• BossNotes at Westfield UTC

    This week I had the pleasure of checking out the BossNotes installation at the Westfield UTC in La Jolla.

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    For those of you not aware, BossNotes is a series of events, activations, and online guides designed to inspire fashionable, career-driven women to achieve their own professional success.

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    This is all in anticipation of the upcoming launch of The Career Code, the third book written by fashion–digital entrepreneurs, Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power, which I honestly cannot wait to get my #stylecrazed hands on!

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    The series kicked off with panels of prominent, influential women discussing their career journeys at Westfield Topanga (Southern CA), Westfield Valley Fair (Northern CA) and Westfield Garden State Plaza (New Jersey).

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    And as part of the partnership, a BossNotes activation will be featured at 14 regional Westfield centers across the U.S. and is currently installed right outside of J.Crew at the Westfield UTC through the end of the month.

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    Shoppers can experience a variety of components, including a fun photo backdrop, an Inspiration Wall and visual merchandising showcases. Wait, did someone say photo op?!

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    Additionally, Westfield is also hosting a “Dress Like a Boss” sweepstakes, where shoppers can enter to win a new work wardrobe tailored by a personal stylist. Visit Westfield.com/BossNotes for more information.

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    “Always have your own unique point of view.” — Hillary Kerr

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    I mean what #girlboss doesn’t want/need a new wardrobe?! ;) So, if you’re in the La Jolla area this weekend or next, I highly recommend stopping by as it’s an installation definitely worth checking out! Have a great Fri-YAY, y’all!

  • The Pink Lady: 90s

    Man, talk about a jammed packed schedule I’ve had lately = a “Royals” vacation with the husband a few weeks ago [that I still need to post pictures from btw] Create + Cultivate last weekend in Los Angeles, Beyoncé concert last night, I have the Fashion Week San Diego’s Spring Showcase at Harrah’s Resort Southern California tomorrow night, and then Monday, we are shooting the next set of decades for the La Valencia Hotel’s Hot Pink 90th Celebration, but honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way! I mean would you?! ;) And since I just mentioned the La Valencia Hotel, why don’t we continue our discussion here on LLM regarding “The Pink Lady” project that I’m currently apart of?

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    Photo by J. Dixx Photography

    As you know, this year I was hired to be both the stylist and the model for La Valencia Hotel’s Hot Pink 90th Celebration, which pretty much is a historical 9-month countdown from present day all the way to 1926 – the year when “The Pink Lady” first opened its doors. I’m covering the fashion portion of the festivities and the decade for May is the 90s ;) a decade of fashion [in my opinion] we could have definitely lived without [LOL] with it’s plaid prints, oversized denim, and all that grunge. But when I am given a challenge, I welcome it with open hangers ;)

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    Photo by J. Dixx Photography

    For the 90s, I decided to go down the route of the movie, She’s All That, and then added a touch of the T.V. show, Friends, with “The Rachel” haircut. I mean the hair didn’t come out exactly perfect but it does embody a “Monica” if not a “Rachel” . . . anyway, for me, that iconic scene from She’s All That when Laney comes down the stairs in her new makeover was EVERYTHING to me in that decade. Not to mention, when she’s biffs it on the stairs right after her BIG reveal is such a “Jenna” move if I ever saw one. HAHA! And I of course wanted The Pink Lady to stay classy and not grungy, so I used She’s All That as the inspiration to dress The Pink Lady as if she’s was going to a 90s dance or even a prom.

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    Photo by J. Dixx Photography

    And I know I got the look right because both the photographer and I kept singing “Funk Soul Brother” from that other iconic scene from She’s All That when we were shooting the 90s photos, so there’s that too :) and speaking of music, have you yet had the chance to listen to the live music at the La Valencia Hotel? Well, if you haven’t, you should be experiencing large amounts of FOMO, because you ARE missing out! They have fine live music every Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and every Wednesday through Saturday evenings from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. and the caliber of talent is second to none. You can checkout the rundown of their artists here.

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    Photo by J. Dixx Photography

    “I feel just like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. You know, except for the whole hooker thing.” — Laney Boggs from She’s All That

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    Photo by J. Dixx Photography

    So what do you think of the 90s Pink Lady? I honestly think that both the 2000s and it were good, but they are definitely not the most fun nor the best of the nine decades I am styling/modeling for this unusual project. Thus, let the REAL fun begin! YAY! Next month, I will reveal to you the 80s Pink Lady, but until then, wish me luck with the 70s, 60s, and 50s. We shoot those this Monday at the La Valencia Hotel. Have a great weekend, y’all! And don’t forget to stop by and say hi if you’re out and about at the Fashion Week San Diego’s Spring Showcase at Harrah’s Resort Southern California tomorrow. It’s one of my favorite events of the year! MUAH!

  • Cinco de Mayo Casual

    Happy Cinco de Mayo, LLMers . . . OR should I say “Another Reason For America To Drink” Thursday :) HAHA!

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    Photo by Henry S. Young

    No, but really, whether you’re Mexican or not, Cinco de Mayo has become quite the tradition here in America [even though it has nothing to do with our country really] and it’s not like I need another excuse to eat more Mexican food NOR to drink a couple more margaritas, but either way, it too has become a day I look forward to each year.

