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One thing I love is the classic look of an all black ensemble. It’s sleek, long, slender and gives off the impression that your silhouette will never end. Black is an amazing color; it’s literally the most versatile statement that you can add to your wardrobe. As a woman, naturally, I have concerns about my body. I’m tall, so that works in my favor, but every woman wants to put on her outfit and feel 100% comfortable.

This look made me feel amazing. I felt like Audrey Hepburn in all black with a classic twist (aka my floppy hat). Today I want to challenge you to always dress to impress…. yourself.

Now lets talk styling – I always recommend pairing some color – bright colors. Maybe pastels, bright, sparkle jewelry, or a fun vibrant scarf during those winter months. Anything that will stick out, catch the keys of those around you. This outfit has a few eye catchers, the top itself is because of the cold shoulder.

This look is coming in hot and I LOVE IT. I don’t own any pieces like this, so when I saw it at work I immediately had to purchase it. Flattering to the arms, and if I’m honest, I hate my arms. However, lets talk a moment about the high neckline. This is great, since we are showing off our sexy shoulders! Loft really made a great top. It’s classy, sexy and ultimately so so feminine!

This photo shoot was a fun one for me, I would be lying if I said I didn’t thoroughly enjoy myself. I went classic here, black on black. Black skinny jeans (from the Loft, @Loft) and a  black cold shoulder blouse (also from Loft). Now with any dark ensemble, there needs to be some light. So I went for some sparkle – Loft necklace and floppy hat.


Fit with some flare: @loft

Today got me thinking – I love sweaters. I love when they fit really well in the arms and have a little flare in the body. You know, like a nice fitted (yet oversized) sweater. Yes, I know what an oxymoron that is. I found one at Loft last week that I’ve been eye balling for a while now. Told myself, I have too many sweaters that are too similar and unless it was on sale for a decent price, I wasn’t going to add it to my closet. WELL, Loft proved me wrong and I ended up buying it for an excellent price of 60% off. I mean how do you NOT buy it at that price?

Now this sweater gives me some crazy confidence. The fit in the arms makes me feel secure and supported. Hugging to my “strong” areas of my arms, and reaching my wrists.  It’s long, giving me extra coverage, especially at my height! Perfect to wear with leggings and still have my rear covered. (For those of you who don’t know, I’m not a fan of the leggings and short shirts look. I like my behind to be fully covered.)

The color is creamy in the brown/tan family which looks great with jeans and leggings but also pairs well with scarves. This scarf was a gift from my brother from the Paper Store – the colors go so well with the tone of the sweater that it was a win win the moment they were placed on my body. Black boots with black leggings? Duh, perfect.

So all in all, my look for work at Loft was comfortable and styled – which is a daily goal of mine. I want to look put together in an effortless yet comfortable manner. Makes getting through a 10 hour shift at the office, combined with a few hours at the mall, bearable. To Loft, I am thankful for that.

This sweater came in a few colors, plenty of sizes are still available at the Cape Cod Mall. Come by and see me – I would love to show you more on this sweater and then stock your closet with every color, because that’s what I do!

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Jackets – finding the perfect jacket is like finding the perfect man… only easier! This Lou & Grey jacket was a great purchase last year. The combination of color, texture and cut makes for the perfect last layer to any outfit. The navy and off white shading goes great with dark hues and also the lights too. 

The cut of this jacket is unique in that it has a high low affect. The front is longer than the back; I love the way this looks. I have a long, off white Loft tank that layers well with this jacket, and highlights its contour. 

A long necklace is a great add on to any look – this layering necklace has multiple strains and two different colors. The silver gems are a simple, yet pretty touch to this piece. The silver tones paired well with my Cape Cod bracelets and Mantra bands. This necklace is from Charming Charlie’s – a great buy! 

This particular pairing was done with a pair of navy pointe pants from Loft. I ordered these pants in a long online and they’re the best for the office. Comfort like leggings but that profession look of a dress pant. 

I also love that they are a skinny ankle fit – great for pairing with flats, heels or boots depending on the weather. I bought my pants in a size medium long – in missy. 


Style sesh @emmalynbonnie

And now, coming from the glorious streets of Boston – Emmalyn! I have had the pleasure of knowing Miss Emma for many years. We love to go out together because we look absolutely outrageous together (seeing how she is 5’2 and I’m 6’1) naturally it looks like I’m trying to kidnap her, or babysitting her. She has dabbled in radio, music, modeling and so so so much more. Be sure to check her out – @Emmalynbonnie on instagram!

