Fashion

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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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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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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Walking the Dogs at the Elephant Walk

DSC_0900-4Lazy Oaf ‘Dog Walk’ Shirt & Aldo ‘Istrago’ sandals.DSC_0904-6

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Happy Friday! The weekend officially begins in a few hours, so let’s discuss the most important parts of everyone’s weekend: where to eat and what to wear. A few weeks ago I attended a blogger brunch at The Elephant Walk’s new location in the South End, where I enjoyed fresh and decadent Cambodian-fusion flavors. If your brunch experiences have begun to verge on basic, or you’re just tired of your current go-to spot, head to The Elephant Walk to find omlettes with unexpected combinations, a multitude of mimosas ranging from peach to raspberry, and a delightfully expansive daytime dessert menu. The crazy part? The ingredients are as good for you as they are delicious. I won’t lie—I know next to nothing about cooking and nutrition, so when the restaurant’s chef came over to tell us a bit about the menu, a lot of what she explained went over my head. That being said, one ingredient The Elephant Walk doesn’t use really caught my attention: butter. Yes, you read that correctly. They don’t. Use. Butter. This surprised me when she said it, but I was infinitely more shocked as I moved through three courses, each richer than the last, no thanks to butter. I have to say, I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but I wouldn’t need a photo to remember the desserts I had that day; and considering the many wonderful French elements I tasted, the absence of butter kind of dethroned Julia Childe in my book. Kind of.

In other news, I also recently took a job moonlighting as a Bar/Bat Mitzvah party motivator/dancer (again, you read that correctly), which means I wake up pretty tired (and sore) on Sundays. On the morning of the blogger brunch, I was definitely excited to try some new dishes, but not in the mood to fuss over an outfit that would hold up amongst other fashion lovers. One of my recent posts discussed one possible comfortable outfit combination for the sleepy but stylish bruncher, but as temperatures finally rise, skinnies and a sweater might not cut it. Enter oversized, lightweight shirtdress. I’ll soon be able to combine my comments on the beloved shirtdress into a full-fledged love poem, but in short, the shirtdress is a classic and easy solution to looking chic. If you’ll visit this older Sauce post, or check out how Lazy Oaf styled this shirt themselves, you’ll see that an oxford or loafer and high socks are another sweet and simple way to make a statement with your shirtdress. Shirtdresses can also double as great beach coverups. Collect a few in fun(/funny) colors and prints, and you just might find choosing a mimosa flavor more challenging than getting dressed this summer.

Fashion photography by Miranda Mu

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OMG! Nice to Meet You!

DSC_0315-15Crop top by The Hanger, skirt from LF Stores, Phillip Lim clutch, Aldo ‘Istrago’ sandals.

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BostonBloggers2015-TheDangerBooth-44(From left): Sydney, myself, Gabby, Koko, & Miranda.

DSC_0331-18Jenny Bird Palm Cili Collar in Silver.

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BostonBloggers2015-TheDangerBooth-96(From left), Stephanie, Neha, myself, Sydney & Lianna.

DSC_0399-30Eddie Borgo bracelet, Michael Kors watch. Rings (from left): Cartier band, Gamine Zofia Ring Set in Silver, Margaret Elizabeth Faceted Cocktail Ring in Navy, Gorjana Gisele Ring. 356 Lacquer Creme Polish in ‘Alimersai.’

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This past Monday I attended the annual Boston Bloggers Meet & Greet at Audubon with my kickass new crew of blogger friends. Between the drinks, the delicious snacks, and the infamous Danger Booth, everyone had a blast—and since the large majority of the group are female fashion bloggers, the event served as glorious evidence that the catty stigmas of fashion culture are so out. With that said, one still feels some pressure when dressing to impress a group of fellow fashionistas…

