|Nicholas Kirkwood Printed Elaphe and Mirrored Leather Pumps|
|Nicholas Kirkwood Printed Elaphe and Mirrored Leather Pumps|
How do you feel about silence? I find the idea of “silence” interesting. On one hand, there are days when I crave silence. When all three kids are running crazy, our calendars are overbooked and it seems I cannot get anything done, all I want is some peace and quiet. Then, when the children are in bed, the house is cleaned up and the hubby is out of town, I absolutely hate the quiet. In fact, through self examination, silence actually brings on my anxiety and scares me from time to time, especially at night. How can something I crave so much at times bring on such a terrible feeling once I have it?
Through further self examination, I laugh at how often I actually try to avoid silence. I instinctively turn on the radio in the car, make a phone call or turn on the television at night. For example, I purposely turned on the television to write this post, even though I am not watching the television at all. My hubby is at a dinner and the kids are asleep so who wants to sit at a computer hearing the house settle alone? Apparently not me. And I am not going to even tell you how uncomfortable I get when I wake up in the middle of the night, the hubby is out of town and the entire house is silent. I am not going to lie. I HATE IT.
I think I have just become too comfortable with noise. I can remember a time when I enjoyed having all the roommates in college out so that I could rest in my room. I also remember when the hubby was getting his MBA and I would savor my alone time with a bath, brownie and glass of wine. Since having children though, my moments of silence became few and far between and suddenly moments that seemed so peaceful and relaxing became stressful and worrisome.
Since I have now come to the understanding that silence and I do not work well together right now, I have decided to work on it. I want to return to enjoying that quiet time I used to love so much. And the truth is, when overcoming the uncomfortableness of silence, it can be incredibly calming. It allows you to actually put your thoughts in order, and if you are religious in anyway, it provides you an opportunity to focus your thoughts and prayers towards something good. It provides solace and self reflection that allows you to cope with life and its challenges in ways that chaos doesn’t. It is truly important for us to find the silence in our life and embrace it. I know this. I just need to keep telling myself this.
I finally got a second! As I mentioned yesterday, the hubby and I had an incredible time in Santa Ynez with friends this past weekend. Here are some of the photos I promised to share. When it came to our favorite parts of the trip, there truly is nothing I would have changed but the major highlights included our hotel, the Santa Ynez Inn (completely surpassed our expectations), our private tasting of Tantara at the home of the winemaker, cupcake and wine pairing at Saarloos and Sons and dancing the night away at Maverick Saloon (that not only included beer bottles, country line dancing, and pinning dollar bills to the ceiling but also a John Corbett sighting). All I can say is, I WANT TO GO BACK!
I cannot even put into words how much I loved our trip to Santa Ynez this past weekend. To say it was perfect feels like an understatement. We had such an incredible time with our friends and wish that we could have stayed a few more days. I will definitely be sharing photos once I find a second to download them all.
Today, instead, I wanted to share an item that a friend of mine wore in Santa Ynez that I LOVED on her. I originally saw this T by Alexander Wang Silk-Blend Sweater Dress on the Outnet and wanted it for myself.
|T by Alexander Wang Silk-Blend Sweater Dress|
I had already placed entirely too many orders for the trip already but wanted someone to get it so I sent it off to my friend. I told her it was a MUST for the trip and crossed my fingers that she ordered it. Imagine my excitement when she came downstairs one morning wearing it with skinny jeans and a pair of black booties. It looked fabulous. So much so, that I am now going to share it with you too. The Outnet still has numerous sizes of it left, it also comes in black AND the sale price is fab. For now it is perfect with skinny jeans, leggings or tights but will transition beautifully in Spring with some simple sandals (as seen above) for a casual BBQ or dinner out. New staple for the closet? I think so.
Today the hubby and I are heading out for a weekend of wine tasting with friends for the second time this month. Different wine country, different friends, same activity. Perhaps we did not have enough wine over the holidays or perhaps the holidays have driven us to need even more time away. Whatever it is, I am really looking forward to the drive, the boutique inn, the wine, the food and most importantly, the friends.
