Refresh your summer wardrobe with new ways to wear it.

The summer season is quickly coming to an end, but as us Texans know, the heat won't make its exit until late October. Because of this, it's important to get the most of the clothes you feel most comfortable in during the heat: your summer wardrobe. 

By this time in the season though, you've probably used up all your summer outfits and are now left with the stale remnants of looks you once adored. 

But don't get down! If you still love an item, there are always new ways to piece it together with other clothes in your wardrobe that make it feel exciting again. 

I recently went on "We Are Austin" to talk about exactly that: how to refresh you summer wardrobe with only the contents of your closet. That's right...no shopping required.

WATCH THE CLIP and get ideas on how to create your new favorite warm weather outfit. 

Summer Style meet Fall Fashion.

We're all eager to welcome fall into our hearts, our bellies (courtesy of pumpkin pie) and, of course, our wardrobes. That can be difficult because of where we live. Texas is my home and oh, I love it so, but we are all ready to kiss this heat goodbye. As the weather takes small steps towards going down a few degrees, so can we take baby steps towards a wardrobe filled with autumnal inspiration and fall fashions. 

So Long, Summer! 
Outfit #1
 

The Fall Fashion Staple: Wine

Yes, we could all use a glass, but I'm talkin' about the color. This is the color for fall. There are a few variations on the color, and if you prefer to call it burgundy or crimson, those work too! Either way, it's rich, deep and oh-so autumnal.

*Photo cred: Natalie Beurskens

The End of Summer Tribute: The Vest

For most business occasions I like to have a blazer on hand to make my look more assertive. When it's still warm out and you want to create a similiar powerful and polished look, use a vest instead of a blazer. This look is edgy, elegant and perfect for the office in October.

Adieu, Summer!
Outfit #2

The Highlight: The Light-Weight Wrap Jacket

The End of Summer Tribute: Multi-Layered Peach Necklace

A light colored necklace can often seem like it only fits in spring and summer, but if you pop it with a deeper hue of the same color, you can easily bring it into October. 

Orevwa, Summer!
Outfit #3

The Fall Fashion Staple: The Closed-Toe Booties

Booties are like breakfast in my house. I rarely have a day without them. In the fall, it's off with the open-toed guys and in with the pointed-toe pairs. This is an easy way to feel like you're in fall without actually adding stuffy layers to your look. 

The End of Summer Tribute: Pop of Color

Popping your cool weather darks with a bright color is always a good way to give an outfit energy and lighten your mood.

*For warmer days, leave the jacket off and add the vest. 

*For warmer days, leave the jacket off and add the vest. 

GOODBYE, SUMMER!
OUTFIT #4

The Fall Fashion Staple: Military Jacket

This is one of my favorite fall pieces to wear, because it works so well in with Austin's ever-casual vibe. Add this piece over a sundress or shorts and a tee to finish the look.

The End of Summer Tribute: The Cotton Dress

This dress is breathable, light-weight and easy to throw on for all the casual occasions. It is a closet staple in any wardrobe and easily pairs with fall pieces for right now.

Want to know exactly how to style your entire wardrobe?

Talk with me 1-on-1.

I work with women of all different sizes, ages and styles to create a wardrobe that speaks to who they are and how they want to look.

I teach my clients what works for their body type, color palette and personal style. I show you exactly how to style your whole wardrobe, so you feel empowered to use your style every day. I give you the information necessary to finally feel that clear sense of style you've always wanted. 

Summer Scarf Styled.

Last week we focused on how you can enhance an outfit with oodles of accessories for the days when it’s too hot to layer. This week, I’m sticking to 1 single accessory and showing you 5 exciting ways to wear it.

I never know what is going to inspire an outfit. Is it a certain color that fits my mood that day? Is it an event I’m going to? Or maybe it’s what I feel most confident in on a stressful day. Sometimes, a single accessory can inspire a week’s worth of outfits. That was the case this week, and my inspiration came from an old scarf that made me feel playful and summer-y.

Typically, when I think of scarves I also think of Fall and booties and comfy sweaters. Last week, though, I was doing some cleaning and found that small square scarf, which had been a gift from my mom probably 15 years ago. I was thrilled! It’s very light-weight and perfect for the summer season, so I made a week’s worth of outfits inspired by it!

