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

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

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

Luckily, I'm doing the legwork for ya. 

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

BLUSH BRIDAL LOUNGE

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

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

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

This shop is good for you if:

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

Images via @BlushBridalLounge on Instagram

KIRA KOUTURE

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

images via @KiraKoutureATX Instagram

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

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

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

This shop is good for you if:

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

bloom by blush

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

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

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

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

This shop is good for you if:

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

NEIMAN MARCUS

Now just hear me out on this one...

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

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

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

And one more thing... 

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

No appointment necessary. Images via NeimanMarcus.com

This shop is good for you if:

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

Second Summer Bride

 Me after finding my favorite dress ever! 

Me after finding my favorite dress ever! 

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

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

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

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

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

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

This shop is good for you if:

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

SXSW Street Style 2018

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

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

So here it is...


I believe every woman is inherently beautiful and powerful.

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

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

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


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


THE WOMEN OF SXSW


ivy roots | singer/songwriter

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

Stephanie Forsythe | Event manager

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

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

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

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

nicole cathey | barber

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

EMily jackson | bartender

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

EMMA ADAMS | MUSICIAN IN BIG ORANGE BAND

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

VIOLET AND THE UNDERCURRENTS

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

raquel greer gordian | founder of greer image consulting

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

Katrina Scheihing | barista

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

Talise manuel | musician

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

dominique blancas | student

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

Laura Pittard | Marketing manager

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

chloe palmer | bartender

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

DORI PURKS | NURSE

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

NATALIE HANSON | BLOGGER

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

Janelle Kroll | MUSICIAN

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

ABI HAMMOND | BARTENDER

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

ATX Event Styling: The Trail of Lights

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

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

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

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

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

What to Wear to ACL: Part 1

Austin is the self-proclaimed live music capital of the world and, over the past 15 years, Austin City Musical Festival has become an iconic symbol of our city and what music truly means to us. Musical acts will be traveling from near and far to perform at one of Austin's largest annual events. 

But, of course, it's not just about the music. Festival fashion has expanded and evolved over the past decade into a show of style and personal expression. What you wear to this event can easily dictate how present and excited you feel to be there. 

For this year's festival, there is one key thing to keep in mind: CREATIVITY.

Music is about creative expression. Fashion is too. 
Music is about freedom. Fashion is too.
Music is about celebrating the human experience. Fashion is too. 

The two are intrinsically tied by these facts, thus with the kick off of the festival a week away, it's time to think about exactly what you'll wear.

Here's 7 tips to create outfits you'll love for the festival ahead. 

1. CONSIDER THE WEATHER.

It's not the most exciting fact to consider, but comfort is key, so knowing how you're going to be comfortable means knowing the weather ahead. And right now, it's looking like 80 degree temperatures are here to stay. 

2.CHOOSE ONE ITEM TO BUILD YOUR OUTFIT AROUND. 

To think creatively about your wardrobe, you must take a fresh perspective on your wardrobe. Don't choose a whole outfit you've worn before. Instead, choose one piece from where you want to build your outfit. 

3.EVALUATE THE PROPER PAIRINGS.

If you've chosen a dress, romper or jumpsuit, you've picked the easy way. Certainly not a bad thing though! It just means there will be less moving parts to your outfit. If you're eyeing a top, choose a bottom by length. Long tops balance well with jeans. Short tops will be complimented skirts or shorts. 

4."GIVE A GIRL THE RIGHT SHOES AND SHE CAN CONQUER THE WORLD." -MARILYN

Don't just settle on flip flops or old sneakers. There are lots of comfortable options for a day of walking in the park. My personal favorite for this occasion is a sturdy cowboy boot. They make it easy to trek through the dirt and if you've broken yours in, the level of comfort has no limits. If western isn't your thing, try a fashion sneaker. While blush is great for work, dark colors like black and grey make you less likely to ruin them during the day-long event. Other options include booties and statement sandals. Go back to your outfit and see which of these blends well with your the style and colors of your clothing choice. 

