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Dots!!!

Today I had major clothing anxiety. As in, MAJOR CLOTHING ANXIETY! I had picked this out, but my feet are swollen and so the shoes didn’t work (stupid arthritis!):  

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

So then I put this on (it was supposed to be windy today) 

 

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

By this point I felt like goldilocks….the shoes were NOT WORKING! So I ended up in this…a good old standby: 

    
 

  1.  Dress, Cardigan & Bag: Kate Spade
  2. Shoes: Christian Louboutin

However I managed to spill coffee on myself, followed by macaron batter (yes I bake in my clothes…and sometimes I remember to wear an apron!), and so I changed AGAIN to go to bible study tonight: 

    
   

  1. Cardigan, Skirt & Bag: Kate Spade
  2. Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Okay, so maybe I just wanted to whip out that pretty new blue bag I caved and bought this morning at the outlet. Hey, it’s cross country season and this bag is school spirit wear! (Orange and Blue!!)

Oh and I made tons of these…and will be back at it tomorrow morning (along with a few dozen sugar roses!) as I booked another order for this weekend tonight: 

   
I am officially a French Macaron factory. Yum yum! I was good and didn’t eat them either. We shall see how long that lasts.

Until next time,

Jules

 


Weekend in Review

Oh my, where to start?! How about this:

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The final delivery of Valentine’s Day, a gorgeous dessert bar for a party. Not to sound conceited, but I do believe I outdid myself with this one!!

I didn’t snap an outfit photo, but I wore this:

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Cardigan: Kate Spade
Dress: Kate Spade Jillian
Shoes: Light Siam Strass Jimmy Choo flats
Handbag: Kate Spade (the new one from the surprise sale)

Sunday I wore this…a recent acquisition, one that I took in so it fit properly (because sometimes with a Jillian dress, you just HAVE TOO):

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Cardigan: Kate Spade
Dress: Kate Spade Jillian
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Handbag: Kate Spade
Jewelery: Pearls (necklace & bracelet)

And today I wore this, in homage to the fact that we are having 80-degree weather while the rest of the country is buried under snow and ice (or so it seems!)

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Cardigan: Kate Spade
Blouse: Flora Nikrooz
Skirt: Kate Spade
Shoes: Nina, painted and Strassed by me

I have been on a HUGE Jillian dress kick lately!! There is still many I am hunting for, the candy stripe one, the black rose print, navy polka dots, a green silk print, and a gorgeous what looks like painted silk one. It’s such a lovely dress style!! Oh I believe there was a yellow stripe one as well. Soooo many! I would seriously own every last one. Although I admit there’s been a zebra print one that I have passed on. Animal print isn’t really my think.

Anyway, we are still eating these:

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It was a wonderful Valentine’s Day this year!

Until next time,

Jules


FRIDAY!!

Oh Friday, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways!

1. Tomorrow I can sleep past 5:30am!
2. Tomorrow I don’t have to leave my house by 7am to take kids to school
3. Tomorrow I can catch up on laundry and housework!
4 I get to make LOTS AND LOTS of French Macarons this weekend!

I know, I know. I have issues. But this:

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It’s a perfect macaron shell(which only took what, THREE YEARS to perfect?!) with a clementine orange infused white chocolate buttercream. I only made like 6, as a test? BUT IT WAS AMAZING. I am super sad I didn’t keep them all for myself. Alas, I had orders. But I will make extra this weekend for next week!

What I wore today:

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Cardigan: Kate Spade
Dress: Kate Spade
Belt: Kate Spade
Shoes: Christian Louboutin

I forgot to check the weather this morning (bad when you live in a potentially windy desert), but luckily this adorable little dress stood up to the 15-20mph gushing wind. Whew! I really need to sew weights into some of my dress hems.

Don’t forget, my giveaway goes through Sunday:

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Details here!

Until next time,

Jules


Happy Easter!

Hope y’all had a wonderful Easter Sunday! My husband and I spent half the day traveling, from where the wedding we came north for to Santa Cruz, where I found the most darling hotel (even better in person!!), and plan to celebrate his birthday and just a “do nothing” getaway. Of course we have grand plans for tomorrow! (Let’s see how many pan out!!!)

First though, some photos from the wedding, all my desserts made it!!

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Such a gorgeous afternoon!! The bride is super crafty, she made all those orbs, designed the cheese table, and pretty much did EVERYTHING but the desserts and food. On her property. Ah-mazing! And my treats were quite the hit. (Of course!!) The bridal cake, I used her dress for the inspiration, it came out so beautiful!

Of course I neglected to snap photos of my outfit, but here’s one with my shoes:

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I wore my sequin Kate Spade Emma dress and my shoes were Kate Spade. I didn’t really accessorize beyond that, wasn’t needed!

Today I busted out a bright shiny happy dress:

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Dress: Kate Spade
Shoes: Kate Spade
Necklace: Burlington Coat Factory

On our drive we stopped at the Livermore outlets. I did pick up a couple of things that will be revealed at a later date. The outlet there had several dresses that are full price online and in the stores in Southern California! Crazy!!!

Anyway, I hope y’all had a wonderful Easter Sunday!

I leave you with this:

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Super excited to celebrate my husbands birthday tomorrow!! Boardwalk here we come!

Until next time?

