With Valentine’s Day around the corner, a group of talented and creative Sonoma women decided to put together Valentine’s Day looks and include fashion and beauty ideas. Kelly Dolata of A Savvy Lifestyle asked me to join in the styling fun and of course I said yes, please!

A Savvy Lifestyle is a Wine Country lifestyle site, chock full of beautiful styling ideas, recommendations for local food, DIY projects, wine and travel, an events calendar and much more. Be sure to visit this beautiful blog. You are sure to be inspired!

Once the date was set for the shoot, I went right to work, carefully picking out my Valentine’s Day outfits. I chose outfits that I would wear on a date – day or night – and that fit my Wine Country lifestyle.

The morning of the shoot, I packed up my clothes and headed to the studio of Sonoma makeup artist, Beautycounter consultant and hairstylist Jenna Maze, who did my hair and makeup for the shoot.

We started by going through my outfits so Jenna could strategize my makeup and hair styles. Our friend and professional photographer Sarah Deragon of Sarah Deragon Photography took photos of the day from start to finish.

Jenna got right to work with my first look, which included a bright red tunic. Jenna decided this first makeup look would be my lightest. She would build from there, eventually ending up with a smokey eye and dark lip by the time we got to the final outfit.

Jenna used products from Beautycounter. This was my first experience with this well-known brand. I was excited to try it as I have heard so many great things about this makeup and skincare line, namely that it is verified by EWG which means I can feel good about using it.

For foundation, Jenna used two different shades of Tint Skin Foundation to match my skin tone: Linen and Sand. For my brown spots and under-eye circles, she applied the Touchup Skin Concealer Pen in Medium – 1. This concealer has a click brush, making application a breeze. I love the coverage both products gave me.

Jenna used the new Desert Sunrise Palatte on my cheeks and eyes, along with a navy blue liner and medium Brow Pencil. For my first outfit, she went with a red lip and applied Lip Sheer in Scarlet and Lip Gloss in Ruby. I loved my makeup look!

Once my hair and makeup were photo ready, we headed to Cornerstone Sonoma. We had a little cottage where I could change outfits, Jenna could freshen up and re-style my hair and makeup, and we could style gorgeous jewelry from BLACK & BROMSTAD to go with my looks. Lucky me!

BLACK & BROMSTAD, a personal jewelry concierge offering a high-level of customer service for luxury jewelry from high-end designers, brought a selection of pieces I could use to style my outfits. Kirsty Black and Nicole Bromstad have many years in the luxury jewelry and styling businesses. They teamed up to provide a specialized jewelry buying experience for their customers, offering personal consultations to help you find the pieces perfect for you or someone you love. To schedule an appointment, email Nicole at [email protected]. All the jewelry I am wearing is from BLACK & BROMSTAD.

Now for my Valentine’s Day outfits!

For my first look, I wore the most popular Valentine’s Day color, red!

I made my red high-low tunic the star of the show and styled it simply with black ponte leggings.

I wore black suede block-heel pumps with two delicate ankle straps (same shoe but in patent leather for spring) and carried my Louis Vuitton clutch.

Kirsty and Nicole suggested I wear a long gold necklace with a variety of gold, rose gold and diamond pendants along with some gorgeous diamond and gold earrings.

For my second look, we stopped by Chateau Sonoma at Cornerstone for a few photos. Chateau Sonoma is one of my very favorite Wine Country boutiques and has the most beautiful home decor, furniture, French antiques, home accessories and more. It’s my go-to when shopping for a special gift.

In this Valentine’s Day look, I bared a little bit of shoulder in a navy blue dress with shoulder cut-outs. I hope this trend sticks around for awhile because it’s an easy way to feel daring and playful without showing too much skin.

My Ralph Lauren Cold Shoulder dress is no longer available but I found one similar.

BLACK & BROMSTAD styled me with a Tahitian pearl necklace with a diamond-crusted closure. Such a gorgeous necklace!

For my third look, we stopped by Prohibition Spirits, a hip and fun distillery tasting room in Cornerstone Sonoma, to take some photos. I chose lace this time. Incorporating lace into your look for Valentine’s Day – for a casual daytime look or for a night time outfit – will add romance and femininity. I wore a black Lace top with bell sleeves with wide-legged jeans and black pumps.

BLACK & BROMSTAD chose large diamond hoops for me to wear so Jenna gave me a loose up-do to show them off. I also wore a delicate single diamond pendant necklace.

Jenna darkened my eye makeup a bit and added Lip Sheer in Twig, Lip Gloss in Fig.

My last look works for a romantic Valentine’s day picnic or a day spent exploring with my sweetheart. I wore a white Easy Going Sweater with a white camisole underneath and girlfriend jeans. For footwear, I went for flat and comfortable, yet stylish in a pair of gray suede booties. A playful ponytail styled by Jenna made my look fun and flirty.

My sweater had a swath of silver on it so I wore smaller diamond and platinum hoops with this final look.

Valentine’s Day is in winter after all, so a little extra layering is a must in Wine Country this time of year. This luxurious Peruvian Alpaca wool coat, with a shorter inside jacket and high neck, was just what I needed to stay warm.

With the high neck, Jenna thought a bun would be the best look. And who doesn’t love a good bun?

What a fun and fashionable day!

Thank you to Kelly and Emily of A Savvy Lifestyle, Sarah Deragon of Portraits to the People, Jenna Maze and Kirsty and Nicole of BLACK & BROMSTAD.

What a treat and an honor to collaborate with all of you!

What will you be wearing on Valentine’s Day?


