Beauty, Costume, Fashion, Pop Culture

Halloween Inspo: Just Add Ears

It’s that time of year! Halloween is just a couple weeks away…I look forward to Halloween starting November 1st, and as far as I’m concerned, it’s never too early to start brainstorming fun costume ideas. In case you haven’t already pinned down your Halloween attire, the Sauce has got some simple solutions to classic costumes…

“Mean Girls” (2005) iconically depicts what girls’ high school Halloween costumes look like: sexy lingerie, with ears or a headpiece that render the look a costume. No one could forget the eternal words of the scantily clad Karen Smith (Amanda Seyfried)—“I’m a mouse…duh!” Between high school and my time in college, I wore a lot of sexually charged Halloween costumes. In my day, I’ve dressed up as the “sexy Mad Hatter,” “sexy skeleton,” “sexy police officer,” and the costume that needs no alterations for sex appeal, the Hooters Girl. (It was actually a Winghouse uniform, but I’m not sure how up to speed my readers are when it comes to Florida’s knockoffs of national sensations.) In later years, I’ve taken to creating fashion-forward, if not campy costumes to honor my favorite pop stars and cartoon characters, from Katy Perry, to David Bowie, to my proudest costume accomplishment, Cruella Deville.

If lingerie is what empowers you, then you should certainly wear it proudly. If you’re committed enough to create an elaborate costume, whether you’re buying a packaged party store look, or pulling out all the stops from your own closet, you know that I salute you. However, if overt sexuality isn’t your thing this year, and if you don’t feel like spending a ton of time or money on your look, you can still partake in the festivities by applying the “Mean Girls” philosophy to a more sophisticated standard: put together a stylish outfit that you might wear any other night, and just add ears to make what will officially pass as an adorale costume.

Last year, my blogger buddies Sam (Fenway Fashionista), Kayte (Mass Musings), and I used our own clothes to make chic witch costumes. This year, I’m showing off three different outfits I’ve previously worn on regular occasions, which instantly become cute costumes with the finishing touch of inexpensive headbands from Party City. All three looks cater to slightly different vibes or settings, depending on your general aesthetic and the kind of Halloween celebration you might be attending:

Devil: casual, glam-grunge. Ideal for a house party or casual bar bar.

AllSaints ‘Belvedere’ moto jacket, UNIF ‘Fire’ crop tee, Calvin Klein for UO boyfriend jeans, Urban Outfitters ‘Luke’ lace-up boots, MAC x The Rocky Horror Picture Show lipstick in ‘Deep Love.’

Black cat: sleek, low-key sexy, versatile. Ideal for almost any Halloween setting—house party, bars/clubs, general mischief…

AllSaints ‘Drew’ jacket, Sandro peplum knit top, BDG jeans, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Cienega’ ankle boots, Furla ‘Metropolis’ cross body bag in silver, Eddie Borgo choker, Oliver Peoples sunglasses, Lime Crime Metallic Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick in ‘Mercury.’

Minnie Mouse: feminine, polished, dressy. Ideal for a more formal or professional party.

Opening Ceremony textured A-line dress, Jean-Michel Cazabat pumps, vintage Chanel bag, Nasty Gal sunglasses, MAC x The Rocky Horror Picture Show lipstick in ‘Strange Journey.’

Photos by Courtney McCullough of TOBY K img_0006


Unexpected Complimentary Colors









img_5992Zara culottes, AllSaints ‘Belvedere’ moto jacket, Silence & Noise crop top, Rebecca Minkoff ‘Edie’ loafers in silver, Alexander Wang ‘Rockie’ bag in beet, Eddie Borgo ‘Safety Chain’ choker, Stella & Dot ‘Rebel Pendant’ necklace, Oliver Peoples sunglasses.

More and more old-fashioned fashion “rules” are being tossed aside in the name of of creative expression. Personally, I see no reason to limit every color to a specific time of year as long as you style accordingly. Street style-enthusiasts have long since let go of the ban on white after Labor Day, and we’re abandoning all kinds of other seasonal color restrictions, as well. This summer’s trends included shades of navy blue and olive green, and this fall’s fashion scene shows no apparent interest in seeing off Pantone’s 2016 pastel favorites. In other words, you needn’t put your addiction to shades of pastel pink or baby blue on hold ’til spring; you just have to style these “unconventional” colors in ways that make it clear you know it’s not May in October…The good news is, it’s really not so difficult, and you’ll get to maximize more of your purchases.

I bought these fabulous powder blue culottes with sophisticated slits towards the end of summer, but didn’t get a chance to wear them before fall set in. Disappointed, I looked at them and thought, I just can’t wait for winter to come and go before giving them a spin. They’re not too lightweight, so I figured that with the right styling, I could carry them into cooler weather. Complimentary colors can potentially come across as abrasive, but are also inherently pleasing to the eye. By pairing my light blue pants with my beet-red bag, I create an exciting combination of unsaturated complimentary colors that allows the sky blue to fit comfortably into a fall setting. My metallic loafers and layered statement silver jewelry match my handbag’s edgy hardware, and the leather jacket completes a look that’s polished without being prim. I like to show a sliver of skin with a crop top to even further emphasize the contrast and balance between hard and soft elements, but you could swap in any black, tucked-in tee or tank for a more conservative take on this look. You might think dramatic, wide-leg, pastel culottes carry limited wearability, but trust me, they’re versatile. I’m thrilled I could work them into an edgy fall ensemble, but I look forward to wearing them with other pastels and a pair of sandals during my next warm-weather excursion, or with a collared blouse and a tailored blazer for a more professional setting. Don’t forget, a statement piece can make more than one statement, depending on the occasion.

