Friday, August 30, 2013

Inspired by: Labor Day Style

I can't even tell you how excited I am for this 3 day weekend! I just want to spend the whole time outside soaking up the sun, grilling out, (and watching college football of course.. GO NOLES)! Every time I go to grab a pair of pants out of the closet I keep thinking about how much I'll miss wearing sundresses a couple months from now and change my mind. 

Needless to say, this girl will be rocking sundresses + strappy heels as long as humanly possible this year. Take some time for yourself this weekend whether it's catching up on the new September issues in your lawn chair + celebrating happy hour a little early or firing up the grill!

Inspired by: Labor Day Style

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Farmers Market Flowers

The Saturday morning farmer's market in Madison is quite a sight to see! Vendors with local fresh produce, baked sweets & flowers galore line all four sides of the square next to the capital. I love to use it as an opportunity to pick up some fresh flowers for the house.

I could hardly believe when I saw women hand picking each flower to create the most colorful & giant bouquets (for only $6!). I had to pick up some flowers for the hobnail milk glass vase I picked up antiquing last month (loving the old meets new design trend!)

Farmers Market Flowers

Monograms & Farmers Market Flowers
Get the Look: Aeropsastle "Viva Amor" Tee // Green Lace Skirt (similar) // Monogram Necklace (c/o Eve's Addiction) // Chevron bangles (c/o Lamalu Boutique)

colorful farmers market flowers + vintage milk glass vase'

I snapped these pictures of the flowers + my outfit with my Nokia Lumia 928! OBSESSED with how the vibrant the colors are. I honestly didn't think a camera could do it justice. I've been trying to capture all of these colorful moments of what's left of summer in the Midwest. 

What's your favorite type of flower? I am partial to peonies!

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! :) (

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

La Petite Fashionista on the Fashion Trends Show Podcast

I have an hour commute each way everyday to work. Even though I love to rock out on the way work- I've been looking for something a little bit more stimulating. So i've been listening to a ton of podcasts about everything from women's entrepreneurship to social media trends. I'll have to compile a list of some of my favorites, because my stitcher app is getting some serious play time on my iphone!

I couldn't believe the timing with my newfound podcast obsession when I was I was asked to be interviewed for the Fashion Trends Show Podcast! Share my thoughts on my favorite looks for fall, looking chic in the cold & style icons? Now that I could talk about for hours!

La Petite Fashionista Interview on the Fashion Trends Show Podcast

Check out my interview with the lovely Natalia Pinheiro below & be sure to listen to all of the awesome episodes they've done with fashion professionals across the country!



Now that we've acknowledged how dorky I sound in podcast form.. it was an incredibly fun experience- so grateful for the opportunity!

xoxo, lauren

Monday, August 26, 2013

Wisconsin Blogger Brunch

As a lot of you probably know I launched the Midwest Style Bloggers group about six months ago as a way to connect fellow bloggers living in the Midwest! It's been a fabulous response and we've built up over a hundred members! I gathered a few Wisconsin bloggers together for brunch at one of my local favorites,
La Brioche! It was a great afternoon of meeting some new lovely ladies, fun freebies + delicious brunch!

I wanted to share a few of my favorite pictures from our midwest blogger brunch!

Midwest Blogger Brunch
Wisconsin Bloggers (L-R): Shannon of the Life Lately Blog // Diana of Story of My Life  // Laura of Beauty and Beard // Candise of The Candise Diaries // Dani of Thyme is Honey // Me! // Emily of The Lady Jane Blog // Tomissa of She Loved Life

I made handy social media guides with everyone's instagram handle + hashtag for the brunch so we could find pictures later- totally recommend for any of your social get togethers!

Wisconsin Blogger Brunch

A few of our fabulous giveaways at our brunch thanks to some lovely sponsors: One Love Organics Skin Savior Beauty Balm // Bracelets from Brighthouse Baubles // Daily Page Notepad + Blogger Notepad from Thyme is Honey

Preppy Seahorse Dress
A closeup of my seahorse dress that I wore to brunch from Target- perfectly preppy!

Midwest Blogger Arm Parties
A group arm party picture in our new brighthouse baubles bracelets! We sort of look like chic power rangers, but I dig it! I'm also rocking a few of my new chevron stacking bangles from LaMalu!

Berry Crepes
They have the absolute best menu at La Brioche- the menu is local, organic made from scratch and delicious. I obviously got the berry crepes in true La Petite Fashionista fashion + a mimosa!

