Full-barrell-picOne of the great things about the Washington area is the variety of activities going on in and around the city. While the area may not have the cache as Napa or Sonoma for its wines, there are a few good wineries located a stone’s throw from our Nation’s Capital.Walking-through-the-trellis By-the-trellis

One of these wineries is Paradise Springs Winery. Located in Clifton, Virginia this winery is one of the closest to the Washington area. And with wine tastings daily, a gorgeous patio that features live music along with sprawling lawns, Paradise Springs is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon and as an added plus, the wines are good.Wine-Pour By-the-barn

I recently ventured out of the city with a few close friends and headed to the winery to just enjoy a relaxing getaway. Although it was hot summer day, I wanted to look casual but something a bit more than a t-shirt and shorts and also dressed to handle the elements. I tend to get cold in air conditioned buildings and I figured the tasting room would be chilly so I chose a floral blazer. A blazer can dress up a casual outfit and this floral one is a light of fun and perfect for this summer season.  It added a bit of pizazz to my overall look.Barrel By-the-barrell

Nice light colors are an ideal choice for the hazy hot and humid days of August. I paired the jacket with bright yellow shorts which brought out the yellow in the jacket over a white Johnny collar polo. I like a Johnny collar over a button polo because I feel that it has a sleeker more modern look. Knowing we would be outside, I wore a straw boater hat to protect my bald heat from the blazing sum. The blazer and hat prove that you don’t have sacrifice great style for function.DCFashion-Fool-close-up By-the-vineyardsDetails

Floral blazer:  WD-NY Black available at Target; white Johnny collar slim fit polo: Armani Collezioni; bright yellow cotton shorts – Polo Ralph Lauren, denim blue espadrilles:  Soludos; Straw web band boater hat and sunglasses: Gucci.