Melissa McCarthy Maxi Dress

Happy Monday! I hope you had a lovely weekend.

Today, I want to share some of my recent summery Wine Country Looks that I put together with pieces from Gwynnie Bee.

Have you heard of Gywnnie Bee? My friend Malia, of Style by Malia, loves this subscription clothing service. After seeing an offer for a free month trial pop up on my Facebook feed, I decided I would give it try too.

I normally wouldn’t seek out a plus-size clothing line or subscription service because I usually wear size 10, 12 and occasionally a 14, depending on the garment and brand. I have never had a problem finding those sizes in Misses so looking at plus-size sites hadn’t occurred to me. But it turns out many of the brands Gwynnie Bee carries start at size 10 and go up from there. And I found that many of the clothes available at Gwynnie Bee work well with my Wine Country style.

This beautiful Melissa McCarthy Seven7 dress was the first item that caught my eye. It has become my favorite maxi. I love the pattern, the fit, and the color palette. It’s just so easy to wear – throw it on and go!

I wore my dress with flat nude-colored sandals (similar) and carried my go-to handbag this summer from Kate Spade (similar).

Melissa McCarthy Seven7 Tiered Peasant Dress

I love the adjustable drawstring sleeves on this dress.

Summery Wine Country Looks

Getting to see my girls for a moment when my husband dropped something off to me while I was in Healdsburg

And I find the V-neck and the tie at the waist to both be quite flattering.


I wore this dress for the first time during my Girlfriends Getaway to Healdsburg earlier this month, which I will be blogging about soon. And I plan on taking it with me to this week’s Festival Napa Valley.

While in Healdsburg I also wore this outfit. This top from Gwynnie Bee has shoulder ties that I think are so cute – and they’re adjustable. I also love the top’s dramatic high-low hem. The length in the back is long so it helps to be on the tall side when wearing this top.

Off the shoulder tunic

I wore the top with Gap Girlfriend Jeans, flat sandals and my Louis Vuitton clutch. I also wore my new Wine Country necklace made by Kelley Hollis.

Off the shoulder tunic

You may remember the Wine Country Brooch necklace that I made, with lots of help from Tamera Beardsley’s instructions and a crafty friend of mine.

I found I wasn’t wearing it much at all after the Bloggers Getaway to Napa Valley and with all the money, time and effort I had put into it, that seemed like a real shame! The existing necklace was just too heavy for me and got on my nerves when I wore it. I knew Kelley made beautiful jewelry from vintage pendants, brooches and earrings so I asked her if she could re-make my brooch necklace into something lighter and more comfortable. And here is what she came up with. I absolutely adore it and wear it often. I love having a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry!

Wine Country Necklace by Kelley Hollis

Kelley has a beautiful collection of pieces and she also will take custom orders (she is a super nice person too!). You can contact her at if you’re interested in a custom design.

summery wine country looks

This fun, purple off-the-shoulder top is also from Gwynnie Bee. It’s very comfortable and I wear it often. I wasn’t sure I would like the color – rarely wear purple – but I do, especially when I pair it with white. I decided to purchase this top too. It was only $14.50!

Summer Fun in California's Wine Country

Overall I have received 8 items in the mail from Gwynnie Bee. I wore three of the pieces and ending up keeping them. The others either didn’t fit, didn’t look good on me or weren’t up to my quality standards. I carefully read each review on any garment I am interested in adding to my GB closet. I find them to be very helpful. I also like that each order comes with a return label and bag, making returns a cinch. I am going to keep my subscription for a couple more months and see if I continue to like it.

Have you tried Gwynnie Bee or another subscription clothing service?

Make it a rich day!



I am linking up today with #iwillwearwhatilike, Visible Monday and Shoe and Tell.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post nor product review in exchange for clothing. I paid for all Gwynnie Bee clothing featured in this post. The Wine Country Necklace made by Kelley Hollis was a gift from Kelley.


how i wear my tunic

Welcome to How I Wear My: Tunic, the 60th post in the How I Wear My series!

