Friday Fashion Debate: Patchwork

This Friday our Fashion Debate is about a trend that we were informed about from the Today show. Actually, they started by informing the world that overly distressed clothes are out this year. Get rid of those ripped destroyed denim jeans and pick up something with the new “it” trend, patchwork.


I can honestly say I am on the fence with this trend. When I went on the search for good examples, I was drawn more towards the patchwork accessories and not likely to run out and buy the majority of the clothing examples I found. However, the dress that the Today show used to show the trend was adorable. It just was difficult to find other pieces that I personally would choose to wear.

The mixing of patterns has been a fashion battle for a long time. Will this floral work with this stripe? Do these colors compliment or clash? Well,  patchwork somehow finds a way around that by being so incredibility mix-matched that there is no debate whether the patterns go well together or not. We just accept the organized chaos in this style.

This fun and whimsical fashion trend is sure to be seen more as we approach the Spring season. I am going to keep my eye out for some pieces to work into my wardrobe.

Happy Friday! 🙂



Senior Spotlight: Hannah

Hannah is a Senior at Sunlake High School. She is a motivated student that has taken advance placement classes and participated in Key Club which she feels helped her make a difference in her community. For example, she was able to volunteer at soup kitchens and food banks.
Hannah F148912-225 (002)Her plans for college include going to Florida State University and majoring in Psychology which she was encouraged to do because of a relative that suffers from mental illness. She told us, “Witnessing this has affected my approach on psychology and encouraged me to study it and make a difference”. It is truly inspiring to see a student approach their college education and future career with such purpose behind the decisions.

Hannah also told us that along with her college plans, she is just really looking forward to growing as a person and becoming more independent.

It sounds like you are on the right path Hannah! Enjoy your Senior year and good luck in all that you do!


Leonard R. Tucker, Sr. Memorial Scholarship- Rachel Shirley

In honor of Leonard R. Tucker, Sr. a scholarship program was started in 2012. This scholarship is awarded to up to three St.Johns County graduating Seniors. To be eligible they must be graduating on time with their class, a full time student in St. Johns County, enrolled in one of the career academies or a member of the school’s yearbook staff, a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and finally, they must be enrolled full time in a post-secondary degree program beginning in the immediate Fall Term following their graduation. All applicants must demonstrate the Five Pillars of Character which are trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness and caring. Also, preference will be given to those applicants who have an interest in digital media and design, communications, photography, or computer technology. To apply, students must submit an essay, the completed scholarship application, two recommendation letters from academic teachers, current high school transcript or most recent report card and a sample of digital media/design or photography, if applicable. 

Recently, we had the honor of getting to sit down and talk with one of the first recipients of this scholarship, Rachel Shirley. She was a scholarship recipient in 2012 and has now graduated from FSU College of Motion Picture Arts with a BFA in Film Production.

Rachel was inspired to go in to film because it combines her love of arts and sciences. She was accepted to SCAD, Ringling, Flagler and FSU but despite the fact that she didn’t get in to the FSU Film Program immediately, she knew that FSU is where she wanted to be. She took the gamble on starting college there without being in the film program. After volunteering at several film festivals, she was chosen as a transfer student into the program and that is when her dreams started to unfold.

Once in the program, she quickly realized Cinematography was going to be her focus. Rachel told us, “I enjoy being physically connected to the actors, following their every move and being in that moment. It is powerful, moving and can be very emotional”.

Rachel gave us a fascinating insight as to what film school is like. In their time in the program, there are 5 main films you work on. You have projects of your own but you also work heavily with the other students and are a part of their pieces as well. Her fellow film school students are like family she told us. Upon graduating, Rachel completed four films herself and had over 1500 hours logged. She is also now able to do any job on a set, including special effects makeup which actually helped get her in to the film school. However, her passion is being behind the camera. She is glad that she was able to learn all of the roles on set though, this really helps them to appreciate everyone’s roles in film making and understand what they are going through.

When we asked Rachel about her goals now that she has graduated, she said she wants to stay in Florida for about a year to refine her documentary film making and also take this time for herself to recoup from school. She is going to be working for a newspaper during this time as a videographer and is also working on some freelance projects. After that, she plans to move to Los Angeles.

Her thesis film got in to it’s first film festival which she is extremely excited about! The children’s film is called Lola the Great and is about a magician’s assistant who is transported to another world where magic tricks come from. She has a difficult time finding her way back home but finds out that it is all about finding the magic within yourself.

Rachel is extremely passionate and has an amazing amount of drive. We are so proud of the accomplishments of this Scholarship Recipient and look forward to the great things that are sure to happen for her now and in her future.

You can learn more about Rachel on her website, and we encourage you to do so!

Also, if you are interested in applying for this year’s scholarship, please comment below.



Friday Fashion Debate: Sunglasses

This week I read a blog about how sunglasses were going to be the new “it” item this year. My first thought was, in a way, aren’t sunglasses always an “it” item. I mean pretty much every person I know or see owns at least a pair or two and we wear them every single day not just for style but for safety. I know personally, that Florida sun can be blinding!

