Fashion, Featured

vest dressed

April 10, 2017

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I’m a lover of layers and found the perfect vest in springy pastel yellow at Nordstrom last week. I splurged on a similar piece a few years ago and now wear it non-stop every fall and winter. Then I start to reach for it during warmer weather months but it’s wool so that’s out. I’m pretty sure this Phillip Lim piece is the perfect outer layer to sub in for spring and summer. My new vest is super versatile and can easily be dressed up or down. It’s such a cool outer layer, I’d throw it on most often with denim and a casual tee. This tee’s feminine scalloping and ruffles also works really well the more structured, contemporary outer vest.

I found this striped sweater which is super soft and the perfect weight for warmer temperatures. And I’m beyond excited to be back in culottes again this spring. I had to stick to skinny maternity pants last year at this time, so it was fun to find a gorgeous new white culotte from Nordstrom. This pant is so chic and comes with a matching jacket too.

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outfit 1 | Phillip Lim vest | Phillip Lim top | Rag and Bone denim  Tom Ford sunglasses | Nordstrom Clutch similar here and here | Alexandre Birman sandal, similar style here and steal here

outfit 2 | Phillip Lim vest | Veronica Beard top  | Jason Wu coulottes | Tom Ford Sunglasses | Stella McCartney bag | Givenchy sandal (old), similar style here and steal here

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Nordstrom. Thanks for supporting the brands and businesses that make L. Avenue possible.

photos by Traci Ling


Fashion, Featured


April 5, 2017

This flowy top by IRO has been the perfect post-baby piece. It initially caught my eye to wear to baby Jack’s sip-and-see paired with this skirt. It’s big billowy sleeves are right on trend and the embroidered detail is to die for. Clearly you can dress this top up or down depending on the occasion and today it’s denim and a casual pump. I’ve worn this top most often with these jeans and these slides.

Here are some other white tops catching our eye this spring…

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Outfit details | IRO top, similar here ON SALE and here | Frame denim | Chloe shoes, similar here, splurge here and steal here |  Gucci bag, for less here, similar here | sunglasses, similar and you can’t go wrong with this classic pair | earrings


photos by Traci Ling

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1 stripe off-the-shoulder top, 2 ways

April 3, 2017

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Hey y’all! How was the weekend? I went into major spring cleaning mode over the weekend. My immune system must be really, really low because I caught the organization bug and which is very rare for this clutter queen. Instagram stories recapped my office situation. It’s crazy because just a few consecutive hours of organizing can eradicate months of pile up. But how many of us ever have that much uninterrupted time?!

Anyway….spring cleaning has me zoned in on my spring wardrobe needs. And this off the shoulder tunic from J. McLaughlin is going to be on repeat this season.  I snatched it up a few weeks ago because of the bold blue and white stripe, and pretty tie sleeve. The outfit combos are endless with this top and today we’re rocking it with two different skirts.

I love this white denim pencil skirt, it feels very 80’s to me, but works when paired with a top that’s more of the moment. It’s more conservative than a lot of the denim mini’s that are hot for spring. I wore it to pick the girls up from school last week (with this tee-a scarf necklace and these flats) and received so many compliments on my outfit. It was as easy as the denim shorts or jeans I typically rock, but a total crowd pleaser.

J. McLaughlin’s multi-color striped skirt is going to be a go-to for church and luncheons. I love the unexpected mix of prints when pairing stripes with stripes. And you too, friends, can try this spring print mixing at home. Just be sure  to keep your stripes in the same color family. I’m tucking my tunic today, but will also wear it out, over white denim too. Have a great week, y’all!

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outfit 1 | J. McLaughlin top | J. McLaughlin stripe skirt | J. McLaughlin wicker bag | Alexandre Birman shoes | H bracelet | sunglasses

outfit 2 | J. McLaughlin top | J. McLaughlin white denim | J. McLaughlin top handle bag | J. McLaughlin scarf | Manolo Blahnik Sandals (Old) similar here (On sale), Splurge here | Mignonne Gavigan tassle earrings | Hermes bracelet | sunglasses

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Other J. McLaughlin things Im eyeing for Spring…

This post was sponsored in collaboration with J. McLaughlin. Thanks for supporting the brands that make L. Avenue possible.

photography by Traci Ling



Coffee Talk, Fashion, Featured, Friday Five, Lifestyle

Friday Five | The French Edition

March 31, 2017
image via Garance Doré

image via Garance Doré

I’ll never regret my decision to take French growing up instead of (the much more useful in Texas) Spanish. On my first overseas trip to visit my sister in Austria, my parents and I made a pit stop in Paris. I fell in love and have been a bona fide Francophile ever since. Today’s Friday Five features all things French. Enjoy!

My mom has been hooked on French 75s since my brother served them over the holidays. See how French cocktails of all kinds are making a comeback.

Long before his red soles, Christian Louboutin made his shoes from fish scales, and it was a total fail. Read other fantastic fashion stories in Kate Bett’s memoir, My Paris Dream.

This Swedish brand partnered with French American blogger Garance Doré to make this raincoat in the most sophisticated shade of pink.

What kind of bubbly are you? I got Classic Brut, and I’m very okay with that.

West Coast meets French flair at L’AGENCE, and I’m all over this tomato red dress from their spring collection.

