The Rich Life On a Budget

Catching Up

Happy August!

I don’t often post on Saturdays but I thought it would be a good time for a bit of catching up!

It’s been a long week for me and even longer one for my husband, Bill, who was dispatched in the middle of the night last Sunday night to one of the many wild land fires burning in our state right now. He is doing fine and not in any terrible danger but you just never know with the incredibly high fire risk in California this summer. At least this time he is within cell range so we can at least call each other and text photos back and forth.


Bill took this photo at the Lowell Fire: a helicopter dropping water on hard-to-reach areas

To say I worry about him the entire time he’s gone is not an exaggeration. I barely sleep when Bill’s away and am always looking for new ways to distract myself, keeping those restless feelings at bay. Thankfully I have friends who don’t mind hanging out with me and an endless list of projects to work on.

You would think after nearly 17 summers of this, I would be used to it but it never gets easier! I know there are thousands of other families in the same predicament right now. I hope everyone stays safe and healthy while enduring this terrible drought and fire season. Along with most everyone else in California, I am praying for a wet fall.

On a lighter note, the newest issue of North Bay Woman Magazine came out yesterday which you can buy at many Marin County supermarkets or read online here.


I love finding about inspiring women in our region and hope to get a chance to meet the cover model, Bridget Doherty of Encore Events, someday soon.

I was thrilled and honored to see that my article made the cover this time. What a wonderful surprise!


Be sure to check out the fashion feature, styled by my friend, Malia Anderson of Style by Malia. And there’s an article about Mariah Smith who you may remember from her Modern Beauty portraits.

This weekend, since Bill is still away, I am going to start reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing and prepare for a major decluttering this month.



I haven’t purged my closet in ages and lately, with new Shop The Rich Life inventory steadily coming in and going out and lots of shipping materials needed, our house feels overloaded with stuff. I hope this book will give me the motivation I need to organize and tidy up. I know lots of people who have raved about this book and this method. Have you read it?

I’ll also be working on the next How I Wear My post which is going live Wednesday, August 5th.

How I Wear My Badge

The theme for August is Straw Hat and the deadline for submission is Monday, August 3rd. Email a photo of you in your straw hat, along with a brief description of your look, to Visit the How I Wear My page for more information.


The photo above is from last year’s photo shoot with Montecristi Panama Hats of Napa Valley.

Wouldn’t it be fun to play dress-up with all these beautiful straw hats?

Make it a rich day!