Boats and boutiques

Stephanie Ochoa spent two days browsing the racks of the new

Blushing owner of the new Blush Boutique on Monterey Road in
Morgan Hill is the humble Victoria Herrera. Ms. Herrera, a graduate
of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San
Francisco, came back to her hometown to open her dream store.
Blushing owner of the new Blush Boutique on Monterey Road in Morgan Hill is the humble Victoria Herrera. Ms. Herrera, a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco, came back to her hometown to open her dream store.

The timing was right for discriminating boutique shoppers eager to find chic fashions for summer.

Herrera reports shopping madness with patrons knocking on the doors even before the shop was open for business. Soon, Herrera will be on her third trip to L.A. to restock her store. Pretty impressive when the $250 jeans are selling out! Lucky shoppers like Stephanie Ochoa spent two days in a row browsing the racks and helping friends Kendra Whitehead and Jodie Jud spend their money on “got-to-haves.”

The “Rodeo Drive”-inspired comfy couch adds to the ability to soak up the ambience or keep a husband from pacing (or from checking the price tags). Funny how these boutiques seem to be springing forth near the great margarita stand. This one’s definitely “top shelf.”

A jewel of an invitation came to join the Tiara Yacht owner’s weekend rendezvous in Monterey from Russell and Becky Corvese of Morgan Hill. It’s really the good life sitting on the back of a 40-foot yacht drinking wine and chatting with like-minded yachtsmen.

Although I missed the journey down the coast from Alameda, one wife recounted why they make the Tiara Yacht all of plastic, “so you can just hose them down after you can’t keep it down.” My husband reported 6- to 10-foot swells outside of the Golden Gate with the waves crashing over the top of the boat.

Russell, an experienced sailor from his early days on the Chesapeake Bay, didn’t have any problem navigating the boat down the coast and into the Monterey Bay. After a full day of sightseeing and housekeeping on the yachts, the club was ready to party on the beach Saturday night. At the Guacamole Yacht Club, Tiara owners and yacht brokers feasted beachside on roasted chicken and ribs while listening to a three-piece combo in a cozy enclosure lit by tiki torches and a crackling bonfire. Russell easily won the live band karaoke with his crooning of “Margaritaville.”

Fellow Tiara yacht owner and diamond broker from San Francisco, Jesse James, came in a not-so-close second. It was hard to take Mr. James seriously in the coconut bra. Should we tell Jesse that Russell has been practicing karaoke in Japan lately? Could it also be the bedside lullabies of Russell’s professional singer mom? No fair, no fair.

Clair and Mike Harris of Morgan Hill joined the Corveses as guests while Russell gave us the pitch to purchase one of the beautiful Tiara yachts. We decided if that were to happen we would have to name it the “College Fund.” It’s all about creating memories. The kids will forgive us, right?

Ciao for now and see you on the high seas.

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