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my organic beauty regimen | Juice Beauty

August 3, 2016
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If you regularly subscribe to L. Avenue posts you’ll know I don’t delve into a lot of beauty coverage on this blog. It’s not that I don’t have stock in caring for my skin, especially after hitting the big 3-0 and inching ever so close to 3-5. For starters, I’m far from a skin expert. Sadly, at the end of long days I am lucky to use a face wipe let alone a multi-step skincare routine. I’m also what you might call a serial dater when it comes to beauty products. I’ll invest in whatever I read in mags or other blogs and use that product until it’s finished and then bounce to the next “it” product or whatever the salesperson is excited about at the beauty counter. So I really haven’t had a consistent beauty regimen before. Although finding that solid regimen is always on my to do list in the back of my mind.

So, I pretty much found one overnight. Organically. And the products are organic too, ironically. First, a quick back story. I was gearing up for the annual Reward Style (my biggest ad affiliate in case you aren’t familiar) conference in Dallas. It’s March aka the time for pale, pasty winter skin. But it’s warm in Dallas and it’s dress attire for the afternoon and evening event festivities. I’m also newly pregnant so spray tan is out. I ran to Neiman’s to pick up a self tanner, the perfect last minute quick fix. When I started applying this lotion based tanner, I almost choked over the pungent smell of it. Not to mention it’s coming out of the bottle in the most unnatural looking dark brown color. At this point there’s no turning back so I finish applying. What on earth is in this stuff, I ask myself aloud. No ingredient breakdown on the bottle. After finding the ingredient list, I see that it’s a mile long. And it appears to be written in a foreign language. And the ingredients that I do recognize, don’t seem like the would belong in something I’m rubbing into my skin; xanthan gum, castor oil, benzyl alcohol, caramel perfum. At that point, I had this epiphany. Why am I not more focused on what my skin is absorbing, especially during pregnancy?!

The next day, I check out my conference meeting line-up and lo and behold one of my meetings is with a skincare and make-up line, Juice Beauty. When we sat down the Juice Beauty team asked me about my regimen and I told them the story about the self tanner wake-up call. It turns out that meeting held the solution for my skin conundrum. A California based company that’s been making beauty products with organic ingredients for more than a decade. Juice Beauty’s chemists start with an organic botanical juice base (aloe, jojoba, grape seed, shea, infused with citrus juices) and add powerful age defying or blemish clearing ingredients to deliver highly effective, clinically validated results.

I’ve been using the products exclusively since March and am beyond pleased with the results. Especially, given the tendency for my skin to break out during pregnancy. Break outs have been minimal and my skin feels softer, tighter and more radiant than it ever has. The products smell like fruit, but not in an overpowering way. And more than anything, I’m no longer stressing that my skin is absorbing harsh chemicals

When I’ve only got a few minutes to get ready every day, these are the 3 make-up products I can’t live without; foundation + mascara + lip color.

The flawless serum foundation is one of my favorite make-up products. It has a built in serum which saves me a step in the morning and the coverage smooths out my skin covering otherwise noticeable blemishes and sunspots. I’m pretty low-key on make-up during the summer and have typically been prone to lip gloss over a stick. However, the satin lip cream has been life changing. It kept my lips hydrated during our time in the dry Colorado air and my lips are softer than they’ve ever been. I’ve also switched over to Juice Beauty’s ultra-natural mascara because it provides both length and volume without clumping or smudging during hot summer days.

And if hearing from me isn’t validation enough, Gwyneth Paltrow recently joined forces with the Juice Beauty in a long term venture. She not only put her stamp of approval on the results from this organic, yet powerful skincare and make-up, but took things a step further and is playing an integral role in developing and expanding Juice Beauty’s product line . Read more about her role as Juice Beauty’s creative director of make-up here.

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And the greatest news is that Juice Beauty products won’t break the bank {prices range from $10-$75}. You can shop my favorite make-up and skincare picks here

photos by Mari Rice

*This post was brought to you in collaboration with Juice Beauty. All opinions are 100% my own based upon my personal experience with this brand. Thank you for supporting the brands and businesses that make L. Avenue possible.

