Category Archives: Inspiration

Big Announcement: Complete Blog Makeover!

You may have noticed posts have slowed down a bit here at Leah Marie V…. and that is because we’re in the process of some BIG changes. We’ve done a complete makeover of our site, and I can’t wait to share it with you!

Thanks to Aimee at byAimee.com Websites & Graphic Design, things are about to get classy around here. If you haven’t heard of Aimee, well, you are missing out! She (and her team) have got loads of crazy talent! Here is a sneak peak of the changes to come (this weekend!).

Drop me a line and let me know what you think – I bet you’ll love it as much as I do and I would love to hear your feedback! And stop by and check out Aimee’s site (and awesome blog too!).

Sneak peek for the next week: stay tuned for the bathroom reveal, floor sanding tutorial and more!!

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Pinterest Wednesday

I am recently obsessed with painting and making things so I have been cruising Pinterest for inspiration (and wasting lots of time!). There are gorgeous pictures, amazing tutorials and endless inspiration in this weeks Pinterest Wednesday pins. Happy pinning!

I am linking up with The Vintage Apple today, stop by and check out the pins!

Source: google.ca via Jennifer on Pinterest

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Pinterest Wednesday

Happy Pinterest Wednesday everyone! These past two weeks have been crazy, there are big things to come here at LeahMarieV… stay tuned! Get Ready for changes… BIG changes!

Today I am linking up with The Vintage Apple – check out the great pins over there!

Source: tumblr.com via Rachel on Pinterest

Source: facebook.com via Rachel on Pinterest

Source: casasugar.com via Roz on Pinterest

Source: ecurry.com via Caneel on Pinterest

Source: houzz.com via Dawn on Pinterest

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Pinterest Wednesday

One of my favorite past times is looking at houses. I could do it every day. Literally. So along with looking at houses for sale in our area I also love cruising Pinterest for ideas for that dream home some day.

Check out the awesome houses I found and drool a little over how amazing they are! What does your dream home have?

Today I am linking up with The Vintage Apple for Oh, How Pinteresting Wednesday!

Source: houzz.com via Jenni on Pinterest

Source: houzz.com via Tara on Pinterest

Source: unplggd.com via Donna on Pinterest

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Pinterest Wednesday

What is the next holiday I can’t wait for? Valentines Day! I love love love it! I think I may even decorate a bit this year… Maybe. It is a great romantic holiday, but probably my favorite part is making a gift basket for my little sisters – which I do every year. Here’s to getting your creative V-Day on!

Linking up with Michelle at The Vintage Apple for Oh, How Pinteresting Wednesday!

Source: google.com via Alisha on Pinterest

Source: etsy.com via Janel on Pinterest

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Wardrobe Essentials by Ashley at Lifevesting

This guest post is brought to you by Ashley at Lifevesting!

I am very excited to have this chance to guest post on your blog Leah! I truly admire your blog – you always give me the inspiration to start a new project and your food posts have a tendency to make me drool on my computer! Thank you!

Wardrobe Essentials: The Dark-Wash Jean

Posted on January 10, 2012

J Brand Cigarette Leg Jeans

J Brand Cigarette Leg Jeans

Jeans have been a staple in wardrobes for the last century. Originally named after sailors from Genoa in Italy who wore the durable fabric, jeans gained wide acceptance during the 19th-century gold rush to California when men needed a durable and difficult-to-tear fabric for their work. Levi Strauss came to California selling wholesale clothing and eventually started producing jeans with deep pockets and belt loops for his utilitarian clientele. When western films became popular in the 1930s, jeans began their transition into mainstream fashion as people across the country admired the hearty and rustic clothing the cowboys wore.

Since the 1930s, jeans have enjoyed a popular place in almost every cultural revolution since. In the 1950s they were an integral part of the rock rebellion and in the 60s, flared jeans were a staple for the hippie counter-culture. Loved for their versatility, durability and practicality, jeans were a natural addition to the fashion scene. Once the fashion world took over, jeans were bleached, blended with spandex, torn, shredded, dyed and decorated a la mode as the world became addicted to this garment.

Marilyn Monroe in jeans

Jean Seberg in jeans and a chic top

Today, jeans come in every color imaginable and in almost every cut. They are in everyone’s wardrobe and are the most common wardrobe essential. When looking to invest in a pair of jeans, the choices can be endless. The most universally flattering and timeless jeans however, are indigo colored dark-washed jeans which create a slimming effect similar to black.

What to Look for When Investing in a Pair of Jeans

1. Cut. The two most classic cuts are boot-cut and pencil-leg, both of which work on most body types. Recently the ‘skinny’ jean has made a come-back as well. Be sure to try on different cuts and styles to see which compliments you body and wardrobe the best.

2. Details. Jeans, despite being such a staple, have a surprisingly wide variety of details. When investing in a good pair, be sure to examine all the elements. How many pockets are there? Are the pockets use-able or are they ‘illusion’ pockets, stitched on for the effect? Is the front fly a zip or is it buttons? On a whole, most people (myself included) prefer zip flys so be sure you are comfortable with what you are purchasing. Also, an often forgotten detail is to check whether the fly is made for the right-hand or the left-hand. I learned this lesson the hard way once when I (a right-hander) bought a pair of left-handed jeans.

Example: Button Fly

3. Spandex content. This aspect is as important as cut when considering what will fit your body the best. Having some spandex in your jeans can give them some stretch and will help them conform to your body shape more. However if you want a more tailored jean, spandex content may actually make the cut limper so be sure to try on a pair before purchasing.

