Friday, January 30, 2015

A Sparkly & Pink Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Putting together this Valentine's Day gift guide was probably one of my favorite curations for La Petite Fashionista. Everything's sparkly, pink, floral and full of love- how could you not adore it all?! Ladies, if your guy isn't sure what to get you, just refer him to this post!
I've picked my favorite pieces for Valentine's Day gifts- it doesn't need to be a big splurge of a gift to be thoughtful. Something small or thoughtful is just as exciting on February 14th!
La Petite Fashionista: Gift Ideas for Valentine's Day
Shop the Post: Valentine's Day Gift Guide
1. Sequin Heart Clip- | 2. Love Poems Book - Amazon | 3. Sequin Monogram - MyDiy.Life
4. Floral Phone Case- Marc by Marc Jacobs | 5. Heart Sunglasses- Forever 21 | 6. Heart Ring - Ariel Gordon Jewelry
7. Quilted Heart Bag- Rebecca Minkoff | 8. Valentine's Day Card- Rifle Paper Co | 9. Rose Dress- Modcloth
10. Matchbox - Hattan Home | 11. Statement Earrings- Gemma Jewels | 12. Love Bangle- TAI
13. Chocolate Bar- World Market | 14. Valentine's Day Hair Ties- Hattan Home
Whether you're single or taken this year, this holiday is about more than just love from someone else, it's about appreciating all of the things you love in life! I'm all about enjoying every day with each other - whether you're on a fancy date OR spending a scrabble and wine night in!
 If you don't have a significant other, get together with your favorite ladies for a GALentine's day soiree or treat yourself to something pretty!

Which is your favorite of these pretty in pink Valentine's day pieces?
xoxo, lauren

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Little Red Dress & Florals for Valentine's Day

Today's post in celebration of Valentine's Week includes one of my favorite date night looks- the little red dress! I love the cheeky cutouts in this Betsey Johnson frock, but it's especially feminine and chic when styled with a boxy cropped floral jacket. Since there's still snow on the ground here in Wisconsin, I've paired the look with warm & cozy fleece lined tights!
Slipping on a little red dress kind of makes you feel ultra-sassy especially with a matching red lip! Don't you agree?
La Petite Fashionista: Little Red Dress & Cropped Floral Jacket | Date Night Look
What I'm Wearing:
 Red Dress: Betsey Johnson (similar) | Floral Jacket: Nordstrom (similar)
Fleece Lined Tights: H&M (similar) | Black Wedge Ankle Boots: Forever 21 (similar)
Black Purse: Rebecca Minkoff | Gold Chain Bracelet: Sweet & Spark (similar)
La Petite Fashionista: Little Red Dress & Cropped Floral Jacket | Date Night Look
La Petite Fashionista: Little Red Dress & Cropped Floral Jacket | Date Night Look
La Petite Fashionista: Little Red Dress & Cropped Floral Jacket | Date Night Look
La Petite Fashionista: Little Red Dress & Cropped Floral Jacket | Date Night Look
La Petite Fashionista: Little Red Dress & Cropped Floral Jacket | Date Night Look
I'm not going to lie- date night in the Wisconsin winter can be totally brutal.  I love Netflix & making dinner, but it's nice to switch it up! Kyle & I asked for gift certificates to our favorite restaurants for Christmas, so those are perfect for when we want to go out & still save some money! Either way, I love an excuse to get dressed up and spend some time together.
 If you're looking for other winter or Valentine's Day date ideas - check out this recent post from the Newlywed Notebook & this date night idea jar post from the LPF archives!
xoxo, lauren

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Handpainted & Hearts: Free Wallpapers and Printables

I'm continuing Valentine's week at La Petite Fashionista with a free handpainted iPhone wallpaper and printables! Style your tech with a cute wallpaper to instantly make your day.  I love to put inspirational quote & images as my background. I love the sparkly gold & pretty pink of no matter what time of year it is -but especially for Valentine's Day!
Download these iPhone freebies for your phone wallpaper or download the free printable for your office space! If you do, be sure to tag me in a snapshot, I'd love to see it!
Valentine's Day Painted Phone Wallpaper & Printables
It always feels good to get out my paints & brushes and get a little crafty. In a world of photoshopped perfection, it's kind of nice to see imperfect brush strokes! I hope you love these as much as I do.
La Petite Fashionista: "LOVE" Painted Valentine's Day Phone Wallpaper & Printable
(just hold down to save this image to your phone & set as a wallpaper!)
Click here to download the free gold painted LOVE printable for your desk!
(just hold down to save this image to your phone & set as a wallpaper!)
Gold "XOXO" & Heart Phone Wallpaper & Printable
Click here to download the free gold & pink "XOXO" printable for your desk!
Also, just wanted to remind you that our Social Media With Style Workshop kicks off on Friday, but there's still time to sign up! I'm SO excited to work with more inspiring women bloggers & business owners!
Social Media With Style Workshop
If you're curious about the workshop, check out these awesome blog posts & testimonials from our alumni, Rachel of My DIY Life, Annica of Life Modifier, Megan of the Things She Sees & Hillary of Style in a Small Town!
xoxo, lauren

