Country Vibes with Banke

Banke is a LA style blogger and model who created "With Love, Banke" in 2014 to release the stress associated with being a college student. She describes herself as a random, quirky, nerdy girl whose fashion matches her personality. Banke loves mixing and matching vintage and modern pieces and turning it into a magical outfit. In her spare time, she enjoying eating sour candy, listening to t.A.t.u. and Crystal Castles and thrift shopping. She stopped by the ranch and checked out the M&P Speed Shop Courier.

Shirt: Vintage Early 1980's
Shoes: Converse

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Destination: Mission Inn

The Mission Inn is the heart of historic downtown Riverside for over 125 years, the original hotel was built in 1876, but by 1935 the hotel had grown into the sprawling complex you can visit today.   Frank Augustus Miller traveled the world collecting artifacts and architectural elements to incorporate into his hotel, many are still on display to this day. 

St. Francis of Assissi Chapel
When Miller decided to build the St. Francis Chapel on the grounds, he had the building designed around four large stained-glass windows and two original mosaics by Louis Comfort Tiffany. They were salvaged from New York City's Madison Square Presbyterian Church. Inside the Mexican-Baroque styled "Rayas Altar" is 25 feet tall by 16 feet across, carved from cedar and completely covered in gold leaf. Today it serves as a popular wedding venue and offers old world charm in the heart of Southern California. 

Hotel Lobby

Presidential Lounge
 Eight U.S. Presidents have stayed at the Mission Inn over the years, which hosted Pat and Richard Nixon's wedding and Nancy and Ronald Reagan's honeymoon. It has also had notable guests such as Susan B. Anthony, Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Albert Einstein, Joseph Pulitzer, Booker T. Washington, Helen Keller, Bette Davis and many more.

3rd Floor Lounge

Today the inn offers a bit of old world glamor and luxury that is seldom seen today, as you wander the hotel's maze of courtyards, hallways, and staircases you can't help but feel that you have been transported far from busy streets of Southern California. 

Pool and Spa
Deluxe Queen Room

Room's vary in size and decor depending on what part of the hotel your room is located and the style of room you select. But all are luxurious and well appointed. Mine has a view of the pool and was spacious and comfortable. Room rates start at just under $200 per night, plus taxes and fees, parking in the secure garage is $15 per day, however, it is the best option since street parking is restricted during certain hours. Valet is $20 per day (plus tip) and is much more convenient, so be sure to budget for parking.

The inn has four restaurants on the property the Bella Trattoria, a small Italian bistro that serves Southern Italian Cuisine. Duane’s Prime Steaks and Seafood Restaurant, the Inland Empire’s only AAA Four Diamond awarded restaurant. Las Campanas Mexican Cuisine & Cantina. The Mission Inn Restaurant which offers a wide range of options and a season menu.

I had dinner at the The Mission Inn Restaurant and enjoyed the filet mignon with a chocolate lava cake for dessert. The food was excellent and the service staff were attentive and polite. If the weather is nice I suggest dining in the Spanish Courtyard and enjoying the view.

The Presidential Lounge is the hotel’s main cocktail lounge, with live jazz and portraits of each of the visiting presidents. It also serves a menu of appetizers and snacks if you are in the mood for a light meal.

Overall my first stay at the Mission Inn was an excellent experience and especially fun for a fan of history and architecture. The only other property that rivals the Mission Inn in California would be Hearst Castle, which is one of my favorite places in the State.

I found that the Mission Inn's "lowest booking price guaranteed" on their own website proved true, after checking rates with my favorite booking tool the Priceline App and several other hotel sites, was over $40 cheaper than the next booking site.

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5 Mocktails for your Summer Party

Batch cocktails are all the rage, but their virgin counterparts can be just as delicious and inviting.
When you need to serve a crowd, batch-style beverages are fabulous way to create a drink menu that feels both special and personal.

Here are five we recommend for your next event.

Craft a Mocktail Menu

Having an afternoon event before a meeting? Consider creating an entire menu of options for your attendees that are a spin on classic cocktails, such as the No-quila Sunrise, Berry-Only Daiquiri and Un-Brandy Alexander. Many of these can be prepared in large batches that are ready to pour when attendees arrive.


Do It with Style

There’s no reason you have to serve your tropical mocktails in traditional glassware. A fancy fresh-fruit punch will seem even fancier when sipped from a fragrant pineapple.


