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Friday Five | Freaky Friday

January 13, 2017

It’s Friday the 13th! Piggybacking off my post on resolutions last week, I want to talk fear today. I think there’s two camps of people when we start a new year: those fearful of what the future might bring and those excited to take it on. Funny enough, the same nerves that manifest fear and anxiety within you also create excitement. So, the next time fear comes knocking, channel that energy into excitement. I’ve rounded up five articles that touch on something a lot of us fear in hopes that they inspire you to embrace these things rather than shy away in 2017.

new places :: I’m heading to San Francisco for the first time next month, but I’m all intrigued by places much unlike my own like Africa, Australia and India.

hosting a dinner party :: Cara of Caramelized gives you no excuse to not host the next dinner party. Her Supper Club subscription gives you all the tools you need; all you need’s the guest list.

resting :: My dear friend Jessi opens up about her dire need for rest, despite this generation continually competing for busier schedules.

the future :: If you haven’t made any resolutions for this year, look ahead to 2018. Apparently, that’s what we all should have done.

a blank slate :: Creative director of Houston’s Biscuit Home, Bailey McCarthy, makes ‘slexy’ the new chic in her House Beautiful feature for the annual ‘Before and After’ issue.

Here’s to no fear this year!

Molly Bridget of Bridget’s Own Diary

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Friday Five | Word Resolutions

January 6, 2017


In reflecting on 2016 and resolving for 2017, I decided to come up with three words that defined the past year and three I wanted to shape this one. So, today’s Friday Five features articles to inspire my efforts toward those: better care, vaster knowledge and greater commitment in 2017.

Care :: I’m on board for the January Whole 30 alongside my co-worker and blogging bestie. I hope I’m like Amanda from this article, and I learn a lot about myself by day 30.

Knowledge :: I’m digging deep into my make-up bag, removing the trash and adding treasures. First things first: this magical, mineral primer. I’ll be focusing on one product a month; I’d love to know your favorite finds.

Pardon My French is my new favorite podcast, and this episode, where my favorite Frenchie, Garance Doré, interviews Aussie Elle McPherson is the latest and greatest. lesson from Elle on embracing beauty from the inside out:

When a woman smiles, she’s more beautiful and that comes from the inside. When her skin is good, because she’s eating well, that comes from the inside and it shows. When you’re a person who is happy in your life and motivated and inspired, it really shows on the outside. You can put as much creme on as you want, but if you’re miserable, it’s not going to make you beautiful!

With switching jobs and moving out last year, it was hard to break down my budget. In a more stable place now, I’m breaking down my budget and turning to guides like this one.

Commitment :: There’s overlap here, of course. Ultimately, my commitment to these habits daily, weekly or whatever it may be will have me looking back this December feeling as though these words did define 2017. Here are some good habits we all could have.

If you could define this year in three words, what would they be?

Molly Bridget of Bridget’s Own Diary

Friday Five, Gifts

Friday Five | My Wish List

December 9, 2016

If your inbox resembles mine at all, you’ve been inundated with gift guides galore. And if you’re anything like me, you’ve found yourself diverting from your original goal of getting gifts for your people and instead, pinning the perfect things for you.

So, today, I’m listing five things I told Santa I’d like in 2016:

luggage :: My mom has two styles of Bric’s Bellagio luggage, and I’ve always thought they were beautiful. I’d like my own–the carry-on spinner trunk size–in this gorgeous blue cognac.

slides :: The new flat alternative didn’t really pique my interest until I laid eyes on these pink suede ‘Kiltie’ loafers by Jeffrey Campbell exclusively carried by Anthro.

camo :: Two years ago, I was on the hunt (pun intended) for stylish camo gear I could wear even when I wasn’t huddled up in a blind. Now, the neutral print is everywhere, so I’m getting more selective. I like how subtle the camoflauge is on these Rag & Bone pants.

gold :: My Macbook has stayed with me since senior year of high school, so I usually stick to browsing blogs on my iPhone. I’d love a bigger surface to see all my favorite sites, and I think this gold iPad air 2 would do me and my eyeballs just right.

scarf :: In a light wool, this colorful CJW scarf is ‘everything.’ Literally. Seek and you shall find a few of my favorite things like bagel and lox and a glass half full of Pinot Noir.

