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Love Never Dies

I have waited 7 years for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Love Never Dies” to go on tour and come to a theatre near me. Well, this past week that waiting was over!

Due to some interesting circumstances, I was able to attend opening night at the Pantages in Los Angeles. Oh boy. Now, I’ve seen the filmed production they released in Australia, and I’ve obsessively trolled the internets for photos of the tour that is out in North America, so I had a REALLY good idea of which dress to pull out of my closet for this event! Please excuse the photo quality, I often forget about photos when I’m at the theatre, I’m so excited about the production and caught up in the whirlwind that is opening night!

My dress is Eliza J, I picked it up at Nordstrom Rack last year sometime. Of course my shoes are my favorite Christian Louboutin simples that I strassed in 4 different shades of silver & grey crystals.

The Pantages is the perfect setting for this production:

The show plays in LA through the 22, then dances on down to Orange County to the Segerstrom Center (Which I know, because I have tickets for the 28th to see it there.), then leaves Southern California. If you are a Phantom of the Opera fan, go see this one! The costumes and the sets are BRILLIANT.

I know the critics have been not kind. Ignore them. The music is haunting and the power ballad, “Love Never Dies” is INCREDIBLE. The costumes are works of art, you can even see the detail from the “cheap seats”, which I know is not an easy task. The way the set ebbs and flows, you feel like you are in a working production part of the time. I loved it. I felt transported to the early 1900’s, Coney Island, and it was done very tastefully. It’s a unique show, but comes together beautifully.

Do you have a love of theatre? I do! What’s your favorite show? Mine will always be Phantom of the Opera, however I enjoy every show I’ve been privileged to attend!

-Jules

Unique Vintage

So, I know I’ve been pretty adamant about the fact that I am not shopping much this year, especially from Kate Spade directly after the debacle last year. But I HAVE still shopped some.

Then last week I received an email that changed the course of my entire existence on this earth.

Barbie did a collaboration with Unique Vintage. Iconic outfits from some of my FAVORITE vintage Barbie dolls would be available in MY SIZE. What, WHAT?! My head was spinning.

I hopped online to browse the website, and I fell in LOVE. Luckily my husband ended up working this past weekend and instead of him coming home, we packed up and headed to LA to spend a long weekend. So you bet my Friday plans were a trip to Burbank and the Unique Vintage store. Oh. My. Goodness. Suburban Shopper, BBQ Barbie, After Five?! YES Please!!

I also picked up two other adorable gems, a Paris-themed dress and a cat skirt (because I am ultimately the crazy cat lady!). The prices are very reasonable, everything I purchased has pockets, and did I mention, I CAN DRESS LIKE BARBIE?!

The collection is available online Barbie x Unique Vintage , or in person at the storefront in Burbank, CA. The selection in store is not as large, but if you live in La, it’s worth a trip over there! Plus right down the street is It’s a Wrap, my favorite spot to find iconic looks from the big screen that I can take home! Like this HUGE HAT:

I forgot to check the tags before I tossed them to share what show/movie this was featured on, but I know I intend to use it for my very own Barbie look, it’s a perfect compliment to the Suburban Shopper dress! Also, see the detail on the zipper pull:

My adult life is complete! Prices range from $28-$210 for the clothing items and accessories start at $14. They even have classic Barbie shoes!

Excuse me while I go drool some more over my new pretty dresses and pack to go home and back to reality in the morning!

Until next time,

Jules

First Day of Spring

So, if you’ve read my blog or followed me on Instagram, it’s obvious I am one of those “adult Disney fans”. I own it. In fact, I own it so much, I know WHEN to pose for ride photos….

Because the BEST time to have a wild phone conversation is on a ride, right? (Okay, Photo was totally staged, they ALWAYS are) LOL!!

I also photobomb characters.

And wear sparkly shoes with “critter” handbags.

Now this was all yesterday, so this was how we spent the first day of spring. The forecast was calling for heavy rain, but it’s been pushed to tomorrow, which meant we had a glorious afternoon adventure in the parks!

And I snagged these wicked awesome buttons. I LOVE official Disney buttons!

So there you have it! How did you spend your first day of Spring 2018?

Jules

Happy “Gotcha” Day!