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    Photo by Henry S. Young

    What is it about this holiday anyway? I mean I know I love it for its food and beverage, but maybe it’s also because it’s a chance to go out for happy hour with your friends – you know to celebrate Mexico crushing the French in 1862! “THIS. IS. SPARTA!” Okay, so maybe not totally. LOL! But it IS about as casual of a holiday as holidays go, so maybe that’s why?!

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    Photo by Henry S. Young

    Either way, in true Jenna fashion, I dressed for the occasion today and threw together this low-key ensemble just so I could get me some chips and salsa . . . and guac. AND maybe some carnitas enchiladas. Ooo, and fried ice cream. Yes, don’t forget the fried ice cream, por favor! Wait, where was I?

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    Photo by Henry S. Young

    Oh, that’s right! My outfit. So yeah, for Cinco de Mayo I like to keep things casual. For today’s simple look, I wore this woven Trina Turk tank top and these cut-off 3×1 jeans that I absolutely adore [so comfortable] I then spiced things up with chic Dior sunglasses, a funky pair of earrings, my trusty Kate Spade snail purse, and these Aztec-print Vans.

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    Photo by Henry S. Young

    Sunglasses: Dior / Earrings: Oceanside Museum of Art [Forgive me :/ I can’t remember the artist’s name!]

    Top: Trina Turk / Purse: Kate Spade New York / Jeans: 3×1 / Shoes: Vans

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    Photo by Henry S. Young

    “Every year thousands of Americans mistakenly refer to Cinco de Mayo as Mexico’s Independence Day.” — Joe Baca

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    Photo by Henry S. Young

    As you can see, this is a get-up that is as fun and as laid back as today’s festivities. I truly hope you and yours have an absolute marvelous Cinco de Mayo filled with as much Mexican food and tequila as you can eat/drink! Now I better scurry along; it’s not like this margarita is going to order itself ;) OLAY!

  • Cafe Cute

    Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you’re reading this gearing up for a fun weekend ahead ;) we landed here in Seattle yesterday afternoon, on the second leg of our #royalvacation, but you’ll be reading more about that next week . . . instead, since we are heading into the best part of our weekly seven-day rotation, let’s talk personal weekend style.

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    Photo by Henry S. Young

    For most, this can be an easy time for some “lazy-day” wardrobe. Don’t get me wrong. I get it. You’ve just busted your butt working towards a few days of downtime, so the last thing you probably want to think about is what to wear, but I implore you that it doesn’t take a lot of effort to create a comfortable look that’s still cute on the eyes.

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    Photo by Henry S. Young

    These are the sort of outfits you should really have in your everyday arsenal; the ones that are simple to put together and effortless to wear. That way it doesn’t matter whether your weekend involves errands like the grocery store, events like a friend’s child’s birthday party, or even something as simple as grabbing a quick tea just so you can catch-up on those dreaded emails.

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    Photo by Henry S. Young

    And that’s what today’s outfit is all about: I created it by simply throwing on this loose-fitting Mara Hoffman blouse and pairing it with my favorite Citizens of Humanity jeans and these funky Sam Edelman flats.

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    I then accessorized it by selecting Dolce Gabbana eyeglasses that matched the shirt’s orange AND gave it some traditional “Jenna” quirk by adding my Kate Spade cross-body purse and these rad vintage danglies.

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    Glasses: Dolce Gabbana / Earrings: Vintage / Phone Case & Purse: Kate Spade New York

    Shirt: Mara Hoffman / Jeans: Citizens of Humanity / Shoes: Sam Edelman

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    Photo by Henry S. Young

    See by playing off the Mara Hoffman top‘s many hues, my clothing choices give off the illusion that the entire ensemble took hours to fashion when it really only took moments to make. And this is pretty much what I’ve been stressing to you since the history of #stylecrazed posts here on LLM = the styling magic is in a colorful wardrobe. It gives you the power to endless possibilities. It also makes life oh-so-much-more FUN!

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    I mean how can one be in a bad place when you’re wearing the rainbow? Seriously. Am I right or am I right, people?!

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    “Anyone can get dressed up and glamorous, but it is how people dress in their days off that are the most intriguing.” — Alexander Wang

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    Well, I better stop blogging now and get back to exploring Seattle with my handsome husband :) lots to see and more Royals baseball games to cheer for :) you can join in our fun by watching my story on Snapchat = jennapilant! Until then, however, have a wonderful weekend and I’ll be writing you again soon – sometime next week I’m sure! CHOW FOR NOW!

  • Before & After: Circle Square Ottomans

    Today’s a pretty rewarding blog post personally as a business owner = for the first-time ever, I am writing to you about a third-time Homebird Upholstery client. That’s right! I have helped this particular customer three times now with her upholstery needs :) how cool is that?!

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    It’s pleasing NOT because repeat customers are a rarity of mine [because that simply isn’t the case] instead it’s because I’ve never had one client on three separate, upholstery projects – four chair stools, a set of twins, and now these two ottomans I just recovered for her living room. Needless to say, I’m a VERY happy upholstery artist at the moment. Plus, they turned out even better than what I dreamed-up in my head [LOL] which is always an added-bonus!

    “Twice and thrice over, as they say, good is it to repeat and review what is good.” — Plato

    Well, that’s it for now! Sorry for the über short blog post, but thanks for checking out today’s #beforeandafter :) I’m actually at a Starbucks right now waiting for my Chai Latte . . . about to log-off my computer for a week-long vacation. Wish me safe travels! HUZZAH! Later, gator!