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Friday Five | Entertainment Edition

September 30, 2016

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When given the choice between a computer or television screen, I’d make do with my Mac any day. But, since starting a full-time job, I’ve been reminded of how relaxing it can be to sit in front of a television set and enter a new world. So, today, I give you the entertainment edition of the Friday Five, full of the things I’m enjoying in hopes that you might, too.

What I’m reading :: My book club met Wednesday night to discuss You’ll Grow Out of It, a refreshing comedy by Jessi Klein who covers the complete gamut of relatable guilty pleasures for girls like Anthropologie and The Bachelor.  Next up is The Thousandth Floor, authored by Katharine McGee, my good friend’s sister, so I’d read it regardless of the fact that it made the New York Times bestseller list.

TV I’m tuning into :: William and I just finished HBO’s The Night Of. We were wary of the ending as more than a few friends said it was unsatisfying. Turns out, I loved it start to finish and highly recommend it.

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the heavenly honeymooning in Menorca c/o @chaneldror‘s feed

Who I’m following :: This weekend starts my wedding marathon which won’t settle until February. I’m excited to see how my friends and family style their festivities, taking mental notes for my own. I’m off to a good start, spending a good chunk of last weekend screenshotting photos from former co-worker, Chanel’s, wedding. Follow @chaneldror or #jetaimetarlo to sneak a peek inside their chateau wedding weekend for aaall the amour feels.

What I’m listening to :: I’ve had Tove Lo’s Say It on repeat ever since it was the anthem of The Hamptons. Also loving this song.

Movies I’m watching :: The oldies – classed Casablanca off my list (inspired by my Insta), then fast-forwarded to Say Anything, an 80s flick Say Anything and most recently watched Richard Gere and Winona Ryder in Autumn in New York, filmed in 2000. I hope to find a recent gem for me and W to watch tonight. Recs welcome!

Have a great weekend.

Molly Bridget of Bridget’s Own Diary

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Fashion, Featured

LBD updated

September 29, 2016

Every closet needs a token LBD. A little black number that is a go-to anytime you a. have no time to figure out an outfit and b. you want to put on something that will make you feel like a million bucks. LBD’s are versatile because their neutral nature allows for accessory optionality. They can be dressed up or down and pretty much save the day whenever you reach for them. I love this flowy Nanette Lepore dress because it’s feminine and also boho at the same time with a really rad embroidered detail. This is a great dress for a fall wedding, but you could also totally rock booties with it when the weather cools down.

As the bump grows it’s getting slightly more challenging finding flattering dresses that are non-maternity. It’s strange the aversion I have to certain styles during this pregnancy. Maybe it’s because it’s my third and well, the bump is waaay lower and waaay larger. So the belted bump look just isn’t working for me. This dress ties in the front which acts like a belt but doesn’t look like one. When I tried it on at a favorite Houston boutique, Monkees, I instantly felt like my old twirling self again in it.

Here are some of my favorite LBD’s for fall

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outfit details | black dress with embroidered detail, also sold here and here, available in stores here | clutch with monogram c/o Gigi NY | statement ring, similar here and here | sandal | sunglasses |

 

photos by Maritere Rice

Fashion, Featured, Maternity Style

overalls two ways with HATCH

September 27, 2016

I’ve mentioned my baby bump styling strategy to y’all quite a few times before. I don’t see the point in going all out on a brand new maternity wardrobe when it’s such a short time in the grand scheme of things. Instead, I gravitate towards pieces that work well during and after pregnancy; shift dresses, caftans, drawstring pants, oversized sweaters, capes, button down tops a size or two bigger, and pretty much anything flowy tends to work well.

All that being said, there’s one maternity brand that totally gets it when it comes to designing awesome pieces that I’ll actually want to wear long after the baby comes. Hatch has been a maternity favorite of mine, and pretty much my only go-to maternity line. Mostly because the collection doesn’t feel like a traditional maternity line. I lived in Hatch’s chambray overalls when I was pregnant with Charlotte, and when I saw this pair I knew I was ready to rock some fun overalls for this pregnancy too.

I think overalls are pretty unexpected when it comes to maternity outfits, which is part of the reason I was even more excited about this navy pinstripe pair. I’m carrying this baby super low and pants and shorts are pretty uncomfortable. The overall is a total winner in terms of comfort and they’re super versatile too. I’m showing y’all how to wear them two ways today, but also including two additional outfits I’ve put together for my overalls–one with slides and one with sneakers. My high heels days are pretty numbered at this point.View More Hatch google images: http://traciling.pass.us/lyndseyblog2 View More Zimmerman Clutch google images: http://traciling.pass.us/lyndseyblog2

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outfit 1 | Hatch overalls c/o Hatch |Purchased at local boutique but similar  bangle bracelets | Rachel Comey sleeveless top, similar here | earrings | sunglasses, similar here | oversized clutch | pumps, steal version here, splurge version here

 

outfit 2 | Hatch overalls c/o Hatch | button down | Opening Ceremony varsity jacket | mini satchel bag | Illesteva sunglasses | suede mary janes

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Some of my other favorites from Hatch’s fall collection that I’m loving…

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blogging reality check + blush caftan

September 26, 2016

It’s Monday, can we please take a minute for a reality check? I think some of y’all think I wake up daily, put together a new outfit for this blog, hair done, face on etc. and take photos at my convenience. That is so not the reality of this job. I actually shoot once a week on Thursday morning, so spend the first half of my week planning outfits for the shoot based on current brand collaborations and content I’m seeking to create for L. Avenue. The first three days of the week I’m lucky to brush my teeth and do the bare minimum when it comes to hair (typically a ponytail) and make-up while in the carpool line.

