5 Ways to Style Spring Scarves

Spring is just around the corner, which means it’s the perfect time to pull out your silkiest scarves and get to stylin’. This week, I visited Studio 512 to talk all about five of my favorite ways to style this spring staple.

Watch the video below to learn:

  • how to style spring scarves for business and casual events

  • how to tie a scarf Parisian style

  • how to position your scarf on your neck

  • what necklines works with a Girl Scout tie

  • how to style your scarf in a trendy, western way

  • how to tie scarves around your wrist

  • how to use a scarf in place of a bracelet

  • how to tie scarves in your hair

  • how to pair jewelry with scarves

  • how to tie your scarf in a way that most shows off the pattern of the scarf

And as always, I would love to hear from you! Leave me a comment below and tell me your favorite scarf in your wardrobe and how you love to style it for spring.

Happy Styling!

Xx.

R

10 Necessary Questions to Ask Yourself When Doing a Comprehensive Closet Clean Out

I loooooooooooove cleaning out closets – my own and my clients’ alike. It’s so fun, because it’s freeing. It creates space, good energy, and even room for a few new things to boost your wardrobe.

Cleaning out your closet is an important step in developing your personal style, because it allows you to keep your wardrobe in tip-top shape. I have a bag of to-go items in my closet that I’ll sell or donate all the time to make sure my wardrobe stays up to speed with my life.

If you haven’t done this in a while or are unsure if you’ve gotten rid of the right things in the past, a big sweep is just what you need.

Cleaning out allows you to do a mental inventory of what’s in your closet. This means you’re much more likely to use all you’ve got in your wardrobe going forward, which one of my main goals with all of my clients: to help you use 100% of your wardrobe.

When doing the closet clean out, make sure to follow these guidelines:

Avoid multitasking.

Cleaning out your closet can feel overwhelming, which is why it’s essential to focus on one thing at a time. Put your imaginary blinders on to make sure you don’t look around and get distracted by your entire wardrobe at once. 

Go section by section (i.e., pants, shirts, shoes, etc…).

This helps you feel a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction after a type of item. “Shirts off the list! Check!” This path also gives you optional stopping points after each section or two when a wine and chocolate break is essential.

To begin this process, lay out all the items from one section on your bed.  If you’re overwhelmed with what section to begin with, start with pants.

Then ask yourself these 10 questions for each section of items.  

Does this item fit?

This is probably the most difficult question you’ll have to ask yourself over course of the clean out, because it means you need to not just embrace your style, but also your body.

 As women, we are frequently taught to feel shame and guilt surrounding our bodies. After years of working in my field, I can confidently say almost every single woman experiences fear and anxiety around her body for one single reason -- we are taught to feel that way!

We are taught to feel bad about the shape, size and 100% natural tendencies of our bodies. These ideas come to us through media, family, friends, and co-workers. This ideas saturate our society and, unfortunately, our selves.

The truth is though that there’s nothing wrong or silly or gross about your body. Your body is the way it should be, because that’s exactly how it is!

Your body is a powerful, beautiful tool you can use to feel sexy, confident and commanding.

It’s time to look in your closet from the perspective of loving and embracing your body right now. From that point of view, get rid of things that don’t fit. And yes, this includes those goal jeans!

For this step, only deal with the pieces you know don’t fit that don’t have to be tried on.

Leave the pieces that you aren’t sure if they fit for later on – we’ll get to those in a later question.

Do I feel happy when I put this piece on?

When answering this question, go with your gut. Choose a simple “yes” or “no” to sift through what you don’t want and what you couldn’t bare to part with.

What is the condition of this item?

A.    Falling apart at the seams

B.    Crappy as hell

C.     A-Okay, but could use a replacement

D.    Looks good and feels great

E.     Brand spankin’ new!

 On things you answered “A” or “B” to, you know what to do – get rid of them! You don’t have the space, time, or patience to sift through these things each morning to get to the good stuff.

“D” and “E” are keeps, and with “C,” it really depends on the type of item you’re looking at and the frequency with which you wear it that dictates if it should stay or go.

For example, if it’s in the shoe category, and you use the shoes on a bi-weekly basis for work, you may want to hang on to them until you find a replacement. A-Okay is not good though, so be fast with finding a replacement within the next few weeks.

Is this item pilling?

This question also deals with the condition of the item, but I’m addressing it in particular, because pilling is a specific issue that all of us can see, but don’t always want to face.

Pills are those little balls you get on shirts and sweaters that make a piece look raggedy. Many items nowadays are made with a combination of synthetic and natural fabric, and unfortunately, pilling is often a result of two different fibers rubbing together. Even if you’ve only worn a piece a couple times and it’s pilled, it’s time to cut your losses and get rid of it.

Pilling distracts from your professional endeavors and can make it look like you don’t care enough about your job to invest in quality clothing.

If giving away a nearly new piece is just too much heartache, put it into the “wear around the house” pile.

To avoid pilling in the future, wash clothes inside out and hang dry for a longer life span.

Jewelry only: Has this piece turned?

Like pilling, turned jewelry is about the condition of the item, and requires you to take a closer look at each piece of costume jewelry.

