What To Wear For Your Holiday Parties

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

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

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

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

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


Get festive


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


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

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Option #2
Swap your dainty jewelry for statement pieces.
 


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

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


 

Option #3
Swap your classic flats for statement heels.


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


Add a cat eye look with liquid liner.

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

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Option #5
Swap your LBD FOR A PARTY DRESS.


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

4 Ways to Wear Your Holiday Sweater

Red is a color I love to wear year round, but when it gets to the holiday season, I am more excited than ever to wear one of my favorite staple colors. I've created the looks below with a bright, bold piece, but even if your go-to cardigan is a neutral like black or tan, it will do perfectly. Dress it up, dress it down. It's the sweetest look to celebrate the season. 

*Photography by Natalie Beurskens

Retro Love

Belt your cardigan at your waist to create a slimmer silhouette.

Pop red with pink. In this case, I used my rose gold Laura Lobdell ring to play into the warmth of the red. 

Button where you belt the cardigan to both smooth the layers and style them effortlessly. 

All Bundled up

Scarves are meant to lay naturally. Don't fuss about where each piece lands.
Even out the length on both ends just enough to weight it, so it doesn't unravel from around your neck. Fluff up the middle and let it go.

Mix chunky textures with both gold and silver to create a care-free fall look.

Add booties to a cropped pant to make your look more relaxed for business casual occasions. 

WEEKEND WEAR

Use your bright cardigan as a pop of color on warm or cool neutrals.

Leggings are the perfect partner for your knee-high boots.

Add a hat for a night out downtown.

endless summer

Pick the perfect dress by using the colors in your accessories and cardigan to guide you. Red and green are complimentary colors, so they pair easily.

When the weather allows, don't shy away from open-toed shoes.
You can still rock them in this heat.

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. 

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. 

The Best Lingerie Shops in Austin

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

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

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

Teddies for Betties

Where They Are:

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

(512) 614-2103 

Price Range:

$55-$1800                                                                                                                                           

What They Do Best

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

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

Underwear

"Intimate Apparel in an Intimate Setting."

Where They Are

908 West 12th Street, Austin, TX 78703

(512) 478-1515          

Price Range:

$10-$400                                                                                                

What They Do Best:

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

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

Petticoat Fair

Where They Are:

Northcross Center, 7739 Northcross Drive, Austin, TX 78757    

(512) 454-2900      

Price Range:

$30-$400                                                                                              

What They Do Best:

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

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

Hard Candy Heels and Lingerie 

Where They Are:

1739 W. Anderson Lane, Austin, TX 78757

(512) 452-2323

Price Range:

$8-$100

What They Do Best

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

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

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

New Year, New You...Not Quite Yet.

So you've rung in the New Year by eating and drinking your weight in cookies, crab cakes, and cocktails. Hopefully you're already on your way to a full detox, but until you're back to the pre-foodbaby weight, here's a couple ways to disguise that pudge from all that fudge. 

Dark Colors

Dark colors to the rescue! No matter if it's black, grey, navy, or even burgundy, live in it. We all know dark colors camouflage whatever's underneath them, so make sure you dress up the darks with pieces specifics to your body type. For instance:

If you're an apple, don't just throw on a pair of black leggings. You're hiding your best asset. Instead, pair a bright pant with a simple black sweater. The pop of color will not only flatter the part of your body where you gain weight, it will draw attention to your slimmer features. 

                                  J.Crew Campbell Capri Pant

                                 J.Crew Campbell Capri Pant

For hourglass, always accentuate the waist, and pair a dark sweater or dress with a dark belt. You tend to gain weight in the middle too, so there's a delicate balance between showing your shape and covering the wobbly bits. 

                       Lene Dress by Maeve at Anthropologie

                      Lene Dress by Maeve at Anthropologie

Skip The Potato Sack.

Despite popular belief, a sack of an outfit will make you look LARGER, much larger. Instead, stick to something form-fitting that doesn't have the suction of an octopus to it. As Marilyn once said, "Your clothes should be tight enough to show you're a woman, but loose enough to show you're a lady." 

 

Create Inside Lines.

People will look where you want them to, if you help them. Drawing their eyes to the inside of your body will create the illusion of a slimmer silhouette. Strong vertical, colorful lines on a dress or the lapel of a blazer will do the trick. 

 

Don't Forget Your SHAPEWEAR.

Most of us have it, though it tends to be tucked away in the underwear drawer for special events. Don't be afraid to use this tool for every event from networking to business formal to happy hour. You have it for a reason. Now use it. 

                                           Classic Shapewear by Spanx

Now, I would love to hear from you! Comment below and let me know which methods are going to be helpful on your way back to a full detox.

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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!

Family, Feasting, and Fit: Picking the Perfect Pant for Thanksgiving

I consider myself one of the lucky ones. My mother is a chef and both of my grandmothers are exceptionally talented in the kitchen, so my Thanksgiving is predictably delicious. I, however, am not quite as talented in the kitchen. I've got the staples down for weeknights in my house (tacos, pasta, chicken...), but my contribution to Thanksgiving usually involves the pies (picking them up, not baking them). 

Whether you're the culinary genius in your house or the couch potato this Thanksgiving, it's important to be comfortable. The Thanksgiving outfit plan is surprisingly important because cooking, couching, and eating all require a bit of stretch to your outfit. Also, you may find yourself in some family photos that are sure to stick around for a long time (either on Instagram or in your grandma's house). 

So, I'm dedicating this week to making you look and feel fabulous for your big feast, and there's one element that's a must: LEGGINGS.

Picking the right pair of leggings, and the appropriate outfit to wear with them, depends on everything from your body type to your color palette. It's not always easy. I've laid out a few looks for a broad range of body types. But to find out how to create the best look for you, schedule an image assessment with me.   

Now, I would love to hear from you! Leave a comment below to tell me how you managed to find the perfect Thanksgiving pant!

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