• Cactus Flower

    Over the past weekend, my husband and I had the honor of witnessing something truly magically = the wedding of two of our best friends, Rick and Vanessa, at Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs, California.

    Simply put, it’s been a day I’ve been eager for ever since Rick told me his plans to propose to Vanessa — not only because they are great together [because they are] but also because I want the girlfriends in my life to have EVERYTHING they’ve ever wanted and I’ve known how long Vanessa has waited for this day [“Hopeless Romantic. Party of One!”] so yeah, I’ve been a little giddy about attending this one-in-a-lifetime EPIC event.

    Can you really blame me though??

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    Now when it comes to weddings, I tend to plan my looks well in advance and this one was no exception. I started in mid-November and knew I wanted a vintage-esque dress [hopefully] in Vanessa’s favorite color family, PINK! The search was a little exhausting but thanks to one of those awesome Kate Spade SURPRISE Sales, I was able to acquire this pleated cape dress in persimmon grove for such a steal of a price. Yes, it wasn’t the exact “pink” I was going for ;) but still felt the hue helped honored my friend and her big day. I also loved the way the dress moved, so that was an extra bonus for that wedding reception dance floor! “Billie Jean is not my lover . . . ”

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    From there, I used my Swedish Love Story necklace and bracelet to help tie the bright coral of the dress with my actually pink-colored shoes and glasses. Isn’t it rad what a good set of accessories can do?! I also thought they could not be more appropriate for such an occasion. I mean “love story”?? Come on, people! Utter perfection!!

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    And then the FUN clutch, well, it was a last-minute add-on and I just knew it would totally embody the day, because let’s face it = Jenna had an absolute blasty-blast at their wedding.  I did. I really did.

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    Glasses, Dress & Clutch: Kate Spade New York / Necklace & Bracelet: MoMA Store / Heels: Sam Edelman

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    I laughed. I cried. I had so much FUN and was smiling so hard I’m sure I looked like I fell asleep with a hanger in my mouth. LOL! I also danced. I danced my *ss off.

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    “Weddings are important because they celebrate life and possibility.” — Anne Hathaway

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    Needless to say, I am BEYOND happy for our friends, Rick and Vanessa :) “THE MOORTENS!!” SEE, I’m STILL giddy from the entire ordeal. Haha! I loved my outfit. I loved seeing Rick be so nervous [it was adorable] I loved the location. I loved watching my stunner of a girlfriend walk down the aisle [seriously most gorgeous bride ever] I loved crying/laughing/hanging with our mutual friends. I just loved EVERYTHING about it and wouldn’t have changed a single thing. Love is a beautiful and powerful thing, y’all, and it was SO VERY present there on Saturday. The greatest. And just in case you think I’m exaggerating, well, here’s a two-minute sneak peak. Don’t act like you haven’t been warned ;) ENJOY!! >>> Rick & Vanessa’s Palm Springs Wedding!

    Photos by Henry S. Young

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  • Before & After: Metal Base Challenge

    Wowzers! I just realized I haven’t written a blog post about upholstery on here for a LOOOOOOOOONG *ss time :/ WHOOPSIE-DAISY! I mean it’s not like I haven’t been working, because, well, I DEFINITELY have been. It’s just that business has been good [like really good – so grateful kind of good] that I have fallen behind on editing my #beforeandafter pictures to share with y’all. I’ll try to do better, but no promises ;) today, while we make our way to Palm Springs for Vanessa Balli and Rick Moorten’s wedding [yes, it’s finally here!!] I thought I would share with you a chair that’s been keeping me awake at night. A chair that was a lion in sheep’s clothing. A chair that turned out rad but almost made me quit my day job. Yes, the chair you see below was that kind of chair. A real b*tch.

