Western Vibes

As a lover of statement pieces, Nasty Gal is one of my go-to places to shop. When I saw this cow printed bikini I knew I had to have it! I am obsessed with the western feel of the swimsuit and knew I had to pair it with my fringe boots. While these rocks aren’t exactly what I had in mind for the background, it worked out. I was traveling from Texas to California and trying to shoot along the way so you can imagine how that turned out when I barely know where everything is packed!

I am currently obsessing over the western trend and I cannot get over how easy it comes to me, probably because I am from Texas. By easy I mean that I do not feel overdressed or in a costume, but in something as basic as a band tee and denim shorts. I think the “trend of the western vibe will fade, but in the south, this is just a genre of clothing we like to wear on a Saturday night to go dancing in!

Western Gear (click for link)

How do we feel about the swimsuit and boots situation? I have already done a similar look for Coachella weekend but I wanted to keep with the country theme and try it again. I think it was a fun outfit to wear and style and I wish I had been able to have had access to my whole closet and accessories!

Swimsuit : Nastygal (top)

 

How to Pose

Let me start off by saying it’s easy to pose when you have an amazing photographer and makeup artist! I got together with a few friends from elementary and middle school and put together this amazing look! If you’re in the San Antonio area I will so give you details for the best photographer and makeup artist! I’m seriously glowing because of all of the makeup and highlight! Also, this was the first shoot I have ever done featuring my little fur baby! I was so excited and did not expect her to be apart of the shoot but she was scared and not comfortable because of all of the lights and unfamiliar faces that she just stuck by my side.

I’ve seen lots of videos on Instagram featuring behind the scenes shots and how they got the end result and I thought it would be a great blog topic. Honestly, the best poses are candids to me. I like to set up a scene, picture what I am about to shoot and just go for it! Practice truly does make perfect!

I’ve met up with a few other bloggers and have seen what they do for posing so I created my own style by seeing them! I, of course, have the go-to poses that I am comfortable with and know what I look like when I do them. I recommend practicing in the mirror first as well! Practice your go-to poses to find your good angles and make it a muscle memory! THEN practice with your outfit on too because if you have a fun skirt you want to twirl in or a purse you want to hold a certain way, that is what can really make a photo! Content creation is key! Being different and confident is what will set you apart from a touristy photo in front of a cute wall.

Lastly, and most importantly, just MOVE! What I like to do is put the camera on shutter mode and walk, twirl, jump, play with my hair and keep moving! Do not move to fast so the camera has time to catch all the movements, but this is the biggest thing I can tell you! A killer photo truly is made by the tiniest details from natural movements.

Dress : Meshki

Where I Shop

I always get asked about new boutiques and places to shop so I thought I would compile a quick list of places where I get my favorite pieces. I really do shop around everywhere, but depending on the piece I want I will go to different places. If I have a piece in mind, I will go to different places to see if they have something similar, or if it is trendy I have my go-to places! Also if I do not have any idea of what to shoot and just want to try to find a brand new piece I also have my go-to places to shop as well!

I usually like to online shop because the sites I visit most often are not usually found at my local mall. Some of them of course are, but I also just think it’s so much easier! I hardly go to the mall to shop unless I know the store has a piece I really want so I go and see it and try it on in person. I have gotten pretty good at focusing in on materials, reading size dimensions and concluding what will work for me and what will not based on the information provided when I online shop.

I actually got this outfit half online half in person. I was looking for last minute Festival Style pieces and festival or not I am a sucker for fringe. This dress is actually from Forever 21 which is where I go to get my trendy pieces. When I am looking for a piece that is fun and lower cost, or pieces that I really like because they are trendy but I may not wear in a few months, Forever 21 is my go-to! That being said, I would consider this dress a staple dress because it is a LBD and I know I will be wearing it for a while!

Showpo is a great place to shop for cute pieces no matter your size! The pieces always fit well and are girly and fun! Definitely, a must when you are just shopping around for weekend wear!

Verge Girl and Princess Polly seem to be on the same wavelength. I am OBSESSED with their pieces and this is where I shop when I want to shoot something new but I do not have a piece in mind. The pieces are always feminine and sweet and so my style!

The ‘sweet girls’ boutique is none other than Lulu’s of course! This is a must for a sweet Sunday dress or a cute vacation outfit! Also, their shoes and accessories are mostly why I shop here!

When I am looking for something cool and fresh, I shop Asos. The prices range but when you really spend some time on the site there are tons and tons of great finds! For petite friends like me (or even my tall gals) there are subsections for you to shop your size too!

Higher End

Give me all the Lace, Frills and sweet prints brought to you by For Love & Lemons! These pieces are more special occasion pieces but they are so fun and ideal for when I am shooting!

