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.


PHYSIQUE Austin Ticket Giveaway

PHYSIQUE benefiting Stiletto Stampede

Here’s your chance to win two tickets to the PHYSIQUE Austin expo on Sun., Nov. 22. To enter, simply tell me your favorite workout in the comment section below or on my social media channels. Whether it’s hiking the Greenbelt or an early morning Yoga session at Black Swan, I want to hear what you enjoy doing to stay healthy and happy.

The winner will be randomly selected and announced at 6 p.m. on Fri., Nov. 13. A Sunday Funday of wellness, beauty, and fashion await. Best of luck!

UPDATE: The winner is Lacy who posted her favorite workout on IG. Thank you to everyone who participated.



Happy 1 Year Austin!

1 Year in Austin

I did it. I’ve officially lived in Austin for 1 year.  My move from Houston was a courageous decision for me. I moved away from my cushion of comfort – family, friends, and the feeling of security that seemingly tucked me in at night – to the unknown. I realized the comfort I coveted was the one thing holding me back from growing into the woman I wanted to be.

Living in a new city forced me to learn new roads, meet new people, and establish my new place in the world. From late nights with Brazilian acoustic jam sessions, to tranquil hikes on the Greenbelt with loved ones, I learned to cherish the moments that make me smile, and more importantly, give thanks for them.

I’m grateful for my friendships, both old and new. The amazing Austinites I’ve met have welcomed me into their Austin families and framed my life here. I wouldn’t have made it through this year without you.

Lastly, I’ve learned to embrace the taco and I proudly admit I’ve enjoyed at least one taco every week I’ve lived here. But a broader lesson here is I learned to embrace my ATX surroundings, traditions, and life-loving lifestyle. Austin has a reputation for being “weird,” but I’ve come to realize is that Austin is really a city that embraces individuality unapologetically. And that’s exactly what I was searching for.