My Favorite Things August 2014

IMG_1521.JPGI can’t believe we are four days into September! I’m kind-of totally freaking out because it’s the end of summer and my birthday is in 12 days. This happens every year around this time, so I’m focusing on planning a spectacular party, enjoying the little things, and am looking forward to the fabulousness that is to come. I’ve taken on a new writing gig, as a contributor to SF’s Haute Living, so stay tuned for some fun higher end stories. That’s what’s on deck for the next month, but before I dive in, I want to share my favorite things for August. Here is what I absolutely loved.

IMG_1583.JPGMeadowood. I spent one glorious night at a two-bedroom suite at Meadowood in Napa with one of my best friends, Sonia. We had the most amazing time. Not only was the property beautiful and the staff kind and accommodating, but the beds were exceptionally fluffy and the champagne perfectly bubbly. From the moment we arrived, I could not stop smiling.

IMG_1582.JPGKrug. Dom Perignon has always been my preferred champagne as it’s what my grandfather likes to have on special occasions. However, after spending an afternoon sipping on Krug’s lovely elixir, it’s quickly becoming a new favorite. Especially the rose – it’s simply to die for. If you ever get the chance to taste it, do it!

IMG_1604.JPGSequin tapestry at Hall Winery. I went wine tasting at the recently remodeled and newly opened Hall winery in St. Helena and was stunned by the architectural beauty of the entire space. The wines were provocative and complex, but what really stood out to me was a piece of artwork in the lobby. It was a giant tapestry of sequin costumes stitched together in the most absurdly wonderful way. I want a smaller version for the wall above my bed in my apartment.

IMG_1682-0.JPGScharffen Berger. I was totally bummed when the Berkeley-based Scharffen Berger sold their chocolate company to Hershey back in 2005, but now I’ve realized it was probably for the best. I went to a tasting where I tried the new flavors from their #wonderfullycomplicated line and I was blown away. My favorite was the dark chocolate with sea-salted pistachio. Accessible and delicious chocolate for the masses? Woo-hoo!

IMG_1516.JPGReading by the lake. Recently my friend Max asked me if I got bored being at the cabin in Arnold by myself with my parents. I was surprised by his question because boredom isn’t something that I allow in my life and because Arnold is the very last place on earth I would be bored. I spent every day doing my favorite summer activity: sitting by the lake reading a book. It’s quite dorky, I know, but it’s nice to have some relaxing quiet down time.

IMG_1448.JPGDahlias. My favorite flower for end of summer and fall is in bloom and I just keep snapping photos of them and arranging them in vases and putting them on my kitchen table. They are just so beautiful!

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