• Good Denim Madewell!

    I honestly cannot believe it’s August, ya’ll, but I am welcoming it with a full-fledged smile! It’s been a loooooong summer here in the desert region of San Diego, and with this coming of the calendar, the cooler days of fall are hopefully only a month or so away. Hopefully. And even though, this summer has been good to me with fun times with friends and constant upholstery work, I’m ready to start transitioning to the new season ahead = in my planning and DEFINITELY in my closet . . . and one of the easiest ways I find to do THAT while Mother Nature wanders over into the new equinox is to mix and match my summer wardrobe with a good pair of jeans. Just like I did today for my outfit ;) these jeans have been on repeat every since I got them three years ago at Madewell [seriously the BEST place to get your denim fix – seriously – not a sponsored post – they are simply that good] and they fit as great as the day I bought them. They hit right at my natural waist and are the perfect slim for my Olive Oyl frame, but are also lightweight enough for when the temp still wants to be a scorcher but I don’t want to wear shorts.

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    Glasses: Prada / Top: J.Crew / Flamingo Bracelet: Target / Jeans: Madewell

    Flamingo Purse: Kate Spade New York / Slides: Dolce Vita

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    “I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” — Audrey Hepburn

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    Besides full-time “jean season” being right around the corner, there are so many things I’m excited for this month and for the coming fall ahead = for example, my brother will be here in little over a week to visit and I have lots of FUN planned from both him and I during his stay! There’s multiple Fashion Week San Diego events on the calendar including their October runway shows [start planning those outfits now, Jenna!] OH, and I’m already doing business planning for the 2018 year, which has me both creatively pumped and mental drained. Lol. I also believe I’ll finally be caught up with my waiting list for my Homebird Upholstery clientele, which hasn’t happened in about year, so that will be a stupendous feeling. Yep, looking forward to A LOT and feeling grateful too! Maybe that’s why I was grooving so with PINK today . . . or maybe I was just connecting with my inner Flamingo ;) HAHA! Either way, it’s a nice outfit to help the closet transitioning begin, don’t y’all think?! What are you most looking forward to in the season ahead??

    Photos by Henry S. Young

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  • Vanguard Culture 2017 Avant Garde Gala

    About a month ago, while attending a fundraising event for F.A.B. Authority at Kendra Scott in Fashion Valley, Allison Andrews of Fashion Week San Diego and I were discussing an upcoming partnered event they were helping Vanguard Culture with called the Avant Garde Costume Gala . . . and as a result of said conversation, I had the incredible honor of collaborating with one of her 2017 designers, Baza Couture, for a fun project = creating a one-of-a-kind by definition avant-garde look to wear to this annual costume party! Immediately from our first meeting, I knew Miriam of Baza Couture and I were going to make an incredible duo. She was warm, bubbly, and insanely right-brained :) just like me! I gave her this sketch of a wildly colorful Phoenix bird for inspiration, shared my initial thoughts on color [shocker I know! haha!] and the rest is history! Miriam completely loved the idea, sketched it out before me on a sheet of paper, and created something straight out of my own #rainbowtastic dreams — ALL within two lunch meetings and one week of sewing start to finish. CrAzY, right?!

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    Being armed with such rad gown, well, made the rest of my costume’s styling easy-peasy. I paired it with these mega, pearl-accented, gold hoops to play off the fabric’s beading and wore my clear Steve Madden heels so the focus wasn’t on my feet. I also put that good ole Musical Theatre degree to good use by calling upon my past schooling in stage makeup for my eyes, cheekbones, and lips. OH! And to top-off this experience, this unique collaboration ALSO gave me the opportunity to have my hair done by [wait for it] Gila Rut = the same bad-ass team behind all of the phenomenal hairdos you see year after year on the Fashion Week San runway. Talk about a stellar faux hawk, y’all!! I honestly felt like the funky Belle of the ball on Saturday night and I believe that translates pretty darn well in the pre-event pictures I also had the pleasure of taking with 656 Photography. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did rocking this look. This event is definitely perfect for anyone who loves to dress up for Halloween!

