Senior Spotlight: Emily

We are so excited to announce our first Senior Spotlight for the Class of 2018, Emily from Seminole High School!

Emily Olliver edit.jpgEmily is involved in several school activities which include, the Science National Honor Society, Multicultural Club and UNICEF. She also volunteers at CF Regional Hospital and at local food banks in the area. She will be graduating this year with Honor Cords and medals in French.

 

After graduation Emily plans to attend Florida State University to study Medicine. She hopes to get her PA in Trauma/ Emergency Medicine.

Emily also shared some personal interesting facts about herself with us. She is one of fifteen grandchildren, she is a natural redhead and she is 5’11”.

We also asked Emily if she had any influential teachers in her life and she told us, “Mr.Galindez- U.S. History. He made school exciting and allowed me to express my personality”.

We wish you the the best with you Senior year and your endeavours after graduating Emily and congrats on being our first spotlight for the Class of 2018!

Friday Fashion Debate: Holiday Party Attire

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve! What a fun time of year and a fun time for fashion! Today we are going to discuss the best trends for your Christmas party outfit.

Classic winter tulle - OliviaRink.com: Personally, I think the cutest outfits for Christmas parties are the ultra feminine and somewhat frilly pieces. A tulle skirt or an A-line flare dress with tights is an adorable look for any holiday gathering!

Maybe your Christmas gathering is a more casual event. In this case I love the idea of a plaid shirt and a fur vest. This look fits the season and takes the casual look of a plaid shirt and pumps it up just a notch by adding fur (of course I mean faux fur). 🙂

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I still haven’t figured out the perfect way to add a stylish hat to this look, they just never seem to look right on me but I love the one pictured in the photo.

Show up to your party with either of these looks and you are going to rock your holiday outfit!

What are your favorite holiday outfits? Share some of your best looks with us!

Merry Christmas & Happy Holiday  to you all!!

 

 

Friday Fashion Debate: Ankle Boots

I am going to be honest, I am writing this debate today for my own personal needs. I When wearing jeans with booties, an exposed ankle is key to keeping your ankles looking as slim as possible. One of the ways to create this gap between the jeans and boots is a cuffed hem.   Tip #3. Try this look with a longer pair of skinny jeans, rather than an ankle length pair. A larger cuff (2-3 inches tall) is more flattering).: recently bought an adorable pair of black ankle boots and NONE of my jeans look good with them. I am aware the trend is to roll the jeans to the top of the boot as pictured, but these particular boots have a slant from the front to the back and I can not find a single way to roll my jeans to look good.

Just for my own curiosity, I tried just wearing my skinny jeans that were extra tight around the ankle without rolling and that looks bad as well. At this point I am tempted to give up and only wear them with tights and dresses but I felt like Friday Fashion Debate was the best place for my last chance at wearing them with jeans.

Maybe the problem is just the boots I chose. I looked at photo after photo and none of the ones I saw look like the ones I am discussing. So my instincts tell me to stick to a very specific type of ankle boot.

My second thought was that maybe it is the jeans I am wearing. I noticed a lot of the ones pictured are short and the roll is very small. I am slightly vertically challenged so my jeans always seem to be longer than I want but I don’t buy “short” jeans because then I can’t wear them with flats which is my go to shoe.

Help me out fashionistas! What are your suggestions??

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Friday Fashion Debate: Velvet

I am just going to come right out and say it, I do not like velvet. To be quite honest, I couldn’t even think of one instance where I would wear it, in any piece of clothing. This puts me on the no side of the debate this week because according to several fashion experts, velvet is a definite must have item this season.

While searching for the hottest examples of this trending fabric I did see a few looks that I was not completely against. Although in reality, I think it is one of those things that I may stop and look at it but will more than likely not even take it to the dressing room and will end up walking away without even removing it from the rack for a better look. However, I will share with you photos of the two velvet items that caught my eye while searching because I do think they are feminine and pretty and the patterns are perfection!

My definite would not EVER wear item is velvet shoes. If I am looking for a winter fabric for my footwear, suede is my go to. I can not find one velvet shoot anywhere on Pinterest that appealed to me, but here are a few examples anyway. 🙂

Of course it doesn’t stop at shawls and shoes. We have velvet pants, velvet skirts, velvet dresses, velvet chokers, velvet tank tops, velvet button downs, velvet jumpers, and it keeps going on and on!

