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“The world is a book and those who do not travel only read the first page” – St. Augustine

Los Angeles —> New York —> Washington D.C. —> Los Angeles

After eight days of traveling the East Coast, we have arrived back home in Orange County and I am now looking back at what was a total whirlwind/fabulous vacation.  I cannot believe how much we did and all that we were able to see.  It truly was one of our most memorable family vacations.  I will share it all with you over the next few days but for now I need to figure out what is for breakfast (there is NOTHING in this house) and get some laundry done.  The glamorous side of traveling with 5 people.

This has nothing to do with was returning but I came across these Freebird by STEVEN booties and they are on major sale and perfect to transition from Summer to Fall.  I thought I would share.

Happy Monday.

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We have hit that time in the summer when it feels just right to get away for a bit.  Our trip to New York could have not have arrived at a better time and this week seemed to take FOREVER in anticipation of getting out of suburbia for a bit.  We tend to take weekends away here or there throughout the year  when we can squeeze them in but with the kids schedules and school it is extremely hard to schedule an entire 8 days away without conflicting with something.  The month of July seems to be the only time of year where it works and I look forward to this week away with our family every year.  Just the five of us exploring something new.

As I mentioned a while back, the kids have been begging to go to New York for some time and this Sunday we are on our way.  I cannot wait to share with them one of my favorite cities in the US and I have a suspicion that it is going to blow their mind.  They love big cities and have seen Chicago, San Francisco and Washington D.C but this is NEW YORK and they just have no idea.  After a week in the City we will be heading down to D.C. on the train to visit some dear friends and take in a little bit more of the Capital.  It is going to be a vacation drastically different than last year’s relaxing vacation but very exciting from beginning to end.  East Coast, here we come!

In order to simply enjoy time with my family and catch a little vacation myself, I will not be posting on Juggling in Heels this upcoming week.  You can follow along on our trip via Instagram and Facebook and I will be back the following week.

Don’t forget that today marks the beginning of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!  You can see all my pick’s for her, him and the littles by clicking here and all my picks from beauty, sunglasses and jewelry by clicking here.  Happy Shopping!

New York, here we come!

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When it comes to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, I have always tended to focus merely on the clothes.  Updating everyone’s wardrobe becomes a priority and I overlook all the other details of the sale.  Sure I will visit handbags and shoes (who doesn’t???) but when it comes to beauty, jewlery and sunglasses, I tend to forget about them in loo of everything else.  Sometimes it can get just a bit overwhelming.  This year I have finally taken notice and there are some GOOD GOOD goodies in all departments.  My mistake for overlooking them all these years!  Here are some of my favorites that will pair perfectly with all the items I shared yesterday.  Remember, if you have “Early Access” you can shop these items NOW!  If not, the sale begins TOMORROW!

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For all my picks in handbags, shoes, for her, for him and for the littles, click here.

 

If there is anything that can distract me from the beautiful summer days we are having and turn towards Fall and its cooler weather, it is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  Celebrated across the country, it is truly the sale of the year.  And it starts FRIDAY. Many of you may have already shopped the sale with “Early Access” (this is the only reason I have a Nordstrom debit card) but the doors open bright and early across the country Friday where the madness will continue late into the evening and for days to come.  As a previous Manager of Nordstrom, I was always amazed at how crazy it gets.  Don’t get between a woman and her sale!  It can sometimes become a bit overwhelming so I have pulled some of my favorites that you can shop now with “Early Access” or pick up first thing Friday morning.

Happy Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Shopping!

For her

Shoes

Handbags

For Him

For the kids

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When I was younger, I thought my mom was obsessive about family photos.  At a young age, it seemed to be no big deal, just what we did prior to Christmas.  As I got older though, I began to wonder why my mom was so crazed about them and would get rather annoyed every time all six of us were told we were doing family photos again.

“Why are we taking family photos AGAIN?”

“Do we seriously have to coordinate?”

“I think we have gotten enough photos mom, can we stop now?”

