What to Wear to Wine Country in the Winter

Blonde Blogger standing in front of a pool at the Hotel Yountville.

What to Wear to Wine Country in the Winter

So you just planned your ultimate wine country vacation, but now you need to figure out what to pack and how to prep for your trip. Here are a few tips that should help you plan what to put in your suitcase this winter in wine country.


Layers

Dressing in layers is something I learned the moment I moved to San Francisco. One minute it’s foggy and freezing and ten minutes later the sun is out and you are quickly removing your jacket only to find it cold again a couple hours later…

I have since learned to take my layering skills up north when I head to wine country. It is usually much colder in wine country compared to San Francisco in the winter so I’m usually bundled up, to begin with…AND once with wine hits I things usually start to get steamy and the layers are ready to come off.

That is why I always layer up.

Wine country layers for me: a jacket, a sweater, leggings, and boots with a beanie and scarf in my tote.


JACKETS



Leggings

Faux leather leggings are my jam, especially during the winter. Why? They look and act like a pant but give you the freedom to eat what you want. However, all leggings are created equally, my friends. I learned this when another blogger recommended the Commando, Perfect Control Faux Leather Leggings. The tummy-smoothing panel sold me, but after two wears these leggings had a serious hole in them – NOT what you want to wear in wine country PEOPLE! I reached out to Commando hoping it was maybe a fluke, but haven’t really back -> SO stick with Spanx Leggings, my friends.

check out my love letter to spanx leggings here


Comfortable Shoes

I opted for a chunky boot <- but these boots might not be comfortable for everyone.  If you are looking for a bit of a smaller heel I would highly recommend the Everlane, Day Boot. I don’t own them YET, but the description has me dreaming of them: Comfort has never looked this good. Made from buttery-soft Italian leather that molds to your foot, the Day Boot has an easy ankle height, walkable stacked heel, and back pull tab.



A Bag Big Enough For Your Wine

This is the most important tip! A tote is your best friend when you are wine tasting and the Cuyana, Classic Leather Tote is the perfect tote for wine tasting in the winter. Some say luxury and practicality don’t mix. This bag begs to differ. The silhouette is simple, but beautifully so. The pebbled leather is genuine Italian, lightweight and seriously soft, yet durable and sized just right for a weekend getaway to wine country in the winter.



Blonde Blogger standing in front of a pool at the Hotel Yountville.

Best Hotels in Napa

Archer Hotel Napa – This hotel is right in downtown Napa and one of the newer hotels in the Napa Valley. The Archer is VERY dog-friendly and has the best rooftop view in Napa. The lobster corndogs are a must too!

Silverado Resort and Spa – This is not my favorite hotel in Napa because I have had very inconsistent experiences there, but this is my favorite option for last-minute bookings. It is a large property on a golf course, but you roll the dice every time you book Silverado.

Blonde Blogger standing in front of a pool at the Hotel Yountville.

Best Hotels in Sonoma

 

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Blonde Blogger standing in front of a pool at the Hotel Yountville.


What I Wore:


Jacket: Topshop, Piper Check Jacket

Sweater: Free People, Big Easy Cowlneck Sweater

Leggings: SpanxFaux Leather Leggings

Boots: Marc Fisher, Women’s Waren Round Toe Lace Up Leather Boots. I love this new option too.

Bag: Cuyana, Classic Leather Tote

Sunglasses: Le Specs, Air Heart 51mm Sunglasses


Photos were taken at the Hotel Yountville in the Napa Valley.

Looking for somewhere to eat in the Napa Valley? Check out this post.


My Love Letter to Spanx Leather Leggings

Spanx Winter Sale



Fashion blogger KatWalkSF wearing an EXPRESS zebra sherpa and spanx leather leggings/



Dear Spanx Leather Leggings,

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for all that you do and let you know that you are LOVED. We’ve known each other for a couple of years now but things have really gotten serious and I feel like we are seeing each other more and more.

Here are a couple of reasons why I love you:

Your contoured waistband flattens my gut and lifts my butt.

The fact that you lack a center-seam has saved me from any embarrassing camel toe action, because trust and believe you know that I wear you like you are pants.

You always comfort me when I need you and provide just the right amount of stretch and flexibility.

You are ALWAYS by my side, tummy, butt, and thighs. I wear you to work, I wear you on dates, I wear you when I travel.

Thank you for being YOU and thank you for giving me all of you on sale this holiday season.

XoXo,
Kat

size note: I always order my usually medium size. I am 5’6 and a size 8.


More love for the Spanx leather leggings here and lookbook below.


Fashion blogger KatWalkSF wearing an Anine Bing sweatshirt and spanx leather leggings/


Fashion blogger Kat Ensign wears the Something Navy Leopard V-Neck Cardigan from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale


San Francisco Blogger KatWalkSF wearing a street style outfit in North Beach.


