Glamour & Grace in Leopard

An essential for my daily glamour and style is provided by Bitter Root Vintage, a well curated vintage-inspired retailer that specializes in 1940s and 50s era styled dresses and accessories.brv 1-2019 f1Vintage dresses possess such an elegant alluring image inspiring one to relive such an era of sophistication with the utmost grace. Finding a practical vintage-inspired dress for an upcoming social event or dinner for two, may present itself as a task until now with Bitter Root Vintage.

My official debut with the online boutique launched in January 2015 with their Blue Sapphire Lace Dress (here). In that post I shared my experience from unwrapping something so special that words couldn’t describe. Carole, the owner of Bitter Root Vintage prides her business with exceptional and personalized client care. Which comes in the form of handwritten letters and an occasional black & white photograph completed with a satin bow.leopard heels 1-2019From this introduction I’ve worn dozens of her dresses for premium San Francisco Fashion Shows, Wine tasting experiences in Napa, UK millinery collaborations and several television interviews. However, the dress that holds dear to my heart came on June 6, 2016 shortly after I was diagnosed as a Type 1 Diabetic titled, “Embrace the Unbinding Courage within the Journey”

In this post I shared the journey of my diagnosis and how it forever changed my life in ways I couldn’t explain. Feeling oh so lovely and strong while I stood on an abandoned train deck I couldn’t be more blessed to be wearing such a dress from such a beautiful woman. I am thankful to Carole for her support through my diabetics journey. Owning pieces that are authentic vintage in combination to designs from Bitter Root Vintage truly bring life to an era gone by with glamour and grace.
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Bitter Root Vintage, Tiny Steps Sheath. 1960s L.C. Maes Globetrotter Trench Coat (similar here, here & here). Sam Edelman ‘Hazel‘ Pumps. Vintage accessories (similar here, here & here). Beauty c/o Cover FX. The Perfect Red c/o Hickey Lipstick. Photo Credit: rf_fisher_photography.


Holiday Cheer with FitVine Wine


IMG_3450Those with diabetes (like myself) may often run into social dilemmas of being offered a glass of wine, leaving many to wonder, “What is the protocol for drinking wine when you have diabetes?”. How much is too much, what types are healthier and why.

Wine consumption is still seen today as a sophisticated experience even for those who struggle with diabetes. While some will contend that drinking alcohol in combination of being a diabetic isn’t the healthiest choice, however many will find several health benefits from doing so. Medical studies have linked wine to lowering blood pressure and higher HDL (“good”) cholesterol, better insulin sensitivity, and a reduced risk of cancer, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.

Perhaps a glass of wine shouldn’t be overlooked when there are brands such as FitVine. With 5 wine choices: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Rose, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Prosecco and a special Holiday Red Blend which all have less sugar, sulfites, carbs and calories. IMG_3464FITVINE WINE “about” section:
“Resveratrol, polyphenols and proanthocyanidins are found in higher concentrations in grape skins from grapes grown in higher, cooler elevations. Resveratrol is a member of a group of plant compounds called polyphenols. These compounds are thought to have antioxidant properties, protecting the body against the kind of damage linked to increase risk for conditions such as cancer and heart disease. Resveratrol is found in the skin of the grape. Our wines can have up to 10x higher levels of Resveratrol than other wines.
Our grapes are grown in higher places such as here in the Sierra foothills above 2000′ elevation. Wines made from grapes from this area and elevation aid in the strength and concentration of beneficial compounds compared to warmer weather grapes. Our answer to this is a minimum of 10 day, extended whole cluster fermentation for maximum skin and seed contact.”IMG_3442IMG_3436I enjoyed the rich, bold decadent blend of black fruits, dark raspberry and chocolate it’s full body of robust favor hits the palette with a smooth taste with medium acidity and long legs. I felt it was well-balance right out of the bottle with little no decanting time. From the typically 5-ounce glass of wine that have approximately 120 calories I found the fact that FitVine only have an average of 3.0 carbs to be the healthier choice moving forward this holiday season.

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