Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Summertime and the Livin's Easy

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Nothing against Ann Taylor Loft, but it's not usually the first store I think of when looking for fashion inspiration. Well, the store I work at in the mall is right across the way from it so I couldn't help but notice the models outfit in this ad. I find it so inspiring for summer fashion. It's so carefree and laidback, but put together.

The look is full of great summer style essentials, white pants that can be dressed up or down, gladiator sandals, and straw fedora. It makes me want to go shopping right now. With one exam this week left to go I'm definitely in a summer state of mind. I can't wait to go home, boat out to our favorite island, and soak up some sun!

xoxo, lauren

Monday, April 27, 2009

Finals Week= Procrastination


See more videos on modelinia.com

Despite having an exam in approximately 7 hours, I can't stop watching all the great video clips at Modelinia. I feel like I'm the last to find out about this site, but it really does give a nice insider's view of the modeling world. Don't we all want a tour of their fantastic closets? (btw.. Who knew there was such thing as a cashmere onesie?) As if we needed another reason to be jealous of them! :)

So, I apologize in advance and hope I don't deter too many faithful studiers, but be warned; it's hard to quit watching! Good luck on the last couple weeks of school my college student readers!

xoxo, lauren

Friday, April 24, 2009

Musings of a Fashion Student

Did I ever mention exactly how awesome it is studying something you love in college? While some write 10 page papers on difficult subjects.. My final projects have consisted of creating a portfolio covering an Art Movement and this one I've posted here, to create an ad for a product we consider "good design" (structure, function, and aesthetics).

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I truly enjoy my Fashion Merchandising classes and have learned a lot from them. I can imagine that working in fashion would be the same. It would be nice not to dread going to work every day on the contrary be excited for it! I've known this is what I want to do for quite some time and it's really gratifying to know that my major is a perfect fit for me.

It's truly frustrating when someone says that they're "easy" classes or a "stupid" major, because truly I work just as hard as they do in their classes, only it feels like much less work to me because it's "fun"!

Are any of my readers fashion students as well? Or pursuing a degree in a field they are passionate about?

xoxo, lauren

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Going Green for Earth Day

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Okay, so true, Earth Day was yesterday but it's finals week and blogging had to be put on hold momentarily! I think its wonderful that sustainability has taken center stage lately and people are starting to realize the importance of caring for the environment.

It's better for you too, the organic material used for sustainable clothing isn't grown with pesticides and the beauty products aren't made with synthetics. I personally bring my shopping bags with me whenever I go grocery shopping- not only does it cut down on the use of plastic bags, but its a stylish caryall.

There are some great up and coming environmentally friendly labels coming out; check out Planet Threads for organic clothing and accessories.

Check out Moxsie for other indie lines and specialty brands (use code EARTH15 for 15% off your purchase). What's cool about Moxsie is that they donate a portion of their profits to whatever charity you select at checkout.

Kristinit is a label dedicated to producing stylish eco friendly clothing. Thanks to designers' innovation and forward thinking organic clothing no longer needs to bring hippie hemp shirts to mind!

Calypso Studios SHOP bags (Start Helping Our Planet)will help you start making an impact on the environment one fashionable step at a time.

xoxo, lauren

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Marc Jacob's Snappy Swimsuits

Marc Jacobs just released the lookbook for his Spring 09 Swimwear line. The suits are not what I'd expect from him. They're perfectly preppy; worthy of sailing on the East Coast. Yet they're just quirky enough that you wouldn't see your average J. Crew wearer sporting one. Lots of ruffles, cartoonish prints, and cutout one pieces. As the weather here starts to sizzle I can't wait to start my annual swimsuit shopping!

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xoxo, lauren

Monday, April 20, 2009

Erin Wasson x RVCA does 90's Florals

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Floral Erin Wasson x RVCA dress (cobrasnake.com)

How adorable is this floral dress with the black leather motorcycle jacket? The print on the dress looks straight up nineties. i love love love it. It makes me want to go on a thrifting adventure!

Check back soon for a big eco-friendly Earth Day post & giveaways. yay!

xoxo, lauren

Saturday, April 18, 2009

London Calling

As the school year wraps up I'm starting to get really REALLY excited about my study abroad trip to London, Paris, and Milan. I don't leave until the end of June, but as the date gets closer it's starting to feel more real! I feel like I still have so much to do.. figure out how to fit clothes for 5 weeks into a 50 pound suitcase, figure out where all the locales I want to travel on the weekend, and budget my money!

This editorial, London Calling from Elle Brazil featuring Great Britain punked out in plaid has me daydreaming about my future adventures! (Doesn't the model remind you a bit of British it girl Daisy Lowe?)

