Packing for a Weekend in Wine Country

Wine Country Getaway and CRUSH!

 

Scott and I are heading over to wine country for the weekend, so this morning I’m in packing mode. It’s finally feeling like fall here in Northern California and there may even be rain in the forecast. Let it rain! I’m so happy to be getting away with my husband, for a belated anniversary celebration, and meeting up with some dear friends this weekend. The bonus is that wine country, an old haunt of mine, is one of my favorite places to be and it’s crush season at the wineries. Wine country is a combination of rustic and luxe in my mind. The wine cultural, agricultural elements and vineyard views bring out the rustic beauty. World class dining and hotels bring a luxurious feel to wine country. Sonoma and Napa Valleys are a perfect combination of both. Have you ever visited? If not, I definitely recommend you put this wine country on your ‘must see’ list.

As far as packing for a rustic luxe getaway, I’m thinking warm, comfy items for day. Layers are essential as the weather can change on a dime. I have a faux fur vest that I think will be a great choice for layering, with skinny jeans, and my new Vince Camuto booties. I slipped these babies on and it was love at first sight. I’m liking just about everything from Vince Camuto this season.Vince Camuto Harlen (Black) Women's BootsFor dinner we have reservations at a new hot spot so I plan to dress things up just a bit. Some statement jewelry, an illusion black blouse, a bit sexy, and a pair of heels may just do the trick. Along with the day time wear, I always like to pack a travel candle for our hotel room and something silky for night-time. A picnic basket, for a spontaneous vineyard picnic is a must, but with the potential of rain on the way I will also take a trench coat and umbrella. Finally, to keep my hands free for tasting and comfort, I’m packing a cross body bag and not my typical structured over the shoulder number. I think I’ll put in a fun clutch for dinner. For more on Wine Country see my Wine Country Getaway Napa StyleGetaway Guide Napa Valley and Getaway Sonoma/Glen Ellen.

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I’m off to put the final touches on my packing.

What are you up to this weekend?

Enjoy this fall weather wherever you are headed.

xx,

Heather Orr Lindstrom Signature

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How to Lose 10 Pounds in 2 Weeks

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‘How to lose 10 pounds in 2 weeks’ and, I must confess, I love the sound of this title! Most importantly, I have recently lost 10 pounds in 2 weeks. I did it in a healthy way, with real, fresh foods that kick started my metabolism and it feels good. I wasn’t sure it was possible, but it is. I ate 3 meals and 2 snacks a day in a low carb, low-fat and no sugar eating plan. I was not hungry and my early cravings vanished.  I have never been a believer that food and math go together, so I did it without counting calories, points, blocks or shakes. The only math was how much weight I was losing.  I’ll go into my history of the weight thing later, but let’s get down to brass tacks right now. Here’s how I did it:

1-Buy The South Beach Diet Supercharged: Faster Weight Loss and Better Health for Life.

Here is a link on preparing for Phase 1.

2-Look at your calendar and plan a start date for Phase 1, around your social calendar, to reduce ‘foodie’ dates and temptation.

3-Shop and stock up on:

  • Fresh or frozen chicken breasts, salmon, halibut, as well as sliced turkey and chicken (for roll-ups with a string cheese, mustard and a lettuce wrap), canned tuna
  • Tons of veggies: cauliflower, asparagus, broccoli, lettuces, kale, spinach, mushrooms (a steak alternative prep w caramelized onions), cherry tomatoes, cabbage, avocados, sugar snap peas (for dipping in hummus), cucumbers for spread like low-fat cheese or hummus
  • Fage 0% fat greek yogurt  (mix with stevia liquid and toasted almonds or pistachios)
  • Part-skim mozzarella string cheeses (eat individually or with chicken slice/mustard/lettuce wraps)
  • Non-fat 1/2 and 1/2  (for my beloved Starbucks in the a.m.)
  • Parmesan (hard cheeses) and other ‘reduced-fat’ shredded cheeses
  • Low fat sour cream, low-fat cream cheese and low-fat mayo (if you use them)
  • Mustard (no sugar)
  • Balsamic and Olive Oil
  • Beans-black, garbanzo beans (excellent fiber)
  • Almonds and pistachios
  • Lemons and limes (to mix with olive oil and balsamic for dressing and slicing into my evening La Croix ‘cocktail’)
  • Celery and almond butter (no sugar)
  • Sugar free marinara or crushed tomatoes (canned)
  • Salsa with no sugar added

 

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Welcome to the Weekend and Date Night!

 

The patio at Monks Wine Bar in Chico

It’s Friday and that means welcome to the weekend! It seems that October is simply flying by. I saw my first Christmas decorations out in a store yesterday and I wanted to shield my eyes. I’m not ready to even consider all that the holidays entail. I am, however, considering the weekend and there’s always a good chance of ‘date night’. This spot is one of favorites in Chico for a date night.