I spent last weekend in Boston with Emma doing a style session for a music video and after party she was attending. We had a blast putting looks together and talking about our favorite pieces and beauty products – all while sipping champagne because, well, that’s what we do!  She explained “I love fashion because it allows me to have my own individual style, but also has its own flow of trending changes to mix in.” As for her style, it’s classic, and that’s exactly how she described it.  Fashion is a person’s own sense of style in the sense of the word, but when I think about fashion as a whole, I view it as something far more passionate. People pour their heart and souls – using every ounce of their own creativity to create beautiful, timeless, jaw dropping or eclectic ensembles that ultimately make a statement. That, to me, is powerful.

As for a favorite season to style herself, Emma exclaimed “SUMMER!” Any opportunity to wear dresses is an immediate fave for her.  As for pieces that make her most comfortable, or a particular piece of clothing or accessory, she cannot leave the house without her rings.  But apparel wise she feels most like herself in a great pair of heels. Now I have known Emmalyn for years and if there is one thing I’ve seen her in most – it’s heels. After a mini break after multiple fractures it took almost a year to get back in the swing of strutting through the streets of Boston! Although it can be difficult to find the perfect pair for a petite gal rocking a size 5.

Emmalyn was telling me that when it comes to shopping there is one thing she really cannot turn down – a great dress! If she thinks about a particular item for 24 hours, it becomes hers. Her and I relate to being impulse shoppers (in a previous life, of course!) she explains that waiting 24 hours helps to prevent random pieces from taking over her closet, ultimately sitting in there collecting dust. Words to live by, we should all take the 24 hour lesson!

As for what inspires her looks? Moods. Chilly winter days when all she wants is to be cozy? Sweater, jeans and boots are the answer. If there is a hankering for dressing up? A dress, or skirt paired with a big necklace or some glitter earrings. How classic and contemporary. Although Emmalyn does enjoy trying new trends, she tends to stay more consistent with her particular style.

One of my favorite questions – how often do you shop? “I don’t shop often for myself. Working above a mall, it’s been about once a month lately to pick up a piece here or there. A wardrobe is a collection, and I really only add to it when I feel it’s a piece worth having.”  Style icon? – Jessica Simpson does an amazing job catering to her size and style however you can often find her poking around shops and boutiques on Martha’s Vineyard or Bobble & Lace on Newbury because channeling your inner Jackie O is necessary, such a flawless look.

What catches your eye – “cut” – Emma explains that being short and tiny, often times she has difficulty finding pieces that won’t be baggy but more on the fitted side with her  figure. Being 5’2, finding something that isn’t overly long or giving the impression she is a child borrowing clothes from a “grown up”, is difficult.  Loft fits well, especially for office wear, which can be very hard to find.

My favorite question – tell us a fun fact! Emmalyn laughs when she tells the story of how she has awful vision. So bad that she LITERALLY ran into Matt Damon and didn’t realize who it was until he was right in front of her. She always tells people that if they see her in public, be sure to come up and say hi – she’s not ignoring you, she just can’t see!

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Daily deals – @marshalls

One of my favorite places to find deals is Marshalls. I love finding beautiful pieces at even more beautiful prices! This sweater was found at the Marshalls in Mashpee. Fall and winter seasons call for warmth and soft fabric.  When I am shopping during these seasons there are a few things that immediately will catch my eye; 1- color. The color of a piece can grab my attention instantly. Pure white, soft cream, browns and navy hues are my go to. 2- fabric. If it looks comfy, I’m touching it. Plain and simple. I want to have something that will ultimately give me the urge to put it on immediately. If it doesn’t have an urgency, a want, to be worn you won’t find it in my closet. 3- a cowl neck. I LOVE COWL NECK SWEATERS. There is something so cozy about a warm, thick neckline. I’m just drawn to it!

I find that many of my cowl neck sweaters are Lou and Grey brand. They have the softest material, EVER. I have quite a few pieces from their line this year and last year too. This particular look was a steal at Marshalls. If I’m honest, I have a love hate relationship with Marshalls. I absolutely hate poking through racks. I am the kind of girl who goes shopping on a mission and wants to know where I need to be and what I want. Marshalls does not do that for me. I need to have a chunk of time carved out to spend there – and then the poking around commences.

In all reality though, this store is amazing. The deals you get on name brand prices is unreal. I love going through the purses, home goods stuff – there is literally a little of everything there. Something for all, if you will. It’s my go to place for Christmas shopping – it’s a one stop shop.

This sweater has such a beautiful look to it – the cream color is crisp and the stitching is clean. I love that it has shorter sleeves. It’s different, and I love that. You won’t find that everywhere.

Because this piece is oversized in nature, it’s good to have tighter bottoms to avoid coming off as “frumpy” (one of my favorite words).  Wearing a pair of leggings or well fitting jeans is always a great option when pairing tops like this.

