Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Affordable Date Night Dresses

Yesterday I talked about my ideal Valentine's Day date, but obviously as a fashion blogger- the dress is one of the most important parts of the evening! Date night is an excuse to put on a glam dress, spend a little extra time on your hair & make-up & feel extra beautiful!

I've picked out 8 of my favorite date night dresses- most of them are even under $40!

La Petite Fashionista: Affordable Date Night Dresses

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 Don't get me wrong, I've spent many a date night in jeans & t-shirts or even my comfy sweats for a movie night, but a gorgeous dress somehow makes everything feel so much more special! 

What's your go to date night outfit?

xoxo, lauren

Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Perfect Valentines' Date + Winter's Tale Movie

When it comes to Valentine's Day- it's the thought that counts. I'd rather have every day be filled with love & appreciation for eachother rather than just one day a year. Thoughtfulness & creativity goes a long way with me rather than fancy gifts or boxes of chocolate!

This year for Valentine's Day my perfect date would be a dinner that we can cook together (the perfect excuse to hunt through all of my cookbooks for the perfect recipes), a candlelit dinner with perfect mood music, and a romantic movie- my choice of course - and I'm picking Winter's Tale, since it's being released on Valentine's Day (2/14/14)! I also wouldn't turn down a trip to Paris ;)

Winter's Tale

Winter's Tale stars Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay and Russell Crowe and is set in the always enchanting, New York City. It's a story about love that transcends time & crossed destinies and I seriously can't wait to see it! I'm a major sucker for romantic movies- and Winter's Tale looks like a beautiful love story.

Looking for other romantic Valentine's Day ideas & inspiration?  Check out my
"A Perfect Valentine's Day" pinterest board!

A Perfect Valentine's Day Pinterest Board

I also made a DIY Date Night Idea Jar for my boyfriend & I, so we never run out of creative ideas. I used a mason jar I had & created a fun printable template for the lid & a printable list of ideas to get you started. Just check out the links below to download.

La Petite Fashionista: DIY Date Night Idea Jar

Click on the links below to get the printables for this DIY Date Night Idea Jar:
Date Night Jar Lid Printable  // Date Night Idea List Printable 

Your turn to share, what is your idea of the perfect date?

xoxo, lauren

"Disclosure: This post was sponsored by WB Winter's Tale through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about WB Winter's Tale, all opinions are my own."

Saturday, January 25, 2014

A Stylish New & LPF Media Launch!

I am SO excited to announce the launch of a brand new homepage and new venture called LPF Media, where I'll be sharing social media tips + tricks. My blog has grown to be so much more than a blog! I wanted a homepage that felt very "me"- the aesthetics and design as well as a place to feature all of the projects I'm working on! I designed everything using squarespace + love the outcome of the site and how intuitive the design was.

La Petite Fashionista Homepage

I'll be sharing more of my branding strategy and design for the site in a post tomorrow on the LPF Media Blog, but more on that later! Let me share with you what LPF Media will be all about.

In my seven years of blogging, I've been able to answer so many questions to help people start their blogs, grow their audience, and learn the basics of building their sites. It's been so fun to watch other bloggers and companies I've worked with grow in their social media space. 

I wanted a site to offer my freelance services and to keep my social media tips + tricks on a site to keep La Petite Fashionista's focus on inspiring + affordable design, and LPF Media's focus on social media with style!

Join me in my new venture on twitter, facebook  & the blog!

Cheers to new adventures to come for La Petite Fashionista! Thank you for your support!

xoxo, lauren

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

101 Things in 1001 Days

Inspired by Mackenzie at Design Darling, I've created my own 101 Things in 1,001 days! it's so fun to dream big, yet also keep yourself accountable by having it all in writing! I will keep the list updated as I try to achieve each item on my list. I can't wait to see how much I am able to cross off! It's great food for thought- even if you're not a blogger!

101 Things in 1001 Days:  A List of Hopes, Dreams, + Goals!

STARTS: 1/ 22 /2014
ENDS: 10/ 19 / 2016

1. Launch a new website for La Petite Fashionista   the brand new
2. Attend a blog conference
3. Start a youtube video series
4. Launch a sister site with social media + blogging tips  (find it at!)
5. Be featured in a magazine
6. Speak at an event 
7. Do a "brand" photoshoot
8. Take a Blog Shop photoshop class 
9. Write a book

10. Perfect the art of the sock bun 
11. Finally learn how to use my sewing machine
12. Achieve a perfect smokey eye look
13. Invest in a pair of nice heels or boots
14. Style a photoshoot
15. Host a fashion show
16. Write a post about tips for finding thrifting treasures

17. Finally get pictures in all of our empty frames
18. Create a bar cart area
19. Design a home office space
20. Create DIY wall art
20. Keep a plant alive
21. Learn how to can
22. Revamp a piece of antique furniture
23. Hold a yard sale

