SX is almost here! Here’s my roundup of all the fashiony type events that you won’t want to miss during SXSW this year (most of them are FREE.) Check back as I’ll be updating this list throughout the next few days…
Style X is back this year! Err, the name is at least. Unlike the big retail event which premiered back in 2011 and included pop up shops and runway shows in addition to speaking panels, Style X this year is scaled back to simply encompass all the fashion related interactive events.
Here’s a list of all the Style X panels happening during the Interactive portion of SXSW (Friday Mar.7 – Tuesday Mar.11), which you will need an Interactive badge to attend:
Other Style X Events:
Style + Tech Meetup
SXSW Interactive’s Publicist and Style Programmer, Kelly Krause is hosting her 3rd annual Meet Up for style + tech mavens.
Sunday, March 9, 5:00PM – 6:00PM
Proof Annex – 711 E 6th St
Decoded Fashion at Wanderlust Neiman Marcus and Decoded Fashion will host a half day of panels, speakers, mentorship opportunities and a lounge at Wanderlust. Tuesday, March 11 from 9am-12pm, Wanderlust 206 E 4th St
I hope y’all have been getting plenty of rest and drinking lots of agua, because pretty soon there will be no more of that nonsense. Besides mentally and physically preparing yourself for the fun, craziness, and exhaustion that is SXSW, you should also start preparing your wardrobe.
For SX you definitely want to try and stand out in the crowd. You never know which out-of-towner’s eye you might catch (hey boy hey), what magazine might want to snap your photo (me on Teen VOGUE last year), or who might decide to invite you to some crazy VIP party. It’s always best to look put together and unique, however, you never want your style choices to get in the way of your comfort.
When I tweeted that I wanted a hair weave, one of my followers asked if my account had been hacked.
Nope, my expression of wanting hair extensions was true and honest. Beneath the fine hair which sits on top of my head, has always been a mind dreaming of thicker fuller hair. I’ve always known the look I wanted would never be fully achieved with the use of hair products and styling (a volumizing foam can only do so much.)
A few years ago I met a friend who used clip on extensions fairly regularly to add fullness to her hair. While the clip ons worked well for her (she already had fairly full hair compared to me), I could only imagine myself in clip on extensions being even more of a nervous wreck than I already. “Are my extensions falling out?” “Can you see my clips?” Already bouncing around a fair amount of bizarre thoughts in my mind at all times, I really didn’t think there was any room up there for the worry that I felt would accompany clip on hair extensions. I hate to overuse a Sweet Brown quote but seriously, nobody got time for dat. And after realizing everyone I see on TV has hair extensions (seriously, pretty much everyone in Hollywood wears some form of hair extensions) I decided that permanent hair extensions might be the way to go.
The toilet seats are heated, the subways are actually clean, they sell condoms with anime bears on them, and the men carry hand bags. Japan is definitely different from the U.S., and honestly in a lot of ways I found it to be superior. As far as street style goes, I can’t imagine there would be a better place to shoot than Tokyo. Street style photography is huge in Tokyo, especially in the Harajuku area which is where I spent most of my time. Street style photographers actually roam these streets daily snapping photos for various websites and local magazines. When I’m in Austin trying to take street style pics I feel like I’m doing something unique, whereas in Tokyo I felt like I was just part of the regular scene. However, I didn’t speak hardly a word of Japanese so I definitely felt awkward trying to ask people if I could take their photo (imagine me saying the Japanese word for “excuse me” spoken very poorly and pointing to my camera.)
Japanese people are very polite though, and since street style photography is so common there, most people were willing to let me take their photo and many struck poses without even thinking about it as if getting their photo taken on the street was part of their daily routine. This is the thing that makes Tokyo street style so special. When I was in New York for fashion week I got a strong sense that the people I photographed had planned their outfits for weeks in hopes to have their photo taken. In Tokyo, there’s no need for an event. People walk the streets every day on their way to work dressed in a well styled outfit. The street style in Tokyo is authentic, and the fashion there isn’t ruled by industry standards.
Some common trends I saw during my short trip to Tokyo were beanies, berets, New Balance sneakers, oversized coats, and pants cuffed high with socks showing. Menswear seems to be a big influence right now in what the ladies are wearing, and overall the style in Japan is always playful.
If you don’t think there are things sitting in your closet that you should get rid of, first of all, you are lying and second of all, you are lying. I swear, every girl who is really into fashion is at any given moment just one dozen cats away from starring in their own episode of “Hoarders.” There have been many times that I’ve contemplated selling my personal clothes via my blog or online somehow, but honestly I’ve never been sure which outlet to use. I usually end up just going to Buffalo Exchange because this is (usually) quick and easy. But I’m sure I’m not the only one who has at times walked out of Buffalo Exchange feeling like the stupid white girl in a foreign country who just got swindled by the street corner vendor. In other words, they don’t always give you the best deal.
Bib + Tuck is a site that makes it easy (and also fun) to sell your clothes online. You set up a profile, upload styled photos of your gently used items, and assign them virtual “bucks.” When someone buys (err “tucks”) one of your items, you are then emailed a prepaid shipping label that you use to mail your stuff. You’re then given virtual bucks that you can use to tuck other items. It’s basically one giant online clothing swap, and it’s pretty fun.
If celebrating “leave your family on Thanksgiving night to go stand in line at Old Navy” a.k.a. “Black Friday” (which actually starts on Thursday) is not your thing, and you just weren’t able to do any shopping on “Small Business Saturday,” luckily for you we live in a society that now celebrates multiple shopping holidays! Truthfully “Cyber Monday” is my preferred shopping holiday because you can get the best deals all without ever leaving your bed (or sneakily at the office, which is really the best place to get all your shopping done.)
