Giving In Style

Behind the scene with the Leigh's team, l-r:     Patrick Plank, Natalie Cleary, Leslie Krumpschmid, Lauren Beattie, Katie Oostema, Carly Hanson-Birkhold, Giovanna Reilly, Lynnae Kalawart, Lesley Goebel
Behind the scenes with the Leigh’s team, l-r: Chris Trezciak, Patrick Plank, Natalie Cleary, Leslie Krumpschmid, Lauren Beattie, Katie Oostema, Carly Hanson-Birkhold, Giovanna Reilly, Lynnae Kalawart, Lesley Goebel, Billi Sue Potter back: Jane Hall
Our beautiful models reading to walk the runway, r-l: Anna DeBoer, Alex
Our beautiful models ready to walk the runway, r-l: Anna DeBoer, Alex Rozema, Abbie Strange ,Blair Badge , Emma Hall
The finale of another amazing runway show by Leigh's!
The finale of another amazing runway show by Leigh’s!

Leigh’s partnered with the Babies Welfare Guild for their Giving In Style fashion show to raise funds for Camp Blodgett. Camp Blodgett provides educational and camping opportunities to children that might not otherwise have these special summer experiences. It always warms my heart when we can do fashion shows to shine the spotlight on some of our community’s worthwhile organizations that support programs for women and children. Once again, my Leigh’s team put together an outstanding show for our guests. As I watch the different looks come down the runway and the ease of the show, I am reminded how talented our team is! Thanks to The Guild for inviting us to be a part of your event, to our beautiful models, to my team and everyone who attended….what a success the night was and what fun the kids will have this summer at camp!


Fashion Show Success

The Leigh's team that made it all happen.  l-r: Leslie Krumpschmid, Lesley Goebel, Kaitlyn Stone, Patrick Plank, Deb Clark, Lauren Beattie
The Leigh’s team that made it all happen…you’re the BEST! l-r:
Leslie Krumpschmid, Lesley Goebel, Kaitlyn Stone, Patrick Plank, Deb Clark, Lauren Beattie
The red carpet is out and ready for our VIP guests.
Guests decide what silent auction items to bid on.
Leigh’s Glam Station with Laura Mercier makeup artists was a favorite of guests.
Scott and Rebecca Wierda have a fun photo opt in front of the step and repeat.
Some of our littlest models (dressed by Snapdragon Boutique) are ready for the runway.
This darling model was a crowd favorite when she started blowing kisses!
Becky Afendoulis Trierweiler rocked this beautiful maxi by Marchesa Voyage
A sell out crowd at the Goei Center…of course!
Our models stop the show for a “selfie”…..who says only Ellen at The Oscars can have all the fun!
Grand Rapids City Commissioner Walt Gutowski looks quite dapper in his clothing from Fitzgerald’s Men’s Store.
Saralyn Coupe stylishly wears Veronica Beard down the runway.
Artistic Director of the Grand Rapids Ballet Patricia Barker is on point with her Yigal Azrouel suit.
Maeve McInerney and Tim Pietryga are the grand finale and close the show!

What an amazing night Leigh’s had partnering with The Dwelling Place for There’s No Place Like Home Fashion Show. Leigh’s, Fitzgerald’s Men’s Store and Snapdragon Boutique (children’s clothing) styled community leaders (our volunteer models) to raise funds for two important housing communities for women and children who are either homeless or victims of domestic abuse….Liz’s House and The Bridge Street Place. Leigh’s is committed to assisting organizations whose mission is to provide services to women and children and we couldn’t be more proud of being a part of this great event. Thank you to everyone involved in this event and to all our guests who attended…you made this evening such a success!

