Friday, September 19, 2014

Mint and Lovely: Beautiful Beach Picnic

Don't you just wish the summer would last forever? A couple of months ago I had the opportunity to participate in a styled shoot by the very talented event designers Emilee & Haley of Mint & Lovely Studios and photographer, Laurelyn Savannah. It was so much fun to team up with fellow Wisconsin bloggers & entrepreneurs on this perfect summer evening at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee for a beautiful beach picnic.

The photoshoot was a beautiful beach picnic complete with mason jar salads & special touches like a kraft paper box & glass bottle of Coke! Check out the Mint and Lovely Blog for more of the details!

Mint and Lovely: Pretty Picnic Styled Shoot

Mint and Lovely: Pretty Picnic Styled Shoot

Mint and Lovely: Pretty Picnic Styled Shoot

Mint and Lovely: Pretty Picnic Styled Shoot

Mint and Lovely: Pretty Picnic Styled Shoot

Mint and Lovely: Pretty Picnic Styled Shoot

Mint and Lovely: Pretty Picnic Styled Shoot


Gabby of Color Me Sassy, Lauren of LSilverStyle & Lizzi of Lizzibeth were all "models" with me for this gorgeous shoot. The smiles are all real- these girls are tooooo much fun and we were laughing the whole time. All of our baubles are from Lizzi's online store (& pop-up shop), Lizzibeth.

I'm so thankful for all of the wonderful opportunities I've had  & people I've met through the local blogging & business community. I am constantly inspired and awed by the creativity of my peers. A special thank you to Emilee and Haley for including me in this inspiring shoot!

xoxo, lauren

Thursday, September 18, 2014

10 Fabulous Fall Boots

When it comes to shopping for Fall I have a limited budget- so I have to choose where I splurge vs. save. If I am calculating the "cost per wear" of my boots, it definitely pays to invest a pair that will last the entire season (& keep my tootsies warm)! Living in Wisconsin, I've definitely come to learn how important a great pair of boots are.

I've rounded up a great mix of ankle boots, fabulous and functional pairs, and trendy knee high silhouettes that are worth the splurge.

Break Out the Boots: 10 Fabulous Fall Boots

Shop the Post:

 Black Booties - Splendid | Studded Booties- Jeffrey Campbell | Fringe Booties- Matiko
Waterproof Boots- Sorel | Pink Rainboots- Hunter |  Cozy Black Boots- UGG
Knee High Boots: Report | Tan Riding Boots: Nine West | Riding Boots- Sam Edelman | Tan Heel Boots: Dolce Vita

I get so excited to break my boots. I just got a new pair of tan ankle boots (I gave a little preview on Instagram!) that are going to be on heavy rotation, but have been looking for a knee high pair (& am obsessed with the ones above). Living somewhere so cold- it's so key to find a pair that I can also pick a cozy pair of socks in or fleece lined tights!

Which fall boot style is your favorite?

xoxo, lauren

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

#NFLFanStyle: Green Bay Packers

I don't know if my readers know this about me, but I was born &raised  a Green Bay Packers fan! Though I am a fairly new Wisconsin resident, my mom was born & raised in Wisco- and I've been coming up here since I was a kid. Take a look in the family scrapbooks & you'll see all of the  Packers floats we built for the annual 4th of July parade in the Northwoods! I never imagined I'd actually be living here (& loving it so much).

I'm never one to sacrifice style to represent my favorite football team. Thankfully, the new collection of NFL Apparel is sporting some serious style. The fashionable new pieces go way beyond game day and football season with trendy silhouettes,embellishments & graphics.

I'm showcasing my Green Bay Packers style as a part of the NFL Fan Style Campaign! 

#NFLFanStyle: Green Bay Packers


What I'm Wearing: Green Bay Packers G-III Holy Sweatshirt - NFLShop.com

#NFLFanStyle: Green Bay Packers

#NFLFanStyle: Green Bay Packers

It's so fun combining two of my favorite things- fashion & football in today's outfit post! I think I've given myself an unofficial mission to be the chicest Cheesehead. Check out NFLFanShop.com - they have all of  for your fashionable football gear - no matter which team is your favorite!

