The Rich Life On a Budget

Misted Yellow

When I first saw that Pantone’s Misted Yellow was part of their Fall 2014 Color Report, I was certain I wouldn’t wear it. While it’s a beautiful color, I didn’t believe it would work with my wardrobe or my coloring. I vaguely remember having a pair of corduroys in this muted yellow shade as a kid back in the 1970s, but have never worn this Dijon mustard hue as an adult.


During my last visit to Stella Studio, I picked up this Stella Carakasi Point of Interest Cardigan in Saffron, on sale for $89.00. I debated about it at first because of the color but ultimately decided to take it home with me and get creative.

Inspired by the beautiful decor at The Warwick San Francisco Hotel, I wore it with dark cobalt blue and white with my Misted Yellow.


Silver accents would work with Misted Yellow but I prefer gold in general and opted to wear my new Steve Madden Annee espadrilles for a casual and comfortable look. I think Coco approves!


For gold jewelry, I wore my new Onecklace that I won in a giveaway on Catherine’s blog, Not Dressed as Lamb. Instead of my name or initial, I decided to go in a different route. I have to say I think this necklace is pretty fantastic and it’s a great conversation starter!


For eyewear, I wore my classic Ray-Ban aviators. These sunnies have gold rims and go with just about outfit.


I have a different view on this shade of yellow now and may incorporate more Misted Yellow into my wardrobe this fall.


Along with my new gold shoes and Onecklace, I also had some gold added to my hair this week. My hairdresser, Addie of Dolce Vita Salon in Santa Rosa, used the French method of balayage, painting highlights on freehand.


I love the added sun-kissed highlights. Addie also cut more layers into my cut for additional movement and lift and took a couple of inches off the bottom.


Next, I’d like to wear my Misted Yellow cardigan with gray and silver. Would you wear Misted Yellow? If so what colors would you wear pair it with?

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To be featured in the post, send a photo of you in your sandals outfit to [email protected] by the end of the day on September 2nd.

Make it a rich day!



Disclosure: The Stella Carakasi Point of Interest Cardigan was given to me. All opinions expressed here are, as always, my own. 

Montecristi Panama Hats of Napa Valley Photo Shoot

It’s hard to believe, after all that’s happened recently, it was only days ago that my husband and I were at beautiful HALL Wines doing a photo shoot for our friends, Carolina and Mercedes of Montecristi Panama Hats of Napa Valley who are revamping their website.


HALL Wines is a stunningly beautiful property that features 35 pieces of contemporary art, a garden, a modern tasting room and this stately building used for events – all on 33 scenic acres.


We arrived in the morning before the winery opened to the public and went right to work getting ready for the shoot. We hung our clothes on racks while Mercedes unpacked dozens of hats from several containers, and photographer John Bedell set up his equipment with the assistance of fellow photographer Shannon Warf.


As a hat lover, this was a delightful and thrilling sight!


My husband, Bill and I weren’t the only hat models at the shoot. Christy Logan, a friend of John’s and Art Director for Napa Style, also agreed to put her fantastic style and model looks to work.

When Bill wasn’t being photographed, he was playing photographer. Thanks to him, I have lots of action photos to share with you today!


For one of my first sessions, I changed into my navy blue ABS dress and this beige and brown Lady Golf Hat. I do love navy and brown together.


I was immediately taken with this Gaby hat. It’s so feminine and versatile.


After another wardrobe change, I donned this beauty (not featured on the website yet).


I fell hard for this hat. It made me feel instantly more sophisticated and now it’s in my closet, a gift from Carolina and Mercedes. Thank you, ladies!


Christy brought an ideal photo shoot wardrobe and just happened to have the perfect outfit for her hat, a wide-brimmed straw hat with rusty orange and brown colored flowers.


We were given glasses of HALL Sauvignon Blanc to use as props while we posed and may have enjoyed a sip or two during this portion of the shoot.


You couldn’t blame us. HALL wine is pretty irresistible!


While I changed clothes again, Christy modeled a brown and ivory wide-brimmed hat.


John and Carolina checked the photos on John’s laptop between shoots to make sure they were getting the images they wanted.


And Mercedes takes care of business via cell phone.


Bill was busy, too, modeling this Classic Western hat.


With a quick wardrobe change, Bill was ready to model this Planter Classico hat.


As the day started heating up, John realized he needed a hat too!


One of the most eye-catching hats I modeled was this bright yellow wide-brimeed number with an interesting knotted embellishment.




We were lucky to have Shannon with us to help fix stray hairs and small wardrobe problems. Shannon is also an accomplished and very busy photographer herself.

Isn’t this Panama Extra Fino in white a stunner? I adore this hat.


The next two photos are part of the first small batch that John has finished editing. I was so excited to see these images. I love having photos of us together. I am thinking about getting these two framed. John did an amazing job!

In this photo, I am wearing the Cordovez Brown hat. Bill’s hat is not featured on the website yet.


Here, Bill is wearing my very favorite men’s hat, a Planter Double Roll in white. It’s his favorite, too. I am wearing a Lady Panama with a long brim.


Eight hours flew by! Before saying our goodbyes, Carolina took a parting photo of us with Shannon and John, who worked the hardest, by far!


I will be sure to let you know once the redesigned Montecristi Panama Hats website is up and running!

Until then, the current site has loads of hats to choose from.

Montecristi Panama Hats offers free shipping on orders going to U.S. addresses. Just enter “freeship” at checkout.

And if you don’t know your hat size, use these easy instructions to find out.

And a big “Thank You!” to Carolina and Mercedes for including us in your photo shoot!


A quick reminder: How I Wear My Sandals is coming up quickly!

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If you’d like to be featured, be sure to submit your outfit photos to [email protected] by September 2nd.

Jill of Everything Just So and I can’t wait to see how you wear your sandals!

Make it a rich day!