Friday, November 29, 2013

Glam Friday // Thanksgiving Weekend's Best Deals!

I hope everyone had a fantastic thanksgiving! Mine was spent with my boyfriend's family eating delicious dinner, playing games & drinking their famous brandy slush. I have so incredibly much to be thankful for! Now that the feasting is done, let the shopping begin!

Although I am by no means the type to leave at dawn to get the best in-store black friday deals (too many years of working retail during the holidays to enjoy that)! I LOVE me some thanksgiving weekend deals while shopping from the comfort of my own home. I like the idea of GLAM Friday instead - a better fit for this fabulous shopping holiday!

I've rounded up a few of my favorite black friday buys as well as links and discount codes to all of the great online shopping deals happening this weekend from clothing to decor & small business to department stores) (I'll be updating with any additions for cyber monday as well)!

GLAM FRIDAY: Thanksgiving Weekend's Best Buys + Deal Recap! >> See the Sales

Just click on the retailers to go right to the best "glam friday" & cyber monday shopping deals

  • C. Wonder- Save 30% off 3 or more Items (Nov. 27-Dec. 1) | CODE: GIFTS30
  • J. Crew: Save 30% off your purchase (Nov. 27-Dec. 1) | CODE: HOLIDAY
  • LOFT: Save 40% off of everything (Nov 28- 29) | CODE: ENJOY
  • Boohoo: Save 25 % off sitewide (Nov 28- Dec 2) | CODE: PUMPKIN PIE
  • Madewell: Save 25 % off sitewide  (Nov 28- Dec 2) | CODE: FEAST25
  • ASOS: Save 20 % off sitewide (Nov 28- Dec 2)  | CODE: GIMME20
  • Ann Taylor: Save 50 % off sitewide (Nov 28- Nov 29)  | CODE: ANNTHANKS
  • Kate Spade: Save up to 75% off (Nov 29-30)
  • Banana Republic: Save 40 % off sitewide (Nov 28- Nov 29)  | CODE: BRBLACK
  • Modcloth: 100's of new items at 50% off
  • GAP:  Save 20 % on your purchase  CODE: GAPTDAY
  • Wallis: Up to 30% off of everything (Nov 28- Nov 30)  
  • Tory Burch: Save 20% off of orders over $300 (Nov 29-Dec 2)  | CODE: HOLIDAY
  • Shopbop: Save 15% when you spend $260 (Nov 26- Dec 2)  | CODE: BIGEVENT13
  • ALDO: Extra 30% off reduced footwear


  • Nordstrom: Save 25-33% on select brands (Nov 28- Nov 29) 
  • JCPenney: Up to 70% off select items ( Nov 28- Dec 2)
  • Macys: Extra 15% off + free shopping plus select deals  ( Nov 28- Dec 2)
  • Target: Black Friday deals on apparel, home, technology, appliances + more
  • Kohls: Extra 15% off storewide & black friday deals CODE: ROCKSAVE
Have you gotten any great thanksgiving weekend deals? Share your shopping stories!

Also, if you're a small business or blog looking to get a bit of extra exposure this month, contact me to get my black friday ad space special!

xoxo, lauren

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Gameday Totes from Barrington Gifts

This has been a FUN season to be a Florida State football fan- and the season's not even over yet! I'm no fairweather fan- most of my college years were filled with some pretty heartbreaking losses but many fun tailgating memories. As an alum living out of state, my favorite way to celebrate gameday weekends are at the neighborhood bar, decked out in my garnet & gold and talking FSU football with anyone who will listen!

I was SO excited to design my own Barrington Gifts gameday tote in garnet & gold & in true southern style, a heat stamped leather monogram. Their site was incredibly user friendly- letting you customize & see a preview of the pattern and monogram you choose. I've been toting my bag everywhere since I got it in the mail- it's the perfect size for a weekend away or a stylish gym carry-all with its interior pockets for storage.

What's In My Bag // Barrington Gifts Chevron Gameday Tote

What's in my Bag: St. Anne Gameday Chevron Tote via Barrington Gifts // Monogram Card Case
The Power of Glamour // Urban Decay Half Baked Eyeshadow // Rose's Lip Salve //
  Tortoise Sunglasses (Similar)

A few of my essentials lately have been lip salve for all of the awful cold weather we've been experiencing, a pair of leather gloves. The Power of Glamour is the latest read in our Young Female Entrepreneur's Bootstrap Book Club!

