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Athlesiure with Nordstrom

September 21, 2017

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Athleisure, it’s a thing! I started playing tennis a few months back and prior to my newfound hobby never really paid much attention to athletic wear. After purchasing a couple of tennis outfits I realized how comfortable and cute they are! Now, I find myself throwing on my sporty digs even when I had zero intention of doing anything remotely athletic that day. Unless you count strolling from the parking lot to Starbucks.

When I do actually get geared up to work out, I most often do so with friends. Why not kill two birds with one stone–catch up over tennis or a jog and burn some calories! I love the selection of athletic apparel from Nordstrom for both men and women this season. So many cool throwback pieces like these retro Nike jackets. And the red Nike sneaker on my friend Sal is pretty rad too!

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More L. Avenue picks for men’s activewear

Outfit details

Men’s activewear | Nike shorts | Nike Shirt | Nike jacket | Nike shoes | Ted Baker sunglasses | Fossil watch |

Women’s activewear | Nike jacket | Nike leggings | Nike sneakers

This post is brought to you in partnership with Nordstrom. Thanks for supporting the brands that make L. Avenue possible!

Fashion, Featured

GIVEAWAY | What’s your sign?

September 20, 2017

Hey guys! How goes it? Are y’all getting settled into the fall schedule yet? I’ve gotta admit, the struggle is real adjusting to a new schedule for my kids and me. When they are little it seems there are less activities and the schedule kind of just revolves around what works best on any given day. Sometimes lounging in pjs until noon worked best for us. Ha! Now, my oldest is in kindergarten and things just got a lot more involved. Not in terms of homework or anything, just in terms of being up earlier than we’re used to, on time and on-the-go to lots of activities most days post-school. As much as I thought I was ready for school, I’m missing laid back, unscheduled summer days. But then again change is always challenging in the beginning and it always ends up ok. I think I just have to figure out efficiency and balance, so if y’all have any pointers let me know!

Now that y’all have listened to that rant sesh (ha!), how about some fun news? We’re giving away today’s fun horoscope tee (what’s your sign?!) to 1 lucky reader and their bestie. Be sure to enter to win on Instagram here! 

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Outfit details | J. Crew T-shirt | Veronica Beard denim | Loeffler Randall mules | Stella McCartney bag | Givenchy sunglasses

 

Fashion, Featured, Kids, Motherhood

Motherhood Monday | Rachel Riley

September 18, 2017

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London-based Rachel Riley has always been a favorite childrenswear brand for my kids. Although my own fashion sense tends to run the gamit between traditional and edgy, I tend to lean traditional with my babies. Rachel Riley’s design philosophy is just that, as she draws inspiration from the forties, fifties and sixties with fine tailoring, beautiful hand smocking, hand embroidery and vintage-inspired prints.

Rachel Riley pieces tend to be the outfits and dresses that my girls want to wear every.single.day. Great taste, these girls have! Each Rachel Riley piece is also so special to me because they evoke such fond memories from milestones and special occasions in my childrens’ lives. Since baby Jack came into the picture, it’s been hard to find a clothing line where I like both the boys and girls clothing options, so Rachel Riley is a go-to when I want to coordinate outfits for the kids!

You might recognize some Rachel Riley pieces on the Royal children–Rachel Riley is a favorite of Princess Kate!

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on LZ |  J. Crew button down | J. Crew skirt | BP mules *69! | Dior sunglasses |

on the kids | Rachel Riley babysuit | Rachel Riley dress

 

photos by Maritere Rice

Fashion, Featured

green with envy

September 12, 2017

 

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Since this time last fall I was 8 months pregnant, I’m overdue for some new fall outfits. I’ve been having a major moment with everything mustard yellow and this dress had me fall florals. It feels very Gucci-esque to me. I love the shorter skirt underlay, this dress move so beautifully. Now will one of y’all please invite me somewhere fun so I have a reason to wear it?!

Other green dresses L. Avenue is coveting…

Shop Alice & Olivia fall collection here

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Outfit details | Alice and Olivia dress, also top, cami and skirt | Stuart Weitzman sandals, splurge here steal hereOscar de la Renta earrings | M2M bag similar here and here | Gucci sunglasses | Tom Ford Pink Dust Lips |

Photos by Traci Ling

Fashion, Featured, Interiors

Interiors | book case styling

September 11, 2017

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During the nesting period when I was pregnant with Jack I not only went through a major organization overhaul in my house but also found a million things around the house that needed my attention. What is it about being pregnant and finding never-ending to do list items? It’s definitely not because I feel better when I’m pregnant. Maybe it’s because I’m sober when I’m pregnant. When you’ve had a glass (or 2!) of pinot everything seems to look better, right?! I joke. Kind of.

I tasked my friend and interior decorator guru, Alison Meyer for some book case inspiration. The last time I paid any attention to my book cases I was also very pregnant and moving into our new house. So my time and energy to making the book shelves awesome was very limited. Fast forward 4 years, it’s time for a few changes/updates.

