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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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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DIY: Pimped Out Sunnies

Have y’all been noticing all the elaborate designer sunglasses that are popping up everywhere? I’ve been seriously eyeballing a lot of cool decorative sunnies online recently. Take a look at these bad girls:

That last pair is from Bad Cake, and comes with a price tag of $110. Sunglasses are my favorite accessory for outdoor festivals and summer time activities, and I was thinking that these would be super fun to wear during SXSW.  While I wouldn’t be completely opposed to paying a hundred dollars for a pair of sunglasses that I might only wear a few times before inevitably breaking them, or even more likely, losing them; my preference for an activity such as SX is to buy some cheap sunnies that I don’t care about messing up.

I’m not much of a DIY girl, but this seemed like too easy and logical of a DIY project to pass up. After I consumed some free tacos and booze, my pal Jenny and I had a little craft night. Normally I wouldn’t recommend working a hot glue gun after drinking vodka, but everything turned out great and we’re all still alive. Here’s how to make your own pimped out sunnies on the cheap:

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SXSW: What to Wear?!

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.

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TRIBEZA Style Week’s Upcoming Events

Now in its 10th year, Tribeza Style Week is the oldest running week of events that is dedicated to Austin style.  One of the things I have always liked about the Style Week events is that they can be enjoyed by even those who might not necessarily consider themselves to be in the Austin “fashion scene.”  The events not only put an emphasis on local boutiques and local designers, but Tribeza makes sure to not leave out the elements of good food and good booze as well.

Here’s a rundown and schedule of the upcoming events for Tribeza Style Week:

Where: Revival Cycles 5305 Bolm Rd.

When: Friday, September 20 7-10pm

Tickets: $15

This was my favorite event last year during Style Week for a few reasons, but the main reason of course being this was a fashion event that actually brought out the Austin men.  This event didn’t just bring out the few men you might frequently see at local fashion events, but rather this event brought out dudes of all types from around all parts of town.  Hi boys!  The event will also have great food and drinks, so you really can’t go wrong with this one.

What: Pop-up shops from Co-StarDandy SuitsHELM BootsBy GeorgeHowler BrothersRevival RetailSam HillSTAG, Starling EyewearBonobos and Traveller Denim Co. The design duo behind LAND, Caleb Owen Everitt and Ryan Rhodes, will have a special art installation on display. The Lumiere Photobooth will be set up for snapping pictures. Music by DJ GIVE’R  spinning vintage 78s. Food provided by Easy Tiger and Stiles Switch BBQ. Drinks from Deep Eddy Vodka, Dickle Rye, Troublemaker Red Wine, Liberty School White Wine, Pacifico and Topo Chico.

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What They Wore: New York Fashion Week STREET STYLE!

It was my first morning in NYC, and as I made my way to the New York Fashion Week grounds and walked up the steps of the Lincoln Center, I was immediately overwhelmed at all the fashion eye candy.  The first person I stopped to photograph was a whacky dressed man wearing Mickey Mouse ears. Only afterwards did I realize I had just photographed Mondo, one of my all time favorite Project Runway designers.  This first experience was just a taste of the amazing visual treats that were to come from my 5 day stay in New York, and by the time the trip was over I had certainly become a style diabetic.

Some standout trends that I noticed were huge in New York during Fashion Week were: mirrored sunglasses (I think even the crazy people who beg for money in the subway were wearing these), metallic shoes and accessories, lucite clutches and sheer vinyl bags, head-to-toe white, black and white stripes and checks, head-to-toe matching patterns, and of course the “jacket over the shoulders without putting your arms through the sleeves” look.  It’s a fairly well known fact that people in New York hate putting their arms through sleeves, they absolutely hate it.  I tried to recreate this look at one point while I was in New York because ya know “when in Rome”, however, I found it hard to function like this (mostly because of my nerves.)  How does anyone just walk around with their jacket draped over themselves as if they’re not terrified that it could fall off at any unforeseen moment?! I guess I just can’t live life that imprudently.

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Street Style: Jenny Woys

Jenny Woys

Age: 29

Occupation: Wardrobe stylist

Spotted on: South Congress

Wearing: top by Insight from 80′s Purple, skirt from H&M, shoes by Jeffrey Campbell, sunglasses by House of Holland

Currently listening to: Regina Spektor

Joanna Wilkinson
keep austin stylish

Street Style Pic of the Week: Leslie Booher

Leslie Booher

Age: 23

Occupation: Project manager at Electric Frenchie

Spotted at: Stubbs

Wearing: vintage flannel from Goodwill, Top Shop floral mini, Doc Martens, Free People socks, vintage sunglasses

Currently listening to: Alison Krauss & Union Station, New Favorite


Joanna Wilkinson
keep austin stylish

How Many Pairs of One Shoe Is Too Many Pairs?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately.  About the future of our state, the future of our country, the influence media has on the masses, and the effect technology has on our daily human interactions.  But most importantly of course, I have recently been giving much thought to SHOES.

A few days ago a package arrived at my door.  Inside the package were 2 pairs of the same exact shoe.  As quick as I took all 4 individual shoes out of their boxes and lined them up in a row on my floor, I just as soon began to question my sanity.  These multiple shoes weren’t purchased by accident.  It was a deliberate attempt by myself to ensure that my favorite pair of shoes would never leave my feet.  I already owned one pair of these shoes- the platform Dolce Vita sandal in black leather with a unique chunky wooden heel. The recent purchase of 2 additional pairs of shoes upped my grand total of this type of shoe to be 3 pairs .  Let me try and excuse this ridiculousness by giving some explanation to this shoe purchase…

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