Thursday, October 30, 2014

Preppy Fall Wardrobe Staples

My style always tends to have a preppy side, but come fall there's nothing I'd rather break out of my closet than my preppy wardrobe staples. I love thick cable sweaters layered with plaid flannel button downs, boyfriend watches & duck boots paired with cozy camp socks. The key to getting the preppy fall look is balancing the cozy pieces with tailored femininity like structured blazers, pleated skirts & quilted crossbody bags.
 
I've rounded up all of the preppy fall wardrobe staples you need in your closet!
 
Preppy Fall Wardrobe Staples 
 
Preppy Fall Outfit Inspiration:
 
Shop the Preppy Fall Wardrobe Staples
 Duck Boots: SOREL | Pleated Skirt: Line & Dot | Pearl Earrings:  Juliet & Company 
Navy Blazer: Soft Joie | Cable Sweater: BOP Basics | Watch: Kate Spade 
Plaid Shirt: Madewell | Leather Gloves- Kate Spade | Cross Body Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
 
I've also shared a few of my preppy fall outfit inspirations from fellow bloggers. These girls have totally nailed these preppy fall looks! As for me, those bow gloves are totally on my wish list- if I'm going to suffer in the cold, I might as well look chic doing it!
 
xoxo, lauren

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Heart & Hustle

This week has been so dreary- I need some sunshine in my life!  I swear I've been living off of coffee & the care package of Halloween goodies my aunt sent us. I seriously could use a closet full of cozy sweaters like this one from Vanity - it has the teensiest bit of lurex yarn to make it sparkle. The added sparkle somehow makes me love it even more!

Wearing oversized sweaters as a petite girl with curves can be a bit tricky to pull off without looking sloppy. I like styling big, cozy sweaters with a skinny jean or leggings. Heels or heeled boots can also help balance the proportions. I paired this look with minimal accessories- a big bow barrette for a preppy feel & a simple leather inlaid cuff from Nordstrom Rack.
 
La Petite Fashionista: Heart & Hustle
 
Get the Look: Lurex Sweater: Vanity | Denim: Aeropostale (similar) | Ankle Boots: Target (similar)
Bow: Forever 21 (similar) | Heart & Hustle Coffee Mug- Society6
 
La Petite Fashionista: Heart & Hustle

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La Petite Fashionista: Heart & Hustle

This Heart & Hustle mug is from my new line of prints in my Society6 shop. If there's ever a time that I get frustrated I can give this motto a look and bring everything back into focus.
 Be nice, work hard & put your heart into everything that you do.

Don't forget, sign ups just opened for the new session of my Social Media With Style Workshop, and online e-course for bloggers & small biz owners.

Social Media With Style Workshop

 Check out the course outline & testimonials & of course email me with any questions you have. The course starts on November 10th & you can save 10% off the course price using the code "LPFLove"!

xoxo, lauren

 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Simple + Delish: Slow Cooker Meals

Life gets crazy busy right? Sometimes I just don't have the energy to cook up a big dinner, and I'm sure I'm not the only one. The slow cooker has become my secret weapon. There's nothing better than putting ingredients in first thing in the morning and coming back to dinner in the evening.
 
I've rounded up a few recipes from soup to sandwiches to breakfast to keep your crockpot going all fall and winter long.
 
 
Simple & Delish: Slow Cooker Meals
 
Slow Cooker Meals:
1. Loaded Baked Potato Soup: La Petite Fashionista Mag Issue #5 | 2. Italian Beef Sandwiches - White House, Black Shutters | 3. Southwest Chili- La Petite Fashionista | 4. Spinach Artichoke Dip- Damn Delicious | 5. Mac & Cheese - Pip & Ebby | 6. Greek Chicken Souvlakis- Six Sisters' Stuff | 7. Salsa Chicken- Gimme Some Oven | 8. Breakfast Egg Scramble - Spend With Pennies | 9. Baked Cinnamon Apples- Skinny Chef
 

 

Be sure to check out each of these sites to grab the recipes for their simple & delicious slow cooker meals. Crockpot meals are low maintenance and delicious which is my favorite kind of cooking- especially in the cold weather months!
 
I think they get a bad wrap because a lot of people think of it was something their grandma might use- but trust me, saving time when cooking is always in style.
 
xoxo, lauren

Monday, October 27, 2014

Social Media With Style Workshop

I'm so excited to share that I'll be starting the second round of the Social Media With Style Workshop! The first one was better than I could have even imagined and connected me with so many inspiring bloggers. We just opened up sign-ups & my readers can get 10% off the course with code LPFLove!
 
