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Lucky Belle

Today I took Belle out on her first adventure. You know, initially I wasn’t going to buy her, and then I wasn’t sure if I was going to KEEP her. But alas, another novelty bag sucks me in!!  


I had planned to go get Chinese food for lunch, but ended up on the other side of town. However I went home and made myself a plate of spicy pan-fried noodles: 


So yummy. I always regret it a bit later (they are HOT. The sauce is a sesame garlic with chili paste & hot mustard!), but it’s totally worth it. I could live off noodles! And bread. Oh and any carb-like substance!!

My outfit: 


  1. Blouse: Nanette Lepore
  2. Skirt: Escada (thrifted, I’ve had this piece for 6+ years! My sister found it for about $6)
  3. Belt: thrifted 
  4. Shoes: Coach, I added Siam crystals to the pointed part, the back is glitter. 
  5. Necklace & bracelet: Kate Spade
  6. Watch: Omega (my husbands, but I’ve essentially stolen it.)
  7. Handbag: Kate Spade, outlet exclusive from about a month ago. These sold out SO fast. 

Tomorrow I start in on a HUGE cake project…sugar flowers anyone? I’m excited for this one, I don’t often get to make sugar flowers!

Until next time,


PS: Eugene is doing well, he says hello. Him and Lady are happily engaged. (He moves fast!)


Stripes I Say!

It’s a stripe-y kind of day around here:





Cardigan: Kate Spade
Blouse: J Crew (via It’s a Wrap)
Skirt: Escada (Thrifted, almost 5 years ago)
Belt: Kate Spade (my other outlet purchase last Friday)
Shoes: Christian Louboutin Navy Simple 100’s

And not pictured was my Wise Owl Quinn, which has been dragged everywhere the past few days. I just can’t get over how much I adore that bag! I think it is my new favorite, it’s so unique. (This coming from a girl who does own a Birkin, which is rather unique as well.)


And as a result of reading too many blogs the past couple of months, I finally jumped on the J Crew statement necklace bandwagon. Of course I took it to the extreme, but I couldn’t decide which one!! So I ordered, ahem, 3.


I imagine the upper right one will become a staple, it’s already my favorite. But you never know!!

With that I must run. Busy week scheduled, while the kids are away, I intend to deep clean the house and declutter (meaning: throw stuff away!!) their bedrooms. It’s quite the project!

Until next time,


Food Hangover

This morning I feel hung over. A food hangover that is! Alas, work beckons, and I must get my act together this morning.

My outfit:




Blouse: Banana Republic
Skirt: Escada
Belt: Thrifted
Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Also, what I wore this past Monday:




Dress: Target
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Handbag: Kate Spade

And for fun, a shot of my Club 33 ears! I’ve spent almost an entire year going to Disneyland, and finally picked up a pair of ears!!


And there you go. Hope you enjoy your “hump day”! I’m hoping to sneak in a nap today.

Until next time,


Hoover Dam

I am so excited to share today’s post with you! I’ve had to keep this super secret the past couple of weeks while planning, sketching, and prepping for it, as it was a complete surprise!

My father retired today after 30 years with LADWP. When I called the lady organizing his party she asked me if I had any pictures, OR if I would share memories of my dad throughout the years. Which got my mind spinning. My earliest memory of my father working for DWP was at the Hoover Dam (I was 2-2.5 years old and in a carrier on his back!), we were deep in the locks at the bottom of the dam. And my father, being my father, flipped the light switch, off. I still remember my mother’s scream!! So, I decided to make a cake of the Hoover Dam for him!




Yes, he brought his small harp and serenaded his guests. Only my dad! Congratulation to him, may he enjoy his retirement and have a blast fulfilling his bucket list! It includes collecting petrified wood from every state in the union and finding rocks all over the country. I’m sure many other things as well, as he has quite a lot of varied interests. He sure did make growing up a blast, while being an amazing teacher (I was taught at home for many years) and working full-time. A well deserved retirement!

My outfit today:




Cardigan: Kate Spade
Blouse: Banana Republic
Skirt: Escada
Belt: Kate Spade
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Handbag: Kate Spade

Of course it’s now boiling hot outside, so I have since changed my cardigan and shoes:



Tonight it’s back to the grins as I have a cake for tomorrow as well. I’m contemplating whipping up some Macarons as well, depending on how motivated I get tonight.

Wish me luck!

Until next time,



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.


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


A skirt from goodwill (on sale for $2.49)


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:


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:


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!



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

Until next time,


Dreams of Spring

I’m in denial today. While it’s quite chilly out, I flat-out refused to wear a coat. After all, a black coat didn’t really go with my navy/yellow ensemble. I’m not one of those girls who owns a million coats, I have two winter coats, a fur, and 2 lightweight spring-type trenches. Perhaps I need to remedy that!

Oh well. Here’s what I’m wearing today:


Cardigan: Express (off eBay, eons ago)
Blouse: Ann Taylor Outlet, last summer
Skirt: Escada (such a workhorse for me lately!!)
Belt: vintage find (thrift)
Shoes: strassed Jimmy Choo flats
Nylons: Calvin Klein (found these at Burlington coat factory yesterday. Super excited! We don’t have a proper department store where I live. Macy’s is coming though, they open in the spring!)
Handbag: Kate Spade Maryann bag

My jewelry, Kabana Diamond, Tanzanite & Opal necklace (sweet16 birthday present), Omega watch, and gold drop earrings:



I also received the long tulle skirt I ordered from China, it’s so springy!


Anyway, I’m excited for spring, even though I know it is months away.

Until next time,


New Years Eve

Happy New Years Eve! Hard to believe we have about 12 hours left in 2012. I personally am happy to see the end of the year, and am excited for what 2013 will bring!

My outfit today:


Cardigan: Kate Spade
Blouse: Kohls
Skirt: Escada, thrifted
Belt: thrifted
Shoes: Jimmy Choo Light Siam Strassed Flats

I also wore my Kate Spade Tulip coat out this morning:


I adore this coat! It’s got a gorgeous green lining. I didn’t wear them, but I also have hot pink Kate Spade leather gloves, trimmed with crystals. Hey, might as well be stylish while keeping warm! It was 30 degrees out this morning, and it hasn’t gotten much warmer.

Stopped at Target too, all the Christmas is 70% off. It was mainly odds and ends, but I did snag these:


Last year I picked up glass candy canes, so I was excited to find glass candy this year! They only had 3 boxes, but I’m going to sneak into another Target here in a while and see if I can’t grab a few more.

I hope y’all have a wonderful day and evening, please stay safe if you are out tonight! I much prefer to stay home, I haven’t been “out” for New Years Eve in 9 years! We are going to have a Lord of the Rings marathon, and I have apple cider for the children, and a treat of pink bubbly for the adults. I’ll be cooking a huge Asian-inspired meal later, and breaking out the crackers as well. For desserts? The remaining pumpkin pie and all the Christmas candy!

I’d better make some coffee too! *grins*

Thank you to all my followers, and I look forward to an amazing 2013!!

See you next year,