A Bushel and A Peck

Really just a Peck. Ashley Peck. Welcome to my collection of randomness.

Wine tasting in Dry Creek Valley! This weekend my cousin finally arrived- she is dancing at the Oakland Ballet for the next six weeks. I took her and a friend up to one of our favorite areas in wine country- the Dry Creek Valley, which is north of Healdsburg in northern Sonoma County. Healdsburg is one of my favorite places on this earth now (Bear Republic Brewery is located there and awesome shops, restaurants and hotels; there are also a lot of amazing rustic places further out near and past Lake Sonoma - a friend of ours has a lovely spot up there and my boss even has a cabin out there!).

Dry Creek Valley is known for producing world-class Zinfandel, Bordeaux and Rhone. Some of our favorite wineries are Ferrari Carano, A. Rafanelli, Truett Hurst (haven’t been to the winery but love their wine), and most recently: Dry Creek Vineyard!!!!! I actually heard about Dry Creek Vineyard while doing a tasting at the famous Caymus vineyards. Caymus produces one of the top cabernet sauvignon in Napa. Their 2010 Special Selection earned a 96 point rating — but it’s fairly expensive at $130 a bottle. They had a huge poster at their vineyard ranking wines by score and price (since they were #1), but under Top Value, Dry Creek Vineyard was listed, along with Ferrari Carano and Lous M. Martini. Dry Creek reserve vineyard wines consistently earn 90-point scores from Wine Enthusiast and Wine Spectator, yet their wines are all well under $50! When we were at the vineyard this weekend, the guy was explaining that is the whole philosophy behind the place. To make really great, quality wines for affordable prices and to really treat the operation like the local, family business that it is. They totally won us over so we of course joined their club or “family” as they call it. And took home two 90-point wines for $60 total- not bad!!

Friday flying. ✈️👋#backinthebay #worktrip #norcal #eastbay

Friday flying. ✈️👋#backinthebay #worktrip #norcal #eastbay

Recent shopping adventures….spring!

BB Dakota 'Renley' Lace Fit & Flare Dress (Nordstrom Exclusive)

BB Dakota Renley Lace Fit and Flare at Nordstrom 

J.Crew purchases:

Linen city mini

Linen City Mini in Flax

Perfect shirt in linen

Perfect shirt in Linen

Diamond ikat dress

Diamond ikat dress

This one is going like hot cakes right now which means approximately a trillion white girls will be wearing this at any given moment. I liked it because the girls at the store helping me pointed out that you could wear a white oxford underneath it for work, a chambray under or over, a black cardigan, with tights, without tights- lot of versatility.

So of course I had to get the diamon ikat short:

Diamond ikat short

You can see I was in a very colorful mood. Which is sort of bizarre for me actually because up until about two years ago I think I owned two pieces of black clothing…I did grab this necklace on the way out to make up for it:

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Sorry for the awkward close-up- I think it’s sold out online.

At the Gap, I was only slightly more colorful- grabbing this sleeveless shirt dress for a lazy wear-to-work ensemble. It was super comfy!

Sleeveless shirtdress

I’ve also grown to love Gap for inexpensive basics— nothing beats the price — and quality in comparison to price— of their t-shirts and even some of their button-downs and shorts. I swear I grabbed three really colorful t-shirts. I’ve also had some luck with some of their basic jeans or “fun” pants, but sometimes the fit is weird.

And when I spend lots of hard-earned money, I never neglect the husband. Unfortunately, the J.Crew I was shopping at in Walnut Creek did not have a men’s section!?!?! Which was the first time I’ve ever encountered that. So I headed to Nordstrom for one of my fave men’s brands: 1901 which is actually a Nordstrom house brand.

I love it because it looks great on slim guys - the hubs usually has to buy slimfit shirts and these look great on him as-is. Other pricier fave slimfit brands: Hugo Boss, Thomas Pink, Ted Baker and Jack Spade.

1901 Oxford Plaid Sport Shirt

Um this hot number was 50% off and only $30-ish!?!?! 

So I grabbed another:

1901 Plaid Poplin Cotton Shirt

Ready for spring. And to stop shopping….never!!! I only have my eye on about a zillion other things- of which many have color in them, I swear.

My city by the bay.💛🙌😍#spring #sanfrancisco

My city by the bay.💛🙌😍#spring #sanfrancisco

enchantedengland:

enchantedengland: This is New Row, an enchanted place off St Martin’s Lane in London. You can get to New Row via King Street from the Covent Garden piazza, after crossing Garrick. New Row ends at St Martin’s as you see here; and the architecture of the old theaters in this area is fantastically fabulous.

enchantedengland:

enchantedengland: This is New Row, an enchanted place off St Martin’s Lane in London. You can get to New Row via King Street from the Covent Garden piazza, after crossing Garrick. New Row ends at St Martin’s as you see here; and the architecture of the old theaters in this area is fantastically fabulous.

(Source: zeitgeist-y, via somethingtowineabout)