Teami scrub.

It’s travel day! 

Loft – Ellie Kai – Michael Kors
I am heading off to sunny Hawaii to visit my brother and sister in law. When I am traveling I love to wear something easy and comfortable. Being able to get through security and sit and relax is crucial, especially since traveling can be stressful at times.

Well today I am reviewing another potential Teami purchase. I spoke to a few bloggers who have tried this Teami Scrub and gave rave reviews. I will definitely be checking this out as soon as I am home from vacation. This scrub is $24.99 (use “stylebyleanne” at checkout for 10% off!). All natural products are a go to of mine since I have extremely sensitive skin, this product is also dairy free, soy free, non-gmo and vegan. 

75% organic and helps control oils, deeply purifies and reduces the look of pores. One of the bloggers that I spoke to said that it helped remove her makeup and was a great moisturizer. This is important, especially when you have dry skin. I am really excited to be able to try this out and see how my skin reacts to it. Be sure to check it out, if you have any comments about this product shoot me an email, I would love to hear more!



Well the time has come, I leave for Hawaii TOMORROW! 

Today’s post is a recap of what I have learned with my trainer. I finished my last session with her last week and I am feeling really good about my gym experience. I am feeling confident in going out and working on my own when I come back from vacation. I really wanted to have a solid grip on how the machines work, what exercises are best for my body and goals. I think it’s important to do research before diving in and this was so beneficial!


My last session with Ashleigh was probably one of my favorites, in fact, it was also one of the most difficult ones that I had. We did total body circuits – I had no idea what I was getting into. We started with weighted press step ups, 12 of them, 6 on each leg stepping up onto a box with weights in hand at a bench press position upright. Then we did ropes – 30 seconds, 2 different ways, my least favorite exercise. I felt like a moron doing this but it was intense. After the ropes I did the rower, which I love, 45 seconds. This first circuit was done 3 times!


Next circuit was taking a weighted 10 pound ball, squat to pick up, lift overhead and throw down right between your feet. 12 of these! Then 12 weighted cow ball? Bell? (still not sure) sumo squat and lift to chin with elbows raised high. This was oddly uncomfortable doing sumo squats, I wasn’t sure how they would feel but for a clumsy person they were not fun! Last part of this circuit was these ropes with handles that hung from this fixture – I totally forget what they are called – and I did bicep curls hanging from them at an angle to work my arms.


I was a sweaty mess but I felt really strong! She was great, everything was catered perfectly to what I was looking for. I was so pleased with my experience I may look into this again when I return from my vacation!


Tuesday tip!

The time is here! 2 more days and I will be in sunny, sunny Hawaii! A few packing tips for you as I get ready to pack my life up. I find that it’s extremely hard for me to pack. I’m tall, all that extra fabric and big shoes/sandals (and winter time with boots? FORGET IT!) well over the years traveling from Nashville to Boston and Orlando to Boston I have learned a few tricks to help make packing smoother. 

1 – First, and in some cases most important, make a packing list. This may sound tedious but it does wonders for me. I make a list of things to bring and I have two columns to check off, on the way and on the way home. That way nothing is forgotten or left behind. 

2- Now another rule that I live by when packing; ROLL don’t fold. I thought this was the most ridiculous tip when I first heard it but I have to say it’s totally made a difference in how much I can bring. 

3- I also always bring tissue paper to put between my nicer garments and jewelry to help avoid damage during travels. You just never know who will be touching your luggage and for me it’s better safe than sorry. 

4- Liquid items – BAG THEM! I always wrap my liquid items in a large zip lock bag. I can’t even tell you the amount of times that things have exploded, leaked and ruined many of my favorite clothes. Don’t be a victim to leaking, zip them up! 

5- Be conservative with your shoes. Many times, as woman, we over pack. Shoes, sandals, heels, boots – they take up room and most of the time we don’t use all of them. Take a moment and see what you can do without. This is why finding shoes that are versatile is so important, avoids over-packing when traveling.

6- Speaking of versatility, this also applies to your clothes. Make sure that you have clothes, normally tops, that can be used in more than one way. Also, keep clothing that is less bulky for traveling. Sweatshirts and big sweaters take up room, downsize!

7- my personal travel tip – bring a scarf, at least one. You never know when you are going to need a scarf. I suggest a square one something that can be draped over your shoulders on a cooler night. Scarves have many uses, they don’t need to be around your neck. Find something that is versatile in color and style and bring it with you. You’ll be surprised how much use you will get out of it.

Now some tips to remember – here are some of the top things that are forgotten when packing. See if you can avoid this on your next adventure! Phone charger, swim suits, hair brush, tooth brush and headphones. I can say confidently that I have forgotten each of these items at one time or another. Break the cycle!


May there be florals!

All floral everything – that’s my motto.

