Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Coachella Recap

So this is awkward. I said I was going to Coachella, and then I never blogged again. I really hope no one thought I died at Coachella. I definitely didn't die, I just came back really tired.

On the final night of Coachella, there was a dust storm. I was congested for a week [and sneezing desert dust], then came down with a full on head cold that knocked me into bed-rest, then the stomach flu. So here I am like 10 years later giving you my irrelevant Coachella recap. However, I made these cute little collages on the flight home and would be so sad if I never shared them. As many of you know, I went with Lacoste Home on behalf of Rue Magazine. Here's what happened:

1. A bunch of cute gators ready to party. // 2. Sunset at the festival. // 3. Alexa Chung DJing [and is SO PRETTY IN PERSON I literally cannot even handle it].

4. Oh, just hanging out with my BFF Brad Goreski, NO BIG DEAL. // 5. Lounging in the shade. // 6. Meeting my favorite gal ever [pinch me moment], the one and only Man Repeller

7. Danny Masterson aka DJ Mom Jeans. // 8. Elijah Wood... or is it Tim?? [hint: it's Elijah] // 9. Saying farewell to the final night. 

To read more about the party, head over to Rue Daily for my recap. 

The festival itself was magical. Band of Horses was the best live act I've seen in awhile, and I fulfilled a lifelong dream of seeing The Postal Service. Of course- I also have to give credit to the star of my Spotify playlist, Father John Misty, for putting on an INCREDIBLE performance as usual. 

Lastly, I couldn't leave you without a few outfit shots. Here is what I wore:

Outfit 1: jacket Old Navy [old] // top Zara [old] // shorts Anthropologie // necklace Forever21 [old] // sunnies Free People // headband Handmade 
Outfit 2: t-shirt dress Express [old] // belt Anthropologie // sunnies Free People // necklace Forever21
Outfit 3: dress Anthropologie [old] // sunnies Free People // floral headband Cult Gaia
Outfit 4: jacket Old Navy [old] // top H&M [old] // shorts Anthropologie // bag Steve Madden [old] // floral headband Cult Gaia

My style theory at Coachella was super easy-going. In hindsight [and after seeing THIS street style image], I sort of wish I put in more effort. However, it was fun to dig into the archives of my closet and dig out some festival worthy gear. I am already counting down the days until next year...

As always, thank you for being patient with me while I took a little blogging break. I can't wait to get back into the swing of things around here! So, on that note... I'll see you tomorrow! 

Friday, April 12, 2013

Coachella Bound.

If ever there was a weekend to follow me on Instagram or Twitter, this would be it. I'm en route to Coachella to attend not only the festival, but the Lacoste L!ve Pool Party as well. Hello, fun! Will I look half as good as Miss Bosworth? No. Will it be the best weekend ever? Probably. Am I going to be completely exhausted on Monday? Absolutely. 

Be sure to follow Rue on Instagram and Twitter as well; I'll be sharing lots of fun photos along the way! Wish me [and my very, very fair skin] luck- and I'll be back here on Tuesday!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Rules are the Worst.

Well, isn't that the truth. 

[image via the adorable blog "So Much to Smile About"]

PS--- did you win the Lydali giveaway?? 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

WWL: Sandals

I don't necessarily consider San Francisco a "sandal friendly environment." Ahem... you never know what you might step in. Just being honest! But seriously, YUCK. However, the temperatures are warming up and I can't help but go back to my summer-girl roots. A fresh pedicure + new sandals is the perfect way to welcome the sunshine back to the city. I rounded up a few of my favorites from Piperlime and I must say- I'm seeing a trend. Did I choose 6 of the exact same sandal?? Maybe- but at least I clearly know what I like. Paired with jean shorts, a fun maxi-dress, or cuffed jeans- I could easily add all 6 to my closet and the woes of winter would be long gone. 

Which pair is your favorite? 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


sunnies Free People // scarf and tee Cotton On // denim Current Elliott // shoes MIA

Sometimes I feel guilty that my style is SO simple. But then I stop feeling guilty, and I get dressed for the day. Jeans, a tee, and a corresponding scarf + flats. No one can accuse you of trying too hard and you are comfortable all day. Sigh, one day I'll stop being a little old lady and start compromising comfort to dress better.

These flats are my new "fake heels." As many of you know, I tend to stay away from heels. Not to find myself underdressed- I'm building a small collection of fancy flats. The only problem with these is the material- not ideal for springtime showers AKA flash floods. Otherwise, it's total love. 

Monday, April 8, 2013


This weekend, I had the pleasure of representing Rue Magazine at an amazing 3 day event here in the city. We are working with an exciting new company, Joy and Revelry, and I can't wait to share details. In the meantime, I thought it would be fun to show you all the Instagram snaps from the weekend. We were at a gorgeous house in Lafayette, CA. Each designer [or in my case, editor] styled three rooms using Joy and Revelry's unique products. There also was a little bit of a video interview... so I hope you're all prepared for that. Yikes!! All in all- it was a great weekend, I met lots of new friends, and I can't wait to show you Rue's finished product. 

