As I mentioned briefly in a previous post, I am elated to have been invited to attend Festival del Sole this year in Napa Valley!
Festival del Sole is a ten-day culinary, wine, wellness, music, dance and theatre celebration. Covering this event is a dream come true for me, both as a writer/blogger and as a lover of Wine Country.
Just take a look at this gorgeous program. It reads like a Wine Country fantasy!
I am slated to attend five events during Festival del Sole. My first event is Yoga in the Vineyard at Harvest Inn, one of my favorite Napa Valley properties. I have written about Harvest Inn before (here and here). It’s the ideal place and the ideal way to kick off covering the festival.
After yoga, I am heading over to the city of Napa for A Taste of Napa. I’ve got to replace all the calories – and then some – that I burned stretching and posing earlier in the day! Seventy restaurants, breweries and wineries will be participating this year. I had better bring my appetite!
After the concert, I have been invited to celebrate Mr. Zukerman’s birthday at Robert Modavi Winery with a wine reception and dinner. Excited does not begin to describe my feelings about this!
The final event I will be attending is a Wellness Conversation at Baredessono in Yountville. I actually requested to attend this specifically for two reasons: it sounds like a fascinating seminar and I love to learn about wellness and it’s at Bardessono. I have heard so much about this property and have been curious to see it in person.
When I received my invitation a few weeks ago and studied my itinerary, I immediately wondered what in the world I would wear to the Zukerman concert and the dinner at Robert Mondavi Winery. I knew wanted to be cool – always a goal in the middle of July around here – and comfortable. But I also wanted to look dressed up and appropriate for the event.
I came across this Perforated Dress at Banana Republic recently and decided to give it a try. With my height and my long torso, I have a hard time wearing dresses with a defined waistline. This dress had a slight curvature at the waist but no seam, which is great for me.
I really like the perforated material covering the arms. It makes the dress a little more exciting and it keeps me as cool as a sleeveless dress would. I don’t generally mind wearing sleeveless tops and dresses but sometimes, I just prefer to cover my upper arms.
I am wearing my Sole Society Anneke pumps (my “Valentinos on a budget) and bringing along a vintage evening bag that’s small but roomy enough for my phone, lipstick, a mirror and some mints.
For some glamour I am wearing my favorite statement earrings given to me and made by my friend – who I am sure you know – dear Tamera Beardsley.
I will most likely wear my hair up – something I rarely do anymore – to show off the earrings and this great scoop back. I didn’t realize when I bought the dress online that it had this sexy feature. I think it adds more interest to the dress and will make me even cooler.
I won’t leave the house without bringing a pashmina or even a jacket with me. You never know when the fog will roll in and drop the temperatures twenty or thirty degrees.
I have yet to select my outfits for A Taste of Napa and the Wellness Conversation, but at least I have the most difficult fashion decision out of the way early on.
This is going to be an unforgettable cultural and educational experience and certain to be fun and delicious, as well! I’ll be Instagramming photos from the events at Festival del Sole, if you’d like to follow along!
Visit the Festival del Sole website to find out more about the events and how to get tickets.
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Make it a rich day!
Disclosure: My passes to Festival del Sole are complimentary in exchange for writing about and promoting the events. All opinions expressed here are my own, as always.