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Love Never Dies

I have waited 7 years for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Love Never Dies” to go on tour and come to a theatre near me. Well, this past week that waiting was over!

Due to some interesting circumstances, I was able to attend opening night at the Pantages in Los Angeles. Oh boy. Now, I’ve seen the filmed production they released in Australia, and I’ve obsessively trolled the internets for photos of the tour that is out in North America, so I had a REALLY good idea of which dress to pull out of my closet for this event! Please excuse the photo quality, I often forget about photos when I’m at the theatre, I’m so excited about the production and caught up in the whirlwind that is opening night!

My dress is Eliza J, I picked it up at Nordstrom Rack last year sometime. Of course my shoes are my favorite Christian Louboutin simples that I strassed in 4 different shades of silver & grey crystals.

The Pantages is the perfect setting for this production:

The show plays in LA through the 22, then dances on down to Orange County to the Segerstrom Center (Which I know, because I have tickets for the 28th to see it there.), then leaves Southern California. If you are a Phantom of the Opera fan, go see this one! The costumes and the sets are BRILLIANT.

I know the critics have been not kind. Ignore them. The music is haunting and the power ballad, “Love Never Dies” is INCREDIBLE. The costumes are works of art, you can even see the detail from the “cheap seats”, which I know is not an easy task. The way the set ebbs and flows, you feel like you are in a working production part of the time. I loved it. I felt transported to the early 1900’s, Coney Island, and it was done very tastefully. It’s a unique show, but comes together beautifully.

Do you have a love of theatre? I do! What’s your favorite show? Mine will always be Phantom of the Opera, however I enjoy every show I’ve been privileged to attend!

-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


A Huge Recap

Life has been, well, busy, interesting, and busy! It’s May (almost the middle!), and every May there is a group of gals on Instagram that participate in “Dress a day in May” challenge. So, I embrace that one fully!!! So here’s my May dresses so far:

Today:

  1. Dress: Kate Spade
  2. Belt: Oscar de la Renta
  3. Shoes: Christian Louboutin
  4. Handbag: Kate Spade

Yesterday:

  1. Dress: Kate Spade
  2. Belt: JCrew
  3. Shoes: Thrifted 

Sunday:

  1. Blouse: Forever 21
  2. Skirt: Kate Spade Madison Avenue
  3. Shoes: Jimmy Choo (strassed by me in Siam Crystal)

Last week:

  1. Top: Banana Republic
  2. Skirt: Kate Spade
  3. Shoes: SJP

  1. Dress: Vintage
  2. Belt: Thrifted
  3. Necklace: vintage
  4. Shoes: Christian Louboutin

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

  1. Dress: Kate Spade
  2. Shoes: Christian Louboutin

And yes another week at Dancing with the Stars! (This was a week ago, I didn’t go last night) Nyle was the nicest gentleman, his dancing amazes me every week! Now that our girl is off the show I am pulling for him!


  1. Dress: Kate Spade (currently at outlets!)
  2. Shoes: Christian Louboutin strassed by me
  3. Handbag: Kate Spade

I’ve also made a lot of cakes, and Macarons:

Sugar flowers! (Yes I made them all)

Until next time,

Jules


An Update of Sorts

Oh boy y’all, it’s been INSANE! Like “I want to crawl into a hole at the end of each day” insane. Lots of French Macarons, and lots of trips to LA for Dancing with the Stars, plus some amazing shopping trips, add in having 4 kids, and voila! By the end of the day I am just DONE. But here’s a few of my favorite outfits from the last few weeks (and maybe a fun backstage moment from Dancing with the Stars!):

   
   

  1. Dress: Prada, under $50 at Last Call (wait, WHAT?! I know right?! Our Last Call is INSANE right now! Price tag had $2065 on it!!)
  2. Belt: Ted Baker, $10 outlet find
  3. Shoes: Kate Spade (via The Real Real)

   
  

   
 

  1. Cardigan: Kate Spade (via The Real Real, it’s an older one I’ve been looking for for YEARS!)
  2. Skirt: Vintage (talk about an investment piece….this $6 skirt has gotten so much wear)
  3. Shoes: Christian Louboutin
  4. Handbag: Kate Spade (Small Rachelle, outlet style, and my favorite bag shape/style)

   
  

 

  1.  Cardigan: Banana Republic Outlet
  2. Dress: Kate Spade (currently at outlets for $89.99)
  3. Belt & Necklace: Thrifted
  4. Shoes: Kate Spade

   
  

    
   

  1. Dress: Adrianna Papell (Nordstrom rack, under $50)
  2. Shoes: Christian Louboutin (strassed by me)
  3. Necklace: Kate Spade
  4. And yes, Jodie Sweetin! She’s such a doll, I love her story of redemption and seeing how she is growing as a dancer. The judges were dumb on Monday night, her dance was AWESOME. My fan girl moments are done though, I’ll try to play it cool next week! LOL

 
  

   

  1. Cardigan: BR Outlet
  2. Dress: Kate Spade
  3. Belt: Thrifted
  4. Shoes: Jimmy Choo
  5. Necklace: Kate Spade

   
  

    
 

  1. Cardigan: Kate Spade (another The Real Real find!!! Eeks! I was excited for the new bumblebee one, but after finally hunting this one down, I’m not going to buy it, I really wanted this one!)
  2. Skirt: Kate Spade (another older piece)
  3. Shoes: Kate Spade

