It feels like all I have been doing for the last week is sweating.

And yes, I understand that my next statement is going to make those dealing with extremely cool temperatures angry but I must say it.

“I am sick of hot weather.”

I didn’t say “warm weather”.  I love warm weather.  I said hot weather.  One hundred plus temperatures are not typical temps in Orange County and I must say that as much as I love the consistently warm weather we normally have this time of year, I am OVER the hot.

With the air conditioning constantly running and still finding myself sweating out of control, I have been dreaming of sweaters, sweatshirts, jeans, jackets, boots and fireplaces.

Is this an example of wanting what you can’t have?  Probably.

Will I be complaining later this winter that it has been too cold for too long and I want heat again?  Probably.

But for now, I cannot stay away from all the cute sweaters and sweatshirts hitting retailers and keep imaging what it would be like to actually wear one of them…by a fireplace…with it raining outside.

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If you missed it on Instagram yesterday, I was featured on the JWS Interiors blog, bringing together my love for Interior Design and Style through three different rooms and three Fall looks to match.  Design and style are so interconnected and have such an influence on each other that it only made sense to bring them together.  I had a wonderful time collaborating with Jennifer (who is crazy talented by the way) and you must visit the entire feature by clicking here!

One of my favorite looks I pulled together was this classic and chic combination of neutrals.

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There is something extremely cozy and warm but yet still sophisticated and simple with this entire look.  The cape sets the tone and is complimented by a simple hat, tote and heels.  I have had a long standing love affair with capes and think they are the perfect outerwear for Fall and Winter.  This Ted Baker one is one of my favorites this Fall season but there are so many amazing ones available.  Sure it is a tad too hot for them right now in Orange County, but cooler weather will be here soon enough (crossing fingers, praying, hoping….).

Make sure to check out my other two looks over at JWS Interiors!

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David Allen

When I first started this blog, I was 32 1/2 years old.

Yesterday I turned 36.

It is amazing what I have learned in the last three and a half years.

Among a list of many things, one of the most important things is that I can do anything I put my mind to, but I cannot expect to do everything.

I tend to over-extend myself without even knowing it.  I have tourettes of the word “YES”.  I tend to say yes to anything.  Even when I know in my head that I absolutely want to say no, I still say yes.  It comes out without me even knowing it.  I will go as far as to tell my friends that I definitely cannot add another thing to the list and then turn around and commit.  I do believe it is an epidemic as I have numerous friends who also suffer from the inability to say no (you know who you are).  The problem is, what seems like a lot of little things I commit to, when added together, become A LOT.  There are some days that I feel I have more commitments and responsibilities than when I was working my corporate job full time.  Sometimes I think I commit simply because I am afraid of being bored, but then I instead feel overwhelmed and unorganized.  Not really the feelings I was going for.

Adding all of this to the fact that my children are getting older and their lives are getting busier, it is really making me evaluate this 36th year.  This year, I am the Chair of a fundraiser in October, on the Board of an organization, trying to keep up with the kids schedules, this blog and simply getting household items done (grocery shopping, laundry, etc…you know the drill).  I love it all but I am realizing that perhaps I need to slow down a bit.  I have also begun turning down other volunteer opportunities because like I said, I cannot do everything.  Slowly, saying no is getting easier.

Why am I telling you all this?

This was a very long way to explain that going forward, I am going to place the expectation on myself that I will post Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays here on Juggling in Heels.  To be honest, having 5 posts ready a week is A LOT OF WORK.  It takes a couple hours to put a post together at times and I am beginning to find myself rushed to put together something so that I can move on to the next item on the list of life.  I want to ensure that each post has received the attention it deserves (I have worked too hard for all this!) and cutting back my posts to three days a week just makes sense.  It also allows me more time to focus on these organizations that I really do care about and want to ensure I am giving them proper attention.  Of course if I find inspiration I must share then I will post a bit more but I know it is nice to know when new content is available so this is the plan.

I welcome 36 with open arms as I feel that the 30’s have been the best decade yet and I cannot wait to see what is in store this year.  Looking back I laugh at myself in my early 20’s, thinking I knew so much.  I am quite confident today at 36 I really do not know much at all, yet slowly, I am beginning to figure some of it out.

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I was always a bit nervous to tell my Middle Man what his birthday meant.

Telling a young child that a horrific act of terror on your country occurred on your birthday 6 years before you were born is a very emotional thing to bring up.  He has always been curious about what the day meant.  It is not very often you hear your birthday all over the news and radio.  He would bring it to my attention that his birthday was always on television and I would always reply with “it is a very important day to the United States”.

Then we went to New York, and it was time to tell him the reason.

I know that at 6, this is a lot to take in and many would disagree with me sharing the 9/11 museum with him or my other two children for that matter.  I just could not image being in New York and not visiting it.  The day before we went my hubby and I began sharing with them the full story of 9/11, what really happened and how important this memorial and museum was to our country.  For the first time my Middle Man knew why his birthday was so important.  The museum brought it to reality and the weight of this day became very real to them.  They could feel it, just like everyone else there.

And I am happy he knows.

Today he turns 7 and even though he is just as excited about his birthday as any little boy, he also mentioned yesterday that he wanted to make sure that we watch the readings of the names at the memorial.  I was shocked that he remembered us mentioning this while we were there.  He acknowledged that even though he is celebrating, there are others who are suffering.  I know that going forward, he will always celebrate his special day, but he will also never forget what it means to so many and always have respect and compassion for all that was lost and the importance of this birthday.

Happy Birthday Middle Man…

We Will Never Forget…

Have you taken a look at Banana Republic’s Fall Collection?

If this collection doesn’t make you crave cold weather, I do not know what will.

