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). ūüôā

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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!!

 

 

Senior Spotlight: Kaitlin

Our Senior Spotlight this week is Kaitlin. Kaitlin attends Fort Pierce Central High SchoolKaitlinKrallackWM.jpg and is graduating in the Top 10 of her class!

Along with her school accomplishments, she has worked jobs such as tutoring, babysitting, lawn care and was also employed at Publix. She told us these work experiences have helped her become more patient and have also taught her work ethic. On top of that, she has also volunteered over 100 hours in a vet clinic. Kaitlin plans to attend FAU Honors College and would like to become an Anesthesiologist.

We also learned several interesting facts about Kaitlin. She dislikes soda and is scared of the dark. She also told us one of her most challenging undertakings in school was the time a teacher had the students handwrite an entire textbook as a homework assignment. She knew she had to do it despite the difficulty because she wanted to ensure she got an A in the class.

Kaitlin we wish you the best of luck with the rest of your Senior year and all of your future plans!

 

Senior Spotlight: Maya

mayacoultonwmMaya is a senior at Edgewater High School. She is actively involved in Chorus and Dance. Not only will she be graduating this year with her High School Diploma, she will also be a licensed Esthetician!

As we all remember, earlier this year a terrible tragedy occurred in Orlando. Maya volunteered her time to help with community grief care for those affected by the Pulse nightclub shooting.

After graduating, Maya would like to attend Stetson University where she plans to study pre-med.

Her talents don’t stop at singing, dance and volunteer work, she also knows four languages which include English, Spanish, French and American Sign Language!

When asked who her most inspirational person in her life was, Maya told us, “My Grandpa, he showed me what unconditional love really is and how to work hard”.¬†We can clearly see those values your Grandpa taught you have stuck with you Maya!

Have a great Senior year!!

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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Holiday Season

As we get closer to Christmas, I feel like it is important to talk about giving back. Here at Leonard’s we are big into the season of giving! We started off by doing a canned food drive in November which we donated to a local shelter here in St Augustine that had been affected by Hurricane Matthew. We were the headline sponsor¬†of the Reindeer Run which benefits the Boys & Girls Club and we had a team of over 20 actually participate in the run! Right now we are having a toy drive and I personally plan to go to the Boys & Girls Club when they allow volunteers to come in and help wrap gifts for the kids next week!

It doesn’t matter what holiday you celebrate, or if you celebrate at all. What matters is that this is a time of year where we all tend to indulge one way or another and it is important to remember not everyone is as fortunate.¬†

Big or small, anything helps. If you can’t make monetary donations or go out and buy food and gifts, you can volunteer your time. A lot of shelters and non profits just need an extra set of hands around this time of the year.

I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday season!

 

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Senior Spotlight: Darcia

Darcia from Fort Pierce Central is this week’s Senior Spotlight!¬†She is graduating with¬†honors. Darcia¬†told us she loves learning and DarciaBronsonWM.jpgenjoys working on art projects for school performances as well as roller skating in her spare time.

As far as plans after graduating, she hopes to attend Rollins or UCF and would like to study psychology & sociology. Darcia would like to become a therapist so that she can work with Autistic children. The inspiration for this career path and the decision to work with autistic children came from her twin nieces who are autistic. She told us she is looking forward to “helping them adapt to modern life experiences”.

When asked who the most influential person in her life is, Darcia told us, “my sister Sierra is my roll model in life. She helps me balance the work and fun aspects of my life”.

We hope you are enjoying your senior year Darcia and wish you the best of luck!

 

 

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!!

Senior Spotlight: JackLynn

JackLynnGoreWM.jpgOur Senior Spotlight this week is JackLynn from East River HS. There is not much this outgoing student doesn’t do. She is involved in many school activities such as, Athletic Training, FFA, BETA, NHS, NTHS, Wrestling, Track, APEX, French Honor Society, CREW and more! JackLynn has also earned over 100 community service hours with a PTA Chapter at her previous elementary school and helped out in a Summer Sports Medicine program and spent time at an Orthopedic Sports Medicine office.

On top of all of her school activities and volunteer work, she also currently works as an office assistant for a local contractor which she told us has taught her organizational skills and responsibility.

JackLynn also has an interesting and unique hobby. She told us she has been scuba diving since she was 10 years old!

Her aspirations after graduating are just as high as her current endeavors. Plans include attending college to study Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy. Her focus will be to obtain her Doctoral of Physical Therapy which she hopes to use by working for the Department of Veterans. She would like to work with returning service men and women who are in need of physical therapy.

We learned that that there are three people who JackLynn credits for inspiring her and leading her to choose the career path of Physical Therapy. She has a brother who tore his ACL playing High School football which initially sparked her interest in sports medicine. She also credits her mom and Mr. Mirocha (Athletic Training Advisor) for being two of the most influential people in her life. She told us, “My mother has always pushed me to reach for the stars and beyond; no matter how much I fought her. Mr.Mirocha sparked my interest in medicine and pushed me to go outside of my comfort zones”.

JackLynn you are obviously a very driven and talented student and we are sure you will succeed on the path to pursuing a career in Physical Therapy! Good luck in all that you do!

 

 

 

Friday Fashion Debate: Thanksgiving

This week’s Fashion Debate is not about a specific trend or clothing item. This week we are going to debate what your family wears for Thanksgiving. For some people, Thanksgiving is a time to dress up. They put on their best outfits and sit down for a nice dinner with family and friends. For others, it is a day of relaxed fun and the more casual the better, such as your favorite sports jersey if your team happens to be playing on Thanksgiving (being from Dallas I am a Cowboys fan so our team always plays on Thanksgiving).

I admit, I like to step it up a notch on Thanksgiving but I definitely wouldn’t classify my attire as dressy. In fact, I have gotten more casual since I became the host of our Thanksgiving in Florida. It’s just not reasonable to wear my nicest outfits when I am going to be in the kitchen mixing, stirring, baking and preparing food all day. Plus you throw in the fact that it is usually somewhere around 80 degrees¬†here and that tones down my outfit choices a bit. My husband undoubtedly will be¬†sporting a Cowboys jersey every year.¬†He even makes our dogs wear their doggy jerseys.

With all that being said, I think it’s great to go all out and dress up for this holiday. Thanksgiving is a special day where we look at everything we have to be thankful for an celebrate so I see nothing wrong with having your attire match the importance of this holiday.

I want to know what you wore for your Thanksgiving this year. Send us a pic or give us a quick explanation of which way you lean on this debate!

Hope you all had an awesome Thanksgiving!!!

 

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Senior Spotlight: Gabriel

gabrielizaguirewmOur Senior Spotlight this week is Gabriel from West Orange High School. His school activities include swim team, water polo and Spanish Honor Society. Outside of school he also volunteers with his church by helping feed the homeless and he even went on a mission trip to Nicaragua!

Gabriel has big aspirations for his career. He would like to study pre-law after High School and then plans to go on to Law School so he can become a lawyer.

On top of his school activities and volunteering, Gabriel also had a job which he says taught him to be a better leader and helped him become more responsible.

We also learned that Gabriel’s US History teacher is the one who inspired him to follow his dream of becoming a lawyer. He told us “My US History teacher inspired me to choose the career I want to pursue”.

Gabriel we wish you the best of luck pursuing your law degree and hope you enjoy the rest of your senior year!