Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas

I am going to step away from the blog for a bit and enjoy my favorite week of the year with family and friends close by.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday filled with lots of love and laughter.

Thank you so much for being a part of my 2012 and I will "see" you all in 2013.

Merry Christmas.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Coffee Table with PLANKS USA

Back in October I mentioned in this post that PLANKS USA, a custom furniture store based here in Orange County, offered me a coffee table to experience their hands on design process.  I am so excited that right before Christmas the table has been delivered and I am obsessed!

The process was incredibly easy and so hands on.  Here is how simple and easy they made the entire design process.

Initially, the Head Designer came out to visit my home to help determine the right size and shape for the coffee table.  He listened to my taste, what I was looking for from a functionality standpoint, my plans for decorating and the shape of the room.  I loved that he immediately suggested a round table due to having children that could easily hit a corner and get hurt.  Through our discussion, we both agreed that an oval table would look amazing.  Not only would it fill the center of the room but who has an oval table?!  It was going to be so unique!

The next step was me visiting the showroom and picking out the legs that I wanted.  They had what felt like a million to pick from.  After looking at samples and magazine inspiration, this is the one I picked.

I also decided on the final design of the table and went with one that would have both a top and bottom similar to this table below.

After only a week I received a call that the table was built and to come in to ensure it looked how I was expecting it to.  This way, they could change anything I requested prior to staining and finishing.  I love this because a lot of time, what you order is what you get and it is not always what you expect.  I absolutely loved it and couldn't wait to see the final product.

The last step was selecting the final finish.  They put together some samples for me based on our discussions and I was able to see my options in person prior to creating the finish on the table.  I am a huge fan of samples because something can sound great but you never really know.  They had so many options it was nice to talk through the selection and what would look best.  In the end, I went with a worn black waxed look on the legs and a dark black finish on the top and bottom.

Yesterday the table was delivered and it completely surpassed all expectations.  It is absolutely gorgeous and the quality is impeccable.  The room was completely transformed (and I need a new rug...but that is a different story).

I could not have been happier with the final product and the people at PLANKS USA were such a pleasure to work with.  They are located in Lake Forest and I highly suggest visiting their website here if you are in the market for some new furniture.  The hubby and I are already creating our list of what we would like to have them build next.  I am definitely a returning customer.  Thank you so much PLANKS USA for everything! 

* Juggling in Heels was provided this coffee table free of charge from PLANKS USA but all opinions are 100% my own.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

#20acts #26acts

Before I start, I must say that I went back and forth on writing this post.  I actually wrote it two days ago but then chose not to post it.  Not because I didn't want to share, but because I didn't want people to think I was showcasing my act.  Then I read one of my favorite blogs, Chasing Twins in Louboutins, and she posted on the subject, stating that sharing is not boasting but hopefully inspiring (you can read her post here).  The post inspired me to share in hopes that it inspires others as well.  So here it goes.  This was my original post you would have seen yesterday.

I, like so many others, have been spending the last few days trying to still make sense of what occurred in Connecticut.  There really are no good answers and I constantly battle between the feelings of fear, anger and confusion.  

While at the gym, I heard the report on Ann Curry's #26Acts of Kindness.  The message is that the best thing to defeat evil is acts of kindness.  I was instantly inspired.  Why am I allowing fear control my thoughts?  I could be a part of this movement, spread kindness and firmly believe this world is amazing rather than wallowing in pain.  So, I took action.

Yesterday afternoon three friends joined me at my home to sign 120 Christmas cards in honor of each individual lost at Sandy Hook.  The time spent together doing this cleared our heads, allowed us to share our fears and truly made me realize just how amazing my friends are.  It was therapeutic and allowed us to act when we have all felt so helpless.  

We then shared what we were trying to do with friends, family and coworkers, asking each of them to take a couple cards, place $10 inside and then leave it on a car, in a mailbox or simply hand it to a stranger.  A small Christmas gift in honor of those who were lost.  Within 24 hours 120 cards were handed out for distribution and 120 acts of kindness began in Orange County.  I have been incredibly touched by how excited people were to participate in this when it was mentioned to them.  My community truly is amazing.

