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 nicole@thejewelrybook.com. 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?


Cozy Cape from Stella Carakasi 

I’m excited to show you my new cozy cape from Stella Carakasi’s Fall 2016 Collection. There are so many aspects of this particular fall collection that appeal to me: the gorgeous neutral shades, the luxurious fabrics, interesting hemlines and details and the versatility.

The Rare Form Cape in Winter White and Frost is one of my top favorites. And it’s reversible!

I wore it while staying at The Residence at Comstock Wines last week. I’m going through my hundreds of photos from my stay this week and will be telling you all about our experience at The Residence soon!

cape at comstock

I wore the Rare Form Cape with a Top Rated Tee from Stella Carakasi, my everyday jeans and light gray booties (similar).

For jewelry I wore my new KayandStar sea glass tassel necklace that has a silver metallic leather tassel.


I also wore my new hat from Montecristi Panama Hats of Napa Valley. I love the leather band and the light gray shade. It goes so well with the gray in the cape.

From the back, you can see the hemline on the cape is nice and long. I appreciate that kind of coverage!

You can see in the photo that the knit is sort of fuzzy. It contains 20% angora wool. It’s just enough to give it a soft look as well as a soft feel, but not enough to fly around and get in your eyes and nose. I have not experienced any of that, thankfully! Remember those super fuzzy angora sweaters back in the 80s? Fuzzies everywhere!


Olive Festival at B.R. Cohn 

A couple of weeks ago Bill and I attended the Sonoma Extra Virgin Festival at B.R. Cohn Winery & Olive Oil Company. B.R. Cohn is such a beautiful property. With the gorgeous fall weather we had that day, it was sure to be a fantastic way to spend a few hours.


B.R. Cohn not only grows grapes on their estate but they have an olive grove that dates back to the mid-1800s!


When we checked in we were given a darling cotton reusable tote with some goodies inside. On the lawn in front of the barn there was a canvas tent with some leather chairs, patterned stools and blankets. I would love to have a set up like this in my backyard. Isn’t is cute?


Before we headed into the barn to sample olive oil, we ordered a couple glasses of B.R. Cohn Sauvignon Blanc. One of my favorites!


Inside the barn there were olive oil producers from all over the region. They weren’t only offering their olive oils to try but many other olive-oil based products were on hand containing olive oil like candles, soaps and lotions.


After we perused the olive oil purveyors, we went to the back of the barn to check out the food trucks. Having food trucks is such a great idea for an event like this and gives guests a variety of foods to choose from.

food trucks

This is the view looking past the food truck area. Breathtaking!


We decided to walk down to get closer look at the vineyard while we sipped our wine…and took a selfie!


Harvest Dinner at Spirit Hill Farm

Bill and I attended a Harvest Dinner recently with my sister-in-law, Debbie, at Spirit Hill Farm in West Sonoma County.

This beautiful farm is an events venue and offers lodging too. Take a look at their accommodations. Such a charming place to stay. And it even has a pool.

There are accommodations in the main farmhouse, a Sugar Shack with a secluded outdoor bathroom and this adorable cottage called the Guest House.


Once the sun went down we went inside the farmhouse for dinner.

Spirit Hill Farm Harvest Dinner

With dinner we enjoyed wonderful wines by Engracia Wines.


Our phenomenal multi-course dinner was catered by Jeremy and Natalie, owners of Odd Couple Catering and longtime friends of Debbie’s. I can’t pick a favorite dish because they were all so fantastic!

spirit-hill-farm-odd couple catering

After our exceptional dinner and fun evening, we were given these adorable little baskets on our way out. They contained apple butter, made by Odd Couple Catering, and Spirit Hill Farms Olive Oil. I will be putting both to good use!

Spirit Hill Farm

It was a lovely evening filled with great company, phenomenal food, and delicious wine  – all in a stunning setting. Thank you, Debbie, for the invitation!


How I Wear My Reminder 

Many of us will be dressing up for Thanksgiving Day and for parties as we officially enter the holiday season. If you want to join the How I Wear My styling fun in December, get a photo of you in your “Holiday Party Look” and send it to me and Jill of Everything Just So by December 5th, 2016. Our email address is howiwearmy@yahoo.com

Be sure to include a quotable blurb about your party outfit!

How I Wear My Badge

I’m linking up today with #iwillwearwhatilike, Shoe and Tell, and Visible Monday.

Make it a rich day!



Disclosure: My cape was given to me and I was invited to stay at The Residence at Comstock Wines. All opinions expressed here my own, as always.