So when Thursday rolls around I pack up 3-4 outfits into the trunk of my car and meet my fab photographer at TBD location, shooting quickly because we are both busy working moms. And most often changing clothes in the car. Modesty went out the window after childbirth, and I’ve perfected the covered up car-clothing-change. But you can image how challenging it is changing clothes in your car when 8 months pregnant! Ha. Oh, and since the goal is to bring y’all the latest season as early as possible, I’m currently shooting sweaters and coats and it’s 100 degrees outside. So this gig isn’t as glamorous as you might think. I still love it nonetheless. Just wanted to clear the air on this common misconception about blogging in case you were wondering.

So I’m currently busy shooting fall outfits, but this Mirth caftan is what I’m wearing on the reg. After all, it is still in the 90’s in Houston. The thing about this darker blush pink caftan is it can totally be layered over a turtleneck or underneath a long cardigan sweater and rocked with a slide or bootie for fall too. Especially, milder Texas fall weather. Mirth caftans, designed by two fabulous Houston sisters, are sold at two of my very favorite boutiques, Brooke Feather in Houston and Diani boutique in Santa Barbara. Check out the entire Mirth line here.

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outfit details | Mirth caftan available at Brooke Feather | suede tote bag, available at Brooke Feather | lace up gladiator sandal | pearl and leather necklace {originally blogged here}

photos by Traci Ling

 

Beauty, Friday Five

Friday Five | Beautiful Things

September 23, 2016

As promised, I’m delivering full-on beauty coverage for today’s Friday Five. Before I begin, I’ll leave an editor’s note that I am by no means an expert. In fact, I’d say I’m quite an amateur using the Internet to my advantage to learn a thing or two…and share with all of you!

A product I love :: I got this fancy, French water for Christmas last year in a mail gift exchange. It’s pretty packaging had me swooning, but then I sprayed it and found the magic was all inside. I use it in the morning to make my face slightly dewy before applying my make-up and in the evening after a work-out.

A product I’d like to love :: One of my recurring woes is not buying the products–that’s the easy part! It’s the actual application. So, I was pleased to find these are a thing: skin care sticks. Like spray-on sunscreen, it’s simpler and more likely to supply even coverage. I really like this rosy guy.

A switch-up in your routine :: Save yourself a CVS trip to replenish your shampoo supply. Cue conditioner-only power showers after the gym.

A product I’m over :: I’ve pretty much had it with my Venus razors. They cost and cut way too much. So, I’ll be taking a tip from the boys and Camille Styles team and grabbing a guy’s razor my next go-around. It’ll be the signature boys’ blade, the Gillette Mach3, which issupposedly sturdier, sharper and leave your legs silkier.

What I’m still learning :: A lot! Emily of Cupcakes & Cashmere opened my eyes to this magic elixir, so I was so happy to read the beauty mistakes she made in her 20s. I’m figuring out the brow thing, need to let lipsticks into my life, and properly blend foundation into my neck.

The amount of product out there is overwhelming, and I think the overall mantra when it comes to make-up and beauty really is less is more. Most guys would agree. So, enjoy the process and learn as you go. Baby steps on the beauty front, mes cheries!

Molly Bridget of Bridget’s Own Diary 

Fashion, Featured

Metallic Mania

September 22, 2016

Metallics are back and bigger than ever this fall. I’ve been rocking these gold metallic booties and am crushing hard on this bag. And precious metals aren’t just for dressier occasions. I love amping up an everyday outfit with a bold pop of silver or gold. And if you haven’t noticed, sneakers are all the rage right now. Why not pair a metallic top or skirt with a more casual slide or sneaker to make it that much more wearable? And if you’re feeling really festive, any of these metallic pieces will be the star of the show come holiday season. Happy shopping…

Fall 2016 Favorites | Metallics

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1.  Tall Metallic Pleated Skirt | 2. Metallic Trimmed Blouse | 3. Blouse with Bow | 4. Ballet Flats | 5. Metallic Booties | 6. Metallic Loafer | 7. Metallic Clutch | 8. Metallic Rockstud Bag | 9. Asymmetric Metallic Skirt | 10. Metallic Wide-leg pants | 11. Wingtip Tassel Loafer | 12. Lace-up Flats | 13. Metallic Pump | 14. Sunkissed Eye Palette | 15. Shimmer Eye Shawdow | 16. Statement Earrings | 17. Shine On Ear Pins | 18. Water Bottle | 19. Choker  | 20. Rose Gold Bracelet | 21. Orb Choker  |

 

 

 

Fashion, Featured

cold shoulder

September 21, 2016

 

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Hurry up fall!! I’m so ready for sweater weather and it’s still in the 100’s in Houston. Yes, you read that correctly. Mis.org. I’ve approached styling this baby bump with the mentality that I don’t want to miss out on this seasons’ s trends but want to make sure what I’m buying will work for post baby too. I love this cutout cold shoulder sweater which will look super cute with denim or leggings after the baby. I layered it with a button down for now because it’s a lot more flattering given the current bump situation.

