What to Wear to Spring Weddings

Last week I stopped by Studio 512 to chat all about how to put together your latest look for one of my very favorite events: a wedding! Whether you shy away from bright colors or love to pop your boldest hues off each other when the warmer weather hits, I’m giving you easy styling tricks and techniques, so you can knock your outfits out of the park this wedding season.

Watch the video below to learn:

  • how to incorporate color into your spring wedding look no matter your comfort level with color

  • the perfect piece to wear if you love to dance at weddings

  • which metallic to choose to play into the colors of your unique outfit

  • how to carefully choose each piece of your outfit, so your look comes out stylish and effortlessly put together

  • the perfect detail that gives your look a sexy touch, without being too over the top for a wedding

  • what colors to pop off of your classic nude heels

  • how to play into the theme and location of your event using your outfit

  • how to enhance your look by popping one color off of another

Once you’ve watched the video, I would love to hear from you! Leave me a comment below and tell me how you’re going to get creative with your unique wedding look this spring.

Xx.

R

What to Wear to Holiday Parties

The time of year is upon us when we mix, mingle and make merry with our families, friends and coworkers at holiday parties. These occasions are the perfect opportunity to show off your personal style and get festive with your wardrobe.

Whether the holiday party you're attending is dressy casual or formal, feeling good in what you're wearing is key to kicking back and having a great time. A few pieces to consider for your holiday shindig... 

Cold-Shoulder Dress 

The cold-shoulder trend is hanging in there over the holidays, and there's no better way to incorporate this style than with a feminine and festive holiday dress. A longer sleeve will help keep you warm while the cold shoulder adds visual interest to the dress. Extra style points here if you... 

wear red!

No color signifies "holiday season!" better than red, and this year, it's winter's trendiest hue. Whether you choose a classic cherry, oxblood, or coral, you can't go wrong with red for a holiday occasion. 

Festive Details 

Beadwork and sequins are perfect embellishments to wear to your holiday event because they bring ENERGY to your look. Even a single piece with intricate detail adds a powerful yet elegant touch to your overall outfit for events with cocktail, formal or black tie dress codes.

Envelope Clutch

Carrying all your essentials for a big night out isn't a job for your day-to-day tote. With a large envelope clutch, you're able to bring everything you need for the evening (and in a chic, event-appropriate way!) 

animal print coat

It's easy to throw on an overcoat in a safe neutral like black, navy or tan, but where's the fun in that?! Cheetah, leopard, python... animal prints are perfect for a heavy coat because they let you show off your personal style even when temperatures drop.

What to Wear for NYE

Hello, 2017!
Get inspired to party the night away with the perfect outfit.


LOOK ONE

Where you're ringing in the New Year: 
downtown with friends or out at dinner with your honey

Allow each element of your outfit to talk to another element. Black chats with black, gold chats with gold. Each piece creates a conversation of clothing aka a really rockin' outfit. 

Don't be shy about mixing your everyday pieces with party wear. I use this blouse for work occasions and holiday festivities.

Shop this jacket now.

Mix texture to keep people on their toes. Use sparkle, leather, suede or fringe to create an outfit people will be complimenting all night.

NYE is the day to go big with your heels, so embrace it! Bring out your leopard heels, your red stilettos or your python pumps. Shop these now.

LOOK two

Where you're ringing in the New Year: 
in a bar on the east side or at a live music venue

Not everyone can wear black, and if you are one of those people, you know to go colorful for NYE! Red is the perfect option for holiday festivities, so pull this from your closet.

Shop the horn cuff below and gold rings above. Use code "GreerVIP" at checkout to receive 30% off.

These tassels are some of my favorite party earrings, and they come in every hue. Find your color.

Repurpose this year's favorite trend: the romper. Pair it with a light weight jacket, NYE heels and be on your way!

LOOK Three

Where you're ringing in the New Year: 
on Rainey Street or at a friend's house party

NYE Note:
There can never be too much glitz.

Shout out to my brother and sister-in-law for getting me the perfect Christmas gift: these earrings. They finish off the look flawlessly. Shop them here.

