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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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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Fashion

City Fringe Fiesta

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DSC_1055 - Version 2Primark jacket, American Apparel blouse, Rag & Bone pants, Brixton hat, Jeffrey Campbell boots.

I know that a suede, fringe jacket may seem like a loud, intimidating item that should be limited to its stereotypical styling: faded blue jeans, a breezy white tank, and perhaps a crown of flowers. I’m here to give you permission to get weird with it, by way of getting perhaps a little less weird in terms of the scene your outfit sets. [Ignore the fact that I’m blatantly posing in a suburban area and] try throwing on your fringe jacket with sleek, city staples, like a striped blouse, cigarette pants, and dressier boots, as opposed to Woodstock-inspired boho pieces. Tying the blouse up and adding a sharp wool fedora will create a bridge between the fringe jacket’s flower child-roots and its new uptown-girl flair. May the fringe be with you!

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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Smiley Sauce

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IMG_1715T by Alexander Wang ‘Henley’ dress, ‘All Smiles’ beanie & ‘Alexis’ choker from Nasty Gal, Marc Jacobs boots, Sandro ‘Aida’ bag.

There’s not much I can say about the magic of this black maxi dress other than that it is my favorite, most versatile new item of the fall/winter season. The soft, medium-weight jersey makes the dress ideal for colder weather, the snug, sexy fit allows it to easily be dressed up or down, and the slightly cropped hem is a godsend for shorties like myself. For an edgy daytime look, I’ve styled it with a playful beanie, leather choker and beat-up boots; but I could easily take this bad boy out for a stylish dinner by swapping in heeled booties and delicate jewelry.

Photos by Annie Quinn

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Nike iD


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IMG_1890Shag coat from LF stores, sweater courtesy of Uniqlo, BDG ‘Twig Grazer’ skinny jeans, Sorell Accessories rabbit fur snood, Furla ‘Metropolis’ cross body bag in silver, Nike Air Max Lunar90 sneakers customized with Nike iD.

I think we and our feet can agree that the sneaker’s ongoing presence as a stylish fashion statement is a wonderful thing. But cool sneakers that will provide both comfort and flair are expensive, and personally, I always feel like I’m settling if I choose from an in-store collection. That’s why I think Nike’s customization program, Nike iD, is well worth the few extra bucks and the five-week wait. I customized these Air Max Lunar90 kicks with the ’90s era in mind, drawing inspiration from the colors and patterns of Will Smith’s funky and famous wardrobe as the Fresh Prince. Pairing sneakers like this with bohemian pieces, like this shag “coatigan” and wool hat, along with luxe accessories (real or faux, fur is your friend!) makes for a casual-chic look that oozes style without taking itself too seriously, just like the Prince himself.

Photos by Annie Quinn

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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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