10 Fall Wardrobe Pieces Priced Under $100

Fall, my very favorite season, is here. Hooray! For many of us, the arrival of autumn means it’s time to add some new pieces to our fall wardrobes, which is exactly what I have been doing the last couple of weeks. Here are 10 fall wardrobe pieces priced under $100 that I added to my closet recently:


Lace-Up Top, $48

I love the lace-up trend happening with both shoes and clothes. This super-soft top with get-noticed lace-up detail is edgy and a little sexy too. I like how I can throw it on with jeans and a pair of black booties and I am ready to go!



V-Neck Cozy Sweater, $50

After this month’s How I Wear My: Yellow post, this vibrant shade has been on my radar. Although this sweater comes in other less dramatic colors (the coral is gorgeous, by the way) I decided to go for the brightest and boldest and chose Aurora Yellow.

Oversized with extra long sleeves and a deep v-neck, this sweater is ideal for layering. Although it does have wool its blend (18%) it’s not scratchy at all and in fact it’s incredible soft and cozy.


Long V-Neck Tunic, $89

I love a long tunic, especially one that can be worn with layers. I plan on adding a long-sleeved shirt under this tunic on cooler days. It will look great with leggings, tall boots and a black wool hat.


Lace Pintuck Blouse, $60

I bought this top in both white and black and am now considering adding the olive color to my closet. I wore the white to a concert Saturday night with jeans, nude sandals and a long necklace with an agate pendant. This top soft and comfortable and I love the lace detail.


Burgundy Long Cardigan, $27

I can’t get enough of long open-front cardigans! Here in Wine Country, the temperatures can change dramatically making layering essential. I will wear this burgundy long cardigan with a T-shirt or tank top when the weather is still warm and wear it with a turtleneck or long-sleeved sweater and a scarf when cool weather arrives


Black Sweater Duster, $98

A few years ago I bought a long black sweater duster by Free People.  I wore it so much that it started to fall apart. I refused to give it up until I found its replacement which I did last week. This duster is ribbed and has darling gold buttons on the sleeves.



Mid-Rise Straight Trousers, $34

I had an interview recently to go some freelance writing for a magazine. I wanted to wear slacks to the interview but realized, while I have loads of jeans, I own not one pair of classic trousers! These slacks are great to have on hand when the dress code calls for a professional outfit.


Navy ankle pants,  $34

When I don’t feel like wearing jeans or leggings, I like a good ankle pant. I love navy blue and like to wear it with winter white, cognac and even black in the fall and winter. They look great with flat shoes too!



Plaid Shirt Dress, $35

I am a big fan of the shirt dress trend. Throwing one of these cute frocks on with a pair of tall boots or booties is such an easy way to look put together without a fuss. I will add tights, a pashmina and a hat on chilly days.


Denim Western Shirt Dress, $70

This denim shirt dress is my favorite piece of the group. Soft and flattering, this dress is going to get lots of play this fall!


What fall pieces have you added to your wardrobe?


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A major highlight of my summer was experiencing Festival Napa Valley 2016, a 10-day celebration and of music, art, food, wine and dance that raises funds to enrich art and community programs. It’s the third season in a row I have covered this event, perviously known as Festival del Sole.

This year I had the opportunity to attend most of the events on the Festival Napa Valley calendar, which was such a special treat for me and my husband! I will be writing a few posts about this outstanding festival in the coming weeks. I would like to begin by sharing some unforgettable highlights from Festival Napa Valley’s Tribute to Margrit Mondavi that took place in late July.

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As you may be aware, Margrit Mondavi passed away earlier this month on September 2nd, at the age of 91. Mrs. Mondavi was honored at this event for her longtime dedication to the arts, viticulture, education and the Napa County community – and beyond – for over four decades.

Wife of Robert Mondavi, who passed away in 2008, the two donated $35 million to University of California at Davis to create the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts and the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science. In 1981, Margrit Mondavi launched the incredibly successful charity wine event, Napa Valley Wine Auction, currently known as Auction Napa Valley. This world-famous fundraising event has raised over $150 million for Napa County nonprofit organizations to date.

