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 lifelutzurious@gmail.com 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.


Street Style


This weekend we are in Nashville for Ryan’s cousin’s wedding.  Nashville is such a unique place.  A mix of hipster and edge, this city is the epitome of street style.  This Helmut Lang vest is EVERYTHING.  Paired with my beloved Louboutin spikes, it’s both comfy and chic.  A long vest is an absolute MUST HAVE this fall.  I love how the spikes and the ripped jeans add just a touch of edginess.  Shout out to my bro in law for letting me borrow his Wayfarers…they have Nashville written all over them.  PS, the hubs is turning into QUITE the photographer…










Nothing wrong with a little Saturday afternoon Rose.


LOVE these paintings at Silly Goose.

Silly Goose

Silly Goose: true farm to table.  One of my FAVS in Nashville.

Have an AWESOME weekend y’all!

 ♥ always-LL

VEST Helmut Lang • T-SHIRT Helmut Lang • JEANS Rag N Bone The Skinny • HAT Janessa Leone • SNEAKERS Christian Louboutin Pik Boat • SUNNIES Ray Ban Wayfarers • NECKLACE Native Gem • BRACELETS Vita Fede, Gorjana, CC Skye

J’Adore St. Barth

Oh, St. Barths….j’adore.  I don’t know how else to say it.  The moment I stepped foot off the plane, I fell in love.

FULL DISCLOSURE: This may be the longest post ever.  If you want to skip the review, scroll down to see some pretty cool pictures.  Merci!

So, WHY did we choose St. Barths?  The hubs and I were wanting to take an anniversary trip.  I begged to go to Greece, and he countered with Miami.  Sweet.  I abso LOVE Miami, but I am there every month for work.  I wanted to go somewhere away from it all.  I mentioned Mexico, Sedona, The Hamptons…you name it.  The hubs is a MAJOR foodie and wino…tasting menus and wine pairings are his M.O.  So, I continued my search for the perfect destination: food, wine, sunshine, and an amazing scene.  That’s when I discovered St. Barths.  JACKPOT.  It’s funny…when I asked one of my friends about St. Barths, he replied “oh yeah, that’s your wheelhouse.”

For MONTHS, I had researched and researched and researched.  And with every article St. Barths got more and more fabulous.  The food, the wine, the culture, the people…it was right up our alley.  I never would have thought in a million years that it would be so breathtakingly gorgeous and hip at the same time.  The cool thing about St.Barths is that there are 22 beaches.  Rarely do you hang out at the same beach the whole time.  Each day, there is a different beach where the cool kids hang out.  For example, Saturday, it was St. Jean at the La Plage Bikini Brunch.  Sunday Funday was at Nikki Beach (yes, THAT Nikki Beach), also on St. Jean.  EVERY beach has something different that it offers.

WHERE TO STAY: Le Sereno.  Period.  End of story.  Drop the microphone.  This was SUCH a hip hotel.  With its modern decor, ultra-fabulous pool, and no shortage of gorgeous people, we loved it there.  Being a family-owned resort, the attention to detail was perfect.  It was a little off the beaten path, but this gave us the opportunity to explore the rest of the island, even though it was hard to leave the AMAZING pool.  The beach was calm and the perfect place for water sports.  To top it off, the bartender by the pool made THE BEST margarita I’ve ever had: tequila, fresh squeezed lime juice, Cointreau, and wasabi.  Fresh, no mix…just perfection.  The restaurant there is also wonderful, offering local fish and gourmet options.  You don’t want to miss this hotel!!

