Monday, December 29, 2008

Let it Snow! [x 3]

I can't believe I still have another week before I have to go back to school! The winter break has been long, but much more enjoyable than I expected it to be. Now I'm spending a few days in the mountains of North Carolina with friends & hope to cram in some relaxation and skiing! I'm very excited for my vacation within a vacation!

When I travel I like to dress for the location. So, for this trip I'm packing lots of plaids, tights, ski-caps, and scarves in reds, hunter greens and black; i'm going for a woodsy lumberjack chic.

I stumbled upon this "vintage" editorial from Flare, a Canadian magazine. Wouldn't it be lovely if we could all look so glamorous out in the freezing cold?
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xoxo, lauren

Friday, December 26, 2008

New Year's Eve Dresses for Every Budget

Like any fashionista, I love New Year's Eve because it presents another opportunity to get all dressed up! Another plus about New Year's is that you can get away with wearing sequins without looking like you're stuck in the 80's. Something about a sparkly frock seems perfect for this night. While I'll be spending my New Year's Eve in the mountains in North Carolina, don't think I'll let that stop me from going all out.

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I hope everyone had a lovely holiday!

xoxo, lauren

Monday, December 22, 2008

All I Want For Christmas is..

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Forget boys; clothes are at the top of my Christmas list this year! I've been lusting after these Alexander Wang boyfriend shorts for a looong time. I wanted to DIY them, but it's harder than you think to find a pair of baggy denim. The price tag is out of my price range and Santa's too, but a girl can dream!

I can't believe there's only a few days left till Christmas! I'm a bit in disbelief, I honestly haven't been keeping track of the days just trying to stay busy while I'm home. I've been occupying my time with christmas present wrapping, line dancing, and scrapbooking old photos! Also, working on the blog--- what do y'all think of the new layout? I think it's a nice update.

What have you been up to over Winter Break?

xoxo. lauren

Saturday, December 20, 2008

T. [Tandon] Time

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T. Tandon is an up and coming women's clothing line filled with unique designs and party dresses. While perusing the lookbook I realized the clothes pretty much compose my dream wardrobe. Each dress is named after a different stylish celebrity in mind like "Keira", "Kate", and "Gwyneth". I like that there is a dress for every style; classic or trendy.

The embellishments like beading, sequins and jewels turn basic black dresses into exquisite pieces. Tina Tandon, the designer, is an F.I.T. graduate finally fulfilling her dreams of building her own line. She says she tries to bring exotic beauty, natural materials, and a perfect fit to each garment she makes.
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xoxo, lauren

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Take Time to Stop & Enjoy!

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I've only been shopping for a couple of days and I'm already sick of the lines and crowds! It's easy to get sucked into the materialism & hustle and bustle of the holiday. So, I think it's important to try to take some time to stop, relax and enjoy!

As much as I complain though, I love shopping for other people. I get alot of pleasure out of picking out the perfect gift for each person on my list. When it comes to giving gifts everything down to the giftwrap and tag has a lot of thought put into it. I've been enjoying the break from school and getting in the Christmas spirit.

xoxo, lauren

Monday, December 15, 2008

Buy Handmade: Part II

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Last year I took the "Buy Handmade Pledge" & had so much fun picking out individual & personalized gifts for each person on my list and support independent crafters. This year, I've been inspired and I'm making my gifts for all of my friends. I think it means a lot to receive a gift that someone made & you can't buy in stores.

Etsy.com is the biggest resource for locating unique handmade gifts. These were just a few items that caught my eye, but I've literally spent hours on the site before oogling over the talent of everyone on the site! If you're up for saving some dough there are great DIY sites like DIYStyle & Craftster.org

Is anyone else making their own gifts this year?

xoxo, lauren

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Last Chance to Win!

Don't forget to enter the
Naturally Knotty contest!
Leave a Comment to Win!
The deadline is SUNDAY at midnight.
(edit: sorry i can't even keep track of the days anymore!)

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Feeling Festive

As promised I have a few pictures from my roomies & my first annual holiday party (it's going to be a new tradition)! It was a huge success; my friends, even the guys, loved getting all dressed up and we all felt pretty sophisticated. We baked cookies & my moms famous hello dolly bars and made the world's best spinach dip. We had christmas-y drinks & of course decorations. It was a fabulous evening before we all go home for the holidays.