Photos by Regan Cleminson












dsc_0027Ragged Priest oversized denim jacket, HLZBLZ ‘Bye’ T-shirt, Calvin Klein jeans, Urban Outfitters boots, Alexander Wang ‘Rockie’ bag.

Happy October!!! This fall, I’m interested in color combinations that break the mold, and this outfit has a kind of funny source of inspiration…I may not admire all of Justin Bieber’s actions, but I have chaperoned my little cousin to two of his concerts (by which I mean I eagerly tagged along), and I honestly love his style. I’m into the way he wears tees that hang a little longer than a standard jacket. He also probably owns one of the most impressive denim collections in human history. Does Justin dress himself? Who’s to say? I for sure don’t care, and Bieber is not the first male, teenage heart throb whose street style seriously inspired my look (read: Robert Pattinson in my senior year of high school). This getup is a personal homage to the fashion icon that is the Biebs, right down to #MyCalvins. These limited edition Calvin Klein jeans have quickly become one of my favorite pieces in my entire wardrobe. I especially like using them as a canvas for more androgynous outfits. I ordered this inexplicably cool graphic tee from Dolls Kill in a size larger than usual to achieve my desired layering effect, and it lined up just right with my beloved reworked vintage Levi’s jacket by Ragged Priest. My favorite boots (many people have mistaken them for Prada) keep the look masculine, and make the outfit a little more upscale. My new Alexander Wang ‘Rockie’ bag (which comes with a cross body strap) also elevates this urban ensemble. I’m obsessed with the deep shade of burgundy-wine, and I’ve been having a lot of fun pairing it with unexpected colors. Something about the way the bag clashes with my tee is just delicious to me, and the burgundy definitely brings strong fall vibes.

Photos by Miranda Mu


Light Layers








dsc_0112Random romper from a store in Hanover, New Hampshire layered over an Emma & Sam cropped tee, AllSaints ‘Belvedere’ moto jacket, Sandro ‘Aida’ mini cross body bag, Furla pom pom, ‘Luke’ lace-up boots from Urban Outfitters.

I actually don’t even know who makes this romper, but it has served me well since 2011, and it’s lending itself quite nicely to a current layering trend. Anything with a camisole-like bodice (think slip dresses and, you know, camisoles) look rad and very ’90s over a little white tee, and you can just throw on a leather jacket to bring the popular look right into this Fall-transition season. The layered necklines create a nice palette for layering jewelry, as well, like my thick velvet choker and nameplate necklace. I suspect chokers are here to stay for the next couple of seasons, so if you haven’t tried the trend yet, maybe it’s time to experiment a bit. I think these menswear-inspired boots, which fall somewhere in between polished and grunge, make for an outfit that would shift easily from daytime errands to drinks at the bar, but you could also swap in a sexier pair of heeled sandals, or perhaps even some lace-up thigh-highs for a dressier and more feminine getup. Though it isn’t quite cold yet, a fuzzy accessory or two will bring Fall into focus.

Photos by Miranda Mu



Boston, Culture, Fashion, fashion theory, Feminism, Pop Culture

Boston Bloggers: Boss Ladies

Photos by Elissa Garza of Style-Wire.

I’ve surely mentioned it bitterly a million times before—growing up, I didn’t really have friends who shared my interest in fashion. Between middle school and my three years at college in Florida, I met a lot of people who “loved” fashion as a status symbol, but few who executed personal style as an artistic form of self-expression. Don’t get me wrong. I am lucky to have a circle of loyal, diverse friends, many of whom have been at my side since childhood, and our differences bring invaluable richness to our friendships and group dynamics. With that said, passion is often best enjoyed with company, and my affinity for fashion felt pretty lonely at times. Then, I started Annie’s Fashion Sauce, put together an affiliated Instagram account, and everything changed.

I have encountered so many unexpected perks and exciting experiences since launching Annie’s Fashion Sauce three years ago this month but I never could have anticipated the greatest benefit of all: finding like-minded ladies to inspire and, yes, validate me. As with my fabulous go-to photographer, Miranda Mu, I “met” both Jazzy Roulhac and Nathalia JMag on Instagram, where we quickly became frequent fans of each other’s photos and personal aesthetics. It wasn’t long before we took our cyber-friendships to Facebook, where I discovered that kindred spirits resided behind the photos. Jazzy (the statuesque, retro queen in the red lip), the stylish editor-in-chief of The Beautiful Boston (a.k.a. The Happiness Blog), writer (check out her E-book, HERSTORYhere), and eternal optimist and I are surely the loudest feminists and most annoying social justice warriors on anyone’s Facebook News Feed; and Nathalia, a blogger and up-and-coming fashion designer (and mermaid) soon to appear on Season 15 of Lifetime’s prestigious and infamously grueling competition reality series Project Runway, and I are two Sagittarius ladies who desperately want to know…what is wrong with being confident???

