31 December 2011

it's been a fabulous year!




2011 brought me love, life, opportunity, wisdom + happiness. 
With my family complete, my heart full + my mind bursting with new ideas- 
I cannot wait to start this next year.



18 December 2011

T's little tree {photographs}





every year he get's his very own little tree + he's always so proud.




17 December 2011

john sorensen's lobster feeds {my obsessions}



anyone who knows me, knows that i LOVE a yummy meal + john sorensen provides 
one of the yummiest meals in the napa valley- 
a true, get-your-hands-dirty-food-all-over-your-face-butter-dripping-off-your-chin, lobster feed!
whether it be a family birthday party, a private winery event, a wine auction or casual dinner with friends, john sorensen is at the top of our list of people to call.  there's a reason why people in napa valley refer to him as the, "lobster king"...

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13 December 2011

09 December 2011

mother stork's baby book {good taste}



in what almost seems like a lifetime ago, i had a precious little retail business called, petit luxe. i specialized in luxury + lifestyle essentials for women + newborns through four years.  i am often asked for recommendations for the perfect baby shower gift + i always point toward one of my most coveted petit luxe items, the "mother stork's baby book". truth be told, i discovered this book years before i conceived of petit luxe or my first child.  i fell in love with this timelessly classic book + knew in an instant that this was the book in which i would archive my babies' special moments + memories.

i was pleasantly surprised to learn of the family history behind kistner supply, the family owned publisher of this prized baby book, + could not have been happier to make a new friend in the owner, elizabeth brantley. 

mother stork's baby book is comprised of archival quality paper, timeless stories by such writers as robert louis stevenson + ink drawings reminiscent of a time gone by- all of which make this an heirloom quality book + my go to gift for new mothers.

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{the details}

{how your book will arrive}

{even a proper pen, a note of congratulations + photo corners are included}

{so lovingly + carefully wrapped}

{a record of life...}

{filled with sweet poems}

{the wording melts my heart}

{of course i do love this page}









23 October 2011

a day with friends | Swanson • Caymus • Mumm



yesterday i ventured out for the first time without the baby, and enjoyed the most fabulous day with three amazing friends.  we grabbed the bubbles, jumped into the limo and spent the day sipping, noshing and laughing at three of our favorite spots- swanson vineyards, caymus vineyards and mumm.  sadly enough, even with two professional photographers in the group, none of us made it out of our homes that morning with our cameras- thank goodness for iPhones!  here's a little glimpse of our day.

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{amber, ang + linds - three of my very favorite ladies}


{table decor in the salon at swanson vineyards}


{tasty bites to pair with tasty wines}


{who doesn't love potato chips with caviar}


{super yummy bonbons} 


{salon chandelier + ira yeager's artwork on the wall}


{the swanson sip shoppe...courtesy of lindsay's iphone}


{cellar at Caymus}


{our Caymus host- Joey Wagner}


{future amazing wines}


{DVX rosé} 






16 October 2011

CCB {photographs}




{just cannot get enough of these sleep smiles. melts my heart.}