Sunday, December 30, 2007

My New Years Fashion Resolutions

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I can't believe a new year is ahead of us already! It seems like were were just ringing in 2007. I'm so excited to see what 08' has to hold! I always make a New Year's resolution and I'm pretty good at sticking to them. This year I've made up a list of my 2008 New Year's Fashion Resolutions:

1. Learn to Sew: A sewing machine was at the top of my Christmas list this year. Now that I have one I can't wait to begin learning the basics of sewing and start some cute projects! I decided if I want to be in the fashion industry knowing about the construction of clothing is vital.

2. Score a Sweet Internship: This summer I'd like to find a local boutique or magazine with a fashion department. I'd like to learn as much as I can about the industry and take advantage of all the opportunities that come my way.

3. Open up a Vintage Shop on Etsy: I've been scouring local thrift shops and consignment stores for unique, trendy vintage finds. Coming in January will be a La Petite Fashionista vintage boutique on etsy! I can't wait to share my love for vintage shopping with the world.

4. Invest in Classic Wardrobe Staples: I'd like to find some classic pieces that my wardrobe is missing. I'd even splurge on some if I knew they would never go out of style. Particularly a cashmere sweater, trench, and pair of jeans tailored to fit me perfectly.

5. Update my Blog more: Since I've been in college I've definitely not been fulfilling my blogging duties! So I'm going to make more time to make sure I'm making my blog the best it can be.

xoxo, Lauren

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merci Beaucoup to you and you!

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all the featured thank you notecards can be found on etsy.

Yes I should be sleeping because Santa's coming tonight, butttt I've been working non-stop the last few days that I've had no update. So in my wee bit of relaxation time i've decided to blog! I already opened a few gifts from my family tonight- lots of fashion books & a sewing machine! I can't wait to go to my grandma's house tommorow where we'll have our traditional christmas morning breakfast & spend the entire morning opening & oogling over presents.

I think that thank you notes are a lost form of etiquette that is no longer expected, but definitely appreciated. So, take some time out to write some to those who endowed you with lovely gifts this holiday season.

Here is a handy guide t0 Thank You Notes courtesy of themorningnews.com :

1.Greet the Giver

Dear Grandma,

2. Express your Gratitude

Thank you so much for the hand-knitted socks!

3.Discuss Use

They will be sure to keep me warm and toasty in the bitter florida winters.

4. Mention the past, allude to the future

It was great spending Christmas with you and I look forward to seeing you during my next college break!

5. Grace

Thank you again!

6. Regards

Love Always, Lauren

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to all my La Petite Fashionista readers!

xoxo, lauren

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Stocking Stuffers for your Favorite Fashionista

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I don't know about you all, but I can not believe christmas is in less than a week! It just doesn't feel like the holidays; it's in the eighties- where I live there is no such thing as a white christmas. I still have gifts to be purchased, presents to be wrapped, and cookies to be baked! I feel so behind on everything and since I've gotten home I've been working my butt off to make some money. I feel so grateful to have a job to come back to when I'm on my breaks from school but I feel like I have so much to do still! Just thought i'd leave you all with some last minute gift giving suggestions. The gift on the top of my list is a sewing machine so I can learn the basics and hopefully get a little creative with it.

xoxo, lauren

Monday, December 10, 2007

Santa's Little Helper

Your significant other can't get the hint about what you want for Christmas? Net-A-Porter has made it easy with their Santa's Helper application! Just by filling in a short form your "santa" will recieve a personalized message informing them of exactly what you'd love to recieve for christmas! They've even added the option of attatching your wishlist. It's amazing what technology can do these days! :) No more unwanted socks or ill-fitting dresses for presents this year!

xoxo, Lauren
p.s. if you've noticed a lack in posting this week it's because i'm busy studying for finals! (yikes.. wish me luck!)

Friday, December 7, 2007

Exercise your Rights!

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If you're at least 18 and an American citizen, you have no good excuse not to vote! Why not show your political pride with a republican/democrat shirt or accessory. Not sure which party you prefer, well there's no better time to get informed :)As I am a political newbie myself I plan on learning as much as I can about all the potential candidates so I can make an informed decision about who I'm going to vote for in the 2008 election. When I decide, you'll definitely see me supporting them a la fashion!

xoxo, lauren

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

The Kitsch Niche

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Kitsch (n.): something of tawdry design, appearance, or content created to appeal to popular or undiscriminating taste.

