Happy Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I am super thankful to be spending the holiday with my husband in sunny California and thankful to our cousins for hosting their annual Thanksgiving week in such a gorgeous location!Happy Thanksgiving

For the past three days, we’ve wined and dined our way through Wine Country so we’re having a low key day in preparation for our black tie Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow night. The guys do all the cooking while the ladies get gussied up for a night of celebration which is quite alright with me!

Plus, I may be doing a little online shopping because the deals are just too good! Here are the BEST ones you can already shop!

J. Crew

30% off EVERYTHING – Use code HOLIDAY

Banana Republic

 Half off sweaters and 40% off the rest of your purchase restrictions apply – Use code BRFRIDAY

Shopbop

15% off orders of $250 or more, 20% off orders of $500 or more – Use code GOBIG15

GAP

50% off EVERYTHING! Use code BLKFRIDAY

I used to work at Gap Body in high school and it is still my favorite place to buy PJ’s from. My nephews would look so cute and cozy in this fleece set and my nieces would be perfect in this pair.

And make sure to come back tomorrow to see ALL of the amazing Black Friday deals!

Vacation Instagram Roundup

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Last week, I was on a tear posting tons and tons of pictures from our WaterColor, Florida, trip on Instagram. And since some of you may not be signed up for LIKEtoKNOW.it, I thought I would share my favorites from the week here.

My sister and I put her youngest son in the stroller and headed out for a morning walk and coffee. Since we don’t live in the same city, it was nice to have time to just chat and walk. 

 Hot Pink Workout Tank, Hot Pink Nikes, Running Shorts, Sports Bra, Running Hat

On Monday night, we rode our bikes into downtown Seaside to dine at the food trucks then head to the beach for a bonfire and s’mores.

Marble Shorts, Boater Hat, Crossbody Bag, Strappy Flat Sandals (gold and terra cotta here), Gold Aviators

The temperatures soared into the 90’s each day so white, lightweight dresses were in order to stay cool and look chic.

White Embroidered Maxi Dress, White Pom Pom Coverup, Embroidered Dress

My niece requested water balloons so what did she get? Water balloons. Even though the little ones mostly threw them at the ground and not each other, they had a blast. Michael and I thought we blew up a ton of them but little did we know…they go fast. Next time, I am going to invest in this one. 

 This pic was technically on Michael’s Instagram but I thought I would share. We look happy, laid-back and tan! 

Polka Dot Swim Trunks, Gray V-Neck, Boater Hat, White Pom Pom Coverup

A fresh coconut from the Seaside Farmer’s Market to stay hydrated pool-side.

Tassel Trim Dress, Jack Rogers Sandals, Mar Y Sol Beach Tote, Turkish Towel

 The beautiful beach at the WaterColor Inn & Resort. 

The flamingo drink holders I brought were a HUGE hit at the pool and all the other ladies were flocking to them. It kept my marg afloat while I lounged in the pool – genius! 

Flamingo Drink Holder, Bracelets (similar)

I had to crop this one for Insta but I wanted to share the full picture. On the last night of vacation, everyone got dolled up and we took family pictures! 

On Michael: White Popover Shirt, Navy Pants, Braided Belt, Gray Shoes, Watch

On the last day of vacation, Michael and I took a late day flight and had the entire day to ourselves. We packed our bags and headed to the adults-only pool at the WaterColor Inn & Resort. It was so quiet you could hear the ocean waves while in the pool and spent the day reading our Kindles in the pool. I also lathered myself in Sun Bum Suntan Lotion and am now obsessed with the coconut smell and how soft it makes your skin feel. 

Boater Hat, Scalloped Swim Suit, Turkish Towel, White Nails

Embroidered Maxi Dress

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In a dream world, I would love to live in Hawaii (although I have never been) and surf all day – think Kate Bosworth in Blue Crush.

But since that hasn’t happened yet, I’ll settle for wearing surfer-chic brands from Swell. In addition to swimsuits and rash guards they have so many cute, laid-back clothing options.

This Embroidered Maxi Dress immediately caught my eye because of the colorful bib detail but the lightweight fabric and fun details – I’m obsessed with the back – made this the perfect dress to go from beach to food trucks in Seaside, Florida. 

