Austin Fashion Events – Early 2018

Through my adventures in the fashion world these past couple of years, I’ve come to learn that Austin has a thriving fashion scene. There are all sorts of fashion shows and events – you just need to find them.

If you’re in the area and looking for some local runways or networking events to attend early this year, here are a few options for you! I even threw in the big Fashion Week dates in February and March because they totally have live streams of some of the shows that are fun to watch.

Austin Fashion Initiative: AFI supports and promotes “the fashion industry in Austin through network uilding, entrepreneurship, innovations, and cross-sector collaboration.” If you’re really wanting to build your fashion network in Austin and grow, this awesome venture is one of the places to go. They also have events every now and then, so keep an eye out for any event listing!

  • Austin Fashion Initiative @ The Refinery: Get to see a cool creative coworking space in Austin and learn more about locally created Rank & Style‘s amazing top ten lists that help inspire what items might be in your next shopping haul.

Fashion X Austin: Fashion X Austin is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this year and has a spectacular line up planned to celebrate it. I’ve listed a few of their shows this upcoming Spring 2018, all celebrating Texas designers and their absolutely inspiring lines! For a full schedule of events this year and tickets, please check out their website here.

  • Lone Star | February 2, 2018: This show celebrates 3-4 of the best designers in Texas! Yeehaw!
  • Fashion X Austin Live! | March 29, 2018: This show is a benefit for KLRU and kicks off the 10th annual Austin Fashion Week. Two major label fashion designers will be featured.
  • Austin Fashion Week Soirees | March 31 – April 4, 2018: If you want to go to some fun soirees for Fashion Week, this is the time to do it! You’ll get to see trunk shows, mini runways, designer showcases, and just a lot of fun things.
  • Fashion X Austin Runways |April 5 – 7, 2018: Each night will feature some of Austin’s most prominent local designers – and boy, are these runways a blast! I usually volunteer for these and everyone is usually beautifully dressed and a lot of fun. I highly recommend coming to see at least one of these shows.

Modelemi: This Waco-based modeling agency is having a benefit fashion show in February that you just need to check out and help support.

  • 65 Roses Fashion Show Benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation | February 3, 2018: This wonderful show isn’t just for beautiful fashion – it’s to support a great cause and benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. They will be honoring one of their own models that they lost to Cystic Fibrosis this year and featuring another of their models with the same disease.

Fashion Weeks: The “Big 4” Fashion Weeks are what every major fashionista dreams to one day attend (front row, of course). I’m not immune to their charms and just have to drool at all of the beautiful clothing that gets sported on the runways. If you’re eyeing a specific city for your fave designers, here’s when you should look out for them. A full schedule of events can be found on the Fashion Week website here.

  • New York Fashion Week | February 8 – 16, 2018
  • London Fashion Week | February 16 – 20, 2018
  • Milan Fashion Week | February 21 – 27, 2018
  • Paris Fashion Week | February 27 – March 6, 2018

Are you going to any fun fashion shows or events this spring? What’s your favorite event that you look forward to each year? Share and let me know in the comments down below! I’d love to learn if there are any other live streams that I should be looking out for.

Love,
Brittany

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Tips For Busy Bees Trying To Stay Organized

Along with the New Year comes feelings of renewal and revival. However, I’ve been trying to work on getting my life a little more organized since mid-December, when I decided I wanted to come up with a Five-Year Plan (FYP) that will help get me to where I want to be.

While the FYP is still TBD, I’ve taken on the battle of figuring how to best organize my time. I mean being organized is kind of a necessity for someone like me who is working on a ton of projects: writing for three blogs, working on (hopefully) two novels, running a LeanIn Circle, and trying to work on even further growing my network in Austin.