For this question, I’m referring to when jewelry oxidizes and changes color to a not-so-pretty orange, green or bronze.  

If the answer is “yes,” it’s time to let the piece go. Polishable silver doesn’t count though — you can set that aside to spruce up with cleaning later.

Does this piece have holes in it?

This question may seem basic, but these sneaky little monsters pop up all the time in places you wouldn’t normally check, like the back of the neckline on your shirt or the bottom of a skirt. Make sure to give each piece a thorough check to ensure you haven’t missed any spots.

Does this piece have stains on it?

These are just as sneaky as holes, and if you have kids, they can end up all over your wardrobe.

For this step, create two separate piles of stained pieces: wash and dry clean. Once you’ve gone through each section in your entire wardrobe, throw the wash pile into the washer, and take the dry clean only pieces to the dry cleaner.

Once they’re clean, evaluate the keepers and goers.  

Am I comfortable in this item?

When I say comfortable, I mean physically and emotionally. 

For example, you may have once loved something your ex-husband gave you, but now it brings up negative feelings – time to let it go.

For physical comfort, this is a bit different from the “Does this item fit?” pile, because these pieces are in the grey zone – you need to try them on to know if they fit or not.  

Some examples that won’t work for your wardrobe include:

·      Jackets that are too snug for your shoulders

·      Itchy fabric that will distract you at work

·      Too high heels that make you wobble when you walk

Is this piece outdated?

Of the items that are left in this section, outdated pieces will require you to take a harder look and a bit more time to decipher than others “yays” and “nays.”

This question requires reflecting on who you are now vs. who you once were. Yes, you may have loved a particular piece and worn in to death 10 years ago, but how long has it been since you’ve felt that love?

An easy test to also apply when considering each piece is to go by how long you’ve had a piece.

Anything over 10 years old that isn’t a classic (i.e., a black blazer or a navy dress) or so outlandish that it’s for absolute fun and fabulous sake, put it in the go pile.

Does it fit my lifestyle?

You’ve been through a lot in your life, and your closet should reflect this current place and moment you are in.

If you don’t need a piece, it shouldn’t be there. Examples of pieces you may not need include: 

·      Business suit – For many industries in Austin, the business suit has become obsolete. Rejoice in that fact and send it to the go pile.

·      Heavy winter jackets – If you moved to Austin from a cold weather climate, you may have these tucked away. While we may get some light snow, heavy jackets aren’t necessary for our overwhelmingly hot climate.

·      Trousers & stuffy button-downs – These are similar to the suit in that most industries don’t expect you to wear something this conservative anymore. Express your creativity through a printed stretch pant, and ditch the khakis.

·      Sky high heels – Not only are they not as fashionable nowadays, but if comfort is something you really appreciate, then these are over.

Now I would love to hear from you!

What pieces in your wardrobe did you once love or served you well, but now don’t fit your lifestyle and have got to go? Leave me a comment below and tell me about your personal journey with cleaning out your wardrobe and creating a closet your love.

Xx.

R

 

What to Wear for Valentine's Day 2019

The Day of Love is just around the corner, and whether you’ll be spending it with your gal pals, partner, or on a first date, you’ve got to know what to wear for celebrations on the 14th.

Which is why this week I stopped by Studio 512 to give you fresh ideas on how to keep your look fashion-forward, fun, and a little bit sexy for the holiday.

Watch the video below to learn:

·       How to balance sexy pieces with comfortable classics

·       How to rock a bodysuit for Valentine’s Day

·       What piece will add retro, romantic vibes to any outfit

·       How to add animal print to your Valentine’s Day outfit

·       The practical heels that will make it easy for you to dance the night away

·       How to style shorts into a downtown, edgy look

·       How to add tasteful touches of red and pink

·       The perfect booties for any Valentine’s Day look

·       How to find the unexpected piece in your wardrobe that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day

·       How to link different pieces of your outfit, so your look is put together and stylish

·       The top trends for Valentine’s Day 2019

And don’t forget to leave me a comment below and share which way you’ll be styling your Valentine’s Day outfit this year. I would LOVE to hear from you!

Xx.

R

How to Style Cowboy Boots in 3 Fresh Ways For Spring 2019

I stopped by Studio 512 this week to talk all about exciting ways to style a Texas staple: cowboy boots. While most Texans have a pair or two of these classics in the wardrobe, I find that, for many people, cowboy boots often sit in the closet collecting dust.

When styled into everything from date night looks to office outfits, these boots can add the perfect pop of Texas fashion to play into the 2019 Western trend.

Watch the video below to learn:

  • How to wear cowboy boots for date night

  • How to use the colors in your boots to create a put-together outfit

  • How to add feminine touches to your cowboy boot look

  • How to incorporate vintage and retro-inspired trends into a cowboy boot outfit

  • How to wear cowboy boots to work

  • The trendiest color of cowboy boot for 2019

  • How to get out of your jeans-and-boots comfort zone in one simple step

  • How to create a cowboy boot power look for work

And don’t forget to leave me a comment below and share your favorite way to rock your cowboy boots. I would LOVE to hear from you!