Tunics may hail from ancient times but they seem more modern than ever in all the prints and fabrics and lengths they come in these days. So Jill of Everything Just So and I wanted to highlight them for July’s version of “How I Wear My.”

Jill starts us off with her summery tunic look and says:

“I love to wear navy and white all summer long so I was happy to find this Old Navy tunic in the right color and for the right price. My vintage Hermès Jigé is a pleasure to carry any time of the year, but I particularly like it in the warmer months and this shade of red goes with blue and white so well! I normally never wear big earrings but I loved the look of this pair with the tunic to help glam it up.”

how i wear my tunic Jill

Greetje of No Fear of Fashion wears a tunic with a modern cut and says:

“The off-white long tunic by Acne (Swedish brand) is a staple in my closet. I can wear it so many ways. This is one of my favourite styles. With the silver/golden boots and the statement necklace.”

How I Wear My Tunic

Jodie of Jodie’s Touch of Style wears a feminine floral tunic and tells us:

“So to answer the question of how I wear my? I wear this summer tunic as a flowy, fun top for our date night!! I rarely like matchy matchy, but this time I decided to keep the palette light with white jeans and the matching tank under this WHBM tunic. For me, the draw of this tunic is the asymmetrical aspect of it – and it seems so ethereal since it’s sheer!”

how i wear my tunic jodie

Darlene of Who’s a Pretty Girl wears her tunic two ways and tells us:

“Having two events in one day and not wanting to change my entire outfit, I took this $4.99 thrifted Alfani tunic from lunch hour to happy hour! With leggings for lunch…without leggings for happy hour. No worries, I wore black bike shorts underneath, just in case ;-)”

how i wear my tunic darlene

Suzanne of Suzanne Carrillo wears a boho tunic look and tells us:

“The jean tunic is from H&M a store I normally never shop at since I am a thrifter through and through but somehow I ended up there and bought this. The fabric is very soft and although it looks a little bit like maternity wear I still love it.”

suzanncarillo tunic

Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge adds colorful pants with her tunic look and says:

“I am wearing a black eyelet tunic (from Old Navy) that is also a bit frumpy when left as is.  To create some shape with this tunic, I tied the sides together and wore it over skinny red polka dot pants with wedge booties.  While I love wearing tunics, they often need some tweaking to give them a more flattering silhouette.  This can be done with belts, but that is not the most flattering on me, so I find creative ways to give them a more flattering shape with interesting knots!”

how i wear my tunic shelbee

Tamera of Tamera Beardsley shows what a lover of tunics she is and offers up several stylish tunic looks. She tells us:

“Tunics are a cornerstone workhorse in my wardrobe! Especially the Free People lace tunic … that I love so much I have bought it in three colors over the years! My absolute favorite is this tunic in cream … which manifests itself in my wardrobe in a myriad of ways! From worn alone over cream lace pants in the summer … to being layered in what seems like infinite possibilities!”

how i wear my tunic tamera

Ana of Mrs. American Made shows us a colorful and fresh look and says this about her tunic outfit:

“I just have to say that I am so excited that you guys chose this as a theme. I seemed to have an obsession with the ease of a tunic this year. It turned out to be the perfect garment for me to throw on over leggings after an easy work out (and long enough to cover the butt) – just add boots and a jacket and I was out the door. So many days I used this ‘outfit formula’ I wore this multi-color print tunic #madeinUSA by Renee C from Nordstrom with a pair of Citizens of Humanity wider leg white jeans for s Spring-y look. I added the casual linen bucket bag and wedge sandals and a pop of color with the turquoise earrings for a slight Boho flavor.”

ana - tunic

Linda of Labour of Life wears a summery tunic dress and tells us:

“This Old Navy tunic is perfect to wear to the office, a bar or even relaxing poolside. The linen is breathable and cool and the style is totally forgiving. I wear this to the office and I take it on vacation where it can go from beach to restaurant with a quick change of shoes.”

how i wear my tunic linda

Alice of Happiness at Mid-Life adds a belt to her plaid tunic and says:

