How To Pack: Miami Edition

When I found out I was headed to Miami during the first weekend of June to celebrate my dad's milestone birthday, I was beyond excited. 

A few days at the beach is something we could all use every once in a while, and, for this trip, I was even more ecstatic to dress for it. 

Miami is a culturally rich, undeniably colorful town with tons of energy. Your wardrobe should reflect the city you're going to, and this one was no exception for me. 

 Raquel Greer Gordian packs a suitcase that reflects the color and energy of Miami, Florida. 

To start the packing process, I made a mental agenda of all the activities I would be doing. For 2 nights and 3 days in Miami, the list was short, but just as important to prep for as my 13 day trip to Europe. 

Here's what was on the list: 

  • Friday plane ride

  • Friday dinner at OLA

  • Saturday pool & beach hangout 

  • Saturday lunch at Malibu Farm

  • Saturday dinner at Byblos

  • Sunday brunch at Stiltsville Fish Bar

  • Sunday plane ride

When packing, I plan out my outfits in chronological order of when the events will be taking place to ensure I didn't forget any activity. 

So to start, I picked my plane outfit. Comfort is key for a plane outfit, but that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style. 

FRIDAY

Plane Outfit: Leather High-Waisted Shorts, Neon Crop Top from Beehive Boutique, Vince Leather Slides, Straw Flat-Brimmed Hat

 My airplane look was comfortable and also mimic'd the vibes of Miami, Florida. 

I chose this look to mimic the flashiness of Miami (leather & neon), so upon arrival, I would feel present in my environment and excited for what was to come. 

Next I put together my dinner look for Ola. 

For this look, I wanted something light-weight and easy to throw on after being tired from travel, so I packed my spaghetti-strap high-low black dress I got this winter from Estilo at Le Garage Sale. 

 A candid shot of me and my mom at the dinner at Ola. Pictured is my statement necklace and earrings to compliment to simplicity of the black high-low dress. 

A candid shot of me and my mom at the dinner at Ola. Pictured is my statement necklace and earrings to compliment to simplicity of the black high-low dress. 

I complimented the simplicity of the dress with a bold gold and hot pink necklace, and finished the look with my Anthropologie statement earrings. For the shoe, I chose gold Schutz platforms from Revolve.

DINNER OUTFIT: black dress, statement necklaces, statements earrings, black clutch, black heels 

SATURDAY

If you use your swimsuit often (like I do), it can easily wear out and stretch, so I was in need of a new one for the trip. 

I decided to go big and bold with the one I purchased, a personalized one-piece from PRIVATE PARTY.

 My personalize suit from PRIVATE PARTY was the perfect piece for this trip

To finish the look, I added a simple striped cover-up by Rails and my Vince black sandals.

The restaurant we went to for lunch was right next to the pool, so I just threw on my cover-up and was ready to dine.

SATURDAY POOL & Lunch OUTFIT: SWIMSUIT, COVER-UP, SLIDES

Saturday dinner was all about celebrating my dad, so I chose something glitzy to feel party-ready and excited for the event. 

 My sister-in-law and I before we headed out to dinner at Byblos

My sister-in-law and I before we headed out to dinner at Byblos

SATURDAY DINNER OUTFIT: aLICE & oLIVIA MINI DRESS FROM REVOLVE, POUR LA VICTOIRE PLATFORM HEELS, BLACK STATEMENT EARRINGS

Style Tip: Mix n' match old pieces with new. While my sequin dress was a 2018 purchase, these shoes have been a staple in my wardrobe for 7+ years.

SUNDAY

It was time to say goodbye to the weekend, but not without a delicious brunch from Stiltsville Fish Bar. 

For this look, I went super casual and comfortable because I knew we would be going from the restaurant straight to the airport. 

SUNDAY BRUNCH/PLANE OUTFIT: TOPSHOP WHITE JEAN SHORTS, GOLD HOOPS, RAILS STRIPED BUTTON DOWN, VINCE BLACK FLATS

Now I would love to know! What pieces do you love to pack for a weekend getaway? Leave me a comment below and tell me. I would love to hear from you!

 Leave us a comment and tell us your favorite things to pack for a weekend getaway!
 

The Greer Guide to Austin: Pieceology Vintage

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.”

-Anais Nin

 Greer Image Consulting columnist, Liz Feezor, visits Pieceology vintage to find the best old gems in Austin, Texas. 

For April Onebane, the path to becoming one of Austin’s best-known vintage sellers was one of serendipity. She’d traveled to Italy in 2016 for a social media workshop put on by Justina Blakeney of Jungalow fame, searching for inspiration for her fashion blog and, as she tells it, for her next move in life. 

She met a woman at the workshop who was launching a vintage sourcing business and the two became fast friends, staying in touch after Onebane returned to Austin. Disenchanted with her corporate day job and remembering her mother’s words to her during that fateful trip to Europe, encouraging her to open a vintage shop of her own some day, Onebane decided to go for it, and Pieceology Vintage was soon born.

 Pieceology is a vintage shop located in Austin, Texas.

Her past life in marketing may have informed her future as a small business owner, but it certainly didn’t define it. Onebane’s love of travel and adventure-seeking is palpable in her vintage selections, sourcing from her original connection in Cinque Terre, Italy, Indonesia, and practically every other place she’s has visited since her Europe trip in 2016.

With her hand in several vintage-centric projects, Onebane, along with Maria Oliveira and Ryan Lerma of Passport Vintage, runs Laissez Fair, Austin’s premier bi-annual vintage pop-up market. She travels regularly, having just returned from an extended trip in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands with her partner in life and in business, Jake Pritchard. The two created and co-run Adventure Assist, a travel journal company dedicated to helping fellow travelers efficiently plan, organize, and remember life’s biggest adventures.

 April Onebane shows off one of her favorite pieces at Pieceology Vintage in Austin, TX. 

When asked about her shop’s most popular pieces, Onebane didn’t hesitate in proclaiming, “White crop tops!” Sourced from Austria, the vintage crisp, white cotton pieces are tremendously popular among her clientele: when she posts on Instagram that she has some available, they sell out almost instantly. Though she describes her own style at Pieceology’s initial launch as, “Boho chic… kind of a Coachella vibe that was popular at the time,” nowadays she calls her own style “more ‘feminine romantic’ than anything else.”

 Some of the pieces of clothing April Onebane has collected for her shop, Pieceology Vintage, in Austin, TX

Onebane has created a name for herself in the Austin vintage scene, and she’s done it without ever having opened a brick-and-mortar shop, which is part of what she attributes the success she’s seen with her business. Without the overhead of a permanent physical storefront, and with the freedom to sell vintage online, at pop-ups, and residences at other shops around town (she’s currently in residence at Aro on East 5th), Onebane loves the flexibility her nomadic professional lifestyle affords her. 

A forever traveler and lifelong explorer, April Onebane has mastered the art of “pretending I’m an extrovert,” she joked. If style itself is a community, then vintage style is truly some of the best people around.

NOW WE WANNA KNOW, WHERE ARE YOUR FAVORITE SPOTS TO SHOP? LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW AND TELL US YOUR FAVORITE AUSTIN BOUTIQUE.

 April Onebane with the collection of clothing she has curated for her business, Pieceology Vintage

The Greer Guide to Austin is a bi-weekly column written and photographed by Liz Feezor of Liz Feezor Creative. 

