Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Georgia Peach Bridal Shower

The highlight of my trip to Florida was celebrating my bestie's bridal shower. Kelly and I have been friends literally since we were in diapers. We were neighbors & spent our afternoons playing, being creative, and doing all the things that best friends do. I'm so lucky to have had her as a friend for literally my whole life- so it was so much fun to see her as a soon to be bride.

Me, my mom, friend Amy & her mom planned Kelly's bridal shower. The shower was a Georgia Peach theme (where she'll be getting married). We went for more southern elegant than rustic feel full of delicious food & special details. It turned out so beautifully that I just wanted to share a few of my favorite snapshots.

Georgia Peach Bridal Shower: Peach Hydrangeas

Georgia Peach Bridal Shower: "You're a Peach" Napkins

Southern Style Georgia Peach Bridal Shower: Pecan Bars

Georgia Peach Bridal Shower: Peach Sangria

Georgia Peach Bridal Shower: DIY floral poufs

Georgia Peach Bridal Shower: "I DO" gold sign & white roses

Georgia Peach Bridal Shower

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We had simple & beautiful peach hydrangeas & baby's breath floral arrangements on the tables, tissue paper flowers hanging that a talented friend DIY'd & tasty desserts with a southern flair- pecan bars & peach cobbler. Of course seeing Kelly, oh-so-happy was the best part! 

I can't wait for her wedding- it's going to be so beautiful!

xoxo, lauren
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Monday, July 28, 2014

#LPFTravels: Florida

I can't believe I'm already home from Florida- such a whirlwind trip- and it always is. I squeezed in a relaxing day on the boat, shopping with my sister, and all the macadamia nut pancakes & cups of organic coffee I could drink- as well as my bestie's beautiful bridal shower (more on that later)!

I just wanted to share a few of my favorite snapshots from my trip home. See more on instagram.

#LPFTravels: Florida

#LPFTravels: Florida Snapshots
1. Peace sign art in the garden at my local coffee shop | 2. "Surfer" scrabble tiles in an antique store | 3. Coffee & aloha tank at home | 4. In my element on the water & wearing a monogrammed sun hat | 5. The sunset at my favorite spot | 6. Pancakes with Macadamia Nut Sauce | 7. Colorful #ArmParty | 8. Snacking on nubblers from Green Plate Foods | 9. Feeling tropical at a fav local organic cafe.

Also, I was featured on Beauty Bets this week to share what's inside my make-up bag. SO much fun. Can you tell I like pink- and a summer bronze? ;)

What summer adventures have you been on lately?

xoxo, lauren 
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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Beach Hair, Don't Care

Scuba skirts are my favorite. The neoprene-like material is so so comfortable and ultra flattering. This batik/tie dye print is right up my alley- a little bit modern, a little bit boho. I forgot how hot & humid it is here in the summertime and basically you want to be as airy & comfy as possible to beat the heat.  I'm pretty much loving this constant state of beach hair. 

La Petite Fashionista: Watercolor Scuba Skirt + Cobalt Top

La Petite Fashionista: Watercolor Scuba Skirt + Cobalt Top
What I'm Wearing: Shirt: borrowed from sister (similar)  | Skirt: Aeropostale (similar
Lightning Bolt Necklace: (similar)| Wedges: Dolce Vita via Nordstrom Rack
Turquoise + Gold Bracelets: LPF x 6D Hairties, Brighthouse Baubles (similar), Shop La Malu (similar)
Pink Lipstick: Bare Minerals Moxie "Never Say Never"

La Petite Fashionista: Watercolor Scuba Skirt + Cobalt Top

I can't believe I'm already leaving tomorrow to go back to Wisconsin. As always, it's been a whirlwind of a trip- but so happy to see so many of my friends and family (and come back with a tan). I got to spend all day on the boat on the Gulf of Mexico one day this week drinking beer in the sun & it was a little slice of heaven on earth!

xoxo, lauren
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Summer at the Lake Editorial: La Petite Fashionista Magazine

The newest issue of La Petite Fashionista Magazine is here and it's been awesome hearing everyone's feedback on the new issue. The contributors and I are SO proud of it! I had so much fun putting together this "Summer at the Lake" editorial featuring my lovely intern Courtney and her friend Madalyn! We shot it right in Madison at the lake- one of my absolute favorite places to spend a summer afternoon. I styled them in red, white & blue Americana pieces & borrowed gorgeous jewelry pieces from Lizzibeth & Olivia Taylor.

