Positively Friday: Sonoma Getaway, Blogger Meet-up and other things

Positively Friday: Sonoma Getaway, Blogger Meet-up and other things
Happy Friday!

It’s time for another Positively Friday – posts that highlight the good stuff that happened in my week. I share a few things with you in the hopes that you’ll share what’s been positive about your week, too.

~ Wednesday, my husband, two Yorkshire Terriers and I were overnight guests at The Lodge at Sonoma.

We started out our day with a tour at Hello Cello, best known for their delicious handcrafted organic limoncello followed by a tasting of California distilled spirits at The Lodge at Sonoma’s Bean and Bottle. We ended the day with an incredible dinner at The Lodge’s restaurant, Carneros Bistro, complete with local wines handpicked by their sommelier to go with each course.

It was a busy day of tasting, learning and indulging. Of course, we managed to fit in some lounge time by the pool. I love this wicker cocoon-like lounger!

I’m excited to tell you much more about our fantastic experiences with The Lodge at Sonoma, Bean and Bottle, Carneros Bistro and Hello Cello in the coming week on both my blog and Skimbaco Lifestyle.

~ When I was a kid I remember watching a Bette Davis movie on TV with my mother. It was about twin sisters who were estranged and living very different lives in Los Angeles – one poor and struggling, the other a very wealthy and self-centered recent widow.

The less fortunate twin killed the other and took her identity. I’ve never forgotten the scene where she intentionally burns her hand with a fire poker so she doesn’t have to sign her sister’s financial documents. As a child, I was shocked. So much so, I never forgot the scene all these many years later.

I always wanted to see the movie again but didn’t know its name. I searched online and tracked it down. It’s called Dead Ringer. It’s not one of Bette’s well-known movies but it’s my favorite. I watched it this week and it didn’t disappoint.

In that moment, as a kid watching Bette Davis with my mother, I realize I became a life-long lover of old films.

Do you watch movies from decades ago? If so, what’s your favorite old movie?

~ Last Sunday, I had the pleasure of meeting Heather of StyleMindChic and her husband Scott during their wine country getaway last weekend. What a great couple they are! Funny, charming, interesting and so comfortable to be with. We met at VJB Vineyards and Cellars here in Kenwood for an afternoon wine tasting.

The staff at VJB were beyond accommodating. They provided us a private wine tasting on their piazza complete with wonderful foods to nosh on including a variety of Italian cured meats, dried fruits, nuts, imported cheeses and olives.

The time went by far too quickly. I definitely want to get together with them again in the not too distant future.

~ You might notice in this photo that Heather and I are both wearing a little neon jewelry – me in my Venus Flytrap necklace and Heather in neon yellow earrings and a bracelet.

Neon happens to be the theme for next month’s How I Wear My which will be up September 4th. To be included, be sure to submit a photo of you wearing something neon by September 3rd to our new email, HowIWearMy@yahoo.com

Now it’s your turn.
Tell me about the good stuff in your week!
I’d love to hear about it.
xo, Adrienne

Disclaimer: My visits to The Lodge at Sonoma, Hello Cello, Bean and Bottle, and Carneros Bistro were as media guest. All lodging, tours, food and beverages were complimentary. As always, my opinions are my own. 



  1. August 30, 2013 / 5:40 am

    Hello lovely friend! One of my favorite things about my week was our afternoon together VJB winery. It was so much fun to meet you. I’m a laughing because there was so much to talk about I was also mid sentence in photos. Thanks again for the lavender spa items-a perfect memento of our wine country trip. Looks like you and Bill had a fabulous time at the Lodge (cute pic in the cocoon). Have a wonderful long weekend. Looking forward to our next visit.
    xx, Heather

  2. August 30, 2013 / 6:18 am

    How fun that you and Heather were able to meet up. Your time together sounds like a lot of fun. And I love the idea of those personalized luggage tags! DH and I have just started talking about how and where we want to spend our 20th Anniversary next year…travel is on the agenda. : ) xo H

  3. August 30, 2013 / 6:51 am

    Blogging opens so many doors, doesn’t it…new friends,new ideas, etc. Because you asked, my week is turning out to be exceptional – I am a dressmaker who has blown up two machines in the past month, so I just bought myself a new Brother machine and I am back on track!!! Technology is a pain sometimes. Have a great weekend – love your blog. Laurel

  4. August 30, 2013 / 7:44 am

    You and Heather are so cute…how much fun that you got to meet up! Have a wonderful weekend, Adrienne!!

