Springing forward took me by total surprise this year. My sleep cycle is finally up to speed, though, and I’m very much looking forward to dinners during the last hours of daylight. Here’s five links for your weekend reading pleasure:
Quotes considered cliché likely have grains of truth for all of us. “Be present” is one we hear often, but I find it difficult to apply as a future-focused 24-year-old. But then this morning, I read someone write about it as their mantra, explaining the importance of their present moments in paving their future. This article teaches that lesson: what you do today will make for a better tomorrow. Below are four other fun links to read this weekend!
I live in a pair of cotton drawstring pants I got from a street vendor in Paris, so I’m eyeing this chambray version.
This Aquazzura meets de Gournay collaboration has me pining for spring.
Healthy eaters weigh in on their habits. My favorite: the Frenchies.
Hi friends! This week has been–and will continue to be–a whirlwind in the best way. My best friend got married last weekend, my birthday followed that Monday, and I’m celebrating in San Fran starting today. So I hope you’ll indulge me for my all things travel Friday Five today.
I’ll be boozy brunching by the bay with my boyfriend in a few hours at the beautiful Leo’s Oyster Bar.
Living in Houston has me waaaay excited for this year’s Super Bowl. I have to admit, most years I tune into the big game strictly for the nachos and commercials. But this year, we’re hosting in mine and Molly‘s (the face behind the Friday Five) hometown, so we actually know the teams playing. Even more, we’re pumped for the festivities leading up to this Sunday’s main event. In case you’re in town for the Super Bowl, here is a quick comprehensive BEST of Houston guide. Enjoy!
The Dunlavy:: A family friendly brunch spot with the best views in town of our Buffalo Bayou. Bike it before or walk it afterwards: it starts on the border of historic River Oaks and extends all the way into downtown.
B&B Butchers :: Of all of the dinner spots in town, my money is on this spot being the best celeb sighting scene. This upscale steak house is perched just outside of downtown and the dinner menu is to die for. If you’re lucky enough to snag a ressie, go big or go home and get the Chef Tommy’s Bacon. You’ll thank me for one of the most delicious dishes I’ve tasted. Ever. Post dinner, head to Social 51 next door, an upscale pop-up bar created just for SuperBowl.
State of Grace:: Pull up a seat in the pearly oyster bar for cocktails and coastal fare or dive into the dining room where beautiful leather booths lie beneath the impressive deer mounts for true Texas decor.
Underbelly :: At minimum, visit the wine bar at this Montrose establishment or find brews at Hay Merchant next door. Stay for supper served by star chef Chris Shepherd. The goat dumplings are his original creation and out of this world.
Julep :: Their namesake is their signature drink, but they’ve got plenty more where that came from. A stone’s throw from downtown on Washington, my favorite to sip on is the Whispering Mathilda since gin is my spirit of choice.
SHOPPING & BEAUTY
Tootsies :: A Houston establishment, the chicest Houstonians shop at Tootsies. Carrying a beautifully curated collection of both contemporary and designer styles, this boutique is a must-shop.
Biscuit :: I’m biased, but this shop is a hop, skip and a jump from several of our other hot spots and is home to a Houston designer’s original bedding line and great gifts for your Houston hostess for the weekend.
Whim :: Houston’s newest contemporary boutique located a block away from Tiny Boxwoods. Brunch and shopping sounds like the perfect Houston Saturday game plan.
Full Blown :: This boutique blow dry bar has a full cocktail bar and couture fashion show coverage on a big screen. They sell R & Co. products, and you’ll be in walking distance from Brasserie 19 when you’re done.
I don’t typically share a lot of personal stories on L. Avenue. I mean, my life is pretty norm core and I think most of y’all pop over here for the fashion, right?! I can be pretty witty, so maybe it’s for the one liners too. HA! Anyway, I don’t want to bore you with dear diary entries, but feel compelled to write a little more than just a typical outfit post today. Today is my Mom’s birthday. She passed away a few years ago and it’s the 3rd birthday without her. Even though she’s partying in Heaven today, I make a point to celebrate her birthday here too. It’s therapeutic for me. And so is writing this blog post. Truth be told, she didn’t love birthdays and said she was 29 for like my entire life. So she’s probably shaking her head at the idea of me writing to the world about her big day. Don’t worry Mom, I’m not telling them your actual age, ok?!
I woke up pretty sad today, missing her and feeling a major void when I told the girls it was Nana’s birthday. So I tried to fill my day to stay as busy as possible. I had a productive breakfast meeting after carpool drop-off and then headed to Nordstrom for some shoot prep. Guess who I ran into?! My MOM! Not really, but in spirit, we bumped heads we were so close. I swear I’m not totally cray, but while perusing Nordstrom’s contemporary collection I came across a graphic tee that reads, “AC/DC 1981 tour.” Get this y’all, my mom’s favorite band was AC/DC and guess what year her only daughter was born in? Can you guess?? 1981! Now if that’s not a sign I don’t know what is. I felt her presence and of course bought the tee. She would be so proud to see me rocking it today. My mom was a really cool chick. Anybody reading this who knew her is probably sobbing right now. Hope the tears are happy and that you guys play “You shook me all night long” for TJ today.