I've always heard the term kitsch thrown around, but never truly know what it meant, just that it referred to adorably cheesy jewelry/clothing/art/etc. The word often refers to retro, witty, or just plain cutesy items. Often time i find stuff like this a little over-the-top, but in small doses and can give your outfit a witty edge, or create a conversation piece. Kitsch has always been around, but with popular culture oozing over to every area of our life it is becoming more widespread than ever. There is even an article in the New York Times magazine about buying kitschy gifts.

xoxo, lauren

Saturday, December 1, 2007

So many Parties.. so Little Time

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Everyone knows the holidays are an excuse to get dressed up and socialize with family and friends. Buying new outfits for every occasion can get pricy very quickly, thus the Little Black Dress. Black goes with everything, is slimming, and timeless. I decided it's okay to splurge a bit on the dress if you can get a lot of wear out of it.

Try buying a little black dress (LBD as we fashionistas like to call it) in a simple minimalistic design. By buying inexpensive accessories you can style the look in a completely different way to get more wear out of it. I like tucking it into pants for a blousy look with casual/trendy buffalo plaid hat, paired with argyle knee socks and complementary knit cardigan, as well as some sequins and faux bling for a flashy new year's eve look. I'm all about reinventing outfits and a LBD is a great piece with a lot of uses.

xoxo, lauren

Monday, November 26, 2007

5 Items to Steal from Your Boyfriend's Closet

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I'm trying to write for the local fashion magazine on campus for the menswear section. This is one of the story ideas i'm pitching.. something interesting to the main audience (girls), but still suitable for the menswear section. With all the menswear inspired trends all over the runways I think it's a cute idea! I love borrowing my boyfriend's baggy sweatshirts, but the concept of borrowing things that could actually be considered fashionable is a novel idea!
xoxo, lauren

P.S. If you don't have a boyfriend you're not out of the loop! This also works by borrowing items from a brother or dad!:)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

"What do you See in This Picture?"


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Lately ink blot prints have been popping up everywhere from the runway (Proenza Schouler) to housewares (rugs, coasters,etc.). The designs are based off of Rorsach's famous psychological ink blot tests. It's an interesting, modern looking take on traditional black and white. I think it's the "new" flocked print. It looks great with a splash of color for an updated look. I'd suggest wearing a plain ink blot print with something bright on the bottom like colored skinny jeans. I'm really wishing i had an apartment I could furnish with the ink blot housewares and decorative accents. If you're curious about the infamous ink blot test give it a go, it's pretty in depth, but may be for more mature readers.

xoxo, lauren

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Say No to Uggs: a PSA

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It's been cold here for about a week and I can NOT tell you how many girls I've seen walking around in mini-skirts and ugg boots. Don't be a fashion clone! I know they're comfy/warm/cute(?), but there are so many other boots that are just as functional and have some individual flair! I dont have a problem with people wearing them as long as its not one of the horrid sweatpants/uggs or miniskirt/uggs combinations. haha I LOVE urban dictionary's definition of the infamous boots:

Uggs: Ugly preppy boots that people wear with mini skirts. NO They are not meant for snow, uggs are not waterproof. they started in australia, how often does it snow there? no they are meant to be worn after surfing, cuz they keep your feet dry and warm.

If you're looking for a winter boot go for something in trendy and warm shearling, or with a nordic print/ embroidery if you're looking for something really unique. If you'll be wearing the boots in the snow look for something with a slick waterproof exterior like the Aquatalia boots above.

xoxo, lauren

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Make it Work:Project Runway season 4

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Top: Christian, Elisa, Jack, Jillian, Chris

Middle: Carmen, Kevin, Sweet P, Marion, Kit

Bottom: Rami, Simone, Steven, Victorya, Ricky

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So, Last night was the premiere episode of Project Runway that we've all anxiously waited a year for! I just thought i'd share my thoughts and ask you to do as well..

