ice skating.

{Coat: anthro; Jeans: Old Navy; Boots: Target; Hat: ae}

Confession. These pictures were taken back during Thanksgiving time when my family and I were staying up in Park City. If you follow me on instagram, these pictures were taken the same day this happened….

You’re welcome.

Getting to the point. Provo Utah has been miserable lately. So FREAKING cold. The other day we had black ice (literally everything was covered in ice!) which is something we would get frequently in oregon. But man, thursday morning it was literally an ice rink out there. No joke. It was out of control but so hilarious. Watch this video and see for yourself!

I had some close calls where I almost did the splits, and at one point I had one leg up in the air but managed to catch myself. It was an experience, especially since im not the best at ice skating. But once I got up to campus I see a sign on my classroom door saying that class was canceled. Are you FREAKING kidding me? I went through all that to find out that class was canceled? I was not pleased to say the least.

But now it is melting away. Thank goodness.

Stay classy out there.

Happy Weekend!


Mid-week inspiration

{Found off of Pinterest somewhere}

Here is some mid-week inspiration for you all. Coming off the long weekend has been rough due to my lack of productivity…whoops!

This is definitely one of my favorite quotes and whats crazy is that everything I’ve been reading/listening to has directly applied to my life…weird. Gotta love it though. So I’m going to share it all with you.

So please enjoy.

remember those warmer days?

{Dress: Apricot Lane; Blazer: Nordstroms; Boots: Target}

So I found these outfits pictures that were taken back in the day when we were trying to dress like it was cool outside when it really wasn’t and we were naively wishing that it was cooler so that we could wear warmer wintery things.

Yeah those were stupid thoughts. You can say that I’m kicking myself for that one…

Because now I sit here all bundled up hoping I don’t get frostbite every time I walk outside.  Then I start to cry when I realize that it is only mid-January and that we have many more months of this cold hell we are living in. The snow was cool for about a week and now im over it. You can go now.

Stay warm!


My annual project.

(Sweater: j. crew; Dress: Target; Scarf: Me!; Boots: Miz Mooz)

Each Christmas break I tackle a knitting project and this years was much bigger than last years. MUCH bigger. (well for me at least  im not a professional knitter by any means) Last year I knitted a hat. This year I decided it would be fun to knit 5 circle scarves. It was fun…but once I hit that 2nd one I was burnt out. haha! But it was so worth it! I gave them to each of my roommates and a friend from home and then of course I had to knit one for myself in my new favorite color.

It was the perfect gift.


New. New. New.

It’s a new year. a new term. and a new blog!

It’s so exciting to have the design all finished and I love it and I hope that you do as well. The lovely Erisha of A thing Created is the mastermind behind the fabulous new header and I am obsessed with it. She is such an amazing artist and I love all of her work and you definitely need to check out her site. It’s my new favorite!

Name Change.

So I have been wanting to distance my self from “Totally Tessa” for a long time now and with the new design it was perfect timing. I started this blog in high school and the blog name “Totally Tessa” fit for that time in my life, but since coming to college and as I prepare for a future career I wanted something different. I love my name and the way my first and middle name sounds together – “Tessa Leigh”. That was it. My new blog name. It was a done deal.

So welcome to Tessa Leigh, a personal and daily fashion blog!

There is something about a clean slate at the New Year that is so refreshing and motivating. I’m really looking forward to keep growing this blog this next year and I am so thankful to all of you who stop by here at the new and improved Tessa Leigh styles blog.

Happy Monday!

{Merry Christmas and} Happy New Year!

{Jacket: Old Navy; Blouse: Francesca’s; Bag: Nordstrom Rack; Boots: Miz Mooz}

How is it already 2013? Last thing I remember, it was 1999 and I was making up dances to every song on Britneys Spears new album. How time flies…

Well my holiday hiatus is sadly officially over.  Time at home has been great, having nothing to do has been great. but after 3 weeks of doing nothing I’m starting to go a little crazy over here and need something more than getting dressed on my to-do list. I’m ready to get this new year started! Its going to be a good year full of exciting things. 2012 was pretty good but it wont be as good as 2013 will be.

2013 will be filled with travel. Did I mention that I am going on a study abroad to LONDON this spring?! I’m pretty dang excited about it. Ever since I was little the goal of “Travel the world” has been on every list I make and finally it’s becoming a reality. Plus it has always been a dream to live in London. So you can say that I will be on cloud nine the whole time I’m over there.

I’m still working on my goals for this year. Lots of personal things I want to accomplish and professional/academic things I want to accomplish as well. I’m excited for the future and what it holds for me, but also pretty dang scared. Which makes this whole thing that much more exciting.

Happy New Year to all of you!

a touch of burgundy.

{Top: Roommate (via Anthro); Pants: Old Navy; Shoes: Target}

The joys of having roommates with cute clothes is that your closet triples in size. and I am loving it. Also can I point out that I’m OBSESSED with this lip color. Burgundy is my new favorite color.  and Yes, I know it looks fabulous on me.

Well my weekend plans consist of the Killers Concert and many birthday celebratory activities for one of my roommates. So you can say this weekend is going to be a blast and very eventful!

What do you have planned for this weekend?

its bright out here.

{Sweater: Roommates (Gap); Blouse: f21; Jeans: Anthro; Shoes: Target}

I am loving the idea of wearing bright neon pieces into the winter season. Adding some pizzaz to the dreary winter months is always nice. Also can I say that these leopard flats are the new love in my life. Who needs boys when you have these babies to keep you company? Yeah, thats what I thought.

Happy Wednesday!

Thanksgiving Day.

Yes I know everyone has moved onto the Christmas Season but I just need to say Happy Belated Thanksgiving before I fully dive into the Christmas Season (even though I started listening to Christmas music and decorated for the holidays long before Thanksgiving….guilty as charged.)

As most Thanksgivings go we took family pictures, ate, told stories, ate some more, and went to see the new Bond movie.

Even though we drive each other CRAZY some times, we also can act the CRAZIEST with each other. Love them to death.

We all gathered around and listened to stories about my grandparents childhoods and the cute story of how they met. So grateful that all four of my grandparents are still alive and the great example that they set for me.

Then we ate pie. Lots of pie. 3 pieces to be exact.

I have a lot of things to be grateful for in my life right now.

Family. Friends. Education. Opportunities. The Gospel. and so much more.

Happy Be-lated Thanksgiving!

What are you thankful for?

this little place of mine.

{Pants: Nordstrom Rack; Sweater: f21; Shirt: h&m; Boots: Target}

I know I have been gone a lot lately because honestly I thought that I was “over” the whole blogging thing. It was hard to make time for it because with being a  full time student and working part time I didn’t have much extra time. But, then I realized I did miss it and that I had to make time. I want to build up this little place on the internet of mine. I don’t care if one person reads it (hi mom) or if the whole world reads it. I want this to be a place of fashion but also a place where I can share my thoughts and you can too. I want it to be a place of positivity, happiness, and fun because that is what I desperately need in my life right now.

Good talk. See ya all later!

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