Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A Toast to 2012

I can't believe it's almost the new year already! So much has happened in my life in the past 12 months; I've graduated from college, settled into life in Wisconsin, and got my dream job in the fashion industry. I have so much to celebrate in life.. I can hardly wait to see where 2012 takes me! So here's a toast to the New Year!

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

I am sadly still on the hunt for the perfect New Year's Eve dress to wear out this weekend. I'm thinking either something sparkly or basic with dressed up statement heels and jewels (I need an excuse to buy leopard wedges!). I'll be sure to let you know what I end up with!

Cheers to the New Year

What will you be doing to ring in the new year? And more importantly.. what will you be wearing?

xoxo, Lauren

Monday, December 26, 2011

Latest Lust: Coastal Interiors

I hope everyone had an amazing holiday. I'm enjoying my time home in sunny Florida! Today, I went house hunting with my parents. As a kid, I always loved going into model homes and admiring the interior decor, I feel no less inspired as a 20-something.

I snapped tons of pictures of chic decor in all the homes we saw. I have always loved the look of coastal interiors, it's such a light & airy, but polished look. These were some of my favorite styles.









One of the things I responded to most were the printed wallpapers, curtains, and chairs. It's an easy way to modernize any home and step up the style quotient.

What would your dream house look like?

xoxo, lauren

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Very Florida Christmas

For me, growing up in Florida has meant white Christmases in terms of sandy beaches, decorated palm trees instead of pine, and weather warm enough to spend in a bathing suit. While this seems like Christmas sacrilege  to many of my Wisconsin friends, it's the only thing I've ever known!

 I'm looking forward to spending a week at home enjoying the nice warm weather, seeing my friends and family, and scooping up some Florida souvenirs to bring back with me.

How will you be spending the holidays this year?

xoxo, lauren

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Happy Holidays from La Petite Fashionista!

This year I've decided to send my holiday cards out via Paperless Post for a stylish, eco-friendly (& affordable!) option. We were lucky enough to get a dusting of snow the other night for me to take a festive picture (my holiday sweater is a vintage pearl encrusted number from the fifties).

I can't believe it's almost Christmas! It seems like yesterday that I got my tree up and decorated the house. I'm excited to go home to Florida to see friends and family (and hopefully regain my tan). It was so fun having Christmas decorations this year that are sparkly, colorful and completely my style!

 I wanted to share a few of my favorite pictures of the holiday season so far:

My bedazlzled Christmas tree

A festive table setting

My homemade wreath

Downtown Chicago's huge Christmas tree

Festive store windows on the Magnificent Mile

What do you plan on doing to enjoy the holidays?

xoxo, lauren

Friday, December 16, 2011

Mad for Monograms

I don't know if it's because I'm missing the South, my dear friend "RAA", or every fashion blogger's latest bespoke necklaces, but I've been absolutely adoring all things monogrammed lately. I've got my cardigans & tervis tumbler, and I have a certain Moon and Lola necklace on my Christmas list this year.


I love a classic monogram backed with a super modern trellis or chevron pattern for pillows, platters & cosmetics cases. Blogger Blair Eadie can rock them like no one's business. The personalized touch is a nod to classic Americana (think 1950's monogrammed cashmere sweaters) and a modern day preppy look.

Mad for Monograms

I love that they're actually starting to trend lately, think of it as a new take on Carrie Bradshaw's nameplate necklace. Would you sport your monogram?

xoxo, LFP

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Latest Lust: Luxe Lounging

Ever since I saw the J. Crew image below of mixing cozy pajamas & pearls, I've been thrilled with the idea of upping the ante on my Christmas pjs this year. Our family tradition is to spend Christmas day in our pajamas opening presents, drinking mimosas, and visiting with the family. It's definitely one of my favorite days of the year!

These are some of my favorite ways to dress up your comfy laid back looks. Whether you dress up your sweats with a fairisle sweater or flannel bottoms with a chambray shirt, mixing and matching gives cozy clothes a stylish twist.

Lovely Lounging

What do you wear when you just want to feel cozy and cute?

xoxo, lauren

Monday, December 12, 2011

Cute Coats for Chilly Weather

One of the things I've found to be hardest about living somewhere cold is that all winter long you have to wear coats to cover up your cute outfits! This is why I've been on the hunt for the cutest coats & coordinating accessories, so my outer layer is just as chic as the clothes underneath!
Cute Coats for Chilly Weather
Look for wool and down with faux fur linings, insulation & hoods for added warmth. Pretty colors, feminine details, and stylish cold weather accessories make all the difference in adding some style when you're feeling winter drab. 

Some more cute coat inspiration:

What is your go-to winter coat?

xoxo, lauren

Friday, December 9, 2011

Latest Lust: Down Vests

Before moving to Wisconsin, I had little need for coats, long underwear, snow boots, and all of the accompanying accessories.  Honestly, I've always thought down vests we're sort of dorky. It wasn't until recently that I've realized how warm they are & can also be a cute layering piece! I'm also loving my rust colored striped thermal; it looks perfect paired w/ my turquoise accessories.

