4 Pieces to Pair with Your Warm-Weather Blazer

You’ve probably got a blazer or two or ten in your closet.

Raquel Greer Gordian shares four easy ways to pair your classic blazer with what’s in your closet.

But like any piece that’s under the guise of business attire, you can feel like the fun stops before it even starts.

There are so many things you can do with this jacket though, for work or weekend. With blazers trending right now, the inspiration is everywhere. Which means you should seize the opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and into creative mode.

New outfits are just around the corner. All you’ve gotta do is style them.

Here are 4 simple, but creative ways to wear blazers and styling tips for each to help you along the way.

And don’t forget! After you read up, leave me a comment below and tell me which way of styling your blazer you’ll be trying this week.

Lots of love and joy!

Raquel

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Styling Tip:

Follow your dress silhouette with the vertical line of your blazer, so both pieces naturally flow together. Here’s what I mean…

Raquel Greer Gordian shows you how to pair the classic business blazer with your favorite summer dress.

If you’ve got a straight up-and-down blazer (pictured above) or oversized boyfriend-style blazer (pictured below), you’ll want to avoid an exaggerated fit ‘n’ flare shape in a dress. Instead opt for a long and lean silky dress silhouette or a shift dress.

For dresses that have a set-in waist like that fit ‘n’ flare or sheath dress, try a cropped blazer that falls right above the waist or one that curves in at the waist to follow the line of the dress.

Styling Tip: Balance the proportion of blazer to dress by making sure the length of the dress and the length of the blazer aren’t the same.

You don’t want the dress and blazer creating a single horizontal line across your body, because this makes for a boring look.

It doesn’t matter if the dress is shorter (usually only happens if the jacket is super oversized) or longer than the jacket. Either way, they just need to be different lengths.

Raquel Greer Gordian shows you easy ways to pair your boyfriend blazer with a simple summer dress.
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Prints are my fave, and I bet you’ve got a few of them stored up in your closet just waiting to get some love.

To add them to your blazer-focused outfit, you’ve just got to do one thing: link the colors in the shirt, skirt, or pant print to the color of your blazer.

Styling Tip: You can link two of the exact color together (cobalt blazer, cobalt-infused print) or you can use the characteristics of the color in your jacket to link to a print.

Below I’m using my watermelons to link right into my light, bright, warm, coral-colored jacket. While they’re not exactly the same color, the watermelons share the characteristic of light, bright, warmth with the jacket, so the coral jacket and the watermelons talk to each other.

Is your go-to blazer a neutral? Use it in the same way as you would a colorful blazer. Choose a pattern like leopard to play into a tan blazer or a silver metallic snake skin print to play into a grey blazer. Tan can be found in most leopard prints, so you’re linking the exact color, and grey has the same cool and light characteristics as silver, so you’re linking the characteristics of both colors.

Raquel Greer Gordian shares simple ways to pair your classic blazer with bold patterns and prints.
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Forget the classic suit. Wearing your blazer with a jumpsuit is the power move you need to be using at work.

The right business jumpsuit lets you move as easily as a dress would, but has the sleekness of a traditional suit. Adding the jumpsuit underneath your blazer will make both pieces more polished, intentional, and commanding.

Want to play with messages in your outfit?

Styling Tip: Tune into texture.

Is the blazer relaxed or rigid? Structured or soft? Ask yourself the same questions of the jumpsuit.

Match the texture of the blazer to the texture of the jumpsuit for a sharp message.

Rigid blazer + structured jumpsuit = power

Relaxed blazer + soft jumpsuit = approachability

If you’re looking to balance both, it’s easy! Just mix textures — try a structured blazer with a flowy jumpsuit like I did below.

Raquel Greer Gordian shares easy ways to pair your classic blazer with a fun jumpsuit.
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This is super simple way to create a smart and casual look with your blazer, but there’s a trick to it: Don’t over think it!

While color matching is super duper important to creating clean looks, adding a basic tank underneath the blazer only means asking yourself one questions: Is the blazer dark or light?

