Wednesday, April 23, 2014

DIY Spring Floral Arrangement

Over the weekend, the sun was shining and the weather was absolutely gorgeous and I just had the urge to do something creative! I wanted to bring a hostess gift to my boyfriend's mom for Easter and I headed down to the farmer's market to look for fresh flowers. Silly me, this freezing weather we've been having is less than ideal growing conditions for beautiful spring flowers.

I settled for a local grocery store's selection where I could purchase individual stems and picked out a few of my favorite blooms and colors; ranunculus, hydrangeas, yellow daisies & white baby's breath! I watched a few DIY tutorials, and then went to work. I'm no professional, but it was so much fun (& more affordable) taking the do it yourself route 

La Petite Fashionista: DIY Spring Floral Arrangement w/ Ranunculus + Hydrangeas

La Petite Fashionista: DIY Spring Floral Arrangement

 La Petite Fashionista: Mason Jar Floral Arrangement

I even had enough flowers leftover to make a mini arrangement in a mason jar (my go-to makeshift vase)! I've had fresh flowers in the house for the past month, and it's crazy how something so simple brings me so much joy! Now if only I can keep my herb garden alive this year..

I think putting together a bouquet is a little bit like an outfit! Choose a couple of statement flowers (ranunculus, hydrangeas, peonies, etc) to be the biggest parts of the arrangement and then a couple of inexpensive filler flowers (baby's breath, carnations & daisies). Keep the color palette complementary either in the same color family or colorful pop!

What's your favorite flower?

xoxo, lauren
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Pretty Prints with Oak73

What does one do when there's snow on the ground in April, and they want to do a photoshoot of pretty spring styles? Move to my favorite indoor spot (with gorgeous morning light) in the house of course- the kitchen! In a house living with two boys, and little of my own design influence, this little nook is my favorite spot to keep my recipe box, vintage glasses & cake plates for entertaining, and a constantly stocked vase of fresh flowers!

I really don't feel like my outfit is complete unless I'm wearing some sort of pattern or statement jewelry piece. So, when I was shopping at Oak73's beautiful selection of feminine prints, it was a match made in heaven! 

Painted Floral Dress- Oak73
What I'm Wearing: Painted Floral Dress- Oak73

La Petite Fashionista: Floral Buttondown & Sparkle Tweed Skirt via Oak73

La Petite Fashionista: Painted Floral Dress via Oak73

I think what I love most about Oak73 ( besides all of their on-trend and colorful prints) is that all of their unique pieces are made in small quantities and manufactured in the USA! The product all naturally lends itself to print mixing and matching, and the spring prints range from watercolor florals to bold geometrics to colorful animal prints!

Try This Trend: Printed Pants via
 Ikat Flower Skinny Pant // Floral Silo Skinny Pant (all styles via

 Are you a fan of feminine florals, modern geometric or abstract, preppy polka dots & trellises, or animal prints? The secret to mixing prints is choosing two prints in the same color family- it's easiest to coordinate them when they share a common color within their print!

 xoxo, lauren
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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Latest Lust: Yoga Sesh

When life gets chaotic and crazy, there's nothing like a yoga session to help you find your balance again.On a warm day this week, I walked out to the backyard & set out my mat for a little relaxation and refocusing. It's amazing how just taking even 15 minutes out of your busy day to do some breathing and stretching and clearing your mind can make you a happier person!

My little sister, Allie, is my fitness inspiration. I am always picking up tips on her "Keep Your Balance" instagram, and she's always whipping up something healthy and delicious or rocking a stylish workout getup. Seriously, follow her on instagram- she's one inspiring lady!

Keep Your Balance

I follow tons of yogis on instagram & I love watching their daily routines and am always in awe of their flexibility and lifestyle! I would definitely enjoy a retreat somewhere tropical doing yoga and surfing today. I'm sharing a few of my favorite yoga accessories & inspiration images below- Including my lotus pendant necklace from Uncommon Goods! You can shop nore jewelry here.

Latest Lust: Yoga

As I mentioned, Uncommon Goods sent over one of their Lotus Pendants for me and putting it on gives me that feeling of instant relaxation! Uncommon Goods, is based in Brooklyn and I'm a big fan of their unique designs- they make awesome gifts. See more of their curated gift items (including some more yoga pendants) here. And SERIOUSLY I need a monogram yoga mat in my life!

Fitness Faves

Just to share a few of my favorite instagram yogis that I am continuously inspired by : beachyogagirlyoga_girl,  laurasykora & gypsetgoddess!

What or who do you look to for fitness motivation or inspiration? What type of exercise helps you best manage stress and get fit at the same time? I'm always looking for fun new playlists, workouts to try, and healthy meals!

xoxo, lauren
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Friday, April 18, 2014

Try This Trend: Athletic Luxe with

When you think about me.. athletic is probably not the first word to come to mind. BUT- athletic luxe is a whole different story: think athletic inspired accents with a stylist twist. The sequined sweatshirts, slouchy luxe trackpants & neon accents that are trending right now are right up my alley!

I'm partnering with to style the luxe athletic trend in my own La Petite Fashionista way- for me that meant a little bit of sparkle, mixed with comfort and bright pink lipstick and heels! 

