The Rich Life On a Budget

What I Wore to the PopUp Dinner and Shop The Rich Life!

Have you ever been invited to a party where you’re asked to wear all white? Often referred to quite simply as a “white party,” I attended one last weekend called The PopUp Dinner Wine Country. You can read all about it in my last post.

My first concern when I decided to attend was….what will I wear?

Although the location is secret until two hours before the event begins, I knew it would be somewhere in Sonoma Valley, where I live. The chances of the venue being someplace where high heels and fussy dresses would be a good idea were slim so I went for comfort and style when selecting my all-white outfit.

I also knew the weather this time of year could be hot or it could be very cool. I guessed we would experience both hot and cold weather during the same event. And I was right! The evening started off rather toasty, then cooled off considerably once night fell. Layers were going to be necessary.

Comfort and style with layers – all in white – was what I wanted. And of course the first place I shopped for my outfit was Stella Carakasi. I remember Tamera’s Stella Carakasi look from her day at the beach and thought my own variation of her outfit would be perfect for the PopUp Dinner!

I started with the Effortless Tee in white. I have this top in black and wear it all the time. It’s so soft, made with quality Modal fabric, it never fades or pills and is incredibly versatile, a wardrobe basic.


I layered it with a white Take Note Vest.


I am crazy about this piece! It’s so interesting and can be worn a variety of ways. For the event I wore it open to show off a long silver pendant necklace but it can also be worn fastened at the shoulder, creating a sort of cowl neck look.


And you can wear it with a camisole when it’s very hot.


I love the hood. It came in handy at the event when the sun was shining into the ruins.


My pant choice was my most important decision. I needed to be able to move freely – help carry our belongings to and from the venue, set up and take down our table and then, of course, there’d be dancing!

These Beyond Basic Pants were just what I wanted. I was already familiar with them, having worn the navy Beyond Basic pants on the runway at the Spring Luxe Event.


I had a fabulous white PopUp Dinner outfit. All I needed to add were my white Steve Madden shoes, a old silver handbag, some sunglasses and I was ready to party. And what a party it was!!

The best part is my entire outfit is machine washable. The next day, I simply washed my PopUp Dinner outfit in the washing machine.

Find out more information about the PopUp Dinners by Hand Made Events at their website. There may be a PopUp near you this season!


I have a BIG announcement and another reason to celebrate today!

For a couple of months my business partner and longtime friend, Sandee McCready, and I have been carefully curating a collection of beautiful things – we both love, wear and use – in a shop we’re calling simply, The Rich Life.

If you’ve been a reader for some time, you will surely be familiar with all the lovely products we carry. From my favorite Stella Carakasi pieces, including the Beyond Basic Pants I wore to the PopUp Dinner and in the fashion show, to stylish leather convertible cuff/chokers from Large Leather in Sonoma, Dale of Savvy Spice’s Savvy Sleepers, and of course, Adora bags, you can now purchase my favorite things from some of my favorite people…directly from The Rich Life!


Why this new venture? For a few reasons:

This blog is my creative passion. Over the years it also developed a considerable business component. I have thought long and hard about how I can make the two – my passion and my career – work in conjunction and still provide entertainment, instruction, inspiration and information to readers.

Small to medium-sized businesses often get lost in the online masses and have a very hard – often impossible – time competing with heavy-hitting big-named brands. The results are that consumers – like you and me – miss out on quality unique products that aren’t generally widely promoted and don’t have a big ad budget and staff.

Because we love to help fellow businesses and the people behind them, we are bringing these hard-to-find items to you…with pride.

We promise that we will only offer brands we know well, love deeply and have incorporated into our daily lives. Our primary – although not exclusive – focus will be on small to medium-sized, female-owned companies.

Our philosophy is centered around the belief that we must lift one another as we climb. While we want to create a successful business and a steady income for ourselves, it is equally important that we help others succeed along the way.

The Rich Life on a Budget – the blog – won’t change. I’ll continue to write about the things I love – fashion, wine country, travel, family, over 40 style and beauty – as I have for the last nearly five years.  It’s my true passion and I can’t imagine my life without it or without you!

Please take a moment browse The Rich Life shop. Sandee and I are continuing to add new products regularly so be sure to check back frequently.

Also, “like” our new Facebook page and stay up to date on new product additions, offers and news!

To kick off our new shop, we are offering 20% off your first purchase (yay!). Use code THERICHLIFE20 at checkout.


Don’t forget that the deadline for photo submission to participate in June’s How I Wear My: Spring Jacket is Monday, June 1st. Please visit the How I Wear My page for all the details!

Make it a rich day!



Disclosure: The white Stella Carakasi outfit was given to me. All opinions expressed here are, as always, my own.