Sunday, November 30, 2014

Rustic Glam Holiday Tablescape

I'm not going to lie, it took everything I had not to break out all of our Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving. I'm feeling extra festive this year! Kyle and I decided this would be the year that we traded in some of our college & hand-me-down decorations to create a look that's unique to us! We love the rustic glam look (see my inspiration board here) & we chose a look for the house that mixes gold, silver, mercury glass with natural elements.
 
I can't wait to show you pictures from the whole house, it turned out even better than I imagined. It's cozy, festive, and makes me feel right at home. Today's post features snapshots from our rustic glam holiday table inspired by some of my new favorite hammered metal serving pieces from Tabletop Trends!
 
La Petite Fashionista: Rustic Glam Holiday Tablescape
 
La Petite Fashionista: Rustic Glam Holiday Tablescape
 
La Petite Fashionista: Rustic Glam Holiday Tablescape

La Petite Fashionista: Rustic Glam Holiday Tablescape

La Petite Fashionista: Rustic Glam Holiday Tablescape

La Petite Fashionista: Rustic Glam Holiday Tablescape
 
Rustic Glam Holiday Tablescape:
Hammered Round Tray: Tabletop Trends | Hammered Platter: Tabletop Trends | Hammered Bowl: Tabletop Trends
Silver Rimmed China : Marshalls (similar) Mercury Glass Candle Holders: Michaels (similar)
Silver Chargers: Michaels  (similar) | Gold Antlers: Own (similar) | Gold Glitter Candles: Michaels (similar)
Fair Isle Table Runner: HomeGoods  | Metallic Pine Cone Garland: Marshalls | Faux Tree: Michaels 
 Cheers Glasses: Marshalls
 
I absolutely love how the silver & gold play off of eachother, especially when paired with faux spruce and sparkly antlers. One of the things I love to do when designing a tablescape for the holidays is to mix in a few seasonal pieces with timeless pieces. The hammered metal pieces I received from Tabletop Trends are perfect for entertaining any time of year. The gold antlers are actually shed antlers from Kyle's parent's - I love that little slice of the Midwest!
 
I have a special discount code for La Petite Fashionista readers- Receive 20% off  at Tabletop Trends through 12/31/2014 using code LPF20. They are an incredible resource for platters, serving trays, decorative pieces & more that you can use for the holiday season and year round!
 
I'm so excited to have guests over for cocktails & enjoy our décor this month!
 
Do you have any plans to entertain for the holidays?
 
xoxo, lauren


Friday, November 28, 2014

Gift Guide for the Perfect Hostess

It's hard to believe that 5 years ago the only thing I could cook was macaroni & cheese and now I live for looking through my recipe books looking for something homemade to make every night. I'm enjoying a DIY approach to learning how to cook, decorate & host parties with friends! Whether it's you, a mom or your bestie- we all know that perfect hostess!
 
I've teamed up with HSN to share my gift ideas for the hostess- the one who makes killer gameday appetizers, has a shelf full of gorgeous cookbooks & is always up for wine night with the girls!
 
Gift Guide for: The Perfect Hostess
 
Gift Guide for the Perfect Hostess from HSN:
 
1. Cake Stand - Colin Cowie | 2. "Preserving By the Pint" Book | 3. Cast Iron Casserole Pan- Fontignac  | 4. Greek Yogurt Maker - DASH Kitchen | 5. Monogram Stemless Wine Glasses- Personal Creations | 6. Cordless Wine Bottle Opener- Advent | 7. Frozen Yogurt Maker- Cuisinart
8. Pineapple Corer- Curtis Stone | 9. Slow Cooker - Hamilton Beach | 10. 5 PC Nesting Mixing Bowls- Ingrid Hoffman
 
HSN also offers flex pay options for savvy shoppers on a budget- great for big ticket items!
 