Greer Image Consulting loves supporting local small business, and vintage style is a daily dose of self-expression that is truly unique, sustainable, and supports a network of men and women committed to bringing the best of past style into your wardrobe. 

3 Easy Outfits For The Office This Summer

Keeping cool in your summer workwear often means working with fewer articles of clothing in your outfit.

You might need to ditch your jacket or cardigan, which means your office look can suffer, becoming boring or stale. 

But fear not! Playing with color, style, and bold details can save your personal style this summer and allow you to create eye-catching looks you'll love for the office.

Here are three ways to make your office outfit pop during the heat ahead:

Pop one color off another. 

To do this, look at the characteristics of one color and match it to a similar type of color. For example, this coral red is bright and clear, so I paired it with bright and clear turquoise accents. They both balance and enhance each other.  

Photography by Natalie Beurskens

Go bold with shoes!

Don't be afraid to invest in a colorful and eccentric pair of shoes this summer. Approach them the same way you would jewelry, and partner the bold color to your clothing.

Express yourself!

Don't be afraid to pronounce your personality in your workwear. It's an easy way for people at the office to get to know more about your unique and outgoing self. As long as you're within the dress code, you can run with the color and style of your look. 

Play with pattern!

It's a common misconception that two patterns are always too much in an outfit. In actuality, two patterns can enhance each other and your outfit. To make sure you're mixing properly, stick to circular patterns or straight lines in both patterns. Below you can see the arrows in my belt pop the arrows in my dress making the look more put together and polished. 

Celebrate your curves. 

Your body is beautiful, so don't be afraid to show it off. Highlight your waist with a neutral or statement belt. This touch won't add a lot of weight to your summer look, but it will add lots of personal style.  

Have fun with your neutrals.

Neutrals often get a bad rap for being boring, but on the contrary, they can be tons of fun any time of year! The key to making them as bold as colors is how you pair them. Try an unexpected combination like black and brown or navy and black. The combination will make your look more exciting and unexpected. 

*Note: If your office is traditional business casual, add a blazer to cover your arms and complete the look. 

Play with subtle and strong details.

Most of your office outfits should balance power and approachability. To do this, pop a light piece off your neutral darks. The light (blush in my case) will give any look a friendly touch, while the dark supports your serious business side. 

Never leave the house without them. 

Accessories, of course! These bad boys will show off the fact that you're detail-oriented, so never forget them. Link your jewelry to any part of your outfit by matching its color to the clothing item. For example, my blush duster is light and soft, so I chose a light and soft heather grey tassel to play into the color. 

Go DIY with your look!

I'm going to let you in on a little secret...this duster actually started it's life as a dress! And you can do the exact same thing! Get creative not only by how you pair, but how you re-purpose items in your closet. Open up a button-down dress and make it into a light-weight jacket to finish a simple summer look. 

Enjoyed this article? Leave a comment below and tell us how you love to mix up your outfit for summer. 

 

The Trendiest Color Of Summer 2018 Is Mustard Yellow

Mustard, not just a very delicious condiment (if I do say so myself), is a color that’s taking this summer by storm. This sunshine-infused trend is lining the walls of retail establishments and infiltrating our Instagram news feeds. In short, it’s everywhere.

While this bold hue can feel daunting to take on, fear not. It’s oh-so possible, and not only that, it’s simple. Here are a few ways to incorporate mustard yellow into your hot weather wardrobe.

SHOES

A girl can never have too many, right?

I take pride in my shoe collection - the sneakerhead in me will always find an excuse to add new tennis shoes to my closet, but heels are my weakness. When I found these yellow gems, I just had to get them -- they are extremely versatile and add a pop of fun to all the outfits I pair with them. Add cropped, high-waisted jeans and a white blouse for the perfect look for a summer day in Austin or a sheath dress and blazer for a classic office look.

Here’s a few options to satisfy your yellow shoe needs:

Greer Image Consulting - Blog - The Trendiest Color Of Summer 2018 Is Mustard Yellow

PUMPS

COURTESY OF ZARA

Greer Image Consulting - Blog - The Trendiest Color Of Summer 2018 Is Mustard Yellow

MULES

COURTESY OF DSW

Greer Image Consulting - Blog - The Trendiest Color Of Summer 2018 Is Mustard Yellow

BLOCK HEELS

COURTESY OF ALDO

JACKETS

Let’s dive a little deeper into the trend with my current outerwear obsession: summer-weight jackets. This cropped, peplum jacket is one of my favorite pieces in my closet. It’s fitted, yet comfortable, which allows me to run around the city looking polished. I’ve paired it with a floral romper, that has hints of yellow in the print which tie into the jacket and pull the look together. Pieces like this are full of character and can make even your simplest outfits stand out. Throw it on over a monochromatic look for brunch on South Congress or a show at the Paramount. 

 A few options for your closet:

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POWER BLAZER

COURTESY OF ZARA

Greer Image Consulting - Blog - The Trendiest Color Of Summer 2018 Is Mustard Yellow

JEAN JACKET

COURTESY OF JOE'S JEANS

Greer Image Consulting - Blog - The Trendiest Color Of Summer 2018 Is Mustard Yellow

PEPLUM JACKET

COURTESY OF ZARA

BAGS

Adding a pop of yellow to any outfit doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Even something as small as a mini bag can add a bold statement to your look. I decided to don an all-white look and added a bright yellow purse with silver hardware for a touch of energy and fun.

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STUDDED BAG

COURTESY OF ZARA

Greer Image Consulting - Blog - The Trendiest Color Of Summer 2018 Is Mustard Yellow

CAMERA BAG

COURTESY OF MARC JACOBS

Greer Image Consulting - Blog - The Trendiest Color Of Summer 2018 Is Mustard Yellow

WALLET BAG

COURTESY OF ANTHROPOLOGIE

Greer Image Consulting - Blog - The Trendiest Color Of Summer 2018 Is Mustard Yellow

CIRCLE TASSEL BAG

COURTESY OF NORDSTROM

Now we want to hear from you! Leave us a comment below and tell us your favorite yellow piece from your current closet. 

Happy summer — be sure to shine!

About Bailey Bosworth

A California native, Bailey uprooted her life in Los Angeles and moved to Austin last fall, site unseen. She immediately fell in love with her new city and the quirky different styles found in the Live Music Capital of the World. Prior to moving to Austin, she interned at both Trunk Club and The Zoe Report where she learned the in's and out's of the fashion scene. With her newfound residence in Texas, she continues to evolve her style and pursue her passion for the fashion industry. 

The Greer Guide to Austin: The Special and Powder Vintage

In an unassuming storefront nestled within the bustling bar and restaurant scene of East 6th, husband and wife team Hannah Wood and Johnny Ogle have created something, well, special.

A physical embodiment of creative collective intelligence, The Special captures the spirit of ‘Austin cool’ with a blend of vintage furniture and decor, gifts, and, now, a killer vintage wardrobe.

Powder Vintage has taken an in-house residence within The Special's retail space, the latest brick-and-mortar iteration of the vintage shop that has been selling on Etsy since 2009.

Its doors open for nearly nine months, The Special is the brainchild of an impossibly cool couple with a shared love of design. Originally from L.A., Wood and Ogle moved to Austin two years ago in search of inspiration and the ideal place to create their dream retail space: a place that’s happy, visually compelling, highly curated and thoughtful, and high-end yet approachable. 

