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The Monthly Nine: December’s “It” List

FA LA LA LA LAAAA! I’m so in love with the holiday season…and it’s HERE! I’m finally  allowed to start practicing Christmas songs on my ukulele (much to our neighbors’ dismay). Sonoma and Napa Counties have been through a lot these past few months because of the raging wildfires, but there’s so much to be grateful for. We had an incredible “Thanksgivingmas” with my husband’s family in Chicago, and now we’re looking forward to our extended family reunion and subsequent “Hootenanny”. It’s not often that we can get our whole gang together in one place (my head has been photoshopped into our family holiday photos on multiple occasions), so it’s an extra special celebration.

In preparation for the Holidays: here are some of Lexy’s Toast Wines favorite gift ideas for December 2017!

1. Tom Ford Lipstick: For the Beauty Queen. I was gifted this lipstick for “Thanksgivingmas” with my husband’s family, and it is AMAZING! It’s creamy, moisturizing, and long-lasting, all the way through dinner (and dessert.)

2. The OG Bag: For your favorite Jetsetter. There’s a pocket for absolutely everything, and coming in at just under 2.5 lbs, it’s light enough to pack to the brim, waterproof, and slides onto your rolling suitcase. It’s on the pricey side, but Lo and Sons sometimes puts items on sale…and that time is right about NOW!

3. Stemless Wine Glasses: For the Hostess with the Mostess. These pretty wine glasses absolutely scream holiday cheer.

4. Champagne SHOES!: For the Champagne Lover. Ugh! How I wanted to buy these! (I produce Sparkling Wine after all!) Sadly, these just didn’t fit quite right…but maybe they’ll fit YOU! Or your BFF. Or Cinderella. Anyway, I hope someone gets to wear them.

5. Thank You Notes: For your Pen Pal. I’m a huge fan of old-fashioned thank you notes! Lately, I’ve been spoiled not having to buy cards since my Mother-in-law makes and sends me beautiful handmade (and unbelievably professional!) looking cards, but these would be a nice stocking stuffer for someone who loves to express gratitude the old-fashioned way.

6. 2018 Planner: For the Organizer. January is right around the bend, so let’s write down our New Year’s Resolutions, and start to plan the best year EVER!

7. To The Moon Trinket Dish: For the Teen in your life. What a sweet little dish for baubles, rings, and things!

8. Skull Cuff Links: For The Coolest Dude You Know. (This would be my husband.) He wore these on our wedding day, and I still think they are completely and utterly cool. (I still think he’s pretty cool too.)

9. Lexy’s Toast Brut Nature: For Everyone (over 21, that is)!! The holidays aren’t complete without BUBBLES! Our Lexy’s Toast Brut Nature is bone-dry (and I swear possesses a hint of Orange Creamsicle). Yum!

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Happy Gifting!

P.S. If you’ve anything left to spare during your holiday shopping sprees, Redwood Credit Union is taking donations. Fire relief efforts are still underway in Northern California, and RCU is donating 100% of the proceeds directly where they are needed.

P.P.S. On a personal note regarding the fires: check out my last blog post. #SonomaStrong: Ignited By Fire.

P.P.P.S. Except for our Sparkling Wine, we here at Lexy’s Toast are not affiliated with any products listed here; we just covet them. 😉 

Featured Image by Jon McPherson Photography.

The Monthly Nine: September’s “It” List

September always reminds me of harvest, since that’s generally the month when parent winery GlenLyon brings in the majority of their grapes. They’ve turned from green to their red purple hue, in anticipation of just the right moment when sugar and PH meet.

Harvest is the beginning of the cycle of re-growth. The Fall harvest, the Winter dormancy, and Spring pruning are all necessary stages to enable Summer’s crop growth, which will undoubtably be made into great wine!

So with that, and a pairing of GlenLyon Syrah, let’s celebrate September and that beautiful burgundy wine color.

