Saturday, December 24, 2016

Metal & Shine

Hi Lovelies!

Christmas is almost here, and I can't believe it! I wanted to share something special with y'all that has been in the works for almost 8 months now.  My friend Brooke created this beautiful skirt for a school project.  I thought I would share her design process with you.  She let me borrow it to wear too!

In the Spring of 2016, she had to design a garment for her advanced apparel design class. All of the garments would be shown in the spring Apparel Merchandising and Product Development fashion show. The theme of the fashion show was Metal and Shine!

Brooke knew right away she wanted to do a dramatic skirt with some gold fabric. Her next step was to do some trend research and create a trend board. Then she created a pattern for her skirt by using a design software which allows you to draft and print your pattern directly from a computer.  How cool is that?

Here is the trend board she created for her inspiration.

Once Brooke found the perfect fabric, it took her about two weeks of class time to complete her skirt.

On April 20, 2016, Brooke's skirt made it down the runway. It looked amazing!  The way the lights hit the gold fabric was stunning!  Her professors chose 12 of the 72 designs to be featured in the "Hall of Fashion."  For the Hall of Fashion, the garments were displayed on dress forms in the main hallway of the Economics building.  The 12 designs were then judged  by a panel of Alumni.  Brooke's design was chosen as one of the top 5 garments!!!  The top 5 garments went on a trip to China where there were featured in a fashion exhibit at the South China Agricultural University in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China.  I'm so impressed with Brooke and her skills.  Everything she does is so fabulous!

Fast forward a few months to when I get to wear her skirt!! The fabric is luxurious!  The weight and quality of the fabric is very high-end.  These picture do not do the skirt justice.  The metallic shine is to die for especially when the light hits the skirt perfectly.  I wish I could wear this skirt everyday! 

Meet Brooke!!! Brooke graduated on Dec 15th! She moved away from Arkansas, but I am so proud of her.  I can't wait to wear more amazing garments that Brooke designs! 

I'll leave you with one more photo because I couldn't choose just 4 to share. 

I hope you all have a very blessed and Merry Christmas with your friends and family!


Love K.Leigh

Monday, December 12, 2016

Holiday Looks

Hello Friends!

I can't believe it's one week into December and only 12 days till Christmas! I love celebrating Christmas and getting dressed up for holiday events.  I collaborated with my friends at Versona to bring you my favorite holiday looks.  I styled four looks for you with some of my favorite colors and textures.  I am completely obsessed with all things velvet and sparkly this year.  Lush fabrics like velvet, satin,  and fur just scream holiday to me, so I try to wear them as much as possible.  Of course everything is better with a little sparkle!

My first look is this gold and black look.  This is my favorite look of the four.  I paired this gold off the shoulder sweater with a little black dress! The black dress is solid on the top,  but has this fun fringe at the bottom.

Fringe Dress now on sale $35 // Gold Sweater // Shooties 

Next I wanted to show you this fabulous tulle skirt! It has gold sequins underneath that sparkle through the tulle! I always feel so girly when I get to wear a tulle skirt.  I was obsessed with them even as a kid.  I paired this one with these amazing burgundy velvet shoes and a burgundy plaid top.

Burgundy Velvet Heel only $35 //

For the next outfit I chose a sequined dress.  I love the pattern and colors in the sequins.  I added this fur shawl to give another layer to the outfit.  This would be  a great look for a fancy night out on the town or headed to a fabulous Christmas party.

Sequin Dress // Shooties // Fur sold out online

Lastly,  I paired navy velvet with leather leggings! I layered the navy velvet tank with a navy cardigan.  Navy velvet has become one of my favorite trends this season. It looks so elegant and can be dressed up or down.  These leather leggings are so comfy! This would be perfect to wear to a friend's Christmas party.

Leather Pants // Velvet Layering Tank // 
Boots and Cardigan sold out online

Hope you enjoyed my looks.  Leave me a comment below and let me know which one is your favorite and what your favorite trend is for holiday!

Have a great night!


Love Leigh