How did you spend your weekend?

Friday, April 5, 2013

F is for Friday.

This photo is [accidentally] part of an outfit post that I still haven't gotten around to uploading. And truth be told- at this moment in time... I'm simply too tired to link up the items so you can't see all of it just yet. Sometimes // ALL of the time, sleep wins. I like this picture though because I am scampering away which is pretty characteristic of me. 

Of course, I won't be allowing you to head into the weekend with nothing. Instead of outfit shots- I'm offering my five favorite PINS of the week: 

 I wish I dressed like this.
I found my new summer drink.
Red shoes are now at the top of my shopping list.   
Maybe it's time to go back to blonde
This lip shade needs to be in my beauty bag ASAP.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend. :)

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Workspace on Refinery29

Today is prettttttty-pretty awesome. My workspace is featured on Refinery29 today! 

CLICK HERE to see my workspace [and the desks of 5 San Francisco creatives]. In addition to getting office-space inspiration, you can read about where that little robot came from & what band I'm seriously obsessed with. 

For those interested, the outfit details are:  top Tinley Road // denim Current/Elliott  // oxfords Matisse 
Any questions about furniture sources? Leave a comment & I can reply there! :)

ALSO, don't forget to enter to win the beautiful bracelet from Lydali. Click here to enter.

AND OF COURSE... if you don't mind. Maybe you could swing by the Wallis contest to vote for me?? I promise to stop heckling soon. 

Have a wonderful day! 

**all images by Rachelle Manning for Refinery29**

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Now Closed: GIVEAWAY: Lydali

I've got a very exciting AND inspiring giveaway for you today! I've partnered up with an amazing company, Lydali, to teach you about their amazing company AND to give you a chance to win THIS cuff:
Lydali was founded in 2011 by two BFFs, Lydia and Ali. [get it-- Lydali??] The products they sell are beautiful and one of kind. More importantly- they are produced all over the world, and when you buy a piece- you know who made it and where the profits are going. For example, the cuff you can win is constructed of "brass of bullet casings and bombshells that have been melted down and turned into something beautiful. Crafted by home-based artisans in Cambodia, the sales of these products help unemployed and under-employed artisans to have meaningful work and reliable incomes.Their site is full of gorgeous little treasures- each and every one is accompanied with a moving story. I'm a huge fan of products and companies that are doing good in the world, and Lydali is at the top of that list.

To enter to win, follow the steps below and leave a comment with your email address.

1. Follow Leopard & Lavender using Google Friend Connect. [Click "Join This Site" along the right sidebar.]
2. Like Lydali on Facebook here
3. Visit Lydali and browse the products. Let me know which is your favorite item in your comment!

For TWO extra entries:
1. Follow Leopard and Lavender on Twitter.
2. Follow Lydali on Twitter.

That's right, you can earn up to 3 total entries. Leave a comment for each one!! TIP: Use this format [leopardandlavender at gmail dot com] when leaving your email so that you don't get spammed. I will announce the winner NEXT Wednesday April 10!



Tuesday, April 2, 2013


umbrella Target // dress Anthropologie, similar // belt Forever21 // boots Hunter // trench H&M, similar // bracelet Realia by Jen [c/o]

I bought these boots MONTHS ago after a particularly rainy weekend in the city. They arrived the next day [thank you, Zappos overnight shipping], ready to go jump in puddles and stomp through mud. And then it never rained again. For like ever. Talk about a tragedy!! Seriously though, my heart was broken.

Now, a few mornings came and went in which we woke up to rain. But by lunch time?? Sunny as can be! Never did I EVER think I would find myself annoyed with beautiful California weather. NEVER! So, you better believe I was counting my lucky stars on Sunday morning when San Francisco was the victim of a monsoon. The Hunters finally made their grand debut! I love them. They were absolutely worth the wait.

Also, I have a new obsession- this bracelet. I am over clunky bangles; this one is a nice burst of sparkle in just the right size. 

Anyways, I hope you all had a great day... and be sure to come visit tomorrow- I've got a fun giveaway planned!! 

Monday, April 1, 2013

Beauty Boost.

I recently stumbled upon these images by David Slijper while doing research for Rue's Beauty Beat. I am a total beauty product junkie- but rarely experiment with new looks on my own face. Every day is the same: foundation, bronzer + blush, mascara, and lip gloss. If I'm going out... I just add a lot of eyeliner and end up looking like Megan Fox circa 2003. Only the bad makeup part... I sadly don't get her perfectly constructed face. Whatever. When I saw these gorgeous pics, I was immediately motivated to step out of my comfort zone and try a more colorful look this spring. 

The lip colors are perfection, and while the yellow and blue eyeshadow may not suit my skin tone... I can create a modified version by incorporating it on a smaller scale. A total makeover with a few strokes of a brush- genius. 

To see my favorite products to achieve these electric looks, head right this way to Rue Daily. 

[all images via David Slijper]