The Greer Guide to Austin: Kiki Nass

For Kiki Nass proprietor Joannah Hillebrandt, clothes aren’t just a commodity: they’re a calling. After attending FIDM in L.A., she worked her way up in the footwear industry, becoming then the youngest buyer in Nine West’s history. Though undeniably a go-getter and fashionable force in her own right, Hillebrandt credits much of her early success with having good managers to work for, and it’s an experience that she says motivates her to make Kiki Nass a positive, supportive space to work in every day.

An outside look at Kiki Nass located on South Lamar Boulevard in Austin, Texas
A look inside one of the best places to shop in Austin, Texas

The positive energy in the shop is undeniable: from the light and airy spaces to the enviable selection of clothing, jewelry and home goods that would make any Austin woman swoon. For Hillebrandt, good business is just good karma: She talks about how studying Buddhism has influenced her commitment to being present and fostering good energy around her.

“I wear the hell out of my clothes,” Hillebrandt says, adding that she tells everyone she knows to invest in quality over quantity when it comes to their wardrobes. Hillebrandt stocks exclusively from vendors whose values align with her own.

A rack of clothes at Kiki Nass on South Lamar Boulevard in Austin, Texas
A look at some of the jewelry inside Kiki Nass located on South Lamar Boulevard in Austin, Texas

What to Expect at Kiki Nass: 

  • looks for every closet: premium denim, breezy tops, and on-trend dresses
  • boho, yet super versatile jewelry
  • unique, artful pieces for home and baby
  • an elevated, yet totally accessible overall vibe that epitomizes "Austin cool"
A look inside one of the best places to shop in Austin, Kiki Nass, located on South Lamar Boulevard
A look inside Kiki Nass, an Austin-based shop located on South Lamar Boulevard

Though in the Lamar Union complex for nearly three years, Kiki Nass first opened in 2005, at a location on 12th St. until it shuttered in 2009. Hillebrandt was there from the beginning, and after moving to Florida following the shop’s closure, she eventually returned to Austin to re-open Kiki Nass in its current location.

“Clothing is an all-day hug.” - Joannah Hillebrandt

the owner of Kiki Nass in her store on South Lamar Boulevard

What sets Kiki Nass apart is its staying power: Coming back after a post-recession closure, it remains committed to doing good business and providing an excellent retail experience, maintaining a human connection with the clothing it sells. The shop is very much a physical manifestation of Hillebrandt herself, putting her money where her mouth (and heart) is. Kiki Nass is all about paying homage to the connections and the luck that she’s had throughout her career, and the results are magic.

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A look inside one of the best boutiques in Austin, Texas

The Greer Guide to Austin is a monthly column written and photographed by Liz Feezor of Liz Feezor Creative. 

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Where To Shop For The Perfect Wedding Dress in Austin, Texas

I'm getting married on March 31st, so to say the very least, I've got weddings on the brain. 

One of the biggest challenges to finding the perfect wedding dress in knowing where to start. Bridal boutiques are as varied in price point, style and aesthetic as other boutiques, so it can be hard to find the one that's right for you and your style. 

Luckily, I'm doing the legwork for ya. 

Check out my top 5 picks of where to shop for your wedding dress. No matter your style or age, you're sure to find something at one of these gems that will make you feel beautiful on your big day. 

BLUSH BRIDAL LOUNGE

Walking into this store is like walking into a bridal fantasy. It's simple stunning -- wall-to-wall dresses hand-picked by the owner, Erica Janke, and manager, Kristen Arriola, that create a collection unmatched by any other shop in Austin. Designers include the best in bridal such as Martina Liana, Enzoani, Eddy K, Elizabeth Dye, Lotus Threads, Carmen Marc Valvo and Mikaella Bridal. 

If you get the chance to work with Kristen or Erica, you are a lucky gal, because no one knows bridal like these two, which is very helpful when you've never been shopping for a wedding dress before. 

Blush Bridal Lounge is closed Sundays and Mondays, and by appointment only, so make sure to give them a call ahead of time to book at (512) 407-9236. 

This shop is good for you if:

  • You want a luxurious bridal shopping experience
  • Price point isn't much of a factor in choosing your dress
  • You want the latest trends in bridal fashion
  • You want to customize the dress to your liking (often times their dresses can be ordered in a different color than is featured in store) 

Images via @BlushBridalLounge on Instagram

KIRA KOUTURE

This isn't exactly a shop, but rather a custom bridal designer who is absolutely amazing at her work! While I didn't go custom, I worked with Kira to alter many parts of my dress: the bottom, top and back. 

images via @KiraKoutureATX Instagram

While some were for function (the bottom was too long) and some for fashion's sake (I brought down the top to give it a sexier look), she excelled at all the tasks I put in her hands. 

