Culture, Fashion

Independence Day: Go Big or Go Home

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DSC_0700Sandro ‘Eva’ top, Carmar denim shorts, Furla ‘YoYo’ cross body cosmetic case with ‘Lady’ fringe tassel, Jeffrey Campbell boots, Spitfire Sunglasses.

Some people are wary of theme dressing, but I think it can present a fun, creative opportunity. Who doesn’t want an extension on Halloween? Plus, we’re in an election year (it’s a complete shitshow), and America seems to be in this weird, constant flow of milestones and tragedies. If there were ever a year to wear your patriotism, it’s this one. That’s one way I’m coping, anyway. So, for your pleasure, here I am in a red, white and blue ensemble, complete with classic Daisy Dukes and powder blue cowboy booties, the perfect look for a 4th of July BBQ or party of any kind.

My mom recently texted me to ask if I’d left blue suede cowboy boots in her closet a while back, but the description didn’t ring a bell. Then I saw them, and my heart leapt when I saw these bad boys. I remembered buying them just before college…and then promptly never wearing them. How could I neglect such fabulous shoes? While there are plenty of more subtle ways to style these retro booties, it seemed like fate that they’d waltz back into my life just before July. I mean, do you see that star detailing?

Since denim shorts and cowboy boots are a very literal combination for the 4th, if you want to stay on-theme without going too kitschy, try a blouse that includes some red, white, or blue without actual stars or stripes. The red and white crochet collar on my Sandro top (now on sale), plus my luxe red leather bag add a level of maturity to my outfit (but not too much of course).

As you style yourself and celebrate throughout the weekend and this Monday, remember that denim is your friend and that red, white and blue looks great on everyone. Have fun with your look, and stay tuned to see how I wear my patriotism this 4th of July by following me on Instagram.

Photos by Miranda Mu

 

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Fashion, Promotional

Stairway to Street Style

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DSC_0322Furst of a Kind vintage Led Zeppelin tee, scuba skirt by Nasty Gal, vintage belt, Furla ‘Metropolis’ cross body bag in silver, ‘Luke’ lace-up boots from Urban Outfitters, Vanessa Mooney choker, Kendra Scott ‘Elisa’ necklace in iridescent drusy, Lime Crime Velvetine liquid lipstick in ‘Buffy,’ and Reks Optics round ‘Lumolux’ sunglasses in metallic silver with silver lenses.

Sorry not sorry for the lame title! (I’m usually one of those obnoxious Zeppelin fans who automatically assumes people who reference “Stairway to Heaven” are phony fans, or in middle school.) Consider the ensemble above more user-friendly version of this recent, similar but slightly more dramatic look. Styling things like vintage band tees and menswear-inspired shoes with a feminine, fitted skirt strikes the perfect balance of edgy and polished. I love staples with unique details, so this black, neoprene bodycon skirt with an adorable scalloped hemline is a friend of mine. This outfit combination works well for going straight from your daytime errands to dinner, a date, or a concert. Also, I am newly obsessed with these round sunnies by Reks Optics. They’re made of a special material that bends, but doesn’t break, making them the perfect shades for athletes and/or idiots who carelessly toss sunglasses around and then tragically sit on them. Chic *and* disaster-proof? I’ll take three! (I already did…) Plus, on the Reks website, you can mix and match different frames with various hues of reflective lenses for a look customized to your liking. Again: yes, please! (And thank you to my friends at Reks Optics!)

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Fashion, Feminism, Pop Culture

The Statement Coat

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DSC_1121Maje ‘Ghost’ parka, American Apparel cropped sweater & mom jeans, UNIF ‘Rival’ boots, Nasty Gal beanie & choker, Stella & Dot ‘Rebel Pendant’ necklace in silver, Spitfire ‘Intergalactic’ sunglasses.

First I’d like to make a disclaimer: any and all American Apparel merchandise I wear on this blog (and in life) was purchased before I knew the extent of former CEO’s Dov Charney sexual harassment and exploitation of many of the company’s employees, and before I heard about the new management’s willingness to continue sexualizing American Apparel employees. Though I have made a firm decision not to shop at American Apparel in the future, I’ve also decided not to stop wearing American Apparel merchandise that I already own. I will no longer be including hyperlinks to the American Apparel merchandise that I wear and post on the blog; if you’d like to financially support their business, you will have to browse the site on your own. Another positive alternative to shopping at American Apparel would be to, if you see a product of theirs you like, visit ShopStyle.com and do a search for similar items by brands that set a better example.

