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Weekend Recap

Oh my, am I ever so happy to see the end of this weekend!! It’s been insane the past few days. However, my wedding season is officially OVER until the fall! 

First some recent outfits, then I’ll share some photos from the events I did, and some snaps of Eugene & his antics!

Wednesday I wore this to go to the flower market:


  1. Cardigan: Kate Spade (outlet Spring 2014)
  2. Dress: Kate Spade Jillian (old, but they pop up on eBay from time to time. This one was worth every penny! I love it)
  3. Shoes: Christian Louboutin, strassed in Alexandrite AB by me

Then I changed into this for a wedding rehearsal (hey any excuse to change clothes!!) 


  1. Dress: Theia
  2. Shoes: Kate Spade
  3. Necklace: Vintage (was my Nana’s)

Thursday I did not get my outfit before I left, but as I was running around managing a wedding, it was nothing terribly amazing, just a cream lace blouse, black skirt, and black flats. 




  1. Cardigan: Kate Spade (outlet style, in fact some outlets still have these on pretty good clearance!)
  2. Dress: Kate Spade
  3. Shoes: Christian Louboutin



  1. Blouse: Banana Republic
  2. Belt: Old Navy (8-9 years ago)
  3. Skirt: J Crew
  4. Shoes: thrifted

And today, first my church outfit, then my costco ensemble: 



  1.  Dress: Kate Spade Roset
  2. Necklace: Kate Spade(spring 2015, from Nordstrom)
  3. Shoes: Kate Spade (early 2014)


  1. Blouse: Anthropologie (I picked up secondhand for $1)
  2. Skirt: Kate Spade (recent eBay find)
  3. Belt: Kate Spade (Nordstrom)
  4. Shoes: Christian Louboutin

The wedding I did Thursday,  I made the linens, the custom vases, the flowers, the cake, and put the candy bar together: 



The venue, The Mitten Building in Redlands, Ca was GORGEOUS. A very easy space to make beautiful. Their staff is brilliant as well. I would highly recommend them to any Southern California bride. I hope to do more events there in the future!!

And then my mom (who also does weddings!) had a small backyard affair today. I made the cake and ended up helping her with the bride’s bouquet last night….I think she hit one of those mental walls!! It turned out lovely: 


And tomorrow, back to the grind! Hard to believe we only have 3 weeks left of summer vacation! I’m taking the kids to Disneyland this week to celebrate the 60th anniversary. I am so excited!!

Oh, Eugene! He’s been hanging with some babes: 

And oversaw my latest shoe project I finished up tonight:  

Until next time,


PS. Just a small reminder to please not use my photos elsewhere without my permission. Thank you!

Adventures in the OC

Today was one of those days, lots of running! I drove the ROTC kids to their event and decided to take advantage of being in Laguna Hills. I mean, it IS summer sale season!

My outfit for my shenanigans:



Dress: Kate Spade Lyric
Shoes: Jonquil Strassed Jimmy Choo Flats
Handbag (not pictured): Kate Spade Wise Owl Quinn

Photos taken while out, as I left the house at 5:45am and it wasn’t quite light enough to get a decent photo!

I started at Fashion Island, checking out the pre-sales in person at Nordstrom, then of course making a trip through Kate Spade, to which I was fairly disappointed! The collection this month, while pretty, just is “meh”. There was a necklace that really caught my eye, but not enough to shell out the price listed on the tag! The concept is great, I just didn’t cRe for the execution of the prints. The Rose print is gorgeous, but the dress is that viscose blend, and I am just not a fan of that fabric, especially at the price point!

But then I stepped into Neimans. Not a usual haunt for me. And fell in love. With a new brand. Theia. I have never heard of it, seen it, nor tried it on. But this dress was on the sale rack and the colors spoke to me:


It’s pink, two shades of red, has pockets, and is just a well constructed dress.

I also tried this one on, from their current collection:


I tried these other two on, the pink one is Carmen Marc Valvo, and the green/blue one is also Theia. The CMV was HUGE on me. The smallest size they had in store was a 2 (it’s on the last call sale rack for an incredible price), and it probably needed to be taken in 5-6″. I was really disappointed as I LOVED it. Great shape, love the length, and it had pockets! I’d not tried on CMV before, so it’s a brand I’ll keep an eye on. I just didn’t feel tailoring it would be good, I have found tailoring THAT much on a dress tends to change the shape too much. My opinion, I know gals who will tailor 4-6 sizes down and be happy with the result.

But Theia, oh my. It’s a brand I have fallen in love with (sorry Kate Spade!). Which is why this one came home with me: (pictured next to my Hattie dress that arrived last night)


My husband wasn’t as excited as I was, which really surprised me!! I think it’s so very different from the Kate Spade dresses he loves, because of the texture and detailing. It was something different and unexpected! I also loved the blue one, (not on sale) but not enough to justify that price tag!!

That was my biggest excitement today, that dress. I then scored some Lilly Pulitzer at a goodwill (that evens out the dress purchase, right?! Lilly for $2.50???), and finished shopping for my daughter’s birthday which is in a couple of weeks. She’s at that age where she wants clothing. (Yay!) She hasn’t started putting Kate Spade on her wishlist yet, but I know it’s looming. She’s going to be 10! She actually has one already, an old black Claire bag I picked up for under $5 earlier this year. Oops!! Hey, in a house full of boys, we have to band together!

Since I have yet to hear from the two entries from my latest giveaway, I will re-draw two new winners tomorrow and post them. Good luck! Those pretty accessories need a better home than in a pile on my floor!!

Hope your weekend is grand! I’m off to relax and unwind after today.

Until next time,