• Cabi Spring 2018 Scoop!

    A little over a month ago, I had the privilege of attending for the second year in a row the Cabi Clothing Scoop where they debuted their entire Spring 2018 Collection :) this year was extra special however because on top of the invite, Cabi asked me if I was interested in partaking in something a little extra too!

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    As one of their fashion influencers, the Cabi team requested that I tape a short recorded broadcast a few hours before the actual Fashion Show that would air on all of their social media channels. And the best part?! I would get to film the segment wearing an outfit from their upcoming Spring 2018 Collection!

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    And of course, I responded delightfully = something to an extent of an “Ooo!!” Not only was I pumped to wear the clothes before they even hit the runway but also looked forward to dusting off those skills from my “television host” years and step back in front of the light of the camera ;) see my full clip below!

    What do you think?! From hand-selecting my look to actually shooting the clip, it was such an honor to be tasked with such a fun responsibility that day and we got it done in just under two takes, y’all . . . AND managed to do so with not too many Cabi stylists catching-on to the unfamiliar Cabi threads ;) haha!

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    “Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” — Abraham Lincoln

    And if you think my ensemble was cute that day, just wait until you watch the entire Fashion Show [located above] for yourself :) and STAY TUNED as in the coming weeks I will be sharing with you how I have personally incorporated this spring’s Cabi trends with my own particular breed of style. SO FUN!

    Photos by 656 Photography

    Videos by Cabi Clothing

    Outfit Details:

    Sunglasses: Betty & Veronica / Glasses & Clutch: Kate Spade New York / Earrings: J.Crew

    Blazer, Top, Belt, Pants & Shoes: Cabi Clothing

     

  • Rainbow Me, Lover!

    HaPpY Valentine’s Day, LLMers! I hope this blog post finds you doing something nice or kind for yourself today. Our household doesn’t really do Saint Cupid Day because our anniversary is the 10th and all . . .

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    But then again, now that I think about it, I don’t know if I’ve ever really been into this holiday. I mean in grade school, SURE! But past that, not so much! I’m a firm believer that each day on the calendar should be filled with love and happiness AND maybe even little indulgence whenever you can manage it ;)

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    I mean life is a celebration in itself, right?! And THAT’S why I try to dress colorfully for the occasion as each day is a true gift in this CrAzY beautiful thing we call LIFE! You would be AMAZED to find out how much more cheery you would be day-to-day with a brighter wardrobe as the rainbow’s the limit, y’all!

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    Because I have personally found when it comes to myself and my closet and my state of mind, a colorful outfit for a day that might be filled with challenges or a foul mood or simply just an bad anxiety day, can be flipped completely into a HaPpY one with just a taste of the rainbow. You should definitely give it a try!

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    “Dare to love yourself as if you were a rainbow with gold at both ends.” ― AberjhaniJourney through the Power of the Rainbow: Quotations from a Life Made Out of Poetry

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    It’s a [life]style choice I have gone to embrace more and more over the years and its HaPpY-ness pay-off has been like receiving a new box of Crayola’s the first day of Kindergarten each and every day ;) SO, whether you’re off to a romantic date for two tonight or are just celebrating the LOVE that’s inside of you, I hope this day is a COLORFUL one for you AND make sure to TREAT yourself to something nice. XOXO!

    Photos by 656 Photography

    Outfit Details:

    Glasses & Clutch: Kate Spade New York / Necklace & Bracelet: MoMA Store Online

    Dress: Alice & Olivia / Pumps: Katy Perry Collection

    P.S. – Remember how I had the flu a few weeks back?! Well, here’s a FUN FACT = this was the day I got sick and I had a 102º temp while taking these photos. MIND OVER MATTER, folks! Mind over matter.

  • Smooth Criminal

    Oy vey! My apologies, peeps, for no blog post last week. I had every intention of writing it on Tuesday [like I do every Tuesday] but after my #stylecrazed photoshoot that morning with 656 Photography I quickly discovered that I had a 100º temp = YEP! Jenna got that nasty flu bug that’s been going around – putting me out of commission all of last week, which of course, sucked because who likes being sick AND secondly, we all know how well I sit still ;) LOL! But the good news is I am better now [minus my sinuses and their love/hate relationship to those Santa Ana winds] I attribute my quick bounce back to my clean lifestyle, lots of puppy love, and binge-watching Madam Secretary on Netflix [thank you, Ashley, for the awesome recommend] now I’m back and ready to get caught back up on that ole to-do list, but not before I share a new #OOTD with you! I know SPRING is right around the corner but I’m still fully enjoying my WINTER wardrobe and feeling like a SMOOTH CRIMINAL in this layered ensemble complete with hat!

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    This is sorta of outfit I love = one that just totally falls together with ease. I had originally put this necklace, dress, tights and pumps together for the San Diego Business Journal’s 500 Party where my husband was being honored in December, but then upped the entire look once when I received this surprise of a delivery coat from Cabi [it was initially sold out] and purchased this cool fedora from Nordstrom over the Christmas holiday. Is it just me or do you buy every fun hat you run across online?! Haha.

