Thursday, August 28

Profile: Carolyn Corley Burgess

As I mentioned yesterday, I love meeting so many wonderful people via the blogging world. Carolyn Corley Burgess is certainly no exception. Earlier this summer Carolyn came across my blog and graciously emailed me to say how much she enjoyed reading All the Best. After a few emails we realized just how much we had in common, not to mention there were so many uncanny connections.

Her mother is from Scotland, but Carolyn grew up and currently lives in Saint Helena in the heart of Napa Valley. Both her family and her husband’s family have wineries—Monticello Vineyards and Burgess Cellars. Several months ago I mentioned that one of my favorite cookbooks is Lee Bailey's California Wine Country Cooking. One of my very favorite recipes of all time is Saffron Pasta with Chardonnay Red Pepper Sauce that was developed for Monticello Vineyards and featured in Lee Bailey's book. Our emails continued, all filled with lists of commonalities.

The lovely and stylish Carolyn recently launched Petit Luxe, an online boutique specializing in luxury and lifestyle essentials, including Carolina Zapf’s line Baby CZ. The Petit Luxe collection consists of handpicked luxury essentials from around the world ranging from the finest Mongolian cashmere baby blanket to the perfect pair of Scottish wellies. Other favorites include authentic French espadrilles, finely woven cotton poplin tunics and the ultimate in luxury - the Oyuna cashmere robe.

How would you describe your personal style
In general I have a classic preppy style. I love a cute blouse with jeans and flats or heels or girly dresses. My closest is filled with mostly Marc Jacobs, Catherine Malandrino, Megan Park and J Brand jeans.

What is the one thing in life you can't live without
In terms of something material- my Oyuna Cashmere robe!

What books are currently on your bedside table
The Good Guy by Dean Koontz

What inspires your creativity?
My son Thatcher and my love of nice, well-made objects.

Who would you most like to meet and how would you spend the day?
Oh, there's so many I couldn't narrow it down to one! It would range from William Wallace to Stephen King!

What is your favorite luxury in life
Champagne and cashmere

What is your most prized possession
My engagement ring that my husband secretly worked on for months.
And, although he isn't a possession, my son.

Who are your style icons?
Sofia Coppola and Audrey Hepburn

What is your idea of earthly happiness
The moment I first held my son in my arms.

Profile by Ronda Carman
Photos by Lindsay Garvey


Anonymous said...

What a beautiful little boy! You always do find the best!!

Anonymous said...

such pretty things!

Anonymous said...

Amazing photos

ALL THE BEST said...

So glad you all like the profile, her site is fantastic!!!

rebecca said...

I am loving all of your interviews!

Thank you thank you!


cotedetexas said...

All these new people - are you leaving your old "new blog" friends behind? sniff sniff

love your new picture - beautiful

Lovebird said...

A lady with STYLE for sure!

Mary-Laure said...

These baby pics are to die for...

cassandra said...

wow ~ family wineries and her own little shop? i'm jealous! now that all my friends are becoming moms, i'm constantly on the lookout for baby goodies, and will definitely be visiting her site!

ALL THE BEST said...

Thanks Joni! You know I love you!!

ALL THE BEST said...

Thanks for all of the comments!

Are those baby pics not amazing Mary-Laure!!

coco+kelley do check out her site, your friends will love you!!!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful family! I have just discovered blogs quite recently and love yours as well. Do you think Carolyn would share where she found the little wagon her son is pushing in the photo? I've been looking for something just like it. Thank you so much!

katiedid said...

Nice do know the best people! ;)

annechovie said...

Loved this interview, Ronda! Carolyn is beautiful and her son is adorable - what great hair!

Anonymous said...

I stumbled upon this this afternoon ... Great article and wonderful pictures of Carolyn and Thatcher ... ... And posted on my birthday no less ! I'm very proud of you Carolyn !

Chris Corley
Carolyn's big brother