How to Pack for Thanksgiving Weekend

It's that time of year again... the holidays are officially upon us! Are you (and your stomach!) ready for Thanksgiving? 

Packing for the long holiday weekend can be daunting, but we've got you covered. All of the elements on our list will fit perfectly in your carry-on bag, so you can worry about what's important on Thanksgiving like what you're eating, and not what you're wearing. :)

The Elements: 

Jeans

Jeans are ideal for all climates and lend themselves well to the fun, laid-back holiday that Thanksgiving is. Make sure yours have at least a little bit of stretch to accommodate your Turkey Day meal. :)

Lightweight Sweater

Choose a sweater in an unexpected neutral (blush and slate gray are fantastic!) that will work double-time for your suitcase, serving as the base for your outfits with jeans. 

Vests

Vests are perfect for adding another layer of warmth into the mix on those colder days. Choose a heavier vest for your travel day to layer over your lightweight sweater: it's a great way to stay just warm enough in the airport and en route to your destination without adding the bulk of a heavy coat.

Relaxed Dress

A fun, festive dress is a great way to express your own personal style on Thanksgiving. You'll be just dressed up enough, yet casual and comfortable enough to really kick back and enjoy the holiday with your loved ones.

Overcoat

An overcoat in a bright color or unexpected pattern lets you show off your personal style, even when the temperatures dip below freezing. Going the vintage route is a failsafe way to snag a real gem that expresses your style.

Bright Scarf and Gloves

Accessories are often overlooked, but are *the* best way to both punch up an otherwise neutral look and serve as a practical (and packable!) way to create some variance in your look. Adding a bright pop of color in a scarf or earmuffs is the perfect finish to your holiday look.

Versatile Boots

One great pair of comfortable boots is all you'll need for the long weekend! They work seamlessly with all of the outfits you can put together with all of the pieces above: no need to pack multiple pairs of shoes that will take up valuable real estate in your suitcase!

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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!

How to Pack for This Weekend

If you're visiting the relatives (or anyone, for that matter) over the holidays, this one's for you. If you're not traveling for the holidays, welp, don't worry: there's plenty here for you too.

Planning out exactly what you'll wear over the holiday weekend means there's one less thing to worry about. And travel or not, we all need that. 

So here it is. Signed, sealed, delivered for you to recreate from the contents of your own closet. 

Keep it simple. Don't overwork it. 

What's on the style agenda: 

Day 1:
JEANS-SWEATER-BOOTIES

Day 2:
Day -- LEGGINGS-SWEATER-BOOTIES-TUNIC TOP
Night--LBD-SWEATER-NECKLACE-BOOTIES
 

Day 3:
JEANS-SWEATER-BOOTIES

And here are the steps to make sure everything works...

Step #1
Choose your jeans wisely.

I chose my Madewell flare jeans for this trip, because they're comfortable, easy to wear with boots and thick enough that I know I'll be warm.

In addition to blue jeans, add a pair of leggings to your carry-on. Packing the perfect suitcase is about finding the sweet spot between having too much and too little. Leggings will ensure you have a back up if you want to switch things up. 

STEP #2
Pull your favorite Classic sweaters.

One of the biggest issues you encounter when packing is that you pull what you don't love. You get on vacation, open your bag and go "why did I bring that?!" Listen to your intuition. Go with what you know you'll wear and what you love to wear. Especially with a short trip, your choices will be limited.

So be cutthroat.

Both sweaters should versatile; easy to dress up or dress down. Each should be in good condition, up-to-date and versatile. 

Note: No sweatshirts allowed!  

My V-Neck Sweater by Leith

My V-Neck Sweater by Leith

My Crew Neck Sweater by Top Shop

My Crew Neck Sweater by Top Shop

STEP #3
DON'T FORGET YOUR Accessories!

I've said it a billion times, and yes, I'm saying it again...no outfit is complete without accessories! Even if you're spending the holidays at your great aunt's house, your running-around-her-town outfit must include accessories.

