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5th Annual Hall Winery Cabernet Cookoff

Spend an afternoon in Napa Valley at the Hall Winery 5th Annual Cabernet Cookoff? Yes please. This was our first year attending and it was so much fun! It was a gorgeous day to sip and savor. Guests tasted small bite farm to table dishes from 15 local chef teams and then voted for their favorites while sipping the recently released Hall 2011 Napa Valley Canernet Sauvignon. $40,000 were raised and dispersed to local charities so it was a win for everyone!

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I loved this bunny sculpture who greets you at the front of Hall Winery in St. Helena. The entire property is filled with art by some of todays most influential artists.
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The weather was perfect for an afternoon of food and wine tasting.
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The potato gnocchi with applewood-smoked bacon, porcini mushrooms and brown butter was my favorite dish and ended up being the big winner of the day. It was from One Market Restaurant’s Chef Mark Dommen.
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The smoking baby back ribs with Hall Cab ‘Q’ Sauce from Bounty Hunter Winer Bar’s Chef Will Wright were finger lickin good. Congrats on your win!
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Chef Daniel Capra of Paula Leduc Fine Catering made magic happen with his crispy oxtail tacos that were cabernet braised with avocado, basil, and smoked ricotta. They were one of the days winners as well.
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Cupcakes, judges and winners!
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Between eating, wine tasting, voting and checking out the art I still took note of my favorite fashions of the day. That black jumpsuit with red sandals was EVERYTHING. I am a sucker for hot pink and black and white stripes. This lady in the center was too darn cute. I love the shade of green of this jumpsuit and the whole look reminded me of my friend Katy.  I wore my summer dress by Milly and it was perfect.

Feeling left out? Well don’t! The next Hall Winery party is coming up on Saturday September 13th! It is the annual Harvest event and the 2011 ‘Kathryn Hall’ Cabernet Sauvignon will be released. It sounds like another perfect day in Napa Valley!

 

White Light White Night

Saturday night was the annual White Light White Night event in Manhattan Beach benefitting Walk With Sally, a charity committed to providing healing and comfort to children debilitated by the emotional experience of living with or losing a parent to cancer.

It was a beautiful summer night in the South Bay and the top of a parking garage had been transformed into a white wonderland. This was my first “white party” and there was something magical about it. My friend Mary was my date and we had so much fun! There were celebrities, live and silent auctions, craft beer and specialty cocktails, food tastings from over 25 restaurants like Doma Kitchen, Ayara Thai, Hudson House and Petros, live music by the 80’s band Berlin and great people watching! I can’t wait to go again next year!

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Mary and I had the pleasure of meeting the man himself…John Paul DeJoria of Paul Mitchell. He was super cool and gave us hugs when we told him we were hair stylists.
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Rick Schroder missed the memo that this was a white party.
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Mary and actor Dean Winters. I loved his pants. He said he couldn’t find his white ones so he wore these that he got in Brooklyn.
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The dessert table from The Torrance Bakery was outrageous!
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The South Bay is really into wine…there were a gazillion bottles to bid on in the silent auction!
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I fell in love with this gorgeous car on our way out!

I realized one thing when trying to find a dress for the event…white is extremely unforgiving. I was thrilled to find this dress by Rachel Zoe. It fit, was comfortable to wear, I could wear sandals and I felt fabulous in it!

 

Claire Pettibone 20th Anniversary Celebration

Today, Wade and I are celebrating our 8th wedding anniversary so it is so perfect to be posting about Claire Pettibone, wedding dress designer to the stars, who celebrated her 20 year anniversary last week and threw a big bash at her flagship store in LA to celebrate!

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The lovely Claire Pettibone and me!

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This gorgeous dress and matching cake took my breath away when I first walked in!

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Claire is known for her vintage inspired style and detailed backs.

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Claire has just put out a line of gorgeous dresses that would be perfect for attending a wedding or a prom. I LOVE the pink one.

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Chandeliers in trees are magical!

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My new wedding photographer friends Julie and Christina.

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The dessert tables were outrageous!

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The detailing on the backs of these dresses are simply stunning!

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The models with Claire’s adorable daughter!

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I am in love with this red dress! It is absolutely gorgeous. I need a place to wear it. The French Riviera? Barcelona? Take me away…

The Claire Pettibone Flagship Salon is located at 7415 Beverly Blvd, LA, CA 90036.

 

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