Monday, April 20, 2015

Latest Lust: Lilly Pulitzer Inspired

Did you guys make it out to "Pink Sunday" as people are dubbing the launch of the Lilly Pulitzer for Target launch? I'm pretty sure my boyfriend thought I was insane for waking up early & planning my day around shopping. I'd had it marked on my calendar since I first heard the news! As soon as the doors opened at our store in Wisconsin there was literally girls running to the racks. Thankfully, everyone was nice & even sharing their bounty. I even ran into a few of my old co-workers & Kaylee of Pleats and Pearls!
It was absolutely insane but a ton of fun. I even ended up with quite a few colorful Lilly Pulitzer for Target pieces. It wasn't beneath me to shop the kids section either! I'm so sorry for everyone who had a poor experience! I'm definitely not cut out for stressful shopping, but it was an experience to say the least! As a former fashion buyer, I can't imagine the nightmare it must be planning an event like that!
These were the treasures I was able to score on opening day.
La Petite Fashionista: Lilly Pulitzer for Target Finds
Unable to score anything at the sale & refuse to pay exorbitant eBay prices (ridiculous!)? I've rounded up a few of my favorite preppy pink and green Lilly inspired style and decor pieces so you don't have to get Fashion FOMO!
La Petite Fashionista: Lilly Pulitzer Inpired Home + Fashion
Get the Look: Lilly Pulitzer Inspired
Even though these pieces aren't Lilly, they still have that preppy, Palm Beach feel. I can't get enough of gingham & eyelet, monograms, pineapples & punchy prints and this is the perfect time of year to wear them!
Still have your heart set on one of the Lilly Pulitzer for Target pieces? I recommend checking back at your local store this week for any returns or exchanges that have come in!
Did you participate in the craziness of "Pink Sunday"?
xoxo, lauren

Friday, April 17, 2015

Preppy Summer at the Lake

Summers so close I can feel it! I'm so ready to spend some time on the lake and some afternoons working outside enjoying the sunshine and warm weather. We captured these photos last summer with my LPF intern Courtney & her friend Madalyn at our local dock for La Petite Fashionista Mag's Summer issue. Our all-american Summer at the Lake editorial is styled with preppy polka dots & stripes, boat shoes, & nautical accessories from Lizzibeth. It's preppy, Midwestern style and reminds me of all of my years spent at my grandparent's lake house.

Be sure to check out the details below to win two free tickets to Lizzibeth's 2nd Anniversary Bash at Whiskey Bar in Milwaukee, the perfect way to kick off Summertime. My girl, Lizzi, loaned us some of her beautiful pieces for our editorial and she has a fantastic selection of baubles! 

La Petite Fashionista: Preppy Summer at the Lake 

La Petite Fashionista: Preppy Summer at the Lake

La Petite Fashionista: Preppy Summer at the Lake

La Petite Fashionista: Preppy Summer at the Lake
La Petite Fashionista: Preppy Summer at the Lake

La Petite Fashionista: Preppy Summer at the Lake 

La Petite Fashionista: Preppy Summer at the Lake

Photography by: Mengelhart Photography | Styled by Lauren Felix
Models: Courtney & Madalyn

Want to get the look? Check out these Preppy Midwest Summer must-haves:

Also, enter here to win a ticket to the Lizzibeth 2nd Anniversary Bash (held at Whiskey Bar in Milwaukee on 4/25) which includes a fashion show & fab swag bag! You can also purchase tickets here. I'll be notifying the winner early next week!

What are you most excited about for summer?

xoxo, lauren

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

LPF Travel Guide to Tampa: Eat, Shop, See

I grew up in the Tampa Bay area, but there are so many things you take for granted until you move away.  Coming back home has given me a new outlook- and an excuse to discover new places and revisit old favorites. I had a chance to explore Tampa with two of my girlfriends last weekend. My sister gave us a list of places we "must see" & we had fun shopping, eating & exploring our way around town.

La Petite Fashionista: Travel Guide to Tampa

In today's post I wanted to share a locals guide with suggestions of places to dine & shop and things to do while you visit. There's also a ton of great coastal towns in the Tampa Bay area. While they're more beachy (and great places to get seafood & tropical drinks), Tampa has more of a "city" feel though still offers beautiful waterfront views.

