Fashion, Food, Desserts, being a 30-something mom is exciting!

Archive for March, 2012

Pizza!

This afternoon I decided to make pizza for dinner! It’s always a happy event, I make it from scratch, and personally, I think my crust (after 50+ bad pizzas!!) is as good or better than a local pizza joint we like.

I did mini pizza for 3 of the 4 children, so they got to choose their own toppings:

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My husband and my eldest like “everything” pizza. Although I wa out of onions and olives, oops!!

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And moi? I like pepperoni, pineapple, an jalapeños on mine (but I didn’t have any jalapeños!! I’ll have to put red pepper on it!)

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Mmmm. Yummy!

Until next time,

Jules


What I’m wearing

Today I’m feeling, rather patriotic! Well, minus the white, however I feel I have pale enough skin, my skin will count! (note, I do not try to tan, use self-tanner, get burned, etc. I have decided to be at peace with my lily-white fair skin. Lots of sunscreen and hats!!)

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The Rundown:
Blouse: Old Navy, $3.98 on sale
Cardigan: Forever 21, $1.99 on sale (it had a seam that was falling apart. 5 minutes with a needle and thread, and voila! Tres perfection!)
Skirt: Banana Republic, $34 on sale
Shoes: Jimmy Choo, $50 on eBay
Handbag: Gift from a friend after the one I bought got lost in the mail. (okay, I did send her some makeup in return!!)
Belt: thrifted, $1

My jewelry today is real, and rather boring, so I’m not going to take pictures. 🙂

Close up of my shoes:

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And bag (yes, I love that scarf right now! Bought it at Casual Corner 12 years ago!!)

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An we are off! I need to buy more almonds to make more Macarons! You know, for me, I mean for Easter!

Until next time,

Jules


What I’m wearing

It’s going to be another gorgeous spring day! But it’s a tad chilly this morning, so I must start the day with a cardigan!

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Dress: Alannah Hill, eBay (Alannah Hill is only sold in Australia, think Nanette Lepore, but edgier!)
Cardigan: Banana Republic, $16, on sale, with codes & rewards!
Necklace: Kate Spade Crystal Corsage (don’t remember how much)
Shoes: Miu Miu, $25 on eBay
Bag (not shown above): Yellow Kate Spade Maryann, $50 on eBay

Closeup of the necklace

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Shoes

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The bag I’m going to carry (my “pop” o color)

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Voila!

Up, dressed and ready to go meet my friends who are going to receive my “macawrongs”!

Until next time,

Jules


Macarons and Macawrongs

Well, after my success yesterday, I decided to tackle Lemon & Vanilla Macarons this afternoon.

About half came out right, and the other half, well, they were macawrong! But still yummy.

Macarons (tres perfection! In my book anyway!)

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And my macawrongs(but still delicious, crisp, chewy, yummy yummy!!)

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So I decided to have fun and go with it. Why not, right? They still taste amazing!

We have tags:

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And then bags (4 for $1 at Target)

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And now I have lovely Easter gifts for some friends I shall see tomorrow morning!

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The pink are vanilla with an organic strawberry compote filling, and the yellow are lemon-flavoured with a lemon curd filling. I just love the colors, and my favorite is still the pale blue almond ones I made yesterday.

It’s true what they say, these cookies get better with age! Like moi!

Until next time,

Jules


What I’m wearing

First, please excuse the poor quality pictures, I blog from my iPhone, and I’m a novice with my camera still! (especially pictures of me!!)

So, my first “outfit of the day” post! First the picture:

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Blouse: Lauren Conrad for Kohls $4.76
Cardigan: Target, $3.98, plus vintage buttons I added.(had those)
Skirt: Kate Spade Holly Skirt in raw silk $60 @ the outlet
Belt: $2 at Salvation Army
Shoes: Miu Miu, I traded MAC cosmetics for these with a friend of mine back east. <;;3 them!
Necklace: Vintage, was my Nana's, it's from the 50's.

Here's a closeup of the necklace

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And my shoes:

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I’m going to carry this bag I snagged on eBay for $50, Kate Spade Maryanne in grey:

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And what will I be doing on this lovely spring day you ask?

Taking my children to that kiddie pizza place. Hey, momma likes skeeball too!

Until next time,

Jules


Macarons!

Mmmmm, I have a new love, macaron cookies! Not the American coconut ones, the French pastry ones!

It took 4 tries (and 3 failed batches!), but I got it right. Delicious!

I made them in almond with almond white chocolate buttercream. So delicious! And gluten free!! I really should be careful with my gluten intake, but I do love my breads!

The batter, looks good!

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All lined up, my piping skills need work, but not bad!

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In the oven, success! Nice shell and feet!

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And finally after two days of fiddling with recipes, measurements (a kitchen scale is essential!!), voila! gorgeous pale blue Macarons!

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I love the color, in fact it’s the color of my kitchen walls and my bedroom walls! Such a pale, soothing blue, love it!! In fact I was so convinced of my success today, I even wore pale blue earrings. (blue topaz, $9.99 with a matching pendant on 1SaleADay)And they just taste, well, incredible! I’m trying to talk myself out of, oh, cookie number 7 or 8 right now?

I’m going to tackle another batch tomorrow, as I have egg whites aging on the counter. My husband will be enjoying creme brûlée in the next week, all those yolks!

Until next time,

Jules


Beauty Staples

A few beauty staples I swear by. As in, I would pick them if I was stuck in a desert island!

L’Image VitalC creme. Best moisturizer I’ve ever used, hands down! On my 4th pot in 2 years. Worth every penny, especially when I get carded for lottery tickets!!

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Oil of Olay Regenerist Microdermabrasion treatment. Wow, does this make my skin fresh! I use it about once a month.

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Artistry Essentials Mascara in black. I’ve used countless mascara over yr years, and this is the only one I’ve bought as many times as I have! (I’ve been through about 9 tubes now) The best for its price point (under $20)

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Out The Door Topcoat, <;3 this!! Dry nails in 60 seconds? Yes please!

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MAC pigments. A small glimpse into a huge problem! 🙂 I haven’t bought any in years, they last forever!!!

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Guerlain Meteorites, perfect to “finish” you face. Plus they are tres gorgeous containers!

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And my most used beauty staple? Gold Bond lotion. I have such dry skin, I go through buckets of this! If only I could get a bulk discount!!

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My favorite shampoo and conditioner, the smell, it’s divine

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And I recently discovered BB Cream. I bought the Garnier one because it was fairly inexpensive, and I could get t without driving far or placing and online order. After a week, I love it! I’ve gotten so many compliments!!

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So, items I use daily, do you have a favorite beauty product? Out of the above mine is my shampoo/conditioner, merely for the smell. Mmmmmmm

Until next time,

Jules