As I said, above, I am not telling you this story to showcase what we did.  I am simply sharing in hopes that it might inspire you to do the same.  It doesn't have to be cards.  It can be anything.  Kindness comes in so many forms and has the ability to have a huge impact.  And every act that is done, helps to spread the word that we as a civilization are made up of good people who care for each other and no one act can take that away from us.

So will you join me?

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Retired and some chili

Today is the day.  
My last day of work.  
It is sort of crazy.  
After 7 years with my company, working part time for 5 of them, I have finally walked away.
It was a hard decision as I have always loved my job but it was time for the family.
I am excited to be able to spend more time at the kid's school and with organizations my hubby and I believe in but am a bit nervous for the change.
Plus, I should be able to keep my head on straight now.

And now switching topics completely, the other night I made Cheeseburger Chili by Rachel Ray, which really, was just a fancier name (if cheeseburger is fancy) for Chili Cheese Fries.
They were the perfect cold weather meal.
Hearty, unhealthy and DELISH.
 I would have taken pictures of the process but honestly, ground meat simmering in a pot is not a pretty picture so here is the final product.

A few things to note:
1. I used frozen fries because I was not that motivated to make my own.
Yes, I ran out of regular milk and only had almond and unless you want your chili to have an after taste of sugar cookies, do not attempt this.  It was a bad idea and that is why you see shredded cheese.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Wish List: Chloe 'Marcie' Shoulder Bag

I know this is the time for giving but I could not help but eye this beauty while Christmas shopping the other day.

Chloe 'Marcie Large' Leather Shoulder Bag
I have been eyeing it for a while online but it was SO MUCH BETTER in person.
Of course I picked it up just to see how fabulous I would look carrying it.
Who wouldn't?

Monday, December 17, 2012


A child's innocence.
It is one of the greatest gifts in life.
My children have been spending their days searching for their elf, playing with the nativity, decorating Gingerbread houses and counting down until Christmas.
Their world is a happy, wonderful place filled with so much excitement.

Unfortunately, my world has seen something very different.
The events that occurred on Friday have shaken me, as they have to many.
I don't want to think about it because it brings about every fear that I have ever had as a mother.
I know I need to think about it because it is real and I need to pray for these families.

I am so grateful that I can hug my children and cry tears for the mother who no longer can.
I am so grateful for all the blessings in life but so saddened that this may be the world my children are growing up in.
I believe that the world is truly good but get so angry when the value of life seems lost.
It has been a hard few days.

Sometimes I wish for the innocence I had as a child.
Living in a world where I didn't know these things happen.
It made everything a lot easier didn't it?

I pray that all our children continue to have the innocence they so much deserve and my thoughts and prayers continue to go out to those children and families who were stripped of it entire too early.

May God Bless you all this holiday season.

Friday, December 14, 2012


Words cannot express how excited I am that today is Friday.

The hubby gets home today after being on the East Coast all week and between teacher conferences, minimum days, birthday parties, working and trying to get things in order for Christmas, I am toast.

I have been fantasizing about some down time this weekend all week and have even gone as far as to make it visual.


Doesn't this all just look yummy??

How much down time I actually get is yet to be seen (I am guessing based on the way our weekend looks, not much) but there is absolutely no way this weekend is going to end without me taking a bath, drinking champagne and overeating desserts.

On a side note, that blanket on the top right is the BEST BLANKET EVER.  It is faux fur and from Restoration Hardware and I am obsessed with it.  I walk around the house like a 2 year old with their lovie.  If you are looking for the coziest blanket to curl up on the couch, this is it.  

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

2 going on 16

Well, we are there.

Baby Girl no longer allows me to dress her each day.  She is ADAMANT about what she puts on and will refuse anything else.  Everyone told me we were going to get here, I just did not realize it would be this soon.  

