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 27th.

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 first 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! 

Fall 2018 Trends Inspired By The 70's

Autumn is just around the corner, and I’m oh-so ready for the change – pumpkin beer and apple pies await, but the most exciting part of the season is the emergence of new style trends. Fall fashion has arrived.

Last week, I headed over to the Domain to scope out next season’s trends. I had my heart set on adding a snakeskin piece to my wardrobe. Instead, something else caught my eye: retro 70’s duds.

Trends are cyclical. They come back through various shapes, textures, and colors, but 70’s looks have me hooked this season with their high contrast prints, exaggerated shapes, and sleek silhouettes.  

Check out three of my favorite finds and how I styled them from Friday-Sunday.

High-Contrast Print: Black & White Houndstooth

Houndstooth is a classic print and when used in a light-weight piece like this skirt, it’s ideal for a sweltering Texas fall. In addition, the skirt highlights your legs making you look statuesque and sexy for a date night out. Finish the look with a black T-shirt and a Parisian touch: the beret. The wool beret adds a rugged texture to the ensemble, and also makes the look feel like autumn — nothing adds to a fall outfit like your favorite hat you’ve been dying to pull out of your closet.  

Bailey Bosworth wears one of her favorite new 1970's-inspired pieces from her closet. 

Exagerrate Shape: High-Waisted Flare Jeans

A good pair of jeans are worth appreciating, and these high-waisted flares are no exception. The dark wash makes the jeans versatile enough for work and play, while the color also makes the flare a bit more subtle. Add a funky print, like this wine-and mustard-geometric pattern top, to turn up the 70’s vibes and give it an eclectic feel.

Want to add a flirty touch? Unbutton the last two or three bottom buttons of your top. Then, tie it up. This gives the top a styled and feminine feel.

Tie up your button down to add a sexy and feminine touch to any outfit. 
Bailey is wearing her favorite dar wash flare jeans with her geometric print top in mustard and burgundy for fall 2018. 

Sleek Silhouette: The Spread-Collar Jumpsuit

With a spread collar that feels straight out of Saturday Night Fever, this plaid jumpsuit is my most 70’s purchase yet. The color combination of heather and charcoal give the one-piece a sophisticated look, while the red clutch and Vans sneakers make it playful and relaxed for  weekend days or nights.

To finish this outfit, Bailey added a playful red takeout bag to the heather grey jumpsuit.
Bailey wears the perfect weekend jumpsuit for fall 2018. 

Now we want to know...
What is your favorite trend this fall?  Leave us a comment below to share the piece(s) you've loved to wear this season. 

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. 

11 Style Questions Answered

How do I do a front tuck properly?

Front tucks are the in style tuck right now, so this is a question I get a lot from clients. They take a bit of finesse to get right, but once you figure it out, it's like riding a bicycle. 

An easy way to create the perfect wave in your shirt, which you want to appear slightly above hips or at your waist, is to grasp the shirt at the front, in the middle. Twist the front as if you were wringing out a towel. Take the twisted part and tuck it into your pants or skirt, leaving all other parts out. Once it's in, blouse it out a bit to make a soft fold from the twist to the rest of the shirt. 

Ta da! You've got it. 

A front tucked shirt (like this one) produces the same look as a full tuck, except it's more relaxed and on trend. 

A front tucked shirt (like this one) produces the same look as a full tuck, except it's more relaxed and on trend. 

What's the difference between a waist and a hip belt, and which one's right for me?

The difference between a hip belt and a waist belt is where you put the belt on your body. A hip belt goes right above your hips, and a waist belt goes directly around your waist. To determine which belt is the best fit for you, you need to know your body type. If you're an hourglass or pear shape, a waist belt will accentuate the significant difference between the narrowness of your waist and width of your hips. A waist belt will exaggerate your curves. 

If you're an apple, inverted triangle or rectangle shape, a hip belt will accentuate your slender legs and balance your proportion. 