Reformation has great basics and vintage vibes. I found a jacket there once that I just will never be able to live without!

Now I know everyone knows about this one, but for a sleek look, I shop Revolve. You really just need a piece or two to create a killer look, but I mean I would also be elated if my entire closet was made up of Revolve! (What a dream)

Hat : (similar) // Dress : Forever 21 (similar) // Necklace : Sterling Forever

 

Interview with Teenie Genie + Outfit Details

I was so lucky to have been able to go with Gina (Teenie Genie) to Palm Springs for the Coachella events this year! She has gone the past four years and since this was my first time it helped so much to have someone who knew their way around. I met Gina at a blogger meet up in LA and I was so excited to go with her. It’s so much easier to go with other bloggers because they understand the need to stop for pictures or when you want to take a fun story for your Instagram. Not only did we go to lots of fun events, but we also got some great shoots in.

I have not done a blogger interview in a while and I wanted to continue that series! I also added lots of outfit shots and pieces to this post because I just could not resist!

Visit Gina’s Instagram and Blog!

What made you start a blog? 

It was about a year ago where I found myself bored in my personal life. I spent a lot of time on Instagram having fashion blogger envy, wishing I could do something like that. I was at a networking event with a group of pretty-high level marketing executives talking about the marketing strategy I had taken at my company, and the programs I had implemented in my short six months there, “You built a website by yourself?” “How did you generate that many leads in one month?” “What’s that platform you used?” “Wow, you are so creative.”

It was at that moment, the floodgates opened. I realized I knew a lot. My positions at startups had helped me cultivate a unique skill set that many people didn’t have. Was I creative?

These conversations ultimately gave me the confidence to start my blog. I desperately wanted to explore fashion, but I didn’t want to leave my job, and I didn’t want to work for someone else. I knew I wanted to do something with petite fashion since I was experienced and it was something I could help others like me with. My nickname in college was Teenie Genie and it was my Instagram name so I chose the name TeenieGenie Style. If these girls could do it, why couldn’t I? There was nothing stopping me. Nothing to lose. I dove in head first and haven’t stopped swimming since.

What is your favorite part about blogging? 

Connecting with my followers and other bloggers! I love to write, but sometimes it can be really hard to buckle down and get into a creative zone. A lot of time, I’ll stay up all night writing. I put a lot of effort into my posts and try to make my content meaningful for my followers.   I absolutely love it when I get comments that my readers found something relatable, helpful, or inspiring.  It’s what motivates me to push forward and continue blogging. 

Which post was your favorite to shoot?

My tie-dye post!  I do a lot of research into where I am going to shoot.  It’s easiest for me to shoot in my home town because grew up there and know it like the back of my hand.  I remembered I did this biology project in 9th grade and had discovered these really cool beach caves.  I thought it could be a cool place to shoot, and it ended up being amazing! I feel like the shot of me in the pink dress looks like I’m off in some far off foreign place, but really I’m just about a mile down the road from where I grew up.  In fact, the other outfit I shot for that post was taken only 500 feet away from the cave picture!  It’s amazing how when you can utilize your surroundings to produce such different effects.

What is your favorite piece in your closet? 

That’s a tough one! I have a denim jean jacket with stars on it from Pistola that is one of my favorite go-to pieces.  I think of my style as “California Cool” and I think it’s piece totally embodies that.  A basic jean jacket with a little bit of edge that looks effortless.  That’s what I try to achieve with my style.  I wear it all the time in the Summer at night when it gets chilly in Santa Monica.

Can you share your go-to fitness tip?

Challenge yourself, but enjoy yourself at the same time! I used to push myself to do HIIT classes, but would feel like I was going to throw up the entire class because it was so hard.  At the end I would just be happy it was over and I wasn’t suffering anymore! If you hate your workout, chances are you will eventually give up. Instead, find a workout that you enjoy.   I love barre and pilates so those are my core workout classes.  Each class I challenge myself to go a bit further or harder.   That’s what makes it rewarding and has me coming back!

Jacket : Missguided // Swim Suit : (similar) // Chain Belt : (similar) // Hoops : Sterling Forever

Coachella Party Musts

We attended lots of Coachella parties and events through-out weekend one! Luckily we were able to get into a few that were more exclusive and I just wanted to do a short recap of the events we attended if you did not get to follow my Instagram stories!

Should I create a highlight for my weekend one stories on my Instagram?

The very first event we attended was a Prism Pop-up which was located at a house in palm springs. There was a whole boutique by the pool, makeup touch-ups by Pixi and hydro facials by skin laundry. These little pop-ups are always so fun to me because of how quaint they are and of course the free stuff!

