What to Wear for Valentine's Day 2019

The Day of Love is just around the corner, and whether you’ll be spending it with your gal pals, partner, or on a first date, you’ve got to know what to wear for celebrations on the 14th.

Which is why this week I stopped by Studio 512 to give you fresh ideas on how to keep your look fashion-forward, fun, and a little bit sexy for the holiday.

Watch the video below to learn:

·       How to balance sexy pieces with comfortable classics

·       How to rock a bodysuit for Valentine’s Day

·       What piece will add retro, romantic vibes to any outfit

·       How to add animal print to your Valentine’s Day outfit

·       The practical heels that will make it easy for you to dance the night away

·       How to style shorts into a downtown, edgy look

·       How to add tasteful touches of red and pink

·       The perfect booties for any Valentine’s Day look

·       How to find the unexpected piece in your wardrobe that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day

·       How to link different pieces of your outfit, so your look is put together and stylish

·       The top trends for Valentine’s Day 2019

And don’t forget to leave me a comment below and share which way you’ll be styling your Valentine’s Day outfit this year. I would LOVE to hear from you!

Xx.

R

What to Wear for Valentine's Day 2018

Aaahhh...
VALENTINE'S DAY

...a day of chocolate, wine and some of my favorite sultry colors. All elements combined, it's up there as one of the best holidays/excuses to go out to dinner on a weeknight.

But there is still one question lurking...what wiiiiill you wear?

Luckily, I've got you covered.

In this week's #GreerGuideToStyle video I'm talking V-Day trends, unexpected items to wear on the 14th and how to pair statement shoes with every outfit. Watch below and celebrate your sexiest self. Because you deserve it, girl. 

What to Wear for Valentine's Day

The day of love doesn't mean you've got to scramble to grab all things red in your wardrobe. While you absolutely can go classic for the occasion, I've got some fresh new ways to feel sexy and romantic for the 14th. 

Photographer: Natalie Beurskens

Paint the town peach

Warm hues are considered feminine and playful in comparison to cool colors, which means Valentine's Day is the perfect time to put them to good use.

Give your look a sexy element by pulling out your knee-high boots.


Candy hearts and pencil stripes


Off-the-shoulder tops are a little sexy, a little sweet and the perfect trend piece for Valentine's Day. If you're not comfortable with a full off-the-shoulder, try a cold shoulder top for more coverage, but a similar look.

It's all in the details. Even though it's subtle, wearing these tiny hearts or a delicate floral pattern on February 14th will get me (and you) into the holiday mood. Shop this necklace.


RETRO ROMANTIC


A vintage-inspired look is well suited to this holiday. Try a fit n' flare for a retro silhouette that will highlight your shape.

Want to rock actual vintage? Check out January's Greer Guide to Austin shop and mention us for 20% off. 

Add a little edge to your look by popping it with your favorite moto jacket. Fingers crossed the weather cooperates. 

If you're feeling adventurous, tie a scarf in your hair or add a headband to pop the look. 

My little valentine, Norma Jeane. 

Plump. Pout. Kiss. Repeat.

Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays, but probably not for the reason you'd expect.  I'm admittedly not the girliest of girls, but I can’t skip an opportunity to mix as many shades of red and pink together as possible. I love the vibrancy, the enthusiasm, and the passion of Valentine's Day. I like to get festive with my colors.

Last week a friend asked how my husband and I plan celebrate.  Does any other question come with more expectation behind it than that?! Always quick to divert, I spouted off how I plan to use the greeting card holiday as an opportunity to devour loads of chocolate. And as a feminist, I said I planned to purchase the chocolates myself, simply out of principle.

I cannot lie. I'm one of those types. I act like my only interest in Valentine's Day is the sweet treats, but when the day arrives, I'm a total sap. I'm going to want to get dolled up and have a night out. What actually came to mind when she asked my plans was my clothes and all the colors. 

Naturally, the shade of lipstick was top of mind along with a dress, heels, and lingerie. There's no better time than Valentine's to rock a killer red lip and feel like your most fabulous self (in the shade that most flatters you). Even if a date night is not your activity of choice this Sunday, you deserve to feel sexy. Red lips will do the trick. 

Let’s talk undertones. Like all beauty, its what's underneath the surface that counts. In case you don't know what undertones you have, lets do a quick assessment. Turn your palm face up. Look at the tips of your fingers. What colors do you see?

Do you see more purple, blue and deeper reds? If so, you might lean more toward cool undertones.

Do you see more orange, yellow or coral? If so, you might lean more toward warm undertones.

And if it's strictly red, you might have more neutral undertones.  Let's go from there!

for cool undertones:

Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how raspberry hues and merlot hues will complement those with cool undertones.

for warm undertones:

Raquel Greer Gordian explains how warm undertones are complemented well by oranges, rubies, and reds.

A neutral choice:

Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how neutral tones are complemented by bright rosy shades, as well as a classic cherry or brick red shade.

Cool undertones, I'm looking at you. Think: raspberry hues that will add pinks to milky complexions, and merlot for a striking contrast.

Warm undertones, you're next. Don't be scared to add a touch of orange to your palette! Or, is a matte ruby red more your style? And don’t rule out the warmth of the perfect plum.

To all the neutral tones: If you lean more in the direction of pretty in pink, find a bright rosy shade.  If red is more your style, go with a classic cherry or brick red.

Your style is a direct reflection of what makes you unique and what inspires you. This Valentine's Day, go bold with a shade that makes you feel romantic and perfectly suits your color palette.

Want more info on what your best colors are? Contact us to find out exactly what your true color palette is.  

 

Now I would love to know! Which color palette best suits your undertones? Do you have a go-to lipstick shade? Make sure to leave a comment below and tell me all about it!

Your Perfect Shade of Red

Valentine's Day is almost here, and I am so excited! It's one more excuse to throw on a dress in my favorite color, coral. Red may not be your favorite, but know that you can wear it. Red is energetic, sexy, powerful. It can be used for so many different purposes, but for V-Day, it'll be the perfect piece to seduction your honey. 

The key to wearing red is finding your ideal hue.  

So to help you find your perfect red this holiday, I've put together a little roadmap to lead you from discovering your coloring to picking your perfect outfit...

Color Palette: Deep, Cool

Your Red: WINE, CRIMSON

COLOR PALETTE: DEEP, WARM

Your Red: MAROON, CARDINAL

COLOR PALETTE: LIGHT, COOL

YOUR RED: BLUSH, Ballet pink

COLOR PALETTE: LIGHT, WARM

YOUR RED: SCARLET, CORAL

Now, I would love to hear from you! Which shade of red is perfect for you? Make sure to comment below and tell me how you'll rock a red outfit this Valentine's Day!

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!