Embroidered Maxi Dress, Fringe Earrings, Jack Rogers Sandals, Gold Watch, Kendra Scott Cuff, White Bracelet, OPI Nail Color

Cabana Life SPF Coverup Dress

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I am spending the week in WaterColor, Florida, for a beach vacation with my entire family and this Cabana Life SPF Coverup Dress has been a lifesaver since temperatures have been in the high 90’s.

It not only has 50+ UV protection; it is lightweight, breathable and looks super cute for riding to the beach and around the pool on 30A.  

Although, I am admittedly a sun-worshipper, I have learned how important it is to protect myself from the rays – especially in sun-drenched places like the Gulf Coast. So, I am totally a fan of SPF clothing when on vacation and will be packing some for my upcoming trip where I will be traveling to mostly warm climates.

Enter Cabana Life – THE leader in sun-protective beach clothing with 50+ UV protection in each piece. The brand offers everything from swimsuits to coverups to clothing – for women, men and kids. All in cute patterns and styles to keep you and your entire family protected from the sun and stylish at the same time.

One of my favorite pieces from the recent collection is this Cabana Life SPF Coverup Dress. It didn’t wrinkle in my suitcase at all because of the fast-drying, swimsuit material and fits perfectly (form-fitted but not too tight). There are even two pockets in the front of the dress to stash your keys or cell phone while cruising around town.

Do you know what the best part is?! Cabana Life is offering all readers of Everyday Cuvée 30% OFF everything on the site! Simply enter code COURTNEY16 at checkout and let me know what pieces you find!

Cabana Life SPF Dress (c/o), Sunglasses, Jack Rogers Sandals, Turkish Towel, Beach Hat, Bike from Salt Air 30A

Orange Slipdress

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Most days at the beach are pretty laid back, but sometimes you want to slip into something fancy like this slipdress – especially when you are heading to Caliza or George’s at Aly’s Beach for dinner.  

These are our two favorite spots to dine at while on 30A and a definite must if you are visiting this coastal area. 

This effortless dress is only $55, figure-flattering and comes in five different colors (black is next on my list). 

Paired with turquoise tassel earrings, this bright orange color was a standout in the summer heat. 

Slipdress, Tassel earrings, Gold Sandals, Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses, Rattan Clutch

Nashville –

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Michael and I hit the road this past weekend and headed down south to Nashville to see one of my best friends from college, Rachel, and her beautiful family! Even though the drive lasted seven hours we passed the time by listening to Girl on The Train and enjoying the lush spring scenery through Kentucky. We had an action-packed weekend and really fell in love with the city – thanks to our fabulous hosts! 

The highlights… 

The Company – Even though we talk frequently, I hadn’t seen Rachel or her husband, Bryan, since our wedding almost a year and had never met her youngest son, Jude. In addition to Jude, Rachel and Bryan have a rambunctious three year old, George, who kept Michael and I entertained all weekend and expertly added a third syllable to my name – Court-tay-nee. They welcomed us into their gorgeous home located in the Green Hills neighborhood of Nashville – a short drive from downtown – and made our stay more than enjoyable with a coffee bar, fresh flowers, magazines and snacks all laid out in our room. We laughed, caught up and just enjoyed “being together.”

The City – This was only my second-time to the music city and Michael’s first so we made sure to see as much as possible minus any honky-tonks. We attended a wine-tasting hosted by Bryan’s company at a rooftop downtown overlooking the city skyline,  ran in Percy Warner Park and along Belle Meade Boulevard where I basically drooled at all the stately Southern mansions, shopped and walked around 12 South (my favorite neighborhood by far with the cutest general store, White’s Mercantile, and denim-boutique Imogene + Willie) and Marathon Village, checked out Hatch Show Print and had fabulous meals – all while basking in the warm sun.

The Food  We ate so.much.good.food including a pre-birthday dinner for Michael at Husk, a “sugar board” at Sinema (check out our #sinemaselfie below and make sure to get the Basil Instinct cocktail), brunch at Pinewood Social (can you please come to Chicago?), hot chicken at Hattie B’s, BBQ for Edley’s and more desserts than I have had in months – sno-cones from Retro Sno, popsicles from Las Paletas, marshmallows from The Bang Candy Company and ice cream cones from Bobbie’s Dairy Dip. 