I am totally letting her go with it though.  Fashion is about creativity and I do love that she is so invested in her "look".  Does she sometimes look like a homeless Man Repeller?  Yes.  Does it kill me to take her to church in a teal tutu?  Absolutely.  But she owns it and isn't that the whole point of fashion?  Also, if you weren't sure, pink boots are in.  Especially if Hello Kitty is on them.

Anyone else have a daughter who is defining her own style?

Also, I want to thank Wendy, a reader who saw yesterday's post and picked up the scarf for me!  
Dying!  Thank you thank you thank you! 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


How did I miss this at Target?
No, it is not a rolled up raccoon.
It is a Fur Scarf for $15 and somehow I have not walked out with it yet.
I am obviously not perusing the store nearly as detailed as I should be.
The website says all my local Targets are out of stock too.
That is what I get for listening to my hubby and only going in for what I "actually need".
I mean, come on!  
Fur and $15?  
It was meant for me.
If you find it in your local Target, I am jealous.

Monday, December 10, 2012

So What Happened?

After this post on Friday, I had a couple people ask me over the weekend whatever happened and if I was able to pull off getting ready for the event.  I am happy to tell you that yes, it all did come together and mostly because of my 10 minute stop at Nordstrom.

Between my hair appointment and picking up my son, I had 15 MINUTES to run into Nordstrom to see what they might have.  This is how it went.

Minute 1: Walked directly to the Savvy and Via C sale rack
Minutes 2-4: Hit the DVF, Milly and Kate Spade sale items and grabbed three dresses in my size.
Minutes5-7: Tried on all three dresses and liked the DVF one.
Minutes 8-10: Purchased the DVF dress and was headed out the door.

I think it was a record.

Add to the fact that it was $230 off and I was pretty proud with myself.  Was it truly "black tie"?  No, but it was going to work!

Here is my look from the night.

A few pretty pieces added, a pair of shoes that were perhaps 20 years old and a hubby looking handsome in a tux and I was good to go.  Crisis averted!

The dress is still available at Nordstrom so I thought I would share because it really is a beautiful Plum color and could be worn to numerous events.  Plus, the price is pretty fabulous.  

 This is now my first and last time EVER leaving something so last minute!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Dear Pretend Stylist...

Dear Pretend Stylist,

Here is the situation.  Tonight I have a Black Tie event and I am drastically ill-prepared.  Let's start at the top.  I had originally scheduled a cut and color hoping for a fabulous blow out that would last me until the evening.  Unfortunately my children's school did not realize the importance of this and scheduled a minimum day.  The good news?  My grey hairs will be covered up.  The bad news?  I am now going to be running out with wet hair and no cut to avoid being "THAT MOM" who was late for pickup.  

As far as a fake tan goes, I promise a spray tan was scheduled but then I decided to take my daughter to Disneyland instead.  I could not help but notice the spray tan Rapunzel had and was slightly jealous.  My chalky skin is going to have to do.    

As for my nails, you are correct in assuming that it is gold nail polish, it has been on for over a week and is chipped EVERYWHERE.  My toes...well, that dark nail polish is really turning against me right now.  A manicure and pedicure just weren't in the cards this week.

Finally, the dress.  I am just going to come out and say it.  I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR.  That is all.

Please tell me how I can turn this around and actually show up looking half way presentable, and perhaps like this (I picked this because our hair color matches so it sort of gives you a head start).
Thank you in advance for performing a miracle.

Dammit, what am I going to do about tonight???!!!

I hope you all have a fab weekend (and perhaps are able to get your nails done)!

Thursday, December 6, 2012


I cannot even believe I am writing this post.
It just means I have succumbed to something that I was so adamantly opposed to in the beginning.
It is just like that Taylor Swift song "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together".
The first time I heard it I could not stand it.
The thousandth time I heard it I was turning it up and singing along.
Same with the sneaker trend.

