Fashion

Smiley Sauce

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IMG_1715T by Alexander Wang ‘Henley’ dress, ‘All Smiles’ beanie & ‘Alexis’ choker from Nasty Gal, Marc Jacobs boots, Sandro ‘Aida’ bag.

There’s not much I can say about the magic of this black maxi dress other than that it is my favorite, most versatile new item of the fall/winter season. The soft, medium-weight jersey makes the dress ideal for colder weather, the snug, sexy fit allows it to easily be dressed up or down, and the slightly cropped hem is a godsend for shorties like myself. For an edgy daytime look, I’ve styled it with a playful beanie, leather choker and beat-up boots; but I could easily take this bad boy out for a stylish dinner by swapping in heeled booties and delicate jewelry.

Photos by Annie Quinn

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Fashion

Nike iD


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IMG_1890Shag coat from LF stores, sweater courtesy of Uniqlo, BDG ‘Twig Grazer’ skinny jeans, Sorell Accessories rabbit fur snood, Furla ‘Metropolis’ cross body bag in silver, Nike Air Max Lunar90 sneakers customized with Nike iD.

I think we and our feet can agree that the sneaker’s ongoing presence as a stylish fashion statement is a wonderful thing. But cool sneakers that will provide both comfort and flair are expensive, and personally, I always feel like I’m settling if I choose from an in-store collection. That’s why I think Nike’s customization program, Nike iD, is well worth the few extra bucks and the five-week wait. I customized these Air Max Lunar90 kicks with the ’90s era in mind, drawing inspiration from the colors and patterns of Will Smith’s funky and famous wardrobe as the Fresh Prince. Pairing sneakers like this with bohemian pieces, like this shag “coatigan” and wool hat, along with luxe accessories (real or faux, fur is your friend!) makes for a casual-chic look that oozes style without taking itself too seriously, just like the Prince himself.

Photos by Annie Quinn

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Beauty, Fashion

Color Explosion on Clover Canyon

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IMG_1265Clover Canyon dress, Steve Madden ‘Stecy’ Sandals, & the Furla ‘Metropolis’ cross body bag in silver.

I totally fell in love with Clover Canyon when their fun prints hit the scene a few years ago—but so did everybody else. I’m not someone to avoid something I like just to avoid its popularity; my taste ranges from mainstream to niche, and I only steer clear of a trend if I think it’s a) simply not my style, or b) too expensive for how quickly it will likely disappear from fashion. Clover Canyon came in strong as a trend, but has stuck around, becoming somewhat of a staple. My personal rule of thumb when it comes to popular styles and prints that run the risk of making me look basic, is to find a way to make it absolutely my own. I bought this Clover Canyon dress a couple years ago, but every time I put it on with my brown hair, accompanied by a black clutch and neutral lip color, I didn’t get that special feeling a woman should feel when she slips on a fabulous dress. I looked like I was going to a sorority formal. In other words, when I looked in the mirror, I didn’t really feel like myself. It’s funny how drastic changes can remedy that. Now that I’ve dyed my hair a range of pastel colors, the multi-colored dress finally seems to suit me the way I hadn’t fully realized I’d wanted it to. I finally feel like I can wear it in a way that stands out and represents my style alone. A swipe of YSL’s Rouge Volupté Shine Lipstick in ‘Fischia in Rage’ and my beloved, eye-catching reflective Furla bag adhere to Iris Apfel’s famous fashion motto that “more is more and less is a bore,” while my sleek Steve Madden sandals and minimal amount of jewelry keep the outfit classy enough to wear out to dinner.

P.S. My hair is even purpler now! Photos soon to come…

Photos by Annie Quinn

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Beauty, Fashion

Hot Off The Press

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IMG_1382“Vintage” Moschino top, American Apparel skirt, Sandro creepers, Furla ‘Graffiti Candy Bon Bon’ mini cross body bag, Eddie Borgo bracelet, Oliver Peoples sunglasses, Nars Lipstick in ‘Schiap’

From now on, whenever I refer to something as “vintage” with quotation marks in the credits caption, that means it previously belonged to my mother. Anyone who knows me (or has followed my blog work closely) knows that my mom is my ultimate style icon. She’s classic with an edge, and always, always cool. I really can’t think of a better word, and I feel so lucky, because I know it’s not a word everyone associates with their parents, especially when it comes to sartorial choices. As a little girl, I absolutely loved when my mom wore this Moschino newspaper-print shirt, and I would even put in requests for her to wear it if she’d be making an appearance in front of a lot of my friends. To loosely quote Mean Girls, she’s not a regular mom, she’s a cool mom, and I wanted everyone to know. I think this shirt is a really fun example of where our style overlaps, and I’m so glad she’s given it to me and let me integrate it into my wardrobe. Having this piece of my mother’s fashion history is also special to me because my mom really cherishes her mornings with the newspaper, always completes the New York Times crossword puzzle, and regularly sends me pictures of newspaper comics that apply to our lives.