“A tunic is totally out of my comfort zone. Wearing my Anthropologie tunic as a light layer made me feel more covered up and made it a perfect summer layer. I wanted to dress up the tunic for work and cinched it with an obi belt to give it some definition.”

how i wear my tunic alice

Nancy from Nancy’s Fashion Style created a layered look with her tunic and tells us:

“Here are some pictures of my tunic. I wanted to give it away because I never wore it, but then I thought: well, it could look good with olive green and grey! Et voila! I like the look. Hope you do too!”

how i wear my tunic nancy

Rosemary of Distinctly Southern Style joins us for the first time and says this about her blue tunic:

“I am wearing my linen tunic from Chico’s. I have paired it with a white camisole and leggings. It’s a hot and humid day here in Central Florida and I have just returned from a mini vacation, so tummy coverage is a plus.”

how i wear my tunic rosemary

Angela Crider is an attorney and published mystery writer who lives in Wine Country and like me, loves it! Angela has this to say about her tunic look:

“I was excited when I found this Renvy by Gilt tunic. It can be worn over leggings, or without as a tunic dress. I have styled it with Ann Taylor leggings, Tahari Candy Leather Peep Toe Demi-Wedge Sandals, an Olive and Winnie layered necklace, Alex and Ani bracelets, Quay sunglasses, a cobalt Adora tote, a fedora by SunBody Hats, and to top it off, a beautiful setting at Brix restaurant in Napa.”

angela - tunic

Pam of Over 50 Feeling 40 wears a tunic with an eye-catching artistic print and says:

“The tunic and pants are from Soft Surroundings!  These sheer tunics are perfect for the summer heat in
South Texas…keep me cool!”


Rena of  It’s all Fine. Whatever tickles the fancy. wears a tunic with a beautiful get-noticed pattern and tells us:

“I almost passed on buying this tunic because I was unsure of the bold pattern and colors but I’m glad I didn’t.  It is precisely the pattern and colors that make it so versatile that I can wear for work or casual and it’s lightweight which makes it great for So Cal summers and it will be easy to layer for cooler weather.”

how i wear my tunic rena

Cheryl of Northwest Mountain Living wears a colorful and fun tunic and says:

“I love this Johnny Was tunic. The embroidery is amazing and the color is so vibrant. It is lightweight and perfect for our mountain weather in the summer. I wore white skinny ankle pants and wedge sandals to balance the outfit! For a third piece, I wore my favorite summer hat.”

how i wear my tunic cheryl

Nora of Jacket Society wears a sleeveless striped tunic and tells us:

“I am wearing Jacket society striped lace-up tunic and pink gauze shawl with lace trim both available in our shop. To finish off the look I am wearing them with my Rag & Bone skinny black jeans, Calvin Klein Silver sandals and clutch.”

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Lisa of The Sequinist wears and off-the-shoulder tunic and says:

“Here I’m wearing a grey flannel Tibi off the shoulder tunic that I bought to wear in cooler weather.  On this day, I paired it with faux leather jeans and some fringed boots to give it some rock and roll edge.  I’ve also worn it layered over a silk shirt, just to give me some versatility.”

how i wear my tunic lisa

I love tunics and have several of them hanging in my closet. This month I decided to show you two outfits. In this first look, I am wearing the Solstice Tunic from Stella Carakasi. It’s from their Spring 2016 Collection (currently on sale).

I love how lightweight this tunic is, made with georgette fabric. I can wear it when it’s warm outside and feel both sufficiently covered and cool. The top is sheer so I wear a matching camisole underneath, though not a must because it’s not too sheer. I could also wear this tunic open with a tank in a different color. Perhaps an off-white or black.


I wore cognac accessories including suede block-heeled sandals, a Mulberry Bayswater bag, Apple Watch Hermès and a leather and faux black pearl necklace I bought at the Stella Studio a couple of years ago. My girlfriend cut jeans are from Gap.

