Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Feeling French

I was incredibly excited when Aeropostale asked me to be a part of their VIP program! I really enjoyed  checking out their brand new fall launch (I know can you believe fall fashion is already here?!). I couldn't wait to share my look with you- I feel like it has a little bit of effortless French je ne sais quois.

 I'm loving the brand's transition from logo-ed apparel to whimsical prints, trendy footwear & the sweetest graphic tees. (I obviously have a penchant for all things french; I bought a "Oui, Oui" & "Amor" tee)! Each season I'll be sharing some of my handpicked LPF approved favorites with you on the blog!

Flity Florals from Aeropostale

Aeropostale Tan Ankle Boots

I LOVE that they offer short length jeans (perfect for us petite girlies)! & these ankle boots will easily become one of my fall wardrobe staples.

Aeropostale has 30% off any single item of their new fall line until August & I definitely encourage you to walk in. I have a feeling you will like love what you see!

What's on your must buy list for fall or back to school?

xoxo, lauren

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Win a Free Blogger Coffee Date Social Media Consultation!

La Petite Fashionista's Affordable Blogger Coffee Date: Blogging & Social Media Consultation

Interested in starting or growing your blog, but not sure how to make it happen?  I was in the same shoes (okay.. or high heels in my case) when I started La Petite Fashionista over six years ago. I never imagined that blogging would become the vibrant and inspiring industry it is today and such an important part of my life.

I receive dozens of emails every week regarding advice for starting a blog, building readership, and increasing traffic. I love to give people the gratification of finding their own place in the blogging world. I've had many years of experience blogging, building a large social media following and launch of a digital magazine and have so much insight to share!

 I am now offering my services in helping you follow your blogging bliss as well!

Sign up for a Blogger Coffee Date with me for just $49 for an hour live video chat session (or phone call if that's what you prefer!). See below how to win a free session!

La Petite Fashionista's Blogger Coffee Dates: Blogging & Social Media Consultations

I'm so excited to get started on this new & rewarding project! I want my blogger coffee dates to feel comfortable, fun & helpful.  Think of it like a coffee date with your social media savvy friend who wants to help you grow your blog- there's no such thing as a dumb question!

I have a few links on posts I've done on these subjects below. My consultation is absolutely perfect if you're looking for personalized advice catered to your needs that will show you how to apply these tips.

Email me at lapetitefashionista@yahoo.com to get started or for questions or please pass on to anyone you know who is looking to take their blog to the next level!

xoxo, lauren

Friday, July 26, 2013

Think Positive

One of the things I've found to keep you feeling constantly empowered  are by surrounding yourself with positive affirmations! These pieces from coffee mugs to notepads to jewelry make me feel hopeful, inspired, and motivated .. and sometimes that's all it takes!

Think Positive

Get the Look: Dream Bracelet // Wishbone Earrings // Hope Necklace // Dream Pillow // Empower Candle  // Dream Believe Achieve Sweatshirt // Do Something Awesome Notepad  // Live Colorfully Perfume // Everyday I'm Hustlin

What are your favorite positive affirmations that keep you feeling motivated?

xoxo, lauren

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Perfect Pairings: Hot Pink + Stripes

Today was just too perfect outside not to step out for lunch. K & I like going to the park to eat our lunch and soak up some Vitamin D. I also like to recruit him to take some outfit pictures for me (think its bright enough outside? ;) I am obsessed with this fluorescent blazer- it's one of my favorite combos paired with navy + turquoise + mint!

Perfect Pairings: Hot Pink + Stripes

Get the Look: Navy/White Striped Dress (similar) // Neon Pink Blazer // Necklace (similar) // Mint Crossbody Bag (similar) // Turquoise Sandals (similar)

Navy, Pink, Turquoise & Mint: Preppy Color Palette

Hot Pink Arm Party

I'm sporting a few of my bracelets that are usually on heavy rotation. My sister Allie has an etsy shop- Keep Your Balance where she sells the perfect boho chic bracelets like the gold bead + cross piece I'm wearing (and donates 10% to charity!). 

She is coming up this weekend for some sisterly bonding in Wisco and I absolutely can't wait!

xoxo, lauren

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Latest Lust: Beach Pants + Boho Bracelets

As you saw in one of my last posts, I am still a florida surfer girl at heart. I hate being thousands of miles from the ocean because I don't have an excuse to wear these awesome beach pants.They are totally psychedelic with their crazy prints + 70's style flares- but they look so comfy and boho chic paired over a bikini! 

I think the image below is the perfect breezy-boho-cool inspiration for wearing them!

latest lust: beach pants + boho bracelets

The beach pants  + boho bracelets are probably two of the most perfect pairings ever!

Get the Look (L-R): 

I think I need a pair just for wearing to yoga classes + around the house!

xoxo, lauren

Friday, July 19, 2013

Easy Meals for Busy Girls: Tasty Crostinis

I am admittedly really bad at using up all of my groceries each week (especially all the produce!). Last night I was feeling extra ambitious and decided to make crostinis using up some of the fresh ingredients we had around. So maybe this isn't a traditional "meal" of sorts, but it was for us!

