Ashley Perry is a woman who loves wine first and foremost. She is a wife who married someone who works in the wine business therefore, wine is all around her and she loves it. She created this blog to share the things she loves along with a little Juice on being a Mom.
Skin care has always been super important to me. I love have glowing, beautiful skin. Besides drinking lots of water, eating right, and staying out of the sun…I love to find products that really suit my sensitive skin.
Last Beauty Con in Los Angeles I was asked to stop by and pay a visit to my wonderful friends at the Better Skin Co. booth. These people were wonderful, with lots of knowledge about ingredients and keeping their products gluten free, paraben free, and vegan! Win. Win. Win!
I was given 3 full size products to try. After using for several months now…I have to say I love these products!
#1: Better Skin Lava Magik
Key benefits are:
– A cleanser, scrub & mask
– Helps prevent acne breakouts
-Helps calm rosacea, psoriasis, and eczema
-Minimizes pores & blemishes
-Retexturizes skin, leaving it soft, smooth and younger looking
-Helps diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars
As a wanderluster myself, sometimes I am looking for the best things to make my busy travel schedule a bit easier. I have put together a gift guide for that special traveler in your life. Because in the words of Chris Stapleton, “I’m a traveler, oh I’m a traveler.” Baby!
1. Get away with Hilton for great deals on top destinations.
2. Step into futuristic style in these men’s adidas shoes. One-of-a-kind yarn embroidery combines with a streamlined design for a trendy look that can be dressed up or down for any occasion.
3. Not only is this shirt comfy and cute, but Ivory Ella also gives 10% of their proceeds directly to the American Heart Association!
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Valentine’s Day is just one week away now, but don’t worry, I am here to help you find those last minute gifts for the special people in your life! If you are out of ideas…here are some great ideas for gifts for that special lover in your life.
Take advantage of your weekends with the Long Weekender Package from Hilton and save 50% on Sunday nights! Whether exploring a new destination or enjoying a stay-cation, turn your weekends into a mini vacation.
These Calvin Klein glasses are trendy and oversized! They feature a rounded square shape as well as nose pads for the perfect fit in fun gradient colors.
Frederick’s is the one-stop destination for Valentine’s Day lingerie. Get everything on their site for 40% off until 2/4!
Give the gift of good luck and positive thoughts. These beautiful, hand-crafted pewter bells channel good feng shui energies to the recipient and serve as a constant reminder of your love.
This Intimate Art Kit by Love Is Art is perfect for Valentine’s Day. It’s everything a couple needs to safely make an abstract painting while sharing their love for each other! It’s also reasonably priced at $60 from The Grommet.
Sculptor David Yurman and his wife, Sybil, a painter, launched their house of design in 1980. Their collaboration has left a legacy of iconic pieces that are both style statements and works of art, like these Cable Heart Earrings.
Need a last minute gift idea? Frederick’s is offering 50% off the Valentine’s Day collection PLUS $5 flat rate 2-day shipping on all orders over $75 from 2/5-2/9!
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Join the Hilton Honors Program and take more vacations with your valentine! Earn 2,000 bonus points on every stay plus an additional 10,000 points on every 5 stays from 1/1-4/30.
These Jonathan Adler “You’re Smokin’” chocolate cigars from Sugarfina are double wrapped in a limited-edition box. Each chocolate cigar is made by the 19th-century chocolate maker, Venchi.
Cabernet is king in the U.S. and in many other parts of the world. We crave its bold tannins and fruit and it certainly pairs well with many of the dishes we as Americans love: including beef! But Cabernet Sauvignon has a softer side, and goes well with some cheeses and even lavender.
Cheese/nuts: cheddar, gorgonzola, walnuts
Meat/poultry: venison, rib eye, beef stew
Seafood: grilled ahi tuna
Fruits and Veggies: black cherries, tomatoes, broccoli
Herbs and Spices: rosemary, juniper, lavender
Sauces: brown sauce, tomato sauce
Desserts: bittersweet chocolate
I hope this aids you in pairing foods and wines! Above all, have FUN experimenting with all of these flavors!
