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Every week, we'll be featuring a guest post from the travel writers behind Worth the Drive, a blog featuring nearby getaways, festivals, and sweet travel deals on NBC Bay Area.

A Napa Valley-Born Model Blends the Catwalk and the Vineyards to Make Her Own Wine

Doing dirty vineyard work may not top the bucket lists of most fashion models, but St. Helena native Michèle Ouellet is no ordinary glamazon. The bicoastal 24-year-old has posed for the pages of Nylon, Vanity Fair, and Glamour and starred in campaigns for Madewell and Michael Kors, but she says she’s still a “diehard Napa girl” who grew up in a family of wine industry pros. Now Ouellet is blending her high fashion career and her homegrown Napa roots to produce a singularly stylish wine.

Inside Autodesk's City Themed Office

Originally published on CaliforniaHomeDesign.com

Located on the historic Embarcadero of San Francisco, Autodesk's snazzy new Gensler-designed office expansion is an integration of new and old elements, and shows off the innovative and sophisticated character of the company.

Meograph Makes Multimedia Storytelling Simple and Fast

Up until very recently, creating interactive, multimedia stories of professional quality has been difficult and time-consuming. But that started changing this summer when Meograph launched.

Meograph helps you quickly assemble rich media in an interface that resembles a video player, based on a series of simple prompts, such as who, what, when and where.

Saks Fifth Avenue Celebrates Fashion’s Night Out on Thursday, September 6

Join the party at Saks Fifth Avenue to kick off this year's Fashion’s Night Out, on September 6th from 6- 8 pm. Attendees can look forward to smooth refreshments by Karlsson's Vodka, light bites, DJ tunes, and more. Dress to the nines and strike a pose in the Fashionista Photo Vignette.

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. The Corner Store Opens: Located in one of the city's more unusual spots (the former Hukilau space at the corner of Geary and Masonic), this new restaurant offers classed-up comfort food like burgers and wedge salad, as well as an extensive cocktail program (all $9) with lots of housemade syrups and sodas. The Strawberry Blonde (gin, cilantro, strawberry syrup, Drake's hefeweizen) caught our eye, as did the Pickled Paloma (tequila, pickle juice, lime, salt, house grapefruit soda). They also offer traditional fountain treats like a black cow or a strawberry soda float, and grown-up desserts like the 50/50 (spiced rum, orange marmalade, vanilla ice cream). Seven draft beers and six draft wines round out the selection.

Two Sense: My Partner Tested Positive, But I'm Too Scared to Take an HIV Test

I'm a 28-year-old gay man. I recently learned that my longtime f*ck buddy seroconverted. Since we used condoms for intercourse only about half the time, and I was the bottom, there's a pretty good chance I’m positive as well. But here's my problem. I can't face the HIV test. I've just never believed that I could be positive one day, although my behavior would indicate otherwise. I've always been the "good kid" and there's just no room in my identity for the diagnoses. I know I have to get the test, and that HIV is entirely treatable these days, but I harbor so much self-hatred about letting my guard down and denial about taking the next step to take care of myself. I dread disappointing my friends and family, who expect so much of me.

Seven SF Dishes That Taste As Good As They Look

The Tablehopper column for the September Fashion issue discusses some of the very complicated plating we’re currently spotting in San Francisco restaurants (some insiders are describing it as “tweezer cuisine”). While many dishes may look beautiful—composed oh-so-carefully with blossoms and flavored crumbles—the flavors can be a little all over the map, or the protein may be served lukewarm.

A Purple Themed Wedding in Pleasant Hill

Tyler Brooks & Shawn Nohr decided they wanted a summer wedding. From the Bay Area originally, Tyler's grandfather was a member of the Contra Costa Country Club and when he passed, they planted a tree in his honor.

Valencia Street, Meet Healdsburg

Oddities, bookshops, and macchiatos abound in the blocks surrounding Healdsburg’s well-manicured central plaza, just 69 miles north of the city. Residents and regulars of the Valencia Street corridor know that if there’s a requisite ingredient to achieving the local vibe, it is artisan cult coffee.

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