As a college student, I don't get too many oportunities to wear poufy party dresses so I went all out. Everyone told me I looked like a present in my tartan. I was going more for a gossip girl, or Dolce & Gabanna FW08 look, but I don't think they'd get the reference:)
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me in my party dress!
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My sartorial inspiration
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Now that exams are over, I'm looking forward to going home and spending some time with the fam, and doing some (okay, all) of my Christmas shopping!

Don't forget to enter the Naturally Knotty contest below!

xoxo, lauren

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

For Not So Knotty Girls

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If there's one thing I truly admire in a clothing/accessories line (besides the aesthetics of course!); it's a commitment to environmentally friendly practices. It's great to see an entrepreneur with whole hearted ambitions! Sustainability and purchasing items that are of superior quality and standards is something I'd really like to focus on in my wardrobe choices for the forthcoming year. I'd like to invest in pieces that will be with me forever.

Naturally Knotty uses textile factory scraps and overstock that would otherwise be thrown away to create their cute bags & clutches. The company hopes to create pieces that people will love and use forever opposed to wear a few times and toss or give away. Besides the morally good feeling from using something good for the planet they're totally practical. The laminated totes are perfect for poolside, the clutches make a colorful accent to an outfit, and the simple totes could lug all my school books.


Jasmine, the owner and a fellow blogger was kind enough to give away one of Naturally Knotty's clutches to a lucky La Petite Fashionista reader!

Leave a comment below for a chance to win! (Contest ends Sunday)
xoxo, lauren

Monday, December 8, 2008

SDRAWKCAB BACKWARDS Cardigan

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If there's one thing I've learned as a college girl on a budget it's that you've got to be able to wear clothes more than once. Sure, it seems obvious, but sometimes at least for me, I get this celebrity state of mind where I feel like I can't be photographed out in the same thing twice.

That's why i love Blake Lively's reinvention of the ho-hum v-neck cardigan that's sitting in everyone's closet right now. Basically, it's just a cardigan on backwards with the V facing the back. Some people called her out on it saying it's a fashion faux pas, but I disagree. I think it's a risk, but she can pull off almost anything. I'm all about getting more than one use out of a garment & this is a creative way to do that!

What do you think.. creative or too out there?

xoxo, lauren

Friday, December 5, 2008

Daisy Duke Does Fair Isle

I used to HATE this ski cap. I would complain when my mom would make me wear it in the snow during our family winter vacays to Wisconsin. Now, I think it's so dorky that it's cute, tassels & all. The Fair Isle design is so traditional that it's trendy & it keeps my head nice and cozy. My mom made the scarf me during her knitting kick when i left for college.

How terrible that it's December and I can still be in shorts. These denim high waisted Levi's were calling my name when I was searching for something to wear this morning. Layered with tights it was the perfect combo for the ambivalent weather we've been having lately.

I have finals next week.. yuck. I'm not mentally prepared for them at all. Christmas on the other hand, I'm completely ready for.. My roommates and I are hosting a holiday party this weekend & i can't wait to bust out my poufy tartan blair waldorf dress!

xoxo, lauren

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

These Boots are Made for Kicking Butt

I always seem to have good luck hunting for boots at Target. My favorite pair that I've worn to shreds came from there a couple years ago. This year my perfect find is a pair of black knee high motorcycle boots.

I have to admit I feel like a bit of a badass in them. Even though I'm tiny their hugeness doesn't dwarf me; in fact it makes me look a little more statuesque. I try to avoid pairing them with leather jackets, studs, or harley davidson logos so I don't look like a biker chick. It's weird that pair of shoes can empower you, but these seem to do the trick.
Does anyone else have a pair of "magical" shoes that seem to transform them when they slip them on?

xoxo, lauren

Monday, December 1, 2008

The Most Wonderful Time of a Year

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It's only December 1st and I'm in complete Christmas mode right now. I don't know what it is about this year. Call me cheesy but right about now I could use some holiday cheer; it's been a rough month.

Even though we're only going to be at school for another week and a half my apartment looks right out of a Martha Stewart magazine. We have a Christmas playlist blasting throughout the house. Our color coordinated faux christmas tree, garland wrapped columns, and evergreen scented candles are definitely getting me in the spirit.

I've yet to start my own Christmas shopping yet, but I'm going to provide lots of suggestions throughout the month for finding the perfect stocking stuffers, gifts, and of course outfits for all of your holiday extravaganzas!

our Christmas tree
xoxo, lauren

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Black Friday Deals

Check out my article on CollegeOTR about Black Friday Shopping Deals!

