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Twist of Fate

As I sit in my bedroom and gaze out my sliding glass door at this GORGEOUS sunset, it reminds me how fragile life really is, and how a moment in time can change the course of your life. Be it floods from weather (Here’s looking at you Texas, my adopted second home that I miss daily), a medical emergency at your daughter’s school, or death in the family, life is precious, fleeting, and you have to cherish every day, really every moment.

Earlier this year my daughter had a medical emergency at her school, which resulted in the administration choosing to NOT call 911 for nearly 2 hours. Through a lucky twist of fate, she is okay. Forever scarred by the experience, but also changed in ways I couldn’t have dreamed of as a mother. She’s become more focused, thoughtful and is growing into a young lady I am proud to call my mini-me (although she’s officially as tall as me!). But that tragic decision on the part of a single person changed the entire course of our lives! Of course other unspeakable things happened at this same school in the following months to my two younger sons that were awful in their own ways, but my daughters accident started it, and we are now a homeschooling/unschooling/independent study family. While I was initially terrified, technology and an INCREDIBLE support system has made the transition relatively painless. It also opens up the delights of Southern California for many hands on experiences that would not be available otherwise. 

That said, my focus may change a bit. I still shop, wear cute dresses (hey, now I can dress like a teacher!), and go to Disneyland far too much. But it’s become teachable moments in all these activities I enjoy. Disneyland turned into a keynote presentation on the origin of a ride, the difference between cars, and the mechanics of said ride. A shopping trip turns into a budgeting lesson (one I probably need to take myself!). And most of all, the kids picked up flying model airplanes this summer, which has opened up a world of avionics and the ultimate adventure of learning how to fly gliders and read wind patterns. Oh and today? They learned to drive a John Deere ride on mower, they leveled part of the field and thought it was just a big game! 

All this due to a twist of fate in February. Changed the course of their lives and has put them on a path to careers they dreamed about but didn’t quite know how to reach. 

I know I don’t often post about family and personal stuff, but the last year has brought many changes into our lives and I haven’t been blogging as much because of it. I still post regularly on Instagram, but I also forget about Facebook. Being a work-widow adds to my schedule, but it’s a job I am happy to fill, as I see the long term path we are on. 

And now for some fun:

No matter how hard things seem, hold fast and stay on that path. Those twists of fate, if you follow them and stick to it, even when it’s difficult, the changes will turn into blessings beyond your dreams.

Until next time,

Jules


Meet Arlowe

A week ago the weather was glorious and my mother decided to drag everyone outside to do a little yard work. (Sorely needed, our yard is OUT of control!!) While clearing my rosebeds the orange tabby cat who’s been hanging around our yard decided to “adopt” us. Like, he IS NEVER EVER LEAVING. 

Kids came up with the name “Arlowe”. My daughter has attached herself to him, and while his preference seems to be me (why?!), he will settle for her:

Seriously, these two lay on the floor with the front door open all the time (if you shut the door Arlowe freaks out). So, we now have a cat. I took him today to make sure he wasn’t microchipped (he wasn’t!), and to get him shots. To make him even more of a perfect cat? He loved riding in the car. WHAT?! 

On the way home he got the carrier open and was sitting in my center console watching the world fly by him. When I asked him to get back in his carrier, he looked at me, gave me a single meow, and crawled back in the carrier. Like seriously, has anyone ever had a cat like this? I am glad he prefers the outside, as my allergies are already bonkers wig him around, I don’t think I could deal with him inside 24/7. He’s the biggest love bug I’ve ever encountered, especially for a previously “feral” cat! I think someone dumped him….he’s so careful with his claws and everything, and he loves the kids. Sigh. And don’t worry, just because he’s an outside cat, I still picked up a quality cat food system! 