My mother typically—and ever so coolly—paired this top with an incredible Christian Dior bag with automobile-inspired details that I’ve never seen anyone else carry, which has also been one of my favorite items in her closet for as long as she’s owned it. (See an image of the handbag here, and Mom, if you’re reading this, whenever you decide that bag is “vintage,” you know I’ll gladly take it off your hands. Literally. (Don’t worry, I know that’s not happening.)) When I brought home my new, delicious Furla candy bag, I recalled my mom’s bold shirt-and-bag combination, and I knew I should style in the same direction…sort of. My mother would never wear these platform shoes—or dye her hair purple, for that matter. That being said, I’m pretty sure my father owned very similar shoes when he was playing in rock bands in the 70s, so they technically stay within the family theme. (Be honest: at this point, you’re more jealous of my parental situation than my outfit.) Anyway, the best part of being my parents’ daughter is the fact that they’ve always encouraged me to be myself and follow my fashion intuition. I think the shirt, bag, and shoes share a joyous vibe and flow with each other, while the pleated skirt, which is more on the prim side, matures the whole outfit without taming it too much.

P.S. Happy 33rd Anniversary, Mom and Dad!

P.P.S. Call your parents, everyone!

Photos by Annie Quinn

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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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Beauty, Boston, Fashion, Promotional

BeautyLynk: At-Home Beauty Services in Boston

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IMG_1158NBD x Naven Twins ‘Gemstone’ top, ASOS skirt, Jimmy Choo clutch, Eddie Borgo bracelet.

Everyone needs a little good news to brighten their Monday. Well, I’ve got the scoop, and it’s called BeautyLynk. BeautyLynk is a Boston-based startup company that offers a variety of luxurious at-home beauty services. Yes, you read that correctly: they come to you.

These days, there are lots of places you can go to have your hair and/or makeup done professionally, but these businesses can be crowded, they often run late, appointments can be hard to come by, their services can be limited, and sometimes just having to travel to their location cuts into your schedule and causes anxiety, all of which totally defeats the purpose of acquiring these services in the first place. Getting professionally “beautified” should be an enjoyable, relaxing experience, and BeautyLynk agrees. BeautyLynk is designed to remove the stress of getting ready entirely, for any occasion. Booking online or via the BeautyLynk mobile app is easy, their selection of services is practically endless, and you can choose individual or combined services of any kind. Say you’ve mastered your hair-styling skills, but can’t seem to pin down the art of contouring; BeautyLynk will send a professional makeup artist to your home at your convenience to make that makeup happen for you. Maybe you’ve tried countless times to give yourself chic milkmaid braids and a clean, even cat-eye effect (I swear, my eyeliner can smell my fear), and you just can’t seem to live up to your Pinterest board—BeautyLynk to the rescue. Their hair services include blowouts, braids—even actual at-home haircuts—and so much more. You can schedule a BeautyLynk professional for a basic, customized makeup session, or even recruit a squad for your whole bridal party. You can also filter their services by price to stay on top of your budget.

I’ve always felt good about my hair and makeup skills, but I’m no professional, and sometimes getting it right swallows so much time, puts me down to the wire, and makes me sweat off whatever makeup and hairspray I’ve successfully (or not so successfully) applied. I’d never had my makeup done professionally, but I do have a history of getting frazzled when I’m in a rush, so when I saw a busy day on my calendar that would conclude with a very chic and exclusive blogger dinner party, I turned to BeautyLynk to do my makeup. Makeup artist Carly arrived promptly at my apartment with a smile on her face and a giant box of top-notch makeup. Carly studied makeup application formally, and also works at Sephora, so I knew she’d have a great deal of product-knowledge, as well as expert technique. We consulted briefly about the outfit I’d be wearing and what look I wanted to achieve, and I could tell that she and I were instantly on the same page. So, I sat back and relaxed while Carly worked her magic. Carly explained and had me approve each step of her process, adjusting every detail to my liking, and also gave me options in terms of which products she used. She gladly agreed to use my preferred eyebrow pencil and lip color from my own collection, and had enough goodies in her box to apply a lip liner that perfectly matched my favorite Urban Decay lipstick. (Seriously, this girl’s makeup box was like Mary Poppins’ purse. Except way better.) Given that I’d never let anyone else do my makeup in my life, I got a bit skittish when it came time for mascara, but Carly put me at ease with a sweet sense of humor and clever soothing tactics. The service was of course a pleasure because I got to hang loose, and because the results were absolutely fabulous, but also because Carly was so much fun, herself. I’ll admit, I had my reservations about letting a stranger come into my home to do my makeup, but Carly kept the situation completely comfortable, really individualized the service, and we had a lot of laughs along the way.

Overall, I’d give my BeautyLynk experience a 10/10: Carly gave me a flawless finish that didn’t stray too far from my usual beauty aesthetic, and having a professional do my makeup at home truly did relieve stress, and gave me an extra boost of confidence throughout my whole night.

Makeup by Carly Nugent
Photos by Annie Quinn

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