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Laguna Beach Afternoon

This Saturday the French Basketeer 
had another of her fabulous afternoons where  all things were French
at her Laguna Beach home.

This for me is always an occasion to wear something wonderful
even design a brand new crown!

I decided on a ball gown from Beholden
that I recently ordered on line.
I knew it would give me a perfect neutral ball skirt
that I was looking for.

I brought the formal gown down a bit more casual
by simply adding a light weight sweater form Anthropologie.
To accent my waist
I pulled the front of the sweater together
with a vintage floral barrette.
I left the back of the sweat long.

I wanted a crown that spoke softly.
So I found some velvet hydrangea flowers
that I tea dyed to just the right hue.

The afternoon was calling for rain
so I chose to do a rain proof style
slicked back into a low pony
with a vintage pearl encrusted barrette to finish.

New taupe sunglasses from my favorite vintage shop
finished off the ensemble.

The chilly SoCal afternoon
was the perfect opportunity to pull out my beloved
cashmere wrap by
Catherine Robinson Cashmere

The theme of the French Basketeer's French Food Camp  this month was
Paris Bistro
as always the afternoon was absolutely remarkable!

Andrea never ceases to amaze!
But as I say every time
besides her entertaining brilliance
it is the people that Andrea can can gather together 
that is such a remarkable gift!

Show about these stunning peonies by the highly talented 
Mary of Q Street!
They certainly have me excited at the prospect of spring!

Big thanks to you Andrea
for another wonderful
Laguna Beach afternoon!

For anyone local to the area
I highly recommend
It's always a most magical afternoon!

As always my friends

I wish you love and joy 
as you style your life


  1. that skirt - heavenly - and so is your new crown, and gorgeous cashmere. thanks for sharing the beauty, xo


  2. My Dear Tamera, your stylish attire is always the perfect complement to our gorgeaous Mary Tablesapces and my food....I treasure out moments together and of course love that you captured the moments~ see you soon, XXOO A

  3. Don't you look regal?


  4. Beautiful style. Beautiful lady. Classic, creative & above all, genuine. You are adored by all! XOX

  5. I need a ball gown....and a pretty barrette...and...!
    Gorgeous natural spot to shoot in.
    Just loving the gown in the grass :-)
    Xo Jazzy Jack

  6. Your new ball gown is stunning Tamera, and as ever you create a wonderful look, just right for the occasion. The crown is so pretty, and the natural colours work so well. Love it all!!

  7. Your pictures are all so romantic and beautiful! I love your gown and crown! I am a big fan of neutral colors and I think they always look so nice in natural settings. Have a great week! Peace! Cheryl

  8. Thank you so much Tamera for modelling my wrap so are such an elegant, gracious lady. Your day sounds perfect!
    Have a wonderful week.
    Much love
    Catherine xx

  9. :-) Lovely. Absolutely lovely - everything - your style, the atmosphere, the pictures.
    Nothing can beat a wonderful afternoon with friends!
    Have a very HAPPY week :-)

  10. You look wonderful! Sounds like a lovely afternoon!

  11. Oh my lovely friend, this seriously looks like a fairytale picture book story. I just showed Molly the pictures and she agrees, said you were a princess in the garden. That skirt is heavenly an ever so perfect for the occasion. Gathering a sweater with a vintage barrette, what a brilliant idea! The entire afternoon looked so magical. Someday I so want to join you beautiful ladies.

  12. Tamera, so regal in your ball skirt and new crown. Looks like the perfect way to spend the day, good friends, good food in a stunning setting. Not to mention those beautiful peonies.

  13. Such beautiful and dreamy imagery. Your choice of textures and colors are just wonderful!

  14. Magical glamour, as always! I love the idea of ball gown and floral crown. Your photos are perfection, and so are you. Thank you for sharing your beauty with Hat Attack!

  15. This sweater & ball gown outfit finished with the floral crown is soooo wonderful. I'm just thinking I have to replicate this somehow!! (sigh).