Sunday, June 30, 2013

LPF's Favorite Free Fonts

Sometime within the creation of the last four issues of La Petite Fashionista Magazine, I have turned into a total typography nerd. I am always downloading new fonts and noticing them everywhere I go in packaging, signage + graphic design. It actually is somewhat embarrassing when I can call out the name of the font.

Anyways, my embarrassment is your luck-- I've rounded up some of my absolute favorite fonts right now to share with you for spicing up blog posts and graphic design projects!

LPF's Favorite Free Fonts

Download these fabulous (and free) fonts for yourself below:
I know everyone has a self proclaimed go-to font (or maybe that's just me.. whoops!). "Bebas is very near and dear to my heart because it's the font used in the LPF logo.

What's your favorite go-to font?

xoxo, lauren

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Friday, June 28, 2013

"She was an American Girl" - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

I like to use the 4th of July as an excuse to be over-the-top patriotic. This look seriously couldn't be more me. I'm obsessed with the back of this little red dress from Modcloth, paired back to a navy statement necklace and some star studded flats!

This is one of the first years I won't be up at my grandparent's lake house for the 4th, so I will have to compensate with going to see some fireworks and grilling out here!

"She was an American Girl"

Get the Look:  Red Dress - Modcloth // Star Flats - Shoedazzle //  Navy Bubble Necklace - Swell Caroline // Tortoiseshell Wayfarer Sunglasses - J.Crew // Starfish Cuff - Emily Elizabeth // Striped Crossbody Bag- Kate Spade

For your listening pleasure:

American Girl by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers on Grooveshark

What are your 4th of July traditions.. and more importantly, what will you be wearing?

xoxo, lauren

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A Splash of Neon

Today's look felt perfectly bright & summery! A t-shirt gets a trendy update with neon pops and embroidery. I love it paired back to this light wash denim that has a bit of a surfer girl feel.

As a Verizon Voices Style Ambassador I am crazy excited to be testing out the new Nokia Lumia 928! I am amazed with how great these camera phone outfit pictures turned out, especially with all of 2 minutes on my lunch break to take them! 

A Splash of Neon // LPF
lunch break outfit snaps with my Nokia Lumia 928

Neon #ArmParty
neon arm party extravaganza 

A Splash of Neon // LPF

get the look: neon striped tee - similar // sunglasses- similar // pink studded bracelet - similar //light wash denim -- similar // tan heels - similar 

I am still learning all the ins & outs of an android device but so far am loving it for handling all things social media and the fun local-centric apps for finding dining, shopping & things to do. For a super visual person like me I like having the home screen with the visual of all of the apps (but more on that later!).

I'm obsessed with neon right now & this post is inspired by the colorful flavors of Dasani drops! 

xoxo, lauren

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Fashion Voices program and have been provided  with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product! :)

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

I am finding this quote so empowering this week and created this fun printable graphic to keep at my desk to keep it top of mind! I am one of those people that would love to just have things all planned out, but life is too unpredictable to live that way. Seize the Day LPF readers!

"Say Yes & You'll Figure It Out Later" - Tina Fey

What quote is inspiring you this week? 

Leave me a link if it's one you found on pinterest to add to our LPF Inspiration board!

xoxo, lauren

P.S. Don't forget to check out one of my latest posts for your 25% off at ShoeDazzle!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Try This Trend: ShoeDazzle Statement Shoes

I'm SO excited to partner with ShoeDazzle to feature my favorite shoe picks. For a shoe lover like myself, I'm obsessed with the assortment of trendy and affordable shoes they have in their free-monthly showroom!

To join & get your personalized showroom picks, you take a fun free quiz (no credit card required – all you have to enter is an email address and shoe size) so they can get to know your style and send you an email with your curated footwear + accessories (including picks from one of my fashion faves, Rachel Zoe!).

Try This Trend: ShoeDazzle Statement Shoes

Get the Look: 1.  Cathy, $40 // 2. Cosset, $89 // 3. Tera, $45 // 4. Jane, $43 // 5. Arrive, $60 / 6. Tarja, $40 // 7. Jacelyn, $40 // 8. Kylee, $40 // 9. Jaleen, $47

The selections for me were so perfect- they represented a few of the summer shoe trends I'm loving- snakeskin, teal & metallic! I seriously need at least a few of these?

Click the image below to get started and receive your personalized ShoeDazzle recommendations!

Get Your Personalized ShoeDazzle Showroom!

Take the ShoeDazzle quiz to gain access to your showroom with personalized picks just for you. If you make a purchase within 2 days of taking the quiz and get 25% off your first full priced item ordered!

