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Shopbop spring sale

February 27, 2017

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It’s time to update our wardrobes for spring. Last week, we covered a men’s wardrobe refresh ideas and now it’s your turn, ladies. Shopbop sweeten’s the deal with their biggest sale of the season, so knock it out now and save. Get 24 hour early access with code GOBIG17 and save up to 25% off your order!

A wardrobe refresh with Shopbop

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Tops 

I blogged this top (pictured above) before and now wear it any chance I get. It’s super flattering and the perfect combination of sweet and sexy. This top looks exactly like this cult favorite brand but for under $100 and comes in 4 colors. I love this denim bomber jacket for spring.

Dresses

Self-Portrait is a favorite brand of mine and this pink beauty is perfect dressed up or down for those spring brunches or parties. I am totally loving this gingham number to bop around town with these sneakers during those hot summer months. This off the shoulder dress is for perfect for any occasion.  Any becah vacays on the horizon? This beach maxi is a no brainer. It’s the right price and easy to stuff in your suitcase. A few others that caught my eye are this one, this one, this one and this one.  See more faves below.

Skirts

Lauren has a similar sequin beauty by IRO and it is perfect paired with a button down – a classic style and always in, in my book. We all know denim shorts and skirts have made a come back, and I am liking this distressed piece for a quick and easy go to. This may not be everyone’s style but I love skirts with a little flare to this and this one has just that. Here is similar one with less flare. Stripes never go out of style and are always a good call, so snag this and/or this super cool and chic number while you can. Both are equally cool! See more of my faves below.

Shoes

Stars are all the rage this year and these espadrilles are cute and under $100! I just added these denim slides to my cart, another under $100 summer steal. These slide sandals are so easy and will go with everything you throw on. This sandal would be my splurge sandal because every Pedro Garcia does is comfortable and I never see him do a color. I’m pretty obsessed with everything Stuart Weitzman right now and these sandals are another no brainer because of the heel height, larger heel aka grass approved and they also go-with-everything. And for any of you shoe obsessed, this is a new line that I’m drooling over. Definitely a splurge so 25% off is the time to snag these.

Accessories

If there’s one piece of jewelry I go for time and time again it’s the statement earring. These, these and these are my top faves. I also love these fun mirrored sunnies. Ring handle bags are very on trend and this white bag is perfect for the upcoming summer months. I always love a bright bag to accessorize with and this bag will fit the bill. If beach vacays are in your future don’t miss snagging a new beach bag. This one and this one are so cute and perfect for a beach retreat.

 

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Alice + Olivia favorite

February 27, 2017

I’m all over Alice + Olivia’s spring collection. I blogged a more adventurous, contemporary Basquait print last month and today we’re going a little more traditional, but still bold with this off the shoulder top. Today’s black + blue combo is on point with jeans or this cute pixie pant for a more dressier look. As the warmer months approach I would totally rock this blue number with all white look for a fresh summery statement. I think these white skinnies and these white pumps or these for an edgier look or these for less would pair perfectly.

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Alice + Olivia top, dress version here | Frame denim | Jimmy Choo pump, similar here, steal version here | handbag newer version, also love this bag and this bag and this steal | Illesteva sunglasses | Baublebar earrings

photos by Traci Ling

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OSCAR worthy for gala season

February 26, 2017

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Who are your picks for best dressed at the Oscars? The L. Avenue winners….Dakota Johnson in Gucci (OMG!), Jessica Biel in Kaufmanfranco and Emma Stone in Givenchy. As everyone weighs in, let’s take a few pointers from Hollywood’s most fashionable playbook for our own grandiose gala dresses this season.

Gold was glam last night. SO MUCH GOLD. And I loved so much of it. This gold gown has to be my favorite Oscar inspired look is feels very vintage Gucci to me. I’m loving this white and gold beaded gown in a gorgeous stripe design.

I’m loving this all white Black Halo gown. Sequins are all over the runways but these are subtle and understated, and the cut of this dress is so sophisticated, flattering and chic.

If I could only pick one dress, it’s this. This line is one of my new favorites and I think this dress is tdf. It’s simple yet unique and just flat out cool.

Another unique frock is this white + metallic cape stunner by Halston Heritage.

