• Mixing Years with Prints!

    2018 . . . so far, so good = only in its third week of its new orbit and this year has already got me pretty busy, y’all, with lots of prospective Homebird Upholstery clients, a YouTube channel launching in a few months AND the Cabi Scoop happening right here tomorrow at the San Diego Convention Center. Yep, I have this gut feeling that this particular set of 365 days is going to be a jammed pack one [but in a totally good way] so I better buckle up, Buttercup, because it’s not the time to walk but to sprint with GLEE :)

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    I honestly don’t know what’s gotten into the “new and improved Jenna,” but DAMN girl, you have so much buoyant ENERGY! I guess it’s because I’m just so jazzed to devour all the things on my plate all the while actually feeling grateful for all the CRAP that happened over the past few years. I’m quickly learning that sometimes you’ve got to crawl through those dirty/back-stabbing trenches in order to see that bright/positive future of a SUN ;) taking the best of your past and making the most delicious LEMONADE.

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    And that’s what this OUTFIT OF THE DAY is all about = mixing two of my favorite wardrobe items from 2016 and 2017 to create one brand new SWANKY look! You might recognize the top from when I dared to wear silk pajamas in public back in April of 2016, OR my striped pants, from my most popular blog post in 2017 when I embraced my inner flower child and climbed to top of a very spring-tastic mountain last March [IN HEELS] see not everything was shabby the past two years . . . my closet grew in chicness too!

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    Then you pair these older babies with some funky frames, a fiercely-red faux fur collar [you know to help bring out that top’s subtle rouge] fishnet stockings and those blue velvet platforms AND you’ve got yourself the sort of “more is more” ensemble that I’m always striving for ♥ LIVING MY MOST COLORFUL SELF ♥ embracing all of my quirks, addictions, flaws [not to mention] that Packman mouth of a Mrs! HAHA. And that’s what I hope to help you gain on here = for YOU TO DO YOU and ONLY YOU!

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    “I think that a woman wears so many hats, we have so many aspects to us that we’re not just one thing. We represent so much within us and that kind of comes across for me as a designer through mixing prints and colors.” — Rachel Roy

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    Because I am armed with the knowledge of how powerful individualism can be in this life and I know that I have struggled on my own to keep this vision clear with you AND have probably [at times] come across a little narcissistic, but honestly the reason I started this blog over five years ago was to help others find their HaPpY as I was finding mine. It’s a constant evolution, y’all, just like our closets ;) and that’s why you should prepare yourself for LOTS of change coming to LLM this year. It’s going to be FABULOUS!

    Photos by 656 Photography

    Outfit Details:

    Glasses: Kate Spade New York / Faux Fur Collar & Red Fishnets: Amazon

    Pajama Top: Olivia Palermo + Chelsea28 / Pants: Alice & Olivia / Platform Heels: Steve Madden

  • The Pilant Pack

    As you’re well aware by now, #MeAndD’s four children have four legs = we have an eight-year-old English Bulldog named Hazel, an eight-year-old Miniature Pinscher named Killer, an eight-year-old Miniature Dachshund named Nella, and an almost fifteen-month-old Border Staffy puppy named Cash. That’s our pack. That’s our family. That’s our world. ♥ Shortly after Cash turned one-year-old in October and was well on his way to becoming one hell of a dog, our sweet Hazel started to show her age. You see ten years old is OLD for an English Bulldog and with Hazel getting closer and closer to her ninth birthday this April, every moment we have with her is extra precious. SO one day I shared with D my yearning to have some professional photos taken of our pack. “I’ll never forgive myself if we don’t have a really nice photo of our little family.” And although my husband is not a HUGE fan of “having professional photos taken,” he obliged my wish. Enter Julie of Julie Ferneau Photography! Julie and her boyfriend, Louie, are good friends of ours. In fact, Louie is Louie of 656 Photography; the photographic wizard that always makes this #stylecrazed gal look so good in the pictures you see here all the time on LuckyLittleMustardseed.com ;) and his other half is equally as talented! With her photography business however her focuses are mainly engagements and weddings, but when I asked her if she would be at all interested in taking our “pack” photos, this fellow dog mom was all ears and holy-moly, did she deliver!! I practically spent all of last weekend obsessing over her work and how wonderfully beautiful all of the photos she took turned out. I mean not only did she get all the dogs to be such little models [move over Zoolander!] she also made my handsome D feel super at ease as well. I think it’s safe to say that Julie is 10% photographer and 90% therapist, because she is a photographic wizard as well! I just can’t get enough of ’em, y’all :) now I’ll share with you how our furry four-legged family came to be . . .

