Its finally here! Welcome to the fresh new look of Elle Apparel! I am so excited to share this bright new space with you. My site has needed a face lift for…years. But manufacturing and selling my clothing line, the launch of The Modern Girls Guide to Sewing, and the birth of my 3rd baby boy all took center stage throughout the past four years. After the dust settled, I really took my time in making my blog a reflection of me and my personal style. I am so thrilled with the outcome and I hope you love it too! I figured my birthday week was the perfect time to roll out all the changes!

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First things first, I put together a HUGE GIVEAWAY to celebrate Elle Apparel’s redesign!! It’s all of my very favorite things wrapped up into a giant giveaway with EIGHT lucky winners! I’ve included all of the prizes and entry details at the bottom of this post. It’s my way of saying thank you to all of you for being so kind and supportive of my work over the years. I have made such good virtual friends with many of you through instagram, snapchat (especially those accidental video snaps your kiddos send me!), and blog post comments. You are real genuine friends and I am so grateful for you!


There are some really amazing features that I have implemented in my blog now that make it so much easier for you to find specific posts, clothing items, and gain inspiration. Here is a quick little guide for exploring my site…


  • First things first, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has its own tab (temporarily). ha ha! I keep that tab up to date with all the best finds for Women, Beauty, Baby/Kids, and Men. Check that one frequently because I’m always adding new items when other ones sell out.
  • Under the SHOP tab, you can view all of my latest outfit posts on instagram and shop each look easily.
  • The SHOP tab also links to my Currently Loving page, which holds all of the styles and items I am loving right now. These items are updated frequently as the styles and seasons change, so make sure you check back to see which things I have on my wishlist. I also link to my favorite styles for Men, Baby/Kids, and Home Decor as well.it’s a one stop shopping spot, and I only include items that I really love.
  • I separated the CATEGORIES  tab into all the different types of posts I do on Elle Apparel. It is divided up by Fashion, Beauty, Family, Interiors, Pregnancy, Health, Travel, and Holiday posts. It’s a quick way to search through what really interests you.
  • With a fresh new site comes the addition of a newsletter that will keep you updated on my latest style tips, tutorials, and new trends I’m excited to try! I have a lot of fun things in store for my newsletter so make sure you subscribe.
  • I am working on answering a lot of your frequently asked questions over on my FAQ page. If there is something you would like me to include, email me! I love hearing from you!
  • Now this is one of the features I am most excited about. I have categorized all of my outfit posts by Casual, Dressy, Momiform, and Maternity looks under the LOOKBOOK tab. So if you just found out that you are expecting and have no idea how to dress that growing bump in the first trimester, its easy to find my “Dressing the Bump” series for lots of first trimester style ideas. Or, if you have a fancy office party coming up next month, you can get lots of dress inspiration easily. I tailored this feature specifically for you.
  • My sewing tutorials are all like my little babies (..girl babies!) and they needed their own personal space. Check out my TUTORIALS tab to see all of the dozens and dozens of clothing tutorials I have done.
  • If you are a business interested in collaborating with Elle Apparel, you can check out my Collaborate page. It shows you exactly what Elle Apparel is about, links to past collaborations I have done, and the correct contact email so that we can start working together!

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all the giveaway winners are posted at the bottom of this post



Here it is! This is a giveaway I have been excitedly planning for months and months. When I first put together this giveaway, I sat down and listed out all of my favorite things and then figured out how I could share them with you! I am giving away EIGHT separate prizes, so there will be EIGHT winners total (each winner gets one of the eight prizes). Here is what you can win…


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1. $100 BAUBLEBAR GIFT CARD: My favorite statement jewelry. Their pieces are unique and beautiful! I have my eye on this necklace and this ring.

2. $100 SOLE SOCIETY GIFT CARD: Most of my shoes are from here and they are great quality at a great price point. I got these wedges for summer and I love them.

3. VANITY PLANET’S SPIN FOR PERFECT SKIN BRUSH ($100 value – U.S. entries only): I am obsessed with this and take it everywhere with me. It has smoothed and cleared my complexion and everyone needs one. If you don’t win, I can get you one for 70% off with this link (or use code LBSpin at checkout).

4. $100 NORDSTROM GIFT CARD: Grab those perfect fall booties or this flattering pair of distressed denim over at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale! (you can find my round-up post here)

5. DERMSTORE’S TEXTURE TAME TREATMENT ($199 value- U.S. entries only): This treatment completely transformed my hair and eliminated any frizz, leaving it smooth and glossy. I was so impressed by the results! (you can view my review post on it here)

6. $100 ZAPPOS GIFT CARD: I’m all about Zappos’s 1 day free shipping. There are the only place I’ve been able to find my favorite jeans ever.

