• A Maxi Dress In Fall

    I’ve never been a huge fan of the maxi dress. In fact, I’ve only ever owned but one. For me, they’re sort of the “sweat pant” of the dress world . . . I mean if you love them and all, that’s awesome for you :) they are just NOT my thing. However, since I am trying to breathe new life into old items in my wardrobe, I am taking this once hasty purchase of mine and am turning it into a fresh look for fall!


    And you know what?? I’m surprisingly digging it! Who knew?! I’ve honestly almost gotten rid of this dress SOOO many times. In fact, if you would have told me that I would eventually like wearing this item again, I probably would have told you, “Haha! Yeah right!” It’s simply a style of clothing that isn’t my favorite. Plus, its coloring did absolutely nothing for my pale complexion.


    But instead, by laying my faux-everything, motto jacket over this spaghetti-strapped, long number [that I haven’t worn in OVER two years] I was able to create an ensemble that I actually enjoyed to wear = an outfit that was to my level of style. I then gave it some extra flair with one of my most cherished COS necklaces, which I then used as additional color inspiration for matching my handbag and glasses.


    Glasses: Prada via Andrews Optical / Necklace: COS / Jacket: Nicole by Nicole Miller

    Handbag: Kate Spade New York / Maxi Dress: Victoria’s Secret circa 2011 / Booties: BCBGeneration


    “Say what you want about long dresses, but they cover a multitude of shins.” — Mae West


    I’m seriously a little shocked by how much I’m into this look. It’s fun, absolutely perfect for this fall, AND didn’t cost me a dime, BECAUSE everything came straight from my closet! I’m excited to see what else I can come up with. I’m guessing there are MORE than a few new outfits just waiting to be put together and worn ;) until next time, though, have a fashionably-fun weekend and I’ll be writing you again soon!

  • Sweater Weather & Riding Boots

    Now that November is officially here, San Diego seems to be finally experiencing more fall-like temperatures, which means this Lucky Little Mustardseed can certainly start sporting around a cherished cooler-weather uniform of hers = the “cute sweater + skinny jeans + riding boots” ensemble!


    I don’t know about you but this is an absolute favorite look of mine. So much so, I actually might have to be admitted to a mental institution if this trend ever goes out of style! I mean the different combinations are effortlessly endless :) ESPECIALLY with these Aztec leather boots that I’ve been wearing now for the past three seasons.


    To build one of these outfits, I simply take these beloved boots into my closet and search through my sweaters until I find a match to one of its print’s many beautiful colors. I then coordinate them with a contrasting pair of jeans or pants, and VOILA, the results are an ensemble that was oh-so-easy to create and equally ready-to-wear!


    Glasses: Andrews Optical / Pearl Studs: Target / Necklace: The Giving Keys / Sweater: REVOLVE

    Jeans: Madewell / Riding Boots: DSW (Repeat)


    “I would say I’m pretty minimal. Comfort is key. So during the day, it’s usually, like, jeans and a sweater. But for evening wear, I’ll dress up a bit.” — Amanda Hearst


    What do you think of this sweater/boot combo? Old news? Fall classic? I’m sure that you have [and definitely hope that you’ve] tried this preferred style of mine. It’s a painless way to keep cute and stay warm every time the autumn leaves decide to fall . . . and if this look ever DOES turn into a “fashion faux pas,” then I am not sure that I ever want to be right ;) happy hump day, y’all!

  • Halloween Class, Not Trash!

    Now that I’m in my thirties [that’s a bit weird to say] I am absolutely ecstatic that I no longer have to force myself into wearing those slutty costumes of Halloween past. Sure, I used to squeeze into them just like any other 20-something year old, but now I don’t have to :) I can dress as classy and as cute as I want and you know what? No one can stop me! MUAH-AH-AH-AH-AH!


    And that’s what’s beautiful about getting a little older = you’re more sure of yourself. You don’t need to be exposed, have cleavage, or get Joe-Smoe to think you’re “real hot” in a costume. You’re better than that! You’re a chick who knows her worth, knows how to dress, and knows how to create a costume using items already in her wardrobe ;) that’s right! You can make a Halloween costume on NO budget.


    My Halloween costume didn’t require multiple trips to the craft store or large amounts of insanely hot glue. I didn’t have to put myself through a cleanse, complete a bunch of side sit-ups, or even buy a special bra for that matter. Instead, I simply took an inventory of what I already owned and used my imagination to come up with . . .