Set Out a Tea Service

Tea served in highball glasses and garnished with citrus and cinnamon might actually be mistaken for a cocktail. It’s an eye-appealing twist on a midday beverage standard.

Citrus Iced Tea

Create a Spa Experience

Add fruit and herbs to water—your attendees will be instantly refreshed and perhaps feel as if they’ve taken a little spa break between meeting sessions.

Fruit Infused Water

Go Traditional

Homemade lemonade is always a crowd pleaser—and it doesn’t need to be boring. You can spice it up with berry-flavored options. Also, think about honey sticks for sweetening and bright straws to add a pop of color.

Brook Dunstan

Brook Dunstan is a California Cowgirl who lives outside of Bakersfield. We asked her to pull together some of her favorite everyday casual styles. Which features looks from Original Cowgirl Clothing Co. Follow Brook on Instagram HERE

American Girl: Blanca Caevero

Model: Blanca Caevero
Location: Bakersfield, California
Photographer: Mike Satterfield

Book: In the Reins

Equestrian author Carly Kade has lived in the North, the East, the South and now the West.  Having made two cross-country road trips with her beloved horse in tow, Carly knew when she arrived in Arizona that Scottsdale, "The West's Most Western Town," was the perfect place to release her debut novel.  Since its Arizona launch at the end of 2015, In The Reins, a cowboy romance novel inspired by the equestrian lifestyle, has steadily climbed the charts to rave reviews.  The book has been an equestrian best seller on Amazon for more than 10 weeks.

"I started thinking about the book concept in New York, actually began writing it in Michigan, finished the manuscript in Texas, and then made the final edits and published the novel here in Arizona," said Carly Kade, author of In The Reins.  "It just felt right to debut my book in Scottsdale where the West and horses are so deeply embedded in the culture.  Arizona is a horse lover's paradise, and I finally feel like I am home."
Set in modern Western culture, In The Reins is the story of a city-girl-gone-country, a handsome cowboy and a horse brought together by fate.  The leading lady's journey of self-discovery begins when she unexpectedly falls for the enigmatic horse trainer, and then grapples with who he really is, where he goes when he disappears, and what it is that everyone doesn't want her to know about him.  A book with a left hook, readers ride along as the wannabe cowgirl learns whether or not the man, harboring a deeply guarded secret, can open himself up to the woman sitting in the saddle beside him.  Romantic and suspenseful, In The Reins captures the struggle between letting life move forward and shying away from taking the reins. 
Scottsdale-based Heather and Horses Book Reviews recently gave the novel a starred review and called In The Reins "a book that will feel like coming home, complete with a sexy cowboy, a strong female lead, and beautiful horses."
Not your typical cowboy romance, In The Reins is based in modern cowgirl culture for readers who enjoy equestrian stories with a message similar to The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans,The Longest Ride by Nicolas Sparks, or Flying Changes by Sara Gruen.  The novel is available now in paperback and eBook onAmazonBarnes & NobleKobo and Apple's iBook store.  Filmed in Arizona, the book trailer is viewable