Are you a fellow fashionable football fan? What team do you cheer on?

xoxo, lauren


Thank you to NFL Shop for sponsoring this post. All opinions are own (I LOVE football!)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Pink & Turquoise Ikat

Why yes, those are palm trees in my #OOTD post ;) I'm back in Florida! To make a  long story short-  I will be spending the next week and half at home before I head to my bestie's wedding! So, I'll be putting off those Fall layers just a little bit longer!

I'm obsessed with this tunic from Francesca's- it's colorful, printed & the perfect pieces to transition and keep wearing right into Autumn. When it comes to my wardrobe, I'm always buying skirts & dresses and don't have nearly enough cute tops. The bright ikat print is SO me!

La Petite Fashionista: Turquoise & Pink Ikat 
What I'm Wearing
Ikat Tunic: via Francescas | Jeans: American Eagle (similar
Wedges: Dolce Vita via Nordstrom Rack (similar) |  Aviators: Rayban  

La Petite Fashionista: Turquoise & Pink Ikat 

La Petite Fashionista: Turquoise & Pink Ikat

La Petite Fashionista: Turquoise & Pink Ikat

The other best part about being home? Getting to raid my little sister's closet (& borrow her aviators)!  She also was sweet enough to take some outfit pictures for me. It's so nice being able to work from anywhere from my new job. I know my parents appreciate having me home (& I'm savoring these last couple weeks of sunshine & warm weather).

What pieces will you be transitioning from summer into fall?

xoxo, lauren

Friday, September 12, 2014

Runway to Real Way: SS15 Fashion Trends

Even though I didn't make it to New York Fashion Week this year (next year, I promise)! I've been busy catching up on all of the runway shows, and living vicariously through my blogging friends.
A lot of the time people don't understand why they have runway shows or who would wear the crazy looks that come down the runway. After working in the fashion industry I can break it down for you!

Most of the time the looks that come down the runway aren't meant to be taken literally, they're more for inspiration. The pieces that finally make it into our favorite stores (at price tags we can afford) contain elements that are inspired by the runway collections. I've been trend forecasting since I first started the blog, trying to find the continuity between the collections- it's still something I enjoy (especially when I'm right)!

Check out my pinterest boards for more of my favorite runway looks. I'll start with three of my favorite SS15 Runway Trends from NYFW - check back later next week for more!

SS15 Runway to Real Way | Fashion Trends: Gingham

Gingham is going to be a really important pattern trend for Spring/Summer 15- you'll be seeing it in everything from coordinated sets to skirts, to coats. The most popular colors of gingham or black & blue, but the pink is really fun for a change!

SS15 Runway to Real Way | Fashion Trends: Coordinated Separates

Coordinated Separates -or the Matchy Matchy trend as I like to call it- is back again for Spring Summer 15.  You'll see it show up most often in skirt & shirt combos - but  jacket and shorts as well, for a modern take on the short suit. Patterns will continue to be important for this silhouette as well as textured fabrics like lace.


SS15 Runway to Real Way | Fashion Trends: Neutrals
1. Kaelen | 2. Joie | 3. BCBG | 4. Mara Hoffman | 5. Nanette Lepore | 6. Jenny Packham

Neutral Colors are going to be trending for Spring/ Summer 15- think ballerina pinks, white, cream,  & dusty pastels. Look for them especially in floaty and chiffon and silk fabrications and every silhouette you can imagine. These colors are ultra-feminine and very on-trend.

I love doing my runway recap series because it shows how to take some of the crazy looks that come down the runway and interpret them for your own wardrobe!

Have you been keeping an eye on the runway collections too? Which are your favorite? I'd have to say Michael Kors & Nanette Lepore are my favorites from NYFW!

xoxo, lauren

See more of my favorite looks on my SS15 NYFW Pinterest Board!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte

I'm 100% willing to admit w/ no shame that I'm excited to start experiencing #allpumpkineverything again-  including the infamous PSL.  But, do you ever wish you could un-see something? For me it was the amount of sugar in a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks. It seriously scarred me & I've been on the hunt for a DIY recipe ever since.

I found quite a few on pinterest, but nearly all of them had instructions to cook on a stovetop. But seriously, who has time for that in the morning? I'm lucky if I can muster up the energy to make a smoothie. This recipe takes place entirely in your coffee mug & all you need is a microwaves.