I love that all of these picks for the hostess are both colorful and incredibly useful kitchen & entertaining tools. My slow cooker is one of my absolute favorite things ever. There is literally nothing better than putting all of the ingredients inside & coming back to a hot home cooked meal by the end of the work day! I'm also really wanting a frozen yogurt maker- I've already been dreaming up all of the holiday flavors I'd dream up.
 
A night of drinking wine & watching Scandal with a few girlfriends is totally underrated too. The cordless bottle opener makes popping open bottles a breeze & the monogrammed wine glasses are absolutely darling. Entertaining doesn't have to be a stressful ordeal- it's about enjoying the company of friends or loved ones and eating some delicious food in the process!
 
 
What's your favorite gift for the hostess?
 
xoxo, lauren
 
 
 
Disclosure: Thank you so much to HSN for sponsoring this post! All opinons & great gift ideas are my own!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Most Stylish Deals of Black Friday

I hope everyone's had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I feel so blessed for all of the people in my life and excitement of starting my entrepreneurial adventure this year, and you - all of my awesome readers!
 
I've rounded up the best deals of Black Friday weekend to make life extra easy for you! Just click the store name to take you right to their deal, I've included the promo codes  as well. Let's get shopping!
 
Most Stylish Deals of Black Friday

From ASOS to Ann Taylor & Shopbop to Sole Society- you can check off everyone on your list (& save a TON of money) by taking advantage of all of the amazing sales this weekend.
 
Best Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals:
 
 Ann Taylor: 50% off (11/27-11/30) | Code: THANKS

ASOS: 30% off (11/27-11/30) | Code: TGIBF

C.Wonder: 40% off (11/27- 12/1)|

Express:  50% off  (11/26-12/1)

Forever 21: Deals Starting at $4 + Extra 30% off Sale (11/27-11/28)

GAP: 50% off (11/27/11-28) | Code: BLKFRIDAY

J.Crew: 30% off Full Price  (11/26-11/30) | Code: HOLIDAY

J.Crew Factory: 50% off  (11/27-11/28)

Kate Spade: 25% off (11/27-11/29)  | Code: HOLLYJOLLY

LOFT: 50% off (11/28) | Code: TREAT

Madewell: 25% off  (11/27-11/29) | Code: GIFTON
 
Modcloth: 50% off Tons of New Arrivals (11/27-11/29)

Nine West: 50% off Boots + Booties (11/27-11/29)

Nordstrom: Major discounts on your favorite brands (11/27-11/29)

Nordstrom Rack: 30% off clearance

Old Navy: Up to 50% off (11/26-11/28)  | Code: GRAVY
 
Piperlime: 25% off (11/27-11/29) | Code: THANKFUL

Saks Fifth Avenue: Up to 60% off Select Styles (11/26-11/28)

Shopbop: 15% off $250, 20% off $500, 26% off $1,000  (11/25- 12/1) | Code: GOBIG14

Sole Society: 30% off select shoes (11/27-11/28)

t + j Designs: 30% off  | Code: THANKYOU30 

Threadsense: 30% off (11/27-11/28) | Code: BLACK30

What's your best holiday shopping deal ever?

Happy Shopping!

xoxo, lauren

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

12 Hours of #Together on Twitter!

I can't tell you how excited I am to be partnering with one of my favorite Wisconsin companies, Lands' End, on Cyber Monday to co-host their famous 12 Hours of #Together on Twitter! Lands' End is my go-to for modern takes on classic style, monogramming everything, & outerwear that can survive our crazy cold winters (& look fashionable while doing it)!
 
Check out all of the details below & chat along with us for a chance to win more than 100 giveaways during the 12 hour period. I'll be co-hosting from my twitter handle @lpfashionista
, from 7-8 PM CST on Cyber Monday (12/1)! We're going to be talking holiday gifting & tips to make the most wonderful time even more stylish-- and of course giving away some great prizes!
 
 
 
 
 
 Follow @LandsEndPR on Monday, December 1, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. (CST) and join the event at #Together. Participants will have the opportunity to answer trivia questions and retweet offers for a chance to win more than 100 great giveaways over the 12-hour period.
 
