Our Senior Spotlight this week is about Lake Mary HS Senior, Tytianna. She participates in Dance and is a Cheerleader at her school and has also helped at community events such as her church carnival and volunteered to help feed the homeless.
She is still undecided on which college she plans to attend but she knows for certain that she wants to become a pediatrician. This field was a natural fit for her because she loves working with kids and feel she always knows how to make them laugh and feel comfortable around her.
When asked who the most influential person in her life is, she told us, “My grandfather taught me to never give up no matter what and that people believe in me”.
Tytianna is excited about her future after graduating as is looking forward to a new world she has yet to experience and getting the chance to do things on her own.
We wish you the best of luck Tytianna!
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Let’s face it though, no matter where this rule came from, it is outdated.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 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 can 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.
Timber Creek High School senior, Taylor, is aiming to graduate as the Salutatorian of her class! She has participated in Jazz band and is hoping to join the weightlifting team in her Senior year. Taylor plans to attend UCF to study nursing and become an emergency room nurse someday.
When asked what were two interesting facts about herself, Taylor told us she has worn her hair bright red (as you see in her photo) all throughout High School and she has a “giant” dog. She also told us she has a love for travelling and helping people!
When asked who was an influential person in her life, she told us, “My dad, he had a horrible injury in 2013 and he continued to persevere and work through it”.
After graduating, she is most looking forward to being able to immerse herself in the subjects she loves, health & nursing.
Enjoy your senior year Taylor!!
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.
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.
The lady that inspired this blog today wasn’t playing sports, she wasn’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’t 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! 🙂
For those of you who didn’t follow us in previous years, each school year our seniors who do an Ultimate session have the opportunity to be chosen as a Senior spotlight. They are required to fill out an application and return it to us and if chosen, they receive 15% off their order.
Our first Senior Spotlight for the 2016-2017 school year is Carmen from Lake Highland Preparatory School.
Carmen will graduate with several honors & awards which include National Society of High
School Scholars, National Honor Society and the 100-Hour Volunteer Service & Merit Award. He is not only a scholar but also an athlete. Carmen plays basketball and men’s volleyball and he even volunteer coaches for a youth basketball camp.
Although he is undecided on what school he plans to attend for college, he knows he would like to major in Science and go in to the medical field later down the road.
When asked what unique experiences Carmen brings to his studies, he told us, “After visiting and touring several countries, I bring a unique, worldly perspective into the classroom”.
It is very clear Carmen is a dedicated student and has amazing life experiences to share!
Carmen, we wish you the best of luck this year and in all your future endeavors!
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!
For those of you who like me, dream of the days you can throw on a comfy sweater and a pair of skinny jeans and boots, we need transition outfits when summer weather is lingering.
Today’s fashion debate is about what styles are appropriate when the weather is still a bit warm but you are tired of tank tops and shorts.
I think the best way to transition is with light sweaters and jackets. You can easily take your summer tank tops and transition them in to fall with a sweater or jacket. If it is still pretty warm where you are, you can roll up the sleeves and pair with a pair of ripped jeans and ankle boots or something more casual like converse.
Another easy transition is light scarfs. During the hottest part of summer, no matter how light it is, you won’t catch me wearing a scarf. When the days start to get less brutal though, a light scarf gives me that Fall feeling I crave!
I also at some point make a conscious decision to stop wearing sandals, no matter what the temperature is. Not everyone will agree with me on this but by October I am really tired of seeing my same summer sandals (and the constant need to get a pedicure) so I stick to my closed toe flats and boots when the weather permits.
Overall I think I am in denial that Fall weather is even a thing here in Florida. It seems like we go straight from boiling hot to a short period of cold in January or February then right back to boiling hot. Either way, I am ready to start pretending Fall is on it’s way and I think in the next few weeks I will do a closet transition. 🙂
Do you have any go to summer to fall transition styles? Share with us!
Despite the near 100 degree temperatures that seem to be lingering in Florida, Fall is on it’s way, in the fashion world at least.
We know Fall color trends are the same every year. The tones get a little less bright and start leaning towards much warmer colors. However, it appears a mix of reds and purples is the highlight of this fall season. I have seen so many gorgeous shades in Fall fashion predictions and I am a bit obsessed!
Just to name a few favorites, I love Pantone’s Aurora Red, Bodacious and Dusty Cedar.
I find my wardrobe lacks blues and greens, throughout the year to be honest. This year I am going to try to make a point to work in more variety of colors but in reality, we usually pick the colors we feel compliment our skin best and blue and green just aren’t my top colors. In case you are wondering what the top fall shades are for these colors though, here are a few off of the top 10 pantone list. The blue is Airy Blue and the green is Lush Meadow.These are beautiful colors, just not my go to choice in Fall colors.
Do you have a go to Fall color? Something you run out and buy as soon as it hits the shelves? Or maybe you are like me and the second you get in that Fall mood you start moving over to Fall nail colors! 🙂
I know I’m ready for Fall! Florida doesn’t seem to agree with me though so for now, summer it is!
Let’s face it, as a whole, our society spends a lot of money shopping for back to school. There is a reason an entire weekend is dedicated to “tax-free” shopping right before the academic year starts. Each year is a chance to express yourself in a whole new way if you like.
Are you a dressed up with high heels and wedges kind of girl? Maybe you prefer casual but still stylish. Or you could be the type that throws on a t-shirt or hoodie and is lucky to make it out the door with their hair brushed. I know personally, I wasn’t the first type but I definitely could go from casual stylish to barely made it out of bed, depending on the day.
Maybe you are reading this and at this point are wondering what the debate is this week. Well to be honest, there isn’t one really. This just seemed like the right timing to share some fun back to school outfit ideas. Below are just a few of my favorites.
Hope everyone has an amazing 2016-2017 school year!
Today is a special day! Today is the start of BACK TO SCHOOL! Our home office is in St Johns County and today is the first day of the 2016-2017 school year.
Leonard’s is so lucky to get to be involved with so many schools across the state of Florida and Georgia. We have spent day after day this summer photographing the incoming Seniors and although Senior season is not quite over for us, the real fun is just beginning for these students as they go back to school. Senior year is a time in your life where you get to reflect on 12 years of hard work all while looking forward to becoming whatever it is you want to be after high school. To all of our seniors, we wish you the best of luck this year!
For all of our underclassmen, middle school and elementary school students, we look forward to taking your pictures this year and continuing to watch each of you grow!
We hope each and every one of you have an amazing school year!