See the full editorial in our new issue!

Summer at the Lake Editorial: La Petite Fashionista Magazine

Summer at the Lake Editorial: La Petite Fashionista Magazine

Summer at the Lake Editorial: La Petite Fashionista Magazine

Summer at the Lake Editorial: La Petite Fashionista Magazine

Summer at the Lake Editorial: La Petite Fashionista Magazine

Photography by: Matt Engelhart

Check out our pinterest board to pin our favorite pictures from the editorial!

xoxo, lauren
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Home Sweet Home

I'm back home in Florida for the week, and it's been truly bizarre trying to come back to terms with the 95 degree afternoons, frizzy hair humidity and my dad taking outfit pictures for me. Not so bizarre is being able to get together for dinner and drinks with my besties that I usually only see once a year these days and coffee shop dates with my sister at our favorite organic cafe!

Basically, when I pack for home I throw in all of the most colorful pieces in my closet (and raid my sisters' when I still feel like I don't have anything to wear- some things NEVER change!)

La Petite Fashionista: Lime Green + Statement Necklace

Pineapple Shorts + Lime Green Shirt

What I'm Wearing: Lime Green Tee: Gap | Pineapple Shorts: Aeropostale (similar
Necklace: Lizzibeth  | Gladiator Sandals: Sam Edelman

La Petite Fashionista: Pineapple Shorts

Does anyone else live far from their hometown and can relate to the strange but familiar feeling of being back to visit?

xoxo, lauren
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Muchana Hats + Pineapple Prints

I met the lovely ladies of Muchana hats at Go Blog Social, a blogging conference I attended & spoke at in Kansas City a few months ago. Let me tell you these hats totally stole the show in a well dressed room of bloggers. Nothing is a better conversation starter than a cute hat! 

I came to find out that the girls, Katie & Kelly were sisters, who own a handmade hat company, Muchana hats! Each hat is handwoven by a family of artisans in Ecuador and are absolutely beautifully made. I figured what better combination for my giant sun hat than this fun pineapple print top & navy eyelet skirt I just picked up at Aeropostale.

La Petite Fashionista: Navy Hat + Pineapple Print Crop Top
What I'm Wearing: Navy Hat: Muchana (style coming soon!) | Pineapple Print Top: Aeropostale  (similar
Navy Eyelet Skirt: Aeropostale (similar)  | Necklace: LOFT | Shoes: Sam Edelman

La Petite Fashionista: Navy Hat + Pineapple Print

La Petite Fashionista: Navy Hat + Pineapple Print

I'm headed home  to Florida today & looking forward to some outfit pictures with a BEACH in the background ;)

xoxo, lauren
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Friday, July 18, 2014

La Petite Fashionista Mag Summer Issue

The team & I pour our hearts into each issue of La Petite Fashionista Mag to bring something unique to the digital magazine world. Our mission is to provide tons of inspiration & ideas for women that are coming into their own in their closets, kitchens & careers. 

 You don't have to spend thousands of dollars to decorate your bachelorette pad (as seen by contributor, Amanda's, home tour) and sometimes it's more fun and affordable to DIY than buy (like our beach babe hair spray recipe in the new issue). The travel guide is one of the most fun parts of this issue- our contributors are sharing their local guides to their city- filled with affordable restaurants, shops and things to do.

Enjoy the new summer issue of La Petite Fashionista Mag & be sure to tag all of the fun DIY projects, outfits, and travel fun you're doing with #LPFMag on instagram!

If you like the issue, we'd LOVE if you share the link with friends. 

