Fashion, Featured

standout stripes

May 10, 2017

Statement ruffles and stripes have been the most visible trends of the season. So when I found a top that combines the two, I had to pull the trigger. Especially when it’s under $100. This fun ruffled gem also comes in white if stripes aren’t your thing. This top goes with anything from denim, culottes or a dressier pencil or maxi skirt. So. Darn. Versatile. I kept today’s look daytime with a few favorite accessories of the season; this suede slide and Chloe a bracelet bag that to my delight fits diapers, wipes, my phone, a few paci’s and a lipstick. Ha.

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Outfit details | Stylekeeprs top similar here, here and here | J brand denim | Mercedes castillo sandals, also here | Chloe bag ( backordered) also here and similar here | Valentino sunglasses (old) similar here

Photos  by Traci Ling

Fashion, Featured

new designer crush | Mercedes Castillo

May 9, 2017

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“Hello Lover!” says me to my computer screen as I stumble upon this perfect suede sandal. Spanish designer, Mercedes Castillo is the talent behind a new fresh and modern collection of shoes and accessories.  Castillo worked behind the scenes at Donna Karen and Tory Burch before launching her own label in Spring 2017, so she is no rookie to the fashion biz. Her debut collection is available at several retailers, including Bergdorf Goodman, Nordstrom and Saks. The Delphia slides are my personal favorite, but in a dream world where shoes grow on trees, I see myself rocking every single style.

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Delpia Slides sold here and here | Riza bloack heel here and here |Espadrille platform sandal here and here | Katrina sandal here and here

Fashion, Featured

summer shorts under $100

May 8, 2017

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As we approach the warmer months my mothering getup for chasing kiddos around typically includes shorts. I can’t justify spending a lot on shorts for everyday park action and the occasional kid spill. So today L. Avenue is rounding up summer shorts that are under $100 – perfect for us gals on the go this summer.

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outfit details | J. Crew short (old), new version here  | J. Crew sleeveless sweater, similar here | J. McLaughlin scarf, similar here |   J. McLaughlin Bag, c/o J. McLaughlin similar here | Balenciaga sandals similar here and here | SUGARFIX by Bauble Bar earrings ($10!) c/o Bauble Bar

P.S. Mommies there is a Mother’s Day sale happening now at Target, all accessories and jewelry will be 20% off online and in-stores. That includes the SugarFix by BaubleBar collection!

Fashion, Featured

steal vs. splurge | beach hat edition

May 7, 2017

Hey y’all! I’m working remotely from South Beach right now. Aka on a quick girls weekend here and felt compelled to let y’all know about some rad beach hats. My friend packed this super cute hat and I’ve basically been wearing it the entire time. It’s also a steal, so I wanted to share with y’all. In case you’re in search of a new hat for summertime here are some favorites including this trip’s steal and splurge.

The hat splurge winner goes to Eugenia Kim’s quirky sequin phrase hats. I received the “Currently Offline” hat earlier this year, an ironic phrase for this blogger. Other catchy phrases include “You’re blocking my sun,” ” Talk to the sand,” “Rebel,” “Darling,” “Greetings from,” “Do not disturb” and “Fiesta not siesta.”

steal | Brooklyn Hat Company hat, also love this fedora hat

splurge | Eugenia Kim “Currently Offline” hat

Eats, Entertain, Featured, Interiors, Lifestyle

simple Cinco de Mayo party recipes

May 5, 2017

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In honor of Cinco de Mayo, we teamed up with the fabulous Marcia from Smart in the Kitchen to bring y’all some festive recipes for your party weekend! Today’s collaboration started when I offered to host my daughter’s class at our house for dinner a few weeks back. I love throwing parties and host often but have never hosted anything for a group this size (20 or so people) that requires dinner. For bigger groups, I typically outsource the food aka order pizzas (ha!) or do easy appetizers. But dinner for 20, I was in over my head.