(www.natalielee.com )

Personally, I'll be on my way back to school for our huge ival football game, but I might squeeze in some online shopping! I hope everyone has a wonderful Turkey Day!
xoxo, lauren

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Don't Be Fooled by the Rocks that I Got

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First of all, my deepest apologies for the lack of photo editing! I'm at home for Thanksgiving break without a laptop so I'm pretty much limited to Paint.. yikes!

Anywho, after seeing the huge jewels at the Prada show the image of them against a plain backdrop has stuck with me. A solid colored white, black or navy tee with jeans and a huge hunk of jewelry just sounds so fabulous yet casual at the same time. I'm all about drama when it comes to my clothing choices so I think it's a great pick. I prefer the necklaces or chandelier earrings in rich jewel tones like emerald, magenta, citron, and royal blue.

I love the new Teen Vogue's editorial with Twilight's Kristen Stewart. If you've read the book or seen the movie you'll see that this look pretty much describes her character Bella; simple yet beautiful.

Tommorow i'm going shopping (i've been deprived of a decent mall while away at school!) & this is one of the items i'm on the hunt for. I think it'd be perfect paired with a little black dress for a holiday party. Sure guy friends might tease you and ask if you're on my way to prom or something, but they'll probably secretly be impressed that you've got the guts to pull it off!

xoxo, lauren

Friday, November 21, 2008

Tacky Holiday Sweater Time

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Around the holidays everyone's schedule are usually full of cocktail parties, gift exchanges and dinners. A tacky sweater holiday party is one that I've always wanted to host!

You can channel on your old elementary school teacher's bedazzled sweaters and hit up your local thrift stores for a donated treasure. The more reindeer, sequins, jingle-bells and light-up elements the better! Obviously, don't spend $100 on a tacky sweater, but seek inspiration from the examples above. Award prizes for the ugliest sweater!

Pour some egg nog, create a holiday theme playlist on your ipod (i recommend *NSYNC's Christmas album!), and invite all of your friends for a fun night!

xoxo, lauren

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The American Dream

Sadly, it seems that in recent years Americans have lost a bit of their sense of American Pride. I'm hoping a new presidency can inspire the country and make them proud again! David Wolfe, of the Doneger Group told us in his lecture that he believes we will start making a shift towards young American designers just as we have in other trying times. I have high hopes for the future!

W Magazine just did a quirky editorial for their December 08 issue about good ol Americana icons (prom, batman, cowboy hats, and instant pudding to name a few):
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xoxo, lauren

Monday, November 17, 2008

Brrr..It's Cold Out Here!

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As a Floridian, whenever the temperature dips below the sixties I kind of spaz out. I just don't know how to handle the cold weather! I'm such a wimp.. All of the sudden a lightweight sweaters not enough and my ears and face get chilly. Of course, there is an easy fashionable solution to this.. the stylish winter hat.

Headwear is going to be big for winter and its come in more unique shapes than ever before. Slouchy beanies and berets are great for a laid back hipster look. A cloche offers a vintage fix in true twenties fashion. Skullcaps and beanies offer the most warmth & are coming in bright colors. The nordic ski cap with ties is a traditional look that mixes great with an edgy leather bomber or black blazer. A stylish altearnative to a hat is a knitted headband to cover the ears and not give you hat hair.

xoxo, lauren

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Swingin' Sixties Style

I've always loved fashion from the sixties; the bright colors, loud prints, crazy make-up and accessories overload are right up my alley. I stumbled upon these vintage magazine scans and had to share! There is so much that can be learned about fashion just by studying the clothes from other eras.
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1967 Vogue
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1968 Vogue

How strange will it be to look back on our current fashion from the future? Will they find it inspiring, lacking direction.. boring?

xoxo, lauren

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Customized Kicks from Keds

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When I was little I used to look through my gramma's Lillian Vernon catalog & pick out potential christmas gifts. I always loved how you could monogram everything and make it personalized. Well the new Keds studio is like a grown up version of this & much more fun. Maybe it's the fashion student in me, but I love any opportunity to get creative with my clothes and accessories.

The site lets you play designer and upload your own graphics or text onto 3 different styles of shoes. You can customize 6 different areas of the shoe & even the sole, laces, and stitching.

How cool would that be if you were actually talented enough to sketch your own designs? Another innovative area of the site is the option to release your shoe design to the "marketplace" where you can receive profit from each shoe sold in your style.

