Who are your favorite designers?
Erin Fetherston for day to day white frocks, Charles Anastase for his patterns (polka dots, floral), and Luella (Bartley) for her bright, shapely mini-dresses.
Who are your favorite up-and-coming designers?
Lover! They have a pair of high-waisted dark denim shorts I'd kill for.
What are your favorite hometown stores?
There are so many fabulous places to shop in Austin; here's just a handful: STRUT, Room Service Vintage (vintage clothing and home furnishing/decor), Urban Outfitters, Buffalo Exchange and New Bohemia¬--all mostly South/Downtown Austin boutiques. And of course, IKEA.
Who are your personal style icons?
Natasha Kahn of Bat for Lashes, Kime Buzzelli of Show Pony. They are incredibly brave and wear anything from feathers, to pom-poms as accessories. Ideally, I'd love to have the guts for that.
What are your favorite new trends for fall?
Tights in primary colors like royal blue and canary yellow.
What trend(s) are you totally over?
T-shirts as dresses (for those who can get away with it), but maybe that's because I never could get away with it!
What is the best purchase you've ever made and why?
REAL vintage high-waisted jeans. I just got them altered and they fit amazingly and are one of a kind.
What style secrets do you have right now?
Instead of wearing a slip with any and everything see-through, I just wear a really dark pair of tights. That way I don¬'t lose the shape of whatever dress/skirt I¬'m wearing, and I don¬'t risk pulling a Britney.
Do you have any beauty tips?
Day to day I use Benefit Cosmetics makeup products including the Play Sticks foundation ($32, benefitcosmetic.com) and the Get Even powder ($28, benefitcosmetic.com). It's amazing! I aim for the porcelain doll look, so it works great for me.
Right now, every girl needs a _____ ?
Pair of Fogal tights. ($35, shapings.com)
If you could raid anyone's closet, who would it be and why?
Tennessee Thomas. Because, she epitomizes the term "dress girl"¬--and that I am. [Check out Tennessee¬'s picks from then The Like were WWWD Guest Editors.]
Where are your favorite places to go out?
There's a lot of really interesting places to go in Austin. Some of my favorites: Beauty Bar for DJ-ing, Alamo Drafthouse for movies, Emo¬'s for live music, and Elysium for eighties night.
Music that's on your iPod right now?
Cocteau Twins, Metric, Elastica, Au Revoir Simone, and New Order are just a few. I especially have been listening to Metric's song "Combat Baby"¬--it¬'s a great song to get dressed to. It makes me feel cute and sexy at the same time.
What do you buy at the newsstand?
Nylon! I also get Allure, Lula, Spin and at least one gossip magazine.
What piece in your wardrobe do you wear the most?
I wear headbands frequently to accentuate my bangs. And tights! I love tights, especially dark ones¬--very slimming.
Tell us about your ideal day or night.
I work about 40 hours a week at a boutique called Strut in Austin so I get to dress up everyday. I wear mostly super-short mini-dresses, shift dresses and flats. I like wearing heels when I go out, Mary Janes mostly with¬--you guessed it¬--short dresses!
Where do you go to stock up on great, inexpensive items?
Savers and Target¬--especially when there's a great designer creating a line for Target!
If you had $1000 to blow on one item for Fall, what would it be?
Anything by Chlo√©.
What item(s) in your wardrobe do you rely on during the fall?
My vast array of jackets! I have one for every day of the week. My favorite is a Banana Republic brown-and-gold-patterned jacket with a bibbed neck and oversized buttons. And tights¬--I have many, many pairs of tights.
Lacey¬'s Little Black Book for Austin
Buffalo Exchange: 512.480.9922, 2904 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705, buffaloexchange.com
Ikea: 512.652.4220, 4000 N I-H 35, Round Rock, TX 78681, ikea.com
New Bohemia: 512.326.1238, 1606 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Room Service Vintage: 512.451.1057, 107 E North Loop, Austin, TX 78751, roomservicevintage.com
Savers: 512.323.0707, 5222 Burnet Rd #600, Austin, TX 78756, savers.com
Strut: 512.326.2303, 2200 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Target: 512.445.2266, 2300 W Ben White Blvd, Austin, TX 78704, target.com
Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas : 512.476.1320, 1120 S Lamar Blvd, Austin TX, 78704 (multiple locations), drafthouse.com
Beauty Bar: 512.391.1943, 617 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701, beautyboard.com
Elysium Night Club: 512.478.2979, 705 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701
Emo¬'s Austin Ltd: 512.477.3667, 603 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701