Two weekend countdown before Christmas is here! Enjoy the merriment while it lasts.

Molly Bridget of Bridget’s Own Diary

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Friday Five | Stay Sane

November 18, 2016

Skip the stress this Christmas season. While dubbed the “most wonderful time of the year,” so many of us struggle to say sane in the midst of all the merriment. So, with less than a week before turkey time, here’s five links on how to stay sane this year:

keep exercising :: Don’t let a packed holiday schedule interfere with your exercise regiment. Run for 30 minutes! Though the time may seem more valuable spent otherwise, that half hour release will actually help you sort through the thoughts scrambling in your head.

heathy eating, boiled down :: Don’t get bogged down by “nevers, only and always” when it comes to dieting. Indulge in the items you actually crave during the Christmas season and pass on the rest. Read this researcher’s reasonable rules for healthy habits year-round to apply to the holidays.

soak up me time :: I straddle the introvert/extrovert spectrum, but I still think I tip slightly toward an introvert, so I’ll be sure to set aside time to recharge my social batteries between engagements. When I do, I’ll be diving into this book by Donald Miller.

party hardy :: But, while you’re at those festivities, make the most of ’em. After all, they only come once a year, so learn something from the people you love or better yet the strangers you’re meeting. See these tips for small talk.

three things :: And finally, three easy ways to just feel good so that these jolly, merry days actually feel that way. during the jolliest, merriest time of all.

-Molly Bridget of Bridget’s Own Diary

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Friday Five | All the Feels

November 11, 2016

imagining ways to elevate my everyday wardrobe with evening pieces like a bag or piece by Mignonne Gavigan // photo c/o Being Bridget

My nephew/niece count will reach a dozen at the start of the new year. My sister-in-law is due in January, so she’s having a sprinkle soon to celebrate her first daughter. I’m giving her this book (spoiler alert, sis!), thus the inspiration for this installment of the Friday Five:

sadness :: Famous figures speak their peace on dealing with depression, and there’s an overwhelming consensus that being sad–in some ways–feels good and like a release while being depressed feels numb and like nothing.

glamorous :: Always a girl in pearls, I finally found a proper evening bag to bring to weddings and special occasions in the summer, winter and seasons in between.

cool :: A fellow Texas blogger named Bridget’s got that je ne sai quoi.

love :: A college friend’s older sister reached out to request a flower from each of her close friends to make a friendship bouquet. It’s acts like these that make kindness karma go round.

impressed :: I visited the Degas exhibit at MFAH last night and was wowed by his portrayal of movement, preparation and performance. Dallas is rivaling it with a Monet exhibit: which impressionist do you prefer?

Enjoy your start to the weekend!

Molly Bridget of Bridget’s Own Diary

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Friday Five | Fall Bucket List

November 4, 2016
hoping my calligraphy class will set me up for success for setting the table on Thanksgiving

hoping my calligraphy class will set me up for success when setting the Thanksgiving table

It’s November, and there are new people in this world, notably Lyndsey’s baby. Her hands will be very literally full, so I’m savoring this admittedly selfish time in my life where I can go out and about with WD, friends, family and just me. So, today’s Friday Five features my Fall bucket list.

TO FIND :: a colored heel (like this jade pump or oxblood mary jane) to go with a simple holiday party dress

TO WRITE :: thank you notes (pretty paper please!) to the people I’m grateful for but won’t be with on November 24th to tell them so 

TO WATCH :: a showing of Lost in Translation at Market Square’s at their monthly outdoor movie feature 

TO MAKE :: the perfect mac & cheese, starting here — get your spoons ready

TO LEARN :: calligraphy, courtesy of A Fine Flourish for the fanciest Thanksgiving placeholders

Here’s fifteen classic fall recipes for all my foodies to make. Enjoy this fall Friday!

