Saturday, May 31, 2014

Summer Beauty Secrets

Spending most of my life in Florida- I definitely learned my fair share of summer beauty secrets. When it's so hot that your makeup seems to be melting off, sometimes you just have to go with it. I'm low maintenance when it comes to my beauty routine in the summertime, but I have a few go to "secrets" that I wanted to share!

Who's ready for summer?

Summer Beauty Secrets

SUMMER BEAUTY SECRETS:

1. For Treating Dry & Damaged Hair: Moroccanoil TreatmentLeaves your hair healthy, shiny and more manageable! (win, win, win.. especially in the Summertime)!
2. For Wavy Surfer Girl Hair: Not Your Mother's- Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray-  I try to stay blow-dry free in the summertime. A few spritzes of this and I have wavy surfer girl hair, even sans beach!
3. For Rocking Sandals all Summer: Jenna Hipp Polish & Ruby Wing Color Changing Polish- Keep your tootsies polished during sandal season- I love a bright color (& love this color changing one!)
4. For a Sunless Insta-Tan: Tan Towel -It doesn't really feel like summer if I'm not sporting a tan glow, but skin cancer is no bueno. I've tried a lot of sunless tanners and Tan Towels are my absolute favorite- they're quick, treak free, a really natural looking color & definitely worth the splurge.
5. For SPF Protection (that smells amazing): Australian Gold SPF 30- I probably should not admit this, but when I was a little surfer girl in high school, I used to put this on every day not just for the sun protection but because it just smells oh-so-amazing and beachy.

What are your favorite summer beauty products? Inquiring minds want to know!

xoxo, lauren

Friday, May 30, 2014

Dog Days of Summer

I miss having a dog around- but my schedule makes it tough. So, I love when my boyfriend's family dog, Lucy, comes to stay with us. She's the sweetest weimaraner who loves nothing more than snuggling up toyou & a walk around the neighborhood. I snapped these over the weekend on one of her walks. Even though she's not my family dog, she's accepted me as one of her own.

Note to self: fabulous dog walking editorials are not really an option with a strong willed pup who won't sit still. But- that's okay, I love these anyway- and our walks today.

Dog Days of Summer
Dress: Nordstrom Rack | Heels: 6pm | Dog: Lucy
Dog Days of Summer

On a fashion note. I score this striped little number on one of my last visits to Nordstrom Rack. It's  comfy, flattering and perfectly preppy- which pretty much meets all the LPF criteria! It's dress season FINALLY- so I'm going to be taking full advantage.

Happy Friday y'all!

xoxo, lauren

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Lemon Strawberry Spritzer

During the summertime there are few things that I love more than cocktails on the porch or patio. I've become a pro at concocting delicious drinks with whatever ingredients we have around. Don't get me started on adding herbs to my drink.. I can't wait until my mint + basil herb garden is ready!

Tonight I whipped up a lemon strawberry spritzer. It's light, refreshing and sweet. It would be so perfect for hosting an outdoor happy hour with friends (and it's super easy to whip up). Break out your trusty cocktail mixer, because you'll definitely want to try this one.

Lemon Strawberry Spritzer

LEMON STRAWBERRY SPRITZER
Ingredients:
5 oz white wine (I love sauvignon blanc or.. whatever is on sale at Trader Joe's)
1 oz lemon juice (about half of a small lemon)
1 tsp fine sugar
2 Strawberries
2 oz club soda

Directions:
1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle two strawberries with a tsp. of sugar
2. Add lemon juice & wine and a small amount of ice
3. Shake well, strain, & pour over ice in a cocktail glass
4. Top off glass with club soda (and maybe a fun garnish!)

Do you like making craft cocktails too? What are your go-to's (leave links so I can try them!)

xoxo, lauren

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Beat the Heat with Fruttare Fruit Bars!

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I could not have asked for a more perfect weekend. I spent every spare second outside- and I wouldn't have had it any other way. During the summer I love any excuse to be outdoors.. dinners al fresco, kayaking on the lake, Saturdays at the farmer's market, and beating the heat with a cool and tasty treat.

Meet said cool and tasty treat- Fruttare Fruit Bars! I spent the long weekend catching up on magazines (and some rays), and beating the heat with these cool and refreshing Fruttare fruit bars (in Mango & Strawberry and Milk flavors)!