Xx.

R

20 Boutiques To Shop At Le Garage Sale

It's better than Christmas...it's Le Garage Sale! And guess what?! It’s almost here!

If you've never been before, here's what you need to know:

Le Garage Sale is Austin's largest 2-day, bi-annual shopping experience with more than 80 boutiques under one roof, giving you insane deals and steals that will get your 2019 look on point without breaking the bank. 

It starts with VIP shopping from 10 am -11 am on this Saturday the 26th, then continues that day from 11 am - 6 pm followed by 11 am - 5 pm on Sunday, January 27.

And to celebrate my favorite shopping event of the year, I’m giving away two tickets for you and your gal pal to shop the day away at Le Garage Sale on Saturday or Sunday.

Here’s how to enter:  
1. Follow me on Instagram, "like" the Le Garage Sale post (it's the second in my feed), and tag a friend you'd like to take to the event in the comments of my Le Garage Sale post. 
2."Like" Greer Image Consulting on Facebook

The winner will be contacted via email on January 24th. There's no pick up or print out for tickets. You'll simply mention your name at the door for easy access to all the best sales of 2019!

And if you’re not sure where to start shopping at the big event, here’s my list of must-hit boutiques at Le Garage Sale:

Adelante Boutique



Beaded by W — The best tassels in town!

he Beaded by W is a local Austin jewelry designer whose pieces could add a pop to any outfit. Visit the Beaded by W booth at Le Garage Sale on Saturday, January 26th or Sunday, January 27th.
I love Beaded by W so much, I wore them on my wedding day! These tassel earrings come in almost every color, so they’re the perfect addition to any outfit.

I love Beaded by W so much, I wore them on my wedding day! These tassel earrings come in almost every color, so they’re the perfect addition to any outfit.

Beaded By W makes the best tassel earrings in town, which means they’re a perfect spot to visit at Le Garage Sale in Austin, TX.

Shira Melody Jewelry

Redbird Boutique


Beehive

Beehive has a colorful and eclectic collection of pieces that can easily brighten up your day. Stop by Beehive at Le Garage Sale for some of the best steals in the whole place.

Solid Gold

Spring Frost Boutique


Bloomers & Frocks


Vink Boutique

The Art of Shoes


Dylan Wylde


Esperos Soho

Alma Boutique


Strut


Powder Vintage

Rose & Violets Boutique


Teddies for Betties

Love your lingerie by adding the perfect piece from Teddies for Betties to your collection at Le Garage Sale.
Shop for your sexy little pieces at the Teddies for Betties booth at Le Garage Sale.
Need some fresh bras and panties to 2019? Stop by Teddies for Betties at Le Garage Sale in Austin, TX to find your perfect addition.

Uptown Cheapskate Austin


Now I want to know, what boutique are you most excited to see at Le Garage Sale? Leave me a comment below and tell me where you’ll be shopping this Saturday and Sunday.

Xx.

R

How to Organize Your Jewelry in 5 Simple Steps

Organizing your jewelry doesn’t have to be so boring. In fact, the ways in which you display your necklaces, earrings, rings, and bracelets can bring joy to your space and a pop of style to your bedroom, bathroom, or closet.

Check out my five-step system to bring a little more personality to your space and make it super simple to access and style your favorite jewelry every morning.

STEP 1: Bring it all together.

Make sure your jewelry is all in one place. Bringing all your jewelry to a single space — like the top of the dresser, the top of the bathroom counter, or spread it across your bed — will allow you to evaluate exactly what you have.

STEP 2: Sift through.

Ask yourself these three questions to make sure everything you’re putting in whatever organizer(s) you get is in good condition and paired with its mate.

  • Has the item turned?

This is when jewelry oxidizes and changes color to a not-so-pretty orange, green, or bronze.  If it isn’t real silver and can’t be saved by being polished, it’s time to let the piece go.

  • Is the item broken?

If so, ditch it.

Hold onto jewelry for repair only if you absolutely love it and can stick by your word of fixing it. If it’s been sitting in your drawer for years, and you’ve been promising to fix it, but haven’t yet, it’s time to say goodbye to it.

  • Do you have both earrings?

If not, get rid of the single one.

Just like the broken items, it’s easy to hold on to one earring for years, wishing that the other one will turn up. Chances are that it won’t, and you’ll spend more energy feeling bummed about it than you’ve got time for.

  • Lastly, untangle all tangled necklaces.

Each piece needs to be in the shape that allows you to wear it, so make sure your necklaces are ready to go for styling and wear.

STEP 3: Assess your space.

Decide on an organizer based on your space.

Take a look at the open spaces in your bedroom, bathroom, and closet to determine where an organizer could fit. On the wall? On top of a dresser? In front of your clothing in a hanging organizer?

 You can add jewelry to just one of those spaces or all three if you have room. Just make sure you’re able to see and access everything easily.

 For a free wall, try a hanging organizer. For a large dresser or empty shelf in one of those rooms, try a freestanding organizer.

STEP 4: Evaluate your jewelry.

Choose your organizer based on what jewelry you have.