We will definitely be planning another trip back soon – there is still so much to see!

           

Floral Printed Shorts

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Over the weekend, Michael and I headed to Florida to celebrate my good friends Mollie and Kyle’s wedding in Marco Island, Florida. The weather and wedding were both perfect and it was a much-needed, mid-winter getaway. 

With temperatures reaching 80 degrees each day, I was in heaven in dresses, swimsuits and shorts – including these new floral printed pull-on shorts. I dressed them up with a lightweight white sweater, a statement necklace, wedges and my new favorite trend in accessories – ear jackets!

Floral printed shorts, Sheer yoke topped white sweater, Gold Aviators, Pave Halo Ear Jackets, Circle Necklace, Gold Watch, Tan Wedge (very similar here), Straw Clutch (old from J. Crew Factory but here’s another straw clutch that’s cute!)

Palm Print Dress in WaterColor Florida

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Sadly, our family vacation to WaterColor, Florida, is over but I still wanted to share this Palm Print Dress I wore on our trip to the beach.

Palm prints have been so popular again this summer and when I found this shift dress with a price tag of only $30, I had to throw my “around the world trip budget” momentarily out the window to be a part of the tropical trend.

WaterColor, Florida, continues to be one of my favorite spots to vacation each year and the coastal community located adjacent to Seaside, Florida, never disappoints.

The vibe is family-friendly, laid back and just plain ‘easy-living.’ Per The Seaside Style store, it is a place where “bare feet and sandy floors rule.”

Even though you could survive on swimsuits and coverups in this beach town, I prefer to throw on a summer sundress for an evening out for cocktails or dinner – even if that means I ride my bike in a dress!

Speaking of bikes, we rented ours from Salt Air 30A for the first time this year and I couldn’t have been happier with our choice. The bikes were delivered on time, high-quality and just plain adorable with their teal, orange and blue color scheme. I highly recommend renting from them!

I’m already looking forward to our trip back next year and maybe you are too! Check out my 30A Travel Blend to see all of my favorite spots to stay and play in WaterColor, Seaside, Rosemary Beach and Alys Beach.

Palm Print Dress (more sizes here), Kendra Scott Necklace, Oliver Peoples Sunglasses, Gold Watch, MAC Lipstick, MAC Lipliner, Ivory Wedge (similar)

Round Pond Estate Winery

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Friends often ask me for recommendations for Wine Country. While I am more than happy to share (Michael’s interactive Google map is a sight to behold) there really is no wrong way to ‘do’ Wine Country.

Everyday Cuvée visits Round Pond Winery

Field Jacket, White Oxford, Sunglasses

For many, taking a drive up Highway 29 through Napa is all they will ever need. Big name wineries abound in this gorgeous stretch from Napa into St. Helena (think Robert Mondavi, Beringer, Beaulieu Vineyards) sometimes referred to as adult Disneyland. Seeing the beautiful estates from your favorite wine label transform from illustrations in your grocery store aisle to sprawling chateaux in person never gets old.

For others, it is all about finding that next cult wine or limited production site where you might meet the winemaker in person. Walking through the vines with the person who transforms that fruit into the wine you’re saving for a special occasion is not to be missed.

I think there is a place for both options, but if you are looking for the perfect combination between the two the answer is Round Pond Estate Winery. Situated in the Rutherford region of Napa Valley, this family-owned winery is known for its rich, expressive wines (especially Cabernet), olive oil and farm-to-table philosophy.

Field Jacket, Frye Boots, Black Pants, White Oxford, Sunglasses

Having visited the winery once before on our engagement trip, Michael and I anxiously awaited our return visit. We love all of their wines. Their rosé of Nebbiolo and estate Sauvignon Blanc are summer staples and the transition to fall and now winter means we can open some of their reds–the Proprietary Blend and both of their Cabernets are just about perfect.

