As a native midwesterner moving to Austin, there was a world of culture I had only heard about from friends travels and magazines that I never thought I’d ever have the chance to experience myself, let alone live within. The music and fashion world in Austin is so vibrantly alive and ever changing. They are both aspects of life here that keep us constantly inspired and creatively driven to document and dive into for new perspective in our work.
Heading into our second fall season in Austin, we felt the urge to reach out and ask those around us how they approached the upcoming Austin City Limits music festival as a creative living amongst it. With music being such a pillar in Austin’s culture, it’s a rare thing when you run into someone who hasn’t heard about or attended one of it’s many festivals throughout the year.
As a creative myself, I cherish the moments I get to connect with others around this beautiful city. The reality of documenting life wether it be fashion, crafting, travel or food, there’s a blog for that, and a blogger behind it. There is someone dedicating their passion for a subject/s and opening their opinion and outlook to those around willing to read and soak up personal experience from someone else’s point of view.
We are dedicating the weeks leading up to Austin City Limits festival to those we have come to follow and love. Instagram to Facebook, Pinterest to Twitter, Austin is filled to the brim with adventurous and creative minds sharing their worlds with us. We wanted to document their stories and perspectives while taking a personal peek into their lives and fashion sense towards ACL.
Laura Morsman Photography features : Olivia Watson, Austin Fashion Blogger of www.livvyland.com
and Noah Watson, local musician, noahwatson.com
Wearing : Free People
What is an aspect of fashion blogging in ATX that you love?
What I love about being a fashion blogger in ATX is the versatility when it comes to fashion. There are so many different types of people with unique styles here, so the possibilities are endless – and most importantly, accepted! We’ve got some preppier fashioniastas near UT campus, while five minutes east and down the road it’s like a an Urban Outfitters catalog, and cruise 25 minutes to south Austin and you’ll find the most brilliant vintage thrift shoppers – and it’s all amazing! “Keep Austin Weird” doesn’t just apply to the folks who inhabit our city, it applies to the fashion we choose everyday. People here are zany and eccentric, and thinking outside the box when it comes to fashion is something that’s appreciated in this city!
What would you say the difference is between everyday fashion and ACL festival fashion?
With festival fashion nowadays reaching the Miley Cyrus level on the scandal spectrum (how much shorter can we make denim shorts? I mean, really!), there’s a very distinct division between festival style and everyday wear. You can’t exactly show up for work rocking a flash tattoo on your forehead and a crop top that leaves little to the imagination. In contrast, on the festival grounds fashion freedom is everything and nothing is off limits. If you want to rock the minimalist look (I’m speaking literally here), then go for it! After all, it’s no secret that Texas is still hot in October. Festival fashion is driven by the liberating combination of live music and an ice cold beer – and when you’re with your best friends rocking out to the band that’s been blasting on 103.1 all summer, your outfit will likely align with your carefree spirit during those three magical days. So, what does this spirit take on in fashion form? Soft, flowing fabrics that let you feel the breeze, shoes that call for dancing and layered accessories for a perfect hands-in-the-air, shouting-the-lyrics moment.
What trends are you loving that you see popping up this upcoming season?
The sneakers with dresses trend! I love wearing my Vans with a skater dress in the summer, so swapping out my boots for sneakers and loading up the “layered look” sounds like something I’d definitely wear. Aside from that, I’m loving all of the printed, chunky sweaters popping up in stores this season. Cozy, warm and instant perfection when paired with hot coffee and a fireplace!
Where is the best place to unwind when taking a break from the ACL festivities?
Barton Springs is my go-to when I’m looking to cool off and wind down a bit during the fest. It’s a natural spring fed pool across the way from the venue, so it’s an easy walk and the best feeling to hop into the cold water after breaking a serious sweat all day. Aside from taking a dip in the pool, I highly recommend hitting up a fun (and so so delicious) breakfast spot before you’re ready to hit the fest. Magnolia Cafe and Kerbey Lane are two beloved Austin classics, and who could resist fueling up on gingerbread pancakes before another day of amazing festivities?
Besides fashion, blogging, and combining the two, what’s something that you love to do or expresses your interests?
Oh goodness, that’s a toughie! Well, I am 100% a family girl. I grew up in Austin and have four older siblings, and within the past few years I’ve had the pleasure of becoming “Auntie O” to my five perfect nieces and nephews. Thus, when I’m not in front of a computer or snapping pictures on my phone, I am hanging with my family, eating dinner prepared by my 9-year-old nephew (who’s idol is Julia Child – and he’s quite the little chef already!) and soaking in the joy that kids can bring and the genuine love of my family. This is definitely my happy place.
Laura Morsman Photography
Austin Texas, Editorial and Fashion Photography