4. Length. Jeans come in many lengths and when assessing which you should invest in, first think of the type of use you will wear your jeans for. Will you always be wearing them with heels? Then go for a longer hem. Will you always be wearing them with flats? An ankle hem can be very flattering and Audrey Hepburn-esque. Whatever you do, be sure that your jeans are the length you want. As a petite, I have fallen into the trap of buying regular length jeans and never getting them hemmed. Don’t! No matter how expensive the jeans, you will look cheap if the length is off.

5. Quality. This is the one aspect I always put on my wardrobe essentials “buy” list because it is the most important thing to look for when investing in a staple. Quality means the piece will last longer and look better. Before purchasing jeans, examine them closely. Is the seaming strong and straight? Is the fly correctly centered? Are the pockets well sewn? Does the jean dye come off on your hands if you rub vigorously? No one ever regrets buying quality and jeans are something that will last you forever if you take a little time when buying them.

6. Fit. I’ve said this already but always ALWAYS try an essential on before purchasing it. I can’t tell you how many times I have ignored this rule and come home only to be broken-hearted when I realize the fit doesn’t flatter me or that the back pockets bulge out.

7. The “wow” factor. Jeans are one of the few pieces of clothing that can make you feel like a million, regardless of what you pair with them. Be sure when you are investing in jeans that you feel absolutely fabulous and confident the moment you put them on. I mean, let’s face it, you’ll likely be wearing them more times than anything else in your closet so make sure you smile every time you pull them on.

8. Tailoring. This goes hand-in-hand with fit and length. If you adore a pair of jeans but the fit isn’t right a good tailor can likely re-fashion them for you. If the top of the jeans in the back gaps away from your lower-back, have a tailor sew in darts so they mold closer to your frame.

How to Wear Jeans

Jeans are one of the most practical and versatile pieces in anyone’s wardrobe. They go with virtually everything and can be dressed up or down as necessary. An easy weekend look with jeans is a classic striped top with simple flats. Jeans can look polished with a simple black blazer as well (another important wardrobe essential).

What’s your favorite way to wear jeans?

Ashley

Pinterest Wednesday

It is that time of the week: Pinterest Wednesday! In honor of the New Year I am trying to get organized (ha!). I am always finding ideas for gifts, crafts, or recipes but I am soooo unorganized that I either forget about them or can’t find them. Pinterest is a great resource for grouping all of your ideas in one place so now the challenge for 2012 is to DO them!

Here are some of my favorite ideas from Pinterest that are totally doable – I just need to do them! I plan to work on these over the next few weeks so stay tuned for the results!

I am linking up with Michelle at The Vintage Apple for Oh, How Pinteresting Wednesday – stop by for some other great pins! Drop a comment and tell me what you are working on now!

Source: krylon.com via JoEllen on Pinterest

Blogging Tips: The Basics

I could  spend HOURS reading other people’s blogs to get advice, tips, and hunt around for great ideas. Typically I forget why I got on the computer to begin with (was I checking email or sitting down to write for a client.. hummm) and end with a million tabs open, pended for “future” reading.

Through all of this searching I have certainly found ridiculous advice, amazing ideas, and generally fantastic sources of useful blogging information. I thought I would share those sources with you today and see what YOU use as your blogging-bible.

How-To Do… Just About Anything to your blog. Little Miss Momma dishes the real scoop on what to do and how to blog from her personal experience here (among other excellent posts!)

How to Grow your blog. Careful here, once you enter Craftaholics Anonymous you might get sucked in to one of her amazing, thrifty ideas!

Craftaholics Anonymous

The hard work, never-ending hours of blogging fun. You have to get creative, get over those writing blocks, and be prepared for the long haul. We all know the folks at Young House Love well, but we remember here that they were once like us (kind of…).

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Taking good photos  to show off that awesome stuff you made! Both Centsational Girl and The Lettered Cottage have great tips and photos you could get lost in.

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More to come, this enough to keep you busy for awhile! Where have you found the best advice for blogging and writing?? Happy Thursday to everyone!

Pinterest Wednesday: 2012

The first Pinterest Wednesday of 2012!! Here’s to pretty things I want to do, make, be… and Happy New Year Pinning to you all!

Also, Happy birthday to the loveliest mother there is… my mom turns another year young today! If only I could make that pretty cake for her!

I am linking up with Michelle at The Vintage Apple today for Oh, How Pinteresting Wednesday – check it out!

Source: google.com via Drew on Pinterest

Source: bhg.com via Paula on Pinterest

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DIY Restoration Hardware Art

I am in love with everything at Restoration Hardware Everything. However, the price tag on most items is nothing to laugh at – holy cow that place is expensive! So every time I go browsing at the mall I make sure to swing through Restoration Hardware and just soak up the good decorating vibes – and hope for an idea…

I have been in love with the subway sign art that I see everywhere (google it, they are every where!) but I especially love the ones at Restoration Hardware. I decided to try it out, white words on a black background couldn’t be too hard, right?

Here was my inspiration from Restoration Hardware (for holy-smokes $850…what?!!?):

I wanted a more dramatic look, with the words all being the same width, just different sizes. I also decided, since this was going in the kitchen, to do food related words in different languages. So my husband and I picked out words, some got a little silly, and we went to town in photoshop.

I had a frame that I thought would be perfect so we created our photoshop art to be the perfect fit. I highly recommend knowing what size frame you are using before you do this – it makes everything a lot more simple! We printed the finished product at our local photo shop for only $9.99!!! Picked it up an hour later, trimmed the sides, and voila! Perfect knock off art for almost nothing!

I absolutely love it. So easy and so cheap! And now, when I get sick of it in two years I won’t feel bad replacing it either… it’s a win-win folks!

What do you think?? Have you done any DIY knock off art?