For an hourglass or pear, the waist belt should sits directly on your waist to accentuate the curves of your body and highlight the slimmest part of your torso. 

For an hourglass or pear, the waist belt should sits directly on your waist to accentuate the curves of your body and highlight the slimmest part of your torso. 

How do I know I'm rolling up my jeans correctly? 

Rolling jeans can give your look an extra element of style, but its main purpose is to make sure your pants don't collide with the tops of your shoe and disrupt the natural flow of a look. 

To properly roll, you can choose a single or a double roll. A single roll is one fold up. A double roll is two even roll ups. With a double roll, you'll get a bit more thickness at the bottom of your pants, so avoid this if you're worried about the jeans looking too chunky. Also, if you're petite, a double roll can bring an onlooker's eye downward, causing you to look less statuesque. 

Since the purpose of the roll is to avoid the top of your shoe, you know you're doing it right when the jean and the shoes aren't bumping up against each other when you stand still. It's okay if there's a bit of friction when you walk, but if it's a distraction, bring your roll up higher. Your outfit should never distract you. Instead, it should allow you to focus more clearly on whatever you're doing. 

How do I only shop for the pieces I need rather than buying a bunch of stuff I don't?

Knowledge is key to creating a mental list of what's missing and needed in your wardrobe. 

You must know what fits your lifestyle. Are you a professional, a stay-at-home-mom, or a little bit of both? This will allow you to shop for clothes based on category. Professionals need business casual clothes, moms needs casual, and if you're juggling both, a wardrobe filled with mostly dressy casual items might also be the answer. 

You also need to know the items that specifically fit your body type, color palette, and personal style. At Greer Image Consulting, I teach you all the components you need to shop with intention and knowledge, so shopping becomes more streamlined and satisfying. 

A service like The Greer Style Session gives you all the tools necessary to do exactly that. 

A closet filled with pieces that Raquel styles for a variety of different occasions in Austin, Texas

Where are your favorite places to shop in Austin? 

Austin is filled with boutiques to fit every price point and style. Some of my personal favorites include Beehive in Westlake for playful weekend wear, DYLAN WYLDE on South Lamar for edgy, going-out looks, and The Art of Shoes on South 1st for rare vintage and modern footwear.

You can find the complete list of my 40 favorite places to shop in Austin here

A look inside Beehive Boutique in Westlake

A look inside Beehive Boutique in Westlake

A look inside DYLAN WYLDE on South Lamar

A look inside DYLAN WYLDE on South Lamar

A look inside Art of Shoes on South 1st Street

A look inside Art of Shoes on South 1st Street

What dress or skirt length is appropriate for work?

Two inches or less above the knee is a good place to stick. When choosing a skirt or dress at two inches, pair a flat shoe (closed or open-toe) to ensure your look is conservative and work-appropriate. For a knee-length pencil skirt, feel free to pair a pointed-toe pump or stacked heel. The longer length of the skirt gives you freedom for higher heels. 

The right dress or skirt length also depends on your height. If you're petite (5'4" and under), you have a little wiggle room to go with a little shorter length (2-2.5 inches), because you’re showing less leg than if you're 5'5" or tall. 

If you're 5'8" or taller, a knee-length or midi (mid-calf) dress is a great option. Not only will it work for your stature, but it will create an elegant silhouette. 

A knee-length pencil skirt is a safe and sophisticated choice for the office. 

A knee-length pencil skirt is a safe and sophisticated choice for the office. 

How do I know if I can wear booties with dresses and skirts?

Everyone can wear booties with a dress, even if you're 4'11". The key is to choose the right bootie for your body type. If you're petite, try lighter-colored booties in a shorter boot. Colors like taupe and nude will elongate your silhouette and boots that hit under the curve of your ankle won't overwhelm your stature. 

If you're tall, you have more freedom with color and height. Try a bootie above your ankle in colors like grey and red or prints like snakeskin and jacquard. 