Monks Wine Lounge in Chico, California

After a busy few weeks with our careers as school psychologists, local events and family celebrations, Scott and I took time out for date night, last Saturday night. It was a warm evening and we thought patio dining would be perfect. We selected Monks Wine Lounge for the intimate and rustic feel. Scott called ahead and made a reservation, just in case our university town was hopping.

Monks Wine Lounge

 

Monks Wine Lounge Patio

As you can see, we beat the rush!

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 I was pleased that my husband took the time to reserve a private patio just for us (or so it seems;). It’s easy to skip over date night, when life gets super busy, and I was happy that we took the time out to relax, unwind and spend some quality time catching up with each other. Somehow we just tend to ‘see’ each other better without the distractions of real life.

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We were lucky enough to have that patio to ourselves for most of the evening. Brian and Keely Coy have created a delicious menu, paired with fine wines from around the world, at Monks Wine Lounge. I ordered the pecan encrusted chicken with roasted vegetables, my new favorite. Brian was the chef last Saturday night and all of our dishes were spot on. Thank you Brian and Keely.

Arriving at 'The Celebration' Chico

I’m still riding high from my time spent styling for, and attending, the ‘Celebration’ a couple of weekends ago. I am humbled by the kind words I received from the Chairman and organizers of the event. If you missed my post here, I added a link from one of the ‘models’. She writes about how the experience changed her view of herself after her breast cancer diagnosis. I’m so pleased the team has requested to use my photos for the wrap party for the models. On a side note, if you are blogger, covering fund-raisers and charity events, in your home town, is a wonderful way to give back to your community, meet new people and build your local blog following. It’s a win-win all the way around and it feels good.

Today I’m off for the photo shoot for my new holiday ‘Ice’ Collection for my Stylemindchic Boutique. I think the lighting is just perfect for a photo shoot.  Wish me luck! I have a huge staff of me, myself and I, so there are all kinds of management issues. Thank goodness we are all able to sit down and enjoy a glass of vino together, at the end of the day, to celebrate a new collection.

Finally, I promise I’m not delaying the post about ‘How I Lost 10 Pounds in Two Weeks’. If you want to get a jump on the process get this

The South Beach Diet Supercharged: Faster Weight Loss and Better Health for Life

today. I will share my tips next week. If I can do it, you can do it!

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This has been one of those ‘around the world’ kind of posts but I was feeling the need to catch up with you all. I want to thank you for stopping by my Stylemindchic Lifestyle and your lovely comments. You truly make my day.

Welcome to the weekend!

xx,

Heather Orr Lindstrom Signature

My eShakti Dress Story

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Late last spring I was contacted by the eShakti fashion brand and offered the opportunity to select a dress and have them customize it for me. I was intrigued and jumped at the chance to create my own garment for the first time. I enjoyed pouring through the various styles, each with modification choices, to create a unique piece. This is one of my favorite features of eShakti: the made-to-order creation you receive within 14 days (18 calendar days) created just for you. Sizes run 0-36 W, which provides a range of options for every size and style. Pure genius! At the time I had our upcoming trip to Spain on my mind, so I settled on this colorful green poplin number, with beautiful embroidery in shades of sky blue and maize.
Heather Lindstrom in eShakti Green Dress

‘The Lilian’

A pleated surplice bodice and seamed empire waist add subtle dimension to our fit-and-flare silhouette with a waist-defining paneled cut.

  • Slips on over head; partial side hidden zip closure.
  • Wide sweetheat neckline, sleeveless.
  • Elastic smocked center back waist.
  • Side seam pockets.
  • Below knee-length.
  • Cotton, woven poplin, pre-shrunk and bio-finished, light crisp feel, no stretch, midweight.
  • Machine wash.

The eShakti website makes the ordering process simple. Work through each section with a measuring tape in hand. You have your choice of skirt length, width of skirt, strap or sleeve design, as well as colors and fabrics. This particular style is built on a tank dress silhouette so careful measurements are essential. This is where I may have run into a bit of trouble. I measured the bust but perhaps not as accurately as I should have. Bottom line (or top line, you might say) is that my beautiful green dress was too tight in the bust when it arrived. There is a zipper on the side of the dress, but, sadly, I had to wait until my husband came home so that I could even maneuver the zipper (breathe in…reposition…hold it…). Getting into this dress was a two person job! It was my mistake on the measurement, not the fault of eShakti. I could zip the dress but it was not comfortable. Be sure to read the reviews of a style on the website. In the reviews I just noticed that this beautiful dress has a structured, fitted bodice, with no stretch.

My eShakti dress story ends well in that losing a few pounds, upon our return from three weeks of tapas feasting in Spain, helped the fit of this dress immensely. So much so that I enjoyed wearing it out on the town just last weekend. I adore this fresh color of green, the swingy skirt and the pockets…..oh the pockets!

