Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Pink Sweater + Snow Bunny Vest

I just got back from a whirlwind week in Florida- but more from that later! After spending the week in weather in the 70's- imagine my surprise to come back to Wisconsin to -12 subzero temperatures. Thankfully, the Florida girl in me, still gets a little giddy over pretty snowfalls. After all, what makes a better backdrop for a colorful winter outfit than a fresh blanket of snow? ;) 

I like any excuse to break out my self proclaimed snow bunny vest. It's cozy and warm, and makes me feel like some sort of snow princess. The Aeropostale pieces I've styled are part of my partnership with them as an Aeropostale VIP partner- I've been loving my cozy winter sweater + vest!

La Petite Fashionista: Pink Marled Sweater / White Faux Fur Vest /Turquoise Bubble Necklace

Get the Look: Pink Marled Sweater- Aeropostale // Faux Fur Vest- Aeropostale // Denim - Similar 
 Arm Party Bracelets: Pink Pyramid Bracelet- Similar / Horseshoe Bracelet- Serene Sky Boutique /
 Chevron Bracelet-  LaMaLu Boutique / Gold Bangle- Similar // Necklace: Similar

La Petite Fashionista: White Faux Fur Vest + Colorful Arm Party

La Petite Fashionista: Pink Marled Sweater, White Faux Fur Vest & Colorful Arm Party

Did I mention I can't believe it's going to officially be 2014 tomorrow?! I'm so excited for the new year and have been hard at work making plans for the next year and to grow La Petite Fashionista. I'll be sharing more of my resolutions in my next post as I do each year. 

I seriously think 2014 is going to be the best year yet.

xoxo, lauren

Friday, December 27, 2013

LPF: A Year of #OOTD Posts

I might not be one of those fashion bloggers that has the time (or daylight) to post a perfectly edited + polished outfit picture with my DSLR every day (I wish!). But, you know what- that's real life-  at the very least I'm always trying to capture snapshots of my looks on instagram as a daily style diary.
Which just by looking at this collection of my years #LPFOOTD posts that my outfits tend to be, really colorful, filled with statement necklaces and arm parties, and plenty of pattern. That's who I am and I wouldn't have it any other way :)
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I love that instagram now lets you "tag" brands that you're wearing in the pictures, adding an extra level of shopping and OOTD fun! To make things even more exciting- I have this #OOTD video clip that I shared on instagram- too much fun! (Note: you may only be able to view on upgraded browsers!)

 What is your signature style? Do you post daily outfit pictures too? If I'm not already following you on instagram please please leave me your link so we can be #OOTD buddies :)
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xoxo, lauren

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Cozy Winter Layers

One of the things I've been finding nearly impossible in the subzero temperatures we'v been experiencing is fighting the urge to just throw on the puffiest, warmest down jacket I own whenever it starts to snow. My faux fur, cozy knit hats & lightweight down jacket have been some of my favorite layering pieces this winter. 

I have a plaid button down, denim jacket, lightweight quilted down jacket & finally a faux fur jacket all layered together for cozy but stylish winter layers. Meanwhile in Florida my friends are still sweating in the 80's. As much as I love Wisconsin, I am looking forward to spending a week in the sunshine!

See how to shop my snowbunny cozy winter layers below!


I am all in favor of not having to sacrifice style for warmth- but- I'm still learning the Wisconsin winter ways. So tell me- what are your favorite ways to layer in style?

xoxo, lauren

Saturday, December 21, 2013

10 Stylish + Simple Last Minute DIY Gift Ideas

I truly believe it's more special to get a DIY gift than something that can be bought in the store and often times even more affordable! If you've missed the last opportunity to ship gifts.. or don't want to brave crowds in the mall, you should definitely consider making a gift yourself!

 I've curated a few of my favorite last minute do-it-yourself gift ideas: from stylish accessories, to sugar scrubs & soaps to salted caramels! Truly, these would work for any occasion- not just Christmas!

