Style 101 (+ Liebster!) – A Little Leopard
Style 101 (+ Liebster!) – A Little Leopard

Style 101 (+ Liebster!) – A Little Leopard

I am so excited (+ a teensy bit nervous!!) to share my first personal style post here on A Little Leopard, and super grateful to Nicky for the fabulous photos. Nicky shoots film, and we ran into a small snag with the camera during this shoot – which means less photos, but the super-cool dual layer effect in the first one. You win some, you lose some, I guess?

I decided to feature this little ensemble first because it’s a pretty good representation of my style generally: super-neutral and slightly preppy with a dash of French vocabulary. I have a thing for clothes with French words on them, okay?

I like to think of myself as a minimalist prep. You’ll never see me go full Lilly Pulitzer – in fact, I rarely wear color at all. Navy is pretty wild for me, if I’m being completely honest. I just feel like I’ve got enough color on my head, I suppose!

Sunglasses: Target / “Bien Fait” Sweatshirt: Madewell (old; similar)  / Chambray shirt: J.Crew Factory (similar here and here) / Fluted skirt: J.Crew (old; Factory version here) / Tights: Express (H&M also has great tights) / Flats: J.Crew Factory

In other news, the lovely Janette Amelia nominated me for a Liebster Award this week. Some quick Googling reveals this is an award for bloggers by bloggers, designed to help discover new and growing blogs – I am all for that! You answer a set of questions about your blog/your life and then nominate other bloggers to keep the chain going. Here are Janette’s questions, and my answers:

  1. How did you get into blogging?
    This is a bit embarrassing, but I totally had a LiveJournal back in the day. I’ve always been a bit geeky and into computers, writing, and the internet – blogging was a perfect way to marry those interests with my love of all things lifestyle!
  2. What’s your favorite topic to blog about?
    Though I ostensibly started A Little Leopard as a fashion blog first, I’m finding I really love writing about decor and interior design – probably because I am in the midst of decorating my own apartment!
  3. What’s your favorite time of the day?
    Okay, I am so not a morning person. That fact was even part of my Twitter bio for awhile. But, once I’ve gotten out of bed, I find I really love the morning hours. Not only am I more productive, the day is just full of possibility at that point. There’s something optimistic about that, no?
  4. Do you have any pets?
    None that live with me, but my family has got two dogs and a cat – all rescues. I love animals and am a massive supporter of organizations like the Humane Society and ASCPA. Mutts are the best!
  5. What is the last song you listened to?
    “What Kind Of Man” – Florence + The Machine. Obsessed. I’ve also been listening to a lot of “Shut Up And Dance” by Walk The Moon lately, too.
  6. Best movie you watched in the last year?
    The Grand Budapest Hotel – I just love Wes Anderson. As a huge Marvel nerd, Guardians of the Galaxy is up there too.
  7. What’s one life lesson you’ve learned over the years?
    The necessity of a thick skin, in work and in life. Taking things personally is a waste of time and energy. The world simply does not care that much – it sounds harsh, but I find it sort of liberating, actually. This took me years to learn and I am still learning it, but that’s what life is about, right?
  8. If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?
    A safari and Giraffe Manor in Kenya! I would absolutely love to honeymoon there. You know, whenever I get married, eventually.
  9. Who is your celebrity crush?
    Tom Hiddleston, that charming British devil – although he had me at F. Scott Fitzgerald in Midnight in Paris, where he totally had an American accent.
  10. Favorite sports team?
    Anyone who knows me knows I am crazy about the Chicago Blackhawks. Any other sport I can take or leave, but I get sort of fanatical about hockey. For example, I don’t have cable, so I listen to the games I can’t get on TV… #dedication. You’re also likely to find me talking to the tv/radio and tweeting up a storm at any given point during a Hawks game. It’s probably embarrassing, but whatever.

I am going to nominate a few of the lovely ladies I linked up with last week: Jordana and Kate, and my friend Stephanie because I really want her to start blogging again! Keep reading for your questions…

  1. How did you come up with the name of your blog? (I am always so fascinated to hear this…)
  2. Who are your style inspirations?
  3. If you could trade lives with anyone for a day, who would you pick and why?
  4. What is something people are always surprised to learn about you?
  5. What is your favorite place in the world and why?
  6. What is your Zodiac sign? Do you believe in astrology/do you think your sign fits?
  7. Favorite book and why?
  8. What are three of your daily essentials? Can be any category: Makeup, apps, your phone, just three things you couldn’t live without.
  9. In the spirit of the season, who is your pick for Oscars best dressed?
  10. What are your daily reads?
  11. Are there any quotes or mottos your particularly live by? If so, what?