Friday, February 27, 2015

4 Ways to Refresh for Spring

Are you feeling stuck in a winter rut? The snow is starting to give me some major cabin fever. Spring gives you a chance to press reset and refocus- and it's almost here. I'm teaming up with HP today to share 4 ways that I refresh for Spring. I'll be sharing four ways that I've been using my new HP Pavilion x360 to feel inspired and refreshed for a new season. They're also headed on tour with Megan Trainor to help her "Bend the Rules" & create fan generated content to document it!
I've been using the computer for a few weeks right now and it's been a total dream to use. I do freelance social media work and as a small business owner it's super important to me to have a computer than can adapt to all my needs. The HP x360 converts to 4 different modes- the laptop, tablet, tent & stand (and has a 360 degree hinge)- so it's perfect for every occasion. My days vary so much and as a blogger and business owner, it's so amazing to have one tool that does it all.
Some days I might be editing photos & writing blog posts, another it might be pinning inspiration for future shoots or doing my bookkeeping. I also love that it has touch screen capabilities, so it's the perfect format if I'm meeting with a client presenting a social media strategy. Then of course I also have the times that I want to use my computer for personal use. I like putting it in tent mode if I want to follow along with a workout video or binge watch my favorite shows on weekends. It also has tons of social apps already loaded onto the computer that make my social media work even more easily integrated.

Ready to refresh for Spring? Check out my tips!

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4 Ways to Refresh for Spring: Follow Your Dreams
4 Ways to Refresh for Spring: Follow Your Dreams

4 Ways to Refresh for Spring: Follow Your Dreams

The first way to refresh for spring is to follow your dreams. This may seem ambiguous but I challenge you to try it. That thing in the back of your mind that you've always wanted to do- what's stopping you? It doesn't have to be all or nothing, it may just be a fun passion project, but there's no better time to start than the present. Whether you've always secretly wanted to learn French or backpack through Europe or start a jewelry business- make those things happen!
When I left my job in fashion merchandising last year it was one of the most terrifying yet exciting things I've ever done. It's been such a fun and crazy journey. I couldn't have done it without the power of technology and social media, so you better believe I'm never too far from my computer! The HP  x360 is my go-to for creating  blog posts, email clients, edit photos & stay connected on social media!
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4 Ways to Refresh for Spring: DIY a Floral Bouquet

 4 Ways to Refresh for Spring: DIY a Floral Bouquet

4 Ways to Refresh for Spring: DIY a Floral Bouquet

The second way to refresh for spring is to DIY a floral bouquet. Nothing makes me happier than having fresh flowers in the house! It's the ultimate sign that spring is on the horizon. Something so simple can have a serious affect on your attitude and outlook. I start out by searching for inspiration on Pinterest (I had so many floral pins, they had to get their own board). My HP x360 in tablet mode was perfect for scrolling through and saving my favorite images.
I usually purchase a few different kinds of florals that fit a color story. I wanted this bouquet to be signature pink & white. Then, I'll refer to my inspiration images & rearrange until it fits my vision balancing color & height of the flowers. I have a collection of vintage vases that I've collected over the years at antique stores for just this purpose! If you really want to brighten someone's day, bring the floral bouquet over to their house!

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 4 Ways to Refresh for Spring: Organize Your Closet

 4 Ways to Refresh for Spring: Organize Your Closet

 4 Ways to Refresh for Spring: Organize Your Closet

My third tip for refreshing for spring is to organize your closet. This one is totally key for me when I'm doing spring cleaning. Being a fashionista, as you can imagine, my closet gets a little bit ridiculous. When I get to the point where I'm running out of hangers, or I can't find anything because there's just too much, I know it's time to start fresh and get rid of the some of the pieces in my closet.
I typically create a few different piles - one to keep / one to sell online or at garage sale/ one to donate. Then, I go through each piece and decide if it's something I can't live without. A good rule of thumb is that if you haven't worn it in the last year, you probably don't need it taking up space in your wardrobe! If it's a piece I'm going to sell online I like to jot down the details of the cost and an image of the piece in a spreadsheet. I used my HPx360 in stand mode - a handy digital keyboard pops up on the screen whenever you have to type anything.

