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Friday Five | Clichés

May 19, 2017
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Hi, everyone! I do my best to incorporate a well rounded list of links for those of you interested in all the things from interiors, food, wellness and whatever else. I hope you find something suited for you in today’s round-up.

  • A tear-jerking tale of a bride who received the best wedding gift of all is also a testament to how we should live our lives during the most important moments.
  • Your interior color story could say a lot about you. Mine’s yellow! What’s yours? 
  • I’ve been on Noble 31‘s email list to be the first to know when their first collection launches, so I wanted y’all to be filled in too. Their timeless tops are dreamt up by a team of sisters from Texas. Get one today! 
  • Clichés are cliché for a reason, and sometimes, the same holds true for tourist traps. These restaurant ones are actually worth it.
  • Stretching may be the new cycle, and it makes a lot of sense why.

Have a fantastic weekend!

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Friday Five | For the Moms

May 12, 2017
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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.

Rebecca Minkoff’s sample sale lasts through the weekend. Get a bag before the best ones are gone! My pick? This pastel pink guy. 

The breakfast of champions–eggs cooked in butter with a side of bacon–is believe it or not, good for you. Nutritionists explain why.

Here’s a case for no more homework, and it’s pretty convincing.

These kitchen windows will get you in the mood for al fresco dining starting now.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Friday Five | Popsicles & Pale Pink

May 5, 2017
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I’m taking a personal day to take care of all those things that seem to go by the wayside during the week and never seem to fit into a standard weekend. I hope you find some time for yourself too, and when you do, your online reads are ready for you!

The ballet pink in this line of bags is the perfect shade, and there’s a style for everyone.

Meet a memory-saving app that will have all the texts you intend to send sent in a timely manner.

One of these popsicle photo ops will be my new seasonal desktop and iPhone wallpapers for summer.

How attractive is Helen’s wine shop in LA?

According to this quiz, my favorite rom-com is The Wedding Planner. Find out yours!

Happy Cinco de Mayo weekend!

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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.

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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.

 

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spring break | beach getaway

February 21, 2017
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Spring break is just around the corner for school boys and gals, college kids and people like me, who will use any excuse even if it doesn’t technically apply to my life to book travel during the snoozefest that is winter. There’s something inside me that starts itching right around January 15th, after the craze of the holidays, and yearns for a trip to look forward to. This year it was a little harder than most to book travel given my new little bundle of joy. We were lucky enough to take a quick trip to Four Seasons Costa Rica last week though, for a quick 42 hours in heaven. I’ll be recapping our travel later this week, but for now here’s some beach travel outfit inspiration, in case you’re planning a spring break getaway. And if you’re not, book something right quick and thank me later.

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Beach getaway packing list

We only left for 42 hours (yes I counted!), which means packing should be pretty short, sweet and to the point right?! Truth be told, we both admitted that we overpacked because all you really only need is right here and nothing more.

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pool/beachside | Mara Hoffman swim top 20% off site-wide with code lavenue20| Target swim bottom | Mara Hoffman beach cover-up 20% off site-wide with code lavenue20| Mar Y Sol bag, also love this color | Eugenia Kim “currently offline” beach hat | sunglasses | Prada sandals, similar look here

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daytime | Piper top (in stores here), love this new line with beachy tops and dresses | cutoff jean shorts | J. Crew sandals | Bauble Bar earrings | Lizzie Fortunato bag {can be clutch or cross body | Ray Ban aviators

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after sunset |  Trina Turk maxi dress | clutch, similar here steal and splurge and here | Prada gold/white sandal, similar here | Lulu Frost earrings c/o Neiman Marcus  | Fendi sunglasses

 

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Friday Five | Live from San Francisco

February 17, 2017
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I'll be boozy brunching by the bay with my boyfriend in a few hours at the beautiful Leo's Oyster Bar.

Hi friends! This week has been–and will continue to be–a whirlwind in the best way. My best friend got married last weekend, my birthday followed that Monday, and I’m celebrating in San Fran starting today. So I hope you’ll indulge me for my all things travel Friday Five today.

