Fashion, Featured, Gifts

25 Gifts for UNDER $50

December 2, 2016

Looking for those perfect stocking stuffers? Or maybe Santa’s on a budget this holiday season. Either way, these 25 amazing gifts for under $50 are sure to be crowd pleasures!

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25 Gifts UNDER $50 | 1. mug | 2. nail polish | 3. thermal mug | 4. zebra dish | 5. candle | 6. holiday socks | 7. necklace | 8. sriracha cookbook | 9. flirty emoji cocktail napkins | 10. french press | 11. monogram marble boards | 12. basic brush kit | 13. chanel book | 14. bonbon earrings | 15. bobbi lip and eyes | 16. lip gloss set | 17. iphone 7 case | 18. clutch | 19. shoe trinket tray | 20. swell bottle | 21. cheese knife set | 22. vogue covers | 23. stripe box | 24. champagne flutes | 25. hydrating face mist

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gift guide hostess

November 30, 2016

Is your calendar filled with holiday parties and festivities galore?  ‘Tis the season!  But you can’t  show up to your festive events empty handed.  L. Avenue is bringing you a gift guide to show your gratitude to your hostess with the mostess….

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GIFTS for the Hostess | 1. cocktail glass set | 2. juliska tray | 3. holiday stripe apron | 4. nest diffuser | 5. santa ornament | 6. chelsea bowl | 7. wine bags  | 8. cocktail napkins | 9. stripe mug | 10. wreath dinner napkins | 11. monogram soap | 12. stripe box | 13. kate spade book | 14. champagne flutes  | 15. the coveteur | 16. diptyque candle | 17. | 18. desk calendar | 19. modern guide cookbook | 20. butterfly platter

Another gift not pictured above is the gift of good wine. Who doesn’t love wine as a hostess gift? And how about a gift that gives back too? Well it’s a double rainbow with ONEHOPE wine. They give back a portion of their proceeds to charity, how cool is that?!

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gift guide | for the mister

November 29, 2016

Ho, Ho, Ho….we’re bringing you Santa approved gifts for your favorite mister this Christmas!!

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GIFTS FOR THE MISTER | 1. jack black set | 2. Daniel Wellington watch, 15% off entire website with code LAVENUE | 3. water resistant jacket | 4. fitness smart watch | 5. 4-pack pattern socks | 6. tumi bag | 7. bluetooth speaker | 8. rolling stones book | 9. quarter-zip pullover | 10. cashmere scarf | 11. drone | 12.tie | 13. two person dome tent | 14. callaway 2016 golf bag | 15. star wars blue print book | 16. wayfarer | 17. dartboard | 18. wireless beats

Fashion, Featured

fall trend report | velvet

November 29, 2016

Season over season we see lots of trends on repeat; metallics, plaid in the fall, florals in the spring, skinny jeans, crop tops have been major for quite some time and I don’t see the cold shoulder going anywhere anytime soon. It’s SO exciting when something new pops up that hasn’t been around in a while and I can’t tell you how excited I am about VELVET! Velvet really hasn’t been big since the 90’s, so I’m really happy to see it back in such a big way. I really think the velvet trend is here to stay, so get in on this action early and often.

Here are some of our top velvet picks–

Today’s outfit is a rad velvet boyfriend blazer in a rich shade of green. This blazer screams fall and holiday to me. I’m rocking it with black skinny leggings for a bump-friendly outfit. And I can’t wait to wear it with this skirt for holiday party time. Speaking of holidays, jewel tones are perfect for festive fetes and I’m planning to rock this bag all season long.

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outfit details | Rag & Bone velvet blazer | blouse | Nordstrom black leggings | suede pumps | sunglasses | bangle bracelets | LumillaMingus handbag c/o LuminaMingus, also love this clutch just featured on goop

photos by Traci Ling

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CYBER MONDAY SALES

November 28, 2016

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Let me hurry up and cut to the chase, CYBER MONDAY is here and you don’t need to waste time reading a long winded post—so here’s everything you need to know about the best sales on the web TODAY only!