For my second outfit, I wore an Attitude is Everything Tunic which is a staple in my closet. I have it in 4 colors! This newest shade is called Stone and it’s a very light gray color. I wore it last weekend in Healdsburg on my Girlfriends Getaway (I will telling you all about that soon!). I love the high-low hem and the roll-tab sleeves with the button closure.

how i wear my tunic adrienne 2

I wear a camisole underneath in a matching color because it is also sheer. I accessorized with one of my favorite necklaces, a geode pendant necklace on a double strand beaded chain by Janet Harrer. And I wore my Gap jeans again. I carried my Kate Spade bag in bone (similar), which has become my go-to summer handbag.

Thank you to all the stylish July participants. We love the way you all wear your tunics!

how i wear my tunic

By time the intensity of summer’s heat is upon us in August we bet that if you opt to wear pants, they are crops! So style your favorite pair and join us for “How I Wear My: Cropped Pants.” Photos are due by August 8, 2016. You can send them to us at and be sure to tell us a bit about your outfit!

How I Wear My Badge

Be sure to click over to Jill’s to see even more Tunic style inspiration!

Make it a rich day!



Disclosure: The two Stella Carakasi tunics and matching camisoles were given to me by Stella Carakasi. Everything else I purchased. The Girlfriends Getaway mentioned here was a media stay. The opinions expressed in this post are my own, as always. 


Summer Fun in California's Wine Country

Less than two weeks into the summer season and it seems that there is no shortage of exciting things to do, taste and see around here. It’s summer fun in California’s Wine Country and I am grateful I get to take part in some of it!

Although technically Bill and I celebrated his birthday at the coast in the RV several days ago, he was under the weather the entire time so we didn’t enjoy it the way we would have liked.

Once he was back to 100%, Tori and I took him over to Napa Valley for a belated birthday dinner. First we stopped off at Brix to enjoy a cold drink during their fantastic Happy Hour.

Brix Napa

They have a lovely lawn and garden behind the restaurant with several conversation areas. It’s surrounded by rose bushes, rows of vines and an expansive culinary garden. I love this time of year when the grapes start filling out.

green wine grapes napa

Since it was weekday, the crowds were few. We were the only people in the garden and had a nice time enjoying the summer sunshine.

brix napa roses

The birthday boy enjoyed himself and even posed for a photo.

Bill and Adrienne at Brix

(Outfit details: Wide-legged pants from Old Navy, purple off- the-shoulder top, Kate Spade bag, Sam Edelman flat sandals, hat from Montecristi Panama Hats of Napa Valley).

Normally we would have eaten dinner at Brix as their food is wonderful. But Bill really loves the French Dip sandwiches at Rutherford Grill and had been talking about how he hadn’t had one in a long time. So we drove a few miles up the valley and had dinner there, finishing dinner up by sharing birthday ice cream cookie sandwiches among the three of us.

ice cream cookie rutherford grill

It was a terrific summer evening and I am so glad the three of us could finally go out and celebrate Bill’s birthday properly. On our drive home over the hill, we pulled over to take some photos of the gorgeous sunset overlooking Sonoma Valley. Breathtaking!

sunset sonoma valley

Also last week, on June 29th, The Rich Life turned 6 years old. It’s hard to believe I’ve stuck with the blog this long and I am so glad I have.

I mentioned that fact to Bill in passing when he got home from work. To my surprise and delight, he promptly told me to put down the pots and pans, hang up my apron and get dressed for dinner. We went out to celebrate the occasion with an al fresco dinner at one of our favorite Wine Country restaurants, Aventine in Glen Ellen. What a sweetheart he is!

aventine glen ellen

Last Thursday I attended Sharon Santoni’s book signing at Chateau Sonoma. Susan of Une Femme told me a few weeks ago that Sharon would be signing her latest book, My Stylish French Girlfriends, in Sonoma. So I made a point of going. I went with my friend Michelle and we each bought Sharon’s book for her to sign.

my stylish french girlfriends book

I had the lovely surprise of seeing Elizabeth of The Vintage Contessa at the event and meeting her friend Shireen.

lace off the shoulder top 1

I also saw friend and professional photographer, Sarah Deragon, who took a couple of photos of me. Thank you, Sarah!

lace off the shoulder top 2

(Outfit details: Lace off-the-shoulder topGap jeans, Kate Spade handbag (similar), vintage earrings bought in an antique shop in Santa Rosa). 

