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The Perfect Pair of Jeans & Performance

January 22, 2017

Hello, friends! To shake things up from my weekly Friday Five, I’m posting today instead. I often find I have more mindspace to fully digest good reads from around the web on the weekend, so I hope you can set aside some time today for these:

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A trip is absolutely the way to beat any and all cases of the January blues. My boyfriend and I have been planning a trip to San Fran and Napa for my birthday in February since October, and I’m so excited it’s almost here.

I’ve never owned a pair of truly high-waisted jeans, until now. This round-up encouraged me to order this pair (from none other than Abercrombie & Fitch) without trying them on, and for under $40, I have new favorites.

I’ll never quit loving New York, but I don’t know if I’ll ever live there like I always dreamed. This post instilled that sentiment all the more.

About time that the kingdom of fast fashion is more forgiving on their return policy.

In light of this week’s headlining news, I found it timely to see Natalie Portman in Jackie this week with girlfriends. Her performance is stunning, and I loved the way the story was told, through her careful conversations with a journalist and priest.

Looking forward to joining Lyndsey and all the most stylish ladies about town at A Couture Cause this Thursday. I hope to see you there!

Molly Bridget of Bridget’s Own Diary

Fashion, Featured

embroidered jacket

January 19, 2017

This week is cray cray. I’m typing one thousand miles a minute to bring y’all today’s outfit plus juggling my sweet kiddos, a big charity event next week and two back-to-back shoots, one for Four Seasons that I’m super stoked about. There is so much content I want to write but just not enough hours in the day. I have a feeling y’all can feel my pain here, right!? And if I’m doing anything with a few extra hours in the day right now, I’m SLEEPING!

Anyway, today’s look is a fun little print mixing staple of mine. I’m a jacket hoarder and this embroidered jacket is on the western vibe trend plus it can be styled for winter or spring. Yes, I’m talking spring again. I just can’t help myself. I’m ready. For now though, a colorful striped turtleneck shall suffice. Come spring, I’m loving this gem with a fun skirt and tee.

Hope you’re week’s a rocking. Gotta jet!

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outfit details | Tularosa jacket | J. Crew turtleneck | distressed denim | MCM bag | Jimmu Choo suede pump (old), similar here, also love this steal pair | Valentino sunglasses, steal pair here

photos by Traci Ling

Fashion, Featured

orange theory

January 16, 2017

View More: http://traciling.pass.us/lyndseyblog2I’ll be the first to admit I don’t own a lot of orange, but this top jumped out at me when I saw it at Neiman Marcus. When I tried it on, I knew it was going to be a favorite find for spring. It’s flowy in the right places and big sleeves happen to be major right now. I blogged a fun bell sleeve here, and am now adding this voluminous sleeve to my arsenal. This top looks good tucked in with a long skirt (coming soon to the blog) or left undone with a skinny jean or flare.

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outfit details | Alexis blouse also comes in a killer dress | distressed skinny jeans | Rebecca Minkoff loafer | Cult Gaia bag (sold out), also love this bag for a more wintery look | Valentino sunglasses, steal version here | Rebecca de Ravenel earrings (in black and pink here), steal version here $48 and 6 colors

photos by Traci Ling

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Friday Five | Freaky Friday

January 13, 2017

It’s Friday the 13th! Piggybacking off my post on resolutions last week, I want to talk fear today. I think there’s two camps of people when we start a new year: those fearful of what the future might bring and those excited to take it on. Funny enough, the same nerves that manifest fear and anxiety within you also create excitement. So, the next time fear comes knocking, channel that energy into excitement. I’ve rounded up five articles that touch on something a lot of us fear in hopes that they inspire you to embrace these things rather than shy away in 2017.

new places :: I’m heading to San Francisco for the first time next month, but I’m all intrigued by places much unlike my own like Africa, Australia and India.

hosting a dinner party :: Cara of Caramelized gives you no excuse to not host the next dinner party. Her Supper Club subscription gives you all the tools you need; all you need’s the guest list.

resting :: My dear friend Jessi opens up about her dire need for rest, despite this generation continually competing for busier schedules.

the future :: If you haven’t made any resolutions for this year, look ahead to 2018. Apparently, that’s what we all should have done.

a blank slate :: Creative director of Houston’s Biscuit Home, Bailey McCarthy, makes ‘slexy’ the new chic in her House Beautiful feature for the annual ‘Before and After’ issue.

Here’s to no fear this year!

