How to Pack: Napa Edition

Hi y'all! In case you missed my last post, this is second of my series: How to Pack! And this week, I'm talking Napa. Now while this post is inspired by my trip to wine country, you can re-create these looks for any vacation destination that's romantic + luxurious: Paris, The Amalfi Coast, The Hamptons (just to name a few). As you'll see, the looks I created for this trip are a little bit sexy, somewhat edgy and encompass that California vibe. 

So pour yourself a glass of rosé, watch the video and create the looks you'll love for your next trip. Comment below and let me know what you think too!

 

Haven't seen the video yet? Watch it here now.

Wanna to learn more about how to style your current wardrobe in more interesting ways? Book a free Greer Style Chat with me to talk all about your unique style needs. I'll create a customized plan of action dedicated to helping you love your look every day of the week. 

How to Pack: Camping Trip Edition

I'm excited to announce the launch of my latest video series: How to Pack! This year I'm going to be traveling a lot, and I'm excited to take y'all along for the ride! I get so many questions about how to prep a suitcase without it being a failure/disaster/disappointment. Thus! I created this series to show you how exactly I do it and end up satisfied + styled at my destination. 

Before you dive into the video though, I also want to say one thing...

packing is stressful.

And if you feel that next trip inducing anxiety, you are certainly not alone. It's stressful, because it truly is hard. You basically have to take what you do every day (create an outfit), but multiple it by at least double. That's a lot of outfits made up of a lot of pieces that you've got to conceptualize at one time. 

It took me many tries and trips before getting in touch with myself enough, gaining the perspective and developing the courage to say, "yes, I will definitely wear this." or "That's a nice idea, Raquel, but you know you won't wear that." Nice ideas are great, and at home, nice can be fun and pleasant. On vacation though, you only want to pack stuff you absolutely love that fits you like a glove. Because loving your outfits every day of a trip will enhance your trip and give you that enviable glow we all want in vacation pictures.

So grab a glass of wine, a pen & paper and hit play to get inspired to create the style under the stars you'll absolutely love. Oh and if you have questions, I'd love to chat.

Got a trip you're taking soon? Let me help you pack for it. 
Have a place you'd like me to feature on "How to Pack"? Comment below with where you're heading next.

Simple styling makes a big difference.

Great outfits don't just come together on their own. Each piece has to be put into place to create a look that appears effortlessly polished. 

And chances are you've stirred up this bad-ass-outfit-making magic before (whether by accident or on purpose). The trick to recreating similarly awesome outfits is to ask yourself why you liked that particular outfit. If you pinpoint that fact, you can construct other that have a similar appearance.

But this won't get you far enough.

To truly master your wardrobe, you need to take each new outfit as an individual creative project. Each outfit is about celebrating you on that given day. Because you don't want to start from scratch, you need to build a base of styling techniques.

Styling techniques allow you to be creative, while providing a base of knowledge to consistently work from. They cut down the time and energy you have to put into each outfit, while still making each outfit fresh and energetic.

Which is why this week I'm showing you 4 of them to take your basic tops from boring to boss.

the 1st TOP...

Watch the video to go in depth on how to create this first look!

PULL IT OUT, TWIST IT AROUND, PUSH IT THROUGH, tighten the knot

Add a necklace too and...BU-BAM! lOOK #1

LOOK #2

Add your favorite statement earrings. Right now, I'm loving my new ones from DYLAN WYLDE on South Lamar.

TUCK IN YOUR TOP TO ACCENTUATE YOUR WAIST.

AND BOOM! Look #2


LOOK #3 begins wih a boring button down...

Now let's make this top pop with a waist belt...

Don't forget accessories, like these beauties from Nina Berenato. Use code "GreerVIP" for 30% off on her site.

The Greer Guide to Style - Simple Styling Tricks

Look #3 Done.

The Greer Guide to Style - Simple Styling Tricks

Look #4 on its way...

TIE IT UP

The Greer Guide to Style- Simple Styling Tricks

add a Statement necklace to finish...

VOILA! Look #4

Wanna to learn more about how to style your current wardrobe in more interesting ways? Book a free Greer Style Chat with me to talk all about your unique style needs. I'll create a customized plan of action dedicated to helping you love your look every day of the week. 

Brunch Styled.

Whether you celebrate Easter or not, this Sunday is the perfect occasion for champagne, chilaquiles and a dress that feels fun, flirty and bright. I love dresses for the hot weather, because they're breezy and easy, but they're especially ideal for your dressy casual occasions.