Beat the Heat with Fruttare Fruit Bars

Beat the Heat with Fruttare Fruit Bars

Beat the Heat with Fruttare Fruit Bars

Beat the Heat with Fruttare Fruit Bars

The Fruttare Fruit Bars are seriously delicious.They're packed with real fruit taste, creamy milk, or refreshing juice. To me there's no better way to "treat yo self" in the hot summer sun than an icy fruit bar- or even have them as dessert when summer entertaining.

 I picked up my Fruttare bars on an impulse trip to Hyvee, but they sell them at most grocery stores. You know it's a good day when the hardest decision you have to make is which flavor of fruit bar to buy (next time I'm totally trying the pineapple or lime.. or maybe the coconut?!). I was excited that that they even matched my summer #armparty.

 I even found some DIY cocktail recipes using the fruit bars on the Fruttare facebook page. I have a feeling it's going to be a reallyyyyy good summer y'all.

xoxo, lauren

Monday, May 26, 2014

An All American Summer

With Memorial Day weekend marking the unofficial start of summer (and the worst winter ever), I have summer on the brain! I want to soak up every last moment enjoying the sunshine and marking things off my summer bucket list. Who's with me?

Not only do these gorgeous images evoke feelings of an all American summer- they also are sort of a visual summer to-do list for me. (It's always a sort of challenge I propose to myself eachyear). These are a few of the simple summer pleasures I want to enjoy this year:

All American Summer
1. Bake a pie from scratch (image)

All American Summer
2. Go Camping (image)

All American Summer
3. Go tubing down the river (image)

 All American Summer
4. Ride the rollercoasters at an amusement park (image)

All American Summer
5. Take a canoe trip  (image)

 All American Summer

6. Take a roadtrip (image)

All American Summer
7. Have a picnic (image)

I like summers to be spontaneous and full of adventure- never knowing when you might end up taking a hike, trip to the lake, or end up at a local festival. But- I can't help but want to plan every last weekend full of fun.

Summers in the Midwest are so different from what I grew up with in Florida. I miss going out to the island on the boat & spending all day in the sun- but there's something very special about a Midwest summer spend outside and soaking up every second.

We have a Wisconsin bed & breakfast gift certificate that my family gave me for Christmas and I'm dying to spend a weekend exploring Door County- an area of Wisco I've yet to see!

What's on your summer to-do list?

xoxo, lauren

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Preppy Memorial Day Style

I've been seriously anxiously awaiting the time that it would be warm enough to break out this preppy seahorse dress I scored on sale at Target last summer. It's navy & red color scheme make it too perfect for Memorial Day weekend festivities (especially when paired with a monogram necklace & my fave red Bare Minerals Moxie lip gloss!)

As much fun as it is to kick off the summer fun- I'd still like to remember and recognize all of those who have fought for our freedom. Which is what this weekend is really about.

La Petite Fashionista: Preppy Seahorse Dress
Get the Look: Seahorse Dress (similar), Monogram Necklace (similar), Red Lip Gloss- Bare Minerals

La Petite Fashionista:Sea Horse Dress


La Petite Fashionista: Preppy Sea Horse Dress

How are you kicking off the unofficial start to summer? I have a couple of bbqs & bonfires, and hope to make it to the Union in Madison for a pitcher of summer shandy.

xoxo, lauren

Friday, May 23, 2014

Summer Whites // Summer Brights

Wow has it been one whirlwind of a week. I spent a short but sweet 24 hours in New York to host a social media event (but more on that later)! Now that this weekend marks the unofficial start to summer, so does my eternal battle with my closet.

Each day when I'm getting dressed in the morning I have to decide if I'm going to go with summer whites or summer brights (or maybe a combination of them both)! I've picked a few of my favorite must-have summer pieces from Shopbop in each category, so it's easily a win-win situation!

Summer Whites // Summer Brights from Shopbop

Shop the Post:
1. Graphic Tee- Sincerely Jules: The photo-real trend is big for summer & I love this tee.
2. Lace Tunic Dress- Blaque LabelHow amazing would these be paired with strappy cognac wedges?
3. Crochet Sleeve Tee- Club Monaco: Take the basic tee up a notch with novelty details
4. Fringe Earrings- Adia Kibur: These statement earrings pack a serious punch
5. Slingback Sandals- Sam Edelman: The slide sandal silhouette is trending in a big way
6.  Little White Dress- Madewell: The LWD is just as important a closet staple as the LBD
7. Colorblock Heels- Jeffrey Campbell: I'm obsessed with ankle strap heels & I love the color combo
8. Maxi Dress- One By Boutique: This dress comes in a ton of gorge colors 
9. Bracelet- Hipanema: This bracelet is an instant arm party- I love it!
10. Colorful Bikini- Citrine Swim: The styling and color of this swimsuit are TOO beautiful
11. Crossbody Bag- Rebecca Minkoff: The crossbody bag is the perfect size for your essentials
12. Graphic Tank- Chaser: As someone obsessed with all things Hawaii this is too perfect

