Fashion

Day to Night: Luxury Leggings

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DSC_0189 (1)Zadig & Voltaire Pharell Leo Jacquard Leggings, American Apparel crop top, AllSaints ‘Belvedere’ jacket, Marc Jacobs combat boots, Furla ‘Metropolis’ bag in silver, Nasty Gal choker, and Lime Crime Velvetine lip color in ‘Cashmere.’

Funky, high-waisted pants paired with a plain crop top is my signature outfit for a night out, but something’s different this time: I’ve decided to ditch the heels. Look, high heels are a beautiful thing, appropriate for many occasions. They’re sophisticated, and can help create the illusion of a longer, slimmer figure. They’re chic, feminine, powerful…and they are so. Fucking. Uncomfortable. I’m just not one of those fashionistas who can endure a whole evening at a bar or on the dance floor without wincing in my stilettos or towering booties, but I’ve previously felt too insecure about my short stature and short legs to swap them out for shoes that don’t cut off the circulation of my toes. That’s stupid. I shouldn’t have to compromise my confidence or comfort, especially when I’m supposed to be cutting loose. The solution? One of the year’s most popular trends: luxury leggings. So, this past Saturday, I decided to rock my new Zadig & Voltaire leggings with my trusty combat boots, which resulted in a cute but totally comfortable, deliciously ’90s look that transitioned effortlessly from day to night. The fitted, high-waisted silhouette and black piping at the side seams elongate my legs enough to leave my heels at home and dance the night away. My beat-up boots and oversized leather bomber keep the outfit casual enough for daytime street style, while the crop top and metallic bag make for fun nighttime touches. Since I’m [still] obsessed ’90s style, I went with a leather choker and gray-nude matte lip color, but switching up the smaller details will help me get more wear out of a statement piece like these leggings. For an outfit that’s strictly for day, these fancy pants also lend themselves well to the tomboy aesthetic, and look awesome with a baggy tee or pull-over hoodie.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Fashion, Feminism, Pop Culture

The Statement Coat

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DSC_1121Maje ‘Ghost’ parka, American Apparel cropped sweater & mom jeans, UNIF ‘Rival’ boots, Nasty Gal beanie & choker, Stella & Dot ‘Rebel Pendant’ necklace in silver, Spitfire ‘Intergalactic’ sunglasses.

First I’d like to make a disclaimer: any and all American Apparel merchandise I wear on this blog (and in life) was purchased before I knew the extent of former CEO’s Dov Charney sexual harassment and exploitation of many of the company’s employees, and before I heard about the new management’s willingness to continue sexualizing American Apparel employees. Though I have made a firm decision not to shop at American Apparel in the future, I’ve also decided not to stop wearing American Apparel merchandise that I already own. I will no longer be including hyperlinks to the American Apparel merchandise that I wear and post on the blog; if you’d like to financially support their business, you will have to browse the site on your own. Another positive alternative to shopping at American Apparel would be to, if you see a product of theirs you like, visit ShopStyle.com and do a search for similar items by brands that set a better example.

Now that that’s out of the way, can we talk about my new Maje coat? Even after last year’s nightmarish winter, the vinyl parka with faux sheepskin lining has me excited about the increasingly cold weather. In addition to being strange and beautiful, the ‘Ghost’ coat is actually extremely warm, which is a good thing, because its ’90s vibes have me inclined to put crop tops underneath on the reg. If I had to describe this outfit, I’d say it’s a 2015-chic take on the wardrobe aesthetic of Kevin Smith classics, like Clerks. It’s the coat that completes the look and brings the outfit to life, and that’s the value of investing in a statement coat. There are times when you simply have to wear a coat, so why not wear one that makes your outfit cooler, as well as more weather-appropriate? Low temperatures and gray skies can make it hard to get out of bed and put genuine effort into crafting a creative look. Enter statement coat, which can magically (and literally) cloak a basic getup with a punch of serious style.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Fashion, Travel

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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Planet Furla

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IMG_1583Cerise Tea top, Carmar jeans, UNIF ‘Rival’ boots, Spitfire ‘Intergalactic’ sunglasses, and the Furla ‘Metropolis’ cross body bag in silver.

I love metallic accessories, because they can be taken in so many different directions. This silver Furla cross body adds excitement to and flows seamlessly from sleek, dressy outfits, to more casual, grungy looks. I love the element of luxury it brings to this 90s-inspired ensemble, and its futuristic, reflective finish makes it all a little extra terrestrial. Perhaps most importantly, this dainty bag actually has a surprisingly spacious interior, which makes it easy to transition from day to night, for almost any occasion.

Daring to have multi-colored hair has definitely motivated me to get a little more adventurous with my hair styles, as well. My mother thinks this ‘do makes me “look like a lamp,” but I think it’s spunky. Plus, I love lamp.

Photos by Annie Quinn

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Fashion

Blueless

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DSC_0959Silence + Noise crop top from Urban Outfitters, Millau skort from LF Stores, D&G denim jacket, Kate Spade backpack, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Stoppard’ shoes, socks from CVS, Spitfire ‘Intergalactic’ sunglasses.

