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Life….

Life has been hectic. This entire year has been filled with chaos, medical emergencies, planned medical procedures, massive problems with my kids’ school, and an upheaval in our long-standing routine due to my husband switching jobs. I can’t believe it’s July, and I haven’t blogged in FOREVER. I do keep up on Instagram, so if you follow me there….you’ve seen some of our adventures!

Let’s see…..I had a full hysterectomy back in April….this is a few hours post-op. I know, I’m that person who left her makeup on!

While it wasn’t the easiest thing I’ve ever done, I don’t regret it. Life is exceptionally better post-surgery….years of ickiness poof! gone overnight. (For the most part) My surgeon was incredible and she really did a fantastic job, I had very very few of the normal post-op side effects, and really I was up the next day, just moving VERY slowly.

My oldest turned 18 in May, AND he then graduated high school in June, and flew off to camp for the summer again the next morning:

My dad had emergency brain surgery the week of graduation….I won’t post the photos (although he would probably tell me too!), but we are very VERY grateful they caught it and he’s well on his way to a full recovery. We went to Vegas for the 4th of July this past week, and he took us all over the Hoover Dam, telling the kids little known facts from his days working there in the early 80’s, in 107 degree weather no less! (Side note….if you were in Vegas at the Palazzo/Venetian this last week and met a guy who talked about his brain surgery, that’s my dad. LOL.)

There’s been lots of shoes, new novelty bags, and dresses the last few months, here’s a few:

Rocky went to Vegas without Roxy, he made a Panda friend:

And Arlowe has taken over the house officially/

Yup, he uses our front door as a jungle gym. But he’s seriously the best cat EVER. 

Here’s to the last half of 2017!

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 Quince├▒era last month. 

Until next time,

Jules


Merry Christmas

As the evening ends, just a quick note to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! I’ve been trying to keep up some outfit posts on Instagram, however due to some personal health challenges, I have spent many a day in my PJ’s lately! However I did throw together a beautifully dressed Christmas spread….even if I just had PJ’s on all day!

Christmas dinner & desserts:


Christmas breakfast (complete with chaos in the background!)

Christmas Eve we did “small bites”, as my kids had been with my parents at other gatherings I was unable to attend:

All in all, a good feed was had by all! Oh and in Troll News, Rocky bought Roxy a Christmas gift:

I know, I’m so ridiculous! And some recent outfits:

Pants! It’s been unseasonably chilly out here in SoCal (our local mountains are covered in beautiful snow!), and some days, pants are the only option! Especially those windy rainy days! 

Here’s to the end of 2016, and the beginning of 2017, which I hope continues on a good upswing! Just maybe give me a few more hours in my day, please!

Until next time,

Jules


Wednesday

This week is flying! My husband gets Friday off, which makes tomorrow our “Friday”. Which I am excited about! We have a packed weekend, our oldest is running CIF Prelims this weekend for cross country and then Sunday morning we will be at the post-race water table at the Disneyland Superheros Half Marathon!

Some recent outfits:

  1. Dress: Kate Spade (old)
  2. Belt: secondhand
  3. Shoes: Kate Spade

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

  1. Dress: Vintage
  2. Belt: Oscar de la Renta
  3. Shoes: Kate Spade

  1. Cardigan: Kate Spade
  2. Top: Banana Republic
  3. Skirt: Kate Spade
  4. Shoes: Kate Spade
  5. Necklace: Kate Spade

  1. Dress: Kate Spade
  2. Belt: Kate Spade
  3. Shoes: Ivanka Trump

And a recent addition handbag-wise:

I daren’t spill the beans on how inexpensive this bag was…but I will confess I also bought the rosy pink one too. OOPS! Total fluke find at my local outlet. 

On a more somber note, I know our country is in the middle of much turmoil. I typically avoid political posts/subjects, just because this is a fashion/FUN/shopaholic diary/blog, but I know it’s been a very emotional couple of days for so many. I don’t know what the future of America is, I just know we WILL survive because we always have. I hope healing can begin after a very ugly and brutal campaign cycle and that we will be okay. I have stayed neutral this entire time on any social media/internet platform, and will continue to do so. But my heart hurts for all the hate and violence, from everyone. 

Until next time,

Jules


November

Wait, it’s November? And we have a time change coming? *head spins* How is this possible?! This year has FLOWN by! There is a silver lining this weekend….additional 30% off sale items at Kate Spade!

I am trying to not look (it’s very hard). I really don’t need another dress. In fact, I should probably continue to clear my closet out. 

Some recent outfits….I’ve been settling into the “new normal”, and combined with the insane hot/cold/hot/cold weather patterns which flares up my health challenges (ugh), but still make an attempt to dress every day! 

  1. Cardigan: Kate Spade (old)
  2. Dress: Broome Street (outlet SCORE)
  3. Belt & Shoes: Kate Spade

  1. Cardigan: Kate Spade (old)
  2. Dress: Kate Spade Deanna (old)
  3. Shoes: Christian Louboutin
  4. Handbag: Kate Spade

*looks up* Halloween as “Mary Poppins”….I also had a hat, cape & umbrella. It was so cold I ended up wrapped in a blanket to pass out candy!!

  1. Sweater: Banana Republic Outlet (picked up in 2015, not a recent purchase)
  2. Skirt: Kate Spade (old)
  3. Shoes & Handbag: Kate Spade

This one was head to toe Kate Spade (I am aware I have a problem!!)

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

  1. Cardigan: Barney’s
  2. Dress: Kate Spade
  3. Belt, Necklace & Handbag: Kate Spade
  4. Shoes: Christian Louboutin

  1. Shirt: Banana Republic
  2. Skirt: Kate Spade
  3. Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
  4. Handbag: Kate Spade

Some photos of the new holiday items at the outlets:

The pink polka dot bags are not real leather, but they sure are cute! I did pick up a penguin, I mean, with my collection of creatures I HAD too. He’s super cute! I haven’t made it into specialty, but there is some super cute pieces online. I’m not excited about the apparel (which my closet is probably excited about!), but they nailed it on keychains and glitter this year. 

Until next time,

Jules


Woah

I haven’t forgotten my blog, it’s just that we are in the middle of some huge life changes, and I have not made blogging a priority over the last month. I do try to keep up on Instagram, some days are better than others! 

Some recent outfits:
Went to a film premiere last night in Hollywood, Boo! A Madea Halloween. Which, is HILARIOUS. My husband picked out this dress, it’s a Kay Unger and it has POCKETS:

Best part? It officially opens on my birthday! It’s actually a movie I would let the kids watch, it has a good message. 

We have a new friend, Roxy, who is enjoying her happily ever after with Rocky:

I’ve added many dresses over the last month (oops), but I’m not excited about the recent Kate Spade released, which does make my bank account happy. I really need to finish the closet clean out I started, it’s a little out of control in there!

Biggest news is my husband has taken a job in Los Angeles, which means we will be moving there within the next couple of years. I’m still kind of in shock it all went down, it was fast and completely unexpected! He has settled in nicely, and the upheaval we’ve been going through the last few weeks seems to be calming down finally this week. Not sure how I feel yet about being LA bound, but it should be an interesting adventure!

Until next time,

Jules