Friday Fashion Debate: Spectacles

I may have lost half of you before you even got past the title, so I will explain. This is not a post about corrective eyeglasses or your cute grandpa with reading glasses that sit on the edge of his nose. We are talking about Snapchat Spectacles because I am obsessed! The Spectacles are sunglasses that record video from the perspective of the wearer.

After launching our Snapchat account in March 2016, our followers grew rapidly! We had no idea if the start of that account would work well or if students would even care to follow what we were posting there but the feedback was wonderful!

Now that we know Snapchat is beneficial for us, I am determined to get a pair of Snapchat Spectacles.

Are you thinking “just go out and buy some then”? Well that’s the problem. Spectacles are being sold via vending machines that get dropped off at random locations across the country. There is a countdown page and once the new location is announced you better get there quickly because the lines get outrageous and they do eventually sell out!

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Ok so how does this relate to Fashion? Well some people love the style of these but others say they are hideous.

These are the three colors for Spectacles. Matching lipstick not included.:

They come in three different colors but only one style/shape. Personally, this particular shape wouldn’t be my first choice if I were buying everyday normal sunglasses. However, they could be much worse. I think consideration that they need to be slightly fashionable was put into the design of these but others disagree completely.

What do you think? Are the acceptable as a trendy fashion accessory or simply only for technology trends?

Friday Fashion Debate: New Years Party Attire

We all know New Years Eve is one of the best days of the year for fashion. Who doesn’t love to get ultra dressed up in your best glam attire and celebrate the New Year with friends and family? I know I do!

First and foremost, the number one most important part of your New Years outfit is SPARKLE! Sequins, shine and shimmer are all welcome textures in the perfect New Years look.

This is limited to the clothing either. Sparkle can be in your makeup, your nails, your accessories, or if you are feeling really fun then do it all!


Secondly, you usually go with something a bit more sleek and slim fitting for New Years. For our Christmas party looks, we talked about full skirts and a-line dresses but with this look you want to show off a bit more. This doesNew Years Eve outfit: not mean you have to wear something super short or revealing. I love the idea of a sequin pant or a sparkly legging with a nice shirt and tailored blazer. Nothing about this looks says inappropriate but the lines are very sleek and clean.

Really though, if I am being honest, this is the one day of the year that limits sort of go out the window. Whatever your style is, start the New Year being the best you! The whole point of a New Year’s party is to remember the year we had and celebrate the one we are about to start and a celebration is about happiness and joy!

Cheers to 2017!

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??

Chained Up Booties

Friday Fashion Debate: Men’s Sweaters

We have a rare chill in the air today so I wanted to talk about sweaters, specifically men’s sweaters. I feel like this is one of those things that most men stay away from but when done right, it looks extremely stylish and can really amp up a man’s winter wardrobe.

All three of the above options are a definite yes in my book! The key to pulling off a stylist men’s sweater is fit though. You don’t want to go too over-sized or you might as well just throw on a big hoodie and call it a day. If you are going for a stylish upgrade, it has to fit well!

The things I do not like in this look is the overboard silly mensweater2patterns. The example with the fox and tree stripe pattern is a definite NO in my book. Woodland animals should not be on a men’s sweater. The only exception to this is if you are attending an ugly Christmas sweater party! You should stick with classic patterns such as the example in the top three photos.

Another important thing to remember is this look is that the pants you pair with your sweater matter. If you are going with slacks that is fairly easy to do but if you choose jeans for a more casual look, you want the right jean. This does depend on the sweater though so there is no overall rule. Just make sure if you choose a lighter sweater color that you may want to go with a dark jean and vice versa. You can see in the examples at the top that the cream sweater is with a darker fade denim but the one with the pattern that has a dark base is paired with a slightly lighter jean.

Men, what are your favorite sweater looks? Or do hate them? Let me know!

Happy Friday!!

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: 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: Copper Hair

This week we are veering away from fashion a bit and talking about hair. We usually see a big shift in hair trends when it comes to changing up your look from Summer to Fall but each year it seems there is a specific shade that we see everywhere! This year, one of the biggest Fall hair trends is copper.

There are many variations on this hair color trend. The boldest version is full copper.Red copper hair:  This look is dramatic and fierce and definitely eye catching. It is also a fun way to get out of the “brunette or blonde” box that we seem to always try to fit ourselves in to. I am a big believer in red, all shades of it and this copper red is one of my favorite looks. Although, I have more of a vibrant burgundy red ombre, not copper but I would still say this copper red is something I would love to try one day.

copper color melt #balayage #colormelt #ombre #olaplex: The second copper option is copper color melt. The color melt trend shows no signs of going away at this point and this look fits right in with that trend while still experimenting with this fun unique color. The best way to do this look is with ultra dark brown roots that blend in to lighter copper shades throughout and the ends of the hair are completely copper. You can also do this same look with a Merlot and copper highlights  #lussohairstudio: more dramatic root by using a dark burgundy instead of pure brown. Doing this creates a bit of a wild vibrant look that is sure to turn heads and draw attention.

The more timid version of this look is a simple copper highlight. This can be done with blonde or brown hair. Copper highlights create dimension. These highlights look particularly good with curled hair because it extenuates the curls. Blonde with copper highlights curls:

Do you have a different Fall hair color that you love? Share with us! We would love to see photos of your favorite Fall looks!

Happy Friday!

 

Friday Fashion Debate: Blanket Scarf

Today’s high in St Augustine is 87, tomorrow it is 86, by next weekend it is supposed to be 82. That is about as close to Fall temperatures it will get in Florida for awhile. However, I choose to continue on my Fall Fashion topics. Today we are debating the blanket scarf.

bec041fb8e4263c67f4ce9d9138f2c94My first thought is ADORABLE but it is quickly followed by my dd74ef3d22c8616f6ad309071eef14f1second thought TOO MUCH FABRIC. You are probably thinking that I am not making any sense. How can I think the look is adorable while also saying it is too much fabric? Well I am not one to wear things that are bunched up around my neck. I love a nice fall/ winter scarf but these blanket scarfs are a lot of scarf to have around your neck and although it is adorable, I prefer a little less. I also think there is a thin line between acceptably cute and looking like you literally took a blanket from your couch and wrapped it around your neck.

In my opinion, the first two photos show blanket scarfs that are a little too much fabric. Ib107c5e226c102a8e3223c64ad14b780 prefer something like this next photo with the black and white scarf. This one is still classified as a blanket scarf and has that over-sized & cozy look but it doesn’t look like it is consuming her. Of course the way you tie it or wrap it can completely change the look so maybe the key is just finding the best method.

All I know is as I write this, I have on a sleeveless shirt and flip flops and can not wait to put the heat behind us and grab a pair of boots! Until then I will continue to search the internet and pinterest for the most current Fall styles and envy those of you who may actually get to wear them before Christmas. 🙂

Happy Friday!!!