• Before & After: Tufted Chair of Many Colorful Buttons

    A couple weeks ago, I had one of the best text conversations with one of my Homebird Upholstery clients . . . so much so, I even posted a picture of it to my Instagram. I just love it when a client trusts me and let’s me just do my own thing!

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    Because when they do, magic happens = I am able to take their piece of furniture, mull over the feedback they gave me, and go to town on creating a one-of-a-kind piece that simply no one else has in their home. That’s why I love what I do!

    “Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” — Golda Meir

    If you live in Southern California and have a piece of furniture in need of a little TLC, please feel free to email me :) Jenna[AT]homebirdupholstery[DOT]com!
  • On A Bike Ride

    Happy Monday, LLMers! How was your weekend? I spent mine upholstering up a storm [of course] I’m hoping to finish THAT chair today and then blog about it for Wednesday. Yep, on another deadline over here, but then again, what business owner isn’t?! ;) Lately, I’ve been doing much better with the whole work/life balance thingy = making sure to eat right, workout, make time for me [when I can] . . . you know taking joy in the things that keep this Lucky Little Mustardseed smiling!

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    Photo by Henry S. Young

    And one of those things has been riding my very Peewee Herman-esque bike around our beautiful community that is Pauma Valley Country Club. It’s kind of hard to believe that this Saturday marks 6 months of us living here! Crazy, right?!

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    Photo by Henry S. Young

    But then again, it’s not like we haven’t been dealing with house project after house project . . . not to mention, how busy my upholstery business has been lately. Either way, though, I absolutely love it here and never EVER want to leave.

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    Photo by Henry S. Young

    That’s why having this bike is such a fabulous thing. Whenever I want, I can just take it out for a light ride through our quiet streets. Either for some fresh air or just to pick-up some fresh flowers. Plus, it’s about time I started using this thing . . . did I mention this was the first Christmas gift my now-husband gave to me? Well, it was [isn’t he sweet] but I guess this former #farmgirl just didn’t feel comfortable riding it around the busy streets of the coast. Sorry, Carlsbad!

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    Photo by Henry S. Young

    So I guess you could say I’m making up for some lost time ;) LOL!

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    Photo by Henry S. Young

    “On a bike, being just slightly above pedestrian and car eye level, one gets a perfect view of the goings-on in one’s own town.” — David Byrne

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    Photo by Henry S. Young

    When I’m out riding my bike, I like my clothing to be cute but yet majorly functional. I think it’s just silly to see someone riding along in sandals. I honestly hate it. It’s SO bad for your feet too. I mean what if you have an “opps!” or something, you could really hurt yourself. That’s also why I prefer to wear jeans [even when it’s hot] because Murphy should have totally been my middle name . . . as in Murphy’s Law. I’m a klutz, and for whatever reason, am prone for an accident here and there. And yes, technically, I SHOULD have a helmet on, but then again, how could I with such a cute hat like this :) HAHA!

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    Hat: Target / Glasses: Dolce & Gabbana / “Star Wars” Tee: Junk Food Clothing

    Bracelet: J.Crew / Jeans: Citizens of Humanity / Shoes: Adidas

    Photo by Henry S. Young

    What have you done today that’s just for you and you only?

  • The Pink Lady: 70s

    If I could turn back time, I would be MORE than okay! That’s what I’ve discovered about myself with the “Pink Lady” collab between myself, the La Valencia Hotel, and J.Dixx Photography = I was born decades too late!

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    Hair by Rachel Galati Hair / Photo by J. Dixx Photography

    But by now, you already knew that ;) but can you believe we’re already one-third through our historical 9-month fashionable countdown for the La Valencia Hotel’s Hot Pink 90th Celebration??? I mean crazy, right?! Including today, we only have six more looks to debut here on LuckyLittleMustardseed.com BEFORE the La Valencia Hotel has it’s 90th “Roaring 20s” Birthday Party on Thursday, December 15th. That’s right! “The Pink Lady” first opened its doors in 1926 and hired me to be both the face/stylist for this year’s stylish BiRtHdAy! campaign. So far on the blog, I have shared the story behind the idea and “The Pink Lady’s” 2000s, 90s, and 80s ensembles. And let me tell you, with each outfit and each photoshoot [excuse me while I brag about #teamhotpink for a moment] each decade just gets better and better. For example, I cannot WAIT for you to see the 50s swimsuit shoot we did [seriously insane] NOT TO MENTION, we haven’t even shot the last three decades yet. I cannot BEGIN to imagine how fun it will be to wear those looks [FUN FACT: Two of the remaining three looks are being custom-created by TWO Fashion Week San Diego 2016 designers] AND THEN, there’s the huge party at the end of the year?!?!?! Best. Gig. EVER. But you’ll have to wait a little bit longer on all of those official PARTY details! Now, how about we talk some 70s style . . .

