4 Ways To Style A Silk Dress

This month I stopped by Art & Soul Design on South Lamar to see what this little Austin shop is all about. I’m a South Austin gal, so when something pops up in my hood, I’m especially curious to see if they’ve got anything interesting for myself and my clients. And they did!

Art & Soul Design on South Lamar Boulevard in Austin, Texas, holds many great gifts and accessories for any Texan woman.
Art & Soul Design on South Lamar Boulevard in Austin, Texas carries a variety of silk dresses, gifts, books, jewelry, crystals, and more.
Art & Soul Design on South Lamar Boulevard in Austin, Texas has lots of great accessories for fall.

Art & Soul Design has a unique approach to retail — the store is all about self-care, wellness, and community. Owner Melissa Hargus says what makes her store special is her “focus on natural goods that are both ethically and sustainably handcrafted by (mainly) local artists/small businesses.” The store is beautifully designed and smells uh-mazing — candles, oils, incense, aaall the things in your nose at once.

They carry everything: western-style jewelry, sage bundles, crystals, silk scarves, dresses, books and more. It’s a collection of random pieces that add up to a really fun place to shop for home, wearables, and gifts.

Among all the goodies, a silk dress caught my eye — with the right jacket, it’s the perfect piece to style for a cool, but not cold, fall day. All the dresses are hand dyed by Carol Hargus, Melissa’s mother and co-owner of Art & Soul. Carol gave me a tour of the back of the shop where she actually dyes the silk garments with all-natural dyes, which made the silk dress feel like an extra special piece to take home.

And today, I’m showin’ ya how I styled it! While Art & Soul is a great place to pick up a silk dress, these styling technique will also work on any simple, silky, above-the-knee dress.

At Greer Image Consulting, I’m all about mixing higher end pieces (like the silk dress) with easy trend items, so your closet and style are a completely unique blend of items that represent all facets of you. So to complete each outfit, I popped over to Target to see what fun fall pieces they were carrying.

I picked up 3 outerwear pieces: an emerald sweater, a fleece-lined jean jacket, and a charcoal corduroy jacket. The rest of the pieces came from my own closet (and you may have something similar too).

And voila! Here’s 4 ways to make your simple, silky dress pop this fall.

Belts & Boots

Western is a huge trend this season, so my first instinct was to pull out my go-to fall shoe: Tecovas cowboy boots. I played into the warm brown leather boot by adding my similarly shaded Anthropologie waist belt and Beaded by W mustard earrings. Underneath the belt is my emerald Target sweater, and to finish the look, I added my Nina Berenato gold cuff.

Use code “GreerVIP” at NinaBerenato.com to get 30% off all full priced jewelry!

photographed by Natalie Beurskens

Greer Image Consulting - Blog - 4 Ways To Wear A Silk Dress
Greer Image Consulting - Blog - 4 Ways To Wear A Silk Dress
Greer Image Consulting - Blog - 4 Ways To Wear A Silk Dress

Texan at Heart

Hats are the perfect addition for weekend fall looks because they add both warmth and style to your outfit. For this look, I pulled out my cowboy hat from Favor The Kind on South Congress to give it some flare. I finished the outfit with gold layered necklaces, the vintage-inspired, fleece-lined jean jacket from Target, and my Steve Madden dusty rose platforms. These shoes are surprisingly comfortable and would be perfect for dancing the night away in!

Greer Image Consulting - Blog - 4 Ways To Wear A Silk Dress
Greer Image Consulting - Blog - 4 Ways To Wear A Silk Dress
Greer Image Consulting - Blog - 4 Ways To Wear A Silk Dress

90’s Inspired

For this look, I went a little grunge and oh-so 90’s with a corduroy charcoal-colored jacket from Target and military-style boots from Kork Ease. I picked up these boots back in March for my honeymoon in Europe, but I loved pairing the corduroy jacket in this look, because it really popped the boots. Both dark colors played into each other and enhanced one another. Since the whole look was neutral, I added an ultra violet (Pantone 2018 color of the year) beanie to bring a playful touch to the whole look.

Greer Image Consulting - Blog - 4 Ways To Wear A Silk Dress
Greer Image Consulting - Blog - 4 Ways To Wear A Silk Dress
Greer Image Consulting - Blog - 4 Ways To Wear A Silk Dress

Power Play

I love to style business pieces for date night looks, so for this outfit, I brought out my classic black blazer by Vince. To make it not-so-business, I added the ultimate date night shoe, the knee-high boots. There are few pieces more dramatic than these. I finished the look with dark wood bangles and resin earrings from The Big Little Box.

