Friday, December 14, 2012


Top, via Poshmark/ Mossimo pants/ Qupid Heels/ Deux Lux Bag/ Sophie Watch
This year's birthday completely crept up on me; it doesn't even feel like I had a birthday! I guess I've been so busy with work and wedding planning that it just didn't seem important this year. Of course my fiance and family still made it extra special even though I wasn't really up for celebrating. Here are a few highlights from my day.

Benihana & Karaoke in Japantown
Amazing gift from the Mister
Bubbles and bites at our favorite winery
Balloons from Mama K
A new scarf from a friend (so my nephew wore my old one!)
Tic Tac Toe with my niece

Monday, December 3, 2012

Just Engaged, in the Vineyards

INC Top/ Forever 21 Pants/ Spike the Punch Necklace/ Qupid Heels/ Michael Kors Watch/ Forever 21 Bracelets/ Bauble Bar Cuff
Ever since the day that I knew Giancarlo was 'The One' I had mentally started planning our wedding. Our perfect wedding would be at Concannon, our favorite winery in Livermore in front of the gorgeous Glen Ellen Victorian Home with a tented reception on their large, lush green lawn. We talked about it every time we went there and even 'practiced' our ceremony. Well once we were actually engaged we went to the vineyard to get information and start planning our day and our dreams were shattered when they told us they were doing construction and wouldn't be booking any weddings for 2013. It's hard to explain how let down we were but it honestly felt a bit like I had been dumped! 

We went on to fall in love with another venue just down the road and of course are over the moon with excitement for our wedding day. But we still knew that we had to incorporate our favorite winery into our wedding somehow. So as we planned our engagement session with our photographer, we decided to use it as our main location. We've celebrated many other occasions at Concannon, (birthdays, holidays, Valentine's day) so it was very meaningful for us to celebrate a bit of our wedding there as well. 

I was soooo nervous the day of our engagement photo shoot! Giancarlo was so completely calm that you'd think he was the one who had his own personal style blog. Thankfully, our photographer Gladys (and a little bit of bubbly) quickly helped me feel at ease as we walked around the vineyard playing games and chatting while she snapped photos of us. I am so happy with how all of the pictures turned out and how Gladys was able to truly capture the happiness and love we were feeling in the moment. 

Here are just a few of our favorites :-)