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Confession of a human..

Confession time, my blog has been on hold. Now this is changing but I was talking to a friend who said “BE HONEST”. It makes sense, y’all come along and participate in my life – time to come clean.

I’ve been preoccupied lately. A dear family member of mine has been really sick and this just hasn’t been a priority. Prayer has been. I’ve hit my knees more these last few weeks than I have in quite a while. (Which isn’t good either but that’s for another time)

Praise God things are looking up! (Funny story, I’m writing this post on my cell phone and Siri has changed “things” to “thongs” like 4 times! Lmao!!!) my point is, life happens and I shouldn’t be beating myself up for my lack of posts over the last few weeks. I’ve learned a lot over this time of intense prayer; God is good. He is bigger than my fears. Lifting many songs of praise tonight.

So that being said, hoping to kick up some content for you over these next few days. Hang tight, friends.

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what’s hot this holiday?

I was at Loft working the other day and there seemed to be one question constantly popping up, “what’s hot this holiday?”. Well, I’m here to fill you in! There are a few trends that are taking off this season, or should I say, making a come back! Now, I will not lie to you, I’m not a huge fan of a few of them but Loft has really reinvented these trends to appeal to the younger generation. (myself included)

Let’s talk colors; red, black and gold. It’s everywhere. The staple red pieces, I think, are never going away. I love green as well but the gold this season is gorgeous. Lace, shimmer, sparkle? All my favorite things. OH, and bell sleeves! Yes, yes, yes!

Velvet – yes, this is coming back. Now I’m not personally a fan of the texture but the look is being reinvented and that I am loving. Loft has so many options; jackets, jumpsuits, tanks, dresses. The options are endless. Here are some of my Loft favorites that I have been swooning over!

This top – Lord know’s that I wish I could wear this color! Also, comes in a dress – check that out too! Link is here –> Loft – velvet tie back topLoft has these tanks year round – they are a staple for wearing solo, or layering in the winter months. This velvet version is no different, comes in two colors! Be sure to grab one today. Link here –> Loft – velvet strappy camiThis beaut, dear Lord, so beautiful. Not only is the color fantastic for the Christmas season, it’s a great add on to any ensemble. Loft – velvet open blazer This jumpsuit is ah-freaking-mazing! I tried it on, naturally too short for my tall self, however it was so flattering and edgy. I have a crisp, white, textured blazer that I imagined wearing with a bright, statement pearl necklace. Loft – velvet halter jumpsuitThis is a gold mine, literally. Flying off the shelf! I adore this top, the embroidering is classic in gold with a touch of velvet to keep up with the trend. Loft – floral velvet strappy camiThis dress is fantastic, one of my favorites from these new holiday lines. The colors and print are flirtatious and feminine! The velvet brings it to another level alongside a fantastic fit and length! Loft – iced floral velvet dress

Other things to spice up your holiday look? Sparkles and fur. Add that fur vest or coat for an extra edge to your already fantastic ensemble. Personally, I love sparkle. As a wanna be Disney princess, anything sparkle adds a little hint of magic to any outfit. That, I always recommend.

Happy hunting!

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Happy Saturday! I had a super productive day filled with work, laundry and meal prepping. (super fun, huh?) As I was sitting down to write this post, late of course, I was sipping on my water – wishing it was wine – thinking about how much I love this sweater. The cut is slightly oversize, yet fitted through the shoulders and sleeves. Really gives off a look of pure comfort. Which is what we all want, right?The nice thing about this sweater is that you can pair it with black or brown boots pending your preference. I went with tall, black boots since my scarf had hints of black in it. This scarf is a great year round accessory. It’s light and the colors are versatile for any season. I found this last year at Zinnia in the Mashpee Commons on Cape Cod, a gem I wear often. These Loft modern skinny jeans are not new to my blog, for those of you who are new to Style by Leanne you will see them frequently featured. I went with a dark wash, my favorite, and was in total comfort for the entire day. (filled with baby snuggles, of course!)

Loft has been having so many incredible sales these last few weeks. I highly recommend checking out their new lines coming in. Lots of great options for holiday parties! Don’t let the velvet scare you, grab some today!

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Here to there..

Is anyone else in shock that it’s December? When did that happen?! As much as fall is my fav, I am looking forward to all of the holiday festivities! One of my favorite things about this season is shopping for holiday parties. Loft has so many great looks for all your  needs; one of my favorites? This bell sleeve top! Unfortunately you cannot find this online anymore but you may have luck in store.