For a more casual look, I absolutely loved tying this scarf in my hair. I felt reminiscent of the 50s and completely modern at the same time. This technique can work for any hairstyle: short, long, hair up, or hair down…the key is finding what makes you feel quirky and confident.

For the days when I want to brighten up a black dress, an arm party of bangles and a gold watch is just the way to go! Rolling up my bright red scarf thin and wrapping it around my wrist several times created a blissful assortment of texture and color.

I am lucky enough to work from home most days, but when I do venture into the office I get to intermingle my love for looking professional and the casual dress code of the office. Tying my scarf in a bandit knot under my chambray button up struck the perfect balance this week.

Tying this scarf in an adorable bow around my purse allowed me bring a pop of color to the nude gator bag.  Seeing the scarf cheered me up all day, even though I wasn’t actually wearing it!

Tying a scarf in a square knot around your neck is one of my favorite classic, nostalgic looks. I always want to feel as graceful and charming as I did while wearing this floral scarf. I paired it with a simple white dress because we all know who the star of this outfit is.


Emily Blanco is a freelance writer based in San Antonio, TX. She has studied creative writing, journalism, and has a degree in English Lit. She loves to blend snarky observations with helpful truths, encouraging people to love reading again! When she isn't being a complete book junkie, she loves to travel with her husband and pup, as well as explore local hidden gems. 

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The Dog Days of Summer Style

August is the hottest month of the year in Texas and, unfortunately, going out and about naked is not an option. Staying in to avoid the heat isn’t ideal either.  Let’s look at some cool, comfortable, and stylish outfits you can wear to avoid untimely sweat marks and embarrassment.

Aside from work outfits, I ventured into the desert heat for three outings this week. I attended a cake decorating class, went on a coffee date with my husband, and spent some time by the pool.

Since layering isn’t an option in August like it is in other seasons, use accessories to add depth to your outfits. Accessories can be more than just jewelry, though. While I did wear some of my favorite jewelry with my outfits, I also accessorized by mixing and matching metals, incorporating my nail color into my outfit, and wearing multiple patterns and killer heels to bring a pop to each outfit.

I anticipated being on my feet a lot during my cake decorating class, so I wanted to wear flats. These shimmery bronze flats from Anthropologie are so comfortable, mesh nicely with the silver jewelry, and bring a flirty feel to this sporty outfit. The chinos add a pop of my favorite coral color and fit nicely without clinging and creating sweat spots.

When it comes to nail polish, it can be the subtlest accessory or the most striking. I almost always paint my nails nude, but when I got a pedicure this week I was in a cherry-red kind of mood. That cherry-red color was my poolside inspiration.

For an evening lounging poolside I grabbed my favorite lightweight romper, a red bando top, and red lipstick to match my newly polished look. And of course, my new sunglasses bring the whole look a perfectly flirty air.

My husband and I live near an adorable coffee shop we like to walk to and since it’s so close, I could stand to wear these stilettos on the walk over. My goal for this outfit was a clean look (hence, the white shoes and shorts), multiple patterns that felt summer-y, and a messy hairdo paired with a nude lip. The necklace just felt like the perfect balance to the outfit.

Choose your fabrics and colors intentionally as well. Linens and cottons are going to be airier while polyester and leather will feel sticky and frustrating. Lighter colors will be refreshing. We still have a few more months of this heat, so venture out with the confidence that what you’re wearing is as stylish as you are and as comfortable in this heat as is actually possible.


Emily Blanco is a freelance writer based in San Antonio, TX. She has studied creative writing, journalism, and has a degree in English Lit. She loves to blend snarky observations with helpful truths, encouraging people to love reading again! When she isn't being a complete book junkie, she loves to travel with her husband and pup, as well as explore local hidden gems. 

Emily Blanco

 

1 Black Dress. 4 Ways to Wear It.

We've all got one in our closet.
Breathe new life into your black dress by giving it style.

The Black Dress

Photography by Natalie Beurskens

The 1st look

Tie up a summer top to accentuate your waist. 

Add your favorite statement necklace.

The 2nd look

Pair warm accessories to make it perfect for summer. 

Add a jacket for business casual. 

Pop the jacket with a cocktail ring or two.

The 3rd look

Take it out on the town with nude stilettos.

Add a pop of red to brighten up the look.

Add a bold lip color for fun!

The 4th look

Add a billowy top to create a skirt out of the dress!

Pair a blazer on top for a more professional look. 