Minted:20% off with no minimum purchase & 20% off $150+ with code: CM2016

If you’re on top of things and have your Christmas card photo already I would hit up the Minted sale and knock out holiday cards. I took advantage last year and saved some major cash!

J.Crew: 40% off of your purchase with code: HOLIDAY

Also, J. Crew is never 40% off, I’m filling my cart now with gifts for guys (this cashmere scarf,  these retro sneaks, these rad socks, this sweater )and the kids (this beaniethese sneaks, these pj’s, this sweater)! This this quilted jacket is very reminiscent of Christmas with the Jackie O. I can’t not try this gem out. And this plaid shirt is perfect for the most wonderful time of the year!

Nordstrom: Extra 20% off sale items & Designer Clearance = 40% off!!

Highlights are Ugg boots, which are rarely on sale, same story for Hunter boots! This festive $50 red sweater, this blush lace-up flat (also comes in black), this party skirt, North Face jackets for the kiddos. And for beauty lovers, a Clarisonic and a MAC brush set are no brainers.

Neiman Marcus: Spend some, get some, up to $750 code: GC4YOU + 40% off designer sale

I’m stalking these pullovers that my hubby loves. And these great gift ideas…

ASOS | 30% off EVERYTHING with code: THANKFUL30

Ann Taylor | 50% off EVERYTHING with code: CYBER50

Anthropologie | 20% off full price items

LOFT | 50% off EVERYTHING with code CYBERMONDAY

Macy’s |Extra 20% off EVERYTHING + Free shipping over $50 with code: CYBER 

TOPSHOP | Up to 50% off items + Free Shipping

Banana Republic | 50% EVERYTHING (no exclusions!)

Boden |30% off with code: 3Y8N + free shipping and returns over $49Coach: 30% off select styles with code: THANKS2016

Last Call | up to 80% off of EVERYTHING

Williams Sonoma | BUY MORE, SAVE MORE, up to 25% off with code SAVEMORE 

Pottery Barn/Kids | 20% off with code THANKS

Serena & Lilly | 25% off EVERYTHING with code BESTEVER

Bauble bar |  35% off 2+ items with code SAVE35

I’m obsessed with these earrings. They are similar to these cult favorites but for way less. These are the perfect girlfriend gifts or stocking stuffers! This tassel earring set is also a great gift idea. And love this personalized initial necklace for $30.

Kate Spade: 30% off of EVERYTHING with code WIRED

Tory Burch: 30% off $250 or more + Free Shipping with code: THANKS

I love this shoulder bag with Tory’s new hardware, it comes in blue, red, taupe and black. I’m digging the red for a nice pop of color to beat the upcoming winter blues. This keychain is an awesome gift. I’ve been stalking this bag for months, which you can personalize–a super chic and thoughtful gift for someone super special. And this satchel bag is so sleek and modern, I’m digging the direction Tory is going…

Shopbop: Spend $200+, get 15% off; Spend $500+, get 20% off; Spend $800+, get 25% off with code: GOBIG16

I’m hitting up the Shopbop sale early (cart is full now) and often. Their gift guide is one of my favorites on the web this year and let’s not forget a little “one for you, one for me” because holiday parties are just around the corner too.

GIFTS

For Her

For Him

FOR YOU!

Sweater Chic

Christmas Party Dresses

Other Festive Frocks

 

Fashion, Featured, Gifts, Sale

gift guide | for her

November 27, 2016

Ok, this gift guide may be a little self serving….it’s “for her.” You know the special ladies in your life–Mom, sisters, wives, girlfriends, etc. And maybe a little something for you too! And thanks to Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales (find our sale round-up here!) most of these gems are on sale!

Some of the things I pulled into this guide I own, some are at the top of my wish list and others are just tried and true great gifts! I hope you enjoy and forward on to anybody looking for a little gift giving inspo.