What do you tend to gravitate to in the summertime- summer whites or summer brights?

xoxo, lauren

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A Pink Phase

You know how artists go through different color phases? Well, I feel like I do the same with clothes. Right now I'm going through a MAJOR pink phase. I can't help it- i'm instantly drawn to it and the brighter the better. I picked up this neon pink tank dress at American Eagle & I'm already looking forward to wearing it all summer long.

 La Petite Fashionista: Neon Pink

What I'm Wearing: Neon Pink Tank Dress : American Eagle // Turquoise Necklace (similar) // Chevron Clutch (similar) // Bracelets: Armed & Readi & Brighthouse Baubles

La Petite Fashionista: Neon Pink Dress + Turquoise Necklace

Neon Pink Dress + Turquoise Necklace

I just read the forecast for the weekend.. EIGHTY degrees. Wisconsin, we can be friends again. I've missed my sundresses! Are you going through a color phase with your wardrobe right now too? Do share.

xoxo, lauren

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Latest Lust: MAI

Life is all about finding a balance right? Between work and play. Eating healthy and indulging. Relaxing & action packed days. When I found MAI, I loved it because it was exactly that- clothes 
that could take you from yoga class to drinks with the girls.

The MAI clothing line just gets me. Their mantra is I AM enough. and they "believe that who you are is exactly who you should be." and that is a sentiment I can get behind. I'm wearing one of their dresses in today's post that is equally as perfect to throw on after yoga as it is for this perfect spring weekend!

La Petite Fashionista: Dress by MAI

La Petite Fashionista: Dress by MAI

La Petite Fashionista: Dress by MAI

As if I could love the brand more- MAI is designed and produced locally in St. Paul Minnesota by a fellow Woman entrepreneur. I love that they offer affordable & stylish workout clothes. GIRL POWER!

These are a few of my favorite pieces from the new MAI collection:

MAI Spring/Summer 2014 Collection

Who else can relate to trying to strike a balance in life?

xoxo, lauren

Friday, May 16, 2014

Try This Trend: Beach Babe

What I love most about the beach babe trend is that you don't even have to be at the beach to get the look. (Which is great since I'm thousands of miles from the nearest coast)! Beach babes are more than just stylish- they have an air of confidence in everything they do. 

So what if you didn't take the time to blow dry your hair this morning- rock those beachy waves, put on those reflective shades & cutoff jeans and you're ready to take on summer.

Try this Trend: Beach Babe


There's so much I love in this post. The babe part of beach babe is key. Swim trends for Summer 2014 are fall about sexy cutouts and bustier swim top style- and accessorizing is just as important as the swimwear. A flower crown headband is perfectly paired with beachy waves. Other easy ways to accessorize are a pair of reflective shades, statement earrings, or bubblegum pink lipstick.

Who else is SO ready for the beach and summertime?

xoxo, lauren

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Blogger Buzz: May Flowers

And since April showers bring May flowers, the crew thought it might be fun to share their favorite blooms!
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  1. Samantha Peterson via The Brunette One // I love Ranunculus.
  2. Lauren Felix of La Petite Fashionista // When I first moved to Wisconsin, I was so spoiled because I had Peonies growing right outside my house! I was always sticking them in mason jars.
  3. Meghan Anderson of Downtown Daydreams // It depends on the season, but Peonies always catch my eye! I love how dainty they are, and adore the plethora of beautiful colors you can find them blooming in.
  4. Laura Podlich of Beauty & the Beard //  Orange Lilies remind me of my mother's gardens at the house I grew up in!
  5. Katherine Nolden of The Duchess of Plumewood // Gerber Daisies lift my mood every time I see them—so bright and fun!
  6. Ashley Fine of One Fine Day // Whenever I have white-colored Hydrangeas in the house, I suddenly feel as though I live in a Nancy Meyers flick (Something's Gotta Give, anyone?), or I could mingle with Ina Garten in The Hamptons.
What's your bloom of choice? Do tell.

xoxo, lauren

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Latest Lust: Inspirational Prints

I don't normally share many personal things on LPF, but this week has been really difficult for me. My dear grandpa, my poppie, passed away and I just feel sad. We're just going to miss him so much. It's been nice to gather with family members to celebrate his life- but it's never easy to lose someone you're close to.

