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Friday Five | Summer Starts Now

May 26, 2017

I still envy students with real summers, but I do love the built-in long weekends that come with this season. It all starts with Memorial Day, which is arguably the best of them all, as you have all that fun in the sun to look forward to. Here are five links to read wherever you may be today through Monday:

Happy Memorial Day!

-Molly

Fashion, Featured

GIVEWAWY Oscar de la Renta tassel earrings

May 23, 2017

Just in time for wedding season, we’re giving away these fabulous ombre tassel earrings by Oscar de le Renta! Enter to win below. You can also tag friends on our Instagram post here for additional entries. Good Luck!

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ENTER TO WIN! Oscar de la Renta tassel earrings {retail value $395!}

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festive summer style with Kate Spade

May 23, 2017

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On the quest to update my summertime wardrobe, kate spade new york did not disappoint. A longtime fan of this super fun brand, I can honestly say the summer collection is my favorite EVER. I promise no hyperbole in my sentiments. Take a look for yourself and you’ll see why. Bright summer florals in the best shades of pink and red cut with graphic black and white, this collection has all the summer feels.

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Today’s outfit is one that I got giddy about as I put it together. This peplum top is pretty fantastic with it’s festive embroidery. Pretty red, pink and purple florals with a peplum cut is so feminine and chic. When putting an outfit together I often mix feminine and modern pieces and I found these contemporary culottes to be a great match for my top. They’re such a good cut and lightweight enough for any hot climates your travels may take you to this summer. Speaking of travel, if I’m packing one dressy sandal in my suitcase it’s these statement sandals. These gems are also embroidered with an on trend block heel, easy for walking around without sacrificing looking good. And let’s not forget about some killer summer accessories. You can’t get much more summery than a floral statement earring and a goes-with-everything white handbag.

I’m packing this entire outfit for summer trips because each component is so versatile. I can envision the top being paired with a white pencil skirt on the beach in Florida. And the culottes can be dressed down with a simple tee and festive embroidered slide sandal on the streets of Santa Barbara. This white bag is perfect for summer travel, I’ll wear it cross body on the plane then go strapless for evening affairs. A pop of fiesta floral is a great go-to summer statement earring. Who’s ready for some summertime adventures?!

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outfit details | kate spade embroidered top | kate spade culottes | kate spade sandals | sunglasses | kate spade handbag | kate spade earrings

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

photography by Traci Ling

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Friday Five | Clichés

May 19, 2017
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image via camille styles

Hi, everyone! I do my best to incorporate a well rounded list of links for those of you interested in all the things from interiors, food, wellness and whatever else. I hope you find something suited for you in today’s round-up.

  • A tear-jerking tale of a bride who received the best wedding gift of all is also a testament to how we should live our lives during the most important moments.
  • Your interior color story could say a lot about you. Mine’s yellow! What’s yours? 
  • I’ve been on Noble 31‘s email list to be the first to know when their first collection launches, so I wanted y’all to be filled in too. Their timeless tops are dreamt up by a team of sisters from Texas. Get one today! 
  • Clichés are cliché for a reason, and sometimes, the same holds true for tourist traps. These restaurant ones are actually worth it.
  • Stretching may be the new cycle, and it makes a lot of sense why.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Fashion, Featured

a shirt for all seasons

May 18, 2017

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Today’s outfit is my interpretation of snappy casual. I found these tie-front shorts and have worn them non-stop ever since. They’re pretty high waisted and the tie front is mid-section flattering. Most days I’m rocking these shorts with a simple J. Crew tee and sneakers or slides. But for a girls night out, I paired my new favorite shorts with this Trina Turk top (on sale too!). I love the sequin detail on the collar and can see myself layering this top underneath sweaters and dresses come fall and holidays. And come to think of it the shorts will totally work for fall with a sweater and loafers. Winner, winner versatile outfit dinner. Ha! You’ll be seeing both pieces on repeat for quite some time.

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outfit details | Trina Turk top (on sale!!) similar here | Derek Lam 10 Crosby shorts similar tie front shorts here, here here and here | Tibi mules (old) similar here, here here and here | Chloe bag (mini size sold out) similar See by Chloe here and here and for less here | J. McLaughlin sunglasses similar here |

photos by Waverly Walla

Fashion, Featured

the white skirt you need this summer

May 17, 2017

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If you don’t own a white denim pencil skirt, please make this summer your year to go for it. I love white jeans but I’ve played the white skinny jean out over the past few years, plus a full pant can be steamy when the temps heat up. So I’m loving this white frayed white denim skirt; it’s comfortable, cool and is so easy to bop around in.

I’m looking forward to subbing the white pencil skirt in for white shorts and jeans this summer. This skirt hits just above the knee so a crop top is the perfect match for it. Or even something simple like a classic striped tee and statement necklace. If you haven’t noticed, I’m clearly having a moment with stripes, recently blogged here, here and opps here too.

