Monday, March 31, 2014

One Striped Skirt: Three Ways // ft. Shoot the Moon LA

I am always up for a little style challenge! I wanted to create three different looks using this perfect striped skirt from affordable & chic online boutique, Shoot the Moon LA.  Let's facet it- I'm all about the versatility of the pieces I add to my wardrobe! I created a casual daytime look, colorful dressy look & elegant date night look- how about that for versatility?!

One Striped Skirt // Three Ways: Skirt via Shoot the Moon LA
One Striped Skirt: Three Ways - Casual // Colorful // Date Night 

One Skirt: Three Ways // Casual Country Chic
Get the Look: Striped Skirt (via Shoot the Moon LA) // Cowboy Boots // Denim Jacket // Eyelet Top // Turquoise Earrings 

I love the idea of paring more casual pieces with a dressy party skirt! I created this look with summery eyelet, my beloved denim jacket, a pair of worn in vintage cowboy boots. I'm all about the country chic!

One Striped Skirt: Three Ways/ Colorful
Get the Look: Striped Skirt (via Shoot the Moon LA) // Colorful Statement Necklace (via Shoot the Moon LA)

I'm rarely seen without at least a pop of color on. This skirt would be perfect for Easter brunch paired back to bright pastels & a colorful statement necklace!

One Striped Skirt: Three Ways // Date Night Glam
Get the Look: Striped Skirt (via Shoot the Moon LA) // Black Bow Shirt // Patent Leather Heels // Monogram Necklace

By pairing the skirt with a black top (not pictured is the adorable bow on the backside), patent leather heels & delicate monogram necklace- it instantly becomes the perfect date night look!

I've also picked a few of my favorite pretty printed dresses from Shoot the Moon LA that are perfect for the springtime. I am pretty in love with the trellis pattern!

 Try this Trend: Pretty, Printed Dresses from Shoot the Moon LA

Since I love hearing the stories of fellow women entrepreneurs, I asked the owner, Carrie, to answer a few questions about her store, Shoot the Moon LA , for LPF readers!

LPF : What made you want to launch Shoot the Moon?

Shoot the Moon: I realized after moving to LA that I had amazing fashion resources right at my fingertips.  I want to provide versatile fashion for young professional women while still appealing to a broader age range.  Having easy, in-person access to so many fashion sources allows me to touch and try on the items before I stock them, so I know I'm getting what's best for my customers.  

   Living in LA allows me to buy more often and in smaller batches than non-local boutiques.  This means my inventory is always up to date with the latest trends.  I find it pretty cool that a one-woman show is able to keep inventory fresher than many multi-million dollar companies just by utilizing local resources.  Not only do small, frequent batches of inventory keep my site up-to-date and on trend, but they also help keep prices down.  Since I have less overhead than a company buying for months and months in advance, I'm able to pass savings off to my customers.  

LPF:  Do you have any tips for aspiring women entrepreneurs?

Shoot the Moon: Research, hard work, and attention to detail.  I'd love to say that it's all passion and creativity, but those things alone don't make a sustainable business model!  I am constantly reading about better ways to do things and learning from other entrepreneurs.  It's easy to get caught up in the grandeur of running your business and let the details fall through the cracks.  Bookkeeping and accounting aren't fun, but they're super important.  Finally, I'd remind people not to be shy about asking for help.  This is one I'm still working on.  Asking for help doesn't show weakness.  It shows a dedication and commitment to making things the best they can be!  

LPF:  How Do You Envision the  "Shoot the Moon" Girl?

Shoot the Moon: The Shoot the Moon girl, above all else, is fun!  She loves life and while she's so much more than what she wears, she seems to always look fabulous.  I think women of all ages can enjoy our pieces.  The Shoot the Moon girl can be preppy, trendy, edgy, or all of the above.  I love seeing people with completely different styles wear the same piece in two totally different ways.  It's amazing how jewelry or a scarf can change the look of an outfit! 