Kira has also made custom dresses for friends of mine, which have turned out beautifully. She is beyond creative, which means she'll help you explore what you want in a dress, so your vision comes to life through a dress that's perfect for you in every way. 

Custom dresses start at $1500, but honestly, that's pretty modest in the bridal world, so if you're looking to dabble in design, head to Kira! 

This shop is good for you if:

  • You have a very specific idea of what you want for your dress
  • You looked and looked and can't find the perfect dress
  • You have vision when it comes to your style
  • You want a dress that unique to you and only you  

bloom by blush

This boutique is exclusively for plus-size brides, which to say the very least, is amazing! Erica, the owner at Blush Bridal Lounge, also owns Bloom, so it's located in the same spot as Blush. 

One of the biggest issues with bridal shopping is that if you are plus-size, you often only get to hold up the samples to see how they might look, rather than try them on. This can make for a very disappointing shopping trip, but with Bloom, they have a plethora of dresses to try, so you can have a clear idea of how stunning you'll look on your big day.

Note*: They just moved both shops (as of 3/22/18) to 5501 N Lamar, so this is the perfect time to book an appointment and see the new digs! 

Designers like Stella York, Allure, Ashley & Justin, Callista Couture, Da Vinci, Hayley Paige and Moonlight Couture grace the walls of Bloom leaving you with so many beautiful, fashion-forward gowns to order from. 

This shop is good for you if:

  • You're between a size 16 and 26
  • You're looking to try on the dress of your dreams
  • You're looking for a designer gown that won't necessarily break the bank
  • You want a glamorous bridal shopping experience 

NEIMAN MARCUS

Now just hear me out on this one...

If you're a bride who's been married before or your wedding plans include escaping to Tulum or getting married in a chapel in Vegas, you may not want to go the traditional route.

Each woman's vision is different, which is why it's important to think outside of the box with where you shop for your wedding dress.

Neiman Marcus has a stellar collection of long and short cocktail dresses, and since it's spring, the colors out right now are light, bright and feminine -- perfect for an off the grid wedding. 

And one more thing... 

White is big this spring -- like HUGE! So if you still want to stick to white, but are looking for a short, less-formal wedding dress, this is also a great spot to stop into for a look.

No appointment necessary. Images via NeimanMarcus.com

This shop is good for you if:

  • You don't want a white wedding dress
  • You want a short wedding dress
  • You want something no one attending your wedding will expect
  • You want an off-the-rack gown

Second Summer Bride

Me after finding my favorite dress ever! 

Me after finding my favorite dress ever! 

This is where I got my dress, so I'm probably a bit biased, but honestly, Second Summer Bride is amazing! The shopping experience they provide is unmatched by any other boutique (bridal or not), I've ever been in to in my whole life. 

The women who works there are knowledgable, caring and genuinely listen to what you want, so that the dress you end up with makes you feel like a million bucks. 

The great thing about Second Summer Bride is that it's a bridal consignment shop, so the dresses are off the rack. You pick your dress, you pay for it, and you take it with you that same day.

A small percentage of the dresses are consigned by brides, but most of them come directly from the designer (overstock) or they're samples from larger bridal boutiques. 

Because it's a consignment shop, you're able to get dresses from some of the best designers in the bridal industry such as Hayley Paige, Justin Alexander, Lela Rose, Sally Eagle, Enaura, Val Stefanie and Jenny Packham. 

Second Summer is by appointment only and closed Sundays and Monday. To book, call them at (512) 419-9001, make sure to tell them Raquel sent you and ask to work with Natalie or Kara. You can thank me later. :) 

This shop is good for you if:

  • You don't have a ton to spend on a dress (dresses start at $500)
  • You don't have a clear idea of what you want and are open to exploring
  • You don't mind a dress that's been worn before
  • You like the satisfaction of walking out of the store with your dress in hand

Top 10 Boutiques to Shop at Le Garage Sale

It's almost here, and I'm beyooooooond excited! 

Twice a year on a weekend (Saturday and Sunday), Le Garage Sale is held at Palmer Events Center. 100+ boutiques gather together with the best deals ever ever ever. 

What's so cool about Le Garage Sale is that it's not just about shopping. It's about celebrating local businesses and women entrepreneurs in one space. While it's not exclusively women, the majority of boutiques and shops are represented or owned by women. 

The energy, the fun and, of course, the fashion make this my favorite Austin event I've ever attended (and I did grow up in this little town, so I've been to a lot of stuff over the years). 

