• Betty and Veronica Pins!

    To pin or not to pin? THAT has been the question for little over a year now . . . I’ve been a bit hesitant about collecting something else, because UMM, does Jenna honestly need another “thing” to collect?! I mean she does have 14+ pairs of glasses after all ;) lol! But my uncertainty quickly became a whopping YASS once I found out that the fashion brand, Betty and Veronica, had released their own set of pins! You might remember being introduced to this them via my Instagram account at this year’s Fashion Week San Diego when my girlfriend, Leslie Miller, and I donned pop art-inspired Betty and Veronica outfits?!

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    WELL whether you do or you don’t, you should definitely familiarize yourself with the Betty and Veronica brand. All of their pieces feature either original [OR inspired by] artwork by legendary Archie Comics illustrators, Dan DeCarlo and Dan Parent; GIVING this #stylecrazed #nerdygirl all the FEELS for this comic-strip-loving fashion brand. But my adoration for them doesn’t stop there = they also LOVE to collaborate with other artists as well [how rad is that?!] LIKE fashion designer, Rachel Antonoff [oh my gawd, we LOVE her!] and that’s what makes this pin collection extra special. They are the #creativeaftermath of Betty and Veronica’s most recent collaboration with quirky artist, Sara M. Lyons!

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    The collection includes sixteen different pins, which made it difficult for me to select only one [I know I should get more] but I of course settled on the “RONNIE THE RIVETER” pin for my love of girl power, all things vintage, and to commemorate my work with the La Valencia Hotel last year [remember that PINK LADY?!] the pin is gorgeous, measures approximately 1.25 in diameter and is made of super shiny, jewelry-quality hard enamel in gorgeous full color with glossy gunmetal plating and screen printed details. It also has a single-prong back with a black rubber clutch. OH, and OF COURSE is available in “Betty” ;)

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    “I’ve always felt that the comic strip medium stands equally beside all the other story telling mediums: novels, movies, stage plays, opera, you know, you name it.” — Dave Gibbons

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    SO, there you have it = Jenna is officially on the “pin collecting” bandwagon! Haha. My blogger gal pal, Any Second Now, is going to be oh-so pleased!! AND I’m not going to lie, y’all – I AM very pleased that “RONNIE” was the first pin of my collection and looks pretty stellar on this backpack I recently acquired from Target for the sole purpose of displaying this “growing” obsession :) yep, I bought a new bag just for my pins and I only have one! Here it begins! :) You’ve been warned! Lol!

     

    Photos by 656 Photography / Jenna Pilant / J.DIXX Photography

  • A Feminist Fall

    Fall temperatures are finally here in San Diego, y’all, and this #stylecrazed gal could NOT be happier about it! It was seriously starting to feel like the weather would never cool down here, but luckily, this week it actually did :D so I got to layering and this has been a NEW outfit I have been wanting to share with you for a while now! It’s a mix of Cabi’s Fall 2017 collection, one of my favorite Kate Spade funky purses, AND my new Rachel Antonoff’s Reproductive Sweater, which was famously wore by Lena Dunham to a Planned Parenthood event where she auctioned it off to raise an additional $4,000 for the cause. Yep, as a feminist and a Planned Parenthood supporter myself, I know I don’t really have to explain to you WHY I simply HAD to add this sweater to my collection . . . but you know me! ;)

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    I feel this sweater is a badge of honor, a statement that I am proud to be a woman and will continue to fight for what’s right [EQUALITY] in our world; not to mention, it’s pretty damn cute. I also love that it was made by Rachel Antonoff, because her brother [I don’t know if you know this or not] who is also a feminist, is Jack Antonoff, the singer and songwriter of Bleachers AND lead guitarist of the indie rock band Fun. who just happen to be two of my all-time favorite bands. How rad is that?! And it goes SO superbly well with my hue-matching patterned Cabi coat and their equally chic boots. More deets below!

