3 Simple Ways To Mix Prints and Patterns In Your Outfit

Austin’s best personal stylist, Raquel Greer Gordian, stops by Studio 512 to share three easy ways to mix prints and match patterns in your office and weekend outfits.

You’ve probably got some prints in your wardrobe. Without mixing those prints together, even your boldest pattern can feel a little safe.

Austin’s top personal stylist, Raquel Greer Gordian, visits Studio 512 to chat about how to mix prints and bold patterns to create outfits you’ll love to wear this summer.

Pattern matching and print mixing can feel intimidating if you’re not sure of the rules of how to do it, but with my help (and this week’s Greer Guide), you’ll find that it’s actually just as easy as piecing together an outfit of solids or neutrals.

Watch the video below to learn…

  • 3 easy ways to mix prints from what’s in your wardrobe

  • The right way to mix two of the same prints (i.e., stripes, stars, polka dots…), so your outfit doesn’t feel unbalanced or cluttered

  • The key to taking two completely opposite prints and adding them into one awesome outfit

  • The most important thing to consider when choosing how bold to go with your pattern matching

  • How to create mixed print outfits for work or weekend

And don’t forget to leave me a comment below and share how you’ll be mixing patterns from your own closet! I would love to hear from you!

Lots of joy and love,


What to Wear to Work in the Summer Heat

Raquel Greer Gordian visits Studio 512 to chat all about how to survive the summer heat at work in style. Whether you're a woman who loves to wear dresses, skirts, or pants, Raquel has fresh ideas and easy tips to try with your work wardrobe all summer.

If you’ve been in Texas for the past couple weeks, you’ve probably noticed a few tried and true signs that summer has arrived.

And whether you’re a native Texan like me and can’t get enough of the heat or dread the days of sweat and nonstop sunscreen, you’ve gotta know how to dress for the Texas summer.

This week, I stopped by Studio 512 to chat all about the many options for clothes and outfits to explore this summer at work.

In this week’s Greer Guide, Raquel shows you how to create outfits you’ll feel comfortable, confident, and stylish in all summer long at work.
Raquel Greer Gordian and Rosie Newberry discuss easy ways to create put together and practical outfits for the office in Austin, Texas.

Watch the video below to learn:

  • what types of fabrics work to keep you cool in the heat

  • the waistband that can save you from sweaty discomfort

  • the skirt style that’ll make your look a little more breathable

  • how to incorporate your personality into a practical summer top

  • the surprising shoes you can stay cool and comfortable in all summer long

  • the tropical touch that will make your look perfectly in season

  • the trendiest color combination of summer 2019

  • how to break the rules of business casual and still keep your look appropriate for the office

  • the accessories that add style, but won’t weigh you down

  • the pants you can actually enjoy wearing during the summer

  • the perfect summer blazer to make your look breezy and office-appropriate

  • the do’s and don’ts of wearing sandals at the office

And don’t forget to leave me a comment below and share the styles you’ll be rocking all summer long.

Lots of joy and love!


Styled Over Swimwear: How to Create Fresh, Fun, and Practical Outfits for the Pool

Raquel Greer Gordian visits Studio 512 to chat all about fresh and fun ways to style your swimwear this summer.

Swimsuit season has arrived! And no matter your level of enthusiasm, fear, or a little bit of both about getting into a suit, there’s one thing we can all get pumped about: a really rockin’ outfit for the pool.

Pool looks rarely get the attention they deserve, but one of the biggest factors in feeling truly confident and comfortable when poolside is in giving your pool outfit the same attention you would a work or dressy-casual outfit.

Raquel visits Studio 512 to chat all about how to piece together a pool outfit you’ll love to wear this summer in Austin.

Last week, I visited Studio 512 to chat all about what to wear to the pool and how to do it.

It’s time to ditch those overworked flip flops and worn-out cover-ups for something you really love and feel awesome in all day long.

Watch the video below to learn:

Raquel visited Studio 512 to teach you how to put together a poolside look you’ll love this summer.
  • what piece to start with when you’re styling your poolside outfit

  • how to make a cohesive look by linking one clothing piece to another

  • what accessories are perfect for the water

  • what accessories not to wear into the water

  • how to tie the metallic in your sunglasses back to your sarong

  • what denim to wear to the pool

  • how to create a look that can go from the beach to dinner

  • how to tie your swimsuit in with your accessories

  • how to elevate your pool outfit (literally) into a glam look

  • the perfect layers to rock at the beach or pool

  • the trending swimsuit you can use to show off your personality

  • how to use sarong three ways

Once you’ve watched, leave me a comment below and share your favorite styling tip you’re going to take to the pool this season.