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    Sometimes you have to burn yourself to the ground before you can rise like a Phoenix from the ashes.” — Jens Lekman

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    Myself pictured with Miriam Baza of Baza Couture & Vanessa Balli

    HUGE THANKS TO: my BFF, Allison Andrews, for the not-your-run-of-the-mill girls night ;) Fashion Week San Diego for their high calibar of designers, professional staff and interns AND for always keeping a #stylecrazed gal like myself entertained all-year long with your calendar of various different events throughout our San Diego community, Miriam Baza of Baza Couture for [of course] her talents, not questioning my love of color and instead embracing it thus creating something even far more gorgeous than I could ever imagine, Gila Rut for the hairstyle that even Gwen Stefani would give a head-approving nod towards, Louie of 656 Photography for working his magic with a lense and making a girl feel right at home in front of the camera, AND last-but-definitely-not-least, Vanguard Culture for your mission of creating art jobs, inspiring creative collaboration among all genres of the visual, performing and culinary arts, AND hosting innovative, cultural events that aim to bring diverse, socially-conscious communities together = just like Saturday night’s Avant Garde Costume Gala! I absolutely loved the party’s concept and had an absolute blasty-blast of a good time at the event . . . my ONLY regret is not knowing that you had to “officially” enter the costume contest :/ as both Allison and multiple other party-goers kept asking me during and after why I wasn’t up there?? Lol. Let’s just chalk it up to a rookie’s mistake, y’all! I simply had no idea.

    Photos by 656 Photography

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  • DMTC 5.0

    Another Opening Day at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has come and gone, y’all!

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    Two days ago, this particular area of Del Mar was concentrated with a plethora of thoroughbred enthusiasts, gambling fools and #stylecrazed pals alike, all excited for another racing season to start where the turf meets the surf :) and I, for the fifth year-in-a-row, was one of them! Only this year, after a neat suggestion from my best friend, Leslie S. Miller, we decided to skip the usual fascinator route and opted for something a little more fresh instead = asymmetrical flower crowns from Fresh Crowns in San Diego! And golly-gee, I’m sure glad we did as not only was it a fun change for us but we also received so many compliments regarding our different take on “Opening Day” fashion.

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    Flower Crown: Fresh Crowns / Glasses: Dolce & Gabbana / Necklace: Nellene Tree

    Dress: Trina Turk / Handbag: Kate Spade New York / Pumps: BCBG

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    For my flower crown, I sifted through my closet for the perfect dress. I knew I definitely wanted something that was both classy and colorful [you’re safe to guess that I had plenty to choose from ;) haha!] but unlike the past four years, I did NOT want to buy something new just for this occasion, ESPECIALLY since as of late I’ve been spending a small fortune on my Homebird Upholstery business — trying to further it into possible new areas . . . thus when I ran across this Trina Turk dress in my wardrobe from a couple years ago, I knew I had a sure bet! It’s cut is oh-so flattering on my Olive Oyl frame AND the bright hues of its pattern would give the flower crown lady plenty colors to choose from. Win-win!

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    “Happiness is the natural flower of duty.” — Phillips Brooks

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    Needless to say, I had another wonderful time at Opening Day in Del Mar AND like Leslie said on Wednesday, “No Instastories filter was needed!”

    Photos by Leslie S. Miller

    Location: Flower Child

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  • Wearing A Suit Can Be Fun!

