Thursday, October 23, 2014

How To Make A Cheap Bottle Of Wine Taste Amazing

So I am sitting here at a bar in Germany next to a man who is insisting on trying every wine the bartender has to offer, and is disapproving of each and everyone, mind you he is speaking German and I am not 100% sure of every word, but I know enough of the language to know what no sounds like... So, in lieu of this moment I have decided to share this post I read last week with you from my all time favorite blog Cupcakes & Cashmere. Hubs and I have recently fallen in serious love with wine. Well mainly my hubby, lets be honest I have always loved wine, while he always poo poo'd it because he thought it was a "girly" drink. I finally got him to try some, more than one sip and he fell in love (ok maybe a glass)! We try to frequent wineries in the area and drink wine now almost every night, but of course who has the money to only drink good wine, it seems like a waste of money especially when you are eating turkey tacos on a Tuesday. I have spent many months "testing" all of the the Trader Joe's wines and have fallen in love with many bottles that cost any where from $2.99 to $14.99 (for when we are feeling fancy). I have been "working on" aka drinking wine and taking photos of them all, so I promise I will share this soon. I have of course had the chance to try some very "fancy" and delicious wine in Germany and/or that my brother and dad have purchased for a good family dinner. Now don't get me wrong it is delicious, but until we hit the lotto,  I am going to keep drinking my $10 wine and share with you the post from my favorite blogger Emily & her advice from Sommeiler at Faith & Flower, Jared Hooper on how to make a cheap bottle of wine taste amazing!

1. Decant, even if you don't have a decanter. "I’m a freak for decanting. I think most wines open up and show their charm from some time in a decanter, but if you don't have one, any old pitcher will do. Half the fun is going back to the wine after a couple of hours to see if it's changed (it's kind of like checking a Polaroid picture to see if it's developed). Everything is better with a little bit of air. The exception to this rule: Don't decant old and delicate wines because if you give them air, they can go over the hill too fast. You're giving a wine oxygen, so it's the same concept as leaving a half-eaten apple on the table." 
2. Find the right help. "I firmly believe in finding the right help. A wine shop that you have a good rapport with will help you to find the right thing. There are people who run and work in shops that really care about what they do. If you have a relationship with them, you'll begin to develop your special language. Wine doesn't have to be expensive to be good, so they'll learn what you like, and keep you in mind when they taste a new batch."
3. Look for a specific region. "My current favorite region that is over-delivering for the price is Beaujolais Cru. I have many of these wines on my list that outdrink other wines at three times the cost."
4. Chill your wine. "Chill down the bottles, yes, even reds."
5. The occasion speaks to your wine. "If you're having an easy-going pizza night with wine, and the Dodgers just won, then the wine is going to taste fantastic. So, an inexpensive bottle can work wonders depending on the scenario. Don't be scared to purchase an inexpensive bottle for a low-key event."
6. Find the flavor you love. "The most important lesson to internalize, is that YOU have the most important palate in the world, you are the one tasting. Trust yourself, but never be afraid to open up to new tastes!"
Some of this advice seems to be obvious, but much of is so so true, we did not decant wine before this but when you do, I promise you will see a difference, we just need to buy a pretty decanter now that we are such vino's. We also never chilled our wine, I just chilled whites, I mean dah, but boy oh boy, it totally makes a difference, if you like your red wine "warmer" stick it in the fridge, take it out and decant it, by the time it is ready it is perfection. The more we try the better we get. So guess we must keep on drinking, poor us! Do any of you have any suggestions on "cheap" wine that you could totally trick even the biggest wine snob with? Or have any other suggestions? I would love to hear them!!  
Here are some other good articles on Trader Joe's Wine's if you are interested (1, 2, 3, 4, 5
(Photo Credit: 1, 2)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Camo Casual

Jacket: Primark / Tee: Sheinside / Jeans: American Eagle / Necklace: Target / Clutch: TJMaxx / Shoes: Nine West / Sunnies: Vintage

Happy hump day ya'll! I can't even believe it is Wednesday already, well really I have no idea what day or time it is. I have this thing, were I can not sleep on planes. So my travels to Europe and to Vietnam are not always pretty. I get a little loopy and sleep deprived to say the least. I usually fly overnight and then go right into the office (for Germany), trying to get a full day of work in on literally zero sleep. I leave tomorrow morning for home and then it off to another wedding in CT. Talk about quick trip. So I am sorry if none of these words are not spelled correctly or if I am not making sense. You will have to bare with me. Not that I usually make sense or spell correct....

