Buffalo evokes numerous memories for me: The city where I was born, my trip to Yellowstone Park winters ago to see the massive beasts covered in snow, or even the David Mamet play, American Buffalo. Well, Buffalo check is also a pattern of plaid that seems to be all the rage lately. I bought this buffalo check shirt from Zara in two colors because I liked the style and fit so much. Today I am wearing the black and white version. To jazz it up I added some neon notes for a bit of a wintry, wooly 80s vibe. Now I guess I can add buffalo check to not only my wardrobe, but also my repertoire of associations with the word, buffalo!
I recently read a list of 10 things women in their thirties should not wear. One of the things on that list was glitter, and while the article seemed to focus on glittery make-up it might just apply to footwear too. Well, I am just going to disregard that list. Especially around the holidays. Who doesn't want to be bedecked in glittery shoes this time of the year? When I first bought these Fifi shoes from Christian Louboutin my husband described them as something that were the product of a kindergarten craft project gone awry. But just like the guy (I am going to assume that he was a guy) who made the list, I say: who cares! I hope to wear these to an upcoming Las Vegas trip because I think the ostentatious glitter will fit in on the strip.
I bought the above shoes a few years ago, and I will have to say that due to the heel height, plus the fact that they are covered in glitter, I don't wear them too often. Below is a more afordable solution that I picked up this year from Simply Soles. These are glittery flats from Butter. I picked mine up Cyber Monday for $100 a piece and just like Christian Louboutin they are made in Italy. I think they'll be a nice way to add a little sparkly to any outfit this time of year, plus they'll probably leave a trail of glitter!
It's easy to get in a rut this time of the year. As winter rolls around we tend to gravitate towards drab colors. I've certainly reached for my share of greys and browns in the last few weeks as opposed to the bright hues I'm known for. Or I'll catch myself pairing red and green plaid with just about everything I can think of. (Although I don't know if I could ever get sick of plaid!) Today I chose this rainbow sweater from Gap that's cozy and definitely not short on colors, however the colors are muted just enough so that it pairs well with earth and jewel tones like these "Merlot" colored pants.
I actually bought this sweater as an impulse buy at Gap; it was $25 and I couldn't resist. Writing this reminds me that the Gap gave me a little card to enter for a chance to win a trip. I better go do that, although I doubt I'll win. I never win anything! Case in point, the woman in front of me in line at Anthropologie won a $100 gift certificate to the store. I kept thinking if only I hadn't gone back for one more trip to the sale rack. Oh, well, one day I'll get my pot of gold!
I think I'd make a good "lady who lunches". First of all, I like getting dressed up for anything, even if it's just a simple lunch. Second of all, I like to go out for lunch at fancy restaurants (well, any restaurant really!) and I love to eat. (Although I am not sure how much actual eating ladies who lunch do. I think they may prefer to drink their lunches!) Last of all, I have observed that many of the pieces that I am adding to my wardrobe are starting to veer on the more "mature" or shall I say "classic" side lately. Take, for example, this "vintage" J. Crew jacket that I picked up on eBay for about $21. It's classic, but in a fun color. I think that's the key for me: picking classic pieces, but finding unconventional and quirky ways to make them my own, like pairing the jacket with my skirt featuring a plethora of shoes.
So while unfortunately I don't have the unlimited bank account that would be
essential for spending my days shopping and eating out without working like a true lady who lunches, one can dream about it and shop on eBay!
I'm not quite sure how you are supposed to interpret this Hugo Guinness for J. Crew tee which has "masterpiece" scrawled across the front for all to see. By wearing it are you declaring to the world that you are a masterpiece? Are you stating that your outfit is a masterpiece? Maybe you're just someone who likes to appreciate good art? Well, I decided that this possibly incredibly pompous statement should just be taken tongue-in-cheek by the one who is wearing it. Truth be told, my real motivation for buying it was to wear it as a compliment to some of my "artsy" prints, such as this "Abstracted Plaid" midi skirt from Anthropologie. My spotted clutch also has a touch of the artistic temperament, so it was the perfect day to feel like a masterpiece of disparate, yet artistic prints!