Some recent outfits:

  1. Cardigan/Dress/Belt: Kate Spade
  2. Shoes: Jimmy Choo
  3. Handbag: Kate Spade Rachelle

  1. Dress: Kate Spade
  2. Belt: handmade

  1. Top: Banana Republic
  2. Skirt: Kate Spade Madison Avenue
  3. Shoes: Kate Spade 
  4. Necklace: Kate Spade (in outlets currently)

  1. Dress: Kate Spade (in outlets now!)
  2. Shoes: Christian Louboutin (stressed by me in Alexandrite AB)
  3. Bag: Kate Spade (last year, not redone for outlets)

  1. Dress: Kate Spade Madison Avenue
  2. Belt: Target
  3. Shoes: Christian Louboutin 
  4. Handbag: Kate Spade

Everything: Kate Spade (the dress has made it to the outlet sale racks!)

We hit Disneyland again this last week….my youngest had a field trip, this was a sweet moment I captured of him pushing his sister around:

Then working on a puzzle with my dad (they always have a puzzle in the shop on Main Street!)

It was a fun day, even with the heat and crowds. We are very fortunate to have the ability to do all the things we do. Our recent situation with my daughter has reminded all of us that we only have one life, and we really should live it to the fullest we can! I am grateful for everything!

Until next time,

Jules


Hello March

So it’s been a month since my last post. Right after my last post my daughter had a medical emergency at school, and our new “normal” we had just adjusted too was turned utterly UPSIDE DOWN. I have always respected parents who take care of sick children, knowing it’s difficult and being unable to imagine what they are going through. Well, now I understand. Watching your 12-year old daughter go from this vibrant child to requiring a wheelchair and spending much of our time in Drs offices is the most difficult thing EVER. It sure does make you reflect on priorities!! Oh, and pants. Because sometimes trying to wrangle a wheelchair in a skirt is very very difficult!

Some recent outfits:

  1. Cardigan: Neiman Marcus Cashmere
  2. Dress: Kate Spade
  3. Shoes: Jimmy Choo
  4. Handbag & Belt: Kate Spade

This was my Valentine’s Day outfit….we had lots of deliveries and Drs appointments!

  1. Scarf: Kate Spade (at outlets currently)
  2. Blouse: Nanette Lenore
  3. Cardigan: Target
  4. Pants: Banana Republic
  5. Shoes: Jimmy Choo
  6. Handbag: Kate Spade

  1. Scarf: Kate Spade
  2. Tshirt & Cardigan: Banana Republic
  3. Pants: Banana Republic
  4. Shoes: Jimmy Choo

  1. Tshirt & Cardigan: Banana Republic
  2. Skirt & Shoes: Kate Spade

  1. Sweater: Kate Spade
  2. Pants: Banana Republic (I have several pairs)
  3. Shoes: Kate Spade

  1. Cardigan: Banana Republic
  2. Dress & Belt: Kate Spade
  3. Shoes: Jimmy Choo

  1. Cardigan: Talbots
  2. Tshirt: Banana Republic
  3. Skirt & Bag: Kate Spade
  4. Shoes: Manolo Blahnik, stressed by me

  1. Dress: Kate Spade
  2. Shoes: Jimmy Choo

  1. Sweater: Banana Republic
  2. Blouse & Jeans: Kate Spade
  3. Shoes: Jimmy Choo 

  1. Cardigan: C Wonder
  2. Blouse: Kohls
  3. Skirt: Vintage
  4. Shoes: Christian Louboutin

  1. Coat & Dress: Kate Spade
  2. Shoes: Christian Louboutin
  3. Handbag: Hermes (a beautiful bag, but I don’t carry it very often)

  1. Cardigan: Banana Republic
  2. Blouse: Kate Spade
  3. Pants: Banana Republic
  4. Shoes: Kate Spade

  1. Sweater: Kate Spade
  2. Skirt: Kate Spade
  3. Shoes & Bag: Kate Spade

  1. Sweater: Kate Spade
  2. Skirt: Kate Spade
  3. Shoes: Jimmy Choo

  1. Cardigan: Banana Republic
  2. Dress & Shoes: Kate Spade

  1. Bolero: The Limited
  2. Dress: Kate Spade
  3. Belt: Alannah Hill
  4. Handbag: Kate Spade

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

We went to a private party to view the Oscars last month:

Best part of my dress? It has pockets!!!


A cake I made for a QuinceƱera last month. 

Until next time,

Jules


Spots!