I immediately called Marcia and asked for ideas. Clueless in the Kitchen meet Smart in the Kitchen! She had me at kale guacamole! Marcia was also working on a post for fajitas for a crowd and promised it was SUPER easy. If you’ve got a grill (check!) and have a Trader Joe’s nearby (check!), you too, can rock some delicious fajitas for a big group. I did cheat and pick up some rice and beans from my favorite Mexican restaurant. That’ll be our little secret though. Another secret I’ll share, the bagged salads at Whole Foods. That’s right, salad in a bag folks. The Taylor Farms organic Sirancha ranch chopped salad is delish. It comes with tortilla strips that aren’t soggy, sunflower seeds and shredded parmesan cheese. Yum. And add in some avocado and it screams made from scratch. For an appetizer I threw out some crudités with Marcia’s homemade ranch dressing. And served her margaritas for a crowd, another super simple recipe (3 ingredients!) that can be made ahead! After a few refreshing margs, the entire crowd will think the meal was fantastic no matter how it turned out anyway. Ha! Happy Cinco de Mayo, y’all!

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Kale Guacamole

If you use a food processor to make this, there’s no need to chop the kale fine. If you aren’t using a food processor, be sure to chop the kale and onions very well.
Ingredients
  • Juice of 2 limes (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 4 small Lacinato kale leaves, stems removed and roughly chopped
  • ½ cup white or yellow onion, chopped (or less to taste)
  • ¼ cup cilantro leaves
  • 1 small Serrano or jalapeno, deseeded and chopped
  • 3 large ripe avocados, halved, pitted and peeled
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt (or to taste)
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of your food processor, combine the lime juice, kale, onion, cilantro, Serrano and salt. Pulse until combined.
  2. Add the avocado and pulse until you reach your desired consistency.
  3. Taste for seasoning and add salt or lime juice if necessary.
Notes
If you do not have a food processor, make sure the kale and cilantro is well chopped and combine ingredients with a potato masher or mash well with a fork.

Tomatillo Salsa

This easy salsa verde will save for a week stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Use it on scrambled eggs, tacos, chicken and grilled flank steak. Tomatillos contain natural pectin, so don’t be surprised if the consistency of the salsa thickens after it’s refrigerated.
Ingredients
  • 1 pound tomatillos
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 1 serrano pepper, seeds and ribs removed and finely chopped (this amount can be halved or quartered to taste)
  • ½ white or yellow onion, chopped (about ¾ cup)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
  • Juice of 2 limes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Remove husks and place tomatillos on a half-sheet pan lightly coated in oil. Roast in a preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until soft and browned.
  3. Place the roasted tomatillos and the remaining ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse until the salsa comes together. Be careful when lifting the lid because of the steam.

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Quick Pickled Red Onions

Pickled red onions take only 10 minutes to put together, but they are better after sitting for 3-4 hours. In her book, Tacolicious, Sara Deseran makes these with the addition of Mexican oregano which adds a nice flavor.

Ingredients
  • 1 cup rice vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 red onion, cut in half and sliced very thin into half moons
Instructions
  1. In a medium sauce pan, bring to a boil the vinegar, water, sugar and kosher salt.
  2. Place the sliced red onion in a glass or ceramic bowl and pour the warm rice vinegar mixture over the onions. Cover and soak for 3-4 hours.

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outfit details | Parker dress similar here and here | J. Crew sandals  other festive sandals here and here and embroidered espadrilles here | Rebecca de Ravenel earrings, similar here for less

This post was brought to you in collaboration with Smart in the Kitchen.

photography by Kate Robinson

Coffee Talk, Fashion, Featured, Friday Five, Lifestyle, Travel

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!

Fashion, Featured

Gingham Galore

May 3, 2017

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Today’s gingham getup is a chic monochromatic look. I’m drawn to outfits that are one color, one pattern or one simple tone. This top is perfect to dress up with it’s matching on trend ruffle skirt or for a more casual look with these white shorts or white jeans.

I’ll be honest, I’m pretty short on words today because I’m recovering from my a Cinco de Mayo dinner at my house last night. Hope you got to see some snippets on Insta Stories. If not, I’ll be sharing the tablescape and recipes soon!

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Outfit details | Tibi top similar here and here and On Sale here and steal here | Tibi skirt and On Sale here and similar here and steal here | Sophia Webster shoes similar here and here | Sam Edelman clutch | Sunglasses

Fashion, Featured, Gifts, Motherhood

Mother’s Day gift guide

May 3, 2017

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. In case you’re searching for a little something special for a very special mama in your life, we’ve got you covered with some of our favorite gifts. When it comes to accessories, I love everything by Mignonne Gavigan. Her pieces are so unique and beautifully made. This necklace is a really rad fashion and art collaboration. And the entire MG site is 25% off right now too!