 I wasn't sure what to expect with my first workshop, but I knew that I'd put every ounce of passion and heart and knowledge into it- and it was wonderful! The group of bloggers and small business owners in my workshop were creative, talented & ambitious!  I had so much fun sharing my knowledge & seeing all of their workshop learnings come to life through branding guides, strategy & editorial calendars. I absolutely can't wait until the next session - starting on November 10th!
Social Media With Style Workshop - to help bloggers develop substance, style & strategy for their social media presence!
 
One of my favorite parts was being able to ask/answer questions and see all of the projects everyone was working on in our private facebook group. It was like having a built in support group of blogging friends! The best part is the group remains active long after the workshop- so it's a perfect, non-judgemental environment to ask questions, share articles & gain feedback.
 
In our 4 week workshop we cover everything ranging from:
  • creating a branding guide
  • designing an editorial calendar
  • facebook, twitter, instagram & pinterest analytics
  • scheduling resources to make life easier
  • how to use those analytics to optimize your blog content
  • building a media kit
  • brand partnerships & blog monetization
Each week a PDF gets sent to your inbox & becomes available in a password protected section of our website to read on your iPad/computer or print. Additionally there are worksheets to help you apply each section's learnings to your blog & social media presence.
 
Social Media With Style Workshop: a Workshop for Bloggers

Teaching people about social media & helping them grow their audience truly feels like my calling. I love being able to put all of my years of experience blogging on La Petite Fashionista to work!
 
Check out the entire course outline here & read the testimonials from our workshop alumni here! If you have any questions about the workshop feel free to send me an email. This course is perfect for anyone who's fairly new to blogging &  ready to take things to the next level or a small business trying to step up your social media game!
 
Don't forget LPF readers can get 10% off the course with code LPFLove when they sign up for the Social Media With Style Workshop!
 
xoxo, lauren

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Spooky Spirits: Halloween Cocktails

Halloween week is finally here! At LPF headquarters we're celebrating with eating our weight in candy corn (it's always been my favorite!), perfecting our Halloween costumes for Friday, and marathon watching all of the classic Halloween flicks like Ghostbusters & Hocus Pocus (be sure to check out my list of top Halloween movies on Netflix here

I thought it was the perfect time to break out my Spooky Spirits Halloween Cocktail recipes from last year's Halloween issue of La Petite Fashionista Magazine! I've test tasted these for our Ghoul's Night editorial and let me tell you, they are good.
 
[Halloween Cocktails]: Spooky Spirits- the Green Goblin
 
The Green Goblin
2 oz Midori Melon
1.5 oz Vodka
Juice of One Lime
 1 oz Sprite
 
Coat rim of glass in orange sprinkles, combine ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice, strain and pour into martini glass.
 
[Halloween Cocktails]: Spooky Spirits- Dracula's Drink

Dracula's Drink
1.5 oz Vodka
2 oz Pomegranate Soda
Juice of One Lime
1 Oz Sprite

Coat rim of glass in black sprinkles, combine ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice, strain and pour into martini glass.

Enjoy one of these drinks & pour yourself a spooky spirit! Check out our latest issue of La Petite Fashionista Magazine for inspiration for last minute Halloween costumes, pumpkin decorating & more!

xoxo, lauren

Friday, October 24, 2014

Weekend Wear

Woohoo, it's Friday! When it gets to the weekend I want to wear something comfy & chic. This weekend is going to be spent trying to enjoy all things fall- hot apple cider, carving pumpkins & scary movie marathons.
 
Side note- I finally understand the fuss with the piko tops! The fabric drapes perfectly & is probably the most comfortable thing I own. I'm also obsessed with these statement sunglass straps from Sintillia. I never leave the house without a pair of shades & these straps double as a stylish accessory- such a genius idea!
 
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What I'm Wearing:
Army Green Piko Top: Love, Blackbird Boutique (snag a discount on Midwest Bloggers!)
   Jeans: American Eagle (similar)  | Lace Up Suede Wedges: Steve Madden (similar
 Leather Clutch: Lands' End (similar) | Stylish Sunglass Straps: Sintillia


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Sintillia Sunglass Straps: Boho Braids | Gold & Glowing Chains
 
I am chronically losing sunglasses - to the point that I never felt like I could splurge on an investment pair because I'd be too worried about misplacing them. Thankfully, that will never be a problem again. I'm so glad that Sintillia's finally come up with a designs that are stylish and are one heck of a statement sunglass strap! Be sure to check out their site for all of the chic options.
 
