The Ultimate Girls Getaway Bag with Toss Designs and Beautycounter

You know we love a good Girls Getaway weekend here at A Savvy Lifestyle, so we paired up with Toss Designs to help you pack. Memorial day weekend is around the corner and there is no better way to celebrate than by treating yourself to a new getaway bag!

Toss Designs has been living and breathing handbags since 2004, and this bay area based design house's bags are effortlessly chic and perfect for every occasion. They make everything from rolling weekend-sized suitcases, to stylish totes, clutches, and makeup pouches. Whether you are planning a weekend away with your bridesmaids or just a girls trip to catch some sun, these bags (and what they have inside them) will be the perfect accessory!

The Bridesmaid Bag

These mid-size zip pouches from toss design would make the perfect bridesmaid gifts for your girls! We love the Bridesmaid Flat Zip because you can easily travel with it- the clear plastic means you can easily take your makeup through airport security. Plus, the print is just right for a wedding, and matching accessories for your bridesmaids make your day even more picture perfect! We paired it with the adorably preppy Spot Me Flat Zip, which can be customized with each bridesmaid's initial!

In this case, we know the things that go inside the bag are just as important as the bag itself. Your bridesmaids deserve the best, so we have rounded up a few ideas!

  • A notebook, like this floral one from Rifle Paper Co. 
  • A piece of jewelry, like this necklace from The Giving Keys. This company employs people transitioning out of homelessness in Los Angeles and creates inspirational necklaces, bracelets, and key chains. The idea is that you wear the piece until you find someone you feel needs the inspiration more than you do- and you pass the piece on, paying it forward. 
  • A fun, on the go cocktail like this Cosmo from On the Rocks. These travel sized cocktails are perfect for a trip to the beach or even on the plane! All you have to do is add ice, or chill the cocktails and enjoy!

The Beauty Bag

If you're looking for some amazing beauty products to gift to your girls, look no further than Beauty Counter! We have featured their amazing products before in our Valentine's day shoot, and we are still raving about them! These products are clean and so effective- you are not sacrificing performance with Beauty Counter. Plus, they ban over 1500 potentially harmful substances from all their items so they are worry free. We picked out a few of our top favorites (seriously it was hard to narrow it down this much), and tossed them into these adorable flat zips. We chose the Florence Tassel Clutch in Tan and the Gold Pineapple Flat Zip. You can shop these Beauty Counter looks here, by selecting the A Savvy Lifestyle Girls Getaway social. You will be entered to win free products if you shop through our link- pretty great right?

This bag is full of beauty goodies, but a weekend of fun in the sun calls for a little extra protection. We absolutely love Beauty Counter's Sun Screen and Dew Skin foundation for light, breethable coverage on those days to the beach or pool. Pair them with the Color Pinch Cream Blush for a slightly more put together look, without feeling overdone. 

While the above products will perfect your day look, a spa night in with the girls calls for a little extra pampering and we've got just the thing. First, you need (and I mean NEED) to try the Beauty Counter Cleansing Balm. You can use this to remove your makeup, clean your face, and it doubles as a hydrating night mask! Once you're all clean, you can delve into the No. 1 Brightening Spa Set. This collection of mini-sized targeted masks, mists, and oils infused with multi-source vitamin C complex will reawaken dull skin and boost radiance. They also come in full sizes to use in your everyday skin care regimen! This collection is great for all skin types so you and your gal pals (or guy pals- skin care is for men too, people!) can relax and leave your vacation feeling rejuvinated. Don't forget to shop through this link to be entered to win a free Beauty Counter product!

Want our expert advice on where to stay in wine country for a getaway weekend? Drop us a line on our contact page and we would love to give you some recommendations. There is so much coming up to do around Sonoma and Napa, so check out our event calendar. Beauty Counter products and Toss Designs bags go together beautifully and we can't wait to see where you take them!

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Cruess Wine

Cruess Wine was started by husband and wife team Anthony and Alissa, after spending over 15 years of making wine for other labels. They were inspired by the contents of a shoe box containing their great uncle William's old black and white photos, and his wife's artwork. William and Marie Cruess lived a life of exploration, artwork, and winemaking. William was a food scientist and professor at UC Berkely, eventually going on to start the Viticulture and Oenology department at UC Davis. William was an integral member of the California winemaking community. His wife, Marie, was an artist and the striking artwork you see on the Cruess Wine labels is all her own. 

Anthony and Alissa created Cruess Wine in memory of the Cruess' story, their courage, and their commitment to live an adventurous life in search of all things beautiful. These wines reflect where they were grown, as well as Anthony and Alissa's own ideals about how wine should taste and age. 

So how did Cruess Wine fall into our laps here at A Savvy Lifestyle? Another fun story- Kelly, the founder of A Savvy Event and A Savvy Lifestyle, and Alissa grew up in the same neighborhood as children. In catching up, Alissa introduced Kelly to Cruess Wine and we immediately knew it would be a match made in heaven with ASL. 

