Meet Sandee McCready, my longtime friend of 18 years and business partner. You have likely noticed that I have been mentioning Sandee in my posts over the last few months. And you may recall that Sandee modeled in the Spring Luxe Event at Stella Carakasi last month.
Sandee and I not only share a business and a passion for supporting small businesses – especially women-owned businesses – but we also share similar tastes in fashion. Personally and professionally, we are partners in style.
I have slowly convinced Sandee to let me to post photos of her; she is much more camera shy than I am! Last week Sandee was in How I Wear My for the first time and over the weekend I managed to talk her into doing a photo shoot with me. She has come a long way but not without some pretty funny outtakes. Many of our photos look like this:
Since last September, Sandee and I have been working on a variety of projects that revolve around supporting and marketing small businesses, mainly businesses that make unique, stylish, and/or useful products and are – more often than not – owned and operated by women.
Our latest project is our new shop, The Rich Life. Our growing collection of products includes: Italian handbags and parasols, beauty products, gift ideas, jewelry and more. We also are carrying our favorite designer of lifestyle clothing, Stella Carakasi.
Since we both work out of our homes – Sandee’s in Marin County and mine in Sonoma – we are nearly always dressed casually. Even when we attend business meetings with clients together, we dress casually yet with our own individual styles.
We both love Stella Carakasi for its comfort, high quality, uniqueness and fit. It was only natural for us to want to carry Stella Carakasi in our shop.
You can wear it over a tank top or camisole, a summer dress or a button-down shirt. And like almost everything Stella makes, this sweater is hand-washable. We thought this versatile sweater would be the ideal first addition to our apparel collection.
The sweater is cropped with dolman sleeves, making it nice and roomy. I am wearing the Small/Medium sweater because I want a cropped look.
Sandee is wearing the Large/Extra Large for a slouchier look and she often prefers larger sizes for the longer sleeves and bodice.
I am wearing our convertible leather cuff/choker in Like a Fine Cognac. I love navy and cognac together, any time of year but particularly in summer as navy is such a great alternative to black.
We are regularly adding new products to our shop. To stay in the know “like” our page on Facebook and sign up for email alerts on exclusive offers at www.shoptherichlife.com. And don’t forget to take 20% off your first purchase by using THERICHLIFE20.
Since many of you have known me for a while, I thought I should share with you the Top 10 Things I Think You Should Know About Sandee!
#10 – At 5’9” Sandee is tall but she insists on wearing 4” to 5” heels when she’s around me (I’m 6’2”).
#9 – Sandee has a background in finance and was once an editor for a boutique Wall Street research firm.
#8 – Believe it or not, this blog was once called “Un Peu de Tout” (French for A Little Bit of Everything). Sandee was not a fan of that title and wasn’t shy about telling me. In fact, her exact words were “What in the heck does that mean? No one is going to remember that!” She then went about brainstorming with me for a couple of hours – over a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc – until we came up with the name, The Rich Life on a Budget. It’s hard to believe that was nearly 5 years ago!
#7 – I named a chicken after her in 2008 – she is our last hen and, at 7 years old, even lays an egg now and then.
#6 – Sandee is a native Californian.
#5 – Sandee is adventurous and went skydiving for the first time last fall. And survived!
#4 – She is athletic and excels at golf, basketball, archery, skeet shooting, and her favorite sport: cornhole!
#3 – Sandee loves anything camouflage – really, anything.
#2 – Sandee has an adorable and very neurotic Havanese named Lucy who lets me put sunglasses on her.
And the #1 thing I think you should know about Sandee:
Sandee is the best business partner I could ever ask for. She is level-headed with a savvy business mind and superior writing skills (always getting after me for misplaced commas and quotation marks). She is also an excellent communicator who is open, kind and trustworthy. And she is fun to work with. I am so grateful to be partners in style and in business with her!
Plus she makes photoshoots SO much more fun than they usually are!
Do you have a partner in style?
Someone who shares your sense of fashion, your sense of humor or both?
Make it a rich day!