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tied up.

August 21, 2017


How was your weekend? A good friend came in town from DC and we spent some time at Nordstrom shopping for fall staples and events, including some outfit for an upcoming trip to New York for fashion week. This classic white button down with a little twist will be super fun to style for all of the above. I tried it on with some really cute skirts and also love it layered underneath a blazer with denim.

I dressed it up in today’s outfit, with two insanely awesome Stella McCartney pieces, a vegan leather skinny pant and an iconic chain crossbody bag. This white bag is season-less! I love it for now and will also rock it during the holidays and in winter months too. It’s hands down the coolest bag I’ve come across for fall so far.

What are you shopping for this fall? Here are some of our favorites from Nordstrom.

bow tie tops |

faux leather leggings |

white handbags |


Outfit details | Dolce and Gabanna top | Stella McCartney faux leather leggings | Valentino heels | Stella McCartney bag | Dior sunglasses

This post was brought to you in collaboration with Nordstrom. Thank you for supporting the brands that make L. Avenue possible.

Photos by Ailee Petrovic

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Friday Five | Animated Movies + Grilled Avocado

August 18, 2017

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Happy weekend! I’m sending one of my best friends off to New York (bittersweet) and having my first dress try-on. Wish me luck, and enjoy these five links I found from around the web this week:



Fashion, Featured

coolest cropped denim

August 16, 2017

This week marks our last week of summer break and we’re soaking it up swimming, hanging out with friends and school supplies shopping (did you see our back-to-school post?!). As much as I’m sad to say goodbye to summer and its slow wake-ups, schedule free days and late bedtimes, I think our entire family will benefit from a little structure that comes this time of year. Am I a total fun sponge over here?!

Today’s look is one of my favorites lately thanks to a killer pair of cropped denim I pre-ordered from Revolve a few months ago. I never partake in pre-ordering, but was pumped to get this pair in the mail. I wore them to my friends farm and received so many compliments, and I see that they are selling out quickly so wanted to share with y’all today! They will be so great with a crewneck sweater and booties this fall. Also, this pair runs small so be sure to size up. Another recent purchase, these retro red sunnies will also be hot for fall. Red-trending.

I hope y’all are enjoying your last few breaths of summertime!! xx

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Outfit details | McGuire denim, same pair with red + blue stripes here | Rachel Comey top (old) similar herehere, here and here| Steve Madden platforms | Chloe bag (last season), new version here | Givenchy sunglasses similar here |Mercedes Salazar earrings, love this pair too |

Photos by Traci Ling 

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trend report | red

August 16, 2017

I’m excited to see lots of bold reds for fall. A diversion from burgundy that’s been hot for the past few years we’re back to bright Ohio State Buckeye (my alma matter) red guys! The cold shoulder is still king and I like this legit bird print, at the top of my fall wish list.


1 | Tanya Taylor top  $495.00

2 | Rag & Bone jeans $150.00

3 | Prada sunglasses $360.00

4 | Miansai bracelet $195.00

5 | The Fix mule $89.00

For more red tops this season look here to see all the latest and greatest.

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LBD, day to night.

August 14, 2017

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All of this back- to-school action has me excited about shopping for the season ahead. I found this versatile little black dress at Nordstrom and know it’s going to get a lot of airtime now and into fall. This dress has transition written all over it–it’s an easy day-to-night dress with sneakers and a tote by day and a statement sandal and clutch for nighttime. I get excited about finding comfortable staples that I know I’ll live in and then accessorize like crazy.

This tote is my latest Chloe obsession and Nordstrom is carrying it in 5 colors. Each bag has a cool colorblock zipper detail and I wish I could have one in each color. I’ve finally come to the realization that in my Mom life I really only need two types of bags–totes and clutches. Tote bags to schlep my laptop, diapers and all things kid-essential and then I swap out for a small clutch at night.

What are you shopping for this fall? Even if you’re not heading back-to-school your wardrobe will appreciate a little extra attention by way of the LBD.

More little black dresses that can transfer from day to night…

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day outfit details | 3.1 Phillip Lim dress | Adidas sneakers | Chloe tote | Chloe sunglasses | BaubleBar earrings |

night outfit details | 3.1 Phillip Lim dress | Vince Camuto heels | Rebecca Minkoff clutch | Chloe sunglasses | BaubleBar earrings |

Photos by Traci Ling

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weekend casual | the only denim shorts I’ve worn this summer

August 12, 2017

What’s on tap this weekend y’all? Did you see in yesterday’s post that our sweet “Friday 5″ contributor Mollie got engaged?! That makes 2 people close to me who are wedding planning! My best friend also got engaged I’ve got a good excuse to pick up a copy Martha Stewart Weddings. I wish I could do the whole wedding planning year over again–what an exciting chapter in life!