Mix metals to create a fashion-forward look. And don't forget your envelop clutch! The angular shape enhances the angles in the top. Remember, each element needs to work together harmoniously. 

The possibilities for 2017 are endless! Happy New Year! 

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!

The Best Lingerie Shops in Austin

Looking for lingerie feels different than any other shopping. Maybe it’s just the simple exhilaration of going out in public to search for something provocative that (I assume…) you will wear in private. 

Whatever the case may be, for Valentine’s Day, you want to look sexy. 

That’s why I scoured Austin to find the boutiques that specialize in the art of lingerie. Whether you’re looking for the most intricately hand-stitched corset or a simple, seductive bra and panty set, here is a list of ATX shops that should meet anyone’s V-Day needs. 

Teddies for Betties

Where They Are:

Second Street District, 221 West 2nd Street, Austin TX 78701  

(512) 614-2103 

Price Range:

$55-$1800                                                                                                                                           

What They Do Best

The staff was incredibly sweet and knowledgable. It was the kind of experience I want when I enter a lingerie boutique. It smelled amazing. There were candles lit, a beautiful table display, and many of the pieces were works of art. While most of their lingerie is on the pricier end, the sales associate was quick to inform me there are items for everyday use, like a classic bra and panty. She also mentioned that many of the Teddies pieces are for meant for life's most special moments. I definitely agree.  

Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Teddies for Betties is a great place to find quality lingerie.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Teddies for Betties is a lingerie shop with amazing staff, as well as quality lingerie pieces.
Raquel Greer Gordian explains that while Teddies for Betties may be on the more expensive side, there are pieces great for everyday use.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Teddies for Betties is a lingerie shop in the Second Street District with amazing, quality lingerie pieces.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Teddies for Betties is a pricier but great option for quality, luxurious lingerie.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Teddies for Betties is a local lingerie boutique with artistic, luxurious pieces.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Teddies for Betties is a great option for quality, unique lingerie pieces. 

Underwear

"Intimate Apparel in an Intimate Setting."

Where They Are

908 West 12th Street, Austin, TX 78703

(512) 478-1515          

Price Range:

$10-$400                                                                                                

What They Do Best:

This boutique caters to a diverse clientele: brides, college students, hipsters. They have a large "sale" rack, so it's the perfect time to shop there. They also have an annual in-store Valentine's Day event coming up. It will include all kinds of goodies: truffles, champagne, a pop-up shop from Margo Blair Floral, and a trunk show from lingerie line Katastrophic Clothing. Not to be missed! 

Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how the lingerie boutique Underwear caters to a diverse range of customers.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Underwear is a great option for affordable, diverse lingerie pieces.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how the local Austin lingerie boutique, Underwear, is a great option for affordable, unique lingerie.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Underwear is a great local option for quality, unique lingerie pieces.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Underwear, a local lingerie boutique located on West 12th Street, has a wide range of affordable, quality lingerie pieces. 
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Underwear is an affordable, unique option for local lingerie.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Underwear is a great option for lingerie in the price range of $10-$400.

Petticoat Fair

Where They Are:

Northcross Center, 7739 Northcross Drive, Austin, TX 78757    

(512) 454-2900      

Price Range:

$30-$400                                                                                              

What They Do Best:

Petticoat Fair, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, fits every client who comes in the door with the perfect bra. This includes plus size clients, and bras from an A to a 52N cup. Once you are fitted, they find bras for you that work best, rather than you searching for the perfect one. Their swimsuits also have cup sizes.They carry well known brands like Hanky Panky and Betsey Johnson. 

Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Petticoat Fair is a great option for a supportive, personalized shopping experience.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Petticoat Fair is a local lingerie boutique that offers brands like Betsy Johnsons and Hanky Panky.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Petticoat Fair provides a wide size and style range of lingerie.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Petticoat Fair offers a diverse range of affordable lingerie pieces.

