Travel

Calistoga, Here We Come

Calistoga Motor Lodge & Spa (@maevestier)

At the beginning of the year, while visiting San Francisco, my boyfriend and I road-tripped into wine country to visit the charming town of Calistoga, CA for a weekend getaway.
WHERE WE STAYED:
Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa is a bright, boutique hotel with mid-century modern decor and a playful spirit. This 1940’s roadside motel has gotten a major facelift, but I love that it still reflects its roots. This place really did feel like a road-trip hotspot - and one that was outfitted with gorgeous views and an incredible spa to boot. Before checking out at the end of the weekend, we spent the morning at the hotel’s Moonacre Spa, getting “Perfectly Muddled” - aka painting ourselves head-to-toe with Calistoga’s famous mud, which turned out to be a fun and super-relaxing end to our trip.

Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa (@maevestier)
Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa (@maevestier)
Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa (@maevestier)

WHAT TO DO:
Wine tastings. Since Calistoga is at the top of Napa Valley, the wine in this area is wonderful (and Ubers to and from the vineyards are very inexpensive!). We ended up visiting three vineyards during our stay.
Our first stop, Chateau Montelena, has a little bit of everything I was looking for in a vineyard experience: great wine, a gorgeous property, and an interesting backstory. In the Paris Wine Tasting of 1976 (also called wine’s “Judgement of Paris”), Parisian judges carried out blind taste tests of wines from France and California. Though the judges were certain that French wines would win over their American counterparts, they ended up ranking a chardonnay from Chateau Montelena as a winner! After our tasting, we strolled around the property’s gorgeous Chinese Gardens and took in the view of the Chateau’s facade (see photo below!). I would recommend coming here in the summer months, when all those vines up the Chateau walls come to life!

Chateau Montelena, Calistoga (@maevestier)

More wine tastings. We also checked out Vincent Arroyo Winery and Castello di Amorosa while we were in town. Vincent Arroyo was a super-friendly vineyard: an adorable black lab named Rosie came to greet us as our car pulled in, and the staff were so kind (and very generous with the wine). We arrived at an off-time, so our lovely guide ended up walking us around the vineyard and really going above and beyond for our tasting. The wine was great - and I especially liked their port.
Castello di Amorosa is a well-oiled machine when it comes to wine tastings and tours. To get the full experience, we took a guided tour of the entire castle (which is gorgeous!) and then ended with a wine tasting in their cellars. Our guide was funny and very knowledgable and the wine was fantastic (the vineyard even has an impressive list of celebrity club members to show for it).

Calistoga Motor Lodge (@maevestier)

Thank you to Calistoga Motor Lodge & Spa and Chateau Montelena for a lovely weekend!

Airport Style

What To Wear on an Airplane

Top (similar) | Leggings | Trainers | Tote c/o Cuyana | Suitcase

I'm someone who loves to travel (and travel often), so airport style can sound like a bit of an oxymoron to me. If I'm going to be on a plane for hours, I'm thinking way more about comfort than I am about style. That being said, with all the long-distance travel I've been doing in the past year, I decided to invest in a few key pieces that are both cute and comfortable - and while this look is strictly "travel wear" (aka not something I'd choose to wear after I arrive at my destination), these pieces have definitely made my travel experience better.

Airport Style

THE TOP: I've always loved Wildfox jumpers, which are made from sherpa fleece and almost always include a cute graphic element. This millennial-pink "Don't Sleep Just Dream" jumper is lightweight, super-soft, and far prettier than one of my old sweatshirts.

THE LEGGINGS: If you haven't bought yourself a pair of Lululemon leggings, you're missing out. These are so flattering and so comfortable that I have to talk myself out of wearing these everywhere.

Airport Style

THE TOTE: Cuyana's signature leather totes come in a variety of colors and are the ideal size for traveling. It fits all my carry-on essentials (tech, books, snacks, etc) and I usually toss my crossbody bag in there as well. There are side-pockets for things you need handy (like your boarding pass & passport) and the leather is extremely durable. Plus, you can customize the tote with your initials (as I've done!) for a nice personal touch.

THE SHOES: I have a few different shoes that work well for travel (including slides, which are great for quick shoe-removal when you're going through security), but especially during the winter, these classic Nike Roshe trainers are my favorite. 

Blogger Airport Outfit

Photos by Nicollette Petersen.

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What I Packed: One bag, 11 days

What I Packed: One bag, 11 days

You may have noticed that I've been traveling a lot more in the past few months.

Which means that I've had to master the art of living out of a suitcase. Most friends and family are SHOCKED to learn that I only pack one small carry-on. Yup, this style blogger packs her entire one-to-two week camera-ready wardrobe (shoes and all) into a standard rolling bag - no need to check any luggage. Most recently, my beloved little suitcase was packed full for an 11-day trip to Germany - and you guys asked to see what I brought. Keep reading to check out the pieces I packed (click an item to shop!) and some of the looks I put together.

TOPS

PANTS

JACKETS

ACCESSORIES

+ A FEW OF THE COMBINATIONS I WORE

Munich, Germany
Berlin, Germany
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Berlin Wall, Berlin

Berliner Mode

Pink Fur Coat

Jacket (similar) | Hat | Top | Denim | Boots (similar) | Bag

Hello and happy 2018!
I'm sorry I've been MIA for the first two weeks of the new year, but I'm officially back and so ready to tackle another year of Chic Now with you all.

If you follow me on Instagram, then you'll know that I spent the last few weeks in Germany.

Specifically, in Berlin and Munich. While I'd been to Germany before, I was only 8 years old, so it almost felt like an entirely new city now that I'm an adult. A pink faux-fur jacket wearing adult, to be exact. This jacket is so my style that I almost don't want to wear anything else. In fact, maybe a new 2018 resolution should be to only wear things that make me feel as good as this jacket does.

Blogger in Berlin, Germany
Pink Faux Fur Jacket
Museum Island, Berlin
Blogger Faux Fur
Pink Winter Outfit Idea
Travel Blogger in Berlin

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Moroccan Afternoons

Style, Marrakech Morocco

Bodysuit (similar) | Pants | Bag | Shoes

Mornings in Morocco were spent eating breakfast outside and then leaving the hotel for whatever we had planned for the day. By the time we got back to the hotel, our afternoons were less structured and gave me some time to explore the hotel and really appreciate all the beautiful gardens and little architectural details.
My sister calls these my "sea anemone" pants and now I can't call them anything else. They're on sale right now - and while they're still on the pricier side, they're a great splurge if you're looking for something to bring on your next vacation.

Alexis Juless Pant
Blogger in Marrakech Morocco
Moroccan Tiles
Fashion Blogger in Morocco
Style. Marrakech, Morocco
Alexis Rose Pant

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