Valentine's Date: Two Different Ways

Valentine's Day is fast approaching, Pals!

However you feel about Valentine's Day, it's a great excuse to show a little extra love to friends, family, kids, and S.O.'s. Now, I know some of you may not be in a place where you want to celebrate this year, and I totally feel you. I've been there...

But for those of us who are celebrating with a significant other this year, I've put together two different date options, complete with clothing and accessories.

Valentine's Night Out Look

Look #1 is for a dressy night out. Maybe you're going to a fancy dinner and then dancing afterwards. Maybe you'll go to the ballet or to a theatre show. No matter what your fancy plans, I feel like this look would suite a lot of ladies. 

I personally hate all of the pink and red for Valentine's Day. BORING. Why not wear something different and less cliche? That's why I love this Chinoiserie print dress. It's sexy, classy, vibrant, but not too loud. And you could definitely wear it again for a different occasion. And this entire look totals at $98!

Valentine's Date Night In

Look #2 is all about a cozy, or steamy, night in. Not everyone wants to go out for Valentine's Day, and when you see the prices on those "special" Valentine's Day menus that restaurants have, you may decide to stay in anyway.

All three of these lingerie sets come in at $61 or less, which is awesome for intimates! Combine them with a sexy candle, some chocolate champagne truffles, and some wine, and you're all set for a romantic night in with your honey. You could also totally Netflix and chill by yourself and still enjoy some wine and some champagne truffles, because why the hell not?

The hubs and I will be celebrating Valentine's Day tomorrow night, because we were not about those exorbitant V-Day menu prices. I'll share what I will be wearing for our date night out next week.

What are your plans for Valentine's Day? 

Have an awesome weekend!

LesLeigh J. 

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"Vanilla Twilight"

I love collecting wardrobe pieces that I can wear through different seasons. It saves me from having to clean out absolutely everything I own at the end of winter in order to make room for summer items. I've made a deal with myself that I'm going to try to collect as many transitional pieces as I can this year...

Cream Lace Blouse - Black Jeans 1

I love this blouse because of that lace detailing. It could be worn on a cooler summer day, just swap out the camisole for a bandeau bra, and throw on some cute shorts!

Cream Lace Blouse - Black Jeans 2
Cream Lace Blouse - Black Jeans 3
Cream Lace Blouse - Black Jeans 4

Combined with these high-waisted black jeans and these little western style boots, this outfit is great for the fall, or if you're like me and you get a random 70 degree day in the winter.

In other news, I wanted to show a close up of my eye makeup. I recently mentioned on Instagram that I got one of the new Smashbox Cover Shot Eyeshadow Palettes for Christmas, and I wanted to try my hand at creating a sunset-inspired look with it. 

Sunset Eye Makeup 1
Sunset Eye Makeup 2

1. Blouse, Altar'd State (Sold out, Similar on sale!) 2. Jeans, ModCloth 3. Booties, Target 
4. Choker, Forever 21 (Sold out, Similar) 5. Earrings, Charming Charlie (Sold out, Similar
6. Eye Palette, Sephora 7. Lipstick, ColourPop

What transitional pieces do you collect? Let me know!

I hope everyone has an awesome weekend!

LesLeigh J.

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When violet eyes get brighter
And heavy wings grow lighter
I’ll taste the sky and feel alive again...
— Vanilla Twilight by Owl City

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I must admit, I've never been a huge fan of the color black when it comes to clothing. I don't really like neutrals in general. I much prefer bold colors, whether they're deep or bright. Give me Kelly Green or Periwinkle Blue any day!

I don't know if it's my age, or if my style has changed slightly, but I'm really learning to appreciate the color black.

Charcoal Dress - Blue Scarf 1

I'm starting to incorporate more black and grey into my wardrobe, and I'm really enjoying the change. I got this dress for Christmas, and it's already one of my favorite pieces...

Charcoal Dress - Blue Scarf 2

I like the acid-like wash of it, which gives it more dimension than if it were just solid black. You could wear it on its own or with statement jewelry. I went for a casual look here, but you could dress it up with different shoes. 