Top 10 Tried and True Holiday Gift Picks

Sometimes I have the urge to suggest gifts I’ve ordered but not yet received, or things I would love to buy if I had a big enough bank account. And that would be okay – a fun post even – but I thought it would be more useful to recommend the things I have had experience with, wear and use often and would love to find under my holiday tree.

So let’s get right to it! Some of these businesses have offered special discounts for you. Be sure to look for the codes, where they apply, and expiration dates. I will post the info under the business name.



Expires: December 20, 2016

I am so glad I found KayandStar. A couple of years ago Tamera Beardsley told me about them on Instagram. I decided to order a couple of necklaces from their Etsy shop, then I couldn’t stop buying them! I have probably a dozen or more KayandStar pieces I have either purchased myself or been given. I wear them frequently and they have become part of my signature style. And I love to give them as gifts.

Julie and Jordan of KayandStar now make leather wrap-around chokers that come with a small charm and they sent one to Tori last week. You can have your charm personalized with an initial or opt for a slightly larger charm and fit up to 8 letters – perfect for a name or a special word. They are just $9.00 each or 3 for $24.oo. Even less if you use your discount code above!

Savvy Sleepers


Expires: December 31, 2016

I have been sleeping on Savvy Sleepers for years. They are so soft and come in lots of pretty colors. I love that with Savvy Sleepers I don’t get creases on my face like I used to with a regular pillowcase. And I wake up without bed head! My hair is smooth and free of tangles. It’s my favorite beauty secret and they make excellent gifts – for women and men!

Lavender Neck Pillow from Sonoma Lavender

Sonoma Lavender started in Kenwood, the small Wine Country town where I live. In fact the owner is a friend of mine! Rebecca created an extensive line of lotions, candles, oils, sachets, robes and more. My favorite items is this fantastic neck pillow filled with lavender and flaxseeds. On cold days, when I just can’t seem to get warm enough no matter how many sweaters I put on, I pop mine in the microwave for a couple of minutes then rest it on my neck. It stays warm for a good long time and helps to ease neck pain.


Rare Form Cape from Stella Carakasi


Offer: 15% off your first order

Any gift from Stella Carakasi will be something I love. One of my favorite pieces from this season’s collection is the Rare Form Cape made with an angora wool blend. I wear it any time the weather calls for cozy pieces. I usually style it with jeans or leggings and a long beaded KayandStar necklace. The best part is it’s reversible. It’s like having two capes!

Vitamix Pro

Owning a Vitamix blender is such a treat. My husband bought me one a couple of years ago for Christmas and I could not be happier with it. I can easily blend smoothies, juice veggies and fruit, and I can even make hot soup. It has a setting that heats while it blends! Oh, and fauxtatoes (mashed cauliflower) are so tasty and fast in a Vitamix.

Hunter Original Tall Rain Boots

I bought these classic rain boots from Hunter about five years ago and I am so happy I did. They were worth every penny. My boots look as new as they did back in 2011 and I always feel stylish when I wear them. They come in a rainbow of colors but good old black suits me best!


A Persolé is both a stylish umbrella and a parasol. Made in Italy with waterproof fabric that is also UPF 50+, Persolé will protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays and keep you dry in wet weather. See the full collection here. My favorite is the Luxe Leopard with Ivory exterior. It has a wood handle with genuine Swarovski crystals.

9 ways to style a black sleeveless dress

Covered Perfectly

Best deal: Buy two, get your 3rd Free!

Or take 20% off up to two items by using code TRL20

I still have my first Covered Perfectly top, a Simple Comfort in black. Covered Perfectly owner, Pauline, sent it to me several years ago and I instantly became a fan. The Micro Modal fabric is so soft and super durable. Now I have several pieces hanging in my closet. These days I am loving this Boat Neck top. It’s flattering and I like how deep the black pigment is. It’s a fantastic layering piece to wear under coats, long cardigans, vests or ponchos. And it really shows off a statement necklace or scarf.

One of Pauline’s newest items is this Leisure Suit. You can wear it around the house, as pajamas, or dress it up and wear it out. I just got mine and love how comfortable it is. I often stay home, working on the blog or writing freelance articles, and I want to be comfortable and presentable. I wear the top with jeans sometimes. It’s the perfect tunic length. I bought a pink Leisure Suit for my mother for her birthday in October. She loves it!



Janet Harrer Jewelry Designs

Code: Merry16

Offer: 20% off  – plus Janet always offers free shipping and gift packaging!

Expires: December 31, 2016

One of my most cherished pieces of jewelry, aside from my wedding set and diamond stud earrings, is a Gold Rimmed Druzy pendant necklace by Janet Harrer with 24KT Gold Vermeil and druzy agate slice. These necklaces are modern,  delicately beautiful and unique. They are also one of a kind. See the other two similar styles here and here. I always get loads of compliments when I wear mine and it goes with nearly every outfit.

Adora Bag from Armadio 


Offer: $65 off your bag

Expires: December 31, 2016

My most-used handbag is this black Adora bag. Handcrafted in Tuscany with high-quality leather, it’s a tote that can be left open or cinched up and it comes with a detachable clutch. I have this bag in 5 colors! This time of year I carry my black Adora the most – always a practical choice – but it’s hard to resist their enticing new colors. I love the Cipria, a sand color. And the gray is gorgeous too! And you can’t go wrong with this cognac shade. Sigh, I want them all!

There you have it! These are the items I love, use and can highly recommend. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions about these items or just ask in the comments!

Make it a rich day!