Monday, June 30, 2014

Pineapple Paradise

In the summertime I love nothing more on a Saturday evening than hunting through our liquor cabinet to mix up a DIY concoction. There's nowhere better to sit and drink one of my craft cocktails than relaxing in an adirondack chair in a summery sundress. I have a penchant for pineapples- whether it comes to my drink or decor- so I've been loving how much they've been trending lately.

I had the opportunity to design my dream dress on the Bow & Drape site. I knew right away that I wanted it to be pretty in pink & with a pineapple embellishment & ode to my adoration for Hawaii ("Aloha"!). The ballerina dress is super flattering & comfy too. It's pretty much the perfect complement to the Ruby Pina Colada cocktail I whipped up (recipe below!)

Customized "Aloha" Pineapple Dress from Bow & Drape


"Aloha" Dress from Bow & Drape

La Petite Fashionista: Pineapple Dress- Bow & Drape

I've been following Bow & Drape on instagram and have always loved their fun sequined sayings on everything from sweatshirts to totes- so I was overwhelmingly excited to have the opportunity to custom make my own design. The site is SO much fun to play around on- customizing dresses, tees, sweatshirts & more with your own witty phrases or sequined embellishments. I love that they're all produced in NYC and how you can make each piece so very 'you"!  Be sure to check out their site.

I also had to share the tasty cocktail I whipped up for the photoshoot which I've named the "Ruby Pina Colada Cocktail"

Ruby Pina Colada Cocktail

Ruby Pina Colada Cocktail
1 oz Malibu Coconut Rum
6 oz Pineapple Juice
1 oz Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice

Rim of Glass:
1 tsp Honey
1 tbsp Coconut Flakes 

1. Coat rim of glass with honey & cover with coconut flakes
2. Combine ingredients in cocktail shaker, strain & pour over ice

I want to know what you'd design on the Bow & Drape site! Have any witty sayings you'd love to put on a tee?

xoxo, lauren

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sunset Shades

I'm instantly drawn to all things that remind me of the beach. I'm thankful I'll be making a trip home to FL this summer to soak up some sun and sand. My latest find is this Sunset Print oversized clutch from Samudra- I couldn't resist the photo-real sunset print- that perfectly ties back to my neon pink sundress. I love that it's an oversized clutch size- big enough to fit all of my essentials and make a stylish statement! 

Maya was in town this weekend- and sweet enough to snap a few pictures (don't you love how other bloggers understand the need for a cute outfit pic?!)

La Petite Fashionista: Sunset Shades

What I'm Wearing: Neon Tank Dress- American Eagle (similar
Sunset Clutch- Samudra via Shopbop | Gladiator Sandals: Sam Edelman via Shopbop
Tassel Necklace:  Lizzibeth | Pink Fitbit | Sunglasses: Fendi via Nordstrom Rack

La Petite Fashionista: Sunset Shades


La Petite Fashionista: Sunset Shades

Like my tassel necklace? My friend Lizzie, at Shop Lizzibeth made it custom for me in LPF colors as part of the Tassel Project. 15% of the profits from any tassel necklace or bracelet you purchase goes to the charity of the month (love that!!)

The weekends could not be more perfect! We spent today shooting a summer editorial for the upcoming issue of La Petite Fashionista Mag and it perfectly evokes the feeling of weekend fun spent with besties at the lake. I'm so excited to release it in Mid-July!

Be sure to follow @LPFMagLove on instagram & be tagging all of your summer outfits, diy's, recipes & fun with #LPFMag so we can share on our insta!

xoxo, lauren

Friday, June 27, 2014

Latest Lust: Gorge Graphic Tees

This palm tree tee from Sincerely Jules was calling out to my inner Florida girl and I knew I needed it! Graphic tees are seriously trending again. Forget the brand logo-ed tees of the 00's - this time around fashion brands are loving french phrases, photo-real images, vintage band tees & quirky puns. Styling of graphic tees is getting updated too- blousier tees tucked into denim with heels or a a floaty skirt

This tee was perfect for a sunny summer afternoon especially when paired with a bright turquoise statement necklace & killer heels.

La Petite Fashionista: Cali Palms Tee
What I'm Wearing: Cali Palm Tee - Sincerely Jules | Skirt- Nordstrom Rack | Heels: Aldo via 6pm.com 
Watch: Michael Kors | Sunglasses: Fendi via Nordstrom Rack

La Petite Fashionista: Cali Palms Tee


La Petite Fashionista: Cali Palms Tee + Turquoise Necklace

Check out a  few gorgeous graphic tees from Shopbop- I can't pick a favorite!

