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

Shop the look:

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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Thursday, July 10, 2014

La Petite Fashionista x 6D Hairties Giveaway | 60 Second Summer Hairstyles

I'm so excited to announce a special partnership with 6D hair ties. You can now shop a special La Petite Fashionista hair tie pack- featuring a pink, turquoise, chevron & gold sparkly hair tie (of course!). It was so exciting to pick out the patterns, colors & styles that felt oh so LPF.  You can save 25% off order with code "LPF" at checkout-  and enter to win a pack (see directions below).

I love these hair ties because when it comes to my summer beauty routine- I'm super low maintenance. I want a hair style I can throw together in 60 seconds flat and be out the door to the beach, brunch, or happy hour! The best thing about these elastic hair ties is that they don't leave a dent in your hair- so you can switch it up as much as you want.

La Petite Fashionista for 6D Hairties

I've pulled together 4 of my favorite 60 second summer hair styles using my new 6D  hair tie set.

Super Easy Summer Hair

Meet my favorite 60 second hairstyles:
1. Messy Top Knot: Twist, twist, twist hair & wind up into a bun. secure with bobby pin & elastic around bun for a little extra glam.
2. Side Braid Ponytail: Gather a small section of hair from left side of head & braid. Secure with bobby pin & pull hair back into ponytail including braid. 
3. High Ponytail: Lean upside down & gather hair in high ponytail, pull tight & secure with elastic.
4. Thick Braid: Divide hair into 3 sections & braid  hair, secure end with hair tie.
All of you fellow low maintenance hairstyle girls - enjoy! 

Want to win one of our LPF hair tie packs from 6D Hairties?  Here's How:
1. Post the picture below on your instagram
3. Include hashtag:  #LPFX6Dhairties

Happy Hairstyling!

xoxo, lauren
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All Pineapple Everything

If you knew me - you'd know that pineapples are not just any trend to me. Just look through the archives and admire the sheer frequency they've been brought up on the blog. I think I love them so much because they remind me of all things tropical- and Hawaii- my favorite place on earth!

 A pineapple print puts me in an instantly tropical state of mind- so  I love incorporating them into my decor & wardrobe when I can. I've picked out a few of my favorite pineapple pieces for summer- I'll definitely be adding a few more to my collection thanks to athis roundup!

La Petite Fashionista- Try This Trend: Pineapples

1. Pineapple Sweatshirt - Billabong | 2. Pineapple Scarf- Ann Taylor | 3. Pineapple Sundress- Choies 
4. Pineapple Stud Earrings- ASOS | 5. Pineapple Card Holder- Anthropologie  
6. Pineapple Loafers- ASOS | 7. Pineapple Bracelet- Alex and Ani | 8. Pineapple Playsuit- ASOS

I also have been seeing this trend pop up all over the blogosphere, so I've pulled together a few of my favorite pineapple print looks from my favorite bloggers. Their looks serve as the perfect inspiration for wearing this trend and incorporating it into your wardrobe.

Bloggers are loving the Pineapple trend!
Bloggers Wear the Pineapple Trend:

How would you style the pineapple print in a quirky fun summer look?

xoxo, lauren
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Matchy Matchy

As you've seen on the blog before- I'm a big fan of the matching separates look. It's surprisingly easy to wear this SS14 runway trend- and even flattering. Choose a crop top that highlights your tiniest area. I tend to look best in a piece that accentuates my waist and balances out my curves whether it's a tiny peek of skin with a crop top or a floaty dress belted at the waist.

You can get the same look with a crop top & high waisted skirt- but you can take the trend up a notch with a matching top and skirt. I scored this one at Aeropostale for a great deal!

La Petite Fashionista: Matching Separates
What I'm Wearing: Matching Top + Skirt: Aeropostale | Gold Arrow Necklace: Lotkie
Heels: | Sunglasses: Fendi via Nordstrom Rack | Bag: Lands' End 

La Petite Fashionista: Matching Crop Top + Skirt

La Petite Fashionista: #Arm Party + Crop Top

La Petite Fashionista: Matchy Matchy

Shop the Trend:

Do you rock the crop top?

xoxo, lauren
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Monday, July 7, 2014

[Practically] Guilt Free Funfetti Dip

I have a major sweet tooth, but prefer a slightly less guilt free option than cookies or cake (though those alwayssss sound good). One of my favorite sweet snacks to prepare for get togethers is this guilt free funfetti dip. It's super easy to make and tastes just like dunkaroos- which this 90's kid LOVES (remember those?? I always used to eat them at Kelly's house when we were growing up).

La Petite Fashionista: Guilt Free Funfetti Dip (because who doesn't love sprinkles!)

[Practically] Guilt Free Funfetti Dip
(adapted from Eat Yourself Skinny)
1/2 cup Cool Whip
1 cup Plain Non-Fat Greek Yogurt
2/3 cup Funfetti Cake Mix 
Optional: 1 tbsp. rainbow sprinkles.

Mix together ingredients & keep chilled and serve with graham cracker cookies!

The crazy thing about this dip is that it seems to be endless- it's light and fluffy and seems to never disappear. Adjust to your taste- if you want it to be sweeter, just add a bit more cake mix! There's definitely sugar in this- so perhaps totally guilt free is a stretch- but the greek yogurt helps balance things out .. and life is all about balance y'all!

What were your favorite snacks 90's kids (dunkaroos, fruit roll-ups, gushers?;)

xoxo, lauren
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Sunday, July 6, 2014

9 {Stylish + Simple} Summer DIY Projects

I have a pinterest board full of DIY projects I want to do and plenty of summer afternoons that I don't take advantage of- thus I thought it was about time that I narrowed down to some low maintenance & fun projects to tackle this summer (and share with you of course).

Whether it's as simple as giving a terracotta pot a fresh coat of paint or breaking out my watercolor set- it's so important to unplug and get your creative juices flowing. So, who's with me? Let's tackle some of these DIY projects and fill our homes & closets with some pretty handmade pieces!

9 {Stylish + Simple} Summer DIY Projects

The creative minds behind these amaze me! I love that none of these projects are crazy labor intensive- but all really beautiful and useful whether you're entertaining or trying to spice up your existing wardrobe.

Which one are you dying to DIY first?

xoxo, lauren
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