10 Ways to Refresh Your Moto For The End of Season

Moto jackets are one of my favorite trends for many reasons. The snug fit is a slimming touch on any outfit, and the structured shoulders and lapel give it a powerful feel in professional situations. The weight is perfect for Austin winter. But, most importantly, they go with pretty much everything and anything in a closet. 

Despite being a fluid mate to almost any outfit, it's easy to get stuck in what you pair your moto with. We are creatures of habit, so just like any piece in your closet, you'll probably add it to the same combinations consistently.

But today, let's change that and bring some moto magic back to your closet. 

Here's 10 ways to style this bad boy, so you feel like the coolest chick on the block. 

10. Pair it with your sweetest spring dress.

Adding sweet pieces to sassy items is one of my favorite styling techniques, because two elements that may normally seem oppositional can not only compliment each other, but enhance the stylish nature of the outfit.

9. Dress it up.

Add the moto jacket over a cocktail or bridesmaid's dress (this one, below, I wore in my brother's wedding). The combination simultaneously makes the moto more classic and freshens up the dress. Together, you'll create the perfect date night look.

7. Just add hoops. 

These earrings need no explanation. They're simply perfect for every outfit including your moto look. Try giant ones (like what I've got on) for a downtown feel or small ones for a classic look. In the market for some fresh ones? Check these out. 

8. Make it western.

If you want to intensify the Austin chic feel of the moto, pair it with the ultimate Texas element: cowboy boots. Don't get caught up in the color of the jacket and boots matching. Take the organic approach, and let them flow together because of the shared western style.

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6. Pop your hardware off your jacket.

A silver necklace adds energy to silver zippers. Gold enhances gold. But don't limit yourself. You can always mix metal for a more eclectic look. To play into the blush dress, I also added my Nina Berenato three-finger rose gold ring to my otherwise silver hardware. Use the code "GreerVIP" to get 30% at her online shop.  

 

5. Zip it up.

All those bells and whistles are there for a reason, so add structure and power to the look by zipping and belting it up. 

4. Pair your hair. 

Hair is an accessory that can enhance or take away from your outfit, so use it wisely. To highlight your moto as the focal point of your outfit, put your hair in a top knot. To give the moto a more romantic feel, add a messy braid or curl your hair into soft boho waves.

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3. Grab your romper. 

It's easy to think of a romper as a strictly summer casual piece, but these playsuits can be dressed up into a night time look or a dressy casual brunch look just by adding the moto.

2.Use color.

Color is the greatest tool for creating in-sync outfit combinations, so never take it for granted. Drag your colorful moto through your closet to find a top, dress or romper with the same color in its pattern. Throw it on to find a perfectly paired outfit. 

 

1. Get Professional.

This isn't just a party piece, so use it instead of a blazer on your more casual work days. Pair a classic pencil skirt (like the one below) or add it over any jeans and a silky blouse. The moto finishes the look into a powerful style statement. 

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!

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!

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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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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