A short drive off of Highway 29, Round Pond greets guests with a long palm-tree lined entrance that frames the estate in front of you. Upon arrival, we were escorted to the spacious outdoor terrace and seated at a small table near the expansive fireplace. After being greeted by our lovely host, Jeanie, we were treated to their Estate Tasting.

The family believes that the right food pairing helps bring out the full flavors in wine and they put that philosophy on full display for us. We tasted through four of the vineyard’s wines paired with their own garden-inspired appetizers all while enjoying the stunning views of the property.

The Estate Tasting Wine Pairings:

  • 2014 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc served with Housemade Chips with Onion Dip, Salmon Caviar featuring Round Pond Estate Meyer Lemon Olive Oil and Chives from the garden
  • 2013 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon served with Olive Arrancini with Fried Olive Risotto and Roasted Garlic Aioli featuring Round Pond Estate Italian Varietal EVOO and Infused Garlic Oil and Yellow Onion, Egg and Garlic from the garden
  • 2012 and 2013 Proprietary Red Wine – Chili Braised Short Rib Sope with Dora’s Tomato Salsa, Radish, Micro Cilantro, Laura Chenel Goat Cheese and Infused Olive Oil featuring Round Pond infused Chili Olive Oil and Cabernet-Merlot Red Wine Vinegar & Radish and Cilantro from the garden

My favorite? They were all wonderful, but the definite highlight of the day was tasting the inaugural release of their Cabernet-based ‘The Vow’ which is one of their exclusive Gravel Series wines and a special addition to our tasting.

The Gravel Series represents the very best fruit from three iconic vineyard sites and came together to honor their mother, father, and their “vow” to always keep the winery in the family. We picked up a bottle to celebrate our vow to each other and are planning on opening it for a future anniversary.

In addition to the Estate Tasting, the winery offers olive oil tastings, a Garden-to-Table brunch on Sundays, tours of the property and “A Day in the Life of Round Pond” experience during harvest. This “live like a local” experience definitely tops my list for a future date!

Thank you to Round Pond for the complimentary estate tasting. Although the tasting was free, the opinions in this article are my own and Round Pond has been one my favorites even before I started my blog!

Marco Island

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It’s no secret that Chicago winters are cold. Like, three plus months of soup, sweats and lots of blankets cold. So when one of my best girl friends decided upon an early spring destination wedding, I was ecstatic to leave it all behind for fresh seafood, bathing suits and SUN! 

Marco Island is located on the Gulf of Mexico in Southwest Florida and was the perfect spot for the beach wedding Michael and I attended over the weekend. The white sandy beaches were ideal for sunbathing, relaxing and even running. Oh, and the super attentive beach staff at Marco Beach Ocean Resort brought me Miami Vice’s (a mix of Pina Colada and Strawberry Daquiri for anyone unfamiliar) to keep me hydrated for all the fun ahead. 

We kicked the festivities off with a welcome party at a cute waterfront restaurant at the marina. Baskets of wayfarer sunglasses branded with the wedding hashtag awaited us as we caught up with new and old friends and toasted the bride and groom.

Saturday morning, I had to fit in a short training run for an upcoming half marathon. Being able to run directly on the beach against the soundtrack of waves crashing and surrounded by so many cool sea shells was quite the upgrade from the treadmill I have been chained to at home. 

The sunset ceremony right on the beach was a beautiful backdrop for the “I do’s” and the veranda overlooking the water was the ideal spot for our al fresco dinner. We danced the night away to a really fun band and I might have helped myself to the photo booth one too many times. 

Panama Hat, Denim Jacket, Stripe Sweater, White Pants, Tan Purse, Sunglasses, Converse Chuck Taylors, Gold Watch, Necklace

Stripe coverup, Panama Hat, Polka Dot Swimsuit Top and Bottom, Sunglasses, Gold Initial Necklace

On Michael: Linen Blazer, Gingham Shirt, Pocket Square, Ray-Ban Sunglasses
On me: Floral Print Shirtdress, Clear Frame Sunglasses

Sports Bra, Workout Tank, Printed Workout Pants, Tennis Shoes

Printed Pants, Clear Frame Sunglasses, Tan Purse, Tan Wedges, Denim Jacket, Gold Necklace