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Life….

Life has been hectic. This entire year has been filled with chaos, medical emergencies, planned medical procedures, massive problems with my kids’ school, and an upheaval in our long-standing routine due to my husband switching jobs. I can’t believe it’s July, and I haven’t blogged in FOREVER. I do keep up on Instagram, so if you follow me there….you’ve seen some of our adventures!

Let’s see…..I had a full hysterectomy back in April….this is a few hours post-op. I know, I’m that person who left her makeup on!

While it wasn’t the easiest thing I’ve ever done, I don’t regret it. Life is exceptionally better post-surgery….years of ickiness poof! gone overnight. (For the most part) My surgeon was incredible and she really did a fantastic job, I had very very few of the normal post-op side effects, and really I was up the next day, just moving VERY slowly.

My oldest turned 18 in May, AND he then graduated high school in June, and flew off to camp for the summer again the next morning:

My dad had emergency brain surgery the week of graduation….I won’t post the photos (although he would probably tell me too!), but we are very VERY grateful they caught it and he’s well on his way to a full recovery. We went to Vegas for the 4th of July this past week, and he took us all over the Hoover Dam, telling the kids little known facts from his days working there in the early 80’s, in 107 degree weather no less! (Side note….if you were in Vegas at the Palazzo/Venetian this last week and met a guy who talked about his brain surgery, that’s my dad. LOL.)

There’s been lots of shoes, new novelty bags, and dresses the last few months, here’s a few:

Rocky went to Vegas without Roxy, he made a Panda friend:

And Arlowe has taken over the house officially/

Yup, he uses our front door as a jungle gym. But he’s seriously the best cat EVER. 

Here’s to the last half of 2017!

Until next time,

Jules 


Hello March

So it’s been a month since my last post. Right after my last post my daughter had a medical emergency at school, and our new “normal” we had just adjusted too was turned utterly UPSIDE DOWN. I have always respected parents who take care of sick children, knowing it’s difficult and being unable to imagine what they are going through. Well, now I understand. Watching your 12-year old daughter go from this vibrant child to requiring a wheelchair and spending much of our time in Drs offices is the most difficult thing EVER. It sure does make you reflect on priorities!! Oh, and pants. Because sometimes trying to wrangle a wheelchair in a skirt is very very difficult!

Some recent outfits:

  1. Cardigan: Neiman Marcus Cashmere
  2. Dress: Kate Spade
  3. Shoes: Jimmy Choo
  4. Handbag & Belt: Kate Spade

This was my Valentine’s Day outfit….we had lots of deliveries and Drs appointments!

  1. Scarf: Kate Spade (at outlets currently)
  2. Blouse: Nanette Lenore
  3. Cardigan: Target
  4. Pants: Banana Republic
  5. Shoes: Jimmy Choo
  6. Handbag: Kate Spade

  1. Scarf: Kate Spade
  2. Tshirt & Cardigan: Banana Republic
  3. Pants: Banana Republic
  4. Shoes: Jimmy Choo

  1. Tshirt & Cardigan: Banana Republic
  2. Skirt & Shoes: Kate Spade

  1. Sweater: Kate Spade
  2. Pants: Banana Republic (I have several pairs)
  3. Shoes: Kate Spade

  1. Cardigan: Banana Republic
  2. Dress & Belt: Kate Spade
  3. Shoes: Jimmy Choo

  1. Cardigan: Talbots
  2. Tshirt: Banana Republic
  3. Skirt & Bag: Kate Spade
  4. Shoes: Manolo Blahnik, stressed by me

  1. Dress: Kate Spade
  2. Shoes: Jimmy Choo

  1. Sweater: Banana Republic
  2. Blouse & Jeans: Kate Spade
  3. Shoes: Jimmy Choo 

  1. Cardigan: C Wonder
  2. Blouse: Kohls
  3. Skirt: Vintage
  4. Shoes: Christian Louboutin

  1. Coat & Dress: Kate Spade
  2. Shoes: Christian Louboutin
  3. Handbag: Hermes (a beautiful bag, but I don’t carry it very often)

  1. Cardigan: Banana Republic
  2. Blouse: Kate Spade
  3. Pants: Banana Republic
  4. Shoes: Kate Spade

  1. Sweater: Kate Spade
  2. Skirt: Kate Spade
  3. Shoes & Bag: Kate Spade

  1. Sweater: Kate Spade
  2. Skirt: Kate Spade
  3. Shoes: Jimmy Choo

  1. Cardigan: Banana Republic
  2. Dress & Shoes: Kate Spade

  1. Bolero: The Limited
  2. Dress: Kate Spade
  3. Belt: Alannah Hill
  4. Handbag: Kate Spade

  1. Cardigan & Dress: Kate Spade
  2. Belt: handmade
  3. Shoes: Christian Louboutin

We went to a private party to view the Oscars last month:

Best part of my dress? It has pockets!!!


A cake I made for a Quince├▒era last month. 

Until next time,

Jules


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


November

Wait, it’s November? And we have a time change coming? *head spins* How is this possible?! This year has FLOWN by! There is a silver lining this weekend….additional 30% off sale items at Kate Spade!

I am trying to not look (it’s very hard). I really don’t need another dress. In fact, I should probably continue to clear my closet out. 

Some recent outfits….I’ve been settling into the “new normal”, and combined with the insane hot/cold/hot/cold weather patterns which flares up my health challenges (ugh), but still make an attempt to dress every day! 

