• Style Crazed: Channeling Chanel

    As a #stylecrazed gal like myself, one would probably venture to guess that I have lots and lots of Chanel.

    Well, I don’t.

    That doesn’t mean, however, my wardrobe is any less fabulous. I’m just a lady on a budget. THUS, I am always searching for those pheonmemal finds that resemble the expensive MEGA labels us “fashionistas” pine for . . . ENTER the Maile Blouse by Line & Dot!

    Style Crazed: Channeling Chanel

    Glasses: Dolce & Gabbana / Necklace: Nordstrom Rack / Blouse: Anthropologie / Belt: Target

    Shorts: Urban Outfitters / Wedges: Kate Spade New York via Saks Off 5th

    I actually believe I gasped for air when I first saw it online – it’s design was remarkably close to that iconic pattern we ALL saw in Chanel’s Spring-Summer 2014 Ready-to-Wear show in Grand Palais, Paris.

    Style Crazed: Channelling Chanel Runway 2014 Example Photo

    I mean I [of course] witnessed it from afar from the comfort of my own computer screen :( but that’s not the point! It’s just no wonder as to WHY I had to purchase this particular blouse.

    “A fashion that does not reach the streets is not a fashion.” – Coco Chanel

    Plus, when you pair it with some denim shorts and cute wedges = you’ve got yourself an effortless spring/summer look that is always ready to wear! And you know how I LOVE it when outfits come easily together ;)

  • Our Elopement Pictures

    When I opened my email last Saturday, I could hardly believe my eyes = our elopement pictures were already ready?!

    Say WHAT???

    Originally when we hired Max & Friends to shoot our surprise nuptials, the contract stated it would be a good 3-6 months before we had any photographs in hand . . . so I had sort of mentally prepared myself to see nothing until the end of summer. Needless to say, I am BEYOND elated to be sharing them here with you, ESPECIALLY since today marks two months of blissful marriage bliss. Now before you go get inundated with these grossly-happy moments in time :) I would like to first address the “why did we decide to elope?” question.

    There’s a couple reasons.

    First off, me and D have both been married before. AND when it’s your second time around, you realize there are far more important things than a big, ole party. Like each other. That is NOT to say, however, that I think poorly of anyone who DOES decide to to have glorious-shindig of wedding. [More power to you!] I’ve just been there, done that, and didn’t really see the point of doing it THAT WAY again – what I ultimately wanted was to be D’s wife. I didn’t need a beautiful reception, gifts, etc. to make that happen. Plus, why would we spend tons of money like that when buying a house together is our current financial priority? It was also very important for us to have no stress involved.

    THUS, that’s why we carried out our union like we did: us, our witnesses, and the San Diego Admin Building.

    On the other hand, I AM thankful we decided to splurge on our professional photographers, because, well, you know me! I LOVE me some photographs. Not to mention, I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge how insanely of a perfect job Luke and Kat did. Seriously KUDOS, you two! I was a little bummed when I first found out that Max Wagner was already booked that day, but as it turns out, all of his “friends” are equally as talented. Me and D were completely overwhelmed by how many beautiful shots you captured and I had the darnedest time narrowing them down for this blog post. I know 35 pictures is still a lot, y’all, BUT can you honestly blame me? I mean LOOK at them!

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    The above and below images you see here are what Max & Friends are known for and WHY I wanted them so badly.

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    D = always making me laugh.

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    Just a couple of drunk-in-love kids adults.

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    For those not familiar with the San Diego Admin Building, it’s a government building right across the street from the San Diego Harbor, which means OCEAN!

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    So, we OBVIOUSLY could not let a date beside the Pacific pass us by . . .

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    Yeah, we’re not happy AT ALL ;)

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    All of this color. One photo. Extremely pleased.

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    Us and our big schnozes.

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    My gorgeous, vintage-brooch bouquet by Lionsgate Designs.

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    Luckiest gal in the world!

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    Those rings though.

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    My absolute favorite of them all and such a perfect example of the sort of work our photographers do.

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    Making our “social media” announcement :)

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    The San Diego Admin Building and all of its art deco brilliance.

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    I may or may not have ordered this next pic for my office . . .

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    A little pre-ceremony lip-lock ;)

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    My Kate Spade New York addiction continues . . . of course she had to be my something blue!

