• A “Giants” Disappointment

    Today, I find myself wondering how Mr. Tony Bennett left is his heart in San Francisco.

    A "Giants" Disappointment

    See, #meandD have just returned home from the Bay area. We went on this short, three-day trip, so we could watch our beloved Royals play in Game 4 and 5 of the 2014 World Series. It was actually my first time staying in the city. Other than that, I had only driven through from the airport on my way to Napa Valley. I was excited to say the least – not only to watch some history happen but to also explore a place I had never really been before.

    We arrived Saturday, between noon and one, and met up with our friend, Joe, who was also flying in to partake in the best fun the MLB has to offer. From there, it was an afternoon filled with baseball talk, some lighthearted Giants banter back and forth, and consistently pinching ourselves. I mean we were about to attend a World Series game after all!

    Game 4 started fine. We sat around a good bunch of Giants fans, took in the breathtaking views, and enjoyed America’s favorite pastime. Our Royals even took the lead for a bit :) it wasn’t until we decided to leave during the 7th inning, however, where our so-far-so-good travels started to unravel. Something changed as the opposing team took the lead and I no longer felt safe in the city by the bay. First, it started with a few rude comments as we made our descent down the AT&T Park ramps. But once we made it outside, the three of us entered a whole new world, where every #takethecrown-loving soul was on their own. The crowds got rowdy, the demeaning trash talk started to flow, and the scariness began. ALL because we wore blue. The plan that night was never to go straight back to the hotel room. We had places to explore and good food to eat. But the Giants fans made that decision for us, making us feel un-welcomed and in harm’s way.

    Wasn’t this just the same stadium a few short hours ago that honored their injured Giants fan who was brutally beaten outside Dodger Stadium in 2011?!

    The rest of the night I was heartbroken. How could another team’s fans be so classless? At Kauffman stadium, we would NEVER treat an opposing team and it’s fans that way = win or lose! AND we were spending a lot of money in their city to be there for baseball, and up to this point, we were happy to do so. Needless to say, I had trouble sleeping that night and the next day, I woke up feeling just plain weird. Would it be okay to go somewhere for breakfast? Could we safely see the city? All I had was Royals gear in my suitcase. SO, we didn’t explore. We hung out in our room and got ready for Game 5. I wasn’t even outside our hotel more than 5 minutes before a lady [cancel that] woman in the cross walk told me I needed to “get the F out of here.” It made Game 5 a very wearisome experience. I just kept my head down and didn’t even feel like I could cheer for my own team. How sad is that?!

    “True sportsmanship is . . .

    Knowing that you need your opponent because without him or her, there is no game.

    Acknowledging that your opponent holds the same deep-rooted aspirations and expectations as you.

    Knowing that, win or lose, you will walk off [. . .] with pride.

    Always taking the high road.

    And always, always, always being a good sport.” ― Lorii Myers, No Excuses: The Fit Mind-Fit Body Strategy Book

    Long story short = I will NOT be back to San Francisco for another sporting event. And please do not tell yourself for a second, it’s because of the losses. It isn’t. I mean I am a Royals fan after all. We more than know how to handle defeat. That wasn’t the case. It’s how ugly the Giants fans treated my counterparts and myself. How soon they have forgotten that before 2010, it had been 56 years since their last championship; much longer than the Royals have waited. They also have seem to space the fact that they TOO were a wild card team this fall. I’m not sure where all this rude entitlement comes from, but it has left an awful taste in my mouth that I soon won’t forget. Being in your town was not worth the stress. I am proud and loud Royals fan, but my life is more important than a game. Maybe this is why most of the nation is cheering for our team? A wholesome group of individuals. Well, whatever the reason is [in closing] I want to leave you with this: all of our body’s blood flows blue . . . until a little oxygen hits it ;) GO ROYALS!

  • Sing On Stage Again . . .

    As we entered the last quarter of 2014, I discovered myself reviewing my yearly “to-do” list and suddenly realizing I wasn’t as ambitious as I was when I made originally created it. I mean some areas were without question approved upon or ARE definitely happening . . . for instance, The Design Stylist is currently working on the infamous Homebird Upholstery website I’ve only been pining/talking about for almost two years now. [Yes, it's hilariously sad on my part!] ANYWAY, one bullet point was left untouched = Sing On Stage Again.