More big baby news for L. Avenue! My brother and sister welcomed a little girl into the world this Wednesday. We love Eloise Jane already, and I can’t wait to watch her grow up with her big brother, Max. Here’s five links for reading this weekend:
Decorate :: Eloise will have a Palm Springs inspired nursery with this crib sheet. Seeing this girl’s room makes my imagination go wild for all the magical ways her room can evolve with this theme and color scheme.
Go :: I’m already salivating for a boozy brunch at Leo’s Oyster Bar on the San Francisco Bay for my birthday, but my next stop may be this whimsical café on the other side of the world.
Browse :: I feel as though I’ve found my British kindred spirit in Louise Roe, budding lifestyle blogger who happens to reside in the same city as my top two faves, Garance Doré and Emily Schuman. May have to pay a visit to LA!
Eat :: I recently discovered acclaimed Houston chef Chris Shepherd’s curated list of his favorite spots around town. WD and I tried London Sizzler, and it satisfied my saag paneer craving big time.
Shop :: I love the feminine edge of this biker jacket, and for the price, I wouldn’t feel bad for only wearing it on occasion in the mild Houston weather.
Looking forward to volunteering at tonight’s A Couture Cause and meeting some of you. Don’t be shy, and please say hi!
Hello, friends! To shake things up from my weekly Friday Five, I’m posting today instead. I often find I have more mindspace to fully digest good reads from around the web on the weekend, so I hope you can set aside some time today for these:
I’ve never owned a pair of truly high-waisted jeans, until now. This round-up encouraged me to order this pair (from none other than Abercrombie & Fitch) without trying them on, and for under $40, I have new favorites.
I’ll never quit loving New York, but I don’t know if I’ll ever live there like I always dreamed. This post instilled that sentiment all the more.
In light of this week’s headlining news, I found it timely to see Natalie Portman in Jackie this week with girlfriends. Her performance is stunning, and I loved the way the story was told, through her careful conversations with a journalist and priest.
Looking forward to joining Lyndsey and all the most stylish ladies about town at A Couture Cause this Thursday. I hope to see you there!
It’s Friday the 13th! Piggybacking off my post on resolutions last week, I want to talk fear today. I think there’s two camps of people when we start a new year: those fearful of what the future might bring and those excited to take it on. Funny enough, the same nerves that manifest fear and anxiety within you also create excitement. So, the next time fear comes knocking, channel that energy into excitement. I’ve rounded up five articles that touch on something a lot of us fear in hopes that they inspire you to embrace these things rather than shy away in 2017.
new places :: I’m heading to San Francisco for the first time next month, but I’m all intrigued by places much unlike my own like Africa, Australia and India.
In reflecting on 2016 and resolving for 2017, I decided to come up with three words that defined the past year and three I wanted to shape this one. So, today’s Friday Five features articles to inspire my efforts toward those: better care, vaster knowledge and greater commitment in 2017.
Knowledge :: I’m digging deep into my make-up bag, removing the trash and adding treasures. First things first: this magical, mineral primer. I’ll be focusing on one product a month; I’d love to know your favorite finds.
Pardon My French is my new favorite podcast, and this episode, where my favorite Frenchie, Garance Doré, interviews Aussie Elle McPherson is the latest and greatest. A lesson from Elle on embracing beauty from the inside out:
When a woman smiles, she’s more beautiful and that comes from the inside. When her skin is good, because she’s eating well, that comes from the inside and it shows. When you’re a person who is happy in your life and motivated and inspired, it really shows on the outside. You can put as much creme on as you want, but if you’re miserable, it’s not going to make you beautiful!
With switching jobs and moving out last year, it was hard to break down my budget. In a more stable place now, I’m breaking down my budget and turning to guides like this one.
Commitment :: There’s overlap here, of course. Ultimately, my commitment to these habits daily, weekly or whatever it may be will have me looking back this December feeling as though these words did define 2017. Here are some good habits we all could have.
If you could define this year in three words, what would they be?
Skip the stress this Christmas season. While dubbed the “most wonderful time of the year,” so many of us struggle to say sane in the midst of all the merriment. So, with less than a week before turkey time, here’s five links on how to stay sane this year:
keep exercising :: Don’t let a packed holiday schedule interfere with your exercise regiment. Run for 30 minutes! Though the time may seem more valuable spent otherwise, that half hour release will actually help you sort through the thoughts scrambling in your head.
heathy eating, boiled down :: Don’t get bogged down by “nevers, only and always” when it comes to dieting. Indulge in the items you actually crave during the Christmas season and pass on the rest. Read this researcher’s reasonable rules for healthy habits year-round to apply to the holidays.
soak up me time :: I straddle the introvert/extrovert spectrum, but I still think I tip slightly toward an introvert, so I’ll be sure to set aside time to recharge my social batteries between engagements. When I do, I’ll be diving into this book by Donald Miller.
party hardy :: But, while you’re at those festivities, make the most of ’em. After all, they only come once a year, so learn something from the people you love or better yet the strangers you’re meeting. See these tips for small talk.