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    Getting hitched on a Tuesday = SURPRISE!

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    “Going to the chapel and we’re going to get married.”

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    D getting lippy; thankfully I had this bouquet to keep him in line ;)

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    Just kidding!

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    That man. The look. My heart.

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    All grown up and I still get a red nose anytime I cry! Dang it.

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    Dreams coming true.

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    #instanthappy OVERLOAD!

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    All smiles.

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    With a side of emotional tears . . .


    Our dear friends [Matt & Leslie] were our witnesses; cannot thank you two enough! Adore you both.

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    Our song is Vance Joy’s Mess Is Mine, so I commissioned this custom banner by Sharp Tooth Studio for the ceremony.

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    THEE. Best. Day. Ever.

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    “Don’t marry the person you think you can live with; marry only the individual you think you can’t live without.” – James Dobson

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    I wouldn’t change a thing: not the way we met, our journey here, or the way we said “I do!” I hope you enjoyed the pictures as much as we do. They will be forever cherished.

  • Style Crazed: FWSD Spring Showcase 2015

    Happy Fashion Friday, YOU!


    AND Happy First Day of Spring!

    [How is that already possible?!?!?!]

    A week has almost passed since Fashion Week San Diego’s Second Annual Spring Showcase. The event was once again hosted at Harrah’s Resort Southern California, and man, was the atmosphere electric that night! But let’s first talk about the outfit I wore . . .

    Style Crazed: FWSD Spring Showcase 2015

    Glasses: Dolce & Gabbana / Necklace: COS / Top: REVOLVE Clothing

    Pants: Rebecca Minkoff via Piperlime / Clutch: Kate Spade New York / Shoes: BCBGeneration via DSW

    For this first FWSD event of the year, I desired mixing one of my favorite winter pieces with some fresh flair. Why? Well, for one, I’m usually one to spring for a dress, so I wanted to go outside my comfort zone a bit. Secondly, I did SPLURGE on these beautiful, Marsala leather pants for my thriethieth birthday, and in order for me not to have buyer’s remorse, I need to get as much use out of them as I possibly can ;) thus my goal was to find a top [hopefully in a print] to go with. I didn’t have to look too far, though. [Goodness, how I LOVE REVOLVE clothing!] Once I saw this Reagan Printed Tank by Equipment, I was sold! It had the perfect amount of dark red in it – mixed with fun pops of citrus yellow and pink. Then, I added one of my beloved COS necklaces, a retro radio-looking clutch, these “I-look-like-the-new-Valentinos-but-am-really-not” shoes, and I was SET! What do YOU think of my ensemble? I’m really starting to realize what people have been telling me for years =  I have a knack for color, folks! But I guess that goes hand-in-hand with being an upholstery artist. I also adore velvet. Always have. Always will. And that brings me to the first of five favorites from that night’s runway. This blue velvet Napostol dress almost made me fall out of my seat. It’s flawless hue and the lines. I mean DAMN! Beyond beautiful.

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    And no Spring Showcase would be complete without some bathing suit love! I adore when a one-piece embodies an interesting design with an overall sexy feel. Kudos,  Candy Bee Swimwear. You should be proud!

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    Prints are oh-s0-hot right now. That’s why I wanted a print top for my Spring Showcase look. Scott Rich must have got the memo too. WOW! After the show, I personally went over to congratulate him. You should see what he has in store for October’s runway. I have a feeling there will be MANY Scott Rich pieces in this #stylecrazed lady’s closet.

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    BJASHI is at it again and I am OBSESSED with this yellow dress. The unusual textures created by layering fabric got my fashionista chest beating; very interested to see what her total line will embody in the fall.

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    Can someone please say MOD?! TaSanni is obviously after my Midcentury Modern-loving heart. This dress is flawless, sleek, and could work for any business, Vogue-skimming gal. Love, love, LOVE!

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    As you can see by the shots located above, the Spring Showcase was NOT a fashion party to miss :) so many talented designers!