Which dress can you see yourself in this spring?

xoxo, lauren

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Spring Fever

I don't think this little heart of mine could be any happier about Springtime this year! The ground is thawing, grass is starting to spring up, and sunshine is pouring in through the windows. I've been recharging my batteries too- taking hot yoga classes, organizing my closet (see our recent post for tips) & determined to keep my plants alive!

I was inspired by one of my favorite Lilly Pulitzer prints & quotes that was making me smile today.

Springtime Quote

I spent my Sunday morning drinking my coffee & getting inspired on pinterest. These images perfectly evoke the feelings of creativity & carefree adventure that the Springtime gives me! How amazing does that DIY spa day look (the gelato is pretty tempting too ;)

Spring Fever: Creativity + Carefree Adventure
photos via: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4

I've been busy editing our Spring issue of LPF Mag. We're launching it on April 1st- we also just got an instagram account @LPFMagLove! be sure to follow along & tag any of your fashion, fitness & entertaining pictures with #LPFMag for a chance to be featured!

After the longest winter ever.. what are you getting spring fever for?

xoxo, lauren

Friday, March 28, 2014

5 Tips For a More Stylish + Organized Closet

It's that time of year again! Time to clean out your closets, put away the heavy coats and sweaters and break out your spring dresses again. I've rounded up a few of my favorite tips for a more stylish & organized closet. Trust me, after squeezing my fashionista wardrobe into a shared closet with my boyfriend I've learned a lot over the past year about space efficiency & organization!

5 Tips for a Stylish + Organized Closet
photos: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

5 Tips for a More Stylish + Organized Closet: 

1. Save Space with Velvet Hangers Not only do no-slip velvet hangers keep clothes from falling off the hangers- they're so slim that they allow you to hang more in your closet (Win, Win!)

2. Use Lucite Trays to Store Jewelry in Drawers: The best part about clear lucite trays & drawers for jewelry storage is that you can see where everything it is instead of hiding it away in a dark jewelry box (I'm partial to the monogrammed ones!)

3. Utilize Bookcases for Shoe Displays: If you have the space- there's really no better way to organize and showcase a gorgeous collection of shoes than on bookcase shelves (Ikea has a great model for this!)

4. Organize Your Clothes by Color: Not only does this make a colorful statement in your closet- it also helps you to more easily visualize what you already own and what "holes" there are in your closet.

5. Store Small Items in Matching Boxes: Colorful boxes are great for storing smaller items in your closet- scarves, cold weather accessories, tights! Making sure the boxes or storage bins match, or coordinate, will make them feel more cohesive.

5 Tips for a More Stylish + Organized Closet

Now that you've seen my 5 closet organizing tips, I've got the organizational tools of the trade to help you make your closet a more stylish & happy place!

How do you keep your closet stylish + organized?

xoxo, lauren

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Mixed Prints: Gingham + Florals

Oh the things we do in the name of fashion. Literally it started snowing an hour after I braved the cold in my springy eyelet skirt. This is the winter that just won't end! On a happier note. I got this floral scarf in a package for an upcoming partnership I'm working on with Boden and it made me feel insta-springy just putting it on!

La Petite Fashionista/ Mixed Prints: Gingham + Florals

What I'm Wearing: Gingham Shirt: Lands' End Canvas // Eyelet Skirt: Forever 21 // Floral Scarf: Boden
Bracelets: J.Crew Factory  //  Earrings: Francescas // Shoes: Jessica Simpson

La Petite Fashionista: Mixed Prints- Gingham & Florals

La Petite Fashionista / Perfectly Preppy Gingham & Florals

I've picked a few similar pieces to help you get the look:

I 'm loving the mixed prints look this spring and what more perfect pairing is there than preppy gingham and florals and pretty white eyelet?

xoxo,  lauren

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Try This Trend: D'Orsay Flats (Under $60!)

One of my favorite shoe trends for Spring is the d'orsay flat. A d'orsay shoe has part of the "vamp" of the shoe cutaway to reveal part of the middle of the foot & arch. What looks like a normal flat from the front becomes deceivingly sultry at a side view! I've rounded up the most stylish d'orsay flats under $60 from leopard print to studded, crochet to metallic!

