5 Minute Fashion: Is It Really Possible?

What’s holding you back from having the style you’ve always wanted? If your answer to that question is time, then you are far from being alone.  Crying babies, pressing work clients, an active social life, relationships – they all take up our time and energy. Sometimes, the first thing to get the boot is self care. 

I enjoy waking up early and slowly getting ready for the day. This is a luxury that I know I won’t have forever, so I relish it.  After hearing a mouthful from an envious friend, I realized how much time I was wasting. She then challenged me, for the next 3 days, to style my outfit in 5 minutes or less.

The truth is, my experiment is a stark reality for a lot of you, and so it is with genuine respect and curiosity that I set out on this mission. Time is a luxury, and it’s one that I have been wasting!

On Day One, I went with what I thought would be easiest. 5 minutes is not a long time when you think about your outfit, your accessories and your shoes! I chose a green dress that flatters my shape, is business casual, and is in my color wheel. 

Emily Blanco models a business casual look with a green dress, statement necklace, denim jacket, and a braided belt.
Emily Blanco sports a business casual look, including a pair of peep-toe booties.

I paired this spotted green number with a statement necklace with contrasting deep blues, a simple gold belt, a blue jean jacket (that was gone by noon), and some peep-toe booties for a little bit of flare. All in all, I felt good – and I made it in just under 5 minutes!

By Day Two, I was ready to go again! This time I needed to make it a little harder on myself, so I decided to mix and match pieces rather than choose a dress. I bet you can guess what my go-to was – a pencil skirt!

Emily Blanco models a look with a floral pencil skirt, booties, and a gray tank.
Emily Blanco models a look starring a floral pencil skirt.

This floral skirt makes me feel ultra chic and feminine. I put this muted gray racerback top with it to bring out the darker tones in the skirt, and added my favorite nude booties. The result was that I felt like a boss! I chose all of this and at 4:37, all that was left to add was a ballet-pink stone earring.

After reveling in my success from the previous day, I assumed Day 3 would be easy, because I wanted to dress casually. I completely failed. You know why? Life. It happens! I searched up and down and could NOT find the jeans I wanted to wear. Sometimes the stress of it all makes you blind to what is actually hanging directly in front of you in your closet.

Nevertheless, I had to power through. I picked a different pair of jeans, added my favorite nude shirt, a leopard print scarf, flats, and sea foam stud jewelry.

Here is what’s important to consider when creating a wardrobe that works for your life: you need to have clothing that can be mixed and matched in multiple ways.  Most importantly, you need to like your clothing! Filtering through pieces you don’t like takes up unnecessary time.

Emily Blanco models a casual look with some ripped jeans, black scrappy flats, a cheetah-print infinity scarf, a simple tee, and some statement earrings. 
Emily Blanco showcases a pair of statement earrings and a statement ring.

If you have a shirt you feel you could take over the world in, there are probably a million ways to wear it. Add a different necklace each time, try a new skirt with it, or add a blazer and pumps. Even if the individual items you’re wearing are old, you’ll revitalize them.

This challenge gave me extra time in the morning, and it was time that I used productively. I may not be getting children ready for school or preparing for meetings like my CEO friend, but time will always be a hot commodity, and only having 5 minutes to get dressed allowed me to prioritize and be imaginative with the options that I had.  

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Now I would love to hear from you! Did you manage to pull off some "5 Minute Fashion" looks? Make sure to leave a comment below and tell me all about it! 

Take Your Wardrobe from Winter to Spring with These Six Looks

I've learned to always carry a purse big enough to fit a sweater, because every afternoon, that's exactly where my sweater ends up. Austin's weather is unpredictable, to say the least, and the past two weeks have been the worst of it. I'm really never sure what I'm going to get when I step out of my apartment. Even if the day starts out at 40 degrees, you could be sweating by the end of it. 

So! Because Austin likes to keep us guessing, I've put together looks to incorporate both winter and spring pieces for a chic style statement for whatever weather comes our way. 

FLOWERS & LEATHER

Winter Pieces: Leather Jacket + Infinity Scarf

Spring Pieces: Floral Dress + Open-Toe Pumps

Bad Romance  

Winter Pieces: Oversized Cardigan + Booties

Spring Pieces: Graphic Tee + Floral Skirt

Dinner and A Movie

Winter Pieces: Jeans + Booties

Spring Pieces: Faux-Fur Vest + Silk Blouse

PASTELS AND SEASHELLS

Winter Pieces: Midi Skirt + Scarf

Spring Pieces: Light-Weight Cardigan + Sandals

The Girl in the Coffee Shop

Winter Piece: Heavy Cardigan

Spring Pieces: Flats + Mini Skirt

BELLINIS AT BRUNCH

Winter Pieces: Knee-High Boots + Overcoat

Spring Pieces: Shift Dress + Sunnies

Now, I would love to hear from you! How do you stay prepared for any kind of crazy Austin weather? Let me know by commenting below which elements of winter and spring you'll mix together!

The 5 Essential Sweaters for Your Closet

We all fill our closet with a certain level of impulse buys. I always find myself buying a plethora of loud and out-there sweaters. While a trendy piece can seem fun for a season or two, it eventually seems outdated and uninteresting. You need staple pieces. You especially need staple sweaters because sweaters have a big task to accomplish. They have to work well with many other things in your closet: workwear, jackets, pants, dresses, skirts...pretty much everything except your swim suit. Thus, I've dedicated this week to the five essential sweaters you need in your closet. 

5. V-neck

The V-neck is naturally slimming and versatile, both of which are important things for almost anyone's lifestyle. You're ready for work or play.

PERK: It doubles as a top when you aren't in the mood to handle layering.

JUST ADD: dark denim + a pointed toe pump

 

 

 

4. Shawl Collar 

This sweater is all about the one thing we all love about sweaters: the COZY factor. Slip into this outfit, and you'll remember exactly why you love this season.

PERK: It's perfect when running to the grocery store or a walk in the park.  

JUST ADD: classic white tee + colorful pant + infinity scarf

 

3. Maxi Sweater

One of my favorite elements to play with in style is proportion. The Maxi Sweater gives any outfit a playful touch. Dress it up, dress it down. It's a piece that works well with your other closet classics. 

PERK:  This simple piece can become eye-catching just because of it's relationship to other parts of your outfit.

JUST ADD: mini skirt + booties +  graphic tee

 

 

2. Cropped Sweater

This is my favorite piece during the couple weeks when it's not quite necessary to have something heavier. 

PERK: This sweater accentuates your sexy, feminine shape.

JUST ADD: High-waisted skirt + flats

 

 

 

1. Cardigan

This is a piece for all occasions. Whether you love neutrals or a big pop of color, add this piece to any outfit for a sophisticated finish.  

PERK: It goes with everything from grandma's pearls to a body con dress. 

JUST ADD: tank + midi skirt + statement necklace

 

Now, I would love to hear from you! Tell me in the comment section below which sweater essential you'll be rocking this fall!

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