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Oooooooo, Monday we meet again! With school out, my oldest gone for the summer, and all the productions over, I finally feel back to “normal”, whatever that is! 

My outfit today:

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

We had taco Monday:

Mmmmmmm. I fry my shells in coconut oil and they are so so SO good that way!

Until next time,


50 Shades of Blue

Now let me first say, I am not planning on seeing the 50 shades movie, nor will I, nor do I feel it is a good work of literature. I will read just about anything (I love reading!), but not that!! I am reading a great book right now:

It’s a fascinating fictional account of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wife Zelda. I adore historical fiction, and while this is not my normal “century”, I have enjoyed it! 

Anyway, off books and on to clothing. Today ended up being a 2-outfit day, due to the wind deciding to start blowing sometime between 8:15am and 9:30am while I was at the chiropractor. So I changed my dress for one more wind-proof, but left everything else the same!

  1. Cardigan: Kate Spade 
  2. Dresses: 1st: Kate Spade Mariella Dress (re-released at the outlet shops this week!); 2nd: Kate Spade Elza Dress. Both are from the Capri collection in 2014
  3. Belt: Kate Spade (outlet, spring ’14)
  4. Shoes: Jimmy Choo, strassed
  5. Handbag: Kate Spadr Rachelle, with a lemon bag charm

And with that, I’m off to enjoy my Friday afternoon. I have the afternoon “off”, which translates into about 2 hours of quiet time in which I will veg out on my couch and listen to the wind howl, while feeling guilty I’m not cleaning the house. It’s hard to let go, but I realize the house does not have to be perfect 24/7! 

Until next time,


Hello Monday!

Oh hello Monday, how are you?!

I’m rather blue:





Cardigan: Kate Spade
Dress: Kate Spade Mariella Dress
Belt: Kate Spade (from another dress actually)
Shoes: Kate Spade

Whoops! Head to toe Kate Spade! I needed a beret, but instead I wrapped myself in a scarf and coat (not pictured, but also Kate Spade. Even my gloves! YIKES!!), and left the house at 5:45am to run my car down for service. Tomorrow morning I shall be hauling myself up and going back to pickup said car. Yes, I’m crazy!

Hope your first Monday of the year was grand! Mine was, well, interesting!! I appreciate my husband even more tonight, after driving 2.5 hours this morning, and then going to work for 5 hours, then to the eye dr. I managed to beat him home by 15 seconds this afternoon! It’s off to bed for me, my neck is miserable.

Until next time,


September 11

Today is always a somber day in America. Memorials, remembrance ceremonies, it’s the one day a year that our country seems to pull together and be very patriotic. It’s also a sad day for many, those who mourn the loss of loved ones, those missing loved ones off in unknown places fighting a war many do not understand. What I always remember, is where I was 13 years ago when the peaceful existence we thought we lived in was shattered. So many things changed in that instant.

That said, my house is showing their patriotism today. My kids’ school has ceremonies planned around their flagpoles, and they are all in red, white & blue. So I joined in, as it seemed wrong somehow to wear a pink dress when everyone else is wearing the colours of our country:





Dress: Kate Spade Mariella
Belt: Thrifted
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Handbag: Kate Spade

May you hold your loved ones a little tighter today, as we remember how fragile our existence truly is. To all those serving our country, thank you. The freedoms we have in our country would not be here without your sacrifice, and the sacrifices of so many other before you. 1774 was when we became a free country, but 2001 is when we realized that freedom should never be taken for granted.

Until next time,


A BIG Recap

Yes, I have not posted outfits in quite some time, WHOOPS! It’s been a whirlwind week (anyone who follows my Instagram probably has seen some of my travels), and I opted to spend time connecting with my husband vs blogging, & watermarking. And well, I don’t know, while I posted Instagram photos, I just didn’t have the inspiration to post a blog post!!

Anyway. This may be a little long!

Wednesday I tagged along up to Walnut Creek with my husband. We had a grand time, I ate these & slept while he drove:


My traveling attire:




Dress: Kate Spade Lyric
Shoes: Christian Louboutin

We went to dinner up there at Fleming’s (and I neglected any photos!!) and had a grand time. Their steak is SUBLIME. Not to mention their summer promo, book a reservation by August 30, and get a $25 dining credit. Yummy.

Thursday I was on my own. I started in this:




Cardigan: Neiman Marcus Cashmere
Dress: Kate Spade Olivia
Belt: Kate Spade
Shoes: Manolo’s Strassed by me.

I then ended up at an ice rink, all by my lonesome:



An hour and a half of pure private ice. Every skaters dream. Especially when it was $10! (An empty session)

I did visit both the outlet in Livermore & the store at Walnut Creek (Kate Spade), but walked away empty handed. I did however score in Banana Republic, with their crazy sale. Picked up this dress, which I wore into San Francisco that evening (and on the car ride home yesterday!!)




