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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale | TOP 30 PICKS

July 13, 2017

Hey hey! Today is the day! Have y’all entered to win $250 to spend at Nordstrom? Do it, do it! Enter here.

Women’s clothing/shoes/accessories always go FAST (like some pieces in the first 24 hours!) so today we’re bringing you our top 30 picks from the sale. If I could only grab 5 things though, it would be #5 (Alice + Olivia blazer), #6 (ruffle top), #19 (Tibi dress), #20 (cropped skinny jeans) and #30 (Vince loafer).


#1 J. Crew blazer | I buy a new J. Crew blazer every fall (the fit is great and they are timeless) and I’m in love with this plaid blazer is perfectly fall.

#2 Vince bomber jacket | Bomber jackets are still all the rage. I love this versatile layering piece by Vince. Blogged a similar one here. A great fall transition piece that I’ll rock with a striped tee now and a turtleneck sweater later.

#3 Rag & Bone stripe top | This top is reversible, so basically 2 tops for the price of 1. And I never met a stripe I didn’t like. Just saying!

#4 Sincerely Jules sweatshirt | You’ll see a ton of lace-up pieces for fall. I love this comfy chic sweatshirt for casual fall days. It comes in blush, blue and white.

#5 Alice + Olivia tuxedo jacket (in store only) | This lush velvet blazer is going to be on repeat this fall. I love it with denim for a girls night out and will also dress it up for holiday parties. Maybe over a maxi skirt or with a leather legging.

#6 Chelsea28 Bell sleeve top | Bell sleeves have ben on trend for a while not, and it appears they’re not going anywhere this Fall. It’s a flirty way to dress up distressed jeans and loafers.

#7 Equipment sweater | This striped sweater works for all seasons, thank cool beach night, fall football game, etc. It’s a no brainer. I also love this cold shoulder sweater (not pictured above) by Rag & Bone that is a little trendier/dressier.

#8 Halogen tie front top | This top would be so cute underneath a shift dress or a sweater and I love it on it’s own with denim and these Vince loafers too.

#9 Topshop faux leather skirt| I haven’t seen a navy leather that I like this much and the price is right! I kind of want everything from Topshop including this color block cardigan (not pictured above). This easy piece is going to be my new airport outfit, layered over a white tee with jeans and sneakers.

#10 Halogen sleeveless top | This is such an easy goes-with-everything top.

#11 Alo workout leggings | I’m so frugal when it comes to buying things like exercise attire, pajamas and socks. Ha! So if there’s a sale, I’m all over it. This pair is super cute too!

#12 Rag & Bone leather legging | Leather pants are a wardrobe staple but pricey so if you can snag a good investment piece on sale this is the time.

#13 Caslon embroidered jeans (in stores only) | Embroidery is all the rage right now from shoes to tops and finally jeans. I love the simplicity of this embroidered flower. I’m packing these jeans for my upcoming trip to Santa Barbara. Cali chic!

#14 Current/Elliott uneven hem jeans | I always need to stock up on a few staples like denim during a big sale. These uneven hem are a good price and a great addition to my denim collection.

#15 Halogen pinstripe pant | Loving these pinstripe pants for fall and the price is so good.

#16 Chelsea28 pleated velvet skirt | I’m having a major moment with mustard. This pleated skirt is so rad. I think paired with a white button down and pumps or booties would look so classic. For an edgier look pair with a black sweater and booties.

#17 Halogen leather skirt |I love the burgundy color of this leather skirt. Halogen makes a very soft and very affordable leather pieces. This is perfect to transition to fall and can definitely carry you though winter if you pair with tights and boots.

#18 Rag & Bone stripe dress | This stripe dress is perfect to layer with a blazer or a button down underneath. Pair with pumps or flats or booties.

#19 Tibi midi dress | I cannot believe this classic Tibi style is on sale. This dress is season-less. It works with a white or nude sandal during the spring and summer, with a bootie or closed toe pump during cooler weather months. The silhouette is feminine and flattering, classic Tibi at it’s best.

