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A Recap

I fear I have been horrid at keeping this updated lately. Every year our church does a big women’s event, and the week before my schedule gets a little bananas. It’s great fun, and I enjoy my yearly volunteer time. 

Thursday I wore this: 


  1. Dress: Kate Spade Corley
  2. Belt: secondhand
  3. Shoes: Kate Spade

Friday, I wore this dress, which has been on repeat quite a bit this summer, as it’s a little big and so does not exasperate my still troublesome whiplash/neck/chest pains from our accident back in May: 




  1.  Dress: Kate Spade (PS if you are a 8-10 and are looking for this dress, shoot me an email)
  2. Belt: secondhand (no label. Might be handmade)
  3. Shoes: Christian Louboutin strassed in Alexandrite AB

Today I wore this to church: 



  1.  Dress: Kate Spade “Havana” 
  2. Belt: Kate Spade (but a Goodwill find)
  3. Shoes: Christian Louboutin
  4. Necklace: Swarovski

This dress was actually a VERY recent purchase, as in my husband and I took a spin up to the local outlets (hey, the kids needed athletic clothes!), and this had finally gone on sale enough that I purchased it. However, it’s runs VERY big. I’m going to have to have it taken in. But it’s a fun and unique print!

Some photos I took Friday night: 










 I do not have any information about pricing, but you can always call your local store (or any outlet!), they ship for a mere $5. I have my eye on one of the dark blue bags, that color is so divine!!! And maybe a polka dot bag. We shall see what the Labor Day weekend sale ends up being.

Hope your weekend was grand! Until next time,


P.S.: a small reminder, please do not use my photos to sell your Kate Spade dresses. My blog content is owned by me and not for use elsewhere without my permission. That said, if you see a listing anywhere of me wearing a Kate Spade dress, it is NOT my listing and I am not associated with it. Sellers who use photos not their own, I always say be VERY wary of that when purchasing secondhand! Protect yourself, so many counterfeit items out there!!


It’s Friday! Why do short work/school weeks seem much longer than a normal week? So bizarre. Or perhaps it’s simply because I cram more into a short week.

Anyway, what I wore yesterday(as I was knee-deep in macarons)





Cardigan: Ross
Blouse: Anthropologie (but I picked up for $2 at a local secondhand shop)
Belt: Old Navy (way way old!)
Skirt: Vintage
Shoes: Christian Louboutin flats Strassed in Green Tourmaline

And today I’m wearing this:




Top: Thrifted for $1 (no tags)
Skirt: Anthropologie, but I picked it up at Goodwill for less than $10
Shoes: Christian Louboutin

My night last night included, macarons:



Homemade beef broth:


And cake pops which I neglected to snap a photo of before delivering this afternoon. Whoops!

Did you see the photos from Kate Spade’s SS2015 show this morning? I must admit, I was underwhelmed. I didn’t see anything I HAVE to have, or really really WANT, which is a definite first. I feel it’s a bit of an 80’s meets 50’s revival. However I know it can change between now and then and I do hold out some hope! Then again, perhaps it’s a sign to STOP BUYING CLOTHES.

Have a wonderful weekend! I’m going to be in LA with some friends all weekend. Sometimes mom just needs to get away.

Until next time,


Thursday Blues

This week is almost over! It’s been one of THOSE weeks for sure. Ah well, I suppose it’s part of being a grown up with a job, a business, a husband, and four kiddos!

Today I am rocking an oldie but goodie:





Cardigan: Target, girls’ section
Dress: Trina Turk, Thrifted ages ago (under $10)
Belt: Made by Moi
Shoes: Strassed Nina Flats

And there ya go. Almost at the end of a long brutal week. And it’s been so hot, ugh!

Until next time,


Windy Monday

Oh my, this morning started out so beautifully, it was decent weather, no wind, and I had a lovely outfit planned.






Dress: Kate Spade Adette
Belt: It’s a Wrap
Shoes: Kate Spade
Handbag: Kate Spade Wise Owl Quinn

And then, tragedy struck. Wind. Lots and LOTS of wind. As in, I nearly had a very uncomfortable “Marilyn” moment right off a very busy street while running errands at work this morning!