Today’s look has been on repeat all summer long. A few months ago I ordered a bunch of denim shorts to try on. Since last summer I was rocking maternity shorts, it was time to update the wardrobe. I only kept this pair and have worn them non-stop. I finally stained them somehow and even the dry cleaner had no luck getting the stain out so I actually ordered a second pair because I love them that much. In Houston we’ve still got a few more solid months of shorts and I know these will be favorites again next year too.

I’ve had this super cute woven straw clutch for two years now and have packed it for every single summer trip. It’s easy to pack and goes with everything! And this soft button down has been a go-to in airports with denim and sneakers. It’s one of the only long sleeve pieces that works even when it’s super hot outside. A great wardrobe staple!

Hope y’all are having a great weekend!

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Outfit details | Citizens of Humanity shorts similar here and here | Valentino slides On SALE | Mignonne Gavigan earrings | Mar Y Sol Clutch $35! | Toy watch | Vanessa Arizaga bracelet

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Friday Five | Fiancée

August 11, 2017


I’m particularly excited for the wedding we have this weekend. The bride and I go way back to elementary school and several college besties are coming in town, so I can’t wait to see them. Especially with my news: I’m engaged! I couldn’t be happier and hope to share bits and pieces along the way with you here.

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PS: Don’t miss these sales. I’m still shopping for my new home, so wayfair and Joss & Main are first on my list.

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Bold Patterns | Caroline Constas

August 9, 2017

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Caroline Constas is a new go-to designer here on L. Avenue. You’ve seen Lauren and me feature her fall 2016 and spring 2017 collection from this and this post. Constas has certainly mastered the art of the statement outfit and this dress is a favorite find. Her feminine designs coupled with bold patterns make this off shoulder dress so flirty and fun.

With summer drawing to a close, here are some white sandals we found on sale and a few MUST haves.

Here are some other coveted pieces by Caroline Constas…

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Outfit details | Caroline Constas dress also a skirt version and a top and here in a different pattern | Chloe bracelet bag also here other styles here and here | Givenchy sunglasses steal here | Joie sandal similar ON SALE here and here and Splurge here |

Photos by Traci Ling

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the summer top I can’t stop wearing….

August 8, 2017

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I’ve been coveting a Mi Golondrina dress for such a long time. The Dallas based brand has blown up over the past few years and almost all of my friends own at least one of its beautiful pieces. Mi Golondrina features vibrant colored, embroidered dresses and tops, handmade from Mexican artisans. {you can find both online and in stores here}.  I saw today’s top on Mi Golondrina’s Instagram stories and knew I had to pull the trigger. By the way, if you don’t already follow Mi Golondrina on Insta, do it,  founder Cristina Lynch is legit!

Today’s bold embroidered top has the same Mi Golondrina feel but in a fun, retro flowy crop top. I wear mine with denim skinnies in cooler temps and high waisted denim shorts the rest of the time. It was the perfect vacation top this summer, worn to the pool, on a bike ride for donuts, shopping and to a casual beachside dinner. I’m not wondering why I needed to pack 50 pounds of outfits when this is pretty much the only thing I wore. Ha! I’m currently plotting how to wear this gem into fall because I just can’t bear to part with it for the next few seasons!

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outfit details | Mi Golondrina top | Citizens of Humanity shorts | Givenchy sunglasses similar for less here | Celine bag, similar here | Valentino sandals, similar here

photos by Traci Ling

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nerd jeans.

August 7, 2017

Our summer travels have finally come to an end.  Actually, a screeching, pump-the-breaks halt when we pulled the ripcord after having 3 sick kids in Colorado last week. I’ve gotta say, I’m really glad to be home–sleeping in our beds, cooking dinner, dancing in the kitchen to Alexa and swimming on the weekends until summer officially draws to a close.

With three kids in three different places come fall (kindergarten, pre-school and at the baby at home) I need to get as organized as possible before school starts which means cleaning out closets, planning fall activities and figuring out how to do all of my mom jobs in addition to blogging. If y’all have any organization ideas please give me a shout!

Today’s post makes me want to escape the productivity train for just a minute though and daydream about cool Cali days in my nerd jeans. Seriously, when I first saw these jeans at Vince I was a bit offended. Ha! But really, this is a style that’s way cooler on the bod than on the hanger. Or maybe they’re just so nerdy they feel the exact opposite. Regardless, I’m rocking these nerd jeans on the reg this fall with a comfy cashmere sweater (I’m obsessed with how cozy this lace-up cashmere pullover is) and will swap out slides for loafers. Casual has never looked so nerdy cool.




IMG_0438Outfit details | Vince cargo denim also here | Vince lace up sweater also here  similar here and here | Stuart Weitzman sandals also here similar here and here | Celine bag similar here and here | Sunglasses similar here 

Photo by Arna Bajraktarevic