Blue Maxi in a Sea of Garden Roses

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Happy Monday! The Monday after Mother’s Day always gives me an extra bit of appreciation for everything. My mom, my son, my sweet little family + all of the adventures we get to have together on this journey seem to remind me what matters most + just how blessed I am. As I was looking through my recent outfits + deciding what to post I couldn’t help but feel this overwhelming sense of joy + gratitude. Sometimes we lose ourselves in the day to day + forget how lucky we are to have the ones we love surround us + remind us what a gift each day, month +Β year really is. Spending Sunday with my son + my mom seemed to snap some of that into perspective. Whenever I’m down or stressed or thinking about all the things I need to get done/do better/be more of, I look at my sweet little toddler + I realize I have exactly what I need right there in my arms. And that I am exactly who I need to be + that that is exactly enough. Sigh, as sappy + mushy as that sounds- it’s just so good to remember. So thank you to my son for giving my heart a reason to beat + rejoice each + every day.

Now, diving back into Napa! I was not kidding about the lush gardens + beautiful breath taking landscape that covers wine country. While each winery could not be more different from one another there was one common thread: beautiful, lush gardens full of garden roses, lavender, flowers, fruit trees, giant palm trees, and all types of greenery I can’t even begin to name. Even someone with a black thumb like me could appreciate the care + love that went into growing each + every plant.Β Nickel + Nickel WineryΒ is set just off St. Helena Highway in a great white Queen Anne-style house with horses frolicking in the “front yard” as you pull up. The main house on the property was originally built in 1884 and restored in 2002. Out through the back doors there are two restored barns set among the sprawling hills of grapevines upon grapevines against the backdrop of the mountains. It’s truly so stunning to see.

The day we toured it was hot outside but popping in + out of air conditioning (plus sitting outside for long stretches while sippin’ some cold white wine) meant shorts weren’t the best choice. Instead I opted for this swingy, twirly blue maxi dress paired with some cognac espadrilles, my favorite Panama hat, and my tasseled Rebecca Minkoff bag. This dress is from last season but they do have it in stock this season in a gorgeous navy + berry color as well as two floral print options! It’s such a comfortable dress that instantly makes me feel taller + I love how it ties across the back making the neckline a bit adjustable to suit your shape. I also just love pairing any blue hue with cognacs, browns, + rich camel colors – opposites attract πŸ˜‰

If it was chilly inside I threw a floral print cardigan over it but this dress would pair well with a nice supple suede jacket or jean jacket too. Sometimes there’s just something so easy about a one-piece-throw-on-and-done-outfit that I can’t resist. Plus, this little number travels well- not a wrinkle in sight after being rolled + somewhat stuffed into a suitcase!

Hope you have a wonderful start to the week. And extra x’s+o’s to all the mamas out there. Jules.

same dress, different colorΒ {on sale for a steal} //Β another gorgeous light blue optionΒ //Β similar color maxiΒ //Β cognac wedgesΒ {limited sizing available} //Β similar color + in this season’s ‘it’ styleΒ //Β loving these cognac espadrillesΒ //Β floral print cardiΒ {on sale + goes with everything} //Β exact panama hatΒ {my favorite one I’ve found! It fits my noggin so well} //Β gorgeous white tasseled bagΒ //Β budget friendly tasseled white bagΒ //

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