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    I know this can be considered a little overdressed for SoCal’s laidback ways, but since I’ve never been one to try to fit in, I’m not worried about it ;) PLUS in my year of embracing my “MORE IS MORE” eye for design, this ensemble is the HALLELUJAH to any wardrobe hungry’s PRAISE! Can I get an AMEN?!

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    It’s just another colorfully-flawless look that makes me genuinely smile and be happy on this CRAZY-BEAUTIFUL journey we call life :) and that’s exactly what the armor in our closet’s is meant to do for us, ladies = to lift us up when we don’t feel delicious, give us strength when we are weak, and to ultimately let the world know how proud we are of who we are! Let your clothes help with the load when we just can’t!

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    “My day-to-day wardrobe, I do mix it up. I’ll wear something from Target along with something by YSL. It’s about finding the right items that make you happy.” — Ginnifer Goodwin

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    So don’t be afraid to be bold and mix it up ;) this is unlike any other outfit I have worn here on LLM before and I am just loving it; embracing it in all it’s uniqueness and smoothness. I hope this will encourage you to do the same and play it up with the items already at your finger tips! MUAH!!

    Photos by 656 Photography

    Outfit Details:

    Fedora: Nordstrom / Glasses: Miu Miu / Necklace: Ash & Ames / Coat: Cabi

    Dress: DVF / Tights: Amazon / Pumps: Katy Perry Collection (ON SALE!!)

  • Mixing Years with Prints!

    2018 . . . so far, so good = only in its third week of its new orbit and this year has already got me pretty busy, y’all, with lots of prospective Homebird Upholstery clients, a YouTube channel launching in a few months AND the Cabi Scoop happening right here tomorrow at the San Diego Convention Center. Yep, I have this gut feeling that this particular set of 365 days is going to be a jammed pack one [but in a totally good way] so I better buckle up, Buttercup, because it’s not the time to walk but to sprint with GLEE :)

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    I honestly don’t know what’s gotten into the “new and improved Jenna,” but DAMN girl, you have so much buoyant ENERGY! I guess it’s because I’m just so jazzed to devour all the things on my plate all the while actually feeling grateful for all the CRAP that happened over the past few years. I’m quickly learning that sometimes you’ve got to crawl through those dirty/back-stabbing trenches in order to see that bright/positive future of a SUN ;) taking the best of your past and making the most delicious LEMONADE.

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    And that’s what this OUTFIT OF THE DAY is all about = mixing two of my favorite wardrobe items from 2016 and 2017 to create one brand new SWANKY look! You might recognize the top from when I dared to wear silk pajamas in public back in April of 2016, OR my striped pants, from my most popular blog post in 2017 when I embraced my inner flower child and climbed to top of a very spring-tastic mountain last March [IN HEELS] see not everything was shabby the past two years . . . my closet grew in chicness too!

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    Then you pair these older babies with some funky frames, a fiercely-red faux fur collar [you know to help bring out that top’s subtle rouge] fishnet stockings and those blue velvet platforms AND you’ve got yourself the sort of “more is more” ensemble that I’m always striving for ♥ LIVING MY MOST COLORFUL SELF ♥ embracing all of my quirks, addictions, flaws [not to mention] that Packman mouth of a Mrs! HAHA. And that’s what I hope to help you gain on here = for YOU TO DO YOU and ONLY YOU!

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    “I think that a woman wears so many hats, we have so many aspects to us that we’re not just one thing. We represent so much within us and that kind of comes across for me as a designer through mixing prints and colors.” — Rachel Roy

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    Because I am armed with the knowledge of how powerful individualism can be in this life and I know that I have struggled on my own to keep this vision clear with you AND have probably [at times] come across a little narcissistic, but honestly the reason I started this blog over five years ago was to help others find their HaPpY as I was finding mine. It’s a constant evolution, y’all, just like our closets ;) and that’s why you should prepare yourself for LOTS of change coming to LLM this year. It’s going to be FABULOUS!

    Photos by 656 Photography

    Outfit Details:

    Glasses: Kate Spade New York / Faux Fur Collar & Red Fishnets: Amazon

    Pajama Top: Olivia Palermo + Chelsea28 / Pants: Alice & Olivia / Platform Heels: Steve Madden

