An Evening at Markham

Just in time for harvest, I shared a lovely evening with industry leaders, media acquaintances & fellow lovers of Merlot at Markham Vineyards. The anticipated Legends of Merlot Harvest Dinner was held at within the vineyards historic barrel room.

Founded in 1874, Markham has always taken pride in operating and producing some of Napa’s best wines which embody unique characteristics, aromatics, and flavors. Located in the heart of St. Helena, right off of Highway 128, guest can always expect to become enchanted from the wineries historic and modern design.

“It’s so invigorating to be in Napa Valley or at this beautiful winery. When it smells like harvest, you can smell the grapes, it’s alive and it’s fantastic. It’s a fantastic job.”

Kimberlee Nicholls – Winemaker, Markham Vineyards

This premiere Legends of Merlot Harvest Dinner featured a quaint reception in their large tasting room which is now since the event under construction. From the elegant champagne flutes topped with bubbles, guest mingled among one another while a few special announcements were made. After which guest collectively made their way to the barrel room which housed an intimate number of tables with approximate & comfortable seating arrangements’. Entering in wearing a 1970s beaded jumpsuit by Susan Roselli, paired with black patent designer heels in addition to my often-worn black beaded earrings. I was ready to experience what the evening had in store.

From a rather quick scheduled photo-shoot with Photographer, Bryan Gray to a well curated three-course dinner courtesy of Elaine Bell Catering, guest had the opportunity to connect with Markham Winemaker, Kimberlee Nicholls while enjoying a full range of exquisite Merlot and a live jazz band.

Thank you, Markham Vineyards & Blaze PR, for the special invitation as well as my fashionable plus one (LuvVon Brown) who joined me for the experience.

Susan Roselli Jumpsuit, similar style here.
Foundation CHANEL, Lipstick MAC Cosmetics 
Holistic Skincare c/o Liv + Grace
Red Nail Polish, Red Carpet Manicure
Wine & Location c/o Markham Vineyards
Photography c/o Bryan Gray

A Reason to Trust

What is perfect timing, and does it even exist? The answer is YES, only if you allow it. In order to trust the timing of your life you MUST first trust that everything has a place. If a relationship or a job failed it had a place in your life at that distinct time, maybe it sparked a spiritual awakening or it could have sent you on a different direction that led you to abundance. It all starts with asking this, what is my purpose? What mission am I here to accomplish, experience and share with other?

Remember it’s not about feeding the flesh, living a life out of your means rather it’s about serving your soul. To find your purpose you must find God, love yourself and do soul things.

How to Trust Time?

In order to trust time, it again comes back to having blind trust to the bigger picture that is being laid out in your life. After you have allowed the timing of your life to unfold knowing that every moment is exactly where you need to be the changes will start to pour into others. This means trusting yourself and your intuition and knowing what the truth is. When it is time for you to take action, you will feel it deep down inside.

 Everything I need comes to me in the perfect, place and time.

Living more authentic through time

Trust that living a more authentic life always starts with living through a lens of more joy and less fear. I personal have developed a strong relationship with God and I find more than ever I no longer allow nonsense or foolishness to disturb my peace. I believe that no matter where you are in the world or your life, we all have a spiritual team, guides and angels that are helping us navigate life’s challenges with love.

If you can come to terms that you are where you need to be and let go of what is out of your control, I promise you will not only see a difference, you will experience the feeling too.

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Foundation CHANEL, Lipstick MAC Cosmetics Nails, Red Carpet Manicure
Tufted Linen Rolled Arm Sofa, Wayfair


The Art of Glamour

Glamour is an illusion, a form of mystery revealing a fragile state that changes with time.

Glamour, from my perspective, is defined as recreation from all facets of our lives. Perhaps the best way to describe it is with a ravishing red lipstick, a sensual hourglass silhouette, and style inspiration from such mavens as Rita Hayworth, Ava Gardner, and Jayne Mansfield. While many may attempt to aim for class or sophistication, many will miss the mark, for there are so many ways we can make unknowing missteps. Glamour is the feeling of beauty, with an undertone of femininity, while looking like a lady for all occasions.

From a sense of seduction that cannot be afforded, I find it to be inherited by one’s genetic makeup rather than being perceived in any other form. My grammarian persona exudes through my vintage style & writing, which I use as a visual platform to embrace glamour as an inspiration. Both grammar and glamour embody a set of rules that assist people to articulate themselves and be understood as a form of confidence – which is the goal.

You only see, what I want you to see.

The trick to glamour is quite like black magic; you see me, and yet you don’t. You only see what I bring to my outer self or how I create it as my own. You only see what I want you to see.

The beauty of glamour is that I actually control how much you witness, and I promise to not cast any spells on you.
Vintage Velvet Gown, similar here
Rhinestone Accessories found on Etsy
Faux Fur Stole, similar here
Foundation CHANEL, Lipstick MAC Cosmetics 
Wine & location c/o Lineage Wine Company
Images c/o James Adams Photography