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

Runway Meets Everyday

New York Fashion Week is finally here and with it comes an equal amount of couture, creative, and downright crazy. How often do you see a model on the runway and think to yourself, “Who would actually wear that?”

If you’ve had that thought, you’re not alone. Sometimes I see runway outfits that make me question everything I know about style. There are always aspects to these looks that I can appreciate, but they’re not very practical for everyday life. And as busy as we all get, style doesn’t need to become another chore we add to our list.

What I recently realized about NYFW is that while some of the looks designers show may be a little bit out there, they’re all meant to do one thing and that is, simply put, to inspire us.

Everyone has style. It’s distinct to who they are and what they’re inspired by. We act, live and dress to match our inspiration, whether we realize it or not. A splash of blue in a painting you love may lead you to put a bright blue heel with an otherwise tired outfit; or, the rhythm of your favorite song may move you to pick a dress with an upbeat pattern in it. Inspiration is everywhere. 

I want to show you some of my favorite runway looks* thus far, so you can see what I’ve been inspired by. I’m seeing a ton of bold, fresh patterns paired with classic silhouettes, crop-tops & cut-outs, and potential work wear that is anything but boring! 

Emily Blanco displays a yellow runway look from Lela Rose. 
Emily Blanco exhibits a NYFW runway look from Lela Rose.
Emily Blanco exhibits a two-piece set from Rachel Zoe's NYFW show.
Emily Blanco displays a NYFW Jenny Packam embellished dress.
Emily Blanco exhibits a Lela Rose look from NYFW.
Emily Blanco shows an image of a checkered blouse and midi skirt from Monique Lhullier's NYFW show. 
Emily Blanco displays a Lela Rose midi dress from NYFW.
Emily Blanco exhibits a wearable Jenny Packham NYFW look.
Emily Blanco exhibits a look from Tadashi Shoji's NYFW show.
Emily Blanco displays a Monique Lhullier sweater and floral midi skirt from NYFW.

*All photos courtesy of NYFW

Emily Blanco displays a Rebecca Minkoff midi dress from NYFW.

Now I would love to know! Any favorites from this look at NYFW runway style? Leave a comment below!

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!