GIRLS SUPPORT GIRLS

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jacket: Pierre Moto Jacket by BB Dakota c/o Shopbop // shirt: Daisy Natives // skirt: Old Navy // shoes: Sole Society via Poshmark (similar) // purse: STRUT // sunglasses: Maya Star // earrings: Taner Bar Mini Stud Earrings by Gorjana c/o Shopbop


Once in a while, I hear rumbles of people becoming disillusioned with Austin. I mean, I get it -- the traffic is absurd, the tech bro culture isn't exactly my cup of tea, and little corners of our weird city are disappearing storefront after storefront. But there's one major reason I'm as passionate about my city as ever, and it's the sisterhood.

Every time I enter a coffee shop, I'm met with a woman whose Instagram I've poured over with admiration, whether she's selling enamel pins or leading a creative movement. When I go shopping, I can choose from any number of women-owned indie businesses whose goods include everything from vintage wares to cards that say just the right thing to pieces that make my home beautiful. And while I'm there, I always seem to run into other local babes doing the same. We get into conversations about our recent successes, upcoming events, and goals for the coming season. Who can say they do that when they're out buying a last minute birthday gift or stocking up on fall closet essentials?

There's not once place in this city I haven't had one of these goosebump-inducing, heart-filling, soul-invigorating moments, and yet they always seem to catch me off guard. How did I get so lucky to live somewhere where the community of women is running to show and where they come out and support each other every single day? We have organizations, magazines, networking events, wellness retreats, and more all dedicated to our sisterhood. Any night of the week, there's not only something to do, but an event run by women, for women.

Shopping small and shopping local is something that's been important to me since birth as a native Austinite, but supporting female-owned businesses has never been more exciting, important, or honestly easy as it is right now. I would be remiss to not include some of my favorite Austin business owners and creatives, so here comes the shout out portion of this blog post:

To Wear, Carry, and Sparkle:
- Pieceology Vintage - one of the very best curated + sourced vintage shops in town
- Daisy Natives - graphic tees and more that make you say "omg that's so me"
- Interlaced Goods - the coziest hand-crocheted scarves
- Luella - enamel pins, tees, stickers, and more 
- Realm - kitschy embroidered clutches, sweatshirts, and more
- The Pink Samurai - too-cute, often cat-themed enamel pins
- PSYCHE Jewelry - extraordinary handmade jewelry
- Curious Ramblers - Texas + Louisiana themed wares
- Moulton ATX - minimalist handmade heirloom jewelry
- Frankie Jean - lifestyle collection of clothes and accessories
- Eythink - feminist tees, undies, patches, and more
The Distillery Market - vintage jewelry

Crafts & Cards:
- The Paper + Craft Pantry - the one stop shop for all things stationery + crafty (plus workshops!)
- Chipper Things - optimistic prints, pins, stationery, and accessories
- Stationery Bakery - gouache printed stationery with abstract florals and cute animals
- Fine Day Press - beautiful paper you'll want to display
- Mean Thing Kate - crude and honest drawings on prints + cards

To Live, Read, and Cherish:
- Love Ding - vintage + vintage-inspired home goods
- Curious Prints - vintage prints + accessories
- Nothing But A Pigeon - crochet taxidermy + a book to learn to do it yourself
- Selva Beat - environmental lifestyle magazine

Who to Book:
- Chelsea Laine Francis - the best photographer in the city
- Mindy's Bakeshop - truly adorable bespoke cookies + cakes
- Maggie Gentry - thoughtful creative marketing consultant
- Melody's Joy - dessert table styling
- Laurel Kinney - personal stylist/shopper + wardrobe consultant

I'm still deciding if I'm doing to do an official gift guide this year, but please consider supporting one (or many!) of these wonderful women as you do your holiday shopping!

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