Gloria Ferrer

If there’s one thing that all my loved ones know about me, it’s the fact that I love wine. And it’s sparkling wine in particular. A few weekends ago, I got to visit Gloria Ferrer in Sonoma. I have had flute after flute of their sparkling wines, but this was my first time actually visiting … Continue Reading

What to Wear: Wine Tasting

Napa used to have a handful of wineries and back in the day they actually offered free tastings. Now a days the wine and hospitality industry have taken the Napa Valley to new heights. It truly is a blessing to have one of the worlds most sought after destinations in your backyard. Whether it’s a short … Continue Reading

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

While in the Philippines, I had the unexpected pleasure of touring Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar. It’s a project under construction by owner/architect Jerry Acuzar, whose goal is to buy and relocate the most beautiful and noteworthy Spanish colonial houses from the Philippines onto this picturesque strip of beach in Bataan. Many of these houses … Continue Reading

April Showers

Hooray for rain! Did you see my post from last January in Lake Tahoe where the lake was so low? In case you haven’t noticed California has been in a drought. So you can understand why I’m so excited to bust out these burning red Hunter boots. Pairing bright colored rain boots may seem daunting at … Continue Reading

Bohol, Philippines

My grandfather was born and raised in Bohol. I never met him since he passed away before I was born, but my dad talks about him all the time so making a trip to this island was very important for me. At Bohol, I wore this adorable gingham shirt dress from Old Navy. The lightweight dress was … Continue Reading


So today is my birthday and since I will be out of town all weekend for work, I decided that this past weekend would be the opportune time to do a small celebration. The first stop was at The Bud Stop in San Francisco where my boyfriend picked out this lovely assortment of flowers. I love this … Continue Reading

El Nido, Palawan

On my trip to the Philippines, I had the pleasure of visiting the island of Palawan. Conde Nast names El Nido, Palawan number one in both islands and beaches in the entire world. After wandering off to El Nido’s secluded islands, white sand beaches with turquoise waters and their many lagoons, it’s not too hard to understand why … Continue Reading

Amorita Resort

I have been vacationing in Philippines for quite some time now if you haven’t noticed from my Snapchat (beyondbasicblog) or Instagram. The first memorable portion of my trip was visiting Bohol and staying at Amorita Resort on Panglao Island. The resort and the food are top notch. Filipino people are just so friendly and courteous … Continue Reading

Sunshine and Style

My favorite go to dress has to be the flounced hem style. Earlier this month I was looking for something cute for spring and came across this gorgeous, bright yellow dress at Banana Republic (which is now on sale). I love how this dress can be worn from day to night. Thankfully, I didn’t have to wait too … Continue Reading

Valentine’s Day

Love it or hate it Valentine’s Day is around the corner. My boyfriend and I are not big on going out on the fourteenth, but he brings home a nice bottle of wine and we spend time cooking a romantic dinner together. He shows me he cares everyday. I don’t want to brag but I … Continue Reading