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June

June. The start of summertime, the possibilities that open up as school ends and the weather warms with long days and gorgeous sunsets.

We have started our “summer” with a bang. My oldest was hired on at Camp Kooch-I-Ching in upstate Minnesota this year and so I saw him off on Wednesday. Hard to believe he finished his first year of Junior College and flew into the sunrise the next morning! I will see him in August, when I fly him to Orlando to meet me at Walt Disney World.

If you follow my Twitter or Instagram, you’ve probably noticed the Disney “madness”. Yes, I am an adult Disney fan. I also love dresses and sparkly shoes. My husband and I went sans kids last month and had a wonderful time! For us it was like being in a “bubble”, even with insane wind, rain and lightning (we were there the day one of the resorts was hit!), it’s away from the stress of daily life and the horror that is the news. Some photos….yes, I wore dresses even in the rain! Umbrellas up! (My shoes have finally dried out)

Our first morning, after flying in on the red eye (if you can snag an upgrade, do it. We arrived rested and ready to have fun!)

The day I pretended to be Barbie in Epcot: (dress is from the Unique Vintage/Barbie collaboration)

Last photo on our way back to our resort to head to the airport. We actually started at Hollywood Studios, and ended at Hollywood Studios. The massive construction makes this park a favorable spot to visit quickly, as until Toy Story Land opens the end of this month, it doesn’t have many attractions. Tower of Terror was our first and last ride of the trip!

Lots of food, lots of rain, lots of fun! We also booked a Savor the Savannah experience, which I HIGHLY recommend. We had an extended safari ride, got to see the giraffes up close and personal, and had dinner watching the sun sink into the horizon.

Some other outfits last month:

I have committed to curbing my acquisitions of new clothes, shoes & accessories for the foreseeable future. Instead I shall be “shopping” my closet and have already unsubscribed to as many “sale site” emails possible. You know you have a problem when your mail carrier stops and asks why you haven’t been receiving packages! I did try to order some items last month, but they were swiped off my front doorstep. So much mail theft going on, it helps with the “I need to not buy things” issue I have on hand. I have been listing things on Poshmark, and as we finish up the school year I will have more time to list more things. I know, who am I? Oh, a girl who wanted something really REALLY bad and was willing to give up shopping for it!

That said, occasionally I receive emails with inquiry to purchase items I have posted. I know I have scored some incredible bargains over the years, however there is more than the “cost” of the item posted, there is travel involved to sniff out those bargains, time spent getting there, time spent (usually HOURS) scouring through racks or bins or whatever to find one piece, parking costs, and other things. So if you are inquiring about something I may or may not be willing to sell, please understand my reasoning behind a price point. Fashion can be a bit of an investment, and I’ve spent hours upon hours sourcing and shopping for treasures!

With that said, I leave you with King Arlowe, who presides over the room full of spangly treasures I should probably sell:

Until next time,

Jules


December

How is it December? How did this happen? I’m not ready for it y’all! Although, I AM ready for 2017 to be over, as I hope 2018 brings better tidings for all!

December this year brought a special trip for me, at stay with girlfriends at the Grand Californian Hotel in Anaheim, along with celebrating special events AND sharing the chefs table experience with friends at the Napa Rose restaurant. Some photos….much amazing food, laughter and fun was had by all:


I recommend the Grand Californian sooo so so so so so much. Can I please move in?! Here’s my meal at Napa Rose (I have no idea what it all was, other than DELICIOUS. Huge shout out to Eric, for the most perfect wine pairings….not only perfect with my food, exactly my tastebuds. He is to wine what I am to deciphering brides! It’s magic!


If anyone ever invites you to dine at the Chef’s Counter at Napa Rose, go! I’m the worlds pickiest eater with some frustrating food allergies and I enjoyed every bite! It was absolute perfection. Already plotting my next seating there.

While at the Grand, the trolls got into some scrapes with some new friends as well:

When at Disneyland! 

