The lovely people at Karen Klein recently sent me a beautiful, modern and versatile little black dress that is perfect for both my taste in fashion and my lifestyle.

Karen Klein’s fashions are wearable and comfortable without ever sacrificing style and beauty. And they’re made in the U.S.A.!

The Gathered Dress has 3/4 sleeves, a gathered waist on the left side, and an asymmetric hemline. I love the scoop neck which is not too deep and shows just enough of my décolletage.

The soft material, made with rayon and nylon and a touch of spandex, means I stay comfortable all day and it’s hand-washable. This dress can be worn casually or dressed up for a night on the town, as you’re about to see – I have styled the Karen Klein Gathered Dress six ways!

The first time I wore the dress was on a recent blogger trip to Santa Barbara Wine Country, which I’ll be telling you about in a future post.

I styled it with a leather choker, black tights and low-heeled black suede booties for our first dinner of the weekend.

For a more dressed up look, I styled the little black dress with black block-heel pumps with ankle straps and a Louis Vuitton clutch.

For a little sparkle, I wore my Wine Country necklace, modified by Kelley Hollis last year.

My casual look starts with the same outfit I wore in Santa Barbara Wine Country. I added a faded denim jacket, cuff bracelet and carried my black Adora bag.

I decided I wanted an outfit with a pop of color so I tied a new-to-me Hermès scarf, a gift from my thoughtful and kind Parisian friend, around my neck. I just adore the vibrant colors! I can’t wait to wear it more often once spring arrives. I also carried my Louis Vuitton Monogram Beverly GM, a 45th birthday gift from husband, purchased in Paris several years ago.

For a more dressed up daytime look, I topped my dress with a duster in a pretty green shade (same duster in khaki) and some tall black boots. A couple of long necklaces – layered – add interest and texture.

We are making up for our four-year drought here in Northern California, thankfully! I love rain and am thrilled to be making use of my umbrella collection.

For my rainy day look, I added Hunter boots and a Calvin Klein water-repellant trench coat to my little black dress and carried my Guy de Jean umbrella.

My versatile little black dress by Karen Klein is a garment I will reach for again and again for it’s fantastic quality and fit, comfort and modern cut. It also comes in a beautiful charcoal gray color.

Shop the Karen Klein collection on their website. They also have beautiful and wearable tunics, vests, pants, skirts and jackets.

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Disclosure: I was given the Gathered Dress by Karen Klein to review. All opinions expressed here are my own, as always. 

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Top 10 Tried and True Holiday Gift Picks

Sometimes I have the urge to suggest gifts I’ve ordered but not yet received, or things I would love to buy if I had a big enough bank account. And that would be okay – a fun post even – but I thought it would be more useful to recommend the things I have had experience with, wear and use often and would love to find under my holiday tree.

So let’s get right to it! Some of these businesses have offered special discounts for you. Be sure to look for the codes, where they apply, and expiration dates. I will post the info under the business name.

KayandStar 

Code: RICHLIFEGIFTS

Expires: December 20, 2016

I am so glad I found KayandStar. A couple of years ago Tamera Beardsley told me about them on Instagram. I decided to order a couple of necklaces from their Etsy shop, then I couldn’t stop buying them! I have probably a dozen or more KayandStar pieces I have either purchased myself or been given. I wear them frequently and they have become part of my signature style. And I love to give them as gifts.

Julie and Jordan of KayandStar now make leather wrap-around chokers that come with a small charm and they sent one to Tori last week. You can have your charm personalized with an initial or opt for a slightly larger charm and fit up to 8 letters – perfect for a name or a special word. They are just $9.00 each or 3 for $24.oo. Even less if you use your discount code above!

Savvy Sleepers

Code: RICHLIFE20

Expires: December 31, 2016

I have been sleeping on Savvy Sleepers for years. They are so soft and come in lots of pretty colors. I love that with Savvy Sleepers I don’t get creases on my face like I used to with a regular pillowcase. And I wake up without bed head! My hair is smooth and free of tangles. It’s my favorite beauty secret and they make excellent gifts – for women and men!

