{ Weekend Vibes }: Wine Country BBQ

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{ Wine Country BBQ // Champagne at Shannon's }

{ Wine Country BBQ // Champagne at Shannon's }

{ Wine Country BBQ // Champagne at Shannon's }

{ Wine Country BBQ // Champagne at Shannon's }

{ Wine Country BBQ // Champagne at Shannon's }

{ Wine Country BBQ // Champagne at Shannon's }

 

Well this was a good weekend – I hope everyone can say the same.

It was full of wine, BBQ (WAYGU BURGERS), and lots of rest which is a major win in my book.

On Friday, I made {semi} home-made pizzas for Erik & me. Super easy, I’ll do a full on post (need to make some tweaks) but I used dough from Whole Foods, made my own sauce (tomatoes, basil, olive oil, red wine, garlic in a food processor), shredded up some mozz, topped with some turkey sausage rolled in flour (helps with browning – source), and cooked it in the oven at 450 for about 20 minutes.

I’ll admit, I was really self concsious over it (my first time to make it) and even told my boyfriend he’s better off ordering from the neighborhood pizza joint. Finally, he told me to stop being so ridiculous, so we sat down with it & I am so glad he talked me out of it, because it was a major success!

TIP:: I always top my pizzas with a ton of fresh greens (love Super Greens by Organic Girl) with a squeeze of lemon – it gives an extra nutritional punch, plus they did that at Flora Farms in Cabo so it’s a welcome delicious memory!

The next day, we had a BBQ to attend in wine country!

I’ve mentioned throughout the blog that we are members at Twomey (sister brand of Silver Oak), and one of the huge perks is getting complementary admission to both wineries’ events. If you guys want to know more about wine memberships, let me know and I will do a full blown post. If you’re looking to join one now, email me and I can help get you in the right direction.

I will say one thing, but it is that both Twomey and Silver Oak can throw a damn good party & we have all of their events marked in our calendars.

{ Wine Country BBQ // Champagne at Shannon's }

{ Wine Country BBQ // Champagne at Shannon's }

{ Wine Country BBQ // Champagne at Shannon's }

{ Wine Country BBQ // Champagne at Shannon's }

{ Wine Country BBQ // Champagne at Shannon's }

We walked in, and the weather in Sonoma was perfect, to a beautiful spread. Think a Waygu Burger Bar with all the right fixin’s (including bacon!), a fresh salad from their garden, home made lemon bars, and all of their pinots. yes, yes, yes, yes and more yes.

We ended up spending all of Saturday there which was a very good choice, since they pulled out some of their library wines – including Silver Oak (which ages beautifully). One of my all time favourite wines is the Silver Oak 2007 Napa Cab. Insanely handsome and complex (like how I like my men? i kid i kid…. kind of).

We finished the day at the gold course where I sipped champagne while Erik hit the driving range… then we got home around 7 and I….. fell asleep and slept for like 15 hours, ha!

{ Wine Country BBQ // Champagne at Shannon's }

{ Wine Country BBQ // Champagne at Shannon's }

{ Wine Country BBQ // Champagne at Shannon's }

I don’t know if it was the mix of being so busy last week and drinking a ton of red wine in the sun but I slept so welll (& might or might not have skipped the dinner we ordered from Seamless – literally I ordered for the 2 of us and fell asleep).

Sunday, we did breakfast in from Super Duper – think Blue Bottle Coffee, Donuts, and a breakfast sandwich for $5. YES, and stayed in – nothing eventful. For dinner, we reheated the Thai food that I slept through last night LOL.

Let’s talk about wine country style tho.

One of my favourite weekend traditions is going to either Napa or Sonoma. I will admit, I prefer Sonoma over Napa. If we had it my way, we’d hit the Sonoma Coast every weekend…. post for another day tho.

I also love to dress the part! I switch up my normal skinny jeans & Portofinos for a wine country-esque dress.

One of my go to dresses is this stunner from Reformation. Unfortunately, it’s from years ago, but I love the airy fabric, the kimono sleeves and deep V’s. It is the Azura dress – and though it is long gone, I still like to post it because you never know and may be able to find it on Ebay, Poshmark, Tradesy, etc.

A good V and kimono inspired pieces are my favourite look.

{ Wine Country BBQ // Champagne at Shannon's }

{ Wine Country BBQ // Champagne at Shannon's }

{ Wine Country BBQ // Champagne at Shannon's }

{ Wine Country BBQ // Champagne at Shannon's }

I kept it super simple with some lace up gladiators and leather cuffs on each wrist that I got at the Ferry Building Marketplace from a local vendor. To keep the neckline dramatic yet balanced (it was right above my navel), I did not wear any necklaces or chokers.

I also love this dress since it is a pull on dress, which means it is super airy (but also wrinkles easy too, oh well)!

Girl to girl though, one thing you need in a dress like this is both fashion tape & nippies (also here in Medium). I know you’re thinking wtf are nippies, but they’re seriously the best invention ever for edgy fashion (think lowwwww plunges or sheer fabrics). I was introduced by one of my all-time favourite blogs, The Skinny Confidential, and am obsessed. Also, Lady Gaga swears by them too. I probably buy a pair of them 4x a year since I’ve discovered them from TSC. They are an absolute must.

As far as a deep V goes, just be sure to balance things out elsewhere. To keep the plunging neckline tasteful, I wore my hair down with a salt spray (love this Peach & Coconut Milk one) to create some effortless waves, I also wore knee high lace-ups, because it also brought some dimension to the look. This was edgy, but it also distracted the eye from the short hem. The focus was absolutely the plunging neckline, yet it was all balanced out.

{ Wine Country BBQ // Champagne at Shannon's }
{ Wine Country BBQ // Champagne at Shannon's }

{ Wine Country BBQ // Champagne at Shannon's }

 { Caught Bae grammin’ me! }

As far as lips, I did my favourite lip power couple: Nothing Sexier lip liner with some Fleshpot – both by MAC (also mentioned here),

OH and can’t forget some huge sunnies – I wore these from Free People. I love the silver lenses!

Now… am I just psycho, but please tell me, do you have certain special places that you like to dress up for? What are some of your favourite looks? Let me know!

As far as the blog, I have some exciting posts coming your way. I am bringing a special guest on Wednesday to talk meditation for all you working bees, & a rad song on Friday. And who knows, maybe I’ll start filling in on Tuesdays & Thursdays… you will have to come back and see as I blog more and more full-time 😉

Talk soon!

x Shannon

{ Wine Country BBQ // Champagne at Shannon's }

{ Wine Country BBQ // Champagne at Shannon's }

{ Wine Country BBQ // Champagne at Shannon's }

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