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Three Days.

Three more days until the fundraiser that I have been working on since February.

As with last year, it has been an awesome experience thanks to the support of an amazing team who constantly made work feel like playing.  I love event planning and though last year was my first fundraiser ever (and I was a deer in headlights), this year was more relaxing thanks to knowing what I needed to do.

That being said, the final week of planning lends itself to absolute craziness.  Every day is non-stop, finalizing details, confirming seating arrangements, gift wrapping, confirming vendors, and on and on….  A week like this make me crave two things at dinner time…

Comfort food and wine.

Comfort food because I tend to eat a lot less when I am busy and by dinner I am starving and wine because, well, it is wine.

Sunday night we decided to kick off the week of busy with this Shrimp and Grits recipe.

Cheddar cheese, bacon, fried shrimp.

It was a dream.

Served with a good glass of Pinot Noir and I was ready to start the week…and the crazy.

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I love stacks of books.

The more stacks, the better.

I keep telling myself that perhaps I have enough books sitting around the house but then some incredible new ones will be released and I will quickly order and begin re-organizing when they arrive.  Does this work better in the living room or family room?  Should I put this on the side table in the guest room?  Would the fireplace benefit with this one on it?  It is almost like I am dressing our home with books and I take the placement of each one very seriously.  I feel that books really help make a room and can add warmth to any space without really having to do much.

So the stacks will keep coming and these recently released books will soon be added to the ever growing collection.

Hint, Hint: As we enter the season of holiday parties, dinners, and celebrations, these books also make the perfect Hostess gifts.  Yes, a great bottle of wine is nice, but finding a book that relates to them or something they love is always more personal and extremely well received.

Screen shot 2014-10-19 at 8.48.03 AM  < Tory Burch in Color / Vogue: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute / How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are / Elements of Style / Place to Go, People to See / The Shoe Book >

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This recipe all started with Facebook.  My friend had reached out asking if anyone knew how to search the new Pinterest.  She was looking for a specific recipe and with all the recipes she had pinned, it was a daunting task trying to search through all of her pins.  This led to a discussion of others asking what she was looking for.  Once she found it she posted the link to this Mediterranean Baked Chicken.  Now, I have been lazy with dinner lately.  Due to crazy evening schedules, I have fallen back on what I know and what is easy, avoiding anything new.  I was tired of it and this recipe was introduced to me at the perfect time.  It seemed easy enough and also healthy enough after a long weekend away of over-indulging.

It was more delicious than I was expecting.  Even my Middle Man, who doesn’t eat ANYTHING, said that this was his new favorite chicken.  That may have been because I selected to use boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead of breasts, giving the dish a bit more flavor.  Whatever the reason, I will take it!

It was nice to introduce some new flavors in our dinner menu and it is definitely something I will make again.  My photos are not as good as I would like but the sun was starting to set and I was determined to share this with you so hopefully you get the jist of how backed with yumminess it was.

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Thank you K for sharing this recipe with me!

If you missed it yesterday, I was over on Mommy Chic sharing some of my favorite Fall trends, parenthood and juggling it all.  Visit the post by clicking here!

Happy Weekend.

It’s here!

One of the best sales of the year, the ShopBop Friends and Family event, has begun!  With 25% off the majority of the store, it is the perfect time to pick up your favorite Fall pieces at a discounted price.  ShopBop carries SO MANY items that it can be a bit overwhelming so I have selected some of my favorites to help you shop.  Just enter FAMILY25 at checkout!  To visit the entire sale, click here.  Remember, you only have until October 16th to shop the event!

Tops

Sweaters

Pants

Dresses

Shoes

Handbags

Accessories

Interested in picking up a few goodies for your man? East Dane is also participating in this Friends and Family event and you can shop all men styles by clicking here.

Can we talk about Anine Bing for a moment?

It is rare that I preview a collection and want every single piece but I truly want it all from Anine Bing.

Each piece provides the perfect balance of femininity, sexiness and  edge that makes me think if I had all these pieces in my closet I would never have to shop again.

The neutrals, the leather, the denim, the booties.

It is like she read my mind.

And not only is Anine the Founder and Creative Director of her line but she is also a mother of two and a singer/songwriter in a band.  Awesome.  I wish this was my “About” story.

I could go on and on about how much I love this collection but I think it is best if you take a look at it for yourself.

It really doesn’t get more California chic than this.

Anine 1

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Anine 2

< Coat / Sweatshirt / Jeans / Flats >

Anine 3

< Jacket / Shirt / Pants / Flats >

Anine 4

< Sweater / Skirt / Booties >

Anine 5

< Sweater / Dress / Booties >

Anine 6

< Sweater / Pants / Tote / Booties >


 

If there is one thing that I absolutely love, it is pointy toe classic heels.  Sure there are a number of beautiful heels out there but these are my go-to loves.  There is something about their classic design that just draws me in and when I am investing in heels, this is where I go.  My favorite are Manolo Blahniks, followed by Prada and then Jimmy Choo.  This is where my retail money goes.  But the thing is, these heels never go out of style.  Ever.  They will be just as prominent in 10 years as they are today, making them the perfect investment piece.

