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Kiehl’s Apothecary

In-store photos by Igor Burlak

#KiehlsGetsPersonal

I’m so excited to be discussing skincare more often here on the blog. I recently had the privilege of collaborating with one of the most prestigious skincare lines in the country, Kiehl’s Apothecary, which was established in 1851. As a staple skincare company that has been able to stand the test of time, Kiehl’s knows how to modernize their old-school approach with the latest and most innovative skincare techniques and ingredients. Take their latest product launch, Kiehl’s Apothecary Preparations, for example. You can now schedule a consultation at your nearest Kiehl’s location to meet with a trained expert who will help determine your skincare needs, and create a customized serum just for you! This was a science class I could get into…Whether your goal is hydration, pore-minimization, or wrinkle-reduction, the experts at Kiehl’s can concoct a formula with your name on it—literally! They even print a special label, just for you. And don’t worry, you’ll also receive a little packet explaining what’s in your personalized product and how to use it properly

I’ve been using my custom concentrate nightly for just about two weeks now, and I’m definitely loving the results. The serum has a velvety texture that leaves my skin nice and smooth, and the pore-minimizing effects have allowed me to reduce how often I have to use a cleansing mask, or harsh tools like my Clarisonic facial brush, which can dry out my skin. Everyone’s complexion and skincare needs are different, making it totally worth the trip to seek out skin solutions made especially for you. What may seem old-fashioned is actually both logical and luxurious.

#KiehlsGivesBack

During my visit at Kiehl’s on Newbury, I also learned about their creative and charitable collaborations. Each year, Kiehl’s collaborates with artists to put together a Limited Edition Holiday Collection that will benefit those in need. This year, Kiehl’s has teamed up with artist-duo Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller of FAILE to support Feeding America. 100% of Kiehl’s net profits from this collection benefits Feeding America, providing 1.1 million meals to food insecure people in this country. This cause means a lot to me, as I personally feel that a lot of Americans use poverty and hunger in other countries as a distraction from our own problems, while there are so many people here right in the United States who aren’t sure when or how they’ll acquire their next meal. Art has always been a powerful way to inspire philanthropy and change, and I love when the fashion and beauty lead by example on this front. The hypnotic gold-and-black artwork FAILE have conceptualized for this collection puts a fresh spin on Kiehl’s iconic packaging, and while the gold definitely embraces the holiday spirit, these products will still look awesome once the holidays have come and gone.

  1. Now let’s talk about my top three favorite Kiehl’s products *except* for my customized serum, since that’s just for me:
    1. Breakout Control Targeted Acne Spot Treatment: I tend to struggle with isolated blemishes, so I’m always looking for effective yet gentle spot treatments to erase little zits here and there. This lightweight, sulfer-infused treatment zaps zits quickly, without leaving my skin dry or red.
  2. Creme De Crops Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter: This Kiehl’s classic is decadent, and always looks lovely on one’s vanity, bathroom shelves, etc.
  3. Damage Repairing & Rehydrating Leave-In Treatment: The third and final product on this list actually strays from the skincare category. After a brief but serious stint of dye jobs, my strands have felt a little dry and need some TLC. I’ve seen great results within the past couple of weeks, and would definitely recommend this product to anyone whose hair suffers during dry winter weather.
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Fashion

Peek-a-Boo

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117a8387Blank NYC ‘As You Wish’ moto jacket, vintage sweater, Levi’s ‘505 C’ jeans, fishnet stockings from Urban Outfitters, Rebecca Minkoff ‘Edie’ loafers, Furla ‘Metropolis’ cross body bag.

I’ve seen a bunch of bloggers and designers rocking fishnets on Instagram lately, and I’ve just been hardcore copycatting on the regular. These exaggerated-diamond fishnets are actually super hard to put on, but I love the look. (Beauty is spending ten minutes cursing your toes and toppling off your vanity stool, right?) Letting your fishnets peek out from jeans is a badass way to spice up your denim game, and pairing them with soft pastel colors creates eye-catching contrast, which I’m very into right now. Punk + pink is a wise way to toughen up your favorite color this winter.

Photos by Regan Cleminson

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Fashion, fashion theory, Feminism

Comfort in Contrast

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img_8102Blank NYC ‘As You Wish’ embroidered moto jacket, Zara pleated midi skirt, Alexander Wang ‘Rockie’ bag, Nike AirMax sneakers, Marc Jacobs clip-on sunglasses.