5. HATS OFF TO YOU!

Why not kill two birds with one stone? A hat gives you sun protection on the hot day and adds style to any outfit. Try an embroidered ball cap for a sporty, romantic look, a burgundy floppy hat for a boho finish or a flat-brim black hat for an edgy touch.  

6. JEWELRY IS A MUST.

You can’t have an outfit without accessories. Not only do they show the complexity of the outfit, they show the complexity of who you are. For ACL, don't worry so much about the rules, focus on the creativity and playfulness of your look. Mix silver & gold, layer necklaces, try wooden bangles with metal ones, or add an arm band. The event is eclectic. You should be too. 

7.PLAN YOUR PACK.

Backpacks are trending right now, but make sure to treat yours like another layer of your outfit. If your outfit is sporty, go with a utility sack. If your look is edgier, try a leather pack. If you don't have a ton of goodies you want to bring the festival, a crossbody is the way to go. Apply the same principals to a handbag as a backpack: your style should be reflected in this piece and connected to the rest of your outfit. 

What to Wear for SXSW

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

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

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


Singin' The Blues


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

Tie up your top for a flirty touch.

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


BUSINESS MEET CASUAL


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

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

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


Party preppy


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

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

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

What to Wear for Valentine's Day

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

Photographer: Natalie Beurskens

Paint the town peach

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

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


Candy hearts and pencil stripes


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

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


RETRO ROMANTIC


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

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

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

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

My little valentine, Norma Jeane. 

What to Wear for NYE

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


LOOK ONE

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

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

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

Shop this jacket now.

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

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

LOOK two

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

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

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

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

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

LOOK Three

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

NYE Note:
There can never be too much glitz.

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

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

The possibilities for 2017 are endless! Happy New Year! 

What To Wear For Your Holiday Parties

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

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

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

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

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


Get festive


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


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

Click through to shop each look.


Option #2
Swap your dainty jewelry for statement pieces.
 


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

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


 

Option #3
Swap your classic flats for statement heels.


Click the pics to shop each piece.


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


Add a cat eye look with liquid liner.

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

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

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Option #5
Swap your LBD FOR A PARTY DRESS.


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

How To #WERKIT As A Wedding Guest

When you see an outfit on someone else that catches your eye, consider what that person is telling you about themselves. Maybe she's shy, which translates into soft, subtle colors. Maybe she needs more than just one cup of coffee to take on the world that day, so she's wearing red, the most energetic of colors.

Every day, we tell a story with what we wear. We get to choose the clothes we wear, like we pick the words we use to tell a story. Sometimes your style story is about more than just you --- it's part of a celebration, a life event or another special occasion.

Case and point…Wedding Season! How do you truly maintain your look (feel and look awesome at the big event) while still playing your role in another person’s big moment?

This particular occasion requires you to consider three things to create the perfect wedding guest look.

1. Consider the location of the wedding.

Practically speaking, of course you’ll want to make sure to account for the weather. But, go further than that --- think of the culture surrounding the location and embrace it!

If you’re headed to a beach wedding in Miami, add flare by wearing bright colors or a sun hat. If the wedding is at a lodge in Colorado, tell an earthy tale by weaving together neutrals in your outfit with layered jewelry with bright stones.

At The Beach

 Raquel's picks for the best of season. 

Raquel's picks for the best of season. 

  Click the dresses to shop. 

Click the dresses to shop. 

In the Wild

 

Headed to a dressy wedding in NYC? You can’t have too much sparkle. This is the perfect time to add to the festivity by glittering it up. Your style shows the couple that you care about the occasion and that you’re embracing the celebration.

2. Consider the level of formality.

It is always better to be overdressed than under-dressed. If you’re going to a black-tie event, you can pull out all stops and wear a floor-length gown with the attitude to match. Think of elegant, regal love. Think of structure, high-fashion, or stunning jewelry as inspiration.

Black Tie

An easy way to remember the rules of a semi-formal event: take a step down from gowns and a step up from sundresses. Harness the side of you that enjoys red-carpet looks and bring out your fierce side. Think of comfortable, energetic love. Think of geometric lines paired with softer lace, or unique necklines and striking accessories to inspire you.