This dress has beautiful movement. It can be dressed up for black tie or down for cocktail if you add a blazer on top.

This black lace gown is one that will never go out of style.

If you’re pregnant OR love wearing caftans (me, me, me!) this one is incredible.

If you’re going for something short, I love this embellished dress that comes in three styles. Self-Portrait continues to woo me every season and this white dress is the most flattering I’ve tried on. SP runs so small and so tight but this shift silhouette worked well for me. I love this simple, yet stunning red dress. I just bought this dress for my upcoming trip to Vegas. And this blush beauty’s ruffle sleeves are on point.

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how to dress your guy with Nordstrom

February 24, 2017

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I know we talk a lot about fashion for us ladies here on L. Avenue. But let’s not forget our other half, the guys in our lives. Today, we wanted to do some of the leg work in case your man is in need of a spring closet refresh. So we’ve got outfit ideas from Nordstrom for all occasions; work, weekend and play.

I have to admit, it’s been a learning process dressing my guy. What are the rules of men’s fashion? Can you mix brown and gray? Patterns and prints? What shoes look the best with denim? Is there such a thing as a statement piece in men’s fashion? I guess a lot of this depends on the guy. I also rely on the Nordstrom stylists to help me put together looks for my man and found these killer spring outfits recently.

Spring style with Nordstrom….

Work

Weekend

Date night

I love this weekend casual look because it’s easy, neutral but put together. I found this jacket, which is the perfect spring transition jacket, the blue lining adds a little pop of color/pattern too. I love this button down because it has a whimsical print but is still neutral and understated. This line runs small/slim so be sure to size up. Almost every year I buy my dad and husband a new pair of shoes and swear by these loafers. They come in lots of color options and are so comfortable according to my men. If I were a guy I’d want these gems in a few colors.

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outfit details | Paul Smith button down |  AG denimbelt (under $40!) | Tod’s driver, similar steal version (under $90!)| Ted Baker jacket | watch, similar here, also love this steal version

photography by Traci Ling

This post was sponsored by Nordstrom. Thanks so much for supporting the brands and businesses that make L. Avenue possible.

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gold standard | girls night out

February 22, 2017

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I wore today’s getup for a GNO with Lauren, L. Avenue’s fab contributor on all things fashion. Lauren is my sale maven, always finding the best sales on the web, like yesterday’s holiday sales that I hope y’all took advantage of. Lauren and I met for drinks here the other night. I love today’s gold top for so many reasons but most of all because it’s just so easy and chic. A metallic jacquered print is so chic and the cut is just right for hiding a mommy middle. I’ve been rocking these slimming black skinnies and love the gold zipper detail and a gold and black pump is sure to put a little extra pep in my step.

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Outfit details

on Lyndsey |  Elizabeth & James top *ON SALE! | Frame denim | Baublebar earrings | Manolo Shoes (sold out) similar here and here and steal here  | Illesteva sunglasses

on Lauren | Caroline Constas top (sold out) similar here *ON SALE and here *ON SALE | AG jeans | Aquazzura heels *ON SALE, here in blue and steal here and here | Rebecca De Ravenel earrings, steal here

Photos by Mari Rice

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spring break | beach getaway

February 21, 2017

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Spring break is just around the corner for school boys and gals, college kids and people like me, who will use any excuse even if it doesn’t technically apply to my life to book travel during the snoozefest that is winter. There’s something inside me that starts itching right around January 15th, after the craze of the holidays, and yearns for a trip to look forward to. This year it was a little harder than most to book travel given my new little bundle of joy. We were lucky enough to take a quick trip to Four Seasons Costa Rica last week though, for a quick 42 hours in heaven. I’ll be recapping our travel later this week, but for now here’s some beach travel outfit inspiration, in case you’re planning a spring break getaway. And if you’re not, book something right quick and thank me later.

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Beach getaway packing list

We only left for 42 hours (yes I counted!), which means packing should be pretty short, sweet and to the point right?! Truth be told, we both admitted that we overpacked because all you really only need is right here and nothing more.