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    Me and D met after midnight on New Year’s Eve going into 2012 [well, I guess since it was somewhere around 12:30 a.m. it was technically New Year’s Day and was already 2012 but just stay with me] we were both at this party I was the event planner of . . . both were there with other people [awkward turtle!] once we met there was an instance connection but we did not act on it [in fact neither of us even acknowledge it to each other] until our paths crossed again a month or so later. I was newly legally separated from my soon-to-be ex-husband, where I had earned sole custody of the two miniature dogs we had adopted together . . . AND D had just broken-off an engagement a couple of months prior and had recently moved from Kansas City, MO to San Diego with his stocky female bulldog for a job promotion. We were both adjusting to our new lives as single dog parents when love stepped in ;) feel free to gag here, y’all! Lol. I’m not trying to make it mushy. It’s simply what happened!

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    So then there was this new couple with three dogs, insanely in love, trying to figure out how to all live together in harmony in this condo located in the Carlsbad Village of North County San Diego. Oh yeah, did I forget to mention that we moved into together quite quickly?! Haha. Well, judge all you want, but it’s almost six years later and here we still are = in love and with even another dog! Yes, we might just in fact be clinically CrAzY, but I’m getting ahead of myself here . . . so after four and half years together, I think it’s safe to type that Me and D had mastered how to keep our blended family balanced and HaPpY. “Killer likes to only lay here.” “You can’t leave Hazel and Nella alone in the same room together.” “No more sleeping in our bed with us. They sleep in their crates.” Things like that. It may not have for most people, but it worked for us. AND THEN, in November of 2016, while volunteering through D’s work at Harrah’s Resort Southern California, we decided to haphazardly rescue a seven-week-old puppy named Cash [you can read more about his said adoption here] which completely turned our household upside down!

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    But Cash is paws down the best decision of our life together so far ♥ well that, and taking a chance on each other back in 2012 and moving in together, eloping, and buying our home together, but you get the picture :) Cash is our seventy-eight-pound love child and there is just something so CrAzY special about rescuing this [once] little fur-ball together. I mean not to steal a line from Tina Turner, but [Cash is] simply the best! An initial challenge in the beginning? Absolutely! I mean he was so little that he really should have still been with his mom AND our other three [older] fur-babies really despised him at first, which broke our hearts. But now look at us = looking all cuddly and fly and sh*t for Julie Ferneau’s camera ;)

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    “Animals have come to mean so much in our lives. We live in a fragmented and disconnected culture. Politics are ugly, religion is struggling, technology is stressful, and the economy is unfortunate. What’s one thing that we have in our lives that we can depend on? A dog or a cat loving us unconditionally, every day, very faithfully.” — Jon Katz

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    That was until we ALL allowed our true colors to show right in front of Julie’s lense. This is seriously my favorite photo of the entire bunch = Cash wanting all the love and not realizing how big he’s grown . . . D trying to keep Cash from licking his glasses . . . Killer chilling like all middle children learn to be . . . me dying laughing from the chaos . . . Nella being unsure and nervous around Hazel . . . AND Hazel, well, simply not giving a f*ck and unapologetically just doing her own thing. Yep! That’s our pack. That’s our family. That’s our world. ♥ Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to Julie of Julie Ferneau Photography for taking such fantastic photos of us at PVCC AND to Louie of 656 Photography for tagging along that day to act as a professional wrangler ;) WE LOVE THEM and I can’t wait to frame!

