Archive for February, 2015

Eye shadows sometimes look amazing in the package, or even when applied by a professional and then end up being anything but. I have discovered this one too many times and have way too many unused eye shadows to show for it. So in an effort to save you the time and that twinge of frustration when the color just doesn’t look quite right, here is my list of the top four colors to get yourself now.

1. Chanel – Taupe
Your eye color will pop when you apply this just in the crease of the eye. Chanel shadows have baked in color for a more saturated pigment and longer lasting wear. And this easy to wear, classic shade will last you forever.

2. Mac – Brown Down
This is the best neutral brown I’ve ever found. No shimmer, no fuss, just the perfect brown. You can use this in the crease for a more natural daytime look or all over the lid for a smokier eye.

3. Stila – Kitten
Yes, every beauty editor is correct. This is the best highlighting, shimmering shade you can find.

4. Bobbi Brown – Rose Gold
The husband of eye shadow colors. Like I’m married to wearing it. The shade is so pretty all over the lid and is perfect alone in the daytime or worn as a base in the evening. It has the right amount of shimmer and warms up the complexion beautifully.

Until next time JIH readers, happy shadow shopping!

XX
Anne
@mommygloss

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Let me start off by saying that I know I missed a post on Monday.  If you follow along with me on Instagram, you may have thought it was because I over did it in Vegas (which I may have…).  The truth is, I had every intention of posting and was actually working on a post when Baby Girl came to me crying that her arm hurt.  The same arm that she said hurt after wrestling with her brothers the Thursday night before we left.  This time, it didn’t look quite so nice so I left the screen right where it was and rushed to the ER.  Four hours and a fractured arm later, I never went back to the post.  I instead spent the rest of the night feeling TERRIBLE that she had fractured her arm on Thursday and we did not have it looked at until Sunday.  Granted we were out of town and she did not mention it again but seriously, Mom of the Year, right here.  So there you have it.  Nothing like an exciting trip to the hospital to kick off the week.

So instead you are getting Monday’s post today.  And it is a good one because it involves amazing accessories and only $19.

Have you heard of ROCKSBOX?  I had seen a bit over social media but had never really looked into it.  Then they reached out and I did a little research and now I am just upset I am not the one that thought of it.  Here is the scoop.  First, you become a Shine Insider by complete their survey, providing them with an idea of your style.  You also create a “Wish List”, previewing their inventory and selecting items you would like to wear.  Second, you get three pieces to wear on loan.  You can wear them as much as you want and send them back for three additional pieces as often as you would like.  Every set has three pieces of jewelry and averages a value of $200.  This all comes at only $19/month.  I am calling it the Netflix for Accessory Lovers.  Genius.  The added bonus?  If there are any pieces that you just do not want to send back because they are a must to keep, you do not have to.  You can simply purchase it online and not return it with the rest of the items.  You also receive $10/month to put toward any of your purchases.

For someone who is very particular about jewelry, this service is awesome to try out pieces prior to buying them and only keeping the ones that I love.  My first order arrived over the weekend and it contained a Perry Street Cicily Necklace, Ashiana London Two Stone Bracelet and a Gorjana Mesa Ring.  The set was exactly my style and I was actually a bit surprised at how on point they were.

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I love the pieces and plan on getting some wear out of them throughout the next week.  I even already purchased the Gorjana ring with my credit because I cannot stop wearing it.  So far, so good!

Now here is the fun part.  Beginning today, ROCKSBOX is is offering all Juggling in Heels readers 1 month FREE!  All you need to do is simply use the code jugglinginheelsxoxo when you check out and your first month is on them!  Why wouldn’t you try it out I say?!  You can sign up with ROCKSBOX by clicking here and begin creating your own wish list.  This code is only good for 30 days so make sure you do not miss out!

Happy Accessorizing!

Call me crazy but I have already fast forwarded to Spring, warm nights and music festivals.  You can blame the summer weather we have been having here in Orange County but I CANNOT wait for Spring to officially arrive.  This look is inspired by my upcoming visit to StageCoach.  Yes, I realize this is not until the end of April but like I said….CANNOT wait for it all.  I merged three of my favorite Spring trends into this one look; loose fitting dresses, gladiator sandals and fringe.  Oh how I love it all.

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< Dress / Crossbody / Ring / Sunglasses / Sandals / Necklace >

As the weather continues to stay warm in Orange County, my palette for clothes seems to be slowly lightening up.  My all black uniform seems to be too harsh these days and the lighter shades are beginning to creep in.  One of my favorite combinations is grey and white.  There is something extremely refreshing about this combination that makes me think that Winter is slowly leaving us and Spring is right around the corner.  Of course, with out a little color it might come across a bit drab so just at touch of pink to the nails and lips adds some softness and light to an otherwise clean canvas.

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< Sunglasses / Tee (30% off) / Watch / Snood / Jeans / Crossbody / Heels / Nail Polish / Lipstick >

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I know this completely unfair.  As the East Coast bears down for freezing temps,  I am looking out at 84 degree weather, perfectly blue skies and kids playing in the backyard.  It is amazing and greatly appreciated.  I do love my layers but this weather is getting me excited for beach days, sandals, backyard parties and dresses.  Spring is right around the corner and I can feel it (literally).

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Back in the days when I worked at Nordstrom, I always found Valentine’s Day gift shopping humorous.  Men would come in and say that they wanted to get their lady some lingerie as a gift.  I found myself smirking thinking to myself, “isn’t that really a gift for you?”.  I mean, she gets lingerie, she puts it on, man is extremely happy.  I would list off a number of things in my head that this woman would probably enjoy more than some lingerie.  It wasn’t that I was against lingerie, it was just that I understood how personal it is and how it is important for the woman to select herself, ensuring that she can try on the pieces and select those that make her feel strong and confident while also sexy and seductive.  But I never said anything. I would help him select some items, wrap them up and send him on his way.

