Aim to have a career where you feel like you never worked a day in your life!
My second day of my Downtown Napa tour was simply nirvana!
Some of the highlights included lunch at The Meritage Resort and Spa’s very own wine cave; wine tasting at the uber chic Cru tasting room and a visit to the new home of the Culinary Institute of America at COPIA.
The morning started with a visit to the Oxbow Marketplace which included a visit to The Cru at The Annex tasting room and a craft beer tasting at Fieldworks.
The Cru at The Annex tasting room is like no other I have ever seen. The decor was absolutely beautiful. The decor was rustic luxe and so cozy. The decor actually gave me some ideas for my new home. Loved it!
We tasted some delicious wines with gourmet popcorn. It was a great combination. I particularly loved the Sauvignon Blanc. So refreshing and delicious!
After our visit, at Cru, we went into the Oxbow Marketplace and it is filled with luxe shops, eateries and specialty shops. It is my kind of place! It is located on the Napa River and you can grab lunch, dinner or a cocktail and enjoy your meal on the beautiful deck.
Next we had a personal craft brew tasting at Fieldwork Brewing Company, also located in Oxbow Marketplace.
Fieldwork specializes in creating unique craft beers with unique flavors. We sampled several of their best sellers and they were all delicious.
My favorite was the Chocolate Milk Brown Ale. This dark brown ale is laced with milk sugar, cocoa and it has the consistency and taste of chocolate milk. Fabulous!
Next we were ventured to the super luxe The Meritage Resort and Spa. The Meritage Resort and Spa is a luxury 4 diamond resort and spa with its very own vineyard, wine cave and stunning setting. The property also features:
- Award-winning Spa Terra
- Lush guests rooms and suites
- Luxe pool with cabanas and surrounding terrace with fire pits
- Crush Ultra Lounge -featuring a private bowling alley, big screen TVs and delish food.
When we arrived at The Meritage Resort and Spa we were greeted with a wine tasting of the wine from the resort’s very own vineyard. The backdrop for the wine tasting was this stunning view:
After the wine tasting we took a brief hike through the vineyard and arrived at the vineyard deck. The view from this deck left me speechless!
The deck is also the perfect setting for the many weddings the property hosts each year. If you didn’t know, The Meritage Resort and Spa is one of the only vineyard allowed to have weddings in Napa.
After our tour of the vineyard, we then had the privilege to have lunch in the property’s Estate Cave. Divas, words can not express how fabulous the setting was. So here is a picture of the cave with our perfect table setting.
The Estate Cave is used for events such as wedding rehearsal dinners and intimate guest dinners arranged by The Meritage Resort and Spa. These dinners feature luxe cuisine by award-winning chefs paired with some of the best Napa wines. These dinners range from $150 to $300 per person and can be booked directly with the hotel’s concierge. Super luxe!
Of course there was more wine and the perfect 3 course lunch. Yum!
After visiting The Meritage Resort and Spa, we took a short ride to The Culinary Institute of America at COPIA.
The CIA’s facility at COPIA is designed for Napa residents and visitors and offers a one stop haven of food, wine and arts-based experiences. It is truly a beautiful building and the interior space is open, airy and peaceful.
The facility features cooking classes and demos by award-winning chefs; stunning art displays; The Restaurant at COPIA and a beautiful retail shop featuring unique culinary gifts. The facility also hosts special events.
Check out the photos!
The Culinary Institute of America at COPIA is now open and in 2017 the facility will bring:
- The Chuck Williams Culinary Arts Museum
- Wine Hall of Fame
My second day in Napa was filed with lush lodging, perfect views, delicious wines, craft beer and great food! As I stated in the previous post, the 2nd day of our tour was even better than the first. Simply heaven. Be sure to check back for details of my last day in Napa which was truly an adventure!
Disclaimer: This trip was sponsored by Downtown Napa. However all opinions are my own and 100% my own.
Success is failure turned inside out.