If you’re going to a garden wedding, you can really hone in on the sweeter side of style. More than likely, this couple wanted more simplicity surrounding their wedding and wanted the focus to be on beauty found in nature, so don’t overdo it. Your outfit should reflect the romanticism and idealism that goes hand-in-hand with the celebration. Think of ethereal, transcendent love. Think of flowy florals, subtle colors or a messy braid as inspiration.

In the Garden

  Raquel's picks for the best of season. 

Raquel's picks for the best of season. 

  Click the dresses to shop. 

Click the dresses to shop. 

3.  Consider your style.

You will never feel like a million bucks if you are trying to dress just like someone else. Embrace the feeling you get when you see an outfit you are inspired by, hone in on that vibe, and emulate it.

When you go to a wedding you are not trying to take the spotlight away from the couple or their big day. In fact, you want to add to it! If you are feeling joyful because you look great, you’re going to embrace the celebration .

Style is created through the attitude you embody, not just the clothes your wear. Everyone has style. 

Need a little help with your style? We help you understand personal style, embrace the creativity that comes with it, and shape your style to represent you in all facets of your life. Want to learn exactly we do it? Let’s chat.


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. 

SHOTS of STYLE at SXSW

Celebrating SXSW through the women who bring it style. 


Jacqueline Reynolds

 Raquel Greer Gordian shows Jacqueline Reynolds' outfit for SXSW.

Lauren Dyer

 Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits Lauren Dyer's outfit for SXSW.

Grace Yoon

 Raquel Greer Gordian shows an image of Grace Yoon's mirrored sunglasses, off-the-shoulder top, jeans, leather moto jacket, and booties for SXSW.

Camilla Yates

 Raquel Greer Gordian displays Camilla Yates' at SXSW rocking some New Balance sneakers with a printed shift dress. 

Abby Drake, Clara Divincenzo, Maddie Picone

 Raquel Greer Gordian displays the SXSW outfits of Abby Drake, Clara Divincenzo, and Maddie Picone.

SASHA SAMOCHINA

 Raquel Greer Gordian shows an image of Sasha Samochina sporting some printed shorts, leather booties, and sunglasses for SXSW.

Sara Hussey

 Raquel Greer Gordian depicts Sara Hussey at SXSW wearing a button-up denim skirt, white tee, sunglasses, and brown booties.

Daunte Billups

 Raquel Greer Gordian displays Daunte Billups' fun, bird-printed fit-and-flare dress at SXSW.

Chesen Schwethelm

 Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits Chesen Swethelm having a good time at SXSW, wearing a gray infinity scarf with a denim jacket.

Lilla Cosgrove

 Raquel Greer Gordian shows off Lilla Cosgrove's SXSW outfit, consisting of a blue shift dress, statement necklace, black leather sandals, and round sunnies.

Kris Fuentes

 Raquel Greer Gordian displays a picture of Kris Fuentes' SXSW style.

Camila Martins

 Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits the SXSW style of Camila Martins.

What I wore

 Raquel Greer Gordian models a plaid blazer, chambray button-up, jeans, hoops, and some studded tan booties for SXSW.
 Raquel Greer Gordian shows a glimpse of a SXSW attendee sporting a leather jacket and a statement belt.
 Raquel Greer Gordian captures an image of a woman's SXSW style. 
 Raquel Greer Gordian captures an image of a driver's SXSW style, even while cycling.

Now I would love to hear from you! Any favorites from this glimpse at this year's SXSW style? Leave a comment below and share some of your own SXSW looks!

Austin Bridal Secrets Interview

I had such a blast being interviewed by R.J. Johnson of Austin Bridal Secrets this week.  If you want more info about exactly what I do as an image consultant, take a listen! 

Now I would love to know! What did you learn? Make sure to leave a comment below and ask any questions you have! I'll be more than glad to answer them.

