Sunday, August 30, 2009

Take it to the Streets

I love this ELLE Italia editorial (and that its shot by street style photog extraordinaire Scott Schuman)! I think it's often difficult to comprehend how avant garde fashion show creations are translated into real life. Whether they are interpreted into trends or pieces are worked into outfits.

The editorial perfectly demonstrates how to take high fashion looks to the streets and make them fashion forward but still wearable. The styling is truly brilliant and was a challenge I'm sure!






AH, can you believe fashion week is just a couple short weeks away? YAY.

xoxo, lauren
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Friday, August 28, 2009

One of the Boys

Woody Allen made the androgynous "Annie Hall" look famous though Diane Keaton's character in his film Manhattan. Menswear staples inspired by the movie are back with a vengeance. Think oversized tweed blazers, pinstripe oxford shirts, men's watches, suspenders, vests, and high waisted pants. Each piece on its own gives a look a boyish charm.

Paris Vogue recently paid homage to the tomboy style in its Annie Hall inspired editorial.

I think it's a perfect fall look, and we can all learn a few things from the boys.

xoxo, lauren

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Chicest Bookbag Ever

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I think I need the messenger bag in this picture for school! What an amazingly chic alternative to a backpack or bookbag plus it matches with everything... do you think I could justify it as a "school supplies" expense?

xoxo, lauren

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Monday, August 24, 2009

"If You Obey All the Rules, You Miss all the Fun"- K.H.

I can't believe I'm back to school already! I think I'm really going to enjoy all of my Mechandising classes! Ever since I was a little girl, picking out my outfit for the first day of school has always been an important part of starting my new year with a fresh start. How amazing is this quote by Katharine Hepburn?

Today, I'm wearing a denim shirtdress from Zara, a swingy Forever 21 floral skirt, and Betsey Johnson earrings, and a pair of nude heels from musthaveshoes.com. They sent me the Apepazza Pavia ankle boot in Savane, that I'm a little bit obsessed with. I'm really short so the color gives the illusion of longer legs and it has a nice wood stacked high heel. They're going to be one of my fall staples fo sure. The site has one of the nicest collections of fashionable shoes I've seen online. Truly, I got giddy looking through the pages of shoes, they are truly unlike anything I've seen in stores!

What are you wearing for your first day of school?

xoxo, lauren

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Friday, August 21, 2009

5 Things I Wish I Knew as a Freshman

Starting college is such a new and exciting, but nervewracking experience! If i were starting all over, there are a few pieces of advice I would give my 18 year old self...


1. Take advantage of all the free stuff at college
  • There is always stuff being given away for free onBlockquote campus from pizza to fun events like carnivals. Also, take advantage of all the facilities included in your tuition like the gym, resume advising, lake, movie theater, or football tickets!

my cute little dorm room my first year of college

2. Just because there's all you can eat cookies in the dining hall doesn't mean you should literally eat all you can

  • The smell of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies can be oh-so-tempting sometimes, but overdoing could easily lead to the dreaded "freshman 15"!

3. It's okay when your high school relationships don't work out long distance

  • There's so much to change and adjust to during your first year of college, that sometimes the relationships you thought would last forever can fall apart. Take it from someone who's been there.. it's okay! You're at a new school full of potential friends to make; they can fill the void of a high school sweetheart!

4. Don't waste your money buying books from the school bookstore

  • The school bookstore sells books for quadruple for what they buy them back from you at the end of the semester. You will save a lot of money buying them from somewhere like Textbooks.com.

5. HAVE FUN! These are the best years of your life.

A corny cliche, but so true! After college comes a full time job and real responsibility. Enjoy all your time to explore your interests and find a career that you're passionate about!


What advice would you give your new-to-college self (if you've already been there)?

xoxo, lauren
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Darling in Denim

Lately I've been throwing on my worn in denim jacket over everything. When I was in Europe, I wore my leather motorcycle jacket everywhere; it gives an outfit an instant kick. I think that's why im in love with this denim/biker jacket hybrid by trendy Australian line, Mink Pink. I could wear it with everything I own this autumn!

I love the shot from their S/S 09 Lookbook.. very Swedish street style looking with the bun on top of the head, and the studded boots. Since motorcycle jackets are usually leather, the denim softens the look up quite a bit and makes it a bit more feminine and tailored.