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4 Ways to Refresh for Spring: Do an At-Home Workout

4 Ways to Refresh for Spring: Do an At-Home Workout

The fourth way to refresh for spring is to do an at home workout. When it's still freezing here it becomes an easy excuse to not want to leave the house for the gym or a workout class. There's no excuse when there are so many awesome at-home workouts you can stream right from your computer. I'm using my HP x360 in tablet mode to stream my go-to  workout series, Blogilates.

I feel like often times I have a ton of excuses about why I don't have time to work out or how I'm too tired. Whenever I take time and make the effort, I feel re-energized and oh-so-happy! Over the past week I've been dedicating myself to prioritizing fitness and have been feeling better than ever.

The HP Pavilion x360 and HP are also helping Megan Trainor's tour to life for fans. They're stitching together content from Vine Users, Instagrammers & Youtubers to create a totally unique tour documentary. SO much fun! Click here to follow along all of the tour action!

How are you going to refresh for spring?

xoxo, lauren


Disclosure: Thank you so much to  HP& Collectively for sponsoring this post. All views are my own- I love this computer!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Summer State of Mind

I need some Summer in my life. Since the weather is obviously not cooperating and I don't have any tropical getaways on the calendar- I've resorted to my wardrobe (& some good beachy tunes & my favorite Volcano candles). I would still happily take a Hawaiian vacation though.

I brought a little bit of sunny color to my outfit by layering up a dip dye chambray top with a white knit sweater and coral sweater headband. Somehow it felt so right to be holding my sunset photo print clutch in the snow. Summer is a state of mind - or so they say, right? I'm sure I'm not alone when I say I'm dreaming of all things summer about now - outdoor entertaining, sundresses, cooking on the grill! 
 
La Petite Fashionista: Summer State of Mind

What I'm Wearing: 
White Sweater: H&M (similar) | Distressed Denim: Aeropostale (similar)
Coral Sweater Headband: Forever 21 (similar) | Hawaiian Print Pouch: Samudra
 

La Petite Fashionista: Summer State of Mind
 
Summer State of Mind
 
Summer State of Mind
 
Tired of Winter? These are a few of my favorite sweaters to put you in a Summer state of mind!



How do you bring a little bit of sunshine to the Winter? I love living in Wisconsin, but seeing all of my friends in Florida with their beach pictures is giving me some serious warm weather envy right now!

xoxo, lauren

Monday, February 23, 2015

What Makes You, You?

One of the things I talk about a ton in my Social Media With Style Workshop & Strategy Sessions is about figuring out those things that make you, you! You know- the things that are you & your brand's defining characteristics and instantly remind people of you. I think figuring your "thing" is part of what helps you find an authentic voice and personality when building a blog or business.

I wanted to share a few of the things that make up La Petite Fashionista and why each piece represents me and my blog/business.


Defining Your Brand Voice: What Makes You, You?



What makes up La Petite Fashionista?
  • Sequin Hanger: I'm a big believer in adding a little bit of sparkle, every day.
  • Paris: I'm a total Francophile (thus the blog name). I love French art, culture, fashion & food.
  • File Folder: I've been living, breathing & loving being a girl boss over the past year, it's such an important part of my life.
  • Coffee Cup: My favorite way to start the day. I love my morning coffee & connecting over coffee dates with friends & other inspiring business ladies.
  • Bracelets: I'm rarely seen without a signature arm party and wrist full of bracelets.
  • Pineapples: I've always been enthralled with living a life full of Hawaiian aloha- surf culture, colorful tropical prints & a laid back way of life.
  • Florals: I always have bouquets of real (& faux) florals around. It makes me so happy and brings some sunshine to my day, especially during a Wisconsin winter.
  • Bows: I love bows - on everything - I've even incorporated them into the LPF logo.
  • Cowboy Boots: Cowboy boots remind me of growing up in the South and I have an ever-growing collection (8 pairs and counting)!
I'd love to hear about some of the things that make you, you! If you're interested in learning more about taking a DIY approach to branding for your business be sure to join us for our next workshop in April or talk to me about a one on one strategy session!

xoxo, lauren

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Look for Less: J.Crew FW15 Collection

I've finally been catching up on all of the Fall/Winter 2015 NYFW shows (& pinning my favorite looks here). I'm going to be doing a full trend recap next week, but I couldn't wait to share some of my favorite looks from J.Crew's show. Jenna Lyons has a gift of knowing exactly what every woman's dying to wear each season. I love how this season she juxtaposes casual everyday with special occasion (i.e. sequin maxis with belted chambray shirts or utility parkas with leopard print).