Warrior Jeep Team takes on the Trans-America Trail

The Warrior Jeep Team is raising awareness and generating support for our wounded veterans and their families and Copernio is honored to donate its Public Relations and Social Media services to this important cause. With a fully customized 2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock Edition, the Warrior Jeep Team will be the first Jeep to navigate the Trans-America Trail in one contiguous adventure.   The Warrior Jeep Team is starting its trek across the trail today.
Beginning in Southwestern North Carolina and ending at the Pacific Ocean in southwestern Oregon, the Trans-America Trail covers over 5,000 miles of mostly off-road driving.  The route uses dirt, gravel, jeep, forest and farm roads with numerous sections of mud, sand, snow and rocks.
"Even though special operations forces are widely recognized as the most elite military units, they often have more challenges in receiving their veteran benefits from the government due to the sensitive nature of their work," commented Susan van Barneveld, president of Copernio. "We are truly honored to have the opportunity to work with the Warrior Jeep Team to support and raise awareness for these veterans."
The Warrior Jeep Team was formed in 2015 around support for Special Operations U.S. troops who were wounded or died in combat, with the purpose of raising awareness and generating support for these veterans and their families who often do not receive government benefits.  The team is comprised of veterans from various branches of the military including special operations, many having been wounded in combat.
The Warrior Jeep Team aims to be the first to navigate a Jeep the entire length of the Trans-America trail.  After the trip and all follow up events are completed, the Jeep will be auctioned off with all the proceeds going to support the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and Fisher House, who generously assist wounded veterans and their families.
Copernio, in conjunction The Warrior Jeep Team and Special Operations Warrior Foundation, is reaching out to other public relations professionals across the US to work with them to educate the public, raise donations and effect real change to see that our Special Operations Veterans are taken care of.
"We couldn't be happier to have Copernio's support, through the firm's efforts we have already seen our reach and results increase exponentially," said David Phillips, Warrior Jeep team lead.  "While we do enjoy off-roading and plan to have a lot of fun over the next few months, our main goal is to help raise awareness and funds for the thousands of U.S. special operations veterans currently in need, (and our efforts wouldn't be nearly as impactful without Copernio's help)."
Formed in 2015 by the Phillips family - David, Sojourner, Jacoby and Justine, the Warrior Jeep Team ( consists of five U.S. military veterans, many of whom were wounded in combat.  The team was built around support for U.S. troops who were wounded in combat, with the purpose of raising awareness and generating support for these veterans and their families.  The team will complete the Trans-America Trail; a 5,000-mile coast-to-coast route across the U.S., with a custom built 2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock Edition. Raising money along the way and auctioning off the Warrior Jeep after the expedition, all proceeds will go to support the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and Fisher House. Follow The Warrior Jeep Team on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Carnival to Sail to Cuba

Carnival, the world's largest leisure travel company, today announced it will sail as planned from the U.S. to Cuba with all travelers, including Cuba-born passengers, for the company's week-long voyages to Cuba. Carnival Corporation worked closely with Cuba to allow its cruise ships to operate in a similar manner as current air charter operations to Cuba, starting with its historic inaugural voyage on May 1, 2016.

Last week, in anticipation of this positive outcome, Carnival Corporation announced its new Fathom brand was accepting bookings to Cuba from all travelers, including individuals born in Cuba. Fathom's 704-passenger Adonia luxury cruise ship will begin sailing to Cuba every other week, marking the first time in over 50 years that a cruise ship has been able to sail from the U.S. to Cuba, as well as the first time in decades that Cuban-born individuals will be able to sail to and from Cuba.

"We made history in March, and we are a part of making history again today," said Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation. "More importantly, we are contributing to a positive future. This is a positive outcome and we are extremely pleased. We want to extend our sincere appreciation to Cuba and to our team who worked so hard to help make this happen."

"We have already seen tremendous interest in the incredible Cuba journey we have put together, and we are ecstatic that this historic opportunity is open to everyone who wants to travel to Cuba," said Tara Russell, president of Fathom and global impact lead for Carnival Corporation.

Russell added: "Our guests will visit three beautiful and unique destinations on the island all in one week, with the convenience of only having to unpack once while we sail on the Fathom Adonia, our premium small ship with its excellent and diverse dining, service and accommodations. We are looking forward to treating Fathom travelers to an unforgettable experience."

Carnival Corporation's Fathom brand and its voyages to three ports of call in Cuba

During each sailing, Fathom will visit Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba, three ports of call for which Carnival Corporation has obtained berthing approval.

As part of this historic sailing in this inaugural year, travelers will enjoy an exciting Cuban experience and will sail aboard the Adonia, where they can choose to partake in onboard experiences, including Cuban- and Caribbean-inspired food and films, music and dancing, and much more.

Special onboard programming will include a wide variety of activities covering an array of interests, ranging from an orientation of Cuba's history, customs and culture, to geographic-inspired entertainment, to casual and fun personal enrichment activities, along with conversational Spanish lessons.

Seven-day itineraries on Carnival Corporation's Fathom brand depart from PortMiami on Sundays at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). The ship will arrive at its first destination, Havana, the following morning (Monday) at 11 a.m. ET. The Adonia returns to its homeport, PortMiami, at 7:30 a.m. ET on Sunday.

Prices for seven-day itineraries to Cuba start at $1,800 per person, excluding Cuban visas, taxes, fees and port expenses and including all meals on the ship, onboard experiences and several on-the ground activities. Prices will vary by season.