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xoxo, lauren

Friday, April 17, 2009

Pure Bliss

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While at Miami Fashion Week I stumbled upon a lot of jewelery & accessory lines, but BettyLou Jewels was my favorite. I just wanted to highlight their adorable pieces! I'm partial to hearts so I'm a little bit in love with this pendant from their Bliss collection. They also come in several shapes and colors and the Spirit collection includes astrology signs & other symbols.


I love that they're trendy and youthful yet high end, (that's a balance that's truly difficult to achieve). The necklaces are made with enamel, sterling silver, and diamonds, so they really sparkle in person. I like that they've found their niche for stylish girls who don't want to rock the jewels their mom is wearing yet want something nicer than costume jewelry.

Noah, the jeweler & owner was kind enough to offer a discount code for La Petite Fashionista readers for 10% off (BLJ01).


xoxo, lauren

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Cross My Heart

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A handbag trend that's quickly been catching on is the cross body bag. It almost seems to exist in rebellion to the ginormous "everything but the kitchen sink" purse that's been so popular for the last few years. It's better for your back because the weight is more evenly distributed, and it requires you to only choose the essentials.

I own a couple cross body bags & my only complaint is that I can't my notebooks in them while I'm walking to class. On the other hand, they're comfortable and casual and often have a vintage vibe. All of these styles feature have metal hardware which gives them an updated modern & utility feel to them.

How do you feel about cross body bags? Could you give up your giant caryall for them?

xoxo, lauren

Monday, April 13, 2009

Springtime Shenanigans

Since I was working over the weekend I wasn't able to make the trek home to be with my family for Easter. Luckily, my roommates and I never turn down an excuse to play hostesses and entertain. We cooked a hearty brunch (a rare treat for college students) and made our apartment look as festive as possible. We even hid easter eggs in the yard for eachother to find like when we were kiddies. It was a gorgeous afternoon & I'm so grateful to have a family away from home up here!

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egg hunting chic? rocking my vintage acid washed vest

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AH. visual merchandising is taking over my life (but i secretly love it, of course!)

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our on top of the TV display full of goodies my family sent me!

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my roomies & me with our Easter brunch feast!

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pretty flowers I discovered while egg hunting in the backyard!

Only 2 weeks left of school & then it's sweet summertime!

xoxo, lauren

Saturday, April 11, 2009

SparkleRocks Electric

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One of the great parts of using Twitter is how it allows you to find out about people and products you never knew existed. I found SparkleRocks' adorable etsy shop from twitter. I bought a charm bracelet the other day that I'm so excited about! I just wanted to highlight some of my favorite kitschy cute pieces in her store!

I love the use of bright color and unconventional materials. Her acessories are super affordable & she's even offering free shipping for La Petite Fashionista readers! (Use the code La Petite Fashionista at checkout!)

Amy, the SparkleRocks' owner was nice enough to do a mini-interview with me!


Where do you get your inspiration from?

To me, inspiration comes from many places. Someone once said something like "What is the purpose of art except to inspire others?" and I've always found that to be true, and in all honesty I like to take something, misshape it, turn it upside down and bring it back ten times cuter. I like to add cuteness to the weirdest things, and turn uncanny objects into wearable art.

However, most of my inspiration comes from aesthetic beauty around me, even simple things like bright colorful vases or scrapbook paper. They all sort of blend together in my mind and I get a great idea for a piece. :)


What type of girl do you design for?

The type of girl I design for is one who bites her brightly painted nails and spits them out the window of her car while wearing huge vintage sunglasses and bopping her head to the beat of some crazy tunes she just discovered.

I find that most girls who like my jewelry don't really care about what others think about them, and if she does, it's only because she wants them to see her fabulous style that she's created for herself, not a clone of someone elses ideas. I don't style for the posh, or the perfect by any means, but for those who can appreciate the awesomness of retro color and design and mix it into their very imperfect life and personal style.


What are your favorite materials to work with?

My favorite materials to work with are in reality, forever changing. Sometimes I'll try new things and if I like it, I run with it. Lately (as you can tell) Im obsessed with vintage buttons and cabochons. However, I love to work with conventional supplies like glass beads, colored metal findings & chain. More recently I've been getting into things like stretchy sequins and faux flowers to make super cute headbands, lucite and vintage plastic flowers.


Why do you think people should buy handmade?

I think its the best choice ever right now to take the buy handmade pledge. American ecomony sucks the big one right now, and by buying handmade from Americans, we can boost the ecomony from the inside out. Say no to sweat shops, say no to mass produced art. Support aspiring artists like me!

xoxo, lauren

Friday, April 10, 2009

Facehunter Coffee Table Book!

