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One of the perks of living in Santa Barbara is having an amazing wine country in our backyard, the Santa Ynez Valley. It’s one of my go-to places to take friends and family when they come to visit because of the beautiful landscape, always-sunny weather (I live in SoCal after all), and spectacular wines. Fall is my favorite time to go since the wineries are bustling with action as they harvest the season's grapes.
The first question my visitors always ask before flying in is, "What should I wear?" My answer is always simple: something comfortable, chic, and breathable. Since the temperatures are notoriously high during the day (yes, we don't get the four seasons on the West Coast), anything constricting or stuffy is never a good idea. I recently scored the perfect look for a wine-filled day at T.J.Maxx and managed to scoot out of there without spending more than $100. This isn’t your usual maxi dress ensemble. Oh, no. I found the perfect head-to-toe look for my favorite vineyard of them all: Sunstone Winery. It's like stepping into a villa in Tuscany — the ultimate place to sip in style on this side of the Pacific.