Monday, January 26, 2015

Lovely Lipstick: 20 Date Night Ready Shades

It's Valentine's Week on La Petite Fashionista! As you know pink is my power color and I adore hearts and being in love,  so it should come as no surprise that Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays. Be on the lookout this week for Valentine's Day outfit ideas, DIYs, recipes, printables & entertaining tips!
I'm kicking off the week with 20 of my favorite date night ready lipstick shades! I've just started wearing bright lipstick over the past couple of years & it gives an outfit an instant impact. Just putting some on makes you feel & look pulled together.
Lovely Lipstick: 20 Date Night Ready Shades
Get the Look: Lovely Lipstick Hues
Nude Lipstick: 1. Stila | 2. Bare Minerals | 3. Sephora | 4. NARS | 5. Kat Von D
Red Lipstick:  1. NARS | 2. Stila | 3. Bobbi Brown | 4. Bite Beauty | 5. Buxom Lips
Pink Lipstick: 1. Sephora | 2. Clinique | 3. Make Up Forever | 4. NARS | 5. Sephora
Purple Lipstick: 1. Make Up Forever | 2. NARS | 3. Too Faced | 4. Kat Von D | 5. Bare Minerals
 It's funny, I never realized how much fun I've been stepping up my lipstick color game until I started going through my outfit posts. These are a few of my favorite looks from nude lips to bubble gum pink to statement-making red.
Lipstick Shades of La Petite Fashionista
 What's your signature lipstick shade?
I'm partial to hot pink, but the nude lipstick look is one that I've been loving lately too, especially paired with a subtle smoky eye.
xoxo, lauren

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Cozy Winter Chic

Why do the weekends always fly by so fast? It felt good to spend a "lazy sunday"-  binge watching Netflix, drinking way too much coffee & filling out my planner for the week. Okay, that just made me sound like the biggest nerd ever, but I don't even care. It feels so good to unplug and relax!

The frigid weather also makes me want to curl up on the couch. This faux fur vest is one of my favorite cozy layering pieces for indoors & outdoors, just add cute Kuhfs boot cuffs & colorful knot beanie, and voila instant cozy winter chic.

La Petite Fashionista: Faux Fur Vest, Pink Lipstick & Boot Cuffs
What I'm Wearing:
White Faux Fur Vest: Aeropostale (similar) |  Pink Hat: H&M (similar)
 Faux Leather Skirt: Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Tan Cross Body Bag: Rebecca Minkoff 
 Tan Boots: Target (similar) | Boot Cuffs: Kuhfs (Boulder)
La Petite Fashionista: Faux Fur Vest, Pink Lipstick & Boot Cuffs
La Petite Fashionista: Faux Fur Vest, Pink Lipstick & Boot Cuffs
La Petite Fashionista: Faux Fur Vest, Pink Lipstick & Boot Cuffs

Kuhfs sent me & the other co-founders of Midwest Bloggers a pair of their boot cuffs to try out and I love how they add a little pizazz & complement my outfit so well! No bulky socks necessary. They're really unique because you actually wrap them around your boots & use a special pin to secure them.

In addition to relaxing, I'm getting everything ready for our next Social Media With Style Workshop. You have until Friday to sign up & I don't want you to miss out! Be sure to check out the details here.

How did you spend your weekend? 

xoxo, lauren

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Arm Party: Styled Three Ways

I never really meant for a wrist full of bracelets to be part of my signature style, but over time, I'm rarely seen without my go-to arm party! I've showcased my ever-growing accessories collection on the blog before and it's one of my favorite ways to accessorize. It's such a simple way but trendy way to give a simple outfit some pizazz and fun to mix & match different styles and colors.
Even when I can't make it out of my yoga leggings before I start the workday-  I always have time to add a few bracelets! In today's post I'm showing three different stacks of bracelets, similar bracelets to get the look & styling tips!
How to Style an Arm Party: 3 Ways
The trick to rocking an arm party (wrist candy, bracelet stack.. whatever you want to call it!) is choosing bracelets that are in a similar color family. This helps bring a consistent look to your accessorizing. It also helps to pull in a color that your wearing - choosing bracelets in complementary shades. I also love the look of a mix of bangles, stretch bracelets, chain bracelets & pretty stretch hair ties.
Experiment with mixing & matching and making the look your own! I have three different arm parties to inspire your accessorizing!
La Petite Fashionista: Neutral & Metallic Arm Party
The Neutral & Metallic #ArmParty
Get the Look:
1. BaubleBar | 2. Max & Chloe | 3. Target | 4. BaubleBar
La Petite Fashionista: Pretty in Pink Arm Party
The Pretty in Pink #ArmParty
Bracelets via: Brighthouse Baubles | Forever 21 | Kate Spade | Michael Kors
Get the Look:

