Today on Weekend Meanderings … it’s wine, weddings, reading, racing & more.
Happy weekend, friends!
It’s where we share snapshots from our week.
And things we love that we think you’ll love too.
It was a busy week Snowberry.
Cocktail Month continued.
You can see my drink mixing video here.
Grand-niece Maeysn started pre-school.
In the middle of a Texas monsoon.
Former step-granddaughter (got that?), Deanna, came over for lunch.
I made mini-charcuterie again.
And filled my table umbrella disguise DIY with cafe au late dahlias.
I was so excited to see Deanna I forgot to take pictures.
She just got engaged!
Jim and I are in Oregon for the weekend.
It’s niece Megan’s wedding!
Megan and her fiancé, Greg, got engaged at the end of 2019.
You can guess what happened, it’s a familiar story.
Their long-delayed wedding is finally here and we’re ready to celebrate!
Enough about me already.
Here’s what else is on my mind 😉 …
WHAT TO WEAR ON A PLANE FOR SUMMER TRAVEL
I don’t know about you, but I find summer plane travel more challenging in terms of what to wear. It’s hot here and it’s hot there. But it’s cold on the plane. Freezing cold. What to do? Yesterday I wore this cute flounce dress from Loft. I tied a denim jacket around my waist until it was time to board the plane. My feet get cold on planes and so I carry travel socks in my tote. Also in my tote, a light-weight scarf, as I explained here when I shared my cool weather travel uniform.
Yesterday’s flight was short, less than two hours. For a longer flight, say to Europe, I wouldn’t wear a short dress. I’d opt for a maxi.
WEDDING WEEKEND WELCOME PARTY
Here’s what I wore to last night’s welcome party. The dress code was ‘dressy summer dinner party attire’ and I think I nailed it.
My green and ivory Rails dress came from Flaunt in Danville. I think Kim encouraged me to buy it when we were there a couple of months ago. The wedges are from niece Sophie’s wedding. And I’ve been loving the small Target tote. It’s a great size for evening and holds everything I need including my oversized phone. Last night was warm and I didn’t need a wrap … but best to be prepared.
I shared my what I’m wearing to the wedding tonight here. I also packed my gold Jack Rogers sandals for dancing and the after party. Oh, and I brought liquid band aids too (and I’ve already used them).
DISPATCHES FROM THE GILDED AGE
I loved Julia Reed. As far as I’m concerned, she was a national treasure. Thankfully she left us with a cache of writings … full of her unique humor, sharp wit, and keen observation. Julia knew the most interesting people, went to the most interesting places, and did the most interesting things. She was a journalist, a columnist and raconteur. She loved food, fashion, architecture, and reveled in throwing and attending a good party.
If you aren’t familiar with Julia, drop everything and read this tribute written shortly after her death in 2020 by her good friend, historian, Jon Meacham.
Dispatches From the Gilded Age: A Few More Thoughts on Interesting People, Far-Flung Places, and the Joys of Southern Comforts was released this week. It’s a collection of Julia’s essays, spanning her entire career, and edited by her longtime assistant.
The New York Times book review was not entirely glowing. Suggesting that some of Julia’s essays have not aged well or lack context in this compilation format. Phooey on them. Julia can do no wrong in my opinion and I know I’ll be hanging on her every word.
Because Julia always leaves us wanting more, allow me to provide a guide to her writings.
Essay Collections ~
- Queen of the Turtle Derby and Other Southern Phenomena
- Ham, Biscuits, Hostess Gowns & Other Southern Specialties: An Entertaining Life
- But Mama Always Put Vodka in Her Sangria: Adventures in Eating, Drinking & Making Merry
- South Toward Home: Adventures and Misadventures in My Native Land
- The House on First Street: My New Orleans Story hilariously chronicles the renovation of her home in the historic Garden District. And the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina which hit just a month after she and her husband moved in.
- Julia Reed’s South: Spirited Entertaining & High-Style Fun All Year Long
- Julia Reed’s New Orleans: Food, Fun, and Field Trips for Letting the Good Times Roll
Coffee Table Décor ~
- One Man’s Folly: The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood
- The Curated House: Creating Style, Beauty, and Balance, with Michael S. Smith
Not long before her death she and good friend Keith Smythe Meacham opened an online shop and storefront in Nashville, Tennessee full of wonderful things for home and garden.
FORMULA 1: DRIVE TO SURVIVE
I’m not a racing fan, but I’ve always been aware of Formula One. It stands out as the crème de la crème of the racing world. Glamourous and very lifestyles-of-the-rich-and-famous-esque. My high school sweetheart was a Formula 1 fan back in the Jackie Stewart days and I remember sitting around watching him build Formula 1 models and seeing the Monaco Grand Prix on TV. Last week Jim and I started watching the Netflix documentary Formula 1: Drive to Survive. I hadn’t heard of it until the latest issue of Vanity Fair landed in my mailbox. Superstar driver Lewis Hamilton is on the cover, and the first paragraph of the article mentions the documentary series popularizing the sport in the US. I mentioned it to Jim, and he was intrigued. We’re already through season one – it’s addicting. It’s also intense, jarring, shocking, heartbreaking and really, really good.
Do you know there are only 20 Formula 1 drivers in the world? Talk about being a prestigious and high-pressure position. The competitiveness between drivers on the same team is fascinating to see. There are currently four seasons with a fifth on the way.
SOPHIE JAMES WINE CLUB
Recently I joined the Sophie James Wine club and this week my first shipment arrived. What I’m about to say will leave serious wine people clutching their pearls, but the shipment is beautifully packaged, and it was a delight to open. The bottle and label are also lovely, simple, and elegant. Sadly, I didn’t snap a photo of the package … but I did make this video. And here are a couple photos from the Sophie James web site.
My welcome package contained estate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Rose and Sparkling Rose.
I became aware of Sophie James Wines via Instagram. What got my attention, aside from the beautiful packaging, is that the wines are made from 100% organically farmed fruit and contain 0.00 grams of sugar per serving. That’s ZERO. I often experience headaches after drinking the smallest amount of wine. And that’s why I go the spritzer route. This is an issue for many women and seems to affect us more as we age. I can no longer drink a glass, or even half a glass, of wine with a meal without experiencing a headache and feeling dreadful the next day. It’s such a bummer. Anyway, this can be attributed to many things and the residual sugar in wine is one of them. So, I’m curious to try Sophie James and see if I can feel a difference. I’m hopeful and will report back.
You can read about the sweet, Sonoma county couple who started the winery here. Sophie James Wines are available to members only. And you can get on the wine club wait list here. Not to worry, I didn’t have to wait long. And this is not a sponsored by the way. I’m a paying member of the wine club and have no relationship with them other than that.
So there you have it.
Let’s head over to see what Kim and Elizabeth are sharing.
IN OTHER NEWS ~
Earlier this week Kyle and Melody returned from their Italian travels where they celebrated a friends wedding in Lake Como. Melody made this gorgeous Reel of their adventures, including snippets from the beautiful wedding. Oh, and today is Melody’s 30th birthday!
I heard this book is really good and downloaded it to my Kindle.
If you missed last weekend’s meanderings, you can catch up here.
As always, I appreciate your visit and welcome your thoughts in the comments below.
Cheers from the Hood River in Oregon!