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Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day 2016

memorial day and fourth of july outfit inspiration

Gingham Heels// Pear Studs ($8, perfect for wearing at beach/pool)// Whale Hat

memorial day and 4th of july outfit ideas

I hope everyone is enjoying their Memorial Day weekend. If you are getting this extra day off, I hope you are spending it enjoying and if you are traveling, I wish you safe travels! 

Today I rounded up some of my favorite red, white, and blue items. I always love to dress in our nation's colors on holidays to show support for our country.

I think sometimes it is easy to forget why we get this extra day off. There are so many other distracting things going on: the unofficial kick-off to summer, school is out, the pools are opening, the 'white rule' is being lifted, lots of great sales are happening, an extra day off from work; the list goes on. 

The reason that this is a long weekend and today is a national holiday is to remember those who have died serving our country. We are so lucky to be able to safely gather with family and friends on this long weekend and every day of the year thanks to the brave men and women who gave their lives while serving the country. 

I hope you'll join in remembering them at some point during your day. At 3pm there is a national moment for remembrance; if you are able to join, I encourage you to do so. 

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Saturday Shopping: Memorial Day 2016 Sales Roundup

Lilly Pulitzer// Amazing gifts with purchase! I am in love with this gold wicker clutch!

Neiman Marcus// Up to 40% off! This Canada Goose vest is one of the best buys! 

Last Call Neiman Marcus// and extra 40-60% off everything!

One Kings Lane// Furniture blowout sale. Major discounts!

Saks// Designer Sale up to 40% off. SO many pairs of Ferragamo shoes are on sale. They make my favorite shoes in the whole world. I usually size up a half size in designer shoes, however, these run true to size and I wear my usual size 8. They are also offering $90 off on several colors of my favorite thing in the entire world: Cashmere travel wrap.

Shopbop// New markdowns. I don't have this faux leather jacket, but I know it's really popular (and comes in a bunch of colors)... and at $66 I might just make the purchase! I had been dying for the cashmere travel wrap in navy and what luck I have, it's on sale for around $90 off! Sold!

Saint Bernard Sports// Cashmere travel wraps are available here, too, on sale!

Nordstrom// Major half yearly sale. I like to go for the 'big ticket' items during this sale. This beautiful YSL bag is almost $1000 off and these classic Jimmy Choo pumps are on major sale (as are these timeless Manolos!)! Jack Rogers are under $90 and the sale colors are neutral, which doesn't happen very often, and same with Hunter Boots. This pair is under $90! This navy blue dress is only $20. I think it would work perfectly as a swimsuit coverup, but also great for a night out with a chunky necklace and wedges!

Club Monaco// Take an extra 30% off of sale and clearance with code WARMER.

J. Crew// 30% off your entire purchase using code WEEKEND. Obsessed with this red, white, and blue striped tee. Just ordered for myself! Above are two tops I have already worn: the bow shoulder top and plaid off-the-shoulder top. Love them both (both true to size!).

Calypso// An extra 50% off sale styles.

Ralph Lauren// Take an extra 30% off using code MEM30 (through 5/31) and Designer sale, up to 40% off!  I especially love these tortoise flats and this navy and white striped tee!

LL Bean// 10% off using code SUMMER. Now is a good time to order a fresh canvas tote for the summer! They almost never go on sale.

Talbots// Extra 40% off one marked down item, extra 50% off 2 or more marked down items. I have this shirt and it is a wardrobe staple. The sale price makes it a steal.

Ann Taylor// 50% Off Full-Price Purchase, Extra 40% Off Sale Styles with code SUMMER50. This leaf printed dress is my favorite thing on their site right now.

Anthropologie// Additional 30% off all sale items. I have these bowls and they are the greatest. Perfect for ice cream and cereal.... at just around $9, they're an absolute steal (so mad I paid $24 for mine!!!). I bought a few sets to give as gifts! 

Mark and Graham// Extra 25% off sale using code EXTRA25

Banana Republic// Extra 40% your purchase off using code BRTAKE40 

Friday, May 27, 2016

Wine Country: Bouchon Bakery, Yountville, CA

Bouchon Bakery, Yountville, CA

Bouchon Bakery in Napa California

Rebecca Minkoff handbags at Bouchon in Yountville

rebecca minkoff bag and david yurman cable bracelet and cartier tank watch

Bouchon Bakery in Napa Valley California

Cartier Tank Watch and Rebecca Minkoff handbag with David Yurman Cable Cuff

You saw my Chandon recap on Wednesday, so today I am recapping, not a winery, but something just as amazing: Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bakery. You've probably heard of Thomas Keller. He's also known for French Laundry (in Yountville, which we sadly did not make it to! Next time!!!) and also Per Se in New York. Bouchon and Bouchon Bakery are both his creations, too, but are located in several cities around the country! I had actually meant to go to Bouchon Bakery while in LA, but we never made it so I was really glad to be able to go while in Napa! 

