Rich Life Spring Makeover: Getting Ready for the Spring Luxe Event

Rich Life Spring Makeover: Getting Ready for the Spring Luxe Event

Today is the BIG day!

The Spring Luxe Event is just hours away. My friends at Stella Carakasi have been hard at work this week getting their Berkeley studio ready for guests and coordinating the final details.

I’ve been getting prepared as well. The models are ready to go with the outfits they selected, my short speech is written, and I have a few helpers – my stepson, nephew and some friends – coming along to help out with serving food and wine.

I am also getting myself prepared. I will be walking in the fashion show, too, and want to look my best not only for the event, but on the runway.  You may recall the Rich Life Spring Makeover I started at the beginning of the year. This week seemed like a good time to revisit!




Several weeks ago, I had a Micro-Penning procedure at SkinSpirit in Mill Valley – you can read about the treatment here.

These are the results of my procedure. The photo on the left was taken March 19th, three days after my Micro-Penning. On the right is a photo taken yesterday. I can really see a difference around my eyes!

During the procedure, the esthetician gets very, very close to your eyes, which initially surprised me but now I know why! Micro-Penning is very effective in that area. I can tell that the deep lines around my eyes (crows feet) are shallower (click on the photo to expand).


I am still using using SkinMedica’s Retinol Complex 0.5 to help fade my brown spots, but I have to be careful I don’t use it too frequently as my skin gets very dry, red and irritated quickly. I know people who can handle a much higher concentration with no issue. But not my sensitive skin. Easy does it!

I would definitely have another Micro-Penning treatment. I like the results! It’s a relatively painless – and not overly pricey – way to stimulate collagen and elastin production, which my skin needs.

If you’d like more information about Micro-Penning, visit the SkinSpirit website. They have locations in both the Bay Area and in Washington state.


For about six months, I had a series of gel manicures on my very thin and peel-y nails. Not a good idea! It’s taken a long time for me to get back to normally healthy nails, well over a year.

Gel manicures are so great looking and last a long time, and on most people they aren’t that damaging. But I have two things working against me: weak nails and I am a nail picker. Picking the gel off your nails is the worst thing you can do!

For a split second, I considered getting a gel manicure for the Spring Luxe Event, then I remembered days of dealing with painful, bleeding nail beds and terrible looking hands.

To help repair my nails, I use a few nail products from Perfect Formula. I decided I wanted a natural look on my nails – but yellow on my toes, to go with my Adora by Adrienne bag!


I asked my manicurist to apply two coats of Manicure Booster and now I have a low maintenance manicure – if it chips, no one will know!



What I love about the Smile Brilliant system is I can do just one or two applications of the Desensitizing Gel, followed by the Teeth Whitening Gel and my smile is instantly brighter and whiter!


And it’s so easy to use. The Desensitizing Gel makes the experience painless. I sometimes forget I am even whitening my teeth, the process is so comfortable. The trays are a perfect fit because they were made to fit my mouth!

I am ready for my big day with a brighter smile! Visit the Smile Brilliant website to get more information.


Of course I had to have my hair done for the Spring Luxe Event. I decided it was time to  add more highlights last week.


For now I like being blonde – mostly because it camouflages my gray spots so effectively. But I am not sure it’s the hair color I want long term. I will have to reevaluate at the end of summer. For now, my hair is ready for the runway!


Clothes always look better when your undergarments fit well and are good quality. A well-fitting and long-lasting bra is important to me, as I once mentioned in my 10 Things Worth the Splurge post.

These Simone Perele Caressence 3D Plunge Bra are the best! I had a gift certificate to my favorite bra shop, Ma Cherie et Moi in Santa Rosa, that my husband gave me for Christmas. I decided this was the perfect time to replace my worn out bras!

I asked for my usual bra style. Thankfully they had a few in stock but the sales person told me that Simone Perele is going to stop making this particular model. I sure hope they replace it with a comparable style!

I bought the last of what they had in my size at the shop and am thinking I should buy a few more online. I also found this other French brand, Lou, and love their Elegant T-Shirt bra.


Do you have a favorite bra you buy over and over again?

I am as ready as I will ever be for this fun event tonight! Now I am off to Santa Rosa to have my makeup professionally done by my friend and makeup artist, Candace Tantarelli of Flaunt Makeup Artistry. Then home to pack, practice my speech and hit the road!

If you are in the Bay Area and would like to attend the Spring Luxe Event today, I would love to invite you! Please send me an email to and I will fill you in on the details!


Don’t forget that How I Wear My: White Jeans is next week. Visit the How I Wear My page for more information. The deadline for submission is May 4th. Send photos with a description of your look to to be featured.

How I Wear My Badge

Make it a rich day!



Disclosure: The Micro-Penning procedure, Smile Brilliant kit and Perfect Formula nail products were all complimentary. All opinions expressed here are my own, as always! 


  1. May 1, 2015 / 8:12 am

    You look great, Adrienne! Hope your event is a success and that you have a blast. If I were in the area, I’d definitely attend. In answer to your question, I love my Natori ‘Feathers’ bras and stock up during Nordstrom’s anniversary sales. Enjoy yourself today and hope you post lots of pics of the event!

  2. May 1, 2015 / 8:35 am

    There are so many fun treatments now…I have just been through a round of micro-currents and feel ten years younger! You look amazing…thanks for keeping us informed.

  3. May 1, 2015 / 10:18 am

    I really want to try that Micropenning, it looks great and I know I’ll have very tired looking eyes after the baby. 😉 I know what you mean about Gel manicures too, I tried it once and my nails got so brittle I can’t do it again. Good luck tonight Adrienne and I’m so excited for you and your event. You definitely deserve it!

    Just got the pre-order done for the yellow Adora bag this week too and I’m so excited to wear it this summer. Can’t wait to see pics and all the details of the event too


  4. May 1, 2015 / 10:55 am

    I will see you there!! I’m very much looking forward to meeting you. I struggled with my outfit this morning since I’m going straight there from work! I’m such a dork! xoxo, Tracy

  5. May 3, 2015 / 2:15 am

    🙂 Simon Perele bras are the best! I wear them, too.
    I like your hair and the idea of matching toe nails with your pretty bag!
    Have fun at the event. I’m looking forward to reading more about it here.
    HAPPY Sunday 🙂

  6. May 4, 2015 / 7:04 am

    Looking FABULOUS!!! I’m a color on the toenails , neutral on the fingernails kinda gal too. Thanks for sharing all these wonderful items..xo

  7. Leigh
    May 5, 2015 / 4:53 am

    You are looking lovely! I used to really like chantelle bras, but I find Natori bras to be much more comfortable and fit better. Hope the event is fabulous!

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