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outfit details | McGuire skirt similar here, here and here  and for under $100 here | T by Alexander Wang top similar here and here | Valentino slides for less here and here  | J. Crew earrings | Celine bag similar here, here and for less here | Gucci sunglasses similar here 

photos by Kitty Hochner at Wynwood Walls

Fashion, Featured

Caroline Constas | green stripes

May 15, 2017

Last week, I kicked off summer 2017 a little early with a quick girls trip to South Beach. I haven’t been since a bestie’s bachelorette 10 years ago and must say I liked South Beach even better now that I’m all grown up. Ha! I dragged my girlfriend on a boondoggle to the Wynwood Walls right in the heart of Miami’s arts district for some mural photo opps and this skirt was at the top of my list to show off.

Caroline Constas is on fire right now with her statement sleeve designs. While she’s a talented top maker, I think I dig her maxi skirts even more. This green stripe screams Milly meets Miami Vice, the perfect combo for my East Coast escapades. It will be my go-to beach vacay outfit this summer too. The elastic waistband makes this fun piece super comfortable too. It also comes in a black and white gingham print that I adore.

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outfit details | Caroline Constas skirt similar here, here and here | Robert Rodriguez tee similar here for $21 and here | Balenciaga sandals similar here and here | J. Crew earrings | Celine bag  similar for less here and here | Gucci sunglasses  similar for less here 

photos by Kitty Hochner

Fashion, Featured, Kids, Lifestyle, Motherhood

My Mother’s Day wish…

May 13, 2017

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Happy Mother’s Day weekend to all of you wonderful moms out there. Earlier this week, Bret asked me what I wanted for Mother’s Day. Sleeping in and organizing my clutter filled closets were the first two things to pop into my mind. Neither of which involved my kids, which kind of defeats the whole purpose of Mother’s Day. I feel like a jerk now that I’m actually writing this but have a feeling that a lot of other moms out there would ask for similar things too, right?! I’m going to go ahead and chalk it up to being normal and human.

What I didn’t realize is I would get the best Mother’s Day gift of all a day early. This morning there was some sort of magic in the air in our house. And it wasn’t because I got to sleep in. I actually brought Jack into our room earlier than he normally wakes, teething the likely culprit for the early morning alarm clock. Lucky for me, he’s at the age where he’s totally happy hanging out in my nook, so we did just that until the girls were awake. Then each of the girls made their way to join the cuddle fest. No agenda, no hustle to get dressed and out the door, just our little Z tribe.

I took in every last hug, smooch, giggle and conversation. I took in holding my sweet boy’s tiny feet in my hands, smelling his little head full of wispy baby hair. That baby smell, can we please bottle it up?! I took in making eyes with my amazing husband. Feeling all the feels after 6 years together. Yes, this morning was magic, my friends. Magic that you can’t plan or orchestrate intentionally. Magic that happens when you least expect it. The only thing missing was a cup of coffee. I think I’ll revise tomorrow’s Mother’s Day gift requests to include just that. And another morning in bed with my little people. The closets can wait another year.

Photo by Melissa West via

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Friday Five | For the Moms

May 12, 2017
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I’m currently bike riding along Venice Beach with two college besties en route to the adorable Rose Café. I can’t wait for this getaway to start my summer refreshed for all the fun that’s in store. Here are some weekend reads to help you get into R&R mode, especially all you moms who deserve it most.

If you can’t get to California any time soon, here are five spots to taste wine that aren’t Napa.

Rebecca Minkoff’s sample sale lasts through the weekend. Get a bag before the best ones are gone! My pick? This pastel pink guy. 

The breakfast of champions–eggs cooked in butter with a side of bacon–is believe it or not, good for you. Nutritionists explain why.

Here’s a case for no more homework, and it’s pretty convincing.

These kitchen windows will get you in the mood for al fresco dining starting now.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Fashion, Featured

standout stripes

May 10, 2017

Statement ruffles and stripes have been the most visible trends of the season. So when I found a top that combines the two, I had to pull the trigger. Especially when it’s under $100. This fun ruffled gem also comes in white if stripes aren’t your thing. This top goes with anything from denim, culottes or a dressier pencil or maxi skirt. So. Darn. Versatile. I kept today’s look daytime with a few favorite accessories of the season; this suede slide and Chloe a bracelet bag that to my delight fits diapers, wipes, my phone, a few paci’s and a lipstick. Ha.

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Outfit details | Stylekeeprs top similar here, here and here | J brand denim | Mercedes castillo sandals, also here | Chloe bag ( backordered) also here and similar here | Valentino sunglasses (old) similar here

Photos  by Traci Ling