Thanks to their new Creative Director, Marissa Webb, the classic styles that Banana has been known for have merged with a little more edge I am loving the result.  Rich textures in their coats and sweaters, faux leather pants and skirts and catchy little tees.  Pretty much sums up my favorite Fall look.  Now if it could only stop being 100 degrees EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

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Coat / leather skirt / tee / Cardigan / faux leather pant

With Fall around the corner it is also time to start thinking about those Family photos for Christmas cards.  Yes, I know, but what will happen is you will put it off and then suddenly it will be too late.  Happens to me every year.  Except this one.  Remember our photo shoot with Vanessa Tierney Photography a few months ago?  Well, she is extending the Juggling in Heels deal for all readers who want to book a session for their upcoming Christmas photos.  Click here to see our family photos and the link to signing up with the discount!

One of my favorite items for the Fall are hats.  This is completely new for me as I spent YEARS hating hats and never wearing them.  They felt mandatory for days at the beach but other than that, I left them to everyone else.  Last Fall I began to open my horizons and now this year, I cannot help but love all the wool hats that are arriving in retailers.  They tend to make any ordinary look a little more chic.

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Sneakers: Nike / Pouf: Vintage / Rug: Crate & Barrel

When we first moved two years ago, my initial thought was that I would finally create the very clean and modern look of all white rooms with accents of marble and slight compliments of color throughout.  Clean, simple and classic has always been my taste.  It seemed to be my personality.  I never really take risks.  I like organization.  I do what is expected.  This all made sense.  And then I started working with an interior designer.

Against everything I thought I stood for, I found that when looking at photos, magazines and speaking with my designer, I was not drawn towards the clean white lines but to colors, prints and textures.  I craved the coziness of a down-feathered couch with mixed matched printed pillows everywhere.  I couldn’t keep my eyes away from printed wallpaper and the jewel toned paints.  I began imagining a home that was so filled with color, textures and prints that you couldn’t help but sink into the warmth of the place, kicking off your shoes, grabbing a glass of wine and never wanting to leave.  I wanted the home that caught your eye no matter where you looked and you couldn’t help but be intrigued by what the next room holds.  The classic and expected went right out the window and the eclectic completely took over.  And who knew, the eclectic and unexpected puts a smile on my face.

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One of the most versatile pieces in a closet is the denim shirt.  No matter the season, the denim shirt is a piece that can be worn time and time again without skipping a beat.  It might be the perfect staple piece.

The only problem I see with the denim shirt is that so often, it gets group together with all the “casual” pieces, limiting its versatility.  Sure it works great with shorts and sandals, jeans and boots, or even makes a great beach cover up.  It also, however, works with skirts, dresses and slacks, taking the denim shirt up a notch and making it a bit more fancy.

Fall is the perfect time to incorporate your denim shirt from laid back casual to a more pulled together, classic look.  Denim shirts with full midi skirts is one of my favorites.  It creates more femininity around the denim and still provides the effortless chic denim shirts are known for.

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Denim Shirt

Midi Skirt / Hat / Sunglasses / Handbag / Shoes / Scent / Lipstick / Bracelet

Here are some classic denim shirts that make for a perfect Fall purchase.  Even better, the first 5 are from J.Crew and are 25% off with code SHOPTIME until September 8th!

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When it comes to dessert, I am a complete chocolate snob.  If there is not chocolate involved, it rarely catches my attention.  I can be swayed by an amazing Butter Cake every now and then (if you haven’t tried the ones at Mastro’s or Hanna’s, you are missing out) and of course I will never turn down a cupcake from Susie Cakes or a donut from Sidecar, but 99% of the time, it is chocolate or nothing.  It just seems to be a necessary component of a dessert.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, berries are at the very bottom of my dessert list.  First and foremost, berry bowls are NOT dessert.  I understand that it is a healthy option for something sweet following a meal but they are certainly NOT dessert.  You will never find me ordering a berry bowl.  Or a berry dessert for that matter.  I am just not a fan.  And then suddenly the tables turned.

Last night I was trying to come up with a yummy dessert to celebrate Labor Day and everything chocolate seemed too heavy.  Blame it on the 100 degree heat but I was just not feeling it.  I saw this Blackberry Cobbler recipe and for reasons I still cannot explain, it sounded perfect.  Perhaps I was tempted by the extremely small list of ingredients or the ice cream, that with this heat, sounded so good.  I am just not sure.  I do know that I went completely outside my norm and I am so happy I did.  Not only did I I LOVE this dessert but with how easy it was to make, I now had a new go-to recipes for dinner parties.  Berries AND no chocolate.  Who knew!

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With all the running I have been doing for the upcoming Half Marathon, I have hit a little bump in the road.  I am being told that thanks to my extremely high arches, hills and all the running I have been doing, I have developed Plantar Fasciitis.  Of course.  Of course I get to a place where I am loving all the running and really increasing my distance and then I need to slow things down a bit.  Typical right?  I am very committed to making sure this Half Marathon happens so I am taking all precautions with my foot to help it recover quickly and get back out on the trails.  That means, icing three to four times a day, constant stretching, taping my arch, and NO flat sandals and heels in my near future.  There just isn’t enough support.  I have spoken about sneakers a number of times here but now they are becoming the only shoe I am wearing and therefore, extremely important in my closet.  Thank goodness they are so on trend right now and the selection is huge.  This past weekend I picked up these Onitsuka Tiger ‘Serrano’ Sneakers and these Nike ‘Pre Montreal’ Sneakers and absolutely love them both.  I also have my eyes on these New Balance ‘420’ sneakers for Fall.  They all pair with dresses, cut offs and jeans perfectly, making them easy to wear with just about everything.  I guess this “wearing sneakers everyday” thing might not be as bad as I originally thought.