Fashion, Featured

summer packing strategies | shoe edition

May 24, 2016

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Hey guys! How was the weekend? We just landed back in Houston and I’m going 1,000 miles a minute trying to catch up from last week and prepare for the holiday weekend festivities. Did you see my Memorial Day party post?! I can’t wait to cook up some fun new recipes with friends this weekend. I think I’ll make the healthy farro salad to counter balance the deliciously naughty blueberry beignets for dessert.

As I unpack to repack for this weekend, I stare at my open suitcase and ponder last trip’s packing malfunctions. We’ve got lots of summer travel plans on the docket, so I’ve gotta be as smart and effecient as I can about packing. My go-to short will be this Trina Turk pair because they’re colorful but still neutral and go with a lot. And the stripe print hides suitcase induced wrinkles too. I love them with a silk blouse but they can also be dressed down with a casual tee or tank top.

As for shoes, I ALWAYS overpack in the shoe department. Just thinking about all of the extra space I’d have if I could just narrow down my shoe selections lowers my growing anxiety over having to sit on the suitcase to get it closed. You can image the annoyance on Bret’s face when it takes me 10 extra minutes to get out the door due to overstuff suitcase problems. For those of you who already pack light when it comes to shoes, I commend you. You also probably have an iPhone with no unread texts and 5 emails in your gmail inbox. Someday…..Anyway, my goal for summer packing is to go from the average 7 lot to closer to 3 pair per trip. What does this mean? Well tennis shoes are a must, so now I’m down to two spots left. A neutral sandal and a slide sandal should suffice, right? I found the blush espadrilles at Nordstrom and am thinking this pair will be lucky #3. Wait just a minute, I forgot that I get to WEAR one pair on the plane, so tennis shoes for that, and I’ll toss this pair into the suitcase for good measure.

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outfit details | Vince top *on sale | Trina Turk shorts | Splendid sandal, also comes in neutral champagne/gold | necklace | clutch  *under $40! | sunglasses (Illesteva, last season), very similar here

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photos by Traci Ling

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

 

Around {H} Town + Travel, Coffee Talk, Featured

Friday 5 | I feel home.

May 20, 2016
Friday 5

Zanesville, USA. Photo credit, my Dad.

Hey guys–I’m excited to bring you the Friday 5 today. This 5 will do no justice to what you’ve been getting from the uber-talented Molly, but here goes nothing.

The girls and I hopped on the big bird yesterday to spend some time with family in my home state. Our first Ohio stop was at Jenni’s and it did not disappoint. I buy Jenni’s at Whole Foods in Houston and LOVE it. But it tastes even better to me when I’m back home. Brambleberry crisp, yes please!

I cannot stop listening to this album. It’s been a while since I’ve found an album that I enjoy every song from start to finish and this is it. Even the girls love it. We sing O-O-PHELIA at least twice on the way to school everyday. I want them to get a head start on becoming air guitar experts. The air piano is pretty rad too while driving. I actually stalked the Lumineers tour and cannot figure out how I can work one of their shows into the summer schedule. Anybody want to meet me at Red Rocks in Colorado in June?!

Blogs we love….I’ve been following The Stripe for a really long time. Grace Atwood’s style is classic and feminine and fun and she just seems like the sweetest, greatest girl. Someone I would totally vibe with in person. She recently wrote a travel guide on Charleston and it inspired me to find any and all excuses to travel there this summer!

Did you see my summer trend post? I’m working on something for next week that breaks down some great wardrobe swaps {i.e. swap your gladiator sandals for minimalist slides} The inspiration for my post came from this Refinery 29 article.

And just one last and final question/snack for thought. What are the things you love the most about your hometown? This trip I’m loving how gorgeous southern Ohio is during the springtime. Everything in bloom and greenest greens I’ve ever seen. Speaking of green, I love the grass here. My Dad says it’s Kentucky bluegrass. While I’m no grass expert it’s the kind of grass you want to run around barefoot in. Which is pretty much our plan for the weekend. Oh and I like the smell of freshly cut grass and how serious people take mowing the grass and keeping it looking tip top. My Dad’s grass is the best on the block. I swear I’m not biased.

That’s all for me, guys. Have an awesome weekend!!!

p.s. a shout out to Team Z if you’re reading this post, I know you appreciate its title. 🙂

Entertain, Featured, Lifestyle

Memorial Day party | planning ideas + recipes

May 19, 2016

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What’s on tap for Memorial Day weekend, y’all? Memorial Day has always been one of my favorite holidays. I love the simplicity of this long weekend. At least in our family, it’s a no frills affair, typically spent in the backyard barbecuing with friends. And today on L. Avenue I’m thrilled to collaborate with my dear friend Margaret to bring you a fun, festive backyard shindig. Margaret, a successful catering and cooking extraordinaire, is sharing some of her favorite recipes for a southern backyard dinner that friends and family will get excited about year after year. On the menu: classic fried chicken, fried green tomato, two healthy seasonal salads and blueberry beignets for dessert. So let’s be honest, this menu is slightly more involved than hot dogs on the grill with a side of potato chips. Not to worry, we’ll map out how to prep in advance so you’ll be able to kick back and enjoy your party, margarita in hand.