Get inspired to throw on your Sunday best and celebrate the weekend with these 3 looks. 

Photography by Natalie Beurskens


Spring White



COLOR RUSH



BOOTS AND BOLD HUES


Sweat + Style

I don't take choosing work out gear lightly. Probably because one of my most embarrassing life moments occurred when I split my stretch pants open a few years ago at the gym...in front of a trainer...who happened to be a guy. 

Yes, it was terrible, and while I certainly don't love reliving that moment, it's a reminder of how important it is to choose workout gear (especially pants) that fit, make you feel comfortable and, above all, are secure. 

That's is why I decide to share some of my favorite, dependable brands this week and how to style them for your next workout.

Photographer: Natalie Beurskens



Why I love this brand + style: Crop tops are one of my favorite pieces in the summertime, so the Spark top is the perfect piece to fit my style in with my workout. This top and legging provide extra support with compression fabric, along with UV protection and quick dry technology that make it easy to wear outside in the Texas heat. Shop Ethona here.

My Go-To Weekly Workout: 
CAMP GLADIATOR

Why CG'S different: It's a bootcamp style work out with a strong emphasis on community and togetherness. Whether you're working out for the first time or are a lifetime marathoner, Camp Gladiator pushes you to your next level without intimidating you. Camps are held in different neighborhoods all over Austin, so give your local one a look here.


H&M X ZELLA X NIKE


How to style your workout look: Working out is all about getting pumped up, which means it's the perfect time to bring out the energy through your outfit. Mix and match patterns to easily amp up your look. When pattern matching, try mixing pieces with similar colors and patterns, like these black-and-white-striped Zella leggings with the black-and-white H&M striped dolman sweatshirt. Finish with your favorite graphic tee. Go Knicks!


IVY PARK X ZELLA X NIKE


Why I love these brands + styles: Zella creates cute patterns to fit women with curves. Many of their pants are available in a high-waisted style, which makes it dependable for everything from yoga to strength training. They're also incredibly affordable, so stocking up on all the prints is a must. Take a look. 

The Ivy Park tank is my go-to for workouts, because the cut is freeing, the fabric is soft and of course, it's Beyonce's line, so it gets you in the boss mentality you need to push yourself in every workout. 

What to Wear for SXSW

SXSW means a little something different to all of us. Perhaps you were roped into it by your job or you're hoping to network furiously during the week or you're just a lover of live music in search of your next favorite band. No matter the reason, you've got to get dressed and you've got to look good. 

There's a lot of freedom in what you can wear to SXSW, and with freedom comes questions. When you know the rules of style, there's only one question you need to focus on though "what is the outfit that will make you feel absolutely stunning at the event?" 

If you're left without a clear answer to this question, here are a few ideas to consider when putting together your outfit for the party ahead. 


Singin' The Blues


The weather will be unpredictable (as always.) Mix textures like cotton and leather to be prepared for anything. 

Tie up your top for a flirty touch.

Sunglasses are the perfect Austin accessory. Go with your most eclectic to bring personality into your look.


BUSINESS MEET CASUAL


Rock a graphic tee and a blazer for a professional edge with a rock n' roll vibe.

Let your hair down to give your look a wild and free feel.

Mules are my favorite trend of the moment, and they're comfortable too! Slip yours on and head to the event for a look that you'll feel relaxed in all day.


Party preppy


SXSW is about energy, so pull out your most vibrant accessories to celebrate. Love this cuff? Use the code "GreerVIP" to get 30% off this and every piece at NinaBerenato.com.

Pattern match a smaller stripe with a larger stripe to pop both pieces into a cute and complex look. 

And remember style is about highlighting you. If you need more guidance on how to create looks from your own wardrobe, book a Greer Style Chat to talk 1-on-1 with me about your unique needs and image goals. Xoxo, Raquel

How to Maintain & Manage Your Closet for Every Day

I created this week's post because I don't verbalize enough how important it is to manage your closet on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.

A few simple tasks can make a big difference in the look and vibe of your closet. 

You have a limited amount of time you can spend in your wardrobe, and if everything isn't laid out for you to think creatively, you can't conceptualize an outfit.

Suddenly you're reaching for an outfit that "works" rather than one that makes you feel and look amazing. 

Because of this, regular wardrobe maintenance is an essential. It allows you to bring structure and systems to your closet space, and with these systems, comes order. With order, you envision your outfits more easily, feel more satisfaction when putting outfits together and get clearer on what your style is and where your style's going.