FSU Gameday Outfit + Barrington Gifts Gameday Tote

Barrington Gifts Chevron Gameday Tote

The Barrington Gifts site is incredibly user friendly- letting you see a preview of the pattern and monogram you choose. Their gameday & classic totes would make a gorgeous, personalized Christmas gift! Jenny, their Creative Director, even gave them as gifts to her bridesmaids in her wedding colors.  I am of course partial to garnet and gold, but they have endless color combinations and patterns to choose from to make it your own!

La Petite Fashionista readers can get a special deal! Use promo code MERRY20 to get 20% off your purchase until Friday, December 6th!  

xoxo, lauren

P.S.  Be sure to check me out as a guest on the Young Female Entrepreneur's #YFEChat talking the holidays & social media!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Try this Trend: Tartan

Is there any pattern that feels more perfectly holiday than tartan? Lately it's become trendy again thanks to the 90's grunge revivial, but the modern take is much more polished. Think- tartan pants mixed with a cropped jacket, skirt mixed with a cheeky graphic sweatshirt or a luxe holiday version paired back to faux fur and sequins. 

I've picked a few of my favorite takes of the tartan plaid trend & some affordable pieces to get the look for yourself. I love the tartan look for holiday parties paired with sparkle and some killer black heels.

Try this Trend: Tartan

Get the Look:

What's your favorite tartan pairing- more of an updated 90's grunge or a luxurious holiday look?

xoxo, lauren

Thursday, November 21, 2013

LadyLUX Gift Guide + Giveaway!

I've partnered with one of my favorite sites, LadyLUX to showcase my favorite picks from their fabulous gift guides & a chance to enter to win their holiday giveaway!

They've pulled together some fabulous assortments in their LadyLUX Holiday Guide for everyone from the stylista to the dapper man to lux living picks. I've chosen a few of my favorites below! Can we talk about that coffee mug real quick? Obsesssssed.
LadyLux Love

You can also enter right here at LPF to win one of the fabulous fashion, beauty & wellness gifts in their holiday giveaway! Good luck!

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Keep checking back throughout the holidays on La Petite Fashionista for more gift guide and holiday fun (not kidding.. we've already decorated the house and started to listening Christmas music in this house!)

xoxo, lauren

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Try this Trend: Rustic Holiday

A couple of months ago I posted about my favorite interior design trend- Modern Rustic. Lately, I've been loving the holiday version- a happy little mix of rustic accents mixed with glam christmas pieces. Think antlers dipped in gold paired back to mercury glass ornaments and luxe faux fur blankets.

I've picked a few of my favorite pieces I want to mix into our holiday decor this year to give it more of a rustic feel.

Try this Trend: Rustic Christmas

Rustic Holiday Decor

pinspiration (L-R): one // two // three // four // five // six 

I've also pulled together a few of my favorites above from pinterest. I just started a "rustic modern" pinterest board too- it's the one design aesthetic Kyle & I can agree on (win-win)!

I love the idea of going scavenging to find pretty twigs & pinecones to spraypaint gold & a new take on the advent calendar with a big pine bough. So much to be inspired by!

So admit it.. have you started thinking about your holiday decorations yet-- or even started decorating?

xoxo, lauren

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Fitness + Healthy Snacks for Busy Girls

I was so excited to get an email from the O2 Max Fitness team about their fitness program + Max Box survival kit. As a college student I was totally busy between working a part time retail job, being involved as an officer in our campus fashion club, going to class and maintaining a social life. As I expected, nothing's changed post-grad. I've always had a little too much on my plate- but I wouldn't have it any other way.

Finding time to stay in shape then and now working full time is always a challenge. That's why I absolutely love their fitness program with workouts sent to you digitally based on your end goal (special event / a 10 day accelerator / or obtaining a healthier lifestyle). I tried out their 5 min de-stress and 5 min core & stretch to start my days off on a positive note for the past week!

I've also pulled together a few of my healthy snack ideas which are great- especially for other busy girls (students or workin' women!). As much as I'd love to juice or make smoothies every A.M. these ideas are all simple enough to grab & go.

Healthy Snack Ideas for Busy Girls

If you're a college student trying to start getting or stay in shape- be sure to check out the site for all of their great resources. You should also sign up for one of their Max Box Finals Survival Kits full of workouts, healthy snacks & relaxing goodies for crunch time.

For a discount on the Finals Survival Kit the team has a quick survey!

My little sister, Allie, who has experienced an incredibly fitness journey of her own is one of their #IamFit applicants as well. She is a constant inspiration for me & i'm always following her instagram for yummy healthy recipes & inspiration.

I absolutely love this concept & the idea of having a support group to keep you accountable for staying in shape as a young woman!