Wait, is it spots or animal print?! You decide:


  1. Shirt: Kate Spade Broome Street
  2. Skirt. Kate Spade 
  3. Belt: Kohls
  4. Shoes: Jimmy Choo

The t-shirt is part of the new Broome Street collection, and it comes in white too! Isn’t it adorable? It’s a very thick cotton, and the bow is the same material on the skirt of the dress I wore yesterday! My skirt is from several seasons ago, however I picked it up secondhand last year. It could pass for spots, but it’s really animal print. I am sad that I have the outlet version, which means there is a lack of pockets. 

Until next time,

Jules


Mondayyyyyyyy

Oh boy, I am DRAGGING today. We kind of changed how we “do business” in the house (meaning:FINALLY getting organized!), so add in me recovering from a cold AND spending yesterday in LA picking my oldest up from the airport, yeah. I’m exhausted! Oh, and there’s a RAGING wild fire about 30 miles south of my house, and we are right in the smoke plume. ICK!! 

I got some beautiful photos with my DLSR last night, I need to download them and post them. They really show how destructive nature can be!!

Yesterday I wore this:

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

And today:


  1. Dress: Kate Spade Adette
  2. Belt: Kate Spade (old!)
  3. Shoes: Jimmy Choo

The smoke is so bad school was actually cancelled tomorrow (I think it should have been today too, it was BAD!), so we may be total “lounge lizards” and spend the day in front of the TV! I’m looking forward to it, I haven’t had a true “do nothing” day in several weeks. I really need one!

Until next time,

Jules


July!

Happy July! The month where we celebrate the freedoms we enjoy year round as Americans. How are you planning on spending your 4th of July? My husband and I are in the unique position of being kid-free this year (WHAT?!), and so we are skipping out on anything traditional and I am dragging him to Disneyland for an adult day of adventure. (Poor man, he is a saint) Until then, I still have to be a responsible adult, as I have a wedding looming + several cake orders to prep for before we go!

Today I wore this:

  1. Dress: Kate Spade
  2. Belt: secondhand
  3. Shoes: Jimmy Choo
  4. Necklace: thrifted pearls with a vintage brooch

Speaking of wedding prep….I spent last night sorting candy for the candy bar:

Sigh. I know. I have issues. If only my overflowing closet looked as tidy as these little piles.

Until next time,

Jules


Fare Thee Well June

Bye bye to June. Which means 2016 is half over. Yikes! These last few months have been so jam packed, eeks! It’s been really hot where I live (105-108!), I don’t know how anyone wears pants or leggings in this weather!

Some outfit recaps:

  1. Blouse: Ann Taylor
  2. Skirt: Kate Spade
  3. Belt: Target
  4. Shoes: Kate Spade
  5. Necklace: Banana Republic

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

  1. Dress: Kate Spade
  2. Belt: handmade
  3. Shoes: Jimmy Choo

  1. Dress: Kate Spade
  2. Belt: handmade
  3. Slip: vintage
  4. Shoes: Jimmy Choo

  1. Dress: thrifted
  2. Brooch: vintage
  3. Shoes: Nina, strassed by me
  4. Handbag: Kate Spade

  1. Blouse: Ann Taylor
  2. Skirt: Kate Spade
  3. Belt: Target
  4. Shoes: Kate Spade
  5. Handbag: Kate Spade

  1. Dress: Kate Spade (at outlets right now!)
  2. Shoes: Kate Spade

  1. Dress: Kate Spade
  2. Belt: Kate Spade
  3. Necklace: Kate Spade
  4. Shoes: Jimmy Choo
  5. Handbag: Kate Spade

  1. Dress: Kate Spade (altered)
  2. Belt: Kate Spade
  3. Shoes: Christian Louboutin
  4. Necklace: Kate Spade

  1. Blouse: Target
  2. Belt: Target
  3. Skirt: Kate Spade
  4. Shoes: Christian Louboutin
  5. Necklace: Target

  1. Dress: Hobbs (I’ve had this for YEARS)
  2. Belt: Thrifted
  3. Shoes: Kate Spade

  1. Dress: Kate Spade Jillian
  2. Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Here’s to the rest of the summer! Stay cool!

Until next time,

Jules