Archive for April, 2015


When I had Baby Girl, I became bored with my traditional ways of losing baby weight and began researching different types of workouts.  I popped into a Barre class and fell in love.  Not only did it melt away the weight but I loved the slow and controlled movements that helped create definition that I had never had.  It was perfect…until I fell back into my old workout ways and veered off the barre course, spending more time running and such.  After about a year, I didn’t return.

Fast forward to two weeks ago.  Baby Girl is just around the corner from turning 5 and I received an email from Barre 3 in Laguna Niguel to see if I would like to come experience their innovative 3-step sequence leading to balance, strength and flexibility.  Now, you all know how much I love a good workout and especially love trying something new, but I will be honest, I was a tad bit nervous.  It had been SO LONG since my last Barre class and I was certain that I would make a fool of myself.  I did what I always do when I am concerned about making a fool out of myself.  I brought a friend who had never done it either.  That way, we could potentially look foolish together.

Jessica, one of the owners of the studio, was our instructor and it was pretty amazing how quickly she made you feel at ease.  The movement was slow and small but HARD.  Yes, it is made seem silly to think that small movements could create the impact that it did but my legs will tell you, they were shaking.  And then my arms.  And them my abs.  Truthfully, every muscle in my body was shaking at some point through the class.  That being said, it was one of the most enjoyable, peaceful classes I have ever taken, which is weird because I also felt like I was going to fall over sometimes.  It was a crazy combination of a peaceful workout but also intense.  At the end, I felt as if my mind and my body both had an incredible workout.

So why is this Barre class different than all the others?  Well, it is the 3 step sequence I was talking about:

  1. Isometric holds work your muscles to their deepest point and increase strength and endurance. Holding still strengthens your muscles continuously; it also gives you time to make sure your alignment and posture are perfect before you move.
  2. Next, we add controlled 1-inch movements. These create just enough relief in the muscles to maintain the integrity of the hold for maximum benefit. By layering on one inch, you heat the body, increase your core strength, and rev your metabolism.
  3. After completely taxing the muscles, we flush out the body with functional, large, dynamic moves. This cardio blast lifts the heart rate, improves circulation, and energizes the body.

So it is Barre Plus basically.  And who doesn’t love a little extra something.  I know that if I am going to commitment to a workout, I want to maximize my results.  Who doesn’t?









I am now back to loving Barre and Barre 3 specifically.  Nikki, the other owner, and Jessica have created an environment where women can focus on both physical and mental health, both equally important in our crazy schedules.  They also understand the lives of moms and how hard it is to get your workout in when you have little ones so they offer childcare at the studio.  One of the hardest parts of getting into studios vs. large gyms is their lack of childcare and Barre 3 has taken care of this for you.  Amazing.


You will definitely find me back in the studio and I hope to see you there.  Barre 3 is located at 23882 Aliso Creek Rd, Aliso Viejo in the Whole Foods Shopping Center.  Thank you so much Jessica and Nikki for inviting me in!



Vans have been a long time staple in our home.  I have been wearing them since I was a little girl and have passed my love for them down to my children.  It is in fact one of the few lines of clothing that our entire family wears.  I love my leopard, the boys take theirs classic and of course Baby Girl needed the hot pink checkered.

I recently learned a little bit more about Vans that has made me love them even more.

Today launches the Vans Custom Culture competition.  This is a program that encourages High School students to celebrate creativity and raise awareness for declining funding in the arts programs across the country.  Over 2500 High Schools across the country are competing in this opportunity to win $50,000 for their respective art programs.  Here is a little look at last year’s Custom Culture final event in New York.

There are a number of things I love about this.  First and foremost, what an incredible way to connect with High School students.  I have to imagine that there is not a High School student out there who doesn’t not recognize the Vans brand.  It is well known and most likely worn by many.  Bringing together this connection in a creative way is genius.  I also love that this competition is focused on the arts.  A lot of times it feels that sports are given so much more priority over the arts and there are so many incredibly talented children and young adults out there that are never given the exposure they deserve.  I love that this competition allows young adults to push their creativity limits and create whatever they want.  Finally, I absolutely love that a large brand such as Vans is giving back and providing opportunities for those who may not have it.

To help celebrate the launch of this competition and the voting that is open TODAY to all of YOU, Vans has asked my little ones to create a custom pair of Vans.  Seems Baby Girl wanted to fill her entire shoe with I Love You’s and drawings while Middle Man went with his love for New York.

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You can vote for the top 50 entries by clicking here and I highly suggest checking them out.  These kids are beyond talented and I wish I had half the abilities that they do!