English Norman’s personalized bangle sare my favorite monogrammed accessories that I’ve received since entering the Mom Club. And you can’t go wrong with flowers, a spa day or wine club membership (my fave!) for Mom either. Sign me up for any and all!

MothersDay_Blog| 1. J. Mclaughlin wicker bag | 2. Mochi tassle earrings | 3. Sachin & Babi earrings | 4. Nannacay straw bag | 5. Rockstud sandal | 6. Hermes perfume | 7. Schutz slides | 8. Tory Burch embroidered crossbody | 9. Cult Gaia bag | 10. Mara Hoffman dress | 11. Floppy hat | 12. Lulu Frost pearl necklace | 13. Chloe topknot sandal | 14. Jadetribe basket tote | 15. Giles & Brother railraod cuff | 16. blush throw | 17. Apli Eleftheria greek sandals | 18. Arme De L’Amour ruffle choker | 19. Hammitt crossbody | 20. Illesteva sunglasses

 

Fashion, Featured

EVERYDAY OUTFITS | April

May 1, 2017

Hi guys! I’ve recently started posting my everyday mirror selfies on Instagram Stories. A lot of times these outfits don’t even make it to the blog because sponsored posts take priority, which means mostly new outfits are blogged. But I throw on older outfits all of the time and most often mix new seasonal pieces with staples that I’ve had for a while.

I’ve received so many questions and positive feedback from my Insta outfits that I decided to try out this new series with outfit details from my daily iPhone photos. I want y’all to see how I style different pieces multiple ways; how I take a top from day to night or why white culottes, for example, make sense for your wardrobe.  I’d love to hear if you like this post idea or not. And more than anything, I hope this brings you some outfit inspiration when you open the closet door tomorrow morning.

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outfit details | Alice and Olivia tunic On Sale here and here | denim | Prada sandals similar here and here | J. McLaughlin bag sold out, similar here and here | Rebecca de Ravenel earrings, similar here

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outfit details | A.L.C dress (old) similar here  and here | clutch | Valentino heels similar here and here

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outfit details | skirt (old) similar here and here | tank similar here  | Stewart Weitzman sandals

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outfit details | Jason Wu culouttes | Phillip Lim vest | Rebecca Minkoff loafers (sold out) similar here and here  |  Stella McCartney bag

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outfit details | Phillip Lim culouttes (old) similar here and here | Adam Lippes top (old) similar here and here | Sewart Weitzman slide | Brooke Feather pearl necklace (old) similar here

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outfit details | Preen dress (old) similar here and here  | Jimmy Choo pumps (old) similar here and here |  Chloe bag

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outfit details | Monique Lhuillier lace dress | Cult Gaia bag | Manolo Blahnik pumps (old) similar here and here
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outfit details | Self Portrait dress (sold out) similar here and here | Cult Gaia bag | Chloe sandals , similar here and here

 

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I feel home.

April 29, 2017

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I get nostalgic coming home. This week Jack and I headed home to the house I grew up in, over the rolling hills miles outside of the small southern Ohio town that I’m from. There are so many memories here, happy ones and sad ones. This was the place I ran through the tiny maze-like hallways with my cousin and our baby buggies. The kitchen table where I had years of “cakes in the morning.” The gravel driveway that I ran across barefoot to and from the pool during the summertime. At the other end of the driveway, the school bus stopped for me from grade school until I got my first car.  The house where I spent every Christmas with my insanely large and AWESOME extended family. Christmas gifts covering the pool table in the basement, sheer chaos and squeals over getting Pound Puppies from Uncle John. The house where I hunted Easter eggs and I’m pretty sure there are some misfit eggs still hidden in the basement.

I got ready for all major high school dances in this house. In what seemed like the blink of an eye, I packed up my car and headed to Ohio State University, and this house was always the first stop I made when I got back into town. On September 11th, 2015 I woke up to see Today Show footage of the Twin Towers just moments after the first building was hit. I brought a few boyfriends to this house and finally “the one” who asked for my hand in marriage in the living room. 3 months after my wedding, I surprised my family with news that a baby was on the way in this very house. My Mom took her last breath here, surrounded by her family. And I’ve continued to return to this house with each of my children. And it will forever be a special part of their lives too. They’ve built snowmen in the front yard, run barefoot in the grass, caught lightning bugs on hot summer nights, and cuddled with so many family members here. My heart is happy when I’m home.