To reserve a spot on future sailings, travelers may contact their travel professional or call 1-855-9Fathom. Visit Fathom's "Cruise to Cuba" page to learn more about the brand's weeklong itineraries to Cuba.

Additional information can be found on

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A Chance to own a new Series 1

Well it is as close to new as you can get, professionally restored from the ground up by Land Rover's Classic division. The official launch of the ‘Reborn’ initiative for the iconic Series I was launched today at Techno-Classica in Essen, Germany.

The program will allow 25 customers the chance to own essentially a brand new Series 1 direct from Land Rover Classics. The 25 hand-picked Rovers were sourced from around the world and each one will be completely restored according the original 1948 specifications using Land Rover Classic parts to keep them as authentic as possible.

Buyers may choose from five period finishes including Light Green, Bronze Green, RAF Blue, Dove Grey and Poppy Red. Each Series 1 will be restorated start to finish at Land Rover’s new Classic workshop located within the original Defender production centre at Solihull.

Tim Hannig, Director, Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said: “The launch of the Reborn initiative represents a fantastic opportunity for customers to own a valuable and collectable automotive icon. Reborn showcases Land Rover Classic’s expertise in restoring and maintaining our loyal customers’ prized Land Rovers. It also demonstrates the business’ commitment to supporting customers with original and genuine parts for Land Rover models that have been out for production for longer than 10 years.”

You better hurry if you want one, visit for more information.

Luxury Teepee Resort

Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo announced the expansion of its lodging offerings with the addition of 10 Luxe Teepees, offering the next evolution in all-inclusive glamping luxury (glamorous camping).
The 651-square-foot Luxe Teepees provide guests the pinnacle of luxury living in an outdoor adventure atmosphere. Each Luxe Teepee can accommodate up to four guests and is uniquely designed with décor themed in Native American style with such comforts as a double-sided stone rock hearth fireplace, screened private patio deck, microwave, mini refrigerator, leather chairs, a king bed, full sleeper sofa and air conditioning and heating. The Luxe Teepees also feature their own private ensuite bathrooms with vanity and porcelain cast iron claw bathtub and shower. In addition, every Teepee has a distinctive name, such as "Dancing Warrior," "Roaming Buffalo" and "Soaring Eagle."
The Luxe Teepees are located in an exclusive area of Westgate River Ranch Resort, clustered around a canopy of 100-year-old oak trees. This new area, named Takoda Village, is designed to embody the warm spirit of the Native American word "Takoda" or "friend to everyone".  In addition to the Teepees, Takoda Village features an authentic tribal council pavilion built by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. This pavilion, known as a Chickee Hut, features a palmetto thatch-roof and is the ideal place for gathering together surrounded by naturalFlorida beauty with friends and family, just as the Native Americans of the past did. Complete with outdoor fire pits, swinging hammocks, festoon lighting and outdoor dining tables, Takoda Village offers an idyllic environment for family gatherings, special celebrations or a very special romantic escape.  
Included in a stay in the Luxe Teepees is unlimited access to all Westgate River Ranch & Rodeo activities, which include horseback riding, trap and skeet shooting, access to the adventure park, airboat rides and more. Teepee guests also receive complimentary use of a golf cart for the duration of their stay and VIP seating for the Saturday night rodeo. Overnight all-inclusive rates for the Luxe Teepees start at $450 per night, based on double occupancy (two night minimum).
The introduction of the Luxe Teepees builds upon the success of the introduction of glamping tents at Westgate River Ranch & Rodeo in 2013 and an expansion of the glamping inventory in 2014.
"Following the incredible demand and guest feedback from our glamping tents, our guests told us they wanted an even higher-end, all-inclusive experience offering the finest in amenities, luxury and service," said David Siegel, CEO of Westgate Resorts. "Guests of our Luxe Teepees can expect a five-star hotel experience in a camping setting."
Guests who book their stay in the Luxe Teepees will enjoy a hassle-free vacation from start to finish, with a concierge dedicated exclusively to assisting Teepee guests from pre-arrival through the completion of their stay. The concierge will provide everything from complimentary morning coffee service and pastry delivery to assistance booking ranch activities.
The Luxe Teepees join a variety of accommodations currently offered at Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo, including glamping tents, cabins and lodge suites. For more information,