Without further ado, here’s my ripe red picks for September:

Lover’s Creep Nail Polish: Oh how I love Smith and Cult. This laquer is 8-Free (meaning void of toxins), incredibly long lasting, and shines like a gel. It’s also the is the perfect color for the beginning of fall.

Rewined Cabernet Candle: Repurposed wine bottles into candles…with a “cabernet” scent. What more could one ask for? (Well, a glass of wine and a bath perhaps.)

Burgandy Purse: Loving this on-trend oxblood cross-body bag.

Plaid Button Down: Rails makes the softest plaid button downs in all colors…but I’m vibe-ing on this red one for fall.

Wine Wipes (for your teeth!): If you’re one of those people who’s teeth stain red after a few sips of wine, these are for you! Easy to use and portable, you can have your wine (and white teeth too!)

Ningxia Red: My friend Rachel from Young Living/Beam and Bloom turned me onto Ningxia Red. Just mix with water and go! I can’t eat sugar (including fruit) so this is a wonderful way for me to sneak some fruit into my diet, including health benefits from the elusive Wolfberry!

Sam Edelmen Flat: I’m obsessed with these adorable flats, especially because of their tough-girl spikes on the bows!

Lululemon Tight: Turn heads in your yoga class with these comfy sweat-wicking red tights.

GlenLyon Syrah/Cabernet Blend: 90/10 blend of our Estate Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.

And please don’t forget to donate (if you can!) to Hurricane Harvey. The pic below is from some of our wine club members in Houston: ‘We wanted to share the happiness you guys bring in the midst of destruction and chaos as our city takes on a crazy amount of rain. This makes for a beautiful break!’

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Sending thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by Harvey. Click here to help.

The Monthly 9: August’s “it” List

Time to get in all your breezy summery white outfits before Labor Day! Although I must admit I am definitely one of those people that continues to don white no matter the season. Enjoy August’s white hot “it” list, paired perfectly with a crisp 2014 HDV Vineyards Chardonnay from Carneros.

Clockwise, from top:

  1. Champagne Spray…for your hair!: Damaged summer strands? Look no further than this new line of hair care. And yes…it’s made with real Champagne! This weightless formula conditions, protects, and strengthen’s hair with antioxidants. It’s sulfate-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, and cruelty-free. All the frees.  FYI…in a DIY version: pop some Bubbly, relax in a bath, sip, savor, and save a little to pour on your hair. You’ll be amazed at the shine! Not a joke…it really works! (It’s just hard to part with the Champagne.)

2. Off-the-shoulder-striped-blouse: I must admit, I’m still obsessing over the exposed shoulder fad. Carry this look into fall with longer sleeves and vertical stripes.

3. Do-it all Primer/Moisturizer This amazing little multi-use product primes, moisturizes, AND removes makeup in a pinch. I came across this gem in France, and came to find out they are now selling it at TARGET! Scoop this gal up…your face won’t regret it.

4. I have a new obsession with the company Madewell. They make a huge effort to Recycle Jeans. Bring in an old pair and get $20 off a new pair! Loving these Distressed white denim jeans that you’ll surely be able sneak into your fall wardrobe. (And maybe they’ll go on sale post Labor Day!)

5. Scratch and Sniff Wine Book: Scratch and Sniff fun for adults! I love this fun (and informative) wine book! A great gift idea for a wine lover.

6. Marble Notebook  What a pretty marble journal! Even though I’m not heading back to school anytime soon, I always love a fresh notebook to jot down ideas in. And check out this cute Marble Post-it Notes Cube while you’re at it!

7. Best Hair Towel Ever: Because it dries my hair in half the time! It also reduces frizz and protecting strands from breakage.

8. Stop and Smell the Rosé Wine Glass: For those last summer sips of rosé. (Also a sweet gift!)

9. Marble Terrariums: I spotted these chic little vase terrariums at World Market. We are always looking for homes for our little succulents (which you can propagate!).

