• FWSD 2015 Runway Shows

    If you follow along on my Instagram account, you are more than aware that this past week was Fashion Week here in San Diego = an event happening here the first week of October each year in America’s Finest City. It’s a definite fashionably-fun time where all of us #stylecrazed people can come together to see the latest creations from the designers of Fashion Week San Diego. This year, the party was moved from downtown up to La Jolla and was monumental as the city actually closed a street down in order to create a catwalk. So today [just in case you missed it] I thought I would share with you my top ten designers [in no particular order] as I soak my stiletto-wearing feet = Alexandra Marie is the youngest designer in FWSD history and debuted her first-ever swimsuit and resort wear line at this year’s runway shows. Since I had seen some of her designs earlier in the year [mostly black and white] I was thoroughly impressed with this collection’s infusion of color. It was filled with classic bikinis and very tasteful cover-ups . . . some pieces I will definitely be purchasing once #MeandD actually book our honeymoon!

    FWSD 2015 Runway Shows: Alexandra Marie

    Alexandra Marie / Photo by Naugle Photography / Property of FWSD

    Tasanni is a collaboration of two childhood friends from Africa whose overall mission is to put their home country on the map as a fashion hub. They have been designing a little under a year now and strive to create looks that complement the female silhouette while also being able to be worn both for day and night. Their entire line is designed in the USA but is manufactured in limited quantities in Southern Africa. I [of course] loved their use of fun patterns and thought they were quite on point with this sleeveless, suit jacket/dress.

    FWSD 2015 Runway Shows: Tasanni

    Tasanni / Photo by 656 Photography / Property of FWSD

    Graciela Llorente traditionally showcases girls clothing but decided to debut a women’s collection at #FWSD15, and boy, am I glad she did! Her designs were extremely feminine in nature with great uses of color and quirky embellishments! It was fun to see this transition in her abilities and I really do hope she continues to create looks for us older gals ;)

    FWSD 2015 Runway Shows: Graciela Llorente Fashion Designer

    Graciela Llorente / Photo by Naugle Photography / Property of FWSD

    Nolan Dean is the sort of dress designer Hollywood starlettes dream about. His debut collection was beyond timeless and felt like something right off an old black and white film screen. I particularly adored this sleek number with the red gloves AND let’s just say this Lucky Little Mustardseed knows who she will be contacting next time she need the perfect evening gown for her next black tie affair!

    FWSD 2015 Runway Shows: Nolan Dean

    Nolan Dean / Photo by 656 Photography / Property of FWSD

    A’doreus was last year’s FWSD Designer of the Year and definitely left no question marks with this year’s collection either, proving once again that women can be stylish at any size. She also created this stunning runway look for FWSD Founder and CEO, Allison Andrews, who is expecting her first child this January. My only hope is that one day A’doreus will eventually design for Olive Oyl types like myself.

    FWSD 2015 Runway Shows: A'doreus

    A’doreus / Photo by Naugle Photography / Property of FWSD

    Timmithea is an experienced sewer and comes from a long-line of female seamstresses. Her designs made this Kate Spade-obsessed gal giddy with excitement with her mixed stripes and floral patterns. Plus, you cannot help but smile when you see them – something I definitely adore when it comes to clothing.

    FWSD 2015 Runway Shows: Timmithea

    Timmithea / Photo by Naugle Photography / Property of FWSD

    NaPóstal has already been worn at the Miss Universe Pageant and the Grammy’s, by reality TV star Draya Michele and Playboy model Jessica Burciaga, and is currently “the dress” for world-title dancers: Stephanie Betts, Kasia Kozak and Karina Smirnoff. Definitely not bad for a self-taught designer and gown couturier, right?! Nessa Apostal knows how to create an exceptional gown that celebrates the female body. In a way, you can almost consider them art. The way they flow as you walk is unlike anything I have ever seen!

    FWSD 2015 Runway Shows: NaPostal

    NaPóstal / Photo by Naugle Photography / Property of FWSD

    Territa Torres was a collection of greens, blues, and natural hues with fitted dresses and various separate pieces. I adored the intricute sewing details she incoporated into each number and loved this particular navy blue number. Each piece I saw that night were functional, edgy and yet classic. I also have my eye on her hunter green dress as well, but I sadly could not find a picture of it :(

    FWSD 2015 Runway Shows: Territa Torres

    Territa Torres / Photo by Naugle Photography / Property of FWSD

    I swear Nikki Marie is after my own vintage-loving heart with her fantastic retro-feeling pieces. She uses perfectly bright/bold fabrics that have such a flair for the playful. This particular number was a definite “Jenna” ensemble with it’s patterned crop top and higher-waist skirt.

