It was a beautiful, fun and productive summer weekend in Wine Country for me and my husband, Bill!
Our weekend got off to an early start Thursday night. We decided to go out for a date night and picked Kenwood Restaurant as our dining choice. It’s another one of my favorite places to eat in Sonoma Valley.
I was excited to wear a new top that arrived in the mail just a few hours earlier. I saw Susan of Fifty Not Frumpy wear this tunic on her blog. I instantly fell in love with it and had to get one for myself. It’s by Clara Sunwoo and since Susan bought it online at My Fair Lady, a women’s clothing boutique in Tarzana, California, I thought I would too. I do love supporting small businesses!
I felt so summery in my outfit!
The Kenwood Restaurant is looking pretty summery too. They have a lovely patio – filled with colorful flowers and plants – that looks out over a pond, a bocce court, vineyards and beautiful hills.
The restaurant recently planted a big garden in the back part of the property. Right now, cherry tomatoes are ripe so they’re featuring a special cherry tomato salad with cucumber in a ricotta dressing, chili oil that’s topped with crunchy quinoa.. This salad was fantastic and perfect for summer dining al fresco. If you live locally, go get this salad while it lasts. You won’t be disappointed!
Friday night, Sandee and I attended a private industry party celebrating the grand opening of the Starmont Winery tasting room, located at the crossroads of Napa Valley and Carneros. Delicious pizza, cookies and other finger-foods were provided by Tra Vigne in St. Helena.
Starmont Winery & Vineyards is a Merryvale brand. You may remember I wrote about attending an event there last year. This winery has been 10 years in the making so the opening of their tasting room is a big deal!
Sandee and I loved the patio with its outdoor couches and chairs, white cushions and orange umbrellas. It’s a chic and inviting environment in which to enjoy some of their Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé wines.
Starmont’s property scenic and stunning, especially at dusk.
I look forward to returning to taste with friends again and again. Visit the Starmont Winery website for information about tasting hours, wines, events and more.
Sandee stayed overnight at our house because some of our new products arrived and we wanted to be sure to take photos in them the next day while Bill was available to shoot. We feel it’s important that we show you how we wear the clothing and accessories we carry.
While we were busy styling out our outfits, fixing our hair and makeup and planning our locations, Bill was working on his own project. Our 30+ year old mailbox was falling apart, quite literally. The door was off its hinge, it was dented and the wood was rotting away. Time for an upgrade!
Bill bought us a new mailbox in a pretty dark copper tone, and got one for the neighbors so we could match. He dug deeper holes for the new posts, then asked me – while I was just starting to do my hair and makeup – to get on some grubby clothes and hold the posts while he poured concrete.
By the end of the weekend we had new mailboxes! We think they look great and Bill is quite proud of them. The neighbors are happy too.
Once the concrete started to set, we were ready to head out for photos. Bill is so patient and flexible. He took photos for us for hours in the heat.
I can’t decide which pictures I like better – the photos that will make it to the products’ pages or the outtakes. It is hard to keep a straight face while pretending to be fashion models with your girlfriend. But we always manage to get a few good ones before we start cracking up again.
Sunday, I cooked all afternoon after a morning hike with a friend and shopping at our local farmers market. It was very toasty and somewhat humid outside over the weekend so I mostly stuck to making cold things like three-bean salad, tuna salad and pimento cheese dip in the heat of the day. Later when it cooled off, I made my favorite breakfast casserole and Chicken Broccoli Curry casserole, always a hit with the family. It feels good to start the week with food already prepared.
Sandee and I also worked all day yesterday getting our newest items loaded onto the shop and we are thrilled to introduce Bay Area jewelry designer, Janet Harrer, to you!
I first met Janet last year at a Stella Carakasi trunk show at La Brocante in Sonoma. La Brocante owner, Diane, carries Janet’s creations. I was instantly drawn to the style of her jewelry and her attention to detail and quality.
Janet, who was raised in Sonoma, has created eye-catching pieces from precious metals. Her designs, such as the Filigree Hamsa and the Evil Eye, were inspired by the beauty in Mother Nature and planet earth, she says.
Sandee and I like to wear them alone or layered. They are adjustable from 15 to 18 inch lengths.
See our collection of Janet’s creations here and use code LAYER20 to take 20% off the purchase of two or more necklaces.
A quick reminder that How I Wear My: Straw Hat is just around the corner! To be featured, send a photo of you in your summery straw hat outfit to me and Jill at firstname.lastname@example.org by August 3rd, end of day. Please be sure to include a brief description of your look! Visit the How I Wear My page for more information.
This weekend we will once again be enjoying what our Wine Country summer has to offer. For the second year in a row, Bill and I will be attending Festival del Sole in Napa Valley.
This 10-day celebration of art, music, food and wine is such an incredible treat! If you’re interested in learning more, visit the Festival del Sole website or read my posts from last year, Festival del Sole, A Taste of Napa and Yoga in Wine Country, and Music, Food, Wine and Wellness.
Bill and I will be attending a ballet performance, a play, a concert by Midori and the Russian National Orchestra and parties at Merryvale Winery (where Bloggers in Napa Valley toured last year), Quint Cordair Gallery and Vintner’s Collective. I can hardly wait for Friday to arrive!
Make it a rich day!
Disclosure: Our tickets to Festival del Sole are complimentary in exchange for media coverage. All opinions expressed here are, as usual, my own.