Fashion, Featured

Tibi two ways

March 29, 2017

This Tibi maxi skirt is the perfect base to any special outfit. I went for a statement sleeved crop top this go round. And this guy might be the most comfortable thing I’ve every put on, it’s soft, sweatshirt-like material on the inside. Feels like you’re wearing pj’s, looks like you’re ready to take on the world. I’ve also worn mine with flares and actually think I like it best with a flared denim. That’s the thing about blogging, a lot of times my first go at an outfit isn’t my favorite. Pieces take time to assimilate into my wardrobe and this is a prime example. I like the skirt best with a white tee and statement necklace and sneakers. Although, I just came across this top which is incredible with the skirt for a dressy affair. It comes in 4 colors too!

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outfit details | Tibi skirt | Tibi crop top | Joie sandals (old) similar here and here and steal here | Mignonne Gavigan scarf (old), similar here, love this one in B&W ON SALE | Tom Ford sunnies, similar here on sale and steal here  |

photos by Traci Ling

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Saks Friends & Family

March 28, 2017


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Last week L. Avenue jumped the gun on the Saks Friends and Family event, which is happening NOW. We were just so eager to stock up on a few must haves that we missed during the Shopbop Friends and Family that we were a week early. Thankfully most of our picks are still available and of course we have added a few new things to our list.  Happy Shopping!

I wore this pink Trina Turk maxi for a recent getaway to Cost Rica. This dress is a perfect summer dress paired with these sandals or these espadrille wedges and easy to pack. This malin printed dress is so fun for spring. We have a few formal occasions approaching and this dressier number would be perfect for a gala or wedding. Do you all remember this dress from this Vegas post, well you can snag it now on sale!

Denim is everywhere this spring and this white denim skirt is the perfect addition to my closet paired with this top and my new go-to blue sandals.  Staying true to the bell sleeve trend this Alice and Olivia stripe number paired with these Mom-approved longer shorts would be super cute for warmer days ahead. Im also loving these shorts and these bright pair too.

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spring’s IT color | yellow

March 27, 2017

What’s on tap for the week, y’all? I’m heading out to Round Top, Texas with some friends. I think I’m the last Texan chick who has yet to experience Round Top, it’s supposed to be pretty rad. A flea market of sorts with antiques, jewelry and treasures and trinkets galore. I’ve got my cowboy boots packed and I’m ready to explore!

I won’t be packing today’s dress for my trip, the only thing in my suitcase is denim, denim and more denim. But I have lots of plans for this fun yellow frock this spring. I haven’t been able to squeeze into anything by Self Portrait post-baby, but this yellow shirt dress was a perfect fit. It’s a lot more forgiving than the typical Self-Portrait silhouette and I love the combination of ruffles and asymmetrical details. The open back is tastefully done and adds a little wow factor. I styled this dress with these neutral sandals, but I think you can dress it up even more with these sandals or even make it a casual day dress with these sneakers.

I’m having a moment with yellow–spring’s IT color, and linked some of my favorite yellow numbers below.

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Outfit details | Self-Portrait dress | Chloe sandals, similar for less here, also love these slides and these wedges  and these espadrilles | Cult Gaia bag, black here | Lizzie Fortunato bracelets, similar here and for less here | Ranjana Kahn earrings (old), similar here and for less here | Tom Ford Sunnies |

Photos by  Traci Ling


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Friday Five | Wedding Bells

March 24, 2017



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In my world, wedding season seems to be year-round. Still, with back-to-back weddings coming up, they’re more on my mind than ever. This Friday, I’ve rounded up five links on one of my favorite festivities:

These iconic dresses still influence those of today. Whose your favorite?

Laura Mercier’s caviar stick is perfect to tuck into your clutch for a reception make-up touch up. But it now; the best colors sell out fast.

Go through this gallery for the most fabulous floral decor.

What’s trending for 21st century nuptials: geotags and charging stations.

And en vogue for a departure from gowns for black tie: jumpsuits.

Spring has sprung!

PS – Elaine Turner is exclusively sharing her Friends & Family sale code with L. Avenue readers. Use ‘FAMILY’ at check-out for 25% off 😉

Fashion, Featured

no hassel tassels

March 22, 2017

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Ahhh springtime, you’re finally here to stay! I’m in full on spring/summer accessory mode right now. I love refreshing wardrobe staples with new spring accessories. And you won’t break the bank with these white earrings, these mirrored sunnies, and these loafers. Happy spring, y’all!

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outfit details | tassel teeRebecca Minkoff loafer | Frame denim | Smythe boyfriend blazer similar here, also love this blazer and this one (for less) for spring | Phillip Lim bag | Bauble Bar earrings and in gold here | Nordstrom sunglasses |

photos by Traci Ling

Fashion, Featured

Saks Gift Card

March 22, 2017


Hey, hey! Earn up to a $700 gift card with code SAKSGC17.  That adds a little something exciting to this hump day, doesn’t it!

Denim is everywhere this Spring and this white denim skirt is the perfect addition to my closet paired with this top and my new go to blue sandals.  Staying true to the bell sleeve trend this Alice and Olivia stripe number paired with these “appropriate” length shorts would be super cute for those warmer days ahead. Im also loving these shorts and these bright ones as shorts are perfect for chasing those little ones around come Summer. For those who loved my pink Trina Turk maxi dress from this post (and pictured above), you can snag it now at a discount. Im going to take the this opportunity to grab a few sandals for Spring. I like this pair, this pair and this one. Hmmm decision, decisions.

