Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Pink & Navy Preppy

The location of Go Blog Social at the Berg Event Space had the most beautiful outdoor patio. In true blogger fashion, Maya & I couldn't resist snapping eachother's outfit pictures against the beautiful grass terrace & brick walls. How can you not love hanging out with bloggers for that reason?

I picked up this navy & pink geometric print from my new favorite Kansas City boutique, the KC Garment Collective (see it in all it's glory on my instagram!) and wore it during my talk on personal branding!

La Petite Fashionista: Pink & Navy Preppy

La Petite Fashionista: Pink & Navy Preppy

La Petite Fashionista: Pink & Navy Preppy

La Petite Fashionista: Pink & Navy Preppy

Get the Look: Pink & Navy Geometric Print Dress - KC Garment Collective (similar) // Denim Jacket- (similar) // Bag- Kate Spade via Nordstrom Rack // Heels - Jessica Simpson (similar) // Navy Statement Necklace -Kate Spade (similar) // Sunglasses- Fendi via Nordstrom Rack

This pink Kate Spade bag scored from Nordstrom Rack has become one of my favorite new accessories. I always thought I'd prefer a more neutral color but the pink is the perfect pop of color for any outfit and I'm rarely without it lately!

xoxo, lauren
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Monday, April 14, 2014

Latest Lust: Spring Shades

Looking at this post just makes me happy! I love how different each of the individual pieces are, but how well they mix & match together. I'm inspired by the color palette- pops of mint, coral, & yellow grounded in white & brown neutrals.I also love the playful mix of patterns & texture from watercolor florals & stripes, to eyelet, patent leather& 3D rosettes. 

Latest Lust: Spring Shades

I own those J.Crew 3" chinos in a ton of colors and must say they're one of my favorite pieces to wear in the summertime. I don't know about you- but I totally noticed within the last few years, that I can't buy shorts from the places I used to shop because they're a little too short & scandalous. I love that J.Crew's are perfect length for a 20-something and come in such fun colors!

What pieces are on your shopping list this Spring?

xoxo, lauren
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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Little White Skirt + Chambray Shirt

What is it about slipping on a floaty chiffon skirt that just makes you want to do a little twirl? This tiered white skirt from Flourish Boutique is no exception! I paired my little white skirt with my trusty chambray button down, pastel chevron heels & hot pink lipstick. Considering how versatile it is- this skirt is going to be on heavy rotation in my wardrobe this summer!

La Petite Fashionista: Little White Skirt + Chevron Heels

La Petite Fashionista: Chambray + Pink Lipstick

La Petite Fashionista: Little White Skirt + Chambray Shirt
What I'm Wearing: White Skirt: via Flourish Boutique // Chambray Shirt: Target (similar) // Chevron Heels: Marshalls // Mint Crossbody Bag: Lands' End Canvas (similar) // Watch: Michael Kors  // Clover Necklace (similar) // Pink Lipstick: Maybelline "Pink Pop" // Sunglasses: via Nordstrom Rack

If you love my skirt, be sure to check out the Flourish Boutique site for some gorgeous & affordable new pieces for Spring!

I was so excited to get my clover necklace in the mail from my bestie Katie last week! She sent it as a good luck token for my new business ventures. The sweet thought behind it brings a smile to my face every time I wear it! How did I luck out with such amazing friends?!

I hope you're enjoying your weekend! I got in some dancing & craft cocktails last night so life is good!

xoxo, lauren
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Friday, April 11, 2014

Cheers to Spring + Backyard Margaritas!

We had the first warm evening of spring and I couldn't resist setting out some of our outdoor furniture and fixing up a couple of margaritas for Kyle & I. What better way to take advantage of warm weather than a little bit of happy hour in the backyard (made festive with my favorite capri blue candle, succulent plant from kelly & thrifted brass pineapple & colorful cocktail napkins). I have a fun stash of cocktail napkins to break out whenever the occasion arises!

I snapped a few pictures of our impromptu cocktail hour this week! I love that a simple teak table can be made festive by adding a few colorful accents. 