It’s this element of ‘attainable retro-cool’ that they’ve cultivated in their East Austin flagship that makes it the perfect backdrop to Powder Vintage, a menagerie of vintage clothing that transcends time, trends, and occasion. With each piece hand-selected by Powder Vintage’s owner, Karla, the vintage clothing selection within The Special elevates the ‘shop within a shop’ concept to stunning new heights. The range and broad selection of incredibly well-preserved vintage clothing that Powder Vintage has curated is, in a single word, impressive. Karla's favorite piece in her collection for the shop is a cropped crochet jacket from early 1900s Ireland, a testament to the level of quality of the pieces Powder Vintage seeks for its shop.

With her start in vintage reselling in her hometown of Monterrey, Mexico in the mid-‘90s, Karla’s experience in the business runs deep. After selling two vintage shops she started (the first in Monterrey in 2003; the second in San Antonio in 2008), she moved to Austin in 2009, selling vintage wholesale both online and to shops around town. After buying a piece from Karla at the Citywide Garage Sale over a year ago, Wood and Ogle invited her to sell her clothing at The Special, and a match made in vintage lover’s heaven was born.

Wood’s current favorite piece at The Special is a bright red iron candlestick holder; a piece whose identical twin went to Leslie Hernandez at Aro, where Passport Vintage used to reside. It’s another example of the Austin vintage community supporting one another, both financially and philosophically. When asked if there’s any commingling between Powder Vintage and The Special in terms of merchandising, Wood laughs knowingly, saying that she and Ogle “literally can’t go to the bathroom without trying something on!”

Now we want to hear from you! Leave us a comment below and tell us your favorite place to shop in Austin.

The Greer Guide to Austin is a bi-weekly column written and photographed by Liz Feezor of Liz Feezor Creative. 

Greer Image Consulting loves supporting local small business, and vintage style is a daily dose of self-expression that is truly unique, sustainable, and supports a network of men and women committed to bringing the best of past style into your wardrobe. 

How To Wear A Blazer During The Hottest Months Of 2018

The Texas summer is almost here, which means it's time to think about exactly how you're going to dress for days and days of 100 degree heat. 

One issue many of us professional women face is balancing how to dress for the sizzling sun and the icebox of an office. Moving from one severe environment to the next makes it hard to craft an outfit that's successful in both places.

But there is one piece that will always save the day: the blazer. It's just as easy to throw on-and-off as a simple cardigan, and yet, this jacket does so much more than a cardigan ever could. 

It gives you power, structure and presence. It makes you meeting-ready and brings a pop of personality to your work wear. The blazer is the finishing touch any boss lady needs in her wardrobe. 

Which is why this week, I'm giving you 12 tips on how to add your blazer to outfits you'll love to wear all summer long.

12. Don't be afraid to stand out with a statement blazer. 

Blazers are powerful. Balancing that power with approachability is an easy way to craft a multifaceted personality at work. To do this, try incorporating a bright, light blazer like this coral one I'm wearing. 

In addition to building your image, the color will play into the fun of summer. 

11. Mix serious with silly by popping your light, bright blazer off of black separates. Add other touches of light, bright accessories/prints to play into the color of the blazer. 

10. Match your jewelry to the colors you're wearing. Choose rose gold for pink and red, silver for blue and purple or gold for yellow and orange. 

9. Use the pattern of your blazer to pop this year's trend color: white.

8. Pair the blazer with a sleeveless, sheath dress. When you take off the blazer outside, you'll be at the your coolest. When you head inside and throw it on, you'll be your most professional self for any important task or meeting. 

7. Mix texture. This will make your outfit more interesting, and it will make you look more interesting. 

6. Pair a longer blazer with a shorter dress (not too short though). A just-above-the-knee dress and a hip-length blazer will create ideal proportion making your look appear more stylish and put-together.

5. Don't put away your booties! Pop your booties off your shift dress and blazer combo to put these shoes to good use all summer long. 

 Greer Image Consulting - Blog - How To Wear A Blazer During Texas Summer 2018

4. Your go-to blazer is probably a tame color, which means it's the perfect pairing with your most eclectic jewelry. Together, this elements will create a balanced and expressive look. 

3. Just like the booties, don't be afraid to bring out your fall blazer during the summer season. Dark colors are authoritative, so blazers in evergreen, burgundy and plum will still hold up at the office during the summer and give your look power.

2. Pair your blazer with a jumpsuit! Jumpsuits are one of my favorite pieces for any office, because they are easy to style, and they are creative and professional. You also have a lot of freedom with the type of blazer you put with them. Add a cropped, long or boyfriend blazer for a look that's on point for summer. 

1. Remember, your style is as unique and powerful as you are, so always stay true to it and tell us about it!

Leave a comment below to share with us your favorite way to rock a blazer during the summer. We would love to hear from you!

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The Greer Guide to Austin: Passport Vintage

To say that Maria Oliveira and Ryan Lerma know jeans would be an understatement. With the Instagram tagline “vintage jeans for modern butts," their vibrant blue brick-and-mortar arguably holds the best vintage denim collection anywhere, in Austin and beyond...

Having worked in retail management together and with a combined 14 years of retail experience, Lerma and Oliveira teamed up and went into vintage reselling together while still living in Chicago, where they relocated to Austin from in 2016. Though they considered other spots to make a move — L.A., Nashville, and Atlanta were on their list — they ultimately concluded, after much research and scouting, that Austin was the vintage capital of the U.S., and was where they could see their business grow.

It didn’t take long for Passport to develop a devoted following of vintage denim devotees: since Passport’s launch two years ago, it has transformed from an all-online sales platform to a stint in East Austin residency (its first physical iteration was in the second floor of Aro’s space on East 5th) to its current cool-hued digs on South 1st.

Specializing in vintage denim and t-shirts, Passport creates an experience in their shop, encouraging visitors to take in the ambiance that each separate room within the shop creates. With every piece in the store hand-selected by Oliveira and Lerma themselves, stepping in to Passport evokes the feeling of walking inside the home of an impossibly cool, undeniably fun friend with an eye for only the best in vintage. When it comes to sourcing, Lerma and Oliveira share an attitude of “anywhere and everywhere” to find those classic throwbacks that are forever in demand.

Beyond their bread and butter of vintage denim and tees, Oliveira and Lerma are very selective with any other pieces they bring in to complement the look they’ve cultivated for the shop. A mix of new and vintage accessories — which has included sunglasses, cameras, and shoes at different points in Passport’s lifetime — rounds out the outfits that make the shop’s Instagram feed a favorite among vintage fans worldwide.

Lerma and Oliveira tap into power that an inspiring physical space can have— and into the community that it can create. Longtime Instagram followers of the shop who come to Austin will make a point to visit the shop, and it’s this connection to their customers and their clothing that makes Passport an absolute must-visit.

NOW WE WANNA KNOW, WHERE ARE YOUR FAVORITE SPOTS TO SHOP? LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW AND TELL US YOUR FAVORITE AUSTIN BOUTIQUE.

The Greer Guide to Austin is a bi-weekly column written and photographed by Liz Feezor of Liz Feezor Creative. 

Greer Image Consulting loves supporting local small business, and vintage style is a daily dose of self-expression that is truly unique, sustainable, and supports a network of men and women committed to bringing the best of past style into your wardrobe. 

