Fashion, Promotional

[COACH] x The Sauce

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DSC_0561Nicholas top and NSF pants from Intermix, Joie sandals, and the Coach ‘Nolita’ Satchel.

I could put on a cool front and act like I’m not super excited about this—and I’ll surely have a more relaxed perspective on promotional posts going forward—but right now, I need to geek out for a moment. The fact that my blog is on anyone’s radar continues to blow my mind, so when I received an email inviting me to participate in Coach’s latest Instagram-driven campaign, I spent a good twenty minutes utterly convinced I was being catfished, or punk’d. Established in 1941, Coach, Inc. is one of the foremost American fashion brands, and it’s among the major labels I’ve been aware of the longest in my fashion-loving lifetime (—anyone who was anyone had a Coach wristlet in the ’00s). The brand always brings the word classic to mind, and while it certainly also stands for American style, what it means to be or look “American” continues to expand constantly. I’m so thrilled to represent Coach, but especially to do so with a not-so-classic hair color.

The ‘Nolita’ Satchel, which I opted for in black, is from Coach’s “Wear Now, Wear Later” collection, and I think that title says it all. Though the bag is part of the brand’s Spring 2015 series, it can easily be styled for any season (and I’ve already carried it every single day since its arrival). In addition, the clean, minimalist design lends itself to outfits both dressy and casual, edgy and classic, and I always value versatility first when it comes to accessories. I absolutely love that it comes with an adjustable, detachable crossbody strap (which you can see on the Coach website), essentially giving me two bags in one. The crossgrain leather adds a subtle texture that gives the bag that extra hint of luxury and uniqueness.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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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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White on White (on White…)

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DSC_0510Helmut Lang tank, Madewell jeans, LF belt, TOD’s boots, Sandro bag, vintage necklace.

A look of lightness and luxury, white-on-white outfits have been severely on-trend for about two years now. When this trend first surfaced, I ignored it despite my adoration, because I figured it was fleeting, and because I assumed someone as pale as myself just couldn’t carry it off.

When I was invited to help organize an event to which all guests are asked to wear white, I was forced to reconsider my relationship with the color. I eased my way into the world of white attire with a standard bodycon dress, and guess what? I looked good. Did I look pale by comparison in photos? Yes. What else is new?—and so what? There’s a difference between colors that accentuate fair skin, and colors that wash it out. If you know how to do your makeup and walk with confidence, you can definitely wear white. Ditch the negative stigmas associated with fair skin, and celebrate the fact that your vampiric tendencies will hopefully help you avoid visible sun damage, or worse, skin cancer.

After that first event, I was really excited to experiment more with white attire, and by the party’s second year, I felt ready for head-to-toe separates (see my white Theory suit here). I enjoyed the all-white, menswear-inspired evening look so much that I decided to put together a daytime version with a jersey tank, loose white denim, and simple black and silver accessories. A pop of color can give you a little more confidence trying an all-white ensemble, whether it’s a brightly colored clutch or bold lip color. Luckily for me, I’ve got a pop of color permanently attached to my scalp.

Photos by Miranda Mu.

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Cotton Candy

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DSC_0671Pants from Nasty Gal, Kimchi Blue crop top from Urban Outfitters, Joie sandals, Jimmy Choo clutch, Oliver Peoples sunglasses, silver collar necklace from the SoWa Vintage Market.

While I’m pretty sure most of my experience with blue hair will be a practice in modern minimalism and grunge, I of course have to take advantage of the opportunity for zany summer color play. These pink trousers always take me in a fun direction, and my new bold ‘do prompted me to slightly soften my go-to night-out look by ditching my usual fitted crop tops for a breezier, more delicate cut. I love how the top’s flowy hem falls effortlessly in line with the loose-fitting pants for a look that’s comfortable and simply chic. Note to all fashion saucers: the metallic clutch is your friend.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Weird Weather

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DSC_0242 (1)Sweater & tank from LF stores, Vince pants, DKNY x Cara Delevingne hat, custom NikeiD Air Max sneakers.

After Bostonians endured the worst of winters, summer’s already halfway over and the weather has the nerve to be…weird. With scattered showers almost every week, I’ve found myself reaching for beanies more often than one expects in July. Lightweight joggers and oversized sweaters that tie easily around the waist are key pieces right now. Animal prints don’t have to be too dressy or ultra-feminine in a sporty context, so try pairing them with your favorite sneakers for a fun, casual look.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Beauty, Fashion

#BlueHairDontCare

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DSC_0053-Edit (1)ALC pants, Theory top, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Stoppard’ shoes, Sandro bag, Eddie Borgo jewelry.

I’ve desperately wanted what social media has deemed “mermaid hair” for about five years now. Though I might tear my hair out entirely if one more person asks me “why” I’ve decided to dye it blue (just think really carefully for a second…that’s it! You got it—because I like it…), I am willing to answer a much more important question: why did I wait so long? As someone who adamantly believes that we should all style ourselves for ourselves—and kindly assume that that’s “why” anyone makes the sartorial choices they make—I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I let other people’s opinions postpone this change, even though I knew my desire was real. I dare not compare myself to Caitlyn Jenner, but the message her transformation sends applies to all of us: if you don’t live as your true self, you’ll live with regrets. I’m not saying I’m actually a mermaid on the inside, or that I want blue hair for the rest of my life, but I do believe if I hadn’t seized this opportunity just because a few people I love and respect didn’t love the idea, I’d have lost respect for myself.

In the week leading up to my hair appointment, the most popular question I received besides “why?” was, “Are you worried it will be harder to get dressed?” Well, not really, no. Even blondes and brunettes have to take their coloring into account when choosing clothes. I think because society still associates brightly colored hair with rebellious counter-cultures, people assume that I’ll have to push my always-eclectic style into one specific, radical corner in order to cater to this extreme hairstyle. Challenge accepted! Although I definitely do intend to dip into those more radical styles colorful hair commonly brings to mind, For however long I have blue hair, I’ll also aim to prove to my readers and followers that they can still relate to my style and draw inspiration from my looks, even if a head of blue hair is something they’d never consider. Let’s start with the outfit above. I won’t let anyone tell me it couldn’t be worn by someone with “normal” hair, because I’ve rocked this look as both a blonde and brunette, as well. For a chic daytime look, I’ve styled these sleek but funky pants with menswear-inspired shoes and an oversized tee. To transition to nighttime, I’d swap in a white tank and minimal black sandals, like the fabulous pair I just got at Joie.

Hair color by Ashley Seal of Stilisti Salon.

Photos by Miranda Mu.

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