7. PETUNIA PICKLEBOTTOM CITY SPECIAL EDITION BOXY BACKPACK ($215 value- U.S. entries only): I have used this bag from Petunia Picklebottom as my main diaper bag for 11 months now, and it is still in amazing condition! The limited edition has the gold hardware, and I love this bag to death!

8. MODERN GIRLS GUIDE TO SEWING COURSE ($99 value): I am so thrilled to be able to give one winner access to either the Beginner’s course or the Intermediate course to our Modern Girls Guide to Sewing online videos. Sewing and designing clothing is such a passion for me and I can’t wait to share it with one of you!



MANDATORY ENTRY: Subscribe to my new newsletter by entering your name and email in the box below, and leave me a comment on this post listing the email you used to subscribe with and list the prize numbers you would like to win (starting with the one you want most). This will ensure that if you win, it’s a prize that you want! You can list as many giveaway numbers as you would like, just make sure it is only on one comment.

(For example: “Jane@gmail.com. I would love giveaway 6, 1, 5, or 2”)

FOR A SECOND ENTRY: Follow me over on Instagram (@leannebarlow) and then leave me a second comment on this post that says “following!” If you already follow me on Insta, it’s an easy second entry! Just make sure you comment below letting me know.

I will select 8 winners randomly and announce them on this post on August 7th. We will check to make sure all winners have fulfilled the giveaway requirements.

Good luck everyone!

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IF YOU WON, PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL WITHIN 48 HOURS TO ADVERTISE@LEANNEBARLOW.COM TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE! (any unclaimed prizes after 48 hours will be redrawn and announced here)

Thank you thank you to everyone who entered! I read each and everyone of your comments and some of them had me in tears! You guys are the best!

I used Blush Creative Studio to create my new site and I couldn’t be happier! I would highly recommend them!




Confession: I have never owned a high chair. For Bradley and Cash I just used a little chair that attached to one of our normal chairs and figured that was good enough. But this time around I finally got a real live high chair and it is the biggest help. I didn’t know what I was missing with the other two! I opted to get the new 4moms High Chair and it has made mealtime around here so much easier. I am a huge fan of 4moms after using their mamaRoo. They thought of everything with that swing and they hit it out of the park with this high chair as well.

As a mom of three boys, so much of our day is spent in the kitchen fixing food, eating food, cleaning up food, and repeating it all an hour later. Everyone always seems to be hungry at the same time, so I’m grateful my 4moms high chair lets me hold Eli with one arm and disconnect the magnetic tray easily with the other. Magnetic. Did you guys catch that? Its absolutely as amazing as it sounds. I always multitask my way through mealtime, and this easy on easy off tray is such a help!

Sometimes when I can’t feed Eli his rice cereal fast enough, he swipes the spoon from me and takes matters into his own hands. This genius magnetic tray also has a magnetic bowl, so I don’t have to stress about him giving himself a rice cereal bath when I’m not looking.

We’re all like a little Eli fan club in our house, and he gets a kick out of being able to watch his big brothers. At dinner I scoot his high chair up to our table so that he can get in on all the action.

WHITE TOP | DISTRESSED JEANS (love these! less than $100!) | 4MOMS HIGH CHAIR c/o
I do all my feedings on the tray cover of the high chair, and disconnect it to quickly rinse it off in the sink. So no matter how messy it gets introducing Eli to prunes, cleaning up the highchair is easy. Cleaning his face and hair on the other hand, might be a different story.
This high chair is something I actually love having in my kitchen because of its gorgeous modern design! How many baby items can you say that about? I am thrilled to be able to give one of these amazing high chairs to one of you! I’ve teamed up with 4moms to give one away over on my instagram (@leannebarlow) so head on over to enter to win! Make sure you are following me there and leave as many comments as you want tagging a different friend in each comment to enter! I’ll announce the winner on Wednesday on that instagram post.
in partnership with 4moms  |  photography by Kendra Maarse




I am so excited to finally announce that Merrick and I have officially launched The Modern Girl’s Guide To Sewing! A two-part video series that teaches you everything you need to know to learn how to sew your own clothing! Over the past 6 years of creating sewing tutorials on our blogs, we have received countless emails asking us the best way to learn how to sew, or comments about how they wished they knew how to sew. The bottom line was- unless you had the time and money to sign up at a local college and pay the full tuition cost to take a sewing course, there wasn’t much out there that would teach clear, basic, affordable apparel sewing skills. The Modern Girl’s Guide to Sewing changes that.