WHERE TO EAT | Tampa Restaurants + Bars

La Petite Fashionista: Local's Travel Guide to Tampa | Oxford Exchange

La Petite Fashionista: Local's Travel Guide to Tampa | Oxford Exchange
Oxford Exchange Dining Room + Coffee

Oxford Exchange: This is literally my favorite place in Tampa. From the locally sourced menu to the impeccable interior design to the coffee bar & specially curated shops. It's a must see when you're in town (and .. coffee art)! It's pretty much my dream to open up a place like this!

Boca: This  farm-to-table restaurant in Hyde Park has a unique menu and truly delicious craft cocktails. It has a vibrant crowd at night, so be sure to make reservations. The menu is set up for sharing. The stand out feature of the restaurant is a vertical garden wall. 

 La Petite Fashionista: Local's Travel Guide to Tampa | Piquant Hyde Park
Piquant Cocktail Bar

Piquant:This is an adorable French bistro and bakery style restaurant in Hyde Park Village. I ended up getting the Strawberry Basil gimlet- so refreshing! I tried the roasted chicken salad croissant as well and it was delicious. I loved the french style decor & entryway features a bakery case full of beautiful pastries.

Cooper's Hawk:  This winery/restaurant is the perfect place to stop after a day of shopping at International Plaza. It features a huge menu and there is a winery inside- so they let you sample any of the wines you'd like and offer suggestions for pairing with your dinner.

 La Petite Fashionista: Local's Travel Guide to Tampa | Cigar City Brewery

Cigar City Brewery: Craft breweries are popping up like crazy in the Tampa Bay area. This brewery is close to downtown and offers a ton of varieties on tap featuring unique FL ingredients. They can even fill up a growler for you to take home as a souvenir. 

La Petite Fashionista: Local's Travel Guide to Tampa | Buddy Brew Coffee

Buddy Brew Coffee: This local coffee shop roasts its own beans and is a beautiful place to sit up at the coffee bar to have a cup or enjoy some avocado toast. Literally the best caramel latte I've ever had and I obsessed over all of the reclaimed wood and edison bulb pendant light decor.

WHERE TO SHOP | Tampa Boutiques + Stores

La Petite Fashionista: Local's Travel Guide to Tampa | Clayton Gray Boutique
Clayton Gray Home

Clayton Gray Home: My sister told me that I had to stop in this independent interior design boutique and I'd been following them on Instagram ever since. The vignettes throughout the store were exactly my style and insantly made me wish I had brought a bigger suitcase. Good news- they offer free shipping!

A. Haley Boutique: Another one of Allie's recommendations. This cute store was filled with affordable, colorful and trendy fashion finds. A great place to support & shop local!

La Petite Fashionista: Local's Travel Guide to Tampa | Anthropologie Hyde Park
Anthropologie in Hyde Park Village

La Petite Fashionista: Local's Travel Guide to Tampa | Lululemon Hyde Park 
Lululemon at Hyde Park Village

Hyde Park Village: This is a shopping & dining area filled with tons of options! I especially love the giant Anthropologie store, Lululemon, Francesca's and independent boutiques. My absolute favorite shop in the village was Salt Pines, filled with southern lines like Lauren James, Judith March & Bourbon and Boweties.

International Plaza: I grew up spending many a weekend at International Plaza Mall & it still never disappoints. With stores like Nordstrom, Lilly Pulitzer, J.Crew, Zara & Roxy, I always find something. There's also an entertainment area with bars & restaurants.

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Oxford Exchange: As I mentioned, not only is Oxford Exchange a delicious restaurant and coffee shop they also have an amazing shop & bookstore under their roof. It's filled with a lot of local brands and interior design and entertaining pieces. I picked up a "tobacco & mint" scented candle from local Seventh Avenue Apothecary.

WHAT TO DO | Activities in Tampa

La Petite Fashionista: Local's Travel Guide to Tampa | Downtown Tampa

Downtown Tampa: This area tends to slow down during the weekend, but offers several local museums to visits and the brand new Riverwalk. We took a long stroll, but it would be especially fun during the special events they hold quite frequently.

Tampa Bay Rays Game: The Tampa Bay Rays games are right downtown and you can usually score fairly inexpensive tickets. Travel like a local and catch a game! 