Spring Break 2014 Suitcase

photoFriday cannot come soon enough…..warm weather and sunshine awaits me in Florida for my spring break getaway with my family.  As we all can commiserate, it’s been a long…super long….painfully long  (emphasis on painful) winter. I am so ready to show my toes and wear a dress without an opaque black tight (you know exactly what I’m talking about and are nodding your head right now). As you know, a girl cannot go on spring break without picking up a few new fun items to wear while vacationing. I strongly adhere to this motto and fortunately it is always so convenient for me to shop….just walk out my office door and I am surrounded by enticing clothing, shoes, cosmetics and accessories. This morning I made a few laps around the store and found way too many must-haves….I might need to extend my vacation to accommodate my wardrobe additions! As I do for you every year, I like to share my top picks for the suitcase….drum roll please….  As you can clearly see by my provided picture,  I  love dresses and this spring is no different. Look at the fun colors in the little Trina Turk number on the top left…love.  As I have been preaching to you, white is so on trend and I L-O-V-E this white Veronica Beard dress which has an exposed zipper in the back. (Reminder: White is now a year round color…it’s not just for Memorial Day – Labor Day.)  We have Joie in store this season and I loved (yes, I am overusing this word, but it’s how I am feeling about my selections) this easy, casual sundress. Joie also caught my eye with the cute floral short and fun striped top (floral and stripes…you may). Finally, I ventured outside my norm and invested in a maxi skirt by Bailey 44.  I always thought you had to be tall to pull-off wearing a maxi skirt or dress, but Patrick assured me that this is not the case and even I (at a whopping 5′ 4″) could wear one. You should definitely try one if you haven’t before….regardless of your height.

photoThen I went to look at shoes.  As I have shared in previous blogs, shoes are my weakness….how could I possibly choose just 1 or 2 pairs when we have so many FABULOUS shoes at Leigh’s?!  I needed heels and flats and I couldn’t decide…just glance at my picture.  How I love Stuart Weitzman and VC Signature by Vince Camuto, let me count the ways. You have to be proud of me for narrowing it down this much!

Last, but not least, I walked on over to see our amazing makeup artists in cosmetics and they hooked me up with Sun Bum sunscreen and a great moisturizer from Laura Mercier with SPF 15 so that I could enjoy the sun, but still keep my skin safe while I am basking in the rays of the warm sunshine.

Wow, I feel like I just pushed the Easy Button!  I have everything I need for vacation and I got it all at my most favorite store….Leigh’s.  Let me know if we can get you vacation ready too…we promise lots of fun and fashion!

Since You Asked….

Rebecca and Deb meet Eddie Borgo at his showroom.
Rebecca and Deb meet Eddie Borgo at his showroom.

Who is Eddie Borgo? After years of designing for other stylists and designers, New York based designer Eddie Borgo launched his own collection in 2008. He describes it as, “Part punk, part sleek and architectural. The Eddie Borgo collection centers on a modern definition of luxury.”   He has many accolades for his work such as being named 2010 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund runner-up as well as winning both the CFDA Swarovski Award for Accessory Design and the Tiffany & Co Development Grant in 2011.  You can find his accessories in over 100 luxury stores worldwide, from New York’s Bergdorf Goodman to London’s Harrods and right here in West Michigan at Leigh’s. On our recent trip to New York, we spent some time with Eddie in his showroom as he shared with us his inspiration board for his fall 2014 collection. What a talented and likeable person Eddie is.  We are excited to have his collection in store for you at Leigh’s; we think you will like it as much as we do!

Eddie has been featured in many publications. Here is a sampling of his most recent…






2014 Great Fashion Year!

Swimming in a sea of luxurious Etro paisleys....heavenly!
Swimming in a sea of luxurious Etro paisleys….heavenly!

Our fabulous buyer Natalie Cleary takes a moment to model for us in the Escada showroom.
Our fabulous buyer Natalie Cleary takes a moment to model for us in the Escada showroom.
Love Armani's new showroom with views of the Hudson River.  Rebecca and Deb can't resist a photo opt!
Love Armani’s new showroom with views of the Hudson River. Rebecca and Deb can’t resist a photo opt!
After an amazing day in market....cheers!
Rebecca and Deb after an amazing day in market….cheers!

It was so great to be back in New York for market…I definitely have been looking forward to seeing what our designers are going to be treating us to for Fall ’14. Yes, you read that correctly…Fall ’14! The colors, textures and silhouettes are dreamy. But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves! We are receiving new spring goodies in every day (that you will L-O-V-E). Leigh’s knows that fashion girls are in need of a ray of sunshine for their closet right now regardless of the temperature outside. However, I can now confidently assure you that 2014 is going to be an incredible year for fashion…both spring and fall. I know I just put your mind at ease, didn’t I?! You and I will both need to prepare…time to purge the closet and make sure that we both have plenty of room for all of our new clothes and shoes that we will be bringing home this year!