    Photos by Julie Ferneau Photography

    D’s Outfit Details:

    Glasses: Warby Parker / Sweater: Victorinox Swiss Army / Jeans: Paige / Boots: John Varvatos

    My Outfit Details:

    Glasses: Ray·Ban / Necklace: COS / Sweater: J.Crew

    Long Cardigan & Pants: Cabi / Boots: Kelsi Dagger (Oldies But Goodies)

    *Quick Style Tip: If your husband is like mine and isn’t a huge fan of having professional photos taken, allow him to pick his outfit first! That way he feels super comfortable with what he’s wearing and then you can just simply base your outfit around his ;) works like a charm and you’ll avoid an “outfit” debacle!*

  • Love Me Do

    Well, HELLO 2018!! I don’t know about y’all but I was MORE than ready to say “Bye Felicia!” to last year ;) overall, the past 365 days were decent = my husband and I went on some trips, my upholstery business stayed steady, I grew stronger in self, and all of our furbabies managed to stay healthy. However, due to the current political climate of our country, the numerous sexual predators that were named [you broke my heart, Kevin Spacey] AND the drama I personally experienced with some of my so-called “girlfriends,” I was eager for a fresh start. A new slate. I mean if 2017 taught me anything it’s that you’ve got to have your own back at all times, and sadly, STOP putting others before yourself. The ONLY person who will take the best care of you is YOU! So buckle up, buttercup :) because this is the new and improved Jenna!

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    And let me be the first one to tell you = she has absolutely no f*cks left to give in regards to others opinions of her. Yeah, you read that right! I am going to be creating more, working harder than I ever have, expanding my business to include my design aspirations, all the while, practically eating the rainbow by embracing a “more is more” color palate completely across the board AND even evolving the blog into something MUCH big and better than its current state [yes, changes are headed your way] it’s just time to let my extreme eccentricities shine through, which brings me to Pantone’s Color of the Year!

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    See every year, the experts at the Pantone Color Institute pore over research in design, food, fashion, art and entertainment to forecast the color of the year :) and this year, it’s Pantone 18-3838 Ultra Violet — described as a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, that communicates originality and ingenuity; lighting the way to what is yet to come. How rad is that?! Enigmatic purples have long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance, so in my colorful opinion, its timing is PURE PERFECTION as I embrace the new ME and embark on this improved creative path.

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    And that’s why when my husband gave me this Alice + Olivia skirt from Stacey’s recent collab with The Beatles, I knew the exact shade of top I wanted to pair with its rainbow-tastic glory = Ultra Violet. I ADORE its cosmic meaning; just as much as I’m obsessed with the skirt’s lyrical quote. Because I do LOVE ME DO. I really, really do ;) there’s just one Jenna in this world and I’m going to let her BLOOM!

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    “Love me or hate me, both are in my favor. If you love me, I will always be in your heart, and if you hate me, I will be in your mind.” — Qandeel Baloch

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    So stayed tuned for new things ahead :) I know I’m being a bit ominous with the FUN details but I just can’t divulge them quite yet. Some will be very apparent as they happen . . . others will be like when Beyonce dropped Lemonade on all of us overnight. Lol! I do promise though that it will ALL be worth the wait ;) have a wonderfully energetic first week of 2018, y’all! Let’s grab that creativity right by the horns!

    Photos by 656 Photography

    Outfit Details:

    Glasses: Dolce & Gabbana / Earrings: Target / Sweater: KENZO

    Skirt: Alice + Olivia X The Beatles / Heels: Christian Louboutin

  • Disco Boots!

    Only three days until Christmas, y’all, and I’ve already got New Year’s Eve on the brain AND [of course] what I’ll be wearing to rock in 2018 ;) this year’s outfit revolves around my new Steve Madden boots!

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    I don’t know if they are a result of seeing Summer: The Donna Summer Musical a few weeks back or because I’m a sucker for anything sparkly, but when I saw these disco babies online, I had to have them!