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Fashion, Featured

Fruit flavor

May 18, 2016

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I’m a big fan of the statement necklace. My tried and true go-to outfit is denim, a white tee and a statement necklace. It’s quick, easy to throw on and looks effortless, chic and totally put together.  I love finding special pieces and when I came across this gem by french designer, N2, I could totally see it fitting nicely with my necklace collection. It’s playful, quirky and the perfect statement piece to make a classic, simple outfit a lot more fun. I’d also wear this with a little white dress this summer. This statement fruit is always in season.

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outfit details | Smythe blazer, similar here, more sizes here | silk top | denim | N2 “tutti frutti” necklace c/o Coco & Duckie | N2 “cheeky cherry” earrings c/o Coco & Duckie | sandals  (Target steal!) | clutch

photos by Traci Ling

Fashion, Featured

Summer trends with Nordstrom

May 16, 2016

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It’s about that time to talk summer trends, guys. What do you say we take a little dive into the summer trend waters? Today’s look from Nordstrom touches on a few that I’m seeing everywhere and would love to incorporate into the summer wardrobe. Blush tones, Bermuda shorts, artful earrings, elevated track pants and the mini shopper bag. The blush movement is spilling over from winter and spring and I’m not complaining one bit. This Tibi camisole has summer written all over it by way of bright multi-colored beach balls. The print isn’t overwhelming but its bright colors allow for unlimited options when it comes to how to wear this top and what to pair it with. I’m doing a front tuck with my flowy wide leg track pants but also love this pretty silky gem with white skinny jeans and sandals. If we’re going a little more casual, I’m all about bermuda shorts which are also very in for summer.

I’ve worn this outfit with both wedge espadrilles (when chasing the littles around all day) and threw on these fun caged heels for a night out. Let me tell you how surprisingly comfortable these shoes are. They’re the perfect neutral sandal to go with all of your summer outfits. When it comes to shoes, there’s really nothing more flattering than neutral heels because they give us ladies a few extra inches of leg. As for accessories, I’m playing on one of the bright beach ball colors with bright red bag + earrings that I found at Nordstrom. Both accessories are budget friendly and perfect seasonal additions to the wardrobe. I really love the unexpected bold pop of color on a light blush top. I’m also benching my bucket bag and subbing in the mini-shopper this summer. It’s sleek and can be worn crossbody too. And at $58, you can totally test out the mini-shopper waters without feeling any pangs of guilt over a new bag purchase. Plus that leaves more for the margarita budget. Happy summer, y’all!
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outfit details | silk camisole | wide leg track pants | cage sandal *under $100 and sold in 7 colors | sunglasses (sold out in white, also love this color) | earrings on sale for $22 | mini shopper bag

photos by Traci Ling

*This post was brought to you in partnership with Nordstrom. Thank you so much for supporting the brands that make L. Avenue possible.

Fashion, Featured

BLOG GIVEAWAY | $500 Paypal Cash!

May 16, 2016

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Happy Monday, guys! I hope y’all had a fabulous weekend and in case you’ve got a case of the Muuuundays today, allow me to cheer you up a bit…

It’s time for a fabulous giveaway!
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I’ve teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers
to give YOU a chance to win:
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You’ll receive one entry per completion.
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Beauty, Coffee Talk, Fashion, Featured, Lifestyle

Friday Five | My Lifestyle

May 13, 2016
a sneak photo peek at our Memorial Day entertaining post!

a sneak photo peek at our Memorial Day entertaining post!

The first order of business here at L. Avenue is, of course, fashion; but, when Lyndsey and I first met, we mutually agreed we wanted to tap into lifestyle content somewhere along the way.

So, today’s links offer a teaser of what’s soon to come with the five covering a wealth of topics, starting with what’s on everyone’s mind come Friday at five o’clock…

food, beverage & entertaining ::
I’m addicted to the CĂşrate LaCroix flavors and have every intention of incorporating them into my poolside cocktails this summer. Inspiration starts here.

beauty ::
My newest beauty product obsession? This face wash. The price tag is worth how it properly treats your pores compared to any drug store alternative.