Luckily, there’s no end to the amount of advice that one can find on the internet about staying organized and the tricks to keeping everything together. Here are some of my favorite tips that I’ll definitely be using this year:

  • Keep a To Do List. While technology makes keeping lists easy to do, I find it most helpful to hand write my tasks for the day down and cross them off as they get done. If I keep that to-do list on a sticky note in front of me, there’s no way that I’ll minimize the screen and forget about it completely (which has happened to me).
  • Create a list of personal goals and stick them someplace you can see them. I’m not talking New Years Resolutions, though you’re free to add those to the list. You want to create a list of personal goals that have been a constant in your life for years or that you want to continue pursuing moving forward. It’s not something you need to review every day and create a mantra for – you’ll know in your mind that these goals are what your daily actions are leading you toward. But it’s nice to have a physical list of these goals that you can glance at every now and then.
  • Use a calendar to up your time management game. I’ve tried going without a calendar, but that ended real poorly. Now, I need to get a paper planner every year so that I can write down events and activities. It’s also a great record of the past if I ever want to go back and see what I did on a certain date. You don’t need to stick to a paper planner – if a digital calendar works for you, go for it!
  • Find out where you’re wasting time. There’s always too much to do and too little time to get it all done, which is why it’s important to figure out where you are wasting time and plan how to turn it into productivity. This is a good practice for work (cut down on that Facebook time, y’all!) or at home (maybe work on writing that blog post instead of binge watching Riverdale). Do an audit of your time for seven days and you’ll be surprised what you find out.
  • Put time aside in the morning to figure out your top three tasks of the day. We’ve already touched on the to do list, but figuring out your priorities for the day – be it at work or in life in general – is important to getting the day started. If you dedicate your time to getting these big things done, everything else will fall into place around them.
  • Set aside time for yourself. If you’re a Busy Bee, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all of the projects you’ve taken on and have a breakdown or two in the midst of chaos. Make sure to block some time off each day for yourself to meditate, relax with a book, or watch the next episode of your current fave show. Treat. Yo. Self.
  • Find a mentor that can help guide you. I cannot stress enough how important it is to have a mentor that will support you in your dreams and endeavors, but also provide advice on how to actually make things happen. Plus, mentors are usually pretty awesome and just fun to have as friends.
  • Declutter. This can be taken in a literal sense – throwing out old items you no longer need, tossing out the three-year-old magazines you never read, and making a place for everything to be. But it can also apply to your life and the activities that you’ve signed yourself up for. If you are feeling a little overwhelmed, maybe it’s time to drop one of those activities or organizations that doesn’t truly help you in achieving your dreams.

What are some of your favorite ways to stay organized in life? Share and comment down below – I’d love to learn what other ways I can work on improving my own organization and life.

Love,
Brittany

What I Learned From Blogmas This Year

We’ve finally made it to Christmas Eve and I’m all sorts of excited to be nearing the end of Blogmas. It’s been a really great month, but also a really exhausting challenge of constant blogging every day. Not everything I’ve pumped out have been great quality, which I apologize for, but next year I’ll start writing early instead of deciding a few days before that I’m going to roll with it.

This was, quite obviously, my first year attempting Blogmas. I learned about it around Thanksgiving and thought it was interesting. After speaking with the other writers for Inbetween Thoughts, we decided to split up the work and do it for our blog.

But at the end of November, I was still on a writing high from winning National Novel Writing Month and decided I could survive Blogmas on my own.

I wasn’t wrong.

During this month of torture adventure, I’ve learned a few things and I wanted to share with all of you in case you decide to attempt Blogmas next year:

  • It’s really hard to write 25 posts that are all focused on Christmas. While there are plenty of topics to talk about, sometimes they seem to get a bit repetitive.
  • Like NaNoWriMo, you have to really plan around getting everything written on time. Except Blogmas requires you to be a bit more time sensitive since you have daily goals and not a monthly goal. I like this, because it really gets you in the habit of writing on a daily basis.
  • Blogmas is the chance to research everything you want to do for the holidays – be it gifts to purchase, outfits to wear, food to cook, or decorations to put up. I really liked this part of the month because I got to learn about a lot of cool things that I wouldn’t have read about otherwise.
  • You need to branch out in order to reach your Blogmas goals. There is no theme other than Christmas. I could have tried to write fashion and beauty posts all month but I wouldn’t have made it to the end. Branching out is a lot of fun as well, especially when it comes to things you wouldn’t touch normally.
  • If you have huge goals like this, it is better to start early. I can’t count how many times this month that I wished I didn’t have to write something that night. If I had made the time to get ahead and start writing early, it probably wouldn’t have been as stressful. And my posts would have been better quality.
  • I really like writing and blogging and just being a part of the world of words. This month was stressful but also rewarding in that it only grew my love for what I’ve gotten myself into with this blog (and others).

