How to Get the Most Out of Your Summer

How to Get the Most Out of Your Summer Before It’s Over

Today, I'm talking about how to get the most out of your summer.  So I know that technically that Labor Day is not the last day of summer, the official last day of summer is Monday, September 23.   However, for many summer will end because school starts or the weather changes and starts feeling more like fall. So how can you get the most out of summer during the last weeks of summer? Start by making a list of all the things you may want to do.  Then weed out any items that you won’t be able to accomplish because of budget, timing, weather, etc and add them to a maybe list. Get your family and friends involved.  Everything is always more fun when you get more people involved right?  Find out who wants to join you on your adventures.   Find out what adventures your friends and family want to do and join them too.  Make it a group effort to make the most out of the last month of summer. So, making a list seems so business like.  Why would I suggest it?  Unless you make it official by making a list, there are so many ways to forget...Read More
summer cocktail

My Favorite Refreshing Summer Cocktail: The Afternoon Tea

Imagine a warm summer day and you're sitting on the porch or deck with a few friends and you wish you had a refreshing summer cocktail to sip while hanging out. Never fear Claire is here to the rescue! Every now and then I like to take some outside classes, and a few I've attended are some mixology courses.  Why not learn how to make something tasty from the experts?! At a recent class they were teaching the different types of drinks to make for hot summer nights.  One of the drinks that caught my interest was one called "Afternoon Tea". The mixologist teaching the course kept referring to it as a "Porch Pounder".  I didn't really get it until I tasted it and then it all made sense.  Basically, a porch pounder is a light and refreshing drink that can be enjoyed in high quantities.....not that you would, of course. Important safety note from Claire! Please drink responsibly and take a Uber or Lyft home if you really do "sip the day away".  It's better to be safe than sorry! Basically, I love a refreshing cocktail during the summer.  I don't want a summer cocktail that's too strong or...Read More
Napa Valley

Things to Do in Napa Valley- Where to Go, Eat and Sleep

If you’ve seen my Instagram, you know that I went to Napa Valley earlier this month.  I have to say that going to Napa with my husband was such an amazing trip for me.  I went to Napa with a friend and it was fun, but I really wanted to experience it with my husband.  Not only is Napa romantic, but it's such a beautiful place to experience with someone you love.....and I learned so much. Many people think that going to Napa Valley is just about drinking lots of wine. Well, for some it is, but for us we loved learning about how wine was made and how each one is different, in addition to tasting many wines. It’s actually inspired me to take some classes in wine making. What I have to say next may make you sad.....going to Napa Valley on a tight budget is hard.  Many of the hotels in the area can be very pricey and many of the most popular wineries charge a fee for tastings.   As with any wine tasting trip, you don't want to stay in a hotel that is too far away because you have to drive. You could take an Uber or hire...Read More
Summer Business Casual

Summer Business Casual Outfits You Need This Season

I don’t know about you guys, but summertime for me means shopping! I just feel like it’s the optimal time to freshen up your wardrobe and try to find some summer business casual outfits (and maybe throw in a fun summer outfit or two). Summer business casual outfits can be tricky because a staple work ensemble is composed of pants, a perfect blazer, and a cotton-based blouse. Even if you’re working indoors, that much layering does not sound comfortable. If you are looking to change up your wardrobe this summer season, you will want to incorporate light materials and ascending layers. So how can you do all that and remain looking like the professional, high-end, boss-lady that you are? Here are my summer business casual outfit ideas that you will need this season. RELATED: How Your Work Wardrobe Affects Your Personal Brand Summer Outfit Ideas For Business Casual Women If you work at an office, coming up with summer business casual outfits might be a bit more of a challenge than those who work from home. Your office may have certain dress code restrictions, so you will have to abide by those before you take my ideas into consideration. Or,...Read More
beach picnic

How to Plan the Perfect Beach Picnic & My Picnic Essentials

I love a good beach picnic, so I thought this would be the perfect time to share some of my tips on having a great beach picnic and my give you a list of my picnic essentials.  My first memories of picnics were with my parents in Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco with some fresh sourdough and salami.  My idea of a picnic has changed a bit since then, but it’s always about good people, good food and good drinks.  I believe you can have a picnic almost anywhere, whether it's on the roof of your home or apartment building, at a local park or my favorite, on the beach.  I believe in doing some pre-planning before your beach picnic to make sure that you have the best experience.  Here are my tips: Bring a Good Cooler There are many on the market some very expensive (I’m looking at you Yeti) but you’re only going for the day not an African expedition. So I usually go with a standard cooler like a Coleman with wheels. Now they make some really advanced coolers with things like the Coolest Cooler that has wheels and a blender and solar power built right in. How to...Read More