    Oy.

    This was a BIG goal for me this year, and frustratingly enough [up to this point] it hasn’t happened. Sure, I’ve drunked-ly sung kareoke a couple times in the past few years, but that doesn’t really count in my opinion. SO, here’s my big announcement. Can I get a drumroll please? After much soul searching and quick planning, I’ve decide that in 45-days time, I AM going to perform a little recital for my 30th birthday. I’m calling it “Five For Th$rty” :)

    Sing On Stage Again . . .

    Why “Five For Th$rty”?

    As some of you already know, I was a double-music major in college. Yep, I have two degrees: one in Musical Theatre and the other in Music Business. AND, I am not doing anything with them! I guess that’s pretty much the norm nowadays with people and their areas of degree study. But that was never MY plan. Then again, never was divorce at age 27.  [HA!] Honestly though, I don’t know what to say past that point. Once I settled in San Diego, music was never the same for me. So, I inevitably walked away from it. I know that’s being incredibly vague and unarguably frustrating to you [my readers] I guess it’s probably time for me to finally disclose how my marriage fell apart four-so years ago, but I need more time for it’s dictation. Today is NOT the time. I will, however, promise to write about it next month; mostly to get it over with ;) but it will also help make LLM make so much more sense. Now where was I? Oh, that’s right. Why “Five For Th$rty”? Well, admittedly enough, I found myself missing it – the art of song! Plus, it’s my thirtieth. Why SHOULDN’T I do something memorable and just for me?! And that’s how it came to be, folks. Simple as that.

    I will be performing five songs for the big 3-0!

    “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.” – Martin Mull

    Stay tuned for more details in the month of November [in case you're interested] I will also be disclosing at that time as to WHY there is a dollar sing in the title. Until then, here’s one YouTube video of my singing. Enjoy!

  • Style Crazed: FWSD14 – Night 5

    This is the last of my Fashion Week San Diego 2014 breakdowns. Please don’t be too devastated ;)

    Style Crazed: FWSD14 - Night 5

    Glasses: Andrews Optical / Pearls: Zhulia / Top: Vintage / Handbad: Kate Spade New York / Pants: Victoria’s Secret / Pumps: Rebecca Minkoff via Saks Off 5th

    For the Finale Runway Night, my style inspiration was the lady of ladies herself = Coco Chanel. Why? Well, for one, she was always flawless in her fashion. And two, Night 5 was all about gowns, jewels, the avant-garde,and couture ― everything Coco embodied! Thus, I reached in my closet for this vintage piece my friend gave me years ago [it's an oldie but a goodie] paired it with winter white, tuxedo pants, and called in a favor for some “loaner” pearls from my gal pal, Zhulia. The rest was easy! I played off the top’s glitzy tones, coordinating its brown hues with my frames and its yellow shine with my handbag. I completely lucked out with my shoes! They were already in my closet and just happened to match it exactly! As a result, my entire ensemble harmonized with the theme effortlessly and THAT made this #stylecrazed blogger VERY happy. On a different high note, let’s talk about the catwalk! I really believe a woman can never have too many sheath dresses, ESPECIALLY when they are by Salwa Owens. I love how the embroidery has a resemblance to the current Altuzarra line at Target and yet has an overall feel that is completely its own in placement and design.

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    (Photography by aDallo Photography)

    The whimsical/fabulous dress you see below made my eyes go WOWZER! Dulce Alexandra = you are perfection. This might just need to be my OMA Museum Ball dress next year!

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    (Photography by aDallo Photography)

    I’m not usually one for pant suits, but this patterned number by BJASHI drove me wild! PLUS, the accessories were fun too.

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    (Photography by aDallo Photography)

    I have long admired Jessica Faulkner‘s work but have yet to make a purchase. That’s about to change! I must have this two-piece short ensemble! It’s unique, short, and feminine. If only it came with the umbrella too :)

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    (Photography by aDallo Photography)

    “A woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls.” ― Coco Chanel

    I still cannot believe FWSD 2014 is over! I had an absolute blast and look forward to attending this entire shindig again next year. Now, back to your regularly scheduled blog postings . . .