I went ahead and continued reading and discovered what the blog was referring to. Apparently there are some pretty dramatic styles of sunglasses that hit the runways and I have to say even as a lover of sunglasses and the multiple fun styles you can choose from, I won’t be following the majority of these runway trends anytime soon.

These may be dramatic representations but in reality, its about shape and colors. Some of the main styles we are set to see more of this year are cat eye shapes, bright colored lenses, over sized frames and as the article said, clear is apparently going to be a thing this year. Which doesn’t that just make them fake glasses, not sunglasses?

Either way, go out and grab yourself a pair of new sunglasses! Go with something a little out of your usual style. They don’t need to be giant red squares but maybe try out a little bit different shape from your normal pair or get some with ombre colored lenses.

Here is a pair I am thinking about looking for. Nice dark black with a slightly unique shape from my usual wayfarer style.


Senior Spotlight: Valan

Valan stays very busy at Auburndale High. She is in DECA, FBLA, Student Government and is a Football Trainer and participates on the Homecoming Dance Committee. When she isn’t at her school activities, she spends time volunteering and has spent 600 hours serving soup kitchens! She has accomplished a lot in her high school career and does not plan to stop there. When we asked about her career goals, she simply told us, “google executive by 35” and with ambitions like hers, we can see that being a definite possibility.

This admiral young lady has a very unique home situation, she is the only girl in a family of nine siblings. Yes, you read that right, she has eight brothers and no sisters.

Valan said something that has stuck with us, when we asked her about her most challenging undertaking she told us that she raised a thousand dollars in one week for one of her school clubs and she said “A good purpose sells any cause”.Valan F166180-329 (002)

You are sure to do great things Valan! We wish you the best of luck!



Leonard’s is looking for 2016-2017 Senior Ambassadors!

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Friday Fashion Debate: Nail Art

Happy Friday Everyone!

Today’s Fashion Debate is not exactly considered a “fashion” item by everyone but on the side I am on of this debate, I see it as one.

How do you feel about nail art? I don’t mean your simple french manicure or solid color. We are talking about designs that require a little more technique and finesse.

For me, nail art is an extremely fun way to accessorize. Right now I am sporting Valentine’s Day themed nails.

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The two weeks before, I had Harry Potter themed nails because as previously mentioned, I am a huge Harry Potter fan! Plus I was going to Universal for the first time and spent two days at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter so of course I had to have nails for the occasion.

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Right now I am currently planning ahead for wedding day nails! Maybe I will add a sentimental reminder of what that day is all about, love! Or one I came across that seems very convenient says “I Do” just in case I forget what I am supposed to say. 🙂


No matter what the occasion or reason, I am definitely on the YES side of this debate. Although, I have seen many instances of people who think the nail art trend is for little kids. For me, it is just another way to express myself and I am always for that!

I am truly interested to see what yall think about nail art. Do you do your nails different for every occasion or are you more of a french manicure kind of girl? Do you consider your nails a pallet for art or do you prefer solid colors?

Let me know! 🙂




Senior Spotlight: Ashley

ashley F130933-051.jpg Oviedo High School dance team member, Ashley, knows exactly what she wants to do after graduating. She hasn’t quite decided if she will attend UCF or Valencia but no matter where she ends up, she wants to go in to the medical field with hopes of becoming a sports medicine physician or possibly a nurse. Before coming to Florida, she lived in New York and even participated in the Marine Biology program at the New York Institute of Technology which has brought unique experience to her studies.

When we asked Ashley what experiences she is looking forward to after graduation, she told us, “I’m looking forward to meeting new people, getting involved with school activities and learning new things”.

We have no doubt you will enjoy all of those things Ashley! Good luck with the rest of your Senior year and all of your future endeavors!





Friday Fashion Debate: Bare Shoulders

Today’s debate is all about the shoulders! Spring 2016 is right around the corner (as the groundhog told us earlier this week) and that means warmer weather. A big trend we are seeing in 2016 predictions is bare shoulder tops and dresses.

I always give you my opinion, so here it is again, I think it’s adorable! It’s a way to show off a little more skin without being inappropriate. Plus I mean, I doubt there are many of us that hate our shoulders, so this could be a great trend for every body type!

There are a lot of different takes on this trend though so I have brought up four examples for you.

First on the far left is a one shoulder look. Usually this is done with over-sized tops.

Second is a top with both shoulders bare. You see this look a lot in dresses as well.

Third is something similar to the last one but with a little more skin, a spaghetti strap bare shoulder top.

Lastly, we have the completely bare shoulder top.

Personally, I like all four looks. I have always been a fan of the one should look but lately I have been drawn to the both bare shoulder look. You are less likely to see me me in a completely bare shoulder top, just because I actually find that style a little uncomfortable to wear because of how it sits but that is not to say I don’t like the look.

“Every day is a fashion show and the world is the runway” – COCO CHANEL