A girl in a black uniqlo ultra light down hooded coat standing in front of Eva's Bakery in Salt Lake City.


Blonde Blogger standing in front of a pool at the Hotel Yountville.


ASOS DESIGN reversible faux fur and check bonded jacket


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Mixing Prints with a Long Teddy Coat

Fashion blogger KatWalkSF wearing a GANNI dress and the Song of Style Cole Coat Long Teddy Coat

We are all familiar with the teddy coat trend, but what about a long teddy coat?

If you’re determined to find the perfect where-with-everything coat before the year closes out, there’s a good chance you can finish off 2019 on a high note. This blogger-approved long teddy coat from the Song of Style collection for Revolve is still available, and it’s a surefire way to keep any outfit looking luxe. Even better? It rings in for under $300.

A trending outerwear style for this season, plush, furry coats bring both style and comfort. So, it’s easy to see why Song of Style’s Cole Coat in a rich brown hue dubbed “Brown Oat” has become a favorite among bloggers. The long-length, faux-sherpa style has been spotted all over the gram.

I decided to be a bit adventurous with this look by pairing the long teddy coat with a tiger’s eye print dress and snakeskin booties. What do you think? Do these prints mix well?

Long Teddy Coat, Song of Style, Revolve, Gucci Belt, GANNI High-neck tiger’s eye-print mini smock dress



Fashion blogger KatWalkSF wearing a GANNI dress and the Song of Style Cole Coat Long Teddy Coat

Fashion blogger KatWalkSF wearing a GANNI dress and the Song of Style Cole Coat Long Teddy Coat



Fashion blogger KatWalkSF wearing a GANNI dress and the Song of Style Cole Coat Long Teddy Coat

Long Teddy Coat, Song of Style, Revolve, Gucci Belt, GANNI High-neck tiger’s eye-print mini smock dress

Fashion blogger KatWalkSF wearing a GANNI dress and the Song of Style Cole Coat Long Teddy Coat

Fashion blogger KatWalkSF wearing a GANNI dress and the Song of Style Cole Coat Long Teddy Coat


What I Wore


Coat: Song of Style x Revolve (c/o), Cole Coat| long teddy coat | medium | love this shorter option from Uniqlo too

more outerwear available options here

Dress: GANNI, Printed Cotton Poplin Dress | size 38

on sale for $108 at Saks | and $162 at Matches Fashion and Net-A-Porter

Belt: Gucci, Wide Leather/Web Belt 

Shoes: Chinese Laundry (c/o), Davinna

Sunglasses: Ray-Ban, Large Original 62mm Aviator Sunglasses

Four Classic Black Capsule Wardrobe Essentials

Capsule Wardrobe Essentials

Is it me, or does it suddenly seem like less is so much more? While the minimalist lifestyle has been gaining traction for a while now, lately it seems the trend has narrowed in on an area dear to my heart: the closet. One closet-reducing program that’s especially buzzy as of late is the capsule wardrobe.

I spent my twenties buying ALL the things and filling my tiny studio apartment to the brim with pieces that I only wore once and created ALL the clutter in my life. Well, now that I am at the ripe old age of 33 I am looking at how I shop in a different way. I want capsule wardrobe essentials in my closet. Pieces with classic silhouettes that I can wear year-round. So for this post, I put together an outfit with the four key pieces from my (new) capsule wardrobe.  These pieces can go from workday to date night and won’t break the bank.



1. The Jacket | The Essentials Faux-Leather Moto Jacket by BLANKNYC | $98 -> 40% off $58.80 | medium

This jacket has become a true utility piece in my closet. It goes with everything and the gleaming zipper details intensify the moto attitude of a faux-leather jacket that channels street-chic attitude. And at just under $100 this jacket won’t break the bank but will take a spot in your closet under capsule wardrobe essentials.

2. The Dress | Gerry Front-Slit Knit Dress by Wayf | $68 -> $17 | medium

This dress has been a top seller on the blog for two straight months. Why? It looks good on EVERYONE! The knee-length hem makes it appropriate for nearly every occasion and the slit detail at the front adds just the right amount of sass.

Fashion blogger KatWalkSF wearing a BlankNYC faux leather jacket, a part of her Capsule Wardrobe Essentials

3. The Sunglasses | The Victoria by PRIVÉ REVAUX | $39.95

I first spotted these sunglasses on my seatmate at NYFW and nearly fell off the bench when she told me the price. The Victoria is a classic rectangular shape with an angular upsweep that accentuates your cheekbones in all the right ways.