I'll be boozy brunching by the bay with my boyfriend in a few hours at the beautiful Leo's Oyster Bar.

I’ll be boozy brunching by the bay with my boyfriend in a few hours at the beautiful Leo’s Oyster Bar.

  • A foolproof guide to looking as good in photos as you feel on vacation. Follow along for mine.
  • Two things I love most, London and gin, join forces for one epic bus tour.
  • If you can’t wait behind 7,000 people for this tech savvy suitcase, here’s mine.
  • The motherload of all bucket lists: have you been to a top 100 hotel?
  • Did I mention we’re escaping to Napa for a day? Goop’s guide gave me the delicious details.

It’s not too late to make plans for a long President’s Day weekend!

Molly Bridget of Bridget’s Own Diary 

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Houston Hot Spots City Guide

February 1, 2017
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Living in Houston has me waaaay excited for this year’s Super Bowl. I have to admit, most years I tune into the big game strictly for the nachos and commercials. But this year, we’re hosting in mine and Molly‘s (the face behind the Friday Five) hometown, so we actually know the teams playing. Even more, we’re pumped for the festivities leading up to this Sunday’s main event. In case you’re in town for the Super Bowl, here is a quick comprehensive BEST of Houston guide. Enjoy!

EAT & DRINK

BRUNCH/LUNCH

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Tiny Boxwoods :: Escape the Upper Kirby hustle and bustle here. Cookies are their claim to fame, but our favorite part is overlooking the pristine lawn from the patio with a latté.

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Hopdoddy :: Be first in line for these gourmet burgers in River Oaks District. Pick your poison between cold craft beers or decadent milkshakes while watching the TVs for game day coverage.

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The Dunlavy :: A family friendly brunch spot with the best views in town of our Buffalo Bayou. Bike it before or walk it afterwards: it starts on the border of historic River Oaks and extends all the way into downtown.

Brassiere 19 :: Veuve Clicquot is priced at market, and Beyonce is rumored to have a boozy brunch here Sunday morning. Say no more. We’ll see you there!

DINNER

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B&B Butchers :: Of all of the dinner spots in town, my money is on this spot being the best celeb sighting scene. This upscale steak house is perched just outside of downtown and the dinner menu is to die for. If you’re lucky enough to snag a ressie, go big or go home and get the Chef Tommy’s Bacon. You’ll thank me for one of the most delicious dishes I’ve tasted. Ever. Post dinner, head to Social 51 next door, an upscale pop-up bar created just for SuperBowl.

Uchi :: More than dinner, this sushi spot originally of Austin is a dining experience. Dubbed one of the top eight sushi spots in the country, you’d be sad to miss it.

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Armando’s :: Mexican restaurants are on every corner, but this one stands apart from the rest. The amazing ahi tuna tartare tacos were served at A Couture Cause, and they were a hit.

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State of Grace :: Pull up a seat in the pearly oyster bar for cocktails and coastal fare or dive into the dining room where beautiful leather booths lie beneath the impressive deer mounts for true Texas decor.

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Underbelly :: At minimum, visit the wine bar at this Montrose establishment or find brews at Hay Merchant next door. Stay for supper served by star chef Chris Shepherd. The goat dumplings are his original creation and out of this world.

COFFEE

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Common Bond :: The two of us first met here, discussing our mutual love for blogging and having breakfast here. Come in for a cup coffee, and don’t leave without a box of pastries.

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Catalina :: This spot is East on Washington on your way downtown, so grab a coffee on your way to Discovery Green.

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Blacksmith :: A quaint hipster coffee shop, get the best biscuit this side of the Mississippi here. The Benton’s bacon, egg and cheese croissant is the bomb.com.

COCKTAILS

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Bayou & Bottle :: Killer cocktails, killer atmosphere in the newly renovated Four Seasons hotel, this chic bourbon concept is not to be missed.

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Anvil :: The menu at this Montrose staple is Texas-sized, but every drink is as delicious as it is sophisticated. If you’re me, you order Pliny’s and a pretzel to share.

The Pastry War :: Texas is known for mean margaritas, but tequila drinks of all kinds can be found at this downtown bar.

