Yet Another Side
I’m an East Coast girl through and through. I had never set foot on the West Coast until I was a senior in college. So at the VERY young age of 39 I met a man who literally knocked my socks off and changed my life. When he told me he grew up in L.A. my instinctive response was “Wow I never thought anyone was actually from L.A.” He laughed. The funniest part about this “east coast girl meets west coast guy” story is that we met in the middle … in Dallas. How the two of us ended up there is simply kismet. Since we’ve been together I’ve had a chance to see California through his eyes and it’s a California I never knew existed and I must say it’s lovely.
Picture above taken from the William Robert Wines website
Central Coast of California
This trip, we started out at his college friends’ ranch and vineyard. After flying into Santa Barbara we drove three hours north to a much more rural area than I have ever experienced on our trips to California. I probably saw more cows and horses on this ride than I’ve seen the entire time I’ve lived in Dallas.
As we drove I fell silent looking at the stunning landscape that we just don’t get to see living in Dallas. Majestic mountains with winding roads led us to giant white ranch gates. That was just the beginning of our journey into the depths of this amazing land. We drove onto their property and it looked like the set of a movie to me. I don’t think the stage could have been more magnificently set.
Grant showed us to our room, and literally as my duffel bag fell off my shoulder and onto the floor I felt most of my “mommy needs a time-out from summer” stress peel off with it. This place was magical and I could tell immediately that I was going to sink right in.
John and I quickly threw on our bathing suits so we could meet the others on the dock by the lake. They were already in full “docktail” mode and we were eager to see our friends. Huge hugs led to us all jumping on their boat and literally jetting off around the lake to a private spot where we all dove into the lake like a bunch of teenage kids who decided to cut out early from school.
William Robert Wines
I can’t tell you how the wine tasted, because I don’t drink. But I can tell you that if the heart and soul that goes into this wine is any indication of the final product … then it is magnificent. This is a labor of love for the Kirkpatrick family. It is a dream they have worked hard to bring to fruition, and let me tell you it is not to be believed what goes into it. I feel so fortunate to have made friends with John’s closest friends. It doesn’t always work out that way in relationships, but John is lucky to have such a down-to-earth group of driven, successful, family-first friends who quite frankly I just get.
You certainly don’t need to drink wine to appreciate the pure glory and visual splendor that is Tasting Hill. It is the place Grant and Shaya like to take their guests to do a little wine tasting. It was the golden hour when we were up there and there was a beautiful pink cast thrown all over everything surrounding us.
How lucky am I that John has friends that make me feel so warm and welcome. Being the second wife, you’re never really sure how friends will react to the new girl. They have done nothing but greet me with open arms.
He Did It Again
Once again, my husband has managed to introduce me to a part of California that has now embedded itself into my soul.
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What I Wore
Dress: SPELL Delirium Strappy Mini
Underneath: Sports Bra from Athleta … I obviously wasn’t going to be able to get away with wearing no bra under this dress. I think the best solution in a case like this is to wear a tank top or a bralette or sports bra that doesn’t read “bra” – The lines of the undergarment should be more interesting than that of a traditional bra.
Shoes: Seychelles wedges from a couple of years ago. With this dress you can do just about anything. I almost wore my Rag & Bone booties. But you could just as easily wear sandals. It’s such a perfect summer dress.