Archive for September, 2012

“Paris is always a good idea”
-Audrey Hepburn

I completely agree Audrey.
It is an even better idea when it is Paris Fashion Week.

Now if I could only convince the hubby to move there….

Cheers to a fabulous weekend!




My friend E recently asked me to help get her closet in order.  I jumped at the chance of cleaning out someone else’s closet and shopping for them.  Who wouldn’t?! 

First came the leopard print flats and then I found this military jacket that I thought was not only the perfect addition to her Fall wardrobe but an amazing price of $64 (which is why I bought it too.  I promised her I would never wear it when she did)!  We began discussing the challenges some women have to think outside the box and wear the same item a number of different ways.  I was instantly inspired and created two totally different looks, easily transitioning from day to night, with our her new purchase.

From Day to Night: The Military Jacket


From Day to Night: The Military Jacket by sarah-jih featuring yellow gold jewelry

The first look on the left is E’s typical day of the week.  School drop off, running errands, pick up and practice.  You all know I love stripes so that is a no brainer and every outfit is just better when there is leopard involved.  Plus, the stripes and print add a little texture to the jacket, denim shorts and simple handbag and jewelry.  You all now know her early Fall uniform.

For the majority of people, this jacket is and would stay in the “casual” category but I actually LOVE the idea of mixing a little masculine casual with some very flirty feminine pieces.  A quick change to skinnies and any black stiletto, followed by the addition of a printed blouse, earrings and a sassy clutch and this jacket becomes the finishing piece to a great dinner outfit. 

Anyone else have an item they want some help with?  Send me an email and I will pull together some looks for you too!


I know that I have mentioned before that one of my sponsors, Deal Blade continues to support local charities when you purchase one of their daily deals, but I have yet to really highlight the charities they are supporting, along with the organizations they are developing new and creative ideas with to help support their cause.

Since launching in May, Deal Blade has supported the following organizations through sales on their site:


Not only has Deal Blade provided donations to these organizations, they have been working closely with them in order to help promote their causes while marketing Deal Blade.  The next step for them is to begin supporting fundraisers for local schools, providing students the opportunity to sell across the web instead of going door to door with catalogs, all the while raising money for their schools.

What I love about this company is that even though Deal Blade is focused on continued growth within the Orange County market place, they have not lost sight of their intention to give back.  I know I always say it but I truly do have a passion for giving to others and I appreciate that Deal Blade has incorporated this into their sales and make it easy for people to donate while shopping for themselves.  

It really is a no-brainer right?

If you have not signed up for Deal Blade yet, you can do so by clicking here.

Happy Shopping (and Giving) Everyone!  


The SugarSNAP girls have done it again!


You may remember the product review I did on the SugarSNAP files back in March.  These files have made keeping my handbags, pool bags, park bags and diaper bags (yes, I use a lot of different bags) much more organized.  Who knew they could tops these!

The ladies over at SugarSNAP decided that all our bags are not the only things that need organization.  I am guessing they saw my car and realized I, and every other mother out there, needed some help in keeping their cars organized too.

Say hello to The Car-Go System.

This system takes everything I love about my files, everything I hate about the amount of items crammed throughout my car, and brings together a one-stop, everything I need, woops I forgot it but there it is, organization system that I cannot get enough of.

With school starting only a month ago, I have found that with three children, practices, games, classes, grocery shopping and everything else we are running around trying to manage, I am spending more time sitting in my car than anywhere else.  I have also found that with Baby Girl in tow the majority of the time, there are often things that I forget for her (extra diapers, toys, books, snacks.  You name it, I have forgotten it).  Thanks to the Car-Go System all these items sit in the back of my car, ready to be pulled out whenever I need them.  Plus, the mess that was all over my car is now perfectly organized in one spot.  Take a look.


One of the best parts of this system is that the files can be removed if you need to take something with you and my other files from the diaper bag can be put into the system so I am not doubling up on things.  Mixing and matching.  Just like my clothes.

I have been using my system for little over a week now and it has actually allowed me to carry less in my bag because I know it is already stocked in the car.  It has also saved me a few times thanks to forgetting to grab diapers and wipes.  Plus, my car is a lot more clean, which I did not think was possible.  I love, love, love this system.    

You can order this Car-Go system directly from their website here and, because they are so nice, if you use code JUGGLING, you will receive 20% off your purchase of any sugarSNAP products from now until October 31, 2012!

The next order of business is a new car.  Who would have thought we would outgrow a Yukon?!    

* Juggling in Heels did receive a complimentary Car-Go system to review but all opinions are 100% my own and I love it.