10 Stylish + Simple Last Minute DIY Gift Ideas

1. DIY Holiday Baubles - Style Me Pretty  // 2. DIY Black Tea + Lemon Soap - Freutcake 
3.  DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub - A Pumpkin and A Princess // 4. DIY Gold Glitter Dipped Coffee Mug- White House Black Shutters // 5. Whiskey Salted Caramels -So How's It Taste
The Happy Housie // 8. DIY Herbed Salt - Style Me Pretty // 9. DIY Mustache Coasters-
 Events Uncorked  // 10. DIY Ribbon Embellished Sweater- Grosgrain Fabulous

Next year, I'd like to make all of my gifts! In fact, I think it will even be a new year's resolution to make more in 2014. There are so many inspiring ideas floating around the internet and pinterest and these featured projects are a great place to get started. Also be sure to check out my "Crafty Girl" board on pinterest for even more stylish DIY ideas.

xoxo, lauren

Friday, December 20, 2013

Style Profile: Grace, A Southern Drawl

Today I wanted to do a Style Profile feature on one of my favorite bloggers, Grace at A Southern Drawl. She is just the sweetest thing ever, and I absolutely adore her style! Like me, she has a penchant for mixing up patterns, textures & some bold statement necklaces. I had the pleasure of working with on a Blogger Coffee Date  Social Media Consultation and love all of the inspiring content and style she posts!

Grace did a fun little Q+A with me below on her personal style, favorite shops & secret to all those gorgeous outfit photographs!
La Petite Fashionista Style Profile: Grace, A Southern Drawl

Name: Grace 

State: Kentucky

How would you describe your personal style? Preppy, feminine, classic, and sometimes unexpected.

Favorite fall/winter trend? Leather details.  I sometimes don't even notice it, but so many items in my closet have at least a little bit of leather--such as a leather trim.  It definitely adds a bit of edge to some outfits that I love!

Favorite places to shop? If I could live in J.Crew, I would.  I love every item in that store, and their quality is what keeps me coming back.  I also love to shop at Ann Taylor and Banana Republic.

Style Icon: Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific--my goal in life is to layer half as well as her.  Another icon of mine is Rachel Parcell of The Pink Peonies--her style is timeless.

Favorite piece in your closet? For awhile, it has been my J.Crew Herringbone Puffer Vest, but now that I've scored the J.Crew camel sweater {that recently sold out online}, that would have to take the gold.  {I'm Lebanese, so camels and I fit well together}.

Favorite place to take outfit pictures and who takes them for you? I love the entrance to the country club in my neighborhood--it has tall trees that line a long road.  I also like taking pictures at the entrance of a nature preserve nearby.  Luckily, I'm one of "those" bloggers that scored a boyfriend-turned-photographer {insert maniacal laugh here}.  If it weren't for him, all of my pictures would most likely come out blurry and not nearly as great.  

Love love love Grace & her blog- Be sure to stop by & say hello on A Southern Drawl!

xoxo, lauren

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Sequins + Tweed

For the latest installment of our "One piece / Four ways" post for the Midwest Style BloggersMaya, Sam, Katelyn & I each styled a tweed jacket from Style Revel. I paired mine with a sequined tee, burgundy pants & leopard print booties! I love being able to mix and match neutrals (I consider sparkle a neutral.. that's normal right? ;)

Sequins + Tweed : La Petite Fashionista
Get the Look: Tweed Jacket - Shop Revel // Sequin Tee- Tobi  // Burgundy Chinos - Lands' End Canvas    Leopard Booties- Boohoo

Shop Similar:

One Piece Four Ways: Tweed Jacket from Style Revel
the girls at midwest style bloggers wearing their Style Revel Tweed Jacket

Leopard Print Booties : La Petite Fashionista
A little leopard print to sass up the snowy landscape!

Style Revel is one of my favorite up and coming boutiques- I love the collaborations they do highlighting fashion bloggers. They have an awesome selection of affordable and trendy clothing!