The Greer Guide to Austin : Coco Coquette

It’s a reliable rule of thumb in the fashion world that great style always comes with a compelling story. Austin is no stranger to either of these things, and the city attracts people with style (and stories) in spades. In just the last few years, those people have helped the vintage scene in Austin explode, flipping the script on what it means to look “current” or “modern” in today’s sartorial landscape dominated by fast fashion, with its oft-cookie-cutter looks and trends that burn brighter (and fizzle faster) than the latest flash-in-the-pan viral video sensation.

Their stories have shaped their successes; their visions are what breathes new life into small local business. 

In Austin, Texas, it’s not enough to just have style. You gotta have soul.

Coco Coquette  

2109 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

Much like her outpost on East Cesar Chavez, Allyson Garro herself brings an element of fanciful glamour that is somehow, paradoxically, completely accessible. An L.A. transplant with five years of wardrobe experience under her belt, Garro wanted a departure from the high-stress life that "The Industry" comes with. After a lot of soul-searching (and a retail stint in New Orleans where she gained her chops in retail), she opened up shop in her current East Austin location nearly eight years ago.

Garro knew she wanted to create a space where people could come and be presented with everything they could ever want to costume themselves. Having been a part of the burlesque scene in both L.A. and New Orleans throughout the late nineties and early aughts, her shop is a clear manifestation of a combination of her experiences. 

“There’s something about putting a wig on that’s very disarming. It gives you permission to be someone else. I think it’s better than alcohol!”
— -Allyson Garro, Owner of Coco Coquette

With an infectious enthusiasm for playing dress-up, Garro lights up when talking about hosting events and “wig parties” at the shop: While wigs are the mainstay of her business, Coco Coquette offers a full costuming experience with a wide range of skincare and wellness products, an impeccably curated selection of vintage party-appropriate clothing, and all the accoutrements one could need to transform themselves into a vision of vintage romanticism.  

For Allyson Garro, style will always been deeply personal, and is influenced by her mood. She recalls a memory growing up, having missed the bus on a stressful morning of fourth grade and her mom having to drive her in to school. Her mom recognized that something was wrong due to her daughter’s silence throughout the entire ride, Garro finally mumbled something about hating what she was wearing. Her mother, understanding the feeling of just not feeling right in what she’d chosen to wear, turned the car around so her daughter could change into something that suited her that day. Style didn’t just influence her mood, it changed the way she thought about work and what her role could be in helping other people feel good about themselves. 

Glamour, as it turns out, is a language in and of itself. And after spending just a few minutes inside Coco Coquette, you’ll be speaking ‘glamour’ fluently.

Now we wanna know, Where are your favorite spots to shop? Leave a comment below AND TELL US your favorite AUSTIN BOUTIQUE. 

The Greer Guide to Austin is a bi-weekly column written and photographed by Liz Feezor of Liz Feezor Creative. 

Greer Image Consulting loves supporting local small business, and vintage style is a daily dose of self-expression that is truly unique, sustainable, and supports a network of men and women committed to bringing the best of past style into your wardrobe. 

1 Carry-On, 13 Days of Travel: Here's How I Did It

I like to pack light.

It makes sense for my travel style, because I hate lugging stuff around, and I also love the challenge of creating a tightly conceptualized wardrobe.

My belief is that you should always have fewer clothes in your closet, and use them to make more outfits. When I'm traveling, my suitcase is my closet on-the-go.

I recently took a 13-day trip to Europe for my honeymoon, and upon booking, I immediately decided I would take this opportunity to see exactly how much I could get out of and get into my CALPAK hard shell carry-on. 

Here's the approach I took when packing for this trip: 

1. Go with basics.

I'm a big fan of color, but I was worried I would get sick of color if I relied mostly on the usual brights I like to wear in spring. Instead, I choose black as the dominate color for the trip along with navy, taupe and white. While I craved color by the end of the trip, I was still completely satisfied what I had. 

 Bavaria, Germany: Wearing my basic black top, black boots and jeans to see Neuschwanstein Castle. To make the neutrals more exciting, I paired my favorite silver hoops and wide-brimmed black hat.

Bavaria, Germany: Wearing my basic black top, black boots and jeans to see Neuschwanstein Castle. To make the neutrals more exciting, I paired my favorite silver hoops and wide-brimmed black hat.

2. Comfort is key. 

The look of a garment or shoe has historically been way more important to me than the comfort of it, but for this trip, there was no getting around the fact that I needed to be comfortable. 

We were going to be walking around Amsterdam, Munich and Berlin all day, every day, so I needed shoes that would support me in my journey. 

I decided to go with my Texas staple, Tecovas cowboy boots. I also invested in a new pair of lace-up military-style boots from Kork Ease.  

3. Know the weather. Know thyself. 

I'm lumping these two points together, because dressing for the weather isn't just about what people typically wear at certain temperatures. It's about knowing how you like to dress in any given weather. 

When I first started packing for this trip, I saw the average temperatures for Amsterdam, Munich and Berlin would all be around 55 degrees. I pulled out my Blank NYC suede moto jacket as the one-and-only honeymoon jacket.

Last minute I decided to swap this jacket for my full length cashmere, and boy am I glad I did! While the moto would have worked for some people, I'm a true Texan -- I get very cold very easily. 

Make sure to be honest with yourself about what you'll need to feel comfortable on vacation. While another person would've been fine in the moto jacket, my intuition told me to go with something heavier. Always trust your intuition.

4. Accessorize like it's nobody's business. 

If you're a client of mine or you frequently read this blog, you've probably heard me say that you must wear accessories with every outfit -- they're the icing on the cake and the way for everyone around you (personally and professionally) to understand you are detail-oriented and thoughtful. 

To keep my neutrals fresh on every day of the trip, I relied more on accessories than ever before! I packed A LOT of them, perhaps a few too many, but they lived up to their job. Each accessory I wore gave me a creative and bright pop to an otherwise simple, neutral canvas. 

 A snapshot of the jewelry I packed for the trip. I included my wedding jewelry (bottom right) in the bunch for when I wanted a romantic touch to my look

A snapshot of the jewelry I packed for the trip. I included my wedding jewelry (bottom right) in the bunch for when I wanted a romantic touch to my look

 Another handful of pieces I decided to take to Amsterdam, Munich and Berlin plus the gold hoops (top left) I purchased in Berlin

Another handful of pieces I decided to take to Amsterdam, Munich and Berlin plus the gold hoops (top left) I purchased in Berlin

Taking the ideas above into account, here's what I packed for my 13-day trip:

1. BOTTOMS

  • blue jeans, black jeans, black pencil skirt, Athleta Restore Jogger pant, 3 pairs of work out pants

2. Tops

  • black v-neck dolman top, black turtleneck, taupe sweater, blush sweater, blue & white striped Rails shirt, 3 work out t-shirts
 Munich, Germany: my Rails blue & white shirt paired with my wedding jewelry

Munich, Germany: my Rails blue & white shirt paired with my wedding jewelry

3. Accessories

  • black wide-brim hat, green beret, black knit scarf, black tights, black gloves, bathing suit, 3 sports bras, undergarments, handkerchief cotton scarf
     
  • lots of jewelry -- see above for a snippet of what I brought

4. Shoes

  • Tecovas cowboy boots, Kork Ease lace-up military-style boots, sneakers (for working out only)

And with all that in tow, I headed out to Europe for two weeks! Like any experiment, there are things that worked perfecting and others that didn't.

 Day 1 in Amsterdam - All ready for cold weather

Day 1 in Amsterdam - All ready for cold weather

Here's what I learned from what I packed: 

1. Be realistic about what you will or won't do.  

I was tight with what I packed, but there were still a couple things I didn't end up needing:

  • a bathing suit: I love to swim, but honestly, taking a swim at the hotel after eating brats and sauerkraut was not the most appealing activity. It didn't happen. 
     
