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#nsale lace & layers

July 17, 2017

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Light layers are exactly what I’m shopping for this Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I love finding versatile pieces that work for now and later. Do you remember this similar lace pullover from this post last year?! Well this lace pullover is the new version of it. I love how beautifully the marriage of blue and black is for this top and striped button down underneath. The stripes bring out that floral detail far more than I expected they would. I’m wearing it now with a cami underneath and later with this reversible stipe top and this classic blazer.

Also, may I please direct your attention this this Rebecca Minkoff bag? During my dressing room diaries post I found this bag to go with almost everything I tried on. The colors and print make this a great statement bag for Fall.

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Outfit details | Alice and Olivia lace top | Rag and Bone denim | Rag and Bone striped top | Vince sneakers | Rebecca Minkoff bag | Tory Burch sunglasses

Photos by Traci Ling

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Alice + Olivia striped jumpsuit

June 5, 2017

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It’s no secret that I’ve had a long standing crush on Alice and Olivia. Stacey Bendet’s designs impress me season after season. I love her whimsical style equally as much I do her staple pieces. Case in point, this jumpsuit for it’s chic simplicity. The bold stripes give it a contemporary edge, but overall it is a classic piece that is certain to be here to stay for years to come. Plus horizontal stripes are super elongating, which makes this piece flattering on both tall and petite frames. I’ll throw a blazer over this gem on cooler days (aka ANYWHERE but Houston anytime soon) and layer a long sleeve button down underneath with booties for a slick fall transition.


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outfit details | Alice and Olivia jumpsuit in nude here, similar  for $105 here and similar A&O on SALE here | Mignonne Gavigan necklace and here, similar for less here and featured in this post | Valentino slides, wedge version here similar here and here | Chloe bag similar here | Illesteva sunglasses similar here for $59

photos by Traci Ling

Fashion, Featured

#nsale | open to EVERYONE today!

July 20, 2017

There’s still time to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Early access for Nordstrom cardmembers is over and everybody can shop the sale starting today. We wanted to recap our favorite outfits from the sale, in case you missed them on the blog and Instagram. More outfits and restock alerts to come, so be sure to check back over the next week!

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outfit details | button down top | denim | slide loafer | handbag

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Outfit details | Alice and Olivia lace top | Rag and Bone denim | Rag and Bone striped top Vince sneakers Rebecca Minkoff bag | Tory Burch sunglasses |

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Outfit details | Equipment tunic | Rag and Bone denim | Vince sneakers | Madewell bag | BP. sunglasses |

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Outfit details | Frame top | Frame denim | Vince Camuto heels | Rebecca Minkoff bag | Tory Burch sunglasses |

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Outfit details | Halogen ruffle top | Frame denim |  Vince sneakers | Celine tote similar here | BP. sunglasses |

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Outfit details | Equipment sweater | Rag and Bone denim | Vince loafers | Madewell tote | Sunglasses |

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outfit detail | sweater |  denim | suede pump | handbag

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Outfit details | Halogen lace top | Rag and Bone stripe top | Rag and Bone denim | Halogen slides | Tory Burch sunglasses | Raye leather tote |

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Outfit details | BP. sweater | Rag and Bone denim | Vince sneakers | Chloe bag similar here Valentino sunglasses |

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Outfit details | Rag and Bone top Rag and Bone denim  |  Vince sneakers  | Celine tote similar here | BP. sunglasses |

Photos by Traci Ling

Fashion, Featured

Hello Moto

September 27, 2017

IMG_1232Heya!! Who’s ready for light layers this fall? It’s still pretty hot in Houston, but I’m finding ways to sneak in blazers and jackets at least for the first part of the day. Today’s moto is a favorite for fall now it’s on sale! The other day I layered it over a light lacy top to avoid totally overheating. But when the temps finally drop, I think this lace top would be super cute over a striped button down  or this one (blogged here).

Also, we found a great selection of moto jackets and they’re all on sale here as well as a wide selection of lace tops and black totes, in case you’re updating your wardrobe for fall. And dont forget this perfect “mom heel” by Pedro Garcia. I could run a mile in these shoes, they’re that comfortable! See his collection here, which is also part of Shopbop’s BIG annual sale–don’t miss out!

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Outfit details | Veronica Beard Motto jacketAlice + Olivia top |  denim | Chloe tote bag similar here | Pedro Garcia sandal last season, here and  here are similar looks | Dior sunglasses

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale | TOP 30 PICKS

July 13, 2017

Hey hey! Today is the day! Have y’all entered to win $250 to spend at Nordstrom? Do it, do it! Enter here.