For me there is absolutely, positively nothing more beautiful and feminine than a woman in floral. It is my favorite print to wear year round! Prints are really fun because you can be bold in a jumpsuit or dress, or simple in accessories and tops. I think having a little of everything is necessary in your daily life.


For this week’s Cape Cod Fashionista challenge we are breaking out our floral prints. This style is appropriate in any fashion setting; wedding, work, play, funeral – you name it, it works! I like to style prints with simple accessories, nothing overbearing that can take away from the focus of the print.


Loft is one of the places that I always find seasonal floral prints. I love how they can incorporate fall and winter tones with these prints. The versatility of this feminine, pretty look is great no matter what season you are living in. Just remember, keep your look delicate and when you have to choose between flowers and another print, choose flowers.



Recap & meal prep

Happy Sunday!

This weekend has been busy and eventful. I spent Friday at work and then headed up for a girls night of Disney movies and wine (I know, I know, my dream come true). I love spending time catching up with girlfriends over some wine and a great throwback movie. As a Disney buff, I go for the magic!

Saturday was a girls day at the winery! I was able to round up my closest girlfriends and we spent the morning having coffee at Blackbird Café and then had a wine tasting at Nashoba Valley Winery!
(insert links to Nashoba winery and pics from the day)

Meal prep – my least favorite thing to do for the week. I just started meal prepping. Personally, I hate it but it’s absolutely been a life changer during the week for me. I’m not scurrying around last minute in the morning trying to throw together a lunch. I can just grab, go and take on the day.

Normally my Sundays are my meal prep days. If you have kept up with my Sunday posts you know that I recently talked about planning the week and picking out my clothes for the week. It’s really made a huge difference in how smoothly my week continues.  I spend about 2 hours prepping my food for the week. I normally cook my meat that I will use and while that is happening I prep my salads, fruit and snacks. I use mason jars with sealant lids for my salads. I find the leaves stay fresh much longer this way.

Since I am on a new work out and meal plan I need to pack more food to keep my metabolism running. I normally have a breakfast shake/scrambled eggs for breakfast, mid morning snack, lunch and an afternoon snack before the gym and dinner. I’m working on a high protein diet with help from my roommate because I am awful at meal prepping.  This is a sample of what my daily intake is this week. Breakfast shake/scrambled eggs for breakfast. I am not really a morning eater so this has been the most difficult for me to keep up with. My mid morning snack is apples and peanut butter, which I LOVE! Lunch consists of a salad using spinach leaves, tomatoes and chicken. Then I follow up before the gym with an afternoon snack of hummas and carrots.  

Every little bit helps and since I am grazing throughout the day I find that my portions are much smaller and controlled which is great. If you have any suggestions for high protein snacks please let me know. I am a really plain eater, although my family would call me picky, so I don’t like a lot of different things. Always open to suggestions though!


Here, there and yonder 

Get the look; from here to there.

This topic comes from one of my good friends and coworkers, Jess (@jessschenian). Summer is busy; plans change, impromptu get togethers happen. How can you take your look from day to night? We are constantly running from beach, work, cookouts, drinks, date night. I don’t know about you but I don’t have the time, or the energy, to pack multiple outfits for each excursion. Here are some tips that I do to keep my look fresh and perfect for anything that may pop up in my schedule throughout the day.

Stick to the basics. When I pick out my outfits for the week I always dress prepared to go anywhere at any time, taking into account the weather. I always have a nice jacket of some sort with me at all time. My go to would be a black tweed jacket (for cooler days) and a dark green jacket, both from Loft. They are versatile colors and easy to layer on if the day gets cooler or I need to cover my shoulders for whatever reason.

Accessories are important because they can dress up or down an outfit. I like to add a scarf, or statement earrings to a more casual look because they will instantly add a little “something something” to my outfit. Purses and shoes/sandals are an easy way to jazz up an ensemble. I like to combine casual purses/clutch with heels or nice wedges. It’s all about balance, keeping things pulled together but versatile enough to take you from work to play in the matter of minutes.

Old Navy – Loft – Victoria’s Secret – Charming Charlie
Try to keep some of these hints in mind and DM me for more details if you want to know more!


CCF maxi

This week’s Cape Cod Fashionista challenge was maxi. As I mentioned in my previous post, this is not a style you would normally find on me. Everything is always too short and tends to really not flatter my body type depending where the waistband ends up. (tall girl problems).

I decided to get out of my comfort zone a little this week and participate. I know what you’re thinking – Leanne you create these challenges – and yes, I do. BUT that doesn’t mean I am going to like all of them. It’s a challenge for a reason, even the creator needs to get a little uncomfortable and branch out.

I find there are pros and cons to maxi dresses/skirts. I’ll start with pros; coverage. Coverage is huge for many obvious reasons. You want to be able to wear your clothing anywhere. Maxi skirts and dresses are long. You may need a cardigan or jacket over a dress but for the most part you can wear these types of dresses to any occasion or event. Layering, I touched upon this briefly with the cardi and jackets. Being able to add on if it’s cooler and take off if it’s warmer is key for a year round look.