I own this Daniel Wellington watch, it’s so easy for everyday and I love the unique ribbon strap and rose gold detail, plus the price point is awesome for a gift. I’ve blogged about this Cult Gaia bag and Rebecca de Ravenel’s le bon bon earrings a lot lately–both items are so hot right now and I’ll for sure be wearing them on the reg for a long time. I’m also obsessed with Mignonne Gavigan’s gorgeous pink earrings and these Charmed Circle bracelets that go with everything in your closet.

As far as GREAT gifts go, this Madewell tote is a no brainer. My friends ask me to send gift ideas to their hubby’s every year (this gift guide might be a great hint for your hubs!) and the Madewell tote has been requested a lot over the years! You can never go wrong with the gift of beauty and this lip gloss set is one of my faves. I’m also obsessed with Tom Ford lipstick (not featured in photo below) which is splurge which is why it makes a great gift, since I’m not as inclined to buy it for myself as often. Pink Dusk is my go-to shade and I swear it looks good on every single one of my friend’s who have borrowed a little swipe from me. Also, a new pair of on trend kicks is a great gift and these Adidas sneaks are having a major fashion moment.

And as far as gifts on my list this year, the Dyson hair dryer is getting a lot of hype. We bought one for my mother-in-law for her birthday and I’m super envious of this newest technology in the hair world. Also topping my list, a new pair of wellies, this light pink pair is a new color although I don’t yet own any Hunter boots and am kind of inclined to go for classic red! I’m always on the hunt for new sunnies and this pair looks so chic.

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FOR HER | 1. lip gloss trio | 2. Daniel Wellington watch 15% off for L.AVENUE readers with code: LAVENUE + free shipping | 3. Rebecca de Ravenel les bonbones earrings | 4. Madewell leather tote | 5. Charmed Circle bracelet | 6. Mignonne Gavigan madeline earrings | 7. flat top suglasses | 8. Cult Gaia bag | 9. Saint Laurent clutch | 10. hair ties | 11. Miansai screw cuff bracelet | 12. Lizzie Fortunato multi-stripe fringe clutch |13. Hunter boots | 14. texting gloves | 15. plush robe | 16. Dyson supersonic hair dryer | 17. Gorjana choker | 18. Adidas superstar sneaker | 19. cashmere sleeping eye mask

 

Fashion, Featured, Kids, Maternity Style, Sale

SHOP Small Business Saturday

November 25, 2016

I’ve never been one to storm the department stores on Black Friday; however, I am a huge advocate for small business Saturday. My bias may come from working for one, Biscuit Home, but I’ve always weighed my shopping experience heavily, thus I tend to prefer beautiful displays, curated products and getting the inside scoop on the people and passion behind small brands. So, here’s my favorite around Houston…

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Baanou – The most recent addition to our small business circle of this list, Baanou is located in the new River Oaks District. And I fell for this blue tweed knee-lengh vest as I’ve found Houston winter to by idyllic for vests.

Indulge – Tucked behind beloved Tiny Boxwoods, this small home goods and linen shop has expanded into the cutest French clothing shop. I just got these there and may have to gift these Les Toiles du Soleil bags for all the trips to parties with bottles of wine and to and from the supermarket during the holiday season.

Biscuit Home – Again, bias, but look at our holiday collection!

Brooke Feather -This clothing store draws its inspires from the West Coast, but we’re so glad it’s right here in Houston at the River Oaks Shopping Center. Carrying Jerome Dreyfuss bags, Koch clothing, and elegant jewels by Anne Sisteron, you’ll find something for every girl on your list.

Paris Texas – As for the guys, head to the new brick and mortar store for the Paris Texas Apparel. Made popular from their famous Southern tie prints, they’ve expanded into barware and leather goods, ideal for gifting to all the guys in your life.