Today (well, I’m on the West Coast, so it’s still technically March 18th!) marks the one-year anniversary of Arlowe the Cat becoming an official member of our household. I made sure he wasn’t chipped, and then had him chipped and his shots. 4 days later he went to the kitty “spa” to be fixed, de-wormed, and cleaned up, poor baby was a MESS! He had two kinds of worms, a cold, and two open wounds. And he was SO SKINNY!

Here’s last year:

And now he rules the roost:

The most human cat I’ve ever met. Happy “Gotcha” Day Arlowe….our lives (and my curtains) are forever changed by your arrival.

Until next time,

Jules

March

I know, we are nearly halfway through the month of March. It seems like 2018 is going to fly by faster than any previous year! I haven’t been posting as much, as I am at a bit of a crossroads. I’m not buying new Kate Spade (or rather direct from Kate Spade the company), due to the incident last year, but I don’t really want to change my blog name, or anything else online. I have stayed true to myself all the years I have been blogging, staying away from sponsorships that make ZERO sense, and hosting bizarre ads. I’ve never blogged to the stuff or money, but for the joy of sharing my style and mundane life with others! So, think may change a bit as time goes by, but I don’t see many of them. Just fewer new purchases and more Disney trips!

Some recent outfits:

Arlowe is still ruling the house (but is not allowed in the kitchen, which he lets us know is NOT OKAY)

I went to an Oscars party, and dragged a friend this year….

And we met Black Panther at Disney’s California Adventure Park!

Yeah, that’s the photo right there….utterly absurd and ridiculous looking! #nailedit

Until next time,

Jules

Walt Disney World

How have I not posted this sooner? We’ve been back from our family trip for nearly a month! We had the most amazing time EVER. It was worth the hours of planning, time spent changing and rearranging our plans, because everyone got to do everything they wanted. And the weather was perfect! Ponchos were not needed! Some photos:

My mom and I upgraded for the flight out (red eye!), and not sure how but I was upgraded on the flight home (Delta magic, THANK YOU!). I didn’t take tons of photos, instead we really just lived in the moment while we were there! Plus I was using my phone to keep our plans on schedule. Carry lots of battery packs, with Walt Disney Worlds FastPass system your phone will burn through juice!!

My favorite moments were just being with the kids and my parents. After almost losing my dad last year, this trip was a gift! Aren’t my parents the cutest:

My dad is seriously a big kid. I mean, he pretty much was growing up, but even more now. Brain surgery changes a person! It was a fun trip, but I was ready to come home. We all were….in fact we all had “celebrating the last day” buttons, and we skipped all out last day plans….instead opting to explore the Grand Floridian, and eating lunch at the Polynesian.

I’m so glad we went, and I can’t wait to drag my husband in May!

Until next time,

Jules

Hearts Month

I know for many February brings Valentine’s Day, and if you are single it may make you sad. Personally I don’t put too much stock in it, other than it being a reason to send my girlfriends ridiculous cards, wear pink and red with wild abandon and embrace the glitter everywhere! My husband and I don’t go overboard, usually it’s a card and I cook dinner. Terribly boring!

Some recent outfits….as I’ve not even been keeping up on Instagram, we leave in 4 days for Walt Disney World and going with 4 kids and 2 parents is vastly different than going solo and meeting girlfriends! I hate packing lists, but I’m using one for this trip!

Obviously it’s a very mild “winter” out here in California, sandals and light cardigans have really been all I’ve needed lately. I drool over the beautiful coats I see on social media, but then remember cold hands and noses and am very grateful we live in California!

Very few recent acquisitions this year, I did pick up a few secondhand items, but I haven’t been moved to anything new. I posted last night on Instagram and Twitter about an awful experience I had with Kate Spade recently, and how sad I am so see their customer service decline in the way it has. I won’t recap it again, other than I have been contacted by the company. It makes me sad that one has to turn to social media instead of handling things quietly behind the scenes to garner a response to what was a frustrating and unnecessary situation. Alas, it is what it is. I will say I am trying to curb my consumerism, and perhaps this was what I needed to be more thoughtful about shopping.

Time will tell! I won’t be changing my blog name anytime soon, as my wardrobe is still full of Kate Spade. I may not use as many tags, and I probably won’t keep up with fashion week and new collections as much.

Expect many Disney photos in the near future!

Until next time,

Jules