• 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

  • Holiday Sparkle

    I don’t know what “it” is about this time of year but this gal just can’t get enough of anything that sparkles!

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    Which is why this sequined skirt by Maeve had to mine. It was just too HOLIDAY FANTASTIC not to own!

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    Then you pair it with my new ankle stocking obsession and you’ve got me strutting into Christmas like . . .

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    And don’t even get me started on these faux-fur-fuschia cuffs – they just increases the merriment FUN!

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    “I’m never afraid of using bold colors or glitter or a stronger lipstick.” — Charlotte Casiraghi

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    So bring on that ole YULETIDE cheer, y’all, because I’m glitzed and ready to ROCK around that tree!

    GO SEE one of San Diego’s GRANDEST Holiday Traditions =

    Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

    in its 20th incredible year at the Old Globe Theatre NOW!

    Photos by 656 Photography

    Outfit Details:

    Glasses: Dolce & Gabbana / Earrings: J.Crew / Top: Alice & Olivia / Purse: Kate Spade New York

    Skirt: Maeve  / Ankle Stockings: Lirika Matoshi / Heels: Sam Edelman

  • My eBay-ing Gown Debacle

    Sometimes dressing up to give back can get pretty pricey! One of the “wife” perks of my husband’s philanthropic work is the honor to be his arm candy at multiple fundraising events each year, which can get a little bit EXPENSIVE when its sort of frowned upon in society to re-wear the evening gown you just wore the year before :/ silly “rule” btw! I mean don’t get me wrong = I HAVE RE-WORE MANY OF MY EVENING GOWNS! I just don’t repeat them at the same events ;) which brings me to the story of this year’s shopping experience for the Tri-City Hospital’s Diamond Ball . . .

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    Yep, today is a re-created look here on LLM, because the events that had to go down in order for me to get my hands FINALLY on this evening gown were just too CrAzY not to share! Lol. See, my usual go-to designer for all things black tie-related is Tadashi Shoji, but this year when the velvet number I had been salivating over sold out in my size [a failed purchase on my part that will forever haunt me] I sort of panicked – not because there aren’t enough evening gowns in the world [trust me :) there’s plenty!] but more due to the fact that my husband wished to wear this very eclectic tux jacket we had found for him on a weekend trip to Palm Springs earlier this year; this brilliant, one-of-a-kind find with black lapels and this dazzling array of fuchsia, turquoise and metallic fabric. See said jacket here. It was just too spectacular for him not to wear it for this year’s event, so I guess one could say I was hellbent on finding the perfect counterpart to match his tux jacket glory [challenge accepted!!] and in the end, I did! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

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    I knew I really wanted my gown to be either turquoise or fuchsia in color as a solid black anything isn’t really in my repertoire ;) so I headed over to good ole Google to start my quest and it wasn’t long before I landed on this Nicole Miller Multi-Color Floral Print 3D Magnolia Gown. It was love at first search, y’all, and had all the colors of my husband’s tux jacket. PURE PERFECTION if I ever saw it. The only MAJOR problem was it was from seasons ago and wasn’t really an easily accessible purchase. But AGAIN I was determined. So I copied and pasted all of the details of said gown into the search bar, crossed my fingers and hoped I would be just lucky enough to find one for sale. I didn’t care if it was used at this point. I WANTED THAT GOWN!

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    Well, as fate would have it, I DID manage to locate THEE gown via Linda’s Closet on eBay AND even in my size too! How rad is that?! It was like the Universe wanted me to wear this gown :) or so I thought! As soon as I opened the delivered package, I knew something was wrong. The fabric inside was too dark. It was the wrong dress. I quickly called the number on the postcard included. The online consignment store seemed thoroughly confused as well. I just figured they accidentally sent the wrong dress. Nope! They said they couldn’t even find the dress in their warehouse??! I felt heartbroken. Well, as luck would have it, some other stylish gal received my gown and I received hers! So, we both sent back our incorrect orders and I patiently waited for my Nicole Miller to arrive.