La Petite Fashionista: Local's Travel Guide to Tampa |Florida Sunset

Gasparilla Pirate Festival: If you're truly looking for a unique experience head down to Tampa during the Gasparilla Pirate Festival. It's in January ever year and the perfect excuse to get dressed up like a pirate, watch the "pirate ships" invade Tampa Bay and enjoy some rum!  

Watch a Gulf Coast Sunset: Even if you're not into laying out on the beach all day, get to somewhere waterfront to watch a colorful Florida sunset. They rarely disappoint. I like to head to neighboring Clearwater Beach's Pier 60 to watch. 

I hope you enjoy my local's guide to Tampa Bay! It's fun to see the city evolving with even more things to do, see & eat. Other highlights of my weekend include waking up early for a Pure Barre class with my friend Jaclyn- glad my friends love trying new things as much as I do. I definitely appreciate things more now coming home to visit!

Live in the area or visited? Let me know if you think there's anything to add to the list!

xoxo, lauren

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Pink Midi Skirt: 3 Ways

My trip to Florida has been a total whirlwind! I'm going to be posting a recap of some of our favorite stops from my weekend in Tampa catching up with girlfriends. I definitely have a bigger appreciation for my hometown after being in Wisconsin for the past four years. I also seem to always forget how hot it is and pack the wrong clothes. Thankfully, I had this gorgeous pink skirt from Dress Up in my suitcase- it was perfect for going from day to night.

The styling tip for fellow petite ladies wearing a midi skirt is to pair it with a pair of extra high wedges. I also love the look of it paired with crop tops & knotted blouses since it has a higher waist. In true Florida girl fashion, I love to pile on the accessories like fedoras, tassel earrings, bangles and statement necklaces to add the perfect finishing touch.

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Look 1: Fashionable Fedora |  What I'm Wearing:
Black Crop Top: Kohls | Pink Midi Skirt: Dress Up  | Tassel Earrings: Lisi Lerch
Fedora: (similar) | Wedges; Splendid

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Look 2: Colorful Crop Top | What I'm Wearing:
 Crop Top: Aero | Pink Midi Skirt: Dress Up  | Gold Cuff (similar)

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Look 3: Preppy Knotted Blouse | What I'm Wearing:
 White Knotted Blouse: (similar) | Pink Midi Skirt: Dress Up  | Pink Necklace: LOFT

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The thing I love most about this skirt is it's my signature color, hot pink! I'm pretty sure I can never have enough pink in my closet- wearing it just makes me happy! The midi skirt is such a fun trend. It's almost a nod to the 1950's and makes you want to do a little twirl, I think pairing it with youthful, trendy pieces is key to making it feel modern. 

Wanting to try the midi skirt trend? I've rounded up a few of my favorites:

Have you worn the midi skirt trend yet? What's your favorite way to wear it?

xoxo, lauren

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Fashionable Festival Style

Coachella music festival starts this weekend so today's outfit post is inspired by all of the trends from festival season. I can't wait to stalk the street style pictures to see what new trends I can spot for summer! I'm teaming up with Kohl's to show off my Coachella chic look featuring a few of my favorite summer pieces. I love the way they all pair together- but you could easily just try one of the trends to channel a little bit of festival flair. 

I'm home in Florida this week visiting my family and I have to say the sunshine is just what the doctor ordered. My neighborhood looks sort of like a jungle, which is the perfect backdrop for this outfit. I've paired a peach crop top with a Hawaiian print kimono jacket, and high waisted lace shorts & accessorized with a tortoiseshell statement necklace. 

La Petite Fashionista: Kimono Jacket + Lace Shorts

What I'm Wearing: 
Hawaiian Print Kimono Jacket: Mudd  |  Black Racer Front Crop Top:  SO 
Black Lace Shorts: Mudd | Tortoise Statement Necklace: LC by Lauren Conrad
Fringe Bag: SONOMA life+ style (similar)

La Petite Fashionista: Kimono Jacket + Lace Shorts

La Petite Fashionista: Kimono Jacket + Lace Shorts
La Petite Fashionista: Kimono Jacket + Lace Shorts

La Petite Fashionista: Kimono Jacket + Lace Shorts

Now, for a few styling tips to get the fashionable festival look for yourself! If you're like me & a little bit intimidated by crop tops- just be sure to pair with a skirt or pair of shirts with a higher waist. Kimonos are one of the trends I'm obsessed with right now. The trick to wearing them is to make sure you're wearing something more fitted underneath since they can be more floaty and shapeless. I also think they make great swimsuit cover-ups. The fringe bag is also a fun (& on trend) accessory that adds a little bit of boho chic to any look. 