What are your favorite healthy snacks?

xoxo, lauren

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Perfect Pairings: Fairisle + Sequins

When it comes to fashion, obviously trends come and go. That's why I love new ways to wear and reinvent them. The classic fairisle sweater that has been trending so much over the past couple of years gets a glam update paired back to sassy sequins or kicked up a notch with tights to match!

I love these stylish looks for inspiration and check out my ways to get the look below:

Perfect Pairings: Fairisle Sweaters + Sequins

Get the Look:

I absolutely adore this look for the holidays. It would be a great day to night update from a fairisle sweater and jeans by just swapping them out for these sparkly skirts!

xoxo, lauren

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

November Blogger Buzz: Work It Out!

This month The Blogger Buzz is back and ready to sweat! 

Here are their favorite ways to stay fit:

  1. Laura Podlich of Beauty & the Beard // I love to walk or hike outside with my boyfriend. It makes the time go by so much faster to have someone to talk to, and getting fresh air is always a plus!
  2. Lauren Felix of La Petite Fashionista // My favorite way to workout is Zumba! It brings me back to my many years of dance classes, and I love that it's so much fun it doesn't even feel like I'm burning calories like crazy!
  3. Ashley Fine of One Fine Day // My go-to workout has got to be spinning. It's fast-paced and gives me a reason to blast my embarrassing workout playlist. I spin for sanity, to fit in my jeans, and to splurge on dessert.
  4. Katherine Nolden of The Duchess of Plumewood // My fave way to workout is pretty much anything where I don't realize I'm working out. I usually do the elliptical while watching TV; I find I work harder when I don't think about how many minutes are left.
  5. Meg Anderson of Downtown Daydreams // My favorite workouts are Violet Zaki's classes at Equinox in New York City. Her class Asset Management is just the best! My friends and I love to go together. You leave feeling exhausted and amazing — all at the same time. She's tough, but so motivating and hilarious! While her classes are currently in New York, Violet also has videos and quick workouts on  YouTube (Preview
What fitness routine(s) do you swear by? We'd love to know!

IMAGE CREDITS: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5\

xoxo, lauren

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

LPF Cooks: DIY Italian Seasoning

Ever since my bestie Jocey taught us how to DIY salad dressing recipes in LPF Mag Issue #3,  I literally can't bring myself to buy them anymore! They just taste so much fresher & are more affordable when you make them yourself using herbs & oils you already have on hand. Plus, I really like knowing what's going into it and being able to control the amount of salt/sugar/oil in my dressings!

I found a great recipe to a DIY Italian Seasoning & adjusted it to my liking -it can be used to season meat or even made into a salad dressing using vinegar + oil!

Preservative free, affordable & delicious DIY Italian Seasoning // Get the Recipe >>

DIY Italian Seasoning:
(makes approx 8 tbsp of seasoning)
1 tbsp garlic salt
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tbsp dried oregano
2 tbsp basil
1 tsp ground black pepper
3/4 tbsp white sugar
1 tbsp dried parsley
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp red pepper flakes
pinch of salt

Store in an airtight jar for up to 4 months

Preservative free, affordable & delicious Italian Dressing made with DIY Italian Seasoning // Get the Recipe >>

To make your seasoning into a  DIY Italian Dressing for salads combine:
 1/2 cup of canola or olive oil
2 tbsp of water 
1/2 cup of white wine vinegar 
 2 tablespoons of your Italian seasoning 
& mix well!

Do you make any of your own salad dressings or condiments that most people would buy from the grocery store? I'm really loving the idea of less preservatives & simple but delicious DIY's!

xoxo, lauren

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Cheers Y'all: Southern Style

I'm recovering from a wonderful weekend of father/ daughter bonding, a good old fashioned butt kickin' FSU game, delicious southern cookin' & catching up with one of my besties! I spent the weekend in North Carolina watching the Seminoles playing at Wake Forest and getting my southern cooking fix at "Beasleys Chicken & Honey".

 Let me tell you even though I love living in Wisconsin it did make my heart ache a bit for the South!

Cheers Y'all! // Drinks in Mason Jars
I'm a sucker for drinks in mason jars and this gin & grapefruit fizz was amazing

FSU Seminoles Game Day Style in College Boots
seminole gameday style in my college boots FSU cowboy boots!

Florida State Seminoles
I am a DIEHARD seminoles fan so I was so excited to see  our quarterback "famous jameis" in action!

FSU Game
Me & my Daddy watching FSU play at Wake Forest!

Chicken & Waffles and Pimento Mac & Cheese at Beasley's Chicken & Honey in Raleigh, NC
Chicken & Waffles, Pimento Mac & Cheese and Mashed Potatoes w/ Gravy at Beasleys Chicken & Honey

Feeling inspired by my trip to NC for the weekend, I've rounded up a few of my southern style favorites!