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Spotted this while looking over some fashion news this week. I have a huge collection of coffee table books of designers, design movements, and photography. This is going to be a must add for me! Facehunter is the Sartorialist's more avant garde counterpart and I'm always in awe of all the stylish people he spots on the sidewalks internationally!

xoxo, lauren

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Love at First Sight

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"If I don't stop shopping, I'll end up a bag lady; a Fendi bag lady, but a bag lady..."

-- Carrie Bradshaw of Sex and the City


This bag has a little bit of everything I've been loving lately; turquoise, studs, fringe. It's not for the fainthearted, but would definitely make a statement. The bag screams "me", but is reallyyyy out of my price range. So, for now I'll just have to do some online "window shopping", and wait until I win the lottery or make my first million. Isn't that frustrating?

xoxo, lauren

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Eternal Spring Fashion Show

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Anyone can put together a fabulous fashion show with a budget in the thousands, a lineup of professional models, and oodles of designer duds. It's the student run fashion shows that require true creativity, innovation, and some good ol' budgeting.

I had the opportunity to work on the fashion show with the fashion club I'm involved with at my university, the Collegiate Merchandising Association. I've planned so many in the past that it was kind of nice to take a less pressure filled role in the project and just help out!

We had a minimal budget which pretty much forces you to get crafty. We created tissue paper flowers and paper windmills involving lots of hot glue guns, created an astroturf runway and borrowed clothes from local boutiques. The show was a giant success and great experience for a group of fashion loving & ambitious college students!

xoxo, lauren

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Join the StyleCaster Revolution!

I know the amount of fashion communities on the internet is pretty mind boggling and it's hard to sort out the mundane from the extraordinary. StyleCaster is going to be huge it's unlike any other style site I've ever visited.

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It's a very personalized shopping and fashion community and creative outlet for fashion lovers. You customize the site to your location and it sends you daily emails with wardrobe suggestions based on the weather along with fashion headlines and that day's sale announcements & local events. On the site there's an area to upload pictures for your own "inspiration board", images of new clothing from brands you pick as your favorites, and insider videos.

I'm excited to be in the group of trendsetting users on the site and I have a link just for La Petite Fashionista readers to join the fun as well. I hope everyone will check it out!

xoxo, lauren

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Coach's Cashin Carry

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In class the other day I looked over on a friend's laptop and saw all these adorable and colorful handbags on the site she was looking at. I leaned in for a closer look and was shocked to see that it was Coach! Maybe its because the hallowed Coach bag was such a status symbol in middle school and high school that the brand has never been a favorite of mine.

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Upon looking at their new collections they've come a long way from their canvas brown "C" bags. The current collection is inspired by one of their 60's designers, Bonnie Cashin. The bags are bubblegum colored, mixed with python prints and fashionable sketches. I really like the new diretion they've taken in changing their image to a more fashion forward brand based on classics.

xoxo, lauren

Friday, April 3, 2009

Cheerio Top Shop NYC!

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Finally the time has come.. the long waited arrival of Great Britain favorite Top Shop's, first U.S. store has finally come. The doors opened to a massive crowd and a ribbon cutting ceremony by Kate Moss herself at the five story behemoth of a store. Some were concerned with the poor economy and pound to dollar conversion that sales might be slow, but a lot of pieces have already sold out!

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I've read that the store was crazy packed and I've been drooling over the all of the pictures in Nicky Digital's photo gallery. The pieces above were some of my favorite items from the U.S. site! There are a lot of the patterned, colorful summery pieces that I love so much. I can't wait to take a look around in the store myself during my next New York visit. (Although, excitingly enough I may be in London before I'm back in NYC.. ahh can't wait until July!)

xoxo, lauren

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

House of Style Circa 2009

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Bar wearing bracelets by Mary Kate Steinmiller and recently featured Ettika!

I'm so excited that MTV and Teen Vogue are reviving the 90's favorite fashion show, House of Style. I haven't seen much about it on TV, but apparently the premiere was March 21st, so keep an eye out for more episodes!I'm loving the first installment! Supermodels Bar Rafaeli and Chanel Iman host the show, highlighting trends, D.I.Y.'s and celebrity style spotlights.
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My favorite part of the show was the friendship bracelet tutorial from Teen Voguette and accessory designer Mary Kate Steinmiller. It's so inspiring to think that she was the one who gave me the tour of the Teen Vogue offices back during Fashion U in 07'! It's cool to see how far she's come. I'm a teensy bit obsessed with her neon braided & bedazzled bracelets.I'm anxious to see more from the show!

Check out the online episode here! I took it off because it was slowing up the page loading.

xoxo, lauren
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