Molly Bridget of Bridget’s Own Diary

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Take the time to waste a moment | The big 3-5

October 28, 2016

I’m 35 today. That’s a LOT of candles. 040almarosa

| Take the time to waste a moment |

When I was 27, single and traveling 24/7 working on a Presidential campaign I didn’t foresee a husband and 3 kids at 35. A LOT has happened in the past 8 years that’s for sure. My Mom always told me my 30’s would be my best years. They have certainly been the most major of years in my life, a husband and almost three kids later. I look back over my 30’s so far and if I can take one thing away for the next 5 it’s to slow the F down and enjoy it all a little bit more. It’s not naturally in my DNA to do this. I didn’t realize it until I was talking to Leighton’s teacher about her personality and her feedback was exactly what I’d seen written on my report cards year over year. In so many words, lighten up! People see a fun, outgoing exterior but at the end of the day, I’m pretty intense and overly focused; Serious about being a good mom and wife to a fault that I dwell on my own shortcomings way too much. And serious about doing things in this word productivity wise—being successful in business, making money, contributing to my church and community. It’s exhausting and it’s time to slow my roll. Say yes to less. Take the time to waste a moment.  And while I’m at it, enjoy the moment. Put the phone down. Nothing is that important that it can’t wait a few more minutes. This new mantra might not help my punctuality though. Oh well.

Wow, I really got off on a tangent there guys. I’m sure most of you have already clicked to the next thing on the internet by now so I’m probably just talking to me (and maybe my Grandma who reads this blog religiously). Anyhoo…’s to the next 5 years that make up what I will probably look back on as the best years ever.


All coffee talk aside, it wouldn’t be a birthday on L. Avenue without a wish list. Since it’s Friday, I’ll give y’all my Friday 5 ultimate birthday wish list.

top photo by Candid Chic

bottom photo by Traci Ling | my dress by Emilia Wickstead, shoes Jimmy Choo | kids dresses by Lullaby Set


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Friday Five | Get Well Soon

October 21, 2016

rainbow brunch at Houston’s Pondicheri :: beet pancakes and fresh squeezed OJ all day

At work, we’ve started a wellness challenge to put our best foot forward before we press rewind as we fa-la-la-la-la through the holiday festivities. So, today, the Friday Five is broken down into the five categories we’re competing with each other (and mostly ourselves) on daily:

Step It Up :: Reach 10,000 steps.

Never have I ever had a FitBit, so I’m finding out the hard way how difficult it is to hit the recommended ten thousand steps a day. These 13 tips should help, starting with shopping a little more and parking farther from the store!

Heartbeat High :: Increase your heart rate for 20 minutes.

My personal goal is to go to a workout class three times a week. I’ve found my favorite instructor at my gym, which I’ve found to be a game-changer in motivating me to show up. If you don’t have a gym membership, here’s ways to shake up your exercise routine.

Waterlogged :: Drink a gallon of water.

What I’m finding even harder is to guzzle a gallon of water a day. Read this honest testament about how more water makes for more energy and fewer face blemishes.

0% Alcohol :: Consume zero alcohol. 

What helps increase my water intake is decreasing my alcohol consumption. But, when I need a change of pace, I reach for things like prickly pear Kombucha at Local Foods. Its fuchsia color few me to the fermented drink, so here’s why we should all indulge in the most colorful foods.

How Sweet Homecookin’ :: No eating out allowed. 

No UberEatsing or Favoring fast food for us; we’re prepping all our meals at home, people. Here’s how the girls at Cupcakes + Cashmere make their favorite restaurant meals at home. I can’t wait to try to copy the Sway Thai‘s Tom Kha Gai now that it’s cold outside.