 Enjoy this guilt-free pumpkin spice latte recipe (I took the honor of taste testing a few versions & I can assure you it's delicious)!

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte (& easy to whip up!)

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe
1/2 cup coffee (or 2 shots espresso)
1 cup coconut milk (or the milk of your choice)
2 tbsp. canned pumpkin
1 tbsp. honey (sweeten to taste)
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. vanilla

(feeling decadent? Try some whipped cream topping & salted caramel drizzle)

1. Add all ingredients (except hot coffee) to a coffee mug; stir with a fork
2. Microwave for 2 minutes 
3. Stir in coffee & either microwave for additional 30 seconds or use a handheld frother
4. Stir well once more & ENJOY!

Seriously, is there anything better than the taste of fall right in your coffee cup? :) This drink is going to be on regular rotation at LPF headquarters.

xoxo, lauren

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Cher Horowitz Vibe

I have to confess, I'm not quite ready to give up summer! I may be ready to start drinking PSL's & start breaking out my boots, but right now I'm not ready to pack away my crop tops (who would be with this beautiful weather we've been having?!). 

I picked up this pink gingham top from Topshop at Nordstrom Rack and it totally has a Cher Horowitz from Clueless vibe. With 90's continuing to trend on the SS15 NYFW runway shows happening over the past week, I don't think crop tops are going anywhere!

La Petite Fashionista: Pink Crop Top + White Skirt

What I'm Wearing: Pink Gingham Top: Topshop via Nordstrom Rack (similar) | White Skirt: Lands' End Canvas (similar) | Monogram Necklace: Eve's Addiction (similar) | Wedges: Dolce Vita via Nordstrom Rack (similar)

La Petite Fashionista: Pink Crop Top + White Skirt

La Petite Fashionista: Pink Crop Top + White Skirt | Clueless Vibe

My Cher wardrobe come fall? I'm thinking about incorporating some cropped fuzzy sweaters &  plaid skirts into my closet.  Now if only I can get one of those magical computerized closets ;)

xoxo, lauren

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

20 Songs to Help You Look Like a Beauty & Train Like a Beast

Sorry guys, I couldn't help myself with this post title- I love a good Disney reference ;) Lately, I've been trying to jump back into a workout regimen. It's perfect timing too, since Tone It Up's "Frisky Fall" Series just started this week. Two of the lovely ladies in my Social Media With Style Workshop, Annica & Megan are even going to be accountability partners with me!

I can't workout unless I've got some upbeat tunes. So, I'm sharing 20 songs to help you "look like a beauty & train like a beast"! It's a great mix of new & throwback, hip hop, pop, & 80's rock and I hope you love it as much as I do. Let's be real- nothing gets me to go for that extra set of abs like the chorus of "Welcome to The Jungle." 
20 Best Workout Songs | Look Like a Beauty & Train Like a Beast

20 Songs to Help You Look Like a Beauty + Train Like a Beast:
1. "Work It Out" - Lil Jon
2. "Bad" - David Guetta
3. "Fancy" - Iggy Azalea
4. "Problem" - Ariana Grande
5. "Summertime Sadness Remix" - Lana Del Ray
6  "Say My Name" - Destiny's Child
7. "Stereo Hands Mix" - The White Panda
8. "Am I Wrong" - Nico and Vinz
9. "All About That Bass" - Megan Trainor
10. "All I Do Is Win" - T. Pain
11. "Dark Horse" - Katy Perry & Juicy J
12. "Right Now" - Rhianna
13. "Walk It Out" - DJ Unk
14. "Midnight Life Mix"- The White Panda
15. "Shake It Off"- Taylor Swift
16. "Pour Some Sugar On Me"- Def Leppard
17. "Your Love (Josie)" - The Outfield
18. "Firefly Ellie Goulding Mix"- The White Panda
19. "We Run The Night" - Havana Brown
20. "Welcome to the Jungle"- Guns N' Roses

Play them right here in this handy widget! 

Look Like A Beauty, Train Like a Beast by lauren felix on Grooveshark

I so miss the fun workout classes I used to take in college. Lately, in my attempts to save money (the joys of starting your own business;), I've been sticking with youtube workouts. 

