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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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Peek-a-Boo

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117a8387Blank NYC ‘As You Wish’ moto jacket, vintage sweater, Levi’s ‘505 C’ jeans, fishnet stockings from Urban Outfitters, Rebecca Minkoff ‘Edie’ loafers, Furla ‘Metropolis’ cross body bag.

I’ve seen a bunch of bloggers and designers rocking fishnets on Instagram lately, and I’ve just been hardcore copycatting on the regular. These exaggerated-diamond fishnets are actually super hard to put on, but I love the look. (Beauty is spending ten minutes cursing your toes and toppling off your vanity stool, right?) Letting your fishnets peek out from jeans is a badass way to spice up your denim game, and pairing them with soft pastel colors creates eye-catching contrast, which I’m very into right now. Punk + pink is a wise way to toughen up your favorite color this winter.

Photos by Regan Cleminson

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Comfort in Contrast

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img_8102Blank NYC ‘As You Wish’ embroidered moto jacket, Zara pleated midi skirt, Alexander Wang ‘Rockie’ bag, Nike AirMax sneakers, Marc Jacobs clip-on sunglasses.

With every outfit post, I like to explain what makes each look “work,” and hopefully include tips on how you can tweak certain aspects of each outfit to fit your unique lifestyle, or simply diversify your style. This outfit is a response to my own recent advice. An embellished jacket paired with a feminine pleated midi-skirt is a reliably chic combination, but finishing the look with a pair of sleek sneakers creates the ultimate cool-girl contrast. It’s 2017, and any outfit can be your power suit. Allowing pieces you might consider girly or dressy to dabble in athleisure is a great way to express your feminism with fashion. Your style doesn’t need to fit neatly into a box, and neither do you.

This floral moto jacket is a fun departure from the ubiquitous bomber jackets, and the embroidery has been done in neutral enough colors to make this my go-to jacket of the season. Plus, it’s made from vegan leather and runs at a pretty affordable price. I’d strongly recommend it as a gift this holiday season!

Photos by Regan Cleminson

 

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Fall Fluff

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img_7464ASOS bomber jacket, Free People scoop tank, American Apparel skirt, Alexander Wang ‘Marion’ bag, Rebecca Minkoff ‘Edie’ loafers.

Am I being optimistic, or have the last year’s trendiest trends proved themselves worthy of surprising permanence? The bomber jacket craze is still going strong (just ask my closet), and fall/winter collections are serving up some awesome twists on summer’s hottest trend. This jacquard bomber from ASOS has a little more weight to it than the ones I bought throughout spring, and the periwinkle faux fur collar gives it feminine, winter-wonderland flair. There’s a limitless selection of bomber jackets available now, but fur trim makes me smile, as evidenced by my previous post.  It’s a statement piece, for sure, but this jacket can be styled into extremely different vibes. Here, dolled up with a polished pleated skirt and metallic loafers, I feel like an editorial version of Lorelai Gilmore (—yes, I am counting down to this month’s Netflix revival). I could create an edgier, more laid-back look by wearing this jacket with some ripped black skinnies and sneakers. To land somewhere in between, this outfit would have worked with black Nikes instead of silver loafers, too.

Photos by Regan Cleminson

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The New Vintage

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img_7448Ragged Priest denim jacket, Rag & Bone sweater, Urban Renewal paint splattered jeans, Furla ‘Metropolis’ cross body bag, Michael Kors ‘Faye’ fur sandals.

To say that I love denim is an understatement, so I’m always on the hunt for unique takes on the human race’s favorite textile. This embellished denim jacket and my paint-splattered jeans are both repurposed vintage Levi’s pieces, given new life with fun details subtle enough to work together in this look. I reworked these jeans even further by cutting them myself—perhaps a bit uneven and a touch too short, but hey, culottes and raw hems are on fire right now. I added these fur sandals and my blush bag to soften the look of oversized denim on oversized denim, and to pick up on the paint colors. Obviously you could pull off a similar ensemble with a more “practical” shoe, but I think the fuzzy-sandal trend makes for such a sweet statement to amp up your fall/winter style. (Also, these bad boys are adorned with real rabbit fur, and apparently you can just take a blow dryer to ’em if they get a little wet in winter weather. For some reason I found it hilarious when the sales associate told me this.) My new eyeglasses, which are actually just Ray-Ban sunglasses with the original lenses popped out and my prescription popped in, so far seem to go with just about anything, dressy or casual. Quirky and retro but delicate, they bring a little extra something special without dominating the look.

Photos by Regan Cleminson

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Unexpected Complimentary Colors

 

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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

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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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