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.
When it comes to holiday decorating, which team are you on? Team get it up early and enjoy it for months or team first things first, let’s get through Halloween and maybe even Thanksgiving. Mostly because I’m a procrastinator, I belong on the latter group. But this year on L. Avenue, we’re swinging early and often.
Because it’s our goal to bring y’all useful gift guides, style ideas and decorating inspiration, today’s as good a day as any to get the ball rolling. And because next week is Thanksgiving (OMG, what?!), even if your sporting the wait til’ after Turkey Day team colors, by the time you figure out your holiday decorating plans, it’ll be high time to trim the tree!
Here are a few of our favorite Christmas decorations from around the web.
A few of the things that made the list, I actually own. I break out the Williams Sonoma kitchen towels in red and green stripe every year. They are my favorite and add a little festive cheer to mundane kitchen cleaning chores. I also own Williams Sonoma’s plaid coffee mugs and even bought the girls a set for their version of coffee (chocolate milk!). Plaid mug coffee talk has now become a fun Christmas tradition of ours.
When it comes to decorating my house, there are two things I love to collect. The Nambe manger scene is one. My mother-in-law gifted this to me last Christmas and I love it. You can add a piece to the collation each year, but I love this grouping as a starter set. A great gift idea for someone you buy for every year. Like your mother-in- law. 🙂 I also recently started collecting these gorgeous Simon Pierce Christmas trees which look so pretty mixed in with small glass vases and Christmas stems on your table.
I’m hosting a few holiday parties this year and am planning to pull the trigger on these festive champagne flutes. And these cocktail napkins are so great. I tend to have more contemporary taste when it comes to things for the home but love mixing in more traditional pieces too. Especially around he holidays.
And I saved the best pick for last, as I’m all about snuggling up in this festive blanket with my new baby boy all season long!
Cheers to you and yours as we quickly approach the most wonderful time of the year!
little things, like looking up, can change your perspective on your week
As I added a coffee date with Lyndsey this morning to my calendar, I noted the charming ‘event name’ example text Google provides: “Breakfast At Tiffany’s.” It’s the little things that can make a big difference during your week. So, here’s some little links and things that made mine. Hopefully, yours too.
on-point design :: I’m heading to The Hamptons next weekend to put the ultimate exclamation mark on my summer. And I’m. So. Excited! While I plan to spend most of my time outdoors, I hope to scope out the modern interior of this hotel in Montauk.
future fantasizing :: My brother and soon-to-be sis-in-law are going to New Zealand for their honeymoon; my bestie and her fiancé are also crossing the Pacific to Thailand. Here several bloggers dish it out on their chosen destinations.
but also being present :: I’m nearly done withBread & Wineand can’t wait to start Present Over Perfect with a Bible study group. For all you moms about to enter the fall frenzy of back-to-school, packing lunches and pretending to be sane, this read might be for you too.
savoring the season :: I had aaaall of the summer things last night with almost aaall of my sisters: a watermelon cocktail, a peach burrata salad and an eggplant entrée. It was szechuan at State of Graceand and totally insane. Here’s some other delicious ways to serve eggplant.
planning ahead :: I’m also putting my white ensembles on heavy rotation before Labor Day hits, especially last weekend at White Linen Night in the Heights. But, my eyes are peeled for the winter ahead and having borrowed my mom’s black coat all last year, I figured it was time to invest in my own. Here she is, shipping to my doorstep soon! Maybe got these beauty booties too.
But since we’re clearly still in the midst of summer, get your hands on the bag of the season. Rest assured, it’ll carry you through next spring and summer, too. Or you’ll carry it, rather 🙂
It really feels like summer now, quite literally. Being cold natured, I welcome the hot Houston temperatures that come with this time of year. So, today I bring you five things from around the web that I identify with the season and have inspired me to make the most of it:
frozen treats :: Elevate the ultimate poolside treat, popsicles, with your cocktail of choice. Moscow Mule for me!
Hey guys! After a brief hiatus, I’m so excited to bring Mom Love Monday’s back to the blog. Today we’re talking kids clothes, mom clothes, gift ideas, and interior decor. Aggressive line-up for a Monday, right?! Let me explain. I was introduced to Rikshaw Design through their baby clothes and have since fallen in love with the rest of the line. Kind of like Starbucks, I originally eased into the coffee drinking waters with a frappuccino from time to time. Fast forward a few years (and a few kids) and I’m hitting the drive-thru for my morning latte and pumpkin bread for the kids, lunching on a tomato mozzarella sandwich in the carpool line and sometimes an afternoon iced green tea is an essential pick-me-up to make it though the day. Yep, I’m addicted. Like the ‘bucks, Rikshaw also does a lot of things really well and I keep coming back for more. I’m obsessed with the bright colors and bold block printed patterns. But more than anything my love is with Rikshaw’s fabrics. My kids have sensitive skin and their Rikshaw outfits are super soft, breathable and lightweight. Perfect for summers in Houston. And easy to pack for summer vacations. The outfits roll perfectly to occupy about as much room as a pair of socks, no joke.
Rikshaw also does bedding and nursery decor. I’m talking Pinterest-worthy, dream nurseries. (photos here) In a few months, we’re moving the girls into the same room and I’m obsessed with this pattern for their new bedroom. Also in the Rikshaw wheelhouse is baby gifts. A few of my go-to gifts are these blankets, bibs and hooded towels.
