If you live on the East Coast going to Napa for the weekend is probably not going to be your idea of a weekend getaway. I mean it involves at least 5-6 hours on a plane each way. Not how I would want to spend my weekend. However if you have a long weekend coming up or if you live on the West Coast spending the weekend in Napa is my idea of paradise. I had the opportunity to spend a long weekend in San Francisco with friends and took a day trip to Napa. It was my first time and I loved every moment of it. Our first stop was Domaine Chandon. I am not sure if having champagne for breakfast is good or bad but I think it was a great way to start off the day. Domaine Chandon does both still and sparkling wines. I only did the tasting for the sparkling and it was amazing. I highly recommend the Rose. After getting our fill we moved on to our next stop which is by far my favorite, Hall Rutherford. We did a private cave tasting there and it was the most amazing experience. Not only are the grounds amazing (they sit up high so you have an amazing view of Napa Valley) but the wines are to die for. I will definitely be going back. Our last stop was Del Dotto. By this point we had a lot to drink so it was a bit of a blur but I did remind how amazing the grounds were. Just another beautiful stop on the wine trail.
Let's talk about what I wore. The dress was actually a hand me down that I pretty much wore to death this whole entire summer. I love it. Very comfy and it was free. Definitely on budget. The shoes are from Ralph Lauren and I got them on sale at one of my favorite spots in SF called Jeremy's for only $60 bucks. My sweater is a cashmere blend from Banana Republic and I thrifted it for $10. So the grand total of my outfit was only $70 bucks. Not too bad if you ask me.
Location: Napa, California
What I Wore
Dress: Unknown, Similar here in solid
Shoes: Ralph Lauren, Similar here
Sweater: Banana Republic, Similar here
Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas. I will be spending time with family so posting on the blog will continue to be light. In the meantime the pics I am sharing today are a #TBT from two years ago. To this day I still own all the pieces in this post. The dress is from Asos and I bought it on sale for about $20 bucks. This specific dress is no longer available however Asos has a ton of dresses on clearance now and it will only get better during their after Christmas sales so be sure to check them out. Happy Holidays everyone and be sure to following me on Instagram to see what I am up to between posts.
Here are some options that are currently on sale at Asos right now.
This season cozy chunky knits are really in which means that this fashion hoarder was really excited to find that I had a few pieces stashed away from winters past. For a brisk Saturday in San Francisco I decided to bring out my cozy knit and pair it with a pair of leopard print flats for a cozy and casual look. We started out a day at the Ferry Building and made our way on foot up Embarcadero until we ended in Ghiradelli Square. When the sun is out in SF you definitely have to take advantage. By the way this is proof that I do not always wear heels. What weekend trend are you loving this season?
Location: San Francisco, Califorina
Sweater: Maje. Similar Here
Jeans: Levis. Available Here
Shoes: Toms Similar Here
Scarf: Thrifted Similar Here
Bag: Cole Haan. Similar Here
It's my birthday. Another year to look back upon. I am spending the week on the beach getting some much needed R & R and also fitting in a little fun in the sun. I will be back next week with outfit posts and reviews on the resort I am currently staying at. Now back to my celebration I go. In the meantime follow me on instagram where I will be posting my OOTD and other highlights of my trip.
Today's post it dedicated to my husband and man behind the camera. Happy 21st Birthday Jason. Wishing you many more.
Yup it is officially Winter in the northeast and as the wind, rain and snow are here to stay I am hoping to stock on some chunky knits to keep things cozy. Here are some I have my eyes on. The best thing is they are all under $100.
The best thing out living in New York City is being able to plan a last minute weekend trip to places like Washington DC. With our Bolt Bus tickets in hand we decided to head down to DC to see the sights. DC can be as expensive as you want it to be. For me I am always looking for a deal so here is how I did DC for less.
Bus Tickets- If you stalk the Bolt Bus website you may be lucky enough to find dollar fares. The sooner you plan the better chance you have of getting the deals however I have been lucky enough to find them even last minute. I always start my planning here.
Hotel- Something that most people do not know is that getting a hotel on a weekend in DC for under $100 is actually easy. Most of the hotels in the area are business hotels which means that everyone checks out on Friday and doesn't come back to Monday. This means you can take advantage of deal on those hotels. I use sites such as hotels.com or kayak.com to find deals. I also always look for refundable rooms. If for some reason I find a great deal before I figure out my transportation I can snatch it up without having to worry about losing money on my reservation.
