Red, White & Blue Stripes with Lilla P.

Summer Stripes | Red, white and Blue with Lilla P. | It's All Chic To Me

Summer Stripes | Red, white and Blue with Lilla P. | It's All Chic To Me

Summer Stripes | Red, white and Blue with Lilla P. | It's All Chic To Me

Summer Stripes | Red, white and Blue with Lilla P. | It's All Chic To Me

Summer Stripes | Red, white and Blue with Lilla P. | It's All Chic To Me

Summer Stripes | Red, white and Blue with Lilla P. | It's All Chic To Me

Summer Stripes | Red, white and Blue with Lilla P. | It's All Chic To Me

Summer Stripes | Red, white and Blue with Lilla P. | It's All Chic To Me

Summer Stripes | Red, white and Blue with Lilla P. | It's All Chic To Me

Summer Stripes | Red, white and Blue with Lilla P. | It's All Chic To Me

Dress | Shoes (Under $30) | Hat (Under $15) | Earrings | Bracelet | Watch

If there is one thing you can never own too much of in your closet, it is stripes. Whenever I don’t know what to wear, stripes always take the win. They are a classic pattern that will never go out of style and always have your back. I tend to always dress for the occasion, whatever that may be, so for Memorial Day this year I knew I wanted something festive to show off our nation’s colors- red, white and blue.

This dress is the perfect casual necessity with enough detailing to make it stand out with very few accessories. I added a floppy sunhat, bold earrings, and some colored wedges to top off my look. The dress is typically more than I would spend on a garment, but I know that it is a classic that I will be able to wear for years to come. I’m already thinking about all of the places and ways that I can wear this dress- 4th of July, to the beach, to Sunday brunch, as a swim cover up, with sneakers, with sandals, or even with a cardigan to work. The lightweight material, big pockets, and flattering fit for my small frame are all big selling points for this adorable dress!

To shop along with me, and find great summer outfits like this one, I will be adding items to my shop page. Be sure to check back for all of my must haves including clothes, swimwear, and shoes! I try to update this regularly with all of the items that I am currently coveting or have purchased recently.

*Thank you Lilla P. for making this post possible. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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Wine Favorites

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Happy Friday friends! I’d like to make a toast to the three day, holiday weekend and that your glass doesn’t run dry. I couldn’t end the Napa and wine tasting blog post week without rounding up some of the cutest wine accessories. These make awesome gifts to friends or yourself 😉 I have 4 and 6 and I think 2 would make an excellent “just because it’s Friday” present to myself!

Enjoy your holiday weekends, be safe, and enjoy a glass for me!

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What to Wear Wine Tasting in Napa

What to Wear Wine Tasting | Napa Style | Floral Dress + Cork accessories | It's All Chic To Me

What to Wear Wine Tasting | Napa Style | Floral Dress + Cork accessories | It's All Chic To Me

What to Wear Wine Tasting | Napa Style | Floral Dress + Cork accessories | It's All Chic To Me

What to Wear Wine Tasting | Napa Style | Floral Dress + Cork accessories | It's All Chic To Me

What to Wear Wine Tasting | Napa Style | Floral Dress + Cork accessories | It's All Chic To Me

What to Wear Wine Tasting | Napa Style | Floral Dress + Cork accessories | It's All Chic To Me

What to Wear Wine Tasting | Napa Style | Floral Dress + Cork accessories | It's All Chic To Me

What to Wear Wine Tasting | Napa Style | Floral Dress + Cork accessories | It's All Chic To Me

Dress | Shoes | Clutch | Hat | Bracelet

A couple of weekends ago I had the opportunity to visit Napa for the first time and boy did it not disappoint! This wino was right at home once I was finally there, but packing for a new place and and a day full of wine tasting required a little bit of thought on what to wear. Sundress or jeans? Sandals or heels? Dressy or Casual? Being a newb to packing for the wine country, I grabbed a glass of wine (for research purposes) and did a little “Napa Style” research on Pinterest. In the end I had to stick to what I knew I would be comfortable in and still look cute for pictures. It’s a win-win formula. So continuing on in true wine fashion, I have a few tips to think about when packing for the wine country.

