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AMAZON’s best Halloween costumes!

October 18, 2017

L ave and Amazon

We’re continuing on series with L. Avenue’s 10 favorite fashion finds on Amazon this month!

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m very much into Halloween! I have a costume closet, if that’s any indication of how serious I am about dressing up! So, with Halloween fast approaching I wanted to share some last minute costumes from Amazon. I don’t think I’ve been a bumblebee before, but how cute is this costumes and for $15?  Im in! One year I dressed as a character from Frozen and Leighton and Charlotte still talk about my cool red-haired Anna braid. One of my faves of all time was Raggedy Ann and this costume in particular is a gem. I speak from experience the time I showed up as Andy to the girl’s school fall festival and was one of the only parents in full costume. Last Halloween I was 39 weeks pregnant so NOTHING would fit over my baby bump except for this costume that’s perfect for prego’s!

I think I’ve convinced Leighton to be Dorthy this year, and have a little character envy becuase this Dorthy costume is so fun! But if costumes just aren’t your cup of witches brew, then stay in the spirit with this tee and this one and this spooky accessory.

Im also loving this orange silk top paired with these $30 black skinny Levi’s for a more understated Halloween inspired look.

Happy Halloween y’all!!

Around {H} Town + Travel, Fashion

statement jacket.

October 17, 2017


Prior to NYFW I ran by Tootsies on a mission to find a statement piece for my trip. This has become a litte NYFW tradition for me–finding that one piece that’s special, and it’s typically a dress. But this time around I fell in love with a tweed jacket. A subtle statement piece that feels a little rocker (button detail!) but still classic (black and white and structured). I’m confident I’ll wear this gem season after season.

I love this jacket because I can wear it on it’s own as a top or paired with a simple white blouse or tee  or even this cami ( ON SALE) underneath. For a dressier occasion, I’d pair with this pencil skirt.

I’m all about accessorizing with a bold bag (yellow Gucci should suffice!) and of course white booties, a new favorite to make the whole outfit come to life. These white booties are a perfect contrast to the black denim and so more exciting and trendy than the typical black bootie or pump. We have seen a wide selection of black and white jackets, white booties and yellow bags at Shopbop.

A few of our favorite fall jackets.


Outfit details | Alexander Wang blazer also here similar here and here and for $139 here| Frame denim similar here | Steve Madden booties | Gucci bag  similar herehere and here | Dior sunglasses | hoop earrings |

Photos by Lydia Hudgens

Fashion, Featured


October 16, 2017

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During the Shopbop sale I stumbled upon this adorable jumper. I have to admit, jumpers haven’t been in my outfit lineup in nearly a decade, but loved the idea of this corduroy one for fall with booties. Since white booties are king this season, I broke out mine to create the perfect warm/cool weather outfit that can easily work with tights and a turtleneck sweater later on.

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Outfit details | Caroline Constas top similar here and for $68 here and $55 here | Ganni dress similar here | Steve Madden booties similar here  $45 steal here | Loeffler Randall bag similar here and here | J Crew earrings similar here | Tory Burch sunglasses |

Photos by Traci Ling

Fashion, Featured, Kids, Minis, Motherhood

L. Avenue Littles | Busy Bees

October 16, 2017


When it comes to dressing my kiddos, I’m all about finding brands that work for all three of mine. I can knock out all of their clothes shopping in one fell swoop and also buy pieces that coordinate. I realize my days are limited for having creative control over their little wardrobes, so I’m going all in for matching/coordinating outfits whenever possible.

Busy Bees Kids has been a go-to brand for years. Busy Bee’s prints are super cute and I love their traditional dresses and also cotton separates. Plus the boys clothes are adorable, which is super rare if you ask me! We wear Busy Bees multiple times a week, from the park to church and outside for bike rides–the clothe are super cute, functional and hold up extremely well.

The girls love Busy Bees dresses because their “Pretty and not itchy!” Perfect for everyday playtime, but nice enough to wear for special occasions too!

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Outfit details | Girls dress | Boys corduroy pants | Boys top |

Lyndsey’s outfit details | Halogen top (sold out) similar herehere and here | L’Agence denim similar here, here and here | Laveer blazer similar in velvet here and for less here | Steve Madden booties | Mignonne Gavigan earringsGucci sunglasses |


Trend Report | Velvet

October 13, 2017


We’re crushing on velvet over here. Check out the latest styles that are reinventing the trend with new details.

Velvet Dresses | Check out this latest collection of dresses. Being an 80’s baby I’m definitely digging the 80’s looks that are on trend these days. And this long sleeve velvet frock is a perfectly on point for any holiday festivity.

Velvet Tops | I think this collection of velvet camis is perfect for the approaching holidays. Paired with denim or a skirt and even an added blazer and you are perfectly on trend. This green cami is calling my name. We all know cold shoulders are a popular go to and this navy number is a perfect velvet addition to any closet.

Velvet Bags | Even accessories are reinventing the trend. Check out these beautiful velvet bags. Im loving the contrast colors and the patterned handle on this velvet number.

Velvet Shoes | Slide your feet into a pair of velvety shoes. I bought these marigold mules which I have worn on repeat. The compliment so many more outfits than I would have ever expected.