I have to say I stumbled into this sweater/button-down pairing on accident and actually like it just as much as the bare shoulder look without the button down. Let’s call this preppy cold shoulder. But in my day a preppy cold shoulder would also be known as a snob. Hehe. Pregnancy brain certainly isn’t helping my sense of humor over here. With a longer sweater I love a pump or heeled bootie but could also rock this with some oh so oh trend Adidas sneakers too. This feather print scarf has been one of my go-to accessories this fall transition season. It brings together ever single color that I wear on the reg, it truly goes with anything in my wardrobe.

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Fashion, Featured

fall favorites | suede & florals

September 19, 2016

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How was the weekend guys? I spent my entire Saturday shooting a 2017 trend guide. If you’ve followed L. Avenue for a while, you might recall A Couture Cause, the charity project that I started back in 2013. And if this is the first you’re hearing, don’t worry, I’ll fill y’all in more later.

Today’s fall outfit starts with a pair of rad J. Brand suede skinnies. These gems aren’t maternity, so my chances of wearing them are hanging on by a belly band thread for the time being. I’ve become an Equipment blouse addict too. These fab button down’s are my go-to for weekday casual; they’re so comfortable and easy to throw on with jeans and a blazer. I love this floral print top for fall because you can accessorize with maroon, blush pink, navy, black or red. You’ve already seen me blog it here, with a blush duster jacket and blue crossbody bag.

Today’s look subs in suede and leather for my typical denim for a dressier outfit that would be super cute for date night. And at almost 33 weeks pregnant, I’m no longer rocking pumps on the reg, so you’ll likely see me in flats {loafers are super on trend, these are a steal} with this pretty fall outfit.

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outfit details | Equipment blouse | J. Brand suede skinny pants | Jimmy Choo pumps, similar for less here | Celine sunglasses, similar here | Nordstrom hat | Rebecca Minkoff handbag | Nordstrom leather jacket | Nixon watch

photos by Ailee Petrovic

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Pregnancy update….

September 17, 2016

 

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What are your pregnancy rituals? Besides the obvious eating extra ice cream and crazy nesting impulses, I also journal during my pregnancies. The journal is written to my unborn baby, telling he/she all about my pregnancy and other deep thoughts (ha), stories and pieces of inspiration that come to mind. I started putting pen to paper way earlier than 27 weeks pregnant in my last two pregnancies. I’m already playing catch up with baby #3!

Anyway, as much as I enjoy blogging, the old school pen and paper journal writing has been a hobby of mine from the time I could hold a pen. While writing the other day I realized I haven’t really talked to y’all very much about my pregnancy. I get messages on Instagram, are you really even pregnant?! Yes, I promise I am. But I might be pretty good at shooting angles and only posting photos that disguise the bump so every shot isn’t a “this is how big my bump is today” photo. This is the first time I’ve been pregnant while blogging and my approach has been to not go overboard with bump shots; for fear of annoying y’all, or moving away from what I want this blog to be about. But every once in a while an update doesn’t hurt, right?!

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Friday Five | Full Circle Fashion

September 16, 2016

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I’ve finally hit that sweet spot age when I’ve seen my first major fashion trend go full-circle. It’s the jean skirt, which faded when I entered high school but as of late, I’ve spied a few here and there, then saw every sorority girl sporting one at the UT ND game. I knew it wasn’t just me when I saw them on display at J. Crew.

The denim skirt has resurrected from the dead. This petite moto version might be the only one I’ll go for because I like its length.

Perhaps this city coat is more practical for winter, though. But…which color people?!

I’d say I’m not into mediation, but I’d also say I’ve never really tried. No better time than now with free classes all through September at the new Define life Studio.

With a fondness for both the writer and photographer behind this post, I had to read the story of the Pappy Van Winkle family. Born into a bourbon legacy, the real story is their strong family bond.

Next week will be all about beauty partly inspired by this post, which led me to this one. She saved the best tip for last on spending:

“if you could care less about what kind of car you drive, but love trying new restaurants as much as possible, then drive an old car…and bask in your restaurant budget.”

My dad gave me his old wheels and not having a car payment helps me justify scouring the Houston restaurant scene. Last night was Roost with William. This Sunday will be back in Austin for brunch in Clarksville with a birthday bestie and our boys.

Champagne & oysters — happy birthday to her and weekend to me. And all of you, too!

Molly Bridget of Bridget’s Own Diary