Friday, August 10, 2018

Chasing Rainbows

No matter what you believe about rainbows, they are truly magical.  As a young girl, I remember chasing rainbows after the rain looking for that pot of gold at the end.  I never believed in leprechauns, they were too scary!  I always thought there was a sparkly unicorn at the end who would grant me three wishes! 

As an adult, rainbows took on a different meaning.  Several years ago, I was on the way to my mother's funeral.  It was a gorgeous sunny day out and my children were in the back of the car. It was a quiet and somber drive...not much conversation was happening.  All of a sudden the muted silence was broken and my son Jack excitedly said,

 "Look mama, a rainbow!  Do you think Nanny painted that in the sky?" 

We all looked up into the sky and there it was...a beautiful, colorful, serene rainbow shining brightly on a clear, hot sunny day.  I couldn't take my eyes off it.  I was in disbelief.  How could there be a rainbow in the sky today?  There was no rain, no made no logical sense.  I was overcome with emotion and tears and within that moment I found clarity.  It didn't take me long to realize the only reasonable explanation was... 

what my son believed...  
A RAINBOW is a promise

of sunshine after rain
of calm after storms
of joy after sadness
of peace after pain
of love after loss

As you can imagine, I hold a special place in my heart for rainbows.  In addition to having an emotional connection with them, I love the bold and bright colors which make a statement about me!  So today, I've rounded up some of my favorite rainbow inspo because lets face it...wearing rainbows will make you feel like a unicorn giving big rainbow hugs,,,and who doesn't need that once in a while?  



Thursday, August 9, 2018

Ashes & Diamonds Winery

If you are planning a trip to Napa Valley, you'll want to ensure you add this winery to your list of must stops.  I grabbed two girlfriends on a sunny summer day and we headed to the ultra chic and modern Ashes & Diamonds Winery for some wine tasting, photos, and lots of fun!!   

Outfit Details:

Tropical Stripe Midi Dress found here (similar here, here, and here)
Brown Slide Sandals found here (similar here, here, and here)
Straw Sun Hat found here (similar here, here, and here)
Wicker Bucket Bag found here (similar here, here, and here)
Red Sunglasses found here (similar here, here, and here)

Ashes & Diamonds Winery is located in the heart of Napa just off of Highway 29.  I wasn't sure what to expect as I didn't do any research before we arrived.  When we drove up, I was immediately mesmerized by the striking and bold architecture.  It felt like we just arrived to a sunny and colorful Palm Springs hotel - not the typical vibe you'll find in rustic Napa Valley!  I LOVED it!  

The iconic zig zag roof, port holes, and vibrant bright colors pay homage to California's mid-century modern design from the past, seamlessly integrated with a state-of-the-art wine production facility surrounded by light, airy landscapes and playful gathering spots to sip wine and enjoy the views with your friends! 

We decided to sit on the outside patio and enjoy the A&D Wine Flight which is a tasting from their current release of four to six wines.  The price varies from $40-$55 per person based on the number of tastings included in your flight (from 4-6).   Tastings can be enjoyed in the inside lounge area (highly recommended when it's super hot outside!), at the tasting bar, or the outdoor patio looking out onto the estate vineyards.   I highly suggest you make reservations before visiting, especially if you are headed there on weekends or during the busy summertime.  Click here for making reservations in advance. 

Napa can get really hot in the summer time and this 90+ degree day was no exception!  I decided to wear this tropical print midi dress.  I love the spaghetti straps which are adjustable and crisscross on the back.  It's made with a thicker, scuba style, smooth material which makes it very comfortable.  The back of the dress is bare down to the waist so you will need to go sans bra or use  pasties.  Given the thicker material, I decided to leave both the bra an pasties at home and felt quite comfortable all day long!  

We had the best time visiting Ashes and Diamonds Winery and Vineyards and have plans to visit again this coming fall!  I highly recommend this stop on your Napa Valley itinerary if you haven't been there yet!  The wines are fabulous and the mid-century architecture really creates a fun and cool vibe!  I hope you are enjoying these last few weeks of summer!   I can't believe how quickly it's going by!  My kids go back to school in two weeks!

For more things to see and do in and Napa/Sonoma County, check out the posts below or visit my Travel page. Also, if you haven't had a chance to sign up for my newsletter you can subscribe here!  It's a great way to connect with all of you about new posts, great sales you don't want to miss, Q&A on various fashion, beauty, home decor, and travel topics, and so much more!  Don't worry, I won't overcrowd your inbox!  Also, don't forget you can shop all of the looks from my blog on my shop page!

Happy Summer!


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Friday, July 20, 2018

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Public Access

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens to the public today and this is my favorite sale of them all!  You all know how much I love to shop at Nordstrom and this is the best time to pick up your favorite fall styles and trends!  I've selected my top picks from each category below!  What are your favorite sale finds? 

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Gal Meets Glam Abigail Dress

When it comes to summer, I love to wear easy breezy dresses that are comfortable, cool, and simple to accessorize!  The Abigail dress from the Gal Meets Glam Collection fits all those needs plus has the flirty fit and flare style that I adore!

Photography By: Lucy Marie Photography

Featured: Gal Meets Glam Abigail Dress (found here and here)

Sandals: Kelly & Katie Kirstie sandals found here
(I'm wearing them in "Natural Nude Leather" but they also come in many other beautiful spring/summer colors!)

Sun Hat: I'm wearing this straw hat found here
I love this hat because you can easily switch out the bow with any scarf
I used this solid yellow scarf found here and cut it in half
(similar options found herehere, and here)

The yellow and green painterly floral pattern on this dress is a perfect color combination for summertime.  The back of the dress has a cute cut out style that ties at the back which is a fun detail.  The Abigail dress is lined and make with a linen/rayon blend which makes it very breathable and comfortable for these hot summer days we've experienced recently in the SF bay area!  Put on some cute yellow sunglasses like these retro oval shaped ones here or these fun cat eye frames here   Also, one of my favorite trends for summer is wicker bags!  I've rounded up a few of my favorites in the shopping links below.  


This is the third dress I've blogged about from the Gal Meets Glam Collection.  You can find the first post here wearing the Evelyn dress and the second post here wearing the Yvonne dress.  When I find dresses that fit me well, are tailored with high quality, and have those darling details I adore, I generally stick with them.  I did have to size up on this dress, unlike the last two I blogged about.  I normally wear a size 8 and needed this one in a size 10, primarily as it ran a little too tight in the bust area - I am a 36C.      


If you haven't tried the beautiful dresses from the Gal Meets Glam Collection, now is a good time as many of the styles from the initial launch are currently on sale for 40% off!  I've linked them all below so you can find the one you like the best and grab it before it sells out!  The sale does not include the Abigail dress I am wearing in this post, but it does include the Yvonne and Evelyn dresses which are two of my favorites I recently blogged about.  They are the first two in the shop pics below!

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