Archive for February, 2014

On Wednesday, a situation left a bad taste in my mouth.  I won’t go into details but here is the jist.  I told someone that something they did was inappropriate.  They absolutely did not like to hear that and the response was extremely rude and disrespectful.  Normally, I would let this eat me alive.  It would bother me and I would become more infuriated and probably say things I shouldn’t because, well, I tend to have a temper.  But I didn’t.  I just realized that in the grand scheme of life, it was just not worth engaging in.  My desire to stay away from negativity and worry led me to simply, shut my mouth, walk away and not worry about it again.  And since it did leave me with a yucky feeling, I figured my only option was to do something good.  So, I walked over to the One Good Deed a Day diary I was given for my birthday back in September and decided to start giving it a try.  One year of good deeds, one done each day.  Flipping through I realized how crazy easy so many of them are and that I should have started this a long time ago.  I instantly felt better and this only confirms that when we see negativity, we have two options.  To allow it to fester within ourselves, growing from nothing into a monster, or simply choosing not to let it get to us and move on with a smile.

If you missed it this week…
I tried looking better naked…   
I finally cooked again
I bailed on Wednesday…

Happy Weekend.
Spring Break Wish List

Sunglasses: Ray-Ban / Beach Tote: Calypso St. Barth / Cover Up: Calypso St. Barth / Bikini: Eberjey / Flats: Tory Burch / Hat: J. Crew

Watching the retailers fill with gorgeous beach-ready suits, clothing and accessories, I am getting incredibly anxious for summer.  Warm weather, beach visits, late mornings, no school.  IT IS SO CLOSE!  Well, okay, it still a few months away but I am already counting down.
And just because the weather hasn’t caught up, it doesn’t mean our closets can’t.

I have been absolutely terrible with recipe posts lately.
It is not that I haven’t been cooking, it is just that I haven’t been planning appropriately and am usually enjoying the meal when I realize that I should have taken some photos.

With Spring on its way, I am going to be better at this and begin sharing some yummy recipes that are perfect for some nice weather (which I swear is coming soon for those outside of California.  We will stop monopolizing I promise!)

The hubby has an affinity to eating Paleo right now.
I do not.
In fact, I turn B*tch when I eat Paleo.
This lady needs her carbs, bread and chocolate.
But this is totally off subject.

He has been following it pretty well lately and so I was looking for some recipes that would be Paleo but that I would also eat.
 And then I found these Zucchini Parmesan Crisps.
I mean, they are just zucchini!
Well, after making them I was told that since I used cheese and bread crumbs, they are technically not Paleo.
So I ate them alone.
And they were FABULOUS.
He totally missed out.

Um, okay.

It didn’t take me long to reply back to Get Fresh when they offered to send me one of their 3-step Body Treatment Sets.  I mean, who doesn’t want to look better naked?  Beyond that, I have also had a terrible time with dry skin this year and the treatment was created to combat dull, dry and lackluster skin.  

Sign me up.

I followed the three step process of exfoliating with the body scrub, detoxifying with a body mask and then moisturizing with the body cream.  It was easy, simply, didn’t take much time and made a drastic improvement to the texture of my skin.  Did I look better naked?  Well, my skin sure felt better!  Added bonus: the lemongrass scent is amazing and who doesn’t like to not only look better naked but also smell fabulous?

Get Fresh is a family owned bath and body business that began in Santa Monica in 1997.  I loved all the products they sent me but there are two things that really stood out to me about this company.  The first is that they are very open about their faith on their website.  You rarely see that these days and I highly respect that.  Second , they donate a share of sales to wounded veterans successfully reintergrate back into society, recognizing that the only reason they are able to successfully run a family business is because there are men and women protecting us, keeping our country safe and peaceful.  I know I say this a lot on here but my favorite businesses are those that give back to others.

Get Fresh carries a large line of soaps, lotions, body butters, soaks, masks and many more.  The prices are great (the Look Better Naked set is $29.80!) and they are offering all readers a 20% discount from now until March 10th.  Simply use the code JUGGLING at checkout!  I highly suggest taking a look at everything they offer and perhaps picking up something for yourself by clicking here.

* Juggling in Heels did receive complimentary products but the opinions are 100% my own.

Reality is always more interesting than fiction.

Over the past few months, I have taken a detour from my traditional fiction reads and have become consumed with autobiographies.