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Beauty: facial cleanser

First Aid Beauty (@firstaidbeauty on instagram and twitter)

This beauty post I have my sweet friend Bella to thank for! As a bridesmaids gift she added this sweet treat. Having sensitive skin myself, I was excited to try this product. I find that I have combination skin depending on the time of year. Sometimes my skin is really oily and other times it is so dry it can hurt. In many cases trying new products can be very scary in my opinion – what can happen? Having a red face, rash or break outs for a few days is not the ideal situation in my opinion. However, you won’t know if you don’t try!

So we have First Aid Beauty’s Face Cleanser. This product is mild and gentle on skin. Has the ability to remove surface oils, make up, dirt and grime. (Dirt and grime… ew, but hey, we all have it.) Leaves behind clean skin! Infused with botanical antioxidants , no Parabens, Harsh chemicals or Colorants – this cleanser is perfect for sensitive skin due to its gentle nature. Calms your skin of redness and irritation!

So how does it work? Wash your face, so that your skin is damp – apply a dime sized amount to your skin covering your face (avoid those eyes!) Then, after a few seconds remove with a splash of water or light use of a washcloth.  Do this twice a day, in the morning and in the evening.

Okay, so in MY opinion –> this product rocks! Granted, I was only able to use a small amount for a short amount of time, I would highly recommend it. My skin after a few uses felt smooth and clean. Not to mention I didn’t have any redness or irritation.  I already ordered my full size online (thank you Amazon for a lovely price!)

Speaking of prices….. this product can be found at Ulta, Sephora or online if you want to do some searching– for you Cape Codders, check out the Cape Cod Mall and the plaza across the street where Kmart and Old Navy are! Extremely reasonable in price.

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Scary stripes!

Stripes – I know what you’re thinking, every girls worst nightmare. I used to think that too BUT I like to take on the challenge of rocking horizontal stripes. I find that depending on the width and color they aren’t all that bad. Also, think about the material you are wearing. If you are wearing stripes and spandex well OF COURSE that’s not going to flatter every body type.

I find sweaters that are striped are a safe bet. This little top is part of the new line at Loft; one of the most flattering pieces I have seen on our clients. When a piece is that versatile with many different body types – it goes quick! The stripes and texture really have a modern feel but the structure of the top is classic.

Three quarter sleeves are a fun, mid season look. Gives security to those who may not favor their arms but also has a flirtatious look to it. I personally found it to be a little short, but unless you’re over 6 feet tall I’m 99% sure you won’t have any problems with that. Also, I would recommend styling with some fun earrings and bracelets – be careful with necklaces, you don’t want your fabric being caught on your accessories and ruin this pretty, little number.

Pairing this Loft striped top was easy – Loft modern skinny dark wash denim. The dark, navy color pairs well with the textured navy in this top too, giving it a structured look.  As mentioned above – I would recommend earrings. I found these white earrings at Charming Charlie. They are a bit heavy BUT they coordinate so well with this look, it was hard not to break them out.

Nearest Loft to me (Cape Cod, MA) is in Hyannis at the Cape Cod Mall – come on by and say hi to me and my Loft girls. We would love to show you around the new collection and help you find your perfect look.


Little white.. blazer.

Who needs a LBD!? (Well, everyone does!) Today I challenge you to find the perfect LWB – yes, I just made this up – a little white blazer. There’s something about the way a classic, crisp, clean blazer spruces up an outfit. White immediately gives your look a dressier feel, it’s instant. There are a few things that instantly catch my eye – anything white is one of them. There is purity, femininity and a sense of flawlessness.  I relate it to seeing a bride, or a young girl getting her first communion. Your eye is drawn to the sight, you cannot help it.

I found my blazer at the Loft last spring; one of the best purchases made that season. This look was put together for a “Jeans day” at work. It’s perfect to add a professional twist to any dressed down ensemble. I like to pair it with dark denim and some sparkle. (I bet you’re starting to catch on to the fact that I add sparkle to every outfit) The light “sparkle” gives an essence of confidence to any gal strutting her way through a work day.

A navy and white polka dot blouse is a timeless look with this blazer. I like to pair it with some sparkle, but in a more simplistic manner by avoiding extra color or overwhelming textures/layering.  As I mentioned before, white gives a clean, crisp look. It’s feminine – attracts the eye. In a few short words – when I put on this blazer, I feel like a million bucks!

I challenge you to find a statement piece, something rare and one of a kind.  There are a few types of blazers every woman should have in her closet…. white and tweed! Grab yours today!

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Style sesh – @jessymk

Welcome to Saturday fashion lovers! Today, I would like to introduce you  to one of my very best dressed friends. Just kidding, she’s one of my best friends too, BUT she is also very well dressed. Her name is Jessy, she is a preschool teacher in Massachusetts and one of the most loyal, loving and positive people I have been ever so blessed to know. I asked her to be a part of my style sessions and she didn’t think twice to help out.

