Monday, April 21, 2014

Vanity Fair's International Best Dressed List

Hello hello!!!


I've been nominated by Lucky Magazine to enter Vanity Fair's International Best Dressed List!!


It would mean the world to me if you voted for me at http://ibdl.vanityfair.com/look/minty-fresh_1398131284


Here's a picture of my look (it was also in my previous blog post)






If you like the look or just want to support me it would make me the happiest girl in the world!! Thank you thank you!! xoxo


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

OOTD: Mint Blazer with Striped Shorts

Hello from Las Vegas! 

I know I haven't posted in a while, so I wanted to at least get an outfit of the day up! 


 



Mint Blazer: Forever 21
Black V-Neck: VS Pink
Striped Shorts: Mandees
Black Snake Skin Clutch: Mandees
Wedges: DSW
Necklace: Charlotte Russe
Sunglasses: Nordstrom
Watch: Kohl's

I'm working on writing a post about traveling in style! I wrote half of it and my tablet deleted it all (boo!). Hope you enjoyed this post!

xo



Saturday, March 29, 2014

My Story: Entrepreneurship

Hello! Happy weekend!

As you can tell by the title, I wanted to talk about entrepreneurship. And the first thing I learned about becoming an entrepreneur is that you need to be able to spell entrepreneur! Haha I was corrected on that far too much. 

All jokes aside, I hope you read this before starting a company of your own, to know if you are REALLY ready. 


I have been getting the same question 100+ times in the past couple months. "How's your business going?" "Are you still running your business?" . Not going to lie, it's hard to keep saying no. So to answer every one's question: I closed down my business because I've come to realization that it's the wrong time. I did not close it because it was failing by any means...I mean, who doesn't want to buy clothes!? There will always be a market for that.  

I became an established LLC when I was 19. So young, I know. I grew up in a family of entrepreneurs. I am the youngest of 4, and to be honest, I feel like I had 5 parents rather than 2 and 3 siblings. Most people that know me, know that I have felt pressure to grow up faster than most kids in my generation. Good or bad thing? Not sure yet. I opened my business because I saw my family all doing what they love, and being successful at it, and I wanted to feel the same way. 

I wouldn't call opening my business a mistake. I would call it a learning experience and a bonus for my résumé. Most of my family kept nailing it in my head that I wasn't running my business for the right reasons. They said I wanted to be "cool". While I guess they are partially right, I did get pleasure out of handing out business cards at the bar(for networking reasons of course...) they are also wrong. (Sorry to you guys, since I'm sure you'll read this...Love you !) 

Since I was young, I had to learn to just accept being wrong most of the time. I've learned that with my family, it's so much easier to say they're right and I agree, even if I don't. I have a perfect sister(though she'd disagree, but trust me she is...that's a compliment Nikki!), my brother Joe is one of the smartest people I've ever met, and he doesn't need a degree to show it(trust me, he could get into a debate about everything and anything), and my brother Jim opened an AMAZING restaurant when he was 22 and worked over 100 hours a week for a long time. You can see why I feel belittled, right!? 

I grew up lying all of the time just to try to make myself sound better around them, so of course I became the little girl who cried wolf. But listen to me when I cry and say I did not open my business to be cool! I opened it because I wanted to make money and be noticed for young success. If this is you too, you ARE doing it for the wrong reasons. You should do it because you have time, passion, and money. 

I took out a small business loan from the only credit union that would take a 19 year old entrepreneur seriously around here. Now I'm 21 and still paying it off...How do you think that is!? Not fun. I have tried to talk some sense into a few people trying to open a small business by telling them my mistakes. 

Now, I don't want you to read this and think I'm not telling you to open a business at a young age. I think you should really think to yourself: "Do I have the time to commit to an extra full time job 24-7?", "Do I have enough money to put into this investment or am I ready to be paying off a loan for a couple years even if it doesn't workout?", or "Could I make this business idea better in a couple years with more time to save up capital and plan out a better strategy?".

I know we don't all have older siblings to guide us through the best path, but this is why I wanted to dedicate a whole post on what I've learned about trying to get a head start. It's not always the best idea. 

Now I'm just working on branding myself as a fashionista while I finish school. I tweet fashion advice on Twitter @JennaLeeAnnLLC and I blog here in my free time. Which is the right move for me at this time. 

Remember, dreams don't work unless you do, but you fail many times before you succeed. Take your time, and make it the best you can be, I promise you'll regret it if you don't. 

Much love to all of my fellow entrepreneurs. Especially the young ones ready to make the commitment to adult-life. 

xo

Saturday, March 22, 2014

5 Things Women Should NOT Wear

Hello!

A few posts ago I wrote about 5 Things Men Should NOT Wear . This post was a hit! Now here's some tips for you ladies to help keep you on track when shopping.



1. Leggings are NOT pants. Okay ladies, leggings are not yoga pants or sweatpants. You should only be wearing leggings under skirts, shorts or if your shirt covers your butt. I get it, they're comfortable, I KNOW! But please stop wearing them incorrectly.