Merlot has fallen out of fashion over the last few years… but its sales numbers prove that although it might not be “trendy”, it is still being drunk. We often forget about this grape and the soft berry flavors and beautiful eucalyptus nose its wines often have. I love that you can find characteristics like mint and juniper in a Merlot and think its fun to play up these flavors and aromas by pairing it with a dish that contains the same elements.
Riesling might be one of the more misunderstood wines. In the U.S. it varies a lot in style, and many produce a very sweet Riesling that has almost become the “norm” for Riesling style in the U.S. Truth is, Rieslings from Europe are often very minimally sweet, and this wine’s balance of acidity and sweetness actually makes it a very food-friendly option. The thing I love best about Riesling? It balances spice incredibly well, making it a perfect accompaniment to Thai food or other spicy dishes.
Cheese/nust: Havarti, gouda, candied walnuts or pecans
Meat/poultry: smoked sausage, duck, foie gras
Seafood: sea bass, trout
Fruits and Veggies: apricots, chili peppers, pears
Herbs and Spices: rosemary, ginger, Thai or Indian spices
Pinot Noir is a funny, funny grape that makes funny, funny wines. Only Pinot Noir can have fruits like cherry alongside descriptors like “forest floor” and “mushroom”. It is truly a beautiful juxtaposition of flavors and aromas.
Although lighter in body, Pinot has some weight behind it and can stand up to some meat dishes. And don’t be afraid to–gasp!–pair it with a heartier fish. I happen to love salmon and Pinot Noir, particularly if it is a winter dish with heartier accompaniments like mushrooms.
Chardonnay can be made into many styles, and this should always be kept in mind when pairing the wine with food. Are you drinking a full-bodied, California-style Chardonnay with a lot of oak and butter presence, or one that is lighter on the oak… or maybe not even aged in oak at all? Make sure you factor this in to your pairings.
The best thing about Chardonnay? It’s a decadent wine with sensual body, so it stands up against dishes and flavors when other white wines might fall flat. Despite its body, it still has great acidity, making it perfect for cutting the richness of cream dishes.
Cheese/nuts: mild, semi-soft cheeses with unoaked Chardonnay; asiago, havarti, Stilton or other blue-veined cheeses with oaky Chardonnay; almonds and nearly any toasted nut
Meat/poultry: veal, chicken, pork
Seafood: halibut, shrimp, crab, lobster
Fruits and Veggies: potato, apple, squash, mango
Herbs and Spices: tarragon, sesame, basil
Sauces: cream sauces, pesto
Desserts: banana bread, vanilla pudding
Top tip when pairing Chardonnay: make sure your wine doesn’t overwhelm a dish with more subtle flavors. It is known to do so!
Sauvignon Blanc is a beautiful white wine!
This crisp, lighter white wine is known for having a high level of acidity and a lot of citrus. It is a great wine to pair with dishes that are lighter yet still packed full of flavor, and the herbaceous qualities often found in the wine often bring out the herbs in a dish. Here are some foods/flavors that go exceptionally well with Sauvignon Blanc:
Cheese/nuts: feta, goat cheese, pine nuts
Meat/poultry: chicken, turkey, pork
Seafood: fatty white fish, oysters, scallops, lobster, shrimp, sushi
Fruits and Veggies: citrus, green apple, asparagus
Herbs and Spices: chives, tarragon, cilantro
Sauces: citrus and light cream sauces
Desserts: sorbet, key lime pie, meringue, mango
The most difficult thing about pairing Sauvignon Blanc? With this wine, I find that “like” does not always go with “like”: vinaigrette acidity kills the flavors of the wine and numbs the tart flavor in the vinaigrette.
I would try this beautiful Sauvignon Blanc from Ponga.
Cheers to this beautiful day and beautiful crisp sauvignon Blanc!