Yes Way, Rosé: 5 Pinks I’m Loving This Summer

Rose All Day Bar Cart Art print created with museum quality fade resistant 19pt Savoy Cotton archival paper and inkRosé season is officially upon us, as evidenced by the rows and rows displayed at Wegmans, wine shops, and in my Instagram feed. People have gone rosé crazy– from rosé gummi bears to frosé to a Pinknic (a rosé-themed picnic in New York City. Really). And for the true rosé lovers out there, there’s even artwork you can hang above your bar cart (how cute is this print from AThingCreated on Etsy?)

But with so many choices out there, it can be hard to pick just one pretty pink bottle! Here are five of my favorites to sip poolside all summer long.

Early Mountain Rosé (Virginia)

This Virginia belle has been getting a lot of attention and praise recently. In fact, Garden & Gun called it the “rosé you’ll want to drink all summer long.” This wine is crisp, smooth, and delicious. You can visit the beautiful vineyard (which happens to be owned by AOL co-founder Steve Case) and enjoy this lovely wine, or find your bottle here!

Wölffer Estate Summer in a Bottle (New York)

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They say not to judge a book by its cover….but I’m in love with this bottle! I was introduced to Wölffer Estate during a recent trip to beautiful Shelter Island, NY and immediately ordered two bottles of this delightful wine on our way home. Find your bottle here!

French Pool Toy (France)

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This is another wine I was introduced to on Shelter Island. It’s light and refreshing– and it comes in a plastic bottle, so you can take it anywhere! Perfect for pool parties or sunny days on the beach, this is an accessible and fun option for a summer sipper. Find your bottle here!

J. Mourat Rosé (France)

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I discovered this lovely and bright rosé at my favorite wine shop/cafe in Richmond, Barrel Thief. It’s quickly become one of my favorite wines and is perfect for dinner with friends. Find your bottle here! Or visit Barrel Thief at 5805 Patterson Avenue.

King Family Vineyards Crose (Virginia)

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This is a cult favorite of Virginia wine lovers! From King Family Vineyards in Crozet, just outside of Charlottesville. Light and crisp and perfect for a “porch or patio,” this is a must-have for any summer stock. You can buy a bottle from the vineyard, or you can stop by Once Upon a Vine, my neighborhood wine shop known for its vast selection of Virginia wines.

Looking for more recommendations? I love this list from VinePair, offering 25 of their favorite picks.



Sneak Peek: Saks Summer Beauty Week

IMG_0023Hello, lovelies!

Tomorrow, hubs and I are heading out on vacation- woohoo! We are heading back to our honeymoon spot in St. Barth to celebrate our third wedding anniversary, and I am super excited for some R&R. Be sure to follow along on Instagram this week at @sweetcarolinerva if you want to see some snaps of our travels!

Before jetting off, I wanted to make sure you knew about a celebration coming up next week at Saks Fifth Avenue at Stony Point Shopping Center. The beauty squad at Saks is hosting Summer Beauty Week (June 1-4), and it’s going to be amazing!

The team at Saks is showcasing products that will beat the heat and give you that gorgeous summer glow all season long. PLUS, you get a gift with your beauty purchases. Score! Here’s the skinny on the Summer Beauty Week events:

  • June 1: Complimentary brow threading with any purchase from 6pm-8:30pm with Style by Zahra
  • June 3: Stay cool with King of Pops (yum!) and enjoy a fashion show at 1pm, featuring summer inspired beauty looks.
  • June 4: Infused water tastings with Brewed Well from 1pm-3:30pm

I got a sneak peek today, and it was so much fun! The YSL national makeup artists were in Richmond this week, so I had the special treat of having my makeup done by their team of talented experts. But first, I had to hit up the Saks’ shoe department (because sale. Duh.) How adorable are these Tory Burch Shaw Espadrilles? Perfect for St. Barth!


I was then pampered by the YSL beauty team with a morning makeover! All of the YSL products— from skincare to makeup–look and feel fabulous. My skin has felt hydrated and plump all day, and the makeup is just beautiful.


(P.S. How cute are these two?)

I started off with the Or Rouge Cleansing Creme. This stuff smells amazing and I instantly felt my skin transform. It felt wonderful going on and was so refreshing!


After I was fresh faced, I had my makeup done using all YSL products. I was really impressed with all of the products she used on me– from the eyeshadow palette to the blush! There were three products that really stood out to me, though!

YSL Forever Youth Liberator Eye Zone Serum


This stuff is magical! I haven’t slept well this week– stress? vacation excitement? binge-listening to My Favorite Murder podcast? who knows?– so my eyes have been feeling a little tired and blah. This serum was cooling and refreshing, and really, really perked up my eye area. I looked soooooo much better after she applied this serum (you do not want to see the “before.”)

Click here to purchase!

YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch Highlighter


This bad boy has a cult following, and it’s easy to see why. Highlighter + concealer + contour = magic potion for your skin. This gives you an instant glow and really gives your makeup a polished, dewy, and clean look.

Click here to purchase!

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick No. 70 – Le Nu


This is the PERFECT lipstick color for summer! It looks great on any skin tone and is the perfect pink — slightly brown, slightly coral, super flattering. I had to snag a tube for myself!

Click here to purchase!

Here’s the final result!


I love the fresh and summery look! 

If you’re looking for high quality, beautiful skin care and makeup, get yourself to Saks and the Yves St. Laurent counter! You can thank me later!

Thank you to my friends at Saks for a fun day of beauty! Can’t wait to return for Summer Beauty Week, June 1-4!

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