Editor's Note: Today I am wearing a skirt by Ann Taylor, silk top by Banana Republic, jacket by Anthropologie, and shoes by Manolo Blahnik.
Happy Wednesday everyone! Oh my goodness did I have such a fabulous trip with Ann Sacks! The people that I met were so talented, full of ideas, and mostly from the commercial side of design which was very interesting for me to hear their perspectives. The majority of the people invited on the trip were from California and New York, which of course is much different territory than mine. Ann Sacks treated us royally while we were there in every way and I can still pinch myself that I got to go. We started off Sunday with a cocktail reception at the Ann Sacks showroom in Portland and I got to meet all the talented people that work in the main office and the showroom as well as the designers invited on the trip. Dinner that night was in the restaurant Departures that is on the top floor of the hotel that we were staying in The Nine's. Of course doing what I do I was taking in every detail of my hotel room which was very well done. Cocktails were delightful, dinner was delightful, and we were on to our busy work day on Monday. We spent our whole day at the winery Sokol Blosser which was established in 1971. The main building was beautiful and had a full kitchen. We sat at a round table discussing all day along with having a private chef making us lunch and an elegant 5-course dinner. We discussed everything from new products, marketing strategies, and even had an exercise where we had to break up into pairs and design a space with the new product. I was paired with a darling girl from Atlanta Cydney Davis. The day was very full but full of magic and splendor. The next morning we toured the factory and then we were on our way. What an incredible trip that I will always remember! I have been so busy since Sunday that I feel like the week is almost over but it is Hump Day! Make it a great one!
My hotel room at The Nine's. It was just beautiful!
The bed was so sumptous that I wish I could have spend more time in it.
The bathroom was bigger than my daughter's living room in Manhattan. I loved having the vanity stool. It is the little things in life.
First stop the Ann Sacks showroom for cocktails.
The view from the rooftop of the building was gorgeous! The Asian food was wonderful!
Everything on the menu was delicious!
Lunch was delicious and served in the large kitchen and we ate in a beautiful room downstairs. It was casual with sofa and chairs.
The Paella was delicious!
After our full day of round table discussions we started to tour the winery. These large cylinders were so impressive.
Another view of the group. Lauren who is in the forefront in the rain coat was so darling and told me on the first night that she wish she was my daughter. I would adopt her in a second!
One of the barrels.
This room is kept at a constant temperature. The oak comes from France and was actually started from Napoleon. They sell the used barrels to beer manufactures. All the information was so cool!
Our guide and host is one step away from being a wine expert. I didn't know there was all this school and steps to become a wine expert.
I showed all the courses in my blog yesterday. The table setting was so beautiful when we came back from our wine tour complete with candles and all the different wine glasses for the tastings. So much fun!
My sweet mother bought me a roasted chicken from Central Market served it with green beans and almonds.
This played on my iTunes yesterday and I forgot how much I loved this song!