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How is it December? How did this happen? I’m not ready for it y’all! Although, I AM ready for 2017 to be over, as I hope 2018 brings better tidings for all!

December this year brought a special trip for me, at stay with girlfriends at the Grand Californian Hotel in Anaheim, along with celebrating special events AND sharing the chefs table experience with friends at the Napa Rose restaurant. Some photos….much amazing food, laughter and fun was had by all:

I recommend the Grand Californian sooo so so so so so much. Can I please move in?! Here’s my meal at Napa Rose (I have no idea what it all was, other than DELICIOUS. Huge shout out to Eric, for the most perfect wine pairings….not only perfect with my food, exactly my tastebuds. He is to wine what I am to deciphering brides! It’s magic!

If anyone ever invites you to dine at the Chef’s Counter at Napa Rose, go! I’m the worlds pickiest eater with some frustrating food allergies and I enjoyed every bite! It was absolute perfection. Already plotting my next seating there.

While at the Grand, the trolls got into some scrapes with some new friends as well:

When at Disneyland! 

Some other outfits I’ve worn since my last blog post:

I’ve posted a bit on Instagram, yes my family was affected by one of the fires in LA County this past week. Luckily our LA apartment came through unscathed and we are no longer under evacuation orders. We are blessed to have a second home, and I know so many others have lost everything. The winds out here have been utterly terrible! Praying they can contain everything and the weather will allow containment tomorrow. 

Until next time,


Monday Blues

Monday oh Monday. After having the last week (nearly) “off”, today was a little rough. I remember why I don’t like to be gone from home for long periods of time, between sleeping in strange beds, to breaking our normal routine, but I am thankful we went and my husband and I had some kid-free time away from our home! (Thanks to my BRAVE mom and dad who hosted the kids at “camp” for the whole time!!!)

I admit to not taking many photos of outfits while we were gone, mainly due to the lighting in the hotel in Phoenix, and our weekend here in Southern California was mostly phone-free. (I admit to checking Facebook and Instagram, but I didn’t post anything. Which is hard for me!!) But I will share some of my brilliant shopping finds while I was gone! 

These gorgeous clutches, the pink is Ted Baker & the blue Kate Spade:  
The Kate Spade”world map” scarves in BOTH colors!

One of the many SJP shoes I bought…I love these as I did now own a nude pair of shoes before.

 This GORGEOUS Halston Heritage dress. The tailoring on it is sublime:

Some outfits: 

Tueaday, my first shopping “adventure” (hit outlets + secret shopping spot) 


  1. Cardigan: Kate Spade
  2. Dress: Kate Spade (via The Real Real)
  3. Belt: Kate Spade
  4. Shoes: Sophia Webster Remmie

I changed for dinner that night into this:

  1. Dress: Kate Spade 
  2. Belt: Ted Baker
  3. Shoes: Jimmy Choo 
  4. Necklace: Kate Spade
  5. Clutch: Ted Baker

The dress, clutch & shoes were all purchased while in Arizona. All 3 pieces were under $100 TOTAL. I know. I was dying. See my ridiculous facial expression? And my poor discarded Sophia Webster Remmie heels in the bottom right corner? I got the best compliment from a server at the restaurant, really set the tone for the whole trip! 

Wednesday, another trip to the secret shopping spot (this time not so overwhelmed and armed with a list for friends! I also hit the big mall in Scottsdale to visit Kate Spade. I didn’t buy anything at the mall, just redeemed all my birthday month freebies!) 


  1. Blouse: Kohls (old, I need to find a replacement!)
  2. Skirt: Anthropologie
  3. Belt: Secondhand
  4. Shoes: Kate Spade

I also changed again for dinner, because I’m a girl, and when you find gorgeous clothes you want to wear them ASAP!  


  1. Dress: Halston Heritage 
  2. Clutch: Kate Spade
  3. Shoes: SJP

This was before I had finished my hair, I was still deciding on shoes and clutch. (See discarded shoe pile!) I’ve had these SJP heels for quite a while, however I wish I had waited as they were cheaper in Az. Alas, not to be! But I scored enough other gorgeous shoes for so cheap it evens out I suppose! This Halson dress was under $40, and the clutch was under $50. The dress is that gorgeous heavy silk faille fabric Kate Spade used to use. It’s very well made and I love that the hem is slightly weighted down, perfect for the windy desert I live in!!!