24. Beat Kyle on a weekly Fitbit challenge
25. Stop drinking soda
26. Get involved with the Tone it Up program
27. Try 5 new healthy smoothie recipes
28. Go ice skating
29. Try a unique workout class
30. Take a dance class 
31. Go stand up paddleboarding 

32. Compile a recipe box of family recipes
33. Attempt to make macarons
34. Make a fancy date night dinner
35. Try meatless mondays for a month
36. Take a cooking class
37. Create a signature cocktail

38. Take a spontaneous road trip
39. Visit Hawaii 
40. Start a travel savings fund
41. Travel to Europe
42. Stay at an all inclusive resort 
43. Stay at a bed and breakfast
44. Go wine tasting in Napa

45.Watch the entire Star Wars series
46. Read a book a month
47. Watch an entire tv series in one sitting on Netflix
48. Go see a comedian
49. Attend a show at the theater
50. Catch a broadway show in Chicago
50. Go to a concert

50. Sign up for paperless billing
51. Spend the last 15 minutes of each evening technology free
52. Do yoga stretching each morning for a week
53. Write down something I'm grateful for each day
54. Send a compliment/kudos each day on twitter 
55. Volunteer
56. Become a mentor

57. Have a girls weekend away
58. Send each friend snail mail on their birthday
59. Have a monthly skype chat 
58. Visit a friend in a new city
59. Call my grandpa every week
60. Help teach my dad about social media
61. Take a getaway with my little sissy

62. Learn calligraphy
63. Design an invitation or announcement for someone
64. Start a project life scrapbook
65. Take a wine + paint class
66. Visit an art museum

67. Determine who has the best cheese curds in Madison
68. Attend a concert on the square
69. Take a campus tour
70. Go to a badgers basketball game
71. Host friends at my grandparent's lake house
72. Visit Door county
73. Bike ride to a farmer's market 
74. Take a sunrise yoga class on the lake
75. Go camping at a state park
76. Hike at Devil's Lake
77. Have a touristy weekend in Wisconsin Dells
78. Spend an entire evening sharing pitchers at Memorial Union
79. Get my picture with Bucky Badger
80. Go to Summerfest in Milwaukee
81. Attend a summer festival

82. Set a budget + stick to it
83. Hire someone to help me do my taxes
84. Sign up for a library card
85. Start another savings account 
86. Be debt free in 2014 
87. Set long term life goals
88. Own a stylish business professional outfit
89. Learn how to change a tire

90. Start a wine journal
91. Go back for a football game as an alumni at FSU
92. Learn how to arrange flowers
93. Send a piece of snail mail a week
94. Write an outstanding recommendation on linkedin
95.  Host a dinner party
96. Send an email to 4 women in business I admire
97. Throw someone a surprise party
98. Celebrate a random week night with a bottle of champagne
99. Donate to a startup
100. Listen to french lessons in the car
101. Finish my list of 101 Things!

There are SO many things I want to do! I would love to see your lists as well- what are your 101 things to do in 1001 days?

xoxo, lauren

Monday, January 20, 2014

Say "Oui" to More This Year!

It's decided. 2014 is the year I say "oui" to more. Yes to big dreams, yes to taking risk, and yes to making things happen. Who's with me?

My french themed "oui! oui!" tee is just the motivation I need for 2014! 

What will you say "oui" to this year?

xoxo, lauren

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Queen of Hearts

There's something I've always loved about hearts. They've always been my signature. This heart blouse just makes me instantly happy and lovey dovey when I slip it on! I paired it back to a navy Kate Spade necklace I got for Christmas- it's seriously statement making- and some red lip gloss. I love the pop of color from a printed blouse- and it's a happy reminder of how much I am loving 2014!

La Petite Fashionista: Heart Blouse + Navy Kate Spade Statement Necklace

La Petite Fashionista: Winter Layers / Heart Print + Navy Sweater
What I'm Wearing: Heart Shirt: Forever 21 // Denim: Aeropostale //Sweater: LE Canvas // Boots: Target 
Necklace: Kate Spade // Chevron Bangle: La Malu // Gold Chain Bracelets: Brighthouse Baubles

La Petite Fashionista: Gold Glitter Monogram Bag
Get the Look: Heart Shirts

Like I said 2014 is shaping up to be the best year yet. I am SO excited to share a brand new site with you next week! Big things for LPF and I couldn't love it more.

xoxo, lauren

Friday, January 17, 2014

5 Stylish Almost-Spring Denim Looks

I must admit- I'm pretty "over" the cold and snow. My wardrobe is tired of being covered up with a maxi length down coat that could double for a sleeping bag. I'm ready to start transitioning into Spring style. The keys to transitioning into the new season are: light layers, a punch of print, & brighter, bolder colors. If you live somewhere colder that means you're still rocking long sleeves and jeans but trying to make them feel la bit more spring-y!