If dark, go with a dark tank. If light, go with a light tank. Got a mix of colors in the blazer? Go either way.

Styling Tip: Even if the color underneath is slightly different, the quality of the color will link the blazer and tank.

If your blazer is black and your tank is navy, this slightly-off pairing will actually create a more interesting, sophisticated, and fashion-forward combination.

My blazer below has navy trim, but my tank’s actually charcoal — is it working? Yup! And yours totally can too. Happy Styling!

Raquel Greer Gordian shares simple ways to match your classic blazer to a basic tank.

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,

Raquel


3 Simple Ways to Style Colorful Outfits for Spring

Raquel stops by Studio 512 to chat all about how to create colorful outfits for spring 2019.

There’s no better time to incorporate color into your outfit than spring. With Bluebonnets and Paintbrushes popping up all along the road, color inspiration is constantly surrounding us.

And while it can feel intuitive to use color in your outfits, you may talk yourself down from a really great outfit if you’re unsure of actually how to use color in your look.

Which is why I stopped by Studio 512 this week to chat all about three different ways to create colorful outfits this spring.

Whether neutrals make up 90% of your closet or you don’t leave the house without color, I’ve got easy-to-implement tips specific to your comfort level that you can apply right now.

Watch the video below to learn:

  • how to create a monochromatic outfit

  • how to add one pop or more of color to a neutral outfit

  • the trick to adding multiple colors to one outfit

  • why monochromatic doesn’t necessarily mean what you think

  • how I define a neutral

  • what colors can actually go with neutrals

Once you’ve watched the video, leave me a comment below and tell me which color styling technique you’re most excited to try. I would love to hear from you!

Xx.

R

5 Ways to Style Spring Scarves

Spring is just around the corner, which means it’s the perfect time to pull out your silkiest scarves and get to stylin’. This week, I visited Studio 512 to talk all about five of my favorite ways to style this spring staple.

Watch the video below to learn:

  • how to style spring scarves for business and casual events

  • how to tie a scarf Parisian style

  • how to position your scarf on your neck

  • what necklines works with a Girl Scout tie

  • how to style your scarf in a trendy, western way

  • how to tie scarves around your wrist

  • how to use a scarf in place of a bracelet

  • how to tie scarves in your hair

  • how to pair jewelry with scarves

  • how to tie your scarf in a way that most shows off the pattern of the scarf

And as always, I would love to hear from you! Leave me a comment below and tell me your favorite scarf in your wardrobe and how you love to style it for spring.

Happy Styling!

Xx.

R

How To Front Tuck Or Tie Up Any Shirt In Your Closet

Ever wonder why some front tucks are perfect and others fall short? There’s a certain finesse to mastering the front tuck, and if you’re practicing on your own, it can feel impossible to get it just right.

This week on Studio 512, I’m showing you exactly how to do the front tuck with a simple step-by-step process that makes your tuck even and seamlessly flow from the front of your shirt to the back (all the things a gal could want from a good front tuck).

In addition, I’m demonstrating one of my favorite ways to bring a button-down from basic to fun, fresh, and feminine: the tie-up. Just like the front tuck, there are a few simple steps to tying up your shirt that will look uh-amazing AND make it easy for you to apply for every occasion from work to brunch.

Watch the video below to learn:

  • How to tie up a buttoned up shirt

  • How to tie up an open button down with a T-shirt underneath

  • How to create the perfect front tuck

  • How to tie a side knot in your top

  • How to highlight an hourglass or pear shape

  • How to highlight high-waisted jeans or high-waisted trousers

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

Xx.

R

11 Style Questions Answered

How do I do a front tuck properly?

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

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

Ta da! You've got it. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where are your favorite places to shop in Austin? 

