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The Farm at Carneros Resort and Spa

Tucked away off of Sonoma Highway, the Carneros Resort and Spa is one of the most luxurious properties I have had the privileged to visit. Serene and calm, the property is an expansive foray into luxury and relaxation. My photographer Sam and I went to visit The Farm and to grab an afternoon Arnold Palmer to cool down. If you ever have the opportunity to visit the restaurant, or to book a spa session, I hope that you do! Many locals seek out the resort and spa as a welcome reprieve from the day to day grind. I recommend booking a restaurant reservation at The Farm, and playing a game of Jenga with the large oversized pieces. You'll feel refreshed in no time.

I seem to be busier than ever these days, and to keep up with the going-on of things I have been working on keeping my work wardrobe as fuss-free as possible. The one issue that I very much want to avoid however, is the accidental removal of the joy of getting dressed. Often when I hear others speak of simplifying behaviors (such as eating, or dressing), it seems that an element of joy is lost in the act. There is joy in the simple things, if done well. I think it is important to keep the element of chic alive while dressing, even if the end goal is to remove excess clutter.

A wardrobe staple of mine is Rockport Shoes. They are beautiful, unique, and above all, incredibly comfortable. I wear both the heels and the flats all week to work, and often on the weekends too! My office mates have taken notice, and they now wear the same styles as I do! They know that both Rockport and Cobb Hill Shoes and I go way back (both brands are sponsors of mine - Rockport has compensated me for this post), and I often share how comfortable the shoes are to wear. Some of you may remember a similar pair of heels I wore on the blog last year (they were a hit!) - and this year I'm back with my favorite style, in a different print, perfect for spring and summer.

The Rockport Total Motion heel (and flat) are a personal favorite as they have a classic, chic shape, a good height, and I can wear them all day long and forget that I'm wearing a heel. They come in a variety of textures (such as suede and patent leather), prints (such as floral and 'snake skin'), and are incredible versatile. If you don't own a pair, I highly suggest you give these a try. You (and your feet) will thank me. The heels run a little large on me, and I while I usually wear a 10, I wear a 9 in the heel. When first wearing them they fit a little tight, but after 2-3 wears, they fit perfectly. Give them a try!

A new staple that I have recently been able to try has been the Brass Clothing line. I had been wanting to purchase pieces for a while, and I recently had the opportunity to collaborate with them. Brass is built on the idea of a capsule wardrobe, meaning that they provide a tight, and succinct offering of styles that can be easily mixed and matched. This cuts down clutter in ones closet, simplifies getting dressed, and leaves room for...your life! I personally love the idea of a capsule wardrobe, and have toyed with in a slightly different way (such as purchasing a majority of my clothing in certain tones, and then adding a pop of color, such as millennial pink. Now I'm navigating towards red).

My Brass Ponte Pant are lovely; they are thick, have an extra wide waist band, back pockets, and have a high waist, which do wonders for the curves. They are incredibly comfortable, and look great with heels, my Nike Roche's, and menswear style shoes. Truth moment: I once wore these 4 days in a row at the office. I'm not even ashamed to admit it! They strike the perfect balance of athleisure and office attire, making it oh so easy to get dressed in the morning.

Happy Thursday everyone!

Photography: Sam Delaware

This post was sponsored by Rockport Shoes. Brass Clothing kindly sent the Ponte Pant for my review. All opinions expressed are mine.

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