1. Guess 2. Michael Kors | 3. Betsey Johnson | 4. Kate Spade

La Petite Fashionista: Turquoise Arm Party
The Turquoise #ArmParty
Get the Look:

1. Sam Edelman | 2. Blu Bijoux 3. Leslie Danzis | 4. Kendra Scott

Do you have a signature style? Do tell!

xoxo, lauren

Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Favorites: Jan 2015

This month has been full of learning and being inspired! So far in January I've been reading a ton having some great talks about business & life with fellow bloggers/ entrepreneurs and getting ready to launch our next Social Media With Style Workshop (starting on Friday- just one week away)! 2015 is already off to a great start and I'm trying to enjoy and reflect on ever moment of it.
 I wanted to share a few of my Friday favorites- things that I'm excited about this week.
La Petite Fashionista: Friday Favorites

Lauren's 5 Friday Favorites:
1. Girl Talk:  I'm so lucky to have the kind of friends where we can go without talking for a month and be able to pick up the phone and talk like no time has passed. I've been trying to spend this month catching up with friends and chatting about life. I've also been trying to do more connecting in person, coffee dates with awesome local bloggers.
2.  Jenna Kutcher's Artwork: Jenna Kutcher is fellow Sconnie and amazingly talented photographer, artist & mac and cheese connoisseur. If you're not following her on Instagram yet- do it now! I'm obsessed with her prints in her Society6 shop, they all really speak to me at this time in my life and all beautifully done in watercolor.
3. Boston Bound: My incredibly inspiring sister Allie is spending the next couple of months working on a project all over the Northeast. I'm meeting her in Boston for a week and can't wait to explore one of my favorite cities. The last time we got together I brainstormed the idea for Social Media With Style, so I love being able to bounce business ideas off of her. I'm also going to be available for in-person social media strategy sessions if anyone lives in the area!
4. Beautiful Branding: I follow Bloke Body on Instagram & I have to give them kudos for their beautiful branding. They have gorgeous packaging and their organic body scrubs are made with coffee, sugar & sea salt and look seriously amazing. I love seeing brands innovate & create!
5. Inspiring Pencils: I seriously love these "Boss Lady" pencils from B is for Bonnie. I've been trying to fill my desk/office space with prints, paper goods & office supplies that keep me motivated and inspired! I've also been thinking a lot lately about starting an online group for fellow women in their 20's & 30 in their first few years of business!  Anyone interested?
What's inspiring you right now?
xoxo, lauren

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Pink Plaid Blanket Scarf

I've been seeing the blanket scarf trend everywhere this past fall & winter, but I wasn't sure if I could pull it off. I found this pink & forest green plaid scarf from SheInside & thought it was the perfect way to wear the trend for Spring. It's an oversized plaid patterned tassel scarf and the pink, green & cream hues are a brighter take than the scarves in tartan & blackwatch plaid during the holidays.
I can't tell you how cozy this scarf is! I wear it just like this at my desk when I'm working during the day too. If you're petite, wrapping the blanket scarf around your neck can be totally overwhelming to your frame. The styling trick to pulling off  the blanket scarf look (especially if you're tiny) is belting it across the middle with a slim fitting sweater layered underneath.

What I'm Wearing:
Olive Cashmere Sweater: Lands' End (similar) | Pink Plaid Blanket Scarf: SheInside 
 Light Wash Denim: Anthropologie (similar) | Pink Lipstick: bareMinerals 
Tan Heels: Jessica Simpson (similar) | Gold Glitter Bobby Pin:
Gold Watch: Michael Kors

La Petite Fashionista: Pink Plaid Blanket Scarf & Light Wash Denim

La Petite Fashionista: Pink Plaid Blanket Scarf

La Petite Fashionista: Pink Plaid Blanket Scarf
I've been wearing this scarf so much since I bought it that I think it's time that I pick up a few more in colorful plaid prints. I think the same goes for pink lipstick too- it seriously brightens up a winter outfit! The toughest thing is that I'm ready to start thinking spring but ... judging by the wintry backdrop behind me, it's going to be a while!
Check out my favorite blanket scarf picks: 

Do you own any blanket scarves? What's your favorite way to wear it?
xoxo, lauren

Monday, January 19, 2015

Women Who Inspire Us: Erin of the grey designer

I have always admired women business owners and their ambition, creativity and of course, style! I'm making it my mission this year to feature more of them and their stories. From those just starting out to business veterans - it's so inspiring to hear about their celebrations, struggles & successes. The mission statement of La Petite Fashionista is to inspire women coming into their own in their closet, kitchen & career, so I hope you can always feel empowered coming to visit my blog!