A few cons; seasonal. These dresses do tend to have a seasonal look to them. You don’t see many long dresses in the winter unless you are going somewhere fancy. There are some spring/summer maxis that have colors that can be worn year round. I always recommend grabbing a color like that for your wardrobe. Shoes, I find that I am so limited with what shoes I can wear. Flats? Sandals? What else can you put on your feet that won’t look…. weird? Also, for your girls that are shorter in stature be careful, maxis can give the illusion that you are shorter and compact. Wear colors, prints and dresses that will elongate your frame!

Now a few tips from Style by Leanne!
Watch out for horizontal stripes. I personally love them but we all know they fall differently on everyone. Make sure to keep yourself flattering and comfortable. Tall gals, watch out for bright colors and busy prints. I once had a student tell me that my pants were giving her a headache because they were bright and busy. I will always be more careful of that now. Finally – watch out for the waistline! Don’t give yourself a cupcake look (you know, muffin top/pooch, that is what I always call it on me) make sure that the waistline will fall down gently and accentuate your figure!


Detox. Why is it important?

One of the really cool things about working with different companies is being able to try out all of their products. Teami offers a few beauty products that until recently, I didn’t even know existed! I have had my eye on two of their beauty products that I want to introduce and will be trying soon.


Teami has a Green Tea Detox Mask for $29.99 (free shipping) and with my discount code “stylebyleanne” you get 10% off. Another fun fact, it’s created here in the USA down in Seminole, Florida. Products made here at home are always something that I like to invest in.

Detox mask
One of the reasons I am drawn to this product is that it is all natural. I have extremely sensitive skin and it’s hard to find products that are right for me. The detox mask is Vegan, dairy free, soy free and non-GMO. 75% organic and there is absolutely no animal testing, which is important.
Alright, lets talk perks. What is the mask doing for your skin? Eliminates blemishes, blackheads, and redness as well as improves complexion, helps with anti-aging and moisturizes using it’s 3 main ingredients; Matcha tea, Bentomite Clay and Lemon Grass.
I like to research my products prior to giving them a try – this is one product that I will be trying. Looking into purchasing this before the weekend. Stay tuned for a review on my opinion of this product.


Work out Wednesday 

Well week two of training is done, week three starts today. I have been really working hard at changing my diet and keeping to working out 5-6 days a week. This is hard, I won’t lie, but I am actually starting to enjoy it. This past week Ashleigh gave me exercises for chest/back. I was definitely feeling the burn there, and in my wimpy arms! 

Here are the exercises that she had suggested for me this week to add to my routine.


Dumbell curls – alternating

Tricep dips on bench

Dumbbell lat raises

Dumbbell front raises

Wide grip lat pull down

Push ups – knees are okay. (thank GOD!)

I just find myself being really pushed in a good way. It’s been amazing seeing the difference and also, having others see a difference. Makes it all worthwhile feeling good again. 



Hope everyone is having a wonderful Tuesday!!
This week’s Tuesday tips is requested by a good friend of mine, and fellow Loft girl, Caitlin! This was a great request because it really challenged me to go outside my comfort zone to get feedback for this post. How to mix, match and pair bold tops and bottoms.

There are a few things to consider here, most importantly, what is considered bold? Well this will vary from person to person based on preference but for me it can be a variety of aspects that would make a piece bold. Color, print and cut. 

Color – for me anything that is not basic is bold. This includes your neon, bright colors like yellow, orange and red, as well as any normal color that is a little different that immediately catches someone’s eye.
Prints and patterns. This is bold depending on how you pair it. When you pair two prints/patterns together that makes a statement. It will catch people’s eyes and really grab the attention in a picture. I like to try and match floral, polka dots and stripes together. The options are endless in this sense, don’t be afraid to grab plaid or other prints too.
Cut. What I mean by this is that certain cuts of shirts/necklines really catch my eye. Anything one shoulder, off the shoulder, cold shoulder will immediately grab my attention when someone walks by. It’s something that I find really cute and feminine, I immediately gravitate towards it.
Now the really tricky part – how to pair these together. This doesn’t have to be something overly complicated. I think that the main thing that needs to be kept in mind is the colors. You can mix and match prints no problem as long as the colors work well together and ultimately compliment your ensemble. This is also important for versatility, you want to have bold pieces that can be worn in many different ways.
If you are worried about mixing and matching bold prints you can off set it a little with solid cardigans, jackets, shoes etc. This really helps in calming down your ensemble from being too “aggressive” (one of my clients always uses that term, I love it.) When taking pieces from work to play, add simple jewelry or layer a cardigan or jacket. There are many different ways to make your look a real statement, in a positive manner, of course.