It was a fantastic afternoon and whether you're from the Midwest or not- I totally encourage you to find a local group of bloggers to connect with! After all- who else can you bond over pausing to take the perfect picture of your food before you eat it?

xoxo, lauren

Friday, August 23, 2013

Back to School In Style Guide

Though I'm not in college anymore- I have years worth of my adventures, advice, and wardrobe through the many new school years, new apartments, and game day Saturdays. I've compiled a few of my favorite back to school posts- from Florida State football tailgates to stylish school supplies to my freshman year dorm room (cute the aww)!.

It's been two and a half years since graduating and I still look back on those years as some of the best of my life and some fun memories! It's crazy how much things change at warp speed post-college!

LPF's Back to School Guide


Whether you're just starting school or a seasoned veteran. These posts will be sure to leave you inspired. Though my college years are behind me- there's nothing like being an alum and rooting on the noles in a Wisconsin bar thousands of miles from home! Did I mention I'm excited for football season? ;)

What is/was your FAVORITE thing about college?

xoxo, lauren

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Stylish Dorm Rooms with #BullseyeU

My freshman year living in the dorm had to be one of my most fun in memory- my first time living on my own, decorating my dorm with my roomie Brooke & late nights staying up watching movies from our lofted bed and tiny TV. I wouldn’t have had it any other way!

One of the most important things to me when living in the dorms and my off-campus apartment was giving my living space my own personal & chic touch! Target is the back to college go-to for all things stylish & affordable from décor to bedding to appliances. These are a few of my must have picks for stylish dorm rooms; from colorful bedding to soft lighting and tons of extra storage & organization.

Stylish Dorms with Target #BullseyeU

GET THE LOOK:

Room Essentials Rose Bedding Collection:  
  • Gorgeous bedding is the highlight of a room & I am in love with this print & color scheme


Room Essentials Stick Lamp
  • Fluorescent lighting that generally comes in dorm can be depressing; try a fun lamp by your bed

Room Essentials Chevron Woolure Rug:
  •  Say no more to hard, cold dorm floors with a cozy & colorful rug

Xhilaration Jersey Ruffle Decorative Pillow:
  • Throw pillows are perfect for extra seating when you have visitors

Room Essentials Tapered Bin Set of 4
  • These fabric drawers are fantastic for extra under bed / closet storage

  Room Essentials Amsterdam Small Storage Bins- Set of 3
  • Colorful storage bins for anything from winter coats to extra shoes

 
Polaroid 300 Instant Camera
  • Capture all of your favorite college moments with instant color photos of friends

Room Essentials Acrylic Striped Tumbler Set of 6  +Room Essentials Acrylic Floral Tumbler Textured Set of 6
  •  These cute cups are virtually unbreakable and pair perfectly with iced coffees from your Keurig

Keurig K10 Mini Plus- White
  • This single serving coffee maker is super quick and comes in all kinds of delicious flavors

Apple 16B iPad with Retina Display
  • Whether watching movies in your dorm room bed or taking notes in class; an iPad is an absolute must have for your home away from home at school

Making your college home away from home doesn’t have to be expensive and it’s easy to make it feel “you” with all of the stylish pieces in Target’s collection.  Check out their Ustyler Tool to mock up your room layouts and visit target.com/college for your back to college headquarters for décor, organization & more!

 Headed off to college or a graduate with some advice to give? What dorm room must have do you recommend?

xoxo, lauren


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Blogger Buzz: What's In Your Bag

Woohoo! My favorite Blogger Buzz Series is back & today we're showing some of the fun things each of us carry around in our handbags- too much fun.You know what they say- you can tell a lot about a person by what they have in their purse and the stories behind their contents!

Spill Your Bag


What's In Your Bag: La Petite Fashionista

1. // Lauren Felix of La Petite Fashionista

La Petite Fashionista Koozie: You never know when the occasion might arise during football season—I always like to have a koozie on hand (& hand some out to friends to show the LPF love)!

Samsung Galaxy Camera: This lovely little piece of technology is one of my favorite parts of being a Verizon Voices Style blogger! It's a social media lover's dream; perfect for uploading pictures on-the-go.

Naked Eyeshadow Palette: This is my go-to eyeshadow palette in a convenient purse-sized compact. I like being able to wear super neutral eye looks because my colorful clothing usually takes center stage.


What's In Your Bag: One Fine Day

2. // Ashley Fine of One Fine Day

USPS Notification Slip: At any given time, you will find one of these peach paper slips in my bag. I'm a big fan of online shopping; it's just SO convenient and fun. However, we have a super steep driveway and our courier can't get his vehicle up to the house. Wompwomp! Needless to say, I visit the Post Office regularly to pick up my recently purchased loot! I toss the notification slip in my purse as a reminder that I have a 'piece of happy' waiting for me at the Post Office.