Molly Bridget of Bridget’s Own Diary

Fashion, Featured

bell sleeve

January 11, 2017

Hey, hey!! How’s the week going? My week has been a week of high and low extremes it seems. On Monday I proudly proclaimed that it was my “best day ever” as a new parent of 3 kids. After two months of my head spinning off, I finally felt like, “I’ve got this!” I got the girls off to school and ballet class, Jack took great naps and was super chill and happy all day, I was productive blog-wise and managed to Insta-cart some groceries and cook a healthy dinner. Boom! And just like that I wake up at 4 am on Tuesday morning to a baby with a fever and two grumpy toddlers (why do they pick these days to be in a bad mood?! ha!) and my world is suddenly back to chaos mode. Yesterday was a brutally hard day for this CEO Mommy. I didn’t eat, shower or even brush my teeth (yuck!) until 7:00 last night. I cried in my pediatrician’s office. My friends ran into me post-doctors appointment and immediately sent an “are you ok text, because I know I looked like a total train wreck.”Just one of those days as a mom that kicks your butt. Isn’t parenting a roller coaster?! Gosh, the highs are so good though. I got the first REAL smile from Jack this morning and my heart may have exploded. Ok, sorry for the Dear Diary moment, just had to get that off my chest. And why can’t there be cool emoji’s in blogging? I need them when I’m getting all chatty over here.

If there’s one trend that’s on fire this year it’s the bell sleeve, and I am loving it. It adds such a flirty and feminine touch to an outfit.  This top is sure to be on repeat because it can easily be paired with denim or a skirt on dressier occasions. Since my dress-up days are few and far in between these days I’m most often rocking my bell sleeves with a pair of skinnies and some metallic statement loafers. However, if I were headed out on the town I would totally pair it with this fun leather number and these rad pumps (on sale, so snag them while you can)!

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outfit details | top | skinny jean | loafer | Illesteva | handbagtassel earring | coat

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Fashion, Featured

statement sweater

January 9, 2017

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Statements sweaters are truly my jam. I recently realized I have a closet full of ivory and black sweaters but tend to gravitate towards my bright, patterned pieces when push comes to shove.  Cardigans and ponchos are my go-to during the winter months because they’re so easy to layer. I typically pair this poncho sweater with jeans a classic white button down or this black turtleneck. But could totally rock it with this faux leather skirt and tights if the occasion calls for a dressier look.

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outfit details | Mara Hoffman sweater, also love this statement sweater on major sale | turtleneck top | denim | Rebecca Minkoff tassel loafer, also love this pair | Rebecca Minkoff clutch also available here | Matsuda sunglasses, similar here | Daniel Wellington watch and cuff bracelet  |

photos by Traci Ling

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Friday Five | Word Resolutions

January 6, 2017

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In reflecting on 2016 and resolving for 2017, I decided to come up with three words that defined the past year and three I wanted to shape this one. So, today’s Friday Five features articles to inspire my efforts toward those: better care, vaster knowledge and greater commitment in 2017.

Care :: I’m on board for the January Whole 30 alongside my co-worker and blogging bestie. I hope I’m like Amanda from this article, and I learn a lot about myself by day 30.

Knowledge :: I’m digging deep into my make-up bag, removing the trash and adding treasures. First things first: this magical, mineral primer. I’ll be focusing on one product a month; I’d love to know your favorite finds.

Pardon My French is my new favorite podcast, and this episode, where my favorite Frenchie, Garance Doré, interviews Aussie Elle McPherson is the latest and greatest. lesson from Elle on embracing beauty from the inside out:

When a woman smiles, she’s more beautiful and that comes from the inside. When her skin is good, because she’s eating well, that comes from the inside and it shows. When you’re a person who is happy in your life and motivated and inspired, it really shows on the outside. You can put as much creme on as you want, but if you’re miserable, it’s not going to make you beautiful!

With switching jobs and moving out last year, it was hard to break down my budget. In a more stable place now, I’m breaking down my budget and turning to guides like this one.

Commitment :: There’s overlap here, of course. Ultimately, my commitment to these habits daily, weekly or whatever it may be will have me looking back this December feeling as though these words did define 2017. Here are some good habits we all could have.

If you could define this year in three words, what would they be?

Molly Bridget of Bridget’s Own Diary

Fashion, Featured

not your Christmas plaid.