In honor of his memory, there's nothing I wanted to share more today than a collection of inspiring prints. I love the idea of having these uplifting quotes & sayings hanging in your house. Whenever you are having a bad day you can look at them and instantly feel uplifted.

Latest Lust: Inspirational Prints
(click the image to shop the prints)

Do you have a favorite quote or saying that instantly inspires you?

xoxo, lauren

Saturday, May 10, 2014

MadRunway Fashion Show

It's not very often that we have a fashion event in Wisconsin (though hopefully we're working to change that)- so when I was so thrilled to attend MadRunway hosted by the Madison Sewing Studio. I connected with the sweet organizers Maggie & Melissa when we went to talk small biz over coffee so I was so excited to support them. 

The talent for the event included designs from Emily Osterbauer, Dimes & Wednesday, Maggie Modena, Lauren Lynch & Alyssa Kristin. So much talent and creativity in the Midwest- I love it!

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Had the BEST craft cocktail from the bartenders at Forequarter at the event

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Was obsessed with this tutu skirt look from designer Alyssa Kristin

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A beautiful navy number from Emily Osterbauer

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This long skirt came off of this dress & it turned into a mini dress from Alyssa Kristin

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Was obsessed with this boho look from Maggie Modena (& the pile of curls she had styled on each of the models heads)! She also designed all the prints for the textiles! So talented.

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This finale stunner from Alyssa Kirstin was jaw dropping gorgeous- was obsessed with the train!

The MadRunway fashion show was held at the gorgeous Madison Public Library during one of their Madison Bubbler events. It made me so excited for the future of local fashion and I can't wait to be more involved with at all!

xoxo, lauren

Friday, May 9, 2014

Steal Her Style: Emma Stone at the Met Gala

Okay okay, so I know the Met Gala was so three days ago, but I'm just now catching up on all of the red carpet pictures. I can without a doubt say that Emma Stone's pink on pink crop top & maxi skirt look has to be one of my favorite red carpet moments ever. I just love how youthful, glam, and the teeniest bit sultry it is. Plus I'm a sucker for the Elsa braid (Frozen, hello!).

I'm recreating the look here (love that it'd be equally as fun for a night out with the girls as the red carpet)!

Loving this Look: Emma Stone
Emma Stone Met Gala image via Popsugar


I have to admit I'm absolutely loving the complementary bubbly gum pink paired with hot pink. It's so unexpected, and truly so me. Color me inspired!

Did you check out the red carpet from the Met Gala as well? Which look was your favorite?

xoxo, lauren

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Your Last Minute Beach Day Best Friend: Venus Snap with Embrace

My favorite thing about Summer has to be the spontaneity of it all. One minute you’re binge watching episodes of the Mindy Project and the next, your bestie calls & you are en route to the beach. Half-day fridays at work are positively meant for last minute afternoons at our local lake. I throw everything in a tote bag and am out the door in 5 minutes flat. 

I’m sharing a few of my favorite pieces for a last minute beach day. Can we say cheers to summer or what?!


BEACH DAY  PACKING LIST:

1. Stylish Sundress- This is a must in case your afternoon at the beach ends up as an evening out with friends.

2. Accessories- The easiest way to take your beach look from day to night is adding a few accessories- I’m partial to an arm full of bracelets.

3. Bikini- This one’s a given- Make sure it’s something you feel comfortable & stylish in! 

4. Venus Snap with Embrace Razor- This is seriously the last minute beach day’s best friend. If you don’t have time, or forgot to shave your legs- just add water and you can get instant smoothness no matter where you are. Plus it comes in a stylish & discreet little compact that’s perfect to throw in your beach bag when you’re on the go.

5. Cute Sandals- As I mentioned in a post earlier this week, I’m all about the dressier sandals like this metallic pair. 

6. Sunglasses- Because let’s be real. Everyone looks better in a pair of shades ;)

7. Beach Hat- Save your face from getting too much fun with a colorful floppy beach hat. I couldn’t resist adding a cute monogram to mine.


This is seriously going to be a summertime game changer..