The best part is that all of theses pieces are super affordable- I scored each for less than $30! I'm going to be wearing these Coachella chic pieces all summer long. Now, I'm going to go and enjoy this warm weather!

xoxo, lauren 

Disclosure: Special thanks to Kohl's for sponsoring a gift card for this post so I could share my fashion finds!

Modern Day Mermaid

My style is constantly evolving, and I'm always trying to define what it is at any point in time. Right now I'm feeling a look I like to call the modern day mermaid. It's equal parts feminine, laid back & beachy. Think floaty ruffles, drapey silhouettes, chunky stone jewelry and a color palette of fuchsia, mint & faded chambray.

ounded up my favorite picks from Shopbop's Friends & Family sale. Save 25% on nearly every piece on the site using code SPRING25 now through April 9th at midnight. It's a huge deal because you can save a ton while building up your spring wardrobe.

Beach Babe

My Modern Mermaid Picks from the Shopbop Friends & Family Sale:

1. Pink & White Cover Up- Sundress | 2. Stone Statement Necklace- Kenneth Jay Lane | 3. Studded Sandals- Sam Edelman | 4. Pink Ruffle Top- TBags | 5. Mint Knot Dress- TBags | 6. White Off the Shoulder Top- Glamorous | |7. Chambray Jogger Pants-  BB Dakota | 8.  Peace Sign Earrings- Marc by Marc Jacobs | 9.. Floral Phone Case- Kate Spade | 10. Pink Slide Sandals- Kaanas | 11. Pink Bucket Bag- Rebecca Minkoff | 12. Mint Wrap Bikini- L*Space | 13. Pale Pink Maxi Dress- Karen Zambos Vintage Couture

This look pairs perfectly with wavy surfer girl hair. I usually just spritz some beach spray to give it some volume and texture. I seriously can't pick which of these pieces I want from the sale. I'm obsessed with this color palette and all things laid back and beachy right now.

Don't forget, the sale ends on 4/9, so take advantage while picking up a few key trend pieces for Spring and Summer during the Shopbop Friends & Family Event!

Which is your favorite modern day mermaid piece?

xoxo, lauren

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

April Inspiration Board

I'm headed down to Florida today and thought it was perfect timing to share my April Inspiration board. I can tell my upcoming travels is definitely influencing my style & inspiration this month. I've been snapping up all things Hawaiian floral printed, lighting tropical scented candles & dreaming about sunshine and the beach. 

This trip home couldn't come at a better time. Even though I'll be working while I'm there, it'll be great to catch up with family and friends and catch a few sunsets on the gulf. 

Here's a quick look at what I'm loving right now. 

La Petite Fashionista: April Inspiration Board

April Inspiration Board: 

If you're looking for some additional inspiration this week my friend Lauren just launched a new podcast, Influential Gal. I had the honor of being interviewed by her for the 2nd episode. Check it out to hear me share my journey from blogger to business owner!

xoxo, lauren

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Spring Into Change

I like to keep it real on La Petite Fashionista- so, honesty time! There are so many wonderful things about being an entrepreneur and working for myself. One of the major pro's is having a more flexible schedule. I imagined myself with daily pilates & workout lunch breaks- rolling out the yoga mat onto our living room floor and burning some calories.

 Admittedly, one of the things I should have realized is that when you first start a business (at least for me) is that you want to spend every moment pouring your heart into making it work. That means a lot of guilty feelings about taking a break to work on my fitness... and the occasional stress eating whatever sweets we may have around the house.

My local Madison blogger gals, Ali & Joyce told me about this amazing fitness class they go to at indoor cycling studio, Cyc. We all took a class together and I immediately understood why they sung its praises. Cyc rides are led by "Cycologists" who lead you through a fast paced & fun 45-minute ride that activates the whole body the whole time.  I forgot how enjoyable working out could actually  be!  I'm so excited that for the next 8 weeks I'm going to be teaming up with Cyc for their Spring Into Change Challenge. That means 8 Weeks of classes to help me look & feel better than ever before! Let's do this.

Fitness Motivation Free Wallpaper

Looking for some extra motivation? Save this wallpaper for your phone! 