 Date: Monday, December 1, 2014
Time: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. CST (I'll be hosting during 7-8 PM CST)!
 Hashtag: #Together
 
Monogram Monday
 
If you love monograms as much a I do-, you won't want to miss  #MonogramMonday! Each Monday at 8:00 a.m. (CST) from December 1 – December 22, 2014, Lands’ End will post a photo or video of a three-lettered monogram on Twitter (@LandsEnd, @LandsEndPR), Facebook, & Instagram (@LandsEnd, @LandsEnd_PR).
 
The lucky-named individuals whose personal initials match the posted monogram in any order can enter at www.landsend.com/monogrammonday within 24 hours. All entries matching the monogram will be collected and one entrant will be chosen at random to win a $1,000 Lands’ End gift card each week. Date: Mondays, December 1-22, 2014 Time: 8:00 a.m. CST – Monogram will be posted
 
Hashtag: #MonogramMonday
Follow: Twitter: @LandsEnd, @LandsEndPR
Instagram: @LandsEnd, @LandsEnd_PR
 
Can't wait to chat along with you all!
 
xoxo, lauren

Sequins in the Snow

If you've learned anything about me in these past seven years of La Petite Fashionista it's that I'm a sucker for sequins & affordable fashion. So, this sequin chevron tunic from PureLux boutique hits all of the high notes for me. I never thought I could pull off the tunic look but this top is the perfect amount of drapey. It's so so comfy & the sequin embellished sleeves are a great splash of sparkle!

Check out PureLux Boutique for some trendy & affordable fashion finds and to help support small biz during the holiday shopping season! Each piece in the shop is bought in limited quantities so there's always new trends in the store! I also have the bow headband & J.Crew lookalike herringbone vest on my Christmas list.
 
 La Petite Fashionista: Sequin Chevron Tunic
 
What I'm Wearing:
Sequin Chevron Tunic: PureLux Boutique | Jeans:  American Eagle (similar) | Boots: Splendid
 
 La Petite Fashionista: Sequin Chevron Tunic
 
 La Petite Fashionista: Sequin Chevron Tunic
 
 La Petite Fashionista: Sequin Chevron Tunic
 
  La Petite Fashionista: Sequin Chevron Tunic

This evening I'm heading over to my boyfriend's family for Thanksgiving festivities. I'm thinking it will include lots of brandy slush, scrabble & perhaps some playing in the snow. I'm making a pumpkin nutella pie & I can't wait to see how it turns out.

Be sure to check back on Friday morning for a round up of the best Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals & my stylish picks under $50 from all of them! PureLux Boutique is offering 20% off  everything on their website during Black Friday so be sure to check out all of the gorgeous finds!

xoxo, lauren

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

10 Chic Holiday Party Dresses

Have you picked out your holiday party outfits yet? It's perfect timing because Shopbop just launched one of their biggest sales of the year! It's time to pick out your pretty party dresses & shop for stylish presents for everyone on your list.

You can save between 15- 25% off during their Big Event sale which runs Monday, December 1, 2014, at 11:59 PM PT! I know I'm going to be sending Santa a few "suggestions"! Check out the promo code & sale details at the bottom of the post.

I've picked out 10 of my favorite camera ready party dress looks. Pair these dresses with black tights, sparkly statement earrings & killer heels and you'll be the most stylish one at the party! Kyle & I are headed to Chicago for a weekend in December & I'd love your help picking out the perfect dress!

 10 Camera Ready Holiday Party Dresses

Shop the Post: 10 Chic Holiday Party Dresses

1. Black Dress: Keepsake | 2. Plaid Dress: re:named | 3. Lace Maxi Dress:  Alice + Olivia
4. Pink Party Dress: FindersKeepers | 5. Black Lace Dress:   LIV 
6. V-Neck Teal Dress: Amanda Uprichard | 7. Red Halter Dress: Blue Life 
8. Navy Lace Dress: Shoshanna  | 9. Plaid Dress: Maison Scotch  | 10. Black Floral Dress: B.B. Dakota

I love choosing party dresses in classic black, updated with lace or embellishments, jewel tones, classic red & tartan plaids. The pink dress is probably my favorite of them all- it's very LPF!

