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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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! 


It’s hard to believe that spring, in all its fresh and colorful beauty, arrives next month. Weren’t we just celebrating the New Year?

For some of us, it already feels and looks like spring. Where I live in Sonoma Valley, the temperatures are climbing into the 70s and daffodils and fields of mustard flowers are adding vibrant colors to the landscape everywhere you turn.

It’s got me thinking about spring cleaning and sprucing up! I’m going to clean out my closet, detail my car, rearrange my home office and deep clean the fridge.

I would also like to have a little spruce up and decided to give myself a spring makeover!

Over the next several weeks, I will be making some personal improvements that involve my appearance, as well as my personal and professional life. I’m calling it The Rich Life’s Spring Makeover!


I’ve already begun my spring makeover with a visit to SkinSpirit in Mill ValleyWhen they approached me about working together, I was intrigued. I had heard of SkinSpirit and have a couple of friends who have had treatments at other SkinSpirit locations. I decided to make an appointment for an evaluation.


After being warmly greeted by the front desk staff and offered a glass of cucumber spa water – my favorite –  I was taken into an examination room to meet with Andrea Frederick, R.N., M.S.N., N.P., Aesthetic Nurse Specialist.

Andrea took a careful look at my skin – particularly my brown spots – and suggested that I have a full-face IPL (Intense Pulsed Light, also known as Photofacial) with both a pre and post treatment.

You may remember that I have mentioned numerous times that I’d love to rid myself of the brown spots on my face. This has been an on-going battle of mine for years. I tried having them burned off by a dermatologist in my late 30s, I used an at-home laser (made for tightening skin and promoting collagen, not brown spots) with the hopes that it would somehow erase my spots and I tried chemical peels. While I did have slight fading with each treatment, in the end, my spots remained and have even darkened over time.


Andrea told me my spots look more stubborn than normal and suggested I treat my skin for a several days before and after having my IPL procedure. She gave me Obagi Blender – a bleaching cream – and Obagi Tretinoin. I mix a small amount of each in the palm of my hand and apply to my face each night before bed. I have been using the combination for about 10 days and have seen quite a bit of peeling and some redness but nothing too dramatic that it keeps me home. During this process, I make sure to apply extra sunscreen throughout the day.

On Saturday, I go in for my IPL and will be sure to take photos to post later in the series. I am very excited to see how this treatment works for me. I will be doing lots of happy dances if my brown spots go away!


Next, I am going to spruce up my teeth! The nice people at Smile Brilliant thought I might appreciate having a brighter smile as part of my spring makeover. While my teeth aren’t too terribly yellow and dingy, they are stained from years and years of drinking coffee, tea and red wine.

I talked to the folks at Smile Brilliant on the phone and was assured that their product is safe and effective. I was told their products remove stains for a brighter, natural looking smile but it does not create optic white teeth, thankfully. I am not looking for Chiclets!


I love this simple concept. Smile Brilliant sends you everything you need to make your own molds in just a few easy steps. Once you have created your molds – mine took about 10 minutes from start to finish – you let them set, then pop them into the pre-paid envelope. Drop in them in the mail and off they go to St. Louis!

On Monday, I received a friendly email confirmation telling me my trays are being made and will be shipped to me soon. I expect to receive them next week, then begin my treatments!


My spring makeover is not limited to outside appearances. I am giving my personal life and career a little sprucing up, as well, and attending the G3 Women’s Conference next month in Sonoma.

G3 Women's Conference Sonoma

You may recall that I attended the inaugural G3 Conference last fall and left incredibly inspired. Since then, many exciting things have happened to me – both personally and professionally – and I owe it, in part, to what I learned at G3. I have also met some pretty amazing women, many of whom I have kept in touch with.

I am looking forward to learning from the speakers slated to talk, meeting new people and setting personal and professional goals. I am thrilled to get to Gather, Grow and Go again!


 These are just a few of the things I am doing for my spring makeover. There is more to come!

Follow along on Instagram, if you like, where I’ll be using the hashtag #richlifespringmakeover

 Make it rich day!



Disclosure: My treatments from SkinSpirit and Smile Brilliant are complimentary in exchange for promotion. As always, the opinions expressed here are my own.