Today marks the first day of the Austin Fashion Week runway shows and I am SO excited! I’ve been to AFW every year since I started blogging (in 2015) and it is such a blast every time. I love how everyone comes together to support the local brands and businesses; it’s a fun week to celebrate my town and get to know new faces I haven’t met before. My blogger babes and I also use it at a fun excuse to get us all together, which can be difficult when you have such busy schedules like we all do! I can’t wait to spend the weekend with them.
This year, I was excited to connect with a new local swimwear brand called Lee Merritt! Their sleek and adorable one-piece designs (and bikinis!) are made with meticulous attention to detail as well as the softest fabrics, and they are going to be featured at the Friday runways shows! I chose this printed, lace-up one-piece for me for the summer and I couldn’t be more in love. It meets all my criteria for the perfect, flattering one-piece swimsuit. I felt so great in it for this shoot, and I have already let my roomie borrow it for a bachelorette party this past weekend and she loved it, too! I couldn’t recommend it more (and I might have to grab it in tribal pink or bone, as well!).
For tonight’s AFW runways, the designers will include the Project Runway stars Kelly Dempsey and Amanda Valentine, as well as local designers such as May Designs, This is Sloane, and University of Texas Fashion Students (Hook ‘Em!). I’ll be doing a recap next week to let you know all my favorites from the entire weekend, but until then, be sure to check out my Instagram stories to see some shots of the AFW runways and events! I’ll also be posting my outfits for each night on Insta. I have a very busy weekend ahead of me and I can’t wait to get it started!
In partnership with Lee Merritt