ALSO, just wanted to announce the winner of the KanDi swim contest (drumroll please)! Congrats to the Polished Sense blog.. thank you everyone for entering!

xoxo, lauren
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Sunday, August 16, 2009

3 Days of Peace & Music

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the generation defining weekend music festival that took place in the monumental summer of 1969. Woodstock was about more than just music; it brought together 500,000 free thinking individuals. Here they gathered spending 3 days, sleeping in hot tents often through muddy rain sharing their ideals for the new generation.

Woodstock has inspired fashion for generations. Take a peek in your closet.. odds are there is some tie dye, fringe, embroidery, peasant blouse, or peace signs giving it some bohemian flavor. What is ironic is that the hippie generation wore clothes to make an anti-fashion statement yet it's become one of the most trendsetting looks in the history of fashion!

The pictures from the Woodstock festival can't help but make you wish you were there too in your patched up denim & macrame shirt watching Janis Joplin rock out on stage.

Also can't wait to see the movie, Taking Woodstock that's coming out next week!

xoxo, lauren

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Back to Cool

Yes. Perhaps the cheesiest post title ever. For those of you heading back to school in the next few weeks.. figuring out what to wear on the first day & what to add to your closet is always a challenge. So, I've compiled by favorite picks for your back to school wardrobe (all at great deals and steals as well)!

The confidence that comes from wearing a great outfit always seems to make the first day of school go so much smoother.

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  1. Black Boyfriend Blazer: Perfect to add a little something to any outfit, whether thrown over a dress, or paired with a graphic tee and jeans.
  2. Floaty Tank Dress: A dress that is versatile enough to wear out on the weekends or paired down for school will get a lot of wear!
  3. A Roomy Bag: I prefer to bring a roomy purse to stick my notebooks in instead of a backpack.
  4. Stylish Flats: Even I can't do high heels at school, but a cute pair of teeny wedges like these is a great compromise!
  5. Colorful Notebooks: Moleskines have been used by generations of writers such as Ernest Hemingway. Record your fashionable thoughts in style!
What's on the top of your back-to-school/work shopping list?

xoxo, lauren

P.S. If any new-to-college readers have any questions or dilemmas feel free to suggest ideas for an upcoming post! Also check out College Fashion for great back to school fashion advice!
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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

On the Fringe

These are without a doubt my favorite pair of shoes. There's nothing spectactular about them. I picked them up at a thrift store a few years ago, they're a couple of sizes too big for me, an I love them! I feel like slipping them on instantly transforms any outfit from ordinary to unique. I guess it must be my inner cowgirl coming out.

I paired them with my worn in denim jacket, a floaty 60's style peasant top and a "mess of bracelets" as I like to call them. I felt very vintage cowgirl/woodstock attendee.

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Right after I took my outfit shots I found this editorial of Jessica Stam for W. Magazine called "A Boy Named Sue" and was further inspired by her fringed boots. I guess it is possible for a pair of old cowboy boots to be fashionable, hm? The editorial has veryJune Cash/Priscilla Presley 1960's western looks.. I love those big barrel currels, giant stetson hat and metal belt buckles.

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Don't forget to enter the KanDi Swim Giveaway!

xoxo, lauren
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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

KanDi Swim's Guilt Free Giveaway

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Summer may becoming to an end, but swimsuit season certainly isn't! KanDi Swim by Dani Kates features dessert inspired swimwear to satisfy every fashionista's sweet tooth. I love all the feminine ruffled details and names of the suits; Linzer Tart, Black & White Cookie, Lemon Meringue, Rainbow Cookie, and Bakery Box. How adorable right?

The swimwear is designed by Parson's grad Dani Kates, in cuts that flatter the female body and accomodate a variety of sillhouettes. The swimwear is created with european fabrics and sewn embellisments for the girl who wants some fun and sophistication in her swimwear.

KanDi Swim has been gracious enough to give away one of their Bakery Box bikinis to La Petite Fashionista readers! The contest is open to U.S. residents only (sorry!) and ends on August 18th!

There are two ways to Win:

  1. Leave a comment below with your favorite dessert (and email!)
  2. Gain an extra entry by twittering about the contest or posting about it on your blog!