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pool/beachside | Mara Hoffman swim top 20% off site-wide with code lavenue20| Target swim bottom | Mara Hoffman beach cover-up 20% off site-wide with code lavenue20| Mar Y Sol bag, also love this color | Eugenia Kim “currently offline” beach hat | sunglasses | Prada sandals, similar look here

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daytime | Piper top (in stores here), love this new line with beachy tops and dresses | cutoff jean shorts | J. Crew sandals | Bauble Bar earrings | Lizzie Fortunato bag {can be clutch or cross body | Ray Ban aviators

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after sunset |  Trina Turk maxi dress | clutch, similar here steal and splurge and here | Prada gold/white sandal, similar here | Lulu Frost earrings c/o Neiman Marcus  | Fendi sunglasses

 

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President’s Day sale roundup

February 19, 2017

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How’s the weekend going guys? I have a sick toddler, so it’s been a pretty sleep deprived one for us. Going from two to three kids has been major for us and when you add a sick one to the mix it sometimes feels like there is never time to come up for air.

During a very rare nap time I had a chance to round-up some holiday weekend sales for y’all though! Including lots of new staples for spring at deep discounts for just this weekend.

President’s Day sale picks I’m adding to my cart…

J. Crew–30% off site wide with code WEEKEND

I just bought these sandals for our Costa Rica trip and love them in this neutral color too. J. Crew’s earrings this season are some of my favorite ever. And if you’re not ready for sandals yet, these slides are the perfect spring transition pair. I’m ordering this pair and these gems too. And the hoop trend that we rocked in the early 2000’s is back this season so I may have to add this under $20 pair to my collection too. I own this casual crossbody in red but am loving it in this color for spring. If you don’t own a pair of J. Crew pj’s, now is the time. I’ve had this pair for 5 years and they are still in the weekly jammie rotation. Holy caftan, I’m obsessed with this one and it’s a fraction of the price of my favorite Lemlem numbers.

Banana Republic–40% off your purchase

This pant will go with everything in your closet. I love this pair with anything from sneakers to these unexpected red sandals. So I’ve been wondering when someone is going to copy the genius that is the Celine Trio bag. This BR piece that apparently snaps apart to become a clutch may be the closest I’ve seen. I can’t have enough white button downs in my life and love the ruffle detail and collar embellishment on this one. I can’t say no to a bold blazer, crushing hard on this green guy. Pleated skirts have been all the rage and I love this metallic midi.

Anthropologie–extra 40% off sale items

They are basically giving it away over on Anthro.com. This top is adorable for spring/summer. This embroidered chambray pullover is just so easy, and at around $50 a no-brainer. And while we’re talking denim, this ruffle skirt is pretty fab. One of my favorite robes of all time is from Anthropologie and this one  is a steal.

 

 

 

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Friday Five | Live from San Francisco

February 17, 2017

Hi friends! This week has been–and will continue to be–a whirlwind in the best way. My best friend got married last weekend, my birthday followed that Monday, and I’m celebrating in San Fran starting today. So I hope you’ll indulge me for my all things travel Friday Five today.

I'll be boozy brunching by the bay with my boyfriend in a few hours at the beautiful Leo's Oyster Bar.

I’ll be boozy brunching by the bay with my boyfriend in a few hours at the beautiful Leo’s Oyster Bar.

  • A foolproof guide to looking as good in photos as you feel on vacation. Follow along for mine.
  • Two things I love most, London and gin, join forces for one epic bus tour.
  • If you can’t wait behind 7,000 people for this tech savvy suitcase, here’s mine.
  • The motherload of all bucket lists: have you been to a top 100 hotel?
  • Did I mention we’re escaping to Napa for a day? Goop’s guide gave me the delicious details.

It’s not too late to make plans for a long President’s Day weekend!

Molly Bridget of Bridget’s Own Diary 

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NYFW outfit inspiration

February 16, 2017

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I traded in NYFW for the beach this year, but if NYC had been in the cards, here’s what I’d be wearing…

Anything goes in big apple, but this season I’d be in sneakers for sure. Comfy casual kicks are all the rage right now, paired with everything from denim to formal dresses. I haven’t taken the plunge yet, but I’ve had my eye on these cult favorite sneakers. For those not wanting to break, this pair is running a close second. I would rock my kicks with this denim number, or these jeans with a casual shirt and go-to blazer.  This blazer would be perfect transition to evening paired with this fun swing skirt, this classic pump steal (splurge version here) and this so fun red bag.