Here are the details on everyone's favorite Shopbop sale of the season! Seriously considering teaming up with some girlfriends to shop & get a bigger discount. There's a Michael Kors bag that I've had my heart set on forever that would be a great investment piece.

http://www.shopbop.com/ci/3/lp/discount-promo-coupon-code.html

  Use Code GOBIG14 at Checkout - Get all of the details here!

I'd love your opinon- which is your fave? Feel free to tweet me your pick @lpfashionista!
Happy Shopping y'all!

xoxo, lauren

Jewel Tone Holiday Dress

I had the pleasure of enjoying a whirlwind trip to Florida to watch my Seminoles play over the weekend (thanks Dad)! Driving back home from the airport in the first big snow of the season was not so enjoyable. It really does make the perfect backdrop for outfit pictures though and puts me in such a holiday mood! Today I'm showing off another holiday look in the  "Headliner" dress from Shabby Apple!
 
The teal shade of this dress is the perfect jewel tone hue to be dressed up with accessories. You can still wear those strappy heels with tights in the winter to keep from freezing. I adore the pop of color with these bright magenta strappy heels. You can't tell here, but the heels are actually covered with colorful glitter. I paired the outfit with a jeweled clutch that I scored thrifting a while back. It has a major old Hollywood feel & I love the sparkle- especially this time of year.
 
When looking for the perfect holiday dress, black & red is classic, but jewel tones are a great way to switch it up. I love hues of emerald, teal, magenta & royal blue paired back to metallic. Don't forget the bedazzled bags & sparkly accessories to complete the look. It's way to cold in Wisconsin to go sans tights, so a pair of fleece lined black tights has quickly become a wardrobe must-have for this Midwesterner!
 
 La Petite Fashionista: Jewel Tone Holiday Dress
 
What I'm Wearing:
Teal Dress: Shabby Apple | Magenta Heels: Forever 21 (similar)
Gold Belt: H&M (similar) | Jeweled Clutch: Vintage (similar)
 Gold Watch: Michael Kors  | Pink Lipstick: Maybelline (similar)
 
 La Petite Fashionista: Jewel Tone Holiday Dress

 La Petite Fashionista: Jewel Tone Holiday Dress

 La Petite Fashionista: Jewel Tone Holiday Dress
 
This dress has a higher boatneck style & an A-line style that looks fabulous on everyone. It has a nice defined waistline that I accented more with a gold belt. It was super comfortable and honestly- one of those dresses you slip on and just wanted to do a little twirl in!
 
I'm so excited for this holiday week!  I'm still trying to select dessert I want to make for Thanksgiving and am picking up a few last pieces to decorate our place for the holidays, post- turkey day. I also of course will have to find the perfect holiday outfit for dinner.
 
Check back throughout the week for great gift ideas from a few of my favorite brands, peeks at my holiday décor & don't forget to check out my pinterest board for tons of gorgeous gift ideas under $50!
 
What are your plans this week besides Thankgiving? Shopping? Decorating?
 
xoxo, lauren

Monday, November 24, 2014

Top 10 Stylish Gifts (Under $50): Francesca's

If there's a store that totally "gets me" it's francesca's. I can safely assure my boyfriend & family that they could get me pretty much anything from the store and know that I'll love it. From the gorgeous home decor to the sparkly statement accessories to the feminine clothes- you really can't go wrong. It's pretty much a one stop shop for gorgeous Christmas gifts!
 