I have spent most of my life being accessory deficient. I just never put much thought into it. My wedding ring and earrings were about as far I as went for YEARS. It just wasn’t my thing.
|Talulah Birthday Necklace|
|Bow and Arrow Digit Ring|
|Cleo Bib Necklace|
|Triangle Howlite Earrings|
The best part of this entire story is that through social media I met two amazing girls (who happen to be sisters) who I adore and that just makes me smile. Sure it can consume our day, but at least we are all becoming friends! The other best part is that I am now obsessed with accessories. It only took FOREVER.
A little over a week ago I was invited to attend a Trend Tribe dinner by Nicole, the Editor of Trend Tribe. She told me that about 8 bloggers from Southern California were getting together at Five Crowns in Corona del Mar and asked if I would like to join them. I am not going to lie. I was more than a little intimidated. For someone who considers herself an extrovert, the idea of having dinner with 7 people who did not know me BUT all knew each other sounded a bit overwhelming.
I went back and forth on whether I was going to attend and then realized I was being a baby about this whole thing and committed. What was the problem with meeting new people who shared a passion for blogging like I did? Absolutely nothing. So last Friday I left the hubby at home with the kids and headed out for my first girl’s night that did not involve someone that I knew…plus, I got to dress up.
Talk about being an idiot. The second I got there I knew I was going to like these girls. They were fun, friendly and extremely easy to talk to. Add our first round of drinks and it began to feel like I had known them all for a while.
For those who are not familiar with Five Crowns, it has always been known to us Orange County locals as “your Dad’s restaurant”. It was a place you went for formal celebrations with your family (Thanksgiving, 50th Birthday parties, there are a number of options here) and very rarely did you return with a date or group of friends. Apparently since my last visit Five Crowns has decided to shake it up a bit and the look and feel was completely different from what I remembered. It had a much hipper vibe and the menu seemed to follow. We were there to try out the new Chef’s Supper and I had no idea what to expect. Little did I know it would surpass all expectations.
As the girls and I began chatting about EVERYTHING, cocktails and food began to arrive and continued to arrive for THREE HOURS. It was out of control. I believe there were 7 courses (all paired of course with a cocktail, wine, beer or champagne) but I hit a food coma around course #4 and everything that I inhaled from there on after was blur. This is just a small preview of what we enjoyed (or perhaps my empty plate because I ate it too fast and did not get a photo of the before).
Even though I went the business route after college, literature and writing have always been my passion. I love to read and writing has always been an outlet for me. Whether it was keeping a journal in High School, writing notes to my friends, articles for work or even this blog, I feel that I am best at expressing myself through writing.
To keep myself sane through college, I minored in English. It was sort of a “hobby” for me and gave me a few classes a quarter that kept things fun. One of my favorites was a course on Shakespeare. He has always been one of my favorite writers and I can get lost in any of his plays. Spending an entire quarter studying his works was a dream. Add a great professor and I would have taken the class again if I could.
Apparently Kate Spade shares this fondness for Shakespeare and has created a dreamy clutch representing his work. One of my favorite plays combined with an evening essential. Add the bold colors and I LOVE. A perfect conversation starter for any dinner party. The big question would be, have you really read the play or simply seen Claire and Leo act it out Baz-style?
|Kate Spade ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Book Clutch|
This weekend the hubby and I are heading out of town with friends to enjoy a weekend in wine country. Our plans include eating, wine tasting, relaxing and simply enjoying each other’s company. This has been on the calendar forever and I am so excited it is right around the corner.
A weekend away also means wardrobe planning. Planning for a day of wine tasting is one of my favorites because it involves everything I like to wear. Items that are stylish yet comfortable, boots and of course a few accessories and sunglasses. It is never too fancy yet always pulled together. Here is the look I pulled together for Saturday when we are hitting some of the best vineyards in the valley.