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Posted on Nov 6, 2011 in Dear Diary | 27 comments

Unicorns & Grey Ghosts

I had my very first winery experiences this weekend! I had never been to a vineyard, gone to a real wine tasting, nada. Luckily, Jenny and the bro-in-law had a Living Social deal to use up and let me tag along. I should warn you: in case you weren’t aware, wineries are very picturesque. Prepare for photo explosion!

Awning Mawwiage

First stop:


Unicorn Winery in Amissville, VA! Naturally with a fluffy, pink, magical name like that, I was bound to enjoy these wines right from the get-go. And for only $5 to taste 10 different wines, I was right!

Slightly Embarrassed

Oh yeah, and as you can see, I dyed my hair again… er, again. Forgot to mention that last week amidst all my wallowing and rage, hahaha. It’s a dark burgundy/auburn color. It can look brown/red/purple depending on the lights, which is kind of fun. I really like it!


I ended up picking up a bottle of the winery’s blush to bring to the wine party I’d be attending later than day, fittingly titled:

Slightly Embarassed

The unicorn’s even blushing! Hilarious.


After having driven for an hour to get to the winery, we weren’t willing to throw in the towel quite yet. So we hopped on down the road to another vineyard:

Grey Ghost

Gray Ghost Vineyards! While Unicorn Winery was incredibly crowded due to a soon-to-expire Living Social deal, this one was much more open and relaxed. The tasting for 10 wines here was only $3!

Grapes of Rap

They also had lots of funny wine paraphernalia to look at:


Cheap Date

It was also just incredibly beautiful there. We really lucked out on the weather — I think it was the last nice weekend we’ll have until Spring! Sad.

Gazebo Vines

We decided we couldn’t leave without jumpshots in the actual vineyard area.


Of course, armed with heeled boots and a purse, mine was, er, not so graceful.


Oh well. No judgement, right Kerms?


Hope everyone had a great weekend!

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Posted on Sep 25, 2010 in Food | 2 comments

My First Monster

I made a green monster this morning! And it was delicious! Okay, okay, okay, so this isn’t really my FIRST green monster smoothie. But it IS my first successful green monster, and so I think it’s really the only one that matters (to recount the debacle of my first attempt, click here.)

This smoothie included:

2 bananas
a handful of spinach
1 cup of skim milk
a few ice cubes
too much ground flaxseed

I actually ended up blending a TON up, because I had bananas that fell out of the skin as I picked them up and had to use them. So this particular recipe probably isn’t one you’ll want to try unless you’re making smoothies for 2 people… or 3… I also used too much flaxseed so it was a little grainy. I only drank half of the smoothie because it was so thick, but like I said, a success nonetheless! And hey – I’m still learning.

For the rest of breakfast, I made an egg scramble.

That’s got eggs (duh), spinach, mushrooms, tomato, red onion, and a little feta. Mmm! I squirted some organic ketchup on top, and yum-o!

Again, I’m sorry for having been so lacking and boring in the blogging department as of late. I’m in Stella & Dot turbo-mode right now! Today I met with Kelly, my stylist sponsor / upline (their lingo) and we went through what was basically a new stylist task list! So if you got an email announcing my debut as stylist cluttering up your inbox, I apologize! Just trying to get the word out. If you’re feeling generous, hit me up with some fan-love at my new Facebook page. I need all the help I can get! 🙂

Speaking of which, I decided on the date for my launch party!! It’s going to be a happy hour on Friday, October 8th, starting at 6. If anyone in the area is able to, please stop by! You can just swing by after work for 10 minutes to grab a drink and some food, or spend a little time trying on jewelry and chatting with me – whatever you have time for! Contact me for my address/directions at powellgh (at) gmail (dot) com, or grab that info from my e-boutique site: http://stelladot.com/gretchenpowell.

The earrings that I got for Jenny (my sister) at the party last weekend were a resounding success, by the way! She really loves them, and I think they look pretty rad, too! I’m glad I snatched those up for her – probably will have to get another pair to add to the sample pile so other people can try ’em out too!

So all in all, today was pretty nice. I actually got to sleep in (!!!), and then drove up with the pups to Columbia to visit Jenny & her hubster. My parents were already there, and we all had dinner together. I’m actually still up there as I type this, haha! Tomorrow I’m going to Potomac Point Winery with Steve and some friends. Not sure how much wine tasting I’ll actually be participating in since it’s not necessarily diet-conducive, but should still be fun! Hopefully the weather will cooperate, and it’ll just be nice to spend some time with friends I haven’t seen in a while.

How has everyone’s weekend gone? Anyone have some successful green monster recipes for me to try? Does anybody out there in the DC metro area think they’ll be able to stop by my launch party? I’d love to meet up if we can (make this newfangled blogging thingamajigger seem real!)

I hope everyone’s had an amazing weekend so far! Until next time (and I promise that the posts will get back on health-track in short order.)

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