Are the contestants overqualified? I thought the experience of the designers on the show definitely exceeds any of the past seasons. It seems the judges have raised the bar for the contestants. As most of them own their own labels/stores, work for a major design firm, or graduated from a prestigious design school. It seems the show is no longer interested in finding raw, unpolished talent but, instead further devleoping the careers of somewhat accomplished designer. It's a step in a totally different direction but I guess it brings a new level of design to the show that should make things really interesting.

Warning: Spoiler!

My personal favorite dress was Victorya's modern take on the little black dress with the metallic silver rosebud. I was positive that Elisa's unfinished, tacky dress with a 6ft long train would surely be auf'd.. so I was fairly schocked when it was Simone's simple dress in fresh colors. I thought the winner, Rami's dress was interesting, but overall not very flattering.

I'd love to hear everyone else's take on the new season!

xoxo, lauren

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Making a difference.. 10 Grains at a Time!

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I found a wonderful organization online where you get to expand/test your vocabulary while helping solve world hunger.. who knew the answer was that easy ? (only joking!). But, it's a nice distraction tool, that does some good as well. It works by donating 10 grains of rice for every vocabulary word you get correct, it all adds up and is sponsored by the companies showing sponsorship at the bottom of the screen. Everyone should check it out!

xoxo, lauren

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Channel your Inner Doll

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Ever since I saw the short film "Dollhouse" produced by Erin Fetherston and Heidi Ferjani @ Fashion U i've had girly, innocent clothes on the mind! The video's below, you have to see it.. it's kind of creepy but enchanting. The film features clothing from Fetherston's upcoming Go International Line. I had a dollhouse when I was little and I remember spending hours upstairs in my gramma's house playing with it and dressing the dolls up in cute outfits. Now that it's finally getting cold here I've been pairing my summery dresses with black tights & heels which seem to give the look of a real life doll. To get the "doll" look, go for feminine styles in soft fabrics, paired with big bows and rosy pink cheeks.

xoxo, Lauren

Monday, November 5, 2007

Buy Handmade!

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I Took The Handmade Pledge! BuyHandmade.org

My mom has gotten me pretty addicted to Etsy and i've been looking at everyone's stores and finding some really unique pieces. I've already asked for an audrey hepburn screen printed laptop case (thanks mom!) I ran across the Buy Handmade pledge on Punky's blog. I love to support independent designers and crafters and etsy is a great way to find all those goodies in one spot. I've highlighted a few of my favorites, and I will continue to through the holiday season. Buying handmade is a great way to shop; everything you buy will be unique, support the indie artists, and is usually less expensive!

If anyone else has an etsy site of their own, or a favorite make sure to leave it!

xoxo, lauren

Friday, November 2, 2007

"I'm just crazy about Tiffany's!"

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me, as Holly Golightly- Halloween 2007

I love an excuse to get dressed up, so i'm sure like most fashionistas, I always look forward to Halloween as the one time of year I can wear whatever I want with out someone questioning whether I'm in style or not. I decided to go a classy route this year and dress as Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's.

As a poor college student it was so nice being able to create a costume purely out of items in my closet, and as someone i truly admire. Although I was pretty surprised when half the people at the Halloween party I was at had no idea who I was or who she was.. poor souls haha.

Here are a few more halloween costumes from parties held in NYC's Gramercy Park last night:

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Roberto Cavalli Gemma Ward

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Unknown Mk&A Impersonators

xoxo, lauren

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Teen Vogue Fashion U: an event I'll never forget!

My weekend at Teen Vogue's Fashion U was unforgettable! I stood five feet away from designers whose collections i've oogled over on style.com, asked them questions about how to get my start in the industry, and met so many girls who are obsessed with fashion as i am!
Okay.. enough blabbing.. let's get to the pictures!

