Journal

A Hidden Gem: Newton Vineyard.

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Newton Vineyard is a hidden gem located in St. Helena, CA and it will take your breath away. When my Instagram bestie Soy (@RetroModernSplendor) from New York said she was coming to visit me, I knew I wanted to take her here. Founded in 1977 by Sua (from China) and Peter Hua (from England), Newton Vineyard is one of the most prestigious estates in California’s Napa Valley with an interesting but subtle combination of cultural influences on the property’s several landmarks (you’ll see why later). The terraced mountain estate has less than one-fifth of its total 560 acres planted to vines at elevations ranging up to 1,600 feet above sea level. The non-farmed acreage remains in its native forested state providing natural habitat for indigenous wildlife. The property is definitely a gem, but besides the breathtaking views and the spectacular gardens, this winery itself is extremely unique.

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You Make My Heart Feel Like It’s Summer.

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Life is better at the beach, isn’t it? I mean, we believe in the philosophy so much that we made it our motto. But it’s more than just the sun, sand and sea that result in the feeling of serenity.

There’s just something about life on the beach next to the ocean air that can soothe, heal and rejuvenate the soul.

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Chasing Sunsets.

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I’m madly in love with these photos.

The overcast clouds scattered from the recent rain added a dark enigma to this breathtaking sunset captured by my husband, Nate. I mean, not to be bias, but these photos look amazing as if they were straight out of a magazine! I remembered our photoshoots when we started this journey back in 2012…The photos combined with my so-called wanna-be America Next Top model poses were so hilarious and atrocious that I’m not sure if I should delete them or save them for our future children so they can get a good laugh.

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21 Marriage Survival Tips: Read At Your Own Risk.

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Chasin’ Dreams.

 

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Top: Missguided | Bottom: American Apparel (similar)

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To the ones who still believe in dreams,

Chase them.

Chase them until you’re out of breath.

Then, Keep Running.”

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9.4.15. || They always say if your dreams doesn’t scare you, then they’re not big enough. Well, I guess my dreams are humongous because right now, I’m kind of terrified.

After 16 years+ years working in the corporate world and the last 8 at an amazing law firm, I’ve decided to take the leap of faith to chase after what I truly love…making clothes and being my own boss. It feels great to write those words, but it’s also terrifying and exhilarating and scary and exciting and surreal and unbelievable and, in so many ways, indescribable.

For the past 3+ years, I have been working nonstop. A full time career from 9-6pm followed by a full time passion from 7-3am. Having to live off caffeine, I barely slept, and when I did, I would crashed for days. My patience was short-er and my mind was on overdrive; trying to make sure I do my (day) job well, which was my priority, and then going home at night to run a small yet busy business. I’m pretty good with juggling multiple things while maintaining a calm attitude, but at some point even superwoman needs time out to rest and recharge. Even though I was living comfortably with a nice salary in a well respected position at a wonderful company and for a great boss, over time, I realized I was not pursuing my passion, nor was I growing as an individual or contributing beyond myself in a meaningful way…for myself.

What is truly important in life anyway? Work and pay bills until we die, or discover what makes us feel alive and go after it?

I think as long as our passion can provide us with a comfortable living, waking up each morning to fall in love with what we do is pretty darn worth the risk. It’s scary as hell, but life begins when we step outside our comfort zone, or so they say…It’s now or never right? I just hope I don’t end up on the couch eating cheetos all day! :)

Thank you for reading and thank you so much for your support over the years!! xx, KTR