Cuteheads– One of Lyndsey’s favorite clothing brands for her girls, is making clothing right here in Houston. We’ve collaborated with Cuteheads over the years here and here.

And last but certainly not least, a few of our small business favorites from around the web….

BURU– We are so lucky to call BURU’s founder, Morgan Hutcheson, a dear friend. She started a shopping destination focused on chic clothing for mamas during pregnancy, breastfeeding and well beyond from the carpool to cocktails. And with 3 kiddos under age 5, Lyndsey’s utilized BURU’s latest and greatest on the reg. Not to mention, Morgan just launched her own clothing line which has been wildly popular since it’s washable, inexpensive and always on trend, I might add. Check out these amazing holiday outfits, all under $200!

Mignonne Gavigan– Mignonne Gavigan, has been an accessories favorite of ours consistently on L. Avenue over the years. We love Mignonne’s signature scarf necklace (on sale!) and wish we could have one in every color. Statement earrings are also Mignonne’s jam and we’ve rocked this pair a lot lately. Stay tuned because we’re giving a lucky reader this pair during our “7 days if gift-aways” in a few weeks.

Freshly Picked-I’ve loved watching Susan Peterson build the Freshly Picked business into the cult favorite brand it is today. Check out the FP Marketplace on her website which highlights/sells goods from her favorite small businesses too which we love love love— Koko’s Nest, Hazel Village, Sproutling + C0, Madeline’s Box, The Posh Society, Bannor Toys and Covered Goods.

Speaking of shopper experience, there’s nothing quite as seamless as surfing online for all the sales that come on Cyber Monday. The only thing that can get in your way is that big, bad SOLD OUT sign, which is preventable if you prepare in advance on Sunday. Stay tuned for that then. Thanks!

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Black Friday sale guide!

November 24, 2016

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No lines, no traffic, just sweat pants, coffee and my laptop. Who’s shopping Black Friday sales from the biscuit this black Friday?!

L. Avenue sale picks coming your way….I’ll continue to update this post with our favorites from each of the sales below. In between family time and turkey, that is.

In my opinion, here are the best sales to hit up NOW!

Minted:15% off with no minimum purchase & 20% off $150+ with code: BF2016

If you’re on top of things and have your Christmas card photo already I would hit up the Minted sale and knock out holiday cards. I took advantage last year and saved some major cash!

J.Crew: FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER—-40% off of your purchase with code: HOLIDAY

Also, J. Crew is never 40% off, I’m filling my cart now with gifts for guys (this cashmere scarf,  these retro sneaks, these rad socks, this sweater )and the kids (this beaniethese sneaks, these pj’s, this sweater)! This this quilted jacket is very reminiscent of Christmas with the Jackie O. I can’t not try this gem out. And this plaid shirt is perfect for the most wonderful time of the year!

Shopbop: Spend $200+, get 15% off; Spend $500+, get 20% off; Spend $800+, get 25% off with code: GOBIG16

I’m hitting up the Shopbop sale early (cart is full now) and often. Their gift guide is one of my favorites on the web this year and let’s not forget a little “one for you, one for me” because holiday parties are just around the corner too.

GIFTS

For Her

For Him

FOR YOU!

Sweater Chic

Christmas Party Dresses

Other Festive Frocks

Nordstrom: Extra 20% off sale items & Designer Clearance = 40% off!!

Highlights are Ugg boots, which are rarely on sale, same story for Hunter boots! This festive $50 red sweater, this blush lace-up flat (also comes in black), this party skirt, North Face jackets for the kiddos. And for beauty lovers, a Clarisonic and a MAC brush set are no brainers.

Neiman Marcus: $50 off your $200 purchase with code: THANKFUL + 40% off designer sale

I’m stalking these pullovers that my hubby loves.

Bauble bar |  30% off holiday with code: HOLIDAY30

Kate Spade: 75% off Surprise Sale!!!

