30th Birthday Weekend in Napa

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What better way to spend your birthday than with a weekend getaway in Wine Country? It's a quick trip for me we do often living in the Bay Area but I knew it would still be a special place to celebrate my 30th. Whether you want to relax and pamper or dine and drink wine, Napa Valley has everything you need to make your birthday (or any getaway) a celebration. 

If you’re planning a trip, (whether it’s your 30th or not), or simply hoping to schedule your weekend activities with ease, I highly recommend using Visit Napa Valley. You can utilize their planning guides and pre-planned itineraries or even reach out to their concierge service to create your own complimentary itinerary. At the very least, it's a great way to see all Wine Country has to offer in one place—from hotels to wineries to activities. 

I had my mind set on relaxation and since I've done a lot of wine tasting in Napa Valley, knew I also wanted to find a winery or excursion with a little something extra. We ended up staying at Silverado Resort and Spa for the weekend and when I mentioned we'd have a large group on Saturday, Visit Napa Valley recommended Sterling Vineyards. For a few more of my past favorite wineries, see this post. Below is a breakdown of our Friday-Sunday itinerary with details to follow.

The weekend itinerary:

Friday: 

4:00 pm: Check in at Silverado Resort and Spa, Napa

6:30 pm: Dinner at The Grill at Silverado Resort

Saturday: 

12:00 pm: Tasting at Sterling Vineyards, Calistoga

2:30 pm: Lunch at Brix, St. Helena Highway

5:00 pm: Drinks on the Patio Terrace Bar at Silverado Resort

9:00 pm: Late dinner at The Grill at Silverado

Sunday (the birthday): 

9:00 am: In-room breakfast at Silverado Resort

10:00 am: Pool time + Cabana at Silverado Resort

12:00 pm: Facial at The Spa at Silverado Resort

The Hotel

I knew I wanted somewhere with a little bit of everything to offer, somewhere we could enjoy ourselves without even needing to leave, and Silverado Resort and Spa truly exceeded my expectations. If you’re looking for something charming yet grand, elegant and tranquil, luxurious yet retreat-like, it really covers all the bases. Driving up to the resort was a dream. Nestled in the rolling hills of Wine Country, the resort is spread across acres of gorgeous greenery. Whether you're a golfer, prefer to be pampered or want to wine taste into the weekend, there's something to suit you. Prepare to be greeted at the Mansion before checking into one of their distinct neighborhoods. 

silverado resort and spa
silverado resort and spa

We stayed at the Mansion Estates, which felt tucked away and intimate but was still central and made it easy to get around. It felt like we were staying in our own little 1-bedroom bungalow. With a full kitchen and our own side and back patio, it was light and bright and had everything we could need for the weekend. 

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After settling into our room, we meandered out to discover the layout of the resort. We were located right near one of their 10 pools, a quick hop away from their tennis courts, and right to the side of their Wedding Suite and services. Sidenote: The Mansion Garden was breathtaking and if you're looking for a scenic space in Wine Country for your big day, I highly recommend taking a look.

silverado resort mansion garden
silverado resort mansion garden

We popped into their nearby Marketplace and Café which was perfect for grabbing snacks and anything extra we needed. After stocking up on wine, cheese & crackers and salami, we enjoyed our self-made charcuterie plate and a quick drink on our patio overlooking the lush landscape. Truly the perfect way to set the weekend. After that, we had dinner at their restaurant, The Grill. I highly recommend the mussels and grilled artichoke. The restaurant overlooks the golf course and, while I am no golfer, I was told this is *the* place to do it. We ended the evening exploring the gardens and finished with chocolate covered strawberries and in bed and if that's not the perfect day, I don't know what is. 

