Beantown Baby.



Hello to THE MOST fabulous followers ever!  My apologies for the long drought in posts.  Hell, call it writer’s block, the craziness of my real life job, or just being lazy…or maybe all of the above.  BUT hopefully, you will love this post as much as I loved writing it.  I travel to the Boston-area SEVERAL times a year.  I have been telling the hubs how much he would love Boston, because he loves old cities that exude culture and history.  If that isn’t the definition of Boston, then I don’t know what is.  As I was finalizing my flight, I hear Ryan on the phone mentioning he will be in Boston the SAME WEEK.  PERFECT opportunity for him to experience one of my favorite places to visit.  I immediately start brainstorming and researching food, activities, fashion (WHAT WILL I WEAR?!?)…all things Beantown, baby.  As I scoured the inter-webs, I started finding all sorts of great restaurants.  And not just Italian from the North-End.  Actual FOODIE restaurants.  I knew the food scene in Boston had been transforming, but I had no idea it would be this good.  So, are you ready to read the details?  ENJOY!!!


Row 34: WHOA, I absolutely LOVED this place.  Imagine a contemporary/industrial setting with the FRESHEST raw bar known to man.  This restaurant, open almost a year, is the sibling of Island Creek Oyster Co.  They call it the “workingman’s oyster bar,” serving only wine and beer.  It is hip, open, and delicious…and good luck getting a table.  The only reservation I was able to secure was for lunch.  Let’s talk about one thing: the dessert.  Seriously, I thought I had died and gone to heaven.  You can see a picture of it above.  This peanut butter, chocolate candy bar ALONE is worth the trip there.  Don’t miss this one!

Asta: The concept behind Asta is a nod to the oh-so-famous Nordic restaurant, Noma.  Both restaurants focus on ingredients that are from the Earth or an extension of what we would call farm-to-table.  The influence is very obvious starting with the amuse-bouche and continuing throughout the meal.  We are talking about wild mushrooms presented on an actual log, dishes served on rocks, and everything sourced from local growers.  The restaurant is a tasting-menu only establishment.  HOWEVER, Asta will allow the table to order any combination…3, 5, or 8 courses, with or without wine pairing.  This is extremely rare…most restaurants that provide a tasting menu require the entire table to coordinate.  The decor is very simple.  With light wood and random, furry seat cushions, the feel is both hip and eclectic.  The chef’s counter is the prime place to sit and watch the staff prepare the unique ingredients that go into each dish.  I was shocked to see the dining room so empty, but I imagine people are turned off by the tasting-only menu.  The hubs and I shared the 5 and 8 course meals.  We had some OUT OF THIS WORLD dishes and some dishes that somewhat left us hanging.  I would absolutely recommend this to anyone…it is quite the experience.

Neptune Oyster: It is very rare that you will see me fall into a tourist trap.  However, this time I did.  About halfway through our create-your-own tour of the Freedom Trail, I made a point to stop into Neptune Oyster.  The reviews were outstanding and being in Boston, all I wanted was fresh seafood.  As we made our way into the North End, we bee-lined straight for the small, unassuming  restaurant.  The place was very lively.  People laughing, champagne flowing, and wannabe patrons crowding the doorway.  And with that, our name was on the list, and we had 2 hours to kill.  PERFECTO.  Pizza and wine sounded like a perfect snack while we waited.  After we finished our pizza and wine and had a contest about who could find the best dessert, we strolled back over to Neptune Oyster.  We had one rule: everything we get MUST be local.  So, we ordered a fabulous bottle of Albarino and a sampler of fresh, local seafood.  It.Was.Amazing.  We sat right in front of the window to people watch.  Clemson was in town playing Boston College, so it was fun to see the Southerners decked out in their gear.  It was an awesome meal…the company, the atmosphere, the food…perfect afternoon.

Antico Forno: While we were waiting on our table at Neptune Oyster, we decided to grab pizza and wine at this authentic Italian, neighborhood restaurant.  Yes, fat kid problems, I know.  The thin-crust pizza was out of this world.  The restaurant is very unassuming, but a perfect spot to take the family during the week.  The wine was great, and this was a perfect pit stop!

Liquid Art House: As if we hadn’t eaten enough that day, it was time for dinner.  Liquid Art House is swanky, hip, loud, and pretty amazing.  As you walk in, live art exhibits immediately surround you, a HUGE bar houses Boston’s most beautiful people, and a spacious dining room completes the space.  The focus of the restaurant is clearly its art…even the plates and flatware were for sale.  Once we see the menu, the food becomes OUR focus.  Most of their ingredients are locally sourced and the attention to detail is clear.  From our starters to the dessert, everything was amazing.  We were a little disappointed in the wine selection, but the bottle she suggested ended up pairing well with our meal.  This is a restaurant I will absolutely be visiting again!!  Oh, even the bathroom was super-cool…


So, what did I wear on this trip?  I kept it super casual, for the most part.  This is becoming a regular theme of mine…and I love it.  Of course, I didn’t get a good picture of my last night’s outfit, but I will give you the details anyways.

