Live Well: Sonoma Getaway

Madewell Dress, Rocket Dog boots, J. Crew necklace, Rebecca Minkoff bag, Anthropologie sunglasses

There's nothing I enjoy doing more when we have guests in town than going up to wine country. With so many wineries (and so many wines!) you can do something new and different every single time you go. When we went with my husband's sister this past Sunday, we visited Gloria Ferrer, Loxton, Gundlach Bundschu, and Ram's Gate. We enjoyed all of the wines, and the broad swath of experiences was fun to take in on one day - from sunny, hilltop Gloria to touristy but gorgeous Gundlach to the always-classy Ram's Gate to Loxton, which is literally located in the winery garage. We took it slow, enjoyed each sip, soaked in some sun, and loved every minute. Now, who wants to come visit so I can plan another trip?











DSC_1346My beautiful sister-in-law.

There's just something about Wednesday night, guys - somehow I always seem to end up working until I go to bed. Oh well - in my old job, I was NEVER the last person in the office. I would leave at the first chance I got pretty much every night because I hated the work. These days, I'm happy to stay late - I hardly ever notice when the clock hits 6:00, then 7:00, then sometimes 8:00 while I'm working away. And although that probably means a lot of hours sitting at my desk, at least they're enjoyable hours, right?

All right, enough of that - there are few things as terribly, terribly boring as someone talking about how many hours they work. I hope everyone's short week is going really well so far - I'll be back tomorrow with a Friday outfit post!


Live Well: Red, White, and Blue (Part 2)

DSC_8737Last Saturday, my husband, some of our friends and I enjoyed a wonderful day at Ram's Gate Winery in Sonoma. The wine was fantastic (both red and white..are the titles of this post and Monday's starting to make sense now?), the food delicious, and the service impeccable. On top of all of that, it was an absolutely perfect day - it was amazing how quickly the hours passed by as we ate, drank, talked, and laughed sitting in the winery's beautiful indoor-outdoor space. I kind of wish I was going back tomorrow (and every Saturday from here on out...) - I can't recommend it highly enough if you're looking for a relaxed, quiet day in Sonoma.








DSC_8733Well, my first week at Shopkick is coming to a close - can you believe it? It flew by so quickly (I think that's the first time I've ever said that about a work week). After five days I think I can definitively say that I love my great is that? I am looking forward to the weekend, though - a weekend filled with long naps and good food with good friends will be the perfect way to top off a great first week.

Have a great Friday (and a great weekend) and I'll see you back here on Monday!

Eat Well (and Drink Well): Sonoma Snaps

Two weekends ago I had the pleasure of driving up to Sonoma with my husband and his parents. Although I've only ventured into wine country five or so times, I have to say that based on my experiences thus far, I find Sonoma to be a lot more enjoyable than Napa. Even though I tend to prefer the kinds of wines that are produced in Napa, the gorgeous scenery, low-keyness, and uncrowded nature of Sonoma outweighs my slight preference for Cabernet over Pinot Noir.

How awesome is this bridge?

I was pretty excited to see the Lone Star flying over California.

We visited Arista, Stonestreet, and Chalk Hill wineries while we were in Sonoma. I highly suggest them all!

I had so much fun this past weekend hanging out with my friend. Somewhat unfortunately, the weekend ended on a bit of a rushed note with my friend's flight back to New York being cancelled, her finding this out at about 1AM Sunday morning, and her then booking a new flight to New York that left at 6AM. So obviously we just stayed up until we had to go to the airport watching reruns of the original Charlie's Angels.

Here's hoping that all of you out on the East coast get to enjoy a "hurricane day" that's heavy on being snuggled up on your couch with a book in hand, and light on destructive rain and wind. Stay safe, and have a great week!