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The first night was a fashion show featuring Erin Fetherston's Go International Collection for Target. I was majorly lusting over those heart bags (and the people who were in her seminar were lucky enough to score one before they're even in stores!)
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Saturday morning I woke up bright and early (wearing my Rebecca Taylor Dress as i've metioned I would be), and stood in line in the pouring rain to get in! Once i got in I recieved a quite amazing goody bag (dooney & bourke bag at that). I had no idea we would recieve anyyything, so that especially added to my excitement (it definitely more than totaled the amount we paid to get into Fashion U!)
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My first seminar was with Rebecca Taylor, I loved her endearing New Zealand accent. She has an amazing story.. she came to NY with $600 and lived in a hostel while designing clothes. We learned that she seeks inspiration from her every day surroundings from girls on the street, to nature, to art books. She even noticed I was wearing one of her dresses and seemed giddy :)

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My second seminar was with CFDA winner Doo.Ri whom was an interesting character. She seemed very intelligent and technical. She has overcome a lot as an upcoming designer; she couldn't afford a showroom in NY when she started so she worked out of the basement of her parent's cleaning business. She also worked for 6 years for Geoffery Beene before branching off on her own which i thought was interesting.
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Next I got to take the tour of Teen Vogue's offices.. yeaaah i could pretty much live in that fashion closet! Mary-Kate Steinmiller (who's in the new TV issue)said that the Devil Wears Prada is actually a pretty accurate portrayal of life at a fashion magazine.. yikes! I don't know if i could handle being in that kind of a high pressure enviornment. Also, they told me that my college has a good reputation in the industry and at the magazine which is exciting/a relief for me!
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(1. Mary-Beth (the fashion assistant) and the Stylist of Teen Vogue; 2. The Accessories office (heaven!); 3. The model booking office; 4. the FASHION CLOSET (cue hallelujah's); 5. the beauty closet!)

My 4th Seminar was with Cynthia Rowley who I absolutely adored. She showed us this picture of her at age 7 in the first dress she made! She was so endearing and down to earth telling us how she got started in the industry (an editor stopped her on a bus and asked her where she bought her jacket). She has never worked for anyone else and has had a long, successful career thus far. She also brought her little daughter with who was so adorable and sat on her lap and asked questions the whole time:)
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Our final seminar was with Tim Gunn (ahhhh!) i love him! He's amazing. He talked to us about some of the F/W 08 collections and asked for our opinions on them. Talked about "his boys" at Proenza Schouler and how he worries for them because their career has skyrocketed right after their senior year at Parson's (their senior collection was purchased by Barney's!). He was just as charming in person, using his quirky colloquialisms and extensive vocabulary.
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The perfect ending to the perfect day.. the Tiffany & Co Mocktail Party & showing of Seamless (a fashion film about 3 CDFA contestants). They had tiffany blue mocktails & pink mock cosmopolitans and then cute little h'ourderves were served! It was held at the Tribeca Cinema which was such an awesome venue. They had little popcorn tubs and teal&white jelly beans for us to snack on during the showing of Seamless! At the end we had a special suprise.. that came in a little teal box.. a Tiffany & Co. necklace, mine is a little silver taxi cab, the perfect memento for my trip!
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Overall, Fashion U was a wonderful experience. I learned so much about the industry, heard from some very influential people, and met some awesome fashionistas! I would definitely go back if I had the chance!

xoxo, lauren

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Made in America

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In my Social Problems class we've been learning all about the downfall of American manufacturers because they just can't compete with the foreign import prices. (American Workers average wage is 14.83 an hour, while in China the average wage is the equivalent of 68 cents an hour, thus it's a lot cheaper to have workers in foreign countries make products). As much as I love my bargains at Forever 21, Target, etc. our lecture has really got me thinking about where the clothing I buy is manufactured. It's important to buy American made products to support the struggling companies trying to compete in an unfair market.

American Apparel has taken this all into account and created a purely American made, sweatshop free label. Although I don't necessarily always feel like paying almost 20 dollars for a plain t-shirt, I know fully understand where my money is going and who it is supporting. I don't expect myself or anyone to buy purely American made products (that's nearly impossible in today's society), but I definitely would like to start paying more attention to where my clothing is manufactured as it will have a great affect on the quality and treatment of laborers.

xoxo, lauren

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Sisters by Chance.. Designers by Choice

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The Mulleavy sisters of label Rodarte, hail from Pasadena, California.. not exactly known as the fashion capital of the world. I was enchanted by an interview with them in a magazine I read recently. The girls, who named their line after their mother's maiden name, came to NYC with a suitcase full of designs. Neither had a fashion or design background, yet they were able to create elaborate, couture-like gowns to present to buyers and magazine editors. The sisters, who seem to be joined at the hip scored a nomination for a CFDA and have made a name for themselves in the competitive fashion industry.