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Friday Five | My Lifestyle

May 13, 2016
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a sneak photo peek at our Memorial Day entertaining post!

a sneak photo peek at our Memorial Day entertaining post!

The first order of business here at L. Avenue is, of course, fashion; but, when Lyndsey and I first met, we mutually agreed we wanted to tap into lifestyle content somewhere along the way.

So, today’s links offer a teaser of what’s soon to come with the five covering a wealth of topics, starting with what’s on everyone’s mind come Friday at five o’clock…

food, beverage & entertaining ::
I’m addicted to the Cúrate LaCroix flavors and have every intention of incorporating them into my poolside cocktails this summer. Inspiration starts here.

beauty ::
My newest beauty product obsession? This face wash. The price tag is worth how it properly treats your pores compared to any drug store alternative.

And post-wash or work-out, I use this. I was gifted it for Christmas and discovered what Into The Gloss did: it’s the perfect post-cleanser to balance out the pH levels of your skin. And pretty packaging. And from Paris. Sold!

health & wellness ::
All hail, Ali Miller, a Houstonian passionate for helping people discover how food can act as a more powerful agent in curing illness than the pills we’re often prescribed.

Read her blog (or book, Naturally Nourished) to see more about her practice.

relationships & career ::
In my last job interview, I was asked what my biggest strengths and weaknesses were. My answer to this question happens to be the same: thoughtfulness. See how exploring your failures can help you find success.

& finally, fashion :: {featuring favorite blogs from our editor, LZ}

“When my best friend told me to start a blog, I asked what is a blog? Sadly, that was only 4 years ago. Late to the party, indeed. The first three blogs she told me to follow remain 3 of my favorites today; A Cup of JoOh Joy and Love Taza. Last fashion week I had a major nerd alert moment when I totally geeked out meeting Taza of the one and only Love Taza. She’s even more lovely in person than in her photos, if that’s even humanly possible.”

Stay tuned for more lifestyle content coming this summer! That’s all for now–have a great weekend!

-Molly of Bridget’s Own Diary

Beauty, Fashion, Featured, Gifts

SALE ALERT|Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

July 9, 2015
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Christmas in July?! Yes indeed! I finally realized that the reason for the July Christmas season is because it’s Nordstrom Anniversary SALE time. I’m making my wish list and checking it twice because early access starts today for Nordstrom cardholders. I’ll share my wish list with y’all later today. In the meantime, here are a few of the must-have items that will sell out early…..these flats (that remind me of Chloe flats but are only $64!), this is the biggest sale steal I’ve ever seen for Kendra Scott earrings, I love the rose gold/navy combo, this make-up set is the best girlfriend gift or stocking stuffer, these classic rain boots never go on sale and are over $100 off, speaking of classic boots, I cannot believe that my very favorite classic fall boot is on major sale, and if you’re looking for the perfect go with everything, go anywhere classic bag, this is the one that I’m crushing on, you can never have too many blazers and this $40 blazer comes in a ton of colors and even a stripe pattern and a new pair of cat eye sunnies is always a good idea!

Happy shopping and stay tuned for more of my sale picks.



Beauty, Fashion, Gifts

5 days of gifting…beauty product giveaway

December 17, 2014


Today, we’re gifting you beautiful skin. Who doesn’t want to look like like their youngest self with little effort other than introducing some new go-to skincare products?! Over the past few years the fine lines and wrinkles have started appearing on my face more than ever. Boo! I’ve started focusing on improving my skincare regimen and recently discovered two must-have products. CHIA DERM+, a new skin and hair care line featuring chia seeds and a unique blend of other natural ingredients just launched two products – the CHIA DERM+ Serum and the CHIA DERM+ Balm. Both products feel great on the skin and are super hydrating, which is essential this time of year. And the balm is also great on sunburns. Super food meets super skincare. Now you really are what you eat.

Enter to win these two awesome CHIA DERM + skincare products here!

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p.s. read more about the Chia Derm + story here

p.p.s 10 reasons to add chia to your diet.