Raquel wears a snakeskin bootie above her calf to fit her 5'6" frame. 

How do I know what my best colors are? 

The colors that look best on you are the colors that mimic your natural attributes, a.k.a. your skin tone, eye color, and hair color. Within each of these elements, you can have characteristics like softness, lightness, warmth, clarity, depth, and coolness. A combination of these elements makes up your personal color palette. 

If you're unsure of which attributes you have or you've never had a color analysis to determine your color palette, you can find this service in The Greer Style Tasting. 

Raquel doing a color analysis on a a client. Photo cred: Dos Mundos Creative

Raquel doing a color analysis on a a client. Photo cred: Dos Mundos Creative

How do you transition your wardrobe from summer to fall when it's still hot in Austin?

It's easy to think, in a warm climate like ours, that transitioning from summer to fall is an impossible task. Without sweater weather, it can feel like you're trapped in summer sundresses forever. On the contrary, there are many ways you can incorporate autumn vibes into your outfit without actually adding heavy layers. 

To create your fall look, start with color. Instead of adding sweaters, swap out your summer brights for deep, warm autumn colors like burgundy, plum, olive, mustard, or navy. 

Another way to incorporate fall elements without a full coat is through a vest. Vests are one of my absolute favorite Austin pieces, because they add a little layer, but not too much for the Texas heat. Add a long knit vest over a sleeveless shift dress. Pair a faux fur vest with a mini dress for a night time look. Or try an olive utility vest over a t-shirt and jeans for casual weekends. 

Use light-weight layers to create a fall look that isn't too heavy for Austin. 

Use light-weight layers to create a fall look that isn't too heavy for Austin. 

What are pills, why do they happen and how can I avoid them? 
 

Pills are those little annoying balls you get on the outside of your sweater or t-shirt that make the garment appear worn out. 

Pilling happens when fibers in a garment get tangled or rub together, creating little balls on the exterior of your clothing. This is common in single-fiber garments like a cashmere sweater, but you may also be noticing it in blended fabrics like a rayon/cotton/wool mix. This occurs because different types of fibers can cause greater friction. 

To avoid pilling, wash pieces inside out and hang dry. If your garment is already pilling, try a pill shaver to smooth out the look and feel of the piece. 

Sweater are often susceptible to pills, so to avoid pilling, hang dry after washing them.

Sweater are often susceptible to pills, so to avoid pilling, hang dry after washing them.

How do I move away from the same outfits I wear all the time and get some fresh ideas on how to style what's in my closet?

It's important to look at your closet as your creative outlet rather than a puzzle you have to solve. There are many ways to put together a successful and stylish outfit, and know that you can do it using only the pieces you have currently in your closet. 

Use colors with similar characteristics to pop two pieces off one another. Pair two brights like an aqua earring and a coral sundress or try mixing up neutrals by adding a navy shift dress under a black blazer. 

Think outside the box, consider what occasion you wear certain pieces to. Try repurposing your weekend graphic tee under a blazer, along with a dressy denim, for the office. Pair your high-waisted work pencil pant with a crop top for a night out look. Throw your jumpsuit on under a blazer to create a business casual look that's edgy and clean. 

Always finish your look with accessories and a bag that link to the whole look. 

If you've still got questions on how to think differently about your wardrobe, and how work with what you've got in more interesting ways, check out my 90-minute, in-home personal styling session, The Greer Style Tasting. This session is dedicated to helping you put the magic back in your closet by helping you learn how to work with what you've got in ways you'll love. 

To fully enjoy your style, you need to use 100% of what's in your closet to make outfits that feel authentic and perfectly you. 

To fully enjoy your style, you need to use 100% of what's in your closet to make outfits that feel authentic and perfectly you. 

