Saturday, October 18, 2014

Runway Warriors

I almost didn't realize how long it has been until I got this text the other day:
"Are u alive?"
Apparently, I have completely fallen off of the grid, with one exception: promoting Runway Warriors, a fashion show hosted by my sorority, Alpha Chi Omega that uses fashion to raise funds for Domestic Violence Awareness and Support (DVAS). I've been working with several of my sisters for seven months on this show and I couldn't be more proud of it. We were able to make not one, but TWO promotional videos (one behind-the-scenes of the photo shoot in Central Park and one involving the larger Columbia community) and organize not one, but TWO promotional photos shoots (shot on the Highline and in Central Park), which I've included some images from below! The photo shoot concepts were basically hard and soft, playing off of the geometric lines on the Highline and the gorgeous flora and fauna in the park. I'm really thrilled with how everything has come together and surprisingly can't wait to be in that backstage zone counting down to curtain! Thanks to everyone who has supported me along the way and break a leg to my gorgeous models! It's time to find that warrior spirit and channel it like crazy. 

The Highline in Chelsea






Central Park at 72nd Street





Photos by: me (edits on my photos by Celine Haeberly), Kimberly Flores and Caroline Hirsch

Outfit Details: Model's own clothing

yours,
Austen

Sunday, September 21, 2014

pre-whitney

Saw the Jeff Koons exhibit over the weekend, hence the ultra-edited photos. Am I kitsch yet?









Photos by me and Nora

Outfit Details: Sweater: Forever 21, Jeans: Free People, Shoes: Topshop, Hat: Free People, Necklace: Brooklyn Charm, Bag: Brandy Melville (similar)

yours,
Austen

Sunday, September 14, 2014

semi-sheer

Do you ever have such a love affair with a shirt that somehow it just molds itself to your body? This top has some serious second-skin vibes to it that make me question why I don't wear it all day, every day, all of the time, always. It seems just as natural to wear it out as it does under sweaters and tucked behind leather jackets. I've ultimately found that instinct kicks reason's ass every single time, so screw reason if it doesn't make sense and live sans regret. Even if people give you weird looks for wearing the same top three days in a row. 






Photos by Fenco

Outfit Details: Top: Urban Outfitters, Pants: Free People, Shoes: Free People x Jeffery Campbell, Hat: Forever 21 (similar), Bag: Brandy Melville (similar), Necklace: Forever 21

yours,
Austen

Thursday, September 11, 2014

nyfw '14

September marks many new beginnings- new classes, new friends, a new football season just to name a few. But the most talked about by far is New York Fashion Week. I've found that it's sort of impossible to be a college student while NYFW week is happening. Being tempted by blogger retreats, runway presentations and the additional hours at my internship at MC is a lot, but it's a week of distractions I'm happy to indulge in. Here are some photos from the first few days including Nylon Magazine's Blogger Retreat where I ran into the lovely Erika Fox of Retro Flame and got chill out with Ava of Ava Tallulah. Ava and I were also able to see the Brand Assembly Spring/ Summer 2015 presentation hosted at Lord & Taylor by Refinery29. The DJ for the show was none other than Alexandra Richards which upped the cool factor even more. Cheers to SS '15!












Photos by me and Ava

Outfit Details: Top: originally Fenco's (similar), Vest: Lush (similar), Shorts: H&M, Baseball Cap: Free People, Boots: Hinge

yours,
Austen

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

late afternoon

Feeling like a million bucks is great, especially when you really only spent $50. Seriously though (excluding shoes) we are dealing with an outfit that cost $51.60. *accepts virtual high fives* I see this not only as an awesome situation for my wallet, but as a victory for college girls everywhere. We can't be draining money from our accounts left, right and sideways, but we're constantly on the go and always want to look good when we are. That's why I love to go on treasure hunts in stores like Forever 21 and find statement pieces that really speak to me and (if taken care of) can be worn over and over again. I expect to be layering this silver necklace as much as humanly possible, throwing on these sunglasses whenever I so much as glance out the window, and wearing these pants in to the cooler autumn months by throwing tights on underneath and piling on cozy sweaters. 










Photos by Lynne

Outfit Details: Top: Brandy Melville, Pants: Forever 21, Boots: Hinge, Necklace: Forever 21 (in gold), Sunglasses: Forever 21

yours,
Austen

Monday, August 18, 2014

blonde ambition

The first time I dyed my hair was in 2012. I have naturally dark brown hair and decided to try out the oh-so-popular ombré effect that has transformed from a quick DIY fad to a long-term trend seen on  glamorous celebs and street style kids alike. The first effect was very dramatic with little gradation and I have now embraced a more sophisticated and subtle ombré with warmer tones and blonder shades. The inspiration? Some combination of Lauren Conrad circa seasons 2-4 of The Hills,  a touch of wow I wish I were Blake Lively right now and a smidge of Lana Del Rey. The finished product? All kinds of awesome.








Photos by Taylor

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Outfit Details: Tank: Free People, Bra: Free People, Shorts: BDG (similar), Bag: Free People, Bracelet: Forever 21, Necklace: Brooklyn Charm (similar), Boots: Dolce Vita

yours,
Austen