La Petite Fashionista // Try This Trend: D'Orsay Flats Under $60

Designer Jenni Kayne has given this classic shoe a comeback by introducing it back in fun colorways and fabrics each season. Jessica Alba is a huge fan and rocks them all of the time. Although I absolutely adore her d'orsays, I can't afford the $400+ a pair. So I've rounded up a few of my favorites that are all under $60!

La Petite Fashionista // Try This Trend: D'Orsay Flats Under $60

Shop the Post:

I would style a pair of d'orsay flats with a pair of snug fitting ankle length denim or a floaty skater skirt. These cute flats are the ultimate in feminimity and they will definitely be trending this spring and summer!

Help me choose a pair to call my own this spring- which is your fave?

xoxo, lauren

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Cobalt + Lime

"Baby will you be my, cobalt & lime" .. that's all I could think about as a title for this post. Anyone remember that Shwayze song? I was craving a pop of color in my wardrobe and picked up this light chartreuse blouse at LOFT while doing a little bit of shopping on my birthday. I slipped it on in the fitting room and loved that I felt out of my winter slump. 

I also received a few #happymail birthday packages from my besties! One of them had the cute bracelets in it that I'm rocking in these outfit pictures! My friends seriously know me all too well.

La Petite Fashionista: Cobalt + Lime

What I'm Wearing: Top: LOFT // Pants: H&M // Shoes: Forever 21 
Necklace: H&M // #ArmParty: J.Crew Factory + Gifted

La Petite Fashionista: Cobalt + Lime #ArmParty

La Petite Fashionista: Lime + Cobalt


I love the pop of cobalt & turquoise against the citron shade of the blouse! It's been a crazy busy week working on LPF Media, putting the finishing touches on La Petite Fashionista Mag (look for it's launch in April!) & working on my talk about branding for Go Blog Social! 

What is everyone else up to this weekend?

xoxo, lauren

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

#ShopGenius Style Summit w/ Nordstrom Rack!

As you might have seen on instagram a couple of weeks ago, I had the most amazing whirlwind trip to San Fransisco to partner with Nordstrom Rack on their new #ShopGenius campaign! I felt a little like Cinderella, choosing the perfect heels for my trip, jetsetting for a photoshoot, meeting a ton of fabulous bloggers, and attending a private shopping event for the new Nordstrom Rack store opening in San Francisco!

 I absolutely can’t wait until the new store in Milwaukee opens on April 3rd I’ll be the one hunting down the best deals and snatching up the Tory Burch flats in size 7.

 I wanted to share a few of my favorite snapshots from the #ShopGenius summit. 

#ShopGenius Style Summit with Nordstrom Rack
Photos (L-R): Bloggers  A Love Affair w/ Fashion, Hapa Time, Walk in Wonderland, Pink Peonies  & Me at our Nordstrom Rack photoshoot // the cutest of cupcakes // My Kate Spade bag I scored at Nordstrom Rack // A chic yellow dress at the Nordstrom Rack store opening // Me & Caitlin of Southern Curls and Pearls // The chandelier made from eyeglasses at Hotel Zetta // statement necklaces at the Nordstrom Rack store opening // Our pop-up #ShopGenius dinner in San Fran

So what exactly is a Shop Genius you ask? It’s that feeling you get when you score a Kate Spade handbag you’ve been coveting for 60% off (see above for my new hot pink beauty of a bag)! The best thing about shopping with other bloggers was getting their opinions. I was debating between two bags and Caitlin (from Southern Curls and Pearls) told me I had to get the pink because it was so LPF. 

The store opening event at the Nordstrom Rack was unlike anything I’d ever seen. I get a thrill from getting a good deal, especially if it’s on one of my favorite designers like Michael Kors, Trina Turk or Free People- so I was in shopper’s paradise! 

A #ShopGenius Shopping Confession

During my Shop Genius Summit we also had the amazing opportunity to do a photoshoot with an ad campaign photographer. I'm by no means a model, but I had so much fun behind the camera rocking a crazy gorgeous Marc Jacobs bag & signature arm party. We ended our weekend with a memorable pop-up dining experience in downtown San Fransisco catching up with the other bloggers over a glass of wine & rooftop lounge!

