Friday, July 29, 2016

summer vineyard style

Napa Wine Valley, Reformation dress, ref babe, summer style, chic summer style, cute summer style, gladiator sandals, straw tote, straw summer hat
Napa Wine Valley, Reformation dress, ref babe, summer style, chic summer style, cute summer style, gladiator sandals, straw tote, straw summer hat
Napa Wine Valley, Reformation dress, ref babe, summer style, chic summer style, cute summer style, gladiator sandals, straw tote, straw summer hat
Napa Wine Valley, Reformation dress, ref babe, summer style, chic summer style, cute summer style, gladiator sandals, straw tote, straw summer hat
 Napa Wine Valley, Reformation dress, ref babe, summer style, chic summer style, cute summer style, gladiator sandals, straw tote, straw summer hat
Napa Wine Valley, Reformation dress, ref babe, summer style, chic summer style, cute summer style, gladiator sandals, straw tote, straw summer hat
Napa Wine Valley, Reformation dress, ref babe, summer style, chic summer style, cute summer style, gladiator sandals, straw tote, straw summer hat
Napa Wine Valley, Reformation dress, ref babe, summer style, chic summer style, cute summer style, gladiator sandals, straw tote, straw summer hat
Napa Wine Valley, Reformation dress, ref babe, summer style, chic summer style, cute summer style, gladiator sandals, straw tote, straw summer hat



What a week it's been! While nothing extremely out of the ordinary happened something felt long and dragged out about it. Here's hoping my weekend is full of jaunts in the vineyards. Speaking of jaunts in the vineyard, Reformation kills it in little dresses to spend summer days in. I just ordered this one and this one... oops! ;)

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Monday, July 25, 2016

how to dress up your summer style look

Matanzas Creek Winery, Lavender fields, Wine country, off the shoulder blue dress, Asos, straw fedora, summer style, straw summer accents
Matanzas Creek Winery, Lavender fields, Wine country, off the shoulder blue dress, Asos, straw fedora, summer style, straw summer accents
Matanzas Creek Winery, Lavender fields, Wine country, off the shoulder blue dress, Asos, straw fedora, summer style, straw summer accents
Matanzas Creek Winery, Lavender fields, Wine country, off the shoulder blue dress, Asos, straw fedora, summer style, straw summer accents
Matanzas Creek Winery, Lavender fields, Wine country, off the shoulder blue dress, Asos, straw fedora, summer style, straw summer accents
Matanzas Creek Winery, Lavender fields, Wine country, off the shoulder blue dress, Asos, straw fedora, summer style, straw summer accents
Matanzas Creek Winery, Lavender fields, Wine country, off the shoulder blue dress, Asos, straw fedora, summer style, straw summer accents
Matanzas Creek Winery, Lavender fields, Wine country, off the shoulder blue dress, Asos, straw fedora, summer style, straw summer accents


 Life goals for everyone should include frolicking in lavender fields. That box was checked a few weeks ago when I had the chance to check out Matanzas Creek winery while it's seasonal lavender fields were in resplendent full bloom. While I've never been to Provence, France I anticipate it feels a lot similar — the overwhelming calm scent of lavender engulfing the entire property, while the buzzing of thousands of bees brought the fields to life, and not to mention the muted purple hue as far as the eye could see.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

napa valley {durant & booth wines}

 
 



{Earrings | Swimsuit top | Nail polish | Sunglasses}




I can't pinpoint when it started but my appreciation of good wine started not that long ago, surprisingly. While my appreciation of all wine started in college — but we'll save that story for another post. I remember taking day or weekend trips with Francisco to Napa or little towns in wine country and relishing in the serene countryside life and all the goodness that came out of it. We'd leave with a case of wine we've never tried before and while some of it was a splurge it would serve as a reminder of our lovely weekend adventures, at least until the last drop was served.

To this day wine country holds a very special place in my heart, it's picturesque landscape and hot summers have me craving to go back at least one a month, this time of year. Recently Durant & Booth invited me to their stunning new tasting room and partner gourmet grocery store Oakville Grocery for lunch and some wine. I jumped at the chance as I was already in town for another meeting, and as sometimes half the battle is actually getting to Napa Valley. After enjoying a filling craft sandwich and ice cold sangria on their back patio we went in to check out the tasting room. It was spectacular, one of the the more beautiful and interesting tasting rooms I've seen to date — with two floors, a balcony filled with sparkling chandeliers overlooking the prim seating accommodations, vintage taxidermy flanked by bright white-washed walls, and even a private seating area upstairs for wine club members.