January 4, 2017

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What are your new year’s resolutions? Aside from the token work out more, eat healthy resolutions, I’m resolving to say NO more often. {and learn how to turn on my TV–no joke the controller beats me every time!}. You see I’m a YES person, I really hate saying no, especially if someone I really care about is asking something of me. Whether it’s a dinner, or to chair the next gala or to join a supper club or pick up tennis, I so badly want to say yes, yes, yes! But with a new baby and two other very young kids who need me, my resources are tapped out. My family will always come first. But sometimes all of the yes’ end up stressing me out to the point that I’m not being the best version of me for my family. I’ve even had a lot of guilt about the time I spend on this blog away from them, or with them in tow (which is actually pretty fun!).  I’ve actually considered putting L. Avenue on hold a few times over the past month. I thought about it long, and hard. And at the end of the day, I’m choosing to keep feeding this piece of me that’s turned into a full time job. Will I have to scale back a little? YES. But more than anything it means saying NO to almost everything else for now. Just until I find my stride with the new normal life with 3 kids at least. To my Houston friends, even though I previously alluded otherwise, please still ask me to dinner. I’m changing my mind on this time commitment because well, a girl’s gotta eat!

Contrary to the title of this blog post, this plaid top saved me during the holidays. I wore it on repeat to the point that friends were calling me out thanks to Intagram stories. I love this plaid print, but what I love even more is the cut of this top and it’s rad plaid ruffle detail. This flare pant is the first non-maternity denim I’ve found that actually fits. Not a jean that I can currently wear with shorter tops or something tucked in because well, there’s a lot of extra post baby tummy action currently. But I can tell you how awesome it felt to wear normal jeans again. And the top covers everything just right. I think I may have to buy it in another color, I love it that much! It would also be cute layered over a turtleneck or button down.

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outfit details | plaid top, also love it in this style and plaid color | Avenue Montaigne flare jeans from Tootsies, but here are similar | J. Crew bag | Illesteva cat eye sunglasses | On a cooler day I would totally pair with this ACNE studios moto jacket, also love this steal version | Pumps also lobe this splurge here and steal here

photos by Traci Ling

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GIVE BACK | The SALE benefitting Texas Children’s Cancer Center

January 4, 2017

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My ties to Texas Children’s Hospital are strong to quite strong. I’ve volunteered in the Texas Children’s Cancer center for over 10 years now and started a non-profit back in 2012, Youth Hope Association, that does a lot of work there too. I also worked for Texas Children’s in development for a little while before having kids. It’s a pretty fantastic organization and Houstonians are so lucky to have such awesome access to care right here in our back yard. So when I was approached by my friends at TCH to talk about an upcoming charity event it was a no brainer. Especially since the charity event happens to be fashion related too.

Y’all don’t miss out on The SALE happening this Saturday and Sunday!! Houston’s best boutiques are putting on their biggest sale of the year all in one spot and the proceeds benefit the Texas Children’s Cancer Center. I can’t think of a better reason for some 2017 retail therapy. Give your closet a refresh while giving back to help cure childhood cancer.

Tickets can be purchased for $25 in advance HERE and for $30 at the door

 

 

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GIVEAWAY! Mignonne Gavigan earrings

January 3, 2017

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We’re kicking off the new year with some festive new accessories for y’all as a little thank you to our awesome readers! Every Tuesday, we’ll be giving away an accessory that your wardrobe can’t live without in 2017. The total prize value for all 5 giveaways is over $2,500!

I wish I could give each of you a pair of today’s fabulous earrings. How cool would that be?! Well until this blog reaches 1 Million followers (just a few more to go, ha!) we’re giving ONE lucky reader a pair of earrings by my favorite jewelry designer, Mignonne Gavigan. To enter simply provide your email address here. You can also tag 3 friends on Instagram here for additional entries!

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I’ve been a huge fan of Mignonne Gavigan from as far back as this blog goes. My affinity with the brand started with the statement scarf necklace, her signature piece. I have this necklace and it’s been a staple accessory for years now. It’s seasonless and looks great with a tee and denim, over a sweater, or dressed up with a blouse or dress.

She’s now killing it when it comes to fun, unique statement earrings too. Today’s giveaway, the burst earring, carried me through the holiday season in style. Just like the scarf necklace, MG continues to design statement accessories that go with everything in your closet.

Don’t forget to enter HERE! Winner announced this Friday! Good luck!

p.s. here are some of my other favorite Mignonne Gavigan pieces for your new 2017 wardrobe!