I knew this was going to fly off the shelf, therefore, I bought it immediately. This top is great to pair with dress pants or a nice jeans. I have done both with a heels or  clean black booties. A nice thing about wearing blush tones is your jewelry options are endless. I went for a classic string of pearls with a dainty gold choker with pearl accents, of course.

Here you can see the same look from the fitting room try on session. I actually really loved the way the destructed denim still was able to compliment the crisp, classic look of this top. The sleeves are incredible; super flirtatious and fun! Originally I was concerned about the color, as I am fair skinned, but thankfully this pretty blush tone was a win win. In fact, I have yet to see it not compliment a woman’s complexion. Finally, sizing. I normally wear a medium however I went up a size because it was tight across my chest. Thankfully the large wasn’t overly big or unflattering, which can happen. I suggest trying on your normal size, but if you are a little busty try the next size up too! Loft has so many great bell sleeve options this season, I know that I am stocking up on them all. Be sure to check out the website for more options!

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Happy thanksgiving & 1 year anniversary Style by Leanne!

Well, today is a very special day and not just because it’s Thanksgiving. It was a year ago today that I started Style by Leanne! This past year has been incredible but it’s also had brief moments of discouragement, stress and frustration. It’s not easy feeling stuck and uninspired, in fact, it was one of the most difficult bumps in the road so far in my life. I am thankful each and every day for this journey; the feeling of being “stuck”, my friends who brainstormed ways to bring me back to life! It was all a part of a process that I had to go through. Being the holiday season, and that it’s Thanksgiving, I wanted to share with you some things that I am thankful for.

First, I am thankful for the road God lead me on to get here. I spent a lot of time in prayer wondering where God was leading me throughout this journey. Where was I going? What was I going to do? I’m still seeking Him every day in the hopes of following His will and glorifying him in all that I do. Second, I’m thankful for my family and friends. The amount of love and support (as well as teasing) I get from these people is unreal, and I don’t deserve it (talking about the good stuff here, I deserve a little teasing). They put up with my countless OOTD pictures, boomerangs (I LOVE BOOMERANGS!) and constant need to restyle my outfit when the one I originally put together was probably fine. I am so thankful for them, seriously, y’all rock. Lastly, I am thankful for the growth I’ve made and seen over this last year. It’s hard to see yourself struggle but it’s 100% worth it. I have learned so much over these last 365 days and I cannot wait to see what I learn in the next.

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Work wear, in skinnies.

Oh, we’re halfway there…. Welcome to Wednesday lovely people. Today’s featured work wear post is of my new favorite work pant, my Loft Marisa Skinny Ankle pants. So, a little background, I hate ordering clothes online when I don’t know how they fit. I hate paying for shipping, I hate returning things. (I know what you’re thinking, Leanne, you’re a giant you should be used to this by now. My response, I’m not!!) So I was working at Loft the other day and there was a RETURN! I love tall returns, my Loft girls always put them on hold if they know it’s in my size and I always try them on and buy immediately.

So that’s basically what happened and I’m so thankful they put them on hold for me because I love this pant. I wear the Modern Skinny (in denim) and the Marisa (in pants). I grabbed a pair of navy skinny ankle fit pants and immediately fell in love. The fit is incredible, as is the length for you tall babes, and super slimming. Comfort and a slimming factor? Every girls dream!

Get the look: so here I paired my Loft Marisa Skinny’s with leopard Merona heels that I snagged at Target (not going to lie, like years ago – but don’t let that deter you from getting some fun shoes out now), a bright pink ruffle blouse from Marshalls and my Loft and Charming Charlie accessories. This look is great if you are heading from the office to drinks or dinner later that evening. Easy to dress up or down, I added a little class by wearing my leopard peacoat and a warm scarf because it’s freezing out here in Boston. Anything that is able to be bought now is linked below – everything else are just suggestions by yours truly!

Marisa Skinny

Layering pearl necklace

Ruffle blouse

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Find your fabulous.

This post is more impromptu than my normal posts. I was staring at my jewelry rack wondering what to wear with my outfit today and I was realizing that I had a ton of Charming Charlie pieces. Not unusual BUT… it got me thinking… how many  people actually know Charming Charlie’s background? I mean, I didn’t for a while until I became a brand ambassador for them. Any time I’m interested in working with a company I always do my research first.

Now I’m not going to tell you all the details (although you should totally look them up) but I remember the first time I looked at their “about me” section there was one phrase that really resonated with me, even still to this day. It said that their mission was to “help every woman, everywhere, find her fabulous.” I LOVE that. What a great motto for a jewelry company, I mean I can relate to that from my experience working at the Loft. I always want to make sure that my clients feel good about themselves. That’s my number one priority, aside from a few good deals, of course!

