My Favorite Under $30 Wine + Link-Up!

Guys--I am REALLY excited about today's post! It's a little different for me especially for my Wednesday content. I don't know why I never thought to do a post about my favorite wines especially since wine is a very big passion of mine (not in a "it's a problem kind of way lol). We are really fortunate that where we live we have access to SO many wineries within an hour or two. There are a bunch of great wineries north of us in/around Frederick, MD and there are TONS in the mid-lower part of VA. When we lived in VA visiting a vineyard was one of our favorite weekend outings!

We had a trip booked to Napa last year but ended up canceling since our move from Boston overlapped with the trip. At this rate, once travel is open, I think we should just go big and go to Tuscany! Ok anyway--diving into the actual post.

Breaking down my favorites--I tried to only pick brands that I think are pretty widely accessible (leaving out some of the local wineries we love but if you're ever in the DMV feel free to message/email me if you want recommendations). 

Las Rocas - My #1 favorite wine, a red blend from Spain. Very smooth with all the oaky flavor I love! Unfortunately, I haven't found a local store yet that sells this but we had no problem when we were living in Boston. I am determined to find it this year!
Coppola Malbec - I am ALMOST exclusively a Malbec drinker when it comes to red (I do dabble in Pinot Noir & other blends sometimes). This is my absolute favorite! So smooth and rich.
Bodega Norton Malbec - Aside from Coppola, I tend to lean towards Argentinian Malbec and this one is amazing for the price. So rich in flavor and all the spice you love in a Malbec.
La Crema Pinot Noir - The first time I tried this wine it wasn't my favorite but it has definitely grown on me and now I love it! Also very smooth & full-bodied. I also discovered I specifically like the one from Monterrey. If you're a big Pinot Noir girl I highly recommend.
Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon - I think this is a fan favorite for many! I love that this one has that spice but super full-bodied taste. It's also very affordable for the quality.

[Disclaimer: Sauvignon Blanc & Pinot Grigio only! I don't like any other white wine.]
Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc - My ride or die when it comes to white wine! So citrusy/crisp. 
Justin Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc-This is another super crisp white wine but I find it a little fruitier than the Kim Crawford. So yum!
Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc-You can't go wrong with this one! Definitely has that citrus/acidic taste but is so drinkable and smooth.

Whispering Angel-By far the best rosé on the market that I have tried! So crisp without being too sour or too sweet. I also love giving this as a gift.
Summer in a Bottle-Definitely a close second to Whispering Angel and the bottle is like a work of art!
Cote des Roses-A more budget friendly option that still tastes high quality and also has such an adorable bottle. 
Summer Water - I got a coupon code for Winc and this was one of the wines I selected. I have contemplated getting a subscription just so I can get this rosé monthly! It is awesome. So refreshing & crisp.

What are some of your favorite wines? I would love to know!

Faves of the WeekLipgloss and Lace | Living on Cloud 9

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My Favorite Fall Looks

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Hi friends! I hope you're having a great week so far. We have been so enjoying the cooler temperatures. This weekend it is going to feel like actual fall with temps in the mid-60s! I don't typically do much seasonal decorating (outside of a Christmas tree in winter) but because we are home so much I have had fun adding some fall festive touches around the house. I also finally decorated my home office a little more since at this rate I'm not sure when we'll be going back into the office!

Today, I wanted to recap some of my favorite fall looks over the last few years that I still think are on trend and I linked to exact or similar items if you want to replicate. I definitely will be recreating some of these looks again this year!

Faves of the WeekBon Chic Style | Lady in Violet

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Fall Bucket List [COVID Edition]

Hi friends! I hope you had a great weekend. We spent most of Saturday at home with college football returning! While Steven watched football, I made a wreath and baked some fall goodies. On Sunday, we ventured out to another local vineyard and had such a great time! The weather was totally perfect and the red wine selection was amazing.

Today, I thought it would be fun to share some fall activities you can still do during COVID. All of these are on our list and we're still hoping we can squeeze in a tiny leaf-peeping weekend getaway.

**Fall foliage hiking (& camping if you're brave) - we have been hiking a ton since the start of COVID and we're talking about a camping trip in the next few weeks. Needless to say, I'm not a big camper but Steven is very excited about it so I'll give it a try lol! 

**Visit a local brewery or winery with outside seating. We have already made that one of our go-to weekend activities! We are fortunate to live close to so many breweries and wineries and they have all been great with social-distancing measures.

**Pumpkin/apple/sunflower picking - we're definitely planning on visiting one of the local farms to do some pumpkin picking this year. Quite a few places around us require reservations just to ensure safety/social distancing which I appreciate!

**Fall/Halloween Movie Marathon - Pop some popcorn and cozy up with some fall-themed movies! We do love scary movies but some feel-good options I always love watching during autumn months are Practical Magic, You've Got Mail, Hocus Pocus, When Harry Met Sally, St. Elmo's Fire & many more.

**Drive around historic neighborhoods to scope out the fall porch decor! Am I the only one that loves doing this? We're also fortunate to live in an area with plenty of historic towns + DC/Georgetown!

**Light a candle & cozy up with a good fall/spooky book. This is SUCH a great book especially for fall! I also just finished The Shape of Night and think that would be a fun read this time of year.

**Put together a fall picnic with wine and pumpkin treats! You could also have a bonfire & roast some s'mores.

**DIY a fall wreath--If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my first attempt at making a fall wreath! I'm pretty happy with how it turned out and it was super relaxing.

**Fall Foliage Drive--Like I mentioned before, I'm hoping we can squeeze in a quick little foliage trip this year but it's looking unlikely since we waited so last minute. This picture was from our trip to Vermont last year. Loved scouting out all the covered bridges!

**Sign up for a Zoom baking class! I know Sur La Table is offering some seasonal online cooking & baking classes. Right now they are still offering summer-themed classes but I'm sure soon they will be switching it up!

What are some COVID-safe activities you love during fall?