#20 Frame split hem jeans | Split hem jeans are very popular right now and I think they are a fun, more put together alternative to distressed jeans.

#21 Nordstrom wallet on a chain $64 | I bought a small red crossbody earlier this year and wear it way more than I expected. Red is always seems to be a perfect pop of color to almost any outfit.

#22 Madewell leather tote | I cannot believe this tote is on sale! It’s never on sale because it’s just that good. I include it in my Holiday gift guide every year, it’s a must have!

#23 Rag & Bone bootie | They NEVER go on sale and loving this style and color.

#24 Rag & Bone block heel | I love the block heel style. Block heels are super comfortable and this suede open toe style will transition nicely to from summer to fall. I’d pair this shoe with jeans and a fave go to blazer.

#25 Argento fringe earrings | Fringe earrings continue to stay on the scene and are sure to make a statement for any evening event you have planned.

#26 Vince Camuto suede pump | Everyone always needs a new neutral pump and this pair is so chic. These come in black and a really cool mauve color too.

#27 Halogen slide loafer $59!| I love slide loafers because they are so easy to pair with skirts or denim and super easy to get on and off. These being a perfect color nude will be a staple in my closet for sure. And they come in black, silver and nude–one of each  please!

#28 Dolce Vita bootie | I’ve seen the white bootie for a few seasons now and it’s time to pull the trigger. The never wear white after Labor Day rule need not apply. I think these will take you through winter paired with denim and a sweater.

#29 Vince sneaker | It’s time to replace my Vince sneakers that I scored last year during the sale. I pair sneakers with anything and everything these days and they’re perfect for chasing kiddos around. These also come in satin for the first time this season which is really cool looking in person!

#30 Vince suede loafer | These are already in my cart. Im a big fan of loafers and these will carry me though next spring for sure.

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GIVEAWAY | Nordstrom Anniversary Sale $250 gift card!

July 12, 2017

Twas’ the day before the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and all through the web, not a creature was stirring because they’re all resting up for tomorrow! HA!

We are however, giving away a $250 gift card to a lucky L. Avenue + Nordstrom fan! Enter to win here!


The BIGGEST sale of the year is finally upon us! Merry Christmas y’all, NORDSTROM Anniversary Sale early access is almost here! If you’re unfamiliar, once a year Nordstrom discounts clothing that is brand new for the upcoming season. Contrary to typical sales where things that didn’t sell during the season get discounted at the end of the season, Nordstrom is selling us the must have’s for this coming fall NOW and at a MAJOR discount. You excited?! I know I am.

Truth be told, I’ve never been very good at shopping in advance of the season, aka buying sweaters in the heat of summer. Until I shopped the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale last year. I scored so many great fall staples and saved a ton! Not to mention for most of us fall is the busiest time of year so who has time to shop then?! I’m knocking this out during the doldrums of summer.

Early access to the sale starts tomorrow, Thursday, July 13th. So if you don’t have a Nordstrom card, I highly recommend getting one. The best pieces typically sell out before the sale even opens to the general public. Restocks do happen though and I’ll be sure to let y’all know when a sold out item is back in stock. Be sure to check my Instagram/Instagram Stories for minute-to-minute sale coverage.

I’ll be covering the sale over the next few weeks, so be sure to check back for outfits and our sale picks often. I’m also going to experiment with a “Try-On Session” on Instagram Stories. Basically, I’ll be trying on a ton of pieces from the sale rapid fire and all you need to do to shop that particular item is swipe up on your phone! You’ll be directed right to that item on the Nordstrom site. Let me know what y’all think!

What are we searching for this Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?

Fall wardrobe staples for you, your guy, your kids, back-to-school, Christmas gifts, hostess gifts, beauty product refresh? Selfishly, I know that women’s sells out the fastest so wanted to give y’all our top 30 picks first thing tomorrow morning before your size is long gone. Happy shopping!






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July 10, 2017

Amazon Prime day is here y’all! We’re making is super easy for you to shop everything you “need” in the matter of a few clicks today on L. Avenue.