I've picked a few of my favorited  looks that evoke the transition into spring & some of the key pieces to get the look along with your trust denim- whether printed, boyfriend style, or even a jacket.

5 Favorite Spring Denim Looks

What are your favorite ways to transition into spring style?

xoxo, lauren

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Ikea Expedit Bookcase: 6 Stylish Ways

Today's post is an ode to one of my favorite interior design "staples" the Ikea Expedit- especially for the fashionista on a budget. I have one I bought when I first got my own my place that's become overflow for my wardrobe that's now been squeezed into a closet that Kyle & I share. It's fun to think about all of the purposes it's served since I first moved into my little bachelorette pad.

It's an incredibly versatile furniture piece whether used as a room divider, bookcase, tv stand,  bar area, room divider, or craft room organizer and I've rounded up a few of the most stylish examples of its uses. 
Ikea Expedit Bookcase: 6 Stylish Ways
Get Inspired by: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6

I have a love-hate relationship with Ikea; Love all of the modern + affordable pieces / hate their terrible customer service (i.e. that one time my table came with 3 legs and they wouldn't ship me a 4th!). The Expedit is definitely a LOVE.

I've also found it's really great for organizing and containing clutter because it fits little fabric baskets in it perfectly! It's a great space saver for small houses and apartments. As you can see above there are a million ways to style it whether with books, trinkets or glassware.

Do you have any ikea furniture or better yet- the Expedit bookcase? What do you use yours for?

xoxo, lauren

Monday, January 13, 2014

Super Quick Social Survey! (Say That 5x Fast ;)

Hello LPF friends! If you have literally 3 minutes today, I'd be forever thankful if you could answer a few questions for me for a project I'm working on! I can't share all of the details yet, but this information would be a huge help and your feedback would be very appreciated!

I'm grateful for such a supportive group of readers- I can hardly believe La Petite Fashionista is going to be SEVEN years old in a couple of months. How did I get so lucky? It's going to be a great 2014, y'all!

xoxo, lauren

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Try This Trend: Turtlenecks

Trust me.. these aren't your grandma's turtlenecks! This cold weather style is back & trendier than ever. Whether a slouchy knit or chunky cable turtleneck- they're an absolute wardrobe staple for staying warm and chic during the winter. I've pulled together a few of my favorite ways to wear this piece & some of my picks to try this trend for yourself.

La Petite Fashionista // Try This Trend: Turtlenecks
Get the Look:  1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9

 The key to keeping this look modern and stylish is by balancing a a slouchier fit turtleneck with a pair of slim fitting pants & heels. I personally love the turtlenecks in bright pops of color or paired with a colorful statement necklace to keep the winter blahs away.

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What's your favorite way to style a turtleneck? 

xoxo, lauren

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Try this Trend: Wearable Tech Accessories

One of my favorite Christmas gifts this year was a Fitbit Flex! As a goal of having a healthy + happy mind, body & soul this year I was really excited of the idea of tracking & being more conscious of my health. This stylish little gadget tracks steps, calories burned & sleep and the app it syncs with lets you log food, water & see how your friends are performing that week. 

 I also gave my boyfriend one for his Christmas gift and we get pretty competitive. This week is our first challenge against eachother and we're both doing whatever we can to have the most steps in by the end of the week! (Now if only I could get my fitbit to choose outfits in the morning ;)

I LOVE the way that wearable tech accessories are becoming a true fashion trend. I've rounded up a few of my favorite tech accessory arm parties with the fitbit, nike fuel band & samsung galaxy watches! That's my arm party in the first images with the pink fitbit!

Try this Trend: Wearable Tech Accessory Arm Parties // Fitbit Flex, Nike Fuel Band, & Samsung Galaxy Watch
Photos Credits (L-R): 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6

I'm a huge tech + social media nerd (surprise, surprise), so I've been following the Consumer Electronics Show this week to see what's new and exciting in technology & gadgets and wearable tech is a HUGE one. I'm also extra psyched to be a fitbit fashionista because Tory Burch is releasing fit bit bands in her signature colors and prints!

I highly recommend checking out a wearable tech piece, especially the fitbit. It's a great way to sync up technology and fitness and keep you motivated throughout the week!

Does anyone else own a fitness tracking device or smart watch- what do you love about it?

xoxo, lauren

Monday, January 6, 2014

Glam Bachelorette Party + Free Party Printables!

A couple of days a go I shared a few of my favorite details of my besties bridal shower & also wanted to share a few fun snapshots, ideas & printables from our classy, glam bachelorette party too! 

