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Monday, oh Monday

Oh Monday, we meet again.  Sometimes you kick my butt.  Today was one of those days, albeit self inflicted!  Something about using the excuse of driving teenagers to an event in Irvine to justify a quick trip to Disneyland yesterday, which was late enough in the afternoon to hit traffic (people coming home from Vegas), and result in returning home late (after my Sunday 9pm bedtime).  But it was fun and worth it, especially for Rocky to experience more Disney fun! (My friends were still there, and we spend the 4 hours I had in California Adventure, with some amazing “anytime” fast passes, SCORE!)

  1. Dress: Kate Spade Chambray (it was a little heavy for the weather though, it was warmer than forecasted)
  2. Shoes: Christian Louboutin, strassed in Alexandrite AB
  3. Handbag: Kate Spade
  4. Troll: Rocky

And today, work beckoned….sadly! 

  1. Dress: Kate Spade (older style, yes I own it in white AND green too….hey it has pockets!)
  2. Belt: Kate Spade
  3. Handbag: Kate Spade (new September 2016 collection, online and in stores right now…and there is a splurge & save through the end of the month!)
  4. Shoes: Kate Spade (match the bag)

I really REALLY love these heels:

My husband doesn’t care much for the stacked/chunky heel (I get it!), but they are so comfortable that I will sacrifice style for the fact that I was on my feet today for 8+ hours.  Some days, you just need to be comfortable!

Until next time,

Jules


Meet Rocky

No, Rocky is not a purse….he is a rock troll I rescued from a dark bin yesterday:

Yes. I became that crazy adult who carried a stuffed animal around Disneyland. With a Fox Purse. 



I know. I have ISSUES. But man it was fun! I even went to a “character breakfast” (wait, WHAT?!):


It was fun. I ate too much:

(And I even had more than that. OOPS!)

My dress is Kate Spade, one that I finally tracked down! I love it. My fox purse is also Kate Spade, available at your local outlet and maybe still online? (If the surprise sale is still up?)

Wednesday I wore this:

  1. Dress: Kate Spade
  2. Belt: JCrew
  3. Shoes: Kate Spade (bought them last weekend, they are SO comfortable!)

And today I pulled out my favorite white linen dress….it was easy as I was exhausted this morning!

  1. Dress: Kate Spade (old, one of the first clothing releases)
  2. Belt: JCrew
  3. Shoes: Kate Spade
  4. Handbag: Kate Spade 

I LOVE this bag. It’s so pretty and the cross body + regular straps makes it very versatile. It’s like a Quinn & Small Rachelle bag rolled into one! Hits stores next week (I think?), and should be online soon!

Oh and I made more cake today, carrot walnut:

Yes, that is Gilmore Girls on my iPad….how did I NEVER watch that show before?! Thank you Netflix!!

One last photo of Rocky: (okay two)


I know. I will be that batty grandmother one day with crazy purses and stuffed animals everywhere! Have a great weekend!

Until next time,

Jules


Let Them Eat Cake….

Chocolate peanut butter cake


Kate Spade Cake:

Sigh. It’s even larger than I anticipated, which is awesome, as you could fit a small bottle of water in this “cake”! I expect it will mainly be a display piece in my house, but I’ll have to take it out at some point! As a baker, I could not resist. Thank you to a special someone for this one!!

My outfit today:

  1. Blouse: JCrew
  2. Skirt: Kate Spade (old, 3-4 years ago?)
  3. Belt: Kate Spade (Nordstrom, 2+ years ago)
  4. Shoes: Christian Louboutin
  5. Handbag: Kate Spade

Oh and to make matters worse, I went to the outlet this morning and HAD to bring this critter home:

Mr Fox needs a proper name. Isn’t he adorable?! Makes me regret not snagging the owl cross body last summer that was the same size. This is also online at the surprise sale (and it’s the same price in stores as online), as is the other newly released fox items for outlet!! 

