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In Memory Of

The bravest woman I ever had the privilege to know passed away today. My father’s mother, one of my grandmothers (I had so many once upon a time!). For over 50 years she faced this ever changing world in a wheelchair, paralyzed from the neck down due to contracting polio in the 50’s.

As a young woman (early 20’s) She was a stunner!!

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I never thought about it really until I was older, what a marvel she truly was. She “drove” her chair around, wrote with her mouth, used a typewriter and even learned to use a computer. This after being a single mother and raising 3 children!! Two boys at that (as the mother of three boys, I give her MAJOR props!!) Of course she always had wonderful caregivers (which in turn meant wonderful treats snuck into my pocket as a young girl!), who made her home, and her very existence, an experience never forgotten. My fondest memories are pouring over the Sears Wishbooks in her living room. Her and her mother (my great-grandmother who lived to be over 100!) would encourage imagination and I remember dreaming about how amazing the Barbie Dreamhouse probably was. (For the record, I never did get the big expensive one in the late 80’s. But really, all one needed was imagination back then to create a dream house!!!) My last visit to see her (too long I fear, I am quite a naughty granddaughter), the Wishbooks were gone, but the magic remained. Oh, my grandmother was older and speaking was harder for her, but she was still the same wonder, teaching a new generation about the wonders of an electric wheelchair and laughing the same as always. Talk about a lady with some serious MOXIE!!

My Parents 15th Anniversary Party

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I regret not taking the time to visit her the past couple of years. In that, I hope she forgives me. I could pull a million excuses out, but ultimately it boils down to this: I am a bit of a coward. It was uncomfortable to see her age, and not be whom I remembered. There were new health challenges for her, and a move to an assisted living facility. In this I failed her and I failed myself. For not saying goodbye properly.

I know you are up in a better place now Grandma, running wild and free after being stuck in a broken earthy body for so many years. May you find joy and happiness, and one day we shall meet again. Thank you for the inspiration and for sharing your determination with us. Much Love.

In memory,

Jules


Holiday Recap

Sitting in my bed attempting to recover from too much holiday cheer, I’ve been having TV marathons, Torchwood & Sherlock Holmes. As Watson is recounting his blog hits to Sherlock I realize I should possibly make an attempt to blog myself!!

My Christmas Day ensemble was a repeat of a couple of weeks ago. I forgot to snap a photo, so I am reporting the photo I took back on the 12th.

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Cardigan: Kohls
Dress: Calvin Klein
Belt: Thrifted
Shoes: Strassed Jimmy Choo flats

The madness from our morning:

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For some unknown reason I decided to adopt the saying “tripping the light fantastic” from Faux Fuchsia’s blog. I think it was the bubbles my youngest some gifted me, along with all the craziness of our over excessive consumerism this year! Somehow we spent less money, yet had more stuff. Not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing!

We ended the night watching the Hobbit.

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To which our response to the ending was: “WHAT?!”. Sigh. Now a whole year to see the rest!

I went to work on Friday:

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Cardigan: Target
Skirt: Vintage
Shoes: Christian Louboutin Simples

And yesterday to run out shopping with all the kiddos (to spend their holiday money):

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Cardigan: Kate Spade
Blouse: Kate Spade
Pants: Banana Republic
Shoes: Strassed Jimmy Choos

And today I wore the same pants above with this blouse/sweater combo:

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Cardigan: Banana Republic Outlet, $10
Blouse: Banana Republic Outlet, $7

Love before holiday sales!!

And that is my oh-so-not-exciting weekend. I caught a chest-something over the holiday, mainly because I never know when to stop and take a rest!

Hope your holiday was fabulous and that YOU tripped the light fantastic!!

Until next time?

Jules


Happy Christmas Eve!!

Happy Christmas Eve!!!!!

I’m hosting a lovely large party today as well as tomorrow morning. The spread today:

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I made a ham, a roast, green beans, stuffing, my heart-attack potatoes & various sweet items. Iced cookies, sugar cookies, almond roca, salted chocolate chip cookies and (not pictured) pumpkin pie!

My outfit:

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Blouse: Nanette Lepore
Skirt: Vintage
Belt: Thrifted
Shoes: Strassed Jimmy Choos
Necklace: Thrifted
Headpiece: gift wrap “swag” from a present a friend gave me.

