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Bloggers Do It Better: Oxblood

I’m participating in another group challenge. This one is Bloggers Do It Better by Pretty Shiny Sparkly and the theme is oxblood. Now when I recently posted my shoes of that color, Sarah Hulbert of Sarah Hulbert Style called them merlot in her comment. I like that idea much better! My first pair of Dr Martens were called oxblood–the name’s been around a while, and the color is in again is in–but calling it wine sounds much better.

merlot scarf

Today I wore just a touch of merlot, but I was surrounded by gorgeous shades of burgundy, bordeaux, and wine. I was at Portalis, a wine shop in Ballard, WA, tasting wines and learning about a wine-themed novel called Killer Cuvée.

scarf and jeans

Scarf: Cost Plus World Market via swapped (thanks Kristen!)
Sweater: Suzy Shier
Jeans: Me too (from the Frock Shop)
Boots: Urban Outfitters
Purse: JC Penney
Arm candy: Various shops

I chatted Steve Wells, the author of the book, bought a copy, and selected a couple of nice Washington wines too.

wines on the shelf

Just before leaving the shop, hubby and I looked up and saw the most interesting skylight: It was made of wine bottles. Love the colors! This is one glass ceiling I’d be happy to have!

Wine bottle skylight


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An Evening with Winemaker Tom Campbell at ROAD Apparel

Last night my hubby and I attended a special event at ROAD Apparel, a local men’s clothing store with locations in Seattle and Bellevue. The special guest in the Seattle store was Tom Campbell, a pioneer in the Washington wine industry.

Tom Campbell has two wineries, Mission Mountain Winery in Dayton, Montana and Tanjuli Winery in Zillah, Washington. He’s also the Director of Wine Production for Woodhouse Family Estates in Woodinville, Washington. When Tom started growing wine, Washington had only 17 wineries. There are now over 700. Needless to say, we learned a lot about wine from Tom. His wines also tasted amazing. No wonder they’ve won over 100 awards.

Tom Campbell

Tom Campbell, vitner and Washington wine pioneer

I tasted the Tanjuli Winery 2009 Viognier and 2007 Malbec as well as the Mission Mountain Winery Cocoa Vin Chocolate Port. I ordered all three. The chocolate port was rich and sweet. It’s rumored to taste divine when poured over vanilla ice cream. Yum!

After the wine tasting, I snacked on food samplings from Chutney’s and Shiki. Then came the apparel perusing. I saw a lot of fantastic items that I think a certain Mr. Jean of All Trades would love to see under the tree this Christmas. He had his eye on a watch, and I found wonderful messenger bags, scarves, jeans, shirts, and jackets.

ROAD Apparel collage

I found stylish people everywhere I turned. The first person I bumped into happened to be my colleague, Paul, who was enjoying the event with his friend, Pete. Paul is wearing ROAD apparel jeans; Pete has on a ROAD Apparel shirt and jeans. Looking good, guys!

Pete and Paul

Pete and Paul enjoying Tanjuli wine

I stopped these two stylish fellows on their way in. They let me snap a shot as long as I promised to feature their shoes. See, they work at Seattle’s flagship location of Aldo and are modeling the latest in men’s footwear. Of course I was happy to oblige.

The guys from Aldo

Aldo shoes

I met a man named Craig wearing a scarf from ROAD. I love the stripes and the pop of color. He wears it well, don’t you think?

Craig with ROAD scarf

I made a final lap of the store, chatted with a few wonderful people, including an amazing chance encounter with ROAD co-creator, Raj Shah!


It was a fun event and everyone enjoyed themselves. The store was packed and everyone was having fun, Between the stylish clothing, delicious wine, and tasty treats, it was an all-round great evening. Thanks, Julia, for inviting me!

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