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Friday Five | California Dreaming

April 28, 2017
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I’m going to LA in two weekends to visit my friend Mimi who lives in Malibu. It was a last minute decision, but I’m so glad I made it. It will be a girl’s weekend through and through, and I can’t wait to kick off summer on the coast of California.

Rest assured, we’ll make our way to Malibu Farms along with these best brunch spots.

My sandal collection is slim pickens, so as summer nears, I’m stocking up, starting with this yellow slide.

This citrus parfait with coconut cashew granola looks like the ideal summer breakfast.

As an admitted text-addict but a lover of old fashioned handwritten notes, this experiment struck a chord with me.

Loving this moody coffee on-the-go cup design.

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spring stripes

April 27, 2017

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This blog post is going to be short today because I’m in Ohio with Jack visiting my very large, very awesome extended family. In honor of my Grandmother’s love of stripes, we’re bringing you all things stripe on L. Avenue. Stripes have always been my favorite print too, and this spring they’re everywhere! Especially blue and white, which scream summertime, don’t you think?! Here are all of our favorite stripes from around the web…

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Outfit details | Victoria by Victoria Bekham dress similar here and here| Jimmy Choo pumps or steal here, or these or these or if wanting to splurge these | Chloe bag | Tom Ford Sunglasses

Photos by: Traci Ling

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GIVEAWAY!

April 26, 2017

In honor of Earth month, we’ve got an awesome eco-givewawy today. We’re so thrilled to be featured in the #WCW “Eco Edition” by our friends at Gugu Guru! In celebration of Earth Month, L. Avenue along with Shop Buru, The Chic Series, and Be Pretty are all naming our top eco-friendly products for your baby registry. See what products we picked and enter here to win them all!

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off to the races | statement hats

April 26, 2017

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I love an occasion that calls for hats. With the trifecta of horse races approaching, the Kentucky Derby on May 6th, followed by the Preakness and lastly the Belmont, hats are must have accessory. I recently wore a fun hat (pictured above) to a luncheon with an oldie by goodie rehearsal dinner dress. (similar here) I decided to go with a proper topper again for Easter, and think I’ll make that a new tradition. Here are some of my favorite hats from around the web…

 

 

Around {H} Town + Travel, Fashion, Featured, Kids, Lifestyle, Travel

Pura Vida at Four Seasons Costa Rica

April 23, 2017

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Costa Rica, the “pura vida,” pure life, and that it is. Bret and I had the chance to sneak away to Four Seasons Costa Rica at  Peninsula Papagayo for some much needed R&R. I didn’t realize how easy it would be to get from Houston to Costa Rica, a 3 hour flight and a quick cab ride from the airport to the property. This trip is the perfect spot for a long weekend (US direct flights locations listed below), but if I had my kids in tow we would have stayed for a lot longer.

The resort sits atop the Papagayo Peninsula, one of the prettiest pieces of property I’ve seen, with a beach on both sides of the resort. The view from our canopy suite was an awesome mix of terrain, monkeys were actually hanging out in the trees just outside our window, and the ocean.  Four Seasons Papagayo is the place to be for eco-adventure–kayaking, repelling, hiking, paddle boarding, surfing, snorkeling, the list goes on. The excursions available through the resort kept the adventure seeker in Bret happy and the incredible spa and chill beach ambiance was perfection for me.

There’s truly something for everyone at Four Seasons Costa Rica, including our kids. The resort operates with kids in mind, from wagons full of beach toys, to stools in each of the restrooms (if you have a toddler you feel me on this perk!) to castle tents in the guest bedrooms, this place is kid heaven. I can’t wait to come back with my entire family later this year.

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Costa Rica Travel Guide | Four Seasons Costa Rica at Papagayo

When to go | The best time to visit Costa Rica is from mid-December to April (the dry season)

Direct flights from | Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Minneapolis, Chicago, Washington D.C., Boston, New York, Newark, Atlanta and Miami

What to pack | See this post for packing ideas

What to do | Right on the Four Seasons property you can golf, spa, paddle board, kayak and more. There so many activities right at your fingertips, you could stay for weeks and no day would look the same. Water sports, fishing, hiking, golf, day trips for surfing in Tamarindo, Costa Rica’s #1 surf camp, or the active volcano at Arenal, ATV rides, repelling, the list goes on.

Where to eat | The restaurants on the resort property were all so fabulous. We had a special chef’s table dinner at Cena Sociale with 7 course tasting including wine pairing. The food and wine were amazing, one of the best meals I’ve ever  had. Even cooler, was the experience. Our table was in the actual kitchen directly in front of the serving line, so we got to see the chef’s in action, very exciting!