Happy styling!


8 Ways To Style Your Top And Pant Set This Summer And Fall

As summer comes to a close, everyone seems to be flocking to malls and hitting up Amazon’s Prime Day in order to get in on the last of the summer trends. One trend exploding both in stores and on social media is the matching set. Printed tops and shorts can be spotted everywhere from music festivals to summer weddings. We’ll always look back on head-to-toe prints as part of the Summer 2018 look.

Here are 8 ways to maximize this trend for late summer and bring this bold look into early fall:

Stick with the set.

It’s important to not overpower the full set with busy accessories, so for this silky printed long-sleeve/pant combination, I’ve paired a white clog – my favorite shoe right now. These heels pick up the bright white in the floral print to enhance the set, while still playing a supporting role through their simplicity.

Bailey keeps it simple and wears the top and pants together with a white clog to finish the look. 

Switch up the top

Add your personality to the look by unbuttoning the set top and adding a graphic tee or plain top underneath. By unbuttoning the top, you’ve now converted it to a light-weight summer jacket. Tie up the tee and add a structured bag to complete the look.

To add personality, unbutton the top and add a fun tee underneath.

Add a neutral top

Ditch the band tee and add a neutral top for a sleek, downtown look. I picked a form-fitting tank top to coordinate with the color palette of the set and balance the billowy nature of the pant. If you’re an hourglass or pear shape, try a summer set with high-waisted pants like these to highlight your shape and curves.

Put a neutral top underneath to make the look nighttime worthy.

Set them apart

While there are several ways to style the set as a whole, there are many outfits you can create using just one piece of the set. With the right finishing details, like these nude open-toe heels and white power blazer, the pants alone can take you from the office to an after-work networking event.

Add a white power blazer for a fresh look at the office.

Make it daytime

A floral printed pant is perfect for a day of shopping with friends or attending a birthday brunch, because the pattern plays into the lighthearted and fun filled events. Pair your pant and tee with a nude flat to add a comfortable and practical touch.

Ditch the jacket for the perfect weekend look.

Ditch the pants

Styling the shirt in different ways can shift the overall vibe of the look and give the outfit a more put-together feel. Tie up the shirt up with a high-waisted skirt or pant to add a feminine and flirty touch. Tuck in half of the shirt to add the trendiest tuck of the season.

Rock the blouse with a neutral bottom like this white denim skirt or ripped boyfriend jeans. I finished the look with a small hip belt to make the outfit classic and polished.

Do a half-tuck for an on-trend look.
Tie up the top for a fun and flirty touch. 

Bring in the essential

No outfit roundup is complete without a good pair of jeans. I paired the top of the set with bootcut, cropped jeans I found at a thrift shop. The button-down is perfect to throw on over an outfit for a night at a rooftop bar. A pair of playful sunglasses are an easy way to complete the look.

Pair your jeans to make the look classic and clean. 

Now we want to know...
What is your favorite trend this summer?  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. 

How To Wear A Blazer During The Hottest Months Of 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Refresh your summer wardrobe with new ways to wear it.

The summer season is quickly coming to an end, but as us Texans know, the heat won't make its exit until late October. Because of this, it's important to get the most of the clothes you feel most comfortable in during the heat: your summer wardrobe. 

By this time in the season though, you've probably used up all your summer outfits and are now left with the stale remnants of looks you once adored. 

But don't get down! If you still love an item, there are always new ways to piece it together with other clothes in your wardrobe that make it feel exciting again. 

I recently went on "We Are Austin" to talk about exactly that: how to refresh you summer wardrobe with only the contents of your closet. That's right...no shopping required.

WATCH THE CLIP and get ideas on how to create your new favorite warm weather outfit. 

10 Ways to Love Your Late Summer Style

The heat has reached its peak.

I love styling my wardrobe during this time of year because the weather pushes me to create eye-catching outfits out of only a couple pieces -- wearing more than that would be just painful. 

To put together simple outfits that pop, you'll want to combine pieces you love with styling techniques that don't add bulk. 

And this week, I'm show you how. 


1. Mix summer whites with straw hats. 

2. Give crop tops a try. While they get a bad rap for being a sexy item, a crop top can also be playful, retro and whimsical. 

3. Use vertical lines in your outfit. The line created by the gold buttons on the skirt draws your eye in, thus creating your slimmest silhouette.