Charcoal Dress - Blue Scarf 3

As for my chosen accessories, the blue scarf I'm wearing is probably the warmest scarf I have. It's a blanket scarf, the first one I've ever had, and it is HUGE. Once you fold it in half, you could almost wear it as a shawl on a cool day, it's that warm.

Charcoal Dress - Blue Scarf 4

In fact, since blanket scarves seem to be all the rage and are EVERYWHERE, I think I'll build myself a little collection for future winters...

Charcoal Dress - Blue Scarf 5

1. Dress (Altar'd State, sold out. Similar), 2. Scarf (ModCloth, sold out. Similar), 3. Boots (Steve Madden, old. Similar) 4. Tights (H&M) 5. Coat (Target, sold out. Similar)

So, what do you say? Neutrals, yay or nay? 

Have a good weekend!

LesLeigh J.

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There comes a time, in a short life
Turn it around, get a rewrite
Call it a dark, night of the soul
Ticking of clocks, gravity’s pull
First you get close, then you get worried...
— First by Cold War Kids

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Look Cool for the Summer

Happy Friday, folks!

I just wanted to pop in with some summer sandal inspiration, since it's already spring and summer will be here before we know it! I absolutely love sandals. Like, if my toes wouldn't freeze off, I'd wear them in the winter too. Below are some of my favorite picks for the summer, and range from casual wear to sexy date night wear.

Let me know what you think!

Nursery Inspiration: "Nesting" is For Real

While taking a break from the blog last week, I had loads of time to walk around my apartment and think about all the things that need to get done before Baby Boy arrives in like 3 1/2 months. Cue the panic attack. 

There is so much a little baby needs, and so many things I want to do to feel settled in our apartment before he gets here, and it can all be really overwhelming to think about. Let me just tell you, folks, the "nesting" instinct is for real. The thing that relaxes me, oddly enough, is the fact that I get to decorate his room. Of course, the idea of spending money and having to have things organized does not thrill me, but getting to be creative with his space and give him a design all his own is totally up my alley. 

I'm going for a Camping/Adventure themed space that's fun and whimsical without being too babyish. I created the above set on Polyvore during the week of Christmas when I was trying to give family some idea of the direction I was headed with his space. Since then, we've purchased the crib and mattress, gotten a changing table, and started our registry. Some details and colors have changed a bit, but the general theme is still the same. 

When I first began trying to decide on a theme, I went to Pinterest and searched Boy's Adventure Nursery, and that put me in the direction I wanted to go. 

I knew I wanted lots of woodsy elements with some kind of whimsical nod to animals, without being too much like a zoo or a safari.



I also knew that I wanted lots of earthy textures and colors, with rich browns, vivid greens, and hints of blue.

When picking a nursery theme, I would suggest first deciding on what kind of look you're going for. Do you want a space that screams baby? Or are you wanting a design that your child can grow into for a few years? 

Next, I would say decide on what elements are most important to you. Is it a specific color or texture? Are you building the entire theme around a certain photograph or art piece? Is there anything sentimental about your theme?

And lastly, I would say just have fun! Don't stress about it too much, because at the end of the day, your baby won't be old enough to care how their room is decorated for at least 5 years. So make your husband or family members do all the heavy lifting, and go hog wild hanging cool things on the wall and savoring this precious time you have before baby comes.

What was your nursery inspiration? How did you pick a theme? Feel free to share below!

ModCloth & The Wildflower Way// Uniquely You

ModCloth is one of my absolute favorite online stores, so when they approached me about creating a collage for the Uniquely You Campaign, I didn't even have to think about it; the answer was automatically YES! I was given the Winterberry Tart Coat and asked to create an outfit to go with it. I love the coat and I would actually wear it, so I created an outfit that I would actually wear to go with it.

I may or may not be drooling over all of the items in this collection, especially the coat and the shoes. I certainly have a weakness for accessories, and I love outerwear and shoes in general, so this outfit would be a dream to wear! I would love to wear this outfit to a holiday party. After all, 'Tis the season for looking chic!

Would you wear any of the pieces from this collection?

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