    HaPpY Monday, fellow #stylecrazed pals! I know it’s been a couple weeks since I last blogged to you :/ my calendar in May was an absolute sprint and June [to be honest] hasn’t been much slower either . . . BUT I DID have a quick moment this morning so here I am ready to share with you another #ootd from my closet. At first glance, this head-to-toe ensemble seems completely business appropriate [which it totally is btw] HOWEVER, it’s so much more versatile than that. When my schedule throws me a day with both client meetings AND errands on the docket, this is the ultimate “multi-tasking” look. Why? Well, not only is it über chic for your client meetings, but with a simple slip-off of the jacket, you’re rocking a cute tank with skinny pants = PERFECT for a hot Summer day while running errands! Then when you’re about to head back into your next meeting [OR a freezing grocery store] slip that jacket back on and BOOM! You’re ready to WOW, y’all ;)

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    Glasses & Purse: Kate Spade New York / Earrings: Target / Suit & Top: c/o Cabi / Block Heels: Sam Edelman

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    “When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things.” — Joe Namath

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    Oh, and did I fail to mention that all of these garments you see me wearing here are by Cabi?? Yep, I think it’s safe to say I’m a wee-bit obsessed with this fashion brand. I mean this is what . . . #stylecrazed post #5 regarding a Cabi-related outfit since being first introduced to them back January of this year?! CABI FOR THE WIN! Seriously though. The quality of their fabrics and the way each item of their items are constructed together is just second-to-none. It’s definitely a brand you will see here on LLM time after time and probably year after year. They just keep making me come back for more AND anything I add from them into my closest goes oh-so-well with all the other Cabi clothing pieces, which is turn =’s more and more new outfits, which then in turn creates one hell of a HaPpY fashion blogger! Trust me. Check out their site. So many good options! AND their Fall line is debuting soon [just a few weeks away] and I’ve seen it and you my friend will WANT IT!

    Photos by Henry S. Young

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  • Taste The Rainbow

    HaPpY First Day of May, LLMers! The sun is out and it’s another beautiful day to be alive in San Diego!! I woke up this morning both eager for the week ahead BUT tired from all this weekend’s fun. What did you do this weekend? Any of you make it to Bloom Bash? I wanted to check-out this annual art exhibition at the San Diego Museum of Art so badly, but in-between the Pauma Valley Country Club Annual Home Tour AND helping my BFF, Leslie, get ready for her housewarming party on Saturday, it just wasn’t in the cards for me this year :( two of my other besties made it out for the event, however, and it sounds like they had the most amazing time. I hope you got to check it out as well! However, if you’re like me and didn’t, fear not as there is still one way you can get your BLOOM on this spring and that’s at The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch.

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    For over sixty years now, Mother Nature has transformed these rolling hills of north San Diego County into one of the most spectacular and coordinated displays of natural color and beauty anywhere in the world with its nearly fifty acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers. This yearly burst of color has become an annual MUST SEE favorite for both locals and tourists alike – ESPECIALLY for a rainbow lover like myself! I mean just look at all of those gorgeous colors. They bloom each year from early March through Mother’s Day for approximately six to eight weeks and literally announce the arrival of spring here in southern California. Talk about knowing how to make an entrance, y’all?! I better take note ;) it’s also a photoshoot waiting to happen, so we did! HAHA.

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    Lace Umbrella: Amazon / Glasses: Dolce & Gabbana / Earrings: Vintage / Choker: J.Crew

    Gown: Alice + Olivia / Sandals: Katy Perry Collections

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    “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” — Maya Angelou

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    For me, visiting The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch is a lot like this Alice + Olivia gown I’m wearing = a NO-BRAINER! From it’s multi-colored detailing, delicately-stitched straps, and deep V’s located in both the front & back, this gown had me in “tiers” upon first sighting ;) and honestly, would have been my wedding dress for our elopement if it had only been in my closet back in 2015! Dang it. Yes, in my eyes, it’s that special of a dress – one of THEE most breathtaking gowns I have ever seen/worn and then I went and paired it with these Katy Perry “Stella” Sandals and, HOT DAMN, someone commit me from colorful giddiness overload!! Lol. I hope you enjoyed this very rainbow-tastic blog post AND have a wonderful first day of May! Who knows maybe you’ll even get a basket! Lol. Do people still do that?? Either way, don’t forget you still have until Sunday, May 14th [Mother’s Day] to see The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch for yourself! It’s a rainbow experience you will not soon forget!! Take your camera!!!

    Photos by Henry S. Young

    Location: The Flower Fields

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