 I'm teaming up with Francesca's to create a gift guide featuring my favorite picks from the store (it was seriously hard to pick only 10):

Top 10 Stylish Gifts Under $50: Francesca's
 
 Top 10 Gift Ideas from francesca's:
"I'm Very Busy" Case |  Breakfast At Tiffany's Mug | Antler Bottle Opener
Turquoise Teardrop Earrrings  | Statement Necklace  | Illume Soap | Gold Watch
Art Print | Metallic ClutchCapri Blue Candle

I love that the store has so many great affordable options too. All of my picks are under $50. I mean that Breakfast at Tiffany's mug?! Obsessed. The gold antler wine corker is the perfect complement to our rustic holiday décor!

If  you're loving any of these pieces too, be sure to check out francesca's Thanksgiving, Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals. A little birdy told me there are going to be some sweet deals! :)

Which of my gift picks is your favorite?

xoxo, lauren



Thank you to Francesca's for sponsoring this post! All thoughts opinions & stylish gift picks are my own. I LOVE this store!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

LPF Book Club: "Eightysixed" by Emily Belden

Growing up I was an avid reader and I still love reading, but life gets so crazy it's tough to make time to snuggle up with a good read. Kyle & I had a little getaway to Door County last weekend and it was the perfect excuse for some R&R! I finally had a chance to dig into a copy of Eightysixed: Life Lessons Learned by Emily Belden- and I loved it.
 
Emily's book has a Sex in the City meets Chicago setting and tells a story about life, love & the hilarious happenings that life often brings. I related to so much in her memoir. The stories of heartbreak, moving somewhere far from family & a hopeless dating scene are all scenarios I've encountered in my post-college years. There were times I was shaking my head while reading saying "yep, been there!" & found myself literally laughing out loud talking about some hilarious boy encounters.LPFBook Club: "Eightysixed" by Emily Belden
No one ever tells you your twenties are going to be such a crazy & unexpected time. I think Emily's story speaks perfectly to those times that we feel like we have life all planned out .. and nothing goes as planned- and sometimes that's exactly what's supposed to happen! 
 
In the spirit of Emily's book, Eightysixed, I thought I'd share a few of the life lessons I've learned in my twenties:
 
1. Sometimes scoring your dream job is not all it's cracked up to be- and that's perfectly okay
2. A phone call from mom after having an awful day can be seriously mood-changing (fro yo  definitely helps too)
3. Saturday night at age 18 is wayyy different from Saturday night at age 25
4.  If you try to have your life completely planned out (fellow Type A gals?) chances are things will not go as planned
5. Best friends will always be there- no matter the distance, no matter how long it's been since you've last talked or seen eachother-  always.
 
I definitely didn't imagine myself at age 25 living in Wisconsin, owning my own business, finding the most wonderful Midwestern guy & still blogging my heart out at LPF- but here I am and I love it! Life can be exciting and unexpected and take you down a crazy path you've never imagined- just as Emily writes about- and that's what makes it so wonderful.
 
Check out Emily Belden's book, "Eightysixed" or put it on your Christmas list. I promise you will be able to relate to her story of life, love & laughter! See more hilarious musings from Emily on her website.
 
What's something you've learned in your twenties (or hope you know by the time you reach that age)?
 
xoxo, lauren

Friday, November 21, 2014

Try This Trend: Rustic Glam Holidays

 The biggest change from spending the holidays in my girly bachelorette pad to with my boyfriend is the décor. While I love color, pink & femininity when it comes to the holidays he prefers more classic and woodsy. Where we meet in the middle is a rustic glam holiday sensibility. 
 
This year we're going to decorate our place with a rustic glam feel filled with mercury glass + gold, metallic deer & antlers, natural elements like birch & barn board, and some glam sparkly elements like glittery Christmas trees & metallic serving platters. I couldn't be more excited to start decorating next weekend! I'll be posting peeks of our décor, DIYs & recipes throughout the holidays!
 
I've created an inspiration board to get my creative juices flowing.
 
Rustic Glam Holidays
 
Rustic Glam Holiday Inspiration:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8
 
So I'll be looking for patterns like tartan & gold polka dots, mixed with natural wood & glam mercury glass. I'm so excited to see it all come together!
 
