Two-Piece Sets

two piece sets

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Summer is officially here and we all want to stay cool while looking stylish on these hot and humid days.  This season’s collection of two-piece sets is the epitome of feminine and flirty, made of light and airy fabrics to help keep you cool this summer.  I love how versatile these pieces are individually, offering so many options when worn separately.  These two-piece sets take the guess work out of deciding what to wear so you have more important things to think about, like keeping your makeup from melting off and your hair from frizzing!

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

father's day gift ideas

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Father’s Day is coming up this Sunday (June 18th) so I thought I would share a few gift ideas.  I hope this gives you a little inspiration!

Summer Whites

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Summer is almost officially here and that means it’s time to trade in your little black dress for a little white dress.  I love the look of an all white outfit in the summertime, it looks so clean, crisp and fresh!  If there is one item that speaks to summer, it’s a white dress.  This flowing maxi dress is an effortless look and the front slits make it ideal for a warm summer day.  This dress is so light and airy it could double as a cover up over your swimsuit and can also be worn on or off the shoulder.  This wrap dress is not only comfortable but also feminine with the ruffle details and dainty strap.  It’s always fun to have a romper and this one has the classiest details.  The halter neckline, front beaded embellishments and lattice trimming on the shorts make it a dressier option.  This cold shoulder midi dress has a lovely lace trimmed ruffle that adds a touch of elegance and the delicate fabric is sure to keep you cool.  This sheath dress is so chic and elegant with the medallion motif lace detailing and fitted waistline.  Whether you’re looking for easy breezy or elegant and classy, these summer white dresses are perfect!

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

mothers day gift ideas

1. Bath Salts | 2. Candle | 3. Sleep Mask | 4. Sugar Scrub | 5. Wine Glass | 6. Bath Caddy

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and I’ve listed some gift ideas that are sure to help mom unwind and relax.  For all of you last minute shoppers out there, flowers are always a lovely option.

Napa Valley

nickel and nickel winery

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of taking a trip out west with one of my best girlfriends, Alison, to visit Napa Valley.  We’ve been the best of friends for so many years, and with her living in Chicago we don’t get to see each other as often as we’d like, so we were super excited for a reunion in wine country!  If you love wine, beautiful weather and breathtaking views, then Napa Valley is definitely a place you should visit at least once.  The views are stunning and the wine is exceptionally delicious!

napa valleynapa valleynapa valleyThe first winery we visited was the V. Sattui Winery.  This winery had a fun and exciting feel to it and everyone was so friendly.  The weather was absolutely perfect so we decided to grab lunch from their Artisan Deli to enjoy out on the picnic grounds before our wine tasting.  After lunch we made our way in for a tasting and it was at this winery I realized that I like Chardonnay.  My favorite here was the 2015 Los Carneros.  It had hints of pear, ripe fig, honeydew and white peach.  Doesn’t that just make your mouth water?!  They had a really great Merlot as well, the 2013 Napa Valley Merlot.  This one had hints of cherries, green olives, currants and tobacco.  An interesting combination, but was actually quite delicious.     grgich-hills-estatenapa valley napa valley We later made our way to the iconic Grgich Hills Estate where the wine and the views were absolutely amazing!  We encountered a very enthusiastic wine steward who couldn’t wait to give us our wine tasting and a little history on the estate.  Miljenko Grgich, a winemaker who crafted the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, that won the Judgement of Paris in 1976 as the finest white wine in the world.  After the Judgement, Grgich partnered with Austin Hills (of Hills Bros. Coffee) to begin the family owned and operated Grgich Hills Estate producing high quality wines.  At the age of 94, Miljenko is still involved at Grgich Hills Estate.  I guess wine keeps you young, I’ll cheers to that!

