• Being Bright In Business

    Ever since becoming a full-time upholstery artist four-ish years ago, my wardrobe has drastically changed . . . from a closet filled to the brim with office-appropriate attire to a now array of ANYTHING GOES! [goodness, how I do love me some Cole Porter] but there is one item of professional clothing I still do love to pullout anytime I have a client meeting and that is a sleek women’s pant suit.

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    Now, I do realize this is not your run-of-the-mill pant suit ;) no siree, Bob! In fact, the color alone is probably the main reason I actually don’t mind wearing one in the first place. Lol. I mean look at that pink!

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    But I also wear it, however, because in this day and age, I believe it’s still important to present yourself in a certain light, especially when meeting with prospective clients that directly affect my livelihood.

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    It honestly surprises me how some women dress for a business meeting these days. Yes, I know that we live in Southern California [the land of the yoga pant] but there’s a time and a place for that sort of wardrobe and that’s when you’re laying on your actual yoga mat! Seriously.

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    Ultimately, dress for the job you want = smile proudly throughout your presentation and look so sharp that the only question at hand is whether or not to hire you. Your outfit should work for you and not against you.

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    “Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt

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    Glasses: Prada / Earrings: No Idea! Sorry :( / Necklace: Kate Spade New York

    Pant Suit: J.Crew / Tank Top: Nordstrom / Purse: Kate Spade New York / Pumps: Louboutin

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    Well, that’s all for now! I’ve got to get off to a client meeting. It’s a VERY busy week in this Lucky Little Mustardseed‘s world = client meetings, upholstery deadlines, it’s also Fashion Week here in San Diego, AND my office is getting painted. Oy vey! I really do know how to fill up a calendar. Haha! Have a wonderful week, y’all, and don’t forget to check out my Instastories and Snapchat [@jennapilant] for a behind-the-screens look into my life. Okay, gotta run! Later, gators!

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  • Live A Colorful Fall

    Happy First Day of Fall, LLMers! Like most women, this is by far my favorite time of year = the temperatures are starting to be cooler outside, pumpkin-flavored stuff is popping absolutely everywhere, and people are starting to make their holiday plans :) yep, this is one season I definitely love and look forward to each and every year!

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    Well, everything except one thing . . . for whatever reason, when Fall strikes, fashion tends to play on more of the subdued side of the color wheel :/ and for most, that’s A-OK! But not for color lover like myself ;)

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    Now I’m not saying I want to see everything bright like Spring and Summer. I just want a happy medium between the two. A nice mix of what’s expected and what Jenna adores. I mean is that too much to ask?! Haha.

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    That’s why when I saw this Multicolor Camo Print Pencil Dress on SheIn, I knew I wanted to add it to my Fall wardrobe. It was the perfect balance of color for Fall AND could give me that chic/funky look I’m always striving for, even if it’s only to walk our dogs!

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    I can keep it sporty with a pair of my trusty Converse low-tops or could even dress it up with a black pair of booties and my vegan leather cardigan from a few weeks back.

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    It gives me the color I live for, the comfort a lady needs on a daily basis, all the while looking cute. Plus, you also know how I’m a happy connoisseur ;) how can one NOT smile in this dress?! It was made to be giddy.

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    “Camouflage is a game we all like to play, but our secrets are as surely revealed by what we want to seem to be as by what we want to conceal.” — Russell Lynes

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    Glasses: Dolce & Gabbana / Dress: SheIn / Emoji Purse: Gift From A Girlfriend / Shoes: Converse

    So I encourage you, this season and every season, to taste the rainbow and be the flamingo you were meant to be. Don’t be afraid to stand out and embrace your YOU! We have one life and one life only. I’m going to choose to live mine colorfully with my handsome devil of a husband, our three furbabies, creating art, traveling the world and laughing until the end of my days. How will you choose to clothe yours?

