Behind the Blog | Maple Leopard

Hi, I am Valerie. I have two kids, 22 and 18 they both just graduated HS and college, very proud momma! I love to spend time with family, shop, sew and design, enjoy the outdoors, coffee with friends , and doting on my very sweet kitty! My blog is about fashion and travel What inspired you to start a blog? I wanted to change careers from teaching to a fashion career. Since I am 50 and have two kids in college, I could not afford to go back and get another degree. My ultimate goal is to have my own fashion label and be an entrepreneur in the fashion industry. What is your favorite thing about blogging and why? I LOVE meeting/connecting new people that share my passion and enjoy reading other blog posts as well that have nothing to do with fashion. I also get great fulfillment knowing that I am helping others with something that they may not be so good at, or want to learn more about. What is your dream vacation spot? Waikiki beach, I just returned from there! My bucket list Paris, NYC, Florida, Austraila, Japan , Hong Kong, and South Africa. What do you…

3 Things I Learned From Owning A Small Business

  Coming from a family where both my parents are entrepreneurs, you can say it is in my blood to be one. When I started Bronte Designs Boutique in February 2014, it was the most exciting thing I’ve ever done. I remember the night that I printed my LLC certificate, the day I launched my boutique and everything in between.    It hasn’t always been glamorous; a lot of blood, sweat and tears went into my little online shop and I love every minute of it. I’ve only been in business for a little over a year but I have certainly learned some valuable lessons along the way. 1. IT TAKES TIME I am the type of person who has an idea and I want to make it happen now. As my husband says, “everything is now, now, now with you.” Which can be a good thing and a bad thing. I am a “do-er” as I like to say. I will be honest, it took about a month until I had a customer who I didn’t know. I am so thankful to have friends and family who supported by boutique from day one until today! I had to realize…

My Everyday Brushes

  Happy Friday. The weekend is finally here. I get my boys on Sunday for two weeks this time and I can’t wait to see their cute and adorable faces. Need to start planning things to do with them while they’re here.    Anyways…Today I’m going to talk to you about my everyday brushes. These are brushes that I use constantly because I love them and I feel that they are amazing.    One // Beauty Blender – I use this to apply my foundation and concealer. This is a must have. If you don’t go get yourself one. Target has some if you don’t want to splurge on them. Before using it be sure to damp it with water otherwise your foundation is going to seep through the blender and not apply it to your face.    Two // LAB2 Blending Brush – I love this brush. I have tried other blending brushes but this one is so perfect.    Three // Real Techniques Setting Brush – Before I was using whatever brush I had that was small to apply my powder to set my concealer but this time I decided to get this brush because I’ve seen Nicole Guerriero…

Things to do In My City

Today I’m linking up with Kailyn Marie for “Thursday Coffee Dates” and today’s topic is “Things to do In Your City”.  Seeing that I live in the city, there’s a lot of things to do in Madison. But I’m not going to show you the top places to go because I feel like there’s more to the city than people actually think.  Olbrich Botanical Garden // I’ve been here once and it’s a great place to take your little ones to. They have so many different flowers and they even have a place to go in and see the butterflies in their habitat. How awesome is that? I’ve taken family pictures here and you can host your wedding ceremony.  West Towne Mall // UH hello who doesn’t love going to the mall? This mall is actually a lot bigger than East Towne Mall that’s located about a mile from me. Even though I have to drive 25 minutes to get to West Towne Mall this mall has Sephora, Charming Charlie, Coach, Aldo, Pacific Sunwear, H&M, and many more..  Cafe Porta Alba // If you’re following me on Instagram then you would know that I went to this cute restaurant this…

SlimQuick Pure Review

  Disclosure a product was received to review. All opinions are my own. Powered by BrandBacker. I am so picky when it comes to dietary supplements especially when its a mixing powder drink. I have tried so many brands that tasted disgusting or chalky to the point where I couldn’t finish it. Luckily I was sent the SlimQuick Pure Extra Strength Mixed Berry Drink Mix. What is SlimQuick Pure?  SlimQuick Pure is a weight loss supplement especially made for women. The best part of this product, is that they are made from natural ingredients including: antioxidants, calcium, vitamin D and BioPure Green Tea.  This product/new brand is to help women lose 3x the weight and to address the 6 way women have issues losing weight. SlimQuick Pure works to increase metabolism, reduce appetite, boost energy, reduce excess water, support hormones and reduce stress. What is BioPure Green Tea? Well that’s exactly what I asked myself when I got this product. BioPure Green Tea is a the fat-burning component of green tea to speed up your metabolism. My thoughts on it?  I LOVED IT!!!! It was so easy to mix especially in a blender bottle. All I had to was use 19oz of water and…

Summer Sleep Essentials

Summer is already here and it’s time to find ways to lighten up your home especially your bedroom. Who loves a hot or dark bedroom anyways? I know I don’t. So today I’m going to share with you some essentials to lighten up your room. Some of my favorite items to lighten or cool up my room are:  Duvet Covers // Light weight duvet covers (comforters) is perfect for the summer. I hate to say it but I can’t sleep without one. I think if you have bright colors such as white, ash, or mint are perfect to keeping your bedroom.  Sheets // I love a soft and silky bed sheets for my bed. Being able to lay down after a long day on cool bed sheets with your duvet and a good book to read is such a perfect way to unwind and relax.  I love having my room smell delicious. A good candle is always great in the bedroom to unwind and relax. It’s been said that lavender candles ease anxiety and insomnia which is perfect for me since I suffer from both and having a candle in my room is so soothing for me. I have to sleep…

Monday Coffee Talk + Giveaway

  Happy Monday everyone. Hope you all had a fabulous weekend! I know I did. If this is your first time finding out what Monday Coffee Talk is.. here is a description of it.  What is the Monday Coffee Talk? It’s a weekly link up every Monday where bloggers can write 3 goals for the week they want to accomplish. It could be home related, blog related or anything. All you have to do is write a post about it and link up with HerSailing Soul and Classy, Sassy & A Bit Smartassy every Monday. This week my goals are: 1. Rearrange my bedroom so that I can set up my makeup vanity. We are going to later this week to IKEA to get my furniture and get the room all finished. So excited. You will definitely be seeing a lot of Instagram photos.  2. Incorporate more lifestyle into my posts. So I’m going to do 2 lifestyle and 3 beauty posts during the week to balance it out.  3. I have reached over 1k on Twitter & Instagram, so now I’m going to work on increasing my followers for Facebook & Bloglovin.  What are you goals for this week? We…