Latest Lust: Gorgeous Graphic Tee

Shop The Graphic Tees from Shopbop:
1. Cali Made Tee- Sincerely Jules | 2. Kate Moss Tee- ElevenParis | 3. Cali Palms Tee- Sincerely Jules
4. Apres Surf Tee- Sol Angeles | 5. Sun, Sand, and Sea Tee- Sol Angeles | 6.Pink Floyd Tee- Chaser
7. Tres Bien- CHRLDR | 8. Pret-A-Partay - Sincerely Jules | 9. Dream, Believe, Achieve- Sincerely Jules

Which graphic tee fits your style best?

xoxo, lauren

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Social Butterfly

Since I work in social media and I'm a fashion blogger I am constantlyyyy on my phone. So, having a phone case that's equal parts stylish & functional is a priority for me- especially because I'm perhaps the clumsiest person alive- no exaggeration, just ask my parents how many phones I went through in college!

The new Customized Otterbox Phone Cases from Rendi are the perfect answer for fellow social savvy fashionistas. I mean, look how perfectly it matches my #armparty.

La Petite Fashionista: #ArmParty & Monogrammed Cell Phone
Customized Otterbox Phone Case: Rendi

La Petite Fashionista: Preppy Polka Dots & Monograms
What I'm Wearing: Polka Dot Top: Boden | Skirt: Flourish Boutique (similar) | Tassel Necklace: Lizzibeth
Bracelets: Shop LaMalu, J.Crew Factory, Francescas, Forever 21 (similar)


La Petite Fashionista: Pink & Turquoise Preppy

Rendi makes it easy to customize your phone using their site. They just launched their new customized otterbox line this week! There's a ton of stylish patterns to choose from-  chevron, stripes, polka dots, quatrefoils & more- literally the hardest part is just deciding on which one to choose! Then you can make it your own with a monogram or your name. 

I designed my cover with a pink chevron & turquoise monogram because I couldn't think of anything more perfectly La Petite Fashionista! This girl LOVES her monograms. I love that the otterbox case will keep it safe during blogger brunches, impromptu photoshoots & fashion shows- but it's so pretty too. Keep your eyes peeled on the Midwest Bloggers site- Katelyn, Sam & I are all sharing our favorite new phone case.

Save $5 off your customized Rendi Otterbox iphone case(& free shipping!) with code: MDWST5 

Are you as obsessed with monograms as me?!

xoxo, lauren

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Seersucker Summer

I don’t think I could have found a more perfect way to spend the official start of summer than at my family’s lake house. I spent the weekend hopping into local antique stores, drinking plenty of Leinie’s summer shandy, visiting with family, and breaking in the new canoe. 

Whenever I’m up north I gravitate towards clothes that are equal parts comfortable and classic. This seersucker dress has been in my closet for a few years and it has such a perfect all-American feel. Even for someone as accessory obsessed as me- I know my giant statement necklaces have no place in the north woods, so these delicate necklaces from Lotkie are the perfect finishing touch. 


La Petite Fashionista: Seersucker Summer

La Petite Fashionista: Seersucker Summer
What I’m Wearing: Seersucker Dress - Francesca’s (similar) | Arrow Necklace - Lotkie

La Petite Fashionista: Seersucker Summer
 What I’m Wearing: Summer Sweater- Target | Tri Azteca Necklace- Lotkie

La Petite Fashionista: Seersucker Summer

 I can only hope that all weekends this summer are as perfect as this one was! There’s something about a weekend at the lake that makes me want to break out all my preppy favorites- whether it’s stripes, seersucker, summer weight sweaters, or perfectly paired accessories. 

 What’s your idea of a perfect summer weekend? 

 xoxo, lauren

Monday, June 23, 2014

Floral Fever with Nordstrom Rack

I have a fashion confession to make- you might not find me in anything other than sundresses the whole summer. There’s no easier way to feel instantly stylish than slipping on a printed dress and a pair of sky high wedges, with a colorful bag thrown in for good measure. 

This look featuring a floral print dress & accessories from Nordstrom Rack is an easy breezy summer style, and the best part is the great deals. (Because, let’s be honest- there’s nothing sweeter than getting a designer bag for less!) My perfect summer afternoon definitely involves relaxing with a good book or doing a little bit of shopping.