Needing a good pair of sneakers for summer? You can never go wrong with a pair of Vans.

* Thank you Vans for collaborating on this post.

If there is one thing I love about the Spring time, it is all the fundraisers.  There are so many good organizations in Orange County and I love attending events and learning all the good people are doing in Orange County.  One organization that always touches my heart is the CHOC Glass Slipper Guild, one of the largest fundraising arms of CHOC Children’s Hospital.   Not only do I have a number of friends involved in the Guild but I also have friends who have benefited from the services of CHOC when their children’s have needed it most.

This year’s annual gala is “A Night in the Bohemian Garden” and will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015.

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I hate to say that I am unable to attend due to another fundraiser that evening, but I am so proud of my friend Jackie who will be speaking that evening on her experience with her son and CHOC.  Bloomingdale’s South Coast Plaza is a major sponsor for the event so I teamed up with them and SpaceNK to walk through dress shopping and prepping for the big event with my dear friend and Board Member of the Guild, Bobbie Garza.  It was entirely too much fun.

First and foremost, we all need a dress.  This can be such a daunting task.  As I mentioned,  in a previous post, it frequently happens that when you need a dress, you cannot find a dress.  This is why it is important to try EVERYTHING on that catches your eye.  Sequins and silk, long and short.  You never know what you are going to love and often it is the dress you least suspect.  We walked the third floor at Bloomingdale’s and pulled everything that might work for the evening.


Bobbie was a great sport and worked her way through numerous dresses.  As we started to see which dresses we liked the most, we decided that a Bohemian-style dress was the way we wanted to go in order to compliment the theme.  I am not going to share which dress we selected because that would give away all the fun for her but here are a number of selections that we tried on (including the one she picked!), along with some other great dresses Bloomingdale’s carries.

After picking the perfect dress, we headed downstairs to meet with SpaceNK to go over what six essentials to getting “Gala Ready”.


From tightening your skin, to giving your hair volume to adding the perfect shade of lipstick, SpaceNK has got you covered for any event you are getting ready for.  The straightener and lift are currently on my “must have” lists.

As I mentioned, the CHOC Glass Slipper Guild’s event will be held on May 2, 2015 at the Newport Dunes in Newport Beach.  The Guild expects to complete the goal of funding a $1,000,000 pledge for the new 6,400 square-foot Post Anesthesia Care Unit for the Surgery Department of the new Bill Holmes CHOC Children’s Tower with the proceeds from this event.  The event begins at 5:00pm with a red carpet entrance to a spectacular lounge housed inside the same tent used at the Golden Globes.  Guests will enjoy speciality cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as they peruse the silent auction.  At 7:00pm, guests will make their way further into the stunningly decorated tent for dinner, a live auction and special presentation.  Following the dinner presentation and live auction, at 10:00pm the Gala attendees will head to the adjacent Back Bay Bistro for an after party featuring a casino and music to celebrate the night.

If you are interested in attending this event, please contact the Guild by clicking here.  Tickets are still available and it is sure to be a night to remember.

* This post was created in partnership with the CHOC Glass Slipper Guild and Bloomingdale’s South Coast Plaza.  All opinions are 100% my own.


This Spring Break was a lucky one.  My kids go to private school and very often, we have a different Spring Break than the public schools do.  It is baseball season so what ends up happening is that we will be given a week off of baseball while we are in school since the public schools are on break, and then our break hits and we have practices and games scheduled, making it extremely hard to sneak away.  As luck would have it, this year they overlapped and for the first time in years, we had NOTHING scheduled during Spring Break.  I have never seen parents run so quickly to schedule a vacation.

When it came to selecting where we wanted to go, one thing we wanted to avoid was a lot of travel.  With the hubby’s work, we wanted a location that was far away enough to feel like vacation and yet close enough that we could be there in a few hours.  Santa Barbara seemed perfect.  Bacara Resort and Spa has been on my list of hotels to visit for what seems like forever and so I was determined to make it work.  I was a little hesitant about bringing the kids simply because I was not sure if the other guests would love to have three maniacs running around while they are trying to relax in one of the nicest resorts in California.  I called the hotel to chat a little bit about that and what rooms would accommodate a family of 5 and the woman I spoke to put me at complete ease with bringing the kids and found us the perfect room.  The countdown soon began.

We arrived Easter afternoon to blue skies, an amazing room, a pool and a pool bar.  All five of us were in heaven.  This continued all week.  In fact, we were suppose to leave Wednesday but were enjoying ourselves so much that we added an additional night.  Thursday when we checked out we were all sad to leave but said we would definitely be back.