    FWSD 2015 Runway Shows: Nikki Marie

    Nikki Marie / Photo by Naugle Photography / Property of FWSD

    Scott Rich is a triple-threat = he’s a photographer, an artist, AND now a fashion designer! He uses his very own photography, prints it on eco-friendly, dye-sublimation fabrics [that are washable and wrinkle-free] and THEN creates looks like the two you see below. WHAT THE WHAT?! I know this is label that will do just fine ;)

    FWSD 2015 Runway Shows: Scott Rich

    Scott Rich / Photo by Naugle Photography / Property of FWSD

    “Design is a constant challenge to balance comfort with luxe, the practical with the desirable.” — Donna Karan

    As you can see from above, the FWSD 2015 Runway Shows were nothing short of magnificent :) please tune back in this Wednesday as I reveal my favorite looks straight from the FWSD 2015 guests and this Friday as I break down my own looks I wore at this must-see event!


  • Style Crazed: Rock A Cover-Up Into Fall

    Even though fall is an absolute favorite of mine, I always feel bittersweet about a change in seasons. It isn’t because I don’t like moving forward, but more on the basis that I’m just not ready to leave some of those beloved summer pieces behind. In other words, today I am going to show you how I took is this J.Crew swimsuit cover-up that I have loved beach season after beach season the past three years [WOWZERS] and used it in a new look for autumn.

    Style Crazed: Rock A Cover Up Into Fall-1

    Here is it. This cover-up is comfortable, well-constructed, and perfectly colorful with its brightly-hued stitching. I mean can you really blame me for loving it so much?! Thus, this October I am taking it with me :) straight into cooler temperatures by wearing it as a tunic and pairing it with some treasured blue jeans and these riding boots with a somewhat similar stitch pattern. I then accessorized it with these fun earrings I bought a few months ago at the Gift Shop inside the Oceanside Museum of Art and my orange glasses from none other = Andrew’s Optical in the Carlsbad Village.

    Style Crazed: Rock A Cover Up Into Fall

    Glasses: Dolce Gabbana via Andrews Optical / Earrings: Oceanside Museum of Art / Tunic: J.Crew

    Jeans: Citizens of Humanity / Boots: DSW / Dachshund: Sold Out ;)

    Style Crazed: Rock A Cover Up Into Fall-2

    “Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.” — Lauren Hutton

    You know . . . I usually like to say that I am oh-so NOT boho chic. However, after pairing this outfit together today, I guess there might be a little “hippie” in me after all ;) SO, is there something in your wardrobe with the potential for another season? I dare you to give your clothes a second look over. You never quite know until you try!

  • Simon’s Fall Lookbook Live

    Last Thursday, I had the extreme pleasure of being one of the Fashion Valley Mall‘s VIP guests for their GQ + Glamour Magazine’s Lookbook Live event − a fall fashion runway experience featuring looks from Bloomingdale’s, Nordstorm, Neiman Marcus, Hugo Boss, John Varvotos, MaxMara, and Salvatore Ferragamo.

    Twist my arm, right?!

    The evening was the perfect way to welcome in the change of seasons with its cooler weather vibes and layered ensembles. AND since fall is a favorite of mine, I wasn’t surprised in the least bit by how many of the looks I found myself coveting :) so without further adieu, here are some of personal picks straight from the catwalk.

    Simon's Fall Lookbook Live: 1

    (Above) Plaid is the pattern back with a vengeance this season. I am seeing it absolutely everywhere and am LOVING it! I adore this particular Nordstrom number because its sequence doesn’t follow the typical horizontal/vertical repeat and instead lies on the diagonal; giving it a unique flair that’s completely on point. (Below) Now one fall trend I missed the memo on was culottes. I saw them multiple times on the runway that night and went head over heels for this denim pair from Bloomingdale’s. I mean who knew?! And as a result, I am currently on “the hunt” for a nice black pair ;) so please [by any means necessary] notify me if you find a pair >>> Jenna[at]luckylittlemustardseed[dot]com!

    Simon's Fall Lookbook Live: 2

    This next look almost made me fall right out of my front row seat! As you know, I am a true lover of bright colors and I usually feel a bit bummed when cooler weather rears its chilly head because clothes tend to not be as vibrant. Thus, to see such a voluptuous red on a fall runway . . . let’s just say it looked like I had a hanger stuck in my mouth! And then the addition of this contemporary plaid top?!?!?! Umm, can someone please go yell “NAILED IT!” from the rooftops of Fashion Valley Mall?! I mean WOW!

    Simon's Fall Lookbook Live: 3

    The last personally-cherished ensemble of mine was the one you see in the middle. It was by far my favorite of the night. It was pure perfection with it’s autumn-tastic hues, fun pattern play, and overall feminine feel. I firmly believe this outfit embodies pieces that not could only be worn for multiple fall seasons but could also be easily paired with other garments to create many additional flawless looks. The keys to a good closet are versatile threads!


    Now not all the festivities were about the women. No siree, Bob! There were plenty of fine looks with extra fine men [sorry honey!] My two final snapshots of the night are directly below. Us ladies kept joking around about the first guy = “Isn’t that the guy from the Old Spice commercials?!” Just kidding. Well, sort of. I just adore how each of these male ensembles were both stylish yet masculine, which is sometimes a tricky thing to pull off in the fashion world. Kudos to whomever the men’s stylist was, because him/her/they did a stupendous job. I think all the women in the audience would happily agree ;)

    Simon's Fall Lookbook Live: 5

    “Style is a simple way of saying complicated things.” — Jean Cocteau

    Simon's Fall Lookbook Live: 6

    Lookbook Live didn’t stop there, though, as the fall-centered, fashionable fun continued on Saturday with an interactive, shopping showcase where the style pros of GQ + Glamour Magazine brought the hottest trends to life.

