Lately I have been loving – and buying – dresses. Maybe I have been wearing jeans too often and for too long. Or perhaps I am simply ready to expand my fashion horizons and get in touch with my feminine side. Whatever the reason, I have more dresses in my closet now than I ever have. And I actually wear them!
While my husband, Bill, was fighting the Valley Fire last month my stepdaughter and I spent a day together. First we dropped off several bags of items we purchased for the fire victims. A friend organized a big collection drive and we more than happy to contribute some necessities. Afterward, we decided to grab a light bite to eat then do a little shopping. It had been such a long time since Tori and did girly things together, just the two of us.
Tori asked if we could stop off at Bella Vita. Janis, the owner and my friend, used to have a shop here in our tiny village of Kenwood. If you’ve been reading my blog for a long time you may remember I was in a fashion show for Janis. Back then, her shop carried mostly vintage and consignment clothing and accessories. She has moved to the plaza in Sonoma and now carries a variety of new clothing from all sorts of designers.
From mid-century ladylike dresses (think Mad Men) to Victorian-style lace frocks (think Downton Abbey), and even Boho Chic, Janis has something for every fashion-lovers’ taste and style.
Tori and I had such fun trying on clothes. We must have tried on 20 things each, at least! I tend to favor the Boho look and when I came upon this lace Boho dress, I fell instantly in love. There is something so flirty, wearable and sweet about this dress. I had to have it!
It’s sheer so you need to wear something underneath. I tried on several different tank dresses before deciding on one just below the knee in a mocha color. For a spring look, a pastel or ivory tank dress would look great!
My Australian Outback hat from Montecristi Panama Hats of Napa Valley was just the accessory I wanted to add a little edge to this feminine dress.
I thought flats would be the best choice for this dress. I bought these Steve Madden Eleanorr suede lace-up flats in both black and taupe a couple of weeks ago and wear a pair almost everyday. I wore the black ones in the Fall Style Event at Stella Carakasi. They made walking the runway a breeze!
I kept my jewelry simple and wore only a thin gold chain with a crystal pendant from Meghan Bo Designs, a local Sonoma jewelry artist I recently discovered.
I adore this lace Boho dress and hope to wear it a few more times before winter arrives.
I also bought this blue embroidered midi dress by PPLA at Bella Vita Sonoma. I love how soft and comfortable it is and easy to throw on and go. All I need to add is a pair of cute shoes or booties and some toned down jewelry and I’m set.
I wore a simple gold personalized “The Rich Life” necklace with my Boho dress.
I love the embroidered floral pattern of this dress. And I appreciate that it has a lining from the waist to the top of the thighs so there’s no need to wear a slip.
I’m confident my love for dresses – especially Boho dresses – will continue. They can make such a statement and, depending on the dress, can be a comfortable way to look stylish!
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Make it a rich day!