I am interested to see how many of you disagree with me on this one. I don’t feel like I have seen this trend out and about much yet but in reality it is staying in the high 70s and low 80s in this part of Florida so velvet may take a little longer to make it’s debut here.

As always, I welcome your opinions!

Happy Friday everyone!!

Friday Fashion Debate: Fall & Winter Makeup

This week we are veering off the “fashion” path again to talk about Fall & Winter Makeup trends. We all know eye shadows and lip colors get darker this time of the year but we are going to go beyond that today.

One of the biggest trends in Fall & Winter makeup this year is the cat eye. While this look is not new, it did seem to die off for a bit but the cat eye was a popular look this season on the runway. Mix that with another big look for the season, metallic shadows, and your makeup will be spot on for the hottest trends of the season.


There is an interesting twist to these two dramatic makeup trends though, we are seeing a lot of the big names go for a more fresh faced approach by avoiding heavy blush or bronzer. This idea keeps the focus on the dramatic eyes and tones down the rest of the face. Makeup experts suggest using a light coverage foundation and powder and if you feel the need to use blush, keep it in neutral tones and use a light hand when applying.

The fashionistas of our society aren’t taking away our dark lip colors, but using a matte finish lipstick is going to be the best fit to complete this look. 8d45a11dbe5f0cc6102682e35036ac90.jpg

Are you seeing any other makeup looks that you think better fit our Fall & Winter season? Share them with us!

Happy Friday!

 

 

Friday Fashion Debate: Gold & Silver

FullSizeRender.jpgThis week’s debate is about a fashion question I have asked myself for years! Are gold and silver jewelry ok to mix? I always had an issue with it and stayed away until I jumped on the Alex and Ani bandwagon. My husband bought me and adorable gold owl and I had a silver one already and a silver one I had ordered on the way. The point being, when you are just starting your Alex and Ani collection, if you have three you better wear all three or it doesn’t have that adorable stacked bracelet look. I have now gotten used to the gold and silver mix on my wrist but it is very subtle. Ronaldo bracelets...would love to have them all                                                                                                                                                     More:
Well today, I read that the mix is actually considered one of the top Fashion Accessory trends for Fall 2016! To take it a step further, a lot of accessories come with mixed metals, no mixing on your part needed.

We see it a lot in bracelets because the stacked trend has continued to stick around and mixing metals gives a bit of added dimension and drama. However, this look can be included in any of your accessories which may include, necklaces, purse hardware, earrings, rings, etc.

How do you feel about mixed metals? Let us know your opinion on the matter!

Happy Friday!

 

Friday Fashion Debate: Halloween

This week’s debate is not about costumes. I do want to talk about Halloween attire though. Our office has decided to encourage costumes this year but not every office or school has that policy. For those that don’t there are fun ways to spice up your attire on Halloween without being fully in costume.

In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with a pair of spooky tights under a dress or spiderweb shoes with your usual daily attire. These are simple and subtle ways to bring your Halloween mood to school or work. Wanting a little more? Opt for a dress in a fun Halloween pattern like this bat dress!

If these ideas are still a bit more than you feel comfortable with, opt for a fun Halloween pin on your shirt, a Halloween necklace or a Halloween hair accessory.

All of these are adorable options to bring the holiday spirit in to your fashion choices on Monday.

Here at Leonard’s, I hope our employees take advantage of the opportunity to wear full costumes! We will share photos with you next week from the Leonard’s Halloween Spooktacular!

Happy Friday!

Friday Fashion Debate: Wearing White After Labor Day

For this week’s debate, I did even more research than usual. I wanted to understand where the “No white clothing after Labor Day” rule came from. Funny enough, after reading a handful of articles, it seems no one actually knows where this rule started. People do have their opinions on the matter though. Some say it goes back to the fact that upper class individuals always left their city lives for the summer and opted for “summer wardrobes” which consisted of linen fabrics (usually white) and floppy straw hats. After Labor Day they went back to the city and left their summer wardrobes behind which meant the white linen pants stayed in their vacation homes and they opted for darker colors to fit their Fall city lives.