While in Napa, I had the wonderful opportunity to stay at the super luxe Marriott Napa Valley Hotel and Spa.
The Marriott Napa Valley Hotel and Spa just underwent a 15 million dollar renovation and it is so fabulous!
The property features a new luxurious pool area, fire pits and new luxury rooms.
First can we discuss my super gorgeous and comfortable room!
The hotel has all new rooms and bathrooms as a result of the renovation. The rooms feature a decadent pillow top mattress with luxurious lines, gorgeous furniture and state of the art electronics. I stayed in a queen deluxe pool-view patio room with a beautiful view of the property’s new luxe pool area.
The bed was one of the best beds I have ever slept in at a hotel. I slept like a baby in that bed and I miss it! I also loved the sitting area in my room. It was located in front of my patio door and included a beautiful chaise lounge and chair with ottoman. It was my favorite place to sit, relax and people watch after a day of touring Downtown Napa. It was so peaceful.
As discussed, the pool area is simply stunning. Here is a picture I snapped of the pool area and the area looks exactly like this. No kidding. The area features a beautiful pool, pool furniture and landscaped trees. Of course the Napa, CA sun and blue skies provided the perfect backdrop. Gorgeous!
The fire pits located right outside the pool area provide the perfect super luxe and cozy area to chill in the evenings. Napa, CA can get pretty chilly at night and guests would flock to this area with a nice glass of Napa wine and enjoy the warmth of the fire. It is a great place to end a long day touring Downtown Napa and Napa vineyards.
The hotel also houses the restaurant VINelevan. This restaurants serves contemporary American cuisine and guest can either dine indoors or al fresco outdoors. The one thing I love about Napa, CA restaurants is their commitment to provide farm to table meals to visitors and guests. VINelevan sources vegetables from the hotels very own organic garden, the Chef’s Heirloom Gardens, and other local farmers.
One of the hotel’s amenities that is included in the property’s $20 amenity fee is a tour of the Chef’s Heirloom Gardens with a glass of sparkling wine everyday at 4pm. I had the awesome opportunity to tour the garden and it is amazing! The garden features greens like kale, fresh herbs and beautiful flowers. I was simply wowed by the fact the hotel had its own garden. It was a first for me and I love it! The tour is a must do!
Another guest favorite amenity is a daily vintner pour everyday at 5pm in the hotel’s lobby. Everyday at 5pm the lobby is lively with guest drinking exquisite Napa, CA wine. The vintner pour lasts until 6pm.
Of course the hotel has its very own spa and it is super luxurious. The Preserve Spa and Salon is the perfect place to relax and be pampered.
I recommend booking at least one service to enjoy the spa’s zen atmosphere.
The spa offers services from full body massages, body scrubs, pedi/manis and hair care services. It also has a must do eucalyptus steam room that is simply divine. All services require an appointment.
I loved my stay at The Napa Valley Marriott and Spa! It is the perfect retreat for Napa, CA visitors. It is located 10 minutes from beautiful Downtown Napa and is close to the famous Robert Mondavi and Castello Di Amorosa vineyards.
I highly highly recommend this property as an option for Napa, CA visitors. The accommodations are luxe, the atmosphere is relaxing and the staff has the best customer service ever! I never wanted for anything. Love, love, love.
Rates vary and high season is from May to November. However, Cabernet Season, which is from November to April, offers lower rates.
Disclaimer: All accommodations were provided by Downtown Napa. However all opinions are my own and 100% honest.
We only have one life to live. Know who you are and live the life you want!
A few days ago I had the pleasure to bask in the stunning beauty, wine, food and culture of Downtown Napa.
As you luxe divas know, Napa Valley is home to some of the best wines in the world. And I tasted a lot of wine while I was in Napa and it is true: the wine is exquisite.
However there is more to Napa than just wine. I discovered that Napa has amazing craft beers, organic farm to table food (some of the best food I ever tasted) and world reknowned art. The culture of Downtown Napa is very luxe casual. It is a walking town so you will see residents and visitors alike strolling the riverfront, shopping in luxe boutiques, visiting galleries and of course indulging in the many fabulous tasting rooms.