So what was so great about this trip?  First and foremost, the hotel was stunning and chic, yet understated in the most perfect way.  The service was fantastic and the food and drinks were just as good.  It was the perfect combination of pool and beach, with a view of the Channel Islands.  At one point I even told my husband that if he was to tell me we were in Hawaii, I would believe it.  It was secluded yet close to downtown Santa Barbara, which we ventured out to one rainy morning.  We swam, we ate, we went on a hike, we walked the beach, we relaxed, and simply, we received the downtime as a family that we needed.  It is rare that the kids love a hotel as much as we do.  It hit all points for all ages.  The cherry on top?  It was only 3 hours away from home.  No airport security.  No traveling all day.  We simply loaded the car and a few hours later, we were on vacation.

They had to pull me out by my heels Thursday when we left but I cannot wait to go back.  It was wonderful discovering another slice of heaven here in California.

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Spring doesn’t just bring loads of beautiful weather but is also delivers events galore.  From fundraisers to weddings, baby showers to wedding showers, it seems that the amount of events escalates and I find myself on a constant search for dresses.  Dresses of all sorts.  Evening, cocktail, day dresses.  This season runs the gamut of dresses to be worn.

I have and continue to tell clients that the worst thing you can do when you come across a dress you love is to not purchase it.  Purchase a dress just because?  Some may think this might sound irresponsible (why spend for no reason?) but here is the reality.  The day you need a new dress, the odds of you finding a dress that you actually like are not in your favor.  It always happens.  The second you are looking, you can never find what you love.  And the WORST thing you can do is buy a dress just to have a dress and feel so-so about it because you may wear it to one event but it will then begin collecting dust in your closet, never to be worn again.

For this reason, when I come across a dress that just fits right and shows some versatility, I purchase it.  That is how I felt with this Tbags Los Angeles dress from Bardot.  The color.  The fit.  Everything worked.  I wasn’t quite sure yet if I was going to keep it casual or dress it up but it didn’t matter.  I knew I loved it and that it would be the perfect Spring dress for any of the events we had in our future.

With a nice fundraiser coming up in early May, this dress will be making it’s formal appearance with some heels and accessories that will dress it up and match the occasion.  For now though, it seemed fitting to wear it barefoot on the sand, keeping it simple and letting the dress speak for itself.  That is the thing about a good dress.  It will always be worn…and usually…many times over.





<Dress: Tbags Los Angeles>

That is it!  The final look of my collaboration with Bardot and Vanessa Tierney Photography for the May issue of Focus Magazine.  I hope you enjoyed all the looks as much as I had fun putting them together with Bardot.  If you haven’t made a stop into Bardot, I highly recommend it.  You cannot help but fall in love with all the merchandise.  And if you are looking for a phenomenal photographer, I highly suggest contacting Vanessa.  She is a true talent and can create incredible images for you and your family.  Thank you Bardot and Vanessa for the fabulous collaboration!

Dress available at Bardot (2043 Westcliff Drive, Newport Beach, Ca. (949) 515-2710)

Photos via Vanessa Tierney Photography

You can view all four looks in this collaboration in the May issue of Focus Magazine




Stripes and a dress with some neon and neutrals thrown in.  Do I really even need to say more?

Stripes and dresses are two of my favorite things to wear in the Spring and Summer so naturally a dress that combines them both is going to catch my eye.  Add a lightweight fabric, light Spring colors and a short hem and this dress by Koch makes for a perfect Spring closet staple.  With the ability to be worn as a cover up, a dress, or a tunic, it is also extremely versatile.

Dresses for Spring and Summer have always been my go-to because you really do not have to think much about what you are going to wear.  It doesn’t involve contemplating what might work best together.  You simply grab the dress, slip it on and you are ready to go.  Dresses also make packing for vacation easy because they take up little space in a suitcase and can be transitioned smoothly from day to night with a simple change of your shoes.

This dress called for neutral sandals and boats of course.  Now if only I had a Pina Colada….




<Dress: Koch / Sandals: Urban Outfitters / Sunglasses: Ray Bans>

This Koch dress is available at Bardot (2043 Westcliff Drive, Newport Beach (949)515-2710)

Photos via Vanessa Tierney Photography

You can see all four looks in the May issue of Focus Magazine.



Is there anything more classically chic than a white button down and jeans?

