- Rachel Sauter, Owner of Leopard Boutique -
A good balance, that’s what we’re all searching for, right? Work life vs. personal life, family time vs. social time, healthy eating vs. wine and ice cream … the need for balance shows up everywhere in our lives. And despite the fact that we spend all of our life trying to find balance, it never gets any easier to achieve. It’s a constant struggle and my struggle multiplied exponentially when I had my daughter. For me, Mommyhood forced me to make finding my balance my priority.
I picked up my 3 year old daughter, Mary Louise, from preschool a few months ago. We always chat about her day and what she did (one of the huge joys I have from the work/life balance I have been able to create). She said, “Today we learned to take a deep breath when we are frustrated.” I love her school. They’re always doing deep breaths, yoga, garden time … I wish I went there. In fact, on this particular day, I was wishing I was anywhere but where I was.
I’d been scrambling from one thing to another, answering non-stop phone calls from the stores, doing laundry, doing dishes, buying groceries, and trying to sign Mary up for summer camp before the approaching (maybe past?) deadline. Despite my efforts at balance, I was struggling, and wondering why no one ever taught me to take a “deep breath” when I was in preschool.
When we opened leopard, I was motivated by my passion for retail and a desire to provide an affordable boutique experience to women I knew. But I was also selfishly motivated. I wanted to be my own boss, take ownership of my time, and find my happy balance. I don’t want to choose between being a Mom and chasing my dreams, I want them both and I’m pretty certain I can have both. I’m not saying everyone needs to quit their jobs and invest all their savings into a business venture to find balance, but I do think anyone can take on the mindset that you are in control of your life and your time. Anyone can make choices that will help you achieve a greater balance, from choices as small as canceling on a friend when you need some time at home to as big as not taking a promotion because of the way it would change your lifestyle. And even though I now enjoy the ability to make my own schedule, I still struggle daily with whether or not I’m the best business owner, friend, Christian, mom, wife, woman, or sister I can be. Maybe I am and maybe I’m not, all I know is that when I pay attention to balance I enjoy being a business owner, friend, Christian, mom, wife, woman and sister more.
By Ashley Quinn
Fashion and football, two words you don’t often put together. What is more classic this time of year than a crisp Saturday with the game on? Sure there are always your jeans and favorite team tee, but sometimes you want to do it up big. That’s where we are here to help! You might not think to run to your favorite little boutique to pick something up for game day, but why not!? Whether you’re headed to tailgate, a game or a house party you should look your best.
Fueled by our team spirit we pulled together our favorite looks to root on our favorite teams! Show your Tiger pride by pairing a fun patterned vest with your black basics, or grab this dolman sleeve top with gold threading over our tummy tuck leggings. Add your favorite gold accessories and you’re good to go.
Gold thread dolman top: TCEC $34 Black Tummy Tuck Legging: M. Rena $32 Gold cuff bracelet: $16 Black “Sienna” Pull On: Liverpool $89 Black Moco Top $26 Patterned Vest: Entro $32 Gold Cross necklace: $22
If you a razorbacks fan we’ve got you covered. This adorable Hourglass Lilly dress not only has team spirit, it is super comfortable. If it’s chilly that day you can add the Kut from the Kloth jacket that I am currently obsessed with. You can also make your favorite jeans and tee look totally pulled together with a great white jacket. It takes your outfit all the way to super fan.
Red tee: Nikibiki $24 White Faux Leather Jacket: TCEC $56 Skinny “Liza” jeans: Level 99 $110 Booties: Very Volatile “Whitby” Khaki $79 Red and White patterned dress: Hourglass Lilly $46 Faux leather and suede jacket: KUT from the Kloth $102
Think you’ll never find something fashionable to wear to root on Auburn or Illinois, think again. Navy and orange seriously pop against each other. Dress it up with this adorable embroidered dress and booties or keep it casual in a tank and striped jacket. Add in navy accessories and you’re out the door. Don’t forget the chips and dip!
Orange embroidered dress: TCEC $45 Navy clutch: $38 (other colors and styles available) Booties: Very Volatile “Khloe” Tan $76 Rust and cream striped hoodie: Entro $48 Navy tank: Nikibiki $21 Tassel necklace: Bracha $32
Red and blue…the most classic of all team colors, who doesn’t own a few pieces? But we aren’t talking just any old outfit here; we are taking it up a notch. Pairing red and blue together might make you feel too “4th of July” but when choosing shades to pair together go with a darker red and navy. The Liverpool pull on skinnies are perfect. They give you the look of denim with the comfort of leggings. Paired with a great navy top they are the perfect color complement to each other. You can also go with bright red under a navy peekaboo top paired with your favorite denim.
Navy split blouse: Loveriche $42 Red cami: Nikibiki $16 Distressed denim “Brigitte”: KUT from the Kloth $89 Navy crisscross blouse: Very J $42 Wine “Sienna” Pull On: Liverpool $89 Booties: Very Volatile “Whitby” Khaki $79
The dark red Liverpool skinnies are very versatile. They can be paired with complimentary colors like the navy shown above or with classic cream. Cheer on the Crimson Tide in Crimson pants. Paired with a cream top or sweater you’re sure to be cozy and cute for any event. Touchdown, Leopard!
Wine “Sienna” Pull On: Liverpool $89 Cowl neck sweater: Lush $35 Gray cami: Nikibiki $16 Cream split back top: PPLA $42