When the first high top sneakers came out, I could not deal.
Perhaps they reminded me a little too much of the "Pump" Reeboks I owned in the 80's.  
After months of them not going away, I am not finding myself craving a pair.
I did own a pair of the Michael Jackson LA Gear High Tops in Junior High so perhaps it was fate.
Which pair am I craving?
This one.

Tory Burch Benjamin Leather and Flannel High Tops
But don't worry, there are MANY others out there from numerous designers.

MICHAEL Michael Kors Glam Studded High Top

Steve Madden Olympiaa High Top

Topshop Aerobic2 Wedge Sneaker

Where do you stand on this?  Love?  Hate?

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Birthday Cheers for the Hubby

Happy 35th to the best...
a girl could know!

I also love that he is willing to stop mid-dance to get a great over-exposed camera photo.  
That is pretty important in a relationship.

Love you babe!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Life As We Know It: D.C Edition

Yesterday we got back from Washington, D.C and I am having a total vacation hangover.
It has been a while since I was on the East Coast (with the exception of NY) and I had forgotten how beautiful it is.
From running around Ashburn, VA to visiting the West Wing in the White House, each day brought so many fun memories for the family.  Our friends truly created an amazing trip for us.

Since I am just too tired to download all of our photos right now, here is what was captured on our iPhones.

Thank you SO MUCH to the B family for hosting us!  We miss you already!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Capital

Jonathan Adler George Washington Pillow

We are in Washington, D.C!

We arrived yesterday and are taking in what it means to experience an East Coast least for a few days.

The next few days will be spent enjoying time with friends we have not seen in a while, taking in D.C and all it has to offer, and taking advantage of the opportunity to share another part of the country with the kids.  To fully enjoy some "time off", I will be taking a break from posting tomorrow and Monday but will be back next week!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


He's eight!

I cannot believe it!

It continues to amaze me how fast life can go.

I blinked and my first born become a boy.  
Not a little boy, but a boy.
And he is right on his way to being a young man.

He is OBSESSED with ESPN and EVERY sport imaginable.
He lets his little brother win when they play football outside.
He does the sign of the cross on his little sister's forehead before she goes to bed.
He tells me that he is going to go to college at Alabama and play in the NBA.
He tells me he loves me when I least expect it.
He truly is a blessing to me and the hubby.

Happy 8th Birthday Oldest!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Medicine Cabinet

Chalk it up to the bi-polar weather we have been having (or perhaps the steady increase of cocktails due to the rise of holiday parties) but my skin has been taking a beating over the past few weeks.  Anyone else have this problem?

I have added these items to my routine and could not be happier with how they are treating my skin.  I would call them miracle workers but then you may say I am simply dramatic and disregard my praise.  So, I would simply say, if you would like to slow aging just a tad, or perhaps "may" indulge in some holiday festivities of your own, definitely give some of these a try.
EVE LOM 'Rescue' Mask
I have mentioned numerous times my obsession with the EVE LOM Cleanser (daily ritual is amazing) but I have also now added this mask to the list.  I use it on nights prior to going out and it makes your skin baby soft, making makeup application as smooth as can be.
Cleanser + Mask = Perfection.
Dior Addict 'Lip Glow' Color Reviver Balm
This is like lip balm on steriods.  It makes your lips incredibly soft, adds some color to them and can be used on its own or prior to applying lipstick to ensure it goes on smooth.  I use this every morning and keep in my purse for additional applications.
Darphin Predermine Replenishing Anti-Wrinkle Cream
Makes your skin incredibly soft and I have definitely noticed a difference in my fine lines. I use it at night, every night.
It is my favorite part of my bedtime routine.

Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream
My Best Friend J introduced this to me over the summer while we were visiting in Chicago and I have been using it ever since.  I wear this Monday through Friday when I want some basic coverage without wearing foundation.  Plus, I am a sunscreen freak these days and love that it has SPF.
Butter London West End Wonderland
Okay, this does nothing for your skin but sparkles and I love it.

Click here and here for some of my other medicine cabinet favorites!

Monday, November 26, 2012


So, I gave in.