If I could, I would wear a white shirt and denim every single day.  Every day.  I mean it.  It is my favorite combination.  Not because I am boring and don’t like change.  It is more because it is a blank canvas that allows me to do whatever I want.  Especially during the Spring and Summer months.  Sneakers and a baseball cap?  It works.  Boots  and a Blazer?  Sure.  Heels and a crossbody? No problem.  A white shirt and denim work with everything.

And you want to know the best part?

It is the most comfortable thing ever to wear.

When it came to choosing looks for this shoot at Bardot, this classic white button down and boyfriend jeans were the first items I pulled.  I love how boyfriend jeans look with a high heel and these DV booties took what could have been viewed as an extremely casual look up a notch.  This is the perfect for lunch with the ladies or date night with your man.  It will be on constant rotation for me this Spring and Summer.




< Shirt: California Tailor / Denim: Citizens of Humanity / Handbag: Chloe / Heels: DV by Dolce Vita / Sunglasses: Ray Ban >

The shirt and denim are available at Bardot (2043 Westcliff Drive, Newport Beach (949)515-2710)

Photo via Vanessa Tierney Photography

See all four looks together in the May issue of Focus Magazine.



A month ago Focus Magazine approached me and asked if I would be a part of their May issue.  They were bringing together four bloggers, each to showcase four looks for Spring and Summer.  Of course I was in and instantly reached out to two of my favorites, Bardot in Newport Beach and Vanessa of Vanessa Tierney Photography to collaborate with me on the shoot.

Bardot has and continues to be one of my most favorite boutiques in Orange County.  The owner, Dana, curates one of the best collections of designers I have seen and it is impossible to walk in and not want to buy half the shop.  When it comes to the chic Orange County woman, she is spot on and I knew her pieces would be perfect for the shoot.  Vanessa  is a photographer that I worked with last summer on our family photos and she created such beautiful work out of such a mess (five people, three children, one tantrum, a winery…God bless her patience) and I have been waiting to find a reason to work with her again.  This was the perfect opportunity.  Everyone was instantly on board and it was such a fun day of shooting on Balboa in some of my favorite pieces for Spring.  I have been waiting until the issue launched to share the shoot and luckily it launches today as I am not sure I would have been able to wait much longer.  So let us begin…

You know the phrase “never say never”?  Well, this is the truth.  Every time I stand committed to not doing something, I inevitably find myself taking my foot out of my mouth and doing it.  Case in point.  When high waisted shorts and cropped tops started creeping into the runway shows, I firmly stated that it was not for me.  No way.  Wasn’t ever going to happen.  I just couldn’t see myself returning to a look that I wore in High School

Then I tried on this Mara Hoffman top and bottom and BAM.  I was in love.  The print, the fit and the slight skin without exposing too much was perfection and I loved it.  It was chic yet comfortable.  Pulled together yet different.  It had to be mine.  So it is.

Taking my foot out of my mouth now.

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The Mara Hoffman pieces available at Bardot (2043 Westcliff Drive, Newport Beach (949)515-2710)

Photos by Vanessa Tierney Photography

Keep an eye out for more of my favorite Spring time looks this week!  You can also pick up the May issue of Focus Magazine on news stands now.

It is finally here. The day I have been waiting for. It is Good Friday, school is out, Sunday is Easter and we are getting out of dodge for Spring Break. I crave getaways like I crave chocolate. When it has been too long, I get the itch to travel somewhere that is not here and simply catch my breathe with the family.

For this reason, I will not be posting next week in order to enjoy some down time with the hubby and kids. I will be back on the 13th and it is going to be a good one. I partnered with one of my favorite boutiques, Bardot, Vanessa of Vanessa Tierney Photography and Focus Magazine on a fun project and I will be sharing it all with you that entire week. Stay tuned!

Of course I cannot completely stay away so if you want to follow along with our Spring Break adventures, you can on Instagram at @jugglinginheels.

Here is a small treat before I go.
This Free People dress is incredibly comfortable, perfect for Spring and is now under $100.

Free People She’s A Lady Dress

I wish all of you a very Happy Easter with your family.


From old concert tees to catchy phrases, graphic tees have been a staple in my closet for years.  I love how versatile they are.  Sure you can pair them with a pair of shorts and sandals for a casual day or running around but they quickly transform when worn under a blazer with skinny jeans and heels.  You really can wear them everywhere.  Some of my favorite are by Sundry and Zoe Karssen but you can find graphic tees EVERYWHERE.  From Old Navy to ShopBop, you won’t have a hard time picking up a few.  Here are some of my picks.

Here are some of my picks…