Now that that’s out of the way, can we talk about my new Maje coat? Even after last year’s nightmarish winter, the vinyl parka with faux sheepskin lining has me excited about the increasingly cold weather. In addition to being strange and beautiful, the ‘Ghost’ coat is actually extremely warm, which is a good thing, because its ’90s vibes have me inclined to put crop tops underneath on the reg. If I had to describe this outfit, I’d say it’s a 2015-chic take on the wardrobe aesthetic of Kevin Smith classics, like Clerks. It’s the coat that completes the look and brings the outfit to life, and that’s the value of investing in a statement coat. There are times when you simply have to wear a coat, so why not wear one that makes your outfit cooler, as well as more weather-appropriate? Low temperatures and gray skies can make it hard to get out of bed and put genuine effort into crafting a creative look. Enter statement coat, which can magically (and literally) cloak a basic getup with a punch of serious style.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Boston, Fashion

Patriotic-Chic

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DSC_0896 - Version 2Sandro coat, Equipment blouse over Theory turtleneck top, Maje ‘Pastar’ jeans, Furla ‘Yo-Yo Cosmetic Case’ with the Furla ‘Lady Tassel Charm,’ Jeffrey Campbell booties, Eddie Borgo ‘Pave Small Pyramid Bracelet’ in rose gold.

What’s in a handbag? I’m not talking about the contents—lipsticks, loose breath mints—and yet I am: what is it that definitively makes a bag a “handbag”? Furla has become my official go-to designer for great bags, so I knew they’d have the perfect little red cross body for me to add a fun, rich pop of color to my wardrobe. Funnily enough, it turned out that the perfect purse technically isn’t a purse at all. Though it comes with a detachable strap, the gorgeous cross body bag you see above, playfully named the ‘Yo-Yo,’ was designed to be used as a cosmetic case, and even comes with a smaller travel case/mirror, so you can really get on the go in style. But I just think the round shape is so cool and fresh, and once I attached the strap and the matching leather tassel key fob, I absolutely fell in love. You know what they say: the customer is always right, and the moral of this story is that the creative customer ends up with extra accessories.

Although the Furla website only shows the “cosmetic case” (i.e. amazing handbag) in a gorgeous shade of turquoise-blue, a soft gold, and a classic black, it comes in other colors, as well, including a bubblegum pink, and the shade of ruby I chose for myself. Visit the Furla store in the Copley Place Mall, next to Barney’s, to see the whole color wheel, plus tons of other awesome bags and accessories. The styles and prices all make for really rad gifts, so if you’re running late on holiday shopping for your fashionista friend(s), I suggest you scurry over to Furla. And don’t forget to really look at their selection of decorative key fobs; from furry pom-poms to the leather tassel I’ve attached to my Yo-Yo bag, these small accessories are a great way to bring a little variation to your handbag collection.

It would be easy to make star-embroidered denim look somewhat childish. I decided to take these Maje jeans in a more sophisticated direction by layering a silk button-down over a thin turtleneck. My bold bag (the jeans were just begging for that American-flag feel) and ombre lucite heels are in keeping with the jeans’ fun energy, and help them stand out just enough.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Beauty, Fashion

Rock the Crop

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DSC_0429Necklaces: Kendra Scott ‘Elisa’ Silver Necklace in Iridescent Drusy (upper), Stella & Dot ‘Rebel Pendant’ in silver (lower).

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DSC_0506 (1)Silence & Noise crop top, AllSaints leather jacket, Milau maxi skirt, Primark boots, Oliver Peoples sunglasses.

My motto is, crop tops forever, whatever the weather. Until an actual blizzard strikes, nothing comes between me and not putting anything between my midriff and the open air. Going for a rock n’ roll vibe with leather, metal embellishments, and a bold red lip will help your crop tops look a little more sensible throughout the fall season.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Beauty, Boston, Costume, Fashion

Witchy Women: The Blogger Coven of Boston

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DSC01392Faux suede fringe jacket courtesy of Primark, Brixton hat, Spitfire ‘Intergalactic’ sunglasses.

DSC01231See Sam stun in a Rag & Bone skull sweater and Stuart Weitzman boots.

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DSC01515Kayte’s rocking an amazing combination of pieces from Free People and Forever 21.