Good luck girlies!

xoxo, lauren

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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Flower Child

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This photo is from an idyllic little garden at Styall Mill, a textile mill from the industrial revolution outside of Manchester. We took a tour and saw what life was like for the children who worked there in the early 1900's. They had a beautiful countryside area and I had to take an outfit shot. It was so peaceful, I never wanted to leave!

Being surrounded by pretty manucured flower gardens inspired me to to sport some summer florals. I picked up this sweetheart neckline dress at Topshop for only 15 pounds and had to pair it with tights because it was so unexpectedly cold! I paired it with a teal cardigan and my favorite turquoise chandelier earrings. It's one of my favorite shopping finds from my trip!

xoxo, lauren

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Friday, August 7, 2009

My Morning with Jimmy Choo

So, as my last post revealed; our last day in London was spent with Jimmy Choo in his couture showroom! It all was made possible because of a man helping us carry all of our overweight luggage onto one of London's double decker buses, our first day in the city. Our study center director thanked him and in conversation told him we were fashion students (thus all of the luggage), and he said "Oh, well I'm good friends with Jimmy Choo!"

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The mantlepiece of inspiration when we walked in

..So there I found myself standing in his couture showroom in London. He greeted us with a warm smile and brought us all water bottles. He told us how happy he is to see other students pursuing fashion like he once did. He plopped down on his desk and told us his life story. His father was a shoe maker in Malaysia, he came to London to study how to make shoes and had humble beginnings trying to sell his first pairs. He slowly gained notice from fashion designers who used his shoes in their shows. It was not until he was featured in Vogue, that he found true success.

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Jimmy, showing us a shoe mold in his workshop

He told us stories about his nervousness when he created a bespoke pair of shoes for Princess Diana, and revealed how he got his name (he was a fan of James Bond, thus Jimmy). He shared his pearls of wisdom he's learned throughout his life ("respect your teachers", "never be late," and "don't give up on something you want"). He was the sweetest man and so passionate about everything he does. He sold off his company around 10 years ago and now concentrates solely on customized handmade-to-order shoes. He speaks volumes about the power of the heel and it's ability to transform a woman.

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paintings hanging in his showroom

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A wall of custom made shoes

It was the perfect ending to a fantastic trip! I'm still pinching myself that it actually happened. And as if the day could get any better, I got to meet up with the incredibly sweet and stylish fashion bloggers of HiFashion, Leia and Sherin! We had a great time talking about everything from debating the accent of our waiter, shopping in our hometowns, and life in college.

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on the London Eye (dress by French connection & my new snakeskin lace-ups)
So, I'm finally back in the states. I had a life-changing experience in my summer abroad, but I'm excited to see what this year holds. I hope you've enjoyed reading about my adventures!

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my new London friends, Leia and Sherin!

xoxo, lauren
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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Last Day in London..

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This is me. and Jimmy Choo. AHHHH!

Today is sadly my last day in London.. full recap when I get back to the states! I promise! :)

xoxo, lauren

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Sunday, August 2, 2009

"Roam if You Want To.. Roam Around the World"

I just got back from Barcelona and had the time of my life. It was everything I'd hoped for and more. The city was the perfect mix of culture, art, beach, and nightlife.

It was the first country we've been to that English was barely spoken, so it was really difficult not knowing any Spanish. But, we managed to navigate the tapas bars, explore around town, and spend an afternoon at the gorgeous beach by the sea!

Antonio Gaudi's colorful architectural creations are sprinkled throughout the city, but Park Guell was the coolest place I've ever been to. It's a 15 acre park covered with buildings, strange cave-like crevices, and mosaic covered everything; all with amazing views looking down on the city. Everything looked straight out of a Dr. Suess book!

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the view from Park Guell

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looks like the inside of a cave/a palm tree

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trying to look decent while sweating it out in the 90 plus weather!

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columns inside Park Guell

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Another "Modernisme" building by Gaudi in Barcelona

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the beachfront with Frank Gehry's fish!

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outside the Salvador Dali Museum

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a beautiful building in the Barri Gottic district

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at Barceloneta Beach @ night before the disco!

I truly feel like a jet setter, being in three different countries in one week! We somehow ended up in first class on the way back which was a special treat. I could definitely get used to the cushy first class service! Only a few more days left in Europe, so sad! Though, i'm excited to get back to the states.. I miss turkey sandwiches.. and my family and friends too I suppose ;)
xoxo, lauren
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