How would you style a classic tweed jacket?

xoxo, lauren

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Holly Jolly Sparkly Christmas Decor

I wanted to share a few of my favorite snapshots from our place all decorated for Christmas. I'm loving all of the special details this year like our barnboard chalkboard, my girly presents under the tree (glitter ribbon & pink and teal candy cane prints please!), our rustic holiday tabletop decor and metallic print from Jenny Bevlin! 

We've had so much fun getting in the Christmas spirit this year with our decorating, lights & baking that I hardly noticed that Christmas Eve is only a week away! Though most of my shopping is done, this time of year is a whirlwind. I can't wait for some time off to spend time & celebrate with family and friends.

Holly Jolly Christmas Hand Lettered Chalkboard on Reclaimed Barn Board
My boyfriend hand lettered this reclaimed barnboard chalkboard- so talented and PATIENT!

Presents under the tree wrapped with glitter & metallic ribbons
Presents under the tree wrapped with kraft paper, glitter & metallic ribbons

"Peace, Joy, Love" Metallic Foil Print from Jenny Bevlin
Peace, Joy , Love Print from Jenny Bevlin

Dreaming of a White Christmas
Dreaming of a White Christmas

Winter Date Night Fun- Gingerbread House!
Winter Date Night Fun- Gigerbread House!

Rustic holidays with metallic antler, mercury glass candles, sparkly pinecones & vintage ornaments
Rustic holidays with metallic antler, mercury glass candles, sparkly pinecones & vintage ornaments

How have you been getting in the Christmas spirit this year? A little Elf watching & present wrapping always seems to do the trick for me!

xoxo, lauren

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Gift Guide for: the Glitter Girl

Everyone knows a glitter girl- you know the kind that leaves a little sparkle in her footsteps- can't resist a little bit of sequins and baubles? I must admit, I'm one of them ;) Nothing brightens up an outfit like a healthy dose of sparkle! 

I've picked a few of the glammest, most show-stopping gifts for the glitter girl in your life!

Gift Guide for: the Glitter Girl

Shop the Gift Guide for the Glitter Girl:

  • Essie Glitter Polish:  Sparkly polish makes a sweet stocking stuffer!
  • Target Sequin Sweatshirt: #TargetDoesItAGain .. need I say more!
  • Sugar Paper Metallic Polka Dot Notebook: A place to write all of those new year's resolutions!
  • Sugar Paper Calendar: It's going to be a beautiful 2014 with this at her desk
  • Design Darling Earrings: A sparkling pair of statement earrings to pair back to a cocktail dress
  • Pinch Provisions Minimergency Kit: Must-haves for any fashion emergency in a pretty pouch
  • J.Crew Technicolor Floral Necklace: The ONLY statement necklace she'll need this Spring
  • Anthropologie Gold Monogram Mug: For cold nights of blogging and drinking hot chocolate 
  • Jagger Gold Sequined Pants: Who knew a pair of pants so comfy could be so glam
  • Chiara Ferragini Ballet Flats: A closet staple for any fashionista- just add sparkle!

  • Shop the gift guides for the fit fashionista // blogger // domestic goddess

    xoxo, lauren

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

    Try this Trend: Glam Holiday Party Looks

    Obviously, I love ANY excuse to get dressed up! This is one of the reasons I love this time of year most. When else can you dress up in tulle skirts, sequins, statement necklaces & lipstick without people looking at you like you're overdressed (okay, who am I kidding- I always ignore the sideways looks!)

    I've rounded up a few of my absolute favorite chic holiday looks. Get the look for yourself by pairing luxe combinations; tulle skirts and fitted sweaters, sequins and statement necklaces, and faux fur with silk. There is no limit to the glam factor during the holidays!