For a crew neck sweater, go with a bib-necklace or beaded necklace, which accentuates the shape of the collar. A v-neck is great with a long or short pendant necklace to highlight the slimming silhouette of the v-neck. 

I highly recommend packing two necklaces, so you can mix and match your accessories with different outfits. Multiple accessories will ensure you don't get bored with your look. 

In addition, add stud earrings for every daytime outing and a pair of statement earrings for night. 

A pop of color necklace for my crew neck sweater! 

A pop of color necklace for my crew neck sweater! 

The soft hues of my pendant necklace and v-neck sweater balance each other well.

The soft hues of my pendant necklace and v-neck sweater balance each other well.

STEP #4
Wait! YOU'll need more ACCESSORIES!

Don't forget your scarves. I'm packing two, so I can choose a scarf depending on my mood. The colorful one is for my playful moods, the gray is for my serious moods. And yes, you will have many moods when hanging with family. Style is all about creativity, so don't be afraid to mix and match your scarves with both sweaters. It's eclectic, fun and gives each outfit a fresh feel. 

If you're going somewhere reeeeeally cold, pick gloves and a hat to match each scarf.

Fold them into your suitcase messy or clean. Most heavy scarves will remain wrinkle-free, so you'll be set to throw them on when you land.

STEP #5
ADD A HOLIDAY DRESS in the mix.

You'll probably have a dressy dinner one or two nights this weekend. Bring your little black dress for this occasion. If you're going out to dinner, rather than staying in, throw your crew neck sweater on top. Both necklaces will work for the crew neck sweater, so put on a different necklace at night than the one you had on all day. Add your statement earrings, and the outfit is done! 

The Little Black Dinner Dress

The Little Black Dinner Dress

Pair it with Statement Earrings, a Pendant Necklace, and Your Cowl Neck Sweater. 

Pair it with Statement Earrings, a Pendant Necklace, and Your Cowl Neck Sweater. 

STEP #6
DON'T FORGET THE EXTRAS! 

  • Bring two easy to throw on tees or casual blouses for under your sweaters. Make sure they're presentable. In other words, if you get hot and take off your sweater, you shouldn't be embarrassed wearing them. 
     
  • Bring one tunic top (aka a long top that covers your derrière) to go over leggings.
     
  • Add your winter coat to the mix to keep you warm all weekend.
     
  • Bring one pair of booties. You can mix black and brown, so if you feel up to a living outside the box, pair brown! 
     
  • Traveling for more than a few days? Double up on everything.
     
  • Got questions? Schedule a chat with Raquel to get personalized tips on how to pack for your trip. 
My brown booties, tunic top, and leggings rolled for easy traveling! 

My brown booties, tunic top, and leggings rolled for easy traveling! 

Happy Holidays!

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!

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Raquel Greer Gordian models a printed, boho two piece maxi set from Southern Hippie.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays an image of items from the Austin boutique Southern Hippie.
Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits a selection of maxi dresses from the Austin local boutique Southern Hippie
Raquel Greer Gordian displays an array of colorful and printed maxi dresses from Southern Hippie.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a variety of boho maxi dresses from Southern Hippie.
Raquel Greer Gordian shows an image of the exterior of the local Austin boutique Southern Hippie.
Raquel Greer Gordian shows a selection of  accessories from Southern Hippie.
Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits a selection of printed boho-chic shorts.
Raquel Greer Gordian shows the selection of statement rings and jewelry at Southern Hippie.
Raquel Greer Gordian models a black and white floral blazer by Cameo from Southern Hippie.
Raquel Greer Gordian models a black and white floral blazer by Cameo from Southern Hippie.
Raquel Greer Gordian takes a look at a selection of army green ripped jeans from Southern Hippie.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a lacy, salmon pink matching set by For Love and Lemons from Southern Hippie.
Raquel Greer Gordian models a vintage-inspired crop top and maxi skirt matching set by Flynn Skye.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a selection of gold rings by Gorjana from Southern Hippie.
Raquel Greer Gordian models the For Love and Lemons Hula Dress at Southern Hippie.