  • tights: I ended up not using these, because while I could shed other layers if I got hot, tights would have to stay on all day. I was worried I would get uncomfortable, thus they stayed in the CALPAK carry-on. 

2. Accessories are essential, but know your limits.

While every outfit needs accessories, I was sick of switching out accessories by the end of the trip just for the sake of switching. My favorite earrings are my big hoops, and I ended up wearing these 3 days in a row towards the end. I packed 7 pairs of earrings, and for future trips, I'm sticking to 3. 

3. I still had too much stuff! 

I know it sounds insane, but I really could have used only one pair of black pants (I packed black jeans and the Athleta Restore Jogger pants). Since they're both black, they essentially did the same job.

 Amsterdam, Netherlands: One of the days I wore my black pair of pants. Upon looking back, I think I could have only packed one and would've been just fine on the trip.  

Amsterdam, Netherlands: One of the days I wore my black pair of pants. Upon looking back, I think I could have only packed one and would've been just fine on the trip.  

 Amsterdam, Netherlands: Saying goodbye to Amsterdam and heading for Munich in my black pencil skirt and a top I picked up at a vintage shop in Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Netherlands: Saying goodbye to Amsterdam and heading for Munich in my black pencil skirt and a top I picked up at a vintage shop in Amsterdam

Want to pack the perfect carry-on for your next trip? I can help with that! Simply book a call with me, so I can get to know you and your style better. From there, we'll set up a 90-minute session dedicated to building a suitcase filled with pieces you'll love to wear on your next trip. 

  

Where To Shop For The Perfect Wedding Dress in Austin, Texas

I'm getting married on March 31st, so to say the very least, I've got weddings on the brain. 

One of the biggest challenges to finding the perfect wedding dress in knowing where to start. Bridal boutiques are as varied in price point, style and aesthetic as other boutiques, so it can be hard to find the one that's right for you and your style. 

Luckily, I'm doing the legwork for ya. 

Check out my top 5 picks of where to shop for your wedding dress. No matter your style or age, you're sure to find something at one of these gems that will make you feel beautiful on your big day. 

BLUSH BRIDAL LOUNGE

Walking into this store is like walking into a bridal fantasy. It's simple stunning -- wall-to-wall dresses hand-picked by the owner, Erica Janke, and manager, Kristen Arriola, that create a collection unmatched by any other shop in Austin. Designers include the best in bridal such as Martina Liana, Enzoani, Eddy K, Elizabeth Dye, Lotus Threads, Carmen Marc Valvo and Mikaella Bridal. 

If you get the chance to work with Kristen or Erica, you are a lucky gal, because no one knows bridal like these two, which is very helpful when you've never been shopping for a wedding dress before. 

Blush Bridal Lounge is closed Sundays and Mondays, and by appointment only, so make sure to give them a call ahead of time to book at (512) 407-9236. 

This shop is good for you if:

  • You want a luxurious bridal shopping experience
  • Price point isn't much of a factor in choosing your dress
  • You want the latest trends in bridal fashion
  • You want to customize the dress to your liking (often times their dresses can be ordered in a different color than is featured in store) 

Images via @BlushBridalLounge on Instagram

KIRA KOUTURE

This isn't exactly a shop, but rather a custom bridal designer who is absolutely amazing at her work! While I didn't go custom, I worked with Kira to alter many parts of my dress: the bottom, top and back. 

images via @KiraKoutureATX Instagram

While some were for function (the bottom was too long) and some for fashion's sake (I brought down the top to give it a sexier look), she excelled at all the tasks I put in her hands. 

Kira has also made custom dresses for friends of mine, which have turned out beautifully. She is beyond creative, which means she'll help you explore what you want in a dress, so your vision comes to life through a dress that's perfect for you in every way. 

Custom dresses start at $1500, but honestly, that's pretty modest in the bridal world, so if you're looking to dabble in design, head to Kira! 

This shop is good for you if:

  • You have a very specific idea of what you want for your dress
  • You looked and looked and can't find the perfect dress
  • You have vision when it comes to your style
  • You want a dress that unique to you and only you  

bloom by blush

This boutique is exclusively for plus-size brides, which to say the very least, is amazing! Erica, the owner at Blush Bridal Lounge, also owns Bloom, so it's located in the same spot as Blush. 

One of the biggest issues with bridal shopping is that if you are plus-size, you often only get to hold up the samples to see how they might look, rather than try them on. This can make for a very disappointing shopping trip, but with Bloom, they have a plethora of dresses to try, so you can have a clear idea of how stunning you'll look on your big day.

Note*: They just moved both shops (as of 3/22/18) to 5501 N Lamar, so this is the perfect time to book an appointment and see the new digs! 

Designers like Stella York, Allure, Ashley & Justin, Callista Couture, Da Vinci, Hayley Paige and Moonlight Couture grace the walls of Bloom leaving you with so many beautiful, fashion-forward gowns to order from. 

This shop is good for you if:

  • You're between a size 16 and 26
  • You're looking to try on the dress of your dreams
  • You're looking for a designer gown that won't necessarily break the bank
  • You want a glamorous bridal shopping experience 

NEIMAN MARCUS

Now just hear me out on this one...

If you're a bride who's been married before or your wedding plans include escaping to Tulum or getting married in a chapel in Vegas, you may not want to go the traditional route.

Each woman's vision is different, which is why it's important to think outside of the box with where you shop for your wedding dress.

Neiman Marcus has a stellar collection of long and short cocktail dresses, and since it's spring, the colors out right now are light, bright and feminine -- perfect for an off the grid wedding. 

And one more thing... 

White is big this spring -- like HUGE! So if you still want to stick to white, but are looking for a short, less-formal wedding dress, this is also a great spot to stop into for a look.

No appointment necessary. Images via NeimanMarcus.com

This shop is good for you if:

  • You don't want a white wedding dress
  • You want a short wedding dress
  • You want something no one attending your wedding will expect
  • You want an off-the-rack gown

Second Summer Bride

 Me after finding my favorite dress ever! 

Me after finding my favorite dress ever! 

This is where I got my dress, so I'm probably a bit biased, but honestly, Second Summer Bride is amazing! The shopping experience they provide is unmatched by any other boutique (bridal or not), I've ever been in to in my whole life. 

The women who works there are knowledgable, caring and genuinely listen to what you want, so that the dress you end up with makes you feel like a million bucks. 

The great thing about Second Summer Bride is that it's a bridal consignment shop, so the dresses are off the rack. You pick your dress, you pay for it, and you take it with you that same day.

A small percentage of the dresses are consigned by brides, but most of them come directly from the designer (overstock) or they're samples from larger bridal boutiques. 

Because it's a consignment shop, you're able to get dresses from some of the best designers in the bridal industry such as Hayley Paige, Justin Alexander, Lela Rose, Sally Eagle, Enaura, Val Stefanie and Jenny Packham. 

Second Summer is by appointment only and closed Sundays and Monday. To book, call them at (512) 419-9001, make sure to tell them Raquel sent you and ask to work with Natalie or Kara. You can thank me later. :) 

This shop is good for you if:

  • You don't have a ton to spend on a dress (dresses start at $500)
  • You don't have a clear idea of what you want and are open to exploring
  • You don't mind a dress that's been worn before
  • You like the satisfaction of walking out of the store with your dress in hand

SXSW Street Style 2018

This week, I headed out to South By to photograph my 3rd annual #SXSWStreetStyle report.

