Leigha Gardner

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Leigha Gardner

THE LILAC PRESS BLOG/ STYLE INFLUENCER & STUDENT

As the blogger behind The Lilac Press, a full-time MBA student at Northeastern University focusing on entrepreneurship and marketing, and fashion and beauty digital brand consultant, Leigha Gardner is striving to help women find and cultivate their own individual styles. Having started out in both the fintech and energy industries, Leigha sought a creative outlet and side hustle that was more in line with her interests in beauty and fashion. The Lilac Press has become a place for Leigha to cultivate her passions and to interact with the vast community of similarly-minded women in the fashion and beauty space. Using her interest in photography, Leigha often shares her favorite brands, products, and trends with her loyal following in Boston and beyond through her social media presence.

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Leigha Gardner

THE LILAC PRESS BLOG/ STYLE INFLUENCER & STUDENT

As the blogger behind The Lilac Press, a full-time MBA student at Northeastern University focusing on entrepreneurship and marketing, and fashion and beauty digital brand consultant, Leigha Gardner is striving to help women find and cultivate their own individual styles. Having started out in both the fintech and energy industries, Leigha sought a creative outlet and side hustle that was more in line with her interests in beauty and fashion. The Lilac Press has become a place for Leigha to cultivate her passions and to interact with the vast community of similarly-minded women in the fashion and beauty space. Using her interest in photography, Leigha often shares her favorite brands, products, and trends with her loyal following in Boston and beyond through her social media presence.

How would you describe your style?
My style is very feminine and girly, but over the years I’ve cultivated it to incorporate some edgier elements.

What inspired you to start blogging?
I was working a desk job in an industry that did not allow me to be very creative or dress very expressively. I wanted some sort out outlet to share my loves with the world, and so I started The Lilac Press.

Where do you look to for fashion inspiration?
Now I work for a fashion boutique, Gretta Luxe, so I often turn to the designers we carry for the latest trends and inspiration. I also love to follow fashion influencers on Instagram, like Anine Bing and Xenia Adonts.

How would you describe your style?
My style is very feminine and girly, but over the years I’ve cultivated it to incorporate some edgier elements.

What inspired you to start blogging?
I was working a desk job in an industry that did not allow me to be very creative or dress very expressively. I wanted some sort out outlet to share my loves with the world, and so I started The Lilac Press.

Where do you look to for fashion inspiration?
Now I work for a fashion boutique, Gretta Luxe, so I often turn to the designers we carry for the latest trends and inspiration. I also love to follow fashion influencers on Instagram, like Anine Bing and Xenia Adonts.

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What are your favorite Anne Fontaine pieces to style from day to night?

The white shirt! It is so easy to dress it down with denim and sneakers, but for night time, I love it with a mini or midi skirt and heels or booties.

What are your favorite Anne Fontaine pieces to style from day to night?

The white shirt! It is so easy to dress it down with denim and sneakers, but for night time, I love it with a mini or midi skirt and heels or booties.

What is your favorite way to style the Anne Fontaine white shirt?
I love a unique white shirt with a cool pair of high-waisted boyfriend jeans or with a silk printed midi skirt!

What is a must have every woman should have in their wardrobe?
A pair of white booties! I know this probably isn’t a staple that many others would recommend but I purchased a relatively inexpensive pair about a year ago, and those boots have taken me throughout the ENTIRE year. They work in all four seasons and in almost each and every one of my outfits. They are a good shoe to rely on.

What is your best piece of fashion/styling advice you got from someone else?
The best piece of advice I’ve ever gotten is to never worry about playing by the rules, because really there are no rules! Fashion is so subjective and so personal that it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks! If it makes you happy, then it is working.

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Above, Leigha wears the PRESCILLA shirt.

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Follow Leigha @leighagardner and The Lilac Press.