4. Use graphic detail to project your personality in every thing you wear. And yes, it's true, I love the beach, lobster rolls and all the mythical creatures in the sea.

5. Do a summer version of a Canadian Tuxedo (a.k.a. denim on denim). 

6. Mix metals. 

7. Keep it simple and switch to mules. Slide 'em on and you're ready to go. 

8. But also get a sexy crop top for date night.

9. Pattern match like a pro by wearing two similar patterns of different sizes, i.e. 2 black & white pieces, 1 stripe is bigger than another.

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10. Make sure you have fun even when you're sweaty, cause guess what girl... it's making you glow!

Summer Style meet Fall Fashion.

We're all eager to welcome fall into our hearts, our bellies (courtesy of pumpkin pie) and, of course, our wardrobes. That can be difficult because of where we live. Texas is my home and oh, I love it so, but we are all ready to kiss this heat goodbye. As the weather takes small steps towards going down a few degrees, so can we take baby steps towards a wardrobe filled with autumnal inspiration and fall fashions. 

So Long, Summer! 
Outfit #1

The Fall Fashion Staple: Wine

Yes, we could all use a glass, but I'm talkin' about the color. This is the color for fall. There are a few variations on the color, and if you prefer to call it burgundy or crimson, those work too! Either way, it's rich, deep and oh-so autumnal.

*Photo cred: Natalie Beurskens

The End of Summer Tribute: The Vest

For most business occasions I like to have a blazer on hand to make my look more assertive. When it's still warm out and you want to create a similiar powerful and polished look, use a vest instead of a blazer. This look is edgy, elegant and perfect for the office in October.

Adieu, Summer!
Outfit #2

The Highlight: The Light-Weight Wrap Jacket

The End of Summer Tribute: Multi-Layered Peach Necklace

A light colored necklace can often seem like it only fits in spring and summer, but if you pop it with a deeper hue of the same color, you can easily bring it into October. 

Orevwa, Summer!
Outfit #3

The Fall Fashion Staple: The Closed-Toe Booties

Booties are like breakfast in my house. I rarely have a day without them. In the fall, it's off with the open-toed guys and in with the pointed-toe pairs. This is an easy way to feel like you're in fall without actually adding stuffy layers to your look. 

The End of Summer Tribute: Pop of Color

Popping your cool weather darks with a bright color is always a good way to give an outfit energy and lighten your mood.

*For warmer days, leave the jacket off and add the vest. 

*For warmer days, leave the jacket off and add the vest. 


The Fall Fashion Staple: Military Jacket

This is one of my favorite fall pieces to wear, because it works so well in with Austin's ever-casual vibe. Add this piece over a sundress or shorts and a tee to finish the look.

The End of Summer Tribute: The Cotton Dress

This dress is breathable, light-weight and easy to throw on for all the casual occasions. It is a closet staple in any wardrobe and easily pairs with fall pieces for right now.

Want to know exactly how to style your entire wardrobe?

Talk with me 1-on-1.

I work with women of all different sizes, ages and styles to create a wardrobe that speaks to who they are and how they want to look.

I teach my clients what works for their body type, color palette and personal style. I show you exactly how to style your whole wardrobe, so you feel empowered to use your style every day. I give you the information necessary to finally feel that clear sense of style you've always wanted. 

Summer Scarf Styled.

Last week we focused on how you can enhance an outfit with oodles of accessories for the days when it’s too hot to layer. This week, I’m sticking to 1 single accessory and showing you 5 exciting ways to wear it.

I never know what is going to inspire an outfit. Is it a certain color that fits my mood that day? Is it an event I’m going to? Or maybe it’s what I feel most confident in on a stressful day. Sometimes, a single accessory can inspire a week’s worth of outfits. That was the case this week, and my inspiration came from an old scarf that made me feel playful and summer-y.

Typically, when I think of scarves I also think of Fall and booties and comfy sweaters. Last week, though, I was doing some cleaning and found that small square scarf, which had been a gift from my mom probably 15 years ago. I was thrilled! It’s very light-weight and perfect for the summer season, so I made a week’s worth of outfits inspired by it!

For a more casual look, I absolutely loved tying this scarf in my hair. I felt reminiscent of the 50s and completely modern at the same time. This technique can work for any hairstyle: short, long, hair up, or hair down…the key is finding what makes you feel quirky and confident.

For the days when I want to brighten up a black dress, an arm party of bangles and a gold watch is just the way to go! Rolling up my bright red scarf thin and wrapping it around my wrist several times created a blissful assortment of texture and color.