How to Pack for a 3-Day Vacation

Summer is all about vacation.

Often the excitement of a trip is thwarted though before it even begins, just from the thought of packing. Loading a bag full of wardrobe decisions I won’t be able to take back can be a nightmare! If you’re anything like me, you wait until super late the night before to get started, hoping that a stroke of stylish genius will occur.

Tired of starting my vaca this way, I called Raquel and got the scoop on how to pack for my 3-day trip to Nashville. She suggested I pack light basics (I tend to over pack like most people), and choose versatile accessories that can be used for multiple outfits.

1 necklace for 2 very different outfits! 

1 necklace for 2 very different outfits! 

My husband and I used to live in Nashville so this trip revolved around seeing what all had changed, trying as many new restaurants as we could, and seeing old friends. Here’s the rundown: 2 dinners, exploring the city, Jeni’s Ice Cream excursions, and Sunday brunch.

Planning how to pack for all of those excursions, while still factoring in hot weather, was less of a challenge when I factored in Raquel’s quick tips. I reimagined my outfits by playing with accessories. This kept each look fresh. For example, my chambray dress, worn with flats in the daytime, was perfectly light and airy for ice cream stops and shopping in Hillsboro Village. To take it to a trendy restaurant in Germantown that night, I lost the bright necklace, added some wedges, and felt completely chic.

Easy to roll into a suitcase & wrinkle free!

Easy to roll into a suitcase & wrinkle free!

I can’t over-emphasize that we should all work on packing realistically. Will I really wear 5 different pairs of shoes on a 3-day trip? Answer: no.  I was able to narrow it down to 3 – my converse, a pair of comfy flats, and my wedges. The Converses I wore with my favorite grey dress. The cut outs in the dress kept me cool and on point.

Ladies, it’s time to get on board with wearing, and re-wearing, the basics. It’s all in how you accessorize them. I have been really into high waisted pants & shorts lately, so I brought a pair of each. These bottoms can go with almost any top in your closet: crop tops, tucked in blouses, or longer tops that you tie in a knot.

I paired my light pink zip up shorts with a bold, geometric crop top and my flats because this outfit allowed me to feel both perfectly chic and comfortable for a dinner at Butcher & Bee.

Saturday before we left, we had brunch at Barista Parlor coffee shop where I had the most delicious Salty Tennessee Whiskey Caramel Latte.  I’m telling you, this place has gotten trendy, so I had to bring my A-game. Enter:  the high waisted bell bottoms. I tied a knot in my top and added my favorite coral necklace – again! I wore that necklace 3 times, meaning it was the only necklace I had to pack. Win!

I love how light weight and structured these pants are – I didn’t get hot once!

I love how light weight and structured these pants are – I didn’t get hot once!

I guarantee that, had I gone through this packing ordeal alone, I would’ve needed a larger suitcase for my 3-day trip to Nashville. By relying on basics and utilizing accessories, I didn’t have a single extra piece. I also never felt like my outfit was missing something.

Want help packing for your next trip?


Emily Blanco is a freelance writer based in San Antonio, TX. She has studied creative writing, journalism, and has a degree in English Lit. She loves to blend snarky observations with helpful truths, encouraging people to love reading again! When she isn't being a complete book junkie, she loves to travel with her husband and pup, as well as explore local hidden gems. 

Emily Blanco

 

We're talking jumpsuits.

Being stylish doesn’t always mean wearing the current trends. The attitude you embody, the confidence you project, and the vibe you create are what collectively give you an individual sense of style.  That being said, when a trend emerges that is as a chic as it is playful, it can’t be ignored. The jumpsuit is a noteworthy trend.

Don’t confuse the jumpsuit with its cousins, the romper and the playsuit. To clarify, a playsuit is two items: a matching blouse and pair of shorts. A romper is a single garment that combines the top and the shorts.

A jumpsuit is a single garment incorporating both pants and a top.

Jumpsuits are a great opportunity to blend the ease of getting ready with a high fashion look. They also show your figure without being too restricting or uncomfortable. They can work for many different occasions: a wedding, girl’s night, or a morning stroll to the farmer’s market.

Click the pic to shop the look.

Click the pic to shop the look.

I wore a jumpsuit for the first time to my husband’s Christmas party last December and felt as svelte as I did flirtacious. It took a little while for me to convince myself that I could pull it off, though. What it came down to was this: finding the right shape for my body and a tall glass of confidence. And after I got over all of the mental stumbling blocks, I went to the party and I rocked that jumpsuit! If you’re currently saying to yourself that you could never pull off a jumpsuit, you’re wrong! 