Now I would love to hear from you! Did you find any special pieces at Southern Hippie? Make sure to leave a comment below and tell me about your shopping experience!

How to Wear Denim to Work

Figuring out how to take denim out of it's natural weekend habit can be a bit dicey. It's perfect for your Saturday stroll, but incorporating it into your workwear takes a bit more skill. The trick is to treat it like your other workwear staples. It's a substitute for the white blouse, navy blazer, etc...The reason to wear it instead of those staples? It's unexpected. That's what style is all about. When a style element is unexpected, it's interesting. And so are you. Here's how to execute it:  

 

THE SHORTS

Raquel Greer Gordian displays an outfit incorporating denim shorts that you can wear to work.
Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits an outfit utilizing denim that can add to your workwear style.

The dress

Raquel Greer Gordian displays a professional outfit that incorporates  a denim dress.
Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits an outfit that is professional yet unexpected in the workplace.
 
 

THE JACKET

Raquel Greer Gordian shows an outfit you can wear to work that incorporates a denim jacket.
Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits a professional outfit that utilizes a denim jacket to add a pop of style.

the shirt

The jeans

Raquel Greer Gordian displays an outfit that you can wear to work while still maintaining your style.
Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits a workplace outfit that incorporates denim through the jean.
 
 

the pumps

Raquel Greer Gordian displays a fun, professional outfit that incorporates denim through a stylish pump.
Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits an outfit that incorporates a denim pump with a moto jacket and floral dress. 

Now I would love to know! Was this guide helpful? Let me know in the comment section below which way you incorporated denim into your professional style!

5 Essential Pieces for Your Winter Vacation

I have to admit, it has taken me a long time to figure out exactly how to pack the perfect suitcase. Everything I could need ends up in my luggage, but somehow I don't manage to wear everything that snuck in there. 

That's because on vacation, when everything is supposed to be easy, I so often wear the same outfit twice. I know, it seems like I should be ashamed. When I'm packing, I have the best of intentions. I imagine myself sipping cocktails on a beach in a full length dress and heels...though in actuality, I am still sipping cocktails, but it's in the most comfortable dress I own. You know what? That's OK. Vacation is about kicking back, relaxing. In reality, style should reflect your state of mind. When I remember that, I realize it's OK to (in this instance) wear the same thing twice.

Of course, that doesn't mean you can't still look good while you relax. Being comfortable and looking good while you do it will make you more excited about your vacation. Whether you are at the beach or on the ski slopes, here are five versatile pieces with looks built around them that I would recommend bringing. 

Heading to the Slopes?          Heading to the Sand? 

Now I would love to know! Which travel essential sneaks into your suitcase the most? Make sure to comment below how you incorporated some of these essentials on your next winter vacation!

Dress to Impress at the Holiday Party

The key to being stylish is being unpredictable, whether you’re at the office party or a friend’s holiday shindig. Being unpredictable doesn’t mean dressing like someone else. It means you avoid the drab, campy, overworked holiday costume of years past. This year, you should stand out… in the right ways.

I’ve put together a few ideas that will bring a little whimsy to your next holiday function.

Skip the red and green. Stick to black and white.  

Flip a Classic.

Whether it's your mother's pearls or a vintage brooch, it can be incorporated into your outfit in a fun, exciting way. 

Bring the Bling.

This is the only time of the year when tacky can turn chic. Embrace it. Costume jewelry is the perfect touch for any party look that A. won't burn a hole in your pocket and B. gets you in the mood to celebrate. 

Dress Up Your Denim. 

Denim can be worn to many semi-formal occasions as long as you follow one rule: The denim cannot be the star. A subtle dark blue or black denim paired with vibrant heels or a sequin sweater allows you to be comfortable and edgy while chatting around the punch bowl.

Now, I would love to hear from you! Comment below to tell me how you plan to stand out at your next holiday function!