Today, I still believe that lingerie is a very hard thing to buy for someone else.  That doesn’t mean, however, that I do not think there are some incredible intimates that make the perfect gifts.  Top of my list that I constantly reference to clients are pajamas.  Pajamas can be sexy and intimate but still conservative for those women who have children running around.  My favorites are Maison du Soir but I am also fond of Eberjey, Wildfox and Zoe Karssen.  Women more often than not won’t spend money on nice pajamas and make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.

If a man wants to give a little more intimate for Valentine’s Day, I always suggest a bralette and/or matching sets.  Women can wear these every day, not waiting for the “special occasion” of lingerie, making them a bit more practical than those pieces that sit in the bottom of the drawer forever.  They are sexy, simple and there are so many beautiful designs filled with lace and prints available all over the place.  Plus, they are easier to get right than an entire lingerie set.  I am obsessed with the Vanity Lace Bralette by For Love and Lemons and both Eberjey and Hanky Panky make very simple yet beautiful sets.

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Most the time, sales can seem a little less than exciting.  Most often they are items that are “out of season” and whatever you may be craving for the upcoming season is exactly what is NOT marked down.  No, more often than not, it is past season items that they are trying to clean out.

ShopBop is an exception.

Yes they have a number of fabulous Winter pieces on sale but more importantly, they have some incredible pieces marked down that are perfect for Spring and Summer.  I have selected 20 easy items to add to any closet that are all marked down but you can visit the entire ShopBop sale by clicking here.

Happy Friday.

 

Brunch.

The best meal of the day.

Not breakfast.

Not dinner.

Some beautiful place in between that offers you all the deliciousness of breakfast, the justification of a Bloody Mary, a reason to dress up and good company.  Who has ever said that they don’t like brunch?  No one.

I would take the opportunity to attend a brunch any day of the week, which is why I jumped at the opportunity to taste test the new Brunch menu at Fig & Olive in Newport Beach.  The added bonus?  They were also launching a children’s menu alongside the Brunch, which made for the perfect opportunity to turn this into a Girl’s Day with my daughter.  Dresses, delicious food and of course, a stop at Fashion Island after.

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There was a lot of anticipation prior to Fig & Olive first opening their doors.  It instantly became the perfect destination for Girl’s Nights, Date Nights and Happy Hour.  From day one, they have been delivering incredible food and service in Newport.  Brunch however, was not something I had anticipated.  When I received the invitation I instantly thought, “NEW BRUNCH SPOT!” as I would eat Brunch three times a day if I could but I was also questioning whether they would be able to deliver to the expectations of someone who has eaten Eggs Benedict at every restaurant in south Orange County.  I was also a tad bit concerned about bringing a four year old into a restaurant that I have consistently perceived as an “adults only” location.

The entire experience far surpassed my expectations.  First and foremost, let’s chat about the food.  They started out with chocolate croissants.  Need I say more?  Baby Girl ordered the chicken fingers from the children’s menu while I over-indulged in the Fig & Olive salad, one of the best Crab Cake Eggs Benedict I have ever had and I washed those both down with Baby Girl’s truffle fries.  Perhaps I could have stopped there but I have never been one to say no to dessert.  The Chocolate Pot de Creme was to die for.  If you have ever wondered why I work out, it is for meals like this.  We ate and ate and ate and I could not have enjoyed the entire meal more.

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Then there were the children.  The staff was perfection when it came to handling young ones who couldn’t quite sit still for the entire meal.  Whether it was delivering their chocolate milk, refreshing the bread basket or bringing their entrees out with our first course, they made dining with children easy. Believe me, that is a challenge unto itself.

Now regarding the details.  The pre-fixed brunch menu is $28/person and also provides you with one complimentary children’s meal for those 10 and under.  This not only makes for an extremely delicious morning out but also a reasonable one.  Brunch is offered Saturdays and Sundays at the Newport Beach location: 151 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, Ca.

You can book your reservation by calling the restaurant at 949-877-3005

Thank you Fig & Olive for hosting Baby Girl and I.  We will definitely be back.

 

Our playroom has served a fantastic purpose over the years.  Beyond giving the children a place to play, it has hid all the toys that have piled up in our home.  There is nothing better than keeping toys contained in one spot over seeing them EVERYWHERE in the house.

Now that the kids are getting a bit older, our playroom is not as necessary as it has been in the past.  For the most part, Baby Girl is the only one who uses it while her brothers opt for being in their rooms or upstairs in the bonus area.  The room just isn’t as necessary as it has been.  On the flip side, as the kids get older, the amount of work they are required to do at home has continued to grow.  The small homework packets have transitioned into studying, projects, nightly homework and of course, busy schedules involving both school and sports.  This has led to homework being strewn across either our kitchen table, dining room table, or island, depending on where they have decided to set up camp for the day.  It is beginning to drive me crazy and so, we have decided to transition our playroom to a kids study room/kids office.

The hope is that we will have three works stations in there, one for each child, so that they have their own area of sorts where they can study, do homework, keep track of their calendar and keep all their school supplies.  It will also provide them an area to charge their school iPads and type of reports and projects.  Rather than have this spread out all over the downstairs, I am hoping it will be a welcoming space that provides them a little more structure at homework time.

Land of Nod has always been one of my favorite places to pick up children’s furniture so I have been working with one of their designers to create a room that can be of use now but will also accommodate them as they get older.  There are so many ideas out there and I am scouring them all.

So it is official.  We are those parents who no longer need a playroom.  I can’t believe we have grown up that much already as a family but I will say that I am beyond excited to not have to clean out a toy room anymore!

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