gifts for mom

gifts for mom pic

Mother’s Day is right around the corner so get that gift ordered stat!  Let’s be honest… these are really things that I’m currently wanting, but I think they’d make great gifts for moms too!

Gold Confetti Tumblers – set of 2 for $20 from Paper Source.  Whether she drinks Diet Dr. Pepper or whiskey straight, it will taste better sipping from these glasses.  Obviously.

Tom Ford lip color – $52 at Nordstrom.  The Sable Smoke, Spanish Pink, and Bare Peach colors are my top picks… but really they’re all lovely!  A bit pricey for a lipstick, but a luxurious splurge for any mom!

Capri Blue Iridescent Jar Candle – $28 at Anthropologie.  I’m particularly fond of the “Volcano” scent, but you really can’t go wrong with any of them.

Aldalora Throw – $128 at Anthropologie.  Can’t get over the cozy.  Pair this throw with a good book and if you’re not mom’s favorite already, you will be.

Jo Malone ‘Nectarine Blossom & Honey’ Body Crème – $75 at Nordstrom.  I own a couple Jo Malone products, but I don’t yet have the Nectarine Blossom scent and I’m craving it for Spring/Summer.  Simply divine.

MUMM Napa Brut Reserve Rose – $39   Mumm for the Mum!  Because it’s pink, and bubbly, and yummy.  Happiness in a bottle.

Jo Malone ‘Nectarine Blossom & Honey’ Cologne (1oz) – $65 at Nordstrom.  Last time I quizzed the sales clerk, the Nectarine Blossom scent was the best selling Jo Malone fragrance in the U.S.  So there’s a good chance your mom will love it too.

Cashmere Travel Wrap by White and Warren – $298 at Anthropologie.  Mom a traveler?  There nothing more practical and posh than a cashmere wrap.

The perfect card.  There are so many great ones to choose from at Paper Source!  Prices range from $3.50-$8.



day trip to wine country

As you may have gathered, I live in San Francisco.  Every now and then I question whether staying here is worth it given the high taxes, high rents, and general expensiveness of this city.  And then I take a day trip somewhere and decide to stick around a bit longer.

This past Saturday, the hubs and I took a day trip to Napa via Sonoma.  Driving north thru the Robin Williams Tunnel I watched in the rearview as the Golden Gate Bridge shrank away.  Half an hour later we were in Sonoma at The Fremont Diner, our first of four stops.

1. The Fremont Diner. 2660 Fremont Dr., Sonoma, CA  95476

Cheddar jalapeno cornbread, biscuits and gravy, deviled eggs, need I go on?  The Fremont Diner is what I’d call an upscale roadside diner.  The staff is always super friendly, the coffee is good, mimosas even better, and the food more than hits the spot.  Most of our visits we’ve been seated on the patio, but this time we were seated at the bar overlooking the kitchen so I got a great look at most of the menu and it all looked amazing…

Must try:  deviled eggs.

2.  Domaine Carneros. 1240 Duhig Rd, Napa, CA

Just 4 miles up Fremont Drive aka Highway 12 from The Fremont Diner is Domaine Carneros, a champagne house related to Champagne Taittinger.  Tastings are by appointment, but walk-ins are accommodated if there’s room (that’s how we got in).  The Domaine Carneros chateau is BEAUTIFUL, and the perfect setting to sip some bubbly.  I personally found the wines in the Sparkling Sampler to be good – but nothing special really.  Then I had a taste of the Le Reve and it was nothing short of dreamy!  In fact, I liked it so much I joined the wine club on the spot.

Must try:  Le Reve.

3. Rutherford Ranch. 1680 Silverado Trail S, St. Helena, CA  94574

We joined the Rutherford Ranch winery a few years back, and because it’s relatively far away we’ve considered quitting several times… but we just can’t.  The wine is good, but it is the people that work here that make it so unbelievably great.  The property is beautiful with a tree-lined patio and olive grove.  And be sure to check out the cork tree while you’re there!  I think it’s cool.

Must try: Scott Family Chardonnay, Rutherford Ranch Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.


4. Mumm Napa. 8445 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA  94558

Mumm is basically across the street from Rutherford Ranch.  We joined Mumm shortly after our first failed attempt to quit Rutherford.  I adore Mumm.  The wines, the view, the little palette cleansing water crackers – all of it!  Actually, there is one thing I dislike and that is the “2 flute max” policy that they have.  The max helps move people through this popular spot, so I get it.  Just know that you’re not going to be able to order bottle service here.  Pop in and have a great tasting with a gorgeous view and then move on.

Must try:  Santana Supernatural Brut, Brut Reserve Rose, Sparkling Pinot Noir

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Happy sipping and day tripping!