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I paired the beautiful eShakti dress with a pair of retro chunky-heeled sandals, Tory Burch clutch, Tory Burch pendant,

and jewelry from my Stylemindchic Boutique.

eShakti reflections on Stylemindchic Life

 eShakti carries an array of dress styles, from modern to retro, from sweet prints and florals to the perfect LBD, as well as skirts, tops and coats. Their wedding collection is a brilliant idea for customizing a similar look for an entire wedding party.They also sell gift cards which would be perfect for birthdays or the upcoming holiday season.

 I think I’m in the mood to customize another dress…….

These are a few of the styles that caught my eye for the holiday party scene.

 At these prices (and the discount) these frocks are well-priced in my book.

At this stage in life there is something irresistible about having unique fashion.

Shop Fall Winter Topsellers. Customize to your size, your style, your choice! Only at www.eShakti.com

I’m so pleased that e-Shakti is offering an excellent discount on your first purchase:

Get $25 OFF your first order! Shop www.eShakti.com

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Thank you eShakti from Heather Lindstrom

eThank you eShakti!

*My eShakti dress was generously gifted to me by eShakti, and all opinions of this collaboration and design are expressly my own.

Have you ever had a dress personally designed for you? I found it to be a refreshing and unique experience. Let me know how you like your unique fashion, now that you can add ‘fashion designer’ to your resume’. At these prices, it’s an affordable luxury.

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xx,

Heather Orr Lindstrom Signature

(On a side note, if you are looking to lose 10 lbs., like I did, stay tuned to an upcoming post. I have some ideas for you. If I can do it anyone can!)

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‘Celebration’ Life Beyond Breast Cancer

Kick it up to Celebrate!

‘Celebration’ life beyond breast cancer

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of attending the ‘Celebration’, an event showcasing the beauty, grace and resiliency of life beyond breast cancer. Laughter mingled with tears as the community celebrated these extraordinary women, and one gentleman, who are vibrant survivors following their breast cancer diagnosis. The ‘Celebration’ was all about music, dance, fashion, beauty, delicious food, camaraderie, support and fun in an elegant setting.

Arriving at 'The Celebration' Chico

 The event was held at ‘The Palms‘ event center in Chico, California.

Getting beautiful for 'The Celebration' Chico

Merchants, business owners, make-up artists and stylists around Chico donated of their clothing, jewelry, food, supplies as well as personal time, and hearts, to make the stars of the show shine.

In Hair and Makeup for the show!

 Beauty…..

Color and think pinks

Everyone seemed to be ‘thinking pink’ with coral tones, and fuchsia, and every lovely shade in between.

The Tables Collage

 Community members generously donated fabulous prizes and raffle items for the pre-show event.

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5 Ways to Update Decor for Fall

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Fall at Home on Stylemindchic Lifestyle Are you ready to update your decor for fall? I know I’m not alone in finding the crisp feel to morning air, and the need to grab a throw blanket in the cool of the evening, to be welcome refreshers following a long hot summer. Fall is here!  When I start to feel the signs, I’m quick to make my top five edits to ready my home for fall. These are my five simple tips for updating home decor for the season: Our living room with pillows and throws for fall *I change out my throw pillows in our living room seasonally. I tend to move towards a fall palette of butterscotch, pumpkin, caramel, chocolate and burnished golds (don’t they just sound delicious?). This season I’ve added pillows with a touch of shine to brighten up for the drab winter months. Faux fur is always cozy on a throw blanket, throw pillows or even a pouf, to encourage casual fall lounging by the fire. I love the neutral palette of our great room, but I’ve added pumpkin shades, below, and even a touch of animal print to the den. Adding touches of fall decor to the home *Toss a throw blanket on your couch, lounge, bed or favorite reading chair and you’ll have an instant cozy feel to the room. Fall Elements on Stylemindchic Life *Bring out your favorite candles, with richer, more complex notes like smoke, woods and spice, in home fragrances for fall. Find some of my favorites, like Vineyard and Black Fig, in the Spa Collection at my Stylemindchic Boutique.  I also freshen up fall linens, pillows and throws, that have been stored, with a linen spray, like this one. Orange flowers for fall *I add large bowls of flowers as well as bowls for seasonal fruits and nuts during the season.  Apples, pomegranates, pears, walnuts and oranges are natural pops of color and texture in the winter months. Not only are bowls of fruit beautiful on display, they are great reminders of healthy snacking. fall pumpkin and succulents

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Pumpkins mingle with succulents in this fall edit.

For some modern fall decorating tips these are fun from Update Interiors.com

These are some of my favorite fall finds to create a cozy transition to fall at home:

 

What are your favorite tips for adding a touch of fall to your home decor?

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This weekend I’ll be helping with the styling for ‘The Celebration’ for Enloe Hospital starring breast cancer survivors.

I’m thrilled to be part of this very special and celebratory event.

Wishing you a warm and cozy first weekend of fall.

xx,

Heather Orr Lindstrom Signature

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