Latest Lust: Southern Style

I am loving the weekend jetsetting I've been able to do lately/ It's SO unbelievable nice to meet up with family & friends that I get to see so rarely! We definitely enjoyed this weekend to the fullest (& I'm craving chicken & waffles already.. maybe that means it's time for me to start planning my next trip?!)

Are you a southerner or visited the region? What things remind you most of the South?

xoxo, lauren

Friday, November 8, 2013

Try this Trend: Leather Gloves

The trend in leather gloves is what I like to call "the Olivia Pope effect". Any fellow Scandal watchers? Kerry Washington's character has the most perfectly polished wardrobes on TV and she's often seen sporting leather gloves. Pretty much anything Olivia Pope turns into runway trend. Prim coats & feminine suits for the modern woman trending right now are definitely her influence!

I've pulled together my favorite leather glove street style inspiration as well as a few pairs that would be a great addition to your winter wardrobe!

Try this Trend: Leather Gloves // the Olivia Pope effect! Get the look >>

I love that leather gloves keep my fingers from freezing off but also make an outfit look extra polished! I especially love the type that are iphone friendly with special touch screen technology! Check out some of my favorite options below!

Shop the Trend:

I'm jet setting this weekend for a mini getaway! Be sure to follow my travels on instagram & enter my giveaway from Personalized from Me to You!

xoxo, lauren

Thursday, November 7, 2013

If It's Not Moving Monogram It! // Personalized From Me to You Giveaway

Reese Witherspoon, one of my favorite southern belles once said "If it's not moving, monogram it"! Truer words have rarely been spoken! Having monogrammed necklaces, koozies & mugs are like a little slice of the south now that I'm living in Wisconsin!

This is why I'm SO excited to be partnering with Personalized From Me to You for a $50 gift card giveaway! I've picked out a few of my favorite pieces from the site below (in case you need any shopping ideas of course ;) and enter to win the below!

Get the Look:

Use code lpf2013 at check out to receive 10% off your order// code expire on 1/31/14. 

Good luck!

xoxo, lauren

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Fashion Apps for Android Fashionistas

Before I became a part of the Verizon Voices program I was a die hard Apple fan (ipad, phone, apple tv!). For our program I had the opportunity to test out a Samsung Galaxy Camera and a Nokia Lumia 928. And Now after the last 6 months I am certainly a more open minded tech loving fashionistas.

 I was lucky to have the opportunity to explore the world of other smartphones & smart cameras! My favorite features were the great quality of the cameras on the phone & the wide variety of apps available to download.

Must Download Fashion Apps for Android Phone Fashionistas

After using my Verizon devices for the last six months I wanted to share some of my favorite fashion apps for fellow android users to add to their downloads! From organizing your closet to your pinterest boards you'll want to download these right away!

Must Download Fashion Apps for Android Fashionistas:
  • Snapette:shopping app for finding designer fashion, shoes, handbags & accessories
  • Pose See and shop the looks shared by the world’s top trendsetters every day
  • FashiolistaSave & share your greatest fashion finds from all over the web
  • Stylicious: Organize your closet, plan your outfits & get inspired
  • Trendstop Fashion Trendtracker: track on the latest fashion trends, catwalk show looks, street style looks, fashion news, & catwalk show photo galleries
  • VintedSell, swap and buy pre-loved clothes on this fun to use app
  • Pinterest:  Everyone's favorite addictive site in an easy to use app format
  • FashionFreax:  Like instagram with only outfit pictures - share & be inspired by street style from other users
  • Beautylish: Discover the newest beauty looks and trends, learn essential makeup tips
What are your favorite apps for android or apple ios devices?
I'm always looking to download new ones!

xoxo, lauren

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

Sunday, November 3, 2013

November Inspiration Board

Holy Cow! When did it suddenly become November?! 2013 has absolutely flown by! I'm looking forward to enjoying Thanksgiving, doing a little traveling, working on a LPF Holiday Gift Guide this month! I'm also going to try to constantly remind myself of all of the things I'm thankful for throughout November - and I recommend we all do!

This month's inspiration board is filled with things that sparkle, bold prints, and fun activities like game night & DIY's to stay busy on too-cold-to-go-outside November evenings.

November Inspiration Board

November Inspiration Board (circular L-R): Kate Spade Audrina Sparkle Flats // Monogram Clutch // 

I'm hoping November is a month of creativity and discovering new passions. I'm really wanting to take up calligraphy and hand lettering- expect some gorgeous Christmas cards this year!

What are your plans for the month of November?

xoxo, lauren
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