Beauty, Boston, Fashion

All Black Everything

I have two pieces of exciting news. 1) I decided to chop my hair into a lob (slightly longer than a bob), and 2) I got a new job! I’m now working as a a sales professional for French sister brands Sandro & Maje at their concession stores in the Women’s Contemporary department of Bloomingdale’s in Newton, Mass. If you know me or follow the Sauce remotely closely, you know that I’ve been a huge Sandro & Maje fan for a few years now (I actually discovered their stuff while working for a different company at the same Bloomingdale’s location), and it really is so much fun to be able to work with clothing I connect with so deeply in terms of my personal style, and help others style it to their own taste. The thing is, I need my readers to understand that, although I do do some representative work for various brands and companies here on the blog, that is NOT my relationship with Sandro & Maje. While I may wear and write about their merchandise, the views expressed on this blog do not necessarily reflect the views of the company’s management, and so from now on, whenever one of my outfit posts features Sandro and/or Maje merchandise, you’ll see that disclaimer at the bottom of the post, right before the photo credits.

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DSC_0095“Vintage” Piazza Sempione blazer, Maje ‘Pigou’ velvet pants, Theory turtleneck, Sandro creepers, Stella & Dot necklace, Oliver Peoples sunglasses.

One of my favorite things about working at Bloomingdale’s is that employees have to wear all black, and while a lot of people think this must get boring, on days that I’m in a hurry, it’s actually an easy way to get dressed and ensure that I look chic without too much thought; and on days when I feel like making a little more effort, the all-black wardrobe requirement presents an opportunity for me to stretch my creativity as a stylist. Going for a menswear-as-womenswear look is a cool and edgy approach to wearing all black. Here, I put my own spin on this style with a blazer that’s cut a little longer than most (thanks, Mom!), velvet trousers, and my beloved creepers. Velvet is so luxe and beautiful, and I think creepers are one of the most delightfully androgynous trends. To make my gender-bending outfit as sleek as possible, I stick with simple silver jewelry and pull my hair into a side-parted pony. Someone on Instagram pointed out that this whole look is reminiscent of Karl Lagerfeld’s signature style, but I swear I’ve been dressing this way since long before I dyed my hair gray. That being said, I certainly don’t mind the comparison one bit.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Beauty, Fashion

Prints & Flower Power

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I visited the SoWa Vintage Market on Sunday, and the warm weather and colorful vintage racks inspired me to break out some funky springtime flare. Much to my delight, today has been even sunnier. After months of pretty much exclusively wearing layers of black, white, and gray, it felt really good to mix these bold prints and resurrect my straw hat and wooden flatforms. Since mixing prints is tricky business, I almost always pair a colorful one with a black and white pattern. To make the whole look more cohesive, I threw on this fabulous magenta cross body bag, which picks up the pinkish accents in my printed shorts. Silky fabrics and fringe accents really capture the spirit of spring/summer. If you want to freshen up your springtime beauty routine, try a swipe of pale pink lipstick, like “Obsessed” by Urban Decay.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Fashion

Fashion Week Street Style: What I Would Have Worn to New York Fashion Week

Teen Vogue (which has been and probably always will be my favorite fashion magazine) has proposed an awesome challenge to fashion bloggers: What would you wear during Fashion Week? But I’ve decided to put my own spin on the challenge. This post will be my first entry to the contest, and the first of four very special street-style posts here on the Sauce: over the next week, I’ll be sharing an outfit that I would have worn to Fashion Week in each respective fashion capital—New York, London, Milan, and Paris. What fashion-lover doesn’t fantasize about traveling and dressing for major fashion shows? Today’s outfit is for the Big Apple:

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IMG_0771Sandro sweatshirt, MARC by Marc Jacobs skirt (circa 2005/2006), Tod’s boots, Alexander Wang bag, Oliver Peoples sunglasses, vintage necklace.

First of all, let me just say, I’m so glad I took the plunge and exchanged my long brown locks for this new ombré “lob” (long bob), courtesy of Ashley at Stilisti Salon (138 Newbury Street). I haven’t had such short hair in ten years, and I haven’t had such light hair in twenty years—I just felt like I needed to make a major change, and so far it’s been totally liberating and a lot of fun. Plus, my drying my hair has become a far easier task.

Even though it’s fall, bright colors and bold, comic book-inspired graphics were major Fashion Week street style trends. I’m really into separates right now, and I love combining casual, youthful pieces, like this Sandro sweatshirt, with unexpectedly elegant ones, like this silk pleated skirt, which has served me well since my freshman year of high school. When it comes to a colorful look like this, I tend to opt for minimalist accessories, like my silver collar necklace and plain black booties. This seemingly simple Alexander Wang bag, however, has a pretty cool secret: it glows in the dark! It’s the handbag equivalent to a “lady in the streets but a freak in the sheets.”

Photos by Rebecca Browne

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Put on Your Party Dress

My Dad’s Surprise Birthday Party

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My lifestyle almost exclusively caters to casual street style. I don’t work in an office, and my friends and I typically opt for dive bars. Or couch. That being said, any girl who keeps up with celebrity red carpet looks imagines what she herself would wear to events like the MET Gala, the Golden Globes, or the Grammy’s. When my mother decided to throw a surprise birthday party for my dad, I decided to explore my personal red carpet fantasies. Sister brands Sandro and Maje have been my go-to party attire labels for the past year, so I made the Maje shop on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Florida the first stop on my dress hunt—and the last. As soon as I laid eyes on the “Edivas” dress, I fell in love with the vibrant color and unconventional structured mesh.

When I contemplated possible shoes to pair with the dress, I initially thought of white or silver. But when I saw these iridescent Jimmy Choo pumps in almost the exact same shade of orange as my dress, I knew I couldn’t deny fashion fate. Then I proceeded to spend months daydreaming about the outfit, and struggling with the stress of keeping the party itself a secret. I topped off the look with a few elegant yet edgy accessories, and went with plain white nails and understated makeup. And that incredible ensemble on my sister? She bought it the day of the party. The fact that our manicures matched each other’s outfits was purely accidental. (Again: much fashion fate).

Not only has photographer Mark Karlsberg of Studio Eleven Photography won multiple awards, including Best Candid Album in Massachusetts and New England from the Professional Photographers of New England Association, but he also photographed my parents’ wedding, as well as mine and my siblings’ respective Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. However, this was the first family event at which he stepped in for the lead singer of the band. Mind blown! If you’re looking for an event photographer who can also sing a killer rendition of “Brown-Eyed Girl,” then Mark Karlsberg’s your guy.

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Conservative Sexy

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1Q1A5885Rag & Bone X Intermix blazer with perforated leather sleeves, American Apparel Spandex Crop Tank in “Athletic Grey,” Helmut Lang skirt with asymmetrical hem, Wolford tights, Shoe Cult by Nasty Gal Luxe Pump in pony hair. An outfit appropriate for those rare occasions when I go to a bar that doesn’t have license plates all over the walls.

Photos by Amanda Rosen

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