2. Kitten Heels. Lauren Conrad said it perfectly in this video Fashion F*** Ups . Only Suri Cruise should be wearing these. They are pointless, and quite frankly, look awful. Kitten heels are the toddlers of heels, so please, leave it to the glamorous toddlers out there.

3. UGGs with Shorts. I'm not really sure where anyone found this look to be "okay". Please please PLEASE, put the UGGs away after winter. Wearing UGGs while it's warm, and with shorts, makes you look confused, and un-stylish.

4. Mis-Dressing your body. I could probably write a whole separate blog post on this topic. No matter what size you are, you're beautiful. You don't need to wear a clothing item a size too small to show it. Wondering why you always have a muffin top? It's because you need to buy a size bigger. Just because it zips, doesn't mean it fits. No one sees the size on the tag, they see how it looks on you. This goes for women every size; petite, plus, etc.

"Your dress should be tight enough to show you're a woman and loose enough to show you're a lady."-Edith Head


5. Brown and Black/Mixing Animal Prints. I'm putting these together because they are both personal style choices. Brown and black do not go together, so don't even try. Of course there are exceptions, such as animal print(brown and black print). You cannot wear a black shirt and a brown jacket, it just doesn't look good! Also, animal prints are not made to mix together. Please don't wear a zebra cami with a leopard shirt. It hurts my eyes!!!


Those are my top 5 things women should not wear. Hopefully this can be of use when you're going on your next shopping trip!! What are your fashion no-no's for women? Leave them in the comments below or tweet them to me @JennaLeeAnnLLC!

P.s. I just reached 10,000 views on my blog and 8,000 followers on Twitter! Yay! This means giveaway time, double yay! More details will be coming soon. Follow my Twitter account to keep up with the details! I will also be posting details on my Facebook page: http://facebook.com/jennaleeannclothing .


xo
 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

My Picks: 7 Spring Trends!

Hello! :)

Spring is right around the corner, yay! This means it's time for my updated Spring Trend blog post! It's funny to look back at my old Spring Trends post and seeing how far my blog has come! (Check the old post out here). Thank you to everyone who has been reading and supporting my blog! <3

So let's get to it...




 Clothing


1.) Pastels. This trend has been seen coming for a while, and I'm loving it! Pastels are perfect for Spring. Naya Rivera quotes "I'm all about Spring's softer color palette.". You can pair a pastel blouse with a different color pastel skirt. Or to create an edgy look, you can pair a pastel dress with a cropped leather jacket! Can't wait to try out different styles with this trend.

2.) Cream & White. Kristen Cavallari says "All-white looks so clean and fresh!". She is right, and it also can create a nice romantic look!

3.) Skirts. But not just any skirts...Pleated, side-sllit, and full skirts are taking over this season! You can create so many outfits with skirts so my advice is to stock up, because I'm marking this trend as a wardrobe essential!

Makeup & Hair

4.) Tousled Hair. I think this is my favorite trend on this list. The waves and tousled look is so long overdue as a trend. I guarantee this trend will carry over into Summer too! You can never go wrong with this look.

5.) Blue Eye Makeup. I have seen this on ALL of the celebs. Everyone's rocking the blue eyeliner or blue eyeshadow to line the eyes. It's such a gorgeous look and a great way to add color!

Accessories & Nails

6.) White Nails. Looking to create a romantic look? White nails are perfect. They are making their debut all over this season. Let's be honest, you can never go wrong with this trend.

7.) Modern Chokers. Okay so I said tousled hair was my favorite trend, but this trend is tied for first. I love chokers and I couldn't be more excited that they're back in the top trends! Modern chokers can be added to most any outfit, and it just builds up the look. Go out and get a bunch, because adding this accessory to your outfit will make it complete!


Hopefully this created a nice shopping list for the next time you're at the mall or outlets! Let me know your favorite Spring trends on Twitter @JennaLeeAnnLLC ! :)

xo
 



Thursday, March 6, 2014

8 Life Lessons Everyone Should Know

Hello!


I know I usually post about fashion or fashion-related topics, but I really think this post could be helpful. Reading these types of posts usually helps me when I'm in a tough spot, and I'm hoping it may do the same for some of my readers.


Below are a list of the most important life lessons I have yet to learn, and I know there are many more coming my way!




1.) Stay true to yourself. This is the most important thing in my mind. This goes for everything, work, relationships, etc. Just know that everything will play out a certain way, and if you stay true to yourself, you won't be exhausted trying to be someone else. Stick to your own style, whether your parents or friends like it or not. Keep your personality just the way it is. Follow your dream, because it's YOU who will be living it for the rest of your life.


2.) Don't keep people in your life who don't deserve to be there. Anyone who really knows me, knows that I can be a pushover. I easily forgive, and a lot of times when people don't deserve to be forgiven. I have learned that there are so many people in my life who I keep around because I have known them for a long time, or because I feel the need to. Recently I've discovered that letting go of those people really lifted a weight off my shoulders. Not everyone deserves a spot in your life, there will be someone else waiting for a spot to open that could benefit you a lot more.