Here are 5 simple tips to turn your closet from a landfill into a secret garden.

5. Return any unwanted gifts. 

I know this seems simple, but I can't tell you the number of times I've been in someone's closet and the conversation goes something like this:

"This doesn't look like the style you're going for. Can we donate it?"
"Oh yeah, that was a gift from my [insert: aunt, ex-boyfriend, friend,mom] and I've never worn it."

Instead of letting unwanted pieces sit in your closet, return them. It may feel like a gift takes up only a little bit of space, but that space can instead be used for something you love or even left as open space! 

The giver had the joy of giving the gift to you. Now it's time to give yourself some joy and exchange it for something you really love. If you're not sure where it's from, stick it in the donate pile for someone else to enjoy. Which brings me to my next point...

4. Have a running give away bag in your closet.
 

I get a lot of questions and assumptions that I must have a ton of clothes in my own closet.

I don't.

I practice what I preach, which means regularly investigating who I am and how I want my clothes to show that. Do I want to feel flirty, edgy, classic, etc...? Maybe all of these things, maybe not.

This thought process inevitably leads me to weed out some pieces in my wardrobe are no longer aligned with who I want to be style-wise.

While something may be beautiful, cute or a piece you once loved, if it doesn't represent you now...put it in the go pile. Perhaps you went through a divorce, gave birth, moved, or had a career advancement...all these life changes contribute to style changes.

When you're actively thinking about the messages behind your clothes, individual pieces in your wardrobe will start to stand out as "not you". When this happens, go with your gut. Add them to your bag, and when its full, donate.

3. Prioritize Spots

I was in a client's closet yesterday and the first thing I noticed was the gym clothes had the prime real estate, right up front and center. The light-weight spring/summer tops were shoved in the back left corner.

While fitness is an essential part of life, you won't ever forget to use your workout clothes.

You will however forget about a summer top in a dark and dusty corner. In your closet, out of sight, out of mind holds true. 

Put the lifestyle essentials like tanks, work out gear and sweatshirts aside. Bring the pieces that can spark your creativity to the most visible spots in your closet. This way you can't forget about them, and you'll be encouraged to use more of your wardrobe. 

2.Invest in an iron and a steamer

There's nothing sadder than pulling out something you're eager to wear only to find out you can't. It's horribly wrinkled, and you don't have time to fix it right now. This will thwart your whole style plan and throw off your day. 

When anything that needs to be ironed or steamed comes out of the dryer, hang it up in a certain section or put it in a particular pile, rather than putting it in it's usual place. Add the task to your to-do list too, so you can easily remember to de-wrinkle each piece on Sunday night. 

Also, it's important you have both an iron and a steamer. Some fabrics are more responsive to one over another, so both will keep your bases covered. 

1. keep a spot for hangers-on-the-loose

So often I walk into a client's closet and each section of clothes has unused hangers stuffed in between each hanging clothing item. The hangers get caught on neighboring clothes, the clothes get caught on neighboring hangers and suddenly each piece is going in its own direction. 

This makes it hard to sift through, hard to see and if you enjoy a beautiful closet, this one is not pretty either. 

When you remove an article of clothing from a hanger, place the hanger in a particular section. This makes it easy to grab when you're hanging up clothes again and creates order in each section.

A look inside my closet and where I keep unused hangers...

Want more info on how to work with the wardrobe you've got to create outfits you'll love for your everyday? Book a Greer Style Chat with Raquel. 

What to Wear for Valentine's Day

The day of love doesn't mean you've got to scramble to grab all things red in your wardrobe. While you absolutely can go classic for the occasion, I've got some fresh new ways to feel sexy and romantic for the 14th. 

Photographer: Natalie Beurskens

Paint the town peach

Warm hues are considered feminine and playful in comparison to cool colors, which means Valentine's Day is the perfect time to put them to good use.

Give your look a sexy element by pulling out your knee-high boots.


Candy hearts and pencil stripes


Off-the-shoulder tops are a little sexy, a little sweet and the perfect trend piece for Valentine's Day. If you're not comfortable with a full off-the-shoulder, try a cold shoulder top for more coverage, but a similar look.

It's all in the details. Even though it's subtle, wearing these tiny hearts or a delicate floral pattern on February 14th will get me (and you) into the holiday mood. Shop this necklace.


RETRO ROMANTIC


A vintage-inspired look is well suited to this holiday. Try a fit n' flare for a retro silhouette that will highlight your shape.

