Ohio Wine Tasting Weekend

We just celebrated our three year wedding anniversary last week. We don’t really give each other gifts, we’d rather just have an experience. With a baby and a pandemic, we have to plan ahead! So, we planned a one night stay in Geneva, OH – near Lake Erie and it’s actually a really cool wine region! We’ve been 21 in Ohio for how many years and we’ve never travelled up here? Actually, we first went to Geneva last fall as our first night away from the baby. We had such a great time and felt really safe we decided to plan another night stay for our anniversary. It’s no Napa but each winery is really unique and there’s sooo many, we only went to three last time: Laurentia (best food, wine, & views), M Cellars (great wine and best tasting specials), and Harpersfield (Cute like a German winery – wine is okay but the outdoor space is one of the best).

We did go to the same three again this trip but also added a few more. I stand by my rankings above! We didn’t visit any other wineries that beat these three from a top rank. We stayed at The Lodge At Geneva On The Lake. Fun Fact: Delaware North Companies is the hospitality group that operates the lodge. DNC was the first company I worked for out of college! I moved to MN and worked for their Sportservice division with the MN Twins. But that’s for another time… 🙂

I will say, it was a lot prettier to visit the wineries in the fall during harvest. It was really bare this trip plus the weather was cold and the sky was gray :(. Luckily I’m fully vaccinated and Max has had his first shot so we felt safe enough to visit indoors. We also chose to go Friday during the day and nowhere was really that crowded!

I was picturing beautiful spring weather for this trip. A cute dress, sandals, a jean jacket but that’s Ohio weather for you. Plus the lake effect is no joke! It was warmer when we left Columbus…

I’ve had this jumpsuit for a few years but I thought it was the perfect mix of casual and dressy. Too cold for a dress, tall boots make the outfit look too fall, jeans can feel too casual, buuuut a floral jumpsuit? Pairs well with wine…

My jumpsuit is old BUT I found it at another retailer and on MAJOR SALE! There’s only one left in stock, so GRAB IT if it’s your size! I love the vintage blue and floral print. The v-neck and cinched tie waist gives you a figure in this jumpsuit which is hard to find in this style. I’ve worn it with open toe sandals but these natural tan suede booties coordinate really well with the color of this jumpsuit.

We went to four wineries around the Grand River Valley Region and then decided we should check into our hotel and get settled. We had dinner reservations nearby but the drive to and from the hotel was relatively close and I didn’t mind because I knew I wanted to change outfits (but didn’t admit this to Max).

When we booked our reservation, I urged for a room with a fireplace so we settled on a king bed, fireplace, and partial view of the lake. I’m so glad we got the fireplace with these low temps!

Back at our hotel, I opted for jeans and a silk top. It’s the perfect shade of plum and it’s 40% off! The square neckline is unique and I think anything smocked is so flattering. The sleeves can be worn on or off the shoulder.

We weren’t really comfortable asking someone to take photos of us, so not only did we not get any pictures together, I got the worst pics of this top, hahah! I hope I get another chance this spring to wear and style this again 🙂

We only stayed one night and chose to grab breakfast at Horizons Restaurant there at the hotel. Then we took a walk around the grounds and along the lake. It was so cold and windy so the views would have been more enjoyable if a) I was dressed for it or b) it was warmer lol On our way home through downtown Geneva, we stopped at an adorable coffee shop called Scribblers. We were debating whether or not to stop at another winery that opened at 10AM LOL – we ended up just grabbing coffee and heading home!

Are you seeing a theme here? I packed anything I had that was wine colored, haha! This free people bodysuit looked a little victorian with all of the ruffles, but the lace details and the poppy print make it very feminine.

I always size down in Free People so I’m wearing an XS but it was still a little big in the chest area, FYI. I wish I could have gone without the suede jacket, but it’s Cleveland. Plus my jacker is on sale for 46% off! Random percentage but it brings the jacket to under $100! This is something I bought during last year’s anniversary sale so I didn’t get to wear it too much since I wasn’t leaving the house. It’s surprisingly warm! I’ve posted about these suede booties before. I’ve had them for almost two years now and they really keep their condition and are comfortable – my most worn booties for sure!

So how about that content?! Three outfit styles in post – what am I going to talk about next week? We’ve been doing some home projects so maybe I’ll write a post detailing that… stay tuned! xoxo

My recent Nordstrom Rack purchase under $100!

I love Nordstrom Rack but I rarely have the patience to visit the store and dig through their racks for good deal on a name brand item. I was looking for a Free People sweater on Nordstrom Rack and found it for $26.23 – that’s 75% off the original price, wow! While I was impressed with the sale, I also didn’t want to pay for shipping :). Why does it make me happier to reach the free shipping threshold? Anyone else? Another option was to ship the sweater to the store for free – but that would require a visit in the store and thanks to this pandemic, I haven’t been to a mall (other than a curbside pickup) in almost a year!

So, I kept shopping their clearance category and loaded up my cart! I placed my order before the new year and received my order last week. Shipping took a little more time, but it appears the items are still in stock!

I love this casual outfit. The neutral striped sweater features blouson sleeves, a pocket, and color blocking in the back. It’s a little cropped so I paired it with my favorite high rise Agolde denim and these neutral booties that I wear with anything that isn’t a dress!

I fell in love with this brand, Naked Zebra, when I lived in Minneapolis. I purchased several pieces from a local boutique. This tiered dress is going to be perfect for spring. Unfortunately this color is sold out, but it’s available in two other colors that I’ve linked. I was surprised by the material of this dress – it’s double lined with a silk slip which makes it so comfortable! The length is great and I’d consider making this one of the first pieces I wear back to the office 🙂

This bodysuit is giving me Valentine’s Day vibes! The color and the rouching are so feminine. I have a couple of bodysuits from the same brand, ASTR, so I ordered my normal size, XS, but it runs a little tighter than the other bodysuits. It fits a little snug around the bodice so I’d consider sizing up if you’re larger chested than me.

Saved the best for last! This floral dress is so perfect! Love the pink floral print and think it pairs perfectly with this mauve hat! Another Valentine’s Day contender. This smocked dress can be worn on or off the shoulders – it’s comfortable either way. I almost paired this dress with black boots and a black leather jacket, but any excuse to wear a hat over unwashed hair, count me in!