On our website, moderngirlsewing.com, you can purchase two different sewing courses to fit your needs. A Beginners Course– that teaches you all the basics from how to thread your sewing machine to creating a gathered waistband, and an Intermediate Course– for those who know the basics of sewing, but want to learn more about inserting sleeves, creating darts, and attaching pockets. We end each course with a start to finish episode that walks you through creating a custom garment tailored to YOU, where you will utilize each skill you learned throughout the course. Purchase these courses individually, or bundle them together to get a discount.

We also just finished up an AMAZING giveaway over on our instagrams….Scroll down to the bottom of this post to see if you were one of the winners!!

Here is what you will be able to make after taking the courses….

We have so much more information over at moderngirlsewing.com, so make sure you check it out. You can see a list of every class we have here, and find info on how to purchase the courses here. We also have a free video that teaches you how to create your own custom pattern from an existing piece of clothing over on our new YouTube channel. (make sure you subscribe! We will be adding other free videos there in the future!)

And here is a little peak of how much fun you will have with us…


We put hours and hour (and..hours) into these courses to make sure each episode is clear and concise…but still fun! These courses will give you the skills to start creating your own clothing! Let me tell you, it is one of the most exciting feelings ever to be able to draft a pattern and sew something totally customized.

So join us! We can’t wait to share all of our knowledge about clothing construction with you!AND THE WINNERS OF THE MODERN GIRL GIVEAWAY ARE…

1st Prize — the winner is @sallen806!
Brother Serger 1034D ($189 value)
Jo-Ann’s Fabric Giftcard ($100)
2nd Prize — the winner is @babsalabs!
Jo-Ann’s Fabric Giftcard ($50)
3rd Prize — the winner is @multimamamiki
Jo-Ann’s Fabric Giftcard ($50)
3 Winners will receive:
Jo-Ann’s Fabric Giftcard ($50) — the winner is @kassadilla
Jo-Ann’s Fabric Giftcard ($50) — the winner is @karemyr
Jo-Ann’s Fabric Giftcard ($50) — — the winner is @aw82
5 Winners will receive:
Michael Levine Giftcards ($25) — the winner is @jenzzzington
Michael Levine Giftcards ($25) — the winner is @graciewpowell
Michael Levine Giftcards ($25) — the winner is @amandashawclark
Michael Levine Giftcards ($25) — the winner is @kara_muehlmann
Michael Levine Giftcards ($25) — the winner is @meldunn711
Please email us at hello@moderngirlsewing.com with your name and address within 48 hours to confirm your prize!  Thank you so much to everyone who entered! We had almost 3,000 entries! We are so grateful for all of the excitement over these new courses!


photography by Mary Costa Photography


My boys and I have been spending a lot of our days outside this summer. Between soccer practice for Cash, golf lessons for Bradley, and weekly park play dates, we are always on the go.  I usually keep things really casual and throw on a simple pair of Chuck Taylors or sandals and a comfy tee. It’s usually way too hot and I’m way too pregnant for pants, so a comfy stretchy skirt is always what I reach for when I’m in a hurry to get out the door.
Another thing I grab on the go is a big tote bag that fits all my necessities- sunscreen, water bottles (for all 3 of us), sunglasses, wipes, and food. Always food. I’ve been loving my Petunia Pickle Bottom tote bag. It holds everything I need. It’s been a while since I’ve used a diaper bag (although, that’s all going to change in a few weeks!), but I love that I can use this bag now pre-baby without looking like I’m carrying around a diaper bag. And I’ll have no problem adding diapers and wipes to my list of things to pack in this bag once this third boy decides to join the party!
I’ve teamed up with Petunia Pickle Bottom to help make your summer traveling adventures easy and stylish. Petunia is giving away one of their new Wistful Weekender bags (valued at $185) and a Travel Train case (valued at $42) in the colors of your choice to a lucky Elle Apparel reader! 
The winner of this giveaway is…
Congrats Bobbie! Shoot me over an email to claim your bags! (leanne@leannebarlow.com)
Thank you to everyone for entering!! 
Simply follow me and Petunia Pickle Bottom over on instagram, then leave a comment on this blog post below letting me know you’ve followed us! I’ll announce the winner on this post Tuesday of next week. Good luck! 



