Alright, y’all, this is a time that we all need to come together as one and help all of the survivors and animals effected by Hurricane Harvey. I’m sure by now most of y’all are aware at how devastating this storm is and continues to be. Hundreds of thousands of people are stranded in their homes, thousands have completely lost their homes and on top of that, thousands of animals have their lives threatened as well. Shelters have been flooded and pets are being dispersed all over Texas to stay safe. This is by far one of the worst hurricanes we have ever seen so let’s band together and help those who are in need.
TGIF, friends! Spring is here and that means it’s time to start shopping for warm weather looks. In celebration of this gorgeous weather, I’m sharing 3 of my most coveted, affordable Spring looks with Gentle Fawn that won’t break the bank. Speaking of gorgeous weather, Texas has apparently decided that we didn’t need Spring and has moved right on into summer temps. It’s been upper 80s and low 90s the past few weeks! I can’t say I’m not enjoying it but that really scares me to think of how hot our summer is going to be… It’s not looking good.
Is it next week yet?? I always forget how intense SXSW is until I’m enthralled in the festivities! It’s day 4 for me and I’ve got 3 more long days to go. Wish me luck! I know I did a survival guide post on how to make it through SXSW but I really wanted to do a post on what people should be wearing as it’s currently fresh on my mind. There’s no better time to actually get this post up than the present! Plus I wanted to show off my favorite and comfiest look from SX so far! I’ll be sure to do a recap of what I wore once this week/weekend is over! That’s if I am still alive after that! HA!
Well, so much for summer temps in Austin! As much as I had hoped the 80-90 degree weather would stay in our forecast, good things apparently have to come to an end. Insert sad face. I do have to say I am somewhat disappointed that it is now in the 40s and raining considering it is SXSW where thousands and thousands of people come to Austin to be outside! Saturday was my first official day of SXSW and it was MISERABLE! Obviously fun to be around my friends, but cold and rainy! YUCK! It was literally 50 degrees and pouring outside. Parking was such a nightmare that my friend and I had to pay to park, walk in the mud and go to events in the rain, while wearing suede shoes. No bueno!! Thankfully, the week ahead looks partly sunny and in the 60s. I’ll take it!
So long amazing Fall weather, we’re back to a crisp 90 degrees again. Stupid Texas weather!! Where are the Fall temps?! Before our heat wave hit Austin I shot the CUTEST tassel skirt that I am absolutely obsessed with. Definitely a little number I will be wearing all throughout the Fall; if it ever shows up again!
Who doesn’t love a good OTS (off-the-shoulder) top and a great pair of linen pants?? I have practically been living in breathable fabrics with this outrageous Texas heat. If you live in Texas you know exactly what I’m talking about. The type of weather where you walk outside and before you’ve been standing there for 2 seconds you’re already drenched in sweat? Or when it gets to 115 degrees with 90% humidity, so you’re essentially living in a sauna?? I can’t say I love these Texas summers! That means I need to seriously be practical with what I’m going to wear out of the house.
Welcome to the very first look into my newly renovated house in Austin, TX! I am so excited to have partnered with Joss & Main to design one of my bedrooms to show off to all of my lovely friends, family and readers! Before you scroll down to see the finished project, I want to give everyone a little backstory on this house.
Welcome to Hotel Van Zandt in one of the hippest areas of Austin; iconic Rainey Street.
I’m going to start off this review of Van Zandt in a very unusual fashion. One of the best parts of my stay was the bathroom! And for a good reason; the bath tub and view were spectacular. For those that know me, I absolutely love a modern looking stand alone tub, add on top a lovely view of downtown Austin and I’m sold. The only guest who didn’t like the tub was Steven Jalepeño (my Brussels Griffon) because he couldn’t keep his watchful eye on mommy.
This brings me to the next coolest thing about the Van Zandt, it is pet friendly with no deposit required!! Steven really couldn’t complain since he got his own dog bed and bowls delivered to the room upon our arrival! He’s an extremely picky dog when it comes to his bedding and absolutely loved it. So much so, we are buying one online from the Van Zandt store.