We know where so many “famous” people have ended up but rarely do we acknowledge where they started.

So far, I have loved books by Diane Vreeland, Rob Lowe, Simon Doonan and Diane von Furstenberg.  I am currently reading Grace by Grace Coddington, the Creative Director at Vogue and it just might be my favorite.  

I find how people began in their careers absolutely fascinating and love the tell-tale story that success is NEVER handed to you.  Plus, the fashion world is CA-RAZY and the stories these individuals tell are priceless.  

Are there any autobiographies that you have read that are a must?  
I would love to hear!

If you missed it this week…
We spent the day at this Orange County favorite
I admired some Street Style
I shared a new obsession

Happy Weekend.

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When I was a younger girl, my father developed an addiction to sneakers.

No matter how many pairs or colors he had, there was always a new pair to pick up.  

During the 90’s, my dad and every NBA Star were building their sneaker collection.  

And look where we are today.

Sneakers are EVERYWHERE.

And no longer are they only seen at the gym or with the most casual of looks.

Dresses, skirts, leather pants, skinny jeans.

You name it, sneakers have been invited to join.

And I love this because THEY MAKE SENSE!  

Not only because there are moments when I desperately need a pedicure and need to hide the toes, but because I am running around all the time and though even flats and boots can be comfortable, nothing compares to sneakers.  I also love the way they look with a more formal pant or dress because what fun is it to always follow the traditional rules?  Plus, talk about the perfect shoe that is just as practical in winter as they are in summer.

So my dad was on to something.

Like Father, like daughter.  

With New York Fashion Week complete and London Fashion Week in progress, it is hard to not be enamored by all the looks; both on and off the runways.  Street Style has and continues to be just as much a part of Fashion Week as the shows are, showcasing some of the best fashion has to offer.  Here is just a snippet of some of my favorites.  I could really flip through these all day long…

All photos via Harper’s Bazaar

It has been a while since we have had a day to do whatever we wanted as a family.  President’s Day gifted us with a day free of practices, school, work and games so we took advantage and headed down to one of our favorite spots, Laguna Beach.  Laguna has such a unique feel to it, unlike many of the beach cities here.  A little more laid back.  A little more eclectic.  It is definitely a place to recenter and enjoy some smiles with the kids.  We spent the day running on the beach, enjoying lunch at The Cliff and even though the clouds began to roll in, we weren’t going to miss shakes at the Ruby’s Shake Shack.

You can find some of our other Orange County favorites here.

In our crazy scheduled world, there seems to be no time for simply enjoying other people’s company.  We so often run from one event to the next and forget that the meaning of life is not how many sports are kids are involved in, how many things we can volunteer for and how many hours we can work.  The true meaning is developing lasting relationships with people who make you better, support you through the ups and downs of life and become family, not just friends.

As I mentioned at the beginning of the year, my resolution this year is to create more moments like this, slowing down the schedule and making time to gather around the table with special people in our life.  Saturday night was our first attempt and what a night it was.

Babysitters were booked, the menu was planned and we spent 7 uninterrupted hours with some incredible friends.  I honestly cannot tell you all the topics that filled these 7 hours but I do know that I have not laughed that much in a long time.  I also know that no one wanted it to end, leading to me finally getting into bed at 2am.  It was wonderful.  And exactly what the hubby and I intended when began planning.  I cannot wait to do it again.

And thank goodness today is a holiday because this 35 year old cannot bounce back like she used to be able to.

The resolution is off to a good start and such a special reminder of what is really important in life.  
I am already looking forward to the next dinner.

And of course, it wouldn’t be a holiday weekend without some great sales across the internet.  Piperlime has a great selection of new Spring pieces and is offering 25% off these items with code HAPPY from now until February 18th.  I have picked out some of my favorites below.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope everyone has a wonderful time celebrating those individuals truly special in their lives.  Spouses, children, friends and family make such an impact on who we are and though it can sometimes be stamped as a “Hallmark holiday”, there is something sweet about showing some affection towards those we care about.

Our plans?

To eat dinner at home with the kids, drink some good wine, watch a movie and see how fast I can inhale the cake above.


If you missed it this week…
Baby Girl and I had our makeup done
I have my eye on these baubles
This was one of my favorites from Fashion Week…

Happy Weekend.