Tuesday, April 15, 2014

scarlet fever

Starting with a plain silhouette gives you license to go anywhere. Jump off the deep end, or pace a few steps to your left- the choice is yours. And although the blank canvas started out as the finished product, a slew of happy accidents created a more solid look. The bracelet fell off my desk in a pathetic attempt to tidy up some chaos, I left the lipstick in my backpack from last week and recovered it after lunch, and I found myself camped out in Celine's room (typical) and stole her hat moments before we headed out to shoot. Ten years ago I would have said "take things as they come," but in 2014 the only applicable terminology is "YOLO."










Photos by Celine

Outfit Details: Top: Free People, Shorts: Urban Outfitters (similar), Shoes: Topshop, Bracelet: Gypsy Warrior (similar), Backpack: Free People, Necklace: Free People, Hat: Stole from Celine but Urban Outfitters (similar)

yours,
Austen

Sunday, April 6, 2014

hippie sabotage

Cotton candy graffiti outlines the streets of Soho; the perfect combination of soft and hard. Opposites attract, but you already knew that. After all, you and I used to once upon a time. Call out for a revival of Bohemia- reclaim our public spaces by whatever means necessary. This is our city, from the cobblestone alleys to the open-mouthed avenues. Get it before it's gone 'cause you'll miss it like hell.









Photos by Celine

And some Hippie Sabotage for your Sunday

Outfit Details: Top: Necessary Clothing, Jeans: BDG (similar), Boots: Dolce Vita, Necklace: Express (similar), Sunglasses, Free People

yours,
Austen

Saturday, March 29, 2014

groundbreaking

I'm looking in the mirror at Free People (obviously I spend my breaks at work trying on clothes) and I am seriously not expecting to like the dress I hesitantly pulled in to my fitting room. But I was determined to shake my comfort zone. Color is not my thing. Prints are not my thing. The two of them together is like the ultimate non-Austen situation. But I have to say, Free People figured out a way to make me love both. When you walk into a Free People store you immediately feel that connectedness that we miss so often in our modern consumer haste. It's refreshing, it's exciting, and it makes you fall in love with orange dresses with purple sunflowers on them.











Photos by Celine duh

5 Reasons to LOVE Free People <3
5 New York City locations, each with their own vibe
4 unique lines within the brand
3 wholesale showrooms
2 hearts that found each other love stories
And over 1 million Instagram followers

Outfit Details: Dress: Free People, Necklace: Topshop (similar), Bag: Free People (similar), Shoes: Free People x Jeffery Campbell

yours,
Austen 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

just redo it

stone    /st┼Źn/    noun
1. the nonmetallic mineral matter of which rock is made, esp. as a building material
2. something shaped for a purpose, especially one of commemoration, ceremony or demarcation








Photos by Celine

Outfit Details: Top: Urban Outfitters (similar), Shorts: BP Nordstrom, Tights: Gypsy Warrior, Boots: Jeffery Campbell

yours,
Austen

Sunday, March 16, 2014

backlight

These days, there is so much pressure to be perfect. It is in my nature as a Virgo to feel that perfectionist part of myself take over at times. But it is also in my nature to realize that life is constantly testing us: pulling us in different directions, introducing us to new faces, and presenting us with new opportunities. Amidst the change, you expect there to be at least some consistency in everything, like the people you want to tell when incredible things happen and when less-than-perfect moments happen. And as these past few months have proven, sometimes people that you think will be a part of your life for a long time drift away without warning, leaving a bit of a mess behind. But as I look forward to the end of the academic year and towards the freshness and warmth of my favorite season, I want to vow to be messy. To make mistakes and to sleep in sometimes and trust my instincts. Because honestly, the best things happen when you're not expecting them. And even in my messiest moments I can usually uncover some clarity. 







Photos by Lynne

Outfit Details: Top: Brandy Melville, Vest: Urban Outfitters, Jeans: Free People, Shoes: Jeffery Campbell, Armband: Free People (similar), Necklace: Brooklyn Charm

yours,
Austen 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

morningside

Too often, we get stuck in our own bubble of the city. We find our complacent footsteps following the same sidewalks, which lead to the same intersections and we forget to wander. But after we've forgotten, we remember. We try to make it up to the city, which pardons us because it knows we are jaded in some ways, but not all. It turns out walking a few blocks out of your comfort zone reveals a pretty spectacular view, and a desire to get lost in the shadows of the six-story walk-ups as you amble back to safety. 








Photos by Celine

Outfit Details: Top: Lush, Jeans: BDG (similar), Jacket: H&M (similar), Shoes: Jeffery Campbell x Free People, Sunglasses: ZeroUV, Necklace: Brooklyn Charm

yours,
Austen