 La Petite Fashionista: Backyard Margaritas

La Petite Fashionista: Best Margarita Recipe EVER!

La Petite Fashionista: Cheers to Spring

Have I ever mentioned how much I love a good homemade margarita? Kyle & I learned the DIY route in a cooking class we took together and have never turned back. I love knowing there's not a ton of additives and excess sugar like in a mix and they seriously taste SO much better and are less expensive when you make them yourselves. 

The trick is also to get a higher grade 100% agave tequila to make your margarita that much smoother. I love that you can also adjust the sweetness + tartness when you DIY your margarita! You can add in fruit juice or muddle up fruit to flavor them. Make sure you pin my go-to recipe above so you can try them out for your warm weather entertaining!

What's your favorite warm weather cocktail to whip up? Cheers to Friday everyone!

xoxo, lauren
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Splash of Happy with Boden

Boden has always been one of my favorite brands because it's just so La Petite Fashionista. The colorful prints, modernized classics & quintiscentually british style make it a truly unique place to shop. I mean, how can you not love placing an order on the phone and hearing a cheery British accent on the other end! The brand is making closets fun again with their bright colors & prints and beautiful silhouettes that make you feel like the best version of yourself.

The sun was finally making an appearance after six months of hiding this week and I met my boyfriend for lunch downtown (major perk of self employment). I had to laugh when I saw that the cup from one of my favorite coffee shops quite perfectly coordinated with my outfit!

La Petite Fashionista: Pink Pants + Polka Dots from Boden

La Petite Fashionista: A Colorful Splash of Happy with Boden

La Petite Fashionista: Pink Pants + Polka Dots with Boden

I’ve been dying for a pair of colorful skinny jeans and this pink pair was absolutely calling my name. Paired with preppy navy polka dots and it’s a match made in heaven! It’s amazing how transformative a pair of pants can be to your attitude. In a spring that just hasn’t been cooperating, slipping on this pair of colorful pants has given me an instant sunny disposition! I can’t control the weather but I can definitely sport some springy clothes that make me smile! :)

Do some shopping at the Boden site and I have no doubt you’ll find some clothes that will bring a splash of happy to your life too! 

xoxo, lauren 

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Boden through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Boden, all opinions are my own.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Go Blog Social 2014: Lift Eachother Up!

Blogging conferences are magical places! Being a blogger can be hard if your friends and family don't understand what you do- why you'd skip out on a friday night to do a photoshoot instead or need to stop before eating dinner to snap a picture of your beautifully styled plate. Being at Go Blog Social in Kansas City last weekend was amazing because I was surrounded by 200 people who shared a passion for blogging!

The event was filled with so many inspiring bloggers from around the Midwest and I came away with so many new friends, new blogs to read, and a face to the name of the site's I've been looking at online for so long! I even had the opportunity to speak which was equal parts terrifying and exciting. It meant the world to me to have people come up and talk to me after and share their blogging stories & questions!

Go Blog Social 2014 Recap
1. The beautiful event space for GBS- the Berg Event Space // 2. The most amazing store ever; the Garment District in Kansas City // 3. Gold antlers on display at the Garment District // 4. Delicious cake balls + social media handout // 5. GBS in the event space // 6. Business cards collected from some amazing blogger // 7. My "branding yourself online" presentation // 8. Mimosas + shopping // 9. Cheesin' in the photobus with Maya, Sam & Katelyn

5 Things I Learned at Go Blog Social

I think one of my biggest takeways from Go Blog Social was that we should all be lifting eachother up! There is more than enough room for all bloggers to find their niche & share their content. We should all be spreading the good blog karma and supporting & helping eachother out in this crazy little world of blogging.

I'm so thankful to have had the opportunity to attend GBS! Kansas City was such a gorgeous city and I'd love to go back and spend more time there. I learned a ton about photography, growing your brand, styling vignettes & working with brands. I can't wait to keep in touch with all my new blogging girlfriends! It was so cool to have grown our group of Midwest Bloggers. Thank you so much to the ladies who put on this wonderufl weekend!

