:: Needing a Napa ::

Napa. Where do I even begin?

We’ll do a full breakdown eventually, but I think I speak for Taylor and I both when I say – we are ready to move.

Imagine a world which is the perfect blend of Shawnee, Oklahoma and Dallas, Texas. Yes – impossible to put together in your mind, but a dream come true. This is exactly how I would describe Napa/Yountville/Oakville – the entire region.

The most perfect Main Streets, filled with unique shops (and a Trader Joe’s a stone’s throw away). Winding roads lined with lush trees fill the horizon, and people who are as nice as they could possibly be. Looking back, I’m shocked we returned home.

Taylor’s itinerary would put a Disney Dad to shame, but somehow we made it to just about every vineyard we wanted to see, and then some. (The beauty of having a post-bar exam pre-start date future attorney around). These photos were taken at Turnbull Cellars – a favorite for multiple reasons. Our tasting guide was awesome, we got to wander the grounds freely, see all the bells and whistles, and then they went out of their way to add to my wine coaster collection! Oh, and the wine was fantastic.

T spent most of the days trying to talk me into a Napa wedding, but it seemed like it was just a good excuse to get out to the region a few (dozen) more times in the next year. Not such a bad idea though…

 

Dress: Anthropologie

Bag: C. Wonder

Shoes: Shoe Mint

Necklace: Max & Chloe

Bracelet: C. Wonder

:: Dot Dot Dot ::

I am always looking for an excuse to dress up.

Which is most likely why I have always loved Halloween so much. Every year was an opportunity to create something one-of-a-kind through sartorial selections. My first taste of design.

If you couldnt tell from my lack of blogging, October has been INSANE. As if a new job, new city, and new home were not enough, October tested the limits of my sanity. It was an incredible, busy month and I am excited to start settling into somewhat of a routine….

As Halloween rolled around, I was too exhausted to make plans at all. As I stood in my closet at 10:00 PM on October 30th, I realized that I would kick myself if I didn’t at least give a nod to the holiday. Making do with what I already possessed, 300 miles from a closet full of old dance and date party costumes, I started sifting through what I owned.

When asked about their style, many people are able to point to a specific look – from boho chic to structured separates, most anyone can tell you what their go-to is. It was in this moment that I realized my style, from jewelry to pants and sweaters to shoes, is “costume-y.”

A leopard, a snake, a pirate (I know), a school girl (embarrassing),a flower patch, a biker, a flamingo, Minnie Mouse (see below), a hippie, a Spice Girl.. the options were endless. Upon further thought (cue 10:30 pm), I opted to pull of a Pantone color in full pink attire from head to toe (not to be confused with a Pepto Bismol bottle), and happily skipped into the office with a Pantone label pinned to my sweater.

Taylor and I celebrated Halloween at the Star’s game (excellent people watching on Halloween) and later watched people run from place to place in their 20-something costumes in the cold. Sure, it was without my usual decor and creatively themed BOO-ze (ha!) ideas, but it was a great one.

So, while I haven’t really commented on this outfit at all, you should know that this is just one of my many examples of a potential costume as Minnie someday…

 

Dress: Nordstrom

Bag: Kate Spade

Shoes: Shoe Mint

Jewelry: Kate Spade, C. Wonder

:: Rule Breaker ::

No peeking at Christmas presents. No white after Labor Day. No licking the batter. No reading in the dark

Some rules were made to be broken, right? Down here in Dallas, it’s hotter than the Fourth of July. Which is why anyone who tells me that I cannot wear white after Labor Day is probably not meant to be my friend. If that were true, who in tarnation would get married after Labor Day?

Half the people I associate with, which is one of the many reasons we are friends!

So today my dear friends, readers, people from Hong Kong who can’t understand my random slang via Google translate: I challenge you to eat cake for breakfast! Don multiple chains in the name of high fashion! WEAR WHITE AFTER LABOR DAY!

Because, we can.

And be happy – because today is the day that Napa meets its match! Looking forward to sharing this adventure with you! Also – send a prayer up for me on Saturday. Taylor thinks we will actually make it to SEVEN wineries.

I die. Insert boggled emoji face here.

 

 

Top // J. Crew

Jeans // Target (in stores only now)

Shoes // Nordstrom

Bag // Kate Spade (similar)

Necklace // Bauble Bar

Rings // H&M

 P.S. Special shout out to Libs for the awesome tip on locating the perfect pair of white jeans in the perfect budget range. Extra points for the not-so-basic-girl gold zipper at the bottom. #soultwin