And tonight we are at church to see “KO” from the Pentatonix!

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Merry Christmas Eve!!!

Jules


Giveaway Winner!!!

Is….

Drumroll please…..

Kathie Harbottle!!!!

Contact me (and you know how!!!) to arrange delivery of your sparkly prize!

Winning entry was chosen by slips of paper pulled out of a “hat”, overseen by my other half who does not condone cheating.

I will post pics of the extra secret goodies after it has been received by the winner, as to not give away the surprise!

And now back to prepping my house for holiday parties. Cleaning is exhausting!

Until next time,

Jules


Friday Recap

Another crazy week under my belt! Thankfully the children are out of school, and some of the madness is starting to die down. Of course the whirlwind of holiday celebrations is about to begin, luckily I have a few days down time to prepare my house and my mind!

Some outfit recaps from this week:

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Cardigan: Ann Taylor
Skirt: Kate Spade
Shoes: Christian Louboutin

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Cardigan: Ann Taylor
Dress: Kate Spade
Belt: The Cute and Sparkly Wife (my accessories line)
Shoes: Christian Louboutin

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Cardigan: Ann Taylor
Dress: Calvin Klein
Belt: Thrifted
Shoes: Christian Louboutin

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Cardigan: Target
Dress: Hobbs
Belt: Thrifted
Shoes: Strassed Jimmy Choo flats

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Cardigan: Forever 21
Dress: Ann Taylor
Shoes: Strassed Jimmy Choo Flats
Necklace: EBay

I finished a pair of shoes for my daughter:

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Am hosting a giveaway:

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Go here to enter & for rules!
Holiday Giveaway

Also hit the Kate Spade outlet last night, everything in the store is an additional 60% off. I wish I could have posted a fabulous haul post, but all I purchased was leather cleaner and earmuffs!

Giveaway ends tonight, and I’ll announce the winner tomorrow. Good luck!

Until next time,

Jules


Holiday Giveaway Time!!!

In honor of the holiday season, I give you my holiday giveaway!

Win the following items:

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Beaded vintage clutch
Monet pearl & crystal necklace
Vintage brooch
Shoe Clips

And a surprise tucked in the clutch for your perfect evening out!!

Rules:

1. Open to US residents only (sorry international gals, I want to make sure this arrives before NYE)

2. Must follow my blog. Post a comment on this post for main entry.

3. For additional entry, repost photo on Instagram, @katespadegirlblog and follow my Instagram.

4. All prizes courtesy of myself, I don’t take goods, services or money from sponsors or affiliate linking.

5. Giveaway closes on Friday, December 20th at 8pm PST. I will ship your prize no later than Monday the 23rd, provided I receive your address in time.

Don’t worry international gals, I have SOMETHING super amazing planned for January 2014!

Until next time,

Jules


Mid-December Recap

Wow, time is flying!!! I have been so crazy busy the past couple of weeks, and add in the shorter days, I fear I have no been keeping up with snapping outfit photos. It’s too dark when I leave in the morning and too dark when I get home!! Or in the case of this past week, I’ve been wearing the same single pair of pants (washing of course!!) so much, that, well, it’s so boring!!!

But anyway, a small recap. First some outfits from the past couple of weeks:

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

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Cardigan: Kohls
Dress: Calvin Klein
Belt: Thrifted
Shoes: Strassed Jimmy Choo flats

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Cardigan: Target
Blouse: Kohls
Skirt: Sandee Royalty
Belt: Thrifted
Shoes: Christian Louboutin

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Cardigan: Target (when they did cashmere back in the day!)
Dress: Nanette Lepore
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Clutch: Coach

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Cardigan: Ross
Blouse: JCrew
Skirt: Vintage
Shoes: Strassed Christian Louboutin

Some other news:

I threw a party:

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Baked like a crazy woman:

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Bought a mini pie maker and went to town making chicken pot pies:

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And decorated (and baked the dessert!!) for my oldest sons AFJROTC Dining In formal event that happened earlier today (or maybe it should be me saying yesterday!! It’s almost Sunday anyway.

I used real linen and we just tossed up stuff I own to make the tables pretty. The theme was a 20’s gangster/jail break skit. Super cute!!

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And really so much more, but I am admitting defeat tonight and going to sleep. I’m exhausted!!

Stay tuned, I’m working on a super fun New Years giveaway!

Until next time,

Jules