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Monday Blues

Monday oh Monday. After having the last week (nearly) “off”, today was a little rough. I remember why I don’t like to be gone from home for long periods of time, between sleeping in strange beds, to breaking our normal routine, but I am thankful we went and my husband and I had some kid-free time away from our home! (Thanks to my BRAVE mom and dad who hosted the kids at “camp” for the whole time!!!)

I admit to not taking many photos of outfits while we were gone, mainly due to the lighting in the hotel in Phoenix, and our weekend here in Southern California was mostly phone-free. (I admit to checking Facebook and Instagram, but I didn’t post anything. Which is hard for me!!) But I will share some of my brilliant shopping finds while I was gone! 

These gorgeous clutches, the pink is Ted Baker & the blue Kate Spade:  
The Kate Spade”world map” scarves in BOTH colors!

One of the many SJP shoes I bought…I love these as I did now own a nude pair of shoes before.

 This GORGEOUS Halston Heritage dress. The tailoring on it is sublime:

Some outfits: 

Tueaday, my first shopping “adventure” (hit outlets + secret shopping spot) 


  1. Cardigan: Kate Spade
  2. Dress: Kate Spade (via The Real Real)
  3. Belt: Kate Spade
  4. Shoes: Sophia Webster Remmie

I changed for dinner that night into this:

  1. Dress: Kate Spade 
  2. Belt: Ted Baker
  3. Shoes: Jimmy Choo 
  4. Necklace: Kate Spade
  5. Clutch: Ted Baker

The dress, clutch & shoes were all purchased while in Arizona. All 3 pieces were under $100 TOTAL. I know. I was dying. See my ridiculous facial expression? And my poor discarded Sophia Webster Remmie heels in the bottom right corner? I got the best compliment from a server at the restaurant, really set the tone for the whole trip! 

Wednesday, another trip to the secret shopping spot (this time not so overwhelmed and armed with a list for friends! I also hit the big mall in Scottsdale to visit Kate Spade. I didn’t buy anything at the mall, just redeemed all my birthday month freebies!) 


  1. Blouse: Kohls (old, I need to find a replacement!)
  2. Skirt: Anthropologie
  3. Belt: Secondhand
  4. Shoes: Kate Spade

I also changed again for dinner, because I’m a girl, and when you find gorgeous clothes you want to wear them ASAP!  


  1. Dress: Halston Heritage 
  2. Clutch: Kate Spade
  3. Shoes: SJP

This was before I had finished my hair, I was still deciding on shoes and clutch. (See discarded shoe pile!) I’ve had these SJP heels for quite a while, however I wish I had waited as they were cheaper in Az. Alas, not to be! But I scored enough other gorgeous shoes for so cheap it evens out I suppose! This Halson dress was under $40, and the clutch was under $50. The dress is that gorgeous heavy silk faille fabric Kate Spade used to use. It’s very well made and I love that the hem is slightly weighted down, perfect for the windy desert I live in!!!

Thursday I slipped my new red dress on again (why oh why did I pack all those clothes again?!), and dragged my husband shopping. (I know, I have ISSUES. We had a ball though. We laughed and snorted and didn’t get lost once!) 


  1. Dress: Kate Spade
  2. Belt: secondhand
  3. Shoes: SJP (I’m becoming a huge fan of her shoes!!!)

And Friday for the trek back to California and our anniversary trip (very belated!! We had intended to stay over but my husband was on call all weekend, so we had to be fairly close to home) 


  1. Cardigan: Kate Spade
  2. Skirt: Topshop
  3. Shoes: Christian Louboutin, strassed by me

And finally today: 


  1. Cardigan: Kate Spade
  2. Dress: Kate Spade
  3. Belt: Anthropologie
  4. Shoes: Kate Spade

I know, outfit repeater!!! Sometimes I fall in love with an article of clothing that I want to wear it ALL THE TIME! I’m sure this is pretty standard!! The dress I wore today is a nice fabric, cut so it won’t fly in the wind, and best of all has pockets! I have a short week before we take off yet again (however this is a last minute thing, as family situations usually are), and I needed comfort and function today as I caught up from a week gone and a short week home. I am thankful the kids have a two week break, as it allows us to have some flexibility in scheduling! So while I’m “back”, it’s still going to be a short week!

If you have questions about any of my shopping finds, please shoot me an email. I know some of the places are closely guarded secret shopping spots, and I completely understand why! And now someone PLEASE take away my Visa card, it needs a break! (And I need to unload some pieces in my closet before anymore additions!!) I even managed to not buy a thing during the sale on sale this weekend! Whew. 

Until next time,


2 responses

  1. That black dress is super! I also really like the turquoise Kate spade dress. I like it way more than I expected to when I tried it on!

    October 17, 2015 at 03:27

    • Thanks!! Yes I love the turquoise one! They made it in an orangey-red too…I may have to track it down! I sized up to a 2 though, for the length. I should probably take it in a bit on top, but the 0 is like 2″ shorter! (I hate that!!!)

      I need to stop buying dresses though. I have to many crammed in my closet I have to steam or iron before wearing now. That’s bad!! (Or the kids need to move out so I can convert a room. LOL)

      October 22, 2015 at 05:14

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