The Rich Life On a Budget

Women in Business: Holiday Gift Guide 4

Happy Friday!

The final Women in Business Holiday Gift Guide is here!

What a wonderful experience this has been for me, and hopefully for everyone who has learned about these fantastic female entrepreneurs and their products and services. I hope to make this holiday gift guide an annual series.

Please be sure to visit the other Women in Business: Holiday Gift Guides (one, two and three) as you shop for your last-minute holiday gifts (or for gifts for yourself!) Remember, many of the WOMENINBUSINESS codes are valid until the end of December.





We are getting things started with gorgeous home decor from Mac Meckley. I was introduced to Mac Meckley by her aunt, a friend of mine in Sonoma. Mac is an artist who creates digitally painted textiles and turns them into limited edition fine art decorative pillows and throws.

From Mac’s bio:

“After graduating with a fine art degree in oil painting, Mac Meckley decided to translate her skill set into a more commercial realm. She learned to digitally paint and print her one-of-a-kind compositions onto yards of natural linens, cottons and silks to create exquisite textiles. With a lifelong passion for interior design and home furnishings, Mac is now designing three unique collections of pillows and throws, Blooming, Fetching and Dashing. Juxtaposing her painted textiles with unique woven patterns, Mac’s pillowcases add dynamic artistry to any space. Mac lives in Seattle with her husband, J and their yorkie, Frodo.”

Mac sent me a Yorkie Sir pillow case with a synthetic down insert. I have two Yorkies that are my constant companions and knew the moment I saw Sir Yorkie II, that was the pillow for me. I am currently keeping it on my couch in the living room, right next to the Christmas tree. After the holidays, it will making its permanent home on our bed. I just adore it!

Mac is offering readers 20% off items on her website through January 1, 2015 using code WOMENINBUSINESS. Be sure to check out her incredibly gorgeous throws too.




Tamera Beardsley

Most of you who read my blog regularly also read the fabulous blog by the fabulous person, Tamera Beardsley. She is glamour personified. From sparkly baubles and floral head pieces to bold sunglasses and colorful, eye-catching ensembles, Tamera has made getting dressed an art form.

She has created a unique and sought-after style that many of us would love to incorporate into our own wardrobes. Lucky for us, we can have a little because Tamera creates a line of jewelry, reflecting her personal taste.

Tamera says this about her love of design:

“Great clothes and design always bring excitement to my life. In one form or another, I have pursued design my entire life. Whether it be gardening, designing my Southern California home, or going on new adventures in our Airstream, there is always a vein of creativity running through my passions.”

Tamera has an extensive career in jewelry design and her designs have been featured in Elle Magazine, WWD, as well as television shows and movies.

I am thrilled to own several of Tamera’s pieces from statement earrings to her lovely and versatile Tranquility and Sea Glass bracelets. Now is your chance to own – or give – Tamera Beardsley Design pieces at a Women in Business discount.

Tamera is offering readers 20% off items in her shop until the end of the year. Just use code WOMENINBUSINESS at checkout.




Casey Garcia of Mason Street Designs and I met many years ago at the fire department where our husbands worked. Bill and Pete were assigned to the same station and Casey and I would sometimes share family dinners on the holidays when the guys were on shift.

A few years later, Casey and Pete moved their family back to Orange County where Pete continued his career in the fire service and Casey opened her own company selling gorgeous cashmere wraps and beautiful jewelry.

Casey sent me her Luxe Pullover Wrap the light gray recently and I have already worn it at least six times. You can see one way I styled it in my previous post.

Casey’s wraps are lightweight yet warm and incredibly soft. Casey made sure to add a little bit of wool to the cashmere to make it stand up against pilling and to keep the price affordable. It sure feels like all cashmere to me!

The Luxe Pullover Wrap is very versatile and can be worn multiple ways, including as a scarf (see variations in the photo below). It comes in several neutral colors and stripes!