The one thing you need to know is which suit works for your body type.

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Click the pic to shop the look. 

So let’s talk about shapes – what type of jumpsuit works best for you? There is one key factor to determine your body type: Do you have a defined or not-defined waist? If you do have a defined waist, you are an hourglass or pear. Try on jumpsuits that come in at the waist in order to accentuate your most slender silhouette. If your waist is not defined, you may be more of an apple, an inverted triangle, or a square. In this case, look for a jumpsuit with a dropped waist. This will fit you more comfortably and better define your figure.

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Click the pic to shop the look. 

You can also use the shape to play up the vibe of the event. If you decide on a dropped waist jumpsuit to wear to a picnic, simply add a sporty heel and a simple bag for a classic look. For date night, accentuate your curves with a tailored jumpsuit and sparkly jewels. Take a jumpsuit from day to night by switching from sandal to stiletto and from studs to statement earrings.

Click the pics to shop the look. 

Need help shopping for your perfect suit? Raquel offers personal shopping and personal styling services, so you leave the house knowing what to wear, how to wear it and when to where it. 

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Click the pic to shop the look. 


Emily Blanco is a freelance writer based in San Antonio, TX. She has studied creative writing, journalism, and has a degree in English Lit. She loves to blend snarky observations with helpful truths, encouraging people to love reading again! When she isn't being a complete book junkie, she loves to travel with her husband and pup, as well as explore local hidden gems. 

Fresh Squeezed Summer Style

Summer style is defined by the fun, the funky and aaaaaall the colors.

So let's find yours...

*photography, make up and hair by Natalie Beurskens

Pop your look with a bright sandal.

details can make or break your outfit,
so give them a good look. 

No look is finished without accessories.


Don't be afraid to mix metals (aka gold and silver)!

Pop your black Classics with bold patterns. 


Layer accessories for a more playful and unexpected look.

Channel your environment through the colors in the outfit. 


Pop one bright color with another bright color. 

Pair a dressy top with a casual bottom. 

Try a bold lip color to celebrate the season! 

Want your closet styled into a dream wardrobe? Let's chat! I would love to help you feel and look as sexy and powerful as you truly are. 

*photography, make up and hair by Natalie Beurskens

Short Cut to Style

Last week, I was sitting in my living room next to my huge windows on a gloriously sunny day. I had picturesque plans for the afternoon. I was ready to take on the world. Unfortunately, those plans came to a screeching halt all too quickly. It is basically summer, and I was wearing jeans. I would soon start to melt.

I begrudgingly went to my closet to see what my options for shorts were and realized that I, like many of you, am stuck in what can only be described as shorts purgatory. My options were to wear my Daisy Duke-inspired shorts (I now wonder, “Were those ever appropriate?”), to throw on a pair with paint stains or to stick to my jeans and be miserable in this Texas heat.

I set out on a mission to find the perfect pair with 3 thoughts in mind. 


#1 Comfort is non-negotiable.


My favorite new find was a pair of long stretchy shorts that look extremely tailored. I finished the look with a light weight top and added a sparkly statement necklace.

Click the pic to get a closer look.   Styled Look by   Raquel Greer Gordian

Click the pic to get a closer look.
Styled Look by Raquel Greer Gordian


#2 Color elevates any look.


Another top find of mine were bright and patterned shorts from J.Crew. Add a graphic tee to keep it cheerful, a striped button-up for a polished look, or a silky blouse for a chic feel. 

Click the pic to get a closer look.   Styled Look by   Raquel Greer Gordian

Click the pic to get a closer look.
Styled Look by Raquel Greer Gordian


#3 Pick a Pair for your Shape.


I’d venture to say that a lot of shopping frustration stems from not understanding your body type. To find which shorts works for your shape, try on many pairs! I have an hourglass shape, so I wanted to try my luck with a pair of high waisted shorts that would accentuate that shape. I added a summery crop-top and wedges and walked out feeling feisty.

Click the pic to get a closer look.   Styled Look by   Raquel Greer Gordian

Click the pic to get a closer look.
Styled Look by Raquel Greer Gordian

I’m pleased to report back that there are so many stores right now in Austin that have exactly what I was looking for. 