How beautiful is this reservoir.  It is right near my parents house, of course, like everything else I ever talk about in CT. It was peak tree peeping weekend and we got our money's worth that's for sure. It was a little windy and chilly on Sunday but oh so beautiful, I really can't complain. This is my go to casual outfit, when the weather is cool enough for a jacket, but if the sun hits just right you are sweating your tail off! Yea this look is for that! I love camo and leopard together, I think its one of my fav pattern combos, maybe because they are so juxtaposed. Girly x Edgy = Fabulous. 

Can we also talk about the perfect length of these jeans? They aren't even a short? I pulled these puppies on and realized I found my new fav pair. Check them out if you are short like me, and American Eagle always has great prices on their jeans! 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Classic White Shirt On A Farm

Top: Old Navy / Jeans: Old Navy / Wedges: Nina Shoes / Necklace: Forever 21 / Clutch: Vintage (my grandmother) / Sunnies: Kate Spade

You all have seen some images from AuerFarm before, it is the amazing 4-H farm next to my parents house in Connecticut. We get our Christmas tree here every year, they also have blueberry and raspberry picking throughout the summer. I love going there to see the animals in the barn that is always open for people to pop into. The grounds are amazing and they also often hold educational and fun field trips for children! Such a great thing for the community. I try to stop over here as often as I can when I come to visit my parents, there is just something so wonderful about farms. I really would love to live on a farm, or maybe I did in a past life?

There is nothing better than a simple outfit pumped up with some leopard. Leopard makes pretty much any outfit better to be honest. I love these Nina wedges because they are casual and super comfortable but give you just the right about of height and extra oomph you need in a simple outfit. Add a bold lip and your out the door. I really think the goats were digging it... =)

When this post goes live I will be either wandering aimlessly in the Amsterdam airport or on the plane on my way to Germany -- Hope you all have a great Tuesday or Monday night or whatever the heck say and time it is where you are! 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Pencil Skirt & Chambray Shirt

Top: American Eagle / Skirt: JCrew (old) / Sunglasses: Vintage / 
Shoes: Ann Taylor / Purse: Michael Kors / Bracelets: Alex & Ani

Well it was another beautiful fall weekend in New England. I spent my weekend in CT helping my parents clean out my grandmothers house. She has always been a collector of well, everything. Some pieces worth collecting, some maybe not so much but it made her happy and at the end of the day that's all that matters. While it is a lot of work and we are still not close to being done, we all got a good laugh out of looking through her old photos and toys we remember playing with when we were young. I  also came across three pairs of sunglasses! How fab are these vintage sunnies I am wearing! Thanks Gram! My hubby was working this weekend so my mom helped me out and she was my wonderful photographer..thanks mom! Oh and I dyed my hair last night, lush cherry. Undecided on it. 

Do you have a chambray shirt? Because if not you need one right now, you can literally wear it with so many different outfits, from jeans and skirts, to dresses and shorts. Buttoned, un-buttoned with a tee, tucked, un-tucked, over your shoulders, and tied around your waist the options are endless. This one I found was $39 from American Eagle if you are looking for a new one this one is great and has snap buttons -- which I love, because I am old and don't like buttoning buttons! HA! 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Bold Yellow Jacket

Jacket: Sheinside / Top: Zara (old) / Jeans: Old Navy / Booties: Ivanka Trump via Nordstrom / Clutch: TJMaxx / Necklace: Target / Sunnies: Kate Spade

I bought this Jacket (p.s. it is $27) over the summer when I did a big order from sheinside. I like to order at least a few items when I order from there seeing as it takes a little while for stuff to get delivered. I have had this jacket on my rack of "need to wear this" in my "closet" aka our spare bedroom. I put it on many times over the summer then start sweating and took it off. I was perusing through pinterest and saw a outfit similar to this and immediately felt the need to wear my awesome yellow jacket...right meow! This jacket is very similar to Zara jacket that I feel like every blogger but me owns. So, when I saw this on sheinside's website I had to have it. Not to mention yellow is my fav color, but believe it for not I really don't have a lot of yellow in my closet. 

Happy Friday all! I am spending the weekend helping my mom clean out my grandmothers house.  It will be quite interesting -- she loved trinkets to say the least! Then I will be spending next week in good ol' Germany for work. Don't worry I will still have posts for you!
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