I’ve one more post to go for Christmas and I think you’ll enjoy it. Keep a look out for my North Pole interview tomorrow morning.

I hope that you all have a lovely Christmas! How are you spending the holidays? Did you attempt Blogmas this year? What were some of the things you learned? Can’t wait to hear from you!

Love,
Brittany

5 Cocktail Recipes To Liven Up Your Holidays

Christmas day may not be the best time to party it up with your extended family, but it doesn’t mean you need to shy away from having some good drinks with the fam. Like most everything else, there’s a variety of cocktails out there for every type of alcohol drinker. Here are a few recipes…

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Keep Your Skin Glowing This Holiday Season with These Skincare Tips

While dreaming of a white Christmas is a lovely thing to do, none of us can deny the pains that colder weather brings our skin. While we’re all busy preparing for the holiday season and running around to all the glam parties, it can be easy to forget that our body requires a little bit different care in the winter.

Cold weather prevents our skin from taking care of itself as well as it can in the summer. The skin cracks, loses the ability to retain moisture, and gets inflamed. I’ve had my fair share of winters where my hands were so dry that my knuckles dried up and there was slight bleeding (blaming eczema there).

So if you want to keep your glow this holiday season, check out these skin care tips that I’ve rounded up.

  • If you have dry skin, the cold weather will cause it to get even drier. Double up on moisturizing and use products that focus on preventing moisture loss, such as an oil-based cleanser.
  • Dial back on the long showers and baths, and make sure to avoid scorching hot water. The hotter the temperature, the more it causes dry skin.
  • Wear soft, breathable fabrics when your skin flares up. Itchy materials will just help irritate the skin more.
  • Put a humidifier in your room to help increase moisture levels. It is recommended to keep moisture levels between 30% and 50%.
  • Don’t rely on facial oils for moisturizing. They help add a layer of protection from cold wind, but do not moisturize your skin.
  • Avoid exfoliating more than necessary. This will only help irritate and weaken your skin.
  • Remember to keep hydrated by drinking lots of water. While it can be great to turn to warm drinks like hot chocolate and tea, you can’t forget that your skin requires water as well to keep its glow.
  • Overnight moisturize by by slathering lotion over your hands and feet. Then cover them in gloves and socks to wear overnight.
  • Make sure your cleanser is good for the winter months. Avoid anything with glycolic or salicylic acid to focus on cleansers that promote hydrated skin.
  • Face mask it up! Find face masks that have ingredients like chamomile, aloe vera, avocado, or anything else that promotes hydration.

Keep on top of your skincare and you won’t have to worry about drying up too much. I’ve been slacking a bit and have noticed my knuckles and fingers getting super dry! Time to slather on the lotion so that I”ll have pretty skin for the rest of the holidays.

Do you have any winter skincare routines that you’d like to share? What are some of your favorite moisturizing products?

Love,
Brittany

21 Christmas Songs to Add to Your Holiday Playlist

It isn’t Christmas until you have a holiday song or two continuously stuck in your head. I tend to stick to the classic holiday songs, but it is fun mixing it up with more modern Christmas music every now and then. I wanted to share some of the songs that I enjoy listening to the…

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Shop Locally This Christmas at These 5 Austin Businesses

Christmas shopping can be hard, especially because of the large number of businesses out in the world to choose from. If you’re wanting to bring your shopping experience a little closer to home and support local businesses, I’ve rounded up find stores in the Austin area that you need to check out.

Cotone Clothing+ Beauty Bar

I absolutely love this local retail store. They sell clothing and jewelry both from local designers and Italian designers. The owner, Jentri, also has her own beauty line that she sells in store with a gorgeous collection of makeup. The sales team is super sweet and helpful every time I go in. And there’s also a gorgeous collection of tulle skirts – eventually I’ll have one of them hanging in my closet. Visit their website to shop online:  http://www.cotoneclothing.com/

Passport Vintage

I just discovered Passport Vintage a month or two ago and I’ve been in love ever since. I got the cutest top from their store when it was located on the East Side (they’ve since relocated to SoCo). They’re also well known for their collection of jeans. You can’t go wrong with getting that fashion lover in your life a new pair of denim jeans to rock for the holidays. Visit their website http://www.passportvintage.com for shopping.

