STAYING AT THE MIRABELLE INN IN SOLVANG, CA

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“The Mirabelle Inn brings you back to an era when service and elegance pampered the weary traveler by a staff, well prepared for the task. This boutique hotel is designed to provide the special details and touches to make you feel at home and attended to, like nowhere else in the Santa Ynez Valley. A well-trained staff, a proper service attitude, make your stay memorable and comfortable beyond your imagination. From the moment you cross our threshold, our staff is empowered to make your stay special.” The Mirabelle Inn Website
This couldn’t be truer! My boyfriend, Josh, and I stayed at the Mirabelle for our six month anniversary earlier this month and I can safely say that it is the BEST hotel I have ever stayed in. The Mirabelle Inn is located in the absolutely stunning European-style town of Solvang, CA, at the foot of the Santa Ynez Mountains. Solvang is located along US Highway 101, four hours south of San Francisco.

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HOLIDAY GUIDE | 10 GIFTS FOR HER, $50 AND UNDER

This year has flown by! Seems like we are always saying that, but I honestly cannot believe how quickly 2017 has gone by. However, the holidays are here and I couldn’t be happier. Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday – the decorations, the crisp weather, the cozy nights in, the get-togethers, I could go on and on. Christmas is also known to bring on lots of stress when it comes to trying to figure out what to buy for everyone on our Christmas list, and how much is it going to cost us! Continue reading

5 PLACES IN VACAVILLE ALL FOODIES MUST TRY

Vacaville is not what you would call a “happening” town, lol. Nor do we have a flock of tourists like our neighboring cities, i.e. Napa. In fact, most people don’t know it exists, and those that do rarely give it much thought. Vacaville is actually pretty centrally located (no more than 1.5-hour drive) between some of the biggest touristy places in Northern California – San Francisco and the Bay Area, Napa Valley, Sacramento, and Silicon Valley.

Below I have a list of five places in Vacaville you MUST try if you’re ever in the area.

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So Many Bags … So Little Space!

Hey everyone!

To all the ladies out there, have you ever felt that your bags are taking over your closet?  If you’re anything like me that thought has crossed your mind at some point.  I will be the first to say that I have a minor bag collection problem.  I love my bags; hand bags, cross body, totes, you name it.  The only problem is I don’t have a massive closet to store them as if they were on display in a store (although I will admit that would be a dream).  I’ve been trying to find a way to store all my bags for a very long time, and done quite a bit of research on different ways to store and organize bags that would fit into my living environment.  And I am here to say that I have finally found a way to store all of my bags, including wallets and wristlets.  I’m also happy to say that this method will help keep me in check on how many purses I buy, lol.  A good rule that I should start living by is ‘one in, one out‘.

The first thing I did was go through all my bags and decided which ones I wanted to keep and which ones I was going to get rid of (I did this step prior to having a system to put in place).  Next, I had to figure out how to actually store all of them.  All my bags are stored in my bedroom closet, which measures roughly 82″ W by 23″ D.  As you can tell it’s not a very big closet, especially considering all the other stuff that I have in there.  My closet also has a built in top shelf, which is where my bags were being housed (and a currently being housed) but it was not very functional.  I would just place them up there, and then they would just fall on top of each other and if I tried to take one out then the whole thing would come tumbling down.  Not. Fun.

So how did I remedy the problem?

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Well, I was at Home Goods a few weeks ago and came across these beautiful canvas storage containers.  They came in a number of sizes, although with them being purchased at Home Goods they may no longer have the same exact ones anymore .  I purchased two, a larger one and a smaller one (17.5″ W x 13.5″ D x 14″ H and 14.5″ W x 10.5″ D x 12″ H respectively), and divided my bags in two categories: totes/large bags and shoulder/cross body (which also includes wallets and wristlets).  Then, I simply placed all my bags neatly in their respective containers then placed them on the shelf inside my closet.  I have found this to be the best way to contain and organize all my bags while still making them easily accessible, if I need a bag I just grab the container I need (they’re very light so it’s easy) grab whichever bag I want and then place the container back on the shelf.  Best thing, this storage method doesn’t take up a large amount of space, which is great if you’re short on space like me.  Oh and on the plus side they’re pretty containers to look at when I open my closet 🙂

I hope this post has helped some of you who might be looking for a way to store and organize all of your bags.

As always thanks for reading, and I will talk to you all soon!

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