FOOD: Ok, when can you go on vacation, eat and drink your way through St. Barths, AND lose 5 lbs?  The food in St. Barths is PHENOMENAL.   It is all extremely fresh or flown in daily.  There is no gluten, or crap in the food that makes you feel bad.  It was the perfect mix between fine dining and gastronomic.   My favs in order: 1) Le Espirit.  This is as close to farm to table as you are going to get.  Simple. creative. no fuss.  The food was executed flawlessly, and the service was on point.  We ate there TWICE. 2) Le Gaiac. The views, the food, and the attention to detail is what comes to mind here.  It’s one of the most gorgeous restaurants I have ever been to, and they nailed each and every dish. 3) Bonito.  This is the night the hubs fell in love with St. Barths and wanted to extend our stay.  This night was a BLAST.  The view, the cocktails, the food, and the music.  See my post “Love at First Site.”  4) Nikki Beach.  Sounds crazy, I know.  But we had one of the most delicious local, whole fish I’ve ever had.  Topped off with the perfect bottle of French white wine, a daybed 3 ft from the water, people dancing on tables…this was an experience I will never forget!  5) Sand Bar at Eden Rock. Food was phenomenal…probably the BEST tuna tartare of the whole trip.  Make sure you eat here for lunch.  6) Le Sereno.  Even if you do not stay at the hotel, make sure you eat at the restaurant.  It’s VERY good!


1) Nikki Beach. Sunday is the best day to go. The food and atmosphere are top notch, and the beach is absolutely gorg. Rent a daybed and watch the rich and famous disembark from their yachts onto the white sandy beaches. With the perfect beach water sports, St. Jean beach is ideal for both families and couples.

2) I Love Friday Nights party @ La Plage. aka the perfect beach bar.  Imagine live music, a kick ass DJ, and a fire show…on the beach with amazing craft cocktails.

3) Le Ti. No description needed. Trust me, go one night after dinner to get “Le Ti’d”.  Sorry, I don’t have a picture from this night…probably best.

4) Shell Beach/Do Brazil. This serene beach is covered in sea shells. Go right before sunset and grab a cocktail at Do Brazil, right on the beach.  GORG!

5) Rent a boat to explore the island. Ok, this was an adventure in itself. My precious hubby, who has never driven a boat, decided he was going to be our captain. After a 5 minute presentation on the lay of the land, how to drive the boat, and how to work the radio, we were on our way. Wow. That was probably one of the most terrifying moments of my life.  The waves were absolutely HUGE.  You can just imagine me screaming every time the boat hit a 6 ft wave (not exaggerating).  The 10 minutes of hell, I mean boat ride, seemed like an eternity.  Then, we FINALLY reached the first beach.  My job was to get the anchor out.  UM, I could not get the anchor out.  Probably because I was still trembling from earlier.  Next thing I know, we had beached the damn boat.  As we sat there in the boat, on the beach, beautiful French women walked around, topless.  All I wanted to do was go to this secluded beach and layout topless.  At that point, I had to call the marina.  Once they came and rescued us, they sent us on our way again.  At that point,  we were pros!  We made our way to the next beach: Columbier.  The water was much smoother, and we enjoyed the ride.  There we tied up and watched the yachts roll in.  Luckily, we had packed plenty of wine.  This beach is normally only accessible via a hike.  Honestly this adventure is not meant for boating amateurs (ahem like us), but it was so worth it.  Do it. do it. do it.  You only live once, right?

6) Hike to the secret pools.  Ah-may-zing.  If you are interested in this, email me.  Top secret stuff here.

7) MEET AMAZING PEOPLE!!  This is so crucial.  We met an awesome couple from Destin.  It’s funny because we saw them the day before at La Plage, looking oh so fabulous.  I thought FOR SURE they were from Paris.  The next day, they saw me at Nikki Beach.  Once they heard my southern accent, they struck up a conversation.  They actually thought we were French as well.  Merci!   We were fortunate enough to meet their friends from Brussels and spent the day at their TO-DIE for villa with some of the most spectacular views.  We also met a hilarious lady from London, who we saw night after night.  It was so nice to see familiar faces all over the island.  So, branch out and be social!

8) To see the MOST beautiful sunset in the world, hike up to the fort in Gustavia.  Take a bottle of champagne and enjoy one of the most romantic experiences of your life.