Some other outfits I’ve worn since my last blog post:

I’ve posted a bit on Instagram, yes my family was affected by one of the fires in LA County this past week. Luckily our LA apartment came through unscathed and we are no longer under evacuation orders. We are blessed to have a second home, and I know so many others have lost everything. The winds out here have been utterly terrible! Praying they can contain everything and the weather will allow containment tomorrow. 

Until next time,

Jules


Thankful

This yeah our Thanksgiving looked a bit different that normal. My husband is on a brutal schedule for the foreseeable future, and we are just be-bopping around it as best as we can. Instead of a day, it became a “week” of various events.

Monday we started with our annual Thanksgiving week Disneyland trip….which I wore a ridiculous Disney Christmas dress:

The purse lights up:​

Yup, I have officially gone over the edge! Enough to receive a “citation”!! We should back up to the Saturday before, when I popped into Disneyland for Mickey’s birthday, and to meet a friend of mine (Kristin over at Pink Lemons) from Instagram in person…..and picked up the Disney Christmas dress then:

Isn’t she the cutest? Blogging has provided a creative outlet for me, as well as meeting some really awesome people who understand that I need “all the dresses”!!

Tuesday I braved the 90+ degree weather in Los Angeles and cooked a scaled down version of my Thanksgiving spread….hey, tiny apartment, tiny meal right?! We also decorated the apartment for Christmas this year!

Wednesday was spent baking at our main house and preparing to head out to Palm Springs to see my parents….I made pies and iced cookies this year, while my mom pulled out all the stops for a big spread. We had a slight Christmas theme going on…because why not?! My favorite is the sweater cookies, customized with everyone’s name!

Mind you, my sweater was merely for show, as it was in the 90’s and we were running the a/c! My mom and I became “those people” and joined the masses Thursday evening for the shopping extravaganza. We were more like observers, as the deals were not worth the “frenzy”. For us, it was just enjoyable to be at the outdoor mall in November walking around and enjoying ourselves! We did buy some makeup:

Yesterday we popped over to El Paseo in Palm Desert, the weather was gorgeous! We hit Kate Spade, but I didn’t take any photos (oops!). I did try on this gorgeous Oscar de la Renta at the Off Fifth….sadly it was too big and I think altering it down would have ruined the beauty of the beading on the bodice:

I hope it finds a good home! My best “deal” was Kate Spade sheet sets at Nordstrom Rack for less than $40, and the lucky find of a .01 item! For us, “Black Friday” is never about waiting in a line or hunting for some insane deal. It was my mom and I hanging out and thankful that my dad is still here to drive us nuts and take the kids swimming in November! It’s been one helluva year, I am sad it’s almost over, but am very much looking forward to 2018 and whatever it throws at us!

Cherish your loved ones, one never knows when they may be gone. 2017 has been filled with an incredible amount of loss, and we nearly lost my dad, so it truly hits home. I am thankful for our wacky life, two households, endless freeway traffic, and a hoard of kids on a very alternative schedule! 

Until next time,

Jules


August, & How to Travel on Spirit Airlines.

It has been a whirlwind summer, but today I am thankful AND grateful that we got to celebrate my dad’s birthday this morning, after a scare in June. Overall this whole year has been a medical nightmare for our family, and I am hopeful that we are out of the woods for now!


Hard to believe two and half months ago he was in the ICU waiting on a team of neurologists to decide how to operate on the cyst in his brain and drain the excess fluid! 

My daughter seems to be better as well, back in February she collapsed at school and experienced temporary paralysis, which was made worse by the poor handling of the situation. We were forced to make some difficult decisions regarding schooling, and this past week was week 1 of a “new schedule” for my remaining school aged children. It’s more parental involvement, but I know my kids will be safe, well educated, and as a parent I couldn’t really ask for much more than that! One of many reasons my blog has been a place of neglect this year!

However I haven’t stopped shopping nor wearing dresses. Still a bit obsessed with Kate Spade (I post a lot on Instagram too). Some recent aquisitions:

This guy is quite a gem too:

The detail on this bag is amazing, I know I love my typewriter bag, but this one takes the cake!  As a baker, well, I’m partial to anything with a French macaron on it. 