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  • Fall Trends 2016

    Last month I had the pleasure of previewing this season’s trends at the Neiman Marcus Trend Report luncheon at Fashion Valley Mall — a precious few hours with my some of my favorite “F” words = fashion, food, and FALL! And its fabulous backdrop, my beloved Neiman Marcus, made the experience that much more enjoyable. Not only for its high breed of fashion, but also because their fashion advisor, Alex Yáñez, is a styling genius. From his brilliant pairings, I was able to go into my own closet and decipher what I already owned into looks that would be spot on for this fall ;)

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    When you’re #stylecrazed artist like myself, I believe there are so many times when you attend these fashion events and/or open a Vogue, you feel the pressure to get out that credit card in order to be adequate to what’s in right now. I’ve quickly learned, however, that with the right knowledge and a little creativity, you probably already have more than you realize. And this season, this self-taught lesson was truer than ever. With the NM list I was provided at the luncheon, I am now able to share with you three new outfits I have never worn before with only purchasing two items, both under $40.

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    Yes, that’s right! I only purchased two of these items in these pictures in order to make these looks happen. Isn’t that exciting?! Well, at least I hope you’re excited, because I AM! Lol ;) Okay, so what are the trends this season? For women, it’s all about high-shine metallics, ripe berry shades, velvet EVERYTHING, fall florals, skirts that move, bomber jackets, chokers, top-handle bags, adorned shoes, and the dramatic eye. Yeah, it can seem like a pretty daunting list . . . but instead of stressing out, I stuck with what worked for me and my own personal breed of style.

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    Glasses: Versace / Lipstick: Topshop / Dress: Anthropologie / Shoes: Nine West Carnation Sandal via DSW

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    For example, I have four eyes ;) thus I won’t do a dramatic eye with my makeup. My eyewear IS my embellishment. I also don’t currently own that many items in a ripe berry shade, not because I don’t like it, I simply just don’t. So I decided for this trend both my glasses and my lips would be the accent of this shade. And this is how I went through the entire NM list; reusing items I already had in my arsenal. Like this dELiA*s denim jacket [I bet that’s brand you haven’t heard in a while] that I purchased back in college. Yes, it’s not a bomber jacket per say, but since the 90s style I love to hate is back with a vengeance I knew a denim jacket couldn’t hurt. OR how about my laser-cut J.Crew skirt that I acquired last season. It’s definitely a skirt that moves and would honestly work perfectly interchanged with many of the other items in these outfits. Anyway, I think you’re catching my drift. I reused what I already owned, and BAM! A new wardrobe was born.

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    Glasses: Versace / Lipstick: Topshop / Choker: REVOLVE / Denim Jacket: dELiA*s

    Tank Top: REVOLVE / Jeans: Anthropologie / Booties: Sam Edelman

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    “That is the key of this collection, being yourself. Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way to live.” — Gianni Versace

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    Glasses: Versace / Lipstick: Topshop / Necklace: Vintage / Tank Top: Topshop

    Skirt: J.Crew / Shoes: Rebecca Minkoff

    And I find this to be the most exhilarating kind of fashion = when I can go into my own closet and make new outfits out of older items! Now, can you guess which two items I purchased both for under $40 each in these photos? Hmmm. Give up? It was the choker [of course] and these beautiful blue velvet platform shoes that someone will most likely have to pry out of my dead cold hands someday. I mean they are fabulous, right?! HAHA! Velvet for life! Lol. Please let me know what you think of this fall trends and how well you liked/loved/hated the outfits I created in the comments below as I am always open to your feedback. Have a wonderful rest of your week, y’all and always remember to do you and no one else when it comes to living your fashionable life! MUAH!

