Fashion, Pop Culture, Travel

Osheaga

Last weekend, my best friend and I took a quick road trip up to Montreal for the last day of Osheaga Music Festival. I have a major soft spot for festivals, but haven’t attended any serious ones since my third and final (for now) Bonnaroo back in 2014, so it was exciting be back on the scene, especially in an entirely new setting. I’d never been to Canada before, and even for the flicker of time I was there, I found myself enchanted by Montreal’s French and friendly atmosphere. I kept my festival attire simple with a black bodysuit, black denim shorts, my go-to Western belt, a red silk scarf and a mini leather backpack, but quite honestly didn’t feel like squandering my time posing for pictures. It’s just not what you do when amazing artists like Leon Bridges, Grimes, and Radiohead are pouring their talent (and in Grimes’ case, a little bit of puke) onto the stage for you. (You can see a little Instagram Boomerang video of my look here.) I did, however, recently invest in a decent camera of my own, and while I’m more than rusty, I managed to snap a few festival street style shots while hammered that I’d love to share with you! I was super impressed with the eclectic mix of minimalism, boho-chic, and new-wave ’90s grunge, so here are some highlights:

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Labor Day Weekend

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Photos by the amazing Miranda Mu of MuMuses.com

It’s incredible what social media can do. In April, I posted on Instagram in search of a local photographer, and shortly thereafter received an email from a girl named Miranda, a fellow Boston-based blogger and fashion-lover looking to expand her photography experience, and who seemed to have eerily similar personal style to my own. Since our first shoot in the spring, Miranda and I have become a strong professional team, as well as close friends, and we often stop and reflect upon how lucky we are that so many good things happen by chance. Miranda’s easy temperament combined with her perfectionist tendencies have really raised the bar for my work here on the Sauce, and her open-minded perspective on the world has expanded my own. So, we decided to spend Labor Day Weekend visiting my parents in New Hampshire to relax, enjoy the scenery, indulge in my mother’s cooking, and just celebrate our success as bloggers, as well as our friendship in general. We also wanted to capture some photos of our shared passion for a minimalist weekend wardrobe. (Nothing gets between us and our friendship…or our Calvins.)

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Summer Lovin’

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DSC_0396Joie paisley top, Motel Rocks bikini, Brixton ‘Joanna’ hat, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Bastia’ sandals, Chanel sunglasses.DSC_0440 - Version 2

skirt.jpgMillau striped triped maxi from LF Stores, Groceries Apparel ‘Wolff’ crop top.

I celebrated the first official day of summer in New Hampshire with my best friends and my favorite summer styles. Wide brimmed hats, oversized sunglasses, and slide sandals are my current summer staples. And I’m so glad that the world has finally decided to ditch the old myth that black and blue don’t mix—it’s my go-to color combination these days. For a polished poolside look, I tend to reach for a solid-colored swimsuit when I want to wear a printed cover-up, and vice versa.

A crop top with a maxi skirt is a classic and easy summer combination. I love this cream-colored Groceries Apparel top so much that I bought two. Something about the cut just stands out to me. Groceries Apparel products are made from 100% organic and recycled materials, and though I’ll admit that I don’t typically go out of my way to buy environmentally friendly clothes, it’s always good to be aware of the low-impact labels that have high-impact style.       Photos by Brooke Appe.

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Annie’s Fashion Sauce is featured in Local Magazine New England’s Summer 2014 issue! You can browse the Style Section online for no cost by setting up a free account with MagCloud.com, or you can order a hard copy for $6.60. Photos by Amanda Rosen. 

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Bonnaroo: A Really Good Time

Unlike some of the other high-profile music festivals, such as Coachella and Governor’s Ball, almost all of the eighty-thousand people who attend the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee camp out in tents for the four-day extravaganza. This in no way eliminates fashion from the Bonnaroo scene, but it presents a challenge to festival fashion-enthusiasts who want to endure Roo in style. Comfort can’t be neglected when dressing for Bonnaroo and other festivals of its kind. Please enjoy these photos from my Bonnaroo 2014 experience (taken by Matt McKenna, kind strangers, and yours truly) and my list of key items and products and styles for the festival fashionista.

IMG_3187On the road I wore the lightweight Groceries Apparel ‘Wolff’ top, coated high-rise J Brand skinnies, a vintage necklace, MARC by Marc Jacobs combat boots, and my Oliver Peoples sunglasses.

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IMG_3211American Apparel California Select vintage halter top, Carmar denim shorts, Birkenstock “Gizeh” sandals, and an authentic Wayuu bag: Structured, comfortable sandals like Birkenstocks are necessary for the more rigorous festival, where you’ll spend most of your time on-foot. Don’t make the mistake of relying on flimsy flip-flops.

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IMG_3235Vintage Oscar de la Renta silk kimono dress from Nasty Gal, printed turband from LF Stores, Chanel sunglasses.