Want to rock actual vintage? Check out January's Greer Guide to Austin shop and mention us for 20% off. 

Add a little edge to your look by popping it with your favorite moto jacket. Fingers crossed the weather cooperates. 

If you're feeling adventurous, tie a scarf in your hair or add a headband to pop the look. 

My little valentine, Norma Jeane. 

Greer Guide to Austin: January Shop


Bloomers and Frocks

1628 S 1st Street
Austin, TX 78704

#greerguidetoaustin


A new year means exploring new shops in Austin, and Bloomers and Frocks is a perfect place to start.

My favorite part about Bloomers and Frocks is the variety of pieces in the shop. Not only do they have a diverse selection of garments from the greater part of the 20th century (1920's -1980's), but there are variety of sizes starting with XXS and going up to XL.

Rarely do I find this at vintage shops. 


Watch our 1st video and subscribe to our channel for more interviews and wardrobe tips for your every day style! 


Owner, Rebekka Adams, could not be more knowledgable about vintage clothing. While personal shopping and styling are a daily part of my life, I wasn't sure where to start in this shop. Each piece is unique, so I didn't know what would or wouldn't fit. Rebekka took my measurements, giving me a clear idea of pieces that would work for me. 

If you're a gal who loves vintage or who hasn't tried it before, but loves the idea of it, Rebekka makes the process of finding what's perfect for you simple and satisfying. And if you need help styling your new oldies into the wardrobe, you know who to call

RETRO roMANTIC

1960's Floral Baby Doll Dress, $68

1960's Floral Baby Doll Dress, $68

1980's Earrings, $10

1980's Earrings, $10

GOLD GLAM

1980's Polka Dot Top, $58

1980's Polka Dot Top, $58

1980's Bracelets, $38 each

1980's Bracelets, $38 each

COCKTAIL PARTY CUTENESS

1940's Sequin Dickie, $38

1940's Sequin Dickie, $38

1970's Floral Jacket, $88 1950's Black Taffeta Skirt, $78

1970's Floral Jacket, $88
1950's Black Taffeta Skirt, $78

Rock Your Turtleneck Every Day of The Week

It's finally cold in Austin! While many of us wished for this for so long, now that it's happening, it requires you to put in some energy and thought into creating layered looks you'll love. 

It's time to get comfy, feel cozy and snuggle up to some new styling tools in our wardrobe. One is those tools is the turtleneck. It's classic, but like anything classic, it can easily feel boring. Adding a few modern touches and getting a little creative can make it feel fresh and fashion-forward every day of the week. 

This week I've created three outfits for three situations you may find yourself in. Try them out, give them your personal touch and allow yourself to be adventurous. That's what style is all about: bringing yourself into your wardrobe. 

Photographer: Natalie Beurskens

BUSINESS CASUAL

Want help using your clothes to create more outfits that make you feel effortlessly chic? Book a Greer Style Chat with Raquel to create an individualized plan of action to bring your style from basic to boss. 

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What to Wear for NYE

Hello, 2017!
Get inspired to party the night away with the perfect outfit.


LOOK ONE

Where you're ringing in the New Year: 
downtown with friends or out at dinner with your honey

Allow each element of your outfit to talk to another element. Black chats with black, gold chats with gold. Each piece creates a conversation of clothing aka a really rockin' outfit. 

Don't be shy about mixing your everyday pieces with party wear. I use this blouse for work occasions and holiday festivities.

Shop this jacket now.

Mix texture to keep people on their toes. Use sparkle, leather, suede or fringe to create an outfit people will be complimenting all night.

NYE is the day to go big with your heels, so embrace it! Bring out your leopard heels, your red stilettos or your python pumps. Shop these now.

LOOK two

Where you're ringing in the New Year: 
in a bar on the east side or at a live music venue

Not everyone can wear black, and if you are one of those people, you know to go colorful for NYE! Red is the perfect option for holiday festivities, so pull this from your closet.

Shop the horn cuff below and gold rings above. Use code "GreerVIP" at checkout to receive 30% off.

These tassels are some of my favorite party earrings, and they come in every hue. Find your color.

Repurpose this year's favorite trend: the romper. Pair it with a light weight jacket, NYE heels and be on your way!

LOOK Three

Where you're ringing in the New Year: 
on Rainey Street or at a friend's house party

NYE Note:
There can never be too much glitz.