Show Nordstrom Rack some love! Follow them on instagram & use the #ShopGenius hashtag on your social media accounts to share your shopping confessions & amazing deals scored with them. 

They might even feature your picture on their Instagram page. Don’t worry, when it comes to a pair of designer heels you scored for 60% off, it’s okay to brag savvy shoppers!

 I couldn't be more excited to work with a brand that stands for everything that La Petite Fashionista does- inspiring style at amazing prices with an added dose of charm & legendary customer service. I hope my fellow Wisconsinites are just as excited as I am that Nordstrom Rack will be opening a store in Milwaukee on April 3rd!

 xoxo, lauren

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Meet our New LPF Intern, Courtney!

I'm so excited to have a new intern for La Petite Fashionista! Meet Courtney, she's an ambitious fashion major at UW-Madison & rep for College Fashionista! She's going to be helping out a ton, especially with La Petite Fashionista Mag & our social media handles for twitter, facebook & our brand new instagram!

We're so thrilled to have her help & wanted to do a fun Q&A with her! 

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What' your major in school?
Textile and Apparel Design

What are three things we should know about you?
1. I bake the best chocolate chip pumpkin cookies on the planet.
2. My dream job is to be editor-in-chief of a fashion magazine. Teen Vogue is my top choice!
3. I’m a 2013 graduate of Teen Vogue Fashion University. This was by far one of the greatest opportunities of my life! I was even able to meet and listen to fashion industry stars including Thakoon, Coco Rocha, Joseph Altuzarra and Amy Astley.

What are your favorite places to shop?
J. Crew, Shopbop, H&M, Nordstrom’s, and Zara

Favorite piece in your closet?
My favorite item in my closet is a fur vest I bought at Guess in October. It was the perfect piece all fall and winter long!

What made you want to intern for La Petite Fashionista?
The instant I read the La Petite Fashionista blog, I fell in love! After reading amazing content and flipping
through the LPF digital magazine, I learned that Lauren lives in Madison, just like me. I instantly knew I had to contact her to see if there was any way I could be of assistance to her. I’m so honored to be an LPF intern and thrilled for the journey!

What are you most excited to work on for LPF?
I’m excited to learn anything and everything I can! I’m prepared to suck information in like a human vacuum. I’m most excited to work on the LPF Mag. I can’t wait to learn how to layout the pages, create content, and help with photo shoots.

Isn't she the sweetest? You will be seeing a lot more from Courtney on  the LPF Mag social channels!

xoxo, lauren

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Monday, March 17, 2014

LPF Loves: Lyla's Clothing

I'm so excited to partner with new online boutique, Lyla's Clothing to share my favorite spring dress picks from the shop (trust me- it was so hard to only pick a few)! They offer trendy clothing & affordable pieces (win! win!). I am especially in love with their dress selection- since that's literally what I live in all summer long (any fellow dress lovers out there)?

Lucky for you, I've spotted all of the spring dress trends to make shopping oh-so-easy this spring. I also have a fun little Q+A with the boutique owner, Meagan to get to know her & the shop better. 

LPF Loves: Lyla's Clothing // Spring Dress Trends

Shop the Post:
1. Coral Tube Dress, $38 // I love the flirty floral print & flattering fit of this style
2. Highlight of Your Life Dress, $38 //The shift silhouette is trending this spring and the pink & blue color combo is perfectly preppy
3. J-J-Jaded Dress, $38 // Teal is the ultimate spring shade- pair with a stack of bracelets!
4. Spoken 4 Dress, $38 // The tribal print trend is not going anywhere this spring 
5. Summertime Sand Dress, $38// Romantic ruffles on this dress make it perfect for date night OR girl's night out
6. Emerald Embroidered Dress, $38 // The embroidered details & lace on this piece combine two of my favorite trends for spring into one gorge little dress

As a fellow entrepreneur, I love hearing the stories of other women in business! I asked Meagan, the owner of Lyla's Clothing to do a quick Q+A with LPF!

