So, you've made it to at least the About page and for that I thank you! I'm Colleen, the fairly typical twenty-something year old behind Pleather & Sparkles.

Speaking of Pleather & Sparkles, you may be wondering how this name ever came to be. Or, maybe you couldn't care less. Either way, here's the story: it was New Year's Eve and I had absolutely no desire to do anything fancy. My sisters were asking me about my plans, and most importantly, my outfit. What was I wearing that night? Just "pleather leggings and a sparkly top". My oldest sister laughed and said that would be the name of my book (there will be a book one day), but for now, it will be the name of my blog! And, for the record, I do eventually plan to upgrade from pleather to leather one day, but a girl's gotta fake it 'til she makes it.

I was born and raised in southern, coastal Connecticut, but now call Nashville my home. No, I'm not an aspiring singer or songwriter. Quite simply, I hate winter and LA was just too far. And, have you ever been to Nashville? Have you hated it? Didn't think so! I grew up pretty much smack dab in the middle of New York City and Boston. And for that, I can thank my self declared "preppy meets trendy" (enter: pleather leggings) style, which is what I hope brings you to this blog today!

Aside from maintaining (fingers crossed) Pleather & Sparkles, I work in advertising full time and can be found at the beach or enjoying a nice cold brew after a hard workout. You're probably picturing me glamorously drinking a craft beer after pilates who barely broke a sweat in class, but you're about to take fashion advice from a girl who has been known to run to the bar. You've been warned :)

Thanks for stopping by and looking around. I'd love to hear from you so please feel free to leave comments or email me questions or topics you'd like to read about!
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  1. just stumbled across your blog! i just moved to ct (fairfield area) for grad school in august, so it's crazy that you're here too! excited to keep up with your blog!

    rising #GIRLBOSS

    1. No way! That's where I am too! Let me know if you ever need anything, I know the area well to say the least :)

  2. I just came across your blog, and I'm in love with it! You have the most adorable style! Will be following for sure! :)

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