It’s an understatement to say Margrit and Robert Mondavi have left an indelible impression on Wine Country. They were instrumental in turning the area into the rich culinary, art and wine region it is today.

This tribute, underwritten by Mrs. Mondavi’s friends, philanthropists, art patrons and owners of Clos Pegase Winery, Jan Shrem and Maria Minetti Shrem, took place at Far Niente Winery in Oakville.

Far Niente a stunning winery nestled among trees and expansive vineyards at the base of the Mayacamas Mountain Range. This was our first visit to Far Niente. I have always been curious about this winery and was excited to see what awaited us at the end of their long, tree-lined driveway.

Built in 1885, the winery was abandoned at the start of the Prohibition, then purchased by Gil and Beth Nickel sixty years later in the late 1970s. A three-year restoration was complete in 1982, which was also the year winemaking returned to Far Niente. Far Niente produces fine Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay wines.

Once you drive down the long driveway, you come upon a magnificent stone building with climbing ivy and red geraniums in window boxes. I felt as though I was in Europe.


Before we made our way down the stairs to the event area, we stopped for a few photos. It was a warm summer evening and I chose an off-the-shoulder lace top with lightweight linen blend pants and heeled sandals. I carried my Louis Vuitton clutch and chose not to wear any jewelry except my diamond stud earrings.


As we made our way to the stairs, we could see the tent were the event was taking place through a pair of very old olive trees.


We made our way down to the reception area where people were starting to gather.


The tribute dinner would take place over a stone bridge and next to a gazebo and tranquil pond. Such a lovely and charming setting!


I ventured inside the tent before it started to fill up with guests so I could have a look around. The first thing that caught my eye was the stage in the middle of the tent against the the far wall. This 12-foot wall of fresh pink roses, created by Melody Raye Flowers, used roses from Passion Roses. The room smelled amazing!

Festival Napa Valley Tribute to Margrit Mondavi

The time, effort and attention to detail this piece required had to have been substantial. And in summer’s heat, no less!

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The table decor was elegant and feminine. I loved the silver, ivory and pink color choices and the chandeliers were a gorgeous addition.


There were beautiful pink rose center pieces throughout.


Some well-known guests were due to arrive soon such as Sophia Loren!

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From the end of the tent you could see the stone building in all its stateliness.


Once outside on the patio, Bill and I got a glass of Far Niente Chardonnay, mingled with guests and waited excitedly for Margrit Mondavi and Sophia Loren’s arrival.

Roses at Far Niente Festival Napa Valley

We also took in the gorgeous views around the property.


We got to see the stunning and alluring Ms. Loren arrive, wearing a long black sequin dress with pink flowers. She was with her son, Carlos Ponti Jr. and his wife, and Mr. and Mrs. Shrem. Mrs. Mondavi arrived shortly after guests were seated.

While we got acquainted with the other guests at our table, a slideshow was playing with video recordings of many of Margrit’s friends including Boz Scaggs, Jaques Pepin and Thomas Keller just to name a few, who all sent greetings and messages of gratitude. There were also photos of Margrit with her husband, Robert.


Once the guests were seated, Beth Nichols came out to greet the crowd. She soon introduced cookbook author, chef and TV personality Lidia Bastinich. Bill and I watch Lidia on PBS frequently and were so thrilled she was at the event. Lidia, along with her chef at New York’s Felidia, Fortunato Nicotra, created the menu for the evening.


What a culinary delight to enjoy this special dinner!


The wine was phenomenal, which was no surprise, and added to our already wonderful meal.


Not only was the dinner spectacular but so was the entertainment! Jazz saxophonist Dave Koz performed for guests.


Then double-Grammy nominated singer Monica Mancini took the stage to sing a couple of songs with Koz.


After the dinner and musical performances concluded, Margrit took over the spotlight and spoke to the crowd of about 300 guests. She thanked her friends for attending and recounted memories from her 40 years in Napa Valley.