Tip 1: Research your winery

Depending on where you are going, this will be a determining factor for your attire. Wineries offer an array of different environments. If the wine tasting that you are attending has an outdoor vineyard tour, you might want to dress on the casual side (think jeans and a cute top) and heels would not be your friend through the soft-ground vineyards. If you are going to a nicer tasting inside, you might want to dress up (think sundress or skirt)and rock a wedge or heel. If you are still unsure about what you want to wear, it never hurts to coordinate with others in your party. That way no matter how you dress, you won’t be out of place!

Tip 2: Choose your footwear wisely

Your best bet is to wear a comfortable pair of sandals or tennis shoe as these are your most comfortable options. It is most likely that you will be standing up during your tasting and you might even take a trek through an outdoor vineyard. If you know you will be inside, wedges and heels are certainly acceptable just make sure they are comfortable. You want to be able to enjoy your wine and not have to worry about the growing blister on your toe. We have got bigger fish to fry- like making it to your fourth winery of the day! This pair of wedges that I wore to multiple wineries did not hurt my feet one bit and they are under $20.

Tip 3: Skip the white

I remember my first wine tasting. But really, you are most likely going to be drinking red wine at some point and spills happen. Stick to darker colors that will not show if you miss your mouth or bump into someone. I also suggest not wearing shoes that you would mind getting wine spilled on.

Tip 4: Bring layers

Many of the wineries have outdoor spaces and patios to enjoy a glass of wine and enjoy the scenery. Some wineries might purposefully have the air inside set at a lower temperature as a precaution to keep wine from evaporating. So instead of being caught off guard, make sure to pack a light sweater.

Tip 5: Minimalist for the day

You will not want to haul around much throughout the day. This is mostly because you will be standing or walking and comfort is key. Whatever attire you decide to wear, don’t feel like you need to go all out on accessories. I stuck to my one statement, cork bracelet and was glad I did. Bring a small clutch, like my adorable Elaine Turner Bella cork clutch or satchel to hold your necessities. The only items that I brought to put in my purse were my credit card, ID, chapstick, sunglasses and phone.

Tip 6: Think about your beauty routine

Skip the lipstick. You will be tasting so many wines that 1) it will all come off anyways 2) it can get into your wine and inhibit the taste and 3) it will just leave an icky residue on every glass that you use, making the wine guide roll his eyes at you. Next up let’s talk about your hair. It was super humid when I went and so hats were my best friend. It will be a long day so style your hair appropriately and keep pictures in mind!

I hope this helps you get a little inspiration when picking out outfits for your next wine tasting. Whatever you decide to wear, Elaine Turner has you covered in the accessories department. Their Spring cork line is the perfect accessory to compliment your wine attire. If you will be heading to Napa, California and have questions on where to stay, what wineries are best, or where to eat, I have you covered in this blog post. Otherwise I wish you and your wine tolerance all the best! Cheers, friends 🙂

*Thank you Elaine Turner for making this post possible. As always all thoughts and opinions are my own*

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Girls Weekend Trip to Napa

Weekend Trip in Napa | Napa Travel Guide | Things to do in Napa | It's All Chic To Me

A couple of weekends ago, my aunt and I took a girl’s trip to Napa Valley. I have been itching to go since I turned 21 and 4 years later we finally got the chance to visit the homeland. No we are not from California, but it might as well be our homeland with the amount of wine that both of us drink! We spent the weekend sipping our way through Napa one glass at a time with the occasional pause for some delicious food. Are you planning a trip to Napa soon? I’ve got you covered on the best place to stay, what wineries to visit, and where to dine.

Stay

We had the pleasure of feeling right at home at Napa Vineyard House, an adorable and completely modern bed and breakfast plucked straight off of Pinterest!

Weekend Trip in Napa | Napa Travel Guide | Things to do in Napa | It's All Chic To Me

We were greeted with genuine hospitality and a nice bottle of wine when we checked in.

Weekend Trip in Napa | Napa Travel Guide | Things to do in Napa | It's All Chic To Me

Some of the many perks of this adorable cottage-style bed and breakfast included the heated tile bathroom floors, king sized bed, open seating and kitchen area, fireplace, luxurious soaking tub, and private patio. We stayed in the Premier Collection suite.