Of all the wineries we visited, this one had the best reds.  Alison and I loved the 2016 Yountville Old Wine Cabernet Sauvignon.  This is hands down the best red wine I’ve ever had!  It’s rich flavors of blackberries, black licorice and a hint of allspice packed a very pleasing punch to the palate.           nickel and nickel winerynickel and nickel wineryWe couldn’t resist pulling over on the side of the road to get pictures of the white picket fence at this farmstead winery at Nickel & Nickel Winery.  Thanks for being my photographer, Alison!sterling vineyardsnapa valleynapa valleynapa valley My beautiful friend Alison.napa valleynapa valley This is Sterling Vineyards, my favorite winery we visited!  It’s perched 300 feet above the town of Calistoga and has panoramic views of Napa Valley.  As you can see, the views are just breathtaking!  An interesting surprise to me is that we had to take an aerial tram to get up the hill to the winery.  For those of you who know me, I am terrified of heights, so I was really nervous on the ride up (the ride down wasn’t so bad because I already had some wine in me and was feeling verrry relaxed).  We could have stayed here all day soaking in the views.  This winery is a must on your list!freemark abbey freemark abbey freemark abbey freemark abbey napa valley

This is the Freemark Abbey Winery.  Of all the wineries we visited, this one was the most interesting in history to me.  Upon walking in there is a very warm and inviting feeling, and once you start your tasting you begin to learn the history of this iconic stone building.  It was originally constructed in 1886 and underwent renovations in 2015, click here to learn more.  Freemark Abbey Winery graces the label of one of the valley’s legacy wineries, renowned for its participation in the pivotal Judgement of Paris wine tasting of 1976 – a distinction that placed Napa Valley squarely on the world wine stage.

Here is where I discovered a love for Chardonnay!  The flavors in this 2015 Chardonnay were bursting in my mouth like a tropical fruit cocktail!  The pear, citrus, lemonlime, green apple and peach were so light, crisp and refreshing.  This winery had a really great red wine as well, we particularly enjoyed the 2012 Sycamore Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.  There was so much going on in this wine that I wasn’t sure how it would taste.  With flavors of blackberry, currant, dark chocolate truffle with cocoa dust, cinnamon and clove, it was quite pleasant.

So outside of the Freemark Abbey Winery there are these beautiful flowers in which I just had to get a photo with.  Little did I know there were hundreds of bees on these flowers buzzing right above head.  Along with my fear of heights, I have a fear of bees (usually because they always try to sting me for no good reason) so I was trying not to freak out in this picture while Alison hurried to take the shot.  Luckily we survived, me and the bees.

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We stopped at Beringer Vineyards just in time before they closed to do a quick walk around the property, it looked so pretty from the road not to.  This vineyard is the oldest continuously operating winery in Napa Valley.  The landscape was beautiful and I found another water fountain to pose with.

One of the wineries we visited, which I didn’t get any photos of, was Napa Cellars.  Here is where I had another wonderful Chardonnay.  The 2013 Napa Cellars V Collection Chardonnay was so delicious.  Flavors of green apple, white nectarine, tangerine, fig, and honey filled my senses with delight.

We also did an olive oil tasting at the Napa Valley Extra Virgin.  I love olive oil and use it every day, so I was really excited about this.  Their olive oil is from branch to bottle – first press, cold press.  The taste was amazing, so fresh and flavorful.  My favorite was the Duck L’Olive.  They also offered a balsamic tasting and my favorite was the Blackberry Balsamic.

There are about 400 wineries with tasting rooms in Napa Valley.  If you’ve been to wine country, I’d love to hear some of your favorites!

Shopbop Spring Sale

shopbop spring sale

1. Dress | 2. Sunglasses | 3. Sandals | 4. Earrings | 5. One-piece | 6. Hat | 7. Clutch | 8. Bracelet

shopbop sale

It’s the perfect time to pick up a few new spring pieces with Shopbop’s ‘Event Of The Season’ sale going on now through Friday, April 14th.  Use code EVENT17 to save 20% on orders under $500 and 25% on orders over $500.  I’ve put together some of my favorites from the sale, and especially loving the print on this dress and this one-piece swimsuit!

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