A Dress in Three Acts

One thing my clients never say is that they don't have a favorite outfit. Everyone has a favorite outfit. No matter if function or high fashion is the most important component of what you wear to work or to play, we all reach for something in the morning. 

The problem my clients face time and time again is the inability to style their wardrobe or their favorite outfit in any way outside of the box. A white shirt can easily work with black pants or a navy dress and a tan blazer can easily fit together, but finding an outfit that excites and surprises you and the people around you is another story. 

 
 

Thus I found my topic for this month's post. Grab your favorite summer dress RIGHT NOW and pair it with something new, something you haven't thought of before.

I styled my favorite summer dress to give you some ideas on how to wear it from business to brunch. And don't forget to be brave! Your style is unique and specific to you. Treat it as so. 

 

Casual look:

bold earrings + headband + booties + bangles + chambray 

 Raquel Greer Gordian models a look utilizing her favorite summer dress with new accessories.
 Raquel Greer Gordian models a her favorite summer dress in a way that she had never styled.
 
 

Laid back workwear:

belt + bracelets + necklace + summer sandal 

 Raquel Greer Gordian models a laid-back workwear look utilizing her favorite summer dress.
 Raquel Greer Gordian models her favorite summer dress styled with a belt, statement jewelry, and sandals.
 

Business attire:

blazer + pumps + statement necklace + cocktail ring 

 Raquel Greer Gordian models a business attire look that incorporates her favorite summer dress.
 Raquel Greer Gordian models her favorite summer dress paired with a blazer, statement necklace, pumps, and a cocktail ring.

Now I would love to know! Do you have that same old outfit you find yourself wearing time and time again? Let me know if this guide helped you mix up your outfits with the same, favorite pieces!

What to Wear for Weddings Galore

Repeat after me: "I will not wear the same boring thing to every wedding this year."

Wedding season is a funny one, because it's really not like any other occasion or seasonal event. Even my daily getup gets more thought than my wedding season one. For some reason, I am so distracted by gifts, travel, and agenda up until the day of the nuptials that picking any outfit is inevitably a last minute decision. No more.

This year is the year to find something you feel and look beautiful in. Now, to find that special something...There are a lot of factors to consider when putting together a look for a wedding.

 

 

The first is subtlety.

Be subtle, not too sexy, and as always, incredibly chic. This is probably the only non-work occasion where an outfit should be understated, because you never want to take attention away from the wedding dress and the bride. This rule applies to the dress, the jewelry and the shoes.

Having said that, your understated look may be someone else's over-the-top outfit. Stick to what you consider understated. Your style is your own, and even when toned down, you should still always be able to express it. 

 

 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how subtlety is important in order to avoid taking attention away from the bride.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how you can still stick to what you consider understated and express your personal style.
 
 

The second is comfort.

I worry about being comfortable for the duration of a wedding much more than any other occasion, even if it's just as long. Perhaps it's the dancing or the amount of food that I'm predicting I'll eat or perhaps it's both. Either way, comfort is important. If you also relish the fact that dancing and food are the best parts of a wedding, I would give your dress a test run. Pop on some music and dance in it at home.

 

 

The third is environment.

Weddings are so often indoor and outdoor, so picking the right fabric and layering pieces is key to staying warm enough or cool enough wherever you are. Terrain is also a factor to consider. This year I have a few weddings where they were very specific about wearing shoes to fit the outdoor venue. Even if it isn't mentioned to you, the venue needs to be on your radar. 

 

 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how the type of terrain the wedding will be in is important to consider when planning an outfit.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how the environment of the wedding determines the right fabric, layering pieces, and shoes to wear.
 
 

Now I would love to know! Was this helpful for your wedding season experience? Let me know in the comments below how you managed to mix-up your wedding season outfits this year!

SXSW STYLE

It's coming whether you want it to or not. Some of us look forward to it and others cringe at the idea of the crowds. No matter the category you fall in to, it's essential to be stylish at SXSW.

