much for the shout out. Again, I had an awesome time at your party and LOVE my skinny jeans! I can't wait to wear them with boots or flats. I'd wear them with stilettos but Seriously, I'd fall. All the time. Ask Lisa. :)

Natalie said...

What a lovely party! I can't wait for fall, a great pair of jeans & my peep-toe Mary Janes. xo!

Kiley said...

I wear jeans practically every day (even for work) and I can't wait to try on these new jeans with comfy sweaters for the fall!

ria said...

I just got the perfect pair of leopard flats to pair with skinny jeans and my grandmother's blazer!

Btw, the decorations around the food are beautiful, as is the old farm table!

ABF said...

I'm excited for fall to come so i can wear my jeans with riding boots and a fitted blazer!

LindsB said...

Wow, what an awesome party!! It looked like a blast and the food looked amazing!

I would LOVE to wear a new pair of Gap 1969 Premium jeans with my grandmas vintage black leather boots and a belted sweater.

Lindsey said...

Great fitting jeans with a comfy tshirt and sexy heels.

I would love to try the new jeans styles!!

Susan said...

I just bought a pair of awesome 3" heeled ankle boots at Anthropologie and they are just screaming to be worn with some skinny denim from Gap. I've had my eye on their Always Skinny pair and would love to get a pair!! Especially to show off to my husband who just got back from 6 months in Kuwait serving in the military.

Karen Ann said...

I can't wait to wear my jeans with a new pair of cowboy boots!

karen

melifaif said...

What a cool par-tay with exceptional party favors to part with! I am jealous just a little bit. Maybe I will get lucky and win a pair of the skinny Gap jeans! I would love to pair them with some stilletos and my fall favorite - turtleneck sweaters - in a purple persuasion.

rachelshingleton said...

OH wow! How on earth did you get so lucky?! What a fun party!

I can't wait for fall. I am ready to get my layer on! I'm a cotton kind of girl, so I can't wait to layer my tank tops with long boyfriend cardigans and drapey scarves.

Waxy said...

Wow - great giveaway! I love fall and cannot wait to put on a tee shirt with a cozy cardigan over it with jeans...and a pair of boots too of course! And fingerless gloves for when I am reading and I catch a chill! Love it!!!

Anne01 said...

How fun! I'd love to pair the Always Skinny jeans with a pair of tall brown leather boots!

Kasey said...

Always skinny jeans and motorcycle boots!! Thanks!

kay* said...

what an awesome giveaway!

i'm really trying to make it my mission to girly-er so i'd pair it with a nice ruffle-y shirt....on the other hand i've been eyeing some v-neck loose fitting t-shirts too for a casual look :)

Chantel I. said...

I'm not a skinny girl, so I can't wear the skinny jeans. But if there's a pair with a more relaxed fit, I'm totally there. If I won the jeans, I'd buy a nice new fall shirt to go with them.

Embellished Bayou said...

What an awesome giveaway! I'm looking forward to wearing my jeans with a tank top and fringy houndstooth scarf.

Lizzie said...

Love the buffet table, the food looks so yummy.

I look forward to wearing some skinny jeans, boots and a big sweater to football games this fall.

TZel said...

I got an awesome gray wool blazer at Goodwill for $3!- I think it will look great with jeans this fall- thanks!

jamieofalltrades said...

Boots! Thinking about boots is the only way I can make it through the transition from Summer to Fall!

Amanda K said...

Oh, the party looks fabulous!!
So lucky!!
I would love to wear my new denim with a simple white tee and my new black Express blazer, and a pair of Modern Vintage boots.

Thank you =)

KayRN said...

Awesome giveaway! I've always wanted to try a pair of the new Gap jeans. The party looks so fun and he watermelon looks delicious!

L.KaylaRN[at]gmail[dot]com

A&J said...

I would wear the sexy boot jeans with my shorty boots, and a slouchy sweater!

Kristen Sara said...

Your party looks like it was amazing! And that food is making me so hungry- especially those deviled eggs I eyed in the background!
I'm a student- so being treated to a new pair of jeans would be heavenly! I would wear them to class with a tee, and for fun I would dress them up for a night out with a cute tunic or cropped jacket. I am crossing my fingers!! Yeah!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I have a fun jean jacket that it would be great to wear these with. Either that or some cute fall shirts I have. I LOVE the fall.

-Lauren
lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

Full House said...

Oh my, I was just thinking tonight how I really wanted a pair of these for fall. I would pair mine with my new Frye boots & I wrap around sweater with a belt.

I promise if I win them I will try to wear them well:)

swisewoman said...

love the party signage and the food looked amazing.

i am busting out some of my mom's 'vintage' blazers from the 80's, ones i remember that she used to wear all the time!!

arielle said...

I'll play! I like to use skinny jeans to play with both feminine and masculine vibes; cute, not-too-tall heels on the bottom, and a longish, collegiate-inspired cardigan on top.

Oh, I love fall.

Meredith said...

What a fun time! I loooooooove Gap jeans, and have worn them since high school. I would wear the 1969's with some of the new J. Crew Fall stuff that I got in Delaware. Can I get a what-what to outlet shopping?!

Of course, they would go just fine with my Pittsburgh Steelers jersey on Sunday mornings as well!!

Erica said...

Love Gap jeans, I can't wait to try on this new line!

I'd love to wear the skinny jeans with some killer wedges and a long cardigan.

Beks said...

Love the always skinny jeans, would love a pair in any of the colors!! Agreed, tried them and fit perfectly!!!

chelsea said...

Love it!! I'd wear mine with a really pretty lightweight fuschia cardigan I also got from gap!
or with some sparkly patten red flats. but probably most of the time with a long sleeve t.
I'm sharing too much!!