There is such a need for women to empower one another, especially in today’s world. We are under such scrutiny which does nothing but create negative body and self-images. When I buy clothes, or pick out my outfit for the day I am looking to feel beautiful and confident while also being comfortable and put together. It shouldn’t be such a difficult thing to do, but sadly our generation makes it that way. I love seeing retailers with a mission to help make women feel worthy and beautiful, let’s keep it going!

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Give back.

Happy Monday! Today’s Giving Back Campaign post is one that I have had the pleasure of being a part of a few times now. Today I want to feature Heroes in Transition, providing assistance to Veterans in need. Some back ground information that you can find on their website, which I will link here http://www.heroesintransition.org/ is that they are a “not-for-proft organization that recognizes those who have served, and are serving our country, especially in the Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom conflicts.” There are four ways that they support our troops; home modifications for disabled veterans, transitional support group therapy, financial support for service families and assistance dogs for veterans.

I have been to a few galas and fundraisers for Heroes in Transition and in many ways it was life changing. Hearing the brave stories and being able to see with my own two eyes how this organization has helped them is so moving and powerful. My family this year did something special with Heroes in Transition. I come from a large family, and in the month of November we have 5+ people with birthdays, so every year we have a “November birthday party” where we celebrate everyone. This year instead of gifts we made a donation to an organization of our choosing and yes, Heroes in Transition was our choice!

Every little bit helps. Give back to those who are making the ultimate sacrifice, it’s the very least we can do!

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InVest in this vest.

Welcome to Friday! I am so happy to see the weekend again, in fact, I have a fun filled plan of sleeping and spending time with family. Doesn’t get much better than that right? Today’s “here to there” feature is one that really pushed me out of my comfort zone. I decided that for the first time (literally ever) I was going to invest in a Faux Fur reversible vest from Loft. InVEST in a vest. HA, I’m so funny. Anywho, I am so happy with the results because I found that I really love the way this vest flatters and spruces up my look.

I decided to get all the faux leather that I own and throw it into one look. I grabbed this Faux leather skirt (also from Loft) and paired it with a cream long sleeved lace shell (also from Loft, do you think I shop here often?). I have to admit that I was at work and they paired this shell and the vest together on an outface and I was in love with the way it looked. So much so that the pairing was my first choice when I finally had the guts to wear it.

This vest is extremely warm, I will not lie to you I had to take it off a few times, which wasn’t a bad thing because I was able to show off the top too.  However the moment I had to go outside it was the perfect layer to keep me warm. Now, how to take this from here to there? Well technically the vest is what takes my look from day to night. The main reason I had worn it was because I had a team dinner with co-workers that night at a nice restaurant and I wanted to be able to jazz up my look a little. Just so happens that I wanted to wear it to work as well!

Thinking practically though, this vest could easily add a little extra to a pair of jeans and a long sleeve tee or a nice shell top. In fact, I wore it again with a pair of black jeans and a black pane blouse and it really gave the look a pop of color and attraction. I haven’t worn it full fur just yet, I’m sure I will, but right now the fur accent on the inside not only keeps me warm but gives a little edge that I really like for my own personal look.

Get this look today! Links included below!

Vest

Shell top

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Work wear – blush tones in a long cardigan.

Happy Thursday everyone! I’m sorry I’ve been so MIA these last few days. I’ve been battling a cold and my brother and sister-in-law are in town from Hawaii so naturally I’ve been resting and trying to spend as much time with them as possible. Today I will share a work wear post that has some new Loft features that I have already been living in every chance I get. If you haven’t been to the Loft recently, you need to go STAT! So many incredible pieces for this season, I’m loving all of them.

This Faux leather skirt is not new to my blog, in fact, it’s becoming a regular piece that I am really enjoying styling. Yesterday I paired it with a tiered black tank, tights and a long, open, pocket cardigan that I just picked up from Loft. Now, I love these blush tones that seem to be everywhere this season but I have to be careful when pairing with my fair skin tone.

This cardigan is a great fall color and surprisingly a color I don’t wear a lot of. Maybe that’s what caught my attention? I love how long it is, seems to be the perfect length for women of all heights as I see it filtering throughout social media. I think that’s what is making Loft’s new line right now so clutch, there’s something for everyone.

Another fun feature that I want to share with you is this dainty pearl necklace combination. I love that the pearls also come with a pearl accented choker. I’ve never been a fan of choker necklaces but they have quickly grown on me, talk about making a comeback. I have a real soft spot for pearls as for me they incorporate class and a timeless beauty.