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Julep :: Their namesake is their signature drink, but they’ve got plenty more where that came from. A stone’s throw from downtown on Washington, my favorite to sip on is the Whispering Mathilda since gin is my spirit of choice.

SHOPPING & BEAUTY

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Tootsies :: A Houston establishment, the chicest Houstonians shop at Tootsies. Carrying a beautifully curated collection of both contemporary and designer styles, this boutique is a must-shop.

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River Oaks District :: Houston’s newest luxury shopping destination, favorite stores include Alice + Olivia, Intermix, Joie, Roberta Roller Rabbit, and Bonpoint and locally owned BAANOU carries everything you’ll need for a night out in H-town.

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Biscuit :: I’m biased, but this shop is a hop, skip and a jump from several of our other hot spots and is home to a Houston designer’s original bedding line and great gifts for your Houston hostess for the weekend.

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Whim :: Houston’s newest contemporary boutique located a block away from Tiny Boxwoods. Brunch and shopping sounds like the perfect Houston Saturday game plan.

BEAUTY

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Full Blown :: This boutique blow dry bar has a full cocktail bar and couture fashion show coverage on a big screen. They sell R & Co. products, and you’ll be in walking distance from Brasserie 19 when you’re done.

Dry Bar River Oaks

Dripped Nail Salon located in the heart of Montrose, just a few miles from Downtown

Paloma Nails Houston’s newest nail salon in the heart of Uptown

We hope you enjoyed the tour of our hometown, H-town!

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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 5 | NYFW 2016 outfits

September 9, 2016
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#FBF to last NYFW with my good friend and blogger pal Carrie C.

“Every year the women of New York will leave the past behind and look forward to the future…This is known as Fashion week” – Carrie Bradshaw

Does New York Fashion Week make any of you want to binge watch SATC on Netflix?  It does for me! Many stylish female leads have come and gone in TV land, but none of them have quite left their mark like Carrie Bradshaw. Not only did Carrie Bradshaw take fashion to the next level, but she single handily changed the face of high end brands like Manolo Blahnik, Dior, and of course Chanel. Her fur coat, tutu, heels, and bold accessories became a staple to her style and ultimately defined an era.

What risks will you take during New York Fashion Week?  I can tell you from experience the more you push the fashion limit, the better. Every year, women are trying to make their fashion debut at the hottest shows in town – Chanel, Yigal Azrouel, Dior Tibi, Tanya Taylor, DVF, Frame, Kate Spade, Rachel Zoe, Trina Turk, Fendi, Rachel Comey, A.L.C., Adam Lippes –  just to name a few of my faves.  We all eagerly put together stylish ensembles that even the Caries Bradshaw’s of the world would wear down the catwalk, or the Huffington Post might photograph. Ha.  Sadly, I’m unable to partake in this amazing whirlwind of a week, but be sure to catch Lauren and me {and most likely my new baby} at the next one.  Since I’m not feverishly packing for NYC right now, I put together a little outfit guide for what I would be wearing this NYFW.

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Outfit 1

Dressy/casual chic, mixing the of the moment fabric, velvet with the ever trendy army jacket and channeling the 90’s with slip dress and mary janes. The Mansur Gavriel circle bag is a fabulous statement piece.

Outfit 2

Metallics are all the rage, and a metallic printed maxi skirt is a great standout piece for NYFW. And this bag had to be designed with fashion week in mind. The loafer is trending and a pearl embellished one is fashion week appropriate.

Outfit 3

Black and white is always right in NYC. I rocked Self Portrait last NYFW and would do it again and feel right at home.

Outfit 4

Gucci, Gucci, Gucci. The fashion world is a buzz with a Gucci comeback. This bag is at the top of my wish list right now. Or another Gucci is making lately. And a 2016 NYFW wardrobe isn’t complete without a choker. I’m pretty sure every last fashion girl will rock a choker at some point this fall.

Outfit 5

Print mixing always approved during fashion week and stripes and florals are a no brainer. And Layers too. An off-the-shoulder tops layered underneath sleeveless vest is an unexpected layer that I’m loving right now.