Shout out to my brother and sister-in-law for getting me the perfect Christmas gift: these earrings. They finish off the look flawlessly. Shop them here.

Mix metals to create a fashion-forward look. And don't forget your envelop clutch! The angular shape enhances the angles in the top. Remember, each element needs to work together harmoniously. 

The possibilities for 2017 are endless! Happy New Year! 

How to Pack for This Weekend

If you're visiting the relatives (or anyone, for that matter) over the holidays, this one's for you. If you're not traveling for the holidays, welp, don't worry: there's plenty here for you too.

Planning out exactly what you'll wear over the holiday weekend means there's one less thing to worry about. And travel or not, we all need that. 

So here it is. Signed, sealed, delivered for you to recreate from the contents of your own closet. 

Keep it simple. Don't overwork it. 

What's on the style agenda: 

Day 1:
JEANS-SWEATER-BOOTIES

Day 2:
Day -- LEGGINGS-SWEATER-BOOTIES-TUNIC TOP
Night--LBD-SWEATER-NECKLACE-BOOTIES
 

Day 3:
JEANS-SWEATER-BOOTIES

And here are the steps to make sure everything works...

Step #1
Choose your jeans wisely.

I chose my Madewell flare jeans for this trip, because they're comfortable, easy to wear with boots and thick enough that I know I'll be warm.

In addition to blue jeans, add a pair of leggings to your carry-on. Packing the perfect suitcase is about finding the sweet spot between having too much and too little. Leggings will ensure you have a back up if you want to switch things up. 

STEP #2
Pull your favorite Classic sweaters.

One of the biggest issues you encounter when packing is that you pull what you don't love. You get on vacation, open your bag and go "why did I bring that?!" Listen to your intuition. Go with what you know you'll wear and what you love to wear. Especially with a short trip, your choices will be limited.

So be cutthroat.

Both sweaters should versatile; easy to dress up or dress down. Each should be in good condition, up-to-date and versatile. 

Note: No sweatshirts allowed!  

My V-Neck Sweater by Leith

My V-Neck Sweater by Leith

My Crew Neck Sweater by Top Shop

My Crew Neck Sweater by Top Shop

STEP #3
DON'T FORGET YOUR Accessories!

I've said it a billion times, and yes, I'm saying it again...no outfit is complete without accessories! Even if you're spending the holidays at your great aunt's house, your running-around-her-town outfit must include accessories.

For a crew neck sweater, go with a bib-necklace or beaded necklace, which accentuates the shape of the collar. A v-neck is great with a long or short pendant necklace to highlight the slimming silhouette of the v-neck. 

I highly recommend packing two necklaces, so you can mix and match your accessories with different outfits. Multiple accessories will ensure you don't get bored with your look. 

In addition, add stud earrings for every daytime outing and a pair of statement earrings for night. 

A pop of color necklace for my crew neck sweater! 

A pop of color necklace for my crew neck sweater! 

The soft hues of my pendant necklace and v-neck sweater balance each other well.

The soft hues of my pendant necklace and v-neck sweater balance each other well.

STEP #4
Wait! YOU'll need more ACCESSORIES!

Don't forget your scarves. I'm packing two, so I can choose a scarf depending on my mood. The colorful one is for my playful moods, the gray is for my serious moods. And yes, you will have many moods when hanging with family. Style is all about creativity, so don't be afraid to mix and match your scarves with both sweaters. It's eclectic, fun and gives each outfit a fresh feel. 

If you're going somewhere reeeeeally cold, pick gloves and a hat to match each scarf.

Fold them into your suitcase messy or clean. Most heavy scarves will remain wrinkle-free, so you'll be set to throw them on when you land.

STEP #5
ADD A HOLIDAY DRESS in the mix.

You'll probably have a dressy dinner one or two nights this weekend. Bring your little black dress for this occasion. If you're going out to dinner, rather than staying in, throw your crew neck sweater on top. Both necklaces will work for the crew neck sweater, so put on a different necklace at night than the one you had on all day. Add your statement earrings, and the outfit is done! 

The Little Black Dinner Dress

The Little Black Dinner Dress

Pair it with Statement Earrings, a Pendant Necklace, and Your Cowl Neck Sweater. 

Pair it with Statement Earrings, a Pendant Necklace, and Your Cowl Neck Sweater. 

STEP #6
DON'T FORGET THE EXTRAS! 

  • Bring two easy to throw on tees or casual blouses for under your sweaters. Make sure they're presentable. In other words, if you get hot and take off your sweater, you shouldn't be embarrassed wearing them. 
     
