• Cafe Cute

    Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you’re reading this gearing up for a fun weekend ahead ;) we landed here in Seattle yesterday afternoon, on the second leg of our #royalvacation, but you’ll be reading more about that next week . . . instead, since we are heading into the best part of our weekly seven-day rotation, let’s talk personal weekend style.

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    Photo by Henry S. Young

    For most, this can be an easy time for some “lazy-day” wardrobe. Don’t get me wrong. I get it. You’ve just busted your butt working towards a few days of downtime, so the last thing you probably want to think about is what to wear, but I implore you that it doesn’t take a lot of effort to create a comfortable look that’s still cute on the eyes.

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    These are the sort of outfits you should really have in your everyday arsenal; the ones that are simple to put together and effortless to wear. That way it doesn’t matter whether your weekend involves errands like the grocery store, events like a friend’s child’s birthday party, or even something as simple as grabbing a quick tea just so you can catch-up on those dreaded emails.

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    And that’s what today’s outfit is all about: I created it by simply throwing on this loose-fitting Mara Hoffman blouse and pairing it with my favorite Citizens of Humanity jeans and these funky Sam Edelman flats.

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    I then accessorized it by selecting Dolce Gabbana eyeglasses that matched the shirt’s orange AND gave it some traditional “Jenna” quirk by adding my Kate Spade cross-body purse and these rad vintage danglies.

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    Glasses: Dolce Gabbana / Earrings: Vintage / Phone Case & Purse: Kate Spade New York

    Shirt: Mara Hoffman / Jeans: Citizens of Humanity / Shoes: Sam Edelman

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    See by playing off the Mara Hoffman top‘s many hues, my clothing choices give off the illusion that the entire ensemble took hours to fashion when it really only took moments to make. And this is pretty much what I’ve been stressing to you since the history of #stylecrazed posts here on LLM = the styling magic is in a colorful wardrobe. It gives you the power to endless possibilities. It also makes life oh-so-much-more FUN!

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    I mean how can one be in a bad place when you’re wearing the rainbow? Seriously. Am I right or am I right, people?!

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    “Anyone can get dressed up and glamorous, but it is how people dress in their days off that are the most intriguing.” — Alexander Wang

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    Well, I better stop blogging now and get back to exploring Seattle with my handsome husband :) lots to see and more Royals baseball games to cheer for :) you can join in our fun by watching my story on Snapchat = jennapilant! Until then, however, have a wonderful weekend and I’ll be writing you again soon – sometime next week I’m sure! CHOW FOR NOW!

  • Before & After: Circle Square Ottomans

    Today’s a pretty rewarding blog post personally as a business owner = for the first-time ever, I am writing to you about a third-time Homebird Upholstery client. That’s right! I have helped this particular customer three times now with her upholstery needs :) how cool is that?!

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    It’s pleasing NOT because repeat customers are a rarity of mine [because that simply isn’t the case] instead it’s because I’ve never had one client on three separate, upholstery projects – four chair stools, a set of twins, and now these two ottomans I just recovered for her living room. Needless to say, I’m a VERY happy upholstery artist at the moment. Plus, they turned out even better than what I dreamed-up in my head [LOL] which is always an added-bonus!

    “Twice and thrice over, as they say, good is it to repeat and review what is good.” — Plato

    Well, that’s it for now! Sorry for the über short blog post, but thanks for checking out today’s #beforeandafter :) I’m actually at a Starbucks right now waiting for my Chai Latte . . . about to log-off my computer for a week-long vacation. Wish me safe travels! HUZZAH! Later, gator!

  • Pattern Play

    As you’ve come to know and [hopefully] love here on LLM, I am an extreme lover of color. I’m also a pretty big admirer of patterns, so today I thought I would share with you my own personal tip on how to make two articles of clothing in differing patterns look good.

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    My secret? Well, of course, it’s color ;)

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    Now, I know there are some of you out there that would maybe not feel comfortable mixing varying repeats like this, but I’m here to tell you that you can and the answer is simply this = it’s all in the color.

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    I created this new “go-to” ensemble of mine by looking through my closet for similar hues; this particular one is based around blues.

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    I did this by taking this fabulous Gorman Clothing sweater [isn’t swell?!] and played off both it’s navy and teal with my gingham J.Crew “Martie” pants and my perfectly-matched Guess pumps.

