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Archive for October, 2013

Fall Has Happened

Oh my! The past few days the weather has turned to, well, downright chilly!! I’m not complaining, I just suppose I wasn’t quite prepared for it!!

Anyway, some recaps of my weekend/past few days.

Today, Kate Spade is having a surprise sale! I ordered some gifts, nothing for myself. I think my order the previous weekend was enough for me! But there are some good deals on cute things! What I did order last week came Friday:

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Loving my new case, and of course the mug is a must-have for my cake-baking self! The dress I had been stalking for quite some time. It has pockets!!!

Anyway. Always fun to acquire new things.

Last Friday was the schools fall festival. True to form, I simply could not resist joining in the costuming. However, I was unable to convince my husband he needed to go with me. What’s a princess to do?

Why turn him into a frog and pin the frog to the dress of course!!!

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Okay, so I didn’t really do that, but I told everyone I did! It was so much fun, the little girls loved it! We also made lots of money selling my baked goods for ROTC!! (My 9th grader is in the program)

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I actually whipped up about 160-ish French macarons (Larger ones!) and 250-ish cake pops. It’s official, I’m an overachiever mom. However, the leftovers went to many good causes in the past few days. (I’ve been leaving a trail of sprinkles all over Southern California!!)

Saturday was another crazy day as I delivered this masterpiece:

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I love this client of mine! They always have the best cake ideas!! I did a HUGE pooh bear a couple of years ago for their son. Can’t wait for their next party!!

I failed to take outfit photos Saturday or Sunday. Sunday I spent in LA, went to church with a girlfriend, hit a street fair, and had a late lunch with another friend! (I adore Faigie, her son Benny of Team Benny is a childhood cancer survivor, and she is just an inspiring woman! Her blog touches me every time I read it!! I bedazzled a cap for her a while back) I also managed to hit up my favorite LA store, It’s a Wrap, and snagged some interesting goodies!

Like this apron from Desperate Housewives:

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Isn’t it insane?! (Please excuse the mess in my closet! I’ve hardly been home the past couple of weeks) I have to take it in, but for $10, I couldn’t resist. I am tempted to make it into a skirt. It’s very well made!

Monday morning saw me back to the grind! I wore a gorgeous new dress gifted to me by Faigie (she also sells amazing clothing….she multi talented like myself, except even more so than I am!!)

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Jacket: Target
Brooch: Vintage
Dress: Kay Unger
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Stockings: Calvin Klein

Yup, it’s cold, be prepared to see me rocking nylons for the next few months!!!! (I secretly love them. Okay, perhaps it isn’t really a secret! They just make your clothing fit better)

Today, for the last cross-country meet of the season:

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Cardigan: Thrifted, $1
Top: Target
Skirt: Thrifted
Belt: Thrifted
Shoes: Strassed Christian Louboutim by redo my shoe
Stockings: Calvin Klein

And by far the best part of today….one of the seniors led the entire team in prayer. It was an awesome moment:

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The team ran hard and strong today, even in the 50-degree weather with 5-10mph winds!

So, there ya go. I’m slowing down a bit for the next week or so, and I have a huge list of “catch up”. It’s been a crazy month, this October. Many joys, some devastation, but I am blessed in more ways than I can ever imagine!

Until next time,

Jules


It’s Thursday!

Another crazy week is nearly over, although my “week” doesn’t end this week until Sunday. But it should be fun! (Please note the sarcasm)

What I wore yesterday:

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Cardigan: From Ross
Skirt: Claude Brown
Shoes: Strassed Jimmy Choo flats
Necklace: 1928

And today I’m going for bright and bold. Well, I got a new skirt I ordered in the mail and decided to wear it. I’m sure I’m not the only person in the world who wants to wear new clothing ASAP, right? My apologies for the slightly dark photos, it was still early when I left the house…

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Cardigan: Ross (green version of the cream one I wore yesterday)
Blouse: Kate Spade
Belt: Thrifted
Skirt: Kate Spade
Shoes: Christian Louboutin

And I’m off and running! This morning is bible study, followed by helping someone pick out an engagement ring (squee!!!!!!), followed by 500 cake pops, 300 (ish) French Macarons and finishing up a 3-tier castle cake.

I know, I’m quite insane! May be time to bring in the interns! (I quite enjoy working alone, it’s a fatal flaw I have)

Have a lovely day!

Until next time,

Jules


Confessions of a Shoe Addict

Today was a shoe addict kinda day. I picked out my outfit quickly, in fact I laid it out last night, as I had snagged an adorable skirt at goodwill yesterday and wanted to wear it.

Skirt:

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But then I had to pick shoes. So many possibilities!!! Here’s 3 I narrowed it down to (and the green flats I will explain later)

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So, Strassed Manolo Blahniks, or the Christian Louboutin heels? The plain green flats were my choice for the outing to the cross country meet this afternoon, so you know. I’ve already made the mistake of wearing 3″ Strassed Louboutin heels in the dirt.

And the verdict?

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Cardigan: Banana Republic
Blouse: Nanette Lepore
Skirt: Alfani, Thrifted
Shoes, Grey Patent Christian Louboutin Simples (I adore these shoes, they are seriously SO comfortable!!!)
Necklace: Vintage (was my great-grandmothers)

But I couldn’t resist having some fun:

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I really really really loved this ensemble. The colours are a little wild, but I felt it worked. Therefore, I rocked it and none was the wiser that I threw together like a million contrasting colour/pattern/textures and it really didn’t match. But isn’t that fashion? Making the unthinkable look awesome. I received many compliments, as well as “I would have never put that together, but I love it on you”. My response is always this:

“You can wear ANYTHING, as long as you stand tall and carry yourself as if you are the most fabulous person ever”. It’s perception people, perception!!!