    Get the Look: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9

    Shop the Post: Glam Holiday Looks

    My fabulous friend Emily at the Lady Jane Blog hosted her annual holiday party last weekend. I used it as the perfect excuse to rock some sequins! She also always sets up a little DIY photobooth for us. I adored this picture of Kyle & I she snapped and this ridiculously amazing collage from all of the night's snapshots!

    What's your go-to look for holiday parties?

    xoxo, lauren

    Wednesday, December 11, 2013

    Dec. Blogger Buzz: Stocking Stuffers

    Our monthly Blgger Buzz for December is here! This week, we're all sharing three things we'd like to find in our stocking. With Christmas right around the corner- this couldn't be more fitting and all of the girls have fabulous picks! 

    Be sure to check out the affordable gift guides for the blogger, fit fashionista & domestic goddess that I've curated for your shopping assistance is month as well!

    Blogger Buzz: Stocking Stuffers
    The Blogger Buzz is back. This month, the ladies are hoping for something other than coal in their stocking.

    Here's an assortment of sparkly and colorful items they wish to find instead:

    • I already have a place picked out for this print in my living room! The room is basically British themed and I love how punchy and bright this is! Evelyn Henson is really fantastic!
    • This cake stand is so fun! I can just imagine putting fun cakes on this at the party I have to throw for my birthday bucket list
    • need this necklace! I love the script and I feel like it would be a staple in my wardrobe and I could layer it with other necklaces!
    • I'm smitten with Meg Gleason's work. The pops of color and two-centuries old letterpress from which her products are printed. I die. This hand-bound "letterquette" is just lovely!
    • Gin in a Teapot — I'm certain it was created with me in mind!
    • Being punctual never looked so sparkly. This watch from Kate Spade would look snazzy on my wrist.

    Tell us, what do you hope to find in your stocking?

    xoxo, lauren

    LPF Gift Guide for the: Blogger:

    Creating the gift guide for the blogger has to be one of my favorites! Who knows better what to get a blogger than a blogger herself? I have a few ideas for the social media savvy from useful techy gifts to witty nods to blogging.

    These will all be perfect presents under the tree (now if only I can convince someone to be my outfit photographer for the year- now that would be a fantastic gift!)

    LPF Gift Guide for: The Blogger

    Shop the Gift Guide for the Blogger:
    Fellow bloggers, what would be your dream blogging gift?

    xoxo, lauren

    Monday, December 9, 2013

    LPF Gift Guide for the: Domestic Goddess

    In the past few years I've definitely come into my own in the kitchen. I really enjoy making a homemade meal, trying out a new recipe, and cooking or baking for other people! A lot of my kitchen appliances and pots & pans have been hand-me-downs, so it's been fun to start my own kitchen collection!

    The foodies, baking beauties & domestic divas in your life will adore the gifts in this guide!

    LPF's Gift Guide for the Domestic Goddess

    Shop the Gift Guide for the Domestic Goddess:
    My bestie, Jocelyn, at Saucy Jocey's Kitchen is my favorite foodie- I have her to thank for showing me around the kitchen in our tiny apartment kitchen in college!

    xoxo, lauren

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

    Latest Lust: Glam Gift Wrap

    As I just told my mom, I am turning into my gramma. Growing up she always made our Christmas extra extra special- it was her favorite holiday. Opening gifts & eating family recipes was an all day affair. We'd "model" all of the clothes we got later in a "fashion show" in her hallway.

     She started shopping in July for us, and always seemed to have the most perfect gift in mind for each person, each wrapped with their own wrapping paper so they'd know who's was who's. It wasn't about the presents, it was about the thought she put into them and all of them and the time we'd spend as a family.

    This year, I'm trying extra hard to carry on her traditions- complete with festive and fun gift wrap. I've rounded up a few of my favorite glam gift wrap options.

    Latest Lust: Glam Giftwrap


    After working in retail for so many years and having to wrap gifts I never thought it'd be something I actually enjoy- but I do! I like picking out fun gift wrap and adding the special touches like tinsel, tags & ribbon!