Take a look at all your jewelry laid out. Is your pile dominated by necklaces, rings, bracelets or earrings? Do you have the same amount of rings as you do earrings or do you have an overwhelming amount of necklaces?

Some organizers allow room for a variety of pieces and others are exclusively for necklaces or earrings. Some have a little room for bracelets and a lot of room for necklaces.

If you have multiple spots open, you can also separate different types of items among the free spaces. For instance, try a wall organizer for long necklaces and a free standing one for bracelets.

STEP 5: Find your perfect organizer.

There are many good places to shop for organizers outside of this list. Some of my favorites include The Container Store, Etsy, Anthropologie, West Elm, and Bed Bath & Beyond. Choose the organizer(s) that speaks to your style and fit the criteria above.  

Here are some ideas to get you started…

Glass shadow boxes are the perfect way to show off your collection of jewelry on a dresser top or bathroom counter top.

Glass shadow boxes are the perfect way to show off your collection of jewelry on a dresser top or bathroom counter top.

This is the jewelry organizer I have! I love it, because I’m able to see everything easily. I also don’t have a ton of space in my closet, and this is an easy, space-saving organizer that fits right in next to your clothes.

This is the jewelry organizer I have! I love it, because I’m able to see everything easily. I also don’t have a ton of space in my closet, and this is an easy, space-saving organizer that fits right in next to your clothes.

If you’re a gal who loves gold, this is the perfect jewelry organizer to show off your style in your space. Add necklaces, rings, or bracelets to each tray to make the perfect display to choose from each morning.

If you’re a gal who loves gold, this is the perfect jewelry organizer to show off your style in your space. Add necklaces, rings, or bracelets to each tray to make the perfect display to choose from each morning.

Who doesn’t love a classic jewelry box? And this one is the perfect blush to add a romantic touch to your bathroom, bedroom, or closet. Fill in with all your bracelets, rings, and earrings to open a box full of fun jewelry every morning.

Who doesn’t love a classic jewelry box? And this one is the perfect blush to add a romantic touch to your bathroom, bedroom, or closet. Fill in with all your bracelets, rings, and earrings to open a box full of fun jewelry every morning.

Mostly stick to necklaces? This is perfect for you. Use it as a solo piece for all your necklaces or incorporate this into your home and another tabletop jewelry organizer to display your bracelets, rings, and earrings in another spot.

Mostly stick to necklaces? This is perfect for you. Use it as a solo piece for all your necklaces or incorporate this into your home and another tabletop jewelry organizer to display your bracelets, rings, and earrings in another spot.

Minimalist and modern, this jewelry organizer makes it easy to see both your earrings and necklaces when getting dressed. Add it in your bathroom above a towel rack or on a closet wall to style your whole outfit in one place.

Minimalist and modern, this jewelry organizer makes it easy to see both your earrings and necklaces when getting dressed. Add it in your bathroom above a towel rack or on a closet wall to style your whole outfit in one place.

Simple, sleek, and bright, this tabletop organizer makes it easy to see and style your earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. Have more jewelry than this one can hold? Snag two or three and organize them side-by-side on your dresser or bathroom counter top.

Simple, sleek, and bright, this tabletop organizer makes it easy to see and style your earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. Have more jewelry than this one can hold? Snag two or three and organize them side-by-side on your dresser or bathroom counter top.

Now I want to hear from you! Leave me a comment below and tell me about your favorite way to organize and display your prettiest accessories.

Xx.

R

How To Style The Pantone Color of 2019: Living Coral

This week I visited Studio 512 to chat all about fresh and fun ways to style the Pantone Color of the Year: living coral.

Watch the video below to learn:

  • who can wear the Pantone Color of the Year

  • how to style the Pantone Color of The Year if you love living coral

  • how to style living the Pantone Color of the Year if you’re nervous about living coral

  • what types of jewelry to add to accentuate the Pantone Color of the Year: Living Coral

  • how to wear the Pantone Color of the Year to work

  • how to the Pantone Color of the Year on the weekend

  • how to wear living coral with other colors and neutrals

And don’t forget to leave me a comment below and share one way you’ll be rocking the Pantone Color of the Year in 2019. I would LOVE to hear from you!

Xx.

R

Capsule Wardrobes Don't Work and Here's Why

Even if you don’t believe in New Years Resolutions, the start of 2019 feels like a time to make little and big changes. Eating healthy, journaling more, or creating a vision board may be on the agenda, but there’s one last thing I’d like to add to the list.

It’s time to ditch the capsule wardrobe and the idea of it all together.

Here’s why:

  • Capsule wardrobes don’t teach you anything about your style.

We’re all hungry for knowledge, and instead of nourishing your desire to learn, capsule wardrobes are like a diet pill that will eventually leave you needing more.

  • Capsules wardrobes don’t allow your style grow.

No one wants to be stuck in what they wore back in 1995. Your style should always grow with you, because it should be an accurate representation of you in this current moment.

  • Capsule wardrobes don’t give you meaning, purpose, and understanding.

These three things are inherent human curiosities and when you love your style, you’ve find them in your style.

  • Capsule wardrobes put you in a box, when you style is completely unique.