With every outfit post, I like to explain what makes each look “work,” and hopefully include tips on how you can tweak certain aspects of each outfit to fit your unique lifestyle, or simply diversify your style. This outfit is a response to my own recent advice. An embellished jacket paired with a feminine pleated midi-skirt is a reliably chic combination, but finishing the look with a pair of sleek sneakers creates the ultimate cool-girl contrast. It’s 2017, and any outfit can be your power suit. Allowing pieces you might consider girly or dressy to dabble in athleisure is a great way to express your feminism with fashion. Your style doesn’t need to fit neatly into a box, and neither do you.

This floral moto jacket is a fun departure from the ubiquitous bomber jackets, and the embroidery has been done in neutral enough colors to make this my go-to jacket of the season. Plus, it’s made from vegan leather and runs at a pretty affordable price. I’d strongly recommend it as a gift this holiday season!

Photos by Regan Cleminson

 

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Denim Dance

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img_7483Maje denim jacket, American Apparel turtleneck top, vintage Versace tee, BDG jeans, vintage belt, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Cienega’ ankle boots, Sandro ‘Aida’ cross-body bag, Furla __, Ray-Ban frames.

I recently showed you an oversized Canadian Tuxedo, so here’s a fitted one. This particular shade of denim blue is what comes to mind if you close your eyes and imagine jeans. In top-to-toe quantities, it gives me major retro vibes, so I chased that feeling with ’70’s-inspired layers and some of my favorite vintage pieces. You’ve seen this vintage Versace Jeans Couture tee star in a more feminine ensemble, and while this Western belt is super on-trend right now, it makes a solid throwback statement when sandwiched between two pieces of snug blue denim.

Photos by Regan Cleminson

 

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The New Vintage

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img_7448Ragged Priest denim jacket, Rag & Bone sweater, Urban Renewal paint splattered jeans, Furla ‘Metropolis’ cross body bag, Michael Kors ‘Faye’ fur sandals.

To say that I love denim is an understatement, so I’m always on the hunt for unique takes on the human race’s favorite textile. This embellished denim jacket and my paint-splattered jeans are both repurposed, vintage Levi’s pieces, given new life with fun details subtle enough to work together in this look. I reworked these jeans even further by cutting them myself—perhaps a bit uneven and a touch too short, but hey, culottes and raw hems are on fire right now. I added these fur sandals and my blush bag to soften the look of oversized denim on oversized denim, as well as pick up on the paint colors. Obviously you could pull off a similar ensemble with a more “practical” shoe, but I think the fuzzy-sandal trend makes for such a sweet statement to amp up your fall/winter style. (Also, these bad boys are adorned with real rabbit fur, and apparently you can just take a blow dryer to ’em if they get a little wet in winter weather. For some reason I found it hilarious when the Michael Kors sales associate said this to me.) My new eyeglasses, which are actually just Ray-Ban sunglasses with the original lenses popped out and my prescription popped in, so far seem to go with just about anything, dressy or casual. Quirky and retro but delicate, they bring a little extra something special without dominating the look.

Photos by Regan Cleminson

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Beauty, Costume, Fashion, Pop Culture

Halloween Inspo: Just Add Ears

It’s that time of year! Halloween is just a couple weeks away…I look forward to Halloween starting November 1st, and as far as I’m concerned, it’s never too early to start brainstorming fun costume ideas. In case you haven’t already pinned down your Halloween attire, the Sauce has got some simple solutions to classic costumes…

“Mean Girls” (2005) iconically depicts what girls’ high school Halloween costumes look like: sexy lingerie, with ears or a headpiece that render the look a costume. No one could forget the eternal words of the scantily clad Karen Smith (Amanda Seyfried)—“I’m a mouse…duh!” Between high school and my time in college, I wore a lot of sexually charged Halloween costumes. In my day, I’ve dressed up as the “sexy Mad Hatter,” “sexy skeleton,” “sexy police officer,” and the costume that needs no alterations for sex appeal, the Hooters Girl. (It was actually a Winghouse uniform, but I’m not sure how up to speed my readers are when it comes to Florida’s knockoffs of national sensations.) In later years, I’ve taken to creating fashion-forward, if not campy costumes to honor my favorite pop stars and cartoon characters, from Katy Perry, to David Bowie, to my proudest costume accomplishment, Cruella Deville.

