Travel: Foothill House, Calistoga

This week we will be staying at the Foothill House located in Calistoga…Enjoy!

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The Sonoma and Napa wine country has fabulous B&B’s. Our favorite used to be Foothill House in Calistoga. There are many wonderful ones to choose from in Yountville north of Napa. You can walk to all the shops and fabulous restaurants. Spend your days checking out the terrific wineries especially off Silverado Trail. Get a wine map and discover great wineries. The famous restaurant The French Laundry is also in Yountville. St. Helena is a little further and quite expensive. The luxury places you read about in books are Meadowwood Resort and Auberge du Soleil. A warning they come with a big price tag whether you stay there or eat there. They are more like inns a bit bigger than bed and breakfasts.

Blog Post by Margie Dingfelder

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Hot Topics: #LoveWins

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I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend. I had a wonderful time celebrating my birthday with friends and family. I am also so elated about the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage. Feels amazing. In honor of the decision by the Supreme Court I want to dedicate this post to all the men and women who are now able to marry. I can’t imagine not being able to marry the one I love based on my sexual preference. I am so fortunate to see this day in history…just wish it came a lot sooner for many many people.
I hope everyone has a wonderful week!!!

Everyday Life: Handbag Tag!

marca_ilovebagsHold on to your seats ladies and gentlemen…Lauren is doing the handbag tag! I have been a lover of handbags as far back as I can remember and this just seems so fitting…Lets get started…

Q. What is your favorite handbag and why?
A. I would say my absolute favorite handbag would have to be my Chanel jumbo flap. In my current collection…and all the bags I have owned…it is definitely the best all around bag.
Q. Do I baby my handbags?
A. Yes! To me they are investments and I treat them as such.
Q. Do I consider myself a collector?
A. Yes! I would say I have been seriously collecting for about 8 years now.
Q. Can you part with them if I had to?
A. Definitely. As much as I love them…they are not everything to me.
Q. When did I fall in love with handbags?
A. Being a true girly girl…I fell in love with handbags from a very early age. I think one of the main factors I fell in love was because of the feminine touch it adds to any outfit.
Q. What was your first designer handbag?
A. My first designer bag was Dooney and Bourke when I turned 15. It was the beginning of it all.
Q. What was the experience like?
A. It was my first huge purchase I made with my own money I earned from work. Felt amazing!
Q. Why do I think I’m obsessed with handbags?
A. I think for me its about having my perfect collection. Just when you feel you have reached it…another bag comes on the market. Its a never ending battle.
Q. Is there an emotional component?
A. I think so. I hold on to bags that hold sentimental value to me and will never sell them for that purpose. Other than that…if the bag isn’t being used its time to sell.
Q. Do I plan or impulse buy?
A. I rarely impulse buy as I do my research before making purchases etc. Its the impulse buys that sadly dont last long in my collection. Lesson learned over the years.
Q. What is my favorite handbag designer?
A. Chanel without a doubt.
Q. What is my dream bag?
A. A Birkin. I have dreamed of owning that bag since the beginning of my collection. Its just the ultimate handbag in my opinion.

I hope you enjoyed the handbag tag. I tag all of you and ask you leave your responses in the comments!

Fashion: Whats in my work bag?

A few weeks ago I featured what was in my weekend bag! This time I will show you what is in my work bag! Lets do it…

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Bag: Louis Vuitton Neverfull Damier Azur PM
Wallet: Louis Vuitton Trunks and Bags Zippy Wallet (No longer available)
Toiletry Bag: Fendi
Coin Purse: Louis Vuitton
Small Pouch: Louis Vuitton Wapity (No longer available)
Key Holder: Louis Vuitton Cles/4 Key holder
B Pouch: Beats Headphones

Whats in your work bag?

Beauty: New Beauty Arrivals!!!

I always love staying up to date on new arrivals at Sephora and Nordstrom…my two fav spots to pick up beauty items. Here are a few new items…I can’t wait to check out:

_105349511. Deborah Lippman Nail Varnish
Can be purchased here!

s1718311-main-hero-3002. GlamGlow Flashmud Brightening Treatment
Can be purchased here!

s1703412-main-hero-3003. Too Faced Melted Long Wear Lipstick
Can be purchased here!

s1683697-main-hero-3004. Prada Candy Kiss Florale
Can be purchased here!

Are there any new releases you want to try?

Travel: Hotel Coronada San Diego

This week we will be staying at the beautiful Hotel Coronado…Enjoy!
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Are you planning a family trip to San Diego, California? Here is a wonderful hotel that I would recommend. The historically famous Hotel Coronado is on Coronado Island and is a great wedding location and it has great beachfront cottages and villas some with kitchens, living room and dining area with gorgeous views. They have great restaurants with views as well. The Hotel also has a great children’s program. The beach itself is great but so are the pools. There are huge convention areas and a state of the art fitness center and Spa.
Have you stayed at Hotel Coronado?

Blog Post by Margie Dingfelder

Hot Topics: Married at First Sight?!

I hope everyone had an amazing weekend.

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This week I wanted to talk about a TV show that I recently heard about called Married at First Sight. Yes…believe it or not this is a reality show about a few couples that are paired up based on their compatibilities and are married right away. They are then sent off on a honeymoon where they are filmed as they go through their first month of marriage. At the end of their first month…they have the choice to stay married or go through a divorce. Now I know this seems crazy…but in many ways I think it’s a very interesting concept. I have not fully watched the season…but I am curious to hear others opinion on the show. If you are interested in checking out any of the episodes…you can do so here.
What are your thoughts on this show?

Everyday Life: Apple Watch

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I have thought long and hard if the Apple Watch would be worth it for me. I absolutely adore all Apple products but the watch was a whole new product…I truthfully wasn’t sure I needed or fit for my lifestyle. I held off and have watched video after video on YouTube and also read tons of reviews online to help me decide on what to do. One thing everyone agrees on…this product is a pleasant surprise. I scheduled an appointment to try on the watch at my local store. I have to say the try on process was wonderful. I loved getting a hands on feel and was amazed at how light the watch felt on my wrist. I also adored the feel of the sport band..very comfortable and lightweight. I must say…this is definitely on my wishlist…and will let you all know what I decide to do.
Do you have the Apple Watch?

Fashion: Whats in My Bag!!!

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I absolutely love magazine articles that show whats in celebrity’s bags. I think it’s because I am such a handbag lover that I also love to see what people find are must haves. Here is what I am currently carrying…
Bag: Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis
Wallet: Louis Vuitton Trunks and Bags Zippy Wallet (No longer available)
Sunglass Case/Sunglasses: Louis Vuitton Sunglass Holder in MM and Sunglasses by Oakley
Toiletry Bag: Louis Vuitton Mini Pochette
Key Holder: Louis Vuitton Cles

This is my purse for weekends only. I just carry around the necessities and do not add much else. I will do a Whats in My Work Bag next week. Stay Tuned…
Whats in your handbag?

Beauty: DryBar Detox Dry Shampoo

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Washing my hair everyday is too damaging for my hair…and I can get away with it by using my DryBar Detox Dry Shampoo on my non wash days! This product not only smells amazing but works incredibly well! This dry shampoo absorbs the oil, adds volume, and leaves your hair feeling clean all day. Don’t be alarmed by the faint white tint it leaves after you spray it on…this dissipates after you brush the product through your hair. This is definitely a must have in my hair care routine.
Do you have a dry shampoo you can’t live without?