Bon week-end!
Fashion, Featured

Tibi two ways

March 29, 2017

This Tibi maxi skirt is the perfect base to any special outfit. I went for a statement sleeved crop top this go round. And this guy might be the most comfortable thing I’ve every put on, it’s soft, sweatshirt-like material on the inside. Feels like you’re wearing pj’s, looks like you’re ready to take on the world. I’ve also worn mine with flares and actually think I like it best with a flared denim. That’s the thing about blogging, a lot of times my first go at an outfit isn’t my favorite. Pieces take time to assimilate into my wardrobe and this is a prime example. I like the skirt best with a white tee and statement necklace and sneakers. Although, I just came across this top which is incredible with the skirt for a dressy affair. It comes in 4 colors too!

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outfit details | Tibi skirt | Tibi crop top | Joie sandals (old) similar here and here and steal here | Mignonne Gavigan scarf (old), similar here, love this one in B&W ON SALE | Tom Ford sunnies, similar here on sale and steal here  |

photos by Traci Ling

Fashion, Featured, Uncategorized

Saks Friends & Family

March 28, 2017


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Last week L. Avenue jumped the gun on the Saks Friends and Family event, which is happening NOW. We were just so eager to stock up on a few must haves that we missed during the Shopbop Friends and Family that we were a week early. Thankfully most of our picks are still available and of course we have added a few new things to our list.  Happy Shopping!

I wore this pink Trina Turk maxi for a recent getaway to Cost Rica. This dress is a perfect summer dress paired with these sandals or these espadrille wedges and easy to pack. This malin printed dress is so fun for spring. We have a few formal occasions approaching and this dressier number would be perfect for a gala or wedding. Do you all remember this dress from this Vegas post, well you can snag it now on sale!

Denim is everywhere this spring and this white denim skirt is the perfect addition to my closet paired with this top and my new go-to blue sandals.  Staying true to the bell sleeve trend this Alice and Olivia stripe number paired with these Mom-approved longer shorts would be super cute for warmer days ahead. Im also loving these shorts and these bright pair too.

Fashion, Featured

spring’s IT color | yellow

March 27, 2017

What’s on tap for the week, y’all? I’m heading out to Round Top, Texas with some friends. I think I’m the last Texan chick who has yet to experience Round Top, it’s supposed to be pretty rad. A flea market of sorts with antiques, jewelry and treasures and trinkets galore. I’ve got my cowboy boots packed and I’m ready to explore!

I won’t be packing today’s dress for my trip, the only thing in my suitcase is denim, denim and more denim. But I have lots of plans for this fun yellow frock this spring. I haven’t been able to squeeze into anything by Self Portrait post-baby, but this yellow shirt dress was a perfect fit. It’s a lot more forgiving than the typical Self-Portrait silhouette and I love the combination of ruffles and asymmetrical details. The open back is tastefully done and adds a little wow factor. I styled this dress with these neutral sandals, but I think you can dress it up even more with these sandals or even make it a casual day dress with these sneakers.

I’m having a moment with yellow–spring’s IT color, and linked some of my favorite yellow numbers below.

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Outfit details | Self-Portrait dress | Chloe sandals, similar for less here, also love these slides and these wedges  and these espadrilles | Cult Gaia bag, black here | Lizzie Fortunato bracelets, similar here and for less here | Ranjana Kahn earrings (old), similar here and for less here | Tom Ford Sunnies |

Photos by  Traci Ling


Beauty, Coffee Talk, Fashion, Featured, Friday Five, Lifestyle, Sale, Uncategorized

Friday Five | Wedding Bells

March 24, 2017



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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.

Go through this gallery for the most fabulous floral decor.

What’s trending for 21st century nuptials: geotags and charging stations.

And en vogue for a departure from gowns for black tie: jumpsuits.

Spring has sprung!

PS – Elaine Turner is exclusively sharing her Friends & Family sale code with L. Avenue readers. Use ‘FAMILY’ at check-out for 25% off 😉

Fashion, Featured

no hassel tassels

March 22, 2017

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Ahhh springtime, you’re finally here to stay! I’m in full on spring/summer accessory mode right now. I love refreshing wardrobe staples with new spring accessories. And you won’t break the bank with these white earrings, these mirrored sunnies, and these loafers. Happy spring, y’all!

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outfit details | tassel teeRebecca Minkoff loafer | Frame denim | Smythe boyfriend blazer similar here, also love this blazer and this one (for less) for spring | Phillip Lim bag | Bauble Bar earrings and in gold here | Nordstrom sunglasses |

photos by Traci Ling

Fashion, Featured

Saks Gift Card

March 22, 2017


Hey, hey! Earn up to a $700 gift card with code SAKSGC17.  That adds a little something exciting to this hump day, doesn’t it!

Denim is everywhere this Spring and this white denim skirt is the perfect addition to my closet paired with this top and my new go to blue sandals.  Staying true to the bell sleeve trend this Alice and Olivia stripe number paired with these “appropriate” length shorts would be super cute for those warmer days ahead. Im also loving these shorts and these bright ones as shorts are perfect for chasing those little ones around come Summer. For those who loved my pink Trina Turk maxi dress from this post (and pictured above), you can snag it now at a discount. Im going to take the this opportunity to grab a few sandals for Spring. I like this pair, this pair and this one. Hmmm decision, decisions.