  • Bring one tunic top (aka a long top that covers your derrière) to go over leggings.
     
  • Add your winter coat to the mix to keep you warm all weekend.
     
  • Bring one pair of booties. You can mix black and brown, so if you feel up to a living outside the box, pair brown! 
     
  • Traveling for more than a few days? Double up on everything.
     
  • Got questions? Schedule a chat with Raquel to get personalized tips on how to pack for your trip. 
My brown booties, tunic top, and leggings rolled for easy traveling! 

My brown booties, tunic top, and leggings rolled for easy traveling! 

Happy Holidays!

Live on CBS! Dressing For Your Next Holiday Party

This week, I was interview on We Are Austin about style trends, what to wear to your next holiday party and how to use your own wardrobe to create party-ready outfits.
 

Click the pics below to see the video! 

What To Wear For Your Holiday Parties

December is here, and soon the holiday parties will be to! Whether you're keeping it low key at a friend's shindig or attending a client party downtown, you need to find an outfit that reflects who you are and how you want to be seen.

Each occasion will be festive, fun and full of energy. So should your getup.

With all of the tasks to tackle during the holiday season like gifts, decorating and holiday cards, it's important to look at creating your outfit not as another chore, but rather an exciting way to get into the mood of the season. This mindset will make you more enthused to attend parties and celebrate your style this season.

You don't have to spend a ton of money adding a bunch of different pieces to your wardrobe. Adding 1-3 fresh pieces will instantly bring your closet basics up a notch. 

Every single outfit you wear should make you feel fabulous, and your 2016 holiday look is no exception. 
 


Get festive


Option #1
Swap your classic cardigan for a more festive outer layer.


What goes underneath: A Little Black Dress or A Silk Blouse + Dark Denim

Click through to shop each look.


Option #2
Swap your dainty jewelry for statement pieces.
 


When adding bolder jewelry to your outfit, choose a statement necklace and stud earrings or statement earrings and a single strand necklace. Don't overcrowd your headspace. It's can easily become distracting, rather than enhancing. 

If you want to add more jewelry, bring in a cocktail ring and an arm full or bangles. 
 


 

Option #3
Swap your classic flats for statement heels.


Click the pics to shop each piece.


Option #4
wap your neutral makeup for a bold accent look.


Add a cat eye look with liquid liner.

Add a bold red lip for a dramatic and festive touch.
If you want a trendier (rather than classic) look, try plum. 

Want a look you don't have to mess with the night of the party? Get your lashes done.

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Option #5
Swap your LBD FOR A PARTY DRESS.


Need more help styling or shopping for your holiday look? Contact Raquel to book a session before your next party.

4 Ways to Wear Your Holiday Sweater

Red is a color I love to wear year round, but when it gets to the holiday season, I am more excited than ever to wear one of my favorite staple colors. I've created the looks below with a bright, bold piece, but even if your go-to cardigan is a neutral like black or tan, it will do perfectly. Dress it up, dress it down. It's the sweetest look to celebrate the season. 

*Photography by Natalie Beurskens

Retro Love

Belt your cardigan at your waist to create a slimmer silhouette.

Pop red with pink. In this case, I used my rose gold Laura Lobdell ring to play into the warmth of the red. 

Button where you belt the cardigan to both smooth the layers and style them effortlessly. 

All Bundled up

Scarves are meant to lay naturally. Don't fuss about where each piece lands.
Even out the length on both ends just enough to weight it, so it doesn't unravel from around your neck. Fluff up the middle and let it go.

Mix chunky textures with both gold and silver to create a care-free fall look.

Add booties to a cropped pant to make your look more relaxed for business casual occasions. 

WEEKEND WEAR

Use your bright cardigan as a pop of color on warm or cool neutrals.

Leggings are the perfect partner for your knee-high boots.

Add a hat for a night out downtown.

endless summer

Pick the perfect dress by using the colors in your accessories and cardigan to guide you. Red and green are complimentary colors, so they pair easily.

When the weather allows, don't shy away from open-toed shoes.
You can still rock them in this heat.

Want more style in your wardrobe? Let's chat. I would love to hear more about your unique and deeply personal style. I'll create a wardrobe full of outfits and clothes you love and love to wear. 

