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Ready To Sparkle?

10 Dec

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I only drink sparkling wine on two occasions. When I am in love and when I am not… -Coco Chanel

This time of year makes me giddy and excited for holiday parties, Tahoe getaways, ice-skating, cozy nights in and planning for NYE (can you believe 2014 is around the corner?). With so much to celebrate and be thankful for I’m elated to announce the release of our Late Disgorged Brut Sparkling Wine! Yes, it’s true I am a die-hard bubbles fan and never need a reason to POP a bottle of delicious bubbles. Ours is both creamy and toasty with a crisp lingering finish – simply perfection!

Click HERE to bring a little sparkle to your holidays. Ole!

P.s. What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?

Besos

Dalia xo

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La Casa Azul de Frida Kahlo

15 Nov

I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you… -Frida Kahlo 

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{Frida Kahlo – Cover of French Vogue Magazine, 1939}

A few weeks ago my mom and I had the opportunity to travel to Mexico City to promote Ceja Vineyards at an international wine exhibition. As a travel aficionado, I was elated to visit the birthplace of the iconic Frida Kahlo. We jumped at the chance to visit her eclectic home and spent an afternoon catching a glimpse into her life. She lived, painted and eventually died at her home suitably called, La Casa Azul or The Blue House in Coyoacan.

Ever since I can remember, I have been intrigued and inspired by her work, her controversial lifestyle and complex marriage to Diego Rivera. Frida embodied a saint, muse, lover, mistress, bisexual, victim, and survivor. She was the very model of the bohemian artist: unique, rebellious, and contradictory. A cult figure adopted by feminists, artists, fashion designers and pop culture.

Here are a few of my favorite snapshots. Take a peek inside her incredible life…

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{La Casa Azul. Inside her home patio}

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{Self portrait of Frida found in her home in 2004}

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{Frida’s art studio desk and personal portrait mirror}

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{Taking it all in. So. Much. History.}

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{Frida’s colorful wardrobe – discovered in her home in 2004}

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{Self portrait, “Las Dos Fridas” – 1939}

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{Her amazing kitchen. My mom  and I were in complete awe}

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{Luscious gardens inside La Casa Azul}

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{Wedding portrait. Frida and Diego – 1931}

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{Framed photograph of Frida in her art studio – 1934}

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{Her bedroom & the place where she passed away. “I hope the exit is joyful — and I hope never to return — Frida.”}

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{One of my favorite paintings, “Viva La Vida” -1954}

 I hope you have a beautiful weekend!

Besos,

Dalia xo

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A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words…

13 Jun

Viva Amelia

{Mi madre – Amelia Ceja}

If a picture is worth a thousand words then family is worth 10 million…

 I dedicate this post to my mom, Amelia Ceja. Today happens to be her birthday and in honor of her special day I want to take a moment to celebrate her achievements and recognize a very inspiring individual who has not only made an impact in my life but also in the thriving wine industry.

This past week proved to be very exciting! My mom, our family and our business, Ceja Vineyards, were featured on NBCs Today Show {watch the segment HERE}! The interview captured the essence of my mother’s voice, representing a Latina woman that went from ex-immigrant to vineyard worker, to winery owner. I am proud of what she and my entire family have accomplished. We are not perfect. We have our own challenges but as a family we make it work and want to leave behind a legacy that through hard work, sacrifice, passion and dedication, anything is possible.

Photographer, Norma Quintana, took these portraits of my family in 2005. We were honored to have been part of a photo series she shot, titled, Forget Me Not/No Me Olvides… Ole!

Viva Dalia

{Back in the day – age 20}

Viva Pablo y Pedro

{Sr. Pablo and dad Pedro Ceja}

Viva Juana

{My Abuelita – Mama Juanita}

Viva-Armando

{Uncle – Armando Ceja}

Viva Navek

{My bro, musician – Navek Ceja}

Viva Ariel

{My bro, salsero – Ariel Ceja}

Happy Birthday Mom! Te quiero muchisimo. xoxo

Besos,

 Dalia

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Pardon The Dust

29 Mar

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A little update…

Spring has sprung and so are a few changes here a The Ole! Report. Pardon the dust but let’s just call this a time of spring cleaning. This past year has proved to be both rewarding and challenging while juggling work,  getting my Masters (8 months to go!) and focusing on various passion projects. I want to thank all of my lovely followers for continuing this journey with me. You guys are awesome and make me smile (oh so BIG). Have a fabulous Easter weekend. Ole!

Besos,

Dalia x

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Spring Fever in Napa Valley!

14 Mar

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Let’s find a beautiful place to get lost in the mustard flowers…

Spring in the Napa Valley casts a strong spell, with its yellow-hued vineyards, 70-degree days and cool nights warmed by vino and night bocce ball (in my case). This time of year leaves a stunning yellow trail of mustard blossoms that literally causes cars to stop in their tracks and admire the bold beauty. It’s also the perfect transitional season to shift from boots and fussy layers, to light airy dresses, sandals and lots of sunshine.

Today’s look was inspired by the recent election of Argentine, Pope Francis. I swept through my closet and found this dress that I had purchased on my last trip to Buenos Aires. It’s made by one of my favorite Argentine designers, Min Agostini, whom I happened to stumble upon during one Sunday afternoon at the popular San Telmo Street Market. Agostini uses her skills as an architect to bring a new level of structural innovation, which I absolutely adore when designed right – hence the cap sleeve ruffle and bubble bottom. I can’t wait to go back! Ole!

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(Min Agostini Teal Dress, Chloé Sunglasses, Vintage Jewelry, Kenneth Cole Nude Sandal)

Besos,

Dalia x

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