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Loyal Kate Spade Girl

I know it’s obvious I’m a HUGE Kate Spade fanatic. I mean, yeah. But I don’t always discuss WHY. Well, here’s one “why”! Today my husband and I ran out to Palm Springs to drop off 3 of the kiddos (who are quite blessed by my parents taking them on a 5-day cruise!), and OF COURSE it included a stop at both the outlet in Desert Hills AND the regular store down in the El Paseo shopping district. 

I found this gem at the outlet (which I hadn’t planned on buying anything, just returning some extra pieces I didn’t need after all)  

A balloon keychain/bag charm! The full collection hits on January 7, but there are bits and pieces out at some outlets! The bottom of the “basket” says “Let It Go”. Disney meets Kate Spade?! YES PLEASE! Puffy was thrilled to have a friend today.

But then we hit El Paseo….now I have to admit upfront I didn’t buy much today, as I’m trying to downsize a bit vs buying “everything” (meaning every single dress Kate Spade makes), but I did try some pieces on (no photos…WHOOPS!). No winners, but the experience was AWESOME! I finally saw this guy in person for my phone, and couldn’t resist: 

But wait, there’s more! This magic was also in the bag: 

 And THIS right here is why I am a loyal Kate Spade customer. Goodies from the Sunday morning events in December I couldn’t attend? (Oh why isn’t there a specialty closer to my house?! 70 miles minimum!) A Christmas card AND a cookie from NYE?! YES PLEASE!!!! This just made my night when we got home and I opened it all. I was unable to visit a specialty location before Christmas due to schedule constraints, but the extra goodies in my little shopping bag made me feel like I was there somehow! This is why I love Kate Spade, why I shop there, the level of customer service is just top notch. I’ve only had 1 or 2 not so wonderful experiences, in over 15 years of shopping the brand. In comparison, we walked through Saks Fifth Ave this evening, and my husband remarked that the sales associate who approached us looked relieved when I said I was “just looking”. Ugh. I won’t even discuss the awful Anthropologie experience in the same shopping district! Nope, we will focus on the amazingness that is Kate Spade….THANK YOU El Paseo girls! Y’all have a special place in our hearts, that store is where my husband bought the “dress that started it all”, a black silk/cotton blend Emma dress lined in pink silk. Two years ago to be exact! And from there, I went from a handful of Kate Spade dresses to, ahem, “I refuse to admit publicly how many it really is”. 
I wore this today: 


  1. Cardigan: Chaps (Kohls, 3-4 years ago)
  2. Dress: Kate Spade (one of the first dresses I ever purchased!)
  3. Belt: Kate Spade
  4. Shoes: Christian Louboutin, strassed in Montana
  5. Necklace: Kate Spade

I also carried my blue small Rachelle bag. I know the Rachelle style is an outlet-only one, but it really is my favorite handbag! Well, I do adore the Quinn, but they haven’t released the larger Quinn bags in almost 2 years. I have one small Quinn, but it’s just not the same!

Here’s to a wonderful 2016, and here’s to me cutting back on excessive shopping and perhaps taking a proper vacation. Oh heck, I’d rather spend the money on shoes. Oops.

Until next time,


It’s Friday!

Oh my, the week has flown by!!! I took a mini-vacation out to Palm Springs with my assorted children (the funny things stepmoms come up with) on Wednesday, and we got back super late last night. Today I had to work my office job AND meet with potential clients for my event business. Never a dull moment I suppose!

Some outfit recaps! First what I wore Tuesday (which became “take my daughter to work day”)




Cardigan: Kate Spade (off eBay, under $40)
Dress: Kate Spade Corley Dress
Belt: Thrifted ($1)
Shoes: Siam Strassed Jimmy Choo flats (done by me)

Wednesday I did a total outfit repeat, as this particular dress is wind-proof, AND it’s a nice weight for this heat of Palm Springs (where we were headed):




Cardigan: Target
Dress: Kate Spade
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Necklace: Ben Amun (under $20 on eBay!)
Handbag: Kate Spade (outlet find earlier this year, under $50)

That afternoon we hit my favorite place, an ice rink! (I’m not picky about WHICH rink, just give me a sheet of ice)


My two favorite brands of “shoes”, Christian Louboutin and Harlick (the brand of skates I’ve always worn. Which these are a new pair I am breaking in. I have blisters y’all! BLISTERS!!!!!).

I also visited this beauty while running through the outlets:


I will be bringing that sparkly wedge home soon, very very soon. Isn’t it divine?! Of course no trip to Palm Springs is complete without a visit to the gals over at Kate Spade on El Paseo. Which is an awesome store. And I found this:


I’m in love. Go see them on Thursdays all summer for the “sip and save”, they have snacks, bubbly water & 15% off your purchase! Score!!

Thursday I didn’t get an outfit shot, but I wore this:



The second photo was taken Thursday, and has the shoes I was wearing.

Dress: Banana Republic (Thrifted)
Shoes: Kate Spade (eBay, $20)

And since we were there, another trip to the rink:




My mini-me was out there, attempting to convince me she NEEDS to be a skater. Until she took a hard fall and decided she was done!

And finally, today. As I stated above, I had to go to work, and meet clients, so I had to manage a somewhat professional look while staying cool in the 100+ degree heat here! And by the way, it was 108 in Palm Springs yesterday, but was SO dry it was nice outside. It was just hot and gross here at home in the high desert today. Go figure!!!




Dress: Kate Spade Gayle Dress (outlet only style. They also have it in orange)
Belt: Kate Spade, off eBay
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Handbag: Kate Spade

Let me tell you, I am sore and tired after all that skating! I have some serious respect for my younger self, who used to spend 5-6 hours a DAY on a sheet of cold unforgiving ice. Wow. I’m enjoying rediscovering muscles I haven’t used in over a decade!

Anyway, that’s all for tonight. I have finally put the finishing touches on the summer giveaway I have been working on, and will post that tomorrow! So excited to share some fun new favorites with my readers!

Until next time,