02, 12, 2016

Holiday Planning & Shopping Made Easy


Holiday shopping can be such a stressful activity; all of the crowds, the guess work and the endless searching-it’s overwhelming. You end up settling for something that “might work” or doing the dreaded, cliche “gift sets” that line every department store. Setting up a Personal Stylist appointment at Nordstrom for your holiday shopping is a great way to simplify the entire experience while achieving personal gifts in an effortless way. Whether you need to buy gifts for the entire family or just that one picky family member or friend there are a number of ways to make it easy through our styling appointments!

  1. Let me handle the choosing- after a brief consultation call to gather information about who you need to buy gifts for, what their likes/sizes are I can then set a room with all of the potential gifts I believe they would love. You come in and we go through the options together. This is great for those “hard to shop for” people in your life! Then let me gift box everything while you enjoy a hot coffee or tea.
  2. Prior to your appointment with me in store open up your online Nordstrom account or app and create a wishlist of all of the possible gift options then I can access your wishlist and have each of the items available for you to check out in person in your very own personal suite. Come into the store without the stress of having to battle the crowds and shuffle through endless racks, look through only the items you want to see and purchase what you love! I can then gift box and help you to your car.
  3. Choose your items, place them in your wishlist, email it to me and I will process the transaction, gift box and label the gifts then have them ready for you to pick up same day. You pull up (to a designated spot, that’s right-no having to search through the holiday parking madness) and I run everything out to your car!  Great for those trying to avoid the entire shopping experience but not wanting to depend on online orders being delivered on time. Have family out of state? I can ship directly to them too!
  4. Thinking about giving a gift card to Nordstrom? Give the gift of a Personal Styling Experience Gift Card, with no additional charge you can make the recipient of that gift card feel extra special with a one-on-one experience catered to them. Contact me for details!

Holiday shopping doesn’t have to be stressful. Gift giving is a joyful experience and when you let me knock out the searching for you we can keep it that way!
Text me at 512-842-6693 or email: Sylvia.Vaquera@Nordstrom.com to set up an appointment or talk about the best option for you!


Happy Holidays!
Xx Sylvia


15, 11, 2016

New Endeavors with Nordstrom


Lately I’ve been pretty MIA (missing in action) here on the blog and it’s not ok.
I haven’t forgotten about my blog or all of my amazing readers. I’ve been struggling to find the time, or rather the energy to sit down and jam out a blog post. Shooting has been impossible to schedule with the days being shorter and my workload larger… excuses, excuses! But seriously, blogging is still just as important and fun for me and I swear to be more consistent. This blog has been the catalyst for so much over the past almost 2 years (wow it’s been almost 2 years which is still crazy to me!) including my recent absence, ironic huh? This blog has opened up SO many doors for me and most recently that was an opportunity of a lifetime- to join the Nordstrom family as a Personal Stylist. Can you say dream job?
D R E A M    J O B! 

Being a Stylist has long been a goal of mine, more than that-a dream! Working at Nordstrom though, that has taken it to another level. The tools I’ve been given and the high level of continuous training that goes into this position is teaching me so much about the possibilities of styling and the future of it.


So a lot of people ask me these questions when I tell them I’m a Personal Stylist for Nordstrom:

  • “What do you do as a Personal Stylist and how much does it cost?”
    As a Stylist I work by appointment to help both men and women with anything from a full wardrobe update, finding a killer outfit for an interview, building a core wardrobe or even gift ideas for the whole family. I have a consultation with you before you come into the store where I get basic details like sizes, coloring, likes and dislikes, then we discuss your goals for the appointment and set a date. When you come into the store you walk into a room complete with full head-to-toe looks or plenty of options if all you need is a certain item like jeans or dresses for a wedding with 1 on 1 undivided attention and tips. This styling service is completely free and is a great option for busy 9-5ers, when you just don’t have the time to browse but you want the best options or when you’ve fallen into a fashion rut and need a trend update.
  • How do you know what to pick for different people?
    I don’t necessarily “know” but by doing a brief, 15-20 minute phone consultation prior to the appointment I’m able to ask probing questions to get a better sense of your current style, lifestyle and needs/wants out of the appointment. I’ll also get a better sense of the styles that will most compliment you by asking about sizes, body type and coloring. For instance, for a complete wardrobe update; the first appointment is always a great “getting to know you” appointment where I really get to weed out styles/prints and even trends that you particularly love or hate on yourself. You try on complete looks (accessories and shoes) and decide what you love and what you can’t live without. The second appointment, a week later-you pick up the the core items from the first appointment that were being perfected by our in-store alterations. Since then we’ve stayed in contact via text(See Textstyle Below)/calls/email about items that pop up that you need or want me to be on the look out for so I have a few additional things for you when you come in. The third appointment, a month or so later, we have new stuff in store to accent your previous purchases and keep you current with the seasons. As we continue to shop together I learn what you love and what you must have and I’m your eyes and ears on the inside!
  • I wish I could shop with you or have you style me but I live in “insert city” and you’re in Austin.
    Ok, so this one isn’t a question but it kind of is… Living in another city or even state for that matter doesn’t matter! Nordstrom recently rolled out the coolest, most simplistic thing to happen to shopping- TextStyle. TextStyle is this cool way of messaging (normal text and data charges apply) where I can propose items I think you’ll love and you can view them, then by simply texting back a code like “buy1234” you’ve just bought your outfit for this weekend’s date. Just like ordering online it will ship to you in 3-8 business days. If you’ve ever ordered online from Nordstrom and started an account all you have to do is log in on the app and it will link up.You guys, my boyfriend text me about socks a couple weeks ago “I can’t find no shows anywhere, we need more” I shot him a text with no-shows and a buy code, he text back “buy2547” and four days later there was a box from Nordstrom at our door. He’s obsessed! I’ve textstyle’d him 4 more things in the past week. I’m not kidding when I say he can’t stop raving about it. For someone who hates going to the mall this is perfect. For someone who can’t physically come shop with me, this is perfect. Seriously guys, text me at 5128426693 and let me help you find what you’re looking for.
  • How do I schedule an appointment with you?
    You can text me directly at 512-842-6693, you can email me at Sylvia.Vaquera@nordstrom.com or you can go online to the Nordstrom.com website to book a stylist. I’m available to do appointments at both Barton Creek and the Domain. For Barton creek you have to email or text me ahead of time. Because I do respect that 1 on 1 aspect of the styling appointment to give everyone that perfect, personalized experience I’m not available on the floor without scheduling me ahead of time. I hope all of my Austin readers will stop in to get a full stylist experience! I hope to see you all!


