Friday Fashion Debate: Back to School Styles

Let’s face it, as a whole, our society spends a lot of money shopping for back to school. There is a reason an entire weekend is dedicated to “tax-free” shopping right before the academic year starts. Each year is a chance to express yourself in a whole new way if you like.

Are you a dressed up with high heels and wedges kind of girl? Maybe you prefer casual but still stylish. Or you could be the type that throws on a t-shirt or hoodie and is lucky to make it out the door with their hair brushed. I know personally, I wasn’t the first type but I definitely could go from casual stylish to barely made it out of bed, depending on the day.

Maybe you are reading this and at this point are wondering what the debate is this week. Well to be honest, there isn’t one really. This just seemed like the right timing to share some fun back to school outfit ideas. Below are just a few of my favorites.

Hope everyone has an amazing 2016-2017 school year!

Back to School

Today is a special day! Today is the start of BACK TO SCHOOL! Our home office is in St Johns County and today is the first day of the 2016-2017 school year.

Leonard’s is so lucky to get to be CookieRecipes.jpginvolved with so many schools across the state of Florida and Georgia. We have spent day after day this summer photographing the incoming Seniors and although Senior season is not quite over for us, the real fun is just beginning for these students as they go back to school. Senior year is a time in your life where you get to reflect on 12 years of hard work all while looking forward to becoming whatever it is you want to be after high school. To all of our seniors, we wish you the best of luck this year!

For all of our underclassmen, middle school and elementary school students, we look forward to taking your pictures this year and continuing to watch each of you grow!

We hope each and every one of you have an amazing school year!


Friday Fashion Debate: Makeup Trends

It’s so hot here in Florida that I can’t even think about putting on a cute fall sweater or a pair of boots. However, I do think it’s time to start looking out for what fashion experts expect to see in the Fall. So today, we start with Fall 2016 makeup trends .

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The first makeup trend we can expect to see is what they are referring to as Blackout Nicole Miller
. There are variations on this idea but for the most part, I am not a big fan.  The picture to the right, I am good with. A thick wing liner on top looks bold without being over the top. The one on the left I am not loving. It gives that raccoon eye effect and I don’t find that flattering. Then it gets even worse when you add in black shadow. You actually become a Sacai
raccoon when you do it that way. Let’s leave the animal looks to our snapchat filters!

The next makeup trend coming about is called, Modern Gothic. This is mostly in relation to lipstick colors. It is not surprise that dark shades Dior
are a widely loved look in the past year or so but this year the trend pushes that idea a bit. Pairing barely there eye Bottega Veneta 
makeup with an almost black lip is what gives this trend a modern twist on the Gothic style. I personally prefer something a little less dark on the lip with a nice glow on the skin like the image on the left instead of the full Gothic look like the one on the right but that is just my personal preference.

The last makeup trend I want to mention today is GLITTER! If you have read past posts, you know I enjoy sparkle. Glitter eye makeup is making it’s comeback! You definitely Good news: Glitter is definitely for grown-ups—if only because kids could never master the sophisticated ways in which it showed up on the runways. Sparkle was at its most wearable at Tommy Hilfiger (left), where Pat McGrath topped off a taupe smoky eye with light sprinkling of gold, done in new ways—brow bone highlighter! tear drops!—at Giambattista Valli and Burberry and at its absolute fiercest at Anthony Vaccarello, where Tom Pecheux gave us the wild idea to cut apart our jewelry and affix it to our face. Hey, why not?
can take glitter too far but I think a little shine in your life is exactly what every girl needs.🙂 On the right is an example of a glitter addition that I think is tasteful and sweet. I don’t think we necessarily need to all go out and buy turquoise blue glitter shadow but a bit of neutral sparkle can jazz up any look.

That’s all I have for you today! Happy Friday!!


Friday Fashion Debate: Comic Book Attire

You may have read the title and thought to yourself, she is going to hate on this trend! If so, you are wrong!

I am not talking about costumes that you wear to conventions, but I think that is loads of fun too! Today we are debating regular daily attire that has a comic book theme. Actually I was inspired by a senior that was photographed on Wednesday. I often tell our seniors that we want their pictures to represent them, and that is the same thing I told this particular senior’s parent. Along with other personalized items, he brought some clothing that represented Captain America. I have to say, I LOVE these pictures! They are not ready to be shared with all of you just yet but trust me, they are amazing!

Back on track with our debate, the point I want to make it that comic book attire is trendy and can be done in a really hip way. Below are examples of ways to rock this trend the right way!

I am not saying go out and get head to toe comic book prints or show up to work with an actual costume on but tasteful comic book clothing is a definite thumbs up in my book!

Here are a few ideas of what NOT to do when adding comic book clothing to your wardrobe. With this trend I think it is important to remember, less is more!

Friday Fashion Debate: Cutout Shirts

I will start this week off by saying right away that this is one of my favorite trends right now! If you read the title and were wondering what exactly I meant, let me show you a few examples.

Cutouts come in several different styles and I truly love them all. You have simple sweet cutouts like the image on the left, back cutouts like the one in the middle, or maybe something a little more dramatic that gives a detailed design and shows a little more skin. This isn’t even the beginning of all the options but a few of my favorites.

To me, this type of top is a way to show a little more skin in an incredibly tasteful way. I mean let’s face it, it’s hot out there! Here in St Augustine, FL we are supposed to reach 100 degrees with a heat index of 115. I may feel the urge to leave the house in a bathing suit but I have to go places and do things and that just won’t work, plus in reality, I am too modest to do that even if it was acceptable.🙂  My next favorite option is to put on a tank top or light shirt that breathes well and these tops are perfect for that, covered without completely showing skin. 76a360c03abab24651e3f3ffcbc5dde0

Another thing I love about cutouts is you can throw a fun colored tank underneath and it adds a whole other element to your look. I am actually doing that today! The top I am wearing is a black tank with cutouts in the back and I put a bright spaghetti strap top under for a fun pop of color.Here is another example for a more visual idea.🙂

Summer trends can be so much fun with all of the bright colors and vibrant patterns but I definitely suggest adding a few cutout tops to your summer attire!

Happy Friday!!



Orlando Strong

I wanted to take a minute today to express my deepest sorrows to all affected by the tragedy that happened in Orlando yesterday. Being a company based in St Augustine, FL, this is not only a terrible event for our country and our state but it hits very close to home in our community.

Our hearts are with Orlando during this terrible time.


Friday Fashion Debate: Pretty & Preppy

With the biggest trends in fashion leaning toward festival attire and bohemian pieces, clean preppy looks have been getting a lot less attention. That doesn’t mean this look is out of style by any means though! In fact, I consider it a classic look. I went looking for the most “trending” preppy styles and was pleasantly surprised to find some cute twists on this rarely changing look.

Processed with VSCO with c3 presetA preppy look is usually made up of very clean lines and solid colors, maybe a stripe every now and again. The way to keep this classic look but add a clean new pop is with your accessories. In my research, I saw tons of solid tops and tailored jeans or white cropped pants but the crazy colors and patterns are all in the bags, shoes and sunglasses.

Another great way to add your own tastes to a preppy look is with your hair style! Maybe for you this means fun color or a daring cut. It could also mean a fashion forward hat or head wrap.
Last but not least, and possibly one of my favorite ways to f9249d9d396f380c1e7898bc969dba28take a more timid preppy look up a notch, a bright bold lip color! White shorts with a denim button up shirt look amazing with a bright pink or coral lip. Add in a fun bag and a unique pair of shades and you are set!

Is this look completely off of your trending list? If so I want to know why!

Happy Friday fashionistas!🙂