Try This Trend: Athletic Luxe with

What I'm Wearing: TBags Los Angeles Sequin Sweatshirt (via // Gabrielle Rocha Leather Trim Track Pants (similar via // Michael Antonio Pink Heels (similar via

Try this Trend: Athletic Luxe with

Try this Trend: Athletic Luxe with

Shop the Athletic Luxe Trend: Glam Sweatshirts

I'm especially loving how glam sweatshirts have become and how much they've been trending lately. I'm all about equal parts comfort and style! has some great deals on name brands if you're a style lovin' bargain hunter like myself! ;) I am pretty in love with the shoe section and all of the discounted Lilly Pulitzer (and free shipping)! 

I want to see your take on the Athletic Luxe trend! is giving away six $150 gift cards- all you have to do for a chance to win is tag your version of Athletic Luxe on instagram with #6pmStyleSelfieAthletic!

xoxo, lauren
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Blogger Buzz: April // Rainy Day Reads

The Blogger Buzz is back for April! This month we're sharing our perfect rainy day reads. I must admit I've been doing more audio book listening than reading lately, but I also just started the Divergent series traveling to Kansas City the other weekend- it feels good to unwind at the end of each day and disconnect!

Where'd You Go Bernadette: Meghan Anderson from Downtown Daydreams. The perfect beach read and I loved the uirky story of the young girl and her mother. Plus the bright cover is a perfect addition to any bookshelf! 
Allegiant: Samantha Peterson from The Brunette One. Finishing up this trilogy was a must for me! 

Making Ideas Happen: Laura Podlich from Beauty and the Beard. It was slow at first, but had some excellent tips on taking ownership for your ideas and executing them flawlessly!
The Divorce Papers: Katherine of The Duchess of Plumewood. A fun read that was just the thing to get my mind off my looming law school finals! 
Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: Lauren Felix of La Petite Fashionista. I'm a total social media nerd and Gary Vaynerchuk talks about the industry in a really inventive way! 

What have you been reading lately?

xoxo, lauren
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Latest Lust: Zoe Emilie

If you've ever read my blog before you'd probably know that  I am a complete accessory-aholic. I live for affordable, colorful, and trendy accessories. So, I was so excited to find Zoe Emilie, because each beautiful piece of statement jewelry is not only just my style but also fits in my budget! 

I was so excited to style the gorgeous turquoise stone tassel necklace with one of my outfits this weekend. The turquoise was the perfect pop of color against my yellow sun dress and is easily going to become one of my favorite jewelry pieces. I let the necklace be the standout piece in this outfit, staying minimally accessorized. 

Yellow Sundress + Zoe Emilie Turquoise Necklace

Yellow Sundress + Cowboy Boots styled with a Turquoise Zoe Emilie Necklace
What I'm Wearing: Yellow Sundress- Target // Cowboy Boots- Justin Boots // Turquoise Stone Tassel Necklace- Zoe Emilie

As you know, I love hearing the stories of other women business owners, so I couldn't resist asking Zoe, to share answer a little bit about her business. She comes from a creative and entrepreneurial family and after working for a diamond jewelry company having some amazing opportunities (like working backstage at a Victoria's Secret Fashion Show) she made the leap to starting a company of her own!

LPF:  What made you want to launch Zoe Emilie?
Zoe:  Being a mom is the best but most difficult job you can ever have. I always thought I would be a working mom, so when I ended up being a primarily stay at home mom for a few years, I felt lost. I loved spending time with my kids and other moms, but I felt like a part of myself was missing. I was always seeking out ways to stay involved with the community and was keeping my eye out for flexible business opportunities. Of course nothing ever came around that was exactly what I wanted. I knew that if I was going to work again that it had to be on my own terms and be something I was passionate about. I work very part time for a non-profit coordinating kids cooking field trips to BU, so I was able to keep the culinary passion going on the side, but I severely missed having an outlet in fashion and I was not prepared to work retail or corporate again. 

    After my past experiences in the jewelry business and helping a friend with her store and then seeing my brother launch an online store for his hats, I knew that I could do something on my own if I put my mind to it. Just this past fall, I filed the paperwork with the IRS, bought a domain name, opened some wholesale accounts, dug out my jewelry making supplies and decided to dive in. One of my closest friends told me that if I didn’t do it, someone else would. My husband said that the worst that could happen is that I have to sell everything to my friends at cost to make my money back. Luckily I haven’t gotten to that point yet!

LPF: How Do You Envision the  "Zoe Emilie Girl"?
Zoe: I pick most of the jewelry with me or my friends in mind. I think the Zoe Emilie girl wants to look great and keep up with the trends but not at a huge expense. I think she is not overly trendy, more classic in style but likes to experiment with fashion from time to time with fun statement accessories that allow her to express herself and stand out.

La Petite Fashionista's 5 Favorite #ArmParty Picks from Zoe Emilie

It's funny how the daily #armparty has sort of become my thing! I'm rarely without at least a few bracelets on my left wrist. So I thought I'd pick a few of my favorites from Zoe Emilie to share some serious arm party action! How LPF are those patent bow bracelets?! You have to check out the Zoe Emilie to site to check out all of the beautiful accessory goodness for yourself! I'm so happy to have discovered this gem!

