Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Denim Shirtdress & Pink Plaid Scarf

Today was the first day that I stepped outside and it actually felt like fall. There was a crispness in the air and the leaves are starting to turn. Life has been so crazy busy lately that it felt good to just stand there and take it all in. There's something about the change in seasons that makes me crave change. I have a hair appointment booked for next week and can't wait for a fresh, new cut.
Kyle's brother & future sister in law are getting married this weekend and we've spent nearly all of summer getting his family farm ready for their celebration. I'm so excited to see it all come together! Then, next week, Kyle & I will be off to meet my family in Hawaii so I'm looking forward to some much needed rest & relaxation!
This denim dress is a perfect piece to transition into fall. When it gets colder I can layer on tights & ankle boots or a cute utility coat. For now, I'm rocking a cute pink & olive green plaid blanket scarf from last year (see how I styled it as a wrap here).
Transitioning into fall in a denim shirt dress layered with a pink plaid blanket scarf.

What I'm Wearing:
Denim Shirtdress: Lee Jeans (similar here & here) | Tan Lace-Up Rodillo Wedges: Jeffrey Campbell
Pink Plaid Scarf: SheInside (similar here & here) | Bangle: Bourbon and Boweties

Pink blanket scarf & Bourbon & Boweties bangle

Denim shirt dress layered with a pink plaid blanket scarf.

Denim shirt dress layered with a pink plaid blanket scarf & lace-up Rodillo wedges.
Denim shirt dress layered with a pink plaid blanket scarf for transitioning into fall
I'm all about denim in every shape & form for fall. From dresses to chambray shirts to trusty blue jean- you really can't go wrong with any silhouette. It's one of the most versatile fabrics ever. I'm looking forward to taking this piece into colder weather!
As a side note, I picked up these Jeffrey Campbell lace-up beauties this summer and they've become one of my favorites. They're super comfortable wedges and look oh-so-sassy paired with skinny jeans!
xoxo, lauren

Friday, September 25, 2015

Modern Fall Decor & Entertaining Inspiration

This fall I've been loving a more modern take on fall decorating. The inspiration I've been pinning to my "Feels like Fall" board include white pumpkins mixed with succulent plants and eucalyptus, neutral hydrangeas & sunflowers, and gourmet takes on fall comfort food. It's simple but festive and you can get the look by incorporating a few small but impactful elements into your existing décor. You can also never go wrong with a autumnal, pumpkin candle.

I'm sharing my modern fall décor inspiration board & a few ways I've incorporated the look into our home. I always embrace this season to the fullest. We've been brewing pumpkin spice coffee from Trader Joes every morning and I've already indulged in a bag of Angie's seasonal candy corn popcorn.
Inspiration Images via: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8
I love the idea of giving fall foods an update- like pumpkin panna cotta with gingersnap macaron crust or spiked apple cider cocktails. This time of year also makes me want to host a big farm to table dinner party, complete with cozy throw blankets and seasonal flowers. Last but not least if you're looking for some major fall home inspiration be sure to check to check out the home tour from Craftberry Bush. I think I literally pinned every image- so much to love!
Are you as excited for fall as I am?
xoxo, lauren

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Fall Accessory Love

If you're looking to give your wardrobe a bit of a fall update but don't want to spend the money on clothes you may only wear a few times, accessories are a great way to get your fall fix. I've been trying to make a conscious effort not to overwhelm my newly organized closet with tons of new clothes (read about my organization efforts here). 
I like to think about accessories from a cost-per-wear point of view. Typically we wear them far more often than a piece of clothing. You can also score trendy looks on the cheap at Forever 21 and H&M. I've rounded up a few of the key accessories to help take your wardrobe into fall- from cozy marled socks  to chic vintage-style earrings.
Buffalo Plaid Scarf + Khaki Utility Jacket

 Here's a look at what accessories I'm loving this season & a few tips for styling them.
Latest Lust: Fall Accessories
Must Have Fall Accessories:
1. Plaid Scarf ($15): Tartan scarves were a hot trend last fall and will continue to be, but this oversized plaid n a cool autumn color palette is a great update.