Shop Austin: The November Boutiques

The East 5th Street Block Shops



Passport Vintage

This shop is located upstairs from Aro and specializes in recreating vintage denim into your perfect pair of jeans. Maria, the owner, tailors jeans into slim fit cuts, while also cropping the bottom for an on-trend look. She also has an eye for rare vintage tees. The result: a collection of pieces that will turn your weekend look into a style statement.

The selection of jeans includes Levi's 501s and Wranglers. 

 

ARO

ARO, the East Austin jewelry shop, celebrates small jewelry designers located all over North America: Austin, California, Brooklyn, Canada. When you walk into ARO, the structure, the colors, the lines weave a clear picture of what's in it: thoughtful, modern, feminine art. 

Use code "greer15" to receive 15% off your next purchase at ARO online or in store. 

Byron & Blue

Named after the owner's childhood pup and current fur baby, Byron and Blue houses all the home goods and knick-knacks that make perfect holiday gifts for friends, family and above all, you.

The owner, Alexia, says her most important space to her is home, which is why she decided to open this shop rather than a clothing boutique. The shop does carry one line of clothing though and from now until the end of this month, will host a pop-up shop from Pieceology Vintage

GIC Gift Guide

Thoughtful gift giving is a win-win situation. When you get a gift you love, it makes you feel appreciated by the giver. When you give a great gift, you relish in the joy that comes with makes someone feel special.

There's that warm, cuddly heart-filled-with-joy, big-smile-on-your-face thing that happens, which is one of the most pleasant and wonderful parts of the holidays. It's love, gratitude and celebration all wrapped up with a big bow on top. 

I've put together a list of my favorite gifts this season that are considerate, fun and work for all the different types of women on your list.


5. Shoes of Prey Customizable Shoes


This is an ideal gift for someone like your mother or best friend whose style you have nailed down. Whether she loves leopard or lady-like lace, you can create a pair of flats, kitten heels or stilettos that are perfectly her.

Customized Heels

Customized Heels

If you love the idea, but want to stick on the safe side for someone like your sister-in-law, you can also give a gift certificate to Shoes of Prey. 

Customized Booties

Customized Booties

Customized Flats

Customized Flats

Side note: If you want the shoes to ship for free, your order will take 4 weeks to arrive, so start designing your pair now! 



It's the little details that count, and with Kayu clutches, they'll add a big pop to any outfit. Whether it's a straw clutch for the beach or a brass-and-shell evening bag (below left), these gems don't skimp on the personality.

Each bag is uniquely imagined, thus there is something here for the variety of of different gals on your list: your preppy mother-in-law, your elegant mother, your quirky sister or your sporty best friend. 


3. The Blanket Scarf


The thought of a blanket scarf makes me want to curl up on the couch with a glass of red wine and a Netflix movie. What I love about these is that they are just as elegant as they are comfy. One of my clients is heading to Italy next month, so I packed one of these in her suitcase, but this piece could just as easily work when you're running to the grocery store or at the kids' sporting events.

This is a good surprise for the people on your list that appreciate practical gifts. There are many places the sensible gal can wear this, while keeping warm and effortlessly cute. These accessories are also very moderately priced, so if you're looking to spend a little less on a friend, a cousin or for a gift-exchange, this is a great present. 



If you follow my Instagram, you know I rave about this jewelry all the time. Nina, the owner and designer, is highly creative with the pieces she makes. I also love that each design is both fashion-forward and easily wearable for every day occasions. Whether you're gifting this to a 19-year-old or a 69-year-old, they will love the delicate nature and super chic art that is Psyche Jewelry.

Spectrum Earrings by Psyche

Spectrum Earrings by Psyche

Spectrum Rings by Psyche (above) Sacred Path Ring by Psyche (left)

Spectrum Rings by Psyche (above)

Sacred Path Ring by Psyche (left)

If you're live in Austin too, pop into Nina's jewelry trailer on Barton Springs to pick out the perfect gifts in-person for your gals.



Services make the perfect holiday gifts, because they are an experience the gals on your list would love, but wouldn't necessary indulge in for themselves. 

The Greer Style Tasting is a personalized 90-minute in-home styling session designed to give any woman a fresh perspective on her style and wardrobe.

This session includes amenities such as personal styling, a color analysis and closet clean out, which will leave her feeling excited and energized about her wardrobe. 

Whether she loves her style, can't find her style or believes she never had one, I celebrate her for the beauty she is and create outfits that represent that.

I help her develop her unique style, so she feels put together, polished and confident any day of the week. I meet her where she's at style-wise, so whether you gift this to your grandmother or your teenage niece, I give her simple styling tools and outfits based on her preferences, age, desired image and lifestyle. 

