Que Syrah, Syrah: Autumn in NorCal’s Wine Country

Autumn in Wine Country

Hi everyone! I’m so happy to return with more tips and insights into life in the Wine Country. My blog, A Mused, focuses on Northern California style and wine country culture. Whether you’re seeking advice on the perfect outfit for wine tasting, or family fun events, I’ve got you covered. After reading today’s post, be sure to head over to my blog for more outfits and travel ideas.

Fall in the Wine Country of Northern California is a thing of beauty and splendor. The vineyards, which stretch across the valleys and hills of Sonoma County, quickly change from lush green livery to a dazzling display of orange, red, and yellow leaves. The grape harvest, also known to locals as “The Crush,” usually begins around the autumn equinox. Large, towering vineyard fans or heaters will begin appearing in the Napa and Alexander Valleys around this time, as to prevent frost from developing on the precious grapes. The sound they create is a low and soothing hum. As the fruit matures on the vine, a bittersweet scent fills the air; it’s Syrah season.

Amber in Christy Waterproof Boots
Life in Sonoma County Wine Country is full of multifaceted cultures and traditions: from the family owned and operated wineries, to the farm hands that fuel the local restaurants, there is always more to this area than what meets the eye.

One of the highlights of Sonoma County is its farming culture. Many name brands that you may recognize from your local grocery store are from here: Clover Dairy Farms, Amy’s Kitchen, Taylor Maid Coffee, and Cowgirl Creamery*  are all proud Sonoma County businesses.

With the changing of the vineyards and the beginning of the crush season, many local residents begin to look forward to another seasonal harvest: the annual pumpkin patch in Petaluma. While there are certainly several pumpkin patches to choose from in the area, there is only one that can back up traffic along the 101. Complete with a corn maze, homemade cookies, and rows of bright sunflowers, the Petaluma Pumpkin Patch is a destination that families look forward to visiting year round.

I absolutely love wandering along the Petaluma Marina marshes, especially at twilight. The river that runs through downtown, along with the marina’s thick fog, creates a magical atmosphere at sunrise and sunset. Dressing in layers is especially important as the temperatures often fluctuate.

In addition to layers, the time I spend by the riverfront always calls for comfortable shoes. I went with the Christy Waterproof Tall Boot for my last weekend outing. With added cushion and support, my Christy boots are essential for all of my long walks. They don’t feel stiff like other rain boots; in fact, they don’t look like rain boots at all. They’re a classic tall boot that keep my feet comfortable and have the added benefit of being waterproof.

I like to end my time along the Marina with friends at one of my favorite local restaurants – either Della Fattoria or Sugo Trattoria –  it’s the perfect way to close the day!

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Looking for more local insider tips on where to visit and shop in
Sonoma County? Visit my blog, A Mused, and search under the Local tab!

Photography: Stephanie Malilong Photography

*Cowgirl Creamery, located in Point Reyes is technically a Marin County business. The SoCo locals claim it anyway!

Find more of Amber’s style inspiration by following @AMusedBlog on Instagram.

This Port71 guest blogger received compensation in exchange for her post. All opinions are the blogger’s own.

Five Fall Trends on the Heels of Fashion Week

Kelly Augustine
My name is Kelly Augustine, a 20-something born and raised in NYC. I love to love life and to share my interests and experiences, mostly centered around my personal style with a focus on plus size fashion, beauty and cosmetics, natural hair, and NYC lifestyle.

As seasons transition in New York City, we’re scrambling to soak up the little bits of sun and warm weather we have left. We’re also determining how best to dress as the temperature goes from chilly to warm then back to chilly throughout the day. Both style and comfort are key as I hop from the subway to Ubers, catching a rooftop drink with friends or a Broadway show with my family.

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Leaving my home every morning, I never know where the day might take me – especially during New York Fashion Week. This year, I ended up in the Meatpacking District watching the sun set on a rooftop overlooking the water. A girlfriend and I made our way to The Top of the Standard for a quick glass of champagne.

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Hunger-stricken after taking in the view and catching another fashion show, we walked across the street to Chelsea Market to grab bowls of delicious seafood and noodles. Cull & Pistol had very fresh fish and even fresher beats. The calm lighting and great music was a nice reprieve from all of the running around we’d been doing.

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From there, we trudged to the High Line (an elevated park that used to be a railroad) to catch the sun set. From a fashion show to a party to dinner and a park, Kalila was with me throughout the entire night. There’s a ton of amazingly supportive cushion in both the foot bed and the heel that really held up throughout the day. I was so happy to have a shoe that was both incredibly functional and so stylish.

Speaking of style – between fashion shows and dinner with friends, I spied some major trends on the streets in-between shows during Fashion Week:

The 90s are back: Everywhere I turned, I saw a choker necklace. Some were lace, some were leather, some were even stacked on top of one another. Layering t-shirts under slip dresses is also making a comeback – bring it on.

Texture Mixing: While monotone minimalism hasn’t completely disappeared, it’s being amped up by mixing textures. Black-on-black is taking on a new life, mixing velvets, lace and silks. Creams, reds, and navy in different fabrics are dominating Fall wardrobes.