And post-wash or work-out, I use this. I was gifted it for Christmas and discovered what Into The Gloss did: it’s the perfect post-cleanser to balance out the pH levels of your skin. And pretty packaging. And from Paris. Sold!

health & wellness ::
All hail, Ali Miller, a Houstonian passionate for helping people discover how food can act as a more powerful agent in curing illness than the pills we’re often prescribed.

Read her blog (or book, Naturally Nourished) to see more about her practice.

relationships & career ::
In my last job interview, I was asked what my biggest strengths and weaknesses were. My answer to this question happens to be the same: thoughtfulness. See how exploring your failures can help you find success.

& finally, fashion :: {featuring favorite blogs from our editor, LZ}

“When my best friend told me to start a blog, I asked what is a blog? Sadly, that was only 4 years ago. Late to the party, indeed. The first three blogs she told me to follow remain 3 of my favorites today; A Cup of Jo, Oh Joy and Love Taza. Last fashion week I had a major nerd alert moment when I totally geeked out meeting Taza of the one and only Love Taza. She’s even more lovely in person than in her photos, if that’s even humanly possible.”

Stay tuned for more lifestyle content coming this summer! That’s all for now–have a great weekend!

-Molly of Bridget’s Own Diary

Fashion, Featured

suit up for summer.

May 11, 2016

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There’s something so sophisticated and put together about a monochromatic suit that gets me every time. I love an all white/ivory suit in the winter and recently found the summer version of my suit crush at Nordstrom. The thing I love most about this sleeveless vest/flare duo is the fabric. A super lightweight and the laid back woven cotton texture makes these flares perfect for hot summer temps and travel approved. I found so many pieces from Nordstrom’s summer collection to wear with this staple outfit. These flares are so versatile and can be worn on their own with a crop top or off the shoulder number. And the vest looks awesome with a summer dress and wedges. I’m also eyeing the matching shorts to break out after my legs move out of the pale zone. Please allow me to make the case for white pumps. I wear my suede nude pumps and white pumps more than any other heel in my closet. They go with everything. And in spite of changing trends, a pointy toe pump looks great on everyone. And there’s nothing more fun than a pop of yellow to bring on summertime. This Tory Burch ombre shoulder bag has been my go-to lately. That’s not so mellow yellow. I’m sending summer vibes your way today!
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outfit details | sleeveless blazer | button down blouse, in Nordstrom stores only, similar version here | flare pants | handbag | pumps, similar here (steal) and here (splurge) | sunglasses | crystal hinge bracelet | rose gold knot bracelet | screw cuff bracelet

photos by Traci Ling

This post was brought to you in collaboration with Nordstrom. Thanks so much for supporting the businesses and brands that make L. Avenue possible.

Fashion, Featured, Lifestyle, Travel

SUMMERSKIN | protect your skin in style

May 10, 2016

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I can’t think of a better time to talk skin protection than RIGHT NOW. For starters it’s skin cancer awareness month. Did you know that melanoma cancer is the most aggressive, deadliest form of cancer there is? And you can play a major part in protecting against melanoma by your own skin best practices. I can’t write this blog post and tell you how top awesome I’ve been at protecting my skin in the past. But I’m focused on it now, signs of aging are in full effect and both of my kids have eczema, thus very sensitive skin. We all know that sunblock is essential but what I didn’t realize is that not all clothing is created equal when it comes to skin protection. Remember when you were younger and would just throw on a tee shirt when you realized you were starting to look like a lobster?! I can remember many beach vacations when we would shield our sunburned skin with a t-shirt thinking it was a great barrier from the sun. Think again. Most clothing provides minimal protection, if any at all.
When I had the chance to chat with Summer Kramer, founder of SUMMERSKIN I realized that clothing is also critically important in the fight against melanoma. Summer, a melanoma cancer survivor, couldn’t find very many stylish sun protective options on the market; hence the impetus to start her own clothing line.  She stresses the importance of choosing quality pieces during times in intense sun exposure. Clothing that meets the UPF requirements and a 50+ excellent sun protection rating. SUMMERSKIN clothing does just that. Her collection of everyday essentials (think denim dress, striped maxi, tops and bottoms) is comfortable, classic and safe from the sun’s harsh summer rays. Today’s striped maxi dress will be a go-to of mine this summer. I’m dressing it up a little today with a silk scarf but have also worn this maxi with flats and sneakers and as a bathing suit cover-up poolside. Sensible skin protection, one cute outfit at a time.
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outfit details | maxi dress c/o SUMMERSKIN | Hermes scarf | Manolo Blahnik sandals (last season) similar style here and a steal pair here | handbag c/o Ann Taylor | Valentino sunglasses *5 color options, on sale! | J. Crew necklace (sold out), similar here | necklace c/o Bauble Bar

photos by Traci Ling

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