We used to be heavily involved in multiple charities back in Texas and hadn't really found any opportunities to be involved here in the Bay Area since moving last year. One of the ladies I meet in my running group is involved with the local CASA Auxiliary and she invited us to attend a garden party to raise funds for disadvantaged youth in our area. Not only was it a great afternoon in a swanky home in the Hillsborough Hills, but it felt good to give back and win some cool silent auction items in the process. We won a couple of bottles of wine and I lost on a big package I was bidding on that included airfare and hotel stay in Tahoe, but we had a really great time and it was fun getting to know some of the women involved. I wore this cute paisley dress that I bought for our anniversary dinner and paired it with a pair of wedge espadrilles to avoid having my heels sink into the grass. I also got to show off my new bracelet that my husband gave me for our anniversary earlier this month. It is from Blue Nile and I had it on my wishlist for a while because it is several carats of Blue Topaz stones, my birthstones.