LPF: How did you pick the name Lyla's Clothing?
I got the name Lyla from my grandmothers, Lydia and Laura.  The first two letters in there names.  

LPF: Tell us a little about Yourself!
I am from Louisiana and now live in Texas.....I have been happily married for 1.5 years! My favorite holiday is of course Mardi Gras! 

LPF: What made you want to open up your own boutique?
I love to shop! After spending 9 years in retail, I realized I didnt want to continue on that path....I was in store management meaning I never got to spend Christmas or holidays with family.

So, check out Lyla's Clothing & show this new boutique some love on facebook, twitter, & instagram!

What's your favorite dress trend for spring?

xoxo, lauren

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Easy Meals for Busy Girls: Southwest Chili

Regardless of my new working from home situation- I'm still all about the Easy Meals for Busy Girls! I wanted a recipe I could throw in the crockpot, was super simple and could have ready for dinner in a few hours. I found a recipe for a Southwest Chili and adjusted the ingredients to make it my own based on what we had around the house (nothing bugs me worst than wasting produce).

I've got the steps to making this simple recipe for yourself below.

Easy Meals for Busy Girls: Crockpot Southwest Chili
1 lb of Lean Ground Beef
1 (16 oz) can Chili Beans
1 can (16 oz) Kidney Beans
1 (16 oz) can of Corn
2 (14.5 oz) cans of Diced Tomatoes
1 (8 oz) can of Tomato Sauce
1 Diced Onion
1 Diced Green Pepper
3 tbsp Taco Seasoning  (avoid the high sodium packets & DIY some!)
1 tsp of Diced Garlic
1 Cup of Light Beer/ (or Water)
1 Cup Water
Salt + Pepper

Shredded Cheese
Sour Cream
Tortilla Chips

1. Add 1/2 tsp of olive oil to pan on medium heat. Season ground beef with 1/2 of taco seasoning mix. Add seasoned beef to hot pan along with 1 tsp of diced garlic and chopped onions.Continue cooking until browned, drain any grease & set aside.
2.Place cooked beef, kidney beans, chili beans, corn, tomatoes, tomato sauce, diced onion & green pepper & remainder of seasoning into crockpot. Add water, beer and mix ingredients together.
3. Cook on High for 4-6 Hours or Low for 8-10 Hours.
4. Serve with optional toppings for extra yumminess!

I loved this southwest take on chili using taco seasonings instead of just chili powder and adding in some extra veggies. It gave it a unique and delicious taste, and was fairly guilt free with all of its veggies, beans & lean beef! It's a recipe that you could easily make your own depending on what types of canned beans & veggies you have in your kitchen!It was boyfriend approved too. It will definitely be one I'm adding to my recipe box!

What are your favorite recipes for the busy girl that you've been cooking up lately? Do share!

xoxo, lauren

Friday, March 14, 2014

It's My Birthday + I'll Blog if I Want To!

Today I turn 25 (!!) and let me tell you, I'm so excited for all that this year will bring. So far I am loving my entrepreneurial journey and all that it's allowed me to do. I've been working through Marie Forleo's 
B-School program & working in a small group as part of Hilary Rushford's Mentorship Coterie and it's been such an inspiring experience. The outpouring of support from family and friends is so special to me. 

Okay, sorry for getting all cheesy on you all! Let the champagne popping and birthday celebrations begin!

La Petite Fashionista: Pink Blouse + Statement Necklace

You Musn't Be Afraid to Dream A Little Bigger Darling!

La Petite Fashionista: Lizzibeth Statement Necklace

What I'm Wearing: Pink Blouse: Lizzibeth // Statement Necklace: Lizzibeth // Jeans: Aeropostale
 Nude Heels: Jessica Simpson

I picked up this pink blouse & super fun statement necklace at the Lizzibeth fashion show last weekend! I thought it couldn't be more perfectly me! My blog & readers have been here through so many birthdays for me. So thank you endlessly!

xoxo, lauren

Thursday, March 13, 2014

March Blogger Buzz: Spring in Your Step

The Blogger Buzz is back! This month, the lovely group of bloggers & I are sharing which shoes will add a little pep to our step this Spring! Let me just say these girls have some serious style. Now I'm hoping for all the snow to melt away so I can break out my open toed heels and sundresses. Here's hoping!

