Top 5: Leigh Shoemaker, Model/Stylist




What can I say, I love this one! She moved here from Canada in 2001 and worked with cult-vintage shop Narnia before getting signed with Ford and Wilhelmina. (telltale sign that Leigh is Canadian: she pronounces bag bayg). She’s also really nice which is also a thing there. And Leigh is multi-talented: she’s got quite the eye for vintage and new, is an outside-of-the-box stylist, and is mostly inspired by music, architecture and interior design.  There was such a positive response when she showed us how to rock a vintage Harley tee, that we brought her back for a Top 5. Take it away, Leigh! (p.s. follow her on Instagram @leighshoemaker).


 1. Dries Van Noten Gathered Velvet Dress  “I love the gathered waist detail especially if you are like me and have a little extra in that area but its also flattering if you are straight up and down. Dries Van Noten is one of my all time favorites. I love to mix and match designers,  high-end with low-end, etc. etc. However he is one designer I could wear head to toe. I’m always on the lookout for his shoes. I have like 6 pairs. His use of fabrics and his textile design is incredible. When I watch his fashion shows, the outfits are styled exactly how I would want to wear them. For his 100th show last season he used models of all different ages, women that walked for him back in his early days and women that walked for him last season. It was quoted that he said ‘today you are not models, you are yourselves and you are women.’  and this dress is a dress I can feel like myself in.”
2.Rahua Voluminous Shampoo  “This  is incredible for my baby-fine hair. Usually I have to wash it every day, otherwise it looks greasy and weighed down. A lifetime struggle. I stopped that when I started using this stuff. And it’s paraben free= good for the world.”
3. Glitter Metallic Socks “I have one in every color…I think the glitter adds a textural component without being heavy..Party socks?? Try everyday socks!! I wear them with my neutral monochromatic schemes. ( read black, indigo, off white, griege, denim, army green. and OK and the occasional  hot pink or raspberry).”
4. Asymmetric pink dress “i have been observing how the color pink has been evolving over the last decade.. especially how the association of the color has changed in the last 2 years
.. it used to be a girly-girl color now you can make a political statement wearing it, I like to wear it instead of beige.”
5. Nars Tinted Moisturizer “I’ve never been much of a makeup wearer —  lipstick, mascara, that’s about it,  if anything. However over the last 3 years,  right or wrong, I just feel a little more professional and put togetherwhen I wear it. I don’t know why that is. Maybe it’s because I dress pretty casual and wearing a bit of makeup makes it look like I have my shit together.
Working backstage at fashion week I got to know some of the women at NARS and have been lucky enough to try some samples. I can’t stop wearing this. My skin is kinda dry so I wear this on top of my moisturizer and it gives an evened-out tone and shimmer. So-Pro-fresh!”



  • October 4, 2017


    So great – spot on with her thoughtful comments. Last week’s top 5 left me cold, even though surficially I had more in common with her. Leigh seems super cool, loved her fun insider tips. Totally love the socks, going to buy right now.

  • October 4, 2017

    Heidi Hastings

    The socks! Pure awesome. I need some sparkly glitter socks! I think it would make every day a little more bright!

  • October 4, 2017


    That shampoo sounds excellent! I have the same fine hair-need to wash every day problem. Also, yay pink instead of beige.

    • October 4, 2017


      I also like a good dry shampoo in between washes like Psssssst Instant Spray Shampoo .

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  • October 7, 2017


    She’s so pretty and talented! And someone I can relate to!

  • October 8, 2017


    “A textural component without being heavy” is exactly the kind of wording I was looking for when it comes to the kind of socks I want.