Women’s clothing/shoes/accessories always go FAST (like some pieces in the first 24 hours!) so today we’re bringing you our top 30 picks from the sale. If I could only grab 5 things though, it would be #5 (Alice + Olivia blazer), #6 (ruffle top), #19 (Tibi dress), #20 (cropped skinny jeans) and #30 (Vince loafer).

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#1 J. Crew blazer | I buy a new J. Crew blazer every fall (the fit is great and they are timeless) and I’m in love with this plaid blazer is perfectly fall.

#2 Vince bomber jacket | Bomber jackets are still all the rage. I love this versatile layering piece by Vince. Blogged a similar one here. A great fall transition piece that I’ll rock with a striped tee now and a turtleneck sweater later.

#3 Rag & Bone stripe top | This top is reversible, so basically 2 tops for the price of 1. And I never met a stripe I didn’t like. Just saying!

#4 Sincerely Jules sweatshirt | You’ll see a ton of lace-up pieces for fall. I love this comfy chic sweatshirt for casual fall days. It comes in blush, blue and white.

#5 Alice + Olivia tuxedo jacket (in store only) | This lush velvet blazer is going to be on repeat this fall. I love it with denim for a girls night out and will also dress it up for holiday parties. Maybe over a maxi skirt or with a leather legging.

#6 Chelsea28 Bell sleeve top | Bell sleeves have ben on trend for a while not, and it appears they’re not going anywhere this Fall. It’s a flirty way to dress up distressed jeans and loafers.

#7 Equipment sweater | This striped sweater works for all seasons, thank cool beach night, fall football game, etc. It’s a no brainer. I also love this cold shoulder sweater (not pictured above) by Rag & Bone that is a little trendier/dressier.

#8 Halogen tie front top | This top would be so cute underneath a shift dress or a sweater and I love it on it’s own with denim and these Vince loafers too.

#9 Topshop faux leather skirt| I haven’t seen a navy leather that I like this much and the price is right! I kind of want everything from Topshop including this color block cardigan (not pictured above). This easy piece is going to be my new airport outfit, layered over a white tee with jeans and sneakers.

#10 Halogen sleeveless top | This is such an easy goes-with-everything top.

#11 Alo workout leggings | I’m so frugal when it comes to buying things like exercise attire, pajamas and socks. Ha! So if there’s a sale, I’m all over it. This pair is super cute too!

#12 Rag & Bone leather legging | Leather pants are a wardrobe staple but pricey so if you can snag a good investment piece on sale this is the time.

#13 Caslon embroidered jeans (in stores only) | Embroidery is all the rage right now from shoes to tops and finally jeans. I love the simplicity of this embroidered flower. I’m packing these jeans for my upcoming trip to Santa Barbara. Cali chic!

#14 Current/Elliott uneven hem jeans | I always need to stock up on a few staples like denim during a big sale. These uneven hem are a good price and a great addition to my denim collection.

#15 Halogen pinstripe pant | Loving these pinstripe pants for fall and the price is so good.

#16 Chelsea28 pleated velvet skirt | I’m having a major moment with mustard. This pleated skirt is so rad. I think paired with a white button down and pumps or booties would look so classic. For an edgier look pair with a black sweater and booties.

#17 Halogen leather skirt |I love the burgundy color of this leather skirt. Halogen makes a very soft and very affordable leather pieces. This is perfect to transition to fall and can definitely carry you though winter if you pair with tights and boots.

#18 Rag & Bone stripe dress | This stripe dress is perfect to layer with a blazer or a button down underneath. Pair with pumps or flats or booties.

#19 Tibi midi dress | I cannot believe this classic Tibi style is on sale. This dress is season-less. It works with a white or nude sandal during the spring and summer, with a bootie or closed toe pump during cooler weather months. The silhouette is feminine and flattering, classic Tibi at it’s best.

#20 Frame split hem jeans | Split hem jeans are very popular right now and I think they are a fun, more put together alternative to distressed jeans.

#21 Nordstrom wallet on a chain $64 | I bought a small red crossbody earlier this year and wear it way more than I expected. Red is always seems to be a perfect pop of color to almost any outfit.

#22 Madewell leather tote | I cannot believe this tote is on sale! It’s never on sale because it’s just that good. I include it in my Holiday gift guide every year, it’s a must have!

#23 Rag & Bone bootie | They NEVER go on sale and loving this style and color.

#24 Rag & Bone block heel | I love the block heel style. Block heels are super comfortable and this suede open toe style will transition nicely to from summer to fall. I’d pair this shoe with jeans and a fave go to blazer.

#25 Argento fringe earrings | Fringe earrings continue to stay on the scene and are sure to make a statement for any evening event you have planned.