Fashion, Featured

What to wear | Vegas

March 20, 2017

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A few weeks back I pulled off the surprise of all surprises and threw a 40th birthday party in Vegas for my hubby. Packing for Vegas was a breeze because the hubs loves me in black. Contrary to my bold color tendencies, I found some festive frocks that were Vegas approved.

For night #1 I went with a sexy and sophisticated little Cinq a Sept number. This isn’t college spring break Vegas attire, y’all! Although, I did actually venture to Vegas for spring break my junior year at Ohio State. Let’s just say this dress didn’t make the cut for cocktails served in large fish bowls. Ha. I love the silhouette of this dress and the delicate straps.

I recently discovered Malone Soulieres shoes at Tootsies and am going to go big and say this line will be the next big thing. If it isn’t already. I’ve only seen the collection at Tootsies and online here. When I splurge on a shoe I typically go with classic shoes that I know I’ll wear season after season. This is the first statement shoe I’ve gone all out for and I’ve worn this pair with skinny jeans and a white v-neck tee and they make me just as happy.

For night #2 For my second night in Vegas I went for grown-up bedazzled. Seriously, this dress is destined for fun. I love the mock turtle neck and cap sleeve and a little understated lace is the perfect pair for embellishments galore. Dancing is mandatory in this dress. And that we did!

A few little black dresses for Vegas…

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outfit 1 details | Cinq a Sept dress | YSL bag, similar here and here | Malone Soulieres shoes, also here and similar here |

outfit 2 details | Alice + Olivia dress | Jimmy Choo clutch, similar here and for less here | Tom Ford sunglasses, also available in stores here and here for a discount | Joie sandal, similar here and here for less

p.s. In case you’re wondering what goes on behind the scenes during my shoots, this particular day I decided it was totally appropriate to channel my inner figure skater, attempting triple axels on pavement. Not no graceful. Thank goodness my self awareness is low.

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photos by Traci Ling

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Friday Five | Spring Forward

March 17, 2017

Springing forward took me by total surprise this year. My sleep cycle is finally up to speed, though, and I’m very much looking forward to dinners during the last hours of daylight. Here’s five links for your weekend reading pleasure:

I always want to know What’s Gaby Cooking, so I was dying to see how she does a dinner party.

I’ve had my eyes on mules and found my match with this dusty blue pair. Get them for free (plus a lot more) if you win the L Ave. gift card giveaway!

I’ve been cooking more as of late, so I can’t help but fantasize about how easy having a produce butcher would make meal prep.

I live in a small space and am looking for ways to use bold color to brighten the space for spring and summer. Hello, yellow tub. I see you!

William and I are hooked on Planet Earth II (prepare to be amazed), but so often when we just want a good laugh, we come up short.

Enjoy the weekend!

PS – Spoil yourself this spring break with the sales at J. Crew and Equipment. 25% off to stock your closet.

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spring break |

March 15, 2017

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For a lot of us, this week is spring break. Yipppeee! Over the weekend, we road tripped to our friend’s ranch, our first trip as a family of 5. I’m still laughing at how packed the car was, weighed down with baby contraptions, kid toys and golf clubs of course! The kids were in heaven with fishing, gator rides, and even some pretty crazy bullfrog episodes. Nature felt so good (minus a snake sighting!) and I made a point to totally unplug from all things electronic for the weekend. I thought I would miss it more, but after getting over the initial knee jerk reactions to check my phone I wanted nothing to do with it aside from snapping a few photos and videos. I thought I’d be chomping at the bit to dive back into blogging and social media this week, but decided to give myself a little more distance from devises. And it’s been fantastic. I do miss knowing where all of y’all are spring breaking though!

We decided to stick close to home for spring break week. My dad escaped the polar vortex up north to keep us company and there hasn’t been a dull moment. Never is with 3 kids under 5, I suppose. We’ve spent the majority of our time outdoors and are working on a backyard garden project. Let’s just say I’m completely out of my element but luckily have a handy dad with a green thumb. As much as I love travel and all things wanderlust, being at home has never been better. No packing, no stressful airport situations, no pressure for the perfect vacation, just downtime and quality time with family.

Today’s look is the last resemblance you’ll see of winter for a long time. When temps drop below 60 it’s cold enough for me to break out a velvet bomber jacket. I’ve blogged a few bombers this season but this one is my absolute favorite. I waited to snag it on sale and have had a lot of fun in this floral embellished velvety getup. Thanks to Prada’s recent fall 2017 fashion week lineup of all things lavishly embellished , I’ll feel right on trend breaking this out again later this year. For now though, I’m still on my way out of winter by pairing velvet with white pumps and this killer steal of a clutch; both white accessories are on the docket for lots of upcoming spring and summer outfits.

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outfit details | Tanya Taylor bomber jacket | Frame denim | Tanya Taylor sweater | Jimmy Choo shoes (old), similar here, splurge here and steal here | Nordstrom clutch , also love this one under $100

photos by Traci Ling


Nordstrom GIVEAWAY

March 13, 2017

Now…it’s time for a fabulous giveaway!
I’ve teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers
to give YOU a chance to win:
a $850 Nordstrom Gift Card, just in time for some spring shopping!

Simply enter below by completing the rafflecopter.
You’ll receive one entry per completion.
This giveaway is open internationally and runs until 3/20.
Winner will be announced here. Good Luck!

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