 

Enjoy those last lazy days of summer before school is back in action. Hug your hot dog (make sure your pooches-and you-stay hydrated.) And don’t forget to order your protective glasses for the Solar Eclipse August 21st!

 

 

 

Disclosure: We here at Lexy’s Toast are not affiliated with any products listed here; we just covet them. 😉

 

The Monthly 9: July’s “It-list”

Our first wedding Anniversary is right around the corner and we can’t believe this year has flown by so quickly! News update: We are still together (score!), still actually like each other (double score!), and have tons of sage advice for newlyweds. (Joking, joking!) As I scramble to come up with a fun DIY project as a gift involving paper for the hubby (shhhhh! don’t tell him!), I’ve come across some other delightful finds. It’s most definitely wedding season, so July’s “It-list” is filled with wedding related gifts.

Our wedding color was a bright, sunny yellow, and I’ll never regret it! (Though my sweet acquiescing bridesmaids might have…thanks for going with the flow, gals. You all looked stunningly radiant, and my pop of yellow wedding dreams came true!)

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Below are my cheerful yellow picks for the month:

 

1. This gorgeous lemon flower arrangement was created by our amazing friends Kari and Ritamarie for our wedding. And while perfect for a wedding, it’s also a fabulous summery idea to decorate and brighten your home!

2. C’est La Vie Hat: “C’est La Vie” stitched in yellow on a wide brimmed straw hat: perfect for Honeymooning!

3. Best Toasts Book:  If you’re in need of a Toast to give: look no further! This little book has all the toasts you could possibly need, for any and all occasions.

4. Yellow and White Wedding Guest Dress: A sweet dress for an outdoor wedding or shower.

5. Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne: A fun bottle to pop right after a ceremony! We had five minutes to slam a quick glass, somewhat “collect ourselves”, and jump up and down and say “we’re marrrrrried!” We used my mom’s antique crystal to enjoy the bubbles out of.(Photo evidence below.) Thank goodness I didn’t accidentally drop it in my unbridled excitement.

 

6. Choose Happiness Candle: Citrus fruit scents bring happiness to your home in this cheerful little candle.

7. Le Creuset Whistling Tea Kettle: Look no further for the perfect gift than this sunny yellow teapot! I use her daily (I’m a huge tea fanatic) and get think of my bestie who gave us the kettle every time I look at it. And they come in many colors (if, gasp, yellow isn’t your thing!)

8. Lemon Serving Tray:  A friend gave us placemats and napkins with this adorable lemon pattern, and now Kate Spade carries a whole set of plates and serving platters to match!

9. Yellow Egg Crate: A cute crate to house a dozen eggs. Also, who doesn’t love a pop of color upon opening the fridge?

Let there be love, laughter, and sunshine in your upcoming July days! Happy wedding season whether you’re a bride or a guest!

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(All wedding photos by Laura Marie Duncan Photography.)

The Monthly 9: Current Cravings for June

Hello Sweet Summer! Jump for joy, for June is here. In two days, my faerie-like Goddaughter will be turning 3 years old, Father’s Day will soon be upon us, wedding season is kicking off, and some of my best friend’s birthdays will be in need of celebrating!

Here’s my current cravings for June! While they are mostly gift suggestions…maybe you’ll spot a little something for yourself. And all are deliciously paired with a crisp Sauvignon Blanc.

Enjoy!

 

 

1. Blue Quail Sauvignon Blanc: This crisp Sauvignon Blanc is a perfect treat at the end of a hot summer day. As I’m not a huge fan of overly grassy Sav Blancs, I enjoy the nicely balanced minerality of this one, which exhibits flavors of lychee fruit and honeydew melon. And you cannot beat the price!

2. Pacifica Sea Foam Face Wash: I received a sample of this face wash, and it smells exactly like an Island! 100% cruelty free and vegan, with sea algae extract and coconut, this takes the day off in the best sort of way.

3. Add-A-Pearl Necklace: My wonderful Godmother gave me a pearl each year on my Birthday, and to continue this sweet tradition, I’ll be gifting my Goddaughter the same.