    Cat Ear Headbad: Amazon / Glasses: Dolce Gabbana via Andrews Optical

    Knit Sweater & Skirt: SheIn / Bracelet: Love Tatum / T-Strap Pumps: Vince Camuto via Nordstrom

    Meow! I’m a tabby cat, y’all! Purr! Haha. I know this isn’t some groundbreaking, new costume. However, it totally gets the job done for Halloween. I’m technically an animal. It’s cute AND classy. I didn’t spend any money on it. PLUS, it’s so my individual style! I mean sure I’m more of a dog person in real life, but I won’t tell if you don’t!


    “I’m not a risk taker. I don’t do plunging necklines or really short skirts. I try to stay as classy as possible and provide a little mystery.” — Kristen Bell


    So when it comes to dressing up for this kooky-spooky, little holiday, don’t feel the pressure to conform and dress trashy like everyone else! Strut yourself proudly, and if slutty be what you need, than have at it :) but at least try to challenge yourself in creating a barely-there look that’s from your own closet. No one else will have your costume and your wallet will be more ready than ever for some real shopping come Thanksgiving.

    Have a happy Halloween, folks!

  • Hard Root Beer Float

    I don’t know about you but I LOOOVE root beer. I mean I love the flavor, the soda, the candy, drinking it with my cheeseburger and fries, eating it with ice cream . . . and NOW as an ale??? That’s right. Last month, while roaming the aisles of the local Trader Joe’s, I stumbled across this new item and could barely believe my own eyes! I of course had to try it [DUH!] and oh-my-goodness loved it [SO YUMMY!] that’s why today I thought it would be fun to not only share with you this amazing new hard drink BUT also show you how I used it to take my “root beer float” game up to the next, ridiciously-insane level :) ENJOY!



    Talenti Tahitian Vanilla Bean Gelato

    Small Town Brewery “Not Your Father’s Root Beer” Ale


    Place two scoops of gelato in a wide-mouth mug and SLOWLY pour hard root beer over top . . . otherwise you will have a slightly explosive mess on your countertop!

    “Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker.” — Ogden Nash

    Now I know this recipe is obnoxiously simple BUT I had to share, because it’s seriously so easy and freaking delicious that if you don’t try it, I am going to question every single “life” decision you’ve made thus far ;) plus, it’s the perfect Halloween treat just for adults!

  • Witch Better Have My Candy

    Last week, while out and about in Los Angeles, I decided to stop by Dylan’s Candy Bar to stock up on some goodies for this year’s trick-or-treaters, because like it or not, this Saturday is already Halloween :o

    Say whaaat???

    That’s right! The first celebration of the holiday season is almost upon us [crazy, right?] thus today I’m sharing with you one of the easiest ways to fest-up your wardrobe.


    Glasses: Dior via Andrews Optical / Jacket: Nicole by Nicole Miller / Custom T-Shirt: 24 Hour Tees

    Handbag: Kate Spade New York / Jeans: Citizens of Humanity / Booties: BCBGeneration

    The holiday t-shirt is an awesome tool to have in your clothing arsenal. It’s a fun piece you can rock year after year that can be either kept casual or even dressed up. For example, I was in a spunky mood this past Thursday morning, so I threw on this “Witch Better Have My Candy” tee and paired it with my faux-everything jacket :) grey denims and these classic, black booties [shoes btw that are SOOO on trend this year] I then accessorized the look by enhancing the hues of the fur collar with my white glasses and threw in this mousy handbag for some additional cauldron-esque flair – creating a look that’s both effortless and amusing to wear ESPECIALLY for the month of Halloween!


    This particular t-shirt you see here has been a long time coming = I loved its play on words, desperately wanted it, but didn’t have the slightest clue as to where to buy it :( so a couple of weeks ago, I had an epiphany and emailed my friends over at 24 Hour Tees to them create it for me [duh, Jenna!] why didn’t I think of that sooner?! If you are not familiar with this establishment, they are quite simply a printing company that specializes in printing t-shirts and printing them fast! Seriously. All I had to do was come up with what I wanted it to say, pick out a style of tee, and they design the t-shirt. Then once I was happy with the layout [I can be a bit picky at times] they printed it up, dropped it in the mail, and BAM! It was on my front doorstep in a few days time. So painless!


    “Sometimes I think that the one thing I love most about being an adult is the right to buy candy whenever and wherever I want.” — Ryan Gosling

    If only determining which candy to buy at Dylan’s Candy Bar was just as uncomplicated [I do love me some toasted marshmallow Jelly Belly’s though] now I know a holiday t-shirt probably seems like a no brainer to you . . . kind of like candy at a candy store ;) but I think too many of us pass it over as a viable option during the festive season. I mean the possibilities are honestly endless and they will definitely help ease some of the holiday “what to wear” angst on a weekday! Trust me. You’ll be comfy you did!