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I feel home.

April 29, 2017

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I get nostalgic coming home. This week Jack and I headed home to the house I grew up in, over the rolling hills miles outside of the small southern Ohio town that I’m from. There are so many memories here, happy ones and sad ones. This was the place I ran through the tiny maze-like hallways with my cousin and our baby buggies. The kitchen table where I had years of “cakes in the morning.” The gravel driveway that I ran across barefoot to and from the pool during the summertime. At the other end of the driveway, the school bus stopped for me from grade school until I got my first car.  The house where I spent every Christmas with my insanely large and AWESOME extended family. Christmas gifts covering the pool table in the basement, sheer chaos and squeals over getting Pound Puppies from Uncle John. The house where I hunted Easter eggs and I’m pretty sure there are some misfit eggs still hidden in the basement.

I got ready for all major high school dances in this house. In what seemed like the blink of an eye, I packed up my car and headed to Ohio State University, and this house was always the first stop I made when I got back into town. On September 11th, 2015 I woke up to see Today Show footage of the Twin Towers just moments after the first building was hit. I brought a few boyfriends to this house and finally “the one” who asked for my hand in marriage in the living room. 3 months after my wedding, I surprised my family with news that a baby was on the way in this very house. My Mom took her last breath here, surrounded by her family. And I’ve continued to return to this house with each of my children. And it will forever be a special part of their lives too. They’ve built snowmen in the front yard, run barefoot in the grass, caught lightning bugs on hot summer nights, and cuddled with so many family members here. My heart is happy when I’m home.

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Friday Five | California Dreaming

April 28, 2017
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I’m going to LA in two weekends to visit my friend Mimi who lives in Malibu. It was a last minute decision, but I’m so glad I made it. It will be a girl’s weekend through and through, and I can’t wait to kick off summer on the coast of California.

Rest assured, we’ll make our way to Malibu Farms along with these best brunch spots.

My sandal collection is slim pickens, so as summer nears, I’m stocking up, starting with this yellow slide.

This citrus parfait with coconut cashew granola looks like the ideal summer breakfast.

As an admitted text-addict but a lover of old fashioned handwritten notes, this experiment struck a chord with me.

Loving this moody coffee on-the-go cup design.

Fashion, Featured

spring stripes

April 27, 2017

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This blog post is going to be short today because I’m in Ohio with Jack visiting my very large, very awesome extended family. In honor of my Grandmother’s love of stripes, we’re bringing you all things stripe on L. Avenue. Stripes have always been my favorite print too, and this spring they’re everywhere! Especially blue and white, which scream summertime, don’t you think?! Here are all of our favorite stripes from around the web…

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Outfit details | Victoria by Victoria Bekham dress similar here and here| Jimmy Choo pumps or steal here, or these or these or if wanting to splurge these | Chloe bag | Tom Ford Sunglasses

Photos by: Traci Ling

Fashion, Featured, Giveaway, Kids

GIVEAWAY!

April 26, 2017

In honor of Earth month, we’ve got an awesome eco-givewawy today. We’re so thrilled to be featured in the #WCW “Eco Edition” by our friends at Gugu Guru! In celebration of Earth Month, L. Avenue along with Shop Buru, The Chic Series, and Be Pretty are all naming our top eco-friendly products for your baby registry. See what products we picked and enter here to win them all!

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Fashion, Featured

off to the races | statement hats

April 26, 2017

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I love an occasion that calls for hats. With the trifecta of horse races approaching, the Kentucky Derby on May 6th, followed by the Preakness and lastly the Belmont, hats are must have accessory. I recently wore a fun hat (pictured above) to a luncheon with an oldie by goodie rehearsal dinner dress. (similar here) I decided to go with a proper topper again for Easter, and think I’ll make that a new tradition. Here are some of my favorite hats from around the web…

 

 

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pretty in pink + give back | The Children’s Fund

April 24, 2017

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Hey guys! How was the weekend? We had a relatively low key weekend spent outdoors, hitting up a rad new urban park and a BBQ’ing in the backyard. Bret an I also went to a gala on Saturday night that our good friends chaired. The Children’s Fund, one of the most impressive volunteer run non-profits I’ve ever come into contact with raises millions for children’s charities in Houston. If you live here, get involved! It’s amazing. If you aren’t a Houstonian and you’re looking for a new endeavor, start something like this in your city. The non-profit’s business model is genius. Members of The Children’s Fund are required to raise a certain amount of money per year plus help put on the annual gala that brings in 100’s of thousands in a single night. Members serve a 5 year term, which means they commit to raising money for The Children’s Fund for the long term. Once a member rolls off, they remain totally connected because they’ve been so committed, thus continuing to donate every year. It’s genius! Kind of like a Junior League but for couples; a fun volunteer organization that you get to donate time to with your significat other and meet other couples who are committed to raising money for kids in need.  A hobby that gives back to the community, how awesome is that?! I’m continuously amazed by how philanthropic my city is.

Over the weekend I carried my laptop from my bedroom to the kitchen, my office and back and that was the extent of my computer time. Zero. So today is catch-up day and I’m also packing day for a quick trip to Ohio. I wanted to get this outfit up on the blog  ASAP because I received so many compliments on it when I posted it on Instagram stories the other day. Isn’t this top so pretty?! It’s the perfect color of pink and very flattering on. I tucked mine into culottes but it could be worn out with white denim too. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love these Sophia Webster sandals. I’ve wanted a pair of Webster’s whimsical shoes for so long but couldn’t seem to find the right style. The low block heel is pretty perfect for all occasions. I wore these to the Children’s Fund gala with this dress but will most likely wear them more often dressed down with jeans or a denim skirt and a tee.

