Girlfriends Getaway Collage

Recently I had the pleasure of spending the weekend at Two Thirty-Five Luxury Suites, experiencing their Girlfriends Getaway Special, with three of my dearest friends. Today I want to tell you all about this luxurious Wine Country property and their special getaway package, available in late September.

Two Thirty-Five Luxury Suites is located just a few steps from Healdsburg Plaza Park, the quaint center of town which boasts a large gazebo, park benches, mature shade trees, and rose bushes. Surrounding the park, you’ll find some of the best shops, restaurants, bakeries, tasting rooms, art galleries, and entertainment in California’s Wine Country.

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Once my friends and I parked our cars in the parking lot at Two Thirty-Five, we didn’t drive again until we departed.  I love having so many great places to visit and wonderful things to do within walking distance.

This is my friend Lawana who came up from San Francisco to spend the weekend with me.  We took the short footbridge from the parking lot which takes you to the Two Thirty-Five reception area. There we were greeted by the friendly staff who checked us in and showed us to our suite, the Orchard Suite.

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Two Thirty-Five Luxury Suites has four suites, all located on the second floor of the building and accessible by a large elevator.

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I viewed the accommodations at Two Thirty-Five several times online before our stay and the suites looked large but I was still surprised by how huge our suite was in person!

This is the living room located to the right of the front door. There is plenty of room for a full house – up to six guests – to relax and unwind. It was where we girls spent lots of time chatting, laughing, sipping our morning coffees and then afternoon wine. I loved the natural light coming in from the many windows in this suite.

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Across from the living room are the dining room and the gourmet kitchen. The full kitchen comes equipped with everything you need to cook for a group: pots, pans, glassware, utensils and dishes. We didn’t do any cooking – unless you count using the toaster as cooking – but we did take full advantage of the coffee cups, wine glasses and champagne flutes!

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After we explored the common areas, we chose our rooms. Each Two Thirty-Five suite has three bedrooms and three bathrooms. All beds are California King. Lawana and I have been friends for decades and are used to sharing living quarters, so we decided to share the biggest room.

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Instead of closets, Two Thirty-Five offers other alternatives. Our room had bars on the wall with hangers which made it easy to choose our outfits each day. There was plenty of drawer space for folded items and other belongings too. The other two rooms have armoires.

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Our bathroom was enormous! We had lots of counter space for our many bottles, jars and tubes of beauty products. The walk-in shower was gigantic, as well.

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My sister-in-law, Debbie, joined us on our Girlfriends Getaway trip. She had the middle room which had a flatscreen television housed in a cabinet at the end of her bed.

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You simply press a button on the remote control, et voilà! Up pops the television! How cool is that? All rooms at Two Thirty-Five come with their own flatscreen, high definition television. Some are housed inside a cabinet like this, and some are mounted on the wall.

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The bathrooms at Two Thirty-Five have high-quality toiletries and plush bath towels. And I loved the big bathroom mirrors!

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One of my favorite surprises at Two Thirty-Five was getting to choose my perfect pillow at the end of the day. All three pillows – firm, medium and soft – are on your bed. You choose the one you like best, or sleep with all three if you want! I prefer a soft pillow myself. What a luxurious treat to have options!

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My other favorite surprise was having Nest Thermostats, not only in the main common areas but in every guest room. For those of us who like it chilly, this was a real perk!

My friend Michelle, who also came along for the getaway, had this room with a view of the courtyard below and a bathtub.

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After we unpacked our things, we started looking around at all the other details. A bottle of Viognier was given to us from Lambert Bridge, as well as, a gift basket of snacks and drinks. The Kuerig coffee machine was so convenient. No need to add water each time you want to make a cup of coffee because it’s piped in under the counter. Genius!

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Lawana’s friends own Costeaux Bakery in Healdsburg and gave her a giant bag filled with luscious breads, pastries and cookies! We washed some of the sweet treats down with a bottle of sparkling wine.

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But first a toast to the beginning of Girlfriends Getaway to Healdsburg!

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Later that evening, my sister-in-law would arrive. After she got settled, we enjoyed a fantastic dinner right downstairs at Café Lucia, part of the Girlfriends Getaway Special. More about that – and our other tasty experiences in Healdsburg – in a future post!

Cafe Lucia Healdsburg

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Two Thirty-Five Luxury Suites are ideal for Wine Country getaways. I love having so much space yet being close to my friends. I especially love having large common areas that are ideal for enjoying wine and cheese before heading out to dinner, watching a movie together and playing board games.

Whether getting a group of your girlfriends together for a couple days, visiting Wine Country for a destination wedding or reunion, or taking a family vacation and prefer having the option to cook and wash your clothes (yes, a washer and dryer are in each of the suites!), Two Thirty-Five offers guests all the comforts and conveniences of home, plus the luxurious appointments you love to have when traveling.

Here are a few photos of the other three suites at Two Thirty-Five. Each suite is designed differently. All of them have three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a full gourmet kitchen. Take a look at all their suites on the website.

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I can hardly wait to tell you all about the fabulous things we did during our fun weekend!

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The Girlfriends Getaway Special includes a two-night stay at Two Thirty-Five Luxury Suites, a $300 voucher to spend on a fabulous meal at Café Lucia, a tour for six with Savor Healdsburg Food Tours, a spa treatment and guided tea tasting for six at Taste of Tea and a private food and wine pairing at Portalupi. This package is available for the weekend of September 23 – 25, 2016 only for $2,495 – a 30% discount!

Visit the Two Thirty-Five Luxury Suite website for more information or call them at 707-473-3500

Girlfriends Getaway Collage

Make it a rich day!



Disclosure: Our stay at Two Thirty-Five Luxury Suites was complimentary, in exchange for my review. All opinions expressed here are, as always, my own. 


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.

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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.”

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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!”

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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 ;-)”

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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.”

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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!”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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!”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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.