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    Hair by Rachel Galati Hair / Photo by J. Dixx Photography

    I’m sure it’s pretty clear who my inspiration was for our 70s shoot. The hippie gypsy herself = Cher! HOWEVER, since “The Pink Lady” isn’t into showing as much hide as the former wife of Sonny Bono, I decided to mix in a side of Jackie from “That 70s Show” by grooving in this pink pant suit number by Trina Turk. I then accessorized it with items I already had in my personal arsenal and dug out my own mother’s actual pumps from her 1970s teenage years AND . . . POW! Close your eyes girl. Look inside girl. Let the sound take you away!

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    Hair by Rachel Galati Hair / Photo by J. Dixx Photography

    Which was pretty easy with our newest addition to Team Hot Pink = Rachel Galati Hair! I’ve known Rachel for sometime now, from the TWIG hair lounge in the Bressi Ranch area of Carlsbad, where I’ve been getting my hair did ever since I moved to San Diego in 2009 . . . ANYWAY, she is an absolute expert in all things decade hair-related and gave my ever-changing lob these much-needed SWEET extensions. I just love this photo of us here as she continually tries to hide my short hair at the shoot. LOL!

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    Hair by Rachel Galati Hair / Photo by J. Dixx Photography

    “I don’t know what else I would be if I wasn’t me. I am not looking from the outside, looking back. I am who I am.” — Cher

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    Hair by Rachel Galati Hair / Photo by J. Dixx Photography

    With her final touches and J.Dixx Photography’s skills, we were able to deliver pictures that make you feel like you’re on a magic carpet ride! And on that note, I bid you adieu, folks, and wish you an absolute rad weekend!

     

    OH! And P.S. – If you’re thinking of a staycation sometime soon here in San Diego OR are considering visiting America’s Finest City, you’ve got to check out the Hot Pink at 90 Celebration Package! Such a good deal at such a GORGEOUS place.

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  • DMTC 4.0

    One of my favorite days in San Diego is finally here = it’s time once again to go where the turf meets in the surf!

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    Photo by Henry S. Young

    That’s right! It’s Opening Day today at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club – a day I have so looked forward to the past three years! For this year’s event [year four of us attending] I decided to go the “Pop Art” route with my outfit when I ran across this Roy Lichtenstein-esque fascinator on Etsy [man, how I do adore that online store – so much good stuff!] and from there the rest was pretty easy . . .

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    Photo by Henry S. Young

    I reached for an oldie but goodie dress, my bright yellow Ted Baker D purchased for me [gosh] three-ish years ago. I  paired it with the Kate Spade purse I used at my first “Pink Lady” photoshoot for the La Valencia Hotel and decided to also opt for the BAM!/POP! shoe clips from the same designer as my hat. I then finished the look off with my black/white spotted Kate Spade glasses, bright red lips, and my Kate Spade “four eyes” bangle.

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    “Pop Art looks out into the world. It doesn’t look like a painting of something, it looks like the thing itself. ” — Roy Lichtenstein

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    The entire ensemble came together so effortlessly and makes me oh-so insanely happy. Now all we have to do today is wade our way through the masses to our table and then try to figure out which of the ponies we should bet on!

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    Fascinator & Shoe Clips: Janine Basil Pop Accessories / Dress: Ted Baker

    Bracelet & Purse: Kate Spade New York / Puffer Keychain: DSW / Pumps: Nine West

    Photo by Henry S. Young

    Here’s to having another insanely fun year at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club :D I hope to see you there!

  • Real Talk San Diego’s Women’s Power Hour!

    Last Friday, I had the insane honor of being a 1700 AM ESPN radio guest on Real Talk San Diego’s Women’s Power Hour! Can someone say Girl Power?!

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    Clare McKee, Yours Truly, Stephanie Kelley, & Debbra Sweet

    My girlfriend, Stephanie Kelley, is actually the woman behind the madness as she suggested me for this gig to the show’s radio host, Clare McKee [THANK YOU, GORGEOUS!] and let me tell you, it was one of easiest/best experiences thus far in my girlboss life. We discussed our backgrounds, both guests’ businesses [mine, Homebird Upholstery, of course!] the struggles we still face as women in the work place [isn’t it 2016?!] and then wrapped up the hour with some uber fun, rapid-fire questions. Here’s a short clip of my interview . . .

    “I’ve always believed that one woman’s success can only help another woman’s success.” — Gloria Vanderbilt

    Boy, I sure do like to talk with my hands! Lol. Thank you to Clare McKee and Real Talk San Diego for giving me this excellent experience :) I’m honored to be included in such a group of powerful women here in San Diego. You can listen to the entire show I was on here. Enjoy!

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