Thursday I slipped my new red dress on again (why oh why did I pack all those clothes again?!), and dragged my husband shopping. (I know, I have ISSUES. We had a ball though. We laughed and snorted and didn’t get lost once!) 


  1. Dress: Kate Spade
  2. Belt: secondhand
  3. Shoes: SJP (I’m becoming a huge fan of her shoes!!!)

And Friday for the trek back to California and our anniversary trip (very belated!! We had intended to stay over but my husband was on call all weekend, so we had to be fairly close to home) 


  1. Cardigan: Kate Spade
  2. Skirt: Topshop
  3. Shoes: Christian Louboutin, strassed by me

And finally today: 


  1. Cardigan: Kate Spade
  2. Dress: Kate Spade
  3. Belt: Anthropologie
  4. Shoes: Kate Spade

I know, outfit repeater!!! Sometimes I fall in love with an article of clothing that I want to wear it ALL THE TIME! I’m sure this is pretty standard!! The dress I wore today is a nice fabric, cut so it won’t fly in the wind, and best of all has pockets! I have a short week before we take off yet again (however this is a last minute thing, as family situations usually are), and I needed comfort and function today as I caught up from a week gone and a short week home. I am thankful the kids have a two week break, as it allows us to have some flexibility in scheduling! So while I’m “back”, it’s still going to be a short week!

If you have questions about any of my shopping finds, please shoot me an email. I know some of the places are closely guarded secret shopping spots, and I completely understand why! And now someone PLEASE take away my Visa card, it needs a break! (And I need to unload some pieces in my closet before anymore additions!!) I even managed to not buy a thing during the sale on sale this weekend! Whew. 

Until next time,



Yes, it’s been ages since I’ve blogged! My children have been on fall break, so we’ve taken some time for a break from the world. Including blogging. Thank you to my faithful readers for sticking around! I’ll be back to regular blogging this week.

We started at Disneyland on Friday the 28th, and then spent Saturday resting for Sunday/Monday 2-day Disney extravaganza! And boy did we do a TON!!! Tuesday/Wednesday was “rest” days (okay, resting by the beach in Dana Point, and doing some shopping), and Thursday was back to Disneyland, for a full day.

Friday was a rest day (with super tired kiddos at this point), Saturday was a beach day, and now today, yes, back t Disneyland. And are my kids sick of it? Nope. In fact they are working on talking me into coming back this coming week for a day, or two! (they have two weeks break)

Some outfits I’ve thrown together over the past week and a half:

Friday the 28th:


Dress: Nanette Lepore
Shoes: Kate Spade
Handbag: Kate Spade

Sunday Afternoon: (I’d started in white shorts, but decided to change after dinner and a short nap at the hotel)


Cardigan: Banana Republic
Top: Target
Skirt: Kate Spade Lawson Skirt
Shoes: strassed (by me) Nina jellies
Handbag: Bally, Vintage (and I broke the strap, need to get that repaired)


Shoes I wore Monday to Disneyland, we were in line for the Tower of Terror (which we have now ridden over 10 times, kids love it!). My Light Siam Jimmy Choo flats

A random outfit from last week:


Cardigan: Kate Spade
Blouse: Banana Republic
Belt: Old Navy
Skirt: JCrew
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Handbag: Kate Spade

And finally today’s ensemble:


Top: Banana Republic Short Sleeve Sweater, $22 on sale
Skirt: Vintage, $1
Belt: Borrowed from a friend (it’s White House, Black Market)
Shoes: Christian Louboutin (yay, I had these resoled this past week!)
Handbag: Kate Spade, just picked this up because my Bally bag broke. I plead the fifth on this purchase!!!

Hope everyone has had a wonderful October so far. I can’t get over this weather, it’s so hot here in Southern California!! I’m really wishing for fall.

Until next time,