After that, we attended the Vampped party which had a Harley Davidson pop-up and hair done by Sugar Bear! These pictures were taken at this party. This one was at a mansion in the desert. There were great DJ’s at this one and I had the most fun dancing here (as you can see!)

We got to attend the ‘You Had To Be There’ party by Adidas which was the most interesting seeing as we could not have our phone at this one! They were put away in pouches that we kept, but the point was to be in the moment and enjoy it all. I understand completely, however, I wish I could have shot here because the view was amazing! They also had the cutest food trucks, some free Adidas pieces and places to play basketball, soccer and more! Also, Diplo played so that was pretty cool too!

After that, we attended an event held by Deep Space Productions. They had the best hair braiding and another super fun DJ! I never dance to house music really but this weekend I was up to my ears in it!

One of the last events was another pop-up at another large house. There were lots of freebies here from sunglasses to handmade jewelry and of course all of the carbonated water and kombucha you would want!

I loved attending these events and I think next year I want to go to both the parties for weekend one and then just go to Coachella for weekend two!

On to the outfit details! I was OBSESSED with this look because it is SO me. I am all for a natural look and so these light wash denim shorts and see through pearl tank were perfect! I paired it with my mauve colored hat and light pink booties and if you know me this is my ideal outfit. If I had to pick a look to wear every single day it would be this one hands down! My makeup was done by the Pixi beauty artist and while I never really use that much glitter, I loved the glitter shadow with this! Not pictured is my Juicy Couture see-through clutch and my Quay sunglasses to complete the look.

Top : 12th Tribe (similar) // Shorts : Levi’s // Shoes : (similar) // Hat : Lack of Colors

SXSW Round Up

I lived so close to Austin for the majority of my life and I had not experienced SXSW like I did this year! I really took advantage of the pop-ups and panels and I wanted to share a few of the to-dos! I was invited to experience the Innovation Mansion which was super cool! Not only were there panels but Michael Stars pop up with their spring line, Charlotte Tilbury makeup touch-ups, and lots of creative innovations throughout the mansion. I added a ton of content to my Instagram story as always but even that was not enough! So instead of making a SXSW Instagram highlight, I summed it up in a quick post!

Innovative makeup apps like YouCamMakeup filled the mansion! There was also a vending machine where you put in your email and you receive a random free gift! I got some earrings from Kendra Scott!

These were taken after my Charlotte Tilbury makeup was done! The picture does not do it justice! It looked beyond amazing! I also got some free products to try out.

I had to snap a quick selfie at the Micheal Stars pop-up

I also attended Create and Cultivate’s event which was so amazing as well! Both events were filled with panels and freebies of amazing brands!

There was a great schedule of panels and the panelist line up was amazing. I even got to see Tan France from Queer Eye speak about the upcoming season! You can hear the live podcast taping on the Work Party Podcast.

There were so many sponsors as well from Batiste to Core water, Roxy and Paige. I even got my hair done while waiting for panels. It was seriously so much fun! Also getting to meet Dani Austin was a great highlight of the day!

Create and Cultivate always showcases the best of entrepreneurial ideas and advice always so going to that event was a must! The line to get in was long, and rightly so as this was one of the most beneficial events for someone like me. And let me tell you there are lots of people like me!

Top : Pretty Little Thing // Shorts : Levi’s // Shoes : Forever 21 // Glasses : Quay Australia

Western Wear

Being from Texas, I love any excuse I get to wear my boots! Boots are like one of those pieces that can tell your age. I started off with little pink boots because obviously, I love pink. I went through a phase where I just loved color in general so I had purple boots next. Being so small my foot did not grow much so these are the next boots I bought. The first real boots I have! I then later bought another pair that describe me super well now and they have long fringe so they look so fun when I dance! It’s just like that old saying, you can take the girl out of Texas (and move her to California) but you can’t take the Texas out of the girl!

Western was a bit of a hit recently. It popped up in a few places and I really loved what Show Me Your Mumu did with their western line! I also found a look pretty similar to this on one of my newer favorite places to shop, Verge Girl. Even though they are Australian based, they still hit the nail on the head with their look! I just had to copy it!

While the trend is slowly dying down, as most trends do, the boots are here to stay! Black boots paired with looks are lingering and are like the leftover part of the western trend in my opinion. BUT if you live somewhere like Texas boots are always in style! I linked a few of my favorites below in a range of prices for you to check out! Some are just for style, and some are for going out to a country concert in a dirt-filled lot. (Those are the best concerts in my opinion!!)

Would you wear more of a western look?

What would you say would be your hometown staple piece? 

Hat : Lack of Color // Belt : Rebecca Minkoff (similar) // Glasses : Quay Australia // Boots : (DSW) (Ariat) (Forever 21)