Let’s start with a some deal shopping over your evening wine (if you’re reading this tonight) or morning coffee tomorrow, shall we?! This french press is on super sale and a great hostess gift idea if you already have your own. I don’t have one and can’t wait to try it out. There are lots of great kitchen sales from knives to pots and pans and this bread maker tops my list. Also loving these water bottles that come in every color for carrying water in the car this summer. I’ve been craving s’mores and these marshmallow roasting sticks are so cute!

With three kids I have no clue when I’ll have time to actually leave my house to Christmas shop this year. I’m taking advantage of Prime Day and keeping Santa busy with these gifts for my kiddos. Art supplies, this dollhouse, American Girl dolls, and this for baby Jack!

I’m loving these white slip on sneakers,  this easy to throw on maxi dress for under $20, these aviator sunglasses . This portable speaker is a steal, perfect for the beach, golf, tennis, you name it! These make-up brushes are an awesome Christmas gift idea. I think I’ll gift a set to myself because I’ve procrastinated replacing mine for long enough.

For those mama’s with babies, Baby Bjorn products are all on sale and NEVER go on sale. This bouncer has been my favorite to date. It is easy to transfer from room to room and my kids have really liked it.

Also for the kiddos, these summer pajamas are super cute! I just bought Jack this book which would make a great birthday party gift for little boys of all ages. Speaking of books, Mo Williams is a favorite author of ours, this book is a great gift! And this clock is awesome for toddlers moving to their big boy/girl room. SO MANY DEALS, SO LITTLE TIME!

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not so normcore

July 7, 2017

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What’s on tap this weekend? Sweet Molly who rocks our weekly Friday 5 is living it up in Aspen this week, so we’ve got an outfit for y’all today instead. I’m heading to Cincinnati today to celebrate my baby sister’s 21st birthday, which is a wardrobe conundrum all in of itself. What does one wear to party with the cool college kids 14 years my junior?!

Anyway, I’m definitely packing these high waisted shorts that I’ve worn on the reg this summer. Most likely with this top, blogged here. These gems were a bit of a splurge but have been totally worth it because they’re getting weekly outfit action. I also love this little envelope clutch to throw into my larger baby bag. Even if you don’t have kids, it’s nice to have a smaller clutch-like bag to hold cosmetics and other loose items in your larger bag to keep you more organized and zen-like. Ha! Sadly, I’m pretty sure I lost the rad sunglasses in this photo, but luckily I found the perfect knock-off pair at Target!

Happy weekend y’all!!

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outfit details | Calvin Rucker top (sold out) similar here and here and fun here | Derek Lam shorts | Mercedes Castillo sandals ON SALE, similar here and for under $50 | Clare V clutch | Hermes bracelet | Valentino sunglasses ON SALE $75, similar Target version here

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all of the gingham | J. Crew 30% off today only!

July 5, 2017

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How was your 4th?! We had a low key 4th and hung out in our inflatable pool (we so fancy!) for the first part of the day and then headed out to watch the fireworks. Shockingly, the kids rocked the fireworks and aren’t total grumps today. I had some FOMO over friends (probably most of y’all) on Instagram who were in cool mountain towns, beaches or even some fun Texas getaways. Making a mental note to at least track down a cool parade for next year. Possibly in a locale that is less than 100 degrees. But after a week on the road, I will say it was pretty stress free chilling at home yesterday.

This is the first time I’ve sat down on my computer (check out the status of my home office on Insta stories for a good laugh) in weeks. Like exercise, my work is something I absolutely love when it’s consistent. But getting back into it after some much needed time off is harder than I expected. Feel my pain?

Wanted to post about J. Crew’s 30% off sale today because it ends tonight. I am such a staple-stocker-upper during sales and love this easy gingham dress for 100 degree weather. Ha! Black gingham is a little edgier than the traditional red and blue and can be dressed up more easily if you want to transition this daytime dress for evening activities. I also threw mine on at the beach last week, it’s an easy cover-up that works for post beach lunch or cocktails.