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026_26Helmut Lang tank, Millau perforated faux leather running shorts, BAGGU printed tote, MARC by Marc Jacobs sweatshirt and combat boots. To maintain your hair at a festival, be sure to bring dry shampoo. Oscar Blandi makes some great products, but Oribe has a dry shampoo alternative that doesn’t leave visible residue in your hair. Since roots tend to get oily while ends dry out in the sun, give dry conditioner a try, focusing on the ends of your hair.

024_24Brixton ‘Joanna’ hat from Nasty Gal, crop top from Urban Outfitters, Millau shorts, MARC by Marc Jacobs combat boots: running shorts in fun prints or textiles and combat boots were the definite MVPs of Bonnaroo this year.

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IMG_3244Be prepared for and positive about the possibility of rain. Poncho from Urban Outfitters, sunglasses from Walmart.

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007_7Since most festivals are blazing hot during the day, the nighttime chill can come as a shock. Bring soft tops that you can tie up in the heat and let down for more coverage once the sun goes down.

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IMG_3277 (1)Silk aztec-printed dress from LF Stores, Le Specs sunglasses: so you can sit and dance comfortably in lightweight frocks, try wearing white Nike Pro Combat compression shorts underneath.

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014_14“Chi Chi” top from Nasty Gal, wooden necklace and high-waist shorts from American Apparel, lilac headband from LF Stores, Chanel sunglasses.

011_11Wide-brimmed hats, fanny packs, and anything tie-dye are festival essentials.

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hello.jpgPlease excuse my awkward tan/burn lines and shoebee status, and just focus on this awesome Wildfox Couture halter bikini with rainbow briefs. A cute bathing suit top can easily serve as your outfit of the day. I really don’t think I need to explain the greatness of Adidas original Pool Side sandals, do I?

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IMG_3338A gel manicure is a must for the rougher festival scene, unless you want to spend your days staring at the dirt underneath your nails. Take it as an opportunity to try some fun new nail art. And if you hate to go without lip color, but also hate the feel of makeup caking and baking in the sun, try a Revlon Color Burst balm stain. It moisturizes and feels like a regular lip balm, and actually lasts longer than most lipsticks. Miley Cyrus and the ongoing 90s fashion revival caused the double-bun look be a popular choice at Bonnaroo this year. It’s playful, and keeps your hair out of the way.

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Coming Soon to the Sauce…

Hello Fashion Saucers! I’m so sorry for my absence during the past week; I was lucky enough to attend the magical Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival for my third time, and I only just got back to Boston. Since we photographed a few of my outfits solely on disposable cameras, it’s going to be another day or two until I can write up a post detailing my time at the festival.

I also must confess, although I saw infinite cool and creative festival attire on fellow Bonnaroovians, I was too busy enjoying music, food, and other festival pleasures to photograph as much street style as I would have liked. The sights and sounds of Bonnaroo are best taken in through your eyes, not through an iPhone. But sit tight and stay tuned for what I feel may have been my best festival wardrobe lineup to date, and lots of products and tips for fashionista festival survival—plus I have some awesome real-world outfit posts coming your way, as well. Until all my photos are ready, you can always snag a sneak peek of my festival fashion on InstagramIMG_3235Vintage Oscar de la Renta kimono dress (via Nasty Gal in 2010), printed turband from LF Stores, Chanel sunglasses, and a beautiful full moon.

Photo by Matt McKenna

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Off-Duty

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IMG_2775Vintage 90s floral maxi dress from Gypsy Vintage (you can shop Gypsy Vintage at the SoWa Vintage Market), Jeffrey Campbell ‘Bastia’ slide sandals, vintage choker.IMG_2723

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1Q1A9109REISS London sweater, Helmut Lang tank, Maje shorts, Nasty Gal ‘Lone Rider’ wool hat, Jeffrey Campbell sandals (Photos by Amanda Rosen)

The long weekend has come to and end, but MDW is the official kickoff for summer, and so it’s time to start thinking about your off-duty summer style. When it comes to dressing for summer weekends, it’s all about creating outfits that look both relaxed and refined. I give my flowing, vintage floral maxi dress a stylish kick with my sleek, silver choker and structured Alexander Wang ‘Marion’ bag. You can spice up casual summer staples, like graphic tanks and cutoffs, with a bold lip color and dressier boots. Look for comfortable classics with a sophisticated twist, like the mesh overlay on my oversized, pastel sweater, or minimalist sandals in luxe patent-leather. And try fun, wide-brimmed hats for extra flair (and sun protection).

