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??

Chained Up Booties

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!

 

 

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: 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!

 

 

Senior Spotlight: Michaela

This week’s Senior Spotlight is Michaela, from Eamichaeladizneywmst River High School. Michaela participates in several school activities such as theater, Improv and National Honors Society. She has also volunteered at the Indie Book Festival.

After she graduates High School, she plans to go to Rollins College to study Theater and Film. She told us ” I’d love to see myself directing either on Broadway or on a move set. It’s a tough business for women to get in to and I want to prove that women can be amazing”. Michaela has been in theater since she was eight years old and is very passionate about the field.

Another interesting thing Michaela told us is that her sister, Rachael, has been her biggest inspiration. She said, “Rachael has inspired me by how strong and brave she is. She’s always by my side whether I’m up or down. Plus she’s been a hard-worker and I aspire to be like her”.

Along with going to college, she also mentioned that after graduating, she is most looking forward to traveling and hopes to go all over the world and volunteer.

Michaela, we love how inspired and driven you are! Let us know once you make it big on Broadway or in Film! We look forward to seeing what great things you do. 🙂

Senior Spotlight: Shayla

This week’s Senior Spotlight is Shayla from Apopka High School. Shayla is going to graduate with an Engineering Cord and hopes to continue on with that path and attend Florida State or UCF so that she can major in Electrical Engineering. Along with her interest in Engineering, Shayla was involved in Art Club and Stage Management at Apopka HS and has an interest in music.ShaylaBratcher-BrownWM.jpg

When asked who inspires her, she told us, “My cousin inspires me to be a female engineer in a world what women have low paying jobs”. Shayla also told us that she feels her involvement in the Engineering Magnet program gives her a unique experience to bring to her studies because it gave her a chance to explore digital engineering. It is obvious that a lot of thought has gone in to this career choice and Shayla certainly is taking a great deal of experience with her as she continues her studies in college.

She is also looking forward for the opportunity to travel the world after graduating and experience new cultures.

Shayla you sound like a very dedicated person and are sure to do great things! We wish you the best as you pursue your dreams!

 

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!