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A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit somewhere I have never been: LA!!!!  Can you believe I have never been there?  Let me just tell you…I LOVED IT and was ready to move to Lala Land!  The hubs was not too keen on that idea.  Although I did not have a TON of free time…pretty much one dinner and half a day, I definitely made the best of it.  It also ended up being a super productive trip in terms of baby-prep.  I visited this SUPER cool baby store, Bel Bambini AND discovered Kitson Kids (more on both of these later!).

So, without further adieu, here is LA in an INSTA…a collection of all my Instagram images from the trip.  There’s fashion, food, and even some #babylutz tied in!  ENJOY!!

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I have been DYING to try this restaurant.  It’s one of the HOTTEST in LA right now, and man, did it live up to the hype.   My foodie friend, Emily, and I literally ordered the entire menu.  It was TO DIE.  The pictures above are just 2 of the dishes we ordered.  2 out of probably 7.  The second one: BONE MARROW.  It was fabulous.  If you have never tried bone marrow, you should immediately.  You can even do a bone marrow luge with brandy or bourbon.  Obviously, we did not partake in this due to the little in my belly, but I have done this in the past.  I HIGHLY recommend this restaurant.  The atmosphere is super casual and very HIP.  The menu is definitely foodie-centric, and I challenge you to be BRAVE.  Step out of your comfort zone and try something new.  You won’t regret it.

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As much as I love Birmingham, we are lacking in the “modern baby” department.  We have some precious boutiques, but a lot of them are not our style.  SO, I was basically blindly registering and designing the nursery…UNTIL I stumbled upon Bel Bambini in West Hollywood.  SO SO SO CUTE!  They had pretty much everything I had registered for, including the strollers I was trying to decide between.  The salesperson was SUPER helpful and spent a couple of hours with me answering my questions and showing me all the goods.  How cute is the stroller I decided to go with?  It’s the STOKKE Lmited Edition True Black Explory.  It’s perfect for skipping around town and is compatible with my carseat!  I can’t wait to take Baby Lutz for a spin!

We ate a sushi place in the Hollywood Hills on the 2nd night…and check out this view!  WOWZERS!  While I would not recommend the sushi, the view made it worth it!  And you guys know how much I love a palm tree picture.

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After a few days of LONG meetings, I had a free morning.  YIPPEE!!!  I knew I wanted to check out some of the beaches and POSSIBLY hit up the Ivy.  I really wanted to head down to Malibu and eat at Nobu but didn’t really have time.  SO, I decided to do the tourist thing and head to Venice Beach.  It was EXACTLY like I thought it would be.  Muscle Beach was pretty cool, I have to say so myself and is JUST like you see on TV.  We walked down the boardwalk and even scooped up some Venice Beach souvenirs.  Even better…I was able to take some FAB pictures.  These next 3 pictures DEFINITELY sum up our morning on Venice Beach!
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So, AFTER Venice Beach, I decided to head BACK to West Hollywood to eat at THE IVY.  I mean, if this place doesn’t scream LA, then I don’t know what does.  When I walked up, I was immediately surrounded by beautiful people hobnobbing on the gorgeous patio.  The space was adorned with flowers and presented a somewhat stuffy atmosphere inside.  But would you expect anything less?  They even greet you with a glass of champagne while you wait.  As I took my seat outside, I looked around for celebs.  I immediately noticed Matt Damon just chillin on the patio.  No big.  The menu wasn’t overly impressive, but they had plenty of delicious salads to choose from.  WARNING: they were priced at about 40 bucks a pop, but hey, that’s LA for ya.  I settled into some bread and a lobster salad and soaked in my surroundings.  It was a beautiful 75 degree day, and the hustle and bustle created such a buzz.  As I walked out, I noticed SO MANY of my favorite stores.  Holy moly. I only had a few minutes, so I had to make a quick decision.  I decided to check out KITSON KIDS.  Um adorbs.  I ended up purchasing SEVERAL items for Baby Lutz.  Look how cute!

