New York Fashion Week STREET STYLE!

Fashion is one of those things that can sometimes be taken way too seriously, especially at an event like New York Fashion Week where people are walking around wearing clothes that might cost more than your first car. But when a grown woman walks down the street wearing head to toe Spongebob Squarepants, you are reminded that fashion is supposed to be fun.

After snapping street style photos at New York Fashion Week this past week, it was clear to me that fashion is definitely going through a fun phase.  Gone are the days of standing around looking morose while secretly praying for a street style photographer to snap your photo.  Of course there are still those who peacock around hoping to get their photo taken, but for the most part they’re doing so now with a smile or even a wink.

Major trends at this year’s New York Fashion Week included sneakers, off the shoulder button down tops, fringe,  bold and funky clutches, and cartoon prints.  This year the style on the streets was all about playful looks, but these fun looks were still polished and sophisticated.  After all, the Spongeboob Squarepants outfit was still Moschino.

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Woodies GIVEAWAY Winner Announced!

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Summer GIVEAWAY!: Woodies Sunglasses

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a giveaway on the blog, but that changes today!  Woodies is a brand of sunglasses in a classic wayfarer style, but are made out of 100% bamboo.  These sunglasses are unisex, lightweight, and even float in water.  Woodies come in a light grain wood, a dark grain wood, and also a variety of fun colors.  If you’re looking for a classic pair of sunglasses with a bit of a twist, these are a great choice for you.

Keep scrolling to enter to win a free pair of Woodies!

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Insta Pins: Wear Your Selfie On Your Sleeve

My freshman year of college I got stuck with a roommate who had a framed photo of herself.  When I saw that photo go up on the shelf I knew the dorm mothers hadn’t even bothered to try and match us up with people we would get along with. Of course, this was right before the explosion of Facebook, before Twitter, before Instagram, and before the word “selfie” was in the dictionary.  Now years later here I am posting photos of myself on my blog wearing a button of my own face.

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Nope City: Austin Ain’t San Fran, And I’m Sick Of Your Jacket Weather Propaganda

Like all mentally ill people, once the temperatures in Texas begin to tip the scale of normality and dive into the danger zone, I start wanting to wear the most seasonally inappropriate clothing items I can fathom.  It was around 85 degrees the other night when I suddenly got the urge to wear a blue leather skirt, and just yesterday I was really itching to wear a winter hat.  To you, the average Texas summer heat survivor, “That bitch cray” might suffice as an explanation of my desires.  But because I’m an analyzer of both myself and others, I have felt a need to delve into this a little further to really figure out what is going on here.  I have come up with a few explanations, or theories, as to why I and others like myself, think like crazy people and want to sacrifice our well being for fashion.

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Cause I’ve Got a $300 Gift Card In My Pocket, And a Chevy To Drive Around Austin

Would it be weird if from now on I started every blog post off with a short video clip of myself singing the title of the post to a tune from the 90s? It would? Okay fine, I won’t do that…

So here’s the deal. Chevy along with are handing me a $300 gift card to go on a local Austin shopping spree this Thursday!  Myself, along with a handful of other Austin “influencers,” are going to be driving around town in new Chevy cars and each spending $300 on locally made and locally branded items of our choosing.  THEN, we are putting our fabulous local purchases into a raffle. Everyone who buys a ticket will be entered for a chance to win some of our handpicked goodies (tickets are only $1 so I don’t know why your cheap ass wouldn’t buy a ticket.)  Chevy will be matching the donations from the night, and all the proceeds will be benefiting two fantastic charities:

I Live Here, I Give Here works to encourage philanthropy by educating and connecting people in Austin with the non-profit organizations that they care about.  They recently raised over $5.7 million for over 496 nonprofits in the Amplify Austin campaign, and they spotlight specific needs every month to let Austinites know how they can help.
Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAMM) provides access to affordable health care for Austin’s low-income, uninsured working musicians who are self-employed and would otherwise have no access to health insurance or basic health care.

Y’all follow this blog and follow me on social media, so you should feel confident in my shopping abilities and should know that I’m going to be finding some good things for this charity raffle. If you want, you can take a look at my Twitter and Instagram Thursday morning to get a sneak peek of the things I end up buying. If you like what you see, then you should definitely come out to the party to try and win something.

Besides the raffle, this “Chevy Shop Social” party will also have live music, food trucks, and of course some new Chevy cars on display.  So come out and enjoy this fun and charitable event!  The party is from 6-9 pm at the Getaway Motor Club (3700 Thompson St., Austin TX). I hope to see your face there.