How would you describe your holiday style?
 
xoxo, lauren

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Holiday Sparkle + Pearl Necklace Giveaway!

When it comes to the holidays two things are for sure:
#1. Snow makes everything feel more magical this time of year &  #2. Jewelry makes every outfit feel instantly festive!

Pretty much everything came together when I stepped outside to take outfit pictures the other day wearing a holiday party look. Pure bliss came across my face at the sight of flurries falling to the ground and I probably could have broken out singing "Let it Go"! The pearls & silky maxi were the perfect complement to the snowglobe like atmostphere I'd just stepped into.

Be sure to scroll to the end of the post, you won't want to miss the opportunity to win a pearl necklace from JTV just like the one I'm wearing in today's outfit.

La Petite Fashionista: Holiday Style- Silk Maxi Skirt, Leather Jacket & Pearls

What I'm Wearing:
Freshwater Pearl Necklace- JTV | Leather Jacket- (similar) | Beanie- American Eagle (similar)
Black Crop Top- Aeropostale | Maxi Skirt- H&M (similar)

La Petite Fashionista: Holiday Style- Silk Maxi Skirt, Leather Jacket & Pearls

La Petite Fashionista: Holiday Style- Silk Maxi Skirt, Leather Jacket & Pearls

La Petite Fashionista: Holiday Style- Silk Maxi Skirt, Leather Jacket & Pearls

I've teamed up with JTV to share my favorite picks from their site. Let's be real- no girl will complain about jewelry sitting underneath the Christmas tree! The holidays are the perfect excuse to pile on the sparkly accessories and give & receive jewelry as gifts that will never go out of style.

Holiday Sparkle: JTV Gift Guide
Shop the Guide:
1. Rose Gold Watch | 2. Pearl Ring  | 3. Pearl Earrings 
 4. Blue Topaz Rose Gold Earrings  | 5. Pink Stud Earrings  | 6.  Yellow Gold + Diamond Simulant Bracelet 
 7. Pink Cabochon Bracelet |  8. Yellow Gold Bangle  | 9. Pearl Bracelet

I've also pinned a few of my favorite ways to accessorize for the holidays for even more inspiration!

Follow Lauren @ La Petite Fashionista's board Holiday Accessorizing on Pinterest.

I've saved the best for last! I styled the freshwater pearl necklace in my outfit featured in today's post and now you have a chance to win one for your own. The best thing about pearls is that they're totally timeless & go with almost every outfit- especially during the holidays!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
 
Entries are limited to US residents. Good luck!
 
How are you going to accessorize during the holidays?
 
xoxo, lauren

Thank you to JTV for sponsoring this post! All opinions,  thoughts & gorgeous jewelry picks are my own!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Peppermint Hot Cocoa + Candy Cane Marshmallows Recipe

I'm sorry to be that girl talking about Christmas before Thanksgiving's even happened, but I can't help it. I'm so darn excited for the holidays and the snowy weather isn't helping to dampen my Christmas spirit. This week, I was just craving homemade hot cocoa. There's something so cozy about a mug of hot chocolate & being cozied up during the winter.

Apologies in advance if this peppermint hot cocoa recipe puts you in the holiday mood.

Peppermint Hot Cocoa + Candy Cane Marshmallows Recipe

Peppermint Hot Cocoa
(makes 2 mugs)

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup water
4 cups milk (can be dairy or non-dairy)
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp pure peppermint extract
4 candy cane marshmallows (for topping)

Directions:
1. In a saucepan add water, cocoa powder & sugar & salt. Stir ingredients together.
2. Bring saucepan to medium heat & bring mixture to a boil. Stir constantly for one minute.
3. Lower heat & stir in milk. Be careful not to let the milk boil. Once temperature is adequate, remove from heat & stir in peppermint extract. 
4. Ladle into coffee mugs & top with candy cane marshmallows.

DIYCandy Cane Marshmallows

The candy cane marshmallows are the best part of this hot cocoa. They're so simple to make and oh-so-tasty. They look so pretty sitting in your mug but are equally as great as a snack!

