Backyard Bum

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One thing I learned about Austin is that people love backyards there. Every backyard I saw was perfectly prepped for some serious down time, sipping an Austin Beerworks brew or a Topo Chico (how can one brand of sparkling water be so particularly refreshing? Must be the graphic design), and hanging out with the neighborhood pets/livestock. The backyard at the house we rented had a chicken coop, an extensive herb garden, and of course a Texas flag - as we all should. This is the way of life there and I love it. Heather and I decided to shoot in the yard to capture the beautiful simplicity of it all, which is why I obviously had to add a harness to the equation. OK fine, that was just for dramatic effect. But in all seriousness, I'm a harness fan and you can expect to see more ways to wear them in the coming months. This flowy Gold Hawk dress is going to be my summer favorite, I just know it. It's so soft and feminine which makes it an easy target for edging out with hardass accessories. I might even have to grab it in gray too. I picked up the star jacket at Forever21 back in February with Austin already in mind, but at the last minute decided to chop off the sleeves which took it from middle school to School of Rock. I wish you all the chillest of weekends, Austin style.

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130428_TheLifeStyled_ATX_0066Gold Hawk dress (here it is in blue), Forever21 jacket (turned into a vest), BCBG harness, Marlies Dekkers bra, Jeffrey Campbell boots, Workhorse Jewelry necklace (c/o), Bracelets: H&M, Hailmary (c/o), DIY, Forever21, BCBGeneration
Photography by Heather Gallagher (see more photos from this shoot on her blog!)

 

 

Texas Life

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130428_TheLifeStyled_ATX_0187Don't you love those days when life slows down and you get a chance to stop to appreciate the finer things? Like time with friends under a picturesque sunset, enjoying good food and wine, and experiencing a new city for the first time. That's what this trip to Austin was for me and I did not want to come back to real life. It's such an awesome city filled with the most amazing music, vintage stores, patios, BBQ, Tex Mex, and more bars per capita than probably any place I've ever been. The best part is the way of life there that's hard to describe except to say that everyone is just loving life - us included. I even had a chance to go out and shoot with my talented friend Heather Gallagher, who as you can see here from the matte black VW bus (what??), really knows how to make magic happen. This outfit is all you really need in Austin - cutoff shorts, loose vintagey tees, beat up boots, pops of contrast, and cheeky accessories. I'll be collecting more of these things in preparation for my next visit, which hopefully will be for much longer.

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130428_TheLifeStyled_ATX_0262BCBG blazer, Vintage Havana tank (c/o), Free People shorts and socks, Steve Madden boots, Ray-Ban sunglasses, Rebecca Minkoff purse, Workhorse Jewelry necklace (c/o), House of Harlow ring, Nixon watch (c/o Watch Co), Lipstick: Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid in Electric Orange
Photography by Heather Gallagher (see more from this shoot on her blog!)

Austin Awaits

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Austin Packing List
ban.do star comb, Miu Miu sunglasses, Miss Selfridge eagle collar, Topshop dress, Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren shorts, Mara Hoffman bustier, i.d. internoscia design fringe clutch, MICHAEL Michael Kors leather vest, Zara studded sandals, Tom Ford nail lacquer in Ginger Fire, Topshop harness, Luv AJ prism ring, Zazzle Texas iPhone case

This week I am Austin bound for a little vacation with the hubs and some of our dear friends from back east. It's a place that's been on my list for years but I've never made it down, so I'm extra excited to see the city and take in some fashion inspiration. As I'm getting ready to pack, I'm inspired by styles that are a little bit hipster, Americana with a southern twang, and of course the always necessary touches of glamour and edge. I've been making a list of spots to eat, see, and shop at, so definitely fill me in on your favorite Austin hangouts!

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