Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Journey to Palm Springs with Ecco Domani and Christian Siriano

*This post is sponsored by Ecco Domani, all opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting those who support Chow Down USA. Photography by Brad Bahner.


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So far this year, summer weather in Boston has been really hit or miss, so I teamed up with Ecco Domani x Christian Siriano to bring the summer vibes of Palm Springs to New England. Read on to see how we're making the most of every day! After all, summer is really just a state of mind, right?

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As many of you know, I'm a proud UCLA Bruin, so I went to college just outside of Palm Springs. Los Angeles really embodies that summer feeling, and when I think of warmer seasons that's where my mind goes. Almost every single day, year-round, is filled with sunny days, the smell of sunscreen, flowers constantly blooming, boutique shopping, friends and brunches, poolside lounges, laughter and fun. Don't get me wrong, it's certainly not perfect (from traffic to pollution), but the point is that no matter what it always has that sunny, summer feeling that gives you energy and excitement every day. 

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I wanted to incorporate these very same summer feelings into our picnic, so I packed all of the bright and delicious bites, sips and decor I could find. 

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Allow me to introduce you to Ecco Domani's Pinot Grigio. Isn't this the prettiest wine bottle? This limited-edition bottle was fittingly designed by red carpet fashion designer Christian Siriano. 

For this bottle, the Italian style guru took inspiration from 1960's Palm Springs and his 2016 Resort Collection, which means lots of floral textiles, bright patterns and bold pinks - all of which seamlessly complement Ecco Domani's signature green bottle (not to mention being so perfectly on-trend since Pantone's color of the year is greenery)! The pretty pastels and floral design really fit with my memories of endless summers and Palm Springs vibes. 

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Ecco Domani and Christian Siriano are similar in their Italian roots and stylish, contemporary themes. For over 20 years, this Pinot Grigio has been 100% Italian-made and hand-harvested from della Venezio in Northern Italy - so it's completely authentic! 

The wine has bright, fruity flavors which are refreshing and complement a wide variety of food, so it goes perfectly with anything you feel like cooking or noshing on at a picnic. The best part is that it's only $10.99 per bottle, so it won't break the bank! 

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To keep with the floral theme of the bottle, we brought sunflowers and floral crowns to the picnic! This really added to the carefree, summery vibe of Palm Springs. 

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Healthy blueberries, tart strawberries, and sweet chocolates were a great complement for the smooth and balanced Ecco Domani flavors. Obviously the pineapple theme was strong in the decor, as any SoCal-inspired even should be. This table runner and golden pineapple bowl are my new favorite summer decor pieces!

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Fun glasses to go with a fun bottle!

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Between its affordable price point and stunning designer bottle, Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio brings summer to every occasion and is definitely a no-brainer for every savvy host!

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