Take Note 11•7•14

 

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  • A warm-weather winter getaway needs to be booked stat, solely based on Loeffler Randall’s Resort collection that was just released. I’m drooling over these ankle tie sandals, these snakeskin scalloped flats, these peep-toe booties and these snakeskin & leopard heels!
  • For anyone who loves documentaries (I’m a bit of a nerd), I highly recommend checking out the two below (accompanied by a nice glass of wine!):
    • SOMM takes you on the adventure of four men vying to pass the highest level of sommelier, The Master Sommelier Exam, an immensely intimidating test with one of the lowest pass rates in the world. Aside from the a few drawn out scenes and the lack of female candidates (?!), overall I found it really informational & interesting!
    • city.ballet, produced and narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker, is an online series documenting the trials and tribulations behind the scenes of what it takes to ascend from a backup dancer in the Corps de Ballet, to a principal dancer in the New York City Ballet  – the “ultimate stage”. The first season was amazing, and the second season released this week is just as good!
  • Cold temps completely transforms my normal-to-oily skin into a dry-itchy mess. Lightweight moisturizers need to swapped out for more intense versions, and coconut oil has been my favorite for quite some time now. However, there are days when I just don’t have time to let it soak in, and really don’t want to ruin my clothes and/or sheets, so I’m going to give this diy lotion bar a shot this weekend! Have any of you ever tried anything similar? You can check out more of my cold weather skin care essentials here.
  • Speaking of cold weather, I found the perfect wool fedora!
  • Have you checked out Kate Spade’s collaboration with Gap Kids yet?! It takes adorable to a new level!!!

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Recent Pursuits • Wölffer’s Harvest

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Bordeaux

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Let’s rewind a bit – our wine tasting tour started on Monday, so Billy, my parents, sister, brother and I arrived a few days early to explore the city and do a little shopping – naturally! The port city of Bordeaux is absolutely gorgeous, filled with art, history and architecture dating back to Roman times – I could have spent a month in the city alone. After a few days on our own, we were whisked off to Château Coulon Laurensac, an exquisite 18th century Palladian Château nestled on the banks of the Garonne River, right in the middle of Bordeaux’s famous wine growing region. The Château itself was fairytale-breathtaking, with awe-inspiring gardens, a state-of-the-art kitchen (I was drooling over) and hundreds of years of meticulously maintained history between its walls – I’m still dreaming of all the ceiling beams and fireplaces! Our suites were located in the former chai à barriques (a building where wine used to age in oak barrels), which just added the overabundance of charm!

The unique part about our tour was that Château Coulon Laurensac is the year-round home of Wine Masters, Ronald and Margaret Rens, who graciously hosted and guided us throughout our stay. Our week was filled with visits to some of the premiere 1st growth vineyards on both the left and right banks of the Bordeaux region, cooking classes at the Château, an adventure to the local farmers market in Creon and more 5-course+ lunches & dinners than I care to admit to!

As always, my favorite places to eat and see are bookmarked here; and if you’re looking to visit Bordeaux, sample their wonderful wines and cuisine, I can’t recommend The Bordeaux Wine Experience enough!