Before we get into all that jazz though, I thought it was pertinent to this article to share the mission of Greer Image Consulting.

So here it is...


I believe every woman is inherently beautiful and powerful.

Greer Image Consulting is dedicated to revealing this truth through what you wear every day of the week.

I celebrate women of all ages, religions, races, backgrounds, and beliefs through personal style.

I help you build a wardrobe that you can work with every day to style meaningful outfits. With it, you’ll gain the confidence and clarity to see that your style is a reflection of your deeply unique and creative self.


And with that, let's get into it, shall we? 


THE WOMEN OF SXSW


ivy roots | singer/songwriter

Why I love this look: The colors are anything but shy -- purple, blue, yellow and green. Even with so many pops, they're well balance by her neutrals: denim shorts, a brown bag and the black boots. And to top it of off, she's incorporated my favorite accessory, hoops. Each element is separate but they also seamlessly flow together to create an eclectic and effervescent look. 

Stephanie Forsythe | Event manager

Why I love this look: The type of glasses Stephanie is wearing are bold yet playful, but it's the shape that caught my eye and makes these the perfect expression of Stephanie's style. The roundness of the glasses plays into her Princess Leia-inspired double-bun up-do, which enhances both elements. The result is a look that's put-together and vibrant for the day of music ahead. 

cecy trebino | founder of Chicas rock -- a non-profit dedicated to empowering girls through music

Why I love this look: So often black is thrown on because it may appear that there's no other good option. Black, like any color, is one that you should wear only if you deliberately choose to wear it because it speaks to your personal style and the message you are trying to project.

In Cecy's case, I see the all black outfit as a deliberate choice, and I love it. It's a fierce and fresh urban look for a day filled with music. 

nicole cathey | barber

Why I love this look: This outfit has a little bit of everything -- business, basics and boots to pop it all. One of my favorite ways to wear a blazer is to repurpose it for casual occasions, and Nicole knocked it out of the park with this one. The ripped jeans create a Saturday vibe for any day of the week. The true star of this whole look is the boots. The combination of the color and sheen elevate the whole look, link back to her necklace and give the outfit a fierce finish. 

EMily jackson | bartender

Why I love this look: Embroidery is one of my favorite trends right now, which drew me to Emily's look initially, but it's really how Emily wears the shirt that makes it stand out. Emily styled her hair in soft waves that enhance the shirt. Both elements together play into her romantic personality and giving the whole look an unabashed feminine vibe. 

EMMA ADAMS | MUSICIAN IN BIG ORANGE BAND

Why I love this look: Each element of this outfit came together to highlight Emma. You can tell by her smile, she has such a bubbly energy about her, which is mimicked in her sun-yellow t-shirt. To finish the outfit, Emma paired her summer-weight shorts with ripped tights -- an appropriate choice for early spring weather and also undeniably creative, which makes sense since she's already tapped into her creativity through music. She popped the whole look by adding a warm, neutral walking shoe to contrast the black and add a utilitarian, no-nonsense touch to it all. 

VIOLET AND THE UNDERCURRENTS

Why I love this look: I wasn't planning on taking any action shots of musicians, but then of course, I found out Violet and The Undercurrents were an all woman band, so ya know...that's amazing. And their style exuded that. Each member of the band was dressed in minimalist fashion -- t-shirts, black pants, boots. But that's thing about fashion, it doesn't always have to be over the top to be wonderful. They were no frills, just music, and I loved every minute of the show.  

raquel greer gordian | founder of greer image consulting

Why I love this look: Because I chose it, of course! :) Like Emma and Laura, I picked this look to have something expressive for day and night. You can't see in this pic, but my dress has fringe all down the sleeves, so when it's hot, I take off the jacket and still love my look. When it cools down, I throw on this faux-fur suede jacket I've had for 10+ years to bring a sensual touch to the outfit.

Katrina Scheihing | barista

Why I love this look: Katrina pulled so many different textured pieces like sequins, denim and cotton to create this outfit, which is a great idea for spring. It's unclear whether it's going to be 60 degrees or 80 degrees on any given day, and even if she takes off the cardigan, she still has the ripped denim skirt and polka dot cross-body bag to let you know she's on trend. 

Talise manuel | musician

Why I love this look: I'm not even sure where to start, because honestly, I'm obsessed with every part of this -- including the boot. This look is the quintessential creative outfit. Why? Because nothing goes together, while simultaneously everything goes together and, in addition, each piece embodies Talise. I only met Talise for a minute, but you can feel that -- this look is authentically her. From the gold chains to the polka dot tank to black lip color to the paisley jacket, this outfit is about paying attention to each piece of an outfit that ultimately creates a functional piece of art. 

dominique blancas | student

Why I love this look: To start...these pants! On their own, these pants could go a multitude of ways: prep, classic, etc. But Dominique took them and ran with the look. By styling them with her graphic t-shirt and Vans sneakers, you can tell she's got a fun and humorous side to her. In essence, she knows how to play, and play she did! To create this daytime look that's perfect for SXSW. 

Laura Pittard | Marketing manager

Why I love this look: Style is about playing with nuanced messages within your clothing to create a look that's uniquely you. Laura achieved exactly that by creating an outfit thats both sweet with the lemon print and salty with the leather jacket and Doc Martens. Just like Emma, she chose tights to fit this unpredictable weather and can always take them off and still rock the look to adjust to a warmer day. 

chloe palmer | bartender

Why I love this look: I had to take a photo of Chloe's haircut, because well, it's bad ass. As I mentioned with Violet and the Undercurrents, fashion can be minimal and still exude style. Chloe had on a simple t-shirt, jeans and boots, but it's elements like this that let you know she's detail-oriented and a rebel at heart. 

DORI PURKS | NURSE

Why I love this look: As I mentioned with Cecy, it's important to be deliberate with what you choose to wear. It would be easy enough for Dori to have thrown on a black cardigan to finish this look, but she didn't. She chose to wear a smokey orange sweater. The result is that it plays into her beauty by highlighting her hair color and golden skin tone. 

NATALIE HANSON | BLOGGER

Why I love this look: The details is this outfit are what made me look twice. There's beaded-embroidery on her otherwise basic utility jacket, which give the whole outfit a color pop, and let you know that Natalie is mindful of the little things. The leather mule sandal and cut-off jeans also give the look an edgier finish that's both comfortable for walking around downtown and chic enough for a stop into a SXSW show. 

Janelle Kroll | MUSICIAN

Why I love this look: Janelle is a good friend of mine, so I got a bit more insight into this look than some of the others. She stopped into Austin while on a nation wide tour. The stop before Austin was NOLA. There, she picked up this vintage-inspired head piece, and I absolutely love it! It finished the look perfectly by balancing the sensual, daring and jazzy vibes of her outfit. 

ABI HAMMOND | BARTENDER

Why I love this look: One of my favorite things about SXSW is the diverse types of music you can enjoy during the event, and with Abbi's look, she embodies that pure rock n' roll style. Like Natalie's look, her style is in the details. The t-shirt and black skinny jeans are embellished with sky-high heels and plug earrings that make her look daring and downtown. 

Styling Trick: How to Keep Off - The - Shoulder Tops Off The Shoulder

Spring is just around the corner, which means it's the perfect time to bring out those off-the-shoulder tops again. But there's one pesky problem which always creeps up with this boho piece. 

