Last week Mom and I decided to take a long excursion out to whole foods on Saturday afternoon (we don’t have one in Ponte Vedra) and when we were there we came across this Mer Soleil Silver Chardonnay that looked quite appealing. The bottle itself looked like cement, and Mer Soleil is a great vineyard to begin with, so we figured that this was a must try.
After doing a little bit of research and trying the wine myself, here is what I found. Apparently this bottle is reminiscent of the limestone-based cement tanks that the wine is kept in to age. I would say that it is a moderately priced bottle of Chardonnay but well worth the money if you are going to be cooking a nice dinner and staying in for the evening. I had it with some spicy salami and cheese (however, I would pair anything with meat and cheese because I love them so much) but in general, I would suggest pairing this with a grilled fish or salad. According to the website and my own tasting, the wine is very well balanced with notes of grapefruit and citrus flavors. Can’t you just see yourself now: rooftop location, sunset, summer, and a glass of your unoaked chardonnay? I whole heartedly suggest trying out this wine even if you aren’t very much into whites as it was truly a pleasure.
Recently I acquired a new pair of jeans that I am SO excited about. However, I have my thoughts on them and I need your help. They are boyfriend jeans by J Brand and I think they’re awesome but to be honest, does everyone else? I love following Blaire Eadie’s blog and she always wears them which made me think to myself that I could pull them off too…but then every time I walk around in them and they are essentially swallowing me, I think to myself is this the right fashion move? Do I look like a boy? OR is that actually the point…hence the title boyfriend jeans. It truly makes me wonder about style these days. I will tell you that I absolutely love wearing them because I feel like I can jump around, play with my dogs, lounge, and they don’t restrict me one bit! Let me know your thoughts!
Boyfriend Jeans being flexible (puppy play time)
Yesterday was in my opinion, the beginning of spring. Finally, after a few months of horrible rain and cold weather (for Florida at least) the skies opened up and there was sun and warm temps. Currently, I am lucky enough to work across the street from my house so I can go home during lunch and yesterday was the perfect day to go home, take off my cardigan, have some ice cream, and read my new magazine. If I could pin point my perfect lunchtime activities this has got to be at the top of the list! My food for thought after this great lunch is if you’re in need of a pick me up, here are a few things that might help:
1. ICE CREAM! If you are going vegan, try soy ice cream. Really, any kind of delectable fro-yo, ben and jerry’s, milkshake, or almond ice cream will do the trick. It’s a comfort food we all love and puts a smile on our face…every time!
2. A new book or magazine. For that little amount of time I was able to escape into the beauty world and learn new tips and tricks, and some “life lessons” too. I think everyone always feels a little bit better when they learn something new, it’s like adding more depth to yourself right? And if a magazine isn’t for you and you’re into romance novels, who doesn’t want Mr. McSteamy to have a cameo during their lunch hour?
3. Peace and quiet. A lot of people’s days are filled with talking, whining, screaming, mundane conversations etc. The best little bit of time yesterday was when I closed my eyes outside and took in the sun. Nobody was talking and it was just me, myself and I. More calming moments = more calming Courto = THANK GOODNESS!
That last one made me giggle Happy Friday readers and enjoy the pics of my serene lunch!
Wind blowing my mag and beach in the background
Raspberry and Chocolate Ice Cream paired with my lovely Real Simple magazine
Peace and Quiet
This past weekend I was so lucky to finally get up to New York after my debacle at the airport, but once I was there it was so worth the hassle. In true New York fashion, I had fancy meals, strolled the streets of SOHO, bought way too much at the local bakery, and had a weekend filled with champagne and cocktails, so Sex and the City of me! Anyways, I wanted to share a few pics of places that I absolutely adored in New York…enjoy
Irish Coffee at Blue Ribbon Café in the West Village
The Standard Beer Garden where we stopped for pretzels and a boot
Murray’s Cheese Shop
Meat Selection at Murray’s
TGIS! I hope everyone has gotten their weekend off to a great somewhat start! Other than fighting with airlines the past few days (which has become a norm for me) the weekend has been quite lovely so far. Last night I went to the Red Rose Ball as my flight to New York was cancelled! I can’t say that it was the worst thing in the world considering I was able to go to the ball AND hop on a flight today to make it to the snowy tundra. Before I make my journey though, I wanted to share a few pics from the party. You’ve got to let loose at some point right? And let’s be real…EVERYONE has the pouty/kissy face! Work it this weekend friends
The pouty/serious face
Lovely table decorations
Pouty/kissy face AND peace signs! Things were getting out of control
Happy Valentine’s Day Readers! I hope everyone is having the most wonderful Valentine’s Day yet. Today I got to thinking about Valentine’s Day and how each person portrays it. You have your haters, your lovers, your confused people, your overjoyed to be single people, and there are probably several other categories that I missed.