Capsule Wardrobe Essentials



4. The Shoes | THE ESATTO 90MM by M. Gemi | $225 | save $60 off your first order with the code: KAT60

From office-wear, to jeans and a leather jacket, to cocktail attire—this walkable 90mm heel height means you don’t have to bring a back-up pair. I own these pumps in three colors and will never look back. There are honestly the most comfortable pumps in all the land. Make the investment, use my code and make a home for them in your capsule wardrobe.

More on M. Gemi here


What are your thoughts on the shifting to a capsule wardrobe? Are you ready to take the plunge?

Winter Beauty: Best Hair and Skincare

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Winter Beauty

I know I know the last thing we ALL need is another influencer sharing their skincare routine…but here I am with a long list of all my favorite winter beauty products. I was inspired to write this post because they ALL really work and although the majority are on the higher pricepoint side, they are all apart of some kind of sale/promotion/gift set right now.


FIRST AID BEAUTY, Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration | This cream is THICK and RICH. My skin has been so dry and this fast-absorbing, moisturizer provides instant and long-term hydration. If you are going to buy add anything into your winter beauty regimen make it this cream | QVC -> First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Home & Away Kit | $41.96 -> $150 value

  • 14-oz Ultra Repair Cream in Original
  • 2-oz Ultra Repair Cream in Original
  • 14-oz Ultra Repair Cream in your choice of Original, Vanilla, Honeysuckle, or Cranberry Pomegranate
  • 2-oz Ultra Repair Cream in your choice of Original, Vanilla, Honeysuckle, or Cranberry Pomegranate


ISLE OF PARADISE, Self Tanning Drops | Add these drops to the FAB Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration and you are good to glow! | take advantage of this epic QVC deal and get a duo of drops for LESS than the price of one | $29.50 for two at QVC


Isle of Paradise Tanning drops and FAB moisturizer


MARIO BADESCU, Drying Lotion | This award-winning solution helps dry up surface blemishes. I snagged it when I was traveling and suffering from a MAJOR breakout and let me tell you the results are INSTANT and this purchase is necessary. 


quip, Metal Electric Toothbrush | I polled my Instagram followers for the best travel toothbrush and this was by far the top pick. I’ve had this toothbrush for about a month and I absolutely adore it.


uip, Metal Electric Toothbrush


KOSAS, Tinted Face Oil Foundation | My skin is THIRSTY and this hydrating formula is honestly all I can wear right now. I apply it with my fingers and my skin has NEVER looked better. Winter beauty is ALL about hydration and this is by far the best foundation product out there for that.


GLOW RECIPE, Watermelon + AHA Glow Sleeping Mask and Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping Face Mask | I can’ stop with either of these masks. My nighttime skincare routine is killing it right now and these two sleeping masks are staring in it | love this gift set for $29 at Sephora ($47 value).


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LANEIGE, Lip Glowy Balm | I am the chapped lip queen and honestly, this is the ONLY product works for me. My lips are CONSTANTLY peeling and falling (not cute) the solve -> one of these in every single one of my handbags.


Goop, Enriching Face Oil | Gwyneth Paltrow knows what’s up. I’ve been to her Goop holiday pop-up in San Francisco two years in a row and EVERYTHING she has suggested has been AMAZING (and expensive). Use daily, either alone or in combination with moisturizer. To layer, apply face oil first and allow to absorb; then follow with Revitalizing Day Moisturizer or Replenishing Night Cream. For extra goop Glow, warm several drops of oil between palms, then pat on top of moisturizer or makeup.


FARMACY, Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm | The holiday parties are here and happening and that means that we are piling on the makeup. Name something worse than coming home from a holiday party, your feet are KILLING you and you have to remove a FULL face of makeup. This product is the solution, my friends. A little goes a long way and you will go to bed fresh-faced and fabulous! 25% off EVERYTHING at FARMACY BEAUTY



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OLAPLEX | the holiday hair fix set from above that I have been pushing since it launched is sold out (right now), but I still HIGHLY recommend every OLAPLEX product out there. I love these products SO much that I wrote an entire blog post about how they saved my hair.


Aquis, Rapid-Dry Hair Turban | if you watch my Instagram stories than you know that I can NOT live without this hair turban. This magical hair towel is made with exclusive, ultra-lightweight AQUITEX® technology to rapidly dry hair to a damp state with LESS heat and without DAMAGING your hair. It cuts drying time by half while leaving you hands-free, it controls frizz and breakage and your hair holds styles better and looks shinier. If you are looking for a gift for LITERALLY anyone with hair, this is it! | shop my limited edition POOSH leopard turban here | and I found soft pink on sale for $17.99 here 


Cuyana, Leather Travel Case Set | This pebbled leather case set is another amazing gift idea. Unzip the large case to stow all your travel-sized toiletries. Save the small case for make-up, jewelry or any other small necessities. While this set is always ready to travel, it’s just as useful and beautiful in your home bathroom, bedroom or office.