Thank you so much for your support!

xoxo, lauren 
& the LPF Mag Team
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Blue Cutout Dress & Neon Accessories

This piece from 6 Shore Road has to be without a doubt be my favorite sundress of summer. The peekaboo cutouts & strappy back are comfortable and super feminine. It's been one of my favorite date night dresses. I slipped it on while shooting one of our last spreads for LPF Mag (DIY Beach Hair Spray)! 

I've literally been living in coffee shops over the last couple of weeks trying to wrap up our summer issue of La Petite Fashionista Magazine -officially releasing tomorrow. I can't wait for you to see it! 

La Petite Fashionista: Blue Cutout Dress + Neon Accessories

What I'm Wearing: Dress: 6 Shore Road via Shopbop | Necklace: Lizzibeth 
Gladiator Sandals: Sam Edelman via Shopbop | Bracelets: Nordstrom Rack

La Petite Fashionista: Blue Cutout Dress + Neon Accessories

La Petite Fashionista: Blue Cutout Dress + Neon Accessories

I was also in Milwaukee yesterday and stopped by the Lizzibeth Headquarters- so fun talking business and playing dress up with all of the gorgeous accessories with Lizzie. I ended up buying this neon statement necklace above and it's bright summer perfection!

What are your go to accessories in the summertime?

xoxo, lauren
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Monday, July 14, 2014

Haute Hat

Kyle and I spent Sunday afternoon at a local art fair walking around and checking out local artists work and looking for some unique art prints of our place (modern  rustic w/ a touch of geek chic-- if there's such a thing?). I took this as the perfect opportunity to break out my panama hat on this hot summer afternoon. 

 I can't believe I'll be leaving for Florida in a week- I'm looking forward to seeing everyone and hopefully do some working from the beach. This colorful Roxy sundress is definitely coming with me (be sure to check out the link below- It's on sale now for only $22!)

La Petite Fashionista: Panama Hat & Monogram Necklace

What I'm Wearing- Dress: Roxy (on sale for $22!) | Gladiator Sandals: Sam Edelman | Purse: Kate Spade via Nordstrom Rack | Monogram Necklace (similar) | Straw Panama Hat: Forever 21 (similar)
Sungasses: Fendi via Nordstrom Rack | Fit Bit Flex: Target

La Petite Fashionista: Panama Hat & Colorful Roxy Sundress

La Petite Fashionista: Panama Hat & Colorful Roxy Sundress

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Are you rocking hats this summer too?

xoxo, lauren

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

7 Summer Smoothie Recipes

Ever since I've started working from home I'm trying to commit to making a smoothie every morning for breakfast. I usually just grab a granola bar- but it's nice to start my day off on a smoothie note! I've been doing a lot of experiment with different combos of fruit, leafy greens, greek yogurt, protein powder, coconut milk, fruit juices & the occasional spoonful of peanut butter. 

I've rounded up six new recipes I'm dying to try- and one of my own. These are all banana free- because I'm not a fan- and seriously you have no idea how many usually contain bananas!

7 Summer Smoothies

7 Summer Smoothie Recipes: 

Here's one that I made this week that was OH-so-good, and packed with protein.

Pina Colada Smoothie- packed w/ protein

This smoothie turned out creamy and the perfect balance of coconut and pineapple. It would be just as perfect on a beach in Hawaii as it was standing in my kitchen for breakfast.

Pina Colada Protein Smoothie
(serves 1)
1 cup frozen pineapple
4 oz pineapple juice
1/2 c coconut milk
1/2 cup plain nonfat greek yogurt
2 tbsp. unsweetened coconut flakes
1 tbsp protein powder 
1/2 tsp honey

I'm sharing a few of my favorite smoothie essentials from healthy mix-ins like chia and flax seeds, powdered pb2 and my trust magic bullet blender.I'm also going to start getting better about prepping in advance and having my smoothie ingredients in individual bags or coconut milk in frozen ice cubes. I also find that smoothies are way more fun to drink in a cute tumbler!

If you're a fellow smoothie maker, please please share your favorite recipes!

xoxo, lauren
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