  1. Meghan Anderson of Downtown Daydreams // I am such a sucker for DV by Dolce Vita neutral-colored wedges. These fun shoes can be thrown on with white pants or sundresses and I love that they're so easy to walk and dance in. I run them into the ground every spring/summer!
  2. Samantha Peterson via The Brunette One // I love 'The Lauryn' from Sole Society. I'm excited to bust out all of my favorite flats without worrying about them being ruined my the salt and snow!
  3. Katherine Nolden of The Duchess of Plumewood // These Kate Spade 'Fab' Jelly Sandals are outstanding! A bow, bright punchy color, and in jelly! Sign my feet up!
  4. Laura Podlich of Beauty & the Beard // These Gap Striped Pointy Flats are beyond cute—they get me so excited for Spring!
  5. Lauren Felix of La Petite Fashionista // I'm obsessed with these Lasercut Leather Heels. I can totally imagine them with all my sundresses (or packed in my luggage for a last-minute Mexico vacay)!
  6. Ashley Fine of One Fine Day // These Kate Spade 'Josse' Flats make me want to jump for joy. The color is fabulous and that bow is major! 
Which pair of shoes for Spring do you have your heart set on?

xoxo, lauren

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Happy 7th Birthday La Petite Fashionista!

I can not believe that I've now been writing LPF for seven years! The blogging world has changed immensely and in the most dynamic of ways. Never did I imagine that when I started writing as a senior in high school, that social media would some day be my full time career

The other week at our UWFW blogger panel, Molly, brought up an excellent point. She said, when you graduate from college and make your way into the real world, making friends is hard, like really hard. Blogging and joining blogging networks has made making friends so much easier.

This weekend in addition to my blog turning seven, I am turning twenty-five! I couldn't be happier for where my life journey and blog has taken me. I've made countless friends, cherished every comment that has come through, and learned more than I ever thought possible from running La Petite Fashionista.

La Petite Fashionista // Little Red Dress

Last week, I even had a Cinderella moment when I had the opportunity to fly out to San Fransisco to partner with Nordstrom Rack + meet some of my favorite bloggers like CaitlinTaylor & Alicia! (See my image from our photo shoot above)!

Blogging has changed my life in ways I never thought possible. I thought i'd reflect on the seven blogging takeways I've learned in celebration of my 7 Year Bloggiversary!

1. Don't burn any bridges- the blogging world is small, be kind to everyone
2. It's okay to wear the same piece twice- just put a new spin on it
3. Reach out to + meet with other bloggers to expand your network
4. Take the time to respond to each person that takes the time to personally reach out to you
5. Start before you're ready. Like seriously- if you have any idea, buy the domain a hot second ago
6. It's okay to be a blogging nerd! Oogle over your analytics & read up on SEO
7. Say yes to new opportunities, you never know where they might take you

Whether its your first or hundredth time visiting La Petite Fashionista, Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

xoxo, lauren

Monday, March 10, 2014

Try This Trend: Skater Skirts

One of the trends I've seen everywhere this Spring are skater skirts! Often referred to as "scuba skirts" or the longer length as "midi skirts" this style is super feminine and flattering. In the fall we saw these voluminous skirts trending in black. Right now, I can't get enough of the full skirts in pastels, bright pinks & summery whites. I like to style the skirts with tucked in tees, knotted blouses & cropped sweaters.

These bloggers are absolutely rocking this look (so crazy seeing some of the ladies I met at my Nordstrom Rack summit on the pages of pinterest, like Nany's Klozet in her peach skirt!)