Cardigan: Kate Spade
Dress: Banana Republic
Belt: Kate Spade
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Handbag: Kate Spade

And today, I’m sporting “Air Force Blue”, as I am hauling around the high school cadets to work (and have to live up to my call sign: Sparkles):




Dress: Kate Spade
Belt: Kate Spade
Shoes: Christian Louboutin

To protect the guilty, I shall not post the photos I took today, however this is what the kids do, run carnival games & pass out prizes:


And I shall leave you with a parting shot of one of the many bridges in San Francisco:


Have a wonderful weekend! I will most likely be posting sporadically for the next week due to my schedule. Kids go back to school in a week & I have to travel for work. Insanity!

Until next time,


Shades of Blue

Let me start by saying, I never intended to buy this particular dress. Then a fellow blogger/Kate Spade addict/Instagram addict posted a photo wearing hers. (Go read her blog: Journey of Doing) And it was tres adorable. AND THEN it went on sale. PLUS I had a gift card. And voila! down the rabbit hole I went.







Dress: Kate Spade Mariella Dress
Belt: American Eagle (but purchased at It’s a Wrap
Shoes: Montana Strass Christian Louboutin
Handbag: Kate Spade Wise Owl Quinn

My husband was very “meh” about this dress, until I put it ON. He’s a convert now. In fact, he loved it enough I managed to convince him I needed just one more dress from the additional 25% off sale. I’m shameless, I know!

In my defense, I have seen nothing I want/desire with the recent new releases. So I don’t feel that guilty. All I have left on my wishlist is to hunt down one of those sparkly lemon wedge clutches. And then? I do believe I am going to embrace a shopping ban for the month of August. It’s about time. But I won’t commit just yet!

Hope your weekend was fab!

Until next time,


Weekend Recap

Whew, what a crazy 3-days I have had! Every April my husband and I head up to Las Vegas for a conference. Always fun to see friends and gain some wisdom from the great John Maxwell.

And of course have fun dressing up Vegas-Style! Going out of town is always so hard for me, I always tend to overpack. This year I really worked to pare down and plan my wardrobe, with one backup ensemble (that I ended up not wearing). Major improvement from the 8 outfits and 7 pairs of shoes I packed last year!!! I also carried my Kate Spade Wise Owl Quinn all weekend (again, another improvement!)

My “travel” outfit I wore on the trip up:





Dress: Kate Spade Mariella
Belt: Kate Spade
Shoes: Kate Spade
Brooch: Vintage (isn’t it ADORABLE?!)

For Friday night I changed into this:




Cardigan: Target
Dress: Kate Spade Emma
Belt: Kate Spade
Shoes: Kate Spade
Necklace: Burlington Coat Factory

On Saturday I failed to take a photograph. However, it was the inaugural wearing of the infamous Pink Dress. Let me just say, this was a crazy crazy aquisition. The original one is actually on it’s way back to Kate Spade. Why you ask?! It had a wretched odor. To make a super long story short I do now own said Roset dress, but it was a hassle!! This one doesn’t have the smell (which was a cross between pesticide and mothballs!), and I will be very careful when ordering a dress from the online department depending on the fabric. I think it’s the plastic they have them stored in. But, regardless, I do own it, and I must say, it’s gorgeous!!! My favorite compliment was “I just have to tell you, your dress makes me SO happy!”. So while I can’t recommend ordering this dress online, if you can find it in a store, go for it!!!

The photos I did take:





Dress: Kate Spade Roset
Necklace: JCrew
Shoes: Kate Spade

And to church this morning, I repurposed the Mariella dress, adding in my Montana strass Christian Louboutin pumps:


And my final outfit for the weekend (and what I’m wearing on the trip home):






Cardigan: Kate Spade
Dress: Kate Spade Emma
Belt: Kate Spade
Necklace: J Crew
Shoes: Christian Louboutin Montana strass heels (done by me)

And because I was feeling lucky I tossed $5 into a slot machine, and then later put that $5 on red at a roulette table (which I’ve always wanted to do! Something so James Bond about that!!!! Of course I’m too cheap to bet a fortune, but it was fun!)


And the ball landed on red! The guy at the table asked me what I was going to do with my winnings, and I gleefully replied “cash them in!” And giggled, and sort of twirled. Hey, I was super excited!! It was only $5, but it was a win!! I think he was perplexed, but then again most people are perplexed by me! (Including myself!!) I did however buy my husband lunch. Big spender! But it was the experience, and as I’m not a big gambler, it was easy to walk away.

A good weekend. Sadly traffic is a huge snarl on the I-15, and I fear this is the 5-hour trip home VS the normal 3-3.5.

Sigh. Oh well. At least I got a free lunch! Hope your weekend was fabulous!!!!

Until next time,