I don't eat baked goods often because I know they are not 'healthy'. Plus, in Pittsburgh, the best baked goods are from La Gourmandine, and you have to wake up at the crack of dawn on the weekends to get your hands on anything. So I also don't have too much access to incredible baked goods (both a blessing and a curse). When I travel I always indulge and try anything and everything. I made sure Bouchon Bakery was on our 'must-visit' list. 

We had woken up at 3am that morning to go hot air ballooning. After an hour and a half drive to the meeting spot, we had received a text message saying that it was canceled due to wind. We were majorly bummed. But it being only 4:30 am, we had nothing to do but just to hang out (literally nothing was open). However, lucky for us, bakeries open up early! So once Bouchon Bakery was open, we headed over. 

If you are in Napa, you must visit even if just for the branding. The entire place in done in green and yellow pastels which makes for the most charming branding. It almost reminds me of Maison Kayser in New York but I loved Bouchon even more! 

The actual bakery itself is tiny (no indoor seating) but plenty of cute umbrella tables outside! You can get your order to-go or take it and sit outside. I saw a lot of people ordering to-go packages, but we were happy to sit outside and enjoy the morning. I got a black coffee, ham, egg, and cheese croissant, and a salted caramel macaron (my favorite flavor that I order at every macaron place). 

The macaron was huge in comparison to say, Laduree or Gaby et Jules. It was delicious in its own way. The filling was brown and delicious, but definitely different from any other macaron I've had. Gaby et Jules still has the best salted caramel macaron in my book! The croissant, oh my goodness, it was amazing. I mean buttery, flaky, melt in your mouth goodness. I felt like I was in Paris. I could eat one of those sandwiches every day for the rest of my life. Amazing. 

I wore this comfortable blush midi dress. The dress is made from a stretchy jersey material, so it was really easy to be in all day. I wore the heels for the morning, but when we headed off to vineyards, I switched into flats!

The Rebecca Minkoff crossbody bag was key during this trip. The bag is slim and the blush color goes with everything. When I would carry a larger bag, I would just toss the little bag into the larger bag so I didn't have to deal with switching out my stuff. I love Rebecca Minkoff, and the selection at Nordstrom for spring/summer has been great-- I had been looking for a small blush bag and the color and price were just right! You can shop more of my favorite Rebecca Minkoff picks above! Thank you to Nordstrom for Sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Longines welcomes Ambassador of Elegance Kate Winslet to Saint-Imier

Longines welcomes Ambassador of Elegance Kate Winslet to Saint-Imier

Longines welcomes Ambassador of Elegance Kate Winslet to Saint-Imier

Longines welcomes Ambassador of Elegance Kate Winslet to Saint-Imier
I'm writing this post in honor of my sister who is headed off to Switzerland today! I am so envious and really wish I could go with her (she is going with her boyfriend and his family!). I am so excited for her, Switzerland is on my 'to-go' list and I can't wait to hear all about her trip.

As I was looking into what there is to do in Switzerland, I found out that last week, Kate Winslet (one of my all-time favorite actresses), was in Switzerland at Longines' head office and museum. I am obsessed with Kate-- Titanic and The Holiday are two of my all-time favorite movies. Not to mention, I think she is stunningly gorgeous and talented.

The Longines Museum is located in Saint-Imier and is free and open to the public for tours. I told Callie that if she makes it to the museum, she has to take a bunch of photos for me to share on Summer Wind!

I've always loved gorgeous watches. I wear a watch every single day. I think it is due to the fact that my grandfather was in the jewelry business and taught me about fine jewelry and timepieces from a young age. A Longines watch is most definitely atop my wish list as it is a fine Swiss timepiece and they are all so stunningly beautiful! Even though most everyone now carries a cell phone with them, which tells the time, watches still prove to be a constant for both men and women. A watch is one of those things/accessories that is just timeless. I love that it is something that can be handed down from generation to generation-- it becomes so meaningful .

Kate Winslet has been Longines’ Ambassador of Elegance since 2010. During her visit, she got to select a watch from the museum for re-issue to benefit the Golden Hat Foundation. The Foundation was co-founded by Winslet to focus on changing the public's perception of people on the autism spectrum. This foundation is something that aligns with Longines charitable background and mission.
I can't wait to see which piece was selected. I think supporting positive and worthy causes is very important and The Golden Hat is most definitely a wonderful foundation. I love to support brands who go out of their way to be philanthropic and give back to the world. A big thank you to Longines for supporting a great organization. All opinions are my own.