The Rich Life On a Budget

A Love for Flowers

I have always liked flowers. Who doesn’t? They are so colorful, intricate and often as fragrant as they are intriguing.

pink rose

This spring has found me graduating from liking flowers to loving them. I owe that newly blossomed love to my mirrorless cameraFlowers have become one of my main subjects, especially for macro photography, since I purchased my camera earlier this year. I have developed such a love for flowers!

orange tulips

From fields of wildflowers to manicured English gardens, if you’re a flower, chances are I want to take your photo.

california wild flowers

Last week, I took my camera to Quarryhill Botanical Garden, about 5 miles from my house. Walking through the hilly garden is great exercise. Not only am I enjoying a much-loved hobby, but I am getting fresh air, sunshine and a decent workout!

First I photographed their pond which was swarming with blue dragonflies. Can you spot them both?

dragonflies

I love the little bridge at the end of the pond. Doesn’t this scene look like it should be at Monet’s Giverny?

Quarryhill Botanical Garden

I snapped photos of purple irises…

Purple Irises

and captured a busy honey bee, furiously feeding on pink flowers. Maybe it’s just me, but I really can’t think of a better way to clear my mind than to go flower hunting with my camera. It always helps me get out of my head when I focus on nature even if it’s for a short time.

pink flower bee

The botanical garden isn’t the only place with lovely flowers here in Wine Country. Last week a girlfriend and I visited Chateau St. Jean on a quiet Monday.

Chateau St. Jean Winery

Chateau St. Jean Winery

Early in the week is almost always the best time to visit wineries if you want to avoid the crowds.

Chateau St. Jean Winery

While walking to the tasting room, I spotted some interesting climbing flowers that made me stop in my tracks so I could get a closer look.

Chinese Lantern Flowers

I remarked to my friend that they looked like little lanterns. Inside, she asked a staff member what they were and found out they’re called Chinese Lanterns. We were not all that surprised!

chinese lantern flowers

I didn’t have my good camera with me so I returned alone later in the week to take these photos. I also came across this beautiful flowering plant, an aechmea bromeliad.

Aechmea Bromeliad

While we were visiting Chateau St. Jean, I spotted a flyer for an event they were having over the weekend, and wouldn’t you know it involved flowers! I convinced Bill to go despite having less than ideal weather on Saturday. It was windy with light rain and bit chilly but the fact that there would be food trucks involved made the convincing much easier!

CSJ lawn

This festive wine tasting event featured lovely floral arrangements, wine tasting, lovely string music and some wonderful food.

fete de la fleur

I especially loved the ice cream from Bay Area ice cream vendor, Garden Creamery. This mint chip ice cream had fresh mint in it giving this creamy treat such a refreshing and natural flavor. Wonderful!!

mint chip ice cream

Food, flowers, live music, wine and ice cream…a few of my favorite things! I decided to get into the flower spirit with my outfit too. I recently purchased this darling twilly scarf with a rose print which arrived on my doorstep Friday afternoon.

floral neck scarf

I couldn’t wait to wear my pretty new scarf so I built an outfit around it. I wanted to wear jeans because of the weather and low-heeled booties since I knew I would be walking and standing a lot. I carried my big Louis Vuitton satchel – the one a friend refers to as “luggage” – since I would be toting my camera and a sweater with me.

Stella Carakasi Attitude is Everything Tunic

For the rest of my outfit, I wore an Attitude is Everything Tunic with a matching camisole, both from Stella Carakasi in Stone. This light gray shade is a nice neutral shade that lets the soft pink, coral and green colors stand out.

Stella Carakasi Attitude is Everything Tunic

I have several Attitude is Everything Tunics, I love the back detail and the high-low design. I can also unbutton the sleeves and wear them as a half-sleeve length.

Stella Carakasi Attitude is Everything Tunic

I love floral prints but on me, with my height, I only like them in small amounts. No big floral print dresses or blouses for me unless they are a very fine pattern and/or subtle print.

floral neck scarf

I find that Twilly scarves are a fun and stylish alternative to jewelry. They sort of frame your face and add elegance to your outfit, even when wearing basic blue jeans and boots. And if you happen to want to cover up your neck – either for vanity reasons or a little warmth, this is the way to do it!

After we finished eating and tasting wine, we walked around the property and visited the garden area where I had taken photos earlier in the week.

csj gardens

At the end of the garden, somewhat hidden from view, is a sitting area surrounded by ivy with lovely trickling fountains and the scent of lime blossoms nearby. It’s such a lovely place to sit and relax while being enveloped in vines. All that was missing were climbing roses!

floral scarf with vines

Are you crazy about flowers too?

Do you have a favorite flower?

And do you wear floral prints?

A reminder that  the “How I Wear My” theme for June is Vacation or Resort Look!

How-I-Wear-My

The unofficial start of summer will be upon us by the end of the month and have us dreaming of trips we want to take. Whether you are going to the mountains, the desert, or the beach, taking a lengthy trip overseas or just an overnighter at a nearby inn, show us how you dress while on vacation.

How I Wear My submissions are due by the end of the day on June 6, 2016. Send a photo of you in your Vacation or Resort Look to howiwearmy@yahoo.com. Be sure to tell us a bit about your outfit. The post will go live June 8th!

Stella Carakasi Summer Event

I am excited to share with you some style news! Stella Carakasi will be having a Summer Style Event at their studio in Berkeley on June 3rd. My stepdaughter, Tori, and I will be walking the runway in the latest Stella Carakasi fashions. I would love to see you there! Get the details and reserve your spot here!

I am linking up with Visible Monday, Shoe and Tell and #iwillwearwhatilike this week.

Lastly, a heads up that big changes – good changes! – are coming soon to The Rich Life, hopefully sometime this week.

Stay tuned and make it a rich day!

XO,

Adrienne

 

Disclosure: The Attitude is Everything Tunic and the camisole, both by Stella Carakasi, were given to me. All opinions expressed here are my own, as always.