Part of the reason that I really started thinking about these different “categories” of people is because my best friend from college actually sent me a video of a card that I gave her back when we were in school. I didn’t even remember that I gave it to her, but on the front was a poor little kitty in a dress covered with hearts and the title said “And I thought getting fixed was bad…” then on the inside “Spread the love, Happy Valentine’s Day.” Clearly that was a bad year and I was a hater. But the beauty of it was that I gave a card to my bestie, that she apparently has kept for five years because it meant something to her. Valentine’s Day isn’t just for couples and romance (chocolate yes) it’s for the people you are close to and it’s a day to be thankful that they’re around.
Now, due to situational factors, most people feel differently when this day of romance comes along…so I wanted to share with you a few pictures of the “categories” that I spoke of earlier. You may even find that you resonate with one of these pictures, or a few put together. Leave me a comment and let me know your category!
The Confused Valentine
Thrilled to be single Valentine
Valentines Day? I’m over it
This past weekend I hadn’t seen one of my best friends in a few weeks so we decided to spend the day together to catch up. Little did we know we were going to be biking around the ENTIRE city of Jacksonville! The day started out around the waterfront, brought us to a little bookstore, the MOMA Museum, a little café in a neighborhood, the public library, and finally to a Gatsby era type bar (to have much needed cocktails). Here are a few pics from my journey!
Skyline of Jacksonville
Chamblin’s Bookstore (since 1976)
Today I want to take you back to the streets of Rome, the Tower of Piza, the hot tour guide, and copious amounts of Italian wine. Friends, back in the day when I graduated from the 8th grade, I took a two week trip all over Italy. The main reason was because my sister graduated from high school (but I like to think that we were celebrating my graduation too). The trip was truly incredible and there were about 30 other people on the trip that we got to know as well. One of my favorite pairs was a duo of hair stylists from California….me just having graduated from 8th grade I didn’t drink very much, but they fed me Limoncello and the next thing you know we made up a Limoncello song that I later sang SOLO in front of 200 people. Those were the days…Anyways, you get my point, there were some cool people.
One couple in particular, they were from Australia and just exuded classiness. We didn’t spend too much time with them but something they did I will remember for a lifetime. They were so nice to tell me that I had a large resemblance to Brigitte Bardot. When I told them I didn’t know who Brigitte Bardot was, they were shocked and said that she was one of the greatest actresses, singers, models, etc. of all time. I looked her up and I was beyond flattered. These amazing Australian classy people have the biggest heart to tell me that I look like Brigitte Bardot. That moment I would have remembered but probably not written a blog about…because come on let’s be real it’s not THAT exciting. What was really special though, was that a few days later, they had actually scoured stores in Italy to find a postcard of Brigitte to give to me. On the back of it read:
The gorgeous Brigitte Bardot
‘C’est Tu!’ (In English: That’s You!)
Monica and Max
I wanted to tell you this story in part because I actually still have that post card and framed it. I look at it every day and not only think of the incredible kindness of some people, but also that they don’t even know the impact that that simple gesture had.
After looking at some of my favorite blogs this week I decided to get a little bit crafty. One of my favorite things are fresh flowers and I saw a DIY vase with rope. Very beach chic. Plus, this was perfect as I was in the market for one of those short rose vases. So I got all of the supplies but then decided to add silver wire to give it a little bit of shine. All I needed was a clear vase (I found mine at home goods but you can also find them at Michael’s) some rope, glue, wire, and lots of pink roses. I can’t wait to put this on my night stand!
A few tips for the vase. When wrapping the rope around the vase be sure to push it down so that the rope stays close together. I would recommend using a hot glue stick as well. After you wrap the rope around the vase then it’s time to wrap the wire. A tip to make it look not too perfect is go from the bottom of the vase and up to the top and then back down again, switch it up so the wire criss crosses. Good luck!
In my second edition to my look back on 2013, I would like to share with you a very special vacation that I took. For my sister’s 30th birthday, my mother, my sister and I took a girls trip to the Virgin Islands. We had such a blast just the three of us, going to the spa, singing karaoke, giving advice to newlyweds, and getting lost with the locals. However, the last day was our favorite when we took a day trip to hop around the B.V.I’s. We chose the cruise with the most important activities: Touring The Baths, Snorkling, and drinking at not only the original “Pusser’s” home to the famous rum, but then also drinking at “The Soggy Dollar” home to the original pain killer. Needless to say I apologize for the last photo but you had to see us at our best! Enjoy!
Sunset in St. Thomas
Entering the Baths
I liked this boat :)
View from the original Pusser’s restaurant