When I arrived in Downtown Napa I simply took in the beauty of this lovely city. The skies were blue and it is such a beautiful town. Check it out!
Next we ventured to Vermeil Wines, owned by winning NFL coach Dick Vermeil, to meet the lovely Mayor of Napa, Jill Techel. We also had an amazing lunch catered by Ca’Momi, an authentic Italian restaurant.
Ca’Momi has the absolute best canollis I ever had. OMG!
Of course we enjoyed a tasting of Vermeil Wines and the lunch was so fresh! I simply love that Napa restaurants make it a priority to provide farm to table meals. The food is rich and so fresh!
Mayor Jill Techel gave us a brief history on the city of Napa and the wine region. For more than 150 years, Downtown Napa has served as the center of government and commerce for Napa Valley. Downtown Napa is located along side the Napa River and boasts a population of 79,000!
Mayor Techel also gave us details of the city’s expansion plans which includes additional luxurious lodging options for Napa visitors, opening of the new luxe diggs of the Culinary Institute of America, and public art projects for the enjoyment of visitors and residents.
After a break, we headed to another wine tasting at Vintner’s Collective.
First I have to say that at Vitner’s Collective, I had some of the best white and rose wines ever. Swoon!
The rose Malbecs and the Longfellow Chardonnay were my favorites. Plus we were served wines by this gorgeous vintner. Love it!
Next we walked to Napa Valley Bistro for an amazing dinner!
Napa Valley Bistro serves global cuisine. There are American favorites such as St. Louis short ribs and lamb burgers; Mexican favorites such as empanadas and Asian dishes such as veggie spring rolls and Chinese Chicken Salad.
This time we took a break from wines and enjoyed cocktails. Napa Valley Bistro specializes in craft cocktails and I had the most delicious Lavender Lemon Drop. Yum!
The appetizers were delicious! We had calamari, veggie egg rolls and the best shitake mushroom flatbread. So good!
As an entree, I had the salmon. Words can not express how great it was! It was perfect.
We topped off our meal with shared dessert and this Scharffen Berger Warm Chocolate Fudge Cake. It simply melts in your mouth.
After dinner, we ended our night bowling at the super luxe The Meritage Resort and Spa. We bowled and was able to catch the historic win of the Chicago Cubs on the multiple screens throughout the bowling alley. There is more to come on The Meritage Resort and Spa later. So stay tuned!
My first day in Napa was simply divine! However, my second day in Napa was even better. Check back tomorrow for details on my luxe stay at the Napa Valley Marriott Resport and Spa and our tour of the Culinary Institute of America.
Disclaimer: This trip was sponsored by Downtown Napa. However all opinions are my own and 100% my own.
Life is beautiful! Enjoy it!
One of my absolute favorite luxe boutique, Squash Blossom, has newly arrived Fall Fashions that are luxe boho chic! Love it!
Squash Blossom Boutique located in Downtown Decatur on the Square and features brands such as Free People, Lucky Brand, BB Dakota and much more.
Lisa, the owner of Squash Blossom Boutique asked me to come and take some pictures featuring her gorgeous Fall Fashions. All of the clothes were so luxe and beautiful. I had so much fun playing dress up!
Check out the beautiful photos! Love, love these clothes!
Be sure to visit Squash Blossom Boutique for all of your Fall Fashions!
There are located at:
113 E Court Sq, Decatur, Georgia 30030
Thankfulness and gratitude are the keys to life!
Acclaimed restaurant Atlas is pleased to welcome Geno Dew as General Manager. Atlas is located in the heart of Buckhead at The St. Regis Atlanta. Offering a wealth of experience, Dew most recently served as General Manager of STK in Atlanta and has a rich history working within the hospitality industry. During his tenure with Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, Dew led teams for award-winning restaurants in Atlanta, Washington DC and Miami, as well as opening Enoteca Carbonari and Spice Market by Jean Georges.