Fashion, Featured

5 fall outfit staples under $100

October 10, 2017

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Today we’re bringing y’all about 5 fab fall outfit staples that wont break the bank! I’m living in these cargo skinny pants I found for $79. They’re a great swap out for my typical denim and also look super cute with pumps for nighttime. I finally found a great tee that’s also available in a ton of colors-and it’s $25. It runs big so size down. Next at bat, a colorblock crossbody bag. This gem is cheap, cheap so I don’t mind throwing kid-stuff inside and it’s pretty roomy for a crossbody! And last but certainly not least, the slides I’m living in. These guys are super comfy and I’m also eyeing the silver pair for a fun little statement!

Not gonna lie, you’re going to be seeing the bold blazer on repeat this Fall. We all know my go to is denim paired with a tee and blazer, and this blazer is no ordinary blazer with its rad print. It can be paired with so many more options than one would expect, blush, white, black and grey. The versatility of it is – Amazing.

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Outfit details | Frame blazer | Caslon cargo | Caslon tee | Halogen slides | Baublebar earrings | Tory Burch sunglasses | Sole Society bag similar here |

Photos by Traci Ling

Fashion, Featured

it flows.

October 8, 2017

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How was your weekend? Still going strong with the “holiday” today?! We aren’t in school, so I’m taking the girls to the Oscar de la Renta exhibit at MFAH. I’m pretty sure they’re going to love it–they’re both super girly! I have no idea where they get that from. Ha! Although, I will say I was kind of a tomboy growing up. I mean I always loved clothes, don’t get me wrong, but was more into sports than anything else. Anyway….

I wore this flowy feminine frock a while back (hence the summer sandal) but it’s also coming back into rotation for fall parties, I actually like it more with a black sandal (love this pair that’s on major sale!) than the white. It can be dressed up to be cocktail party appropriate and I’ll totally rock this bright green for holidays this year too.

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Outfit details | Caroline Constas dress maxi version here | sandals (old) similar here  | earrings similar here and here in black at 20% off | Chloe bag larger version here | Valentino sunglasses similar here |

Photos by Traci Ling

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TRAVEL | Staycation with Marriott Marquis

October 6, 2017

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Ever since the new Marriott Marquis opened last year in Downtown, we have been wanting to find a reason to check it out. I mean, there’s a lazy river in the shape of Texas! What’s not intriguing about that? This month we finally were able to say “bye-bye!” to the kids so Mom and Dad can go enjoy a staycation at the Marriott!

The Marriott Marquis really does live up to the hype. It features comfortable and modern rooms with scenic views, restaurants, bars, a spa and fitness center, and can’t forget about that amazing pool area – there is no reason to leave the property! Perfect staycation set up.

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But, if you’re itching to get out, you don’t have to walk far. Minute Maid Park is two blocks away and we spent one of our evenings watching baseball and fireworks. First time in a long time that we showed up to a game early and stayed until it was long over. Saturday was spent by the pool and lazy river with the Frose Rose cocktails continuously flowing. A storm hit and closed the pool for a little while but that didn’t stop anyone from enjoying the bar scene down at Biggio’s in the hotel lobby.

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There really is something going on at all times so it’s impossible to get bored. The staff is very accommodating and kind. And with the Marriott app, check-in and check-out is easy. You can even request services (like extra towels) right from your phone!

Really, you don’t need a REASON for a staycation here. Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, girls weekend, or just because – I’m already finding a way to get back!

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Marriot Marquis Houston. Thanks so much for supporting the brand and businesses that make L. Avenue possible!

photography by Traci Ling

Coffee Talk, Featured, Friday Five, Lifestyle

Friday Five | How Are You?

October 6, 2017

Coffee-Talk-1080x1512The last days of summer were taxing to say the least. The despair within the cities affected by tragic events was contagious to those feeling the pain from afar. I pray we are looking towards better days to come. Below are five happy and inspiring links to brighten your spirits.

How to start October off on a good foot–even if it is Friday the 13th!

A podcast I’d listen to on repeat.

A joy jar may be the best thing to happen to any of us.

I have five years to get all these kinds of friends.

Things people have learned, the silly and the serious.


Fashion, Featured

stripe tunic.

October 3, 2017

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Helloooo guys! I just sat down with my computer for the first time all day and feel extremely behind. Do you ever have days where you don’t even get to your to do list, it’s that busy?!

To make matters more time pressed, This is Us just came on so I may have to keep today’s post short and to the point. I found these black skinnies during the Nordstrom sale and they’ve become my new black legging of choice. Perfect when paired with any tunic top and we’ve got a few for you below. Black and white is a color combo that everybody can pull off with great ease, a no brainer when you’re pressed for time and want to look chic in 5 minutes or less. That’s all!

In effort to make searching easy for our readers you can shop the Tibi collection here along with a array of black and white stripe tops and black skinnies.

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Outfit details | Frame denim | Tibi top ( sold out) similar herehere and here  | Chloe Nile bag also here | Pedro Garcia heels (old) similar here and here | Gucci sunglasses |

Photos by Traci Ling