Want to try a pair for yourselves? Get 15% off your Sintillia order w/ code: LPFSintillia
 
xoxo, lauren

Thursday, October 23, 2014

His & Hers Fall Style

October has to be my favorite month of the year. The weather is perfection and it’s as if the trees come to life in vibrant shades of yellow, orange, and red. Fall is officially here in Wisconsin and I’ve been breaking out my favorite autumn pieces- from booties to dark wash denim to cozy cold weather accessories. Our new Nordstrom Rack store opened in Madison this month and today’s post features a few pieces I’ve picked up from the new location!

 
In today’s post I’m doing something a little different. Normally, my boyfriend’s the one behind the camera for many of my outfit posts, but I wanted to treat him to his own feature! He has great style to begin with, but I love any occasion that he gets a little bit dressed up. I’m a sucker for a tie & button down- so handsome!
 
La Petite Fashionista: His & Hers Fall Style
  
In my styling session with Kyle we incorporated a couple of great fall menswear pieces: a chambray button down, plaid tie & patterned socks. The chambray button down is a versatile wardrobe staple for any guy to have in their closet. Choosing a tie with a more casual fabric than silk gives it a cool, laid back vibe. The socks are probably my favorite part of the outfit, they’re such a fun pop of print! I’ve been buying patterned socks for him & he’s started wearing them to work every day!
 
La Petite Fashionista: Men's Preppy Fall Style

La Petite Fashionista: Men's Preppy Fall Style

What He's Wearing:
  Chambray Shirt: Dockers via Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Tie: Penguin via Nordstrom Rack
Socks: English Laundry via Nordstrom Rack
 
I couldn’t resist taking advantage of our photo shoot and had to jump in for a picture with him. I’m wearing a couple of my favorite recent buys from Nordstrom Rack, a perfectly floaty blouse & embellished knit headband (I can’t tell you how many compliments I’ve gotten on it)!
 
La Petite Fashionista: White Blouse & Embellished Headband

La Petite Fashionista: Embellished Knit Headband & Red Lipstick
 
What I'm Wearing:
White Blouse: Lush via Nordstrom Rack | Embellished Knit Headband: Free Press via Nordstrom Rack
 
A tip for the guys who don’t enjoy getting dressed up- ease them into a more dapper look by pairing pieces they’re comfortable with (an un-stuffy button down) with more refined pieces like a patterned tie & khaki pants. This look was totally out of Kyle’s comfort zone, but he ended up loving it. A perk to being a fashion blogger’s boyfriend is having a built in stylist, right? Might as well take advantage of my fashion know-how!
 
xoxo, lauren
 
 
This post was sponsored by Nordstrom Rack. All views are my own.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Latest Lust: Chic Coats

Growing up in Florida the idea of having to put a coat on every time you go outside was completely foreign to me. It was probably one of the most difficult transitions for me when I moved (other than you know, that whole scraping ice off your car every morning thing). I was constantly leaving my house without a coat and subsequently freezing my butt off- either suffering for the sake of fashion or totally underestimating the sub-zero temperatures.
 
Now, with a few winters under my belt, I've come to realize that the trick to ensure you're properly bundled up each time you go outside is to make sure you have some cute coats! I have my tried and true puffy down coats that make me feel like I'm in a sleeping bag- but I definitely need to add a couple of more fashion forward pieces to my fall & winter wardrobe.
 
I've rounded up a few outerwear trends that will leave you chic but not cold!
Latest Lust: Chic Coats
 
Shop The Post: Chic Coats
Plaid- Long Plaid Coat: Nasty Gal | Black & White Plaid: B.B. Dakota | Plaid Moto Jacket: GAP
Candy Colored- Pink Coat: JOA | Long Boucle Coat- Nordstrom | Colorblock Coat: Dynamite
Texture- Faux Fur Jacket: Glamorous | Tweed Coat: BB Dakota | Slouchy Wool Coat: Free People
 
A few coat trends for this year are plaid patterns, candy colored coats (with big lapels or long open coats), & texture in the form of tweed, faux fur & boucle.
 
