• Husband’s Shirt

    Okay, so don’t that title fool you = this is NOT my husband’s shirt . . . HOWEVER, it fits just like one :) see a few years back [when we were still living in the Carlsbad Village] I acquired this Marc Jacobs shirt as a FINAL SALE item [my apologies as I don’t remember what merchant] from the looks of it online, it seemed to be more fitted, but once it arrived to our house, I quickly discovered it was boxy AF :( which was not so great for a string bean like myself AND I couldn’t return it. Grrr. I did still love it though with it’s classic white and blue stripe mixed with this “I didn’t even know I could ever love a floral” print – not to mention, the cute but oh-so random pocket on its bottom left. It was simply unique enough that I soon became determined to make this shirt work.

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    I honestly tried everything, y’all = wearing it “as is” untucked with jeans [silly] open with another shirt underneath [just awful] paired with overalls [looked like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man on top] BUT it wasn’t until I figured out the subtle art of tying a front knot that this shirt transformed from a FINAL SALE FAIL to a STAPLE PIECE in my closet that I wear AT LEAST once every two weeks. I do this by leaving the last button at the bottom of the shirt unbuttoned. I then gently fold the back shirt tail under and continue that lite fold around the front. I finish by tying the front two parts of the shirt in a loose but attractive knot. Yep, easy as that AND it creates the illusion that I totally meant to wear this button-up shirt like this from the get-go! HAHA.

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    Glasses: Prada / Button-Up Shirt: Marc Jacobs / Culottes: J.Crew

    Purse: Kate Spade New York / Slide Sandals: Dolce Vita

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    “I don’t know, but I always loved that image of a girl putting toenail polish on a guy – her boyfriend, or something like that. Or a guy waking up in the morning and reaching over and putting on his girlfriend’s shirt. Like Keith Richards putting on one of Anita Pallenberg’s blouses, or Courtney Love putting nail polish on Kurt Cobain.” — Marc Jacobs

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    Pretty cute and chic, right?! Now, every time I wear this shirt I think about those scenes in Someone Like You, where Ellen Barkin‘s wearing the shirt Ashley Judd‘s character purchased for Greg Kinnear [God, I love that movie!] I mean even though I couldn’t stand Ellen’s character, because well, we ALL wanted Ashley to end up with Greg, I still thought she looked effortlessly FAB in it! Lol. What do you think about my front knot solution? Clever? Blah? I’d love to read your thoughts below! Stayed tuned for another #stylecrazed post this Friday – it’s going to be BANANAS, y’all! And I’m not referring to the Chiquita kind ;) haha! Now go have a wonderful day!

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  • No Bad Days

    A few weeks back, someone on my Instastories asked me if I ever have a bad day . . . which totally took me by surprise because of course I do – just like everyone else ;) but this off-the-cuff question did make me stop and ponder for a bit = do I have bad days??

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    Glasses: Dolce & Gabbana / Sweatshirt: ban.do / Purse: Kate Spade New York

    Cropped Pants: J.Crew / Heels: Sam Edelman

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    And the really honest answer is I have bad moments, NOT bad days. SAY WHAT?? Yep, but listen, I am NOT saying that my life’s perfect or that I’m perfect or that every day is rainbows, sunshine and unicorns. HOWEVER [for the most part] it’s mentality over reality. I have learned to roll with the punches/to gracefully fall down, get up, and dust myself off/to smile big no matter what life throws my way.

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    But it wasn’t always this easy, y’all. No siree. I had to work to get where my brain is today. You have to teach yourself that you have control over how you react to your daily obstacles. And if YOU can’t figure it out on your own, hire some help! That’s what I did [both a therapist AND an assistant] and look at me now. I can happily say there really are no bad days, just bad moments.

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    “On bad days, I like to wear something colorful so I strike attention. That’s how I appear confident to others – AND how I get confident!” — Elizabeth Jagger

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    And that’s why I LOVE my sweatshirt from ban.do! I mean why not wear your new mantra as a badge of happy ;) right?! It’s so soft, cute, and perfectly fits into my already-delightfully colorful wardrobe. Plus, I love the idea that it might have a positive impact on someone’s day. Have a HaPpY Friday, y’all!

    Photos by Henry S. Young

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  • Happy In Stripes

    Back in January, when I first splurged on these Alice & Olivia slacks, I honestly didn’t have a clue how much I would wear them :/ all I knew was it was love at first sight and I had to have them!

