Wine Country Getaway ... One Dress 4 Ways



Jeff and I took an impromptu trip to
last weekend.

We have been working on home projects for 6 weekends in a row
and 
we just needed a break!

It was truly an impromptu trip
in that 
I really got dressed that day 
to go look at model homes 
for backyard inspiration,

But, I loved my outfit 
and 
had styled several looks to do a photo shoot with.
I decided my looks would be even more fun to shoot
in wine country.

So off we went!
I have said many times here
I often choose destinations
around outfits I love!




Once we were out there
we decided to spend the night at the lovely




My favorite part of our  room
was that it opened up completely into the vineyards!




This was my travel and lunch outfit.
I will explain more about it below.




We went to one of our  new favorite spots in Temecula


Definitely the chicest spot out there
and 
voted best winery experience by San Diego Magazine.

"Designed to Enhance Without The Crowds"
and 
they definitely excel at their mission!




How gorgeous is their patio view!!




We had been to 


many times for drinks
but it was our first time staying.
I was unexpectedly delighted with our
vineyard room in the newest wing.




It is a lovely property with alfresco dining
 and an outside bar.
Saturday night they even live music under the stars!




My Lola hat with ties
kept my hat in place durning the afternoon breezes.




The property has a beautiful manmade lake as well.




Now back to my outfit.
I  did all four of my looks off of this fitted maxi.
Quite honestly I would never wear this dress just plain like this.
I am only showing this image 
to illustrate how a dress like this can be a great starting piece.
consider this post another 

Good Girlfriend Share.

What I love about using this dress as a styling base
is that it provides one long line of base color
which is a flattering start on most any figure.
It also doesn't add any bulk under the top layers.

The fun an flirty ruffle
was a wonderful addition  to each outfit.
No surprise
I love my outfits to have some fun drama!




You can see in my travel outfit
how it acts as almost a ruffled slip under my dress.
I added a tie belt, platforms and my wide straw hat 
and 
voila 
first look complete!






For Saturday Date Night
I added my lovely feather jacket
slicked back my hair
so that my newest designed earrings 
could play a staring role.
The platforms worked again to finish the look!







Sunday morning called for a fun outfit to
check out 
Old Town Temecula
for brunch.

I wanted a sporty look 
so I added a striped top over the dress
and 
then a long wrap navy vest.

Stripe platform shoes and a cross body bag
made for an easy walking and shopping outfit!






For wine in the vineyard
I kept it white and fresh
with another white wrap long vest
finished with a shell Crown.

This outfit was so fun to wear outside in the early evening
because the vest almost floated behind with every step!







So there you have my 
Styling Tips
for one piece 4 ways
my friends!
I hope it inspires you to look a some of your own pieces differently!




My biggest 
Styling Tip
is always accessories
the easiest way to take a single piece 
differen directions.




This was our lovely room view.
I so enjoyed watching the light change
over the vineyard
and 
the windmill start and stop.

Getting away and seeing natures bounty
was a truly needed balm to my soul.




Especially with my one true love.






Waking up to this view and coffee
was almost as fun as the wine!




The surprise treat of our stay
was realizing 
hot air balloons literally launched from our parking lot!

To hear them breathe to life and lift off
was truly amazing!

We might need to try this our next time out!








One down side of packing around one piece
is that it can get dirty by.

Before our coffee search I realized my white dress had a spot that I needed to get out
so I left my dress to dry in the sun.

And boy did I miss the other layer
especially with a wrap vest.
Missing it for a bit
just made me love my layering concept more!












As always my friends

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life












Summer Date Night



Jeff and I had a lovely weekend.

It was mainly working on some important house projects
but we still took time out on Saturday for

Date Night!
It was the perfect occasion to take my


from


out for it's initial spin!




My 

gave the dress a fresh finishing touch
for a summer evening.


 sunglasses added another 
dose of glamour.








We did dinner and drinks in quaint 

at 





Nothing like a great outfit
for a making the very most of a 
Summer Date Night!




As always my friends

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life









Summer Intentions




I woke up this morning
after allowing myself
the deliciousness of sleeping in
thinking that

I need to be making my 
Summer Special.




And by special
I mean
More Magical.


The magic that I felt as a young girl.


My favorite summers ever 
were filled with slow days
tons of books
creative projects done outside
long sunset walks
followed by ice cream cones with my family.



Everyday felt exciting with possibility
of what could be.


And what was.


So much of it  was the luxury of time
and 
the new places and ideas that came from 
the books I devoured.




Because I woke up with the idea 
of 
Making My Summer More Magical

I allowed myself the time to
not only read 
but savor

blog today.

It wasn't just her post about 
it was all of it.


Her thought provoking writings
her tales of her daily in NYC
reminded me how much 
I use to love to 
READ.

To learn new things
just for fun.




When my kids were little
I prided myself
on making their summers special.


Always striving for that balance of 
slow days 
with
new outings.


I was 
Intentional 
with our 
Summer Days.

That is what I have lost sight of
Summer Intention.


For me it's about giving myself permission
not to push so hard 
'To Get Things Done.

Too much of
My Self Worth
comes form getting 'things' done.

But the 
'things'
are beginning to feel like 
a hamster wheel of 
mundane productivity.




My new idea of
Summer Intentions
for myself
isn't about big changes at all.


More about 
giving myself permission
to do less
and 
appreciate  more
all the small wonders of summer.


So much of what I'm trying to say 
I am realizing 
is to simply
 Appreciate this Season.

Both literally and figuratively.


To slow down enough
to be presents
in the magical moments
that make up my life.


Maybe
it's as simple as 

just letting  myself
Be Happy.




As always my friends

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life














What I Wore Where ... The Montage Hotel Laguna Beach




Recently I have been freshening my wardrobe for summer
mixing some new tops with what is already in my closet.


If you follow my

 Instagram HERE

you know that a couple weeks ago I challenged myself to

'Get Dressed Everyday For A Week'


It actually improved my quality of life so much
I have continued to do so!




I have found when I take the time
 to get dressed
in for me 
what I would call

A Real Outfit

I feel as though I am actually

Investing in 
My Day.

I am so much more willing and excited to 
go and do
new things.

Or simply enjoy my time at home.





Sunday we had a very productive day working in the yard
so going out for dinner felt like a perfect reward.


Especially since I had spent my Saturday
designing new earrings for my new top
as well as adding a little tule to give it a bit more flare and puff!


I finished the outfit with an equally wide flare pant and platforms
a scalloped edge straw hat and pink sunnies

A woven bag from Anthropologie finished off the ensemble perfectly!

I absolutely love when an outfit comes together perfectly!




And because I had a new outfit I finished
and 
loved

seemed the perfect place to go!


I have said many times 
on my blog here
I very often pick where we go
depending on what I want to wear!




We started dinner off with a cocktail in the view






Next we walked out to take in the
 extraordinary  ocean view.







We had dinner at the bar in


To be perfectly honest
I think the Studio a bit overpriced.

Usually my favorite there is always to sit outside on the patio
with the soft seating.

There you can get appetizers and take in the spectacular view.
We hadn't eaten inside in years
so we thought we would give it a try.

I still absolutely recommend the patio.
We hadn't been missing anything inside.




Love their decorative herb garden!




For me 
it's always about
The View!





As always my friends

I wish you love and joy 
as you style your life