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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Topshop and Nordstroms in various cities across the country came together recently and chose one fashion blogger in each city to host a Topshop at Nordstrom event. I was so thrilled to get to host the Topshop Loves Austin event because I wholeheartedly love Topshop, and I am so happy to have a little bit of Tosphop style now accessible in our city. Thanks so much for everyone who came out last weekend to shop the super cute Topshop and Topman selections and to say hi to me at the Nordstrom at Barton Creek Mall.
Gail Chovan’s fashion shows always seem to mark the first night of Fall in Austin. Last year everyone busted out their furs and oxblood colored garments. This year it was all about hats, capes, prints, unique accessories, and of course still the furs. Once it cools down, Austinites really embrace getting dressed up at night, and Gail Chovan’s shows particularly bring out a stylish and creative crowd. Last Wednesday’s “Aesthetic Ghosts” show was definitely a great night for style watching.
Topshop loves Austin, and who doesn’t love Topshop?? No one! Everyone loves Topshop, because well, Topshop is awesome. Years ago when I first visited NYC I fell in love with the British shop and lamented the fact that there was not a comparable shopping experience like this in Austin. While there still is not a multilevel store here like the glorious Topshop on 478 Broadway, the retailer has since expanded and can be found in Nordstroms across the country. Topshop and Nordstrom called upon little ol’ me to host the Topshop Loves Austin event next Saturday and I couldn’t be more thrilled to do so!
Please come out next weekend and say hi to me as I try to appear calm and cool while hosting this shopping event (my name is gonna be on a sign!) I will be styling some of my most recent favorite Topshop looks and you will be encouraged to instagram a selfie in your favorite Topshop outfit and hashtag it #topshopxnordstrom. Please join in on the selfie-palooza or else that hashtag will only bring up a bunch of photos of myself because I plan on hashtagging the shit out of this event next weekend.
And make sure you come out early because the first 100 attendees of the event will get a swag bag! I don’t know what the swag bag entails but I think I might be able to score one too if I smile enough, so hopefully it’s something good. See y’all next weekend!
1:00 – 4:00 pm
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A danceable beat pumped through the speakers and sawdust lingered in the air. As the first model in Gail Chovan‘s runway show made her way out in front of the crowd at the Delta Lumber and Millworks on the east side of Austin, I immediately felt happily surprised. The music, and the vibe it created, was quite a contrast from Gail’s runway show last year which featured an eery orchestral version of Radiohead’s “Creep.” Instead of the slow, and what many might have labeled as “morose,” model walks that Gail’s shows usually portray, the girls came down the runway with more standardly paced model walks. The show was significantly more upbeat than what you might be used to seeing from the designer who is notorious for creating in all black. However, the atmosphere of Wednesday night’s show was just as awe-inspiring and magical as ever.
When I found out I had been denied a photo pass to ACL, I was only mildly bummed. Actually to be quite honest, I didn’t care at all. My friends and I skipped out on the first weekend of ACL entirely and drove out west to Marfa instead. I even purchased an instant camera before the trip (yes I took a polaroid camera to Marfa, call me a hipster all you want), and the trip was beautiful and full of border control and toothless adventures. I told myself I would only attend the second weekend of ACL if a ticket fell into my lap. Well, one did (I sorta knew it would because it’s actually normally a lot more difficult to NOT attend ACL than it is to attend it).
However, the great flood of 2013 kept me from attending more than only one day of the music festival, so I was only able to snap style photos of one day. After witnessing the YOLO t-shirts, the guys dressed up in twin 70s tuxedos, and the amount of girls who scarily looked like they might be influenced too much by Miley Cyrus, I still stand by my historically proven theory that ACL is the worst music festival for fashion. I tried to focus on the good, relying on my street style eye to find the hidden gems, but even the good has left me yawning. Basically, I think I might start ripping flower crowns off girls’ heads at music festivals and create a mulch company called “I’m Over It.”
What do y’all think about the fashion at ACL?