The Greer Guide to Austin: Kiki Nass

For Kiki Nass proprietor Joannah Hillebrandt, clothes aren’t just a commodity: they’re a calling. After attending FIDM in L.A., she worked her way up in the footwear industry, becoming then the youngest buyer in Nine West’s history. Though undeniably a go-getter and fashionable force in her own right, Hillebrandt credits much of her early success with having good managers to work for, and it’s an experience that she says motivates her to make Kiki Nass a positive, supportive space to work in every day.

An outside look at Kiki Nass located on South Lamar Boulevard in Austin, Texas
A look inside one of the best places to shop in Austin, Texas

The positive energy in the shop is undeniable: from the light and airy spaces to the enviable selection of clothing, jewelry and home goods that would make any Austin woman swoon. For Hillebrandt, good business is just good karma: She talks about how studying Buddhism has influenced her commitment to being present and fostering good energy around her.

“I wear the hell out of my clothes,” Hillebrandt says, adding that she tells everyone she knows to invest in quality over quantity when it comes to their wardrobes. Hillebrandt stocks exclusively from vendors whose values align with her own.

A rack of clothes at Kiki Nass on South Lamar Boulevard in Austin, Texas
A look at some of the jewelry inside Kiki Nass located on South Lamar Boulevard in Austin, Texas

What to Expect at Kiki Nass: 

  • looks for every closet: premium denim, breezy tops, and on-trend dresses
  • boho, yet super versatile jewelry
  • unique, artful pieces for home and baby
  • an elevated, yet totally accessible overall vibe that epitomizes "Austin cool"
A look inside one of the best places to shop in Austin, Kiki Nass, located on South Lamar Boulevard
A look inside Kiki Nass, an Austin-based shop located on South Lamar Boulevard

Though in the Lamar Union complex for nearly three years, Kiki Nass first opened in 2005, at a location on 12th St. until it shuttered in 2009. Hillebrandt was there from the beginning, and after moving to Florida following the shop’s closure, she eventually returned to Austin to re-open Kiki Nass in its current location.

“Clothing is an all-day hug.” - Joannah Hillebrandt

the owner of Kiki Nass in her store on South Lamar Boulevard

What sets Kiki Nass apart is its staying power: Coming back after a post-recession closure, it remains committed to doing good business and providing an excellent retail experience, maintaining a human connection with the clothing it sells. The shop is very much a physical manifestation of Hillebrandt herself, putting her money where her mouth (and heart) is. Kiki Nass is all about paying homage to the connections and the luck that she’s had throughout her career, and the results are magic.

Now we want to know...
What is your favorite boutique in Austin? Leave us a comment below and tell us which Austin shop you'd love to see on The Greer Guide to Austin.

A look inside one of the best boutiques in Austin, Texas

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

Greer Image Consulting loves supporting local small businesses and Austin brands that celebrate individual style and our community. To cultivate your unique style and for more information on Greer Image Consulting services, click here to schedule a complimentary 1-on-1 call with Raquel.

How To Pack A Carry-On For Two Different Climates

Packing is one of my favorite things to write about because it's all about adding the perfect ingredients to your suitcase to ensure you'll be stylish and successful on your next adventure. 

It can be tough to find the exact recipe that suits your mood and activities on the trip, and this time I'm taking on my biggest challenge yet. 

Next month, I'm heading out of town for three weeks to vacation in Cape Cod and attend a wedding in Maine. These two stops mean I'll be juggling a suitcase filled with options for the beach and cooler weather activities in Maine. The forecast is predicting both highs in the upper 70s and lows in the 50s. 

If your vacations take you to places with both mountains and water, like Colorado or Oregon, this one's for you.

A couple things to know 

For this trip, I'll have access to a washer/dryer the whole time (unlike my Europe trip), which is allows me to pack less and continuously utilize essential pieces over and over again during the trip. 

My clothes and accessories will all be going in my carry-on, but I'll also be taking a tote to carry my computer, wallet and miscellaneous items I'll need on the plane and for daily adventures. 