Liz said...

I love Gap jeans! LOVE THEM! They are the only brand that fits me really well. I would love to try the Real Straight style with heels and one of my new sweaters.

Jessica said...

I love the real skinny jeans - would look great with some suede booties and a long ruffley plaid shirt!

Katelyn M said...

Amazing giveaway! Those new Gap jeans look so pretty. I would love to try a pair out.

Hanapumpkin@gmail.com

Karra said...

I can't wait to wear my new denim with the logo hoodie from my college!! I'm returning to college for my final year and I'm sooooo excited!

And nothing says Senior year like a college hoodie and perfect jeans. :)

inthetweeds said...

Ooh! I'd love to win a new pair of skinney jeans for fall! Great giveaway!

Renee said...

I really enjoy reading your blog, and the party looked like so much fun! I am looking forward to wearing a pair of Always Skinny jeans with my lace detail cardigan and some wild print flats.

reneecarleen@gmail.com

Mandy said...

What a fabulous giveaway! I can't wait to wear jeans a sweater and a scarf this fall. My favorite season!

Jen said...

I love your cute party theme with the picture frames and fabric, especially the dressing room sign! I'd love to rediscover Gap jeans. I haven't worn them in years, and I'm anxious to try them out again. I'd pair them with some high heels, t-shirt and a vest.

jenod85 at yahoo dot com

kristine said...

What a sweet giveaway--I loooooove Gap's new line of jeans! I can't wait to try them with sweaters...cozy, snuggly, nubbly, wear-them-at-a-football-game sweaters.

Tia said...

What to wear them with? A really girly top with princess sleeves a long layered necklace and a large cocktail ring. Hair lightly curled, black matte nail polish, stilettos with built-in platforms, for that super tall look. And a big envelope clutch.

Forrest Nicole said...

Cute party!

I can't wait to wear my typical fall outfit, jeans, black v-neck sweater, hot pink pashmina and leopard print ballet flats. Unfortunately I live in Texas, so it will be a while till sweater weather...

Kitty said...

Once sundress season is over (soon enough), my uniform will become jeans and denim jackets (never worn with the aforementioned jeans!). I pair my jeans with boots, and I have always loved the durability of GAP clothing. I recently wrote a post on hosting a fashion swap party, and I would love to link up your article since your photos from your party are so illustrative! Nice changing rooms! Thanks! kitty.

spark! (Ada-Marie) said...

Looking forward to wearing my new denim with an awesome Anthro sweater coat and a wide belt. Fall can't come soon enough. Thanks for the giveaway and I love your blog!

Tana C (Orangeitlovely) said...

I love gap jeans and was actually planning to go to the mall tomorrow to try these jeans out! Guess I will wait to see if I won first! I hope!:)
I am loving the leather motorcycle jackets out for the fall. I would wear my jeans with that, a plaid cami and new Frye boots! Maybe an throw in a scarf!
Great giveaway!

jen said...

I LOVE your blog and I LOVE Gap jeans...it's a good day and a good post :) hope I win! thanks for giving me something fun to read!

Jordan said...

I am so excited for the Fall to come! This means I get to pair my denim w/ a scarf and boots!

meredith said...

oooh, love gap jeans! i am thinking 'comfy with elegance' for fall so would pair them with a soft wrap sweater and my favorite black leather flats... thanks!

stigg100 said...

Love the party and the giveaway!

I'd pair the saturated dark wash curvy with a pair of purple velvet stillettos and a boyfriend jacket.

Sarah Banks said...

How fun! It would be fantastic to get a pair of the new Gap jeans to start fall off right.

Thanks for the blog. It gives me endless inspiration.

jessibee said...

Your party looked so fancy and you are making me drool mentioning anything chocolate and raspberry!

I CANNOT WAIT for fall! I've never tried a pair of GAP jeans and I would love to. Just to find a great pair of jeans that actually fit would be so nice. I'd be looking forward to wearing them with a long cardigan, a ruffly lacy blouse, the high heeled maryjanes my husband bought me, and my great-grandmother's extra long pearls. Oh, I wish it was already sweater weather!

Thank you for this giveaway opportunity. So fun!

Amber said...

I want to wear them with a skinnier tushy (butt). Yes you read that right.

Steph A. said...

Super fun - this is my first time on this blog - very awesome. I need to try the Sexy Boot Cut with a fun button down blouse and cardigan. Yes!

Dana Shultz said...

Looked like a great night out! The new Gap jeans look great. Perfect with a crisp white t-shirt : )

drapson@hotmail.com

SparkerShop said...

Sounds like a fun party! I would love to have a new pair of jeans to go with some sky-high heels!s

Dana said...

I JUST bought a pair of Gap jeans and I love what they've done! It is the most fabulous fit and wash! My wallet even sang a little diddy as I left called "goodbye overpriced designer jeans." So I will gladly take another pair please!
Great party btw! Appetizers looked positively scrumptious...

Tina said...

The jeans are fab and the party looks perfect!
TinaNCannon@netzero.net

Rachel said...

Wow - What an awesome opportunity!
We are a Gap family and i am a Gap-lovin' gal. I love my low rise boot cut and my straight leg jeans from the Gap. I stay home with my kids and I love to wear my jeans with stylish flats and cozy carigans - add a cute necklace or scarf and I feel like a hip mama. Thanks
Rachel

pretty*pink*rat said...

I've never tried skinny jeans, but I'd love to! This would be the perfect chance! I'd pair mine with a killer pair of heels and a flowy top with sparkly, for hitting up the town!