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    White Dior Glasses / Cabi Sovereign Coat / Rachel Antonoff Sweater / Cabi High Straight Jeans

    Kate Spade New York Mouse Purse / Cabi Bissett Booties

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    “It’s the fire in my eyes, and the flash of my teeth, the swing in my waist, and the joy in my feet. I am a woman phenomenally.” — Maya Angelou, “Phenomenal Woman: Four Poems Celebrating Women”

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    Feminist apparel, like Rachel Antonoff’s Reproductive Sweater here, have been popping up everywhere since the last presidential campaign and I honestly love it and cannot get enough of it. How about you?? Are you loving it as well? Do you think it’s overkill? Not your thing? I think it’s really interesting how the current times are having such an influence on what we wear, and how without muttering a single word, you can know where I stand on the current issues. Yep, this “hysterical female” is WOKE, y’all, just like many of my fellow vagina-owning pals. Who knew when I read the Feminist Mystique in high school, I would live to be part of another social movement. It’s inspiring. It’s frustrating. And I honestly don’t see us calming down anytime soon!

    Photos by 656 Photography

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  • Mid-Century Modern Tweed Couch

    Recently on the blog, I shared with you my first-ever time-lapse video of a typical “Teardown Tuesday” in the Homebird Upholstery studio. You can see such video by clicking here. In it, I am tearing this mid-century modern couch that looks like it’s straight out of Don Draper‘s office in Mad Men [scotch stains and cigarette burns included] well today, it’s time to share the upholstery before and after of said couch.

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    This is another classic case of taking an old piece of furniture from drab to fab ;) the client is a fashion stylist friend of mine in L.A. and she just loved my idea of taking a modern tweed fabric for the body and mixing it with leather accents for the welting . . . and if I’m going to be honest here = it turned out even better than what was in my mind’s eye, which would make any artist under the sun extremely happy!

    “Oh, I just want what we all want: a comfortable couch, a nice beverage, a weekend of no distractions and a book that will stop time, lift me out of my quotidian existence and alter my thinking forever.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

    What are your thoughts on this upholstery transformation? Yay? Nay? Maybe you aren’t WILD about the upgrade of the fabric? Maybe you’re a mid-century modern purest and would have left the couch “as is” OR maybe [just maybe] you would have preferred to recover it but in the exact same color? Please leave your feedback in the comments section below! I’d love to read it! Just remember to always be kind ;)

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  • Notorious R.B.G.

    Well, Halloween is officially one week from today, y’all, and although I didn’t make the time to create multiple Halloween costumes for the blog like I did last year, I DID manage to shop my own closet over the weekend and turned my college graduation robe into a bad-ass Ruth Bader Ginsburg costume!!

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    Now, please DO realize that I cannot take FULL credit for this costume idea as Kate McKinnon was my REAL inspiration with her recent satire impersonations of Ruth on SNL’s Weekend Update [if you haven’t seen them – I highly recommend for a hilarious time] making this is a matrix Halloween of sorts . . .

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    Jenna playing Kate playing Ruth AND is honestly the easiest costume I’ve ever come up with. Maybe even the funnest?! I had so much fun acting out my own versions of a Gins-BURN! Haha. You can check out my Instastories for that little gem of a laugh ;) I honestly could have danced all day in this getup!

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    “I try to teach through my opinions, through my speeches, how wrong it is to judge people on the basis of what they look like, color of their skin, whether they’re men or women.” — Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    This just seemed like the right time for this costume; a time when a majority of females have been WOKE and greatly dissent with opinion of our current Commander in Diapers. Plus, what better way to pay tribute to our booming FEMINIST movement than to Halloween 2017 like one bad-ass lady?!

    Photos by Claire Denise Sosbee Runions

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  • A Day In The Life!

    Being a creative entrepreneur, one of the highlights of my “job” is that no two days are exactly the same = my schedule is constantly evolving – depending on whatever artistic gig I am working on and what other “life” demands I’m trying to juggle; a double-edge sword one could say that keeps me smiling and on my toes at the VERY same time. It has its ups. It has its downs. And in-between, multiple costume changes ;) SO today, I thought it would be fun to share with you a glimpse into one of those random days of mine and how I dress to meet every occasion on my calendar . . . starting with one of the biggest responsibilities in my life: dog mom!

