5 Wines I’ve Bought This Summer

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This post from Meg reminded me that I’ve been meaning to do a wine roundup this summer, so here we are! Full disclosure here: I don’t know much about wine…at all. It’s kind of embarrassing; I’ll drink (and generally enjoy) most things, but am partial to light and crisper types on a hot summers day or night.

If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you may recall that I do nearly all of my grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s. So naturally, that’s who stocks my wine rack! A few of these are definitely exclusive to TJs, so hopefully you have access to one. Also–while I’ve graduated from Three Buck Chuck, the sub-$12 varieties consistently get my business. Here are five goodies I picked up this summer…

Le Ferme Julien Rosé, $5.99: First off, cute label. Taste wise, it’s crisp and on the drier side. TJs says it pairs great with pastrami or a tomato salad…I’d agree, but can can say it tastes great with anything–even by itself.

Les Portes de Bordeaux Rosé, $6.99: This has probably been my favorite rosé/wine in general this summer…it’s a combination of dry and sweet thanks to the fruity tones…you can definitely taste some strawberry. Not to bring this up again, but the label…looove. It’s light and no-nonsense…highly recommend!

Espiral Vinho Verde, $4.99: I don’t really know how to describe this except for that it’s really light, refreshing, and is almost a little bubbly. It’s wonderful! TJ’s description does say it has a “light sparkle,”….so that makes sense… composition wise, it’s made from grapes that are harvested before they’re fully ripe. This wine also has a lower alcohol content than many others!

Barbadillo Castillo de San Diego, $5.99: Slightly sweet, light, and crisp (like everything else I’ve drank this summer). I’d say this falls into the “nothing special, but very solid” category. A good one to have in the fridge for impromptu gatherings–just like my friend and I did for an hour during Bachelor in Paradise last night!

Kung Fu Girl Riesling, $11.49: A friend first introduced this to me four or five years ago and it’s probably my favorite riesling. The description says it has peachy and lychee notes, and I can definitely tell (that’s a lot coming from me…someone please recommend a good wine course). Grab a bottle for next time you get takeout Indian food!*

*Riesling pairs well with Asian food–I do know that much :)

I’d love to know: are there any great wines you’ve tried this summer? Send ’em this way!

Best Everyday Totes

Best Everyday Totes

Madewell Transport ToteL.L. Bean Boat ToteStreet Level Reversible ToteOld Navy Faux-Leather ToteCuyana Classic Leather Tote

[PSA before we get started: today is the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale, one of their only two years a year. It’s amazing–trust me! See yesterday’s post for deets and shop here!]

We’re right at that back to school time of year and whether or not you’re personally in school or just going to work daily (maybe starting a first job, for some of you?), it’s fun to get into the spirit. I mean, I’m sure a lot of us love to buy desk (it sounds weird to call them “school”) supplies all the time, right? Same goes for bags–no matter what your day looks like, we all need a roomy tote to fit everything…lunch, workout clothes, heels, a laptop, etc.

In addition to the five listed above, there’s always the classic, always safe Longchamp Le Pliage and if you’re looking for something a little more high-end, consider this Gigi New York beauty or this structured Kate Spade. This Mark & Graham one that has a cool stripe (can also be personalized), and of course I have to mention my “dressy” tote (so when I’m not using my L.L. Bean or this one)…the Kate Spade Cedar bag. It just fits a 13″ MacBook, too!

Before shopping tomorrow’s Lilly sale…

Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale

Grab your wallets, it’s time to shopppp!

Some of you may have already heard the news, but the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale–the brand’s semi-annual sale…they literally only have two sales a year–starts tomorrow at 8am! This is where I buy most of my Lilly clothing…the deals are good (we’re talking over 50% off) and there’s a huge range of items available. Plus, shipping is free!

I do a post like this every time, so am going to try and keep it short (sorry if you couldn’t care less about Lilly…but I know many of you do, so want to make sure we can all shop the sale easily and get what we want :))

– The sale starts at 8am tomorrow (Monday, 8/22) and goes until Tuesday, 8/23 at 11:59pm EST. It takes place online and in all corporate-owned Lilly stores.

Make an account. This is soo important…make a Lilly account today and log in, because the site will be down tomorrow from 6:30-8am. Once you’re logged in, checking out will be a breeze.

– Be ready a few minutes before 8am EST: They’ve been using a virtual line setup for the past few sales, and it’s worked really well. Basically, you should try to get on the site exactly a couple minutes before 8:00, keep refreshing, and once the sale goes live, you’ll be put into a “virtual waiting room.” It’s not unlike buying concert tickets…basically once it’s your turn, you’re allowed to shop the sale.

*Note: the line moves pretty quickly…don’t be afraid if there are thousands of people in front of you! And definitely don’t refresh, or you’ll lose your spot in line.

Only plan to check out once. Add everything you want to your cart and checkout one time. Once you pay, you’ll be taken back to the virtual waiting room and will have to wait to shop again. The next tip will help you move fast…

Sort by size and item. This saves you from sifting through items that are already sold out in your size, and you can focus on the specific types of items you’re looking to buy. No point in pining over that $40 dress that’s only available in an XS when you could be shopping for something else that will fit you!

All sales are final. I generally hate shopping final sale, but the good news is that most Lilly pieces seem to fit fit true to size, and worse case something doesn’t fit, you can generally recover your cost by reselling the item. Don’t be the jerk who buys things just to resell them, but if you’re stuck with something that doesn’t fit as expected, rest assured you probably won’t be stuck with it.

The After Party FAQ page answers everything, so go there if you’re a first time shopper or have any more questions. Happy Shopping!!