Community, Food & Wine, Travel

A Wine Country humblebrag

I’m bursting at the seams to share two annual Sonoma County events that will not only fill your belly and wet your whistle, they'll also give you humblebragging rights for years to come. You’ll want to permanently place both events on your calendar. Barrel Tasting and Restaurant Week. Isn't humblebrag an odd word? It’s one… Continue reading A Wine Country humblebrag

Delight your senses with Tea & Trumphets local artisan teas.
Community, Food & Wine, Health, Home & Garden

Farmer in the dell

For European countries like France, Italy, England, Spain and Germany, farmers markets aren’t a novelty, they're an essential element of daily life. Europeans don’t stockpile their groceries in huge refrigerators or store massive amounts of toilet paper from Costco. The primary reason Europeans don't shop in abundance; they don't have ample storage space for bulk… Continue reading Farmer in the dell

Community, Travel

Get SMART & park the car

Can you believe it's been a year-and-a-half since SMART made its maiden voyage in the summer of 2017, July 4th weekend when the train offered free rides to a swath of enthusiastic passengers? Many folks have ventured out to take the train as commuters or easily jaunt down to Petaluma. Recently, I met a couple… Continue reading Get SMART & park the car

The successful sommelier
Food & Wine

Best Sommelier Courses

The successful Somm  - By Christina Brooks - I Love Wine The wine industry - along with beer & spirits - is one of the fastest growing industries in America. The demand for professionally educated staff is rapidly increasing. The wine industry is formed by a group of diverse, educated, and highly devoted people. It is… Continue reading Best Sommelier Courses

Beauty & Fashion

Hair we covet

Don't be fooled by movie stars' voluminous hair or a stranger walking down the street with gorgeous hair. Their luxurious locks have four key elements in common; time, product (lots of it), effort and investment. Let's simply break it down by these four elements.      Time I'm not telling you anything new by saying… Continue reading Hair we covet

Beauty & Fashion

Product matters because I didn’t wake up looking like this.

  Don't kid yourself, the natural look takes time and effort. Hair product choices are overwhelming. Not only is product selection extensive at grocery stores & pharmacies, product exposure on the internet and in TV commercials is ubiquitous, and, at times, exhausting. I say exhausting because if you buy a product based on pretty packaging… Continue reading Product matters because I didn’t wake up looking like this.

Community, Food & Wine, Travel

Sip and see on a rainy day

Need a pre-summer fix? Some days are simply ‘chai days’. It’s been a long wet winter so the classic Wine Country dry heat won’t come fast enough this year. On rainy days like today when you just can’t seem to warm up, it’s easy to think about hot-spicy things. When winter lingerings on like this,… Continue reading Sip and see on a rainy day

Beauty & Fashion, Health

Hair matters

Travel and lifestyle writing is a passion of mine, on the other hand, what some of you may not know about me is, I moonlight as a hairstylist. Or, is it the other way around - a hairstylist moonlighting as a writer? However you look at it, I love both! A maven by nature, trading… Continue reading Hair matters

Beauty & Fashion, Health

Hair Matters 101 – Healthy hair lifestyle

Maintaining healthy luxurious hair is similar to maintaining a fit and healthy body. Results don't happen overnight and it’s not a hair diet - it’s a lifestyle. My clients find my salon through Google, Yelp, Styleseat, and word of mouth. Most are searching for a stylist to manage their mane and nurse their hair back… Continue reading Hair Matters 101 – Healthy hair lifestyle

Home & Garden

More bloom for your buck

Spring blooms aren’t always about budding flowers. Get the best bang for your buck by cultivating indigenous drought-resistant plants that offer vibrant color year-round. My clients often ask, “How do you plan your garden; where should I start?” Planning a garden can be a daunting task. It was for me in the past. I had a brown… Continue reading More bloom for your buck