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Bipartisan sequins | DC weekend

November 12, 2017
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Today’s outfit has holiday written all over it. It doesn’t get more festive than sequin wide leg pants, right?! I’m loving all things monochromatic right now–and all black is always a good idea.

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Sunday funday + dress sale

November 5, 2017
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For now, here’s a dress sale from one of my favorite kid’s clothing lines! I love this adorable dress for the girls because it’s easy to wear year round. Navy and white are so classic and it’s dressy enough for church but machine washable and easy to play in! Hope you’re enjoying this last weekend day with lots of rest and play!

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statement jacket.

October 17, 2017
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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.

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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

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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

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Friday Five | Hello Fall!

September 22, 2017
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The weekend! So glad you’re here. My plan consists of Thai take-out tonight, a cocktail tasting tomorrow and a massage Sunday morning. I’ve been holding onto a couple gift certificates, and I’m very ready to cash in on some relaxation. Enjoy these reads!

This helped me figure out what to wear to my first fall wedding next weekend in Wyoming.

What do your alarm habits say about you?

I’m on a Friends binge, so I was intrigued to read the one haircut ‘Rachel’ would never repeat.

Gossip Girl was a huge part of my high school self, so I enjoyed reminiscing as the show celebrates 10 years.

A salty twist on the classic crudité.

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Friday Five | Helping Hands

September 15, 2017
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Hi! Long time no talk. As of just this week, there is somewhat of a sense of normalcy in the city LZ and I call home. It’s been a whirlwind to say the least, so I thought some regular Friday Five programming could be a nice distraction to all the readers who have been reeling from the recent devastations.

Have a great weekend.

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We love our Cuteheads!

September 13, 2017
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#weloveourcuteheads because the dresses are the prettiest, twirliest ones in town! If you follow Esther, founder of Cuteheads, you may have seen that her house flooded due to Hurricane Harvey. This devastating incident didn’t stop her from immediately stepping up to gather essential items to donate to those in need. She’s amazing. We want to show Esther how much we love her + have put together a giveaway for multiple $75 @cuteheadskids gift cards for families who were impacted by the flooding. Enter for yourself or a friend at the link in my profile [just add email to enter!]. The giveaway ends at midnight on Thursday, September 14. Thank you for supporting my dear friend + one of my favorite companies. Please share your favorite @cuteheadskids photos on Instagram using the caption #weloveourcuteheads to spread the word about the giveaway!

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Help #Harvey families in need | The Torres Family

September 13, 2017
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Hi guys! I can’t tell you how happy it makes my heart to continue to hear from readers, asking how they can help. So many have sent in financial donations and others have contacted me directly to ship Amazon boxes of supplies to my house, which I’ve dispersed to my community. Seeing the human spirt come alive to help others in dire need, most complete strangers, continues to amaze me.

I hope it’s ok that I continue to share stories of families who are still trying to put their lives back together from the aftermath of Harvey. There are so many who have lost so much and if I can share even a few stories, it’s worth using this website platform to do so.

This post hits close to home because today we want to share a story of a family that I personally know. Sweet Isaac is a student in Charlie’s class at school and his mom is one of our school’s teaching assistants. Isaac’s home was flooded during Hurricane Harvey. His parents didn’t have flood insurance and the damage cause by the hurricane was extensive. Their need for repairs is urgent, as Bri currently cares for her 80 year old mother and father, who also live with them.

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I’ve been back and forth from Isaac’s home on the south side of Houston over the past week and it’s been incredible seeing so many teachers from school helping move furniture out of the home, parents of his classmates demo’ing (not sure if this is a word, but it’s certainly in the daily vocab of Houstonians lately) walls and an army of University of Houston students pulling up floor boards to dry out what was left of the home.

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I can’t think of a family who is so deserving and so in need of our help right now. If you’d like to donate to help Isacc’s family rebuild and get back on their feet again, here is their fundraising page. They are halfway to their fundraising goal, an amount that is needed to do the bare minimum repairs so that they can move back into their home again. If you’d like to contribute in other ways, please email me directly!

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