Casey is offering readers a special price for the Women in Business series. Luxe Pullover Wraps, normally priced at a reasonable $129, are now $90 with the code WOMENINBUSINESS.  Plus she is covering the tax!

It’s cashmere luxury on a budget! Get yours now before they sell out.  Offer ends December 31, 2015.




piper_abodeely_G3Meet the founders of G3 Women’s Conference!


Piper Abodeely is an Organizational Development consultant and Executive Coach who partners with individuals and teams to leverage potential and create high performing, sustainable results.




Anne Marie Sebastiani, known as The Queen of Inspired Actions, helps people expand their vision of what’s possible for their business and life. She utilizes her extensive teaching background along with her MA in Counseling and various coaching certifications to help people step up and play bigger in life.




Michelle is a passionate advocate in helping people to integrate health and vitality in their personal and professional endeavors. She utilizes her talents to support women towards cultivating a healthy and well balanced lifestyle.


Last month, I attended the inaugural G3 Women’s Conference in Sonoma created and put on by Michelle, Anne Marie and Piper and it changed my life. It really did. In fact, the inspiration for this Women in Business series came from my experience at the 3-day event.

You can read more about my experience in a post I wrote shortly after it concluded. I met so many dynamic, interesting, warm and supportive women during the conference. That in itself has been invaluable to me.

Here is an except from the G3 website that best sums up what G3 is about:

“The G3 Conference offers women the inspiration, tools, and connections to take the next step in business, personal development, health and wellness, or philanthropic endeavors. Featuring widely respected thought leaders, talented entertainers, and a marketplace of ideas, exhibits, networking and panel discussions, the conference is designed to benefit women from all walks of life who are ready to reinvent themselves and create their best self.”

The next conference is not far off. It takes place March 11th – 13th. Piper, Anne Marie and Michelle are offering readers a Women in Business discount on their VIP ticket to the next conference.  Use code WOMENINBUSINESS to get a VIP ticket for $699 (regularly priced at $999).

Find out more on the G3 website including discounted hotel accommodations at the beautiful MacArthur Place Hotel, where the event is held.

Hope to see you there in March!

G3 Women's Conference



 Make it a rich day and let’s all support Women in Business this holiday season – and always!




Disclosure: I was given the Yorkie Sir pillow with insert by Mac Meckley in exchange for promotion. Casey sent me a Luxe Pullover Wrap as a gift, and I own numerous Tamera Beardsley pieces, all gifts from Tamera – just because. All opinions expressed here are my own, as always. 

5 Ways to Dress for Winter in California

Winter is officially arriving next week but we’ve already experienced cold temperatures – by California standards – the last couple of weeks. I love fall and winter clothes and think getting dressed is the most fun this time of year.

Winter weather means hats, boots, coats, scarves and sweaters, which are my favorite items to shop for and to wear.

My lifestyle suits a casual wardrobe. Lately I have been wearing several different styles of outfits – uniforms, if you will – that I find a cinch to put together, easy to vary, appropriate for our somewhat mild climate, and always comfortable.

Here are 5 ways I like to dress for winter in California:

1) Wear a Great Coat and Fun Hat

This is what I wear when I don’t know what to wear and my hair isn’t doing what I want it to. I feel put together in this timeless look and it’s just so simple. A good coat – especially a classic khaki trench or a high-quality wool coat – is well worth the splurge, in my opinion. And hats are a fun way to turn to heads, keep your noggin warm and deal with an unruly or flat ‘do.


Outfit details:

 Sophia Plume by Bigalli from Montecristi Panama Hat Company

Banana Republic trench 

Gap boyfriend jeans

Sam Edelman booties (similar)

 2) Don a Wrap or Poncho

Casey, who owns Mason Street Designs, is a friend of mine. She carries these gorgeous cashmere wraps and sent one me one as a gift recently. I fell in love! I will be telling you more about Casey and her business in Friday’s Women in Business Holiday Gift Guide. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, if you’d like to get your hands on her Luxe Pullover Wraps at a great price (just $90, marked down for readers from $129!), use the code WOMENINBUSINESS at checkout.

