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Iowa Wine Tasting

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Over the last year—and especially this summer—one of the many things I’ve missed about living in San Francisco is being in close proximity to Napa. Being able to hop in the car, drive over the Golden Gate bridge and find yourself in the middle of some of the world’s best vineyards (and tasting rooms) evokes a singular kind of joy. So when Max surprised me with an afternoon spent sipping and snacking at a local vineyard, I was immediately enchanted.

No matter the place, there’s something so relaxing about buying a bottle of crisp, chilled white wine, ordering a little too much cheese and charcuterie (hello smoked duck and ostrich sausage) and sitting on a patio overlooking a vineyard. I can’t wait to go back for a glass of rosé and some prosciutto and goat cheese-stuffed dates with apple-bourbon glaze.

Style

Lemon Stripe Dress

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Up until about a month ago, I hadn’t been to a Kohl’s in probably ten years. And then, I happened upon a bit about the MILLY for DesigNation collaboration in InStyle and decided to pop into the local Kohl’s on my way home from work, just to see what they had.

Since I was a few weeks late for the launch, only a few pieces remained on the racks, but I was able to score the striped version of this t-shirt and this beautiful lemon sheath dress (there was only one left, and it was my size)! Besides the beautiful print, I love the way that the princess-seamed construction and thick neoprene fabric nip and tuck in all the right places, creating a svelte silhouette. I’m also on a big yellow kick as of late, so I love that I can wear my huge beaded tassel earrings to perfectly round out this sunny summer look.

Clothing

Hot Pink Weather

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I’ve lived in Texas and I’ve lived in Virginia, but it turns out that I had never experienced real humidity until I moved to Iowa. I’m told that this summer (along with the past winter) has actually been pretty temperate, but I’m still having a hard time adjusting to the mugginess of late.

As I’m getting dressed for work in the mornings and can already feel the air outside heating up for the day, I almost always reach for a dress. A breezy shift silhouette? Even better. I scored this neon pink lovely on a recent Nordstrom Rack shopping spree with my mom and sister in San Antonio, and I’m so glad I decided to buy it. The colors are even brighter and better in person, and I love the way my favorite tortoiseshell accessories pick up the detail on the clasp of this hot pink bag.

The one comfort of super hot weather? Wearing colors vibrant enough to match.

Clothing

Red + Magenta

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Aside from the lengthening days, my favorite thing about springtime is watching bright flowers erupt from unassuming plants. I’ve loved rhododendrons since I was a kid, so I was thrilled to find dozens of them blooming on my recent trip to Oregon.

Their bright colors inspired me to don this vibrant red polka dotted dress and some equally colorful baubles for my ears. I complimented this ladylike combo with some sparkly, bowed black flats. Even some April showers couldn’t dim my mood while surrounded by these flowers.

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Dress: Urban Outfitters (old) // Earrings: C. Wonder // Sunglasses: Prada // Jacket: Zara (similar) // Bag: Kate Spade (similar) // Shoes: Zara (similar)

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