I love you all and I will get better at juggling these two very important parts of my life.

Xx Sylvia

Photos: Carlos Barron Photography

08, 08, 2016

The Perfect Vacation Dress with LURE

The first thing that came to my mind when I saw this Ark & co dress was: Vacation.
Vacation, vacation, vacation.
It’s the perfect dress for a tropical Summer vacay or, as in my case, just pretending you’re on one. The blue, pineapple and rum drink didn’t hurt either.

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Apart from the great print of this dress there are a whole gang of other reasons it’s an absolute must buy; it’s lightweight, makes you look more tan, can be dressed up for a night out or with sandals for a day trip, its a wrap dress so its universally flattering on all body types and it’s under $60!

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Dress: Ark & co c/o LURE by Young and Fabulous
Bag: old, similar for under $10
Shoes: sold out, similar and love these!
Sunnies: Nordstrom
Ring: c/o Pink and Silver Fashion
Earrings: Kate Spade via Nordstrom

Xx Sylvia 

Photos: Monique Rodriguez

03, 08, 2016

Getting Pampered with NAAVA


Last week I was invited into Naava, the largest full-service salon and spa in downtown Austin, for some much needed pampering. Ranked number three nationally as the best salon in the country by June Salon Today magazine; I knew that if I was going to find my new go-to colorist anywhere-this would be the place.



I arrived at the Navva and was offered a private tour of the space before my appointment began and was honestly taken aback by the salon. From the outside you would never guess how huge this place truly is. There are completely different areas-each with chic, vibrant energies; the salon which is airy and modern but still feels very private (even though you’re surrounded by floor to ceiling windows). Then there’s a sleek separate area for mani’s and pedi’s that would be perfect for hosting a girls day for the whole group along with a quiet, serene spa wing that I’ll definitely be visiting soon for a facial.



I had the pleasure of working with Jean Francois, a recent transplant from Miami-which is only my favorite travel destination, so chatting him up was a blast. I let him know that my main goal was to cover some new greys that had not been invited but to keep my hair color as relatively close to the color it was. Jean was so informative, giving me information about different products and treatments that would be ideal for my hair type. He used an ammonia free dye that he said could cover hair up to 50% grey, so I was good to go.  Before I had even finished my color I knew I’d be back for a Keratin treatment. He explained that my coarse, frizzy hair would benefit greatly from the smoothing process, which cuts blow dry time in half. I always wondered how the babes in South Beach were able to keep their hair looking so amazing in the extreme humidity, and friends, this is the secret.




Look at how well he matched my color! Amazing!




Top: Forever 21
Jeans: Topshop via Nordstrom
Shoes: Steve Madden
Bag: H&M

Xx Sylvia

Big thanks to Naava for inviting me to try a free service, all opinions are my own.

23, 07, 2016

Pool Partying with St Bernard


With this heat, a bikini and cover up is really all you need.


& OK maybe a sunhat, sunblock, a beach towel, bag, sunglasses and pool floats


…oh and your favorite babes and a pool.



 & besides those last two, you can grab everything at St. Bernard Sports.



Can you say pool party?


St Bernard has long been a favorite shop of mine when it comes to sportswear, with their expansive selection it’s impossible to not find something you can’t live without. There are swimsuits at every price point and the selection of “little extras” to complete the party were unbelievable; I’m talking little drink holder floats, pool party themed coasters, beach bags for every style and some of the cutest beach towels I’ve seen in some time! I love this one & this one is a close second! I grabbed this cuter than cute, halter styled bikini that actually wraps around again but I decided to style it with the basic tie this time. A black bikini is timeless and perfect for mixing and matching so I knew ahead of time that I wanted to go in that direction but that doesn’t mean I didn’t try on this suit, this one and even this one piece (bad quality mirror pic below) that I seriously almost got instead and even attempted to exchange for but it was already sold out in the store. Proof that if you snooze you lose (or have to wait and order it online and then have two new suits).



St Bernard Sports is one stop shopping for more than just pool parties; I got sidetracked while in the store and found myself eyeing a yeti cooler and even a yoga mat (though I already have one that gets little use).



Kaftan: Seafolly Gilly Island c/o St Bernard
Bikini: L-Space Lizzie Wrap top, L-Space Low Down Bottom c/o St Bernard
Sunglasses: Westward Leaning c/o Ditto
Floats: PegasusFlamingo
Necklace: Layering Necklace c/o Ameliorez

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Xx Sylvia

*Thank you to St Bernard for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

& thanks to By, Hilary Rose and Hey Kailey Mae for partying at the pool with me, be sure to check out their blogs!

All photos: Carlos Barron Photography

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