Bomber Jackets: It seems as if leather jackets have been traded in for bomber jackets this season. Draped over shoulders, worn oversized, or cropped, bomber jackets dominated the streets. In classic olive tones or embroidered with florals, it looks like you’ll need at least one statement jacket in your closet this Fall.

Power Shoulder: Bare shoulders are back again this season, but only one is giving the peek-a-boo. There were lots of oversized button-down shirts worn off of one shoulder (and even backwards!).

Comfort Rules: When you think fashion, you think the click-clack of high heels…but not this season. This time it’s all about comfort – almost everyone was stomping from show to show in sneakers or low-heeled shoes. Enter my comfortable heels – the Kalila shooties were a perfect fit!

Find more of Kelly’s style inspiration by following @KellyAugustineB on Instagram.

This Port71 guest blogger received compensation in exchange for her post. All opinions are the blogger’s own.

Fall Spotlight on “Shooties” and How To Style Them

Total Motion Kalila Cutout Shootie

Change is in the air.  The weather is cooling down, leaves are starting to turn, and the kids are back to school. It’s the perfect time to refresh your look and adopt a few of the new Fall trends happening right now. That doesn’t mean you have to completely overhaul your wardrobe. Simply adding a few key pieces to your current collection can instantly update your style and seamlessly transition you into the new season.

Here in New England, the Fall weather keeps us on our toes. We dress in layers and rely on versatile footwear because we’re not quite ready to cover our tired pedicures with full-on boots and socks. Enter: The Shootie. The perfect blend of a bootie and a shoe, the shootie is the ultimate year-round shoe and a worthy long-term sartorial investment.

How does one style a shootie, you ask? Dressed up or down, from work to weekend excursions, the options for styling shooties are endless. In fact, we’ll just come out and say it: shooties are our best friend in making the transition to cooler weather a bit easier.

To spotlight our beloved shootie, we’ve styled three different looks featuring some of our favorite Fall finds, many of which can be interchanged with one and other, depending upon what your day (and your local weather forecast) has in store.

Spring Dress Refresh Kalila Cutout Shootie OutfitTotal Motion Kalila Cutout Shootie | Aritzia Vegan Suede Jacket | Aritzia Dress | J. Crew Pewter Bag | J. Crew Enamel Ring | J. Crew Necklace | J. Crew Gold Bracelet | J. Crew Sunglasses | J. Crew Wide-brimmed Hat | Printed Scarf via Nordstrom | Watch via Nordstrom

That light summer dress you planned to store away for the next six months? No need! Now is the perfect time to refresh it with textured layers. We love how this dusty rose dress pairs beautifully with our Kalila Cutout Shooties in vino suede. This dark red color is even bigger than last Fall and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon. We’ve been coveting this vegan suede jacket. The taupe color makes it extremely versatile and the soft suede will add luxe texture to any ensemble. Mix in accessories in the same color family to tie it all together. Think neutral Fall hues with a few pops.

Just Add Tights

Joy Shootie OutfitCobb Hill Joy Bootie | Aritzia Printed Dress | Aritzia Tights | Aritzia Chunky Sweater | Aritzia Vegan Suede Jacket | J. Crew Gold Bracelet | J. Crew Tassel Earrings | J. Crew Sunglasses | Slouchy Hat via Nordstrom | Sandstone bag via Nordstrom | Indigo Scarf via Nordstrom | Watch via Nordstrom

Another way to “Fall”-proof a lightweight dress is to add tights to the equation. A patterned dress like this one with tights and a little bootie is totally on-trend (and also super comfortable). These Rockport Cobb Hill “Joy” booties have a low wedge  to lend you a little lift, while the foam footbeds keep you comfortable from your morning commute to your evening cocktail. Again, throw on a suede jacket to add texture and warmth, or add a chunky sweater for a cute skirted look. Finish off with a few neutral accessories and a subtle pop of color a la the muted blue in this scarf and tassel earrings (another one of our fave trends for Fall!).

Fall-Proof Florals

Melissa Shootie OutfitCobb Hill Melissa | J. Crew Blazer | Aritzia Chunky Sweater | J. Crew Tie-neck Top | J. Crew Jeans | J. Crew Pewter Bag | J. Crew Enamel Ring | J. Crew Gold Bracelet | J. Crew Tassel Earrings | J. Crew Sunglasses | Slouchy Hat via Nordstrom | Indigo Scarf via Nordstrom | Watch via Nordstrom

Add a dose of sophistication to your favorite denim this Fall with polished pieces, like the Rockport Cobb Hill “Melissa” shootie, that will easily take you from work to weekend. We are lusting over this bright floral tie-neck shirt from J. Crew. Spring florals have made their way into Fall and can serve as the centerpiece of your outfit as you incorporate more muted, classic pieces around them. Throw on a structured blazer for a tailored look, and don’t be afraid to mix patterns and textures to add interest. Swap the blazer with the chunky sweater for a more relaxed feel, and add accessories in cool tones and hardware in antiqued gold to finish the look.

If you are a shootie newbie, and you’re ready to give them a try, we’d love to hear from you. How are you wearing yours and what are you pairing them with for Fall? Share your looks on Instagram with #MadeforMovers so that we can be inspired by your style!