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

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

A look inside Beehive Boutique in Westlake

A look inside Beehive Boutique in Westlake

A look inside DYLAN WYLDE on South Lamar

A look inside DYLAN WYLDE on South Lamar

A look inside Art of Shoes on South 1st Street

A look inside Art of Shoes on South 1st Street

What dress or skirt length is appropriate for work?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How do I know what my best colors are? 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GIC Gift Guide

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

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

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


5. Shoes of Prey Customizable Shoes


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

Customized Heels

Customized Heels

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

Customized Booties

Customized Booties

Customized Flats

Customized Flats

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



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

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


3. The Blanket Scarf


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

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



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

Spectrum Earrings by Psyche

Spectrum Earrings by Psyche

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

Spectrum Rings by Psyche (above)

Sacred Path Ring by Psyche (left)

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



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

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

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

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

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

Leave the pants. Take the booties.

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

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

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

Whenever trying something new, you may have questions.

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

The answer: no. 

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

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

Here are 4 to get you started...

* Photographer: Natalie Beurskens


The Boots


Black and Chocolate Booties


The Outfit


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

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

Don't forget your accessories!

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


The boots


Calf-height Cowboy Boots


The Outfit


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

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

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


The Boots


Knee-High Suede Boots


The Outfit


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

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

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


The Boots


Brown Booties


The Outfit


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

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

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

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

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. 

Emily Blanco

Shop Austin: The August Boutique

DYLAN WYLDE

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

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

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

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

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

Biker Jacket Clutch

Biker Jacket Clutch

Chartreuse Jumpsuit

Chartreuse Jumpsuit

Jessica, the owner of DYLAN WYLDE

Jessica, the owner of DYLAN WYLDE

Tie Dye Maxi Dress

Tie Dye Maxi Dress

Vintage Bolo Tie

Vintage Bolo Tie

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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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

The Phrase You Should Never Say About Your Clothes

My all-time favorite posts to write are the ones that are inspired by my clients, something I've mentioned before. So naturally, I was super pumped last week when I was in a client's closet and she uttered five words (that I'm about to tell you), which I hear all the time and tell me more about a closet than you can imagine. 

I hear this phrase when Im working in someone's closet, getting to know whats inside. A piece of clothing will jump out at me—something that doesnt belong. It could be a top or a pair of pants, or maybe a skirt, shoes, or an accessory. Whatever it is, I can see from the moment I look at it that it shouldn't be there. 

When I asked about why she owned it, hoping that we could bid it adieu, to send it off for someone who should actually own it, I almost always hear this excuse:

"I just bought it because..."

Those are five little words that tell three things you need to know:

1. YOU DON'T LOVE IT. 

You should always love everything in your wardrobe. Yes, I said it. I know it's a lofty goal, but if you don't reach for the stars, who will?! (I know, that was a little cheesy.)

2. YOUR STYLE SHOULD BE UNAPOLOGETIC.

"Just" is a word that lets me know that you aren't owning it, and with your style, you should be unapologetic. Style is one of the few arenas where pride can be a good thing. Style is expressive and all about you. When I hear you have something "just because," I know that it's not really speaking to who you are. There is something that is better out there. I know this for a fact.

3. PURPOSE AND PASSION ALWAYS HAVE TO COLLIDE.

I see this time and time again: a woman will think she needs a gray t-shirt (for example), so she goes to Target, finds the first gray t-shirt in the store, grabs it and goes. That t-shirt sits in her wardrobe collecting dust, because if you don't love a piece of clothing, it no longer becomes a necessity. Style is what you make of it. It's about guidelines, not rules. 

Yes, function is key in your wardrobe, but your wardrobe should make you feel consistently beautiful, powerful and satiated.

Your closet is a carefully curated collection of pieces you love and love to wear. If you own a piece only because you think you should or it goes with something specific in your closet (example: red t-shirt, red patterned skirt), put it in the Goodwill pile. Chances are I can style something with that red patterned skirt thats much more exciting than that red t-shirt.

Your personality should show in everything you wear, which is why everything you wear should be something special. Want to learn how to trim the unwanted pieces in your closet and build a wardrobe thats only clothes that project who you are and how you want to be seen? Lets chat.