Your style is 100% unique. Why? Because it’s the physical representation of you. Your closet should be made up of pieces that represent your personality, experiences, and preferences.

  • Capsule wardrobes aren’t designed with your body in mind.

Every woman has a different body type and color palette, which are among the most important factors to take into consideration when building a wardrobe that's specific to you. That's the foundation from which you can grow your style.

  • Capsule wardrobes rob you of your creativity.

Even if you don’t consider yourself a creative person, your ability to choose one piece over another in the store makes you creative. Choosing, styling, and playing with your wardrobe is one of the most satisfying and exciting part of style.

  • Essentials and staples don’t exist.

You can’t build a wardrobe and think you absolutely must have certain pieces in your wardrobe, because there are no staples. Even if your job is business formal, you should have the choice between a navy suit or grey suit. Each choice is specific to you.

But there’s hope. There always is with style, because guess what…

You have style. You always have, and you always will. And there are keys is to continuously developing it.

Here’s how:

EMBRACE KNOWLEDGE.

There is nothing more important than knowing what works for your body type, color palette, and lifestyle. Even if you fluctuate size or change your hair color, your body type and color palette do not change over the course of your life. In learning these guidelines around your style, it allows you to get unstuck and feel the absolute freedom that comes with your unique and thoughtful style.

UNDERSTAND TECHNIQUE.

When I work with my clients, I apply a number of styling techniques in their current wardrobe or when building a fresh one. As I style, I talk through these concepts with my clients, so you can take what you learn and run with it.

You have style. And the concepts I apply you may already be familiar with from other creative endeavors, but you may not know how they apply to your closet.

In understanding exactly how styling works and owning your creativity in your wardrobe, you get the confidence and perspective on your wardrobe that your style has always needed.

Unsure of what that might be like? Hear from these bold and powerful women.

BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF.

This is such a core part of developing your wardrobe, because it requires you to think about your needs, wants, and goals. What are the words that speak to you when you think about your ideal wardrobe? Is comfort your number one with all your outfits? Do you reach for a smart sneaker in lieu of a pump for a day out in Austin?

I uncover these answers in your wardrobe, so your wardrobe isn’t just a bunch of random pieces. It’s a collection of items that reflect exactly who you are at your core.

Style is a journey. It evolves and shifts with you. It should be fun and rewarding. It should satisfy your curiosity, and, at times be a little self-indulgent. It should celebrate you.

If you’re ready to bring your style up to speed with where you’re at in 2019, I would love to work with you.

In our time together, we would dive deep into your personal, unique style. Together, we uncover your most useful and most loved pieces from your wardrobe that accurately represent you in all facets of your life.

I teach you your body type, color palette, and how to apply styling techniques to your wardrobe based on your particular style. I help you build on what you have, so your wardrobe is made up entirely of pieces you love and have the desire to wear.

Want to connect with me 1-on-1? Let’s chat. Together we’ll discuss your unique goals, hurdles, and style to ensure we find the perfect solution for you and your style.

I wish you so much love and light in this new year,

Xx.

Raquel

3 Outfit Ideas for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Christmas Dinner

Christmas is one week away, which means it’s time to start planning and plotting your oh-so-fabulous looks for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Christmas dinner. 

Whether you’ll be hunkered down indoors for an intimate dinner with family, or going out to brunch to celebrate with friends, I’ve got outfit ideas for exactly where you’ll be hangin’.

Watch the video to learn:

  • What to wear for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Christmas dinner

  • How to mix metallics in fresh and fashion-forward ways

  • How to create the correct proportion (aka look stylish) in your party outfit

  • How to layer up necklaces to pop any outfit

  • How to dress up your look even if you’ll be sitting on the couch on Christmas Day

  • Which perfect shoe to add to your Christmas Day brunch look

  • How to style a cardigan over a fit ‘n’ flare dress to accentuate your shape

  • How to match your earrings to your bracelets without being “matchy-matchy”

  • How to choose and style festive colors into your look without feeling cheesy

And don’t forget to leave me a comment below and share one way you’ll be switching up your Christmas look this year. I would LOVE to hear from you!

Xx.