4. Gold Champagne Stopper: We first came upon a stopper like this on our recent trip to France! This fancy AdHoc gold version one is a gorgeous gift idea for Champagne-popping newly weds…(though to be honest…how often do you need to save your Champagne? Just drink it.)

5. SOMA Mint Water Bottle: This dishwasher safe, 100% BPA-free, sustainably made, shatter-resistant glass water bottle is a no brainer for summer hydration! The company also makes a donation for every purchase to charitywater.org, a non-profit that brings clean drinking water to those without it.

6. Cork Dork: My sister-in-law gave this book to my husband for his birthday…and I promptly stole it! (I’ll give it back: I promise.) The true story of a journalist who decides to delve into the world of Sommelier-dome…a hilariously well-written book (and not just for the wine-obsessed!)

7. Ice Blue KitchenAid Mixer: My parents are in the middle of renovating their kitchen after 30 years! Hopefully they can set aside a little bit of the budget for some new cooking appliances. We were gifted one of these for our wedding…and I’m beyond obsessed. Oh the things it can do! I’ve not only made incredible baked goods with this do-it-all mixer, but incredible spiralized veggies for pastas or salads. Plus…it would look so pretty in their new blue and white kitchen!

8. Le Petit Marseillais Body Wash: We found this amazing body wash in France after we discovered our Airbnb didn’t provide soap…and promptly fell in love. I bought two bottles to smuggle home…and little did I know, Amazon carries it…along with Target! It’s more pricey in the states, so I still support my over-zealous purchase in France.

9. Multi-Use Tool: If you’ve got a dad that likes to fix things…here’s the perfect little Father’s Day gift: a do it all tool complete with a knife, can opener, screwdriver, ruler, bottle opener, and more. And it’s the size of a credit card!

Cheers! Here’s a toast to summer’s kick off month!

 

Disclosure: We’re not affiliated with any of the products listed here; we just covet them. 😉 

The Monthly 9: Current Cravings for April

April, oh April! Am I glad to see you! I’m looking forward to so many things: warmer and sunnier days, the yellow wildflowers sprouting along our road, the purple hydrangea on the porch slowing inching its way back to life after a tough winter (in part due to my own plant-parenting neglect), spring cleaning our apartment, being able to walk my chihuahua sans her jacket (ha!), a visit with my in-laws for Easter, and planning for our upcoming Honeymoon to France…what a fantastic month that lies ahead!

And as usual: here are my current cravings for the upcoming month! As you can see, I’m vibe-ing on all hues of lilac. Peruse the list with a glass of bubbly, and enjoy!

USB Diffuser (for car or office): Just add a few drops of Lavender Oil, and you’ll be the calmest driver on the freeway! I love this 100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oil from Young Living.

Yappy Hour Doggie Tee: Giggle as you watch your doggie run around the house (and drink your bubbly at the same time!)

Unicorn Toy: What a perfect gift for a small nugget in your life! (And with each purchase, Bella Tunno donates 1 meal to a child in need.)

Lavender Hand Soap: (and matching lotion!) A perfect hostess gift, and the little white and gold tray that holds the soap is so pretty!

Unicorn Snot!: I saw this and literally laughed out loud. I haven’t yet tried this glitter-gel, so I can’t fully attest to it’s magical properties, but this looks like FUN! As Cunegonde (from Candide) sings, “Glitter and be Gay!”

Sonoma Lavender Sleep Mask: Incredible scent and incredibly soft.

EOS Passion Fruit Lip Balm: I like to keep one of these in my purse at all times.

Lavender Striped Jumpsuit: Wouldn’t this be absolutely adorable to don during my Honeymoon to France? (I’ll keep hoping that it goes on sale prior to take-off…)

Lilac Bunny Ears Headband: for a sweet Easter celebration!

ENJOY! Happy Hoppy April!

 

Disclosure: We’re not affiliated with any other products listed here; we just covet them. 😉