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caftan minidress

August 24, 2016


Well, that’s all folks. Summer travel is officially complete. I caught a major travel bug this summer. I’ve got a gypsy soul but more than anything I think I had the mentality that we better scratch all of the travel itches before baby #3 is here. I saw a Mom getting on our airplane on our last flight, one kid strapped to her front, another to her back and the third kid (no older than 4 or 5) schlepping a back pack that no doubt weighed more than he did. No dad or helper present. Oh, and the 4 year old had on a tee shirt that read, ” My dad is rad.” Yeah, he’s pretty rad skipping out on that flight. Ha! All joking aside, I can’t image travel with a baby and two toddlers. Bret seems to think I’ll be right back to my normal {insane} self asking, “Where to next?” before it’s 2017. I disagree. I’m ready to take a break from the planning, packing and schlepping for a while and enjoy our town, our home and our awesome backyard. Plus, tolerable Houston weather is just around the corner. All the more reason to remove the suitcase from the bedroom floor for the first time in months.

It was a pretty epic summer though. I really want to make a photo album of our last family trips, just the 4 of us. It’s on the to do before baby list. Although I still haven’t made a wedding album and we’ve been married 5 years. Priorities. Ha. Today’s outfit was perfect for cooler Santa Barbara nights. It’s a new Alice + Olivia pre-fall piece but totally works for summertime too. For fall, I plan to rock it with these booties. I debated whether or not I’m too old for a minidress, but think this dress is perfect because it’s more conservative on top and the caftan shape is super flattering on all body types, including my baby bump bod.

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outfit details | Alice + Olivia caftan minidress | Pedro Garcia suede platform sandals | sunglasses (sold out) similar here | earrings, similar here ($22!) | handbag (last season), this season’s version here, love this almost identical version for less

photos by Alexandra Gibbs on location at Four Seasons Santa Barbara


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GIVEAWAY|Beth Orduña leather + pearl necklace {retail value $484}

August 22, 2016

Hey guys! We’re helping y’all get through these last dog days of summer with some killer giveaways on L. Avenue. I’m most excited about today’s giveaway. We’ve teamed up with Brooke Feather {more info on this fab boutique here} to bring one lucky reader a leather and pearl stunner statement necklace by LA designer Beth Orduña. Brooke Feather introduced me to Orduña’s designs and I’m now a self proclaimed super fan of this brand.

I actually own this exact necklace that we’re giving away and have been wearing it on the reg all summer. It’s so easy to throw on with my go-to jeans, tee and blazer combo. I love that, like a scarf, it can be tied in tons of different ways depending on your mood or the outfit to achieve a different look every time. Be sure to enter via the link below and on Instagram here.




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home state, meet spirit state

August 22, 2016

As much as I love a good online shopping sesh {pajamas-laptop-bed}, I’m a huge fan of shopping local too. Lucky for me, there are some pretty amazing boutiques here in Houston. I knew “this must be the place” when I found Brooke Feather boutique. If sprint states ever become a thing, California would be mine. It just so happens the owner of this uber popular River Oaks boutique has Cali roots herself. The inspiration behind her store is very California chic and she’s built a cult following both locally and outside of Texas through Instagram. Light, flowy layers, neutral colors, modern boho accessories. Not to mention she carries designers you won’t find at most online retailers; The Great, Sundry, Mirth, The Lady and the Sailor and Ulla Johnson to name a few of my favorites. Simple yet unique pieces that you’ll wear on the reg because most likely their neutral and go with everything in your closet. And they’re just plain rad.