Hard Candy Heels and Lingerie 

Where They Are:

1739 W. Anderson Lane, Austin, TX 78757

(512) 452-2323

Price Range:

$8-$100

What They Do Best

If you're not looking to drop a lot of money on something for V Day, this is a great place for you. They have a large selection and wide variety: everything from negligees to lace bras to corsets. They also have many accessories like boas, 6" heels, fake eyelashes, and something I had never heard of, like 'face lace'. 

Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Hard Candy Heels and Lingerie is a great option for affordable, diverse lingerie.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Hard Candy Heels and Lingerie is a great option for affordable, diverse lingerie.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Hard Candy Heels and Lingerie is a great option for affordable, diverse lingerie and accessories.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Hard Candy Heels and Lingerie is a local lingerie boutique that offers a wide range of affordable, diverse lingerie.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Petticoat Fair is a local lingerie boutique that offers a wide range of affordable, diverse lingerie.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Petticoat Fair is a local lingerie boutique that offers a wide range of affordable, diverse lingerie.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Petticoat Fair is a local lingerie boutique that offers a wide range of affordable, diverse lingerie.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Petticoat Fair is a local lingerie boutique that offers a wide range of affordable, diverse lingerie.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Petticoat Fair is a local lingerie boutique that offers a wide range of affordable, diverse lingerie.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Petticoat Fair is a local lingerie boutique that offers a wide variety of pieces ranging from $8-$100.

Now I would love to hear from you! What are some of your favorite lingerie boutiques? Any questions? Make sure to comment below to tell me what you think of these great Valentine's Day options!

Deconstructing Your NYE Look

How do you bring 2015 in with a bang? Learn to seamlessly coordinate the various elements that make up an outfit. Here are five things to zero-in on to be NYE prepped and ready. 

5. HAIR 

Hair is such an important part of any look because hair can make or break an outfit. If your hair's a hot mess, you can forget about anyone noticing anything other than that. For NYE, try something you rarely do. Create retro curls, put it up in an elegant bun, or incorporate a boho braid. 

4. NAILS

This little detail doesn't go unnoticed. It's the icing on the cake. Just like the rest of the look, the nails must match. Go RED for a ballroom bash, go GOLD for a house party, go BLACK for an underground spot, and go PURPLE for an eclectic restaurant (that's where I'll be). 

      Goldeneye by OPI

      Goldeneye by OPI

      Black Onyx + Goldeneye by OPI

      Black Onyx + Goldeneye by OPI

      Vodka and Caviar by OPI

      Vodka and Caviar by OPI

    Viking in a Vinter Vonderland by OPI

    Viking in a Vinter Vonderland by OPI

3. SHOES

Go big or go home. There is a very specific pair of shoes I dust off for this occasion every year. To give you an idea of what they look like, they also double as my Vegas heels.  If you also have that special pair of metallic, no less than 4' heels, pull them out. NYE is the perfect time for over-the-top fashion. After all, you'll only be bringing in 2015 once. 

2. EMBELLISH

Despite the decadent nature of all the other elements of your outfit, keep the accessories to a minimum. Perhaps a cuff? Or knuckle rings? Or try something new this year: flash tattoos! Visit Headdress on South Lamar to find your perfect pack. 

1. CLOTHING

Of course clothing is #1 because it will bring everything together. Whether you're in pastels or pewter, there is one thing to consider: the formality of your event. If you're at a NYE cocktail party or wedding, don't come in something less formal because you didn't plan ahead. Figure it out now, before you're scatter-brained the night of. And don't forget! Your layers should match the event too. 

Now, I would love to hear from you! Make sure to comment below what your NYE outfit plans are!

Prep for the Last Bash of the Season: What to Wear to a Wedding

I was so excited to celebrate my fellow image consultant, Glenda Jean Soriano’s wedding this summer at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. She was an exceptionally beautiful bride, and put together one hell of a wedding. It was sophisticated, playful and, of course, so romantic. Even the food was incredible (sometimes hard to come by at a wedding)! In honor of this very special occasion and the last weddings of summer, here's my:

 

TOP 5 TO DO’s for the BIG BASH:

 

Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how wearing the right heels can help spruce up your outfit while maintaining comfort and versatility.

