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Roaring Twenties

So, today I am embracing my inner 20’s girl. You know, I WAS born a century too late, in terms of fashion. Medically and technologically, well, I’m happy with living right now!! And air conditioning!!! Let me just say, how those southern belles survived, I am in awe.

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Blouse: Target
Skirt: Alannah Hill
Shoes: Montana Strass Christian Louboutin
Handbag: Kate Spade
Earrings: Target
Necklace: Kate Spade
Headpiece: Vintage (garage sale!!)

My bible study started last Thursday, and we are blessed to hear personal testimony last week and this week. Then we will be digging in to Gideon by Priscilla Shirer. Should be interesting. I’m always excited by a good theological study. But today I was tasked to bring a dessert, so I made some almond-raspberry thumbprint cookies last night:

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Mmmm. My car now smells super yummy! What is it about almond-flavoured sweets? They get me every time!

Until next time,

Jules


Reflection

Thursday is always a day of juggling schedules. I have early morning bible study, and I’m typically a touch late (I serve with hospitality) because of the kids’ school schedule. This used to stress me out, and then last week I realized, it was OK. It was OK to let the morning setup fall on someone else’s shoulders.

We are studying Nehemiah, a heart that can break, by Kelly Minter. It’s pretty accurate, as far as what I need in my life right now. What makes your heart break? A very heart-stopping question. Which got me to thinking, just about life, blogging and the insane amount of excess in my life.

Uh-oh.

I started my blog last year in an attempt to explore the massive clothing collection I have amassed over the years. I have found many things in my closet that I never thought to wear the ways I’ve worn them.

I’ve discovered an extreme love for crystal encrusted shoes and 100mm Christian Louboutin heels.

I’ve unloaded a pile of mediocre items that didn’t fit well, were uncomfortable (bad shoes!!), and that I knew I would never ever wear.

And yet, I often find myself obsessing over eBay, sales, and the “thrill” of that “next amazing item”. That I don’t “need”.

It has nothing to do with blogging, I’ve always been a consumer, and from a very early age I’ve had a penchant for labels (because, lets face it, they stand the test of time!). I still remember the shoe that started it all. Gorgeous orange sandals with a flower. I wore those suckers everywhere. The park, play dates, you name it! (My daughter was a baby, so this is nearly 9 years ago!!) I cringe looking back a bit. The past decade has been such a style revolution for me, and I can say, now that I’m in my 30’s, I have found my “groove”.

Skirts. Dresses. Cardigans. Sparkly shoes. Really, what else can a girl possibly need?!

What I mean by the above is, I am planning on a ban in February. No non-essential shopping. My heart races at the thought! My brain says “but you aren’t in debt, and buying one pair of shoes won’t affect anything financially”. But for me, it’s a mental challenge. I’m going to work on downsizing a bit, instead of continuing to upsize! And perhaps, just perhaps, I will discover new things in my bulging closet.

So, my last purchases before my self-imposed “ban”:

Alannah Hill dress (for Valentine’s day!) I plan on wearing my red patent leather Simples with this

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A skirt from goodwill (on sale for $2.49)

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I also have a couple of items from eBay, a Kate Spade blouse & petticoat. The only thing I will buy this month is a pile of crystal crystals to embellish a wild pair of heels for my boss to wear to the Miss America pageants she attends (she judges). But that isn’t for me.

No more target hauls (eek!), or trips to the thrift shops. It’s going to be difficult! I’m turning off my eBay app as well.

Anyway, I have rambled long enough! My outfit for today:

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Cardigan: Target (girls’ section)
Blouse: DKNY, thrifted summer 2010
Skirt: Escada (I love this skirt! I know I wear it a lot)
Shoes: Christian Louboutin navy Simple 100
Stockings: Calvin Klein (I admit it, I bought 7 pairs yesterday. @ $3 a pair, they are amazing!!)
Handbag: Kate Spade Maryann

The detail on my blouse + my diamond flower pendant:

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And for fun, I took what are referred to as “mod shots” of my shoes. Not sure how “mod” they are, but it was rather fun!

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Tomorrow it starts. Zero shopping. Eeks! I’m a tad terrified!

Until next time,

Jules


A whole lot of Crazy

I’ve put together quite a unique blend of colors today, but I quite like it, crazy a it sounds! We have special aprons for bible study (I serve on the hospitality team), so this is my attempt to match them this morning!

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Cardigan: Target, $7 (I love waiting for their cardigans to go on sale! I scored yesterday!)
Blouse: Kate Spade
Skirt: Kate Spade
Belt: from my Lela Rose for Target dress
Shoes: Strassed Jimmy Choo flats
Necklace: Banana Republic
Watch: Omega Seamaster (vintage)
Handbag: Kate Spade

My necklace with the detail on my blouse:

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My watch:

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And for fun, the manicure I have myself last night! I use the gelish polishes, with the light and all that. Over Christmas I put crystals on my daughters nails, but I used glue. I got the great idea last night to cure the crystals right into the top coat! It worked marvelously!!

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And for those who don’t follow me on Instagram (katespadegirl), here’s my fun I had yesterday!

First, macawrongs. I tried a new recipe, the one from Bouchon. Sorry, but Chez Jules kicks it’s patootie!:

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But I thought I’d give it a second try, just in case it was user error. The second batch? I call these “macamoons”:

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They still taste amazing, so it’s not a total loss. Luckily my friends at bible study love them no matter how they look!

But finally, reverting back to MY recipe (through lots of trial and error last year!), I had a 95% success rate! My perfect footed Macarons:

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Mmmmm. I was jumping up and down in excitement last night! It’s always unknown with these cookies. I’ve been baking since I was a teenager, and I have never encountered such a fussy little cookie. But they are worth the effort and heartache.

So yes, I had tea and almond Macarons for breakfast. Yummy yummy!!

Until next time,

Jules