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TOP LEFT Indikidual • TOP RIGHT Nununu • BOTTOM RIGHT Indikidual • MOCCASINS Freshly Picked

That afternoon, I had the opportunity to take my sales team on a scavenger hunt of sorts all around Hollywood.  It was a blast!  I figured this was a great way to knock out some of the touristy stuff, while providing an avenue for team-building.  Y’all, the scavenger hunt was NO JOKE, so we abandoned the hunt and decided to rock the photo challenge.  We were presented with tasks to “act out” certain photo challenges.  I even bought selfie sticks for each team.  One example was to “interact with a  celebrity.”  Along the Hollywood Strip, they have people dressed up as celebrities that accept tips to take pictures with them.  OH MY GOSH, it was hilarious.  We stopped to chat with Zach Galifianakis (from the Hangover) to fulfill that requirement.  Another was “show respect to an authority figure.”  Again, they had people “dressed up” in police gear.  These ladies pretty much looked like strippers.  My favorite was “eat food in an interesting way.”  Unfortunately, I promised the team I would not post any of the pictures on the blog, so you will have to use your imagination.  But here is my first experience with a selfie stick…

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Overall, we had an AWESOME trip!  I wish I had more time to explore the city, but now I know exactly where I want to go next time.    So, until my next trip to LALA LAND…

Love Always LL

#IDecideHow: Monogram Maternity

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I am SO excited to be partnering with St. Vincent’s and Monogram Maternity on a new series titled #IDecideHow. (cute tagline they created huh?) Over the next several months, I will be introducing you to St. Vincent’s exclusive maternity program, providing behind the scenes coverage of their facilities and amenities and a full recap of my experience. Don’t worry, this series will feature a giveaway AND must-haves to get you through your pregnancy.

So first, what IS Monogram Maternity?

As their vision states, they are a first-class program “Empowering Women To Make Decisions About Their Birth Experience.” I have to admit…I have always gone to St. Vincent’s for my OBGYN services, but I never new this existed. Just like many of you, I am a full-time working mom-to-be, and my career is such a huge part of my life. I travel a LOT for work and still want to have time to socialize with friends, blog about all things-lutzurious, exercise, and spend time with the hubs. I have said over and over again throughout this process that I wanted my life to remain as normal as possible over the 9-10 month period. Pregnancy shouldn’t be a hinderance, but a wonderful addition to our lives. Following a program that provides flexibility, convenience, and customization was very important to me.

When I first entered the Monogram Maternity Suite, I was blown away. I instantly felt like I had walked into a spa. It really was beautiful! I was welcomed with strawberry infused water, a soothing aroma, and warm smiles. This doesn’t sound like a hospital environment does it? Once you check in, you are introduced to your “birth designer.” She will give you a tour of the facility and what services they offer through the program. Then you sit down and go over your exclusive birth experience wishes. They also work very closely with your physician who makes all of the medical decisions and answers or addresses any medical questions or concerns you may have.

What do they offer?

-One on one consultation with your birth designer via phone, email, or in person
-Prenatal education (see www.idecidehow.com for a full list of classes)
-2 locations: St. Vincent’s Birmingham and St. Vincent’s East
-Full access to Blessed Beginnings Boutique
-15% discount at our St. Vincent’s One Nineteen spa during your pregnancy (yes please!)
-FREE prenatal lactation consultation

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As you exit the beautiful space, spend some time in the Blessed Beginnings Boutique to purchase stylish maternity gowns, last-minute baby items, or lactation supplies. Some of the lines they carry are The Paisley Pea, NuRoo, and MilkMakers Lactation Cookies. Oh, and how cute are these baby leggings? Look for a giveaway featuring boutique items, a photography sesh, and more cool items in the next month!

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Don’t worry, Monogram Maternity will be with you throughout the entire process. They want your birth experience to be as unique as you are. Remember, what I always say? If you want to wear sequins to brunch, then by all means rock those sequins to brunch (or to birth ;))! Bringing a child into the world should be NO different. It should be exactly how you envision it with care that is centered around you and your little. If you are trying to decide which hospital to choose for your delivery, I urge you to do your research and due diligence. Meet with different facilities to find out what programs are offered and which one meets your needs. Take a tour with Monogram Maternity of St. Vincent’s to see if it is a fit for you and your future little. You can visit their website at www.idecidehow.com or call/visit these locations:

Monogram Maternity at St. Vincent’s Birmingham
Fourth Floor, Women and Children’s Center 
(205) 212-MOMS

Monogram Maternity at St. Vincent’s East
Fourth Floor, Birth Suites 
(205) 838-3278

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I CANNOT believe I am in the FINAL 2 months of my pregnancy. Baby Lutz will be here before we know it! I feel like these last 2 months are when all the action happens, so stay tuned for all the info you can possibly handle. If you are trying to get pregnant, currently expecting, or know someone that is expecting, make sure you follow along and SHARE with your friends and family!  I can’t get over this sweet little picture of baby Lutz, so I am posting again!

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Love Always LL

ROCK THE BUMP: Mara!