Floral Fever: Nordstrom Rack

 What I’m Wearing: Floral Dress- Lush via Nordstrom Rack | Wedges: Dolce Vita via Nordstrom Rack | Pink Crossbody Bag: Kate Spade via Nordstrom Rack | Sunglasses- Fendi via Nordstrom Rack

Retro Sunglasses + Florals

La Petite Fashionista: Floral Afternoon

I’ve curated a few of my favorite summer trends from NordstromRack.com so you’ll be perfectly in style this summer. For the hot summer months we’re taking the glam factor up a notch! Think graphic prints, stacks full of statement jewels (always a LPF favorite), caged sandals, and retro style tortoiseshell sunglasses.


Shop the Trends (all via NordstromRack.com): 
Maxi Dress: Diane von Furstenberg  | Caged Sandals: C Label  | Wrap Bracelet: Stellavalle
  Orange/Pink Bracelet: EttikaRing: Golden Blues Sunglasses: Ted Baker

Lucky for you, Nordstrom Rack just launched their online store at NordstromRack.com- so you can do your shopping from the comfort of your perfectly styled sofa (.. or lawn chair!). A fun insider tip: Nordstrom Rack offers flash sales every week on Monday and Thursday at 8 a.m. PT. Sales are limited-time and quantity, so get the gorgeous pieces while you can! Happy Shopping!

Which summer trend are you loving most? 

xoxo, lauren

This post was sponsored by Nordstrom Rack. All views are my own.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Striped Sweater Weekend

Kyle + I drove up for a quick but relaxing weekend at the family lake house. Though it's a tad too chilly for our usual swimming and tubing the lake we've been enjoying visiting the small neighborhood downtowns hopping into antique stores and the traditional Friday night fish fry. It's definitely my happy place up here. It might be 2 hours from the nearest Starbucks (gasp!), but there's so much small town charm and gorgeous nature that I feel right at home.

We snapped these pictures out on the deck before getting ready for a waterski show tonight (my guilty pleasure- can't make a trip up north without seeing one!)


Striped Sweater: Lands' End Canvas (similar) | Necklace: Lizzibeth (similar)| Shorts: Vintage Levi's (similar
Wedges: Dolce Vita via Nordstrom Rack




We're getting ready to shoot a summer fashion editorial next weekend and Lizzie from Lizzibeth was sweet enough to let me borrow some pieces (including this fabulous statement necklace above)! 

What's your "happy place?"

xoxo, lauren

Friday, June 20, 2014

Seriously Stylish Statement Necklaces

I'm pretty thankful to have friends with great wardrobes. At last week's Blogger Bazaar in Milwaukee, Maya and I had booths right next to eachother. Perfect for catching up with one of my favorite Chicago ladies and of course scoping out all the pieces she was selling.  Such a fun time meeting and hanging out with some local bloggers and one of my fav local business owners, Lizzie at Shop Lizzibeth (see her tassel necklace featured below and in our upcoming issue of LPF Mag!)

Maya and I both ended up doing some swapping- I am in total love with this colorful necklace from her. It's so bright, bold and so very LPF- and as you know I have a thing for statement making jewelry.

La Petite Fashionista: Neon Shirt + Statement Necklace
Shirt: BB Dakota via Le Tote | Necklace: Anthropologie via Maya

I love investing in accessories because you get so much wear out of them. It's so easy to give a basic outfit some sass. Check out a few of my favorite seriously stylish statement necklaces below:

Seriously Stylish Statement Necklaces

When it comes to necklaces do you go for something bold or more delicate?

xoxo, lauren

P.S. Check out La Petite Fashionista featured on StyleCaster's "30 Petite Fashion Bloggers that are Reaching New Heights" post! So honored.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Try This Trend: Mix + Match Bikinis

It's hard to believe that not so long ago no one really sold bikinis as separates. You were pretty much stuck with whatever came in sets regardless of print and pattern or size. I used to create my own mix + match sets in my swimsuit drawer, pulling different tops and bottoms together to create new sets.

Thankfully, separates have pretty much become a must-have for swimsuit brands- and for good reason. Now, you can choose the tops and bottoms that fit and flatter your figure and even have a little fun (and add some versatility) by mixing it up.