The attention to detail in the room and the rest of the hotel was absolutely amazing. From little things like USB charging ports and a portable bluetooth speaker to the overall atmosphere created by the mid century modern furniture and Texas based artwork. That attention to detail wasn’t just in what you could see, but also in what you would hear as I explored the hotel. Lauren Bucherie is the resident musical expert that has handcrafted a song list for each individual section of the hotel. There’s a separate playlist for the lobby, for the restaurant, for the pool (and even underwater!), and for the elevators! This touch really set the mood for my entire stay and was a true testament to the Van Zandt for adopting that ‘weird’ Austin lifestyle.
HUGE thank you to the Hotel Van Zandt for making my stay and even Mr. Steven Jalapeño’s stay so memorable. We are already planning our next stay-cation!
Now, who is excited to book a stay at the Van Zandt? Take advantage of the Van Zandt “Sneak Peek” and get 25% off a 1 night stay and 20% off a 2 night stay! Click HERE to see all of the hotel specials going on right now.
Steven even got his own bed! He’s also trying to win a free trip from Kimpton, so go vote for him HERE!
Now, on to the fashion portion of the post!! I always have to do an outfit shoot in all of the cool places I stay and there was no exception here. The interior of this space is spectacular, as you can see from the photos above. The horn chandelier is one of my favorite pieces from this hotel so I had to try and incorporate them somehow.
This gorgeous dress is from Windsor and fit the scenery perfectly. The right amount of color against the industrial touches of the hotel’s exterior.
Handbag – DVF (Similar HERE) // Watch – Chanel J12
ACL goers are currently consuming the city of Austin for the next 2 weekends, and man, do we see a wide range of “fashion” out there! This is one of the busiest times of the year for me as so many people are wondering how to look cute yet stay extremely comfortable in this crazy Texas weather.
You will definitely be standing and walking around the majority of the day without an AC so comfort is key… First and foremost, bring sunscreen! Our Texas sun is HOT and is unforgiving! Not only will you get sunburned, you will get heat exhaustion if you aren’t careful. So, please, stay hydrated and wear sunscreen!
Now, to the fun stuff! Dressing for ACL is a project on it’s own so I wanted to make this easy for all of the fashion forward ladies out there!
Here is my ACL fashion survival kit all under $100:
Hat – H&M (Similar HERE)
Bralette – Free People
As most of my long time followers know, not only am I a fashion blogger as of the past 9 months but have been a freelance commercial advertising wardrobe stylist for 5 + years. SXSW is normally a time I pack everything up and head out of town for some R&R until an amazing job comes along. I rarely post any of my wardrobe styling work since it doesn’t really tie in to fashion blogging, but this was too good not to share.
Lyft contacted me on my birthday to help out with, what I thought, was a campaign photoshoot during SXSW. Little did I know it was even COOLER!! They were planning an “activation” called Magic Mode since Lyft is the official rideshare partner of SXSW 2015. And man, did they go all out!
9 drivers, 9 cars.
Let me rephrase that – 9 drivers in full costume to go along with the 9 vintage + modern day sports cars. I’ve had quite a few friends already posting and texting that they were in some of the Magic Mode cars! This “activation” ran from Friday – Sunday to kick of SXSW.
Our awesome photog, Max Morse, snapped some of the character shots below before the drivers went out for the first day of driving. Like I said on my Instagram, this has definitely been the BEST project I have ever worked on in my years of wardrobe styling. The Lyft team is AMAZING and gave me full creative freedom on these costumes, and I have to say, they came out pretty dead on! Even the passengers commented on how accurate they looked compared to their cars. Gotta love hearing that! 🙂
Check out some of these shots and let me know if you rode with any of the drivers!!
From left to right:
Blinged-Out Mom (2016 Range Rover Signature Edition) // Tech Guy (Tesla) // Italian Job (’70 Mini Cooper) // James Bond (R8) // Red Rebel (Corvette)
Surfer Dude (’66 Continental) // Audrey Hepburn (’63 Bentley) // Hillbilly (’51 Chevy) // Femme Fatale (Ferrari)