2. Ring Stack- Crystals, Evil Eye, Parallel Bars ($32- $38): Rings are a great minimalist way to accessorize, I like mixing & matching midi rings with statement ring like these.

3. Floppy Felt Hat ($20): A floppy flat hat adds a boho look to any outfit (see how I styled mine here). This one is super affordable too!

4. Marled Socks ($5): I have a thing for cozy socks in chilly weather. This style also looks cute peeking out of ankle boots.

5. Vintage Style Earrings ($30): A pair of statement earrings are an easy way to dress up a casual sweater. This pair has a timeless, vintage feel to them.

6.  Bracelet Watch ($78): A leather wrap bracelet watch effortlessly adds to your arm party stack. This cognac leather pairs well with any outfit.

7. Woven Tote ($55): This colorful, geometric patterned tote would be equally as great for carrying fall picnic essentials as it would your everyday, holds-everything purse.

Which accessory trend are you loving most?

xoxo, lauren

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Runway to Real Way: SS16 Fashion Trends

Though I didn't get to New York Fashion week in person, there's nothing I love more than cozying up on the couch with some pumpkin spice coffee & Netflix (latest obsession: Reign),pinning my favorite looks of the season. Then, I love to do a little bit of trend forecasting about what the biggest trends of the season will be.
 Fashion week can be totally overwhelming with so many avant garde looks. So, I like to break it down into what the most I think are the most wearable trends of the season.. That way you can actually envision how these high fashion looks can fit into your wardrobe. This is the first post in a series of what you can expect for Spring/Summer 2016's biggest fashion trends.
SS16 Runway Looks (L-R): Nanette Lepore | Rebecca Taylor | DVF | Tommy Hilfiger | DVF
SS16 Runway Trends: Patchwork
The print mixing trend of SS15 was taken one step further with the patchwork look that took over the runways that has a 70's feel. My favorite patchwork outfits are in tonal color palettes which give them a slightly more modern look.
SS16 Runway Looks (L-R): Trina Turk | J.Crew | Rebecca Taylor | Tory Burch | Mara Hoffman
SS16 Runway Trends: Off the Shoulder
I love this trend because it's a little flirty and feminine. Whether in a sundress or top, ruffles or elastic band, it's a versatile silhouette that's easy to dress up or dress own. Personally, I love Rebecca Taylor's floral maxi dress take.
SS16 Runway Looks (L-R):  Tory Burch | Oscar de la Renta | Rachel Zoe | Marissa Webb | DVF
SS16 Runway Trends: Golden Yellow
This sunny, optimistic hue was all over the runway. It makes quite a statement and looks gorgeous on every skin tone. I especially love this color in lace fabrication.
SS16 Runway Trends: Crochet
Similar to patchwork, crochet is another 70's inspired look that's trending on the SS16 runways. The primary colored Alice + Olivia take is a more direct inspiration while the black crochet crop top paired with a striped skirt at Nanette Lepore has a modern look.
I think my favorite shows from New York Fashion Week were Nanette Lepore, Rebecca Taylor & Mara Hoffman.  Check out all of my favorite fashion week looks here:

If you're wondering what the must-wear trends for this fall will be, check out my breakdown on getting the look from J.Crew's fall 2015 collection here.
xoxo, lauren

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Derek Lam 10C for Athleta Collaboration

Perhaps for some people working out makes them want to wear more stylish fitness clothes, but for me it’s the opposite! There’s something to be said about the mindset change you achieve when you swap out your baggy yoga pants and oversized college tees for pieces built to help you perform. An outfit that will easily take me from the barre classes to post workout iced coffee has seriously transformative powers. This is why I couldn’t be more thrilled when my two worlds collided when Derek Lam teamed up with Athleta to launch a collection of activewear that’s equal parts fashion and function.
While I danced through high school and was captain of my dance team, things just weren’t the same post-college. Gyms just aren’t my jam. I need great music, a class that challenges me, and most importantly something fun. I’m happy to say I’ve finally got my work out groove back at my Barre3 studio. The mix of Pilates, yoga, and ballet are the perfect blend for me. I gave my new outfit from the Derek Lam 10C Athleta collaboration a test drive in my work out class and it not only performed well, but made me feel confident too!
Sporty chic sweatshirt & compression leggings for barre class.
Slouchy grey sweatshirt & black colorblock compression leggings at Barre class