Check out my favorite mix & match tops and bottoms in trendy summer prints:

Try This Trend: Mix + Match Bikinis

Shop the Trend: Tribal Print Top | BottomGeometric Glam Top | Bottom,
Chevron Chic Top | Bottom, Island Girl Top | Bottom


Here are a few of my favorite tips for mixing and matching your swimwear:

1.  Choose one pattern piece & one solid for easiest mixing and matching 
2. Choose a print to highlight whichever area of your body you'd like to play up (Flat chested? Try a printed top! No junk in the trunk? Go for a printed bottom!)
3. Select a print that features the solid color so it will coordinate easily
4. Wear the same size on top & bottom? Save money and build your swim wardrobe by picking up inexpensive sets that you can mix and match at T.J. Maxx & Marshalls

I'm loving all of the fun details that are trending in swim this year- unique cutouts, athletic inspired styling, photo-real prints, bustiers, and watercolor prints are all getting a ton of play.

Do you mix & match your swimwear tops + bottoms?

xoxo, lauren

Monday, June 16, 2014

#RealBloggerBeauty

Today I'm participating in one of my good friend, Maya's campaigns, #RealBloggerBeauty. A day to share whatever we want about embracing ourselves, feeling comfortable in our own skin, and not getting caught up in the competition of the blogging world. Be sure to read everyone's moving stories today!

For me it started with a comment "You look better with your hair down, why would you wear it in a ponytail".. a comment an old boyfriend made to me many years ago. It's funny the things that stick with you- things that people don't mean to be hurtful but really do effect you. Everyone wants to be the best version of themselves, so if someone tells you that something doesn't flatter you, you internalize that!

 I never really realized how much those words had stuck with me until someone asked me "Why don't you ever wear your hair up, you know other than when you're at the gym?". I had to really think about it, and when I did, I realized it was because of that statement so many years ago.


When the top knot trend came around in the fashion world, I tried it and quickly decided it wasn't for me- remembering that "I didn't look as good with my hair up." It sounds so silly, right? Especially when it wasn't meant to hurt my feelings (or give me a lifelong aversion to ponytails!). Safe to say I'm finally getting over it, embracing my inner #GirlBoss and doing what I want to do with my hair ;)


 I'm writing today's post because I want you, lovely reader, to truly think about the things you say to people about their appearance. I'm lucky enough to not have ever had a boyfriend or family member comment on my weight or body type, but I imagine that would have affected me 10x worse.

Our brain somehow chooses to remember the worst and never the positive. My two cents? Keep the negativity to your self, fill people's life with joy and help them focus on the positive. We all do a good enough job pointing out our flaws that we don't need someone else to do that for us. 

Sorry for getting a little sappy on you today friends, but in the spirit of the Real Blogger Beauty movement, I thought it was more than necessary! Please do share your story today and leave it in the comments so I can show you some love!

xoxo, lauren

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Neon + Neutral

Yesterday at the Blogger Bazaar in Milwaukee I was telling someone that I have champagne taste on a beer budget. So often on LPF I talk about adding great trends to your closet and shopping in an affordable way! I love finding boutiques that share the same sentiment on style & being able to share these gems on my blog.

The Mint Julep Boutique gets updated with trendy new pieces daily and the best part is that it's fashion that won't break the bank! In today's post I'm rocking the neon + neutral trend with the Floral Lattice Dress from their shop.I love the pop of bright coral on the hem of the dress!

La Petite Fashionista | Neon + Neutral

What I'm Wearing: Floral Lattice Dress - The Mint Julep Boutique | Nude WedgesNordstrom Rack | Monogram Necklace (similar) | Leather Clutch (similar) | Gold Bracelets: (similar)

La Petite Fashionista | Neon + Neutral

La Petite Fashionista | Neon + Neutral La Petite Fashionista | Neon + Neutral

I'm definitely adding the Mint Julep Boutique to my list of affordable favorites. Check out the site for yourself & save 10% on your order by signing up for their email! I love following them on instagram & facebook to see all of the pretty new pieces they get in (I'm obsessed with all the pretty printed dresses they've been getting in lately)!

What summer trend are you loving right now?

xoxo, lauren

Friday, June 13, 2014

What's in our Bags: Chronicles of Frivolity + La Petite Fashionista

I'm so excited to be partnering with one of my favorite blogs, Chronicles of Frivolity for today's post!  Besties, Katey and Kristin are new-ish Dallasites who are margarita lovin' stylists obsessed with fashion. I so wish I lived in the area so I could join them for fashion filled happy hours ;)

 Funny story, before I ended up in the Midwest, my plan was move to Dallas! I love Texas- from the fashion to the food- and these Texan ladies have AMAZING style (seriously, check out their instagrams herehere  & here)! I love that we're all busy, style loving #GIRLBOSSes. 