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    “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!'” – Robin Williams

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    On a [last] more personal note, I am so beyond thankful for all the beautiful souls who have come into my life through FWSD. A year ago, I was fairly new to the San Diego style scene, sitting alone at events, and now I have a whole fashion family. It’s all because of you, Allison Andrews! You are such a forward-thinking force, fabulous friend, and fun-loving gal. I believe I can speak for the entire group when I say you continue to inspire me. All of us. Event after event. Congratulations! If this is just a taste of 2015, this year is going to be smashing.

    P.S. – I was having an awesome hair day at the event. The day of this #stylecrazed shoot :/ not so much! Lol. “Don’t let perfection ruin the good.” Check!

  • “P” Is For Mrs.

    One month ago [today] me and D got hitched.

    P Is For Mrs.

    Glasses: Dolce & Gabbana / “Mrs.” Necklace: Kate Spade New York / Blouse: Victoria’s Secret

    Sweatshirt: Kate Spade Saturday / Jeans: Citizens of Humanity / Shoes: Vans

    And ever since then, I’ve been grinning ear-to-ear. MOSTLY because, well, have you seen my husband?! He’s about as handsome as handsome gets . . . but then again, I can be a little biased ;) no, it’s more due to the fact that everything [right now] in this very moment is my version of perfect. I know it sounds corny, but I truly believe this was a role I was meant to play = being Mrs. Pilant.

    I’ve actually thought “this” for awhile now – even going back as far as our first date! I guess it’s true what they say: when you know, you know. It’s ALSO a task I will never take lightly as marriage is a privilege, not a God-given right. I’m serious. I believe that too many times in marriages [sadly] people become lackadaisical. I’ve seen it happen first-hand and I’m sure YOU have as well.

    Now, I am by no means an expert at relationships. I just feel very fortunate that the universe [or whatever you believe in] has granted me this second opportunity at happiness and I will ALWAYS be grateful for it. I mean the job does comes with its perks: a one-of-a-kind rose gold ring, my own real-life George Clooney [did I mention that my husband’s gorgeous?], and the sort of love and respect most women only read about.

    “It is a full time job being honest one moment at a time, remembering to love, to honor, to respect. It is a practice, a discipline, worthy of every moment.” Jasmine Guy

    What I’m REALLY trying to say IS I’m having the best time :) and we’re only one month in!
  • California Dreaming

    A few days ago [when I “out and about” running errands] I made a point of stopping by the Oceanside Museum of Art to revisit one of their current exhibitions, “California Dreaming.”


    For starters, March is going to be one CrAzY month for me work-wise and I wasn’t sure if another opportunity would present itself before its March 29th close . . . not to mention, this WAS the art on display in the Gleason Gallery when I performed “Five For Th$rty” in December. I ALSO just simply adore it ;)

    California Dreaming

    For what reason?

    I don’t know.

    There’s SOMETHING about this collection and I can’t quite put my finger on it.

    I know its whole purpose was to raise the fundamental question: IS the “California Dream” still alive and thriving, OR has the past half-century of population growth and development seriously affected our notion OF the Southern California lifestyle?


    Of that, I am not sure.

    I mean I DO love to believe that the dream is still alive [man, I sound like a Wilson Phillips’ record] and I AM aware as to how it makes me feel inside by the way it stirs my creative core. Almost as if, the entire display gives me HOPE as an artist [sigh] to continue with this ambition of mine = the notion of functional art.

    “If people knew what Matisse, supposedly the painter of happiness, had gone through, the anguish and tragedy he had to overcome to manage to capture that light which has never left him, if people knew all that, they would also realize that this happiness, this light, this dispassionate wisdom which seems to be mine, are sometimes well-deserved, given the severity of my trials.” Henri Matisse

    I guess that’s what has kept me coming back for more?! The entire exhibition leaves me feeling inspired and I NEED that! Right now. More than ever. ESPECIALLY, when I am trying so hard to stay out of my own way, drown my Creative Gremlin* [he’s such a dick btw], and upholster all these ideas of mine into reality.

    Is it weird to be both excited AND scared to show you [what I’m calling] Homebird Upholstery 2.0?

    At the end of the day, I realize that I just need to create and stop worrying about what the end result will be, BUT that is always easier said than done :) here’s to ME getting a whole lot done before my April 1st website deadline! Now, onto the “work” in my studio.

    *SIDENOTE: Creative Gremlin /kree-ey-tiv grem-lin/ n. Jenna Pilant’s harsh (internal) art critic.