Whether you're a first time attendee or have loved Le Garage Sale since day one, it's good to have a plan going into it. You should always know what to bring...

  • Clothes you can easily change in and out of throughout the event

  • A reusable bag to put all your treasures in

And you should also know where to go first. Yes, you'll probably hit up every boutique in the place (or at least that's my plan), but you don't want to run with the stampede. Do your own thing, girl. 

Here are 10 of my favorite boutiques that will be attending this weekend to get you started on carving out your own little treasure map for the big event. 

Happy Hunting!

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Brands I Love: Tecovas

This week on the #GreerGuidetoStyle, I headed to Tecovas' eastside showroom to hear a little bit more about the history of the company, to learn the reason why these boots are so damn comfy and to finally get the scoop on how they actually pronounce Tecovas (yeah, I was most excited about that question). 

As a native-Texan, my quest for the perfect cowboy boots always felt never ending. Yes, I've had boots I loved in the past, but typical cowboy boots require breaking them in, and who's got time for that?!

When I found Tecovas on Instagram, I was drawn to the brand, because the boot had a certain look to it that conveyed ease, a relaxed fit -- no breaking in necessary. And sure enough, they fit exactly as I had hoped. They slide right on, and I've preeeeeeeetty much never taken them off since. 

The Tecovas booties I own, The Penny, also comes true to size, so there's no guessing game as far as staying true or sizing down (many cowboy boot companies encourage you to size down). 

The boots are soft, shape to my foot and go with EVERYTHING. That's right...EVERYTHING. I wear these with a cocktail dress for an Austin chic look or with my leggings and a sweater on these colder days. Jeans and boots are forever soulmates, so that's a style-must and they work equally as well with shorts and a graphic tee in the summer time. 

Whether you're a full-blooded Texan or are looking to try out cowboy boots for the first time, Tecovas are the ones you want in your wardrobe.

Shop Austin: The November Boutiques

The East 5th Street Block Shops



Passport Vintage

This shop is located upstairs from Aro and specializes in recreating vintage denim into your perfect pair of jeans. Maria, the owner, tailors jeans into slim fit cuts, while also cropping the bottom for an on-trend look. She also has an eye for rare vintage tees. The result: a collection of pieces that will turn your weekend look into a style statement.

The selection of jeans includes Levi's 501s and Wranglers. 

 

ARO

ARO, the East Austin jewelry shop, celebrates small jewelry designers located all over North America: Austin, California, Brooklyn, Canada. When you walk into ARO, the structure, the colors, the lines weave a clear picture of what's in it: thoughtful, modern, feminine art. 

Use code "greer15" to receive 15% off your next purchase at ARO online or in store. 

Byron & Blue

Named after the owner's childhood pup and current fur baby, Byron and Blue houses all the home goods and knick-knacks that make perfect holiday gifts for friends, family and above all, you.

The owner, Alexia, says her most important space to her is home, which is why she decided to open this shop rather than a clothing boutique. The shop does carry one line of clothing though and from now until the end of this month, will host a pop-up shop from Pieceology Vintage

Shop Austin: The October Boutique

Adelante

The concept of Adelante was dreamed up over three decades ago by the current owner's mother. When Adelante first opened in the 1970s, it was located in San Antonio, and many of the pieces that made up the boutique were inspired by or hand-picked during the owner's trips to Mexico. 

The store moved to Austin 25 years ago and has since expanded its labels and space. Still, there are many pieces in this boutique that are definitively south-of-the-border style: embroidered mumus, off-the-shoulder blouses and jewel tones prints. These vibrant pieces separate Adelante from other shops in Austin. 

When walking into this boutique, it's hard not to think Adelante aims to sum up Austin style. Luckily, they do an impeccable job at it.

With everything from the boho blouses to the upbeat casual looks to the vintage embroidered pillow cases to art deco candles, they manage a cohesive aesthetic of clothing and home goods. Much like Austin, it is eclectic and full of energy, but still has a clear identity. It is even known for bring in a collection of burnt-orange-game-day-girl-gear on August 1st, which takes up half of the entire store (and the store is big!) 

This store is tucked away a bit from the road on 38th St., but if you venture in, you will not be disappointed. In addition to all the playful pieces from brands you know (Johnny Was, Lush, Lucky Brand, Free People) and many you may not, this boutique has exceptional gifts (I got many of my holiday presents here last year.) If you walk in, you won't walk out empty handed, so proceed with caution...

But also...

Take a peak here...

Trend Alert: Velvet + Fall Florals

Cozy up in these maxi sweaters!

Tulle party skirts for the holidays!

Tunic by Johnny Was -- The California King of Boho

They're prepped and ready for sweater weather!

