I’m currently bike riding along Venice Beach with two college besties en route to the adorable Rose Café. I can’t wait for this getaway to start my summer refreshed for all the fun that’s in store. Here are some weekend reads to help you get into R&R mode, especially all you moms who deserve it most.
If you can’t get to California any time soon, here are five spots to taste wine that aren’t Napa.
In my world, wedding season seems to be year-round. Still, with back-to-back weddings coming up, they’re more on my mind than ever. This Friday, I’ve rounded up five links on one of my favorite festivities:
These iconic dresses still influence those of today. Whose your favorite?
Laura Mercier’s caviar stick is perfect to tuck into your clutch for a reception make-up touch up. But it now; the best colors sell out fast.
It’s almost the new year and time to stock up on some staples that Santa didn’t bring me. Just because Christmas is over, plaid is still rad for another couple of months and I’m eyeing this skirt and this button down. I also just added this striped sweater to my cart, it’s relaxed fit is perfect for hiding my post baby tummy. And speaking of post baby, I’m abusing dry shampoo a lot these days so a new winter hat will definitely help hide the bedhead. I’m still loving lace-up flats and this leopard pair is a steal and will go with everything in your closet. If I didn’t live in tropical-ville I would totally opt in for this gorgeous wool trench. You won’t find a chic winter coat of this caliber at this price. Ever. I can, however, justify this cute wool hat and scarf combo for the second the temps fall below 65 in Houston. New year, new iPhone case and this metallic leather case has a holder for your credit card–perfect for times when you don’t feel like schlepping a big bag for a quick Starbucks run. If you still haven’t found a little something special for NYE, express ship this velvet cami in a hurry! And after way too many cookies I plan to finally get back into the gym again in 2017 sporting these workout leggings.
Ok, this gift guide may be a little self serving….it’s “for her.” You know the special ladies in your life–Mom, sisters, wives, girlfriends, etc. And maybe a little something for you too! And thanks to Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales (find our sale round-up here!) most of these gems are on sale!
Some of the things I pulled into this guide I own, some are at the top of my wish list and others are just tried and true great gifts! I hope you enjoy and forward on to anybody looking for a little gift giving inspo.
As far as GREAT gifts go, this Madewell tote is a no brainer. My friends ask me to send gift ideas to their hubby’s every year (this gift guide might be a great hint for your hubs!) and the Madewell tote has been requested a lot over the years! You can never go wrong with the gift of beauty and this lip gloss set is one of my faves. I’m also obsessed with Tom Ford lipstick (not featured in photo below) which is splurge which is why it makes a great gift, since I’m not as inclined to buy it for myself as often. Pink Dusk is my go-to shade and I swear it looks good on every single one of my friend’s who have borrowed a little swipe from me. Also, a new pair of on trend kicks is a great gift and these Adidas sneaks are having a major fashion moment.
And as far as gifts on my list this year, the Dyson hair dryer is getting a lot of hype. We bought one for my mother-in-law for her birthday and I’m super envious of this newest technology in the hair world. Also topping my list, a new pair of wellies, this light pink pair is a new color although I don’t yet own any Hunter boots and am kind of inclined to go for classic red! I’m always on the hunt for new sunnies and this pair looks so chic.
I’ve never been one to storm the department stores on Black Friday; however, I am a huge advocate for small business Saturday. My bias may come from working for one, Biscuit Home, but I’ve always weighed my shopping experience heavily, thus I tend to prefer beautiful displays, curated products and getting the inside scoop on the people and passion behind small brands. So, here’s my favorite around Houston…
Baanou – The most recent addition to our small business circle of this list, Baanou is located in the new River Oaks District. And I fell for this blue tweed knee-lengh vest as I’ve found Houston winter to by idyllic for vests.
Indulge – Tucked behind beloved Tiny Boxwoods, this small home goods and linen shop has expanded into the cutest French clothing shop. I just got these there and may have to gift these Les Toiles du Soleil bags for all the trips to parties with bottles of wine and to and from the supermarket during the holiday season.
Brooke Feather -This clothing store draws its inspires from the West Coast, but we’re so glad it’s right here in Houston at the River Oaks Shopping Center. Carrying Jerome Dreyfuss bags, Koch clothing, and elegant jewels by Anne Sisteron, you’ll find something for every girl on your list.
Paris Texas – As for the guys, head to the new brick and mortar store for the Paris Texas Apparel. Made popular from their famous Southern tie prints, they’ve expanded into barware and leather goods, ideal for gifting to all the guys in your life.
Cuteheads– One of Lyndsey’s favorite clothing brands for her girls, is making clothing right here in Houston. We’ve collaborated with Cuteheads over the years here and here.
And last but certainly not least, a few of our small business favorites from around the web….