3.) Be nice. This may seem general, but it's true. You never know who you're talking to, or who you may need in the future. When I did my internship at Michael Kors, I was in the elevator with the CEO and I had NO idea. We ended up having a nice conversation and I later found out who he was. Also, if someone isn't being nice to you, kill them with kindness. I've been a waitress for a few years now, and I've learned that how you react to rude people, reflects the kind of person you are. I have had other customers admire me for how I handle certain situations.


4.) "You don't really know what you've got until it's gone". Well I'm sure you've heard this before, but you do know what you have, you just never thought you'd lose it. A lot of this relates to relationships. You get so comfortable around someone, you sometimes test the waters too much. I myself am guilty of doing this. Do I regret it? Completely. But now I know for my upcoming relationship, just enjoy your time together. Happiness is the best thing in life, and it's so amazing when you can share it with someone. If you have that right now, don't lose it.


5.) Curiosity killed the cat. We all know this saying. Sometimes mystery is a good thing. What you don't know can't hurt you. Just let things play out the way it's planned. I truly believe that everything happens for a reason. And if one door closes, another one will open. Don't worry.


6.) Don't make a decision with unstable emotions. By this I mean, don't make a permanent decision when you're angry, or sad, or very happy. If you're in an argument, just wait before answering because chances are you will say something you don't mean to say. Take a breather, go for a drive or walk!


7.) Respect yourself. This goes along with number 1, and it should be up by number 1 too! (I guess I'm just too lazy and focused to change the post around...kidding of course)! Anywho, respect is the BIGGEST thing to me. I think respect is a lot harder to earn back than trust. Respect is all about how you handle yourself, how you handle situations, and what you do to represent the person you are. If people respect you, there's no better feeling in the world, I promise.


8.) Be there for one another. This is a concept that I'm still not sure about. I don't understand why people aren't more willing to help each other? We are all part of a community. There is always benefits to helping someone else out. People have such negativity towards other people trying to make a name for themselves. I get it, there will always be "haters" out there. But why can't we just help each other succeed? This road goes both ways, and can benefit both people. Check out my post where I get more in depth about this topic! Why Not Help Each Other Out?



Of course everyone learns lessons along the way, and I'm excited to see which new lessons I learn. These are only 8 of the things I've learned, but being the youngest of 4 kids, I have definitely written down a books worth. I always love hearing new advice so definitely leave your best tips in the comments below for my readers to read! Also, tweet them to me @JennaLeeAnnLLC!


Hope this helped at least one person out there!


xox


Saturday, March 1, 2014

5 Things Men Should NOT Wear!

Hello!


A lot of guys ask me for opinions on outfits, or what to buy at the mall. I see a lot of horrific outfits and I think I can speak for most women, men with style are very attractive! I've come up with a list of things that men should NOT wear. Keep this post in your pocket for when you're out shopping! ;)





1. Light Washed Jeans. This has to be number one, for sure. Light washed jeans are only acceptable if you're working either outdoors or maybe in the kitchen of a restaurant. Other than that, please please please do not wear them. Dark washed jeans are SO much more attractive.


2. Socks With Sandals. I'm not really sure who ever made this okay. Wonder if girls walked around with socks and sandals and shorts...how would you feel? This honestly needs to stop, for your own good. Ew.


3. Ed Hardy, Affliction, or Anything Along Those Lines. Believe me when I say I had my phase of liking the "bad boys" who wore these brands. I was also in high school. It's time to grow up guys, don't go out to the club in an Affliction shirt that is a size too small to make your muscles look bigger. It's not attractive, and it should have been left back in your younger days.


Those are my top three, and I wanted to give some of my readers a chance to express their fashion no-no's. DISCLAIMER: I only picked the ones I agree with! Some of these I even had in mind as well.


4. Jorts. For those of you who don't know what jorts are, they are jean shorts. @Chew_Wrigley brought up a great topic. Leave the jean shorts to the ladies, lets face it, we look better in them. ;)


5. Baggy Pants. This goes along with many styles that were brought up. Jeans are just such a big topic, there are so many wrongs. No ripped jeans, no distressed jeans, no baggy jeans!!! We don't want to see your butt hanging out of your pants...You also shouldn't wear pants so tight that we think you stole them from your sister. The right jeans are dark washed or medium washed, clean(no rips or distresses), and properly fit. This one was from @Ester_Salgado23 !


With these 5 things, you should be able to understand what to stay away from. I hope this helps you guys with your shopping trips! And if you're looking for the right store to shop at, try Express. You can never go wrong with Express.


If anyone has anything to add to the list, please leave them in the comment section! Or if you have any objections to the items listed above, I would love to hear your opinions. Tweet me your fashion no-no's for men at @JennaLeeAnnLLC !


xo