#26 Vince Camuto suede pump | Everyone always needs a new neutral pump and this pair is so chic. These come in black and a really cool mauve color too.

#27 Halogen slide loafer $59!| I love slide loafers because they are so easy to pair with skirts or denim and super easy to get on and off. These being a perfect color nude will be a staple in my closet for sure. And they come in black, silver and nude–one of each  please!

#28 Dolce Vita bootie | I’ve seen the white bootie for a few seasons now and it’s time to pull the trigger. The never wear white after Labor Day rule need not apply. I think these will take you through winter paired with denim and a sweater.

#29 Vince sneaker | It’s time to replace my Vince sneakers that I scored last year during the sale. I pair sneakers with anything and everything these days and they’re perfect for chasing kiddos around. These also come in satin for the first time this season which is really cool looking in person!

#30 Vince suede loafer | These are already in my cart. Im a big fan of loafers and these will carry me though next spring for sure.

Fashion, Featured

EVERYDAY OUTFITS | April

May 1, 2017

Hi guys! I’ve recently started posting my everyday mirror selfies on Instagram Stories. A lot of times these outfits don’t even make it to the blog because sponsored posts take priority, which means mostly new outfits are blogged. But I throw on older outfits all of the time and most often mix new seasonal pieces with staples that I’ve had for a while.

I’ve received so many questions and positive feedback from my Insta outfits that I decided to try out this new series with outfit details from my daily iPhone photos. I want y’all to see how I style different pieces multiple ways; how I take a top from day to night or why white culottes, for example, make sense for your wardrobe.  I’d love to hear if you like this post idea or not. And more than anything, I hope this brings you some outfit inspiration when you open the closet door tomorrow morning.

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outfit details | Alice and Olivia tunic On Sale here and here | denim | Prada sandals similar here and here | J. McLaughlin bag sold out, similar here and here | Rebecca de Ravenel earrings, similar here

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outfit details | A.L.C dress (old) similar here  and here | clutch | Valentino heels similar here and here

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outfit details | skirt (old) similar here and here | tank similar here  | Stewart Weitzman sandals

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outfit details | Jason Wu culouttes | Phillip Lim vest | Rebecca Minkoff loafers (sold out) similar here and here  |  Stella McCartney bag

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outfit details | Phillip Lim culouttes (old) similar here and here | Adam Lippes top (old) similar here and here | Sewart Weitzman slide | Brooke Feather pearl necklace (old) similar here

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outfit details | Preen dress (old) similar here and here  | Jimmy Choo pumps (old) similar here and here |  Chloe bag

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outfit details | Monique Lhuillier lace dress | Cult Gaia bag | Manolo Blahnik pumps (old) similar here and here
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outfit details | Self Portrait dress (sold out) similar here and here | Cult Gaia bag | Chloe sandals , similar here and here

 

Fashion, Featured

tunic talk

April 12, 2017

Lace, lace, lace, it’s all over the place! Tops, bombers, sweaters, shorts, skirts, you name it, it’s lace. I really haven’t met a lace I didn’t like case in point the most beautiful dress I ever did wear – my wedding dress was a lace bodice ballgown. This lace tunic (on sale!) can easily be paired with denim, these A&O shorts or even a darker leather number down the road for fall.

I love the detail and the navy blue color. Navy and white is a staple color combo for spring like black and white are for fall. It is a perfect statement piece that can really be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. I wore this exact outfit to a block party and then to dinner with my kids and I fully intend to jazz it up with a pump or a dressy sandal for a dinner date out.

One another note, did you notice my new Chloe bag? Ladies this bag is so hot it is only carried in at one store (for pre-order) and it is sold out at Chloe. I snagged this gem in Vegas. It’s definitely the IT bag for spring. Did I mention it is a crossbody bag, as well? So it can transition easily from day to night. And quite possibly my favorite feature, the bracelet handle. That’s one less accessory needed for the wrist, y’all!

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Outfit details | Alice and Olivia tunic | Frame denim | Prada sandals (sold out) similar here, splurge here and Target steal here | Chloe bag similar here and here| J. Mc.Laughlin sunglasses | Baublebar earrings and here

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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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Coffee Talk, Fashion, Featured, Lifestyle

I’ve got a secret…

June 14, 2016

I’ve been keeping some pretty big news about my life under wraps from the blog for a while now. Y’all have any guesses what it might be?! Why don’t I share a few clues you may or may not have picked up lately to help get you up to speed…

  1. Lots of flowy dresses have appeared on the blog over the past few months {here, here and here for starters}
  2. More food related posts have made their way to the blog and Instagram {here}
  3. Snapchats of ice cream instead of red wine {username: lavenueblog if you want to follow along!}
  4. My roots could really use some highlights
  5. You’ll see very few side shots and profile shots over the past few month
  6. I’ve been organizing like a mad-woman. I literally purged an entire closet last week.
  7. I’m extra tired, grumpy and emotional.
  8. I’m on the wagon. Hence a freezer full of ice cream and a wine fridge full of bottles that won’t be touched until fall.

