How to Pack a Wine Picnic

How to Pack a Wine Picnic- My Favorite Essentials

If you’ve seen my Instagram, you know that I love going wine tasting and I love a good picnic.  If you’ve ever been wine tasting, you probably noticed the strange phenomenon that wineries rarely have food.  If they do have food, they usually don’t have much variety and it won’t be gluten free (I’m gluten intolerant).  Therefore, I’m in the habit of packing a wine picnic when we go wine tasting.  I’ve packed quite a few at this point, so I know what works and what doesn’t, so I’m pretty much an expert on how to pack a wine picnic.
 
Here are my Wine Picnic Essentials:
 
How to Pack a Wine Picnic
 
  1. I decided that instead of buying a picnic table cover that I would simply re-purpose one of my Turkish beach towels
  2. It can be very windy on a vineyard, so these colorful cloth napkins come in very handy.
  3. I love these great melamine salad plates and they all fit in the picnic basket. 
  4. Pack an all purpose cutting board
  5. I love to bring music with me too, but make sure that you’re not bothering other people.  I love this Beats Pill.
  6. I also really love my insulated picnic basket.
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Dry Skin Remedies

Dry Skin Remedies I Swear By

Today I am going to talk about my current winter skin care regime and my dry skin remedies and things that I’m currently using to make sure that my skin doesn’t dry out. Now I understand that LA does not get as cold as most of the rest the country, but our humidity level is extremely low.   I therefore are usually have to battle dry skin to some degree all the time.  These are the Dry Skin Remedies that work for me.

Dry Skin Remedies For the Face

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream– I received a sample of this oil free cream this past summer and I’ve been a fan of it ever since. I took the sample with me on a trip to Palm Springs, which as you probably know is extremely dry, and this really helps combat dryness on my face. I’ve been in love with it ever since.

Mario Badescu Herbal Hydrating Serum– I have been using the serum for over 10 years. The Mario Badescu headquarters was actually a block away from my apartment in New York.  I was always intrigued when I saw women with their little Maria Badescu bags walking by me on the street, so I decided to drop in one day.… Read Full Post

What to Wear on Valentine’s Day

What to Wear on Valentine’s Day

First I just want to say that I’m sorry that I’ve been a MIA lately. If you saw my last post you know that my other business, Online Profile Pros, has been quite crazy lately and that has been taking up most of my time.  Recently I was thinking about what to wear on Valentine’s Day and then I thought you might be having the same conundrum. So, I made a list of my top picks, some you can rent and some you can buy.  As you may know, I’m a big fan of renting for special occasions, that way I can look festive, but I don’t have to buy something just for that one occasion.  I even did a Rent the Runway Review, if you’re on the fence about renting.  If you’re not a fan of renting, I’ve found some great items for you too, many under $100, as well as some great shoes.

Now, I know that a lot of people hate Valentine’s Day because technically it’s a made-up holiday but it’s a good time to be with your significant other and to remember how important your time together is.  On the other-hand, it can also be a great time to hang out with the best guy or girlfriends and say FU to the whole thing.  I used to have to travel for an event that always happened over Valentine’s Day.  It happened 3 years in a row and I was never able to be with my husband on actual Valentine’s Day.… Read Full Post

happy new year

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  I’m very excited about 2018.  Overall, I would say that 2017 was a pretty good year for my blog as well as my other business Online Profile Pros.  I had an interview in Forbes and another article in Entrepreneur about Online Profile Pros and how we help people with their online personal brand.  I’m really looking forward to some more accomplishments for Living with Claire and Online Profile Pros in 2018.

Click here for the Forbes article.

Click here for the Entrepreneur article.

XOXO

Claire… Read Full Post

Smile Brilliant, At Home Teeth Whitening

Easy At Home Teeth Whitening for the Coffee Lover PLUS Giveaway

This week I’m doing a review of the Smile Brilliant at home Teeth Whitening system.  They sent me a free trial of their product to check out and review. I’ll admit that I was originally hesitant because if you’re like me, tooth sensitivity is the one thing I absolutely dread when whitening my teeth. I’ve had some whitening procedures in the past, including lasers at the dentist office, but it was either ineffective or my teeth were so sensitive it hurt to eat and drink for days….good for the diet but nobody wants to be in pain for days with sensitive teeth. Fortunately, Smile Brilliant has it all figured out, each kit comes complete with a proprietary whitening agent and a very effective desensitizing gel for post whitening sensitivity.

At first I was worried that I would not be able to fit the whitening into my busy schedule. Smile Brilliant recommends whitening before you go to bed, but if you go out a lot in the evenings like I do, that won’t really work. Adding an extra 1 hour + of whitening to my already extensive pre-bedtime ritual would probably result in me waking up the next morning with the trays still in my mouth.… Read Full Post