Kid friendly | Yes! The resort is great for kids, including guest suites that will hold multiple families

Stroller friendly | The resort is very hilly, but there are concrete paths that are stroller friendly. The Four Seasons also provides a shuttle service to all guests, so it was easy to get around the resort via golf cart, as well.

Outfit details (photos above) | Mara Hoffman cover up | Mara hoffman bikini top | Target bikini bottom | beach hat | J. Crew sandal | Bauble bar earrings | Lizzie Fortunato clutch

Trina turk maxi dress with gold neckline detail | Prada sandals, similar here | clutch, similar (under $100) steal here and splurge here

*This post was brought to you in collaboration with Four Seasons Costa Rica. Thank you for supporting the brands and businesses that make L. Avenue possible.

 

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Friday Five | Scarves & Sweets

April 21, 2017
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image via Gal Meets Glam

I’m sort of obsessed with scarves. For someone who is cold natured but lives in a hot, humid city like Houston, it’s the perfect thing to keep on hand.

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image via Gal Meets Glam

So, you can imagine my intrigue when the necktie trend took off. I got my first in San Francisco when I fell in love with a spin-off of the classic bandana pattern in a forest green, pale pink and marigold colorway.

Here’s even more reason to feel good about the neck-tie trend.

I wore a yellow denim jacket as a bright addition to my Easter ensemble. Apparently, it’s the it color of spring, so I can’t wait to stock up on more.

My best friend found herself in a similar spot I did last year where she felt her job was robbing her of a great deal of daily joy. I feel fortunate enough to have found my dream job, and she just did too! Fill out this questionnaire to guide you toward yours.

Some of my best writing stints have been spurred by traveling to new cities. As summer approaches, plan a trip and perhaps you’ll find that putting pen to paper never felt so natural.

The name Elisabeth Epperson, a blonde baking blogger, will be one to know sooner rather than later.

Have the best weekend. X

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casual black dress

April 19, 2017

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Everybody needs to dress that saves you when you have no time to think about what to wear. You know, the dress that never leaves the place that you throw all of your clothes on (for me it’s a chair in my bedroom) since you keep re-wearing it. Because well, it’s just that easy. And cute! I recently scored this spring’s version of my no-time-to-get-dressed- little black shirt dress at Monkee’s. I “accidentally” wore mine 4 times last week. I also love it with these sneakers.

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outfit details | Paige dress here and here and here in olive | Joie sandal | Jade Tribe bag similar here and here | hat similar here and hereTom Ford sunglasses

Photos by Traci Ling

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Victoria Beckham for Target

April 19, 2017

Do y’all get as excited as I do when a top designer and fashion icon is collaborating with Target? Recently, my favorite Spice Girl Victoria Beckham, debuted her collection. The line features women’s, girls and toddler apparel and activity books for kids. The collection is full of rich colors and bold prints – sure to brighten anyone’s look this spring. I will say these items are going fast, so if you have your eye on something get it while you can. Shop a few of L. Avenue’s favorite picks here, including this adorable pastel bomber jacket/short set…

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Red Lace Dress

April 18, 2017

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Hey y’all! How’s the week going? For some reason I keep trying to sit down at my computer to write (my favorite part of blogging!) and keep getting distracted or detoured. I wish my life could be more routine where I know each week exactly how much time I have for L. Avenue, but it’s just not the case with three very young kiddos. I’m embracing this fleeting time and hope you’ll stick around when I’m not posting as regularly as I’d like to. We’ve brought on some awesome contributors, including Molly who handles the Friday 5 and the fabulous Marcia who is going to pop in with recipes from time to time. And Lauren, my sale finding maven, who is an internet shopping guru. Annnnyway, let’s get to today’s outfit before baby Jack wakes from his nap!

We’re getting fancy over here today. I’ve been hanging onto this red dress for a little while now and can’t wait to wear it to a party this weekend. I love the cut of this dress, it covers me up in the right places and the back detail is really cool. Not to mention a high low front allows for maximum shoe visibility. Which calls for a cool shoe, right? A strappy white sandal makes this number daytime-approved but I’m going to dress it up with a silver statement sandal for a black tie gala this weekend. I found some rad earrings by JCM London at Tootsies to dress up my dress a little more too.

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Outfit details | ML Monique Lhuillier dress | Givenchy sandals (old) similar here and splurge here and to dress it up here and here | Nordstrom clutch | Baublebar earrings | H bracelet |

Photos by Traci Ling

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SHOPBOP SALE | 25% off

April 12, 2017

Hey girls, hey! Don’t miss the perfect chance to shop for spring, summer, weddings, parties, a beach vacay, you name it. Shopbop is 20% off if you spend up to $500 and 25% off for over $500 with code EVENT17.

Here’s what’s in my cart….

These outfits are on sale at Shopbop…