Watch the video below to see how to keep your off-the-shoulder top off your shoulder and right in place. 

Greer Image Consulting - Blog - How To Keep Off The Shoulder Tops Off The Shoulder
 

What to Wear for Valentine's Day 2018

Aaahhh...
VALENTINE'S DAY

...a day of chocolate, wine and some of my favorite sultry colors. All elements combined, it's up there as one of the best holidays/excuses to go out to dinner on a weeknight.

But there is still one question lurking...what wiiiiill you wear?

Luckily, I've got you covered.

In this week's #GreerGuideToStyle video I'm talking V-Day trends, unexpected items to wear on the 14th and how to pair statement shoes with every outfit. Watch below and celebrate your sexiest self. Because you deserve it, girl. 

10 Ways to Refresh Your Moto For The End of Season

Moto jackets are one of my favorite trends for many reasons. The snug fit is a slimming touch on any outfit, and the structured shoulders and lapel give it a powerful feel in professional situations. The weight is perfect for Austin winter. But, most importantly, they go with pretty much everything and anything in a closet. 

Despite being a fluid mate to almost any outfit, it's easy to get stuck in what you pair your moto with. We are creatures of habit, so just like any piece in your closet, you'll probably add it to the same combinations consistently.

But today, let's change that and bring some moto magic back to your closet. 

Here's 10 ways to style this bad boy, so you feel like the coolest chick on the block. 

10. Pair it with your sweetest spring dress.

Adding sweet pieces to sassy items is one of my favorite styling techniques, because two elements that may normally seem oppositional can not only compliment each other, but enhance the stylish nature of the outfit.

9. Dress it up.

Add the moto jacket over a cocktail or bridesmaid's dress (this one, below, I wore in my brother's wedding). The combination simultaneously makes the moto more classic and freshens up the dress. Together, you'll create the perfect date night look.

7. Just add hoops. 

These earrings need no explanation. They're simply perfect for every outfit including your moto look. Try giant ones (like what I've got on) for a downtown feel or small ones for a classic look. In the market for some fresh ones? Check these out. 

8. Make it western.

If you want to intensify the Austin chic feel of the moto, pair it with the ultimate Texas element: cowboy boots. Don't get caught up in the color of the jacket and boots matching. Take the organic approach, and let them flow together because of the shared western style.

Greer Image Consulting - Blog - How To Refresh Your Moto Jacket For The End Of Season

6. Pop your hardware off your jacket.

A silver necklace adds energy to silver zippers. Gold enhances gold. But don't limit yourself. You can always mix metal for a more eclectic look. To play into the blush dress, I also added my Nina Berenato three-finger rose gold ring to my otherwise silver hardware. Use the code "GreerVIP" to get 30% at her online shop.  

 

5. Zip it up.

All those bells and whistles are there for a reason, so add structure and power to the look by zipping and belting it up. 

4. Pair your hair. 

Hair is an accessory that can enhance or take away from your outfit, so use it wisely. To highlight your moto as the focal point of your outfit, put your hair in a top knot. To give the moto a more romantic feel, add a messy braid or curl your hair into soft boho waves.

Hair and Make Up by Nicole Gonzales

 

 

3. Grab your romper. 

It's easy to think of a romper as a strictly summer casual piece, but these playsuits can be dressed up into a night time look or a dressy casual brunch look just by adding the moto.

2.Use color.

Color is the greatest tool for creating in-sync outfit combinations, so never take it for granted. Drag your colorful moto through your closet to find a top, dress or romper with the same color in its pattern. Throw it on to find a perfectly paired outfit. 

 

1. Get Professional.

This isn't just a party piece, so use it instead of a blazer on your more casual work days. Pair a classic pencil skirt (like the one below) or add it over any jeans and a silky blouse. The moto finishes the look into a powerful style statement. 

Top 10 Boutiques to Shop at Le Garage Sale

It's almost here, and I'm beyooooooond excited! 

Twice a year on a weekend (Saturday and Sunday), Le Garage Sale is held at Palmer Events Center. 100+ boutiques gather together with the best deals ever ever ever. 

What's so cool about Le Garage Sale is that it's not just about shopping. It's about celebrating local businesses and women entrepreneurs in one space. While it's not exclusively women, the majority of boutiques and shops are represented or owned by women. 

The energy, the fun and, of course, the fashion make this my favorite Austin event I've ever attended (and I did grow up in this little town, so I've been to a lot of stuff over the years). 

Whether you're a first time attendee or have loved Le Garage Sale since day one, it's good to have a plan going into it. You should always know what to bring...

  •  Clothes you can easily change in and out of throughout the event
  •  A reusable bag to put all your treasures in

And you should also know where to go first. Yes, you'll probably hit up every boutique in the place (or at least that's my plan), but you don't want to run with the stampede. Do your own thing, girl. 

Here are 10 of my favorite boutiques that will be attending this weekend to get you started on carving out your own little treasure map for the big event. 

Happy Hunting!

Greer Image Consulting - Blog - Raquel shares where she likes to shop at Le Garage Sale
 

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What to Wear to Every Kind of Wedding in 2018

I've got weddings on the brain.

I'm getting married in March, so planning now consumes every waking moment of the day that I'm not at GIC.

Beyond my own upcoming nuptials, I'm also attending a handful of weddings this year. Each in a different state in a different part of the US, which means a different climate, culture, aesthetic and (I'm predicting) dress code.

It's impossible to know exactly what you're walking into when you go to a wedding, because in a $50+ billion dollar industry, the details and decor a couple can chose from are endless. 

Knowing each wedding is one of a kind makes it easy to slip into that style rut: "What do I wear?" followed by "I have nothing to wear!" and suddenly you're in a black (dress) hole.

SIDE NOTE* : You can kick ass in a black dress, but it needs to have spunk. Like these did at the Golden Globes. #timesup

But today, I want to talk color. 

Whether the invite says "anything goes" like a wedding I'm attending this spring or "cocktail attire" like my own nuptials, you can play with color, texture and pattern to create a truly unique and appropriate look. 

Here are 6 looks I've styled for 5 clients and how you can create them too. 

The invitation says...

COCKTAIL ATTIRE

Tips for getting it right: 

1. Choose a luxurious fabric like velvet or silk to mimic the formality of the event.

2. Cocktail is right below black tie on the formal scale, so balance tradition elements (like Erica's broaches) with fresh accents (like her fringe earrings).

3. Bring energy to a neutral outfit with a bold lip color. Try pink for a zing in the spring and summer or candy apple red in the autumn and winter for a holiday feel. 

The invitation says...

BLACK TIE

Tips for getting it right: 

1. Elegance is the name of the game with black tie weddings, so channel a softer-side of yourself through dreamy colors like cream and blush.

2. Pay attention to every detail. Each element of the outfit should work together seamlessly. For Jen's look, I styled this tulle skirt with a cropped jacket. Both pieces don't intersect or interrupt each other. Instead, they play off of one another.

3. Pop an outfit that consists of many light colors by adding one deeper color (like this wine earring below). It will leave people intrigued and inspired by your look.

The invitation says...

DRESSY CASUAL

Tips for getting it right: 

1. Think outside the dress when choosing what to wear for this occasion. Instead try a silky romper, structured jumpsuit or a simple work pant. 