These are definitely going on my Christmas List!

xoxo, lauren

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Forecasting Fashion with David Wolfe

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As part of my college's "Fall Fashion Week" I had the opportunity to hear the country's premiere trend forecaster David Wolfe speak. I was completely enthralled by what he said; everything was so relevant and real; nothing sugarcoated. I'm going to tell you about some of the things I took away from his speech!

-Some Thoughts on Fashion:
The media makes us feel guilty about the pleasure of fashion. There are concerns over issues more pressing than fashion. Therefore, its time to make some changes to the industry:
Fashion is no longer eurocentric, it has become much more global. Designers are going to where the consumers are (the super-rich are a bulletproof niche market, unaffected by the economic downturn), Kids are an important market because families will not stop spoiling their children despite a sour economy.

-Upcoming trends: 30's and 50's looks
* Chic & Elitist: a return to powerfully rich dressing as if everything is okay in your bank account (furs, embellishment, luxe fabrics)
*Ensembles: We're so used to items separately and mixing and matching a la Carrie Bradshaw so a pulled together look is refreshing and exciting.
*Tailored Feminimity: Jackets, blouses, and suits in fabrics like tweed, silk, and charmeuse and elegant trims like feathers and fur.

In modern times these are some guidelines that should be followed so that the fashion industry continues to thrive:

1. Design something people think they need;
- A timeless LBD
-An intervew suit for job searches
-Blouses (for underneath suits)

2. Make It "New"
-Descending hemlines; dresses and skirts can't possibly be any shorter
-Snakeskin seems different when reworked by big designer names
-Soft shades seem new to those wearing blacks, brights, and neutral.
-True newness like high performance textiles.

3. Provides Escape
-Fashion should offer an escape from a harsh reality. (Ex: Sex and the City)

4. Change and Reinvent:
-Delivery scheule needs to change in retail stores: people buy clothes when they want them. (bathing suit deliveries in december don't make sense!)
-No consensus on "what's in": there are too many trends going on at one time that people don't know whats in and what to buy.
- Fashion that is too far out of touch will not sell: "we can't afford to look ridiculous".

xoxo, lauren

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Scoping Out Shopbop

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Whenever I'm feeling less than inspired I stop by Shopbop's online lookbook. It's updated once a week with new shots and although its nothing revolutionary or editorial its great for outfit ideas. In the fall/winter I feel like its so easy to just throw on a sweatshirt or coat, but outfits like these showcase great style too.

In these particular looks I'm loving the unique hosiery, scarves, & outerwear that seem to "make" the outfits. Just because it's chilly outside doesn't mean you have to resort to drab options. The lookbook always seems to perfectly capture the ideas I have in my head for outfits and bring them to life. The styling is practical yet trendy and fashionable.

It makes me never want to wear a baggy sweatshirt outside again!

xoxo, lauren

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

World's Largest Mall Opens in Dubai.. Anyone up for Shopping?

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Today marks the opening of the World's largest mall. The mall spans 5.6 million square feet with 1,200 stores and 120 food outlets. Despite the failing economy worldwide, the mall is expected to bring in 30 million visitors in its first year. The Dubai Mall will make history in its opening today and I must admit, is making me crave some retail therapy!
xoxo, lauren

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Fashion News On the Run

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  • Carbon Couture shares a bejeweled Lanvin shoe D.I.Y.
  • Lauren Conrad is touring college campuses with her newest clothes collection
  • Lisa of Solo Lisa y Nada Mas shares her spur of the moment political Halloween costume
  • Connie of Pretty Legit has a tumblr site and its slightly addictive!
  • The recession is wreaking havoc on the magazine industry (R.I.P. Men's Vogue, Radar and CosmoGirl
  • What are the potential future women of the White House wearing?
  • Stylista; as if i need another guilty pleasure fashion reality show.

xoxo, lauren

Saturday, November 1, 2008

PeaceLove&Stella Accessories

I hope everyone had an awesome Halloween! I had fun dressing as "the fashion police" one night & a hippie for another halloween party out of clothes I had hanging in my closet!

Last night I wore my braided leather hair wrap from Stella Accessories and got lots of compliments on it. I also broke out my favorite pair of vintage suede knee high boots. It pretty much was a more flamboyant version of the usual way I dress.

I just wanted to share some awesome news with you about Stella Accessories. Since I last featured them in a blog post their business has grown tremendously.

The girls are participating in a trunk show at HENRI BENDELS!! This is so huge, and an awesome opportunity. I'm so happy for them!
Come out and show some support & buy their one of a kind hair accessories, they have some absolutely gorgeous new specialty pieces.

