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

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

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

Watch the video below to learn:

  • How to wear cowboy boots for date night

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

  • How to add feminine touches to your cowboy boot look

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

  • How to wear cowboy boots to work

  • The trendiest color of cowboy boot for 2019

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

  • How to create a cowboy boot power look for work

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



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? 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 

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.

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, 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. 

What to Wear for SXSW

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

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

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

Singin' The Blues

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

Tie up your top for a flirty touch.

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


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

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

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

Party preppy

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

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

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

Rock Your Turtleneck Every Day of The Week

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

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

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

Photographer: Natalie Beurskens


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



Shop Austin: The November Boutiques

The East 5th Street Block Shops

Passport Vintage

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

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



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

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

Byron & Blue

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

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

GIC Gift Guide

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

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

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

5. Shoes of Prey Customizable Shoes

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

Customized Heels

Customized Heels

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

Customized Booties

Customized Booties

Customized Flats

Customized Flats

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

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

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

3. The Blanket Scarf

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

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

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

Spectrum Earrings by Psyche

Spectrum Earrings by Psyche

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

Spectrum Rings by Psyche (above)

Sacred Path Ring by Psyche (left)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Leave the pants. Take the booties.

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

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

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

Whenever trying something new, you may have questions.

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

The answer: no. 

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

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

Here are 4 to get you started...

* Photographer: Natalie Beurskens

The Boots

Black and Chocolate Booties

The Outfit

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

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

Don't forget your accessories!

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

The boots

Calf-height Cowboy Boots

The Outfit

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

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

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

The Boots

Knee-High Suede Boots

The Outfit

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

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

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

The Boots

Brown Booties

The Outfit

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

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

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

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

Shop Austin: The October Boutique


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

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

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

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

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

But also...

Take a peak here...

Trend Alert: Velvet + Fall Florals

Cozy up in these maxi sweaters!

Tulle party skirts for the holidays!

Tunic by Johnny Was -- The California King of Boho

They're prepped and ready for sweater weather!

Party clutch perfect for the holidays

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

Closet Essential: The Plaid Shirt

Closet Essential: Basic Hoops 

Burnt orange galore!

Turtlenecks to keep you cute and cozy.

What They Wore: ACL Edition

Weekend Two, Day One

The Style Boss: Marci Stellman

The Style Boss: Amy Canalis

The Style Boss: Casey Aicklen

Casey's wearing embroidered vintage denim and handmade patches by her sis, Lacy. Shop Die Trying TX here. 

The Style Boss: Christina McCurdy

The Style Boss: Anja Draskovic

ACL Style

The Style Boss: Diana Vanta

The Style Boss: Allison Dorn

The Style Boss: Morgan Rollins

The Style Boss: Heather Tyler

What To Wear For The Weekend

Deciding what to wear on your days off can be incredibly difficult considering the range of activities that can take place between a Friday evening and a Sunday night.

Soccer games, brunches, church, grocery shopping, date night—the variety that the weekend brings is what makes it so fun. But the dramatic swing from what's appropriate to wear at one event to the next can make getting ready for those festivities a little stressful. Deciphering the clear difference between dressy casual, casual and the "I'm hanging at home" sweats can dictate how comfortable or out of place you feel at a given activity. 

Did you know there is actually a category of dressing called "dressy casual"? Emily Post's 18th Edition of "Etiquette" defines weekend attire as follows: 

Dressy casual consists of wearing a dress, skirt and dressy top, dressy pants outfit, or nice jeans and a dressy top. 

Casual dressing consists of a sundress, a long or short skirt, khakis or nice jeans, shorts, a plain t-shirt, a polo shirt, a turtleneck, or a casual button-down blouse. 

While these categories are quite general and don't include all trending looks (no jumpsuits on the list?!?), they can serve as a guide to what to wear to your many weekend occasions. 

The dressy casual outfits work for events like that brunch, a baby shower, date night or a birthday party.

The casual outfits work for events like the soccer game, shopping, routine errands, a picnic in the park. 

