Austin Fashion Blog - Gold Lion StyleA LITTLE ABOUT ME

I’m a twenty-something Texas gal with an affinity for dreaming big. I grew up in a small town in the panhandle of Texas and moved to Austin at 18 to attend the University of Texas. I met my tall-dark-and-handsome husband, Blake, during college and we married in 2012. A few facts about me are:

  • I love city life and all of the unique and interesting experiences and people I’ve met. I also love going back to the wide-open plains of my home town where I can escape the hustle-and-bustle of the everyday and just relax.
  • I’m devoted to my health & fitness and making conscious, purposeful decisions about every item I put in or on my body. I drink only water and hot tea on a daily basis and I limit eating processed food or anything with questionable ingredients.
  • I’ve also eliminated chemical-laden items from my beauty routine and use only natural toiletries and beauty products. I’ve spent time researching and creating my own products, from body butters and exfoliating scrubs to natural shampoo/conditioner and leave-in detangler. I also love using essential oils for natural remedies and overall health!
  • I love being active and do or have done everything from snowboarding, wakeboarding, longboarding, wakesurfing, and paddle boarding, to skydiving, zip lining, rappelling, kayaking, and sailing.


Where did you go to college and what did you major in?

I attended the University of Texas at Austin and graduated with a B.S. in Communication Studies. Hook ‘Em! \m/

Who is your photographer?

My amazingly patient and supportive husband takes all my photos!

Why did you start blogging?

After following my favorite blogs for some time and being inspired daily by the original content, I found myself at the start of the new year in 2015 reflecting on my goals and yearning for a new passion or purpose. I decided to start my own blog as a creative outlet and a way to learn new skills, be challenged, and grow as a person. Since starting Gold Lion Style, I’ve developed an appreciation for website coding and a passion for seeking out adventure and inspiration in every corner of my life, and I hope to communicate that lust for happiness to you through the content I create here!

What do you do for a living?

I manage the office operations of an engineering firm in central Austin.

What do you do in your spare time?

Blake and I love to seek out adventures in Austin and the surrounding hill country, whether it’s enjoying the many lakes in the region, finding neighborhood spots to go longboarding, cruising out into the country for scenic spots to photograph, or taking our dog, Cash, to a nearby park or walking trail to run his energy out. At home, we spend a lot of time working in our backyard and other house projects. We also love to snowboard and take a few trips every winter to various places in New Mexico and Colorado.



[ Snapped this one of my love workin’ behind the scene :) ]

Leave a comment and say hello! I’d love to hear from you!


  1. Victoria

    You’re so inspiring and cool! I was literally went to your insta page last night and wished you posted more! I’m so excited you have a blog!!

    • Tristan

      Thank you sweet friend! That means so much! I hope things have been great for you! :)

  2. Rachel

    Glad you got it up and running, I know how much you wanted this! Looks great, Tristan, I can’t wait to see what else you have in store for us!

    • Tristan

      I’m so glad to hear that!! It’s always nice to find someone you can relate to in the big world of the internet! :)

  3. Wow! Just found your blog- I loved your style right away, and then Austin and New Mexico that caught my eye; I’m living in NM now, planning a move to Austin next year, and started my own blog just a few months ago! Anyways, loving it so far, excited to see more.

    Love yourself | Love your clothes
    Power of Clothing

    • Tristan

      Thank you for the kind words! So glad you happened upon my blog and congrats on launching yours recently too!

  4. I love how adventurous you are! How was it like to skydive? That’s still something on my life list I’m yet to do. :)
    I love your lifestyle. We seem to share many similar philosophies!

    • Tristan

      Thank you Cara for always leaving such sweet words on my blog! Skydiving was an incredible experience! I did a tandem skydive and the instructor did lots of twists/turns and swinging in the air so I was actually quite nauseated when we landed…ha, but loved the experience nonetheless and would probably do it again without the extra roller coaster antics. It’s definitely something to try at least once, I have no doubt that you’ll mark it off your list eventually!

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