Feeling the Urge to Purge


I woke up the other day feeling the urge to purge. Before I even left my room to start my day, I went into my closet and picked 30 items to purge. While 30 items seems like a lot, it didn’t even put a dent into my closet.

Feeling the Urge to Purge My Closet! | Modish and Main I have felt this strong urge to remove unnecessary clutter from my life and last week it was my home office shelving and this week it’s back to being focused on my closet. Quite honestly, I felt ashamed of myself that after 30 items were removed (that’s what you see hanging up), my closet was still full of clothes, shoes and accessories. “Why do I need all this stuff?” is what I kept asking myself.


Summer Fun at the Santa Barbara Polo Fields


Last month we got to enjoy some summer fun at the Santa Barbara Polo Fields.

Summer style at a Santa Barbara Polo Match. Lack of Color Hat, GAP linen dress. | Modish and Main

I have had a whirlwind summer from taking a 12-day road trip to the Pacific Northwest, heading to Wisconsin to celebrate the 4th of July, our annual Lake Tahoe trip and in between there, I got to have some summer fun at the Santa Barbara Polo Fields! I have never been to a polo match,  but what’s not to love about a summer day in Santa Barbara where you get to dress up, wear a big hat and watch handsome men ride beautiful horses in a competitive polo match?

Home Decor

Home Office Wood Shelving Redesigned


After almost 5 years of living in our home, it was time for my home office wood shelving to get redesigned.

Home Office Industrial Wood Shelving Decor | Modish and Main

After getting home from our trip to Lake Tahoe this weekend, I went to unpack my laptop bag and ended up spending the next 4 hours in my home office purging items and giving my wood shelving a redesign. I’ve been uninspired for quite some time with my home office and have slowly pulled items down from my wood shelving, but haven’t been sure about what route I wanted to go with what items to put back on display.

I feel myself going in the minimalist direction (thanks to my friend/associate, Christina), but am taking baby steps to get there. I’m over senseless, non-functional “stuff” cluttering my life and feel this big sense of relief once I donate the items to give them a second life. I definitely have a less is more approach lately and wanted to give my home office a kickstart in that direction.


Wine Tasting at Arrowood Vineyards


While on our road trip to the Pacific Northwest in June, we had the opportunity to enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting at the beautiful Arrowood Vineyards estate.

Explore Sonoma Wine Country with a exquisite wine tasting experience of top notch Cabernet Sauvignon varietals at Arrowood Vineyards. | Modish and Main


We’ve had the pleasure of tasting a few of Arrowood wines while participating in their Prime Pairings campaign over the past few months. From sipping on their Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon while enjoying a California Portobello Burger or appetizers of Lamb Carpaccio Crostini with a Blackberry Balsamic Drizzle and serving glasses of their Proprietary Red Blend while feasting on Red Wine Braised Short Rib Ragu, it all left us intrigued to learn more about Arrowood Vineyards.

Home Decor / Organization

How to Create a Hat Wall Display


Since I have a serious love of hats, I thought I would share a fun way on how to create a stylish, neutral hat wall display in your home. How to Create a Stylish Neutral Hat Wall Display in your Home | Modish and Main I’ll make this real simple. I’m a bonafide hat girl and there is nothing stopping me from my growing collection. Right now I own somewhere north of 35+ hats and that ranges from fedoras, beach hats, baseball caps, newsboy caps, etc. I’m an equal opportunist hot lover needless to say. I have an organized, simple way of stacking my hats in my closet, but I thought it would be fun to share with you how I created a stylish, neutral hat wall display in our master bedroom.


Why I Love to Read + 20 Books I’ve Already Read in 2018


If I had to pinpoint one constant in my life it would be my commitment to reading. I thought I’d share with you why I love to read + the 20 books I’ve already read in 2018.

Why I love to read, plus I'm sharing the 20 books I've already read in 2018. | Modish and Main As long as I can remember, I’ve always had a passion for reading books. Books are like an escape and an opportunity to be transported into a beautifully written world. For me, they play out like movies and I’m eager to flip the page and find out what happens next. Maybe that’s why I’ve developed into a pretty fast reader and I’ve already closed the cover on 20 books this year.


California Portobello Burger


Want to enjoy one of the best tasting vegetarian burgers of your life? I know…. it’s a big claim, but I think this California Portobello Burger recipe stands up to it!

Arrowood Prime Pairings California Portobello Burger Recipe This California Portobello Burger is so delicious and has the perfect mix of flavors with the Sonoma Spice Blend and roasted tomatoes paired with the crushed avocado and melted gruyere. Honestly, I had my meat loving siginifcant other devouring it and asking for more.

Arrowood Prime Pairings California Portobello Burger Recipe After using the Sonoma Spice Blend seasoning to make Lamb Carpaccio Crostini with a Blackberry Balsamic Drizzle and then the Instant Pot Red Wine Braised Short Rib Pasta, I wanted to try it on a vegetarian dish. Summers to me are signified with a good burger, so I set out to create a refreshing, savory portobello version. I couldn’t be happier with how delicious they turned out and can’t wait to make them again for our friends & family this summer over a nice bottle of Arrowood Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.


Instant Pot Recipe of Red Wine Braised Short Rib Ragu


A delicious, easy recipe of Red Wine Braised Short Rib Ragu with Tagliatelle Pasta made in the Instant Pot. | Recipe on Arrowood Vineyards Blog

Do you want to know the trick to looking like a superb home chef? Get yourself an Instant Pot and then make your friends & family this recipe of Red Wine Braised Short Rib Ragu served over a bed of Italian Tagliatelle pasta. There’s no sugar coating it, this recipe was over-the-top delicious and paired wonderfully with Arrowood Vineyards Proprietary Red Blend wine. It’s how the term match made in heaven came about I swear!

A delicious, easy recipe of Red Wine Braised Short Rib Ragu with Tagliatelle Pasta made in the Instant Pot. | Recipe on Arrowood Vineyards Blog

I’m sharing the recipe over on Arrowood Vineyards blog and inspiration came about when they challenged me as a home cook to create two recipes using their custom Sonoma Spice Blend. Last month I stepped WAY outside of my box and created a Lamb Carpaccio Crostini with a Blackberry Balsamic Reduction and this month I wanted a recipe that made be step back to the streets of Italy with their rich bold pasta recipes. I promise you this Red Wine Braised Short Rib Ragu will be in constant rotation in our kitchen. The flavors were spot on with the braised ribs thanks to the spice blend and then once pressured cooked for 35 minutes and served over authentic Italian pasta and topped with freshly shaved parmesan and basil from my garden, it was too good to be true.