I think their story is so inspiring.. they're living the dream. They seem like regular girls who were able to achieve the unbelievable.

xoxo, lauren

Friday, October 19, 2007

Sock it to Me!

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As my trip to New York City for Fashion U quickly approaches (NEXT WEEKEND!!), i've been oogling over outfits from the new Sex and the City movie. In particular i love the knee socks that Patricia Field has been putting Carrie in. Wearing them paired with a mini dress & oversized cardigan i'm sensing could be a big look for this fall. I like that this look is not only fashionable but functional too, perfect for the mild winters by me.

xoxo, lauren

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Whoops!

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La Petite Fashionista will be up and running in no time. The place I hosted my photos mysteriously shut down, so i'm trying to recover all my old posts!

xoxo, lauren

Monday, October 15, 2007

Fashion Icon Halloween Costumes: Cher

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Ok, so Cher may not be a fashion "icon" persay, but she did cause somewhat of a fashion revolution in the nineties with Clueless. So this Halloween. break out your matching plaid skirt/blazer sets, pair them with a coordinating cardigan and white knee socks.. extra large cell phone for extra effect. Or you could go for the look on the cover of the movie, take one of this season's red body concious dresses and a big white boa and you're good to go. Haha gotta love the nineties!

xoxo, lauren

Friday, October 12, 2007

All the Leaves are Brown

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I woke up today and something was different.. the air was cool and crisp, no more sticky humidtiy. It felt like autumn! Fall is my favorite season. Although the leaves don't really change color here, it's a refreshing change of weather. Thus, my latest lust is fall colors! I don't think i can see something burnt orange, deep red, or mustard yellow without thinking of autumn. I hope everyone is starting to feel the affects of fall. Yay for wearing cool weather clothes!

xoxo, lauren

Monday, October 8, 2007

Fashion Icon Halloween Costumes: Marie Antoinette

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So this is my second post for my Fashion Icon Halloween Costume Ideas.. a couple of people mentioned Maria Antoinette as a fashion icon and I most definitely agree. The look is achievable with an extra poufy dress, white pompadour and lacy fan. I thought the stuffed pug would be a cute addition.. One could even carry around a box of chocolates/slice of cake and repeat "Let them eat cake," for extra effect! (I read in a novel about her life that she didn't actually say that though?). Ever since the movie and my visit to Versailles over the summer I've been intrigued by Marie Antoinette. I think she'd make the perfect halloween ensemble as well!

xoxo, lauren

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Chanel goes Gangsta

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So, I was browsing through the shows from Paris Fashion Week and I saw these amazing/ridiculous cardigans at the Chanel show. Kudos to Chanel for embracing hip hop culture. Even though a male model is sporting the cardigan, I think a girl could definitely sport the look; Achievable with a navy cardigan, dollar sign necklace.Although I don't think the look really went with the rest of the show the outfit is simple and a bit witty. I could definitely see Forever 21 copying this sweater.. Stay Gangsta Karl Lagerfield <3

xoxo, lauren

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Socialite mixed with Army Brat

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As I was flipping though my CosmoGirl magazine (yes, i still get it, I'm not quite sure why my mom still renews the subscription haha?) I saw this great editorial of sort of an updated bohemian chic.

My favorite shot is this one of the party dress with an olive military anorak over it, paired with a mess of bangles. I think it's a very chic way to wear a fancy dress during the daytime and not look totally overdressed. This look is best with a longer jacket opposed to crop so it looks better with a dress. Also, you can't see in the picture but the dress/jacket are paired with this great pair of plum tights to add some more jewel tones in the mix.. so cute! This is something I could easily pull together from my closet and I plan on doing it immediately!

xoxo, lauren

Monday, October 1, 2007

Fashion Icon Halloween Costumes: Holly Golightly

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For the next issue of my Fashion Club's newsletter I'm writing an article about Fashionable Halloween Costumes, and I thought it'd make a perfect post for La Petite Fashionista. The first edition of Fashion Icon Halloween Costumes is for a Holly Golightly of Breakfast at Tiffany's getup.