After the book signing, Michelle and I headed over to the newest and hottest restaurant in Sonoma, Tasca Tasca. We have been there a few times since it opened and always order the shishito peppers with sausage, fingerling potatoes and beet salad. This time we tried the escargot (in the small cast-iron skillet) and kale salad. They are both must-have-agains!

tasca tasca

Sunday, July 3rd, Bill and I attended the Spirit of ’76 party, a special anniversary celebration at Iron Horse Vineyards, known around the world for their wonderful sparking wines.

iron horse celebration

Spirit of ’76 celebrated the 40th anniversary of when Audrey and Barry Sterling founded the winery. They were both present at the event, along with their gracious and welcoming daughter, Joy Sterling.

A special sparking wine, Spirit of ’76, was made just for the event and only in magnums. It was delicious!

iron horse spirit of 76

It’s such a special treat to spend time at Iron Horse, especially at the home of Barry and Audrey. I love to walk around their colorful garden, which even has a bed!

iron horse spirit of 76 party outfit

Bill and I had the pleasure of attending another fantastic event there last year, celebrating Earth Day. You can read about that event here.

More photos from their gardens…

iron horse vineyards

sunflowers bee

iron horse view

A reception at the Sterling’s home on the property, which was built in 1876, was followed by marching band, the Hubbub Club, leading us to the Corral for lobster rolls, bison sliders, corn on the cob, watermelon, cherry pie and, of course, bubbles!

iron horse spirit of 76 party 2

hubbub club band

The fried chicken and bison sliders were so delicious. And I loved the seersucker napkins!

corn and sliders

What a fun and festive celebration! Bill and I saw some of our friends while we were there too, which made the event even more special.

iron horse party with friends

From left to right: Shana Bull, Amy Lieberfarb, me, Sarah Stierch, Lauren Parkhill

(Outfit details: Wide-legged pants from Old Navy, Gap off-the-shoulder top, red leather choker from Large Leather in Sonoma, beaded bracelelts by Kay and Star)

On July 4th, we attended a pool party in Sonoma at the gorgeous home of some friends.

july 4 pool party

Michelle’s boyfriend and our friend, “Sonoma Bill”, my husband, “Kenwood Bill”, and our friends’ darling poodle Simon, taking a break from swimming

It was so relaxing and easy, just what we wanted after an active week. We were in our pajamas watching the news when most everyone else was out watching the fireworks. I hope, if you celebrated, you had a wonderful Independence Day too!summer wine country collage

I am so excited about this month as it will continue to be full of fun events. This Friday I am heading to Healdsburg with three of my girlfriends to experience a special package offered by 235 Luxury Suites and several other Healdsburg businesses.

This fabulous Girlfriends’ Getaway Special includes two nights accommodations, a $300 dinner credit at at Café Lucia, tickets for 6 to the Savor Healdsburg Food Tours, wine tasting at Portalupi,  and a tea tasting and green tea spa experience at The Taste of Tea. We are all so thrilled and can hardly wait to head to Healdsburg!

The Girlfriends’ Getaway Special is available September 23 – 25th. It’s an amazing deal and a great reason to plan that Wine Country weekend with your girlfriends you’ve been wanting to take! Get your friends together – up to 6 – and reserve your space now. Packages are going fast!

You can follow our adventure along on Instagram (@therichlifeinwinecountry).

One more thing!

July’s How I Wear My is next week and the theme is TUNIC.

How I Wear My Badge

Show us how you style a tunic top or tunic dress. Whether it’s long or short sleeved, with a collar or without, and includes lace, embroidery, embellishment or is a solid color, we can’t wait to see how you’ll style your tunic!

Send a photo of you wearing your tunic to by July 11, 2016 and be sure to tell us a bit about your outfit.

Make it a rich day!