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    I mean they were just too FUN not to buy! PLUS, I could already see in my mind’s eye ALL the new looks I could create with them in my arsenal STARTING with this look you see here = classy meets rocker chic!

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    The perfect ensemble to kick 2017’s “we thought 2016 was bad/surprisingly we are still alive/Mueller, can you please hurry up?” ASS and walk into the future, ready for some actual better SHIT to come our way!

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    Sorry [not sorry] about the language, boys and girls! It’s just the past couple years have been a real embarrassment for me as an American and 2017 [it’s you, not me] needs to just go far, far, FAR away!

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    And maybe that’s why I’m opting for something a little bit more edgy to wear for this year’s New Year’s Eve?! A new “Jenna” has definitely emerged from the ashes of the past six months and is ready to fly!

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    Life is a carousel. It goes up and down. All you gotta do is just stay on.” — Pharrell Williams

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    So here’s to the next week or so of celebrating the holidays AND being hopefully for the New Year ahead :) I feel some REAL change is on the horizon, folks, and I hope it’s NOT just me that is the one changing!

    Happy Holidays!!

    Photos by 656 Photography

    Outfit Details:

    Glasses: Calvin Klein / Moto Jacket: Alice & Olivia / Earrings & Necklace: J.Crew

    Dress: Anthropologie (Seasons Ago!) / Purse: Kate Spade New York / Boots: Steve Madden

  • A Year of Wearing Cabi!

    A year has quickly passed since I was first introduced to the fashion brand, Cabi, and let’s just say, y’all, that I think it’s safe to say that this has been [HANDS DOWN] one of my most stylish years yet!

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    And this is ONLY a small grouping of the different looks I’ve created over the past year with their clothing line :D yep, Cabi has definitely become one of my favorite go-to labels for ALL THINGS FASHIONABLE! So much so, the wonderful people at Cabi invited myself and a girlfriend to participate in an actual Cabi Shopping Experience firsthand! Thus, a few weeks ago with my BF Leslie in tow, we were warmly welcomed into a stranger’s home with a Cabi stylist, where we shopped to our heart’s content!

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    From start to finish, the Cabi Shopping Experience we experienced that day was exactly that = AN EXPERIENCE! It was one of the most delightful [non-frustrating] shopping events of my life! We sat back and relaxed as the Cabi stylist presented us an unedited designer collection from Cabi’s Fall 2017 line, right there in someone’s living room; no malls, no lines, no problems finding parking, which is something I think any of us ladies would gladly appreciate, ESPECIALLY this time of year! Do you feel me?!

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    Truthfully, I was really impressed with how knowledgeable the Cabi stylist was regarding the entire collection and how fabulous all the clothes in said collection were; all designed extremely well and very interchangeable, giving any #stylecrazed gal like myself an endless sea of options in regards to her wardrobe :) I mean SURE, I’ve been wearing Cabi’s clothing for a year now, but it was so awesome to EXPERIENCE an entire collection with all my senses, making it uber difficult not to buy the whole rack!

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    “You don’t need really expensive clothes to look cute.” — Christy Romano

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    Thank you to our gracious host and our Cabi stylist for such a wonderful EXPERIENCE a few weeks back. Leslie and I are so in love with the clothing we acquired that day and cannot wait to shop Cabi’s upcoming Spring 2018 collection that’s launching mid-January! You can preview said collection by clicking here. And if you’re like me and are interested in checking out a Cabi Shopping Experience for yourself and don’t yet have a Stylist of your own, please click this link ;) all of those who book a Shopping Experience in the month of February this next year will receive 50% off a Fashion Flash item [which is an early release of 5 items from Cabi’s upcoming Spring 2018 Collection] how rad is that?! Seriously, give yourself the gift of easy style with high fashion by booking a Cabi Shopping Experience today. I swear you and your closest will be happy you did! HaPpY Shopping, y’all!!

    Outfit Details:

    Glasses: Versace / Necklace: Paper Source [Seriously!] / Sweater & Pants: Cabi / Boots: Dr. Martens