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Flowers! Fall is popping up everywhere and I fell into temptation yesterday at Kate Spade…. 

  1. Dress: Kate Spade Jillian
  2. Necklace: Kate Spade Dragonfly Statement necklace (super old! But I love it)
  3. Shoes & Bag: Kate Spade, part of the September release.

Gah, the bag AND matching shoes?! I could not resist. There are two dresses as well, but the one I like is long sleeves, which is not practical for where I live. But I love the bag, it’s a soft buttery leather with the printed pattern, and gorgeous colours!! 

This is on my list, I don’t know if I will be able to resist, the only reason I didn’t purchase it yesterday was due to size: 

But I might have to cave before the end of the month! It’s the same size as the Cat Maise bag from last summer. I was good and didn’t order anything from the surprise sale that went live yesterday: Kate Spade Surprise Sale , but there are some adorable novelty pieces on there! Including this cat bag:

I named mine Belle and she often accompanies me to Disneyland and other fun destinations. I have her sister the owl that just came out last month, but I haven’t named it yet. Yes I know, I name my purses, that’s bad! 
Until next time.



Well hello there Monday, nice to see you again. It was brutally hot today, and I can’t seem to unwind. The last dregs of summer have arrived, and boy are they sticky!!

I pulled out an older Jillian dress today, a style I love for windy days, I don’t have to worry about “dress up” moments!!

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

I ended up swapping out my shoes before I left the house, I wore pointy shoes on Sunday and my toes can only handle it for so many hours, especially in the middle of August when we have a heat wave that includes humidity! (Thank you inflammatory arthritis!)

Until next time,


Catching Up

Wait, it’s June?! The middle of June already?! HOW?! The past few months have been a whirlwind of an insane work schedule, the kids’ school schedules, and some personal issues that have taken over our entire family. I have still been putting myself together daily, and I do usually throw photos up on Instagram. Things have calmed down quite a bit, especially with school out and my oldest teenager has gone off to an all-boy summer camp in the upper midwest, which should bring some quietness around here! Somehow in the middle of everything my husband and I have made it to 6 years of marriage, although after the last 3-4 months it feels like a lot more! The occasion was met with a nice quiet Sunday at home this afternoon, a nice change from all the recent chaos.

Some outfit recaps:

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

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

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

  1. Blouse: Nanette Lepore
  2. Skirt: Kate Spade
  3. Shoes: Coach
  4. Handbag: Kate Spade

  1. Dress: Kate Spade
  2. Shoes: Coach

Dress, Bag & Shoes are all Kate Spade

I did a huge dessert spread for a local Relay for Life event:

A graduation cake for a special young lady:

A trip to Long Beach this last week, and we spent a whole day exploring the Belmont Shore area: (not my dog, I was puppy sitting….isn’t she adorable?!)

This summer will be interesting with only 3 kids. I am sad for my house to be incomplete, but I know the opportunity for my oldest son is once in a lifetime, the chance to spend 8 weeks away from EVERYTHING. We are praying it gives him some guidance and clarity as he starts his senior year in August.

My mom went with us (as did a few other people….he had quite the entourage to send him through that TSA line!!), I couldn’t believe how many travelers fly red eyes out of LAX!!! But he arrived and reports from camp say he is enjoying it so far. (It’s only two days in at this point) I admit I cried before putting him on that plane….it’s hit me that all the kids are growing up, and far too quickly!!!

Until next time,



Oh the middle of the week already?! It’s flying by, yet again. Sigh. Today I whipped out a Jillian dress I have not worn yet:  


  1. Cardigan: Banana Republic Outlet
  2. Dress: Kate Spade Jillian (unsure if this was a sample? I need to have it taken in a bit)
  3. Shoes: Jimmy Choo
  4. Handbag: Kate Spade

Until next time.



Today ended on a note I hope to not repeat anytime soon! Let me just say, I am very happy to see the end of this week!!

My outfit to deliver a cake: 


  1. Cardigan: Kate Spade
  2. Dress: Kate Spade Jillian Dress
  3. Shoes: Christian Louboutin

And this gorgeous blush pink sweater arrived today, a perfect match to the wristlet I picked up in Vegas last weekend: 


And the cake I finished and delivered…everything is edible! 


Soooo cute, right?! Anyway, here’s to tomorrow being the start of a new week, and being much better!

Until next time,


Jillian Madness

Today I wore another Jillian dress….this an older one, but a recent acquisition (thank you eBay. Or maybe I shouldn’t thank evil bay!!), and one I was soooooo thrilled to find!!

  1. Cardigan: Kate Spade
  2. Dress: Kate Spade
  3. Shoes: Christian Louboutin, strassed in Green Tourmaline
  4. Handbag: Kate Spade

I believe this Jillian was at least 3 years ago, it’s the thick beautiful cotton with the heavy satin lining. The seams are finished a little neater, and the quality of the dress is just better than more recent pieces. I am in love! I also love the endless options it presents!!! So many color combinations!

Until next time,


Weekend in Review

Oh my, where to start?! How about this:





The final delivery of Valentine’s Day, a gorgeous dessert bar for a party. Not to sound conceited, but I do believe I outdid myself with this one!!

I didn’t snap an outfit photo, but I wore this:





Cardigan: Kate Spade
Dress: Kate Spade Jillian
Shoes: Light Siam Strass Jimmy Choo flats
Handbag: Kate Spade (the new one from the surprise sale)

Sunday I wore this…a recent acquisition, one that I took in so it fit properly (because sometimes with a Jillian dress, you just HAVE TOO):




Cardigan: Kate Spade
Dress: Kate Spade Jillian
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Handbag: Kate Spade
Jewelery: Pearls (necklace & bracelet)

And today I wore this, in homage to the fact that we are having 80-degree weather while the rest of the country is buried under snow and ice (or so it seems!)




Cardigan: Kate Spade
Blouse: Flora Nikrooz
Skirt: Kate Spade
Shoes: Nina, painted and Strassed by me

I have been on a HUGE Jillian dress kick lately!! There is still many I am hunting for, the candy stripe one, the black rose print, navy polka dots, a green silk print, and a gorgeous what looks like painted silk one. It’s such a lovely dress style!! Oh I believe there was a yellow stripe one as well. Soooo many! I would seriously own every last one. Although I admit there’s been a zebra print one that I have passed on. Animal print isn’t really my think.

Anyway, we are still eating these:


It was a wonderful Valentine’s Day this year!

Until next time,