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October is definitely my favorite month of the year. Between the beautiful foliage, temperatures that allow layering but don’t leave you shivering, and the celebration of all things scary that DO make you shiver, I really couldn’t ask for more. If you follow the Sauce, you’re well aware that I actively look forward to (and plan for) Halloween starting on November 1st, and that my personal style is inspired by famous spell-casting squads, such as the ladies in American Horror Story: Coven, and The Craft, all-year-round. So of course I lunged at the opportunity to do a witchy-themed shoot with two of my favorite fellow Boston bloggers, Kayte of Mass Musings, and Sam of Fenway Fashionista. As three New England-bred, Boston-based babes, we can attest to the fact that there is no greater place on Earth to experience the spirit of Halloween than the state in which the most famous alleged witches lived, were taken to trial, and casually burned or hanged to death. This delightfully creepy chapter of the Bay State’s history gave us the beloved Halloween flick Hocus Pocus, and let’s get real about squad goals—what girl didn’t want to be a Sanderson Sister at some point (specifically Sarah Jessica Parker)? Who reading this post wouldn’t have loved to do the honors of lighting the Black Flame Candle, even though it is quite literally virgin territory?

Kayte, Sam and I had a lot of fun brewing up our modern-day witch ensembles, and I think we may have officially coined the term “boho-goth,” which is how we’re describing our combined look. These outfits only verge on literal interpretations of witch portrayals throughout history, and could easily translate as fun everyday looks; or, if you’re down to the wire for this weekend’s festivities, an outfit like this would make for the perfectly chic DIY costume alternative to something spandex from Party City. Fringe and a bit of mid-section skin bring my look up to date, while pattern-play and a smart sense of layering make Kayte and Sam’s outfits cool for just about any casual occasion. Whether you’re cultivating your street style or fashioning a last-minute costume, a bold lip color is the essential finishing touch for your witch-inspired look. While Sam and I reached for Lime Crime Velvetine liquid-to-matte lipstick in “Riot” and “Faded,” Kayte went with the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in the appropriately named shade of “Damned.”

Photos by @jacquelinemdn

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Beauty, Fashion

Mix It Up: How to Make a Statement Piece Make a Different Statement

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DSC_0243AllSaints ‘Belvedere’ leather bomber, Lazy Oaf ‘Dog Walk’ shirt, J Brand ‘Super Skinny Scuba’ pants, UNIF ‘Rival’ boots, Furla ‘Metropolis‘ cross body bag in silver & ‘Bubble Key Ring‘ in ‘Pelato,’ Spitfire ‘Intergalactic’ sunglasses, MAC Cosmetics lipstick in ‘Deep Love.’

This is not a fashion magazine. This is a personal style blog. I am a real person, with a real budget, and a wardrobe that contains the same items today as it did the day before. As a fashion-enthusiast who lives in a multi-seasonal location, I thrive on opportunities to maximize my wardrobe and wear everything I own in as many different styles as possible—and it’s my mission as a fashion blogger to encourage and help my readers to do the same. Unless I’m shopping for a specific, special occasion (and even then), I try my best not to buy anything that can only be worn one way or in one climate. I love to challenge myself to transform statement pieces. A lot of people steer clear of “loud” items, assuming their boldness renders them limited in terms of how you can wear them, and how often; and (as I’ve mentioned before) the life-documenting aspect of social media pressures many of us to avoid wearing the same items in close proximity. The changing of the seasons, however, presents an excellent chance to take a statement piece you’ve already worn, and make a totally different statement.

It was only a few, warm months ago that I fell for this playful, oversized peach button-down adorned with multi-colored puppies. For a sweet summertime look, I first wore it as a shirtdress with black heeled-sandals (see here). With my then-brown hair and some light pink lipstick, I was able to give the shirt a feminine sense of softness. Fast forward: the need for layering makes fall/winter my favorite time to go for punk and grunge-inspired looks, and my pastel hair obviously often pushes me in that direction, as well. The shirt is reborn as an entirely different animal by adding my leather bomber, ultra-punk UNIF ‘Rival’ boots, mirrored accessories, and a deep red lip. So, before you put away your so-called summer clothes for the upcoming colder months, and before you let your beloved statement pieces gather dust after wearing them only once, ask yourself if any of those items can be retooled. Trust me, you won’t be recognized as a “repeat offender,” but rather as a skilled stylist who knows how to make the most of your purchases.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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