Today we're both sharing the contents of our fabulous bags. Because, let's be real, it's so fun to sneak a peek at what's in eachother's purses!

What's In Our Bags: Chronicles of Frivolity + La Petite Fashionista

INSIDE KATEY'S BAG:

INSIDE KRISTIN'S BAG:
Bag | Book |Sunglasses (similar) | Phone case (similar) | Tassel Keychain  (similar)  | Pouch (similar)  Planner and Notebook | Wallet 

Kristin + Katey from Chronicles of Frivolity

See how fab Katey + Kristin are? Don't get me started on the gold sequined pillow! Side note- I also read #GirlBoss & will have to do a review on it- SO SO good! So, go check out Chronicles of Frivolity & tell them you stopped by from LPF!

Do share, what's the most surprising thing you have in your bag?

xoxo, lauren

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Shop My Closet at the Milwaukee Blogger Bazaar!

I am excited to share that this weekend I'll be selling some of my wardrobe at the first annual Milwaukee Blogger Bazaar! The lovely Liv has organized this event to shop your favorite bloggers' closets-  featuring several other fabulous bloggers like my girls Maya & Gaby. I even designed the logo for the event- too fun!

 The Blogger Bazaar is being held this Saturday from 3-8 at Evolution Gastro Pong in Milwaukee. n I even designed the logo for the event. We'll be selling some of our favorite pieces and there will be some other awesome sponsors and freebies there. It's going to be an awesome event!

I thought I'd give a sneak preview of some of the pieces I'll be selling that have made an appearance on La Petite Fashionista outfit posts before:

Milwaukee Blogger Bazaar

I'll be selling a little bit of everything- tops, dresses, skirts, bags, accessories & even a few decor items! If you live in the area, I'd love for you to stop by and say hi!

Get all of the event details here.

xoxo, lauren

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Diving into Summer with the Lands' End #GetawayTour

The Lands' End #GetawayTour came to Madison this weekend for its last stop and I was thrilled to have the chance to be a part of it. I've been helping with the tour a bit you see- I had the excitement of hosting a google hangout live from the NYC tour stop (you might spot me in this video) with a Lands' End swimwear designer & Glamour Magazine Glambassador, Kendall Farr. But, it was so fun to experience the event as a blogger.

Lands' End #GetawayTour

I got to go with two fellow blogging girlfriends Emily & Kendall! In a short hour I learned exactly what type of swimsuit I needed to be wearing to flatter my body type thanks to their fit pro & girl talk with expert stylist (and author of the Pocket Stylist), Kendall Farr!

Style Tips from Kendall Farr at the Lands' End #GetawayTour

Kendall was a blast to talk to- she taught us more about taking our look from beach to brunch (helloo gorge accessories & cover ups!) to sunglasses that flatter our face (mirror a similar silhouette of sunglasses  that your face has!) & some pearls of fashion wisdom.

I think one of the things Kendall talked about that stuck with me most was about dressing for your age & body type. She says that you should strive to be the most stylish AND the smartest woman in the room. I couldn't agree more! It's about knowing that not every trend can be worn by everyone and finding swimwear that flatter you and make you feel confident and beautiful.

Stylish Swim Tees at the Lands' End #GetawayTour

The event itself was so cool- a traveling pop up beach house complete with top deck beach chairs & copies of Glamour Magazine, videos featuring tips on finding your perfect swim fit & gorgeous swimwear galore. I'm pretty obsessed with the swim tees- I'm a surfer girl at heart, and they are such a stylish take on a rashguard with UPF 50 protection. You can see me rocking a perfectly polka dotted one in the video.


This retro glam, old Hollywood style,  Bella Flora print collection was a blogger favorite (check out The Style Letters & Look Sharp Sconnie looking seriously gorge)! Being as print obsessed as I am I had to try it on!

I got a professional swim fitting from a Lands' End swimwear designer, Freyja. Not going to lie, I was the teensiest bit terrified of having someone take my measurements and recommend a swimsuit. So often we go in thinking we're one size or that we want a certain style of swimsuit- and end up unhappy with the results. 

Luckily, the fit experts at Lands' End were pros and made it completely painless & actually a fantastic experience! It's pretty magical when you actually take the steps to ensure you have the perfect fit.

It was such a fun weekend and awesome experience!

xoxo, lauren

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Crop Top Summer

If you would have asked me a few weeks ago if I'd be rocking crop tops this summer, I probably would have given you a solid heck no. For full transparency- let me tell you it's been a long long winter with entirely too much comfort food, and I am just now coming to terms with having to be in a bathing suit now that summer is here (but more on that later this week).