Sightseeing- Most of the sights in DC are free so there is no need to really have a big budget for this. Download a free walking tour from Frommers or check out a DC guide from the library and you are good to go. I almost never hire a tour guide. There are so many resources out there that you can DIY and it is a lot of fun to do it this way as well. I personally think tours are BOOOORRRIING.
Food- This is the most important right. So the whole time we were in DC we followed two rules. Booze Brunch and Happy Hour There are deals can be had. Here are some of my finds:
Irish Whiskey Public House-They do dollar champagne bottles for brunch. (Yeah it is cheap champagne but who cares). For about 15 bucks for person you will get a filling meal and the next best thing to an unlimited boozy brunch. This is how we started out our Saturday Morning before sightseeing
Acadiana- They do a great happy hour at the bar that has deals on both food and drink. You can do drinks and small plates for five bucks each which is a great deal at this top rated restaurant in DC. The best part if they offer happy hours on Sundays from 4pm-9pm.
Boqueria-I love this place They also do a happy hour from 4-7pm where most drinks and small plates are about five bucks.
Now let's talk clothes. For a day of sightseeing I wanted to keep comfortable in a pair of Seychelles Ankle Boots, and my fave J Brand Black Skinny Jeans. I tried to dress it up with a silk button down that I could take into the evening without have to go back to the hotel to change.
You are probably wondering what a bull has to do with food. Well it really doesn't. I just like the picture. We had the opportunity to spend a long weekend in Dallas and we spent the better part of our time eating. I love food and the food was soooo good. Our first stop was a place featured on Food Paradise for having the best bacon. Next time you are in Dallas stop by The All Good Cafe for breakfast. Not only was breakfast budget friendly but it was sooo good. Who doesn't love bacon.
After breakfast we decided to do some sightseeing to build up an appetite for our next stop. This is where the bulls come in. I think we were just trying to kill time and not be greedy. After going to the very first Neiman Marcus (and walking out empty handed) we decided it was time for lunch.
For lunch we decided to go to the Pecan Lodge which has been voted best barbecue and I 100% agree. We had brisket, ribs, pulled pork and macaroni and cheese of course. I could not stop eating. I did not want to stop eating. It was the most amazing barbecue in the world. My mouth is watering just thinking about it right now.
After taking a nap (slipping into a food coma) we ventured back out for some Mexican Food at Pepe's and Mito's. The dish to get is the Sopa de Albondiga (Meatball Soup). It was yummy. Way better than my entree to be honest. By that point I think we were all foodied out. Let's just say I have been on a bit of a food break since that day in Dallas. Have you been to Dallas? What are your favorite restaurants to visit while there?
**All photos taken with my camera phone hence the quality**
Location: Dallas, Texas
Top: NY & Company Kinda Similar here
Shorts: Old Navy Available here
Sandals: Crocs Available here
Jacket: Old Navy Similar here
Winter is my second favorite season behind Fall. Yeah I know people think I am nuts but I love the cold and prefer it over a 90 degree, feel like 100, sticky NYC summer. The one thing I do not love about the winter is sleet and icy rain. I can do snow (in moderation) but when it gets all slushy and nasty it makes for a very interesting commute. Because I am not one to sacrifice fashion for weather appropriate attire I am on a hunt for a new pair of winter boots that are both waterproof and stylish. Here are some options I came across.
Going green means a lot of different things to each individual. To me it means being less wasteful. I am a big fan of reusing and recycling when it comes to my fashion which is why I am a huge fan of consignment and vintage stores. Not only do I save a ton of money by buying second hand but I like to think I am reducing my carbon footprint one piece of clothing at a time. Today's look is not second hand at all however the secret to this look is the convertible dress. The dress I am wearing in these pictures is actually similar to this dress below.
Do you have a convertible dress in your wardrobe? How do you like to style it? Would you consider adding one to your closet if you do not have one yet?
Location: The Cotton Mill, McKinney Texas
Dress: Henkaa Similar here
Shoes: Christian Louboutin Similar here
Who is Taima?
I am a native New Yorker that is addicted to travel and fashion. Wealth is not measured by the amount of money you have but by your life experiences.