Weekend Trip in Napa | Napa Travel Guide | Things to do in Napa | It's All Chic To Me

Weekend Trip in Napa | Napa Travel Guide | Things to do in Napa | It's All Chic To Me

Weekend Trip in Napa | Napa Travel Guide | Things to do in Napa | It's All Chic To Me

My favorite touch had to be the Bouchon Bakery goodies that were delivered to our door each morning. We enjoyed our fresh pastries, fruit and orange juice on our private patio while watching the vineyards, hot air balloons, and sights of the Napa wine train.

Weekend Trip in Napa | Napa Travel Guide | Things to do in Napa | It's All Chic To Me

Weekend Trip in Napa | Napa Travel Guide | Things to do in Napa | It's All Chic To Me

Weekend Trip in Napa | Napa Travel Guide | Things to do in Napa | It's All Chic To Me

Wineries

Weekend Trip in Napa | Napa Travel Guide | Things to do in Napa | It's All Chic To Me

Since this was my first time to Napa, I let my aunt be in charge of wineries and food. For wineries, we wanted a mix of something off the beaten path that wasn’t too commercialized, yet something that came highly recommended. You are coming all the way to Napa for some good wine so make sure your vineyard selections aren’t subpar. If you stick to our wino suggestions though, I can promise you that you won’t have any issues. Make sure that whatever your choices may be, that you call ahead to see if you will need a reservation or not. The majority of places that we visited required a reservation. We made our way around 5 wineries in one day and here are our favorites.

Weekend Trip in Napa | Napa Travel Guide | Things to do in Napa | It's All Chic To Me

Goosecross

Goosecross was hands down our favorite winery. Not only was it quaint and on the smaller side, it was gorgeous! I think it goes without saying that the wine was just as wonderful as the landscape view of the vineyard. They had a wonderful selection of whites and reds, with our favorite being the 2012 Howell Mountain Cabernet Savignon.

Weekend Trip in Napa | Napa Travel Guide | Things to do in Napa | It's All Chic To Me

Chateau Montelena

If you are looking for a castle experience that is not as commercialized as Castillo de Amorosa, you will love Chateau Montelena. This is one that you visit for more than just the taste of wine. There is a large tasting room and plenty of history to explore. Outside of the castle, there is lots of scenery to enjoy that will leave you wishing you had your camera. Don’t forget to bring it along!

Weekend Trip in Napa | Napa Travel Guide | Things to do in Napa | It's All Chic To Me

Del Dotto

Del Dotto was our first winery that we visited and the most memorable. Our guide reminded me of Vince Vaughn and had us in laughing fits the entire time. They are known for their cave style wine aging methods. The entirety of the tour is done through the caves and you will get to sip wine straight from the barrel. Talk about fresh! They give generous size portions and as good as the wine is, you won’t be complaining one bit. The tour is a bit on the expensive side, but I assure you it is worth the splurge.

Food

I’m going to be short and sweet with my food recommendations since we were only in Napa for two days, but these three recommendations were out of this world. I highly suggest all three of these if you are visiting the area.

  •  Breakfast
    • Bouchon Bakery– hands down our favorite food of the trip. If it wasn’t hand delivered to us, we would have sought it out. This is a must go to!
  • Lunch
    • Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch– This was our last stop before we headed out of town and it was our favorite meal of the trip. Not only is the restaurant and surrounding gardens a fairytale, the food was exquisite. I highly suggest the lamb gnocchi.
  • Dinner
    • Brix– First off, this is not the chain that we were familiar with in Texas. Brix is a high end dining experience and the best dinner that we had here. While waiting for a table, we enjoyed a glass of wine on the patio and walked through the vineyards. Great food and a great view.

If any of you have questions about the Napa area or would like more details about something, please let me know. Get me talking about wine though, and I might never stop! 🙂 Good luck planning your weekend getaway to the best place ever!

*A special thank you to Napa Vineyard House for providing a discounted stay. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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Beach Bags on a Budget

Beach Bags under $50 | It's All Chic To Me

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My family and I are currently on vacation in Seaside, Florida so I thought that it was only appropriate to dedicate this Friday Favorites post to all of my current beach bag obsessions. When I am heading to the beach there are a few requirements that I have to have in a beach bag. 1) I don’t want to spend an arm and a leg for something that is going to get hauled through the sand 2) Big enough to tote around all of my beach essentials and 3) cute enough to snap a picture with, am I right? 🙂

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