This week was the annual Wonderful Witchy Women With a Cause Charity Luncheon and Fundraiser at the San Jose Fairmont. It was the 9th year of this fun lunch and I just had to snap some of the hats and outfits on view. It's very much a fashion show and each year the witches (um, attendees), go over the top with some gorgeous and original creations. I especially love that it attracts women from all over the Bay Area and of all ages! It's a diverse group.
The founder and creator of Wonderful Witchy Women and the Bella Vista League is Cheryl Bailey. She started with friends using a small Halloween lunch as a way to raise funds for those in need in her own community. Over the years it has grown with almost 500 attendees this year! It's all due to Cheryl's dedication along with a super group of women who work tirelessly for months to make it happen.
Lots of snapping pics at arrival!
Many cute variations on the witch theme...Leopard and Chanel!
Beautiful dresses, coats and shoes too.
It's all in the details!
Black lace is big this year and was a perfect accompaniment to a witch hat!
Kyra and Tracey are part of the board, and work loads for this event.
Leather worked wonderfully with many looks.
San Francisco Giants fans or Halloween colors??
It's an orange and black frenzy when we are in the World Series this time of year!
Not everyone felt compelled to wear black. I loved the colorful too.
Some tables pick themes and these women were part of the Under the Sea table. Fabulous!
These women, on a tennis team together, wore little black boas.
A smattering of the many baskets and wonderful things to bid on.
This adorable lady was chic with her veil!
I was thrilled to spot and meet Mary Gottchalk, on the right here. Mary was the style writer for the Mercury News and for many years. Wonderful and stylish woman. Loved the cameos she and her friend wore.
Some other favorites...
My friend Stefanie, above had this fun miniaudiere. This little clutch has it's own brass knuckle style clasp with gems. What a find from London's Portobello Road of course. Perfect for this event!
Thank you Kendra for being our hand model. (Sadly, my pics of your beautiful jumpsuit came out blurry.)
More creative and mischievous ladies having a good time!
I am crazy for florals and Kimber Feece's interpretation of the 'Fall Garden Party' theme was just perfect. What a great skirt and the hat she made is amazing. I love her style!
Seriously, so much pretty!
Wonderful hat art!
After much mingling between the auction items and fawning over so many fashionable ladies, we all sat for lunch and to learn more about who these charities help.
I feel bad for my intruding hat! With my buddy Barb. Next year I may try a fascinator!
What a great day!
How often as a grown woman do you get to dress up like a witch, have lunch, sip champagne and help make a difference in your community? It's such a terrific idea and I wouldn't be surprised if others ran with it. What I appreciate most is women helping other women and that is really what this event is about.
In a short 9 years, Wonderful Witchy Woman has raised over a million dollars for local charities, many focused on helping youth and women. This years' choices were Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY), Next Door Solutions, and Heritage Home. I was very impressed by the mission of each of these and what they are accomplishing in the Bay Area. Check them out when you have a chance.
Thank you for letting me share more about Wonderful Witchy Women and the Bella Vista League!
Thank you also to all the stylish witches who allowed me to snap their photos to share here.