Fashion Freakout, I Missed You

I don’t know what was going on Saturday but I swear there was some sort of glitch in Austin’s space time continuum.  The day flew by so quickly that all of a sudden it was almost 8:00 and I hadn’t even picked out an outfit to wear to the Freakout yet. I quickly threw on my Bart Simpson t-shirt (that I found on Ebay 10 years ago and hadn’t worn in about 3) and some sequins, summoned my Lyft driver, and was out the door.  It was probably best that I didn’t have much time to spend on deciding what to wear.  I felt comfy and confident the whole night as I was much more focused on the show and on having fun.  I was feeling the Fashion Freakout good vibes.

Doors opened at 7 pm last Saturday night at Hotel Vegas for, after an almost 3 year hiatus, Fashion Freakout’s return and 6th edition.  I wasn’t the only one affected by the spacetime continuum issue that was happening Saturday night, because although the show was scheduled to start at 9, Hotel Vegas wasn’t fully packed til around 9:30. And it was of course just about this time when suddenly time slowed back down to its regular speed, causing a major build in anticipation.

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Fashion Freakout is Back!

Because I’ve been at this whole Austin fashion blog thing for 5 years, I will admit that I have become a little burnt out and somewhat jaded when it comes to local fashion events.  It’s very rare that I attend a fashion event in Austin that lives up to the hype that its organizers or publicists attempt to create, and this especially rings true when we are talking about fashion shows.  But when I heard that after almost a three-year hiatus, Fashion Freakout was returning, I was legitimately excited.

Fashion Freakout is the show I always reference when people ask me about the Austin fashion scene.  It is one of, if not the only, regular fashion events in Austin that feels uniquely and representative of Austin.  Why?  The show is comprised of local vintage boutiques showcasing their rock star styling, the babeliest of local babes walking the runway, and, live music.  The energy at this show has always been amazing.  You can not only see but feel the passion everyone involved in this show has for producing a fun and creative event.

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Fashion at The Fest: ACL 2014!

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in my #StylishatACL GIVEAWAY courtesy of AT&T U-Verse GigaPower! It was truthfully very exciting and fun to do this type of interactive giveaway and see everyone’s responses. I had so much fun this weekend and it was in big part thanks to y’all who follow and support this blog!

Scroll down to the end of my recap and photos to find out if you are the WINNER of 2 tickets to the next weekend of ACL!…

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Of course by now y’all know that documenting the fashion at festivals is one of my favorite things to do with this blog.  That’s why it is a bummer that ACL regularly denies my request for a photo pass for this blog.  However, I’ve been honest on here before when expressing my feelings about the fashion at ACL.  The fashion at ACL is usually, well, uninspiring.  There are girls with floral crowns, white people in Native American headdresses, and a scary amount of cargo shorts and flip flops. But, it’s situations like these that make street style photography even more of a fun game so I was still kinda sad when I realized I wouldn’t be getting to go to ACL.

Just when I had come to terms with the fact that I would not be getting to see André 3000 live on stage, about a week ago I got a phone call from some folks over at AT&T who told me they wanted to, you guessed it, send me to ACL!  I was on a date with a guy the other day who asked me if I was going to ACL and when I explained to him that AT&T was sending me, he asked if that meant I was a “sell out”.  The answer to this dumb question is obviously, nope.  I’m so excited about this collaboration because not only do I get to go and take photos at the fest, but I also get to GIVE AWAY TWO TICKETS TO WEEKEND 2 of ACL! This is what having a blog is all about, right? Getting the freebies and spreading the freebies…

So why is AT&T doing all this? AT&T U-Verse will have a tent set up at ACL promoting their super fast Internet, GIGAPOWER, which is now available in Austin (go here to find out where GigaPower will be next, and here to find out if you are U-verse with AT&T GigaPower eligible.)  And if you wanna go test out GigaPower in action, you can find their tent which will also have mobile charging stations (Note: if you’re hanging out with me and we end up having a little too much fun and get separated, THIS IS WHERE I WILL BE). Local graffiti artists will also be there creating murals throughout the weekend and I will be live tweeting this process. You can follow along with my hashtag #StylishatACL for this and all of my fest shenanigans.


So how do you ENTER TO WIN TWO TICKETS to ACL weekend 2?!  Entering is super fun and easy.  Just use the hashtag #StylishAtACL to interact with me on social media via Twitter(@austinstylish), Facebook, or Instagram (or even Vine if you’re still into that).  I will interact with you live from the fest throughout weekend one and be documenting all the fun fashion at the fest.  Just make sure to use the hashtag and you will be automatically entered in the giveaway.  For extra entries, leave a comment on this post and let me know who you’re most excited to see, or what you would wear to ACL if you won.

After this weekend I will post all my festival fashion photos and announce the winner!  Good luck!

-Joanna Wilkinson

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
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