The current shelves are decent, but given the fact that these built in book cases take up the majority of wall space in the living room means they are worth focusing on improving. The first step….drumroll please….WALLPAPER! I’m kind of obsessed with wallpaper and this Miles Redd for Schumacher wallpaper is the perfect backdrop to add an element of depth to what was once a pretty one-note backdrop. I love this playful geometric pattern, which was actually hand drawn with a pen and magic marker. So rad!

Here’s what I learned from the process. Less can be more. When I originally styled my book cases I found myself over crowding the space which looks cluttered. I like a layered look but not cluttered. Like Coco Chanel suggests, put on all of your jewelry and then take two pieces off before leaving the house.

Every book case needs…

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Fashion, Featured

Style your guy | Nordstrom fall collection

September 11, 2017

Fashion week is checked off the list and we’re finally back-to-school today so I’m starting to incorporate some more routine to-do list items that I’ve neglected recently. Before Harvey hit Houston I had a chance to do a little fall shopping for the kids, but realized that I forgot to shop for my main squeeze. Bret’s not really into shopping (can you believe that?!), so luckily he gets to benefit from being married to someone who is. What a deal! Ha! Every season I hit up Nordstrom to pick out a few wardrobe updates for him and wanted to share some of my favorite pieces this fall, in case you also help style your guy!

Men’s casual shirt under $100

Men’s shoes under $100

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Outfit details | Ted Baker jacket | Nordstrom Men’s Shop shirt |AG denimAdidas sneakers | Houston Astros hat | Nixon watch | Hermes cologne |

Photos by Traci Ling

Fashion, Featured

not so basic LBD

September 5, 2017

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Hey guys. We’re starting to return to work today, but our #1 priority remains– helping Houstonians in light of the recent devastation from Hurricane Harvey. So what does that look like for L. Avenue? You’ll continue to see Harvey coverage on our website including ways you can donate and shop for a cause, in addition to our more routine scheduled content.

Additionally, this month we’ll be donating 100% of our business profits directly to help victims of Hurricane Harvey. What does this mean? This might be a good time to briefly explain how our business works. L. Avenue is a small business that is made possible through two income streams–1. contracts with brands: this is when we collaborate with brands who pay an agreed upon flat fee to work with us and 2. commission: when you visit our website and purchase something we post via our links we receive a commission for that purchase from the retailer. For example, today’s black sandals that you see linked below. If you like them and click our link and purchase-we get a small commission. You aren’t charged anything additional though! It’s basically like I’m getting sales commission if you’re shopping at the L. Avenue online boutique instead of a physical sales person at your local boutique. Make sense? Sorry for the rant, but readers have asked this question in the past so it seems now is as good a time as any to explain it to y’all! So this month, we’ll be donating our profits back to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Now let’s dive into this pretty LBD, shall we? I found this gem at Nordstrom and love it’s a classic silhouette with a fringe twist. This dress will be on repeat and really works for any season. It would be great for any special event on your future–wedding, holidays, or even dressed down for something more causal.

Here are some more black dresses we’re loving for fall!

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Outfit details | Stella McCartney dress | Vince Camuto heels also these | Chanel bag (old) similar here, here and here | Dior sunglasses |

Photos by Aliee Petrovic

Around {H} Town + Travel, Fashion, Featured

Hurricane Harvey | an update and a game plan

August 29, 2017

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Hey guys. I just want to continue to thank y’all for the outpouring messages of support you’ve sent me over the past few days. Hurricane Harvey continues to devastate my city so I’ve been pretty entrenched in keeping up with all of my friends around town, packing, evacuating, moving back home (praise God!) and trying to help wherever I can. This is the first major hurricane I’ve experienced and it’s been a roller coaster of emotions; stress, fear, anxiety, and just overall pain for what so many friends and so many more I don’t know are going through right now. I had to take a break from the news and social media for a little big yesterday because simply to lock it up and stay strong and together for my kids. Luckily, they are young enough to think that this is another more than a mere slumber party with their cousins.

We have a lot of friends in west Houston who have lost everything. My good friend (and L. Avenue contributor) Lauren will be awake tonight praying that she returns to a home that isn’t flooded. And for those even less fortunate, their entire homes have water flooded to the roof. So many rescue situations for my families and their young children in the middle of the night (many by boat) just to get to safety. It’s horrifying. I always talk about how the news overdramatizes things, but what you’re seeing on the news outlets is the real deal. I only say this because I’ve seen photos and videos directly from my friends who are out there getting rescued or helping rescue others right now. It’s been amazing to see how this city has come together to help. My hands are pretty tied right now from a “get out there and volunteer” standpoint because I have to take care of my kids, but I frantically rummaged my house for items to donate to the shelters today. The girls were concerned that I took too many pair of their underwear. Ha! Sorry, had to interject something somewhat lighthearted. This post is heavy y’all! If you do live in Houston, please consider donating any extra blankets, socks and baby formula and diapers–thus far, these items are in dire need.

