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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


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 


Happy Mother’s Day

To my mom, and all mothers, Happy Mother’s Day! 

My kids made me breakfast:

I think they are still cleaning the dishes tonight! But they did it 100% on their own, I must be doing something right. To my mom, for teaching them how to make eggs, thank you! She has far more patience in the kitchen than I do! 


And my youngest baby….who sleeps about 22 hours a day:

Who ever EVER does anything naughty. Nope, he does NOT have a claw in my curtain, no way! 

Hope your day was fabulous!!

Until next time,

Jules
PS: I know I’ve been absent. I had major surgery 5 weeks ago, and have been keeping on mainly on Instagram. Recovery has not stopped me from acquiring new things! 


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 Quinceñera last month. 

Until next time,

Jules


Mid Week Musings

One of my “goals” of 2017 is to be more connected in life, and not so much in my phone. It doesn’t always work out, but I suppose my lack of posts make it appear that way. I’m just still trying to get in the swing of our new family “normal”, and juggle all those plates I just can’t seem to put down! That said, I do still dress daily. Some recent outfits:

Dress, Belt, Cardigan: Kate Spade; Shoes: Louboutin

Dress(an older piece I recently found secondhand), Shoes & Necklace: Kate Spade; Cardigan: Banana Republic (old!) 

Everything: Kate Spade (because we all know I have a problem!)

I snuck out to Disneyland last week, it was rainy (AGAIN!), but not nearly as bad as the previous trip! The trolls enjoyed it:

When you spend the day with a big group, you designate a runner for fast passes….we never waited more than 30 minutes for a ride and the park was PACKED! In fact we rode the “big three” twice! (Indy, Space, Big Thunder)

Driving with my Mumsey: Put her me AND my daughter together and we look so much alike it’s eerie!


Yup, I like to make crazy eyes at Disneyland. 

Sunday we hit Universal Studios….I don’t care for the rides there, but their theming is just INCREDIBLE! Just be wary of tourists on the studio tour….I was whacked with cameras the whole time!

Off to prep for Valentine’s Day. So many Macarons so little time!

Until next time,

Jules


February?! 

How have 31(well 32 now) days of 2017 passed already? My new “normal” is so different than it was just a few short months ago, and I’m still struggling to catch up and keep up! But I DO keep up with dressing most days. A few recent outfits:

Sweater: Banana Republis; Skirt & Scarf: Kate Spade ; Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Shrug: Limited; Everything Else: Kate Spade

Sweater & Skirt: Kate Spade; Shoes: Jimmy Choo (strassed by me)

Cardigan: Target; Everything Else: Kate Spade

Sweater & Skirt: Kate Spade; Shoes: Louboutins


Cardigan: Kate Spade; Dress: Vintage; Shoes: Louboutin

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