Fun fact - I actually started off my fashion merchandising career in Outerwear. It was pretty ironic for the girl who had only been in a snow a couple of times to be selecting an outerwear assortment, but I learned a ton about quality, fabrics & technical features. I always recall my merchandising know-how when I'm shopping for winter jackets!
 
What type of coat do you wear to look chic & cozy in chilly temperatures?
 
xoxo, lauren

Monday, October 20, 2014

DIY Flower Crown Tutorial

When I decided I was going to be a 60's hippie for Halloween I wanted to give the costume my own personal touch! I decided to make a flower crown, totally winging it and using some of my Christmas wreath making know-how. I'm obsessed with how it turned out. It has all of the beauty of a real floral crown but will last forever with beautiful faux ranunculus blooms. & baby's breath.
 
This flower crown would be perfect for a costume, music festival, fashion editorial or even wedding!I'm going to walk you through the tutorial to create a flower crown for yourself. I swear it's easier than it looks.
 
La Petite Fashionista | DIY Flower Crown Tutorial
 
DIY Floral Crown
 
Materials:
Two Faux Floral Stems (variation in size is key!)
Faux Baby's Breath Floral Stems
Green Floral Wire
Ribbon
Scissors
 
La Petite Fashionista | DIY Flower Crown Tutorial
 
 
Flower Crown Tutorial Steps:
 
1. Start by cutting off around 3-4 feet of green floral wire. Wrap the wire around your head three times with some slight slack (it will get tighter once you add flowers to the crown). Cut a couple inches of wire and wrap several times around the crown circle to keep the wires grouped together- repeat in four places spaced out a couple inches apart on the circumference.
 
2. Cut each flower off the stalk, leaving 1-2 inches of stem. You'll want to lay out the flower pattern starting from the left hand side to the right (you'll probably want to start with small flowers, with larger flowers in the center, and smaller flowers again on the other side  & baby's breath in between each bloom.
 
3. Take your first flower & wrap the floral wire tightly around the stem (wrapping it 3-4 times), adhering the piece to the wire crown. They key here is NOT to cut the wire, but continue by placing the next floral piece (baby's breath) next to the bloom- ensure that each of the stems are facing in the same direction & wrap tightly around the next bloom.
 
4. Repeat this process keeping each floral piece spaced closely near eachother. The faux flowers usually have flexible wire stems, so you can slightly bend them to ensure they're all forward facing.
 
5. Once you've secured the last bloom wrap the wire tightly a few times around the crown to finish it off and tightly secure it. You may see some green wire exposed, don't worry about this!
 
6. Take ribbon (mine is a 1/4 inch width) & wrap tightly around the perimeter of the crown (covering up any exposed wire), you can also weave it tightly in between the flowers to completely mask any of the wire. Secure it with a tight knot. Next you may want to cut a piece around 2 ft in length, tie it in a bow in the back of the crown letting the ends hang down in the back.
 
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Don't stress about the crown looking too perfect! Just like in nature, your crown will look a little more real if you allow for a few flowers to go askew.
 
If you have any questions in the crown making process, be sure to leave them below!
 
xoxo, lauren

Hippie Chic Halloween Costume

Can you believe it's only 11 days until Halloween?! Have you been thinking about your costume yet? I don't care if I'm 25- I love any reason to get dressed up and Halloween is the perfect excuse. I'm not going to lie there's been pretty much a marathon of scary movies, candy corn eating & decorating with pumpkins since it became October. (Check our newest issue of La Petite Fashionista Magazine for some great DIY costume & décor ideas!)
 This year we're going to a friends Halloween party with friends and I have been giving my costume a lot of thought. I always like to choose a costume that's creative and fits my personality. This "Hippie Hottie" costume from3WISHES.com perfectly fits my 60's loving persona. I also created a DIY flower crown to go along with the look (get the diy flower crown tutorial here)
La Petite Fashionista | Hippie Chic Costume & DIY Floral Crown
What I'm Wearing: Hottie Hippie Costume- 3WISHES.com | Flower Crown: DIY (tutorial here)
 
La Petite Fashionista: Hippie Chic Halloween Costume

La Petite Fashionista: Hippie Chic Halloween Costume
La Petite Fashionista: Hippie Chic Halloween Costume
I'm obsessed with the fringe, embellished peace sign & faux fur vest- total sixties glam. If you're in need of a costume, you can order a costume from 3WISHES.com up until 4 pm EST on October 30th and it will arrive in time the next day for Halloween.. score!
Do you still dress up for Halloween? What are you being this year?
xoxo, lauren
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