Until next time,

Jules


Flowers

Flowers! Fall is popping up everywhere and I fell into temptation yesterday at Kate Spade…. 



  1. Dress: Kate Spade Jillian
  2. Necklace: Kate Spade Dragonfly Statement necklace (super old! But I love it)
  3. Shoes & Bag: Kate Spade, part of the September release.

Gah, the bag AND matching shoes?! I could not resist. There are two dresses as well, but the one I like is long sleeves, which is not practical for where I live. But I love the bag, it’s a soft buttery leather with the printed pattern, and gorgeous colours!! 

This is on my list, I don’t know if I will be able to resist, the only reason I didn’t purchase it yesterday was due to size: 

But I might have to cave before the end of the month! It’s the same size as the Cat Maise bag from last summer. I was good and didn’t order anything from the surprise sale that went live yesterday: Kate Spade Surprise Sale , but there are some adorable novelty pieces on there! Including this cat bag:

I named mine Belle and she often accompanies me to Disneyland and other fun destinations. I have her sister the owl that just came out last month, but I haven’t named it yet. Yes I know, I name my purses, that’s bad! 
Until next time.

Jules


Recap

Woah, this week has been INSANE. We don’t live too far from the Blue Cut Fire out here in California that raised utter devastation this week. It’s been a second week of the kids out of school, and just trying to stay out of the smoke & ash flying everywhere. I have never ever witnessed such a fast moving fire in my entire life (and I’ve seen some big fires!). Our family has been praying for all those affected and thankful it wasn’t as bad as it looked, as far as home loss went. Still, nearly 100 families lost EVERYTHING. My heart goes out to them all. 

You can see, this was taken at 12:30 on Tuesday:


And at 1:15pm, it looked like this:


Both photos taken from the same spot on my balcony with no filters or flash. I was thankful we had decided to allow our oldest to star driving to/from school again (after not driving all summer!), because it allowed the kids to get home quickly, and not have to wait outside for a ride. They got to have two more days off, going back finally today. It seems to be under control, the air is clear at my house, however there is lots of ash on my front porch!! We need rain so much!

Some outfit recaps:

  1. Dress: Prada
  2. Belt: Oscar de la Renta
  3. Shoes: Kate Spade

I wore my Broome street dress again, this time with a different belt:

  1. Dress: Kate Spade Broome Street
  2. Belt: handmade, picked up secondhand
  3. Shoes: Kate Spade (way old!)
  4. Necklace: Kate Spade (currently at outlets)

That’s about it, I’m back to baking this week (yay!), lots of Macarons and tonight finishing some miniature cupcakes to take to my dad’s birthday party tomorrow! Watch out El Paseo shopping district, here comes my Visa card this weekend! 

Hope your weekend is fabulous!

Until next time,

Jules


Stripes!

Well hello there Monday, nice to see you again. It was brutally hot today, and I can’t seem to unwind. The last dregs of summer have arrived, and boy are they sticky!!

I pulled out an older Jillian dress today, a style I love for windy days, I don’t have to worry about “dress up” moments!!


  1. Dress: Kate Spade Jillian
  2. Shoes: Christian Louboutin
  3. Handbag: Kate Spade
  4. Necklace: Kate Spade

I ended up swapping out my shoes before I left the house, I wore pointy shoes on Sunday and my toes can only handle it for so many hours, especially in the middle of August when we have a heat wave that includes humidity! (Thank you inflammatory arthritis!)

Until next time,

Jules


Friday!

Friday is FRIYAY!!! Tomorrow we head to the mountains for some cross country practice & a family picnic….I might have to don PANTS. But until then: 



  1. Dress: Kate Spade (at larger outlets right now)
  2. Belt: Oscar de la Renta
  3. Shoes: Kate Spade
  4. Necklace: Swarovski

Yes, I wore this last Sunday too. Oops! Sometimes it’s just easier to repeat an outfit. 

Until next time,

Jules