Greer Image Consulting - Blog - 4 Ways To Wear A Silk Dress
Greer Image Consulting - Blog - 4 Ways To Wear A Silk Dress
Greer Image Consulting - Blog - 4 Ways To Wear A Silk Dress

more photos from my trip to Art & Soul Design…

Art & Soul Design on South Lamar Boulevard carries silk dyed scarves, perfect for year round in Austin, Texas.
Raquel took a look inside Art & Soul Design, located on South Lamar Boulevard, and found many gifts and home decor items perfect for Austin, Texas style.
Art & Soul Design on South Lamar Boulevard in Austin, Texas carries crystals along with jewelry, clothing, and gifts.
Art & Soul Design offers a selection of books along with jewelry, scarves, and dresses.
Art & Design on South Lamar Boulevard carries vintage-inspired pieces for any outfit.
Raquel visited Art & Soul Design and discovered the perfect silk dress and accessories for fall 2018.

Now I would love to hear from you! What was your favorite way I styled the little silky dress? How would you put your own twist on the look to make it perfectly you? Leave me a comment below. I would love to hear from you!

Xx,
R

Fall 2018 Trends Inspired By The 70's

Autumn is just around the corner, and I’m oh-so ready for the change – pumpkin beer and apple pies await, but the most exciting part of the season is the emergence of new style trends. Fall fashion has arrived.

Last week, I headed over to the Domain to scope out next season’s trends. I had my heart set on adding a snakeskin piece to my wardrobe. Instead, something else caught my eye: retro 70’s duds.

Trends are cyclical. They come back through various shapes, textures, and colors, but 70’s looks have me hooked this season with their high contrast prints, exaggerated shapes, and sleek silhouettes.  

Check out three of my favorite finds and how I styled them from Friday-Sunday.

High-Contrast Print: Black & White Houndstooth

Houndstooth is a classic print and when used in a light-weight piece like this skirt, it’s ideal for a sweltering Texas fall. In addition, the skirt highlights your legs making you look statuesque and sexy for a date night out. Finish the look with a black T-shirt and a Parisian touch: the beret. The wool beret adds a rugged texture to the ensemble, and also makes the look feel like autumn — nothing adds to a fall outfit like your favorite hat you’ve been dying to pull out of your closet.  

Bailey Bosworth wears one of her favorite new 1970's-inspired pieces from her closet. 

Exagerrate Shape: High-Waisted Flare Jeans

A good pair of jeans are worth appreciating, and these high-waisted flares are no exception. The dark wash makes the jeans versatile enough for work and play, while the color also makes the flare a bit more subtle. Add a funky print, like this wine-and mustard-geometric pattern top, to turn up the 70’s vibes and give it an eclectic feel.

Want to add a flirty touch? Unbutton the last two or three bottom buttons of your top. Then, tie it up. This gives the top a styled and feminine feel.

Tie up your button down to add a sexy and feminine touch to any outfit. 
Bailey is wearing her favorite dar wash flare jeans with her geometric print top in mustard and burgundy for fall 2018. 

Sleek Silhouette: The Spread-Collar Jumpsuit

With a spread collar that feels straight out of Saturday Night Fever, this plaid jumpsuit is my most 70’s purchase yet. The color combination of heather and charcoal give the one-piece a sophisticated look, while the red clutch and Vans sneakers make it playful and relaxed for  weekend days or nights.

To finish this outfit, Bailey added a playful red takeout bag to the heather grey jumpsuit.
Bailey wears the perfect weekend jumpsuit for fall 2018. 

Now we want to know...
What is your favorite trend this fall?  Leave us a comment below to share the piece(s) you've loved to wear this season. 

About Bailey Bosworth

A California native, Bailey uprooted her life in Los Angeles and moved to Austin last fall, site unseen. She immediately fell in love with her new city and the quirky different styles found in the Live Music Capital of the World. Prior to moving to Austin, she interned at both Trunk Club and The Zoe Report where she learned the in's and out's of the fashion scene. With her newfound residence in Texas, she continues to evolve her style and pursue her passion for the fashion industry. 

Greer Guide to Austin: January Shop


Bloomers and Frocks

1628 S 1st Street
Austin, TX 78704

#greerguidetoaustin


A new year means exploring new shops in Austin, and Bloomers and Frocks is a perfect place to start.

My favorite part about Bloomers and Frocks is the variety of pieces in the shop. Not only do they have a diverse selection of garments from the greater part of the 20th century (1920's -1980's), but there are variety of sizes starting with XXS and going up to XL.