I love how figure-forgiving this Luxe Pullover Wrap is (that is important to me this time of year!) and it’s incredibly soft. I wore this outfit last Sunday, spending the day with my husband in the town of Sonoma. I layered it with a long-sleeved tee by Stella Carakasi for extra warmth and added a hat.

I also like to wear this wrap/poncho with boyfriend jeans, a long sleeved tee and sneakers for a sportier look.


 Outfit details:

Jigsaw twill pants (similar)

Black felt hat from Montecristi Panama Hat Company, no longer available (similar)

Luxe Pullover Wrap from Mason Street Designs

Stella Carakasi Sure Thing Tee in white

Boots from Italy

Bag from Kenneth Cole (very old)

Cuff from Large Leather in Sonoma

 3) Cosy up to Oversized Sweaters

Remember the late 1980s when huge sweaters were so popular? I used to borrow my boyfriend’s sweaters and wear them with stirrup pants and a scrunchie in my hair. Oversized sweaters are back but this time I am skipping the stirrups and scrunchie and wearing them with jeans and sneakers. I also will wear them with skinny pants, boots or booties and a long necklace. I hope this style sticks around for a few more seasons. I love the cozy comfort of a roomy sweater.


Outfit details:

Gap oversized sweater

Gap Always Skinny Jeans

Nike sneakers, no longer available (similar)

Adora bag

4) Layer Your Look with Long Sweater Vests and Cardigans

I have a thing for sweater cardigans and vests that are long. I first started wearing them years ago when Missoni did a line for Target. That particular long cardigan was what gave me and Jill of Everything Just So the idea for our long-running How I Wear My series. Jill has one too.

Since then, I have added long cardigans from Free People and Stella Carakasi and a sweater vest, also from Stella Carakasi.

A few months ago, I bought this fringed vest at Nordstrom. It’s got a boho vibe that I love. I wear it with tees, sweaters and even a denim shirt. Throw on some jeans, add a long necklace and booties and I am set!


 Outfit details:

Fringed sweater vest, no longer available (similar)

Covered Perfectly Simple Comfort top

Gap Always Skinny Jeans

Boden booties

Necklace by Sally Drennon

5) Capes and Shawls with Monochromatic Foundation Outfit

This cape is pure luxury. Made from Royal baby Alpaca fibers, this Gil Cape is from Peru. It’s warm, velvety soft and the color is rich and beautiful. When I wear it, I like to minimize the impact the rest of my outfit makes so the focus is on the material, the color and the drape of the cape. I put on a monochromatic outfit as my foundation, then simply threw the cape on over my shoulders. It can’t get much easier than that!


 Outfit details:

Stella Carakasi Look Sharp Leggings

Alpaca shawl from Montecristi Panama Hats Company

Gap turtleneck 

Vince Camuto tassel necklace (similar)

Louis Vuitton Beverly GM


What’s your favorite season for fashion?

How do you dress for winter where you live?


 Be sure to use your Women in Business codes if shopping this post:

 Montecristi Panama Hats of Napa Valley: Use code WOMENINBIZ to take 10% off

Stella Carakasi: Use code WOMENINBUSINESS to take 10%

Mason Street Designs: Use code WOMENINBUSINESS to take $39 off a Luxe Pullover Wrap

And don’t forget about all the fantastic offers from previous posts:

Women in Business: Holiday Gift Guide 1

Women in Business: Holiday Gift Guide 2

Women in Business: Holiday Gift Guide 3

Look for Holiday Gift Guide 4 coming this Friday!

Make it a rich day!



Disclosure: I was given the Mason Street Designs Luxe Pullover Wrap as a gift. All opinions expressed here are my own, as always.