Ingredients:
3 Candy Canes
10 Marshmallows
1/2 c White Chocolate Chips

Directions:
1. Place candy canes in plastic bag & zip shut. Using a meat tenderizer or mallet, crush candy canes into small pieces & pour into a small bowl.
2. In a small bowl, microwave white chocolate chips in 30 second increments, stirring well in between microwaving sessions. 
3. Dip half of each marshmallow in melted white chocolate then cover in crushed candy cane bits
4. Let dry for 10 minutes, then they're ready for hot cocoa action!

Trust me I'm no Martha, but this stuff is almost as simple as opening a packet & heating up in the microwaves. The candy cane marshmallows add an especially festive touch and I was amazed at how well they turned out. I'm definitely going to be making them for holiday parties!

Are you in the early holiday spirit too? Speaking of getting inspired for the holidays- be sure to check out my pinterest board for ideas for decorating, recipes, gifts, outfits & more!

xoxo, lauren

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Cozy Texture & Plaid Blanket Scarf

Winter has officially arrived in Wisconsin! Even though it will be my third winter here, I still get giddy over the first snowfall, which just happened to be this weekend. The neighborhood was blanketed in a dusting of beautiful, sparkly white snow & I’m instantly in the holiday spirit!
 
  I took the weather as my cue to break out my favorite Betsey Johnson plaid blanket scarf. I picked it up at the Madison Nordstrom Rack Store opening & it’s been one of my go-to accessories lately. My look features a cozy boucle textured cardigan, drapey white blouse,dark wash denim, chunky plaid infinity scarf & tan wedge lace up boots.
  
La Petite Fashionista: Cozy Jacket & Plaid Blaanket Scarf
 
What I'm Wearing:
Cozy Textured Jacket: Elodie | White Blouse: LUSH
Plaid Infinity Scarf: Betsey Johnson (similar) | Jeans: J.Brand | Wedges: MIA (similar)
(all via Nordstrom Rack)

La Petite Fashionista: Cozy Jacket & Plaid Blaanket Scarf
 

La Petite Fashionista: Cozy Jacket & Plaid Blaanket Scarf

La Petite Fashionista: Cozy Jacket & Plaid Blaanket Scarf

The holidays are right around the corner. I’ve already started shopping for family & friends. One of the perks to being a fashionable family member is being able to give stylish gifts to everyone on my list. Nordstrom Rack makes it easy to find perfect presents and save some money during the holidays with their designer discounts.

I’ve picked a few of my favorite pieces from Nordstrom Rack in case you need any inspiration for the fashion lovers on your list. What girl doesn’t love a little bit of sparkle?
 
Gorgeous Gifts from Nordstrom Rack
 
Gorgeous Gifts from Nordstrom Rack:
1. Studded Satchel - Betsey Johnson | 2. Gold Bracelet Watch - Nixon Watch
3. Statement Necklace - Bauble Bar | 4. Gold Flats- Sam Edelman
5. Phone Case- Lilly Pulitzer
 
When it comes to giving great gifts choose pieces in the recipient's favorite color or from their favorite brands. You can also give presents that are equally as useable as they are stylish- like a phone case or timeless gold watch. Thankfully you don’t have to choose between saving & splurging at Nordstrom Rack since everything in the store is an irresistible deal!
 
What’s getting you in the holiday spirit this year?
xoxo, lauren
 
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Nordstrom Rack, but all views are my own.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Holiday Gifts for the Guys

This year instead of just taking my best guess at what I think the guys want for the holidays I went straight to the source and asked my (stylish & savvy) boyfriend! I always think that men are difficult to buy for, but he had no trouble coming up with a wish list from Kohl's filled with clothing, & gifts that won't disappoint. The gift ideas on their site is a great place to start your search for the perfect present.
 