What songs keep you motivated during your workouts? Any guilty pleasure songs (like my Destiny's Child, "Say My Name"? Please say I'm not the only one..)

xoxo, lauren

Sunday, September 7, 2014

5 Event Trends for Your Next Party

Today I'm so excited to be teaming up with a fellow entrepreneur, Courtney at Simply Radiant Events! I'm pretty sure she loves throwing a great party as much as I do, so she's here to share 5 Event Trends that she's loving right now (& I have to say I'm obsessing over all of these too). Take it away Courtney!

Just like interior design and fashion the event planning world is ever changing. From décor to themes and weddings to corporate events each season and each year it creates new event trends.

Here are 5 event trends that Simply Radiant Events is seeing and loving.

1. Marquee Signs
Marquee signs are fun for all types of events. For weddings you see the couple’s initials or the word “love”. For sweet 16 parties you see the birthday girl’s name and corporate events it is the company name. Whatever your event marquee signs are fun and make a great focal point to any room.

5 Event Trends for Your Next Party

2. Rustic Modern Chic
The fun combination of metals, mercury glass, wrought iron and mirrors combined with mason jars and exposed wood furniture create a rustic, modern and elegant feel to any event. It may be a mouth full to say, but the combination of rustic modern is trending right now!

3. Shapes patterns, fibers and textures
Patterns, geometric shapes, florals, wood pallets, burlap, rock and plants are blended together to make an awe inspiring event. Other texture items used are tweed and leather help provide an extra pop to any event.
5 Event Trends for Your Next Party

4. Home Décor 
Common home décor elements are infused into events; seashells, pearls, pinecones, clocks, crystals and decorative spheres are perfect for finishing touches. Wooden crates with flowers, mason jar filled with drinks and pictures are also intertwined.

5. The Element of Surprise
Planners keeping up with the trends have learned that an element of surprise is something that really makes an event. Each event should be unique to the person or couple hosting the event. What would your element of surprise be? Cupcakes instead of a wedding cake? We say, yes!

5 Event Trends for Your Next Party

Events from the beginning of 2014 are completely different than the events that will round up the remainder of the year. We will see the incorporation of new elements and twists of old favorites, such as vintage.

What do you want to see for 2015?

xoxo, Courtney

About Simply Radiant Events:
Simply Radiant Events is a Southern California based premier full service special event  planning company and boutique events public relations firm. We are one of a kind with combining both an event planning company and PR firm in the luxury wedding, events and lifestyle industries.

Learn more about Simply Radiant Events at SREventPlanning.com & follow them on instagram!

About Owner Courtney Lutkus:
The California State University, Fullerton grad with a Public Relations degree is a regular writer for @HomeIN Magazine on planning tips for the upcoming seasons. & co-wrote Your Wedding Sorted, a book about helping brides plan their wedding. If you are looking of an event planner, wedding planner or Public Relations specialist in Southern California look no further than Simply Radiant Events. 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

September Inspiration Board

When did September happen? Oh my goodness. Summer was so short and sweet, but there are so many exciting things in store for Fall & La Petite Fashionista! This month I'm inspired by stopping to enjoy life's little moments- whether a cup of coffee with a friend or discovering a family member's old record collection. It's a month to start layering up, add some new accessories & resfresh your home decor.

Cheers to September, friends!

La Petite Fashionista: September Inspiration Board

SEPTEMBER INSPIRATION BOARD:

1. I'm so in need of some fresh hair style ideas- I adore this chic French twist | 2. I'm pretty sure doughnuts are the new cupcakes, how gorgeous are these? | 3. We've been talking about having "vinyl night" & breaking out old records- totally on my to do list this Fall! | 4. Isn't it funny how much a little bit of coffee art can just make your morning?  | 5. I've been seeing this Bianca Cash print everywhere & I just love the positive message | 6. We've been doing a ton of decorative updates to our place & I love this idea for easy to change out clipboard displays | 7. OBSESSED with the idea of a coffee cart nook like this one from A Beautiful Mess HQ | 8. Ankle denim & ballet flats.. is there a cuter combo? | 9. I think this is definitely going to be the year of the hat, loving this felted number.

What's inspiring you this month?

xoxo, lauren
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