Backup Battery for iPhone: I'm on my phone probably too much, so it's imperative that I have this on me just in case I run out of juice. I should also note that I'm a sucker for anything with polka-dots, and it never hurts to have something cute AND functional in your bag.

'List Makers Gonna List' Notepad: In true Type-A fashion, I'm the queen of making lists. My sister sent me this adorable notepad from Sapling Press and it couldn't be more true.



What's in Your Bag:Downtown Daydreams

3. // Meghan Anderson of Downtown Daydreams

Kate Spade Pocket Phone Case: I am constantly switching bags, clutches, totes — so sometimes I wind up pulling out cards from my wallet and tossing them into my bag loosely.  This case is just brilliant. It holds my ATM card, subway pass, and my work ID perfectly—that way I am not fishing around for the cards at the bottom of my bag!

Clinique's Chubby Stick: The saying 'mother knows best' holds especially true with my first pick. My mom introduced me to these fabulous lip balms. They achieve the look of lipstick, without the consistency. The 05 Plushest Punch is a top contender for my favorite.

Back-Up Jewelry and Makeup: My girlfriends all make fun of me and say that I am Mary Poppins because I always have multiple pieces of back up jewelry (and makeup) in my bag. You never know where the night is going to take you! I bought this Baublebar piece recently at their SOHO PopUp shop [ended 8/14] in NYC and love that you can wear it with everything from white t-shirts to cocktail dresses.

What's in Your Bag: Duchess of Plumewood

4. // Katherine Nolden of The Duchess of Plumewood

Business Cards: I had some made for myself in law school, and I've been handing them out like candy! It's not what you know, it's WHO you know!

Red Cross CPR Kit: Now that I'm certified, I carry it around with me  just in case I have to save someone's life.

Dog Treats: I always carry some for Winston just in case he needs a little encouragement to do something, or if he's being a really good boy!

What's In Your Bag: Beauty and Beard

5. // Laura Podlich of Beauty and the Beard

The Bow: At all times I either have greeting cards or ribbon/bows in my purse because I'm always afraid I'll forgetsomeone's birthday or special event! It sounds crazy, but there have been multiple times I've slapped a bow on a last minute gift—it makes it look like it wasn't last minute!

The Ginger Ale: I am totally 25 going on 85 because Ginger Ale is my favorite drink. A can of the fizzy stuff is a constant in my bag!

The Ninja Figure: Okay, now I look 25 going on 5. I can explain! My dad sends me silly little gifts he gets out of 25-cent machines (he has since my sister and I were little) so I usually have one kicking around my bag. I'm sure when I go through airport security the TSA must think I am insane for those figurines, but whenever I come across one of them I think of my goofy dad and smile!

A special thanks to the lovely Ashley of One Fine A for designing today's post. She is incredibly talented and her blog is an absolute colorful and fun feast for the eyes!


What unique things do you keep in your purse?

xoxo, lauren 

Monday, August 19, 2013

One Piece // 4 Ways: Little White Dress

The Little White Dress is an absolute summer staple. I love it paired back to  colorful brights & my big monogrammed sun hat. I was so excited when the oh-so-cute Red Dress Boutique  sent the four of us Midwest Style Bloggers a dress to wear in our outfit posts to style in our own unique way.

I am obsessed with their store; full of super affordable + stylish pieces (& some glam gameday looks)! I think this piece is a true testament to how each person can have their own spin on fashion and make a piece their own- whether paired with colorful accessories, a denim jacket, sneakers, or killer heels!

Midwest Style Bloggers: One Piece// 4 Ways: LWD

The Midwest Bloggers each styling their LWD in their own way.

Little White Dress + Summer Cocktail

Get the Look: Little White Dress // Turquoise Heels (similar) // Monogram Sun Hat

Monogram Hat + Little White Dress

I picked up this monogrammed sun hat for our vacation to Florida & love how perfectly southern I feel rocking it. I took some of these outfit shots with my Nokia Lumia 927 while Kyle & I were having our stawberry basil fizz cocktails in the backyard!

It was a fantastic weekend- I can't wait to post some pictures from our Wisconsin blogger brunch- if you're not already be sure to follow Midwest Style Bloggers on instagram!

How do you like to style your little white dresses?

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! :)

Friday, August 16, 2013

Let's Get Organized: Pretty Planners

Whether you're headed back to school or like me- just trying to get your life in order.. when all of your life seems to be ruled by technology the idea of just getting your thoughts on pen and paper seems like a truly novel concepts.