2. Spruce up the pant by surrounding it with trendier pieces like this cold-shoulder silky top and layered necklaces. 

3. Dress up any of the above by finishing it with a pointed-toe patent leather pump. The pointed-toe will elongate your silhouette while the glossy look makes it more polished.

The invitation says...

DAYTIME SEMIFORMAL

Tips for getting it right:

1. Make a subtle, yet memorable statement by trying a monochromatic look aka dressing in one color. 

2. Don't ever let your jacket be an afterthought. Choose a piece that works with the rest of your look like Melissa's peplum leather jacket. 

3. All eyes should be on the bride, so try a conservative 1" to 2" strappy, block heel for a look that is easy to dance in and keeps the outfit tasteful.

The invitation says...

GARDEN PARTY

Tips for getting it right:

1. Play into the setting and occasion with big, bold florals. 

2. Don't be afraid to mix patterns to create a playful look. To mix, simply stick with one color scheme. For Gina's outfit, I've popped her b&w skirt off her b&w snake skin kitten heels.

3. Finish the look by matching the shape of your accessories with the shape of patterns in your clothing. The circular necklaces mimic the round movement in the flowers creating a put-together and whimsical look. 

The invitation says...

ANYTHING GOES

Tips for getting it right:

1. When anything goes, use the golden rule of fashion: It's better to be overdressed, than underdressed. You don't want to show up in jeans and be seated next to someone in a suit. Instead, embody the vibes of a wedding -- romantic and lovely. 

2. Lace and love fit together like PB&J, so it's the perfect fabric to wear to celebrate the happy couple. 

3. Your outfit should speak to your mood, so let the couple know you're party ready with a boho statement necklace like the one I styled on Joy. 

Brands I Love: Tecovas

This week on the #GreerGuidetoStyle, I headed to Tecovas' eastside showroom to hear a little bit more about the history of the company, to learn the reason why these boots are so damn comfy and to finally get the scoop on how they actually pronounce Tecovas (yeah, I was most excited about that question). 

As a native-Texan, my quest for the perfect cowboy boots always felt never ending. Yes, I've had boots I loved in the past, but typical cowboy boots require breaking them in, and who's got time for that?!

When I found Tecovas on Instagram, I was drawn to the brand, because the boot had a certain look to it that conveyed ease, a relaxed fit -- no breaking in necessary. And sure enough, they fit exactly as I had hoped. They slide right on, and I've preeeeeeeetty much never taken them off since. 

The Tecovas booties I own, The Penny, also comes true to size, so there's no guessing game as far as staying true or sizing down (many cowboy boot companies encourage you to size down). 

The boots are soft, shape to my foot and go with EVERYTHING. That's right...EVERYTHING. I wear these with a cocktail dress for an Austin chic look or with my leggings and a sweater on these colder days. Jeans and boots are forever soulmates, so that's a style-must and they work equally as well with shorts and a graphic tee in the summer time. 

Whether you're a full-blooded Texan or are looking to try out cowboy boots for the first time, Tecovas are the ones you want in your wardrobe.

The Red That's Right For You

Red comes into fashion every year around this time, but in 2017, red is truly the trend color of the holidays. In most Austin shops, there's numerous pieces in many different varieties of red to choose from.

This makes it equally as difficult to shop for your new holiday piece as it is exciting, because the process can turn from fun to overwhelming with the amount of options. 

So this week, I'm giving you some guidance on how to pick your pieces for your lifestyle and the best red for your personal color palette.

The first step in choosing your red (or any color) is knowing your color palette.

Which is why a color analysis is always the first step I go through with my clients to figure out what version of each color looks best on them. 

Everyone can wear every color, but there are certain characteristics within the color (i.e. lightness, darkness, warmth...) that make it well suited to your natural attributes. 

Below are three palettes to consider when choosing your right red. 

BRIGHT + LIGHT

For this palette, try a coral red. The clarity and lightness of the hue play into your color palette and accentuate your eyes. 

If you're a professional woman who heads into an office regularly, add this color to your wardrobe through a blazer. While it may feel like a bold choice (and it is), you can balance the brightness of the coral jacket with neutrals. Add a camel turtle neck and jeans for business casual or cream trousers and a champagne blouse for business formal. Finish both looks with nude pumps. 

DEEP + COOL

For this palette, try a garnet or apple red. The darkness of garnet will highlight your skin tone, while a brighter hue like apple will intensify your hair color. 

To incorporate an apple-like hue, try a patterned shift dress in red & black plaid. This piece will work for a holiday weekend event like The Trail of Lights or as a workwear piece during a day at the office. 

Keep warm and heighten the elegance of the look by adding opaque black tights. Finish the outfit with black cowboy boots for casual occasions or a bold leopard pump for work. 

DARK + WARM

If your features fit this palette, you'll want to try a brick red or scarlet this season.

Since your palette is deep, you can pair these hues with navy or play into the warmth of the colors through camel or gold neutrals.

Got a holiday party coming up? Incorporate these reds into your holiday outfit through a variety of statement jackets. Try a faux fur jacket for a retro vibe or tartan plaid for classic touch. 

 

 

 

40 Reasons Why Your Style Matters

Greer Image Consulting was founded around the belief that women are inherently beautiful and powerful, and style is the tool with which these two qualities can be expressed in every day life. 

This week, I was inspired to share just some of the reasons why style is meaningful and transformative to us and to our clients. Read, enjoy and leave us a comment below with your biggest reasons why you love style. 

Happy Holidays!

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1.   Style makes you joyful. 
2.   Style makes you proud. 
3.   Style makes you contemplative.
4.   Style makes you brave.
5.   Style makes you observant of yourself and others.
6.   Style is a reflection of your truest self. 
7.   Style is the physical manifestation of the way you think.
8.   Style makes you confident. 
9.   Style makes you powerful.
10. Style helps you understand other people.
11. Style helps you love other people.
12. Style helps you love yourself. 
13. Style is defiant when you don't have the words to be.
14. Style is the way you set yourself apart.
15. Style brings you together with other people.
16. Style helps you remember a friend just by seeing a piece of clothing.
17. Style makes you think about where you've been.
18. Style makes you think about where you're going.
19. Style makes you want to travel.
20. Style makes you want to touch.
21. Style makes you excited.
22. Style saves you time.
23. Style brings you into the present.
24. Style prepares you for an important meeting.
25. Style prepares you for your wedding day.
26. Style helps you connect to your grandmother.
27. Style is how your spouse knows you haven't changed.
28. Style is freeing. 
29. Style is moving.
30. Style is art.
31. Style is how you celebrate yourself. 
32. Style is exciting.
33. Style is whimsical.
34. Style is sexy.
35. Style is romantic.
36. Style is every part of you you're willing to share with the world.
37. Style eases fear. 
38. Style gives you presence.
39. Style saves you energy.
40. Style celebrates your womanhood. 

ATX Event Styling: The Trail of Lights

The Trails of Lights is by far one of my favorite annual Austin activities. I look forward to it ALL. YEAR. LONG. I grew up in Austin, so the nostalgia and fond memories are enough to bring me back year after year.

The energy, the scenery and the people watching make for an iconic Austin tradition that's perfect to visit with friends, family or a date.

And while it's easy to say that casual occasions (like this one) don't need your full fashion attention, they do.

To feel good anytime, anywhere...you need to look good.

Which is why I'm talking about it this week on the #GreerGuidetoStyle. Watch the video below and leave me a comment about what you're going to be rocking for this season's stroll through Zilker Park.