Joanna Wilkinson
keep austin stylish

Say My Name Say My Name

License plates, keychains, magnets!  If you were lucky enough to grow up with a name like John or Jennifer (ugh stupid older siblings), then you have never understood the plight of not being able to purchase one of these glorious items with your name on it.  At nine years old I just wanted to be like everyone else, and I can still remember the agony I felt inside the giant “Alvin’s Island” gift shop in Pensacola, Florida which failed to sell a single item with the name “Joanna” on it.

It’s not that my name is so uncommon that people have never heard it before or don’t know how to pronounce it (although it boggles my mind that there are still adults today who can’t seem to get it right. There’s an “A” on the end, and no “H” people.) It’s just that my name is uncommon enough that it isn’t worth it to a company to mass produce it onto a plastic keychain in the shape of the state of Florida.  This Simpsons clip was my jam in 1992:


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Priscilla Barroso Says “Be A Kid Again” With Her Latest Collection For Crowned Bird

When Priscilla and I were in Tokyo back in December, we met a lot of interesting people. Toy designers, inventors, musicians, illustrators, clothing designers.  You would have never been able to guess the ages of these people because they exuded youth, creativity, and fun.  They were almost all in their 40s. “Tokyo is a place you come to if you want to be a kid” said Don the 40-something year old toy designer.  I was only in Tokyo for about a week, but it didn’t take long for me to understand what he meant.  On that trip I witnessed street construction signs that looked like amusement park displays, I purchased condoms with cartoon bears on the box, and I saw adults dressed in playful colorful attire walking down the street on their way to work.

Since Priscilla Barroso launched her first collection for her line Crowned Bird three years ago, her aesthetic has always been one full of color, youthfulness, and inspired by the past.  But with her third collection, BAKA, which stands for Be A Kid Again and also means “foolish” in Japanese, Priscilla plays with the idea of youthful light-heartedness and nostalgia even further than she has before.  Undoubtedly inspired by her trip to Tokyo, BAKA displays even brighter colors, more exaggerated silhouettes, and “little-girl” cuteness.  While the collection has a sweetness to it, it manages to remain quirky.

One of the most pleasantly surprising things from the collection which premiered at Austin Fashion Week, is the final look consisting of a patterned skirt-suit in oversized polka dots.  It is the perfect combination of “mature woman” mixed with “fun little-girl.”  It’s ironic that in a collection titled “Be A Kid Again” Priscilla showed her most grown-up look, but that’s why we love her.  Crowned Bird is sophistication with a wink.

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What I Wore: Austin Fashion Week Awards

This week was crazy.  In between shooting street style photos out at Carson Creek Ranch for Austin Psych Fest, I was also running around to fashion events for Austin Fashion Week. Saturday night I kicked off my dusty cowboy boots and put on what is probably the most glamorous gown I have ever worn.  UT fashion design student Madeline Hart was nice enough to lend me this fabulous dress that she showed on the runway at the UT Fashion Show last week.  Madeline rightfully won the award for Best Evening Gown with this dress. It was so well made, and the day before the event Madeline had a fitting with me to make sure the dress would fit me like a glove, which it did.  I got a few comparisons to Jessica Rabbit, compliments on my butt, and Stephen Moser even looked at the dress and said “that bitch stole my design” which Madeline should only take as a huge pat on the back (trust me Madeline.)

This might be the cheesiest thing I’ve ever written, but, it didn’t matter that I didn’t win a “Rising Star” award at the Austin Fashion Week Awards, because this dress made me feel like a star.

photo by Peter Tung

Joanna Wilkinson
keep austin stylish

The Fashion at Austin Psych Fest 2014

Unsurprisingly there was plenty of 1960s and 1970s style influences seen at Austin Psych Fest this past weekend. Bell bottoms, floppy hats, peasant tops, bell sleeves, and crochet dresses are all the norm at the psychedelic rock music festival.  This year though, I saw more attendees influenced by current trends such as metallic and batwing sunglasses, as well as wide brimmed straw hats.  But the main difference in the style this year at Psych Fest was that everyone was wearing a lot more color.  Last year was black, black on black, and black accessorized with black, whereas this year there was an abundance of floral print, denim, and even some multi-colored sequins.

The best part about the street style at Austin Psych Fest?  I saw zero white people in Native American headdresses and only one floral headband, so ACL and Coachella can suck it.

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