One of the keys to barre is a proper-fitting pair of leggings. It’s about more than just fashion- it helps you see your form and trigger the correct muscles for different movements. The Block Studio Legging from the new Derek Lam 10C for Athleta collection combines trendy colorblocking cut lines with moisture- wicking and breathable compression fabric. Wearing them to class was not only comfortable, but it let me see all of the definition I’ve been working so hard to create.

Athleta x Derek Lam 10c Barre workout class outfit.
Barre class workout in colorblock leggings

Conveniently, there’s a coffee shop a few doors down from my studio, so I love that there are pieces in the collection that are athletic inspired but easily fit in with your regular wardrobe. I can just throw on the french terry 2 N 1 City Sweatshirt over my leggings to grab an iced coffee. I think when it comes to post-workout looks, it’s all about balancing the loose and roomy silhouettes.

From barre class to the coffee shop with a sporty chic sweatshirt
Barre to Brunch Outfit
Though we go shoeless in barre class, there is no better finishing touch for a sleek post-outfit workout than a great pair of sneakers. I’ve been obsessing over cute kicks lately and the 515 New Balance Downtown Sneakers are designed specially for the Derek Lam 10C Athleta collaboration. Not only do they coordinate perfectly with my fitness gear, but they’d look just as cute with jeans. When I’m feeling funky, I can have my green laces in or swap them out for classic black.

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The Derek Lam 10C for Athleta collection fuses fitness and style in a way that makes it so easy to wear whether you’re working out, running errands, or relaxing on the weekend. Each piece is not just made to look chic, but it’s designed to perform and make you feel stylish during your workout. Be sure to check it out online and in select stores!

xoxo, lauren

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Athleta through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about the Derek Lam 10C Athleta collection, all opinions are my own.

Monday, September 14, 2015

The Container Store - an Organization Lover's Dream

Last week I had the excitement of attending a blogger preview of The Container Store at Mayfair Mall in Milwaukee. Then, I came back to attend the grand opening to do a little shopping & cover the event for the Fearless Fashionista blog. This is super exciting because it's the first store in Wisconsin! It also came at perfect timing since I've been on a huge organization kick (see my progress here).
It was my first time stepping foot in a store and it did not disappoint. Its layout & displays were a visual merchandising dream. Everything is colorful, easy to find, and there's tons of options that won't break the bank. I wanted to share a few of my favorite pieces from my visit to the store.
 The Container Store- an organization lover's dream!
Colorful office inspo in pattern + pink.
These colorful office supplies are right up my alley. Seriously.. gimme all the hot pink storage boxes!
Closet organization envy!
The Elfa storage systems gave me major closet envy- a place for everything!
Colorful storage bin display.
I mean, even the plastic storage bins are visually appealing in the store!
Stylish food storage containers.
This wall of foodstorage has me ready to upgrade all my plastic Tupperware to something sturdier.
Colorful office supplies + florals.
They had all of these fab floral filled product displays in prep for a pre-opening party. Some great entertaining inspiration, don't you think?
 Besides the awesome drawer dividers & acrylic make-up organizer I brought back with me, another highlight was finally getting to meet Rachel of A Detailed Palette! The Container Store partnered with nonprofit, Junior League of Milwaukee, to give back 10% of all of the sales from the opening weekend. I had a blast shopping and already put my finds to good use giving my dresser drawers an organized KonMari style makeover.
What's been your favorite organizational makeover? I'm always looking for tips and even have a Pinterest board to keep me inspired!
xoxo, lauren

