Willamette Valley Wine

Two words: Pinot Noir. Ever since we went to Napa two years ago searching for Pinot Noir, we kept hearing Willamette Valley. The wine in Napa is amazing and it’s been one of my favorite trips so far. But when we had an opportunity to travel to Oregon for a friends wedding, we extended our trip to spend time in Willamette valley.

We first did a quick google search on the best Pinot Noir in Willamette Valley. One of the top three places was near our final destination on the coast. So we decided that would be the winery we’d visit and assumed we’d need to call and make a reservation. Then we shut the computer lid and never made a winery reservation, Lol!

We left Portland on a Sunday and drove about 30 mins to Willamette. Whichever route we took, had us driving through small suburbs and it was crazy at one point to think our ETA to vineyards was 10 mins and we’re passing a Chik-fil-A right now. Again, basing this off my trip to Napa.

We arrived in McMinnville and parked at Domaine Drouhin which is the winery we chose online. But, of course, on a Sunday during a pandemic, they were completely booked! We knewww we should have called and pre-arranged a tasting, but we didn’t. Oops. They were also booked up the following day, which we would have had an opportunity to pass through again on our way back to Portland for our red eye flight. So, okay, they’re booked, but there’s several wineries nearby so we just drove to a neighboring winery. Butttt they were booked all day Sunday, too!

So, omg, I start to panic (dramatic, I know). We were literally driving around and wineries had their numbers listed at the entrance. Finally, we found one that could get us in for a tasting if we could be there in 5 mins. Well lucky us, we will just drive down your entrance and be there in .5 seconds.

The winery was cute – it’s where the picture in front of wine barrels was taken but in the cluster of everything, I’m not even sure where we stopped! We ordered a charcuterie board with our wine and once we finished up, decided to keep heading to the coast. I called a few more wineries that looked pretty to make an appointment for Monday. We landed at Domaine Serene for Monday. It was suuuuper fancy. The views were a lot prettier on the terrace. The wine was delicious (but the pours were smallll ;)).

This dress is the perfect winery dress. The gingham print says picnic in the park. The rouching and ruffles are extremely flattering and the ties are adjustable. Be careful, the ties are a little difficult to keep even and look perfect. I paired with these white braided heels that are actually very comfortable. I do think the outfit was a little dressy for Oregon – it would be perfect in Napa. Oregon is more neutral tones. But I make an entrance. I’m so happy we were able to experience a very small part of Willamette.

Of course I wore this dress for both Sunday and Monday wine tastings 🙂 I originally saw this dress on Red Dress Boutique but it sold out before I could get my hands on it. I love the slimming rouching and ruffles of the dress. The ties on the shoulder make the dress adjustable, although, it’s harder to tie a pretty bow than you think, ha! I originally saw this dress on Red Dress Boutique but it was sold out before I could get my hands on it (linked on the LTK carousel above). I signed up for restock notifications but I found and purchased the exact dress from Avanti the label (Fourth or Fifth time I’ve mentioned this online boutique).

I’m so happy we had the opportunity to travel to Oregon and explore a small part of Willamette. I’d recommend to do your research and don’t forget to make a reservation to ensure you get into the wineries you want 🙂 xoxo

Labor Day and Lobsters

Where did summer go?! At least we enjoyed a nice long weekend as a family! Thinking about the end of summer also has me thinking about the outfits I haven’t had an opportunity to wear :(. This floral onesie is one of the first items I purchased for Olivia at the beginning of summer for our trip to Martha’s Vineyard. At the end of July, I purchased this women’s dress because the print is almost identical to the baby onesie. But by the end of summer, I’m running out of reasons to dress up! So why not create my own? Not gonna lie, this dress may have sparked the need for homemade lobster rolls. The print just screams New England to me. When I saw Luke’s Maine Lobster meat was available at Whole Foods, I decided to order it! The reviews were great, lots of mentions about the meat being generous portions as well as tasting great! I couldn’t find any ‘split top rolls’ and I didn’t want just plain hot dog buns, so I compromised with some brioche buns. They were fresh and fluffier than hot dog buns. I decided to serve the lobster hot so sautéed the meat in some oil in a frying pan. I added a little mayo, lemon juice, and a few pinches of the seasoning that came with the meat. Once cooked, I added to the brioche buns, added a little butter to the frying pan and then browned the meat and buns. Served with homemade French fries (roasted with some salt, pepper, chili powder, garlic, and cumin in the oven at 400*) and some buttered frozen corn (would have preferred corn on the cob, but it’s too late in the season for fresh corn on the cob). Finally, can’t forget the white wine! Since I was ordering from Amazon Fresh and Whole Foods, my choices were limited. I chose the Butter Chardonnay – the price point and taste are excellent. It was a perfect pairing! *Chef’s kiss*

Okay, you’ve waiting long enough….. THIS DRESS. It is a Reformation DUPE! I’ve also seen a similar version floating around on chic wish but I wasn’t successful at searching for it at the moment. I ordered it from Avanti the label (here). This is the THIRD Avanti dress I’ve blogged about so you should know by now this boutique is the real deal! I’m wearing a small, but it does fit a little snug. The length is perfect on me (I’m 5’3″). The ruffle hem is so romantic. I can’t wait to wear this dress OUT OF THE HOUSE. But the white and blue was perfect for Labor Day festivities. The straps are adjustable but I didn’t want to risk untying the perfect bow! I also didn’t want to risk getting any butter or oil and ruining the delicate fabric during dinner. These lobster bibs were perfect and festive for our event! Olivia wore hers for .5 seconds before she was realized she could rip it off, lol.

I’ll be back next week to wrap up our trip to Oregon, specifically exploring the Willamette Valley. xoxo

Blue Hydrangeas, Lavender Dress

For the last 7 years, I’ve been. going to Martha’s Vineyard to vacation with my husband & in-laws. There’s so much I look forward to every year: reading on the beach, the beautiful sunsets, the seafood (lobster rolls!), shopping in Edgartown, the gingerbread houses, aaaand the blue hydrangeas!

I found this dress on an online boutique and it instantly painted a memory of the Vineyard for me. I love the hydrangea print and I’ve never seen anything like this. The midi length is comfortable, the smocked top is flattering, and the tie back is a SHOW STOPPER!

This is the perfect vacation dress – I can see packing it on a winery tour, date night, beach weekend, or lunch date. It fits true to size and the tie in the back can make it how tight or how loose you want it!

The price is just under $70. I can ‘t link it on LTK because the boutique isn’t affiliated, but here’s the direct link to the dress. Check out the other items they offer and only $30 more gets you free shipping!

I paired this with a denim jacket for dinner and sunset. I’d love to dress it up next time with nude or white heels!

Next post will be a roundup of what I wore for the week we were on the island (waaay back in June). I’m a little behind on my blog, but I’ll get caught up and then I plan to jump into dressing for Fall weather (do you like pumpkin everything or are you normal?) stay tuned! Xoxo