 

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outfit details | Ted Baker lace top, also available in white and navy here  | Phillip Lim culottes (old) similar here and here | Sophia Webster shoes similar here and here| J. McLaughlin Bag (sold out) similar here and here | Hermes H bracelet in red here

photos by Traci Ling

Around {H} Town + Travel, Fashion, Featured, Kids, Lifestyle, Travel

Pura Vida at Four Seasons Costa Rica

April 23, 2017

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Costa Rica, the “pura vida,” pure life, and that it is. Bret and I had the chance to sneak away to Four Seasons Costa Rica at  Peninsula Papagayo for some much needed R&R. I didn’t realize how easy it would be to get from Houston to Costa Rica, a 3 hour flight and a quick cab ride from the airport to the property. This trip is the perfect spot for a long weekend (US direct flights locations listed below), but if I had my kids in tow we would have stayed for a lot longer.

The resort sits atop the Papagayo Peninsula, one of the prettiest pieces of property I’ve seen, with a beach on both sides of the resort. The view from our canopy suite was an awesome mix of terrain, monkeys were actually hanging out in the trees just outside our window, and the ocean.  Four Seasons Papagayo is the place to be for eco-adventure–kayaking, repelling, hiking, paddle boarding, surfing, snorkeling, the list goes on. The excursions available through the resort kept the adventure seeker in Bret happy and the incredible spa and chill beach ambiance was perfection for me.

There’s truly something for everyone at Four Seasons Costa Rica, including our kids. The resort operates with kids in mind, from wagons full of beach toys, to stools in each of the restrooms (if you have a toddler you feel me on this perk!) to castle tents in the guest bedrooms, this place is kid heaven. I can’t wait to come back with my entire family later this year.

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Costa Rica Travel Guide | Four Seasons Costa Rica at Papagayo

When to go | The best time to visit Costa Rica is from mid-December to April (the dry season)

Direct flights from | Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Minneapolis, Chicago, Washington D.C., Boston, New York, Newark, Atlanta and Miami

What to pack | See this post for packing ideas

What to do | Right on the Four Seasons property you can golf, spa, paddle board, kayak and more. There so many activities right at your fingertips, you could stay for weeks and no day would look the same. Water sports, fishing, hiking, golf, day trips for surfing in Tamarindo, Costa Rica’s #1 surf camp, or the active volcano at Arenal, ATV rides, repelling, the list goes on.

Where to eat | The restaurants on the resort property were all so fabulous. We had a special chef’s table dinner at Cena Sociale with 7 course tasting including wine pairing. The food and wine were amazing, one of the best meals I’ve ever  had. Even cooler, was the experience. Our table was in the actual kitchen directly in front of the serving line, so we got to see the chef’s in action, very exciting!

Kid friendly | Yes! The resort is great for kids, including guest suites that will hold multiple families

Stroller friendly | The resort is very hilly, but there are concrete paths that are stroller friendly. The Four Seasons also provides a shuttle service to all guests, so it was easy to get around the resort via golf cart, as well.

Outfit details (photos above) | Mara Hoffman cover up | Mara hoffman bikini top | Target bikini bottom | beach hat | J. Crew sandal | Bauble bar earrings | Lizzie Fortunato clutch

Trina turk maxi dress with gold neckline detail | Prada sandals, similar here | clutch, similar (under $100) steal here and splurge here

*This post was brought to you in collaboration with Four Seasons Costa Rica. Thank you for supporting the brands and businesses that make L. Avenue possible.

 

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

Friday Five | Scarves & Sweets

April 21, 2017
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I’m sort of obsessed with scarves. For someone who is cold natured but lives in a hot, humid city like Houston, it’s the perfect thing to keep on hand.

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image via Gal Meets Glam

So, you can imagine my intrigue when the necktie trend took off. I got my first in San Francisco when I fell in love with a spin-off of the classic bandana pattern in a forest green, pale pink and marigold colorway.

Here’s even more reason to feel good about the neck-tie trend.

I wore a yellow denim jacket as a bright addition to my Easter ensemble. Apparently, it’s the it color of spring, so I can’t wait to stock up on more.

My best friend found herself in a similar spot I did last year where she felt her job was robbing her of a great deal of daily joy. I feel fortunate enough to have found my dream job, and she just did too! Fill out this questionnaire to guide you toward yours.

Some of my best writing stints have been spurred by traveling to new cities. As summer approaches, plan a trip and perhaps you’ll find that putting pen to paper never felt so natural.

The name Elisabeth Epperson, a blonde baking blogger, will be one to know sooner rather than later.

Have the best weekend. X

Fashion, Featured

casual black dress

April 19, 2017

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Everybody needs to dress that saves you when you have no time to think about what to wear. You know, the dress that never leaves the place that you throw all of your clothes on (for me it’s a chair in my bedroom) since you keep re-wearing it. Because well, it’s just that easy. And cute! I recently scored this spring’s version of my no-time-to-get-dressed- little black shirt dress at Monkee’s. I “accidentally” wore mine 4 times last week. I also love it with these sneakers.

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outfit details | Paige dress here and here and here in olive | Joie sandal | Jade Tribe bag similar here and here | hat similar here and hereTom Ford sunglasses

Photos by Traci Ling

Fashion, Featured

Victoria Beckham for Target

April 19, 2017

Do y’all get as excited as I do when a top designer and fashion icon is collaborating with Target? Recently, my favorite Spice Girl Victoria Beckham, debuted her collection. The line features women’s, girls and toddler apparel and activity books for kids. The collection is full of rich colors and bold prints – sure to brighten anyone’s look this spring. I will say these items are going fast, so if you have your eye on something get it while you can. Shop a few of L. Avenue’s favorite picks here, including this adorable pastel bomber jacket/short set…

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