Friday, August 26, 2016

The Best Wine Tour in Napa

When my the Maid of Honor in my wedding tells me that she's coming to visit me in California you plan fun adventures. I'm recruiting her to move to the west coast so of course I had to think of the best places to take her. We knew that we wanted to visit San Francisco, but of course there's wine country.The first place that came to mind when she said she wanted to visit Napa was the Castle Winery also known as... Castello Di Amorosa.

My husband and I have toured this winery before and we loved it. It's located in Calistoga on the top of a huge hill. Castello di Amorosa opened it's doors to the public in April of 2007 and is the sister winery to V. Sattui located just a few miles down the road. What makes Castello unique is the fact that it was modeled after a Tuscan Castle. The Castle was created by using materials brought over and hundreds of thousands of hours of labor to recreate the look of an authentic Tuscan Castle in the 13th century. This winery isn't stuffy like some of the others can be and the wine is excellent. The tour takes you through the castle and ends with a tasting of all their finest wines.

Every detail of the winery sets you into the mentality that you are in Tuscany living in the 13th century.

And you thought that's all there was? Wrong! They have livestock too! Just how a real 13th century winery would have....

The winery was a hit! Erica loved the winery so much she bought a case and became a member! Now we just need her to visit again so we can get that member pricing tour. The tour never gets old and the tasting is always a great time. The wine just gets better and better. Their most popular bottle is La Fantasia. I highly suggest taking the tour or buying some online. This wine isn't available in stores so if someone tells you they bought it in a store don't believe them. It's only available by coming to the winery or online.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Stitch Fix Outtakes

Every month when my Stitch Fix box arrives, I get so excited to share what's arrived on my doorstop. Sometimes in the process of taking photos to share with you there's a few that don't make the cut. Usually, my husband snaps the photo too early, or my hair is right in my eyes or our cat Tesco instantly feels the need for attention. I get tickled when I scroll through the photos and thought I'd share some with all of you. So without further ado these are a few of my Stitch Fix photo outtakes....

Fixing my hair and of course the walk off...

Then there's the adjusting....

Don't know what Stitch Fix is? Well let me tell you a little bit about it. Start by filling out your style profile. You will complete questions on sizing, pricing, preferences, colors, etc. You can also write notes about likes and dislikes. Make sure to link your fashion board on Pinterest so your stylist can see what you like. This really helps! The notes to your stylist can really help determine what you get in your box. Take the time to write your stylist a note! I feel that's one of the most important things to getting the items you really want to see in your fixes.
Next, order your first fix! You will be charged a $20.00 styling fee however, if you keep any item [one or more] you will be credited back the $20.00 towards that purchase. I always recommend keeping at least one item or you are essentially giving away $20.00 and getting nothing in return. You will receive 5 items (made up of clothing, jewelry, and handbags). I personally never want jewelry in my fix so I just always let my stylist know! If you refer a friend you get credit so your styling fee could potentially be free.

When your box arrives decide what you want to keep and what you want to send back (in the pre-paid postage envelope)! You have 3 business days  from receiving your fix to decide so use this time to try everything on and see what works best for you. Go out of your comfort zone! This is what makes Stitch Fix fun! It's like being a celebrity and getting clothing sent to you! I've chosen to receive monthly fixes but remember it is in no way a subscription service and you are able to decide when you want another fix, whether that be in 6 months or 2 years from your first fix! As always, if you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments section below. To save some cash on future fixes they offer an awesome referral package, if you use my referral link I'll get to bypass the styling fee at least once!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

How I Lost 28 Pounds

When I got engaged in 2014, I knew that I wanted to lose weight for our wedding. It was a day I had always dreamed about and I wanted to look my best. I also started a new job and in that new position I was sitting a lot at a desk which was unlike my previous job where I was on my feet the majority of the day. By the time I bought my dress in December of 2014, I weighed in at 148 pounds. For some people this number may not look too high but to me it was one of the highest weights I had ever weighed in at. Take into account the fact that I'm only 5'4'' in height.

The majority of my weight is usually in my lower half and especially my legs. They just love to hold on to that weight and it's been that way my entire life. The first place I'll lose weight is in my face and chest.

So in May of 2015, I really set out to lose the weight. I started eating portioned meals that consisted of broccoli, rice, chicken or fish. Well guess what... I hate broccoli and asparagus. Which was the alternative to the broccoli. I also went to the gym 5 times a week and worked with a trainer. The results in one week... 7 pounds. That was a crazy amount for me to lose in one week! It wasn't water weight either because I was drinking a gallon (literally) a day. So the next week, I was working out at the gym and on the way home all of my muscles seized up and I had no idea what was happening to me. Queue a ride to the Emergency Room in an ambulance and I was told I had literally no potassium in my body, my electrolytes were depleted and that I indeed was dehydrated.

I said screw this! This wasn't real life for me. I don't have time to go to the gym five times a week. I'm tired after work, I don't want to get up at the crack of dawn to go and I'm just NOT a 5 times a week to the gym type of person. Nor am I a broccoli kind of girl. I'm just not! So after I started eating my normal food again and drinking my water. I had been a huge fan of Diet 7Up and Sprite Zero. I started drinking nothing but Smart Water.

Then we had some crazy life moments and stress kicked in. Then the summer months rolled in and then the fall. I was having tons of anxiety for the first time in my life. By my wedding I had got down to 120 pounds. It was the smallest I had ever been in my life! I couldn't even remember a time in high school or college that I weighed 120 lbs. I was always around 125. But on my wedding day, I was down 28 pounds. Luckily, I knew I had lost a lot of weight and started my dress altering's in October. It had to be taken in multiple sizes.

Since our wedding I've been able to keep the weight off +- a few pounds. Right now I'm sitting at 128 lbs. but I don't sit around and think about it. I like where I'm at and I'm ok with that! I like how my clothing fits and I like what I see back in the mirror. Will I always want legs like Carrie Underwood and Arms like a bikini model? Sure! Do I want rock hard abs that would make those bikini models cry? Sure! But for right now I'm happy with where I'm at.