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gift guide: gifts under $50

December 8, 2014

Happy Monday! So how’s the Christmas shopping coming along? I’m doing most of mine online this year with the exception of the Santa gifts for the kids. To make our gift quest a little more exiting, the hubs and I started an annual Christmas shopping date tradition last year and it’s one of my favorite dates of the year. I’m sure he would rank a shopping date right below a couples dentist appointment, but he was a good sport.  We started with breakfast (how rare are breakfast dates once you have kids?!) and then knocked out some gifts on our list. The Frozen soundtrack blaring in the Disney Store is so much more tolerable when you have a shopping buddy. In case you’re avoiding lines, crowds, and all that craziness, here are 18 great gifts under $50 to jump start your week….



Gifts Under $50

1 Bauble Bar stud stud earring 2 C. Wonder monogram square dish *30% off! 3 L’Occitane gift set 4 CHIC gloves 5 bucket bag *25% off 6 buffalo check cheese knife set  7 Nate Berkus glass candle holder 8 Smashbox set 9 faux fur mittens 10 Urban Decay Naked basics palette 11 monogram lucite tray 12 monogram stemless champagne 13 NARS nail polish 14 jingle bell wine stopper *30% off 15 Camile Styles Entertaining 16 2015 note card set 17 calf hair iPhone case 18 Gigi NY python pouch


Beauty, Fashion, Featured, Gifts

Gifts for THE girl.

December 3, 2014

So, I realize there aren’t a lot of guys who read this blog (aside from the hubs and my Dad, ha). But this post happens to be geared toward hubbies and boyfriends out there who are racking their brain trying to figure out what’s going to put the biggest smile on your best girl’s face this Christmas. In case Santa didn’t get the memo, I’ve spent hours figuring out what’s at the top of my lady readers’ list this year and compiled a pretty fool-proof gift guide. My plan is to have my male readers (aka the hubs) email this guide around to his friends…you know, friends helping friends make women happy during the holidays. In case your guy doesn’t read my blog (hehe) and YOU like what you see in this gift guide, my advice is to have a girlfriend email it to your guy OR leave me an email address in the blog comments and I’ll email him. Or accidentally leave your iPad in front of him while raving about how you want 1 of everything from this post. Although, I’m not convinced it would really work if I tried that obvious hinting technique with my hubby. So let’s lead the horse to water, shall we?!holidaygiftguide_girls_

Gifts for Gals

1  Valentino pumps ($1075) These shoes are a total splurge, perfect for any fashion/shoe-lover on your list

2  Mignonne Gavigan pearl hand beaded scarf necklace ($425) This line is so fabulous. Each necklace is hand beaded and these accessories are really like none I’ve ever seen. Such a pretty statement piece!

Ugg exotic snake slipper ($119) I live in my Ugg slippers and they just got way cuter with the snack print

Loren Hope necklace ($198): You can pretty much order anything from this line and you win. I also love this bracelet ($98) and these earrings ($68)

La Prairie anti-aging lip/eye treatment set ($150) I received this as a gift last year and have used it every day since. It’s amazing

Dannijo Earrings ($245) These gems are being worn by every Hollywood celeb this side of the Mississippi. Sure to be a cult favorite for quite some time. I also love these stud earrings ($170)

Eddie Borgo rose gold cuff ($315) Rose gold screams hopeless romantic meets this fab modern day design.

Madewell Tote Bag ($168) This bag is classic and perfect for the lady on the go. Also makes a great travel bar or diaper bag or both.  Be sure to order now so you can have it monogrammed in time. Now that’s going the extra mile for your gal!

Clare V foldover clutch ($220) This goes-with-everything clutch is super fun and Clare V oooh so popular

10 Chanel lip gloss set ($90) Who doesn’t have enough lip gloss?! This set is limited edition and the colors are neutral and will look good on everyone!

11 Bauble Bar stacking bracelet gift set ($58) Also, love this pearl earring/necklace/bracelet gift set ($74)

12 Golden Thread ritzy orbit ring ($120) This ring is so fabulous and the price is so right!

13 Warby Parker sunglasses ($95) While sunglasses may be hard to pick out for someone, Warby Parker lets you pick out 5 pair and your girl can try on and choose her favorite. No awkward gift returns necessary here.