Let me tell you a little about this girl; not only is she a pretty face, but she has a knack for fashion. She models (check Instagram for more on her interactions with American Eagle and my personal favorite – Kate Spade!) Stay tuned because she is dipping her feet into opening her own online boutique. I’ve seen some shots of her ideas and I can guarantee you that I will own pretty much all of it.

So, Jessy and I got to talking. I asked her why she loves fashion (as I am always interested in why people gravitate towards fashion!) and she said “I love fashion because it’s a way of expressing yourself without having to say anything at all. That, to me, is really powerful.” If she had to describe her style in one word it would be feminine, although she finds that confining her style to one word is extremely difficult. She gushes, “Fashion means a lot to me. It’s a form of art! It’s a way to express my personality and feelings, and it’s a great way of connect with people all over the world.”

As many know, fall is my favorite season of the year when it comes to fashion. I love the colors, scarves, chunky sweaters and lattes. Jessy agrees, stating that there is something about a good flannel, scarf and knee-high boots really makes her happy. Not to mention it’s the perfect outfit to frolic around an apple orchard with your best gal pals – for those of you who follow me on instagram, I’m sure you have seen our apple orchard pictures! Now you see where those comes from!

“I feel most comfortable in a good pair of skinny jeans. It’s a good starting base and you can easily dress them up or down! It makes creating an outfit so simple. My go to piece,  hands-down, would be a slouchy oversize sweater. I have a section in my closet just for them. I love to style them by getting them just a little too big so they hang off my shoulder, I just can’t resist sweater weather season. What influences you? The season, the atmosphere? Jessy related, saying that her surroundings inspire her style. She loves traveling, and while growing up with her mom, it was made a point to always say yes to exploring. You only get one life, take advantage of being with friends and going to new places.

Now, I’ve known Jessy for a few years now, and I can tell you she has a real obsession with peacoats. She said “I can thank London for that, as well as I have a hankering for a killer pair of heels – thanks to watching the women in Paris strut on the streets.” She likes to try new trends IF they still make her feel like herself. It’s always fun to switch it up.

Now lets talk about shopping! Personally, I love to shop – in fact, I purchased some new sweaters from Loft just today. Jessy can normally be found shopping at the beginning of each season. What would she be looking for? “Anything neutral in tone catches my eye when shopping” Clothes, purses and shoes? You name it!”  Often times, as women, we have our few main stores that we always hit up for new trends and styles each season. She loves Anthropologie. Anything that looks romantic and girly – she gravitates to!

When it comes to brands one of my all-time loves is Kate spade – she eagerly agrees! Not only is it one of her favorite brands but it’s also one of her dream modeling jobs that she landed this past year. “Their look is timeless with just a touch of fun! If I could swim in the sea of all their purses I would!”

Style Icon? “I don’t have just one fashion icon but Lauren Conrad comes to mind at the moment. I adore her sense of style and her looks are timeless and classic,  while still being current.”

I always end each of my style sessions with random questions – for my own fun – Diamonds or Pearls? “Diamonds are a girls best friend right?” (always a great answer!) As I’ve mentioned before, I am really tall – I asked Jessy if there was any struggle to dress herself because of her height. She indulged me by expaining that she is 5’8 – so clothes usually fit pretty well. The only area she really needs to pay attention to is her legs because they’re long, so when buying dresses, you need to find a modest length.

Okay – shoot, give me a fun fact! “A fun fact about me, not related to fashion, is that I love sharks! I can watch marathons after marathons of shark week past and present for hours. Ever since I saw Josh when I was seven I’ve been hooked!”

Stay tuned for next weeks style session, featuring Emmalyn Anderson – @emmalynbonnie

xoxo – Style by Leanne


Boot cut is back.

Want to know a secret? I love boot cut jeans. I find them to be one of the most flattering cuts on almost every body type. Curvy, slender or athletic – it works! I came across my first pair of boot cut jeans in probably over 2 years. (I’ve been on the skinny jean kick.) Thanks to Loft, I found a pair that fits perfectly, and with a dark wash? Completes every outfit!

Now what happened to these jeans? I feel like they disappeared for some time, however, I’m bringing them back! This particular cut I find to give me complete coverage and comfort. The fit in the hips and thighs contour my legs in a styled, yet flattering, way. 

Finding denim – aside from skinny jeans – that have a solid fit for my long, lean stature is difficult. Having wide hips and barely any “junk in the trunk” tends to create complications in discovering the perfect fit. Loft has the exact amount of stretch that I need to hug and show off my curves and long frame.

I paired some dark wash jeans with a Loft short sleeved tee & a Lou and Grey sweatshirt jacket. Topped off, of course, with a Loft necklace! Every outfit needs a splash of sparkle, right!?