Tory Burch: 30% off $250 or more + Free Shipping with code: THANKS

ASOS | 30% off EVERYTHING with code: THANKFUL30

Ann Taylor | 50% off EVERYTHING with code: CELEBRATE

LOFT | 50% off EVERYTHING with code: BERRYGOOD

Macy’s |Extra 20% off EVERYTHING + Free shipping over $50 with code: THANKS

TOPSHOP | Up to 50% off items + Free Shipping

Banana Republic | 50% off 5 regular-priced items (no exclusions!) with code: BRFIVE

Biden |30% off with code: 3Y8N + free shipping and returns over $49Coach: 30% off select styles with code: THANKS2016

Last Call | up to 80% off of EVERYTHING

Williams Sonoma | 20% off your order plus free shipping with code THANKS

Pottery Barn/Kids | 20% off with code THANKS

Serena & Lilly | 20% off with code THANKYOU

Stay tuned for more sale picks later today! Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!

Fashion, Featured, Gifts, Holiday

what to wear | holiday party dress guide

November 20, 2016

With the awesome madness approaching that is the holidays, let’s take one stresser out of the equation now, shall we? The Christmas party wardrobe. I think the holidays are the perfect excuse to go all out on fun festive frocks. So, the L. Avenue team has been stalking the internet for weeks to bring you our favorite holiday party outfits. Today, we’re featuring our favorite Christmas dresses. These gems will have you rockin’ around the Christmas tree in style!

I’m “in between sizes” this season aka the post baby bod is far from my typical size. My girls still think I have another baby in my belly, ha! So I’m all about the usual suspects that I gravitated to during pregnancy, shift dresses and anything flowy. #3, #7, #8 (my favorite!) and #15 fit the bill quite nicely.

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Mr. Grinch | 1 Lace Fit and Flare | 2 Off Shoulder | 3 Lace Dress | 4 Bell Sleeve | 5 Body-Con Dress

Boughs of Holly | 6 Lace Fit and Flare | 7 Red Off the Shoulder | 8 Sleeveless Dress | 9 Ruffle Dress| 10 Swing Dress

LBCD | 11 Sequin Lace | 12 Long sleeve Sequin | 13 Two toned Lace Bodice | 14 Lace Mini Dress | 15 Peplum Flare

Silver & Gold | 16 Sequin Shift | 17 Sequin Body-Con | 18 Beaded V neck | 19 Velour Midi  | 20 V neck Sequin

Poinsettia Perfect | 21 Velvet Pouf | 22 Mix Lace A-Line | 23 Enchanted lace | 24 Floral Jacquard | 25 Flower Panel

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Friday Five | Stay Sane

November 18, 2016

Skip the stress this Christmas season. While dubbed the “most wonderful time of the year,” so many of us struggle to say sane in the midst of all the merriment. So, with less than a week before turkey time, here’s five links on how to stay sane this year:

keep exercising :: Don’t let a packed holiday schedule interfere with your exercise regiment. Run for 30 minutes! Though the time may seem more valuable spent otherwise, that half hour release will actually help you sort through the thoughts scrambling in your head.

heathy eating, boiled down :: Don’t get bogged down by “nevers, only and always” when it comes to dieting. Indulge in the items you actually crave during the Christmas season and pass on the rest. Read this researcher’s reasonable rules for healthy habits year-round to apply to the holidays.

soak up me time :: I straddle the introvert/extrovert spectrum, but I still think I tip slightly toward an introvert, so I’ll be sure to set aside time to recharge my social batteries between engagements. When I do, I’ll be diving into this book by Donald Miller.

party hardy :: But, while you’re at those festivities, make the most of ’em. After all, they only come once a year, so learn something from the people you love or better yet the strangers you’re meeting. See these tips for small talk.

three things :: And finally, three easy ways to just feel good so that these jolly, merry days actually feel that way. during the jolliest, merriest time of all.

-Molly Bridget of Bridget’s Own Diary