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The Shoe Every Fashionista Needs This Spring

I’m baaaaaack…after a not-so-brief hiatus from blogging, I’ve been inspired to return to writing. This includes sharing my love for the art of fashion, travel, and food via the internet. So let’s jump into this, shall we.

The fashion gods have graced us with one of the most comfortable, yet contemporary trends this season: The Mule. The Mule first made its appearance in Ancient Rome, known then as Mulleus calceus. These red or purple shoes were adorned by the three highest magistrates in Rome. Apparently, those chic-ass Romans knew how to rock a statement piece. I’m still awaiting the toga trend to take off. Most recently, Mules made a comeback when they appeared all over runways last Fall, thanks Gucci. Flash forward to Spring 2017, and we have an accessible trend our feet thank us for.

Here are a few of my favorite, drool-worthy Mules that will make you feel like Roman royalty.

ASOS Sloany Heeled Mules, $40.

MANGO Wooden Leather Sandal, $69.99. 10% off if you sign-up for the newsletter.

Splurge alert: NET-A-PORTER Jimmy Choo Myla Studded Leather Mules, $675.

Zara High Heel Mules with Pompoms, $69.90.

Nordstrom Loeffler Randall Lulu Block Heel Mule, $350. Dupe found at Forever 21, $24.90.

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Style Setter: Designer Dina Chavez

SixChel by Dina Chavez

Everyone has a story to tell and as I writer, I enjoy uncovering that narrative. As part of that effort, I’m launching a brand new series on my blog called “Style Setter” where I will be asking designers, shop owners, and fashion enthusiasts my favorite questions on style.

My first Style Setter is with the talented Dina Chavez, designer of SixChel. The South Texan native is active in the Austin fashion scene participating in Austin Fashion Week as well as featured in several local publications.

I caught up with Dina at Cafe Medici in Lamar Union where the sweet and humble designer answered my fav fab questions.

What are you wearing?

These platforms I got from my hometown in South Texas. They are a great height! The jeans are American Eagle and the top is Target. The necklaces is the Utopia necklace from Stella & Dot. I love it because it’s one necklace that can be worn many different ways. The earrings, bracelets, and cocktail ring is also Stella & Dot.

How would you describe your style in 3 words?

Black. Comfortable. Chic.

Who is your fashion icon?

Growing up it was Oscar De La Renta. Then I grew to love Carolina Herrera. I also admire Christian Lacroix.

Where is your favorite place to show in Austin?

Maya Star off of South Congress. I’ll be having my upcoming trunk show there on Dec. 9.

What is your favorite piece in your wardrobe?

My black velvet blazer I found 15 years ago. It’s boxy and long, and has become my staple piece.

What fashion faux-pas makes you cringe?

Cowboy boots with dresses. I can’t wait until that goes away.

What is the must-have piece for the winter?

I’ve been seeing fur vests!

Where are you most likely to be seen in Austin?

I like to visit Lala’s Little Nugget or Trudy’s.

Meet Dina in person and browse SixChel on Dec. 9 between 6-8 p.m. at Maya Star. The holiday trunk show will highlight her latest collection inspired by Marie Antoinette.

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Fashion X Austin and Bernina Present BLANC

M.V.C.C. Austin

‘Tis the season to shop. With the spirit of the holidays among us, Fashion X Austin and Bernina presented BLANC, an event filled with stunning fashion presentations and pop-up shops to kick-off an early holiday shopping experience. With delicately hung lights that sparkled like stars, Fair Market was transformed into an intimate showroom of Texas-based designers, boutiques, and artisans.  Fashion presentations included Mysterious by NPN, Rare Trends, Wildflowers Boutique, Adrenne Yunger, and more. Between showcases, guests were invited to browse collections and sample unique products. The event closed with the crowning of the Bernina Blanc Design Challenge winner. Challenge hopefuls were asked to design a look that was primarily white inspired by the Swiss Alps. The fan vote winner went to the talented Venny Etienne for his regal two piece ensemble with geometric cutouts. The grand prize winner went to designer-on-the-rise Neil Marek for his beautifully matched crop-top and pants combo decked with a refined vest that draped to the floor. The entire evening celebrated local designers and inspired our winter wardrobes.

Special thanks to my photographer of the night, Myke B. The Label.

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