Be sure to check back later today, we’re running an insanely awesome giveaway for the Beth Orduña pearl + leather necklace featured today thanks to our friends at Brooke Feather. Be sure to follow Brooke Feather on Instagram for a daily dose of casual California meets Texas outfit inspiration.
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outfit details  | Xirena jumpsuit, 1 still available at Brooke Feather, similar here, love this jumpsuit for fall | Paloma Barcelo sandals, similar here | Sans Arcidet bag, similar here | Lemlem scarf (sold out) *one still available at Brooke Feather on sale! | Valentino sunglasses (s0ld out) similar here |Beth Orduña necklace, currently available at Brooke Feather

photos by Traci Ling


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GIVEAWAY | Elizabeth Laine statement bag

August 19, 2016

Hey guys! We’re excited to bring y’all the second giveaway this week {see this post for another great giveaway} We’ve teamed up with LA handbag designer, Elizabeth Laine to bring one lucky winner this fabulous statement bag. I love a great oversized bag and this gem will jazz up my go-to blazer, denim, pump outfit. The studded detail on the sides makes an extra fun statement and who can disagree that pink and blush tones are all the rage right now. Pink is a very neutral color that can be paired with endless options and is perfect for all seasons. And the best news is it could be yours too, enter to win here or on Instagram.

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Friday Five | Fashion Bug

August 19, 2016


IMG_5014My shopping habits ebb and flow, and this month, I swear I’ve been bitten by a fashion bug. I’m stocking up at the end-of-summer sales while making space for fall items. Like the suede shift I found for football season in NYC while shopping with my friend, MK, last September. We meet again this weekend in Montauk, this time with our guys by our side. I’m currently en route from island to island; here’s my links for the week!

Find out what kind of shopper you are; I closely identify with the “true creative” type.

Makes sense as I like to dress my desk as much as myself. This fig leaf mouse pad matches a fabric I just ordered for the designer I work for.

ZoeReport hit the nail on the head with 13 black sandals to replace your old ones. Apparently, I’m not the only one because my fringe favorites sold out fast. Any other finds?


William found a pot of Peter Millar, Bonobos and Patagonia gold when we went to Saint Bernard on Saturday. I snagged a couple swimsuits on sale: one’s packed for this weekend and saving the other for a lakeside Labor Day.

I bought a waterproof disposable camera and brought it to several waterfronts this summer. The prints turned out less than super, so I’m going old school digital with this guy.

Follow my Instagram, @bridgetsowndiary, for Polaroid poolside shots from the East Coast.

Molly Bridget of Bridget’s Own Diary

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What to WEAR | Charleston

August 18, 2016

Throughout our action-packed travel-filled summer, I put together lists upon lists of all of my favorite spots in Charleston, Santa Barbara, Hilton Head Island and Laguna Beach. I’m super excited to share the inside scoop on these cities with you and hope that you might find some inspiration for your own upcoming travel plans. One question that holds true for every trip prep is, “What do I wear here?” Every city has it’s own unique style and I like to blend in with the locals. Today, I’m sharing what I wore in Charleston earlier this summer.

Wardrobe wise, Charleston is relatively casual yet southernly sophisticated. Since we went during the heat of the summer I saw a lot of sun dresses, linen and bright florals on the ladies. Seersucker shorts and polos for the guys and khaki pants in all colors. Preppy southern gentlemen if you will. For daytime I put the girls in light linen dresses and more traditional smocked dresses for dinners out.

I was blown away by how much there is to see and do in Charleston, which will keep first timers like me coming back to this charming southern spot.  There is something for everyone ranging from the antebellum historic sites such as Patriot’s Point or Fort Sumter, to the Children’s Museum and the South Carolina Aquarium for the kiddos. The shopping is insane, Hampden Clothing and Beckett Boutique among my favorites. I’m still full from eating our way through Charleston. The food was some of the best I’ve ever had. The Macintosh being my favorite dinner spot and The Peninsula Grill at Planter’s Inn for brunch. No matter what, be sure to pack a comfortable shoe because you can pretty much walk the entire city.