The only good thing about there still being snow on the ground in Wisconsin is that I don't have to wait until fall to try out my favorite looks from the collection. Trust me, I'm so over winter so I'm going to take the wins where I can!

I'm breaking down how to recreate 5 looks from J.Crew's FW15 collection:

Get the Look for Less: J.Crew FW15 Collection

Sequin Maxi & Chambray Shirt: Pair your favorite formal skirts like sequins, satin or tulle with a chambray shirt for a dressy casual look.

Get the Look: 1. Chambray Shirt-  J.Crew | 2. Mustard Clutch- Bottika
3, Tan Belt- Madewell 4, Sequin Maxi Skirt- Anthropologie

Get the Look for Less: J.Crew FW15 Collection

Pastel Turtleneck & Bow Skirt: Make a bow skirt cozy by pairing it with a pastel turtleneck.

Get the Look: 1. Pink Turtleneck-  ASOS | 2. Mint Envelope Clutch- Rebecca Minkoff
3, Round Sunglasses - Sunettes 4, Cobalt Bow Skirt- Forever 21 

Get the Look for Less: J.Crew FW15 Collection

Tribal Print Cardigan & Slip Dress:  I love this update to the trendy tribal print open cardigan by pairing with a dainty slip dress & zebra print d'orsay heels.

Get the Look: 1. Tribal Print Cardigan - 6 pm | 2. White Foldover Clutch- Oliveve
3, Zebra D'orsay Heels - Sam Edelman | 4,White Slip Dress- Forever 21
Get the Look for Less: J.Crew FW15 Collection

Pink & Orange Striped Sweater & Pink Skirt:  Though I love the fringed skirt paired with this cabled stripe sweater, a pale pink pleated option is more wearable! I'm obsessed with this combo of colors and the plaid scarf layered onto the look.

Get the Look: 1. Pink & Orange Striped Sweater - Olive + Oak | 2. Pink Ponte Skirt- ASOS
3, Pink & Brown Plaid Scarf - Lands' End | 4,Pale Pink D'Orsay Heels- Steve Madden
Get the Look for Less: J.Crew FW15 Collection

Gold Sequin Skirt, Satin Utility Jacket & Fairisle Sweater:  This pairing is so much fun, I love the function and warmth combined with a little bit of sparkle. J.Crew is totally speaking my language!

Get the Look: 1. Olive Green Utility Parka - Forever 21 | 2. Fair Isle Sweater- Nordstrom
3, Gold Sequin Skirt - Forever 21 | 4,Leopard Print Heels- ASOS

Interested in seeing more of my favorite runway looks? Check out my FW15 Fashion Week pinterest board! I love translating trends from high fashion to totally wearable and easy to incorporate into your existing wardrobe. Isn't that what fashion is all about? Getting inspired & making things your own?

Which of the looks from J.Crew's collection is your favorite?

xoxo, lauren

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Get the Look: Rustic Modern Style

If you've been following me on Pinterest, you've probably seen me pinning like crazy to my Rustic Modern board. Even though it won't be for a while- Kyle and I have been doing some dream house planning for a place out in the country! We both love modern farmhouses and barn conversions, lots of natural light and reclaimed wood. The rustic modern style is right up our alley! Don't worry, when we get to that point I'll be documenting it all. 

I'm pretty in love with all of the elements that make this look so special. In today's post I'm breaking down all of the little details to get a bit of a rustic feel in your home, whether you're a country or city-living girl! 

Interior Design Trends: Rustic Modern | How to incorporate the look into your own home.
image via: Design Mom

Interior Design Trends: Rustic Modern | How to incorporate the look into your own home
(via HomeLife)

For a rustic look in the kitchen and dining room a farmhouse table is key! It's a great place to gather & easy to dress up with specialty serving pieces. You can DIY a farmhouse table or buy one (I love this piece from West Elm)! 

