Saturday, September 5, 2015

Last Bits of Summer..




It's Labor Day weekend, our last hurrah before sweaters, crunchy leaves and don't even mention the pumpkin lattes like my sons have been doing! Let's keep the summer mindset people- at least for the next three days!!

I made this collage of some of my favorite summer images. I think I'm sad because summer means leisure time to me and I don't want it to go!

In that spirit, let us not speak of fall right now and squeeze a bit more summer in shall we??



This is my 50th birthday weekend. I was actually born on Labor Day! Funny isn't it? (My poor mom wasn't relaxing, but in a hospital having me in 1965!)

I'm staying in town this weekend and doing a few things close to home.  I've kicked off the birthday weekend with a trip to a local winery yesterday for a picnic with the hubs who took the day off to hang with me. Picchetti Winery is located on near the Monte Bello Open Space Preserve and you can combine a hike in this beautiful area and end it with wine tasting and a picnic lunch on their pretty grounds. I think Picchetti is a gem and their wines are truly some of the finest I've ever had.












 Max and I shared our picnic with peacocks and a few roosters who free-range here. The setting is pure California with golden rolling hills, barns, and fruit trees dotting the surrounding trails! A terrific day trip if you want to stay close to home, but want to fully enjoy the last weekend of summer. I recommend the Pavone (Italian for peacock) white wine, the Rose and the Petite Sirah. When I visit places like Picchetti I realize how spoiled we Northern Californians are for beautiful destinations and amazing wines.



To keep you in the summer mindset check out some fun links...



Loved this sweet and simple wedding of Chloe Malle in Provence on Vogue today. Her mom Candice Bergen had a little hand in planning the darling details. such as these special espadrilles for everyone.



Sandy, from You May Be Wandering has a good post on the perfect carry-on bag. I am hoping to get a new one as I am planning a getaway later this month.

Tamera Beardsley is my go to for beautiful home styling and has some tips to make the home pretty with natural elements that fit this end of summer time of year! ( No leaves and pinecones yet people!)

Naomi of Coulda Shoulda Woulda wrote a fun piece on buying a French Chateau and why there is so many on the market. Who doesn't fantasize about this?

The ultimate city girls' guide to camping is on Tiffany's Sunshine Daydream blog this week. She not only has destinations, but some yummy camp meals to cook too. I love her photography so much it's always an escape just to visit her beautiful blog!

Dale of Savvy Spice is a new mama and has this terrific article about surviving vacations with a newborn! Looks like Dale's doing a great job so far.

For a lot more thought on the end of summer Heather of StyleMindChic and Jennifer of A Well Styled Life are having their Friday Lifestyle Linkup with lots of fun blog posts to check out.

Lastly, this fun post from Ellie of Have Some Decorum reminds us of the sheer joy of summer popsicles as kids and has some artsy adult versions to try if you are entertaining.

 I'm off to San Francisco today for a little daytrip. 

Happy weekend everyone!! Find some summer!


(Sharing my lunch with a rooster!)

Kim

25 comments :

  1. Have a wonderful birthday weekend Kim. Happy 50th!!!

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  2. Happy Birthday, looks like a fun day!

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  3. Happy Birthday Kim! You are looking so gorgeous as usual and with your beautiful skin just glowing. What a lovely way to celebrate your day.
    I can feel summer slipping away and while I look forward to back-to-school I'm definitely going to miss the pace, we've had a great summer with lots of fun.
    I had to laugh because my 13yo started talking about pumpkin lattes two days ago, I said No Not Yet!
    Have a wonderful birthday week XO

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    1. Dani you are too kind. Funny those kids have pumpkin latte's on the brain! Glad your summer was relaxing and fun! xo

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  4. Happy Birthday! Hope its a fabulous weekend filled with celebration!

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  5. Happy Happy Happy Birthday dear Kim!!!!! 50 is a big one and very exciting. I have a feeling you are truly going to enjoy your 50's. I know I do. It sounds like your celebration weekend is off to a fantastic start. That winery sounds like a local gem. Thanks for joining our lifestyle linkup with your beautiful blog.
    Cheers to you today!! xx

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    1. Thank you lovely Heather!! I am hoping then 50s are as good as you make them look!! xo

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  6. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!#STYLEFOCUS sent me because I"M NOT getting your POSTS AGAIN!Honest to GOD...........I"M NOT getting quite a few I have realized this last week.MAybe thats a GOOD thing as I have been wanting to DISCONNECT for awhile..........at least I AM HERE TO WISH YOU HAPPY HAPPY DAY!Ellie and her popsicles were HYSTERICAL......................I would imagine YOU would try that!!!

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    1. Thank you Contessa!! Hmm I wonder what is up with the posts. I subscribe and get them.. Can you resubscribe? Miss you... We still need to celebrate your bd. xo

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  7. Happy Birthday Dear Kim!! So much great inspiration here! I was down at the Lake enjoying the sparkling blue water, colorful and mesmerizing sunsets and the lush surroundings!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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    1. Thank you Karena. That sounds like the perfect Labor Day weekend! xoxo

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  8. I'm a little late here but I hope you had a wonderful 50th birthday weekend and celebration!

    Linda
    xo

    P.S. You do NOT look 50...AT ALL. ;)

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    1. Linda thank you so much. It was really nice...Always having a holiday weekend on your birthday...You are very sweet! xo

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  9. I wish you " un joyeux anniversaire ", I hope this day was a great Bday for you !!!! I read Naomi's post on buying a French Château...many owners must sell to pay estate expenses... Anyway it's not easy to buy and to sell a home in a foreign country. Enjoy your trip to San Francisco.
    A bientôt,
    Anne-laure

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    1. Anne-Laure, Merci-beaucoup! So that is why there are so many estates to be had! I can imagine how they can be cumbersome and it is hard to manage an old estate..One must need a ton of money!! xo

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  10. Happy Birthday Kim and welcome to the "50" club! I will have to check out that winery.

    Kelley

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    1. Kelley if you are part of the 50 club then I am happy to join! You look amazing. Yes go visit some weekend to the winery! It's so fun. xo

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  11. Happy Birthday! I cannot believe you are fifty!! I thought you were about my son's age!!

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  12. Happy Happy Birthday darling!! and welcome to your 50's! I'm with Heather and think they can be pretty fabulous with the right intent! And you y dear are looking absolutely fabulous!!

    xoxo
    Tamera

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  13. you look so darn young! can't believe your 50?!! what is your secret?

    I must sy not that we ever have a hot summer but there have been worse yet today the heating came on of its own accord. It is getting darker earlier - over here the lack of daylight is our biggest turn rather than temperature...

    I wish you all the best and fun for your 50's again Kim xx

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