  • Style Crazed: FWSD14 – Night 4

    Every once in a while, a lady needs to stretch her own personal style and step outside of her comfort zone ;) and that’s EXACTLY what this Lucky Little Mustardseed did for the Gentlemen & Ladies Runway Show on Night 4 of Fashion Week San Diego!

    Style Crazed: FWSD14 - Night 4

    Glasses: Dolce & Gabbana / Necklace: Zhulia Fine Pearl Jewelry / Jumpsuit: REVOLVE

    Clutch: Kate Spade New York / Pumps: Victoria’s Secret

    I’m honestly not sure what motivated me to purchase this number . . . maybe it was my inner Sasha Fierce? Lol. I do know, however, that when I saw it, I simply could not control my love for it! So, I EMBRACED it’s iridescent green and wore my matching glasses and strapy pumps. I then accessorized it with a beautiful Tahitian pearl and an Asian-inspired clutch. What do YOU think about my fashion risk? I definitely took a chance with this one AND sometimes it pays off – just like my absolute favorite FWSD designer = Danh Ta. His 19-piece collection on Friday night’s catwalk was jaw-dropping WOW! I seriously wanted one of everything.

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    (Photography by aDallo Photography)

    It was also a fashionable T.G.I.F on the runway with celebrity model, Danylle Wolf. She is a Champion U.S. Women’s Boxer and future Olympian. She completely rocked the designs of American Prep Clothing Company, Danh Ta, and J.L. Rocha. I don’t know about you, but I don’t believe there is anything better than seeing a strong woman strut her stuff!

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    (Photography by aDallo Photography)

    As I stated on Tuesday, I usually don’t go for long dresses. Nevertheless, I loved this look! The model was working double time, showcasing this royal blue beauty by Oseas Villatoro and jewelry by Senhoa :) D spoiled me btw on Sunday with one of their necklaces. Stay tuned for it in a future #stylecrazed post!

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    (Photography by CF Photography Studios)

    This last picture goes to show you how sexy a woman can make a man’s shirt! Dang. You’re one hot mama!

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    (Photography by aDallo Photography)

    “The most alluring thing a woman can have is confidence.” – Beyonce

    There’s still one more FWSD post for 2014. Stay tuned!

  • Style Crazed: FWSD14 – Night 3

    Here in SoCal, the beach is always open :) SO, it’s no wonder why Night 3 of this year’s Fashion Week San Diego was dedicated solely to California lifestyle we know and love = contemporary resort and swimwear!

    Style Crazed: FWSD14 - Night 3
    Glasses: Dolce & Gabbana / Necklace: Stella & Dot / Dress: Anthropologie

    Handbag: Kate Spade New York / Pumps: Nine West via DSW

    Now that I think about it, I guess I could have gotten away with a bikini that night ;) BUT since they are pretty unforgiving and not my favorite thing to wear [am I right or am I right, ladies?] I opted for my brightly-hued, babydoll-styled dress and paired it with my newly acquired, Stella & Dot necklace. From there, I played off the necklace’s many colorful gemstones; matching my eyeglasses to its orange and my pumps to its navy. I threw in the luggage-esque handbag for an added “fun” flair [something I always encourage] AND speaking of fun, how about this number by NOIA?! I just love how it’s sexy and yet functional!

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    (Photography by aDallo Photography)

    This cover-up by RHCreation also left me beaming with it’s merry hoodie detail and how it flowed as the model walked the runway.

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    (Photography by aDallo Photography)

    I adored the simplicity of this Dos Caras Swimwear top and its beautiful pop of blue.

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    (Photography by aDallo Photography)

    No resort catwalk would be complete without some summer bright white! I applaud I-AM-ZOE for mixing a classic gingham pattern with an unusual dress cut. This is on my “want” list.

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    (Photography by aDallo Photography)

    “To me, style is all about expressing your individuality freely and courageously.” – Timothy John

    Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed how refreshing these skimpy lines were. It’s not easy designing beachwear – especially since we are ALL spaced so differently! Everyone did a phenomenal job.