Feathers Boutique

Vintage clothing is definitely fun to shop – and you can find a great selection of it over at Feathers Boutique. They’re reasonably priced and have really cute pieces on sell at their store. You can also get some online shopping done on their website: http://www.feathersboutiquevintage.com.

Luxe Apothetique 

This is another nice local store to visit – they have stylish clothes, a great beauty section, and just the most fun gifts collection as well. You can find a lot of great things here. They have two locations – one at the Domain and one on 2nd Street downtown. Check out their website at http://www.shopluxe.com.

Archive

Archive is another great local store that’s been nationally recognized. They’re a little out of my price range unfortunately, but for those of you who can afford it – it’s a great place to get some nice vintage clothes. You can get some shopping done on their website: http://www.archivevintage.com.

There’s obviously a lot more stores to shop in Austin, but these are some of the clothing stores that I highly recommend if you’re buying any new fun pieces for that fashionista in your life.

Have you found a new store that you want to visit? Do you have any other top stores in Austin that you recommend for Christmas shopping? Let me know in the comments down below!

Love,
Brittany

Spice Up Your Holiday Parties with this Mulled Wine Recipe

Day 14 of Blogmas and I’m slowly losing my energy. But I will persevere all the same! I can’t start something like this and give up halfway.

I’m totally going to take inspiration from the Ugly Christmas Sweater party that I attended last night. It was a blast getting to mingle and chat with new people – all of whom were super friendly and fun to talk to! There was a variety of snacks that everyone brought over, but my favorite part of the food/drinks part of the night was the mulled wine that a few of the guests made.

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I’ve never had mulled wine before then, but I will definitely have it again. They mixed two bottles of red wine with apple cider, honey, cinnamon, ginger, oranges, and some zest. It was warmed up in a crock pot, which is why it’s so perfect for winter. The drink ended up being super sweet and just absolutely delicious. I was sad that I had to limit myself to one cup because I had to leave early!

If you’re looking for a more specific recipe, here is one for the image up above on Gimme Some Oven. But, honestly, feel free to deviate from the recipe a little bit and make it your own!

What drinks are you preparing for your holiday parties this year? Any faves when you go out? Let me know down in the comments below!

Love,
Brittany

6 Fun Gifts to Use As Stocking Stuffers This Year

I don’t know about you, but I have some deep fascination for Christmas stockings and all the goodies that go into them. It’s always an adventure because there are multiple little gifts that always put a smile on my face. If you’re trying to figure out stocking stuffers for your loved ones or friends this…

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Casual Outfits To Wear This Holiday Season

Today marks the twelfth day of Blogmas – we are practically halfway through the month and almost to Christmas! It’s going by so fast and I still have so much to do before the big day. Mostly lots of shopping and writing.

I did a photoshoot with a friend recently and wanted to share photos of some of the fun outfits I’ll be wearing this holiday season. While these aren’t my party outfits, they’re perfect for a day out and about on the town or for a more casual holiday get together.

The below denim dress is absolutely darling (and I especially love it because I got it for a steal since the store was closing). It’s comfortable and chic and, honestly, how can anyone go wrong with denim?

The second outfit is another fun combo that I just absolutely love. The maroon bodysuit is the perfect color for the season – a mixture of holiday fun and your favorite red wine. I don’t wear this one as often because it’s a little low cut, but all the lace really makes it unnoticeable.

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Dress: BCBG Maxaria | Ring: Pandora Jewelry

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Bodysuit: Altar’d State | Earrings: White House Black Market | Purse: Patricia Nash

All photos shot by Nate’s Photography. Check out Nathan’s Facebook page here.

On another note, today is also Inbetween Thoughts’s one-year anniversary (cue the confetti). The girls and I are super excited about how far we’ve come. There’s still a lot for us to do in terms of where we want to be, but for now we are just going to enjoy the successes as a result of the hard work we’ve put into the blog.  I’ll be posting a few videos on our Instagram account throughout the day and keep an eye out for a podcast in the near future.

Do you have any favorite styles to wear during the holiday season? Did you get inspired by my recent holiday outfit post? Share and comment down below!

Love,
Brittany