Join us if you’re so inclined, but keep in mind, we push the pause button for Friday and Saturday. We’ll reset Sunday, so treat yourself. It’s the weekend!

-Molly Bridget of Bridget’s Own Diary

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Friday Five | Shopbop Sale Favorites

October 14, 2016

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When I really fleshed out my blog and added several pages devoted to all the parts of my “diary,” style was one of them. I called it my ‘Closet‘ and upon clicking, you’d find what I had freshly hung. I’ve taken about a four-year long hiatus from updating this, but in a dream world, I’d get back in my groove. Goals for 2017, I suppose. So, for today’s Friday Five, I’m showing you what I’ve got my eye on from the Shopbop sale.

Miss New Bootie :: I ordered a pair of Joie booties off a flash sale site months ago, but I’m now in decision crisis mode after being tempted by the Rag & Bone pair that rarely go on sale.

For Formal Affairs :: With wedding season in full swing (starting this weekend here in Houston!), I need a pretty place to stow my cell phone, some cash and lip gloss. This DVF clutch goes great with the LBD you’ll wear all winter and the sparkly number you’ll have on by New Years Eve.

High Neck :: Instead of the plunging necklines seen all over red carpets and runways these day, I much prefer making a statement with a high neckline. I finds it flatters the collar bone and shoulders; not to mention, it’s much easier to deal with. This cerulean blue romper would do me right on a Houston winter night.

On Trend :: Since working for an interior designer, I’ve developed an affinity for all the fabrics, so I’m very on board for the velvet trend. These would satisfy my craving for a fun-colored pump and I wish I had snagged these navy slip-ons navy before they sold out of my size.

Blending In :: Hunting season is here! Something I thought I’d never say. My boyfriend has given me buck fever, and I can’t wait to head to South Texas as soon as the temperatures drop. Until then, I’ll be sporting camouflage on my feet with these Rag & Bone sneaks.

Don’t miss out!

Molly Bridget of Bridget’s Own Diary

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Friday Five | Entertainment Edition

September 30, 2016


When given the choice between a computer or television screen, I’d make do with my Mac any day. But, since starting a full-time job, I’ve been reminded of how relaxing it can be to sit in front of a television set and enter a new world. So, today, I give you the entertainment edition of the Friday Five, full of the things I’m enjoying in hopes that you might, too.

What I’m reading :: My book club met Wednesday night to discuss You’ll Grow Out of It, a refreshing comedy by Jessi Klein who covers the complete gamut of relatable guilty pleasures for girls like Anthropologie and The Bachelor.  Next up is The Thousandth Floor, authored by Katharine McGee, my good friend’s sister, so I’d read it regardless of the fact that it made the New York Times bestseller list.

TV I’m tuning into :: William and I just finished HBO’s The Night Of. We were wary of the ending as more than a few friends said it was unsatisfying. Turns out, I loved it start to finish and highly recommend it.


the heavenly honeymooning in Menorca c/o @chaneldror‘s feed

Who I’m following :: This weekend starts my wedding marathon which won’t settle until February. I’m excited to see how my friends and family style their festivities, taking mental notes for my own. I’m off to a good start, spending a good chunk of last weekend screenshotting photos from former co-worker, Chanel’s, wedding. Follow @chaneldror or #jetaimetarlo to sneak a peek inside their chateau wedding weekend for aaall the amour feels.

What I’m listening to :: I’ve had Tove Lo’s Say It on repeat ever since it was the anthem of The Hamptons. Also loving this song.

Movies I’m watching :: The oldies – classed Casablanca off my list (inspired by my Insta), then fast-forwarded to Say Anything, an 80s flick Say Anything and most recently watched Richard Gere and Winona Ryder in Autumn in New York, filmed in 2000. I hope to find a recent gem for me and W to watch tonight. Recs welcome!

Have a great weekend.

Molly Bridget of Bridget’s Own Diary

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