“Being able to lead the Atlas team is a dream come true, tailor-made for me with everything in life that I love and am passionate about,” says Dew. “Our guests delight in the cornerstones of what makes the Atlas experience so special – you see the work of Masters not only on the walls, but also on the plate and in the glass.”
Fabulous! Divas I have been to Atlas and it is truly a phenomenal restaurant. It is a must visit!
Atlas, located in The St. Regis Atlanta, celebrates the very best in seasonal American cuisine combined with European influences. With a focus on curating fresh ingredients from local farms, the chef-driven, dinner-only restaurant brings an unparalleled culinary experience to the Capital of the South. For more information, visit atlasrestaurant.com.
About Tavistock Restaurant Collection
Tavistock Restaurant Collection operates award-winning restaurant concepts including Abe & Louie’s, Atlantic Fish Co., Atlas, AquaKnox, Blackhawk Grille, Cafe del Rey, Canvas Restaurant & Market, Canonita, Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen, Coach Grill, Joe’s American Bar & Grill, Napa Valley Grille, Sapporo, Timpano, Top Catch, and ZED451. For more information, visit www.tavistockrestaurantcollection.com
Earlier this month, The Lincoln Motor Company sponsored the 2016 RAGTRADE Atlanta Runway Show.
RAGTRADE Atlanta is an award-winning fashion organization devoted to the discovery and promotion of top emerging fashion designers from around the globe.
The premier fashion event included a night of industry-quality runway shows featuring the latest fall/winter 2016 collections on a shoppable runway show from a curated group of designers.
One of the featured designers was William Malcolm Luxe Collection – Bespoke Luxury Menswear created by William Malcolm also known as “The Style Artist”. He is also the design director for William Malcolm Eyewear, Lapel Kandy and Detroit Saddle Company. He created a custom bespoke suit to replicate the 2016 Lincoln Black Label MKX Vehicle! So luxe! Check out the suit!
Of course there were other fabulous designers there as well. Here are some of my favorite designs!
More importantly the 2017 Lincoln Continental was on full display and it is gorgeous!
Never dull your sparkle!
Recently I had the wonderful opportunity to celebrate the 1 Year Anniversary of my absolute favorite lingerie shop, Rigby & Peller US.
If you don’t know, Rigby & Peller US offers carefully curated collections of exquisitely-made lingerie. Their boutiques create a luxurious and reassuring atmosphere for style and fit appointments, which are carried out by highly trained expert lingerie stylists. Rigby & Peller’s aim is that each client leaves their boutique feeling confident and beautiful; like the very best version of themselves. However, the best thing about Rigby & Peller US is that they offer beautiful bras in all sizes ranging from a band size that goes as low as 30 and cup sizes as large as K. Wowza! For someone like me who has a small band size (32) and a large cup size F, it is the perfect place to find high quality, gorgeous bras and other lingerie that fits well and will last. I simply love Rigby & Peller US!
The One Year Glamiversary celebration featured all things luxe: decadent lingerie, champagne cocktails, and delectable treats! Attendees also had the opportunity to receive a free bra styling session and a luxe bra as a gift! Swoon!
Check it out!
In addition, Rigby & Peller is hosting a bra drive at its Atlanta flagship store in Phipps Plaza this October to benefit Free the Girls – a nonprofit working to provide jobs to survivors of sex trafficking by helping them make connections and earn a steady income in a safe environment through selling bras. To support this initiative, women in Atlanta can simply drop off their gently worn bras Saturday, October 15th through Monday, October 31st and in return they will receive $10 off their next bra purchase at Rigby & Peller. This is simply amazing!!! You Divas know I am a sucker for a luxe cause.
Be sure to visit Rigby & Peller US to get the best quality bras. Rigby & Peller Us has locations across the United States.
Always be true to yourself.
The Mandarin Oriental Atlanta is leading the charge and supporting Ovarian Cancer in a big and luxe way!