  1. Cardigan: Kate Spade (old)
  2. Dress: Broome Street (outlet SCORE)
  3. Belt & Shoes: Kate Spade

  1. Cardigan: Kate Spade (old)
  2. Dress: Kate Spade Deanna (old)
  3. Shoes: Christian Louboutin
  4. Handbag: Kate Spade

*looks up* Halloween as “Mary Poppins”….I also had a hat, cape & umbrella. It was so cold I ended up wrapped in a blanket to pass out candy!!

  1. Sweater: Banana Republic Outlet (picked up in 2015, not a recent purchase)
  2. Skirt: Kate Spade (old)
  3. Shoes & Handbag: Kate Spade

This one was head to toe Kate Spade (I am aware I have a problem!!)

  1. Blouse: Ann Taylor
  2. Skirt: Kate Spade
  3. Belt: Target
  4. Shoes, Handbag & Necklace: Kate Spade

  1. Cardigan: Barney’s
  2. Dress: Kate Spade
  3. Belt, Necklace & Handbag: Kate Spade
  4. Shoes: Christian Louboutin

  1. Shirt: Banana Republic
  2. Skirt: Kate Spade
  3. Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
  4. Handbag: Kate Spade

Some photos of the new holiday items at the outlets:

The pink polka dot bags are not real leather, but they sure are cute! I did pick up a penguin, I mean, with my collection of creatures I HAD too. He’s super cute! I haven’t made it into specialty, but there is some super cute pieces online. I’m not excited about the apparel (which my closet is probably excited about!), but they nailed it on keychains and glitter this year. 

Until next time,

Jules


Friday!

Friday! Oh Friday I love thee this week. I MADE it. Through the first week of school. I have survived a wretched summer cold that has left me nearly unable to hear and dizzy (I should probably go see a physician. Ugh). But most of all, I managed to pull myself together every day this week, even just to run kids to/from school! My oldest comes home this weekend, so that might change once he gets back behind the wheel of a car.

Today:

  1. Top: Banana Republic Outlet
  2. Skirt: Kate Spade
  3. Belt: Target
  4. Shoes: Kate Spade

Whew. I’m wiped out, but happy we got through. Our weekend plans (other than fetching my oldest from the airport!) include sleeping and laying flat, hoping my ears unclog at some point. The kids are bewildered because I have super ninja mom hearing, and they can get away with so much because I can’t hear them. It’s been amusing. (Might as well laugh!)

Until next time,

Jules


Groundhog Day

Well, according to the news, it’s going to be an early spring! Although it was cold here today, I’ll believe it when I see it! 

Another skirt I am obsessed with right now….this one. Between this and my animal print skirt with the cat sweater, I could leave everything else in my closet untouched!    
    
 

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

So what do you think, are we in for an early spring? I’m suspect for sure!

Until next time,

Jules


February 

Woah, February, nice to see you too! Y’all, this year so far has been INSANE! I’ve been posting on Instagram, but the reality is, I haven’t made time to really blog. January is always a pretty crazy time for me. Let me just say this…we have not taken Christmas down in my house yet! Whoops. I guess Disneyland won over cleaning up Christmas!

Some outfits…and yes, I have had to don pants due to windy COLD weather. These are my favorite pair EVER, from Banana Republic….this was today:

 

  1. Cardigan: Barney’s
  2. Blouse: JCrew
  3. Necklace: Thrifted 
  4. Pants: Banana Republic
  5. Shoes: Christian Louboutin strassed by me

 Yesterday:  
  

   
All Kate Spade. The dress is a Madison Ave piece my husband bought me in Vegas last spring.

Saturday (to play driver and “chaperone” to my son and his date. Teenagers + Dating, my hair is going to start going grey even faster!!!)  

    
 

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

Friday: (a 2-outfit day) 

  

   

  1. Cardigan: Kate Spade
  2. Blouse: Kohls
  3. Skirt: Kate Spade (the red is at outlets right now! Under $150)
  4. Shoes: Kate Spade

   
  

 

  1. Cardigan: Unknown, poshmark find!
  2. Skirt: Kate Spade
  3. Shoes: Kate Spade

Thursday: 

  

 

  1. Sweater: Banana Republic Outler
  2. Skirt: Kate Spade
  3. Shoes: Kate Spade (they are SO COMFORTABLE!! I have them in two other colors)

Wednesday:  

  

   

  1. Cardigan: Ross (brand unknown)
  2. Blouse: Banana Republic (Thrifted)
  3. Pants: Banana Republic
  4. Shoes: Christian Louboutin
  5. Necklace: Kate Spade (outlet)

Last Monday I went to Disneyland with some girlfriends, and Tuesday I was at the hair salon and never did take a photo of what I wore!  But last Sunday I wore this: 

 

  1. Cardigan: Kate Spade (have in blue as well)
  2. Belt: Kate Spade
  3. Dress: Kate Spade
  4. Shoes: Christian Louboutin

I spent the previous Saturday in downtown LA, and again, due to weather wore pants!  

  

   

  1. Cardigan: Kate Spade (2+ years ago)
  2. Blouse: Banana Republic outlet
  3. Pants: Banana Republic
  4. Shoes: Christian Louboutin, strassed by me

And finally, Friday the 23rd: 

  

   

  1. Cardigan. Chaps (Kohls, 4+ years ago)
  2. Belt: Target Kids
  3. Dress: Kate Spade Adette
  4. Shoes: Kate Spade
  5. Necklace: Kate Spade

I saw storm troopers: 

 

Made corsages for the dance this past weekend: 

 
Ordered puppy keychains: 

 
And have been finishing up so many projects I can hardly see straight! 2016 is shaping up to be a VERY full year! Wonder if the groundhog will see his shadow tomorrow morning?

Until next time,

Jules