In The Kitchen: Red Wine Granita !

I've been wanting to try a granita recipe for a while -- and when I spotted this one that uses red wine as a base it was a matter of days before I got to work on this summer treat! I served it with a dollop of freshly whipped cream -- but it would also be great with ice cream (vanilla, coconut or even a rich berry flavor). This dessert is easy to make the day before you wish to serve it and all you have to do is assemble right before you serve it - plus it just looks so pretty! Read on for the recipe! 

Photography: Krista A. Jones


Travels: Napa Valley Highlights

a guide to the napa valley

We got back for our annual trip to visit my family in the Napa Valley late Monday night -- so after an unplanned break from blogging I thought I'd share a few of my favorite spots in this beautiful region today! Some of my best memories are from my summers in St. Helena and every time I'm there I'm still blown away by the golden light and gorgeous scenery. It's truly the most relaxing place for me. Over the years we've tried a lot of wineries and visited local eatieries (though we mainly cook while we are here!). Wine tasting has become so expensive in the valley - I was blown away by the prices this year. Most places don't offer a tasting under $30 and the average is closer to $40! There are a few spots that are our favorites, and we typically just buy a glass or bottle of wine and forgo the tasting flights. Read on for my tips to exploring wine country!


My Style: Everybody Deserves To Sparkle

Happy Friday!! Last night in San Francisco we celebrated Glitter Guide's 3rd anniversary with an intimate garden dinner party -- it was so beautiful and I'm so glad I was in town for it! I thought it was appropriate to share how I styled our 'Everybody Deserves To Sparkle' tee that we created in collaboration with eLuxe to kick off our celebratory weekend! 

Photos by Krista A. Jones


Bridesmaid Gifts With Shane & Co.

Bridesmaid Gifts

As we get closer and closer to our wedding date (under 3 months -- ah!!!) I've started to work on all the small details. Right now I'm focusing on finding beautiful gifts for my bridesmaids and the rest of the amazing people that are part of our big day. I've looked endlessly online for ideas - but when I came across Shane & Co. I found some unique and quality pieces of jewelry that would make the perfect gift for my girls! I love the necklaces that can be engraved and the idea of each of them wearing a pretty ring on our wedding day. Which piece is your favorite?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Shane Co. The opinions and text are all mine.


Packing For California

As you read this I'll be flying high across the country to my favorite place -- my grandmother's house in the Napa Valley! Usually I am pretty organized with my packing and have piles ready to go but this year I procrastinated -- read on to see the 6 things I always bring when I travel to California!