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The Tasting

Saturday morning we had a tasting reservation at Sterling Vineyards in Calistoga. Friends and family met at Silverado and we took a Lyft up to the winery, about half an hour away, but you could just as easily book transportation for a larger group. In the past, I've loved Beau Wine Tours for a bachelorette weekend. As I mentioned, Sterling was the perfect way to wine taste with a little "something extra." When you get to the winery, you start with an aerial tram up to the tasting rooms and overlook. We booked their Silver Experience, which included a seated tasting and self-guided tour. Tip: Give yourself extra time than the allotted 1-hour tour to take in the view.

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After our tasting, we headed back down to Napa for lunch at Brix. This was the perfect setting for an outdoor lunch with an expansive view. The gardens and vineyard here were stunning and we sat at a large picnic table on the patio overlooking the orchard. This is a great place to do any gift-giving or to simply sit and relax outdoors for a while. 

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After lunch, we returned to Silverado Resort to freshen up before drinks at the Mansion Bar. They have the perfect patio that overlooks the golf course. We ended up heading back to our room afterward for another charcuterie plate and chatted into the evening before another late dinner back at The Grill. The resort is so serene and really conducive to meandering from here to there, with easy little indoor/outdoor settings everywhere. You can even enjoy some bocce ball or cornhole. 

The Birthday

With Sunday being my actual birthday, I knew I wanted to wake up refreshed and ready to enjoy a relaxing day. Silverado Resort has a plethora of pools to choose from, which we took advantage of. I think having multiple resort pools created a more peaceful experience, as it wasn't overcrowded on a 90-degree weekend. Whether you take advantage of their cabana or not, there was plenty of room to have your own little private space.

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white summer bikini
white bikini and denim shorts

After the pool, I headed to my facial at The Spa. In my opinion, a little self-pampering can go a long way and is a must for any special event or occasion like your birthday. Their spa was the most peaceful setting and they offer plenty of space to relax, whether you book a skin service, massage or spa package. Stop by to enjoy their steam room, garden setting or private pool. Their Signature Facial was both relaxing and rejuvenating and my esthetician was personable, knowledgeable and professional. She took all my notes into account and gave me personal recommendations after the treatment.

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While I was enjoying my facial, my boyfriend enjoyed their driving range, which he said was very affordable and I was told the green at Silverado is "like ice." Needless to say, we both finished off the weekend with something we loved that left us feeling renewed and refreshed. 

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Whether you're headed to Wine Country for a birthday weekend, anniversary, girls trip or any getaway, I highly recommend a stay at Silverado Resort and letting Visit Napa Valley help plan your stay, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy yourself.

As always, thank you for reading and don't hesitate to reach out with any questions. 

Tyler

The outfits:

Vici Striped Dress

White Free People Dress

Revolve One Shoulder Top

Ella Moss Bikini

Madewell Lace-Up Sandals

Levi's Shorts

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This post is in collaboration with Silverado Resort and Visit Napa Valley. All thoughts and opinions remain my own.

Vacation Style: Outfit Ideas for Mexico

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I am finally getting around to sharing some of my vacation looks from Mexico! To be honest, I spent much of my days in swimwear and cutoff shorts but showering off the salt water, letting my hair air dry and walking down the cobblestone streets to dinner was one of my favorite parts of the day. I loved having pretty pieces to take me into the evening, even if it was just for tacos and a bucket of beer.

white lace top and cutoff shorts

Denim shorts are obviously a must for warm weather and a Mexico vacation is no exception. I know people have a hard time finding their holy grail cutoff shorts that don't ride up or show too much and these high-rise One Teaspoon shorts are just that for me. Sizing note: Do size UP!

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I ended up buying several dresses from Princess Polly and I was so impressed with the fit and quality. They came with express shipping from Australia to the US and for the few pieces I had to return, I was able to do so with ease. 

I loved this golden mini dress and it has the sweetest, most feminine fit. The spaghetti straps look great with a tan and the knotted bust gave me room for adjustments. Sizing note: I sized UP to a AUS 10 in my Princess Polly pieces. 