Unsurprisingly enough, I went to the event in my favorite silhouette: high-waisted bottoms and a cutaway crop top—and in my favorite color combination: plain old black and white. The skirt’s dramatic asymmetrical hem and the sweatery fabric of my summertime top bring new life to my go-to look, and I went with my bright blue Phillip Lim clutch and Jenny Bird collar necklace, courtesy of Rocksbox, to kick things up another notch. I chose a mint-turquoise shade of nail polish to offset the bag, and added a navy cocktail ring for good measure, also from Rocksbox. If you haven’t heard of Rocksbox, it’s basically like the Netflix of jewelry: with Rockbox, you can rent and try fabulous new jewelry by top trendsetting brands like Gorjana and House of Harlow, and you can purchase the pieces you love for discounted prices. All you have to do is fill out a quick but effective style survey, start keeping a wishlist, and expert stylists will send you three pieces per box in a prepaid envelope, so returns are no fuss. You can return and receive as many boxes as you want for just $19 a month, but you can also get your first month free by using the promo code FASHIONSAUCEXOXO.

As for the gorgeous polish, it’s by Somerville-based 365 Lacquer, a vegan and non-toxic polish company dedicated to making fun colors without harmful ingredients, and without testing on animals. I have to admit, I can be a bit calamitous (by which I mean careless), and have therefore stuck almost exclusively to gel manicures for the last two years, so I felt a bit wary of going back to regular polish. But 365 Lacquer promised a quick-drying, long-lasting product—and they weren’t lying. I’ll admit to a couple of chips within the first 48 hours, but they weren’t caused by faulty polish; so many consecutive gel manicures have left my nails in a slightly weakened state, but on my nails that have managed to stay strong, 365 Lacquer has stayed strong, as well. Plus, they just released a neon collection that’s sure to get you even more excited about summer.

Fashion photography by Miranda Mu | Group photos courtesy of The Danger Booth.

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Taking Bill Murray to Brunch

It’s Monday, so let’s talk about the weekend…

DSC_0827-13Piece Apparel Bill Murray sweatshirt over an LF blouse, J Brand ‘Maria’ skinnies, ALDO ‘Istrago’ heeled sandals.DSC_0814-10

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Who doesn’t love Bill Murray? Not only is he an accomplished actor who’s consistently made audiences laugh and truly think since the ’70s, but he’s also proven to be one of the most mysterious and spontaneous members of the SAG. It won’t take you much time lurking on Reddit to discover elaborate stories about Bill Murray’s wild nights with unassuming fans who are left baffled by the actor’s nonchalant sense for adventure, and his apparent ability to disappear out of thin air. Between his hilarious days on SNL, to his tender moments with Scarlett Johansson in Lost in Translation, to his roles in the wacky world of Wes Anderson, I was so stoked to see that Piece Apparel included Mr. Murray in their “Old Man Crew” collection of sweatshirts, which also honors men such as Rod Stewart, Jerry Seinfeld, and Johnny Cash.

With respect to Bill’s affection for the unexpected, I decided not to pair my oversized sweatshirt with boxers or my TV remote, and instead dressed it up Sunday-brunch style. In my experience, brunch isn’t such an obviously glamorous occasion. It’s usually a group of hungover friends peeling themselves off their mattresses in the interest of good food, good stories from the night before, and, questionably enough, more drinks. That being said, Instagram and other social media outlets have deemed brunch the official favorite activity of “betches,” and, fortunately or unfortunately, an obligatory photo op. Brunch-obsessed consumers have prompted fashion magazines to address brunch outfits on the regular, and they typically suggest flouncy, frilly ensembles that seem more appropriate for an old-fashioned tea party or somebody’s baby shower. So, if you’re like me, and tend to wake up on Saturday and/or Sunday morning lacking the energy to mix joyful prints, or just want to be more comfy than you ever could be in a strappy sundress, try dressing up your favorite sweatshirt or tee with forgiving stretch-skinnies, a statement bag, and a bold lip. (A good shade of lipstick and big sunnies are the best tools for looking polished when you’re feeling less-than.) I think graphics with a sense of humor, like these other witty tops by Piece Apparel, make the perfect palette for a look that’s chic, but not too serious, which is exactly how brunch should feel when you’re doing it right. For those who feel confident in their styling abilities, add a statement necklace or a Peter Pan collar to further elevate your look. As for shoes, go with something comfortable but sleek. While I personally find these ALDO heeled sandals light as air, if the idea of walking in heels after a long night out makes you want to crawl back under the covers, just reach for your favorite pair of ballet flats or slides.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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