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Bite Gift Worthy

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Hi, I’m Katie… and I’m a shopaholic. We’ve covered this before, right? Ya, it’s a double edged sword, but I will say that it really comes in handy this time of year! Thankfully, my shopping addiction extends beyond my own wants and needs. I loooooove buying gifts! When I give someone a presie that totally lights up their face my heart skips a little beat. It is the best feeling. Almost as good as buying something for myself… almost. So, when it comes to gift giving I will totally break the bank in order to make someone’s day. Here are some of my picks for those special people in your life…

For the mama: Louis Vuitton Monogram Pocket Agenda. Moms are always running in twenty directions at the same time. Help keep her organized with this little gem. $270

For the dadz: The Nike Fuel Band. Whether your dad is a gym rat or a couch potato, a little motivation to get moving is the perfect way to start the new year. $150

For the sissie: Dry Bar The 3 Day Bender. This product gives you the ultimate beach wave and p.s. Emily Maynard swears by it. $125

For the bro: Dr. Dre Beats Pill. Awesome sound in a teenie speaker. + it plays wirelessly! ( This is surprisingly on my mom’s list. She calls it the “Dr. Beats”. How cute is she?!? ) $199

For gramps: A wine card membership to his favorite vineyard. Prices vary.

For grammie: Chanel No 5 Eau De Parfum. So classic and timeless. It’s the perfect gift. $98

For the little one: The Skuut Balance Bike. These things are everywhere. They are so freaking cute and they help toddlers learn to balance. $90

For your bestie: Fuji Film Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera. Lovin’ these mini Polaroids. Such a cute gift! $100

For your babe: Louis Vuitton Slender Wallet in Damier Graphite. Sleek, sexy, and masculine. $415

For the lush in your life: All That Glitters Bon Shopper. This makes me LOL. I can think of a few people that this would be appropriate for ;) $158

… and saving the best for last… for your pup: Louis Vuitton Monogram Baxter Dog Leash because let’s face it… your pup deserves the very best! $365

So… what gifts will you be giving this year?

 

I’ll Cheers To That…

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This past weekend was all about family, which is exactly how I like it. The whole crew was in town so we figured we might as well spend the weekend doing what we do best… vino tasting!

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Friday night we had dinner at Nopalito. OMG. Let me just say it is now my fav restaurant in SF. The food was to die, the margs were delish and kept on flowing, the service was impeccable, and practically the whole menu was gluten free! We ordered a bunch of tapas… family style, and devoured empanadas, carne asada, tamales, and more. For dessert… homemade dark chocolate cinnamon popsicles. Yum!

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Saturday we were off to wine country. It was my nephew’s first wine tasting experience. I mean, I can’t think of a better way to spend your five month b-day… can you?

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We hit our favorite spots… Jacuzzi and Artesa. We’re all about the wine clubs… joining really pays off because you get to relax in the private tasting rooms where the vino keeps on flowing. [<– I’ll cheers to that!] The chocolate port shots are an added bonus ;)

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We ended the night in downtown Sonoma with dinner at the Swiss Hotel. The food was delish… and so was the champagne gelato!

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Cheers to family, food, and fun!

What did you cheers to this weekend?

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If You’re Going To San Francisco…

I know I’ve been a little off the grid as of late… I’m still trying to play catch up after my mini vacay to my favorite city by the bay. I think it’s really important to get away every now and then, to unwind, escape the nuances of everyday life, and reassess what’s really important. Here are some photo highlights of the trip…

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Annnd we’re off… Frida and I en route to SF!

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I was sick the entire trip… as in no voice sick, but I didn’t let it get me down. Alternate forms of communication + sippin’ on some sizzurp.

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Nothing s’mores and whiskey by the fire can’t cure.

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Oh… and wine tasting in Carmel. Wine on wine on wine. Love the modern decor.

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The whole town of Carmel is so dog friendly… even the wineries :) it’s a dog’s life.

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A beautiful statue of the Immaculate heart of Mary.

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Morning hike at Carmel Valley Ranch. The perfect way to start the day.

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Tella turns 3!! The birthday girl celebrating in mid-air. This is what happiness looks like.

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Haight // Ashbury

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Love this mural // Trying to speak to my unborn nephew… Hi baby Lucho! Auntie Kika can’t wait to meet you!!

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Some cool sidewalk art // groovy Ashbury sign // Unlucky # 27… a tribute to Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and other musicians who lost their lives at the tender age of 27. Tragic and beautiful.

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A successful day of shopping on Haight. Got to feed my obsession at the Kidrobot store + picked up some cool new kicks at True SF.

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The trip home is never as much fun… Frida agrees. Until next time SF. Xx.

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I’ve got a CRUSH.

This post is long overdue, but I’ve had a bit of a hard time getting back to reality after my fabulous weekend in Napa! We wined and dined like queens at some of wine country’s finest restaurants and vineyards. We were definitely in the right place at the right time. Harvest 2012 was taking place and there were crates of gorgeous grapes everywhere! The fine folks at Chateau Montelena even let us get our hands feet dirty as we stomped some grapes… a definite highlight of the weekend. Thanks Chateau Montelena! We’ll be back next year to taste the 2012 Reserve Cab!

 

… just 5 gals in a carton of grapes. Stomping the 2012 Reserve Cab at Chateau Montelena…

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After a full day of wine tasting, which included visits to Sterling, Silver Oak, and of course Chateau Montelena, we hit the town for dinner at Carpe Diemyum! I had the white truffle oil popcorn and the tomato prosciutto soup. They were both gluten free and totally delish!

 

Just a quick snack between wineries. Grapes straight off the vine… mmm.

We kicked off the next morning at Ad-Hoc, a Thomas Keller restaurant, for brunch and bloodiesmmm. This place was UNREAL! From the french press coffe to the main course, and how can i forget the vanilla bean and goat cheese mousse to top it all off.. it was heaven! In the midst of our food comas we hit up Artesa for one last tasting before we hit the road and headed back to San Fran. The views here are to die for, as are the wines.

 

Ad-Hoc… you’ve really outdone yourself!

The unparalleled view from Artesa.

It was such an amazing weekend! I never wanted it to end… but you can’t always get what you want. That being said, I can’t wait to do it all again next year as we are making this trip an annual tradition.

 

Until next time Napa ❤

i left my ♥ in San Francisco.

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Wine tasting… Artesa was our fav!

Well I’m back from the bay and its safe to say that I am already going through withdrawal! I had the best time with my family… eating, drinking, relaxing, exploring, sunning, and of course… shopping! We started the trip out in Napa. Wine country was beautiful and we had a blast! We spent the second half of our trip by the bay. We lucked out with beautiful sunny weather for the 4th. Its always hard to leave, but soon I won’t have to… the bay area will be my permanent residence as of next month and I couldn’t be more excited! Here are some photo highlights from my trip…

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more vino… when I’m with my sis every hour is happy hour!

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Lunch at Angele in downtown Napa. So fun.

_ Frida catching up on her gossip mags… she’s just dying to know who Emily is going to pick!

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Frida and Donatella… the cousins were reunited!

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me + vino = :)