I recently took a trip to Minesota to pick my oldest son up from summercamp, and had the misfortune of flying Spirit airlines. (Never again!) When you find out 48hrs before your trip that they charge for a carry-on, you get creative! I managed to pack for the whole weekend into one small “personal item”, including the cafe handbag. Some photos:

Just before we landed I unpacked into my handbag and switched my shoes:

I rolled all my clothes and put them in air-tight ziplock bags. In that bag was:

Two cardigans (I wore my big heavy one over my dress, looking very bag lady like!), jeans, sandals, pjs, one dress, one belt, two t-shirts, undergarments, sandals, toiletries, makeup, handbag, phone charger and my noise cancelling headphones. For me to pack that light is quite a miracle! But I just couldn’t justify paying $65 to bring a carryon with me. It became a bit of a challenge!

Here’s some photos, right across the lake is Canada. My son went to Camp Kooch-I-Ching in International Falls, MN. It’s a boys camp, but there is a girl’s sister came somewhere! (They never see each other) 

The Coffee Landing, they roast their beans in their front window! They even have mail order. Mmmmmm.

Also hit the Mall of America:

I had last visited when it was 2 years old, and this month they celebrated 25 years! It seemed much bigger back then, I have to say! Lots of back to school shopping was going on when we were there.

Gearing up for the end of summer, and fall is just around the corner. I hope to blog a bit more, once I get into the swing of life. 

Until next time,

Jules


Happy Mother’s Day

To my mom, and all mothers, Happy Mother’s Day! 

My kids made me breakfast:

I think they are still cleaning the dishes tonight! But they did it 100% on their own, I must be doing something right. To my mom, for teaching them how to make eggs, thank you! She has far more patience in the kitchen than I do! 


And my youngest baby….who sleeps about 22 hours a day:

Who ever EVER does anything naughty. Nope, he does NOT have a claw in my curtain, no way! 

Hope your day was fabulous!!

Until next time,

Jules
PS: I know I’ve been absent. I had major surgery 5 weeks ago, and have been keeping on mainly on Instagram. Recovery has not stopped me from acquiring new things! 


Merry Christmas

As the evening ends, just a quick note to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! I’ve been trying to keep up some outfit posts on Instagram, however due to some personal health challenges, I have spent many a day in my PJ’s lately! However I did throw together a beautifully dressed Christmas spread….even if I just had PJ’s on all day!

Christmas dinner & desserts:


Christmas breakfast (complete with chaos in the background!)

Christmas Eve we did “small bites”, as my kids had been with my parents at other gatherings I was unable to attend:

All in all, a good feed was had by all! Oh and in Troll News, Rocky bought Roxy a Christmas gift:

I know, I’m so ridiculous! And some recent outfits:

Pants! It’s been unseasonably chilly out here in SoCal (our local mountains are covered in beautiful snow!), and some days, pants are the only option! Especially those windy rainy days! 

Here’s to the end of 2016, and the beginning of 2017, which I hope continues on a good upswing! Just maybe give me a few more hours in my day, please!

Until next time,

Jules


17 Hours at Disneyland

That’s right y’all. 17 hours at Disneyland…on a VERY crowded day at that! 

But it was so fun! Especially after two days there the week before. Some recent outfits & fun photos:

Wait, who are these two? Rocky has a partner in crime, Roxy!! They like to adventure:

Space Mountain at 9:30pm? YES PLEASE!!

Stealin a cell phone to call an uber to go back to Disneyland? They did that too…

And poor Roxy riding the Jingle Cruise sans Rocky because this troll mama left him in the hotel….I didn’t want to lose them trying to carry both by myself that day…

I know y’all. I’m ridiculous. I made lots of pie and food this week too:

And it’s officially my FAVORITE time of the year…when the screeners come in:

And I can catch up on all the movies I never had time to go see. Instead of shopping (which I have done well with not shopping all weekend!)

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Jules