Archive for October, 2014

It’s Halloween!!

I really do not have much love for Halloween to be honest BUT, it does kick off the holiday season, which I LOVE!

And it is officially here!

For the next two months we will attend more parties than we can count, eat and drink more calories than we should and spend unlimited hours chatting and laughing with family and friends.  The most wonderful time of the year indeed.

November and December are so packed with fundraisers and holiday parties that it is the perfect time to invest in some fabulous dresses.  My go-to’s for this time of year are sequins and lace.  Why not glam it up a bit?  Parker, Alice & Olivia, DVF, just to name a few.  There are so many holiday collections that create beautiful sequins or lace pieces that will take you from your November fundraiser right up to New Year’s Eve party.  Your look is made easy because going with sequins or lace allows you to keep everything else extremely simple, letting the dress to own the show.  Added bonus?  Though these dresses may be considered more of an investment piece due to price, they are classic and can be in your closet for years to come, making them worth it.  These are some of my favorites (two of which were worn to last weekend’s fundraiser and I just adored).

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And in case you wanted a little more…

If you are still not sure on the investment, I highly recommend checking out Rent the Runway, a great alternative for all your holiday parties.  You can rent your sequin or lace dress for the quarter of the price!  Check out their selection by clicking here.

I am back!

Yes, a post-fundraiser hangover kept me from getting a post together for Monday.

I just needed a day off.

And now I am back with an open plate and so excited for the holidays to begin!  Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.  This is my FAVORITE time of year and I am excited to get it all started!

This is also the time of year when I love to pick up all the details.  Winter leads to so many layers, cozy pieces, getaways (I cannot wait to celebrate Thanksgiving in our favorite place!), fireplaces, etc.  The list could go on and on.  I find that I love to shop for all these pieces but they can quickly add up!  To help keep your costs down but still provide you with some fabulous pieces for cooler weather, I have pulled together some favorites that are all under $50 (some even $17!).  You can look fab all Winter and still have plenty for all your upcoming Christmas shopping.

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< Scarf – $17 / Vest – $50 / Beanie – $9 / Backpack – $50 / Sweatshirt – $30 / Boots – $35 / Socks – $17 / Distressed Jeans – $35 >

And in case you wanted some more options…


I grew up with Givers.

It has always been there, since I was a little girl.

No matter where we were, if there was someone standing on the street corner asking for money, my dad would roll his window down and hand them some cash.  He would then always say “Just remember, it doesn’t matter what they do with the money.  It matters that someone asked for help and you gave it to them”.

Every Sunday at church, my parents would put their check in the basket.

When schools began asking for donations, they would donate.

My dad did the bread run with my brother all throughout his High School years, picking up day old bread and delivering it to the homeless shelter.

Both my parents have and continue to sit on boards of incredible charities, donating countless hours to ensuring the organization’s success.

My parents have not always lived as comfortably as they do now, but one thing has never changed.  Their giving.  Whether it has been their time or their money, they have always been generous with it.  I now appreciate how hard this must have been at times with 6 children.  They have always said, “the more you have, the more you give”, but they also lived this.  And I am remember watching as a little girl, and letting it all sink in.

I never realized the impact this had on me until I became an adult and Mother.

See the thing is, actions speak much louder than words.

I can tell my children over and over again that it is our responsibility to always give.  I can tell them to donate time, make donations and always support those in need, but if I am not showing them how to do it, how will they get there?

I have spent the last two years Chairing a fundraiser and there are only two reasons that I have;  My parents.  When I see someone on the corner asking for money, I give them whatever I have in my wallet, because of my parents.  When asked for donations, the husband and I do not give simply what we want to give, but try to stretch to give as much as we can, because of my parents.  We both sit on boards today, because of my parents.

Without knowing it, I learned how important it is to give back, thanks to my parents.

And now it is my turn.

I have three sets of little eyes watching me.

My actions need to speak louder than my words.

My hope is that they watch and learn what it means to donate their time.  They will learn that it doesn’t matter what individuals do with the money they hand them, just that they helped someone who asked for it.  They will support organizations they care for, realizing that the more they have, the more they should give.  They will learn to get involved with local charities.  They will learn not to be selfish with what they earn, challenging themselves to give as much as they can.  My hope is that through what  my husband and I are doing today, it will make for three givers in the future.

And then one day, perhaps their children will learn the same.

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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.



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.

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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.



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!








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

< Dress / Jacket / Booties >

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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< denim shirt / coat / jeans / handbag / sunglasses / belt / flats >

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