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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.

Accessories, Clothing, Lifestyle

Pretty in Purple


Photo by Martie Swart

Did you know about the jacarandas? Apparently they’re sort of a thing in LA. Twice a year, most notably in spring, they blossom all over the city. And I mean all over. On a recent weekend getaway to LA, I noticed these Seussian trees lining almost every street from Venice to West Hollywood.

The above photo doesn’t quite capture their neon luminescence. Planted firmly between purple and blue, the blossoms embody the perfect color for spring: periwinkle.

Clearly I fell under the influence of these trees since I promptly paid a visit to the local Nordstrom Rack and purchased a very jacaranda-like tank top. And then I would say a sort of obsession developed—speaking of which, do you think anyone would understand my costume if I dressed up as a jacaranda for Halloween this year?

jacaranda-lush-tankjacaranda-purple-shoes2jacaranda-purple-outfitUntil October rolls around, I suppose I’ll have to settle for hoarding my favorite powdery purple looks. These cuffed lilac shorts are definitely on my To Buy list. And I have been wanting a Cambridge Satchel Co. bag for awhile now…

Lavender goes with everything, right?

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