Which ShoeDazzle shoe is your favorite from the site? 

xoxo, lauren

**Thanks to ShoeDazzle for sponsoring today's discussion- I am seriously obsessed with these shoes!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Latest Lust: Jazz Age Lawn Party at Governor's Island

If there's one fashion era I can't get enough of, it's the 1920's. Which is exactly why I am obsessed with all of these images from the Jazz Age Lawn Party at Governor's Island. Everyone looks like they stepped out of an F.Scott Fitzgerald novel from their drop waist dresses to elaborate headpieces, to t-strap heels. The men look so dapper in their suspenders and bow ties and the St. Germain is free-flowing.

If you loved the Great Gatsby you will adore these images.


If you could travel back to any fashion era which would you choose?

xoxo, lauren

Friday, June 21, 2013

LPF Loves: Fresh Summer Produce

So excited that today officially marks the start of summer. One of my favorite things about the summertime is fresh produce - and it is in no short supply with all of the local farms around here (or lucky for me my boyfriends' family's backyard!). 

I've collected a few of my favorite recipes for putting all of that fresh summer produce to good use!

LPF LOVES: Fresh Summer Produce

Wondering how to use your farmer's market finds? Here are a few ideas:

Strawberries: Strawberry Rhubarb Tart
Watermelon: Vodka Watermelon Cooler
Blueberries: Blueberry Corn Salad
Cucumbers: Canned Pickles
Tomatoes: Caprese Salad

What is your favorite recipe to make with super fresh ingredients?

xoxo, lauren

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Latest Lust: Summer Sheets

One of my favorite ways to freshen up my bedroom in the summertime is swapping out solid sheets for a fun pattern. Because let's face it, in the heat of the summertime, no one wants a heavy comforter on them anyways! These patterned sheets offer a playful pop of color paired back to a solid comforter or mixed and matched for a bolder look.

 I absolutely adore these happy + stylish summer sheets! If not for your own bedroom, try using them in a guest bedroom for an instantly warm welcome. 

 Latest Lust: Stylish Summer Sheets

get the look: red polka dots // blue gingham // pink floral sheet// watercolor floral sheet // trellis print // striped // mint ikat dot // yellow geometric // lilac scallops

One trick to finding a bigger selection of colorful printed sheets is to search in the kids or teen section for the more sophisticated prints. Most scale up to size King and there is always great color and pattern, like ikats, geometrics, classics stripes + dots.

Which is your favorite sheet print?

xoxo, lauren

Monday, June 17, 2013

Easy Meals for Busy Girls: Arugula Salad + DIY Vinaigrette

One of the nice things about rooming with K for the Summer is getting to make dinner for two! He has a  CSA (community supported agriculture) membership, so we have a weekly influx of fresh produce (lately lots greens). This means lots of summer salads for dinner because they're quick & healthy to whip up!

This feta, orange, onion & arugula salad is the perfect mix of flavors made even better with a homemade vinaigrette. I was inspired by Jocelyn's DIY salad dressing recipes in LPF Mag.

 Easy Meals for Busy Girls: Feta & Orange Arugula Salad + DIY Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

Salad Ingredients:
Mandarin Oranges (slice in thirds). 
Red Onion (sliced thin)
Feta Cheese 

Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette: 
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2/3 tbsp honey
1 tsp dijon mustard
1/3 c extra virgin olive oil
salt + pepper to taste

I love the idea of making salad dressings from scratch instead of buying premade. They're so much tastier have less preservatives & are more cost effective (I mix mine up in a mason jar and shake all the ingredients up).

Be sure to check out Issue #3 of LPF Mag for more DIY salad dressing recipe ideas to make your own!

xoxo, lauren

Friday, June 14, 2013

Summer Steals // Fashion Finds for $30 or Less!

I am all about a good fashion impulse buy. At $30 or less, these colorful summer pieces can easily make their way into your wardrobe! They pretty much make up all of my favorite things this time of year, bright & bold blouses, denim vests to throw over all my sundresses, and colorful statement jewelry to mix & match.

These guilt-free purchases are perfect summer steals for your closet!

I'm pretty much in love with all of these affordable summery pieces. (I'm especially dying for that jonathan adler on-the-go phone booster- perfect for all of us social media lovers constantly wearing down our phone batteries!

Which summer style steal is your favorite?

xoxo, lauren

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Beach Bums + Butter Beer!

I'm back from four fun days in the florida sunshine! It was such a great opportunity for some rest & relaxation, spend some time with Kyle, and even have the chance to catch up with my besties (some who surprised me in Orlando!).We miraculously had beautiful weather and enjoyed every second!