1) Starting from top left of the first collage:

SHIRT Chaser Brand Mr. SkullyCAMO VEST J Crew • PANTS Michelle by Mason (similar here) • SHOES Christian Louboutin Pik Boat (similar here• BRACELETS WILL Leather Goods and Vita Fede • SUNNIES Illesteva Build Your Own

2) Next outfit: the cage-back shirt (AMAZE-BALLS), jeans, and hat:

SHIRT Chaser Brand • JEANS Rag & Bone • HAT Janessa Leone Ruby • BAG Saint Laurent Betty Mini

3) Final outfit (Selfie!):

 SHIRT Alexis Minsk Top • PANTS Helmut Lang Leather Skinnies • BOOTS Rachel Zoe Nico Over-the-Knee

I hope y’all enjoyed all-things BOSTON.  It’s an awesome city with GORG scenery, and some pretty hip spots.  If you go this time of year the fall foliage is literally to-die.  But, you will miss the Red Sox in action.  Fenway Park is a MUST-VISIT.  Feel free to email me ( with any questions or leave a comment.  I absolutely LOVE hearing from you!!  Make SURE you check out my Instagram to keep track of my travels.  Where will I head to next?

♥ always-LL



How beautiful can simplicity be?  My style is usually the opposite of simple.  However, Fall is different.  Simple can be so refreshing and stunning at the same time.  It’s comfortable, yet unique.  The edginess and the broad range of grayscale color ways…I can’t get enough.  Sometimes less is more, and you can truly define fashion by how you style something so simple.  When showcasing beautiful images of this AMAZING backdrop, simplicity is key.  Can you guess where I am?  Home sweet home.













JACKET Reese + Riley • LEGGINGS Helmut Lang Leather Skinnies • T-SHIRT Helmut Lang Jersey V Neck (on sale!) • HAT Janessa Leon Ruby (SIMILAR HERE) • BOOTS Christian Louboutin Jimmynetta • NECKLACE Native Gem (similar here) • SUNNIES Illesteva • BRACELETS Will Leather Goods (contact Manhattan South); Vita Fede Mini Titan & Titan • VIEW Top of Red Mountain-Birmingham, AL

“Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable.  Style is more about being yourself.” –Oscar de la Renta 


Swoon Worthy.


Hey y’all!  I hope everyone had a FABULOUS week!!!  Before we head into the MUCH NEEDED weekend, I thought I would leave you with some items that I am currently craving.  These swoon-worthy items are for the most part completely unaffordable, but one can dream right?   However, the Illesteva’s in the top-left corner are totally affordable and so worth it.  If you are interested in these, they are the White CAMO Leonard 2’s with pink mirrored lenses.  You can design your own on their website.  If you don’t see these options, shoot them an email and let them know you saw them on my blog.  I am SURE they would replicate them for you.  I am thinking of asking for the DylanLex necklace for Christmas.  I know I would wear it CONSTANTLY, but it’s obviously a big investment.  I hope the Hubs reads my posts and immediately gets inspiration for birthday, Christmas, or “just because” gifts.  Hint hint.  The Chanel furry boots are beyond over the top, but they definitely caught my eye.  Show-stoppers for sure.  If you are going to invest in one of these pieces, I highly recommend the Helmut Lang skinnies.  They are worth.every.penny.  TOP SECRET TIP: I bought a pair of gray ones in the Runway section at TJ Maxx for MUCH less.  You will have to stalk the store to get them though.  But honestly, if you can’t find them there, they are even worth paying full price.  You will wear them more than anything else in your closet.  Surely, that averages out to like $30 per wear.  As you guys know, I am OBSESSED with Alexis.  She is definitely my favorite designer.  I love looking at her blog and her precious little girls.  The cutest family ever.  Well, THAT DRESS is so amaze.  And the camo moto jacket.  DIE.  I would do anything for these two items.  Don’t even get me started on the Tinafrange Louboutins.  TOTAL SWOON.  Next week, I will post some AFFORDABLE swoon-worthy items, but in the meantime, use these as your motivation.  Remember, dream THEN achieve.  Have a great weekend!


1) Illesteva Custom Sunglasses • 2) DylanLex Falkor • 3) Alexis Anafi Gown • 4) Chanel Fur Boots

5) Alexis Camo Moto Jacket • 6) Chanel Calfskin Boy Embellished • 7) Helmut Lang Leather Leggings • 8) Christian Louboutin Tinafrange



For those of you who know me, you know how much I LOVE the city I live in: Birmingham, AL. Over the last 8 years, I have not only been lucky to call “The Ham” home, but I have also witnessed it evolve into one of THE coolest cities in the Southeast. Known for it’s fabulous culinary scene and local culture, Birmingham is an awesome place for young adults to live and raise a family.

