5 Things You Need to Know Before Wine Tasting in Napa

As someone who’s spent a fair amount of time out tasting (and working a tasting room) in Napa Valley, I can honestly say it’s not what you’d expect. Glitz and wine-filled glamour? Sure! But to make the most of it, it takes a little more preparation than just showing up day of ready to drink….

How I Ended Up in the Wine Industry

Originally published on Jancis Robinson. Some people study it, others are born into it, and some take windy, windy roads before they end up in it, but everyone in the wine industry is here for a reason. I myself did not grow up in a wine family. I was raised in Los Angeles, and the…

Top 4 Wineries with Views in Sonoma County

The more I see of Sonoma County the more I fall in love. Working for Bottle Barn I’ve had the privilege of exploring more than I ever had before, and both the wines I taste and people I meet are outstanding. More surprisingly however has been the breathtaking landscapes. Sonoma County itself is pretty vast,…

Life, Luck, and a Legit Women’s Watch

Call it kismet, karma or fate, but sometimes I feel oddly lucky. Take this morning for example. I was halfway to work before I realized I desperately needed gas and there wasn’t anything for 20 miles. Luckily I made it to a station, but then immediately realized I had left my wallet at home. Yes,…

5 Reasons to Clean Up Your Make-Up Bag Stat

If I could stress one thing to the American people (besides general human decency and environmental awareness), it’s that you are both what you put on and in your body. Somehow we’ve lost sight of what’s important and instead began to prioritize saving money at the expense of our health and the wellbeing of the…

Deep Thoughts on Your Early 20s

I spent five of the most formative years of my life in Boston, Massachusetts. At this point, besides the town I grew up in it is still the longest I have lived anywhere. It very much made me who I am today, and I absolutely love it to pieces. But with this most recent visit…

Before Going Abroad for Months, Read This

A year ago around this time I was more than halfway through seven months abroad l and was losing it: a little bit of sanity, a couple of suitcase wheels, and any illusions I ever had that months of travel was easy. I was pretty broken on a plane at this point, but wanted to…

10 Cheap Ways to Greenify your Home Today

You sometimes buy organic. You carpool on occasion. You turn off the water while brushing your teeth and the thermostat when you’re gone. But come one, people. It’s 2018. Time to kick our environmentally friendly game into overdrive, starting in your own home. You can’t control everything in life, but here’s a few easy ways…

Much Work, Much Wine, Much Life

Hey all! Sorry it’s been a while. Many things have happened in the past few months and I’ve sort of been riding the wave until it all settled out. So here’s what’s new: I have two new, wonderful jobs. Gerrit got a year-long position in Napa. The new apartment Caitlin and I moved into in…

8 Great Things I Do Between Jobs

Yesterday I started my first big girl job ever. Pretty rad, I know. But for the past month, or two or three, I had been spiraling trying to figure out what was next, praying for an interview. But it turns out, my time wasn’t wasted. While I may have watched slightly more Netflix than usual,…