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Yall, I have been LIVING in Mara Hoffman since getting pregnant (and my La Marque fringe of course). Her stretchy, body-con dresses are PERFECT for rockin’ the bump. You can dress them up, down, or all around. Not only will you look super fab in her colorful designs, but you will feel comfy AND stylish.  Comfy AND stylish?  You don’t get that very often.  And that’s the name of the game when it comes to pregnancy!

TIP: Go up 1 (or 2) sizes to get the most wear out of the dresses throughout your pregnancy.

She has both long and short options. If you are self-conscious about your legs, go for a maxi version (as featured in this post). If you want to rock the bump AND your svelte legs, then opt for a shorter version. One of my FAVS right now is this Shift Dress (shown below in BEAMS YELLOW) . It’s not super fitted but hugs the bump JUST right. Throw a blazer over it for work or rock it with some platforms for a night out with the girls.  Instant chic!  You can purchase HERE.

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How cute is the maxi paired with my FAV La Marque fringe jacket? It is HOTTER THAN HELL right now, so I do not recommend this jacket during the day. However, La Marque makes an AMAZING fringe vest that can be purchased ON SALE HERE or at GUS MAYER locally.  For a fab mix of high and low, I paired this outfit with my Christian Loubouton Hippik heels (sold out, LESS EXPENSIVE similar version HERE) and Dannijo statement necklace (sold out, similar HERE).  Speaking of, I am thinking of crafting a HOW TO: Rock HIGH and LOW post to help people pair SPLURGE items with SAVE items.  Would this be beneficial to y’all?

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TIP: Adding a vest or jacket elongates your figure and accents the bump perfectly. They will also hide those all-too-familiar love handles.

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DRESS Mara Hoffman • JACKET La Marque • SHOES Christian Louboutin Hippik (sold out, similar HERE) • NECKLACE Dannijo (sold out, similar HERE)

Non-preggos, since this is NOT a maternity dress, you can rock this outfit as well! Don’t worry, I am linking up all-things Mara at the end of this post with shoppable links!  PS, I love how matchy-matchy this dress is with our landscaping.  I couldn’t have planned that if I had tried!

What is your GO-TO pregnancy staple?  Shoot me a comment and let me know.  I would love to hear your ideas to share with my readers!


 


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Love Always LL


 

You Want to Do WHAT to My Face?

MD Wellness and Aesthetics

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of partnering with B-Metro to live blog during MD Wellness and Aesthetics re-branding event.  You all may remember the post and pictures from the event.  Not only was the event super successful, but I learned a LOT!  Several of you reached out to me regarding one of the products I tried out: Instantly Ageless.  So, I wanted to pass down the information I gathered down to you guys, as well as some info about the Eclipse Micropen.  Sound interesting?  Keep reading.

So, first, what is INSTANTLY AGELESS?

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I tried my best to get 2 pictures that were similar, but I could not get the lighting to match exactly.  #firstworldproblems Anyways, the time difference between the 2 pictures is literally 2 minutes.  The treatment not only smooths out fine lines and wrinkles, but it lasts up to 12 hours.  This a great, non-invasive treatment to get you through date night looking extra smooth!  PS, I sound like I am selling this stuff, but I was NOT compensated or asked to blog about my experience with this product.  It was just that good that I had to share the wealth!

How does it work?

-3 main ingredients work together to tighten and firm skin to create a smoother, flawless complexion.
-Argireline is the main ingredient. This is a peptide that works similar to Botox WITHOUT the needles!
-As I mentioned, it is non-invasive and works in 2 minutes.
-It is in essence, an anti-wrinkle, micro-cream.
-It clearly diminishes the visible signs of aging quickly and effectively.

How much does it cost?
-NORMALLY $125 for a box of 50 ($2.50 per).  HOWEVER, MD Wellness is running a special: 2 for $10, 10 for $40 or a box of 50 for $100!


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And now on to the Eclipse Micropen aka Hollywood’s Hottest Secret.  Initially, it sounded a little scary, I have to admit, but when I learned more about it, I realized JUST how non-invasive this treatment is compared to some other options.

How does it work?

-Micro-needles create micro injuries which tell your body to produce collagen and elastin (aka Collagen Induction Therapy).
-Treatment creates micro channels in the skin
-For even better results, you can use in conjunction with your OWN PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) to stimulate the collagen by 1000%.

What is it used for?

-Acne scars

-Fine lines and wrinkles

-STRETCH MARKS (praise the LORD!)

-Hair restoration (MD Wellness is offering $100 off…see below)

How much does it cost?

-3 treatments are $600 without the PRP, $1000 with the PRP, which is much less than laser treatments.