The only problem right now is that my Plantar Fasciitis has kept me from heels for far too long.  In fact, the last day I wore a pair of heels was August 23 (yes, I know the exact date) and it is starting to drive me insane.  I mean, this blog is called Juggling in Heels for goodness sake.  I cannot tell you how hard it is for me to get ready to go out knowing that I need to wear flats.  It just doesn’t look the same, no matter how much the hubby reassures me that it works.  I am really over it.  Unfortunately the healing process is taking some time as I was told it would so I need to stay out of the heels for a while more.  So, since I have no need to buy more for the time being, I went shopping for all of you.  These classic heels are perfect for Fall in all sorts of price ranges.  I am obsessed with the burgundy and navy for Fall but you cannot beat a metallic or leopard to add some fun to your look.  Remember, they are both neutrals too and work year round.  And then there is the classic black.  If you are going to buy any of these, this one should top the list.  Everyone should have a nice pair of black pointy toe heels in their closet.  That is a given.

I hope you all have a wonderful time prancing around in your heels.  I am going to go lace up my sneakers….again….

One of my standard uniforms is denim on denim.  Sure it may seem a bit ‘Jay Leno’ but I find that not only is it incredibly easy, but when paired with a camel coat, leopard flats and classic black accessories, it is also extremely chic for Fall.

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If you find me wearing a tee shirt, there is a 99% chance it is an Everlane tee.  In fact, if it is a v-neck tee shirt, it is 100% an Everlane tee.  I fell in love with Everlane a while back and have since become an Everlane snob, ONLY purchasing Everlane tees.  It just made sense.  They fit extremely well, wash and wear even better and are only $15.  Compared to the $65+ I was spending on my tees prior that I never really loved, this snobbery was an easy decision.  My two favorites are the Classic v-neck and Ryan tees and tanks.  Believe me, you will love them too.

Since falling in love with their tees, my eyes have begun wandering to the other products they carry.  Their bags, shoes, and leather goods have the look of incredible craftsmanship, with simple and chic designs but carrying a price tag that makes my bank account happy.  As they launch new products I continue to be impressed.  And then they launched the “Modern Loafer” and I just about died.  If there is anything that will absolutely be added to my closet this Fall, it is these.  I will openly state that these are the best looking loafers I have ever seen and would work in EVERY. SINGLE. closet for Fall.

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Arriving in black, burgundy (my favorite) and olive, Everlane has created the perfect classic shoe for just about anything.  I imagine them with cut offs (yes, I know I image everything with cut offs…) and dresses right now while the weather is stuck in Summer but looking amazingly chic with an oversized sweater and skinny jeans when the temperatures drop.  And did I mention that these beauties carry a $165 price tag?  Crazy good, I know.

If you are at all curious as to how Everlane can charge such lower prices compared to other retailers for high quality products, here is their secret.  They call it “Transparent Pricing”.  On their site you will see their price along with the traditional retail price for each item.  Here is the Modern Loafer:

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So what does that mean?  When clicking on the traditional retail, you will see this…

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They are very clear on what it costs for them to make the shoe and very open about their markup.  After spending years in retail, I find it extremely refreshing that they are so transparent with this.  We all know there is a markup on the items we purchase but as you can see from this, sometimes the mark up is outrageous and Everlane is trying to stay away from that.  Their tees cost only $7 to make and cost you only $15 instead of $50 to purchase.  Pretty commendable don’t you think?

Moral of the story?

You should order yourself some tees and make your feet happy with some new loafers without breaking the bank.

You can shop the entire Everlane site by clicking here.  I promise, you will be hooked.

Happy Weekend!

I have an addiction to coats.  An addiction that really doesn’t make sense living in Orange County.  With the Winters we have, the weather rarely warrants them.  No, the true Orange County coat is the long cardigan.  Not quite as thin as a sweater but not nearly as thick as a coat.  They are the essence of cozy on cool days and can easily be transitioned from running around after the kids in boyfriend jeans and sneakers to dinner out in skinny jeans and heels.  They are easy to throw on over everything and light enough to carry around without being a burden.

Right now Bloomingdale’s is having their Friends and Family event and you can receive 20% off a number of long cardigans that will take you right from Fall to Winter.  Whether it is simple like this classic Vince Cardigan (I have had mine for years and it continues to be a staple) or colorful and printed like this blue and red MinkPink one  (added bonus: FUR!), you cannot go wrong with any of these.  Simply use the code: FRIENDS at check out!   Plus, you get free shipping with an online order.  Can you tell from my selection that I tend to have an addiction to neutral colors?  Just click the photo and it will take you directly to it!

You can shop the entire Friends and Family event by clicking here.  You have until October 5th to reap the benefits!

 

I had so much fun creating looks inspired by interior design for JWS Interiors that I thought I would keep at it, giving design inspiration for your home while also giving you some style inspiration to match!  What I love about this living room is the little pops of color and prints throughout.  Even though they have kept with a very white and clean look, there was the right amount of prints, textures and color to give the room some warmth.

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Black, white and red are pretty traditional but I love the pops of yellow and blue in the pillows and wanted to pull them into the look.  Sometimes it just takes a little bit of unexpected to make something rather simple and traditional a bit more fun.  Everything in this look can be worked into different looks from your closet, making each piece extremely versatile and perfect for Fall.

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Here is a little more from this color combination…

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