I am lucky enough to work from home most days, but when I do venture into the office I get to intermingle my love for looking professional and the casual dress code of the office. Tying my scarf in a bandit knot under my chambray button up struck the perfect balance this week.

Tying this scarf in an adorable bow around my purse allowed me bring a pop of color to the nude gator bag.  Seeing the scarf cheered me up all day, even though I wasn’t actually wearing it!

Tying a scarf in a square knot around your neck is one of my favorite classic, nostalgic looks. I always want to feel as graceful and charming as I did while wearing this floral scarf. I paired it with a simple white dress because we all know who the star of this outfit is.

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. 

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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. 

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The Perfect Sunnies for Your Face Shape

When it comes to accessorizing, Iris Apfel said it best, “More is more and less is a bore." Style is all about adding personal touches that take your outfit from run-of-the-mill to out-of-this-world. During these sunny summer days, an easy way to turn your outfit up a notch is through sunglasses. The key to finding the right shades is identifying your face shape. That’s where we come in. Your style future is looking bright!

While there is something to be said for wearing whatever makes you feel like a #bossbabe, we want to educate you on how to tell your own face shape and then determine the best sunglasses for your sense of style.

*photos courtesy of Pinterest

Square Shaped Faces

Do you have…

A strong jaw line that evenly lines up with your temples, giving you four symmetrical points?

Look for…

Round, oval, or cat eye sunglasses.

By adding soft lines to a strongly outlined face, you find a striking balance.

Stick with curves, not straight lines. Otherwise, you run the risk of looking robotic.

Heart Shaped Faces

If your forehead is wide and round at your hair line and your chin comes to a point, your face is heart-shaped.

Look for…

Sunnies with elongated bottoms. Wearing sunglasses with thin temples will also accentuate your striking cheekbones. 

Oversized sunglasses can make your forehead look larger, so make sure the size of your sunnies matches the scale of your face.

Diamond Shaped Faces

Do you have…

Prominent cheeks? If your face is widest just below your eye line and you have a shorter forehead and chin, you have a diamond shaped face.

Look for…

Pointed sunglasses to accentuate your cheekbones.

Top heavy frames show off your perfect pout!

Oval Shaped Faces

Do you have…

A longer face with narrow chin and cheeks?

Look for…

Wide frames to balance the length of your face.

Oval faces have the most leeway with what shape of sunglasses work. With all shapes though, strong details on the top of your sunglasses will bring the eye upward.

Round Shaped Faces

Do you have…

A soft face that is almost equal in length and width? 

Look for…

Bold, rectangular lenses with thick temples

These sunglasses are large, in charge and work well since the sunglasses are so wide and angular!

Inverted Triangle Faces

Do you have…

A defined jaw line and a narrow forehead?

Look for…

Soft lines and top heavy frames.

These frames soften and narrow the chin, striking the perfect balance!

 These round frames make a huge style statement!

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. 

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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. 

How to Pack for a 3-Day Vacation

Summer is all about vacation.

Often the excitement of a trip is thwarted though before it even begins, just from the thought of packing. Loading a bag full of wardrobe decisions I won’t be able to take back can be a nightmare! If you’re anything like me, you wait until super late the night before to get started, hoping that a stroke of stylish genius will occur.

Tired of starting my vaca this way, I called Raquel and got the scoop on how to pack for my 3-day trip to Nashville. She suggested I pack light basics (I tend to over pack like most people), and choose versatile accessories that can be used for multiple outfits.

1 necklace for 2 very different outfits! 

1 necklace for 2 very different outfits! 

My husband and I used to live in Nashville so this trip revolved around seeing what all had changed, trying as many new restaurants as we could, and seeing old friends. Here’s the rundown: 2 dinners, exploring the city, Jeni’s Ice Cream excursions, and Sunday brunch.

Planning how to pack for all of those excursions, while still factoring in hot weather, was less of a challenge when I factored in Raquel’s quick tips. I reimagined my outfits by playing with accessories. This kept each look fresh. For example, my chambray dress, worn with flats in the daytime, was perfectly light and airy for ice cream stops and shopping in Hillsboro Village. To take it to a trendy restaurant in Germantown that night, I lost the bright necklace, added some wedges, and felt completely chic.

Easy to roll into a suitcase & wrinkle free!

Easy to roll into a suitcase & wrinkle free!

