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Make your festival the bestival with rock-solid #protips from party people who’ve been there and done that. As we motor through our spring road trip to SXSW, McDowell Mountain and Stagecoach music festivals, we’ll be taking these #protips to heart. These are the tips for SXSW. Stay tuned for future installments.

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La BBQ is one of the best spots for BBQ in Austin, and what’s great about La BBQ during SXSW is that there’s live music there. La BBQ rivals Franklin’s for best BBQ in the city. They serve BBQ out of a truck until they run out.  There is another truck called the Blue Ox which is a bit more under the radar but also very good…it’s in the back of a bar called the Buzzmill. But for SXSW + BBQ: La BBQ is the jam.”

–Lindsey Mongrain, @lindsmerrick

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Fashion Week Journal for Tuesday, March 10

Whether you’re watching the runway from home or from the front row, it’s impossible to not be completely captivated by certain models. There are the classically beautiful ones and the offbeat beauties, the girls who seem to come from another world and those who might be your awkward neighbor from kindergarten.

The best ones just have that something. Sometimes they’re even a little distracting—you look at them as closely as you do the clothes they’re modeling. But that plays into the brand too. Some models are cast because they have the perfect proportions and walk like they’re in a dream. Some are cast because they simply possess a spirit that draws you in—and keeps you there.

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Napavine, Washington’s Emilie Evander is among the last group. After she walked in the Gucci men’s show (they’re gender benders, you’ll recall) and made big waves there, Alexander Wang cast her as an exclusive for his New York Fashion Week show, then Gucci nabbed her as an exclusive for Milan. And they had her close the show. In Paris, she walked in the much buzzed-about shows for Rick Owens and Margiela.

It’s a big deal to be booked exclusively; it means it’s the only show you do in that market. It means you’re paid more. It means the brand really wants your certain something to represent their certain something. Evander’s certain something is in her 5’11″ frame and her ethereal coloring, but it’s also in her goofball spirit and small-town roots. She’s a total sweetheart and a complete teenager. She loves her mom and family and her community, and she’s curious about the world. She also likes steak and French fries, as I learned when I had dinner with her at Le Relais de l’Entrecote.

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Highlights and commentary from yesterday’s runway shows: Saint Laurent channels and refines a little ’80s rock ‘n’ roll, and Valentino takes a gothic plunge into a sea of black textures before bestowing viewers with a really, really, ridiculously good-looking surprise.

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Fashion Week Journal for Monday, March 9

It’s weird but true: a good coffee in Paris is hard to find. Unless, that is, you happen to go by Vogue’s Americans in Paris Fashion Week showcase where a certain award-winning, coffee-making expat is pulling shots and doling out croissants.

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Pernille Teisbaek has truly covetable style. Every time I run into her, I want to copy her look and today was no different. Pernille’s the master of Nordic cool–effortless and ahead of the curve. She’s ticked all the biggest trend boxes with today’s outfit, but manages to make each theme feel fresh and inspiring.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Shop similar styles:
Moto Jackets | Turtlenecks | White Sneakers | Clothes with Fringe

Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:

MICHAEL Michael Kors ‘New Navy’ Moto Jacket | Superga ‘Cotu’ Sneaker | EACH X OTHER Long Fringe Shirt

I can’t resist an all-denim outfit. Then again, Chloe’s look is far from the traditional Canadian Tuxedo! Raw-edge culottes are cutting-edge trendy, while the denim button-up is a perennial classic. A draped shawl adds some color and volume.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Shop similar styles:
Denim Button-Downs | Peep-Toe Booties | Shawls

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Zadig & Voltaire ‘Tak’ Shirt | Trouvé ‘Hallie’ Bootie | Topshop Crepe Kimono

As much as I love the moto jacket, it’s nice to see another leather style represented every once in awhile. The sleek, sharp lines of this jacket are appealing and work well with the more relaxed separates of Rose’s outfit. All-white looks are clean and perfect for the modern minimalist. Platform oxfords and a designer bag add some premium flair.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Shop similar styles:
Leather Coats | Platform Oxfords | White Trousers

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Nordstrom Signature and Caroline Issa Jacket | Opening Ceremony ‘Grunge’ Oxford | Theory ‘Onark’ Pants

Highlights and commentary from yesterday’s runway shows: Stella McCartney makes modern sophistication look totally effortless.

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Jane’s sleek wrap topper is sharp and oh so chic. Belts are a must this season, and I love how this matching fabric belt creates definition without cutting the line of the silhouette. Minimalist accessories feel modern and feminine.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Grey Satchels | Belted Jackets & Dresses | Black Strappy Pumps

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Fendi Satchel | Topshop Belted D-Ring Duster | Nine West ‘Peace Sign’ Pump

Linda Tol is really, really good at turning tailored menswear on its head. Her slim, sleek blazer is modern and minimalist, while her wide culottes create an interesting sense of balance. The turtleneck has clearly been one of the top cuts of the season, and you can’t go wrong with a classic cashmere style. A pair of adidas and a bright bag add some sporty elements.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Shop similar styles:
Blazers | Orange Handbags | Culottes

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Mural Minimalist Blazer | Topshop Faux Leather Tote | The Hanger Gaucho Pants