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Kiehl’s Apothecary

In-store photos by Igor Burlak

#KiehlsGetsPersonal

I’m so excited to be discussing skincare more often here on the blog. I recently had the privilege of collaborating with one of the most prestigious skincare lines in the country, Kiehl’s Apothecary, which was established in 1851. As a staple skincare company that has been able to stand the test of time, Kiehl’s knows how to modernize their old-school approach with the latest and most innovative skincare techniques and ingredients. Take their latest product launch, Kiehl’s Apothecary Preparations, for example. You can now schedule a consultation at your nearest Kiehl’s location to meet with a trained expert who will help determine your skincare needs, and create a customized serum just for you! This was a science class I could get into…Whether your goal is hydration, pore-minimization, or wrinkle-reduction, the experts at Kiehl’s can concoct a formula with your name on it—literally! They even print a special label, just for you. And don’t worry, you’ll also receive a little packet explaining what’s in your personalized product and how to use it properly.

I’ve been using my custom concentrate nightly for just about two weeks now, and I’m definitely loving the results. The serum has a velvety texture that leaves my skin nice and smooth, and the pore-minimizing effects have allowed me to reduce how often I have to use a cleansing mask, or harsh tools like my Clarisonic facial brush, which can dry out my skin. Everyone’s complexion and skincare needs are different, making it totally worth the trip to seek out skin solutions made especially for you. What may seem old-fashioned is actually both logical and luxurious.

#KiehlsGivesBack

During my visit at Kiehl’s on Newbury, I also learned about their creative and charitable collaborations. Each year, Kiehl’s collaborates with artists to put together a Limited Edition Holiday Collection that will benefit those in need. This year, Kiehl’s has teamed up with artist-duo Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller of FAILE to support Feeding America. 100% of Kiehl’s net profits from this collection benefits Feeding America, providing 1.1 million meals to food insecure people in this country. This cause means a lot to me, as I personally feel that a lot of Americans use poverty and hunger in other countries as a distraction from our own problems, while there are so many people here right in the United States who aren’t sure when or how they’ll acquire their next meal. Art has always been a powerful way to inspire philanthropy and change, and I love when the fashion and beauty lead by example on this front. The hypnotic gold-and-black artwork FAILE have conceptualized for this collection puts a fresh spin on Kiehl’s iconic packaging, and while the gold definitely embraces the holiday spirit, these products will still look awesome once the holidays have come and gone.

  1. Now let’s talk about my top three favorite Kiehl’s products *except* for my customized serum, since that’s just for me:
    1. Breakout Control Targeted Acne Spot Treatment: I tend to struggle with isolated blemishes, so I’m always looking for effective yet gentle spot treatments to erase little zits here and there. This lightweight, sulfer-infused treatment zaps zits quickly, without leaving my skin dry or red.
  2. Creme De Crops Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter: This Kiehl’s classic is decadent, and always looks lovely on one’s vanity, bathroom shelves, etc.
  3. Damage Repairing & Rehydrating Leave-In Treatment: The third and final product on this list actually strays from the skincare category. After a brief but serious stint of dye jobs, my strands have felt a little dry and need some TLC. I’ve seen great results within the past couple of weeks, and would definitely recommend this product to anyone whose hair suffers during dry winter weather.
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Back to Basics Skincare


Everyone’s skincare routine needs a boost once winter weather sets in. This summer, I fell in love with a new, all-natural line called Back to Basics Skincare. Using some of the world’s most organic, active ingredients, Back to Basics offers a unisex trio of oils that target different skincare needs, and are designed to fit into anyone’s unique routine.

Founder Manon Von Csiky-Sessoms set out to craft these natural formulas after struggling with her own skin. Once finding that pure vitamin E relieved her hyperpigmentation more effectively than any of the high-end products she’d tried, Manon wondered if simple, organic ingredients might be the answer to most skincare woes. In the comfort of her own kitchen, Manon got to work and proved herself right. Whereas a lot of products mask issues with chemicals, Back to Basics Skincare seeks to help skin from the inside out.

The first oil Manon created is my favorite, and a total must-have this winter: the Avocado Repairing Oil is a rich yet non-greasy remedy for damaged or super dry skin. Made with eczema in mind, the soothing Repairing Oil works wonders on dry patches and skin that’s raw from sun exposure, cold temperatures, or those moments when you’ve gone a little overboard attacking your blemishes. I like to put a few drops onto an exfoliating cotton pad and use the oil to gently buff away dead, flaky skin. Using this oil to heal damaged skin can also help prevent pesky scars and dark marks. The best part is that a little bit goes a long way, and it won’t clog your pores.

The Rose Hip Radiance Oil helps brighten your complexion and even skin tone. I had a few faint but stubborn scars from a nasty brush with dermatitis last winter, and I noticed significant improvement within the first week of adding the Radiance Oil to my everyday moisturizer. A few months later, those marks have completely disappeared.

For me, the best way to balance my skin is to use a water-based moisturizer and control over the amount of oil I apply to my face. Back to Basics’ third oil is the Macadamia Nut Hydrating Oil, which gives my moisturizer the perfect extra boost of hydration I need on cold, brisk days. When I’m wearing minimal or no makeup, I like to pat some of this oil onto my skin for a natural, dewy glow.

Any or all of these formulas would make great holiday gifts or stocking stuffers for everyone on your list—they can even be used as moisturizing beard oils! Plus, not only are they affordable, but Back to Basics Skincare products also come in sleek, minimal packaging that will look elegant and luxurious on anyone’s vanity or bathroom counter. To sweeten the deal even more, Fashion Saucers can get a special discount by using the code ‘STAYSAUCY‘ when placing an order with www.backtobasicsskin.com. Get back to basics, get shopping, and get the best skin of your life!