So, I came home and changed, into this adorable ModCloth skirt I snagged at Goodwill this morning (before the wind gusts!!!):





Shirt: Target, $4
Skirt: ModCloth, @ Goodwill, under $5
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Necklace: Target

Off to brave the wind this evening. Last two weeks of school are always insane!

Until next time,


Memorial Day

To all those who have served (including my husband!), those serving, and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure our freedom, thank you.

Our day has been low-key, just some errands, my oldest performing at an AFJROTC flag ceremony, & some pie-making:


Raspberry, and then a few strawberry-raspberry. This evening after dinner I plan to whip up some strawberry ice cream (why is homemade ice cream so much better??) Last night I made Andes mint ice cream:



My outfit today:






Dress: Banana Republic (goodwill)
Shoes: Nina Jellies Strassed in Violet Crystal
Bag: Kate Spade (my new obsession, tiny coin-style bags. My shoulders appreciate it)

And the highlight of errand running today? Seeing the “cookie truck”! It’s a local handyman who drives an old Mother’s Cookies truck. Always cracks me up when I spot it around town:


Never a dull moment! Happy Memorial Day y’all! Hug those loved ones tight, and remember to thank those who have served.

Until next time,


Happy Mother’s Day!

To all the Mothers out there, I hope you have had a fabulous day. I know our “job” is one of the most thankless in the world, but we are what makes the world go round! To my mommy, I love you!!!

Some quick outfit recaps, as I continue on my “dress a day in May” journey. I think at this point I am going for a different dress a day, but that will depend on our weather, as we have been having brutal winds where I live. Which limits my dress selection, as I personally prefer to avoid flashing people.

Friday, I did end up changing to go to the tea with my 2nd grader. What I wore:





Dress: David’s Bridal ($4 @ Goodwill)
Brooch: Vintage, off eBay (was around $3-$4)
Shoes: Kate Spade (off Fifth outlet, $67 on sale)

I didn’t have a handbag, I shoved my coin purse & keys in my pockets! (Yes, this dress has pockets!!!)

Yesterday we had to pop out and run some errands, and I got creative with a dress that is a little too low cut now that I have a teenage boy (and he had a friend over as well!!), adding in a black lace tank top to “raise” the neckline. I figure I should step lightly when around the high school boys, especially as I’ve been tagged by hall monitors AS a student “out of dress code”. (Very flattering, let me tell you!) my oldest is not my biological child, and I’m not technically old enough for him to be “mine”, but he is MINE. (Fierce momma bear moment!!!). A little useless information for y’all.

My outfit(which survived the wind!)




Cardigan: Kate Spade (off eBay, under $50)
Dress: Nanette Lepore (also off eBay, don’t remember the price, it’s been 3+ years)
Brooch: unsure (I think I bought it in a lot of Jewlery? But I don’t really remember)
Shoes: Light Siam Strassed Jimmy Choo flats (diy)

And for today, again a “wind-proof” dress.





Cardigan: Banana Republic Outlet (holiday 2013, under $15)
Dress: Kate Spade Jillian (my husband bought this for Valentine’s Day 2013, off a surprise sale)
Shoes: Montana Strass Christian Louboutin heels (diy. Heels were $60 off eBay, and I Strassed them myself)

On another note, my daughter has been taking notes! She’s been wearing pretty dresses AND being aware of the howling winds we have been having. I’m loving that she is growing into her own, and choosing to dress somewhat modestly, as the 9-10 year olds around her do not. Such a blessing she is! Now if I can get my boys to realize a CLEAN shirt is important? I will have won the war. (Said VERY tongue in cheek. I’m laughing at my silliness!)

Happy Mother’s Day y’all!

Until next time,


Mid-Week Recap

It’s been quite a week! My husband and I got him yesterday from our little getaway for his birthday, and it’s been a whirlwind ever since! Something about 4 kids whom we hadn’t seen since last week.

Anyway, some recaps from out attire the past few days. Monday we spent the day at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk (more…)