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outfit details, clockwise from top left

outfit 1| off-the-shoulder printed dress | sandals | clutch | hat | sunglasses

outfit 2 | embroidered top and shorts | sandals | clutch

outfit 3 | boho top | linen pants | gladiator sandals | clutch




August 16, 2016

I’m dreaming of fall right now y’all! I’m working on a fall trend report, but in the meantime I wanted to share what’s at the top of my wish list for fall thus far…

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fall transition | off-the-shoulder

August 16, 2016

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So as you may or may not have read, I’m finally fessing up to my off-the-shoulder addiction. I posted my 10 favorites of the summer yesterday and today I wanted to bring you a look that is great for fall transition. Even though it’s going to be hot in Texas for another couple of months I’m already finding myself gravitating to my fall pieces. Subbing in suede mules for my summery slide sandals and craving more fall color, as well. I love this flowy, off-the-shoulder dress to achieve just that. Fall colors but still breezy enough to wear right now. I love it with mules or a neutral bootie as we bid farewell to summer. And add in a fall crossbody in IT color maroon, you’re good to go.

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outfit details | off-the-shoulder dress  also sold in stores here | suede mules (sold out), similar steal version here and splurge version here | tote bag | Loren Hope earrings, also sold in stores here, love this this pair too | sunglasses

photos by Traci Ling

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best off-the-shoulder dresses

August 15, 2016

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After some much needed closet reorg, I realized I’ve binge-purchased off-the-shoulder dresses this summer. These trendy gems have obviously been all the rage for a while now. Maybe because they’re such an easy piece to throw on during the dog days of summer. Not to mention, most of my off-the-shoulder dresses are flowy which work well for a baby bump. On average I gained around 50 pounds with each of my previous pregnancies. {Insert monkey with hands over face emoji} What can I say, my go-to food groups are pizza and ice cream right now. Anyway, I think a women’s shoulders are pretty no matter what phase they are in, so I’m highlighting what works for the current situation. Here are my 10 favorite off-the-shoulder numbers this summer, you can snag most of these on sale now!

I talked a lot about getting smarter with packing for vacation earlier this summer and these sandals have made packing a lot more efficient. Cambiami designs a sandal that has interchangeable colors so you can change out the straps to coordinate with all of the outfits in your suitcase, rather than packing multiple pair of flats for your trip. I’ve been swapping out the denim and cork straps on my trips this summer. Happy feet, happier outfits.

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Friday Five | The Little Things

August 12, 2016

little things, like looking up, can change your perspective on your week

As I added a coffee date with Lyndsey this morning to my calendar, I noted the charming ‘event name’ example text Google provides: “Breakfast At Tiffany’s.” It’s the little things that can make a big difference during your week. So, here’s some little links and things that made mine. Hopefully, yours too.

on-point design :: I’m heading to The Hamptons next weekend to put the ultimate exclamation mark on my summer. And I’m. So. Excited! While I plan to spend most of my time outdoors, I hope to scope out the modern interior of this hotel in Montauk.

future fantasizing :: My brother and soon-to-be sis-in-law are going to New Zealand for their honeymoon; my bestie and her fiancé are also crossing the Pacific to Thailand. Here several bloggers dish it out on their chosen destinations.

but also being present :: I’m nearly done with Bread & Wine and can’t wait to start Present Over Perfect with a Bible study group. For all you moms about to enter the fall frenzy of back-to-school, packing lunches and pretending to be sane, this read might be for you too.

savoring the season :: I had aaaall of the summer things last night with almost aaall of my sisters: a watermelon cocktail, a peach burrata salad and an eggplant entrée. It was szechuan at State of Graceand and totally insane. Here’s some other delicious ways to serve eggplant.

planning ahead :: I’m also putting my white ensembles on heavy rotation before Labor Day hits, especially last weekend at White Linen Night in the Heights. But, my eyes are peeled for the winter ahead and having borrowed my mom’s black coat all last year, I figured it was time to invest in my own. Here she is, shipping to my doorstep soon! Maybe got these beauty booties too.

But since we’re clearly still in the midst of summer, get your hands on the bag of the season. Rest assured, it’ll carry you through next spring and summer, too. Or you’ll carry it, rather 🙂

Molly Bridget of Bridget’s Own Diary