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    Now, I know that I’ve called a piece of furniture a b*tch before, so this isn’t the first time and probably won’t be the last. HOWEVER, this was not the chair I thought it was when I made the bid for it. Nope, it seemed like your run of the mill chair. Sure, it was a bit odd in shape, but nothing I couldn’t handle, right?! WRONG! Well, I mean I did handle it . . . in the end . . . AFTER it knocked this EGO of mine down a few notches. Haha! See, the issue with this chair was the base, the frame, whatever you want to call it – “it” was 95% metal. Yes, you read that right. It was metal = meaning that I couldn’t just stretch fabric and staple it. NO SIREE BOB! Instead, the good ole Universe thought this upholstery artist needed a challenge, needed a nail bitter, needed a chair to question her very existence. Yeah, sort of intense, huh?? BUT THAT’S BECAUSE IT WAS PLUS A COUPLE DOZEN BAGS OF POTATO CHIPS!! I honestly panicked, next cried, then thought, “I have no business running an upholstery business,” cried some more, and then FINALLY unraveled myself, called an upholstery colleague [we both had the same mentor] and figured this monster out. Long story short, it’s pretty much a tacked down slip cover, which was entirely WAAAY too time-consuming with its constantly needing to be taken off to make adjustments and then put back on to see if it was correct . . . yeah, put THAT on repeat for twenty-some odd times and see what it does to your creative brain ;) the only part of the chair that was wood was a two-foot by two-foot square underneath the seat of the chair, so other than that there was no stapling and LOTS of blind stitch by hand going on.

    “Never give up, and be confident in what you do. There may be tough times, but the difficulties which you face will make you more determined to achieve your objectives and to win against all the odds.” — Marta

    At the end of the day though, I DO realize it was a HUGE learning experience for me both as an artist and a business owner = for one, I should DEFINITELY examine pieces of furniture more closely before I agree to take them on [LOL] but more importantly, that I can do whatever I put my mind too, and THAT, well, that’s pretty dang powerful stuff, folks! I hope you enjoyed seeing the fruits of my labor today and will try to share more real soon :) have a wonderful weekend and stay tuned to my Instastories for #BTS clips of the biggest SoCal wedding of the year!!

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  • Taco Tuesday

    Did someone say tacos??

    HaPpY Tuesday, y’all!! It’s the start of a VERY short work week for me as we leave for two of our best friends’ wedding in Palm Springs on Friday morning, so there are lots to do in a short amount of time :/ but when life gives me weeks like these, there is nothing more I love than some Mexican food and quirky sweatshirts. I know = a bit of a weird combination ;) but read me out. The Mexican food because, well, its delicious. Duh! Plus, there is a great little spot right across the highway from our house [SO CONVENIENT] so when this upholstery artist doesn’t have the time to worry about lunch, two carnitas tacos usually does the trick!

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    The sweatshirts on the other hand are just simply great. They are comfortable; can easily be taken on or off according to my body’s temp, which is usually on the colder side, and are an uncomplicated way to add a fun element to my more often than not colorful wardrobe!  AND let me tell you, THERE IS NO BETTER PLACE TO BUY A QUIRKY SWEATSHIRT FROM THAN [drumroll please] Bow and Drape with their endless combination of personalized apparel. This particular sweatshirt is an absolute favorite of mine not only because of its humor but also because it’s from a past collaboration that Bow and Drape partook in a few years ago with one of my favorite artists = Donald Robertson!

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    Glasses: Dolce & Gabbana / Sweatshirt: Bow & Drape / Gingham Button-Up: Old Navy (It’s Ancient!)

    Purse: Kate Spade New York / Jeans: Citizen’s of Humanity / Sneakers: Puma x Solange

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    “Quirky is what a guy would call a girl he doesn’t understand.” — Kat Dennings

    I honestly don’t know how this #girlboss would survive the demands of her job without the many eccentric sweatshirts in my closet’s arsenal. Haha! I think too many times it’s a staple item that is overlooked. They are a TERRIFIC way to be both cute and comfy on the job and I adore them for that! You can also easily dress them up or dress them down, depending on your day, your mood and that to-do list ;) there’s just no good reason, y’all, to not let your personality shine through your wardrobe and a great way to start can be as simple as a sweatshirt! Really. Try it out!!

    Photos by Henry S. Young

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  • Blazer Business

    One of my favorite kinds of outfits are ones that seamlessly go together.