Whether you're sipping cocktails at a lounge or in a giant pack of people, your outfit should reflect your desired mood, the music, and the venue. So! Since you may be in need of something new for your event, I visited and photographed some of Austin's top shops for South By style.  

CHARM SCHOOL VINTAGE

2109 E Cesar Chavez 

IG @charmschoolvintage 

VIBE // Carefully Curated Looks for the Fashion Forward Woman 

 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Charm School Vintage is a great option for tasteful, fashion forward looks.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Charm School Vintage is a store that offers a selection of pieces that complement a fashion-forward style.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Charm School Vintage has a vibe of carefully curated looks for fashion-forward women.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Charm School vintage is a great choice for SXSW shopping.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Charm School Vintage is a great option for SXSW shopping.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how you may be able to find some new, exciting pieces for SXSW at Charm School Vintage.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Charm School Vintage offers a unique selection of pieces for your SXSW wardrobe.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Charm School Vintage is a store where you can add some new pieces for your SXSW style.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Charm School Vintage is a one-of-a-kind place where you can find some new pieces for SXSW.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Charm School Vintage is one of Austin's top shops for SXSW shopping.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how is it important for your SXSW outfits to reflect your surroundings, and Charm School Vintage is a great place for you to find special pieces that can do that.

Blue Elephant

Central park, 4001 N LAMAR BLVD #510

IG @blueelephantboutique

VIBE // young & wild boho style 

 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Blue Elephant is a great option for boho pieces to add to your SXSW style.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Blue Elephant is a boutique that offers young, wild bohemian pieces.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Blue Elephant offers the possibility of getting some new boho pieces for SXSW.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Blue Elephant is a boutique that is a great option for SXSW shopping in Austin.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Blue Elephant is a great shopping option for unique, boho clothing and lifestyle pieces. 
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Blue Elephant is a great place to find new boho-inspired pieces for your SXSW style.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Blue Elephant is a boutique where you can find some new boho garments and accessories to style before SXSW.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Blue Elephant is a boutique that exudes a vibe of youth and bohemian style.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Blue Elephant is a great shopping option for a woman with a boho style.

SUNROOM 

2324 S Lamar BLVD 

IG @_sunroom_

VIBE // MINIMALIST & MODERN WEARABLE ART 

 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Sunroom is a place where one can find minimalist, modern wearable art for SXSW.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Sunroom is a great SXSW shopping option for a minimalist, fashion-forward woman.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Sunroom offers a great selection of minimalist, artistic pieces to add to your SXSW wardrobe. 
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Sunroom is a place where you can find minimalist, chic pieces that will add to your SXSW style.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Sunroom is a boutique that exudes a minimalistic style.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Sunroom is a great boutique that offers a selection of minimalistic pieces for your SXSW style.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Sunroom is one of Austin's top shops for SXSW shopping.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Sunroom is a minimalistic boutique where you can find some new clothes and accessories that will add to your SXSW style.

Now I would love to know! How did you prep for SXSW this year? Any questions? Make sure to leave a comment below and tell me what you found at some of Austin's top shops!

Recreate Red Carpet Looks in Everyday Style

I have to say that I'm kind of glad award season is over. I always feel stressed about be attentive for every second of each show, and on top of that, I've tried to squeeze an exorbitant number of trips to the movies in over the last couple months. Of course, the movies aren't the important part. It's all about the fashion. 

That's why I'm exploring exactly how to translate red carpet looks and trends into everyday style this week. Although these are just a drop in the bucket of red carpet fashion, they're some of my favorite trends from this awards season. 

OSCARS // DAKOTA JOHNSON // SCARLET TREND

    Raquel Greer Gordian displays the scarlet trend of this year's award season. 
 Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits looks that incorporated the scarlet trend at the Golden Globe Awards.

SAG AWARDS // EMMA STONE // MENSWEAR TREND

 Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits an alternative look for Emma Stone's menswear look.
 Raquel Greer Gordian displays red carpet looks that incorporated the menswear trend.