    Do you have any special Christmas traditions?

    xoxo, lauren

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

    LPF Gift Guide for the Fit Fashionista

    Somehow December always seems to be in fast forward! I got some great deals on Black Friday and was able to pick up a lot of my gifts for friends & family, but still have a lot left to do this month! We also got our tree up yesterday, so I can't wait to start decorating.

    For those of you still looking for gifts too, I'll be posting up a few helpful gift guides with gifts at great pricepoints to fit every recipient on your list. Our first gift guide is for the fit fashionista- the girl who wants a balanced mind, body & spirit and work out in style! 

    Gift Guide: for the Fit Fashionista

    Shop the Gift Guide for the Fit Fashionista:

    • Rive Water Bottles: These stylish & sensible glass waterbottles are engineered with BPA free materials, easy open/close cap, and ergonomic shape
    • Drop It Like a Squat Tank: Sassy + stylish workout tank for showing off at the gym
    • Fitbit: The ultimate gadget to track your calories burned + even your sleep!
    • Nike Dual Fusion Run 2: Few things inspire a workout better than a cute pair of sneakers
    • Zumba for WII Fit: Can't make it to a class? These interactive workouts are just as fun!
    • Hippie Hair Ties: Perfect for holding hair back during a yoga sesh
    • Perfect Fit Protein: The lovely ladies, Karena and Katrina, of Tone it Up have the perfect organic protein powder  to mix into your smoothies!
    • Free People Tie Dye Shorts: These shorts let her embrace her inner boho babe
    • Blogilates Yoga Mat: Fav fitness youtuber, Blogilates, has a stylish line of fitness accessories  & apparel and her videos are amazing
    • Barbells: Even if she lives in a small space, she can stay fit with these fun, colorful barbells
    Do you have any fit fashionistas in your life? What's your favorite gift idea for them? My sister Allie, is an aspiring fitness guru at "Keep Your Balance Studios" these would all be PERFECT for her!

    xoxo, lauren

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

    Wreaths, Weimaraners & Wisconsin Cocktails!

    As I mentioned in my last post, my boyfriend's family took me in for Thanksgiving and our holiday was filled with delicious food & wisconsin cocktails (brandy slush anyone?), as well as less run of the mill holiday activities like.. constructing a 5 ft wreath and woodburning gift tags made from reclaimed barnboards & dressing up the family dog in our DIY wreath. I wanted to share a few of my favorite moments from our spiked cider & Christmas music filled weekend. 

    I might still be finding sap on myself, but we had a blast DIY-ing wreaths & getting the holidays started! 

    Lucy, the cutest little Weimeraner, getting festive for the holidays
    Lucy, my favorite little weimaraners wearing one of our mini wreaths

    Vintage truck full of pine boughs to make wreaths
    a truck bed full of the branches we cut for our wreaths

    Spiked Apple Cider for a DIY Holiday Night
    no wreath making night is complete without some spiked apple cider 

    wreath making for the holidays
    Ann & I helping Kyle's mom with the gigantic wreath for the barn

    #DIY Woodburned Reclaimed #Barnboard Gift Tags
    pretty obsessed with my woodburned reclaimed wood tag for kyle's gift this year!

    #DIYWoodworking for the Holidays
    how can you not love a manly man (in blaze orange, no less)

    red barn & giant Christmas wreath
    doesn't this look like a j.crew ad? hoisting up the giant wreath in it's place!

    red barn & giant Christmas wreath
    the barn in all its glory with it's wreath made with love!

    To make the weekend even more special I got a call from my best friend since we were in diapers, Kelly, that she was engaged- SO thrilled for her and her fiancee!! What a happy, love-filled holiday weekend! It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

    I've totally loved having natural tree smell all over the house. If you don't have the luxury of hundreds of acres of trees to cut your own spruce & pine, I've heard that the local Home Depot offers up their tree trimmings for free (helloooo DIY project)

    What have you been doing to get yourself in the holiday spirit?

    xoxo, lauren
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