The look is iconic and fairly easy to create. While other girls are dressed like sexy schoolgirls and policewoman, you will look classy and fabulous as the fashionable Holly Golightly. For extra effect you may carry around a teal tiffany's bag or coffee&croissant. I'm thinking I might go for this costume this Halloween:)

Does anyone else have any lovely fashion icon halloween costume ideas? I may feature one in an upcoming post/my article. Keep checking back for more fashion icon halloween costume ideas.

xoxo, lauren

Friday, September 28, 2007

to Ebay or not to Ebay? I guess i'll find out!

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What do you guys think of the dress? I've never bought anything from EBAY before so i hope it all goes okay!

xoxo, lauren

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Le Artiste

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There's this art major in one of my classes, and i love her style! She goes for such a minimalist look with her clothes sporting a staple skinny jeans/patterned hoody/black top and pairs it with these amazing accessories. I'd love to borrow a bit of her style and learn how to de-complicate my outfits so the focus is on the accessories. She looks so stylish with her oversized art supply bag, chic glasses & cute outfits. I looove that ring from Mars Valentine, in english it says "I love you more and more every day," romantic hm? I also love the idea of carrying around a sketchbook, even though i'm not super artistic, whenever the mood strikes me it would be nice to have around!

xoxo, lauren

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Taking a Style Tip from Lumberjacks

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As much as I used to cringe when I saw Ashley Olsen in her plaid lumberjack shirts, they've really grown on me. The way she pairs them with skinny jeans or cuffed denim and heels keeps them from looking too grungy or country. Her love of plaid shirts has even trascended into MK&A's new clothing line Elizabeth & James and I must say it's awfully cute (although I wouldn't pay $225 for it). I just picked up a blue/green/white plaid shirt as an addition to my fall wardrobe, slightly baggy a la ashley olsen. I've been seeing a lot more people wearing them lately and I think plaid shirts are going to be big this fall!

xoxo, lauren

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Flower Power

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One huge element of Luella's show at London Fashion Week was the florals that she sent down the runway. I think florals have a very vintage feel to them, and as long as the piece is on the short side, and not too frilly it will keep you looking more Betsey Johnson than Laura Ashley. I think the way she paired it with a cropped cardigan is a really cute updated look as well.
On a totally random note.. tonight was my second week of Fashion Inc., the Fashion club at my school. We all brought in clothes and had a clothes swap, whatever didn't get taken was given to charity. It was really fun, and I ended up with a cute pucci-esque mini, and black audrey hepburn looking shortsleeved turtleneck, A great community service idea for a club or even with friends.
xoxo, lauren

Sunday, September 16, 2007

"I'm more influential than Anna Wintour"

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Uber celebrity stylist to the masses, Rachel Zoe made an incredibly bold claim last week to the New York Times Magzine. Zoe, who was responsible for dressing starlets like Nicole Richie (until their falling out), Mischa Barton, and Lindsey Lohan is often blamed for the onset of tan, skinny startlets in boho chic. I can't believe she would say something so preposterous. Yes, she helps labels by giving them business but, she's responsible for turning people into fashion clones.
Anna.. you are far more influential than Rachel Zoe will ever be.
xoxo, lauren

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

the Clothes Speak for Themselves

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I was highly anticipating the Marc Jacobs show since Fashion Week started but I have to admit I was really disappointed with it. Maybe I don't get it, maybe I'm not open minded enough? I didn't think much of anything that went down the runway was aesthetically beautiful or wearable. Creative? Yes. I know runway designs aren't meant to be taken literally but I think Marc's show took things a bit far. I don't know if I'm the only one who feels this way. I know it's kind of like a fashionista sin to say something bad about Marc Jacobs, I love him.. but i don't love the collection!

What do you think of the Marc Jacobs S/S 2008 Collection?

xoxo, lauren

Monday, September 10, 2007

I'm IN!

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I applied to Teen Vogue Fashion U over the summer and I've been anxiously awaiting my acceptance/denial email! This Friday I saw the message i've been waiting for and I got in! So, i quicklyyyyy tried to pick out the classes I wanted. I decided to go more for designers than brand name seminars because I figured the opportunity to speak to designers or even just hear them talk about their experiences is once in a lifetime. I absolutely CAN NOT WAIT! I've already got my hotel & plane booked for October.