I've selected tons of affordable options to try out the full skirt trend above. I am really partial to the bubblegum pink! How cute would it be with an eyelet shirt & some espadrille wedges?

xoxo, lauren


Saturday, March 8, 2014

Colorful Plaid + Pink Lipstick

I'm not letting this never ending snow get me down. I combated the cold by throwing on the most colorful long sleeved shirt I owned with a brightly colored beanie, and my most pouty pink lipstick. I'm not going to lie, it definitely helped chase the winter blues away!

My other solutions for feeling more spring-y include: buying fresh flowers for the house, treating myself to spa pedicures & shopping for the first pair of the sandals of the season!

La Petite Fashionista: Colorful Plaid + Pink Lipstick

La Petite Fashionista: Colorful Plaid + Pink Lipstick

La Petite Fashionista: Colorful Plaid + Pink Lipstick

Get the Look:
Colorful Plaid Shirt: Target (similar) // Skinny Jeans: Aeropostale (similar)  // Studded Ankle Boots (similar) Pink Beanie: Target (similar) // Monogram Necklace: 9th & Elm (similar) // Sunglasses: Forever 21 (similar) // Lipstick: Maybelline (similar) //  Mint Bag: Lands' End Canvas (similar)

What do you do  to feel more springy when you're starting to feel the winter blues? 

xoxo, lauren

Thursday, March 6, 2014

LPF's March Inspiration Board

March has already been a magical month. I got to see my best friend get married (congrats Mrs. Saucy Jocey's Kitchen) I also spoke on a blogging panel last nigh at UW-Madison for Moda Magazine with a few of my fave ladies- Katelyn, Maya & Gabrielle! It's been a really exciting blogger filled month!

I also had thevery exciting  honor of jetsetting to San Fran for a partnership with Nordstrom Rack  on their #ShopGenius campaign (getting to meet a ton of lovely bloggers like, CaitlinAlicia + Taylor!)- but more on that later.  You can sneak a peek at my photoshoot on instagram -it was a definite pinch me moment!

I've pulled together a few of the things inspiring me in March- from blogging beachside to sparkling maxi skirts, motivational prints & pineapple parties. I am feeling refreshed, inspired, and ready to take on the world right now!

La Petite Fashionista: March Inspiration Board


This board has me dreaming of warmer weather and Springtime! A pineapple decor themed party is definitely happening this year, I am determined to learn how to do something fun with my hair, and I can't believe those statement earrings are only $6.00! I also think I most definitely need the "Who Runs the World" print for my new desk space.

What are you feeling inspired by this month?

xoxo, lauren

Monday, March 3, 2014

Oscars 2014 Red Carpet Trends

I had a TON of fun live tweeting the Oscars red carpet & awards show with the @midwestbloggers team tonight! What I loved about the Oscars this year, was that so many of the movies up for awards were not only critically acclaimed, but universally enjoyed by audiences as well. I have to admit that my favorite part of the night is the dresses!

Offering up our commentary on twitter (#mbOscars) was a great way to analyze what everyone was wearing. It was very obvious after watching all of the actresses enter the red carpet, that there were some definite trends happening tonight. I've rounded up a few of my favorite trends & the dresses that fit into each of the categories- neutral & embellished, black sleeveless gowns & pretty pastels. The pink heart, means it's an LPF fave!

Oscars 2014 Red Carpet Trends

Oscars 2014 Red Carpet Trends: Neutral + Embellished

Oscars 2014 Red Carpet Trends: Black Sleeveless Gowns

Oscars 2014 Red Carpet Trends: Pastels
all red carpet images & dress designer details via

I have to say that my absolute favorite dress of the night had to be Lupita Nyong'o's floaty robin's egg blue gown (seen above). It felt a little reminiscent of Cinderella, and in a sea of similarly colored dresses, it truly stole the show! I also liked seeing pregnant mamas to be Olivia Wilde & Kerry Washington looking truly stunning in their dresses.

I have to apologize for my absence this week. I've been on a blissful but very busy vacation and wedding for my dearest friend Jocelyn. Tomorrow I am jetsetting again for an extremely exciting blog partnership with one of my absolute favorite brands. SO many good things happening!

Tell me, who was your favorite Oscar red carpet gown of the evening? Did you spot any trends?

xoxo, lauren
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