I love that crostinis are so simple to make yet can be quite a gorgeous presentation.We made a traditional bruschetta with yellow heirloom tomatoes, a strawberry & mozarella with reduced balsamic crostini & a carmelized onion  & feta cheese crostini (are fave- carmelizing onions is SO worth the patience)! I snapped some pictures with my Nokia Lumia 928!

Easy Meals for Busy Girls: Tasty Crostinis

Crostini: 3 Ways

The trick to crostinis is to mix around with the pairing of the ingredients; another fantastic combo is fruit with goat cheese and honey. A balancing of sweet & savory often makes the best combo! You definitely don't have to follow a recipe- use up the ingredients you have in your fridge!

Also, the best foundation for a crostini is a sliced up baugette, drizzled with olive oil and garlic and toasted under the broiler (watch it like a hawk so it doesn't get burned)!

What combos do you like on your easy-to-make crostinis?

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, July 17, 2013

Blogger Buzz: Our Favorite Summer Accessories

I'm super excited to be teaming up with a few of my favorite fabulous bloggers for the Blogger Buzz that Katherine of Duchess of Plumewood started! This month's theme is our favorite summer accessories! Mine is a colorful statement necklace from Swell Caroline!

Blogger Buzz: Our Favorite Summer Accessories

  1. Laura of Beauty & The Beard // My favorite summer accessory is this over-the-top coral flower necklace! I feel like it goes with everything, and it's so dang bright you can't be unhappy wearing it!!
  2. Ashley of One Fine Day // For an instant splash of cheer and color, you'll find me sporting my go-to accessory, Ban.Do's Pom-Pom Flower Pin in Hot Pink. I attach them to my t-shirts, button downs, cardigans, blazers, etc. They also look adorable pinned to your favorite clutch or tote. It's a no-brainer!
  3. Lauren of La Petite Fashionista // I love an ultra-colorful statement necklace to pair with all of my favorite white summer dresses.
  4. Samantha of The Brunette One // Summer in the Midwest often means scorching hot temperatures. I usually reach for a breezy slip dress and the simplest of accessories. This gold bangle goes with everything!
  5. Katherine of The Duchess of Plumewood // I'm so pale that I need a hat to cover my face in addition to sunscreen! Besides, how could you resist a classic accessory like a Panama Hat? You can't really go wrong with an accessory worn by kings, presidents, and my personal favorite, Winston Churchill!
Be sure to check out the blogs of these other lovely ladies!

What's your favorite summer accessory?

xoxo, lauren

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

5 Ways to Build Your Brand

I was very excited and flattered when Sarah, a contributor at USA Today College, reached out to me for a little Q&A about personal branding. It's crazy to me that this is something that's actually taught in school now, because it's happened rather organically for me and La Petite Fashionista. It's really a lot simpler than it sounds, whether you're branding a blog, a startup business, or trying to help yourself stand out amongst a pool of resumes. 

Check out the article on the USA Today college site, and read a few of my tips below. 

Tips for Building Your Brand // USA TODAY College

I've gathered a few of my favorite tips for building your brand that go beyond just starting a blog!

5 Ways to Build Your Brand

I've obviously grown a ton since starting my blog way back when, and the blogging world has come a long way too! I think one of the most important things to remember is to always be yourself and never burn any bridges- you never know who you may encounter again in the professional world.

I'm so excited for what is to come with LPF and so thankful for the support from readers + friends alike!

xoxo, lauren

P.S. If you haven't yet, i'd be super appreciative if you did this quick 5 minute survey for me!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Florida Girl Faves

I've noticed that my Florida girl upbringing makes me instantly gravitate towards all things, colorful, patterned, and tropical. Though I may look a little out of place in Wisconsin with my Hawaiian print covered car seats, it's who I am and I wouldn't have it any other way! You can take the girl away from FL but you can't take the FL out of the girl!

These colorful pieces are calling out to my beach loving self, but I have a feeling you might love them too ;)

FL Girls Faves

get the look: pink flamingo stirrers // tassel bracelet // i'm really a mermaid tank // beach waves spray // florida necklace // shell clutch // glitter slide sandals // lilly pulitzer callahan shorts // pineapple cilantro candle // pineapple stud earrings // mirrored rayban aviators // sun bum suntan lotion

I'm thinking those pink flamingo drink stirrers need to make their way onto my non-existent bar cart and I've heard nothing but good things about Sun Bum Suntan lotion (how amazing is the packaging??).

Which is your florida girl fave?

xoxo, lauren

Friday, July 12, 2013

We're Obsessed

If you haven't checked out the new issue of La Petite Fashionista Magazine, you have to check out our hard work and let us know your favorite article- because we're obsessed. The new issue features all of the things we love the most about the summertime.

I'm sharing a few of my favorite features from the fourth issue and there is a ton more inspiring pieces inside the magazine to love! We hope that the magazine represents all things inspiring and relatable. 

Be sure to take two minutes and answer the survey below to & we'd be super appreciative!