Let’s face it though, no matter where this rule came from, it is outdated. One of the most popular trends continuing from past years is white pants with denim shirts. Sure, during the summer we may opt for white shorts and sleeveless denim but I don’t see anything wrong with a pair of white jeans, a long sleeve denim shirt, brown boots and a cozy scarf. If we followed the Labor Day rule, this look would not exist. Here in Florida we are still getting temperatures in the 90s and I am not likely putting on long sleeves or boots until MAYBE Christmas.

Denim shirts and white pants are not the only acceptable way to wear white after Labor Day. It just happens to All White // L.O.V.E.: be my favorite way to wear the look. 🙂

Who doesn’t love a big comfy sweater? Especially on those holidays filled with food! Winter sweaters look great with white pants! You 9769769ce54843c35af57deec1cd4575.jpgcan even take it a bit further and opt for all white. All white does not have to look like you are going to a fancy all white party in the city at a five star hotel. Throw on a pair of white skinny jeans with an over sized white sweater and white converse and you have a look to run around all day in!

Some of you may be reading this thinking, I have never followed that silly rule anyway. However, you would be amazed how many people still follow this out of date rule. There is another side of this. Maybe you are reading this and you completely disagree with me. The Labor Day rule is one you feel very strongly about and as of September 5th all white clothing items you wear have gone in a box and won’t be back until next summer.

Either way, share with us what side of the debate you are on. We would love to hear your opinions on the matter.

Happy Friday!!

 

 

 

Friday Fashion Debate: Visors

I had no idea what my topic for today was going to be. Typically I plan it out and even write it a few days early but today I knew when I got in I would have to search pinterest looking for fun fashion trends to write about. So I got in my car, headed to work, and while waiting at a red light, inspiration hit me. Visors… yes I am talking about the hat you wear that leaves the top of your head exposed but blocks sun. 417ca3b01f40b9a26b87d311ae64f8cd

If I am being 100% honest, which I always am with those of you who read our blog, I don’t understand visors. The sports community loves them, and I guess I can understand that they block sun when you can’t wear sunglasses but your head stays cool. If that is the reasoning then I understand the logic and will grant a pass.

c1ce2e31a3d54eae5e54ce6d549ca334The lady that inspired this blog today wasn’t playing sports, she Image result for visor hair downwasn’t doing anything but simply crossing the street to her destination. She was also wearing her hair in the worst visor hairstyle out there. Her hair was OVER her visor. If you love visors, and want to wear your hair down instead of going for the sporty look, please follow this one tip. Leave your hair down and put the visor over your hair. The “NO” look is on the left and the “YES” look is on the right just in case anyone needs a visual explanation. 🙂

As I write this, I am thinking how I can explain why I don’t like visors. Truthfully, I haven’tHow To Wear Baseball Caps: Taught By Bloggers | StyleCaster: come up with anything other than, I prefer baseball caps. Maybe it’s the Texas girl in me or maybe it is just a preference I have for no special reason, but for me If I wear a hat, it is going to be a baseball cap.

As always though, to each their own! I would love to see your favorite hat styles! Even if it is a visor! 🙂

Friday Fashion Debate: T-Shirt Dress

This week’s debate is about a look that isn’t new to the trendy fashion item list, but it seems to be sticking around for another season. I am talking about the T-Shirt dress.

I will be honest, I don’t own any t-shirt dresses. As pictured above, there are multiple styles and they can be accessorized in a wide variety of ways. Personally, I prefer more structured dresses that show my waist. However, all of the examples above are adorable so I won’t go as far to say that I don’t like this look.

My favorite version is with a scarf and boots. To me, it gives something a little extra to a fairly simple look. The thing about that version of this look is that it is perfect for any weather type. You can wear a lighter scarf and ankle boots with a short sleeve t-shirt dress or when the weather cools down you can wear a long sleeve one with a thicker scarf and knee boots. Of course if you happen to get more extreme cold weather, a good pair of tights or leggings underneath would be great too!

Another key factor of this look is comfort. You don’t get much more comfortable than a cotton dress. We live hectic lives and sometimes it’s nice to throw on something you won’t be pulling and tugging on all day or even worse, something itchy.

What are your favorite ways to wear t-shirt dresses? Or are you on the no side of this debate? Let us know!