BURU– We are so lucky to call BURU’s founder, Morgan Hutcheson, a dear friend. She started a shopping destination focused on chic clothing for mamas during pregnancy, breastfeeding and well beyond from the carpool to cocktails. And with 3 kiddos under age 5, Lyndsey’s utilized BURU’s latest and greatest on the reg. Not to mention, Morgan just launched her own clothing line which has been wildly popular since it’s washable, inexpensive and always on trend, I might add. Check out these amazing holiday outfits, all under $200!
Mignonne Gavigan– Mignonne Gavigan, has been an accessories favorite of ours consistently on L. Avenue over the years. We love Mignonne’s signature scarf necklace (on sale!) and wish we could have one in every color. Statement earrings are also Mignonne’s jam and we’ve rocked this pair a lot lately. Stay tuned because we’re giving a lucky reader this pair during our “7 days if gift-aways” in a few weeks.
Freshly Picked-I’ve loved watching Susan Peterson build the Freshly Picked business into the cult favorite brand it is today. Check out the FP Marketplace on her website which highlights/sells goods from her favorite small businesses too which we love love love— Koko’s Nest, Hazel Village, Sproutling + C0, Madeline’s Box, The Posh Society, Bannor Toys and Covered Goods.
Speaking of shopper experience, there’s nothing quite as seamless as surfing online for all the sales that come on Cyber Monday. The only thing that can get in your way is that big, bad SOLD OUT sign, which is preventable if you prepare in advance on Sunday. Stay tuned for that then. Thanks!
I’m hitting up the Shopbop sale early (cart is full now) and often. Their gift guide is one of my favorites on the web this year and let’s not forget a little “one for you, one for me” because holiday parties are just around the corner too.
Christmas Party Dresses
Other Festive Frocks
Nordstrom: Extra 20% off sale items & Designer Clearance = 40% off!!
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.
Hey guys! Tons of y’all have sent me messages about intel on the Shopbop Friends & Family sale and I wanted to be the first to inform you that it’s finally here!! So here’s what’s on my list to knock out now before the craziness of fall/holidays is here. In like 2.5 seconds.
These over-the-knee boots are already a great price and then on sale. They remind me of the cult favorite pair by Stuart Weitzman but a fraction of the price. Speaking of Stuart Weitzman, I might have to splurge on these loafers. I’ve been searching high and low for a pair and these are the coolest I’ve come across.
This bootie is in my shopping cart. I love the color and price and it’s just a no brainer in terms of how much you will wear these gems.
Sneakers are all the rage and Golden Goose the brand that celebs, bloggers and chicks who are into fashion are gravitating to. They are for sure a splurge so if you’re going all in, get them on sale now. I love this neutral pair and this statement pair.
Brands-MY NEW FAVORITE LABEL I’m in all caps about Cinq a Sept. This label is soo good. I want one of everything. At the top of the list, this top. I think it’s super versatile and can be worn super dressy or dressed down with a blazer and pumps. This dress comes in both black and white, it’s so classic, sexy and sophisticated. Swoon….
Statement sleeve–I love the flared sleeve on this sweater, yet another big fall trend
This book captures the 100 greatest moments in Vogue history, so of course it caught my attention.
These nesting trays are a perfect stocking stuffer for your mom or sister or girlfriend. I love pretty trays that I can put on my vanity or around the house as accent decor. This gold set is pretty great too.
Self Portrait is still all the rage when it comes to dressing for the occasion. This dress is my favorite although my post-baby bod won’t be able to rock it this December. This top would be fabulous with a skinny leather pant.
Hey y’all! LZ here. I’m filling in for Miss Molly, who has been rocking the Friday 5 lately. So what’s on tap for the weekend?! My sister, Sasha, is coming to HTX tonight and I’m counting down the hours until she’s here. I’m looking forward to some QT with her filled with pool time, yummy food and lots of belly laughs. She happens to be one of the funniest humans I know. Cheers to a fabulous holiday weekend!
Oh, and let me lure your shopping tendencies with 5 sales you can’t miss this Labor Day…
Intermix | Take an extra 40% off sale items | I, for one do not adhere to the no white denim after Labor Day rule. Love this boyfriend and this flare. This cape dress is fabulous. Loving this black and white plaid blouse. I’ve seen a lot of this bright pink for fall and think you could rock this with suede booties or sandals well into fall. These Rag&Bone suede heels are a steal. I want, I want, I want. The lace-up flat is huge yet again and this pair is the perfect fall go-with-everything shoe. I’m accessorizing with scarves every chance I get this fall, this fall floral is too good to pass up.
Ralph Lauren | Spend and Save $ with code LABOR| Calling all of my ladies constantly on the go, check out this polished performance active wear collection by RL. These Harem pants and cool contrast legging have your name written all over them. I’m channeling this quilted vest for my weekend errand runs. Despite the toasty weather, bundling up in this poncho has me dreaming of fall and the change of seasons. Although this baby is not included in the sale, I’ve got this adorable army green wrap skirt on my mind. Did I mention it’s reversible AND water proof? What more could this Mommy ask for?