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    Glasses: Vogue Eyewear / Necklace: Dogeared / Sweater: Gorman Clothing / Pants: J.Crew

    Purse: Kate Spade New York (Ebay) / Shoes: Guess

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    “The most important thing to remember is that you can wear all the greatest clothes and all the greatest shoes, but you’ve got to have a good spirit on the inside. That’s what’s really going to make you look like you’re ready to rock the world.” — Alicia Keys

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    By pairing these blues together, this look has an absolute effortless feel – just be careful not to go overboard with the accessories though [word to the wise] keep it simple and let the patterns do the rest ;) have a happy weekend, y’all!

  • The Pink Lady: 2000s

    Earlier this month, I announced that I was selected to be both the stylist and the model for the La Valencia Hotel’s Hot Pink 90th Celebration. Thank you for all your kind, congratulatory words the past two weeks. It really does mean a lot. This is a dream-come-true collaboration for Lucky Little Mustardseed and is honestly not something I ever thought would happen for this farm girl formally from Nebraska :) just goes to show you that hard work and classy taste really can pay off!

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    Today, I would like to reveal to you the first of nine looks I created for this historical fashion countdown for The Pink Lady’s 90th birthday in December. The decade on deck = the 2000s, which is a time when everyone’s wardrobe was pretty much anything goes, but what mostly sticks out in my own mind is that iconic nude dress Carrie wore in Sex & The City for her scandalous bus ad. Do you remember the episode? Yeah, you know what dress I’m talking about ;)

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    The only problem was I truly wanted “The Pink Lady” to wear mostly hot pink for all of her outfits, which probably seems silly to some, but it was the vision I had for this endeavor. I mean it IS a “hot pink” celebration after all! Luckily enough, though, I was able to find a dress close to the same design AND in the exact color of my desires. I know, right?! [Goodness, I sound like such a California now] How the heck did I get so lucky?! #fivehigh

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    Now, this is definitely not a dress Jenna would typically wear [I mean I felt like I was walking around in lingerie at the photoshoot] HOWEVER, for the character of “The Pink Lady” living sometime within the 2000s, I personally believe it beautifully embodied the “Carrie’s” of that particular decade; a woman who wasn’t afraid of her sexuality nor dropping a few hundred on a great pair of shoes! Lol. She also loves a good cocktail . . . like the cocktail of the month at the La Valencia Hotel = the Dutch Duchess! It’s a reintroduction of Absinth to the American cocktail with U4RIK Tequila, Herbsaint, Peychauds Bitters, and a grapefruit twist, and BOY, does it sound good!

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    “I like my money right where I can see it . . . hanging in my closet.” — Sarah Jessica Parker

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    What do you think of the 2000s Pink Lady? I cannot wait to unveil to you the other eight decades – not only because I am having an absolute blast working with this team of incredible women, but also because you haven’t even seen the best outfits yet! Later Gator!

  • Silk Pajamas On The Go

    Anyone who knows me [well, really-really knows me] knows how much I absolutely adore pajama sets . . . but those who read my blog, however, wouldn’t ever really have a clue, because that’s just not something you where out in public, right?! Well, today’s post is a game changer, because this gal is wearing silk pajamas on the go!

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    See, a few years ago, a little seed was planted in this #stylecrazed mind of mine while I watched this “pajama dressing” video online From The Vogue Closet [a definite must watch!] I found the concept so inspiring and knew it was a look I would be confident in wearing. The only problem was I didn’t feel like I had the exact right threads in my closet for this particular outfit :/ so I waited. Patiently.

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    Now fast-forward to the first couple months of this year WHEN Nordstrom released Olivia Palermo‘s collaboration with Chelsea28 – a new collection of modern staples with a high-fashion edge! And there it was = the perfect silk set of pajama-esque garments I could wear out for the world to see; a relaxed look that was not only oh-so-Jenna but also enabled my longtime addiction with color.

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    Glasses: Kate Spade New York / Shirt: Olivia Palermo + Chelsea28 / Culottes: Olivia Palermo + Chelsea28

    Leather Backpack: Kate Spade New York / Shoes: Steve Madden

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    These two pieces have quickly become a business staple of mine for those end of the week design meetings with my upholstery clients. It’s easy, comfortable, and if I’m going to be completely honest, makes me a little extra happy inside, which may I add your entire wardrobe should be capable of doing ;)

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    “I always have an idea in the back of my head, but that goes with anything else that I’m doing. There is a sort of vision behind it.” — Olivia Palermo

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    I just simple paired them with an orange pair of two-piece Steve Madden sandals [you know to play of the silk pattern’s subtle oranges] and that leather Kate Spade backpack my father surprised me with last fall. The rest is closet history!

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    So have you ever dressed-up a pair of silk pajamas before? Is this a look you may consider trying? I know it’s not a style that’s for everyone but I would love to hear your thoughts on the subject :)