I bet you’ve guessed by now. If not, a picture might just seal the deal.

Continue Reading…

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Black Friday sales, shop them now!

November 26, 2015

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Go big or go home need not apply to black Friday sales. You can sip your morning coffee, nurse a post Turkey day food and wine hangover and shop the best sales around from the comfort of your own home.

I’ve searched the internet far and wide and these are the best sales out there that will cover all of your holiday shopping and save cash to gift yourself a little something too. Here are my top 7, check back later today and I’ll round up the rest of the sales you just can’t miss.

Shopbop

The deets: Spend $250 + and save 15%, spend $500+ and save 20%, spend $1,000+ and save 25%

Promo Code: GOBIG15

L. Avenue picks | for her–these pajamas are the softest and most comfortable out there, this Chanel coffee table book is perfect for girlfriends and under $50, and every girl loves her Cosabella underthings (can’t say the p word, I just can’t) and this gift set is amazing | for him–a rad watch that won’t break the bank, a legit backpack that looks good and is uber-practical, a good looking dop kit | for kids–who knew that Shopbop had something for everyone? I love this princess castle play set and these taxi magnets are really fun for the littles | for you–loving this Clare V. tote bag and this watch is a great knock off of the Chanel watch I’m obsessed with

J. Crew

The deets  | 30% off your purchase + 40% off sale styles

Promo Code | HOLIDAY

L. Avenue picks | for her–love these earrings, these plaid slippers, and this goes-with-everything necklace | for him–buffalo check pi’s, check! a prepster weekender bag, cashmere lined smart phone gloves for the kids (girls)–I wish these glitter sneaks came in my size, glow-in-the-dark snowman pjs, sign me up and this winter hat with pom poms is the cutest (boys) these glow-in-the-dark pi’s, this DIY snow globe kit | for you–I love this festive red sweater, these boots are my absolute fave, I wear this skirt non-stop (seen in above photo)

GAP

Deets | 50% off everything!!!

Promo code | EARLY

L. Avenue picks | for her–this mini-cross body is only $20 with the sale, these lace-up ballet flats are hot right now | for him–I’ve yet to meet a dude that didn’t love his puffer vest and I like this one and also this guy too, I love this color block pullover and this scarf is pretty great for around $15 with the sale | for the kids (girls)–these cute slippers, these fleece gloves, a pink puffer jacket (boys) — classic Christmas pi’s, this sporty jacket | for toddlers–glitter mary janes, snow pants for girls and boys who hit the slopes or live in Ohio (ha!) for you –to work off that extra piece of pumpkin pie, these GapFit leggings are a must, this red party dress is perfect for holiday parties

Pottery Barn Kids

The deets | today only 30% luggage and backpacks and luggage (the girls have this suitcase set and we love it)| 20% your entire order with code GREATGIFTS

For the kids |a furry friend that doubles as sleeping bag, the cutest dolls, and every doll needs her stroller and a personalized tool box for the boys

Williams Sonoma

The deets 20% one item plus free shipping with code: THANKS

For the chef in your life–50% off all clad slow cookers (I have an all clad and it’s awesome), up to 40% off Nespresso machines (we just got a Nespresso and the coffee is the best I’ve tasted for an in-home machine

Madewell

The deets | 25% off

Promo code | CALMDOWN

L. Avenue picks | for her (or for yourself)– if you don’t have this tote bag you must get it ASAP. It’s essential–practical, looks great and is a reasonable price for the quality of bag and a bonus, it can be monogrammed, these bangles are the perfect under $20 gift for your special gal pals, also love this simple necklace and these bar stud earrings, this leopard pouch wallet is always a good idea | for you–this classic moto jacket will never be on sale so take advantage now and you’ll thank me later, I’ll be living in this sweater this winter, these booties are a closet staple, and I just got this sleeveless sweater and love it with a cool printed button down underneath

Net-a-porter

The deets | This is the website’s BIGGEST sale of the year. Up to 50% off your favorite designers from Chloe to Alice and Olivia and more.

Promo code: No code

L. Avenue picks | for her–I’ve had my eye on this Celine-looking bag for less for a while and it’s finally on sale, this bag is so hot right now I’m shocked that it’s on sale, this denim blazer is perfect for all seasons, this fur vest is a steal

Happy Shopping y’all!