  5. August 30, 2013 / 7:51 am

    Looks like you had a wonderful time! The pictures are beautiful as always. My positive Friday is my grandson is finally home from the hospital after 11 weeks. It is so wonderful to hold and snuggle with him. It brings back memories of my own daughters. I love old movies. I was raised with older parents so growing up I was exposed to a lot of the classics, and still love them today.

  6. August 30, 2013 / 8:11 am

    Looks fabulous. Divine!

    Kids in school, normal routine and Disneyland this afternoon. Life is good!

  7. August 30, 2013 / 9:23 am

    I have always wanted to go to the Lodge at Sonoma, my boss got married there! Looks like it was a perfect weekend to head out to the wineries!

  8. August 30, 2013 / 11:15 am

    I love Heather’s skirt. Wear can I get one?

  9. August 30, 2013 / 3:12 pm

    Looks like you had a wonderful and exciting week, and I’m looking forward to hearing more about the Lodge at Sonoma.

    I do love old movies – Wuthering Heights, Rebecca, Alfred Hitchcock films are some of my favorites. So much fun to see the clothing too. And of course, the original An Affair to Remember.

  10. August 30, 2013 / 11:51 pm

    What a royal life you had this week! You made me interested in Californian wine district, thanks for your posts!

  11. August 31, 2013 / 6:01 am

    Oh this is lovely! I was in Sonoma last year, and we went to Ravenswood where we learned to make our own wine. You and Heather look lovely and I do love the old movie vibe you have going on…

  12. August 31, 2013 / 7:12 am

    Looks like you had a wonderful week with your getaway and blogger meet up. Great photos of you and Heather.

    My sister and I used to watch a lot of old movies when we were younger. My favorite Bette Davis movie was “What ever happened to Baby Jane”? I also liked Alfred Hitchcock movies but I think my favorite of all was the original Phantom of the Opera. It seemed like every time it was on T.V. we would end up watching it.

    Looking forward to hearing about the rest of your trip!


  13. August 31, 2013 / 12:10 pm

    Looks like a fun week. Love seeing you and Heather together. She is such a sweetheart too.
    I’ll have to check out the movie. Sounds scary, but aren’t Bette Davis’s always?


  14. August 31, 2013 / 12:50 pm

    Oh I wish I could’ve been there to meet you and Heather in person! You both look wonderful. I love that neon necklace. Wow! I will add that Bette Davis movie to my Netflix queue. They just had “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” on TV a few weeks ago and I can’t resist that one. I recently saw “Splendor in the Grass” for the first time too. My, that Warren Beatty was some fox when he was young. Yowza! Looking forward to the neon roundup. XO, Jill

  15. September 1, 2013 / 2:31 am

    Hi Adrienne! wow, The Lodge at Sonoma looks amazing and so pleased you had a great time. Love those custom made luggage tags and how awesome to meet up with Heather too, you both look so stylish and radiant!! Thank you so much for your lovely comments on instagram and blogger, I love seeing your finds too and your last post on thrifting was a very inspiring and chic read-I really love your patterned silky blouses, I must look out for some on my travels!! xxx

  16. September 1, 2013 / 10:41 am

    What a fantastic week you had, thank you so much for sharing it with us. I’m loving that cocoon wicker lounge-glider, it seems to just envelop you with comfort.
    How exciting and fun for the two of you (you and and Heather) to have had this opportunity and time with one another.
    Not a lot of excitment here this past week, I’ve been in one of my creative zones re-doing my son’s room. I’ll have to share when its all said and done.
    Hope your weekend is as enjoyable as the rest of your week as been.

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