On Friday I stated that I stay away from all malls on Black Friday like the plague.  Well, not in those words.  I am feeling a little more dramatic today.

And the truth is, I did stay away!  Until Sunday.

With our trip to Washington D.C. looming, I thought I would try and take advantage of all the sales and collect some warm, cozy sweaters for the 35 degree cold I am about to throw myself into.

In typical Sarah form, this is what happens.

I go into a million stores with "SALE" signs everywhere and find nothing.
I venture into H&M and Zara for a second only to dislike how crowded they are and leave.
I walk into Club Monaco where half of the store is an additional 30% off of all their sale.
And I fall in love with a FULL PRICED, NO DISCOUNT, amazing sweater.

Club Monaco Aran Sweater

As I said, typical.

But I LOVE it.
So cozy.
A beautiful winter white.
If it came in other colors I would have snapped them up too.
And it was one of the ONLY sweaters I found in South Coast Plaza that is thick, long sleeved and will actually keep me warm in cold weather.
Apparently we do not sell many "real" sweaters in Orange County.

And speaking of sweaters...
If you do not follow me on Instagram (@jugglinginheels), here is the hubby and I all dressed up for my parent's Ugly Sweater party in what I would like to call "Christmas threw up on us" outfits.

Pretty right?

Friday, November 23, 2012


Black Friday.

One of my most favorite days of the year....and not because of the deals.
I actually hate shopping on this day (blame my days at Nordstrom).

No, I love it because it is the day we spend getting the entire house ready for Christmas.
The lights are going up on the house, the hubby is setting up the tree, I ordered our Christmas cards and our Elf, Stop (named by a once 4 yr old little boy) has arrived.
By the end of the day our home will be prepped for Christmas and I will be dressing up in the most ugly ensemble I can think of for an Ugly Sweater Party, a perfect way to kick off the upcoming month of parties.

There really is nothing like the month of December and Christmas Time.

I hope you are all enjoying this holiday weekend as much as am I!
Until next week!

Thursday, November 22, 2012


I am so thankful for....

I have been so blessed with such incredibly family and friends in my life and today I am beyond thankful for each of them.... including so many more who are not shown in these photos.  This post truly could have gone on forever.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


I would like to thank the Serena and Lily Private Sale for having this fab elephant quilt for Baby Girl's "Big Girl" room.
My hubby would like to thank you for offering it at half the price.

If you have not made a visit to the Serena and Lily Private Sale yet, you MUST take a look.
They have SO MUCH and it is all up to 50% off.
Things are selling out fast though and it only runs until Friday so don't wait! 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Adding to the list and a winner

First and foremost, I want to congratulation my Stella & Dot Personal Stylist, Sally on the arrival of her BEAUTIFUL baby girl!  I can only imagine all the Stella & Dot this little one is going to own.  Sally continues to be a fabulous sponsor of Juggling in Heels and I couldn't be more excited for her.

My top three picks for this month shift a bit from simply jewelry to some of the other items Stella & Dot now carry.  If you haven't shopped the line lately, you may not be aware that they have ventured into the land of handbags, scarves and tech accessories.  Though I am still a sucker for their jewelry, I am finding myself drawn to some of the new items as well.
Bryant Park Scarf in Poppy
I am obsessed with the elephant print on this.

Jewelry Travel Case
I could really use a better jewelry travel case that is a bit larger than the one I have.
This case makes everything so nice and organized for this OCD brain.

Delicate Gold Plated Cross Pendant
Of course I need to include at least one piece of jewelry.
I love the mixing of metals in this.
Such a pretty piece.

Also, the winner of the Four Peas Giveaway is.... 

"I liked Four Peas Inc. on Facebook AND I recognize the "guitar" backpack from a little boy in my son's kindergarten ;)" 

Please email me by clicking here so I can gather your information to send on to Four Peas!

Thank you everyone for entering!

RANDOM.ORG is the website utilized to select the winner of Juggling in Heels giveaways.

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