Lavender Neck Pillow from Sonoma Lavender

Sonoma Lavender started in Kenwood, the small Wine Country town where I live. In fact the owner is a friend of mine! Rebecca created an extensive line of lotions, candles, oils, sachets, robes and more. My favorite items is this fantastic neck pillow filled with lavender and flaxseeds. On cold days, when I just can’t seem to get warm enough no matter how many sweaters I put on, I pop mine in the microwave for a couple of minutes then rest it on my neck. It stays warm for a good long time and helps to ease neck pain.

 

Rare Form Cape from Stella Carakasi

Code: RICHLIFE15

Offer: 15% off your first order

Any gift from Stella Carakasi will be something I love. One of my favorite pieces from this season’s collection is the Rare Form Cape made with an angora wool blend. I wear it any time the weather calls for cozy pieces. I usually style it with jeans or leggings and a long beaded KayandStar necklace. The best part is it’s reversible. It’s like having two capes!

Vitamix Pro

Owning a Vitamix blender is such a treat. My husband bought me one a couple of years ago for Christmas and I could not be happier with it. I can easily blend smoothies, juice veggies and fruit, and I can even make hot soup. It has a setting that heats while it blends! Oh, and fauxtatoes (mashed cauliflower) are so tasty and fast in a Vitamix.

Hunter Original Tall Rain Boots

I bought these classic rain boots from Hunter about five years ago and I am so happy I did. They were worth every penny. My boots look as new as they did back in 2011 and I always feel stylish when I wear them. They come in a rainbow of colors but good old black suits me best!

Persolé

A Persolé is both a stylish umbrella and a parasol. Made in Italy with waterproof fabric that is also UPF 50+, Persolé will protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays and keep you dry in wet weather. See the full collection here. My favorite is the Luxe Leopard with Ivory exterior. It has a wood handle with genuine Swarovski crystals.

9 ways to style a black sleeveless dress

Covered Perfectly

Best deal: Buy two, get your 3rd Free!

Or take 20% off up to two items by using code TRL20

I still have my first Covered Perfectly top, a Simple Comfort in black. Covered Perfectly owner, Pauline, sent it to me several years ago and I instantly became a fan. The Micro Modal fabric is so soft and super durable. Now I have several pieces hanging in my closet. These days I am loving this Boat Neck top. It’s flattering and I like how deep the black pigment is. It’s a fantastic layering piece to wear under coats, long cardigans, vests or ponchos. And it really shows off a statement necklace or scarf.

One of Pauline’s newest items is this Leisure Suit. You can wear it around the house, as pajamas, or dress it up and wear it out. I just got mine and love how comfortable it is. I often stay home, working on the blog or writing freelance articles, and I want to be comfortable and presentable. I wear the top with jeans sometimes. It’s the perfect tunic length. I bought a pink Leisure Suit for my mother for her birthday in October. She loves it!

 

 

Janet Harrer Jewelry Designs

Code: Merry16

Offer: 20% off  – plus Janet always offers free shipping and gift packaging!

Expires: December 31, 2016

One of my most cherished pieces of jewelry, aside from my wedding set and diamond stud earrings, is a Gold Rimmed Druzy pendant necklace by Janet Harrer with 24KT Gold Vermeil and druzy agate slice. These necklaces are modern,  delicately beautiful and unique. They are also one of a kind. See the other two similar styles here and here. I always get loads of compliments when I wear mine and it goes with nearly every outfit.

Adora Bag from Armadio 

Code: ADRIENNE

Offer: $65 off your bag

Expires: December 31, 2016

My most-used handbag is this black Adora bag. Handcrafted in Tuscany with high-quality leather, it’s a tote that can be left open or cinched up and it comes with a detachable clutch. I have this bag in 5 colors! This time of year I carry my black Adora the most – always a practical choice – but it’s hard to resist their enticing new colors. I love the Cipria, a sand color. And the gray is gorgeous too! And you can’t go wrong with this cognac shade. Sigh, I want them all!

There you have it! These are the items I love, use and can highly recommend. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions about these items or just ask in the comments!

Make it a rich day!

XO,

Adrienne

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