Which bracelet are you dying to add to your Zoe Emilie #armparty?

xoxo, lauren
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Pink & Navy Preppy

The location of Go Blog Social at the Berg Event Space had the most beautiful outdoor patio. In true blogger fashion, Maya & I couldn't resist snapping eachother's outfit pictures against the beautiful grass terrace & brick walls. How can you not love hanging out with bloggers for that reason?

I picked up this navy & pink geometric print from my new favorite Kansas City boutique, the KC Garment Collective (see it in all it's glory on my instagram!) and wore it during my talk on personal branding!

La Petite Fashionista: Pink & Navy Preppy

La Petite Fashionista: Pink & Navy Preppy

La Petite Fashionista: Pink & Navy Preppy

La Petite Fashionista: Pink & Navy Preppy

Get the Look: Pink & Navy Geometric Print Dress - KC Garment Collective (similar) // Denim Jacket- (similar) // Bag- Kate Spade via Nordstrom Rack // Heels - Jessica Simpson (similar) // Navy Statement Necklace -Kate Spade (similar) // Sunglasses- Fendi via Nordstrom Rack

This pink Kate Spade bag scored from Nordstrom Rack has become one of my favorite new accessories. I always thought I'd prefer a more neutral color but the pink is the perfect pop of color for any outfit and I'm rarely without it lately!

xoxo, lauren
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Monday, April 14, 2014

Latest Lust: Spring Shades

Looking at this post just makes me happy! I love how different each of the individual pieces are, but how well they mix & match together. I'm inspired by the color palette- pops of mint, coral, & yellow grounded in white & brown neutrals.I also love the playful mix of patterns & texture from watercolor florals & stripes, to eyelet, patent leather& 3D rosettes. 

Latest Lust: Spring Shades

I own those J.Crew 3" chinos in a ton of colors and must say they're one of my favorite pieces to wear in the summertime. I don't know about you- but I totally noticed within the last few years, that I can't buy shorts from the places I used to shop because they're a little too short & scandalous. I love that J.Crew's are perfect length for a 20-something and come in such fun colors!

What pieces are on your shopping list this Spring?

xoxo, lauren
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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Little White Skirt + Chambray Shirt

What is it about slipping on a floaty chiffon skirt that just makes you want to do a little twirl? This tiered white skirt from Flourish Boutique is no exception! I paired my little white skirt with my trusty chambray button down, pastel chevron heels & hot pink lipstick. Considering how versatile it is- this skirt is going to be on heavy rotation in my wardrobe this summer!

La Petite Fashionista: Little White Skirt + Chevron Heels

La Petite Fashionista: Chambray + Pink Lipstick

La Petite Fashionista: Little White Skirt + Chambray Shirt
What I'm Wearing: White Skirt: via Flourish Boutique // Chambray Shirt: Target (similar) // Chevron Heels: Marshalls // Mint Crossbody Bag: Lands' End Canvas (similar) // Watch: Michael Kors  // Clover Necklace (similar) // Pink Lipstick: Maybelline "Pink Pop" // Sunglasses: via Nordstrom Rack

If you love my skirt, be sure to check out the Flourish Boutique site for some gorgeous & affordable new pieces for Spring!

I was so excited to get my clover necklace in the mail from my bestie Katie last week! She sent it as a good luck token for my new business ventures. The sweet thought behind it brings a smile to my face every time I wear it! How did I luck out with such amazing friends?!

I hope you're enjoying your weekend! I got in some dancing & craft cocktails last night so life is good!

xoxo, lauren
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Friday, April 11, 2014

Cheers to Spring + Backyard Margaritas!

We had the first warm evening of spring and I couldn't resist setting out some of our outdoor furniture and fixing up a couple of margaritas for Kyle & I. What better way to take advantage of warm weather than a little bit of happy hour in the backyard (made festive with my favorite capri blue candle, succulent plant from kelly & thrifted brass pineapple & colorful cocktail napkins). I have a fun stash of cocktail napkins to break out whenever the occasion arises!

I snapped a few pictures of our impromptu cocktail hour this week! I love that a simple teak table can be made festive by adding a few colorful accents. 

 La Petite Fashionista: Backyard Margaritas

La Petite Fashionista: Best Margarita Recipe EVER!

La Petite Fashionista: Cheers to Spring

Have I ever mentioned how much I love a good homemade margarita? Kyle & I learned the DIY route in a cooking class we took together and have never turned back. I love knowing there's not a ton of additives and excess sugar like in a mix and they seriously taste SO much better and are less expensive when you make them yourselves. 

The trick is also to get a higher grade 100% agave tequila to make your margarita that much smoother. I love that you can also adjust the sweetness + tartness when you DIY your margarita! You can add in fruit juice or muddle up fruit to flavor them. Make sure you pin my go-to recipe above so you can try them out for your warm weather entertaining!

What's your favorite warm weather cocktail to whip up? Cheers to Friday everyone!

xoxo, lauren
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