Spring is in full swing and for most of us, that means wearing lighter and more vibrant clothes. It’s also a season full of celebrations – holidays, special events, festive parties and other social gatherings – that sometimes call for dressing up.
Last weekend we celebrated Easter Sunday at my father-in-law’s home. I decided to dress up a little more than I usually do to family gatherings and wore this Lesley Evers Becka Navy Primrose dress.
Lesley Evers is a Bay Area designer who designs flattering clothing with personality that often includes beautiful and vibrant colors and patterns.
Lesley has three boutiques in the Bay Area, as well as an online shop. I shop at her Corte Madera location in the Town Center. It’s such a vibrant and fun boutique full of both colorful and neutral clothes and lots of beautiful accessories. It’s hard not to want to try everything on…and bring a few things home with me!
For this Becka dress, I wanted to bring out the coral in the pattern so I wore a Coral Branch necklace by Kelley Hollis, who is also a Bay Area designer. This beautiful statement necklace is hand-cast and 22 carat gold plated. It also comes in a deep cobalt blue and turquoise.
I was looking for a pair blue sandals to add to my spring and summer shoe wardrobe since I seem to have more blue in closet than I ever have. I loved the look of these Louise et Cie chunky heeled sandals. The bold heels is ideal for my tall stature and bigger frame plus they are less than 3 inches high – so easy to walk in. The two tones of blue make them very versatile as well.
I decided against carrying a colorful handbag and instead chose my old reliable Louis Vuitton Alma bag that I have had for nearly 15 years.
This year, Easter was a little more dressed up. Too bad we don’t have Easter dresses for Daisy and Coco!
I also brought home this hot pink scalloped-edged Lucy skirt by Lesley Evers with a matching top in a soft Ponte fabric that is machine washable. This is a get-noticed color that I love!
Since I am tall and long waisted, I sometimes opt for and skirt and top combination rather than a dress when the waistline is too high on my torso. It also allows me to create more outfits in my wardrobe. I can pair the skirt with different tops and wear the top with jeans, pants or other skirts.
I added a black wool blend wrap, my Louis Vuitton clutch and suede ankle tie pumps for this date-night look.
For jewelry, I wanted something bold. I chose this Maharaja’s Elephant necklace, also an original design by Kelley Hollis and made with 18 carat gold. Did you know that when the trunk of an elephant figure is up, that is supposed to be good luck? I sure didn’t!
For a more casual spring look, I chose this Lesley Evers Zoe Dress in cobalt blue and orange. I love the laurel wreath pattern. I wore this dress with an denim moto jacket from Gap – a few seasons ago – and cognac sandals.
I always love pockets on a dress and the cap sleeves are so feminine!
I wore this outfit to the 19th Annual Sonoma International Film Festival last week.
What a treat it was to attend this annual five-day event! Attendees could choose from 106 films – mostly “Indie” – that were all located within walking distance from the main hub of the event, the SIFF Village.
Bill and I visited The Backlot Tent and enjoyed food, drinks and live music.
While we were walking around inside the tent, tasting food and talking to friends, we spotted Meg Ryan! She directed a movie, “Ithaca“, which was shown during the festival with a Q & A with the star.
Though I considered taking a photo of her while she was in the tent, I just didn’t have the courage and didn’t want to be annoying. Instead I waited until she was leaving to snap a photo. Here she is walking with Sonoma International Film Festival Executive Director, Kevin Neely.
Unfortunately we weren’t able to get seats to Meg’s movie but it was a thrill to see her nonetheless.
The next day I attended an incredible food and film experience as part of the Sonoma International Film Festival with my friend, Michelle. While watching “Cooking Up a Tribute“ we were treated to a 7 course multi-sensory adventure with dishes featured in the movie. One of the courses was Hot River Stone Soup…not surprisingly, that was a first for me!
If you have a chance to see Cooking Up a Tribute, go! It is a fascinating look at food culture in four different countries and an interesting glimpse into the upscale culinary world.
Visit the Sonoma International Film Festival’s website for more information. If you’re a movie lover, you won’t want to miss this annual event!
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Disclosure: I was given media passes to the Sonoma International Film Festival. Lesley Evers and Kelley Hollis items were also given to me. All opinions expressed here are my own, as always.