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  • Beauty and the Beast

    The most romantic photoshoot with The Bird and the Bear looks, as it should, like a fairytale! My inspiration for the makeup was the deep berry colors of winter. I wanted the lips to be dark without looking goth, so I used Diva, a reddish burgandy matte from MAC that looks amazing with Katelyn's pale skin and dark hair. I kept her eye makeup pretty simple but really went for it with her lashes using my new obsession-Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara from Marc Jacobs. For Katelyn's hair, I wanted to show off the cool ombre she has going on, so I really worked the texture to create a voluminous and effortless-looking style with a nod to the 1920s. 

    Katelyn, along with her husband Evan, was our model and is also our former bride! Check out Evan and Katelyn's website for a look at their fun collaboration with West Elm). You can't have a fairtyle without flowers, and Whim Hospitality blew my mind a bit with Katelyn's bouquet. And there is no other venue as epic as Canyonwood Ridge at night.


  • Festival Style at Any Age: Your 40s

    lf your 20s are about trends and comfort and your 30s are about full-on glamour, your 40s are about working your indivduality and showing the youngsters how it's done. After all, we have it all figured out by now. Don't we? 

    I technically have exactly 6 more months in my 30s, but I seemed like the obvious choice. I am the writer of this blog, after all! For showing up at festivals, I wear body-conscious pieces (mostly in dress form) that make a big impact while looking like I didn't try too hard or spend too much time worrying about what anyone else might be wearing. 

    Below, I'm wearing a graphic dress with awesome little shoulderpads (sounds weird but it's cool, I swear!) from MINKPINK. Since I don't have a tan yet, I paired it with brown fringe Lucky Brand boots-black just looks a little too harsh on these pasty stems. The geometric silver chocker is from Nordstrom Rack and the beaded earrings I got in Vietnam for around 20 cents. 

    I plan on wearing crop tops and bikinis for at least the next 15 years (#croptopsforlife). My stomach just wants to be seen-what can you do? The outfit below would be an evening look for me. The lace crop top is from Zara and crocheted yellow shorts are from Forever 21. The bracelets and rings are all everyday accessories. All of the bracelets came from either my mom or my travels: Africa, India, Nepal and Vietnam. The long, black-stoned ring is from Old Navy (I know, right?), the red-stoned ring is from Topshop and the gold ring is from H&M

    1. Ruffled Dress

    2. Striped Shorts

    3. Ruffled Top

    4. Ring

    5. Boots

  • Festival Style at Any Age: Your 30s

    If Festival Style in your 20s is about trends and comfort, your 30s are about full-on glam. Since you might be gainfully employed (this is Austin after all), SXSW means tons of nighttime shows, so dressing for longevity isn't such an issue. There's no better time to pull out the pieces in your closet that you haven't worn because you didn't have a place to wear them. Festivals are the time to be a little over the top! 

    Bold prints, blousy crop tops and layers of jewelry are all good places to start, as are the awesome thrift stores in Austin-stay tuned for my guide to the best local shopping! My 30 year old model and friend, Amelia, embodies the show-stopping style that will get you noticed (and photographed?!) all week long.

    Amelia is a master at pairing high and lower-priced pieces to create unexpected looks with a lot of detail. Below, she paired a Free People dress with Quay Sunglasses, a choker from Forever 21 and an awesome ethnic necklace from World Market. If you haven't checked out World Market for jewelry, you should!

    Backpacks are essential for SXSW, and Amelia found the cutest metallic one from Borsettas. Along with a fedora from her favorite hat brand, Goorin Bros, she found the black lace crop top at Express, patterned bells from Novella Royale and a drop necklace from Forever 21.  

    1. Printed Dress

    2. Cropped Pants

    3. Metallic Backpack

    4. Tassel Necklace (Now on sale for $12!)

    5. Black Cami

  • Festival Style at Any Age: Your 20s

    The end of Februrary in Austin always feels pretty special. First, it basically feels like summer. Second, SXSW is right around the corner, and the energy starts to hum with that beautiful mix of crazy and fun. Along with a few of my friends, we're going to show you how to do festival style right at any age! I'm going to start from the beginning--stay tuned for your 30s and 40s!

    In your 20s

    Festival style in your 20s means being as trendy and fun as possible while staying comfortable. When you head out in the afternoon and come home maybe before morning, your style has to be pretty functional. Transitional pieces that you can layer are key. Some "must haves" for the day are a solid pair of boots like Doc Martens and a backpack to carry a jean jacket or a flannel in for later.

    Bohemian-inspired styles of the past few years are giving way to more urban looks that are sexier and edgier with some vintage-inspired accessories from the early 90s. Our model, Arden, is a 19 year old fashion student at the University of Texas. She loves pairing curve-hugging vintage solids in black and white with fun and unexpected accessories. Her cream top below is vintage Valentino from Garment Modern here in Austin and is paired with heart sunnies from Vans and an oversized fedora from Goorin Bros.

    Arden then put on a vintage black leather halter with a corset back (her aunt was big into motorcycles in the 80s!) with a pair of high-waisted jeans and round sunglasses from Crap EyeWear

    1. Pink Romper

    2. Vegan Leather Top

    3. Crap Eyewear Sunglasses

    4. High-Waisted Jeans

    5. Metallic Backpack

    Photography by @teddybphoto