I also ADORE these white slide sandals, as I noted in several of the posts I shared on Instagram. They have the most comfortable fit and the white went with everything. I had zero issues walking around in them all day. 

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Another favorite Princess Polly piece was this little white wrap dress. Again, I sized up to the AUS 10 and I loved the flattering silhouette and hints of skin. The back also ties into a bow and I love a back flaunt. 

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black bandeau bikini

My beach and pool-wear was easy, effortless and appropriate for sunbathing, swimming and lounging. These Aerie bandeau tops in black and white were easy to throw on for minimal tan lines and I loved the sporty yet feminine feel of this knotted triangle top. SO on-trend yet the black keeps it classic. They also have amazing prices. 

Random beauty note—I also completely fell in love with this Nyx Wonder Stick for highlighting and contouring. It was so easy to use on no-makeup, pool days for a little something extra. 

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I brought three maxi dresses with me on this trip because they're my favorite for throwing on when you want to feel effortless yet put together in an instant. Bonus points for letting your sunburns and bug bites have some coverage—ha!

I got so many compliments on this gingham maxi dress and I ADORE the relaxed fit of this cream one by Somedays Loving. I definitely recommend bringing an effortless cotton maxi dress in any color. They're perfect for throwing on to head to the pool or dressed up for dinner. 

Another favorite I wasn't able to snag a photo of was this Billabong ruffle maxi dress in cream. 

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vacation style

Skirt separates are a favorite outfit combo of mine, so I made sure to bring a couple options. Wrap skirts are so flattering and are something you can easily throw on with a comfy tank or tee and you can't go wrong with a classic denim number. I love the embroidery on this one from Topshop

If you have a vacation coming up, I'd love to hear what you love wearing! Is it dresses, shorts or skirts? 

As always, thank you for reading!

x, Tyler

Vacation Prep: What to Pack for Mexico

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Planning a vacation is always an exciting thing but undoubtedly almost always comes with added stress, as well. Though once you have your dates lined up, your ticket booked and your time-off requested, in comes the fun stuff: planning your itinerary and, of course, the outfits

I feel lucky to be able to travel to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico at least once a year and thought I would share my vacation planning process, i.e., what I consider essentials in case you're planning a tropical trip of your own. I'm sharing some looks from previous trips but you can see more from my Mexico Vacation Style post from last year, as well. 

So, without further ado, here’s what I pack + a few things I have my eye on:

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Start From The Bottom

Shorts

Skirts

When I'm traveling to a warm-weather destination like Mexico, I always like to start with my favorite bottoms as an easy base for any ensemble. Be sure to bring along essentials like shorts! For a week-long trip, I like to rely on a trusted pair of denim shorts in my favorite wash (light and high-rise), add in one more denim wash (like white) and then bring a couple easy-breezy styles in linen or something lightweight and silky that just feels soft and effortless. Having a couple fun and/or breezy skirts is perfect, as well.

Note: On the plane, I will usually either wear a pair of leggings or jeans I can use in case of cooler nights, though I find I never end up wearing jeans once I get there. Do check the weather though because you can get rain! Leggings come in handy when you want to take off on an active excursion, as well.

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Add Basics

Linen and cotton knits that keep you comfortable and cool are a must and are something that always accompany me on a warm-weather trip. I like to have a couple effortless tanks, tees or bodysuits and even comfy off-the-shoulder styles in neutral tones that will pair with everything. Your basics will be perfect to throw on with any of your shorts/skirts or wear with leggings for day hikes or excursions. 

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Try Tropical Statement Tops

This is my personal favorite part of vacation outfit planning. I tend to rely on classic pieces for my everyday wardrobe but like to be a bit more fun, flirty and festive for my trips to Puerto Vallarta. I still love a fun top in classic white but will also gravitate towards a few more bold tones like yellow, oranges and corals and look for statement sleeves, off-the-shoulder styles and anything with fun hems and details like cutouts, lace and crochet.

