How to do the 70s trend

A trend I am loving for this season is the 70s revival that’s going on. Everywhere you look you see suede, a-line skirts, beautiful blouses, wide-leg trousers, and floppy felt hats. As a history student, I often find that the past has a way of cycling through time which means trends always cycle through. But an easy tip on how to know which trends to try and shop is to look at how it looks on your body and how well it is made. This suede skirt from Zara, for example, is very 70s, but it is made really well with beautiful quality material. More importantly still, I like the way it fits me. It’s a practical skirt that I can see myself wearing for years.

So when you’re shopping trends for this season, look for items that are still flattering to your body. The quality doesn’t always matter if you are not looking for an investment piece. If that’s the case, try something different! Really embrace the trend!










The skirt is Zara, the shirt Forever21, and the jacket is a vintage Lee’s.

Photos done by the amazing Sophie Barkham

Happy Monday!



Last few days of summer

And just like that it seems summer’s over and I’m going back to school. It feels like yesterday I was moving to Vancouver and now I’m back to Kingston to finish my last year at Queen’s University. To say goodbye to summer I found the lightest and most floral frock I could find. Also there’s an old rule that one should not wear white after Labour Day, so naturally I broke it. No one tells me when I can and can’t wear something!

I love the summer because it lets me dress so feminine, which I love, whereas in the fall and winter I find I get much more minimal and I unleash my inner tomboy.

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So as I leave summer for my last year of school, I embrace menswear and hang up my summer dresses for another season.



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Sweet Beats: The Elwins

Happy Labour Day Monday, friends! Today is pretty much the last real day of summer for me because it’s always the last day I spend at the lake with my family before returning to school. And since I am entering my last year of school (omg) this is kinda my last real summer. WEIRDNESS! Urg while I struggle with my age, you listen to this week’s sweet beat offering from The Elwins with their song So Down Low!



The Best Bags for Fall

Whether it’s back to school or simply back to the best season ever (aka fall, duh) a new bag is the best way to help you embrace the new season. It carries all your things, it can go with you everywhere, it can be your thing. And lucky for you and people everywhere there are some really awesome bags that are surprisingly practical! So here’s the round up!

The Leather Backpack 

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Rag&Bone leather backpack
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Matt and Nat vegan leather

This is such a fun addition the your bag line up. Not only is it INCREDIBLY cute, it is practical and carries everything. It won’t leave you lopsided and since it’s leather (vegan or real) it adds a wonderful toughness to your look.
The Carry-All Handle Bag 

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Sole Society faux leather
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Who doesn’t love a gorgeous bag that is also big enough for your lunch and your lipstick? These bags, with their rich jewel tones and their delicate details, add class and a hint of nostalgia to your look.

The Perfect Side Bag

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I am a fan of small bags so this bag is right up my alley. It’s size makes it versatile and this season it’s coming in rich colours with luxurious materials. Their beautiful colours make it go great against the changing leaves of the season and their long strap ensures that it will still fit over your coats.

I hope you all have found my bag obsession, er I mean dedication, helpful! Now go find a bag and go to class!



Why I changed my blog name

As some of you know, and as I’m sure some of you don’t, I used to write a blog name “Little Miss Fresh”. I worked on it for about a year and a half until this summer when I felt so uninspired by it. The name didn’t really relate to me anymore. When I started Little Miss I wanted to refuel my creative juices, I wanted a recharge. I felt so unlike myself and I really wanted to find a venue that would allow me to find my inner muse. And I did, but in the past few months Little Miss just felt less and less like me, I didn’t relate to the name anymore or the branding I was doing for it and I just really wanted to do something new.

So I did.

And now we are here, my friends, with my new name, new blog: Lovely Lea.

My dad loves alliterations and growing up the name Leandra provided him with a ton of L words such as Lavender, Lasagna, Lilac, and Lovely. That was pretty much my nickname for my whole life. Lovely Lea is what they called me, and what they still call me, so I really associate to it. And I really want to grow it. Everything about it screams me and I can’t wait to share this with all of you. So I present to you my new logo and my new blog.

I hope you enjoy this journey as much as I do (and will)!


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Little Black Romper

There is nothing quite as lovely as a little black dress, but if you throw a pair of shorts at the bottom of said dress, you remain as lovely but gain a little more mobility. Anyone who knows me knows I cannot sit still. I’m active. I am constantly moving around and I like clothes that do that with me, it just so happens that this clothes are also incredibly cute *yuussss*. Rompers are great, you will never not hear me sing their praises. They’re easy, they’re comfy, and they’re hella cute. It’s also so easy to dress them up or down, and throw a jean jacket on top and you’re set for the summer. This one from Brandy Melville is made with a really light cotton fabric so it breathes like nobodies business which made it perfect for the sauna that was Mexico. I also paired it with heels for a dinner out and it was still as cute. These dress/short hybrids are clearly the way of the future.


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Love you to bits,


Surviving the last heat of the summer



Mexico is hot. That’s probably very obvious, but I mean living it was a different thing than just seeing the weather reports. Mexico is like walking into a sauna. INTENSE heat, WICKED humidity, and a powerful sun combine to create a very sweaty day. I started wearing looser shirts as a way to avoid that horrible sweat-drenched-and-clinging-to-your-body feeling and I would like to say it was successful. While in the Riviera Maya we went to the local city, Playa del Carmen, many times and I was blown away by the colour and vibrancy of the city. The walls are decorous and the merch the vendors were selling was equally as bright. I’m someone who gravitates towards greys and beiges, not so much out of like as comfort, but the city inspired me to be as colourful as I could (proof is found in the images below).

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This is only the first of many outfit shots from my trip, and as I look outside and see a gloomy and drastically colder Canada, I realize this was probably the last heat I would feel for the summer. Everyone shed a tear! Cross your fingers for more heat.


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The Importance of Getting Away From it All

This past week I was away on vacation in Mexico and although I was able to find internet I almost completely ignored the world. Oops? I did truly think about you all and wanted to reach out, but at the same time I kind of didn’t want to. I didn’t feel that I needed to. I was on vacation from everything. Except telling my parents each day I was alive.

Icing out the world allowed me to just relax and do my thing, and let me really enjoy myself instead of focusing of social media and constantly posting every aspect of my trip online. I mean, sure, I’ll post some of it now, but during my vacation I just wanted to live it and to share it only with the people who were there with me. I guess in a way I learnt the importance of getting away.

I used to fantasize about running away temporarily, what fun! Spending a long weekend in the country without telling a soul, just to be with me and my thoughts. It’s therapeutic. Being alone with just your thoughts and the beach and the people around you who are also disconnected, it really is a flash from the past. People don’t really do that a lot anymore. I would go out and leave my phone in my room and spend a whole day doing anything and everything and there were no distractions just peace.

I don’t know how long I can last without being plugged in since that is what I am used to, but it definitely makes me want to try spending a few hours or an evening once a week without the internet to just enjoy being in the present.

And so, friends, I challenge you! Try setting aside 2-3 hours every week offline. This has to be on your own time, not during class or work, but when you’re relaxing and being with yourself.

Try it and let me know how it goes!



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