Here's a quick summary of each of the events:

Rebecca Taylor: Talking Fashion
Graduate design school one day, get your own line the next-well, nothing is that easy. Rebecca Taylor will tell you how she got her foot in the door of the fashion industry and navigated getting into the top specialty boutiques nationwide. Taylor will also reveal how she keeps her soft, feminine designs fresh and fashion-forward, and offer inspiration to anyone who has their own unique design sensibility.

Winning Style: Doo.Ri Talks Fashion
The 2006 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner knows what it takes to stand out and excel in fashion. Doo.Ri Chung started her business in the basement of her parents' dry-cleaning store, and now her sophisticated and sleek designs are known worldwide. Doo.Ri will tell you how she got started, what inspires her designs, and how you can turn your passion into a profession.

Dooney & Bourke: Exclusive TEEN VOGUE Edit Floor Tour
Wonder what's in the fashion closet? Or what our editors' offices are really like? Dooney & Bourke and TEEN VOGUE will take you on an editor-guided tour to see where it all happens. Experience the latest fashions, shoes, and accessories that TEEN VOGUE will feature in upcoming months, and you just might get a sneak peak at a future issue. Plus, you will be the first to see Dooney & Bourke's latest celebrity ad campaign, unveiling to the public this holiday season.

Cynthia Rowley: A Fun, Fashionable Life
If one word described designer Cynthia Rowley, it would be "multi-tasker." Inspired by everything from colorful candy to art to vintage finds, Cynthia Rowley's signature looks are flirty, yet sophisticated, and above all, fun. Cynthia will bring her charisma and energy to the classroom, giving you fabulous advice on how to live a fun, fashionable life. You'll learn how Cynthia Rowley expanded her popular fashion line to create books and products that help style-savvy women and men (and kids!) live the good life.


Fashioning Your Career with Tim Gunn
Join former Parson's fashion chairman, and Project Runway notable Tim Gunn for a lively discussion on fashion education, the latest trends in the fashion industry, and the many available career paths. Bring your questions: the seminar will also include a post-talk Q&A discussion.

Tiffany & Co.: A Night of Style
Tiffany & Co. and TEEN VOGUE invite you to an unforgettable evening of film and fashion in New York's famed Tribeca neighborhood. Join us at Tribeca Cinemas for a chic "mock"tail reception featuring Tiffany blue specialty drinks and a menu inspired by the parties held at Fashion Week. Stay for our exclusive screening of Seamless, a behind-the-scenes look at the intensely competitive world of the fashion industry. The film follows ten fashion-design hopefuls as they vie for the top prize created by VOGUE magazine and the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and features many of your favorite designers and VOGUE's Anna Wintour.

Yeah.. So I am definitely going to need to do some shopping!

xoxo, lauren

Friday, September 7, 2007

In-jean-ius Idea!

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The night before his show I read Wang's designer diary on ELLE.com and saw how he decided to cut the boyfriend jeans he had designed into shorts. In the picture they look okay, still need work. Designers seem to work so well under pressure! Once I saw them all distressed on the model at his runway show I feel in love with them! What a perfect casual chic combination. It makes me want to borrow a pair of my boyfriend's pants, cut them off, and take a cheese grater to them haha. I don't wear jeans very often but this is so easy to wear, and a nice contrast to cutoff bottom exposing shorts that most of the girls in my college are wearing right now!

oh, how i love fashion week!

xoxo, lauren

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Love Angel Music Baby

So, now that pictures from fashion week have begun being posted I'm finding myself busily pouring through all the shows and saving my favorite picks from each designer. As i was looking over my folder today I noticed I had a ton of favorite's from Gwen Stefani's L.A.M.B. collection. After her 2 year hiatus from designing it's nice to see her back! The collection is overall very wearable, trendy, and stylish! I think i'm so drawn to is because it's very "me". I even just purchased some black nylon knee socks like she had so many models wearing in the show.

I promise I won't fill up my blog with runway posts because as a fellow fashionista i know that can get a little old, but every so often when a collection strikes me or I see a trend emerging i'll post about it.

