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Austin Fashion Week 2016 Wrap-Up

Today I’m super excited to share all about Austin Fashion Week and some of my absolute favorite designs. This year, I attend the kickoff party which was super fun—Think “girls night out” but with gorgeous models mingling in amazing outfits, flawless hair, and perfect makeup. Pretty sweet!!

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Throughout the week I attended some AFW Soirees — Fortress of Inca shoes being one of them featuring Betty Alida’s Pop-Up shop! Y’all know my shoe obsession is real and I’m totally in loveeee with this pair. How perfect, right?! From shoes onto jewelry; Jen, the designer of Betty Alida is so detailed and intricate you can totally see how much love and hard work goes into each and every handmade piece.

Friday’s runway show was so fun! I was super pumped because I had the honor of meeting/hanging out with designer Lauren Nicole after the show. Lauren is a goal-driven sophomore in high school (yes, you read that correctly) that’s mastered the art of design, incorporating rich textures and sophisticated chic into her very first runway collection. Before the interview my nerves were definitely kickin’ but there was no time for panic. I was greeted by Ms. Kristen with AFW to go backstage and meet Lauren. Let me just say, backstage was the real deal y’all. Designers, models, clothes, racks on racks on racks…the whole nine yards! No pressure, right?! Ms. Kristen introduced me to Lauren and she was the absolute sweetest!  All nerves aside, I had to know from the designer herself…

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Jonie: How do you feel after just having a super amazing runway show?!
Lauren: This was my first runway show and it’s been very challenging, and tiring, but I’m glad it happened—walking down the runway and seeing the pieces in front of me was just an amazing feeling. I have to admit I just came backstage and I started crying–It was a really great feeling!

Jonie: What is your favorite part about being a designer?
Lauren: I really have to say expressing my feelings and my thoughts and seeing them visually on a runway. I try to create to where any woman can wear this no matter her body type, no matter how old she is, what size she is, and the pieces are so versatile.

Jonie: Who is your modern muse?
Lauren: I love Valentino! His pieces are very romantic [kind of like my pieces], but they do have that out of no where twist. For example the Rockstud Heels are very girly, very sophisticated, and he kind of just throws things in that you would never expect.

Jonie: Shopping wise…normal day life, where do you go?
Lauren: Everywhere and anywhere! But my number one go-to is Nordstrom–They have everything!
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Lauren: Shoes! I am shoe obsessed!!! I have 90-something pairs of shoes it’s crazy!

And on that note, I would love to see her closet :).
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Here are some of my favorites from Lauren’s collection…

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In case you missed all the amazingness AFW had to offer, here are just a few of my favorites from the runway…

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13086657_10153784662622600_6301545388999094599_o dress FOREVER 21(sold out–similar here) | heels STEVE MADDEN | clutch DVF | ring HOUSE OF HARLOW | earrings VINTAGE (similar)

                                 

This is my third year in a row attending AFW and something I look forward to every year.

A big thank you to Emily Hedicke for my amazing hair Friday night ( I got so many compliments—you’re a rockstar)! And a very special thank you to Lauren Nicole for taking the time to meet with me as well as AFW for sponsoring this post. Xx

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AFW Soirees

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This week is filled with tons of fun and fashion here in Austin. Last weekend kicked off the 7th annual Austin Fashion Week and I’m super stoked to mingle around town and see what’s in store!  Last night I discovered a few new boutiques and jewelry designers that will be at the shows this weekend.

Stopped by Rare Trends with 3 special designers, including jewelry, handbag, and a scarf designers. Got to meet and greet and interact with them all and learn where their inspiration comes from. From travels to things around them, you can tell they’re all so passionate about their designs.  If you plan on being at the show on Saturday, you can expect to see Rare Trends showing their latest collection of gorgeousness!

Next stop was FOUND, with Rhode Resort and jewels from Suzanna Dai. First, let me start by saying I’ve been obsessing over this boutique on Instagram for months now, so I was pretty pumped to check it out IRL. Needless to say, I was not disappointed. This place is A-DORBZ from the pink front door to all the gorgeous pieces inside…I could spend all day here! Found myself nonstop drooling over the Rhode Resort collection, and had to walk away before people thought I was cray-cray, LOL! GertieGlam was also there to sneak some lashes on me & to share some awesome pointers, y’all watch out…I might be coming through with some major eyelash skills! Had the pleasure of meeting jewelry designer Suzie at a blogger mixer a couple weeks back and shes seriously so sweet, humble, and her designs are so intricate.

Excited for more fun this week so stay tuned! xo

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