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Ladies is Pimps, too…

Shall we shag now, or shall we shag later? You might think a shag coat is an unrealistic item that will just sit in your closet collecting even more fuzz, but you’d be wrong. Once you have one, the answer is always now. I bought my faux fur shag coat from LF Stores in 2011, and it’s been an essential part of my fall/winter experience ever since, to the point where I stare at it longingly during spring and summer. Why? Because the right shag coat can evoke the spirit of Cruella DeVille, a gangster rap star AND Kurt Cobain in the most deliciously weird way. The shag coat is a conversation starter: you will find yourself talking to more strangers whilst rocking your shag—and (WARNING) being touched by them, too.1Q1A5581Here I am in another American Apparel oversized chiffon button-up, tied up to show just a sliver of skin over my Urban Outfitters harem trousers.1Q1A5585

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(Photos by Amanda Rosen)tumblr_mjh21o3dfI1r85hyzo1_1280A beanie and a relaxed knit tee give the coat a chill, grunge vibe.398590_2531165438754_676215346_nThe shag coat and these limited edition Jeffrey Campbell “Warrant” platforms from LF Stores took my vintage Ralph Lauren cashmere slip dress to that perfect level of eccentric glitz that we all crave on New Year’s Eve.tumblr_mfyigsPuZX1r85hyzo1_500And here I am on the following New Year’s, wearing the coat over a crushed velvet burgundy body-con dress. This photo, taken by my best friend Brooke, has over 12,000 notes on my Tumblr account. Check it out!

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Sweater Weather

Funny Face

Audrey Hepburn was and will always be a film and fashion legend. While plenty of people are familiar with her iconic outfits in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Sabrina, I’m shocked by how few people have seen Funny Face (1957), a quirky musical all about embracing one’s unique beauty, and how fashion can be just as much about self-expression and self-discovery as it is about appearances. Audrey Hepburn plays a stubborn bookworm swept into the world of fashion modeling (and a romance with Fred Astaire), so she wears countless incredible outfits throughout the movie. But my favorite of all the ensembles in Funny Face is perhaps also the simplest—a black turtleneck, black pants, and black flats with white socks:funny face 1If you follow fashion at all, you’ve noticed that rich shades of burgundy and bordeaux are featured in almost every current fall collection. For my take on Audrey’s Funny Face look, I’ve swapped her black turtleneck for a vintage burgundy piece:1Q1A5435This oversized cashmere turtleneck is actually reversible: if I turn it inside-out, I’ve got a coffee-colored sweater!1Q1A5438My J-Brand skinny neoprene pants are great for jumping and dancing just like Audrey. Did you know she wanted to be a ballerina before she ever even considered acting?

1Q1A5407I maintain Audrey’s classic flair with these white Kate Spade socks, and my cat-faced slippers from LF Stores give the outfit a modern twist.Audrey Hepburn.Audrey’s bold brows and lips are my ideal makeup statements. I use the Benefit Instant Brow Pencil & Brow Zings Shaping Kit and NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in “Damned” to get the look:1Q1A5400 - Version 2Oversized sweaters/sweater-dresses make it easy to stay warm, comfortable, and cute throughout fall and winter. Here’s a similar look to my Audrey-inspired outfit, featuring a fair isle-printed sweater-dress from LF Stores, Wolford tights, and brown Miz Mooz oxfords:1Q1A5460

1Q1A5452The brown oxfords bring a little warmth to the black and white.1Q1A5461 I got this antique locket at a vintage store in Hanover, New Hampshire that sadly no longer exists.1Q1A5463Wish I knew the story behind the portraits in the locket! But have you heard that Essie makes gel polish now? Very exciting stuff. Given my current obsession with burgundy, I decided to go with this color, “Moody Mood.” I’m loving it.

Photos by Amanda Rosen

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Leather Skirts

As my coworker (whom we call Mother Sauce) recently said, “It’s like leather threw up all over everything this fall.” This is entirely accurate, and I have no objections. However, I think when a leather skirt comes to mind, over-sexed images sometimes to come to mind, as well. Here are two ways you can rock a leather skirt without going too S&M.1Q1A5492I’m not usually one for micro-minis, but I fell in love with this AllSaints Mini Split Lucille Skirt in “Bottle Green,” which I’m wearing here with my REISS London Bebbington Knit, Wolford tights, and my Jeffrey Campbell In the Mood Boots with an ombre lucite heel. Yes, this skirt is leather, short, and has an asymmetrical zipper with a bit of a slit, but I think the warm forest green (a fall/winter classic) brings it down to earth. 1Q1A5494 - Version 2Although the sweater’s sheer panels are in tune with the skirt’s edgy vibe, the long sleeves and low heels minimize the sex factor. These tights are pretty sheer, but opaque black would also make the outfit more casual.1Q1A5521Another one of my coworkers described this skirt as “Madonna goes Christmas.” I’m not sure whether she meant this as a negative or a positive, but I’m definitely leaning towards the positive. That’s one claymation Christmas special I would love to see.1Q1A5497

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New Hampshire Bound!

Amanda and I are off to New Hampshire (my second-favorite place in New England) to enjoy the long weekend and take some rad photos. Here’s a throwback to our last visit together in the summer of 2011:386319_2328110922518_167308618_n R.I.P. Marc Jacobs round sunnies262786_1973948108655_7466395_n - Version 2We hope the autumn leaves are as spectacular as the wildflowers were then. Stay tuned for more photos and have a saucy Columbus Day Weekend!

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