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Leah’s January Favorites

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January favorites

Greetings, virtual travelers of the Internet. It is the end to the start of a new year. By now, the resolutions have been cast aside and forgotten or, if you’re one of the few strong-willed among us, you’ve developed your resolutions into lasting habits. Congrats either way. You have made it a month into 2015!

Let’s get down to business.

1. Slip-On Shoes

Animal-Print-Slip-Ons
Product Information: Leopard Print Shoes

Once upon a time, there was a girl who only wore boots and sandals. Until one fateful day at Target, when she wandered into the shoe section. Under the bright, fluorescent lights she chanced upon a pair of slip-ons for half off. Inspired by the animal print of the shoes, she unleashed the wild animal within and pounced.

The girl and the shoes were happy together. Not a better relationship could be found in the land. Until the shoes, unhappy at being stuck in three long classes, decided to give the girl the gift of blisters. On both feet.

Yes. I was the girl. I was betrayed. Moral of the story: if you’re wearing shoes with a rigid heel, bring band-aids.

PS: The pine cones are there to distract you from my horrible photography. Did it work?

2. Laura Geller Mascara

Laura-Geller-Glam-Lash-Mascara
Product Information: Laura Geller GlamLASH Mascara

I’m on the blogging grind on a daily basis, but the brand Laura Geller never seems to be in the spotlight. That’s a shame, because I’ve enjoyed quite a few products by Laura Geller. This mascara is very similar to Benefit’s They’re Real mascara, except, this one lasts all day and holds the curl.

Leah-Mascara-Test-On-One-Eye-and-Many-Hours-Later-Collage.

As you can by this super-scientific test, I put mascara on one eye (your left). Look at the difference: I have eyelashes. If these eyelashes could talk, they would say: “Yay! It’s showtime, girls,” while the other eyelashes would cry silent tears. Aww, poor eyelashes. Don’t worry, your time to shine is 400 failed selfies later.

Many hours later (approximately 10 hours later), my eyelashes are still visible, voluminous and curly. Success! I hope you’re not offended by my not-smiling face. Unfortunately, my professionalism runs out at 11:30 p.m. and the true Leah comes out with the moon. Insert obligatory wolf howl.

3. A Prickly Affair

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Product Information: “On the Hedge of Snoring” Duvet Cover

I’ve had a solid white comforter for some time now, so when these floral hedgehogs stepped on my radar I kept close tabs. Like most things on ModCloth, this duvet cover eventually went on sale (out of stock, my foot). I was so impressed by the packaging and the quality of this bedding. I hope to get more things from ModCloth in the future.

Some details about this duvet:

  • The backdrop is gray
  • It’s silky
  • The flowers are a rosy pink, almost lavender shade, and the leaves are olive green and mustard
  • The opening for the duvet is bound by two buttons
  • The other side is pink
  • It is so cute.

4. Favorite Book

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Triangle: The Fire That Changed America” by David Von Drehle

“Von Drehle’s engrossing account, which emphasizes the humanity of the victims and the theme of social justice, brings one of the pivotal and most shocking episodes of American labor history to life.” – Publisher’s Weekly via Amazon

Triangle is a snapshot of the American Industrial Revolution. It jumps between the prominent actors of the time, such as immigrants, the factory owners, socialites and suffragists, whose stories are all connected by the Triangle Waist Factory.

As I understand it, most of the accounts are based on true stories and people. I am only halfway through this, but I recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical books about this time period. The political message behind this book is not to point fingers or simplify matters to black and white, but to shed light on the grayness of the time.

5. Favorite Show: Downton Abbey

If it happens before Season 5, please do not mention it to me. That’s right folks: backwards spoilers do exist. (Just kidding – you can mention it, but I probably won’t know what you’re talking about.)

I was forced to watch the premiere of Season 5 of Downton Abbey. I had no context and seen zero episodes. Yet, somehow, it only took about half an episode to learn the characters. Let’s be real though, I still don’t know most of the names. Probably never will.

This show is a drama: scandals, secrets and lovers, oh my. Most interesting, however, is how the different characters react to the historical events around them and how they adapt, or do not adapt, to the changing times. And of course, the fashion, the scenery, and the dog are amazing.

My favorite character is Lady Cora. Who’s your favorite?

What have you been loving this January?

I would love to know your thoughts down below, and as always, please feel free to let me know what you want to see next.

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Fashion Inspiration: Essie Cashmere Matte Collection

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Photo via Essie.com

Essie‘s new Cashmere Matte collection is the perfect set of polishes to transition your nails from winter to spring. It’s a versatile, go-with-everything collection of colors ranging from subtle nudes to pretty pastels to even a dark, deep blue. All the polishes have a matte finish, too, which gives them a trendy, unexpected touch.

For a few outfits inspired by my favorite shades, read on:

“Wrap Me Up”

Printed cape, high-waisted jeans, graphic tee
Products: Cape, Tee, Jeans, Boots, Hat, Nail Polish

For a casual bohemian look inspired by Essie’s “Wrap Me Up” – a pale, milky nude shade – I started with ripped, high-waisted jeans and a printed cape. Layer a graphic tee underneath and slip on a pair of simple black ankle boots. Don’t forget a wide-brimmed hat for a chic, street-style feel.