Basically, don't be afraid to mix in any of your favorite trends. I also love summery prints like gingham, floral or boho anything and even crop tops that pair perfectly with high-waisted bottoms.

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vacation style
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Dresses, Skirts and Rompers

What’s the easiest thing to throw on in warm weather? Dresses, of course. Pack along a comfy knit, a maxi dress for day and night and, depending on your travel length, 2-3 sweet summer dresses and/or rompers. Again, I love boho details and bold tones here. 

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Swimwear

Swimsuits

Coverups

I like to bring 2-3. One for sunbathing (think bandeau styles for minimal tan lines), a sporty style for outings like jet-skiing, snorkeling, etc. (love a halter for this) and one extra just for fun. I think I might try out a one-piece here but consider cut-outs and off-shoulder styles. Don't forget the coverups! 

Shoes 

I am not one to go all-out with a suitcase full of shoes so having styles that will work with every outfit is a must. I like to bring a “statement” sandal like a gladiator style. I tend to love metallics that look sleek for day or dressed up for dinner but will also bring a pair in a light neutral tone that looks great with a tan. I adore the Dolce Vita Jasmyn or for this. Espadrilles are great, too!

I also recommend bringing a slip-on sandal (flip-flop style) that gives you easy on-and-off access for the beach or pool. Tkees is a great brand for this! I always bring one pair of sneakers that I wear on the plane, as well.

Accessories

Again, I don’t want to haul around a new bag for each outfit so I tend to bring one neutral and small crossbody and one tote bag that I can use for the beach. This can double as your personal item on the plane, too! Just throw your crossbody in there. I missed the straw/rattan bag bandwagon last season but it’s still very “in,” so I have my eye on a few sweet, circle bags. 

In terms of jewelry, I think it can be fun to have a statement piece to dress up an outfit for dinner but it's so hot that I really don't like having anything heavy on me. Save the space and avoid post-packing tangles by opting for your daily basics. These Gorjana rings and a comfy, soft banded watch have become the only things I wear on a tropical trip.

Don't forget your sunglasses! I will be bringing my classic Ray-Ban's but also found a cheap dupe that I can swap in for days spent on the water so I can enjoy myself without the fear of losing them. 

And that's it! If I missed anything or you have any questions, let me know!

If you're looking for a bit more visual inspiration, feel free to follow my Vacation Style board on Pinterest as I add more there. I will share any more updates here as they come and if it's helpful, I can also add another post with what I've purchased!

Safe and happy travels!

xx Tyler

Olive Sweater and Faux Leather Leggings in Carmel

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Shop the Look Below. Sweater: Abercrombie. Leggings: Nordstrom. Boots: Steve Madden. Bag: Rebecca Minkoff. Sunglasses: Ray-Ban via Ditto c/o—get a month free with code GIRLMEETSGOLD. 

A couple weeks ago I went on my annual Christmas-time trip to one of my very favorite places—Carmel! I've been going to Carmel almost every December since I was a baby (probably even before I was born) and it's one of those places that makes my heart happy, especially around the holidays. I swear you could see *THE* actual Santa (like he was the best Santa I ever, ever saw) at the Plaza there. (It wasn't until recently my parents told me he was kind of a drunk). 

We spent a day doing what we always do—stopped off for french onion soup at Patisserie Boissiere (the best!) before walking through town and hitting all the cute shops and heading to the beach. It started off a little chilly, but by midday, it was so nice with the sun out. This Abercrombie olive sweater with zipper detail was so soft and cozy and I loved it paired these affordable faux leather leggings and my Steve Madden over-the-knee boots. I still LOVE these boots, by the way. I read reviews about them slipping, but have had zero issues. 

You'd think for a blogger I'd be better at taking photos in the moment, but I really tend to forget. Apparently I definitely have a thing for doors and alleyways and can remember to Snapchat my food, though. (eye roll). But I promise Carmel is the cutest little beach town with great shopping, dining and beaches. Have you been? 