I had only met Jazzy in person once, and neither of us had ever actually crossed paths with Nathalia when we started planning this shoot. While discussing where our three aesthetics overlap and how to style ourselves for the shoot, we decided to pay homage to iconic online shopping websites Nasty Gal and Dolls Kill, both of which have helped create a strong, millennial counter-culture of girls who embrace opportunities to stand out—women who defiantly dress for themselves and have fun doing it. We wanted to capture that spirit, because it’s what brought us together.

Once the photo shoot arrived, we experienced one of life’s most luxurious clichés: making new friends that feel like you’ve known them forever. The three of us instantly clicked, fell into squad formation, and once we wrapped, we took our little party out to dinner, where we toasted to the rare joy of finding people who “get it.” We also gushed about Elissa Garza, one of Boston’s most notable bloggers and side-hustlers, who’s found so much success through her blog Style-Wire, and who graciously volunteered to take these photos in between work and another photo shoot.

I could ramble forever about these boss ladies, but I’d rather you click on the links I’ve included within this post and get to know them and their amazing work, yourself. This surely isn’t the last you’ll see of them on the Sauce, so stay tuned and #StaySaucy. And OBVIOUSLY don’t forget to tune into Project Runway Season 15 on September 15th to watch Nathalia represent Boston’s growing fashion scene.

P.S. Jazzy and I are both wearing customized round, soft-touch sunglasses by REKS Optics. You can get an exclusive offer on your first pair by entering the code TheFashionSauce at checkout. You can find versions of everything else the three of us are wearing in the depths of Nasty Gal and Dolls Kill. Happy shopping!




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REKS Optics: #BeUnbreakable


REKS Optics round ‘Lumolux’ soft touch sunglasses in white with polarized lens in smoke, worn with Triangl ‘Isabel’ bikini in fuchsia. Photo by Bella Caballero.

Sunglasses are by far my favorite accessory, but they often come with a big price tag, and since most are pretty easy to break, that means they also come with a certain level of responsibility. Who hasn’t had their heart broken by a broken pair of shades? (I’m still sulking over a pair that lost their life during the excitement of Bonnaroo 2014. R.I.P.)

Much to my amazement and delight, I was recently introduced to REKS Optics, a new line of affordable, cute, customizable sunglasses that bend…but don’t break. Yes, you read that correctly. Go ahead—bend and twist your REKS, toss them into your purse, or cram them into a suitcase, and they’ll still remain as good as new. REKS Optics’ unique soft touch material renders their sunnies perfect for travel, sport, or for downright clumsy people, like myself. But REKS doesn’t want you to sacrifice style for practicality. You can choose from six frames, eight frame colors, and eleven different polarized lens colors—some mirrored, some not. For somewhere between just $30-$60, you can customize the perfect shades for your poolside look without having to worry if it might be precarious to wear them in the water. Plus, the soft touch material prevents REKS from wobbling or sliding on your face while you’re on the move. Scroll down to see more color combinations in the round-style frames, which are my personal favorite:


REKS Optics round ‘Lumolux’ soft touch sunglasses in raspberry with polarized lens in amber-rose, worn with Maje ‘Bacary’ silk bomber jacket and dress from LF Stores. Photo by Miranda Mu.


Photo by Annie Goldman


REKS Optics round ‘Lumulox’ soft touch sunglasses in metallic blue with polarized lens in blue mirror, worn with Madewell plaid off-the-shoulder dress and Alexander Wang ‘Marion’ cross body bag. Photo by Miranda Mu.

REKS can add such flair to such a variety of looks, it’s really hard to believe they can’t break—and won’t break the bank! The great news for you, my beloved Fashion Saucers? You can get an exclusive offer when you customize your own REKS by using the code TheFashionSauce at checkout. So what are you waiting for? The latest way to #StaySaucy is to #BeUnbreakable. (Don’t forget to show off how you rock your REKS by sharing photos and using the hashtag #BeUnbreakable on social media! Follow REKS Optics on Instagram here.)


Off The Shoulder, On the Bandwagon









006-14Nasty Gal ‘Stripe a Pose’ top, Citizens of Humanity ‘Melanie’ jeans, Joie sandals, Furla ‘Metropolis’ cross body bag in silver, Marc Jacobs sunglasses, Joie sandals.

I often prefer to observe a hot trend’s versatility and potential staying power before I take part. With about a month left of summer, I’ve finally decided to jump on the off-the-shoulder bandwagon. Hard. (This top is one of a few fun off-the-shoulder pieces you’ll see me wear over the next few weeks. See two others on Instagram here and here.) These dramatic, wide-leg denim trousers with a raw-cut hem give my striped blouse a strong, modern feel, and I maintain the edgy vibe with metallic accessories and a black choker.

Photos by Miranda Mu