There seems to be more stylish planner & agenda options than ever before, with more features than ever to get you organized- whether you just want the days of the week or workout schedules & shopping lists.

I've pulled together some of my favorites.no matter what your organizational needs are!

Let's Get Organized: Pretty Planners


I find that daily to-do lists seem to keep me on track better than anything. I've also been listening to some interesting podcasts. They recommend if you run your own business to create your hours around your best times for performance (i.e. if you're a morning person- start your day early & get stuff done; take mental breaks throughout the day, etc.)

What are your favorite ways to stay organized?

xoxo, lauren

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Easy Meals for Busy Girls: Menu Planning

In an effort to be more organized (& diligent with my grocery shopping) I decided to plan out some of our meals for the week. I tried to use up some of the produce & ingredients we already in the house, stick to a budget, AND  maintain a somewhat healthy menu. I can't stress enough how much easier menu planning is when life is chaotic and you're trying to find the balance!

I was pleasantly surprised to find the Food.com Menu Planning App - the perfect balance of techy + domestic goddess all wrapped into one beautiful little shopping list. It lets you add recipes + create a virtual shopping list that you can seamlessly send to your phone (allowing you to cross off items you already have).

I couldn't resist making our menu into a cute little graphic. So far it's made me more determined to stick to what we've planned for meals! You could easily create one of your own on picmonkey!

Stylish Menu Planning for Busy Domestic Goddesses-In-Training!

In case you're curious what I'm eating this week for dinner:

I wanted to leave Saturday open because that tends to be our date night!

Do you try to plan out your meals for the week? 
If so, do you use any fun apps or have tips for saving money on groceries? My next feat will be learning how to coupon!

I just saw that you can "favorite" me as a chef! So follow me for my weekly meal plans!

xoxo, lauren

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

LPF Entertains: Strawberry Basil Fizz Cocktail

I love a handcrafted cocktail (Kyle is so meticulous and creative that he's usually my bartender). We love coming up with new combinations using ingredients we have in the house and muddling them together to create unique flavors.

Tonight I made what I like to call a Strawberry Basil Fizz, using our new basil plant. I am a sucker for herbs in cocktails- it just makes them feel extra refreshing!

LPF Entertains: Strawberry Basil Fizz Cocktail

Strawberry Basil Fizz Cocktail
  • 4 strawberries sliced in half
  • 1 Lime
  • 4 Basil leaves
  • 1.5 oz of Club Soda
  • 1.5 oz (1 shot) of Vodka
  • 1 tbsp Simple Syrup
Muddle the strawberries & basil, squeeze in the juice of one lime, simple syrup & pour vodka into a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into highball glass over ice, add club soda and garnish with a basil leaf.

Voila-- a garden fresh cocktail for your weeknight happy hour! I used my Little Black Dress Vodka which is extra smooth, and you couldn't even taste any alcohol in it (dangerous- I know!)

Cheers!

xoxo, lauren

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Try This Trend: Beautiful Business Cards

As I get ready for this weekend's Wisconsin blogger brunch I couldn't help but think how I needed a new chic business card to trade with the other bloggers! It's definitely a must for keeping in touch and networking after blogging events. An eye-catching business card design is sure to be remembered.

I've found these business card beauties on Etsy which range from digital files you can download and print yourself to the physical cards themselves in your mailbox. 

Try This Trend: Beautiful Business Cards



If you're a blogger be sure to include your blog address, email and a twitter or facebook page link if you can fit it on your card- it's always good to display all the places you can socialize! I also love buying them off Etsy to support an indie designer (thought minted.com has beautiful styles as well!)

Which is your favorite design??

xoxo, lauren

Friday, August 9, 2013

16 Fall Must Haves // 12 Fabulous Outfits

I must admit I have had fall fashion on the brain lately! With limited closet space at my new home I've been totally up for the challenge to mix and match pieces to create tons of different outfits. 

I became a bit of an expert at this when I studied abroad in Europe for 6 weeks on one suitcase (as a fashion major that was no easy feat)! I've curated a few of my fall must-haves and then come up with tons of different waits to mix & match the pieces (seriously- the possibilities are endless!)

A few of my favorites this fall include: printed blouses, colorful tweeds, quilted vests, bright pants & ankle boots- as seen below there are a ton of ways to wear them together. These may just be the only pieces you need this Fall!

The Only 16 Pieces You Need this Fall!

Get the Look: 1. Chambray Shirt // 2.Printed Dress // 3. Lacy Blouse // 4. Cobalt Ballet Flats // 


Now that we've got our fall wardrobe staples.. let's see all of the ways to mix and match them together!