Top: Lulu*s c/o (similar here)  | Jeans: Zara (similar) | Boots: Sole Society c/o | Bag: Nena & Co c/o | Necklace: Stella & Dot c/o | Rings: Gorjana Griffin c/o
Today I’m giving away a beautiful Day Bag II from Nena & Co over on my instagram.  Head on over here to find out how to enter (hint: it’s a super easy entry).  



Top: Nordstrom (on sale through the weekend) | Pants: Gap | Shoes: Nordstrom (on sale and crazy comfortable!) | Bag: Jessica Simpson (birthday gift from a friend) similar here and here | Sunglasses: Ray Ban via Sunglasses Shop c/o | Necklace: Gorjana Griffin c/o | Bracelet: INPINK c/o (also loving this one ) | Watch: Arvo c/o 

Sunglasses are something that I feel like I’m always on the hunt for.  I find myself walking slowly down the sunglass isle and trying on a few here and there even if sunglasses aren’t on my list of things to get.  It wasn’t until a few years ago that I started investing in more quality sunglasses.  I make sure to always have an inexpensive Target pair in my purse or as a backup, but I would much prefer to drive with ones that are made well and fit my face correctly.  
Ray Ban Aviators have been around forever, and the style is classic.  I thought I would add a little color with mine this time around from Sunglasses Shop and I love it.  There was such a variety online when I was shopping, it took me a full week to decide (it was either the green ones I got or the same ones in blue).  I can never have enough tortoise shell glasses, so those were probably second on my list.  
Today I’ve teamed up with Sunglass Shop to give one of you a pair of Ray Bans too!  This is probably one of my favorite giveaways to date.  I believe that there are a few key pieces worth investing in, and a good pair of quality sunglasses is one of them (just keep them away from the kids!) And you get to pic the pair of Ray Bans!
To enter, simply head over to the Sunglasses Shop facebook page and like them.  Leave me a comment below letting me know you did (we will double check before announcing the winner).  Make sure to check out their Twitter page too next time you’re there.  I’ll announce the winner end of next week. 
*Note: This contest it open worldwide.  Polarized, Titanium or Limited Edition frames are not available in this giveaway.  

And the winner is:

Congratulations Kris!  Shoot me over an email to claim your sunglasses!

Shop my look below…



Top: Pickwick & Weller c/o, Jeans: Zara, Bag: Massi c/o, Hat: J.Crew, Neckalce, Sami Lynn c/o, Wrists: Daniel Stevens c/o, Lulu Dharma c/o, Rings: Nissa c/o

In high school I had the hardest time paring a blue top with jeans.  It was just too much blue for me.  But now I love a good monochromatic look.  Navy, distressed jeans, a touch of chambray, and a pop of pattern help mix up the colors a bit to keep the look understated but still interesting.  (I have been living in this hat btw).  What colors do you gravitate to when you want to be comfy and casual?

I’m also giving away a $500 gift card to Nordstrom along with some other great bloggers below.  Make sure to check them out!

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  • The winner’s entries will be verified
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Top: Lulu*s c/o (similar), Pants: Zara, Shoes: Lulu*s c/o, Scarf: Lulu*s c/o (sold out, but love this similar one), Sunglasses: Lulu*s c/o, Rings: Nissa c/o, Bracelets: Nashelle c/o, Danielle Stevens c/o, Bag: Chicwish c/o

Transitioning my wardrobe from Winter to Spring is something I look forward to each year.  The floral trend might be my favorite trend to wear right now.  Florals can be a bit tricky to pull off sometimes, because the print can really make or break the look.  A full floral dress can be overwhelming if the print is to big or too loud.  I like to break up my floral pieces and incorporate them into my accessories.  For this casual look, I took my favorite over-sized white tee, and added my pop of floral print in my scarf and flats.  It a great way to pull off the floral trend without looking like you are trying too hard.

I am so excited to be teaming up with Lulu*s for their Fashion Face-Off Contest.  LuLu*s wants to know which spring trend will reign supreme this season.
I’m all about #teamfloral.  Follow along each week for a new trend report and enter via their Instagram
for a chance to be featured and score a $500 gift card to LuLu*s!



Since I was about 20 I have put a lot of effort into taking extra good care of my skin. Sunscreen daily, cleanse regularly, moisturize like crazy, the whole 9 yards. Now that I am…..not 20, I feel like I need to step things up a bit in my skincare routine. Enter, PMD (Personal Microderm).

