Welcoming a New Year, Shubin Strong

Happy 2018! Are you elated to be welcoming a new year, too? I’d like to start 2018 off by sharing some thoughts with you about the last three months and share where the blog will – and won’t – be headed this year. 2017 and Changes So much happened during the last quarter of 2017. And because of all the changes and chaos, the blog has taken a back seat, as you likely noticed. Experiencing…

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Seven for Saturday

It’s hard to believe it’s the weekend already and time for another Seven for Saturday! 1 – On my Mind What’s on my mind this week is probably what’s on your mind too: treacherous, destructive hurricanes in Texas and Florida, a huge earthquake in Mexico, and terrible fires in Oregon, Washington, Montana and California. It’s hard to believe these devastating events are all happening in such a short time period. The safety of residents in…

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Santa Barbara Wine Country: Part One

Santa Barbara Wine Country: Part One When most people think of California Wine Country they usually think Napa and Sonoma Valleys. But there are more wine regions in California than you may think. I had the pleasure of spending time in Santa Barbara Wine Country as part of a blogger/influencer trip coordinated by Emily Martin of The Jetsettting Fashionista and Emily Martin Communications & Events Emily, along with Lacey Fussel and Lisa Gerbac of Muse Wine Marketing, hosted several…

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Highlights from Carmel International Film Festival 2016

One of my favorite trips this year was to Carmel for the Carmel International Film Festival. My friend Julie, who you may know from KayandStar, invited me to cover the film festival on my blog. Julie comes to California every year to volunteer for this five-day event, which includes the screening of over 120 films in 10 venues in the Carmel area. There are nightly parties, live music, and panels along with 300 film makers, executives, actors,…

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Chilly Weather, New Hair Style, Thanksgiving and Other Things

Chilly Weather is Finally Here! Colder temps and frost have arrived in Wine Country. Hurray! I have been waiting – not so patiently – to wear some of my new pieces from Stella Carakasi’s fall collection. I have finally been able to wear my favorite new fall addition to my wardrobe, this beautiful Peruvian Alpaca wool coat. You may recall that I wore it on the runway at the Fall Style Event at Stella Carakasi last September.  …

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Blending Passion and Wine at Wente Vineyards

I am excited to be partnering with Wente Vineyards to explore not only their wine, their two properties, and the Wente families’ passion for wine-making, but my own passion as well, which is photography. While I am far from a professional photographer, taking photos is a hobby I enjoy immensely and engage in daily. I especially like photographing vineyards, wineries, wine and anything having to do with Wine Country! When I was invited to visit Wente Vineyards in…

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