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.  

Want more info on how to create effortlessly stylish looks every day? Schedule an Style Breakthrough Session with Raquel

 

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! 

Style Strategy 101: The Pencil Skirt

To no one’s surprise, springtime is basically here in Austin. I suddenly feel like I'm playing catch up to get my warm weather outfits ready, so times like these call for a back to basics strategy.

Emily Blanco discusses how a pencil skirt is a style staple. 

In this situation, I have a go-to piece that never fails. It’s my little style secret: THE PENCIL SKIRT

It's classic, yet never boring. It's professional with a touch of sexiness. It's bold without being loud.

Everyone experiences style differently. Every woman has her own feelings about the pencil skirt. Some of you ladies love the piece for its dependability and versatility. Others of you might think it too difficult a look to pull off. And still others might find it stiff.

Hourglass and Pear Shape: Just Add a Cropped Top

Emily Blanco displays a look with a tweed pencil skirt paired with a lace crop top, black leather booties, and a statement necklace. 

I'm here to tell you that this piece has a lot to offer for every shape and style. 

When choosing a pencil skirt, it needs to hit at your natural waist (the smallest part of your midsection). Depending on your shape, this will either give you some curves or accentuate what you've already got.

This piece is timeless and easy to transition from work to play. 

Heading to a happy hour after work? Untuck your button up, tie it in a knot at your waist, and add a bright red lip. This will highlight your skirt and give you a fresh, more casual look.

Emily Blanco exhibits a versatile day-to-night look with a striped pencil skirt, chambray button-up, and red flats and accessories.

 

Want more info on how to style your workwear staples? Schedule a Style Breakthrough Session with us. We’ll chat about what styles you love, what’s been holding your style back and create a customized plan of action that will take your style from banal to brilliant. 

Brighten it up with florals:

Emily Blanco suggests brightening up a workwear look with floral prints.

Add wedges for a business casual look:

Emily Blanco suggests adding wedges to add more of a business casual vibe.

Now I would love to know! How do you like to pull off a pencil skirt look? Any questions about scheduling a Style Breakthrough Session? Make sure to leave a comment below and ask!

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!

Friday Fashion Fix: Bringing the Sunshine!

Embracing this sunny day with my bright yellow poncho. Color is arguably the most important element of personal style, so choose one that lifts you up and works for you. This one always bringing me a lot of joy on even the gloomiest days. 

Raquel Greer Gordian models a summer look incorporating a bright yellow poncho, floral dress, beaded tassel necklace, statement ring, and some booties.

Now I would love to hear from you! Tell me all about your favorite ways to embrace some vibrant colors during the summertime! Got a question? Leave a comment below and I'll be more than happy to answer!

Friday Fashion Fix: A Little Bit of Magic!

Today's Casual Friday post is all about illuuuuuuuuusion. 

POOF! Like the rabbit out of the hat, my floral summer dress is now the skirt counter part to my classic silk blouse. Using your wardrobe in a versatile way means changing the way other people perceive your outfit. 

Give it a try. I bet you have two pieces in your wardrobe that could work together exactly like this. 

Raquel Greer Gordian models a summer floral dress that became a skirt when layered with a classic silk blouse.

Now I would love to know! How was your Casual Friday? Leave a comment below and tell me how you add a little bit of magic to some basic pieces by mixing them up!

Shop Austin: Southern Hippie

Southern Hippie

3500 Guadalupe Street 

IG @shopsouthernhippie

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!

What to Wear for Weddings Galore

Repeat after me: "I will not wear the same boring thing to every wedding this year."

Wedding season is a funny one, because it's really not like any other occasion or seasonal event. Even my daily getup gets more thought than my wedding season one. For some reason, I am so distracted by gifts, travel, and agenda up until the day of the nuptials that picking any outfit is inevitably a last minute decision. No more.

This year is the year to find something you feel and look beautiful in. Now, to find that special something...There are a lot of factors to consider when putting together a look for a wedding.

 

 

The first is subtlety.

Be subtle, not too sexy, and as always, incredibly chic. This is probably the only non-work occasion where an outfit should be understated, because you never want to take attention away from the wedding dress and the bride. This rule applies to the dress, the jewelry and the shoes.

Having said that, your understated look may be someone else's over-the-top outfit. Stick to what you consider understated. Your style is your own, and even when toned down, you should still always be able to express it. 

 

Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how subtlety is important in order to avoid taking attention away from the bride.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how you can still stick to what you consider understated and express your personal style.
 
 

The second is comfort.

I worry about being comfortable for the duration of a wedding much more than any other occasion, even if it's just as long. Perhaps it's the dancing or the amount of food that I'm predicting I'll eat or perhaps it's both. Either way, comfort is important. If you also relish the fact that dancing and food are the best parts of a wedding, I would give your dress a test run. Pop on some music and dance in it at home.

 

 

The third is environment.

Weddings are so often indoor and outdoor, so picking the right fabric and layering pieces is key to staying warm enough or cool enough wherever you are. Terrain is also a factor to consider. This year I have a few weddings where they were very specific about wearing shoes to fit the outdoor venue. Even if it isn't mentioned to you, the venue needs to be on your radar. 

 

Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how the type of terrain the wedding will be in is important to consider when planning an outfit.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how the environment of the wedding determines the right fabric, layering pieces, and shoes to wear.
 
 

Now I would love to know! Was this helpful for your wedding season experience? Let me know in the comments below how you managed to mix-up your wedding season outfits this year!

Shop Austin: Leighelena

Leighelena

1714 S Congress Ave

IG @LEIGHELENA

Raquel Greer Gordian displays a statement ring from the boutique Leighelena.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays an array of custom statement rings from Leighelena.
Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits a custom statement ring from Leighelena.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a pair of statement earrings from Leighelena.
Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits a pair of Egyptian-inspired statement earrings from Leighelena.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a selection of statement earrings from the Austin boutique Leighelena.
Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits a pair of handcrafted earrings from Leighelena.
Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits a rack of menswear from Leighelena.
Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits turquoise boleros from Austin boutique Leighelena.
Raquel Greer Gordian shows a picture of a card from Leighelena.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a wall of boots from the Austin boutique Leighelena.
 

This boutique is full of energy. When I visited, music was booming and people were everywhere, bustling around the walls covered with brightly colored clothing and displays teeming with knick-knacks and custom- made rings. Leighelena carries jewelry made by many different designers, but the highlight are the pieces the store creates itself. I am a sucker for cocktail rings, and at Leighelena, there are rings that can be customized. Colorful, magnetic plates can be attached to the base of each ring, so you can match any ring to the look of your outfit. Going into this shop is a mood elevator, and if you're looking for fun jewelry, this is a good place to find it.

 
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a selection of unique statement jewelry from Leighelena.
Raquel Greer Gordian models a unique gold statement cuff from the Austin boutique Leighelena.
Raquel Greer Gordian shows a picture of a Charles Albert handcrafted pendant necklace from Leighelena.

Now I would love to hear from you! Did you visit Leighelena and find any cool pieces? Tell me about it in the comment section below!