Friday, June 22, 2018

Weekly Window Shopping

Draper James released this dress this past week that's inspired by Reese Witherspoon's character, Madeline, on Big Little Lies. It's an absolutely darling dress. The green and yellow floral pattern is perfect for spring, summer, or fall and the belt adds some flattering waist definition. If you zoom in on the picture you can see that the flowers and leaves have a gorgeous texture to them. It's a truly beautiful dress.

I am obsessed with these espadrille tennis shoes. They look so comfortable and fun to wear. The espadrille and the feminine blush color really upgrade a simple sneaker, so they can be worn with dresses and skirts in addition to shorts and jeans. I would love to pair these with a white dress and a whicker bag for a fun day around town, or with a simple pair of navy shorts to go on a summer bike ride. They're so practical while still being absolutely adorable.

I wish I could wear maxi dresses, but at 5'3" they tend to swallow me up in all the fabric or drag on the floor if I'm not wearing heels. I'll stick to midi dresses for now, but if I was tall enough for a maxi dress, I would definitely get this one. The floral pattern and the slightly puffed up sleeves are so feminine and romantic. I want to put on this dress and walk barefoot through a meadow, or wear it in the French countryside. 

Lilly Pulitzer released another S'well collaboration this week, and surprisingly it didn't sell out immediately. All the prints are still available on the Lilly Pulitzer website. I have a plain light blue S'well water bottle and I love it. The 17 oz is a great size to hold a ton of water without being too heavy in your bag, and it actually keeps the water super cold. The Lilly Pulitzer prints add such a fine splash or color to a very unassuming object that so many people carry around with them every day. Carrying around a water bottle like this every day would put a smile on my face.

As I just mentioned, I can't pull of maxi dresses because I'm too short, and that also applies to full length jumpsuits. They just drag on the floor and the torso sizing is always off on me. However, if I could wear a full length jumpsuit, I would buy this one in a heart beat. The sailboat print is perfect for summer, but since it's a blue and white pattern it's not too loud and obnoxious. It's the perfect balance of fun and subtle. This would be a great outfit for the 4th of July, paired with bright red sandals or bright red lipstick.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

2016 Tempo Vero Negroamaro

Hey guys, I'm so sorry that I missed Wine Wednesday last week. I had the stomach flu for most of last week, so I wasn't really feeling up to drinking any wine. It's a sad day when the smell of wine makes me sick to my stomach. Luckily I'm totally recovered now and feeling much better. This week's wine is a Negroamaro that I got through my Winc wine subscription*. This wine is from Southern Italy, specifically in Salento, which is part of the heel of Italy's "boot." You may not have heard of the Negroamaro varietal before, because it's more commonly used in blends than used on its own as a single grape wine. It's commonly found in Sangiovese and Montepulciano blends, which are strong, bold, and hearty Italian blended wines.

Negroamaro has an interesting history. It was most likely brought from Greece to Italy in the 8th century B.C., and famous Ancient Greek philosophers, politicians, and writers, including Pliny the Elder, have positively referenced the grape and the wine in their work. Since being brought to the Salento area, the grape has pretty much stayed there are isn't really grown anywhere else in the world. The name Negroamaro translates to black-black, with Negro being Latin and Amaro being Greek. This is likely because it's a very dark grape, and makes dark wine.

This wine was a very bold and rich wine. When I smelled it I got notes of dark fruits, like black cherry and plum, and a hint of a peppery spiciness. How it tasted matched how the wine looked and smelled. It was fruit forward, with blackberry and currant notes in addition to the black cherry and plum notes that I had smelled. The fruitiness was balanced against spicy back end notes. The pepperiness was still there, but there was also a hint of nutmeg and ginger. The wine had medium-strong tannins and it was very well balanced. It had a silky texture in the mouth. I paired this wine with chicken parmesan and grilled zucchini. It went great with the chicken, but the zucchini was a bit too delicate for the wine. It would go better with heartier vegetables, like carrots, tomatoes, or mushrooms. This wine would also go great with prosciutto, or a beef lasagna. It's a bold wine that stands up well to hearty dishes without overwhelming them.

*If you're interested in trying a free month of Winc, leave or email address in a comment, or message me your email address on instagram, and I can give you a code for a free month.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Weekend Wine Bar

Last Friday I kicked off the weekend by heading to a local wine bar, The Winefeed, with Erik and my friend Mckenzie. It's such a cute space with lots of windows for natural light, a huge bar to sit at, a cozy lounge area with some comfy couches and a fireplace, and a little patio to enjoy the beautiful summer weather. I indulged in an amazing rose flight, because summer afternoons always have me craving some rose, and we split a delicious fig and prosciutto flatbread. It was the perfect way to relax and start the weekend, and a great place to catch up with friends.

I wanted to look cute, but still relatively casual, so I opted for this striped skirt. For the longest time I was really reluctant to wear skirts, I would always stick to dresses. In college, all the boutiques near my school only carried really short skirts, probably because I went to school in Los Angeles, and I always felt like the fit me funny. They always felt shorter in the back then they were in the front, so I was very self conscious and uncomfortable wearing skirts. I've been making an effort recently to find skirts that I'm more comfortable with, and I love this striped skirt. It hits right above the knee, so there's no risk of it being too short in the back, and it has pockets! Who doesn't love a skirt with pockets? The classic blue and white stripes make it so easy to pair a top with. I love how the navy looks with it, and a simple white top would also look great. I added a nude skinny belt for a little more waist definition and to jazz up the outfit a little bit.

Since my outfit was relatively simple and neutrally colored, I decided to have a bit of fun with my jewelry. My druzy necklace adds a fun sparkle and kept the top half of my outfit from being too drab. The neckline of this tank just begs for a pendant necklace to be worn with it. I also skipped my regular watch in favor of a pave bracelet, for even more sparkle. This outfit made me feel very grown up and mature as I sipped on my wine flight.