Leave the pants. Take the booties.

Pants are a placeholder. Yes, there are some truly fabulous pants that will make you feel like a million bucks, but so often I find my clients reach for them, not because they love pants, but because they aren't sure what else works. This motion is intensified when we enter boot season. 

Booties (and all boots) are perfect for this week of weather, but you don't need pants to wear them. Try pairing them with shorts, dresses or skirts. It can feel tricky, but these more summer-y pieces can be a perfect weather-appropriate boots-included outfit.

Mixing pieces from different seasons indicates you've got style intuition, because you're creative and pair what you love, not what outfits you've been handed from the J.Crew catalogue. 

Whenever trying something new, you may have questions.

"Do I need stockings, leggings or tights?"
"Will my legs look stumpy and cut-off?"
"Am I too short to pull this off?"
"Am I too old to wear boots like this?" 

The answer: no. 

No matter your age, height, or body type, this is a fun, easy and fashion-forward way to style your outfit this fall.

Whether you're the kind of gal who likes to dip her toe in at the pool or cannonball in, it's time to test the water and love your fall look. 

Here are 4 to get you started...

* Photographer: Natalie Beurskens


The Boots


Black and Chocolate Booties


The Outfit


Your style is a reflection of your city. Create an eclectic and energetic Austin look by pairing a party-top with your cowboy classics. 

Where to Wear This: Girls Night Out, Date Night, Sunday Brunch

Don't forget your accessories!

Style is the physical manifestation of your unique personality. Love your look, and you'll shine through to whoever you meet.


The boots


Calf-height Cowboy Boots


The Outfit


Link different elements of your outfits together to create a cohesive look (i.e. sand-colored scarf with sand-colored boots.)

Invest in a pair of classic hoops to finish any outfit.

Pop the same color in multiple parts of an outfit (i.e. the lapis blue scarf detail and the lapis blue ring.)


The Boots


Knee-High Suede Boots


The Outfit


Add a brown accessory to a black outfit for an autumnal accent.

Add a watch to any outfit for a more professional, polished look.

Try statement earrings when your hair is down to create a boho element.


The Boots


Brown Booties


The Outfit


The vest is my favorite Austin autumn piece, because it adds a bit of warmth without having a full fall coat.

Tie up your button-down to create a more feminine and flirty look.

For a more free-spirited look, mix and match patterns in an unconventional way.

Want more style in your wardrobe? Let's chat. I would love to hear more about your unique and deeply personal style. I'll create a wardrobe full of outfits and clothes you love and love to wear. 

Shop Austin: The October Boutique

Adelante

The concept of Adelante was dreamed up over three decades ago by the current owner's mother. When Adelante first opened in the 1970s, it was located in San Antonio, and many of the pieces that made up the boutique were inspired by or hand-picked during the owner's trips to Mexico. 

The store moved to Austin 25 years ago and has since expanded its labels and space. Still, there are many pieces in this boutique that are definitively south-of-the-border style: embroidered mumus, off-the-shoulder blouses and jewel tones prints. These vibrant pieces separate Adelante from other shops in Austin. 

When walking into this boutique, it's hard not to think Adelante aims to sum up Austin style. Luckily, they do an impeccable job at it.

With everything from the boho blouses to the upbeat casual looks to the vintage embroidered pillow cases to art deco candles, they manage a cohesive aesthetic of clothing and home goods. Much like Austin, it is eclectic and full of energy, but still has a clear identity. It is even known for bring in a collection of burnt-orange-game-day-girl-gear on August 1st, which takes up half of the entire store (and the store is big!) 

This store is tucked away a bit from the road on 38th St., but if you venture in, you will not be disappointed. In addition to all the playful pieces from brands you know (Johnny Was, Lush, Lucky Brand, Free People) and many you may not, this boutique has exceptional gifts (I got many of my holiday presents here last year.) If you walk in, you won't walk out empty handed, so proceed with caution...

But also...

Take a peak here...

Trend Alert: Velvet + Fall Florals

Cozy up in these maxi sweaters!

Tulle party skirts for the holidays!

Tunic by Johnny Was -- The California King of Boho

They're prepped and ready for sweater weather!

Party clutch perfect for the holidays

The faux fur vest is the perfect autumn piece for Texas weather.

Closet Essential: The Plaid Shirt

Closet Essential: Basic Hoops 

Burnt orange galore!

Turtlenecks to keep you cute and cozy.