R


20 Last Minute Gifts for The Gals

The Greer Gift Guide

Top Shop Faux Fur Coat   $150

Top Shop Faux Fur Coat
$150

Baublebar Glitzy Earring Set  $68

Baublebar Glitzy Earring Set
$68

Anthropologie Beaded Kimono  $188

Anthropologie Beaded Kimono
$188

Herschel Belt Bag  $25

Herschel Belt Bag
$25

Asa Kaftans Velvet Turban  $48

Asa Kaftans Velvet Turban
$48

Anthropologie Eliana Kimono  $98

Anthropologie Eliana Kimono
$98

Slant Collection Gold Paint Splatter Mug  $20

Slant Collection Gold Paint Splatter Mug
$20

Calpak Confetti Carry-on  $135

Calpak Confetti Carry-on
$135

Trouvé Chenille Headband  $25

Trouvé Chenille Headband
$25

Madewell Denim Jacket  $95

Madewell Denim Jacket
$95

Rebecca Minkoff Peach Backpack  $135

Rebecca Minkoff Peach Backpack
$135

Rifle Paper Co 2019 Calendar  $30

Rifle Paper Co 2019 Calendar
$30

Tecovas Penny Boots  $195

Tecovas Penny Boots
$195

Patricia Green GLAM Slippers  $72

Patricia Green GLAM Slippers
$72

Slant Collection Champagne Please Bell  $12

Slant Collection Champagne Please Bell
$12

Nike Puffer Vest  $100

Nike Puffer Vest
$100

Baublebar Resin Hoops  $36

Baublebar Resin Hoops
$36

Trouvé Faux Fur Mittens  $29

Trouvé Faux Fur Mittens
$29

Griggio Striped Frame  $40

Griggio Striped Frame
$40

Chelsea28 Evergreen Crossbody Bag  $49

Chelsea28 Evergreen Crossbody Bag
$49

3 Fresh Ways To Style Velvet For Holiday Parties

I visited Studio 512 this week to chat all about how to style one of the most oh-so-holiday fabrics into looks you’ll love for all your upcoming holiday occasions. Whether you’re planning lunch with friends, deciding what to wear for the company party or headed to a house party to celebrate the season, I’m giving you fresh ways to wear velvet.

In this video, you’ll learn:

  • what velvet dress to choose if you’re unsure of your body type

  • the key ingredient your velvet must have if you want to dance the night away

  • how to pair two holiday colors in a look you’ll love for the company party

  • the outerwear to add to your velvet look to elongate your silhouette

  • the classic jewelry and color pairing that always feels fresh and fashion-forward

  • how to dress down a velvet business piece for party time

  • how to dress up a velvet business piece for cocktail occasions

  • the perfect denim to add to your velvet piece for casual occasions

  • how to wear white in the winter

And don’t forget to leave me a comment below and share your favorite way to style up your top. I would LOVE to hear from you!

Xx.

R

How To Pack For Thanksgiving Travel

It’s T-minus two days till turkey fills our bellies and I’m once again reminded why stuffing is the greatest food in the world.

But Thanksgiving isn’t just about the food. It’s about coming together with all of the fun/weird/insightful/hilarious people that you’re stuck with till the end of time — FAMILY.

Being with your bunch often means traveling, and traveling means you gotta tackle one big task: packing.

To be honest, I’ve always loved to pack, but after years of working as an image consultant, I have learned that it is a major stress point for so many women.

Which is why this week, I’m showing you exactly how to pack for Thanksgiving travel.

Watch the video below to learn:

  • How to turn your comfortable airplane look into a stylish and put together outfit

  • How to dress up leggings for your flight

  • How to style your Thanksgiving day outfit

  • How to dress up a simple black dress so it’s a look you’ll love for Turkey Day

  • The right kind of jeans for Black Friday

  • The perfect heels to wear for travel, Thanksgiving Day, and Black Friday

  • What jewelry to wear on the plane vs. pack in your suitcase

  • How to create an airplane outfit fit for two different climates

And don’t forget to leave me a comment below and share your favorite way to style up your top. I would LOVE to hear from you!

Xx.

R

How To Front Tuck Or Tie Up Any Shirt In Your Closet

Ever wonder why some front tucks are perfect and others fall short? There’s a certain finesse to mastering the front tuck, and if you’re practicing on your own, it can feel impossible to get it just right.

This week on Studio 512, I’m showing you exactly how to do the front tuck with a simple step-by-step process that makes your tuck even and seamlessly flow from the front of your shirt to the back (all the things a gal could want from a good front tuck).

In addition, I’m demonstrating one of my favorite ways to bring a button-down from basic to fun, fresh, and feminine: the tie-up. Just like the front tuck, there are a few simple steps to tying up your shirt that will look uh-amazing AND make it easy for you to apply for every occasion from work to brunch.

Watch the video below to learn:

  • How to tie up a buttoned up shirt

  • How to tie up an open button down with a T-shirt underneath

  • How to create the perfect front tuck

  • How to tie a side knot in your top

  • How to highlight an hourglass or pear shape

  • How to highlight high-waisted jeans or high-waisted trousers

And don’t forget to leave me a comment below and share your favorite way to style up your top. I would LOVE to hear from you!

Xx.

R

10 Statement Coats That Will Pop Any Outfit

Turkey Day is just around the corner, and for some Austinites, that means loading up a suitcase to head out to chillier places.

Whether your go-to look for a colder climate involves a skirt/tights/knee-high boots combo or your comfiest sweater and jeans, a statement coat is just the thing to pop your look. Check out my top ten for the season and click each pic to shop the pieces.

The Leopard Coat

The Plaid Coat

The Teddy Bear Coat

The Snakeskin Coat

The Puffer Coat

The Double-Breasted Coat

The Wrap Coat

The Suede Coat

The Wool Coat

The Pink Coat

Now, we would love to hear from you! Leave us a comment below, and tell us your favorite statement coat of the bunch and how you’d love to style it.