How I'm doing it

First, I'm conceptualizing my special event outfit. This trip only requires one, the wedding outfit, so that will be the easiest part of the pack. For this, I chose a top and pant set similar to this one. To finish the look, I'm adding black platform heels to dress up the outfit and Beaded by W mustard tassel earrings to pop the pattern of the set. Below is the set I've chosen. 

This is the top and pant set from Nordstrom Rack that I'll be wearing to the upcoming wedding in Maine. I'll finish the look with black platforms and statement earrings to pop the warm neutral pattern. 

Next, consider the vibe of where you're headed, then pack a handful of pieces that play into that atmosphere. Cape Cod has a classic/preppy/retro feel, so I packed light-colored tops to mimic the laid-back, beachy mood of this seasonal spot. This step is really your time to inject the pieces you love that you'll be really excited to wear. 

Finally, get practical. Add in all the elements you'll need to do all the activities you want to do. In this step, I'm adding a sweatshirt, a swimsuit, a cover-up, and workout clothes -- all items I will definitely need during my travels. 

The breakdown

shoes

Vince slides, black platform heels, Tecovas cowboy boots

From left to right: platform heels for the wedding, Vince slides for the beach, Tecovas boots for the whole trip

From left to right: platform heels for the wedding, Vince slides for the beach, Tecovas boots for the whole trip

tops

spaghetti strap grey blouse, Rails striped button-down, Rails Hawaiian printed top 

My Rails striped shirt is perfect for the retro vibes of Cape Cod. 

My Rails striped shirt is perfect for the retro vibes of Cape Cod. 

I've decided to pack this heather grey spaghetti-strap top, because it's an easy throw-on for layering or by itself on the beach. 

I've decided to pack this heather grey spaghetti-strap top, because it's an easy throw-on for layering or by itself on the beach. 

bottoms

white jean shorts, ripped jeans, cropped flare jeans, black leggings

From left to right: Mih cropped flare jeans, Topshop white jean shorts, Forever 21 ripped jeans, black flat-brim hat

From left to right: Mih cropped flare jeans, Topshop white jean shorts, Forever 21 ripped jeans, black flat-brim hat

outerwear

black sweatshirt, black puffy coat

From left to right: Champion black sweatshirt, Mountain hardware black puffy coat, flat-brim black hat

From left to right: Champion black sweatshirt, Mountain hardware black puffy coat, flat-brim black hat

accessories

black flat-brim hat, pink bandana, mustard Beaded by W tassle earrings, gold Mango hoops, black round cocktail ring, black long cocktail ring, wooden bangles 

Clockwise: wooden bangles, Mango gold hoops, black cocktail rings, Beaded by W mustard tassels, black flat-brim hat

Clockwise: wooden bangles, Mango gold hoops, black cocktail rings, Beaded by W mustard tassels, black flat-brim hat

the extras

3 gym outfits, wedding outfit, sleep wear, Rails striped beach cover-up, bathing suit 

Private Party one-piece custom bathing suit, Rails bathing suit cover-up

Private Party one-piece custom bathing suit, Rails bathing suit cover-up

How I'm layering

My puffy coat can work over any of the tops I've chosen, and I can also add the sweatshirt between the two layers if it gets extra cold. 

I've also packed my go-to Tecovas boots to make the transition from warm to cool seamlessly. I wear these boots year-round, so they'll be perfect with my white shorts and striped Rails top or with my ripped jeans, sweatshirt and gold hoops in Maine. 

In addition to the outerwear, I've added my wool hat to the mix, which adds a touch of style to my warm weather looks and a bit of warmth to my cool weather outfits. 

And remember, keep it simple. Don't overthink this. Your style is all about you, and if you're sticking within your color palette, individual style, and shapes that fit your body type, pieces in your wardrobe will naturally flow together. Understanding these key parts of your style will make it easier, less time consuming, and more fun to pack in the future. 

Want me to help you pack for your next trip? Let's chat. Your wardrobe and style are unique, and I would love to help you fill a suitcase with outfits you'll love throughout your whole trip.