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    The day I received my delivery confirmation text, I jumped up from my chair and gleefully proceeded to our front door. Nothing there? Huh, that’s weird?! So I proceeded to our front gate. Nothing there either? Must be at the garage door then. No such luck. So I decided to call USPS. And that’s where I went from disappointed to extremely agitated. The nice USPS lady confirmed that my dress had in fact been delivered . . . to a postal locker in Gualala, California?! I quickly got off the phone with her and called Linda’s Closest. I felt sick. The same lady that had been helping during this entire debacle sounded as shocked as I did. She said she handled everything with the exchange except attaching the mailing label. THEY SENT MY DRESS TO ANOTHER CUSTOMER YET AGAIN. She apologize and said that they would refund the purchase cost for all my troubles, which they did, but I still wanted my dress. The Diamond Ball was only a week and half away and at this point I had no interest in finding another gown. I was obsessed at this point, so I decided to become my own Sherlock Holmes. I started by Googling the town. It was a small beach community with only a population of 2,093. I grew up in a small town in Nebraska of 1,909 and if I know anything about small communities, everyone knows everyone, so I figured the USPS up in Gualala would not only know the name of who rents the parcel locker but also where he or she lives and works. Hell, probably even know his/hers entire family! I had to at least try, right?! And guess what?! Another nice USPS lady came to the rescue! I gave her the Cliffnotes of my situation and she happily offered to help. She took down my name and number and said she would call me back as soon as she had some news. I don’t think even think thirty minutes had passed when this Wonder of a Woman called me back to say that she had located my gown!! A store in Gualala called Anabelle’s Boutique had received my gown along with the rest of their Linda’s Closest order and were more than willing to send my gown to the rightful owner, especially after hearing my story. I probably looked like I had fallen asleep with a hangar in my mouth at this point. I WAS SO BEYOND HAPPY!!

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    This Nicole Miller gown sure went on quite the journey before it’s walk down the red carpet at the Tri-City Hospital’s Diamond Ball. It complimented D’s tux jacket perfectly and we received many kind compliments on our not so matchy-matchy but elegant looks. This entire experience has taught me a lot about shopping = secondhand gowns are just as good as new gowns [especially when they only cost $118.00] read ALL of the reviews of an eBay seller before you buy, and that sometimes if you want something bad enough, you have to go after it yourself!

    Photos by 656 Photography

    Outfit Details:

    Glasses: Lulu Guinness / Necklace: BaubleBar / Evening Gown: Nicole Miller via eBay

    Mink Shawl: Vintage [CALM DOWN, FOLKS ;) it was my Grandmother’s!]

    Clutch: Kate Spade New York

  • Holiday-Emoji Style

    December is here, y’all, and I’m shimmying my way into this month with lots of untraditional outfit ideas for you this HOLIDAY season :) starting with some FUN pops of that oh-so FESTIVE red!

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    And by RED, I mean that bright sports car-driving, Gwen Stefani lip-wearing, emotionally intense hue of a color ;) that one that breathes strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love.

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    It’s one of my absolute faves from the rainbow and is the one true color that really ties this entire look together, from my earrings all the way down to the flirty poms of my Sam Edelman shoes!

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    OH, and let’s talk briefly about my lighthearted EMOJI sweater too! I had been eyeing this baby on the Alice + Olivia site for months and then BAM! It went ON SALE on Black Friday and I was like MINE! Lol.

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    “When I look into the future, it’s so bright it burns my eyes.” — Oprah Winfrey

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    I hope this #stylecrazed post [along with my many others] inspires you to EXPERIMENT with your own fashion EVERY time you visit! That’s been my mission the past five years. HaPpY Blogiversary, y’all!!

    Thank YOU so much for being part of this journey with me!

    Photos by 656 Photography

    Outfit Details:

    Sunglasses: Prada / Emoji Sweater: Alice + Olivia / Skirt: Victoria Beckman x Target

    Clutch: Kate Spade New York / Pumps: Sam Edelman