If lingerie is what empowers you, then you should certainly wear it proudly. If you’re committed enough to create an elaborate costume, whether you’re buying a packaged party store look, or pulling out all the stops from your own closet, you know that I salute you. However, if overt sexuality isn’t your thing this year, and if you don’t feel like spending a ton of time or money on your look, you can still partake in the festivities by applying the “Mean Girls” philosophy to a more sophisticated standard: put together a stylish outfit that you might wear any other night, and just add ears to make what will officially pass as an adorale costume.

Last year, my blogger buddies Sam (Fenway Fashionista), Kayte (Mass Musings), and I used our own clothes to make chic witch costumes. This year, I’m showing off three different outfits I’ve previously worn on regular occasions, which instantly become cute costumes with the finishing touch of inexpensive headbands from Party City. All three looks cater to slightly different vibes or settings, depending on your general aesthetic and the kind of Halloween celebration you might be attending:

Devil: casual, glam-grunge. Ideal for a house party or casual bar bar.

AllSaints ‘Belvedere’ moto jacket, UNIF ‘Fire’ crop tee, Calvin Klein for UO boyfriend jeans, Urban Outfitters ‘Luke’ lace-up boots, MAC x The Rocky Horror Picture Show lipstick in ‘Deep Love.’

Black cat: sleek, low-key sexy, versatile. Ideal for almost any Halloween setting—house party, bars/clubs, general mischief…

AllSaints ‘Drew’ jacket, Sandro peplum knit top, BDG jeans, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Cienega’ ankle boots, Furla ‘Metropolis’ cross body bag in silver, Eddie Borgo choker, Oliver Peoples sunglasses, Lime Crime Metallic Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick in ‘Mercury.’

Minnie Mouse: feminine, polished, dressy. Ideal for a more formal or professional party.

Opening Ceremony textured A-line dress, Jean-Michel Cazabat pumps, vintage Chanel bag, Nasty Gal sunglasses, MAC x The Rocky Horror Picture Show lipstick in ‘Strange Journey.’

Photos by Courtney McCullough of TOBY K img_0006

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Unexpected Complimentary Colors

 

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img_5992Zara culottes, AllSaints ‘Belvedere’ moto jacket, Silence & Noise crop top, Rebecca Minkoff ‘Edie’ loafers in silver, Alexander Wang ‘Rockie’ bag in beet, Eddie Borgo ‘Safety Chain’ choker, Stella & Dot ‘Rebel Pendant’ necklace, Oliver Peoples sunglasses.

More and more old-fashioned fashion “rules” are being tossed aside in the name of of creative expression. Personally, I see no reason to limit every color to a specific time of year as long as you style accordingly. Street style-enthusiasts have long since let go of the ban on white after Labor Day, and we’re abandoning all kinds of other seasonal color restrictions, as well. This summer’s trends included shades of navy blue and olive green, and this fall’s fashion scene shows no apparent interest in seeing off Pantone’s 2016 pastel favorites. In other words, you needn’t put your addiction to shades of pastel pink or baby blue on hold ’til spring; you just have to style these “unconventional” colors in ways that make it clear you know it’s not May in October…The good news is, it’s really not so difficult, and you’ll get to maximize more of your purchases.

I bought these fabulous powder blue culottes with sophisticated slits towards the end of summer, but didn’t get a chance to wear them before fall set in. Disappointed, I looked at them and thought, I just can’t wait for winter to come and go before giving them a spin. They’re not too lightweight, so I figured that with the right styling, I could carry them into cooler weather. Complimentary colors can potentially come across as abrasive, but are also inherently pleasing to the eye. By pairing my light blue pants with my beet-red bag, I create an exciting combination of unsaturated complimentary colors that allows the sky blue to fit comfortably into a fall setting. My metallic loafers and layered statement silver jewelry match my handbag’s edgy hardware, and the leather jacket completes a look that’s polished without being prim. I like to show a sliver of skin with a crop top to even further emphasize the contrast and balance between hard and soft elements, but you could swap in any black, tucked-in tee or tank for a more conservative take on this look. You might think dramatic, wide-leg, pastel culottes carry limited wearability, but trust me, they’re versatile. I’m thrilled I could work them into an edgy fall ensemble, but I look forward to wearing them with other pastels and a pair of sandals during my next warm-weather excursion, or with a collared blouse and a tailored blazer for a more professional setting. Don’t forget, a statement piece can make more than one statement, depending on the occasion.

Photos by Regan Cleminson

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