I can’t over-emphasize that we should all work on packing realistically. Will I really wear 5 different pairs of shoes on a 3-day trip? Answer: no.  I was able to narrow it down to 3 – my converse, a pair of comfy flats, and my wedges. The Converses I wore with my favorite grey dress. The cut outs in the dress kept me cool and on point.

Ladies, it’s time to get on board with wearing, and re-wearing, the basics. It’s all in how you accessorize them. I have been really into high waisted pants & shorts lately, so I brought a pair of each. These bottoms can go with almost any top in your closet: crop tops, tucked in blouses, or longer tops that you tie in a knot.

I paired my light pink zip up shorts with a bold, geometric crop top and my flats because this outfit allowed me to feel both perfectly chic and comfortable for a dinner at Butcher & Bee.

Saturday before we left, we had brunch at Barista Parlor coffee shop where I had the most delicious Salty Tennessee Whiskey Caramel Latte.  I’m telling you, this place has gotten trendy, so I had to bring my A-game. Enter:  the high waisted bell bottoms. I tied a knot in my top and added my favorite coral necklace – again! I wore that necklace 3 times, meaning it was the only necklace I had to pack. Win!

I love how light weight and structured these pants are – I didn’t get hot once!

I love how light weight and structured these pants are – I didn’t get hot once!

I guarantee that, had I gone through this packing ordeal alone, I would’ve needed a larger suitcase for my 3-day trip to Nashville. By relying on basics and utilizing accessories, I didn’t have a single extra piece. I also never felt like my outfit was missing something.

Want help packing for your next trip?

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


We're talking jumpsuits.

Being stylish doesn’t always mean wearing the current trends. The attitude you embody, the confidence you project, and the vibe you create are what collectively give you an individual sense of style.  That being said, when a trend emerges that is as a chic as it is playful, it can’t be ignored. The jumpsuit is a noteworthy trend.

Don’t confuse the jumpsuit with its cousins, the romper and the playsuit. To clarify, a playsuit is two items: a matching blouse and pair of shorts. A romper is a single garment that combines the top and the shorts.

A jumpsuit is a single garment incorporating both pants and a top.

Jumpsuits are a great opportunity to blend the ease of getting ready with a high fashion look. They also show your figure without being too restricting or uncomfortable. They can work for many different occasions: a wedding, girl’s night, or a morning stroll to the farmer’s market.

Click the pic to shop the look.

Click the pic to shop the look.

I wore a jumpsuit for the first time to my husband’s Christmas party last December and felt as svelte as I did flirtacious. It took a little while for me to convince myself that I could pull it off, though. What it came down to was this: finding the right shape for my body and a tall glass of confidence. And after I got over all of the mental stumbling blocks, I went to the party and I rocked that jumpsuit! If you’re currently saying to yourself that you could never pull off a jumpsuit, you’re wrong! 

The one thing you need to know is which suit works for your body type.

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Click the pic to shop the look. 

So let’s talk about shapes – what type of jumpsuit works best for you? There is one key factor to determine your body type: Do you have a defined or not-defined waist? If you do have a defined waist, you are an hourglass or pear. Try on jumpsuits that come in at the waist in order to accentuate your most slender silhouette. If your waist is not defined, you may be more of an apple, an inverted triangle, or a square. In this case, look for a jumpsuit with a dropped waist. This will fit you more comfortably and better define your figure.

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Click the pic to shop the look. 

You can also use the shape to play up the vibe of the event. If you decide on a dropped waist jumpsuit to wear to a picnic, simply add a sporty heel and a simple bag for a classic look. For date night, accentuate your curves with a tailored jumpsuit and sparkly jewels. Take a jumpsuit from day to night by switching from sandal to stiletto and from studs to statement earrings.

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Need help shopping for your perfect suit? Raquel offers personal shopping and personal styling services, so you leave the house knowing what to wear, how to wear it and when to where it. 

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Click the pic to shop the look. 

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. 

On The Street with Greer Image Consulting

South Congress 

The Stylish Gal: Emily Dunn

What she's wearing: Choker by Boho Grit (her design!)