   
  

   

  1. Cardigan: Kate Spade (another older cardigan! I really LOVE the pieces from 4-6 years ago)
  2. Skirt: Kate Spade
  3. Shoes: SJP 

     
  

 

  1.  Dress: Kate Spade
  2. Belt: Target
  3. Necklace: Target
  4. Shoes & Handbag: Kate Spade

 
  

  1. Dress: Kate Spade (when in Vegas….right?!)
  2. Shoes: Christian Louboutin
  3. Handbag: Kate Spade

 
    
  

 

  1.  Cardigan: Kate Spade
  2. Blouse: Kate Spade
  3. Pants: Kate Spade
  4. Shoes: Christian Louboutin
  5. Handbag & Necklace: Kate Spade

Those are my favorite looks from the last couple of weeks. I still can’t get over the Prada dress find….I know it’s just a simple pink sundress, but I LOVE IT. It was really windy yesterday and it held up pretty well, I didn’t flash anyone!

On a Kate Spade note, new arrivals at the outlets:  (photos were sent to me…I went up to our local one last night but didn’t buy anything)

  

    
 And flamingo keychains are back! (So don’t get duped on eBay y’all!!!)

And I did French Macarons & Salted Chocolate Chip cookies for the Houston Flagship store….to celebrate the launch of their April collection:    

   
 
Did you attend Emily’s tea party? Sadly I was in Vegas for a business conference, but I was totally there in spirit! I also ordered a pile of stuff during friends and family weekend…which I shall have to debut at some point. 

Until next time,

Jules 


Disneyland Day

Most women, ahem, my age (over 30 under 40) tend to enjoy a day at the spa. Being pampered. Me? I prefer a day at Disneyland with a handful of wonderful friends I have met over the last few years. We show up, we cruise the park, hop on a few rides, and EAT! Well, today was a Disney Day! Well, California Adventure to be exact (for me anyway, I didn’t park hop). The weather was spring like and gorgeous, so I wore this: 

   
    
 

  1. Cardigan: Kate Spade (outlet find 2+ years ago. Back when I would order from Woodbury Commons in NY)
  2. Dress: Kate Spade (this is an older style, 2012-ish?)
  3. Belt: Kate Spade (currently on sale!)
  4. Shoes: Christian Louboutin, strassed in Alexandrite AB
  5. Handbag: Kate Spade (outlet style)

I don’t normally take lots of photos on a Disney day, instead I mainly just enjoy being there. Today we decided to play some arcade games, and I snagged some great prizes (hint: EVERYONE wins at the go fish game!), I actually pulled 3 “medium” prize fish out of the tank today, which netted me 3 of these guys:

 

I also had many small creatures, to which we created some “Disney Magic” by passing them out to unsuspecting children on Paradise Pier. I brought some home for my kiddos as well….but for the Mickey’s? I gave one to my friend and so I have two left….unsure what will happen to these! But it sure was fun to “win” them!! Yes you have to pay to play, but it was fun and I feel worth every penny. Disney may be pricey, but I feel it’s worth every penny. No one does it like Disney, no one! 

I was out of there by 1:30, fighting traffic all the way home. But it was a nice escape from the stresses of the last week. Now it’s off to an early bedtime to finish the “spa” experience! 

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


Weekend Recap

Another weekend come and gone! I’ve been pretty much feet to the pavement since last Wednesday, between a road trip (15 hours in the car on Friday!), strass commissions that have a DEADLINE, and volunteering at the Star Wars Half Marathon yesterday at Disneyland! Eeks! But here’s some outfit recaps!

Thursday: 

    
    
 

  1. Cardigan: Kate Spade
  2. Skirt: Kate Spade
  3. Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Friday…my husband and I had to attend to a family matter, which required formal business attire. I have someone amazing in my life who loaned me a KILLER bag for the event: 

 

   
 

  1.  Cardigan: Kate Spade
  2. Skirt: Kate Spade (from the early collection)
  3. Shoes: Christian Louboutin
  4. Handbag: Hermes Crocodile Birkin, 35cm

The BAG! The BAG! Insane right?! I wish I had gotten better photographs, but I have to admit I was slightly terrified of it the whole day! (I returned it quickly) I don’t know that I would ever BUY one of these, but it sure was fun to tote it around all day, talk about a statement piece! Oh and it matched my favorite red heels. But it was heavy and is quite cumbersome, so I don’t know. I have some smaller Birkin bags (that I rarely carry), perhaps I just haven’t grown into the Hermes brand yet! But for a day?! Sure why not! It was kind of fun being the borrower, as I’m normally the one loaning pieces from my closet!

Sunday (as Saturday was a PJ day, after 15-16 hours in the car on Friday!), I changed into this after we worked the final water station at the half marathon: 

  

   
 

  1. Cardigan: Kate Spade
  2. Skirt: Kate Spade (I couldn’t resist repeating it…after hunting for it for a couple of years!)
  3. Shoes: Christian Louboutin, strassed in Alexandrite AB stones 

And finally today: (please pardon the lint!) 

  

   

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

For all you Disney lovers, the 13-mile marker!  

 
Hope your weekend was grand! I know I’m excited to have tomorrow to stay home and relax, I need it.

Until next time,

Jules