GRAMMYS // TAYLOR SWIFT // BRIGHT IN BLUES TREND

 Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits an alternative look for Taylor Swift's blue Grammy Awards look.
 Raquel Greer Gordian shows looks from the Golden Globe Awards that embraced the bright in blues trend. 

OSCARS // ANNA KENDRICK // PRETTY IN PINK TREND

 Raquel Greer Gordian provides an alternative, everyday outfit for Anna Kendrick's pink look at the Oscars. 
 Raquel Greer Gordian displays red carpet looks that embodied the pretty in pink trend.

Now I would love to know! Which red carpet trend do you think you'll incorporate into your everyday style? Leave a comment below to tell me how it turns out!

Your Perfect Shade of Red

Valentine's Day is almost here, and I am so excited! It's one more excuse to throw on a dress in my favorite color, coral. Red may not be your favorite, but know that you can wear it. Red is energetic, sexy, powerful. It can be used for so many different purposes, but for V-Day, it'll be the perfect piece to seduction your honey. 

The key to wearing red is finding your ideal hue.  

So to help you find your perfect red this holiday, I've put together a little roadmap to lead you from discovering your coloring to picking your perfect outfit...

Color Palette: Deep, Cool

Your Red: WINE, CRIMSON

COLOR PALETTE: DEEP, WARM

Your Red: MAROON, CARDINAL

COLOR PALETTE: LIGHT, COOL

YOUR RED: BLUSH, Ballet pink

COLOR PALETTE: LIGHT, WARM

YOUR RED: SCARLET, CORAL

Now, I would love to hear from you! Which shade of red is perfect for you? Make sure to comment below and tell me how you'll rock a red outfit this Valentine's Day!

The Best Lingerie Shops in Austin

Looking for lingerie feels different than any other shopping. Maybe it’s just the simple exhilaration of going out in public to search for something provocative that (I assume…) you will wear in private. 

Whatever the case may be, for Valentine’s Day, you want to look sexy. 

That’s why I scoured Austin to find the boutiques that specialize in the art of lingerie. Whether you’re looking for the most intricately hand-stitched corset or a simple, seductive bra and panty set, here is a list of ATX shops that should meet anyone’s V-Day needs. 

Teddies for Betties

Where They Are:

Second Street District, 221 West 2nd Street, Austin TX 78701  

(512) 614-2103 

Price Range:

$55-$1800                                                                                                                                           

What They Do Best

The staff was incredibly sweet and knowledgable. It was the kind of experience I want when I enter a lingerie boutique. It smelled amazing. There were candles lit, a beautiful table display, and many of the pieces were works of art. While most of their lingerie is on the pricier end, the sales associate was quick to inform me there are items for everyday use, like a classic bra and panty. She also mentioned that many of the Teddies pieces are for meant for life's most special moments. I definitely agree.  

 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Teddies for Betties is a great place to find quality lingerie.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Teddies for Betties is a lingerie shop with amazing staff, as well as quality lingerie pieces.
 Raquel Greer Gordian explains that while Teddies for Betties may be on the more expensive side, there are pieces great for everyday use.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Teddies for Betties is a lingerie shop in the Second Street District with amazing, quality lingerie pieces.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Teddies for Betties is a pricier but great option for quality, luxurious lingerie.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Teddies for Betties is a local lingerie boutique with artistic, luxurious pieces.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Teddies for Betties is a great option for quality, unique lingerie pieces. 

Underwear

"Intimate Apparel in an Intimate Setting."

Where They Are

908 West 12th Street, Austin, TX 78703

(512) 478-1515          

Price Range:

$10-$400                                                                                                

What They Do Best:

This boutique caters to a diverse clientele: brides, college students, hipsters. They have a large "sale" rack, so it's the perfect time to shop there. They also have an annual in-store Valentine's Day event coming up. It will include all kinds of goodies: truffles, champagne, a pop-up shop from Margo Blair Floral, and a trunk show from lingerie line Katastrophic Clothing. Not to be missed! 

