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Managing expectations | trials and tribulations on vacation

March 17, 2018

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Hey guys! How was your week? It was spring break for our family so my husband led the charge for a fun old fashioned family ski trip in Colorado. We could only sneak away for a few days, but in ski time that’s pleeeennty of time for me. I grew up in the snow, but not really on skis. I can vaguely remember going skiing in West Virginia as a kid once or twice, but certainly not enough times to be able to hop on skis without fearing for my life on a blue. So, we put the girls in ski school and the hubs took me out on a few runs the first day. There were highs, like riding the gondola and having beers at lunch! And then the lows, like me sitting in the middle of a blue run, skiers flying by on all sides, totally paralyzed as to how I would get down the mountain in one piece. If you’re wondering where I’m going with this story, I think I have a plan to circle back to it later in this blog post. Ha!

After three consecutive family trips that have involved some pretty unfortunate bouts of illness—fever virus, stomach bug, strep, and the flu to name just a few (yikes!), it’s been quite the reality check on managing expectations. Admittedly,  I build up family vacations to unattainable happiness heights. And let me tell you (and if you have children you don’t really need to be told) that no family trip with little kids goes off without a hitch. Don’t let Instagram fool you, you’re only seeing the perfect side of things for the most part. When we schlepped the fam to Colorado last summer, all three kids were sick the ENTIRE trip. Every day we woke up saying “tomorrow will be better.” And they just didn’t get better until we were off the plane in Houston. I’m sure I probably found something positive to post. Oh yes, I remember now. I posted a photo of Jack in his stroller (with a 102.5 fever) with the mountains in the background. On point! What you didn’t see was the doctor’s office across the street that we were about to roll Jack into!

Anyway, what I’ve learned during our recent string of bad luck (or maybe this is just par for the course with three kids under 5 and lots of little germs), is that no trip will be without it’s ups and downs. I mean, life at home isn’t without highs and lows so why would staying in a hotel with pretty mountain scenery and skiing nearby guarantee perfection?! I guess what I’m saying is that I lied when I told my husband at 2 am after cleaning up throw up for 5 hours straight that “I’m done! This is the last trip for our crew. EVER.” Lordy, the drama, you’ve been there before, right?! Please say yes or at least don’t judge the altitude induced (ha!) melt down. The truth is I’ll continue planning fun experiences for our kids each year, but knowing going in that there’s a high probability at some point during the trip one of us will end up stuck in the middle of the blue ski run with only 1 pole. Not to worry, I’m sure there’s a cool filter for that….

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Bipartisan sequins | DC weekend

November 12, 2017

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

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


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

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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

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

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


#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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