9) SHOPPING!!!!  Imagine: Hermes, Chanel, Louis Vuitton and boutique after boutique.  Hit up downtown Gustavia, and you will be in heaven!!!


1) This place is expensive.  Get ready to spend  some $$$ and don’t stress about it.  Save up prior…it’s so worth it.

2) If you can afford it, NYE is THE time to visit.  Talk about see and be seen.  However, if you are looking for a smaller crowd, August was perfect.  Every year, they hold a music festival called St. Barth Summer Sessions.  This music festival is LEGIT.  Every night there is live music.  If you are lucky enough to hang with some of the bands, it makes your experience that much cooler.  Shout out to the gorg Sophia Urista and her lovely lady Essence, as well as the guys from the Matt O’Ree Band.  Bomb.com…check em out.  And to the keyboardist from Bon Jovi…you totes rocked it.

3) Rent a car.  I hope you are not scared of winding roads around mountains with no guard rails.  Seriously though, you will want a car.  This allows you to explore the island and see everything this magical place has to offer.

4) Spend AT LEAST a week there.  We were supposed to stay in St. Barths Friday-Tuesday.  On Sunday, we decided to stay until Thursday night.  This was still not enough time.

5) Fly through San Juan, especially if you are a Delta person.  We overnighted in San Juan and enjoyed some fab meals!  We took a quick 1 hour flight via Tradewinds (click for link) to St. Barths early the next morning.  They have a Tradewinds-only boarding area outside of security.  No lines, no wait, and your own personal concierge to help you get settled.  Once boarding the plane, they offer drinks and snacks and make sure you are comfortable.  And this plane is no puddle-jumper…it truly is a first-class experience.  On our way back to Puerto Rico, one of the crew members personally walked us from the plane to the ground transportation area.   These people REALLY take care of you!

I realize this may be the longest blog post in the history of the world, but I want to make sure visitors to St. Barths know exactly what to expect.  If you have any questions, please feel free to find me on Facebook (link above) or email me.  I would LOVE to help you plan your trip.  There truly is only one word to describe St. Barths: MAGICAL.  Enjoy the pictures below…so sad to say it, but…Auvoir!


Our first view of the resort. Le Sereno.


 The BEST tuna Tartare I have ever eaten. Sand Bar @ Eden Rock.


The night the hubs fell in love with St. Barths.  Bonito.


 The Gustavia harbor.


 St. Tropez Party.  Nikki Beach  

SWIMSUIT TOP L’Space • SWIMSUIT BOTTOMS Mara Hoffman • HAT Janessa Leone


 The GORG Sophia Urista and Matt O’Ree Band.  La Plage.





The secret pools.

TOP Mara Hoffman • BOTTOMS L*Space • SUNNIES Jimmy Choo Ives




How the French lay out: accessory-free.  So, I joined them.  When in St. Barths…

TOP L*Space • EARRINGS Deepa Gurnani • BRACELETS Vita Fede, Gorjana


OBSESSED with color.

JUMPER Mara Hoffman • SHOES Marc Jacobs

SUNNIES Fendi Pequin Cat-Eyes • HEADBAND Flash Tats


 HAT Janessa Leone Gloria • SUNNIES Jimmy Choo Ives • TOP Alexis 



Fringe. Ombre. Humidity.

TOP Alexis




Super glam hotel entrance @ Le Sereno

TOP Alexis (similar HERE) • SKIRT Alexis (sold out) • SHOES Christian Louboutin (sold out)


 Our room @ Le Sereno


 Villa life.

HAT Janessa Leone Gloria • TOP Mara • BOTTOMS L*Space



ST BARTH Life Lutzurious

Cheers to the PERFECT trip.

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Sums it up PERFECTLY.


Touchdown Fashion!