And then I became a mom.

I never appreciated how important family photos would become as children were born, they began to grow up and the family changed over time.  What I viewed as simple photos for Christmas cards were really my mom’s chance to capture the youth of her children.  The personality that shows through a toddler.  The smiles that change with age.  The new additions to the family.  It was glimpses into who my mom and dad and the family they created was today and would be in the future.  I began to realize why these family photos were so important to my mom and they have become equally as important to me.  After a year and a half gap from our last family photos and the children changing so much over that time, I couldn’t resist saying yes when the extremely talented bi-coastal photographer, Vanessa Tierney reached out for a collaboration.  Of course I wanted to work with her!  Her photos were beautiful and I couldn’t wait to see how she captured our family.

On a Sunday afternoon we headed out to Giracci Vineyards in Silverado Canyon to avoid the typical “beach” photos. We wanted something new and different.  When we arrived Vanessa had already scouted out the entire location and selected where we should take our photos.  She was warm and welcoming with the entire family and even when my Middle Man’s anxiety set in and he began to throw a tantrum, not taking any photos, Vanessa calming worked through it seamlessly, allowing him to find his moment to warm up and come back in.  The kids loved her so much that Baby Girl began to think she was Vanessa’s personal model and we had to tell her to stop posing for the camera.  Vanessa was amazing from start to finish.

Every time we do family photos I get nervous that there are not going to be any that I really love.  You just never know!  Then I saw the proofs and my jaw dropped.  Not only did I find some that I really love but I was going to have the hardest time deciding which ones I loved the most!  There was just too much goodness.

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I could not have been happier with the photos and cannot thank Vanessa enough for the treasures she created.  I think I may have our Christmas card done early this year (a first!).  And now it is your turn!

The first 10 Juggling in Heels readers to contact Vanessa and schedule a shoot will receive the family session (lasting between 1 and 2 hours) and a DVD with 15 edited images for $500 ($700 value).  YEA!  Simply complete Vanessa’s online form by clicking here and leave in the message that you are a Juggling in Heels reader.  Vanessa will then contact you to schedule your session.  Make sure you do it soon too!  Not only will those 10 spots be gone but Vanessa will begin to get busy in the Fall as the holidays near.  You definitely don’t want to miss out!

Thank you Vanessa for sharing your incredible talent!

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SAND.  SALT.  SUN-KISSED.  STYLE.

Four words.  One incredible shop.

Located on Pacific Coast Highway in the heart of Laguna Beach sits The Shop, a boutique designed with long, sunny beach days in mind.  The moment I walked in I knew I was going to love this store.  Walls filled with bathing suits, cover ups, dresses and tees shared space with shelves filled with jewelry, candles and beach towels.  I had to stop for a second to take it all in.  Everything epitomized the casual yet chic beach style of Orange County.  I was hooked.

It takes some time to walk the entire store as there are treasures and unique pieces around every corner.  Your day at the beach is taken care of with Beach People towels, Mikoh swimsuits and Nena & Co kimonos.  Gifts for family and friends are a breeze with Lil Coconut clutches, Heart Majestic necklaces and skincare products by Herbivore Botanicals.  When transitioning from the beach to dinner, nothing makes it easier than a Gypsy Queen romper and Matisse sandals.  And of course the classics.  The Shop carries all the surf lines we have loved for years such as Billabong and Rip Curl.  There is something here for everyone.

One thing I look for in a boutique is whether they offer pieces that you cannot find anywhere else and Jessica, the owner of The Shop, has done a phenomenal job of selecting merchandise and designers that feel special.  You know that you won’t find certain pieces anywhere else.  That is what makes shopping at The Shop even more fun.  We all want something a little special don’t we?  Add the “Endless Summer” feeling that washes over you the second you walk through the door and you can’t help but enjoy the entire experience.

