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The SoCal Social from A to Z

Recently I attended the So Cal Social Blogging event.  This is what I have to say about it, from A to Z.

A – Antique shopping does not get any better than Old Town Orange.

B – The Bruery was a fun stop on our tour.  They offer beer tastings and a great assortment of meat and cheese plates.

C – Complexions Day Spa was another great sponsor and an fun option for the second day of the event.

D – Down Home Antiques has an amazing collection of housewares, books, furniture, equipment and more.

E – Eikon Home is another fabulous shop with awesome unique gift ideas.  I could spend hours there!

F – Fantastic – if I had to describe the event in one word, although FUN is a close second.

Affaire de Coeur

G – Gallery on Glassell was one of my favorite stops.  They sell books, entertaining accessories and art and more.

H – History is evident in the Circle Plaza.  The area is on the National Registry of Historic Places.

I – Instagram is where you will find more photos on the #SoCalSocial from attendees.

J – Julip is an adorable florist and gift shop that fits a lot in a small space.

K – Krylon makes some awesome paint for projects and I cannot wait to use my gifts. A great sponsor of the event.

L – Lion Brand Yarn, another sponsor, gave us some great packages for crafting.

M – Mark Montano was the special guest star and gave us all advance copies of his new book: Big Ass Book of Bling

N – Next time I hope to stay for the fabulous dinner at Avila’s El Ranchito Restaurant.

O – Old Town Orange is a wonderful place to visit, shop and dine.

P – Paris in a cup is the closest thing to Paris around.  They have an amazing tea room in the back of the store.

Paris in a Cup

– Quaint is how I would describe the lovely area of Orange where our social took place.

R – Retro chic clothing is all over the place in this shopping area.

S – Swag as in, have you ever been on a swag walk? It is like trick or treating for grownups!

T – Tea Leaf Cottage is like Pinterest vintage items in real life.  You want to pin everything in that store.

U – Unbelievable was how I would describe the amount of swag that was part of the event.

Joyride and Elsewhere Vintage

V – Vivienne and Beverly did an awesome job of setting up the SoCal Social – Thank you!

W – Wallpaper for Windows was one of our sponsors and gave us some great products.

X – Xyron was another awesome sponsor for this event and included products in our Swag bag.

Y – You should be here next year if you are a blogger and are in the area.

Z – ZZZ is the sound I made happily sleeping after that fun-filled day! I want to thank my friends Ann, Jamie and Melanie for the great time we had spending the day together!

Hope to see you there next year~

Checking Out the New Store In Town

I had the opportunity to investigate a new store in Laguna Hills, California the other day.  I want to share it with you because with the holidays coming up, I think Total Wine is a great place to buy beverages, gifts and bar accessories.  If you are preparing for the holidays and want to make one visit to stock up on beverages, this is the place.

Now with a name like Total Wine, you might think they only sell wine, but this is not true.  Total Wine sells wine, beer, sodas, gifts and snacks. In fact, there is an entire aisle devoted to craft beer.

If you do not know a lot about wines, you can ask the wine associates for some assistance.  The associates can help you pick a wine to go with your holiday menu.  Generally, the lighter the meal, the lighter the wine.  That is why white wine typically goes well with fish and poultry and reds go great with beef and game.  That is not a hard and fast rule, just a guideline.

If you want to embrace your inner sommelier,  you can sign up for one of their classes.

The times of the classes and private wine tastings vary by location and price.  It was a wonderful session that I attended and Sue, our wine associate, was very knowledgable.   In addition to wine classes, they have beer classes and spirit classes.

The store also offers public tastings in their store for 10 cents.  Not 10 cents each glass, but that fee covers the entire tasting.  Check the store for times that this is offered.  The tasting center has a TV and is located towards the middle of the store.

Check the store for the tasting schedule.

The wines are nicely organized by country and domestic wines are organized by type.  Being a lover of all things organized, I found this especially helpful.  This makes it very easy when shopping with a list.

At the tasting, I especially loved the Radius red wine blend which is described as aromas of juicy rich black fruit, ripe cherry and hints of toasted vanilla oak.  It’s the bottle on the left in the picture above.  The best part is it sells for about $10 a bottle.

They also have a nice selection of soft drinks available.

Also for their grand opening, they were featuring some olive oils as well.

So there is something for everyone here at Total Wine.  I recommend you check them out if you are in the area.  Total Wine is in 13 states across the country, so you may have one near you.  The Laguna Hills store is located at 24001 El Toro Road, in Laguna Hills, California.

I was not compensated for this post, but did receive a store tour and wine tasting.

What is your favorite beverage?

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