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Wait, is it spots or animal print?! You decide:

  1. Shirt: Kate Spade Broome Street
  2. Skirt. Kate Spade 
  3. Belt: Kohls
  4. Shoes: Jimmy Choo

The t-shirt is part of the new Broome Street collection, and it comes in white too! Isn’t it adorable? It’s a very thick cotton, and the bow is the same material on the skirt of the dress I wore yesterday! My skirt is from several seasons ago, however I picked it up secondhand last year. It could pass for spots, but it’s really animal print. I am sad that I have the outlet version, which means there is a lack of pockets. 

Until next time,


Holiday Parties

Last week I spent much time in my kitchen prepping what I thought was my last batch of French Macarons for the year (turns out I’m baking again this week), packing and prepping to go out of town, and finally heading to Omaha to attend a whirlwind of parties & socializing! I did manage to pull myself together in the middle of it all!

Some outfit recaps: 


  1. Cardigan: Kate Spade
  2. Dress: Kate Spade
  3. Belt: Secondhand
  4. Shoes: Sam Edleman

 What I wore to fly home Saturday morning (sadly I failed to snap a photo the day I left!)  

  1. Cardigan: Target
  2. Dress: Kate Spade
  3. Belt: Kate Spade
  4. Shoes: Sam Edleman

Friday-day I had intended to wear this skirt with a cardigan, but I sadly left planned cardigan at home, and packed this one instead: (also the only flats I packed!)


  1. Sweater: Banana Republic
  2. Skirt: Kate Spade
  3. Shoes: Sam Edleman

Sunday….in a dress I picked up while in Omaha at the outlet in Gretna:      

  1. Cardigan: Banana Republic
  2. Dress: Kate Spade
  3. Necklace: Kate Spade
  4. Shoes: Kate Spade

Today….milking the Christmas themed attire: 


  1. Cardigan: Banana Republic (4 years ago, holiday…its held up quite well!)
  2. Skirt: French Connection
  3. Shoes: Kate Spade

And finally….the two ensembles I packed for the two events we went specifically to Omaha for. 

Thursday night, I pulled out the Madison Avenue dress my husband purchased for me earlier this year: 




  1. Dress: Kate Spade Madison Ave (I still can’t believe we tracked this one down, and in my perfect size!!)
  2. Shoes: Christian Louboutin Simples strassed in Crystal AB
  3. Handbag: Kate Spade (AKA The Muppet)

I also dragged my dark mink coat with me, thinking it would be quite cold, but the weather ended up being so mild! It was nice to have, as evenings with the wind were quite chilly.

Friday night was the black tie affair, which I had found out about when we were in Phoenix earlier this year, finding this dress the very next day tucked away in a Dillards sale rack! At first I thought it was maybe Alice & Olivia, but whatever brand it was, I will never know! The tag was gone inside and it just had a generic price tag on it. But the moment I put it on, I knew with the addition of straps and the right belt & accessories it would be spectacular! The belt I found just a couple of weeks ago, the clutch back in November, and the jewlery I already had (necklace & bracelets are all Ben-Amun)

My husband and I had a wonderful time, and I loved my ensemble. The dress also had pockets! Not my typical “sparkly” look, but sometimes one must change it up a bit!  We have one more party to attend later this week, and then I shall put my fancy party wear away for a bit. (Kidding!)

Happy Holidays! Are you ready for them? I’m getting there…I am sorely behind this year though, eeks!

Until next time,


Week in Review

Well, another week has passed and I realize “omgineedtoblog!!!!”. Whoops! My kids have been off on adventures with their grandparents, and The Engineer and I have been enjoying quiet evenings at home.

Right. Sort of anyway! I’ve been working a lot this week, so it’s been a little crazy!

Some outfit recaps:




Sweater: Target
Belt: Thrifted
Skirt: Anthropologie, but secondhand
Shoes: Miu Miu




Cardigan: Target
Blouse: Nanette Lepore
Skirt: Thrifted
Shoes: Jimmy Choo


Cardigan: Target
Skirt: Ann Taylor
Shoes: Strassed Jimmy Choo flats



Cardigan: Red
Skirt: Marc Jacobs
Shoes: Christian Louboutin (but I later slipped on my Montana Strassed simples. I had to clean a storage unit out that morning…which I will share later)

Yesterday I was a shameless outfit repeater:





Cardigan: Kate Spade
Skirt: Thrifted (no tags)
Shoes: Jimmy Choo Strassed flats
Handbag: Kate Spade

And today I embraced Faux Fuchsia’s “Save the homeless sequins” campaign (post a photo of your sequins on Instagram with the hashtag #sequinsarekey to save your homeless sequins!!!) Luff her and Luff her blog!! (You should too) Faux Fuchsia

My Sequins (AND animal print!!)




Cardigan: Kate Spade
Skirt: Kenneth Cole
Brooch on skirt: Vintage
Shoes: Strassed Jimmy Choo flats

Other adventures this week include (but not limited to!)

A trip to Bottega Louie with a friend I hadn’t seen in over 15 years! We had lunch:


Then desserts:



I turned my house into downtown LA:



Okay, so I didn’t truly buy out the fabric district/old costume warehouse or anything. I keep acquiring these things. People call me when they need to unload things. And me, being the secret hoarder that I am, is happy to oblige. On the bright side, I did not buy excess items for my self in LA this past week! In fact, I’ve been quite good lately.

Well, kind of. But it’s still in the mail so I am in denial.

I also made tacos & creme brûlée this past week for dinner/dessert one night while having a Tom Cruise movie marathon night:



And lastly for this post, I made macarons last night, because you know, the pile I bought at Bottega Louie wasn’t enough!




So, happy October! I’m making this whole month a fun celebration in honor of me being an October baby. Of course I already have my present, but I imagine I shall fine something to buy myself for moi. You know, something small, er shoe-ish.

Have a lovely weekend!

Until next time,