LPF Mag Issue #4 / Glamping
 We are obsessed with glamping trips; love that swanky s'more stick!

LPF Mag Issue #4 / Rache's Perfectly Preppy Apartment
Rachel's southern apartment is perfect pink + green preppy & monograms galore!

LPF Mag Issue #4 / DIY Sundae Party
a DIY sundae party with everyone's favorite topping by our favorite, Events Uncorked

LPF Mag Issue #4 / Americana Roadtrip
These road trip pictures featuring best friends emma & steph are giving us a major case of wanderlust

Apple Berry Crisp using fresh produce from Saucy Jocey's Kitchen!

So excited to share an interview with one of the inspiring & creative companies- Ashley Brooke Designs!

Sunsets & Sangria // LPF Mag Issue #4
Sunsets + Sangria .. now that's a perfect pairing!

I also have a super quick 5 question survey I would LOVE for you to answer for me (pretty please)!

Take a peek at the magazine and follow us on pinterest to share all the awesome inspiration & help support the magazine!

xoxo, lauren

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

La Petite Fashionista Mag Issue #4 is Here!

I am absolutely ecstatic to present the 4th issue of La Petite Fashionista Magazine!

La Petite Fashionista Magazine Issue #4

It has been a true labor of love, but is well worth the wait. It wouldn't have been possible without a staff of talented and creative contributors and readers! We always strive to bring content that is inspiring and affordable into each and every issue.

This issue is focused on all of our favorite things about summer; from hosting a DIY sundae party, to packing for a beach vacation, to a cross-country road trip and a cheatsheet for watching baseball games. We even have an interview with the super-inspiring Ashley, of Ashley Brooke Designs!

We can't wait to hear what you think!

Share the love by tagging us with #LPFMagLove on twitter and instagram with you reading the magazine, we will have a special surprise for some of our supporters!

Be friends with La Petite Fashionista Magazine on facebook // pinterest // twitter!
and email us if you want to be involved in the next issue with graphic design, photography, writing or sponsorship!

Thank you for your support!

xoxo, lauren

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Tips for a Stylish + Successful Garage Sale

Next weekend I'm having a garage sale with the boyfriend's family. (One of those perks to house vs. apartment living)! I have a ton of clothes, accessories & housewares that I'm anxious to sell and I've been reading up a lot on creating the perfect garage sale atmosphere. 

Some of my favorite inspirations for a stylish and successful yard/garage sale are making it feel less like a bunch of "stuff", and more of an Anthropologie-like shopping experience. Anthro is truly the experts at making vintage and one-off items feel like they are artfully curated. 

I've created this handy printable garage sale checklist which I will be using myself this week to make sure I don't forget any details!

Printable Garage Sale Checklist

Now, to share some of my favorite Garage sale inspirations- many of which we are hoping to incorporate into our sale (including offering payments with "square" to accept credit cards!). I love the idea of staging a garage sale just like you would an interior to give items new life and purpose. It's the little things that go along way- i.e. silverware tied up in ribbon, clothes hanging on a clothing rack, or necklaces hanging off of pegs.

Stylish Garage Sale
love the clothing rack & hanging banner//  via endlessly inspired

Stylish Yard Sale Jewelry Display
organized jewelry makes it easier to shop! // via  country living

Stylish Yard Sale Sign
a totally stylish yard sale sign is a win in my book //via pinterest

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grouping like items together & creating stylish signage  // via country living

Stylish Garage Sale
Mismatched items get an antique store feel when paired together colorfully  // via BH&G

I'm super excited to share with you pictures from our garage sale next weekend. I'm hoping I can put some of my visual merchandising experience to good use and put on a profitable + fun to shop sale!

xoxo, lauren

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

"A Life Without Love is Like a Year Without Summer"- Swedish Proverb

Some weeks are just stressful. This has been one of those weeks! Needless to say, I'm so excited for a nice long, weekend and hopefully a chance to relax (and complete the magazine.. I'm so close & anxious to finish it-- you are going to love the new issue!). 

Tonight I stayed out at my boyfriend's parents house and Kyle and I took a nice ride and berry picked around all of their land and trails while I sat on the back of his dirt bike. It's amazing what a little fresh air and  spending time with someone you love can do to make you change your attitude.

"A Life Without Love is Like a Year Without Summer"- Swedish Proverb. I couldn't agree more.

"A Life Without Love is like a Year Without Summer"

I've also have been trying to be less wasteful of the groceries I buy each week.  I don't know about you- but I am notorious for having eyes that are bigger than my stomach when I go grocery shopping and get over-ambitious buying food.

I whipped up this berry crisp last night with some fresh raspberries & blueberries that we're going to go bad soon. It was the perfect sweet treat and I had all of the basic ingredients in the pantry.

Life is Sweet

I'm getting more adventurous in my cooking and baking- starting to step out of my recipe comfort zone and substitute and swap ingredients to make things my own! I'm having fun on my journey to becoming a domestic goddess ;)

What are your 4th of July weekend Plans?

xoxo, lauren
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