Here are the details:
Where: Henri Bendels's in NYC
When: Dec. 11th (10-8) and Dec. 14th (10-8)

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Peace & Love my Fashionable Friends & Don't forget to vote on Tuesday!!

xoxo, lauren

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Fashion Industry Does Halloween

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(images from style.com)

If there's one thing I love about the fashion world is that when it comes to costume parties they refuse to do things halfway. Allison Sarofim, a social fixture of New York known for her lavish parties throws an annual themed halloween bash each year for fellow fashion lovers and fabulous people in the area.

This year's theme was "Anime" and look how amazing and right on cue everyone's costumes were. I think i need to make it one of my life goals to attend one of her parties! How fun would it be to dress up for one? I think it's a common bond shared between fashionistas that we love Halloween because it's just another excuse to play dress up (as if we needed an excuse?)!

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I dressed up as Rachel Zoe for my college fashion club's Halloween party complete with overly bronzed skin, starbucks tote & signature fur. I threw in lots of "I die" 's for good measure.

Happy Halloween everyone! What are you dressing up as?

xoxo, lauren

Monday, October 27, 2008

Heard @ Teen Vogue Fashion U

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I had an amazing weekend in New York at Teen Vogue Fashion University. I got to explore a lot of the city and made some fashionable friends. I even met the awesome Dara of Secretista & we talked about our hopes for future careers in fashion. I went to seminars by Tory Burch, Redken experts Kris Sorbie and Rodney Cutler, Peter Som, and Proenza Schouler (they are my designer crush!).The next day we head from Target designers Hayden Harnett, Sonia Kashuk, and Liz Lange. I took away different things from each seminar. All in all, I kept hearing these points:

  • The fashion industry is a lot smaller than it seems, so don't burn bridges and network in any way possible
  • You must be passionate about a job in fashion if you pursue it because it can be a very labor intensive and time consuming career, but if you love it, it won't feel like work.
  • Equally as important as education are internships; you gain vital experience and connections working under and learning from industry professionals.

Lazaro Hernandez's Internship Story:

As a Miami native he was flying back to New York he saw Anna Wintour on the plane. His mom encouraged him to approach her & "ask her for a job". He was super intimidated by her so he mustered up the courage to pass her a note written on a napkin. He never heard anything from her, until a couple months later when he got a phone call direct from Michael Kors asking if he'd like to intern for him. Apparently the note got passed down from editors to designer and ended up in his hands. Everyone took it seriously because it came from Anna Wintour.

If that doesn't attest to the importance of networking, I don't know what does!

xoxo, lauren

P.S. Check back for pictures from my trip in my next post!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

4 Things.. & 1 Day till NYC!

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So, I'm leaving Thursday morning for New York City to attend Teen Vogue Fashion U. It's going to be my first time navigating the city by myself, yikes! I promise to bring back pictures, and fabulous stories! Here's a fun survey, thanks to Modern Marie for tagging me!:)
4 Things I Did Today:
  1. Got a Package from Stella Accessories! (<3)>Took an awful macro exam. .blahh economics
  2. Attempted to put off grocery shopping by eating what's left in the fridge
  3. Wished I could be at Zumba class instead of studying for exam numero tres

4 Things On My To-Do List:

  1. Pack for NY- i'm quite the procrastinator!
  2. Buy my little sis a sick bday present; are they still lil' when theyre turning 17?
  3. Print out pictures of friends & fam, my walls are looking lonely
  4. Go get the 3rd Twilight book, i'm hooked! (thanks a lot Modern Marie haha)

4 Guilty Pleasures:

  1. Monday Night TV (the Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, The Hills trifecta)
  2. 80's/90's night at my favorite college bar
  3. Making really amazing thrift store finds, i'm all about the bargains
  4. Splurging on starbucks, ah so bad

4 Random Facts About Me:

  1. I have a subscription to like 20 magazines, no lie. Gotta love leftover airline miles..
  2. I also write for College OTR, a site for college students
  3. I'm a huge college football fan, (go Noles!)
  4. I just started cooking this year and I've really enjoyed experimenting with new recipes; if you have any suggestions send them my way!

4 Bloggers that I'm Tagging:

  1. La Belle Vie
  2. Couture Carrie
  3. Femme Rationale
  4. Koko Stiletto

It's always fun getting to know more about fellow fashion bloggers! I look forward to reading more about you all:)

xoxo, lauren

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