“All Eyes on Nudes”

Nude sweater, white jeans, nude flats
Products: Sweater, Jeans, Flats, Bracelet, Bag, Nail Polish

This monochromatic look inspired by Essie’s classic “All Eyes on Nudes” shade would be ideal for a casual workplace or brunch date. Start with crisp white jeans and a beige sweater, then add a pair of embellished nude flats for a little sparkle. Grab a colorblocked tote and gold chain bracelet for an air of sophisticated polish to finish the ensemble.

“Coat Couture”

Red coat, black dress, lace tights
Products: Dress, Tights, Coat, Booties, Ring, Nail Polish

For a dressier going out look, try this outfit inspired by Essie’s lavender-gray “Coat Couture.” Start with a classic LBD as the base, then add black lace tights and wedge ankle boots. A bold red coat with a vintage feel is the eye-catching focus, so keep the accessories to a minimum with just a silver stone ring.

Thoughts?

What do you think of Essie’s new collection? Which polish or look is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

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Celebrity Street Style of the Week: Zendaya, Dakota Johnson, & Georgia May Jagger

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Celebrity Street Style of the Week: Zendaya, Dakota Johnson, & Georgia May Jagger

Every week, I scour the web to find inspiring outfits on your favorite celebs and help you recreate their looks! This week, I was inspired by Zendaya, Dakota Johnson, and Georgia May Jagger. Read on to see how you can get their looks for yourself.

Look 1: Zendaya’s Cool & Casual Ensemble

Zendaya wearing sneakers and a camo jacket with a plaid shirt tied around her waist
Photo: Pacific Coast News

Zendaya looked casual and cool at a premier party wearing a camp jacket over a basic white tee, a plaid shirt tied around her waist, ankle-cuffed jeans, and eye-catching sneakers in an unexpected cognac color.

Zendaya’s mixed prints work well since the colors are complementary to each other. Her sneakers are also right on-trend, plus they’re way more comfy than heels! This outfit is awesome for a day of classes or running errands.

Outfit Inspired by Zendaya

Zendaya Outfit
Jeans, Camo Jacket, Plaid Shirt, T-Shirt, Necklace, Sneakers

A great way to liven up jeans and a plain white t-shirt is by incorporating bold prints. In this case, mimic Zendaya’s look with a camo canvas jacket and a plaid shirt tied around the waist. These jeans are called “girlfriend jeans” and they are more slender and form-fitting than the typical boyfriend jeans. With a tapered and cuffed ankle, this pair is perfect for showing off some cool sneakers.

The shoes featured here are suede and a similar hue to Zendaya’s, and trendy sneakers are a great way to maintain comfort without looking like you’re about to hit the gym. Accessorize with a necklace that complements the vibe of the outfit, like this faux druzy necklace.

Look 2: Dakota Johnson’s Laid-Back & Feminine Look

Dakota Johnson wearing a graphic sweater, floral print skirt, and loafers
Photo: Pacific Coast News

Actress Dakota Johnson looked laid-back yet feminine in a sweatshirt and skirt combo. She wore a girly floral mini skirt with a black graphic sweatshirt, black opaque tights, loafer-like flats, and round sunglasses, along with a multi-colored tote bag. Dakota effortlessly mixed her contrasting pieces to create an ensemble that can be worn with versatility.

Outfit Inspired by Dakota

Dakota Johnson Outfit
Sweatshirt, Skirt, Tights, Sunglasses, Loafers, Bag

To get Dakota’s look, pair a dark-colored floral skirt with a black sweatshirt – ideally one that features subtle writing or a simple graphic. Round sunglasses, black opaque tights and flat loafers pull the entire look together in a polished way. Finish with a two-tone tote bag that’s easy to throw your belongings in on a busy day.

Look 3: Georgia May Jagger’s Chic with a Twist Outfit

Georgia May Jagger wearing black jeans, a gray coat, and a leopard print bag
Photo: Pacific Coast News

Georgia May Jagger stepped out in a chic look with a rocker twist; only fitting for the daughter of a supermodel and a rock star. Georgia May wore black skinny jeans with ripped knees, a simple white top, a woolen gray coat, black ankle boots, and carried a leopard print bag. Her bag and worn-in jeans give her outfit a fun, trendy edge, while still looking put-together as a whole.

Outfit Inspired by Georgia May

Georgia May Jagger Outfit
Coat, Jeans, Top, Bag, Ankle Boots

Georgia May’s outfit is quite chic and features a classic color combo (black, white, and gray). What makes her look fun are the slight edgier aspects, like black skinny jeans with torn knees and a leopard print bag. This bag is a bit more toned-down than Georgia’s, but has a pop of the wild print on the sides, which adds fashionable contrast to your outfit.

A woolen gray coat pulls almost any outfit together in a polished way, while a white top or t-shirt is easy to throw on. Complete the look with sleek black ankle boots.

What do you think?

Which celebrity’s street style look is your favorite? Which outfit would you be most likely to wear? Leave a comment and let us know!

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