**MD Wellness IS running a special on this as well.  If you purchase 2 Eclipse MicroPen Elite sessions, you get the 3rd free!  We are also doing hair restoration with the MicroPen and PRP….$100 off each hair restoration session!

Does it hurt?

Don’t worry, they will numb the area with lidocaine prior to the procedure.  I have not personally had this treatment, but Buffy with The Style Gathering has recently.  Make sure you visit her post HERE.

The staff at MD Wellness is FABULOUS!!!!!  They are super nice and go above and beyond to help!

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We had a lot of fun jamming to the tunes of THE Hugh Rowe Thomas (doesn’t that name have a rockstar ring to it?)!  Y’all, he is ONLY 17 years old and had the crowd rocking’ the entire night.  Check him out on Facebook!

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Obviously, I am not an expert on any of this, so if you are interested in any of these treatments, reach out to the amazing staff at MD Wellness, so they can answer your questions.  As SOON as I have this baby, I am going back in to try the micro-needling treatment.  I will give you guys a full review then!  Hope this answers some of your questions!


 

Love Always LL

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“Procrastinator?  No, of course not.  I just wait until the last second, because I will be older and therefore wiser.”

So, you’re welcome.  This Father’s Day GIFT GUIDE will be oh so much better, since I waited until the last minute!  But because of my procrastinator status, this gift guide is for all the BIRMINGHAM folks!  Or for the people that have dads that live in the ‘Ham OR for those people that are willing to shop online!  But lemme tell ya, it’s pretty good if I say so myself.  By the time you read this, you will have 4 and a half days to get your gift.  Luckily, all of this stuff can be picked up SUPER last minute, if that’s your style.  So, let’s get to it!  Click the titles to shop online or visit the store in person…

1Stone Hollow Farmstead DINNER.  Ryan and I attended one of these this spring and had a BLAST.  See The Style Gathering‘s post all about the event HERE.  Rumor is the next one is July 18th.  Also, they offer some super cool farm excursions and classes, if that’s more your style.  One example is the ALCHEMY class.  Click the link to purchase a gift card online or head up to The Pantry in Mountain Brook to purchase in person.  COST: $75 and up

2. Bourbon and Bacon Dinner @ Little Savannah. Ok, just stop right there.  If you don’t buy your dad anything else this year, get him this.  I am pretty bummed that I can’t attend this one.  Maybe Little Savannah will host another one after the baby is due? #imissbourbon  COST: $55 per person, which INCLUDES bourbon + specialty cocktails

3Iron City TICKETS.  Do it y’all!  Robert Earl Keen is coming to Iron City on July 17th.  Sounds like a perfect concert for Dad!  COST: $22 in advance

4. S’Well Bottle.  There is a reason this water bottle makes it onto every single one of my gift guides.  It is the bomb.com.  Head up to Manhattan South to pick one up or shop via the link.  I promise your dad will LOVE it.  Oh, and go ahead and pick one up for yourself.  COST: $35 and up

5. Round of Golf at FARM LINKS.  Golfweek ranked FARM LINKS as the #1 all-access golf course in the state in 2011, 2013 & 2014.  It is BREATHTAKING and truly a golfer’s golf course.  You can call the Pro Shop at 256-208-7640 for a tee time.  COST: $75

6. Aviate BHM Hat.  This is the hottest thing that has hit Birmingham since the Avondale revival.  Your dad will LOVE it!  Head up to Gus Mayer before they sell out or click the link to shop online.  How cute will he look playing golf, while reppin’ the ‘Ham?  Yep, you’re welcome.  COST: $35

7. CHARLIE Birmingham Pocket Square.  If you have ever read my blog, you know how much I love these pocket squares.  AND your dad will too!  Chad Ellis is SUPER talented, and his squares are truly one of a kind.  You can also purchase locally at Shaia’s or Baer’s Den (Memphis location as well).  COST: $45 and up

8. Barber Motor Sports PORSCHE Driving Experience.  Ok, this gift is for all the ballers out there.  It ain’t cheap.  But it’s a pretty bad ass gift.  Maybe for the new dad?  Hey, he got you a push present right (hint, hint Ryan)?  This would be the perfect Father’s Day gift!  COST (don’t choke): $1800 and up.

9Birmingham Baron’s Game.  This is a no-brainer.  And guess what?  You can attend with him!  COST: $14 and up, depending on seat location.

Ok, get to shopping!  And I hope you all have a FABULOUS Father’s Day!  Feel free to share with the world. 😉

Love Always LL