  • Artistic Aspirations

    I don’t know about you but I spent most of my weekend daydreaming about New York Fashion Week = how I wish I was there with my blogger friend Kali with In Spades blog, what colorful “Jenna-tastic” outfits I could come up with to wear, and how much fun I would have observing the fashion both on and off the runway . . . but alas, it was not in the cards this year — mostly due to how busy Homebird Upholstery has been keeping me ;)

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    Which honestly makes me happier than any fashion designer’s show really ever could and I realize that might be shocking to most [it’s a little bit odd for me too] but I guess that’s what happens when you’re loving the path your life already has you on. That’s right! Jenna is fully at peace with herself and has finally learned how to just BE. Huzzah!

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    And I believe that has been pretty apparent with how I’ve been dressing. I mean yes I’ve always dressed for me and no one else. However, I’ve noticed lately that my outfits have been evolving = either there’s more color, more funk, or a little touch of both.

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    Hat: REVOLVE / Glasses: Dolce & Gabbana / Dachshund Necklace: Modcloth [YEARS AGO!] / Tee: J.Crew

    Purse: Kate Spade New York / Jeans: Madewell / Booties: Sam Edelman

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    I started my transition from theatre and television to being a full-time artist five years ago [thank you Tumblr for the reminder] see I was burnt out on acting and decided to start slowly taking clients with my upholstery hobby, which meant less audition dresses and on-air suits. I slowly realized I could start wearing whatever the hell I wanted to :)

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    Today’s look is a complete culmination of that very thought — from the hat all the way down to the rolled-up jeans. I love a cute tee these days, especially when I’m working on recovering a furniture piece in the Homebird Upholstery studio. It makes me feel like I still got ready for the day and yet is versatile enough to work with the demands of the job. I also have a new found obsession with Madewell jeans; not only for their cuts but the quality of their denim too.

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    “Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing.  Making your unknown known is the important thing.” — Georgia O’Keeffe

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    So here’s some food for thought: what’s in your closet that’s holding you back from becoming the real you? Do you wear certain clothes because that’s what’s expected of you or are you ready to forget such standards and be the real you you’ve been dying to be? I just know I am much happier than I was five years ago and I want you to be that way too! Have a happy Monday, y’all! If you need me, you can always catch-up with me and what I’m up to either via Snapchat or Instastories [@jennapilant] MUAH!

  • Transitional Clothing For San Diego’s Fall

    With the end of Labor Day weekend, I always find it humorous to hear fellow San Diegans say that it’s the official end of summer. I mean I know that technically it sort of is but America’s Finest City’s hotter temperatures always tend to linger well into the fall, making fashionistas like myself who love sweater weather dreadfully wait. Thus, today I thought I would share with you how I personally make it through this travesty ;) haha!

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    The answer? Well for me, it’s all about lighter layers, sleeveless tops, and keeping those long legs of mine out!

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    For whatever reason, I’ve always been okay with my legs being chilled but absolutely cannot stand to have my upper body the least bit cold. So needless to say, I have lots of layers in my closet’s arsenal. This one in particular is one of my two favorites. I’ve had it for three falls now and still adore its vegan leather details.

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    Which made the purchase of this J.Crew vegan leather skirt for last fall’s Fashion Week San Diego’s runway shows a no-brainer :) it perfectly matches making it looks like a matched set and I’ve been wearing them together ever since.

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    “And all at once, summer collapsed into fall.” — Oscar Wilde

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    Glasses & Clutch: Kate Spade New York / Cardigan Wrap: Anthropologie

    Top: Ro & De / Skirt: J.Crew / Heels: Steve Madden

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    The sleeveless top is ideal for San Diego’s warm falls so that when the midday heat hits or the Santa Ana’s decide to blow through, you can easily remove your top layer and not miss a beat in your step; giving you a more than versatile look for what can be a more than bipolar September, October, and November ;)

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    And speaking of fall, what are you most excited for this season? I’m really looking forward to spending some time doing the activities I’ve always wanted to do in San Diego this time of year. In fact, tomorrow I’m driving down to Julian, California with my girlfriend Leslie to go apple picking with her and my mother [who is here this week visiting from Nebraska] should be some fun girltime. Not to mention, there will be pie :) have a wonderful weekend, y’all!