One of my absolute FAV places is the Pepper Place Farmer’s market. It is a crucial part of our weekly Saturday tradition: Iron Tribe, Pepper Place, dog walk in the park, and then a boozy lunch. Since I travel every week, I look forward to this time with the hubs more than anything. We have become friends with a lot of the vendors at Pepper Place and refuse to get our veggies anywhere else. How cool is it to be able to go to the market, pick out your veggies for the week, and plan your meals around what you purchased that day, all while supporting local farmers? We even get our pork, eggs, and chicken there. Local TRULY IS better! If you are lucky, you may even run into some Birmingham’s own celebrity chefs…Frank and Pardis Stitt are known to frequent the market for veggies to serve at their world-renowned restaurants. If you have not visited Pepper Place, you MUST go THIS Saturday. Don’t worry, it opens bright and early, so you will have plenty of time to shop prior to THE big game this week…Bama @ Ole Miss. Hotty Toddy, yall!

Last week I mentioned starting a weekly or monthly “MUST HAVE” feature. In addition, I would like to incorporate a LOCAL is BETTER post that spotlights my favorite things about this great city.

But first, enjoy all things Pepper Place and our FAVORITE vendors…

Snows Bend • Rora Valley • Owls Hollow • Jones Valley Teaching Farm • Mountain Song •

Mt. Laurel • Hepzibah Farms • Heron Hollow • Stone Hollow • After Midnight Salsa Co.



I spy spikes.


How GORG are these eggplants?


These WILL be in my kitchen this week.


The BEST peppers I have ever had.  Go straight to the Mt. Laurel tent.


You know I had to throw in some fashion.


SHIRT Left On Houston • JEANS Rag & Bone • SHOES Christian Louboutin Pik Boat 

SUNNIES Illesteva • HAT Lovely Bird • BAG Saint Laurent Betty Mini



Must Haves Boots MOTO

STEAL Steve Madden Tuf • INVEST Frye Veronica • SPLURGE Valentino Noir Rockstud Moto


STEAL Vince Camuto Klayton Peep-Toe Bootie • INVEST Isabel Marant Dicker Calfskin Leather Booties • SPLURGE Christian Louboutin So Kate Booties 


STEAL FREEBIRD Aspen • INVEST Rachel Zoe Nico • SPLURGE Christian Louboutin Tinafrange

Happy Hump Day ya’ll!!  So, I want to wrap up this gorgeous, fall day by launching my “MUST HAVES.”  This will be a new weekly (or monthly..have not decided) blog post that will cover anything from that swoon-worthy new Celine bag to the season’s MUST HAVE staple items.  Today my best friend Lauren texted me looking for the perfect transition shoe for fall.  This inspired me to kick off (pun intended) my MUST HAVES with this season’s hottest boots.  As you can see from the graphic above, I will give you a STEAL option, an INVESTMENT piece, and the ultimate SPLURGE.

What says FALL like a hot new pair of boots?   I feel like this season there are SO many options.  I have literally been searching high and low for the PERFECT boot.  I thought the hubs would literally kill me if he saw the number of boxes sitting on our front porch this week.  I had already planned my very valid excuse: “it’s research for the blog babe.”  Sorry not sorry!  So, by ordering, trying on, and returning every pair of boots imaginable, I am giving you a rundown of some of my favs.  You can just click the links above and have them shipped straight to your house.  For Fall/Winter 2014, there are 3 types of boots that I feel like you should focus on: a pair of super-cool motos, a fabulous bootie, and a tall, statement boot.  Within these categories there are literally thousands of options.  Studs and spikes are back and bigger than ever.  If you go with a bootie, choose an ultra-sleek, pointy toe or the always-appropriate peep-toe.  I vote leopard always…it is my go-to neutral.  Suede gives any boot that luxe feel, and an over-the-knee option really make a statement.  If you like the over-the-knee look, but don’t want to be too over the top, go with a flat, suede version in camel or soft gray.  The western look is HUGE this season…and of course, my obsession: FRINGE.  How AMAZE are those Fringe Louboutin boots?!?  I normally wear sequins to brunch, but I may make an exception here.  I don’t know how I will afford them, but I will find a way.  Is anyone hiring???  Maybe I can work nights.

As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to me at or leave a comment on this post.  I LOVE getting emails and texts from all of you.  Have a GREAT week and start shopping!  Seriously, hurry…every time I check a new website, these boots are sold out somewhere.