The Stylish Gal: Candice Loud

What she's wearing: Dress by Asos

The Stylish Gal: Ana Canseco

What she's wearing: Gianni Barbato Boots, Adolfo Dominguez Bag

The Stylish Gal: Kim Vilyus

What she's wearing:
Common Projects Sneakers, Vada Jewelry, Acne Sunnies

The Stylish Gal: Ashley Weston

What she's wearing: Madewell Necklace, Gap Top, Nordstrom Rack Bag

The Stylish Gal: Bren Mason

What she's wearing: Johnny Was Top, Gypsy Junkie Jewelry

The Stylish Gal: Hailey Neves

What she's wearing: Tobi Shorts, Urban Outfitters Necklace, Forever 21 Plaid

The Stylish Gal: Brittni Vallejo

What she's wearing: Madewell Overalls, Steel City Pops

Fresh Squeezed Summer Style

Summer style is defined by the fun, the funky and aaaaaall the colors.

So let's find yours...

*photography, make up and hair by Natalie Beurskens

Pop your look with a bright sandal.

details can make or break your outfit,
so give them a good look. 

No look is finished without accessories.

Don't be afraid to mix metals (aka gold and silver)!

Pop your black Classics with bold patterns. 

Layer accessories for a more playful and unexpected look.

Channel your environment through the colors in the outfit. 

Pop one bright color with another bright color. 

Pair a dressy top with a casual bottom. 

Try a bold lip color to celebrate the season! 

Want your closet styled into a dream wardrobe? Let's chat! I would love to help you feel and look as sexy and powerful as you truly are. 

*photography, make up and hair by Natalie Beurskens

Shop Austin: The May Shop

Maya Star

Located on South Congress, this boutique is eclectic, fun and a must-stop-into for playful summer dresses and statement jewelry. This boutique is filled to the brim and will take you some time to search through, but if you're willing to do the work, you're sure to find something irresistible nestled in the racks. 


Whether you’ve been scouring the internet for a stunning swimsuit for months, are looking to reimagine a staple one-piece, or have avoided thinking about swimsuits completely, swimsuit season is here in Texas.

When you live in a city that is as water friendly as Austin, you need to be prepared at a moment’s notice to cool off in style. Swimsuit shopping can be tiresome. We’re always happy to help you shop. For now, let’s focus on the dressing: how to style the outfits that go over those swimsuits.

If you and some friends are headed out to Lake Travis, comfort is key! Chances are your clothes will get soaked, so don’t wearing something that is too delicate. Cut off shorts, a fun graphic tee, strappy sandals, and a pair of mod sunglasses are all you need to look fantastic and carefree before and after you’ve been on the boat.

Emily Blanco displays an outfit styled by Raquel Greer Gordian that is perfect if you are going out on the lake.

Headed to the beach? Keep it light. A kimono and flip flops are easy breezy in the sand.  You’ll be in the sun and wind all day, so don’t underestimate the value of coverage -- grab a hat and your favorite sunnies to make a statement.

Emily Blanco exhibits an outfit styled by Raquel Greer Gordian that is perfect if you are headed to the beach.

If you’re day-tripping with some friends out to Hamilton Pool or in the Greenbelt, choose a sporty, billowy dress that pairs well with light weight sneakers. Since there is a little bit of a hike to get to these spots, this will protect your feet while still staying stylish. Complete the look with a patterned tote and bold beach towel.

Emily Blanco displays an outfit styled by Raquel Greer Gordian that is perfect if you're planning on day-tripping.

Staying poolside for brunch this Sunday? Grab that romper! Keep it playful and sassy with a wedge and huge hoop earrings. Now, enjoy a mimosa knowing that you are rocking that look.

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 her 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.

Now I would love to hear from you! Will you be rocking any of these looks on a future spring or summer vacation? Leave a comment below a tell me which were your favorites!

Friday Fashion Fix: A Pop of Color

Today's Casual Friday is all about a pop of color. When you find yourself pieces together a neutral outfit, bring in an accent color to brighten up your look. The contrast between the neutral and the color will make your outfit more striking and intentional. 

Raquel Greer Gordian models a casual summer look incorporating a black tank, printed maxi skirt, red beaded statement necklace, black cat eye sunglasses, and red platform block heels. 

Now I would love to know! How was your Casual Friday? Any favorite accent/neutral color combos to share? Make sure to leave a comment below and tell me all about them!

Friday Fashion Fix: Bringing the Sunshine!

Embracing this sunny day with my bright yellow poncho. Color is arguably the most important element of personal style, so choose one that lifts you up and works for you. This one always bringing me a lot of joy on even the gloomiest days. 

Raquel Greer Gordian models a summer look incorporating a bright yellow poncho, floral dress, beaded tassel necklace, statement ring, and some booties.

Now I would love to hear from you! Tell me all about your favorite ways to embrace some vibrant colors during the summertime! Got a question? Leave a comment below and I'll be more than happy to answer!