Xx,

R

The Biggest Trends For Fall And Winter 2018

Last week I stopped by Studio 512 to chat with Rosie Newberry about the top trends for this season and the next. Even adding one or two fresh pieces to your wardrobe can give you a pep in your step and the excitement that we all want from our wardrobes and style.

Watch the video below and find your favorite trend to rock this season.

As always, we would love to hear from you! Leave us a comment below and tell us your favorite trend of the season and how you love to style it.

Xx,

R

4 Ways To Style A Silk Dress

This month I stopped by Art & Soul Design on South Lamar to see what this little Austin shop is all about. I’m a South Austin gal, so when something pops up in my hood, I’m especially curious to see if they’ve got anything interesting for myself and my clients. And they did!

Art & Soul Design on South Lamar Boulevard in Austin, Texas, holds many great gifts and accessories for any Texan woman.
Art & Soul Design on South Lamar Boulevard in Austin, Texas carries a variety of silk dresses, gifts, books, jewelry, crystals, and more.
Art & Soul Design on South Lamar Boulevard in Austin, Texas has lots of great accessories for fall.

Art & Soul Design has a unique approach to retail — the store is all about self-care, wellness, and community. Owner Melissa Hargus says what makes her store special is her “focus on natural goods that are both ethically and sustainably handcrafted by (mainly) local artists/small businesses.” The store is beautifully designed and smells uh-mazing — candles, oils, incense, aaall the things in your nose at once.

They carry everything: western-style jewelry, sage bundles, crystals, silk scarves, dresses, books and more. It’s a collection of random pieces that add up to a really fun place to shop for home, wearables, and gifts.

Among all the goodies, a silk dress caught my eye — with the right jacket, it’s the perfect piece to style for a cool, but not cold, fall day. All the dresses are hand dyed by Carol Hargus, Melissa’s mother and co-owner of Art & Soul. Carol gave me a tour of the back of the shop where she actually dyes the silk garments with all-natural dyes, which made the silk dress feel like an extra special piece to take home.

And today, I’m showin’ ya how I styled it! While Art & Soul is a great place to pick up a silk dress, these styling technique will also work on any simple, silky, above-the-knee dress.

At Greer Image Consulting, I’m all about mixing higher end pieces (like the silk dress) with easy trend items, so your closet and style are a completely unique blend of items that represent all facets of you. So to complete each outfit, I popped over to Target to see what fun fall pieces they were carrying.

I picked up 3 outerwear pieces: an emerald sweater, a fleece-lined jean jacket, and a charcoal corduroy jacket. The rest of the pieces came from my own closet (and you may have something similar too).

And voila! Here’s 4 ways to make your simple, silky dress pop this fall.

Belts & Boots

Western is a huge trend this season, so my first instinct was to pull out my go-to fall shoe: Tecovas cowboy boots. I played into the warm brown leather boot by adding my similarly shaded Anthropologie waist belt and Beaded by W mustard earrings. Underneath the belt is my emerald Target sweater, and to finish the look, I added my Nina Berenato gold cuff.

Use code “GreerVIP” at NinaBerenato.com to get 30% off all full priced jewelry!

photographed by Natalie Beurskens

Greer Image Consulting - Blog - 4 Ways To Wear A Silk Dress
Greer Image Consulting - Blog - 4 Ways To Wear A Silk Dress
Greer Image Consulting - Blog - 4 Ways To Wear A Silk Dress

Texan at Heart

Hats are the perfect addition for weekend fall looks because they add both warmth and style to your outfit. For this look, I pulled out my cowboy hat from Favor The Kind on South Congress to give it some flare. I finished the outfit with gold layered necklaces, the vintage-inspired, fleece-lined jean jacket from Target, and my Steve Madden dusty rose platforms. These shoes are surprisingly comfortable and would be perfect for dancing the night away in!

Greer Image Consulting - Blog - 4 Ways To Wear A Silk Dress
Greer Image Consulting - Blog - 4 Ways To Wear A Silk Dress
Greer Image Consulting - Blog - 4 Ways To Wear A Silk Dress

90’s Inspired

For this look, I went a little grunge and oh-so 90’s with a corduroy charcoal-colored jacket from Target and military-style boots from Kork Ease. I picked up these boots back in March for my honeymoon in Europe, but I loved pairing the corduroy jacket in this look, because it really popped the boots. Both dark colors played into each other and enhanced one another. Since the whole look was neutral, I added an ultra violet (Pantone 2018 color of the year) beanie to bring a playful touch to the whole look.

Greer Image Consulting - Blog - 4 Ways To Wear A Silk Dress
Greer Image Consulting - Blog - 4 Ways To Wear A Silk Dress
Greer Image Consulting - Blog - 4 Ways To Wear A Silk Dress

Power Play

I love to style business pieces for date night looks, so for this outfit, I brought out my classic black blazer by Vince. To make it not-so-business, I added the ultimate date night shoe, the knee-high boots. There are few pieces more dramatic than these. I finished the look with dark wood bangles and resin earrings from The Big Little Box.