These are some stylish bloggers and brands that have inspired my layered look:
Penfield, so cute!

What I'm Wearing:
Down VestLands' End Canvas , Striped Thermal: J. Crew, Jeans: Talbots, Wedges: Steve Madden, Scarf: Vintage

I'm so glad that I can stay warm AND stylish this winter! What are your tips for layering with style?

xoxo, lauren

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Pretty Packaging

As I've said before, sometimes the present's packaging is as important as the gift itself. I'm all about presentation & special touches. It doesn't even matter if it's a fancy present or home baked cookies, the way you wrap it makes all the difference! These are some of my favorite DIY gift wrap ideas:


I love the look of brown craft paper all tied up w/ colorful string, patterned grosgrain ribbon or lace to add a little something extra. How about the confetti dipped double sided tape and stylish tags (how cute are the covered button christmas trees & incredibly chic chevron)? I can't wait to try these out on my own gifts to give each it's own unique look!

I've also found a great set of stylish printable tags that you can print & use on your own gifts!

If you don't want to go to the DIY route, check out these already made stylish gift tags, bags, and wrapping paper. I love the use of colorful baker's twine, colorful confetti & putting a hairbow on a gift that can be worn as an accessory later!
Pretty Packaging Essentials
How do you make your gift wrap gorgeous?

xoxo, lauren

Monday, December 5, 2011

Holiday Party Sparkle

I always love to get together for holiday parties, because as you can expect, I love any occasion to get all dressed up. This year, I'm feeling less of a traditional red and tartan, and more of the unexpected; flamingo pinks, bright oranges, and sparkles galore.These images offer inspiration for festive looks that will still look stylish all winter long.


This post was inspired by my recent shopping trip where I picked up some items much like the ones below.. I can't wait to have an excuse to debut each piece. I'm pretty in love with this color combo & the way the colors work together, these shades are definitely trending.

Pretty Party Outfits

What are you wearing to holiday parties this year?

xoxo, lauren

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Darling DIY Gifts

My next installment in Christmas-y goodness features DIY projects (ranging from super easy to somewhat tricky). These would make great handmade gifts for the holidays or a birthday, and can be super affordable to make too. In fact,  let's be real- you'll inevitably want to make a set for yourself too because they're so stinkin cute. 

Be sure to check out all of these stylish DIY projects (L-R).

Rhinestone Necklace via Adventure in Fashion- Leather Cell Phone Case via Swell Mayde- Coloful Custom Coasters via The Cottage Home- Leather Chevron Cuff via A Beautiful Mess- Bow Bracelet via Flax & Twin- Gameday Dress via Sweet Verbena - Etched Glasses via Martha Stewart- Elephant Bookends via (my fave!) Hello Boudreau -Hand Embroidered Notecards via Design*Sponge

I honestly want to make all of these! I'm constantly inspired by the creativity of fellow bloggers! Maybe a do-it-yourself weekend will be necessary when I'm home for the holidays with friends & family.

Which stylish DIY project is your favorite?

xoxo, lauren

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Stylish Stocking Stuffers (Under $40!)

Besides the decorating, one of my favorite things about Christmas is the gift giving. I consider to be gift giving a sort of an art form. Gift cards may be an easy solution, but I take pride in selecting the perfect presents for each person on my list. I like it when each receiver can tell I've picked something special for them.

Below, I've compiled what would be the ultimate gifts for the La Petite Fashionista girl (I know a lot of my readers have similar taste) & chic friends. Everything is under $40.00, oh so cute, and stylish too!

Stylish Stocking Stuffers

 These are just a few of my favorite things.. Capri Blue candles, cute snail mail stationary, bright lipstick and cupcake goodness! Don't even get me started on the gift wrapping, I'll save that for another post ;)

Who on your list would you love to see a gift guide for?

xoxo, lauren

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Have Yourself a Colorful Christmas

This is the first year I've been able to decorate my own place and give my home its own holiday flair. For me, this means the less traditional route, more color, glitz, DIY, and even a retro Christmas feel. I've been scouring pinterest for the perfect inspiration images to guide me in my shopping for decor. 

I went with a faux green tree with colorful lights and sparkly & colorful ornaments from World Market, Target, and even the Dollar Store! I've been busy diy-ing signs, creating wreaths, and creating a festive table. The images below, with white trees, and very bright and bold Christmas decor are right up my alley. 

Below, I have some of my favorite picks to give your Christmas decor a dose of color and sparkle!

A Colorful Christmas

What does your holiday decor look like?

xoxo, lauren

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Rocking the Ragg Wool

This lookbook from up-and-comers Cardigan is right up my alley. My move to Wisconsin has given me a new appreciation for the outdoors and made me love the look juxtaposing a rugged sportsman style w/ my dressed up girly girl looks. Take the look below, fairisle sweater & sequined shorts? I think yes!

One of the looks I've become especially keen to is the mix of a hiking inspired lace-up boot with a thick pair of socks (ragg wool are my favorite). Again a mix that's practical, cozy ,and chic.

Try this Trend: Lace up Boots & Socks

What's your favorite type of socks to heat up a winter outfit?

xoxo, lauren

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