We, of course, went out for drinks at 3pm and I made everyone take a photo in front of this here Christmas tree. I think I have my mom to thank for this beautiful, blurry snap of my sister and I. If you ever find yourself in the area, I highly recommend stopping in. It's right by Monterey and a quick drive to two more of my favorite places—Santa Cruz and Capitola! 

Thanks for reading! x Tyler

Mexico Vacation and Travel Style

I hope you're all having a wonderful fall! I can't believe it's already almost November. I had a bit of a (welcome) interruption in my season with a trip to Mexico for my sister's wedding. It was an amazing trip and gorgeous wedding with family and friends and I thought I'd share a bit of my travel style with you. 

One of my favorite pieces of the trip had to have been this little white romper from HER Boutique. Honestly, I'm convinced it's a wardrobe staple and can't believe I'm only just owning one. I think I wore it on the second full day of my trip and my sister actually ended up changing into it at the end of her reception, too. It was the perfect way to beat the heat (though I'm honestly still melting here) and is easy to dress up or down. I already can't wait until my next warm-weather trip to wear it. 

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I'm typically not a "skirt person" but I'm so happy I decided on going with a separates look for this trip. This little white swing skirt was another easy staple and is perfect for mixing and matching. I threw it on with this embroidered top for a romantic touch and these Steve Madden "WERKIT" gold gladiator sandals went with everything when I wanted something more than simple sandals. Last time I checked they were on sale and I highly suggest snagging them for next summer season. 

You guys know I love a good off-the-shoulder and this one from Urban Outfitters is real, real good. It's cottony-soft and I love how you can tuck it into jeans (or shorts) for an effortless feel. I paired it with these silky shorts I bought in two colors and now that I'm back to cold, fall weather, I'm thinking they might be my pj's! I get too hot to sleep in pants even in fall and winter—anyone? I also really love this Lucky Brand crossbody that went with everything and is great for every season. 

Free People Free To Be Top

Continuing on my off-the-shoulder theme, this Free People Free to Be top was perfect with white shorts. This is the view from the backside of the building and also my sister and her husband's (!) balcony. 

Topshop off the shoulder romper
Topshop off shoulder romper

I wore this Topshop off the shoulder romper to the rehearsal dinner and it was a great easy-breezy piece. It's currently ON-SALE for 60% off and will be perfect for a warm-weather trip or next years summer staple. 

Casual Summer Street Style

The one top I wore the most (from travel days to thrown on with shorts to over my bikini) was this Gap Softspun Tank. It's crazy soft and perfect to knot for a relaxed look. I sized up to a large for this fit. Again, my gold gladiator sandals kind of ramped up each look and I loved the metallic touch. 

Amsale Bridesmaid Dress
Nouvelle Amsale Ruffle Front Bridesmaid
Amsale Bridesmaid

Finally, my very favorite outfit I wore was my MOH dress. My sister did a mix of colors and styles in blue-grey hues and everyone looked stunning. This one is an Amsale and comes in tons of gorgeous colors—I'm already wondering if I'll be able to re-wear it at some other point in my life. 

I had a lot of people ask what hotel I was staying at, but I'm lucky to have parents who own a place in Puerto Vallarta in Zona Romantica and it's such a gorgeous place. Cobblestone streets, beautiful beaches, great restaurants and amazing people. My family has never been big on all-inclusive resort-like settings and it was nice to have most of our family and friends stay in the same building with us. A lot of owners rent out their units and I highly recommend trying the Airbnb route. Let me know if any more of you have questions about the building or location.

I always try to do at least one new excursion on each trip and while I've been snorkeling there before, we went to a new location just a short 30-minute boat ride away. I also JET SKIED for my first time and loved it. We've been big fans of Vallarta Adventures for trips and adventures. Of course, the wedding was my favorite part, but all in all, it was an amazing trip and I'm already thinking about my next trip there in 2017.

Thanks for reading and following along! x Tyler