Okay, anyone else REALLY ready for a trip to the beach now? It’s going to be a good summer.

xoxo, lauren

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Venus through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Venus, all opinions are my own. Thanks for your support of La Petite Fashionista!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Sweet Life: Insta Faves

I seriously love instagram- it's the perfect outlet for posting inspiration and little snippets of life, and seeing what my favorite bloggers & friends are up to. There's so many time those instagram posts never make it on my blog (it's a good thing to have too much to blog about right?!).

I thought I'd share a few of my faves that didn't make it on the blog (apparently I have a thing for sweet treats, coffee & monograms.. but you probablyyyy already knew that)!

La Petite Fashionista: Coffee + Leopard Heels

La Petite Fashionista: Baked by Melissa Cupcakes

La Petite Fashionista: Preppy Eyelet + Boat Shoes

La Petite Fashionista: Salted Caramel Crepe

La Petite Fashionista: Peach chinos + Gold sparkle tee

Also, we're gearing up for the next issue of LPF Mag. Be sure to follow LPFMagLove & tag your fashion, diy, home & fitness posts with #LPFMag & they might make an appearance in our new issue! Feel free to email me as well if you're interested in contributing to our summer issue!

Be sure to follow me on instagram so I can see what you're up to too (especially if you're a fellow lover of salted caramel crepes & pastel pants!).

xoxo, lauren

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Cinco de Mayo Style

Cinco de Mayo's of my college years were usually spent having way too much fun out on our local island celebrating my bestie Kelly's birthday. SO many good memories. Now that I'm in the post-grad world, Cinco de Mayo is usually spent with a much more low key margarita and chips and salsa at home. Although, Kyle makes a pretty darn good margarita I must admit (recipe here).

If I can't celebrate the day with beergaritas & sunshine- the least I can do is wear a Mexican inspired blouse. I love this cobalt & pink embroidered blouse that's perfect for the occasion. 

La Petite Fashionista: Embroidered Blouse
Get the Look: Cobalt + Pink Embroidered Blouse - TJ Maxx (similar) // Earrings - Nordstrom Rack // Pink Heels- 6pm (similar) // Pink Stud Bangle - Forever 21 (similar)

La Petite Fashionista: Embroidered Blouse


La Petite Fashionista:Cobalt Embroidered Blouse + #ArmParty

Are you doing anything to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year?

xoxo, lauren

What Would Audrey Wear?

Audrey Hepburn is one of my eternal style icons. She only grew more beautiful & glamorous with age. She had such a classy, glamorous and distinctive style. Whether in a little black dress she made famous, cat eye sunglasses, accessorized with a straw hat or classic striped tee- she exuded style and femininity. 

Sometimes when I'm looking for something to wear in the morning I like to think to myself: "What Would Audrey Wear?"

What Would Audrey Wear

What Would Audrey Wear?
  •  Little Black Dress:  It's all in the details with a little black dress- choose cutout sides, pretty bows, and pair with a string of statement pearls.
  • Cat Eye Glasses: Add a pair of cat eye glasses to a swimsuit and get instant retro glam
  • Straw Hat: Hats are majorly trending again, Audrey always knew how to wear them in style
  • Striped Tee: A totally classic look, pair with timeless denim or a full skirt.
Who are your classic style icons?

xoxo, lauren

Friday, May 2, 2014

Snail Mail Confessions

There is seriously nothing that makes me happier than opening up my mailbox and seeing a card from a friend or family member. Being so far away from most of them can be hard, so it's so nice to know that they're thinking about you! I will admit I'm a much better receiver than sender- though that's something I'm seriously trying to change.

I've rounded up a few of my favorite picks that I know will inspire me to put pen to paper.

Latest Lust: Snail Mail
(Just click the image to see the sources!)

I also discovered the busy girl's best kept secret- Cardstore! They let you personalize a card with a photo or name on the front (or select one of their pre-designed cards), type your message and even (the best part) send it to the recipient for you. It's seriously going to be life changing for me. I feel like I'm never going to have to feel sad about forgetting to send a card for someone's birthday!

Snail Mail Love Notes

I couldn't resist sending a little love note to Kyle. I will never get tired of just because cards. Who needs special occasions to tell someone you're thinking about them. I'm the queen of post-it love notes, but this is so much better!

How do you keep in touch- email, skype, snail mail? Please tell me I'm not the only one with a mass of beautiful notecards and is horrible at sending them out? Friends if you're reading this I promise I will make a change :)

xoxo, lauren
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