This week I ignored that voice in my head saying "no" & tried on this elastic waist maxi skirt & cropped tank top, and lo and behold- I felt confident and carefree. paired with a higher waist & tiny peek of midriff, it's actually flattering and highlights the smallest part of your frame if you have an hourglass shape like me.

La Petite Fashionista: Crop Top Summer
What I'm Wearing: Skirt: Aeropostale (similar) | Crop Top: Aeropostale | Shoes: Aldo via 6 PM (similar) | Chevron Bangle: Shop LaMalu (similar) | Pink Statement Necklace: LOFT (similar) | Sunglasses: Fendi via Nordstrom Rack

La Petite Fashionista: Crop Top & Skirt

La Petite Fashionista: Crop Top Summer

So, I encourage you all to break your own fashion rules. Don't be your own worst enemy in the dressing room. Give silhouettes & trends a chance that you wouldn't normally consider... you might surprise yourself!

The trick to wearing this style if you're on the petite side, or you've got some curves is to choose a skirt that hits higher on the waistline, and pair with a crop top that's not too short. If you're out of college- keep the midriff to a minimum. 

Have you found yourself in the same boat.. assuming that a certain style won't work for you & then become happily surprised when it does?

xoxo, lauren

Friday, June 6, 2014

Watercolor Florals

You know the kind of outfit where people stop you in the hall to compliment you? Best feeling ever. This gorge watercolor floral skirt I just picked up from Aeropostale had exactly that effect. I'm in love with the colorful floral print and sretchy scuba skirt material. It meets the comfy, cute, and colorful summer outfit checklist!

See a few of my favorite snapshots of my outfit of the day:
La Petite Fashionista: Watercolor Florals
What I'm Wearing:  Watercolor Floral Skirt- Aeropostale | Chambray Shirt- Target (Similar) | Necklace: LOFT (similar) | Wedges: Nordstrom Rack 

La Petite Fashionista: Watercolor Florals

La Petite Fashionista: Watercolor Florals

Summertime just makes me want to wear bright colors and prints every single day. Okay, now get off your computer and enjoy this gorgeous weekend, won't ya?

xoxo, lauren

P.S. My dear blogging friend, Hannah, just launched an inspiring new site The HBIC Project, highlighting the accomplishments of 20-somethings. I had the honor (& excitement!) of being profiled for my work on La Petite Fashionista and newly launched social media business, LPF Media .

Go check out the site & follow them on twitter & facebook!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Try This Trend: Matching Crop Top + Skirt

I love seeing my runway trend predictions come to fruition. During the SS14 fashion shows, I saw the matchy-matchy trend hit the runway in a big way. This look is everywhere for summer and though it  might seems fashion forward, it's actually really easy to wear for yourself. I just bought a set from Aeropostale and I'm pretty in love-  so excited to wear it in an outfit post!

I love this look best with just a tiny bit of midriff showing, and a full skirt- to keep it from feeling like something out of Clueless. Get the look with the styles below:

Try This Trend: Matching Crop Top + Skirt

I love seeing these stylish bloggers wear the matching separates trend because they show that it's just as wearable off the runway! I'm partial to the prints, but I think the solids coordinating top & skirt could be really elongating on a petite figure!

The best part about this trend is that you can easily wear each of the pieces mixed and matched with other pieces in your closet.

Would you try this trend?

xoxo, lauren

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Latest Lust: Free People Movement x Surf Collection

If you know anything about me, know that I can't resist a good surfing fashion editorial. I've always loved surf culture and style, so it makes me even happier that it's become a fashion trend too & surfing is getting a high fashion upgrade when it comes to functional and fabulous swimwear, prints & designs.

The Free People Movement: Surf collection is beautiful. It makes me want to hop on the next plane to the North Shore of Hawaii and spend the rest of my summer on a surfboard in one of these gorgeous pieces. Luckily, these pieces will look equally as cool by the pool as they do riding waves. 

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See a few of my favorite pieces from the collection here:

Latest Lust: Free People Movement {Surf} Collection

The collection was done in partnership with Zinke, and I am in love with the fashion forward takes on the rashguard, one piece & colorful surfboard prints. Now I just need to spend the next few weeks doing Karena & Katrina's Surfer Paradise workout to rock said swimsuits.

SUP Yoga classes start this week at my local lake, and can't wait to give it a try. I miss being out on the water!

xoxo, lauren
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