Although the vast majority of my outfits are ’90s-inspired all-year-round (if you’re sick of ’90s style, the Sauce is not for you), summer is a particularly wise time to take tips from your favorite ’90s teen flicks. Those beloved movies that gave you ridiculously high expectations for high school of course almost exclusively took place in sunny settings, and those of us on the East Coast need to take advantage of the few months we have to dress as if we’re extras—nay, stars—in Clueless. It never hurts to ask yourself, What would Cher Horowitz wear? So in these past few weeks of experimentation with my new hair color, I’ve found it useful to imagine what Cher’s computerized closet system would cook up if Cher decided to ditch her famous blonde locks and strut her Beverly Hills high school halls with full-on mermaid hair.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: to truly have personal style is to have a unique, but consistent look, and therefore an inevitable penchant for certain colors, cuts, and general styles. But there’s this vague notion floating around that outfit repetition negates originality. Social media adds to the pressure by serving as a scrap book of everything you’ve ever worn to every event in your life. If you worry that your style suggests you’ve been using Doug Funnie’s closet system instead of Cher’s, next time you go shopping, try to find multifunctional tops and bottoms that are easy to mix and match. Skorts, for example, are amazing. Flirty, versatile, and unexpected, I’m not sure what the age limit is on these bad boys, but I’m assuming I’m in the clear, and as you can see, I’ve decided to solidify that assumption with my ride-or-die item, a black crop top. Since I’ve essentially accepted the crop top as my lord and savior (for the time being, at least), I now make a point to search for fresh new cuts, like the cross-front hem on the crop top above. You can also add intrigue to your signature style by looking for staples with fun but subtle details that speak to your personality, like my futuristic, mirrored shades, and the sweet embroidery on my denim jacket.

I got this jacket during a trip to London with my parents almost ten years ago. I vividly remember walking up the staircase in a two-story Dolce & Gabana shop, seeing this jacket in a glass case, and knowing I’d found something really special. I’ve had my nylon Kate Spade backpack forever, as well. It’s great for travel, durable (it still looks brand-new), and it goes with just about anything. It’s also perfect for sneaking giant burritos into the movie theater.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Fashion

The Craft: How to Create Coachella’s Witchy Vibes at Home

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VbOHfBrs7Opt8BGr8yZBlUPgtb34ctrwNwW54QnP7HcAll street-style enthusiasts know that while Coachella Music Festival is, in fact, a music festival, fashion has come to be the soul of the scene. As social media explodes with photos of Coachella fashionistas, it’s impossible not to feel inspired—by which I mean suffer extreme fashion FOMO. But temperatures are finally rising here in Boston, and there are easy ways to incorporate Coachella style into your everyday East-Coast attire without looking like you’re in costume (or preparing to do drugs).

Snapshots from Coachella will show that many of the most stylish festival attendees have ditched intense neons and instead infused the obligatory festival hippie-chic style with a more muted, ’90s-inspired palette, which caters extremely well to translating these looks into real-life outfits. The overall aesthetic has a bewitched vibe: lightweight black and white fabrics with lace and eyelet details, chokers and lots of layered jewelry…For more inspiration, look to the 1996 cult classic movie The Craft, in which four rebellious, witchcraft-practicing Catholic school girls expertly combine their school uniforms with elements of ’90s grunge and nods to Stevie Nicks. This outfit is all about striking a balance between festival favorites and everyday staples; I give my crop top a dose of class by layering it with a white silk blouse. My tattoo choker and long coin necklace evoke the witchy festival spirit, while my silver collar, sophisticated clutch, and simple black booties elevate the look enough to take it out to brunch or for drinks. The result: No mo’ FOMO.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Piece, Love, & Flannel

IMG_0356Joie romper, Piece Apparel ‘Providence’ flannel, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Stoppard’ shoes, Brandy Melville tattoo choker, sunglasses a la Nasty Gal.IMG_0404NARS blush in ‘Deep Throat,’ NARS velvet matte lip pencil in ‘Dolce Vita,’ Kat Von D tattoo liquid eyeliner in ‘Trooper,’ Benefit Cosmetics Instant Brow pencil in ‘Medium to Dark.’IMG_0361

IMG_0389Loeffler Randall ‘Mini Agenda’ bag; nail design with matte finish by Cammie at Keiki Salon in Fenway.IMG_0385Sometimes, basics are what take your look to the next, not-so-basic level. That’s essentially how I feel about Piece Apparel’s entire inventory. Every brand and store sells their own versions of the “basics,” and you can wind up swimming in a sea of staples that are almost, but not quite right. Piece Apparel makes quality basics in just the right cuts and colors to round out your wardrobe and step up your style—like their flannels, for instance. In case I haven’t mentioned it before, I’ve spent the last few years totally immersed in the 90s fashion revival, and thus searching for the perfect flannels to complete my updated grunge vibe. A great flannel should be easy to find, but I instead found myself repeatedly disappointed by flannels that were too big, used heinous color combinations, or were smothered in studs and other unnecessary embellishments. The Piece Apparel flannels have a classic feel, and are loose enough that you easily can rock one around your waist or open over a T shirt, but tailored enough to wear it comfortably under a sweater, or tucked into your pants without the hem surpassing your underwear. A pair of tights and a leather bomber will take this look right into Fall.

Need to update your Fall wardrobe? You can use the discount code ANNIE20 for 20% off your next Piece Apparel online purchase! 

Photos by Rebecca Browne

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