 

 

 

 

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REKS Optics: #BeUnbreakable

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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:

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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.

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Photo by Annie Goldman

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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.)

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A Night in the North End

Visiting Shake the Tree Boston

Maje ‘Marco’ ribbed knit fitted vest, BDG jeans, Joie sandals, Yazbukey ‘Banana’ clutch.

I often feel like simplicity and eccentricity are wrongfully kept apart, but combining them doesn’t have to be contradictory—in fact, the effect can be pretty complimentary. For a lovely little gathering at Shake the Tree in Boston’s North End, I went with a minimal outfit, punctuated by a very loud accessory. To clarify, a pop of color can be, but is not always a statement piece, and I personally think adding a mere pop of color to this outfit, like a plain red purse, would have come across as a failure to commit to minimalism, as well as a lackluster attempt to give the look more panache. This blue Yazbukey clutch (which is currently on sale and low in stock), complete with bright yellow banana detailing, is unusual and playful enough to make this simple outfit pop without looking like an afterthought.

I have to admit, because I don’t visit the North End as often as I should, I hadn’t heard of Shake the Tree until I got an invitation to a blogger party they were hosting in collaboration with Georgina of A Noted Life and Boston Foodies. Regan Cleminson, the insanely talented photographer and marketing/communications consultant, was on site to snap fun street style shots of attendees. (One of these photos recently became my most liked photo ever on Instagram. Regan’s kind of a big deal!) Not even impromptu photo shoots and mini meatballs could distract me from Shake the Tree’s amazing collection, though. It’s truly one of the most charming and well-curated fashion and lifestyle boutiques I’ve ever seen, filled with flowing printed frocks, uniquely specialized cook books, ornate champagne glasses, jars of raw honey, and candles far too pretty to burn. The small space is jam-packed with gorgeous little somethings. You could easily get sucked into Shake the Tree for two hours, and leave with no money to your name. I think I’ll definitely start making my way to the North End more often.

Photos by Regan Cleminson

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Slit Skirt

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DSC_0516Crop top by Nasty Gal, skirt by asos, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Belanger’ loafers (available here in beige), Loeffler Randall ‘Mini Agenda’ cross body bag, and Reks Optics round Lumolux sunglasses in white with smoke lenses.

Midi skirts have forced their way to the forefront of fashion within the past couple of years to accompany culottes in a world that used to be dominated by “mini” or “maxi.” (Here’s to options!) The somewhat conservative length is refreshing and sophisticated, and you can easily add a little sex appeal with a dramatic slit or two and a crop top. Pointed loafers make for a polished daytime look, while my reflective shades and brown-nude lip color (Lime Crime Velvetine liquid lipstick in ‘Buffy’) remove all unwanted traces of preppiness. To embrace your preppy side, add tortoise-shell or cat eye sunnies, and opt for a light pink lip.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Stairway to Street Style

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DSC_0322Furst of a Kind vintage Led Zeppelin tee, scuba skirt by Nasty Gal, vintage belt, Furla ‘Metropolis’ cross body bag in silver, ‘Luke’ lace-up boots from Urban Outfitters, Vanessa Mooney choker, Kendra Scott ‘Elisa’ necklace in iridescent drusy, Lime Crime Velvetine liquid lipstick in ‘Buffy,’ and Reks Optics round ‘Lumolux’ sunglasses in metallic silver with silver lenses.

Sorry not sorry for the lame title! (I’m usually one of those obnoxious Zeppelin fans who automatically assumes people who reference “Stairway to Heaven” are phony fans, or in middle school.) Consider the ensemble above more user-friendly version of this recent, similar but slightly more dramatic look. Styling things like vintage band tees and menswear-inspired shoes with a feminine, fitted skirt strikes the perfect balance of edgy and polished. I love staples with unique details, so this black, neoprene bodycon skirt with an adorable scalloped hemline is a friend of mine. This outfit combination works well for going straight from your daytime errands to dinner, a date, or a concert. Also, I am newly obsessed with these round sunnies by Reks Optics. They’re made of a special material that bends, but doesn’t break, making them the perfect shades for athletes and/or idiots who carelessly toss sunglasses around and then tragically sit on them. Chic *and* disaster-proof? I’ll take three! (I already did…) Plus, on the Reks website, you can mix and match different frames with various hues of reflective lenses for a look customized to your liking. Again: yes, please! (And thank you to my friends at Reks Optics!)

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Bomber Jacket

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DSC_0053 (1)Maje ‘Bacary’ bomber jacket, BDG jeans, Free People seamless scoop neck tank, Superga classic sneakers, customized Furla ‘Metropolis’ bag in moonstone and petalo.

Bomber jackets have made a major comeback, and designers are getting creative with the retro classic. Even I’m not sure how to explain what exactly is so wonderful about an emerald green, silk bomber jacket with glittery cactus detailing. I just love it. I do also think it’s the perfect kind of statement piece to throw over super simple spring looks, like this blue jeans/white tank combo, or a lightweight white dress.

Furla just launched their new customizable ‘Metropolis’ bags. The ‘Metropolis’ is a Furla staple, but now, you can choose from a variety of bases and flaps to create your own unique bag. The flaps come on and off with snaps (which of course look like beautiful, light gold studs), so you could potentially collect several different flaps, making for many handbags in one. The flaps come in solid colors, as well as some really funky textiles, like pony hair, sheep leather, a snake print, and gold glitter. I wanted a new neutral bag, so I went with this blush-colored base and a clean white flap. I adore the shades of nude and blush we’re seeing everywhere this season, but they don’t always look great with my fair skin tone. If this popular pastel is a tough color for you too, accessories are a great way to feature it in your look.

The views expressed on this blog do not necessarily reflect the views of the SMCP company management.

Photos by Miranda Mu

 

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