    Yes, as many of you already know, we have a pack of dogs both ranging in size and breed, but it wasn’t until we acquired our fourth one, Cash, that I started to have to make a concentrated effort to include daily doggie exercise into my schedule [that dang puppy energy] thus most of my days start with brisk walk of some sorts where I usually opt for something leisurely but cute to wear. The reason? Well, comfort is definitely at the forefront but I also need to look somewhat presentable these mornings because of the gated community we live in. Why? Well, as a business owner, I am lucky to say that most of my [recent] upholstery clientele has been from the neighborhood so I live in a state of never knowing when I am going to be running into a possibly new client. My current “workout” fave for my “dog mom” routine is this Hoodie Playsuit by Cabi from their New Arrivals Collection, Penny Lane Lovely. This is the second playsuit I have of theirs and I just love how this one has longer sleeves and a hoodie; making it so much more versatile as we move into these colder San Diego months. It’s even perfect to throw a coat right over top!

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    Versace Glasses / IKKX Necklace / Hoodie Playsuit / Tennis Ball Puma Sneakers

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    Shortly after Cash’s morning workout, this is where my day really takes off and honestly the sky is about the only limit on what my day may bring! I mean that calendar of mine also tends to keep me on track but you never know :) on this particular day though, it’s all about client meetings. Back-to-back ones in fact! I try my best to schedule all my meetings on one day a week [or every two weeks if I can manage it] so I can spend a brunt of my time creating verses business mambo-jambo. Now when I have a “meeting day” like today, this is where I usually dress to impress and style myself in an outfit that’s more business office appropriate than my usual #stylecrazed self, which some people might think as silly but it’s how I choose to present my business in my client’s homes. I have found that people tend to take me more seriously as a young business owner when I not only act professional but dress the part too. Plus, since I love to play dress-up, I still manage to keep it fun ;) and today I’m doing just that with this Catherine Blouse, also from Cabi‘s Penny Lane Lovely Collection. With such gorgeous qualities, like it’s sheer fabric and rich pattern, it was easy to pair this blouse with other chic items in my closest to create this polished look – just in time to head out the door for my first meeting!

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    Flapper EarringsHeritage Necklace / Catherine Blouse / Kate Spade Handbag

    Flip Skirt / Patterned Tights / Snake Skin Pumps

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    And then after my meetings have wrapped and I find myself not in my studio, not in my home, BUT out’n’about in beautiful San Diego, I try my very best to multi-task my time [and my gas mileage] and make a date with one of my girlfriends! See, since my husband and I live out in the northeast part of San Diego county, sometimes I don’t see my gal-pals as much as I’d like, so taking advantage of my location after a long day of driving around for meetings is the name of the game! And what is hard work worth without a little play, anyway?! ;) This is where my wardrobe can really just be whatever I want it to be, AND with such versatile items like Cabi‘s, it’s effortless for me to have an extra outfit in the car to change into for a ladies night! I usually try to reflect the activity with the ensemble. SO, since we are doing happy hour drinks followed by a listening to a band in a dive bar, well, then it’s time for a jacket that looks sort of like it’s from The Beatles Sargent Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Then pair it with a black cami underneath and some skinny black jeans with t-strap stilettos, and I’ve got myself ready to go out!

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    Miu Miu Glasses / In The Band Jacket / V-Neck Cami / Kate Spade ClutchSlim Boyfriend Jeans / Vince Camuto T-Strap Stilettos

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    “My personal ambition remains the same – to be creative, to be modern, to stay one step ahead, to enjoy life.” — Natalie Massenet

    I really am so thankful to have a life where my days can beautifully vary with each passing hour of the ole tick-tock. It might seem like the randomness could cause somewhat of wardrobe nightmare, but luckily with my own particular breed of style and the multi-dimensional clothing options I have acquired from Cabi over the past year, I armed with an arsenal of sure-fire winners that easily mix-and-match with each other, creating endless options of dress. I honestly feel I can be ready with any occasion that’s on my calendar with Cabi and I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into one of my days! I urge you to check out Cabi for yourself and see all that they have to offer. Their New Arrivals Collection, Penny Lane Lovely launches today and I’m sure it will sell out fast, so if you love any of the items I am wearing above, you better get on it girl ;) move fast!

    Photos by 656 Photography | Sponsored by Cabi

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