And when you venture out on your shopping trip, don't forget the biggest rule: when you find that pair that makes you look and feel fantastic, buy them! 

3 More options to inspire your next outfit...

 

 


Emily Blanco is a freelance writer based in San Antonio, TX. She has studied creative writing, journalism, and has a degree in English Lit. She loves to blend snarky observations with helpful truths, encouraging people to love reading again! When she isn't being a complete book junkie, she loves to travel with her husband and pup, as well as explore local hidden gems. 

SUN. SWIM. STYLE.

Whether you’ve been scouring the internet for a stunning swimsuit for months, are looking to reimagine a staple one-piece, or have avoided thinking about swimsuits completely, swimsuit season is here in Texas.

When you live in a city that is as water friendly as Austin, you need to be prepared at a moment’s notice to cool off in style. Swimsuit shopping can be tiresome. We’re always happy to help you shop. For now, let’s focus on the dressing: how to style the outfits that go over those swimsuits.

If you and some friends are headed out to Lake Travis, comfort is key! Chances are your clothes will get soaked, so don’t wearing something that is too delicate. Cut off shorts, a fun graphic tee, strappy sandals, and a pair of mod sunglasses are all you need to look fantastic and carefree before and after you’ve been on the boat.

Emily Blanco displays an outfit styled by Raquel Greer Gordian that is perfect if you are going out on the lake.

Headed to the beach? Keep it light. A kimono and flip flops are easy breezy in the sand.  You’ll be in the sun and wind all day, so don’t underestimate the value of coverage -- grab a hat and your favorite sunnies to make a statement.

Emily Blanco exhibits an outfit styled by Raquel Greer Gordian that is perfect if you are headed to the beach.

If you’re day-tripping with some friends out to Hamilton Pool or in the Greenbelt, choose a sporty, billowy dress that pairs well with light weight sneakers. Since there is a little bit of a hike to get to these spots, this will protect your feet while still staying stylish. Complete the look with a patterned tote and bold beach towel.

Emily Blanco displays an outfit styled by Raquel Greer Gordian that is perfect if you're planning on day-tripping.

Staying poolside for brunch this Sunday? Grab that romper! Keep it playful and sassy with a wedge and huge hoop earrings. Now, enjoy a mimosa knowing that you are rocking that look.


Emily Blanco is a freelance writer based in San Antonio, TX. She has studied creative writing, journalism, and has a degree in English Lit. She loves to blend her snarky observations with helpful truths, encouraging people to love reading again! When she isn't being a complete book junkie, she loves to travel with her husband and pup, as well as explore local hidden gems.

Now I would love to hear from you! Will you be rocking any of these looks on a future spring or summer vacation? Leave a comment below a tell me which were your favorites!

Friday Fashion Fix: Chambray Day

Happy Friday! From now until forever I'll be featuring looks dedicated to Casual Friday on yes, you guessed it, Friday's! It's easy to think of Casual Friday as just an excuse to wear jeans, but ya know what?!? Some people only like to wear jeans once in a blue moon (like me!) especially in the Texas heat. 

So this day will be dedicated to exactly that: styling casual look I love, which are inspired by a wardrobe that's more than just casual. 

Raquel Greer Gordian models a casual look to celebrate the start of Casual Friday's.

Now I would love to hear from you! Are you excited for Casual Friday's? Let me know in the comments below what your casual wardrobe consists of!

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!

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!

Loving Your Impulse Buy: The Overalls

In our final edition of ‘Loving Your Impulse Buys’, I’m addressing the emotions that accompany many shopping trips. 

THE CHALLENGE:

You’re in need of some retail therapy, which means a typical purchase just won’t cut it. You’re draw to something that makes you feel oh-so nostalgic.

Suddenly you’ve got: OVERALLS



THE PROBLEM:

At the store you convinced yourself they aren’t too hipster, but when you get them home, it’s another story.

 

THERE’S HOPE:

They can work beyond the boundaries of Williamsburg, but they should only be worn to the most casual occasions. When purchasing something outside your comfort zone, pull pieces from your closet. Don’t buy more to compensate for your apprehension. 

 

THE SOLUTION:

Casual separates and accessories are the key to making this work.

Pull these key items:

TANK                                       HAT                            EARRINGS                    BATHING SUIT 

Now, I would love to hear from you! Leave a comment below to tell me how you made your overalls impulse buy work!