• Pink Skies Ahead . . .

    HaPpY Valentine’s Day, y’all!!

    As you read this post, I hope your mind is clear, your heart is full, and your body is strong.

    Once upon a time, February was a very pivotal month in my life = I had just filed for divorce, a handsome stranger had asked me out on a date, and my whole world was, well, pretty unknown [yeah, A LOT was going on!] now fast-forward to five years later and you find a happily-married lady with a thriving business and the best golly gee group of gal pals in the world.

    Where am I going with this?

    I write this today because I personally know how sucky-solemn this stupid Cupid holiday can be and if that’s where you are currently at, I’m here saying to embrace it and know that one day you’ll most likely find yourself in a love bubble like me. That pink skies are truly ahead. The way your life wants to be is right around that stubborn-ass corner.

    And I’m not talking romantically.

    Nope, I mean that good-ole pussy power/female strength/Rosie the Rivetor-type shit.

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    That one true love you can have with you and only you = YOURSELF!

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    That “I wanna be like me and no one else” kind of mentality.

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    Where a smile is easy to find and a carefree nature is your quality of life.

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    Glasses: Dior / Necklace: Unknown / Bomber Jacket: ban.do x stickybaby / Dress: Nasty Gal / Shoes: Vans

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    Where your drive is to be daring and your light is to color the days.

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    Photos by Pura Soul Photography

    Where what to wear is an after-thought and your style is an easy statement.

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    Photo by Pura Soul Photography

    So much so, like minds gravitate toward the unique world you’ve created AND are not just a blip on your radar but become landmarks on your map called life.

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    Photo by Pura Soul Photography

    “As we drive along this road called life, occasionally a gal will find herself a little lost. And when that happens, I guess she has to let go of the coulda, shoulda, woulda, buckle up and just keep going.” — Carrie Bradshaw

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    Photo by Pura Soul Photography

    Mmmm-hmmm ;) your future is so female. Love thyself like one of those trashy romance novels and never turn your back on her. YOU! That’s my message this day and everyday. Taste the rainbow, cherish your flaws and get in formation. Because the only thing more beautiful than women supporting women is YOU falling for yourself. You are beautiful. You are strong. You are beyond fab. So whether in love, divorced, single, or just scouting the field, have THEE best card-giving/bouquet-sending/chocolate-eating holiday ever. You deserve it, girl!

    Photos by Pura Soul Photography

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  • Three Happy Galetine’s!

    Last Thursday, I had the extreme pleasure of hanging with two of my closest blogger girlfriends while having our photos taken by Pura Soul Photography at Thistle Garden in San Diego. It was a collaborative photoshoot [thee best kind!] centered around girlfriends, Valentine’s Day, and flowers. We each brought our own unique ideas/styles/personalities to the shoot and snapped both individual and group shoots to help promote Pura Soul Photography‘s 10-minute mini photo sessions happening this Saturday February 11 from Noon to 4:30 p.m. It was such a blast, y’all. I hope you enjoy the outcomes as much as we did working it in front of the camera. My cup runneth over all over the damn table. Creativity delighted!

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    “Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower and draws all good things towards you.” — Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

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    So yeah, you could say we had a little fun ;) if you love the photos as much as we do [Pura Soul Photography is so freaking talented] click here to find out how you and someone you love could have a photoshoot just like ours with Skylar & Devin from Pura Soul Photography!

    Photos by Pura Soul Photography

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  • Scoop of Sun Does A Closet Good

    The sun is out, y’all, and this Lucky Little Mustardseed has got her grin going on ear-to-ear this week :)

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    Yep, after weeks of rain, San Diego is FINALLY back to its usual sunny programming = translating to me being in an all-around better mood [YAY!] the exterior construction on our home was able to resume, AND you can almost feel the fact that Spring is right around the corner, WHICH has me [of course] thinking about clothes ;)

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    Glasses & Backpack : Kate Spade New York / Necklace: ASH + AMES

    Sweater Pea Coat, Top, & Trousers: Cabi / Shoes: Vans

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    Sure, the temperatures aren’t quite there yet, but ever since I attended the Cabi 2017 Spring Fashion Show, I’ve got warmer weather and my closet on the brain. If you aren’t familiar with Cabi [like I was until a few weeks ago] it’s a L.A.-based fashion brand made for real women with real lives and is launched in both a spring and fall line each year with an affordable mix of designer separates along with casual everyday pieces. Needless to say, I. Am. In. Love. AND I simply cannot wait to share with you the outfits I create out of their Spring collection!

