11.26.2014

NAPA PLANS


Can you believe that it is already Thanksgiving? I am shocked that fall has completely flown by and we are into one of my favorite seasons. I have so much to be thankful for this year.

One of the things I am most excited about is the trip my family has planned this Thanksgiving to Sonoma. As you know, I frequently visit wine country but I never EVER get sick of it. I could go up there every single weekend and still enjoy myself every time. What is not to love about wine and beautiful scenery? The year, my family asked me to plan this trip and we have some great things in store.

I thought that I would share a few of my favorites, so you have the best of the best if you ever visit Sonoma. Feel free to add any of your recommendations in the comments. Would love to know what your favorite hidden gems are!

Stay

Sonoma Pool House - You have heard me rave about this place before. This time I actually get to stay there myself. Although we will only be a party of 4, the house sleeps up to 8. It sits in a perfect location next to a working vineyard and has a beautiful pool.

Visit

Hamel Family - One of my absolute favorites. I can't wait to share this special place with my family.

Ram's Gate - The decor is spot-on and the vistas of the valley are absolutely perfect.

Bella Winery - This little family-run winery is a hidden gem that one of my friends introduced me to. They serve little bites with each tasting that pair with the wine.

Eat

Girl and the Fig Cafe - This restaurant is a little hard to get into but well worth it. It's one of my go-tos. The classic French bistro fare is perfect for the wine country.

Glen Ellen Star - I went to this restaurant for my birthday and loved the local, casual vibe of it. They have this amazing brick chicken that is super flavorful. 

I'll make sure to share pics when I get back. Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

Images: Sonoma Pool House, Glen Ellen Star, Ram's Gate, Glen Ellen Star

11.25.2014

SERENA & LILY WINTER NEUTRALS


Serena & Lily always kills it with their furniture and decor pieces. I have put together some of my favorite recent pieces below (including some incredible art) These cozy neutrals are perfect for staying in on cold winter nights.

For my Bay Area folks, Serena & Lily has set-up a pop-up outlet store in Berkley (1360 Tenth Street). They have amazing finds at up to 40% off (think chairs, upholstered furniture, rugs, poufs) They are open until December 8th (hours are Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am - 4pm) Crossing my fingers that you can score something great. 

This post is sponsored by Serena & Lily. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible. 

11.24.2014

NAPA WEAR


I'm headed to Sonoma later on that week (more on that later) and I wanted to put together a list of things to pack. These cozy pieces are perfect for sipping wine amongst the changing leaves. Just make sure you keep the red wine away from the white sweater ;-)





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11.19.2014

NEW DISCOVERY: ELIZABETH ROBERTS


I love a brand that makes technology approachable and fashionable. Seattle-based designer Elizabeth Roberts does just that. Her pieces have a timeless feel yet have of-this-minute technology woven into the design. For example, her patent pending SmartShield technology protects wearers from electromagnetic frequencies of cell phones via her smartly-designed pockets.

I have my eye on that beautiful quilted leather jacket but all of the pieces are stunning. I especially like them paired with classic cold weather accessories (think cozy scarves and shiny rain boots) The perfect gear for cold weather to come.



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11.18.2014

YES YOU CAN MAKE: 3 INGREDIENT SIDE DISHES


Let's face it...the holidays are stressful enough. As the Christmas lights start to pop up, more and more invites come our way for potluck dinners (or at least that has been my experience).

Make your contribution equally parts beautiful and simple. I have put together three 3 ingredient side dishes below that you can whip up in about 40 minutes. So while you are blowdrying your hair and applying your makeup, your dish is already done.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate Seeds

Turn oven to 425 degrees. Cut brussels sprouts in half. Drizzle with regular olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast for 35 minutes until golden brown. Drizzle black truffle oil over sprouts and top with pomegranate seeds.

Cranberry-Orange Sauce

Put one bag of cranberries with one cup of sugar with zest and juice of one orange in a pot on medium heat. Cook until reduced into a thick sauce.

Roasted Potatoes with Parmesan 

Using a mandolin, cut 3 potatoes into thin slices. Line up in a dish and pour over melted butter (2-3 tbsp). Add salt and pepper plus a generous dusting of parmesan over top of potatoes.



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11.13.2014

GET COZY


Are you ready to get cozy? There is nothing better than snuggling under a fuzzy blanket and reading a book beside the fire (or Campfire candle in my case) Here's a roundup of my favorite cozy essentials for those cold winter days.




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11.12.2014

TASTY TART CRANBERRY RECIPES


Last week at the grocery store I bought cranberries. I don't know why. Perhaps, I was excited that they were finally in the store. I brought them home, stared at them wondering what to do, ate half of one (which I dont recommend, raw cranberries are gross) and then started looking for ways to use them. Here are a few of the yummy recipes (and one decorating idea) that I found…



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