Since I didn't get to do a full tasting that day I was ecstatic when Durant & Booth sent me a few bottles to try out at home! An elegant Chardonnay and marvelously blended Cuvee (Zinfandel and Petite Sirah). I enjoyed the white over a Fourth of July picnic ironically enough back in wine country at Lake Sonoma, in the blazing heat it was the perfect chilled beverage to sip on while eating a picnic style lunch in between dipping our toes in the freezing lake. But, as I'm a red girl, the Cuvee was the showstopper in my opinion. I saved it for a special occasion — Sunday dinner with the family. I had the idea to make pizza for everyone, but not before I whipped up a glorious cheese and charcuterie plate as a hearty appetizer. We sat on the balcony overlooking the ocean on one side and the city on the other and took in family time over the perfect red wine. I really need more Durant & Booth in my life, and need to go back to try the full tasting. Promise to report back!

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Monday, July 18, 2016

SF eateries: true normand and outerlands

 
 


 
I checked out a new-to-me restaurant, True Normand, with Julie not to long ago and loved the ambiance and delightful fare, while it was on the pricier side I recommend it at least once for a treat-yourself moment. The mushroom toast is a must along with a glass of the red.

This weekend went by all too fast. My husband is away for work so I've been spending my time catching up with girlfriends, family and me-time, of course. I spend the day yesterday in the Sunset district of San Francisco with Julie having brunch at the infamous Outerlands, where I ordered the Dutch baby pancake with fresh made ricotta, strawberries and sesame seeds; as well as getting taught how to ride a bike! One of the more exciting things to happen to me this weekend. It's true, this girl doesn't/didn't know how to ride a bike. I've been trying to learn for years on a bike a little too tall for me, so borrowing Julie's bike that was the right size made the process a bit smoother and manageable. Check out my snapchat (carlinaharris) in the next few hours to see the hilarious process.

Happy Monday!

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

getting fit with lucy #lucyletsgo

Lucy activewear, Lucy workout clothes, workout style, chic workout wear, cobalt workout leggings, Nike free
Lucy activewear, Lucy workout clothes, workout style, chic workout wear, cobalt workout leggings, Nike free
Lucy activewear, Lucy workout clothes, workout style, chic workout wear, cobalt workout leggings, Nike free
Lucy activewear, Lucy workout clothes, workout style, chic workout wear, cobalt workout leggings, Nike free
Lucy activewear, Lucy workout clothes, workout style, chic workout wear, cobalt workout leggings, Nike free
Lucy activewear, Lucy workout clothes, workout style, chic workout wear, cobalt workout leggings, Nike free
{Top | Pants c/o Lucy | Sneakers}



Workout attire has had a spot place in my heart ever since the days of college when I got my first real taste of gym life. The better I looked in what I wore the better I felt and the better/harder I worked out. It's been that way for years now and my motto of "if you look good you feel good" hasn't changed much, especially in the workout area. So when Lucy sent over a box of workout attire I was elated! The vivid colors, feel-good textures and trendy cuts were just what I needed for the 12K training I was smack in the middle of.

If you follow me on Snapchat (user: carlinaharris) you got a taste of the cotton candy, a leopard set, and even a pair of cobalt pants (seen above) I've been rocking during this training session- nonstop. While I many have ran my 12K last weekend I won't stop rocking my Lucy workout wear anytime soon. I'm thinking another run may be in my future very soon. What are some of your goto workouts? Do tell, I'm itching for something fun and different!


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Thursday, July 7, 2016

summer whites

summer white maxi, Candala maxi dress, Candela, summer style, short curly hair, Summer in San Francisco, BaubleBar,
summer white maxi, Candala maxi dress, Candela, summer style, short curly hair, Summer in San Francisco, BaubleBar,
summer white maxi, Candala maxi dress, Candela, summer style, short curly hair, Summer in San Francisco, BaubleBar,
summer white maxi, Candala maxi dress, Candela, summer style, short curly hair, Summer in San Francisco, BaubleBar,
summer white maxi, Candala maxi dress, Candela, summer style, short curly hair, Summer in San Francisco, BaubleBar,
summer white maxi, Candala maxi dress, Candela, summer style, short curly hair, Summer in San Francisco, BaubleBar,
summer white maxi, Candala maxi dress, Candela, summer style, short curly hair, Summer in San Francisco, BaubleBar,
summer white maxi, Candala maxi dress, Candela, summer style, short curly hair, Summer in San Francisco, BaubleBar,

It was starting to heat up weather wise — and all of a sudden just like that, the June gloom sets in and it's turtlenecks and cozy knits all week. Can we get to the weekend already and see some sunshine? 



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