    The ensemble I am wearing today is that very sort of outfit. It first came about a couple of weeks when I was a wee-bit stressed about getting work done before our Cabomoon, I thought I was catching a cold or something, AND was running late in getting ready for the Spring Trend Report Luncheon at Neiman Marcus that was happening at noon that day . . . WHICH is an event I love going to by the way but really wasn’t feeling up to it all things considered :/ long story short, I simply needed a new look from my closet and needed it like thirty minutes ago. Lol. And for whatever reason, that’s when MAGIC usually happens for me and my wardrobe. Call it luck, sheer brilliance ;) WHATEVER YOU WANT! Haha. It just happens and it happened for me that day.

    Thankfully.

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    Glasses: Dolce & Gabbana / Necklace: c/0 Nellene Tree / Blazer: c/o Cabi / Sweater: J.Crew

    Purse: Kate Spade New York / Cut-Off Denim: MOTHER / Sandals: BCBGeneration

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    I knew that I wanted to wear my new brillantly-hued sweater [isn’t it gorgeous?!] and then suddenly realized that the red in the sweater most likely matched the red, dual-stripe on a pair of cut-off denim I own. From there, I continued to play-off the sweater’s colors by pairing the outfit with my neon green glasses and red sandals. And then because it’s “winter” here in San Diego and I’ve become a giant California [enter adult term here] I knew I would most likely be needing another layer because, well, Jenna is cold all the damn time! SMH. Well, as LUCK would have it, I had just received this newly-released, NAVY blazer from Cabi. I mean it MADE the outfit complete, y’all, with it’s perfectly-matching dark blue color and sporty detachable cuffs! Plus, since the blazer had these fantastically gold, nautical buttons, additional accessories for the ensemble was a no brainer = gold stud earrings, a gold engraved necklace and my gold, faux license plate clutch. Easy-peasy!!

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    This look was everything I needed it to be that day and then some! It was both polished and fun AND received many kind compliments while at Neiman, which is always nice for a #stylecrazed gal like myself ;) and as of lately, it has also become an immediate “go-to” for my meetings with upholstery clientele. Yep, the outfit is a definite winner over here in this gal’s wardrobe!

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    “Contrary to conventional wisdom, the blue blazer’s a bit of a loose cannon. A suit decided long ago what it wanted to be, and it doesn’t want to hear your ideas, but a blue blazer only got around to half the job. So it leaves it up to you to find its bottoms. Gray slacks, blue jeans, patterns, white pants and different blue shades all work.” — Willie Geist

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    SO, do you have a story of an ensemble that easily came to be when you were panicking in your closet in nothing but a towel and shower-drench hair?? Hehe. I’d love to read about it :) feel free to share it in the comments below!

    Photos by Henry S. Young

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  • Wild Flower

    Ready or not, spring is officially two weeks from today, y’all :) but by the looks of things here around San Diego county, Mother Nature is already well on her way to the season of new. I mean EVERYTHING IS GREEN!! Which is weird to see after multiple summers of “drought” . . . but then again, I guess that kelly hue kind of goes hand-in-hand with those CrAzY bountiful rains we had. Lol. Either way, I’m ready for spring = ready for flowers, warmer temperatures, and simply, a change in wardrobe ;) like this new combo I’ve been dying to wear!

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    Sunglasses: Prada / Blouse: Marimekko / Pants: Alice & Olivia

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    “You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.” — Pablo Neruda

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    It’s a mix of being a hippie’s offspring [true story] a lover of color, and bold stripes that even the most vanilla of fashionistas would be happy to give an approving head nod to. Trust me – you need these stripes in your closet. Mark. My. Words. They are/will be all the rage this year and I, well, had to have these hotcakes the second I saw them!! Haha. Be bold or go home, right?! Plus, this outfit is as fun to wear as it is to see with it’s lightweight fabric and dead-on tailored perfection . . . and although it hasn’t happened yet, I think it’s safe to say that this #stylecrazed gal doesn’t need a crystal ball to know that this ensemble will be on major repeat all 2017 long and maybe even beyond!

    Photos by Henry S. Young

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