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the only dress you need to pack for summer vacation

June 22, 2017

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This is it, y’all! I found this summer’s “all day, everyday” uniform—an easy, breezy Kate Spade midi dress. After choosing this gem over all other dresses in my closet a few days straight (gasp!), it hit me that this would be THE ONE this summer. I’m having a moment with all things embroidered and the bright red Mexican-inspired floral detail is so pretty on a black and white striped dress.

I’m packing it for our upcoming trip to the beach because it’s a great piece for daytime and nighttime with a simple accessories swap; flats for daytime and a wedge for nighttime. This Kate Spade novelty bag is a totally whimsical, unexpected pairing. Every girl needs a pet and since I’ve got three children pets (haha), my pets will have to come by way of handbags. I rocked a snail last summer and while I still love the little guy, he’s being replaced by the latest and greatest, the parrot cage bag.

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outfit details | Kate Spade mini dress | Kate Spade sandals | Kate Spade parrot bag | Kate Spade earrings |

L. Avenue’s favorite Kate Spade novelty bags

L. Avenue’s favorite Kate Spade dresses

*This post was brought to you in collaboration with Kate Spade. Thanks so much for supporting the brands that make L. Avenue possible.

Fashion, Featured, Lifestyle

Game, Set, Match

June 21, 2017

It’s been a very long time since competitive sports have been on my agenda. High school to be exact. Unless you count golf class in college or Congressional co-ed softball in my 20’s. I’ve always talked about taking up tennis and bought a racket a few years ago, but it’s been collecting dust while I’ve been busy being pregnant/nursing my 3 kiddos back to back. A valid excuse to avoid exercise and athletics, right?!

A few months back Bret mentioned asking one of my friends to be his mixed doubles partner for a tennis tournament which was finally the fuel I needed to take up the sport. Since then I’ve been taking lessons and have officially caught the tennis bug. GASP!

I realized I only owned one tennis skirt and a bunch of old tee shirts from college for exercise purposes. You see, I’ve just never been into spending money on things like work out gear, pajamas, socks, etc. and parlay those extra funds into the dress, shoe, handbag budget. Ha! But now that I’m on the court on the reg, it’s time to invest in some new athleisure gear. After all, athlesiure has been on fire in the fashion world, so now I’ve finally got a valid reason to partake in this trend that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. If only cute clothing correlated to extra points on the court.

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Outfit details | Stella McCartney Adidas tennis skirt and here and here | Stella McCartney Adidas tennis top also here in more sizes  | Stella McCartney Adidas jacket | Nike tennis shoes | Wilson Juice 100UL racket

Outfit details (Group photo, from left to right) |

On Lyndsey (linked above)

On Casey | J. Crew tennis skirt *on sale | J. Crew top | Nike tennis shoes

On Lauren | Stella McCartney Adidas tennis dress | Asics Gel Solution Speed tennis shoes | Wilson Ultra 100 tennis racket

On Traci | Lacoste tennis dress | New Balance sneakers

Rumba x Otis & Eleanor Speaker

photos by Traci Ling

 

Around {H} Town + Travel, Fashion, Featured

What to wear | Aspen

June 19, 2017

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Packing for summer in the mountains can be tricky. After looking at the forecast for an upcoming trip to Aspen, I realized I would need some warmer pieces too. So the goal is  to be warm, but not wintery looking. Light layers are key. You’ve got to be able to strip a layer and be ready (and cute) for whatever the mountains have in store that day.

Lucky for me, I had the chance to swing by Vince in Houston’s River Oaks District just days before hopping on the flight to Aspen. This bright blue button down is lightweight and easy to layer underneath a bomber jacket. For daytime, I wore it with denim shorts and sneakers. Evenings are still pretty casual in the mountains, so a slide sandal is totally kosher with a suede leggingThis pant is classic and I’ve seen it in every Vince collection for the past few years.

So if you’re ready for a cooler summer adventure or even a shop-ahead kind of gal excited to put together a fall wardrobe, these staples are on point.

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outfit details | Vince top c/o Vince | Vince bomber jacket c/o Vince | Vince cropped legging c/o Vince, skinny legging version on major sale here | Ray Ban Aviator | J. Crew slide sandal obsessed with this pair for summer and fall that comes in black, blush, brown and navy | Chloe Nile bag *this bag has been sold out for months and is finally sold here

 

 

Fashion, Featured, Sale

J. Crew 25% off online + new favorite print

June 16, 2017

J. Crew is taking over my closet this summer. J. Crew staples are a no brainer because they are reasonably priced, well made and cute. But lately, I find myself gravitating towards non-staple, trendier prints. The newest postcard print has me feeling all things wanderlust. It feels like a cross between Gucci and Dolce and I’m having a hard time deciding on which piece I like the best. I’ve added this ruffle top, this swimsuit and this skirt to my cart. And don’t miss New Balance’s newest color that will be sure to go with everything in your closet this summer. Whether you’re shopping for staples or going to go for a postcard print, do it NOW with 25% off site wide.

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Coffee Talk, Eats, Fashion, Featured, Friday Five, Lifestyle, Travel, Uncategorized

Friday Five | Heat Wave

June 16, 2017

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It’s really getting hot where we are, which means all the more reason to stay inside or poolside. Be sure to read these links while you’re at it!