1. Actually wear comfortable heels. I feel like this is something I always say to myself, but often times I pick something that I think will “wow.” I ultimately suffer. Spare yourself the agony and find something in between. For Saturday night, I picked a gold bootie from Steven by Steve Madden. It was won-der-ful!!! I was able to dance and keep my heels on, which is always convenient, when you have a 6’1” boyfriend to measure up to and pull around the floor.

 

My issue with heels tends to be that they are too narrow, not too high. If you prefer a shorter heel, go with a kitten heel with a pointed toe. A pointed toe will extend the leg, therefore, making you look taller and slimmer.

 

If you can stand high heels, I love Pour La Victoire. Their heels are wider than most, and they have an incredible variety of go-to pumps and closet classics that can go with anything from jeans to wedding cocktail attire to a business suit. 

 

2. Don’t forget your hankie! I’m a big crier at weddings, so I never leave home without one. My mother has a collection of vintage handkerchiefs, so she always taught me that it’s not only an essential part of your big bag of tricks aka your purse, but it’s a fun way to express your style. Like all parts of our wardrobe, they are a small detail that adds to a much bigger picture and makes a sophisticated, elegant, romantic statement. Ooh, the possibilities… https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllVintageHankies

 

3. Dress to the season that the wedding is taking place in. The bride and groom chose this time of the year for a reason, so it’s important to embrace their vision by embracing the season. Although it’s no longer necessary to do this in fashion (white is okay after labor day!), there is a good chance that a Fall wedding will include autumnal colors and a spring wedding will include spring brights or pastels.  When I think about dressing for a wedding, I think about the personality of the bride and being part of her larger vision. We all know we have an ideal color palette for ourselves, so it’s not necessary to step completely out of your comfort zone, but tailor a detail or two (cocktail ring, shoes, scarf…) to the particular wedding you’re attending. If you’re not sure what to expect, the invitation is a good indication what’s to come.

 

4. Prepare your entire look the night before the occasion. How many times have you said you’re going to do this, then 45 minutes before the wedding you’re steaming your dress? Well do it this time! A wedding is an occasion to celebrate, relax and, of course, party. When you’re ill-prepared and poorly put together, you don’t have as much fun as you would or feel as confident about your personal image. Personal image is representative of how we feel about ourselves and it’s important to always remember that. Taking care of each detail means you care. To take care of each detail, advanced preparation is necessary.

 

If you want to wear your hair down, think about if your usual product will work for the weather at the wedding. Will it be humid? If so, it’s best to take the time to blow dry sections of your hair rather than the whole mop. This way, it’s less likely to frizz.

 

If you want to wear your hair up, blow-drying is still incredibly important to create the perfect texture. Don’t use just any old rubber band or clip, either camouflage or accentuate a beautiful hair accessory.

 

For makeup, choose to accentuate lips or eyes, not both. Unless your make-up is subtle and classic all over, accentuating both eye and lip color will distract people and take away positive attention.  If you choose to do a dramatic eye or lip, make sure both the accentuated and subtle part of the look are meticulously executed.

 

5. Wear something that works for you, looks great, but isn’t your statement dress — or as Beyonce would call it, your ‘Freakum Dress’. It looks tacky to try to bring too much attention to yourself when it’s the bride’s day.

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To avoid doing this, use primarily simpler patterns and one or two colors, or form-flattering (not fitting) clothing. There are many different messages that colors can send, but when you choose just one or two colors, people don’t feel ambushed by it. Rather, it appears pleasant and gracious at a wedding. You can wear red (along with every other color except white of course) to weddings, but if you choose red along with every other color, the dress cannot be body-conscious. It’s important to always dress to your body type, but there’s a clear difference between flattering your body type and wearing your clothes as a second skin. If you have to suck in, to zip it up, don’t wear it. If you have to routinely check if any body part is popping out, don’t wear it. And remember! Weddings are for eating, drinking, and being merry, so if it’s not comfortable before those crab cakes, it’s certainly not going to be comfortable after.

 

Now, I would love to hear from you! Comment below to tell me how you like to spruce up your look for a wedding!