I help you develop your personal style, so you know exactly what to wear, how to wear it, when to wear it. 

The #1 No-No Hiding in Your Closet

My favorite posts are the ones that are directly inspired by my clients.

After I see an unexpected problem in my clients' closets, boom! A blog is born. I am constantly learning and discovering alongside my clients. 

The #1 no-no I'm about to mention is something I've always know was bad though. Little did I know how many women resorted to it as fashion's version of a bandaid that's trying to heal a broken leg. 

The #1 no-no is...

Having one item in many different colors

(i.e. "I thought these shorts were good, so I bought them in navy, black and white.")

My belief...

everything is your closet should be a unique snowflake, just like you. 

Say those shorts are like vanilla ice cream (I'm a big fan of food analogies). All three of those pairs are vanilla ice cream, because in essence, they are the same item.

You can top them with cherries or chocolate chips or whipped cream (aka styling them different ways), but they are all vanilla. 

You are without a doubt missing out on something wonderful: cookies n' cream, mint chocolate chip, butter pecan or rocky road. These bad boys have the toppings inside! #genius

To break it down a few steps further, here are 3 reasons why you should not own 1 pair of shorts or a dress or shoes or a top in 2, 3 or 4 colors...

1. You aren't generic. Your wardrobe should be either.

Your closet is a carefully curated collection of pieces which represents your deeply unique self. To have 3 pairs of 1 thing makes your closet feel more like an Old Navy ad than a creation. You are multifaceted, thus your closet must be too. 

 2. The options are endless. 

There are a billion shorts options in the world, just like ice cream flavors. If a billion options freaks you out though, focus on the options in front of you at the mall or the department store. You don't have to search for 100 pairs of shorts, make a spreadsheet and compare each option. Just graze. If only 1 pair calls to you, only buy 1 pair. Soon enough, you will find another pair, which speaks to you in a whole new way.  

3. Each piece in your wardrobe should be special. 

Everything in your wardrobe should have it's own story and purpose. One time while I was in a photo shoot, the photographer complimented a few pieces I was wearing. With every compliment, I found myself spilling the details of where I got it and when I got it. Every piece in your closet should bear this excitement. To reference "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up", each piece should spark joy. 3 pairs of shorts do not spark joy. Choose your favorite, and give the rest a kiss goodbye. 

And when you need help figuring out how to create a wardrobe that you genuinely love with all your might, contact me. I would love to help you discover how to develop your closet, your style and transform your wardrobe. It is after all, the physical manifestation of your unique self. 

SUN. SWIM. STYLE.

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!

Systematize. Stylize. Strategize.

Your favorite outfit in your closet should feel like your favorite food: a no brainer. When I see crab cakes on a menu, that's it. I'm ordering them. If I don't, it just feels wrong, because no matter how they come out of the kitchen, I'm going to love them. 

This is how your favorite piece of clothing should feel. It is the physical manifestation of love and it's glorious. When you're wearing it, nothing can touch you. 

Everything else in your wardrobe is a bit different. Other things should be something you love, yes, but you need a few more rules to make sure it's serving you in the way you need it to each and every time you wear it. 

Outfits get stale. And the outfit you've worn 15,30,40 times, is stale. The life has been sucked out of it, and when you put it on, you probably feel this too in the form of exhaustion, anxiety or a lack of excitement. 

So it's time you threw all those feelings away and started anew by looking at each component of each outfit. By looking at each component separately, you can create new looks that feels fresh, exciting and fashion-forward. 

There are 3 things you need to do to breathe life back into your wardrobe. 

1. Systematize. 

Creating a system of how to build an outfit is incredibly helpful, because it removes the stress, but leaves the creativity.

For instance, I NEVER choose my jewelry before I choose my clothing. I NEVER choose shoes before I choose my clothing. I NEVER choose a jacket before I choose my basics. I build around 1 of 3 things: a dress, a skirt, jeans. 

In other words, create a ritual. This will give you guidance and a route when creating an outfit. And then you get to play...

