Spritz Season!

Itz Spritz New York (via @maevestier)

Note: the content in this blog post is intended for those 21+

Finally: the days are longer, the temperatures are higher, and we’re just a few weeks away from our favorite rooftops opening again.

(Can you tell I’m a warm weather kind of girl?)
And you know what that means: S P R I T Z E R S E A S O N. I’ve always been such a fan of Spritzers - and I can’t help but associate them with springtime picnics, sunsets on the Boston Esplanade, cocktail hour with the girls, and brunches under patio umbrellas. I don’t think it gets much better - which is why this spring, I’m so happy to be partnering with Itz Spritz: an all-natural (nothing artificial!) canned spritz drink with an ABV of only 4.2 (think: refreshing, not super boozy).

Springtime Essentials with Itz Spritz (via @maevestier)

Of their three flavors (which you can check out here), their Elderflower Citrus is definitely my favorite. I brought a case along on my girls weekend trip to NYC and they were a huuuuge hit with my friends - especially because one friend has a gluten intolerance, and Itz Spritz is 100% gluten free! Plus, cheers-ing with spritzers overlooking the NYC skyline was the best way to celebrate Spring’s arrival.

Spritzer Season with Itz Spritz (via @maevestier)

If you want to try out Itz Spritz for yourself, you can check out the Store Locator on the Itz Spritz website. Warning: you may have a new favorite brunch beverage.

Brunch with Itz Spritz (via @maevestier)

Cheers!

This post was created in partnership with Itz Spritz.

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!

Newbury Strolls

Blue Velvet Top (@maevestier)

Top c/o & Other Stories | Denim | Boots | Bag c/o Gigi New York

It feels so good to be back in Boston! I spent the last week in sunny & beautiful San Francisco, and while I’m definitely missing the weather, it feels so good to be home. I’ve been spending my afternoon along Newbury Street, one of my all-time favorite spots in Boston. As I write this, I’m sitting in the same place as the photo below: in Cafe Susu, sipping on an oat milk mocha.
This top has been such a fun piece to wear between the burned-out velvet pattern and the balloon sleeves. It’s one of those effortless statement pieces that transitions so well from running errands during the day to grabbing drinks with friends.

Cafe Susu, Boston (@maevestier)
Boston Coffeeshops (@maevestier)

Photos by Anna Elizabeth.

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Dinner in Diamonds

Legal Harborside x Hearts On Fire (via @maevestier)

Jumpsuit | Diamond earrings, rings, and necklaces c/o Hearts On Fire

Last weekend, I had such a pinch-me moment. Hearts On Fire, a diamond company based in Boston, dressed me in some of their gorgeous pieces and whisked me (and a friend!) away to a swanky dinner on the water. Dinner was at Legal Harborside, a restaurant in Boston’s Seaport that houses three distinct dining concepts. The first floor is casual dining, the rooftop is a sushi lounge, and the second floor (where we dined!) is an upscale experience - perfect for date nights or special occasions.

I won’t lie, I never wanted to take the jewelry off. You can’t imagine how much effort Hearts On Fire puts into each piece and how much attention to detail goes into each and every stone. Jewelry is such a perfect gift, not matter the occasion - and if you’re looking for something really special, I definitely recommend Hearts On Fire (check out their website here or their Instagram here).

Dinner at Legal Harborside
Dinner at Legal Harborside Second Floor

Toasting with gin fizzes (over oysters and truffle fries!)

Hearts on Fire Diamond Rings

I maaaaay or may not have worn the rings to brunch the following morning as well.

Special thanks to Hearts On Fire and Legal Harborside for sponsoring this post.

Skirting The Issues

Animal Print Skirt Outfit (via @maevestier)

Skirt c/o Abercrombie | Sweater (similar) | Boots | Bag c/o Gigi New York

Skills include: using Google Maps to find hidden gems in Boston & online shopping for cute midi skirts.

As a tall girl, I can really appreciate a good midi skirt. Don’t get me wrong - there’s nothing I inherently dislike about mini or maxi cuts, but midi skirts fall into that perfect “goldilocks” category. They’re not so long that my legs are completely covered, but not so short that I could feel underdressed. The french tucked (thanks, Tan!) chunky white knit ties everything together effortlessly, and with basic black accessories, the skirt remains the focal point. Given the black & white outfit, I knew that this gorgeous marble staircase (hidden away on the side of the MA State House) would provide the perfect backdrop for photos.

Leopard Print Skirt Outfit (via @maevestier)
Winter White Outfit (via @maevestier)
Boston Fashion Blogger (@maevestier)
Leopard Print Midi Skirt Outfit (via @maevestier)

Photos by Riany Haffey.

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