  • The Pilant Pack

    As you’re well aware by now, #MeAndD’s four children have four legs = we have an eight-year-old English Bulldog named Hazel, an eight-year-old Miniature Pinscher named Killer, an eight-year-old Miniature Dachshund named Nella, and an almost fifteen-month-old Border Staffy puppy named Cash. That’s our pack. That’s our family. That’s our world. ♥ Shortly after Cash turned one-year-old in October and was well on his way to becoming one hell of a dog, our sweet Hazel started to show her age. You see ten years old is OLD for an English Bulldog and with Hazel getting closer and closer to her ninth birthday this April, every moment we have with her is extra precious. SO one day I shared with D my yearning to have some professional photos taken of our pack. “I’ll never forgive myself if we don’t have a really nice photo of our little family.” And although my husband is not a HUGE fan of “having professional photos taken,” he obliged my wish. Enter Julie of Julie Ferneau Photography! Julie and her boyfriend, Louie, are good friends of ours. In fact, Louie is Louie of 656 Photography; the photographic wizard that always makes this #stylecrazed gal look so good in the pictures you see here all the time on LuckyLittleMustardseed.com ;) and his other half is equally as talented! With her photography business however her focuses are mainly engagements and weddings, but when I asked her if she would be at all interested in taking our “pack” photos, this fellow dog mom was all ears and holy-moly, did she deliver!! I practically spent all of last weekend obsessing over her work and how wonderfully beautiful all of the photos she took turned out. I mean not only did she get all the dogs to be such little models [move over Zoolander!] she also made my handsome D feel super at ease as well. I think it’s safe to say that Julie is 10% photographer and 90% therapist, because she is a photographic wizard as well! I just can’t get enough of ’em, y’all :) now I’ll share with you how our furry four-legged family came to be . . .

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    Me and D met after midnight on New Year’s Eve going into 2012 [well, I guess since it was somewhere around 12:30 a.m. it was technically New Year’s Day and was already 2012 but just stay with me] we were both at this party I was the event planner of . . . both were there with other people [awkward turtle!] once we met there was an instance connection but we did not act on it [in fact neither of us even acknowledge it to each other] until our paths crossed again a month or so later. I was newly legally separated from my soon-to-be ex-husband, where I had earned sole custody of the two miniature dogs we had adopted together . . . AND D had just broken-off an engagement a couple of months prior and had recently moved from Kansas City, MO to San Diego with his stocky female bulldog for a job promotion. We were both adjusting to our new lives as single dog parents when love stepped in ;) feel free to gag here, y’all! Lol. I’m not trying to make it mushy. It’s simply what happened!

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    So then there was this new couple with three dogs, insanely in love, trying to figure out how to all live together in harmony in this condo located in the Carlsbad Village of North County San Diego. Oh yeah, did I forget to mention that we moved into together quite quickly?! Haha. Well, judge all you want, but it’s almost six years later and here we still are = in love and with even another dog! Yes, we might just in fact be clinically CrAzY, but I’m getting ahead of myself here . . . so after four and half years together, I think it’s safe to type that Me and D had mastered how to keep our blended family balanced and HaPpY. “Killer likes to only lay here.” “You can’t leave Hazel and Nella alone in the same room together.” “No more sleeping in our bed with us. They sleep in their crates.” Things like that. It may not have for most people, but it worked for us. AND THEN, in November of 2016, while volunteering through D’s work at Harrah’s Resort Southern California, we decided to haphazardly rescue a seven-week-old puppy named Cash [you can read more about his said adoption here] which completely turned our household upside down!

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    But Cash is paws down the best decision of our life together so far ♥ well that, and taking a chance on each other back in 2012 and moving in together, eloping, and buying our home together, but you get the picture :) Cash is our seventy-eight-pound love child and there is just something so CrAzY special about rescuing this [once] little fur-ball together. I mean not to steal a line from Tina Turner, but [Cash is] simply the best! An initial challenge in the beginning? Absolutely! I mean he was so little that he really should have still been with his mom AND our other three [older] fur-babies really despised him at first, which broke our hearts. But now look at us = looking all cuddly and fly and sh*t for Julie Ferneau’s camera ;)

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    “Animals have come to mean so much in our lives. We live in a fragmented and disconnected culture. Politics are ugly, religion is struggling, technology is stressful, and the economy is unfortunate. What’s one thing that we have in our lives that we can depend on? A dog or a cat loving us unconditionally, every day, very faithfully.” — Jon Katz

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    That was until we ALL allowed our true colors to show right in front of Julie’s lense. This is seriously my favorite photo of the entire bunch = Cash wanting all the love and not realizing how big he’s grown . . . D trying to keep Cash from licking his glasses . . . Killer chilling like all middle children learn to be . . . me dying laughing from the chaos . . . Nella being unsure and nervous around Hazel . . . AND Hazel, well, simply not giving a f*ck and unapologetically just doing her own thing. Yep! That’s our pack. That’s our family. That’s our world. ♥ Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to Julie of Julie Ferneau Photography for taking such fantastic photos of us at PVCC AND to Louie of 656 Photography for tagging along that day to act as a professional wrangler ;) WE LOVE THEM and I can’t wait to frame!

    Photos by Julie Ferneau Photography

    D’s Outfit Details:

    Glasses: Warby Parker / Sweater: Victorinox Swiss Army / Jeans: Paige / Boots: John Varvatos

    My Outfit Details:

    Glasses: Ray·Ban / Necklace: COS / Sweater: J.Crew

    Long Cardigan & Pants: Cabi / Boots: Kelsi Dagger (Oldies But Goodies)

    *Quick Style Tip: If your husband is like mine and isn’t a huge fan of having professional photos taken, allow him to pick his outfit first! That way he feels super comfortable with what he’s wearing and then you can just simply base your outfit around his ;) works like a charm and you’ll avoid an “outfit” debacle!*