I made this fun little quote for my phone to keep me uplifted through all 8 weeks. I'll be keeping you posted on my progress and even sharing before and after pictures on the blog. I'm hoping to feel more toned, build my endurance, and most importantly have fun while doing it. 

Cyc Fitness

Cyc Fitness
Photos via: CYC Fitness

Cyc has studios in NYC, Austin, Atlanta & one coming soon to Boston. If you have a studio, you HAVE to try out the class. Ali shared a really fun post sharing her experiences last week. One of the best parts about CYC is their CYC Social function of the website. You can see which classes your friends are signed up for & even make sure you choose a bike next to them.

I'm ready to make a change & commitment to being healthy, fit, and happy. No more prioritizing work over well being. I'm excited to share my journey with you on the blog & Instagram!

Can you relate to my experience? Wish me luck as I spring into change!

xoxo, lauren

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Coachella Chic: Fashionable Festival Style 3 Ways

Music festival season is officially here! Whether you make it to Coachella or just attend local music shows, part of the fun is in the concert outfit. I love to keep an eye on street style from concerts like Coachella, Bonnaroo & SXSW because so often summer trends start there.
This year be on the lookout for drapey kimonos, printed joggers & palazzo pants & fringe. The 70's are having a major moment right now, and it's easy to incorporate fashionable festival style into your summer wardrobe.
I'm sharing 3 music festival inspired looks to help you get Coachella chic. Be on the lookout next week- I'll be partnering with Kohl's to bring you ways to interpret festival style for real life!
Coachella Chic: Fashionable Festival Style 3 Ways
Coachella Chic: Fashionable Festival Style [ 3 Ways]:
Look 1 | Kimono & Graphic Tee: Pair a drapey kimono with skinny jeans and a graphic tee. Take it even further by mixing prints (just make sure they're in complementary colors)!
Look 2 | Boho Maxi Dress: This look puts a glamorous touch on festival style in a tailored silhouette. Pair it with 70's inspired accessories- a fringe purse & macramé wedges.
Look 3 | Printed Joggers & Lace Edge Tank: Printed jogger pants are super comfortable & flattering too. Pair it with a floaty lace edge tank & 90's inspired bucket bag.
Don't want to dress in all out festival style? Just pick & choose a piece or two to interpret the trend in your own way! Don't forget the finishing touch to your festival style look-  A DIY Flower Crown, of course! Check out my simple flower crown DIY using faux flowers to complete your look!
xoxo, lauren

A special thank you to Kohl's for sponsoring this post. I'm excited to show off my own Coachella Chic festival style!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Watercolor Tulle Skirt

When Wisconsin decides to finally un-thaw, it's my sign to break out my florals, lace & party skirts. I was channeling my inner princess in a new watercolor floral tulle skirt from Lauren Conrad's Cinderella Collection at Kohls. I'm in love with this collection- it totally brings me back to my childhood. Growing up in Florida we spent many a weekend at Disney and let's just say I had every princess' signature in my autograph book!

This is actually the first midi skirt in my wardrobe too! Since I'm only 5'0 I thought it might overpower my petite frame, but it was the perfect amount of statement making style. The key is to just balance out the length with some extra high heels or wedges!

La Petite Fashionista: Watercolor Tulle Skirt & Lace Top

What I'm Wearing: 
Tulle Skirt: Lauren Conrad for Kohls | Lace Off The Shoulder Tee: SheInside
Pink Cat's Eye Sunglasses: Lauren Conrad for Kohls | Mint Necklace: Swell Caroline
Monogram Clutch: White House Monograms (similar)

La Petite Fashionista: Watercolor Tulle Skirt & Lace Top

La Petite Fashionista: Watercolor Tulle Skirt & Lace Top

La Petite Fashionista: Watercolor Tulle Skirt & Lace Top

La Petite Fashionista: Watercolor Tulle Skirt & Lace Top

I cannot believe in April is here already! This is going to be a month filled with travel, a new Social Media With Style Workshop & lots of workout classes (I'm teaming up with CYC Fitness, but more on that later). Add some nice weather on top of that and it's shaping up to be an awesome month!

Don't forget there's only two days left until our next Social Media With Style Workshop! I'm so excited to share more about using social media for your blog & business during our 4 week course. Be sure to check out my "How to Take Better Instagram Pictures" video as well!

xoxo, lauren
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