Hi Everyone, I have some exciting news to share with you all. I'm moving! And I don't mean moving cities or moving apartments. I'm moving my blog to a sleeker and updated site, you can get to it just be clicking here. I won't be posting on this blogger account anymore. All of my new posts will be on my new site. If you don't feel like clicking on the link, you can find my new site at pearlsandpinot.com, and it's also in my instagram bio. Over on the new site I have a welcome post that explains the change and bit, and explains some other changes going on with my blog. Thank you so much for following along here while I got my feet wet with blogging, I hope you'll keep following along with me on the new site!
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
I know this Weekly Window Shopping is a few days late. I had orientation for my new job last Wednesday through Friday and it was just such a crazy week. I'm also still in the process of moving into my apartment so the weekend wasn't much calmer. I had my first real day of work yesterday, and going forward my schedule will hopefully become more stable and mellow out a bit.
Everyone needs a good slouchy, soft tee shirt in the fall and winter. This one actually has 3/4 length sleeves instead of full sleeves, which makes it a great transitional piece. For a casual everyday look I would pair this with jeans, booties or loafers, and a long pendant necklace. It's a great basic done well.
I love this shade of maroon for the fall, it's such a rich and gorgeous color. I'm all in on tweed for fall, it's such a great classic material. I love that I would be able to wear this skirt to the office or out on a date night. I would pair this with a cream blouse and a black blazer for fall, and with a slinky black top and black booties for a date night.
A plaid shirt is a classic casual fall look. It never goes out of style and you can't have too many of them. The rich forest green and the navy are gorgeous colors that are perfect for the season. This top makes me want to go apple picking or to a pumpkin patch.
I hate that it's early October and I'm already thinking about the holidays, but this would be a gorgeous bag for the holiday season. I can just picture myself carrying it while wearing a tartan dress and a black coat, on my way to see a performance of the Nutcracker Ballet. The rich red color and the velvet material are both just so perfect for the holidays.
The hem of this sweater immediately caught my eye. The mixed material and the Ric Rac pattern together make such a fun combo. It's not quite sweater weather yet in New Jersey, but once it is I would love to wear this dress with skinny jeans and a pair of black riding boots.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Sorry I haven't done a wine post in awhile. Life got very hectic over the last few weeks. I was expecting to have a nice relaxing couple of weeks staying at Erik's house in North Carolina before I moved up to New Jersey to start my new job. Instead we ended up having to evacuate his house for Hurricane Florence and I headed up to New Jersey a week early and stayed with my parents. This weekend I moved in to my new apartment, and today I have my first day of orientation for my new job. I expect that now that I'm working full time with long lawyer hours I won't be able to be as consistent with my posting, but I still hope to be able to get at least three wine posts out each month. This week's wine is a sweet dessert wine that comes from the Piedmont region of Italy, Erik and I picked it up at Wine Authorities two or three months ago.. It comes from a tiny (only 5 acres) organically-farmed winery. The wine is made from 100% Brachetto grape, which is most commonly used to make this sweet wine. It's a very different type of sweet wine than Port or other common dessert wines. Instead of being fortified and somewhat syrupy, this sweet wine has only a 6.5% alcohol content, and it's made into a frizzante (slightly sparkling) wine similar to Lambrusco.
I served this wine chilled, which is how I typically serve sparkling red wines. When I poured myself a glass, it smelled very fruity, like strawberries, cherries, raspberries, and cranberries. The red fruit overwhelmed almost every other scent to the wine, except for a slight hint of nutmeg at the end. When I tasted the wine it matched the smell. It tasted very fruity and crisp, not like a typical syrupy dessert wine at all. I described it to Erik as tasting like cranberry juice with a splash of brandy poured in. In addition to the berry notes, there was a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg as I swallowed the wine. We paired this wine with almond cake topped with strawberries. It went so well with a light flavored cake and fruit, it would also go great with fresh raspberries or strawberries with cream or a strawberry mousse. It would definitely be better with lighter desserts than rich, heavy, or chocolatey desserts. I really enjoyed this wine. It has sweetness without syrup, which I appreciated, but it's not for everyone. Erik was not a big fan of it, but if you find that some dessert wines and Ports are too cloying or too sweet, then this sweet wine might be right up your alley instead.