  • They say this summer’s When Breath Becomes Air is The Bright Hour, which will tug at your heart strings just the same.
  • I can’t wait for my full-screen iPhone 8 debuting this fall. Read five rumors that are hopefully true.
  • A bowl makes almost any meal feel like comfort food. Read why this foodie appreciates the bowl fad.
  • Five must-visits in Mexico that aren’t Cabo or even the trendier Tulum.
  • Carolina Herrera’s spring resort collection is a classic circus color story. I’ll have #2 and #8, please!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend as always!

Fashion, Featured

Aspen packing list from The Outnet

June 15, 2017

I don’t know what it is about vacation that makes me feel like I have nothing to pack, no matter the destination. Do y’all find yourselves “needing” so many wardrobe provisions the second the suitcase is ready to be packed? Prior to our Colorado vacay, I hopped over to The Outnet for some last minute packing help. For those always on the prowl for a steal aka most women, The Outnet, is one of my favorite websites, offering an array of designer goods at a premium discount. Beach vacay? You need these shorts, this sandal and this little white dress and this novelty clutch! Mountains? This Colorado chic getup will suffice.

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outfit details | Joseph shearling vest | Chloe jeans | Chloe sweater (sold out) similar by Alice + Olivia here and A.L.C. here | Paloma Barcelo espadrille, also love a flat bootie in Colorado

Fashion, Featured

striped maxi dress

June 13, 2017

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Hey y’all! I’m working remotely from Aspen this week. I can’t help but think of scenes from the movie Dumb and Dumber every time I’m here. While I’m not rocking an orange or blue leisure suit, I did wear head to toe fringe last night to chanel my inner Floyd. Sorry, digressing here.

Anyway, we’re working on an Aspen travel guide up on the blog soon, in case you’re looking for a great spot this summer. In the meantime, you can follow the festivities on Insta stories.

Today’s outfit did not make it into the suitcase because we’re mostly rocking active wear here and it’s definitely not pool weather. But this feminine, flirty off-the-shoulder dress will be packed for all other summer travel because it’s so lightweight and easy. The blue and white stripe is also a great pick for July 4th festivities paired with pops of red. Keeping this post short today guys, the mountains are calling! xoxo

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outfit details | Alice and Olivia maxi dress similar herehere and here| J. Crew clutch | Tibi wedges (old) similar for $70 here, here and here | Toywatch similar here | Venessa Arizaga bracelet  also here and can be bought locally here | Ryabans | J. Crew earrings |

Fashion, Featured

the crop

June 12, 2017

Crop top, yay or nay? I’m still loving this trend, but have found ways to rock the crop without baring all. For starters, a high wasted denim skirt is perfect for today’s summer crop top. I’ve also worn this gem with culottes and flares. I love the idea of wearing it unbuttoned, jacket style with a tank underneath too. Did I mention this top comes with a matching scarf? I tied mine onto my bag but have also worn it on my ponytail. How’s that for little dose of fun fashion versatility to kick off your week?!

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outfit details | McGuire denim skirt  similar here and for less here | Cinq a Sept top and also here | J. McLaughlin bag similar here | Valentino slides similar here and here and for under $100 here | Rebecca de Ravenal earrings similar here | Lizzie Fortunato bangle (old) similar here and for $10 here and by Marni here  | sunglasses

Around {H} Town + Travel, Beauty, Coffee Talk, Eats, Fashion, Featured, Friday Five, Lifestyle, Travel

Friday Five | Iced Coffee Cravings

June 9, 2017

I’m in California again–this time, for work–and I’m so glad to be back. LZ’s snaps from Santa Barbara gave me the beach blues. Per usual, the links are not unrelated to what’s been on my mind this week–cooling down with iced coffee, coastal travels and being with girlfriends. Enjoy!

Which coffee camp are you in – can’t live with or without it? Goop gives us the real scoop on whether the bean is good for us.

I kept these packing tips in mind so not to stuff my whole closet into my carry-on.

If I have it my way, my honeymoon will be in Australia. If and when that happens, these Melbourne cafés will be on the tip top of my dining list.

A list to please all price points for those seeking beauty products their skin will feel comfortable in.

Do you “trouble talk” with your bestie? That, among other things, makes a close friend.

Have a happy weekend! 

Fashion, Featured

How L. Avenue would spend $50 at Target

June 8, 2017

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It’s a rare treat to make it to Target sans kids. Not that I don’t love toting them around for errands, but let’s be honest when you’ve got the kids with you, you get in and get out as quickly as possible to avoid asks for something on every aisle and tantrums over said asks. My sister and I decided to do some investigative research for L. Avenue to come up with all of our favorite Target finds for summer.

Unfortunately for us, we wanted something from almost every section of the store. It’s insane how well Target is doing at bringing all of the products we “need” for less. Like the backless strapless sticky bra that I used to shell out $60 for. The list of designer knock offs is long. Like this bikini that looks exactly like this cult favorite brand. Or these slide sandals that look identical to a designer pair selling for $500! Check out all the steals we’ve scored at Target lately.

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outfit details | dv sandals | Xhilaration bikini | Merona beachbag | Sugarfix by Bauble Bar earrings c/o Bauble Bar| sunglasses | coverup