Greer Image Consulting - Blog - 4 Ways To Wear A Silk Dress
Greer Image Consulting - Blog - 4 Ways To Wear A Silk Dress
Greer Image Consulting - Blog - 4 Ways To Wear A Silk Dress

more photos from my trip to Art & Soul Design…

Art & Soul Design on South Lamar Boulevard carries silk dyed scarves, perfect for year round in Austin, Texas.
Raquel took a look inside Art & Soul Design, located on South Lamar Boulevard, and found many gifts and home decor items perfect for Austin, Texas style.
Art & Soul Design on South Lamar Boulevard in Austin, Texas carries crystals along with jewelry, clothing, and gifts.
Art & Soul Design offers a selection of books along with jewelry, scarves, and dresses.
Art & Design on South Lamar Boulevard carries vintage-inspired pieces for any outfit.
Raquel visited Art & Soul Design and discovered the perfect silk dress and accessories for fall 2018.

Now I would love to hear from you! What was your favorite way I styled the little silky dress? How would you put your own twist on the look to make it perfectly you? Leave me a comment below. I would love to hear from you!

Xx,
R

How To Style A Black Turtleneck In 3 Fresh Ways For Fall 2018

The black turtleneck is a useful staple to have in almost any wardrobe. Like many items in your closet, though, it’s easy to get stuck in the ways that you wear it. Continuously styling one piece the same way can leave you feeling drained and unexcited about something that's super versatile.

Which is why this week on Studio 512, I’m talkin’ black turtlenecks!

Fall is the perfect time to explore your style by repurposing this classic piece in cute, comfortable, and fun outfits for fall.

Watch the video to learn three fresh ways to wear your black turtleneck and make the most out of it this season.

Now we want to know! How do you like to style your black turtleneck for fall and winter? Leave us a comment below and share your favorite way to put this classic to good use.

We would love to hear from you! Xx

5 Essential Sweaters for Fall 2018

Nothing makes me more excited for fall than pulling out my sweaters and styling them into comfy, cute outfits. While you might recycle some oldies from year to year, bringing in some fresh sweaters will liven up your closet and get you in the mood for pumpkin spice and everything nice to come.

Here’s my list of the 5 sweaters that would be the perfect addition to any wardrobe this fall.

Click the pics to shop the sweaters.

THE HIGH NECK

Whether a turtleneck or funnel neck, this sweater style will add a sophisticated pop to any closet. Throw on a blazer over top for the office or add jean shorts and heels for a fun date night look.

THE DEEP V

If high neck feels daring to you, introduce the deep V-neck to your closet first. V-neck is one of the most flattering necklines, because it can make your neck look elongated while exposing one of the slimmest parts of your upper body. In short, you’ll feel awesome wearing it. Pair it with a triple-strand gold necklace and ripped jeans for the weekend or a simple pencil pant and powerful pump for the office.

Worried about showing too much skin at work? Add a neutral tank underneath or add a hook-and-eye clasp an inch from the bottom of the V for more coverage at the office.

THE LONG CARDIGAN

Love love love this piece, because it’s so much fun to style into outfits for day and evening. Play with the proportion by adding a mini dress underneath and knee-high boots for night or go sporty with it during the day by adding straight-leg jeans, stacked-heel booties and a vintage tee.

THE COZY PULLOVER

The classic pullover is the most nostalgic sweater for me, because it feels like the perfect piece to wear when you’re sitting by the fire or cooking up a Thanksgiving feast. To keep it relaxed, pair it with distressed skinny jeans and velvet fashion sneakers. To make it eclectic, add a leather mini skirt and cowboy boots.

Click the pics to shop the sweaters.

THE COLLEGIATE CLASSIC

This retro style is great for Austin, because it’s easy to pop on and off with any change in temperature. Make is elegant for the office by adding a cream-color button-down and a navy pencil skirt. Give it a downtown vibe by adding a body suit, flare jeans and pointed-toe animal print pumps.

Now we wanna know! What is your favorite fall sweater and how do you love to style it? Leave us a comment below and tell us! We would love to hear from you. Xx



How To Create An Impactful Professional Style

This month I had the privilege of presenting in the HERdacity webinar series about the power of professional style. The majority of my clients are professional woman, so I was thrilled to dive into a topic I consistently tackle here at Greer Image Consulting.

In this video, you will learn:

  • The key to creating successful and satisfying style

  • What to consider when crafting your professional look

  • The 5 tools you’ll use to master every office outfit

  • The 1 thing you always need in every outfit

  • Do’s and Don’ts of your professional image

Have a question on what I discussed in the webinar? Leave me a comment below or shoot me an email at Raquel@GreerImageConsulting.com to discuss your unique professional style and wardrobe.

5 Shoes To Add To Your Wardrobe For Fall 2018

No matter how much you adore a pair of shoes, they tend to need an update every season or so. For the most special pairs in your closet, a visit to the shoe doc can make all the difference, but as for all the others, it's time for a refresh. 

Here are five of my favorite essential and statement shoes to consider for your closet this season. 

Click the pics to shop each shoe. 

The Red Boot

The Snakeskin Statement

 

Click the pics to shop each shoe. 

The Fun Flat

The Office Power Heel

The Weekend Block Heel

Now we want to know...what's your favorite shoe this season? Leave us a comment below and share your style story!