Saturday, September 12, 2015

DIY Natural Makeup Brush Cleaner

This week I got to check out the new Container store opening at Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa. Being in organization heaven got me thinking alot about well.. organization! Today for their store opening I picked up an acrylic cosmetics organizer. In the spirit of tidying decided I should get my makeup brushes looking pretty and clean again. I'm not going to lie, this is something I definitely don't do as frequently as I should (experts say at least once a month, depending on how frequently you use them).
 I'm on a constant mission to try to use less chemicals in the products I use- especially if it's something I put on my body or face (or eat, for that matter). I tried a simple, DIY method today for cleaning my makeup brush and it worked just as well as the chemical-laden stuff (& smells amazing). You may even have all the products you need around the house, so check it out!
A simple DIY makeup brush cleaner that's chemical-free & all natural!
The best part about this DIY Makeup Brush Cleaners is that there's no harmful chemicals! It uses a multi-purpose Castile soap which contains all natural ingredients. You can also use it for shampoo, face wash & body wash. The one I used is infused with lavender essential oils but they also typically come in peppermint.
A simple DIY makeup brush cleaner that's chemical-free & all natural!
DIY Natural Makeup Brush Cleaner:
Travel Spray Bottle
Pure Castile Soap (you can also substitute baby shampoo or LUSH's organic shampoo)
A small cup of warm water
Paper Towel
A simple DIY makeup brush cleaner that's chemical-free & all natural!

Steps for cleaning your makeup brushes (naturally):

1. Fill mini spray bottle with Castile soap (or substitute) & spray brush bristles.
2. In a small glass swish around the brush (just as you would a paintbrush). Be sure not to get the metal "stem" wet, as it could loosen the bristles.
3. As an extra step if there still seems to be any powder/pigments left in brushes you can gently massage the brush under a running faucet with warm water.
4. Once your brushes are thoroughly cleaned blot them on a paper towel and set them out until dry!
I'm so happy to finally have a super easy & natural way to clean them. Keeping them clean will be a breeze with the mini spray bottle!
Do you have any other beauty routines you've swapped out for a more natural method? Be sure to let me know or shoot me a link @lpfashionista!
xoxo, lauren

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: Clothes

As I mentioned, I've recently started reading "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up".  I picked up this book because we have a teensy clutter problem. The book came highly recommended to me by my friend Jocelyn & Joyce and it's definitely come through on its claim to change my life.  Kyle & I really try to keep things tidy, but we always seem to run into some roadblocks. My bedroom doubles as an office and I went from living in my own two bedroom cottage to sharing a place with him so needless to say we have a lot of stuff. Quite honestly, our clutter causes conflict in an otherwise harmonious relationship.

 Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: Clothes | A progress check in for decluttering with the KonMari method

Lately, I've felt the serious need to pare down and simplify so reading this book couldn't come at a better time. I've only just begun my de-cluttering journey but I already feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I'm going to be documenting my life changing tidying up journey for La Petite Fashionista for anyone else wanting to do the same.

Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: Clothes | A progress check in for decluttering with the KonMari method

Author & professional organizer, Marie Kondo's "KonMari" method starts with the process of organizing (& purging) clothes. As a fashion blogger, I have a ridiculous amount of everything and finding something to wear each day can sometimes be overwhelming. Don't even get me started on my dresser!

 Marie recommends starting with clothes because they have the least sentimental attachment. Organizing them into subcategories helps the decision making process. I started with tees & ended with shoes.

Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: Clothes | A progress check in for decluttering with the KonMari method

As you sort through your closet, the question to ask yourself is "does it spark joy?".  For me the though process was about how the clothes made me feel. Why keep anything around that doesn't make you feel confident, beautiful, comfortable or chic. I had been keeping around lots of pairs of jeans that I'd grown out of and had a drawer full of "sleep shirts" that I never even used.

 I ended up with 6 paper grocery bags full of clothes to give to my local charity shop & one bag with the best pieces to put up for sale in an upcoming Instagram shop.

Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: Clothes | A progress check in for decluttering with the KonMari method

Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: Clothes | A progress check in for decluttering with the KonMari method

My closet has been so crammed full that I could barely add another hanger, so it's been a drastic change post- KonMari. I think what I love most is that I love everything in my closet & dresser- so getting dressed in the morning is a breeze. Everything fits & flatters me and makes me feel my best. There's even a method for folding clothes that makes them all fit in drawers more easily (no more piles & stacks of folded shirts)!

If you're overwhelmed by clutter in any aspect of your life or think you'd like a more minimalist approach, I highly recommend you check out "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up". It's the best $12 I've spend in a long time. While it's definitely still a work in progress,  I can't wait to document and share all of the changes.

Have you read the book? What are your favorite ways to organize & declutter?

xoxo, lauren

Monday, September 7, 2015

September Inspiration Board

I sincerely can't believe it's already September. This month is going to flyyy by! We're getting ready for Kyle's brother's wedding (see the cute bridal shower I co-hosted here), I'm working on launching a new e-course, de-cluttering the house, and taking all the barre3 classes I can squeeze in before our  trip to Hawaii next month. It's going to be a very busy month so I plan on doing whatever I can to relax and enjoy it.
For my September inspiration board I'm loving neutrals, minimalism, quiet moments, natural elements, and special details.
September Inspiration Board
Looking to see what else is inspiring me this month? Pin along with me on Pinterest!
 During Labor Day weekend I've been enjoying a super relaxing long weekend filled with not setting an alarm clock, mini road trips, and countless cups of coffee with my guy. Now, back to the real world!
 xoxo, lauren

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Farmhouse Chic Bridal Shower Brunch

Kyle's older brother is getting married in October so I've been having a ton of fun being involved in some of the special planning for their wedding (see my bridesmaid dress hunting fun here)! Last weekend I co-hosted a bridal shower for his future sister-in-law, Ann, with his mom.

 We decided to throw a farmhouse chic bridal shower brunch - keeping with the rustic theme since they'll be getting married in the barn. His mom handled all of the delicious eats (since she's basically Martha in the kitchen) & I handled the décor & mimosas. I even DIY'd some mason jar floral arrangements using a few different florals I scored at Trader Joe's.

I just wanted to share a few snapshots on this simple but sweet bridal shower.

Farmhouse Chic Bridal Shower Brunch | Gold tassel garland, vintage cake plates, DIY mason jar florals & mimosas

The table, filled with mason jar bouquets, a cake plate full of sweets & reclaimed barn board statement piece.
Farmhouse Chic Bridal Shower Brunch | DIY Mason Jar Floral Arrangements
So happy with how these turned out! So colorful & happy.

Farmhouse Chic Bridal Shower Brunch | Gold tassel garland, vintage cake plates, DIY mason jar florals & mimosas

A few of the décor pieces- that monogram A was a $2 score at Joann's!

Farmhouse Chic Bridal Shower Brunch | Write down a piece of marriage advice for the bride to be!

Guests shared their wedding advice for Ann on these sweet cards (from a Project Life set).

Farmhouse Chic Bridal Shower Brunch | Gold tassel garland, vintage cake plates, DIY mason jar florals & mimosas

I "borrowed" a canvas art piece from our room to tie into the love & marriage theme & repurposed a tissue paper tassel garland from a recent bachelorette party I hosted.

Chic Bridal Shower Brunch | DIY Mason Jar Floral Arrangements

Our menu was simple but delicious - two quiches (vegetarian & bacon/cheese), mini muffins and cinnamon rolls, greek yogurt, fruit & granola. Then some refreshing mimosas, coffee & lemonade. We played a couple of games ("how well does the groom know you") & socialized.

I've hosted a few different bridal showers & bachelorette parties over the past few years. I've learned that investing in a few major décor pieces that can be repurposed for different events is key. I always keep an eye out at thrift stores, Michael's & Jo-Ann's for versatile pieces like cake stands, serving plates, faux florals and table coverings.

I love celebrating love & had so much fun pulling this sweet shower together!

xoxo, lauren
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