Party clutch perfect for the holidays

The faux fur vest is the perfect autumn piece for Texas weather.

Closet Essential: The Plaid Shirt

Closet Essential: Basic Hoops 

Burnt orange galore!

Turtlenecks to keep you cute and cozy.

Shop Austin: The September Boutique

COVE

This is a store you can't miss.

First, because it's smack dab next to Perla's on South Congress. The boutique is almost completely glass, so it's a head-turner from the street.

Second, because the shop is fun, fabulous and already rolling out fall goodies.

Jill, the manager, describes the vibe of the clothing as "wearable". I would have to agree with her. All the pieces are trendy and eye-catching without giving you the feeling of "oh my god, I could never pull that off."

You won't have to shy away from any pieces, but instead will covet everything in the boutique.

As Jill said "people feel like they're on vacation when they come in the store." 

The clothes are relaxed and unpretentious. 

Easy to rock tees, sundresses and denim mix in with suede and leather to create a swarm of pieces that any Austin gal would love in her wardrobe. 

This boutique is relatively new. It moved from it's pop-up shop (which was located behind the current store) to it's new location in January 2016. They aren't stopping there though. E-commerce will soon be available on their website, and next year they plan taking over the upstairs to host more of their oh-so cute collection. Take a peak...

Shop Austin: The August Boutique

DYLAN WYLDE

DYLAN WYLDE is located on South Lamar in a space which has had many lives, this current life being the most fabulous. Once a motorcycle shop in the 1980's, the space is industrial, but the owner of DYLAN WYLDE, Jessica, has brought it color and charm. DYLAN WYLDE carries reasonably priced jewelry, clothing, home and apothecary goods from around the world. 

When I spoke with Jessica, I could see her love of every piece she brought into the boutique: vintage beaded necklaces, African woven baskets and silk blouses that could double as work or play pieces. 

This boutique is not only impressive for what it carries, but it's strong aesthetic and brand. I had to ask where the name came from. 

DYLAN WYLDE is her alter ego: a woman of the sea who is...(you guessed it) wild. 

This is one of my favorite boutiques I've visited, and yes, you should visit it too. It's sexy, playful and powerful in its femininity. 

Biker Jacket Clutch

Biker Jacket Clutch

Chartreuse Jumpsuit

Chartreuse Jumpsuit

Jessica, the owner of DYLAN WYLDE

Jessica, the owner of DYLAN WYLDE

Tie Dye Maxi Dress

Tie Dye Maxi Dress

Vintage Bolo Tie

Vintage Bolo Tie

Shop Austin: The July Boutique

Feathers Boutique

Sometimes when you wander into a local shop, you become thoughtful of your environment in the same way you would in a museum. You examine each piece carefully as you stroll through. With Feathers, this is a must, because like a museum, each piece at this SoCo side-street shop has a story. 

This boutique is filled with mostly vintage and some new pieces (from their in-house line) that all deserve a little stop-and-stare action. There are pieces that have been preserved since the 1800's, and others that were worn by Texas celebrities. 

One of the things I love about this place is that the owner's point of view is crystal clear. This store is a celebration of women who don't follow the rules, but rather create their own path in life, love and style.  

It is not just about selling the clothing, but rather the magic behind it. To say each piece is chosen carefully for this boutique would be an understatement. If you visit Feathers and find something you love, it's inevitable that purchase will yield a compliment or two. 

A dress from the 19th century

A dress from the 19th century

A dress from the collection of the first female Texas governor, Miriam A. Ferguson

A dress from the collection of the first female Texas governor, Miriam A. Ferguson

Squash blossom necklaces circa 1960's 

Squash blossom necklaces circa 1960's 

Above and below: rings from jewelry designer,  Adina Mills

Above and below: rings from jewelry designer, Adina Mills

Necklaces by local artist, Rebecca Frazier

Necklaces by local artist, Rebecca Frazier

Shop Austin: The June Shop

RIO RITZ

This cute little street corner shop is located on Guadalupe next to the new Torchy's Tacos. Originally from Dallas, this boutique was quick to adapt to Austin style when owner, Thais Moses, moved in just a few months ago. It is laid back, boho and very reasonably priced. They also have the cutest little maltipoo mascot, Nala, that greets you at the door (can't beat that)! It's a great place to stop in for easy, breezy weekend wear or casual date night looks. It's a one stop shop boasting jewelry, sunglass, boots, bags and lingerie to finish off your outfit. Just take a look...

Shop Austin: The May Shop

Maya Star

Located on South Congress, this boutique is eclectic, fun and a must-stop-into for playful summer dresses and statement jewelry. This boutique is filled to the brim and will take you some time to search through, but if you're willing to do the work, you're sure to find something irresistible nestled in the racks. 