I wanted to share a few of my favorite pictures from the trip before I get back to reality this week (sigh!).

(L-R:  1. Catching up with my best friends // 2. Shaved ice to cool us down from the florida heat // 3. Da Kine Diego's my favorite surf shack burrito joint // 4. Finally made it to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure // 5. Drinks on the beach // 6. Cocoa Beach Pier // 7. Kyle's first surfing lesson // 8. The beautiful ombre mosaic bar at the hotel // 8. Picking oranges for souvenirs at the Showcase of Citrus)

Costa d'Este Resort, Vero Beach, FL
our outstanding Vero Beach resort owned by Gloria Estefan, Costa d'Este

Complimentary mojitos on the beach upon our arrival, my kind of place!

Summer Love :)

Obligatory in-love at the beach picture :)

Coronas + Arm Parties
Coronas + Arm Parties.. Cheers!

Butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Enjoying a butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

Love, Surf, Eat! Da Kine Diego's
My favorite local gem, Da Kine Diego's in Satellite Beach, FL

I can't tell you how great it is to take a little mental break, disconnect from social media and enjoy eachother's company. We had such a great time whether getting to be kids again at Islands of Adventure, taking surfing lessons together, or listening to the waves on our patio. I'm counting down the days to my next vacation- can't wait!

xoxo, lauren

Thursday, June 6, 2013

What to Wear: Beach Babe Chic

Kyle + I are off to Florida tomorrow for a much needed four day weekend of R&R and fun! The beach is calling my name. I really think I get more ocean sick than homesick about Florida. Home will always be wherever your friends and family are- but you can't make the ocean come visit you ;)

Wish us sunny vibes as this tropical storm moves through the state and that I come back tanner + more relaxed than when I left (shouldn't be too difficult ;). This is my favorite little beach ensemble with all the essentials (and some thrown in for fun!)

What to Wear: Beach Babe Chic

Follow my travels on instagram this weekend!

xoxo, lauren

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Latest Lust: Summer Statement Necklaces

If you follow me on instagram, you probably know that statement necklaces are my go-to for polishing off an outfit! All it takes is throwing on one of these colorful pieces to instantly make an outfit feel fabulous.

Try pairing one of these bright statement necklaces with a basic tee for a more casual look or for a colorful outfit completer with a summer sundress!

Latest Lust: Summer Statement Necklaces

Get the Look: 1. Chunky Pink Link Necklace via Bauble Bar // 2. Neon Stone Necklace via J.Crew // 3. Teal Marquise Bib via Bauble Bar // 4. Fan Fringe Necklace via J.Crew // 5. Beaded Charm Necklace via Chan Luu // 6. Ocean Bauble Bib Necklace via Anthropologie 7. Turquoise Necklace via Tinley Road // 8. Field Day Statement Necklace via Kate Spade // 9. Coated Confetti Statement Necklace - Kate Spade

A few of my favorite statement necklace #OOTD's! I like to use the excuse that I literally wear accessories like my job because it is (I work as an accessories merchant for my day job!).

How to Wear: Statement Necklaces

What's your favorite way to wear a statement necklace?

xoxo, lauren

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Packing for Vacation!

I am SO anxiously awaiting my long weekend getaway to FL in a few short days! Whenever I'm headed somewhere beachy, I instantly gravitate towards the brightest pieces in my closet. The trick is to packing versatile pieces that can go from day to night by swapping out shoes or adding a statement necklace. Also, finding pieces that will travel well without needing ironing!

I've been trying to be on my best healthy behavior before we go + doing some spray tanning so I don't look like a pasty Wisconsinite on the beach.

I know I'll fit in perfectly on our little beach trip in these colorful + patterned outfits!

Packing for a Beach Vacation

Vix Bikini Tie-Dye Perfection
I picked up this tie dye VIX bikini for $30 at Marshalls.. score!

Summer Staples
I'll choose a pair of sparkly sandals over rubber flip flops any day..

Pineapple + Statement Necklaces
A colorful statement necklace is my must have when traveling!

I am SO in need of a vacation and I wish I could share all the details but, I'm trying to keep our destination and activities of our trip a surprise for Kyle! 

I used Samsung Galaxy camera to snap these and can't believe how great the quality is!. It's going to be the perfect travel camera for capturing all of our adventures (+ mobile uploading on the go- woohoo!). 

What are your essentials when traveling to the beach?

xoxo, lauren

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Fashion Voices program and have been provided  with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product! :)
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