Interior Design Trends: Rustic Modern | How to incorporate the look into your own home
(image via: The Color Journal)

When it comes to a rustic bedroom I love the look of minimalist decor & simple bedding. Let the a barnboard reclaimed wood headboard take the stage. I really want to try this DIY Pallet Headboard

 Interior Design Trends: Rustic Modern | How to incorporate the look into your own home
(image via Georgiana Designs)

I can't tell you how much I adore this kitchen from the dark stained wood floors to the industrial seating, pendant lights, floating wood shelves & subway tile. Just GORGEOUS. (image via

Interior Design Trends: Rustic Modern | How to incorporate the look into your own home 
 (image via  The Design Chaser)

For the office, I adore the clean, streamlined look of a light pine desk paired with wire baskets for organizing & metal magazine holders & mason jars and clipboards for storing items.

Interior Design Trends: Rustic Modern | How to incorporate the look into your own home

In the bathroom vintage meets modern with a clawfoot tub with gold hardware. The subway tile is totally timeless. I love the touch of rustic with a wood bathtub caddy, wood makeup brush holder, ceramic storage jars and specialty soaps!

Interior Design Trends: Rustic Modern | How to incorporate the look into your own home
(image via  Fine Home Building)

I'm obsessed with the way farmhouses can feel ultra modern with galvanized roofs and open floor plans. Also, this fire pit is everything.

Want to get the Rustic Modern look for your home? Check out my picks for every room!


Get the Look: Rustic Kitchen:


Get the Look: Rustic Living Room


Get the Look: Rustic Bedroom + Bathroom




Like I said, it may be a while until we get there, but for now I'm saving away all my inspiration!

How would you describe your design style?

xoxo, lauren


P.S. If you're into this look & want even more Rustic Modern design inspiration be sure to check out my pinterest board full of house ideas!

Monday, February 16, 2015

The Key to Happiness

I don't have all of the answers, but I do think that part of the key to happiness is 1. finding your passion in life and 2. giving back to causes that matter to you. I'm so excited to partner with La Cle for today's post because they believe in the same thing. Each of their jewelry pieces is a repurposed vintage key- hand dipped or glittered in a variety of colors- so each one is unique.

Each key color represents a different positive message the Gold is "worthy & valuable" and the Teal is "good company & captivating"! The idea is that wearing it can be a great reminder to help you embrace the meaning behind it! You can choose whichever message you think represents you best. I styled mine with my "Namaste" tee which also helps me to stay mindful during the day!

La Petite Fashionista: "Namaste" Tee & La Cle Key Necklace

La Petite Fashionista: "Namaste" Tee & La Cle Key Necklace

What I'm Wearing: Gold Key: La Cle  | Teal Dipped Key: La Cle
Namaste Tee: Kohls: | High Waisted Denim: Aeropostale
La Petite Fashionista: "Namaste" Tee & La Cle Key Necklace

La Petite Fashionista: "Namaste" Tee & La Cle Key Necklace
La Petite Fashionista: "Namaste" Tee & La Cle Key Necklace
La Cle Necklaces

I think the coolest part of La Cle is that once the color fades away over time you can take a picture of your "naked key" & La Cle will make a donation to the charity of your choice. So not only do you get to wear a stylish accessory, but you also have the chance to give back!

What color represents you best?

xoxo, lauren

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Feel Good Music

Music has the power to make your day! I'm a firm believer. I can be having a so-so day but if I hear a throwback song from high school I get this goofy perma-grin and I can't help but sing along!  If I'm having a tough day, sometimes all I need to do is put on an uplifting podcast and I can turn it right around. There is some wonderful things about the ability for music to boost your spirits!

The gorgeous peachy floral headphones from Ankit have that effect too. I mean seriously, how happy do they make you?! In today's post I'm sharing an eclectic mix playlist of my favorite oh-so-happy tunes and the podcasts I tune into weekly to inspire me. 

Feel Good Playlist + Ankit Floral Headphones

What I'm Wearing: 
Headphones: Ankit Pastel Peach Floral Headphones | Mint Cable Sweater: Marshalls (similar)
Black Denim: Paige Denim | Denim Vest: Vintage Levi's (similar)
Layered Necklace: Icing

Feel Good Playlist + Ankit Floral Headphones 

Check out the music that's on my playlist, press play to get insta-happy! Alot of these songs remind me of my 90's kid upbriniging & beachy tunes bring back memories of carefree days growing up in Florida. Some days you just need feel-good vibes and these should do the trick!

Tunes to Make you Insta-Happy!