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    “Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.” — Victor Hugo

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    Now, yes, the outfit you see me in today [minus the accessories] is in fact Cabi but unfortunately is from their 2016 Fall line, so it’s no longer available :( the good news is HOWEVER I just got my new Cabi clothes in the mail [just in time for Cabo] and will be styling spring outfits here on LLM very soon! Until then, here’s a video from the actual fashion show I attended [you’re going to love it] have a very HaPpY first day of February, y’all!

    Photos by Henry S. Young  / Video by Cabi

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  • Curb Appeal Inspiration

    With much glee, I am happy to share with you that as the clock struck twelve on this year, my husband and I already had plans in place to seriously start making our house a home in 2017 [YIPPEE!] now, if you follow along on my Instastories, you probably already had a notion that we were starting some sort of project :) although maybe not completely as to exactly what, so today I thought it might be fun to share with you a little bit about our renovation = Operation: Curb Appeal! That’s right. After living in our ranch-style brick home for almost a year now [talking through endless design ideas] we have made some decisions and are going to focus on the outside of the house first. Thus, a few weeks ago, our landscaper and his crew ripped out a bunch of beyond-random plants, trees, and shrubs on our property [giving us a large blank canvas to work with in multiple areas] but then the massive rains in San Diego hit and things came to a muddy stand still . . . but hopefully, with Mother Nature’s cooperation this Wednesday, we will be able to start executing Phase 2 of our outdoor plans [stay tuned to those Instastories, y’all!] until then though, I have posted below some of the photographic inspiration behind #MeAndD’s exterior daydreams.

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    Ugo Rondinone’s “Seven Magic Mountains

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    “Design is not making beauty, beauty emerges from selection, affinities, integration, love.” — Louis Kahn

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    So, what do you think? Yes, some of them aren’t of the highest picture quality [my apologies for that – most came from Pinterest] but I think they will still give you a good idea of what to look forward to on LuckyLittleMustardseed.com ;) please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below [I’d love to hear from you] and as always, have a HaPpY Monday, y’all!

  • A Game Changer

    January is tough, people.

    The holidays are over, there’s all this pressure to be shiny like a brand new penny, and the weather is usually not optimal. For me [for as long as I can remember anyway] the first month of year brings about a personal lack of motivation in myself. I actually foolishly thought I had outgrown it, since most of my January’s the past five years have been #MeAndD packing and moving, but sadly, as this month reared it’s “HaPpY New Year” head, I suddenly found myself feeling uninspired to do the sh*t I usually love to do.

    And that’s when you have to LEEEAN in!

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    Or [at least] that’s what I am trying to sell myself ;) I don’t know = am I alone in this?? Maybe it’s the month? Maybe it’s hormones? Hell, it could even maybe be our “hot mess” of a political climate right now . . . either way, I don’t like it, and frankly, this Lucky Little Mustardseed must grow up. I know that I am not going to be the first or the last chick to feel blue in January, so honestly I need to stop my bitching and just jump on that to-do list.

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    Stocking Hat: Free People / Glasses: Dolce & Gabbana / Sweater & Coat: J.Crew

    iPhone Wallet: Kate Spade New York / Jeans: Citizens of Humanity / Shoes: Vans

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    But the fact of the matter is January is a game changer. For me. For you. And sadly, for this country :( and although I can muster up a smile for that camera lens, my heart is breaking inside = it’s breaking for the colorful quilt of races that blankets this once great nation. It’s breaking for my brothers and sisters of the LGBT community. It’s breaking for our female future. I never thought this day would come. The inauguration of hate.

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    “My motivation is tomorrow, just one day at a time, right?” — Rafael Nadal

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    I know this post is all over the place but that’s where my head’s at. Lots of stuff needs to play out this year – the good, the bad, and the unavoidable ugly/racist/sexist acts I am sure we will see from our new president in the coming year. I can hardly stomach it, y’all. So today I don’t wear my bright colors simply because I adore them, but more as my rainbow-atic armor. To shine on. To eat the frog. To have the strength to accomplish what I can control. Today, it’s simply my to-do list and maybe a chair. Tomorrow, it’s the Women’s March in San Diego.

    Photos by Henry S. Young