Have I worn you out yet?! Well, there’s more, so take a 5 second breather (hehe) and brace yourself for the rest. Rikshaw recently started designing women’s clothes and I’m a huge fan. Boho is so trendy this spring and this top is my preppy version of boho chic. Also, the most comfortable top I own. How cute would mixing these bright Rikshaw patterns be for a family photo?!
Be sure to head back to the blog tomorrow because we’re giving away my fun top so one lucky reader can start her Rikshaw clothing additiction for free!
Now that winter is finally in the rearview mirror, I’m super excited to bring y’all a springtime entertaining collaboration with one of my favorite home-goods lines, Azulina ceramics. So today wer’re celebrating spring (yippee!!) and, drum roll please….a big discount from Azulina exclusively for L. Avenue readers (wahoo!!). I’m such a big fan of this gorgeous hand painted dinnerware line. I bought an 8 piece ‘Clasico’ place setting at a charity auction and I’ve used it non-stop ever since. It’s so pretty and it’s practical too. It’s all dishwasher, microwave and oven safe, but still looks like something more special than your everyday dinnerware. Had this line been around when I got married, I totally would have registered for it (if Azulina isn’t in a store in your area, you can register online here).
It’s a priority of mine to support women entrepreneurs any chance I get. Azulina’s founder, Melissa, a Houstonian, moved to Colombia several years ago to pursue a career in natural resources investing when she stumbled on a small town with a 100+ year old ceramics making tradition. She fell in love with the colorful blue and white ceramics and decided to start a business aimed to support the artisanal tradition of hand-painted ceramics. As they say the rest is history and now we have these gorgeous ceramics available for the first time ever in the US, including Renovate, one of my new favorite ‘everything’ boutiques. And by everything, I’m talking the most amazing, curated selection of furniture, home accessories, gifts and so much more.
The blue and white pattern is so classic and looks great with white placemats and linens. I love the simplicity of these vases filled with individual flowers, which add a nice pop of color for springtime entertaining. A grouping of small vases still makes an impact but is much more budget friendly than a larger arrangement. I actually made friends with the florist at my grocery store who gives me a great deal on one-off flowers that fell out of bouquets or didn’t sell on their own. Kind of like the island of misfit toys, flower edition. These flower misfits are super stars at my house. 🙂
So, if y’all are as big a fan as I am, now’s your chance to shop Azulina for 20% off with code LAVENUE20 through Friday. And I’ll gladly be your dinner guest anytime. 😉
P.S. For all of you Texans out there, Melissa will be in Austin/Houston/Dallas early next month to introduce some new pieces to her line. She’s also partnering with other women entrepreneurs for a couple of fun pop-up shops that you won’t want to miss.
*April 9th, Location TBD in Austin, TX *April 11th 12-4pm Cuatro, Houston, TX *April 16th at a Private Residence in Dallas, *April 17-18th at The Common Desk in Dallas, TX.
To follow along or hear more about the events follow Azulina on Instagram.
Shop my entertaining staples from the photos in this post here!
I know I keep cheating on Thanksgiving over here, but my motives are genuine. I just want to get all of my favorite Chrtimasy things on your radar in time for the holiday season. Help me, help you! 😉 So today, I’m teaming up with Azulina Ceramics to bring you an awesome giveaway for the holiday entertainer in all of us. Azulina is a global home goods company, (based right here in H-town!) that specializes in gorgeous hand painted stoneware pottery that’s affordable and practical (dishwasher safe, microwave safe, etc.). I have this 8 piece table setting and use it on the reg. The blue & white pattern is classic, timeless and super versatile. I’ve used it for anything from an outdoor barbecue to a recent dinner party in our formal dining room. Today is the official launch for Azulina’s holiday collection, which is a the top of my Christmas wish list this year. To celebrate the launch, Monica from Classy & Fabulous and I are giving away their gorgeous Navidad trio serving platter. I plan to use mine for appetizers, dips, nuts and olives this holiday season. Enter here to win yours!! a Rafflecopter giveaway
How yummy do these vegetable birds nests look on the Navidad platter?!
Have you been caught cheating on Turkey Tom yet? I’m trying really hard to resist going full throttle into Christmas mode over here. How can I not with constant reminders from Santa and the elves via mail, the internet, TV, Instagram, etc. And half the neighborhood has their lights up already. My emotions are part excitement, part anxiety for the upcoming season. I’m keeping my pumpkins out until Turkey Day, but behind the scenes (aka my laptop) I might just be planning out this year’s holiday decor. The day we bring down the decoration boxes from the attic is almost as exciting as Christmas day if you ask me. Why not order a few things now so I’ll be ready to deck the halls in a few weeks. Don’t mind if I do! Silver, gold and glitter are calling my name….
This dress had me at vintage. I have to admit, I was pretty surprised to find that Tory Burch created this gem. Not that I don’t love TB, but it looked like it should have been handed down from my grandmother circa the 60’s. It took me from meetings to a girls dinner the other day and I received more compliments on it than any dress I’ve ever worn. (Besides the wedding dress, of course!) Did I mention it also has a detachable peter pan collar for some extra prep in your step? Let’s just say this is a dress that will endure the test of time and trends. And it’s 50% off right now, so go ahead and claim your vintage prize…