Top: Pickwick and Weller c/o, Bracelet: Lulu Dharma c/o, Necklace: Sami Lynn c/o

This tool allows me to get an at home microdermabrasion.  I have been using it once a week for a little over 2 months now, and I honestly look forward to the nights that I use it (weird, because my normal nightly skin care routine is already ridiculously time consuming.  Just ask Garrett).  The morning after, my skin is extra smooth and I can tell a different when applying my make up.

Today I’m thrilled to share an amazing giveaway! I’ve collaborated with a group of fabulous bloggers to give 100 very lucky readers the chance to win a PMD, A Personal Microderm Tool! There will be 100 winners with a total prize pool valued at $20,000!  I am excited to be working with such a valued brand and to share with you on of my favorite ways to get glowing skin.

Enter using the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win and be sure to visit all the beautiful bloggers involved, it’s always brilliant to discover new blogs! Remember, the more entries you do, the more chances you have – and there’s 100 PMD Personal Microderm tools to give away…

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 Top: Old Navy (no longer available but love this similar one), Skirt: me (using fabric from Mood), Shoes: Nine West (similar), Necklace: INPINK c/o, Watch: Michael Kors, Bracelet: Bip and Bop c/o

I couldn’t wait to bust out a pencil skirt from this
amazing watercolor fabric I picked up at Mood during Fabric Weekend.  I
also want pillows and a great big painting with this print as well. 

Spring is officially here and I couldn’t be more excited.  With daylight savings giving us more light before bedtime, the boys constantly want to be outside playing.  I love opening up our back door to let them run around outside and throwing open all the windows for some fresh cool air.  Aside from some heinous allergies we are dealing with, this time of the year is pretty perfect. 

With today being the first official day of Spring, I have teamed up with some really incredible bloggers and designers for an amazing Spring giveaway that I wish I could enter myself!

  Enter the Rafflecopter below to win all this perfect Springy goodness…

  • The Take A Bow Skirt in Mint from my shop ($130 value) (If you were bummed you didn’t win my last bow skirt giveaway, here is another chance!)
  • The 14k solid gold butterfly charm with the diamond  and 18″in fine gold chain from Helen Ficalora ($330)
  • A Tory Birch Wallet in Cantaloupe from Nordstrom.com (+$195)
  • A $50 voucher to Jane.com
  • Emma Magazine Spring Issue ($23.80)
  • Sweet Dried Fruit Crisps in 4 flavors from Simple and Crisp ($20+)

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Sweater: Boden c/o (on sale! and suuper soft) , Top: Old Navy, Skirt: Leanne Barlow, Clutch: Boden c/o (on sale!), Shoes: 9 West, Necklace: J. Crew (similar), Sunglasses: Betsy Johnson (similar)
Happy Valentine’s Day!  For our date night tonight I am going with my Poppy Take A Bow skirt.  I decided to ditch the bow in exchange for a statement necklace.  I love getting dressed up for dates, but lets me honest, I love getting home and changing into comfy sweats with a movie and popcorn just as much.  Since it’s Valentine’s Day, and I want you all to know how much I love and appreciate you, I am giving away one of my Take A Bow skirts in the color of your choice!  Head on over to my Instagram to enter! 

I am in so love with my top and clutch from Boden.  They both pieces are impeccably made and really reasonably priced.  Another reason to love them is because they just partnered with US-based No Kid Hungry. and have some great ways to help earn money for that great cause (read more about it here)

Boden is offering free shipping + 15% off on their site with code: U229 (good through March 3rd). 


I hope everyone is enjoying their New Year!  I love the start of a new year and the chance to reassess and make goals.  I’ve thought a lot about what I want for this new year and up there at the top of my list is living more in the moment.  I am constantly juggling multiple balls at once, and I want to do a better job at taking the time to focus on one thing at a time.  Whether it is feeding my kids lunch, responding to emails, or just chatting on the couch at night with my husband, I want to set my phone down, forget about my to-do list, and just be there.  I am so happy and content with life right now I want to make sure I am savoring all the great moments I can.   

To help enable your success in your New Year Resolutions, whatever they may be, I’ve teamed up with a bunch of fabulous bloggers and Coupons.com to give away $500 to a store of your choice (or Amazon)! There are so many amazing New Year sales going on right now, and Coupons.com is a perfect place to start because you’re able to find all the great deals in one place! 
To win, complete the entries through the Rafflecopter below — each entry you complete will give you more chances to win the gift card!
This giveaway will be open until January 7th at midnight and is open to US residents only. 
Good luck!!

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