Can you believe there are only a few more weeks until spring is officially here? I am excited about transitioning into spring styles! There are so many gorgeous clothes, shoes and accessories to pick from this season.

Here in Wine Country, we’re already experiencing the winter to spring transition. One day the forecast calls for a heavy wool coat, big scarf, tall boots and an umbrella and the next I’m contemplating short sleeves and sandals.

I’ve been itching to wear my new In Style Cropped Pants in the Dune color from Stella Carakasi. The weather finally let me scratch that itch, briefly, and I was able to style these beauties in two ways.

For my first look, I styled my new pants with a Stella Carakasi boatneck top, a cascading vest (Stella Carakasi from their 2015 Collection) and tall black boots.

Along the lines of culottes, these 100% Tencel pants have very wide legs with buttons down the sides. Here, I unbuttoned the last button to show my tall boots a little.

Along with side buttons and a partial elastic waistband, these pants also have pockets, which I love!

For accessories, I layered two necklaces – one from KayandStar and another I bought in Carmel last fall. It was gray and drizzly outside so I wore my black hat from Montecristi Panama Hats in Napa Valley to conceal my frizzy hair.

For my next look, I wore my Karen Klein Cinched Top with a Janet Harrer geode pendant necklace (similar) and Kate Spade bag (no longer available).

I love the way the top has a drape across the front, attaching to one sleeve and gathered at the shoulder.

I took a chance with the weather and wore sandals. These block heeled sandals go with everything and I am sure I will wear them often this spring and summer.

I realized while putting this post together, that not only am I wearing pieces from three Bay Area designers – Stella Carakasi, Karen Klein and Janet Harrer – but the majority of pieces I’m wearing are from female-owned businesses: the aforementioned three, plus Montecristi Panama Hats and KayandStar. I do love supporting women in business!


More than a fashion show, the Stella Carakasi Spring Style Event includes fabulous spring fashions from Stella’s 2017 Resort and Spring Collections, yummy noshes and beauty gift bags from Whole Foods Gilman in Berkeley, and a special guest: Novelist Alysia Helming, author of Protogenesis.

Learn more about this exciting event and secure your free ticket here. My stepdaughter, Tori, and I will be strutting our stuff on the runway. We hope to see you there!



March’s “How I Wear My” is happening this week! March is the month of luck so with St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, we’re asking “How I Wear My” participants to style an outfit featuring their “Lucky Charm”.

It can be a piece of jewelry, clothing, or an accessory. Not superstitious? Send us an outfit that includes an item of clothing that brings you joy, recalls a fond memory, or just gives you a fabulous feeling every time you wear it.

Be sure to tell us a bit about why your item is a charmer. Photos due by the end of the day on March 6, 2017. Send them to us at [email protected]


Disclosure: I was given the Cinched Top by Karen Klein and the In Style Cropped Pants from Stella Carakasi. All opinions here are, as always, my own. 


Ways to Wear Culottes

Today I am showing you 6 ways to wear culottes. Having recently added a pair of black culottes to my wardrobe, I thought I would take the time to style them in several different ways. I have loved culottes since I was a teenager and will never forget my Kelly green linen culotte suit my mother bought me when I was 12-years-old. I am thrilled they are back in style!

My culottes* are not the tailored style you often see. And while I do like the tailored look, these flowy culottes from Stella Carakasi, made of rayon and touch of spandex, are better suited to my style and my wardrobe. And they are unbelievably comfortable!

#1 Layer and Cinch

My first outfit includes one of my all-time favorite Stella Carakasi pieces. This Take Note Vest in Fern is made of boiled wool and can be worn a variety of ways. I wore it over a Covered Perfectly Long Sleeved Simple Comfort top and belted the vest with a leather wrap belt by ADA Collection.

I felt like I needed a hat with such a wide lapel so I added my favorite black hat from Montecristi Panama Hats of Napa Valley. And for shoes, I chose my water-resistant Aquatalia booties that I bought in Seattle last fall when my luggage was lost. These booties were quite expensive but worth every penny, especially with the frequent rain we’ve been having.

I think a pair of tall boots with a heel would look great with this outfit and better for a chilly day. Instead of a long vest, you could wear a shawl or wrap and cinch it with a belt.


#2 Add a Jacket in a Contrasting Color  

For my second look, I added a jacket by Kut from the Kloth. This vegan leather jacket has both gray and taupe shades. I love the lapels and it has nice long sleeves. I accessorized with a beaded Kay and Star necklace that has a geode and gray leather tassel.

I think it’s important to find a jacket that hits somewhere near the waist. Lower that that would look too boxy, at least on me.


#3 Wear with a Poncho 

Here I wore a cable knit patterned cashmere blend poncho from Mason Street Designs with a bamboo tank top underneath and another Kay and Star necklace to break up the look.


These suede pumps from Sole Society make the outfit dressy enough for a dinner date or party look. I love the flirty ankle ties and that the heels on these shoes are less than 3 inches high.


#Sport Them Up! 

Culottes certainly don’t have to be worn dressed up. For a sporty and casual look I added a blue boatneck tee and a water-resistant moto jacket from Stella Carakasi with a long silver necklace from Vince Camuto. These faux leather slip-ons from Toms are the most comfortable shoes I own next to my slippers. This outfit is great for running errands or meeting a friend for coffee.

I would also wear these culottes with a denim jacket, tee or tank top and sneakers.


#5 Wear a Statement Sweater

For a super easy way to wear culottes in cool weather, add sweater that makes a statement. I wore this sweater in last fall’s fashion show at Stella Carakasi and fell in love with it. It has become my go-to sweater of the season and works with skirts, jeans and ponte pants too. I love the diagonal ruching, the band of black knit fabric along the bottom of the sweater and the uneven hemline. This sweater has enough going on that I don’t need a single accessory to feel put together.


#6 Add Feminine Touches

Give your culottes a feminine look by wearing one of this season’s biggest trend, ruffles! I fell in love with this Banana Republic Ruffle Front Blouse in New Vineyard not only for the color but the ruffle that runs from wrist to wrist and across the chest and the silky fabric.

I wore the blouse with wine colored suede shoes by Ivanka Trump that I bought a few seasons back. I plan on wearing this outfit out to dinner during an upcoming getaway with my husband.

With the ruffle across the chest, I skipped the necklace and added a tassel bracelet and diamond stud earrings.

A draped blouse in a silky fabric would also look great with these culottes, just add some heels and a necklace if the top calls for it, and you’re ready to hit the town!


Do you wear culottes? If so, how do you wear yours?

Do you prefer a tailored culotte or something less structured?


I’m linking up with Shoe and Tell, Visible Monday and #iwillwearwhatilike today.

Make it a rich day!



* The culottes I am wearing are not available online at this time. Contact Stella Carakasi directly at 510.525.1100 or email them using the form in this link.

Disclosure: The Stella Carakasi pieces were given to me. All opinions expressed here are my own, as always.