A Happy New Year Postcard for You!

A Happy New Year Postcard for You!

ello friend,

I’m sitting here at the desk of my home office this afternoon with a view of threatening rain clouds over Chico, a steaming mug of wild sweet orange tea, and the scent of my latest favorite candle, French Cade Lavender by Voluspa. It casts a much needed warm glow around the winter pale room and the fragrance is heavenly.  I have chill music on Pandora (though my husband is still blasting holiday tunes out in the kitchen).  We are different that way, he can’t get enough, and by this time of the season, I’ve had enough. Today feels like the calm after the “holiday storm” and I feel like life is coming back into balance following a solid month of festivities. Though we will be heading out to celebrate New Year’s Eve with friends at the country club, I have an entire afternoon to appreciate the stillness, the calm and reflect on the year that has passed.

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A Festive Evening with the KNOT Pro on Treasure Island, San Francisco

A Festive Evening with the KNOT Pro on Treasure Island, San Francisco

The KNOT premiere wedding website threw a festive event in San Francisco for members of the KNOT Pro. It was a celebratory evening since I had recently been notified that my Curated Travel won ‘Best of the KNOT’ for romance travel for 2018.  Why not attend a stylish, chic, hosted event on Treasure Island, San Francisco? Scott and I packed up and made the quick trip to San Francisco in early December. 

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The Napa Valley Winery Experience

The Napa Valley Winery Experience

Napa isn't just known for the winery selection within the valley, but it's definitely one of the drawing points. This area is referenced as one of the top spots to vacation in the country. The weather is generally gorgeous, the small businesses are booming, and the people are friendly! Maybe it's the wine talking, but there's no better place to be a lover of all things vino. It can be a challenge to narrow down the wine community into a manageable list of wineries to visit in one go. We're here with some hidden gems and other popular options for a memorable winery trip in Napa Valley.

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Stylish & Savvy Gifts for the Curated Traveler

Stylish & Savvy Gifts for the Curated Traveler

It's most definitely that festive, and sometimes frenetic, time of year. Are you like me, still checking off that holiday gift shopping list? The gift of travel is my favorite type of gift to give or receive as you probably know if you are a reader of Style*Mind*Chic for any length of time. If the gift of a trip to Paris or a dreamy tropical island is not in the budget for a gift this year, how about travel accessories for the traveler in your life? These are a few of my picks for that stylish and savvy traveler that you can put under the tree in preparation for that next travel adventure.

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Postcard from Wine Country - Fall Edition

Postcard from Wine Country - Fall Edition

Early last week Scott and I retreated to wine country in Sonoma to celebrate his birthday. It was just a quick two-day getaway and a much-needed change of pace. Wine country is beautiful in the fall, with autumnal colors, and a crisp, woodsy chill in the air. We seem to make it to wine country for a fall visit every year. Last year we stayed at Sonoma Mission Inn for a surprise birthday getaway.

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A Walk in Bidwell Park with Uno Alla Volta

A Walk in Bidwell Park with Uno Alla Volta

It's always a treat to discover a surprise package on the front step. I opened a box the other day that contained this beautiful pastel scarf from Uno Alla Volta. The ethereal leaf patterned Devore silk scarf was handpainted by Joyita. I styled it with my dusty pink faux-leather waterfall front jacketSvelte leggings and Vince Camuto Booties.

Our walk in the park was a quick stop since we were on our way to an event in downtown Chico. The fall colors were irresistible and my scarf was perfectly in style at our favorite watering hole later that evening.

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Curated Travel Voted Best of the KNOT for 2018 for Romance Travel!

Curated Travel Voted Best of the KNOT for 2018 for Romance Travel!

I was so pleased to learn that my Curated Travel brand has been voted 'the KNOT Best of Weddings 2018 Pick' on the iconic wedding website of the same name for romance travel. It all starts with happy clients, dreamy destinations, and rave reviews. It wouldn't have been possible without my wonderful travel clients and their support for Curated Travel. Thank you!

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Signature Style: Velvet Vibe

Signature Style: Velvet Vibe

It seems that velvet is having a major moment right now. I'm spotting velvet in fashion, footwear and plush decor pieces and the velvet vibe feels more fresh and modern, interpreted differently than in the 90's. I've been a fan for many years. It's comfortable and luxurious to wear if done right. I'll never forget my emerald-green off the shoulder cocktail dress from the 90's. I'm hoping to add a pair of velvet booties to my collection this year. How do you feel about velvet?

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