One On One: Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Jun02

One On One: Gugu Mbatha-Raw

31-year-old Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s first name means “our pride” in Zulu. And that’s a perfectly appropriate word for the blossoming actress that wowed audiences as the mixed-race daughter of an English aristocrat in the award-winning period drama “Belle.” Outside of her outstanding role, which is already generating the Oxford, London native some well-deserved Oscar buzz, the classically trained actress has also built a reputation for being articulate and easy-going. Her acting credits include a starring role in the TV series “Undercovers” with Boris Kodjoe, Fox’s “Touch” opposite Kiefer Sutherland, the Tom Hanks-Julia Roberts film “Larry Crowne” and the Jude Law-helmed “Hamlet” on Broadway—and she is far from finished.

Jun02

In Style With Leslie Young

Leslie YoungFathers get a bad rap! Sure, some aren’t doing what they should but the same can be said about some mothers. As I get off my soapbox, I’d like to honor the faithful fathers this Father’s Day.

Mysteriously, while I never have trouble finding a restaurant to celebrate Father’s Day, I always seem to get hung up on finding that perfect gift. This year I think I’ve got it nailed with a mini Father’s Day Gift Guide for the stylish father in your life.

Birchbox.com – Keep Father’s Day going all year long. By subscribing for as low as $20/month, a box of men’s products will be shipped to the father in your life. Products vary from month to month but include products like RicherPoorer Socks, Dr. Dewy Lip Cure, Ministry of Supply Atmos Base Layer Tee, RIADA by Adair Tie Bar and much more.

Lids.com – Give your father a baseball hat just in time for summer. Customize it with images or text making it extra special and memorable. Better yet, let him customize it himself by giving him a gift card.

Comfy shoes – UGG brand boots are known for their comfort and style, but it gets better. UGG also has a line of canvas slip-ons which are perfect for the out and about father who isn’t a fan of sandals but doesn’t like the bulk of a tennis shoe. These slip-ons are so light; he’ll barely know he has them on.

Cool tie – Chambray is the perfect spring/summer fabric. It’s light and casual but can be dressed up when the setting calls for it. J.Crew has some awesome chambray ties at remarkably reasonable prices. This is the perfect gift for the fashionable father in your life.

I hope these ideas will spark your interest and that you have a blessed Father’s Day!

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This Month's Spotlight

My interest is always piqued when I come across products that serve a purpose beyond fashion. Angry Elephant Clothing was inspired in 2008 by the often overlooked endangered elephant population and the poaching crisis.

Founders, James Rounds and Albert Felder brought on brand and outreach specialist, Tyrone Felder to help spread the word about this cause.

In 2012, Angry Elephant Clothing re-launched their brand after an unexpected setback resulting from their artwork being stolen. Determined to press-on, Angry Elephant Clothing has been on a mission to bring awareness to this cause and is becoming a universal symbol for those who cry out against injustice particularly within the Urban American community.

They’ve also created shirts to reflect their support to find a cure for cancer and autism.

Now, Angry Elephant Clothing is expanding by partnering with clothing boutiques and other fashion outlets.

To support the cause and learn more visit www.angryelephantstore.com to buy your own tee, hoodie or baseball cap. You can also find them on Facebook – Angry Elephant 1969.

In Style With Leslie young
Apr07

In Style With Leslie young

Does the thought of Spring cleaning make you cringe? Me too! While I may not have the answers for washing your windows and scrubbing your baseboards, I can certainly offer some tips on cleaning out his closet, their closet and your closet.

Tip 1: Trash, Stash or Donate. Make three piles of items you will trash, stash away or donate. You’ll need to be brutally honest and may require help from a good friend. If an item is in good condition but hasn’t been worn in a year, donate it. Keep your receipt for a tax write-off. If a favorite item has holes and stains, you know it’s not a keeper. Trash it. Last, if you have “goal” items - items you’ve kept in your closet to wear after you reach that elusive goal weight – it’s time to get rid of them. Chances are you paid a pretty penny for these “goal” items and can’t part with them for free. Consignment stores offer to sell clothes for you while retaining a percentage of the sale price. Otherwise, try Ebay.com. The only items left in your closet should be in good condition and worn at least once a quarter.

In Style With Leslie Young
Mar03

In Style With Leslie Young

I'd like to say I can blame all my clothing stains on the fact that I have 3 kids running around, but the awful truth is I'm clumsy. It's a wonder my parents kept me indoors. While I’m sure you can’t possibly be as clumsy as I am, I know you’ll appreciate three easy common stain removal tips that you can put up your sleeve. With each remedy, I suggest testing an inconspicuous part of the garment first so that you don’t ruin it.

In Style With Leslie Young
Feb05

In Style With Leslie Young

With Valentine’s season upon us, I’m beginning to notice the world is made up of two kinds of people: those who love Valentine’s Day and those who loathe the holiday. There’s never really an in-between. I have a friend who jokingly calls V-Day, “Single Awareness Day.” And while some may think of this holiday as a cruel trick to fool men into buying chocolate and flowers, my single friend loves this day. For her, it’s a chance to have a spa day and a night out with friends, enjoying each other’s company. For me, it’s a chance to pause and enjoy my husband’s company one-on-one.

In Style With Leslie Young
Jan07

In Style With Leslie Young

With the new year comes that desire to start the year on the right foot. Many of us begin rummaging through our closets and jewelry dishes discarding any remnants of out-dated and ill-fitting items we own--but not so fast with the old cleaning out of the closet. There are four rules to keep in mind for your closet clean out.

First Ladies High Tea
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