What is everyone's favorite collection so far?

xoxo, lauren

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Wastin' away again in Betseyville

Twice today I was standing in line around campus & girls in front of me had huge, adorable bags, and both times they were Betsey Johnson. (I complimented both of course as well.. I always comment when I see someone wearing something cute!). So, i've been procrastinating from my Latin American Civ reading and dreaming about Betsey bags. I wish there was a gift giving event coming up, Christmas and my birthday are far away.. because I really love that black bag in the right bottom corner!

On a side note.. I went to a meeting for a fashion club at my college last night. I'm psyched.. next week they're doing a clothing swap and they do all these fun events like a huge end of the year fashion show and bangle making socials and fashion field trips haha. It's so nice to be surrounded by people who love fashion as much as I do!
xoxo, lauren
P.S. Is anyone else excited for the start of Fashion Week! Great.. one more thing to distract me!

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Boys DO make passes at girls who wear glasses

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When I found out I needed glasses in 6th grade I was devastated. I was not about to start my middle school career wearing a pair of dorky glasses. So, I sat in the desks at the front of the room so I could squint and read the chalkboard without my glasses and got contacts as soon as I was old enough.

Now, as a freshman in college I love wearing my glasses! It's crazy how different people act towards you when you're wearing them. I instantly feel a sense of confidence when I put them on, and the way people perceive me is entirely different. As dorky as it sounds, I feel intelletual with glasses on, and like I'm not hiding my imperfect vision behind a pair of contacts. At Urban Outfitters they're selling non perscription glasses that give even those without vision problems a chance to rock some glasses!

xoxo, lauren

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Slave to the Beads

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Today's post is a spotlight on blogger and jewelry maker Beth Wachla of Slave to the Beads. She was kind enough to do an interview with me and I just wanted to spotlight some of her unique, handmade jewelry!

How long have you been making jewelry for?

I’ve been making Jewellery for about 6 years. I was making super simple pieces to begin with and only really thought about working towards doing this as my career after doing a Jewellery Design Course at my local college and starting to learn more techniques.

What are you favorite materials to work with while making jewelry and where do you find them?

The course I did only really focused on metalsmithing, so whilst I did enjoy it, my favourite materials to use are definitely glass beads and vintage glass items (like cameos). I mainly buy my beads online. And have found some great vintage stuff on eBay as well as an awesome online store: http://www.papiervalise.com

Where do you get inspiration for your pieces?

My inspiration usually comes from the colours of the beads I’m working with. I find that whenever I get in a new lot of beads, I’m just raring to go! I’ve never been the kind of person to sit down and plan out my work; I just start and go with the flow.

Why did you decide to blog about your jewelry making endeavors?

I’ve always wanted to be one of those people who keeps a diary, I have the most shocking memory (my best friend contains my memories of high school, and my brother contains my childhood memories!), I figured blogging would be a great way to keep track of this time in my life. As well as being a wonderful way to connect with other craft minded people, and to get my Jewellery out to the world!

About how long does it take you to make each piece?

Most pieces take between 12 and 15 hours of work each to complete. Though they can take much longer depending on the complexity of the finished product.Where can we purchase your lovely pieces?At present my work is available on http://www.ku-ture.com and I am working towards my first solo exhibition at Gallery Nine by Five in Fremantle Western Australia, the work for that show will be available on the gallery’s website at: http://www.galleryninebyfive.com.au . I also have a mintd store but I won’t be posting any work there until after my exhibition.

Make sure you check out beth's up and coming work! and Thank you Beth for the interview; best of luck to you in your career!


xoxo,lauren

Monday, August 27, 2007

Glamourize your Textbooks!

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So today was my first day of college classes. I can't really tell how tough they're going to be because today we just pretty much went over the syllabus. The other day I bought my books and it was like $280, freakin crazy huh? Anyways, I remember when I was little I'd always cover my books with brown paper bags & decorate them. Now that I have to buy my own (not to mention protect them!) I wanted a stylish yet functional way to cover my books. Thus the magazine bookcover! I could even break them out in the dining hall or campus green and no one would know I was secretly studying my little heart out!
xoxo, lauren
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