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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


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


2017

2017 is here….and my posting has been non-existent! Our lives have been such a whirlwind with this two-household thing, I haven’t even sent our our Christmas cards that have been rebranded as New Years cards! OOPS!!

But some outfit recaps….starting with my attire for the Main Street Electrical Parade preview party last Thursday & a few photos from the night (what a blast we had!!)

It was so rainy on Friday morning…

Yes, PANTS! The weather has been brutal out here in SoCal, windy, rainy, but we need it so I won’t complain.

Some other outfits:

You can see my recent acquisition in many of the photos above:

If you are on the fence about this bag? Buy it. It’s so adorable, I just love it!! I’m scaling back this year on purchases (my closet is out of room!!) but I highly recommend this one if you’re a diehard Kate Spade fan. 

Happy new year!

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


17 Hours at Disneyland

That’s right y’all. 17 hours at Disneyland…on a VERY crowded day at that! 

But it was so fun! Especially after two days there the week before. Some recent outfits & fun photos:

Wait, who are these two? Rocky has a partner in crime, Roxy!! They like to adventure:

Space Mountain at 9:30pm? YES PLEASE!!

Stealin a cell phone to call an uber to go back to Disneyland? They did that too…

And poor Roxy riding the Jingle Cruise sans Rocky because this troll mama left him in the hotel….I didn’t want to lose them trying to carry both by myself that day…

I know y’all. I’m ridiculous. I made lots of pie and food this week too:

And it’s officially my FAVORITE time of the year…when the screeners come in:

And I can catch up on all the movies I never had time to go see. Instead of shopping (which I have done well with not shopping all weekend!)

Happy Thanksgiving! 

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