2. Stylize. 

One Dress, Four Ways

Raquel Greer Gordian displays an outfit that pairs the long sleeve gray dress with a red blazer, black booties, statement jewelry, a black belt, and a black handbag.
Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits an outfit that pairs the long sleeve gray dress with an army green cardigan, studded booties, gold jewelry, and a green handbag. 
Raquel Greer Gordian styles the same dress with a fur vest, neutral booties, coral accents, and a gray handbag.
Raquel Greer Gordian styles the same gray dress with a striped turtleneck pullover, burgundy heels, black tassel earrings, and statement handbag. 

Disregard what you paired your skirt with last time. Forget about what you put with it before. Get creative with you choice this time. Pull a shirt or sweater you've never put with it. 

And don't be scared. Most of us think there's some giant book of rules we need to follow. There isn't. The two things that you need to consider in your style arsenal are: 1) your intuition 2) your creativity 

Use both these elements to get excited about getting dressed again. 

3. Strategize. 

Each outfit must have a purpose. This goes for both your personal and professional life. And I'm not just talking about it being appropriate for a certain situation. Whether you want to be powerful, playful, dynamic...your intention must be clear. 

Ask yourself the tough questions to make sure there is a strategy behind each outfit: 

Exactly why are you wearing what you are wearing?

What do you want it to say about you?

How does it say what you want it to say about you? 

 

Now I would love to hear from you! Was this guide helpful for reviving that stale outfit we all have? Let me know in the comments below and tell me about the outfits you brought back to life!

FALL FASHION Has Landed.

Oh yes, it has arrived. Fall is quite possibly my favorite season to dress for. It's the perfect time to combine warm and cold weather pieces to create a look all your own. 

To have style is to repurpose pieces into looks that are unique, innovative and eye-catching. Fall, we thank you for bringing us the perfect weather to do this in. 

So let's get into it, shall we? 

 

MY TOP 5 PIECES TO ROCK THIS FALL: 

 

5. Booties

I put these at the bottom of my list, not because they don't have the biggest place in my heart. They do. I absolutely love booties. This is the time in elementary school where someone would say, "Well why don't you marry them?" And I would boldly reply, "If I could, I would." They are amazing and versatile. They work in any season from the bar to the baby shower. They're glorious. And here are some of my picks: 

Greer Image Consulting - Blog - FALL FASHION Has Landed.

4. Plaid 

No matter how you characterize your personal style, plaid is an easy-to-wear wardrobe staple for any woman. Plaid is classic and unpretentious; sophisticated and chic.

Pair with your neutral staples (pencil skirt, navy pants, or maybe even white jeans), and you've got the perfect look for a breezy day. 

 
 

3. Hat 

Women always have specific accessories they believe they cannot wear. How do I know this? Because I hear it all the time from my clients. One of those accessories is a hat. People are funny about hats. But the truth is...everyone can wear hats. The key is finding the correct one for your face shape, neck length and style. 

2. Leopard

The fall has a certain richness to it that is captured in everything from the food to the fashion. Which is why I love leopard prints for the fall. It is seductive and sumptuous.  

As Jenna Lyons once said, "As far as I'm concerned, leopard is a neutral." Just like plaid, leopard is bold but works with many different styles in many different scenarios. The trick is knowing where to draw the line. At the office, subtlety is key. During the day, choosing a flowy, more palatable piece. At night...go big or go home. 

1. Suede

Yes, it's in and I'm loving every minute of it! Whether you're obsessed with the 70's (like me) or a millenial who's pulling looks from the 90's, now is the time to shop for suede. One of my favorite parts of having a suede piece in your wardrobe is also it's easy transition to winter. It pairs easily with a tall boot in a few months. 

For now, use it to dress up your casual look. Suede is down-to-earth, but enticing. Whether it's a skirt, shirt or jacket, it will give you the allure that comes with effortless style. 

Now I would love to hear from you! Let me know which piece is your favorite! Was this guide helpful? Make sure to leave a comment below to tell me about your fall style!

 

 

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!