Today's Women Who Inspire Us post features Erin of the grey designer. Erin & I actually both worked in the corporate fashion world together and took the leap to start our own businesses around the same time. It's been so fun to watch her grow her brand over the past few months. We've been trying to meet up for monthly coffee dates to talk about business and get feedback from each other. It's so awesome being able to support one another on their business journey.  

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Erin has always had killer style and fashion know-how, so I knew her product line would be just as gorgeous! The Grey Designer is a lifestyle brand featuring candles hand poured in Madison, WI. The scents are artfully blended with names like Damsel & Cozy Cashmere and evoke the happiest of memories. In fact, I have one burning in my office right now and it's amazing. 
Erin took the time to answer a few questions for me about her business journey & new line.
LPF: What made you decide to start your own business? Where did you get the inspiration to start The Grey Designer? 
Erin:  I love creating my own ideas & making them come to life. When I was looking to start my own business I took into consideration everything I love, and wrapped them together! I love planning, styling & I have a flair for home decor.

  After years of working in the fashion industry & having such an ever - growing passion for it. I thought it was a great time to create my own brand & bring a new concept to the home decor &  the tailored event industry throughout the United States. I chose my signature gray & ivory label based on my love for the color gray. I wanted to create a chic & sophisticated design and thought gray would be the perfect balance.  

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LPF: Who have you designed the grey designer for?

Erin: The grey designer was founded on evoking my greatest memories through scents such as the smell of the Weekend at The Farmer's Market, an evening in with your favorite Cozy Cashmere sweater, a Lazy Sunday & Damsel because every girl has her signature scent/perfume! 

  These scents are almost like a gateway to a beautiful memory. I created the grey designer for people like yourself & I, the everyday fashion oriented girl or guy that loves beautiful scents, memories, and who wants to bringing an elevated style into their home or next tailored event! 

LPF: What's your proudest business moment?
Erin: My proudest moment was when I sold my first candle, I was so excited that my brand resonated with someone and I knew I was on the right track. 

Women Who Inspire Us: Erin of The Grey Designer

LPF: What are your favorite resources for keeping your business organized?
Erin: I think organized chaos is a better way of describing it around the grey designer office!

LPF: What makes the grey designer unique?

Erin: The grey designer candles stand out for their dreamy fragrances like Damsel, & Cozy Cashmere. Another point of difference is that you can personalize the candles. They  make a perfect gift for someone, a wedding favor or center piece or a treat for yourself! With options like the Monogram Collection, Mr. & Mrs, Names, the possibilities are endless.  Feel free to email me for personalized requests.

A special thank you to Erin for sharing her brand & business journey with us! Be sure to stop by the grey designer website & say hello on facebook and instagram!

Have a question for Erin? Leave a comment below.

xoxo, lauren

Friday, January 16, 2015

Where to Find Beautiful (& Free) Stock Photos!

When it comes to blogging & small business, I have a huge appreciation for originality & aesthetics. Nothing grabs my attention more when scrolling through Instagram than a beautifully composed photograp.  It's very easy to snag someone else's photo without crediting it- but that's bad blog karma! 
Did you know it's actually really easy to create your own beautiful quote graphics & blog images without being a professional photographer? I've rounded up my favorite resources for free stock photos resources. Stock photos can get a bad rap- & for good reason. They can be totally cheesy, but these websites offer beautiful & inspiring photography that will fit perfectly with your brand.
Beautiful Stock Photos for Your Blog/ Biz
Best Sources For Free Stock Photos:
The key to stock photography is making sure you understand the license for each site- some have a Creative Commons Zero License, meaning you can use & modify without crediting the photographer and some images have a Creative Commons Attribution License, meaning you need to credit the photographer if you use it. Just be sure you read the fine print!
My favorite ways to use stock photos are for creating preview images for Pinterest & Instagram and quote graphics. It eliminates the worry of "stealing" someone's images.
Check back for more photos in this series with some tips to take your own photos! We also cover much more on creating your own graphics (along with analyzing & growing your brand with social media) in our Social Media With Style Workshop!
Social Media With Style Workshop
As a fun surprise, you can save $10 on  the workshop or one on one strategy sessions through this Sunday (1/18) with code: HappyWeekend! If you have any questions about the workshop, I'd love to answer them. It's truly a great way to start off 2015 by investing in yourself & your brand!
xoxo, lauren

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