Pretty Young Thing

Monday, February 9, 2015 1 No tags 3

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Whether you have a valentine or not, the 14th is a day when you should treat yourself. And by treat yourself, I mean drink wine and eat chocolate. What wine you ask? I am fond of going some shade of pink (or light red) in keeping with the holiday.  This 100% Valdiguié petillant naturel from Club W is delish. It tastes like fizzy rhubarb juice mixed with hibiscus tea. Yassssss.

Happy Valentine’s all you pretty young things!

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Guess what? David Rager designed this label!

Australia!

Friday, January 30, 2015 1 No tags 0

I’m off to the land down under, folks! That’s right. I’m headed to Australia (and BALI!!!) for an entire month. I’ve been planning this trip for some time now and am kind of in disbelief that it’s finally here. I can’t wait to share all of my adventures with you! I’ll be here a little less often over the next few weeks, but I’ll be over on Instagram and YouTube on the reg.




If you have any recommendations for eats/drinks/sights in Melbourne, Yarra Valley, Adelaide, Perth or Bali please do send them my way!

Favorites: Treats for My Skin

Thursday, January 29, 2015 1 No tags 0

I’m going to start a new series on the blog and I’m calling it…Favorites. Duh. We know this because we can see with eyes and read the title of the post. So, every month I’ll list a few of my favorite things at the moment. It could be wine or booze related, fashion, design, travel accessories, music, etc. I always love sharing my finds with friends and figured I might as well do it here too! I’ve discovered a lot of great things from reading other blogs, so let’s pay it forward. First up are a few things that have been making my skin feel great lately. There’s also a candle, which I do not in fact pour onto my skin, but it sure does make me feel nice when lit.

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1. Boscia Luminizing Black Mask – I was craving one of those peel-off masks I used to be obsessed with in middle school. Guess what? Still obsessed. They are just so damn fun. This is a more grown up version than the ones of yesteryear – it’s free from parabens/sulfates/petrochemicals and any funny stuff and really tightens my pores and clarifies my skin without drying it out. And it’s BLACK, like really black. Cue the selfies.

2. Everyone Lotion in Coconut + Lemon – Oh my god this stuff. I randomly purchased a bottle while at my local health food store because it was affordable and full of real ingredients. It’s hydrating without being greasy…and the scent. The scent! It’s perfection. A super fresh and clean version of coconut – nothing artificial or cloying about it.

3. PF Candle Co. Soy Candle in Sweet Grapefruit – I’ve been burning Pommes Frites candles in my house for the past year and can’t get enough. I’ve talked about my love for their Spruce candle, but I’m currently into the Sweet Grapefruit. I think refreshing citrus is a great winter scent, something uplifting to carry you into spring.

4. Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant in Vanilla Grapefruit - I have searched high and low for a natural, aluminum and mineral oil-free deodorant. I’ve tried almost everything and nothing totally kept the BO at bay, until I found this. I love it. PS- the scent is a little baby powder-y, so if that’s not your thing you might not like it.

5. Malin + Goetz Mojito Lip Balm – This has been getting me through the dry winter air and a lot of plane travel. It really coats the lips and feels so nourishing. You can even put it over a lip stain for a more glossy look.

Ultramarine

Saturday, January 24, 2015 1 No tags 0

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I forgot to share with you the delicious thing I sipped while ringing in the new year! It was the 2010 Ultramarine Heintz Vineyard Blanc de Blancs from Michael Cruse of Petaluma’s Cruse Wine Co. It ain’t cheap (around $50) but it’s really good and a hell of a lot better than a lot of actual Champagnes out there at that price point. I’ve never been too enchanted by California traditional method sparklers, but then there was this. 100% Chardonnay from Sonoma’s Heitz vineyard (an awesome site for the grape), it displayed a beautiful balance of toasty depth and mouth-watering brightness. I only wish I had another bottle to age for a bit to see where time can take it. I think it might be one of my favorite bottles of last year and I’m not alone – it was named one of SF Chronicles Top 100 Wines of 2014. Michael Cruse is someone to definitely keep your eye on.

Join the Ultramarine mailing list to get your hands on some of this fine juice. And read this more in-depth profile of Michael and his work by the one and only Hawk Wakawaka.