 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how the lingerie boutique Underwear caters to a diverse range of customers.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Underwear is a great option for affordable, diverse lingerie pieces.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how the local Austin lingerie boutique, Underwear, is a great option for affordable, unique lingerie.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Underwear is a great local option for quality, unique lingerie pieces.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Underwear, a local lingerie boutique located on West 12th Street, has a wide range of affordable, quality lingerie pieces. 
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Underwear is an affordable, unique option for local lingerie.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Underwear is a great option for lingerie in the price range of $10-$400.

Petticoat Fair

Where They Are:

Northcross Center, 7739 Northcross Drive, Austin, TX 78757    

(512) 454-2900      

Price Range:

$30-$400                                                                                              

What They Do Best:

Petticoat Fair, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, fits every client who comes in the door with the perfect bra. This includes plus size clients, and bras from an A to a 52N cup. Once you are fitted, they find bras for you that work best, rather than you searching for the perfect one. Their swimsuits also have cup sizes.They carry well known brands like Hanky Panky and Betsey Johnson. 

 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Petticoat Fair is a great option for a supportive, personalized shopping experience.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Petticoat Fair is a local lingerie boutique that offers brands like Betsy Johnsons and Hanky Panky.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Petticoat Fair provides a wide size and style range of lingerie.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Petticoat Fair offers a diverse range of affordable lingerie pieces.

Hard Candy Heels and Lingerie 

Where They Are:

1739 W. Anderson Lane, Austin, TX 78757

(512) 452-2323

Price Range:

$8-$100

What They Do Best

If you're not looking to drop a lot of money on something for V Day, this is a great place for you. They have a large selection and wide variety: everything from negligees to lace bras to corsets. They also have many accessories like boas, 6" heels, fake eyelashes, and something I had never heard of, like 'face lace'. 

 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Hard Candy Heels and Lingerie is a great option for affordable, diverse lingerie.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Hard Candy Heels and Lingerie is a great option for affordable, diverse lingerie.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Hard Candy Heels and Lingerie is a great option for affordable, diverse lingerie and accessories.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Hard Candy Heels and Lingerie is a local lingerie boutique that offers a wide range of affordable, diverse lingerie.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Petticoat Fair is a local lingerie boutique that offers a wide range of affordable, diverse lingerie.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Petticoat Fair is a local lingerie boutique that offers a wide range of affordable, diverse lingerie.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Petticoat Fair is a local lingerie boutique that offers a wide range of affordable, diverse lingerie.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Petticoat Fair is a local lingerie boutique that offers a wide range of affordable, diverse lingerie.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Petticoat Fair is a local lingerie boutique that offers a wide range of affordable, diverse lingerie.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Petticoat Fair is a local lingerie boutique that offers a wide variety of pieces ranging from $8-$100.

Now I would love to hear from you! What are some of your favorite lingerie boutiques? Any questions? Make sure to comment below to tell me what you think of these great Valentine's Day options!

The Fabric of Society: Fashion and Style Throughout the Twentieth Century

Fashion evolves. The work of every generation is broken apart by newcomers, who discard what they dislike and use the remaining rubble to build the next generation’s styles and trends. One thing I’ve always loved about fashion is that it is an expression of everything that's going on around us. Social, political, and religious movements are reflected in what each generation wears.

When I think about MLK Day, my first reaction is to consider the developments in fashion that stem from the remarkable, unprecedented change that occurred in that decade. Then I feel guilty. How shallow can I be, considering fashion in the context of the greatest social movement in history? But putting my self-consciousness aside, truth be told, it is astounding. How quickly the conservative, traditionalism of the 1950’s shifted into the forward-thinking 1960s, only to be radically transformed into the free-loving 1970s.

Fashion of course can never fully honor the work, or the pain and suffering, of those who fought during the civil rights movement. But it is fascinating to study the broad-reaching impact generational change has. To honor that, I’ve pulled together a few looks that pay homage to each generation and the change they saw.

1950's

1960'S

1970's

1980's

1990's

Now I would love to hear from you! What are some trends that you remember from the twentieth century? Leave a comment below and tell me how you might pull some outfit inspirations from past decades!