Here are links to some of my favorite online stores, along with a couple of my picks for holiday party dresses, AND some Cyber Monday sale info:
The Reformation has easily and quickly become my new favorite online store. It’s unusual for me to find a boutique, either online or not, where I could literally see myself wearing every piece they carry, but this store is it.
This little red velvet dress is classy but flirty, and you could easily dress it up or down. For a holiday party I would maybe add some patterned tights and a chunky jeweled necklace, but you could also keep it super simple and still look like a total babe (make sure your open back is turned to someone whose eye you want to catch, and then just at the right moment you can turn and do the sexy “lookback” that this model has perfected.)harvest dress, $218
30% off today for Cyber Monday with code: WHOOP
I’ve been single for quite some time now, and being single is pretty much the greatest. No one’s around to tell you that you’re watching too much Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, you don’t ever have to pretend to care about sports or join a fantasy football league, the only laundry you ever do is your own, and you literally get to do who or whatever you want.
The downside to being single is that you have to try and date other people, and this is where it can get horrifying. Truthfully I am actually a hopeless romantic and tend to have a very open heart, so my 20s have naturally been filled with some scary dating experiences that have left me with some important knowledge for the future. If you are single and you do not have a list (a mental one at least, but it helps to write them down) of red flags, then you are either extremely brave or helplessly unaware. Here are some of my (I called upon my best friend for some advice as well) most important dating RED FLAGS in no particular order:
1. He’s not on Facebook
Sure, everyone hates Facebook and wishes they didn’t have to do it. But, most people will also say the same thing about their job from time to time, but that doesn’t mean they quit. You and I might hate Facebook but we’re still on it. Why? Because you and I are normal human beings who have decided to be a part of society. The guy who says he’s not on Facebook does not function by societal norms, which you might find intriguing. However, it’s actually not interesting at all once you realize that not only is he hiding his personal life from “the world,” but he’s also hiding his personal life from you, which you are not a part of, nor should you ever be. He is not to be trusted.
2. He’s a DJ
DJ’s are a particularly scary breed of men that aren’t much different than vampires. They live in a different mysterious world than you and I, which, might explain their initial appeal. However, even if you do manage to find a DJ who actually likes to socialize before sunset, you will find that this dark underworld is one which they thrive within and will attempt to bring you down into at the detriment of your well being. The undead will always try to feed off the living. You are alive and full of potential with a bright future ahead of you, your DJ is not.
If you were as sad as I was when local favorite, Laced with Romance decided to close its brick and mortar boutique and solely sell their unique vintage on the interwebs, then you will be as equally devastated if you miss out on this event. This Sunday Laced with Romance is opening the doors of their studio briefly to the public so that you can come do some shopping, champagne sipping, and brunch snacking. It will be just like old times!
With all the F1 stuff happening this weekend, it’s nice to have a local sanctuary to retreat to. If you are anything like me then you will also be heading to the East side of town for the E.A.S.T. Austin studio tour this weekend where you can have fun browsing the studio spaces and checking out the works of local Austin artists. There will be all sorts of events happening on the east side for this so make sure you go to the E.A.S.T. website to get more info on that. They have a map and an app you can look at to help you figure out what you should go to.
Lace with Romance studio
4507 S. 3rd. Street. Austin, Tx. 78745
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Have a happy weekend!
While the music is obviously the main draw to the festival and the reason for most of the fun fun fun, my focus is of course on the fashion fashion fashion. Fun Fun Fun Fest has quickly become one of my favorite, possibly my most favorite, music festival to photograph. Because the festival brings in a various group of musical acts, and many that are not on the mainstream radar, the street style at Fun Fun Fun is an eclectic mix. Of course though, there are always trends that stand out, and this year that would include: knee high socks, 90′s grunge style plaids, statement making profanity, and punk accessories.
There’s always a really fun sense of stylish customization at this fest that can most obviously be found on denim and leather jackets in the form of pins and buttons. It’s a look that’s very reminiscent of early 80s punk rock fashion. One of my favorite finds at the fest was a guy wearing his own FFF button which he customized with a fancy frame, while his best friend donned a pin bearing the face of none other than Karl Lagerfeld.
Check out all the photos of the FFFFF (Fun Fun Fun Fest FASHION)…
Who hasn’t ever been shopping for the perfect accessory and thought “This bracelet sure is pretty, but, it’s lack of ability to encapsulate my whiskey is disappointing”? Well, I’m sure some fabulous alcoholic has thought this at some point, right? Maybe? Actually, I think this secret flask bangle might have been designed with me in mind. I do not consider myself to be an alcoholic by any means, in fact, I rarely even have a drink past midnight or before noon these days so in Austin terms that pretty much makes me a Mormon.
However, when I go out I rarely say no to at least a few beverages, and based off my years of experience attending fashion shows and events in Austin, a flask is definitely never a bad thing to bring. I’m going to hypothesize that 50% of the time that I go to an event I will at some point hear myself say out loud “I should have brought my flask.” You just never know when the bartender is going to tell you that they’ve run out of liquor or when you’re in a room full of women and can’t wink your way to the front of the free drink line. A flask is the ultimate in independence and when it’s disguised as a beautiful silver bangle, well, you might as well label it the baddest wolf in the prettiest sheep’s clothing. Yes, the more I think about it the more I’m convinced that this Cynthia Rowley booze bangle will have to be mine.
Silver Secret Flask Bangle, Cynthia Rowley $225
What type of booze would you pour into this lovely piece of jewelry?
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