I loved Margrit’s wry sense of humor and wit. At one point, she joked that she wished she had Sophia’s long legs.


After Margrit Mondavi spoke, the evening was about to conclude. But first, dessert. We walked outside onto the patio where there was an assortment of sweet bites and Dolce. Known as “Liquid Gold of Napa Valley”, Dolce is a late harvest wine and the perfect finish to the evening.


This magical scene greeted us as we walked to the valet for our car – fitting for such a magical night. There were so many pinch-me moments, I started to lose count!


Although I never had the chance to meet Margrit Mondavi in person, being in the same room with her, celebrating her countless impactful accomplishments and her contributions to the arts, the wine industry and our region was an honor and an experience I will always treasure.


Make it a rich day, friends!




Disclosure: I was asked to attend Festival Napa Valley and write about my experiences. All opinions expressed here are my own, as always. 



Fall officially arrives this Thursday, September 22nd, at 7:21 a.m. PST. Can you believe summer is almost over?

As I started to put away some of my summer clothes and bring out my fall pieces from last year, I thought about what my favorite outfits of Summer 2016 have been. I compiled a list of my most memorable summer outfits and pieces that I am sure to wear again next summer.

Lesley Evers Maxi Dress

This dress just says summertime to me. I have had it for two summers now and love it as much as I did the day I bought it at Lesley Ever’s boutique in Corte Madera. I wore it to Festival Napa Valley’s brunch at Auberge du Soleil in July.

lesley evers maxi dress

Printed Pastel Maxi Dress

I bought this Melissa McCarthy maxi dress a couple of months ago and it quickly became one of my favorites. I wore it during the girlfriends’ getaway weekend in Healdsburg in July. The weather is still so summer like, I am sure I will wear it one or two more times before storing it away until next year.

Melissa McCarthy Seven7 Tiered Peasant Dress

Printed Casual Dress 

In early August I added this colorful dress from Old Navy to my wardrobe. With its bold print, it requires very little styling. I just add my favorite summery sandals, a leather cuff and a straw hat and I am good to go!

pink print ON dress

Black Shirt Dress

This black shirt dress is still on high rotation in my closet. I styled it six ways in this post and I am sure I will come up with even more outfits featuring this Old Navy dress as we head into the cooler temperatures of fall.

black shirtdress with scarf belt

Casual Off-the-shoulder Top

As I am sure you noticed, shoulder-baring tops were a huge fashion hit this summer. I added half a dozen or so to my summer wardrobe. This striped cotton off-the-shoulder top from Gap was one of my favorites. I bought it in navy blue too. I loved when it was cool enough to wear this top with mid-rise flared jeans. I elongated my look by adding a long tassel necklace by KayandStar.

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Lace Off-the-shoulder Top 

Another off-the-shoulder top I bought in multiples is this lacey number. Along with this pink shade, I have it in white and black. I love the way this top instantly dresses up jeans and slacks.

My Stylish French Girlfriends

Photo by Sarah Deragon

White Linen Pants

These white linen blend pants were my go-to pants all summer long. I am going to miss wearing them this fall! I wore these wide-legged pants here with a white Stella Carakasi buttoned blouse…

stella carakasi summer looks

And here with a soft gray tank and lightweight sweater, also by Stella Carakasi, during the early, cooler part of summer.

How I Wear My Pearls

I also wore my white pants with a purple top. I rarely wear bright purple but I love this top’s ruffles and its off-the-shoulder style. And I thought it looked great with my white pants and straw hat.

I have to mention that this bone-colored Kate Spade bag, which got a lot of play this summer, was definitely an outfit saver. When I didn’t know what bag would look best with my look, I defaulted to this one every time.

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Looking back at your own summer outfits, what were your favorites?


I am so excited to be walking the runway in this Friday’s fall fashion show at Stella Carakasi’s studio in Berkeley. If you live in the Bay Area, I hope to see you there! Get the details and reserve your free ticket here.

stella fall 16 show

Make it a rich day!