Rarely do I find this at vintage shops. 


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Owner, Rebekka Adams, could not be more knowledgable about vintage clothing. While personal shopping and styling are a daily part of my life, I wasn't sure where to start in this shop. Each piece is unique, so I didn't know what would or wouldn't fit. Rebekka took my measurements, giving me a clear idea of pieces that would work for me. 

If you're a gal who loves vintage or who hasn't tried it before, but loves the idea of it, Rebekka makes the process of finding what's perfect for you simple and satisfying. And if you need help styling your new oldies into the wardrobe, you know who to call

RETRO roMANTIC

1960's Floral Baby Doll Dress, $68

1960's Floral Baby Doll Dress, $68

1980's Earrings, $10

1980's Earrings, $10

GOLD GLAM

1980's Polka Dot Top, $58

1980's Polka Dot Top, $58

1980's Bracelets, $38 each

1980's Bracelets, $38 each

COCKTAIL PARTY CUTENESS

1940's Sequin Dickie, $38

1940's Sequin Dickie, $38

1970's Floral Jacket, $88 1950's Black Taffeta Skirt, $78

1970's Floral Jacket, $88
1950's Black Taffeta Skirt, $78

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. 

Where to Shop in Austin

It's no secret. We love to shop, and if you do too, then you should definitely take advantage of all that Austin has to offer. Not sure where to head? 

Take our too-cute quiz (below) to find out where you should find yourself this Saturday afternoon.

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southern hippie
BEEHIVE


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! Did you find any special pieces at some of Austin's best boutiques? How accurate was the quiz? Tell me all about it in the comment section below!

In Full Bloom: Inspiring Your Style with Austin's Wildflowers

Whether we realize it or not, we are constantly incorporating what we see around us into our personal style and wardrobe. Wildlife is a perpetual muse in fashion and in Austin, wildflowers are the wildlife that surrounds us during this time of the year. They are already popping up and as stunning as ever.

Emily Blanco displays a picture of the wildflower Plum Thistle.
Emily Blanco exhibits an outfit inspired by the Pantone color Rose Quartz and the wildflower Plum Thistle. The outfit consists of a red blazer, pink shift dress, tassel sandals, statement earrings, and pink accessories.

Wildflower: Plum Thistle               Pantone Color: Rose Quartz 

If anyone understands using your surroundings to perpetuate creativity, it’s Pantone Color Institute.  Pantone uses color analyses to forecast color trends and create successful design strategy.  Every year, they choose a color of the year. This color is inevitably used by interior designers, painters, and fashion designers as their inspiration for the season to come.  These colors are discernibly current, decisively gorgeous, and widely praised.

Emily Blanco displays an outfit inspired by the Pantone color Snorkel Blue and bluebonnets. The outfit consists of a rust-colored blazer, coral pumps, a printed miniskirt, a gray tank, a blue bucket bag, and gold accessories.
Emily Blanco exhibits a picture of a bluebonnet wildflower. 

 Pantone Color: Snorkel Blue              Wildflower: Bluebonnet

This season’s top colors are subtle and dreamy.  They still have the luminous glows we have all come to expect of spring colors, but they are in unexpected hues like Rose Quartz, Serenity, and Peach Echo.

Emily Blanco shows a picture of a buttercup wildflower.
Emily Blanco assembles an outfit inspired by the colors of buttercups, consisting of a yellow crop top, denim shorts, leather wedges, and a teal scarf.

Wildflower: Buttercup                    Pantone Color: Buttercup

So this week, I ventured to multiple Austin boutiques to see if I could spot any of these beautiful spring colors, and I was not disappointed.  Of the top 10 Pantone colors, there were four that stuck out to me in an unforgettable way; I couldn’t help but notice the similarities between a handful of wildflowers and the spring varieties on the racks. 

They were both perfectly spring and perfectly Austin.

Emily Blanco pairs a pink sleeveless sweater with a red A-line midi skirt, inspired by the Pantone color Fiesta and the Indian Paintbrush wildflower.
Emily Blanco displays a picture of an Indian Paintbrush.

 Pantone Color: Fiesta               Wildflower: Indian Paintbrush


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. 

Emily Blanco  is a freelance writer based in San Antonio, TX.

Now I would love to know! What are some of your favorite Pantone colors? Any favorite wildflowers? Leave a comment below and tell me how you incorporated this spring's wildflower hues into your everyday looks!

Friday Fashion Fix: A Pop of Color

Today's Casual Friday is all about a pop of color. When you find yourself pieces together a neutral outfit, bring in an accent color to brighten up your look. The contrast between the neutral and the color will make your outfit more striking and intentional. 

