Happy Anniversary – Navy Leopard

The Navy Leopard turns one today.  I have created over 200 blog posts and posted 4-5 times a week.  This past year I have learned a lot and even figured out some basic HTML code.  I am so grateful to my followers and I appreciate all the encouragement I have received.

My top posts are always the ones in which I am little more vulnerable either in sharing something personal like (Eight Years and Reunions, Memories and Milestones) or where I step outside of my comfort zone (Pattern Mix Hits the Gym).  Who would have thought I would do a post on active wear and that it would be my most viewed post?  (not me, when I started!).

I managed to gain weight while posting photos of myself regularly which in some ways was liberating.  Thankfully,  I managed to lose it again thanks to Bulletproof Coffee (more on that in Cocktails?).

To celebrate my year of blogging, I treated myself to a navy animal print Equipment silk blouse that I saw in @wearemidlife ‘s Instagram feed.  Jessica pointed out that she did not have that one button struggle with this style.  I had always loved Equipment’s prints but that one button (we all know the one I am talking about) never worked on me.  This is a different style and it fit! Thank you, Jessica.

I styled the blouse with my favorite AG White Jeans, J. Crew Velvet Heels, J. Crew Piper Sunglasses and my favorite new pink bag.  This was another fun (rainy) photo shoot with Amy @howtojcrew


Equipment Adalyn Blouse (on sale!) also available here and here

J. Crew Signet Bag in Fuchsia Blossom

J. Crew Pom (similar here)

J. Crew Velvet Heels (similar here)

J. Crew Piper Sunglasses

AG Prima Jeans

Chanel Rouge Double Intensite Ultra Wear Lip Color in Sensual Rose

Thank you.



Pattern Mix Hits the Gym

I really did not want to like the just launched New Balance for J. Crew active wear.  I have a lot of active wear already.  I was lured in by the color and styles (Hello, navy pattern mix!).  Then I tried it on…It is ridiculously comfortable and the rise and waistband are at the perfect spot.  The price point is just over half of some other active wear brands, to boot.  My only concern became how much to buy and how I would make room for it, as I wanted it all.  The look below is going to be on constant repeat.   My other active wear is about to feel neglected.

An added bonus is that it is easy to style with all my favorite navy pieces, so that I can run errands to and from a workout.  I styled the performance capri leggings in stripe with the in-transit long sleeve shirt in polka dot.  I added my favorite J. Crew for NET-A-PORTER faux fur scarf, Ryan Sunglasses, my own bag and my favorite navy leopard kicks.  If you have not read the story of my inspiration for the name of the blog as a result of these shoes, its here.

Even the accessories are perfect!  I love the colors of these hairbands and they are just the right size.

J. Crew Hair Ties


New Balance for J. Crew Performance Capri Leggings in Stripe

New Balance for J. Crew In-Transit Long Sleeve T-shirt in Polka Dot

J. Crew for NET-A-PORTER Faux fur scarf

J. Crew Ryan Sunglasses in Blush

Stella McCartney for Adidas Kicks (older style).  These New Balance for J. Crew kicks would be perfect!

Happy Shopping!