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Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Egypt Adventure

Over the past few years, I realized I have always lived by the motto All About the Pretty. Since starting my blog almost a decade ago tomorrow (March 12 was the official first post – where did the time really go), so many changes have happened. I’m no longer working as a legal assistant and single. I’m married, pursuing a very different and exciting career path (more in the next few months), about to resume traveling after my surgery in November, and deciding to make changes I’ve been planning for awhile but was afraid. I’m biting the preferable bullet.

This blog has allowed me to meet good, smart, and engaging people in the world not in terms of just work, but in real world connections. I have so many friends and I thank God every day for Tia Williams encouraging me to start a blog in March 2006. Neiman Marcus fueled so many amazing posts and my love of travel allowed me to believe it was never too late to start something you love. Travel was a big part of my life before the word blog entered my mind. My yearly beauty trips to Paris started in 2002. I’ve had so many amazing opportunities and look forward to what is to come.

The experiences I’ve had because of All About the Pretty are too vast to name here. I have beautiful memories and the best thing about having a blog is the space to read them and re-live them any given time.

Don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere in the online space, but moving and switching everything over to what fits me at this time in my life, just me – JuliaConey.com.

Beauty. Life. Travel. Stories.

Join the pretty party in my new home next week.

This site will continue to live here, but if you want to continue to read and follow along please support the new site. Thank you for 10 years of beauty-FULL love.

Here’s to looking for more adventures in life that are All About the Pretty. 

Books and Wine

Books and Wine

I always say I like it when a plan comes together and right now those plans involve wine and books. I’ve been frequenting my library to read paper books because a lot of current books aren’t available for my Kindle. I didn’t realize until I went to open my new bottle of red wine how my new book cover and new wine match up beautifully. I can’t wait to dive head first into The Ramblers and drink Fiction Wine.

If you are curious about The Ramblers. Here’s an excerpt from the author’s website.

Simple luxuries.

The Ramblers

Travel Radar: CabFest Napa Valley

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If I lived on the West Coast (Southern California), I would hop in my car, get on the road, and drive to Napa to attend CabFest. Cabernet is one of my favorite grapes and I love drinking them. I would learn more about this wine from the legendary Karen MacNeil, but the highlight would be all that wonderful California Cabernet Sauvignon juice. I can’t make it this year, but it is definitely on my radar for next year.

DC Living: Catalonia Wine Tasting

Catalonia Wines and Cava

Catalan. The name alone makes me giddy. Spain was the first trip I ever took with my husband after knowing each other six weeks. Crazy, I know. We’ve been together ever since, so the land of tapas, Sherry, and wine reminds me of that trip. If you’ve been to Spain or plan on visiting it is imperative you taste the wines of Catalan. Catalan wines herald back to the Roman empire, but their wines may not have ever graced your palette. I’m here to give you a few reasons why you should add them to your wine rack or try them the next time you are in a restaurant.

I recently had the pleasure of attending a Catalan wine tasting here in DC. My belief of beauty as a lifestyle extends to wine. Lots of wine. As a budding wine junkie (oenophile) and sommelier in my head, I have had the pleasure of sipping some amazing wines. But, I didn’t always know their origins. Sure, I knew they were from this or that country, but not much else. The nerdy side of me wanted to go deeper and after four hours of seeing, sipping swirling, and savoring I have a little more knowledge to bring to you, my lovely readers.

Let’s discuss the beauty side of a wine tasting; I have to wear perfume that doesn’t leave an impression. I know. Devastating. It’s hard to really appreciate and smell wine if I’m wearing one of my heavy and impressionable oud scents. As much as I love a deep, stop you in your tracks, what scent is that fragrance, it doesn’t work when tasting, and I hate it. Plus, it hinders the people around you from really tasting the wine. Beauty science 101. I had to opt for a “wine friendly” perfume. I settled on Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess from a few years back and only one spritz. One. What in the world am I getting myself into? I digress.

{Cava is Spain’s version of sparkling wine.}

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{A sweet wine made in the Sherry style, but not Sherry.}

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{Wine writers who are also friends.}

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Currently Coveting: These Pretty Things

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I can feel. Spring is in the air and the sun is not going down so early that I want to go to bed at 5:00pm. This has got me in the mood for pretty things that make me smile.

  1. Life by Muriel Brandolini Cocktail Napkins. I vow to drink more fun drinks this spring and summer and not just my go to rose. All the rose is good anytime. These napkins will be a fun accessory to any bar car.
  2. AERIN Mediterranean Honeysuckle. I say it all the time, Aerin Lauder knows how to make a fragrance. This one is another beautiful addition to my beauty arsenal. This has spring and summer written all over it.
  3. Memo Jannat Eau de Parfum. If you haven’t heard of Memo put them on your list. They make gorgeous fragrances and you will not be disappointed. Any fragrance that mixes Neroli and musk has my beauty vote.
  4. 2013 Lise & Bertrand Jousset – Brut Rose Petillant Naturel. A rose that’s sparkling and natural. Yes, I know I was going to add something else to my wine rack, but this is hard to come by so it’s a must.

What’s on your spring wish list besides better weather. Unless you live in Southern California.

Travel Radar: Amanera by Aman – Dominican Republic

The luxury hotelier Aman have recently opened their Caribbean property and my goodness is she beautiful. Amanera in the Dominican Republic is situated on over 2000 acres on Playa Grande overlooking the ocean. Take a gander and be prepared for jaw-dropping travel dreams where the ocean and the jungle have made a luxury hotel baby courtesy of Aman. I mean come on, man.

{Seriously, Amanera. Seriously.}

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{A library for me to read in between pool breaks.}

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{I’m relaxed just looking at the spa entrance.}

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{The husband can rolls cigars while I’m at the spa.}

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{I can definitely see watching a sunset and sunrise from here.}

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NouriTress Perfect Hair Products

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NouriTress Perfect Hair Products came across my desk at the perfect time and my hair needs all the nourishing it can get. In winter, my skin has a tendency to be really dry. Sahara dry if I don’t handle properly and my scalp tends to do the same. I don’t have much hair on the top of my head, but I love a good hair product, especially when I need it.

NouriTress is a line based on treating hair from the scalp and this is what actually makes your hair healthy. I’ve been using the products for the past few weeks and my scalp and I are very happy. The products have a slight tingle. I love a good hair tingling situation. It makes me feel I’m getting a treatment in a salon. I use the leave-in as a pre-treatment under hair mask and my dry scalp has been happy with the results. The products get my hair squeaky and don’t dry it out.

I haven’t been working out so I can’t tell how they are going to work with sweat, but I have a good idea they will work well. I can definitely see using this product in the summer after multiple trips to the beach.

DC Living: Maryland Wine Passport Experience

Maryland Passport Wine

If you are in the Washington, DC area and wondering what to do this weekend or next weekend, I suggest the Maryland Wine Passport Experience. You might be saying to yourself “I didn’t know Maryland made wine.” Yes, they do. The Passport Experience is a self-guided tour through the wine trails of Maryland to see the culture and wine each region offers. The passport also allows you to go on both weekends to explore local wine, attractions and dine at a few of the restaurants.

Hopefully, I will see you on the trail.

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