16 Pieces // 12 Fall Outfits


Whether you're layering on pieces to give them a different look or or even pairing a knotted chambray shirt over a dress; get creative in your outfit combinations! These pieces would be perfect for someone trying to pack for college with a teeny closet.

What's on your fall shopping list & which combo is your favorite?

xoxo, lauren

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Latest Lust: Monogram Necklaces

I have a major affinity towards all thing monogrammed (blame it on my southern roots y'all!). A monogrammed necklace has been at the top of my wishlist, so I was tickled pink to receive one from Eve's Addiction

Let me tell you- this jewelry trend is not going anywhere. Fashion icons from Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific to celebrities like Carrie Underwood have been sporting their initial necklaces.

La Petite Fashionista: Monogram Necklace

I've literally been wearing my necklace with everything- today with a blue sundress & hot pink lipstick! I've also selected a few of my favorite monogrammed pieces from the Eve's Addiction site & some inspiration from others wearing their monograms.

Latest Lust: Monogram Necklaces

Monogram Inspiration via: Pinterest // A Creative Day Blog //  Southern Curls & Pearls

Eve's Addiction is offering a special deal for LPF Readers so you can get your own monogram necklace or piece from their store:

Use Discount code "LPFEVES" you can receive $5 off any order of $25 or more- now through August 31, 2013!

So, I must know, what's your go-to monogram style; cursive or block?

xoxo, lauren

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

August Inspiration Board & Coffee Date Winners!

 This month's inspiration board features a few of the things that I've been adoring lately! My latest lusts range from subway kitchen tiles to backless dresses to DIY lara bars to social media savvy cards! I'm grasping at what's left of summer - trying to pack in all the dining outdoors, sundresses, and half day Fridays that I can!

These are a few of my favorite things in August!

August Inspiration Board: Subway Tiles, Statement Earrings & Social Media.. oh my!


Also, I'm SO excited to announce the winner of two Coffee Date Blog/ Social Media Consultations with me!-Congrats to Jessica and Grace! I'll also be giving anyone who entered a special discount of a $39 consultation if you would still like to chat!

xoxo, lauren

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Gameday Glam in College Boots

Can you believe the start of college football season is less than a month away?! I love being a Seminole alumni because near or far from Tallahassee I have a connection to all the alumni out there. If you followed my blog at all in college, cowboy boots for game day were kind of my thing!

So, I was SO excited to show off a pair of my new College Boots from Nocona Boots! In typical southern gameday fashion I like to pair back mine to a gameday dress (Twelve Saturdays has the best!) or school spirit tee & skirt! Can't wait to get back to Doak Campbell statidum to rock these.

Gameday Glam in Cowgirl Boots from College Boots

Whether you go to Alabama to Wyoming or anywhere in between, get your pair of Gameday Boots from College Boots! They will make a serious statement at a tailgate!

Florida State Cowboy Boots from College Boots

If you're as big of a football fan as me be sure you check out our first issue of La Petite Fashionista Mag  where we highlight gameday recipes, style & traditions! I plan on rocking these boots to all of the games I watch up in Wisconsin as I make a fool out of myself doing the "chop" & war chant!

What college football team holds the key to your heart?

xoxo, lauren

P.S. For all of my fellow Wisconsin bloggers, I'm going to be hosting a blogger brunch in Madison on August 17th! Email me for details!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Masculine Meets Feminine Design

Today's post is a nod to my guy for his birthday! We've been living together for the last couple of months and it's been great. Lots of cooking together, Game of Thrones nights & really just a lot of fun. One of the biggest challenges of sharing a space is finding a shared design aesthetic. I tend to be overtly colorful and girly, he is very modern and simplistic. A match made in design heaven right?! ;)

I'm on a mission to find a good compromise for both of us for the bedroom; something that feels comfortable to us both, yet still allows us to incorporate a little bit of our personal design style. I can imagine any design savvy readers living with a significant other or spouse can relate!

I've pulled a few of my favorite masculine meets feminine designed bedrooms. They are a great balance of femininity and style yet grounded in neutrals and masculine accents.

Masculine Meets Feminine Design
Masculine Meets Feminine Design
via twelve chairs boston

Masculine Meets Feminine Design
via the glitter guide

Masculine Meets Feminine Design
via house tweaking

Just as relationships are all about compromise so is interior design in a shared living space. I love this take on masculine meets feminine decor for a master bedroom.

In our case, Kyle's side is modern meets techy (that red lego looking item is actually a jambox speaker), mine would be shabby chic with a splash of bold pattern.

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