The Rich Life On a Budget

Happy Thanksgiving!

I would like to wish those of you celebrating a happy Thanksgiving!

I know I don’t say it enough, but thank you, thank you, thank you, for reading, commenting, and just popping by to visit. I think it goes without saying that if no one stopped by, this blog would have disappeared a long time ago.

I have been looking for a reason to share this video with you and today seems like the perfect time! My husband and I drove through a vineyard in Alexander Valley to take photos of the fall colors and suddenly this murmuration of starlings appeared. I find it not only fascinating to watch but so soothing and calming too.

Happy Thanksgiving!

I will be back soon with a post about our recent trip to Seattle.

Make it a rich day full of thanks!



1 Tunic, 1 Pair of Jeans, 6 Looks

After losing my luggage last month on my way to Seattle (more on that in a later post), I have been browsing my favorite online shops in the hopes of replacing some of my much-loved, often worn clothing.

A couple of my favorite tunics were in my suitcase and I find myself reaching for them over and over again, only to remember they’re gone. Poof!

Lucky for me, Nordstrom had just the tunics I was looking for: a stylish split-neck version made with lightweight, flowing fabric at the reasonable price of $42. I bought it in three easy-to-wear colors: off-white, olive and black.

These tunics are quite versatile! By changing the way I accessorize them, I created several different casual looks, making them the new go-to tops in my wardrobe.

Today I thought I’d share six looks I came up. With a little more creativity I’m sure I could come up with even more!

Since jeans are such a big part of my lifestyle, I chose to wear Gap skinny jeans (similar) rolled up at the bottom with each outfit.

Here’s how I styled my tunic and jean foundation six different ways.

First, I wore it with Chelsea booties from Gap that I bought last year (similar) and my new tassel necklace with geode pendant from Kay and Star and my Australian hat from Montecristi Panama Hats of Napa Valley.

I would wear this on any fall day, with or without the hat. And when the temperature drops, I’ll add a camel coat or khaki trench.


Next, I added a ladylike touch to my tunic and denim foundation with a silk scarf I bought on Etsy years ago and black low-heeled pumps. I carried my Louis Vuitton Alma bag, a birthday gift from my husband way back in 2000. I only wore one piece of jewelry: a pearl bracelet I bought on a trip to Italy a few years back.


For an edgier look, I wore a faux leather jacket with fringe on the sleeves and pair of suede, water-proof booties I bought in Seattle last month (to replace another pair). I carried my black Adora bag and skipped any statement margin jewelry.


Have you noticed the sleeveless trench trend? I love it and was thrilled to find this reasonably priced raw edged trench while in Seattle. As a bonus, it has pockets. I love clothes with pockets!

I wore my Sam Edelman pumps from a couple of years ago – I call them my “Valentinos on a budget” – and carried my Louis Vuitton clutch.


For a sporty look, I wore a pair of faux leather slip-ons, carried my You Had Me At Merlot Adora bag  and wore a long jersey scarf, wrapped close around my neck. This look is one I would wear running errands or to meet a friend for coffee.


For my last look, I chose soft neutrals and wore the off-white tunic with a taupe sweater vest from Stella Carakasi (from a a couple seasons ago). I carried a Kate Spade handbag (similar), Coastal Bracelet set from Tamera Beardsley and suede lace-up flats I bought in Las Vegas last month.


There you have it! One tunic, one pair of jeans and six looks.


How would you style this tunic?

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I’m linking up with #iwillwearwhatilike,  Visible Monday and Shoe and Tell today!

Make it a rich day!