    Simon's Fall Lookbook Live: 7

    This public event included mini fashion shows, style challenges, closets for both him and her, beauty stations, photo booth fun, and multiple giveaways. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday!

    Simon's Fall Lookbook Live: 8

    Plus, I even managed to run into some of my fellow #sdstylebloggers. Win-win! I love how each one of us have our own unique style and yet strongly unite anytime we come together. LOVE!

    Simon's Fall Lookbook Live: 9

    In closing, I want to thank Curator PR, Simon Property Group, Fashion Valley Mall, and GQ + Glamour Magazine for their more than gracious invite − you made this #stylecrazed gal oh-so-happy and proved once again that I’m one Lucky Little Mustardseed!

  • Style Crazed: Paris & Me

    When living in Southern California, the transition between summer to fall clothing can be a doozy :/ ESPECIALLY when Mother Nature didn’t seem get the memo about the changing seasons . . . thankfully however, there are fashion-forward boutiques like Paris & Me that have solutions for every outfit conundrum.

    Style Crazed: Paris & Me

    Glasses: Dior via Andrews Optical / Earrings: Vintage / Necklace: c/o MODFRESH

    “Drew Lace” Two-Piece: Paris & Me Boutique / Pumps: DSW

    So much so, this female-owned establishment in Coronado has quickly become one of my favorite “go-to’s” when shopping for new wardrobe items :) and the owner, Alexa Hosn, has an eye for style that is simply second to none, demonstrated through her beautifully-curated shop filled with such unique threads that make my #stylecrazed heart literally skips a beat every time I enter the store. The most compelling evidence of this? Today’s outfit = my “Drew Lace” two-piece I purchased over the summer. It was love at first sight! I knew in an instant that this would be the perfect transitional outfit come fall with its flattering shorts and trendy burnt-mustard hue. I then paired it with one of my favorite MODFRESH necklaces and these denim-looking pumps to help satisfy my quirky appeal − creating a look that was not only me but embodied some of current crazes of this season’s style.

    “I wear my sort of clothes to save me the trouble of deciding which clothes to wear.” — Katherine Hepburn

    So next time you find yourself in this beach community with an island feel, do you and your closet a favor and stop on by the Paris & Me Boutique. Tell them Lucky Little Mustardseed sent you ;) trust me, you’ll be happy you did!

  • Buffalo Chicken Chili

    Who’s ready for some football?!

    Even though I am very enthralled with baseball at the moment [GO ROYALS!] I am still looking forward to this favorite fall sport . . . plus, this year’s EXTRA exciting as for the first time in our relationship where #MeandD can actually watch all of the games from the comfort of our own home. That’s right! We FINALLY have the NFL Ticket. WHOO-HOO!!! No more sports bars for these two Chiefs fans. Man, thank goodness for landlords who allow DirectTV ;) and since our good fortune, I have been busy planning all sorts of yummy food, so we can “tailgate” at home. One of my usual “go-to” recipes and what D likes to call “liquid gold” is my Buffalo Chicken Chili. Thus, in celebration of regular season football starting this month, I thought is was about time I shared it with all of you, so here it is!

    Buffalo Chicken Chili


    2 pounds ground chicken [I prefer to buy chicken breasts and ground them myself with my Kitchen Mixer Food Grinder attachment]

    1 can white kidney beans, drained and rinsed

    1 can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

    14.5 oz can fire roasted tomatoes, drained

    4 cups chicken broth [I usually use four cups warm water with four teaspoons Better Than Bouillon Organic Chicken Base]

    ¼ – ½ cup buffalo wing sauce (start with ¼ cup and add more at end if needed)

    2 package ranch dressing mix

    1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels

    2 teaspoons onion powder

    2 teaspoons garlic powder

    2 teaspoons celery salt

    2 teaspoons dried cilantro

    1/2 teaspoon salt

    8 oz whipped cream cheese

    Colby Jack, shredded

    soup crackers

    Directions: Brown ground chicken until fully cooked. Drain most of the grease leaving a little for extra flavor. Pour in the Crockpot. You can also brown the chicken ahead of time and store in fridge until ready to assemble. Add remaining ingredients except for the last three ingredients. Mix altogether until combined. Place cream cheese on the top and cover. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8. Stir to incorporate cream cheese. Top individual bowls with extra buffalo sauce, shredded cheese, and soup crackers if desired.

    “As human beings, we are the only organisms that create for the sheer stupid pleasure of doing so. Whether it’s laying out a garden, composing a new tune on the piano, writing a bit of poetry, manipulating a digital photo, redecorating a room, or inventing a new chili recipe – we are happiest when we are creating.” − Gary Hamel

    I hope you enjoy this chili recipe as much as our household does. It’s easy to make and leftovers can actually be stored in the freezer for up to three months. Enjoy!