Listen to my favorite insta-happy tunes to make you smile:

Insta-Happy by lauren felix on Grooveshark

Reading from a mobile device? Click here to listen.

As I mentioned, I'm also a huge fan of podcasts, especially podcasts that feature creative and educational topics or interviews with inspiring people. I love listening to podcasts while I work or in the car! Here's what I'm tuning in to:

Inspiring Podcasts
Podcasts to Inspire You:

What songs instantly put you in a good mood? I hope you enjoy the playlist as much as I do!

xoxo, lauren

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve

Graphic tees are having a major moment right now. My prediction is that you'll be seeing them in lots of New York Fashion Week street style looks this week (Side note: do you track the shows online like I do? Be on the lookout for my trend posts)! I love the idea of wearing your heart on your sleeve. For me that means graphic tees with empowering messages, good vibes & Parisian phrases!

The trick to styling graphic tees is to pair them with more refined pieces to balance the dressy and casual look. I'm obsessed with the look of a graphic tee paired with faded boyfriend jeans, high heels, blazer & arm party! It's becoming one of 

Check out a few of my favorite graphic tee picks (some are as inexpensive as $13.. score)!

Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve: Stylish Graphic Tees

Shop the Post: 
"Dream Believe Achieve" Tee - Sincerely Jules | "I am the Boss"Tee - Forever 21 
"Good Vibes" Tee - StyleStalker | Positivity Tee- Forever 21
"Yoga Now, Wine Later" - ASOS  | "Messy Hair" Tee- Nordstrom
"La Vie Est Belle" Tee- ASOS | "Tres Bien" Tee- CHRLDR
 
For even more stylish picks, check out the selection at Shopbop graphic tees- I love the designs & great quality of their t-shirts!

I literally feel like I need all of these in my wardrobe, but that would probably completely contradict the massive closet cleaning overhaul I've been working on the last few weeks! I'm just glad that my taste has matured from the "princess" & "diva' tees of my childhood- please tell me I'm not the only one who used to rock those?!
 
What's your favorite way to style a graphic tee?
xoxo, lauren

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Beauty Buzz

What you don't see behind the scenes of La Petite Fashionista is that although my Instagram pictures may look girly, bright & airy my home is anything but! I live with my boyfriend which I adore, but I've always been used to having my own space. Kyle grew up with brothers, and literally cannot comprehend the amount of clothes, makeup & books that I own/need in my life! This has resulted in me trying to keep my beauty products organized, easily accessible (& pretty).

I've also had to pare down my collection of beauty products (except lip colors.. guilty!) to keep them from taking over our room. I also am always on the hunt for ways to organize- apothecary jars, mercury glass cups, cake stands & fabric covered boxes. I wanted to share a few snaps of some of the beauty products that I can't live without & how I keep them organized.
La Petite Fashionista: Makeup Organization

La Petite Fashionista: Makeup Organization

I love storing my lipsticks & lipgloss in a glass apothecary jar, you can easily see everything & it keeps them all together in one place. This mercury glass cup is actually a toothbrush holder, but it's perfect for storing make-up brushes (& oh so pretty)! I'm also obsessed with this antler jewelry dish for storing dainty accessories.

La Petite Fashionista: Must Have Beauty Products

La Petite Fashionista: Must Have Beauty Products

I use a vintage cake plate to store and display the products that I use on a daily basis. I'm obsessed with the Naked 2 & Naked 3 eyeshadow palettes, they're my go-to shades! I also store a couple of my favorite lip colors in a lipstick holder I found while antiquing. The blush & bronzer duo from Sugar has been giving me the perfect glow in the depths of Winter. I also have found a new fragrance from Estevia Myrina that I'm loving (plus, that pink bottle)!

La Petite Fashionista: Favorite Green Beauty Procuts

I also wanted to show off a few of the skin care products I've been using. I love using "green beauty" products when I can. The Coconut Milk Mango hand creme from Illume has been one of my saving graces this Winter- it has a nice slightly tropical scent. I've been trying out Schmidt's natural deodorant, which is hilarious- because I'm following in my dad's earthy footsteps. I also love Hemp & Honey body cream, I've been obsessed with their product line since I tried it out last year!

Shop the Post:


What are the beauty products you can't live without & do you have any favorite ways to organize and display them?

xoxo, lauren
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