This post, my final one of our trip to Paso Robles, has it all: more wine, statues of boars, poodles, miniature ponies, vicious ostriches and heaping bowls of split pea soup. With so much to cover in just one post, let me start from the beginning. On the way home, we visited one last winery in Paso Robles. In my opinion, we saved the best for last because Eberle Winery is the real deal and makes some of the best wine around in my opinion. Its founder, Gary Eberle, is one of the pioneers of Paso Robles and really should be credited with putting the area on the map as a destination for quality wines.
Below I am posing in front of the vineyards of Eberle and a giant boar, because Eberle means boar in German, so boars are everywhere at the vineyard and tasting room as you will see below.
Below are some casks of Eberle wine, which are located in caves beneath the winery. We took a tour to get a behind the scenes look at how they make, store and age their wines.
A few glimpses at the tasting room at Eberle are shown below. Clearly, they have won many accolades for their wines, especially their Cabernet. The boar's head with the goggles shows the owner's sense of humor.
Outside the tasting room is another boar. If you look at the last picture, you will see Gary Eberle, the man and legend sitting and enjoying a glass of what I presume is a Reserve Cabernet with his standard poodle. I seriously would love to own a vineyard and this picture illustrates very nicely why. Starting off the day by sitting outside my tasting room with my dog enjoying a brimful glass of wine? Yes, please!
After Eberle, we hopped in the car and started making our way to Solvang, home of Quicksilver ranch where the miniature ponies roam! I've wanted to go to this place ever since seeing it featured on Huell Howser.
While these ponies sure are cute, it was pretty tough to get a picture of one with its head up. Apparently their lives consist of grazing on grass and it's pretty hard to tear them away from this task!
Another thing we did in Solvang, which was unplanned, was visit an ostrich farm. We were on our way to the ponies and saw the sign and decided we had to stop. How could you not stop after seeing a sign like the one below?
For what comes out to be $5 per person, you too can visit these ostriches and feed them. Let me just offer a warning: these birds are scary! You will feel like you're in Jurassic Park when the Velociraptors are testing the fence by pecking at it and looking at the humans like they are dinner.
This is never a good sign!
I would not want this beak chomping down on me or poking me in the eye!
This is what it's like to feed these feisty ostriches! It's a frightening experience, as their pecking is violent and they follow your every move with their beady little eyes!
Good bye crazy ostriches! I hope the next time I'll see one of you is on my next purse!
As dusk fell, we made our way to the last stop on our trip: Split Pea Andersen's in Buelton. They've been splitting peas since 1928, so you know it must be good!
The inside of the restaurant isn't anything spectacular, but it is quaint; a perfect stop after a long day of watching grazing ponies and enduring the wrath of the ostriches!
Obviously I had to try Andersen's world famous Traveler's Special, which consists of an endless bowl of split pea soup, bread and a milkshake. The fixin's are extra, $3 to be precise, but I would recommend ordering them because you need a little something to jazz up the soup!
All fixin's in and swimming in my soup!
When you're done with your soup you'll see the characters Hap-Pea and Pea-Wee at the bottom of your bowl. I ordered two bowls and I was stuffed. Just like the day before with the wine, I think I got a little pea souped out. It will be a while before I'll crack open another can to have at home. They do sell Andersen's at the supermarket and the 99 Cent Only store, so if you want a taste, you don't have to drive all the way to Buelton.
Well, we've come to the end of the road of my trip to Paso Robles. Below, I am standing at one of the other missions we went to near Solvang, La Purisima. It is beautiful, but I figured that my readers might be a little sick of all of the missions. To be honest, as with the wine and split pea soup, I too got a little tired of missions, but it was a wonderful trip and I appreciate you coming along for the journey!