Though we would argue you never need an "occasion" to open a bottle of wine, we thought that the first Farmers Market of the summer here in Sonoma was the perfect pairing for a couple bottles of Cruess Wine's 2016 Grenache Vin Gris. Between the pink hue of the wine and the hint of florals in the label, this Vin Gris is as beautiful as it is delicious. 

The Grenache used in this classically styled vin gris was lightly stomped by foot, gently pressed and then fermented to dryness. More than just pink, this is a distinct wine with both structure and attitude.
Beautiful. Structured. Uncompromising Quality. These wines are a statement of art and family; of focused vision and relentless work to make something beautiful to share and inspire others.

There is nothing quite like a bottle of pink wine and the Farmers Market to signal the start of summertime here in Sonoma Valley. Cruess Wine's Vin Gris is the perfect sip of summer, but that is not all they do! They also produce a fabulous Pinot Noir, and a Russian River Fiano. All of their wine is made in small batches and can be found in various locations across Sonoma County and the Bay Area. Though it is not yet in any Sonoma locations, it is available to be purchased online  here. 

Find Cruess Wines at the following locations:

  • The County Bench, Santa Rosa CA
  • Willi's Wine Bar, Santa Rosa CA
  • Wilibees Wine & Spirits, Santa Rosa and Petaluma CA
  • Wili's Seafood, Healdsburg CA
  • Camp Fina, Healdsburg CA
  • Mateo's, Healdsburg CA
  • Dry Creek Kitchen, Healdsburg CA
  • The Trading Post, Cloverdale CA
  • Out the Door, San Francisco CA
  • Petit Crenn, San Francisco CA
  • Little Vine SF, San Francisco CA
  • Fig & Thistle, San Francisco CA

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An Interview with Sheryl Kristie Chan of Blush Type Design

Sheryl Kristie Chan decided to learn calligraphy when she was about to get married. You see this quite frequently from the more creatively inclined brides that we work with at A Savvy Event and let's just start by saying it is no easy task to take on while planning a wedding. Sheryl, however, found calligraphy practice to be therapeutic- often using it as a way to de-stress throughout the wedding planning process. Eventually, she became so good at it that she realized she needed a way to incorporate it into her life after her wedding, so she founded Blush Type Design. It started with an Instagram to hold herself accountable, and soon turned into much, much more. We sat down with Sheryl, whom we love working with, and picked her brain about what she does as a professional calligrapher and designer. 

Photography: Rebecca Amber Photography, Planning: Petite Pearl Events, Florals: Celsia Floral

Photography: Rebecca Amber Photography, Planning: Petite Pearl Events, Florals: Celsia Floral

Tell us a little bit about what you do.

My job is pretty awesome. I get to be creative everyday and whatever I dream up in my head – I can turn it into a physical thing. My main gig is doing calligraphy and signage for weddings. Everything from custom invitations and handwritten agate place cards, to large acrylic seating charts and personalized wooden quote boards – I do it all! When I explained my job to someone they described it as all the Pinterest things that people pin when they want to make their wedding more personal and pretty! That’s exactly what I do! I also enjoy teaching people what I do and try to host workshops on a regular basis so I can share what I love with others!

Photography: Birds of  Feather, Planning: Charmed Events, Florals: Tango and Foxtrot Florals, Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen

Photography: Birds of  Feather, Planning: Charmed Events, Florals: Tango and Foxtrot Florals, Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen

If you had to pick just one of the services you offer, which would be your favorite?

This one is tough! I do really like teaching though! I offer classes on a regular basis and also do private classes as well. It’s really great to be able to share your craft with other people. There are so many things I wish I knew at the beginning and I just want to help people along the way. It’s amazing to see people’s progress from when they start the class to the end. At the end of the class they have a new skill they can take away them and use as their own therapeutic “me” time.

How do you balance your own artistic style and the needs of your clients?

For the most part, people hire me because they like my style! I’ve been very fortunate to not have to go too far outside of my box for many clients. That being said, I’m very flexible and willing to challenge myself and try new things! I love when clients challenge me and bring new ideas to me. It’s all part of the creative process, working together to push boundaries and circle back at the end with an end product that both parties are happy with!

Photography: Gucio Photography, Planning: Petite Pearl Events, Florals: Garden Party Florals

Photography: Gucio Photography, Planning: Petite Pearl Events, Florals: Garden Party Florals

Photography: Barnett Photography, Decor: Vintage Origami Weddings, Florals: A New Leaf Floral Design

Photography: Barnett Photography, Decor: Vintage Origami Weddings, Florals: A New Leaf Floral Design

What is your favorite part about working with brides?

Their faces when they see everything on the day! It’s so great to work with brides throughout the whole process and help them bring their creative vision to life. It’s one of my favorite things, to listen to a bride talk about her vision for the whole thing and then take that and create something magical that fits their exact theme and style to a tee. It’s very beautiful thing to be part of the magic of one of the greatest days of someone’s life.

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