Lovely Napa

Just got back from a long weekend in Napa, California.  The weather is absolutely perfect over there.  Sunny and no humidity, it was a nice break from the summer sweatbox I call home.  We visited 2 beautiful wineries in the Napa area, William Hill Estate Winery and Louis M. Martini.  Both are stunning properties, especially William Hill (the sunset over the rolling hills of vines is simply spectacular).  The wines were even better.

I forgot my camera and my cell phone was out of juice!  I hope to return someday and take some pictures.  But take my word for it, life doesn’t get any better than sipping a cold and delicious glass of wine while watching the sun set over the picturesque expanse of Napa wine country.  Next to the one you love most.

So, the wine was flowing all weekend long.  I highly recommend a visit to Hog Island Oyster Bar at The Oxbow Public Market.  We had a bottle of Zocker Gruner Veltliner, which went perfectly with a dozen fresh oysters and Oysters Rockefeller.

J.Crew Factory navy fedora (old); Ray Ban aviators; Zara beige linen blend blazer (old); Rag & Bone striped tank; AG ‘Stilt’ dark rinse jeans (not shown); Tory Burch ‘Eddie’ blush nude flats (not shown).

Cheers!

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Happy Anniversary (Sale) Nordstrom’s

July 11th.  The first day of Nordstrom’s Anniversay Sale Pre-Sale (open only to Nordstrom card holders).  I’m a newbie Nordstrom Fashion Rewards member, but I know that the Anniversary Sale is the best sale of the year.  So, I was excited for my appointment with Holly, a Nordstrom personal stylist.  Previously, the client relationship manager at my local Nordstrom offered me a $50 credit to use toward my purchase via the stylist appointment.  I patiently waited for the Anniversary Sale to use that credit and I’m so glad I did.

I had to rush through the personal stylist appointment, so I just bought everything that I initially liked since I knew items were going to sell out.  I parsed through everything and I decided on the keepers and the returns.

The keepers:

Rag & Bone black tux blazer; Paige leather (front panel leather only) leggings; Helmut Lang beige silk top; Rag & Bone striped tank; Vince brown leather sheath dress; Vince striped blanket sweater coat; Autumn Cashmere oatmeal cardigan; Burberry black parka trench (front & back pics); Black long sleeve crewneck modal t-shirt; Burberry biker boots; gym socks (not shown); Hanky Panky thongs (not shown); Natori ‘Feathers’ bras (not shown).

The returns:

Helmut Lang grey leather jacket; Burberry grey jacket.

Holly had to order the Vince brown leather sheath and Rag & Bone black blazer from Nordstrom online since it sold out in the store.  The sheath I have on in the pic is a size smaller than the one I ordered, which is why the fit is off.

I wish I got more bottoms, I only got the one pair.  But, I was planning to wear the jackets and tops with jeans I already have anyway.  Those Paige leather leggings are awesome because it’s impossible to have a muffin-top when wearing them due to the wide waistband.

Did you check out the Anniversary Sale?  What were your favorite purchases?

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Chilling out in Chicago

Just got back from Chicago.  God, I love that town.  It’s beautiful, the people are pretty nice and cool, and the delicious food is amazing and bountiful.  We were there to celebrate my birthday and every day and night was so much fun.  I caught up with old friends and made new ones.  I cannot wait to return.

I ate like a queen, but I really jazzed it up for a couple of dinners out at Alinea (7th top restaurant in the WORLD) and Pump Room (created by renowned Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten at the most hip Public Chicago hotel).  Here are the outfits I wore for my fancy dinners:

Zara V-Back dressZara Basic Sandal; J.Crew Factory Baby Bubble necklace; J. Crew Factory green bangle & white bangle; Marc by Marc Jacobs gold watch.

Parker Sequin All Over Wrap dress; L.K. Bennett ‘Idina’ nude patent peep toe pumps.

I will detail my dining experiences at Alinea and Pump Room in a future post.  I have a bunch of pictures that I need to download first, ha.

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