Hello! It’s been awhile. Just as I am trying to savor this season of being engaged, I try to treasure all the different seasons of the year for what they are. January–as we all know–is one to reflect and resolve. If you have yet to set any intentions for 2018, here are a few ideas with instructions on how to execute.
I can’t believe my baby boy is 1 already. He’s officially entering toddler-land with lots of new tricks daily. We’re working on transitioning him from the bottle to the sippy cup, which has been quite the challenge because this boy loves his bottles. My friend passed down all of her blue sippy cups (only pink in our house until now!) and he’s doing the best with this one by Dr. Browns. I love it because it doesn’t leak and is small enough to travel around with. It also measures ounces so we still know how much fluid he’s getting daily. We also never leave home without a snack–the “organic” cheese puffs are the current favorite (I may or may not steal Jack’s snacks on the reg!) and the Dr. Brown’s snacking containers have been a life saver when on the go!
What are your favorite toddler age products? It’s been 3 years since I’ve had a young toddler, so I’d love to know what you can’t live without these days!
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When one of my favorite Texas brands, Jon Hart, reached out to collaborate with L. Avenue I was stoked. I’ve been gifting Jon Hart koozies, dop kits and all things special and monogrammed for years. I love the craftsmanship behind this high quality travel and accessory line. Jon Hart has products ranging from keychains to make-up and jewelry cases to duffle bags and suitcases. And did I mention the ultra durable canvas comes in an array of colors – pink, blue, orange, moss green, lavender black and camo to name a few.
Recently, I’ve also made a few “for me” purchases from this favorite brand. I finally pulled the trigger on a new travel makeup bag because Ive been known to travel with a zip lock bag for my make-up, no joke. I also snagged the day tripper bag and Im loving the size, perfect for a quick one or two night stay. It also makes a great new mom diaper bag! The reason I say “new mom” is because there’s ample space for the overpacking us new mamas tend to do with the first kid. By the third I’m running out of the house with a diaper and paci jammed inside. Ha!
Speaking of motherhood, one of the best parts about my work with Jon Hart is I got to shoot with my children. We had the best time talking with the Jon Hart team about the holidays, family traditions and all things fashion and motherhood. Here’s a little video recap if you’d like to see!
Need any last minute gift ideas for those special people in your life? Well, Amazon Prime can have it to by Friday and in some instances is even offering Free One Day Shipping.
For Women: I’m really wanting a fur clutch. I don’t know why as it isn’t very practical and I can’t carry it year round, but I love this statement black fox fur clutch for the holiday and winter months. I think it is the perfect pop of pizazz! Speaking of statement bags this Milly clutch and this glitter eyelash one are so festive to rock at your NYE party. I have a fur shrug that I’ve worn a lot during the winter and haven’t seen many that I like, but this black fox one is beautiful and maybe unexpected surprise under the tree. Not to mention, a really good price for a real fur shrug. Still searching for a NYE party dress? This sequin Self Portrait dress is stunning ear while ringing in 2018!
For Men: This cashmere 3/4 zip sweater is a perfect layering piece for any man. Bret wears a pullover a lot during the cooler months as it is much easier than carrying around a jacket. I don’t think men get as cold as women. Ha. I’m equally loving this cashmere crewneck style, as well. I love giving crazy socks and this 3-pack of Paul Smith socks are a perfect stocking stuffer. If you are traveling anywhere cold this holiday season you can stock your guy’s stocking with this North Face beanie and a pair of waterproof gloves for those snowy vacations.
In case you’re hosting this holiday, we’ve teamed up with the fabulous Marcia, of Smart in the Kitchen, to bring y’all some easy, deicious appetizers and cocktails! When I think of the holidays I think bubbly so a festive champagne cocktail is right up my alley. We made this prosecco pomegranate spritz recipe for a dinner party the other night and it was a hit! I’m hosting an ornament party later this week and think I’ll try the pomegranate and cranberry sangria recipe, which is a great recipe for a larger crowd.
Baked brie is also one of my go-to’s for Christmas and Marcia’s version is my favorite yet. The Meyer lemon cranberry sauce is to die for! I love having something sweet to set out for guests (or me!) and this Peppermint bark is a simple sweet treat. It’s been tempting me this entire holiday season. I have some family members who are gluten free so I’m going to make this GF apple crisp recipe for Christmas dinner. Now I think I’ll go have a snack because just writing this post is making me hungry. Cheers to you and yours!!
When the team at Dazzling Decor asked us to style one of their bar carts, it was a no brainer for today’s holiday entertaining post. I love the mix of gold, glass and luxe green marble on this gorgeous piece. I’ve always wanted one for my home, but never found the perfect spot for one. I love how today’s bar cart turned out, it’s functional as a spot for cocktails and appetizers and looks so festive and chic!
Details| bar cart, gold rocks glasses, coasters, candle and serving trays are all courtesy of Dazzling Decor in Houston. Be sure to follow this fabulous spot for all things interiors on Instagram!
My dress is by Saloni, Marcia’s necklace is Ranjana Khan, both carried at Tootsies.
‘Twas the week before Christmas, and so many of us are still in need of those small gifts that snuck up on us. Whether it’s the hostess with the mostess or someone that just deserves a little something for being good to you, here are five ideas we’re loving for this week’s Friday Five.
There’s such a stark contrast in the moods of this season. There’s the hurriedness of shopping for all your people, throwing and going to dinner parties and wrapping up all the loose ends of your year.
December is in full swing which means…..Ugg season is finally in Houston! I love nothing more than to break out my cozy knits and boots this time of year. I decided to update my Uggs this season and found this pair at Bloomindales, a chic take on the classic Ugg.
I’m sooooo excited about today’s giveaway with my favorite accessory designer, Mignonne Gavigan. We’re giving away two pair of earrings to two lucky winners–the perfect statement piece for your holiday outfits! You can enter by simply leaving us your email address here, or enter through Instagram here.