Oh and it’s fun to twirl in too. In case that’s on the docket for the weekend.


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I’ve also been rocking this gingham top a lot lately…

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Truth be told, when I originally photographed this outfit I hadn’t worn the top in real life yet. I honestly don’t love how this outfit came together for this blog post. This happens more often than you think! Is it the shoe choice? I’m thinking it’s the pencil skirt/shoe combo. Can’t win em’ all! What do you think though? Since these photos were taken, I’ve worn the top with white denim skinny jeans, white shorts and white linen pants and liked all choices a lot better. And the genius people at J. Crew paired it with this skirt, which I think is also super cute and on sale.

outfit details

J. Crew gingham dress | sandals similar for less version here | sunglasses | J. Crew clutch *on sale

J. Crew gingham top | J. Crew sunglasses | denim pencil skirt | wedge sandal (old) similar here on major sale | Chloe bracelet bag


photos by Traci Ling

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Friday Five | Happy Fourth!

June 30, 2017

Fourth of July always comes right when we all need it. Summer boredom may have ensued for those of you with kids home from school, and adults are ready to be off duty for an extended weekend. Whether the American holiday takes you near or far, I hope it’s chock-full of summer fun. Five links as always!

  • I’ve given in to the basket bag craze, and I’m glad to see Garance has too.
  • A move forced me into a closet refresh, and it’s true: slimming down your wardrobe makes your most beloved items feel special again.
  • The stock market 101. In other financial news, I highly recommend Betting on Zero, available on Netflix.
  • The best cookbook for beginners who want to master the basics.
  • Does food taste different when it has your full, undivided attention? This piece makes a convincing case for eating out alone.

Happy Fourth!


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stars and stripes

June 28, 2017

The stars (and stripes!) at night are big and bright…View More:

This bold striped one shoulder top immediately caught my attention because it is perfect for approaching July 4th festivities. A red and white stripe is also a nice change-up from the typical blue and white combo I tend to hoard. It works with skinny jeans, a denim skirt or white denim shorts. Sadly, last year’s summery cherry clutch has been replaced this year by pineapples and pears (as seen here). But this circle bag is a fine little mate with red stripes for the 4th!

Happy hump day y’all!

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Outfit details | Petersyn top also here | Frame denim similar here for $59 | Vince Camuto mules (old) similar  here for $89here,  here and here | J. Crew clutch (old) similar here and for $41 here | Givenchy sunglasses

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Party in the U.S.A.

June 27, 2017

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What’s on tap for 4th of July, y’all? No matter how festive the occasion, we’ve got you covered on L Avenue this week. Yesterday’s jumpsuit is on the dressier side and today’s off-the-shoulder number is great for something more casual. This dress  screams U.S.A without looking cheesy Americana. Although I do love a festive pair of flag sunnies for the 4th.

The red, white and blue embroidered detail is legit on this easy-to-throw-on firecracker of a dress. Put this guy on and you’re ready to party in the U.S.A.

Check out our favorite dresses/rompers perfect for your 4th of July festivities!

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Outfit details | Tularosa dress  also here similar here | Celine Trio bag similar designer steals here, here and here and here | Aquazzura sandals (old) similar herehere and here and splurge here | Rayban sunglasses

photos by Traci Ling

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What to wear | 4th of July

June 25, 2017

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Happy Birthday America! We’re celebrating our great nation’s birthday for the next week on L. Avenue bringing you everything red, white and blue to wear for your July 4th festivities! This stripe jumpsuit is a statement jumpsuit for sure, perfect for any summer celebration! The subtle ruffle detail adds a festive flare to this striped number. I paired it with these snazzy red Kate Spade sandals , but you can definitely pair it with  these or these white heels or these flats for a more casual look.

Other stripe jumpsuits we’re coveting for America’s birthday…

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Outfit details | MSGM jumpsuit in red here  | Kate Spade sandal similar herehere and here and here | Saint Laurent clutch  similar here and for fun here and here | Givenchy sunglasses, steal version for $12 here