Sunday, September 14, 2014

Walking, Shopping and Wine

I love rituals. For the last seven years or so, my husband and I always go to a wine walk near us that combines some of my favorite things: strolling though a quaint town, sipping wine, eating yummy food and of course shopping. My husband's interest in the event has waned over the years, especially as the price of the event and its popularity has increased, but it's a ritual that I still enjoy.

Since it was over 100 degrees today, I sported a cotton striped dress from Betsy Johnson to keep me cool. This dress is one of my favorites for hot weather and another plus is that it mimics a similar kate spade version that sold out last year. Stripes, bows, bold colors and a kate spade feel are some of my favorite things when it comes to wardrobe. Normally I would wear a clutch with this outfit, but I have to keep my hands free for wine and food; however, the wine glass also makes a perfect accessory!

I  did just a little bit of shopping while I was eating and drinking. For example, for $5 I picked up the Norton Critical Edition copies of Frankenstein and Hamlet from my favorite used book store.  I also stumbled upon a new vintage clothing store. The store features a western theme, which I thought was a little different from your regular vintage clothing boutique.

So on my way out of the store (and this was only after one tasting of wine) I spied these boots that I initially liked. Then I saw they were from J. Crew. Then I saw they were my size. Then I saw they were made in Italy and barely used. At $65 I was sold and they came home with me. Now if we could just get some cooler weather in which to wear them I would be all set. 

Below, me with the boots in the bag. Score! As you can see I am one happy camper.

 Now it's off to get some wine and grub!

One example of the grub shown above. A delicious seared pork belly lettuce cup with a peanut slaw.

Well, thanks for coming with me on this glimpse of my wine and shopping odyssey! As is the case with most rituals, I can't wait until next year. What wine, boots and food might I discover next year?

Dress: Betsy Johnson (a Marshall's find)
Shoes: Madewell
Belt: Anthropologie Crystallized Citrine Belt
Bag: J. Crew "Claremont" 
Watch: kate spade "Carlyle" bow watch
Bracelet: Forever 21
Sunglasses: Prada "Baroque" 


  1. I was seriously eyeing those boots in your photo - so glad you got them! And the wine walk sounds like so much fun - but can't believe the hot weather you guys are having!

    1. My car said it was 111 degrees today! I can't believe the hot weather either! It looks like I'm going to have to postpone wearing my boots for a little while longer.

  2. Seriously 3 of my most favorite things: walking, shopping and wine. Your dress is lovely and flirty and I adore the yellow belt. I am a huge fan of yellow and cobalt or royal blue. Great accessorizing!

    1. Yes, three of my favorite "hobbies" too! I kind of planned this outfit, especially the accessories, in an impromptu manner, so I am glad it all came together!


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