Right now my city is priority #1, but I do still have a job and multiple outstanding contracts for L. Avenue. To be honest I feel ridiculous posting outfits when I know people who currently have no clothes. All I can think about is how I can help the thousands in need right now. I know you would feel the same for your city and community too. It’s the beauty of the human spirit, right?! Our community is suffering, but I’ve never felt closer to my hometown and I can assure you this sentiment is felt around our great city after seeing such major effort to help one another get through this catastrophe.

So I’m turning my job into something that can help others affected by the devastation from Hurricane Harvey. I’m going to continue posting as scheduled and will donate all profits from my business to flood victims going forward. I also want to use this website as a place to share stories of victims and give you all ways to help. There are lots of displaced families looking for places to stay and raising funds to get back on their feet. Please send me these stories if you know of any and I’ll do my best to share with my readers to raise money and awareness!

Also, if you guys feel compelled to donate, please, please take a moment to do so! Every little bit counts. If you’re in Houston you can message me directly to drop off items for the shelters. I’ll be making trips back and forth and am happy to drop things off for you. If you’re not in the area, please donate to Red Cross here or to J.J. Watt’s Houston fund relief fund here.

Please check back in with L. Avenue for ways to donate and help!

Love,

LZ

 

above image via Meg Grant

Fashion, Featured

Hurricane Harvey | hunkering down

August 26, 2017

What a dramatic start to the weekend….I began writing this post at 4 am, just a few hours after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in South Texas. Major storms outside my window and anxieties over what was going to happen to Houston. We watched this storm chaser’s live feed and I’m sick about how devastating it’s impact was to Rockport and surrounding locations. This is biggest storm (by wind) to hit Texas since 1961 and the strongest in the U.S. (by wind) since Hurricane Charley hit in Southwest Florida in 2004. Pretty tough stuff.

We contemplated evacuating, but decided to hunker down for now. Those of y’all who haven’t grown up around hurricanes (myself included) are probably thinking we are insane and I go back and forth on whether or not I agree with you. Ha! At this point I’m praying that we just get a lot of rain and are spared any major flooding and power outages. Stuck indoors with all of the Double Stuffed Oreos, emoji Uno and red wine and queso until this storm subsides. It will certainly be interesting over these next 4 days….

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Hopefully, I’ll have some time (power permitting) to catch up on some blogging. And also packing for my next trip out of Dodge. Fingers crossed the weather is over by next week so I can slip over to Charleston for a quick weekend to celebrate my friend’s 40th birthday. I’m definitely packing this this Ulla Johnson skirt and one shoulder top. I absolutely love this fall floral print and plan to wear this matching top and skirt both together and separately; the top with flare pants and these heels for dinner at F.I.G. and the skirt with a tee and flats during Saturday strolls over to brunch and Hamden Clothing. I’m seeing lots of one shoulder tops this fall and think it’s Check out Ulla Johnson’s collection here with the most recent fall designs and an array of black slides. This gorgeous Ulla Johnson pattern also comes in a dress and long sleeve blouse.

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Have ave you seen Cult Gaia‘s latest collection? It’s pretty fantastic and a great way to pop even the most basic outfit with some fun color.

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Outfit details | Ulla Johnson skirt | Ulla Johnson top different style here and similar here | Valentino slides on sale here and newer style | Cult Gaia bag in red here | sunglasses

Photos by Arna Bajraktarevic

Fashion, Featured

Cinq a Sept dress

August 23, 2017

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Hey guys! Are y’all back to school yet? My oldest started kindergarten this week so it’s been a BIG one to say the least. Not to mention adjusting to our new life of early rising to make it to school in time. Mornings have been a challenge for me lately. I’ve gotten into a bad (GOOD!) habit this summer where I feed Jack in bed and place perfectly rationed baggies of cereal and bowls on the table for the girls to have an appetizer while I ease into the morning in bed. Parent of the year over here! Seriously though, it’s been so nice to wake up slowly with my kids this past summer and the new deal entails flinging out of bed an hour earlier than we’re used to and then frantically getting kids dressed and myself dressed and out the door. I haven’t figured out how to factor in time for food or coffee yet, so if y’all have any tips or tricks to zen mornings I’m all ears!

Today’s outfit has absolutely nothing to this morning routine blog post intro so I’ll just throw myself into talking about it now. K? I stumbled across this dress online and thought the bow tie straps could be a bit off. Then, I tried it on and it was such a good fit and really pretty on in my opinion. I really love this dress for fall parties and holidays. The floral print has a little green so it’s a great Christmas without being cheesy Christmas look. Am I really talking Christmas already?!

Is anybody stressed by this blog post? I mean schedules, Christmas attire, I think I should quite while I’m ahead. But trust me, buy this dress!

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Outfit details | Cinq a Sept dress | Vince Camuto heels | M2M bag | Oscar de la Renta earrings other black statement here, here and here | Dior sunglasses |

Photos by Traci Ling