Jules


Life Lately

Life lately. Now that is a loaded statement! Why? Well, those who follow my Instagram have seen the madness. And it’s exactly that, madness!!

Well, not that bad, but I feel like I AM a cookie at this point. I have a huge order for a wedding this weekend (which I am super excited about, it’s a cousin, so we get to attend, and it’s a snazzy dressy event. Super excited for my outfit!!), and it’s been a hectic past two days!!

Sugar Cookies:

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No bake chocolate-peanut butter drops (these are TO DIE FOR!! Super easy too):

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Chocolate chip cookie dough (to be baked Saturday before the wedding. The bride has a kitchen I envy!!)

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Sugar cookie bow ties:

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Of course French Macarons, in Lemon, Raspberry-Pomegranate, Chocolate, Coffee, and for Easter orders: almond & raspberry-almond:

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And then there’s the cake balls, white chocolate, chocolate, red velvet, and Kaulua:

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I can’t wait to get pictures of it all set up. I know it will be amazing! I won’t share the small cutting cake, I want it to be a surprise to the bride!

I failed to snap an outfit shot yesterday, but here’s what I wore today (with an apron of course!):

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Cardigan: Kate Spade
Dress: Target (like a year + ago)
Belt: eBay (and I admit I bought the same belt in like 12 colours. They were $1.50 each!)
Shoes: Christian Louboutin

And there you go. It’s been utter chaos this week, and will continue to be until next week. After the wedding my husband and I are taking a mini-vacation to celebrate his birthday and our anniversary (two months early, but who’s counting?!). Not sure where we will end up, hopefully some time in San Francisco, and maybe the coast. So many places up that way neither of us have ever been! Perhaps a trip to Hearst Castle (which I have never been to!). So many options!

Hope your week is going well!

Until next time,

Jules


Mid-December Recap

Wow, time is flying!!! I have been so crazy busy the past couple of weeks, and add in the shorter days, I fear I have no been keeping up with snapping outfit photos. It’s too dark when I leave in the morning and too dark when I get home!! Or in the case of this past week, I’ve been wearing the same single pair of pants (washing of course!!) so much, that, well, it’s so boring!!!

But anyway, a small recap. First some outfits from the past couple of weeks:

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Cardigan: Target
Dress: Kate Spade
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Necklace: Target

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Cardigan: Kohls
Dress: Calvin Klein
Belt: Thrifted
Shoes: Strassed Jimmy Choo flats

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Cardigan: Target
Blouse: Kohls
Skirt: Sandee Royalty
Belt: Thrifted
Shoes: Christian Louboutin

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Cardigan: Target (when they did cashmere back in the day!)
Dress: Nanette Lepore
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Clutch: Coach

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Cardigan: Ross
Blouse: JCrew
Skirt: Vintage
Shoes: Strassed Christian Louboutin

Some other news:

I threw a party:

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Baked like a crazy woman:

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Bought a mini pie maker and went to town making chicken pot pies:

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And decorated (and baked the dessert!!) for my oldest sons AFJROTC Dining In formal event that happened earlier today (or maybe it should be me saying yesterday!! It’s almost Sunday anyway.

I used real linen and we just tossed up stuff I own to make the tables pretty. The theme was a 20’s gangster/jail break skit. Super cute!!

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And really so much more, but I am admitting defeat tonight and going to sleep. I’m exhausted!!

Stay tuned, I’m working on a super fun New Years giveaway!

Until next time,

Jules


December?!

Can you believe it?! It’s December?! Eeks!!!

It’s been crazy busy with Thanksgiving last week, braving the crazy on Black Friday, and decorating the house. Christmas is my favorite time of year, all the lights, shiny decorations, and wrapping beautiful packages! I much prefer the pretty packages to what is usually inside them, so odd!! I do love gifting others the best.

Anyway, some recaps. First, did you see the Kate Spade surprise sale that ran all weekend? Buy anything good? Today they are running an additional 30% off for Cyber Monday! I don’t have plans to purchase anything else (as tempted as I might be!!!), merely because my early Christmas present is supposed to arrive today and I promised my husband I would be good. I was tempted though!!!

Black Friday, I did go out (had to work, oh being a grown up!!), but other than scanning items for shop kick points (hello freebies!), I didn’t buy anything major. Just some small things for the kids. I did wrap presents!

A few outfits from the past week:

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Cardigan: Kate Spade
Dress: Kay Unger
Shoes: Banana Republic (except I painted them and added the bows)

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Cardigan: Ross
Blouse: Kohls
Belt: Thrifted
Skirt: Vintage
Shoes: Montana Strass Christian Louboutin

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Cardigan: Kate Spade
Dress: Twilight Replica
Shoes: Black Christian Louboutin Simples

What I wore for Thankgiving (we went to a friends house this year!):

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Cardigan: Target
Dress: Kate Spade
Belt: Thrifted
Shoes: Jimmy Choo (Strassed by me)
Necklace: Vintage, Thrifted

I also got new sunglasses last week:

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Baked lots of pies and French Macarons:

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Decorated the house:

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And finally picked out new couches, which should arrive today or tomorrow. Super excited!!!! My office has been in shambles for months, it’s slowly coming back together. I really dislike furniture shopping!

Happy Monday! Don’t spend too much, all those online specials can be super tempting!

Also preparing a fun little holiday giveaway, stay tuned!

Until next time,

Jules