From the stylish (statement watches & pattern socks) to the techy toys. (Fitbit & Jambox) to the festive (cocktail books & barware sets) - these are all guy-approved gifts. Check out my guide to gifts for the guys (that they actually want) featuring great gift ideas from Kohl's!
 
Gift Guide: for the Guys (that they'll actually like)!
 
GIFTS FOR THE GUYS:
  • Pattern Socks: Fun socks make a great stocking stuffer. I love the trendy camo print
  • Fitbit: A great way to track your fitness- especially if you both get one!
  • JAMBOX: This wireless speaker syncs with your iPhone, perfect for parties
  • Wallaby Boots: These comfortable & stylish boots will get him out of his sneakers
  • Watch: This large watch will coordinate with anything & has a dressy feel.
  • Cocktail Book: A cocktail book is perfect for him to brush up on his mixologist skills
  • Barware Set: Every amateur bartender needs his tools. This covers all of the essentials
  • Graphic Tee: A comfy graphic tee, with his favorite tv show, band, or superhero is always a win. We LOVE Game of Thrones!

Check out the Men's Gift Ideas tab on the Kohl's site for even more ideas!
 
 What gift ideas do you love most for your husband, boyfriend, or best guy friend?
 
xoxo, lauren
 
Disclosure: Thank you to Kohls for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own!

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Perfect Jeans for Your Body Type

Finding the perfect pair of jeans can often feel like a seemingly impossible task. I know that with my petite hourglass shape, that I'll be trying on more than a few pairs each time I go shopping for the perfect pair. Although it can take a while to find the perfect pair of womens jeans,  when you do, there's no better feeling! You know the feeling- the kind you get when you have the favorite pair of jeans that always looks amazing on you.
 
A pair of jeans that fits & flatters can totally change the look of your outfit and make you feel more confident. It's also I place I like to invest in. When you think about the cost per wear- you definitely get your money's worth when you buy a pair of designer jeans that's durable, comfortable and looks great on you. I’ve rounded up my favorite jeans for each body type from True Religion.
 
I’ve created a guide to finding the perfect women’s jeans for each body type. Though I have to say that I believe “rules” are made to be broken. Don’t rule out an entire style of pants just because of your shape- find the pair that works for you with the right fabric, waistband, fabric & stretch. If you’re petite (like me!) it doesn’t mean that you don’t share characteristics of the other body types.
 
Best Jeans For Your Body Type: Petite

 
For petite women, you’ll want to look for jeans that are specifically made for petite proportions or have a shorter inseam (36” is typically a petite length). By choosing a pair with a length that works with your body, you won’t have to worry about those awful shredded hemlines from too-long pants dragging on the ground or pricey appointments with a tailor. For a petite body type we recommend trying pants in skinny & straight denim silhouettes in proportions built specifically for petite frames.
 
Best Jeans For Your Body Type: Hourglass
 
 Hourglass Denim Styles:
 
If you have an hourglass figure your hips and chest are approximately the same width & your waist is smaller. Women with an hourglass figure will want to choose a pair of jeans that highlight their best asset. Look for pairs of jeans with contoured waistbands and a slight flare at the bottom to help balance your curves.  A pair of dark wash  bootcut denim is perfect for achieving this look!
 
Best Jeans For Your Body Type: Athletic

Athletic Denim Styles:
With an athletic body type you may lack curves, but don’t worry, with the right pair of jeans you can create them! A pair of skinny jeans is perfect for creating a more curvy look. Look for details like stitching or flaps on the back pocket to make your backside look bigger! The super skinny &  skinny jeans for women are the perfect way to get the look.
 
A pear shaped body means that you’ve got more voluptuous hips & backside. So, when it comes to finding the right pair of jeans, look for a pair that play up your curves. A pair of straight or bootcut jeans with stretch will  accents all of the right places. Avoiding embellishment on the backs of pocket & choosing darker indigo washes for denim jeans will be most flattering for your shape.
 
Now you have all of my tips for finding your perfect pair of jeans!
 
Which is your favorite True Religion style?
 
xoxo, lauren
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