Raquel Greer Gordian models a casual summer look incorporating a black tank, printed maxi skirt, red beaded statement necklace, black cat eye sunglasses, and red platform block heels. 

Now I would love to know! How was your Casual Friday? Any favorite accent/neutral color combos to share? Make sure to leave a comment below and tell me all about them!

Friday Fashion Fix: Vintage Treasures

It's Casual Friday again! Today's look features my latest vintage dress find from Blue Velvet Vintage in Austin, TX. 

Bring a couple modern touches to a vintage piece to give a fresh view point. For this one, I paired my Frye boots, Anthropologie belt and bold geometric earrings to do exactly that. 

Have a wonderful weekend! 

Raquel Greer Gordian pairs a vintage summer dress with Frye boots, geometric earrings, and an Anthropologie belt to add a modern touch.

Now I would love to hear from you! How was your Casual Friday? Make sure to leave a comment below and   tell me how you like to style vintage 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!

TOP TRENDS FOR SPRING

Spring is here. Rejoice. And shop for it. 

HATS // RETRO SUNNIES // versatile & trendy basics // KIMONO

Shop for them at: 

HOIDEN SUPPLY COMPANY

2055 S Lamar BLVD 

IG @hoidensupplyco

Raquel Greer Gordian displays a picture of a patterned blouse from Hoiden Supply Company.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a Western-style bootie from Hoiden Supply Company.
Raquel Greer Gordian shows a picture of a blue button-up blouse from Hoiden Supply Company that is perfect for spring.
Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits a necklace from Hoiden Supply Company that has an edgy style.
Raquel Greer Gordian shows a picture of a unique, edgy necklace from Hoiden Supply Company.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a picture of Western-style hats for spring.
Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits a floral kimono perfect for spring.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a picture from Hoiden Supply Company that exudes an edgy, sophisticated style.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a picture of a selection of Hoiden Supply Company's unique, dark palette sunglasses.

VIBE // TRANSITIONAL PIECES FOR TRAIL- BLAZING WOMEN

There seems to be a big focus on sunglasses in Austin and with the weather today, it's easy to see why. What sets Hoiden apart from the rest is the dark color palette of its glasses. That palette extends throughout the store. But they still never loose sight of their femininity, their celebration of womanhood. As women, our personalities are multi-faceted and nuanced, the owner said, so the point of view of Hoiden is exactly that. It is edgy, sophisticated, womanly, and sexy. They have what you need, but also exactly what you want. This store could be in LA or NYC, but the owners always take into account the background of Austin when choosing pieces from around the world. The pieces are for a day like today in Austin when you never want to go home.

 

The Suede skirt

MULES, MULES, MULES

Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how mules are a top trend for spring.
Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits an array of trendy spring mules.
Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits a selection of trendy mules perfect for spring.

CULOTTES

Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how culottes are a top trend for spring.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a picture of a printed culotte that is perfect for spring.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a picture of a trendy floral culotte that is perfect for spring.

BLUSH IS THE NEW BLACK

Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how blush pink is a top trend color for spring.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays blush pink inspired outfits that are perfect for springtime.
Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits a selection of blush pink items that are perfect for your spring wardrobe. 

 

Now I would love to hear from you! Will you be rocking blush pink this season? Let me know in the comments below which spring trend you might try out!

 

 

The Fabric of Society: Fashion and Style Throughout the Twentieth Century

Fashion evolves. The work of every generation is broken apart by newcomers, who discard what they dislike and use the remaining rubble to build the next generation’s styles and trends. One thing I’ve always loved about fashion is that it is an expression of everything that's going on around us. Social, political, and religious movements are reflected in what each generation wears.

When I think about MLK Day, my first reaction is to consider the developments in fashion that stem from the remarkable, unprecedented change that occurred in that decade. Then I feel guilty. How shallow can I be, considering fashion in the context of the greatest social movement in history? But putting my self-consciousness aside, truth be told, it is astounding. How quickly the conservative, traditionalism of the 1950’s shifted into the forward-thinking 1960s, only to be radically transformed into the free-loving 1970s.

Fashion of course can never fully honor the work, or the pain and suffering, of those who fought during the civil rights movement. But it is fascinating to study the broad-reaching impact generational change has. To honor that, I’ve pulled together a few looks that pay homage to each generation and the change they saw.

1950's

1960'S

1970's

1980's

1990's

Now I would love to hear from you! What are some trends that you remember from the twentieth century? Leave a comment below and tell me how you might pull some outfit inspirations from past decades!