As promised, I took some time this weekend to hunt around and find some new recipes to share.  Of course I need some new dinner options but the top of my list was to find some homemade after school snacks for the kids.  They come home extremely hungry and beyond the normal fruit, cheese and crackers, I have not had much around for them.

I had picked up the September issue of Cooking Light as one of my resources and came across a recipe called “Popcorn Balls” with a stamp of “kid-friendly” on it.  That was good enough for me!

I made them over the weekend and the first two words that pop into my mind are TASTY and EASY.  My boys loved them (sorry Baby Girl, no popcorn for you) and asked if they could have them every day after school.  They are made similar to rice krispy treats but I love the variation of pretzels, peanuts and popcorn.  And really, anything covered in marshmallow is good.  I added a stick to each one to create little lollipops and this made it much easier for the boys to eat.  This is definitely a recipe I will be making again.

Popcorn Balls
Cooking Light, September 2012
page 32

1 tablespoon canola oil
3 tablespoons unpopped popcorn kernels
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 1/4 cups mini marshmallows
1 cup honey-nut toasted oat cereal
1 ounce pretzel sticks, broken into pieces
1/4 cup chopped dry-roasted peanuts, salted

1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat.  Add kernels; cover and cook 4 minutes, shaking pan frequently.  When popping slows, remove pan from heat.  Let stand.
2. Melt butter in a pan over low heat.  Add marshmallows; cook 2 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Add 3 cups popcorn and remaining ingredients; stir.  Cool 2 minutes.  Form into 10, 3 inch balls.  Cool 5 minutes.

For another kid-friendly snack, these granola bars are a hit too!
Friday,  
THANK GOODNESS YOU ARRIVED!

Orange County has settled into an extremely comfortable 85 degrees, the sun is shining, games are here and we have a BBQ with friends planned tomorrow.  

YEA!

I know that I have totally sucked at posting recipes lately so I am committing to digging myself out of that hole and finding some delish things this weekend for all of you to enjoy.  In the meantime, you should definitely try making this Curried Chicken Salad Wrap.  It was fab.

I hope you enjoy your weekend!

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Who loves collaborations?

It seems like everyone just cannot get enough of these collaborations and they continue to pop up among some of the best designers in the world.  And they do not seem to be slowing down either.  

The next collaboration about to launch is the ALICE by Temperley for Stella and Dot.  This is one I cannot wait to see.  Alice Temperley has been one of my favorite designers for a long time.  From the Duchess of Cambridge to Sarah Jessica Parker and Sienna Miller, Alice has dressed some of the most fashionable women in the world.  I love the glamorous feel she gives to her designs and can only imagine what she is going to create for Stella and Dot.

Here is a little clip of the collaboration, where the inspiration for the line came from and what to expect when it launches on October 1, 2012!
To shop the entire Stella & Dot line, click here!

Though I have not really embraced the whole “fashion blogger photos” yet, I am starting to have fun posting photos on Instagram (@jugglinginheels) of what I am wearing.  It started with Fashion’s Night Out and I just kept going.  


When you know you are going to post a photo of what you are wearing, it makes you spend a few more minutes getting ready.  You think about how you can push the limits on what you are putting on and perhaps wear something in a way you may not have in the past.  Believe me, I am not crazy, but it is fun to make being casual still cute.

Here are a few recent “looks” that I have posted.  I promise I am not trying to hide my face.  The problem is that when you are 6ft tall, you do not fit into the entire iPhone frame and I want to make sure you get the shoes!
Birthday Dinner – Dress: T by Alexander Wang, Jacket: Vintage, Shoes: MICHAEL Michael Kors, Accessories: Stella & Dot, David Yurman, Brunello Cucinelli
Casual Sunday – Shirt: Madewell, Dress: Susana Monaco (similar), Shoes: DV by Dolce Vita
Date Night – Blazer: Banana Republic (similar), Dress: Anthropologie, Shoes: MICHAEL Michael Kors
Casual Weekday – Shirt: Sabine (similar), Cutoffs: old Rock and Republic jeans, Shoes: DV by Dolce Vita, Accessories: Stella & Dot
Fashion Show: Shirt: Madewell, Skirt: ASOS, Booties: DV by Dolce Vita (similar), Clutch: Club Monaco, Accessories: Stella & Dot, Ceek
Middle Man’s Birthday Party: Top: I have no idea, Shorts: J Brand, Shoes: Sam Edelman, Ring: Ceek 
I am laughing because now that I have written this out, I apparently have had a thing for Michael Kors, DV by Dolce Vita and Stella & Dot right now.  Oh well! What are you going to do!