14 Bauble Bar pearl studs ($28) These earrings are Dior knock offs and have been all the rage this fall. They also come in a really rad gift set

15 Beats by Dre ($199) Say goodbye to wires. Inspired by LeBron James enough said.



Beauty, Fashion

lashing out.

November 12, 2014

About a month ago I was hanging out on a random Monday afternoon with my best friend and her kids and I couldn’t help but notice how pretty she looked. Was it a new haircut? Recent facial maybe? She’s one of the prettiest girls I know but something was different and I couldn’t put my finger on it. Lucky for me, she let me in on her beauty secret. New mascara! She then gave me a quick 5 minute tutorial on her new mascara regimen. I have to admit, I was skeptical at first. It’s three steps?! I mean, I barely have time to brush my teeth most days and mascara is a luxury I save for red lights and the car pool line. After my first attempt at the application, I loved how my eyes looked but wasn’t completely sold. It was slightly messier than my typical mascara and the time factor was still stressing me out. After more compliments on my eyes in one day than I’d received in months, I’m suddenly whistling a different tune, but planned to save my new mascara for special occasions/nights out only. I wore it to my birthday party and after a really fun night, was too lazy to remove make-up (don’t judge, 33 is a big one, haha). But the greatest thing of all was it didn’t feel like I slept in my mascara. Maybe because it’s all natural? This mascara includes beeswax and collagen that actually build up and strengthen lashes and green tea fibers too. I mean, they might as well sell this stuff at Whole Foods. But seriously, I didn’t wake up with my eye lids stuck together and my eyes looked really good the entire next day. Win, win! I now find it hard to go back to my old mascara most days. Now the three steps (gel + fiber + gel) are so routine I don’t even bat a long eyelash at them. Ha! And an added bonus, this mascara requires no need for eyeliner. It opens my eyes like no eyeliner ever has. I’m a huge fan and highly recommend this new favorite to y’all! Get your fab new lashes here just in time for holiday parties!

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p.s. I’m well aware that I didn’t post a “before” photo, but it’s just too scary. I’m a huge fan of all of the Hollywood celebs going sans make-up on a public platform though!

Beauty, Fashion, Gifts

Long weekends=awesome sales!

October 11, 2014


What’s on tap for the weekend?! I just realized that it’s a holiday weekend, which means lots of sales to be seized. So if you’re shopping for some new fall clothes or starting Christmas shopping (yikes!!) don’t miss deals from these guys:

Piperlime: 20% off everything you need for fall with code fall20. I have my eye on these leopard beauties and this plaid top.

Williams Somona: An additional 20% off clearance with code save20 and 20% off much more full price items. I would love to have this for all of my upcoming holiday baking. (ha!)

J. Crew: 30% off full price styles with code weekend plans. I’m loving the fall line and pretty much want one of everything. This pinstripe zip sweater and these ankle boots are to die for.

Old Navy: Fall-tastic sale with up to 50% off everything online. These joggers are all the rage right now. I’m obsessed with the new arrivals for my little ladies too.

Have a great one y’all!



Beauty, Fashion, Featured

Most wanted Wednesday:
 school daze

September 17, 2014

Every hump day you can expect to see my most wanted clothes, shoes, accessories, beauty products, etc. on the blog. This week, we’re going back to school. Ok, so I’m not in school but my daughter LE just started preschool so that’s reason enough to partake in some school shopping, right?! Backpacks are a big trend for fall and I couldn’t be happier. I splurged on a backpack last spring to help free up my hands for travel, but didn’t realize how practical it would be to carry this bag on the reg. With two babies I need as many free hands as possible. There are so many delicious options right now (obsessed with this one). And I can’t thank J. Crew enough for taking one for the team and making baseball caps cute enough to wear off the field. My hair is happier too with caps and dry shampoo in the daily rotation. Sporty is chic this fall and these red Supergas fit the fashion bill. You’re probably going to get tired of seeing outfits anchored by these red wonders. Wearing them makes me feel like a kid again–cartwheels have happened in these gems. And I know nude lips are so in but I can’t stop wearing red lips. Sorry, not sorry guys.




// teesneakers / backpack / jeans / lip gloss / dry shampoo / cap //

Happy Hump Day!