One last thing to share, two photos from the stunning location of my older kids’ cross country meet this afternoon. I sat outside in awe of the beauty around me!!

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Hopefully all the birthday items I ordered will arrive soon! Although I have been seriously remiss in sharing new acquisitions!!!

Until next time,

Jules


Birthday Musings

Oh my, it’s been far too long! I’ve had a whirlwind few week, and finally this afternoon I am having some down on my birthday!

Some outfit recaps (I’ve been posting on Instagram as well)

This afternoon:

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Cardigan: Red
Blouse: Banana Republic
Skirt: Vintage
Shoes: Kate Spade

My morning outfit:

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Cardigan: Target
Blouse: Banana Republic
Skirt: Vintage
Belt: Thrifted
Shoes: Christian Louboutin

The past week or so:

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Cardigan: Target (6-7 years ago!)
Skirt: French Connection
Shoes: Strassed Christian Louboutin

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Jacket: Target
Dress: Kate Spade
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Necklace: Target

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Cardigan: Target
Blouse: Banana Republic
Skirt: Vintage Saks
Shoes: Strassed Louboutin flats done by Redo my Shoe

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Cardigan: Banana Republic
Blouse: Nanette Lepore
Skirt: Basil & Maude
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Necklace: Banana Republic

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Jacket: unknown
Blouse: Banana Republic
Pants: Banana Republic
Shoes: Christian Louboutin

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Cardigan: Banana Republic
Blouse: Target
Pants: Banana Republic
Shoes: Strassed Louboutinby Redo My Shoe
Handbag: Kate Spade

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Cardigan: Banana Republic
Dress: Kate Spade
Shoes: Christian Louboutin

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Sweater: Target
Skirt: Vintage Saks
Belt: thrift
Shoes: Christian Louboutin

I think that’s about all I remembered to snap photos of. I’m waiting on photos from a photographer to share the details on what it is I’ve been working on. It was amazing though!

Happy Monday! I’m now going to enjoy the rest of my birthday and take it easy!

Until next time,

Jules


Tuesday Musings

Another weekend gone, as fall moves is into cooler weather I realize the holidays are looming!! This year, I am prepared to tackle Christmas head on!

But anyway, while I am prepared for Christmas, I have not been prepared and taking outfit photographs. Partly out of sheer laziness, partly due to the fact I spent the majority of Friday/Saturday helping a dear friend pack and move house.

Sooo, photos I did take:

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Free People cardigan that I wore with a hot pink skirt last Friday.

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Cardigan: Target
Skirt: Ann Taylor
Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Today:

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Cardigan: Banana Republic
Blouse: Thrifted
Skirt: Thrifted
Shoes: Christian Louboutin Simple 85mm, patent grey
Handbag: Coach

Kids are still on break this week, have some fun adventures planned, if I can get my to-do list finished! Super crazy 10 days ahead of me.

Until next time,

Jules


Week in Review

Well, another week has passed and I realize “omgineedtoblog!!!!”. Whoops! My kids have been off on adventures with their grandparents, and The Engineer and I have been enjoying quiet evenings at home.

Right. Sort of anyway! I’ve been working a lot this week, so it’s been a little crazy!

Some outfit recaps:

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Sweater: Target
Belt: Thrifted
Skirt: Anthropologie, but secondhand
Shoes: Miu Miu

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Cardigan: Target
Blouse: Nanette Lepore
Skirt: Thrifted
Shoes: Jimmy Choo

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Cardigan: Target
Skirt: Ann Taylor
Shoes: Strassed Jimmy Choo flats

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Cardigan: Red
Skirt: Marc Jacobs
Shoes: Christian Louboutin (but I later slipped on my Montana Strassed simples. I had to clean a storage unit out that morning…which I will share later)

Yesterday I was a shameless outfit repeater:

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Cardigan: Kate Spade
Skirt: Thrifted (no tags)
Shoes: Jimmy Choo Strassed flats
Handbag: Kate Spade

And today I embraced Faux Fuchsia’s “Save the homeless sequins” campaign (post a photo of your sequins on Instagram with the hashtag #sequinsarekey to save your homeless sequins!!!) Luff her and Luff her blog!! (You should too) Faux Fuchsia

My Sequins (AND animal print!!)

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Cardigan: Kate Spade
Skirt: Kenneth Cole
Brooch on skirt: Vintage
Shoes: Strassed Jimmy Choo flats

Other adventures this week include (but not limited to!)

A trip to Bottega Louie with a friend I hadn’t seen in over 15 years! We had lunch:

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Then desserts:

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I turned my house into downtown LA:

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Okay, so I didn’t truly buy out the fabric district/old costume warehouse or anything. I keep acquiring these things. People call me when they need to unload things. And me, being the secret hoarder that I am, is happy to oblige. On the bright side, I did not buy excess items for my self in LA this past week! In fact, I’ve been quite good lately.

Well, kind of. But it’s still in the mail so I am in denial.

I also made tacos & creme brûlée this past week for dinner/dessert one night while having a Tom Cruise movie marathon night:

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And lastly for this post, I made macarons last night, because you know, the pile I bought at Bottega Louie wasn’t enough!

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So, happy October! I’m making this whole month a fun celebration in honor of me being an October baby. Of course I already have my present, but I imagine I shall fine something to buy myself for moi. You know, something small, er shoe-ish.

Have a lovely weekend!

Until next time,

Jules