The sweats, well... they can't leave the front doorsteps. 

Last week, Emily and I explored dressy casual and casual occasions to give you an idea of how to dress for the plethora of events.

Weekend wardrobe inspiration right this way...

*Photography by Natalie Beurskens

The Weekend Activity: Hunting for vintage gems

Styling Tip:

Early fall is the perfect time to bring out your kimono.

Trend we're loving this fall:

The choker

Trend we're loving this fall:

The bomber jacket

Styling Tip:

Don't skip on the details. Add a cocktail ring to finish any look.

The Weekend Activity: Hanging In The Park

Trend we're loving this fall:

Wine colored everything (including corduroys)

Styling Tip:

Tie your hair up in a headscarf to finish your casual look.

See four more ways to tie your head scarf...

Styling Tip:  
With casual wear, it's all about being creative. Mix and match neutrals to create a funky Austin look. 

Styling Tip: Rock your booties with a dress, pants or your mini skirt.

Weekend Activity: Brunching

Trend we're loving right now:

Strappy Heels

Trend we're loving right now:

Fall Florals



My mission is to empowering women by making style understandable and attainable for every day occasions. Through a combination of styling, education and coaching, I give women the foundational tools to continuously develop a wardrobe that suits her unique personality and busy lifestyle.

Know Style. Love Style. Live Style.

Shop Austin: The September Boutique


This is a store you can't miss.

First, because it's smack dab next to Perla's on South Congress. The boutique is almost completely glass, so it's a head-turner from the street.

Second, because the shop is fun, fabulous and already rolling out fall goodies.

Jill, the manager, describes the vibe of the clothing as "wearable". I would have to agree with her. All the pieces are trendy and eye-catching without giving you the feeling of "oh my god, I could never pull that off."

You won't have to shy away from any pieces, but instead will covet everything in the boutique.

As Jill said "people feel like they're on vacation when they come in the store." 

The clothes are relaxed and unpretentious. 

Easy to rock tees, sundresses and denim mix in with suede and leather to create a swarm of pieces that any Austin gal would love in her wardrobe. 

This boutique is relatively new. It moved from it's pop-up shop (which was located behind the current store) to it's new location in January 2016. They aren't stopping there though. E-commerce will soon be available on their website, and next year they plan taking over the upstairs to host more of their oh-so cute collection. Take a peak...

The Dog Days of Summer Style

August is the hottest month of the year in Texas and, unfortunately, going out and about naked is not an option. Staying in to avoid the heat isn’t ideal either.  Let’s look at some cool, comfortable, and stylish outfits you can wear to avoid untimely sweat marks and embarrassment.

Aside from work outfits, I ventured into the desert heat for three outings this week. I attended a cake decorating class, went on a coffee date with my husband, and spent some time by the pool.

Since layering isn’t an option in August like it is in other seasons, use accessories to add depth to your outfits. Accessories can be more than just jewelry, though. While I did wear some of my favorite jewelry with my outfits, I also accessorized by mixing and matching metals, incorporating my nail color into my outfit, and wearing multiple patterns and killer heels to bring a pop to each outfit.

I anticipated being on my feet a lot during my cake decorating class, so I wanted to wear flats. These shimmery bronze flats from Anthropologie are so comfortable, mesh nicely with the silver jewelry, and bring a flirty feel to this sporty outfit. The chinos add a pop of my favorite coral color and fit nicely without clinging and creating sweat spots.

When it comes to nail polish, it can be the subtlest accessory or the most striking. I almost always paint my nails nude, but when I got a pedicure this week I was in a cherry-red kind of mood. That cherry-red color was my poolside inspiration.

For an evening lounging poolside I grabbed my favorite lightweight romper, a red bando top, and red lipstick to match my newly polished look. And of course, my new sunglasses bring the whole look a perfectly flirty air.

My husband and I live near an adorable coffee shop we like to walk to and since it’s so close, I could stand to wear these stilettos on the walk over. My goal for this outfit was a clean look (hence, the white shoes and shorts), multiple patterns that felt summer-y, and a messy hairdo paired with a nude lip. The necklace just felt like the perfect balance to the outfit.

