“One should always be drunk. That’s all that matters…But with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you choose. But get drunk.”
― Charles Baudelaire

2015 Holiday Gift Guide | Travel, Wine, Wellness

2015 Luxury Gift Guide

Oh, holidays. Are you upon us again already? Yes, time sure does fly when you’re having fun with the people you love. If you’re struggling to think up a unique and thoughtful, yet totally usable gift for them this holiday season, here are some ideas to get you going.


Personalized Luggage Tags | 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

Personalized Luggage Tags: Add a touch of personalization (and personality!) to your stockings this year. Whether looking for a gift for a frequent traveler or just looking for a fun find, these tags can be used for luggage as well as weekender and everyday bags.

Olympus Air A01: The GoPro has earned the reputation of the go-to adventure photography technology, but the Olympus Air brings a different set of cards to the table. This beautifully designed invention turns your cell phone into a mirrorless camera, making it the perfect gift for the on-the-go budding photographer.

Voltaic Solar Laptop Charger Bag: Heading into the wilderness for a day-hike and want to keep your tech charged? This bag will let you do just that.

Bose QuietComfort 25: The days of being bothered by the noise surrounding you on planes are long gone. The Bose QuietComfort 25 headphones are one of the top-rated noise-canceling options on the market. Opt for the noise-canceling earbuds for the light-packing traveler.

Scratch Map: This scratch-off map poster lets you customize the globe and display your travels for all to see. Perfect for the world traveler, it can be framed or mounted on cork board to add push pins of your favorite spots.

Didn’t find quite the right travel gift? Here’s some more inspiration.

Wine, Beer, & Whiskey

Bottled Poetry Playing Cards

“Bottled Poetry” Playing Cards: Perfect for any wine-lover on your list, these playing cards make a great stocking-stuffer or teacher’s gift. Great for entertainment at holiday gatherings this season, too!

Vinturi Aerator: Text

Riedel Wine Glasses: Know someone who has a taste for a specific kind of wine? Riedel has perfected the wine glass for many common varietals. Touted to make your favorite wine taste even better, these glasses are a great gift for any oenophile.

Globe Decanter: This beautiful decanter is a great gift for the global-minded spirit lover.

USA Beer Cap Map: This Etsy find is perfect for the craft beer connoisseur.


Online Yoga Class Subscription: Take yoga with you on the road, or into your own living room with an online subscription. With so many options available, there’s certain to be one that is right for nearly anyone on your gift list.

Yoga Paws: As a frequent traveler, Yoga Paws come in handy as an on-the-go yoga mat alternative. Bonus benefit: they come in handy for hot yoga classes, too. Along with a regular mat and towel, they prevent any slipping and possible risk of injury.

Karma Made Me Do It Water Bottle: I might have gasped and nearly screamed “OMG I NEED THIS” as soon as I saw this quote. And, a water bottle that can bring that level of joy is great for your health (even if it isn’t alwayswater you’re carrying around in there). BPA Free.

Harry Potter Coloring Book: Coloring is one of the latest crazes in the Mindfulness movement. Bookstores are stocked with many different adult coloring book options, and this Harry Potter Coloring Book is perfect for the HP nerd in your life. App Pro Subscription via Apple Store/Google Play: is another tool you can use on-the-go, from the comfort of your own home, and even from your desk. Give those you love a mental break with suggesting the Pro Subscription and a gift card.

And many more where those came from!


Audible Subscription: For the fervorous reader in your life, an Audible subscription will let them take their library with them wherever they go.

The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation: Thich Nhat Hanh has a gift for explaining mindfulness in a relatable way. This book (any many of his others) is a great resource for those looking to learn more about mindfulness and meditation.

Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine: Know someone looking to learn more about wine? Wine Folly is one of the best resources for learning all about wine, for beginners and experts alike.

J. Raymond Spades | 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

Spades by J. Raymond: J. Raymond has a way of reminding you of the intensity of your inner strength, and just how valuable you truly are. This poetry collection is a perfect gift for the strong young woman in your life.

Rising Strong: Brené Brown is known for her research on vulnerability with a number of best sellers under her belt. Her newest release, Rising Strong, is another empowering read that will inspire individuals and families to connect with the people in their lives on a deeper level.

And too many others to list. Take a peek at my Nightstand for more ideas and friend me on Goodreads!

Tasting Notes: 1000 Stories Bourbon Barrel-Aged Zin

Notable Wine: 1000 Stories Bourbon Barrel-Aged Zinfandel

Bourbon barrel-aged zin is one of my new favorite obsessions. Zinfandel is one of my favorite wine varietals, and this is so far my favorite zin discovery. A perfect balance between jammy fruit, spice, tannin, and acidity, 1000 Stories Bourbon Barrel-Aged Zinfandel is a steal for the quality you get.
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#thiscallsforsomebubbly | Celebrating Progress

#ThisCallsForSomeBubbly {Or, Celebrating Progress}

“You are imperfect, you are wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.” -Brené Brown

One of my life’s mantras recently has become “#ThisCallsForSomeBubbly”. Used in many of my social media posts, it extends far beyond a hashtag into my new way of looking at life. The American culture has us conditioned to only break out the champagne for major life events: engagements, marriage, promotions, large business wins, and other moments where we can easily pin-point a monumental milestone of positive change. Continue reading

Frey Field Blend Red Wine

Wine Of The Week: Frey Biodynamic Field Blend + Yellowfin Tuna Salad Recipe

This lush red wine was a fabulous random pick off of the Whole Foods’ shelf. I had typically stayed away from “red” or “white” generic labels until I realized that these are only labeled “red” or “white” because they are a blend of different varietals. In no way does that effect the quality of the wine; in many cases it can enhance the flavor profile and increase the complexity. Continue reading