I’m also loving this chic bomber paired with this stripe top, these jeans and this bag.  A perfect casual number for a night out in the City is a denim pant paired with this one shoulder top, this choker, and these killer fringe booties (ON MAJOR SALE).

For a slightly dressier option I’ve had my eye on a couple of lace numbers that I may have to add to my closet. This one or this one paired with these pumps and this perfect pop of yellow is gorgeous and a perfect transition to spring. For more pizazz, I’d throw on a colorful but slightly understated earring. I am also loving this dress paired with these studded booties and this bag for an edgier look. I also can’t live without this lace number as either a dress or a top.

Some fun accessories for NYFW and beyond…

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how to pull off the ultimate cheese board

February 15, 2017

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Hey y’all! If you haven’t had enough decadence in your life post-Valentine’s, allow us to add a little more. Today, we’re stoked to collaborate with one of my favorite Houston chefs, Marcia Smart. Marcia is a food writer and cooking instructor who also works full time as a mother of three. She’s written recipes for Cooking Light and has also done freelance writing for Robb Report and Parenting Travel magazine. She recently started her own cooking website, Smart in the Kitchen, which focuses on helping busy moms menu plan with new crowd pleasing recipes for the entire family. I’m a huge fan of Marcia’s and am stoked that she’ll be joining L. Avenue from time to time with recipes, busy mom menu prep and entertaining tips.

Here’s what Marcia has to say about pulling off the ultimate cheese board….

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How To Pull Off the Ultimate Cheese Board

There’s nothing easier than unwrapping some cheese and sticking a knife in it, but let’s show some effort, shall we? A well-appointed cheese board, with all the sweet and savory nibbles and condiments to accompany it, can sustain a chatty cocktail crowd for hours. Book club? Check! Cocktail party? Check! Retro cheese and chocolate course after a dinner party? Super double check! The key to keeping things both interesting and delicious? Mix it up…

Variety is the Spice of Life

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Start by choosing a variety of cheeses from different milks (cow, sheep and goat). And be sure to vary the textures, some should be creamy and runny and others firm and grainy. And even if you’re not a fan of veiny bleu cheese, there’s nothing like a wedge of creamy gorgonzola dolce and a glistening square of honey comb to get your appetite stirring (which are delicious eaten together, by the way).

The Goods

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If you’re shopping at a good gourmet grocer, look for Humboldt Fog goat cheese, Laura Chenel chevre, St. Andre triple cream cow’s milk brie and Mimolette (an aged raw cow’s milk cheese), aged gouda, Manchego or Pecorino Toscano. If you’re shopping at Trader Joe’s, most of the cheeses are packaged under their brand. A good mix would be their 1,000 Day Gouda, mini Basque, Manchego Anejo, Blue Stilton or any of their Toscano cheeses. I also like to “mess up” the cheeses a little, so people aren’t afraid to jump in. Hard cheeses, like gouda, can be pre-sliced with a sharp knife and fanned out on the board to make them more manageable.

The Homemade Touch

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Even if you just choose a couple different cheeses — say a Manchego and a soft goat cheese — you can add a homemade touch by drizzling garlic- and rosemary-scented olive oil on the chèvre (recipe here) For warm, delicious olives, rinse off the brine your olives are packaged in and warm them in good quality olive oil (look for a cold pressed, extra virgin olive oil that’s a rich green color) with red pepper flakes, lemon rind and a bay leaf (recipe here).

Here’s a cheat sheet to help you keep your eyes on the prize. Choose your cheese and 2-3 “extras”:

  • 3-5 cheeses (3 is absolutely fine, unless you have a crowd)
  • Charcuterie (prosciutto, hard salami or French ham torn in to thin, uneven pieces)
  • Crackers and flat bread (Sardinian flat bread, sliced baguette, seeded crackers, as well as rice crackers or endive spears for gluten-free friends)
  • Dried or fresh fruit (blackberries, fresh figs, dried cherries, dried apricots or dried wild blueberries)
  • Nuts (toasted pecans, pistachios or Marcona almonds)
  • Condiments (fig jam, quince paste, and mustards for meats, if serving)
  • Cornichons and olives
  • Dark chocolate broken up in bite-size chunks

 

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photos by Miroma Photography