If not for a time constraint I could have tried pieces on for hours but I still managed to bring home some goodies and can’t wait to make another trip in again for a little wardrobe pick-me-up.  If you are in Laguna Beach I highly suggest stopping in for a visit as the staff is extremely friendly and I know you are going to find something to take home.  It is impossible not to!  You can find The Shop at 1020 South Pacific Coast Highway.  I also suggest following The Shop on Instagram.  They post new arrivals all the time and if you find something you love, they can ship it directly to you!

Thank you The Shop for having me!

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We are a week away from heading out to New York for our summer vacation and with the humidity and moving around the entire city (we have lots to do!), I am looking to pack pieces that are easy and comfortable while still looking pulled together.  Day dresses seem to be the best option when trying to accomplish all three and Anthropologie has a crazy good selection right now.  I made a stop with some friends yesterday and we were hard pressed not to walk out with a handful of dresses each.  I plan on filling my suitcase with a number of these, making packing a breeze and giving me the ease to move around the city that never sleeps.

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<clockwise from top left: Isla Midi Dress / Anupamma Mira Costa Maxi Dress / Yoana Baraschi Meadowlight Dress / Mandra Dress / Giroflee Maxi Dress / Petra Swing Dress>

Here are some other dresses I am loving right now…

Happy Weekend.

When we were re-doing our kitchen, I REALLY wanted a marble carrara countertop.  I had always loved the look of it and saw this as my opportunity to finally put it in.  And then I began researching and talking with others.  The first response I received from a number of people was “WHAT?!  Do you know how easy marble stains?!”  Yes, I sort of knew this but I wanted to believe my countertop would be different.  And then I started to think about all the juice boxes, markers, coffee, olive oil and red wine that would potentially be put on that countertop.  Slowly I started to realize that it just didn’t make sense for our home.  I didn’t want my OCD to ruin the fun of everyone hanging out in our kitchen.  In the end, I compromised with myself and put in a subway tile marble carrara backsplash instead.  It would have looked amazing but it just wasn’t worth the stress.

But I love marble.  Always have, always will.  And I love seeing it being utilized in not just countertops but in so many areas of the home.  From walls to kitchen accessories, from lamps to coffee tables, you can find just the right amount of marble that works for you and create such a fresh, clean look that I love.

<Note: We have the coffee table in the final photo which I LOVE and highly recommend, though I do have a slight panic attack every time someone sets a glass of red wine on it.  Typical>

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Edge. Style. California cool.

These are just a few thoughts that come to mind when I think of Geo Fox Apparel.

Thanks to Instagram, I was introduced to Geo Fox Apparel a few months ago and I have loved following along with their hip styles for the littles.  Designed and created by Justin and Sarah Fox, the line takes the latest trends from around the world and translates them into stylish mini-me styles.  They noticed a lack of fashion forward clothing for the littles in the market and created their own line, offering bold and unique designs that are also affordable.  Each piece offers the bit of edge and style that is often lacking when it comes to children’s clothes.

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Geo 7 The collection is designed and manufactured in Los Angeles with an attention to detail and quality.  Justin and Sarah have two boys of their own and acknowledge the need to have clothes that are wearable for a child’s active lifestyle.  Some of my favorite pieces include…

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<Sunshine and Daydreams tee – $20 (baby) / $24 (toddler) / $29.50 (adult)>

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<Only Good Vibes tee – $24>

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<Camo Tux Pant – $32.50>

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<I Have a Golden State of Mind tee – $20>

You can shop the entire Geo Fox Collection by clicking here and I highly suggest following along on Instagram here.  I may need to order myself one of the “Sunshine Daydreams” tee but I am really eyeing the “I have a Golden State of Mind” tee and wish it came in my size.  Lucky kids.

* All photos via Geo Fox Apparel

The Fourth of July may be over but there are still so many incredible prices out there on some extremely versatile summer pieces.  I pulled together some of my favorites, all $100 or under.  Any of these items would be on constant repeat in my closet and I am having incredible self control not ordering them all.

Today is the last day to enter the Beach House Baking giveaway!  Click here to enter.