For the entire month of November, The Mandarin Oriental Atlanta is offering luxe specials at their award winning, The Spa and The Café & Bar,. Twenty percent of proceeds from designated services or product purchased will go to the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance.
Check them out!
- The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta will be offering the Teal Good to be True treatment from November 1 to 30, 2016 with 20% of each treatment booked being donated to the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance. The 1 hour and 20 minute treatment begins with a full body skin brushing to stimulate the circulatory and lymphatic systems. Mandarin Oriental’s signature Reflect Oil, designed to bring stillness and quiet strength, blends jasmine, juniper, black pepper and ginger and is applied to the body during a targeted massage that focuses on the neck, shoulders and lower back. This experience is completed with a soothing foot massage to relieve stress and tension. The treatment is priced at USD 195.
- Twenty percent of any Reflect Products purchased during the month of November will also be donated to the charity. Bath & Shower Oil, Massage & Body Oil and candles are available.
- The Café & Bar, the hotel’s elegant restaurant, will offer a menu of “blue” drinks and desserts from November 1 to 30, 2016 and will donate 20% of the cost of each item sold. The menu will include three “blue” drinks, the Demise in Violet with muddled blueberries, gin, lemon juice and crème de violet topped with bubbles, the Lady Sapphire blending Bombay Sapphire, Liquor 43, lemon juice, lemongrass syrup and egg white and local brewery Sweetwater’s Blue Beer, a light-bodied ale with a hint of fresh blueberries. The dessert will be a Blueberry Pound Cake with blueberry compote and whipped cream.
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. For reservations or more information, please call +1 (404) 276 9780 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For reservations at The Café & Bar, please call +1 (404) 995 7545 or email email@example.com.
So fab! You Divas know how much I absolutely love the Mandarin Oriental Atlanta. The services and accommodations are absolutely superb! So be sure to visit MoAtlanta during the month of November to indulge yourself while also supporting a great cause!
Always Give More Than You Take. Then You Will Always Be Rich.
Summer has finally come to a close! Although Summer is my absolute favorite time of the year, this Summer was brutal! I am so glad to see Fall! Whoohoo!
Our skin takes a beating during the Summer with Sun damage, sweat and dirt. Fall is the perfect time to get our skin in shape and prepare it for the cold winter months. Le Mieux Cosmetics has a great exfoliant that will have your skin glowing! Le Mieux Cosmetics’ Exfoliant is a skin-refining microdermabrasion scrub that gently exfoliates, eliminates surface impurities, and boosts radiance. Corundum crystals and brightening botanicals target large, congested pores, dullness, hyperpigmentation, uneven tone, and fine lines, helping reveal a smoother, healthier-looking, glowing complexion.
I suffer from hyperpgimentation and I need this so bad! Love it!
The exfoliant has skin-perfecting and brightening botanical extracts include açai fruit, hops, rosemary, sage, evening primrose, and ginseng. I love an all natural product! Yeah!
Le Mieux recommends massaging a generous amount onto a moistened face and neck for 30 seconds to 3 minutes, depending on sensitivity, avoiding the eyes. Then rinse thoroughly with cool water and pat dry. Repeat 2 to 3 times each week.
Le Mieux Microderm Exfoliant is available in a 1.75 oz jar (retail $45.00). It is recommended for use on dry, normal, combination, and oily skin types.
You can purchase the Exfoliant online at http://www.lemieuxcosmetics.com/
If you don’t like your current situation, don’t complain! Do something to change it!
Ford has teamed up with the talk show, The Real, to encourage women to create their own meme telling how they are empowered. ‘The initiative is called #RealEmpowered! Fab!
If you want to create your own personalized empowerment meme, you can visit http://thereal.com/realempoweredfordmeme.
I created my own empowerment meme and it was so simple. Check it out!
When creating your own #RealEmpowered meme be sure to share on social media and use the hashtags: #RealEmpowered #Ford #Fusion.