It was SUCH a fun girl's night filled with lots of champagne, pink lipstick and dancing. I made some fun printables that I'll share that helped decorate our hotel room and helped create a glam bachelorette atmosphere. The guests all rocked little black dresses & our bride to be stood out in a colorful dress! 

La Petite Fashionista: Glam Bachelorette Party

We had a ton of fun getting ready for the night- my lovely and beautiful sister is the makeup expert in my family. So she did some smoky eyes for us, and everyone rocked some bright pink lips and kissy face pictures in true bachelorette fashion.

La Petite Fashionista: Glam #Bachelorette Party// LBD's + Pink Lips

One of the most fun things we did for the bridal shower & bachelorette party was designate a #hashtag - so guests could post their pictures from the parties on social media and the bride would be able to find them all later. It was so much fun checking the feed to see who had posted pictures throughout the weekend.

La Petite Fashionista: Glam #Bachelorette Party

I made goodie bags for everyone by picking up the most adorable gold polka dotted bags from Forever 21 & filling them with hot pink nail polish & lipstick, a mud mask & LPF koozie. The bride to be got the absolute cutest Pinch Provisions Minimergency Kit for Brides. She's SO excited to have it for her wedding day!

La Petite Fashionista: Glam #Bachelorette Party Goodie Bags

As promised, here are some fun glam bachelorette party printables! After all doesn't love a little bit of bubbly?The mini ones are meant to be labels for champagne bottles, but are equally as cute as signs to decorate the hotel room!

Time to Drink Champagne and Dance on the Table Printable

Bachelorette Bubbly Champgne Bottle Printable Label >> Click here for more #bachelorette printables:  "He Liked It So He Put a Ring On It" Champgne Bottle Printable Label >> Click here for more #bachelorette printables:

What would your dream bachelorette party be? Or for all of the married ladies, how did you celebrate your bachelorette party?

xoxo, lauren

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Vintage Kitchen Bridal Shower

When I found out my bestie Jocelyn was getting married, the bridesmaids and I immediately started brainstorming to create a bridal shower that was perfectly her! She blogs at Saucy Jocey's Kitchen and is a very talented cook and baker, she also loves a nod to vintage. So, we immediately thought a vintage kitchen shower would be perfect for her!

Once the theme came together the crafting, thrifting, and antiquing to find the perfect pieces to create the feel of a 1950/60's kitchen. I now have quite a gorgeous collection of vintage glassware, cake stands, recipe books & milk glass thanks to this soiree. We had of the guests bring or send a recipe for her to add to her Rifle Paper Co. Recipe box, which was one of my favorite elements as well as the Anthropologie apron. We kept the menu very vintage inspired- bundt cakes, quiches, chicken salad, sherbet punch + more.

La Petite Fashionista: Vintage Kitchen Bridal Shower

La Petite Fashionista: Vintage Kitchen Bridal Shower / Mimosa Bar

La Petite Fashionista: Vintage Kitchen Bridal Shower / Vintage Glassware + Milk Glass Vases

La Petite Fashionista: Vintage Kitchen Bridal Shower / Tissue Paper Garland

La Petite Fashionista: Vintage Kitchen Bridal Shower / Vintage Inspired Menu

La Petite Fashionista: Vintage Kitchen Bridal Shower

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I will be sharing tons more of the event in the next issue of La Petite Fashionista Magazine, but wanted to just share a sneak peek of the bridal shower because it was such a fabulous part of my visit home over the holidays. It was so much fun celebrating our future Mrs and helping her stock her kitchen!

I'm so thankful for such a fun loving group of bridesmaids and my always lovely hostess mama, to coordinate & DIY for the event, even though many of us are spread a thousand miles apart!.I can't wait for the wedding & to share more details of the shower in our next issue!

xoxo, lauren

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Get Excited for 2014!

I can't believe it's 2014 already! I'm not exactly sure why, but I feel more excited than ever for this year. I think it is going to be a big year for La Petite Fashionista. I can't share all of my ideas yet- but I am so thankful for how this little blog of mine has come, all of the awesome and supportive readers, and opportunities I've had.

Each year I share my goals for La Petite Fashionista for the year to come and it's so fun to see these goals evolve along with my blog. I've been reading the "Four Part Entrepreneur Cocktail" Book by Hilary Rushford of Dean Street Society and am feeling extra inspired. 

It's going to be a Sparkly 2014!

These are a few of my goals for the new year- it's going to be the best yet!

La Petite Fashionista 2014 Resolutions

What are your goals for the new year? Whether for blogging or personal.- I'd love to hear what this year has in store for you!

I'd also love if you comment or tweet me with anything that you'd like to see more of from LPF in 2014!

xoxo, lauren
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