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

Two-esday

I’m so clever, making up ridiculous words! Today was a two-outfit day. Why? Because what I threw on this morning, I honestly was NOT feeling it, and we had a concert T the kids’ school to attend tonight, and so I swapped my “bleh” outfit for something a little more “snazzy”.

What I wore to bake & run errands:

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Cardigan: Kate Spade
Blouse: Banana Republic
Skirt: Vintage (Saks fifth avenue)
Belt: Anthropologie
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Handbag: Kate Spade

You see I was “fired” from a charity “job” for this upcoming weekend. Which means the dessert for 150+ people went OFF my “task” list this week(as did prepping linens/decor and the task next week of putting everything away & the expense to launder everything!!), so I decided this morning to bake purely for ME. Selfish reasons really! Of course we have parties to attend this week, and so my selfish cookies will find their way to a pretty China plate. But it was delightful to bake what I wanted just because! (So rare!!) I made French Macarons, peppermint, orange, almond, and raspberry-pomegranite. All my favorite flavours!! And they came out to perfection:

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Tomorrow I’m going to make some iced sugar cookies and peppermint crunch cupcakes for my daughter’s choir class. I figure since I have the itch to bake, I will bless those who actually appreciate the beautiful things I turn out!

And then I threw this on for the concert tonight:

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Cardigan: JCrew (kids)
Dress: Kate Spade
Handbag: Kate Spade
Shoes: Kate Spade

Yes, an interesting combination, but I figure it’s the holidays, and I already dress fairly eccentric for where we live, might as well throw some wild glittery shoes & matching bag on. Why not?!

And I finally broke down and started on this project (having an entire weekend open up makes it easier to start, as I like to finish within a week or so, I hate strass projects laying around for weeks at a time!!):

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I was really hesitant to paint the cork, but I am SO GLAD I DID IT!!! I think the blue & clear Crystal is going to be a brilliant contrast. I’ve wanted “Love” flats for ages, and Strassed ones at that, so I’m excited for these!! I’m on a navy blue /deep blue kick right now, so these will appeal to that colour addiction.

Speaking of, have you see the new Kate Spade arrivals?! The colours!!!!! I’m dying over the new Madison Avenue dresses, but holy cow the price points have gotten seriously out of control! I love the colour palette though, it’s gorgeous. I’m interested to see what Spring brings next year and how far from the spring/summer collection shown at NYFW the actual retail pieces end up being. Perhaps I am about to be on a Kate Spade dress ban? (One could hope? Seriously, my collection is a little out of control!!!)

Until next time,

Jules

9 responses

  1. Emi

    Wow, those macarons look amazing! Do you have a recipe? I would love to make some for the holidays!

    December 10, 2014 at 06:01

    • I have a recipe tailored to my kitchen and my ovens. And the specific altotude where my kitchen is. Which sadly means, it doesnt work the same anywhere else.

      My advice would be to tinker with a recipe. Read read read about them. Get GOOD baking sheets (i have about 16 half sheet pans and 12 silpat mats) & silicone mats, make sure you have a large round piping tip, and go for it. I would NOT recommend a non-convection oven. I forgot to hit the convection button once and it was a disaster. Also a large stand mixer is a must.

      I recommend an italian method meringue, but i have done it both ways. Really depends on the weather outside. Any humidity and i have to change it a bit.

      I think I did post a recipe once, maybe in 2013? But its not the one i use presently. I also use different weights of ingredients based upon the time of year. SUCH A CRAZY COOKIE!!!!

      Oh and a food scale. Never ever use american weights either. Always use grams. Must go by weight, always.

      Good luck!! 🙂

      ❤ Jules

      December 10, 2014 at 06:07

  2. Those cookies look amazing and so do your two outfits!

    December 10, 2014 at 06:19

  3. Everytime you post pictures of your macarons I go nuts. They are hands down my most favourite treat ever. I was all excited to see someone above ask for a recipe and then saw your response about altitude and stuff. Is there any way that this could be idiot proof to make- so I can make them? So I can eat them…
    Looking forward to seeing your final strassed Loubs! They will be a completely different shoe!

    December 10, 2014 at 14:19

    • I dont think macarons can be idiot-proof. Sadly!!! (I wish they could!!) i know i posted my recipe once, but then used it while visiting a friend and it was an epic disaster!!!!! Ive since tinkered with mine too. Im sorry!!!!

      Im so excited for the shoes too!! I finished some massive baking and candy making this morning and think i shall start on those!! I want them done now. Lol

      ❤ Jules

      December 10, 2014 at 20:05

      • That is totally ok, I am sure it is for the best I can’t make them. I’d weigh something along 80,000lbs if I figured it out.
        Be sure to share your flats when they are done, I’m excited to see them! xoxo

        December 10, 2014 at 21:26

  4. I’m still reeling over someone firing you for a charity thing. Hrmph! Their loss!! Love the blue color of your shoe!! I love the Madison Ave navy dress with the crystal neckline… But that price!! 😱

    December 11, 2014 at 03:16

    • Bah, hey, it leaves my week/weekend open to do fun stuff!! 😂

      I LOVE that navy Madison Ave dress. LOVE IT. But the price. Oh my!!!!!

      ❤ Jules

      December 11, 2014 at 05:18

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