If you're interested in hearing more about my Branding Yourself Online presentation- I've got the details to getting a free Branding Guide download right here!

xoxo, lauren

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Monday, April 7, 2014

My #ShopGenius Confession + a Nordstrom Rack Gift Card Giveaway!

Wisconsin just stepped up its fashion game in a big way last week with the opening of the new Nordstrom Rack store in Milwaukee! I had the honor of attending a private shopping event there full of shopping, catching up with stylish blogging friends & celebrating with bottles of mini champagne! The store is beautiful and filled with racks of gorgeous discounted designer & brand name clothing which makes for a fun shopping experience! Anyone living in Wisconsin MUST go check out our new store! 

Within a few minutes of entering the store I had an armful of clothes to try on, including these mega gorgeous floral pants. I’ve been dying to try out the printed pants trend, and at $20, I couldn't resist this pair & I’m so glad I did. I mean, literally they make me want to do a floral pants happy dance! My new Kate Spade bag from Nordstrom Rack is one of my other latest obsessions. The pretty hot pink shade is perfectly La Petite Fashionista! 

#ShopGenius Confession: Some Girls Like To Get Flowers, I Like to Wear Them!

Floral Pants Happy Dance #ShopGenius

Now that I’ve let you in on my #ShopGenius confession, here comes the fun part! I will pick two winners of  $50 gift cards to Nordstrom Rack so they can feel like shopping geniuses too (& maybe even snag up some a Kate Spade bag for themselves!) 

Here’s what you have to do to enter to win: 
1. Follow @NordstromRack@LaPetiteFashionista on instagram 
2. Comment on my instagram photo of this outfit with your #ShopGenius fashion & shopping confessions. Get creative, be sassy & have fun with it! I will pick the two winners with the most creative shopping confessions!
 3. Be sure to tag #shopgenius in your comment! 

If you’re looking for some inspiration for your Nordstrom Rack confessions here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing: 
  • The love of my life is a little red dress
  • I tend to embellish things 
  • I get candy colored cravings 
  • I stand tall in flats
I’m SO excited to see everyone’s Nordstrom Rack shopping confessions and the instagram contest will end on 4/9 at 11:59 PM.. good luck! 

xoxo, lauren
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Friday, April 4, 2014

Latest Lust: Spring Shades of Nail Polish

One of the easiest ways to transition your wardrobe into Spring is by brushing on a new shade of nail polish! This year I'm loving light pastel shades like mint, baby blue, pale pink & peach, and lilac! Or better yet combine the two & do a trendy "half moon manicure". I recently tried shellac, but with my ever-changing outfits and style, I like the versatility of good old fashioned nail polish.
These are a few of my favorite spring shades:

Stylish Nail Polish Shades for Spring

Total side note, but who names all of these fun nail polish shades? I want their job!
xoxo, lauren

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

La Petite Fashionista Mag Issue #6!

A small confession.. I pour my heart and soul into every issue of LPF Mag that we release! We try to make each one better than the last- something relatable AND inspiring. We are always trying to come up with the most creative entertaining ideas, most affordable fashion pieces for your closet & share the words of inspiring entrepreneurs. I definitely couldn't do it without the support of  my amazing contributor of writers, illustrators, and PR! 

I'm so proud to show you the debut of our new Spring issue- in it you'll find ideas for a DIY lemonade stand soiree, stylish rainboots to combat April showers, a workout to get in shape for Summer (from a pro), LPF Mag readers' Spring style + MUCH more! Let me know your thoughts & what you'd love to see in our next issue!

La Petite Fashionista Magazine Issue #6
Thank you again to Sarah, Amanda, Aimee, Rebecca, Jackie & Courtney for your help with the issue! We're always looking for contributors, graphic designers & photographers looking to share their talents! If interested in working on the next issue just send us an email at LPFMag@gmail.com.
We want to know- what's your favorite article? Share the LPF Mag love! Tag a picture of us reading the new issue or your latest outfits, cooking or entertaining adventures with #LPFMag - we'll feature you on our instagram @LPFMagLove!
xoxo, lauren
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Monday, March 31, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Which dress can you see yourself in this spring?

xoxo, lauren
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