Game Day Outfit

Last Thursday marked the first day of the 2014 college football season aka the best time of the year. I am not sure if I have ever been so excited. On that glorious Thursday, my beloved Ole Miss Rebels were playing a key game against Boise State. As the game started, I could picture my team storming out of the tunnel as 60,000 fans screamed Hotty Toddy. The smell of bourbon filled the air and images of beautiful women dressed to the nines danced through my head. I was immediately taken back to long, hot Saturdays of tailgating with my friends. Growing up in the Southeastern Conference, game days didn’t mean team t-shirts and jeans. Game days meant inspiration for all the latest trends and the ultimate excuse to play dress up.  I immediately started searching for inspiration for Saturday’s game day in Auburn. While every school is different in how they dress up (or down) for games, the most important thing is to be yourself. Dress like you like to dress. I always try to throw in the school colors and wear COMFORTABLE shoes. Blisters are no fun when it’s 95 degrees outside, and you have been on your feet for 8 hours.

So what are my MUST haves for football season?

1) In the still-hot late summer, early fall months, opt for a pair of cute shorts and a fun top.  This is what I wore last Saturday…paired here with my absolute favorite shoes in the world.  Keep the accessories simple with some mirrored sunnies, vintage earrings, and a cross-body bag.  TIP: Although super cute, the see-through bag was not very practical for sneaking in Fireball minis.

Gameday Outfit 2

TOP Alexis (SHOP) • SHORTS  Alexis (SOLD OUT) • SHOES Christian Louboutin Pik Boat (SOLD OUT but SHOP similar HERE) • EARRINGS Vintage Chanel (one of a kind but shop similar HERE) • BAG Saint Laurent Mini Betty Bag (SOLD OUT but SHOP similar HERE) • SUNNIES Jimmy Choo Ives (SHOP)

2) A fabulous jumpsuit in your school colors paired with either flats or booties.  I am sure most of you remember this belt from BCBG…an oldie but a goodie.


 JUMPSUIT Tocca Sleeveless Jumpsuit (SOLD OUT but even cuter version HERE• BELT BCBG (SOLD OUT but much cuter options HERE) • SHOES Charles David D’Orsay Flats  (SHOP)

3) Speaking of booties…these are all perfect for Game Day…cute and comfy!

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FROM TOP LEFT Freda Salvador Star Bracelet Boot (SHOP) • Joie Dalton Haircalf Booties (SHOP) • Lamb Tessa Moto Boots (SHOP) • FREEBIRD by Steven Eve Harness Bootie (SHOP) • elsewalker (SHOP)

4) I LOVE the look of a long vest and leggings.  How cute would this be paired with a vintage t-shirt with your favorite team’s logo?


 No, this isn’t me.  I found this on Pinterest.  PHOTO CREDIT Rock n’ Roll Fairytale (visit her precious blog HERE)

5) Don’t even think of leaving home without a cute hat.

Fall Hats

FROM TOP LEFT Janessa Leone Sara (SHOP) • Janessa Leone Angie (SHOP) • Lovely Bird (SHOP)

6) Leather leggings.  Let me repeat: Leather Leggings.  Better yet, rock em in your team color and pair with a fun t-shirt and moto jacket.  Fab.com. 


JEANS AG (SOLD OUT but HIGHLY recommend THESE) •  SHIRT Sass and Bide (SOLD OUT but SHOP similar HERE) • BOOTS Christian Louboutin (SOLD OUT but SHOP similar HERE) • BAG Prada (SOLD OUT but SHOP similar HERE)  

 I apologize for not getting an actual picture of me in my first Gameday outfit of the year, but Saturday was hotter than hell…literally, people were sweating buckets as they drowned their misery in bourbon and cheered “War Eagle.”  Hopefully, this gives you a little bit of inspiration before Saturday.  Remember, BE YOURSELF…put on what makes you feel awesome…and wear comfortable but FABULOUS shoes. Happy Football Season and Hotty Toddy!!!!!