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    Earrings: ban.do / Sweater & Slacks: Alice & Olivia / Purse: Kate Spade New York

    Purse Pom: DSW / Shoes: Christian Louboutin

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    I feared that with the slack’s combination of dramatic stripes and wide-leg bottoms I would have a difficult time getting my money’s worth out of these bold beauties.

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    But as it turns out = they are extremely versatile and I am wearing them AT LEAST once a week, which is both awesome and so unexpected!

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    And you know what my über simple secret is?? All you need are other items in your wardrobe that have black and white in them too! Seriously, that easy!!

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    For example [last month] my “Wild Flower” outfit was styled with my orange, green, black and white Marimekko blouse and these slacks AND now I’m pairing them with a blue, black and white sweater this month! I wonder what May will bring?!

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    “I never met a stripe I didn’t like.” — Edgardo Osorio

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    SO, what do you think about it current bold black and white stripe trend?? Love it? Hate it? Not sure?? Well, I’m in love and if you’re anything like me, you will too! AND I’ve also just noticed that Topshop just released a bunch of black and white striped articles of clothing like my Alice & Olivia slacks on their site :) INCLUDING this very chic striped suit jacket! You might want to check it out. Have a HaPpY Hump Day, y’all!!

    Photos by Henry S. Young

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  • Eyes On The Prize

    As San Diego begins to transition its way into the May Gray/June Gloom season, it’s important for all of us #stylecrazed gals to keep a positive outlook on these upcoming cloudy days ;) and I plan to do just that with fun pops of color and a couple of layers!!

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    Glasses: Chanel / Necklace: Kate Spade Saturday / Jacket: Alice and Olivia / Dress: Anthropologie

    Handbag: Kate Spade New York / Fishnet Stockings: Amazon / Pumps: BCBG

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    Yep, this time of year can be little frustrating with its misty mornings, overcast skies and cooler temperatures . . . but after experiencing this for nine years now, I’ve come to realize there’s an easy solution and it’s simply allowing your winter and summertime wardrobes to collide.

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    I created this outfit of the day by mixing this patch-tastic raincoat with a funky white cotton dress and then added additional pops of matching red, black, blue and yellow to tie the two statement pieces together = creating a one of a kind chic but colorful look!

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    “I always want to stay focused on who I am, even as I’m discovering who I am.” — Alicia Keys

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    So don’t allow some frizzy hair and chilly goosebumps to take that skip out of your step, ladies, and INSTEAD keep your eyes on the prize [YOUR HAPPINESS] and accept a good styling challenge when it presents yourself. It’s a great way to create a brand new outfit straight from items already in your closet!!

    Photos by Henry S. Young

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  • Comfy Cabi Playsuit

    Yes, yes :) I know what you are thinking, y’all = Jenna is wearing all black [GASP!] but if you could just feel the French Terry fabric this outfit of the day is made from, I think you would fully understand why this #colorlover opted for adding this most darkest shade to her closet . . .

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    Glasses: Calvin Klein / Necklace: IKKX / Playsuit: c/o Cabi / “Here’s Looking At You, Kid” Bracelet: Vintage

    Clutch: Kate Spade New York / Heels: GX by Gwen Stefani

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    I mean it was a little shocking for me too! Lol. You know how I love to #tastetherainbow on a daily basis, but this playsuit by Cabi seriously was too comfy to pass up! It’s rock star chic meets the comfort of pajamas AND is absolutely perfect for those of you who love to drive me bonkers wearing your yoga pants everywhere you go but the gym ;) PLUS, it also has THEE most genius design when it comes to the whole romper/playsuit/jumper concept.

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    In this number, you can say goodbye to the days of going to ladies room and suddenly finding yourself completely naked in the stall just because you had to go pee! Yep, this playsuit’s loose fitting top isn’t connected in the back to its relaxed and tapered pants, so you can easily pull them down while you’re at the toilet! Easy pee-sy! Get it?? HAHA!

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    “I want to be different. If everyone is wearing black, I want to be wearing red.” — Maria Sharapova

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    And besides comfort and convenience, this streamlined silhouette also acts as a sleek canvas giving its wearer endless options of outfit potential JUST by adding her accessories. This is where I let my light shine. I allowed the solid black to be bold in its own right and then added some brightly-hued jewelry that played off of the fun-loving shoes I’m wearing; creating a statement look that is totally my own.

    Photos by Henry S. Young

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