Choose your fabrics and colors intentionally as well. Linens and cottons are going to be airier while polyester and leather will feel sticky and frustrating. Lighter colors will be refreshing. We still have a few more months of this heat, so venture out with the confidence that what you’re wearing is as stylish as you are and as comfortable in this heat as is actually possible.

Emily Blanco is a freelance writer based in San Antonio, TX. She has studied creative writing, journalism, and has a degree in English Lit. She loves to blend snarky observations with helpful truths, encouraging people to love reading again! When she isn't being a complete book junkie, she loves to travel with her husband and pup, as well as explore local hidden gems. 

Emily Blanco


Shop Austin: The August Boutique


DYLAN WYLDE is located on South Lamar in a space which has had many lives, this current life being the most fabulous. Once a motorcycle shop in the 1980's, the space is industrial, but the owner of DYLAN WYLDE, Jessica, has brought it color and charm. DYLAN WYLDE carries reasonably priced jewelry, clothing, home and apothecary goods from around the world. 

When I spoke with Jessica, I could see her love of every piece she brought into the boutique: vintage beaded necklaces, African woven baskets and silk blouses that could double as work or play pieces. 

This boutique is not only impressive for what it carries, but it's strong aesthetic and brand. I had to ask where the name came from. 

DYLAN WYLDE is her alter ego: a woman of the sea who is...(you guessed it) wild. 

This is one of my favorite boutiques I've visited, and yes, you should visit it too. It's sexy, playful and powerful in its femininity. 

Biker Jacket Clutch

Biker Jacket Clutch

Chartreuse Jumpsuit

Chartreuse Jumpsuit

Jessica, the owner of DYLAN WYLDE

Jessica, the owner of DYLAN WYLDE

Tie Dye Maxi Dress

Tie Dye Maxi Dress

Vintage Bolo Tie

Vintage Bolo Tie

1 Black Dress. 4 Ways to Wear It.

We've all got one in our closet.
Breathe new life into your black dress by giving it style.

The Black Dress

Photography by Natalie Beurskens

The 1st look

Tie up a summer top to accentuate your waist. 

Add your favorite statement necklace.

The 2nd look

Pair warm accessories to make it perfect for summer. 

Add a jacket for business casual. 

Pop the jacket with a cocktail ring or two.

The 3rd look

Take it out on the town with nude stilettos.

Add a pop of red to brighten up the look.

Add a bold lip color for fun!

The 4th look

Add a billowy top to create a skirt out of the dress!

Pair a blazer on top for a more professional look. 

Shop Austin: The July Boutique

Feathers Boutique

Sometimes when you wander into a local shop, you become thoughtful of your environment in the same way you would in a museum. You examine each piece carefully as you stroll through. With Feathers, this is a must, because like a museum, each piece at this SoCo side-street shop has a story. 

This boutique is filled with mostly vintage and some new pieces (from their in-house line) that all deserve a little stop-and-stare action. There are pieces that have been preserved since the 1800's, and others that were worn by Texas celebrities. 

One of the things I love about this place is that the owner's point of view is crystal clear. This store is a celebration of women who don't follow the rules, but rather create their own path in life, love and style.  

It is not just about selling the clothing, but rather the magic behind it. To say each piece is chosen carefully for this boutique would be an understatement. If you visit Feathers and find something you love, it's inevitable that purchase will yield a compliment or two. 

A dress from the 19th century

A dress from the 19th century

A dress from the collection of the first female Texas governor, Miriam A. Ferguson

A dress from the collection of the first female Texas governor, Miriam A. Ferguson

Squash blossom necklaces circa 1960's 

Squash blossom necklaces circa 1960's 

Above and below: rings from jewelry designer,  Adina Mills

Above and below: rings from jewelry designer, Adina Mills

Necklaces by local artist, Rebecca Frazier

Necklaces by local artist, Rebecca Frazier