Shop Austin: The April Boutique

VALENTINES

Shopping is necessary to create a wardrobe that is as fast paced and full of life as you are. And I totally understand: many of you hate it. In the past you may have been stuck with little to no direction on what you should be looking for or what actually works for you. That is undeniably frustrating. 

The good news is shopping does not have to be a mission. It should not cause you to erupt with anxiety the moment you walk in the store.

Shopping is about falling in love with a piece of clothing that you absolutely must have. This is the kind of shopping I love to do. Clothing should always speak to your soul, just like a beautiful song or painting.

Because of this, I created the Shop Austin Style Series: a monthly photo tour of Austin's best boutiques. Explore clothes you'll love, find shops to adore and maybe even get inspired to take a trip across town to find out that your favorite new shop isn't as scary as it once may have seemed.

And if you want a little help along the way, contact me. I'd love to chat. As an image consultant, I uncover your natural beauty, discover your style and help you embrace your creativity through fashion. 

Want the extended list of Austin's best boutiques? Click here. 

For this month's boutique, I ventured out to Westlake to check out an upscale, fashion-forward hub that has been in Austin since '99.  

VALENTINES

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.

For the full list of our favorite shops in Austin...
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CHARM SCHOOL VINTAGE
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!

Shop Austin: Strut

Shop Austin: Strut

2208 S Lamar blvd 

IG @shopstrut

Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits a selection of gold jewelry from the local Austin boutique Strut.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a selection of tops and colorful kimonos from Strut.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a cuffed denim short and Western-style hat from Strut.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a selection of pendant necklaces from the Austin boutique Strut.
Raquel Greer Gordian shows a picture of an array of pieces from the local Austin boutique Strut.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a fun, printed shortall from the Austin boutique Strut.
Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits a lacy halter bralette from the local Austin boutique Strut.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a selection of leather bags from Strut.
Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits a pair of fun, embroidered clutches from the Austin boutique Strut.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a wide variety of sunglasses from the local Austin boutique Strut.
Raquel Greer Gordian shows a picture of a boho, black fringed bag from the local Austin boutique Strut.
Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits a black and white patterned blouse from the Austin boutique Strut.
Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits a layered silver boho-inspired necklace from Strut.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a picture of a striped button-up sleeveless shirtdress from Strut.
Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits a black and white shirtdress from the local Austin boutique Strut.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a pair of boho studs from the boutique Strut.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a pair of silver, engraved stud earrings from Strut.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a selection of gold necklaces from Strut boutique.
Raquel Greer Gordian shows a selection of statement rings from the Austin boutique Strut.

Now I would love to know! What did you find at Strut? Let me know in the comment section below which special pieces are your favorite!

 

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!

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!

 

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!

 

 

Discover Your Spring Style

Being stylish is about defining yourself and your body. Often times the term 'stylish' is applied to people who keep up with the latest trends. Trends come and go, but paying attention to exactly what works for you is important to creating a genuinely chic closet. 

Applying the ABC's of image consulting is a good place to start...accentuate, balance, camoflauge. We all have the good, great, and not-so-great things about our body. Understanding, acknowledging and accepting these parts empowers us to create the perfect wardrobe.

There's a couple things to keep in mind when learning your ABC's...

Create Balance 

When trying to cover up your less desirable bits, don't forget to accentuate your best attributes. The articles of clothing you use to do these two things should work together harmoniously.

If you want to cover your abdomen, choose a flowy top. Do not also choose flowy pants. Pair a skinny jean. Accentuating the good is just as important as camouflaging the bad.

Find your best fit 

Clothing should fit like undergarments, like it was made for you. Since there is no standardized sizing in the US, it can be hard to find the perfect size for you. Instead, find your favorite designers and make them your go-to. 

 

Use color and print strategically 

Play with color to create an ensemble all your own. The brighter and bolder the more attention will be driven to that part of you. Think it through and then construct the look. Where do you want the attention driven?  

Discover vibrant color for spring at: 

BEEHIVE Boutique

lovebeehive.com

3300 Bee Caves Road Suite 400 

Try something new 

Often times we pick fabrics based on preconceived notions of what is good or bad. Choose fabrics not because of what you think should or would work. Step outside your comfort zone. Try new things. Uncharted territory is often the most exciting.

And don't forget to #shoplocal

Find the perfect jewelry to compliment your new look at: 

ARO Boutique  

www.shop-aro.com

1223 Rosewood Ave 

Now I would love to hear from you! Make sure to leave a comment below and tell me how applying the ABC's of image consulting went for you!