Boston, Fashion, Promotional

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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Beauty, Fashion, Humor, Pop Culture, Promotional

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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DSC_0880-Edit-26Oliver Peoples sunglasses, House of Harlow earrings, NARS Velvet Matte lip pencil in ‘Dragon Girl.’DSC_0786-3

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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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